If you need to speak to your child's school counselor during the year please email or call (352) 259-0044 and the front desk will connect you:
Ms. Sheryl Graham 7th & 8th Grade School Counselor Sheryl.Graham@TVCS.org
Ms. Allisun Haight-Anderson 6th Grade School Counselor Allisun.Haight@TVCS.org.
State EOC Exams:
The Florida EOC Assessments are part of Florida's Next Generation Strategic Plan for the purpose of increasing student achievement and improving college and career readiness. EOC assessments are computer-based, criterion-referenced assessments that measure the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for specific courses. At VCMS the following courses will be administered an EOC...Civics (Tuesday May 6th), Algebra (Monday May 12th), and Geometry (Monday May 19th).
About The Florida EOC Assessments
If you would like more information regarding what's on The Florida EOC Assessments, taking The Florida EOC Assessments, graduation and promotion requirements, and frequently asked questions please visit the Florida Department of Education website http://fcat.fldoe.org/eoc/
If you are new to the State of Florida, and know nothing else, I wager that you are familiar with, or have at least heard or discussed the FCAT. The FCAT was created several years ago as an evaluative tool to measure a student's mastery of the grade level material just ending. The FCAT has evolved over the years, but the purpose of the test has remained the same. Is your student demonstrating mastery in their academic core subjects of math, science, language arts. Not all students will be tested on all courses every year; you have already been given subjects tested and the dates of those tested. The testing window this year is spread out over a three week period of time.
Each of our teachers has worked hard to ensure they have presented the prescribed for them. Our teachers don't teach to the test, but they do present all of the material that will be tested.
The 2013-2014 FCAT testing window opens on Monday, April 14 th for Sumter Co . You have received information about the specific testing days, and the subjects being tested. Please see that your student(s) get to bed early and to school on time. A free breakfast will be available to anyone who is testing that day.
As always, if you have questions or concerns about the FCAT, or any other areas of concern, please feel free to contact your assigned guidance counselor.
Grades and Pinnacle:
It is imperative that you continue to use Pinnacle to track grades. If you have forgotten your password contact Debbie Paxton at the Central Office, located in the 4-5 Building. Your Pinnacle identification is confidential and access to your account is very guarded.
The State of Florida requires that a student must pass all core and required, grade specific, classes in order to go on to the next grade. Those two semester grades are averaged to determine a final grade for the year. If a first semester grade is an "F" the student must now off set that score by getting a numeric grade that,when averaged with the final grade for the second semester, will average a 60 or above. Don't wait until the last month of school to react. Virtually every teacher offers extra help. You may reach them through the Teacher Connection to get the days and times they make themselves available.
Please remember that the counseling staff is available to answer questions and problem solve with both you and your students.
We try very hard to be pro-active at VCMS; you may have received a telephone request from Robin Glenn to schedule an appointment with your student(s) teachers. We look forward to meeting with you and we encourage you to make yourself available. The typical parent conference starts at 7:20 and ends no later than 7:50. That allows teachers to attend the meeting and be available for the start of school day. No one knows your students like you do, and you can provide valuable insight into your child..
If, you would like to meet with the teachers prior to our request, please call the school and ask for Robin. Robin Glenn maintains all of the grade level calendars and is the best equipped to schedule conferences.
Spring break is just around the corner. Hopefully, we will all have some rest and relaxation time to prepare us for FCAT testing and the countdown for the end of the year. The students have worked all year to master the material they will be tested on. Please see that your students come to school those weeks rested.
FAMILY & COMMUNITY RESOURCES
TOLL FREE HELP LINES:
Family Support & Abuse Prevention
· Florida’s Parent Support Helpline- Provides confidential counseling and referral to parents who are stressed. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1-800-FLA-LOVE (1-800-352-5683)
· Abuse Registry-Florida hotline determines if the information presented complies with the mandates in law and assists all callers with information and referral to enhance the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults. Available 24 hours, 7 days a week. 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-96-2873)
· Child Help USA- Offers crisis intervention, information and referrals. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) www.childhelp.org
· Parents Without Partners- Provides single parents and their children with an opportunity for enhancing personal growth, self-confidence, and sensitivity towards others by offering real help in the way of discussions, professional speakers, study groups, publications, and social activities for families and adults. Available 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. 1-800-637-7374 www.parentswithoutpartners.org
· AARP Foundation Grandparent Information Center- A resource for grandparents raising grandchildren, professionals, support groups, researchers and policy makers. 1-800-OUR-AARP (1-800-687-2277) www.aarp.org
· Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America- Volunteers support families under stress and single parents by working with children in need of additional attention and friendship. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1-888-412-BIGS www.bbbsa.org
· CHADD- A national non-profit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADD/ADHD. Automated phone service. 1-800-233-4050 www.chadd.org
· Family Network on Disabilities- Provides family-driven support, education, information, and advocacy. Available 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. 1-800-825-5736 www.fndfl.org
Health Services, Food & Nutrition
· ACCESS Florida- Toll-free number to apply for food stamps, Medicaid, and temporary cash assistance. 1-866-76ACESS(1-866-762-2237) www.dcf.state.fl.us/ess/index.shtml
· National Suicide Hotline- Trained volunteers and professional counselors are there to listen. 1-800-784-2433 or Teen Hotline 1-877-968-8454