Support the Tavares Middle School Jazz Band as they raise funds to perform at the Florida Music Educators’ Association Conference.
The Tavares Middle School Jazz Band was one of three middle school bands selected to play at the Florida Music Educators’ Association Conference in Tampa on Jan. 14-17, 2015.
“There are 29 students from the Tavares Middle School Jazz Band planning to attend this conference and they are working hard to raise money to attend the event,” said Victoria Warnet, Band Director at Tavares Middle. “One way they are working to raise money is by playing for our community. The Winn-Dixie in Tavares has been so gracious to allow these students to perform in front of their store to raise money for this event.”
To help support the Tavares Middle School Jazz Band and listen to an outstanding talented group of musical students, visit the Winn Dixie, located at 450 E. Burleigh Blvd., on Nov. 8 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Donations are also accepted at the Tavares Middle, located at 13032 Lane Park Cutoff Road. For more information, contact Victoria Warnet at email@example.com.
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Exciting announcement planned at 10 a.m. on Oct. 21 at Lake Minneola High
Reading unlocks the future for Lake County children and the School District and Library System are teaming up to ensure every student in Lake County has the key to success.
On Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m., Lake County Schools and the Lake County Library System will forge a new partnership to ensure every child has an opportunity to excel in the classroom and beyond. Before the announcement from the library system and school district, kindergarten and first-grade students from Grassy Lake Elementary and Minneola Charter Elementary will gather in the auditorium of Lake Minneola High School to participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.
The annual reading initiative mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy in an effort to break the world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. On Oct. 21, 2014, people across the country will unite in big cities, small towns, and everywhere in between to read the children’s book Bunny Cakes, by bestselling author and illustrator, Rosemary Wells.
Each year, Read for the Record comes alive thanks to countless reading events in schools, libraries, offices, and homes across the country. For more information about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, log on to http://www.jstart.org/campaigns/read-record.
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Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent of Lake County Schools, authorized today the immediate suspension of school district benchmark tests to students in seventh through 11th grade to give teachers more time to adapt to the new Florida Standards.
“I have heard students, teachers and parents loud and clear,” Dr. Moxley said. “We are drowning in a sea of state-required assessments and anything this school district can do to reduce the burden needs to be done. Assessments are important in the classroom because it is a way for teachers to see if the instruction is working and if the students are comprehending the material. Nonetheless, it’s important to maintain a balance between assessments as an instructional tool and teaching & learning. Teachers need time to teach and students need time to learn.”
The reduction of October assessments is the second time Lake County Schools has decreased the number of assessments it uses to measure student academic growth in preparation for high-stakes state testing conducted in the spring. This past summer the school district made a strategic decision to forgo mini-assessments as the state wrestled with major changes to its standards and state assessments.
“Due to the administration of the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) in grades 9-11 and the administration of the ReadiStep assessment in grades 7-8, Lake County Schools is waiving the Lake Standards Assessments (LSA) and Lake Benchmark Tests (LBA) in English Language Arts and Math in grades 7-11 for the October testing window,” wrote Dr. David Christiansen, Chief Academic Officer at Lake County Schools, in a memorandum to Lake’s high and middle school principals.
Dr. Christiansen added, “The PSAT and READISTEP are national, standardized assessments from the College Board that provide comprehensive data reports on our students in the areas of Critical Reading, Math and Writing. These reports identify areas of development for the students in each area along with Advanced Placement (AP) Potential.”
Students in third through sixth grade will still be required to take district monitoring assessments next week as it will be the first benchmark of their performance. The ReadiStep and PSAT will be administered on Oct. 15. Students in grades 3-11 will take district monitoring assessments in February as teachers and schools will have one last look at their students’ progress before heading into the Florida Standards Assessments for English Language Arts and Math, which are slated to begin on March 23 for students in grades 3-4. A complete testing calendar for Lake County Schools is available online at http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/page/480.
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Excitement is in the air at Pine Ridge Elementary as three teachers have recently been recognized for outstanding educational achievement.
Whitney Kreiling, 3rd grade teacher, was recently named by the Florida Council for the Social Studies as Lake County Schools’ elementary social studies teacher of the year. Along with daily classroom instruction, Kreiling led a school-wide “Freedom Week” Project Based Learning spiral for all grade levels. The project culminated in a “Day at the Museum” in which Pine Ridge Elementary was transformed into a museum of student projects connected to Freedom Week.
“I love social studies and think it’s important to weave it in and teach it in a cross-curricular manner,” Kreiling said. “My students get really excited over our mini-economy, classroom government, and the multiple problem-based learning projects we do. This kind of teaching excites me so much that it spills over onto the kids.”
Fifth grade teacher Vanessa Townsend was also recently named STEM Alliance of Central Florida elementary science teacher of the year for Lake County Schools. Townsend was recognized for her efforts as STEM coach as well as her outstanding science classroom instruction. She is passionate about science and can often be seen wearing a lab coat to model the importance of scientific careers.
“I am very honored to be receiving this prestigious award for science,” Townsend said. “I believe that bringing science to students in an innovative and exciting way will help give them a love of learning it as well as the necessary tools to be successful 21st century thinkers now and in the future.”
Finally, Pine Ridge Elementary School’s art teacher, Susan Schommer, was recognized as the school’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year. Schommer leads the Art Ambassadors club which promotes art leadership for the school’s fifth grade students.
“My love for seeing our students create has never faltered,” Schommer said. “I could not be more proud for having been selected as Teacher of the Year. It reminds me that my peers appreciate the effort I put into a job I love.”
Schommer also organizes the annual “Pinwheels for Peace” event in which the entire school community creates pinwheels designed to promote peace awareness throughout the community.
Townsend and Kreiling will be recognized at the Lake County School Board meeting on Oct. 13. Schommer will be recognized at the district’s annual Lake County Teacher of the Year celebration.
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Last call for sponsorships for the inaugural Lake County Schools: Arts and Cultural Festival is Monday, Oct., 20. This is a great and easy way to help Lake County students while supporting the arts.
The school district is seeking sponsors for the upcoming festival. Monetary support will be divided among the schools who participate. This funding will assist the students and teachers in obtaining supplies they normally do not have or have to buy out of their own pockets. With community and business support, this can become an annual event for Lake County teachers and students.
The event is scheduled on Friday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Wooton Park in Tavares. It will showcase the innumerable arts and cultural activities happening at local schools. In addition to promoting the arts (performing and visual), the festival will provide schools an opportunity to fundraise for needed supplies and equipment for arts and cultural programs.
Please MARK THIS DATE on your calendar, and please send in your sponsorships. For more information about Lake County Schools’ Arts & Cultural Festival, log on to http://artfair.lake.k12.fl.us or contact Brian Payne, Community Resource Liaison, at 352-253-6517 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Watch the premiere of the Home-School Connection at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Lake County Schools and Lakefront TV are teaming up to help parents and families of school children. The Home-School Connection is a unique new educational show where public school administrators and teachers discuss informative topics about the school system, classes, programs and ways you can help from home. Students also present school news and events from around the area.
The Home-School Connection is an open community forum about our schools. You are invited to e-mail a question or suggest a topic for a future show. Some questions will be answered on the show, so keep watching.
To send a message to the Home-School Connection email email@example.com.
Watch Lakefront TV on Comcast channel 22, Brighthouse channel 199 and Florida Cable channel 4.
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The Umatilla Middle School and Umatilla High School AVID programs came together last month to celebrate the Second Annual AVID Contract Signing Night.
“The event was a success, as community members showed up in force to support the AVID program,” said Bryan Totten, AVID Elective Teacher and Coordinator at Umatilla Middle. “The Umatilla Middle AVID program had 76 students in attendance and the Umatilla High program added another 64 students with family and friends. That equates to 140 students, or which is more than 70 percent of the total number of AVID students between the middle and high schools.”
In order for students to be in the AVID program they, as well as parents, administrators, guidance counselors, and the AVID teacher, must sign a contract stating that it is the goal of the student to take on advanced level courses on the way to gaining entry into a four-year college. The students also sign off on a list of responsibilities that include completion of all homework and studying, proper behavior in all classes, consistent attendance at school, and a commitment to using AVID strategies such as Cornell Notes and the AVID Three-Ring Binder. The goal of the AVID program is to create a support structure that will help these students succeed in those goals and responsibilities.
The purpose behind the AVID Contract Signing event is to cheer on these students as they make this commitment to push themselves beyond their comfort zones as they advance toward their goal of a college education.
“Our guest speaker, Lake County AVID District Director Kelly Cousineau, did an amazing job of exciting the crowd while explaining what AVID is all about — forming relationships, unlocking potential and achieving dreams,” Totten said.
For more information about the Lake County AVID Program and how you can volunteer as an AVID tutor, log on to http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/Page/32861.
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