Please bring in your empty ink and toner cartridges and small electronics to earn FREE supplies for Margate Middle. Take these items to Margate Middle main office. See flyer here.
March for a Healthy Future.
May 18th – 9:00 AM
600 S. E. 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL
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MARGATE MIDDLE SCHOOL
2012-2013 Annual Title I School Parent Survey
This survey is designed to help our school parent involvement team find out how well we are working with parents so that we can improve our parent involvement program. Please answer each question honestly. We appreciate your feedback!
SUMMER PROGRAMS / ONLINE RESOURCES
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is excited to announce the launch of a new Summer Programs Online Resource, which can be found on the District’s website (www.browardschools.com/summerprograms).
The Summer Programs Online Resource provides information about summer programs and camps, including Academic Enrichment Programs, School Camps, Extended School Year (ESY) Program, Third Grade Reading Camp and Summer Food Service Program.
Visit the new Summer Programs Online Resource at (www.browardschools.com/summerprograms).
The School Board has rescheduled the second public hearing to discuss school boundaries and school usage for the 2013-2014 school year for all combination, elementary, middle, and high schools to Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The hearing will be held in the Plantation High School Auditorium at 5:30 pm.
The FCAT is scheduled from April 15 through April 26, 2013. In order for your child to have a stress-free experience during testing, have him or her eat a nutritious breakfast and arrive early the day of testing. Also, students will not be allowed to be picked up early from school while testing, so, plan accordingly. Test taking strategies FCAT, click here.
The schedule is as follows:
Grades 6, 7, & 8 Monday, April 15, 2013 – Math Session 1 & 2
Grade 6 April 22- 25, 2013 Computer Based Testing – Reading
Grade 7 April 16 –19, 2013 Computer Based Testing – Reading
Grade 8 Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – Reading Session 1
Grade 8 Wednesday, April 17, 2013 – Reading Session 2
Grade 8 Thursday, April 18, 2013 – Science Session 1 & 2
In accordance with year-end procedures, and to ensure all outstanding charges are collected prior to the end of the 2012-2013 School Year, charging of meal services will no longer be allowed after Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Effective May 1, 2013, students are not allowed to charge meal services for the remainder of the 2012-2013 School Year, as stated in Food and Nutrition Services Procedure C-11:
“A NO charging policy will be in effect on May 1st of every school year. Every attempt should be made to collect outstanding charges. If there are remaining uncollected charges or any remaining prepayments, they will be carried forward to the next term and/or next school year.”
City and School Officials Connect at Margate Middle Dress Rehearsal
March 12, 2013 By Dr. Sabrina Segal, DBA
Margate Middle School’s new School Board Representative, Nora Rupert, connected with newly-elected Margate City Commissioners Joanne Simone and Tommy Ruzzano at a recent dress rehearsal of the Music Man by the school’s Drama Club.
Drama Club Director and “SELECT +” Instructor, Robin Rothman, was psyched when she saw elected officials tapping their feet and enjoying the performance. She told MargateNews.net the kids felt good having them as an audience. To show appreciation, Margate Middle Principal, Earnest Toliver, gave each a school t-shirt of their very own.
Margate Middle Principal Earnest Toliver; Drama Club Director Robin Rothman; Margate Commissioner-elect Tommy Ruzzano; District 7 Broward School Board Representative Nora Rupert; Margate Commissioner Joanne Simone; and Chorus Director Sylvia Williamson surrounded by the Margate Middle Drama Club.
SATURDAY FCAT CAMP
In an effort to better assist your child in their academic success at Margate Middle, we are planning to offer nine (9) Saturday FCAT Math, Reading, Writing and Science sessions. The purpose of the sessions is to increase your student’s proficiency on the FCAT Math, Reading, Writing and Science assessments.
FCAT Saturday Camp Dates:
February 16th and 23rd
March 2nd, 9th, and 16th
April 6th and 13th
The more you attend, the more you earn. Prizes given to each student, every Saturday.Large prizes raffled on April 13th. Click here for flyer.
RELAY FOR LIFE
At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds raised truly make a difference in the fight against cancer – just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!
Relay teams will camp out at Monarch High on April 5th , and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie, creating a family-friendly environment for the entire community.
This year ‘Margate Spartans’ hopes to meet and surpass our goal of $1, 200. Our team has raised over $7,000 in support of Relay and the American Cancer Society. This year we encourage students, parents and community members to join us in the fight against cancer.
For more information contact Mr. Bass or Mrs. S. Thompson, the sponsors of the event.
The Margate Middle School Drama Club is proud to present another Broadway classic, The Music Man by Meredith Willson. Charming con man Harold Hill arrives in River City expecting to talk those stubborn Iowans into paying for a boys band (that will never play a note). But the music is just beginning when he falls for lovely Marian the Librarian.
Special guests include both the MMS Chorus and Band. The curtain goes up at 6:30 on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Tickets will be sold at the door for $3.00. Bring the whole family for an evening full of song and laughter!
BROWARD COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR
Congratulations to all Margate Middle Participants:
Behavioral & Social Sciences
Plus special congratulations to Jenna Perez for 2nd Place award and Melina Pugliese for 4th Place award in category of Behavioral & Social Sciences.
Margate Middle Brings Out the Talent in Students
February 18, 2013
By Mitchell Pellecchia of the Margate News
Aside from offering Magnet curriculums in Math, Science and Technology, Margate Middle School (MM) has active drama and music programs that culminated last month in the “M” Factor, the school’s 3rd annual talent show.
Thirty student acts, ranging from solo vocal performances to dance routines, were judged by a panel of MM teachers based on originality, execution and audience response. First prize – $200 in cash – went to hip hop vocal group, Moment for Life, comprised of students Marc Jean-Baptiste, Edwidge Marson, Lise Mainegrette and Savannah Williams.
The “M” Factor took three months to produce, Sheri Williams, writing coach for the school’s Aspiring Author’s Club told MargateNews.net. The club meets once a month and affords students the opportunity to collaborate with peers, get published, touch on high school and college experiences and participate in the talent show.
About 200 turned out for the show with proceeds supporting school improvement projects and enrichment programs.
VIRTUAL LEARNING PATH (VLP) – Student Guide
Students are provided with supplemental instruction using Destination Math and Reading through the BEEP student portal at http://beep.browardschools.com
This web-based program will help ensure that your child has the basic skills necessary for FCAT 2.0 standards.
Our AM FCAT lab is open Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 8:05 AM.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CIVICS
The State Board of Education adopted new K-12 Social Studies Standards in 2008 called the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS). These standards, which must be implemented beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, are aligned with the instructional materials adoption and implementation of new K-12 social studies textbooks. In 2010, the State Legislature passed the Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Education Act: HB 105 which has been written into the 2011 Florida Statute Title XLVIII Education Code. The Statute can be found at www.myflorida.com. This law requires middle school students to take a Civics course and earn a passing score on an end-of -course Civics exam. Beginning in 2012-2013 a yearlong Civics course will replace the current Geography course. Geography standards are embedded within the Civics course as well as the other middle school social studies courses. A field test will be administered to select middle schools throughout the state in 2012-2013 and beginning in 2013-2014, seventh grade students will be required to take a Civics end-of course exam that will count for 30% of their final grade. In 2014-2015, students will be required to earn a passing score on the exam in order to receive course credit and be promoted to high school.
For further information, contact Dr. Louise Ball, Social Studies Supervisor at (754) 321-1873.
BUILDERS CLUB FOOD DRIVE
The club has completed their first community project for the year in the Harvest Food Drive. This drive collected enough food to feed ten families a Thanksgiving Dinner. Twice a week in November, the club members collected food that was donated by the students in the different homerooms. After collecting the food they separated the food into categories and then boxed them. The Builders Club’s parent group Kiwanis Club of Margate and Mrs. Coletti’s brother donated ten turkeys to hand out to the families. These families are local Margate Families that would not have had the opportunity to have Thanksgiving Dinner due to their economic hardships.
The club will continue to collect food items throughout the year to assist the Kiwanis Club of Margate in providing food through their Back Pack program. The Kiwanis club fills two back packs with light foods to give to two Margate Middle School and Two to Liberty Elementary School students that may not have enough to eat. The foods collected include peanut butter, cereal, items as in canned ravioli etc. This program will continue throughout the year. Any donations should be directed to David Bass, Advisor for the Builders Club.
Regular student attendance is very important for student learning and progress throughout the school year. The State’s financial support for schools is also directly linked to student attendance. Absenteeism hurts our students and hurts our schools. When students are absent they miss out on learning opportunities and fall behind, and the school loses funding. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Margate Middle School at 754-322-3800.
CLASS SIZE AND STUDENT PLACEMENT
Due to the State Class Size Reduction law, students may need to be moved between teachers after the start of school to ensure compliance with the required student limits.~ These limits are 18 students for Pre-Kindergarten to grade 3, 22 students for grades 4 to 8, and 25 students for grades 9 to 12 in core classes.~Please know that students’ needs will continue to be met through proper instruction and services.~Additional information on core classes or anything related to Class Size Reduction is available on the Class Size Reduction website at http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/classsize/.
How to Register for School
Contact our registrar, Ms. Erhard at 754-322-3820.
All students must have the proper immunizations before enrolling into a Broward County Public School. Please click here for information on required shots and where to acquire them.
CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT HANDBOOK
The Code of Student Conduct handbook has gone green. The 2012/13 Broward County Public Schools Code of Student Conduct handbook is available to parents and students electronically in English, Haitian-Creole, Spanish and Portuguese. A limited number of printed copies and signature pages are available to parents/guardians. Parents/guardians may contact their school to request a printed copy.
Students cannot be signed out in between 3:15 and 3:45pm.
All students will be dismissed to the west side of the building at 3:45.
Those who ride buses will board their bus from the front of the school.
CARS SHOULD REFRAIN FROM PICKING UP STUDENTS FROM THE WEST ENTRANCE OR IN THE WESTSIDE PARKING LOT (where the busses are).
Those who are car riders will wait for their transportation on the south side of the school (Atlantic Blvd). Parents must go through the parent pick-up line. Students will NOT be able to cross the parking lot to get to their cars. Please refrain from using your cell phone while in the parent pick up loop.
Students riding their bikes MUST wear a helmet BY LAW.
Walkers must follow the directions of the crossing guards.
Skateboards and bicycles must be walked off campus before using them.
In the event of severe weather, students might be held until it is safe to go outside. Please be patient in the unlikely event of this occurring.
SCHOOL FINANCIAL REPORT
In accordance with Florida law, we are providing you with your child’s school financial report. The figures in this report represent the revenues and the expenditures allocated to the school, both in total and per FTE (full-time equivalent) student. This data is compared to the rest of the schools in the district and the state. The purpose of this report is to inform parents of the resources that were available to the school during the 2010-11 school year. Click here for report. Click here for explanation of report details.
UNDERSTANDING FCAT REPORTS
The Spring 2012 Understanding FCAT 2.0 Reports document is now available on the Department’s website on the FCAT 2.0 homepage at http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcat2/pdf/s12uf2r.pdf.
The document includes explanations of the student and educator reports, a glossary of the terms used in these reports, and the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) content assessed on the FCAT 2.0.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Got Box Tops?!?! Did you know that our school received a check for $10,000 from General Mills Box Tops?? Like other schools, we too are trying to collect and save those General Mills Box Tops rewards cut out from the boxes of General Mills products. To Margate Middle they equal MONEY!!! Help us raise money by clipping and saving the Box Tops Rewards from all General Mills Products. You can send them in with your child. Thanks for supporting the General Mills Box Tops Program and Margate Middle School.
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Margate Middle in the Miami Herald
Thank you to the following teams for participating in the Box Top For Education program. Keep those box tops coming!
|Owls – 1824||Sharks – 1241||Hurricanes -1079||Seminoles – 814|
|Panthers – 159||Gators – 135||Knights – 74||Seahawks – 40|
|Ospreys – 5||Rattlers – 4|
Margate Middle School Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation Grant to Support Math and Science Education (STEM)
Margate, FL– July 28, 2011 – Margate Middle School, a Broward County Public Middle School, today announced it has received $40,000.00 as part of the Innovation Generation grant program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions Inc. Through the grant, Margate Middle School will supplement our STEM Magnet program with science and math hands on project and field trip opportunities that include local and state competitions. Approximately 400 students will be reached.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Innovation Generation program is designed to inspire students to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Innovation Generation funding equips students with the skills essential to both their lives today and their future success through funding, employee volunteers and intra-grantee collaboration. This year, the program will provide $5.5 million to K-12 programs across the U.S., including Margate Middle School, to support hands-on, innovative after-school programs, science and math clubs, teacher training and mentoring programs.
“This grant will allow us to expose our students to experiences inside and outside of the classroom that would not be possible otherwise,” states Nikia Ragin, Magnet Coordinator”. The grant writing team members include: Assistant Principal, Cara Coletti, Magnet Coordinator, Nikia Ragin, Lead Science Teacher Rod Daniel, and Lead Math Teacher, Patrick Gayle.
“The future of American innovation depends on a diverse pipeline of critical thinkers who are well versed in STEM principles,” said Matt Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “Through the Innovation Generation program, we are thrilled to partner with programs like Margate Middle, to provide students and teachers with the necessary tools to explore their STEM interests and pursue innovation.”
Innovation Generation is a part of Motorola Solutions’ larger commitment to engaging youth in STEM education. Beyond funding, Margate Middle will receive ongoing support from Motorola Solutions employee volunteers, who will act as mentors, tutors, and experts in STEM careers, which utilizes the expertise of Motorola Solutions’ workforce to inspire the next generation of inventors. Margate Middle also now is part of the Innovation Generation network, where it can create vital connections with hundreds of other organizations with the common vision to make a greater impact on STEM education.
Founded in 2007, the Innovation Generation Grants have awarded more than $25.5 million to STEM programs nationwide. For more information on the grant program, please visit www.motorolasolutions.com/giving. For additional information on Margate Middle School please visit http://www.margatemiddle.org/.
Grant writing team (L to R): Nikia Ragin, Magnet Coordinator, Patrick Gayle, Lead Math Teacher, Cara Coletti, Assistant Principal and Rod Daniel, Lead Science Teacher.
About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/giving.
eTutor provides free online homework help through live chat with a certified tutor from 2 PM to 10 PM seven days a week. Broward eTutor also offers practice tests available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone with a Broward County library card. To obtain a free Broward County library card, visit your local public library.
For more information go to www.broward.org/library.
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A new option has been added. CLICK HERE
Offer to Students on FREE Lunch for reduced Internet access rate and Computers for $149.00.
What is provided as part of this program?
COMCAST is partnering with Broward County Public Schools to offer low-cost, high speed Internet access directly to the homes of students who are eligible for Free Lunch. COMCAST will also make available a computer at a discount and provide free Internet training to get the students and their families started! The cost of $9.95 a month plus tax is being made available for the next three years and include activation fees and installation.
How will this benefit our students?
This program addresses the “digital divide” by addressing two of the barriers to connecting to the Internet – access and computer. These Broward students will be able to access digital textbooks, check on their assignments, access their grades, research information and use instructional learning tools – all available through the Broward Education Enterprise Portal (BEEP) Student system.
How the Program Works:
1. Families with children enrolled in the free lunch program can sign up for low-cost, high-speed Internet service. Cost is $9.95 per month plus tax.
2. These families can also buy a computer at a discount ($149.00). The computer is a NETBOOK with wireless card.
3. Training is provided at no-cost to the families by COMCAST
4. COMCAST will install the service and provide parental control software that addresses online security.
5. This offer is available for three school years to families.
6. Families must live in areas with COMCAST service.
How does a Family show evidence of qualification and sign up for the program?
1. Family member calls and 800 number (1-800-765-6995) and makes arrangements with a COMCAST representative.
2. Letter of eligibility for Free Lunch distributed by food service must be sent to COMCAST by the eligible families.
3. COMCAST provides all installation as part of the offer at no cost to families.
4. Families decide whether they want to purchase the NETBOOK at the reduced cost.
How will information be distributed to eligible families?
1. A flyer will be distributed to eligible families who qualify for free lunch through the Food Services Department in conjunction with the application for free lunch.
2. An Internet-Essentials web site (http://InternetEssentials.com) provides further details on the program. The Broward Schools website will also provide information on the partnership with COMCAST.
3. Parent-Link Message is sent to the families of students who are enrolled in FREE LUNCH as a reminder.
4. Information can also be found at public libraries and community organizations.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Jeanine Gendron, Director of Instructional Technology at 754-321-0475 or the COMCAST Representation Dawn Stagliano, Director of Government Affairs and Community Investment at Dawn_stagliano@cable.comcast.com.
SCHOOL ZONE SPEED LIMITS
The Florida Legislature approved a change to the School Zone Speed Limit Speeding Fine structure.The School Zone Speed Limit fines have now been changed, to allow the local authorities to Double the Speed Limit Fines for speeding in an active school zone, during the times where the speed limit is posted at 15mph.
|The new Speeding Fines Doubled sign is now being installed at school zones around Broward County. You will start seeing these signs installed at the entrance of the over 900 school zones that have yellow flashing school zone lights.According to our local police departments, many of the school zone speeding tickets that are issued during the first half hour of a school zone in the morning, are issued to teachers and other school district employees going to work and then during the second half hour of the school zone tickets are issued to parents and others who reside in the communities located around our schools|
CLASS SIZE REDUCTION
Due to the state Class Size Reduction law, students may need to be moved between teachers after the start of school to ensure compliance with the required student limits. These limits are 18 students for Pre-Kindergarten to grade 3, 22 students for grades 4 to 8, and 25 students for grades 9 to 12 in core classes. Please know that students’ needs will continue to be met through proper instruction and services. Additional information on core classes or anything else related to Class Size Reduction is available on the Class Size Reduction website at http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/classsize/
Florida’s Class Size Amendment – 2010 Legislative Session
In 2010, the Florida Legislature approved a constitutional amendment to be placed on the ballot that will ask voters to change the state constitution’s current maximum class sizes to “school-wide average class sizes.” If the amendment is approved by voters, maximum class size would be calculated based on the school-wide average of the number of students in core classes assigned to each teacher beginning with the 2010-2011 school year and be:
- 18 students in prekindergarten through grade 3;
- 22 students in grades 4 through 8; and
- 25 students in grades 9 through 12.
In addition, the proposed change to the constitution would set the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher, while not exceeding the school-wide average, to be:
- 21 students in prekindergarten through grade 3;
- 27 students in grades 4 through 8; and
- 30 students in grades 9 through 12.
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GET YOUR FLU SHOTS NOW
Prevent missed school and missed work. According to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the flu costs American businesses more than $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity. Click here for more information.
Textbooks available on Student Portal at http://beep.browardschools.com
Log into Student Portal and enter username and password. Username and password is same as Virtual Counselor Username and Password. Username – 10 digit student ID, Password = student birthdate mm/dd/yyyy (be sure to include ‘/’; also password subject to change by student)
Did You Know?… Textbooks Available Online!
Per state statute students are given the opportunity to receive their core textbook in print or digital format. Since all of Broward’s core instructional materials are available on BEEP, middle and high school students and parents have the option of receiving their take-home materials in digital format. Simply, complete the Optional Access to Instructional Materials form and return to your homeroom teacher!
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