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Upcoming Events
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10/24/2014
10/25/2014
10/26/2014
10/27/2014
- Senior Togas
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- Homecoming Parade
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
- Boys Basketball Start
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Marching Conchs Earn Superior Rating
The Marching Conchs received a Straight Superior rating at their Florida Bandmasters Association Marching Music Performance Assessment this past weekend.  They also placed 2nd runner up in the Diamond division (largest bands) of the Crown Jewel Competition at Vero Beach High School.  We are so very proud of these accomplishments and look forward to continued excellence throughout the year!
Key West High School ASKS YOU TO COMMIT TO SAFE DRIVING

Celebrate My Drive® powered by State Farm® encourages safe driving with a chance to win big

Key West High School staff and students are committed to keeping teens safe on the road. We are asking everyone 14 and older to go to www.celebratemydrive.com once a day, every day, from Oct. 15 to Oct. 24. The more safe driving commitments our community makes, the better our chances are, of winning a $100,000 grant and a private concert by The Band Perry. 
Learning to drive is a big step in life. State Farm and Key West High School recognize getting a driver’s license is an important and joyous time. Celebrate My Drive celebrates this milestone with drivers by encouraging them to make positive choices like driving 2N2®: 2 eyes on the road and 2 hands on the wheel.  Go to www.celebratemydrive.com today to support the Conchs and safe driving!
Several KWHS students in the health careers classes volunteered for the recent Special Olympics SUP event at Higgs Beach. Teacher Jim Forbus praised the students for a great job working the medical support tent and other various assignments 
Athlete of the Week
Lexy Wilson was selected for athlete of the week for her outstanding performance at the Cross Country FSU Invitational. Lexy placed 5th out of 124 runners. She also helped her team place 4th overall.
World Polio Day at KWHS
In 1985, Rotary International began an effort to eliminate polio worldwide. Polio has not been a problem in the U.S. for many years , however that is not true of developing countries.
Rotary has partnered with the World Health organization to achieve a 99% reduction of polio worldwide.
The Rotary club of Key West has been participating in the fundraising effort to eradicate polio once and for all.
Friday October 24th is Worldwide Polio Day. Organizations all over the country and the Monroe County School District will be participating in the purple pinkies for polio project. For a one dollar donation , students , staff etc. will have their pinkies painted purple.
The color represents gentian violet which is used to identify children that have received the vaccine.
 
October Call Out information:  Federal cards have been issued and we would like them returned by Fri.  It is important information, so please be sure they get filled out and returned.  The PSAT will be given to all 9th-11th grade students on Wed., the 15th.  The first nine weeks ends Oct. 17th and there will be no school on Oct. 20.  Report cards will be mailed home Oct. 24th. Due to the weather conditions, the ELL meeting scheduled for Oct. 21 has been rescheduled for 6:00pm October 28, 2014.  Homecoming week begins with the annual parade on Oct. 27th with the Homecoming Game on Oct. 31st at 7:00.  School Advisory Council has moved their Nov. 4th meeting time to 6:30.  Please check out our weekly newsletter and website for a complete calendar and detailed information on what's happening at Key West High.  
Life Skills from Counselor Beth Kruse
October is a huge awareness month for several things. Stomp Out Bullying is only one of those themes, and here are some resources for parents and teens:
  1. An app for phones  --  http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/bullying/
  2. A Facebook Page that is student led and oriented for peer support --  https://www.facebook.com/standupfreetobeme
  3. National Bullying Prevention Center -- www.pacer.org/bullying/
Please have your teens feel free to speak with a school administrator if they feel they are being bullied, or complete a form available in the front office.
 
KEY WEST HIGH SCHOOL 2014 HOMECOMING COURT
Key West High School is pleased to announce the 2014 Homecoming Court.  These six young ladies were selected by their senior classmates from a nomination list that included 27 very deserving girls who have given service to their school and demonstrated Conch PRIDE.  Members pictured include Elena Guzman, Krystal Killen, Kianna Woods, Kaila Snow, Olivia Kennedy, Lindsey Free.
The Homecoming Festivities will begin Mon., Oct. 27th with the traditional parade that will return to its original route of starting in front of KWHS at 6:00 p.m., heading north turning on to Kennedy Drive ending at Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium.  There, the skits will take place on the field during the evening Spirit Night.  The Homecoming Game is Fri., Oct. 31st at 7:00 p.m.  The school realizes this is Halloween, but scheduling did not allow for any leeway in the date of our final game.   We will provide treats at the entry way for youngsters that come in costume.  
Congratulations to five Key West High School choir students who qualified for the Florida All-State Chorus. This is the most ever for Monroe County to qualify for the All-State chorus.  Director Jim Carter is very proud to have these outstanding talents represent our Conch Community, (l-r) Sydney Hamilton, Evelyn Shield, Kristina Goodwin, Jason Sonnenfeld, and Caleb Carter.

The United Way held their Stuff the Bus campaign again this year and Key West High was a large recipient of school supplies!  Thanks to the United Way, the FKAA delivery team, and Iberia Bank for helping our students start the year of with supplies they need to be successful!
Yearbooks for Sale

Are you a Key West High School alumni?  Did you lose your yearbook to a storm or in travels?  If so, we may have that special memory book!  The Conch, our school yearbook, has several extra additions dating back to the early 1940’s.  They are on sale for $50.00 plus shipping.  If you would like to see if your graduation year is available, please email Fleasher.Hall@keysschools.com or call 305-293-1549.  If it is in our archives, we can get one out to you right away so you can relive your fabulous days of Conch Pride!
Early Release Days
The following Early Release Days have been approved for Key West High School with a dismissal time of 11:30 a.m..  The majority of these days will be utilized for Professional Development for staff.  Mid Term and Finals Exam dates are indicated below.  Early Release Days:
Sept. 18, 2014
Oct. 9, 2014
Nov. 6, 2014
Jan. 28, 2015
Feb. 25, 2015
May 6, 2015
 
Mid-Term Exams:  Dec. 16 (not an early release day), Dec. 17, 18, 19, 2014 (early release days) Student must take exams.  Any alternate dates will be for medical reasons only.
Senior Final Exams:  (not early release days)  May 22-28
Final exams for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors:  June 2 (not an early release day), June 3, 4, 5, 2015 (early release days)
Parent Resource Center
The parent resource center is up and running! Computers are available for parents to check grades, attendance or to help their child with homework and research project. We also have Citizenship prep books available!
Testing Dates
Fall EOC Retakes:
Algebra EOC Retake 9/16
Biology EOC Retake 9/17
Geometry & US History 9/19
Makeups will be the week of 9/22-9/26/14.

FCAT 2.0 Reading Retake will be on Monday 10/6 -Session 1 and
on Tuesday 10/7- Session 2. 
Make-ups will be the week of 10/13-10/17/14.
Conchettes to Represent Key West in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Six Key West High School Conchettes have been selected to perform in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.   Having attended the Marching Auxiliaries Summer Dance program at the University of Florida in Gainesville, the Conchettes were given instruction in a variety of dance genres including kick line, contemporary and hip hop.  Due to their dance ability, team work, and attitude, Tristin Blackwell, Riley Falconer, Daniela Pena, Marina Perez, Morgan Pierce, and Talia Santiago were selected by their instructors to receive an invitation to perform with the Spirit of America Dance Productions in this year’s Macy’s Parade on November 27.  The group has set up a gofundme.com account as a fundraiser.  We are very proud to have this Key West High contingent represent the Conchs in the Macy’s Day Parade!

KWHS TV Production UAV test flights
Common Core Standards
Parents, this district website has information that will help you understand and support the Common Core Implementation
Have a few extra hours a week? KWHS is calling for volunteers!
There are students who could use a mentor, copies to be made, bulletin boards that could use sprucing up and we could use your help.  If you are interested in spending a few hours a week at KWHS to help out in the office or in a classroom, we would appreciate the help.   See Office Manager Tiffany Freeman and she will match you with a great opportunity.
Welcome to Key West High School, a school of diverse opportunities with high expectations where we strive for students to be the best they can be personally, academically, athletically and socially.
 
MISSION STATEMENT
To empower all students to maximize their potential and prepare them with the skills and experiences necessary to be college or career ready and to develop those character traits that will enable them to be productive members of society.
                                              
SCHOOL BELIEFS
We focus on R2D2: Respect, Responsibility, Dedication, Determination
·        Students are our priority and their learning opportunities are the central focus.
·        All students have the right to a safe and drug-free learning environment.
·        Parents, community members, agencies and the school work collaboratively to provide the support needed for each child to experience success.
·        Relationships are strengthened and perspectives are broadened thorough diversity and equity.
·        Teachers and administrators are leaders and innovators whose primary responsibility is to engage students in high quality learning experiences that result in student achievement.
 
     CONCH PRIDE - Perseverance Respect Integrity Dedication Excellence
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