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Pine View junior to represent district as 2014 Sunshine State Scholar

Pine View junior to represent district as 2014 Sunshine State Scholar

Sarasota, Florida -- Nicholas Pelisek, a junior from Pine View School in Osprey, has been selected to represent the Sarasota County School District as the 2014 Sunshine State Scholar at the statewide celebration to be held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13-14, 2014, at the Orlando Hilton. If Pelisek is unable to attend, the alternate student is Jacob Hurwitz, a junior at Riverview High School.     

Oak Park teacher is FL Council for Exceptional Children Teacher of the Year

Oak Park teacher is FL Council for Exceptional Children Teacher of the Year

Sarasota County, Florida -- An Oak Park School teacher who works with high school and adult students with special needs has been named the Florida Council for Exceptional Children Teacher of the Year. Helen Pastore received the recognition at this year’s state conference Oct. 17-19 in St. Petersburg. She will represent Florida and compete for the national Teacher of the Year title at the CEC Convention and Expo scheduled for April 8-11, 2015, in San Diego.      

Enrollment begins for Sarasota Virtual School

Enrollment begins for Sarasota Virtual School

Sarasota County, Florida -- Open enrollment for Sarasota Virtual School will begin Tuesday, Nov. 19, for the second semester of the current 2013-14 school year. The enrollment period will close at 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13. The semester starts Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.    

Sarasota High students to haunt St. Armands in Halloween ‘Thriller’

Sarasota High students to haunt St. Armands in Halloween ‘Thriller’

Sarasota, Florida -- As part of a tradition known as Fright Night, Sarasota High School theater students will zombie-walk their way around St. Armands Circle on Halloween on Thursday, October 31.

Their route will end in St. Armands Circle Park with a macabre dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Sarasota Schools to hold job fair for substitute teachers October 25

Sarasota Schools to hold job fair for substitute teachers October 25

Sarasota County, Florida -- The Sarasota County School District will hold a job fair for prospective substitute teachers on Friday October 25.

Because the need for substitutes is greater at some schools, the district has removed the qualification for substitutes at those schools to have Florida teaching certificates. Applicants who are interested in working at these schools must have a bachelor’s degree and be willing to submit to a background check and drug test, as all district applicants must do. 

Sarasota County students’ 2013 SAT scores top national, state results

Sarasota County students’ 2013 SAT scores top national, state results

SARASOTA COUNTY — Students in Sarasota County’s public high schools outperformed their peers in the U.S. and in other Florida districts, on average, in the 2013 Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). Local averages were higher than national and state averages in all three sections of the SAT: mathematics, critical reading and writing skills.

County strengthens area schools STEMs with seeds, plants

County strengthens area schools STEMs with seeds, plants

Sarasota County, Florida -- Area school teachers are receiving sprouts for the future this week thanks to a program organized by the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences Extension Sarasota County in partnership with the Florida Farm to School program.  

There are more than 40 school gardens in the county, and 20 of those are participating in the collaborative effort. The seeds were donated by Sakata, Bejo and Champion Seeds, while the starter plants were grown by UF staff in conjunction with Ready Plants during the summer.