Nov 06

Apopka Community, We Need You

Dear Community members,

Each November, in celebration of American Education Week, Apopka High School brings business and civic leaders into the classrooms, in a fun and engaging way, to talk with students about academics, careers and the future.

Volunteers engage students in lessons ranging from personal to practical skills such as  managing a checking account, using credit cards wisely, setting up mock elections, technology demonstrations, and science experiments.

Whatever your skills, no matter your topic, there is a classroom of students waiting to hear from you! To get matched with the appropriate area and classroom(s), please register to serve as a speaker. Go to to register to be a “Teacher for the Day”.  This information will allow us to assign you to a teacher/classroom.

In addition, to completing the contact information above you will also register through Orange County Public Schools. Click here to be directed to the online form and choose Apopka High School Teach-In 2017.

Registration deadline is Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Feel free to share this letter with others that may be interested in participating as well.

Nov 06


Congratulations to Coach Eddie Jenkins and the Boys Bowling Team: Gage Stelling, Keith Horton, Diego Pulice, Andrew Gayetsky, Benjamin Bailey, Bryan Reaves, Joshua Kennedy & Dameon.

After graduating the best individual bowler in Florida history, Apopka still went undefeated to win their FIFTH CONSECUTIVE FHSAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!

Horton and Stelling have been part of four state champions and one national champion.

When they won three in a row, that was unprecedented, but this is beyond the pale—an amazing accomplishment.

Nov 06


Congratulations to the Blue Darter Marching Band on their memorable performance Saturday evening at their Florida Bandmasters Marching MPA, held here at Apopka High. The ensemble gave their penultimate performance up to this point in the season and represented our school and community very well. It is an honor to share this performance with you via YouTube as you will enjoy the incredible things that these kiddos are doing! For the evening, YOUR BLUE DARTER BAND EARNED STRAIGHT SUPERIORS!

On top of a great performance, our program was blessed with the opportunity to host this event for our District. We provided a fantastic site for 23, yes, TWENTY-THREE bands! J There were many positive comments shared in response about our village of Boosters/adult volunteers that, alongside our student performers, made this day a reality. We are truly blessed with great people who do great things on behalf of our campus. All in all, over 60 adult volunteers, and over 200 band members, helped make this day a special day for each program to come in and showcase their growth throughout the Fall season. We would also like to say thank you to our great Middle School Directors for their continued help throughout the day as well: Mrs. Langford at Wolf Lake MS, Mr. Sargent at Apopka Middle, Mrs. Tobin from Chain of Lakes, and Mrs. Bentley from Trinity. Each of these awesome people gave their time and talents on Saturday in support of our children!

I must also say a HUGE thank you to many of our campus staff that also made this day possible: Mr. Myers, Mr. Martin, Coach Wambles, Coach McDaniel, Coach McWithey, Mr. Lawson and the team of custodial staff on hand Saturday. You all had a great hand in bringing this event to life. Whether it be your help in trouble- shooting lights for the field, campus access, video assistance, custodial services, or taking care of the field paint, each of you had a tremendous hand in making this happen! And to Mr. Arnold, we say THANK YOU for allowing us to host our District and giving our students an opportunity to serve others!

Enjoy Your Blue Darter Marching Band’s MPA Performance here!

Oct 27

Darter Chorus Is Going to Disney World (again!!!)

Our Darter Chorus was chosen once again to sing in Disney’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot. Our students not only get to sing but have the privilege of being an “Honor Choir.” Being an Honor Choir means that Darter Chorus is one of the top 26 Chorus Programs in the surrounding area and provide a high-quality performance for Disney each night!

We have been invited to sing 3 nights at Epcot with a professional orchestra, the Voices of Liberty, celebrity narrators and top of the line conductors. This is a huge honor for AHS and the Darter Chorus. We audition for Honor Choir every year, and the students this year worked extremely hard to prepare their audition.

If you would like to come out and support us, our performance schedule is below. You will need admission into Epcot. The show is at the American Garden Theatre in “America” and the line is usually backed up into “Italy”.

You can also purchase a Disney Dining Package for Candlelight which provides you dinner in one of the countries and guaranteed, preferred seating for the show, but you will still need general admission into the park.

Our show days and times are:

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – 6:45 pm & 8:15 pm—Narrator: Neil Patrick Harris!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2017 – 6:45 pm & 8:15 pm—Narrator: Neil Patrick Harris!!!

Sunday, December 24, 2017 – 5:00 pm—Narrator: CCH Pounder (Sheild/Avatar)

Oct 27

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto!

Big news from the AHS Engineering Magnet–

Please congratulate these students from Team 550C who won the Excellence Award today as the best overall robot at the event. Chris Pappas, Aaron Hale, Dylan Dana, and Max Anderson.

Last week, Team 550Z won that same recognition in Lake Minneola. Team Z is Bruce Hicks, Tim Ervin, Mackay Saunders, and Brian Lipscomb.  Both team have now qualified for the VEX State Tournament. 

Assisting us today were many former robotics students and future engineers like Greg Fussell, Hunter Nielson, Artem Pimenov, Alex Lugo, JC Archer, Steven Aherns, Nick Leftridge, and Julianne Mazzaro. Darters forever!

Thank you to Northrop Grumman for having engineers assist in the judging process. What great partners we have!!

Thank you to Mr. Arnold, Mr. Martin, Terri Anderson, and Frances Venezuela for supporting the cause.

Oct 06


AVID is an elective class currently offered to freshmen and sophomores at Apopka High School, with the goal of preparing students for college-readiness. On Saturday, September 30, Apopka High School AVID students had the distinct honor of presenting the American Flag in the opening ceremony of the University of Central Florida football game, where the Knights defeated Memphis 40 to 13. AVID students spent the day at UCF as a way of experiencing college life; beginning at UCF’s 63’ South dining facility, continuing on a walking tour of the campus and tailgating festivities, and culminating at the football game itself.


Oct 06

AVID Is Lending a Hand

Recent hurricanes have left massive destruction and devastation for families and cities around the country. The AVID program at Apopka High School wants to help families during the aftermath of these storms by hosting a Staff vs Student Basketball Game fundraiser. Come out on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 and watch the staff take on members of the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. 

The game will be played on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Apopka High School Gymnasium. Entrance into the game is $3 and proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army.

And you don’t want to miss the half time show!!! Come watch a teacher get pied in the face. During each lunch shift, students will have the opportunity to drop money in a bucket to vote for the teacher who they would like to see get pied during half time. The teacher that earns the most money will be the lucky winner.