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New Principal Assignments
Cindy Christidis, Beverly Shores Elementary School
Chad Frazier, Mount Dora Middle School
Susan Jordan, Leesburg Elementary School
Venessa King, Ed.D., Treadway Elementary School
Tifany Scott, Ed.D., Eustis Heights Elementary School
Jacob Stein, Tavares High School
Michelle Work, Seminole Springs Elementary
Education Commissioner releases back-to-school reading list
Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran has released a new back-to-school reading list of his and Florida's 2020 Teacher of the Year, Dr. Dakeyan Cha Dre Graham's favorite reads for students and teachers to consider in the upcoming school year. The list is comprised of titles that highlight rich historical nonfiction, classical and popular literature, and thought-provoking Florida-based works.
To help ensure all students strenthen their ability to read the books on the list, Florida's struggling readers in grades 3 through 5 can take full advantage of Reading Scholarship Accounts, which were funded for a second year by the Florida Legislature at the recommendation of Gov. Ron DeSantis. More than 5,600 students used reading scholarship accounts during the 2018-19 school year, and the budget appropriated $7.6 million for scholarships up to $500 per student for the 2019-20 school year.
"My favorite part about this reading list is that it includes several great works that deal with questions of morality, character building and philosophy that will help young children and adult learners grapple with some of life's challenges in all chapters of life," Commissioner Corcoran said. "Each of the powerful stories on this list will stretch the reader's mind and are books that they won't be able to put down."
Free breakfasts and lunches continue for Lake students
Lake County students will continue to receive free breakfasts and lunches this school year, regardless of household income.
The free meals are a result of the Community Eligibility Provision, a federal program that allows schools serving predominantly low-income communities to offer breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge. Students still have to purchase snack foods and additional menu items with cash or on their account.
The School Nutrition Association says that serving all students for free, which started in 2018-19 for Lake, ensures children will have access to healthy school meals every day and eliminates the stigma for those who rely on free school meals as a key source of nutrition. Additionally, the association says that having all students share the same meal together in the cafeteria helps strengthen a sense of school community and fosters healthy eating habits.
As an added benefit, eliminating the payment process speeds up the lunch line, giving students more time to eat their meal. The free meals also may draw more students to participate in the school lunch/breakfast programs, and that means more funding that can be used for food, labor and equipment.
CEP reduces administrative costs for schools by reducing postage for meal benefit applications, eliminates concerns about negative lunch account balances and gives cafeteria staff more time to focus on planning and preparing healthy meals.
2019-2020 Bell Schedule
High School: Instructional Day -- 7: 20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Elementary School: Instructional Day -- 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Beverly Shores Elementary Only: Instructional Day -- 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 a.m.
Rimes Early Learning Center Only: Instructional Day -- 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Middle School: Instructional Day -- 9:20 am. to 4:00 p.m.
***Remember, Wednesdays are early release days. Schools will dismiss one hour early on Wednesdays.
No texting and driving in school zone
Every year, as students head back to school, we issue reminders to motorists to drive carefully:
- Be alert and watch for children, especially near schools, bus stops school buses and in school parking lots;
- Watch for and obey signals from school crossing guards;
- Only drive or park in authorized areas to drop off or pick up children at school; and
- Stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arm extended.
This year, we have a new reminder to add to the list. Texting and driving is against the law, and soon the law will prohibit drivers from even holding a wireless device while in a designated school crossing, school zone or an active work zone with workers are present. So, if you’re near a school, put down your phone.
The new law went into effect July 1, making texting and driving a primary offense. That means if a law enforcement officer sees you texting while you’re driving, you can be pulled over. The ban on hand-held use in school zones and construction zones can be enforced starting Oct. 1.
Hands-free use, such as through a Bluetooth device, will still be allowed.
Read the bill language for more details.
2019-2020 Student Calendar
The student calendar for the 2019-2020 school year was approved by the Lake County School Board on June 11, 2018. Highlights include:
- First Day of Classes: Aug. 12.
- Thanksgiving Holiday: Nov. 25 - Nov. 29
- Winter Break: Dec. 20 - Jan. 7
- Spring Break: March 16 - March 20
- Last Day of Classes: May 29
See the full student calendar at this link.