December 7, 2020

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Lisset G. '23 poses in her "ugly" Christmas sweater. 
“Hi, everyone! Hello those on Zoom! My name is Francesa Marinello, and I used to be a CMCP Scholar, too.” A proud class of 2017 alumna and a current senior at the University of Florida, Francesca graciously came back to campus this week to speak to our CMCP Scholars about their future education and career goals.

Co-Salutatorian upon graduation, Francesca was also involved in Student Government, Best Buddies, National Honor Society, and the Volleyball Team while she was a student here. “I had way too much fun in high school,” Francesca enthuses. “I know it’s easy to say try not to stress, but try not to. Have fun! Senior spring was the time of my life!” But she knew how to balance fun with the rigorous academic schedule she maintained. “In high school, I focused on getting in to college,” she emphasizes. "Now, in college, my mindset shifted to ‘OK, I need to focus on getting a job.’ Similar steps apply, but this time I made sure I networked, joined clubs, had stuff to put on my resume, HAD a resume… I needed to think forward.” 

Her hard work paid off: Francesca will graduate in May 2021 with a full-time job already lined up with Bank of New York Mellon in New York City. 

How did she get here? She passed on these words of wisdom: “Be a people person, even if you’re not outgoing. Make connections with people and remember, people remember how you made them feel. You don’t have to be the smartest in the room, but you have to be on your toes and personable.” She then shared a personal anecdote about feedback she received after an interview. “The interviewer told me that I was the only person that could hold a conversation and not talk about school or my resume the whole time.” 

Getting to this place isn’t easy. In fact, when Francesca was a freshman, she admits she “was so awkward at every single thing. I was homesick and wondering why.” But, she stresses to the CMCP students, say yes. Join clubs. Study abroad. Take the time to meet new people and network. You never know where it might lead you! 

Francesca was the first presenter in a series introduced by CMCP Scholars Moderator, Ms. Crespo. “I see these presentations as a platform for Scholars to receive enriching educational opportunities that will prepare them for superior post-secondary and career opportunities.” Additionally, in this waiting period after college applications have been submitted but college acceptances are slowly trickling in, the students found this presentation “so informative.” Ms. Crespo is scheduling more presenters and the next activity will be completing the personality test we talked about last week. “How funny,” said Francesca, “I took that test on the first day of my Intro to Business Class!”

The CMCP Scholars program is made up of high-achieving students that engage in a rigorous core curriculum, maintain a 3.7 GPA, participate in academic honor societies, score 1000 or higher on the PSAT prior to Junior year, and are in the Top 10 of their class. Membership is by invitation only on a year-to-year basis and members must meet and maintain the requirements. 

Clubs and Organizations

Members of The International Thespian Society (an honor society made up of students who love theatre) entered the Florida Regional Thespian Festival in November. The entire festival was virtual. Their performances received Excellent and Superior ratings.
  • Kaleigh C. & Simmey S. performed a scene from “GI Jane” by DM Larsen to receive an Excellent rating.
  • Michael O. and Ian S. performed a scene from “Dial M for Murder” by Frederick Knottlan and received an Excellent rating.
  • Katherine M. sang a solo from “Hamilton” entitled “BURN” and received an Excellent rating.
  • Dorvangie T. performed two contrasting monologues and received an Excellent rating.
  • Anne L. performed a solo piece from “Little Women” and received an Excellent rating. She also performed two contrasting monologues and received a SUPERIOR rating.
Congratulations to these very talented students. They will ALL advance to the FLORIDA STATE FESTIVAL in March. You did CM Proud! -- Mr. Joe Catalano, Moderator and Troupe Sponsor

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Upcoming Events

Interact Club - Toy Drive Wrapping
Friday, 12/11  |  1:30 - 3:30 P.M.  |  Zaragoza Center
First Semester Exams for All Students
Friday, 12/11
Saturday, 12/12  |  8:00 A.M.  |  CMCP
First Semester Exams for All Students
Monday, 12/14 & Tuesday, 12/15 & Friday, 12/18
Home Study Days - Campus Closed
Wednesday, 12/16 & Thursday, 12/17
Varsity Football FHSAA Class 3A State Championship Game
Wednesday, 12/16  |  7:00 P.M.  |  Tallahassee
End of First Semester & End of Second Quarter
Friday, 12/18
Classes Resume
Tuesday, 1/5

Athletics News

Varsity Boys Basketball Competes in the Kreul Classic
Click the image for streaming info. Ticket info to come! 

School News

Run, walk, dash, jog, skip, meander, saunter, hop, or skate with the #CMLIONS. We're hosting a Virtual Run/Walk/Stroll in celebration of Founder's Week (week of January 18), and we want YOU to come along with us at your own pace, in your own neighborhood - near or far! Bring the whole family - furry or otherwise - and join us as we take this health initiative in the new year. Run if you can, stroll if you'd rather, or skate if you're looking for something fun! Either way, we'd love for you to tag us @cmlions when you take part. More soon! Click the image for the sign-up link. 
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Our Campus Store is now online! Perfect for birthday celebrations or just to say hello. Click the image for the link. campus_store_edited.jpg

Important Updates

If you intend to travel over the holidays, we would respectfully request that you quarantine for a full 14 days before returning to campus. While there is no way for us to know where you have been or with whom, please help us to keep the whole community healthy. Students who intend to be on-campus may attend classes virtually until the period of quarantine is ended if it overlaps with the resumption of classes. Please report a self-quarantine or a positive COVID test to Mrs. Carrera in the Wellness Center.
The new CDC guidelines will recommend close contacts of those infected with the coronavirus should quarantine for 7 to 10 days after exposure, down from the 14 days currently recommended. Individuals can end their quarantine after 7 days if they receive a negative test, or 10 days without getting tested.  
If you are not coming to school, do not fill out the Daily Screening Form - even if attending classes online. The Daily Screening Form should be completed by students who will be physically present on campus for that day.


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