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Neptune Middle chosen to be in nationwide Classroom Champions

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Neptune Middle School is one of 45 schools across the country that has been selected to participate in Classroom Champions— a program that connects top-performing athletes with students through a virtual, pen-pal relationship. The students at Neptune are being matched with Olympic Triple Jump Gold Medalist Christian Taylor for one school year. Classroom Champions’ mission is to motivate students to recognize their potential, set goals,

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  • Mill Creek principal honored for work in high-risk school

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm

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Mill Creek Elementary School Principal Susan Cavinee was named as one of the Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance & Accountability’s top six performing principals in Florida’s high-risk public schools.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer School principals have to balance the needs of their teachers and students against the money and other resources available to them. They have to make tough choices at schools where most of the students are receiving free or reduced lunch or a good portion are learning English as their non-native language. Susan Cavinee, the fourth-year principal at Mill Creek Elementary School in Kissimmee, is one

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  • TECO/ALCO open Poinciana campus

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

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Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano, center with scissors, is surrounded by other district employees during a TECO/ALCO ribbon-cutting ceremony in Poinciana on Oct. 23.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Technical Educational Center Osceola and Adult Learning Center Osceola facilities are in the middle of an exciting two weeks of activity. On Thursday, TECO will host the open house and ribbon cutting for the its new Criminal Justice Academy Training Facility at the Kissimmee campus from 10 a.m. to noon. Last week, TECO and ALCO, in partnership with Osceola County government, officially opened their

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  • Poinciana High junior plays politics at the nation’s capitol

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

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Poinciana High School  junior Alexis Pratts recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. where she made a presentation to the staffs of two Florida Congressmen about continuing federal funding for career and technical education programs.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer If her gig in construction customer service doesn’t pan out, Poinciana High School’s Alexis Pratts could just as well go into a different mode of serving people — politics. The PHS junior recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. where she made a presentation to the staffs of two Florida Congressmen about continuing federal funding for career and technical education programs. As part of

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  • FDOE honors School District principals

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    By Barbara Grasley For the News-Gazette Many teachers and administrators have a positive impact on a student’s life. They uplift, their presence inspires and their dedication can motivate them. Each year, the Florida Department of Education honors exemplary principals and assistant principals for their school and community contributions. Two Osceola school administrators, Principal Nadia Winston, of Westside K-8, and Highlands Assistant Principal Jason Hayes were recognized. The chosen administrators are

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  • PATHS’ Glocal Club sponsoring dog to detect land mines

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Kimberly McCasland, right does a demonstration with explosives-sniffing dog Senna about how he detects landmines at PATHS on Friday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer A group of students at Kissimmee’s Professional and Technical High School are trying to deal with weapons of mass destruction in places currently serving as battlefields. They’re not thinking politically, but they are thinking globally – after all, it’s in their name. Glocal (the “Global-Local” Club) sponsored by social studies teacher Stephanie Middleton has chosen to sponsor a dog used to help detect landmines as

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  • District announces new communication team strategies

    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 11:47 am

    By Jennifer DiDomenico For the News-Gazette Osceola County School District officials announced the new communication strategies that are being put into place for the 2014-15 school year at the School Board meeting Tuesday. The communications department has greatly expanded its social media outreach. It has recently created accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and it is posting on each profile multiple times a day. The department is looking to

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