March 7,, 2014
Latest School News
No Early Release On Three Wednesdays During FCAT Testing - April 16, April 23, and April 30, 2014
The Osceola County School District is planning ahead for the upcoming spring administration of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) 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 16, 2014
- April 23, 2014
- April 30, 2014
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."
Education Foundation – Education Awards Honor Osceola School District’s Teachers of the Year and School-Related Employees of the Year
For more than fifteen years the Education Foundation ~ Osceola County has honored nominees from each school for Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year. Each event has highlighted the excellence demonstrated by the School District of Osceola County through the employees who make a difference every day both in and outside of the classroom.
What is a celebration without food and fanfare? At the Education Awards, they provide both for all of their guests. While the Education Foundation provides dinner and dessert, the real fun begins as the program starts and everyone anticipates who will be named the Teacher of the Year and the School-Related Employee of the Year.
Each year, the winners receive a variety of gifts from multiple local businesses and corporations. Computers, cash, gift certificates, theme park tickets, flowers, billboard announcements, and trips are just some of the items given to show appreciation for a job well done.
Last year because of the generosity of Universal Hyundai, the Teacher of the Year was given a big surprise in the form of a brand new Hyundai Elantra. The prize allows the winner to drive the car on a two-year lease at no cost. This year will be no different! Universal Hyundai will provide a 2014 Hyundai Elantra on a two-year lease at no cost to the winner.
This year, the event will be held at Osceola Heritage Park on March 14th, 2014. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact the Education Foundation ~ Osceola County at 407-870-4855.
School Choice STEM-ology Showcase Night at Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering
Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering is a school choice option for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program at the elementary level. Chestnut offers students the traditional curriculum combined with a unique emphasis on project-based learning, investigations, virtual labs, simulations, and field trips. In addition to the rigorous STEM concentration, students also benefit from various recreational sports and academic after-school clubs.
Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering will be hosting a STEM-ology Showcase Night on Thursday, March 20, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity for parents and interested students to visit the STEM labs and school gardens, and participate in various hands-on challenges and experiments. There will also be an informational meeting for parents of students wishing to attend for the 2014/2015 school year. The parent meeting will begin in the Chestnut media center at 5:30 p.m. with a question-and-answer session featuring current CHOICE parents. Transfer applications will be available that evening.
Parents/guardians who have students attending one of the following elementary schools have the opportunity to choose Chestnut Elementary instead of their home-zoned school for the 2014/2015 school year:
Pleasant Hill Elementary
Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts
Reedy Creek Elementary
For more information, contact Julie McClintock at 407-870-4862.
Harmony Community School To Host Leadership Day
Students, faculty, and staff at Harmony Community School in Osceola County are on their way to earning the distinction of being a Leader in Me Lighthouse School, which would make them the first K-8 school to achieve this status in the world. Since Harmony Community School opened seven years ago, the school has been working closely with the Franklin Covey program to use and practice the 7 Habits of Happy Kids program. In addition, the faculty and staff have all been trained with the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
The school will host a Leadership Day on March 19, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 P.M. in order to showcase how its students are leaders. The program will be student-led, starting with an opening meet and greet with student project leaders, followed by a short program of speeches, songs, and music. Groups will then have an opportunity to tour the school and see mini lessons that demonstrate leadership. The event will culminate with a question and answer session with a student panel.
The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model geared to higher academic achievement, as well as one that equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy, including leadership, accountability, responsibility, problem solving, communications, and teamwork. Lighthouse recognition comes because of the results a school is achieving and the impact it is having on staff, students, parents and the greater community. It typically takes two to three years, but can be achieved sooner if schools make it a priority to achieve results sufficient to pass a Lighthouse review, which evaluates the school's performance against nine important leadership criteria.
"We at Harmony Community School are very excited about our first Leadership Day," said Jon Davis, Principal at Harmony Community School. "The Leader in Me has transformed our school, and helped build the foundation for successful, well-rounded students through an inside-out approach of personal responsibility."
Celebration High School – ROTC Drill Team
Congratulations to Celebration High’s first year JROTC Drill Team for earning first place in the "Regulation Drill" at the Timber Creek Drill Meet this past weekend. The thirteen person team is commanded by Veronica Dejesus and Antwan Langston.
Celebration High School – Athlete of the Week
Celebration High School student Jhonny Victor cleared 6 feet 10 inches in the high jump last weekend, earning him the title of first in Florida and third in the nation. He also finished fourth in the triple jump (43-9), and will be named athlete of the week for the state.
Celebration High School – Special Olympics
Celebration High School will be hosting the Special Olympics Osceola County Games on Saturday, March 8. Opening ceremonies are set to begin at the high school at 9:00 a.m. The athletes will compete in race walking, sprinting, long-distance running, shot put, softball throw, and long jump. Tennis will be at the Celebration Lakeside Park at 1:00 p.m. The American Legion Post 80 of St. Cloud will have BBQ available. Deputy Napier of the Kissimmee Police Department will DJ.
Neptune Middle School Student Named State Champion In Elk's Hoop Shoot
Neptune Middle School student Ceferino Velez took home the first place trophy and the right to represent the State of Florida as the 10/11-year-old Elk's Hoop Shoot winner. Ceferino defeated two other shooters by hitting 18 of 25 free throws. Ceferino will now move on to Valdosta, Georgia, on March 15, 2014, for the Southeast Regional competition.
The Elk’s Club sponsors the Hoop Shoot, which is a basketball free-throw contest for girls and boys from age 8-13, every year in counties around the state. Each school has the opportunity to hold a school contest and determine school winners in girls' and boys' categories for 8/9, 10/11, and 12/13-year-olds. These school winners then participate in a local lodge county contest, which this year took place at Neptune Middle School. Winners then advanced to a Central District contest in Hudson, Florida, and from there winners advanced to the Central Regional in Lake Placid, Florida. Regional winners had the opportunity to compete in Umatilla for the title of state champion. State winners like Ceferino are invited to the Southeast Regional contest held in Valdosta, Georgia, and from this competition, students will advance to the National Finals, which will be held in Springfield, Massachusetts. The winner on the national level will have the privilege of having his or her name enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as the 2014 ELK’S National Hoop Shoot Champion.
Osceola County had five students advance as winners from the Central Region contest:
--Karen Prado, 8/9-year-old from Michigan Avenue Elementary
--Ayden Nadler, 8/9-year-old from Harmony Community School
--Eno Inyang, 10/11-year-old from Michigan Avenue Elementary
--Cerefino Velez, 10/11-year-old from Neptune Middle
--Danell Rodriguez, 12/13-year-old from Neptune Middle School.
2014 Showcase Scholarship Awards and Gaylord Palms Osceola Arts Teacher of the Year
The 2014 Showcase Scholarship Awards and Gaylord Palms Osceola Arts Teacher of the Year event will be held at the Poinciana High School Auditorium on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The event is presented by the Osceola Arts for a Complete Education Coalition with art displays and performances by Osceola County’s most talented high school students. The Education Foundation - Osceola will award scholarship money to seniors in each arts discipline, and the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center will announce the 2014 Gaylord Palms Arts and Rookie Arts Teachers of the Year.
Gallery One Artists Display
Thanks to a wonderful partnership with Gallery One Artists in downtown Kissimmee, you can have a sneak preview of some of the amazing artwork produced by this year's Arts Alive applicants.
Gallery One hosts a First Friday monthly event. Friday, March 7, will feature high school artists who applied for this year's Arts Alive event. Come enjoy some amazing artwork and an opportunity to meet these inspiring young artists at Gallery One, 10 W. Dakin Avenue in Kissimmee, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. For more information about Gallery One Artists or the First Friday events, check out their website at galleryoneartists.com
Home is Where the HeART Is
"Home is where the heART is" is a wonderful project envisioned by Pam Haas, Bellalago Academy Art Teacher, and Jennifer Alvarado, Chestnut Elementary Art Teacher. They presented their ideas to art teachers Jennifer Soos, Hickory Tree Elementary, and Lena Warner, Deerwood Elementary. This small group of compassionate visual art teachers wanted to do something that would make a difference in the community. Since every art teacher in Osceola likely has one or more homeless children in their classes, this is an issue that is near and dear to their hearts.
This group put a charge out to all art teachers - together we can make a difference - to help the growing problem of homelessness affecting Osceola students.
And thus the project titled "home is where the heART is" was born. The project was conceived at the beginning of this school year, and will culminate this spring. The project asked Osceola County schools’ art teachers to work collaboratively with their students to create a work of art to be auctioned off to benefit students in Osceola County who are homeless. Teachers are currently turning in the artwork created for this project, and through collaboration with the organization Give Kids Safe Shelter; they will begin the online auction process in early March in an effort to raise funds. Give Kids Safe Shelter, Inc. is an organization based on the idea that all children deserve a safe and healthy environment in which they can grow. Give Kids Safe Shelter is joining the art teachers of Osceola County and their students in this special partnership to help homeless children in our community. All proceeds of the auctioned artwork will go directly to helping Osceola County families who are homeless.
Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering – Upcoming Events
March 1-14 - Kindergarten holiday band sale - bracelets for one dollar
March 11- PTO meeting in the media center from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
March 12 – Swap-a-Top fundraiser
March 13 - Volunteer orientation from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Deerwood Elementary – Multicultural Fair
Deerwood Elementary’s annual Multicultural Fair will be held on March 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be food, entertainment, and fun activities for all. Vendors are welcome. For information, contact Catherine Keiffer at 407-870-2400.
Flora Ridge Elementary – Upcoming Events
-March 7 – Mother/Daughter Tea Party from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
-March 14 - Spring Carnival from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Flora Ridge Elementary – Cheerleading Competition
Congratulations to the Flora Ridge Cheerleaders who are National Champions in the Elementary Division. They beat out three other teams to win this title.
Highlands Elementary – Upcoming Events
March 17 - Spring pictures by LifeTouch - Group and pre-paid individual pictures only
March 19 - SAC meeting at 7:45 a.m. in the media center
March 21- Reading Challenge Day (Pajama Day for $1.00)
March 21 - Kindergarten – Sea World Trip
March 21 - Second grade baseball game at Houston Astros Stadium (Courtesy Target Grant)
March 24-28 - Spring Break
April 1- Classes resume - Begin 4th nine weeks
April 4 - First grade to Green Meadow Farms
April 11 - Pop tab deadline (Donated to Ronald McDonald House)
April 14-18 – FCAT testing
April 18 - Second grade Gatorland field trip
April 21 – May 2 – FCAT make-up
April 30 - Fourth grade to St. Augustine
May 5 – 9 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 30 - Third grade to Legoland
Highlands Elementary - Title I Parent Resource Center Liaisons Available to All Parents
Karen Serrano, District Parent Resource Center Liaison, will be available to parents at Highlands Elementary on every first and third Thursday of the month from 12:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. in the main lobby.
Highlands Elementary – PBS Store: Positive Behavior Store
Donations to the PBS Store at Highlands Elementary are always welcomed. Students have an opportunity every day to earn "cowboy bucks" at school for excellent behavior and for making good choices. Each staff member at the school is given "cowboy bucks" to distribute to students in a way to reinforce positive behavior support. Students cash in their "cowboy bucks" in the media to purchase books or items in the computer lab. They can also use them to attend school events/activities.
Highlands Elementary – Pop Tab Recycling Program for Ronald McDonald House
Assist Highlands Elementary students to be a community of learners by joining in their challenge to collect tabs from beverages and soda cans. The collection of pop tabs will benefit the children and families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House locations in Orlando during their medical crisis and will help teach student awareness.
Highlands Elementary – OASIS Volunteers
Visit Highlands Elementary’s website or the OASIS Volunteer Program’s website at https://volunteer.osceola.k12.fl.us to complete an online application in order to begin the process of becoming a school volunteer.
Lakeview Elementary – PTO Candy Sale
Lakeview Elementary’s PTO has started its candy sale, and it will continue until March 13. They are selling World's Finest Chocolate Bunnies and Spring Imperial Almonds. This sale helps raise funds for the PTO.
Lakeview Elementary – School Group Pictures
It's time for Lakeview Elementary's school group pictures. On March 14, Lakeview students will have group pictures taken. Order forms will be coming home on Thursday, March 6.
Lakeview Elementary – OASIS Orientation
Lakeview Elementary's OASIS Coordinator Kim Longson will be conducting a volunteer training orientation on Thursday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m. in the front office.
Lakeview Elementary – SAC/PTO Meeting
Lakeview Elementary’s monthly SAC/PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, March 13, starting at 4:00 p.m. in the media center. All parents and business partners are encouraged to attend. The PTO meeting will follow directly afterwards.
Lakeview Elementary – Third Grade Lake X Field Trip
Students at Lakeview Elementary will have the opportunity to experience a nature walk that involves learning about how organisms affect their environment, how organisms obtain and use food, and what are food chains. Below are the classes that will be going on which days:
--Mrs. Taggett's class will be going on Tuesday, March 11;
--Mrs. Pedicone and Mrs. Torres classes will be going on Monday, March 17;
--Mrs. Poole and Mr. Grimes classes will be going on Tuesday, March 18; and
--Mrs. Ranauado and Mrs. Thomas classes will be going on Thursday, March 20.
Mill Creek Elementary – Free Title 1 Parenting Center
Mill Creek Elementary’s free Title 1 Parenting Center is available every first and third week of the month on Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Located in the front office, parents can request and borrow three supplemental educational items per child for a two-week period to use at home.
Mill Creek Elementary - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Mill Creek Elementary students have joined other schools across the U.S. in a program that will be instrumental in raising funds for lifesaving cancer research. During the month of February, Mill Creek has collected $2,805.14 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The four top classes were the third grade class of Miss Polanco with $183.94, the third grade class of Mrs. Mhlenbacher with $201.26, the kindergarten class of Mrs. Huaman with $222.82, and the winner of the free Olive Garden lunch is Miss Rovnak's fourth grade class with $359.89 collected. Miss Rovnak's class has invited the second place winners Mrs. Huaman's kindergarten class to eat with them.
Mill Creek Elementary - Family Math Night - Partnering for Success
Mill Creek Elementary’s Family Math Night - Partnering with Parents for Success will be held on Thursday, March 13, in the cafeteria from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be hands-on math stations and many resources available. Kindergarten and first grade students will be in the multipurpose room, and second to fifth grade students will be in the cafeteria. Students will get a passport to get stamped at each station. Principal Cavinee will draw passports the next day to give lucky students prizes. Horace Mann, Business Partner, will provide chicken alfredo pasta, pasta marinara with meatballs, dessert, and a drink for $3.00 as a fundraising event for Mill Creek Elementary.
Mill Creek Elementary - PTO/SAC
Mill Creek Elementary’s next PTO/SAC meeting will be held on Thursday, March 13, at 6:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Parents and community members are invited to help Mill Creek Elementary be the best it can be.
Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts – Book Fair
Students at Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts will be dressing in different colors throughout the week to support many different causes that affect the staff, students, and their families. Students are welcome to get creative as they dress up each day. Each day, staff will be photographing students who are dressed up to support the different causes and sending the photographs to different places for publication. Only students who have a signed permission slip will be allowed in photos, but all students are allowed to participate in Awareness Days.
-March 7 - "Orange Day" for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness
-March 10 - "Camo Day" for Armed Forces Awareness
-March 11 - "Purple Day" for Cancer Awareness
-March 12 - "Green Day" for Environmental Protection Awareness
-March 13 - "Pink Day" for Breast Cancer Awareness
-March 14 - "Rainbow Day" for Autism Awareness.
Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts – Book Fair Night - Talent Show
Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts’ (PAFA) Talent Show will begin on Thursday, March 13, at 4:30 p.m., and the Book Fair will be open for individuals to shop. Come join the school on Thursday evening because it's time to see NEW PAFA stars be born, and then check out the amazing Book Fair to help support the media center.
Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts – Elementary All-County Music Students Selected
The following students were chosen to represent Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts at the 2014 All-County Elementary Music Festival: Lelaila Bridwell, Taina Cintron, Cynthia Sanchez, Jonathan Sanchez-Torres, Felix Urena, Norymar Clemente, Daniela Clemente, Shadean Gray, Daniel Reyes, and Aryen Laboy.
The concert will be March 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Osceola High School.
Reedy Creek Elementary – Activities and Important Dates
-March 3 – 10 - Spring Book Fair
-March 6 – FCAT - Library and Book Fair Night at 5:30 p.m.
-March 18 - Primary Family Reading Night at 5:30 p.m.
-March 19 - Casual Dress Day
-March 20 - PTO and SAC meetings at 5:30 p.m.
Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies – Dress Down Days
Once a month, Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies allows students to pay $1 to dress down. Each month, the theme is centered on awareness:
--March is Irish-American Heritage Month (students can wear green);
--April is Autism Awareness Month (students can wear multi colored puzzle pieces); and
--May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (students can wear gray to represent railroad ties).
Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies – Fundraiser
Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies students in VPK through fifth grade may purchase a cake from Publix during the fundraiser ending March 21. All money and forms must be returned to school no later than March 21. After the purchase, cake decorators from Publix will be on campus the Friday before Mother's Day to help decorate the cakes with the students.
Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies – Dr. Seuss Birthday
Over 200 kindergartens, as well as first and second grade students, created file folder book reports and attended a birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss with a green eggs and ham breakfast. Their file folder book reports reflect their favorite books and are displayed in the media center.
Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies – Jump Rope for Heart
The Jump Rope for Heart kickoff was on Monday, March 3, with the actual participation day of March 19 during Kinesthetic Wednesday. Jump Rope for Heart is a community service learning program of the American Heart Association. It teaches kids the importance of developing heart-healthy habits as being physically active can be fun.
The event also raises funds to support research and education that help save lives across the country and in our community.
Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies – Accelerated Reader Celebration
An Accelerated Reader (AR) Celebration was held on Wednesday, March 5, entitled “Super Hero Dress Up Day.” Students at Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies were a part of the Accelerated Reader Challenge to read 5 million books on February 28, 2014. The students read more than 2,000 books. To reward the students for their hard work, everyone on campus dressed like a superhero on March 5, 2014, and enjoyed DJ Matt McCracken at lunch play their favorite music. Students at Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies who meet their quarterly AR reading goal will be attending a Bounce House celebration on March 21, 2014.
Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies – Upcoming Events
March 6 – SAC/PTO meeting at 5:00 p.m.
March 6-7 – Grade 5 to Morse Museum
April 3 - SAC/PTO meeting at 5:00 p.m.
April 8 – A Day Without Shoes
Ventura Elementary – Upcoming Events
March 7 - Ventura performs at All-County Dance Gala
March 10 - First grade snake presentation by Wild Florida
March 11 - Second grade Aesop's Fables performance
March 12 - Fifth grade FCAT Night
March 13 - All-Pro Dad Breakfast
March 13 - Mobile Title I Parenting Center
March 14 - Second grade field trip to Sea World
March 17 - District Business Partner meeting
March 18 – “Tiger of the Month” Ceremony
March 18 - PTO/SAC meetings
March 21 - PBS Movie Night
March 21 - Second grade Dress Down Day Fundraiser
March 27 - Mobile Title I Parenting Center
Bellalago Academy – L.I.N.K.S
L.I.N.K.S., which stands for Love In New Kinds of States, is a student-led community service project group at Bellalago Academy that is dedicated to youth working together for positive change. As L.I.N.K.S participants, students are committed to making the community and the world a better place. Students have partnered with youth in Mexico to attempt to provide some basic necessities of life so children there may be able to attend school. L.I.N.K.S. students are dedicated to providing support to children that may be in shelters or in a stage of transition in their lives. The commitment is to provide a “Hope Bag” of simple supplies that make life a little better.
These “Hope Bags” will be filled with shampoo, soap, conditioner, a granola bar, crackers, Q-tips, mints, band aids, pencils, lotion, washcloths, etc. Students pack all the items and keep an account of the supplies donated. Their “dream” plan is to maintain a steady supply for local area needs in the “Hope Chest” at Bellalago.
In order to complete this project, students need your help! Donations of any of the items to assist in the success of the project would be appreciated. Please consider any item your business may have as a donated portion for the “Hope Bags.” Anything that may fit inside a quart-sized plastic bag is welcome. Please contact the teacher at email@example.com or at 407-933-1690 if you are able to help.
Westside K-8 – Talent Show
Students at Westside K-8 are invited to show off their talent in the Westside K-8 Talent Show to be held on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. Auditions will be after school on Monday, March 17, for middle school students and after school on Tuesday, March 18, for elementary students. They will be held in the music room, Building 2-101. Students must have their whole act ready to perform.
Westside K-8 – Fundraiser Fun
On March 21, fifth grade students at Westside K-8 are encouraged to bring in their loose change and drop the money into a bucket in their classroom. There will be six buckets - one for each teacher. The money will be used for the end-of-the-year filed trip. The teacher with the most money at the end of the day is the winner. The winning teacher will be “pied” by six students. There will be a raffle in each class for who gets the honor of throwing a pie at the teacher. And to help the students who are unable to fund the field trip to Epcot, the third grade will have a “Wear Green Day” on March 17. Bring in $1 to wear a green shirt to school.
Denn John Middle School - Chill Spot
"The Chill Spot" is up and running at Denn John Middle, and teachers and students are already enjoying the beautiful sunshine here in Florida. More and more students are asking permission to go and inquiring on how to go. The “Chill Spot” is a very serene, calming classroom setting, not to mention a mecca of scientific and mathematical information and opportunity. It’s a great place to read, brainstorm, and simply relax. More plants are coming soon, as well as more benches. The benches/conversion tables are a great hit and a point of inspiration with all the positive words, symbols, and sayings that the students have put on them.
Denn John Middle School - Business Partners
Business and community leaders who wish to be a business partner for Denn John Middle can contact the school’s business partner coordinator Ms. Britney Chase at 407-935-3560.
Discovery Intermediate - Sports
Football practice will take place every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Students are to meet on the football field.
Competitive cheerleading practice is every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard area, and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the gym. The first round of cheerleading competition will be held on Wednesday, March 12, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Cloud High School. The second round of competition will be held the following Wednesday, March 19. Come support our Explorers! Adult tickets are $3 and student tickets are $1. Softball practice will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. until further notice.
Discovery Intermediate – Important Dates
-March 7 - Student Council meeting at 4:00 p.m.
-March 10 – Poetry Jam rehearsal at 3:45 p.m.
-March 11 - SAC meeting at 5:30 p.m.
-March 12 - Essence Club members Dress for Success
Discovery Intermediate - PBS Donations Needed
Donations to the PBS Store are always welcome at Discovery Intermediate School. Students have an opportunity every day to earn "Discovery Dollars" at school for excellent behavior, participating in TeenBiz, and for making good choices. Each staff member is given "Discovery Dollars" to distribute to students to reinforce positive behavior. Students cash in their "Discovery Dollars" to purchase books, school supplies, shirts, or items in the PBS room in the cafeteria.
Kissimmee Middle School – Upcoming Events
-March 7 - March Madness basketball tournament from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the gym
-March 7 - Wrestling meet from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Osceola High School
-March 8 and 15 - Math, Reading, and Science Boot Camp
-March 8 - Wrestling meet at Harmony High School from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
-March 10 - SAC meeting and ESOL Parent Night from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the media center
-March 13 - Immunization Clinic for sixth grade from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Kissimmee Middle School – BPA State Competition
Students at Kissimmee Middle did well competing against other middle schools throughout the state of Florida at the BPA State Competition. The students who ranked first place will go to Indianapolis, Indiana, April 30 - May 4 to compete against other schools in the nation for their event. Here are the final results for the BPA State Competition for Kissimmee Middle:
First Place Web Design Team
- Muhammad Abdullah
- Kaitlyn Melchor
- Jimmy Coreano
First Place in Extemporaneous Speaking - Javier Gomez
- Third Place - Larry Funes
- Fifth Place - Nafeer Qureshi
Neptune Middle School - Counselors Department
Osceola High School counselors will be on campus at Neptune Middle to schedule students on Monday, March 10, in the LRC.
Neptune Middle School - March Perfect Attendance Initiative
Neptune Middle School students and staff will be promoting 100% attendance to motivate students to be present daily in March to better prepare them for testing schedules in April. AVID students will be creating public service announcements to motivate and encourage their peers to have 100% attendance in March and/or improve their attendance to increase student learning. These AVID students will be creating skits to entertain and motivate their peers to attend school regularly to increase academic learning. They will videotape these skits and air them on the school’s announcements.
Teachers will be entering names of students with 100% attendance for raffles to be held for prizes donated by the school’s generous business partners. A spring outdoor music event is planned for students with 100% attendance to be held after the April testing is complete.
Neptune Middle School - School Sports
Congratulations to both the girls and boys basketball teams at Neptune Middle who won the County Championship. Congratulations to coaches Katie Adams and Donny Shroyer, with the assistance of Wilson Rodriguez.
A Fishing Extravaganza will be sponsored by the Sheriff's Department on April 12, 2014. Five students from each school will be selected based on academic performance and interest in this type of event. Deputy Steve Mele, SRO at Neptune Middle, is working with faculty and staff in the selection of students.
Flag Football Schedule:
March 6 - Harmony at Neptune
March 10 - Parkway at Neptune
March 12 - PM Wells at Neptune
March 18 - Neptune at St. Cloud
March 20 - Denn John at Neptune
April 1 - IKCA vs. Westside K-8
April 2 - CCCA at Neptune 5:15 p.m. start
April 2 - HMCS vs. PM Wells 6:30 p.m. start
April 4 - Neptune at Narcoossee
Wrestling Team Match Schedule:
March 7 – Osceola High School
March 14 – Liberty High School Finals
Neptune Middle School - Fine Arts Department
The following musical performance assessment scores were earned by students in Neptune Middle’s Fine Arts Department:
--Men's Chorus - Excellent
--Treble Choir - Superior
--Notables - Superior
The Village Inn restaurant, a business partner for Neptune Middle School, awarded prizes to the school's art students this past Tuesday during the School Advisory Council meeting. Michelle Perrault and Kayla Schafer, employees of the restaurant, presented students with award certificates and gift certificates. The students decorate the walls of the restaurant with their art work, and the patrons then voted on their favorite pieces.
New Beginnings – Parent Community Resource Center
A Parent Community Resource Center is available for parents at New Beginnings to come out and learn how they can help their child at home with effective academic strategies in reading, writing, and math. The Parent Community Resource Center is open on March 10 and May 12.
New Beginnings –Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
Elementary, middle, and high school students at New Beginnings are excited about celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday the week of March 3 - 7. Throughout the week, teachers/students will pick a Dr. Seuss book and explain why that's their favorite. Guest readers will read a Dr. Seuss book to K - 12 classes, and students will take an Accelerated Reader test according to their reading level. Students will watch a Dr. Seuss book through film, as well as create their own Dr. Seuss book from Green Eggs and Ham. On Friday, students will experience what it is like to eat green eggs and ham from the cafeteria.
St. Cloud Middle School - Mustang Athletics
Flag football games for the month of March for St. Cloud Middle are as follows:
March 10 at St. Cloud High School – 6:15 p.m.
March 12 at St. Cloud Middle School – 5:15 p.m.
March 18 at St. Cloud Middle School – 5:15 p.m.
March 20 at St. Cloud High School - 5:15 p.m.
St. Cloud Middle School – Upcoming Events
March 14 - PBS dance from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
March 18 - SAC meeting from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the media center
Zenith School – Osceola County 25th Annual Youth-At-Risk Conference
Zenith Guidance counselors Mrs. Cooper and Ms. Hawkins presented at the Osceola County 25th annual Youth-At-Risk Conference in Savannah, Georgia, on Tuesday, March 4. Now in its 25th year, the National Youth –At-Risk Conference provides comprehensive professional development for adults who serve youth. Guest speakers included Keith Brown, Ron Clark, and Crystal Kuykendall. The theme for this years’ conference was: “Empowering Youth for Success in School and Life: Overcoming Poverty, Violence, and Failure.”
Zenith School – The Race to Reading
Students attending AXIS Middle and Zenith are in the “Race to Reading.” Students are competing against their classmates to be the first to read the most number of pages. Currently, Mrs. Bohanan’s class (AXIS) is in the lead with 3, 540 pages read, and Mr. Lyttle’s class (Zenith) is in the lead with 3, 490 pages read. The winners will receive an incentive.
Zenith School – School Advisory Council
Zenith’s School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, in the media center at 2:30 p.m. Parents, students, and staff members are welcome to attend the School Advisory Council meeting. For more information about SAC, contact Dr. Findlater at 407-846-3976.
Zenith School – Testing
The next date for the American College Test (ACT) is Saturday, April 12, 2014. Students can sign up for the test now. The registration deadline is Friday, March 7, 2014. Students will need to set up an online account before they can register for the test. The cost of the test is $36.50 (for no time registration). For more details about the ACT, contact Mrs. Howard at 407-846-3976.
CELLA Testing for English Language Learners (ELL) will be from on March 10, 2014, through April 4, 2014. For more information about CELLA testing, contact Ms. McKenna at 407-846-3976
Zenith School – Florida Technical College Field Trip
Graduating seniors at Zenith are invited to the Florida Technical College on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for an informational session about enrollment, financial aid, and college courses. Students are required to have a consent form signed by a parent in order to participate in the field trip activity. For more information about the field trip, contact Mrs. Howard and Mrs. Guzman at 407-846-3976.
Celebration High School – Family Night
On Thursday, March 13, the Euro Bistro of Celebration will donate 15% of the total sales between 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. to the choir program at Celebration High School. The evening will feature the Irish Band, "Touch of Green" from Massachusetts, and some of the Celebration High School students will sing along. Euro Bistro is in the same block as Starbucks in downtown Celebration.
Liberty High School – Skills USA Regional Competition
Liberty High School students placed first and second in the Skills USA Regional Competition on February 28. The following students placed in the Skills USA Regional Competition. They will be move onto the State competition in April.
Promotional Bulletin Board
-First Place: Amanda Ravenelle, Anthony Diaz, Josh Novoa
-Fourth Place: Ryan Walcott, Ericka DeJesus, Leydaliz Cruz
-First Place: Noelle Bishop
Liberty High School - AP Calculus Practice Exam
Liberty High School’s AP Calculus students will have the opportunity to take an AP Calculus practice exam on Saturday, March 8, in room 7-320 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Those students who are interested in taking the exam need to see Mr. LeGrande.
Liberty High School - Blood Drive
All Liberty High School students interested in donating blood at the next blood drive on March 10 will need to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be taken during lunch periods March 3-7.
Liberty High School – Community Sidewalk Sale and Concert
The Liberty High School Community Yard Sale on April 12, 2014, will be from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., with a special concert from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Vendor tables are available for $15.00. Please contact Terri Inwood to reserve your spot now.
Liberty High School – SAC Meeting
The next SAC meeting at Liberty High will take place on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:00 p.m. in the media center. Everyone is welcome to attend, and students will receive one hour of community service. Papa Johns will be supplying the refreshments.
PATHS and Gateway - "Word Slam"
The Literacy Councils of PATHS and Gateway High School are proud to present the First Annual Word Slam competition on Thursday, March 6, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Gateway PAC. Finalists from both schools will perform in various categories, including songs, raps, skits, speeches, and poems. Prizes will be awarded to the top five places. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the cost is $1.00.
PATHS - Spirit Nights
PATHS’ media center and Photography Club will receive 20% of sales from Cici's Pizza, located at 1400 East Vine Street in Kissimmee, on Thursday, March 6, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Please write Ms.Pruitt's name on your receipt and place it in the box at Cici's.
The Freshman Class will receive 15% of sales on Thursday, March 13, at the McDonalds, located at on 2575 Boggy Creek Road in Kissimmee, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
PATHS – SAC Meeting
The next SAC meeting at PATHS will take place on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:00 p.m. in the PATHS/TECO Cafeteria. All students, parents, staff, and interested community members are welcome to attend.
PATHS – Entrance Exam
PATHS is now scheduling entrance exam appointments for students applying to the school for the 2014-2015 school year. The last scheduled test date is March 15. Please call the front office at 407-518-5407 during the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday to schedule your exam date and time.
PATHS – 2013-14 Yearbook
Students at PATHS may still order the 2014 Patriot Yearbook for $55.00. Purchases can be made at the TECO Bookstore or online at www.yearbookordercenter.com, job #19080. Online orders may include personalized name plates and extra autograph sheets.
Poinciana High School – Skills USA Competition
The following Poinciana High School students will be moving from the regional competition and into the state competition for Skills USA in April:
Araleck De'La Cruz
Community Action Project
Angelique Jean ‘Jacques
St. Cloud High School – Career Pathways Program
Last week, Seminole State College came to St. Cloud High to test for articulation in EEC 2262 Selected Studies in Early Childhood and EEC 2930 Curriculum Activities in Early Childhood. Twenty-seven students tested and earned 108 hours of college credit through the Career Pathways program. Students can receive the up to six hours of college credit if they passed both tests.
St. Cloud High School – Signing Ceremony
St. Cloud High School student Brianna Kuzara is going to have a signing ceremony with Agnes Scott College for a softball scholarship in the lobby of the gymnasium on March 14 at 4:00 p.m.
St. Cloud High School – ROTC Military Ball
St. Cloud High School’s JROTC will be hosting its annual Military Ball on Saturday, March 8, at the Florida Mall Hotel at 7:00 p.m.
St. Cloud High School – FCCLA State Leadership Conference
Congratulations to the 14 students at St. Cloud High School who earned gold medals at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference. They will now be eligible to travel to San Antonio, Texas, in July for the national competition:
St. Cloud High also has a new state officer, Hailey Steuer, serving as state secretary.
TECO - Second Annual Job Fair
TECO’s second annual Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 21, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Employers interested in participating should contact Christine Ramirez, Placement and Follow-up, at 407-344-5080 ext. 15220.
ALCO – Annual Job Fair
Adult Learning Center Osceola (ALCO) will be hosting its annual Job Fair on Wednesday, May 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Every year, 15 - 20 local employers participate and hundreds of job seekers attend. We are looking for companies to participate free of charge.
ALCO – Personal Fitness Trainer Certification Course at ALCO
ALCO is proud to continue its partnership with the World Instructor Training School (W.I.T.S), and is now registering students for its spring semester course. The course will be held from April 1 – May 29 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Personal Fitness Trainer national certification course is a 62-hour program, and is comprised of 16 hours of lecture, 16 hours of hands-on practical training, and a 30-hour internship at a local gym. The National Exam is held during the ninth week. The course will prepare you for success with key topics that include biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, and equipment usage and health assessment.
W.I.T.S. is the only major certifying body in the country providing comprehensive practical training and internship components, and ALCO is proud to partner with them to provide this course.
ALCO –Online Training Academy
Can’t make it to ALCO campus to take a class? ALCO also offers over 300 instructor-led, online classes available through ALCO’s Online Academy at www.ed2go.com/alco. New sessions begin monthly, and the next session starts on March 19. Each online course is six weeks in length, and the cost of most classes is $89.
ALCO – Adult Basic Education and GED Classes
The less educated you are, the more likely it is that you’ll be unemployed or underemployed. If you, or someone you know, is looking for a career change, ALCO offers a variety of instructional programs to help students improve their basic education skills or prepare to take the GED test.
The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program at ALCO provides instruction in reading, math, and language for individuals wishing to improve basic skills for higher academic or vocational training. The General Educational Development (GED) program provides instruction in writing, social studies, science, reading, and mathematics leading to a State of Florida diploma. Even with your busy schedule, ALCO offers flexible class schedules in the day or evening, online, and, at four locations in Osceola County. ALCO also offers counseling to help you plan, prepare, and succeed.
Come visit ALCO to learn more or to register at the Adult Learning Center Osceola, 2320 New Beginnings Road in Kissimmee, or by phone at 407-518-8140.
ALCO – Traffic School
Adult Learning Center Osceola also offers Traffic Safety and Driver Improvement courses. The online courses are now available, and classroom courses will be coming soon. The following courses are now available online:
Four-Hour Basic Driver Improvement (BDI)—$24.99
Take this class if you have received a traffic citation that allows you to attend traffic school to reduce or remove traffic points. This class can also be taken for auto insurance discounts with certain insurance providers. Please feel free to log on and off as many times as necessary to complete the four-hour course.
Eight-Hour Intermediate Driver Improvement Course (IDI)—$59.99
Several counties in Florida allow motorists to attend traffic school twice in one year. For individuals who have been granted this opportunity, ALCO is pleased to offer an eight-hour Intermediate Driver Improvement course. In certain other cases, drivers may be ordered to attend this class by a judge or the courts. Check your court papers to confirm that this is the class you need.
12-Hour Advanced Driver Improvement Course (ADI)—$89.99
Drivers who have had their license suspended under the point system must enroll in this course to reinstate their driver's license. Or, you may have been ordered by a judge to take this course.
To register for these courses, go online to alco.osceola.k12.fl.us and click on the Traffic School tab at the top of the page.