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Week of October 7

Good evening TSHS Learning Community,

Here are the announcements and reminders for all students and their families for the week Oct. 7 – 11.

It has been a busy and productive week.  We are looking forward to the College and Career Fair tomorrow on campus.  All classes will be participating, and students will have an opportunity to meet/greet with college recruiters.  Over 15 college representatives are expected on campus tomorrow.  See attached flyer –

Congratulations to the following TSHS staff who were nominated by their colleagues as the PCS Teacher of the Year & Support Service Employee of the Year nominees:

  • Jessica Marmorale – Teacher of the Year
  • John Zsido – Emerging Teacher of the Year
  • Carol Hewett – Support Service Personnel Employee of the Year

This week, we proudly inducted Mary Dansby, class of 1994, into the Athletic Hall of Fame for her accomplishments in volleyball.  Mary was accompanied by her husband, daughter and parents.  Her name will be added to the new Hall of Fame display in the gym and will also receive a monogrammed TSHS Hall of Fame polo shirt to enjoy. Go Spongers!!


  • National Honor Society
    • Shaw – Advisor for 19/20 school year
    • Applications are due on Friday, Oct. 11th and selection of applicants to follow
    • Induction ceremony – November 2019


    • 16 is PSAT test day for all 9th, 10th and several 11th grade students
    • This test is a key indicator for preparation for the SAT test in addition to a qualifying test for 11th graders for the National Merit Scholar Qualifying Program.
    • PSAT scores also indicate a student’s Advanced Placement course potential
    • All students scheduled to take the PSAT were provided a study guide to review prior to test day.


  • ASVAB 
    ASVAB Assessment Date and Location:
    November 21st, 2019  in the Tarpon High School Media Center in the morning with confirmation of name on ASVAB Sign-up Sheet
    ASVAB Sign-Up
    Please see Mr. Hicks in Students Services to sign up beginning Tuesday, October 15th


  • National Merit Semi Finalist
    • Congratulations to 12th grade student – Alexander Theophilopoulos for being named the 2020 National Merit Semi-Finalist for Tarpon High


  • Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program
    • Congratulations to the following students for their commendation in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
      • Kevin Allen
      • Matthew Kolnicki
      • Madeleine McCreary
      • Sasha Post
      • Arielle Zsido


  • Common Assessments
    • Teachers will be reviewing data from the past 2 week’s common assessments to build remediation, review and enrichment opportunities to best prepare students for the midterm exams in December.


  • Academic Team
    • Armstrong is busy organizing and prepping the Academic Team for competition season. We are looking forward to an active season and will be providing updates to all families as the competitions begin.


  • Dual Enrollment Updates
    • In addition to SPC, Dual Enrollment opportunities for TSHS students also include The University of Florida.
    • Criteria:
      • Student has 4 or fewer semesters remaining in high school
      • Cumulative GPA – 3.6 or higher
      • One of the following test scores:
        • PSAT – 1130 total score
        • SAT -   1100 total score
        • ACT - 22 composite score
      • Student is expected to satisfy course pre-requisites not limited to placement exams.
    • Interested students are encouraged to see their administrator or guidance counselor for additional information regarding online registration, orientation and course offerings.


  • Cambridge Program
    • 9th grade students interested in applying for the Cambridge program for grade 10 – 12 are encouraged to see Mr. Decatur for information and details before course registration for 20/21 school year.


  • Leadership Conservatory – Choral
    • Congratulations to Mr. Cheeseman .. he was nominated and interviewed for PCS IT Series – Inspiring Teacher Series. His interview will be uploaded to the PCS website within the week
    • Syndicated Sound Octet performed for the School Board this past Tuesday


  • Leadership Conservatory – Marching Band
    • The conservatory students, staff and parent volunteers are working hard to prepare for the Bands of America Regional Competition in Orlando Oct. 11 – 13. This past Saturday, the Conservatory competed in the annual Seminole Sound Music Festival Competition.  Congratulations extends to them for placing first overall in the 5A Division and placing 1st in multiple categories (Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Guard) for the fabulous show “Revolution”


  • Please plan to join us for the TSHS annual Outdoor Music Festival Oct. 19. Over 20 bands from the state of Florida and Southeast US will be coming to campus to take part in this wonderful showcase. 



  • Culinary Arts
    • Our students will be working with Chef Doug Bebell from Mystic Fish Restaurant in the weeks ahead to co-host a fundraiser for the community.


  • Veterinary Science Academy
    • This year, the 9th grade class of the Vet Academy is the largest enrollment.
    • Field trip to Big Cat Rescue is in the planning stages
    • Partnership with Suncoast Animal League is also forthcoming
    • Thank you to the parents and community members who responded for the Advisory Board positions. The 1st Advisory Board meeting will be taking place in November. 


  • Little Spongers Preschool
    • 10 seniors have submitted their portfolio for review and preparation for earning their National Child Development Associate Certification


  • Future Plans Career Assessment
    • 9th and 10th grade students will be participating in the Future Plans Career Assessments during the next 9 weeks. Guidance Counselors will be working closely with teachers to schedule this assessment with least impact to the classroom instruction
    • Results will be shared with students in January


  • Credit Checks
    • Guidance Counselors have reviewed transcripts to best advise students on graduation requirements, graduation readiness, 4-year plans, credit recovery options as well as grade forgiveness suggestions to assist with improving GPAs.


School Operations

  • Students who arrive to campus after the 7:25 a.m. bell should check in with Mr. Mack downstairs, Front Office for a pass to class.
  • Student Parking Lot – off Florida Avenue will be closed for maintenance beginning Monday, Oct. 14. All students will be parking in the stadium lot and the lot will be monitored by administrative staff throughout the day.

Safety & Security Updates

  • Say Something Anonymous Reporting APP is available for all families to use if there is a pending safety concern to report. *campus safety, student safety, student well-being, bullying, harassment

Athletic Updates – from the desk of Mr. Natoli: Assistant Principal of Athletics

  • Hall of Fame Celebration for Football– Friday, Oct. 25th 7:00 p.m.


  • Fall Sports Weekly Updates Week of 10/7/19
    • Cross Country: Our team ran at Hammock Park in Dunedin this week. Katie Ramsey ran a 30:33 and Kenny Ramsey ran a 25:37.
    • Football: Sophomore Jan Rivera had four tackles, two tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery on defense. Stelio Monokandilos, a junior had 6 receptions for 80 yards as a receiver on the sponger offense. Our senior punter Alex out kicked our opponents as he netted a 38-yard punt average.


  • Swimming: The Girl’s Swim Team defeated a Northeast High team coached by 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Brooke Bennett. The Boys team competed very well, unfortunately was not able to pull out the win.


  • Golf: We played well against Palm Harbor U this week. We will be hosting Osceola High School next week. Our district tournament will be October 15th at Hernando Oaks Golf Course at 9 am.
    • Volleyball: This week we beat River Ridge, Dixie Hollins, and Largo High School. We finished the PCAC in 5th place by winning the silver bracket. Our current record is 12-11. Cara Carmody was our player of the game against River Ridge. Haley Demirdog was our player of the game against Largo and Dixie.



  • Legacy Bricks available for sale in the bookkeeping office starting at $100

Important Dates

  • College and Career Fair for students                                                 Oct 10 @ Tarpon Springs High
  • Athletic Schedule for Fall Sports -                    Weekly Schedule Fall Athletics 2019 Flyer.xlsx 
  • Last day of Quarter 1 – Grading Period                                  Oct. 11
  • Teacher Planning Day – school is closed                                Oct. 14
  • School resumes session                                                          Oct. 15
  • Report Cards                                                                           Oct. 25
  • Jr. Parent Night *** revised date                                           Nov. 11