The 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
Tavares Civic Center
Presentation of awards for best dressed and best video
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, a Migrant/Homeless Resource Advocate, was named LCS School-Related Employee of the Year.
Margie White, who was volunteered at Eustis Elementary for 26 years, was names LCS Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations to both!
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.