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   Issue #13                                           SCPS Newsletter                                  February 1, 2019
From SCPS Superintendent - Dr. Walt Griffin
Dear SCPS Families,
Walt Griffin, Ed.D  Superintendent
It is my privilege to serve as Superintendent of Seminole Country Public Schools (SCPS). Our premiere national district continues to maintain an "A-rating," from the Florida Department of Education. The School Board and I work diligently to ensure Seminole County Public Schools has the tools in place to sustain student growth and success, but it would be impossible to achieve our goals without the high quality teachers, administrators and staff in our schools and our involved and engaged families, business partners and community members. Thank you for all you do to support our students and schools. 

There are several SCPS recent accomplishments that I am proud to share with you. Our graduation rate for the 2017-2018 School Year is 91.7%, a 3.1% increase from the previous year and 5.6% above the state average (86.1%). Our most current graduation rate is ranked first (1) in Central Florida districts, second (2) of the 17 largest districts, and tenth (10) of all Florida districts.

Two of our Magnet Schools, Idyllwilde Elementary Future Ready Academy and Wicklow Elementary Magnet School for Global Pathways, have recently been approved as candidate schools for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). These schools are currently pursuing authorization to become IB PYP World Schools. IB World Schools share the common philosophy of a commitment to high-quality, challenging, and international education.

The Magnet Schools of America association has awarded many of our magnet schools and programs awards of recognition for their high performance and academic achievement. The following Seminole County Public Schools have been named a National Magnet School of Excellence: Crooms Academy of Information Technology, Midway Elementary School of the Arts, and Milwee Middle School - Pre-Engineering Magnet. Schools named a National Magnet School of Distinction include: Goldsboro Elementary - Math, Science & Technology Magnet School, Hamilton Elementary - Magnet School of Engineering & Technology, Lyman High School - Academy of Engineering, Seminole High School - Academy of Health Careers, and South Seminole Middle School - Academy of Leadership, Law, & Advanced Studies.

Seminole County Public Schools is committed to maintaining our high-quality teaching staff. SCPS will host a Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Oviedo High School located at 601 King Street, Oviedo, FL 32765. School Administrators from each school site will be interviewing and offering teacher contracts for instructional critical shortage areas for the 2019-2020 school year on the spot. Interested applicants should be sure to pre-register for the event and are requested to bring multiple copies of their resumes to share with principals.

Seminole County Public Schools is focused on our mission to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be productive citizens. Each and every day, we are committed to providing the best education possible for our students so that they're well-prepared for the future and have the skills necessary to excel in the workforce and our global economy.
DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS
Yoga to Manage Stress
Yoga to Manage Stress

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Millennium Puppetry Club
Millennium Puppetry Club

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Lake Mary HS Memory Project
Lake Mary HS Memory Project

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Seminole HS Aviation Program
Seminole HS Aviation Program

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2019 Aerospace & Aviation Day Recap

Attendees On Saturday, January 26, SCPS students and parents participated in the 2019 Aerospace & Aviation Day at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. This free event was the result of a partnership among Seminole County Public Schools, the airport, and Seminole State College.

PSI High Students' Independent Research Investigation Projects

PSI High PSI High is a dynamic project-based learning environment that gives students a number of ways to express themselves and grow academically. In its first year of operation as a Program of Emphasis at Seminole High School, more than 50 students are learning together in the Problem Solving Incubator.

TEACHER OF THE YEAR
TOY Talk with Chris Pombonyo
Learn more about this year's Teacher of the Year (TOY) finalists on TOY Talk with Chris Pombonyo!

Be sure to visit the SCPS homepage on February 2nd to learn who has been selected as the 2020 SCPS Teacher of the Year.
Elementary Region _ Magnet Schools Application Period Open through March 1
2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration begins on April 4_ 2019Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) will hold Kindergarten Registration for the upcoming 2019-2020 School Year beginning on Thursday, April 4, 2019. On that date, all SCPS Elementary Schools will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to accept registrations in their front office.

After that date, families can register their future SCPS Kindergartners at their zoned Elementary School during normal front office hours.

For more information, including required documentation, visit the Elementary Education website.
PreK Evaluation Clinic
Supporting the Needs of Our Youngest Learners in Seminole County

Pre-K Evaluation Clinic Pre-K Evaluation ClinicProviding a great start for all students in Seminole County is an important part of preparing students for college and career readiness. Sometimes early learners display developmental deficits that impact learning in the home and other early childhood settings. For these young children, Seminole County Public Schools provides evaluation services and early intervention to target these deficits beginning at age 3. Early intervention services target the improvement of delayed skills to prepare students for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Click here to learn more about SCPS PreK Evaluation Clinics and how to schedule a developmental evaluation.
SCPS VPK Registration Begins in March for the 2019-20 School Year

VPK Enrollment SCPS is proud to offer a VPK program at every elementary school as well as Seminole High School and the Early Learning Center located in Sanford. To be eligible for VPK a child must be four-years of age by September 1, 2019. SCPS VPK offers a high-quality program designed to prepare students to enter Kindergarten ready to learn! Full day and half day programs are available.

For more information, including registration dates, visit the SCPS VPK website or contact our parent information line at 407-320-0414 or 407-320-0415 (Spanish).
DISTRICT ACCOLADES
» SCPS Magnet Schools Named National Magnet School of Excellence & Distinction
SCPS SCHOOL BOARD
Get to Know Our Newest School Board Members

Upcoming Board Meetings
  • February 5, 2019
  • February 26, 2019
  • March 12, 2019
  • April 2, 2019
  • April 23, 2019
Watch School Board Meetings in-person or online. Click here to learn more.
AROUND THE DISTRICT
Parent Workshop: Pop Open a New Book with Title I

SCPS Title I Family Engagement invites you and your family to their Parent Workshop featuring interactive learning stations which provide reading strategies and tips for elementary students.

Click here to sign up. 
 
What's on the Menus from Dining Services

Elementary |  Middle |  High

 
Important Dates

Accessibility Survey

International Symbol of Access SCPS is seeking feedback on the ADA accessibility of the district's main website.

If you'd like to participate in the survey, please visit the district website for more information.

School Safety & Mental Health Summit

School Safety _ Mental Health Summit Join us for this joint educational event to raise awareness about mental illness and increase knowledge about mental health services and threat assessment teams in schools. In conjunction with an expert panel of school personnel, local law enforcement and community partners, community stakeholders can learn the importance of addressing mental illness in children.

This event is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 6 - 7 p.m. at Lyman High School (865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood, FL).  Childcare will be provided for school-age children.

IN OTHER NEWS
New Support Education License Plate
Fresh Plate Design.
Same Great Cause.

Purchasing or renewing a "Support Education" speciality license plate in Seminole County supports SCPS.

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Teacher Job Fair on March 9 for External Applicants
Teacher Job Fair
for External Applicants

Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. - 2p.m.
Oviedo High School (Auditorium)
601 King Street, Oviedo, FL 32765.

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CFE Scholarship for Graduating Seniors

CFE will award undergraduate scholarships to six lucky graduating high school seniors and two master's level scholarships. Apply today! Visit, https://mycfe.com/info-for/opening-a-youth-account/scholarships.

Florida PrePaid

Florida PrePaid Thinking about how to send your kids to college? To celebrate 30 years, Florida Prepaid is making it FREE to enroll in a prepaid tuition plan between Feb. 1 and March 2! Use promo code 30YEARS. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/QptSoA.
SCPS School Board Members





Tina Calderone, Ed.D.
Chairman
Karen Almond
Vice Chair
Kristine Kraus
Board Member
Amy Pennock
Board Member
Abby Sanchez
Board Member
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The mission of the Seminole County Public Schools is to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be productive citizens.
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Educational Equity - Notice of Nondiscrimination
   
The Educational Equity Administrator for Seminole County Public Schools has the responsibility of assuring compliance with the educational equity requirements by providing technical expertise, monitoring activities or programs related to compliance, and responding to equity complaints. One of the responsibilities is to administer the Educational Equity Complaint/Grievance Procedures as adopted by the School Board.
 
It is the policy of the School Board of Seminole County, Florida, that no employee, student, or applicant shall - on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital status, age, religion, or any other basis prohibited by law - be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination and harassment under any educational programs, activities, or in any employment conditions, policies, or practices conducted by the District. Additionally, the School board of Seminole County provides equal access to public school facilities for the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups as required by 34 C.F.R. 108.6.
 
Every employee, student, or applicant for employment at Seminole County Public Schools has a solemn right to be treated fairly, equally, equitably, and with dignity. If for any reason you - the employee, student, or applicant for employment - find that you have been victimized by acts of discrimination and or harassment, whether intentional or unintentional, you are strongly encouraged to file an Educational Equity Complaint or Grievance with the Educational Equity Administrator, or any county or school-level administrator. All such complaints must be immediately forwarded to the Educational Equity Administrator for dissemination, action, and resolution. Forward to: SCPS Educational Equity Administrator, Seminole County Public Schools, Educational Support Center, 400 E. Lake Mary Blvd., Sanford, FL 32773-7127. (407) 320-0198.  
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