Seniors have fun at Decision Day! Members of the Class of 2019 showed their school spirit – for the place they will be going to after Key West High School graduation. They will carry their Conch Pride to Universities and Colleges across Florida and the country. Several students are entering the military and vocational career paths. We are proud of their accomplishments and wish them continued success!
Thanks to the Key West Chamber, our students have learned about Financial Literacy and earned money in the process. The Financial Literacy Challenge provides high school students with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and the prize packages provide a foundation for using those skills for a strong financial foundation. Pictured are winners: 1st place - $15,000 Kristen Haughey Wanrueni Khuantang Divya Navani 2nd place - $3000 Landon Stotts Priscilla Castro Sanchez Elizabeth Rocklage 3rd Place – tie - $750 John Mott Emerson Fariss Melody Morales
Student Council held an end of year banquet to recognize their top contributors to the council’s success. This year, club members participated in service and club activities and earned points for being dedicated to making their events such as the Homecoming Parade and Dance outstanding events. Sponsor Lydia Blanco is also helping the club to move toward a more active role as the lead student government organization. Recognized were Incoming officers President Gracie Wood, Vice President Lydia Cuervo-Palazon, Treasurer Nick Gonzalez and Secretary Marie Willy. Appreciation pins were given to the outgoing officers President Amely Caceres, VP Breanna Kissell, Secretary Madison Garcia and Treasurer Nathan Barroso. Student council installation banquet photos: Grace Wood (President) Lydia Cuervo Palazon (VP), Nicolas Gonzalez (Secretary) and Marie Willy (Treasure) installed.
Vaping is a new fad for people these days including students. It is important for students and parents to know the dangers of vaping either through direct use or secondhand vape – see the link at https://tobaccofreeca.com/secondhand-smoke/secondhand-vapor-harmful/. Vapes or any type of electronic cigarette are not allowed on campus and will result in a citation and three day suspension. Please do your part to make our campus tobacco, vape and drug free.
Hayley Tucker has been doing some amazing things as she learns more about our oceans and coral reefs. She recently went to Belize to learn about the coral fragmentation process with Dive N2 Life in hopes to help the coral restoration here in our own waters. She has lobbied at Capitol Hill with the National Parks Conservation Association and Dive N2 Life and she recently went to the Enterprising Women Foundation Mentoring Initiative Conference. She’s heading to Grand Cayman Islands to work on a dissertation team with Kama Cannon, was invited to do an internship this summer with Edie Fraser and will be part of a youth study group to spend a week at Dry Tortugas studying a myriad of sea life. We look forward to her sharing some of her experiences with our students as she gains knowledge and experiences that can bring awareness and help to our Florida Keys.
We are very grateful to Keys Auto Center! They donated approximately $80,000 worth of parts to our Automotive Training Center. In addition, they will be loaning us some heavy equipment and participating in our student mentor/apprenticeship program. Students will be working in their service center gaining hands-on training from ASE certified technicians
Dillon Black and William Cannell became the first students in Monroe County to earn their Autodesk Inventor certifications. These hardworking students are in Ms. Kugeares’ Applied Engineering class. They will also each be receiving a check for $250 from Monroe Computes!
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.