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State Representative Larry Lee Jr., of the Florida House of Representatives, challenged Southport Middle School ESOL students to continue working hard in school. Through his own life story, he explained how anything is possible when you remain determined to achieve your goals and stressed that students should remember that it is easy to make a bad choice but even harder to recover from it. Representative Lee was the keynote speaker for Mr. Hochberg’s 22 nd Annual Multicultural Celebration at Southport on Friday, May 18, 2018. The celebration also included former students words of inspiration, as well as presentations involving the seven noble virtues. The students, with the help of their families, prepared and shared a feast of indigenous food from their family’s home country which was enjoyed by all.

Over 15 different countries were represented such as Brazil, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, and Venezuela.

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Beginning on Monday, April 16, 2018, Southport students will begin taking Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) to assess their mastery of the standards in their course. Your child has had an opportunity to participate in a practice session to become familiar with the item types and response formats he or she will see on the FSA assessments. If you or your student would like to review the materials, paper-based practice tests and answer keys are available at Please refer to the 2018 FSA Daily Schedule and take note of these important dates of each of your child’s tests.

Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smart watches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if the devices are turned off or students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated. 

Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FSA tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment printed in the student’s test and answer book that reads: “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators read the rules to students, and students acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by signing below the statement in their test and answer book. 

Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states: “Because the content in all statewide assessments is secure, you may not discuss or reveal details about the passages or items after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” Please make sure your student understands that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to blogs or social media websites. While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parents/families. 

Working Independently—Students are responsible for doing their own work during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. In addition, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated. 

Leaving Campus—If your child begins a test session and leaves campus before completing it (for lunch, an appointment or illness, etc.), he or she will not be allowed to return to that test session. 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. 

Testing Accommodations—If your student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), Section 504 plan, or English Language Learner (ELL) plan, please feel free to contact the school to discuss the testing accommodations that will be provided for your student.