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“Coffee and Conversations,” the popular public outreach meetings of Lake County School Board Member Marc Dodd and Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks, will continue on Friday, June 5, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Keke’s Breakfast Café, 2435 U.S. Highway 27, in Clermont.

The elected officials are jointly hosting the casual get-togethers the first Friday of each month throughout south Lake County. They invite residents to come out and speak one-on-one with their representatives.

Lake County Property Appraiser Carey Baker will be the featured guest at the June 5 meeting.

“I am excited to join my fellow elected officials in reaching out to the residents of south Lake,” Baker said. “I am looking forward to answering citizens’ questions about the services provided by my office and, as always, I am open to suggestions as to how we may better serve the community as a whole.”

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.

logoThe Lake County Schools food service program was recently reviewed by the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness, and passed the evaluation with no issues or concerns cited in the final report.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires an accountability system designed to ensure that the schools comply with the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program requirements. The state review evaluated both programs in Lake.

State agency staff members reviewed adherence to the free and reduced-price meal policy for breakfast and lunch, meal pattern and nutritional quality, school food resource management, and general program compliance. They examined documents, interviewed personnel, evaluated menus and observed meal services.

The team concluded that “no corrective action is required” in any area.

“The Review Team would like to thank the district and site level staff for their hard work and daily commitment to serving Florida’s students,’’ reads the report, which was released earlier this month. “The district’s knowledge of the federal program was evident during the administrative review.”

Logo 3Sorrento Elementary School students will showcase their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills at the school’s first Invention Convention tonight, Thursday, May 28.

Students identified problems on their own and have been working since November to create an invention that would solve them. Twelve students will put their inventions on display in tonight’s competition.

Students will begin setting up in the school library at 5:30 p.m. The showcase and judging is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

eocepFor the 2014-15 school year only, statewide assessment results in Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry will be delayed. As a result, schools in Lake County will calculate final course grades and make promotion decisions without regard to the 30 percent requirement that typically applies. The absence of end of course (EOC) results alone in these courses will not result in a grade of incomplete.

The Lake County School district will not recalculate grades this year should the state eventually validate these EOCs.

Earlier this month, the Lake County School district waived 419 local EOC exams in addition to 38 local EOC exams that were suspended in March.

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Thanks to a Digital Learning Grant, the Lake County School Board  recently approved the purchase of 1,312 HP Stream laptops for use in the schools utilizing these grant funds. The laptops are thin, light, loaded with Windows 8.1 and ready for cloud-based and offline productivity. The devices will be distributed among all schools. The number of computers each school will receive varies based on student population. For example, East Ridge High School will receive 77, Umatilla Middle School 21 and Beverly Shores Elementary 25.

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A special thanks to CSI Erica Robertson from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office who paid a visit to the Tavares Middle School STEM club on May 13.  She did an outstanding job educating our students on her exciting job duties and responsibilities.  Her exuberance seemed to rub off as several students now report wanting to be crime scene investigators when they grow up!  Tavares Middle School appreciates her willingness to go above and beyond her normal day and give back by sharing with students.

Mediacap012Sawgrass Bay Elementary had a very special visitor on campus on Friday, May 1, 2015.

The eight Personalized Learning pilot classrooms, in grades 3-5, had the privilege of meeting Sarah Haskins, a professional triathlete and former Olympian.  Haskins has over 33 professional wins, is a Race to the Toyota Cup Series Champion and was a 2008 Beijing Olympic team member.

The students were actively engaged as they learned the importance of setting short term and long terms goals in life.  Haskins inspired the students to put focus and passion into their education and extracurricular activities.  Haskins spoke about what is means to be a triathlete, the importance of good nutrition, and pushing yourself to strive for excellence.  A highlight of the assembly was when the students had the opportunity to hold her metals that Haskins has won from all over the world.  The event concluded with group pictures, autographs, and an inspired group of students.

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