East Lee Criminal Justice Academy

The Criminal Justice Academy at East Lee County High School is one of nine Career and Technical Education programs offering students an opportunity to receive college readiness and career training in a specific field of study. We spoke with the instructor in the Academy, Tiana Green (formerly Tiana Paez), as well as some of her students, to find out more about this successful program.

East Lee Firefighting Academy

The Firefighting Academy at East Lee County High School is one of nine Career and Technical Education programs offering students an opportunity to receive college readiness and career training in a specific field of study. We spoke with the instructor in the Academy, Timothy Jones, as well as some of his students, to find out more about this successful program.

What is AVID?

East Lee County High School is proud to have one of the best AVID programs in Lee County. Instructor Mrs. Alfaro introduces us to the program.

East Lee Welding Academy

February has been named Career and Technical Education month in the state of Florida by Gov. Rick Scott. As a comprehensive high school with 9 career academies, East Lee County HS is at the forefront of CTE education. East Lee’s Welding Academy is only two years old, but has already produced its first two certified welders. East Lee Today takes a closer look at this incredible program.

Medical Academy Students Successful in HOSA Competition

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East Lee County High School’s Medical Academy is happy to announce that 5 students of the 9 that attended the HOSA competition at Ida Baker this past weekend won medals! Congratulations to the following students:

Nursing CNA: 1st place-Jennifer Prokop, 3rd place-Vanessa Dorcin

Researched Persuasive Speaking–2nd place-Angelica Estala

Veterinary Science- 1st Place- Emely Oseguera

Medical Reading-3rd Place-Gloria Ramirez

All five students are eligible to go on to state.

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East Lee Hosts District Principals and Leadership

East Lee County High School was honored to host Superintendent Dr. Nancy Graham, Central Leadership, and Principals from Elementary, Middle and High Schools throughout Lee County for their meeting on January 22, 2015. Dr. Graham and her leadership team toured the campus and spoke to us about their experience.

Two East Lee Teachers Named Golden Apple Finalists

Two East Lee County High School Teachers were honored to be named finalists for the 2015 Golden Apple Award by the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. Milagros Sowers and Gwynetta Gittens are among 31 finalists for the award. Our cameras were rolling as Principal Brian Mangan surprised Mrs. Sowers with the news in her classroom on Tuesday morning.  Beverly Burke and Michelle Avola from the Foundation, as well as Assistant Principals Alex Dworzanski and DeAdra Hall, we on hand for the announcement. Six award recipients will be named later this year.

Freshman Interviews

By: Yiset Garcia and Daniela Gomez

Together, we interviewed 30 freshmen at East Lee County High School. We asked them questions like, “How is high school different from middle school?” and, “How do the students and teachers treat you?” and, “How has your year been so far?” In addition, we asked,”Who’s your favorite teacher?” The students had many different answers. Roderick Mccray one of the freshmen said that high school is super different than middle school because, the diversity of people, they have no uniforms, and the lunchroom is big as well as open, and he can sit with his friends. We also, asked Karina Chaivisant the same questions and she mentioned that there’s a lot less drama in high school and people are more mature. Since is their first year we asked them who is their favorite teacher, Isyeni Mova, Angelina Sebastian, Anthony Jirvet, and Nicholas de la Paz all said their favorite teacher at East Lee County  is Mr.Avila because he is bilingual, he makes learning fun, he does not give up on none of them until they understand what he is teacing, and most inportant he cares for them. As we interviewed students asking them How was their year so far Joshua Ratz and Joshua jacob said overall its been pretty good, thanks to friends and their teachers. We asked how do people treat them and Xiamara Martinez said everyone is cool and doing their own thing. According to most of the freshman at East Lee County Freshman  year has been amazing and they are enjoying thier year so far. Interviewing the freshmen was really interesting and hearing their point of views of high school was truely astonishing.

What defines East Lee County High School?

East Lee County High School. There are many connotations that define East and what it means to be an East student-a Jaguar.In mostly positive remarks students responded to a few questions asked. So what defines an East Lee Student? Well Nicolas Medina defines himself as friendly, smart and all about the academies.  Rodney Clarke defines himself with a Jaguar state of mind. Numerous kids have different opinions of how they define themselves as an ELCHS student, but how about the school/

On average most people felt as though our school is a great place. Raziel Umana stated that its a fun learning environment if your up for the challenge. Being up for the challenge isnt always easy and Ashley Gonzalez a junior at ELCHS defines our school as hardworking with long-term goals. Our students make ELCHS and we are who we are today but , can students improve the definition of our school? All the students agreed that their peers can improve the definition of our school? Everyone can improve also and most people are always about leaving their mark. But how about East Lee County High School’s mark?LeyMarie Maldonado Torres wants East to be an exemplary school with great spirit. No better way for East to be than to be an example setting school with great spirit. Sounds like the perfect school that anyone would want.

East Lee Leadership Academy Dedicates Training Complex

On Friday, December 12, 2014, East Lee County High School (ELCHS), home of the East Lee Leadership Academy (ELLA), dedicated its recently completed outdoor training complex. The ELLA Training Complex includes a 65-ft rappel tower, a covered outdoor classroom, and an enclosed marksmanship range. The purpose of the tower is to train JROTC cadets to rappel, climb the rock wall, and use the zip line. Cadets will demonstrate use of the tower and the marksmanship range. Speakers included: Cadet LTC Hanna Peterson, ELCHS Principal, Brian Mangan and JROTC Director of Instruction for Lee County Schools, Thomas Madigan, LTC(ret.)