Principal's Message



2019 Parent Survey 
Thank you to everyone who has taken the survey. We have reached our 20% needed. We encourage as many parents as possible to take the survey. The survey link will be available through Friday, March 15, 2019. Remember: this survey is anonymous.

The survey link can be accessed through our school website or Parent Access. If you received school text messages you may access the survey using that link or you can also use the following link:  
The Girls Wrestling Team just earned their 3rd straight State Wrestling Championship!!  
 2018-2019 Girls Wrestling State Champions! 
Third Quarter Student Progress Reports 
Progress Reports went home on Friday. Please take a moment to review your student's results from this 3rd nine weeks. 

School Advisory Council (SAC) 
SAC meets this Thursday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center. 

School Reminders 
After School Policy: Per district and school policy, all students must be off campus within thirty (30) minutes of the school day ending. Students remaining on campus must be in their assigned location for their club, sport, tutoring, or other organization/program. Students will be required and asked to leave campus unless it is verified they are remaining on campus for one of the above-approved functions.  

School day: The tardy bell rings at 7:20 a.m. Morning traffic can be extremely heavy, so make sure you and your student are planning enough time to arrive at school on time.  

The administration greatly appreciates your support.  
Remembering Two Great Presidents on this Presidents' Day
Presidents' Day is unique among American holidays in providing the opportunity to remember and appreciate why George Washington and Abraham Lincoln - whose birthdays fall in February - were the two greatest U.S. presidents.

While Washington was the founding father of the United States, Lincoln would later save the nation from division and collapse - bringing an end to the Civil War and the scourge of slavery.  In short, Lincoln saved the republic that Washington made possible! Enjoy this special holiday! 
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If you see or hear of something suspicious or unusual, say something to any teacher, staff member, coach, or school resource officer right away. Thank you!
Happy Presidents' Day Panthers!

Dates to Watch For   
Feb. 18: Presidents' Day (No school)
Feb. 19: Deadline for Senior Quotes
Feb. 19: Mandatory Business Academy meeting
Feb. 19 & 21: Acoustic Night Auditions
Feb. 21: SAC Meeting, 6:00 PM
Feb. 26: FSA ELA Writing Retakes (see below)
Feb. 27: Black History Month Showcase, 7 PM
Feb. 28: CIS Magnet Art Gala, 6:30 PM
Feb. 28: Orange Technical College Fair, 6-8 PM - List of all programs offered at OTC
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 

Wendy's - DP Partner in Education of the Week
Panthers travel to Tampa's Alonso High School this Thursday for the regional quarterfinal. 
Let's go DP!!

DP in action on our home court vs. Ocoee's Knights earlier this season 
Third Quarter Testing
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
Feb. 15
Feb. 8
Jan. 25 
Jan. 18
9th Grade
NA *
1 week
10th Grade
NA *
2 weeks
11th Grade
NA *
2 weeks
12th Grade
NA *
1 week
1 week
Note: Attendance rates include excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost instructional time that cannot be recovered.    
* Unavailable at production time. Will be updated next week.  
Analysis: Coach Riki Smith    
VPA Visual Arts Faculty had the opportunity to take an amazing group of AP Studio Art and Portfolio Level Art Students to the Orlando Museum of Art for a Portfolio Review Day Event. 

At this inaugural portfolio review event, students were encouraged to bring portfolio pieces to be reviewed by the adjudication panel of professionals.  Our students received individual feedback on their portfolios from a jury of visual art and design experts.  

Our art students acquired a wealth of knowledge from this valuable experience helping them to prepare for college and career plans after high school. Below are what a couple of art students wrote in their reflections about their art work . . .

"My intention is to learn to how take criticism better and how to use the advice given to me to better my art and my art process. Work on anatomy more and to always carry my sketchbook and draw from real life to practice anatomy. The takeaways from the review were that my strong suit was definitely my digital pieces and my graphite pieces, I know how to do contrast well and how to embed my by backgrounds with the characters for the overall theme.  I have learned that I should keep practicing with what I am good at and that I need to learn anatomy to make my characters looks a little more realistic with expression and movement, and to also practice watercolor and shadows and highlights. Some of my strengths were that I was really good at digital pieces and pencil, I am able to show variety in contrast with graphite to show shadows and highlights. Also, that I am able to cohesively integrate my background with the character in the painting or drawing to create unity. Some of the areas I need to improve on are my value when it comes to watercolor pieces, and to also learn more anatomy, draw everything I see in life to get better at anatomy." 

- Amalia Torres, 11th Grade

"My intention for this critique is to understand requirements for portfolios and generally how to better my work. My reviewer discussed that I should do more observational drawings in order to make sketches come quickly and naturally, especially with hands and proportion, which can easily be stylized while staying proportional after practicing. She also said that I should make pieces more dynamic via different camera angles and viewpoints, I stick to a front on camera point really often. In portfolios, I should utilize both traditional and voice/tone as a back bone/structure for what to include in my portfolio. Going back to making pieces more dynamic, in terms of characters i should focus more on putting personality more clearly into my characters or settings. To conclude, my reviewer also said that I don't have to overthink portfolios too much when making them, they don't have to be complicated! My key takeaways were that I should focus more on proportion and dynamic natures in my pieces in order to make them more engaging and interesting, overall better pieces. I also got advice for portfolios, and how to develop them properly. I learned about how to improve my work, and how to develop a strong portfolio. My strengths ---I think positive tones, or just silliness in some of my sketches, especially the ones that show a sort of story behind them. Areas I can improve on --- proportion and camera angle." 

- Reem Hassan, 11th Grade

AP Art
At The Orlando Museum of Art Student Exhibition, two of our AP art students work were chosen by the Museum Curator to be in the show! 

DPHS has a total of five (5) student artworks chosen to be in this Special Museum Exhibition during the Spring Semester.  AWW DP!

Congratulations to . . . 
Victoria Diogene (left) and Laura Mullowney (right)

Photography by: Victoria Diogene, Titled: Beautiful Girl
Gouache Painting by: Laura Mullowney, Titled: Lines In The Sky

Digital Painting by: Leila Elguennich, Titled: Zen Garden

Photography by: Grace Jarrett, Titled: Golden Hour

Photography by: Victoria Hernandez, Titled: It's Araya!
Mathematics (Algebra I)
Ms. Barnes' Algebra I class had the highest number of demonstrated proficiencies in Math space sub-topics in the entire school! Great job Ms. Barnes and students!

Black History Month '19
As a part of The Black History Speaker Series, The National Pan-Hellenic Council at the University of Central Florida spoke to the students of DP on Greek life in college. Members of Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho spoke to the students about the benefits of being in a fraternity and sorority, how to get active in college, how to pledge in college and their overall experience in being involved in their given organization. The group was well received by the attendees.

Panther Announcements & Reminders
Summer Internship! 
National Space Club & Foundation Scholars Program (June 24 - Aug. 2) 
The National Space Club & Foundation Scholars Program is a summer intern program, for up to 55 high school students, with space scientists and engineers, sponsored by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD and NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA in cooperation with the National Space Club and Foundation. The program is conducted for six weeks each summer, from late June until early August.
The purpose of this program is to provide students with an opportunity to experience how research and development organizations operate on a day-to-day basis in direct support of NASA's mission to inspire the next generation of explorers. Participants will be assigned to work with a technical professional in a field related to the student's stated interests and expertise. The available areas of interest include earth and space systems science, computer science and engineering. Virtually all placements include computer applications, but biological laboratory experiences are not available. After completing the internship, students interested in pursuing aerospace-related fields are able to make more informed decisions regarding their university-level studies and career focus. Comments from some of the mentors, reflecting their appreciation of the program, can be found on the Mentors' Page.

The National Space Club and Foundation provides a stipend of $2,100 to help defray transportation and meal expenses during this six-week summer program. Potential NSCF Scholars: 
  • Must have completed sophomore year in high school in good standing by the end of the current academic year;
  •  Must be 16 years of age by the starting date of the program; 
  • Must be a U.S. citizen; 
  • Must live and maintain permanent residence within commuting distance of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, or the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA. 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (unweighted) on a 4.0 scale
The National Space Club and Foundation's Scholars Program will occur from June 24, 2019 through August 2, 2019. Applications will be accepted from now until April 1, 2019 at the following URL: Notifications of acceptance will be sent in May.

For questions about the National Space Club and Foundation Scholars program contact Jeremy Davis (or by phone: 443-850-4153).

2nd Annual Goodwill Fabulous Dress Event (March 9)

Acoustic Night Auditions (Feb. 19 & 21) 
Tri-M Acoustic Night is March 8th! Auditions will be Tuesday, 2/19 and Thursday, 2/21 after school in room 1-117. All DPHS students are welcome to audition!  
Black History Month Showcase (Feb. 27)
All collected proceeds will benefit the Angel Fund which supports DP's homeless families

Yearbook Grade Level Photo Submission 
Have you taken great photos this year at DP events from Homecoming to after-school club meetings? Would like you and your friends to be featured in the Yearbook? This year, the DP Yearbook staff would like to feature student-submitted photos for a special section of the yearbook focusing on each grade level. Use the following link to submit your photos today: You must be logged in to your OCPS email account to fill out the form.

CIS Hosting   
CIS Students! Your magnet is looking for a few families to host foreign exchange students in the upcoming weeks; a great cultural-enriching opportunity you don't want to miss and a great way to meet your practicum requirement. Please visit the CIS website for application! 

CIS Art Night (Feb. 28) 
Calling all DP artists! The CIS Magnet will be hosting an Art Gala on Thursday, February 28th from 6:30pm - 8PM in the 200-courtyard. The CIS Magnet wishes to cast a spotlight on the richness of our wonderfully diverse school community and create a space where you can showcase your talents through different types of art.
- The Theme is:  "Celebrating Our School Diversity" and all are invited to attend!
- We specially want to invite DP students with an artistic inclination artists to display a piece of art or to perform at this event.  

Interested? Please ask any of the DP Art teachers or stop by Mrs. Wilson's room 2-110 for a submission form and return it completed along with your art piece by February 26th.

Junior Class Shirt Sales (Feb. 19-21) 
Attention Juniors! Junior Class shirts will be on sale in front of the Media Center during both A and B lunch Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week.  Shirts are $10 each, cash, check, and cards will be accepted.  
3rd Annual DP Battle of the Talents   
Have a cool talent you want to show off? Sign up for the 3rd Annual DP Battle of the Talents! You can sign up at the link (display tinyurl on screen) or visit the tables this week on South Campus by the Panther or on North Campus in the cafeteria.    
Black History Month Calendar

Seniors Quotes for Yearbook (UPDATE - Feb. 19) 
Display link: 
Seniors Seniors Seniors! You now have two options for buying your senior quotes for the yearbook: still for only $5. You can stop by room 23-106 or purchase online via School Pay at the link above. The deadline to purchase a quote is Tuesday, February 19th. Capture your senior experience in your own memorable, sentimental, or hilarious way by buying your senior quote today! 

Yearbook Application for the 2019-20 School Year (Applications due Feb. 28) 
Do you want to record and create lasting memories of student life, sports, academics, clubs, and our school community? Do you have an interest in photography, writing, publishing, or digital design? Then apply to be a part of the 2019-2020 Yearbook Team! Get your paper application from Mrs. Schellhammer in room 23-106 OR apply online using the link:
Applications due by February 28th.  

Business Academy 
Business Academy is currently recruiting for the 2019-2020 school year. Students may apply at: 

DPBA members have the opportunity to participate and attend several community service events, hear from guest speakers, and partake in field trips throughout the year. Students who are accepted into the Business Academy must take a business class each year. Please see one of the Business Academy Directors, Mrs. Wright in room 23-109 or Ms. Osias in room 4-201 for more information.
Business Academy students have a MANDATORY meeting on 2/19/19. Please be in attendance.   
** Attention Senior Business Academy students: Please be sure that you are checking in with the Business Academy Directors, Mrs. Wright or Ms. Osias each week. Just a reminder that the first part of your Senior Project (Job Shadowing) is due by February 22You've got this Seniors! 
Panther Athletics 
 Panther Zone 
For the very latest DP sports news, please visit the Panther Zone which is continuously updated
throughout the week.  
"Catching the Winning Behaviors" 
State Champions! 
DP crowned a record 6 individual State Champions: Jessica Corredor (100), Karoline Ortiz (128), Jennifer Charles (134), Shania Gowan (162), Shedeline Ulysse (222) and Amani Guzman (287)

Women's Basketball - Playoffs 
Lady Panthers advance to regional semifinal Tuesday at Oakridge at 7:00pm. Bring it home ladies!

Women's Water Polo 
Lady Panthers improve to (5-1) over the weekend. 
Men's Water Polo 
Panthers charge to a (5-1) record to open the season.  

Softball - Start of the Regular Season  
Lady Panthers open regular season action home Tuesday vs. Jones at 6:00pm!
Baseball - Preseason Gets Underway 
Panthers open preseason action Tuesday vs. Viera at TFA at 7:00pm.   



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