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School district sets orientation, registration nights for students

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 3:57 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Students who will be in elementary and middle schools for the first time this fall are encouraged to take part in registration and orientation nights for their childrens’ new schools. All Osceola School District public elementary schools will host a “Kindergarten Roundup” May 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for parents of children who will be at least 5 years old on or before Sept.

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  • Teachers protest lack of raises, time to teach

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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Fourth grade Ventura Elementary school teacher Serena Utz, center, protests with other teachers at the Osceola County School District headquarters on Tuesday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer While the school day was filled with Florida State Assessment testing in the public schools in Osceola County and statewide Tuesday, teachers protested against the conditions they are being asked to work under by the school district. At the heart of the teachers’ and their union’s complaints are demands on their time during the school day that require work to be taken home most days,

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  • More standardized testing, more delays

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:52 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Another round of Florida Standards Assessment tests this week came with another round of computer glitches. Thousands of students across the state were delayed in taking the FSA Monday after being unable to log into the online examination portal. Schools throughout Osceola County experienced technical problems when trying to access the test, but were back on track by mid-morning, said Dana Schafer, School District spokeswoman.

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  • School District inks dual enrollment deal with University of Florida

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer For decades, high school students in Osceola County have been able to earn college credits for free at Valencia College, formerly Valencia Community College. But the long-time dual enrollment program will get a shot in the arm come next fall with this week’s announcement that another major Florida university will be offering college credits in Osceola. Earlier this school year the Osceola County School District

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  • Osceola moves to reduce tests ahead of new bill

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:37 pm

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The education bill generally limits testing to 45 hours in the 900-hour school year and  cuts the 11th-grade language arts test Governor Rick Scott canceled this year by executive order.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Osceola County School District has a jump on a bill that would significantly reduce the amount of testing at public schools in Florida. Despite the divide among the Florida House and Senate on whether to expand Medicaid in Florida, the two chambers agree on the education bill that now awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s approval. Concerns about the state’s emphasis on standardized tests came into

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  • Guns on campus bills advances in Florida Legislature

    Posted on April 3, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Critics of concealed firearms at Florida schools didn’t sway the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday from advancing two bills that would allow them to be carried on campus at secondary and post-secondary institutions. The bills are sponsored by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, who said they were crafted with the fatal shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012 and at Florida State University

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  • Poinciana High students to study weather patterns through new STEM program

    Posted on April 3, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Peter Birtolo from WeatherSTEM readies Poinciana High’s new weather station for use and explains how it works on March 17. Students in Earth Science swill be able to get online feedback from the on-campus station to use in their projects.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County schools, through their expanded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculums, are teaching their students much more than ever about weather and what can be learned from the data. Maybe they can get the forecasts right. At Poinciana High School, a WeatherSTEM data transmission unit was installed the week before spring break. The school applied to WeatherSTEM, a professionally developed community centered weather network,

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