Affordable Internet & Computers
Pinellas County Schools is partnering with Bright House Networks to provide affordable Internet service at $9.95 for qualifying families. In addition, families can purchase a low-cost computer for laptop through a third-party vendor. This is part of Connect2Compete, a national nonprofit initiative. For more information, go to http://www.connect2compete.org/
- Notify teacher of your child's absence by providing written documentation on a sheet of paper immediately or within 48 hours of your child's return to school. Submit doctor's notes when applicable. Absences and tardies will be marked excused if they qualify as excused. (See code of student conduct for qualifying excused absences and tardies.)
- At three (3) unexcused absences, teacher will make contact with parent/guardian and refer to social worker.
- Every three (3) unexcused tardies within a grading period count as one (1) unexcused absence.
- Every three (3) unexcused early sign-outs with a grading period will count as one (1) unexcused absence.
- Students who have at least five (5) unexcused absences within a one month period or ten (10) unexcused absences within a 90 day period will be referred to the state attorney for prosecution for educational neglect.
See the attendance section of the Code of Student Conduct for additional information.
A Message From Your School Social Worker:
As we enter into the final weeks of school before the winter break, it is important to stay focused on getting your children to school every day. As parents, you can let your child know how much you value their education by emphasizing regular attendance and on time arrival. Teaching and learning is occurring until the last day. At this point, we have had 105 students (out of the 842 enrolled) with five or more unexcused absences. That is 12% of our population. We have had 15 students with 10 or more unexcused absences (2% of our population). If your child is absent, please provide a written excuse (or note from the doctor/dentist) when your child returns to school. Otherwise, the absence is considered "unexcused." While we recognize that families at times have emergencies and absences are unavoidable, please do not schedule vacations or family trips during school days. The attendance policy for Pinellas County Schools is in the Code of Student Conduct. If you have any attendance questions, feel free to contact Socorro Thomas, School Social Worker at 727-521-5350, ext. 2010.
The clinic is in need of new or gently used clothing, especially pants for boys at all grade levels. Thank you for your help.
Happy December Hawk Families! This month, the character trait celebrates Kindness. To put this character skill into practice, I will present New Heights students with daily suggestions to practice Random Acts of Kindness. Please take a few moments to ask your child if he or she performed a Random Act of Kindness. Better yet, see if anyone did an act of kindness for him or her. Have your child practice acts of kindness at home and in the community such as holding a door open for an older person or picking up a younger sibling's toy. If we all practice more kindness, we create a kinder world where our children feel safe and appreciated leaving their energies free to focus on learning at school!
Students in grades 3-5 should log onto http://www.fcatexplorer.com
and use their domain login and password (without the S.). This year's FCAT math for 5th grade will be on the computer, and this will be great practice.
Excellent Online Resources:
Having concerns about your child's learning?
Would you like your child to participate in after school tutoring?
Please contact Lisa Guyette at 727-521-5350.
Magnet, Fundamental and Career Academy Application Period
Parents of this year's Fifth Grade and next year's Kindergarten students:
The Application Period for applying to any magnet, fundamental or career academy program for the 2015-2016 school year is scheduled for January 7 - 16, 2015. Acceptance Period is February 4 - 11, 2015. Parents will use their Parent Portal User ID and Password to log onto the Student Reservation System ( SRS) web page located on the district website, http://www.pcsb.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1
, to apply. Those parents who do not have an User ID and Password may call the Student Assignment office at 727-588-6210 or visit any nearby school to obtain one. If families do not have a home computer, they may visit a nearby school or a community location. The SRS also is available in Spanish.
New Breakfast Times
To ensure classroom instruction begins promptly at 8:35 a.m., effective Monday, December 8th, breakfast will be served 8:00 - 8:25 a.m. If you would like your child to receive breakfast at school, they must be in the cafeteria no later than 8:25 a.m. It is important that all students arrive in class on time as it is essential to meeting our vision of "100% Student Success."
If you have any questions, please contact the school at 727-521-5350.
New Heights Winter Fest Pajamas Day
In celebration of our students' successes, on December 19th, staff and students can wear their PAJAMAS to school!
* Note: Dress code from the Code of Student Conduct still applies. Students must wear pants, shirts with sleeves and appropriate footwear such as sneakers.
New InSync Features!
InSync Education has added new features to its website. New features include more quizzes and hands-on activities for students in kindergarten through grade 8. The site has also added new resources for families about Health and Safety, including articles about bullying prevention and tips for talking to children about traumatic events. InSync, which offers activities in English and Spanish, is available online 24/7 and can be accessed from any computer or mobile device at http://www.insyncedu.com/insync/PCSB
Students should not bring POKEMON or other trading cards to school. They have become a campus disruption as students trade them with each other.
ALL CARDS will be confiscated if found on campus. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us maintain an academic focus here at school.
From Orange County Ridge-Bullock Elementary:
Twelve Words to FCAT Success
Trace: List steps from beginning to end.
Analyze: Break it apart. Think about it.
Infer: Look for clues. What does it mean?
Evaluate: You be the judge. Tell the good and the bad.
Formulate: Put it together. Create.
Describe: Tell all about it. Use your senses. Tell who, what, when, where, why,
Support: Give reasons why. Give details or examples. Back it up!
Explain: Tell how. Tell who, what, when, where, and why.
Summarize: Tell it in a few sentences. Put it into your own words.
Compare: How are they alike? Tell all the ways they are the same.
Contrast: How are they different? Tell all the ways they are different.
Predict: What do you think will happen next? Guess the outcome.
We Collect for a GREENER tomorrow!
Help us earn funding! Collect from home or simply ask businesses in your area to donate their printer cartridges or cell phones to support our school! Powered by Funding Factory: http://www.fundingfactory.com.
Winter Break Challenge-Read/Write/Do computer skills daily
Students will receive a learning log to complete during the Winter Holidays. Students who return the learning logs will receive a special certificate to allow them special privileges at lunch, a free book, and/or other special incentives.
Student Directions: Read daily during the winter break. As you finish reading every day, note the minutes read and write a journal entry either about the reading or about something that you did. Practice skills on one of the several computer programs listed on the learning log. Return by January 10, 2015.
Winter Camp Opportunities
The Science Center (aka Science & Technology Education Innovation Center) is offering a variety of Winter Camps for students in grades K-5. For more information, call 727-384-0027 or go to http://www.steic.org
* The school is neither endorsing nor sponsoring this event nor approving or endorsing the views of the organization sponsoring the activity.
Write a Note of Gratitude
Give your child a package of "Thank You" notes.
Help your child learn to express his/her "gratitude to those who have spent time and money to buy and send" gifts. "...Not enough people-even adults-take the time to write a note of appreciation for presents they are given." "...Parents should encourage children to do this as soon as they are able to understand the concept." Help instill "a lifelong habit in our children." Excerpted from Dear Abby by Jeanne Phillips, http://www.dearabby.com.