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Principal:

Mr. Doug Herron

Asst. Principals:

Mrs. Beverly Cornelius Ms. Meredith Durastanti Mr. Willie Gilliard

ction Cat’s Conne News

February 2011

Principal’s Message: Parents, February finds us on the brink of assessment season here at HJH. As we enter this very important time of our school year, I ask that you begin to plan your schedules around the various test administration dates. While your child’s school attendance is important every day, it is especially so for each of these assessment days. To the greatest extent possible, please avoid scheduling appointments and other engagements for any of these days. To assist you with planning, here are the dates for upcoming assessments. FCAT Writing – Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 FCAT Reading – Monday, April 11th and Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 FCAT Math – Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 FCAT Science – Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 As I’ve mentioned before, when school and home work cooperatively together, a child’s chances of success are greatly increased. Thanks for working cooperatively with us! Douglas Herron

Principal

Parent Involvement Researchers have been studying the effects parent attitudes and actions have on their children's academic success for more than 30 years. The results have been consistent. Anne Henderson and Nancy Berla summed it up in their book A New Generation of Evidence: The Family Is Critical to Student Achievement, which reviewed the existing research: "When parents are involved in their children's education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better." Research shows that when parents are involved in their children's education, the children are more likely to: earn better grades. score higher on tests. pass their classes.

Please join us Tuesday, March 8, 2011 for a Parent Involvement Night. Data Chats will be held from 5:30-7:30. We will be giving information about student testing, student expectations, ePeps, and FAIR/Benchmark results. High school counselors will be available for any questions that 8th grade parents have about 9th grade and scheduling. Hope to see you there! School Improvement Plan Science: 25% of 8th grade students achieved a level 3 on the 2010 administration of the FCAT Science test. Objective: 33% of 8th grade students will achieve a level 3 on the 2011 administration of the FCAT Science test. Although certified, using Federal NCLB definitions, the following HJH teachers are not considered Highly Qualified (HQ): Hallie CrosbyLanguage Arts.

attend school regularly. have better social skills. show improved behavior. be more positive in their attitude toward school. complete homework assignments. graduate and continue their education.

Title 1

Hardee Junior High School is a Title 1 school for the 2009-2010 school year. If you have any questions about Title 1, please contact Federal Programs at (863) 767-0662.

Math Math classes have completed the final benchmark assessment before FCAT. Sixth graders are busy reviewing real- world problems using rates, ratios, and percents. They are solving equations by adding and subtracting. Soon they will begin solving multiplication and division equations. If you haven't already logged your child onto FCAT EXPLORER for excellent FCAT review, now is the time.

Mrs. Nazario’s students who improved in their 3rd Benchmark Testing. They are clawing their way to the top.


Language Arts The Language Arts and Reading Department will be focusing on the skills of recognizing descriptive and figurative language in text this month. We will also be learning to use organizational text features such as; table of contents, headings, captions, bold print, italics, glossaries, indices, and key/guide words. FCAT Writes is scheduled for March 1st. In Florida, all 4th, 8th and 10th grade students are required to take this assessment. Over 40 8th graders have elected to attend an after school program designed to improve writing skills. These 40+ students with the help of four eighth grade teachers, Mrs. Bromley, Ms. Whiteside, Mrs. Collom and Mrs. Donna Parks, have been working hard after school for three weeks, two hours daily. The focus of the afterschool program is improving the writing skills of the students and hopefully raise their writing scores to a perfect 6! FCAT Reading is scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2011 and Tuesday April 12, 2011. Students will take session 1 on Monday and session 2 on Tuesday. Please look for information in the coming weeks about after-school programs to help prepare students for FCAT.

Social Studies

“Under the Microscope”

The Social Studies Department continues to study the large world around us. Each country and culture provides a fascinating look at people and how we live.

Mrs. Miller's Science Resource Lab is busy learning and practicing Newton's Three Laws of Motion. The labs have investigated the affect of mass or length of string in the "Pendulum Swing" which was one of Galileo's key experiments. The "Helicopter" lab has students investigating the length or shape of rotors and the affect of air friction and length of time in the air. One of the students’ favorite labs has been the "Racing Marble". Students were investigating whether the shape of an object's path would have an affect on the marble's final velocity. The students in Mrs. Miller's lab are also learning that gathering, graphing, and interpreting data is an essential part in the Scientific Method of Investigation. Stay tuned to find out what other exciting labs are coming up next month!

6th Grade - Sixth graders have been studying Ancient Greece and Greece today. Did you realize that Greece has close to 2,000 islands? What a great place to take a cruise to someday! 7th Grade - Some of the classes have been focusing on Western Europe and others are doing a voice thread project on the Amazon Rain Forest. 8th Grade - We have a new teacher teaching eighth grade this semester. Welcome, Mrs. Overman! We are happy to have her join our great school. She is replacing Mr. Keel, who served here well and faithfully for over 32 years! We will miss him. Eighth grade has been studying the Civil War and writing President Reports.

Heartland Regional Science Fair is Thursday, February 17, in Sebring at the Agri -Civic Center. Awards will be Friday evening at 7:00 at the same place. Participants include: Colton Albritton, Kayla Albritton, Brandi Swearingen, Kristin Burkett, Mike Cao, Patrick Carlton, Makayla Chancey, Alexis Chavez, Conner Crawford, Shaina Cummings, Damaris Arana, Shelby Dees, Hayley Derby, Doyle Collom, Garrett Edenfield, Haley Edenfield, Mariah Edenfield, Emelie Wolgast, Jordan Evers, Allison Farr, Cesar Fimbres, Ashley Forrester, Julian Galvez, Dashawna Goad, Josie Hancock, Hayden Hawthorne, Milli Jones, Kaydance Owens, Sadie King, Reyna Kirkland, Angelica Montanez, Haneen Ottalah, Georgeanne Paris, Roby Paris, Rayna Parks, Cheyenne Pohl, Sarah McClenithan, Meagan Shivers, Danielle Smith, Miranda Smith, Michelle Storts, Genesis Torres, Alex Ullrich, Russell Weems, Amanda Wilson.

February 2011

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1 TOY/ SRP Banquet

2 7th Grade NJHS

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4 Report Cards Honor Roll Breakfast

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8 SAC Meeting 6 PM

9 8th Grade Art Club

10 Pearls Meeting SWAT Meeting

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15 District Parent Night

16 7th Grade Art Club Regional Science Fair setup

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18 Student Early Release American Idol

19 Miss Hardee County 7 PM

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21 No School Presidents’ Day Junior Miss 7PM

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Florida Writes March 1

ABC Dance 3:15—5 Regional


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