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FL arts education group names Lori White 'Superintendent of the Year'

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Lori White Oct 2015

CHAMPION OF ARTS EDUCATION: Lori White is being honored by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education as its Superintendent of the Year.

This news release is from the Florida Alliance for Arts Education.

ORLANDO, May 24, 2016 – The Florida Alliance for Arts Education has named Lori White, superintendent of Sarasota County schools, its 2016 Superintendent of the Year.

White will be formally honored during an awards ceremony at the FAAE Leadership Summit. The Summit will be held June 23-25 at The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach. The Awards Ceremony will take place at The Brown Museum of Art at the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences at 6 p.m., Friday, June 24. 

“I am honored to be named Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education,” White said. “The organization’s commitment and leadership in arts education makes this award especially meaningful. I’m fortunate to lead a school district that gets so much support from local arts and cultural organizations, foundations and individuals that care so deeply about the arts as an integral part of K-12 education. They know that engaging students in the arts helps young people think and act creatively, whatever career path they may pursue.”

Since 1981, FAAE has united educators, artists, community leaders, concerned citizens, corporate partners and arts-education organizations and institutions in pursuit of a common goal: to ensure that all Florida students receive a complete education that includes the arts.

“It is FAAE’s vision for every child in every school to have a well-rounded education that includes a comprehensive, sequential, high-quality program of arts instruction, and for all Florida communities to have broad-based cultural programs available to support lifelong learning in and through the arts,” said Julie Hebert, the alliance’s executive director. “Sarasota has long been a model for demonstrating student achievement and equitable access to a high-quality arts education.”

Each year during the summit, FAAE recognizes outstanding leaders in arts education. “It is our hope that educators will see the great things happening around the state and implement similar models in their own districts,” Hebert said. “Wouldn’t it be great if all Florida students had the same opportunities in arts education as students in Sarasota do?”

When selecting the Superintendent of the Year, FAAE recognizes that strong leadership from the top is necessary to develop and maintain strong arts education programs in a school district. Superintendent White was selected for this prestigious award based upon her tireless efforts to maintain outstanding arts programs in the Sarasota schools as well as the strong relationships she has fostered with community arts organizations.

White has served as superintendent of Sarasota County schools since 2008 and is renowned across the district and state for her support of arts education. She grew up in Sarasota and has spent her entire career as a teacher and administrator in the district. She served as director of curriculum and instruction from 1995-2003 and was later associate superintendent of instructional services.

White received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University. She is married and has two grown children and two grandchildren.

Angela Hartvigsen, Sarasota County’s Fine Arts Program Specialist, stated that despite budget shortfalls and recommendations from consultants to cut arts education positions, White staunchly supported the presence of the arts in all of Sarasota’s public schools. Due in large part to White’s support, Sarasota County was the nation’s sixth community chosen for the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child Initiative. This initiative promotes access and equity in arts experiences for all students, K-8, through the school district, the local arts community, and the Kennedy Center.

Brian Hersh, the Program Director for Any Given Child Sarasota, added that “in addition to Any Given Child, Superintendent White’s involvement in EdExplore was crucial to ensuring students experiential learning opportunities with and through the arts.” EdExplore is an online platform that connects teachers to a plethora of local community arts, cultural, historical, and science field-based organizations that provide opportunities to enrich and extend the school curriculum.

“Mrs. White is an eloquent speaker about the arts and their importance to a child’s whole education. She is also proud to tell you about her days playing the violin at Pine View School,” Hartvigsen remarked.

Sarasota High choirs to sing year-end concert with Key Chorale May 26

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SHS Chamber Choir spring 2016

SINGING SAILORS: The 2016 Sarasota High Chamber Choir and other SHS choirs will perform their Final Bow Concert May 26 in the SHS auditorium. Pictured at right is choir director Kirby Sanders.

SARASOTA, May 24, 2016 – The Sarasota High School Choral Department will present the Final Bow Concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 26, in the school auditorium. The event will mark the end of the school year and the last choir performance by graduating seniors.

The program will feature a wide variety of music and will showcase the Singing Sailors, the Chamber Choir, the Women’s Chorale and student soloists. The Key Chorale, a local adult choral music group conducted by Joseph Caulkins, will join the Chamber Choir for a presentation of songs from the April concert, Tomorrow’s Voices Today, the Key Chorale’s third annual collaboration with choirs from Sarasota County high school choirs.

The program will conclude with a salute to the graduating seniors of 2016 as they take their final bow. The concert is free and open to the public. More information is available by calling 941-955-0181, ext. 64570, between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sarasota High School is located at 1000 S. School Ave., Sarasota.

Administrators’ organizations award 15 college scholarships

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SDA-SBA Scholarship winners May 2016

SDA/SBA SCHOLARS: Fifteen high school seniors are 2016 SDA/SBA Scholarship winners. In front row from left are Taylor Walter, Nathan Garcia, Shelby Duquette, Jamie Quinn and Raven Peters. In back row are Skyler Miller, Magdalena Coca, Kade Sleight and Erica Brown. Not pictured are Liliana Acosta, Jacob Jeskey, Charles Madden, Nicole Pelletier, Nina Rivenson and Tho Van.

SARASOTA COUNTY, May 20, 2016 – Two organizations of administrators affiliated with the Sarasota County Schools, School District Administrators (central office administrators) and School-Based Administrators (principals and assistant principals), have awarded 15 $1,000 college scholarships to high school seniors. The students were recognized at the May 17 School Board meeting.

The organizations work together on an annual golf tournament to raise money for the scholarships, as well as for the district’s School Related Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year programs.

Criteria for the scholarships included academic and civic achievements, work experience and hobbies. The SDA/SBA Scholarships were awarded to the following students:  

Liliana Acosta, North Port High

Erica Brown, Booker High

Magdalena Coca, Riverview High

Shelby Duquette, Venice High

Nathan Garcia, Suncoast Polytechnical High

Jacob Jeskey, Venice High

Charles F. Madden III, Riverview High

Skyler Miller, Booker High

Nicole Pelletier, Booker High

Raven Peters, Booker High

Jamie Quinn, Venice High

Nina Rivenson, North Port High

Kade Sleight, Venice High

Tho Van, Venice High

Taylor Walter, Riverview High   

North Port High welcomes class of 2015 members into Hall of Fame

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NORTH PORT, May 20, 2016 – North Port High School will hold a special ceremony at 6 p.m., Friday, May 20. Select members of last year’s graduating class will be inducted into the school’s Academic Hall of Fame.

The event, held in the school cafeteria, is open to the public and will feature NPHS Academic Hall of Fame member and successful dentist, Dr. Ashley Keen (class of 2005), as guest speaker.

The inductees from the class of 2015 include Rodrigo Amaya, Sarah Brown, Christelle Colon, Rebecca Corbin, Courtney Cramer, David Ehrenhaft, Lindsey Gill, Alina Maksimchuk, Ashley Marceus, Kelley Mayo, Korina Melton, Hannah Patrick, Loren Phillips, Alexsys Serafine, Leslie Simmons, Vivien Singh, Victor Sinopoli and Taylor Williams. They will join NPHS alumni from 2004-14 in the school’s Hall of Fame. 

The North Port High School Academic Hall of Fame permanently recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement completed while attending the school. Criteria for induction include being among the top 20 students of each graduating class, based on weighted grade-point average; having attended the school for at least three years; and, beginning with the class of 2015, attaining a college placement score of 1,170 on the SAT (critical reading and math) or 26 on the ACT (composite) while attending NPHS.

North Port High School is located at 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port.

Englewood Elementary Choir named grand champs at Music USA Festival

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Englewood Elem Choir in Orlando-Grand Champs May 2016

GRAND CHAMPS: Members of the Englewood Elementary School Show Choir celebrate their Grand Champion award at the Music USA Festival in Orlando May 13. Pictured in the middle is Choir Director Tricia Buckstein.

ENGLEWOOD, May 20, 2016 -  The Englewood Elementary School Show Choir was named the 2016 Grand Champion in the Elementary Division at the Music USA Festival May 13, hosted by Universal Studios. Students performed a two-song “mash-up” of “Monster Mash” and “Thriller.” The choir, led by Choir Director Tricia Buckstein, performed the musical Lion King earlier this year and trained all second semester for the Music USA Festival.

Englewood Elementary School is located at 150 N. McCall Road.

About Music USA Fesivals:

Music USA Festivals is a non-profit organization promoting music education through quality evaluation. 


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