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New Administrator Appointment (6-20-17)
06/21/2017
On June 20, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointment: Henry Santiago, Principal of Discovery Intermediate.
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Osceola School District To Hold Job Fair
06/13/2017
The Osceola School District will be holding a Job Fair for individuals interested in becoming School Bus Drivers, Food Service Assistants, Custodians, and Maintenance personnel on Wednesday, June 28, during two sessions from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the district’s Transportation Department (Main Facility), located at 401 Simpson Road in Kissimmee.
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Osceola Students Mark Higher Performance On Spring 2017 State Assessments
06/08/2017
Highlights of the results for the Osceola School District on the spring 2017 Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and End-of-Course (EOC) assessments can be seen by clicking "Read More" below.
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New Administrator Appointment (6-6-17)
06/07/2017
On June 6, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointment: Lester Yeates, Director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management.
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Important Information Regarding Report Cards For Secondary Students
06/02/2017
The Florida Department of Education has not yet released scores for end-of-course exams that students took in the spring. Schools are eagerly waiting for this information to calculate final course grades for middle and high school students. As a result, report cards for middle and high school students will not be released on Thursday, June 8, as planned.
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Osceola School District Partners with BRIDG for SEMI High Tech University’s High
06/02/2017
With the Osceola School District serving as a key driver for diverse economic development in the Central Florida region, the Osceola County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace have greatly expanded the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum being taught in schools so that it directly aligns with workforce needs now and in the future.
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School District Offices To Be Closed On Fridays During Summer
05/31/2017
As the Osceola School District continues to look at ways to save money, the district will save on utility costs and operational costs by implementing a four-day work week during the summer months. Beginning on June 5, 2017, and ending on July 20, 2017, the school district's administrative offices and school front offices will be open to the public Mondays through Thursdays.
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Official SAT Practice With Kahn Academy
05/23/2017
Khan Academy has recently partnered with College Board to provide students with a free world class resource to help them prep for the SAT.
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SEMI High Tech U
05/22/2017
This is a three-day program for high school students who want to know more about careers in the tech industry. Students will put science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to use during hands-on workshops led by industry volunteers.
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Summary of Grade 3 FSA English Language Arts (ELA) Results
05/19/2017
The following summary compares Osceola County student performance between 2016 and 2017 on the Grade 3 Florida Standards Assessment English Language Arts test (FSA ELA).
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Summer Enrichment Opportunities For Osceola Students
05/18/2017
Summertime is the perfect opportunity to advance every child’s learning in a fun, relaxed environment. The Osceola School District will be offering a number of programs for students in all grade levels this summer as enrichment opportunities.
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New Administrator Appointments (5-16-17)
05/17/2017
On May 16, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointments: David Phelps, Principal at High School “FFF", Rachel Rosenbaum, Assistant Principal at Central Avenue Elementary, and Beth Telemko, Assistant Principal at Sunrise Elementary.
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School Board Member Tim Weisheyer and Osceola County Commissioner Brandon Arrington To Hold District 3 Community Update
05/09/2017
Osceola County School Board Member Tim Weisheyer and Osceola County Commissioner Brandon Arrington will hold a District 3 Community Update on May 22, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Liberty High School, located at 4250 Pleasant Hill Road in Poinciana. All community residents are invited and encouraged to attend to hear updates on educational and community issues.
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Osceola's Teacher of Year Named As Finalist For State Teacher of Year Award
05/09/2017
From a group of 73 teachers, Michael Miller from Kissimmee Elementary School in Osceola County was chosen as one of five finalists to compete for the 2018 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Award!
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Osceola School District Announces 2017 Summer Reading Opportunities For Students
05/08/2017
In an effort to build a consistent, year-round culture of reading throughout the community, the Osceola School District is kicking off its 2017 summer reading opportunities with a number of fun and exciting programs for students.
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New Administrative Appointment (05-02-17)
05/04/2017
On May 2, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointment: Lastenia Penaloza, Assistant Principal at Koa Elementary
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Osceola School District Recognized Once Again For Excellence In Financial Reporting
05/01/2017
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Osceola School District by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016.
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Osceola County Ranks Lowest In State On Administrative Expenditures Per Student
04/28/2017
The Osceola School District once again ranked 67th out of 67 Florida school districts in administrative expenditures per student in a ranking of the 2015-2016 school year by the Florida Department of Education.
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Osceola Educator Selected For 2017 National PBS Digital Innovators Program
04/27/2017
Paul Podraza, Resource Teacher for the Osceola School District’s STEM Mobile Lab, has been selected for the fifth annual national PBS Digital Innovators Program amongst educators from across the country.
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Inspirational Students in Osceola County Recognized as Disney Dreamers and Doers and Shining Stars
04/26/2017
Since 1984, Walt Disney World Resort has celebrated local students who serve as role models at home, school and in the community as Disney Dreamers and Doers as part of an annual recognition program. Of the nearly 375 students, Disney also has distinguished 15 Dreamers and Doers (three per each county) as Shining Stars, representing the exceptional character and kindness from among the group.
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Harmony High’s FFA Meat Judging Team Named State Champions
04/26/2017
Harmony High’s FFA Meat Judging team has been named State Champions for its outstanding performance at the 2017 State 4-H/FFA Meats Judging Contest held in April. The students will be representing Osceola County and Florida in Indiana at the national competition in the fall.
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Kissimmee Middle Students Win National and Regional Awards In 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Competition
04/25/2017
Out of over 330,000 works submitted from across the nation, 17 students from Kissimmee Middle School earned 30 national and regional awards at the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Competition, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
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Osceola Schools Superintendent Named One Of Orlando Business Journal’s 2017 Women Who Mean Business
04/24/2017
Osceola School District Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace has been honored, along with a group of 23 other dynamic Central Florida female leaders, with the 2017 Women Who Mean Business recognition by the Orlando Business Journal. Top businesswomen in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia, and Brevard counties were nominated for their outstanding leadership for the recognition.
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Osceola County School Board and OCEA Reach Tentative Approval On Two-Year Agreement In Salaries and Benefits For Teachers and Support Personnel
04/21/2017
The Osceola County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace recognize Osceola teachers and educational support professionals for their time and talents in inspiring students each and every day. OCEA has tentatively approved the School Board’s two-year agreement in salaries and benefits for instructional and professional support staff employees.
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Celebration High Students Earn First Place In Florida State Spanish Conference
04/20/2017
Celebration High’s foreign language students won first place in their category at this year’s Florida State Spanish Conference. This is the first time that Celebration High participated in this event, achieving what many schools have not done after years of participation.
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Harmony High French Students Earn First Place In State Competition
04/19/2017
Harmony High French students earned first place in the state among Division 4A schools at the 65th Annual Congrès de la Culture Française en Floride. Participants took part in various competitions in order to demonstrate their talents. Overall, 20 Superior ribbons and 12 Excellent ribbons were earned by the French Students at Harmony High.
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Osceola County High Schools Celebrate Decision Days 2017 Across The District
04/17/2017
High schools across Osceola County will be celebrating the post-secondary plans of their graduating seniors on school-based Decision Days, in conjunction with National Decision Day, College Signing Day, and the Florida Decision Day.
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Osceola School District Names Counselors and College and Career Counselor of the Year
04/12/2017
Osceola School District's School Counselors and College and Career Counselors work hard each and every day in schools to help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. In recognition of their outstanding service and dedication, the district is proud to name four individuals as its 2016-2017 Counselors of the Year and College and Career Counselor of the Year.
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Incoming Sixth Grade Student Orientation Night
04/11/2017
In order to help incoming middle school students and parents become familiar with their new schools for next year, Osceola County middle and K-8 schools will host a Sixth Grade Student Orientation Night on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
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Mark Your Calendars -- Kindergarten Roundup To Be Held At All Osceola Elementary Schools on May 4
04/10/2017
It's time to register for kindergarten! The Osceola School District will host Kindergarten Roundup on May 4, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at all public elementary schools for parents of children who will be at least five years old on or before September 1, 2017.
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New Administrative Appointment (4-4-17)
04/05/2017
On April 4, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointment: Randy Shuttera, Assistant Superintendent for School Operations.
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National Survey Honors The Osceola School District for Pioneering Uses Of Technology
03/29/2017
Through its annual Digital School Districts Survey, the Center for Digital Education has named the Osceola School District in the top five school districts in the nation in the large student population category for exemplary use of technology and for investing in tools for next-generation digital learners.
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Osceola School District Awarded Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
03/28/2017
The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International has awarded the Osceola School District its Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The district was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2016.
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Michael Miller Named Osceola School District’s 2018 Teacher of the Year
03/23/2017
In recognition of his accomplishments as an outstanding educator and for his passion and devotion to teaching the whole child, Michael Miller, fifth grade teacher at Kissimmee Elementary, has been named as Osceola School District’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.
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Natalia Miller Named Osceola School District’s 2017 School-Related Employee of the Year
03/23/2017
Natalia Miller, a paraprofessional at Michigan Avenue Elementary School, has been selected as the 2017 School-Related Employee of the Year for the Osceola School District in recognition of her tireless efforts in assisting students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) throughout the day.
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New Administrative Appointments (03-21-17)
03/22/2017
On March 21, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointments: Jim Hickey, Principal of Harmony High School, Connor Gilbert, Principal of Celebration High School, Gary Preisser, Principal of Liberty High School, Dr. Nia Campbell, Principal of Osceola High School, and Sandy Davenport, Principal of Harmony Community School.
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New Administrative Appointments (03-07-17)
03/08/2017
On March 7, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointments: Hilary DeLuca, Principal at East Lake Elementary, Rhonda McMahon, Principal at Boggy Creek Elementary, and Jeff Umbaugh, Continuous Improvement Director.
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Osceola School District Achieves Honorable Mention Status in Great District for Great Teachers By National Council On Teacher Quality
03/07/2017
The Osceola School District announced today that the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a national leader on teacher issues, has named it an honorable mention in its first-ever Great Districts for Great Teachers initiative. NCTQ chose the Osceola School District after a rigorous evaluation process. It was determined that the data collected proved that the Osceola School District is a national leader in developing and caring for great teachers, so that they, in turn, can deliver great instruction to their students.
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2017 State of Education Address
02/16/2017
On February 1,The Osceola County School Board gave the 2017 State of Education Address, a community update regarding the progress of the Osceola School District in meeting its strategic goals. To view the presentation, click "Read More".
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Voluntary Prekindergarten Registration Roundups
02/15/2017
Osceola County parents with a child who will be four years old by September 1, 2017, are invited to register him or her for the Osceola School District's 2017-2018 free Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK). VPK classrooms offer high-quality programs that include high academic standards, developmentally-appropriate curricula, manageable class sizes, and qualified teachers.
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Osceola School District Celebrating Kindness Month
02/09/2017
The Osceola County School Board has proclaimed January 23, 2017, through February 17, 2017, as Kindness Month. Throughout the district, students, teachers, staff, and administrators are being encouraged to commit “Random Acts of Kindness,” with a collective goal to commit 100,000 acts of kindness during this month.
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New Administrative Appointments (02-07-17)
02/09/2017
On February 7, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointments: Belinda Reyes, Executive Director for Multicultural Education, Rene Clayton, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction – Middle School Education, Stacy Burdette, Director of Elementary Education, and Mary Ann Rodriguez-Perez, Director of Early Childhood and Extended Day Programs.
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Osceola School District's School Volunteers of the Year
02/07/2017
Each year, the Florida Department of Education sponsors the statewide Outstanding School Volunteer Award competition to recognize the many school volunteers who give of themselves unselfishly to help students and schools.
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Looking For School And District Information? There's An App For That!
02/07/2017
Osceola School District's new free mobile app has been designed to enable parents, students, staff and the broader community to stay informed and up-to-date on important issues, information, and activities underway within the school community.
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No Early Release Of Students On Five Wednesdays During Testing
01/24/2017
The Osceola County School District is planning ahead for the upcoming spring by allowing students in all grade levels to have a full day of school on the Wednesdays when testing will be administered. As such, parents should be advised that there will be no early release of students on the following Wednesdays: March 1, April 12, April 19, April 26, and May 3, 2017.
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Finalists Named For Osceola School District's "Teacher of the Year" and "School-Related Employee of the Year"
01/20/2017
The field of nominees for both the Osceola School District's top employee awards -- "Teacher of the Year" and "School-Related Employee of the Year" -- has been narrowed down to the top ten finalists in each category. Each finalist was surprised at their work location by Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace to announce their finalist standing.
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District Offers Over $1 Million in Salaries and Benefits To Teamster Employees To Reach Tentative Agreement On 2016/2017 Contract
01/19/2017
Strongly believing in the need to reward employees for their hard work despite very limited resources and funding shortfalls, the Osceola County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace offered an estimated value of over $1 million in salaries and benefits to employees under the Teamsters Local 385 contract during current negotiations. The Teamsters’ Bargaining team has agreed to the proposal, in which the Board provides these employees with numerous wage and benefit incentives.
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Future Teachers Academy
01/19/2017
The Valencia College Foundation has received a $125,000 contribution from CFE Federal Credit Union to fund a project called the “Future Teachers Academy.” The gift was announced Tuesday at the Osceola County School Board meeting in Kissimmee. The college will use CFE’s donation to award scholarships to students in the Future Teachers Academy, starting with the fall 2017 class.
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Linking Day
01/18/2017
On January 18, we are encouraging all high school students to link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts and send their 2016 PSAT/NMSQT results to Khan Academy. As part of this push, the College Board will donate laptops to libraries in the top three school districts, as well as the school with the most linkage on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
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New Administrative Appointment (1-17-17)
01/18/2017
On January 17, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointment: Mark Lockard, Director of Design and Construction.
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STEM Breakfast and School Tours For Discovery Intermediate School
01/13/2017
Discovery Intermediate School is the first Discovery Education STEMformation middle school in the country, and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) middle school in Osceola County. Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, Osceola County and Polk County parents/guardians with children in grade 5 (incoming 6th grade) have the opportunity to complete an application for their children to attend Discovery instead of their home-zoned school.
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AdvancEd Accreditation School Survey
01/11/2017
Our schools are conducting an AdvancEd Accreditation School Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Please click "Read More" to begin.
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Scholarship Workshops Offered
01/09/2017
The Osceola School District and Valencia College will be offering a series of workshops throughout January to help students and parents locate scholarships and apply to college. High school seniors and their families, as well as high school graduates, are invited to attend to get help with scholarship essays and applications; to learn about financial aid and get assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and even to apply on-site to Valencia College with the $35 application fee waived.
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Incoming Ninth Grade Student Orientation Nights
01/06/2017
Any time a student transitions from one school to the next, it can be an exciting time for the child and parent alike. Usually, there are plenty of questions and fears of the unknown. In order to help students and parents become familiar with their new schools for next year, the Osceola School District will be hosting the following Ninth Grade Student Orientation Nights for current eighth grade students and their parents.
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STEM Showcase Night - Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering
01/03/2017
Osceola County parents/guardians with children in grades K-5 have the opportunity to choose Chestnut for their children to attend instead of their home-zoned school for the 2017-2018 school year. Interested parents and students are encouraged to attend the school's annual STEM Showcase and Recruitment Night on Thursday, January 12, from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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New Administrative Appointments (12-13-16)
12/14/2016
On December 13, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointments: Dr. Laura Rhinehart, Assistant Superintendent of High School Curriculum, Adah Michelle Perez Schwartz, Assistant Principal at Kissimmee Elementary, Deanna Hebbler, Assistant Principal at Discovery Intermediate, and Susan Petrek, Assistant Principal at Celebration K-8.
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Financial Recognition Given To Osceola County School Board For District's Fiscal Responsibility
12/13/2016
Fitch Ratings has completed a review of The School District of Osceola County’s outstanding sales tax bonds, resulting in an upgrade from ‘A’ to ‘AA-‘. The District’s issuer default rating was also confirmed at ‘AA-‘. These bond ratings reflect the district’s strong financial position, and the upgrade represents lower perceived risk for district investors. Higher bond ratings translate into a lower cost of borrowing funds for the district.
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School Board Offers $3 Million In Salaries And Benefits To Teachers
12/09/2016
The Osceola County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace recognize Osceola teachers for their time and talents in inspiring students each and every day. Therefore, the district has made an offer to the district's instructional personnel valued at $3 million in salaries and benefits.
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Principal Burdette Named As Finalist For Innovative Principal of the Year
12/08/2016
Stacy Burdette, Principal of East Lake Elementary School, has been selected as one of three finalists in the state of Florida to receive the 2016-2017 Innovative Principal of the Year Award, presented by the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders.
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Osceola County School Board Reorganization (11-15-16)
11/16/2016
At the November 15, 2016, meeting, Osceola County School Board members Tim Weisheyer and Kelvin Soto were sworn in and took office. In addition, Kelvin Soto was named as Chairman of the Osceola County School Board, and Ricky Booth was named as Vice-Chair, both positions to be effective on November 22, 2016.
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New Administrative Appointments - Effective Jan. 3, 2017
11/16/2016
On November 15, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointments - Effective Jan. 3, 2017: Kim Manion, Principal of Celebration K-8, Michael Ballone, Principal of Horizon Middle, and Hilary DeLuca, Assistant Principal of Neptune Middle.
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International Baccalaureate Program Informational Meetings For Parents and Students
11/10/2016
For the 2017-2018 school year, the Osceola School District will offer the International Baccalaureate Program at Gateway High School and Celebration High School. Students and parents of highly-motivated eighth grade students are encouraged to attend any one of the following informational meetings outlining the International Baccalaureate (IB) program requirements, the program features and advantages, the application and selection process, and the rigorous curriculum.
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Osceola School District And Community Partners Win National Award In Support Of Students
11/09/2016
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) has awarded the Osceola School District's Families in Transition program with the 2016 NAEHCY Outstanding Program Award for Christmas for the Kids of Osceola.
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New Administrative Appointment (11-1-16)
11/02/2016
On November 1, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointment: Melissa Lucas, Coordinator of Energy and Utilities
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Pop-Up Civics Quiz Show Coming To Discovery Intermediate
11/01/2016
On Thursday, November 3, a turquoise 18-wheel semi-trailer from the Florida Department of Education, in conjunction with the Florida Lottery, will pull in to the side lot of Discovery Intermediate in Kissimmee for the Just Read, Florida! “Pop-Up Quiz Show” Civics event.
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Osceola School District Receives $75,000 Florida Farm to School Grant
10/28/2016
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has awarded the Osceola School District, along with five other school districts in the state, Farm to School grants to increase the amount of locally-grown products served to children.
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Osceola School District's STEM Student and Teacher Scholars
10/27/2016
Twenty-five STEM Scholars from grades K-12 and four STEM Scholar Teachers have been selected by the Osceola School District for recognition by the STEM Alliance of Central Florida for high achievement in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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Freedom Rider To Share Her Story With Students
10/26/2016
Freedom Rider and Civil Rights icon Joan Trumpauer Mulholland will be reading a new children's book entitled She Stood for Freedom about her life to fifth grade students at Kissimmee Elementary School on Friday, October 28. Her unique and eye-opening story will bring the history of segregation, as well as related historical events, to life for students.
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Live Superintendent Twitter Chat
10/14/2016
Osceola School District Superintendent Debra Pace will be hosting a live Twitter Chat on October 20, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to answer questions regarding the proposed half-cent sales tax, which is the last item on the ballot on November 8. Parents and community residents are encouraged to join the conversation by using #AskOsceolaSup.
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New Administrative Appointment (10-04-16)
10/05/2016
On October 4, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointment: Dr. Melanie Cleveland, Assistant Principal at Osceola High School.
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Osceola School District To Host Choice Fair For Parents And Students
10/03/2016
The Osceola County School Board strongly believes that parents should decide which academic environment best meets their students' needs. In order to inform parents of their expanded school choice options for the 2017-2018 school year, the Osceola School District will host a Choice Fair on October 27, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Osceola County School for the Arts to showcase the high-quality options available to students and their families in prekindergarten through Grade 12.
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How Schools Will Benefit From The Half-Cent Sales Tax
09/28/2016
The Osceola School District has had to defer critical maintenance and renovation projects for several years due to significant decrease in available capital funding. The district's Facilities Department has done a building-by-building analysis to identify projects for the half-cent revenue. Click "Read More" to see how the half-cent sales tax will benefit our schools.
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2017 Osceola School District Graduations
09/13/2016
Click "Read More" to see the graduation dates for Osceola County's 2017 high school graduates.
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Have Questions About The Upcoming Sales Tax Referendum? We've Got Answers!
09/09/2016
On the ballot on November 8 in Osceola County, there will be a referendum for a half-cent sales tax, the sole purpose of which is to reduce the Osceola School District's capital funding shortfall to meet the needs of students, teachers/staff, and the community. To help voters stay informed about the issue and answer questions, the district has created a webpage that is updated regularly.
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New Administrative Appointments (9-6-16)
09/07/2016
On September 6, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointments: Griselle Figueroa-Martorell, Assistant Principal - TECO Poinciana and Robert Dombo, Jr., Assistant Principal - TECO St. Cloud.
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Osceola Student Wins National Fine Arts Competition
09/01/2016
Osceola High visual art student Debora Cordero's artwork has been selected as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2016 National Fine Arts “Best in Show” winner. Her winning artwork was designed to represent what belonging to a Club means to her and all the young people who make Boys & Girls Clubs part of their lives.
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College Board Webinar For Parents
08/25/2016
The College Board is hosting a monthly webinar series to help parents support their children on the journey to college. The topics include preparing for the SAT test, learning about AP courses, applying for financial aid and more.
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Four Principals In Osceola County Selected For Commissioner's Leadership Academy
08/23/2016
Four Osceola school principals have been selected for the Commissioner's Leadership Academy, a year-long job-embedded professional learning opportunity from the Florida Department of Education and the Council for Educational Change.
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Osceola's Mobile STEM Lab Recipient Of National Award For Outstanding Emerging Mobile Laboratory Programs
08/22/2016
After only one year in operation, the Osceola School District's Mobile STEM Lab has earned recognition as the sole winner of the "Outstanding Emerging Mobile Lab Program" Award given by the Mobile Laboratory Coalition, a national organization of mobile labs.
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Two Osceola Students Win National Playwright Competition
08/18/2016
Osceola County School for the Arts seniors Sophia DuRose and Katie O'Malley have won the Senior Division of the national VSA Playwright Discovery Competition held at The Kennedy Center. Their play, Two Scoops of Ice Cream, was one of seven selected as winners out of the 90 plays submitted.
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New Administrative Appointment (08-16-16)
08/17/2016
On August 16, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointment: Melanie Stefanowicz, Executive Director of Secondary and Post-Secondary/Career and Technical Education
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Osceola School District To Host College Colors Day To Spread The College Knowledge
08/16/2016
As the Osceola School District continues to build a college-going culture for students, the Osceola County School Board invites all school district employees, parents, and community members to wear their college colors on Friday, September 2, 2016.
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Voters To Decide Half-Cent Sales Tax Referendum on November 8
08/15/2016
Facing a growing capital funding deficit that is now over $500 million for the next five years, the Osceola County School Board has approved a special resolution to add a referendum to the November 8th ballot for a half-cent sales surtax. The sole purpose of which is to reduce the capital funding shortfall to better meet the needs of our community.
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Osceola County School Board Approves 2017-2018 Academic Calendar
08/15/2016
Click "Read More" to view the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar for all public schools in the Osceola School District. The first day of school for students will be on Thursday, August 10, 2017. As academic success for students is the district's number one priority, this early start date allows for the first semester and end-of-course/semester exams to finish before Winter Break.
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Two Osceola School Administrators Recognized For Outstanding Leadership
08/08/2016
Each year, the Florida Department of Education recognizes exemplary principals and assistant principals across the state for their contributions to their schools and communities. The following two Osceola administrators have been selected for recognition as 2016-2017 District winners: Mary Ann Rodriguez-Perez, Principal of Boggy Creek Elementary, and Thomas Rademacher, Assistant Principal at Denn John Middle School.
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Osceola School District's Back-To-School Hotline Opens August 8
07/14/2016
The Osceola County School Board knows that in the beginning of a new school year, parents and students have plenty of questions. Luckily, the answers are just a phone call away!
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Upcoming Open Houses For Osceola County Schools
07/14/2016
All Osceola students and parents are encouraged to attend their school's upcoming Open House in order to prepare for the 2016/2017 school year. Students will begin classes on Wednesday, August 10, which will not be an early-release day for students.
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New Administrative Appointments (07-12-16)
07/13/2016
On July 12, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointments: Sharon Hahn, Principal of Central Avenue Elementary, Peter Hodges, Principal of Flora Ridge Elementary, Thomas Ott, Principal of Technical Education Center of Osceola (TECO), Lisa L. Tindall, Assistant Principal of Ventura Elementary.
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Preliminary School Grades
07/08/2016
The Florida Department of Education issued preliminary 2015-2016 school grades on July 8, 2016. These grades reflect a new grading system developed and released earlier this year, and these school grades are the first set of results measuring learning gains for students on the new standards as measured by the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA).
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School Board Members Weisheyer and Thacker Earn Key Positions Within Florida School Boards Association
06/30/2016
Osceola County District 3 School Board Member Tim Weisheyer has been elected to FSBA's Board of Directors, and Osceola County District 4 School Board Member Clarence Thacker has been appointed as the Vice-Chair of FSBA's Legislative Committee.
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New Administrative Appointments (06-21-16)
06/22/2016
On June 21, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointments: Amanda Lopez, Coordinator of College and Career Counseling, Misty Cruz, Assistant Principal at Liberty High School, Joyce Graham, Assistant Principal at Westside K-8, and William Hennessy, Assistant Principal at Reedy Creek Elementary.
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Florida Public Comment Window Open for Every Student Succeeds Act
06/21/2016
The Florida Department of Education is seeking public input on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in order to develop a draft state plan. Click "Read More" to learn more.
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Release of Middle and High School Report Cards
06/15/2016
The district recognizes that the accuracy of grades is extremely important for each and every student. As such, additional time is needed for schools and the district to ensure that all final grades are correct before report cards are released to students and parents. Report cards for middle and high school students, which were originally scheduled to be released tomorrow, will now be available on June 23.
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Osceola Students Mark Higher Performance On State Assessments
06/10/2016
Highlights of the results for the Osceola School District on the Spring 2016 Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and End-of-Course (EOC) assessments are as follows:
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Free Summer Reading Opportunities For Students
06/09/2016
In an effort to build a consistent, year-round culture of reading throughout Osceola's school community, parents are encouraged to have their students utilize two free summer reading resources.
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New Administrative Appointments
06/08/2016
On June 7, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointments:Stephen Darago, Assistant Principal at Poinciana High School and Dr. Nicole Burda, Assistant Principal at St. Cloud Middle School.
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School District Offices To Be Closed On Fridays During Summer For Cost Savings
06/03/2016
As the Osceola School District continues to look at ways to save money, the district will save on utility costs and operational costs by implementing a four-day work week during the summer months.
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Osceola School District's Window For Choice Applications Has Been Extended
06/02/2016
The Osceola County School Board strongly believes in giving parents and students educational choices. As such, the 2016-2017 Choice Program application window has been extended until July 15, 2016.
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Osceola School District's Battle of the Books Champions
06/02/2016
Osceola School District's eighth annual Battle of the Books involved over 48 school-level teams in academic competition, who were assisted by 60 different coaches, over 50 volunteers, and countless parents.
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Osceola County School Board Offers $830,000 in Salaries and Benefits to Professional Support Staff Employees
05/20/2016
The Osceola County School Board values the district's professional support staff employees for their time and talents in supporting educators and students each and every day. The School Board has made an offer to the district's professional support staff personnel valued at $830,000 in salaries and benefits.
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Summary of Grade 3 FSA Reading Results
05/20/2016
The following summary compares student performance between 2015 and 2016 on the Grade 3 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) Reading test:
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Osceola Reads Parent Trainings
05/19/2016
Osceola Reads offers the mobile reading app, Footsteps2Brilliance, to all Osceola County children for FREE! This program allows children preschool through 2nd grade to access libraries of nursery rhymes, letter recognition stories, and STEM books, as well as games focused on letter sound relationships, sight words, comprehension, and much more! Join us at an upcoming parent training near you to learn more about the many benefits of this program and ways to incorporate reading into your daily routine.
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2016-2017 School Start And End Times Approved
05/18/2016
The 2016-2017 school start and end times were approved by the School Board on May 17. This schedule allows us to add minutes to schools in need of the time. This additional time will provide most of our schools with a consistent 7 hour student day. Click "Read More" to view the approved start and end times.
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Osceola County School Board Offers $3 Million in Salaries and Benefits to Teachers
05/13/2016
The Osceola County School Board supports Osceola teachers for their time and talents in inspiring students each and every day. The School Board has made an offer to the district's instructional personnel valued at $3 million in salaries and benefits.
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Education Partners Honored For Outstanding Support Of The Osceola School District
05/12/2016
The Osceola County School District has selected Nemours Children's Health System and the Osceola County Food Angels as its 2015-2016 District Business Partners of the Year.
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Discovery Intermediate Students To Receive Musical Instruments From National Foundation
05/06/2016
Discovery Intermediate School in Osceola County, Florida, will soon receive new musical instruments thanks to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
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Osceola County's Team 1065 Excels To Semi-Finals Of World Championship Robotics Competition- Named one of Top 8 teams in the world
05/05/2016
In 2016, 3,128 teams participated in the FIRST Robotics Competitions around the world in district and regional events. Osceola's Team 1065, known as "The Moose", was one of 600 teams that earned a place at the World Championships in St. Louis held April 27-30, 2016. Those teams were divided into eight divisions of 75 teams each. Osceola's Team 1065 was part of the Galileo Division, and after 16 matches over two days, Osceola's team took first place. That win put them in the top eight teams in the world.
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New Administrative Appointment
05/04/2016
On May 3, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointment: Joumana Moukaddam, Principal of Neptune Middle School
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Proposed 2016-2017 Bell Schedule-Update
05/04/2016
A proposed 2016-2017 bell schedule was presented to the School Board on April 19th. As requested by our school board members, we have continued to work on the 2016-2017 schedule to add minutes to schools in need of the time. This additional time will provide most of our schools with a consistent 7 hour student day.
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Osceola Robotics Team Battling For A World Title
04/27/2016
Osceola’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team 1065 is battling for a world championship title this week in St. Louis after it won first place in the South Florida Regional Robotics Competition earlier this month.
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Osceola County Schools Earn Highest State Award For Community Involvement
04/26/2016
Thirty-six Osceola County schools have been designated as Five Star Schools earning the Florida Department of Education's most prestigious award for community involvement.
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Neptune Middle's Family Literacy Night Named Regional Winner For State Award
04/19/2016
Neptune Middle School's Family Literacy Night project has been selected as a regional winner for the Florida Department of Education/Florida Parent Teacher Association's 2015-2016 Family and Community Involvement Award. The school's project, designed to pique student interest in reading and writing, was selected as a model that successfully engages parents in meaningful school-based programs.
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Osceola's School-Related Employee of The Year Named Finalist for State Award
04/14/2016
Alberto "Tico" Justiniano, the Head Custodian at Narcoossee Elementary who was named Osceola School District's 2016 School-Related Employee of the Year, has been selected as a finalist for the state's top award for school support personnel by the Florida Department of Education.
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Mark Your Calendars -- Kindergarten Roundup To Be Held At All Osceola Elementary Schools on May 5
04/12/2016
It's time to register for kindergarten! The Osceola School District will host Kindergarten Roundup on May 5, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at all public elementary schools for parents of children who will be at least five years old on or before September 1, 2016.
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Osceola School District GRANTed $40,000 by Disney
04/05/2016
The Osceola School District recently received $40,000 from Walt Disney World Resort through Disney Grants. The district will use the funding to positively impact student achievement by continuing to expanding its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiatives.
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County's Performing Arts Are Thriving
04/04/2016
The performing arts are alive and well in Osceola County’s schools. With programs being added and participation increasing at such a rate in the county — the curriculum now includes band and orchestra, chorus, elementary music, visual arts, dance and drama.
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Superintendent To Hold Community Meet and Greets
03/22/2016
Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace will be holding a series of Community Meet and Greets to introduce herself to the district's many stakeholders, to share her excitement and vision of what is ahead, and to listen to input from attendees. All parents, students, and community members are invited to attend any one of the events.
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Amy Miller Named Osceola School District's 2017 Teacher of the Year
03/04/2016
In recognition of her accomplishments as one of Osceola's most dynamic and well-respected teachers, Amy Miller, Kissimmee Elementary's math and science coach, has been named as Osceola School District's 2017 Teacher of the Year at an awards ceremony on March 4 hosted by the Education Foundation - Osceola.
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Alberto "Tico" Justiniano Named Osceola School District's 2016 School-Related Employee of the Year
03/04/2016
Alberto "Tico" Justiniano, the Head Custodian at Narcoossee Elementary, has been selected as the 2016 School-Related Employee of the Year for the Osceola School District in a ceremony hosted by the Education Foundation - Osceola in recognition of his tireless efforts to serve the children, the school, and the district.
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Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts School Choice Night
02/29/2016
Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) will hold its annual Arts Open House for parents and students who are interested in attending PAFA for the 2016-2017 school year.
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Superintendent Melba Luciano announces Osceola Reads with Footsteps2Brilliance®
02/25/2016
The School District of Osceola County, Florida and the Education Foundation of Osceola County have joined forces with Osceola County, the City of Kissimmee, and the City of St. Cloud, to launch Osceola Reads with Footsteps2Brillance®, a five-year reading strategy aimed at increasing the percentage of children who are literate in Osceola County.
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School Choice STEM-ology Showcase Night at Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering
02/25/2016
The school's annual STEM Showcase and Recruitment Night will be held on Thursday, March 10, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. This event is open to all parents and students who currently attend Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering and those who are interested in possibly applying as Choice.
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Osceola School District Names Counselors and Career Specialist of the Year
02/18/2016
Osceola School District's School Counselors and Career Specialists work hard each and every day in schools to help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.
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School Board Works Collaboratively With Parents To Develop New Elementary Recess Plan
02/17/2016
The Osceola County School Board has approved an Elementary Recess Plan that guarantees consistent recess to all kindergarten through fifth grade students in a safe and respectful environment.
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Adopt-A-Troop Donations By Horizon Middle Students To Their Teacher Serving Overseas In Military Reach Farther Than Expected
02/16/2016
One of Horizon Middle School's sixth grade social studies teachers, MSgt Javier Matos, was called to active duty in the Middle East this past August. In an overwhelming show of support for him and the military troops he is serving with overseas, Horizon Middle's students, faculty, and staff held a school-wide "Adopt a Troop" event and collected over 2,500 comfort items, including snacks, laundry detergent, and sports drink mix.
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Eleven Osceola Schools Awarded The Healthier US School Challenge Smarter Lunchroom Award
02/15/2016
The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded 11 Osceola schools the Healthier US School Challenge Smarter Lunchroom Award.
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2015 Preliminary School Grades (District Increases School Letter Grade to B)
02/12/2016
On February 12, 2016, the Florida Department of Education released preliminary school grades for Osceola County's elementary, middle, and K-8 public schools.
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Two Osceola School Administrators Recognized At State Level For Outstanding Leadership
02/12/2016
Each year, the Florida Department of Education recognizes exemplary principals and assistant principals across the state for their contributions to their schools and communities. Recognition is given to school administrators who spearhead initiatives to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments, and establish partnerships with parents and community members.
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Florida Music Educator Association (FMEA) Selects Osceola Educator For State Leadership Award
02/11/2016
The Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) has announced that Debbie Fahmie, Fine and Performing Arts Resource Specialist for the Osceola School District, is the recipient of its 2016 FMEA Leadership Award.
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Three Outstanding Musicians From The Osceola County School for the Arts Named To 2016 Jazz Band of America
02/09/2016
Three student jazz musicians from the Osceola County School for the Arts have been selected to represent Florida in the Music for All's 2016 Jazz Band of America, one of the nation's finest honor assemblies.
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Four Osceola Schools Recognized As Models For Positive Behavior Support For Students
02/08/2016
Four Osceola County public schools have recently earned the distinction of being named as Florida's Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Model Schools for 2014-2015 for outstanding efforts in addressing student behavior through positive support.
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Outgoing Superintendent: 'I love what we've done'
02/08/2016
The Osceola County School District has achieved great gains over the past three years, Superintendent Melba Luciano reported at Wednesday’s State of the District Address at the Osceola County School for the Arts.
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Pace To Become School District Superintendent March 21st
02/08/2016
Debra Pace has been a student, parent, teacher, principal and administrator in the Osceola County School District. And, beginning on March 21, she’ll complete the full educational circle and become its superintendent.
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2016 State of Education Address
02/04/2016
On February 3, Superintendent Melba Luciano gave the 2016 State of Education Address, a community update regarding the progress of the Osceola School District in meeting its strategic goals. To view the presentation, click "Read More".
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No Early Release On Four Wednesdays During Statewide Testing- April 13, April 20, April 27, and May 4, 2016
02/04/2016
The Osceola County School District is planning ahead for the upcoming spring administration of the Florida Standards Assessment by allowing students to have a full day of school on the Wednesdays when statewide tests will be administered.
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School District Educator Nominated for LifeChanger of the Year Award
02/01/2016
Jennifer Muzika, math coach at Westside K-8 School, has been nominated for the 2015-16 national LifeChanger of the Year award.
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School to Celebrate Rebuilding of Bear Cub Mascot After Being Victim of Vandals
02/01/2016
Kissimmee Elementary School is unveiling its new bear cub statue Thursday, celebrating the rebuilding of the school’s mascot after it was destroyed by vandals in October.
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Finalists Named For Osceola School District's "Teacher of the Year" and School-Related Employee of the Year"
01/29/2016
The field of nominees for both the Osceola School District's top employee awards -- "Teacher of the Year" and "School-Related Employee of the Year" -- has been narrowed down to the top ten finalists in each category.
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Informational Meetings For International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at Parkway Middle School
01/21/2016
Parents of current fifth grade students at all Osceola schools are encouraged to attend an informational meeting outlining the Middle Years Program curriculum, application process, and transportation hubs.
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Osceola County School Board Selects Dr. Debra Pace As Next Superintendent
01/20/2016
The Osceola County School Board has unanimously named Dr. Debra Pace to succeed retiring Superintendent Melba Luciano. Dr. Pace has a proven track record of successfully raising student achievement and closing the gap for all students for college/career readiness, graduation rate, and drop out rate.
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Ninth Grade Student Orientation Nights
01/06/2016
In order to help students and parents become familiar with their new schools for next year, the Osceola School District will be hosting the following Ninth Grade Student Orientation Nights for current eighth grade students and their parents.
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