Did you know that your child can take online courses through Lake County Schools? Lake County Virtual School is a public school in Lake County that offers students access to high quality, online curriculum that is state approved. Our office is conveniently located in Eustis, and Lake County Virtual School is staffed with highly qualified Lake County teachers. Lake Virtual implements the same academic calendar as the school district and communicates regularly with students, parents and guidance counselors regarding courses and student progress. If you are interested in learning more about Lake Virtual, please visit our website at http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/lcvs or call 352-483-4260.

Red_For_ED_July_2015The second annual community based school supply drive branded July is Red for Ed kicks off this Sunday with the Central Florida Cruisers Red for Ed Poker Run. Registration starts at 11:00 at the American Legion Post 35 at 920 S. Highland Street, Mount Dora. Last year the club’s inaugural run netted 264 pounds of school supplies and $387. Oasis Saloon, Knuckle Heads and Mama Lillies are the planned stops with the run ending up at the American Legion. The last bike in is at 2:00 and entertainment will be by Eustis Station.

July is Red for Ed is presented by THAT Company and LSTV and hosted by the Educational Foundation of Lake County which serves as the direct support organization for the Lake County Public Schools. Over 60% of the students in Lake County schools are on free and reduced lunch and over 2,600 are homeless.

Last year over 2 tons of supplies and food were collected during the drive. In addition to the Central Florida Cruisers Club, numerous other businesses have already committed to being drop off locations for school supplies and nonperishable food. A complete list can be found on The Educational Foundation’s website as well as a list of supplies needed ww.edfoundationlake.com. Businesses that would like to become a drop off location can contact the foundation at 352-326-1265. Boxes, signage and buttons will be provided at no charge to the participating business. The foundation is also accepting monetary donations and has the ability to purchase school supplies in bulk at greatly reduced prices. Checks can be made payable to EFLC/Red and mailed to 2045 Pruitt Street, Leesburg 34748.

All donations will be distributed at three backpack fairs in August with the remaining supplies offered to the school social workers and placed in one of three Apple-Mart stores, where teachers shop for free.

The month long campaign ends with an old fashioned weigh in at Wooton Park in Tavares on Thursday, July 30 from 4:00-6:00pm. There will be entertainment, food and collections will be weighed and posted. Three overall participating businesses or clubs will be selected as winners for most supplies, most food and most monetary contributions. An office pizza party will awarded to each of the three winners. For more information follow us on http://www.facebook.com/redfored or call 352-325-1265.

School_UniformsBeginning in August with the start of the 2015-2016 school year, Groveland Elementary School will be implementing a SCHOOL UNIFORM policy for students.  This policy is in effect in other elementary schools in the Lake County district, and it has shown success in regard to improving school spirit, improving student focus, improving school attendance, and reducing discipline issues among students.  Research also supports the benefits of school uniforms.

• Bottoms:   Appropriate length pants, shorts, skorts or jumpers in khaki, navy blue, or black.
                      Students may choose to wear fully intact jeans on Friday.

• Tops:  Solid polo shirts in navy blue, light blue, white, red, pink, or hunter
              green.  Students may choose to wear a Groveland Elementary t-shirt on Friday.

If you have any questions or if you would like additional information, please contact the school office, and we will be glad to assist you.

The Jefferson Awards Foundation, which describes itself as America’s most prestigious and longest standing organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service, honored Eustis High School for its philanthropic work within the community. Students were recognized at the organization’s 2015 National Ceremony in Washington, D.C., and gave a speech regarding their community service and volunteerism.

Eustis High School FazzinoAwards were presented over two days of ceremonies and volunteering in the nation’s capital. Americans with the most impactful philanthropic work of the year will receive National Jefferson Awards. Honorees included celebrities, public service professionals, entrepreneurs, local heroes and corporations all dedicated to public service.

More than 325 high schools across the country participate in the Jefferson Awards Students In Action (SIA) program. Eustis High School was selected as the 2015 Central Florida Recipient, chosen by a panel of judges for best showcasing the program’s goals and for its philanthropic contribution to the community. During the 2014-2105 school year, the Eustis High School SIA team, Panthers in Action, focused their efforts on “Fighting for a Cause.” They aimed to spread awareness, both inside and outside their school, about the importance of service to the community. Their service events included a Chipotle fundraiser for a baby boy born with a rare brain malformation and raising breast cancer awareness alongside supporters from all over Florida at the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure.

Eustis High School 2“This is the second time in the three years that Eustis High School has participated that we were recognized nationwide,’’ said Principal Nancy Velez. “We are very proud of our Panthers in Action.”


This year’s honorees also included high-profile philanthropists such as: the Kid President team, Lauren Bush, Jeff Skoll and the Target Corporation.

“Our mission at the Jefferson Awards Foundation is to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievement in public service. A testament to this mission, we are honored to recognize these amazing individuals and organizations for their incredible work in service,” said Hillary Schafer, Executive Director of the Jefferson Awards Foundation. “We continue to believe in, and activate their causes and look forward to making an impact on a national level through our ceremony.”

The National Ceremony kicked off on Wednesday, June 17 in the Oriental Ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The National Awards were presented on Thursday, June 18 at the National Ceremony Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel with Trish Regan, Fox Business news anchor, serving as Mistress of Ceremonies. While in town, the recipients also had the opportunity to meet and be congratulated by their U.S. Senators on Capitol Hill.

About the Jefferson Awards
The Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) is the country’s longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service. Through its programs, JAF trains and empowers individuals to serve and lead in their communities, amplifying their impact through the organizations vast network of media partners, mentors and volunteers. To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation, visit: JeffersonAwards.org or engage on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Concerned about children who may not have enough food to eat now that school is out for the summer, three Lake County students and their family launched a food drive to help. They dropped off their donation this week with the Lake County Schools Student Services Department.

The idea began last year with Sean Miller, an eighth-grade student at Windy Hill Middle School. When he turned 11, instead of receiving gifts at his birthday party he asked guests to bring canned goods and other nonperishable food items. He passed those donations along to his church and to his school for children and families in need. From that point on, it has been his mission to help out as often as he can.

With the help of his sisters, third-grader Michelina Miller and second-grader Rosalie Miller, both students at Astatula Elementary School, Sean collected food donations again before the winter holiday break and now for the summer break. The Howey-in-the-Hills family made it a community event by hosting a cookout and inviting people to drop off food items in exchange for grilled burgers and hot dogs.

“This speaks volumes about the future of our young leaders here in Lake County,’’ said school board member Bill Mathias, who was at Student Services to thank Sean and his family personally.

The food will be distributed by the Families in Transition visiting teams – a school nurse and two social workers who provide outreach to homeless families, some of whom reside temporarily in local motels. During visits to these families, the teams connect them to community health services, academic support, transportation information, community resources, food and other resources.

“We are extremely proud of them,’’ Michelle Miller said of her three children. “They’ve done such a great job and they want to continue.”

Student scores from the 2015 FCAT science exam and end-of-course exams in biology, civics and U.S. history have been released by the Florida Department of Education, and Lake County students showed improvement in many areas.

Across Lake County 51 percent of fifth-grade students achieved proficiency on the FCAT science exam with a Level 3 or higher this year – the same as 2014 when 51 percent achieved proficiency. Several schools saw significant gains on the science test this year. Eustis Heights Elementary improved by 17 percent.

“We are very proud of our teachers and students,’’ said Rhonda Hunt, principal at Eustis Heights Elementary School. “Our success is due to teacher support with new curriculum resources, training and coaching for teachers, and high expectations for student learning.”

Also in Lake County, 68 percent of first-time test takers passed the U.S. History end-of-course exam this year compared to 66 last year, an increase of 2 percentage points. That’s also 2 points higher than the state average of 66 percent at Level 3 or above this year. Among Mount Dora High School students, however, the increase was larger, going from 59 percent at Level 3 or above last year to 74 percent this year. Lake County Virtual School students’ increase was larger still, going from 57 percent at Level 3 or above last year to 85 percent this year.

“These results are due to the dedication and efforts of a great staff in implementing effective online instruction to students,’’ said Michael Elchenko, coordinator for Lake County Virtual School.

Districtwide, the percentage of students earning a Level 3 or higher on the Civics end-of-course exam remained flat; it was at 63 percent last year and was at 63 percent again this year. But at Spring Creek Charter, 71 percent of students scored Level 3 or higher this year compared to 57 percent last year. And at Windy Hill Middle 80 percent scored Level 3 or higher compared to 74 percent last year.

“We are thrilled with the success our students had on the Civics EOC,’’ said Amy Cockcroft, principal at Windy Hill. “The teachers taught real-life lessons that are pertinent to the students’ lives, actively involving them in the civics process. The students learned lessons they will use for the rest of their lives.”

On the Biology I end-of-course exam, 62 percent of students districtwide scored at Level 3 or above this year compared to 70 percent last year – a decrease of 8 points. However, students at East Ridge High saw a 4 point gain, going from 74 percent at Level 3 or higher last year to 78 percent this year.

“This has been a challenging year of testing for Lake County and for all of Florida,’’ said Susan Moxley, superintendent of Lake County Schools. “That makes our students’ gains even more significant. I am very proud of the hard work all of our students and teachers put in, and I am confident they will continue to improve and excel.”

Scores for individual students are expected to be released later this month.

See full state reports here: 2015 Statewide Student Assessments

Scores for all Lake County schools are available at the following links:

2015 Score Summaries – SPRING_Biology EOCs

2015 Score Summaries – SPRING_Civics EOCs

2015 Score Summaries – SPRING_USHistory_EOCs

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