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Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm

• Speak with a HUD-certified counselor by appointment at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park Having trouble paying your mortgage?  Don’t wait until it’s too late!  UF/IFAS Extension in Osceola County can help.  Register to find out your options. Register at • From 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, Taking Control of Your Money, at Extension Services, Osceola Heritage Park, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee. Stop wondering where

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  • City of Kissimmee currently offering park programs

    Posted on December 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    The city of Kissimmee has announced programs offered for adults at the Oak Street Park Community Center and the Mark E. Durbin Community Park at Lakeside. They include: • Martial arts: Join the city for one of the oldest forms of martial arts at the Oak Street Park Community Center. Tang Soo Do is a Korean martial art, which teaches empty hand and foot fighting for self–defense. Tang Soo Do

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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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  • Former high school band director arrested, accused of sex with students

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 2:28 pm


    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrested the former band director at Poinciana High School Tuesday after authorities said he had inappropriate sexual relations with at least two high school students. Steven Velez, who resigned his teaching post last week after being questioned by Osceola County School District officials about the accusations, was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual contact with certain minors. Velez, 25,

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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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  • School District earns $2M STEM grant

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County School District has made its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum a point of emphasis. Thanks to a $2.27 million grant from the Florida Department of Education, it can put teachers and students in a better position to teach and learn it. The amount, spread over three years, will be spent in part on training for science teachers that the teachers

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