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2242675_origCypress Ridge Elementary School (CRES) was represented by four teams at the Vex IQ Robotics State Championship that was held Sunday, February 14, 2016, at the State Fairgrounds in Tampa, FL.  CRES took home three awards:  the Sportsmanship Award (VexMasters), STEM Research (Tombstones), and Design Notebook (R2DTools).  All six of the CRES after-school Robotics Club teams are ranked in the top 15 for computer programming among elementary schools in the state of Florida.  These students have worked diligently to design, program, continuously redesign and reprogram their robots to successfully perform tasks both remotely and autonomously.
Their technology teacher and Robotics Club sponsor, Kristin Willis, along with dedicated parents will be traveling with the R2DTools to the Vex IQ World Championship in Louisville, KY, April 20-23 as their state award was a qualifier for this competition.
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Congratulations to robotics teams at Carver Middle, Cypress Ridge Elementary and Fruitland Park Elementary schools for their recent showing at the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, KY, where they competed with teams from China, South Korea, Mexico and various states across the country! The students are listed below.

 

Carver Middle School

Team 2049A: Dylan Humphrey, Andrew Junkin and Spencer Williams ranked 26th in their division and placed 39th in the world for middle school VRC programming skills

Team 2049Z: Caleb LeWare, Harrison Dicus, Allen Yox, Will Piles and Noah Burry placed 40th in the world for middle school VRC programming skills

Team 2049G: Acadia Schartz, Marshall Widmann, Joey Jarrett and Matt Jutkofski placed 7th in the world in the VEX IQ Challenge division

 

Cypress Ridge

Betabots: Ethan Loden, Mattias Peroni, Koen Phipps and Emma Schroer finished 47thM in the Programming Skills challenge

Deltabots: Matthew Tollini, Everett Hoffhines, Sammy Taylor and Gio Testa finished 68th in the tournament, jumping up in the rankings 12 places in their last two matches.

 

Fruitland Park Elementary

Robo-Wizards: Dencov Bryant, Alexis Cowgill, Nichola Desforges and Sydney Williams finished 8th out of 88 in the World of Vex IQ Robotics – Elementary Level

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VEX_RoboticsFive robotics teams from Lake County Schools have qualified to compete at the World Championship in Louisville, KY, April 14-19.

The teams from Fruitland Park Elementary, Cypress Ridge Elementary and Carver Middle schools were part of the Florida VEX Robotics State Championship on Feb. 21 at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa. The VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) is a STEM program with 300 Florida teams ranging from elementary to college students. VEX has grown to nearly 12,000 teams worldwide representing 36 countries.

Top teams from local events throughout the state qualified to compete in the 2015 state championship in high school, middle school and elementary school divisions. Lake County Schools brought 14 teams to the state competition.

The top teams in each division will compete at the world competition. Included are five teams from three Lake County Schools. They are:

• Fruitland Park Elementary Robo-Wizards (VEX IQ) – Dencov Bryant, Alexis Cowgill, Nichola Desforges and Sydney Williams (Teacher, Crystal Rizzo)
• Cypress Ridge Elementary Betabots (VEX IQ) – Ethan Loden, Mattias Peroni, Koen Phipps and Emma Schoer (Teacher, Ashley Phipps)
o State Design Award
o Teacher Ashley Phipps was named a State Volunteer of the Year

• Carver Middle Raider-Gators (VEX IQ) – Joey Jarrett, Matt Jutkofsky, Acadia Schwartz and Marshall Widmann (Teacher, Bart Nash)
o State STEM Research Project Award

• Carver Middle Hunters (VRC) – Noah Burry, Harrison Dicus, Caleb LeWare, Will Pyles and Craig Yox, Jr. (Teacher, Bart Nash)
o State Tournament Champions.

• Carver Middle Avalanche (VRC) – Dylan Humphrey and Andrew Junkin (Teacher, Bart Nash)
o State Tournament Finalists
o State Design Award
o State Programming Skills Award

The teams will have their robots on display before the Lake County School Board meeting on March 9 and will be recognized by the board for their accomplishments. Students will display the robots at 5:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main Street, Tavares. The Board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Commission Chambers.

Teams are asking for community support to help with World Championship expenses. If you or your business would like to sponsor them, please contact Lori Humphrey at humphreyl@lake.k12.fl.us, Crystal Rizzo at rizzoc@lake.k12.fl.us, and Ashley Phipps at phippsa@lake.k12.fl.us.

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The entire Lake County community is invited to choose between two proposed calendar options for the 2015-2016 school year through an online poll at http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/calendarvote.

Parents, students, employees and community residents have until Tuesday, Jan. 13, to select an option. A summary of the options is shown below.

OPTION 1:
• School starts Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.
• Five days off around Thanksgiving – Nov. 23-27, 2015.
• Spring Break from March 21-25, 2016.
• School ends Thursday, June 9, 2016.

OPTION 2:
• School starts Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.
• Three days off around Thanksgiving – Nov. 25-27, 2015.
• Spring Break from March 21-25, 2016.
• School ends Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Visit http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/calendarvote to view each option in detail.

The online poll will close on Tuesday, January 13.

The results of the poll will be forwarded to the Lake County School Board. The Board is expected to consider the 2015-2016 school calendar options at its meeting on Monday, January 26.

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Beginning tonight and through the weekend, the school district’s new online gradebook, Skyward Family Access, will be unavailable as data on the site is updated.

Parents and guardians of students who attend Lake County Schools are encouraged to create a Family Access account. Through the Family Access portal, parents and guardians will have the ability to view their child’s grades, attendance and other data.

The Family Access portal is replacing the district’s older online gradebook, eSembler. For parents that had an eSembler account last school year, many received an email on Sept. 17 from do.not.reply@lake.k12.fl.us with a link to begin the process of setting up a Family Access account. Step-by-step directions on setting up a Family Access account are available online at http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/familyaccess.

For parents and guardians who did not receive an email or did not previously have an eSembler account, they will need to print out a Family Access Enrollment Form. The form is available online at http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/familyaccess. Only one email address per form is permitted. Parents and guardians will have to fill out a separate form for each email address.

Due to security concerns, to complete the form parents and guardians are required to either:

    • Bring the form and ID to the school and sign the form in front of someone at the school; OR
    • Fill out the form; have it notarized by a public notary; and return the form to the school.

After returning the form, the school will verify the information. Once the parent account is created, the district will send an email with sign-in instructions to the parent automatically.

For more information, log on to http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/familyaccess.

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After a successful pilot at Eustis High School, the Lake County School District is launching its new online gradebook, Skyward Family Access.

Family Access PortalParents and guardians of students who attend Lake County Schools are encouraged to create a Family Access account. Through the Family Access portal, parents and guardians will have the ability to view their child’s grades, attendance and other data.

The Family Access portal is replacing the district’s older online gradebook, eSembler. For parents that had an eSembler account last school year, they will be receiving an email on Wednesday from do.not.reply@lake.k12.fl.us with a link to begin the process of setting up a Family Access account.

Parents and guardians will use their current eSembler user ID (email address) as their username for Family Access. Step-by-step directions on setting up a Family Access account are available online at www.lake.k12.fl.us/familyaccess.

For parents and guardians who did not receive an email or did not previously have an eSembler account, they will need to print out a Family Access Enrollment Form. The form is available online at www.lake.k12.fl.us/familyaccess. Only one email address per form is permitted. Parents and guardians will have to fill out a separate form for each email address.

Due to security concerns, to complete the form parents and guardians are required to either:

    • Bring the form and ID to the school and sign the form in front of someone at the school; OR
    • Fill out the form; have it notarized by a public notary; and return the form to the school.

After returning the form, the school will verify the information. Once the parent account is created, the district will send an email with sign-in instructions to the parent automatically.

 

For more information, log on to www.lake.k12.fl.us/familyaccess.

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Engineering is Elementary (EiE) classroom units are coming to Cypress Ridge Elementary School courtesy of a grant from the STEM Alliance of Central Florida.

The grant awards Cypress Ridge Elementary with five units of EiE course materials for the 2014-2015 school year. Each unit comes with 24 student books, one teacher’s guide, four material kits and teacher training for up to five teachers. Units will be chose through a collaboration between the school and staff at the Orlando Science Center from the 20 available topics in life science, earth & space science and physical science.

“We are very excited to be a partner with the Orlando Science Center,” said Dale Delpit, Principal at Cypress Ridge Elementary. “We expanded our engineering program last year and feel that the professional development that we will receive, along with the curriculum units will greatly enhance our program.”

The EiE cross-disciplinary classroom units were developed by the Museum of Science in Boston with the aim of promoting and bolstering engineering instruction in our nation’s elementary schools. According to its website (eie.org), EiE offers “fun, engaging engineering challenges” that “boost student interest in engineering” and are “standards-based, research-based and teacher tested.”

Cypress Ridge Elementary is a strong performer in STEM programs. The school’s third grade team finished first at Lake County Schools’ annual STEM Bowl while the school’s fourth grade team came in second. The school was recently recognized for completing Lake County Schools’ STEM School Challenge. To receive the designation of 2013-2014 STEM School, schools were required to complete STEM-related components:

  • Construct a STEM Professional Learning Community that focuses on STEM implementation.
  • Conduct a STEM related practice team that meets at a minimum once a week to provide enrichment opportunities and prepare the students for the annual STEM Bowl Competition.
  • Participate in the Lake County STEM Bowl.
  • Hold a STEM Family Night with interactive STEM activities and community involvement. Plan and implement a minimum of four problem-based learning experiences in all grade levels

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