August 18 Monday
First Day of School
New Magnet Coordinator
First Day of School Tips
1. Schedule - try to see classes on Virtual Counselor or Pinnacle. Classes may change before school starts. Students will receive a schedule in their first period class on the first day. Go to main hall by media center and find your name on the chart and go to the room that is listed.
2. Bring map from Magnet Camp. Mark your classes on the map. Also bring pen, pencil, notebook paper, folder with pockets and backpack to store your items. Ask for help if you are lost.
3. Bus transportation. Be patient. If you have not received a transportation post card, go to BrowardSchools.com and check the open houses for the transportation areas. Your parent may have to drop you off the first day. Adults will help you on the first day of school in the AP Office (Mr. Borja). Be at the bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled time. Buses will be late returning you home the first day because they do not leave school until all students who ride a bus are on a bus.
4. Be patient. Broward County Public Schools have more than 200,000 students tying to download schedules and find bus information.
5. Lunch and Breakfast. Have your parents apply for the free-reduced meal plan if they think they qualify at applyforlunch.com. Other benefits include scholarship eligibility and reduced fees for SAT, ACT and college admission applications.
For his 2013 Magnet Senior Project, Nicholas McKenna worked with the Everglades Foundation, a close partner with the South Plantation magnet, to create wherEverglades, an App covering the Everglades.
The App that will be launched on April 22, 2014 for Earth Day connects the user to South Florida's rich environmental and recreational offerings.
Users can explore the restoration efforts and critical natural areas of the Everglades, as well as the fun activities they can do outdoors. They also can share their experiences with others
through social media.
Start by looking at the map. Then pick an area that looks interesting. wherEverglades provides information about each site including native flora and faun, local restoration efforts, and available recreational opportunities. Users can get directions to each place or find more information online with the help of wherEverglade's database.
Now at Brown University, Nick continued as a paid student consultant to the Everglades Foundation, working with two SPHS magnet interns to finalize the App.