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Wheeler, Thacker, Booth win Osceola School Board races

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

By Ken Jackson and Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writers The Osceola County School Board will soon welcome two new members. Clarence Thacker and Ricky Booth won election to seats in district 4 and 5, respectively, Tuesday night. Thacker, a retired publishing executive, defeated incumbent Barbara Horn by pulling in 57 percent of the votes and winning by a comfortable margin (2,342 votes to 1,781). Booth, who co-owns the Doc Partin Cattle

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  • School board debate brings issues into spotlight

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

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    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Candidates tackled some of the school district’s biggest issues during the Osceola County School Board debate on Aug. 14. With the exception of Barbara Horn for school board Seat 4, who declined to debate, candidates for seats 1, 4 and 5 answered questions at the Valencia College Osceola campus about issues such as the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, accommodating students with special

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  • Celebration student,13, gets perfect score on state algebra assessment

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Arman Mian started his high school career Monday at Celebration High School. He’ll have the usual things to overcome like learning to navigate the campus, meeting his teachers and making new friends. The material he learns won’t be that new, or for him, that difficult. Mian took the end of course algebra I state assessment test, an exam normally given to 10th or 11th graders,

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  • New year brings new curriculum, technology to Osceola School District

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

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Lisa Baker holds her daughter Maya’s hand as they walk to St. Cloud Elementary School on the first day of school on Monday.

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer The 2014-15 school year is shaping up to be one of change in Osceola County, as students not only have a new curriculum and state testing, but they also are becoming more technology-friendly. This is the first year that Osceola County, as well as the rest of the state of Florida, will be teaching on the new Florida State Standards. Passed this spring, the Florida

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  • Technology expands in district classrooms for 2014-15 school year

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Riding on the heels of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program last school year, the Osceola County School District plans to make campuses more connected and tech-centered for 2014-15 school year. Chief of Information and Technology Services Angela Marino, Instructional Technology Director Mel Pace and other district staff introduced a completely digital curriculum to Kissimmee Middle School as well as extended campus Wi-Fi coverage

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  • High school report cards to be re-issued Thursday

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Osceola County School District announced that, starting Thursday, re-issued report cards can be picked up at all high schools except for Zenith and Challenger. Public Information Officer Dana Schafer said that staff at both those high schools is working closely with the district office to validate all grades and get the report cards printed. Once they are ready, a separate call will be made to parents of Zenith and Challenger

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  • OHS to hold meeting about class schedule changes

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola High School is scheduled to change its class scheduling from a four-by-four block to a seven-period schedule for the 2014-15 school year, which begins in a little over a month. But parents, students, some teachers from OHS and at least one School Board member feel the timing is wrong to make that change. Those groups debated the change for more than three hours at

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