Day: September 21, 2017

Hurricane Harvey

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Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeast Texas late Friday, August 25. Initially categorized as a tropical storm, it rapidly grew into a Category 4 hurricane, with wind speeds up to 130 miles an hour.
It has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, but is expected to make landfall again. Hurricane Harvey moved across the greater Houston area, a span of 10,000 square miles holding nearly 7 million people. It has left thousands of Texas citizens without homes and forced even more to evacuate. Reports state that over 3,000 people have been rescued so far, 1,000 on Monday the 28th alone. So far, there are 38 confirmed deaths due to the hurricane, and hundreds injured.
Rainfall levels have risen as high as 47 inches, and some areas have reported nearly 8 feet of rain, causing massive floods and overflowing some of the largest reservoirs in Texas.
Thankfully, much is being done to provide aid to citizens in need. The Cajun Navy, a volunteer rescue force that rose to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is now offering the full extent of their services, and the US Coast Guard as well as local police and fire stations have all joined the rescue efforts as well. But even this is not enough to keep the people’s panic down. As homes and roads have started flooding, people are becoming desperate for rescue, going so far as to attempt to steal rescue boats and even taking shots at the people manning them.
In every way, Hurricane Harvey has been a disaster for eastern Texas and its surrounding areas, and the damage it is dealing is still far from over.

By: Rachel Smith

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Interview with Mr. Kotkin

I interviewed our new principal, Mr. Kotkin, for InFlight News about who he is and what his vision is for the new school year.

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Kassandra: How does it feel to be back at home at Lake Howell High School?

Mr. Kotkin: It’s awesome. I love it. I’m so glad I’m here. It’s not the same school I went to many years ago, but it is still the heart that is still identical.

Kassandra: What year did you graduate?
Mr. Kotkin: I graduated in 1990. I’m glad to say Class of ’90.

Kassandra: Are you currently married and do you have any kids?

Mr. Kotkin: Currently yes, I am currently married. I am married to my beautiful wife, Summer. We have been married for 12 years. We have 2 children, 8-year-old daughter Faith and 5-year-old Noah. They are the best part of my day.

Kassandra: Tell me more about yourself

Mr. Kotkin: I went to all Seminole County Public Schools; Red Bug Elementary, Tuskawilla Middle, and here at Lake Howell High. I went to the University of Florida, but ended up graduating at UCF. My master’s is from UCF also in education leadership. I love the Dallas Cowboys, but I bleed Orange and Blue.

Kassandra: What is your plan to help increase the graduation rate this year?

Mr. Kotkin: To address attendance and tardiness. We have such amazing teachers here, we just need to tighten and look at instruction a little bit differently in some classes not everywhere. We need to do something different in order to meet the needs of today’s kids.

Kassandra: How will you be interacting more with students?

Mr. Kotkin: I love to be with the kids. You will definitely see me at a lot of events. I usually don’t walk by people without saying hello or addressing them. I try to interact as much as I can.

Kassandra: What are you looking forward to the most this school year and many more to come?

Mr. Kotkin: Starting new traditions and bringing back old traditions from when I was a kid I want to see the school spirit come back and I want to see the reputation that we have always had where people use to fear us and respect us at a higher level, but that has to start with the us first meaning the kids. I love it.

Make sure to give Mr. Kotkin a warm Silverhawks welcome back. Go Silverhawks!

By: Kassandra Chi