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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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dc6on4AqiOn December 5th, 2015 East Ridge Middle School’s Thespian Troupe 89049 attended District 9’s Theatre competition with 39 acting students ready to perform in 37 individual events. These events ranged from performing events like Solo Musical, Ensemble Acting, Improvisation and Pantomime and technical events like Marketing, Costume Design and Scene Writing. Students competed in 14 categories in all and earned 22 Superior Ratings and 12 Excellent Ratings. In each category, a best of show was selected from the day’s performances and Troupe 89049 took 10 of the 14 categories. Those categories were Solo Musical, Duet Musical, Small Group Musical, Large Group Musical, Ensemble Acting, Pantomime, Marketing, Costume Design, Makeup Design and Scene Writing. Troupe 89049 is under the direction of Tiana Sandh, Chorus/Theatre Director at East Ridge Middle School.

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Sara Pennington, legislative aide to state Rep. Larry Metz, visited East Ridge Middle School last week to learn more about the success of the Advancement Via

Sara Pennington, legislative aide to state Rep. Larry Metz.

Sara Pennington, legislative aide to state Rep. Larry Metz.

Individual Determination (AVID) college readiness system there and at East Ridge High School. Pennington toured classrooms on Feb. 25, observing students

solving equations in 8th-grade pre-algebra, supporting a claim with evidence in 8th-grade language arts, completing a lab assignment in 7th-grade science and crafting higher order questions in 7th-grade AVID elective.

She then joined a team of principals, coordinators and other personnel from both schools for a discussion about AVID, which was introduced to Lake County in 2009. “Our time together allowed us to share the impact of AVID district-wide for students,’’ said Kelly Cousineau, AVID district director for Lake County Schools. “Our debrief conversation centered on the power of an AVID culture on a campus, the innovation leadership involved in supporting a strong AVID system, and how AVID has increased access to AP coursework for Lake County Schools students, as evidence by our district’s recent induction into the AP Honor Roll.”

AVID aims to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on those in the academic middle. Students who take the AVID elective course receive instruction in academic survival skills such as taking notes, staying organized and speaking effectively, so they can be successful in more rigorous coursework.

“AVID is accelerating our district goal of college and career readiness for all students,” Cousineau said.

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Several Lake County Schools students are among the winners of the Lake County Library System’s 16th annual Bookmark Design Contest. The winning bookmarks soon will be available to view and print from the library system’s web site, http://www.mylakelibrary.org.

The presentation of awards will take place during the BookFest Authors’ Reception on Friday evening, March 13, at W. T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora. The 16 winning designs will be available at the event and distributed to all 15 Lake County Library System public libraries.

The Bookmark Design Contest winners are as follows:

Elementary School:
1st Place: Mai Nguyen, Sorrento Elementary School
2nd Place: Brianna Rodriguez, Lost Lake Elementary School
3rd Place: Madisyn Cassidy, Lake Prep School
4th Place: Kiana Morrow, Eustis Heights Elementary School

Middle School:
1st Place: Sarah Mehdinia, East Ridge Middle School
2nd Place: Sharuina Leonard, Mount Dora Middle School
3rd Place: Joshua Oscar Guerrero, Four Corners Charter School
4th Place: Alberto Escalera, Mount Dora Middle School

High School:
1st Place: Elvina Roberts, First Academy Leesburg
2nd Place: Sarina Young, Home Life Academy
3rd Place: Katherine Hacic, Mount Dora High School
4th Place: Anna Bergholtz, Mount Dora High School

1st Place: P. J. Commerford, Leesburg, FL
2nd Place: Pam Franciose, Mount Dora, FL
3rd Place: Courtney Gainer, Grand Island, FL
4th Place: Daphne Baxter, Mount Dora, FL

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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.

• 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.

• 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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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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