District Finals will be administered May 10-12th. For this school year, District Finals will account for 10% of the student’s total grade in the course. Finals come in two formats: Computer-based tests (CBT) or Paper-based tests (PBT). If your child is taking a CBT he or she has had an opportunity to view an introduction to the assessment platform to become familiar with the software, item types, and online tools he or she will encounter and use during testing.
Please review the following policies with your student before testing:
- Electronic Devices—If your child is found with ANY electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones and smartphones, 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— Prior to testing, test administrators will read the rules to students, and students will show acknowledgement that they understand the testing rules by proceeding with the assessment.
- 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. 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 Invalidations—Students 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.
- Leaving Campus—If your child leaves campus before completing the test once they have started the test (for lunch, an appointment, illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete the test. If your child 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.
Thank you for supporting your student as he or she prepares for testing.
This is the 2017 AP exam schedule. Please pay close attention to the testing location as several tests are being administered at PHSC Spring Hill Campus. Please contact Ms. Howard/Ms. Julia if you have transportation issues or concerns (727-774-4200).
Course card selections are upon us for the 2017-18 school year. Please carefully review the information below and make sure you have all the required signatures and approvals for the courses you plan to or wish to take. Make sure you have selected at least 6 full credit courses or an equivalent of 6 with semester courses :
ELA Course (1)
Math Course (1)
Science Course (1)
History Course (1)
Electives (2); Intensive Reading (1) and Elective (1)
Please see Ms. Howard or your counselor if you have any questions or concerns.
The FSA and EOC spring testing window is approaching soon! ALL students, grades 9-12 (+retained), who are enrolled in or completed the courses (either last year or just recently online) and have not attempted the corresponding exam yet (ex: Algebra I, II, Geometry, Biology, US History), as well as FSA/FCAT Algebra Retakes, Reading Retakes, and FSA Writing/ELA. Students are to report directly to their testing rooms when they arrive to school.
Spring FSA Parent Letter
Spring NGSSS Parent Letter
Northwest Elementary School, Hudson Middle School, and Hudson High School found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some taps within the schools in tests conducted on 9/15/16, but those levels were normal in all but one sink tested on 10/1/16. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Please read this attached information closely to see what we are doing to reduce lead in the drinking water.
Health effects of lead
Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children, and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is stored in the bones, and it can be released later in life. During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother’s bones, which may affect brain development.
While the water coming into the schools has met all water quality criteria, some locations within the schools did not meet water quality criteria for lead in the 9/15/16 tests. This means there was leaching of lead from either soldered pipes or older fixtures in the buildings. These could include lead pipes, lead solder (commonly used until 1986), as well as faucets, valves, and other components made of brass. To avoid exposure due to the leaching of lead, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) encourages flushing the pipes before drinking, and only using cold water for cooking and drinking. Boiling the water does not reduce lead levels.
Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. You can test your child for lead poisoning by asking your pediatrician to do a simple blood test.
Northwest Elementary School, Hudson Middle School, and Hudson High School have a water treatment plant permitted by the (DEP) that requires the district to conduct water quality testing. In September, some samples from sinks within the schools contained lead readings that were above the acceptable level. As a result, we took immediate action to reduce levels of lead. We suspected that the levels might be a result of the lack of use of the sinks, so in coordination with the DEP, we immediately began a flushing program and increased monitoring.
The DEP conducted a second test on Saturday, October 1, and the results indicated that all sinks accessible to students tested within acceptable levels. We will continue the flushing program and increased testing in coordination with the DEP to make sure that all samples continue to be below the action level. Because the original results had an exceedance, the DEP requires that we educate families about lead in drinking water.
For more information, call the Pasco County School Maintenance Department at 813-794-7900 or visit pascoschools.org. For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home and the health effects of lead, visit the Environmental Protection Agency website at www.epa.gov/lead, or contact your health care provider. We also have posted information on the schools’ websites. Enclosed is a pamphlet from EPA to further answer any questions you may have.
The FSA Writing and ELA Retake window is approaching! Any student, grades 10-12 (+retained), who has not passed the 10th grade FSA ELA will be scheduled to sit for this exam during the testing window. Students may ask any of their teachers for specific testing dates and times, as well as downloading: The 2016-17 Assessment Calendar (draft) here.
START: Monday, October 10th
END: Friday, October 28th, 2016.