December 6, 2013
Latest School News
Osceola Business and Community Leaders To Become "Principals For A Day"
The Osceola School District is reaching out to increase community awareness and understanding of public schools' successes and challenges in a collaborative way. On December 6, over 60 business and community leaders will get a frontline view of the daily happenings in a school by serving as a “Principal for a Day.” This event will take place from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at public school sites throughout Osceola County, followed by a debriefing luncheon at the Transportation Department in the International Room from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. with Superintendent Melba Luciano.
"The goal of this program is to provide area executives the opportunity to shadow a school principal for a hands-on, one-on-one learning experience for everyone involved," said Superintendent Luciano.
“Principal for a Day” offer business executives a unique opportunity to look inside the halls and classrooms of Osceola County’s public schools, to experience a little bit of the life of a school principal, and to become educated advocates for public schools. In addition, it gives both principals and business executives an opportunity to exchange ideas and insights. At the conclusion of the morning’s activities, both executives and principals will have a chance to exchange notes at the Superintendent's luncheon.
Osceola School District Receives $25,000 Grant to Enhance Gifted Curriculum
For the fourth consecutive year, the Florida Department of Education has selected the Osceola School District as a funding recipient through the Collaborative Curriculum Challenge Grants for the Gifted. This highly-competitive program supports projects that combine effective collaboration and innovative instructional redesign to increase the academic achievement of gifted students. In partnership with Duke University, the district will use the 2013-2014 grant award of $25,000 to implement a new project entitled “Insight and Intellect through Inquiry.” This joint endeavor will upgrade the core curriculum for grades 2-3 to include inquiry through open-ended questions and the discussion of ambiguous or controversial math and science topics. Participants will develop knowledge of gifted learners’ cognitive and affective needs and responses to such needs using Socratic Seminar and various questioning techniques. The project will impact at least 84 teachers, approximately 136 gifted students, and 872 high-achieving students.
Duke University will provide teacher professional development regarding the unique social, emotional, and cognitive needs of gifted students; benefits of the curriculum redesign; and classroom strategies like questioning techniques and Socratic Seminar. Duke University’s TIP (Talent Identification Program) is a world leader in identifying academically-gifted students and providing them opportunities to support their learning. The training facilitator is Dr. Richard Courtright, education specialist for Duke TIP, with more than 40 years of educational experience. The professional development and curriculum upgrade will positively impact targeted students. At least 80% of participating students will: demonstrate development of higher-level thinking skills through motivating, challenging discussions; indicate a greater motivation to engage in personally-challenging discussions; and increase achievement on formative and summative assessments.
Tracey Merritt, K-12 Gifted Program Resource Specialist, will coordinate the initiative. More information about Gifted Student Education appears on the Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction’s website at http://www.fldoe.org/bii/Gifted_Ed/.
Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering – School Becomes First Elementary School in Osceola County to Establish New Honor Society Chapter
Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering has established a chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) to recognize its most outstanding students. Staff at the school was notified that their application to begin this prestigious new national student recognition program has been approved by the national office, and the process of selecting new members began in October of this year. More than just an Honor Roll, NEHS engages its members in service activities and leadership development that help strengthen the programs for all students at the school and improve life in the community.
The chapter is supervised by a school administrator, chapter adviser, and a faculty council. Lana Fenn, Assistant Principal, is the supervising administrator. The chapter adviser for the chapter at Chestnut is Nancy Breznicky, fifth grade Quest teacher, and the faculty council is Brandi Baker, fourth grade Quest teacher, and Susan Ellis, Science teacher. They were charged with the selection of the new members and the induction ceremony. Out of more than 200 students, 12 applicants met all qualifications for induction into Chestnut’s first NEHS. These students are: Mya Alarca, John Baez, Bianca Canon, Isamar Cruz, Kailen Godfrey, Carol Habib, Karolina Kuchta, Emmalyne Lewsiton, Lucianao Olivieri, Julian Ortiz-Donaldson, Nya Nankoo, and Izabela Strycharz.
Chestnut Elementary for Science and Engineering will be designated as a “Founding Chapter of NEHS”, joining elementary schools around the nation in establishing a program to promote excellence in academic achievement and involvement in leadership and service for the nation’s youngest students. Mrs. Lana Fenn, Assistant Principal, states, “It has always been a vision of mine to establish an honor society for an elementary school so students have an understanding and appreciation of how working hard in school and having good behavior is rewarded. A task I was happy to take on.”
Students were inducted into the NEHS chapter at Chestnut on October 15, 2013, with a candle lighting ceremony. Also, on the day of the induction former principal Karen Bracy was inducted as Chestnut’s first honorary member. The members will be participating in many service projects which are a part of the qualifications that need to be met during the school year in order for the school to maintain its chapter. For more information about the National Elementary Honor Society, visit www.nehs.org.
Harmony High School – Internet Safety Movie and Erik Estrada At Harmony
Come see and hear Erik Estrada at Harmony High School. The movie “Finding Faith” will be shown at the Harmony High School auditorium on Thursday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. The star of the movie, Erik Estrada from the TV show CHiPs, will be in attendance and will address the audience following the screening to talk about the importance of safety for teens on the internet and social media. This film is inspired by real-life events, and is presented by the Safe Surfing Foundation and locally sponsored by the Harmony High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes, with support from Church at Harmony. With the Osceola School District’s new policy of Bring Your Own Device, this movie is relevant more than ever to the community and schools. It is free to attend, and seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. See the movie trailer at http://findingfaithfilm.com/. For more information, contact Brian Stacy at 407-791-2676 or email@example.com.
Harmony High School – Sports
The Longhorn tradition of academic excellence in the athletic program continued this fall with Harmony High capturing 7 of the 8 district GPA Fall Team Championships. Best in the county were:
Boys Cross Country (3.524)
Girls Cross Country (3.642)
Girls Golf (3.756)
Boys Swimming/Diving (3.24)
Girls Swimming/Diving (3,627)
The overall fall sports grade point average is 3.444. The teams were recognized at the Fall Sports Awards this past Wednesday evening. Congratulations to the student athletes and coaches on this outstanding achievement.
Osceola Students Named To All-State Band, Orchestra, and Chorus
This year, 46 students representing 21 music programs in Osceola County schools have been selected into an All-State music group; this is a record high for Osceola County. The Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) will be holding the 2014 FMEA Professional Development Clinic-Conference; Music Education – Relevance is Key from January 8-11, 2014, at the Tampa Convention Center. Accompanying the conference, selected students of FMEA members come together as a group to perform with All-State Bands, Orchestras, and Choruses. A widely-acclaimed director conducts each performing group. The selected students are given the opportunity to work with experts in the field. Rehearsals run for two or three days, and culminate in outstanding performances enjoyed by thousands of music educators and parents throughout the state.
The selection process for All-State is highly competitive, and only the finest young musicians from throughout Florida are invited to participate. Over the past six years, Osceola County has steadily increased its success rate for having students accepted into these elite performing ensembles. The following students will represent Osceola County schools this year:
All-State Symphonic (11-12) Band
Dillon Acey, Osceola County School for the Arts – Bass Clarinet
Daisy Smith, Osceola County School for the Arts – French Horn
All-State High School Honor Band
Isaiah Morales, St. Cloud High – Alto Saxophone
David Toledo, Gateway High – Alto Saxophone
All-State Concert (9-10) Band
Emily Carbo, Osceola County School for the Arts – English Horn
Anthony Griffin, Osceola County School for the Arts – Clarinet
Ricardo Rodriguez, Osceola County School for the Arts – Clarinet
Sofia Vanegas, Osceola County School for the Arts – Trumpet
Alexis Guzman, Osceola County School for the Arts – French Horn
Jacob Britton, Osceola County School for the Arts – Percussion
All-State Symphonic (11-12) Orchestra Winds
Johnathon Pitts, Liberty High – Trumpet
All-State Jazz Band
Robby Cruz, Osceola County School for the Arts – Trumpet
Gabriel Landa, Osceola County School for the Arts – Drumset
Shawn Fernandez, Osceola County School for the Arts – Lead Jazz Trumpet
All-State Middle School Jazz Band
Eric Gonzalez, Osceola County School for the Arts – Trumpet
All-State Middle School Band
Mickael Colon, Osceola County School for the Arts – Trombone
Priscilla Carbo – Osceola County School for the Arts – Euphonium
All-State 7th & 8th Grade Honor Band
Delaney Phelps, Celebration School (K-8) – Flute
All-State High School Mixed Chorus
Claire Polachek, St. Cloud High – Alto 1
Nicholas Ikegami, Osceola County School for the Arts – Tenor 1
Santos Sanchez, Osceola High – Tenor 2
William Cox, Osceola High – Bass 2
All-State Senior High Women's Chorus
Destiny Lopez, Osceola County School for the Arts – Soprano 1
Eunice Nogueras, Osceola County School for the Arts – Soprano 2
Morgan Molina, Celebration High – Alto 1
All-State Senior High Men's Chorus
Jose Torres-Velez, Osceola County School for the Arts – Tenor 1
Michael Godfrey, Osceola County School for the Arts – Tenor 2
Angel Sanchez, Gateway High – Bass 1
All-State Middle School Mixed Chorus
Fabiola Martinez, Neptune Middle – Alto
Marialaura Pellegrino, Neptune Middle – Alto
Andy Hernandez, Neptune Middle – Bass
All-State Middle School Treble Chorus
Mariana Colin-Maldonado, Parkway Middle School – Treble 1
Merry Pettitt, Narcoossee Middle – Treble 1
Jirah Barzez, St. Cloud Middle – Treble 3
Chloe Shrieves, St. Cloud Middle – Treble 3
9-12 Honors Orchestra
Kara Lange, St. Cloud High – Viola
Elementary All-State Choir
Alondra Curet, Cypress Elementary
Alexander Diaz, Flora Ridge Elementary
Avalon Harris, Partin Settlement Elementary
Lilianna Jacobson, Partin Settlement Elementary
Mettea Allen, Pleasant Hill Elementary
Cassandra Atuel, Pleasant Hill Elementary
Camila Santiago, Pleasant Hill Elementary
Lelaila Bridwell, Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts
Aryen Laboy, Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts
Christina Walkuski, Reedy Creek Elementary
This year's All-State results yielded several highlight achievements for Osceola County:
* Three of the 20 members in the FMEA All-State Jazz Band come from Osceola County. With only 20 spots available, it is quite an achievement for a smaller county such as Osceola to win three of them.
* Osceola also had more students selected for the FMEA Elementary All-State Choir than the other six counties that are part of the FMEA District. When considering that the FMEA district is made up of some very large counties (Orange, Brevard, and Volusia) with many more elementary schools than Osceola, it is quite an achievement to note that Osceola had the highest number of students selected from throughout the FMEA District.
* Six of Osceola's eight comprehensive high schools and five middle schools have students selected, showcasing the overall strength of the district's arts programs.
Florida Department of Education 2013 Parental Involvement Video Contest
The Florida Department of Education has announced six finalists for the 2013 Parental Involvement Video Contest. The finalists, who come from Osceola, Palm Beach, Orange, Pasco, and Lee Counties, are in the running for a family trip to LEGOLAND. The list of finalists are as follows:
-My Mom – Osceola County (Reedy Creek Elementary, Poinciana High School)
-Pop and Dot – Palm Beach County
-J Walker – Orange County (Tildenville Elementary)
-Delia’s Papa – Pasco County
-Write a Book Rap – Lee County
-Daddy Instills a Love of Reading – Palm Beach County (Binks Forest Elementary)
You can visit the department’s Facebook album at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.692339617473472.1073741852.178971822143590&type=1
and vote for your favorite. The picture with the most “likes” by December 11, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. will win.
2013 Osceola Fall Arts Festival
The 2013 Osceola Fall Arts Festival was held in downtown Kissimmee on November 16-17. Below is the list of student winners:
2013 Student Art Winners - Elementary
Mill Creek Elementary
First - John Bujanszki
Second - Skylar Estrella
Third - Rebekah Galvin
First - Ethan Estrada
Second - Yamil Santiago
Third - Ericka Luciano
Michigan Avenue Elementary
First - Austin Curtis
Second - Matthew Muller
Third - Cathy Hasselberger
FIrst - Sadie Salat
Second - Gabriella Chuili
Third - Ryan Corbett
Hickory Tree Elementary
First - Beyonca Sanchez
Second - Thora Gaston
Third - Brenden Canto
Pleasant Hill Elementary
First - Mikayla Loffredo
Second - Camila Santiago
Third - Kimberly Pucket
Bellalago Academy - Elementary
First - Sadi George Pierre
Second - Danitzia Marquez
Third - Leah Ayoub
First - Natalee Bender
Second - Melanie Rivera
Third - Melanie Rivera
St. Cloud Elementary
First - Locke Dinatale
Second - Taleah Reyes
Third - Paige Bwemeke
First - Ariel Baksh
Second - Yuriana Mora
Third - Yareliz Montalvo
Boggy Creek Elementary
First - Veronica Santiago
Second - Kristina Hernandez
Third - Matthew Santiago
First - Leilanys Sobre
Second - Galen Drawdy
Third - Zadelyn Miranda
Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering
First - Jorge Sagastume
Second - Zackary Anderson
Third - Biancea Leon-Vazquez
First - Adrianna Rosario
Second - Madilynn HIlder
Third - Jarika Rayes
First - Mariangel Mejia
Second - Melanie Cruz
Third – Iris Ramos
2013 Student Art Winners – Middle School
Westside K-8 - Middle
First - Madelyn Edwards
Second - Allison Bourne
Third - Irene Russell
First – Tanner Askew
Second – Kiara Lugo
Third – Canyon Townsend
Bellalago Academy - Middle
First - Ricky Durga
Second - Noah Allen
Third - Felix Diaz
First - Melanie Cozzens
Second - Andrea Pizarro
Third - Brian Hernandez
St. Cloud Middle
First - Katie Oliver
Second - Payton Morgan
Third - Jessica Baxter
2013 Student Art Winners – High School
Osceola High School
First - Vatay Chau
Second - Zolia Alarcon
Third - Janelle Abraham
Osceola School for the Arts
First – Malika Enouiti
Second – Ashlyn McKibben
Third – Savannah Driskell
First - Michael Meadows
Second - Alex Alvarado
Third - Kenneth Pena
First - Shelby Boyd
Second - Karla Michel
Third - Haley Ortiz
First - Daniel Schlumbohm
Second - Brooke Taynton
Third - Camille Forester
Below are the winners of the 2013 Student Art Sidewalk Art for High School:
First Place - “Artemis” - Osceola School for the Arts
Second Place - “Little Fairy” - Osceola School for the Arts
Third Place - “Serenity” - Osceola School for the Arts
Honorable Mention – “Tiger” - Liberty High School
Jaira Abreu - Osceola High School
Council for Exceptional Children Auction
The Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) auction will be held this Friday, December 6, at the Transportation Center International Room, 401 Simpson Road in Kissimmee. Pizza and snacks will be served from 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., while attendees preview the auction items. The auction will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you bring a first-time bidder and they buy, you will receive $5.00 off your total purchases. The proceeds from the auction will go to Scholarships for exceptional student education (ESE) and regular education students going into the Exceptional Student Education field, teacher grants, and recognition to ESE staff.
Boggy Creek Elementary - PTO/SAC Meetings
Boggy Creek Elementary will have its monthly PTO and School Advisory Council (SAC) meetings on December 5. SAC meets at 4:00 p.m., followed by the PTO meeting. These are informational meetings open to all parents who want to become involved in their child's school.
Boggy Creek Elementary - Girl Scouts
A chapter of Girl Scouts will meet at 3:15 p.m. on Thursdays in the Boggy Creek Elementary cafeteria during the month of December.
Boggy Creek Elementary - Title I Parent Resource Center
A representative from the Title I Department’s Parent Resource Center will be in the office at Boggy Creek Elementary on December 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out fun and interactive learning resources for free. Parents can request three supplemental educational items per child for a two-week period to use at home. These materials are designed to help students in such areas such as reading, math, and more. Please call the Parent Resource Center at 407-870-4934 for more information or to make a request for materials that will be dropped off when the Center visits the school.
Boggy Creek Elementary - Family Pizza Night
Boggy Creek Elementary will have a Cici’s Pizza Family Night on December 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mention your child attends Boggy Creek Elementary and first grade classes will receive proceeds from the event. This is a great time to enjoy pizza with your family and support the school.
Boggy Creek Elementary - Family Night
Boggy Creek Elementary will have Family Night on December 11 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the McDonald's, located next to Wal-Mart on Osceola Parkway. Remember to mention that your child attends Boggy Creek Elementary so the school will receive proceeds from this night. This is a great time to eat out with your family and support the school.
Boggy Creek Elementary - iMoms
Boggy Creek Elementary’s chapter of iMoms will meet on December 11 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 - Positive Behavior NUT Day
On December 13, students at Boggy Creek Elementary may purchase a NUT sticker (No Uniform Today) for $1 and wear clothing of their choice. Students must still wear appropriate clothing, but do not have to be dressed in white, navy, or khaki. Stickers are purchased the day of the event only.
Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering – Upcoming Events
-December 10 - PTO meeting at 3:30 p.m. in the media center
-December 12 - Muffins for Moms at 7:00 a.m.
-December 12 - Chorus and Band Concert at 6:00 p.m.
-December 13 - Despicable Me 2 PTO Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. Bring a canned good or $2.00 for admission.
-December 17 - SAC meeting at 3:30 p.m. in the media center
Kissimmee Elementary – Holiday Food Drive
Students at Kissimmee Elementary are collecting non-perishable food for their annual holiday food drive. The food drive runs until December 19. All donations are greatly appreciated, and can be left in the school’s front office. The donated food will be distributed to needy families located around Kissimmee Elementary School.
Kissimmee Elementary – Angel Tree
Kissimmee Elementary School’s annual Angel Tree program has begun. Teachers refer needy students who would not have the opportunity to celebrate without the generous donations of the staff and community. If you wish to donate or help, please contact Sarah Nell Oglesby at Kissimmee Elementary School.
Kissimmee Elementary – Math and Literacy Night
Kissimmee Elementary will be hosting a Polar Express Math and Literacy Night on Tuesday, December 10, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Activities and food for families will be provided.
Lakeview Elementary – Winter Ensemble
Lakeview Elementary's Beginning and Advanced Ensemble has been practicing all year for their holiday concert to be held on Thursday, December 12, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. Even if you don't have any children in the program, come by and watch because nothing is more precious than listening to elementary students singing and playing instruments to holiday songs.
Lakeview Elementary – OASIS Orientation
Lakeview Elementary's OASIS Coordinator Cindy Claflin will be conducting a volunteer training orientation on Thursday, December 12, at 3:30 p.m. in the front office.
Lakeview Elementary – SAC Meeting
Lakeview Elementary will hold its monthly SAC meeting on Thursday, December 12, from 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the media center. All parents and business partners are encouraged to attend.
Mill Creek Elementary – Free Learning Resources For Parents
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. Parents will be able to view available materials online and work with their Parent Resource Center liaison to place an order. The best part is that the educational materials will be dropped off and picked up right at the school for parents’ convenience.
Mill Creek Elementary - PTO Yard Sale Donations
Mill Creek Elementary’s PTO is looking for donations of gently-used clothes, toys, and small items for an upcoming yard sale on Saturday, December 14, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Donations will be accepted during school hours. Please place any donated items in the yard sale containers located on school campus.
Mill Creek Elementary - PTO Holiday Store
Mill Creek Elementary’s PTO Holiday Store will be open from December 9 to December 13 during school hours in the cafeteria. There will be items sold for everyone in the family with prices ranging from $.25 to $5.00.
Mill Creek Elementary Christmas with Santa Breakfast
Mill Creek Elementary’s fifth grade teachers will sponsor a breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Santa on Saturday, December 14, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in conjunction with the school’s yard sale. P.B.S. will be taking family pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Santa for $1.00 each picture.
Mill Creek Elementary - First Grade Celebrates Christmas Around the World
Mill Creek Elementary’s first grade students are celebrating “Christmas Around the World” this week by reading books with digital presentations about holidays in different countries and making a project to go with each holiday and country. Some of things made are menorahs for Hanukkah, wooden shoes for Holland, and pickle ornaments for Germany.
Pleasant Hill Elementary – Music Productions
Students at Pleasant Hill Elementary School will welcome the holiday season with a performance of “Yes, Virginia The Musical” on December 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. with a special instrumental prelude by the Orff Ensemble. Laura Font, Pleasant Hill Elementary Music Teacher, received a grant from Macy's for $1,000 to produce the musical. The school was one of 100 schools across the country to receive a local grant from Macy’s to assist with production costs.Pleasant Hill Elementary’s Chorus will perform at Good Sams on Thursday, December 5, at 7:15 p.m.
Congratulations to students Mettea Allen, Cassandra Atuel, and Camila Santiago for being selected to participate in the All-State Elementary Chorus.
Reedy Creek Elementary – Activities and Important Dates
-December 9-20 - Santa Shop in the media center
-December 17 - Primary Family Night at 5:30 p.m.
-December 19 - PTO & SAC Meetings at 5:30 p.m.
Reedy Creek Elementary –Yes, Virginia, The Musical
Yes, Virginia, The Musical is a brand new musical that has been adapted specifically for school children by Macy’s. This holiday classic is based on the 1897 true story of Virginia O’Hanlon, an 8-year-old girl who inspired the most famous newspaper editorial of all time by asking, “Is there a Santa Claus?” In 2008, Macy’s partnered with the Make-a-Wish-Foundation to create their Believe campaign based on this “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial and has since adapted the story into an animated television special, a children’s book, and now for the first time it is available to perform live. As part of Macy’s commitment to arts education, they have made Yes, Virginia, The Musical available to all teachers from any school – royalty-free.
Reedy Creek Elementary’s Fine Arts Department, under the direction of Mr. Deir, has been granted the royalty to do the play at school. Students and a group of teachers have been working diligently to make this holiday classic play come to life on December 19.
St. Cloud Elementary - Selects Volunteer of the Year
St. Cloud Elementary is very fortunate to have exceptionally resourceful support through their OASIS volunteers and SAC/PTO members. Although St. Cloud Elementary has many outstanding volunteers who contribute greatly to their school community, they would like to recognize one volunteer in particular for the prestigious award of Volunteer of the Year.
It is an honor and pleasure for the school to announce Danielle Momenteller as their 2013-2014 Volunteer of the Year. Danielle has been a St. Cloud Elementary OASIS Volunteer since 2010. She is a dedicated and energetic volunteer, and is the type of person who is always there to lend a helping hand without expecting any recognition or praise for her efforts. The educational system relies on many resources and one of the most important resources we have is time. Since joining the St. Cloud Elementary School family, Danielle has volunteered over 1800 hours.
She is always there to work tirelessly for the benefit of the students and school. Regardless of the task size, she is always nearby to assist with everything from classroom assignments to swimming lessons, and does it with a positive outlook and dynamic attitude.
Danielle is an active and very involved PTO member and proudly holds the title of St. Cloud Elementary PTO Vice President. She has helped oversee various fundraising projects and activities with the school, including the annual fall fundraiser, Box Tops for Education, Holiday Craft Night, Teacher Appreciation Week, and Family Movie Night.
St. Cloud Elementary School truly admires volunteers who give so much of their time, energy, and expertise. Each day, volunteers create positive abetment in our schools through their unfailing efforts and countless hours of work. These volunteers selflessly lend a hand without asking for any acknowledgment or commendation in return. Danielle Momenteller is one of these very special people. She genuinely embodies the sense of service and community that are true hallmarks of the Osceola County School District’s OASIS Volunteer Program. St. Cloud Elementary School appreciates her endless support and dedication to the students, faculty, and staff and are delighted to name Danielle Momenteller, St. Cloud Elementary 2013-2014 Volunteer of the Year.
Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies – Third Thursday
Thacker Avenue Elementary’s Thacker Third Thursday on November 21 was Literacy Night. “Every HOME is a Classroom, What are YOU Teaching?” was the theme with parent education classes to help students with their reading at home. There was also fun activities, such as the opportunity to listen to the book My Duck and then a chance to purchase a length of duct tape for $1 to tape Principal Osypian to the wall. The school also held a food drive. For every can brought in, a ticket was given to have an opportunity to win an iPOD Shuffle. The first 25 families to arrive received a free book.
Thanks to all staff, parents, and Publix who supported the effort to feed needy families on Thanksgiving Day. Many brought in canned items, breads, pies, and turkeys, and many more prepared and served families dinner. Sapphire Productions DJ’s, one of the school’s Business Partners, provided music and entertainment.
Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies – Team News
The first grade team at Thacker Avenue Elementary will be selling Candy Cane Grams for 50 cents December 9-19 with a delivery on December 20. If you want a special way to spread some holiday cheer, buy a Candy Cane Gram for that special friend, teacher, and administrator, and support the first grade team as they raise money to defray costs of their upcoming field trip.
The third grade team is coordinating a collection of items to be sent to the Philippines to help with the recovery effort after the devastating Typhoon in early November. Thacker students are encouraged to be internationally-minded, to take action, and to help others. Students will be collecting diapers, baby food/formula, non-perishable canned goods, non-perishable dry goods, toiletries, socks, and underwear for adults and children. If you would care to help out the cause, please bring any donations to the school’s front office.
Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies – Upcoming Events
December 18 – Third Annual TOHO Water Angel Tree event
December 19 – Fifth grade field trip to Kennedy Space Center
Harmony Community School – Astronomy Night
Harmony Community School will host an Astronomy Night in the cafeteria on December 5 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Westside K-8 – Upcoming Events
-December 5 - PTSO meeting from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the media center
-December 2-13 – Food Drive
Discovery Intermediate – TeenBiz Challenge
Students at Discovery Intermediate were challenged over Thanksgiving break to complete at least 10 TeenBiz articles to win a “no uniform” day. More than 25 students met that challenge, and will receive a certificate and wristband to allow them to dress as they’d like on Friday. Grade levels were also challenged to see which grade could complete the most articles and win a “free seating/fun lunch” day. Both sixth and eighth grades tied.
Discovery Intermediate – Sports
Cheerleading practice at Discovery Intermediate will take place every Monday from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Students are to meet in the PE area. See Coach Pinamonti for more information.
Boys’ basketball practice will take place every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for the rest of December. There will be no practice on Friday, December 20, due to winter break beginning. Practice will begin again in January when students return.
Discovery Intermediate – SAC Meeting
The next SAC meeting at Discovery Intermediate will be held on Tuesday, December 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the media center. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn more about the school.
Discovery Intermediate – SPIRIT Family Involvement Night & Choir Concert
December’s SPIRIT Family Involvement Night and the Choir Concert at Discovery Intermediate will be held on Tuesday, December 10, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. This event will be a student showcase from the drama, chorus, STEM, and International Studies groups.
Horizon Middle School – Upcoming Events
Horizon Middle School’s Eagles volleyball teams have been very successful this season. The boys’ team remain undefeated during the season, and will play in the Semi-finals on December 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Horizon Middle School’s Band Concert will be held on December 18 at 7:00 p.m., and the Winter Chorus concert will be on December 19 at 7:00 p.m. The Winter Keyboarding Recital will be on December 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Kissimmee Middle School – Upcoming Events
-December 6 - Cheerleaders, PBS, and eighth grade field trip is sponsoring a Winter Wonderland dance from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the campus cafeteria.
-December 10 - Chorus/Band Winter Concert at 7:00 p.m. at Osceola High School auditorium.
-December 12 and 13 –Two days of unique talent from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - $2 per day or $3 for a two-day ticket
-December 14 - Holiday Flea Market/Bazaar
Neptune Middle School – Castaway Team Activities
The Castaway Team at Neptune Middle will be making 450 Christmas cards for Meals on Wheels for their annual community service project. The team has been putting smiles on the faces of participants in the Meals on Wheels program now for over 15 years. Students work hard during and after school to make specially-embossed cards with their own personal touches.
Neptune Middle School - Chorus
The Neptune Middle School Chorus Concert will be held on Friday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Saint Cloud High School Auditorium. The Orchestra Concert will take place on Thursday, December 12, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Neptune Middle School cafeteria.
Special congratulations to the following students who made the All-State Chorus:
-Maria Laura Pellegrino
Neptune Middle School - Band
The Neptune Band will be participating in the 50th Anniversary St. Cloud Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 6.
New Beginnings – Positive Behavior Store
New Beginnings is standing behind its students 100% in a positive manner by sponsoring a fundraiser for the Positive Behavior Store. This store will offer incentives in which students can purchase items with their “Believe Bucks” that they earn by demonstrating positive behavior. You can help support students by donating $5.00 and receive a four-inch pot holiday cactus, a six-inch hanging holiday cactus for $10.00, or an eight-inch hanging holiday cactus for $15.00.
Zenith School – American College Test
The American College Test (ACT) is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2013. For more information about the upcoming ACT tests, contact Mrs. Howard at 407-846-3976.
Zenith School – Drug and Alcohol Course
The Orange Osceola Safety Institute is in contract with the Osceola County School District to offer the State of Florida mandatory Drug and Alcohol Course to all Osceola County students who wish to obtain a learner’s license. This course is offered after school, so it does not take up valuable school resources for time. Registration may be completed online, and a payment of $20.00 can be paid online or the day of the class. Students who cannot register online should let the front office know if they are planning to attend a specific class so the instructor may be notified in advance. Students must present their school identification card before attending the class. The first class is Monday, December 16, 2013, from 1:45 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. Bus service is NOT provided for students.
Celebration High School – Band Students Selected for Tri-State Honor Band
Five Celebration High School band students will be representing the school in Florida State University's Tri-State Honor Band. They were selected based on their musical resumes and success in the music program. They will be traveling to Tallahassee and participating in events throughout this weekend. They are:
The Band Director is Michael Weintraub.
Gateway High School – Upcoming Events
·Holiday Food Drive - all week long
·December 10 - IB Booster meeting from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
·December 10 - SAC/Title 1 meeting from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
·December 10 Choir performance from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
·December 11 Choir performance from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
·December 13 Best Buddies from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
·December 14 Senior Winter Dance from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
·December 14 Dance Performance from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
·December 27 - Registration deadline for SAT test on January 25, 2014.
·January 10 - Registration deadline for ACT test on February 8, 2014.
·Every Tuesday: Algebra 1 (11-103), ACT/SAT Prep (8-104), Biology (23-105), Writing (8-110)
·Every Thursday: Algebra 1 (11-103), ACT/SAT Prep, Reading
Harmony High School – Sports
The Longhorn Raiders (ROTC) earned the second place overall trophy for their category out of 28 teams at the competition at Hagerty High in Oviedo on November 16. The Raiders placed in three of the five events tested. The team's motivation, as well as their physical and mental strength, were tested over a five-hour period with minimum amount of rest and food. The events they competed in were: a written test on first aid, 2.5-mile team run, carrying a weighted litter through a 3/4 mile obstacle course, building a one-rope bridge, fitness test, and a humvee pull. The team consisted of 7 male and 5 female cadets.
Harmony High School – Longhorn Baseball Team Sings Christmas Carols
The Longhorn baseball team is spreading good cheer once again this year. On December 16, the team and Coach Fields will conduct its 9th annual Christmas caroling at many retirement and rehabilitation centers in the St. Cloud area.
Liberty High School – Band Student Wins First Place in a State Wide Competition
Johnathon Pitts, a trumpet player at Liberty High, competed in a state-wide competition on Saturday, November 23, hosted by the Bach Festival Society of Florida. Johnathon earned first place in the overall Band category.
Liberty High School - Hosts Education Foundation Scholarship Counseling Sessions
The Education Foundation will hold scholarship counseling sessions in Liberty High School’s Career Center located in the Guidance Department. The sessions will be held on Tuesday, December 10, at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Students and parents interested in attending will need to schedule an appointment in the Guidance Department.
Liberty High School - Winter Concerts
Liberty High School’s Band will have their PRISM concerts Wednesday - Friday, December 11-13, at 7:00 p.m. There will be winter chorus concerts on Wednesday and Thursday, December 18-19, at 7:00 p.m.
PATHS – Forensics Team
PATHS new Speech and Debate Team participated recently at Timber Creek High School as a member of the Central Florida Speech & Debate Initiative. The team competed in the duo teams, declamation, and original oratory categories. Nicole Hallman won first place in original oratory. The team's next competition is December 11.
PATHS - Spirit Night
PATHS Drama Club will receive 20% of sales from Cici's Pizza at 1400 East Vine Street in Kissimmee on Thursday, December 5, from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Please write Ms. Brickman's name on your receipt and place it in the box at Cici's.
PATHS – Toy Drive
The Spanish Honor Society at PATHS is sponsoring a school-wide Toy Drive to benefit the Be an Angel Program of Give Kids Safe Shelter. Give Kids Safe Shelter is a nonprofit organization that provides funding and resources to different agencies, all of which directly impact the lives of Osceola County’s children. The toy drive will run through December 11. Students are encouraged to bring unwrapped gifts to their third period class. The class that donates the most toys will win a pizza party.
PATHS – Bead for Life
The Glocal Club at PATHS is sponsoring a Bead for Life sale from now through December 17. Various items costing $4.00- $18.00 will be sold during both lunches. The Bead For Life fundraiser supports women in Uganda who live in extreme poverty.
PATHS – SAC Meeting
The next SAC meeting at PATHS will take place on Tuesday, December 17, at 3:00 p.m. in the PATHS/TECO cafeteria. Please note the different start time is for December's meeting only. All students, parents, staff, and interested community members are welcome to attend.
St. Cloud High School – Sports
St. Cloud Wrestling had a busy Thanksgiving break competing in two events, one at the varsity level and one at the JV level.
The varsity competed Friday and Saturday in a two-day varsity competition against Manatee, Jensen Beach, Astronaut, Brandon, and a host of other tough teams around the state. The Bulldogs jumped into the fight on Friday with a tough first round win over the Titusville Bulldogs. The second string Bulldogs fought hard and prevailed with a resounding 45-19 victory. Moving on to the second round qualifying match, they faced Wesley Chapel High School. Despite a valiant effort, the Wesley Wildcats were no match for the Bulldogs and were defeated 52-21.
The next few matches saw St. Cloud athletes compete against the number four team in the state at 2A Jensen Beach, the number 14 team in the state at 3A Manatee. St. Cloud High students wrestled through some tough adversity but fell to each of these premier programs 51-12, 54-15 to end day 1 at 2-2. Day 2 opened with a tough Astronaut high school team that is ranked number 18 in the state at 1A and, despite making it close with a 30-47 match, the Bulldogs opened the day with a loss. Showing tremendous resolve, the St. Cloud dogs managed to bounce back with a resounding victory over district rival Viera 63-18 and then overwhelmed private school stalwart Bishop Moore 51-21. With two matches remaining, they faced off against a Land ‘O Lakes team. Final score – St. Cloud High wins 42-30 and picks up a three-game winning streak.
The sport of wrestling is a tough one. Over the course of the two-day period, the St. Cloud team had wrestled eight matches before heading into the final round verses cross town rival Harmony. The Bulldogs fought hard against the Horns but ended up falling short 24-51. Final record for the weekend was a hard fought 5-4 for the weekend. Two of the four teams the athletes wrestled placed in the top five of the tournament so all in all not a bad weekend.
Eight young men embarked on what was to be a great first outing for St. Cloud junior varsity wrestling. The JV Dawgs faced off against five opponents, and finished with a phenomenal 4-1 record while capturing second place in the tournament. Despite only fielding a team of eight wrestlers, they managed to best all of their opponents with the exception of a full squad from Cypress Creek. The Dawgs are next up in competition against the Lions of Oveido, who will be visiting St. Cloud on Wednesday evening at St. Cloud Middle School. The varsity will then compete in the Brooksville Kiwanis tournament this Friday and Saturday.
St. Cloud High School – PAWS Program
Principal Nate Fancher and Dean of Students Stephen Darago will be presenting information about St. Cloud High Schools’ innovating program Purposeful Acadmic Worktime for Success or better known as PAWS at the Blue Ribbon World Conference held at the Contemporary World Resort in Walt Disney World on Wednesday, December 11, from 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. The PAWS program is in its second year of implementation, and has proven to show positive results for students both academically and socially. Fancher and Darago will be providing an in-depth look into the framework of the PAWS program, as well as sharing the results with teachers, principals, and superintendents from around the country.
St. Cloud High School – Athletic Boosters Meeting
St. Cloud High School’s Athletic Boosters will have a meeting on Monday, December 9, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.
ALCO – Computer Training Classes Offered
Below is a list of upcoming computer training classes offered at ALCO. More information and flyers for each class can be found in the “Training Classes” section of the ALCO website at alco.osceola.k12.fl.us.
Basic Computer and Internet (Taught in ENGLISH and SPANISH) - In this six-hour class, students will learn about computer parts and buttons, get an introduction to the Internet, learn how to conduct basic searches, browse the web, open email account, send and receive email messages, and send and receive email attachments.
Date/Time: December 10 and 12 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost is $49.00 if you register by December 3. Cost is $59 after December 3.
Date/Time: December 17 and 19 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost is $49.00 if you register by December 10. Cost is $59 after December 10.