• The Bi-Weekly What: Friday Feb 19, 2021

    Posted by Michael Meechin on 2/18/2021

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    THE BI-WEEKLY WHAT: FRIDAY FEB 19, 2021


    A MESSAGE FROM MR. MEECHIN

    Happy Friday!

    Our students are so connected in the world. They use so many different technologies and communication forms in their day. However, responsible use is still always a concern. With great connectedness comes great responsibility.

    A particluar area of concern for us as a school is the use of social media by our students. There are so many constantly changing platforms and apps that students have access to - many of the times at home. These communications can be tough for parents to see and/or monitor. I would encourage you to have a conversation regularly with you students to discuss what they have access to on their devices - particularly their mobile devices.

    I would also remind your student that anything they put out into these networks can be archived in time. Even though it may disappear on their device, it leaves a digital footprint. We are hopeful to offer some parent workshops to communicate the things that we learn in the coming months. So, please stay tuned.

    As always, we are here to support. Be well.

    Michael Meechin, Principal

     


    UNPRECEDENTED RESPONSE 

    Our recruitment season has come to an end and what a response that it has been. We had 318 applications for 120 spaces in our Class of 2025. We have been overwhelmed by the response in admissions at NeoCity Academy.

    We are excited to welcome these families to our NeoCity family in the coming months. 

     


    NEXT SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING

    Our next School Advisory Council Meeting will take place on February 22, 2021, at 5:00 PM - Online. You can find the link and invitation on our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/neocityacademy

    This is open to all NEOC Families.

     


     

     

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  • The Bi-Weekly What: Friday Jan 29, 2021

    Posted by Michael Meechin on 1/29/2021

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    THE BI-WEEKLY WHAT: FRIDAY JAN 29, 2021


    A MESSAGE FROM MR. MEECHIN

    Happy Friday!

    Whoa! It is hard to believe that we are wrapping up the fourth week of Q3. It has been a very long year and the stretch to Spring Break can be a long one. We will continue to push toward the finish line as our Knights always do. This year has been a challenge on so many levels - for our students, our teachers and staff, and our NEOC families. We will only get through this together. 

    Our rollout of Standards-Based Grading has been a learning curve for all of us. However, we KNOW that this type of assessment system is right for kids (and their parents). While it has been a challenge to shift from the status quo to this new form of meaningful assessment measure - we are seeing the fruits of our labor already. Students, while sometimes challenged with a new way of figuring out where they stand - are having conversations with teachers that focus on their learning on a particular outcome - rather than a numeric grade. This is the magic of Standards Based Grading - this is our WHY.

    We will continue to refine the system and make improvements. We plan to hit the ground in the 2021-22 school year with definitive systems around SBG that will make it easier for students and families to track progress. We will be providing professional development for staff to focus on meaningful feedback for students as well. We will be updating our website with information for parents that takes an even deeper dive into our SBG process. We look forward to bringing this to you in the coming months.

    As an FYI... our grade distribution (the numbers of A, B, C, D and F letter grades) has been near identical to that of last school year - which is great.

    As always, we are here to support. Be well.

    Michael Meechin, Principal

     


    CHOICE APPLICATION CLOSES FEB 1, 2021

    We wrapped up our Choice Information Nights and recruitment season this week.

    It has been another exciting year, even with the COVID Pandemic. So far, we are well over 200 applications for an incoming class of 120, with a few days left to go. Be sure to share that we will continue accepting applications through Monday Feb 1, 2021.

    More information can be found on our Choice website: http://osceolaschools.net/choice.

     


    GRADES IN FOCUS 4-WEEK UPDATE

    We will be updating Focus with draft grade status in all courses at the 4-week and 7-week mark for Q3, as there are 10-weeks in this quarter. You will be able to see a status in Focus, and real-time updates will continue to be made in Canvas.

    4-Week Check-In

     


    NEXT SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING

    Our next School Advisory Council Meeting will take place on February 8, 2021, at 5:00 PM - Online. You can find the link and invitation on our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/neocityacademy

    This is open to all NEOC Families.

     


    SPRING 2021 OUT OF FIELD REPORT

    We work hard at bringing the best instructional talent what we are able to NeoCity Academy. Many of our faculty members come from far and wide, including out of state candidates. This sometimes classifies the instructor as out of field as they work to meet certification requirements set by the Florida Department of Education.

    • Kymberlee Osborne-Benthaus is out of field in Biology, as her certification is in Chemistry.

    Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.

     


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