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Dear Milwee Family,
Wow, what a year! To better state that- what a GREAT year! Milwee students continue to impress me with their hard work and dedication to excellence. We have truly made a name for ourselves and are a force to be reckoned with at district and state competitions such as SECME, LEGO League, Math Festival, Sea Perch, Band MPAs, Science Fair and Beta Convention. It is an honor and privilege to work with your students and I thank you for the opportunity. We wish
all 8th grade students the best of luck in high school and all future endeavors.
Summer vacation is almost here! Regression and recoupment refers to the loss of knowledge and the amount of time it takes to recoup the
lost knowledge due to time. For most students this equates to summer vacation. Research conducted by Tilley, Cox, and Staybrook (1986)
found that most students experience some regression over the summer months. Students in regular education regressed by
about 4 percent as measured by standardized tests. To keep skills strong and learning fresh, please encourage your
student to read over the summer. If you need ideas about book selection, please go on to Milwees website @
http://www.milwee.scps.k12.fl.us/ under the parent tab. There you can select the summer reading list.
Additionally, there are some great websites that will assist students with math problems over the
summer as well. Please have your student try http://www.khanacademy.org/ and/
or http://www.mathplayground.com/. Our math teachers say these are
fun websites that assist students in building skills as well as help
them get a head start for next year. Your assistance over
A Message FromThe Principal
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May 2013Volume 5
Principal-Dr. Michelle Walsh
Asst. Principal - Kellie Cashion Asst. Principal - Ken Viola
Deans - Luis Alvarado (A-L) Susan Sharpe (M-Z) Alexandra Razgha (7th grade administrator)
Guidance Couselors - April McManus (A-L) Debra Wolfrum (M-Z)
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the summer months is greatly appreciated.
The front office is going to have a face lift this summer. Due to a combination of reduced summer office staff and the fumes when laying new tile and carpet, the front office will be relocated to the Media Center during the month of June and beginning of July. Please call ahead if you would like to drop off or pick up items as there may be times that the office will be closed altogether because of vacation schedules.
Have a wonderful vacation! See you next year.
Best regards,Michelle Walsh
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School Supply List 2013-2014
The school supply list will be on the school website this summer. Please check back periodically for the posting.
School Climate Survey
The common theme on the Climate Survey taken by teachers, students and parents were some concerns about the cleanliness of the restroom. The comments generated by the students, in particular, speak to how students in the school create the mess in the restrooms, making it difficult for others to use those restrooms. Administration has taken these concerns very seriously. We have arranged for our custodians to monitor student restrooms hourly, noting when damage is done to the restroom and reporting it to the Deans. As students sign in and out of the classrooms when using restroom, we will be able to narrow down who may be responsible for ruining the restrooms for everyone else. Additionally, we are renovating all of the student restrooms this summer replacing tile, toilets and sinks and hope that our students will take care of their new restrooms.
Open House We, at Milwee, understand that it is difficult for parents to come to pick up schedules, go to an open house and then come back a few short weeks later to see presentations for a Back to School Night. As such, we have, for the past few years combined the twoto try to make the process more accommodating to working parents. On Thursday, August 8 from 12 noon until 6pm will be our Open House. Students will pick up their schedule and teachers will be available to meet with you transportation issues can be handled, cafeteria accounts can be opened. Be sure to plan to stop by some time during the day!
SCPS Middle Schools are on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/#!/scpsmiddleschools Please like us on your Facebook and you will be able to follow what is happening in middle schools across the district. Liking the SCPS Middle Schools Page means you are connecting to that Page. When you connect to a Page, it will appear in your timeline and you will appear on the Page as a person who likes that Page. The Page will also be able to post content into your News Feed but will not have access to your individual Facebook page if the privacy setting is restricted to friends only.
Parents, PTSA, and SAC Thank you for supporting the 2012-2013 FCAT Games. Both The Hobbit and The Wizard of Oz were a tremendous success! It couldnt have happened without you. Remember the key to doing well on the FCAT 2.0 is reading. We encourage your children to read for enjoyment this summer. Why dont you read a book with them? Take a look at milweebookclub.weebly.com for the 2012-2013 Sunshine State Readers. Join the book club! Make sure that you check out
the parent tab; there are great suggestions for you to promote conversation on the books your children
and you are reading. Have a great summer!
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8th Grade Week 8th grade activities are a privilege. As noted in the Milwee Middle School handbook and website, the administration reserves the right to revoke or deny any/all of the 8th grade activities to students who have: received In-School Suspension or Out-of-School Suspension on any date after
March 1, 2013 have had 5 or more unexcused absences after March 1, 2013 or are absent
on the day of the event student must be present 75% of the day of the event. have an outstanding balance due to the school arrive at the event out of dress code 8th Grade Dance Dress code Boys - Sunday Best Girls - Spaghetti straps allowed, no strapless dresses. On the day of the events, in order to participate, students must be present in school at least 75% of the day. Seminole County dress code is strictly enforced for all of the activities. 8th Grade Activities Schedule May 10 Spartan Showdown May 13-17, 2013 8th Grade Spirit Week (Spirit Days TBA) Wednesday, May 15, 2013 8th Grade Kick Ball Game Friday, May 17, 2013 8th Grade Dance Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8th Grade Awards Night-Invitations will be sent home
with the student
New 6th Grade Parents Dr. Walsh will host a new parent coffee, May 14 at 9:30 in the Media Center, for parents who prefer the afternoon, a new parent tea will be held May 17 at 1:30 in the Media Center. Feel free to join Dr. Walsh for this informal gathering to meet the experts and help navigate you and your 6th grader through middle school.
Calendar of EventsMay 10
May 14New Parent Coffee 9:30
Band Concert 7:00
May 158th Grade Kick Ball Game
May 17New Parent Tea 1:30
8th Grade Dance 6:00-9:00
May 218th Grade Awards 6:30
May 226th and 7th Grade Awards 9:30
May 27Memorial Day-No School
May 25,28,29Early Release 1:50
Report Card Pick Up and FCAT Scores Report Cards will be available for pick up in the Media Center beginning June 10. Summer office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00-4:30. We anticipate that FCAT scores will be available for pick up in the Media Center the last week of June. Please call the school or check the website to verify the arrival of FCAT scores.
E-Week Winners Congratulations to the following students for creating an object that will keep themselves or their pet cool.Invention Winners 1st - Caitlin Ather AC on the Go 2nd - Courtney Griffith Portable Air 3rd - Andrea Ferrer Solar Sol 4th - Alex Faison- Beverage Belt 5th Kelvin Moya Alamo-Fido Cool Home 6th- James Bolien- Pet Care Cooler Honorable mention - Kevin Jarvis - Blogo Congratulations to the Wax Museum Participants. 1st Place Skyar Swiderski as Rudolf Modrzejewski 2nd Aliza Cortes as Bente Nesmith Graham 3rd Maria Guribe as Ruth Wakefield 4th Geoffrey Eichner as Nicholas Tesla 5th Chloe LaFaille and Destiny Norman as Max Factor Peoples Choice Award Reagan Seago as Steve Jobs
SECME Congratulations to Breanna Swanson, Johnathan Trattner, Logan Clemente, Brett Hartman, Connor Kapoor, Jacob Siudak, Jai Brown, Juan Monsalve-Salavar, Austin Halley, Chris Frizzell and Sydney Warsaw for winning the Florida Solar Energy Center public service announcement video. The class will receive two hydrogen fuel cells for the Hydrogen Challenge! Secme and environmental engineering students will be going to Florida solar energy center May 4 to compete in energy whiz Olympics. Milwee Middle School Pre-Engineering Magnet School SECME team competed at the UCF-CECS Secme Regional Competition at the University of Central Florida, February, 16, 2013. Milwees 27 Secme team members competed in all the regional and state qualifying events. The students placed 1st and 2nd in bridge building, 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the glider competit