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Civics EOC Practice PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Monday, April 21 2014 09:56

Seventh-grade students are taking the Civics EOC on May 7th and 8th. The District has given us a site which students can use to prepare for the Civics EOC, click the following link to prepare for the Civics EOC: http://www.ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/civics

 
Sunday Update - 4/20/2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Monday, April 21 2014 08:46

Good afternoon Osceola Middle School families,

This is Chad Eiben, assistant principal, with a few updates.

I want to first start off with an update about Ms. Arsenault. She is still doing very well. She is resting and recovering. She often calls the school to check-in to make sure all is going well. She continues to work hard to return to OMS.

This Monday, April 21st is the 8th Grade Turnaround Student of the Year Awards Breakfast. I am very proud to announce that this year’s winner is Jacob Roeser. He has come a long way since he started at OMS last year. We are very proud of his progress.

FCAT testing resumes this week. On Tuesday 6th graders will be taking two sessions of math computer based FCAT. On Wednesday 7th graders will take one session of reading computer based FCAT. On Thursday 7th graders will take the second reading session of the computer based FCAT. Eighth graders will resume testing next week on Wednesday and Thursday.

This Friday, April 25th will be our final All Pro Dad’s Breakfast for this school year. Please come and join us for this great event. We will meet at 8AM in the multi-purpose room. Also, I want to thank Mr. Harold Copeland for running these fantastic meetings. He has done a fabulous job and we truly appreciate all the work he has done. Thank you Mr. Copeland!

A reminder to parents that the grading period officially ends Wednesday, April 23rd. Please continue to monitor Focus to ensure your student has their assignments turned in on time. Report cards will be distributed on Thursday, May 1st.

Thank you again parents for all you do to help make OMS an amazing school. Take care and have a wonderful evening.

 
Sunday Update - 4/13/2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Monday, April 14 2014 07:49

Good afternoon Osceola Middle School families, this is Chad Eiben, assistant principal calling with a few updates.

I want to first start off with an update about Ms. Arsenault. She is doing wonderful and is happy to be home resting in her own bed. She thanks everyone for their positive thoughts and prayers. Ms. Arsenault misses OMS and is working hard to make it back.

This Monday, April 14th begins FCAT testing. Student will be testing on and off for the next several weeks. A parent FCAT letter went home with your student on Thursday of last week with specific information regarding the FCAT dates and specific testing procedures. If you didn’t get this letter, I emailed it to everyone this past Friday. Please be sure your student ready for the FCAT. Each student should be well rested, eat a good breakfast, and put forth their best effort on these important tests.

Due to FCAT testing, all before and after school ELP will be cancelled for the next two weeks. Also, there will be no intramural volleyball or basketball for the next two weeks.

There will be no school on Friday, April 18th as this is a teacher professional development training day.

The Tampa Bay Rays and Pinellas County Schools are teaming up for Pinellas County Spirit Night at the Rays! The spirit night will be Saturday, May 10th, with the first pitch at 7:10pm. Lower level seats are $16 and upper level seats are $10. Send cash or check (payable to Osceola Middle School) to the attention of Ms. Mizia (Family and Community Liaison). Order forms are available on the OMS website. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Mizia at 547-7689 ext. 2110 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Parents, please help us enforce the OMS cell phone policy. Once students are on campus, cell phones and electronic devices need to be turn off and put away. Prior to going to first period, students need to put all cell phones and electronic devices in their locker. These are to remain turned off and in their locker for the entire day. If phones and electronic devices are not stored in a student’s locker, they will be confiscated and a parent must come to school to pick them up. We are very strict about this policy as cell phones lead to many issues, such as cheating, bullying, harassment, etc. Please talk to your student about the importance of this policy. Thank you.

Thank you again parents for your never ending support of OMS. I am confident we will have a great testing session this year and students will be able to show off their learning gains. Take care and have a nice evening.

 
FCAT Paper-Based Testing Notification PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Wednesday, April 09 2014 10:56

April 9, 2014

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your student will be taking the Grade7/Grade 8 FCAT 2.0 Reading, Math, and/or Science test(s) April 14th – April 17th. The FCAT 2.0 assessments are criterion-referenced tests that measure student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.

If you or your student would like to gain familiarity with the item types and response formats your student will see on the test, sample test questions and answer keys are available at http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcat2/.

Please review the following policies with your student before testing:

  • Electronic Devices—If your student is found with ANY electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones and smartphones, at any time during testing, including breaks (e.g., restroom), his or her test will be invalidated, which means it will not be scored. The best practice is for students to leave devices at home or in their lockers on the day of testing.
  • Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FCAT 2.0 tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment that reads, “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators will read the rules to students, and students must acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by signing their names below the statement.
  • Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they affirm the acknowledgment states, “After the test, you may not discuss the test items with anyone. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” If students are found sharing information about test items, even without the intent to cheat, their tests will be invalidated.
  • Test Invalidations—Students are responsible for working on their own during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. The FDOE employs a test security company, Caveon Test Security, to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student results within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.
  • Leaving Campus—If your student leaves campus before completing a test session (for lunch, an appointment, or illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete the test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.

If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact Mr. Turk at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information about the statewide assessment program, visit the FDOE website at http://fcat.fldoe.org/.

Thank you for supporting your student as he or she prepares for testing.

Sincerely, Chad Eiben

Last Updated on Wednesday, April 09 2014 11:05
 
FCAT Computer-Based Testing Notification PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Wednesday, April 09 2014 10:44

April 9, 2014 Dear Parent/Guardian,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your student will take the following computer-based assessment(s):

  • Grade 5/Grade 6 FCAT 2.0 Mathematics
  • Grade 6/Grade 7/Grade 8/ FCAT 2.0 Reading

Your student’s test(s) are scheduled for various dates from April 14th to May 6th and your student has had an opportunity to participate in a computer-based practice test to become familiar with the software, item types, and online tools he or she will encounter and use during testing.

If you or your student would like to review the CBT practice test at home, you can download instructions and a practice test (called an “ePAT”) at www.FLAssessments.com/ePAT. Your student may practice as often as necessary prior to testing. You may also view Student Tutorials at www.FLAssessments.com/StudentTutorials.

Please review the following policies with your student before testing:

  • Electronic Devices—If your student is found with ANY electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones and smartphones, at any time during testing, including breaks (e.g., restroom), his or her test will be invalidated, which means it will not be scored. The best practice is for students to leave devices at home or in their lockers on the day of testing.
  • Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FCAT/FCAT 2.0 tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment that reads, “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators will read the rules to students, and students must acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by clicking a box or circle next to the statement.
  • Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they affirm the acknowledgment states, “After the test, you may not discuss the test items with anyone. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” If students are found sharing information about test items, even without the intent to cheat, their tests will be invalidated.
  • Test Invalidations—Students are responsible for working on their own during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. The FDOE employs a test security company, Caveon Test Security, to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student results within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.
  • Leaving Campus—If your student leaves campus before completing a test session (for lunch, an appointment, or illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete the test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.

If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact Mr. Turk at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information about the statewide assessment program, visit the FDOE website at http://fcat.fldoe.org/.

Thank you for supporting your student as he or she prepares for testing.

Sincerely, Chad Eiben

 
Sunday Update - 4/06/2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Monday, April 07 2014 09:13

Good evening Osceola Middle School families, this is Chad Eiben, assistant principal calling with a few updates.

I want to first start off with an update about Ms. Arsenault. I am very excited to report that Ms. Arsenault has returned home. She will continue her recovery and physical rehabilitation over the next several months. We are all very happy with her progress. Keep the positive thoughts and prayers going out to Ms. Arsenault.

This Monday, April 7th at 7PM will be the PRIDE awards at Ruth Eckerd Hall. These awards recognize our top performing 8th grades in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, Writing, and World Language. I would like to congratulate our winners for this year. This year’s winners are: Math – Kaitlyn Carlock, Science – Sarah Reed, Social Studies – Samuel Marquina, Writing – Ciara DeRosa, and World Language – Cierra Cartagena. Congratulations, we are all very proud of your accomplishments.

Tuesday, April 8th will be our SAC and PTSA meetings. The SAC meeting will be at 5:30PM and the PTSA meeting will be 6:00PM. Please come out and join us.

Thursday, April 10th will be our National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony. Invitations went home for this event last week. The ceremony will be in our multi-purpose room from 6 to 7PM.

Parents please talk to your students about the importance of the upcoming FCAT tests. These tests are used to determine your student’s ability level, as well as grade our school and teachers. Furthermore, your student’s future school schedule will be created based on their test results. It is extremely importation that students put forth their best effort.

Also, parents please remember to sign your student up for Summer Bridge if you received an invitation. This is a great opportunity to help students make learning gains.

Last, when picking up a student early, please call ahead or send a note in with your child. This way we can have the student ready and waiting when you arrive. Also, please be sure to have a photo ID with you when picking up your student early. Thank you!

Thank you again parents for your help and support as we continue to work together to achieve 100% student success. Have a wonderful evening.

 
St. Joseph's Mobile Immunizations and Physicals PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Monday, April 07 2014 09:04

Check out the flier from St. Joseph's Hospital about their mobile immunizations, physicals, and wellness checks for free - click here!

Last Updated on Monday, April 07 2014 09:11
 
Sunday Update - 3/30/2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Monday, March 31 2014 08:48

Hello Osceola Middle School families, this is Chad Eiben, assistant principal calling with a few updates.  I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable spring break and we look forward to see the smiling students back in school tomorrow.

I want to first start with an update about Ms. Arsenault.  She is still on the road to recovery.  She is progressing wonderfully and is in good spirits.  We all continue to wish her a speedy recovery and are sending our thoughts and prayers to her.

We will have our district track meet this week.  This will be a two day event, Tuesday, April 1st and Wednesday, April 2nd.  Both days will be at Osceola High School.  Be sure to come out and cheer on our fantastic track team.

Our school tumbler fundraiser items were passed out the Friday before spring break.  Most students received their items.  If they did not, they will receive them during lunch this week.  A few cups were on backorder and should be in soon.  Thank you again for your support of our fundraiser to support our school-wide Positive Behavior Support program.

Last, I wanted to remind parents of 8th graders who are signed up for Gradventure that the disciplinary window starts tomorrow and continues through the day of the trip.  Students who are assigned ABC or suspension due to a disciplinary referral will not be able to attend the trip.  Also, no refunds can be given as the tickets have been purchased.  Please continue to reinforce appropriate behavior as it is my goal for a fun trip for all the students who have signed up.

Thank you again parents for your support of OMS.  Have a wonderful evening.

Last Updated on Monday, March 31 2014 08:50
 
Important Information about Summer Bridge Registration PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Friday, March 14 2014 12:02

Yesterday, eligible students received invitations to Pinellas County Schools' Summer Bridge program. We have discovered an error that some people are experiencing while trying to register. The error and how to work around it are below, from a district-wide email:

TIS has identified a problem when the user is using Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10) as their browser. Parents are kicked off the system during registration. Until this is resolved, a possible solution is to use a different browser (works fine with Frefox, Chrome, etc) or set IE 10 to compatibility mode which also avoids this problem. To activate “Compatibility View” click Tools then Compatibility View. We have tested this and it seems to work well.

 
Information for Students Attending Seminole High School in 2014-15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Wednesday, March 05 2014 09:54

In preparation for registration for the 2014-15 school year Seminole High School will again be hosting our 8th Grade Curriculum Fair for incoming 9th graders. This year’s fair will be on Thursday, March 6th from 4:30 – 6:30 P.M. in the Seminole High School Gymnasium.

This is a chance for parents & students to visit elective & club displays, talk with teachers, briefly speak with counselors and turn in course selection sheets for next year’s classes.

If you would like to look at courses and electives before Thursday, our Curriculum Guide is on-line and can be accessed by going to the Seminole High School website located at http://www.seminole-hs.pinellas.k12.fl.us

 
Crossing Guards PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Monday, February 10 2014 09:47

School crossing guards are assigned to the corner of 102nd Avenue and Seminole Boulevard from 8:40am - 9:25am and 4:05pm - 4:50pm. To ensure that your student is safely crossing this multi-lane intersection, please have them arrive during the times when crossing guards are present.

 
Information about Ms. Arsenault PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Tuesday, February 04 2014 15:27

Good afternoon Osceola Middle School families,

This is Chad Eiben, the 8th grade assistant principal. I am calling with information regarding our school principal, Sue Arsenault. As some of you may have heard, Ms. Arsenault is currently in the hospital being treated for a medical issue. When we receive more information about her condition we will relay that information to you. Until Ms. Arsenault returns, I will assume the principal responsibilities. Business at school will continue to operate as usual. If you have a question or concern about your student, please contact the appropriate grade level office. Please keep Ms. Arsenault and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you,

Mr. Eiben

 
District’s Homework Helpline Offers Homework Help and Guidance Assistance PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Monday, December 09 2013 00:00

Pinellas County Schools has a great resource for students who need help with homework and families who have questions about guidance-related issues!

Staffed by teachers who are certified in math, science, language arts and social studies, the district’s Homework Helpline offers free homework help for students in grades 1-12.

Homework help is available at (727) 547-7223 from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday on all school days, except when there is no school the following day. The helpline is now being staffed with a certified professional school counselor who can answer general questions about promotion, graduation requirements, college and career guidance, and other important topics.

Last Updated on Monday, December 09 2013 15:49
 
Reminder: Free Breakfast PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Turk   
Monday, November 04 2013 08:52

Our cafeteria offers free breakfast to all students every school day from 9:10am - 9:25am. Please let your children know!

 
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