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Mediacap002Pat Burke, former NBA player and owner of Hoops Life, a local youth basketball organization, visited Umatilla Middle School and Umatilla Elementary School on Tuesday, April 7.  Mr. Burke shared the story of how he became a professional basketball player, despite the obstacles that he faced. He urged the students and teachers to work together as a team, which he defined as a “dynamic group of individuals working together to achieve a common goal.” He recounted stories of how being part of a team shaped his life and career. Mr. Burke, who played for the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors, has taken those experiences and used them to create his Hoops Life organization to help teach life skills such as social confidence, academic effort, behavior, and self-control, through the sport of basketball.

The program is open to boys and girls, ages 7-13. If you would like to know more about Mr. Burke and the Hoops Life organization, you can go to www.hoopspatburke.com.

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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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Umatilla Middle School hosted an awards ceremony this month for students who scored a 5 or higher on the math, reading and science portions of the 2013-2014 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).

Parents were invited to attend the ceremonies and watch their child receive a medal engraved with their name, and congratulations from administrators for their achievement. Two students received perfect scores: Annabelle Stube, science, and Hannah Carpenter, math and reading, and received plaques for their accomplishments. Debbie Rogers, Principal at Umatilla Elementary, and Wally Schmidt, Principal at Altoona Charter School, were present to assist with presenting awards received by their former students.

Students who received awards included:

6TH GRADE

Math                                           Reading                            Science

Payton Grinstead                       Trinity Ballash                  Dakota Blackstone

Konur Hudgins                          Mya Brown                        Payton Grinstead

Dovie Jarc                                   Heather Christner            Sierra Leonard

Christian Langill                        Ashley Ellis                      Alondra Torres Martinez

Alondra Torres Martinez         Kalynn Holloway              Jacob McCall

Chyana Pate                                Aleksia Howell                  Allison Peckham

Allison Peckham                        Konur Hudgins                 Hailey Ritchie

Kreighton Steinke                      Koren Jones                       Angel Rivera

Annabelle Stube                         Chyanna Pate                     Kreighton Steinke

Jason Wheeler                            Allison Peckham                Brooklyn Stonebraker

Angel Rivera                       Annabelle Stube

Kreighton Steinke              Jason Wheeler

Brooklyn Stonebraker

Annabelle Stube

Jason Wheeler

7TH GRADE

Math                                                                   Reading

Braelyn Andrews                                              Stormie Bingham

Tysen Coates                                                   Jonah Foster

Dalton Connolly                                               Anne Riggs

Jamilee Fletcher                                              Raul Rincon

Jonah Foster                                                   Jose Saucedo

Jozuah Geidel                                                  Joshua Shaneyfelt

Emily Harrison                                                 Makayla Theisen

Regan Loomis                                                  Peyton Turner

Jarrod Mayhew                                                 Alyssa Ward

Ren Nobles

Anne Riggs

Lindsay Sigler

Peyton Turner

 

8TH GRADE

Math                                        Reading                                    Civics EOC          

Veronica Adkins                     Hannah Carpenter                    Hannah Carpenter

Katherine Asbury                   Robert Casteel                           Morgan Dore

Hannah Carpenter                  Brandon Chynoweth                 Dante Gardner

Brandon Chynoweth               Morgan Dore                              Isabella Guinta

Kortni Duncan                         Adam Garcia                              Robert Herman

Adam Garcia                              Henry Johnson                           Shelby Pranger

Dante Gardner                           Alex Moulton                             Luke Riggio

Beau Mashburn                          Shelby Pranger                         Lauren Snavely

Shelby Pranger                           Daisy Simmons                         Rosalie Wong

Ruth Martinez Ramirez             Rosalie Wong

Mackenzie Riggins

Blake Simmons

Daily Simmons

Scott Watkins

Rosalie Wong

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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 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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