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Congratulations to Justin Crouch of Umatilla High School! He is Lake County’s Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made at a celebration dinner presented by the Educational Foundation of Lake County on Feb. 28.

Pictured from left, Umatilla High School Principal Randell Campbell, Teacher Justin Crouch, Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley, School Board members Rosanne Brandeburg and Marc Dodd)

Pictured from left, Umatilla High School Principal Randell Campbell, Teacher Justin Crouch, Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley, School Board members Rosanne Brandeburg and Marc Dodd)

Crouch began his 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.

Crouch was one of three finalists for the award. The others were Julie Forgie of Windy Hill Middle School and Melissa Meadows of Treadway Elementary School.

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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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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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The Umatilla Middle School and Umatilla High School AVID programs came together last month to celebrate the Second Annual AVID Contract Signing Night.

“The event was a success, as community members showed up in force to support the AVID program,” said Bryan Totten, AVID Elective Teacher and Coordinator at Umatilla Middle. “The Umatilla Middle AVID program had 76 students in attendance and the Umatilla High program added another 64 students with family and friends. That equates to 140 students, or which is more than 70 percent of the total number of AVID students between the middle and high schools.”

In order for students to be in the AVID program they, as well as parents, administrators, guidance counselors, and the AVID teacher, must sign a contract stating that it is the goal of the student to take on advanced level courses on the way to gaining entry into a four-year college. The students also sign off on a list of responsibilities that include completion of all homework and studying, proper behavior in all classes, consistent attendance at school, and a commitment to using AVID strategies such as Cornell Notes and the AVID Three-Ring Binder. The goal of the AVID program is to create a support structure that will help these students succeed in those goals and responsibilities.

The purpose behind the AVID Contract Signing event is to cheer on these students as they make this commitment to push themselves beyond their comfort zones as they advance toward their goal of a college education.

“Our guest speaker, Lake County AVID District Director Kelly Cousineau, did an amazing job of exciting the crowd while explaining what AVID is all about — forming relationships, unlocking potential and achieving dreams,” Totten said.

For more information about the Lake County AVID Program and how you can volunteer as an AVID tutor, log on to http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/Page/32861.

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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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