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Walk Zone, Berkeley_1Students at Pine Ridge Elementary School in Clermont are taking Problem Based Learning to a new level and hoping to find a solution to an issue that affects their community every day – the need for safer routes to and from school.

Even though a great percentage of the school’s students live within the “walk zone,” which is defined as a 2-mile radius from the school, there are very few students who walk or bike to school.  In an effort to affect real-world change, upper elementary students have embarked on a project that involves the Lake Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization as well as the neighborhoods surrounding the school.

“This project is truly STEM based in that students will use elements of science, technology, engineering and math to study the safety issues and come up with solutions to the problem,” teacher and project coordinator Whitney Kreiling said.

Students began the project by surveying families of Pine Ridge, residents in the surrounding communities, and the student body.  This data will be used to prioritize the issues that prevent safe access for everyone within the school’s walk zone, such as a lack of sidewalks and a dangerous intersection with no traffic light.

After taking a “walking field trip” along the route walkers and bikers currently take, and studying the safety issues, students will work in cross-grade level groups to analyze and create solutions to the problem.

In May, they will present their conclusions to the Lake County Commission.

“Through many years of teaching, I’ve learned that students often arrive at solutions that adults miss,” Kreiling said.  “Perhaps the students can be the catalyst for change that will make Pine Ridge a true neighborhood school.”

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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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The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) released preliminary school grades today for the 2013-2014 school year for elementary and middle schools.

Lake County Schools increased its number of “A” rated schools in a year it waves goodbye to much of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) and the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. A new statewide assessment (AIR) will be administered to students to assess the more rigorous state-approved standards in math, English/language arts (including writing), Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry.

Lake County Schools more than doubled its number of “A” scores from the previous year with Cypress Ridge Elementary maintaining an “A” grade for the 14th consecutive year and Umatilla Elementary earning an “A” for the second consecutive year. Windy Hill Middle, Lost Lake Elementary and Sorrento Elementary all jumped one letter grade to an “A.” It had been four years since Windy Hill Middle School’s last visit to the top.

“This is a great day for Windy Hill Middle School,” said Amy Cockcroft, Principal at Windy Hill Middle School. “The dedication of our teachers and the hard work of our students is a formula for success. It is very exciting to be celebrating with an ‘A’ grade.”

Sorrento Elementary brought its grade up with a focused approach, according to Susan Pegram, former principal at Sorrento Elementary who will begin the 2014-2015 school year at Lost Lake Elementary.

“The beginning of the year we had an action plan that everybody bought into,” Pegram said. “The teachers really worked hard to teaching the standards and the students were diligent in their work. It all just came together for us. I am so proud of the teachers, students and I am thrilled for the Sorrento community because they deserve this.”

The final year of FCAT proved to be challenging for 14 schools with falling letter grades. The FCAT is based on old academic standards, which are being replaced with the new Florida Standards next year. A new statewide assessment and school grading system will also be released by the state to accompany the new standards.

“Transitioning to new Florida Standards in the classroom while evaluating students on old academic standards definitely was challenging for our schools this year,” said Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent of Lake County Schools. “I know our diligent work this past year with the new standards is better preparing students and schools for success long term. I commend all our teachers for their hard work and diligence in this transition year. Congratulations to Sorrento Elementary, Windy Hill Middle, Lost Lake Elementary, Eustis Middle and Altoona Charter for increasing their grades.”

Lake County schools earning an “A” or “B” grade include:

  • Altoona Charter School (B)
  • Cypress Ridge Elementary (A)
  • East Ridge Middle (B)
  • Eustis Elementary (B)
  • Eustis Middle (B)
  • Gray Middle (B)
  • Grassy Lake Elementary (B)
  • Lost Lake Elementary (A)
  • Pine Ridge Elementary (B)
  • Sorrento Elementary (A)
  • Umatilla Elementary (A)
  • Villages Elementary (B)
  • Windy Hill Middle (A)

Grades for high schools will be released in the fall as additional components are included in grade calculations. For a complete list of school grades from the Florida Department of Education, log on to http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.

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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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For the last time, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) released results today for the writing portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0 (FCAT 2.0) that is administered to fourth, eighth and 10th graders, and third grade results for FCAT 2.0 reading and mathematics.

With more rigorous state-approved standards in place next year, a newly adopted statewide assessment (AIR) will be administered to assess math, English/language arts (including writing), Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry. The science FCAT 2.0 will continue to be administered after this year along with Biology I, U.S. History and Civics end-of-course exams. For more information about next year’s assessment tests, review a list of frequently asked questions from FLDOE.

In the final year of FCAT 2.0 Writing, Lake County Schools registered its biggest improvements over previous year’s scores in eighth and 10th grade. Eighth graders scoring a 3.5 or better (test is graded on a 6-point scale, with a score of 3.5 considered proficient) increased districtwide by 4 percent to 48 percent. Likewise, 10th graders scoring a 3.5 or better jumped 9 percentage points to 57 percent.

“Improvements in writing scores at our high schools and middle schools reflect our focus on preparing for more rigorous standards that help students to be college and career ready,” said Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent of Lake County Schools. “High school and middle schools should be commended for their writing scores.”

Middle schools that recorded that largest gain in percent of students performing a 3.5 or better on the writing assessment included: Carver Middle School with a 21 percentage point increase (overall 52%) and Umatilla Middle with a 14 percentage point jump (overall 44%). The top overall scores were from Windy Hill Middle (64%, 11-point increase) and Eustis Middle (56%).

High schools with the largest gain in percent of students performing a 3.5 or better included: Leesburg High with a 25 percent point increase (overall 56%); South Lake High with a 14 percent increase (overall 60%); and Mount Dora High with a 12 percent jump (overall 61%). The top two overall scores in the district belonged to Lake Minneola High (65%, 9 percent increase) and East Ridge High (62%, 4 percent increase).

Overall state averages for elementary scores in writing, reading and math were either flat or showed a slight decline. The same held true for Lake County Schools averages; however, several bright spots of improvement and overall excellent achievement were still evident.

In fourth grade writing, Sorrento Elementary (24 percent increase, 65% overall), Treadway Elementary (20 percent increase, 68% overall), and Clermont Elementary (16 percent increase, 52% overall) made the biggest improvements in percentage of students scoring a 3.5 or better. The overall top performing schools included Lost Lake Elementary (72% overall, 9 percent increase) and Treadway and Cypress Ridge elementary schools tying for second place at 68 percent.

Some of the top performing elementary schools in third grade reading and math scores (% percent of students scoring 3-5) included:

  • Cypress Ridge Elementary 78 percent (math); 78 percent (reading)
  • Seminole Springs Elementary 77 percent (math); 70 percent (reading)
  • Villages Elementary of Lady Lake 76 percent (math); 70 percent (reading)
  • Sorrento Elementary 74 percent (math)
  • Treadway Elementary 73 percent (math)
  • Lost Lake Elementary 73 percent (math)
  • Pine Ridge Elementary 71 percent (math)

For a complete list of FCAT scores, log on to http://fcat.fldoe.org.

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