May 23, 2014
Latest School News
Superintendent Melba Luciano Kicks Off Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge By Handing Out 100,000 Free Books To Students
In an effort to build a consistent, year-round culture of reading throughout Osceola's school community, Superintendent Melba Luciano is challenging students to read 12 million minutes over the summer as part of Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge. To encourage students to read, she will be handing out 100,000 free books to students in kindergarten through third grade across the district on June 2, 2014.
"When school lets out in June each year, our students battle the 'Summer Slide' – the loss of academic skills when students are not in school," said Superintendent Luciano. "Research has proven that when children read over the summer, they return back to school in the fall at or above the reading levels they were at the end of the school year."
Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge is a fun and exciting program that is proven to keep students reading over the summer. This challenge has students log their reading minutes online in an effort to break the world record of reading, while also meeting the goal of reading 12 million minutes in Osceola County alone. Each student’s reading minutes will be combined for their school’s total reading minutes, and can be viewed real time on the Scholastic Summer Challenge website over the summer at http://www.scholastic.com/summer/. A mobile app can also be downloaded from the site where kids can log their reading minutes, and parents can track their students' reading and access expert reading tips. The top 20 schools across the nation with the most reading minutes will be listed in the 2014 Scholastic Book of World Records.
Last year, two Osceola schools ranked among the top 20 schools in the 2013 Scholastic Summer Challenge for reading minutes:
--Flora Ridge Elementary School -- 2,548,754 minutes read - Ranked #9
--Reedy Creek Elementary School -- 2,238,484 minutes read - Ranked #11
In addition, Osceola students met the Superintendent's Challenge of reading over 10 million minutes over the summer last year.
Parents and students are encouraged to visit the following sites for suggested summer reads:
-- Florida Department of Education's Summer Reading List at http://www.justreadfamilies.org/SummerReadingList.pdf
-- Just Read, Florida! at www.justreadflorida.com
TECO and ALCO Expand To Two New Locations In Poinciana and St. Cloud
The Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO) and Adult Learning Center Osceola (ALCO) are excited to announce the opening of two new locations beginning in August 2014. In addition to the main campuses on Simpson Road in Kissimmee, both schools will be expanding to include adult education centers in the Poinciana area and in the city of St. Cloud. The opening of these new campuses will provide many residents of Osceola County the convenience of attending classes closer to home. In addition, programs at the various locations are aligned with businesses and career opportunities in the same vicinity. This will allow students the opportunity to gain hands-on, real-world experiences by participating in job shadowing and externships as they complete their programs of study.
The Poinciana campus will be located at 1020 Cypress Parkway in Kissimmee, and will include the following day and evening TECO programs: Pharmacy Technician, Medical Coder & Biller, Medical Assisting (day classes only), and Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide/Phlebotomy. ALCO will also host Adult Basic Education, GED, and ESOL programs during the day and evening at the Poinciana location.
The St. Cloud campus will be located at 2901 17th Street in St. Cloud, and will include TECO courses during the day, as well as evening ALCO GED courses in the evening. The following TECO programs will be located in St. Cloud: Pharmacy Technician, Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting (day classes only), Cosmetology, and Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide/Phlebotomy (evening classes only).
In addition, high school students will now have the opportunity to dual enroll in TECO programs. Any student interested in signing up for Dual Enrollment at TECO must discuss the requirements with their high school Guidance Counselor and apply at their current school of attendance.
Registration for fall semester courses will begin on July 1, 2014. Registration and placement testing for all campus locations will be held at the Main campuses during the summer months. If you would like more information about the available courses, locations, or schedules, please contact TECO at 407-344-5080 or ALCO at 407-518-8140.
Enrollment In Osceola Virtual School Now Open
The School District of Osceola County prides itself on providing a variety of academic settings for students in an effort to reach its mission of “Education which inspires all to their highest potential.” As such, the school district established its Osceola Virtual School to provide students with another educational option to meet grade-level promotion, remediation, and high school graduation requirements.
Osceola Virtual School is a public school in Osceola County comprised of a K-8 instructional program and 6-12 instructional programs. Course curriculum can be selected from several content providers that service virtual school programs.
Enrollment in Osceola Virtual School for the 2014-2015 school year is now open, and will end on September 5, 2014. For more information on how to enroll your child, please contact Osceola Virtual School’s office at 407-870-1445 or visit www.ovss.osceola.k12.fl.us. The main office is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and representatives will be available to discuss with parents how this program may meet students’ needs.
Osceola School District's Prekindergarten Registration Begins
Osceola School District's prekindergarten registration has begun for the 2014-2015 school year. As spaces are limited and fill up quickly, parents are now encouraged to register for an appointment as soon as possible by logging on to the school district's website at www.osceola.k12.fl.us/depts/prek. A registration link can be found in the center of the page. Parents can choose between a half-day free instructional program for their child or a full-day program in some locations for a fee.
The Osceola School District's prekindergarten program is a dynamic learning environment that prepares four-year-old children to be successful in kindergarten. This success is achieved by the use of research-based literacy and math programs. Loving and safe learning environments are enriched by the use of computers and qualified, experienced instructors in every classroom. The fun, academically-enriched, and socially-interactive learning atmosphere helps each child reach their highest potential.
To qualify, students must live in Osceola County and be four years old by September 1, 2014. Transportation is not provided. Further information about the district's prekindergarten program may be obtained by calling 407-870-4911 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.
New Administrative Appointment
On May 20, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointment:
Matthew Phillips, Director of Elementary Curriculum
During his career, Matthew Phillips has held the following positions: Teacher for the Orange County Public School District (1996-2007); Assistant Principal at Neptune Elementary (2007-2010); Principal of Cypress Elementary (2010-2013); and Principal of Narcoossee Middle School (2013-present). He received his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. He is also near completion of his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.
Bellalago Academy – Drama Presentation
Bellalago Academy will present The Little Mermaid at Liberty High School on May 21, 22, and 23 at 6:30 p.m. VIP seating is $15.00, general seating is $10.00, and children under age of five are free. Come see a fantastic show presented by the school’s chorus department, directed by Mike Ortiz and sponsored by Bellalago PTO.
Bellalago Academy – Battle of the Books
Bellalago Academy Middle School Battle of the Books team will be competing on Thursday, May 22, at the First Christian Church in Kissimmee. Team members are Gracie Thaxton, Chelsea Washington, Noah Allen, Keith Resuena, and Yasmine Alli. Team coaches are Mrs. Michelle Kuhn and Mrs. Kate Mogensen.
Bellalago Academy Elementary Battle of the Books will take place on Friday, May 23, also at the First Christian Church in Kissimmee. Team members are Sebastian Cave, Sheer Briones, Alesha Aziz, Jagger Lomen, and Pierre Alexandre. Team coaches are Kim Taylor and Nicole Fraticelli.
Bellalago Academy – AVID
Bellalago’s AVID students in seventh grade went to the Orlando Hilton on International Drive, and were welcomed with great anticipation to an event that would change their perspective on opportunities outside of the four walls of a classroom. They were treated as a client looking for a venue for a luncheon. Twenty-five students were broken up into four groups, in which they participated in event planning, banquet services, food and beverage services, and food safety services and transport. The students did the work themselves. It was an amazing day; the students are still talking about the wonderful learning that took place.
Bellalago Academy – Water Safety
Bellalago’s kindergarten students will be learning water safety and swimming for the next two weeks. The PE Department has been working with students, and each class will be transported to Bellalago Isles for a 40 minute in-pool swim lesson. The students and teachers are excited about this very important skill they will be learning.
Bellalago Academy – Art Field Trip
Mrs. Haas, Art Director at Bellalago, will be taking 29 middle school art students to The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota for a very educational and unique trip. The students will see first-hand an extraordinary art collection.
Bellalago Academy – Book Fair
Bellalago’s media center is hosting a BOGO Book Fair. All items are buy-one, get-one free. The Book Fair is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Central Avenue Elementary – Upcoming Events
May 18 – 30 Kindergarten Safety Swimming at the Kissimmee YMCA
May 23 - Fifth grade Dress Up Day, first grade trip to Brevard Zoo, and third grade trip to Orlando Science Center
May 30 - PBS Swap-a-Top for $1
June 2 - Primary Field Day - Parent volunteers must be OASIS-approved
June 3- Intermediate Field Day- Parent volunteers must be OASIS-approved
June 5- Last day of classes for students, 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9 a.m., Report Cards
Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering – Upcoming Events
May 23 - Fifth grade field trip to Universal Studios
May 23 - Kindergarten Sight Word Party
May 26 - Memorial Day - student/teacher holiday
May 27 - Music concert from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
May 30 - Kindergarten Playtime is Science-Bubbles
June 4 - Fifth grade Promotion Ceremony at 6:00p.m.
June 5 - Last day of school for students
Flora Ridge Elementary – Upcoming Events
-May 27 - SAC/PTO meeting from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
-May 27 – 30 - Scholastic Book Fair open from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Highlands Elementary – Upcoming Events
-May 23 - Battle of the Books – elementary-division competition
-May 27 - Kindergarten Awards
-May 28 - Kindergarten Awards
-May 29 - First grade awards
-May 30 - First grade awards
-May 30 - Third grade field trip to Legoland
-May 30 - Talent Show and Little Mermaid Review at 6:00 p.m.
-June 2 - Second grade awards
-June 3 - Third grade awards
-June 4 - Fourth grade awards
–June 5 - Fifth grade awards/Last day for students
Lakeview Elementary – Reader's Theatre Presentation
Ms. Milazzo's fourth graders at Lakeview Elementary will present the Reader's Theatre version of “Blame It on The Wolf” for their moms on Friday, May 23, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The students have been practicing their fluency and using movements to make their story come to life.
Lakeview Elementary – Myths, Legends, & Fables
Lakeview Elementary's fourth grade students will be experiencing the Arts Enrichment Program "Myths, Legends & Fables” on Friday, May 23, at 1:45 p.m. The students will hear how a magic flute becomes the voice and storyteller of great myths, legends, and fables.
Lakeview Elementary – Florida Project Fair
Mrs. Coughlin's fourth grade students at Lakeview Elementary are working on their Florida history projects, and will be presenting them on Friday, May 23, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to come and view the projects and listen to the reports.
Lakeview Elementary – Field Trip
Lakeview's fifth graders will be going to Sea World on Friday, May 23. They will be exploring marine life and their environments.
Lakeview Elementary – PBS Activities
Lakeview students will be able to attend the Positive Behavior Support ice cream social on Tuesday, May 27. The students need to have earned 25 Splash tickets to attend.
PBS Game Day will be held on Thursday, May 29. The students earn Splash tickets throughout the year for being Respectful Responsible Problem Solvers. The PBS committee sponsors different events throughout the year that students can spend their Splash tickets on. The students will play outside games during Game Day. This is a great way to show students that being respectful, responsible problem solvers has its rewards. Kindergarten – second grade games will be held at 1:00 p.m., and third – fifth grades will be at 1:45 p.m.
Lakeview Elementary – Pre-K Fishing with Fathers
Lakeview's pre-K students will be hosting “Fishing with Fathers” on Tuesday, May 27, at 9:00 a.m. and again at 1:00 p.m. All fathers are welcome to attend. The students will be making fish costumes and singing fishing songs with dads. They will also be acting out a fishing trip with their fathers.
Mill Creek Elementary – Fifth Grade Annual Academy Awards Ceremony
Mill Creek Elementary’s fifth grade annual Academy Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 28. This year's theme is "Cultivating Creativity, Cooperation & Commitment." The ceremony will be held in the school’s Formal Dining Room at 6:00 p.m. Attire is formal/semi-formal. This event will be held in honor of the outstanding fifth grade students for perfect attendance at Mill Creek, A and A/B Honor Roll, Most Responsible, Leadership, Best All Around Student, Most A/R points in the entire school, and other special awards given by the block teachers.
Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts – Upcoming Events
May 23 - Chick-fil-A biscuits on sale from 7:50 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
May 23 - Second grade field trip to Legoland
May 26 - Memorial Day - teacher/student holiday
May 27 - PAFA Music Stars chorus performance at Downtown Disney at 1:30 p.m.
May 27 - First grade picnic
May 29 - Field day for grades 3-5
May 29 - First grade field trip to Orlando Science Center
May 30 - Chick-fil-A biscuits on sale from 7:50 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
May 30 - Field Day for grades preK- second grade
May 30 - Third grade field trip to Central Florida Zoo
June 2 - Fifth grade promotion ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on the PAFA stage
June 3 - VPK promotion ceremony featuring the PAFA VPK violinists at 10:00 a.m.
June 3 - Rock and Roll Dance Recital at 6:00 p.m.
June 4 - Kindergarten promotional ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. in the teachers’ classrooms
June 4 - Yearbook Sale and Signing Party during Essentials
June 5 – End-of-the-year Awards Assemblies:
-Second Grade - 9:05 a.m.
-First Grade - 10:45 a.m.
-Kindergarten - 11:40 a.m.
-Third Grade - 1:00 p.m.
-Fourth Grade - 1:50 p.m.
-Fifth Grade - 2:40 p.m.
June 5 - Last day of school for students - report cards go home
June 7 - PAFA Dance Stars performance at Downtown Disney at 8:30 p.m.
Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts – Yearbooks Now On Sale
This year's yearbooks for Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) are now on sale. They are $10.00 each, and are designed and produced by the students of the PAFA Graphic Design program. There will be a yearbook signing party on Wednesday, June 3, during the students' essentials time. Be sure to order your yearbook so that you have your own copy. They sold out last year before the party.
Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts – Chic-fil-a Biscuit Sale on Friday Mornings
Every Friday morning from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. there will be Chick-fil-a chicken biscuits on sale in front of Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts. The price is one biscuit for $3 or two for $5. This money is raising funds to help the school.
Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts –"Rock & Roll Recital"
The award-winning dance company at Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) will be presenting its "Rock & Roll" Dance Recital on June 3, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. on the PAFA Stage. Flowers will be on sale at the program for the students for $6.
Reedy Creek Elementary – Activities & Important Dates
--BOGO Book Fair until May 29
--PTO and SAC Meetings on May 29
--Fifth grade promotion ceremony at Poinciana High School at 10:00 a.m.
Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies – Upcoming Events
May 22 – McTeacher Night at McDonalds from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
May 23 – Field Day
May 29 – Second grade field trip to Sea World
Ventura Elementary – Upcoming Events
-May 23 - Dance and Music Parent Show
-May 26 - Memorial Day - No School
-May 27 - Kindergarten Swimming Lessons
-May 27 - Fourth grade field trip to Legoland
-May 27 - Tiger of the Month Ceremony
-May 28 - Kindergarten Swimming Lessons
-May 28 - PBS K/1 Movie Morning
-May 29 - Kindergarten Swimming Lessons
-May 29 - PBS 2/3 Movie Morning
-May 29 - First grade field trip to Orlando Science Center
-May 30 - Kindergarten Swimming Lessons
-May 30 - PBS 4/5 Movie Morning
-May 30 - Fourth grade field trip to Wild Florida
-May 30 - Music Performance Parent Show
-June 2 - Kindergarten swimming lessons
-June 2 - Fifth grade dodge ball Tournament Day #1
-June 3 - Fifth grade dodge ball Tournament Day #2
-June 3 - Pre-K Moving Up Celebrations
-June 3 - Dance Club Charity Concert
-June 4 - Fifth grade Moving Up Ceremony
-June 5 - Last day of school
Harmony Community School – Upcoming Events
-May 22 - First and second grade students will enjoy ice cream at 2:00 p.m. for their outstanding academic achievements.
New Beginnings – Book Giveaway
New Beginnings' students volunteered their time to decorate and man the school booth at Education in the Park on Saturday, May 10. High School students from art class created the beach theme "Relax this Summer and Read a Book.” The community visited the booth and enjoyed themes like: "Live" museum where you could see students dress from a character in a book; "Dive" in and get a FREE book at all grade levels K – 12; "Make your Heart Happy and Read a Book" where students made heart container sand art; and "Surf" your knowledge with reading strategies bookmarks and suggested summer reading lists. Over 400 books were given out that day.
Zenith School – Senior Breakfast
Zenith’s annual “Senior Breakfast” will take place on Wednesday, May 28, at 8:00 a.m. in the cafeteria. Seniors can enjoy a breakfast with their graduating class, and pick up their graduation caps/gowns and tickets during this time. For more information about graduation, please contact Mrs. Phillips at 407-846-3976.
Zenith - Graduation 2014
Zenith’s graduation ceremony for 2014 will be held at the Osceola Heritage Park Silver Spurs Arena on Thursday, May 29, at 9:00 a.m. Students will need to arrive at 7:00 a.m. with their cap and gown. Family and friends will NOT be allowed in the building at that time. The doors will open at 8:15 a.m. for family members. Listed below are the dress code procedures for graduates:
Black dress pants (no jeans) or skirt with white blouse or
Black dress (no shorter than knee length and no longer than graduation gown)
No strapless or low-cut dresses or blouses
Black dress Shoes (no tennis shoes, beach sandals, slippers, or high heels over two inches)
Black graduation cap, tassel and black graduation gown
Black dress pants (no jeans)
Collared white dress shirt
Solid black tie (no bow ties)
Black dress shoes (no tennis shoes, sandals, or slippers)
Black graduation cap, tassel, and black graduation gown
Zenith School - AXIS Middle School Graduation
The graduation ceremony for AXIS Middle School at Zenith will be held on Tuesday, June 3, in the school cafeteria from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Listed below is important information about the middle school graduation:
--Graduation gowns will be provided and must be returned after the graduation.
--Students must meet all of the graduation requirements by Friday, May 30, in order to participate in the ceremony.
--Students must be present for practice in order to participate in the ceremony.
--Students will receive five tickets, and all guests must have a ticket in order to gain entry into the ceremony.
--Students must meet the following dress code for graduation:
Black dress pant
Dress shirt with tie
Black dress shoes
Red gown (provided the day of the event)
Dresses no shorter than knee length
No strapless dresses or spaghetti straps
Black or silver dress shoes (no more than two inches)
Red gown (provided the day of the event)
For more information, contact Ms. Cooper at 407-846-3976.
Celebration High School – Sports
Congratulations to Celebration High School senior Jhonny Victor for signing his national letter of intent with the University of Florida, the number one track and field university in the nation. Jhonny reached his best jump this year at 6'10" during the St. Cloud Invitational in March.
Spring is in the air with the first spring football game vs. Cornerstone Academy on Friday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m.
Gateway High School – School News
Summer school registrations are now open:
Impact Lab – June 9 to June 26
Osceola and Florida Virtual School – June 9 to June 26
High School Success – June 9 to June 26
ACT Prep – June 9 to June 12
PERT Prep – June 16 to June 30
Impact Lab – July 1 to July 17
Impact Lab – July 1 to July 21
Algebra EOC Prep – July 7 to July 17
Math for High School Success – July 7 to July 24
-June 7 - Last SAT date
-June 14 - Last ACT test
The latest scholarships can be found at www.studentscholarships.org/2014scholarships.php
Liberty High School – Awards and End-of-Year Banquets
-May 25 - Band Awards Banquet at 6:00 p.m.
-May 27 - Theater Awards performance at 7:00 p.m.
-May 27 - Senior Top 20 Banquet at Solivita at 6:00 p.m.
-May 28 - Senior Awards Night at 6:00 p.m.
-May 29 - Parent Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
-May 30 – National Honor Society Induction ceremony at 6:00 p.m.
-May 31 - Girls Softball Banquet at 4:00 p.m.
-June 1 - Band Awards Banquet at 6:00 p.m.
-June 3 – Pre-K End-of-Year Celebration at 10:30 a.m.
-June 7 - SAT Testing
-June 11 - Diploma pick up for seniors from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Osceola High School – Scholarship Workshop
Osceola High School is pleased to present a two-part workshop on scholarship essay writing. The first workshop is Thursday, May 22, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Title I Parent Resource Center. Our team will help participants formulate their thoughts into well written essays. Essay writing for scholarships will continue long after the students depart from Osceola High School.
Part Two will review the essays and will be held on Tuesday, May 27, at 4:00 p.m.
PATHS – Upcoming Spirit Night
The Glocal Club at PATHS will receive 15% of sales on Thursday, May 29, at the McDonalds on 2575 Boggy Creek Rd. in Kissimmee from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
PATHS – 2013-14 Yearbooks on Sale
Only 20 yearbooks remain at PATHS; the cost for each is $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.
St. Cloud High School – Students Receive National Certification
St. Cloud High School would like to congratulate the following twelve students who passed a National Child Development Associate certification, which consisted of 480 hours of contact with children, four years of study in Early Childhood, passing a standardized test, and being observed by a Council representative from the CDA office, all at a cost of $425 each:
St. Cloud High School – Upcoming Events
-May 25 - Band fundraiser concert in the auditorium starting at 7:30 p.m.
-May 27 - Athletic Training Program Banquet in the cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
ALCO – Summer Session
ALCO will be offering Adult Basic Education, GED, and ESOL classes during a six-week summer session beginning on Tuesday, June 10. Registration is now open. Classes will be held according to the following schedule:
Day classes: June 10 – July 21, 2014
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Night classes: June 10 – July 17, 2014
Tuesday and Thursday
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
ALCO –Online Training Academy
Can’t make it to the ALCO campus to take a class? ALCO also offers over 300 instructor-led, online classes available through the ALCO Online Academy at www.ed2go.com/alco. New sessions begin monthly, and the next session starts on May 21. Each online course is six weeks in length, and the cost of most classes is $89.
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 this 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.