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Dear Parents

On behalf of our teachers, Ms. Cushnie and Ms. Gonzalez and our counselor Ms. Martin, we would like to welcome you back to 2017-2018 school year when we are celebrating our 20th year of existence. Our team has filled the year with new and exciting opportunities for our students.

The 2016-2017 school year was filled with great accomplishments; highest ALP passing rate yet again; variety of FPSA awards during National competition including 3rd place for overall Criminal Justice Operations Program; 3 of our students are State FPSA board members; several of our students were elected to Student Government. Our clubs continue to receive recognition by local agencies and represent our Academy through and through. Our Honor Guard including our flag detail continue to raise the standards.

This year we will continue to offer a plethora of clubs to join. Our official Academy club is the Florida Public Service Association (FPSA) and our goal is to receive a 100% membership. The $10 fee will enable students to enter into competition in March and attend the leadership conference typically held in January. Each member will also receive a club shirt. FPSA reinforces the skills learned in our Criminal Justice program. Students further have opportunities to participate in We the People, Mock Trials and SADD. Ms. Cushnie will also lead the Honor Guard this year and Ms. Stuvel will lead the Mock Trial team. Look for information to come home for these clubs soon. We strongly encourage all students to participate in any of the above mentioned clubs.

In an effort to be able to better communicate with our entire Academy family, we have set up a Remind 101 account. Attached you will find the flyer with instructions on how to join Remind101.

To conclude, we encourage ALL our Legal families to join the Legal Academy booster club. We will have a membership drive soon so look for information to be send home. You can also purchase spirit and PT wear from them and information will be going home on that as well. If you already volunteered for a position, please note that a mandatory meeting is taking place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 5:30 pm in the auditorium.

We are excited in celebrating our 20th year and if you have any thoughts or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us. On behalf of our entire team, I wish you a healthy and successful school year.

Marinka Stuvel
Academy of Legal and Public Affairs
Lead teacher
305-232-2044 X2111

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Congratulations to the following students who were elected to serve on the student government board:

Junior class:
Mitra Hamzavi – Vice President
Yorick Medina – Secretary
Senior Class:
Alexa Lizardo – treasurer
Congratulations to you all. We are all Legal Proud!