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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's 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.
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.
Parent Center At Ross Jeffries To House Multiple School District Departments
With the goal of housing many different district departments that serve students and families in one location, the Osceola School District will be opening the Parent Center at Ross Jeffries, located at 1200 Vermont Avenue in St. Cloud. The following departments are scheduled to move on the following dates:
Charter Schools and Educational Choices - Moving March 17 – 21
(Phone: 407-870-4847) Extended Day – Moved March 3 - 7 (Phone: 407-343-8780) OASIS - Moving March 17 – 21 (Phone: 407-870-4080) Osceola Virtual Schools - Moving March 17 – 21 (Phone: 407-870-1445) Special Programs – After Spring Break (Phone: 407-870-4934) Student Services - Moving March 17 – 21 (Phone: 407-870-4897)
In addition, the district office for the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program will be housed at the Parent Center. During the moving period, parents are encouraged to please call these departments before stopping by to determine the correct location.
In addition for added convenience for families, the school district has plans to open a satellite office on the west side of the county for parents to access VPK, Extended Day, and Student Services. It is anticipated that this satellite office, which will be open a few days each week, will be available to the public in early April.
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 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.
Financial Aid Assistance Available To Help Osceola Students Reach Their Dreams Of Higher Education There is money available for college! Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Seniors in high school and their parents who are looking to get financial help to attend college need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the federal government's instrument for calculating need-based financial aid and the official document used by every college and university to determine eligibility for federal student aid. The form must be completed by students and parents each year to apply for all types of federal, state, or college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, some scholarships, educational loans, and work programs. The FAFSA deadline is May 1, 2014, but students are encouraged to check with the institution they will be attending for their FAFSA deadline as it may be different.
Regular Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m., and Strategic Planning Workshop: 3:00 p.m.
Education in the Park is Osceola County's largest youth-oriented event. This year’s event will showcase displays by Osceola public, private, and charter schools. Parents, students, and community residents will also be able to enjoy school and professional entertainment, displays by other youth and educational organizations/agencies in the community, and a variety of free, fun-filled activities. For this year’s event, we will again be featuring Radio Disney for exceptional entertainment and The Food Truck Bazaar for “Fabulous Eats."
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