Members of the community, staff from Eustis Heights Elementary, school district officials and Lake County School Board Members celebrated this week the beginning of construction on a renovation and remodeling project at Eustis Heights Elementary.
The start of construction at Eustis Heights Elementary was celebrated by school officials, including (left to right) School Board Member Kyleen Fischer, School Board Member Rosanne Brandeburg, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Moxley, former school principal Doug Kroulik, School Board Chair Debbie Stivender and school principal Brenna Burkhead.
“It could not be a more beautiful day and a more beautiful place,” said School Board Member Kyleen Fischer.
The $13.4 million project is being constructed by Allstate Construction and was designed by the C.T. Hsu Group. It is scheduled to be completed in spring 2015. The project includes replacing much of the school and is being constructed adjacent to the current facilities. The existing entrance of the school will be moved from Taylor Avenue to Atwater Avenue.
“This is a community project and I’m so excited to be the principal of this school as we move forward,” said Brenna Burkhead, Principal at Eustis Heights Elementary. “The students are excited too.”
The new 93,000 square foot facility will complement 21 existing classrooms that will be renovated. The new project includes a cafeteria, library, music lab, skills lab, art lab, 21 classrooms, six resource rooms and administrative offices.
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Umatilla Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) members were extremely busy before the Thanksgiving break.
While organizing and overseeing a “Cans for Candy” food drive, they were also collecting donations and packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child is an organization through Samaritan’s Purse, which ships shoeboxes packed with toiletries, toys, and school supplies to needy children around the world. The NJHS members have completed packing 22 boxes so far.
Instead of a traditional canned food drive, NJHS Sponsor Kristi Purvis decided to try something different, “Cans for Candy.” A list of food items was given to each homeroom with the hopes that students would bring in everything on that list to “build” a complete Thanksgiving meal. Each student that donated an item then received a piece of candy. Items on the list included stuffing, boxed mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, gravy mix, biscuit mix, pumpkin pie filling, pie crust and a $20 gift certificate for a turkey. Twenty five meals were “built” to distribute to families in the Umatilla area.
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The Lake Soil & Water Conservation District congratulates the winners of the annual poster and speech contests, which included many students from Lake County Schools.
Speech Contestant winner Alyssa Stark is congratulated by Betsy Farner, District Supervisor.
The speech contest winners are:
- First place: Alyssa Stark, 8th grader from East Ridge Middle School
- Second place: Kailee Ferguson, 8th grader from Gray Middle School
- Third place: Jordan Kleinschmidt, 8th grader from Gray Middle School
The poster contest winners are:
- First place:
- (grades K-1) Ryan Mehr, 1st grader from Lake Preparatory School
- (2-3) Anthony Cifelli, 2nd grader from Lake Preparatory School
- (4-6) Noah Aitkin, 5th grader from Christian Home and Bible School
- (7-9) Kailee Ferguson, 8th grader from Gray Middle School
- (10-12) Geraldine Diaz, 11th grader from Lake Minneola High School
- Second place:
- (grades K-1) Jasmine Daubert, Kindergartner from Christian Home and Bible School
- (2-3) Jonah Smith, 2nd grader at Pine Ridge Elementary School
- (4-6) Madison Yates, 4th grader at Christian Home and Bible School
- (7-9) Annabelle Pullen, 9th grader at Lake Minneola High School
- (10-12) Ryan Countryman, 12th grader at Lake Minneola High School
- Third place:
- (grades K-1) Suhani Nihalani, 1st grader from Lake Preparatory School
- (grades 2-3) Drece Williams, 3rd grader from Lake Preparatory School
- (grades 4-6) Benjamin Allen, 5th grader from Triangle Elementary School
- (7-9) Rohan Wadhwa, 8th grader from Lake Preparatory School
- (10-12) Heidi Gonzales, 10th grader at Lake Minneola High School
Eight contestants gave speeches based on the theme, “Dig Deeper: What are the mysteries in the soil?,” that were judged on content, composition, delivery and time. By winning at the local level, Stark is eligible to compete at the Area 3 Association of Florida Conservation Districts’ contest in March 2014. The poster contest received more than 165 entries and focused on the same theme.
The Lake Soil & Water Conservation District sponsors the annual speech and poster contests, which is designed to develop leadership and stimulate interest in conserving natural resources. For more information about the Lake Soil & Water Conservation District, contact Patty Fletcher at 352-253-1646, email firstname.lastname@example.org or to view the winning poster designs, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/lswcd.
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Take Stock in Children of Lake and Sumter Counties has been selected as a Marian S. Shuck Scholarship Trust grant recipient.
“The award of $10,000 will be used to provide a two-year Florida Pre-Paid Scholarship to two deserving students who would like to pursue a career in education or technology,” said Carman Cullen-Batt, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation of Lake County.
The commitment of Take Stock in Children and the Marian S. Shuck Scholarship Foundation mirror each other on the focus of improving post-secondary educational opportunities for students in our community.
Take Stock in Children, a program of the Educational Foundation of Lake County, identifies financially at-risk students in the eighth grade, provides them with a mentor and an advocate and then rewards them at high school graduation with a college tuition scholarship.
Take Stock in Children staffing is funded by the state, and the program operates in all 67 counties in Florida. Local money raised for scholarships are matched 100 percent through the Florida Prepaid Foundation, thus doubling the impact on the community.
For information on volunteer mentoring or becoming a donor for the organization, call 352-787-6576, email Gail Weidner at email@example.com or visit www.edfoundationlake.com.
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Astatula Elementary third graders performed some amazing research last month as they learned about their families and countries of origin.
Students thought about what it would be like to be an immigrant, researched their family tree, and shared with the class. Learning came to life for third graders as third grade teacher Ronald Kaiser brought his grandmother to school to share her experiences as an immigrant to America. She was able to share her story of immigration to U.S. citizenship with the students.
Students were challenged over the two-week learning experience to research their country of origin, create a family tree, bring in cultural artifacts and food as well as write an expository essay detailing what special item them would bring with them if they had to immigrate. One of the third graders asked Mrs. Burdick what special item she brought with her when she immigrated to America from Germany (she was 16 at the time). She tenderly clasped her necklace and shared that her necklace was the one item she came with —- over 60 years ago.
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UPDATE: There will also be a spaghetti dinner, prepared by the sophomore class, prior to the play on Friday, Dec. 13, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Mount Dora High School Cafeteria. Dinner includes spaghetti, tossed salad, bread and a beverage. Price is $6 for adults, $4 for children 4-12 and free for children age 3 and under. Proceeds to benefit the sophomore class. Please pre-order your tickets from Caryn Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org or from a Mount Dora High sophomore.
The Mount Dora High School Drama Club will present “You Can’t Take it With You” on Dec. 13 & 14 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.
“Students in the Drama Club have been rehearsing and preparing for the past several weeks for their first play of the year, ‘You Can’t Take it With You,’ a comedy that has brought enjoyment to many audiences since its first production in 1936,” said Amy Shamrock, club sponsor and language arts teacher at Mount Dora High.
The play features a young couple whose romance brings their wacky lower income and stuffy, upper-class families together. The colorful characters and unusual circumstances create many hilarious scenes that will leave the audience laughing and pondering the play’s deeper message.
Tickets cost $5 in advance or $7 at the door. To purchase tickets or request more information, email Amy Shamrock at email@example.com or Katharine Bussert at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will also be available through Drama Club members. Individuals and businesses who would like to sponsor the club and purchase space in the program for personal messages or advertising should contact Amy Shamrock.
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Lake County Virtual School is hosting a series of orientation sessions to acclimate full-time students to the online school.
The orientations are required for full-time students only. Part-time students do not need to attend an orientation. At the sessions, students will learn about Lake County Virtual School’s program, courses offered and will complete the required registration paperwork. The Spring 2014 enrollment window opens Monday, Dec. 9, and will close Friday, Feb. 14.
The schedule of orientation sessions is:
- Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. in boardroom at Lake County Schools District Office, 201 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares
- Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at Learning Resource Center, 510 S. Palm Ave., Howey-in-the-Hills
- Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at Learning Resource Center, 510 S. Palm Ave., Howey-in-the-Hills
- Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at 9 a.m. in boardroom at Lake County Schools District Office, 201 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares
- Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in boardroom at Lake County Schools District Office, 201 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares
Lake County Virtual School offers a full range of courses for grades K-12. The online school currently offers more than 100 courses. For more information about Lake County Virtual School or to register for the informational sessions, call 352-253-6640 or log on to www.lake.k12.fl.us/lcvs.
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