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We have a short 4-day week. The students' last day for this semester is Thursday, December 20. 

Winter Break starts Friday, December 21 and runs through Friday, January 4, 2019. Schools and district offices are closed during the Winter Break. Schools will reopen and students will return Monday, January 7, 2019. 

CFE Testing 
On Tuesday, students will report to 2nd period. Students who have a CFE for a semester class will take the assessment during this time. This is due to technical difficulties last week that resulted in the test to be cancelled


I hope that everyone enjoys a safe and joyful holiday season.  
 Dr. Knight
CFE Exams for 2nd period are rescheduled for Tuesday, December 18.   
Panther Vital Signs
All success indicators signaling green again last week. Attendance and ProgressBook usage up heading into the final days of semester 1.  
Weekly attendance rates and ProgressBook logins 
Grade/ Logins






Book logins

Source: Daily Absence Bulletin. Attendance rates include excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost instructional time. 
Direction: Rising, Slowing, Same 
Trend: Number of weeks in current direction
Monday Panther Spotlight . . . 
National American Choral Directors Honor Chorus 
Three DP students were selected to attend the National American Choral Directors Honor Chorus. With over 2,300 auditions for just 300 spots to fill, we couldn't be more proud of these 3 ladies!!!
(L-R) Mackenzie Gimbel, Jazmin Perdew and Laura Mullowney 

Elena Poret Undefeated in Debate Tournament! 

Congratulations to sophomore Elena Poret for an undefeated record in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the Central Florida Debate Initiative's tournament at West Orange High School. Awesome job!!
Panther in the News! 
Dr. Phillips' Zoe Alexander (#2) dominates on the court.

Science with Mrs. Phillips 
Mrs. Phillips' Project Lead The Way (PLTW) classes have built models demonstrating how glucose in the blood stream is regulated and how Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes differ. 

While difficult to see in such a small image, this student's model offered details on blood vessels, the pancreas, insulin, glucose, and the cell membrane. 
Above and right: Mrs. Phillips' students were given creative freedom to develop their own models regarding the subject of diabetes - a serious medical issue facing America today. 
Using pipe cleaners and other material, these students created a model the depicts the glucose-blood stream relationship. 

* Weekly curriculum classroom feature courtesy of Coach Riki Smith 
After-school tutoring resumes Tuesday, January 8th 
Students will need to re-register for the spring semester in order to be approved for buses.  In order to obtain transportation on 1/8/19, you must re-register by Tuesday, December 18, 2018.  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 Announcements & Reminders 
Black History Month (Dec. 19 meeting) 
Are you interested in being in the annual black history month show? Please come out to an interest meeting in Ms. Garner's room on Wednesday, Dec. 19th right after school. See you there! 
Recycling Survey Results 
Student council conducted a survey around the school asking students if they have heard about the recycling going on during 5th period, if they recycle at their house, to list the materials that they recycle, and if they think recycling is important for our planet. The survey showed that 56% of students recycle at their house, and 92% of students think recycling is important to our planet. Glass and electronics are the two least recycled materials. Recycling is very important in the fight against climate change and is an important part in preserving in our environment. Please try to recycle recycled materials and let's do our part to make the world a better place.   

SGA Soap Drive   
SGA is holding a soap supply drive through through December 19th. You can donate any type of soap after school in rooms 2-107 or 18-801 on drop off days: December 18th & 19th. Every four (4) soap products would equal one (1) volunteering hour. We thank you in advance for your participation! 

Boys Lacrosse 
Men's Lacrosse began open practices on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays on December 10th. Any student with an interest in trying out in January is invited to attend. Meet in Coach B's room, 2-119, after school on Monday. You must have a physical on file to participate. If you have any questions, contact Coach B or Coach Nassar. 

Winter Flick on the Field 


"Not-Just-Thanksgiving" Food Drive (Continues through Dec. 19)

From now through the end of this quarter, Student Council is hosting a "Not-Just-Thanksgiving" Food Drive! We are asking that students bring in non-perishable food items to their first period classes. All first period classes are encouraged to participate! This food drive will run from December 3rd to December 19th. All donations will be made to the Zebra Coalition and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Let's all show our empathy and compassion this holiday season by helping members of our community in need.  Thank you!

This is Winter Spirit Week! 


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.
Junior Shirt Interest Form 
If you are interested in purchasing a Junior Class of 2020 t-shirt, please fill out the interest form using the link - T-shirts are $10 and all money will be due at the time of purchase. The winning design is shown on the interest form. 

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. 
Guidance Reminder . . . 
Guidance would like to mention that 2019-2020 course registration is underway for students! All students will have a presentation about graduation requirements and course selection forms in December and January. Parents and students are encouraged to discuss future classes together and select their courses. Students will meet one on one with their guidance counselor to review courses selected in January and February. 


Lauren SmithGuidance Department Chair 
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 
Lady Panthers saw 11 wrestlers finish undefeated in a round robin format at Wekiva. 

DP closed the night with a meet-high 22 victories, three by two-time defending State Champion Shania Gowan (3-0).

Women's Soccer 
Women's Varsity Soccer now 6-0-2 after an 8-0 victory over Wekiva.
Jill Ross with 3 goals, 2 assists; Grace Owens 3 goals, assist; Kirah Graham and Kaitlyn Montague with solo goals; goalkeeper MacKenzie Montague notches her 6th shutout of the year.

Women's Basketball 
Women's Basketball (5-4) fends off Oak Ridge (6-3) in overtime, 53-49.

Zoe Alexander
 scores 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals; Ailey Schyck 9 points, 8 rebounds; Truly Le 9 points.  

Water Polo 
December 21 at 6:30 PM! 
All water polo players welcome to play in game to honor Ian Supra! Whether you play or simply want to watch the game, let's celebrate Ian's life with the game he loved! #SupraStrong





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