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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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  • District moving forward with Acclaim charter school takeover

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 1:36 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Osceola County School District is still in the process of negotiating contracts for various services at Acclaim Academy Military Charter School, which it will take over March 31. Everything from the phone bill to maintenance contracts must be taken into consideration. “We find more and more things we need to do,” Superintendent Melba Luciano said at Tuesday’s School Board meeting. “As we go down

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  • Students shine in Arts Alive

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer They sang, they danced, they played music, they drew and painted. And this year they wrote, too. For 21 years, Arts Alive of Osceola County has brought together the area’s best and brightest arts students for a contest, including a scholarship race for senior participants – all of it culminating with an annual spring showcase. About 200 students from throughout Osceola County submitted portfolios and

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  • ‘Guns on Campus’ bill gains traction in Tallahassee

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 12:24 pm

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Students walk to class at Valencia College’s Kissimmee Campus on Tuesday.

    Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series of stories the News-Gazette will feature during the 2015 Legislative session. By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Consider the deadly shooting at Florida State University last fall when a man opened fire in a campus library. The gunman, an FSU graduate, was killed by police after injuring three students. Would the situation have played out differently if any of the students, faculty

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  • Acclaim Academy will remain open through school year

    Posted on March 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    By Charlie Reed 
 Staff Writer The School District of Osceola County will take over operations of Acclaim Academy Military Charter School, allowing it to stay open through the end of the school year. The news came Thursday night as School District officials were meeting with parents of students from the charter school, which serves grades 7-12 in the Poinciana area. Acclaim Academy announced last week that it had only

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