The Lawton Ledger
2023-2024 Theme: Level Up and CRUSH IT!
September Calendar
Data and Outcomes
We are excited to start this school year with a new theme and new goals! This school year we are leveling up! And how are doing it? By Crushing it! Crush is an acronym that stands for Collaborate, Rethink, Use every minute, Step Up & Honor our Differences. This theme is being embraced by students and staff.

There are several ways we are leveling up as educators:

Level Up Classroom Community! Begin the year making connections with your students and families, establishing collaborative routines and procedures, and creating environments in which students will thrive.

Level Up Differentiation! Increase your ability to meet the needs of every student every day by planning differentiated content, process, and/or product.

Level Up Productive Struggle! Provide students opportunities that develop strong habits of mind, such as perseverance and thinking flexibly. They may make mistakes and try different strategies, but they are engaged with the work and can persevere.

Level Up Formative Assessments! Focus on tools and techniques to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used to deepen instruction and improve student success.

Level Up Questioning! Enhance the educational impact of instruction by using planned and intentional questioning to dive into complex thinking!

Level Up Time! Make every moment count! Consider how to maximize transitions, lessons, and meetings to ensure every minute matters.

Level Up Reflection! Engage in the cycle of reflection, revision, and reteaching to support student achievement and professional growth.

As you can see, Lawton Chiles is ready to take it to the next level and we appreciate your partnership and collaboration as we move forward this school year!
Parent Engagement
o Phone: 407-737-1470, Fax: 407-737-1471
o School email: [email protected]
o Parent Engagement Liaison email: [email protected]
o Registrar email: [email protected]
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2023-2024 Family Guide (please click images below):
**Special thanks to our parents that attended the Parent Academy last Saturday at Colonial High School**
Parents, don’t miss out on this great opportunity for you and your family. The OCPS Parent Academy is committed to making a sustainable impact on student success, parenting and advocacy and personal growth/wellness.
Our next Parent Academy will be virtual on Wednesday, Sept. 13th from 12noon - 1pm via Facebook and YouTube Live. Register at:
Lawton Chiles Elementary Open house is coming up, Tuesday, September 12 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, see you all there. More information will be provided as the date gets closer.
1st Spirit Night at Chuck E Cheese, Wednesday, September 13 from 3pm to 9pm. Special appearance at Dismissal - don’t miss it!
Weekly Superintendent's Message
This week Superintendent Dr. Vazquez discusses some of the trending topics on Thought Exchange which include salaries, cell phone policy, and A/C issues. You can still submit a thought on Thought Exchange by clicking here.
Food, Fun, and Fellowship
Ms. Alonso is modeling how-to-teach a writing strategy to her 4th grade teammates.
Instructional Coach, Lauren Martinez, provides support during weekly Professional Learning Community meetings. 
Our office staff and Ms. Higginbotham in front of the Orange County Sheriff's office Breast Cancer Awareness car.
Mrs. Roscoe worked with students on a puzzle prior to our monthly School Advisory Meeting. Thanks to our media specialist, Ms. Lowe, for designing a makerspace area for our students!
Second grade students starting their morning off with daily reading practice!
Community Resources
Florida's 2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs through Friday, Sept. 8th.

During this time, Floridians can purchase everything from generators and carbon monoxide detectors to everyday household items like dish detergent, all free of the state's usual sales tax. Plus, there's no limit on how many items you can buy.

  • Portable generator costing $3,000 or less
  • Tarp or flexible waterproof sheeting costing $100 or less
  • Ground anchor system or tie-down kit costing $100 or less 
  • Smoke detector costing $70 or less
  • Fire extinguisher costing $70 or less 
  • Carbon monoxide detector costing $70 or less
  • Non-electric food storage cooler costing $60 or less
  • Portable power bank costing $60 or less
  • Gas or diesel fuel tank costing $50 or less 
  • Portable radio costing $50 or less 
  • AA-cell, AAA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, costing $50 or less
  • Flashlights, lanterns or candles costing $40 or less

Pet supplies are also tax free.
The tax holiday also include a number of items related to the safe evacuation of household pets. Exempted items include:

  • Bags of dry dog food or cat food weighing 50 or fewer pounds with a sales price of $100 or less per bag.
  • Cans or pouches of wet dog food or cat food with a sales price of $10 or less per can or pouch or the equivalent if sold in a box or case.
  • Over-the-counter pet medications with a sales price of $100 or less per item.
  • Portable kennels or pet carriers with a sales price of $100 or less per item.
  • Manual can openers with a sales price of $15 or less per item.
  • Leashes, collars, and muzzles with a sales price of $20 or less per item.
  • Collapsible or travel-sized food bowls or water bowls with a sales price of $15 or less per item.
  • Cat litter weighing 25 or fewer pounds with a sales price of $25 or less per item.
  • Cat litter pans with a sales price of $15 or less per item.
  • Pet waste disposal bags with a sales price of $15 or less per package.
  • Pet pads with a sales price of $20 or less per box or package.
  • Hamster or rabbit substrate with a sales price of $15 or less per package.
  • Pet beds with a sales price of $40 or less per item.

Additional items are tax free as residents build emergency supply kit for hurricane season.
The Florida House of Representatives Disaster Prep Bill #7063 says common household consumable items selling for $30 or less will be exempt from sales taxes. What are "common household consumable items"? Those include:

  • Powdered detergent; liquid detergent; or pod detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, stain removers, and bleach.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Paper towels.
  • Paper napkins and tissues.
  • Facial tissues.
  • Hand soap, bar soap and body wash.
  • Sunscreen and sunblock.
  • Dish soap and detergents, including powder detergents, liquid detergents, or pod detergents or rinse agents that can be used in dishwashers.
  • Cleaning or disinfecting wipes and sprays.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Trash bags.
Welcome to Community Connect!

Need to Locate Resources? You can search for free or reduced cost programs such as food, housing, mental health, education programs, and other social services provided directly by Community Based Organizations.
Have a safe and relaxing Labor Day holiday!
Ms. Willis, Principal
Lawton Chiles Elementary School
Sunday, September 3, 2023
11001 Bloomfield Drive
Orlando, FL 32825
Phone 407-737-1470
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