The Storm Forecast

September 23, 2022

Dear parents, guardians, and students,

As we finish the month of September and enter October, we are getting closer and closer to the end of the 1st quarter. Please stay on top of your students' grades via Focus and Edgenuity.

October is also a busy season for hurricanes. Please read the section below on what our school procedures will be in the event of a school closure.

There is a lot of important information in this newsletter, so please read carefully so you can be well informed as to everything going on at school.

I hope you are all doing well and that you have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs. Knapp


Hurricane preparedeness

October is often a busy month for hurricanes. In the event that there is a school closure due to inclement weather, this is the San Jose Cecil instructional plan:

  • If school has to close, classes will be conducted via Google Classroom
  • Stduents will be expected to log on to each class at the normally scheduled time
  • Classes will be conducted live; attendance will be taken
  • Google Classroom can be accessed via laptop or smartphone app

If your family has an emergency during the closure and cannot access the internet, please email

The San Jose Cecil Academic Advising Google Classroom will be staffed all day should anyone need assistance. The code is abdvwh2.

If there were to be a complete shut down, you will be notified directly through our usual methods (phone call, email, app push, social media).

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students must be in uniform to avoid disciplinary consequences

School uniforms are back in stock!

Discipline consequences for not being in uniform will begin next week.

Students out of uniform may receive a referral and disciplinary consequences.

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What you need to know

Q: Do I have to wear a polo even if I am wearing a sweatshirt?

A: Yes!!!! Polo shirts are a required part of the uniform. You must wear your polo shirt every day regardless of whether or not you have a sweatshirt

Q: I can wear any bottoms as long as they are the correct color, right?

A: No- you must wear approved bottoms. These are: Long khaki style pants, Bermuda shorts, shorts or skirts the length of bermuda shorts (no minis). You may NOT wear leggings, jeans, athletic pants or joggers, sweatpants, jeggings

If in doubt, here are some examples:

Boys bottoms:

Girls bottoms:

Q: I get cold easily...I can bring any hoodie or sweatshirt, right?

A: No. All outerwear must be San Jose Cecil uniform gear purchased at the uniform store.

Q: Can I wear Crocs or slides?

A: No. Crocks, slippers, or slides are not in compliance with the uniform.

You can view the full dress code in our handbook:

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Student IDs

Students IDs have arrived and will be distributed next week.

It is required that all students wear their student IDs at all times while on campus.

Please make sure that your student has their ID on every day.

Counseling/therapy available on campus

Jamie Williams is the new therapist with San Jose Cecil, and will be providing individual and group therapy on Fridays each week. She also provides family support and education and help link or provide additional resources for kids and their families. Some resources include food and clothing pantry, help with rental assistance, more intense mental health services such outpatient services or psychiatry, and link families to resources in the community.

If you would like your student to participate in therapy with Ms. Williams, intake packets are available in the front office. You can contact Ms. Williams, you can email her

Progress monitoring (PM1), FSA, and IXL

PM1, FSA and IXL....oh my!

So many letters- but what do they mean?

PM1= Progress Monitoring 1

This is the new benchmark assessment administered to 9th and 10th graders for the new FAST assessment in the spring (the new FSA). For the students who already completed the assessment, parent reports were sent home this week. Please take a look so you can see where your student is currently at and what goals they should be setting for the year.


For our upperclassmen, the FSA is still a graduation requirement. Students who still needed to test were tested this week. We will send score reports home as soon as we receive them from the state.


IXL is our academic learning software for Reading and Math. All students, regardless of gradelevel, should be working on IXL. Students are given time during the school day to work on IXL, but they have access at home also.

Research has shown that students who consistently work on IXL show consistent reading and math gains. There is also SAT and ACT practice available.

Click on the link below to learn more about IXL.

IXL Parent Guide: What to know if your child is using IXL at school

Reminder regarding deliveries

As a reminder, students are not permitted to order food deliveries (student handbook, page 13). We do have a school lunch program and students may also bring their lunch.

Any deliveries will be held in the office until 3:20.

No cell phone use during the day

Please remember that students are not allowed to use their cell phones during class. Please refrain from calling/texting your student during instructional time.

Students using cell phones during instructional time will have cell phones confiscated for the remainder of the school day. Multiple infractions will result in discipline referrals.

Students may use their phones at breakfast until 8:20am and at lunch from 1:00-1:30.

Make sure you set up your Focus account!

Parents- it is very important for all of you to have a parent account to Focus. This will allow you to see your students' grades in real time and download their report cards.

For instructions on how to create a parent Focus account, go to

When you have completed your application for an account, email in order to have your account activated.

Once you have created the account, please allow 48 hours for activation.

Having difficulties? Please contact for assistance.

Download the ParentSquare app!


Make sure that you have downloaded the ParentSquare app so you can stay up to date with what is happening at school.

You can set it up to be in any language and you can get the school calendar of events, app notifications, notifications from teachers, and more!

It is free on the app store for both Apple and Android.

Lunch forms

If you still have not completed teh required lunch forms, please do so ASAP. Intructions are attached below.

We are working with food services to bring hot lunches on the menu.

Bus transportation- please be mindful!

While we do have Mr. Cassells supervising students at FSCJ Cecil, he cannot wait 2-3 hours for parents to pick students up. Please know that supervision will end at 4:30p.m.

Please make arrangements to pick up your student in a timely manner.

Also, students should remain in the assigned bus pick up area. Students horseplaying or not remaining in designated area are subject to discipline referrals.

Student parking

Student parking decals are now available. All student drivers must have a parking decal.

Please complete the attached decal registration below and pay the $40 decal fee via ParentSquare:

Students can bring their paperwork to Mrs. Pangle or Mr. Cassells in the front office.

2022-2023 San Jose Cecil school calendar

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Saturday, Sept 24: Back to school bash at Batts Family Center 1pm-3pm

Tuesday, Sept 27: Dual Enrollment info night, 6pm, FSCJ Cecil

Tue, Oct 11: End of 1st quarter

Wed, Oct 12: School picture retakes

Fri, Oct 14-Mon, Oct 17: Fall Break, no school

Tuesday, Oct 15: students return to school

Mon, Oct 24: Report cards go home

Thur, Oct 27: in school SAT

Tue, Nov 1: in school ACT

Sunday, Nov 6: Fall back! Daylight savings ends...turn clock back 1 hr

Fri, nov 4:Teacher planning day, no school for students

Fri, Nov 11: Veterans day, no school

Nov 21-25: Thanksgiving break

Fri, Dec 2: Teacher planning day, no school for students

Sat, Dec 10: Winter formal

Dec 12-16: Holiday spirit week

Dec 16: Last day of 2nd quarter

Dec 19-Jan 3: Winter break

Wed, Jan 4: Students return to school, 3rd quarter begins

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