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Students set to meet reading challenge

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm

By Ken Jackson Staff Writer In a digital world, there’s still hope for the written word. Osceola County school students proved that last summer, and they’re out to do it again this year. In order to ward off the “summer slide” — a loss of academic skills some students see while out on break — Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano is challenging the county’s students to read 26

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  • College enrollees honored with special events

    Posted on May 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The exploits of Osceola County’s top athletes have been well chronicled in the past as they have signed hundreds of scholarships to play their sports at the next level. But for many other students who go on to attend college, military service or technical certifications – where’s their signing ceremony? At Osceola and Poinciana high schools, it was Friday, the day first lady Michelle Obama

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  • Osceola students take home nearly half a million in college scholarships

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 11:07 am

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Students, parents and benefactors gathered at the Osceola County School for the Arts for the Education Foundation’s annual scholarship awards ceremony on April 30. A total of 227 scholarships worth $454,000 were doled out to students who have excelled in academics, art, community service or a combination thereof.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The promise of college was palpable last week during the Education Foundation’s annual scholarship awards ceremony. About 750 students, parents and benefactors gathered at the Osceola County School for the Arts for the April 30 event. By the end of the night, 227 scholarships worth $454,000 were doled out to students who have excelled in academics, art, community service or a combination thereof. Senior Paige

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  • Value of written word showcased at Read-In

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 3:53 pm

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Kissimmee Deputy Chief Jeff Odell reads to Mill Creek Elementary School students during Read-In on Wednesday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Despite the increasing digitalization of society and more people turning to phones and tablets for information, the written word, found in an actual book, is still alive and well. People of all ages still enjoy reading it from books, and by the looks of people of students at Mill Creek Elementary School on Wednesday, they still enjoy someone reading to them. The Kissimmee school held

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  • Koa garden recognized by Dept. of Agriculture

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 11:41 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer An Osceola County school garnered an award from the state Department of Agriculture last week honoring schools with exceptional gardens. The garden project at Koa Elementary in Poinciana, dubbed “Koa’s Kinder-garden,” was honored in the Elementary division for Best Use of Produce and received one of 12 inaugural Florida Farm to School “Golden Shovel” Awards. Koa kindergarten teacher Tiffany Gilbert said the garden started back

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  • College fair aims to increase opportunities for students living in Poinciana

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 2:35 pm

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UCF doctoral students Amanda Wilkerson helps direct students at a college fair Friday in Poinciana. Wilkerson, a former teacher now studying higher education policy, organized the event to help connect students and parents with education resources in the community.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer With high school graduation coming up next month, “What’s next?” is a question on many minds. More than 250 students and parents got some possible answers Friday at the Poinciana Community Center, where 30 colleges and universities set up to school families on education options after high school. Four-year degrees are not the sole focus in education or the workforce anymore, according to school district

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  • School district sets orientation, registration nights for students

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 3:57 pm

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    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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