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Calendar of Events

(April and May)


April 5th – Buffalo Pride at VMS

April 14 and 15th – FSA ELA

April 20th – Quarter Mid-point

April 26th – Classroom Tropicana Speeches

April 29th – Spring Picture Money due

May 6th – Last Day for AR Testing

May 12th – County Tropicana Speech Contest

May 20th – Last Day of School!




FSA Information

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

  • FSA Portal provides resources for students and parents:
    • FSA Fact Sheet (overview)
    • Training Tests
    • ELA text-based writing rubrics (defines how points are given)
    • Test Item Specifications (define the content and format of the assessment and test items for each grade level and subject.)
    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What can you do to prepare your child for success?

  • The weekend before any testing, make sure you child keeps his/her normal sleeping schedule. Your child should be getting between 10-12 hours of sleep nightly. 
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy diet. This ensures top peak performance.
    • Limit sugars (juices, candy, sugary snacks)
    • Plenty of water (stay away from sodas and sugary juices)
    • Protein (eggs, meat, energy bars)
    • Calcium (milk products)
    • Whole Grains
  • Low stress environment

Parent Involvement

We all know that sometimes it is difficult to earn PI hours.  While we value and greatly appreciate your time in our classrooms we realize it is not always easy for you to come in. Please be aware that there are other opportunities to earn, such as, working concessions at athletic events, working in morning car line, the media center, and many others.  Our Media Center is having a Book Fair in February. Please look for the sign-up and return it by January 14th.   

Post it notes, Expo markers, treasure box items, individually wrapped snacks, glue sticks.  Thank you for all you do.:-)



On April 14th and 15th we are going to take the Fourth Grade Florida Standards ELA Assessment.  Here are some tips for testing morning:

  • Get plenty of rest the night before
  • Eat a healthy breakfast in the morning
  • Come in ready and on time to do your best!



Florida State Assessments


Students are preparing for the Florida State Assessments scheduled for March and April of 2016. 

  • Writing is scheduled for March 1st (Tuesday)
  • Math is scheduled for April 4th and 5th (Monday and Tuesday)
  • ELA is April 14th and 15th (Thursday and Friday)


In case you were wondering:

The Florida State Assessment for 4th Grade ELA will be computer based testing. The Florida State Assessment for 4th Grade Math will still be a paper/pencil based test.

Students are continuing to practice questions that have multiple answers and open responses.  If you have any questions, please email me.


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


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.

Special Areas

P.E. (daily)




Tuesdays and Fridays



Computer Lab

Monday and Wednesdays







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

Online Scholastic orders:



PDF documents
Behavior Plan - Behavior Plan
Fifth Grade Spelling Bee List - Fifth Grade Spelling Bee List
Fourth Grade Spelling Bee List - Fourth Grade Spelling Bee List
Grading Policy - Grading Policy
January Newsletter - January Newsletter
Reading Log - Reading Log
Scholastic Parent Letter - Scholastic Parent Letter
Scholastic Parent Online Ordering Letter - Scholastic Parent Online Ordering Letter

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