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SCHOOL’S OUT FOR THE SUMMER…

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“The Art of Teaching is the Art of Teaching Discovery!”

                                                                               ~ Mark Van Dorn

Thank you for a great second year!  The collaboration and ongoing feedback assisted in our journey to setting the culture and vision for our school.  We are Looking forward to 2014-2015 and the curriculum planning that will be taken place this summer. Take a well deserved break Hurricanes!!!!!

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END OF CLOSE OUT INFORMATION

 

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 BITTERSWEET FAREWELLS

We have two Hurricanes that are relocating and will not be starting the 2014-2015 school year with us:

Danielle Hendry – relocating out-of-state to Michigan

Sarah Jordan – relocating to Collier County

Congratulations to both of your families as you embark upon these new journeys.  You will be missed!

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FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team

FCAT Writes scores were released on Friday, May 23, 2014.  We performed approximately the same as we did last year, at 47% of our 8th graders receiving a score of 3.5 or higher on their essay.  Last year our raw data reflected 49% proficiency.  Once  non-accountability students are eliminated from the data ( students not enrolled between October 2013 – February 2014) we will have our “true” performance.  I would like to applaud our Language Arts teachers and Dr. Fisher for implementing many strategies to support our students prepare for this exam.  With the many changes in 8th grade LA teachers this year, this group working collaboratively made the difference.  Below is the SCPS Writing performance.  With the exception of 3 Middle Schools, the proficiency rate decreased.

SCPS Writing Performance 2014

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • May 29, 2014 we will have our end of the year Bar-B-Q in the MPR at 12:00 pm
  • Your Curriculum Area Summer Trainings will be posted in PDPlace by Wednesday, May 28, 2014 afternoon.  Be sure to sign up so that you can receive your Stipend and Points. PDPlace trainings sign up: ESE, MAGNET, SCIENCE, MATH, LA, SS

HAVE A GREAT LAST WEEK!

 
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Posted by on 05/26/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE HURRICANES!

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“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

                                                                               ~ Audrey Hepburn

30 Guests, 25 Speakers, 20 Student Led Conferences, Community Leaders, School Board Members, Statutes coming to life… in our student leadership gallery, Clubs in Action, Digital News paper interviewing guests, Arts & Chorus Synergy, soulful sounds of our band and a Career Expo, showcasing a Sous Chef… Hats off to all the Hurricanes who made this such a remarkable day for South Seminole Middle School.  Your hard work and dedication was evident and greatly appreciated.  We received positive feedback from all that attended.  Our students were simply AMAZING!!!!!  This is what being in education is all about!  One step closer to being a Lighthouse School.  Go Canes!

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LEADERSHIP AND LITERACY
Danielle Hendry, Leadership Notebooks & Activities
Erika Shanoff, One Book One School
Diane Taylor, Project Wisdom
Tuesday May 13 – Wednesday May 14 Among the Hidden Chapter 25-27
Tuesday May 20 – Wednesday May 21:  Among the Hidden Chapter 28-30
 
(Literacy Lesson can be done during 8th Period Leadership and/or the 20 minute 4th Period Lunch Window instead of Project Wisdom)
 
 
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INSTRUCTIONAL TIPS
Instructional Coaches:  Gundal, Shanoff, Fisher
 

CLICK HERE for the Instructional Strategy of the Week

CLICK HERE for Dr. Fisher’s Weebly

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FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team

CLICK HERE for The Love of Data

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • May 21, 2014, from 3-4 pm we will have our Annual “Happy New Year” faculty meeting.
  • May 29, 2014 we will have an end of the year Bar-B-Q…..more information to come.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!!

 
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Posted by on 05/16/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

Another Round of Applause for our Super Heroes

 

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This week was an opportunity to give special thanks to our Super Heroes.  We appreciate your dedication and commitment of excellence to our students at South Seminole Middle School. Thank you to PTSA and Phyllis Testa for also sponsoring acts of appreciation throughout the week. We would also like to thank Ms. Haile, Ms. Madrid and Mr. Motley for their help.  As I look at this these pictures, the following quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson comes to mind.

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

This is what it’s all about!!!!!!!

 

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LEADERSHIP AND LITERACY
Danielle Hendry, Leadership Notebooks & Activities
Erika Shanoff, One Book One School
Diane Taylor, Project Wisdom
Tuesday May 13 – Wednesday May 14 Among the Hidden Chapter 25-27
Tuesday May 20 – Wednesday May 21:  Among the Hidden Chapter 28-30
 
(Literacy Lesson can be done during 8th Period Leadership and/or the 20 minute 4th Period Lunch Window instead of Project Wisdom)

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ASSESSMENT NEWS
WEEKLY UPDATE
Diane Taylor, DE; EOC; FCAT Paper-Pencil
Mary Chavers, FCAT 2.0 Computer Based
 

CLICK HERE for DE Information

CLICK HERE for the Assessment News Tab

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INSTRUCTIONAL TIPS
Instructional Coaches:  Gundal, Shanoff, Fisher
 

CLICK HERE for the Instructional Strategy of the Week

CLICK HERE for Dr. Fisher’s Weebly

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FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team

CLICK HERE for The Love of Data

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Faculty Meeting, in the Media Center on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm.  Presentation by Officer Bosa and Casselberry Police Department
  • May 16, 2014 is South Seminole Middle School’s Leadership Day.  Ms. Ciocca will be forwarding our schedule of events
  • May 21, 2014, from 3-4 pm we will have our Annual “Happy New Year” faculty meeting.
  • May 29, 2014 we will have an end of the year Bar-B-Q…..more information to come.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!!

 
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Posted by on 05/09/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

CELEBRATING OUR FAVORITE SUPERHEROES….YOU!!

teacher pics-001“You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.” – Superman, Man of Steel
 

It’s A Bird! It’s a Plane! No. It’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!  May 5 -9 we will celebrate our SSMS Super Heroes…YOU!!!! Teaching is a profession like no other. Many careers require dedication, hard work, a skills set, charisma and intelligence. However teaching also requires more unique qualities; the ability to strike the delicate balance between discipline and freedom; to encourage individuals while considering what is best for the group but most of all it requires a genuine desire and willingness to care for others. It goes without saying that knowledge and learning is vital to enable us to live our lives. While most of us appreciate the fact, many of us don´t appreciate those who dedicate their lives to the cause: the teachers and staff!

FLY TO THE SYNERGY ROOM EVERY DAY FOR A DAILY DOSE OF SUPER POWER!

MISSION INFORMATION:

MONDAY: COFFEE AND BAGELS

BONUS FUEL PACK: “POWER UP” with  LUNCH ON MONDAY in the Cafeteria ~ sponsored by Ms. Testa

TUESDAY:  POPCORN BAR (drawing for movie ticket & guest)

WEDNESDAY:  HEROES LUNCHEON  sponsored by PTSA

THURSDAY: A-TEAM “SOUP”ER COOK OFF

FRIDAY:  DESSERT BAR ~ sponsored by PTSA

SSMS HURRICANE POWERS——ACTIVATE!!!

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LEADERSHIP AND LITERACY
Danielle Hendry, Leadership Notebooks & Activities
Erika Shanoff, One Book One School
Diane Taylor, Project Wisdom

Leadership Wrap-Up: May 6, 2014

Literacy Lesson Chapter 22-24
(Literacy Lesson will be done during the 20 minute 4th Period Lunch Window instead of Project Wisdom)

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ASSESSMENT NEWS
WEEKLY UPDATE
Diane Taylor, DE; EOC; FCAT Paper-Pencil
Mary Chavers, FCAT 2.0 Computer Based
 

CLICK HERE for DE Information

CLICK HERE for the Assessment News Tab

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INSTRUCTIONAL TIPS
Instructional Coaches:  Gundal, Shanoff, Fisher
 

CLICK HERE for the Instructional Strategy of the Week

CLICK HERE for Dr. Fisher’s Weebly

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FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team

CLICK HERE for The Love of Data

GAME ON HURRICANES!!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Reappointment Meetings  will be held May 5, 6, 7 & 9.  If you are not sure of your time, contact Ms. H
  • May 16, 2014 is South Seminole Middle School’s Leadership Day.  Ms. Ciocca will be forwarding our schedule of events
  • May 21, 2014, from 3-4 pm we will have our Annual “Happy New Year” faculty meeting.
  • May 29, 2014 we will have an end of the year Bar-B-Q…..more information to come.

 

HAVE A DRY WEEKEND!!!!!

 
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Posted by on 05/02/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

DIFFERENTIATION IN ACTION!

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“There is nothing more UNEQUAL than the EQUAL treatment of UNEQUALS” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Our Hurricanes participated in EOC Civics, Algebra or Geometry camps on Saturday.  Students are targeting skills to increase their comprehension and ultimate performance on the fast approaching exams.  Hats off to Dr. Fisher, Dr. Gundal and Ms. Shanoff to organizing the Boost sessions.  The Game Continues…..

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FCAT 2.0 CONTINUES… TWO Days to go… then we start our End of Course Exams!  THE SCHEDULES ARE PROVIDED AGAIN IN THE ANNOUNCEMENTS SECTION BELOW.   STAY HURRICANE STRONG!!!!!!

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LEADERSHIP AND LITERACY
Danielle Hendry, Leadership Notebooks & Activities
Erika Shanoff, One Book One School
Diane Taylor, Project Wisdom
 
Click Here for Leadership Lesson  
 
CLICK HERE for Project Wisdom
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ASSESSMENT NEWS
WEEKLY UPDATE
Diane Taylor, DE; EOC; FCAT Paper-Pencil
Mary Chavers, FCAT 2.0 Computer Based
 

CLICK HERE for DE Information

CLICK HERE for the Assessment News Tab

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INSTRUCTIONAL TIPS
Instructional Coaches:  Gundal, Shanoff, Fisher
 

CLICK HERE for the Instructional Strategy of the Week

CLICK HERE for Dr. Fisher’s Weebly

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FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team

CLICK HERE for The Love of Data

Reference the DE3 Data that was distributed earlier this week.  If you need additional information, support
or individualized data, contact your Curriculum Area Instructional Coach, Mr. Bess or Dr. MCB
 
This should be a time to review and target skills of concern. Make it exciting and engaging for the students.  Avoid giving “exams” but quick probes to monitor comprehension of various benchmarks! 
 
GAME ON HURRICANES!!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Reappointment Meetings  will be held May 7,8, & 9.  You will be notified of your specified date and time via email.
  • May 16, 2014 is South Seminole Middle School’s Leadership Day.  Ms. Ciocca will be forwarding our schedule of events
  • May 21, 2014, from 3-4 pm we will have our Annual “Happy New Year” faculty meeting.
  • May 29, 2014 we will have an end of the year Bar-B-Q…..more information to come.
  • FCAT Bell Schedules  & Daily “PLAY x PLAY” Administration Schedules are posted below

FCAT SSMS Schedule Summary-Revised4-24-14

FCAT Daily Schedule April 21 – 29-2004

FAQ-2014-SSMS

MAKE SURE TO REFERENCE YOUR “RED” FOLDER FOR ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED!

Below are the testing window session times for FCAT 2.0 Reading/Math/Science:
Week of April 21, 2014, Reading 6-7
Week of April 28, 2014, Reading 8
Make-ups and Computer Based Testing will be ongoing throughout this window.
 

CRAZY WEEK… SORRY FOR THE DELAY!

 
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Posted by on 04/28/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

CELEBRATING REFELCTIONS OF EXCELLENCE

 

msleenenCONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO MS. LEENEN for representing SSMS at the 2014 School-Related Employee of the Year Celebration, on Tuesday.  Ms. Leenen has a propensity to work with students and adults alike. Her good nature draws others to her. Students often stop by the office to visit her and receive a positive word of encouragement. They do not want to let her down. Additionally, our families and staff members are consistently complementary of her professionalism. Even in the most challenging situations, Ms. Leenen’s calm and realistic approach seems to be the perfect remedy.  LEAD ON MS. LEENEN… YOU MAKE US PROUD!!!!!!

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FCAT CONTINUES… ONE WEEK DOWN AND TWO MORE TO GO!  THE SCHEDULES ARE PROVIDED AGAIN IN THE ANNOUNCEMENTS SECTION BELOW.  WE HAD A GREAT FIRST FEW DAYS OF TESTING.  A FEW GLITCHES, BUT AS A TEAM THE CHALLENGES WERE MET AND THE TESTING MOVED FORWARD SUCCESSFULLY.  THANK YOU TO EVERYONE, NEW AND OLD, THIS IS A MAJOR PRODUCTION!!!!!!! STAY HURRICANE STRONG!!!!!!

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LEADERSHIP AND LITERACY
Danielle Hendry, Leadership Notebooks & Activities
Erika Shanoff, One Book One School
Diane Taylor, Project Wisdom
 
Click Here for Leadership Lesson  
 
 Leadership Lesson April 22, 2014 Celebrating Earth Day
 
CLICK HERE for Project Wisdom
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ASSESSMENT NEWS
WEEKLY UPDATE
Diane Taylor, DE; EOC; FCAT Paper-Pencil
Mary Chavers, FCAT 2.0 Computer Based
 

CLICK HERE for DE Information

CLICK HERE for the Assessment News Tab

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INSTRUCTIONAL TIPS
Instructional Coaches:  Gundal, Shanoff, Fisher
 

CLICK HERE for the Instructional Strategy of the Week

CLICK HERE for Dr. Fisher’s Weebly

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FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team

CLICK HERE for The Love of Data

Reference the DE3 Data that was distributed earlier this week.  If you need additional information, support
or individualized data, contact your Curriculum Area Instructional Coach, Mr. Bess or Dr. MCB
 
This should be a time to review and target skills of concern. Make it exciting and engaging for the students.  Avoid giving “exams” but quick probes to monitor comprehension of various benchmarks! 
 
GAME ON HURRICANES!!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • We have extensively expanded the number of users on our radio system to 26. This will provide us with additional support and communication on campus to maintain a safe, orderly and secure environment. A Radio has been assigned to each floor as well:  1st floor:  Mr. Carioto, Rm 3-020; 2nd floor: Ms. Trenholm, Rm 3-215 and 3rd Floor:  Mr. Koryna, 3-313.  Radio Call Dispatch Centers are located at 1) The Front Desk, 2) Discipline, 3) Ms. Haile’s office and 4) Guidance.  Radio users have been provided with the radio procedures.
  • FCAT Bell Schedules  & Daily “PLAY x PLAY” Administration Schedules are posted below

FCAT SSMS Schedule Summary-revised

FCAT Daily Schedule April 21 – 29-2014

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FAQ-2014-SSMS

MAKE SURE TO REFERENCE YOUR “RED” FOLDER FOR ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED!

Below are the testing window session times for FCAT 2.0 Reading/Math/Science:
Week of April 21, 2014, Reading 6-7
Week of April 28, 2014, Reading 8
Make-ups and Computer Based Testing will be ongoing throughout this window.
teampowerThe Power of a TEAM!!!!!!!!!
 
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!!
 
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Posted by on 04/18/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

FCAT!!!!!! WE ARE READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Morning Hurricanes!!!!  The first day of testing has arrived!  There were amazing things going on campus this week.  Dr. Cote was very impressed with the quality of cooperative learning activities, student engagement and student knowledge of their goals and performance.  Thank you ALL for making SSMS stand out!!!!!!  Here is a cute little video that was shared by another Principal.  It made me laugh and set the tone for next week.  Next Year SSMS will make their own video : )  p.s. WELCOME BACK MRS. CIOCCA AND MRS. LIESER!!!!!!

LET’S DO THIS CANES!!!!!!!!!

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LEADERSHIP AND LITERACY
Danielle Hendry, Leadership Notebooks & Activities
Erika Shanoff, One Book One School
Diane Taylor, Project Wisdom
 
CLICK HERE for Project Wisdom
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ASSESSMENT NEWS
WEEKLY UPDATE
Diane Taylor, DE; EOC; FCAT Paper-Pencil
Mary Chavers, FCAT 2.0 Computer Based
 

CLICK HERE for DE Information

CLICK HERE for the Assessment News Tab

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INSTRUCTIONAL TIPS
Instructional Coaches:  Gundal, Shanoff, Fisher
 

CLICK HERE for the Instructional Strategy of the Week

CLICK HERE for Dr. Fisher’s Weebly

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FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team

CLICK HERE for The Love of Data

Reference the DE3 Data that was distributed earlier this week.  If you need additional information, support
or individualized data, contact your Curriculum Area Instructional Coach, Mr. Bess or Dr. MCB
 
This should be a time to review and target skills of concern. Make it exciting and engaging for the students.  Avoid giving “exams” but quick probes to monitor comprehension of various benchmarks! 
 
GAME ON HURRICANES!!
 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Log into iObservation,  Deliberate Practice Reflections were due by March 31, 2014.
  • FCAT Bell Schedules  & Daily “PLAY x PLAY” Administration Schedules are posted below

FCAT SSMS Schedule Summary

alternate-bell-schedule-for 4/25

FAQ-2014-SSMS

FCAT “Play x Play” April 14 & 15 2014

MAKE SURE TO REFERENCE YOUR “RED” FOLDER FOR ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED!

Below are the testing window session times for FCAT 2.0 Reading/Math/Science:
Week of April 14, 2014,  Math 6-8, Science 8
Week of April 21, 2014, Reading 6-7
Week of April 28, 2014, Reading 8
Make-ups and Computer Based Testing will be ongoing throughout this window.
 
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!!
 
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Posted by on 04/11/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 
 
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