January 16, 2015
Latest School News
Discovery Intermediate Selected As One Of Only Eight Schools In State For NASA STEM Program
The U.S. Department of Education has selected Discovery Intermediate in Osceola County as one of only eight Florida schools to participate in a joint STEM initiative with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) sites at the participating schools will have the opportunity to engage in high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics challenges to address the national need for a STEM-educated workforce.
During an eight-week period, Discovery students will use the Engineering Design Process to solve NASA's real-world challenges, such as Parachuting onto Mars, Packing for the Moon, Radiation Shield Exploration, and Crew Exploration Vehicle Design. The middle school students will have opportunities for live interactions with NASA's scientists and engineers, as they collaborate to solve the challenges, ask questions, and investigate NASA STEM careers.
"As the only school selected in Osceola County, I am excited for the unique opportunity for our students to work collaboratively as engineers and scientists to solve real-world problems in STEM-related fields," said Discovery Intermediate Principal Alan Ramos. "Students will work in a collaborative, team-based environment designing the next generation of space vehicles, habitats, and technology, which will provide invaluable learning and hands-on experience."
As the only choice STEM middle school in Osceola County, any current fifth grade student can apply to attend Discovery Intermediate for the 2015-2016 school year.
Parents wishing to have their child attend Discovery Intermediate may obtain additional information at http://www.osceola.k12.fl.us/depts/Charter_Choice/DiscoveryIntermediate.asp or by contacting Principal Alan Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incoming Ninth Grade Student Orientation Nights
Any time a student transitions from one school to the next, it can be an exciting time for the child and parent alike. Usually, there are plenty of questions and fears of the unknown. In order to help students and parents become familiar with their new schools for next year, the Osceola School District will be hosting the following Ninth Grade Student Orientation Nights for current eighth grade students and their parents:
January 27, 2015 St. Cloud High School at 6:30 p.m.
January 29, 2015 Osceola High School from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Harmony High School from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
February 3, 2015 Gateway High School from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Poinciana High School at 6:00 p.m.
February 4, 2015 Celebration High School at 6:00 p.m.
February 5, 2015 Liberty High School from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
February 28, 2015 Professional and Technical High School (PATHS) from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Students going into ninth grade next year, along with their parents, are invited to attend to meet their new principals; to get an idea of what classes will be offered; to make their way around the campuses; to learn about curriculum, club, and extracurricular sports offerings; and more. These Orientation Nights will be a great opportunity for parents to get involved in the next step of their child’s education.
Parents with Orientation Night questions are encouraged to contact their individual school.
Informational Meetings To Be Held For Osceola School District's International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs
For the 2015/2016 school year, the Osceola School District will offer the Pre-Diploma Program at Gateway High School and Celebration High School. The two-year Pre-Diploma Program leads to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. Parents of highly-motivated eighth grade students at all Osceola middle schools are encouraged to attend an informational meeting outlining the Pre-Diploma requirements, the program features and advantages, the application and selection process, and the rigorous curriculum on any of these following dates:
--January 20, 2015 - Parkway Middle School, located at 857 Florida Parkway in Kissimmee, at 6:30 p.m.
--January 22, 2015 - Denn John Middle School, located at 2001 Denn John Lane in Kissimmee, at 6:30 p.m.
--January 29, 2015 - Horizon Middle School, located at 2020 Ham Brown Road in Kissimmee, at 6:30 p.m.
--February 5, 2015 - St. Cloud Middle School, located at 1975 Michigan Avenue in St. Cloud, at 6:30 p.m.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepare students for success at a university and beyond. The IB Diploma is awarded to students who pass external examinations in six academic subject areas, complete a course of study in the theory of knowledge, and successfully prepare an extended essay reflecting independent research and analysis, and who participate in Creative, Action, and Service (CAS) endeavors. Requirements for the IB Diploma are structured to meet the entrance requirements for the best universities throughout the world while striving to meet the ideals of an international education.
IB attendance zones have been adopted by the Osceola County School Board. Parents/guardians can visit http://www.osceola.k12.fl.us/depts/Facilities/Rezoning2.asp to determine whether their child is eligible to attend the Gateway High School IB Diploma Program or the Celebration High School IB Diploma Program. If a student is accepted into the IB Program at his/her zoned school, transportation will be provided.
All-County Concert Band
The 2015 All-County Concert Band, featuring Osceola County’s top middle and high school band students, will be performing on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Celebration High School.
The Middle School Honors Band will be under the direction of Peter Swanson, Director of Band at Discovery Intermediate School. The All-County Middle School Band will be under the direction of Tim Douglass, Director of Bands at Odyssey Middle School in Orange County.
The All-County High School Bands will be under the direction of Ian Schwindt, Director of Bands at Titusville High School in Brevard County and Conductor of the Brevard County Youth Orchestra Symphony, and under the direction of Robert Sheldon, internationally acclaimed composer, conductor and clinician.
The Master of Ceremonies will be Dr. Michael Akes, Assistant Superintendent High School Curriculum & Instruction. A $5.00 donation will be accepted at the door. Children 12 and under are free, and Osceola School District employees are free with their ID.
The Osceola Middle & High School Jazz Festival and All-County Jazz Bands will perform on February 7 at Founders Park in Celebration.
ALCO Announces Approval to Establish Student Chapter Of Association of Latino Professionals For America
Adult Learning Center Osceola (ALCO) has been officially approved by ALPFA Corporate Headquarters to establish a local student chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA). ALPFA is a nationally-recognized professional organization with over 22,000 members. ALCO is the first and only non-traditional adult learning center recognized as an official ALPFA educational chapter. This is groundbreaking as it sets the precedent for other educational and alternative educational entities throughout the nation to organize chapters and become ALPFA organizations. ALCO is now one of over 120 student chapters, and joins the University of Central Florida, DeVry University, University of Phoenix, and Rollins College as representatives in the Central Florida region.
ALPFA offers student members training and development opportunities, leadership practice, scholarship opportunities, and exposure to networking. The ALCO ALPFA chapter will be organizing a variety of training and development events for students, while also engaging in professional activities within the community and participating in regional and national ALPFA training events. ALCO's first ALPFA-sponsored event took place on Thursday, December 11. The "Dress for Success" fashion show and training workshop was developed to help ALCO's adult students understand how to dress professionally for a job interview. The workshop included an informative presentation and a runway-style fashion show that showcased a variety of professional and business casual dress options.
On Saturday, January 31, ALCO ALPFA students will participate in the Southeast Region Student Symposium that will be held at the UCF College of Hospitality Management in Orlando. Students will participate in educational workshops, a networking reception, mentoring luncheon, and a career fair. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Intuit Software, Inc., ALCO ALPFA students will be attending this leadership development event at no cost. For more information about ALCO, visit www.alco.osceola.k12.fl.us and for more information about ALPFA, visit www.alpfa.org and www.alpfaorlando.com.
Student Performs at National Association for Music Education Conference in Nashville
Jacob Britton from the Osceola County School for the Arts was selected for one of the highly sought after spots in a National Performing Ensemble at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Conference in Nashville. After having an amazing experience in Nashville, Jacob wrote an article to encourage other talented young musicians to audition for these highly competitive performance opportunities. Jacob's article was published in the Florida Music Directors December 2014 issue.
Bellalago Academy – Upcoming Events
-January 22 - AVID field trip to Rollins College
-January 22 - PTO meeting at 5:30 p.m.
-January 22 - Bingo Night sponsored by PTO from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
-January 23 – 30 – Book Fair, open daily
Boggy Creek Elementary - iMoms
Boggy Creek Elementary’s chapter of iMoms will meet on January 21 at 7:15 a.m. This program is designed to welcome the female figure in a child's life. This could be a mom, grandmother, step-mom, aunt, etc. Meetings include a light breakfast, guest speakers, motivational activities, and fun projects for the moms and students.
Boggy Creek Elementary -- Family Literacy Night
Boggy Creek Elementary will host a Family Literacy Night on January 22 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Michael Sterns, an author of several books, will be the speaker this evening. Nachos will be served from 5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., and the presentation will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Join the school for this fun-filled evening.
Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering – Upcoming Events
January 16 and 20 - Student holidays
January 20 - SAC meeting in the media center from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
January 21 - Fourth and fifth grades Math and Science Hat Parade
January 23 - Second grade Hat Day fundraiser - students pay $1.00 to wear a hat of their choice
East Lake Elementary – Upcoming Events
-January 16-24 - Book Fair
-January 20 – “Arrrgh Ya Readin A Good Book?” - Dress like a Pirate
-January 21 – “We Mustache You To Read Something GREAT!” - Wear a fake mustache
-January 21 - STEM and Lit Night from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
-January 22- “Hats off To Reading” - wear your favorite hat
-January 23- “Kick Back With A Good Book” - Crazy Footwear Day
Flora Ridge Elementary – Volunteers Needed
Flora Ridge Elementary is looking for volunteers to mentor students enrolled in the Bookmark Buddies Program. The mentor will meet with the student each week for 30 minutes. Help make a difference this year by helping a student improve his or her reading and comprehension skills.
If you have any questions regarding the OASIS volunteer program, please contact Jeannie Garcia at 407-933-3999. To sign up, please go to www.volunteer.schoolcheckin.net.
Flora Ridge Elementary – SAC and PTO
Flora Ridge Elementary encourages parents to attend SAC and PTO meetings every month. This is a great way to learn about some of the things going on in your child's school. The next meeting will be held on January 20. PTO will begin at 4:30 p.m., and SAC will start at 5:30 p.m.
Flora Ridge Elementary – Movie Night
Flora Ridge Elementary’s PBS team Movie Night is January 29 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. The school will be featuring the movie “Frozen”- come and sing along. Price for admission will be 10 Phoenix funds per family. Food and drinks will be sold so bring cash for concessions. Students are encouraged to dress as their favorite character.
Koa Elementary – Read to Succeed
Mrs. Rio's third grade class at Koa Elementary was one of the national winners of Read to Succeed, a reading program sponsored by Achieve 3000 KidBiz.
Lakeview Elementary - SAC Meeting
Lakeview Elementary will hold its monthly SAC meeting on Thursday, January 15, at 4:00 p.m. in the media center. All parents and business partners are encouraged to come.
Mill Creek Elementary – Volunteer Opportunities
Mill Creek Elementary’s most valuable resources and assets are its volunteers; they give the best gift - themselves. The school is looking for volunteers to help students in the classrooms, to serve as Bookmark Buddies, to read to students, to work with ESOL students if bilingual, and in other volunteer capacities. Interested individuals can log on to http://www.osceola.k12.fl.us/dept/OASIS/OASIS.asp to register as a new school volunteer or as a returning volunteer. If you don't have a computer at home, please feel free to come to Mill Creek Elementary and someone will assist you with the online registration.
Mill Creek Elementary - Box Tops For Education and Labels For Education
Mill Creek Elementary is collecting Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education to help raise money for the school. Box Tops can be found on everyday items, such as fruit snacks, cereal boxes, and more. Labels for Education can be found on Campbell's Soup products. Students will receive prizes from the PTO for their Box Tops and Labels for Education. They can be dropped off at the front office or mailed to Mill Creek Elementary, 1700 Mill Slough Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746.
Mill Creek Elementary - Wendy's Jr. Frosty Key Tag Fundraiser
Mill Creek Elementary is selling Wendy's Jr. Frosty key tags for $1.00 for a free Wendy's Jr. Frosty per transaction, per visit with any purchase. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the key tags will go to Mill Creek Elementary School.
Mill Creek Elementary - Computer Labs Open Before School
Mill Creek Elementary’s computer labs are open daily before school from 7:40 a.m.- 8:05 a.m. so students can work on ThinkCentral, MobyMax, KidBiz, and Ticket to Read.
Mill Creek Elementary - Report Cards
Mill Creek Elementary students will receive their second quarter Report Cards on Friday, January 23. Parents may keep the report card and the return the envelope.
Mill Creek Elementary – Accelerated Reader Goal Grabber Challenge
Mill Creek Elementary’s Accelerated Reader Goal Grabber Challenge will begin on January 20-26. The class in each grade to have the highest percentage of students reaching their Accelerated Reader goals will be invited to a breakfast celebration on Friday, January 26, in the library.
Mill Creek Elementary - Honor Roll Pancake Breakfast
Mill Creek Elementary’s Honor Roll Pancake Breakfast for third and fourth grades will be on Wednesday, January 28, from 7:40 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. Fifth grade Honor Roll students will have their breakfast on Friday, January 30, from 7:40 a.m. until 8:10 a.m.
Mill Creek Elementary - Reach for the Stars Read-A-Thon
Mill Creek Elementary’s Reach for the Stars Read-A-Thon will kickoff on January 26 and will end on February 9. Students are participating in a Reach for the Stars reading incentive program. Students pledge to read or be read to for 300 minutes in 10 days, and will collect sponsors for their reading. At the end of the ten days when they have read the 300 minutes (or more), the students will collect the money from their sponsors and bring the money to school. The students receive 50% of their pledges in the form of Usborne books, and the school receives 50% of the pledges in the form of Usborne books -- that's 100% return!
Mill Creek Elementary - Family Literacy Night
Mill Creek Elementary’s Family Literacy Night will be held on Thursday, February 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Parents and students will be able to have a great night at the different reading and informational stations. They will also be able to sign up for a library card and visit the Book Fair.
Narcoossee Elementary School – Upcoming Events
-January 20 - PTO and School Advisory Council (SAC) meetings beginning at 5:30 p.m.
-January 22 - College Shirt Day
-January 30 - Abraham Lincoln is coming to visit the school for the day
Narcoossee Elementary School – Volunteer Link
Narcoossee Elementary School now has a volunteer calendar link on its website which can be accessed through NCES News or under Parent Resources. Visit: www.nces.osceola.k12.fl.us
Partin Settlement Elementary - Yearbook Sales
Partin Settlement Elementary yearbooks are $20 or $25 with a dedication. Orders are due by March 6. Yearbook dedications tell your child how proud you are by dedicating a special message that will be printed in the yearbook. Dedications are $5 for a 25-word message to a student, teacher, or staff member.
Business/congratulatory advertisements are also available for purchase. The sizes are as follows:
--Business card size - $20
--¼ Page - $50
--½ Page - $100
--Full Page - $200
Limited space is available so hurry before it runs out. If you would like to participate, please contact Mrs. Schmidt at email@example.com. Order your yearbook online at www.schoolannual.com.
Reedy Creek Elementary School – Upcoming Events
-January 20 - Primary Family Reading Night at 5:30 p.m.
-January 22 - PTO/SAC meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the media center
-January 23 - Celebrate Literacy Week Reading Challenge
Horizon Middle School – Reading Challenge
Horizon Middle students participated in a school-wide Teen Biz Challenge over Winter Break with over 220 students participating and almost 3,000 articles read. The grand prize winner with a total of 166 articles read was Oneiri Pagan Alta Gracia, seventh grade. She won a pair of Nike Air Jordans. Take a look at our daily top scorer, weekly top scorer, state top scorer, and national top scorer:
National Top Scorer:
Oneiri Pagan Alta Gracia (7th grade)
State Top Scorer:
Oneiri Pagan Alta Gracia (7th grade)
Daniela Marquez (8th grade)
Daily Top Scorers:
Johnny Tirado (7th grade)
Oneiri Pagan Alta Gracia (7th grade)
Daniela Marquez (8th grade)
Stanley Jean Baptiste (8th grade)
Andrew Galli (7th grade)
Layla Clemons (8th grade)
Neptune Middle School – Service Learning Club
SMILES service learning students at Neptune Middle School are coordinating the Pasta for Pennies event, presented by Olive Garden and benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to be held January 20-30, 2015. More than 1,400 Neptune students will pool together their pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to raise money benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Spare change raised through Pasta for Pennies helps fund blood cancer research and provides much-needed services and support to leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma patients and their families. Students will fill collection boxes in their homeroom classrooms with spare change over the two-week period. The top fundraising homeroom class will receive a pasta party from the Olive Garden restaurant at the Loop.
“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is moving closer to a cure because of fundraising events like Pasta for Pennies,” Grace Chiang, Olive Garden Senior Vice President of Operations. “These students and their teachers are making a difference in so many lives and we applaud their efforts.”
Neptune Middle School - Science Department Hosts Forensic Night
Who did it? A Real Neptune Middle School Mystery Mock Crime Scene Simulation Unfolds.
Neptune Middle School has a mystery to solve during the month of January. The eighth grade Seahorse Team is sponsoring a Forensic Night on Tuesday, January 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for the entire school community. Students will be learning about a mysterious crime scene simulation, and about what evidence has been collected. Students are encouraged to bring their families to Forensics Night to perform hands-on forensic lab activities to further analyze the mock crime scene simulation evidence. The Osceola Sheriff’s Office Forensic Unit has been invited to share their mobile lab unit to display crime scene tools used to analyze actual crime scene evidence. It is up to the Neptune students to solve this mystery. Stay tuned as students and their families get involved in science education to perform forensic activities applying real science to find the suspect and solve the case.
Neptune Middle School - Athletics
January 20 – Girls’ and boys’ basketball practice (2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
January 22 – Boys’ basketball game at Neptune Middle
January 22 - Wrestling begins at 1:30 p.m.
January 23 – Girls’ and boys’ basketball practice (2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
January 26 - Basketball game Neptune Middle at Denn John Middle
January 27 - Flag football team tryouts for sixth and seventh graders
January 27 - Basketball game hosting Canoe Creek Charter Academy vs. Parkway Middle
January 28 - Basketball game Parkway Middle at Neptune Middle
January 28 - Wrestling 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
January 29 – Boys’ basketball practice (2:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.)
January 29 - Flag football team tryouts for eighth graders
January 30 - Basketball game PM Wells at Neptune Middle
Neptune Middle School - Immunization News
The Osceola County Health Department will be conducting an Immunization Clinic at Neptune Middle School on January 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This clinic will focus on current sixth grade students and seventh grade immunization requirements. A Tetanus shot with Pertussis (whooping cough) is required due to the increased cases of Pertussis in the United States. Information packets for parents will be sent one week before the clinic.
Parkway Middle – Homework Help
All Parkway Middle students are eligible to attend Academic Saturdays for assistance with school work. Students are to meet at the front office at 8:45 a.m., and students will be dismissed at 11:00 a.m.
Students will have access to computers and certified teachers. Students can also receive additional support in the content areas of Individuals & Societies, language arts, science, and mathematics Monday through Friday from 7:20 a.m.- 8:20 a.m.
Parkway Middle – Parent Portal Assistance
Parents may come to the front office of Parkway Middle to receive assistance with signing on to the new Parent Portal. Hours are:
-Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
-Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The portal will provide parents access to information about their student’s grades and assignments.
Harmony Community School – Upcoming Events
-January 17 - TSA Mock Competition
-January 19 - Martin L. King, Jr. Teacher/Student Holiday
-January 20 - Elementary Arts Club, Middle School All-County Band Event
-January 21 - Middle School All-County Band Event, Boy Scouts
-January 22 - Middle School All-County Band Event
-January 23 - Middle School All-County Band Event, Shorthorn Round-up for Honor Roll students, Report Cards, Father/Daughter Dance
-January 24 - Middle School All-County Band Event
-January 26 - Celebrate Literacy Week with Million Minute Marathon
-January 27 - Hats Off to Reading, Art Club
-January 28 - Book Exchange, Boy Scouts
-January 29 - Book Talks and Snap Shots in the classroom
-January 30 - Wild About Reading, Middle School Winter Dance
Osceola County School for the Arts – Drama Presentation
On behalf of the Osceola County School for the Arts (OCSA) Drama Department, we most humbly invite you to attend Bill Helder and Jane Zussman’s adaptation of the children’s classic “Puss in Boots” at the OPAC Theater. This charming children’s musical is a delight for young and old alike, and will come to life upon the stage in two marvelous matinees. Both matinees begin at 10:00 am, February 5 and 6. Please place your ticket order through the OCSA Ticket Booth by calling (407) 931-4803, and asking for April Isaacs at extension 47632. Evening performances will be held on February 5 – 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Theatre (OPAC). Tickets only $5 for students and $10 for adults.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see this feline’s heroic journey encountering dancing royalty and a singing ogre! Please reserve your tickets today, and join OCSA’s Drama Department in celebration of “Puss in Boots.”
Celebration High School – Student Competition
Celebration High School had 15 students compete in various events at the HOSA Region 10 Conference, and nine of them placed in the top three to qualify for the state competition. This is the first time that Celebration High has had students qualify for HOSA state competition:
-Lynna Morris - First place in Medical Math
-Brandon Singh - First place in Medical Assisting
-Julia Battalino - Second place in Dental Science
-Willow Michie - Second place in Veterinary Science
-Shyan Singh - Third place in Medical Assisting
-Juliana Byers, Sabnam Mustafa, Monica Weber, and Karleigh Wetzel - Third place in HOSA Bowl
Liberty High School - Class Ring Orders
Herff Jones will be on Liberty High’s campus to take class ring orders on January 29 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., January 31 during all lunch periods, and January 31 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Osceola High School – Student Competitions
Osceola High School competed in HOSA Regional Competition. The following students placed within the top three places and will advance to state competition:
Nicole Pineda - Third place in Medical Terminology
Amrita Patraju – Third place in Medical Law and Ethics
State competition will be held March 26-29.
HOSA Bowl placed second. The team consisted of Alejandro Alcaide, Eduardo Gutierrez, Max Rosario, and Tyler Sorenson.
St. Cloud High School – Upcoming Events
January 20 - Financial Aid Night at 7:00 p.m.
February 2 - FAFSA Assistance Night from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
TECO – CAN/HHA Classes Offered
CNA/HHA (Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide) classes are being offered and sponsored by
Project OPEN – Community Vision. Classes start early February 2015. You must be an Osceola
County resident, and Poinciana residents can reside in Polk or Osceola County.
Schedule and campus location for these classes are as follows:
TECO/Main Campus TECO/St. Cloud TECO/Poinciana
501 Simpson Rd 2901 17th Street 1030 Cypress Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34744 St. Cloud, FL 34769 Kissimmee, FL 34759
(Full-Time Days) (Part-Time Evenings) (Full-Time Days)
To apply, you must contact Ms. Emily Moreland, Special Projects Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or 321-437-8601.
TECO – Registration Fee Waiver
All new students will have their registration fee waived if registration at TECO is completed between January 5 and January 16. New students must be fully processed through the bookstore to be qualified for registration fee waiver. This is not for continuing students re-registering for second semester.
TECO – LPN Classes
TECO will begin accepting applications for a full-time LPN class to start at the main TECO campus on Simpson Road on April 13, 2015. In addition, in August of 2015, TECO will offer a part-time evening class also at the main campus and a full-time class for the St. Cloud campus.
Career and Technical Education – Scholarship Awarded
Osceola School District employee Brad Kibbe recently received a Teacher Appreciation Scholarship award to attend the University of Phoenix. Only 200 applicants were considered, and 20 received the award. Kibbe will receive all expenses paid for a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. The scholarship is available once again to interested teachers with deadline of March 2015.