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New Application 2015Lake County Schools has launched an easy, interactive way to determine high school assignments for which your home address is zoned. Just type an address into the interactive web map application in the box to the left of the magnifying glass to see the high school attendance zone anywhere in the district.

Click here to view the map from your computer, tablet or smart phone.  Remember, the newly assigned attendance boundaries for Lake Minneola and South Lake high schools are applicable only for students new to those schools, including incoming 9th-graders. Learn more about technology in Lake County Schools by visiting the Technology @ LCS website.

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Area Lake County and Sumter County students learned about computer-based mapping, known as “geospatial information systems,” as GIS professionals from many local organizations spoke in classrooms on GIS Day, Nov. 14.

Will Davis, GIS Manager at Lake County Schools, speaks to a class at Eustis High School on GIS Day.

Will Davis, GIS Manager at Lake County Schools, speaks to a class at Eustis High School on GIS Day.

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications. Students at Eustis High, Leesburg High, Oak Park Middle and Wildwood Elementary listened to presentations about how GIS technology impacts their lives every day. Armed with an assortment of knowledge ranging from how GIS is used in Public Safety to how GIS is used in maintaining tax data, presenters were able to show students the variety of disciplines that are able to integrate GIS in their efforts to be more efficient and economical. Presenters focused on ArcGIS Online, how students can create accounts for free, and how they can use these accounts to better document their life and “their” world.

“GIS Day is an excellent demonstration of how GIS users can get together and try to teach the next generation about the potential of GIS and its new Cloud-based technology,” said Will Davis, Manager of GIS for Lake County Schools.

Participating in the event include Lake County Schools, Lake County Government, Lake County Department of Public Safety, Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization, Lake County Water Authority, City of Leesburg and Town of Lady Lake.

The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.

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Thanks to “walking to school” kits from the Florida Department of Transportation, three Lake County schools — Groveland Elementary, Minneola Charter Elementary and Sawgrass Bay Elementary — will be observing International Walk to School Day on Wednesday. Oct. 3.

The kits include a utility cart, safety vests and other safety reminders such as blinking lights and reflective backpacks & lanyards. In addition, students at the three schools that walk or ride their bicycle before that start of school on Oct. 3 will receive safety giveaways and refreshments provided by the Educational Foundation of Lake County and the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST).

“International Walk to School Day is an annual event that celebrate the benefits of walking and bicycling,” said Dawn McDonald, Senior Planner in the Growth Planning Department at Lake County Schools. “Promoting this event helps Lake County students understand the importance of physical activity, pedestrian safety and safe bicycling skills.”

Media representatives are invited to attend Groveland Elementary at 8 a.m. as members from Lake County CTST will be passing out safety giveaways to students.

For more information about International Walk to School Day, log on to http://www.walkbiketoschool.org.

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Lake County Schools will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11, to observe Veterans Day. The administration offices of Lake County Schools will also be closed on Nov. 11.

To view a complete holiday calendar for Lake County Schools, log on to http://www.lake.k12.fl.us or visit Lake County Schools District Office, located at 201 W. Burleigh Blvd. in Tavares.

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The third meeting of the Northeast Lake Long Range Facilities Planning Committee is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the media center of Gray Middle School, located at 205 E. Magnolia St. in Groveland.

Formed in December 2010, Lake County School Board members and the Superintendent appointed 11 volunteers to the Northeast Lake Long Range Facilities Planning Committee. The Committee is based on a similar effort that recently completed its work in South Lake County.

“What the School Board would like to receive from the Committee is a recommendation about what to do in the long term with four un-renovated facilities: Eustis and Eustis Heights elementary schools, Umatilla Middle and the Curtright Center at Eustis High School,” said Harry Fix, Director of the Growth Planning Department for Lake County Schools.

During its work, the committee will tour each of the affected schools to gain an understanding of the issues. The group will then have an opportunity to tour newer District schools, prior to working on the conceptual master plans for each affected school.

For more information about the Northeast Lake Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, contact Kelly Randall, Senior Planner in the Growth Planning Department for Lake County Schools, at (352) 253-6674 or randallk@lake.k12.fl.us.

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Students in Nancy Hunter’s Freshmen Foundations class at Leesburg High School welcomed a special guest on Nov. 17 to explore the ever-changing and dynamic world of geographic information systems (GIS).

Wednesday was a momentous day of sorts for the class speaker, Will Davis, Manager of GIS for Lake County Schools, as the day marked annual International GIS Day. International GIS Day is held each year during Geography Awareness Week. The National Geographic Society has sponsored Geography Awareness Week since 1987 to promote geographic literacy in schools, communities and organizations, with a focus on the education of children.

Will Davis, LCS Manager of GIS, explains to Leesburg High freshmen about careers working with GIS technologies.

The cooperative venture of GIS Day is participated in around the world by more than 80 countries. It is an opportunity for GIS professionals to share knowledge and experiences to all those of interest, particularly students within the public school system, on how developers and users of GIS technologies function in real-world applications that are making a difference.

“Paper maps are about a thing of the past,” Davis said to a class. “GIS gives us greater confidence in understanding relationships between locations and better management of our surroundings.”

Davis’ presentation about GIS appealed to students who are curious about careers in computer science. He detailed many of the industries that deploy GIS technologies including utilities, military, planning and mining.

Presentations by professionals to Hunter’s Freshmen Foundation classes are nothing new. From retail managers to banking executives, students are routinely engaged with the local business community to learn about different careers. The nine-week course is new to Leesburg High School this year and its primary focus is to educate freshmen on how to organize, prepare and plan for life after high school graduation.

“It’s all about showing them how to be successful at everything in life,” Hunter said. “I’m teaching them how to be successful freshmen and then how to be successful high schoolers and then how to successfully apply for college or apply for a job.”

A science teacher for the past 18 years, Hunter started teaching the new Freshmen Foundations course this year. In addition to career planning, the class focuses on improving FCAT scores by sprinkling throughout the instruction reading exercises, writing activities, practicing study skills and discussing work ethic.

“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it is one of the most rewarding,” Hunter said.

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