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Hill-Gustat Middle School at a Glance
4700 Schumacher Road
Sebring, FL 33872-2700
Phone Numbers
School Hours
Office:  (863)471-5437
Students:  8:13 - 3:00 PM
Fax:  (863) 314-5245
Staff:  7:40 - 3:10 PM
Office:  7:30 - 4:00 PM

Principal:  Jackie Allen
Asst. Principal:  Cheryl Vermilye

until approximately 11:30 a.m. daily.  This will continue until FSA testing is over May 2nd.
***Important Testing Information***

HGMS 6th – 7th – 8th FSA ELA Reading and Mathematics testing
Dear Parent/Guardian,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your student will be taking the computer-based Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) Grade 6, 7, and 8.ELA Reading & Mathematics assessment(s) April 13th – April 30th.If you or your student would like to gain familiarity with the computer-based testing platform, item types, and response formats your student will see on the FSA assessments, training tests and answer keys are available at http://www.FSAssessments.org/training-tests.
The statewide assessment program is designed to provide parents, teachers, policy makers, and the general public with information regarding how well students are learning Florida’s academic standards. According to section 1008.22(3), Florida Statutes, “Participation in the assessment program is mandatory for all school districts and all students attending public schools, including adult students seeking a standard high school diploma under s. 1003.4282 and students in Department of Juvenile Justice education programs, except as otherwise provided by law. If a student does not participate in the assessment program, the school district must notify the student’s parent and provide the parent with information regarding the implications of such nonparticipation.” If you wish to access this legislation, please go to http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=1000-1099/1008/Sections/1008.22.html.

For information regarding test session length for all Spring 2015 FSA assessments, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org, click on the Students and Parents tab, select Student and Parent Resources, select the Computer-Based Testing Information folder, and then select Spring 2015 Testing Times.

Please review the following policies with your student before testing:
  • Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones and smartphones, at any time during testing OR during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if they 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. The best practice is for students to leave devices at home or in their lockers on the day of testing.
  • Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FSA tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment 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 on their ELA Writing planning sheet, ELA Reading worksheet, and/or their Mathematics work folder.
  • Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states, “After the test, you may not reveal details about the passages or items to anyone. 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.
  • Test Invalidations—Students are responsible for working on their own 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. FDOE employs a test security company, Caveon Test Security, to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student results within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.
  • Leaving Campus—If your student leaves campus before completing a test session (for lunch, an appointment, or illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete the test session. If your student 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.
If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact Hill Gustat Middle 863-471-5437.
For more information about the FSA assessment program, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org.

Thank you for supporting your student and encouraging him or her to do his or her best during this test administration.

Cheryl Vermilye
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The next 8th Grade Dance meeting will be Thursday, April 30th @ 6 p.m. in the HGMS Commons.
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3 ON 3
Tournament        May 16 - 17, 2015

Age Divisions:

3rd/4th grade
5th/6th grade
7th/8th grade
9th/10th grade,
11th Grade -19 years old

                                   Prizes Awarded for the Champions and Runners-up in each age division.

$10 per player (3-4 players per team)
Co-ed Teams Okay!
Registration Deadline:  May 6th

15 points or 15 minute games
8 team limit per age division
You Lose, You’re Out
All proceeds benefit Hill-Gustat Middle School Athletics.
Registration Forms available in the
HGMS Front Office


Parents and Students,
The Florida Standards Assessments will be taking place in the upcoming weeks.  Below is a link to the FSA website to help prepare you student for taking the FSA's. The link will allow your student to choose which practice test they would like to try.  Please click on the Florida Standards Assessment picture link below and follow the login information provided under the link.

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ESE Parent Survey
February 1 – May 31
We need your help to make Florida’s 2014-2015 ESE Parent Survey a record success
Each year, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) surveys parents of children with an individual educational plan (IEP) to determine how well your child’s school is partnering with you and promoting your involvement in your child’s education. All states must collect this data as part of their State Performance Plan, as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Make your voice heard!
The web-based survey will open February 1, 2015.
You can complete the survey online at http://www.esesurvey.com or request a paper survey from your child’s school.
Your feedback is important in helping the state and local school systems continue improving educational programs for children with special needs. Thank you!

For questions about the survey,
please contact Aimee Mallini at FDOE



Hill-Gustat Middle School recently had the honor of hosting the Commissioner Of Education Pam Stewart
State Board Of Education Members
Dr. Rebecca Fishman Lipsey and Andy Tuck
Interim General Council Board Of Education
Lois Tepper
Superintendent Wally Cox
Deputy Superintendent Of Curriculum Dr. Brenda Longshore
They were accompanied by
HGMS Principal Jackie Allen
Assistant Principal Cheryl Vermilye
CLRT Andrea Smith

Thank you for stopping by and visiting our wonderful campus here at HGMS!!!!



HGMS yearbooks are on sale for $30.
Order forms available in the front office
(code: 11896315)






District Parent Involvement Plan
The District’s Parent Involvement Plan (PIP) for the 2014-2015 school year has been approved by the DSAC and has been placed on the District’s webpage.  Due to the length of the Parent Involvement Plan, the District has placed the Plan on the Federal Programs page.   Please visit the Parent Involvement Plan at http://www.highlands.k12.fl.us/SBHC/Curriculum_FederalPrograms.html.    You may also review a copy of the Plan at your child’s school.  If you would like to request a copy of the District’s Parent Involvement Plan, please call Debbie Wood at 471-5547.

Plan Distrital para la ParticipaciĂłn Paterna
El Plan Distrital para la ParticipaciĂłn Paterna (PIP) para el año escolar 2014-15  ha sido aprobado por DSAC y se ha colocado en la Página Web del Distrito.  Debido a la longitud del Plan de ParticipaciĂłn de Padres, el distrito ha ubicado el Plan en la página de los Programas Federales.   Por favor visite el Plan de ParticipaciĂłn de Padres en  http://www.highlands.k12.fl.us/SBHC/Curriculum_FederalPrograms.html.   TambiĂ©n puede revisar una copia impresa del plan en la escuela de su hijo/a.   Si desea  solicitar una copia del Plan Distrital de ParticipaciĂłn Paterna, por favor llame a Debbie Wood al 863-471-5547.

SBHC Website

School Board of Highlands County

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