Lehigh Acres Middle School is pleased to announce teacher Miguel Teixeira has been selected as the School District of Lee County’s 2015 Middle School Teacher of the Year in Social Studies. Teixeira, a 2010 graduate of the University of Florida teaches 7th grade Gifted Civics and 8th grade Gifted and Advanced U.S. History at the school.
The Music Department at Lehigh Acres Middle School is pleased to announce its Chorus and Theater Performance will be held in the school cafeteria on Thursday, May 21st. beginning at 6:00 pm. There is a $2 suggested donation at the door for both events and the program is open to the public.
Holocaust survivor Steen Metz was the guest speaker at Lehigh Acres Middle School Social Studies Night held April 22nd at the school. Mr. Metz was 8 years old when he and his family living in Odense, Denmark were packed in cattle cars and sent to the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in what is now known as the Czech Republic.
The School Board of Lee County has cast a unanimous vote to lessen the high stakes associated with state required End of Course Exams by eliminating the 30% weight the exam has on a student’s final grade.
Students enrolled in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, US History, Biology and Middle School Civics will continue to participate in the End of Course Exams for assessment purposes. However, the result of these assessments will have no impact on the final grade parents see on the student’s report card.
This vote comes just days after Superintendent Nancy Graham empowered Principals to eliminate hundreds of end of year common course exams previously required by the state in nearly every subject for use in calculating a teacher’s VAM score required for the statewide teacher performance system.
As of last Thursday, teachers have the flexibility to choose the final exam for any subject that does not have a required statewide assessment attached to it. Dr. Nancy Graham is encouraging teachers to choose exams that will most effectively assess student learning and inform classroom instruction.
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.
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. (This video was make by students at ELCHS)
Lehigh Acres Middle School is pleased to announce Social Studies Night at the school on Thursday, April 23, 2015. A special presentation by Holocaust survivor Steen Axel Metz will highlight the evening. Steen Axel Metz was born and raised in Odense, Denmark for 20 years, except for the 18 months spent in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp/Ghetto during World War II. The event will be held in the school cafeteria beginning at 6:00pm. There is no admission fee and the event is open to the community.
Lehigh Acres Middle School is pleased to announce 14 students were selected to attend the Statewide AVID Gator Encounter at the University of Florida. Students were able to learn about college admissions, future jobs, visit with current UF students and attend the Blue and Orange Spring Football Game. The Avid Program (Advancement via Individual Determination) at the school is coordinated by Ms. Debra Prashad.
Lehigh Acres Middle School is pleased to announce 4 students were selected to attend the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Dinner at the Hyatt at Coconut Pointe Resort and Spa. This event has over 500 attendees who are leaders in Lee County. Junior Achievement serves 12,000 students per year and less than 100 are chosen to attend the event held every year. LAMS is proud to state it has been honored every year and students have been invited to attend.
The Student Assignment Open Enrollment Period for the 2015-2016 school year will end on Friday, March 27th, at 4:00 p.m. Parents or guardians of any student entering kindergarten, 6th or 9th grade, as well as any student new to the District, must complete and submit a Student Assignment application by this date. Parents of children who will be five on or before September 1st should apply for kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents need to register their child even if they have an older child already in school – assignments are not automatic.
Student Assignment utilizes a lottery system. A family who registered on the first day of Open Enrollment has the same chance of getting a school as that of a family who registers the last day.
The District has also unveiled a new “Find My School” tool for parents this year. Parents are encouraged to visit the following link below to map their address and find schools that are available in their subzone:http://lcsd1.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Solutions/s2.html?appid=bbd56395859340d5ad8170ff5cc7661a.
Lehigh Acres Office, 1262 Wings Way Suite #207, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936 Parents living in Lehigh Acres may come to the following Student Assignment locations between the hours of 9 am – 4 pm to register children for school: (Located on Beth Stacey Blvd off of Homestead Rd. in the Community Health Association Complex)
8 Lehigh Acres Deserving Students Receive the Opportunity to Attend College on Scholarship Through The Foundation’s Take Stock in Children Program
Take Stock in Children is a statewide scholarship program for at-risk students that provides a unique opportunity for deserving students from low-income homes to escape the cycle of poverty through education. The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is the local administrator of the program. We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. When these students are accepted into our program, they sign a contract to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA; stay crime and drug free; and meet with their mentor regularly. When they graduate from high school, having kept this commitment, they are guaranteed a four-year tuition scholarship to college.
Students may apply in sixth grade or ninth grades. The applications are reviewed by our Take Stock in Children Selection Committee and ranked, based on several criteria. We are happy to accept 30 students in to the Take Stock in Children program this school year. Students were notified at their schools and recognized by their teachers, administration, and peers. Because of the tremendous gift these students are receiving, Foundation staff chose to surprise and congratulate these deserving students in a manner similar to how we notify our Golden Apple Teacher Finalists. Foundation staff, school administrators, and in some instances, the media interrupted these students’ classes with the good news. The reactions varied from stunned silence to shouts of joy and tears of happiness.
Out of the 51 schools in Lee County that received the FDOE recognition award money six Lehigh Acres schools received over $693,000.
At Harns Marsh Elementary School today, Governor Rick Scott presented 51 schools in Lee County with $4.2 million in school recognition funding. Governor Scott announced last week the distribution of more than $124 million in School Recognition Program funding this year to Florida’s high performing schools across the state based on sustained or significantly improved student achievement.
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Governor Scott said, “I am proud to present more than $4 million in school recognition funding to Lee County schools today and recognize their achievements. By providing this funding, we are helping our schools continue to prepare our students for success. We know that a good job starts with a great education, and we will keep working to make Florida’s education system the best in the nation by proposing the highest level of per student funding in Florida’s history this year.”
Lee County Schools Superintendent Nancy Graham said, “We are grateful to Governor Scott for his visit today to highlight the exciting success of the Lee County School District. Our school-based staff — teachers and support personnel – work hard each day to ensure that every student achieves his or her highest potential. This funding will help us continue that mission and become a world-class school system.”