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School District inks dual enrollment deal with University of Florida

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm

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 School Board approves new dual enrollment with UCF

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    By Aiyana Ruiz For the News-Gazette The Osceola County School Board approved a new dual enrollment agreement with UCF at their meeting in January. “This agreement provides high school students in Osceola County the opportunity to enhance their learning in dual enrollment courses that meet educational, career, and personal needs while enrolled in high school,” said Director of Community Relations at Osceola School District Dana Schafer. Dual enrollment programs allow

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  • Osceola moves to reduce tests ahead of new bill

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
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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  • 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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  • Luciano recognized by Osceola Visionaries as ‘unsung hero’

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    By Aiyana Ruiz For the News-Gazette Superintendent Melba Luciano was recently recognized by Osceola Visionaries as an “unsung hero” at the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Banquet. According to a press release, she was presented with a plaque for the school district improving on state assessments in all seven areas, including reading, mathematics, and science in 2014. “Goals and associated strategies are targeted to maximize student success

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  • House bill aims to reduce state-mandated education testing, limit effect on teacher evaluations

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Florida House of Representatives last week unanimously approved legislation that would lower the number and importance of tests administered at public schools. The bill (HB 7069) would eliminate an 11th-grade language arts test, ban final exams in classes that include end-of-course testing mandated by the state or local school districts and make a college-readiness exam optional for some students. It would also reduce how

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  • Celebration High School educator wins School District teacher of the year

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 1:43 pm

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Kelly Cotton, a U.S. history and government teacher at Celebration High School, was named teacher of the year.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer More than 700 people gathered at Osceola Heritage Park Thursday night for the annual teacher of the year awards to see a Celebration High School educator win top honors. In the end, Celebration swept the contest. Kelly Cotton, a U.S. history and government teacher at Celebration High School, won teacher of the year. And Jennifer Neumann, an exceptional student education paraprofessional from Celebration K-8 School,

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