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Education Notes (4/16/14)

April 16, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

LAMS hosts fundraiser at local McDonald's

Faculty, staff and students "hammed it up" at the Lehigh Acres Middle School Night at the McDonald's on Homestead Road.

The night serves as a fund-raiser from 5 to 8 p.m. for the school as a portion of the proceeds from sales go directly to the school.

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Faculty and staff at the Lehigh Acres Middle School Night at the McDonald’s on Homestead Road.

From left to right, seated, are Assistant Principal Dr. Chevonese Anderson-Thomas and teacher Casey Erny; standing, teachers Austin Hardy, Carmeline Williams, Rachel Kirk, Yamilee Francois, and Elizabeth Salmon.

Subject Area Teachers of the Year honored

The School District of Lee County recently recognized the outstanding Subject Area Teachers of the Year, selected for the 2013-14 school year.

The following winners are employed at local area schools:

- Media Specialist: Amy McGinley of River Hall Elementary

- Physical Education: Jonathan Edward of Veterans Park Academy for the Arts

- School Counselor: Jeffrey Becker of Harns Marsh Middle

- School Nurse: Gabrielle Camarda, of Health Services/Lehigh Acres Middle

- Science: Misty Neal Gousby of Lehigh Senior High

- Speech Pathologist: LeeAnn Knapp of Tortuga Preserve Elementary

District announces upcoming programs

The Lee County School District announced that many schools are showcasing their students' talent with various spring programs.

The following is a list of upcoming musicals, plays and concerts in the local area:

- April 16-17 and April 19: "Sweeney Todd" school edition at Lehigh Senior High at 6:30 p.m.

- April 24-25: "Love is ... DANCE" at Lehigh Senior High at 6:30 p.m.

- April 29: "A Music Concert" at Lehigh Senior High at 6:30 p.m

- May 1: Varsity Lakes Middle School Concert at Lehigh Senior High at 6:30 p.m.

- May 12: "Fairytales Gone Wrong" at Veterans Park Academy for the Arts at 6 p.m.

- May 16: Prism Concert at Lehigh Senior High at 7 p.m.

- May 19: "Bye Bye Birdie" musical at Veterans Park Academy for the Arts at 6:30 p.m.

- May 23: Veterans Park Academy for the Arts' Spring Dance Show at Lehigh Senior High at 6:30 p.m.

Parents and the community can contact the schools for more information about the performances.

FCAT?test dates listed

FCAT testing for students in grades 3-10 began Monday.

Parents should check with their child's school for exact times and possible changes to the schedule, as computer-based tests may vary:

April 16:

- Grades 3 and 4: FCAT math session I

- Grade 5: FCAT science session I

April 17:

- Grades 3 and 4: FCAT math session II

- Grade 5: FCAT science session II

The computer-based testing schedule is as follows:

April 14-24:

- Grade 6 and 10: FCAT reading

April 16-29:

- Grade 7: FCAT reading

April 21-30:

- Grade 8: FCAT reading

April 23-May 2:

- Grade 6: FCAT math

- Grade 9: FCAT reading

April 25-May 6:

- Grade 5: FCAT math

The district has created a resource page on its website to offer FCAT tips and information for parents and community members.

For more information, visit:

Spaces available for office training

Lee County residents currently working at low-skill, low-paying jobs who have not had an opportunity for higher education or previous job training can take advantage of cost-free job training in medical front-office skills.

The seven-month program runs April 22 through November.

Telephone interviews will be accepted through April 18; the class is filled on a first-come, first-served basis and fills up quickly.

All applicants must be working, must provide proof of earned income or unemployment compensation, proof of high school diploma or GED, and proof of Lee County residency; they also must pass a criminal background check and basic assessment in reading, language and spelling.

The Medical Office Skills (certificate) Program provides instruction in keyboarding and computer applications, medical terminology, medical office procedures, HIPAA, and basic billing and coding.

Students also receive assistance with resumes, interview skills and job searching, as well as one year of intensive case management.

Applicants must have reliable transportation to the classes, which are held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Fort Myers Institute of Technology, at 3800 Michigan Ave., Fort Myers.

The program covers all costs for tuition and books and can cover childcare cost during class hours.

For a screening to determine eligibility, contact Barbara Goins with Lee County Human Services at (239) 533-7902.

General Woman's Club to award scholarships

The General Woman's Club of Lehigh Acres will award $500 scholarships to single parents with minor children living at home.

The applicant must be enrolled in continuing education classes at an accredited college, university or technical school, and they must be a resident of Lehigh Acres.

There is no pre-printed application form; mail the following to Mrs. Diane A. Lashua, Scholarship Chairman, 123 Sebring Circle, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936:

- Proof of Lehigh residence, like a utility bill or rent receipt

- Supply street address and contact telephone number (P.O Boxes will be not accepted)

- Name of college, university or technical school enrolled in

- Brief biography that includes area of study

Deadline to apply is April 20.

Awards will be issued May 16.

For information, e-mail or call (412) 708-0422.

Domino Club taking applications

The Lehigh Cavaliers Domino Club is offering $500 scholarships to Lehigh Acres students for the 2014 academic year.

Scholarship applicants must submit the following information no later than April 30:

- Proof of Lehigh residency

- High school of graduation and academic standing

- School of continuing education (letter of acceptance)

- Brief biography, including an essay of intended degree of study

Mail applications to Mr. Oliver DeWeever, Scholarship Chairman, Lehigh Cavaliers Domino Club, P.O. Box 1056, Lehigh Acres, FL 33970.

Awards will be decided May 30; the recipients will be notified within seven days thereafter.

For information, call Oliver DeWeever at (239) 368-8278.

Scholarships available

The Lehigh Regional Hospital Auxiliary is giving scholarships to Lehigh residents age 18 or older.

The scholarships go toward medical education.

Applications may be obtained at the front desk at the lobby of the Lehigh Regional Medical Center.

Applications and attachments must be turned in by April 30.

ABWA offers scholarship for female students

The Sanibel-Captiva Charter Chapter of American Business Women's Association is sponsoring a $1,500 Outright Grant scholarship for 2014-15 through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund.

The Outright Grant Program offers junior level or higher college students a scholarship that helps to offset costs associated with college tuition, books and fees.

The amount awarded for each Outright Grant is $1,500.

Outright Grant scholarships awarded are non-renewable. Applicants may receive only one Outright Grant each award year.

Applicants can be ABWA members or nonmembers; they must be a female U.S. citizen and have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours.

The applicant must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

The applicant must be seeking a baccalaureate degree or higher and must be attending an institution authorized to confer degrees at the baccalaureate level or higher in the United States.

To apply for the scholarship, contact education chair Lynda Rubenstein at or chapter president Gayle DeHaan-Garland at

Applications must be submitted in good order to be considered by May 10.



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