WEKIVA HIGH SCHOOL
WHAT'S GOING ON WITH WEKIVA? A message from the Student Services Department
WHAT'S GOING ON IN 9TH and 10TH GRADE...
8 Tips for You to Stay Organized
Do you feel like you're struggling with keeping up with assignments, turning them in, remembering something you’ve been told multiple times, etc. Take a look at these tips if you are having trouble with time management/organization.
1. Get a planner and keep it updated
- Make sure to stay on top of keeping important dates, commitments, events, assignments, etc. updated in your new planner.
2. Make a to-do list every night
· Whatever you didn’t get done by the end of the day, go ahead and write it down and try again tomorrow. By making a list, you’re able to cross things off as you go through them during the day, which makes you work harder and become more motivated.
3. Reward yourself
· Setting small goals along the way also helps you become more motivated and efficient. For example, allowing yourself to watch one episode of your favorite show AFTER you write three pages of that paper you’re working on.
4. Schedule specific times for high priority tasks
· Break down big projects into small, obtainable tasks. Depending on the due date, you could devote 2 days out of the week to spend 1-2 hours on it, so that you’re not cramming the night before it’s due. Remember to schedule time for self-care too!
5. Bring Work with you
· Great news! You have a laptop! There is ALWAYS an opportunity to use that extra ten minutes to chip away at your assignments. Practicing this could potentially earn you an entire night off of homework!
6. Turn off social media notifications
· When you’re using your allotted time to work on something you must get done, try turning off the notifications to avoid temptation of getting sidetracked.
7. Get some sleep
· You will be forgetful and/or ineffective in anything you’re trying to get done if you aren’t well-rested. Even if you haven’t met your goal for that day, just go to sleep and start with a fresh mind the next day.
8. Keep your priorities straight
· Sometimes our to-do lists can be long and overwhelming. It’s hard to know what to start on first. Each week you should prioritize your tasks at hand, so you have a better grip on your busy schedule.
WHAT'S GOING ON IN 11TH GRADE...
This fall you will officially enter your senior year of high school! While it’s very exciting to finally see the finish line, there are a few things that need to be on your radar already if you’re planning on going to a 2-year or 4-year college.
Grades! - progress reports are coming out soon. Are you giving your best effort? Have you taken advantage of tutorials before/after school? Colleges pay close attention to junior year grades.
Get to know your school counselor. We’d love to meet you if we haven’t already! We are here to help you make the best decisions for you and answer any questions you might have about the college search and application process.
Connect with your teachers. You might need a teacher to write a letter of recommendation for you, so it’s important to develop a positive relationship with teachers, especially in those subjects you’re passionate about.
Take the SAT or ACT. *Free official SAT practice through KhanAcademy*
Start or update your resume and brag sheet. Make a list of extracurricular activities, including volunteering, athletics, and more. You should also list your high school accomplishments. Be sure to keep these lists updated. By having these listed in one place, you’ll have a quick reference sheet when you’re applying to college.
Connect with colleges. Follow social media accounts for colleges of interest and join their email lists to get up-to-date information about colleges.
Visit college campuses. Visiting will help you gauge your fit at that college. Sometimes colleges appear differently on paper. When you visit a college you get to immerse yourself in the college community. Some colleges have digital tours, which is AWESOME, but if you are able to visit in person, we strongly recommend going that route!
Plan your summer activities. It’s never too early to intentionally plan your summer. Relaxing is important and much needed, but you should spend some time building your resume by getting a part-time job, volunteering, or participating in leadership opportunities.
You got this, juniors!
WHAT'S GOING ON IN 12TH GRADE...
Pack it up.
So, you are firming up plans for your life after high school, and the preparation must start for your adult life. There are a few things that you must put in your college/work ready “pack” to ensure a smooth transition.
Social Security Card. Your social security card is required for you to be employed and to verify citizenship for enrollment, financial aid, and scholarships. When you need it, you will not have time to call a parent or run home to retrieve the card; therefore you must responsible for the security of your card.
Birth Certificate. Your birth certificate is often another document we forget about until we need it for a legal matter. Do yourself a favor and purchase a certified copy or two; then secure it with your social security card.
Medical History. Most people can not remember if or when they had the chickenpox or the date of their last flu shot; let alone if anyone in their family has a history of allergies. It is extremely important to not only know this information but to document your medical history in writing and on your phone. Should something occur while you are away from home, the information is helpful in getting you assistance.
Emergency contacts or ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts. If you have not done so already, list at least three ICE contacts in your phone. Law enforcement and first responders are trained to seek this information if you are unable to communicate.
You can never be too prepared! Gathering these documents and information empowers you to forge into the future as a responsible adult. Taking care of these matters prior to graduation puts you and your family at ease, and will lighten the load of things to remember around graduation.
WHS College and Career Resource Center
Beautiful Day Wonderful Wekiva Senior! I know these times are unsettling and you may be feeling isolated. Why not make the best of your days at home and get something done for YOU!
You can call Mrs. Gittens or Miss Sue if:
- You’re having difficulty with a plan for after high school
- You haven’t applied to Valencia and you don’t know how
- You have applied to Valencia and you need to know what’s next
- You have received your financial aid package from your college or university and you don’t understand it.
- You don’t know what to do about your college or university “deposits”
- You are having difficulty with the FAFSA
- You need some Valencia Dual Enrollment advice
Mrs. Gittens is available from 10:00 to 1:00 Monday through Friday. If you need to call at another time, please email her for an appointment.
Miss Sue is available from 1:30 to 3:00pm Monday through Friday. If you need to call at another time, please email me for an appointment.
Ways to stay connect:
Remind-please email Mrs. Gittens for the code ( it's based on your English teacher)
Need information about college visits, scholarships or community service? Visit the Google Classroom page using code: hvblreq
Q: How can I get in touch with my guidance counselor?
Ms. Ness-Lee - (A - CG and Cambridge) - (407) 815-4320 – 11:00 – 2:00pm
Ms. Johnson - (CH - GRH) - (321) 209-4788 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Mr. Marshman - (GRI-LON) - (407) 900-1389 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Mrs. Diaz - (LOO - OQ) - (407) 850-8254 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Ms. Boireau - (OR - SAQ) - (321) 209-3842 - 8:00am - 2:00pm
Ms. Savary - (SAR - Z) - (407) 900-1890 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Mrs. Gittens - (College and Career) (407) 850-8041 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
WHS COUNSELORS ARE HERE FOR YOU. WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER!
Ms. Boireau - Edwige.Boireau@ocps.net
Mrs. Diaz - Caitlin.Diaz@ocps.net
Mrs. Gittens - Mercedes.Gittens@ocps.net
Ms. Johnson - Kourtney.Johnson@ocps.net
Mr. Marshman - Malcolm.Marshman@ocps.net
Ms. Ness-Lee - Jayne.Ness-Lee@ocps.net
Ms. Savary - Kyisha.Savary@ocps.net
Q: If you have feelings of anxiety, depression, etc. Maybe your family is having a rough time and needs additional help...
1. Ms. McGowan, Wekiva High School's Mental Health Social Worker
If it's urgent, you can call her directly at (407) 494-4440 or you can set up an appointment by going to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfyJbAbsfwhiVL34mMwu_dWFYgLc3fqrINJv3CiGh1q1XvTbQ/viewform
2. Mrs. Coffey-Wilson - SAFE Coordinator
You can call her at (407) 545-3083 Monday - Friday between 10:00am - 1:30pm. If you would like to set up an appointment click on the following link:
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