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Calendar of Events

March 2nd:  FSA Writing Test

March 4th:   Buffalo Pride Break-out sessions 6:00-8:00 (VHS)

March 7th:  BBQ Bash 9:00-4:00 (Spanish Springs Square)

March 12th:  3rd Nine Weeks Ends

March 13th: No School

March 20th: Reports Cards Go Home

March 23 & 25th:  FSA Reading Test

March 26-27th:  FSA Math Test

March 30th-April 3rd: Spring Break

Progress Reports

Now Online!!

Progress Reports will no longer come home with your child in paper form UNLESS you do not have access to internet.  Parents should go onto Skyward through the school’s website ( and view their child’s progress.  If you do not have access to Skyward, please let your child’s teacher know that you need the progress report in paper form.

Parent Involvement

If you would like to donate items to our classroom, please see the list below.

Pencils, pencils, pencils, Expo markers, treasure box items, water bottles, paper towels, colored pencils, glue sticks, markers, & sticky tack.  Thank you for all you do.:-)

For more information on the Florida Standards and Accountability, please visit:

·         FSA Portal provides resources for students and parents:

o    FSA Fact Sheet (overview)

o    Training Tests

o    ELA text-based writing rubrics (defines how points are given)

o    Test Item Specifications (define the content and format of the assessment and test items for each grade level and subject.)

o    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This is a good site for practice with the standards:

This is a good site for practice in Math Standards: or

Math Practice Websites: Adding Fractions With Like Denominator

Parent/Teacher Conferences 

As we move closer to 4th quarter, requests are being sent home for a conference with your child.  It is important that we meet with all parents to discuss your child’s academic and social progress.  Also, it is mandatory to have two conferences each year.  Please send back the conference time form as soon as possible. I look forward to meeting with each of you.


Thank you to all of you who are checking your child’s homework nightly and making corrections, initialing their homework, and their planner.  Please help your child get into the routine of checking their planner nightly to be sure they have completed all of their homework.  Many of our children seem to think if they don’t have a worksheet for a particular subject, they don’t have any homework in that subject for the night.  They are forgetting to look at the planner, which shows that they may have spelling homework, reading homework, or study homework that did not require a worksheet.  It is a good idea to check your child’s planner when signing it just to be sure you have seen all the required work.  Just as a reminder, late and missing work will have a negative effect on your child’s grade.  A maximum of 60% will be awarded for work turned in one day late, and a zero will be entered in the grade book thereafter. Homework is designed to practice skills learned in class, so it is very important that it be done on time.   Please note, absent assignments do not fall under this category. The “Absent Homework Policy” still stands. The Handbook Attendance Policy states that in order to receive credit for missed work due to an absence, a student must turn in assignments upon returning to school within the number of days missed plus one day.  Thank you for all of your support.

 Florida State Assessments

Students are preparing for the Florida State Assessments scheduled for March 2015.  Writing is scheduled for March 2nd and Reading/Math are scheduled for the week of March 23rd.  You can help your child prepare by going to and selecting “Training Tests” on the right hand side of the screen. Select “

Take the training Test”.  All selections will stay as “guest”. Click “Sign in”. Select grade level “4” and click “yes”.  You may select any of the three choices of Reading, Writing, and Math.  Take the test and review your answers using the answer key provided on the site.  Then have your child take the test and review the answer keys together.  Remember, the site will not save the answers you select, so keep a running record of your answers as well as your child’s. 

The Florida State Assessment will not be computerized this year so a similar test will be given with pencil and paper. The students are practicing questions that have multiple answers and open responses.  If you have any questions, please email me.

Every Monday their graded work comes home.  Please take a moment to read my comments from the week, and go over the contents of the folder with your child.  This is a wonderful opportunity to praise your child for their accomplishments.  Thanks again.

Special Areas

P.E. (daily)




Mondays and Thursdays



Computer Lab

Tuesdays and Fridays







Ms. McCranie (reading and science online connection)  (math and social studies online connection)

Online Scholastic orders:



PDF documents
Behavior Plan - Behavior Plan
Grading Policy - Grading Policy
January Newsletter - January Newsletter
March Newsletter - March Newsletter
Reading Log - Reading Log
Scholastic Parent Letter - Scholastic Parent Letter
Scholastic Parent Online Ordering Letter - Scholastic Parent Online Ordering Letter
Volunteer Application page 1 - Volunteer Application page 1
Volunteer Application page 2 - Volunteer Application page 2

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