I grow increasing proud of our students and faculty with every passing year. With the support of non-instructional staff, parents, community leaders, and district leaders, our students and their teachers achieve excellence. The state of Florida has recognized Christa McAuliffe as an “A+” school for five consecutive years. It will be our seventh “A+” since 1998. We also made a “YES” on the Adequate Learning Gains (AYP) for No Child Left Behind. This is our second year of earning 100%.
At Christa McAuliffe we continue to focus on all academic areas, integrating technology into the curriculum, character education and physical fitness. All students will receive a minimum of 155 minutes of physical education a week, in keeping with the new State Statute.
The staff and I are looking forward to the start of a new school year!!! The classrooms are prepared and new books are in and ready for your children. We appreciate your support of our school and look forward to working together with you to provide excellence in the education of your children. Working together we can make this a successful year.
Below is an update on the attendance and promotion policies:
1. A student who is absent more than nine (9) days within a semester
(August 20th- January 11th is the first semester and January
12th – June 2nd is the second semester) will not receive a passing
grade for the semester. Absences due to illness or injury are not
included if the are excused with a doctors note.
Please read the pages relating to attendance in the Parent Student Handbook.
Students must meet the promotional guidelines as stated in the Student
Progression Plan. There have been some changes as the State has passed
new Bills relating to promotion guidelines. These will be published
in our newsletters once we receive the finalized document.
We will work with parents to provide every opportunity to get students on grade level. These include:
1. Providing after school academic support
Students in grades 3rd – 6th will be assessed by the FCAT at the end of this year and those results will be used as well as other factors as promotion decisions are made.
Our School Improvement goals
Another goal is to increase student attendance. We need your support in this area. Please try to arrange vacations and other travel around student vacation days and holidays. When students are not here they miss instruction and it is very difficult for them to catch up. We understand that children are sick and must be out at times. Please make sure, if your child is absent, to call and send in a written excuse. Students who miss more than 9 days a semester will not pass for that semester.
Discipline continues to be one of our main goals. We implemented our school-wide Life Skills Plan, ten years ago. The number of students sent to the office for breaking school rules has continued to decrease. We will continue to involve our students in Peer Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Say “NO to Bullying” program and other Character Education programs. Please continue to encourage your child to bring home a “Life Skill” award.
Please feel free to attend our School Advisory Counsel meetings. They are held on Tuesday afternoons, once a month. Our first meeting is September 4th from 2:40 PM – 3:20 PM., in the media center. We are looking for parents to serve on this Counsel. Please contact the front office if you are interested in serving.
I look forward to making this a successful school year. Working together we can make it happen!!!!!
Free and Reduced Meals
The cost of lunch each day can add up to a lot of money
especially if you have more than one child in school. Check to see if you
qualify for a free or reduced price for meals. There have been some
changes in the income levels to qualify. Students who qualify for
free or reduced meals are kept confidential.