Principal’s Message for the Opening of 2017-2018 School Year
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. As the end of summer vacation rapidly approaches, it is time to focus on returning to school. The first day of school is August 21nd, 2017. School begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 2:30 PM. From past experience, you can anticipate heavy traffic during the first several weeks of school, so please reference our traffic flow map posted on the homepage of our website .
We will be following a 4 x 4 A/B block schedule and a calendar of the A/B block schedule, along with our Professional Study Days, Early Release days, and more is posted on our website.
Open House will be held on Tuesday, September 12th at 6:45 PM
New Student Orientation- will be held on Wednesday, August 16th at 7 PM in the Cooper City High School Auditorium.
Our first School Advisory Council (SAC)/School Advisory Forum (SAF) meeting will be held on Monday, August 28th at 3 PM in our Media Center. All parents are invited to attend.
Parking Decals are for seniors only at this time- information and forms are posted on our website.
Textbook and Schedule Pick up during the week of August 14th - information is posted on our website.
I am looking forward to working with all of you throughout the upcoming school year. But before we get under way, I would like to reflect upon our accomplishments from the 2016-2017 school year and take this opportunity to thank TEAM COOPER--- the administrative staff, faculty, support personnel and community of Cooper City HS---- for the part everyone plays in the lives of our students each and every day. Your commitment and dedication to the education of our students is commendable.
I am very proud to announce that Cooper City High School earned an “A” for the 2016-17 school year, in accordance with the State of Florida’s grading criterion. In following, I would like to recap more of our extraordinary accomplishments throughout the 2016--2017 SY, along with the achievements of the members of the Class of 2017.
To the Cooper City Community of friends and family, your commitment and involvement in the Class of 2017’s education, has been ever present,
CCHS is the recipient of the Golden School Award for our 21st year and the Silver School Award for the 16th year . You are all to be commended as an outstanding community of volunteers as you continue to provide support to enhance learning.
I would like to recognize the City of Cooper City for being ranked as #8 in the Nation as one of the best places to live. Very Impressive!!!
Thank you for your on going support of the students of CCHS.
Cooper City High School holds a formidable position amongst the best in the State of Florida and the Nation. Recent rankings by US News and World Report, named Cooper City High School as a recipient of the Silver Medal for being one of the 2017 Best High Schools. This is based on our performance on state required tests and how well we prepare our students for college. Our State ranking is 111th and our National ranking is 1381 from more than 22, 000 public high schools nationwide. Hence our continued “A” rating and Tradition of Excellence.
So keeping with our Yearbook theme ---“This is Why”, the following statistics illustrate why Cooper City High School and the Class of 2017 are so special ---
- 488/510 seniors, 98% met all of the graduation requirements
- top 10 % held GPA’S from8 to 5.52
- Seniors were awarded 255 Gold Honor cords ( 50% of the class obtained a 3.75 GPA and above)
Fewer than half of one percent of American high school seniors meet the rigorous requirements for National Merit Scholars Qualifying Finalist standings. We are pleased to announce CCHS had:
- 3 students who have been honored as National Merit Finalists
- 4 students were honored as National Merit Commended Scholars
- 3 students were honored as National Hispanic Scholars
- Recognized 29 AP Scholars- students receiving a 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams
- 207/510 students (41% of the Class) have been awarded over $5,731,910 million in cumulative Bright Futures and other scholarships from schools all over the United States---and that is with higher cut scores.
- 62 Florida Academic Scholars
- 117 Florida Medallion Scholars
- 28 Gold Seal Vocational Award
- 188 students will be receiving accelerated course recognition for maintaining a 3.5 average while taking 4 or more AP/Dual Enrollment courses and receiving college credit-
- 168 students receiving nationally recognized industry certification in auto (1), drafting (39), engineering (25), business (25) and childcare (30) Fashion (11), Finance (15), other (22)
- 205/510 (40% of the Class) were Silver Cord recipients with over 250 hours of community service. Overall the senior class accumulated 95,000 community service hours, this speaks volumes of their willingness to make a difference
- 61 National Honor society seniors were in good standing in citizenship, scholarship, leadership and community service.
Our National Honor Society received the Gold Chapter of Distinction Award , the highest award bestowed on a Broward County Chapter, 6 years running and experienced a very successful NHS conference where they brought home a dozen trophies and implemented over 30 projects this year
And then some directed their talents and leadership skills to areas they are passionate about, where they truly made a difference
They led on the field, with balancing a challenging academic schedule with countless hours of practice time
- 28/75 seniors were scholar athletes ( unwtd GPA 3.5)
- Our Sports teams averaged a 12 GPA
- (13) college signees, with scholarships awarded in FB (4) , Golf (1), Softball (3), Lacrosse (3), Volleyball (1), Soccer (1)
- 6 District’s Championships- Girls Volleyball, ( Back to Back ) Girls Lacrosse ( Back to Back District Champs) , Girls Soccer, ( District Champs -first time in 8 years and on to regional semi- finals) Girls Softball, District Champs and on to regionals, Girls Flag Football- only 2nd District championship in school history, and not since 2009 - 1st Regional Championship and then on to the Final Four at States, Girls Cross Country and Track – District Champs and State qualifiers
- Swimming had 7 athletes qualify for States
- Cowboy Football qualified for Districts after a 5 year absence and Wrestling had two State qualifiers, Boys Lacrosse qualified for Districts which was a first and they finished as runner-up, Baseball made a comeback as District runner-up
Off the field
- They were leaders at DECA states ( 90) and Nationals ( 25)
- 35 Seniors received their Early Childhood Professional Industry Certificates after a grueling 600 hours of an internship and 23 /35 went on to obtain their CDA
- Our World Language Students had an incredible showing at Spanish District Competitions
- Our Cowboy Television production program students took 3rd at STN in LA with Best News Show
- Future Educators won top honors as well “ teaching is the work of the heart!!!!! winning 1st place in creative fundraising
- 3 Silver Knight nominees
- And our “Lariat” students - went to States for the 1st time and brought home over 20 awards
- Our Yearbook “This is Why” was recognized with a Silver medal
- Our Debate team continues to be ranked in the top 7.5% in the country based on the success of all Cooper students They have now joined the 300 club and sent four students to Nationals this year!!!
- Thespians Troup 0784 had a small and large group ensemble qualify for States
- Our Automotive program had the individual high scorer in the District,
- Our AP ART students( 4) were recognized at the Superintendents’ Showcase and had their own gallery showing
- And once again our Sound of Pride Band left their markat District, States and onto MPA and FBA where they met with great success.
- Cowboy Battalion, our NJROTC unit, this year achieved third in Academics at States for the first time in school history and one of our cadets was third runner –up as the District’s Cadet of the Year . The entire unit received Distinguished Unit honor for the first time in school history.
The Class of 2017 are students with large hearts who within the leadership of our Clubs and Student Government they have raised thousands of dollars for charitable organizations, but more importantly, they have given of their time to the community in a variety of ways.
Each year school-wide efforts assist the children at the Sexual Assault Treatment Center, where multiple clubs ( MC, LGBTQ, SGA, Football, Key Club, Best Buddies , NHS) come together. Additionally these same clubs partnered with the City of Cooper City to participate in our American Cancer Society’s RELAY FOR LIFE right here at the high school and broke all records by raising $ 325,000 in the past two years. Our student led teams participating in Relay for Life from CCHS were recognized by the American Cancer Society whereby CCHS received 1st place honors, in the National Youth Involvement Award 2016.
And then there was the second annual ACS sponsored Color Run where the Cooper City High School SGA team contributed $7800 to the fight against cancer.
And over 20 teams from Cooper City High School, Cooper City Elementary and the City participated in the Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE) event, donating $20,000 providing almost 100,000 meals to the homeless and hungry right here in Broward County.
The Class of 2017 have chosen a variety of post-secondary paths----some are off to the military (14), specifically, 4 to Army, 6 to Navy, 3 to Marines and 1 Coast Guard. Stay safe and thank you for your service.
Others are off to career- technical program (13), others to our Florida Public Universities (180) with 16 to UF, 47 to FSU, 45 to UCF , 10 to USF, 15 to Gulf Coast, 18 to FIU, 23 to FAU, 4- UNF and 21 to private universities such as 11 to NSU, and 10 to Barry, St. Thomas or UM
then others will go out of state ( 36) to schools like Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Penn State, Tulane, Carnegie- Mellon and Alabama while others (196) will remain locally and attend Broward College and 14 other community colleges.
Wherever our alumni travel, I am sure they will remember where they came from and hold onto the Cooper City “Tradition of Excellence” and their “Cowboy Pride.”
And finally, I would like to sincerely thank the Class of 2017 for all of the contributions they have made to CCHS over the past four years.
Looking forward to our first day together on August 21st.
Wishing everyone a healthier, kinder and gentler, and extraordinary 2017-2018 school year!!!!.
Wendy Doll, Principal,
Cooper City High School
NOTE: Any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 323-0200