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Teachers to board: We can’t deal with state mandates

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer During a time of the year when thoughts are about giving thanks for what people have, local teachers may be wondering what they have left to give. As the new Common Core Standards became the Florida Standards this year, demands of teachers have changed — and greatly increased as the state is dictating how students are to learn. At the same time that teachers’ workloads

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  • Number of Osceola homeless children on the rise

    Posted on December 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Ten years ago, the Osceola County School District counted 129 homeless children among its student population. Today, the count stands at more than 3,100, with almost 2,000 more expected by the end of the school year, according to district officials. “We’ve got more homeless students now than this time last year,” said Leslie Campbell, director of the district’s special programs. Focused on identifying homeless students,

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  • Mavericks school provides holiday meal for students, homeless

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

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Students from Maverick High School get their Thanksgiving lunch in Kissimmee on Nov. 21.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Instead of counting their money to put on their annual Thanksgiving celebration for its students, officials at Mavericks High School in downtown Kissimmee were able to sit back this year and count their blessings. The school has held a feast on Nov. 20 for its 550 students, who need extra or non-alternative assistance in gaining a diploma, since the school opened on Main Street in

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  • Bellalago students celebrate veterans at school assembly

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

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Bellalago Academy students celebrated veterans at a school assembly on Monday. See the story, page A-5.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The iconic photograph of U.S. Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima came to life at Bellalago Academy Monday during the school’s Veterans Day celebration. One by one, each of the six students let go of his hold on the flag, stepped to the front of the stage and briefly described the Marine he was portraying. The scene the students were depicting took place

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  • Neptune Middle chosen to be in nationwide Classroom Champions

    Posted on October 31, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Neptune Middle School is one of 45 schools across the country that has been selected to participate in Classroom Champions— a program that connects top-performing athletes with students through a virtual, pen-pal relationship. The students at Neptune are being matched with Olympic Triple Jump Gold Medalist Christian Taylor for one school year. Classroom Champions’ mission is to motivate students to recognize their potential, set goals,

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  • TECO/ALCO open Poinciana campus

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

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Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano, center with scissors, is surrounded by other district employees during a TECO/ALCO ribbon-cutting ceremony in Poinciana on Oct. 23.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Technical Educational Center Osceola and Adult Learning Center Osceola facilities are in the middle of an exciting two weeks of activity. On Thursday, TECO will host the open house and ribbon cutting for the its new Criminal Justice Academy Training Facility at the Kissimmee campus from 10 a.m. to noon. Last week, TECO and ALCO, in partnership with Osceola County government, officially opened their

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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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