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Title I hosts Family Fun and Resource Fair

Title I hosts Family Fun and Resource Fair

Lake County School’s Title I program I hosting a Family Fun and Resource Fair on Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Leesburg High School Cafeteria, 1401 Jacket Way, Leesburg. The event is open to families with students in Lake County Title I schools only. Families will be given information on medical services, food pantries, clothing, educational support, housing and employment opportunities. They will also have the opportunity to participate in educational games and win door prizes. Lunch will be provided.

Families participated in a similar event in November. The Families in Transition Resource Fair at Lake-Sumter State College featured several hours of free health screenings, registrations for free cell phone service, gas card giveaways, free backpacks, games, craft projects and more.

Title I is the federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. Lake County has 18 Title I schools where at least 70 percent of the students receive free or reduced lunch.

Members of the South Lake High School wrestling team pose for a picture earlier this season.

Members of the South Lake High School wrestling team pose for a picture earlier this season.

Three members of the South Lake High School wrestling team posted top-four finishes at the Class 2A-District 5 meet on Feb. 28 in Inverness. Justin Acevedo, Ivan Gonzalez and Kaliph O’Neal will advance to the Class 2A-Region 2 tournament this weekend, March 6-7 at Brandon High School. The program is on a first-year comeback after being on hiatus for the last six years.

See the full story in the South Lake Press.

Congratulations to Justin Crouch of Umatilla High School! He is Lake County’s Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made at a celebration dinner presented by the Educational Foundation of Lake County on Feb. 28.

Pictured from left, Umatilla High School Principal Randell Campbell, Teacher Justin Crouch, Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley, School Board members Rosanne Brandeburg and Marc Dodd)

Pictured from left, Umatilla High School Principal Randell Campbell, Teacher Justin Crouch, Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley, School Board members Rosanne Brandeburg and Marc Dodd)

Crouch began his teaching career four years ago as a social studies teacher at Umatilla High School. He continues in that role and serves as the department chair, mentoring other teachers and facilitating weekly Professional Development meetings. He works with a wide range of students, from those scoring at lower reading levels to those in his upper level Advanced Placement Macroeconomics course and uses innovative ways to help all of them achieve. He wrote lesson plans that are being used for a unit in Economics and AP Macroeconomics throughout Lake County. It centers on a chapter in Terry Anderson and Donald Leal’s book Free Market Environmentalism and is focused on the effects of the privatization of public parks. He was the 2013-14 Rookie teacher of the Year for Umatilla High and is the 2014-15 Social Studies Teacher of the Year for Umatilla High.

Crouch was one of three finalists for the award. The others were Julie Forgie of Windy Hill Middle School and Melissa Meadows of Treadway Elementary School.

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Mary Ellen Griffith-Russo, a Mount Dora Florida Standards Teacher.

Mary Ellen Griffith-Russo, a Mount Dora Florida Standards Teacher.

Lake Legal News will publish an investigative report in their March issue by Mary Ellen Griffith-Russo, a Mount Dora Florida Standards Teacher and published author. Taken from her Master’s thesis research, the non-fiction article examines the case of Leo Schofield, a man who was convicted of his wife’s brutal murder based solely on circumstantial evidence. Schofield has always maintained his innocence and years after his incarceration the fingerprints of another convicted murderer were found in the victim’s car.

Griffith-Russo has been teaching in Lake County for six years and writing for local publications including Lake Healthy Living and Lake Sumter Style. She earned her MFA in non-fiction creative writing in 2013, after Atlantic Publishing put out her co-authored instructional softcover How to Be Successful in Your First Year of Teaching Middle School. Griffith-Russo lives in Eustis with her dog Charlie Barker, and two cats, Atticus Finch and Boo Radley.

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Registration for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten at Rimes Early Learning Center is scheduled for March 18, 3:30—5:30.

Applications are available on the Lake County Schools website as well as at the school site.  You can access the form and information by going to www.lake.k12.fl.us. Go to the “Voluntary PreK (VPK)” in the Departments and Programs tab.  The State of Florida provides 540 hours for the school year VPK program.  Rimes is a Title One School and offers full day limited classes for a full year to eligible students.  Rimes also offers a half day class.

The VPK Economic Eligibility Application must be completed and attached to the LCS VPK application to assist in determining Title I eligibility for full day class.  Don’t hesitate in registering for VPK.  Our VPK program has a limited number of seats and a waiting list for eligible students.

If you have any questions in regards to VPK at Rimes, please contact Tara Underwood at 352-787-5757.

Sara Pennington, legislative aide to state Rep. Larry Metz, visited East Ridge Middle School last week to learn more about the success of the Advancement Via

Sara Pennington, legislative aide to state Rep. Larry Metz.

Sara Pennington, legislative aide to state Rep. Larry Metz.

Individual Determination (AVID) college readiness system there and at East Ridge High School. Pennington toured classrooms on Feb. 25, observing students

solving equations in 8th-grade pre-algebra, supporting a claim with evidence in 8th-grade language arts, completing a lab assignment in 7th-grade science and crafting higher order questions in 7th-grade AVID elective.

She then joined a team of principals, coordinators and other personnel from both schools for a discussion about AVID, which was introduced to Lake County in 2009. “Our time together allowed us to share the impact of AVID district-wide for students,’’ said Kelly Cousineau, AVID district director for Lake County Schools. “Our debrief conversation centered on the power of an AVID culture on a campus, the innovation leadership involved in supporting a strong AVID system, and how AVID has increased access to AP coursework for Lake County Schools students, as evidence by our district’s recent induction into the AP Honor Roll.”

AVID aims to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on those in the academic middle. Students who take the AVID elective course receive instruction in academic survival skills such as taking notes, staying organized and speaking effectively, so they can be successful in more rigorous coursework.

“AVID is accelerating our district goal of college and career readiness for all students,” Cousineau said.

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