Our Mission

The mission of Crooms Academy of Information Technology is to provide innovative teaching and learning in a technology-enriched environment and to engage students in an academically challenging curriculum that prepares them for post-secondary education with industry-validated technology skills.

Vision Statement

To build a culture of excellence and success for every student.

Important Contacts

Administration
Dr. Brandon Hanshaw
Principal
407-320-5701

Alisa Grace
Assistant Principal
407-320-5786

Dr. Tonya Manderville
Assistant Principal
407-320-5702

Student Services
407-320-5754

Media Specialist
407-320-5751

Cathy Alper
Career Specialist
407-320-5749


Events

Teach In

Teach in Day was a huge success! Thank you to all the community and business leaders that came out and spent the day with our students! Also a very special thanks to Cathy Alper and Mary Benton for all their hard work in organizing the day, thank you!


College Event
Montreat College is hosting a Meet Montreat Cybersecurity focused event on November 16th for students, parents, and others interested in this exploding field. Montreat has been named A Center of Academic Excellence for Cyber by the National Security Agency (NSA). The event will be at the Country Club of Orlando at 7:00 PM and will include a panel with the president of Montreat, Dr. Paul Maurer, Central FL industry professionals and a current student. We ask that anyone planning to attend to please RSVP at www.montreat.edu/meetmontreatrsvp.

Sanford Riverwalk 5k
Due to major flooding caused by Hurricane Irma the race course remains underwater, we have officially postponed the race until November 18th. You may still register online or at school (look for the banner above or click here)

Seniors
Senior Portfolio Project has started in all senior English classes. Seniors are preparing for their 30 minute interviews starting November 30th, Dec 1st, Dec 4th, Dec 5th, and Dec 6th. At this time seniors should have selected the position you are applying for to create your cover letter and resume. Please check your email for your interview time and please share the date with your parents so other appointments are not made during your assigned interview. If there is a conflict now is the time to reschedule with Ms. Chatlos. We need business partners and parents who can conduct interviews. We still have a few spots open on the following dates, Nov 30th, Dec 1st, Dec 4th, and Dec 6th. Seniors will dress in interview attire, develop a professional portfolio and sit for a 30 minute interview. Sign up as an interviewer here.

Upcoming College Visits:
11/28/17- Stetson University- Private Liberal Arts University with a focus on Service Learning. www.stetson.edu/
12/1/17- Bethune Cookman College- Private Liberal Arts College. Admission representative will review students on the spot with transcript for admission. http://www.cookman.edu/ Interested Students, please sign up outside Student Services.

Homecoming!

Attention all panthers, homecoming is fast approaching and tickets for the dance on Dec 9th are on sale starting Monday in the cafe. They are going at $35 for one or $60 for two. Remember if you are planning to bring a non-Crooms guest you must get paperwork filled out and returned to Mr. Schwartz prior to the dance. Get your tickets now, as prices will increase each week! Any parents who would like to help make this year's homecoming the best one yet, we would love to have support in the form of food/beverage donations or as a chaperone. Please email Mr. Schwartz at schwarjc@myscps.us and he will provide more details into their needs.

Science Fair
Dr. Urbina is recruiting Science Fair Judges for Dec 12th and the science SECME CLUB is asked for mentors to assist students develop their science projects in preparation for SECME competition February 10th 2018 at UCF. For either events please contact Dr. Josue Urbina directly at josue_urbina@scps.k12.fl.us

Parental Involvement
We would like to invite you to get engaged with school activities! Please take a moment to get connected at tinyurl.com/Parent-Invitation or consider joining our Crooms Business Advisory Council learn more here: CroomsBAC.org and sign up here: tinyurl.com/Partner-In-Excellence 



Announcements

Scholarship Opportunities

Community Service Opportunity
Students, Do You Need Community Service Hours and Would You Like to Start NOW?
Through the VCI Cyber-Senior Program, students will receive community service hours and service-learning opportunity as they engage with their participants. Along with weekly prizes, students will gain mentoring/leadership experience as they volunteer through the eight-week program. The VCI Cyber-Seniors Program provides an opportunity for students of high school age to assist the senior citizen population in learning how to use a computer. Some of the skills the students will be teaching the senior citizens include, but are not limited to sending/receiving emails, navigating social media, and other basic computing skills. With the help of your students, the impact will bridge the technological gap that isolates senior citizens from their family and the younger generation. We meet for two hours one day a week for 8 weeks. The program is specifically built to work with the seniors for eight days so that they can retain new computer literacy skills and engage in meaningful conversations with the students. Please contact Ms. Alper for further information at Cathy_Alper@scps.k12.fl.us

Winter Sports
Winter Sports are gearing up; Girls soccer has started and is still looking for interested players. Boys’ and girls’ basketball are working hard conditioning and getting ready for the season. If you interested in participation be sure you have turned in all the needed paperwork to Ms. Benton so you are ready to go.

Yearbook
Parents! Don't forget to buy your student a yearbook and save the memories at yearbookordercenter.com (use order #1046) or email Mrs. Babb (Shellane_Babb@scps.k12.fl.us) for more information. The current price is $60 but remember buy fast because the price is going to increase to $65 on November 18th. You can also visit the following links for more yearbook information and updates on our yearbook. panther.croomsweb.org/contact-us and on Instagram @ Panther_YBK18.

Athletics
We are also looking for anyone who would like to help support the baseball program either through their time or donation. Please email Coach Gerard Kinler at kinlergz@myscps.us

Students Services
Scheduling Parent Conferences - Parent conferences are scheduled through Student Services. Please contact Ms. Dixon via email erica_dixon@scps.k12.fl.us or phone 407-320-5754. Student services is offering individual or group counseling whether for personal or academic concerns. Student Services has Brittany Foster, a School Counseling Intern under the supervision of Dr. Geigel, who can provide these services to Crooms Student body.


Quick Links
For more information on any of the following links contact Cathy Alper 407-320-5749

After School Activities/Tutoring:
Parents-
If your child must remain after-school for any activities; Crooms activity bus is available to take students to their zoned high school. The bus picks up at 5:45pm M-F; see the fall tutoring schedule below.


Assessment Results:
Attention students who took the Biology and US History EOCs last year, the result reports may be picked up at Student Services during breaks.

Mentoring Opportunities
Our business partner IBM is recruiting mentors for the MentorPlace Program. IBM MentorPlace was launched in 2000 and has served thousands of students around the globe; to learn more about this program visit: www.mentorplace.net


TechFest Success!
Check out Orlando Business Journals article about our awesome TechFest event!

Parking Information
If you have already purchased a parking permit, please see the bookkeeper for your decal. If you do not have a current 2017-18 decal, you are not allowed to park on school property. Your vehicle can be towed at your own expense. Please see the Bookkeeper to pay for your permit and download the parking permit application here.

Parents - set up your eCampus login
Parents with your eCampus access, you can observe your child's courses from within the district's learning management system called eCampus. Before you create your account, you will need to know each of your children's user names and network passwords (Login: Student ID, Password: YYYYMMDD). Please see the attached directions

Parent Laptop Training

BAC/Parent Survey - Link
Parents, we need your help. Your talents and the relationships that you have within the business community can be so beneficial to our efforts in building a strong and unique high school program. Please fill out this brief survey about opportunities that are available which would allow you to be more involved with your child’s education.



Our Beliefs

We believe that IT increases student learning and enhances student performance, and therefore should be incorporated into the entire curriculum.
• We believe that teachers have a responsibility to increase their knowledge and to enhance their curriculum with training in IT, to collaborate with peers, and utilize state of the art technology.
• We believe that we increase student achievement by providing consistent and frequent access to faculty and staff members for both parents and students.
• We believe parental involvement is a key to student success and that by providing parents with many opportunities for communication with and involvement in the school, we will improve the environment of the school and advance the mission.
• We believe that our curriculum and program are strengthened through our business partnerships due to the support we receive, which increases student achievement.