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Welcome to
Jennings Middle School

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!












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The new Student\-Parent Online Toolkit, has launched! mySPOT is ready to guide parents to district resources including Edsby, MyPaymentPlus, Choice and Magnet programs, district calendars and more.
Visit mySpot
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iMom
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Join us for breakfast with our iMom club
All Pro Dad
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Dads, bond with your son or daughter at monthly All Pro Dad breakfasts
Annual SPAR report
School Public Accountability Reports (SPAR). These reports have been generated to comply with federal legislation that requires annual report cards on the educational progress of schools, school districts, and the state. The reports can be accessed on the web.
http://doeweb-prd.doe.state.fl.us/eds/nclbspar/.
Anti-Harrassment Statement
The School District of Hillsborough County does not discriminate nor tolerate harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability or marital status in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices; and it will take immediate action to eliminate such harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Any student(s) or employee(s) found to have engaged in acts of harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability or marital status will be promptly disciplined. Such discipline may include, if circumstances warrant, suspension or expulsion for students, or suspension or termination for employees.

All school personnel, students, and parents are expected to work together to prevent harassment. Should you believe you or another individual has been subjected to harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability or marital status, you should report the harassment to your school or to:

Mark West, General Manager of Employee Relations
Division of Human Resources
901 East Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 272-4227
mark.west@sdhc.k12.us