Welcome to TCMS
Dear Parents and Friends of TCMS,
I would like to extend a huge thank you to those of you who completed the TCMS Quality Check Survey. Your feedback is extremely important to us. Because of your ratings and feedback, TCMS is able to make real changes that will enhance our school culture, learning environment and standard operating procedures. It is our goal to provide our students and parents with a high quality education, and positive communication and feedback is important for real change to happen.
I’m sure many of you have read in the paper and heard in the news about the many problems and issues schools across the state experienced during the administration of the FSA ELA Writing assessment. Although TCMS experienced very minor computer issues on the first day of testing, I am pleased to report that we had a very successful testing week.
We are currently in the process of preparing for the bulk of the state assessments which include FSA ELA Reading, FSA Math, FCAT Science for 8th grade, Algebra EOC and Civics EOC for 7th grade. As you can see, we will be having a very busy spring!
Each grade level will test separately and all assessments, with the exception of FCAT Science, will be computer-based. All students in the 6th grade will test for a total of 4 days. Each 7th grade student will test for a total of 5 days and every 8th grade student will test for 4 days.
Student homework will be light for each grade level during its respective testing window. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your Grade Level Administrator. Please remember that TCMS is a “closed” campus during testing.
2014-2015 Student Handbook, Section 950.07 - Release of Students: During “closed campus” times of the year (i.e., state mandated testing, semester exams testing days) students are not permitted to be released (unless it is an absolute emergency) during testing so as not to disturb the testing environment. Only the Principal or designee is permitted to approve the release of a student during testing (2014-2015 Student Handbook, Section 950.07 - Release of Students).
In order to help your child perform at his or her very best on these very important assessments, please be sure to limit afterschool activities, your child should get plenty of rest and eat a healthy breakfast. PRA will also provide a light breakfast each day for those students who will be involved in testing.
Thank you for your continued support in your child’s education.
Principal Tahvia Shaw, M. Ed.