From The Principal's Desk

November 20, 2022

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Mrs. Beatriz B. Smith

Principal of the Dragons

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Attention 8th grade parents!

Magnet applications are currently being accepted for the 23 – 24 school year. Click Magnet applications link for more information.

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From the Discipline Team

DRESS CODE Non-Negotiables

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From Guidance Team

Parents,

Progress Reports went home on November 17th. You can also check your student's grades visiting the Skywards Parent Access Portal.

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8Th GRADE STUDENTS

Valencia Horizon Scholars – Take Stock in Children Program Valencia College, in partnership with Take Stock in Children, provides college scholarships and mentors to low-income youth in Orange County.

Scholarship recipients and their parents/guardians sign a performance contract pledging that the student will remain in school, complete program requirements, stay drug-free and out of trouble, and that the parent/guardian agrees to support and encourage the student to achieve their full potential.

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a 2-year college scholarship (60 credit hours) purchased by the Valencia College Foundation from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

If you have any questions about this application, email horizonscholars@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-3008.


You can also email our 8th grade counselor, Ms. Aloyo:

lucia.aloyo@ocps.net

Download Complete Packet Below

From Ms. Rawlings

Latinos In Action Students celebrated our Cafeteria Staff this Thanksgiving Season!

From Ms. Haber

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From Ms. Landry

Students creating beautiful ceramic pieces!

From the Instructional Coaches

Ms. Solomon ( 6th grade Science), Ms. Vijay ( 6th grade ELA), and Mr. Jackson ( 8th grade Science), shared some Engagement Strategies ideas.

FROM THE ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT

FROM THE ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT
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DRESS CODE

DRESS CODE Non-Negotiables:


NO PAJAMA PANTS or SLIPPERS


1. Clothes shall be worn as they are designed. For example, suspenders should be over the shoulders, pants secured at the waist, belts buckled, no underwear as outerwear, and no underwear exposed.


2. Clothing must cover the body from one armpit across to the other armpit and down to

approximately mid-thigh. Tops must have straps. Undergarments must not be viewable. Rips, holes, or tears in clothing must be below mid-thigh.


3. Shoes shall be worn at all times and should be safe for the school environment. The following shoes are not acceptable for any OCPS student: cleated shoes or shoes with wheels.


4. Headgear shall not be worn on campus during the school day unless the headgear is approved by the principal.


6. See-through, revealing, or mesh garments must not be worn without appropriate coverage

underneath that meets the minimum requirements of this dress code.


7. Clothing and accessories that endanger students or staff shall not be worn.


Individual schools are expected to use the state and district dress and grooming guidelines as minimum standards; any adjustments may be made upon approval of the principal’s supervisor. The principal at each school reserves the right to determine what appropriate dress is for the school as detailed in these minimum standards.

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Eletronic Device

No electronic devices are allowed during instructional hours. Cell phones should be turned off and concealed.

Phones confiscated by school administrators will be available for parent pick up in the front office.

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Happy Sunday!

We would like to express our gratitude for many people in our lives: our families, friends, co-workers, dragon students, teachers and staff, our volunteers, sponsors, and community. Thank you for all you do to make a difference in this world. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break with your families and loved ones!

Pie to Celebrate Teachers and Staff

Teachers and staff enjoyed a sweet treat from PTSA. We are thankful for all your hard work and love for our students!

The Gratitude Wall

Dragons students and staff


PTSA received 173 gratitude messages this week!!! Thank you to all of you who participated. We are so happy to see so many great messages of gratitude.

The Gratitude Wall with all the messages is at school in the staff mail room. The winner of the $10 Publix gift card is our amazing Art Teacher Ms. Landry, Congratulations!!!

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Project WE CARE - PTSA and NHJS Students

NJHS and PTSA collected items and gift cards for 6 families who were impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Thank you to all of you who sent donations. We hope these could bring some smiles and joy to our students and families.

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