• Hello McFatter Family!


    In the last week, we had a successful Grad Bash and Relay for Life event, participated in the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce’s “Multiple Pathways to the American Dream” event, and celebrated Student Appreciation and Multicultural Day. Thank you to everyone (students and staff) who made all of the events flow smoothly and our celebrations delightful.


    Thank you to all the parents who submitted their paper surveys. To any of you who have not, please do so this week. Classroom competitions are being held for 100% return rate. If you have not yet completed the paper version because you submitted online, please go ahead a write “done online” and have your student submit to not penalize the class. Thanks again for helping us to get valuable feedback.


    AP Exam Letters with details for students and parents started going out on Thursday and will continue to be distributed on Monday and Tuesday. In the letters are the detail of the test, what the expectations are, and the schedule. Students with 8AM exams, will be required to be at school by 7:30, so please plan accordingly. Students with CollegeBoard Approved “extended time” and an afternoon test, will need to be picked up from school those days. Attached is the testing calendar. More information can be found below.


    Next week, students have an opportunity to order class rings on Wednesday and Thursday, flyers went home on Thursday to all 10th graders who attended the meeting. 


    There is a lot more information about upcoming events below.


    I wish you all a great week!


    Take care, 


    Lillie Henry

    Magnet Coordinator


    P.S. See below for additional updates.

    Important Dates:

    April 23: Demin Day for awareness to sexual violence (see attachment)

    April 24-25: Herff Jones on campus collecting $60 class ring deposit

    April 25: Tech Fair, Mall Area for high school freshmen and Sophomores

    April 26: Sophomore Class Field Trip, Xtreme Action Park

    May 16: Silver Knight Awards (James L Knight Center 7-9pm)

    May 30: McFatter Technical College and High School Graduation

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    Attention Seniors:


    The Decorum Letter is required as a part of the graduation checkoff. See the attached letter. A copy signed by the student and parent must be turned into Dr. Paz to receive graduation tickets at rehearsal.




    Attention Sophomores:


    Herff Jones will be on campus Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25 for Class Ring Orders during lunch. Don’t forget your $60 deposit! Order now so your ring is ready in time for the Ring Ceremony!



    School Meal Payment Update:


    In order to ensure that all checks received for payment of student meals have adequate time to be processed by the bank prior to the end of the 2018/19 school year, checks will no longer be accepted as payment for meal services after April 30, 2019.


    Effective May 1, 2019, Food and Nutrition Services cannot accept checks as payment for student meals for the remainder of this school year.


    This does not affect on-line payment access at myschoolbucks.com.


    If you have any questions please contact Food and Nutrition Services Accounting Department, at (754) 321-0244.



    PTSA Message:


    We recently participated in the Skills US State Competition.

    Fun Facts:

    • 72% of students received medals
    • 21 students are going to Nationals
    • It costs about $2200 per student

    The students are using SnapRaise to fundraise.  Their goal is $28000 and they raised $3836 in 12 days.  There are only a few days left.


    They each need to send 20 emails for their efforts to count.


    If you are interested in providing your email, Ms. Henry will assign a student.

    If you are willing to let a student email you, please reach out to lillie.henry@browardschools.com


    We look forward to your support of these fantastic future leaders.



    The McFatter PTSA



    Service Hour Opportunity:


    McFatter Technical High School students may volunteer in Office of Admissions

    • 1 hour before school,
    • 1 hour after school, or
    • Some Saturday mornings.

    See your assigned school counselor for details.



    Autism Awareness Month:


    Broward County Public Schools supports Autism Awareness. April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. During the entire month of April, you'll hear about autism-oriented fundraisers, autism awareness presentations, autism-friendly happenings, and special opportunities to recognize people on the autism spectrum.  Broward County Public Schools fully supports Autism Awareness Month. Please go to https://www.browardschools.com/Page/47072 for more information.



    Homeless Supply Drive:


    A volunteer on our campus is currently under hard times and our McFatter Office of Admissions is organizing a supply drive. If you would like to help, please see the attached list and send the items to the high school office. Thank you for your consideration.



    AP Online Resources:


    You will find many online resources to prepare for the AP exams at https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-p2-student-parent-bulletin-2018-19.pdf?SFMC_cid=EM116655-&rid=4. Take a little time and check the site out.


    Review Schedule for the AP Environmental Science Exam

    Attached, you will find the review schedule for the AP Environmental Science Exam.  These review sessions were implemented in early February. 

    The review sessions are conducted by previous AP Environmental Science Students who have earned a 4 or 5 on the AP Environmental Science Exam in previous years.  These students know the material and all the tips and tricks to studying effectively for the AP Environmental Science Exam.

    Current AP Environmental Science students will earn extra credit for each review session that they attend in its entirety.  Peer Tutors will be taking attendance during each review session and will make note of any student who shows up to simply sign the attendance sheet. 

    Also, Dr. Stackhouse will be holding AP Refresh review sessions after spring break.  Dates and times to be determined. 



    AP messages to Parents and Students.       


    1. These are National dates and times and are NOT set by the school or district.


    1. For 8:00 am exams, students MUST be here NO later than 7: 30 am.  IF students are late, we can NOT order a late or make-up exam for them. For noon exams, students will eat lunch at 11: 15 and be in their testing room by 11: 45 am. 


    1. Attention 10th graders: For Psychology, they must arrange for transportation home as it is an early-release day. Environmental Science is a long exam, and students who receive additional time will need to arrange for transportation home in advance.   


    1. Bring two #2 pencils and blue and back pens. (Mechanical pencils are not recommended as often they are not #2 lead and they damage answer sheets) 


    1. There are no “late exams” for students who oversleep or do not show up on time.  There are only a few reasons that CollegeBoard will approve a late or make-up exam.  (The allowable reasons are defined by CollegeBoard, not Broward Schools or McFatter Technical High School)


    1. Students should visit their online exam info. at www.myap.collegeboard.org and make sure it lists their courses, exam dates, and says, “yes” for exam ordered.   



    1. An UNUSED exam fee is NOW $40.  Students must show up to take the exam if they registered in the AP Class.   IF they do not sit for the exam, their AP points revert back to honors….so a “B” grade of a 5.0 with two quality points becomes a 4.0. (honors point). Also, it is $40 now for an unused exam. 



    Free Our Seas Environmental Art Festival on Earth Day on Hollywood Beach


    Several magnet schools will be involved with the Free Our Seas Environmental Art Festival on Earth Day on Hollywood Beach.  Please see the attached Free our Seas Poster. 




    General Dual Enrollment Update (FOR BC, FAU, and UF):


    Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) supports all students having the option to undertake higher education credit earning opportunities while in high school.  We currently offer College Board Advanced Placement, Cambridge-AICE, International Baccalaureate, and dual enrollment options. Historically, the cost of dual enrollment has exceeded the allocated budget due to student enrollment growth and mid-year adjustments.  


    At this time, BCPS is considering implementing constraints on the number of dual enrollment courses that a student may take so that the total expenditure does not exceed the allocated budget in any fiscal year.  A final decision on the imposition of limits will be made upon receipt of the State budget allocation to the District and discussion with the School Board. 


    At this time, schools will be using the proposed dual enrollment limitations to schedule students.  These proposed constraints prioritize juniors and seniors, students near graduation, and enable an appeal process. 


    If the limitations are not needed, then the District office will work with schools to enable students to expand the number of dual enrollment classes on their schedules.


    Below are some of the clarifying points regarding Dual Enrollment Changes:


    For the Fall of 2019:

    • 9th and 10th graders can take ONE class each semester at BC, FAU, or UF Online.  They can take the class on the college campus.


    • 11th graders can take a total of ONE class each semester on the BC campus, online through BC, on the FAU campus, online at FAU, or online at UF.


    • 12th graders can take a total of TWO classes each semester on the BC campus, online through BC, on the FAU campus, online at FAU, or online at UF.



    *Broward College went live with their NEW BC One Access system. If you are having trouble getting into your account, please see the attached sheet “BC One Access for DE Students” to acquire the right steps to get in. If at any time, help is needed with BC online service, students can go visit the website http://ican.broward.edu or call the BC Helpdesk at 954-201-7521.   




    News from BRACE Advisor:


    We are very excited to announce that Ashley Puerta was selected as one of the 50 winners for the Kids of Character award.  Congratulations Ashley!  

    We are also very proud of Samantha Carl Selorio who won Honorable Mention for the 2019-20 Choose Peace Campaign.  The school will receive a custom designed banner with the artwork that Samantha submitted.  Great job Samantha!

    Congratulations to Melina Saintil and Anne Henry who were selected as McFatter's nominees for the Broward College Voucher of Excellence.  

    Congratulations to the following students who were offered admission to various schools:  Shoshana Abrenaya - NSU, FIU, & Florida Southern, Corbin Aguiar - FAU & USF, Sameer Ali - UCF, Taelor Balkissoon - FSU, Stephanie Carratala - NSU & FIU, Kyle Caruso - UNF, FGCU & New College, Alyssa Contarino - FAUAdrian Dinnall - Notre Dame, Williams College, Grinnell College, Swarthmore College, Pomona College, Tufts University, Emory University, Wesleyan University, Claremont McKenna College, Case Western University,  and Washington & Lee University, Emily Fernandez - UCF, FSU & Claremont McKenna, Alina Galletta Boston University & University of Miami, Douglas Glover - UCF, Mauricio Gomez - Univerity of Alabama, Elise Gregg - UCF & UF, Shani Grosso - FAU & FIU, Marisol Mazariegos - UCF, Gregory McLaughlin - UCF, FSU, & USF, Matthew Nowak - FAU, Brittney Ortega - UCF, Jorge Ramos Reyes - Boston University and Florida Polytechnic, Sergio Romero- UNF, FAU, FGCU, FIU, University of Tampa, and Florida Southern, John Titus - FIU, Florida Instittue of Technology, University of New Hampshire, Marilyn Torres - Nova Southeastern University, Barry University, UNF, UWF, FIU University of Tamps and FGCU, Maha Uppal - UF, USF, and NSU, Roy Varela and Owen Young - FSU, FAU, UCF.  Great job!  Seniors - please make sure that you stop by my office to let me know of your college admissions and to put your flag pin on the University map.


    Seniors - The Broward Graduation Survey is now open.  Every senior must complete this survey prior to May 31st.  No survey = no cap and gown = not walking at graduation.  The survey has been assigned as a task in the student's Naviance account.  A student can finish the survey or save it to go back to it later.  If the student anticipates any changes (like adding additional scholarships), they can save it for later.  If they finish the survey and need to go back, the survey will need be be re-opened.  If a student needs to have their survey reopened, they should contact Ms. Lynn, to do so.   



    Juniors - College Board Opportunity Scholarship Program - Class of 2020 students can prefer tasks that have the possibility of earning them scholarship money.  The tasks include: Building a college list, Practicing for the SAT on Khan Academy, Improving your SAT score, Completing a FAFSA, and Applying to college.  There are specific time frames for the various tasks and students are chosen at random, but it is another way to earn money for tasks that you should be doing anyway. 


    Juniors - Want to get a head start on your college applications?  The Common Application has released their essay prompts for 2019-2020.  See attached document for details.



    FAFSA - Pay attention to FAFSA deadlines.  Many schools have January dates for their FAFSA deadlines.  Keep in the mind the correct website for FAFSA is:  www.fafsa.ed.gov.


    Scholarships!!!! - 

    As a way to reach more students, my friend and fellow BRACE Advisor at Northeast High School, has created links to share scholarship information via social media.   She has an account on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.   Feel free to follow her.


    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNeevUe8tLB8PdF0JwWK2ag




    Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2258164621134751&id=2219019168382630


    All students, especially seniors, should be very familiar with the scholarship page on Naviance.  It is listed under the college tab.  There are multiple ways to search for scholarships.  Each scholarship has its own deadline.  I would make a scholarship search part of your weekly routine.   


    Raise.me & PSAT Scores - PSAT scores will be released next week.  Students can earn scholarship money by linking their PSAT scores to Khan Academy through their Naviance account.    

    RaiseMe - Students (all grade levels) and parents, are you aware of Raise.me?  It is a way for students to earn micro-scholarships for things that they are already doing (i.e. - completing a FAFSA, taking AP courses, earning an A).  Raise/me has partnerships with many schools across the country.  I highly recommend that all students create and update a Raise.me account. https://www.raise.me/


    Bright Futures Authorization - We now have 132 of our 140 seniors who have completed their Bright Futures authorization form.   For those of you who completed the FFAA without entering your social security number, now is the time to log back in to your account and change your pseudo-social (the number that they assigned to you) to your actual social.  You need to do this in order for your money to match with your file at the college level.  If you have trouble with this process you can call their toll-free number (888)827-2004.  


    It's FAFSA Season! -  All Broward County families are welcome to attend any of the FAFSA labs and workshops around the county.  See attached document for dates and locations.  To date we have 84 families who have completed their FAFSA.  


    SAT & ACT Test schedules - Please see attached flyer for the 2018-2019 SAT and ACT test dates.  Pay attention to the registration deadlines.  


    If you have not already taken the SAT and/or ACT, you need to register asap.  Attached is a list of the 2018-2019 test dates.  Most colleges and universities have their applications available.  All transcripts should be requested through your Naviance Student (formerly known as Family Connection) account.  The students will go to: student.naviance.com/wtmtc or log on using your Broward County single sign on.  The log on and password are similar to virtual counselor (Student ID # 06....and birth date for password (MM/DD/YYYY).


    Traditionally students take the SAT and or ACT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.  Both of these tests are college entrance exams.  Schools will accept these tests equally.  It is recommended that students take both the SAT and ACT.  This way they will be able to determine if they have a strength on one test over the other.  Keep in mind that most schools look at the scores that are most favorable to the student.  At the time of registration, students are able to send their scores to 4 schools for free.  If students wait until after testing to send these scores, they will have to pay a minimum of $12.00 to have their scores sent.  It is the student’s responsibility to have their scores sent to the various schools.  Schools will only accept official score reports which are sent directly from these testing agencies. 


    Free and Reduced Lunch - There are many benefits to qualifying for free or reduced lunch, other than the meals themselves.  Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible to receive SAT and ACT fee waivers for both their junior and senior years (1 per test, per year).  Additionally, seniors who have taken a test using a fee waiver are able to receive college application fee waivers.  If a student were to take advantage of all of the fee waiver offers, they could save over $500.  It is well worth the time to complete an application to see if you qualify.

    Fee Waivers are now available in the BRACE office for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

    On Campus Events:  College visits are open to juniors and seniors.~ All students must have a college visit pass to attend.~ The student must sign up through Eventbrite (http://www.eventbrite.com/o/brigitte-lynn-8407916290) to get a college visit pass/ticket. ~ Space is limited ~ Students must have their teacher's permission to attend. ~ It is between the teacher and the student whether it is appropriate for the student to miss class time to attend the college visit ~ Students should check Naviance and Eventbrite often as visits are constantly being added. 


    April 23rd - Broward College Orientation - For students who participated in one of the Jump Start days.  Must register for either 9:15 or 1:00.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/brigitte-lynn-8407916290

    April 30th - Academic Signing Day - During high school lunch - Seniors will celebrate the final school choice.  The seniors are expected to create post card sized cards indicating their names and their final school choice.  See attached photo for examples. 

    Off Campus Events:


    Scholarships:  One of the best resources available to our students is Naviance Student (formerly known as Family Connection).  In addition to great college and career resources, there is a wonderful scholarship section.  It is located at on the student's college page.  Click on the Colleges tab, then Scholarship Match or Scholarship List.  The "AAA Complete Easy to View Bulletin," through google docs, shows an easy to view, easy to sort list.


    Society of Women Engineers - Southeast Florida Section Scholarship - Deadline: April 26th 

    Senior from Martin, Palm Beach, Broward or Dade County.  Identify as a woman.  Intending to pursue an ABET-accredited engineering degree.   Application attached.


    Alesha Ramjohn Memorial Scholarship - Deadline:  1:00 pm May 1st - Award: Varies

    McFatter Technical High School senior in a medical program.  Pursuing a post-secondary medical or health science course of study.  Application available in the BRACE office, or see attached.

    Paul A. DeAtley Jr. Memorial Scholarship - Deadline:  1:00 pm May 1st - Award: $250 +

    McFatter Technical High School senior.  Pursuing a post-secondary course of study at an accredited institution.  Active in extracurricular activities outside of school.  Application attached or available in the BRACE office.

    The Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors College at Broward College - Deadline: May 5th - Award: 60 credits

    Broward County Graduating senior.  Minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA or minimum test scores: SAT - 1250 (minimum 650 EBRW and 590 Math), ACT - 22 (minimum 21 English, 21 Math, and 22 Reading), or PERT (113 reading, 123 math). 


    Chase Rubin Scholarship - Deadline: July 1st - Award: $1,200

    Seniors.  Accepted into an accredited college or university.  500-word essay on the following topic, "How do you think young adults benefit by furthering their education?"  Application and detail available at: http://chaserubinscholarship.com/


    Jonah Engler Scholarship - Deadline: Dec. 1st, 2019 - Award: $1000

    High school senior or college/university student.  Essay prompt: "In a digital world, please present your best strategy for creating a charity with heart."  Application available at: https://www.jonahenglergiving.com


    Southern Scholarship Foundation, Inc. - Deadline: Ongoing - Award: Low-cost housing
    Rent free housing for students admitted to FSU, UF, FAMU, or FGCU.~ Motivation demonstrated through awards and activities.~ Financial need.~ Minimum 3.0 GPA.~ Information and application available at: http://www.southernscholarship.org

    Interesting Websites:

    Following are a couple of free test prep websites.

    PERT prep - Go to Broward.edu.~ Click on Student Resources, then click Testing center.~ When you click the PERT link it opens up to offer you a PERT study guide and practice test.~ They also have links to YouTube tutorials.~ You can also register for a free 4 - week on line college foundations course.

    March2Success~ - www.march2success.com
    Website includes test prep for the ASVAB, SAT and ACT.~ They also offer help with high school math and verbal skills.~ There is a high school science hub to help with Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science.~~~ Additionally they offer a college readiness online course.~ There is a Spanish option for this website.~ 

    http://www.maldef.org ]www.maldef.org - MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) Scholarship List.~ This list is an informative resource for students, parents, and educators.~ MALDEF is not a direct provider of the scholarships on the list, with exception of the MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program. (This can be a good resource for students who have residency issues.)



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