PUBLIC SCHOOL INFORMATION
The School Liaison Officer (SLO), Ms. Venetia Waters, is available to help assist with all your questions with schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas Counties and the surrounding area.
VIRTUAL MILITARY PARENT FOCUS GROUPS
Join us the 4th Tuesday of each month from 10am - 11am for military families of children grades K-12 who are enrolled in home, public, private, charter or virtual schools.
The MacDill School Liaison Officer is looking for parents to be part of a focus group that would serve as a network of local school support for in-bound families. This is an opportunity for parents of school-age children to network together, share challenges, and provide strategies to help in-bound military parents and students navigate the local school system.
Email Venetia.firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
MILITARY CHILD EDUCATION PROGRAM
Ensures access to info and provides a communication link for families assigned to MacDill, with school-aged students, in grades kindergarten through high school.
- Navigating School Choice Options
- Accessing Educational Information and Resources
- Advocating for Educational Needs of Military Students
- Identifying and Eliminating Barriers to Academic Success
- Supporting Families and Students Through Transitions and Changes that Impact Military Child Education
CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE
Now military and DoD Civilian families can search for child and youth care options through a single website! Using militarychildcare.com you can find comprehensive information on child care programs worldwide conduct a customized search for the care you need, and submit a request for care at anytime from any location.
PARENTS: You will now be able to sign up in advance for fall, winter and spring breaks, plus all 10 weeks of summer camp through this service.
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Understanding Your Child’s School Rating
State Law – Florida’s A+ Plan, School Grades: School Grades are based on how well students have mastered the Sunshine State Standards – the skills Florida teachers determined our children must learn at each grade level – which are measured by the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Student scores are classified into five achievement levels, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. Schools earn points based on three things: how well students are doing, how much progress they are making (learning gains), and how much progress struggling students are making in reading and mathematics.
Federal Law – No Child Left Behind Act: requires each subgroup (all ethnic groups, students with disabilities, students learning English, and economically disadvantaged students) in schools, districts, and the state as a whole to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) in reading, mathematics, writing, and graduation rate. Schools that do not make enough progress for two years in a row are in need of improvement, and must provide alternatives to parents – such as transferring to another school or participating in a different program within the school. Schools that need improvement two years in a row (do not make AYP for 3 consecutive years) must provide tutoring.
Staying informed as a parent:
Information on all schools – including which groups of students need to make more progress under federal guidelines – is also available at www.schoolresults.org.
Some questions and resources for parents:
Is your child being challenged at his or her school?
Has your child’s school given and explained your child’s grades and test results?
Have you asked your child’s teacher if your child is on grade level in math and reading? Have you asked for a specific list of skills your child needs to learn?
Information on the Sunshine State Standards is available at www.fldoe.org.
Have you talked with your child’s teacher about his or her progress?
Have you asked specific questions about your child’s reading ability and needs? How can you help your child become a better reader?
Helpful information is available at www.justreadflorida.com or www.justreadfamilies.org.
Is your child on track for graduation?
Is your child on track for being prepared for college? If not, what needs to be done?
Speak to his/her guidance counselor and register online to track his/her progress at www.facts.org.
SESAME STREET FOR MILITARY FAMILIES
Sesame Street offers an initiative for families looking for ways to cope when transitioning from military life back to civilian life.
Find resources for families transitioning out of the military at sesamestreet.org/veterans