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Weekly Email from Dr. Ferreira

Hello Viera families,


On February 8, 2019, VHS students and staff participated on a successful fire drill.  Thank you to all the teachers and students for your participation in this safety school wide event.  The Safety Committee continues to meet and discuss the most appropriate measures to keep our students and staff safe. 

Congratulations to VHS faculty and staff for the 4-point increase in the College and Career Readiness points, as indicated by the 2018 graduation cohort.  College and Career Readiness is one of the categories involved in the calculation of the yearly school grade.  This category deals with the number of students who scored at least a level 3 in an AP class, scored at least a C in a dual enrollment class, or passed an industry certification test. 

As a faculty and staff, we continue to give students the opportunity to achieve academic levels that are needed for entry into and success in postsecondary workforce education or directly into a job that offers gainful employment and career advancement.

We are so pleased to share the accomplishments of our students during the Brevard Mainland Science Fair, held during January 29 – January 30 weekend.  Thank you so much for all the parents, teachers and administrators who could attend this event.  We also would like to thank Ms. Elizabeth Youngs (Science Department) and Mrs. Beth Harris (Media Specialist) for all your efforts.  Congratulations:

  • Brandon Albert and David Allaire
    • 1st place in Intelligent Machines, Robotics  and Systems Software
    • Invitation to State Science Fair in March
    • Invitation to compete at the Orlando Science Center later in March
    • Intel Computing Science Award
    • NASA Award
  • Tyler Audino
    • 1st place in Biomedical and Health Sciences
    • Runner up Best of Show in Biological Sciences, he will compete on March 5th for a possible bid to attend the International Science Fair in Phoenix in May.
    • Invitation to State Science Fair in March
    • US Navy Award
  • Colin Avento
    • 2nd place in Animal Sciences
    • NASA Award
  • Alyssa Buccieri
    • 3rd place in Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Cato Emerson
    • 1st place in Animal Sciences
    • Invitation to State Science Fair in March
    • Society for Women Engineers award
  • Esther Francom
    • 1st place in Earth and Environmental Sciences
    • Invitation to State Science Fair in March
    • League of Women Voters Award
    • US Navy Award
  • Alex Harris
    •      1st place in Engineering
    • Invitation to State Science Fair in March
    • AIAA Award
  • Mason Harris
    • 3rd place in Engineering
  • Dax Haskett
    • 3rd place in Mathematics and Computational Sciences
    • Harris STEM Award
  • Tristan Hera
    • 3rd place in Behavioral and Social Sciences
    • American Psychological Award
  • Jada Jones
    • 1st place in Mathematics and Computational Sciences
    • Invitation to State Science Fair in March
    • US Navy Award
    • Mu Theta Alpha Award
  • Marleigh Peters
    • 2nd place in Biomedical and Health Sciences
    • $72,000 to Florida Institute of Technology
  • Sid Ranganath
    • 2nd place in Chemistry
    • $72,000 to Florida Institute of Technology
    • Lockheed Martin Award
  • Jillian Smith
    • 1st place in Plant Science
    • Invitation to State Science Fair in March
  • Chase Tarrillo
    • 2nd place in Cellular/Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
    • $72,000 to Florida Institute of Technology
    • Lockheed Martin Award
    • In Vitro Award


In an effort to keep our students safe, we would like to remind families that we have one point of entry in our school.  The bus loop is reserved for buses only.  Students should be dropped off in the front of the school every morning. 

Mr. Chris Gallagher (Athletic Director) would like to remind VHS families that now is a great time for Spring Sports Heart Screening for our students.  This is an excellent opportunity to receive helpful information.  Students will have the chance to receive a free heart screening during PE class on Wednesday February 13, 2019.  Please complete the online sign-up sheet at:

February 16, 2019 (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.)  – Florida Tech will host its 13th Annual International Festival.  This is a wonderful celebration of the cultures of our US students and students across the globe.  Please consider participating in this educational opportunity and/or earn Bright Future Community Service Hours.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Debbie Matta at

Attention All Amazon Shoppers - Viera High Project Graduation is now registered as a Charity Organization with Amazon Smile. Our organization receives 5% of all proceeds!  When you sign up for AmazonSmile, you are asked to select one of over a million charities. Please use our direct link to support Parent Booster USA Inc. - Viera High Project Graduation.

We thank you in advance for supporting Viera High Project graduation. The process is easy- Just use our link for all your purchases. Charity link:

 Attention Seniors - We will be placing another order for senior class t-shirts soon. This is your last chance to get your signed Class of 2019 shirt.  You can purchase your t-shirt as well as Project Graduation tickets, Senior Yard signs and graduation flowers at

Gifted Seminar (February 8, 2019) - During this event, gifted students had a discussion centered on the documentary 2 Million Minutes.  This documentary highlights the differences among American, Chinese and Indian high school students.  Some of the questions students were presented included: Where do Americans fit in the competition for 21st century domination?



Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday February 12, 2019

                4 p.m. Tennis, Boys (V) vs. West Shore                                    Away

                4 p.m. Tennis, Girls (V) vs. West Shore                                    Home

                4:30 p.m. Track & Field (V) vs. Merritt Island HS                  Away

                5 p.m. Track & Field, Girls (V) vs. Merritt Island HS             Away

                5 p.m. Track & Field, Boys (V) vs. Merritt Island HS             Away

                7 p.m. Wrestling, Boys (V) vs. Bayside HS                               Away

                7 p.m. Basketball, Boys District Playoff                                    Away

Thursday February 14, 2019

                4 p.m. Tennis, Girls (V) vs. Satellite HS                                     Away

Friday February 15, 2019

                Teacher Professional Development Day                                  Student Holiday

Monday February 18, 2019

                President’s Day                                                                                 Teacher/Student Holiday


Have a great week Viera and be safe,

Dr. Ferreira.