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February 20, 2015            

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School Board Chairman Tim Weisheyer and Osceola County Chairman Brandon Arrington To Hold District 3 Community Update

Osceola County School Board Chairman Tim Weisheyer and Osceola County Chairman Brandon Arrington will hold a District 3 Community Update on February 23, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Poinciana High School, located at 2300 S. Poinciana Boulevard.  Parents and community residents are invited and encouraged to attend to hear updates on educational and community issues.

Also scheduled to present will be:

--Representative Mike LaRosa, Florida House of Representatives;
--Representative John Cortes, Florida House of Representatives; and
--Senator Darren Soto, Florida Senate.

Translation services in Spanish and light refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact the Osceola School District at 407-870-4007 or Osceola County at 407-742-0100.

Osceola School District To Hold Voluntary Prekindergarten Registration Roundups

Osceola County parents with a child who will be four years old by September 1, 2015, are invited to register him or her for the Osceola School District's 2015-2016 Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK).  The Osceola Center for Early Learning will host a series of VPK Registration Roundups.

Parents must first start by getting a Certificate of Eligibility by logging on to https://vpkcp.floridaearlylearning.com.  Parents are then asked to choose a prekindergarten school site, and attend the Roundup for that school:

--Central Avenue Elementary Zone - February 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Roundup Location: Osceola Center for Early Learning (located at 1200 Vermont Ave. in St. Cloud)

Schools: Central Avenue Elementary and Chambers Park Community Center

**To register for these two locations, a child must be zoned for Central Avenue Elementary and you must bring your child with you to register.

--Kissimmmee Area Roundup - February 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Roundup Location: Osceola Center for Early Learning (located at 1200 Vermont Ave. in St. Cloud)

Schools: Boggy Creek Elementary, Cypress Elementary, Highlands Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, and Ventura Elementary

--Poinciana Area Roundup - February 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Roundup Location: Osceola Center for Early Learning (located at 1200 Vermont Ave. in St. Cloud)

Schools:Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering, Deerwood Elementary, Koa Elementary, Liberty High, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts, and Reedy Creek Elementary

Parents will need to bring the following documents to the Roundup:

--Certificate of Eligibility

--Completed Registration Form which can be printed at http://www.osceola.k12.fl.us/StudentRegistrationInformation.asp

--Parent's photo ID

--Child's original birth certificate (no photocopies will be accepted)

--Physical Exam paperwork dated on or after 8/24/2014

--Florida Certification of Immunization

--Proof of address with parent's name and address on it.  Must have two different documents from the list below (two can not be from same category):

              Category 1: mortgage, real estate tax bill, or current signed lease

              Category 2: current utility bill, 2014 W2, or current government benefits letter

For questions regarding the VPK Roundups, please contact 407-870-4911.

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:

  • April 15, 2015
  • April 22, 2015
  • April 29, 2015

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."

February Designated As Career and Technical Education Month

In recognition of National Career and Technical Education Month, Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed February 2015 as "Career and Technical Education Month" throughout Florida.  This was done in order to highlight the successful collaborative efforts of career and technical educators, businesses, and industries in stimulating the growth and vitality of local economies by preparing graduates for careers that are forecasted to experience the largest and fastest growth in the next decade. As the workers of tomorrow are in classrooms today, career and technical education programs provide students with a strong school-to-careers connection as they learn new skills and gain advanced workforce training.

The Osceola School District has Career and Technical programs in all high schools.  Strategic partnerships with local businesses in Osceola County and across Central Florida have been formed to provide students with internship and career opportunities that lead to high-wage and high demand jobs. With a focus on student success, a strong career pathway has been established in conjunction with Valencia College, and the district is working to align program offerings with employers' needs in conjunction with Career Source Central Florida.

Harmony High School – Students Participate in Livestock Show

Harmony High School students will once again make up the largest group of exhibitors in this year's Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show and Fair that began Friday, February 13, and will continue through Sunday, February 22, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. The event is one of the leading county fairs in the State of Florida, and it is the largest annual event in Osceola County. The Osceola County Fair showcases Osceola County's agriculture through 4-H and FFA programs. Harmony High School students will be participating in a variety of exhibits and events. FFA members will participate in Market Goat Show, Youth Hog Show, Citrus Show, Market Lamb and Steer Show, and Livestock Judging to mention a few. Harmony High School will also have representation in the Exhibit Hall with participants in Art, Family and Consumer Science, and Table Place Setting. Students from Harmony High School are also serving as Fair Ambassadors.

ALCO/TECO – Open House at Poinciana Campus

New Programs, New Locations . . . New Opportunities

The Technical Educational Center Osceola (TECO) and Adult Learning Center Osceola (ALCO) will be holding an Open House on Saturday, March 14, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  The Open House will showcase a variety of post-secondary training programs that are available to adults.  There will be campus tours and meet and greets with the instructors.

Location:
1030 Cypress Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34759

Programs Offered:

TECO:  Administrative Specialist, Legal & Medical Administrative Specialist, Medical Coder and Biller, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, and Medical Assisting​

ALCO:  Adult Basic Education, GED®, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) - day and evening classes

Central Florida residents are invited to this free event to learn about expanding their skill level or preparing for employment in today’s highly-competitive workplace. TECO and ALCO, adult education schools within the Osceola School District, both offer training programs to adults which incorporate the career skills that are in demand in our society. Additional information can be found at teco.osceola.k12.fl.us and alco.osceola.k12.fl.us.

ALCO – Annual Job Fair on Wednesday, March 11

Adult Learning Center Osceola (ALCO) will be hosting its annual Job Fair on Wednesday, March 11, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  The job fair will be a service provided by ALCO to the community. Hundreds of job seekers have attended previous job fairs. Companies such as Sea World, Lowe's, Hilton, The School District of Osceola County, and New York Life will be present.  In addition, TECO, Valencia College, and the Osceola County Library System will be available to offer information on educational programs.  

Bellalago Academy – Upcoming Events

 -February 20 - Cheer Camp from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 -March 9 - SAC meeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Central Avenue Elementary - Title I Parent Resource Center Liaison

Karen Serrano, District Parent Resource Liaison, will be available to parents at Central Avenue Elementary on every first and third Tuesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Central Avenue Elementary - OASIS School Volunteers

Central Avenue Elementary encourages anyone interested in volunteering in any of these following categories at the school to please visit caes.osceola.k12.fl.us, click on website links then parent, and complete an online OASIS school volunteer application: serving as a class volunteer, becoming a member of PTO/SAC, assisting in the office/health, attending field trips/school activities, becoming a Bookmark Buddy, or volunteering as a Media Center helper. Whether you are new or a returning volunteer, everyone must complete an online application.

Central Avenue Elementary SAC/PTO Meetings

Central Avenue Elementary’s monthly SAC/PTO meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 3, starting at 3:00 p.m. in the media center.  All parents and business partners are encouraged to attend.  The PTO meeting will follow directly afterwards. Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month. 

Central Avenue Elementary – Upcoming Events

 -March 2 and 3 - Fourth and fifth grade FSA ELA Writing Exams

 -March 18 - Title I Family Science and Mystery Night

Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering – Upcoming Events

 -February 20 - No school - Rodeo Day

 -February 23 - CELLA testing begins for ELL students

 -February 25 - CELLA one-on-one testing for ELL students

 -February 27 - Second grade Hat Day fundraiser

Flora Ridge Elementary – Food Drive

Flora Ridge Elementary’s staff/students are collecting canned goods all week. Help support families in transition across Osceola County by donating a non-perishable item.

Flora Ridge Elementary – Volunteers

Flora Ridge Elementary would like to say "thank you" to all of its volunteers that help out in any way they can. The school’s volunteers are made up of parents and teachers whom are an important part of the school.  It is because of their dedication that the school is able to offer after-school clubs and so much more. If you would like to learn how to become a volunteer, please contact Mrs. Garcia at 407-933-3999.

Hickory Tree Elementary – Upcoming Events

 - February 26 - Dress Down Day

 - March 5 - Nachos and Numbers

Highlands Elementary – Upcoming Events

-February 20 - Rodeo Day

-February 24 – Pre-Kindergarten Round-Up at Ross E. Jeffries from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

-February 24 - Second "Reading" Parent Training at 2:40 p.m.

-March 13 - LifeTouch class and spring pictures

-March 14 - OASIS Appreciation Day at Wild Florida

-March 18 - SAC meeting

-March 19 - "Pajama Day" $1 fundraiser

-March 23-27 - Spring Break (teacher/student holiday)

-April 3 - Second grade field trip to Orlando Science Center

-April 14 - Fourth grade trip to St. Augustine, FL

-April 15 - SAC meeting at 7:45 a.m. - Horace Mann presents "Crystal Apple Award"

-April 17 - Third grade trip to Legoland

-April 18 - Education in the Park

-April 20 - First grade trip to Green Meadows Farm

-May 4 – 8 - Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

Kissimmee Elementary – Upcoming Events

-February 1-27 - Pasta for Pennies fundraiser

-February 25- National Louis Educational Leadership Information Session

-March 2 - Grade 4 state writing test

-March 3 - Grade 5 state writing test

-March 11 - SAC meeting

-March 17 - Wear green - Uniform Free Day (4th grade fundraiser)

-March 18 - National Louis Educational Leadership Information Session

-March 20 - Last Day of 3rd Quarter

-March 23 – 30 - Spring Break (No school for students)

Koa Elementary - Upcoming Events

 -March 4 – 24 - Online Book Fair

 -March 9 – 13 - Spring Book Fair

 -March 10 - Family Night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 -March 12 - PTO/SAC Coffee Chat from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 -March 13 - Digital Learning Day

Lakeview Elementary – Environmental Center

Lakeview Elementary's fifth graders will be going on a field trip to the Environmental Center. The students will be learning about what acid rain is and its impact on the environment.

Michigan Avenue Elementary – iMom Breakfast

Mothers of Michigan Avenue Elementary are invited to enjoy a breakfast with their children on Wednesday, February 19, at 7:30 a.m. as they participate in enrichment activities. This bi-monthly breakfast tradition has become a favorite with mothers as they spend quality time with their children.

Michigan Avenue Elementary – Bookmark Buddies Mentoring Program

Michigan Avenue Elementary needs volunteers to help third grade students improve their reading skills.

No prior tutoring experience is necessary, and all materials will be provided. Mentors meet once a week, one-on-one, with a third grade student who needs extra help to become a successful reader and lifelong learner.

Michigan Avenue Elementary - PTO Family Game Night

Michigan Avenue Elementary’s PTO will be hosting a Family Game Night on February 25 at 6:00 p.m. This fun-filled evening of Bingo and prizes will also include pizza and drinks.

Mill Creek Elementary – Volunteer Opportunities

Mill Creek Elementary’s most valuable resources and assets are its volunteers; they give the best gift - themselves.  The school is looking for volunteers to help students in the classrooms, to serve as Bookmark Buddies, to read to students, to work with ESOL students if bilingual, and in other volunteer capacities. Interested individuals can log on to http://www.osceola.k12.fl.us/dept/OASIS/OASIS.asp to register as a new school volunteer or as a returning volunteer.  If you don't have a computer at home, please feel free to come to Mill Creek Elementary and someone will assist you with the online registration.

Mill Creek Elementary - Box Tops For Education and Labels For Education

Mill Creek Elementary is collecting Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education to help raise money for the school.  Box Tops can be found on everyday items, such as fruit snacks, cereal boxes, and more.

Labels for Education can be found on Campbell's Soup products.  Students will receive prizes from the PTO for their Box Tops and Labels for Education.  They can be dropped off at the front office or mailed to Mill Creek Elementary, 1700 Mill Slough Road, Kissimmee, FL  34746.

Mill Creek Elementary - Wendy's Jr. Frosty Key Tag Fundraiser

Mill Creek Elementary is selling Wendy's Jr. Frosty key tags for $1.00 for a free Wendy's Jr. Frosty per transaction, per visit with any purchase.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the key tags will go to Mill Creek Elementary School. 

Mill Creek Elementary - Computer Labs Open Before School

Mill Creek Elementary’s computer labs are open daily before school from 7:40 a.m. - 8:05 a.m. for students to work on ThinkCentral, MobyMax, KidBiz, and Ticket to Read.

Mill Creek Elementary - Pasta For Pennies

Pasta For Pennies benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society campaign will end February 27.  With the help of Mill Creek students and parents, the school will be instrumental in raising funds for the research of therapies that save lives every day.  During the program, students will collect money to support LLS's mission to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.  Students will learn about service, leadership, and philanthropy and how they can change patients' lives. Mill Creek Elementary’s total thus far is $1,527.92, with another week of the campaign left.

Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts – Upcoming Events

Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts will hold its monthly SAC meeting on Thursday, February 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the media center.

The Title I Talent Show will be held on Wednesday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria/auditorium.

Title I Mathapalooza will be held on Wednesday, March 18, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The event will provide math games and competitions, door prizes, and a light supper.

Chick-Fil-A is on campus every Friday morning selling their famous chicken biscuits. The biscuits are $3.00 for one and $5.00 for two. This is a school fundraiser so pick up biscuits for your whole family this Friday.

Ventura Elementary – Upcoming Events

February 20 - No school - Rodeo Day

February 24 - Jump rope practice from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

February 28 - Tiger of the Month Ceremony at 8:30 a.m.

March 2 - Environmental Center field trip for second grade

March 2 - FSA Writing Assessment for fourth grade

March 3 - Environmental Center field trip for second grade

March 3 - FSA Writing Assessment for fifth grade

March 3 - Jump rope practice

March 5 - Environmental Center field trip for second grade

March 5 - iMom Breakfast at 7:00 a.m.

March 6 - Environmental Center field trip for second grade

March 10 - Jump rope practice

March 12 - All Pro Dad at 7:00 a.m.

March 13 - PBS Movie Night at 6:00 p.m.

March 17 - Sunshine State Readers Prize Party

March 17 - PTO/SAC meeting at 3:30 p.m.

March 17 - Jump rope practice

March 20 - Picture Day

Denn John Middle School –

 -March 3 - SAC meeting from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the media center

 -March 11 – AVID Washington, DC, Informational Parent Meeting

 -March 12 - DJMS PI Night from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 -March 19 - AVID Florida Atlantic University field trip

Discovery Intermediate – Champion of Choice Speaker Visits

Former WWE and WCW Wrestling Champion Marc Mero visited Discovery Intermediate School to speak to eighth grade students and staff. He encouraged students to work harder at school and go after their dreams and goals.

Mr. Mero, through the nonprofit organization he founded called Champion of Choices, shared his powerful story of tragedy and triumph and spoke candidly about where his good and bad choices took him. His anti-bullying, substance abuse, and suicide prevention message reached out to students during a dynamic stage production.

Today's presentation was brought to Discovery Intermediate School at no cost to the school thanks to the generous support of Living Water Fellowship and other local business sponsors. 

Additional information on Champion of Choices is available at http://www.thinkpoz.org/schools/

Horizon Middle School – Upcoming Events

-February 25 - TSA State Conference at 9:00 a.m.

-February 28 - Eagles Writing Academy from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

-February 28 - Saturday School and Flying Higher Grade Recovery Tutoring from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

-March 16-20 - Book Fair

Kissimmee Middle School – Jags to Jordans

For the month of February, students at Kissimmee Middle will be competing to win a pair of Air Jordans by increasing their Lexile Level (LL) via TeenBiz. The student who increases their LL by the highest gain will choose their style of Jordans (one Grand Prize each grade level - several smaller prizes as well).  To qualify, students must complete a minimum of two articles per week at 80% or better for their score to be averaged.

Kissimmee Middle School – Student Events

Congratulations to the boys’ basketball team at Kissimmee Middle for defeating Denn John Middle School 37-36 on Tuesday night to advance to the County Championship game at Osceola High School vs. Neptune Middle on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Football game vs Four Corners at Gateway High School on February 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The ESE Department will be raising money in ode to Pi Day February 16 - March 12. The class who raises the most money will have an opportunity to pie in the face Principal Weeden, Ms. Davis, and Mr. Ryan.

Kissimmee Middle School – Reading/Writing Boot Camp

For three Saturdays in February, Kissimmee Middle students will attend a Boot Camp to focus on FSA Writing practice, as well as reading and test-taking strategies. Parents are invited to join in the post-session pizza party to support their students in preparation for state testing.

Kissimmee Middle School – Star Choice Award Incentives

In an effort to motivate students on the most recent STAR progress monitoring test, a 'placemat' is being offered to students as a reward. Students have to increase their reading and/or math scale score as measured by STAR by a minimum of 30 points to be considered for the award. Placemats allow students to 'choose their seat' at lunch, where otherwise tables are assigned.  Not only did Kissimmee Middle students increased by 30 points, the top 25 students in reading increased by 200 points or more and the top 25 students in math increased by 100 points or more. 

Kissimmee Middle School – Achievers Program

The YMCA is starting a Middle School Achievers (MAP) Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school at Kissimmee Middle.  The club will host student guest speakers from high schools, colleges and technical schools, as well as professionals from many different careers. By attending these meetings and participating in projects through the club, members of the MAP club will have the opportunity to go on high school and college tours, as well as a field trip to Sea World. All Kissimmee Middle students are welcome to join the MAP Club. 

Narcoossee Middle School – Upcoming Events

-February 20 – Rodeo Day/student holiday

-February 23 - Math Club at 3:45 p.m.

-February 23 - S.P.I.R.I.T. at 4:00 p.m.

-February 23 - Little League at 4:00 p.m.

-February 23 - K-1 Girl Scouts at Narcoossee Middle

-February 24 - S.P.I.R.I.T. at 4:00 p.m.

-February 24 - Little League at 4:00 p.m.

-February 25 - History Fair - All Day County Event

-February 25 - Little League at 4:00 p.m.

-February 26 - S.P.I.R.I.T. at 4:00 p.m.

-February 26 - Little League at 4:00 p.m.

-February 26 - Open band practice

-February 27 - PBS Popcorn/Icepops 10:00 a.m.

-February 27 - S.P.I.R.I.T. at 4:00 p.m.

-February 27 - Little League at 4:00 p.m.

-February 27 - Student/Faculty Basketball Game at 7:00 p.m.

-February 28 - Cheerleading Practice 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

-February 28 - AVID UCF Basketball Game 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Narcoossee Middle School – Honor Society Teams Up With PBS

The National Junior Honor Society at Narcoossee Middle is teaming up with PBS to collect supplies to send to our troops overseas.  From February 23-27, the homeroom that collects the most items will earn a pizza party.

Neptune Middle School – SMILES Service Learning

The SMILES service learning students at Neptune Middle School are coordinating the Pasta for Pennies event, presented by Olive Garden and benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. So far, the students have collected more than $1,600.00 towards their goal of $2,015.

More than 1,400 Neptune students are pooling together their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to raise money benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Spare change raised through Pasta for Pennies helps fund blood cancer research and provides much needed services and support to leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients and their families. Students will fill collection boxes in their homeroom classrooms with spare change over a two-week period. The top fundraising homeroom class will receive a pasta party from the Olive Garden restaurant at the Loop.

Neptune Middle School – Book Fair

Neptune’s library will be raising funds for new student materials starting Monday, February 23, through Friday, February 27.  The hours for the Book Fair are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., with special Parent Hours on Tuesday before the SAC meeting from 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Neptune Middle - Science Department News

Michelle Brooks, eighth grade science teacher at Neptune Middle, has been coaching science teams for the Explora-vision competition throughout the school year.  On Friday, February 13, she submitted five group projects for judging at the regional level.  Brooks will be notified on Friday, March 6, if groups will advance to the national level. The students involved could win $10,000 savings bonds, Toshiba tablets, and a trip to Washington D.C. among other things.

Congratulations to all the School Science Fair winners who participated at the District Science Fair competition: Brianna Roman, Linedy Hernandez, Bryan Tileston, Sydney Kochensparger, Abby Penderghest, Shayla Whaley, Jaden Hindle, Wilson Bohman, Alex Rivera, Cody Carter, Lilianna Jacobson, Alexander Miranda, Zachery Cloud, Darren McCleery,  and Frank Greller.

Parkway Middle School – Academic Saturday

All Parkway Middle students are eligible to attend Academic Saturdays for assistance with school work.  Students are to meet at the front office at 8:45 a.m., and students will be dismissed at 11:00 a.m.

Students will have access to computers and certified teachers.

Parkway Middle School - Morning Tutoring at Parkway   

Students can receive additional support in the content areas of Individuals & Societies, language arts, science, and mathematics Monday through Friday from 7:20 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. 

Parkway Middle School - Parent Portal Assistance

Parents may come to the front office to receive assistance with signing on to the new Parent Portal on

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., and on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. The portal will provide parents access to information about their student’s grades and assignments.

Parkway Middle School – Parent Information Night

Parent Information Night is an informational meeting regarding the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) testing platform and procedures for students. The meeting will be held at Parkway Middle School on Tuesday, February 24, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the media center.

An opportunity to have mini parent/teacher conferences for students will also be available on Tuesday, February 24, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., in the cafeteria.

Parkway Middle School – Spirit Night

Parkway Spirit Night will be held on February 24 at Five Guys Burgers on West Osceola Parkway from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Ten percent of all sales will go to the Pirate library.

St. Cloud Middle School – Upcoming Events

-February 24 - SAC meeting in the media center at 5:00 p.m.

New Beginnings – Upcoming Events

 -February 17 – 27 - Black History "Walking" museum

 -March 2 - Fourth grade ELA FSA Writing

 -March 3 - Fifth grade ELA FSA Writing

 -March 5 - Sixth - eighth grade ELA FSA Writing

 -March 6, 9, and 10 - High School 9-11 grade ELA FSA Writing

Zenith – Career Center

Juniors and seniors at Zenith will have the opportunity to take a field trip to Valencia College and TECO to explore career options after high school on March 3.

On March 4, TECO representatives will visit the Career Center to meet with students and accept potential students for their programs. 

All students interested in Valencia should continue to meet with the Valencia transition coach once a week to receive guidance in applying the college.  Financial aid information can also be discussed with the Valencia transition coach. 

On March 12 and March 19, the Career Source Agency will hold workshops on interviewing skills to help prepare students in pursuing their future career goals.

On March 17, the military career test, ASVAB, will be given for the second time for students interested in the armed forces. 

Zenith – School Advisory Council

Zenith’s School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5, in the media center at 2:30 p.m.  Parents, students, and staff members are welcome to attend the School Advisory Council. 

Zenith - Graduation

Zenith’s graduation ceremony for 2015 will be held at the Osceola Heritage Park Arena at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2015. All seniors should have received a graduation packet from Herff Jones on how to purchase their cap and gown along with other graduation items.

Zenith – Senior Grad Bash 2015

Grad Bash will be held at Universal Studios on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. Fundraisers are planned for March to help with transportation costs to the event. Seniors will be able to purchase tickets beginning the first week of March.

Celebration High School – Musical

Celebration High School’s musical "The Spelling Bee" will start Friday, February 20.  Can you spell hilarious?  Six quirky middle school students are in a spelling bee run by three equally quirky adults.  Aunique feature of the musical is that four audience members will be invited to compete in the spelling bee.  "The Spelling Bee" was nominated for six Tony Awards. Show times are 7:00 p.m. on February 20, 21, 27, and 28, and at 3:00 p.m. on February 22 and March 1. Tickets are $5.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door.

Celebration High School – Lacrosse Team

Last week, Celebration High School participated in its first boys’ lacrosse game in the history of the school. They lost to Windermere Prep, but the boys played a great game.  Many had never picked up a lacrosse stick before the start of the season.  The first goal of the school history goes to Hunter Atchoo, the second to Aiden Searcy.  

Celebration High School – Upcoming Events

 - February 23 – FAFSA at 5:00 p.m. in the media center

 - February 24 - Athletic Banquet at.9:00 a.m.

 - February 26 - State Trooper Driving Q & A at 11:00 a.m.

 - February 27 - Prom Fashion Show  

Gateway High School – Upcoming Events

February 19 - Panther Softball vs. Cloud (away)

February 19 - Panther JV Baseball vs. Harmony (home)

February 20 - Track and Field Meet at 8:00 a.m. (home)

February 23 - Panther Varsity Softball vs. Satellite at 9:00 a.m. (away)

February 23 - Panther Girls’ Tennis vs. Harmony at 3:00 p.m. (away)

February 24 - Panther JV Baseball vs. Osceola at 5:00 p.m. (away)

February 24 - Panther Softball vs. Freedom at 5:00 p.m. (home)

February 24 - Financial Aid Night at 6:00 p.m. (PAC)

February 24 - Panther Water Polo vs. Wekiva at 7:00 p.m. (Bob Makinson Aquatic Center)

February 25 - Teacher African Heritage Luncheon at 3:00 p.m. (Cafeteria)

February 26 - Panther Softball vs. Osceola at 5:00 p.m. (home)

February 26 - Panther Water Polo vs. Apopka at 7:00 p.m. (Bob Makinson Aquatic Center)

February 27 - Panther JV Baseball vs. Lake Nona at 4:15 p.m. (away)

February 27 - Panther Water Polo vs. Freedom at 7:00 p.m. (Bob Makinson Aquatic Center)

Gateway High School – Theatre Performances of "The Wiz"

Performances of “The Wiz” will be in the Performing Arts Center on the following days/times:

 -February 19 at 2:30 p.m.

 -February 20 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

 -February 21 at 7:30 p.m.

 -February 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors 55+. A $2.00 discount is offered if you bring a personal hygiene item as a donation.

Gateway High School – SAC Meeting

The next SAC meeting at Gateway High will be held on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the media center.  All parents, students, and business and community members are encouraged to attend.

Gateway High School – Science National Honor Society Service Projects

The Gateway High School Science National Honor Society students will be collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House as an on-going community service project.  Tab donations can be sent to Dr. Marty Norris at Gateway High School.

Students will also be collecting personal hygiene items to help Osceola County citizens who are in need. 

Gateway High School – After-School Tutoring

The Panther Success Program is an after-school tutoring program that provides students with additional support in reading (FSA and FCAT 2.0), Algebra 1/PERT, Geometry, Biology, Writing IMPACT, and lab time for the online course requirement.  The after-school program offers sessions for specific subjects on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  A snack is provided, as well as bus transportation to select stops. 

Harmony High School – Track and Field Facility

Multiple upgrades have been made to the Harmony High School track and field facility that will make it one of the best in Central Florida. The school track has been replaced with a new state-of-the-art surface that has a 12mm base mat with pigmented polyurethane and rubber structure spray.  This $195,000 project includes an additional long jump/triple jump, new concrete reinforced runways, protective field access mats, and a large logo placed near the north end of the end zone. Harmony will host the FHSAA regional meet later this spring.

Liberty High School – School Events.

 -February 23 - “Debate the Teachers” at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

 -February 24 - Black History Celebration at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium

 -February 26 - Chorus Pre-MPA Concert at 7:00 p.m.

 -February 28 - Spring Fling Dance from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria

Osceola High School – Upcoming Events

 -February 26 - McKowboy Night from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at McDonald’s at 719 West Vine Street

 -February 26 – 28 - Drama presentation “Playing Doctor” at 7:00 p.m.

 -February 27 - Drama presentation “Playing Doctor” at 2:00 p.m.

 -March 2 - Title I/SAC at 5:00 p.m.

TECO (Technical Education Center Osceola) – HLES Test Changes

Potential LPN students preparing for the HESI test, please note the following changes to the process for the HESI test: TECO will start allowing students to pay $50 and retake only what they have failed. New testers will still pay $55. Also, students will now be able to use a calculator for the math section.

TECO (Technical Education Center Osceola) St. Cloud – Cosmetology School

TECO’s new St. Cloud Cosmetology School is located at 2901 17th Street in Saint Cloud. The school hours are Mondays through Fridays from  9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  TECO Cosmetology services being offered and pricing is listed is as follows:

(All prices subject to change due to hair length, thickness, and product usage)

Hairstyling/Haircuts

Shampoo/roller set/style $6.00

Shampoo/blow dry/style $7.00

Shampoo/haircut $6.00

Shampoo/haircut/blow-dry $9.00

Shampoo only/no drying $2.00

Flat iron service/no shampoo $5.00

Shampoo/condition/blow dry/flat iron $9.00

Special occasion hair (up dos)   $18.00 and up

Children’s haircuts $5.00

Adult haircuts $6.00

Bang trim $2.00

Beard trim $3.00

Clipper cuts $6.00

Scalp treatments

Deep conditioner $3.00 (in addition to basic shampoo charge)

Sea breeze scalp treatment $2.00 (in addition to basic shampoo charge)

Chemical pricing:  Prices include style

(Prices are based on length, thickness and amount of product required.  Longer, thicker hair may be an additional charge. Haircut not included)

Permanent waves: includes styling

Basic permanent wave $18.00

Spiral permanent wave $30.00

Permanent wave requiring protein treatments $21.00

Texturizing service $30.00

Relaxers $25.00

Color:  includes styling

Permanent color $17.00

For appointments, call 407-870-1419

TECO (Technical Education Center Osceola) Poinciana – Open House

TECO offers certificates directly associated with expanding skill level or preparing individuals for entry-level employment in today’s highly competitive workplace.  ALCO is also here to provide English and GED Prep Classes.  Come join the TECO/ALCO Open House to get information and have a meet and greet with instructors.  If you sign up for the TABE or GAIN placement test, you will receive a free gift while supplies last.  Refreshments will be served.

TABE fee of $25 is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. at the Poinciana Campus and 10:00 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. at the Kissimmee Main Campus, and the GAIN Test is by appointment.

TECO classes start August 24, 2015, and ALCO registration is ongoing

ALCO – Conversational Spanish Classes Offered

ALCO has scheduled the following Spanish training classes for the spring 2015 semester:

Intermediate Conversational Spanish (Level II—PART A)

April 7-23 (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Early Registration Cost: $79 ($89 after March 31)

Intermediate Conversational Spanish (Level II—PART B)

April 28-May 14 (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Early Registration Cost: $79 ($89 after April 21)

These classes will be held at the main ALCO campus.  Registration for both classes is now open.  To register, contact ALCO at 407-518-8140or visit in person at 2320 New Beginnings Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744                                                              

Osceola School District employees are eligible to earn Professional Development inservice points for successful completion of these classes.

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, are 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.

Don’t miss this chance to turn one small step into your big opportunity in life. You’re almost there!  Come visit 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 – Conversational English Class Offered

ALCO’s Conversational English is a 12-hour class designed to improve English-speaking skills through small group discussion and pronunciation activities. It is designed for individuals whose second language is English, and who are advanced in their reading and writing skills but want to improve and practice their conversational skills.  The next class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 3 through March 19 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Cost of the class is $79 if you register by February 24. (Cost is $89 after February 24.) 

Register in person at the Adult Learning Center Osceola, 2320 New Beginnings Road in Kissimmee, or by phone at 407-518-8140, x29222.

ALCO – Test Proctoring Services Available

ALCO offers test proctoring services for adult students enrolled in internet-based college classes. The fee for this service is only $25.  Tests may be paper/pencil or online.  Students are encouraged to visit our website for more information at www.alco.osceola.k12.fl.us.