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UES Bikes

Six Umatilla Elementary students received bicycles for logging the most time on iStation (short for Imagination Station), which is a comprehensive computer-based reading program that maximizes students’ reading fluency, comprehension and retention, and academic success. Computer-adaptive assessments and curriculum present reading and writing in a fun, interactive way that motivates students to participate. The bicycles were donated by the Umatilla Police and Fire Departments. Congratulations, students! And thank you, police officers and firefighters!

Washington at PRES

On Monday, September, 28, Pine Ridge Elementary students enjoyed a very special visit. George and Martha Washington dropped by to talk to the third grade students and help them launch the Freedom Week problem-based learning activity. It was the beginning of a series of learning activities that will conclude with “Night at the Museum: Birth of a Nation” on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6-8 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend.

The nation’s first president and his wife invited the guests into their “home” at the Pine Ridge media center to discuss life in the new world and the frustrations that led to the discontent and rumblings of a revolution.

Hearing the story being recounted by the Washingtons captivated the students.

“History came alive as George and Martha, in period costumes, bantered back and forth about the events of preceding the revolution. This was an engaging launch activity for a wonderful unit of learning,” said Stephanie Mayuski, principal.

The project is based around the state of Florida’s mandate that students receive instruction on the Declaration of Independence and the beginnings of our nation. Each grade level has a different driving question and students work collaboratively to learn while covering curriculum learning standards in reading, social studies, and speaking and listening. The driving questions are:

  • Kindergarten: What should I, as a dissatisfied English Citizen, pack in my suitcase for my trip to the New World?
  • First grade: How can I, as an English Colonist, help establish a community in the New World?
  • Second grade: How can I, as a colonist of a particular colony, show others how I live and survive in my colony?
  • Third grade: How can I, as an influential patriot, convince the colonists of our need to be a free nation?
  • Fourth grade: How can I, as a Loyalist or Patriot convince others to join my cause?
  • Fifth grade: As a soldier in the Continental Army, will I stay and fight at Valley Forge or return home to my family?

Last year Pine Ridge started a tradition to study the state mandated Freedom Week event. Each year, as the students move to the next grade level, their learning spirals up and extends from the year before. By the time students leave the school, they will have a comprehensive understanding of our nation’s beginnings. During the culminating event, “Night at the Museum: Birth of a Nation!” from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 13, the school campus will be transformed to a museum and student artifacts will be displayed. The public is welcome to attend.

9-30-FSALogoThe Florida Department of Education has released the first scores from the Spring 2015 Florida Standards Assessment. The results are reported by T-score and percentile rank for English Language Arts, Mathematics and EOC assessments.

A T-score of 50 represents the mean. T-scores above or below 50 show deviations above or below the mean. The percentile rank shows the percentage of scores that fall within a given quartile.

Student score reports, describing how an individual student performed compared to other students statewide, are expected soon. They will be sent to schools for distribution to parents and students. The score reports will no longer include achievement levels 1 through 5 as they have in the past. New achievement level standards are expected to be set by the state Board of Education early next year.

Members of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, including Lake County Schools Superintendent Susan Moxley, Ed.D., have stated they have lost confidence in the current accountability system and have recommended results from the spring 2015 FSA tests not be used to grade students, teachers and schools.

The chart below shows a comparison of Mean T-scores for Lake County students compared to students statewide. Attached charts show percentile rankings for all Florida districts.


Algebra 1 EOC Algebra 2 EOC
ELA Grade 3-1 Geometry EOC
Math Grades 3-8






Algebra 1 EOC 49 48
Algebra 2 EOC 48 47
Geometry EOC 49 49
Grade 3 ELA 50 50
Grade 4 ELA 50 50
Grade 5 ELA 50 50
Grade 6 ELA 50 48
Grade 7 ELA 50 49
Grade 8 ELA 50 49
Grade 9 ELA 50 49
Grade 10 ELA 50 49
Grade 3 Math 50 50
Grade 4 Math 50 49
Grade 5 Math 50 49
Grade 6 Math 49 48
Grade 7 Math 50 50
Grade 8 Math 50 48

Learn Anyway

A 4th grade class at Grassy Lake Elementary School wanted to create a sense of cohesiveness, collaboration and pride in their classroom this year. Thanks to the generosity of parents and a donation from Ford of Clermont, their teachers, Mrs. Riffle and Mrs. Kuhn, were able to fund several projects, including making class shirts displaying their motto for the year: “Learn anyway” for the students and “Teach Anyway” for the teachers.

Their principal, Mrs. Cole, showed a video during pre-planning of a talk by Rita Pierson that was the inspiration for this year’s theme. Despite any challenges they may face, they have made the commitment to come to school and learn and teach anyway and in any way necessary.


Lake County Schools supports the Family Day initiative being held on Monday, September 28, 2015. Family Day is an awareness campaign launched by CASA Columbia in 2001 as a “national movement to celebrate parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free.”  This campaign is sponsored by an organization called Informed Families, which also sponsors the upcoming Red Ribbon Week in October. The Family Day campaign encourages families to sit down regularly for family meals to connect and communicate as a way to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and other risky behaviors for young people. For recipes, activity guide and other suggestions for who you can observe Family Day, visit our web page.


On Sept. 30, 2015, Lake County elementary schools will participate in the statewide observance of Dads Take Your Child to School Day. On this day, fathers are encouraged to take their children to school. All father figures are welcome, including stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, foster fathers and other significant role models.

Elementary schools in Lake County and around the state are planning various activities such as Donuts with Dad breakfasts, resource stations to help dads get more involved in the schools, and related student assignments.

The intent of this initiative is to highlight the significant difference fathers and father figures can make by taking a more active role in their children’s educational experience. According to information provided by the Florida Department of Education, when fathers play a more active role in a child’s education, these children perform better academically, have fewer discipline problems and become more responsible adults.

What about moms? Moms are vital in the lives of their children and are often the parent who is more involved in their children’s education. Dads Take Your Child to School Day is just one chance for us to shine the spotlight on dads and encourage men to get involved.

Look for more information on Dads Take Your Child to School Day from your student’s school.


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