In 2019 – 2020, McFatter Technical High School continued 22 year record of success, once again being rated an “A” school, and with outstanding performance of our students in class; on end-of-course exams; on college admissions tests such as the PSAT, SAT, and ACT; on Advanced Placement coursework and exams; and on industry certifications in our juniors’ and seniors’ technical programs of study. We’re so proud of our students for all of their accomplishments, and we look forward to continuing to support their work both in class and via teacher tutoring, National Honor Society tutoring, and our Fostering Academic Success Together (FAST) program.
Below are some important reminders about the start of the new school year.
Morning Procedures: School begins at 9:15 am.
- In addition to our own culinary program’s breakfast offerings, the district provides a free breakfast to all students. This free breakfast option will begin on the first day of school, and is served beginning at 8:30 am., in front of the high school building.
- Parent drop off is on the west side of campus (Nova Drive entrance), just in front of the high school building; please do NOT do student drop off in our east parking lot (the Davie Road entrance), because during high school arrival times, that area is restricted to bus drop offs and the arrival of faculty or staff.
- When in the drop off line, please do not leave your vehicle unattended. If you need to come into the school, please park in a visitor space.
- For the first week of school, students arriving late, but before 10:45 a.m., should report directly to their first period class. Beginning with the second week, students who are not in their period one classroom by 9:15 need to report to High School Student Services for a late pass.
Afternoon Procedures: Dismissal is at 4:10 p.m.
- Parent pick up is in the same location as drop-off.
- Students should only remain after school if they are participating in an official club activity/meeting or program such as our FAST Program (the schedule for the FAST program will be released by the second week of September), or using the Media Center (Monday through Thursday until 6:00 pm).
- Although our campus remains open Monday through Thursday evenings to accommodate our evening adult classes, after 4:45 p.m. there is no further supervision available for high school students who are NOT in one of the previously-mentioned official after-school activities.
- The Activity Buses will operate in coordination with the FAST schedule. They will leave campus at 6:30 and drop students at a limited number of depot stops, normally the public elementary, middle or high school closest to home.
- The Code of Student Conduct Handbook has gone green! Parents are invited to review the Code of Student Conduct Handbook and complete the required forms by accessing the Back to School Forms link found on the Broward Schools webpage at: https://www.browardschools.com/backtoschool-onlineforms
- All students are encouraged to apply for free and reduced lunch. The 2019-2020 online multi-child application is located at the website. Remember, it’s not just about the food, because students who qualify for free and reduced lunch are also eligible for SAT/ACT waivers and some free college applications, among other benefits.
- Please complete the forms as soon as possible, but within the first two weeks of school. The Media Center will be available for parents, if you need Internet access.
- Students who will be driving their own or a family car must apply for a parking tag ($25.00). The application is available in the High School Student Services office. All high school students must park in the high school section of the west lot, located directly in front of the high school building. Any vehicle without a valid parking tag is subject to ticketing.
- Our parent back-to-school night will be held on September 11th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) gymnasium.
- By request of many of our parents, we’re happy to announce that our Open House this year will allow parents to meet not only their child’s Fall semester teachers, but also their Spring semester teachers.
Safety and Security Information
- We have continued with, and expanded upon, a number of the safety and security enhancements first begun in Spring 2018. These enhancements include:
- Classroom doors throughout the campus will remain locked at all times.
- All classroom doors have emergency pull down shades on their panel windows.
- We have added further digital cameras to our system, with more to come this year, many with enhanced analytical capabilities.
- We have added personnel to our campus security and monitoring team.
- In addition to our monthly fire drills, we will be conducted Code Red/Code Yellow drills monthly. Code Red/Yellow drill procedures will be reviewed with students by all teachers during the first week of school.
- When Code Red/Yellow drills are conducted, the announcement made will clearly indicate that the event is only a drill. Once the drill is concluded, a Parent Link message will be sent out advising parents and guardians that a drill was conducted.
- Identification Badges
- Every student and staff member is issued an identification badge and must wear it at all times while on campus. Badges not only authorize individuals to be on campus, they also distinguish between staff members, adult students, and high school students.
- All high school students will have their badge issued to them by August 22nd. The first badge is free, but replacement badges do cost $8.
- Please help us with our efforts to ensure proper monitoring of our students by reminding your son or daughter to wear the identification badge at all times.
- Visitor Procedures
- All visitors to the high school, including those signing a student out early, must report to High School Student Services.
- If you are on campus for a purpose other than drop off or pick up of a student, upon arrival you will be issued a temporary visitor badge to wear.
- During the school day, only two parking lot gates – one in our west lot and one in our east lot – are unlocked, and both are monitored by members of our security team. Your vehicle will be stopped in order to determine the purpose of your visit, before you can continue into the parking lot.
Thank you for your attention to this information, and thank you so much for being part of our McFatter family. It is a privilege and an honor to be able to work with all of you, as we help your sons and daughters pursue their education, their goals, and their passions. Any time, now or throughout the year, that you have questions, concerns, or feedback about our school, please feel free to contact either the High School Assistant Director, Darryl Harris (phone: 754-321-5789) or me (phone: 754-321-5757).
McFatter Technical College and Technical High School
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