Category: School News

Gotha Middle student places in the top 1 percent … and more school news!

Grant Christian Sicard, a Windermere Chase resident and 2016-17 Gotha Middle student, places in the top 1 percent of seventh-graders.

Grant Christian Sicard, a straight-A honors student and 2016-17 seventh-grader at Gotha Middle, was invited to take the ACT test, sponsored by Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. Only the top 5 percent of seventh-graders are invited.

Nik Sirois Raises Money for AHA and more news …

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Lake Whitney Elementary

Lake Whitney Elementary student Nik Sirois (front) raises money for the American Heart Association through Jump Rope For Heart, as nurse Beverly Childs (far left) and Eileen Harvey’s first-grade class looks on.

Nik Sirois of Lake Whitney Elementary participated in the school’s efforts in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser. Nik raised $1,050.

Lake Whitney Elementary Holds Muffins and Moms and more news …

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Lake Whitney Elementary

Katherine Cramer and her sons, Nathan (left) and Owen, attend Muffins with Moms at Lake Whitney Elementary.

Lake Whitney Elementary students and their families spent a fun time at Dave & Buster’s for the school’s Family Fun Event. The event, which was organized by LWES’s Parent Teacher Organization, is one of many family-oriented affairs the school holds each year.

Allie Gurgen Donates Money and more school news …

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Holy Family Catholic School student Allie Gurgen (center) donates the money she raised from her lemonade stand to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Allie Gurgen of Holy Family Catholic School organized a lemonade stand to raise money for the homeless. She came up with the idea after seeing a homeless person on the side of the road and wanted to help.

SunRidge Middle Orchestra Students Excel and more school news …

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SunRidge Middle

120116sn07SunRidge Middle orchestra students are admitted to the All County Auditioned Orchestra and All County Honors Orchestra.

Several members of SunRidge Middle’s orchestra made the All County Auditioned Orchestra and All County Honors Orchestra. Those who made the All County Auditioned Orchestra were Adrienne Fee, bass; Natalie Gordon, cello; Hannah Imler, violin; Dominique Khan, violin; Ciara Lee, viola; Payton Moore, violin; Sean Muller, cello; Allison Olsson, viola; Hailey Paek, viola; Vanessa Sanchez, violin; Isabella Sharp, viola; and Emma Stankos, violin. Those who made the All County Honors Orchestra were Breonna McKenzie, bass; Sarah Opitz, violin; and Kendrick Williams, violin.

Reach Out Committee Helping Children in Need … and more news


The Brady family — Frank (back, second from right) and Karen (middle) with their children, (back, l. to r.) Emily, Bethany, Rebekah and Liam (front) — receive help from Holy Family Catholic School’s Reach Out Committee to adopt Jude (not pictured), an orphan from China.

The Reach Out Committee at Holy Family Catholic School is helping an Ocoee family raise funds to be able to adopt a child in need. Karen Silvers Brady fell in love with Jude, an orphan in China, while looking through websites of orphanages. Jude has …

WOHS Choirs Are on Key for a Busy Year

by Shannon M. Ursem

West Orange High School’s choir performs its 2015-16 Winter Concert with the Garden Community Choir and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

West Orange High School Choir Department has embarked on an exciting, action-packed year. The department consists of nine different choirs with approximately 275 students, all of whom are under the direction of Jeffrey Redding, Ph.D., director of choral activities; and Daryl Yasay, associate choral director.

SW Orlando School News – Aug. 4, 2016

Dr. Phillips High

Dr. Phillips High graduate Ryan Williams (third from left) accepts a $1,000 scholarship from the Matt Davies Team of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc.

Each spring, the Matt Davies Team of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc. awards one young adult with a $1,000 scholarship to help with the costs of his or her ongoing education after high school. This year’s …

SW Orlando School News

Stilt walker Mike Weakley (back, center)entertains first-graders in Bay Meadows Elementary teacher Julie Gifford’s (not pictured) 2016 class during their end-of-the-year party.

Bay Meadows Elementary

Angela Blum, Bay Meadows Elementary PTA member and homeroom mother for teacher Julie Gifford, coordinated an end-of-the-year party for Ms. Gifford’s 2015-16 first-graders. During the carnival-themed event, stilt walker Mike Weakley made the children balloon hats and displayed his …

SW Orlando School News

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Dr. Phillips Elementary’s 2015-16 team wins the trophy for the K-2 grades chess tournament sponsored by Orange County Public Schools.

Orange County Public Schools officials sponsored a chess tournament at Dr. Phillips Elementary, and Dr. Phillips Rotary Club members purchased awards for the event. The DPES team, coached by Denise Hartman, won the K-2 grades division. Out of 83 kids who entered the K-2 grades competition …

SW Orlando School News – June 2, 2016

Windermere Elementary

Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins pays a special visit to Windermere Elementary to personally thank fourth-grader Brady OMalley for his letter of appreciation.

Windermere Elementary fourth-grader Brady OMalley emailed Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins to thank her for all she does each and every day to help the schools in Orange County succeed. As Ms. Jenkins does not often receive such correspondence, she made a surprise visit to …

Bay Meadows, Lake Whitney and more news

Bay Meadows Elementary

Runners take off at the start of Bay Meadow Elementary’s annual 5K Koala Krawl.

The Bay Meadows Elementary PTA hosted its annual Festival and 5K Koala Krawl to celebrate the school’s 25th anniversary. Proceeds from the fundraising drive were donated for school programs. The day began with the Koala Krawl, a 5K that started and ended at the school and went through …

School News

Lake Whitney Elementary

(Front, l. to r.) Jacob Tudge, Julie Reeth, (middle, l. to r.) Luke Swanson, Benjamin Cramer, John Ghanem, (back, l. to r.) Nathan Tudge and Lake Whitney Elementary teacher Stephen Wisdom of the LWES Math Club compete in the contest. Not pictured: Andrew Brown and Nick Lucas.
finished a strong fourth out of 15 schools in the contest held at Seminole Science Charter School. Fifth-graders Benjamin Cramer and Luke Swanson earned …