Apr 11, 2018

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Florida State Assessment Schedule and Important Information for Southport Middle School Parents and Students

Florida State Assessment Schedule and Important Information for Southport Middle School Parents and Students

Beginning on Monday, April 16, 2018, Southport students will begin taking Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) to assess their mastery of the standards in their course. Your child has had an opportunity to participate in a practice session to become familiar with the item types and response formats he or she will see on the FSA assessments. If you or your student would like to review the materials, paper-based practice tests and answer keys are available at http://www.fsassessments.org/students-and-families.stml Please refer to the 2018 FSA Daily Schedule and take note of these important dates of each of your child’s tests.

In addition, please review the following policies with your child before testing:
Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smart watches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if the devices are turned off or students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated. 

Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FSA tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment printed in the student’s test and answer book that reads: “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators read the rules to students, and students acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by signing below the statement in their test and answer book. 

Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states: “Because the content in all statewide assessments is secure, you may not discuss or reveal details about the passages or items after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” Please make sure your student understands that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to blogs or social media websites. While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parents/families. 

Working Independently—Students are responsible for doing their own work during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. In addition, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated. 

Leaving Campus—If your child begins a test session and leaves campus before completing it (for lunch, an appointment or illness, etc.), he or she will not be allowed to return to that test session. If your child 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. 

Testing Accommodations—If your student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), Section 504 plan, or English Language Learner (ELL) plan, please feel free to contact the school to discuss the testing accommodations that will be provided for your student.
If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact the school at (772) 337-5900. For more information about the FSA, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org.

Thank you for supporting your child and encouraging him or her to do his or her best during this test administration.

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Apr 10, 2018

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An “Excellent” Performance by Southport Middle School Band

An “Excellent” Performance by Southport Middle School Band

Under the direction of Band Director Jim Lebon, students from the Southport Middle School Band recently performed at the Florida Bandmasters Association District 13 Concert Music Performance Assessment, a yearly festival that is judged by well-known professionals from our state.  The festival was held at Treasure Coast High School.  The band prepared three pieces for stage performance: Enterprise March, Theme and Variations, and Sea Song Fantasy.

After the stage performance the band moved from the stage to the band room and sight read two pieces that they had never seen before.  They had three minutes to prepare a march and five minutes to prepare an overture.  During the prep time the band and the director could do anything except play their instruments.  After the sight reading was over Raul Alvarez presented his preparation of Fantasy On A French Folk Song as a student conductor.

Overall the band was rated as Excellent.  The stage performance was rated as Excellent by all three judges.  The sight reading performance was rated as Superior and the student conductor number was also rated as Superior.  The band members will receive medals as a commemorative of their efforts in their performance.

Photos courtesy of Denise Barbour, DB Photography.

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Mar 30, 2018

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April Calendar of Events

April Calendar of Events

April 2018 Calendar

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Mar 30, 2018

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Congratulations to Southport’s Newest NJHS Legacy Chapter Inductees

Congratulations to Southport’s Newest NJHS Legacy Chapter Inductees

 

Congratulations to the outstanding students inducted into the National Junior Honor Society during the annual formal ceremony led by Legacy Chapter Advisor Kristin Alvarez.

 

 

 

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Feb 27, 2018

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Here Comes the Bus

Here Comes the Bus

Dear parents and caregivers of Southport Middle School Students,

St. Lucie Public Schools and Southport Middle School are happy to announce the adoption of an innovative mobile device app and website entitled, Here Comes the Bus®.
Here Comes the Bus allows you to view the real-time location of your children’s school bus on your smartphone, tablet or computer. With it, you will have the information you need to send your children to the bus stop at just the right time, helping to protect them from inclement weather and other roadside dangers. What’s more, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your children haven’t missed the bus.
Here Comes the Bus is free for the 2017-18 school year and it enables you to:
• See the location of your children’s bus both before and after school
• Confirm that your children’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both
• Receive a push notification* or email message when the bus is a certain distance from your stop, and more
Here Comes the Bus is powered by Synovia Solutions™, makers of the GPS-tracking technology used by St. Lucie Public Schools and Southport Middle School to increase safety and cost savings as it relates to our school bus fleet.
Available in three languages (English, Spanish and French), the Here Comes the Bus app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
To sign up or to learn more about Here Comes the Bus, visit http://www.herecomesthebus.com.
Should you have any questions, please contact Kathy Owens via email at where’smybus@stlucieschools.org or by phone at (772)-340-7184.
If you need to contact Here Comes the Bus’ customer support (hctb@synoviasolutions.com), please provide the following information:

• Your first name and last name
• School Code: 77914
• Email address used for your Here Comes the Bus account
• Best number to reach you
• Your child’s last name and student ID #
• Description of the problem

Sincerely,
Nicole Telese, Principal

Sincerely,
Don Carter, Director of Transportation

Here Comes the Bus®
Now available to parents and caregivers of Southport Middle School students
• View the real-time location of your children’s bus
• Access the app from your smartphone, tablet or computer
• Receive push notifications or email alerts
• Send your children to the bus stop at just the right time, every time
How to get started:
1. Download the Here Comes the Bus app* or visit herecomesthebus.com
2. Click the button
3. Enter school code 77914 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”
4. Complete the “User Profile” box
5. Under “My Students,” click “Add.” For each child, enter your child’s last name and student ID number
6. Once you confirm your information, you’re ready to begin using Here Comes the Bus!
*Available at the App Store and Google Play
Here Comes the Bus® is a registered trademark of Synovia Solutions™ LLC

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Last Modified: February 27, 2018 at 6:13 pm