Wednesday, December 03, 2008

PTA Fundraiser

The fall fundraiser is scheduled for delivery on Thursday, December 4.  PTA will send home a fundraiser pickup dates notice for selected students.  Due to the holidays around the corner, the PTA limo ride is tentatively scheduled for January 9 or 23.  Also PTA has science boards on sale for $6.00.    

 ****We still need your support by joining Parkway Elementary PTA for $6.00.  You can pay your membership to Ms. Kerr.  The PTA would like to thank you in advance for your continuous support. 

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Community Beautification Grant

The city of Miami Gardens is now accepting applications for the Community Beautification Grant.

The application is available at

If you have any questions, please call (305) 622-8009.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

SIR Visit

Our school-wide instructional review is Friday, December 5 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Details To Come.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

FCAT cuts

In addition to eliminating the summer FCAT retake exams, the state is cutting other test-related expenses to save money:

Eliminating the NRT used to compare Florida students to other states will save $11.5 million.

By getting rid of the FCAT parent network, which allowed parents to look up their children's scores online, the state will save about $1.3 million.

Doing away with the seals on the answer booklets for the eighth- and 11th-grade math and science tests, the state will save an additional $79,000. Schools will have to police the booklets closely to make sure the absence of seals doesn't lead to cheating.

Cutting out paper reports for teachers will save $54,000.

Kids who do well on the FCAT will no longer get certificates of achievement, saving an estimated $13,000.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Free Math and Science Technology Symposium

Join your K-12 mathematics and science colleagues and earn 8 MPP for a day of innovative professional learning. The 2008 K-12 Mathematics and Science Technology Symposium will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ronald Reagan Senior High School located at 8600 NW 107th Ave Miami, FL 33178.

Registration for grade K, 1, and 2 teachers is as follows:
Infusing Technology K-2
Elton Earl Hilton
November 15, 2008

Registration for grades 3, 4, and 5 teachers is as follows:
Mathematics and Science Technology Symposium 3-5
Maria Teresa Diaz-Gonzalez
November 15, 2008

See Ms. Cisely Scott's e-mail for additional information.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Math PD Opportunity

Many of you desired to participate in professional development on our last PD day but were unable to register for a session. Therefore, I am now informing you of upcoming professional development so that you can register early. Ms. Alexandra Martillo, our regional math curriculum support specialist, will be conducting two math sessions on our upcoming teacher planning days. The registration information is as follows:‬‪ ‬‪

Title: Learning Targets/Benchmarks Math Grades 3-5‬‪
When: January 16, 2009 (teacher planning day) and February 6, 2009 (PD Day)‬‪
Location: Rainbow Park Elementary School‬‪
Instructor: Alexandra Martillo‬‪ ‬‪

Please register as soon as possible to secure your spot in one of these sessions. If you have any questions or concerns, please see me, Ms. Cisely Scott.

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Science Fair

It is time for our Science Fair. Please click here to read Ms. Cisely Scott's memo and see her if you have any questions.

S. Fla. schools saved from closure

Source: WSVN (Miami, FL.)

S. Fla. schools saved from closure

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- A pair of South Florida high schools facing closure have been granted a second chance to improve their failing scores.

A Miami-Dade School Board member announced that Miami Carol City High and Miami Norland Senior High will not close because of their "F" status.

Instead, new programs will be implemented to motivate students to improve their performance.

Both schools have two years to improve their score to a "C" before they are re-evaluated.

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Dr. Holloway Town Hall Meeting

Our school board member, Dr. Tee Holloway will hold a Town Hall Meeting tonight at 6:00 P.M. at the Miami Norland Senior High auditorium. The school is located at 1050 NW 195 Street. This will give you an opportunity to meet Dr. Holloway in person and participate in a discussion of the various educational issues in our community.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Proposed 2009-2010 MDCPS Calendars

UTD, through its committee, developed a proposed calendar for the 2009-2010 school year. Please click the title bar above to see the calendars and click here for other information.

School Board Agenda

Please click here for the November 18 School Board Agenda.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Math Homework Packets

Grades 3-5 Teachers,
Please collect the math homework packets and submit them to the office with your attendance folders. Mrs. Lewis will be checking these items on Wednesday.

Thank you.

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Collier County: 50 is the new 0.

NAPLES -- (AP) -- Fifty is the new zero for Collier County elementary school students.

The school district has replaced 0 with 50 as the lowest score a student can get on an assignment. Officials say zeros are punitive and rarely reflect a student's overall abilities.

Students will not be allowed to ignore assignments and just accept an automatic 50. They will be required to make up any work they skipped.

The union that represents most of the district's teachers says it undermines teachers' credibility in the classroom, and that students need to know there are consequences for not doing the work.

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Four Day Week Survey

All employees received an e-mail providing them with the opportunity to complete a survey which sought your feedback regarding the possibility of having a four day work week for our staff and students during the 2009-2010 school year. If you did not complete the survey, please click the title bar above.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Student Work Display


Mrs. Lewis and I saw some productive learning experiences in several classrooms this week. As a friendly reminder, please make sure that student work for November is clearly displayed within a designated area of the classroom. If you more clarity is needed, please contact one of our CSS members.

Thank you.

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Going Mobile!!!

Due to the advent of technology, you can now view our blog on your handheld devices. Whether you have a Blackberry, Iphone, Treo or simply a regular cell phone with mobile web access, you can access and bookmark the site at

Of course the more functional main blog site is still

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Friday, November 07, 2008

DIBELS Assessment

We will be testing all of our students on the DIBELS from Thursday, November 13 to Wednesday, November 26. Details to come.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Tutoring companies To Be Graded Based on FCAT

Source: Sun-Sentinel

Tutoring companies will be graded based on student success in FCAT

Starting March 1, the state Department of Education will issue grades to tutoring companies that provide extra help to low-income students so they perform better on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Much like schools' grades from the state are based on students' FCAT performance, the state will issue grades to the tutoring companies based on their clients' test scores. The better they score, and the more progress they show, the higher the grade.

Proponents say the grades will help parents choose which state-approved tutoring company could best help their child, and will help school districts evaluate providers. The state Legislature passed the new grade requirements during the 2008 session, and Gov. Charlie Crist signed it into law in June.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

School class-size rules may be relaxed

Source: Sun-Sentinel

Florida's popular class-size law may be put on ice, thanks to a weakening economy and a statewide budget crisis.

Despite strong public support, a broad consensus is forming that the goal of limiting class size is simply too expensive during the current economic crunch.

School superintendents, grappling with budget cuts, would welcome the move. And the Florida Education Association, the state's teachers' union, said it would not object but only if the changes were temporary.

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Of The Year Committee

On Wednesday, October 8 at 2:15 p.m., in the media center, we will hold a very brief meeting to select our Of the Year Committee. 
Following this session, we will hold our Leadership Team Meeting. Please be prompt.

Thank you

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

2008-2009 Magnet Application Process

The window of application for Magnet Programs/Schools is October 1, 2008 - January 15, 2009.
The 2008-2009 Magnet Application is now available online at Questions relative to the Magnet Application process should be directed to Mr. Douglas Phifer, Director, Schools of Choice, at 305-995-1774, or

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Book It!

It's that time of the year to reward our students for reading inside and outside the classroom with a free BOOK IT! coupon for a personal pan pizza. I put the BOOK IT! packet in your mailboxes.  Please utilize as an incentive for reading, remember IT'S SIMPLE AND FREE!!!!!  Kindly return the packet, if you are not participating with the BOOK IT program.     

S. Kerr

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Florida starts virtual school mandate

Source: Miami Herald (Miami, FL.)

Starting next school year, the first generation of Florida students can earn a diploma from their public schools entirely online, without ever setting foot in a classroom from kindergarten through 12th grade.

For more information, please click on the link below.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Parents as Volunteers in Elementary Education

Parents are often the first teachers in a child’s life, which is why it makes complete sense that they’re involved in their education on a continuing basis even after the children start attending school. Parent volunteer programs in elementary schools provide interested moms and dads the opportunity to see on a first hand basis how their child copes in the classroom as well as help out with the activities on a day to day basis. Volunteering at your child’s school may seem like a lark, but it comes with its own set of responsibilities. Here’s what you need to know before you sign on for the task:

• Every school has requirements that you must meet before you’re taken on as a volunteer. Make sure you meet these qualifications and that you’re fully aware of what the job entails before you accept the position.
• Your child will be in the classroom, but there’s no guarantee that you’re going to be assigned to work with him/her.
• If your child has a problem with you interacting with other children (as children of that age are prone to bouts of jealousy), leading to continuous disruptions in the classroom, talk to your little one and get him/her to behave. If the problem persists, it’s best to drop out with good grace.
• Don’t misuse this opportunity to interfere in the way your child is doing at school. Observe, and help only when you’re asked to.
• Take it in your stride without becoming too protective when you see another parent volunteer or teacher take your child to task for misbehavior or some other form of indiscipline. If you do, you’re sending your child the wrong signal that you’re going to be at hand to bail him/her out whenever a problem arises.
• Set an example by ensuring that you and your child are on time to school.
• Do not attempt to discipline a child on your own; your responsibility is to inform the teacher in charge if there is an issue with a child’s discipline.
• Volunteer for tasks that you enjoy, but take on those that you don’t as well when asked to. It’s elementary school after all, and there’s no reason to pick and choose what you will and will not do.

While volunteering can be loads of fun and give you quality time with your child, there’s a whole lot of stuff you can do from the sidelines even if you don’t qualify to be a volunteer. Find out how you can help from home and contribute to your child’s education in the best way you can, by collaborating and pooling your efforts with that of his/her teacher and the school.


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Friday, September 26, 2008

Parent Conferences Canceled

Source: M-DCPS

The 2008-2009 afternoon and evening Parent/ Teacher Conferences have been canceled.

Elementary/K-8 School: October 7, 2008, November 18, 2008, January 13, 2009, & April 28, 2009

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fall Interims

Fall Interim Exams will begin on October 20. Details To Come.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Tri-Weekly Assessments

Teachers,‬‪ ‬‪

In your mailboxes you will find all of the necessary materials to administer this week's math/science tri-weekly assessment.  These assessments are to be given during your math/science instructional block.  Please place the bubblesheets in my mailbox by Thursday, September 11th, so that I can prepare your data for our grade level meetings. 

The benchmarks that will be covered on the assessments are as follows:‬‪ ‬‪

3rd Grade‬‪

» Comparing Whole Numbers‬‪
» Place Value‬‪
» Addition and Subtraction Relationships‬‪
» Identifying Appropriate Operations‬‪
» Estimation and Rounding

4th Grade‬‪

» Comparing Whole Numbers‬‪
» Place Value‬‪
» Inverse Operations of Multiplication and Division‬ Properties of Numbers‬‪
» Identifying Multiples‬‪
» Rules of Divisibility‬‪

5th Grade‬‪
» Comparing Whole Numbers‬‪
» Identifying Multiples
» GCF and LCM‬‪
» Mixed-Operation Expressions‬‪
» Commutative, Associative, and Distributive Properties of Multiplication‬‪
» Rules of Divisibility‬‪ ‬‪

Prior to submitting your bubblesheets, please complete the following:‬‪

• Erase any stray marks/drawings • Make sure all students have filled-in the bubble next to their name
• Make sure that students use a generic bubble sheet if their name is not listed on the bubblesheet
• Make sure that students have bubbled in an answer for each question and that each bubble is dark ‬

Please remind your students to do their best on the assessments and that this assessment could earn them a spot in Dr. K's 70% club and Ms. Abner's 80 % club.   Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Thank you for you continued support and cooperation.  

Sincerely, ‪Cisely Scott, Mathematics/Science Coach ‬ ‪

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School is open for Monday, September 8

Source: M-DCPS

All Miami-Dade County public schools, administrative offices, and all work locations will be open, on Monday, September 8, 2008.  Day school students should report to school as scheduled.  After school care will remain open as usual. 

All night school classes, after school activities, practices and athletic events have been cancelled for Monday.

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Friday, September 05, 2008

Hurricane Ike

Source: M-DCPS

Hurricane Ike remains a dangerous storm and is heading in the general direction of South Florida. As a result of the significant uncertainty related to the storm track, a decision regarding potential school closures or cancellation of any events/activities will be forthcoming.

Employees should continue to monitor WLRN-TV Channel 17, WLRN-FM 91.3, and local radio and television stations for updates.  The school district's website and the District's hotline, 305-995-3000, will also provide updated information. We want to ensure that all employees are fully prepared and strongly recommend that all employees take the time this weekend to review their personal preparedness plans.

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Tutoring Update

We are currently servicing 30 grade 4 and 5 students twice a week through our internal tutoring program.

Beginning October 2, approximately 250 of our students will receive the after school tutoring benefit through Supplemental Educational Services (SES) at our site.

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Haitian ELL students

At our request and in order to assist our Haitian ELL students, Mr. Jacques Eddy Fils-Aime will be coming to Parkway Elementary once a week in the capacity of a CCHL Tutor.

Details To Come.

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Do the Right Thing

"Do the Right Thing" nominations are due to me by Wednesday, September 10th.  Please try to nominate one student from your class.  Please make sure to write at least four sentences about each student that you are nominating.  You can put your completed nomination forms in my mailbox. You were given a nomination form in the "Do the Right Thing" packet that I placed in your mailbox.  There are also extra nomination forms in drawer #19 of the workroom.  Please see me if you have any questions.  Thank you.‬‪ ‬‬

Ms. Sheara Schwartz

Guidance Counselor

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

SES Fair

The Supplemental Education Services (SES) Fair will take place on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the media center. This will be an opportunity for all of our unsigned but eligible families to have their children participate in this worthy program.

After - School Tutoring

After-school tutoring begins today and will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for selected grade 4 and 5 students. This program will last until September 25, as the SES Tutoring services for all other students will begin on October 2.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Teacher Certificate Renewal

In 2008, the district revised the form that a M-DCPS teacher would need to complete in order to renew his or her professional certificate. 

Click here for the form.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Open House Date Change

Due to the scheduled School Board meeting on Wednesday, September 10, our Open House will take place on Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Changes in Standardized Testing for 2008-09

• Discontinuation of the FCAT Norm Referenced Test  

• Florida Alternate Assessment for SPED students administered in January/February (not concurrently with FCAT)  

• Discontinuation of Nagliari Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT)  

• Administration of SAT-10 to Grade 1 Students only in Reading First Schools (Grade 2 still in all schools)

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Florida Math Mania Challenge

The Florida Math Mania online competition is set to begin September 16th.  We would like all of our students in grades 3, 4 and 5 to participate.  Each teacher must register his/her homeroom class. To register your students, copy and paste the link below in the address bar.‬‪ Sign up link:

On the registration page, please fill out your contact information and the names and student IDs of your students.  After you register, IDs and passwords will automatically be generated for you and your students. ‬‪ ‬‪

Please register your students by Friday, August 29th so that all of our students will have a sufficient amount of time to prepare for the online competition.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. 

Thank you.‬‪ ‬‪

Cisely Scott,
Mathematics/Science Coach

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Do The Right Thing


I placed a packet of information regarding "Do the Right Thing" in your mailbox.  Please read through the information.  "Do the Right Thing" is an incentive program that recognizes students who have exemplary behavior.  Included in the packet is a nomination form.  Please make copies of this nomination form.  There are also additional copies in drawer #19 in the workroom.  Nominations are due mid month.  I will inform you of the due date each month via email.  The first month's "Do the Right Thing" nominations are due to me no later than Wednesday, September 10. 

Please try to nominate one student from your class.  Please put your nomination forms in my mailbox.  You need to have a minimum of four sentences describing the student you are nominating.  If you have any questions, please see me.  Thank you for your participation and cooperation!‬‪

Ms. Sheara Schwartz
Guidance Counselor

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EESAC Meeting

We will be holding our first EESAC meeting on Thursday, August 28 at 3:15 p.m. in the media center.  The main item will be a review of the School Improvement Plan that we will submit at the state level.    

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

State board OK's troubled-schools pilot program.

TALLAHASSEE -- (AP) -- Florida's education board approved a federal pilot program Tuesday to give the state more flexibility dealing with troubled schools.

Under the federal Differential Accountability Program, schools that fail to meet standards under the federal No Child Left Behind program will receive targeted help from education experts.

In the past, schools were required to take specific, federally mandated steps at specific times if they failed to make adequate yearly progress under the law.

Now, state education leaders can assess each failing school and design programs that best fit the school. Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland and Ohio were accepted to the pilot program earlier this year.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

School Begins Wednesday

Source: M-DCPS

All Miami-Dade County public schools and administrative offices will be open as usual on Wednesday, August 20, 2008. All students should report to their assigned schools as scheduled. All employees are to report to their regular assignments at their regular times. Employees may contact their immediate supervisors with any questions.

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Benchmark Assessments Change

Assuming that school resumes on Wednesday, we will begin the Benchmark Assessments for grades 3-5 on Thursday. A revised memo will be sent which will indicate the revised schedule.

Back to school: Shaky economy hits kids

Source: Associated Press

Children will walk farther to the bus stop, pay more for lunch, study from old textbooks and wear last year's clothes. Field trips? Forget about it.

This year, it could cost nearly twice as much to fuel the yellow buses that rumble to school each morning. If you think it's expensive to fill up a sport utility vehicle, try topping off a tank that is two or even three times as big.

At the same time, costs for air conditioning and heating, cafeteria food and classroom supplies are mounting, all because of the shaky economy. And parents have their own tanks to fill.


Monday, August 18, 2008

No School Tuesday

A tropical storm warning has been issued for South Florida. Inclement weather is expected to continue through Tuesday evening.

Because of this all Miami-Dade County Public Schools and adult education centers will be closed to students and all employees unless they are directed to report to work by their immediate supervisor. On Tuesday, August 19, 2008. All athletic events, practices, and extra curricular activities have been cancelled. A decision regarding District operations and schools opening for Wednesday, August 20, will be made on Tuesday, August 19.

It is our wish that all employees will take every precaution necessary to keep themselves and their families safe before, during and after the storm.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

No School Monday

Source: M-DCPS

Current weather reports indicate that high winds and heavy rain resulting from Tropical Storm Fay can be expected to affect South Florida on Monday, August 18, 2008. Because of this all Miami-Dade County public schools and adult education centers will be closed to students on Monday, August 18, 2008. All athletic events, practices, and extra curricular activities have been cancelled.

All school-site and non-school site Managerial Exempt Personnel will report to work on Monday, August 18. All other employees, including instructional and non-instructional staff, should only report to work if they are directed to do so by their immediate supervisor. A decision regarding school operations for Tuesday, August 19, will be made on Monday, August 18.

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M-DPCS Storm Center

To get updated district information with regard to possible school closures, click on the Storm Center.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Opening Of School Status - Fay

Source: CBS4
So far, school is still set for Monday despite the possibilities of TS or Hurricane Fay. School officials in Miami-Dade and Broward are set to decide Sunday at 3 p.m. if schools can open as planned Monday morning.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Texas School District Will Let Teachers Carry Guns

Source: Fox News

A tiny Texas school district may be the first in the nation to pass a law specifically allowing teachers and staff to pack heat when classes begin later this month.

Trustees at the Harrold Independent School District approved a district policy change last October so employees can carry concealed firearms to deter and protect against school shootings, provided the gun-toting teachers follow certain requirements.

Superintendent David Thweatt told the policy was initiated because of safety concerns.

See full article here.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

2008-2009 School Calendar

Please click the title bar above to access the 2008-2009 School Calendar. In addition, you can access the calendar at any time through the "School Related Links" section located on the side bar.

Successmaker Program

In terms of computer assisted instruction, we will use Successmaker as the primary program for reading and mathematics. We will not use Reading Plus. It is my understanding that the students can utilize this literacy-based program for a minimum of 15 minutes in a given session. Details To Come.

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IPEGS Training Registration

The IPEGS Sessions for Parkway Elementary will be available for registration tomorrow after 9:00 a.m. Participants will want to take all four sessions and will need to register four times.

Participants can easily reference the training by going to under Find a Session, By Location, Parkway Elementary.‬

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Two Retainees Promoted

I am happy to announce that two of our third graders, who did not pass the FCAT in March, successfully completed the Grade 3 Alternative Assessment this summer and are now promoted to the fourth grade.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

IPEGS Training Dates Were Changed

Please pardon the inconvenience, as our IPEGS training dates were changed to Tuesday, August 12th and Wednesday, August 13th. I will inform you via email as to when you may register for these sessions. If you have any
questions, feel free to contact me.

Cisely Scott
PD Liaison

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Monday, August 04, 2008

South Florida teaching jobs harder to find

Source: Sun-Sentinel

Plagued with money woes, South Florida school districts, as well as many throughout the state, are hiring fewer new teachers.

The Miami-Dade school district, which in recent years hired at least a couple thousand new teachers each school year, plans to hire only about 150 -- for now. The new teacher orientation, set for early August, has been postponed indefinitely.

Because 1,236 teaching jobs have been eliminated, vacancies are being filled with those displaced teachers rather than new ones. Officials also expect fewer educators to leave because of the unstable economy.

Also contributing to Miami-Dade's declining need for fewer teachers: Student enrollment has dropped by more than 17,000 since the 2004-05 school year.

In Broward, where enrollment dropped by nearly 14,000 students in the same time period, district officials can't even say how many new teachers they will hire.

At a job fair in May, they hired about 80 new teachers. About 25 more are waiting to be cleared.

They've typically averaged 1,800 new teachers per year in recent years, but now they are in the same situation as Miami-Dade -- filling vacancies with teachers whose positions no longer exist. About 171 of those teachers had been placed as of mid-July, with a dozen or so still waiting. There were some 130 vacancies to fill.

Sunday, August 03, 2008


The test administration window for the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS) for all entering kindergarten students will begin August 18, 2008 and end September 29, 2008. FLKRS materials will be delivered to the school the week of August 11 – 15, 2008.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Open House

Open House will take place on Wednesday, Sept 10.

Details To Come.

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New Teacher Orientation Cancelled

Source: United Teacher's of Dade

The 2008 NTO scheduled for August 7, 8, and 11 has been canceled.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

School Board Agenda

Click here for this month's school board agenda for August 4.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

2008-2009 Budget Public Hearing

Click here for the 2008-2009 Budget Public Hearing Agenda.

Schools get tough on bullies

Source: Miami Herald

Broward has become the first Florida school district to put in place a new anti-bullying policy Starting this week, Broward schools are rolling out a new computerized system for reporting and tracking bullying. State lawmakers passed a measure earlier this year requiring all districts adopt comprehensive anti-bullying policies by December.

In Miami-Dade County, a 2006 anti-bullying and violence program requires schools to offer a comprehensive curriculum for all grades, widespread training for administrators and counselors, and working to make it clear that bullying won't be tolerated.

To meet the new state standards, Miami-Dade officials said that they also are working on a clear, uniform definition of bullying and standards for dealing with the problem. The new definition and standards will be included in updated school manuals.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

IPEGS Training Update

On August 11th and 12th we will be participating in the IPEGS training through the district's Department of Leadership Development.

I will notify you via email when the course is listed in the employee portal for you to register and have the opportunity to receive Master Plan Points (MPP).  Please contact me with any other questions or concerns. 

Thank you.‬‪ ‬‬ ‪

Cisely Scott
Mathematics/Science Coach

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Master Schedule Update

We have had no changes since the last update. Our documentation was submitted to the region and made available to school operations.

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Fins Friday Update

Bad News: Jason Taylor was traded to the Redskins

Good News: TD (Dolphins Mascot) and other staff are coming to Parkway Elementary on Friday, October 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. for grades K-2 and 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. for grades 3-5.

Details To Come.

Friday, July 18, 2008

July Grants Information

Click here to view this month's grant newsletter from the district.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Connecting to District Email Using Smartphones and PDAs

The district has released the following instructions on how to properly synchronize your device with your Dadeschools email account.

To connect your new Smartphone/PDAs with your Dadeschools e-mail, please do the following:◦

Configure your device to utilize the Microsoft Exchange Server service or our Outlook Web Access.

You will need to input your user-id (Network ID is your employee number) and dadeschools password.◦ When prompted for a server name, enter MD.DADESCHOOLS.NET

When asked if a secure connection is required, select "Yes".◦ The domain name is DADESCHOOLS. • Once completed, you will now be able to sync your mobile device with your Dadeschools mailbox.

Please submit any questions via Self Service at:◦◦ Select "Ask ITS A Question" from the drop-down list.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Poll: Use taxes for schools, not a stadium, voters say

Source: Miami Herald

Miami-Dade voters strongly oppose spending tax dollars on a baseball stadium and other projects in a $3 billion public works plan, but would back spending on local schools, a new poll shows.

The survey of 800 Miami-Dade registered voters suggests the public is reluctant to spend local tax dollars for ''luxury items'' during an economic slowdown. It found that 57 percent of respondents viewed a new baseball stadium as a ''bad investment for Miami Dade taxpayers,'' while 37 percent viewed it as a ``good investment.''

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Florida may investigate fewer child abuse calls

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is trying to figure out how to handle the growing number of calls to the child abuse hot line with fewer people available to investigate them.

The Department of Children & Families says one solution is to have workers better screen the calls to the hot line before assigning an investigator. The hot line averaged around 31,000 calls per month during the last fiscal year. About 80 percent of the calls resulted in an investigation.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

FCAT third-grade reading law questioned

7/13/2008; Source: Miami Herald

Five years after a state law required school districts to make third-graders who fail the reading FCAT repeat the year, questions remain about whether the strict rule that has affected tens of thousands of students is effective.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Technology Grant

Samsung Electronics will provide technology, software, cash grants and educational television programming to K-12 schools.

Students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members can enter the contest on behalf of their school, by going to the program's Web site and submitting a 100-word essay about their school, answering the question: "How has technology educated you on helping the enviornment, and how or why has it changed your behavior to be more enviornmentally friendly?"

Schools that submit 100 word essays are entered for the opportunity to win the grand prize of over $200,000 in Samsung technology, Microsoft software, a cash grant from DIRECT TV, as well as the School Choice educational television programming package.
URL Link to the website:
Melissa Latus ( 305-995-1706 )

Monday, July 07, 2008

School Grades Released

On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Education released the schools' grades for the 2007-08 school year, and say whether students' scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test show progress required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Cick here.

Technology reshapes America's classrooms

Reuters - From online courses to kid-friendly laptops and virtual teachers, technology is spreading in America's classrooms, reducing the need for textbooks, notepads, paper and in some cases even the schools themselves.*

School Grade

We are expecting to receive information about our school grade by the middle of next week. Details To Come.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

National Board Teacher Certification

Our area has its own site with contains local and national information related to National Board Teaching Certification. Click here to access the site.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A Great Model for Differentiation

The Teacher.Net Gazette provided an interesting, easy-to-read article on differentiated instruction. Click here to access this article and please feel free to send any links that you feel may be worthwhile on this topic.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Miami Art Museum Free To Public Schools

The Miami Art Museum is giving South Florida schools a helping hand with Miami-Dade public schools' impending $272 billion budget shortfall, by eliminating the cost to bring public school student groups to the museum next year.

See Miami Herald Article on this topic.

Monday, June 30, 2008

New Regions

By clicking here, you can access the new websites for our four (North, North Central, South and South Central) regions.  The site was still a bit under construction at the time of this post but you can at least attain the contact information and list of schools.

Friday, June 27, 2008

IPEGS Training

Parkway Elementary School will be hosting the two-day, IPEGS Training for interested instructional staff on Monday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 12. Ms. Fogelson will provide more information about registration.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Senate Panel Votes to Kill Funds for 'Reading First'

Source: Education Week; June 24, 2008

A Senate Appropriations subcommittee voted to eliminate all funding for the Reading First program, as part of a fiscal 2009 spending bill that would provide modest increases for other education programs.

In explaining his panel's decision to zero out the program, the panel cited the results of a preliminary federal evaluation of Reading First, released May 1, which found that the program has had no impact...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Special School Board Meeting

Please click the link to access today's Special School Board Meeting Agenda.

Special School Board Meeting Agenda

Monday, June 23, 2008

Master Schedule

While I know some grade levels have seen drafts of their tentative schedules for the 08-09 school year, note that we have since learned that there will be changes in our allocations for certain types of teachers. This will significantly impact some of the services we wanted to provide next year. Details to Come.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Free Tickets To Universal Studios

Universal Orlando Resort®, in partnership with the Florida Education Foundation, is offering ALL Florida Public School Personnel (PreK-12) the opportunity to experience TWO exciting theme parks -- Universal Studios Florida® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure®... FREE!

For more information, click here

Friday, June 20, 2008

School Lunches To Increase

The price of full-price school lunches will increase by 50 cents.

The measure was intended to help offset the rising price of food. It will not apply to free or reduced-price lunch, district officials said.

Student lunches will now cost $2.25 in elementary schools and $2.50 in secondary schools.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Saxon Training

The Opening of School Saxon Math Training for our grade 1 and 2 teachers will take place on Friday, August 8 at 9:00 a.m. in our media center. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Scott.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Free Tutoring Program

Registration for Miami-Dade Public Library System SMART (Science Math and Reading Tutoring) program is taking place at all branches through July 7. The program will begin Oct. 4 and end on May 16, 2009.
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Thursday, June 12, 2008

School Board Agenda

Here is this month's school board agenda.

School Board Agenda

Monday, June 09, 2008

FINS Friday

We are happy to announce that Parkway Elementary School was selected as a participant in the Miami Dolphins Fins Friday Program. The mascot (TD) and other members from the Dolphins Organization will be at our school on Friday, October 17. Details To Come