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LCVS logoLake County Virtual School will begin registration for new full-time students in kindergarten through 12th grade on Monday, April 18.

Lake County Virtual School offers access to high quality, technology-based education. Students receive individualized instruction using the internet, email, telephone, instant messaging, online collaboration and face-to-face teacher forums. The online format allows flexibility of time and location, while promoting the skills, attitude and self-discipline necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Lake County Virtual School provides a rigorous curriculum that will prepare every student for college and career.


New students and their parents or guardians must attend a scheduled orientation session. The dates and times are shown below. To reserve a spot, call 352-483-4260.


Date Time Location Grade Level
April 19, Tues. 9:30 AM Lake County Virtual School  Grades 6-12
April 21, Thurs. 6 PM Lake County Virtual School  Grades 6-12
May 3, Tues. 9:30 AM Learning Resource Center Elementary
May 5, Thurs. 6 PM Learning Resource Center  Grades 6-12
May 24, Tues. 9:30 AM Lake County Virtual School Grades 6-12
May 26, Thurs. 6 PM Lake County Virtual School  Grades 6-12
June 14, Tues. 9:30 AM Learning Resource Center  Grades 6-12
June 16, Thurs. 6 PM Learning Resource Center  Grades 6-12
July 5, Tues. 9:30 AM Lake County Virtual School Elementary

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Mack JacksonThe second episode of Clermont teen Benjamin Mack-Jackson’s video documentary showcasing the stories of World War II veterans is now airing on Lake Sumter Television.

The Lake County Virtual School eighth grader has conducted video interviews using his own equipment as part of WWII Veterans History Project. He plans to interview as many WWII veterans as possible and then will interview veterans’ family members who can share their loved ones’ history.

The first episode began airing last month, and the new episode will air throughout February on LSTV (Comcast Channel 13, Brighthouse Channel 498, and Florida Cable 4) at the following times: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Mack-Jackson has partnered with Leesburg marketing and video production agency Red Apples Media to transform his video library of testimonials into 30-minute documentaries. Red Apples Media also provided Mack-Jackson with a production equipment budget to help enhance the quality of his interviews.

Parady Financial Group of the Villages partially underwrote the production costs associated with the project.

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Lake Virtual SchoolGraduation rates increased at four of Lake County’s eight high schools and at Lake Virtual School, according to data released today by the Florida Department of Education (DOE).

While the graduation rate district wide slipped slightly from 76.6 percent in 2013-14 to 75.8 percent in 2014-15, it increased at East Ridge, Lake Minneola, Leesburg and Mount Dora high schools and Lake Virtual School.

Additionally, though the rate dropped overall at Eustis, Tavares and Umatilla high schools, those schools saw increases in the graduation rate among minority students. At Tavares High School, the graduation rate for black students soared from 65.4 percent in 2013-14 to 86.7 percent in 2014-15. Umatilla High School saw a big increase in the graduation rate among Hispanic students. It jumped from 71.4 percent to 92 percent. Eustis High School also saw an increase for Hispanic students — from 71.4 percent to 84.1 percent.

The chart below shows the graduation rates for each of Lake County’s schools.


SCHOOL 2013-14 2014-15
East Ridge High 82.5 83.6
Eustis High 84.4 78.3
Lake Minneola High 83.5 85.6
Lake Virtual School 34.7 47.6
Leesburg High 77.2 79.4
Mount Dora High 79.6 85.4
South Lake High 81.3 77.2
Tavares High 81.0 80.5
Umatilla High 82.5 77.5


For more details, please visit the DOE website.

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Each year, Bright House Sports Network awards the David Logan Scholarship to four high school seniors who excel in athletics and academics. This one-time scholarship is valued at $2,500 and will be given to one male and one female in the Central Florida market and to one male and one female in the Tampa Bay market. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have participated in athletics
  • Have attended high school within the Bright House Sports Network viewing area

All applications must be fully completed and returned to Bright House Sports Network with a postmark date of February 27, 2016. For the official rules, additional information and an application, click here.

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Food Drive_ wMathias

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.”

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Test scores from most Florida Standards Assessments will be released after Sept. 1, once a study has been completed to determine the validity of the tests. However, some test results will be released this month as will other information regarding retention and graduation requirements. The attached chart and the FAQs below will give you the latest updates. Please contact your school principal if you have additional questions.

Q: Which test results will be released this month?

A: Test results for FCAT 2.0 Science, Biology I, U.S. History and Civics will be released this month.

Q. Which test results will be released after Sept. 1?

A: Test results for FSA English Language Arts (ELA) for Grades 3-10, FSA Math for grades 3-8, FSA Algebra I, FSA Algebra 2 and FSA Geometry will be released after Sept. 1, when the validation study is completed.

Q: Will we have any information about the third-grade FSA ELA exam performance before September?

A: Yes. A list of students who score in the bottom quintile will be provided to districts by June 8. Students who appear on this list are in jeopardy of retention. Schools must notify parents of such students, provide evidence of the student meeting a good cause exemption and provide appropriate intervention and support.

Q: Is Algebra I still a graduation requirement? Will we have any information about Algebra I scores before September?

A: Yes. The Algebra I graduation requirement has not changed. A list of students who pass the Algebra I EOC to meet graduation requirements will be provided to districts by June 8.

Q: The district announced that scores from the FSA Algebra I, Algebra 2 and Geometry exams would not count toward students’ grades this year. Does this mean they don’t have to take it now?

A: Students who were enrolled in Algebra I, Algebra 2 and Geometry but did not take the test must take the test.

Q: What if a student took the Algebra I exam but did not get a passing score? Since the score does not count toward the student’s grade this year, does it really matter whether they passed or failed?

A: Yes, it matters. Students who did not pass the test must retake the test or have a passing concordant score to meet graduation requirements.

Q: What about the students who had their Algebra I exams invalidated because they were mistakenly given calculators when they should not have been? Do they still have to re-take the test?

A: Yes. Students who had tests invalidated must re-take the test.

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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.”

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