No Early Release On Three Wednesdays During Statewide Testing - April 15, April 22, and April 29, 2015
The Osceola County School District is planning ahead for the upcoming spring administration of the Florida Standards Assessment by allowing students to have a full day of school on the Wednesdays when the test will be administered. As such, parents should be advised that there will be no early release of students on the following Wednesdays:
Students will be dismissed from school those days as they normally would on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
The testing requires extended online assessments. "By lengthening the Wednesdays during testing, it allows more flexibility of the school-wide testing schedule. Schools will now have options to build in more opportunities for breaks between the different testing sessions to allow students to stretch, relax, and refocus," said Superintendent Melba Luciano. "We want to provide every advantage to our students."
Osceola School District’s Education in the Park
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Outside of Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee
Free Family Fun To Celebrate Osceola
education and students!
Over 100 interactive booths showcasing Osceola’s public and
charter schools, along with district-wide programs and community youth
•Hands-on exhibits in “Arts in the
•Non-stop student entertainment;
•FREE Family fun – KUA Kids’ Area,
moon walks, Games2U, Rock Climbing Wall, Face Painting, Balloon Artists, Zip
Line, and more.
The Food Truck Craze Is Coming Back To Education in the Park!
Discover fabulous eats with Food Truck Crazy. Fifteen food trucks will be in attendance
offering something different, something delicious. Bring some cash to experience the area’s best
food trucks and carts. Come hungry . . .
just think of it as one large movable food court.
Thanks to the generous donations of sponsors, no tax dollars are
used to put on this event. The event is open to the public, and parking and
admission are free of charge. There will
be a charge to eat from the food trucks. For more information about the event,
Osceola County Performs at UCF Celebrates the Arts Event
groups from Osceola County will be well represented at the UCF Celebrates the
Arts event at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center on April 10-15, 2015. The tentative schedule of student
performances from Osceola County is as follows:
the Pugh Theatre
p.m. - Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts Dance Dept. under the direction of
p.m. - Celebration K-8 Show Choir under the direction of Mike Kaina
p.m. - Osceola County School for the Arts Jazz Band under the direction of
p.m. - Celebration High Musical Theatre under the direction of Barbara
p.m. - Students from the stART Project (Osceola Summer Arts Intensive with
Juilliard Trained Teaching Artists) performing a selection of Musical Theatre
pieces under the direction of Nina Cochran and Tammie Combs
the Main Lobby (Staircase)
p.m. - St. Cloud High School Visual Art Dept. under the direction of Joela Lowe
p.m. - Songbird Sax Quartet from the Osceola County School for the Arts
p.m. - "The Painted Word" from the Osceola County School for the Arts
under the direction of Brian Capley, Creative Arts Teacher, and Jeremy
Huntington, Visual Art Teachers
Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering – Upcoming Events
13, 20, and 27 - Testing for fifth grade
15, 22, 29 - No early release Wednesdays due to testing
21 - SAC meeting
Cypress Elementary – Upcoming Events
15 - Family Night at Five Guys, No early-release Wednesday
16 - Panera Family Night
17- Third grade field trip to Wild Florida
18 - Education in the Park
23 - Take Your Child To Work Day
East Lake Elementary – Upcoming Events
10 - Report cards go home
15 - All Pro Dad at7:15 a.m. in media center
15 - Third and fourth graders to attend a Golf Show at Austin Tindall
Flora Ridge Elementary – Upcoming Events
-April 10 – Mother/Daughter tea party from 5:00
p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
-April 21 - PTO meeting at 4:30 p.m., SAC
meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the media center
-April 30 - Five Guys Spirit Night from 5:00
p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Highlands Elementary – Upcoming Events
10 - Report Cards
14 - Fourth grade trip to St. Augustine
14 and 15 - FSA Reading - computer testing for fifth grade
15 - SAC meeting at 7:45 a.m. / Horace Mann presents "Crystal Apple
17 - Third grade trip to Legoland
20 - First grade trip to Green Meadows Farm
21 and 22 - FSA Math - computer testing for fifth grade
4 - Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week
7 - Fifth grade trip to Legoland
Highlands Elementary – Student/Parent Computer Access
computer access will be available in the media center at Highlands Elementary from March 10 through
April 28 from 3:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. This
will be a great opportunity for students/parents who do not have computer
access at home to learn about and to use programs such as Moby Max and Kid Biz
Achieve 3000. Deborah Jones, Math Coach,
will be there to provide support to students and parents. Take home material will also be provided to
parents for them to keep at home.
Kissimmee Elementary: Upcoming Events
-April 13 - May 8 - FSA and FCAT Science testing window
-April 10 - Report Cards go home
-April 16 - Sunshine State Voting (Grades 3-5)
-April 30 - Progress Reports home
-May 4-8 - Kindergarten swimming
-May 11 and 15 - Third Grade Celebration Health field trip
-May 14 - Orisirisi Arts Performance (fourth grade)
-May 15 - SeaWorld field trip (fifth grade)
-May 25 - Memorial Day (no school)
-May - June 3 - Kindergarten swimming
June 4 - Last day of school
Michigan Avenue Elementary – Volunteer Orientation
Michigan Avenue Elementary’s OASIS Coordinator will be conducting
on-going volunteer trainings each Tuesday. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 14, at 3:30 p.m.
Michigan Avenue Elementary – PTO Meeting
There will be a PTO meeting on April 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the
library at Michigan Avenue Elementary. This month's agenda will target fundraising
activities. Parents and family members are all invited to come discuss upcoming
Michigan Avenue Elementary – Volunteer
Michigan Avenue Elementary will be thanking its fantastic
volunteers with a luncheon on April 16, from 11:30 - 12:30 p.m., at Jimmy Bears
Barbeque in Saint Cloud.
Creek Elementary - Computer Labs Open Before School
Mill Creek Elementary’s computer labs are open daily from 7:40
a.m. - 8:05 a.m. so students can work on ThinkCentral, MobyMax, KidBiz, and
Ticket to Read.
Creek Elementary - All Day School-Wide Read-In
Mill Creek Elementary will participate in an all-day, school-wide Read-In on April 29, 2015. This is a
collaborative event organized by the Literacy Council to promote literacy and a
love of reading in students in grades prekindergarten to fifth. The goal is for students to view police
officers, fire fighters, military officials, local business personnel, technical
students, and even area mascots as readers. Students will engage in read-alouds, peer-reading partnerships, and
independent reading to reach the school-wide goal of 10,000 books to be read on
campus that day. There will also be class competitions and interactive reading
displays. Students will be permitted to be out of uniform, and are invited to
wear cozy reading clothes for the day.
If you are able to donate
your time on April 29, please complete the form with your availability at: http://goo.gl/forms/FpedSp1ZdK If you are
unable to donate your time but would like to help motivate students, the school
is also seeking incentives to award classrooms for their participation.
Creek Elementary - Principal's Breakfast
Mill Creek Elementary’s Principals Breakfast will be held on
Monday, April 20, at 8:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Principals’ Breakfast winners are students
who are always working hard, helping and cooperating with other students, and
continuously trying to do their best.
Pleasant Hill Elementary – Students Win Habitat Contest
grade students in Mrs. Strang's class at Pleasant Hill Elementary, with the
guidance of Mrs. Ambrose, Science Coach, won the Florida Wildlife Federation’s 6th Annual Kid Habitat Contest 2015. The
award will be announced in local newspapers.
Pleasant Hill Elementary – Upcoming Events
10 - Kindergarten field trip to Legoland
13 - Mission FIT - second grade
16 - SAC meeting in the media center at 4:00 p.m.
16 - Dress Down Day
16 - University of Florida gardens with third grade students
17- Perfect Attendance Celebration
24 - Second grade field trip to Sea World
Reedy Creek Elementary School – Upcoming Events
-April 10 - Spring pictures
-April 23 - PTO/SAC meeting at 5:30 p.m. in
the media center
Horizon Middle School – School Events
2 – Spring Festival from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
7 - SAC meeting from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
10 Wrestling meet at St. Cloud High
17 Wrestling meet at Osceola High
17 Wrestling meet at Osceola High
Kissimmee Middle School – Upcoming Events
-April 10 - AVID field trip to the Ritz Carlton
-April 17 - Wrestling at Osceola HIgh at 5:00 p.m.
Neptune Middle – Attendance Initiative
Neptune Middle School students and staff will be promoting 100%
attendance to motivate students to be present daily in April to better prepare
them for testing schedules. Students
will be creating public service announcements to motivate and encourage their
peers to have 100% attendance in April to increase student learning. They will
videotape skits, and air them on the morning announcements. Teachers will be entering names of students
with 100% attendance for raffles to be held and prizes donated by school business
partners. Prizes include water park
ticket discounts, miniature golf, ice cream treats, and many more. Neptune
Middle School students with perfect attendance will be rewarded in May with a
dress code relaxation day.
Neptune Middle – Prodigy Cultural Arts Program
Neptune Middle School will be partnering with the Education
Foundation and Prodigy to add new after-school activities for students to
participate in starting on Monday, April 20. The Prodigy
Cultural Arts Program is designed to engage students in artistic endeavors, and
will be offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cloud Middle School – Drama Presentation
Cloud Midlde School’s Hairspray Jr performances will be held in the St. Cloud
High auditorium on the following dates and times:
24 and 25 at 7:00 p.m.
$10 Children $5
Harmony Community School – Upcoming Events
13 - FSA Reading fifth grade, PTO/SAC meeting at 5:30 p.m.
14 - FSA Reading fifth grade, fifth grade Science Olympiad Classroom Contest
Catapult, softball practice, Art Club
15 - Kindergarten Wild Florida Animal Preservation, FSA Language Arts Middle
School, first grade Harmony Park, Track, softball practice
16 - FSA Language Arts Middle School, Report Cards, softball
17 - Immunization for sixth grade
20 - FSA Math fifth grade, fifth grade Science Olympiad Classroom Contest Pasta
21 - FSA Math fifth grade, Brevard Zoo - Kindergarten, fifth grade Science
Olympiad Classroom Contest Chopper Challenge, softball practice
22 - FSA Math Middle School, track, softball
23 - FSA Math Middle School, softball
24 - Fourth grade St. Augustine field trip
27 - Fifth grade Science Olympiad Classroom Contest Straw Tower
28 - Fifth grade Science Olympiad School Finals
Westside K-8 – Upcoming Events
April 9 and
10 - Art workshops to create art for Relay for Life Fundraiser Walk
April 10 -
Non-Uniform Day to benefit Relay for Life fundraiser
Osceola County School for the Arts – Upcoming Events
-April 13 -
SAC meeting at 4:15 p.m. in the media center
-April 14 - K- Café presented by Creative Writers at 6:00 p.m.
-April 16 - Vocal Pre-MPA Concert at 7:00 p.m. -- Entrance fee is by
Celebration High School – Variety Show
annual Celebration High School Variety Show, which is sponsored by AVID and SGA,
will be this Friday, April 10, in the Celebration High School Theatre. Acts will include dancing, singing, and
rapping by students and teachers. A bake
sale will be held at intermission, with the proceeds going to the Families in
Transition program. Tickets are $2.00 in
advance and $5.00 at the door.
Celebration High School – Upcoming Events
-April 13 - School physicals for 2015-2016
sports from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the gym. Physicals will be $15.
-April 17 - Faculty vs Seniors Basketball game
at 1:00 p.m.
Celebration High School – Band
Celebration High School Jazz Bands will be performing in Downtown Celebration this
Friday, April 10, for Food Truck Friday. The food truck event takes place every
other Friday off Celebration Avenue behind the K-8 school. The CHS Jazz Bands
will be playing from 6:00 p.m. until about 7:45 p.m.
Liberty High School – School Events
-April 14 - Title 1 Parent Literacy Night at
6:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria
-April 15 - NHS Possible New Members Meeting
at 1:15 p.m. in the school cafeteria
-April 17 - Senior Grad Bash at Universal
-April 21 - SAC Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the
-April 24 - Senior Grad Night at Busch Gardens
PATHS – Upcoming Events
10 - Drama Club presents Twelve Angry Jurors at 6:30 p.m. at The Osceola County
School for the Arts
24 - Poetry Slam from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
St. Cloud High School – Senior Signs To Attend South Florida State College
Senior Grace Miller will be attending South Florida State College
in Avon Park, Florida, on a full running scholarship. She has been running cross country for three
years at St. Cloud High School. She moved from Kentucky after her freshman year
where she was home schooled. Coach McMullen
and Coach Harkema were walking through the office and saw Grace and her mother
registering in guidance. Coach
McMullen, the former cross country coach at St. Cloud, said to her
that she looked like a cross country runner and introduced her to Coach Harkema,
the cross country coach. It was history
from there. Grace became the fastest 5k
cross country runner St. Cloud has ever seen with a 19:01. She was the OBC Champion and regional runner-up.
TECO – Job Fair
The Job Fair, a free event offered to the community by TECO, is
open to all job seekers on Wednesday, May 20, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at
the Technical Education Center Osceola, located at 501 Simpson Road in
Kissimmee. Employers interested in participating should contact Christine Ramirez,
Placement and Follow-up, at 407-344-5080 ext. 15220.
TECO – CNA/HHA Program
TECO’s CNA/HHA Program can give you the skills you need to prepare
for the following employment opportunities: Rehabilitation facilities, long-term
care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, ambulatory surgery
centers, assisted living centers, home health agencies, adult day care centers,
Hospice agencies, and Granny Nanny agencies.
TECO – Financial Aid Hands-On Workshop
financial aid hands-on workshop will be offered at the TECO-Poinciana Campus at
1030 Cypress Parkway on Tuesday, May 5, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.