Monthly Archives: June 2013

SSMS Summer Edition #2


I wanted to keep you abreast of the Hurricane Activity at SSMS during the Summer Months!
  • It is with great sadness that we announce that our beloved Josey Pagan will be taking a leave of absence. She will be greatly missed!!!! Her last day is June 26th so shower her with emails and thoughts of appreciation.  We love you Josey!!!!!
  • All 60 indicators on the Learning Map may be assessed for the 2013-2014 school year. The Learning Map and protocols are posted on the Instructional Model and Evaluation Web page and attached below. The business rules for evaluation 2013-2014 will be forthcoming. A teacher and administrator committee will meet and make a recommendation to the Superintendent.  When the decisions have been made, it will be shared with all administrators.  Just wanted you to have th latest map and protocols!

60 Protocols    Learning Map original

  • One School, One Book!!! To enhance and enrich our school-wide 20 minute reading time during our extended schedule next year.  SSMS will adopt the One School, One Book philosophy.  What is One School, One Book?  One School, One Book is a program designed to create a shared reading experience within a single school community. The One School, One Book program was originally designed to promote reading in elementary schools, but the concept has expanded, and now many middle and high schools are also participating in One School, One Book initiatives. Imagine the power and connectivity within our entire school community (teachers, staff, students, families) – reading the same book – at home, over a specific period of time!  That’s what One School, One Book is all aboutMrs. Carver is researching novels for us to read.  If you have any suggestions, don’t hesitate to shoot her an email at
  • NEW HURRICANES ON CAMPUS:  We have been extremely busy over the past couple of weeks with interviewing and finding dynamic teachers to join us in our commitment to academic excellence and increased student achievement. Please join me in welcoming the following staff members to SSMS.
  1. Aubrey Culberson:  LA/SS
  2. Rafael Fernandez:  Dean
  3. Laura Meta:  Emerging Leaders
  4. Sara Payne:  Physical Education
  5. Norma LaFuente:  Academic Support Pullout Teacher
  6. Mariela Coppinger:  Spanish/Elective ( joining Dr. Navarro)
  7. Elizabeth Reinemund:  Reading
  8. Joseph Carioto: ISS
  9. Diane Firios : Math
  10. Katie McLean: Math
  11. Amber Davis:  Math
  12. Karl Jackson: Math
  13. Kristi Parker:  Language Arts
  14. Jamie Chute:  Language Arts

We have a few more vacancies to fill, but will keep you posted!

  • Giving our Students EDGE~ Ault, Pearson and Motley style.  I would like to thank Mr. Ault, Ms. Pearson and Mr. Motley for implementing our 1st Annual EDGE program this summer. What is EDGE?  Read what Mr. Ault has to say…. “The Academic Intervention Team understands the incredible opportunity we have working with students in the Middle Grades age group.  These students are very susceptible to peer-influence and other social pressures.  The world we live in has many voices vying for attention. Educators have an awesome opportunity to interact and positively influence students on a daily basis.  This program will provide the environment to reach a child before they need to be rescued.  We want our students to have the EDGE on their quest to be highly respectful and productive students inside and outside the classroom.  Edge is defined as “An Advantage”; we want your child to advance or push gradually.”  Attached below is a Powerpoint of the activities the students participated in.

    SSMS-EDGE ppt 2013


That’s it for now Hurricanes!!!!

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Posted by on 06/24/2013 in LEAD21- SERIES1




“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” ~ Stephen Covey

Hello Hurricanes

  • I hope that you are enjoying your summer.  I will be posting to LEAD21 every two weeks to keep you abreast of the happening at SSMS
  • FCAT raw data for EOC, Reading, Math and Science was released on Friday. We begun poring over FCAT and EOC scores, looking for trends, disaggregating, planning, thinking, etc.  As a whole, overall, our scores are pretty stable.   We were hoping for some jumps in performance but, in this world of ever changing standards, stability isn’t a bad thing.  Even incremental increases are significant.  Everyone has worked hard and it’s important that we celebrate every achievement, large and small. More data will be shared once it has been compiled. Accountability data, which will reflect our school grade, should be released at the end of the month.
  • Congratulations to our 7th/8th grade Algebra and Geometry EOC accomplishments, with 94% of Algebra students and 99% of Geometry students obtaining a Level 3 or above!!!!!
  • New Hires!  We have filled 10 of our vacant positions and will continue interviewing this week.  In the next Summer Edition, we will give you a brief bio of our New Hurricanes!
  • Attention Teachers: Calling All Ladies Who Enjoy Pampering— Win a Back to Class Makeover with Orange Appeal Magazine, Essence Salon, Lisa Maile Seminars & Coaching and The Mall at Millenia…  including a $500 Mall at Millenia Gift Certificate! Hard-working educators deserve pampering!  We invite full-time central Florida teachers interested in a new Back-to-School look to enter our Teacher Feature Makeover Contest. If you’re the winner, you’ll meet with image consultant/stylist Lisa Maile of Lisa Maile Seminars & Coaching at your home for a “Star in Your Own Closet” customized video consultation to determine your winning wardrobe formula, then enjoy personal shopping with Lisa at Mall at Millenia, courtesy of the Mall and their generous $500 Mall at Millenia Gift Certificate.At Essence Salon on Winter Park’s Park Avenue, you’ll be treated to a total beauty makeover, beginning with a private make-up lesson and application, followed by complete personalized hair services provided by salon owner Ana Yebba, including instruction in how you can style your hair each morning.  Your Makeover will be photographed by Michael Yebba of for a 2-page feature in Orange Appeal’s Sept/Oct issue, and you will receive a free 1-year Orange Appeal subscription.  Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Friday, July 19.  Winner must be available 2 days between Thurs, July 25 & Fri, Aug 2 to work with Lisa, as well as on Monday, Aug 5 from 3 p.m. on for make-over & fashion shoot. Last year’s winner was 16-year teaching veteran Alisa Crisp, a Sterling Park Elementary Special Education instructor.  To view Alisa’s Before & After transformation, visit Lisa



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Posted by on 06/08/2013 in LEAD21- SERIES1