Issue #7                                           SCPS Newsletter                                      July 28, 2017
From SCPS Superintendent - Dr. Walt Griffin
Dear SCPS Families,
Walt Griffin, Ed.D  
Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) continues to maintain a high level of excellence and was once again rated an "A" district for 2016-2017 by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). In order to continue our track record of success for the 2017-2018 school year, we will implement new curriculum and professional development to address areas of need and expand strategies and initiatives that generated increased student achievement. Due to our focus on excellence through equity and innovation, SCPS is renowned as a premier national school district. Maintaining educational success is the result of great instruction, involved parents, engaged students and a meaningful 21st century curriculum.

Several exciting innovations and updates are on track for the 2017-18 school year. The School Board and I are committed to a successful introduction of our new Problem Solving Incubator (PSI) High program at Lyman, Lake Mary and Seminole High Schools. To further enhance our school safety and security measures, we are rolling-out the new RAVE Panic Button app for teachers and staff. The panic button app provides real-time collaboration in the event of an on-campus emergency situation to on-site administrators, law enforcement, medical personnel, and the 9-1-1 call center. Beginning this school year, Lake Howell High School will start a new Business AA Degree program in collaboration with Seminole State College. Altamonte and Pine Crest Elementary Schools are transitioning into "Code to the Future" computer science immersion schools that will give their students firsthand experience in coding. We are re-opening Longwood Elementary, and Hamilton and Wekiva Elementary Schools have just recently completed their successful renovations. In addition, construction of the new Millennium Middle School is underway, as are the building additions at Seminole High School in preparation for their 2018-2019 school year opening.

It is an honor and privilege to work in a county that values education and understands that investing in our children today will reap great benefits for them and for our community. This important work is enhanced by the essential contributions of our PTA members and parents and ensures Seminole County's premier education system will continue to be an economic driver for maintaining the quality of life our citizens expect and deserve. You are essential partners in the educational programs and support systems for our students, teachers, administrators and staff.

Thank you to all of our Seminole County families and to all of those who support this important work throughout the school year. Please visit our award-winning district website at to learn more about SCPS and how you can get involved.
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Register NOW for SCPS VPK for the 17-18 School Year

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If you have a child who will be 4 years of age by September 1, 2017 you can enroll in VPK with Seminole County Public Schools.  Half day programs are offered at no charge. If you would like a full day, the state pays the morning hours and the parents pay the afternoon hours. The cost is $310 per month. Click here (en Español) for more information or contact the SCPS VPK office at 407-320-0463.
Students and Teachers Are In Need of Supplies

A Gift for Teaching Seminole
Forty-nine percent of SCPS students qualify for the free or reduced meals program. Parents or guardians struggle to make ends meet and sometimes that means sending children to school without the supplies they need. On average, teachers spend $592 of their own money on supplies for their students and classrooms each year. 

A Gift for Teaching - Seminole provides schools a critical school supply resource in which teachers are invited to "shop" for free to provide their classrooms and students with the essentials.  To learn how you can help, click here .
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South Seminole Middle School JROTC

With the only full time middle school program in Central Florida, the JROTC program at South Seminole Middle brings a lot of pride to the school.
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Students with disabilities complete ePathways internships.
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SCPS School Board Members
Amy Lockhart
Tina Calderone_ Ed.D.
Karen Almond
Jeffrey Bauer
Abby Sanchez
Amy Lockhart
Tina Calderone, Ed.D.
Vice Chair

Karen Almond
Board Member
Jeffrey Bauer
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Abby Sanchez
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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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