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Beginning tonight and through the weekend, the school district’s new online gradebook, Skyward Family Access, will be unavailable as data on the site is updated.

Parents and guardians of students who attend Lake County Schools are encouraged to create a Family Access account. Through the Family Access portal, parents and guardians will have the ability to view their child’s grades, attendance and other data.

The Family Access portal is replacing the district’s older online gradebook, eSembler. For parents that had an eSembler account last school year, many received an email on Sept. 17 from do.not.reply@lake.k12.fl.us with a link to begin the process of setting up a Family Access account. Step-by-step directions on setting up a Family Access account are available online at http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/familyaccess.

For parents and guardians who did not receive an email or did not previously have an eSembler account, they will need to print out a Family Access Enrollment Form. The form is available online at http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/familyaccess. Only one email address per form is permitted. Parents and guardians will have to fill out a separate form for each email address.

Due to security concerns, to complete the form parents and guardians are required to either:

    • Bring the form and ID to the school and sign the form in front of someone at the school; OR
    • Fill out the form; have it notarized by a public notary; and return the form to the school.

After returning the form, the school will verify the information. Once the parent account is created, the district will send an email with sign-in instructions to the parent automatically.

For more information, log on to http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/familyaccess.

Lake County Schools’ initiative to improve student achievement by realigning funding priorities continues in the second year of EngageLCS.

EngageLCSOver the course of the next few weeks, a list of realignment ideas will be explored on the school district’s virtual town hall at http://engageLCS.mindmixer.com. Input is encouraged from students, parents, teachers, school staff and community members. The list of realignment ideas is comprised of three areas: ideas that were outlined in Year 1 but were not tackled due to time constraints; ideas that are a continuation of work done in Year 1; and ideas that are newly added.

EngageLCS is an unprecedented measure for Lake County Schools — significantly improving student outcomes without a large increase in new money. By reallocating resources, the School District is looking to increase student achievement by focusing on targeted instructional priorities:

    • Immediate investment in struggling schools & ELL students
    • Talent Development Pipeline
    • Program Evaluation & Innovation
    • Teacher & Principal Induction & Development
    • Personalized Learning

After Year 1, Lake County Schools was able to reallocate $10.1 million to support its instructional priorities. Some of the investments that were put into place this school year include:

    • School-based Acceleration Resource Teachers, Florida Standards Teachers and Para Professionals to support literacy
    • Talent Development Pipeline bonuses for teachers
    • Additional Instructional Coaches for new teachers
    • Implementing the Program Evaluation and Innovation program
    • Beginning a focus on personalized learning for students
    • Initiating personalized learning for teachers and leaders through additional collaborative time for teachers

To learn more about EngageLCS or to participate in the conversation regarding realignment opportunities, log on to http://engageLCS.mindmixer.com.

Members of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce were treated this morning to an outstanding breakfast prepared by Culinary Arts students at Lake Minneola High.

Students brought their ‘A’ game serving nearly 200 guests at the chamber’s monthly breakfast. With a spread that included scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, yogurt parfaits and homemade mini muffins the students and Culinary Instructor Nick Sandora earned a lot of praise. Continue Reading »

A cross-functional group of parents, teachers, citizens, school-based administrators and school district-based administrators will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to review student recess data that is being collected from elementary schools in Lake County.

The public meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lake County School District Office, located at 201 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares. The public is invited to listen as the group begins their work.

The committee will review how each elementary school gives students breaks from their studies throughout the day and how recess differs from site to site. After analyzing the collected data, the committee is expected to make a recommendation to the Lake County School Board regarding recess opportunities for elementary school students. The Curriculum Department at Lake County Schools is working to bring forth a comprehensive picture of how each school addresses the need.

After a successful pilot at Eustis High School, the Lake County School District is launching its new online gradebook, Skyward Family Access.

Family Access PortalParents and guardians of students who attend Lake County Schools are encouraged to create a Family Access account. Through the Family Access portal, parents and guardians will have the ability to view their child’s grades, attendance and other data.

The Family Access portal is replacing the district’s older online gradebook, eSembler. For parents that had an eSembler account last school year, they will be receiving an email on Wednesday from do.not.reply@lake.k12.fl.us with a link to begin the process of setting up a Family Access account.

Parents and guardians will use their current eSembler user ID (email address) as their username for Family Access. Step-by-step directions on setting up a Family Access account are available online at www.lake.k12.fl.us/familyaccess.

For parents and guardians who did not receive an email or did not previously have an eSembler account, they will need to print out a Family Access Enrollment Form. The form is available online at www.lake.k12.fl.us/familyaccess. Only one email address per form is permitted. Parents and guardians will have to fill out a separate form for each email address.

Due to security concerns, to complete the form parents and guardians are required to either:

    • Bring the form and ID to the school and sign the form in front of someone at the school; OR
    • Fill out the form; have it notarized by a public notary; and return the form to the school.

After returning the form, the school will verify the information. Once the parent account is created, the district will send an email with sign-in instructions to the parent automatically.

 

For more information, log on to www.lake.k12.fl.us/familyaccess.

Speedy auto body work by East Ridge High School’s students is quickly earning the school a fast reputation as one of the most advanced high school auto body classes in the nation.

Working with corporate partners and community relationships, Teacher Bill Barto has been able to provide unique opportunities for students in the Automotive Collision, Repair and Refinishing program. The opportunity presented by the Braille Battery Race Team is earning the school some well-deserved kudos.

The Gymkhana Grid Nissan 350z was showcased at Daytona International Speedway (photo provided by AutomotiveAddicts.com).

The Gymkhana Grid Nissan 350z was showcased at Daytona International Speedway (photo provided by AutomotiveAddicts.com).

“We were so impressed at the skill level and top equipment at the school,” stated Braille Battery President, Blake Fuller, in a company news release. “The students did such an amazing job on the Hot Rod Hybrid car that we hoped they could piece together a very crashed race car and bring it back to its original glory.”

The wide body Nissan 350Z had seen two years of drift racing with both rear fenders destroyed and a front end that consisted only of shredded pieces of fiberglass after impact with a concrete wall. The car was then retired and sat in the Braille warehouse for three years before the 2013 X Games inspired ideas for a new life for the racecar.

The new X Games sport, Gymkhana Grid, was the brainchild of the Internet driving sensation, Ken Block. This head-to-head rally race pitted two cars on mirrored racetracks, both trying to be the first to cross the finish line, but with obstacles that were similar to drifting and ultimate car control. These All-Wheel-Drive Supercars would go on to compete in the Red Bull Global Rally Cross at the same event. The Braille team began to imagine the retired Nissan wide body drift car in an Unlimited Two-Wheel Drive Class, which would allow it to once again compete at the track.

Students went to work overhauling the racecar. According to Chris Brewer from AutomotiveAddicts.com, “the eye-catching Gymkhana Grid Nissan 350z sponsored by Braille Battery, Nissan North America, and GO PUCK (and many others) was showcased on the infield during the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) event at Daytona International Speedway August 22-23, 2014. The restoration was a labor of love, painstakingly restored by auto body students from Clermont, Florida’s East Ridge High School using PPG paint materials, the radically customized 350z looks absolutely stunning in the bright Florida sun.”

The Gymkhana Grid Nissan 350z will also be showcased at the 2014 SEMA Show, an automotive specialty products trade event, on Nov. 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“I am proud to partner with PPG and I look forward to a long and productive working relationship with them and Braille Battery,” Barto said. “It’s great to see the involvement of these corporations, and we hope to build on these for the students’ benefit.”

The Automotive Collision, Repair and Refinishing course at East Ridge High School is part of the school’s robust Career-Technical Education (CTE) programs, which also includes 13 other programs such as Allied Health Assisting and International Business. Career and Professional Academies provide students the opportunity to earn industry certifications. The appropriate industry certifications for the Automotive Collision, Repair and Refinishing program are the National Automotive Technology Education Foundation’s Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Automobile/Light Truck Technician in the areas of Nonstructural Analysis and Damage Repair and Painting and Refinishing.

Lake County Schools is one of two school districts in the country to earn a major grant for professional learning.

This three-year grant for $4 million is called iPD (Innovative Professional Development) and is focused on personalized learning for teachers and leaders.

“I am excited at the prospect of Lake County Schools being a leader in the development of personalized learning for teachers and leaders,” said Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent of Lake County Schools. “Our goal is to have every child graduate and be ready to join the workforce or continue their studies in post-secondary education. This grant will help us achieve that goal by creating a professional development system that assists every one of our teachers maximize their effectiveness.”

The school district’s formula for success is, “E2+P=C2Ready” (Effective, Empowered and Passionate Teachers Equal Career & College Ready Students). In the grant application, the school district wrote, “that effective, empowered and passionate teachers are the key to preparing students to be college and career ready.” The iPD initiative will provide the opportunity for Lake County Schools to develop a synergistic system that, at its core, is focused on increased teacher effectiveness and empowerment (E2). This initiative supports improved instruction aligned to college and career-ready (C2) Florida Standards.

“Aligning resources to develop highly effective teachers and leaders and support key initiatives will advance the goal of developing C2 Ready students,” said Dr. David Christiansen, Chief Academic Officer for Lake County Schools. “Our iPD plan supports this theory by creating an aligned system for increasing teacher effectiveness and empowerment plus passion.”

Lake County Schools will optimize resources by creating more time for teachers to collaborate and establish systems and processes that focus on effectively embedding the new Florida Standards into daily classroom work. The district will create a more personalized learning system for teachers where they identify their needs driven by classroom realities, implement a professional development plan to meet those needs, and apply learnings within their classrooms.

To accomplish this, the school district has chosen the following four outcomes:

    • Ensure all teachers have ample time within the school day for collaboration (without sacrificing quality student learning) focused on core instructional work
    • Provide multi-modal access to high-quality PD content based on teachers’ needs and student results
    • All teachers have frequent opportunities and multiple sources of feedback on their instructional practice
    • Assess the impact of PD content/experiences

The NGSI and iPD grants coordinate with the EngageLCS initiative by expanding on personalized learning for students, teachers and leaders. Through the $1.2 million EngageLCS project, also supported by the Gates Foundation, Lake County Schools is evaluating the best use of its existing financial resources to ensure students continue to get a great education. This is an unprecedented measure for Lake County Schools — significantly improving student outcomes without a large increase in new money. By reallocating resources, the School District is looking to increase student achievement by focusing on five instructional priorities:

The iPD grant is the third grant award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Lake County Schools. This past year the school district was awarded $500,000 in grants for the Next Generations System Initiative (NGSI), an initiative to design full-scale implementation plans for personalized learning for students.

 

  • Immediate investment in struggling schools & ELL students — Closing the achievement gap of English Language Learners and struggling schools
  • Talent Development Pipeline — Adding transparency to career progression in LCS, and additional stipends for leadership roles and service at the district’s neediest schools
  • Program Evaluation & Innovation — Implementing a process to initiate, evaluate and extend programs based on their impact on student achievement
  • Teacher & Principal Induction & Development — Implementing robust coaching support for principals and teachers to increase effectiveness and speed movement up the learning curve
  • Personalized Learning — Building differentiated support for teacher/leader professional development and individualized student learning, supported by technology
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