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Sarasota Middle School students perform at Van Wezel Hall

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SARASOTA, Nov. 25, 2014 – A specially selected vocal ensemble from Sarasota Middle School will sing back-up for Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Dave Koz. The Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour concert is set for 8-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

"I am so grateful for this opportunity and excited to perform at the Van Wezel. Thank you to Mrs. Sawa, our amazing chorus teacher,” said seventh-grade choir student Taylor Tyle.

Tickets are available through the Van Wezel website, www.vanwezel.org

Riverview High Choirs to sing at Renaissance Feaste Dec. 4-6

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RHS Renaissance Feaste 2013

A MEAL WITH MADRIGALS: Students from the Choirs of Riverview High School sing at the 2013 Renaissance Feaste. The 24th annual event is set for Dec. 4-6, 2014.

SARASOTA, Nov. 24, 2014 – The Choirs of Riverview High School will raise their voices in song at the 24th Annual Renaissance Feaste, 6:30-9 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, Dec 4-6, at St. John’s United Methodist Church.

The event includes a holiday concert, followed by a catered madrigal-based dinner play written and performed by the students.

“All of our students look forward to this event,” said Choir Director and RHS alumnus David Verdoni, class of 2004. “It has been a long-standing holiday tradition for our choirs.”

Tickets are $25 and include the concert and dinner show. They can be purchased at www.RiverviewPerformingArts.com .

St. John's United Methodist Church is located at 6611 Proctor Rd. in Sarasota.

Suncoast Technical College unveils new logo, website (UPDATED)

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STC logo reveal invite Nov 2014

NEW NAME, NEW LOGO: The public is invited to a "pep rally" for the newly named Suncoast Technical College Nov. 24.

UPDATE, Nov. 24, 2014 - Click here to see the new website and logo for Suncoast Technical College.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Nov. 20, 2014 — Suncoast Technical College, formerly Sarasota County Technical Institute, will unveil its new logo at a “pep rally” Monday, Nov. 24 on its main campus at Proctor and Beneva roads in Sarasota. The two-hour celebration will begin at noon. The event is free and open to the public. 

Games, activities and a live remote broadcast on WiLD 94.1 FM radio will highlight the school’s new identity. Prizes will include T-shirts, sunglasses and pom-poms. Refreshments will be served. Students from Suncoast Polytechnical High School, which is adjacent to STC, will join the festivities.

The logo reveal is the kick-off of an informational campaign about the school’s new name, which will roll out in digital media and on radio, TV and billboards. The campaign will culminate with an event Saturday, Jan. 24, when STC will award full scholarships to two students who have connected with the school via social media.

The School Board of Sarasota County approved the name change at its regular meeting Nov. 4. The change affects all locations: the main campus in Sarasota as well as campuses in Sarasota’s Newtown community, Venice and North Port (temporarily on the campus of North Port High School, with a new facility scheduled for completion in 2017). The Fire Science Academy near Fruitville and Lockwood Ridge roads in Sarasota also is affiliated with STC.

While the name “Sarasota County Technical Institute” and “SCTI” will continue to appear on signage and other materials during a transitional period, the name change is already official. The new name was selected by a committee that included students, teachers, district staff and the business community and unanimously approved by a team of school employees and by the School Advisory Council, which consists of staff, student and parent representatives.

The name “Technical College” was chosen because it best represents the school’s role in the community. The name change does not affect the school’s governance by the School Board of Sarasota County or its relationship with the superintendent. Todd Bowden, the school’s director and the district’s executive director of Career, Technical and Adult Education, will continue to report to Superintendent of Schools Lori White.

The school is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, which is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit technical colleges.

The school’s relationship with the State College of Florida and other educational institutions in the area will not be affected by its name change. Suncoast Technical College will not issue degrees. Its students will continue to be encouraged to pursue additional study at SCF and will be awarded credit from SCF for their studies at Suncoast Technical College through the school’s existing articulation agreements with that institution.       

 

Free flu vaccines available for students at district schools Dec. 10-11

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TEACHING FLU A LESSON: Health professionals will administer free nasal flu vaccines (and shots on request) at Sarasota County schools Dec. 10-11.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Nov. 19, 2014 - Local health and school officials have teamed up to “Teach Flu A Lesson” during National Influenza Immunization Awareness Week, Dec. 7-13.

Sarasota County Schools and the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County have partnered with Healthy Schools, LLC to provide no-cost flu vaccine to students, with parental consent. Ten teams of nurses from Healthy Schools, LLC will be mobilized to provide flu vaccines to students on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 10-11. Vaccines will be provided at all 54 Sarasota County traditional public and charter schools.

Click here for information, including permission form and schedule. 

Qualified health professionals will administer either the traditional flu shot or the inhaled influenza vaccine, based on 
an assessment of which vaccine is appropriate for each student. 

With the holiday season approaching, health officials expect to see a surge in flu-related illnesses in communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu vaccine is the best defense against the seasonal flu and has a very good safety record. Those who get vaccinated can expect to get protection within two weeks. The flu vaccine does not cause the flu.

Unlike the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications. Getting vaccinated not only protects you from the flu, but it can also prevent you from spreading it to friends and family as well.  Local health officials say that because outbreaks of flu-like illness can occur in the schools and then spread to families it is important that children get immunized. 

Take Action to Fight the Flu:

1. Take time to get the flu vaccine.

2. Take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of the germs:

Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner. For more information and downloadable hand washing reminders, visit www.cleanhandscampaign.com.

Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue, or the inside of your elbow -- not your bare hand. Throw used tissues in the trash and wash hands.  

Stay at home when you are sick. Keep sick children home. Stay home until free from fever at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine). 

3. Take antiviral medications to shorten to the severity and duration of the flu if your doctor prescribes them.

For more information, call DOH-Sarasota’s Office of School Health at 941-927-9000, ext. 32101..

Riverview High School Kiltie Band presents Fall Concert

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SARASOTA, Nov. 14, 2014 – The Riverview High School Kiltie Band will present their debut performance of the 2014 concert season at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. The 90-minute Fall Concert will feature the entire 200-plus Kiltie group.

Transitioning from a successful marching season on the football field to an indoor venue requires some adjustment and lots of advance prep work.

The program will include the Wind Ensemble, drum line and bagpipes as well as performances by the Highland dancers and color guard. For the grand finale the Kilties will line the stage, balcony and center aisles to create a surround-sound effect. 

“Audiences love that experience because it truly puts them inside the performance,” said Spreen.

Because the Kilties have a strong fan base and many of them put the Fall Concert on their social calendars, late arrivals should expect standing-room only. Doors open shortly before 7 p.m.; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of 10 or more can reserve seats by contacting Miriam Thompson at 941-539-5383 or by email at miriamdenver@netscape.net. A $5 donation will be collected at the door, with proceeds supporting music education at the school. 

Riverview High School is located in central Sarasota, just east of U.S. 41 and Proctor Road.  

Sarasota County School Board reaches contract agreement with union

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SARASOTA, Nov. 14, 2014 – The negotiating teams for the School Board of Sarasota County and the Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association reached an agreement Friday (Nov. 14) on a contract for the 2014-15 school year. The agreement provides that bargaining unit employees, including teachers and support staff such as classroom aides, bus drivers and cafeteria workers, will receive a performance supplement for the year.

The amount will be equal to 2.5 percent of the employee’s salary for the Sarasota County School District’s current fiscal year (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015). Teachers who received a rating of “highly effective” or “effective” for 2013-14 in either portion of the Teacher Evaluation System (teacher practices and student progress) will receive the supplement. Support staff who received an overall rating for 2013-14 of “satisfactory” will receive the supplement.

Employees will receive one-half of the supplement amount in their Dec. 31 paycheck and the remainder in their June 15, 2015, paycheck. A 1.25-percent salary increase will be added to the salary schedules on July 1, 2015, if there is a sufficient increase in the state’s base student funding allocation.

Although the agreement reached Nov. 14 covers bargaining unit employees only, the School Board has traditionally extended pay raises and performance supplements to school-based and district-level administrators. 

District negotiator Art Hardy said all parties were pleased to have reached an agreement. The final agreement must be approved by the School Board and ratified by the employees before it can take effect. Bargaining unit employees are tentatively scheduled to vote on ratification of the contract Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 8 and 9. If ratified, the agreement will be on the agenda for School Board approval at the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

 

Sarasota proclaims 'Linda Nook Day' to honor Riverview HS principal

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Linda Nook with proclamation LN Day 11-7-14

RETIRING RAM: Riverview High School Linda Nook with a City of Sarasota proclamation naming Nov. 7 "Linda Nook Day."

SARASOTA, Nov. 7, 2014 - Sarasota City Commissioner Shannon Snyder surprised Riverview Principal Linda Nook today with a proclamation from all the commissioners naming Nov. 7 "Linda Nook Day" in Sarasota. The veteran educator, who is scheduled to retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year, was honored on this day in part because it is the last time she will lead RHS during the traditional annual Riverview Rams football game against cross-town rivals, the Sarasota Sailors.

Here is the text of the proclamation, signed by Mayor Willie Shaw and the four other city commissioners:

CITY OF SARASOTA 
Proclamation

 
WHEREAS, for 30 years, Linda Nook has been an educator, having received her Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Wisconsin at LaCross, Wisconsin, and her Master's Degree in Educational Administration from California State University at Sacramento, California; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Nook has taught and served in various capacities at all levels of the K-12 educational system including elementary, middle and high schools and in 1993 was appointed Principal of Fruitville Elementary School, in 1995 was appointed Principal of Sarasota Middle School and in 2001 was appointed Principal of Riverview High School where she continues to serve until her upcoming retirement; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Nook is a Member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, served on the Executive Board of the Sarasota County School-Based Administrators Association, received the Sarasota Association for Music Education Award, and previously served as the Secretary for the Sarasota County Elementary Principals' Association; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Nook is an experienced teacher of English, Reading, and English as a Second Language, has extensive experience teaching gifted and talented students, served on Leadership Teams for school-based Quality Review Teams, has been a mentor teacher, has provided staff development in Language Arts-Reading/Writing assessments, and developed and implemented countless innovative programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels including The Executive Internship Program, The Clothes Closet, The Food Pantry, and most recently the Stars to Starfish program.  

NOW, THEREFORE, the City Commission of the City of Sarasota, Florida, on behalf of the citizens of our community, takes great pride in recognizing November 7, 2014, as: 

Linda K. Nook Day

in celebration of her upcoming retirement and with thanks for her many years as in teaching and mentoring our young people during her 30 years as an educator and, particularly, for the tremendous impact she has had on Riverview High School staff and student success over the years.

Dated this 7th day of November 2014

 

District schools salute veterans in November events

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Nov. 7, 2014 – Students and staff at Sarasota County public schools continue to honor military veterans with special activities that began Wednesday, Nov. 5. Several veterans have been invited to schools to participate in events scheduled for Nov. 10-15. High school bands, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) color guards and other school groups will participate in various community ceremonies on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Events scheduled as of Friday, Nov. 7, are as follows:  

Monday, Nov. 10:

7:45-8:30 a.m.: Tuttle Elementary School and its safety patrol will host a local VFW chapter at a ceremony in front of the school. This will include a flag ceremony and an address about the importance of Veteran’s Day. 2863 8th St., Sarasota.  

9-10 a.m: At Garden Elementary School, the Venice Middle School Young Marines will present the colors; the Venice Middle Band & Chorus will perform “Celebrate America” for Garden’s fourth- and fifth-grade students and their parents. Venice Middle Young Marines visit with veterans throughout the week in Leadership classes. 700 Center Road, Venice.

Tuesday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day):

8:45-9:15 a.m. and 9:30 10 a.m.: Cranberry Elementary School music teacher Karen Rochon will lead the Cougar Choir in patriotic songs. 2775 Shalimar Terrace, North Port.  

8:30-10:30 a.m.: The Pine View School Elementary Student Council will host the school’s annual Veterans Day Celebration. The event will start with breakfast for veterans in the student union, followed by a parade attended by Pine View middle and high school students. Elementary students will honor individual veterans. A Boy Scout troop will present the colors of the flag. Student Council representatives will recite the poem “Freedom’s Call.” Veterans will share their experiences and Principal Stephen Covert will speak. Pine View’s High School Band and Elementary Chorus will perform patriotic music. 1 Python Path, Osprey.

8:50 a.m.: Sarasota Military Academy and Sarasota Military Preparatory Middle School cadets will assemble in a joint formation prior to departing for the Sarasota Veterans Day Parade. Approximately 1,400 cadets will prepare to march down Main Street, followed by approximately 150 faculty and staff from both schools. 801 Orange Ave., Sarasota.

9 a.m.: At Lamarque Elementary School, third-grade students will set a table in white colors to honor fallen, captured or missing soldiers. Passages from the book, “America’s White Table,” by Margot Raven, will be read as students perform the ceremony of preparing place settings, providing an emotional connection to the reason America honors veterans each year. 3415 Lamarque Ave., North Port.

9:30 a.m.: Bay Haven School of Basics Plus will hold a Veterans Day program under our Physical Education Shelter.  All community members are welcome.  Veteran Al Leone will speak. Patriotic music will be performed by Bay Haven students. 2901 W. Tamiami Circle, Sarasota.

9:30 a.m.: Toledo Blade Elementary School will host a school-wide Veterans Day celebration. School families and staff have been invited to share a photo of a family member who has served or is currently serving in the Armed Forces. Veterans have been invited to attend the celebration and be recognized for their service to the country. 1201 Geranium Ave., North Port.

9:30 a.m. and beyond: Woodland Middle School will stage a Veterans Day Freedom Walk and Fundraiser. Students have pledged to walk a mile during social studies classes. One hundred percent of the money raised will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. 2700 Panacea Blvd., North Port.

10 a.m.: Students from various schools will participate in the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Sarasota, including the Venice Middle School Young Marines, the Venice Middle School Marching Band, Booker High Junior ROTC and Sarasota Military Academy and SMA Prep cadets. The parade will end at J.D. Hamill Park with a ceremony honoring Veterans.

1:45 p.m.: The Wilkinson Elementary School Chorus and first-grade students will perform in a Veterans Day program in the cafeteria. Families are invited to join the ceremony, which will honor veterans and active military personnel in attendance. Students and families have been asked to submit names of people to honor during the ceremony. 3400 Wilkinson Road, Sarasota.
 

Thursday, Nov. 13:

9:15-10:15: Students at Garden Elementary School will sing patriotic songs to honor veterans. Guests from the local VFW chapter have been invited to attend. 700 Center Road, Venice.

Saturday, Nov. 15:

9:30-10:45 a.m.: The campus of Sarasota Military Preparatory Middle School will host SMA Patriot Day. Cadets in grades six-eight will emcee, present patriotic addresses and present musical performances. The keynote speaker will be Sharlene Hawkes, a Forever Miss America, who will speak about patriotism. A donation of $25 is suggested. This event is in conjunction with The Patterson Foundation’s Veterans Legacy Summit weekend, honoring Sarasota veterans and their families. 3101 Bethel Lane, Sarasota. 

Lakeview and Oak Park students to attend play together at Van Wezel

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SARASOTA, Nov. 7, 2014 – Students at Lakeview Elementary and Oak Park School will enjoy a special performance of “Stella, Queen of the Snow” at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, thanks to a special ongoing partnership of the schools and the Van Wezel. The play, based on a book by Marie-Louise Gay, tells the story of two children who explore a snowy landscape together.

Lakeview is a traditional pre-K-5 elementary school; Oak Park is a school for students with special needs in grades pre-K to age 22. During the week of Nov. 10 more than 200 students from both schools (Lakeview second-graders and Oak Park students in grades K-5) will participate in a program that ties in with the “Stella” story and is designed to encourage interaction and community between the two neighboring schools.

Students will work with master teaching artist Brenda Smoak, who previously helped students from the two schools create waterfall installations as part of the Van Wezel’s “Building Bridges” program. The children will create dioramas depicting scenes from “Stella Queen of the Snow” which will be displayed in their school. Each Lakeview class will work with two Oak Park classes, so students can partner up to complete the project.

“This is truly a way for all students to learn from and accept each other,” said Smoak. “Our goal is to show young students that they have peers who are different from them. The approach helps foster acceptance, understanding and equality as they grow up together.”

On Friday, Nov. 14, the students at both schools will present their principals with the completed dioramas, which will then be put on display. The new friends will meet again Dec. 9, when they attend “Stella” at the Van Wezel. Students will see the scenes they created brought to life on stage.

“It’s wonderful to see students attend our theatre,” says Kelli Maldonado, Van Wezel director of education. “It is truly inspiring to see students who normally wouldn’t have much opportunity to interact attend a performance as friends. That’s why this program is so special.”

The “Stella” project is part of a program that will bring more than 400 students to the Van Wezel this season. This program is provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Additional support for the “Stella” project is made possible through the Eluned and Edward Russell Charitable Foundation and the Jerome and Mildred Paddock Foundation.

Lakeview Elementary School and Oak Park School are located at 7299 Proctor Road and 7285 Proctor Road in Sarasota, respectively. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is located at 777 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

 

Sarasota County Technical Institute renamed Suncoast Technical College

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Nov. 5, 2014 — Sarasota County Technical Institute is now Suncoast Technical College. The School Board of Sarasota County approved the name change at its regular meeting Tuesday (Nov. 4).

The name change affects all locations: the main campus at Beneva and Proctor roads in Sarasota as well as campuses in Sarasota’s Newtown community, Venice and North Port (temporarily on the campus of North Port High School, with a new facility scheduled for completion in 2017).

While the name “Sarasota County Technical Institute” and “SCTI” will continue to appear on signage and other materials during a transitional period, the name change is already official. The school will launch an informational campaign Monday, Nov. 24, via digital media, radio, TV and billboards. The campaign will culminate with an event Saturday, Jan. 24, when Suncoast Technical College will award full scholarships to two students who have connected with the school through social media.

The new name was selected by a committee that included students, teachers, district staff and the business community and unanimously approved by a team of school employees and by the School Advisory Council, which consists of staff, student and parent representatives.

The name “Technical College” was chosen because it best represents the school’s role in the community. The name change does not affect the school’s governance by the School Board of Sarasota County or its relationship with the superintendent. Todd Bowden, the school’s director and the district’s executive director of Career, Technical and Adult Education, will continue to report to Superintendent of Schools Lori White.

The school is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, which is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit technical colleges.

The school’s relationship with the State College of Florida and other educational institutions in the area will not be affected by its name change. Suncoast Technical College will not issue degrees. Its students will continue to be encouraged to pursue additional study at SCF and will be awarded credit from SCF for their studies at Suncoast Technical College through the school’s existing articulation agreements with that institution.        

District schools begin events saluting veterans Nov. 5

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Nov. 4, 2014 – Students and staff at Sarasota County public schools will honor military veterans with special activities beginning Wednesday, Nov. 5. Several veterans have been invited to schools to participate in events. High school bands, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) color guards and other school groups will participate in various community ceremonies on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11.

A subsequent news release with events scheduled for the week of Nov. 9-15, including Veterans Day, will be posted later.

Activities scheduled through Friday, Nov. 7 include the following:

Wednesday, Nov. 5:

9-10 a.m: Glenallen Elementary School will celebrate Veterans Day with members of the North Port VFW Post 8203. The North Port Police Department Honor Guard will present the colors as students recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Third-grade students will read essays about “What is Veteran’s Day?” Students will sing the national anthem and a fifth-grade student will play “God Bless America” on his ukulele. The school is at 7050 Glenallen Blvd., North Port.

Friday, Nov. 7:

9-10 a.m.: Gocio Elementary School will present a salute to servicemen and women, including a performance by the Gocio Performing Arts Company and the musical group the TrebleMakers, a presentation of the colors and a patriotic salute to the military branches. The entire student body will be present; family members and other community members will join the school in saluting veterans. Students are participating in a service-learning project and collecting needed items for troops. The school is working with Manasota Operation Troop Support to distribute the collected items. Gocio Elementary is at 3450 Gocio Road, Sarasota.

9-10 a.m.: Englewood Elementary School will host a “Great Americans” tribute. The program will honor military veterans who alumni of the school and all local veterans with music, a guest speaker and an honor guard. The school is located at 150 N. McCall Road, Englewood.

9:30-10:30 a.m.: McIntosh Middle School, in collaboration with Sarasota High School and Booker High School, will host its annual “Salute to Veterans” in the McIntosh gymnasium. The color guard from SHS will be joined by Frank D’Antonio, who will represent MIAs and POWs. The ceremony will begin with the drum corps from BHS as they march into the gym to honor veterans. The McIntosh Middle School band and chorus will perform patriotic music. The winners of the MMS student speech contest will read their speeches. All veterans and current service members are encouraged to attend; a special invitation was sent to local first responders who also are military veterans. Honorees are asked to arrive by 9:20 a.m., park in the north parking lot and report to the gym. The Sarasota County Veterans Commission has endorsed and supports the event as a fitting observance for celebrating and honoring our veteran community. McIntosh Middle School is located at 701 S. McIntosh Road, Sarasota.

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