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April 18, 2014                     

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No Early Release On Three Wednesdays During FCAT Testing - April 16, April 23, and April 30, 2014

The Osceola County School District is planning ahead for the upcoming spring administration of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) by allowing students to have a full day of school on the Wednesdays when the test will be administered.  As such, parents should be advised that there will be no early release of students on the following Wednesdays:

  • April 16, 2014
  • April 23, 2014
  • April 30, 2014

Students will be dismissed from school those days as they normally would on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

The testing requires extended online assessments. "By lengthening the Wednesdays during testing, it allows more flexibility of the school-wide testing schedule. Schools will now have options to build in more opportunities for breaks between the different testing sessions to allow students to stretch, relax, and refocus," said Superintendent Melba Luciano.  "We want to provide every advantage to our students."

Parkway Middle School – International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Year Programme For 2014-2015

Parkway Middle School has received the honorable distinction of becoming the first middle school in Osceola County to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP). The application deadline for the 2014-2015 school year is May 4.  Student admission will be based on completed applications, as there are a limited number of seats for eligible students in the program.  Students currently attending Parkway Middle will not be displaced from the school; however, all students must submit a completed application to be considered for the program.  A student's grades, as well as his or her discipline and attendance records, are important considerations for acceptance into the MYP program at Parkway Middle.

Parkway's MYP provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers through inquiry-based learning. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world.  For further information about IB, visit http://www.ibo.org.

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.

Mark Your Calendars -- Kindergarten Roundup To Be Held At All Osceola Elementary Schools on May 15

It's time to register for kindergarten!  The Osceola School District will host Kindergarten Roundup on May 15, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at all public elementary schools for parents of children who will be at least five years old on or before September 1, 2014.  Incoming kindergartners and their parents are invited to drop by their school during this time to:

--pick up a school registration packet for the 2014/2015 school year;

 -meet teachers, principals, and other school staff;

--tour the school facility and learn about school procedures and programs; and

--find out ways to become involved at the school.

Parents unsure about what school their child will attend are encouraged to visit the district's website at www.osceola.k12.fl.us.  On the homepage, parents should select the tab under the Quick Links section titled Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  Select the link entitled What school will my child attend? and type in an address to view schools in a home's zoned attendance area.    Parents with enrollment or Kindergarten Roundup questions are encouraged to contact their individual school.

Osceola Virtual School will also be registering students beginning on May 15.  Parents can download and complete the paperwork for registration in advance at www.ovsk8.osceola.k12.fl.us and bring it to their school during the Kindergarten Roundup. For more information on Osceola Virtual School, please call 407-870-1445.

Osceola County School for the Arts – Jazz Band Featured on Access Osceola

Access Osceola recently spent a morning in the band room of the Osceola County School for the Arts videotaping a Jazz Band rehearsal and interviews.  They are producing a segment about the group that will air for an entire month. 

Watch the Osceola County School for the Arts Jazz Band, led by Director Miguel Alvarado, as they prepare for a competition in New York City this spring on this month’s edition of Kissimmee FYI on Bright House Channel 199, April 12 - May 15, from 7:00 a.m. – noon and 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

2014 Arts Alive Showcase, Scholarship Awards & 2014 Gaylord Palms Arts & Rookie Arts Teacher of the Year

The Poinciana High School Performing Arts Center will host for the 20th Annual ACE (Arts for Complete Education) Arts Alive! on April 23, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. This is a presentation of Osceola County's most talented performing and visual arts students who auditioned in February for the coveted positions.  High school seniors will be competing for an Education Foundation - Osceola County scholarship in the visual arts, dance, drama, instrumental, vocal and musical theatre, and technical theatre disciplines.  In addition, the 2014 Gaylord Palms Osceola County Arts and Rookie Arts Teacher of the Year will be announced.  The winners will be announced at the Arts Alive event and awarded a Gaylord Palms supreme prize package.

Tickets for this spectacular Arts Alive event can be purchased for $15.00/adults and $7.00/students. All proceeds benefit the Arts Alive Scholarship Fund.  For ticket information, please email Pattie Burdick at burdickp@osceola.k12.fl.us or call the Education Foundation at 407-935-3683.

“Inspiration” Art Show

The Osceola School Districtand Denn John Middle School,in partnership with the City of Kissimmee and A Gift for Teaching, presents "Inspiration,"an art showcurrently on exhibition at Kissimmee City Hall.

The two part exhibition is made up of acrylic paintings created by Denn John Middle School artstudents and inspired by Harbin, China Ice Artisans.  This exhibit was on display at Gaylord Palms Resorts during their ICE! event this year. The second part of the City Hall exhibition is comprised of a series of photographic images inspired by Georgia O'Keefe and taken by volunteer students MacKenzie and Christopher Kauffman.

Arts Moment

Lauren Bowen from the Osceola County School for the Arts will present an Arts Moment for the Kissimmee City Commissioners meeting on April 15.  Lauren will perform "For Good" from Wicked as an invitation for the City Commissioners to attend the upcoming Arts Alive event will be delivered.  Lauren has also been selected to perform for Arts Alive 2014.

The artwork selected for Arts Alive 2014 will move to Kissimmee City Hall and be on display for a couple of weeks starting April 24. 

Student Art Show

This year, the Rotary Club of Saint Cloud added a Student Art Show as part of their Spring Fling event held this past weekend. St. Cloud Rotarian Beverly Brizendine headed up the effort to put together the Student Art Show, obtaining highly-qualified judges and securing great sponsors for prizes to the winning artwork. Prizes included:

 -First Place - $50

 -Second place - $25

 -Third place - $10

The three winners in each category were sponsored by CenterState Bank of St. Cloud. A free kid's meal for each artist was sponsored by Crabby Bills.  Also presented was a free Orange Julius for each artist and art teacher sponsored by Dairy Queen.  Dairy Queen also gave each judge a free lunch. A free manicure for each participating art teacher was sponsored by Southern Elegance Salon and Spa in St. Cloud

Eight schools had student art on display, featuring artwork from kindergarten through high school. Judges for the contest included Marilyn Lovato and Carmen Gardell. Congratulations to the following Spring Fling Student Art Show Winners: 

 -First place - Heaven Zaya - Ventura Elementary

 -First place - Gavin Reno - St. Cloud Elementary

 -First place - MacKenzie Kauffman - Denn John Middle School

 -Second place - Brianna Cabrera - Bellalago Academy

 -Second place - Elizabeth Gould - Bellalago Academy

 -Second place - Jordan Thomas - Michigan Avenue Elementary

 -Third place - Giana Ranaudo - Lakeview Elementary

 -Third place - Brandon Singh - New Beginnings Educational Center

 -Third place - Jocelyn Huerta - Denn John Middle School

2014 Osceola County Student Art Exhibit

The 2014 Osceola County Student Art Exhibit will be held April 7 – May 2, 2014, at the Osceola Center for the Arts, located at 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Highway in Kissimmee.  An awards reception was held on Tuesday, April 8.

Bellalago Academy – Odyssey of the Mind

Bellalago Academy's Odyssey of the Mind team recently competed at both regional and state competitions.  This past Saturday, they qualified to represent Florida at the World Competition in May in Iowa.  A total of seven fifth grade students, plus two adult coaches, will be traveling to the World competition proudly representing the school and Osceola County.

Boggy Creek Elementary – 30th Anniversary Celebration

Superintendent Melba Luciano, along with district administrators and Osceola County School Board Members, assisted Principal Mary Ann Rodriguez in the celebration of Boggy Creek Elementary’s 30th year anniversary on Saturday, April 12. A time capsule will be buried at the school, and Principal Rodriguez presented a plaque to teachers Gabrielle Miller and Kathy Keffer who have taught at the school since its opening.

Flora Ridge Elementary – PTO/SAC Meeting

To learn more about what's going on at Flora Ridge Elementary, you are invited to attend the next PTO/SAC meeting on April 29. The PTO (Parent/ Teacher Organization) meeting will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. SAC (School Advisory Committee) is a team of people comprised of administrators, teachers, parents, and local business partners joining to help the school reach its goals. The SAC meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. right after the PTO meeting.

Highlands Elementary – Upcoming Events

 -April 14 - 18 - FCAT testing 

 -April 21- 24 - FCAT make-up  

 -April 18 - Second grade Gatorland trip

 -April 30 - Fourth grade St. Augustine trip

 -May 5 – 9 - Teacher Appreciation Week

 -May 8 - Fifth grade Legoland trip

 -May 23 - Elementary school competition of "Battle of the Books"

-May 30 - Third grade Legoland trip

-May 30 - Talent Show along with "The Little Mermaid" presentation by the Drama Club at 6:00 p.m.

Highlands Elementary - Title I Parent Resource Center Liaisons Available to All Parents

Karen Serrano, District Parent Resource Center Liaison, will be available on every first and third Thursday of every month from 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the main lobby of the school.

Highlands Elementary – PBS Store: Positive Behavior Store

Donations to the PBS Store at Highlands Elementary are always welcome. Students have an opportunity every day to earn "cowboy bucks" at school for excellent behavior and for making good choices.  Each staff at the school is given "cowboy bucks" to distribute to students to reinforce positive behavior support. Students cash in their "cowboy bucks" in the media center to purchase books or items in the computer lab. They can also use them to attend school events/activities.

Highlands Elementary – Pop Tab Recycling Program - Ronald McDonald House

Assist students at Highlands Elementary to be a community of learners by joining in their challenge to collect tabs from beverages and soda cans. By joining in on this mission, the collection of pop tabs will benefit the children and families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House locations in Orlando during their child's medical crisis and help teach student awareness.

Kissimmee Elementary School – Upcoming Events

 -May 13 - Fifth grade field trip to Sea World

 -May 19 - Fourth grade visit to historic St. Augustine

 -May 22 - Annual Student Talent Show at 6:00 p.m. 

 -June 5 - Fifth grade Promotion Ceremony by invitation only

Lakeview Elementary – Wins Pop Tab Contest for Osceola County

Lakeview Elementary won the WKMG Channel 6 Ronald McDonald House Pop Tab contest for Osceola County with 635 lbs. of tabs turned in.  Channel 6 will be on campus on Tuesday, April 22, to film a segment to be shown on the noon news. 

Lakeview Elementary – Earth Day Projects

Ms. Searles’ fifth grade students at Lakeview Elementary will be sharing their "recycle" material projects on Tuesday, April 22, and again on Wednesday, April 23, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lakeview Elementary – Talent Show Auditions

The time has finally come for Lakeview Elementary's annual Talent Show auditions.  The auditions will take place in the cafeteria on Wednesday, April 30, from 3:25 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 

Lakeview Elementary – Kindergarten Brevard Zoo

Mrs. Politano, Ms. Ratliff, Ms. Reilly, and Ms. O'Brien's students at Lakeview Elementary will be going on a field trip to the Brevard Zoo on Thursday, May 1, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Students will have hands-on experience with animals and their habitats.

Lakeview Elementary – Third Grade Lake X Field Trip

Mrs. Pedicone and Mrs. Torres third grade students at Lakeview Elementary will have the opportunity to experience a nature walk that involves learning about how organisms affect their environment, how organisms obtain and use food, and what are food chains. The field trip to Lake X is schedule for Thursday, May 1.

Mill Creek Elementary – Free Title 1 Parenting Center

Mill Creek Elementary’s free Title 1 Parenting Center will be closed for the rest of this school year.  Parents can return borrowed items in the front office.  

Mill Creek Elementary - Lifetouch Class Pictures

Mill Creek Elementary’s Lifetouch class pictures will be held on Tuesday, April 29, from 8:25 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. 

Partin Settlement Elementary – Book Fair

Partin Settlement Elementary will host a Book Fair from Friday, May 16, through Friday, May 23, from 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Wednesday hours will be 8:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. and on Friday, May 23, the hours will be shortened from 8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Partin Settlement Elementary – Lunch With Someone Grand

“Lunch With Someone Grand” with your child/grandchild at Partin Settlement Elementary will be as follows:

Kindergarten - Friday, May 16

First grade - Monday, May 19

Second grade - Tuesday, May 20

Third grade - Wednesday, May 21

Fourth grade – Thursday, May 22

Fifth grade - Friday, May 23

Parents/Grandparents who want to have lunch and take their child to the Book Fair must follow these procedures:

1. Write a note to the child’s teacher the day you plan to attend the Book Fair/lunch.

2. The person signing to eat with your student must be on their emergency contact form.

3. Parents who want to eat lunch must bring their own lunch. If you aren’t bringing your child’s lunch, be sure to inform the teacher so they will first send your child through the lunch line before sending them to the office.

4. You may take your child to the media center to eat lunch on a first-come, first-serve basis. If there is no room left to eat in the media center, you may eat outside or you may take your child to the Book Fair and then send your child back to the cafeteria to eat their lunch.

5. After you have had lunch and attended the Book Fair, you must sign your child back into school.

Partin Settlement Elementary - School Parent Survey 2013-2014

In an effort to improve system practices, Partin Settlement Elementary School is conducting a Parent Survey. School administration values your opinion and asks that you take the time to complete this survey by May 5, 2014. In order to complete the survey, please go to our http://www.pses.osceola.k12.us and click on Parent Survey. Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion and constructive feedback is appreciated.

Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts – Upcoming Events

April 18 - Chick-fil-a biscuits on sale from 7:50 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

April 25 - Chick-fil-a biscuits on sale from 7:50 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

May 2 - Last day to apply for admission to Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts for next school year

May 2 - Chick-fil-a biscuits on sale from 7:50 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

May 2 - Progress reports sent home

May 2 - Spring Carnival featuring Steel Drums & Dancers performing from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

May 8 - Spring Musical of "Willy Wonka, Jr." at 6:00 p.m. on the PAFA Stage

May 9 - Willy Wonka performance and dance performance at Pleasant Hill Elementary Fine Arts Festival

May 9 - Chick-fil-a biscuits on sale from 7:50 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

May 15 - Kindergarten Roundup at 4:30 p.m.

May 16 - Chick-fil-a biscuits on sale from 7:50 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

May 22 - Battle of the Books

May 23 - Chick-fil-a biscuits on sale from 7:50 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

May 26 - Memorial Day - teacher/student holiday

May 27 - PAFA Music Stars chorus performance at Downtown Disney at 1:30 p.m.

May 28 – End-of-the-year Awards Assemblies:

 -Second Grade - 9:25 a.m.

 -First Grade - 10:10 a.m.   

 -Third Grade - 10:55 a.m.  

 -Kindergarten - 12:10 p.m.

 -Fourth Grade - 12:55 p.m.

-Fifth Grade - 1:40 p.m.

May 29 - Field Day for grades 3-5

May 30 - Chick-fil-a Biscuits on sale from 7:50 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

May 30 - Field Day for prekindergarten – grade 2

June 2 - Fifth grade Promotion Ceremony at 2:00 p.m.

June 3 - VPK Promotion Ceremony featuring VPK violinists and dancers performing at 10:00 a.m. in music room

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 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.

Ventura Elementary – Upcoming Events

-April 15 - PTO/SAC meetings

-April 22 – “Tiger of the Month” ceremony

-April 16 - No Early-Release Wednesday

-April 17 - All-Pro Dad

-April 22 - 25 - FCAT testing

-April 23 - No Early-Release Wednesday

-April 28 - May 2 - FCAT testing

-April 29 - Spirit Night at Skate Reflections

-April 30 - No Early-Release Wednesday

-May 1 - Sunshine State Prize Party

-May 2 - Third grade field trip to the Environmental Center

-May 2 - Bookmark Buddies end-of-the-year Celebration

-May 6 - Science Olympiad at Boggy Creek

-May 7 - Field Day

-May 8 - Field Day

-May 8 - Third grade field trip to Animal Kingdom

-May 9 - Field Day

-May 9 - Fifth grade field trip to Sea World

-May 10 - Education in the Park

-May 12 - Kindergarten swimming lessons

-May 12 - Scholastic Spring Book Fair BOGO

-May 13 - Kindergarten swimming lessons

-May 13 - Scholastic Spring Book Fair BOGO

-May 14 - Kindergarten swimming lessons

-May 14 - Scholastic Spring Book Fair BOGO

-May 15 - Kindergarten swimming lessons

-May 15 - Scholastic Spring Book Fair BOGO

-May 15 - All-Pro Dad Breakfast

-May 15 - Math Olympiad at Highlands Elementary

-May 16 - Kindergarten swimming lessons

-May 16 - Scholastic Spring Book Fair BOGO

-May 16 - Renaissance Fair

-May 16 - Fourth and fifth grades end-of-the-year Dance

-May 20 - PTO/SAC meetings

-May 21 - Dance and Music School Show

-May 22 - Dance and Music School Show

-May 22 - Spirit Night Skate Reflections

-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

Westside K-8 – Carnival/Field Day Event  

Westside K-8 will hold a carnival and field day event on Tuesday, June 3.  There will be Moon Bounces, Zip Line, Carnival Games, Dunk Tank, Field Day events, and much more.  The cost will be five “Warrior Dollars” to go to the event.  Then, each game or concession will cost a certain number of “Warrior Dollars.”  Students are working extra hard to attend the event and enjoy the day.

Neptune Middle School – School Sports

 -April 22 – Black and Gold game team scrimmage at 3:00 p.m.

 -April 22 - Parent meeting at 4:30 p.m. after the scrimmage

 -April 23 - Practice from 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

 -April 25 – Game at 5:30 p.m. - PM Wells at OHS

 -April 28 –Game at 5:30 p.m. Home to Denn John

 -April 29 – Practice from 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 -April 30 – Game at 5:30 p.m. – Home to Parkway

 -May 1 – Practice from 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 -May 5 –Game at 5:30 p.m. - Away at Narcoossee 

 -May 6 -Tentative Practice

 -May 7 –Track Meet – no practice

 -May 8 – Game at 5:30 p.m. - home to Harmony         

 -May 12 – Game at 5:30 p.m. - away at St. Cloud

 -May 15 - PW Wells plays Harmony at the Neptune fields at 5:30 p.m.

 -May 19 – Playoffs - Semi-Finals TBD

 -May 22 – Championship at OHS at 6:00 p.m.              

New Beginnings - Believe to Achieve 

A Parent Community Resource Center is available for parents to come out and learn how they can help their child at home with effective academic strategies in reading, writing, and math. The Parent Community Resource Center is open on May 12. 

New Beginnings – Celebrates National Library/Media Month 

"Reading a Book of Choice" is what students, parents, and staff are doing during the week of April 14 - 20 in honor of celebrating National Library/Media month in April.  Students are excited to pick books from various genres.  New Beginnings is trying to encourage all to pick up a book and just read for the enjoyment of reading.

Zenith School - Grad Bash 2014

This year, the graduating senior class at Zenith will be going to Universal Studios.  The bus will leave from the Zenith parking lot on Friday, May 2, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. and return to the Zenith parking lot at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.  The tickets are $70.00 dollars.  Students and staff attending the field trip are required to ride the bus. For more information about the senior field trip, contact Ms. McCulley at 407-846-3976.

Zenith School - Senior Graduation 2014

Zenith’s graduation ceremony for the 2014 school year will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Osceola Heritage Park Arena at 9:00 a.m.  Students attending the graduation ceremony must meet all of the graduation requirements.  For more information, contact Mrs. Phillips at 407-846-3976.

Zenith School - American College Test

The next American College Test (ACT) will be given on June 14, 2014.  The registration deadline is for this test is May 8, 2014.  Students interested in taking this test will need to pay $36.50 to register.  For more information about the ACT, contact Mrs. Howard at 407-846-3976.

Celebration High School – Video Game Tournament

Celebration High School’s National Honor Society will be hosting a Video Game Tournament on Friday, April 18, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. 

Celebration High School – Florida Vocal and Ensemble Festival

This past Friday, two Celebration High School choral students participated in the Florida Vocal Association (FVA) State Solo and Ensemble Festival. This represents the first time ever the Celebration High Choral/Vocal program has had students qualify for a State FVA event.  Zoe Rosas received a rating of Excellent on her vocal solo, only missing Superior by 1 point.  Amanda Laracuente, a sophomore, received a Superior rating and state medal.

Celebration High School – Off-Book Productions

The last production for the year presented by Off-Book Productions at Celebration High will be in the Randall Johnson Theatre starting April 25.  Boeing Boeing is a French comedy written by Marc Camoletti and directed by Celebration High School senior Luis Landa.  Tickets are $8.00 at the door.

Show times are:

 -April 25 at 7:00 p.m.

 -April 26 at 7:00 p.m.

 -April 27 at 3:00 p.m.

Gateway High School – Upcoming Events

 -April 17 - SNHS Induction from 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the cafeteria

 -April 17 - Spring play theater performance from 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 -April 18 - Spring play theater performance from 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

 -April 19 - Spring play theater performance from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

 -April 26 - Grad Bash from 5:00 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. at Universal Studios

 -April 29 - GHS Spirit Night from 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Zaxby's Chicken

 -May 03 - Prom “Cotton Club” from 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. at Embassy Suites

 -May 31 - Senior Class Graduation from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Park

Gateway High School – Career Development

--Last SAT date is June 7 -- deadline to register is May 6.

--Last ACT test is June 14 -- deadline to sign up is May 9.

--Financial Aid Night will be on April 17 at Robert Guevara Community Center (BVL) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Snacks, babysitting, and translators will be provided.

--The latest scholarships can be found at www.studentscholarships.org/2014scholarships.php

--The Osceola County Medical Pipeline Health Careers Experience one-day field trip will take place on June 11 (All Grades). Application deadline is April 24, 2014.

--The Medical Pipeline Health Leaders Summer Academy (Only for students who will be a Junior in the fall) is July 7-July 11, and week 2 is July 14-18. Applications are due by April 24.

A five-day free residential camp presented by UCF College of Medicine will be held June 22 - June 26. Applications are due by April 30.

Gateway High School – Upcoming Events

Saturday Free Tutoring on Saturday, April 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for FCAT Reading, ACT/SAT, US History EOC, and Algebra I EOC Title One Parent Workshop entitled "Understanding FCAT/EOC Scores" on Saturday, April 19, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Building 26.  All parents welcome to attend while students are in tutoring. Light refreshments will be provided.

Liberty High School – Upcoming Events

-April 14-16 - Class Ring delivery during all lunches

-April 15 - SAC meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the media center

-April 22 - Financial Aid Night in the media center from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

-April 23 - Student chess tournament in the media center

-April 24 - Herff Jones cap and gown delivery during all lunch periods

-April 24 - Junior Class Assembly for Senior portrait information

-April 28 - May 2 - Voter registration for students 16 years of age during all lunch periods

-May 3 - SAT testing

Liberty High School – Spring Musical Information

Liberty High’s Spring Musical “Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical” performance dates are May 3-4 and May 9-11.  Reserve your seats online at www.seatyourself.biz/libertytheatre.

Osceola High School – Family Night

McDonald's of Kissimmee, located at 719 West Vine Street, has partnered up with Osceola High School to celebrate McKowboy Night on Thursday, April 17.  A portion of the sales generated between 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. will be donated to Osceola High School.  A french fry-eating contest and milkshake-drinking contest are being planned with surprise guests manning the front counter.  Kowboy Jake will make an appearance with the Osceola High School Band.  All are welcome.

Osceola High School – Student Recognition

On March 12, 2014, Osceola High School Senior Bahlandra Williams was honored at the Heart of Florida United Way Women's Leadership Luncheon held at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando as the Osceola County winner in the "Freedom Writers" essay contest. Escorted to the event by OHS Career Specialist, Jean Johnston, Bahlandra was given the opportunity to meet and talk with Erin Gruwell, author of "The Freedom Writers Diary", who was the keynote speaker for the event. (photo available -- please reply to email to request)

PATHS – Speech and Debate Awards

PATHS’ Speech and Debate Team competed last week in the Central Florida Speech and Debate Initiative Semi-Final Round at Timber Creek High School.  Congratulations to Jesena Perez, who placed as an alternate in Declamation; Jake Rojas and Connor Strickland who placed as alternates in Duo Interpretation; and Nicole Hallman who placed first in Original Oratory.  Nicole will now compete in the championship round at the Amway Arena this week. The students are coached by Ms. Peggy Brickman.

PATHS – 2014 Yearbook Special Price

PATHS yearbook special! On April 18, students may purchase yearbooks for $45.00, a $10.00 discount.

PATHS – 2013-14 Yearbook Special Until April 18

Yearbook Special! Any student who purchases a 2014 Patriot Yearbook until April 18 will be entered into a drawing to win two free theater tickets in downtown St. Cloud.  Two drawings will occur on April 21. Yearbooks cost $55.00; less than 90 remain. 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.

PATHS – Prom Tickets

Prom tickets for PATHS are now on sale.  The cost is $80 per person or $150 per couple.  Prom permission slips are on the front desk at PATHS.  Permission slips must be approved and brought to the bookstore in order to purchase a ticket.

PATHS – SAC Meeting

The next SAC meeting at PATHS will take place on Tuesday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the PATHS/TECO cafeteria. All students, parents, staff, and interested community members are welcome to attend.  

St. Cloud High School – Weightlifting Competition

On April 10, the St. Cloud High School boys’ weightlifting team had one of its greatest performances in recent years at a state qualifier competition.  Four student lifters qualified outright for the state championship meet in two weeks.  Others might qualify as well once other district results come in.  St. Cloud had the most qualifiers out of all 15 schools.  The following lifters qualified for the state meet:

--129lb Sheldon McInnis:  Tied a 32-year-old school record with a double bodyweight 260lb bench and had a 230 clean and jerk for a staggering 490 total for the win in his weight class.

--139lb Michael Fagan:  Clean and jerked 235lbs on his way to an easy win in his weight class.

--154lb T.J. Whitley:  Bench pressed 290lbs and barely missed a double bodyweight bench at 300lbs.  He dominated his weight class, winning by 30lbs in a loaded weight class.

--169lb Kaylin Alvarez:  He was losing by 40lbs after the bench press but came back with an extraordinary clean and jerk of 275 to win his class by 15 pounds.

St. Cloud High School – Upcoming Events

 -April 21 - SAC meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the media center

 -April 21 - Athletic Boosters meeting at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria

 -April 22 – Girls’ soccer banquet at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria

 -April 24 - Chorus concert at 9:00 p.m. in the auditorium

 -April 25 Grad Bash at Universal Studios from 7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

ALCO – Annual Job Fair

Adult Learning Center Osceola (ALCO) will be hosting its annual Job Fair on Wednesday, May 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Every year, 15 - 20 local employers participate and hundreds of job seekers attend.  ALCO is looking for companies to participate free of charge. 

 ALCO –Online Training Academy

Can’t make it to ALCO’s 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 – 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. 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 – Traffic School

Adult Learning Center Osceola also offers Traffic Safety and Driver Improvement courses.  The online courses are now available, and classroom courses will be coming soon.  The following courses are now available online:

Four-Hour Basic Driver Improvement (BDI)—$24.99

Take this class if you have received a traffic citation that allows you to attend traffic school to reduce or remove traffic points. This class can also be taken for auto insurance discounts with certain insurance providers. Please feel free to log on and off as many times as necessary to complete the four-hour course.

Eight-Hour Intermediate Driver Improvement Course (IDI)—$59.99

Several counties in Florida allow motorists to attend traffic school twice in one year. For individuals who have been granted this opportunity, ALCO is pleased to offer an eight-hour Intermediate Driver Improvement course. In certain other cases, drivers may be ordered to attend this class by a judge or the courts. Check your court papers to confirm that this is the class you need.

12-Hour Advanced Driver Improvement Course (ADI)—$89.99

Drivers who have had their license suspended under the point system must enroll in this course to reinstate their driver's license. Or, you may have been ordered by a judge to take this course. To register for these courses, go online to alco.osceola.k12.fl.us and click on the Traffic School tab at the top of the page.