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Welcome to
Jennings Middle School

Student Academic Calendar 2015 - 2016 School Year

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Dear Parent/Guardian:

On 04/21/2015, the Hillsborough County School Board approved the student academic calendar for the 2015-2016 school year.
Please find the student calendar included in the link below and in the “News and Information” section of our website.


You can visit our district website at www.sdhc.k12.fl.us for current information.

Thank you!


2015 - 2016 School Entry Requirements

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Virtual Job Fair For Kids

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Free Microsoft Office for Students

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Parent/Guardian

If you haven’t had the opportunity to take advantage of the Microsoft Student Advantage
program, it’s not too late. As a result of our district’s collaboration with Microsoft, each
Hillsborough County public school student has the opportunity to install up to five (5)
copies of Microsoft Office (MAC or PC version) to their personal devices for free.

Access to this digital platform will enable all district students to maximize their learning
and develop skills that will prepare them for college and career readiness.

For more information on the Microsoft Student Advantage program,
and download and installation instructions, please click here.

For questions about the download and installation process, including user name
and password assistance, call (813) 744-6673 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday.


Solo Ensemble Competition Results
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Friday February 20 was our annual Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment held at Armwood High School!  Here are the results from Friday night (Superior means they received an overall "A" on their performance and Excellent means they received an overall "B" on their performance):

Trenton Ware - Trombone Solo - Superior
Zoe'Tavia Winston - Snare Drum Solo - Superior
Allasio King - Snare Drum Solo - Superior
Uniquee Wilson - Snare Drum Solo - Superior
Jerry Ford - Snare Drum Solo - Superior
Angel Murphy - Snare Drum Solo - Superior
Lazaro Yanes - Trumpet Solo - Superior
Stephanie Mendo - Alto Sax Solo - Superior
Jua'Queyunis Johnson - Clarinet Solo - Excellent
Reilly Scott - Flute Solo - Excellent
Taylor Brock - Flute Solo - Excellent
Alexander Jones - Baritone Solo - Superior
Hailey Salwin - Baritone Solo - Superior

This is the biggest showing that Jennings Middle School has ever had in this assessment and these students did a SUPERIOR job and represented the school well!  

New Laptops Computers for Our School

Jennings Middle School received a laptop lab of 25 computers for student use.  
Our IPS class was the first to use the laptops.  The students received a lesson on
Microsoft One Note from trainer Leslie Windheuser.  The "Bing in the Classroom"
lesson showed students the basics of creating projects, brainstorming, and 21st
century-style note taking and citing using the One Note application.
The new computers will be used in 8th grade classrooms to enhance
their writing skills as well.

Take a look at the pictures and see Ms. Windheuser giving the lesson to students,
while Mr. Scionti (Principal), Ms. Smith (Assistant Principal) and
Mr. Lindow (District Resource) are part of the experience.

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Science FCAT 2.0

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Parents, all students in 8th grade will be taking Science FCAT 2.0 test.
The goal is for each student to score a Level 3 and above (4 or 5).
Here is a very informative brochure made by our Science Department
which details the curriculum and home resources.
Please take a look and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.



Florida Standards Assessments - Information for Families
As many Floridians are aware, our state has been in a period of transition as we have made important decisions to improve our education system and raise the bar for our schools, educators and students. Please see below for an overview of the direction we are moving in statewide assessments, which assessments will be offered in the upcoming school year, how those assessments will be offered and ways families can support their children in preparation for the new assessments.

The Florida Standards and Florida Standards Assessments

The Florida Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts were approved by the Florida State Board of Education in February 2014 and will be fully implemented in grades K–12 in the 2014–2015 school year. All Florida schools will teach the Florida Standards, and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has contracted with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to develop and administer new statewide assessments. These assessments will provide parents, teachers, policy makers and the general public with information regarding how well students are learning the Florida standards.

What assessments will my child be taking?

The following Florida Standards Assessments will be administered for the first time in Spring 2015:


•  Grades 3–11 English Language Arts (Writing component in grades 4–11)
•  Grades 3–8 Mathematics
•  Algebra 1 End-of-Course Assessment
•  Geometry End-of-Course Assessment
•  Algebra 2 End-of-Course Assessment

Computer-Based Testing

Florida has been transitioning to computer-based testing since 2010 and will continue to do so in Spring 2015. AIR offers a dynamic computer-based test delivery system. Students will respond to items in multiple ways, including creating graphs, writing short responses and using other interactive features. The various question types are designed to assess higher-order thinking skills and offer exciting new ways for students to show what they know and can do. Training tests are now available for students, parents and educators to become familiar with the new testing system. The training tests can be accessed at:


In Spring 2015, all grades 5–11 English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments will be administered online, with paper-based versions available for students with disabilities who have this accommodation outlined in their Individual Educational Plans (IEPs). Computer-based accommodations,  such as text-to-speech, will also be available in the platform for eligible students who require them. Grades 3 and 4 assessments in 2014–2015 will be paper-based tests only. Please reference the 2014–2015 Statewide Assessment Schedule located on the FSA portal (www.FSAssessments.org) for information about when the tests will be administered.


Algebra I - County Exams

Please congratulate our student Mohammad Shahwan, for having the second highest score on the Algebra 1 exam in the County.

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Celebrate Literacy Week Presents Literacy Cafe

This week is Celebrate Literacy Week and we are conducting a Literacy Cafe where students
are able to spend time before school reading while enjoying hot cocoa and a morning treat.
Here are some of our readers enjoying one of their favorite books.

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Teachers of The Month

Please congratulate our Teachers of The Month
December 2014

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Mrs. Ellen Lindow
Media Specialist

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Ms. Nyasha Mutunhu
6th Grade Language Arts


New Teachers at Jennings

Please welcome new teachers

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Ms. Julie Harris
6th Grade - Reading

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Ms. Grieta Patenaude
6th & 8th Grade - Reading

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Mr. Lawton Pemberton
8th Grade - Science


Media Center

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Our Media Center computer lab has a new leaner look.  Mr. Polanco and
Jonathan Roger-Fisher removed wheels, reassembled the computers, tamed the mass
of wires and made the computers more accessible.  
Thanks for the hard work.


Dia de los Muertos Celebration
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STEM NIGHT AT JMS -- Jan 15



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Save your Boxtops!












panel expand or collapseNEWS AND INFORMATION
panel expand or collapseUPCOMING EVENTS

April 2015
3: Non Student Day
6: Early Release Day
9: Flag Football and Volleyball Vs. Marshall at Marshall, 6:00 pm
13: Early Release Day
15: Flag Football and Volleyball Vs. Mulrennan at Mulrennan, 6:00 pm
17: Report Cards Go Home
20: Early Release Day
27: Early Release Day
28: Flag Football and Volleyball Vs. Burnett at Jennings, 6:00 pm

May 2015
4: Early Release Day
6: Flag Football and Volleyball Vs. Turkey Creek at Jennings, 6:00 pm
11: Early Release Day
18: Early Release Day
25: Memorial Day Holiday

June 2015
1: Early Release Day
5: Last Day of School for Students
5: Report Cards Mailed Home


panel expand or collapseIMPORTANT TEST DATES
March 2015

02-06: FSA Writing Test


panel expand or collapseCONTACT INFO
Jennings Middle School
Home of The Jaguars

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9325 Governor's Run Drive
Seffner, Florida 33584
Phone:  (813) 740-4575
Fax: (813) 740-4579

Richard Scionti
Principal


Last Modified: Apr 22, 2015