October 2022 Newsletter
One School. One Vision. One Family.
As we enter the month of October, I am so proud of our Imagine-Chancellor students as they have demonstrated numerous character strengths so far this school year. I have witnessed student leaders emerge as they share ideas and perspectives to promote positive change on our campus.
As teachers inspire and drive students to engage in the learning process, I continue to be amazed over their creativity, curiosity and love of learning. It is vital for the Imagine-Chancellor family to continue to work together to maintain our strong school community and cultivate positivity in action.
Last week, our neighbors on the West Coast of Florida were dealt with devastation due to the impact of Hurricane Ian. Our thoughts are with our West Coast Imagine Schools campuses and families. To show our support, we will be starting a Hurricane Relief drive to collect items for the victims of this catastrophic storm. More information will be forthcoming.
A huge thank you to all of the families who came to our Open House and Safety Nights. Additionally, a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with our Book Fair. We greatly appreciate our Imagine-Chancellor families and their ongoing support!
I am forever grateful for the commitment and support from our outstanding teachers, staff, students, and parents. We are Imagine Chancellor STRONG!
With love and appreciation,
Our Middle School Leadership Class worked collaboratively to implement "Start with Hello" Spirit Week (Sept 19th-23rd). Start with Hello is an initiative through the Sandy Hook Promise to teach empathy and empower students to end social isolation.
Sandy Hook Promise is a national nonprofit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Based in Newtown, Connecticut, our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. By empowering youth to “know the signs” and uniting all people who value the protection of children, we can take meaningful actions in schools, homes, and communities to prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life
Why Start With Hello?
Loneliness is the overwhelming feeling of being left out and social isolation is not having frequent interactions with friends. Young people who feel this way may pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, or choose to hurt themselves or others. Due to COVID-19, all students can empathize with the feelings of isolation due to physical and social distancing. Start with Hello is an important social and emotional learning program to reintroduce students to the power of connecting and helping one another.
Positivity Project Character Strengths for October
Positivity Project will continue on our campus with a focus on Positivity in Action and the Other People Mindset. Below are the character strengths we will be focusing on each week during the month of October.
Forgiveness- Week of October 3-7
Review of Character Strengths taught so far this school year- Week of October 10-14
Integrity- Week of October 17-21
Creativity- Week of October 24-28
OPM - Knowing my words and actions affect others- October 31 - November 4
A new resource Positivity Project is offering this year is P2 for Families!
This is an easy way for families to discuss the importance of character strengths and positive relationships. It is differentiated for various grade levels and includes 1 quote, 1 video and 3 questions to drive conversations around character at home.
Positivity in Action
Beginning with the 2022–23 school year, Florida’s statewide, standardized assessments
in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics will be aligned with the Benchmarks for Excellent
Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.). The Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST).
K-2 Students will be given the STAR Early Literacy and Math assessments in order to
track their progress.
Tentative Dates of Star Assessments:
August 24th and 25th
January 18th and 19th
May 8th and 9th
Beginning with the 2022–23 school year, Florida’s statewide, standardized assessments in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics will be aligned with the Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking(B.E.S.T.). The Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST).
Tentative Dates for FAST Assessments (Reading and Math):
September 14th and 15th
January 11th and 12th
May 2nd and 3rd
Tentative Dates for STAR Assessments (Reading and Math):
August 24th and 25th
January 23rd and 24th
May 8th and 9th
An example of what FAST will look like throughout the year:
Progress Monitoring 1 (PM1) Sept. 14th and 15th – because this assessment occurs at the very beginning of the school year, it is designed to provide a baseline score so teachers can track student progress in learning the B.E.S.T. Standards from PM1 to PM2. At this point, your child has been exposed to the skills, but no mastery of the skills is needed at this time.
Progress Monitoring 2 (PM2) January 11th and 12th – by the time of the FAST window, students will have had an opportunity to learn the grade-level standards, and this assessment will provide a mid-year score to compare to the baseline score from PM1. Teachers will monitor and pull small groups to close any gaps that the students may be having.
Progress Monitoring 3 (PM3) May 8th and 9th – this last administration will provide a summative score that will accurately measure student mastery of the B.E.S.T. Standards at the end of the school year. While PM1 and PM2 are for informational purposes only, PM3 will be used for school accountability beginning in the 2023–24 school year.
PM1 and PM2 - it is important for families to understand that this information is intended to provide baseline and mid-year results for PM1 and PM2 respectively. These results are for informational purposes only and should be used to identify areas that may need additional instruction and support. These results should not be considered student achievement designations.
By PM3, students will show mastery. This assessment will provide us with a summative score at the end of the year to measure student mastery of the grade-level content standards.
Student achievement is of utmost importance at Imagine-Chancellor. Teachers must maximize instructional minutes to promote student learning success. Tardies are a major disruption to the learning environment and student learning. Students miss extremely important intervention/enrichment time. Additionally, learning stops while the tardy student settles into his/her seat.
Student tardies continue to be a problem. We strongly encourage families to ensure their child(ren) are setup for success each morning by arriving to school on time. The instructional day starts at 8:30 am. Therefore, it is expected for all students to be in their seat ready to learn at this time. We appreciate your support in this matter.
Helpful Hint: Morning arrival car lines have extremely little to no traffic between 8:00-8:15 am.
All visitors must provide government issued ID to enter the school building. Visitors will be issued a visitor badge that must be worn at all times. When exiting the building, all visitors must check out and turn in their visitor badge.
Arrival Procedures Reminders
Students who are enrolled in before care will be able to enter the campus daily from 7:15-7:45 am off of High Ridge Road. Parents will receive special car tags to identify as before care students.
All students will use hand sanitizer prior to entering the building.
Access to the school off High Ridge Road will not be accessible from 7:45 am-8:45 am.
Parents who are not enrolled in before care will enter the campus off of Miner Rd following traffic down Imagine Way. Gates will be open to all students at 7:50 am each morning.
All other students will not be permitted to enter campus prior to 7:50 am.
Dismissal Procedures Reminders
Staggered dismissal times will remain the same:
K-2- 3:00 pm
3rd-5th- 3:15 pm
6th-8th- 3:30 pm
K-2: South side of the school
K-8 students with siblings: South side of the school
3rd-8th students without siblings: North side of the school
· All students will remain in their classroom during dismissal
· PikMyKid will be utilized as our dismissal program
· Parents must check-in using the PikMyKid app or provide the designated staff member the assigned dismissal number for their child(ren). Please place your PikmyKid dismissal tag on your rear view mirror or dashboard for staff to easily see.
· Gates will be open to all students at dismissal times. Dismissal traffic will flow down Imagine Way (back road off of Miner Rd) and onto north or the south side of the campus based off your child(ren)'s designated side.
· If you have multiple children in different grade levels, please come at the oldest child’s release time to pick up all of your children on the SOUTH SIDE of the school.
· Please do not come earlier than your child’s assigned dismissal time. Parents that have children in grades 3-8 that come early will be directed to go around and come back at their assigned time.
InUnison will remain our school uniform vendor for this school year. All of the shirt colors will remain the same as well as the shorts/pants colors. If you wish to order online for this year, the link to the uniform website is below.
School Food Services
We are still awaiting approval from the state to be eligible for the grant to receive free food services for this school year. Since we are still awaiting approval for ALL students to receive free breakfast and lunch, students who do not qualify for free/reduced meals will have to pay October 1, 2022. IF we are awarded the grant, we will notify all families of the change.
The updated Free and Reduced Lunch Program application is attached for all families. We strongly encourage all families needing food assistance to apply for the free and reduced lunch program. Please complete the attached paper application or complete the online application and return to the school as soon as possible. The threshold for qualification changes from time to time and even if you have been denied in the past, you may qualify now.
If you have already submitted your application for the 22/23 school year, there is no need to complete another application. Once you have completed the application, we will notify you of the status of your application once processed. If your child qualifies for free/reduced lunch, this will be honored for the 22/23 school year.
Again, we know and empathize that the end of this grant may be a hardship for some families. Please apply for the free and reduced lunch program. Depending on the number of people on our campus who qualify for free and reduced lunch, this helps makes us eligible for additional grants.
Raise Money for our School through Amazon Smile
Introducing a simple way for you to help raise money for Imagine Chancellor PTSA by doing what you already do every day! Rather than shopping at Amazon.com, simply shop AmazonSmile.
When you shop AmazonSmile, nothing changes for you. You will find the exact same products, pricing, and membership benefits. The only difference is that .5% of eligible purchases are donated back to our school. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. You will be asked to select a charitable organization to support. Enter Imagine Schools Chancellor Campus PTA.
ON YOUR COMPUTER:
Step 1: Go to smile.amazon.com
Step 2: Follow the website prompts to create your AmazonSmile account. (Note: If you already have an Amazon account, enter your login credentials when prompted for your username and password.)
Step 3: You will be asked to select a charitable organization to support. Enter Imagine Schools Chancellor Campus PTA.
Step 4: Follow the online prompts to complete your setup.
Step 5: Create a bookmark for smile.amazon.com to ensure a percentage of your next purchase goes to Imagine Chancellor PTA.
ON YOUR MOBILE OR TABLET:
Step 1: If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, sign up on your web browser. Simply select your favorite charity to start generating donations, at no cost to you. If you are, skip to Step 3
Step 2: Get the app. Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.
Step 3: Turn on AmazonSmile Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu. Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.