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School Board member Marc Dodd and Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks have canceled the “Coffee & Conversations” session scheduled for Sept. 4 because of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The “Coffee & Conversations” gatherings are opportunities for residents in South Lake County to converse with the two, and often an invited guest, in an informal setting regarding issues in the district
The next “Coffee & Conversations” session is scheduled for 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, at Cheeser’s Palace, 707 W. Montrose Street in Clermont.
For more information about “Coffee & Conversations,” contact School Board Member Marc Dodd at doddm@lake.k12.fl.us or Commissioner Sean Parks at sparks@lakecountyfl.gov .

A Lake County Schools bus driver and bus monitor are being treated at South Lake Hospital this morning after a collision caused the bus to flip on its side. No students were on the bus.

The collision happened around 6:30 a.m. at Citrus Tower Blvd. and Mowhawk Road in Clermont. The driver, Julio Lugo, was beginning his route which would have ended with drop-off at Lake Minneola High School. Onboard with him was Kathleen Farnsworth, a bus monitor.

Early reports indicate that a pickup truck driving northbound on Mohawk failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the bus, causing the bus to flip onto its side.

Lugo and Farnsworth were transported to South Lake Hospital. Their injuries have been described as minor.

To confirm eligibility for school bus transportation or to determine school bus stops in your neighborhood, visit the Lake County Schools web site at www.lake.k12.fl.us.

  • Click “Bus Routes” under the “Most Popular Links.”
  • Click “Agree” under “School Zone Address & Bus Route Search”
  • Enter a valid address at the top of the app page to check school zone information.

If you have any questions or concerns related to school transportation, please call our Transportation Department at 352-536-8070.

Boys_Girls-Clubs-Logoymca_logo1The YMCA of Central Florida and the Boys & Girls Club of Lake & Sumter Counties (BGCLSC) will provide after school enrichment programs to students from five Lake County middle schools for the next five years in partnership with Lake County Schools through grant awards from the Florida Department of Education for 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The centers will open this school year at each of the schools.

The YMCA will offer free services Mondays through Fridays to students from Umatilla, Mount Dora, Tavares and Cecil Gray middle schools on the school campuses. Lake County Schools will provide the transportation and facilities. Students will also receive after-school snacks. The YMCA programs will include summer camps at Mount Dora, Cecil Gray and Umatilla.

Students from Clermont Middle School will be served at the Boys & Girls Club site in Clermont. The BGCLSC will provide transportation to their site daily and also offer after school-snacks.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative is a key component of the No Child Left Behind Act. Authorized under federal law, the specific purposes of the centers are to:
• Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students meet state and local achievement standards in core academic subjects.
• Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students.
• Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

For more information about the programs, please contact the school principal.

Logo 3Lake County Schools has been awarded $473,000 grant to provide intensive training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for teachers during the 2015-16 school year.

The K-12 Math and Science Partnership STEM Grant, awarded by the Florida Department of Education, specifically targets teachers in grades 3 through 12 in Leesburg and in the Wildwood area of Sumter County. The goal is to improve teacher content knowledge tied directly to the Florida Standards for the purpose of creating quality educators and increasing student achievement.

Lake County Schools and Sumter District Schools are partners in this project. The two districts share an adjacent boundary that encompasses the Leesburg and Wildwood area feeder patterns, including 11 schools serving more than 9,000 students. All of the schools are in high poverty areas with free and reduced lunch rates above 60 percent. The Lake Schools are Beverly Shores, Fruitland Park, Leesburg, Treadway and Villages elementary; Carver and Oak Park middle; and Leesburg High. The Sumter schools are Wildwood Elementary, South Sumter Middle and Wildwood Middle High.

Teachers will receive expert training and technical assistance from Florida State University, Florida Polytechnic University, the Orlando Science Center and TechKNOW Associates. They will form 42 STEM teams consisting of two to four members each across all 11 schools. Those teams will create STEM project-based integrated lessons and mastery-based student work that will be published on CPALMS, the state of Florida’s official source for information, resources and interactive tools to help educators implement teaching standards.

Ultimately, the project is expected to increase knowledge and skills for teachers and achievement and engagement for students. “I am very excited that the Leesburg schools will have the opportunity for the teachers to receive training in the STEM subjects,’’ said school board member Rosanne Brandeburg, whose district includes the Leesburg schools. “This will greatly enhance the learning opportunities for our students.”

142x140xBESTBUDDIES-LOGO.JPG.pagespeed.ic.LIVHXMCm5ZTavares Middle School was recently named the 2015 Best Buddies Middle School Chapter of the Year for Florida and the top Overall School Friendship Walk Team!

Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“We are so excited to spread the mission for social inclusion,’’ said Michelle Metheny, a Tavares Middle School teacher who works with the chapter. “Our fundraising efforts has helped Best Buddies so Central Florida could open five new chapters in Lake County. Best Buddies not only positively impacts my students with autism, but their peer buddies, too.”

Statewide, Best Buddies Florida operates 160 chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges. The chapter at Tavares Middle School raised $18,497 in support of the Best Buddies Friendship Walk, which has drawn more than 55,000 participants in more than 26 states and raised more than $5 million since it started in 2009.

The Tavares Middle School chapter was recognized for its fundraising accomplishments at the Best Buddies 2015 Leadership Conference at Indiana University this summer.

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 The Eustis Elk Lodge will join elementary students and their teachers on Thursday, July 23, to celebrate the last day of a five-week summer reading program the group helped support with a $2,000 grant. The Elks will grill hot dogs for the students and co-host a ceremony where each student will receive a certificate of participation. The program was a summer school offering for 100 students from Eustis Heights and Eustis elementary schools who needed extra time and support to maintain and strengthen reading skills during the summer break. Students were able to take home a new book each week of the program, which was held at Eustis Heights Elementary School. The celebration begins at 10:30, the ceremony begins at 11:00 and a grilled hot dog lunch will be served immediately after the ceremony.

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