Principal's Message

Happy New Year Panthers!

This past Friday students from our special needs classes and Pre K special needs classes performed at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center as part of Pilobolus Dance. Dance instructors worked with our students for a week at school helping to prepare for the performance on Friday. It was AMAZING!!  
A HUGE THANK YOU to the ESE teachers and Paraprofessionals, and ESE Program Assistants for their role in making this happen. A special thanks to former Theater Director, Karen Rugerio, who help spearhead this wonderful opportunity!

After School Tutoring
After school tutoring resumed Tuesday, January 8, 2019. You will need to re-register for the spring semester in order to be approved for buses.  Tutoring is offered in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Liberal Arts Math 1, English 9th and 10th grade, and Biology/Environmental Science.    
You can register by having your student log into their school google account and go to  Please email Mrs. Ballerino at if you have any questions or concerns.  

SAC Meeting
The SAC meeting will be held this Thursday, January 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center. The tentative agenda will be posted on the school website Monday under the PARENTS tab. 

PTSA - Senior Breakfast Meeting 
There will be a Senior Breakfast interest meeting on Tuesday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center.  
Parents please check this tab regularly during this final semester of your 2019 Senior to stay updated on important information. 

Your 2019 Senior can also stay connected and receive the most recent information for DP Seniors by joining a special Remind group for DPHS Seniors. Text @dphs19 to 81010

To order your cap and gown you may go online to for questions or online orders or call 407-647-4373 to place your order.  

Welcome back and I hope that everyone enjoys their week. 
Dr. Knight
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In 2019, please remember Panthers . . .   
If you see or hear of something suspicious or unusual,
say something to any teacher, staff member, coach, or school resource officer. 

Dates to Watch For  
Jan. 14-Jan. 24: Student Council disaster relief school supply drive (Hurricane Michael)
Jan. 14: Black History Month auditions
Jan. 14.-Feb.1: Souper Bowl of Caring to help Orange County families in need
Jan. 15: AP World History tutoring
Jan. 16: FREE Annual Scholarship Fair
Jan. 17: Women's Beach Volleyball info. meeting
Jan. 17: SAC Meeting, 6:00pm (Media Center)
Jan. 18: Pep Rally
Jan. 18: Report Cards
Jan. 21: Dr. MLK, Jr. Day (No school)
Jan. 22: "Black Out for Bullying" pledge during A and B lunches
Jan. 22: Senior Breakfast parent meeting, 6:30pm in the media center
Jan. 22: AP World History tutoring
Jan. 28: Baseball tryouts
Feb. 5: Valencia Dual Enrollment presentations

SAC Meetings 
School Advisory Committee (SAC) Meetings
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. South Campus Media Center

PTSA Meetings (First Tuesday of every month)
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. South Campus Media Center 
Useful Links
OCPS 2018-2019 Calendar
DPHS Website
The Panther Zone (all DP Athletics)
Find My Bus - OCPS Transportation
DP Guidance Department 

DP Partner in Education of the Week
Third Quarter Testing
January 29: ACCESS for ELLs - Reading and Writing (ALL ELL students) 
January 31: ACCESS for ELLs - Listening (ALL ELL students)
February 4: PERT (For Dual Enrollment & 10th-12th Graders who have not passed Algebra 1 EOC)
Jan 28-Mar 14: ACCESS for ELLs - Speaking Window (ALL ELL students- exact dates/times TBD)
February 26: FSA ELA Writing Retakes - 11th & 12th Graders who have not passed FSA ELA
Feb. 28-March 1: FSA ELA Reading Retakes - 11th & 12th Graders who have not passed FSA ELA
(NOTE: FSA ELA Writing & both sessions of Reading are required to get credit for the assessment)
March 4-5: FSA EOC Algebra 1 Retakes (Students who have not passed the assessment)
March 6: SAT School Day (ALL 11th Graders)

Acronyms and other test information:
* ELA = English Language Arts
* EOC = End of Course Exam

Panther Vital Signs

Source: Attendance rates include excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost instructional time. 
Analysis: Coach Riki Smith    
AP Spanish
AP Spanish Literature students start off the new year studying the impact of the Spanish American war on the writings by Ruben Dario, the major exponent of the "Modernist movement." Seen below, they are taking a test on the poem, "A Roosevelt." Buena suerte, mis cachorros!!


* Weekly curriculum snapshot courtesy of Coach Riki Smith
Panther Announcements & Reminders
Florida Panhandle Hurricane Relief (Jan. 14th to Jan. 24th)
Pizza ManDid you know that after a natural disaster one of the most needed donations is school supplies? To help the victims of Hurricane Michael, Student Council is holding a school supplies drive from January 14th to January 24th. 
Bring in any new school supplies, such as markers, notebooks, and glue sticks, and turn them into your 5th period teacher. The 5th period class that collects the most school supplies, by weight, will win a pizza party! Let's help those in need, Panthers.

Souper Bowl of Caring Supply Drive (Jan. 14th to Feb. 1st)
Panthers!! The Super Bowl is right around the corner and that means so is the Souper Bowl of Caring. A recent study from United Way shows that 43 percent of Orange County families find it nearly impossible to obtain even the most basic necessities, and the numbers show the problem is only getting worse. 
Last year was our first year participating in this county-wide food drive sponsored by St. Vincent Depaul and we contributed 2,327 nonperishable food items and took second place to West Orange High School. Our goal this year is to be the most generous school and to donate the most nonperishable food items to help our community. Panthers, please bring in nonperishable food items to your 1st period.  Collection will run from January 14th to February 1st. The winning class will receive a donut party supplied by Student Council.  
Scholarship Fair (Jan. 16th)
State Representative Bruce Antone and Community Partners invite high school seniors and their parents to attend the Free Annual Scholarship Fair on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 4-7 PM at Evans High School. Students are encouraged to bring several copies of their official ACT/SAT scores, high School transcripts and letters of recommendation. Over 30 colleges and universities from across the country have confirmed their participation. Many will be awarding scholarships at the Fair.  
* Students may pre-register online at
Pep Rally (Jan. 18th)
Second semester is here and Student Council wants you to welcome back with a Semester Kickoff Pep Rally! Next Friday, January 18th, we will be on a Wednesday bell schedule with the Pep rally at the football stadium for all students. Wear your DP swag and get ready to rock this semester!  

OMA Art Student Exhibition - DPHS
Congratulations to Mr. Haugrud and his talented Art students for being selected to be in a curated art exhibition at The Orlando Museum of Art!  Great job Grace Jarrett, Victoria Diogene and Victor Sanchez.

Senior Breakfast Parent Meeting (Jan. 22nd)
There will be a parent meeting for all interested in planning this year's senior breakfast Monday, January 22 at 6:30pm in the media center. If you or your parents are interested, please attend so we can send our seniors off in style. 

Black History Month Showcase (Auditions this Monday)
Calling all singers, dancers, actors, and talented students! Anyone interested in performing in the annual black history month showcase, auditions are Monday, January 14th in the north campus cafeteria. If you have questions, please see Ms. Jamison. 

Student Athletic Training
If you are interested in being part of the Student Athletic Training Program for the 2019-2020 school year please email Ms. Hosier at All applicants will be considered. 

Dr. Phillips Women's Beach Volleyball Team (Info. Meeting Jan. 17th)
There will be an informational meeting about joining Dr. Phillips first ever Women's Beach Volleyball Team on Thursday, January 17th in Coach Loftus' room 2-109 immediately after school. Please email or see Coach Lo if you have any questions.  
Bullying Pledge (Jan. 22nd)
On January 22nd during A and B lunches, Student Council will have a banner for students to pledge against bullying. Come out and sign your name and to show your initiative against bullying.

Baseball Tryouts (Jan. 28th)
Baseball tryouts are on January 28th at 3pm. Students must have a completed physical packet on file with the athletic trainer to be cleared to tryout by Friday, January 25th. Any questions please see Coach Evans in 6-109 or email at
Proudly display your graduation status in the spring with a 'DPHS Graduate Lives Here' yard sign. These yard signs are the only fundraiser we have for the Senior Breakfast, an annual tradition celebrating your big graduation accomplishment. Yard signs are $10 each. Get your order in quickly to ensure delivery. 
Please click here for a PDF copy of the form below.
Dr. Phillips School Store 
Want to express your Dr. Phillips Pride but don't know how? The school store is stocked and ready to meet your school spirit apparel needs. We are located on the south campus, behind the administration building. Operating hours are daily from 7:15-2:30. Cash, check and cards are accepted. Hope to see you soon! 
AP World History Tutoring Tuesdays
Tutoring Tuesdays continue in December. No matter who your teacher is, come to room 1006 on North Campus for help with content and writing. We are here to help you succeed! 
Panther in the Spotlight
"Catching the Winning Behaviors!"
Fiercely dedicated and hard workingDP junior Abdoulaye Thiam has hit the ground running this season for the Panthers' men's basketball team. Keep up the great effort Abdoulaye!

* You can catch Abdoulaye in action on the court at home Jan. 23 vs. Wekvia, 7:00 pm.

College and Career Information
Valencia College Dual Enrollment Program

The Valencia Dual Enrollment student presentation will take place on February 5th during 6th or 7th period in the Media Center. The parent presentation will take place at 6:00 pm that night in the Performing Arts Center. The Dual Enrollment Program enables qualified students an opportunity to participate in College level courses while still enrolled in high school (If you are already enrolled in Valencia Dual Enrollment please disregard this.) Dual Enrollment allows students to pursue an advanced curriculum that earns the student both high school and college credit simultaneously.

Here are some additional benefits of the program:

* Get a head start on earning college credit
* Gain access to college resources and campus life
* Explore interesting subjects through a variety of course offerings
* Engage with different instructional methods available: Classroom, Online, or Hybrid
* Experience the college atmosphere
* Offset the cost of a college education
* Stand out among your peers

Any questions, please contact
After-School Tutoring
After-school tutoring began again last week. 
Tutoring is offered in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Liberal Arts Math 1, English 9th and 10th grade, and Biology/Environmental Science.    

You can register by having your student log into their school google account and go to

Please email Mrs. Ballerino at if you have any questions or concerns.  
Panther Athletics 
 Panther Zone 
For the very latest DP sports news, please visit the Panther Zone which is continuously updated
throughout the week.  
Women's Wrestling 
7 individual champions, 15 straight tournament championships for Women's Wrestling! 
For the 15th time in as many tournaments, Women's Wrestling was crowned team champions as they won the 31-team Lady Panther Tournament 
Women's Basketball 
Panthers win two over the weekend. Improve record to (12-6)  
Freshman Skylar Thompson (pictured) scored a career-high 15 points Saturday afternoon. Zoe Alexander scored 20 and 16 to led the Panthers this weekend. Panthers have now won 6 of their last 7. 
Women's Soccer 
Panthers thump East Ridge 6-1 
Junior midfielder Kaitlyn Montague scored three goals and assisted on two more to lead the DP.
Panthers are now (9-0-2).

Men's Soccer 
Panthers blank Apopka 5-0 
Sophomore Enzo Teles knocked home two goals, Senior Rafael Silva Azevedo, junior Pierre Abon and junior Leo Lengler Fonseca each contributed a goal as the Panthers improved to 9-3-3 on the season.

College Commit 
Max Meisenheimer - University of California-Irvine (Water Polo)
Monday's Motivational Moment
You don't actually have to take the quiz. Just read the post straight through, and you'll get the point, an awesome one, that it is trying to make!

Take this quiz:
  • Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  • Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
  • Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
  • Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
  • Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress
  • Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Now . . . here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
  • List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
  • Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
  • Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
  • Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
  • Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
  • Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
Easier? The lesson for our Panthers? The people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care!


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