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VOLUME 20 • NUMBER 3

MAY 2018 “ INSPIRE,

CREATE, INNOVATE..“ “ Institute

of

Innovation “

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FOR THE PARENTS, STUDENTS, AND COMMUNITY OF TEAGUE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Dear Parents, Students and all Stakeholders, I extend my deepest appreciation to the entire Teague Community for the support provided to our students and staff during the 2017-18 year. I would like to send special note of gratitude to our dividends, members of SAC and to the PTSA for assuring that our students and staff were recognized, celebrated and provided with the tools necessary to INSPIRE, CREATE and INNOVATE. Our students have successfully completed three fourths of the school year and have entered quarter 4 in a sprint to the FSA finish line. We are confident that are Tigers will Make One Year’s Growth in One Years’ Time. In order to do so we must maintain our momentum and remain focused, we will continue to provide all students with the support needed to be successful on the FSA, Science SSA and End of Course Exams in Civics, Algebra and Geometry. I ask each family to join us by promoting this same focus at home. Please encourage your child to read nightly, complete all homework assignments and discuss the new information that they have learned throughout the day. When all students and staff remain focused and teachers, staff and family, provide support, learning prevails throughout campus. I recommended that you visit the Teague website for specific dates. Please be reminded that the best testing environment occurs on the day the test is to occur. Please help your child to arrive on time and to be ready to do his/her best. Also, please make sure your child receives a good night’s rest and a good breakfast, so that they are as adequately prepared as possible. Breakfast will also be available in our School Café. Please keep in mind that students will not be dismissed from, or admitted to, classes that are involved in the testing. Therefore, it is best not to schedule doctor, dentist or other appointments on these dates. Instruction will continue in all classes. As the year ends, it is important for you to monitor your child’s progress regularly. A student must maintain a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for promotion to the next level. 8th grade students, in need of additional support, will be requested to attend a 4-week High School Summer Transition Program. These students will receive information regarding the Transition Program. All 6th and 7th grade students, who do not meet the promotion requirements, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students deemed eligible will be placed in the Academic Improvement Program for the 2018-19 year. Those who fall too far below the promotion requirements will be retained. If you have concerns about your child’s current progress, please contact the appropriate grade level School Counselor. On behalf of the entire Teague staff, I thank you for your continued support. Debra Abbott, M.Ed. Principal

Positive Behavior Support Mission Statement: To institutionalize a consistent positive culture supported by the school community where expectations are clearly identified, communicated, and understood for positive behavior and mutual respect.

Please visit our website for more information about our school. www.teague.scps.k12.fl.us


Parent Verification of Absence ‘Tiger Prints’ May 2018 Published Four Times Per Year Seminole County Public Schools 400 E. Lake Mary Blvd. Sanford, FL 32773 Issue #3

On the day a student returns to school, in compliance with the procedures established at the school, parents/guardians are expected to provide written documentation explaining the reason for a student’s absence. The absence note should include the student’s first and last name (printed), the date of absence, the reason for the absence, the parent/ guardian’s first and last name (printed) along with a signature, and telephone number. Documentation must be provided by the 3rd day of a student’s return to their first period teacher. E-mails or phone calls are not accepted for documentation of the absence.

Student Drop-Off/Pick-Up For safety concerns, students may not be dropped off before 8:50 a.m. The front gate will be opened at 8:50 a.m. for students to enter school. Car rider students must be picked up before 4:25 p.m. For the safety of the student, the parent or guardian must show photo ID when signing out a student. No student will be released to anyone other than the parent, guardian, or adult who is listed on the emergency security card with a proper ID. If a student returns or arrives late to school, he/she must sign in at the main office with a parent/guardian or note.

Successful Teens The end of the academic year is nigh and your Successful teen student is learning how to use their awareness to better interact with others. The book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey, is split into two parts. Earlier in the semester we have learned about the concept of what a paradigm is and studied the three habits related to the Private Victory, as Covey calls it, Be Proactive, and Begin With the End in Mind. Now we are learning to value others and incorporate each of our ways of seeing the world with others. The chapters Think Win Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood, and Synergize focus the student on being socially adept and connected to everything around them. My hope is that you are engaging your child regularly to understand what they experience as they grow and what your listening can do to help them improve what they understand about themselves. They have one more Vision board to complete. It is not as much of a second activity as it is a continuation of what they created in the first half of the semester and are now completing as they include not only their internal awareness but also the way in which they interact with others. Please, do not hesitate to call, text or email with questions regarding this exercise. This is a life changing opportunity.


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History

6th Grade World History

Sixth grade students are wrapping up their investigations into the “fall” of Rome DBQ project. As we move forward throughout the weeks of the school year, we will be studying the Americas and the origins of Christianity. Students are expected to keep up with the rigorous curriculum to be able to prepare for their upcoming Standard Based Assessment at the end of May. Their test will be cumulative of all the topics and civilizations covered throughout the year. Students will receive a comprehensive study guide with all the materials and resources needed to prepare for success. In the coming weeks, please check your child’s folder to ensure that they are working on the necessary materials in preparation of their World History Stands Based Assessment.

7th Grade Civics

Seventh grade Civics students are currently working hard to wrap up this year with studies concentrating on the American Legal System, the FL Constitution and its similarities/differences with the US Constitution and Foreign Affairs. Upon completion of these topics, we will beginning preparing the students for the End of Course Exam (EOC). Test date for this exam will be May 3rd. Civics Boost Camp will be offered to students after school. Please see Mrs. Neyra for permission slips and additional information. In preparation for this test, students will be given a comprehensive Study Guide and an alphabetical “A to Z” Civics Reference Guide. Please check for this information in your child’s Civics binders and eCampus pages to make sure that they are working on the Study Guide and preparing for their comprehensive exam. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns: Mrs. Neyra (Amanda_Neyra@scps.k12. fl.us), Mr. Rish (James_Rish@scps.k12.fl.us), Mr. Fabris (Raymond_Fabris@scps.k12.fl.us ) and Ms. Rodgers (Carolyn_Rodgers@scps.k12.fl.us).

8th Grade U.S. History

The 8th grade U.S. History teachers would like to thank all students and parents for a productive year of learning in U.S. History classes! Please continue to put forth the great effort, hard work, and respectful behavior that is necessary to be successful until the end of the school year. 8th grade students need to be prepared for the academic rigor and expectations of turning in all work in a timely manner in order to succeed in high school. Having a positive growth mindset will help you reach your full potential! During the 4th Nine Weeks Grading Period, the 8th grade students will be learning the following content in U.S. History: CHAPTER 14: “THE NATION DIVIDED, 1848-1861,” CHAPTER 15: “THE CIVIL WAR, 1861-1865,” RECONSTRUCTION, AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. The next DBQ or “Document-Based Questions” Activity will be on The Civil War: “What Caused the Civil War?” during the Fourth Nine Weeks Grading Period. It is extremely beneficial for ALL students to learn how to analyze and make inferences from primary and secondary sources in U.S. History. Students will take the 4th Nine Weeks Common Assessment in U.S. History (PRE-AP, ADV, and STANDARD classes) before the end of the school year. 8th grade teachers will help students prepare for the exam, which will cover the causes of the Civil War and the course and consequences of the Civil War. Saving the BEST for last…the Social Studies Department would like to thank the following students for representing Teague Middle School at the “National History Day Fair” at Jackson Heights Middle School on January 24th, 2018: THANK YOU SO MUCH, LAURA HOWELL AND KATLENE PATRON!!!! YOU MAKE US PROUD!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND SUPPORT! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns: Mr. Bastian (michael_bastian@scps.k12.fl.us), Mr. Klump (tom_klump@scps. k12.fl.us), Mr. Peter Lee (peter_lee@scps.k12.fl.us) and Ms. Manuel (melissa_manuel@scps.k12.fl.us).

Yearbook The Yearbook staff is anxiously waiting for the arrival of this year’s yearbook. We have worked hard to capture the history of Teague Middle School and cannot wait for the students to see what we have done. If you have not purchased your yearbook yet, please do so soon as we have limited books available. Yearbooks can be purchased for $35.00 at the school with either cash or check payable to Teague Middle School. Order forms are availablefrom the front office or Ms. Struck (6-100).

Involvement in Extracurricular Activities All students interested in participating in extracurricular activities (Sports or club activities) must maintain a 2.0 GPA and have no referrals resulting in an Out of School Suspension.


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JROTC Happy springtime parents! Every Monday we have a Physical Training/Team Building day. Our apparel for that day needs to be something that the cadet can wear to school and not worry about when participating in PT. Fancy shoes, good clothes and things that should not get dirty should not be worn. All cadets that are concerned about medical safety are given the opportunity to walk or refrain from PT depending on their situation. It helps to have a written statement from a physician that indicates the student should refrain from strenuous activity. We only do sit-ups and pushups, as well as running and, sometimes, team building fun activities that may involve running and getting sweaty or as dirty as they might get in PE. I am looking for a few dividends at this time to help closing our year with additional fun activities that will also teach leadership, citizenship and give our cadets an opportunity to learn about giving back to the community through service. There are a number of donations that I am also looking to procure that involve businesses in the community. If you have any experience with that, please contact me. A challenge has been presented to our cadets by way of Lake Brantley JROTC. On April 21st Teague cadets will compete in drill against the Lake Brantley cadets and enjoy sports competitions for fun. Food will be provided and it is a wonderful chance to meet the Lake Brantley JROTC people and get to know their program a little. May 5th is the county middle school competition, but as it stands now we do not have enough cadets to warrant going. As we come to a close of this semester and academic year the cadets have enjoyed learning about the rules of etiquette regarding the flag, been exposed to a code for better personal development and collaboration with others, knowledge of the phonetic alphabet, finding their way using orienteering and several other activities in which they have participated. Finally, Drill and Leadership practice is held every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 4 PM until 5:30 PM. All persons involved with pickup must be listed on the security card in the front office as being authorized to pick up your student/child. If you have any questions for me, please call 407.320.1594.

Science

6th Grade

Where has the year gone? Can we really be this close to summer? Thank you for all the support you have given your student to help make them successful this year. There have certainly been many challenges but also many rewards. Third quarter was very interesting as we studied what makes up the layers of the Earth, the Rock Cycle, Plate Tectonics, and landforms. It is hard to understand that what is under our feet is not solid nor is it stationary. The power and size of this planet is amazing! Our last unit(Beyond this World) uses many of these concepts to help us understand our place in the universe. The solar system and all its part ( Have you heard of the Kuiper Belt or the Oort Cloud?), the sun, tides, seasons, phases of the moon and the forces that keep this universe going will be our focus the rest of the year. Enjoy your summer!

7th Grade

Just like that we are in the last quarter of the year. This quarter is going to fly by between testing and all the fun activities we have planned. Genetics is our last unit, and your child is going to be learning all about DNA, cell reproduction, and heredity. We then go into the health unit! Expect a letter of consent home before we begin. Your child may come home with many questions, so be prepared to have an honest, and open conversation with them about issues that are affecting them today. As we close out the year, we would just like to say that it was a pleasure to have your child in class and wish you all luck in the eight grade! -7th Grade Science team Ms. Diaz de Arce, Mrs. Jones, Mr. Toj-Moody, Mr. Bernhardt and Mrs. Hanstein

8th Grade

Currently, 8th Grade Science is reviewing content from Earth, Life and Physical science standards to prepare for the Statewide Science Assessment (SSA). A science Boost Camp will be offered on Saturday, April 28 from 8-11 to review content and prepare for taking the test on April 30th. Students interested should ask their Science teacher or guidance for the permission slip needed to participate. After testing, we will begin to focus on 9th grade biology standards to prepare for High school. Please continue to encourage your child to check their grades regularly on skyward and complete homework on time. It is also important for parents to encourage their students to be their own advocates when working with teachers and parents in their own educational experience.

Health We are well on the way to the end of the school year. Some of the topics we are covering in Health class this nine weeks are conflict resolution, preventing violence and bullying. We are also covering how alcohol and tobacco use and abuse affect the body. Other topics that we will cover are Internet safety, communicable and non-communicable diseases, disease prevention, and drug abuse. Many of the health skills learned in this class will be valuable to the students in everyday life and help them to make choices that lead to better health. As a reminder to students, Journals and Health articles will be collected May 10th. Wishing you good health! – Mr. LaPlaca, 7th Grade Health


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ELA

6th Grade

Sixth grade ELA classes concluded third quarter with the novel study, The Cay. Literary standards were emphasized including central idea/theme, author’s purpose, author’s point of view, plot, setting, and characters. Students answered guided questions and completed projects to show their learning. Students completed the Florida Standards Writing Assessment on March 6th. In fourth quarter, students will focus on point-of-view and analyzing interactions with our first unit, “Animal Intelligence.” Our anchor text is “The Mixer,” by P.G. Wodehouse, and our paired texts are, “Can Animals Feel and Think?” by Deshawn Jones, a and “How Smart are Animals,” by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. As you know, probably the most important thing for our students during the summer is to have a break, some time for rest and relaxation. Along with rest and relaxation and good family time, though, it would be great for them read. This year, we are continuing our summer reading program in which all students participate. Be on the lookout for our Summer Reading Program which will be posted on the Teague website.

7th Grade

Seventh grade ELA classes finished up the third quarter by completing their unit on poetry with our emphasis on the topic of consumerism. The next question we will face: "Will students be able to handle the upcoming drama?" Literally, classes will begin their final unit of study after spring break in the form of a drama. We will base our examination of its unique form and elements (stage directions, dialogue, cast of characters) by reading a production entitled, "Sorry, Wrong Number." Students always enjoy this suspensefilled story and its ending with a twist! Writing will also be incorporated in our dramatic study as students perform a character analysis and creatively draft an alternative ending to the production. Students will also be tasked with promoting the play as a movie in the form of a poster by incorporating their knowledge of symbols by scrutinizing their deeper meaning and generating a press release for the movie’s premiere. Ultimately, classes will view the original movie version to compare and contrast against the play based on the basic elements. Thus far in the school year, classes have been exposed to a variety of literature and media types. This exposure not only provides a well-rounded experience by forcing students to interact with text they wouldn’t naturally choose for themselves. Afterwards, it is gratifying to see the students’ enjoyment as well as experiencing a sense of being challenged. It is this balance that we strive to attain in the hopes their engagement leads to growth and learning. Beginning in April, we will spring into testing. Students have been notified of the dates for FSA Reading (April 16 & 17) in addition to other content area testing. Involvement in daily activities breeds preparedness! Please continue to partner with us by encouraging and motivating your student to be actively participating in their daily classes.

8th Grade

As we approach the final frontier of the 2017-18 school year, all 8th grade students will be working hard on strengthening reading skills, fine tuning reading strategies, and preparing for FSA Reading EXAMS in April. Throughout quarter 4 students will be immersed in a unit about the history of the Holocaust, reading novels that will include The Diary of Anne Frank, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and preparing for 4th quarter assessments and projects. Parent Permission slips will be coming home for The Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas movies that students will be viewing in quarter 4. The movies are rated PG for Holocaust related themes and events. Students must have parental permission to view the video(s). On behalf of all 8th grade Language Arts teachers and support facilitators it has been our honor and pleasure to teach your children and prepare them for their high school journey ahead.


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MATH

6th Grade Advanced Math

In the 4th quarter, students will complete statistics, which was introduced in the 3rd quarter of the school year. Our students will now begin and complete 7th grade expressions, ratios and proportions. Although the academic is near the end, the energy level must remain high for math FSA, which is schedule for May 1 and 2, 2018. The Common 9 Week Exam will follow the FSA exam in May. In preparation for FSA, students have identified their areas of weakness/strength based on the data from the 9 Week Exams. They have set goals to master the standards that challenge them. One of the goals to achieve mastery is to use online resources daily such as Khan Academy. As always, we welcome parents’ continued support in making sure that homework and bellwork are completed daily, and students study for their tests/quizzes/exams. Over the summer, students would benefit from keeping their skills sharp. Some great online resources for study over the summer are KhanAcademy, Math Antics, Virtual Nerd, and Learnzillion. If you would like to have a parent\teacher conference, please contact Ruth Consolato at

(407) 320-1554 to schedule an appointment.

Geometry

In geometry students have worked hard all year long. As we finish this quarter it is crucial that students remain focused and complete all of their assignments. Students are getting ready for 9th grade and our studies at the end of the fourth quarter are preparing students for that transition. In the upcoming unit students will be learning about volume formulas, geometric concepts in modeling situations, parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas.

Algebra & Algebra Honors

Our classes are getting very exciting with the end in sight! Our EOC is coming up on May 7th and 8th and we will spend our time up until that point preparing for it. In class students will work on solving problems from each standard. There will be time for students to work together to solve problems and then time to review the solutions. Remind your students that the most important thing to do at this time of year is to ask questions! At home students will work on practice problems on Algebra Nation through the Test Yourself (Practice Tool). At the end of each section there is a set of 10 questions that students will complete. Algebra Nation provides instant feedback

as it not only grades the 10 questions, but also provides a video of each solution. Students are permitted to redo these “quizzes” as many times as they would like; most of the questions will be new, but you may notice some repeats. Your student may tell you that these questions are very challenging… and they are! The goal is to Strive for Five! Level 5 that is and to reach this goal we will discuss many high-level problems. This is the time of year when all of the hard work they have done over the last 9 months or so pays off. Everything comes together and they get a chance to see how all that they have learned is intertwined and it is so exciting to see them pull it all together!

Pre-Algebra

Our students are finishing out the year with Unit 6 Statistics and Unit 7 Scientific Notation along with preparation for the FSA Mathematics exam during the week of May 7th. After the FSA exam, the students will be reviewing for the 4th quarter exam and preparing for high school Algebra I – Solving two step equations and inequalities. We wish our students well as they transition from middle school to high school.

7th Grade Advanced Math

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MATH

Teachers are very proud of your child’s hard work and progress. In the last unit, students learned about the different methods to solve linear equations, exponent rules, transformations and radicals. In preparation for the 8th grade school year students are encouraged to review integer rules, operations with fractions, and geometry concepts.

7th Grade Math

At the beginning of the final quarter of 7th grade math we finished the 7th grade standards with the Statistics and Probability standards in preparation for the FSA. After the test we will be working on prepping the students for their upcoming year in Pre-Algebra. We will focus on exponent rules and scientific notation. Students should continue to use eCampus to monitor weekly classwork assignments and make sure they are turning in all of their homework assignments on time. Also, our students will continue to use iReady to work on math skills. It is imperative that the students stay engaged for the remainder of the school year and continue learning; technology and academic games will play a big part in keeping their motivation up. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email or call you student’s teacher as soon as possible.

6th Grade GEMS

During our last quarter of GEMs, we will be focusing on the bulk of the 8th grade standards, including exploring linear relationships, functions, and powers and roots. This is an extremely important section of GEMs as it will prepare students to take Algebra I Honors in 7th grade! While we work through out 8th grade standards, it is important for students to brush up on their integer operations and rational numbers operations. This includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of positive and negative fractions and decimals. Students will take the 6th grade FSA during quarter 4 - it is important to note that GEMs students

do not take a FSA test containing 6th, 7th, and 8th grade standards. Students can review passed Virtual Bridges (6th grade standards) including practice problems, test, and quizzes. They may also considering reviewing KhanAcademy skills. I will be giving students a list of what standards they still need to master in order to be proficient in their 6th grade skills before FSA. This data is determined using the three 9 weeks exam results. With the year coming to an end, how can we start preparing for Algebra I Honors next year?! Simple! Over the summer, students are encouraged to practice and revisit the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade standards to keep their skills sharp and well practiced. Students going into Advanced 7th Grade Math should still practice in KhanAcademy because this will strengthen their skills and ensure that the first month of 7th grade is smooth! Thank you for such a wonderful year and always feel free to email me at Jaquelyne_Fulco@scps.k12. fl.us. I am proud of each and everyone of the GEMs students for working so hard this year!

6th Grade Math

During our last quarter of the curriculum, our students will continue to learn about measurement and data. After FSA, students will also be introduced to 7th grade level number systems, which includes adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing using integers and understand the concept of Pi as a ratio. Students have identified their areas of weakness and set goals to strengthen those standards. As always, we encourage and welcome parents continued support in making sure students are successful and have all the classroom supplies, that homework and bellwork are completed daily, students study for their tests/quizzes, and students access various online resources. If you would like to have a parent\teacher conference, please contact Ruth Consolato at (407) 320-1554 to schedule an appointment.

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Art Adventures

Mrs. Cole’s 2D Art Classes

What a great semester we are having in 2D art appreciation classes! The art students has studied the “elements of art” and created great projects to integrate them into their drawing for the future. Each project they worked on has been added to a special EOA Book. They then created a “totem” style cover with their names and they all look wonderful! We just finished our color theory unit. We have “finger painted” color wheels that went into the EOA books and then we work on a watercolor technique “wet on wet” and created silhouette painting that are fantastic! Check them out on the guidance bulletin board! We are now fashioning self-portraits, or as we call them…”selfies”. We will be designing 3D character fish from water bottles after that! In 2D art, students learn they do not have to be great artists to create great art. They learn art is a skill, not a gene they are born with…they learn a skill, practice, and with craftsmanship (mastering their skill), they produce wonderful creations!

3D Art Classes

Students are busily working on autobiographical masks! They created Japanese Notan cutouts, which revealed the Elements of Art and “Jack-in-the-Boxes” to display the Principles of Design. Both are in the showcase when you come into the front office. We have also put all my magazines to use by creating recycled tube bas-relief sculptures. My students are so proud to be able to showcase their work and we appreciate Guidance and the front office for allowing us the space to do so!

Upcoming Art Events

We have student work displayed from April 25 to May 8 at the 59th Annual Members’ Art Show at Gallery on First in downtown Sanford (211 E. First Street, Sanford). There will be a reception and award ceremony from 1 to 4pm Sunday, April 19. We will also have a display representing our school at the Spring Art Show, South Seminole Mall, Sanford, April 23 to April 29. Please come out and support our school and our art students!!!

Artist of the Month

Always keep an eye on our Guidance bulletin board! Our March Artist of the Month was Khushi Aggarwal, 8th grade, and our April Artist of the Month is Tamari Bush, 6th grade. Both students have submitted 4-6 pieces of their work that they have worked on their own at home. I am always so happy and proud to showcase students that take their art to the next level. Congratulations to both Artists!

Teague Middle School Newsletter  

May 2018

Teague Middle School Newsletter  

May 2018