Principal’s Message for the Opening of the 2019-2020 School Year
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. As the end of summer vacation rapidly approaches, 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 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 school year, in accordance with the State of Florida’s grading criterion. As we reflect on our past efforts, I would like to recap the extraordinary accomplishments throughout the 2018-2019 SY, along with the achievements of the members of the Class of 2019.
To the Cooper City Community of friends and family, your commitment and involvement in the Class of 2019’s education, has been ever present, which is reflected in CCHS being awarded the Golden School Award for our 23rd year and the Silver School Award for the 18th year. You are all to be commended as an outstanding community of volunteers as you continue to provide support to enhance learning.
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 2019 Best High Schools. This is based on performance on state required tests and how well we prepare our students for college. Our State ranking is 74th and our National ranking is 1380 and that is out of more than 22, 000 public high schools nationwide. Hence our “A” rating and Tradition of Excellence.
And now to recap the accomplishments of the Class of 2019.
- Of our 550 seniors- 99% met all of the graduation requirements
- Our top 10 % held GPA’S from to 4.88 to 5.52
- There were 282 Gold Honor cord recipients (51% of the class---students with over a 3.75 GPA)
- There were 69 Gold and 19 Silver Seals of Biliteracy attained--- these students completed four years of a foreign language, passing FSA score and earned a GPA 3.0 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 2 students who have been honored as National Merit Finalists along with
- 2 National Merit Commended Scholars
- 4 National Hispanic Scholars
- 72 AP Scholars --- students receiving a 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams
- Almost 43% of the class--241/550--students have been awarded over $9.5 in cumulative Bright Futures and other scholarships from schools all over the United States---and that is with higher cut scores.
- 83- Florida Academic Scholars (full tuition)
- 103- Florida Medallion Scholars
- 16- Gold Seal Vocational Award
- 129 students received nationally recognized industry certification in Auto, Drafting, Indesign, Premier Pro, Quickbooks, Child Development, MOS bundle.
- 42% of the class (233/550) earned a Silver Cord for attaining 250 hours of community service. Overall the senior class accumulated 105,530 community service hours. This speaks volumes of their willingness to make a difference.
- 58 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--- for the 8th year running and District runner up for the Brain Brawl.
- 2- Silver Knight nominees
- Perfect Attendance- 2 students with perfect attendance who represented all of our seniors
And then some of our students directed their talents and leadership skills to areas that they are passionate about.
They led on the field ----
- 28 scholar athletes (GPA 3.5) unwtd who balanced a challenging academic schedule with countless hours of practice time
- Our Sports teams averaged a 02 GPA
- 13 college signees - football, baseball, softball, soccer and water polo
- 7 State Senior Qualifiers- swimming and softball
- 6 District’s Championships--- Girls Soccer, ( third year),Boys Water Polo, Girls Volleyball (4th year in a row), Flag Football, ( third year in a row) Softball ( 4th in a row) and 2 Regional Championships and our Flag Football and Girls Softball teams made it to the Final Four at States
They were leaders in our instructional programs
- DECA states (130 student strong) and Nationals ( 50 strong) with our 2 VEI groups placing 1st and 2nd in the State and moving onto International competition in NY
- 53 Seniors received their Early Childhood Professional Industry Certificates after a grueling 600 hours of an internship and 49 went on to obtain their CDA
- Our World Language Students and ESOL students had an incredible showing at Spanish District Competitions and ESOL District competition
- Our journalism programs were stellar—where Cowboy Television runs an exemplary program and our “Lariat” newspaper students and our Round-UP Yearbook students went to States and captured it by storm.
- Debate—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.
- Thespians- had over 20 students qualify for States.
- AP ART students- 4 students were recognized at the Superintendents’ Showcase- and many had their own gallery showing
- And once again our Sound of Pride Band left their mark at Districts and States and then went onto MPA and FBA where they achieved a Superior rating.
- Cowboy Battalion, our NJROTC unit, once again had a cadet named third runner-up to the District’s Cadet of the Year and the entire unit received Unit of Distinction with Honors status.
The Class of 2019 were students with large hearts who within the leadership of our Clubs and Student Government raised thousands of dollars for multiple charitable organizations, but more importantly, they gave back to the community in a variety of ways. The leadership spearheaded a very successful year of school spirit, with a fun-filled Homecoming Week to remember and is always first place in school spirit.
They have chosen a variety of post-secondary paths----some are off to the military (17), some to career- technical programs (16) some to Florida Public Universities (153). The breakdown goes like this-- 24 to UF, 20 to FSU, 42 to UCF, 13 to USF, 10 to Gulf Coast, 21 to FIU, 18 to FAU, 2- UNF and 40 to Florida private universities such as NSU, Embry Riddle, FIT, St Thomas, Miami.
And others (46) are enrolling in out of state academic institutions such as Boston College, Clemson, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, NYU, Northeastern, Princeton, Tufts, and Georgia, Michigan, UPENN and some (239) will remain locally and attend our prestigious local college, Broward College.
It is my hope that wherever their journey takes them they will remember where they came from and hold onto that Cooper City ‘Tradition of Excellence” and their “Cowboy Pride.” I know that our students will continue to make a difference in the world as they have done here at CCHS with their selfless hearts, kind actions and brilliant minds. They will make a significant impact in the world of tomorrow as those who have gone before them. I would like to personally thank the Class of 2019 for all of the contributions they have made to CCHS over the past four years---especially how they excelled in leadership, scholarship, service and character their final year.
Wishing the Class of 2019 the very best and I challenge the class of 2020 to 2023 to get involved on and off the field and make the most of every opportunity afforded you each and every day at CCHS.
It is my honor to serve as the principal of Cooper City, as there is no other place I would rather be, than walking the halls of the best high school in the County. Thank you to TEAM COOPER and wishing everyone a happy, healthy and productive 2019-2020 school year!!!
NOTE: Any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 754-323-0200