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NewsRe001Sawgrass Bay Elementary School has implemented the new “Leader Riders” program. The school’s Lighthouse Team, a component of The Leader in Me program, boards eight buses on Mondays and Thursdays. Each team is comprised of two Sawgrass Bay staff members. These volunteer teachers and administrators talk and interact with students riding the bus and meet and greet the parents at the bus stops.

This voluntary program is an outreach effort that supports the school’s vision to “Build Leaders for Life, One Student at the Time.”

Sawgrass Bay Elementary adopted The Leader in Me as the culture building program that supports the implementation of Personalized Learning.  Through the program, all staff members and students infuse Stephen Covey’s, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, into all aspects of the school day.  School leaders believe that in order for students to take ownership of their learning it is essential that they are equipped with the necessary leadership skills to do so.

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Mediacap012Sawgrass Bay Elementary had a very special visitor on campus on Friday, May 1, 2015.

The eight Personalized Learning pilot classrooms, in grades 3-5, had the privilege of meeting Sarah Haskins, a professional triathlete and former Olympian.  Haskins has over 33 professional wins, is a Race to the Toyota Cup Series Champion and was a 2008 Beijing Olympic team member.

The students were actively engaged as they learned the importance of setting short term and long terms goals in life.  Haskins inspired the students to put focus and passion into their education and extracurricular activities.  Haskins spoke about what is means to be a triathlete, the importance of good nutrition, and pushing yourself to strive for excellence.  A highlight of the assembly was when the students had the opportunity to hold her metals that Haskins has won from all over the world.  The event concluded with group pictures, autographs, and an inspired group of students.

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Mediacap009Sawgrass Bay Elementary received an outdoor facelift from Lowe’s Home Improvement at Cagan Crossings.  Store manager, Jim Rivera, a member of Sawgrass Bay’s Student Advisory Council, has generously donated the resources and labor to create a much needed pathway from our portable classrooms to the building. The pathway is greatly appreciated by all Sawgrass Bay students and staff, especially those who have walked the sandy trail daily.

On Saturday, May 2, Lowe’s employees, Sawgrass Bay staff members and our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts worked together to beautify the campus grounds,  including the Butterfly Garden.  Teachers and students were greeted at the new walkway on Monday morning with a smiling face from Mr. Rivera.

Lowe’s embraces teamwork as a core value and a key ingredient in maintaining an engaged workforce. They believe that by working together we can build something better for the company, their customers and our communities. Transforming lives one community at a time — that’s been the mission of Lowe’s Heroes since the company’s volunteer program began more than 10 years ago. The program encourages employees in a location to team together, adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K–12 public school and make a difference.

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Students from 22 public and private schools in Lake County will compete next week in the 2015 Lake County Spelling Bee.

The local competition is part of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Every year, tens of thousands of schools enroll in the program. During the fall and winter they conduct spelling bee programs at the classroom, grade and/or school level, and send their spelling champions to the next level of competition as designated by their local spelling bee sponsors.

In Lake, first-place winners from each participating school will compete in the county spelling bee, which is being coordinated by Lake County Schools’ Academic Services Unit in partnership with The Orlando Sentinel. The Golden Triangle Kiwanis in partnership with the Educational Foundation of Lake County will present the winner with a $100 check, and the runner-up will receive a $50 check.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Eustis Community Center, 601 Northshore Drive, Eustis FL.

Participating schools are listed below:

Cecil E. Gray Middle             Imagine South Lake Charter          Seminole Springs Elementary
Christian Home and Bible     Lake Preparatory                           St. Paul’s Catholic
Clermont Elementary            Lost Lake Elementary                    Tavares Middle
East Ridge Middle                 Minneola Elementary Charter        Umatilla Middle
Eustis Elementary                 Montverde Academy                      Villages Elementary
Eustis Heights Elementary    Mount Dora Middle                         Windy Hill Middle
Eustis Middle                        Oak Park Middle
Groveland Elementary          Sawgrass Bay Elementary

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Trout Lake Nature Center

Trout Lake Nature Center

Sawgrass Bay Elementary School recently partnered with Trout Lake Nature Center of Eustis to design a Personalized learning field trip for the eight classes at the school that are piloting Personalized Learning.

Personalized Learning is a student-centered, competency-based approach to learning. Teachers get to know their students as individuals and consider their interests, aspirations, learning styles and needs, and modify instruction to individualize the learning experience. They give extra time for latent learners to master key concepts and allow for those who can quickly master to content to learn at an accelerated pace. Sawgrass Bay is one of eight schools in Lake County selected to pilot Personalized Learning this school year.

With this learning approach in mind, Sawgrass Bay and Trout Lake Nature Center worked together to re-design the traditional field trip curriculum. First, students in each class were surveyed to determine their interests. The third-grade pilot students were eager to learn about water, the fourth-grade students were more interested in habitats, and the fifth-graders wanted to explore ecosystems.

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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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Students at Sawgrass Bay Elementary gathered on Sept. 12 to recognize Patriot Day with special guests including Lake County Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley, Capt. Chris DeLibro of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Commander of VFW Chris Singh, along with representatives from the Lake County Fire Department.

Sawgrass Bay ElementaryTo kick off the ceremony Cub Scout Pack 957 led the flag ceremony and the Pledge of Allegiance. The ceremony continued with the National Anthem led by Sawgrass Bay fourth grade student, Lyric Stratton.

Dr. Susan Moxley connected the events from Sept. 11, 2001, to the audience. She stated to the students that “Sawgrass Bay is a unified school; you are here as one student body and boys and girls, you are really great Americans showing respect for one another.”

The event was highlighted by a number of patriotic songs performed by the Sawgrass Bay Singers, including “Love Can Build a Bridge” featuring Assistant Principal Katherine Falcon. Dejah Salgado, a third grade student from Kathleen Eme’s class, performed a heartfelt lyrical dance to “Hallelujah” from the Shrek soundtrack.

“The Patriot’s Day Ceremony gives the Sawgrass Bay family a chance to honor community heroes that keep us safe every day,” said Assistant Principal Katherine Falcon.

Another program highlight was three of Sawgrass Bay’s finest fifth grade students — Jarod Fuentes, Ty Lilly, and Cameron Scott. Each won the patriotic speech contest for their academy. They each read their touching essays depicting their views of what it really means to be a patriot.

Principal Heather Gelb connected the Patriot’s Day Ceremony to a quote from William Harvard. He stated, “The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.” In reflection of the Harvard quote Gelb stated, “It is also important to teach students that sacrifices are made for freedom. For these sacrifices we should honor all of our brave servicemen and women who safeguard our freedom every day. Our Patriot’s Day Celebration here at Sawgrass Bay helps to lay this foundational value in our students.”

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