Edition #1 2008-09 School Year September/October 2008 Gator Tales Sawgrass Springs Middle School Environmental Science Magnet School 12500 West Sample Road Coral Springs, FL 33065 Mrs. Adeline Andreano, Principal Main Number (754) 322-4500 Attendance Line (754) 322-4502 Fax Number (754) 322-4585 www.ssms.org http://www.browardschools.com/ From the Principal: Adeline Andreano This price includes drinks and pizza. A DJ will st keep them dancing and having fun all afternoon We are now almost through the 1 quarter of the new school year. I want to thank everyone including teachers, long. Volunteers are always welcome to help out staff, maintenance, administrators and of course our at this fun event. great parents and students for making things run October 16 and 17 we are seeking volunteers smoothly during August and September. We are off to a during the school day for our 6th grade vision great start and are looking forward to a super year here and hearing screening. Please call Vickie Shaw at SSMS. in the guidance department to let us know if you Mark your calendar for a few events coming up here can help out. in Gator land: Our 7th and 8th grade students are required to The City of Coral Springs is cooperating with us complete career visions, and an educational on our National Walk to School Day on prep education plan. We appreciate your Wednesday, October 8th. This is a day to support and assistance to ensure that your child save energy by having our students who are finishes the state mandated career plan. Eighth driven to school instead walk, ride their bike or graders will not be promoted if their E-PEP plan their rollerblades/skateboard. All of our zone is not done. Teachers are presently signing schools are participating in this green idea. them on-line. Since it is web-based they can do Encourage your child who normally is driven to this at home after they are logged on. school to walk or ride with a buddy or with a Please continue to use your child's planner to group of students. Help them plan the amount communicate with your child's team of teachers. of time it will take for them to walk in order to get Review the planner often to look for upcoming to school on time. Our jazz band will be playing chapter tests, projects, homework, etc. This is a in front of the school to help energize our great resource tool for students and parent to walkers and riders. Media coverage is make sure that their child is on track expected. Please support our walk to school day academically in all their classes and continuing event. Volunteers welcomed. Thank you. Call to succeed at SSMS. Mrs. Andreano at 754-322-4511with any Thanks again for all you do to make us shine! questions. Remember Respect is Key! October 10-17 is our annual SSMS Book Fair SSMS October Calendar of Events in our Glades Media Center. Please call us if October 7 All County Honors Orchestra 4pm you wish to volunteer. In addition, we are October 8 Color Guard Tryouts 3:45pm offering family portraits from 4 to 7pm on October 8 National Walk to School Day October 15-17 in our Media Center. Wayne October 9 Yom Kippur Holiday – NO SCHOOL Graphics Photography will give a portion of his October 10-17 SSMS Book Fair (Media Center) proceeds to our PTA. Take advantage of this October 15-17 Family Portraits (Media Center) 4-7pm th opportunity to have your holiday photos taken October 16-17 6 Grade Hearing Screenings and ready to send to family and friends. Check October 17 Ice Breaker Dance 3:45-6pm our website for package offerings at October 23 Early Release Day 1:35pm www.ssms.org. It will be listed at the PTA link October 24 Teacher Planning Day – NO SCHOOL st Our PTA is planning our Ice Breaker Dance on October 24 Last Day of 1 Quarter nd Friday, October 17 from 3:45 to 6:30pm. October 27 Start of 2 Quarter th Tickets will be sold the week of October 13 October 28 Chorus All-State Test #2 during lunch in the cafeteria. Tickets are $10.00 each for Sawgrass Springs students only. Edition #1 2008-09 School Year September/October 2008 PTA News Car Drop Off/Pick Up Lane Remember to join PTA, if you have not yet joined. Parents please do not stop your car in the Send a check for $10.00 written out to SSMS-PTA. middle of the street to drop off your child. The Your child can give it to their homeroom teacher. We school has designated spaces for student drop are striving to get as many parents and teachers off. Accidents can be prevented if we all follow signed up as possible. Joining PTA will bring you the signs placed by the Coral Springs Police many benefits. Department. Keep your child safe and follow the o When shopping at Office Depot, use our school rules. For the safety of all children, please also ID # 70021021 for 5% rebate sent to our school follow these rules: directly twice a year. Do not use cell phones in the car pool lane. o Target also has money for education with their Pull all the way up to the front of the line even if credit card. When signing up, list our school to it is not convenient. This will help traffic flow. receive their 1% rebate checks which they send Only pick up and drop off students in designated twice a year. These extra funds go into our areas. student general account for purchasing student Please do not drive or park in the fire lane. certificates, rewards, incentives, and additional Before/After-School Supervision supplies and programs used and needed for the Parents be aware that Sawgrass Springs classrooms. provides supervision outside of school at o Thank you for all your support and help 8:30am and until 4:00pm (thirty minutes before throughout the year! and after school). Please make arrangements Family Portrait Nights so that your children are not left unsupervised In the Glades Media Center on Oct. 15 -17 from 4:00 - before or after these times every day. There is a 7:00pm family portraits will be taken. before and after care program available. Contact When was the last time your family posed for a the school and ask for more information if professional family portrait? Now is the time to do so. interested. Thank you! For just $39.95 + 6.00 shipping you get a 5x7 matted & Cellular Phones/ I-Pods mounted picture and an extra 5x7 and (3) 4x6 photos. Your child "assumes a risk" for bringing a cell phone, No sitting fee. We'll have a holiday background and a I-Pod or MP3 player to school. If the above- generic background for you to choose from. Don't miss mentioned items are lost, stolen or damaged, the out on this great deal. You will love the results! school bears no responsibility for them . While these Safety & Security Tips items are not prohibited they must be out of sight It is extremely important that schools strive to be as safe and not turned on during school hours, including as possible. We want to be proactive and take the time on a school bus. If an electronic device or precautions to ensure a safe and secure environment as cell phone is seen or heard on campus, it will be possible. To achieve this goal at Sawgrass Springs confiscated. Even if it falls out of a pocket Middle School, we ask of our students and parents the accidentally, it will be taken away. If any of these following: devices are confiscated by a school official - they will Bullying not be returned until a parent or guardian comes to Unfortunately, bullying is a can be part of childhood school before 4PM to retrieve it. When the and many times children are afraid to report it to the confiscated item is returned a detention may be proper adult. Please encourage your child to talk to issued. While the school will take measures to school personnel if they are victims of secure confiscated items, the Broward County Code bullying/harassment or if they witness it. We do try of Student Conduct states “that employees of the our best to keep things confidential when bullying is School Board of Broward County will not be held reported and deal with it quickly. Sometimes liable for items that are prohibited and are lost, children make remarks that they think is just a joke stolen or confiscated including cellular phones.” The but their comments can be very hurtful to those it is only time a student may use a cell phone is on a directed at. Students should report bullying and school bus during a “life threatening” emergency. avoid verbal or physical altercations. If a situation News from Officer Hughes becomes physical, students need to know that self- Welcome to another successful and SAFE school year defense is not a valid defense. If a fight is started here at SSMS. To ensure that we have a truly safe we are required to punish all the aggressors, not just school year I would like to remind everyone of a few the one who instigated the incident. If at anytime, rules. you feel that your child is being harassed or bullied, 1) If your child is on a bicycle and is under the age please immediately report the incident to the of 16, he or she must be wearing a helmet. The appropriate grade level administrator, guidance fine for not wearing a helmet while riding a counselor or teacher. We can only solve problems if bicycle is $61.00. we are aware of them. 2) All children have been instructed that they must cross Sportsplex Dr at the crosswalk. Edition #1 2008-09 School Year September/October 2008 Students caught crossing anywhere else will be o Searchable educational content designed to issued a $61.00 citation. assist with homework and projects 3) Finally, please do not stop on Sportsplex Dr. to o Monitored bulletin board with educational drop your children off. Besides being a safety content provided by students, mentors, parents, hazard, it will cost you $90.00. With your and teachers cooperation, we will have another great year. o Links to select educational Web sites SSMS Teacher of the Year Nominees The Florida Tutor Network, Back in the end of September there were 4 teachers http://www.fltutornetwork.com, is a similarly nominated for the prestigious award of Teacher of the designed site with the same features and is Year at SSMS. Those very distinguished and well- offered by the Florida Department of Education th deserving candidates are Fran McMahon, 7 Grade to students attending schools in the Panhandle th Math Teacher, Sharon Murray, 7 Grade Reading Area Educational Consortium (PAEC), North th Teacher, Dori White, 8 Grade Math Teacher and Kathi East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC), Randolph, Art Elective Teacher. We congratulate them, and Heartland Educational Consortium (HEC). all for being nominated and wish them luck as voting will ART NEWS take place in October to determine the 2010 SSMS Congratulations goes to all the art students for Teacher of the Year. participating in the 2008 School Lunch Poster Contest Gator Athletics which is sponsored by Broward County Food and Soccer Tryouts have begun and the teams will Nutrition Services. All first place winners are being sent be announced shortly. If you have any questions to the county and judged with the other middle schools. regarding tryouts or the upcoming seasons Our first place winners will be honored at the K.C.Wright please contact Coach Bremner for the girls’ administration building in October. team and Coach Gutierrez for the boys’ team. The SSMS winners from our school are: The season begins on October 20. GOOD 8th Grade LUCK GATORS! Score a winning goal. Lauren Bertino 1st place o Students who wish to participate in athletics Carl Paalzow 2nd place must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in the grading Alejandro Ortiz 3rd place period prior to start of season. Student must Haithuy Pham 4th place also be in good standing with school in regards Ronen Wolf 4th place to behavior. If you have any questions, please 7th Grade contact the appropriate Coach or see Coach Whinkie Leung 1st place Bremner (SSMS Athletic Director) in room 816. Thi Tran 2nd place Educational Resources Marielena Reyes 3rd place The Department of Education recently completed the Lillian Nguyen 4th place production of two interactive web based tutoring 6th Grade programs that we hope will be helpful to your students McKeelan Warrior 1st place for mastering the Sunshine State Standards and Jamisha Jasmin 2nd place providing homework assistance. Isabella Louis 3rd place The Florida Learning Network Margarita Duran 4th place http://www.fllearningnetwork.com, provides students homework help when they need it. Congratulations to the winners! Whether students are struggling with subject- o September 21, 2008 was International Peace related concepts or need assistance with weak Day so our students made paper pinwheels with skill areas, tutors are available through the messages and art work expressing their convenience of the Internet. Students can personal feelings about peace in the world. On connect with a tutor from home, after-school September 22, the pinwheels were placed on programs, the library—anywhere there is an the fences, media and office, and railings around Internet connection. Florida Learning Network is the school. a collection of online resources for students in o I would like to thank the following teams and grades K-12. Tutoring and guidance in teachers and of course students who accordance with Sunshine State Standards is participated in this great activity. They are Team provided for mathematics, science, reading, and 603, Team 604 - Mr. Vandygriff’s class, Team social studies at no cost. 701 - Ms. Aber’s class, Team 704 - Ms. Beames Florida Learning Network provides students with and Ms. Long’s classes, Team 803 - Ms. these resources: Sweeting’s class. Elective teachers that took o Real-time, online tutoring through an electronic part in the event were Ms. Haggerty, Ms. whiteboard provided by trained tutors Lourenco, Ms. Aronson, Ms. Brooker, Ms. Baker o A whiteboard is a place where students and and Ms. Randolph's students. Thank you all for tutors can interactively ask and answer your hard work in helping with this wonderful academic writing questions activity. Edition #1 2008-09 School Year September/October 2008 o Our supplies for this project were purchased by It will showcase how both schools our own PTA while the straws were supplied by implemented and succeeded in conducting the McDonald's at 11655 West Sample Road. large scale project based learning and Thank you to the manager of that McDonald's, integrated technology on all three grade Igor Santiago for his generous donation. We levels. Way to Go SSMS and Westglades! appreciate everyone’s help in this very Tutoring hours for both programs are Monday through worthwhile endeavor. Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time and Central Time for K-5 grades and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time and Central Time for grades 6-12. Help desk hours are from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time for both sites. Students, parents, and librarians can register at any time. Students under 13 must have parental permission to participate in the tutoring sessions. Only students can participate in the tutoring sessions but We are proud to announce our morning Go-pher parents can link to their student and view saved tutoring Reading Club. This club meets Monday thru Friday sessions. from 8:15 - 8:50 in Room 206. The purpose of this club Tutoring is to expose students to environmental books and to Spanish Tutoring will be available in Room 803 build stamina for upcoming state tests by reading daily. every Thursday morning at 8:15 A.M. Students Ms. Collins, our Reading Specialist, circulates and tells should consult their Spanish teacher in advance students the readability level of each book they read. to obtain a pass to enter the school early. Take Refreshments and book talks are throughout the week advantage of this opportunity if you are in need and a Friday raffle takes place. (You must be reading to of assistance or struggling in class. Please win!) A couple of field trips and author visitations are in contact Dr. Grun, the coordinator of this the planning stages for the year. The club is open to all program, if you have any questions. students. Math Tutoring by the Coral Glades Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society has begun! These math Glades Media Center tutors come to help our SSMS students every The media center now has projects on Thursday (except early release days) at 3:40 PM display from our Summer Reading Program. in Room 803. All math students are welcome! Come down and check out these wonderful Please attend and receive individual tutoring projects. coordinated by Dr. Grun. Come get an early We are also gearing up for our annual Book start on preparing the Math F-CAT as well as Fair in the GLADES which is set for Friday, getting any needed assistance for your math Oct. 10 - Friday, Oct. 17. Students will be classes. visiting the fair with their Reading teachers. Tutoring is held Before and After School at The schedule is as follows: SSMS on Tuesday & Thursday mornings as well Oct. 10..........Ms. Shasek and Mrs. Murray as afternoons in our CARE PROGRAM. This Oct. 13..........Mrs. Ehrenman and Ms. Shelley program assists students who are in need of Oct. 14..........Mrs. Cartmell and Mrs. Boodoosingh FCAT math and or FCAT reading assistance. Oct. 15..........Mrs. Brand and Ms. Sargiotto Contact Mrs. McMahon or Mrs. Collins for Oct. 16......... Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Derogene placement and additional information. Oct. 17..........Ms. Aber and Mr. Pollotta STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION The media center's website has been Student Government held their elections on redesigned as part of the school's overall Friday October 3. SGA is in the process of site. Be sure to check out all the new tabulating the results to see who their new resources and links we have online. officers will be for the 2008-09 school year. On Friday, Oct. 26, 2008, our media SGA has a lot on the agenda this year to help specialist, Mrs. Gellers, will be presenting our school and communities. There are a few student work from last year's Project Glides events already planned: at the Florida Association for Media in * October 20th and November 13th are leadership Education Conference in Orlando, Florida. conferences for all SGA members Co-presenting with her will be Mrs. Haneski, th * November 14 eight students will be attending the media specialist at Westglades Middle "Uniteens" Conference at the Coral Springs Center for School. The session is entitled, "Truth From the Arts. the Trenches". All SGA activities focus on developing the intrinsic desire to help those in need and to make improvements in our community and school. We are also helping to develop the skills of our future leaders. SGA Advisor is Dr. Grun. Edition #1 2008-09 School Year September/October 2008 GUIDANCE DEPT. NEWS The exams are roughly 40-50 questions each -- about 10 Mr. Ron Pearlman: Director and 7th Grade Counselor less than the students had to answer in March. Susan Barbakoff: 8th Grade Counselor GIRLS CAN: Girls Can is a program for teenage girls, John White: 6th Grade Counselor ages 13-17, offered through Broward Community Vicky Shaw: Guidance Data Specialist College. It's all about helping teenage girls make good Promotion Policy choices so they grow up to be healthy, well-adjusted In order to be successful, it is best to start with the end in adults. The program focuses on assessing interests and mind. The Guidance Department would like to remind values, creating career and educational goals, and you of the promotion policy 6000.1; dealing with issues of psychosocial problems. The six In order to be promoted a student must: week workshop is FREE. Topics include communication 1. Pass four (4) subjects. Two of those subjects skills, assertiveness techniques, student success skills must be from the four required: Math, and more. Call 954-201-2398 for more information. Language arts, Science, and Social Studies The Broward School District Family Counseling To receive a passing grade, students must earn This program is housed on our campus at SSMS. All 4 points in full year subjects: services are private, confidential and free. They provide A=4 pts., B=3 pts C=2 pts., D=1 pt., F=0 pts. short term individual, family, and group counseling. The 2. Meet the minimum testing levels in Math and professional staff hold Masters Degrees or higher in Reading on the FCAT. counseling, social work, or psychology. For All 8th grade courses, including 7th grade appointments, please call 754-322-4545. Spanish 1 and Algebra have a plus system as follows: Grade 8 News B+ = 87-89, C+ = 77-79, D+ = 67-69. (EPEP) Minuses are not part of the grading system. This year all eighth graders will also be reviewing their Note: Seventh grade students must pass the Electronic Personal Education Plan where they will map career planning course taught via Geography out a four year high school plan. This is all very new and class. exciting. For more information, log on to www.facts.org o If your child does not meet the standards Magnet Showcase: It's never too early to plan. Eighth listed above, they will be retained in their graders who are interested in a Magnet High School current grade level. Summer school is NOT should attend the Magnet Showcase. All Magnet High provided this year. Schools will be represented. o Students who meet the promotion requirements Date: December 3, 2008 Time: 5 - 9 pm Location: above, but fail any of the core classes, must Broward County Convention Center recover (retake) and pass those courses prior to Magnet High School Presentations: It’s that time of graduating middle school and entering high year for eighth grade students to think about what high school. school they would like to attend next year. On Recovery Program: November 13, various magnet high schools will be Florida law states that middle level students can visiting with the students and presenting their programs not be promoted to 9th grade unless they have titled “What is your Major Area of Interest (MAI)?” successfully completed three courses in National College Fair: The National College Fair is Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, and being held in Ft. Lauderdale where you can find out Social Studies. As stated above; School Board about college admission requirements, financial aid and Policy 6000.1, If your child has successfully college majors. You can meet face to face with completed the required four courses and is representatives from around the country. promoted to the next middle level grade, but has Date: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007 failed one or two of the core academic classes: Times are: 9:00am - 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Math, Language Arts, Science and or Social Location: Broward County Convention Center. For more Studies, they must recover (successfully information, log on to www.nacacnet.org complete) the core course(s) that were failed in order to transition to 9th grade. Grade 7 News FCAT QUESTIONS POSTED ONLINE The Duke University Talent Identification In a recent newspaper article, the Sun-Sentinel Program began again this year in August with a publicized that students and parents now may go online “Talent Search” identifying approximately 150 to view select versions of last March's FCAT. Most of students. Students were given an envelope to the questions for grades 7 and 8 are posted and can be bring home containing the Student Guide to the viewed at http://www.firn.edu/doe/sas/fcatrelease.html 7th Grade Talent Search, an application form, and http://www.firn.edu/doe/sas/nb_fcatrelease.html. and an eligibility criteria informational sheet. While sample questions have been available for years, Congratulations to those selected students and this year an interactive addition allows visitors to the site good luck to all participants. to take the tests online and view results IMMEDIATELY. Edition #1 2008-09 School Year September/October 2008 “Career Visions,” a Broward County Public Go to: School Career Education Program, has all http://www.browardeducator.com/homeworkhotline.html seventh grade students exploring careers with for more information. the computer program labeled “Career CRITTER CLUB Visions,” an internet based, Career Please Help the Critter Club by helping collect donations Education Tool for students and parents. for displaced homeless pets in wake of Hurricane Ike All seventh grade students, via their World which struck down ferociously in the state of Texas and Geography class, will need to complete the 8 in the Houston and Galveston areas. Please help out the module program which must be completed Humane Society of Houston! They need our support. within the first 18 weeks of school. The modules Due to Hurricane Ike, many animals in Galveston were can also be done from home. Students will use abandoned. Many people are homeless and had to give their regular Virtual Counselor logins to access up their beloved pets! the program. Teachers will decide on how best Collections will be taken from Oct. 6-10. to instruct students to accomplish all of the Why? Galveston's shelter was totally demolished and lessons. Students who are working from home Houston usually has 150+ animals, but now is over 400. will need to download the latest versions of Ft. Lauderdale is taking 22-30 animals over this Adobe Flash and the internet browser they will weekend to try and help since we are fellow-strike zones use. for hurricanes. Houston is in dire need of supplies All students who ENTERED middle school How? Have some sort of collection envelope, box, and during the 2006-07 school year will be container. All change and & paper money welcomed. required to complete and pass this career The coins will be separated and counted by Ms. Molina's planning course prior to matriculating to peer counselors. high school. CHOICES Explorer is the The Result: The money will get a gift card from Wal- Department Of Education's career advisement Mart listing Houston's shelter as the recipient and SSMS website. It is used as a part of the lessons in as the donor. It will be sent inside an encouragement Career Visions. ePEP, an electronic personal card. Our efforts will allow the volunteers at the Houston education plan, is also used as a part of Career shelter to purchase the items they need most and we Visions. The 7th graders will begin the process won't have to pay shipping and handling charges. of completing their four year high school plan, as If not a homeroom teacher, or not a classroom a part of the course. When they are in 8th grade teacher, please help by stopping by any they will revise, update, change or modify their classroom to make a donation. A collection box entire ePEP before going to high school. For will be placed in guidance and the office for more information go to www.facts.org personnel passing through. Grade 6 News Florida Statute requires Broward Schools District to develop and implement a school health screening plan for vision, hearing and scoliosis each year for all sixth grade students. These required screenings will be held on the date below. If you prefer not to have your child participate in any of these screenings, please notify the school in writing, and your request will be honored. Hearing October 16, 17 Scoliosis/BMI December 16 Vision November 10, 12 LIVE HOMEWORK HELP Don't forget that there are real tutors online for free for ALL kids. While students must go to the library to use this valuable resource, I understand that the quality is exceptional. For more information, students and or parent may call or visit their local library branch or visit www.broward.org/library for more information. HOMEWORK HOTLINE The Homework Hotline program provides homework assistance to Broward County students in grades 1-12 by way of a telephone communication network. Teachers staff the telephones on Mondays through HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL SSMS Thursdays from 4:00-8:00 p.m. The program is housed at Plantation Community School. The phone number is FACULTY, STAFF & FAMILIES! (754) 322-1970.