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Parkway Middle’s international baccalaureate (IB) middle year programme for 2014-15

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Parkway Middle School has received the distinction of becoming the first middle school in Osceola County to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP). The application deadline for the 2014-15 school year is May 4.  Student admission will be based on completed applications, as there are a limited number of seats for eligible students in the program.  Students currently attending Parkway Middle will not be displaced from the

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  • School Board approves policy revisions including prohibiting classroom discipline

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County School Board recently approved a series of policy revisions, with one specifically prohibiting student discipline in the classroom. The new policy 5.301 bans district employees from using any means of discipline or control to manage the behavior of any student, including Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students, which induce or result in physical or psychological pain or discomfort to a student. Those include

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  • House passes bill giving kids of immigrant parents better college access

    Posted on April 4, 2014 at 9:59 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer A bill giving American-born children of immigrant parents and Purple Heart recipients more access to college education in Florida recently was passed by the Florida House of Representatives. The Postsecondary Education Tuition bill, co-sponsored by state Rep. Ricardo Rangel, D-Kissimmee, adds amendments that grants children born from immigrant parents in Florida permission to enroll as a resident at state universities and colleges, qualifying them for

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  • Leave class size amendment alone, teacher’s union says

    Posted on April 4, 2014 at 9:55 am

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer A Tallahassee economic research group believes the state of Florida should revisit its public school class size reduction law, but local education leaders said there are good reasons for it. Research presented last week by Florida TaxWatch, a nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute, said investing elsewhere in education could yield higher student achievement than allocating money to reducing class size. The independent analysis in “Taking

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  • Five year plan is right for Poinciana incorporation

    Posted on March 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    This week, Association of Poinciana Villages General Manager Mark Maldonado weighed in on the continuing saga of incorporating Poinciana through a submission to the News-Gazette. We’re glad he did, because his opinion was clear and helped paint a better picture. Maldonado, like State Rep. Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud, believes a comprehensive five-year feasibility plan is the best way to proceed. We heartily agree. We understand that proponents of incorporating

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  • Middle school participates in national recycling program

    Posted on March 28, 2014 at 10:03 am

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Parkway Middle School is going green one step at a time, and its next move is installing recycling bins for plastics throughout its campus. Parkway, along with 29 other schools across the country, are working with Recyclebank to raise enough funds to make its school-wide project possible. Recyclebank, a company that helps communities and schools become more environmentally friendly, selected those schools’ projects to encourage

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  • 1886 Narcoossee historic schoolhouse to be preserved

    Posted on March 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

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Funds are being raised to preserve the historic Narcoossee schoolhouse.

    What began a few years ago as a grassroots community effort to save a community landmark here has come to fruition. In December of 2013, the Osceola County Board of Commissioners deeded the historic 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse to the Osceola County Historical Society (OCHS) and granted a 99-year lease of the property where it sits at 5026 Yukon Street bordering Narcoossee Road and next to the Narcoossee fire station. The

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