MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Ana Rivas Logan

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Ana Rivas Logan
School Board Member
Ana Rivas Logan, District 7
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
e-newsletter / fall 2010
2010-2011 District Calendar
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Upcoming Events
Dear Teachers, Parents and Neighbors
I would like to take this opportunity
to welcome you back to a new school
year. Hopefully your summer was restful and you are ready to face the new
year with a renewed sense of enthusiasm, energy and passion.
This year Miami-Dade County Public
Schools faces yet another year of lofty
goals and challenges for itself and its
students. We commit to doing all we
can to recruit and keep our best and
brightest teachers and administrators.
We know this is a difficult task in this
day of uncertain funding, but we are
determined to find solutions to these
challenges because our teachers and
your children deserve the very best.
Parents you can make a big difference in the quality of education that
your child receives. I urge you to get
involved with your school’s PTA. The
more support you can offer, the better the school will function. Research
shows that the schools that perform
better are the schools with the most
parent involvement. In addition, I’d
also like to offer some other suggestions that will help increase your child’s
school performance:
October 6, 2010
(Town Hall Meeting)
October 22, 2010
(Secondary Early Release Day)
November 1-2, 2010
(Teacher Planning Days)
•Make sure they get to bed early every
night and get a good nights sleep.
•Ensure that your child has a healthy
breakfast every morning before
school.
•Spend some time with them every
evening reviewing what they learned
that day in school.
•Spend some time with them reading
a good book
All of these suggestions and many
more that you can think of will help
make their learning more fun and
meaningful. Together we can and will
make a difference in lives of our children and our future.
November 11, 2010
(Veteran’s Day)
November 25-26, 2010
(Thanksgiving Break)
INSIDE STORIES
Parent Resources . . . . . . . .
Teacher Resources . . . . . .
District Calendar . . . . . . .
District 7 Survey . . . . . . .
Contact Your District 7 School Board Representative:
Phone: (305) 995-1334 • Email: [email protected]
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District 7 E-Newsletter: Fall 2010
Teacher Resources
Twenty Strategies to Increase Student Motivation
Resources & Links
Keeping students interested in school and motivating them to succeed are challenges
that even the most experienced teachers face every year. A host of student variables
can lead to low levels of motivation, but research indicates that educational settings
also influence motivation levels. Some studies have found that motivation is a stronger
predictor of student success than grades or achievement and aptitude tests. Therefore,
it is imperative that educators use effective motivational strategies.
Teachers
National Board Certification
Virtual Library
Funding Resources
Brain Pop
Connect learning to students’ lives.
Connect effort with successful outcomes.
Use engaging teaching methods.
Clearly articulate criteria for success.
Set realistic goals.
Convey high expectations.
Emphasize learning for its own sake.
Assess students’ skills, interests, and learning needs.
Assign moderately challenging tasks.
Provide students with multiple opportunities for success.
Give students control over their own learning.
Provide constructive and immediate feedback.
Use rewards sparingly.
Convey enthusiasm.
Promote social interaction.
Develop positive relationships with students.
Create a learning community.
Foster self-confidence.
Reduce students’ anxiety levels.
Arrange classrooms appropriately for particular tasks.
Math Teachers
Classroom Resources
Math Teacher Link
Graph Paper
Science Teachers
Science Resources for Teachers
Advanced Placement Biology
Advanced Placement Chemistry
Life Sciences Activities
English Teachers
Web English Teacher
Children’s Liturature
Super Teacher Worksheet
APA Formatting
Social Studies
Social Studies Lesson Plans & Lectures
Social Studies Resources
Exploring Florida
Electives
Teachers Toolbox
Music Hall Center: Music Appreciation
Famous Paintings: Art Appreciation
Physical Eduction Activities & Resources
District 7 E-Newsletter: Fall 2010
Parent Resources
Resources & Links
As active parents in your child’s education, it is important that you have access to the resources you will need to help foster growth
and achievement. Listed below are various handbooks, websites and organizers to help you prepare for all the different stages of
your child’s education.
General Information
District 7 Website
Back-to-School Toolkit (2010-2011)
Code of Student Conduct
Parent Portal
Parent Teacher Association/Parent Teacher Student Association
Department of Transportation: MDPCS
The Parent Academy
Directory: School Listings
Student Progression Plan
Regional Centers
Region I
Region II
Region III
Region IV
Region V
Elementary School Students
Student Portal
Before/After School Program Locations
Middle School Students
Student Portal
FACTS.org
Things-to-Do, Year by Year (7th & 8th Grade)
High School Students
FACTS.org
Graduation Requirements
Florida Prepaid College Program
Bright Futures Scholarship Program
Career Exploration
FLORIDA STATEWIDE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM 2010 – 2011 SCHEDULE
FLORIDA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT TEST® (FCAT)
OCTOBER 11 – 15, 2010
OR
OCTOBER 18 – 22, 2010
MARCH 1 – 4, 2011
GRADES 11 – ADULT
(NEW STUDENTS/RETAKES)
GRADES 4, 8, AND 10
MARCH 30 – APRIL 6, 2011
GRADES 11 – ADULT
(NEW STUDENTS/RETAKES)
APRIL 11 – 22, 2011
GRADES 3 – 10
GRADES 5, 8, AND 11
READING & MATHEMATICS
SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS
RETAKE TESTS
WRITING
SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS TEST
READING & MATHEMATICS
SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS
RETAKE TESTS
READING & MATHEMATICS
SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS TESTS
SCIENCE
SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS TEST
2010-2011 SCHOOL CALENDAR
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
MIAMI, FLORIDA
August 19, 20, 2010
August 23
September 6
September 9 *+#
September 23
October 28
October 29
November 1*+#
November 2
November 3
November 11
November 25
November 26
December 9
December 20 - 31
January 17
January 20
January 21 *+#
January 24
February 3
February 18
February 21
March 3
March 14 - 18
April 1
April 4 *+#
April 5
April 22 *+#
May 30
June 9
June 10
NOTE:
Teacher planning days; no students in school
First Day of School; begin first semester
Labor Day; holiday for students and employees
Teacher planning day; no students in school
Secondary early release day
Secondary early release day
End first grading period; first semester
Teacher planning day; no students in school
Teacher planning day; Professional Development Day-not available to opt; no
students in school
Begin second grading period; first semester
Observation of Veterans’ Day; holiday for students and employees
Thanksgiving; Board-approved holiday for students and employees
Recess Day
Secondary early release day
Winter recess for students and 10-month employees;
December 22, 23, 24, 30, and 31, 2010, Board-approved holidays for 12-month (250 and
260 days) employees
December 20, 21, 27, 28, and 29, 2010, Recess days for 12-month (250 days)
employees
Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday; holiday for students and employees
End first semester and grading period
Teacher planning day; no students in school
Begin second semester; third grading period
Secondary early release day
Teacher planning day; Professional Development Day-not available to opt; no
students in school
All Presidents Day; holiday for students and employees
Secondary early release day
Spring recess for students, 10-month and 12-month (250 days) employees
End third grading period; second semester
Teacher planning day, no students in school
Begin fourth grading period; second semester
Teacher planning day, no students in school
Observance of Memorial Day; holiday for students and employees
Last Day of School; end fourth grading period; second semester
Teacher planning day; no students in school
Every Wednesday – Students (Grades 2-8) in elementary and K-8 Centers are released one (1) hour early
Job Category
Teachers new to the system
Assistant Principals and 10-month clerical
Cafeteria Managers
Satellite Cafeteria Managers
All Instructional Staff, Paraprofessionals & Security
Assistant to Cafeteria Managers/MAT Specialists
Cafeteria Workers (part-time)
Beginning Date
Ending Date
August 12, 2010
August 12, 2010
August 16, 2010
August 18, 2010
August 19, 2010
August 20, 2010
August 23, 2010
June 10, 2011
June 17, 2011
June 10, 2011
June 9, 2011
June 10, 2011
June 9, 2011
June 9, 2011
*Teachers/paraprofessionals and school support personnel may opt to work one or two days, August 17, 18, 2010, or June
13, 14, 2011, in lieu of any one or two of the following days: September 9, 2010, November 1, 2010, January 21, 2011, April 4,
2011, and April 22, 2011. November 2, 2010, and February 18, 2011, are Professional Development Days and are not available
to opt.
+Teachers new to Miami-Dade County Public Schools may opt to work one or two days, June 13, 14, 2011, in lieu of any
one or two of the following days: September 9, 2010, November 1, 2010, January 21, 2011, April 4, 2011, and April 22, 2011.
November 2, 2010, and February 18, 2011, are Professional Development Days and are not available to opt.
#Ten-month secretarial and clerical employees may opt to work one or two days, August 10, 11, 2010, or June 20, 21, 2011,
in lieu of any one or two of the following days: September 9, 2010, November 1, 2010, January 21, 2011, April 4, 2011, and April
22, 2011. November 2, 2010, and February 18, 2011, are Professional Development Days and are not available to opt.
October / octubre 2010
Educator & School Board Member / Educadora y Miembro de la Junta Escolar Ana Rivas Logan
The Rivas Logan Survey & School Information
Encuesta de Ana Rivas Logan e Información Escolar
School Board Member Ana Rivas Logan
1450 NE 2nd Avenue
Suite 700
Miami, Florida 33132
URGENT / URGENTE
“Educate a Child…Build a Nation”
“Educar a nuestra juventud….es construir una Nación”
A Message from Educator and School Board Member
Dear Parent and Neighbor:
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you. Please take a few minutes to share your ideas and concerns with
me since I take great pride in listening to my community. When you have finished, please refold the survey with my
address on the outside, tape it closed, attach the proper postage and mail it back to me or fax it to 305-995-2895.
I look forward to seeing you at our Town Hall Meeting on October 6, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. Please see back side of this
survey for more information. I wish you and your family a happy, healthy and successful year.
Estimado Padre y Vecino:
Gracias por haberme dado la oportunidad de servirle. Por favor tomen unos minutos de su tiempo para compartir conmigo sus ideas y
preocupaciones ya que yo siento un gran orgullo por escuchar a mi comunidad. Cuando termine, por favor doble el cuestionario con mi dirección
hacia afuera, ciérrelo, péguele la estampilla y envíelo de vuelta o envíelo por el fax a 305-995-2895.
Espero verlos en nuestra reunión comunitaria el miércoles, 6 de octubre de 2010, a las 6:00 p.m. Por favor miren la parte de atrás del cuestionario
para más información. Le deseo a usted y a su familia un año saludable, lleno de alegria y éxito.
Yours truly,
a Rivas Logan
An
Educator and School Board Member
Educator and
School Board
Member
Ana Rivas Logan
The Rivas Logan Survey & School Information
Encuesta de Ana Rivas Logan e Información Escolar
School Survey – Your Opinion Counts!
Encuesta Escolar – ¡Su Opinión Cuenta!
Name / Nombre:_______________________________________________________________________
E-Mail / Correo Electrónico: ______________________________________________________________
Phone / Teléfono: ______________________________________________________________________
1. What do you feel are the most pressing issues impacting education? ¿Cual cree usted que son los asuntos que más
impactan la educación en estos tiempos?
[email protected]
(305) 995-1334
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
2. How would you like to see these issues resolved? ¿Como le gustaría a usted que se resolvieran estos asuntos?
E d u c a t o r a nd S c hoo l B oa r d Me mb e r, D i s t r i c t 7
Ana Rivas Logan
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First Day of School - August 23, 2010
Primer Día de Clases - 23 de agosto de 2010
URGENT
URGENTE
New School Hours for 2010 - 2011
Nuevo Horario Escolar para el Curso 2010 - 2011
Elementary Schools
Grades Pre-K, K, 1
K - 8 Centers
Grades Pre-K, K, 1
8:20 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Grades 2 – 5/6
8:35 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.
All Grades Dismiss at
1:50 p.m. on Wednesdays
8:20 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Grades 2 – 8
8:35 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.
All Grades Dismiss at
1:50 p.m. on Wednesdays
Middle Schools
Grades 6 – 8
9:10 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Senior High Schools
Grades 9 – 12
7:20 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Schools with exceptions to opening and closing hours will notify parents and students accordingly.
Visit my website for more information for you and your family
Visite mi página Web para más información para usted y su familia.
http://district7.dadeschools.net/
Join Me at Our Town Hall Meeting
Acompáñeme en nuestra Reunión Comunitaria
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Terra Environmental Research Institute
11005 S.W. 84 Street, Miami, Florida 33173
★ Free Health Information / GRATIS Información de la Salud ★
★ Participate in a FREE Financial Informational Presentation / Participe en una Presentación Financiera GRATIS ★
★ Obtain Scholarship and College Information / Obtenga Información Sobre Becas y Universidades ★
★ Employment Information / Obtenga Información Sobre Empleos ★
★ Express your concerns/issues / Exprese sus Inquietudes Acerca de las Escuelas ★
★ Questions and answers / Sesión de Preguntas ★

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