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August/September 2022-2023 Newsletter (posted 9/2/2022)

Cocoa High School Monthly News and Information


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Hello, Tiger Families!

I am excited to introduce myself as the new Cocoa High School Principal. I know I have a long legacy of exemplary leaders to both honor and emulate; I look forward to the extraordinary opportunity to continue the work of these great Cocoa Tiger leaders!

In response to the state assessment data for SY2022, we have established several school improvement goals for SY2023. In essence, our goals are to 1) Increase student attendance, 2) increase student academic performance, and 3) increase positive school culture and climate. We need your help in supporting these goals, especially student attendance. We earned an initial grade of “I” for our SY2022 grade due to low testing numbers. We must reach a 95% tested rate during all test sessions. Please stress the importance of good and on time attendance to all classes. A reminder that students can actually fail a class due to poor attendance, even if they have earned a passing grace. Attendance matters.

I am grateful to the many volunteers and mentors that we have assisting our students throughout the year. We are asking for additional mentors to help us support our students towards graduation. If interested in providing mentoring to a student, please email Sandra Celesti at She can get you set up with fingerprinting and paperwork to set you up to be able to support our students.

Thank you for all you do to support your child’s academic success. We look forward to a great year of partnership with all of our families!

C. Denise Stewart
Principal Cocoa High
321-632-5300 ext. 22007

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Media Center News

Welcome CHS families to this school year. The Cocoa High Media Center provides a wide range of materials in varying levels of difficulty to meet the literacy needs of all of our students and teachers. These resources are chosen using the District Media selection policy for age-appropriate content and interest. As with all other aspects of a student’s education, parents are encouraged to be involved in a student’s book selections. Even though part of the media collection is filtered for senior reading levels and interest, we still ask that parents read and review the books your student selects. (See the Open Letter to Families).

Besides reviewing the print source, it is possible to have your student read a wide variety of E-books that are offered as well. These are available on the student’s BPS Launchpad on the SORA app. They can choose from fiction, non-fiction, math, science, and many other subjects. The brand new SSYRA books and FTR books for this school-year are also available for reading.

Another great resource available for research and electronic resources is on the BPS Launchpad using the BPS GALE Secondary or BPS GALE Elementary Apps depending on grade level of the student. The student can use these resources for research papers or looking up any factual information for their classes.

The Media Center is also featured on the Cocoa High School Webpage on Launchpad under the Departments link. Or, the direct URL to the webpage is All of these resources are also featured there including the GALE databases, SORA, World Book Online and many others.

If you have any questions or need help with logins or passwords, please email me, Sonja Crisafulli, at or call me at 321-632-5300 Ext. 22200. I am looking forward to serving you and your student this school year.

With best regards,

Sonja Crisafulli

Cocoa High School Media Specialist

School Pictures

Senior Portrait Information: Book a session for your senior portraits at We will also hold an on campus senior portrait session on January 12th in the auditorium. The deadline to have senior portraits featured in the yearbook is January 13th.

Yearbooks are on sale now at Our school ID is 707534. Get your yearbook now to save $25.

School picture retakes will take place on September 28th in the auditorium. Any student who wasn't able to have their picture taken in August can have theirs taken on that day. It is important to have your picture taken not only so you can be in the yearbook, but so that you receive your student ID.


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Tiger Battalion

“Welcome to a New Year”

An Honor Unit with Distinction since 1971

Hello and welcome Cadets of the 2022-2023 Tiger Battalion! I am Cadet First Lieutenant Ryan Bunting, your new Battalion Commander. I am honored to accept this amazing opportunity to lead this year’s Tiger Battalion, and I will do my best to become a dependable leader for cadets of the battalion. I will work hard to help guide cadets into becoming the best students, leaders, and citizens for our school and community. Our battalion’s leaders will provide purpose, direction, and motivation throughout the year to ensure cadets will be able to grow as leaders. I look forward to witnessing the incoming upperclassmen and experienced leaders demonstrate their full potential as leaders. Every single cadet playing his or her role is what forms the foundation of our Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Program.

We would like to welcome our new LET 1 Cadets to the Cocoa Tiger Battalion. Our mission for this school year is to motivate our cadets to be better citizens, as well as exceptional leaders. We also want to focus on our previous cadet leaders, we hope that you will be role models to our new LET 1 cadets, and show them what JROTC is all about. Our special teams offer a variety of options for cadets. Cadets can learn to participate, and learn new skill sets. These teams include Honor Guard, Raider Team, Rifle Team, JLAB, and Drill Team. Each team provides opportunities for Cadets to attain skills such as formal presentations of our nation’s colors at football games with our Honor Guard, to physical fitness during meets with our Raider Team. Our Cadets from the school year 2021-2022 came back from JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) also known as Leadership Camp. Cadets left on 10th of March and returned on the 13th of March. Every Cadet returned with amazing leadership and teamwork skills.

There will be events and tryouts to start this New Year off. Not only will there be Raider Team tryouts, but also Honor/Color Guard. In addition to the returning activities, Rifle Team is being moved to the fall semester. These activities will provide cadets team building and leadership skills; by participating in these events, cadets will receive uniform rewards including arcs, cords, and ribbons. Community Service events will be offered to Cadets; these events will provide for the community and help cadets obtain community service hours. Another event for cadets to look forward to is the ASVAB. The ASVAB provides opportunities for those who care to join the military and see their potential in each of the branches of service. There will be Recruiters coming in to talk about the benefits of each of their respective branches. I hope that we have a great start to this New Year. Tigers, I hope to see you show your full potential.


SAI: Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Pavone XO: Cadet First Lieutenant Maximus Park

AI: Sergeant First Class Freddy Moreno CSM: Cadet Second Lieutenant Savina Radford

AI: Sergeant First Class David Mercer S5: Cadet SGT Kenna Jeffers

BC: Cadet First Lieutenant Ryan Bunting

Cocoa High School featured on the news!


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The above student(s) have been awarded recognition because of their academic achievements in school and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, and/or AP® Exams. They've accomplished these milestones during an immensely demanding period of their high school career.

Angel Parham: National African American Recognition Award (NAARA)
Davien Garcia: National Hispanic Recognition Award (NHRA)

Upcoming Events

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College Admissions Workshop

Thursday, Sep. 22nd 2022 at 6-8pm

2000 Tiger Trail

Cocoa, FL

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Organizations and Groups

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will meet on FRIDAYS starting SEPT. 9th at 8:00am in Room 16-167 (Mrs. Quattrocchi & Ms. Canestrari's room). All Middle and High School Students & Teachers are welcome. Please join us for prayer, teaching, fellowship, and food!😀


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The Tiger Shack Food Market will be starting back up this month with weekly Friday distributions of non-perishable foods! The official date will be announced soon with more information from Ms. Washington so stay tuned!


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Each parent of a student at Cocoa High School has the right to request information about the professional qualifications of the student’s teacher(s) and any paraprofessionals who serve the student. This information is available at the front office in the Parent Resource Binder.

Notification to Parents of Out of Field Teachers

In compliance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Sec. 1112(e)(1)(B)(ii) and Florida law 1012.42, COCOA HIGH SCHOOL is required to notify families when a teacher is classified as out of field for the subject matter and grade level they have been assigned to. Brevard Public Schools is committed to providing the highest quality of education to its students by hiring effective and skilled teachers. The teachers listed below are licensed to teach in the State of Florida and are currently working to meet full certification requirements, and the school district has full confidence in their ability to teach our students effectively.

Solis, Eusebio - Middle Grades English

Hooks, Nathaniel - Physical Education

Koonce, Bobby - Social Studies 6-12

Juarez, Rick - Middle Grades Math

Fetscher, Allison - ESE K-12

Dailey, Matt - Reading