The School District of Osceola County, Florida

April 10, 2015            

Latest School News

No Early Release On Three Wednesdays During Statewide Testing - April 15, April 22, and April 29, 2015

The Osceola County School District is planning ahead for the upcoming spring administration of the Florida Standards Assessment by allowing students to have a full day of school on the Wednesdays when the test will be administered.  As such, parents should be advised that there will be no early release of students on the following Wednesdays:

  • April 15, 2015
  • April 22, 2015
  • April 29, 2015

Students will be dismissed from school those days as they normally would on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

The testing requires extended online assessments. "By lengthening the Wednesdays during testing, it allows more flexibility of the school-wide testing schedule. Schools will now have options to build in more opportunities for breaks between the different testing sessions to allow students to stretch, relax, and refocus," said Superintendent Melba Luciano.  "We want to provide every advantage to our students."

Osceola School District’s Education in the Park

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Outside of Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee

  Free Family Fun To Celebrate Osceola education and students!

Over 100 interactive booths showcasing Osceola’s public and charter schools, along with district-wide programs and community youth organizations featuring:

•Hands-on exhibits in “Arts in the Park” section;

•Non-stop student entertainment; and

•FREE Family fun – KUA Kids’ Area, moon walks, Games2U, Rock Climbing Wall, Face Painting, Balloon Artists, Zip Line, and more.

  The Food Truck Craze Is Coming Back To Education in the Park!

Discover fabulous eats with Food Truck Crazy.  Fifteen food trucks will be in attendance offering something different, something delicious.  Bring some cash to experience the area’s best food trucks and carts.  Come hungry . . . just think of it as one large movable food court.

Thanks to the generous donations of sponsors, no tax dollars are used to put on this event. The event is open to the public, and parking and admission are free of charge.  There will be a charge to eat from the food trucks. For more information about the event, call 407-870-4007.

Osceola County Performs at UCF Celebrates the Arts Event

Performing groups from Osceola County will be well represented at the UCF Celebrates the Arts event at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center on April 10-15, 2015.  The tentative schedule of student performances from Osceola County is as follows:

In the Pugh Theatre

3:00 p.m. - Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts Dance Dept. under the direction of Annmarie Morin

4:45 p.m. - Celebration K-8 Show Choir under the direction of Mike Kaina

5:30 p.m. - Osceola County School for the Arts Jazz Band under the direction of Miguel Alvarado

7:00 p.m. - Celebration High Musical Theatre under the direction of Barbara Camp-Bowers

7:45 p.m. - Students from the stART Project (Osceola Summer Arts Intensive with Juilliard Trained Teaching Artists) performing a selection of Musical Theatre pieces under the direction of Nina Cochran and Tammie Combs

In the Main Lobby (Staircase)

2:00 p.m. - St. Cloud High School Visual Art Dept. under the direction of Joela Lowe

4:00 p.m. - Songbird Sax Quartet from the Osceola County School for the Arts

6:00 p.m. - "The Painted Word" from the Osceola County School for the Arts under the direction of Brian Capley, Creative Arts Teacher, and Jeremy Huntington, Visual Art Teachers

Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering – Upcoming Events

-April 13, 20, and 27 - Testing for fifth grade

-April 15, 22, 29 - No early release Wednesdays due to testing

-April 21 - SAC meeting

Cypress Elementary – Upcoming Events

-April 15 - Family Night at Five Guys, No early-release Wednesday

-April 16 - Panera Family Night

-April 17- Third grade field trip to Wild Florida

-April 18 - Education in the Park

-April 23 - Take Your Child To Work Day

East Lake Elementary – Upcoming Events

-April 10 - Report cards go home

-April 15 - All Pro Dad at7:15 a.m. in media center

-April 15 - Third and fourth graders to attend a Golf Show at Austin Tindall

Flora Ridge Elementary – Upcoming Events

 -April 10 – Mother/Daughter tea party from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 -April 21 - PTO meeting at 4:30 p.m., SAC meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the media center

 -April 30 - Five Guys Spirit Night from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Highlands Elementary – Upcoming Events

-April 10 - Report Cards

-April 14 - Fourth grade trip to St. Augustine

-April 14 and 15 - FSA Reading - computer testing for fifth grade

-April 15 - SAC meeting at 7:45 a.m. / Horace Mann presents "Crystal Apple Award"

-April 17 - Third grade trip to Legoland

-April 20 - First grade trip to Green Meadows Farm

-April 21 and 22 - FSA Math - computer testing for fifth grade

-May 4 - Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

-May 7 - Fifth grade trip to Legoland

Highlands Elementary – Student/Parent Computer Access

Student/parent computer access will be available in the media center at Highlands Elementary from  March 10 through April 28 from 3:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.  This will be a great opportunity for students/parents who do not have computer access at home to learn about and to use programs such as Moby Max and Kid Biz Achieve 3000.  Deborah Jones, Math Coach, will be there to provide support to students and parents.  Take home material will also be provided to parents for them to keep at home.

Kissimmee Elementary: Upcoming Events

-April 13 - May 8 - FSA and FCAT Science testing window

-April 10 - Report Cards go home

-April 16 - Sunshine State Voting (Grades 3-5)

-April 30 - Progress Reports home

-May 4-8 - Kindergarten swimming

-May 11 and 15 - Third Grade Celebration Health field trip

-May 14 - Orisirisi Arts Performance (fourth grade)

-May 15 - SeaWorld field trip (fifth grade)

-May 25 - Memorial Day (no school)

-May - June 3 - Kindergarten swimming

June 4 - Last day of school

Michigan Avenue Elementary – Volunteer Orientation

Michigan Avenue Elementary’s OASIS Coordinator will be conducting on-going volunteer trainings each Tuesday.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 14, at 3:30 p.m.

Michigan Avenue Elementary – PTO Meeting

There will be a PTO meeting on April 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the library at Michigan Avenue Elementary. This month's agenda will target fundraising activities. Parents and family members are all invited to come discuss upcoming events.

Michigan Avenue Elementary – Volunteer Luncheon

Michigan Avenue Elementary will be thanking its fantastic volunteers with a luncheon on April 16, from 11:30 - 12:30 p.m., at Jimmy Bears Barbeque in Saint Cloud.

Mill Creek Elementary - Computer Labs Open Before School

Mill Creek Elementary’s computer labs are open daily from 7:40 a.m. - 8:05 a.m. so students can work on ThinkCentral, MobyMax, KidBiz, and Ticket to Read.

Mill Creek Elementary - All Day School-Wide Read-In

Mill Creek Elementary will participate in an all-day, school-wide Read-In on April 29, 2015.  This is a collaborative event organized by the Literacy Council to promote literacy and a love of reading in students in grades prekindergarten to fifth.  The goal is for students to view police officers, fire fighters, military officials, local business personnel, technical students, and even area mascots as readers.  Students will engage in read-alouds, peer-reading partnerships, and independent reading to reach the school-wide goal of 10,000 books to be read on campus that day. There will also be class competitions and interactive reading displays. Students will be permitted to be out of uniform, and are invited to wear cozy reading clothes for the day.

If you are able to donate your time on April 29, please complete the form with your availability at:  If you are unable to donate your time but would like to help motivate students, the school is also seeking incentives to award classrooms for their participation.

Mill Creek Elementary - Principal's Breakfast

Mill Creek Elementary’s Principals Breakfast will be held on Monday, April 20, at 8:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room.  Principals’ Breakfast winners are students who are always working hard, helping and cooperating with other students, and continuously trying to do their best.

Pleasant Hill Elementary – Students Win Habitat Contest

Third grade students in Mrs. Strang's class at Pleasant Hill Elementary, with the guidance of Mrs. Ambrose, Science Coach, won the Florida Wildlife Federation’s  6th Annual Kid Habitat Contest 2015.  The award will be announced in local newspapers.

Pleasant Hill Elementary – Upcoming Events

April 10 - Kindergarten field trip to Legoland

April 13 - Mission FIT - second grade

April 16 - SAC meeting in the media center at 4:00 p.m.

April 16 - Dress Down Day

April 16 - University of Florida gardens with third grade students

April 17- Perfect Attendance Celebration

April 24 - Second grade field trip to Sea World

Reedy Creek Elementary School – Upcoming Events

 -April 10 - Spring pictures

 -April 23 - PTO/SAC meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the media center

Horizon Middle School – School Events

-May 2 – Spring Festival from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

-May 7 - SAC meeting from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


-April 10 Wrestling meet at St. Cloud High

-April 17 Wrestling meet at Osceola High

-April 17 Wrestling meet at Osceola High

Kissimmee Middle School – Upcoming Events

-April 10 - AVID field trip to the Ritz Carlton

-April 17 - Wrestling at Osceola HIgh at 5:00 p.m.

Neptune Middle – Attendance Initiative

Neptune Middle School students and staff will be promoting 100% attendance to motivate students to be present daily in April to better prepare them for testing schedules.  Students will be creating public service announcements to motivate and encourage their peers to have 100% attendance in April to increase student learning. They will videotape skits, and air them on the morning announcements.  Teachers will be entering names of students with 100% attendance for raffles to be held and prizes donated by school business partners.  Prizes include water park ticket discounts, miniature golf, ice cream treats, and many more. Neptune Middle School students with perfect attendance will be rewarded in May with a dress code relaxation day. 

Neptune Middle – Prodigy Cultural Arts Program

Neptune Middle School will be partnering with the Education Foundation and Prodigy to add new after-school activities for students to participate in starting on Monday, April 20. The Prodigy Cultural Arts Program is designed to engage students in artistic endeavors, and will be offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

St. Cloud Middle School – Drama Presentation

St. Cloud Midlde School’s Hairspray Jr performances will be held in the St. Cloud High auditorium on the following dates and times:

-April 24 and 25 at 7:00 p.m.

-April 26

Adults $10 Children $5

Harmony Community School – Upcoming Events

-April 13 - FSA Reading fifth grade, PTO/SAC meeting at 5:30 p.m.

-April 14 - FSA Reading fifth grade, fifth grade Science Olympiad Classroom Contest Catapult, softball practice, Art Club

-April 15 - Kindergarten Wild Florida Animal Preservation, FSA Language Arts Middle School, first grade Harmony Park, Track, softball practice

-April 16 - FSA Language Arts Middle School, Report Cards, softball

-April 17 - Immunization for sixth grade

-April 20 - FSA Math fifth grade, fifth grade Science Olympiad Classroom Contest Pasta Bridge

-April 21 - FSA Math fifth grade, Brevard Zoo - Kindergarten, fifth grade Science Olympiad Classroom Contest Chopper Challenge, softball practice

-April 22 - FSA Math Middle School, track, softball                                                           

-April 23 - FSA Math Middle School, softball

-April 24 - Fourth grade St. Augustine field trip

-April 27 - Fifth grade Science Olympiad Classroom Contest Straw Tower

-April 28 - Fifth grade Science Olympiad School Finals

Westside K-8 – Upcoming Events

April 9 and 10 - Art workshops to create art for Relay for Life Fundraiser Walk

April 10 - Non-Uniform Day to benefit Relay for Life fundraiser

Osceola County School for the Arts – Upcoming Events

 -April 13 - SAC meeting at 4:15 p.m. in the media center

 -April 14 - K- Café presented by Creative Writers at 6:00 p.m.

 -April 16 - Vocal Pre-MPA Concert at 7:00 p.m. -- Entrance fee is by donation

Celebration High School – Variety Show

The annual Celebration High School Variety Show, which is sponsored by AVID and SGA, will be this Friday, April 10, in the Celebration High School Theatre.  Acts will include dancing, singing, and rapping by students and teachers.  A bake sale will be held at intermission, with the proceeds going to the Families in Transition program.  Tickets are $2.00 in advance and $5.00 at the door.

Celebration High School – Upcoming Events

 -April 13 - School physicals for 2015-2016 sports from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the gym.  Physicals will be $15.

 -April 17 - Faculty vs Seniors Basketball game at 1:00 p.m.

Celebration High School – Band

The Celebration High School Jazz Bands will be performing in Downtown Celebration this Friday, April 10, for Food Truck Friday. The food truck event takes place every other Friday off Celebration Avenue behind the K-8 school. The CHS Jazz Bands will be playing from 6:00 p.m. until about 7:45 p.m.

Liberty High School – School Events

 -April 14 - Title 1 Parent Literacy Night at 6:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria

 -April 15 - NHS Possible New Members Meeting at 1:15 p.m. in the school cafeteria

 -April 17 - Senior Grad Bash at Universal Studios

 -April 21 - SAC Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the media center

 -April 24 - Senior Grad Night at Busch Gardens

PATHS – Upcoming Events

-April 10 - Drama Club presents Twelve Angry Jurors at 6:30 p.m. at The Osceola County School for the Arts 

-April 24 - Poetry Slam from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

St. Cloud High School – Senior Signs To Attend South Florida State College

Senior Grace Miller will be attending South Florida State College in Avon Park, Florida, on a full running scholarship.  She has been running cross country for three years at St. Cloud High School. She moved from Kentucky after her freshman year where she was home schooled.  Coach McMullen and Coach Harkema were walking through the office and saw Grace and her mother registering in guidance.  Coach McMullen, the former cross country coach at St. Cloud, said to her that she looked like a cross country runner and introduced her to Coach Harkema, the cross country coach.  It was history from there.  Grace became the fastest 5k cross country runner St. Cloud has ever seen with a 19:01.  She was the OBC Champion and regional runner-up.

TECO – Job Fair

The Job Fair, a free event offered to the community by TECO, is open to all job seekers on Wednesday, May 20, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Technical Education Center Osceola, located at 501 Simpson Road in Kissimmee.  Employers interested in participating should contact Christine Ramirez, Placement and Follow-up, at 407-344-5080 ext. 15220.

TECO – CNA/HHA Program

TECO’s CNA/HHA Program can give you the skills you need to prepare for the following employment opportunities: Rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, assisted living centers, home health agencies, adult day care centers, Hospice agencies, and Granny Nanny agencies.

TECO – Financial Aid Hands-On Workshop

A financial aid hands-on workshop will be offered at the TECO-Poinciana Campus at 1030 Cypress Parkway on Tuesday, May 5, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.