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Kathleen Plinske, president of Valencia’s Osceola and Lake Nona campuses. 
spoke at Wednesday’s “State of Education.”

Education leaders focus on student career training

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Every graduating high school senior in Osceola County will receive an acceptance letter from Valencia College later this spring, whether they applied or not. It’s a new outreach effort by Valencia to attract students who may not otherwise know their options after high school. Osceola County’s 78 percent high school graduation rate is higher than the state average, but the district is below average when

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  • Six high schools see letter grades drop

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The state of Florida released the school letter grades for high schools for the 2013-14. While some schools maintained their achievement, others slipped a letter grade, in line with many other schools in the state. Harmony High School, Professional and Technical High School (PATHS) and The Osceola County School for the Arts each maintained their A grade from 2012-13. The other six public high schools

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

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

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    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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