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District announces new communication team strategies

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 11:47 am

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Osceola County School District officials announced the new communication strategies that are being put into place for the 2014-15 school year at the School Board meeting Tuesday. The communications department has greatly expanded its social media outreach. It has recently created accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and it is posting on each profile multiple times a day. The department is looking to

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  • FDOE grants grade appeals for nine Osceola schools

    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 11:39 am

    The Osceola County School District got a reprieve from state education officials for a data reporting error that raised at least two schools’ grades from Ds to Cs. The district underreported the number of students who were attending school in the U.S. for the first time in data it submitted to the Florida Department of Education. In this particular case, it was students who were in the U.S. less than

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  • Education Foundation – Osceola County ranks eighth in nation

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette The Education Foundation for Osceola County ranked No. 8 in a national study of K-12 education foundations by Dewey & Associates released Sept. 24. It is one of six Florida foundations in the top 25. “We are so proud to be part of such a big movement,” said Kippy Jacob, public relations director of the foundation. “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in

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  • Osceola County school students crush summer reading goal

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Osceola County’s performance in the Scholastic Summer Challenge on Sept. 10, saw six district schools crack the top 100. After Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano challenged students to read a total of 12 million minutes, students more than doubled their goal with a combined total of more than 24 million minutes. The district schools will appear in the 2015 Scholastic Book of

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  • School District opens new TECO site

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday for the new St. Cloud TECO campus. From left are: St. Cloud City Manager Tom Hurt, St. Cloud Deputy Mayor Donald Shroyer, St. Cloud Council member Mickey Hopper, St. Cloud/Greater Osceola  Chamber of Commerce Director Keith Ronan, TECO Principal Jeannette Eddy,  Alternative Program Director Beth Rattie, School Board Member Barbara Horn and Osceola School District Superintendent Melba Luciano.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer In the span of about a week, the Osceola County School District will have gone from having one site for its Technical Education Center Osceola and Adult Learning Center Osceola programs to three. On Tuesday, district members along with their partners from the city of St. Cloud cut the ribbon on the new TECO campus in St. Cloud. The two-story, post-secondary training facility welcomed the

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  • Celebration High School earns top national ranking

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Despite coming back from the long Labor Day holiday weekend, it wasn’t hard for Celebration High School students and faculty to have some extra pep in their step. First, the Storm football team defeated Lake Placid, 18-12, to snap a 30-game on-field winless streak. Then on Sept. 2, school district officials learned that the high school had been named to the list of “Top USA

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  • 900 elementary school kids receive free uniforms through national organization

    Posted on September 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
A Central Avenue Elementary School student receives a bag of clothes from Assistance League member Jane Rosinski at Fallas store in Kissimmee on Wednesday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Nearly 900 students from Central Avenue, Highlands and Kissimmee Elementary schools will have new school uniforms that their families might not have been able to afford thanks to the initiative of a national organization. As part of the Assistance League’s annual national conference, this year held in Orlando, the organization helped identify needy students at the three schools and partnered with National Stores, providing them

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