Friday, November 15, 2019
Good afternoon Eagle families! This is Michelle Kefford with your much anticipated Friday message!
Our SAT/ACT camps will be held this Saturday from 9:00 am until 10:30 am. We are also hosting a yearbook conference so parking will be limited. The junior ring ceremony is on Monday, November 18th at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. The multicultural show will be held on Friday, November 22nd at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. Tickets can be purchased on-line. Please check our website for a link to buy your tickets. Kefford's Kitchen will be held both lunches on Tuesday, the 19th. Interim reports will be issued on Tuesday as well.
We want to wish our JROTC team good luck as they compete this weekend at the state level and congratulate our swimmers and divers who competed today at the state level. Big congratulations are due to our debate students who competed at another national debate tournament this past weekend. Grainne Popen, Bilal Andha, Armaan Rajwany placed in the top of the competition.
The next yearbook senior design night will be on Thursday, November 21st. Please email email@example.com for more information. Yearbooks are on sale now on the estore.
Please remember to support our PTSO through their "No hassle" fundraiser. You can donate at MSDPTSO.com
In sports news, on Monday, November 18th, boys and girls soccer play at home against Western High School, starting at 5:00 pm. Tuesday, the girls JV and Varsity basketball teams will play at home against Plantation High School, starting at 4:00 pm. On Thursday, the boys' soccer team plays at home against South Broward High School at 5:00 pm and the girls' cheer team has a competition at Cooper City High School, starting at 6:00 pm.
Have a great weekend Eagles and always remember, Be Positive, Be Passionate, and be Proud to be an Eagle!
Friday, November 8, 2019
Good afternoon Eagle families! This is Michelle Kefford with your Friday message. Schools are closed Monday, November 11th, in observance of Veteran’s Day. Additionally, SAT/ACT camps will not be held this Saturday due to the holiday. We will be opening our gates from 10 am until noon on Monday to students who want to watch a special astronomical event in Marjory’s Garden, the transit of Mercury. Tiny Mercury will cross in front of the sun on Monday morning – you don’t want to miss it.
Tuesday, November 12th, we’re holding a special Parent Night event with four break-out sessions, covering topics such as tracking your child’s success, study skills, tutoring resources, mental and emotional health and more. The event starts at 5:00 pm with light refreshments and the general session kicks off at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. We hope you can make it. Please RSVP at MSDPTSO.com if you plan to attend.
Sign-ups for this month's Kefford's Kitchen will take place next Tuesday outside of the cafeteria during both lunches.
Wednesday, we will be holding our next SAC/SAF meeting in the media center starting at 3:15 pm. The senior cap and gown parent night will also take place on Wednesday in the cafeteria starting at 5:00 pm. Cap and gown orders will be taken during both lunches on Thursday and Friday. Also on Wednesday, DECA will host this year’s induction ceremony in the auditorium starting at 5:00 pm. On Thursday, the MSD PTSO teams up with the Westglades PTO to host the second film in the Screenagers series. Screenagers: Next Chapter will be shown in the MSD Auditorium starting at 6:30 pm. The film discusses the high stress, anxiety, and depression that are experienced by millions of young people.
Next week is Red Ribbon Week at MSD to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs. Students and staff are encouraged to dress up for the themed days in support of the campaign. These dress up days can be found on our website.
In sports news, our varsity football team will kick-off at 7:30 pm tonight in our first play-off game of the season. Come out to support your Eagles! Wednesday, November 13th, is early college signing day for eligible athletes at 1:30 pm. Also on Wednesday, our cheerleaders will compete at 6:00 pm at Coral Glades HS. Our boys' and girls' soccer teams will play at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, respectively at home. On Thursday, the girls' JV soccer team will play at Cypress Bay HS at 5:00 pm.
Don’t forget to come out tonight or tomorrow night to support the Drama club as they put on the show “Peter and the Starcatcher”. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
Have a great weekend Eagles and always remember, Be Positive, Be Passionate and Be Proud to be an Eagle!
Friday, November 1, 2019
Good afternoon Eagle families! This is Michelle Kefford with your Friday message. I want to start off by reminding you that next week, Thursday, November 7th is a professional study day. Students will be released at 11:40 am. On the same day, the MSD PTSO and Eagles Haven will be hosting a student vision board workshop starting at 12:15 pm in the cafeteria. You can register your child by visiting msdptso.com. There will be a PTSO meeting on Wednesday, November 6th at 3:30 pm in the Media Center. Also on Wednesday, MSD peer counseling students and the Mind-Body Ambassador club will host a workshop on strategies to relax and re-energize. This special event will be held at Westglades Middle School starting at 6:00 pm. All MSD zone families, staff and students are welcome.
The MSD drama department is putting on the play, Peter and the Starcatcher, on November 7th through the 9th at 7:00 pm. You can purchase advance tickets at douglashigh.seatyourself.biz or at the door on the night of the show.
Switching to sports news, I’m excited to announce that we have had several tremendous athletic accomplishments over the last week. To start, our varsity football team became District Champions in their victory over Coral Glades. They take on Plantation HS at home tonight for Senior Night at 7 pm and quarter finals start at 7 pm next Friday, November 8th at MSD. Next, it was announced that our swim team has 16 swimmers and 2 divers that will progress to the regional championships for their amazing performances this season. The regional championships will be held on November 8th at Boca Raton High School. We also want to congratulate our bowling team and senior Ashley Paris, who became a state qualifier in bowling. Ashley will compete at the state competition in Orlando on Tuesday and Wednesday. Last but not least, the JROTC Raiders, led by LTC Arias, earned 2nd place at competition last weekend and will advance to the state level.
The girls and boys soccer teams start their season on Monday, November 4th with girls’ soccer at Boca HS at 6 pm and on Wednesday, November 6th at 8 pm. Boys' basketball tryouts will be held on Monday at 6 pm. Our early signing day for athletes is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13th; more information is forthcoming on next week’s call.
Yearbooks are on sale at on the school website. Order yours before they're sold out. The next yearbook senior design event will be on November 7th. If you want to place a dedication for your graduating senior, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please remember to help support our PTSO's hassle-free fundraiser at MSDPTSO.com.
Lastly, we will host a parent information night on Tuesday, November 12th on various topics including study skills, decoding your teen, accessing school resources, supporting your teen's mental health, extended learning opportunities, and more. The event will start at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria.
Have a great weekend Eagles and always remember, Be Positive, Be Passionate and Be Proud to be an Eagle!
Friday, October 25, 2019
Good afternoon Eagles! This is Michelle Kefford with your Friday update.
I want to congratulate our undefeated football team for earning the title of "District Champions." I also want to congratulate the girls' volleyball team for being recognized as district runners-up and the girls' golf team for being named "District Champions." I am also so proud of the boys' cross country team, who finished in 3rd place in district competition, as well as the girls' cross country team who finished in 7th place. Both teams will advance to regional competition.
We are holding a guidance night on Tuesday, October 29th starting at 6:00 pm in the auditorium for parents of freshmen and sophomores. We will also be hosting a session for parents of juniors and seniors at 7:30 pm on the same night. We will be covering topics such as graduation requirements, dual enrollment opportunities and industry certification opportunities. We hope to see you there!
In sports news, the hockey club will be playing on Monday in Pembroke Pines at 8:20 pm and at the Panther's Den at 9:30 pm. The Eagle swimmers will compete in district competition on Tuesday, October 29th at Coral Springs Aquatic Center. The Cross-Country Regional Championship is on October 30th starting at 5:00 pm in L & P Thompson Park in Miami. On Friday, November 1st, the Varsity Football team plays Plantation at MSD starting at 7 pm. This will be our senior night and we will be celebrating all of our senior football players, cheerleaders and band and colorguard members. Please come out and support our amazing Eagle athletes!
MSD invites you to Trunk or Treat on October 30th for candy and music. Costumes are welcome! The event will be held in the senior parking lot off of Holmberg Road from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Tickets cost $5.
Please help support the MSD PTSO through their "No Hassle Fundraiser." You can donate at https://www.myvlink.org/msdptso/.
SAT/ACT prep classes continue this Saturday at MSD, starting at 9 am.
Next Thursday is Halloween. Students are permitted to dress up but please remember that all costumes must be dress code appropriate and no masks or hats are permitted; please also ensure there is no face painting. We will be hosting costume contests during lunch.
Please have a great weekend and remember, Be Positive, Be Passionate, and Be Proud to be an Eagle!
Friday, October 18, 2019
Good afternoon Eagle families! This is Michelle Kefford with your Friday message. I invite you to come to MSD’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party this Saturday from 5-8 pm. Tickets are only $6 or $5 if you bring 2 canned goods. Everyone is invited for a night of games, fun and so much more! You won’t want to miss out on this not-so-spooky night.
Starting Monday, October 21st, all tardies will reset back to zero for the start of the second quarter. Please support your child in getting them to school on time and ready to learn. As a reminder, the first two unexcused tardies are a warning, once three tardies are earned, consequences will be implemented.
Students who registered for the SAT/ACT practice exam on Friday, October 18th are invited to attend the “Demystifying the College Admissions Exam” presentation on Monday, October 21st at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. On another scholarly note, the Mu Alpha Theta induction ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:00 pm in the auditorium.
Kefford's Kitchen will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd during both lunches. I look forward to meeting and enjoying lunch with all of the students who signed up!
In sports news, I am so proud to announce that both the Boys’ and Girls’ Golf Teams won the district championship. They will go on to compete in regionals, on Tuesday to qualify for the state tournament. On Tuesday, October 23rd, the JV Football team will play at home starting at 6:30 pm. On Thursday, the Cross Country team will compete at the District Championship at Markham Park starting at 4:30 pm, and the Varsity Football team will play Coral Glades HS at Coral Glades starting at 7:00 pm.
Senior Ad Design night will be held on Thursday, October 24th. Email email@example.com for more information.
The MSD JROTC Eagles Battalion is hosting a blood drive on Friday, October 25th. Students must be at least 16 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. Students can sign up during all lunches or in room 509. Students should return the registration forms to room 509 or the table located in the cafeteria.
On a final note, I want to remind you that announcements are posted daily on our school website to make sure you and your child can stay on top of everything happening here at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Have a great weekend, Eagles and always remember, Be Positive, Be Passionate and Be Proud to be an Eagle!
Friday, October 11, 2019
Good afternoon Eagle families! This is Michelle Kefford with your Friday message. Thank you to all of our amazing students who participated in our spirit week. Everyone looked incredible throughout the week, as we showed our MSD pride. Our Homecoming game kicks off tonight at 7:00 pm against West Broward High School. We will be holding a Homecoming parade on Holmberg Rd. starting at 5:30 pm. We can't wait to see you there! The Homecoming dance will start at 7:00 pm on Saturday, October 12th at the Harbor Beach Marriott. Students must have submitted their permission slips during lunch in order to be allowed access to the dance – no exceptions.
Our monthly SAC meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 16th at 3:15 pm in the media center.
Registration for this month's Kefford's Kitchen will begin on Monday, October 14th, outside of the cafeteria. I look forward to meeting and enjoying lunch with our amazing students!
In sports news, on Tuesday, October 15th the Lady Eagles Volleyball team will take on Coral Springs at home starting at 5:00 pm. On Wednesday, October 16th, our JV Football team will take on HollywoodHills at Hills starting at 4:00 pm. On Thursday, October 17th, Cross County has a BCAA meet at Markham Park starting at 4:30 pm, and our Varsity Football team will take on Nova High School at Nova starting at 7:00 pm.
The PSAT will be given, Wednesday, October 16th to registered 11th graders, ALL 9th, & ALL 10th graders. Students should report directly to their testing rooms that morning.
Registration for the Mock ACT/SAT on October 18th is due by Monday, October 14th. This is an extremely valuable opportunity. Registration information can be found on our school website. The Mock ACT/SAT exam will start at 9:00 am on Friday, October 18th. We will continue our SAT/ACT prep this Saturday, October 12th.
We are launching a new mathematics peer tutoring program during personalization periods called the Genius Bar. The Genius Bar will start at the end of the month. Students interested in being part of the program and receiving tutoring services must sign up by this week. Information about the program and the sign-up form can be found on the school website.
All parents/guardians should be aware that Thursday, October 17th is not only an early release day but also the last day of the first marking period; students will be dismissed at 12:40 pm. Students are off on Friday, October 18th because it is a teacher planning day.
Broward County Public Schools has rolled out two online parent trainings on student dating violence and anti-bullying. Links and information are available on our school website.
MSD’s “Not So Scary Halloween XIV” will be held on Saturday, October 19th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Tickets are $6 or $5 with two canned goods. Come for a magical night including music, a haunted house, candy, face painting, food, a maze and more. Feel free to come in costume – all are welcome.
Yearbooks are on sale via stonemandouglas.browardschools.com.
The first club picture date is Monday, 10/14 (periods 1-4). A schedule and passes were sent to sponsors.
The next yearbook senior design event will be on 10/24. If you want to place a dedication for your graduating senior, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FoxMar will be on campus on 10/31 for ONE DAY ONLY to take senior pictures. This is only for students who need to have their picture taken, and weren't able to make an appointment; this is not for retakes or in lieu of a previously scheduled appointment. Seniors in need of this opportunity must see Mrs. Lerner in room 635.
Have a great weekend, Eagles and always remember, Be Positive, Be Passionate and Be Proud to be an Eagle!
Friday, September 27, 2019
Good afternoon Eagles! This is your proud principal, Michelle Kefford and this is your Friday call, detailing events for the week of September 30th. Please remember that in observance of Rosh Hashanah, there will be no school this coming Monday, September 30th. Additionally, there will be no SAT or ACT preparation sessions this Saturday, September 28th in observance if this holiday.Please also remember that Thursday, October 3rd, is a professional study day and students are released at 11:40 am.Yearbooks are on sale through September 30th for $80. The price will go up on October 1st. Yearbooks can be purchased on our website. Underclass make-up pictures will take place on October 3rd in room 635. The first yearbook senior design event will be held on 10/3. If you would like to place an ad for a graduating senior, please email email@example.com for more information.Homecoming is quickly approaching. All students must pick up a color-coded permission slip available now in the cafeteria at the L-counter in order to receive their Homecoming tickets. Homecoming tickets will be distributed starting Friday, October 4th. Students will present their student ID and submit their permission slip when picking up their Homecoming ticket and t-shirt. Every student who attends the Homecoming Dance, must have a permission slip on file. Students will be denied entry to the Homecoming Dance if no permission slip is on file. Permission slips are due by Thursday, October 10th and no tickets will be distributed after this date. Homecoming tickets will be non-transferrable after Wednesday, October 2nd. All ticket purchase transfers must be processed through SGA Advisor, Danielle Driscoll. Ticket purchase transfers processed without Mrs. Driscoll’s authorization are invalid and will not be honored. If your child has any questions, please advise them to see Mrs. Driscoll, our SGA Advisor, in room 210.Next Tuesday, October 1st, boys' golf will tee off at 3:00 pm at Grand Palms Country Club and JV Football will play at home at 6:30 pm. On Wednesday, October 2nd, the boys' and girls' golf teams will will tee off in the BCAA Championship game at 8:00 am at Woodmont Country Club. Cross Country will run at Markham Park at 4:30 pm and Volleyball will play at Monarch High School at 4:30 pm. On Thursday, October 3rd, volleyball will play at home at 4:30 pm and on Friday, our varsity football team will play Taravella High School on Coral Springs' High School field.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and always remember, Be Positive, Be Passionate, and Be Proud to be an Eagle!
Friday, September 20, 2019
Good afternoon Eagles! This is your proud principal, Michelle Kefford. This is your Friday call, detailing events that will take place at MSD the week of September 23rd.
FSA and EOC make-up testing is continuing next week. All students who are required to test have already been notified of their specific testing dates and locations. I am excited to begin "Kefford's Kitchen", my student lunch program, on Thursday. This week's lunch guest list is full but students can sign up for the next session, beginning on October 7th.
Debate will be hosting a Marvel Movie night next Friday. You can purchase a "snack pack" for this event on the e-store. This snack pack is your ticket to the event. We are continuing our SAT/ACT preparation sessions this Saturday at 9:00 am. Please come out and participate.
Tonight, please head over to MSD for our annual Pig Bowl football game against Coral Springs High School, where the losing principal will kiss a pig. We know the principal of Coral Springs will be the one kissing the pig tonight! As a reminder, the boys' and girls' cross country teams will be competing at Boca South County park at 8:00 tomorrow and our debate team will be competing at Fort Lauderdale High School tomorrow as well.
Our Eagle athletes will be busy next week with many exciting competitions. On Monday, September 23rd, our girls' volleyball team will take on Piper High School at 4:30 pm at Home. On Tuesday, the 24th, our girls' golf team will tee off at Fort Lauderdale Country Club and the JV football team will play at home at 6:30 pm. On Wednesday, the girls' and boys' golf teams will both compete at Grand Palms Country Club at 3:30 pm. Our swimmers will compete at Coral Glades at 4:30 pm, Cross Country will run at Heritage Park at 4:30 pm and volleyball will compete at Western High School at 4:30 pm. On Thursday, our cross country team will head to Miami to compete in the Larry Wooten Invitational meet.
Please also remember that our PTSO is currently running their "No Hassle" fundraiser, benefiting MSD. Please log onto their website: www.myvlink.org/msdptso/ to participate.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you tonight at the Pig Bowl. Always remember, Be Positive, Be Passionate and be Proud to be an Eagle!
Friday, September 13, 2019
Good afternoon Eagles: This is your principal, Michelle Kefford with your Friday call. This call will cover events taking place at MSD during the week of September 16th.
This Wednesday, September 18th, at 6:00 pm in the auditorium, we will be hosting a College Financial Aid night for our seniors and their parents. Please visit our website for a flyer with details regarding this event.
On Thursday, September 19th, Eagle's Haven will be showing the film, "Race to Nowhere" for parents only. This film examines the stress put on our youth as a result of competition and over-scheduling. Our SAT/ACT prep sessions continue this Saturday at 9:00 am. Please remember that all spring dual enrollment paperwork is due this Thursday, September 19th, in the guidance office.
FSA and EOC make-up testing will be taking place all week. Students who are required to test have already been notified of their specific testing dates and locations.
I will be starting a lunch program called, "Kefford's Kitchen" where students can sign up to have lunch with me to share ideas, concerns or just chat. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know each and every one of our kids. Sign-ups for this will begin during both lunches on Monday, outside of the cafeteria.
This week, our athletic department has a lot of exciting events coming up. The girls' golf team will compete at Eagle Trace Country Club at 3:30 pm on Monday, September 16th. On Tuesday, our cross country team will compete at Tradewinds park at 4:30 pm and the girls' volleyball team will play at Pompano Beach High School at 4:30 pm. On Wednesday, September 18, the girls' golf team will again tee off at Eagle Trace Country Club at 3:30 pm and the boys will tee off at Coral Springs Country Club at the same time. The swim team will compete at St. Thomas High School, also at 4:30 pm. On Thursday, September 19th, the girls' golf team will tee off at Deer Creek Country Club at 3:30 pm. On Friday, our football team will take on Coral Springs High School at home in the annual "Pig Bowl." On Saturday, September 21st, our cross country team will take part in the Bobcat Invitational at Boca South County Park at 8:00 am.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and please remember, Be Positive, Be Passionate and Be Proud to be an Eagle.
Friday, September 6, 2019
Good afternoon Eagle families: This is your proud principal, Michelle Kefford. This is your Friday message, detailing the events that will be taking place at MSD during the week of September 9th.
We want to congratulate this year's Teacher of the Year, Danielle Driscoll and this year's Employee of the Year, Chris DeBerry. We thank these amazing Eagles for all that they provide to our school community.
Our SAT/ACT prep sessions begin tomorrow, September 7th, at MSD. Sessions run from 9:00 am until 10:30 am, with registration beginning at 8:30 am, just outside of room 210. These sessions are free of charge but students must bring a valid ID in order to register.
FSA and EOC make-up tests will be running for the next 3 weeks, beginning on Monday. Students who are required to make up a test have already been notified of their assigned testing dates, times, and locations.
We will be hosting a college information night for our senior families on Tuesday, September 10th at 6:00 pm in our auditorium. Our first SAC meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 11th at 3:15 pm in the Media Center.
Please remember that any junior wishing to take the PSAT must submit the required "opt-in" form to the guidance office by September 13th. This form can be found on our website under the "testing" link. Any student requesting dual enrollment courses must submit the required paperwork by September 19th, to the guidance office.
Please remember that next Thursday, September 12th, is a professional study day. Students will be released at 11:40 am.
There are many sporting events taking place this week. On Monday, September 9th, our girls' volleyball team will play at home at 4:30 pm. On Tuesday, September 10th, our JV football team will take on Coconut Creek High School on their field at 7:00 pm; the boys golf team will tee off at Jacaranda Country Club at 3:30 pm and the girls will tee off at the same time at Coral Ridge Country Club. On Wednesday, September 11th, the volleyball team will play at home at 4:30 pm, the swim team will compete at South Broward High School at 4:30 pm and our cross country team will compete at Quiet Waters park at 4:30 pm. On Thursday, September 12th, the girls' golf team will play at Eagle Trace Country Club at 3:30 pm and our varsity football team will take on the Monarch Knights at home at 7:00 pm.
MSD is working to collect needed items for the victims of Hurricane Dorian who reside in the Bahamas. We are accepting donations tomorrow, September 7th, from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm in our bus loop. A list of priority items can be found on our website.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and please remember, Be Positive, Be Passionate, and Be Proud to be an Eagle!
Principal Michelle Kefford
The Weekly Friday Call