Shark sculpture for sharp students
FCAT recognition was awarded to this year's sophomore class on Monday. CKS Principal Sue Ice presented a shark sculpture to the sophomore class, whose performance on FCAT was the best in the school.
One hundred percent of the students in the tenth grade class scored at or above grade level on the Sunshine State Standards (SSS) Math portion of the FCAT, and eighty-one percent of the class scored at or above grade level on the SSS Reading portion of the test.
Students who achieved the highest score on the test, a five, were awarded state certificates to commemorate their hard work throughout the previous school year.
The following students achieved level five on the FCAT Math: Billy O'Dell, Caely Hibbits, and Deanna Littlefield. Zoe Stuber scored a level five on the FCAT Reading.
The Shark sculpture is a newly-devised form of incentive for students to do well on tests.
Any class in grades third through twelfth may participate in the contest. The shark will remain in the class's possession for about a month, until another opportunity will be given for another class to earn the sculpture. The shark again will be "up for grabs" during ThinkLink testing next month.
Smile, it's picture day!
By Claire Brown and Jessi Robinson
Picture day will be on Friday, Sept. 5 for CKS students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Forms will be coming out beforehand, so be sure to have them filled out and returned to school on that day if you would like to purchase your child's photo.
By Josh Berger and Dylan Webster
As the new school year starts so does ThinkLink, a monitoring system that the Levy County school systems used last year as the replacement for the Achieve test, which most of the students are familiar with.
Though ThinkLink is very similar to the Achieve test, ThinkLink helps students and teachers better understand where improvement is needed by giving hints and instant feedback.
ThinkLink also closely simulates FCAT, which helps teachers and students alike assess what score they may have received on the standardized test, and most importantly to find areas where improvement is most needed.