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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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  • New School Board ready for the challenges

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    For the first time since 2008, residents of Osceola County have five members of the Osceola County School Board each capable of independent thought and with the intellectual capacity to absorb and synthesize complex data. Tim Weisheyer, Kelvin Soto, Ricky Booth and Clarence Thacker are all significant upgrades from each of their predecessors. And that is good for all of us. All four of these individuals have the support of

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  • School District honored for biliteracy programs

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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At a recent Educational Leadership Awards Luncheon, District Superintendent Melba Luciano accepted the Biliteracy Leadership Award from the National Association for Bilingual Education.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County School District was recently recognized for its work in bilingual and bilateral education in the county’s classrooms. At  a recent Educational Leadership Awards Luncheon, District Superintendent Melba Luciano accepted the Biliteracy Leadership Award from the National Association for Bilingual Education. The award was given in recognition for outstanding leadership in strengthening and providing support for the expansion of bilingual and biliteracy programs

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  • Keeping your pansies blooming all winter

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Grantly Ricketts Osceola Extension Have you recently planted a colorful bed of pansies in your landscape with the hope that it will look as lovely as the commercial plantings that you see all over town? If so, you are not alone. Pansies are one of the most popular annuals for fall and winter landscapes and are particularly well suited for Central Florida gardens. Assuming that you chose healthy plants with

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  • Bellalago students celebrate veterans at school assembly

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

    News-Gazette Photo/Charlie Reed
Bellalago Academy students celebrated veterans at a school assembly on Monday. See the story, page A-5.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The iconic photograph of U.S. Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima came to life at Bellalago Academy Monday during the school’s Veterans Day celebration. One by one, each of the six students let go of his hold on the flag, stepped to the front of the stage and briefly described the Marine he was portraying. The scene the students were depicting took place

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