Falcon Monthly

February 1st, 2015

From The Desk of: Mrs. Murray

From The Desk of: Mrs. Murray, Assistant Principal:

The 2014-15 school year has already afforded us many opportunities to celebrate student success. Over 200 Falcon athletes have participated so far in interscholastic sports, and our Cheerleaders and Marching Band did an outstanding job again this year supporting our athletic teams. Please join us in congratulating our student athletes on their achievements.

Boys Golf- County and Conference Champions

Girls Golf- County and Conference Champions

Volleyball A Team- County Champions- 15 years in a row

Volleyball B Team- County and Conference Champions

Girls Basketball A Team- Co- County Champions

Girls Basketball B Team- County and Conference Champions

Boys Cross Country- County Champions- 3rd Year in a row; Sean Murray -individual Boys Champion

Girls Cross Country- Finished 3rd in the County Championships

Boys Tennis- 3rd in the County 4th in the Conference

Please come out and support our Falcons currently participating in Boys’ Basketball and Girls’ Tennis!

With the new year comes many opportunities for reflection and planning for growth. As you know, last year the state collected input on the newly adopted Common Core standards. Slight changes were made that did not significantly affect the middle school level, and we are now using the new Florida Standards to guide our curriculum. The state of Florida has chosen A.I.R. as the assessment vender for the Florida State Assessment. This month, we will focus on student training sessions on the FSA platform to help students become familiar with the FSA format for computer based-testing. Our students have completed mid-year writing assessments through English Language Arts classes and are receiving feedback from their teachers in preparation for the state writing assessment in March. If you would like to schedule a conference to discuss your student’s progress, please contact our Guidance Department. As always, we welcome your feedback and input and are thankful for your support.

In the academic arena, we’d like to recognize our students competing this month in the regional science fair. We know many hours of planning, research and analysis were required in the development of each project. Whether one of our Falcon "backups" or winners, all contributed to an excellent event and we are proud to have had them represent our school. Please congratulate the following Falcons for their efforts in the development of each project in his or her chosen concentration:

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What’s all the BUZZzzzzz about?

Coming Thursday, March 5th, 2015 – our annual Falcon Festival. This is our only fundraiser for the year and all proceeds benefit our Falcon students and families. We will have concessions, inflatables, and carnival games for children of all ages and our Silent Auction.

If you own a business or if you would like to make a donation for our Silent Auction that will be held at our Falcon Festival please contact Lisa Paprzycki at paprzyckil@citrus.k12.fl.us or call 344-2244 Ext. 4434. We are in need of gift certificates and new or gently used items. Look for more information coming!

Florida State Assessments - Info for Parents

As many Floridians are aware, our state has been in a period of transition as we have made important decisions to improve our education system and raise the bar for our schools, educators and students. Click the link below for an overview of the direction we are moving in statewide assessments, which assessments will be offered in the upcoming school year, how those assessments will be offered and ways families can support their children in preparation for the new assessments.


Title 1 Information

Title I is the largest federal aid program for K-12 schools. Funds are allocated to individual schools based on the number of students that qualify for free/reduced lunch and student numbers. In Citrus County, all elementary and middle schoolsreceive a Title I allocation. Title I funds target high poverty schools because research over the past 30 years shows that schools with high concentrations of economically disadvantaged students generally demonstrate lower levels of achievement than do schools with fewer economically disadvantaged students. The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair andsignificant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.Students do not have to qualify for free/reduced lunch to receive Title I services.


To the Parents of Students Entering 7th grade for the 2015-2016 School Year:

Per state statute 1003.22, all middle school students entering 7thgrade are required to have a Tdap immunization. Students will not be able to start school in August of 2015 without documentation of this required vaccination. To avoid interrupting student’s educational opportunities for the 2015-2016 school year, parents should make an appointment with their private physician or the health department. If parents have proof that their child has had the Tdap vaccination, they need to deliver it to their child’s school Guidance Department. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Health Specialist at 352-527-0090.

FSA Writing Component of Reading Exams

Monday, March 9th, 8am

150 West Citrus Springs Boulevard

Citrus Springs, FL

Spring testing is just around the corner for our students. On Monday, March 9th all grade levels will be taking the WRITING component of the FSA Reading Test. Sixth and seventh grade students will be taking a paper version in the morning, and eighth graders will be taking the computer based version throughout the day (half testing in the morning and half in the afternoon). Our teachers have prepared them well and we look forward to their outstanding performance.

Math, reading, eighth grade science, seventh grade Civics, and high school end-of-course exams will be scheduled from April 13-May 20. The daily schedule will be posted online and shared with you.

Just a few reminders for test days:

· Rest and nutrition- Be sure your student gets a good night’s rest and eats a healthy breakfast.

· Electronic Devices—If your student is found with ANY electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones and smartphones, at any time during testing, including breaks (e.g., restroom), his or her test will be invalidated, which means it will not be scored. The best practice is for students to leave devices at home or in their lockers on the day of testing.

· Leaving Campus—If your student leaves campus before completing a test session (for lunch, an appointment, or illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete the test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.

Science Fair Updates

The Regional Science Fair will be held Feb 3rd at Curtis Peterson. Award ceremony will be Friday February 6th.

CSMS is sending 35 projects and 38 students to represent in many different categories!

Students could earn cash prizes. This year, a group donated money so that a boy and a girl will receive about $200 each!

There are other prizes, certificates, & cash given out each year. As the sponsors change, the prizes change. Come join us in celebrating our young scientists and support the CSMS science department!

PBS News

Bus Behavior

Expected behavior on campus also is the same expected behavior at the bus stops and on the bus. As parents and educators we recognize that when a diverse group of children is together in a closed environment, there is always the opportunity for some of their poorest manners and behaviors to emerge.

"Smack" talk, posturing, and inappropriate behavior sometimes bubbles to the surface when the students feel they are free from the behavior restraints that they are under on campus. As a result, poor choices are made and the consequence of referrals follows.

The PBS program at CSMS encourages parents to discuss this with their students on a regular basis, explaining to them that once they board the bus, they are "on school property" and the same behavior rules apply. Depending on the seriousness of an incident, the student faces possible ISS, OSS, or even being banned from the bus, for the remainder of the school year, thus putting the responsibility on the parent to find transportation to school.

Not all students may be aware that the bus driver is in constant contact with their originating garage, by radio, and the school as well as deputies can and will be alerted to any potential issues before the bus arrives at school. The Administrators and SRO waiting at the ramp are well advised of those buses communicating and are prepared to handle any situation immediately when the buses arrive.

It is our desire that students feel safe about their ride to and from school, and we ask that parents also encourage and advise their students that the bus drivers deserve their respect and best behavior. Their job is one that takes a special person to do, because of the early hour schedules they work and the willingness to accept responsibility for our children.

Congratulations to:

November Soaring Falcons:

Savannah Pochis

Eva Rucinski

Alexander Barnard

December Soaring Falcons:

Genevieve Kennedy

Ethan Antonio

Truman Roland

January Soaring Falcons:

Ana Gallardo

Aayush Patel

Isabella Witkowich