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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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Watch the premiere of the Home-School Connection at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

The Home-School ConnectionLake County Schools and Lakefront TV are teaming up to help parents and families of school children. The Home-School Connection is a unique new educational show where public school administrators and teachers discuss informative topics about the school system, classes, programs and ways you can help from home. Students also present school news and events from around the area.

The Home-School Connection is an open community forum about our schools. You are invited to e-mail a question or suggest a topic for a future show. Some questions will be answered on the show, so keep watching.

To send a message to the Home-School Connection email schools@lakefronttv.com.

Watch Lakefront TV on Comcast channel 22, Brighthouse channel 199 and Florida Cable channel 4.

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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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Dr. Patrick Galatowitsch, newly appointed principal at Leesburg Elementary, is inviting the school family and community to a meet-and-greet event on Thursday, July 10, at 5 p.m.

Formerly principal at Fern Creek Elementary in Orlando for the past five years and an Orange County Public Schools administrator for the past 25 years, Galatowitsch is joining Lake County Schools for the 2014-2015 school year. In an open letter to school staff and the community, he introduces himself to the Leesburg area:

Dear Faculty and Staff of Leesburg Elementary and Members of the Greater Leesburg Community,

It is with much anticipation and excitement that I look forward to coming to Leesburg Elementary and becoming part of the Leesburg Community. I look forward to making new friends and getting to know each of you. I am a strong believer that schools should be the center of our communities.

The American Journalist, Mitch Albom writes, “The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” These words echo my sense of duty and compassion for my work as an educator. I believe in the essential worth and dignity of every person and will strive to work with each of you to support and grow our children, our families and our community.

Strength doesn’t come in numbers, or position or power, but rather in unity of purpose and a collective compassion to improve the lives of those around us. I look forward to becoming a part of the Leesburg Elementary School family and building on your collective strengths so that together we can continue to improve the lives of our children.

I look forward to meeting each of you personally and would like to extend an invitation for you to attend a principal, community and staff, meet and greet, at Leesburg Elementary on Thursday, July 10th at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully,

Patrick Galatowitsch, Ed.D.

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The start of the 2014-2015 school year will bring fresh faces to the top administrator role at nine Lake County schools.

The Lake County School Board approved on June 9 new appointments at Gray Middle School, Mount Dora High School, Tavares Elementary School and Treadway Elementary School. At its meeting on June 23, the School Board approved additional changes at Eustis Heights Elementary, Leesburg Elementary, Lost Lake Elementary and Sorrento Elementary.

Principal changes include:

    • Rhonda Hunt, Eustis Heights Elementary
    • Pam Chateauneuf, Gray Middle
    • Dr. Patrick Galatowitsch, Leesburg Elementary
    • Susan Pegram, Lost Lake Elementary
    • Dr. Rhonda Boone, Mount Dora High
    • Brenna Burkhead, Sorrento Elementary
    • Durenda McKinney, Tavares Elementary
    • Letizia Haugabrook, Treadway Elementary

Sawgrass Bay Elementary will also have new principal; however, the appointment will come at a later date. The open position was advertised last week and applicants are currently being scheduled for interviews.

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For the third consecutive year, there is an increase in the number of Lake County schools receiving the Florida Department of Education’s Golden School Award, which recognizes exemplary programs that promote parent and community involvement in education.

Surpassing a record set last year for the Lake County School District, 19 local schools were recently honored at a School Board meeting for receiving the state award. Schools receiving the honor included:

  • Beverly Shores Elementary
  • Clermont Elementary
  • East Ridge Middle
  • Fruitland Park Elementary
  • Grassy Lake Elementary
  • Groveland Elementary
  • Leesburg Elementary
  • Lost Lake Elementary
  • Minneola Charter Elementary
  • Pine Ridge Elementary
  • Round Lake Elementary Conversion Charter
  • Sawgrass Bay Elementary
  • Seminole Springs Elementary
  • Sorrento Elementary
  • Tavares Elementary
  • Treadway Elementary
  • Triangle Elementary
  • Umatilla Elementary
  • Villages Elementary

The Golden School is presented to schools that meet the following criteria: provides faculty training/orientation on volunteerism, designates a school volunteer coordinator to provide leadership for the school volunteer program, and fulfills a total number of hours in volunteer service that equals twice the number of students enrolled in the school. Hours donated from all forms of volunteering (i.e., mentors, tutors, advisors and advocates) are included.

For more information about volunteering, contact the Educational Foundation of Lake County at (352) 326-1265 or log on to www.edfoundationlake.com.

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