FCAT

Students at Marianna Middle School will take the FCAT statewide assessment during the weeks of April 14, 21 and 28.  Please read the following letters from Superintendent Steve Benton.

CIVICS AND ALGEBRA END OF COURSE EXAMS (EOC)

7th grade students at Marianna Middle School will take the Civics EOC during the week of May 5.  8th Grade Algebra I students will take the EOC during the week of May 12.

 

 

Marianna Middle School

 

Where Excellence Is A Tradition…

 

 The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your student will be taking the Algebra 1 and/or Civics End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment(s). Civics will be on May 6 & 7, Algebra 1 on May 12. EOC assessments are computer-based tests (CBT), and your student [will have/has had] an opportunity to participate in a 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 smart phones, at any time during testing OR during breaks (e.g., restroom, lunch), 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 EOC assessments 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 TestingThe 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 to blogs or websites like Facebook or Twitter.” If students are found sharing information about test items, even without the intent to cheat, their tests will be invalidated.

 

 §  Test InvalidationsStudents are responsible for doing their own work on 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 the test (for lunch, an appointment, or illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete the test. 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 Guidance at 482-9609 ext. 235 or 536. For more information about the statewide assessment program and assessment graduation requirements, visit the FDOE website at http://fcat.fldoe.org/.

 

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

 

 Sincerely,

 

Steve R. Benton, Sr.

 

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

Marianna Middle School

 

Where Excellence Is A Tradition…

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your student will be taking the7th or 8th Grade FCAT 2.0 Math (7th & 8th Grade) or Science (8th Grade) test(s) on April 16th and 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 InvalidationsStudents 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 Guidance at 482-9609 ext. 235 or 536. 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,

 

Steve R. Benton, Sr.

 

Superintendent of Schools, Jackson County

 

 

Marianna Middle School

 

Where Excellence Is A Tradition…

 

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

 

  • Grade 6, Grade 7, or Grade 8 FCAT 2.0 Reading as appropriate
  • Grade 6 FCAT Mathematics

 

Your student’s test(s) are scheduled for various days April 14 – May 1 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 InvalidationsStudents 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 Guidance at 482-9609 ext. 235 or 536 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,

 

Steve R. Benton, Sr.

 

Superintendent of Schools, Jackson County

 

 SPRING CARNIVAL

The Marianna Middle School VIPs will host the annual Spring Carnival on

Friday, May 16, 2014.  Cost is $15.00 per student.

 

8th Grade Honors Day

Marianna Middle School will honor its 'seniors' on Friday, May 23, 2014, beginning at 8:15 in the MMS gym.  Parents and family are invited to come and honor our 8th graders as they prepare to move to Marianna High School.

 

 

MMS 2013-2014 - Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Sarah Moore   

MMS 2013-2014 "Rookie" Teacher of the Year - Elnath Maldonado   

MMS 2013-2014 School-Related Employee of the Year - Faith Porter