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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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Oak Park Middle School is hosting a Career/College Expo, where parents and students can learn more about careers, how to turn $1 into $100, and steps to take to ensure a successful future.

A medical doctor, mechanic and other local professions will talk about their work, and two local credit unions will share savings tips. Lake-Sumter State College, Daytona State College, Lake Tech and others will discuss college admission and benefits.

The event is at the school on March 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  For more information, contact the school at 352-787-3232.

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Students from 22 public and private schools in Lake County will compete next week in the 2015 Lake County Spelling Bee.

The local competition is part of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Every year, tens of thousands of schools enroll in the program. During the fall and winter they conduct spelling bee programs at the classroom, grade and/or school level, and send their spelling champions to the next level of competition as designated by their local spelling bee sponsors.

In Lake, first-place winners from each participating school will compete in the county spelling bee, which is being coordinated by Lake County Schools’ Academic Services Unit in partnership with The Orlando Sentinel. The Golden Triangle Kiwanis in partnership with the Educational Foundation of Lake County will present the winner with a $100 check, and the runner-up will receive a $50 check.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Eustis Community Center, 601 Northshore Drive, Eustis FL.

Participating schools are listed below:

Cecil E. Gray Middle             Imagine South Lake Charter          Seminole Springs Elementary
Christian Home and Bible     Lake Preparatory                           St. Paul’s Catholic
Clermont Elementary            Lost Lake Elementary                    Tavares Middle
East Ridge Middle                 Minneola Elementary Charter        Umatilla Middle
Eustis Elementary                 Montverde Academy                      Villages Elementary
Eustis Heights Elementary    Mount Dora Middle                         Windy Hill Middle
Eustis Middle                        Oak Park Middle
Groveland Elementary          Sawgrass Bay Elementary

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The Villages Elementary, Oak Park Middle and Tavares High School were recognized this week for returning the highest percentage of library card registration forms to the Lake County Library System late last year.

Plaques were presented to the principals of each school at a meeting of all Lake County principals on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The presentation brought to a close a district-wide contest that kicked off last fall. Lake County Schools and the Lake County Library System teamed up to ensure all students had an opportunity to receive a library card, which gives them access to free computer use, free Wi-Fi, inexpensive copiers, online databases and e-books, and summer and after-school activities.

Each school in the district received library card registration forms. The forms were sent home with the students, who were asked to return the forms by Nov. 21. A free library card was sent to every student who signed up, and the elementary, middle and high schools with the highest percentage of forms returned by the deadline received a plaque.

Students at The Villages Elementary returned 78 percent of their forms, students at Oak Park Middle returned 18 percent, and students at Tavares High returned 38 percent.

The contest brought in more than 8,000 registration applications, and more than 1,000 students reported that they already had library cards.

“That’s roughly 20 percent of the entire student body,’’ said Paul Alford, Library Services Division Manager. “That’s an awesome start to what we hope will be a very successful partnership.”

Alford asked principals to encourage students, staff and faculty to use the Lake County Library System, which includes nine member libraries and six branch libraries. “We have resources and opportunities for all, and the more teachers are aware of what’s available, the better they’ll be able to guide and direct students in after-school opportunities,’’ he said. “If you folks have not used a public library in a while, we encourage you to come and see what’s going on locally.”

Learn more about the Lake County Library System at http://www.mylakelibrary.org.

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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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Watch the premiere of the Home-School Connection at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

The Home-School ConnectionLake County Schools and Lakefront TV are teaming up to help parents and families of school children. The Home-School Connection is a unique new educational show where public school administrators and teachers discuss informative topics about the school system, classes, programs and ways you can help from home. Students also present school news and events from around the area.

The Home-School Connection is an open community forum about our schools. You are invited to e-mail a question or suggest a topic for a future show. Some questions will be answered on the show, so keep watching.

To send a message to the Home-School Connection email schools@lakefronttv.com.

Watch Lakefront TV on Comcast channel 22, Brighthouse channel 199 and Florida Cable channel 4.


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