Doggie Day Spa

Doggie Day Spa

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HUDSON — Hudson High School goes to the dogs every Friday. And the staff and students alike seem to love the experience.

Hudson High’s Academy of Veterinary Assisting hosts the Doggie Spa and Doggie Day Care from 7:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. each Friday. The spa and day care center includes grooming tables, a bathing area, and a kennel area.

During that time, it’s not unusual to see dogs of every breed being groomed, cleaned, walked and cared for in the school’s vet assisting lab — -and, on occasion, even trying to drink from the classroom drinking fountain.

You also see student volunteers learning the finer points of veterinary care.

“The kids do a great job,” said Robert Herrington, a Hudson High teacher and head of the veterinary program. “They’re learning the introductory skills they need to work in a veterinarian’s office.”

The students can, in fact, earn their certified veterinary assistant certificate at the academy. And at the doggie day spa and daycare, they apply the skills they’ve learned to the care of pet patrons, including a good number of regulars.

There’s Cinderella, a Great Dane. Pig, a pit bull/Chihuahua mix. Yeti, a Labrador-shepherd. And Labradors Sheldon and Penny.

Many of the canine customers belong to students and staff members. The service is also open to the public, with donations collected going toward a new grooming table and lab equipment.

“Our goal is to have a self-sufficient veterinary academy,” said Herrington. “We want to sustain ourselves.”

His students have their own goals. Inspired by her involvement with the dog spa and the veterinary academy in general, senior Zoie Brayman has started her own pet grooming service.

“I do want to be a veterinarian,” said Brayman, 16, the youngest student in the program to receive her CVA. “I’m interested in entrepreneurship. I want to get into it.”

Ella Shiver, 15, said she has learned a variety of veterinary skills through her involvement in the doggie spa and veterinary academy — skills that include grooming, nail trimming, bathing, ear cleaning and calming.

“I love playing with the animals and being around them,” the 10th-grader said. “And by working here, I can show people that I’m capable.”

Amy Kurzinger, 16, also has earned her CVA through the program and wants to become an Army veterinarian.

“In this program, you can learn anything you need to know to take care of animals,” Kurzinger Amy. “And I bond with each dog.”By Megan Hussey, Times Correspondent

 

What is the End-of-Course Assessment?

What is the End-of-Course Assessment?

What is the End-of-Course Assessment?

The Education Code in the Florida Statutes mandates that public school students take the statewide, standardized End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment that correlates with the EOC course in which they are enrolled.  EOC Assessments are linked to the high school standard diploma.  Graduation requirements may vary depending on which designation option the public school student chooses.

Districts determine the exact dates for each test administration. Some districts may have specific rules/restrictions for each test administration.

Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) Algebra 1 EOC:

  • November 27–December 15, 2017
  • March 19–April 6, 2018 (Retake administration for seniors only)
  • April 16–May 11, 2018
  • July 9–20, 2018

Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) Geometry EOC:

  • November 27–December 15, 2017
  • April 16–May 11, 2018
  • July 9–20, 2018

Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) Biology 1 EOC:

  • November 27–December 15, 2017
  • April 16–May 11, 2018
  • July 9–20, 2018

Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) US History EOC:

  • November 27–December 15, 2017
  • April 16–May 11, 2018
  • July 9–20, 2018

District Finals Info

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.


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