Congratulations to our middle school students who spent March 3 and 4 at Universal Studios for "America Sings". Ms. Julie reported that it was a very successful event, a unique opportunity for our 33 students "to work with some incredible, well-known musicians in workshops, make 3000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless, prepare filled backpacks for 700 students who attend a school where 100% are on free and reduced lunch and 48% are homeless, perform in a non-competitive environment, and sing and dance with 1100 students from all over the United States in a grand finale that also stressed the reason that America Sings began 28 years ago. Their motto is 'For those who have no hope from those with hope to share.'" Sounds like they had a busy two days! She went on to say that this is an annual event most often held in Washington DC but this year, with the event in Orlando, we could not pass up the opportunity for our students to experience it. The students had to do extra work "preparing to perform the mass numbers, gathering food and goods to donate individually to organizations in need, and doing their own community service projects which at SAA is performing for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and retirement centers." The students were accompanied by Ms. Julie, Mr. Bryan, Ms. Lauren Nielsen, and 19 parents who were also able to participate in the experience. Ms. Lauren, who spoke on stage as Miss Orange County, "did a wonderful job presenting the founder and leader of the group, John Jacobson." She not only represented Orlando but also our school in front of 2000 people. "This was a memorable event that will impact the lives of our students forever. We feel very fortunate to have been able to participate in this wonderful, worthwhile event." Thank you to all of the staff, parents, and students who gave up their time and shared their talents to participate. Watch for the video of the students as they sang and danced as part of the group of 1100 students.
This Tuesday the 6th and 7th graders will be visiting the Fruitville Library to explore and secure their own library cards. We hope this will encourage them to make use of this resource and read, read, read. The Asolo Players will visit SAA Tuesday afternoon to prepare the 8th graders for their trip to the Asolo later this month for the performance of "Born Yesterday." We are fortunate to have these resources close to us. Thursday is Skate Night. Check the website for details.
We finished the FSA-Writing assessment Friday and have no more testing until March 28 when the third graders take their reading assessment. Then we have a break until April 10 when the big push begins. You can help your child to prepare for the math and language arts FSA by visiting www.fsassessments.org to complete a practice test. As with anything, practice helps the students feel more confident in their ability to navigate the test successfully and hone their skills. Students also have access to many math and reading sites used by their teachers to supplement the textbook. They have the IDs and passwords so they can get to the sites at home.
Next week, of course, is Spring Break (March 13-17). Some of the students and their parents will be traveling to New York with Ms. Julie for a few days to see the sights and several Broadway productions. I know they'll have a great time. Because of the holiday, the March Governing Board meeting will be moved from March 13 to March 20.
Have a great week. See you at the skating rink!