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Congratulations to Quade Vatch of Leesburg High School on receiving a swim scholarship from Marymount University! LHS is also looking for any alumni who were on the swim team in previous years to join in the school’s first ever Alumni Swim Meet. This meet will be the day after the homecoming game October 15th.  Interested alumni are asked to contact the school.

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lhsLocal businesses are invited to participate in Leesburg High School’s Job Readiness Career Fair on May 6, 12 noon to 1 pm.  The goal is to help local high school seniors learn about career opportunities available close to home. Participating businesses will be asked to set up a table with information about the various careers and positions that an entry-level student could possibly obtain. Help students see what type of continuing education is required and what their salary range would be. If your business would like to participate, please email amberd@leesburgchamber.com for information.

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Title I hosts Family Fun and Resource Fair

Title I hosts Family Fun and Resource Fair

Lake County School’s Title I program I hosting a Family Fun and Resource Fair on Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Leesburg High School Cafeteria, 1401 Jacket Way, Leesburg. The event is open to families with students in Lake County Title I schools only. Families will be given information on medical services, food pantries, clothing, educational support, housing and employment opportunities. They will also have the opportunity to participate in educational games and win door prizes. Lunch will be provided.

Families participated in a similar event in November. The Families in Transition Resource Fair at Lake-Sumter State College featured several hours of free health screenings, registrations for free cell phone service, gas card giveaways, free backpacks, games, craft projects and more.

Title I is the federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. Lake County has 18 Title I schools where at least 70 percent of the students receive free or reduced lunch.

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homelogoStudents in Leesburg High School’s Health Science Program will travel to two of Lake Medical Imaging’s facilities for job shadowing this month.

In addition to the Certified Nursing Assistant program, Leesburg High also has a course of study for aspiring Certified Medical Administrative Assistance. Under the guidance of instructor Cheryl Augustine, RN, Health Science Program coordinator for the school, and Marcella Volkmar, Technical Director for Lake Medial Imaging’s centers in The Villages, the students will learn the importance of radiology for diagnosing potential disease as well as for health care screening and treatment planning. Over the course of five visits to two of the imaging facilities, the student will get an understanding of what goes into the business of patient care and diagnostic services.

Lake Medical Imaging, in partnership with Central Florida Health Alliance, is a full-service diagnostic imaging practice encompassing 22 board certified radiologists and five state-of the art imaging centers in Central Florida.

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Understanding how classroom curriculum translates into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers can be a critical component for engaging today’s students and teachers in creating tomorrow’s workforce. Hands-on learning opportunities can provide the critical link of relevance for students and answer the age-old student question of “When am I ever going to use this?” while increasing their awareness and interest in STEM careers.

ATT_LeesburgTo provide this critical link from classroom to careers, AT&T is collaborating with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) this school year to provide experiential learning opportunities for students from 29 school districts through 47 separate projects involving 52 local workplace partners. Real-world application of STEM education concepts, problem-solving and critical thinking skills are all key elements of each project.

Leesburg High School (LHS) was awarded two of the AT&T grants which will be implemented from January through May 2015. A total of 225 students will be impacted by the projects in grades 9 through 12. Principal Bill Miller said, “This funding will keep us going in the right academic direction and I applaud AT&T for their commitment to the students in Florida, especially those in Lake County”.

The Science National Honor Society students will be learning about technology used in health care, forensic science, biotechnology, genetic and civil engineering. In addition to lab time they will engage in activities, experiments and facilitations about the importance of STEM in the 21st Century with business partners Lake County EMS, Orlando Science Center and EPCOT.

Students enrolled in pathways to Engineering at LHS will learn about the basics of electronics by exploring amplifiers; analog and digital circuits and how to read schematic diagrams. The knowledge will applied during the investigation of career opportunities in the STEM field. Riddle Newman Engineering will be serving as the project business partner.

“We know that industries engaged in STEM disciplines will create a majority of high-value, high-wage jobs and within ten years, almost nine out of ten new jobs will require education beyond a high school degree,” said Joe York, AT&T Florida President. “We are pleased to make this contribution because Florida’s K-12 education foundations are well positioned to be the link between schools and local businesses for students, enabling them to build connections with potential employers in their communities, get a sense of what careers they offer and the skill sets they require.”

Two additional CFEF contributors have followed AT&T’s lead to provide similar programs with local impact throughout Florida. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is funding nine larger-scale projects through a competitive grant process. CenturyLink is funding 24 projects in their “Teachers and Technology Grant” initiative providing training and needed equipment to enhance digital learning in the classroom.

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About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF):

The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF seeks to advance student achievement in Florida by increasing private sector investment and involvement in public education. The CFEF now has 59 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise more than $45 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has provided more than $27 million to local education foundations since 2002 through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

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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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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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