Principal's Newsletter

October 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I know 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. Thank you for your continuous support!


I would like to congratulate our new members of the 2020-2021 Team Success Student Council:


  • President: Genaro Rodriguez
  • Vice President: Diana Lezama
  • Secretary: Luz Ortega
  • Treasurer: John Valente
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OUT-Of-FIELD TEACHERS

Per Florida Statute 1012.42, you as a parent have the right to know if your child's teacher is teaching out of field. All teachers below are working on fulfilling the professional teaching requirements for their subject area:


*Archibald, Sheri* Brown, Kelsey* Curnutte, Carla* Custodio, Gloria* Douglas, Valerie* Flory, Faith* Galloza, Jezlyn* Howe, Robert* Lugo, Diana* Mayotte, Holly* Rivera, Iris* Viota, Sabrina *Zhang, Crystal*

IMPORTANT TESTING INFORMATION FOR E-LEARNERS

On Wednesday October 7, 2020, all 8th and 9th grade students will take the PSAT. We will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. Parents, please drop off your at home learners at 8:20 am and pick them up at 12:30 pm. Team Success will follow all SDMC safety guidelines during testing. Please call the office with any questions!


All current 11th grade students will take the FSA Retake and the NMSQT. E-Leaners will have to come to school on testing days. We will post details closer to the testing dates. Please see dates below.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Picture Day: 10/02/2020

E-Learners have the opportunity to take a picture on November 13, 2020. Parents will receive a phone call with details.

  • PSAT (8th+9th Grade): 10/07
  • FSA - ELA (Retake-11th grade ONLY): 10/07-10/09
  • RECORD DAY: 10/12 - NO SCHOOL
  • NMSQT (11th grade ONLY): 10/14

ATTENDANCE - EVERY DAY COUNTS!

Please call the school at (941)714-7260 and report the absence of your child. Also, turn in a note from the doctor's office when applicable. THANK YOU!

DID YOU MOVE OR HAVE NEW CONTACT INFORMATION?

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 -4:30 pm, MO-Fri.

First Parental Involvement Virtual meeting:

I want to thank all of our parents who took the time to be part of our Curriculum Night last week. We were not able to record the event but we are working on being able to do so for our next event. Some of the information that was provided during the event will be posted this way our parents use the links/PowerPoints as references. We truly appreciate it and look forward to seeing you all for our next event in December "Reading Night".

READING TIPS

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MATH TIPS

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Math Information:

Intermediate

In grades 3 thru 5 we are using Go Math and MobyMax for learning all the standards covered in the FSA test. Currently the main focus is on the number system. Students are learning about place value, number forms (standard, word, and expanded form), properties of operations (commutative, associative, and distributive) and exponents, multiplication patterns, among others.

The parent’s support is very important, especially for E-learners. It is important that students get the proper amount of rest and that E-learners have as few distractions as possible. E-Learners should have earbuds or headphones to block background noise.

Primary

Students are practicing their basic number skills. They are also working on recognizing the numeral and the written form of the number, place value, and odd and even numbers. Students are being introduced to the basic math functions of addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. Students are also reviewing on some of the math skills from last year. Technology is playing a major role in our students’ education. We have spent time teaching students the proper use of technology. With technology, students always have access to their schoolwork.

It is important that parents of students who are at home, provide their child with a quiet and relaxing learning environment.

Middle & High School:

Middle school math:

The main areas of study for sixth and seventh grade math include ratios & proportions, the number system, expressions & equations, geometry, and statistics & probability. Eighth grade students change from learning about ratios to learning about functions, and continue with the number system, expressions & equations, geometry, and statistics & probability. Although they learn similar topics every year, each year goes more in-depth to expand on what they learned the previous year.

This year is going to be more challenging than usual due to synchronous on-line and in-school learning. Despite this, your teachers will continue to do the best for your children! The most important thing a parent can do to help their child's teachers is to keep open communication between parents and teachers. If your child is struggling with something in math, encourage them to talk to their teacher about getting extra help or contact the teacher yourself. For e-Learning students, it is extremely important they write down all notes in their math notebook just like they would in the classroom. Please reach out to your teachers with any questions or concerns.

High School:

High school students are working on Algebra1 and 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and SAT Prep. This quarter students are practicing new skills and a review of last year’s skills. In addition to the state standards, students are exploring different strategies to improve their time management skill as well as accuracy on tests. We are using two different online platforms (USA Test Prep and Khan Academy). One-way parents can help their students as well as the teacher is by asking them to complete their assignments each day. Parents can encourage their students to practice on Khan Academy. This online platform provides students with examples as well as practice exercises. Students can use hints if they are stuck on any practice exercise and they can check their understanding of the skill by taking the mini quiz on each lesson.