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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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Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent of Lake County Schools, authorized today the immediate suspension of school district benchmark tests to students in seventh through 11th grade to give teachers more time to adapt to the new Florida Standards.

“I have heard students, teachers and parents loud and clear,” Dr. Moxley said. “We are drowning in a sea of state-required assessments and anything this school district can do to reduce the burden needs to be done. Assessments are important in the classroom because it is a way for teachers to see if the instruction is working and if the students are comprehending the material. Nonetheless, it’s important to maintain a balance between assessments as an instructional tool and teaching & learning. Teachers need time to teach and students need time to learn.”

The reduction of October assessments is the second time Lake County Schools has decreased the number of assessments it uses to measure student academic growth in preparation for high-stakes state testing conducted in the spring. This past summer the school district made a strategic decision to forgo mini-assessments as the state wrestled with major changes to its standards and state assessments.

“Due to the administration of the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) in grades 9-11 and the administration of the ReadiStep assessment in grades 7-8, Lake County Schools is waiving the Lake Standards Assessments (LSA) and Lake Benchmark Tests (LBA) in English Language Arts and Math in grades 7-11 for the October testing window,” wrote Dr. David Christiansen, Chief Academic Officer at Lake County Schools, in a memorandum to Lake’s high and middle school principals.

Dr. Christiansen added, “The PSAT and READISTEP are national, standardized assessments from the College Board that provide comprehensive data reports on our students in the areas of Critical Reading, Math and Writing. These reports identify areas of development for the students in each area along with Advanced Placement (AP) Potential.”

Students in third through sixth grade will still be required to take district monitoring assessments next week as it will be the first benchmark of their performance. The ReadiStep and PSAT will be administered on Oct. 15. Students in grades 3-11 will take district monitoring assessments in February as teachers and schools will have one last look at their students’ progress before heading into the Florida Standards Assessments for English Language Arts and Math, which are slated to begin on March 23 for students in grades 3-4. A complete testing calendar for Lake County Schools is available online at http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/page/480.

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The Umatilla Middle School and Umatilla High School AVID programs came together last month to celebrate the Second Annual AVID Contract Signing Night.

“The event was a success, as community members showed up in force to support the AVID program,” said Bryan Totten, AVID Elective Teacher and Coordinator at Umatilla Middle. “The Umatilla Middle AVID program had 76 students in attendance and the Umatilla High program added another 64 students with family and friends. That equates to 140 students, or which is more than 70 percent of the total number of AVID students between the middle and high schools.”

In order for students to be in the AVID program they, as well as parents, administrators, guidance counselors, and the AVID teacher, must sign a contract stating that it is the goal of the student to take on advanced level courses on the way to gaining entry into a four-year college. The students also sign off on a list of responsibilities that include completion of all homework and studying, proper behavior in all classes, consistent attendance at school, and a commitment to using AVID strategies such as Cornell Notes and the AVID Three-Ring Binder. The goal of the AVID program is to create a support structure that will help these students succeed in those goals and responsibilities.

The purpose behind the AVID Contract Signing event is to cheer on these students as they make this commitment to push themselves beyond their comfort zones as they advance toward their goal of a college education.

“Our guest speaker, Lake County AVID District Director Kelly Cousineau, did an amazing job of exciting the crowd while explaining what AVID is all about — forming relationships, unlocking potential and achieving dreams,” Totten said.

For more information about the Lake County AVID Program and how you can volunteer as an AVID tutor, log on to http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/Page/32861.

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A cross-functional group of parents, teachers, citizens, school-based administrators and school district-based administrators will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to review student recess data that is being collected from elementary schools in Lake County.

The public meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lake County School District Office, located at 201 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares. The public is invited to listen as the group begins their work.

The committee will review how each elementary school gives students breaks from their studies throughout the day and how recess differs from site to site. After analyzing the collected data, the committee is expected to make a recommendation to the Lake County School Board regarding recess opportunities for elementary school students. The Curriculum Department at Lake County Schools is working to bring forth a comprehensive picture of how each school addresses the need.

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Lake County Schools recently recognized its 2013-2014 Elementary and Secondary Literacy Coaches of the Year.

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Literacy Coaches of the Year for Lake County Schools. Pictured (left to right) are David Christiansen, Chief Academic Officer, Triangle Elementary Principal Kathy Billar, Literacy Coach Whitney Frazier, Literacy Coach Karen Colarossi and Eustis High Principal Nancy Velez.

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Literacy Coaches of the Year for Lake County Schools. Pictured (left to right) are David Christiansen, Chief Academic Officer, Triangle Elementary Principal Kathy Billar, Literacy Coach Whitney Frazier, Literacy Coach Karen Colarossi and Eustis High Principal Nancy Velez.

Whitney Frazier from Triangle Elementary School and Karen Colarossi from Eustis High School were selected by their peers to represent Lake County Schools as the Elementary and Secondary Literacy Coaches of the Year.

Frazier designs and facilitates professional learning on standards-based instruction, high yield instructional strategies, and data analysis for teachers at Triangle Elementary. Frazier also coaches and mentors teachers and supports her leadership team in building capacity across the school. She assists with the school improvement planning process at her school to ensure literacy across content areas.

“Not only are we recognizing Ms. Frazier as the 2013-2014 Literacy Coach of the Year, her peers have also recognized her as the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year at Triangle Elementary School,” said Kathlene Jarvis, Director of the Curriculum & Instruction Department at Lake County Schools.

Colarossi works with teachers in Language Arts and Reading departments at Eustis High to implement rigorous curriculum for all students. She utilizes her expertise in Comprehension Instruction Sequence to help teachers with the implementation of Florida Standards into their daily lessons. Additionally, Colarossi is an experienced professional developer and has trained teachers in Coaching and Mentoring, NG-CARPD, and Competency 6 Reading endorsement.

Before joining the Eustis High team, Colarossi was a teacher at Leesburg High School as well as Program Specialist in the Curriculum Department. This is the third Literacy Coach of the Year honor for Colarossi. She was recognized last year and during her tenure at Leesburg High.

“Ms. Kathy Billar [Principal at Triangle Elementary] and Ms. Nancy Velez [Principal at Eustis High] we are proud of your Literacy Coaches and we wish them the best of luck as they represent our district at the state level,” Jarvis said.

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