Parent Resources

Creating the Skyward Parent Account



The district provides digital access for parents to view assignments, grades, progress reports and report cards.  It is our expectation that parents regularly monitor whether assignments are completed and turned in. Teachers are available to address any of your concerns throughout the school year. You will need to use this account to monitor your child’s progress throughout middle school and high school.


Detailed directions and a video for setting up the parent account are located on the district’s website:  ocps.net: click on “Current Families” and “Skyward Information.”


Skyward Logo


If you need assistance in setting up your account, please complete the Help Form on the district’s website.


For more information on digital learning, please log on to ocps.net, click on Students and Parents, and click on Digital Learning. 


If you have a concern about your child’s progress in a particular course, contact the teacher directly as soon as possible or schedule a conference with your child’s teachers by calling Ms. Aviles at 407-884-2208, extension 5002221.

 

TOOLS FOR PARENT EMPOWERMENT

Stay Informed                                                                    

  • Weekly announcements are sent via telephone and email. Make sure your voice mailbox is not full.

  • Report changes in address, phone number(s), email, and/or emergency contact information to our Registrar, Mrs. Enamorado at 407-884-2208, extension 5002232 or [email protected].

  • Regularly check our marquee, located in front of the school.

  • Visit our school website:   https://apopkams.ocps.net

  • Check regularly for correspondence from the school. Correspondence is sent by mail, email, through Canvas or is sent home with students.

  • Read our weekly newsletter, The Squawk, located on our website under School Information.

  • Attend school events such as Open House and Curriculum Night.

  • Join organizations such as the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and School Advisory Council (SAC).

  • Know your child’s schedule, their teachers, and expectations. Teacher contact information can be found on our website. Teachers provide students with a syllabus at the beginning of the school year, which outlines the topics they will study, along with expectations for success.


Monitor

  • Middle school students must pass all three years of each core subject with a 60/D or higher: Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies (World History, Civics and U.S. History). 

  • Verify that assignments are completed and turned in. 

  • Check Skyward and Canvas regularly to keep track of grades and assignments.

  • Contact teachers directly regarding academic or behavioral concerns, through either email or telephone. 

  • To schedule a parent/teacher/student conference, call Ms. Aviles at extension 5002232.

  • Report cards are available in Skyward at the end of each nine-week marking period (four per school year). Progress Reports are available at the midpoint of each nine-week period (four per school year). Read teacher comments, check conduct, verify number of absences, and review grades. 

  • Summer school may be required for students failing one or two core courses.

  • Make sure that your child is getting to school and to class on time. Regular school attendance is crucial for success.

  • Contact the grade level Dean for behavioral concerns: 


Grade Level Deans 


Adrienne Sears-Coleman 
6th grade A-Z, 7th grade
[email protected]
Extension 5002266

Carl Kolling

A-M
 7th grade N-Z, 8th grade A-Z

 Extension 5002277

[email protected]


Guidance Counselors

Karen King
6th Grade
407-884-2208, ext. 5002250
[email protected]
 

Leslie Strenth
7th Grade
 407-884-2208, ext. 5002252
[email protected]

Leanna Brotherson

8th Grade

 407-884-2208, ext. 5002642

 [email protected]

   


SAFE Coordinator


Kristen Kushner facilitates counseling services. She also provides education and prevention services regarding drugs, alcohol, peer conflict, bullying, and suicide. She can be reached at extension 5002616 and [email protected].



HOW TO PROMOTE EFFECTIVE STUDY HABITS


The transition to middle school can be challenging. Students are most successful when they develop effective study habits.

Planning

  • Low grades are most often the result of missing assignments. Students can use the calendar in Canvas to record when assignments and projects are due. Parents can view homework in Canvas as well.

  • Monitor academic progress through Skyward.  See the district website for instructions on setting up your parent account: ocps.net, Current Families, Skyward Information.

  • Students should take advantage of test corrections, which usually increases the grade percentage and reinforces learning.

  • Regularly check for missing work. Avoid waiting until the last week of the marking period.


Homework

Homework helps students to master skills through practice and repetition. It is common for middle school children to resist doing homework. Therefore, parents play a crucial role in monitoring and ensuring that homework is completed.

  • Set a time and place for homework and stick to it.

  • Post the “Seahawk Study Sheet” in the study area and use each night.

  • Provide a healthy snack.

  • Use a hard surface such as a desk or table.

  • Make sure the area is well lit and free from distractions.

  • Work on the most challenging subjects first.

  • Plan for breaks according to your child’s needs. 

  • Provide supplies.

  • Give rewards like family time or video-game time.

  • Contact the teacher by telephone or email if you have concerns. 

  • Seek help from your child’s teachers (some offer tutoring before or after school).

  • Take advantage of school-wide tutoring opportunities at the school. Information is provided through the Principal’s weekly message via telephone or email.


If you have had changes to your telephone number, address, or email address, please contact our Registrar, Mrs. Enamorado, at 407-884-2208, extension 5002232 or [email protected].





PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS


To review Orange County Public School’s Student Progression Plan, see:

www.ocps.net/departments/student_services/student_progression_plan



Middle School Promotion:


In order to progress from grade-to-grade in middle school, students are required to pass all four core subjects each year with a D (60) or higher:  Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies (World History, Civics and U.S. History).


Students who earn a failing grade of F (50-59) in Language Arts or Math for the quarter have the opportunity to recover the course by making a C or higher on the next report card. One to two core courses can usually be recovered through Summer School.  Students who fail three or four core courses may be retained.  



 High School Promotion:


In order to be promoted to high school middle school students must:


  • pass all three years of each core subject with a D (60) or higher: Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies (World History, Civics, and U.S. History)

  • complete a college & career lesson with school counselors through U.S. History



Summer Learning:


Summer School is available for students who failed 1-2 core courses. Details are provided to parents the last week of school.


If you have any questions about promotion, please contact your child’s School Counselor:


Guidance Counselors


Karen King
6th Grade
407-884-2208, ext. 5002250
[email protected]

Leslie Strenth
7th Grade
407-884-2208, ext. 5002252
[email protected]

Leanna Brotherson

8th Grade

 407-884-2208, ext. 5002642

 [email protected]



IMPORTANT CONTACTS



Teacher

Subject

Ext.

Email

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Mr. Bartfield

5002236

[email protected]

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Ms. Hearn

5002235

[email protected]

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Mr. Bolden

5002815

[email protected]

ATTENDANCE

Ms. Rodriguez

5002606

adelaida.rodri[email protected]

BOOK KEEPER

Ms. Valdivia

5002225

[email protected]

CAFETERIA

Mr. Gray

5002692

[email protected]

CLINIC

Ms. Hall, LPN

5002612

[email protected]

DISCIPLINE

Dr. Sears

5002266

[email protected]

ESE/IEP’s

Ms. Moody

5002224

[email protected]

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR 6th

Ms. King

5002250

[email protected]

MEDIA SPECIALIST

Ms. Macon

5002901

[email protected]

PARENT CONFERENCES

Ms. Aviles

5002221

[email protected]

PRINCIPAL

Dr. Pelletier

5002222

[email protected]

REGISTRAR (records & enrollment)

Ms. Enamorado

5002232

[email protected]

SAFE COORDINATOR

Ms. Kushner

5002288

[email protected]

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER (SRO)

Officer Lemieux

5002645

[email protected]

TECHNICAL SPECIALIST

Mr. Walton

5002234

[email protected]

TESTING COORDINATOR (FSA, EOC’s)

Ms. Crawford

5002647

[email protected]

TRANSPORTATION

407-317-3800

Find a bus: ocps.net/newcomers/find_my_bus

Boggs, Mary

Language Arts

5004163

[email protected]

Bolden, Melvin

Art

5004815

[email protected]

Brewer, Amarilys

Science

5004157

[email protected]

Colon-Gonzalez, Clarisa

Language Arts

5004161

[email protected]

Costantini, Lora

P.E.

5004783

[email protected]

Craig, Anthea

Reading

5004152

[email protected]

Drama/Theater

Drama/Theater

5004812


Exley Evans, Lois

ESE

5002901

[email protected]

Figueroa, Migdy

Spanish

5004187

[email protected]

Fooks, Charlotte

STEM Medical

5004401

[email protected]

Gillespie, Michael

Computers ICT

5004183

michael.gillespie[email protected]

Green, Patricia

AVID

5004502

[email protected]

Jean, Lisa

World History

5004158

[email protected]

Jolly, Tiffany

Science

5004165

[email protected]

Maldonado, Angel

STEM Engineering

5004185

[email protected]

McMillian, Bruce

P.E.

5004786

[email protected]

Mole, David

World History

5004151

[email protected]

Nelson, Naomi

Band/Orchestra

5004803

[email protected]

Picone, Anthony

P.E.

5004784

[email protected]

Renard, Constance

Math

5004153

[email protected]

Ross, Robert

Chorus

5004730

[email protected]

Sargent, Kyle

Band

5004651

[email protected]

Sikes, Duncan

Agriculture

5004501

[email protected]

Tallman, Ashley

Learning Strategies

Social Personal

5004160

[email protected]

Tillman, Patricia

Math

5004154

[email protected]

Walton, Martha

Math

5004172

[email protected]

Whitt, Margaret

Science

5004156

[email protected]

Williams, Aisha

World History

5004155

[email protected]

Williams, Elizabeth

Language Arts

5004162

[email protected]



WEBSITES FOR PARENTS



Apopka Memorial Middle School apopkams.ocps.net/


AVID avid.org/


Canvas canvas.ocps.net/


Florida Course Code Directory fldoe.org/policy/articulation/ccd/


Florida Standards Assessments/ https://fsassessments.org/

End of Course Exams Patrice Crawford, AMMS Testing Coordinator

Extension 5002647

[email protected]


Orange County Public Schools

ocps.net/departments/marketing_and_events/publications/code_of_student_conduct_and_parent_guide