Congressman Daniel Webster recognized three Tavares High School art students at the school this week for placing in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.Mediacap005
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries.

The winning students from Tavares High School are:

• Brittney Nesmith – First Place
• James Wehrly – Second Place
• Mariah Villalobos – Third Place

Their photography will hang in Congressman Webster’s local office for the next year.

142x140xBESTBUDDIES-LOGO.JPG.pagespeed.ic.LIVHXMCm5ZThe Tavares Middle School Chapter of Best Buddies needs your help! Last year, TMS Best Buddies was named International Middle School Chapter of the Year. They are trying to hold onto their title. They can do it by being the nation’s top fundraiser for the Friendship Walk and by spreading the mission of social inclusion for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Best Buddies seeks to change society’s perception of people with intellectual disabilities by establishing meaningful friendships which, in turn, help people with intellectual disabilities navigate through life with more confidence and ease.

The school has started an “empty out your change” campaign. Please empty out the change in your cars, stuck in your chairs, under your sofas, etc., and donate it to the Tavares Middle Best Buddies Friendship Walk Team. Donations of any size will be greatly appreciated!

Please go directly to the following link to make your donation: http://www.Bestbuddiesflorida.org/cflwalk/tmsbestbuddies

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Metheny 352-217-9958

kentuckyderbyfroliclogoThe Educational Foundation of Lake County and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties are joining forces and hosting the Kentucky Derby Frolic on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

The event will be held at Al-Marah Arabian Horse Stables at 11105 Autumn Lane in Clermont from 3:00 pm-7:00 pm. Al-Marah has the oldest privately owned band of Arabian horses in the world and attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy dressage and jumping exhibitions as well as see the Black Stallion perform the Liberty demonstration.

Traditional derby fare will be served with mint juleps and everything is included in the ticket price of $75. Park and Ride transportation from Mount Dora, Tavares, Leesburg and Lady Lake is available at no charge.

Over $5,000 in prizes are in the live auction and can be purchased with play money won from betting on the Derby which will be shown on four television screens. J. Scott’s Skin Care and Day Spa is pampering the winner of the Best Hat Contest with a full spa experience.

Tickets can be ordered at www.edfoundationlake.com or by calling 352-326-1265.
Friday. May 1st at 6:00P.M.
Tavares Civic Center
6 p.m. Red Carpet
Contestants walk the red carpet for a chance to win “best dressed” $50 award
6:30 p.m. Welcome
Welcome video from State Library’s Jana Fine and nationwide winners of 2015 Teen Video Contest
7:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Outstanding videos submitted by Lake County teens
Presentation of awards for best dressed and best video
Refreshments will be served.
The Tavares Civic Center is located at 100 E Caroline St, Tavares. For information call Linda Goff at 352-253-6169.
Sean Cyr

Sean Cyr

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. Sixteen women working in the construction industry founded it in 1953. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. Women in Construction of Fort Worth was so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction. Today, NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more.

The NAWIC Orlando Chapter held a CAD/Design/Drafting Competition, which is a contest designed for Senior High School students. The contest provides recognition to students for creative design, successful problem solving and craftsmanship in preparing architectural drawings.

Entries are evaluated for detail, accuracy and originality of work. Objectives of the contest are to introduce the student to the construction industry in a positive and challenging manner, while fostering a sense of ‘self-worth’ and building confidence.

Mentoring programs between students and educators are also encouraged. Each local sponsor is furnished with a “Design Problem” that is designed by a licensed Architect or Engineer and is generic enough to meet the needs of all areas of the US and our international affiliates.

Project drawings must include a minimum of: a floor plan, exterior elevation and site plan and placement of structure.

The NAWIC Orlando Chapter held their awards dinner on April 14, 2015.  During the awards ceremony Sean Cyr a sophomore at Mount Dora High School received third place for his CAD/Drafting project.

The Educational Foundation of Lake County along with the Lake County School Board recently honored the Lake County Schools’ nominees for employee and volunteer of the year.

Lillian Lopez

Lillian Lopez



Lillian Lopez, a Migrant/Homeless Resource Advocate, was named LCS School-Related Employee of the Year.



Margie White

Margie White



Margie White, who was volunteered at Eustis Elementary for 26 years, was names LCS Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations to both!

calendar-2Lake County Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley will not recommend any changes to the start date of the 2015-16 school year.

The decision, which was announced at a School Board workshop on Monday, April 20, is based on the outcome of a community survey that asked respondents whether they support changing the calendar to begin school as early as Aug. 10.

Twenty-nine percent of respondents support the change while 71 percent do not. Additionally, 69 percent said they have already made plans that cannot be changed if school starts as early as Aug. 10.

The current calendar has students starting school on Aug. 24 with a full week off at Thanksgiving. An earlier start date could have resulted in students having fewer days off the week of Thanksgiving. On the survey, 64 percent of respondents said they have already made plans that cannot be changed if school is in session on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24, the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week.

The survey drew 10,849 responses between Wednesday, April 15, and Sunday, April 19. Results were reviewed by the district’s Calendar Committee, which cited several pros and cons for the change. For example, an earlier start date would allow students to finish semester exams in December and would provide additional instruction time before Florida Standards Assessment and Advanced Placement exams. However, vacation, summer camp and other family commitments are already in place and absenteeism at the start of the year would be a concern. The committee decided it was too late in the year to make the change, and suggested the earlier start option be considered for the 2016-17 school year instead.


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