Windermere Prep raises money for vets … and more School News!

compiled by Lauren Salinero


Palm Lake Elementary

In celebration of Palm Lake Elementary’s 30th anniversary, the community is encouraged to be on the lookout for rocks in the Southwest area that have the engraving #PLE30Rock.

Palm Lake Elementary is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The “school with a heart” was first established in 1987 and continues to transform and educate children. Throughout the years, countless students and families’ lives have been positively impacted by teachers and staff who strive to teach the whole child. Administrators and teachers have come and gone; however, four current teachers among the original teachers of Palm Lake Elementary still remain at the school: Rosanne Monroe, Karen Seward, Carol Anne Warren and Linda Wolfe. To help PLES celebrate its milestone, residents should be on the lookout for rocks with the engraving #PLE30Rock. If you find one, use the hashtag on social media and share it with your friends.

Dr. Phillips High

Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips President Steve Clapp (left) and Dave Lehman co-present a Paul Harris Award to Suzanne Knight, principal of Dr. Phillips High, for her outstanding contributions to the Rotary and community.


(L. to r.) Trent Doyle, Naika Delice and Tori Anderson of Dr. Phillips High are awarded prizes for their artwork contributions to the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips’ Taste of Dr. Phillips.

Windermere High

As representatives of the Windermere High Wolverines dance team, (l. to r.) Addy Montalvo, Madi Lemons and Peyton Recer perform in the 2017 Thanksgiving Tour.

More than 500 elementary, junior high and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country represented Varsity Spirit in the 2017 Thanksgiving Tour held at the Walt Disney World Resort. Madi Lemons, Addy Montalvo and Peyton Recer represented the Windermere High Wolverine dance team. They performed with the Varsity Spirit All-Americans in a one-of-a-kind pre-parade performance through Disney’s Magic Kingdom on Thanksgiving Day. The girls believe it is an honor to be selected as an All-American dancer. They looked forward to the opportunity to showcase their talents and proudly represented the school’s dance team. Each of them was excited to have some fun, creating magical memories of a lifetime, while spending the day together at the Magic Kingdom and further bonding as teammates.

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(L. to r.) Alex Bishop, Lyndsey Huizenga, John Russon, Gary Atwill, Bill Criswell, Sabrina Humphrey and Emily Work join forces to support the Home At Last program for disabled vets.

Windermere Preparatory School’s Wounded Warrior Club held a “Dress Down Day” on Veterans Day. They were able to raise $3,200 through the event. All proceeds were donated to Home At Last, a local nonprofit that builds mortgage-free homes for deserving disabled veterans.


Rabbi Jeff Chaitoff speaks to Orlando Torah Academy third-, fourth- and fifth-graders about his service as a chaplain in the U.S. Army.

In honor of Veterans Day, Orlando Torah Academy students had the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Rabbi Jeff Chaitoff. He shared his experience as a chaplain in the U.S. Army with students in third, fourth and fifth grades. The rabbi also brought in photos and relics from his days on active duty, including his uniforms. The childr

en enjoyed asking questions and hearing about what life was like as a soldier. They also were allowed to try on the uniforms. The school extends a heartfelt thank-you to Rabbi Chaitoff for his service with the U.S. Army and to the students of OTA.


Dr. Phillips resident Pratham Masimukku of Orlando Science Elementary School wins third place overall in the K-5 division of the Orlando Grand Prix of Chess.

Orlando Science elementary and middle school students were recognized at local competitions for their chess and math skills. Pratham Masimukku of Dr. Phillips placed third overall in the K-5 division of the Orlando Grand Prix of Chess. In addition, the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society at Orlando Science Mid­dle held a schoolwide MathCounts competition. The fun, engaging event allowed students to go face-to-face in mathematical matchups, and medals were awarded to the top 10 finishers.


For its fall musical, Holy Family Catholic School presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Holy Family Catholic School students performed You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown for their fall musical. The celebration of the work of Charles Shultz included nearly three dozen talented students, showcasing the best in song, dance and acting. The gorgeous sets and creative lighting took the packed audience inside a living, breathing comic strip. HFCS has a long tradition of excellence in putting on professional shows, and this year was no exception!

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