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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 communities of Sorrento and Tavares will have the opportunity to meet and greet new principals at Sorrento and Tavares elementary schools during events, both hosted on Tuesday, July 29, at 5 p.m.

Brenna Burkhead is the new principal at Sorrento Elementary, located at 24605 Wallick Road. She started working with Lake County Schools in 1988. Her experience includes media specialist at Fruitland Park and Villages elementary schools, assistant principal at Treadway Elementary and assistant principal & principal at Eustis Heights Elementary.

“I look forward to working with the school and community to become a part of the Sorrento Elementary Family,” Burkhead said. “As a product of Lake County Schools, being a part of a local school community is important to me. I know as a team we will make the coming year one of the best yet.”

Durenda McKinney is the new principal at Tavares Elementary, located at 720 E. Clifford St. She began working with Lake County Schools as a kindergarten teacher at the former Skeen Elementary. Her administrative experience includes assistant principal at Fruitland Park Elementary and principal at Leesburg Elementary.

“I am so excited for the opportunity to work with the school and community of Tavares,” McKinney said. “I look forward to being a part of the local school community. I know that by working together, great things are in our future.”

For more information about the meet-and-greet events, call Sorrento Elementary at 352-385-1140 or Tavares Elementary at 352-343-2861.

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Some of Lake County’s top elementary schools in the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) were recognized last month as part of the school district’s STEM School Challenge.

STEM schools“Each year elementary schools participate in Lake County Schools’ STEM School Challenge,” said Kathlene Jarvis, Director of the Curriculum Department for Lake County Schools. “In order to qualify there are several rigorous criteria that schools have to complete.”

Fourteen elementary schools — Astatula Elementary, Cypress Ridge Elementary, Eustis Heights Elementary, Grassy Lake Elementary, Groveland Elementary, Lost Lake Elementary, Round Lake Elementary Conversion Charter, Sawgrass Bay Elementary, Seminole Springs Elementary, Sorrento Elementary, Tavares Elementary, Treadway Elementary, Triangle Elementary and Umatilla Elementary — were recognized at the Lake County School Board meeting on June 23 for earning the distinction of becoming a Lake County Schools’ designated STEM School. To receive the designation of 2013-2014 STEM School, schools were required to complete five 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

A national initiative to support STEM activities in schools is helping to increase the ability for students to think critically, solve complex problems and, hopefully in the future, drive advancements in science and technology. Lake County students participate in a variety of STEM programs and competitions, such as LEGO Robotics, science fairs, STEM Bowl, Math Counts and Mu Alpha Theta. In addition, a host of Career and Technical Education programs offered at high schools support STEM initiatives.

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A surprise recognition at the Lake County School Board meeting last month caught Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Moxley off guard.

ECET2 Lake District TeamThe ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching) Lake District Team publically recognized Moxley for her support of the program. ECET2 is a national movement where a convening brings together educators from the country to focus on teacher leadership and collaboration. The first ECET2 convening in Lake County was held in August 2013.

“Teachers are an integral part of this county and part of what ECET2 does is to encourage leadership and the idea teachers can work together to solve some of the biggest challenges they face in their districts, states and schools,” said Brent Balkaran, Teacher at Tavares High School.

A second ECET2 convening was held in March 2014 where teacher leaders in Lake County Schools continued the focus on teacher leadership, collaboration and instructional best practices.

“Dr. Moxley has been there to guide us, and she has also been there to show her support of this,” Balkaran said. “Her vision includes a district where not only administrators and top-level personnel share instruction and curriculum, but teachers take a part in that and we are headed in that direction.

He added, “I want to thank her for not only believing in myself and the ECET2 team but the teachers of Lake County.”

The ECET2 Lake District Team includes Balkaran, Kati Pearson, Director of Teaching & Learning Department, Connie Bame from Triangle Elementary, Kelly Cousineau from Academic Services, Susan Emrick from Lost Lake Elementary, Nancy Hunter from Leesburg High School, Stuart Klatte, President of Lake County Education Association, Anjanette McGregor from Tavares High, Andrea Pyatt from Academic Services, Debbra Snow from Lake Minneola High and April Von Maxey from Tavares Elementary. The group presented Dr. Moxley with a framed ECET2 graphic with signatures from the group.

“Thank you so much,” she said. “This is more special to me than you will ever, ever know. It is such a delight to work with professionals like you. It has been a pleasure to see your vision, your commitment and your dedication to our students every day.

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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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