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Several District Robotics Teams to Compete in “Clash at the Creek” – February 23, 2019

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SARASOTA COUNTY, February 15, 2019 – Please consider joining Sarasota County Schools as we cheer on several of our school teams at the upcoming “Clash at the Creek” robotics competition. Hosted by VEX Robotics and the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, this innovative competition testing STEM and robotics skills is sure to be entertaining for all.

The following traditional public school teams will be participating:

Location & Time:

Saturday, February 23, 2019

**Please See online event agenda for times

Heron Creek Middle School

6501 West Price Blvd, North Port, Florida34291

Contact Information:

Primary contact is James Baker, Technology Teacher at Heron Creek Middle School: james.baker@sarasotacountyschools.net or 734-395-0133.

**Event Day Phone: 734-395-0133.

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Riverview High School Announces Four National Merit Scholarship Finalists

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SARASOTA COUNTY, February 15, 2019 – Sarasota County Schools is proud to announce that four students from Riverview High School have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. An estimated 1.6 million students enter the program every year, and the 50,000 students with the highest scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation reported about 15,000 of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2018 met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered later in 2019. Please join us in congratulating the following Riverview High School students on their National Merit Finalist status:

  • Colleen Busch
  • Blake Harper
  • Madeline Hastie
  • Michael Medico

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit www.SarasotaCountySchools.net

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Pine View School Announces 28 National Merit Scholarship Finalists

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SARASOTA COUNTY, February 15, 2019 – Sarasota County Schools is proud to announce that 28 students from Pine View School, 14% of the school’s senior class, have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. An estimated 1.6 million students enter the program every year, and the 50,000 students with the highest scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation reported about 15,000 of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2018 met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered later in 2019. Please join us in congratulating the following Pine View School students on their National Merit Finalist status:

  • Alexandra Angeloff
  • Scott Barcomb II
  • Eva Bayer
  • Benjamin Becker
  • Munir Ben Jemaa
  • Aitana Burman
  • Sachit Gali
  • Lucas Giffard
  • William Giraldo
  • Nicholas Gonzalez Yepez
  • David Griffin
  • Benjamin Hartvigsen
  • Ryan Jordan
  • James Kim
  • Katie Leung
  • Winnie Lu
  • Jordan Marquis
  • Alexandra Mattia
  • Zoe McDonald
  • Julian Mercado
  • Viktoria Mochnacky
  • Sarah Moloney
  • Gabriel Monahan
  • Elizabeth Moser
  • Megan Quinn
  • Alyssa Steinbaum
  • Michael Waite
  • Maya Weerasooriya
   

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit www.SarasotaCountySchools.net

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District Announces 2019 Kindergarten Orientations at Elementary Schools

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In an effort to connect incoming kindergarten families with valuable resources and information, traditional public elementary schools in Sarasota County will be hosting orientations, or “rounds ups”, designed just for kindergarten families. These events are slightly different at each school – please contact your school for more detailed information. All events will help better prepare families for the upcoming school year, and get our youngest students off to a strong start. Please note that some schools offer multiple events and all event times vary. If you missed your school’s event, please contact the school’s main office and they will ensure you receive all the information you’ll need.

Brentwood Elementary School

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    2500 Vinson Ave, Sarasota, FL 34232
    941-361-6230

Toledo Blade Elementary School

  • Friday, February 8, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    1201 Geranium Ave, North Port, FL 34288
    941-426-6100

Toledo Blade Elementary School

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    1201 Geranium Ave, North Port, FL 34288
    941-426-6100

Venice Elementary School

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    150 East Miami Ave, Venice, FL 34285
    941-486-2111

Tuttle Elementary School

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    2863 8th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237
    941-361-6433

Ashton Elementary School

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 – 5:30PM to 7:00 PM
    5110 Ashton Road, Sarasota, FL 34233
    941-361-6440

Toledo Blade Elementary School

  • Friday, February 22, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    1201 Geranium Ave, North Port, FL 34288
    941-426-6100

Wilkinson Elementary School

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    3400 Wilkinson Road, Sarasota, FL 34231
    941-361-6477

Atwater Elementary School

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    4701 Huntsville Ave, North Port, FL 34288
    941-257-2317

Toledo Blade Elementary School

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    1201 Geranium Ave, North Port, FL 34288
    941-426-6100

Phillippi Shores Elementary School

  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    4747 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
    941-361-6424

Englewood Elementary School

  • Thursday, March 7, 2019 – 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    150 North McCall Road, Englewood, FL 34223 
    941-474-3247

Alta Vista Elementary School

  • Thursday, March 7, 20196:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    1050 S Euclid Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237
    941-361-6400

Gocio Elementary School

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019 – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    3450 Gocio Road, Sarasota, FL 34235
    941-361-6405

Bay Haven School of Basics Plus

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    2901 W Tamiami Circle, Sarasota, FL 34234
    941-359-5800

    Cranberry Elementary School

    • Thursday, March 28, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      2775 Shalimar Terrace, North Port, FL 34286
      941-480-3400

    Taylor Ranch Elementary School

    • Thursday, March 28, 2019 – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
      2500 Taylor Ranch Trail, Venice, FL 34293
      941-486-2000

    Emma E. Booker Elementary School

    • Thursday, March 28, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      2350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Way, Sarasota, FL 34234
      941-361-6480

    Garden Elementary School

    • Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
      700 Center Road, Venice, FL 34285
      941-486-2110

    Fruitville Elementary School

    • Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
      601 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34232
      941-361-6200

    Tatum Ridge Elementary School

    • Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      4100 Tatum Rd, Sarasota, FL 34240
      941-316-8188

    Gulf Gate Elementary School

    • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
      6500 South Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34231
      941-361-6499

    Glenallen Elementary School

    • Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
      7050 Glenallen Blvd, North Port, FL 34287
      941-426-9517

    Lakeview Elementary School

    • Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM
      7299 Proctor Rd, Sarasota, FL 34241
      941-361-6571

    Tuttle Elementary School

    • Tuesday, April 15, 2019 – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
      2863 8th St, Sarasota, FL 34237
      941-361-6433

    Southside Elementary School

    • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      1901 Webber Street, Sarasota, FL 34239
      941-361-6420

    Lamarque Elementary School

    • Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      3415 Lamarque Ave, North Port, FL 34286
      941-426-6371

    Laurel Nokomis School

    • Thursday, April 25, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
      1900 East Laurel Road Nokomis, FL 34275
      941-486-2171

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    Sarasota County Schools Makes School Safety Enhancements Since Parkland

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    Sergeant Kim and Students at Toledo Blade

    February 13, 2019 – Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where seventeen were killed, seventeen more were injured and the entire state was impacted by the actions of one person. Over the last twelve months, Sarasota County Schools has made vast enhancements to its school security to further ensure the safety and well-being of staff and students while at school. This systemic approach takes a 360-view of safety, including the hardening of schools, the development of a school-based police department and additional mental and behavioral health services for students in need.

    “Our thoughts and prayers continue for the families whose lives have been impacted by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent, Sarasota County Schools. “We worked hard this year, and with the support of the School Board, made improvements throughout the school district to ensure the safety of our students and staff each day. I am confident in the men and women who make up the Sarasota County Schools Police Department and our local law enforcement partners who support our school leaders during times of need. I am also thankful for local businesses who have helped make our school campuses more secure, and our community partners who have helped the district fulfill its vision for enhanced mental and behavioral health services and support. Together, our community is making a difference, and we will continue to keep the safety and well-being of our students our top priority.”

    The following provides a glance at the improvements made in school safety and security since Parkland:

    -  In May 2018, the Sarasota County School Board approved the adoption of a school-based police force – the Sarasota County Schools Police Department (SCSPD) – to partner with local law enforcement on an SRO program in traditional public schools across the district. The men and women who are a part of the SCSPD are FDLE certified. All the officers are highly trained, and most have extensive experience in law enforcement, which ensures compliance with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

    -  The school district has hired a Chief of Police, three Sergeants, two Regional Response Officers and 26 SROs to serve elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one alternative school for the 2018-19 school year. All other schools – mostly middle and high schools – are serviced by the Sheriff’s Office and local police departments who collaborate with the SCSPD on their SRO and SRD programs.

    -  The school district has hired analysts, specialists and administrative staff to assist with the 24/7 safety operations and communications, fingerprinting, background checks and other safety tactics needed to support the school safety plan.

    -  More than $23 million has been allocated for school hardening, which includes new perimeter fencing, single-point-entry access to all schools, new front office design that includes bullet-resistant glass and metal frameworks, new locks and many more security cameras. In addition, the school district is installing new emergency alert systems in all traditional public schools over the coming year.

    -  The school district is collaborating with the city of Sarasota on the closure of School Avenue, which runs through the campus of Sarasota High School. Currently, the road between Hatton and Tami Sola is now closed from 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. when school activities are taking place. The district continues to work with the city and neighboring communities on the permanent closure of this section of School Avenue to eliminate public access on campus.

    -  In addition to standard safety programs such as fire drills, the school district’s leaders have revised security protocols to emphasize three types of safety emergencies, including lockdown, limited lockdown and evacuations. This replaces the color-coding system of Code Red, Code Orange, etc. A lockdown is a full closure of campus where students and staff seek shelter in school. A limited lockdown closes campus to outside visitors and instruction continues in class. Movement on campus is limited. An evacuation is when a classroom, building or school needs to close, and students are moved from one space to another. The school district has also empowered anyone on campus to call for a lockdown if they witness someone or something suspicious that could do harm.

    -  The school district is employing on-going, district-wide lockdown drills to be conducted simultaneously at all schools, as well as random safety drills conducted at individual schools, to ensure students and staff know what to do in case of an emergency.

    -  The school district is utilizing the FortifyFL APP to provide students, parents and staff an anonymous way to report suspicious or concerning activity. The district has also emphasized the See Something, Say Something mantra, organized SAVE the Promise clubs (Students Against Violence Everywhere) in our secondary schools and integrated safety intervention and assessment teams at every school through a partnership with the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation.

    -  The Sarasota County School District already employs school counselors, therapists, home school liaisons, psychologists and social workers and has added 16 new mental health therapists in elementary schools and 6 new mental health therapists at middle schools since the beginning of the school year. These services are fulfilled by outside agencies who have a unique expertise to enhance trauma informed school-based services. 

    -  The school district has partnered with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation on The Civility Squad, a cast of characters designed to promote the 10 keys of civility by reminding students to speak kindly, listen, be generous and other positive traits as a preventative program. Monthly workshops are also available for school district teachers, staff and administrators.
     

    -  Sarasota County Schools has partnered with the National Council for Behavioral Health and trained three new instructors as part of the Youth Mental Health First Aid program to enhance our faculty and staff’s ability to provide services to our students.

    -  The school district has also partnered with Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation on a Crisis Text Line – a free, 24/7 support system for those in crisis. Users can text HERE4U to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. to instantly start a text conversation with a trained crisis counselor.

    -  In response to concerning messages made by students on social media, Sarasota County Schools has partnered with the Sarasota Film Festival on a student PSA film contest to teach students how to use social and digital media appropriately for the power of good. REEL TALK launched last month, with student film awards to be announced in late March.

     -  New gender diverse guidelines were adopted to provide system-wide direction for all schools to support our LGBTQIA+ students and ensure their safety at school.

     The school district will join Broward County Superintendent, Robert Runcie, and the entire Parkland community in observing a moment of silence at 10:17 a.m. on February 14. We hope everyone will join in to share in this commemoration.

     

    PHOTO:  Sarasota County Schools Police Sergeant, Steve Kim, at Toledo Blade Elementary.

     

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    Tracey Beeker, Director
    tracey.beeker@sarasotacountyschools.net

    Kelsey Whealy, Media Relations Specialist
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    Mina Ajrab, Manager
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    Torie Ewald, Social Media Strategist
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    Katy Ellis, Social Media Producer
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