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Sarasota County Schools Announces Next Digital Town Hall

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Digital Town Hall Oct 10

Panel to focus on mental and behavioral health topics relevant to students and parents

September 28, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools will be holding its latest Digital Town Hall from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10. Emceed by TV personality Adam Cellini, the evening will focus on the importance of civility, the value of preventative care like counseling and therapy, ways to reach emotional well-being and how the community and schools can partner together and provide wraparound care for Sarasota’s children and families. Viewers will be able to ask questions and join in the conversation live through the district’s Facebook page and Twitter handle.

Guest panelists will include:

  • Dr. Todd Bowden, Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools
  • Bridget Ziegler, Chair of the Sarasota County School Board
  • Dr. Laura Kingsley, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer of Sarasota County Schools
  • Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director of Pupil Support Services, Sarasota County Schools
  • Debra Giacolone, Supervisor of Student Services, Sarasota County Schools
  • Veronica Thames, Senior Vice President of Talent & Innovation and Chief Operating Officer, Gulf Coast Community Foundation
  • Kirsten Russell, Director of Community Investment, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
  • John Annis, Senior Vice President of Collaboration & Impact and Chief Operating Officer, Barancik Foundation
  • Dr. Kristie Skoglund, Chief Operating Officer of the Florida Center

“It is extremely important for us to engage in conversations about mental and behavioral health, not just to broaden our understanding as educational leaders, but to make sure we are connecting our children and their families to the best resources,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Our professional and philanthropic partners in the community share our vision to reach families and work through these topics. We look forward to this meaningful conversation and hope students and parents will tune in and participate with us.”

Guests can watch the Digital Town Hall online at SarasotaCountySchools.net or via The Education Channel on Comcast 20 and Frontier 33. To send questions in advance of the live digital event, please email: SCSTownHall@sarasotacountyschools.net.

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Sarasota County Schools and Rotary Club of Sarasota Partner to Launch “Rotary Reading Project”

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SARASOTA COUNTY, September 26, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce that the Rotary Club of Sarasota’s “Rotary Reading Project” will soon be launching district-wide for all first and fourth grade students.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation, the Mote Scientific Foundation and all other Area Rotary Clubs, the Rotary Club of Sarasota will be presenting every first grader in Sarasota County will receive the book The Magic Fish and every fourth grader will receive the book Wonder. Teachers will also be receiving specialized toolkits full of interactive lessons and engaging content to teach the students overarching concepts of greed, kindness, tolerance and civility, among others. Classes will be encouraged to share their thoughts and will participate in themed learning activities throughout the year.

“We are very thankful to have this multi-level learning and character building opportunity for our approximately 2,700 first graders and 2,800 fourth graders,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Now more than ever, it is important for us to model kindness and promote understanding in our community. Students will benefit academically and civically from this program, and we hope they will be excited to share these stories with their family and friends. We encourage families to engage in the provided discussions and activities to deepen their child’s understanding of the story concepts.”

“We appreciate the Rotary Club of Sarasota for their continued commitment to supporting our focus on literacy, character and citizenship,” commented Chris Renouf, executive director of Elementary Schools. “This common literacy learning experience will create opportunities for rich conversation and collaboration amongst teams of teachers, thousands of our students and their families. What a phenomenal partnership for our school communities.”

“It is important to our organization to be useful in critical areas of need in the community, and we feel literacy and citizenship are core skills children should have,” noted Ben Bates, current area governor for all Sarasota Rotary clubs. “These principles directly correlate to the values of the Rotary Club. We wanted to support the positive measures Sarasota County Schools is already piloting relating to civility and academics and help them expand their efforts. We hope momentum continues to build as the kids connect with their classmates and family members about these stories.”

The book The Magic Fish was selected for first graders because it emphasizes the danger of greed and the importance of being grateful. The novel Wonder, selected for fourth graders, is about a boy with Treacher Collins Syndrome and sheds light on the social difficulties that can come with looking “different”.

 

About Sarasota Rotary Clubs

Started by the Rotary Club of Sarasota 1926, Rotary in Sarasota is one of this community’s oldest active community leadership organization(s).  Over 300 members across six clubs, Rotary in Sarasota has supported Sarasota County Schools in many ways including; the One Book Initiative, Kindergarten Readiness Bags, Food Pantries, Dictionaries, & Josh The Otter.

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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Wilkinson Elementary School Receives 30 Magiscopes Through Community Partnership with Temple Emanu-El and The Thinking Center

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SARASOTA COUNTY, September 21, 2018 – Wilkinson Elementary School is pleased to announce the introduction of 30 new Brock Optical Magiscopes to their K-4 STEAM Academy classrooms.

Donated by Amy Falk Weinberger of The Thinking Center in partnership with Temple Emanu-El’s Starfish Initiative, the Magiscopes will add a new level of depth and curiosity to the already engaging learning experiences STEAM Academy students enjoy. Wilkinson Elementary School specializes in STEAM curriculum, an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for shaping student inquiry and critical thinking.

“The vision of the Wilkinson Elementary School STEAM program is for our school and community partners to work together to prepare students for the future,” said Susan Nations, principal of Wilkinson Elementary School. “Community partners like Temple Emanu-El positively impact academic success through their caring sponsorship of integrated, hands-on STEAM experiences and technology. This generous donation from The Thinking Center and Amy Falk Weinberger will advance that vision, as the students and teachers use these unique microscopes both in the classroom and in the field.”

“The Thinking Center is intensely focused on facilitating exceptional learning experiences for children and the STEAM curriculum found at Wilkinson Elementary certainly delivers on that focus,” commented Amy Falk Weinberger, founder and director of The Thinking Center. “We pride ourselves on taking a full sensory approach that empowers children to learn with methods and practices that suit their needs. A tool like the Magiscope engages students in so many valuable ways. My mother, Marilyn S. Friedman, was passionate about advancing education and I fondly give this donation to honor her memory.”

“This program is near and dear to our hearts, and we are thrilled to support Wilkinson Elementary,” noted Tanice Knopp, coordinator of Temple Emanu-El’s Starfish Initiative. “We believe that children learn best through being actively involved in their own education, and that means having access to resources that will drive their learning forward. Our Initiative shares many of the same values and objectives as The Thinking Center. We are happy to collaborate with Amy Falk Weinberger to make this opportunity possible for Wilkinson STEAM Academy students.”

“It was important to me to design a tool that would change the way we viewed the world,” remarked Dennis Brock, inventor of the Magiscope and founder of Brock Optical. “I felt the ideal microscope should be able to view anything, indoors or out, and be used by anyone regardless of age, with ease and without worry. Created with children in mind, Magiscopes are so durable that teachers can take them to learning explorations in the community, accessing real-world learning outside the classroom. It is exciting to see learning come alive in the next generation of scientists at Wilkinson Elementary School.” 

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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Sarasota County's 2018 Fall College Night

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Sarasota County's 2018 Fall College Night

Robarts Arena, Sarasota/ Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, 6-8 pm

List of Participants as of 9/27/18:

  • The Baptist College of Florida, Graceville, FL
  • Berry College, Mount Berry, GA
  • Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
  • Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Sarasota, FL
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Cottey College, Nevada, MO
  • Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Earlham College, Richmond, IN
  • Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Sarasota, FL
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
  • Everglades University, Sarasota, FL
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA
  • Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL
  • Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  • Florida Army National Guard, Sarasota, FL
  • Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
  • Florida International University, Miami FL
  • Florida Polytechnic University, Lakeland, FL
  • Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL
  • Florida Southwestern State College, Fort Myers, FL
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Full Sail, Winter Park, FL
  • Goshen College, Goshen, IN
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Johnson and Wales University, North Miami, FL
  • Keiser University, Sarasota, FL
  • Keiser University – Center for Culinary Arts, Sarasota, FL
  • LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA
  • Lander University, Greenwood, SC
  • Lincoln Memorial University, Caylor School of Nursing, Tampa, FL
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL
  • Manatee Technical College, Bradenton, FL
  • Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science, Boston, MA
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA
  • Mercer University, Macon, GA
  • Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
  • Millennia Atlantic University, Doral, FL
  • National Aviation Academy, Clearwater, FL
  • New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL
  • New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL
  • New York Film Academy, Miami Beach FL
  • Norwich University, Northfield, VT
  • Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • The Ohio State University , Columbus, OH
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Penn State University, University Park, PA
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL
  • Rollins College, Winter Park FL
  • St. Leo University, Saint Leo, FL
  • Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
  • Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Samford University, Birmingham, AL
  • Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, Sarasota, FL 
  • Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, Sarasota, FL
  • Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
  • Schiller International University, Largo, FL
  • Selby Foundation, Sarasota, FL
  • Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL
  • Southeastern University Bayside Campus, Bradenton, FL
  • Southern Scholarship Foundation, Gainesville, FL
  • State College of Florida, Bradenton, FL
  • Stetson University, Deland, FL
  • Suffolk University, Boston MA
  • Suncoast Blood Bank Generation Give, Sarasota, FL
  • Suncoast Technical College, Sarasota, FL
  • Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA
  • Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
  • U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
  • U.S. Air Force Recruiting, Sarasota, FL
  • U.S.  Army Recruiting, Sarasota, FL
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT
  • U.S. Marine Recruiting, Sarasota, FL
  • U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
  • U.S. Navy Recruiting, Sarasota, FL
  • UnidosNow, Sarasota, FL
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • University of Florida, COE Gator Engineering at State College of Florida, Bradenton, FL
  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
  • University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • University of South Florida, Sarasota, FL
  • University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
  • Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Warner University, Lake Wales, FL
  • Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC
  • Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  • Wesleyan College, Macon, GA
  • West Point, West Point, NY
  • Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
  • Wheaton College, Norton, MA
  • Wilkes Honors College of FAU, Jupiter, FL
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT

Sarasota County Schools Announces 38 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

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National Merit Semifinalist

SARASOTA COUNTY, September 14, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools is proud to announce that 38 students throughout the district have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists 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.

“We are very excited to celebrate the hard work and academic achievement of our students,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “The qualifying criteria for the National Merit Scholarship Program is rigorous and our semifinalist students should be commended for their efforts. My sincere appreciation and thanks to all our teachers that played a part in cultivating the abilities of these students. We look forward to celebrating even more success on this front next year.”

“These scholarships are a huge achievement and I am proud of all of our students that have qualified as semifinalists,” commented Steve Cantees, executive director of Secondary Schools. “Every year scholarship opportunities become increasingly competitive, and the National Merit program is no exception. Our students’ achievements speak volumes to the overall standard of excellence we pursue district-wide every day. Sarasota County Schools is committed to supporting the academic success of our students.”

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. In September, these high scoring students are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist. Please join us in congratulating the following schools for having National Merit Semifinalists:

  • Pine View School – 31 students
  • Riverview High School – 5 students
  • Sarasota High School – 1 student
  • Venice High School – 1 student

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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UPDATE GLENALLEN ELEMENTARY: Classes Will Resume Friday 9-14

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UPDATE GLENALLEN ELEMENTARY: Good news! FPL Connect has restored the transformer, and full power is back on at Glenallen Elementary! Classes will resume Friday morning at 8:15 a.m. (9/14/18) #SCSHeroes throughout the district have been working in unison to ensure phones, internet access, air conditioning, transportation and food service are ready to go for tomorrow.

Sarasota County Schools Police Department Welcomes Four Officers at Oath of Office Ceremony

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Oath of Office September 16

SARASOTA COUNTY, September 7, 2018 – The Sarasota County Schools Police Department officially welcomed four Police Officers into its ranks Thursday after holding an Oath of Office ceremony at Tatum Ridge Elementary School. Sarasota County Schools team members, Tatum Ridge students and their parents all gathered to witness the meaningful ceremony.

“We are thankful that so many esteemed men and women continue to apply for positions with the Sarasota County Schools Police Department,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “The four newest officers alone have over 100 years of combined law enforcement experience spanning many focus areas and leadership levels. Their diverse skills are a huge asset to the department as a whole.”

“The school communities are seeing the results more and more each day as they interact with our officers,” commented Sarasota County School District Chief of Police Paul Grohowski. “The Sarasota County Schools Police Department has made a commitment to hire only the very best, highly-trained professionals. Our community’s children are under expert care. We are dedicated to delivering exceptional customer service and committed to keeping our schools safe.”

Please join us in recognizing the four newest members of the SCSPD:

  • Officer David Aker
    • Officer Aker served over 23 years with the Venice Police Department. He has previously held assignments as a Field Training Officer, a Driving Instructor, and a School Resource Officer at Venice High School. Officer Aker is well-known in the community for overseeing the “Shop with A Cop” holiday program, which enables Officers to connect with local children and their families to help them shop for holiday presents.
  • Officer Joseph Eppolito
    • Officer Eppolito started his career in public service as a certified Firefighter and Paramedic in New York. He later joined the New York Police Department where he served with distinction for over 20 years, retiring as a Detective, Second Grade. Upon retiring from the NYPD, Officer Eppolito joined the New York City Department of Investigation, where he served as a Certified Technical Investigator as well as an instructor for their academy.
  •  Officer Daniel Gale
    • Officer Gale recently retired after serving over 25 years with the Massachusetts State Police as a Lieutenant. He has held assignments in Patrol, on the Dive Team, and in the Civil Disturbance Squad, among others. As a Lieutenant, Officer Gale was responsible for the Shelburne Falls State Police Barracks, where he supervised 32 State Police Troopers and Sergeants, who provided police services to 17 towns and cities.
  • Officer Thomas Gallucci
    • Officer Gallucci is an Army veteran and first began his law enforcement career serving as a Military Police Officer in Germany. He has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, most notably with the United States Marshals Service in Connecticut. Officer Gallucci was awarded the US Marshals’ Certificate of Recognition for capturing America’s 15th Most Wanted Person in 2003.
   

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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Garden Elementary School Art Teacher Wins Florida Art Education Association Award

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Joanna Davis-Lanum

SARASOTA COUNTY, September 6, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce that Joanna Davis-Lanum is the winner of the Florida Art Education Association’s (FAEA) “2018 Florida’s Outstanding Art Educator of the Year Award”.

The FAEA promotes visual arts education in Florida through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge and leadership. FAEA encourages research in art education, holds public discussions, sponsors institutes, conferences and programs; publishes articles, reports and surveys; and works with other related agencies in support of visual arts education. The FAEA awards recognize individuals within the membership who show appreciation for individuals or organizations that have contributed their services in an exemplary way. The “Florida’s Outstanding Art Educator of the Year Award” is one of several given out annually.

“Mrs. Davis-Lanum is truly an asset to the field of education, and we feel very fortunate to have her as a member of our school family,” noted Garden Elementary School Principal Amy Archer. “Joanna has the opportunity to make a positive impact on all 600 students enrolled at our school because of her unique role. On any given day, I can enter her art room and observe students actively engaged in high-quality art projects. Our students thrive under her instruction.”

“It is a true honor to receive this recognition,” said Joanna Davis-Lanum. “I am thrilled to represent Garden Elementary School on such a well-respected, statewide platform. Our children benefit so much from comprehensive arts education. It is a privilege to teach them and exciting to see their creativity bloom and deepen as we move through the curriculum each school year. I am thankful to the FAEA for extending their resources to support art education.”

“FAEA presents annual awards to recognize individuals within the membership who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in art education,” commented Lark Keeler, president of the Florida Art Education Association. “As an organization, we are proud of our award recipients for their service to the profession and the students they teach. Each award winner is an exemplary model of education in the arts and demonstrates extraordinary passion for the important work that they do.”

FAEA will honor Mrs. Davis-Lanum and the additional 2018 award winners during the Awards Breakfast at its 66th Annual Professional Development Conference at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront on October 20.

     

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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