Week of March 2-6, 2020

Dear Parents,

Parents are invited to participate in the Brevard Public Schools parent survey.  The survey will be available in English and Spanish to all parents from March 2 through March 13, 2020. Parents can access this survey online at:  http://tinyurl.com/BrevardFE The purpose of this survey is to provide schools with information that will help identify areas of strength and areas in need of additional attention.  Survey results and comments will guide school improvement efforts and be used to meet the diverse needs of our students and families.  By completing this survey, you will help us serve each of our students at Viera High School with excellence.

All juniors will be taking the SAT on March 4, 2020, beginning at 8:45 AM and continuing through 6th period.  Each student should bring two non-mechanical, sharpened, number 2 pencils and a photo ID.  Basic 4 function calculators will be provided, but students may also bring a Collegeboard approved calculator.  The list of calculators can be found on the SAT website, https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/  

Collegeboard has teamed up with Khan Academy to create a practice site geared specifically towards the SAT. The “Official SAT Practice” can be found at www.SATpractice.org.  We encourage our students to use this preparation, as it is free and individualized practice.

Below are important policies for your student to be aware of prior to testing. Please review these guidelines with your student before testing: 

  • Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smartwatches, 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.
  •  Calculators—For EOC assessments, approved calculators may be used during Session 2 only. If students have handheld calculators during Session 1, their tests will be invalidated.

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 planning sheets, worksheets, or work folders.

  • 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 of all statewide assessments is secure, you may not discuss or reveal details about the test content (including test items, passages, and prompts) after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or Instagram.” Please make sure your student understands that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, posting to social media, or sharing online. 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 student leaves campus before completing a test session (e.g., for lunch, an appointment, illness), he or she will not be allowed to return to that 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.
  • Testing Accommodations—If your student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), a Section 504 Plan, or is an English Language Learner (ELL), please contact the school to discuss the testing accommodations that will be provided for your student.  

The next SAC meeting will take place Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM in the Front Office Conference Room.

The next PTO meeting will take place Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 6:00 PM in the Media Center.

Spring Break is March 16-20, 2020. There is also a Student Holiday on Monday, March 23, 2020. Students return on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Scholarship Alert! The Association of Former Intelligence Officers is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a graduating senior pursuing a career/degree in an intelligence or national security related field. The deadline to submit requested materials is April 10th.  For full details please see the scholarship wall in our guidance lobby or click on the scholarship link on the VHS guidance webpage. https://www.brevardschools.org/domain/8397

Please visit our guidance website for information about FAFSA, Bright Futures, SAT/ACT information, and AP Testing Information at  https://www.brevardschools.org/domain/8397

From Guidance: FIT will be visiting Viera High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM in the VHS auditorium. If you are a senior planning on attending or an underclassmen with FIT possibly on your horizon, please join us for this informative session.

Athletics / Activities for Week of March 2 – March 6, 2020

  • Monday, March 2nd
    • Girls Lacrosse at Melbourne at 5:30 & 7:00 pm
    • Varsity Baseball vs. Satellite at USSSA Stadium at 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 3rd  
    • Softball at Palm Bay at 6:00 pm
    • Boys Lacrosse at Melbourne at 5:30 & 7:00 pm
    • JV Baseball vs. Eau Gallie at USSSA at 6:00 pm
    • Boys & Girls Tennis vs. Harmony on HAWK Courts at 4:00 pm
      • EARLY RELEASE: 3:15 pm
  • Wednesday, March 4th
    • Girls Lacrosse vs. Sebastian River at HAWK Stadium at 5:30 & 7:00 pm
    • Varsity Baseball at Titusville at 6:00 pm
    • JV Baseball vs. Melbourne at USSSA at 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 5th
    • Softball vs. Merritt Island at USSSA at 6:00 pm
    • Girls Tennis at Melbourne at 4:00 pm
      • EARLY RELEASE: 2:40 pm
    • Boys Lacrosse at Sebastian River at 6:00 pm (Varsity Only)
    • JV Baseball vs. Satellite at USSSA at 6:00 pm
    • Boys Tennis vs. Melbourne on HAWK Courts at 4:00 pm
      • EARLY RELEASE: 3:15 pm
  • Friday, March 6th
    • Girls Lacrosse vs. Martin County at HAWK Stadium at 5:30 & 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 7th
    • Track at Holy Trinity at 8:00 am

Congratulations to our wrestling team on placing 8th in the region this past weekend! Congrats to Andrew Pinzon and Braden Urso on qualifying for the state tournament this weekend on March 6th and 7th! Good luck hawks, we are proud of you!  

Go Hawks!

Sincerely,

Sarah Robinson, Principal