Viking Times

Awesome Olsen MS Newsletter Vol. 2

Florida Assessment of Student Thinking

Beginning in 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), is administered as a progress monitoring assessment, which students will particpate in three times per year. Students in grades 6 - 8 will be assessed in both Reading and Math, with 7th graders taking an additional End of Course (EOC) in Civics and 8th grade students adding the Statewide Science Assessment (SSA). Students enrolled in high school credit Math and Science courses will take the Algebra, Geometry, and/or Biology EOC.

Awesome Olsen MS scholars have just wrapped up their first progress monitoring assessment of the year with 96% of students tested in Reading and 95% tested in Math. Progress Monitoring 2 (PM 2) will be scheduled for December 5th. As always our charge is getting good data so we are asking that students continually engage in standards-based remediation and enrichment through participation in our Digital50 programs.

Support Our School Book Fair!

Awesome Olsen Middle School is hosting our Fall Scholastic Book Fair and we want to continue to nourish our scholars love of reading. We will be collecting monies throughout the day till Friday, October 7th. Join us and pick up a book, journal, or a cool pen! We look forward to seeing you there and hope that you find a title that allows you to lose yourself and find yourself as well! The school's scholastic book page may be found at

Fall Parent Curriculum Night

Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 5-7:30pm

330 Southeast 11th Terrace

Dania Beach, FL

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Awesome Olsen Fall Festival Dance

Monday, Oct. 31st, 1:45-4pm

330 Southeast 11th Terrace

Dania Beach, FL

Students are able to wear costumes that are in compliance with SBBC dress code policy. No masks may be worn!

Tickets will go on sale during lunch and online for $7.00. Entrance, pizza, and drinks will be provided.

Seasons of Giving

Integrated Career and Academic Networks (iCAN) magnet academy scholars will be engaging in a service learning project with a goal of supporting hundreds of families for the Thanksgiving holidays. Our students are challenged to organize and give away over three-hundred Thanksgiving Baskets to our families. Students will be engaged in soliciting, organizing, and gifting these baskets to our Viking families. Items to be collected are as follows:

  • Turkeys
  • Green Beans (can)
  • Mashed Potatoes (box)
  • Gravy (can or powder)
  • Apple Pies (frozen)
  • Macaroni and cheese (box)
  • Dinner rolls (12 pack)
  • Sweet Tea (gallon)

If you are able to assist us in reaching our goal of three-hundred plus families fed, please contact Mrs. McKie (, Dr. Neira (, or Ms. Hatcher (

Coach Taggert Touchdown Reading Challenge Field Trip

On Saturday, October 29th scholars who have submitted their Coach Taggert Reading Trackers will be participating in a FREE field trip to visit the Florida Atlantic University football team as they take on the University of Alabama Birmingham at the FAU stadium in Boca Raton. Students must submit their Reading Trackers to Ms. Slaboski in Room 815 by this Friday, October 7th to participate. Additional forms are available at or in their Language Art classrooms. Any questions, please reach out to Ms. Slaboski ( Help us reach our goal of taking 100 students to a game!
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