In our continuous efforts to make our campus safe, we are beginning new security measures on Mar. 25, the day we return from Spring Break. It is important that students have their school ID on them at all times during the school day. If they do not currently have one, they can see Sebastian in the office. Implement a one way entrance for students through the front gate during the school day. Students that enter or leave campus at any time throughout the day, must use the front gate and show their ID. Any student without an ID will have to check in through the attendance office. Students should not enter campus through the office unless they need to check in with attendance. Implement district procedure of all classroom doors remaining locked during the school day. Students should arrive on time to class. The doors will be locked during the school day. All business should be taken care of during the transition time as out of class passes will be limited. Students who enter tardy will have a 15 minute detention per our previous tardy policy. Students who do not have a class MUST report to the media center for the entire period if they remain on campus. Students should continue to report anything or anyone that seems unusual. See Something, Say Something provides adults to report to or the use of Text Tips for anonymous reporting (305-432-3311). Our SRO and SSO will continue to do campus security checks throughout the school and around the perimeter. All visitors must check in at the office.
DIGITAL FLYER DELIVERY STARTS THE WEEK OF MARCH 18th! Our school is getting ready to launch a new digital flyer communication tool called “Peachjar.” To view school-approved digital flyers, simply click the Peachjar button on the school’s website. This “green” initiative will save our schools tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of that, posting school flyers in this electronic backpack removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers. No action is required on your part. You will receive a welcome email from our service provider (Peachjar) that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to receive or view school digital flyers. To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add “email@example.com” to your email contacts. When you receive your first eflyer, be sure to click “always display images.” This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure parents are well informed about school programs, activities, and events.
We are proud of Taurean (TK) Perkins who has been selected as the Monroe County School District Sunshine State Scholar. This distinguished honor is given for outstanding academics, leadership, service and activities in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). TK was selected among candidates from the three district high schools.
The has Key West Chamber of Commerce announced their Financial Literacy Challenge. Attached you will find all of the details. This challenge is not to be confused with the Keys Federal Credit Union competition. They are two separate competitions. Teams of three students are required. The 1st place winners will win $15,000 ($5000 each), 2nd place will win $3000 ($1000 each) and 3rd place will win $1500 ($500 each). Click below for the registration form.
Our Conchs Academic Challenge Team defeated Marathon and Coral Shores to earn the District Champ title recently at the county Academic Challenge Team competition. We are very proud of team sponsor Elizabeth Ford, Nicole Frank, Melody Morales, Daniel Walsh, George Bellenger, Kingston Young, and Emerson Fariss who posed for a picture with their certificates and the county trophy, on January 15. They now move on to the State level competition.
Congratulations to Jessica Wood for being selected the Monroe County School District Teacher of the Year! Her hands-on teaching methods, promotion of academic excellence leadership within the school and service to the community through KEYS to be the Change or among some of the reasons why she has received this top on honor. We are very proud to have her as part of our Conch Community! On hand for the announcement was Chsirman of the Board Bobby Highsmith and Principal Amber Acevedo.
November brings about cooler weather and holiday stirrings. Our students have been working hard academically and having fun with Homecoming Activities. Teacher have been collaborating as we work on our School Improvement Plan. Parents should have received report cards for the first nine weeks and progress reports will go home near Thanksgiving. Please make use of our electronic gradebook and contact teachers with any questions or concerns. Attendance Matters!! There are 16 school days in November and we are doing a special recognition for all students who attend school the complete day with no tardies during that 16 day period. Be sure you are one of those recognized students – be here and in class on time! Upcoming events Nov. 6 - Early Release at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the library - Junior Parent Night for information specific to the junior year and preparing for college and career after graduation, Thursday, Nov. 8 - Band Concert, 7:00 p.m. Nov. 9 – Recognition Day at school for students on Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance and Students of the Month Nov. 12 – Holiday Nov. 14 – Free Concert to the public, U.S. Navy Band, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-23 – Thanksgiving Break
Two students were selected as Presidential Scholars, Sean Robinson as an Academic Scholar and Liam Young as a Career/Technical Scholar. Both young men excel in academic achievement, service to the school and community and character. Robinson is an officer in NJROTC and carries a weighted GPA of 4.5 with a rigorous course load that includes AP classes. Young has a 4.51 weighted GPA with courses that include AP and CTE classes. Congratulations to both of these scholars and the nominees that include Francesca Carbone, Jonathon Guillame, Ashley Grimanelis, Max Grimm, Candace Matthews, Luke Raspotnik and Daniel Walsh.
Safety is first at KWHS and we have taken several steps to ensure our campus is safe. Our SRO, Officer Del Cid, is on campus from start to finish of each school day with additional officers on campus during lunch. The extra police are there to build relationships, mentor the students and help to maintain a safe environment. Staff are throughout the campus at supervision stations during the day and we ask all visitors to check in at the office for clearance. The gates on campus are locked at 7:45 and reopened before school is out with the front gate the main entrance point. Students have been through an Active Threat presentation to help them make decisions should they ever face such a situation at school or anywhere. This presentation is available for viewing by parents on our website. We have practiced fire drills and lock down drills as well as spent a day dedicated to character education lessons, all in an effort to promote a healthy, positive, safe environment for our students to be their best. Our See Something, Say Something campaign urges students to tell an adult on campus if they hear, see or suspect something that is suspicious, doesn’t seem right or if they are concerned about a person’s well-being. The Text Tip number for anonymous reporting is 305-432-3311.