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.
Seniors, Juniors, and parents are invited to join us for a night of information on financial aid, scholarships, grants and more! Please join us at the River Ridge High School Theater for Financial Aid Night on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 6:30 – 8 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!
For additional information before the 24th, please visit the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance website.
Download: Financial Aid Flyer
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.
Sheriff Chris Nocco created a video that you may wish to air on your morning news and announcements in reference to a video contest for high school students.
The Winner Will Receive A Go-Pro!
Here are the details of the contest:
Topic: The Importance of Making Good Decisions in My Life
The video should be NO LONGER than 60 seconds long.
Dates: October 3 through 17, 2016
Grades: 9th – 12th
The video may be uploaded and sent via a Dropbox folder; click here for online directions showing how each student can create their own account for free. Video links should be sent to Kevin Doll at email@example.com. Judges will determine the best video based on overall creativity, quality and message.