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Updated: 10/11/2012 08:00:39AM

Eight Bartow students got perfect FCAT scores

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Christine Roslow

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Eight students in Bartow
earned perfect scores on the
FCAT, the school district said. They were among 48 students in the county who earned perfect scores and were recognized for the performance.

The students with perfect scores on the FCAT and/or Math E-O-C were recognized in a special recognitions at an event at Tenoroc High Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The students from Union Academy were Maria Galindo, Nandan Patel and Kacey Wood. Students from Bartow International Baccalaureate were Divya Ravinder, Juliana Herrin, Angelica Gates, Riley McDanal and Brenda Wang .

The Florida Department of Education changed from the FCAT to FCAT 2.0 to align to a new standard. It is more rigorous and complex than the test it replaced.

In December 2011, Florida’s State Board of Education approved revised cut scores on the FCAT 2.0. The new cut scores required students to earn more points in order to score at passing levels.

Additionally, the first algebra end-of-course cut scores and achievement levels were implemented as the state moves towards end-of-course exams at the secondary level.

Red Ribbon Week contest to start

A national contest for the 27th annual Red Ribbon Week is under way.

Taking place Oct. 23-31, it is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country, the organization reports.

In 1985 after the murder of a DEA agent, parents, youth and teachers in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs. This year, families can get involved by entering a contest to promote awareness in their neighborhoods and win a drug prevention grant for their schools.

Families can enter Red Ribbon Week’s contest to win a $1,000 grant for their school and a new iPad for their home.

To participate in the contest families and students will decorate the front of their homes with this year’s message: “The Best Me Is Drug Free.”

Here’s how to enter:

Students take the Red Ribbon Week message home and work with their parents to decorate their front door, mailbox, fence, etc. Take a photo with the family and their Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload to or by Nov. 2.

Then the voting begins. Ask family
and friends to vote for your entry at Nov. 2-16. Ten entrants from regions across the U.S. will win. Winners will be announced at events at their winning schools in December.

People can also get contest information at

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