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Technical Education Center Osceola And Adult Learning Center Osceola To Hold Open House At New St. Cloud Campus New Programs, New Locations . . . New Opportunities
The Technical Educational Center Osceola (TECO) and Adult Learning Center Osceola (ALCO), in partnership with the City of St. Cloud, are excited to announce an Open House and ribbon cutting event at the new St. Cloud campus that is now open. The Open House will be held on September 9, and will showcase a variety of post-secondary training programs that are available to adults. There will be campus tours, meet and greets with the instructors, a ribbon cutting, music, and prizes.
September 9, 2014 - St. Cloud Campus
Open House: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting: 6:00 p.m.
Location: 2901 17th Street in St. Cloud Programs Offered: TECO: Licensed Practical Nursing, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Cosmetology ALCO: Adult Basic Education and GED® - Evening Classes only
Central Florida residents are invited to this free event to learn more about this important partnership between the Osceola School District and the City of St. Cloud. TECO and ALCO, adult education schools within the Osceola School District, both offer training programs to adults which incorporate the career skills that are in demand in our society. TECO and ALCO are currently accepting registrations for all programs. Various programs have open enrollment, and are still accepting students. Additional information can be found at teco.osceola.k12.fl.us and alco.osceola.k12.fl.us.
Osceola School District's Professional Development Department Recognized As Leader In The State
The Osceola School District has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Professional Learning Practices Award given by the Florida Association for Staff Development (FASD). The selection committee was very impressed with the district's Instructional Coaching Series with TeachLivE, and commended the Osceola School District's Professional Development Department for its diligent work in providing exemplary professional development to teachers and staff. The Osceola School District will be recognized at the 2014 FASD Fall Leadership Conference Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, September 23, in St. Petersburg. During the luncheon, a FASD award plaque will be presented to the district by the FASD Awards Committee.
The Instructional Coaching Series is a professional development experience provided in the Spring of 2014 to instructional coaches in the Osceola School District. This unique learning opportunity focused on the four instructional coaching tenets developed by Dr. Cherie Behrens, University of Central Florida Visiting Lecturer and Consultant. The four tenets are: Operating as a Coach; Facilitating a Culture of Learners; Supporting a Data Focus; and Promoting Student Success. In this three-day series presented by Dr. Behrens, instructional coaches learned how to use coaching language with teachers, build relationships with teachers, create peer coaching cadres, and utilize data to problem solve in professional learning communities (PLCs). The instructional coaches were guided through a series of centers designed to ignite and build background knowledge and provide opportunities to practice.
Free Online Homework Help For Osceola County Students And Parents Is Just A Click Away
Reality is that sometimes it is hard for parents to assist their children with homework, particularly in the higher grades. It might have been a while since a parent had to worry about adding and subtracting fractions or how to answer a chemistry question. To help, the Osceola School District is offering all parents and students the use of InSync Education, a free online academic resource. Homework help is now available online at any time. Parents and students can explore thousands of academic subjects, concepts, and activities by grade level (K-12) or by subject area, including math, science, social studies, and language arts. Information can also be found to assist with test prep, accelerated learning, and college and career readiness.
Through InSync, parents and students have free access to over 1,200 activities and resources to assist with lessons and homework from kindergarten through Grade 12. Parents and students can read or listen to the information in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. InSync Education can be accessed from any computer, tablet, or mobile device with internet connection 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
"InSync Education provides critical information about how parents can help their children learn and master particular academic skills and subjects," said Superintendent Melba Luciano. "I hope parents make use of InSync Education as they work collaboratively with teachers to support the academic success of their children."
To log on to InSync, click on the Insync logo on the left-hand side of this page. Users will be prompted to enter the district's code, which is osceola, and asked to create a username, password, and profile to begin. For difficulties logging in, parents and students can contact email@example.com.
Purchasing Training On How To Improve Proposal Submittals and Utilize VendorLink
Osceola School District’s Purchasing Department will host a training session on how to improve proposal submittals for solicitations issued by the district on Thursday, September 11, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Purchasing Department, located at 817 Bill Beck Boulevard (Building 2000) in Kissimmee. This business training session will provide an informative overview of the key areas that should be addressed in submittals to the Osceola School District, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet district staff members after the presentation for further assistance. In addition, a brief overview will be given on VendorLink, the district's automated solicitation notification system.
Please call the Purchasing Department for additional information and to RSVP for this event at 407-870-4630 no later than a day before the training.
Osceola School District To Utilize New Parent Portal
Beginning September 1, 2014, the Osceola School District will be utilizing a new FOCUS Parent Portal, a tool designed to enhance the communication and involvement of parents in their child's education. The Parent Portal will be replacing the district's Parent Internet Viewer, and will allow parents to better monitor their child's progress in school by providing Internet access to grades, attendance, discipline, academic history, graduation verification, and standardized test results in a secure password-protected environment.
With the new Parent Portal, parents will also have the ability to:
• Send an email to their child's teacher;
• View the school calendar;
• Receive messages from the Osceola School District; and
• Set up alert notifications for attendance, grades, discipline, upcoming assignments, events, and messages.
The Parent Portal will open on September 1 for parents to register for an account. Information will be sent home with students outlining the parent account registration process.
Osceola County Schools Earn Highest State Award For Community Involvement Thirty-seven Osceola County schools have been designated as Five Star Schools earning the Florida Department of Education's most prestigious award for community involvement. The award is presented each year to schools that have shown evidence of exemplary family, school, and community involvement. To qualify, each school must meet 100% of the state's established criteria that require the full engagement of business partners, volunteers, students, families, and the School Advisory Council in the educational process. Every Five Star School must prepare a portfolio to document how they model excellence through specific community involvement programs.
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