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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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Lake County Schools recently recognized its 2013-2014 Elementary and Secondary Literacy Coaches of the Year.

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Literacy Coaches of the Year for Lake County Schools. Pictured (left to right) are David Christiansen, Chief Academic Officer, Triangle Elementary Principal Kathy Billar, Literacy Coach Whitney Frazier, Literacy Coach Karen Colarossi and Eustis High Principal Nancy Velez.

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Literacy Coaches of the Year for Lake County Schools. Pictured (left to right) are David Christiansen, Chief Academic Officer, Triangle Elementary Principal Kathy Billar, Literacy Coach Whitney Frazier, Literacy Coach Karen Colarossi and Eustis High Principal Nancy Velez.

Whitney Frazier from Triangle Elementary School and Karen Colarossi from Eustis High School were selected by their peers to represent Lake County Schools as the Elementary and Secondary Literacy Coaches of the Year.

Frazier designs and facilitates professional learning on standards-based instruction, high yield instructional strategies, and data analysis for teachers at Triangle Elementary. Frazier also coaches and mentors teachers and supports her leadership team in building capacity across the school. She assists with the school improvement planning process at her school to ensure literacy across content areas.

“Not only are we recognizing Ms. Frazier as the 2013-2014 Literacy Coach of the Year, her peers have also recognized her as the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year at Triangle Elementary School,” said Kathlene Jarvis, Director of the Curriculum & Instruction Department at Lake County Schools.

Colarossi works with teachers in Language Arts and Reading departments at Eustis High to implement rigorous curriculum for all students. She utilizes her expertise in Comprehension Instruction Sequence to help teachers with the implementation of Florida Standards into their daily lessons. Additionally, Colarossi is an experienced professional developer and has trained teachers in Coaching and Mentoring, NG-CARPD, and Competency 6 Reading endorsement.

Before joining the Eustis High team, Colarossi was a teacher at Leesburg High School as well as Program Specialist in the Curriculum Department. This is the third Literacy Coach of the Year honor for Colarossi. She was recognized last year and during her tenure at Leesburg High.

“Ms. Kathy Billar [Principal at Triangle Elementary] and Ms. Nancy Velez [Principal at Eustis High] we are proud of your Literacy Coaches and we wish them the best of luck as they represent our district at the state level,” Jarvis said.

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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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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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