Principal's Newsletter

October 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Please read this newsletter in its entirety as it contains tons of information:

Happy October! The first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year will be completed on October 8, 2021.

We are all surprised by how fast September has flown by. We have certainly had a fantastic month here. It’s been incredibly busy, but the progress the students have made in just a few short weeks has been astounding.

The technology parent event was well attended. We are planning on repeating it so additional parents may have the opportunity to ask any tech related questions as well as have their devices set up for home use.

Thank you for your continuous support!

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Team Success would like to make sure that all parents and guardians are aware of the 7th Grade Civics’ class, the End of Course Exam, and the State’s requirements.

Civics is a mandatory class for all Florida middle school students and they must receive a passing grade in order to be promoted to High School. A passing grade in Civics for the 2021-2022 school year is a Florida Department of Education requirement. Civics is a tested subject with an End of Course Exam that will make up 30% of the student’s final grade.

The End of Course Exam occurs in May 2022. Here at Team Success we have had outstanding Civic’s scores and passing rates and the civics teacher is confident that with hard work and studying that every Civics student can and will pass the class and their EOC Exam.

To help insure that everyone is prepared and doing well there is a test in Civics every Friday. Please make sure your students are studying during the week and every Thursday night before Friday’s test. If you have any questions please reach out to to Mr. DeHetre.

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The protocol for controlling Covid-19 has been updated by the CDC. Team Success follows the decision tree below when it comes to students and staff. Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns.
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I would like to congratulate our new members of the 2021-2022 Team Success Student Council:

  • President: Edward Bailey
  • Vice President: Sherlyn Lopez
  • Secretary: Atarah Duff
  • Treasurer: John Valente

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  • Record Day: Friday, 10/08/2021 - NO SCHOOL

  • Picture Day: Friday, 10/22/2021

  • Report Cards: Wednesday, 10/13/2021

  • NMSQT (11th grade ONLY): Wednesday, 10/13/2021

  • PSAT (8th+9th Grade): Wednesday, 10/20/2021

  • SAT: Thursday, 10/28/2021


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It is important that your child attends school every day. We understand that students may miss school due to sickness or family emergencies. Please call the school at (941)714-7260 and report the absence of your child. Also, turn in any note from the doctor's office when applicable. THANK YOU!


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Please come to the office and update your records if you have moved since the beginning of the new school year. Records to be updated include PHONE NUMBERS and EMAIL ADDRESSES. Having current contact information allows us to communicate with you on a regular basis.

Our office is open from 8 am -4:00 pm, MO-Fri.

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Kindergarten Reports help families know how a child is progressing toward Florida Standards that are most critical to success in the First Grade. The Florida Standards are written based on the skills and knowledge that a student is required to have by the END of the school year. Teachers use a rubric to determine how students are progressing toward mastery of these standards. Families should expect to see their student’s performance level grow during the school year, from a starting score of 1, to a score of 3 or 4 by the end of the school year.

Please feel free to reach out to your student's teacher with any questions or concerns. Thank you!


Please click here for Parent Guide of KG Standards and Rubrics


Video for Parents about KG report card

Q & A

Kindergarten Standards and Rubrics for Reporting Student Progress Frequently Asked Questions for Parents


Please click here for Parent Guide of KG Standards and Rubrics in Spanish


Estándares y rúbricas de kindergarten para informar el progreso del estudiante Preguntas frecuentes para padres


As discussed in the September newsletter, Team Success has been working on receiving accreditation through Cognia, a national accreditation agency. We submitted the Readiness Review and Diagnostic packet. Cognia is currently reviewing these documents and we are awaiting the exact date for the Readiness Review Meeting which should happen by the end of October.

The admin team still anticipates that the accreditation review will be completed by the first week of May 2022 , with the final approval by Cognia at the end of June 2022. The accreditation status is retroactive meaning that all 2022 seniors will be graduating from an accredited high school if Cognia gives Team Success the seal of approval.

Graduation from a non-accredited high school may impact college admissions, financial aid availability and scholarships, military enlistment, and employment opportunities. However, Team Success is held to the same accountability standards as other public schools in the state and has consistently shown a high level of achievement. The school is proud of every student's achievements and looks forward to highlighting them as Team Success moves forward with the accreditation process.

Should you have any questions on how this may affect your child, please contact our college counselor Robert Howe at phone number: (941)714-7260 ext. 161, email: Students may stop by Mr. Howe's office to ask questions and get information about colleges/universities, and career information.


On Nov. 2, 2021, voters will have the opportunity to renew the referendum originally passed in 2018. Back then, the Manatee County voters approved a 1-mill property tax increase to support public schools in Manatee County. The money collected has been used exactly as planned:

■ Add 30 minutes of instruction to each school day.

■ Keep teacher and staff pay competitive with other school districts.

■ Expand STEM and Career and Technical Education to prepare students to enter the workforce.

■ And to support charter schools with their fair share.

Since it was passed, academic scores are rising, teachers are staying, and STEM and Career workforce programs have been significantly enhanced.

Voters have a chance to renew this referendum on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. If you are not registered to vote, the registration deadline is Monday, October 4th.

Please note, this is not a tax increase – it keeps the current referendum going. Also, every dollar collected stays right here in Manatee County.


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