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‘Tis the season to give. Mrs. Beach and Mrs. Wood’s fourth grade classes at Treadway Elementary are learning — and providing — a lesson in service to their community. The students brought in pet supplies including food, litter, pet toys and treats to be donated to the Lake County Animal Shelter in Tavares.

As a class, their motto is: “We are family.” They believe in working together to improve our community. One student commented, “I like that we are giving back to animals in need.” As teachers, we love seeing our children express kindness,  compassion, and generosity. It is a lesson for us all.
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A caravan of officials from Lake County Schools and the Educational Foundation of Lake County brought some exciting news to three schools this week as finalists for Lake County Teacher of the Year were announced.

The “prize patrol” included Lake County Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley; School Board members Rosanne Brandeburg and Marc Dodd; Educational Foundation Executive Director Carman Cullen, and Educational Foundation Board members Bill Giffing and Mike Stone, among many others. The group delivered the news face-to-face to the candidates: Justin Crouch at Umatilla High School, Julie Forgie at Windy Hill Middle School and Melissa Meadows at Treadway Elementary School.

Three judges will interview with the finalists before making a final choice. Lake County Schools’ Teacher of the Year will be announced at a celebration dinner presented by the Educational Foundation of Lake County on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Tickets can be reserved by calling (352) 326-1265.

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Justin Crouch began his Florida teaching career four years ago as a social studies teacher at Umatilla High School. He continues in that role and serves as the department chair, mentoring other teachers and facilitating weekly Professional Development meetings. He works with a wide range of students, from those scoring at lower reading levels to those in his upper level Advanced Placement Macroeconomics course and uses innovative ways to help all of them achieve. He wrote lesson plans that are being used for a unit in Economics and AP Macroeconomics throughout Lake County. It centers on a chapter in Terry Anderson and Donald Leal’s book Free Market Environmentalism and is focused on the effects of the privatization of public parks. He was the 2013-14 Rookie teacher of the Year for Umatilla High and is the 2014-15 Social Studies Teacher of the Year for Umatilla High. “Umatilla High has provided, and continues to provide, great opportunities for me to lead and learn in my profession,” he wrote in his application. “I am afforded the opportunity to work with a very close community that deeply cares about the success of their students.”

 

Julie Forgie

Julie Forgie has been teaching 11 years and currently is a teacher for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities, a position she has held for five years at Windy Hill Middle School. Students often enter her classroom not talking or exhibiting aggressive behaviors. She uses student behavior formative data to teach the students, drive behavior changes and enhance parent communication and involvement. In her application, she described a non-verbal student who arrived displaying aggressive behavior and exhibiting echolalia, the involuntary repetition of words or phrases spoken by others. She taught him to make simple verbal requests, to say “hello” when entering the classroom and the have “nice hands” so he could be a productive citizen. “Every student deserves to learn,’’ she wrote. “My students have moderate to severe Autism. … I have been hit, bit, punched and kicked countless times. Regular education teachers tell me I’m crazy to do this work but I return every day and give students the love and attention they deserve…. No matter what is thrown at us, teachers must have the passion and patience to push through.” Forgie is a coach with Special Olympics of Lake County, an advisor for Best Buddies of Central Florida – Windy Hill Chapter, former Rookie Teacher of the Year (2007-08), and she created the countywide Edmodo page for Autism Spectrum Disorder teachers.

Melissa Meadows

Melissa Meadows began teaching seven years ago. Today, she teaches a second grade inclusion classroom with 15 students, five of whom are deemed “exceptional” because learning disabilities, Autism, emotional and behavioral disorders and other issues. Most of her students at Treadway Elementary come to her with reading deficiencies as well. She has helped them make significant gains academically and behaviorally. In her application, she describes one student who spent the majority of his time last year in the office or suspended. She requested the student be placed in her classroom so she could help him. “He was defiant, disruptive and refused to complete any work,’’ she wrote. “After implementing a behavior management plan, he is currently on a positive track. … He shows so much potential now, and I am confident that he will continue to amaze me with his performance. [He] finally enjoys school and is excited to learn every day.” Meadows has organized workshops that focus on courses for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and technology, she played a large role in the incorporation of new standards into second grade mathematics, and she won a first place award at the Jim Harbin Film Festival for the 2014 public service video, “Bullying: Shout it Out.”

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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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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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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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