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Osceola County school students crush summer reading goal

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Osceola County’s performance in the Scholastic Summer Challenge on Sept. 10, saw six district schools crack the top 100. After Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano challenged students to read a total of 12 million minutes, students more than doubled their goal with a combined total of more than 24 million minutes. The district schools will appear in the 2015 Scholastic Book of

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  • School District opens new TECO site

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm

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There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday for the new St. Cloud TECO campus. From left are: St. Cloud City Manager Tom Hurt, St. Cloud Deputy Mayor Donald Shroyer, St. Cloud Council member Mickey Hopper, St. Cloud/Greater Osceola  Chamber of Commerce Director Keith Ronan, TECO Principal Jeannette Eddy,  Alternative Program Director Beth Rattie, School Board Member Barbara Horn and Osceola School District Superintendent Melba Luciano.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer In the span of about a week, the Osceola County School District will have gone from having one site for its Technical Education Center Osceola and Adult Learning Center Osceola programs to three. On Tuesday, district members along with their partners from the city of St. Cloud cut the ribbon on the new TECO campus in St. Cloud. The two-story, post-secondary training facility welcomed the

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  • Celebration High School earns top national ranking

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Despite coming back from the long Labor Day holiday weekend, it wasn’t hard for Celebration High School students and faculty to have some extra pep in their step. First, the Storm football team defeated Lake Placid, 18-12, to snap a 30-game on-field winless streak. Then on Sept. 2, school district officials learned that the high school had been named to the list of “Top USA

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  • 900 elementary school kids receive free uniforms through national organization

    Posted on September 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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A Central Avenue Elementary School student receives a bag of clothes from Assistance League member Jane Rosinski at Fallas store in Kissimmee on Wednesday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Nearly 900 students from Central Avenue, Highlands and Kissimmee Elementary schools will have new school uniforms that their families might not have been able to afford thanks to the initiative of a national organization. As part of the Assistance League’s annual national conference, this year held in Orlando, the organization helped identify needy students at the three schools and partnered with National Stores, providing them

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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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