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NHDLake County middle school and high school students are gearing up for the second annual National History Day competition. This competition allows students to create projects on historical topics in the categories of exhibit, paper, documentary, performance, or website.

Students from every middle school and four of the high schools (East Ridge, Eustis, Lake Minneola, and South Lake) will come together on March 5, 2016, at Windy Hill Middle School to be judged on their projects in the morning. In the afternoon, starting at 5:00 p.m. there will be an Open House and the awards ceremony will follow at 5:30 p.m.

Each year there is a different National History Day theme that students use as a guide for creating their projects. Last year’s theme was Leadership and Legacy. This year’s theme will be Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange. Students will be challenged to think, research, and write like historians while exploring human history and its effects on our society today.

The top two winners in each category will be moving on to the state competition, held in Tallahassee, May 1-3, 2016.

For more information or to see how you can sponsor or help with this event, contact Nicole DeLuca, Social Studies Program Specialist, at delucan@lake.k12.fl.us or 352-253-6874.

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Students districtwide can register now for Advanced Placement (AP) Seminars planned for Saturday, April 11, at Tavares and Lake Minneola high schools and Saturday, April 25, at Eustis and South Lake high schools. The sessions are 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

AP_logoThese three-hour districtwide sessions are designed to give students extra practice and review for AP exams. The seminars include test-taking strategies, practice exam questions and content overviews. They will be designed and taught by AP teachers from across the district.

Students can select times and subjects for the sessions they want to attend. AP Human Geography, US History, World History, Psychology, and English Language Composition will be offered both dates. AP Calculus, Statistics and Environmental Science will be offered April 25.

Thirty seats are available for each session. Use the links below to register.

• Registration for the April 11th seminars runs through April 8, 2015 at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AP11th

• Registration for the April 25th seminars runs through April 20, 2015 at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AP25th

Students can receive more information about the seminars from their AP teachers.
Lake County Schools is the 19th largest school district in the state of Florida, serving approximately 41,000 students across 45 learning sites including conversion charter schools and a virtual school. Our mission is to provide every student with individual opportunities to excel. For more information, visit http://www.lake.k12.fl.us. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakeSchools.

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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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Kimberly Menendez, a junior at Lake Minneola High, received the highest percentage of votes for her design of the logo which will be used to help promote this year’s inaugural Arts & Cultural Festival. Menendez competed with 20 other finalists for a logo design which captured the theme of the festival: artistic approach and cultural significance.

Menendez began her inArts & Cultural Festival Logoterest in Commercial Art Technology during her freshman year and describes the approach to her design process: “It was the feeling of accomplishing something that makes all the work worth it.” Menendez has developed an excellent track record in Commercial Arts and is now Adobe Photoshop certified and hopes to be Adobe Illustrator certified very soon.

“When brainstorming for the logo, I thought of things that represented arts and culture,” said Menendez. “My logo is a fun way to tie together the balance of art and culture in one simple eye-catching design.”

The new logo has made its official debut on the 2014 Lake County Schools Arts & Cultural Festival official website: http://artfair.lake.k12.fl.us/. The logo will be the prominent feature on the event t-shirts, signage and promotional material.

The Lake County School Arts & Cultural Festival is scheduled on Friday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Wooton Park in Tavares. It will showcase the innumerable arts and cultural activities happening at local schools. In addition to promoting the arts (performing and visual), the festival will provide schools an opportunity to fundraise for needed supplies and equipment for arts and cultural programs.

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Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent of Lake County Schools, authorized today the immediate suspension of school district benchmark tests to students in seventh through 11th grade to give teachers more time to adapt to the new Florida Standards.

“I have heard students, teachers and parents loud and clear,” Dr. Moxley said. “We are drowning in a sea of state-required assessments and anything this school district can do to reduce the burden needs to be done. Assessments are important in the classroom because it is a way for teachers to see if the instruction is working and if the students are comprehending the material. Nonetheless, it’s important to maintain a balance between assessments as an instructional tool and teaching & learning. Teachers need time to teach and students need time to learn.”

The reduction of October assessments is the second time Lake County Schools has decreased the number of assessments it uses to measure student academic growth in preparation for high-stakes state testing conducted in the spring. This past summer the school district made a strategic decision to forgo mini-assessments as the state wrestled with major changes to its standards and state assessments.

“Due to the administration of the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) in grades 9-11 and the administration of the ReadiStep assessment in grades 7-8, Lake County Schools is waiving the Lake Standards Assessments (LSA) and Lake Benchmark Tests (LBA) in English Language Arts and Math in grades 7-11 for the October testing window,” wrote Dr. David Christiansen, Chief Academic Officer at Lake County Schools, in a memorandum to Lake’s high and middle school principals.

Dr. Christiansen added, “The PSAT and READISTEP are national, standardized assessments from the College Board that provide comprehensive data reports on our students in the areas of Critical Reading, Math and Writing. These reports identify areas of development for the students in each area along with Advanced Placement (AP) Potential.”

Students in third through sixth grade will still be required to take district monitoring assessments next week as it will be the first benchmark of their performance. The ReadiStep and PSAT will be administered on Oct. 15. Students in grades 3-11 will take district monitoring assessments in February as teachers and schools will have one last look at their students’ progress before heading into the Florida Standards Assessments for English Language Arts and Math, which are slated to begin on March 23 for students in grades 3-4. A complete testing calendar for Lake County Schools is available online at http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/page/480.

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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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Members of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce were treated this morning to an outstanding breakfast prepared by Culinary Arts students at Lake Minneola High.

Students brought their ‘A’ game serving nearly 200 guests at the chamber’s monthly breakfast. With a spread that included scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, yogurt parfaits and homemade mini muffins the students and Culinary Instructor Nick Sandora earned a lot of praise. (more…)

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