Falcon monthly February 1, 2021 #FalconsALLin

Title 1 Celebrate Literacy Week Scavenger Hunt Submissions!

Important reminders & Dates!

  • February 2 & 4 at 6:30 PM- Special Academies informational webinar for 8th grade parents. A link to the webinar is being sent to the parent emails of 8th graders.
  • February 12- Application deadline for high school academies. Students are encouraged to apply to more than one academy.
  • February 15- NO SCHOOL--Presidents' Day
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday- After school Homework Hall and Academic Support is offered every Tuesday and Thursday after school until 4 PM for students who bring a permission form.
  • Every Monday through Thursday from 6-7 PM- In addition to our school Homework Hall & Academic Support, any student can log into Class Link and select the Citrus Math Homework Hotline logo to join a Zoom help session with a certified teacher. More information featured in this newsletter.
  • FREE Breakfast and Lunch Program for ALL students has been extended to the end of this school year!
  • Parents needing to drop off items during the school day are asked to call prior to arriving. We will be practicing social distancing in our lobby and we appreciate your patience as we limit the number of people entering at one time.
  • For safety, there will be NO bus notes to change buses this year.

congratulations Literacy Week Winners!

The following students were first place winners for their grade level Bookmark contest:

6th Grade

Abrianna Amponsah

7th Grade

Marissa Blomquist

8th Grade ** Tie for FIRST PLACE

Franchesca Hernandez

Ella Simpkins


On sale NOW through Friday, February 5th! Give a sweet treat to a student or a staff member!

We will be offering you the opportunity to purchase full size M & M’s, Skittles, and Reese’s for $2.00 each and Ring Pops for $1.00. The funds from this will be used to support PBIS.

The link below is for you to create the candy gram message, or students may scan the QR code that will be posted around the school.

Orders may be made now-February 5. Mrs. McMahan will be on the stage during lunches to collect payment on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays of those weeks.

Candy grams will be delivered to classrooms on Friday, February 12.

If you order and DO NOT come to the stage to pay, your candy gram message will be deleted, and candy WILL NOT be delivered. We will not call for students to pay.

Parents who wish to purchase candy grams for students or staff members can come to the front office between 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM.

water bottle reminder

Students should bring a clear water bottle to stay hydrated. For safety, we have closed communal water fountains, but students can refill their water bottles at the water hydration stations.

middle school Promotion requirements

At CSMS we strive for excellence in academic performance and anticipate our students will successfully complete academic requirements for promotion from middle school. Please review the following information summarizing district requirements as outlined in the Citrus County Student Progression Plan and legislation:

All students are required to take and pass three middle school courses in English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, including civics. Civics, Algebra I Honors, and Geometry Honors will contain an End of Course Exam (ECO). Statewide, standardized EOC assessments will constitute 30 percent of the student’s overall grade. Students enrolled in all courses associated with an EOC must take the EOC assessment.

In order for a student to pass a course, their final grade point average must be equivalent to a D in each class. Grade points are awarded as follows:

A=4 B=3 C=2 D=1 F=0

At the end of the year, all grade points for the four quarters are totaled and averaged. For each class the average must be equivalent to a D or higher for the student to pass the class and be promoted to the next grade level.

If you have questions concerning promotion requirements, please call the guidance department.

After school Homework hall & Academic support

Homework Hall and Academic Support is currently offered every Tuesday and Thursday in the media center as well as via Zoom until 4:00 PM. Students who want to participate must have a permission form on file. Forms are available in the front office. If you have questions, call Ms. Jenkin 344-2244 ext. 4445.

*NEW* Math Homework hotline!

Monday-Thursday from 6-7 pm, Any student can log into class link and select the citrus math homework hotline logo to join a zoom help session.

substitute teachers needed!

If you would be willing to be Falcon substitute teacher, please click the substitute application. We need more great subs to join our team!

Soaring Falcons

Soaring Falcon students are chosen monthly by the grade level teachers in recognition of consistent outstanding school performance and attitude.

6th Grade

Alyssa Schwarz

Ryan Scarborough


Payten Johns

Harrison Grant


Faithlynn Parks

Matthew Dufresne


Girls' Tennis and Boys' Basketball Tryouts begin on Thursday, February 4th. Students who wish to participate must have a physical and insurance card on file with the clinic.


• Visit our district website www.citrusschools.org.

• Click on the button in the middle of the homepage marked “Athletic Event Tickets”. This button will redirect you to our box office.

• From there you will choose the corresponding school you will be purchasing tickets from.

• Once you have purchased the online ticket you can either print the ticket and present it at the gate, or you can download the e-ticket to your phone or other electronic device and have it scanned upon your arrival.

Please note that senior citizen passes, walk-up tickets or any FHSAA passes, will not be available or honored this season due to these new protocols.


In past seasons, all employees were allowed free admission to all regular season athletic contests with their school board identification badge. This is no longer an option for our Fall athletic season due to use being at limited venue capacity. ALL faculty and staff must purchase a ticket so venue attendance numbers can be accurately counted and managed. There are NO exceptions to this rule.


Masks are mandatory for all spectators for all indoor & outdoor events. Fans are also asked to self-assess if they are sick before attending a game. If any fan is not feeling well and/or have COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home. If any fan is caught not wearing his/her mask, they will be asked to leave the game.


Pre-packaged items will be available for sale during games. Cash only.

National Junior Honor Society

Due to the current situation with COVID 19 and the limited participation opportunities, it has been decided that NJHS will not be active for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. We will reevaluate the situation in April to determine possible NJHS candidates and activities for the 2021-2022 school year.

To all the candidates who did not get to participate this year, we appreciate you. We encourage you to get involved and participate in other service activities when they become available.

NJHS Sponsors: Abramowich, Fowler, Jolly

Canvas for parents

If you haven't downloaded the Canvas app for parents or signed up for Canvas on your computer, visit the link below to find out how to set that up and pair it with your students accounts. This link is also available on our school website under the Parent Links tab. This platform will be your resource for student assignments, communication, and course information throughout the year.


No dismissal changes may be made AFTER 1:45.

Car Line Pick up and Drop off PROCEDURES

  • Student drop off is between 7:20-7:50. Vehicles MAY NOT enter the middle school parking lot to drop off students. Please drive slowly. Please do not talk on your cellphone during drop-off.
  • If it’s possible to delay your students arrival until 7:30 that would help us greatly.
  • Students that arrive between 7:20-7:30 will be sent to the cafeteria until they can report to home room at 7:30.
  • Please follow the drop off route so we can keep everyone safe.
  • Students that arrive after 7:50 will be marked tardy.

Pick up: Dismissal begins at 2:20 pm. Vehicles MUST use the car line to pick up their student. Vehicles MAY NOT enter the middle school parking lot to pick up students. Please drive slowly. Please do not talk on your cellphone during pick up.

*We are no longer allowing students to cross over to be picked up from the parking lot.

SAC Meetings

If you are interested in being a part of the School Advisory Council, please email Rachel Bender benderr@citrusschools.org

Meetings will be held 3:00 pm via ZOOM invitations sent out to the interested participants.

  • March 8, 2021
  • May 10, 2021

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Title 1

If you have any questions concerning Title l please call: Rene’ Johnson (Title l Coordinator) @ 352-726-1931


advancement via individual determination

Welcome to the AVID center!

ALL parents are encouraged to read this section to receive information that will help you and your child prepare for the future-- the where and what to do next for your child’s education.

February 9th- AVID Dress up Day-- Students must wear nicer clothes (meaning not jeans or shorts and t-shirts) on that day to practice or model interview first impressions.

February 15th- No School

February 16th-Midterm Quarter 3

February 26th -AVID t-shirt day

February 26th- Guest Speaker- Engineering

Your Child’s Future Planning:

11th grade- Fall semester-take SAT or ACT or both. Stick to one test- which ever one you do best on-that is the one you keep taking. Spring semester-start researching colleges that have what you are planning to major in. Look at what the GPA requirement is for that college and the score required for the SAT/ACT so that you make the score you need. You can take the SAT/ACT as many times as you want; however, it costs money to take-try your best. Both the SAT and ACT are cumulative, which means that the best of each part counts-no matter how many times you take it. Remember you will start College applications in OCTOBER of your Senior year, so you will already need to know your SAT/ACT scores.

Look at a college comparison sheet to eliminate or decide between colleges and their requirements.

We are looking for a professional to zoom with the AVID classes about their Career. If you are interested please email garciate@citrus.k12.fl.us or siegendorfm@citrus.k12.fl.us or call 344-2244 ext. 4447


The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has announced a new awareness campaign aimed at addressing school threats by students in Florida. Learn more about DJJ’s #ItsNoJoke campaign here.

Guidance Resources & information

Our guidance department is here to serve you and your student. You are welcome to call and set up a phone or Zoom conference with your student's teachers or speak with a guidance counselor about any concerns you may have.

Mrs. Brendel – Guidance Secretary, ext. 4411 email- brendelC@citrusschools.org

Mrs. Hum – Registrar, ext. 4412 email-humb@citrusschools.org

Mrs. Pastorello – School Counselor assisting students with last names A-L, ext. 4407 email- pastorelloa@citrusschools.org

Ms. Pettit -School Counselor assisting students with the last names M-Z, ext. 4408 email- pettitt@citrusschools.org

Mr. Smith- School Social Worker, (352) 400-0886 email- smithm@citrusschools.org

School Financial Report

A copy of the most recent school financial report is located on our school website.

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