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January 2016

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    HawkTalkJanuary 2016Issue 2

    Lake Howell High School

    AdministrationPrincipalFrank Casillofrank_casillo@scps.k12.fl.us407-746-9001

    Assistant PrincipalsLance Abneylance_abney@scps.k12.fl.us407-746-9004Nancy Diaznancy_diaz@scps.k12.fl.us407-746-9079Dr. Tonya Mandervilletonya_manderville@scps.k12.fl.us407-746-9008Toni Nortontoni_norton@scps.k12.fl.us407-746-9003Dr. Jose Sanchezjose_sanchez@scps.k12.fl.us407-746-9002

    Dean of StudentsThomas Oliverthomas_oliver@scps.k12.fl.us407-746-9006Cindy Frankcindy_frank@scps.k12.fl.us407-746-9007

    4200 Dike Road Winter Park, FL 32792 PH: 407-746-9050 FX: 407-746-9025

    Hawk TalkJanuary 2016

    Published Four Times Per YearLake Howell High School

    4200 Dike RoadWinter Park, FL 32792

    Issue 2

    Principals MessageDear Parent/Guardian: Welcome back! We hope winter break provided time for everyone to relax and enjoy friends and family. As we begin second semester, some announcements and reminders: The Mock DUI for our juniors and seniors is scheduled on Friday, January 29, 2016, at Winter Springs High School. Students will be bussed from Lake Howell to Winter Springs. Its a pleasure to announce that Lake Howells Teacher of the Year this year is Mrs. MaryBeth Bridges, our Exceptional Student Education instructor; and our School-Related Employee of the Year is Mr. Jason Judge, our Network Specialist. Please join us in welcoming new faculty and staff members as well: Mrs. Brindle (Fraher) Palamar, Receptionist; Ms. Jessica Penny, Language Arts instructor; and Mr. Paul Costa, Exceptional Student Education instructor. Registration for the 2016-17 school year is well underway. Students are in the process of determining their course choices for next year. We urge you to carefully read through the Capstone, our curriculum guide, to insure that your students selections meet all state graduation requirements. Senior graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 27, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at the UCF Arena. A separate letter with details regarding graduation will be sent to the parents/guardians of our seniors next month.


    Frank L. CasilloPrincipal


    MAY 27, 20169 A.M., UCF ARENA

  • 2Attendance Incentive Students with three or fewer absences per semester will receive an opportunity to submit their incentive tickets for a drawing of various prizes based on their grade level.Student Government would like to congratulate the first semester winners Freshman - Zack O. - $100 Visa gift card Sophomore - Derek L. - iPad Junior - Wesley K. - Free Senior year Senior - Ana R. - 2 Prom tickets & 1 Grad Bash ticketAttending school regularly has its benefits! Go Hawks!

    SCPS Substitutes Needed! We are in need of substitutes for our school! If you are looking for an interesting, exciting adventure, sign up with the SCPS HRS office today! Questions, call Ms. Toni Norton at (407) 746-9003.

    Attention Parents and GuardiansWe need your help! Your presence is requested for the Lake Howells AdvancEd Accreditation! We need parents willing to meet with the accreditation team to share your feelings about the school and your childs experience at Lake Howell. The event takes place at 7:00 p.m. on February 7th. If youre interested in attending, please contact Dr. Manderville at 407-746-9008 or email at for more information.

    Parents: Your Correct Telephone Number and Email is Vital

    Please provide the school and your childs teachers with correct telephone and email addresses so that we may communicate with you about your child, or inform you when there are concerns or emergencies. We thank you for providing us with correct information; you may check Skyward to ensure your numbers are correct.

  • 3Important Dates and Schedules

    2016-2017 Registration:Rising Seniors: 1/25 - 2/3Rising Juniors and Sophomores: 2/16 - 2/19

    Progress and Report Card Dates:Quarter 3:Progress Reports: Week of February 15thReport Cards: Week of March 28thExam Dates: 3/14 - 3/17Quarter 4:Progress Reports: Week of April 25thReport Cards: First Week in June (tentative)Exam Dates: 5/23 - 5/26 (5/24-5/26 are half days)Last Day of School: 5/26

    Senior Dates to Know:Senior Exam Week: May 13th - 18thSeniors last day: May 19th

    Tentative Summer Dates: (Summer school will be held at Winter Springs High School)Session 1: June2nd - June 20thSession 2: June 21st - July 14th (Schools are closed the week of July 4th)

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  • 4Guidance News

    Registration for 2016-2017 As we enter into orientation and registration for the 2016-2017 school year, please take a few minutes to review the Capstone, our curriculum guide. The capstone is available on our LHHS website. Take time to discuss course choices with your student. Just because your student is in high school does not mean parents should stop being involved! Please be aware of the courses for which your student is registering. This information is available through your Skyward Family Access account. Your student should select courses that total seven credits for next year, as well as alternates for elective courses. Alternate courses are just as important as the classes selected; these must be courses the student is willing to take in the event first choices do not schedule. Remember schedule changes are very limited. Also, please note that performance on FSA and EOCs determines whether a student has elective choices or will be placed in a remedial math or reading class. If you have questions about which courses are appropriate, contact your students current teachers or counselor. As a reminder, 26 credits are required for graduation as well as a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing FSA Reading & Algebra 1 EOC score. Current 8th grade parents are invited to attend a Registration/Orientation meeting on January 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the LHHS Auditorium. Topics included graduation requirements, registration dates, and other curriculum information. If you cannot make that meeting, please visit our LHHS Homepage and Guidance website for valuable information and dates for upcoming events. Counselors will visit Tuskawilla Middle School to discuss the registration process and graduation requirements. South Seminole Middle School will present our information to their students themselves. The schedule is as follows: South Seminole Middle School February 2-5 (Presentation),

    February 12 (Registration Cards due to SSMS). Tuskawilla Middle School February 8th (Presentation), February

    22nd (assistance with registration via Skyward) Make sure your child has a completed registration card on file and that they have selected at least seven credits for the next school year.

    Junior Credit Checks During the second semester, all third year students will meet with their assigned counselor. At that time, such topics as current credit status, graduation requirements, and post high school plans will be discussed. Juniors are encouraged to take an SAT or ACT in the spring as well as begin to research and visit potential colleges. There will be a Junior Parent Night, March 8th, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the LHHS Media Center to review with parents what their child should be accomplishing in their junior year.Financial aid forms and workshop The current financial aid forms for this years seniors who are seeking financial assistance and scholarships to continue their education after high school are available in the College and Career room in Guidance or online at The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is required for most colleges and universities in order to determine Financial Aid. This form uses figures from the parents income tax. The FAFSA can be completed online at Parents of seniors are able complete this form beginning January 1st, 2016. Counselors held a financial aid night November 16th, 2015 and will hold another financial aid night in the Fall of 2016. Any senior with financial aid questions at this point will be best served by contacting the school they plan to attend next year. A good site for additional information on financial aid is test dates During the second semester, we recommend that college-bound juniors register for either an SAT or ACT or both. We also recommend these dates for retesting if our seniors are trying to increase their scores for the Bright Futures Scholarship. Registration information is in the guidance lobby or on the LHHS guidance website. Students may register online at for the SAT and at for the ACT. They can also access free test preparation materials on these sites. SAT- January 23, *March 5, *May 7, *June 4 ACT- February 6, April 9, June 11 AP Exams May 2-13 (There are NO makeup days for AP Exams)*These dates will be the new version of SAT. Visit for information on how the test is changing.

  • 5Guidance News

    Yearbook Sales!Youre in it, why not buy it? The WINGS staff has been hard at work finalizing deadlines and beautifully retelling the story of Lake Howell High School. Whether its your first year or your last, the memories are priceless. Buy your 2015-2016 yearbook today and see your school From Every Angle! See Ms. Williams in 1-211 (before or after school or 5th period) or go to to preorder today!

    Ms. Jesica WilliamsLake Howell High SchoolEnglish TeacherYearbook Adviser jesica_williams@scps.k12.fl.usRoom # 1-211; Phone # 4-9227

    Florida State Grants & Scholarships Program Any senior interested in the Bright Futures Scholarship MUST COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION AT www.floridastudentfinanciala