Weekly News Update 10/25/2021 - 10/29/2021
October 25th- 29th – Red Ribbon Week
October 25th: Sock it to Drugs (Crazy Sock Day)
October 26th: Too Smart for Drugs (Nerd Day)
October 27th: Put a Cap on Drugs (Hat Day)
October 28th: Drug Free Day (Wear Red)
October 29th: Take a Pledge to be Drug Free (Boo to Drugs)
October 26th – PTSA Meeting in the Cafeteria at 6:30pm
October 27th - Picture Day (grades 9-11)
October 27th – FAFSA Live Event
October 29th – SGA Annual Costume Contest (see flyer)
November 1st – 5th – Spirit Week (Details to Follow)
November 1st: Pajama Day (Dress up in your favorite school appropriate pj's)
November 2nd: Twin Day (Multiple's day, dress up identical to another person or group of persons)
November 3rd: Bring anything but... (Carry your school items to campus in anything but a traditional backpack or tote. ex: Publix bag)
November 4th: Celebrity Day (Dress up as a celebrity of your choice)
November 5th: Color Wars (Wear the color of your graduating class. CO 22' - blue; CO 23' - Red; CO 24' - Green, CO 25' - Orange)
November 6th – Ed Talk (see attached Flyer)
Our Business Professionals of America Club is participating in the annual Junior Achievement “Spark Tank” business contest. They are in need of feedback from our community (Parents, Students, and staff) in order determine their next product details. Please take a moment to complete the survey below (if is available in English and Spanish – choose one please).
Each week, Ms. Lynn sends out updates to events, scholarships, and much more to students through Naviance. If you would like to see the most up to date message, it will also be posted on the BrACE site of the high school webpage for your review. To access it, you can go into DEPARTMENTS at the top of the page and under HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SERVICES, you will see BrACE. There you will find the newest update, and ones from past weeks. This week’s update is at https://www.browardschools.com/Page/65932
Students who are missing graduation credits need to see their school counselor immediately to go over the options for making up the classes to graduate on time. There are several choices, and some are time sensitive.
COLLEGE AND CAREER CORNER:
10/27 FAFSA Live:
Join the district event to include Completing the FAFSA being held on October 27th from 6-7pm. Then link to join the meeting is https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html?url=%2F_%23%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%3Ameeting_YzA5YmFhYjUtYTMwZi00OGFmLTlkZTEtNGFiODE2YmY4NjJk%40thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522eeacb5cb-5370-4358-a96a-a3783c95d422%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522b581f5ec-ce02-449f-8d80-b49de39580cd%2522%252c%2522IsBroadcastMeeting%2522%253atrue%257d%26btype%3Da%26role%3Da%26anon%3Dtrue&type=meetup-join&deeplinkId=b196845d-c0ee-4317-ac79-d62be4f64196&directDl=true&msLaunch=true&enableMobilePage=true&suppressPrompt=true
HAITIAN RELIEF FOOD AND SUPPLY DRIVE:
During the month of October, the McFatter cheerleading squad, Black Student Union, and Caribbean Student Union will be having a food and supply drive to aide in the Haitian relief efforts.
As many of you already know, Haiti is currently facing many challenges. On July 7th of this year, Haitian President, Jovenel Moise, was assassinated, leading to much upheaval and unrest in the country.
Very shortly afterwards, on August 14th, the country was struck by 7.2 magnitude earthquake, causing further destruction.
To assist with the relief efforts, we will be collecting personal items, books and school supplies, and food items.
We will begin collecting items on October 8th. Thank you for your help.
INTER CLUB COUNCIL (ICC):
The monthly ICC meeting will be held on Monday October 25th at 12:30pm. The meeting will be held in room 319. All clubs and organizations must send a representative to be in attendance. This meeting is for activities and events planned for the Month of November. All clubs are required to submit activities for approval, to have your event added to the school's calendar. If you have any questions or concerns, please send me an email. Have a great rest of your week.
ICC Meeting Projected Dates:
ICC Meeting Date
Mon. Nov. 15, 2021
Mon. Dec. 13, 2021
Mon. Jan. 24, 2022
Tues. Feb. 22, 2022
Mon. Mar. 14, 2022
Mon. Apr. 25, 2022
MONTHLY INFORMATIONAL VIDEO:
If you missed the October Video update, please go to https://bit.ly/oct7update-mths
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS:
Each year, College Board recognizes top performers on the PSAT Test. This year, we would like to congratulate Joshua Lee and Oscar Lin for their Outstanding Performance on the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT. Photos of the students are being shared with permission on social media.
OCTOBER BTC ALUMNI CONNECTIONS:
Sharing the alumni updates because we have siblings and parents of current students who may want to know… The alumni association is currently working on the formation of an alumni board.
If you have any suggestions of alumni, you feel would be excellent board members, please email me directly. We are now sending out interest surveys to our alumni to help us have a large enough pool to select from.
Broward Tech Connect, the alumni networking platform, is gathering more members and activity. If you have not had a look, please check it out here. 👉 browardtechconnect.com/ Register with an email or LinkedIn and help us grow our community engagement. Onboarding seminars for Broward Tech Connect and LinkedIn are always available, contact me if you are interested in a session for your class.
You will find the alumni newsletter for October via the link: https://bit.ly/BTCAlumniNews_Oct2021
Please pass this along to any new alumni who might not be connected with the association yet.
RED RIBBON WEEK:
Red Ribbon Week is all about Drug Awareness and is taking place from 10/25-10/29. Please see the flyer at the top of the page for the details and each day’s dress up activities. For a head start, October 25th is “Crazy Sock Day”. We look forward to seeing everyone’s crazy socks.
UNDERCLASS PICTURE DAY:
Munoz studio will be on campus for picture day for students in grades 9-11 on October 27, 2021. Please review the attached flyer for the directions to pre-pay for packages.
All students will be photographed for the yearbook, provided that the media release in the Back-to- School information grants permission for the student to be included.
AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING:
McFatter’s after school tutoring program, now called ASAP Tutoring, is back. The schedule is for Tuesday & Thursday from 4:30-6:00 pm. Parents must provide permission for students to participate by going to https://forms.office.com/r/TwPuQMX8ky to complete the form.
In addition, students need to use the QR Code to input that they are attending that day, no later than 12 o'clock on Tuesdays and Thursdays so that the staff will be available to assist. It is recommended that students who are struggling attend tutoring sessions. The QR code to RSVP for ASAP sign-up, is attached below.
As with every school year, attendance counts every day. Though we are in a virtual environment, student need to be in attendance during the scheduled times for class by logging into live sessions and participating in classroom activities. Teachers will be marking attendance in FOCUS daily, and students must be present during the live teaching session to be counted as Present for each class. Students who arrive late, leave early, or do not attend at all will be counted as unexcused. Please refer to the district website page on attendance for more information. To report an absence or, please call 754-321-5702 and leave a message or go to the high school attendance page at https://www.browardschools.com/domain/7570. School counselors, administration, or the social worker will reach out to parents should attendance become a major concern. Please remember that you must report absence/tardies/sign outs within 48 hours to have them excused, per SBBC Policy 5.5.
BACK TO SCHOOL FORMS:
We are still missing this information for several students. Each year, parents are required to complete the Back-to-School documents within the first 10 days of school so that school personnel can update the records for all students. Thank you to the parents who have completed their forms already. This week, we will need all online forms submitted for all McFatter students. Please be advised that this is a multistep process.
- Go to the BACK-TO-SCHOOL FORMS WIZARD at https://www.browardschools.com/btsand complete the form.
- Go to your email and locate the confirmation form.
- Print and send the signed hard copy to the high school office with your student
If you have any questions, please reach out to your student's counselor.
For the most up to date information on Broward Schools expectations about Covid-19, please visit the website: https://www.browardschools.com/CORONAVIRUS
First, I hope that the beginning of the school year has gone well for you. I want to remind you that the best way to stay up to date is to touch base with your students, log into FOCUS by going to broward.focusschoolsoftware.com/focus. If you have not already created a parent account, you can go to the focus website to create one. For directions on the process of creating an account, the directions are found as an attachment: FOCUS Account for Parents. Parents can create a new account or add an additional student to their pre-existing account.
MINDFULNESS CLUB/ MIND-BODY SKILLS CLUB:
Mindfulness Club/Mind-Body Skills Club was at our Club Day on September 10th. Several members of our staff who have been trained in the district will be running this 8-week event. This is a Broward County approved program, and it is research-based to help with stress-reduction/ decrease anxiety and improve students' academics and self-regulation. This is not therapy; it is advocating and promoting and learning "tools" to use to help in staff and students' "self-care." See Ms. Bluth or Ms. Fort if interested.
The National School Lunch program is free to all high school students currently. To get National School lunch on campus, students must request it each day.
Students are welcome to bring lunch to campus or purchase at the various on campus venues, but to order the National School Lunch it must be done through our link daily by 9:30 am. The site opens at 6am daily for your convenience.
ONLINE ORDERING LINK: https://tinyurl.com/MTCLunch
All students are encouraged to complete the Free/Reduced lunch application, as there are additional benefits, if the student qualifies and enables the school access to the approval status.
The link to apply is www.myschoolapps.com
SERVICE-LEARNING HOURS (VOLUNTEER HOURS):
If you are interested in finding a place to complete service hours, please go to https://www.browardschools.com/domain/18461, the high school web page dedicated to this topic, to get the most up to date information. Additional documents have been added to the page.
STATE-MANDATED MINIMUM BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM EXIT 2021-2022:
To obtain a technical “Certificate of Completion”, students must pass all courses in the technical program and meet the state-mandated minimum basic skills requirements as listed on the attachment found above. Please take a moment to review the document for the program(s) that your student(s) are considering (or are enrolled in).
Please click the attached flyers for the Handy Makerspace and Job Opportunities. The flyers are found at the bottom.
For the High School Calendar, events will be added on the McFatter Calendar as we receive them from various stakeholders.