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School News April 12 – 18, 2017


New Administrative Appointment

On April 4, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointment:

Randy Shuttera, Assistant Superintendent for School Operations

Throughout his 30-year career in the Osceola School District, Randy Shuttera has held the following positions: Custodian at Gateway High, Teacher at Ross E. Jeffries Elementary, GED Teacher at Kenansville School site, Dean of Students at Kissimmee Middle, Assistant Principal at Poinciana High, Principal at Narcoossee Community School, Principal at Chestnut Elementary, Director of Special Programs, Principal of Osceola Virtual School, Principal of Cypress Elementary, and Director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida and Educational Leadership K-12 certification from the University of Central Florida.


No Early Release Of Students On Wednesdays During Testing        The Osceola County School District is planning for the upcoming spring by allowing students in all grade levels to have a full day of school on the Wednesdays when testing is administered.  As such, parents should be advised that there will be no early release of students on the following Wednesdays:

  • April 12, 2017  • April 19, 2017 • April 26, 2017  • May 3, 2017 

Students will be dismissed from school on these days as they normally would on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. By lengthening the Wednesdays during testing, it allows more flexibility of the

school-wide testing schedule. Schools will now have options to build in more

opportunities for breaks between the different testing sessions to allow students to stretch, relax, and refocus.

Parents and students are also reminded that the 2017-2018 academic calendar for next school year can be found on the district’s website at www.osceolaschools.net.


Lakeview Elementary

Upcoming Events  April 13 – OASIS Orientation at 3:30 p.m.  April 28 – Dress to Impress – Dress Up Day



School News

The Drama Club at PATHS will be performing the play “Crumpled Classics” on March 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the TECO cafeteria. This is the last production for the school year. Tickets are $5 in advanced and $7 at the door.

French State Competition

French 2 and AP French students at PATHS participated in the French State competition. There were over 46 schools from the entire state. PATHS student winners are as follows:

Yeilyn Diaz-Puljos – First place – Poem Recital  Citlali Barrera – Second place – Poem Recital   Jordan Quinones – Third place – Impromptu Conversation  Thalia Diaz – Second place – Reading  Viviana Rivera – Third place – Poem Recital  Vivianette Rivera – Second place – Reading

Group Competitions:  Third place – Theater Play  Second place – The Project   Third place – The Album


St. Cloud High

School News       St. Cloud High will present Fiddler on the Roof on April 13 and 14 at 7:00 p.m. and April 15 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for Adults, $5.00 for district employees and students. Please email cochranr@osceola.k12.fl.us for reservations.

SAT Testing  May 8 (registration deadline April 7; late registration deadline April 18)  June 3 (registration deadline May 9; late registration deadline May 16)

ACT Testing  June 10 (registration deadline May 5; late registration deadline May 19)


Weightlifting Team Championships       The St. Cloud High School boys’ weightlifting team continued their quiet rampage through the state of Florida by winning the Regional title last night. They won the District title just before Spring Break, defeated a 26-time state champion team earlier this season, finished the regular season undefeated, broke state records, broke school records, and are wrapping up with OBC and State in the coming weeks.

Regional Champions:  129lb Gabe Martinez  183lb Josh Piasecki

District Champions:   119lb Colton Weismore  129lb Gabe Martinez  183lb Josh Piasecki  219lb Tyler Williams  238lb Brian Gembutis  Heavyweight Gabe Boyers

The weightlifting team features a National Champion on the team as well, Josh Piasecki. He won the National title, on his birthday no less, in February, and he has been selected by Team USA to represent the country for the Pan Am Games in Ecuador in May and for the World Championships in Tokyo in June. In addition, their team, Team Florida Elite, won both the men’s and women’s team National titles. Former valedictorian and St. Cloud lifter, Melissa Cuervo, helped the women’s team to the title as well.



School News       TECO will be hosting Spirit Night on April 14 at the Chick-fil-A at the Loop from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Clothing Drive

Within the next couple of weeks, take a look into your closets. TECO is now accepting gently-used men and women’s professional clothing for its Career Clothes Closet: suits, blouses, slacks, polos, khakis, shoes, scrubs, jewelry, ties, men’s and women’s clothes, etc. If it would be appropriate for students to wear in your career area, bring it in. Please no jeans, shorts, or t-shirts.

Student Highlight       Amber Hogsten graduated from the Medical Assisting program at TECO in 2016. She faced some challenges that could have prevented her from being successful. Amber worked full-time throughout the program. She was also a young, single parent raising her three daughters. Rather than using the challenges as an excuse for not being successful, she used them to empower herself. Amber committed to excellence and was determined to become a medical assistant. She earned exemplary grades, and she passed the Phlebotomy and Medical Assisting certification exams as well. Amber was hired at Florida Hospital Centra Care, and has recently become a homeowner. She is proof that hard work and commitment can lead to success. Amber states, “If you didn’t document it, it didn’t happen. I never thought the simplest line would mean so much, but I cannot tell you how many times in a day I tell myself this. Most of the time we are constantly on the go and doing multiple things at one time. I have learned documenting is key, and it is one of the most important things we can do.” This is just one of the many things Amber learned from her MA instructor. TECO is very proud of Amber’s accomplishments and wishes her well in her new profession.

Online Application        TECO has an online application which makes the application process so much easier for you to choose the program you want to study. Go to TECO’s website at www.go2teco.com and click on Register Today. All the information you need is right at your fingertips.



Online Training Academy       Can’t make it to ALCO’s campus to take a class? ALCO also offers a wide variety of instructor-led, online classes available through the ALCO Online Academy at www.ed2go.com/alco. New sessions begin monthly, and the next session starts on April 12. Each online course is six weeks in length, and the cost of most classes is $89.