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Education Notes (6/11/14)

June 11, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Reed named to dean's list at Baldwin Wallace

Issac Reed, of Lehigh Acres, has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2014 semester at Baldwin Wallace University.

Students who receive at least a 3.6 GPA for seven or more graded hours in a single semester are named to the dean's list.

A graduate of Lehigh Senior High School, Reed is majoring in exercise science.

Founded in 1845, Baldwin Wallace University is an independent coeducational school of 4,500 students. It offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in more than 60 academic areas.

2014 FCAT results released

The state recently released the remaining results from the 2014 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT 2.0.

Results indicate that Lee County students are performing at or above state averages in most grades in reading and math.

In math, Lee County students scored above state averages in all grade levels except for third grade, where the district average equaled the state average.

Substantial learning gains were made in fourth to eighth grades.

In reading, Lee County students scored at or above the state average in six out of eight grade levels.

Only fifth- and eighth-graders take the FCAT science test.

"We are encouraged by the number of students who have scored at or above grade level," Superintendent Dr. Nancy Graham said. "The improvement we see in this initial data is a tribute to the hard work and commitment to students demonstrated by our employees at every level."

"We look forward to receiving more complete data from the state later this summer," she said.

The official State Accountability Report - school grading - based on the results of the assessments is expected to be released in July for elementary and middle schools.

High school grades are released later in the fall, after graduation rates and other components are available.

Individual Student Reports will be available later this month.

Schools will communicate with parents via ParentLink regarding the dates and times reports will be available.

District to take public input at forums

The School District of Lee County requests the input of community members and parents as the district begins the process of writing a new strategic plan.

Roundtable conversations will provide the opportunity for individuals to provide thoughts and ideas about their public school system with trained facilitators.

Local community forums include:

- June 12: Veterans Park Academy for the Arts, at 49 S. Homestead Road, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dinner will be served.

Sun Life Rising Star Awards grants

Sun Life Financial is taking applications for the Sun Life Rising Star Awards grants from nonprofits that promote the academic achievement of under-served youth.

Applications are at: The deadline for submissions is June 9.

Sun Life will award four organizations with $50,000 grants, and in turn, each nonprofit will nominate an exemplary student to receive a $5,000 Sun Life Rising Star scholarship towards financing a college education.

Organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, promote skills that translate to educational success in high school to students under 21, and collaborate with a secondary or post-secondary educational institution.

Nominees must be high school seniors actively involved in an organization that shares the awards' mission. They must plan to pursue post-secondary education, exhibit leadership qualities and demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities.

Students must submit a 750-word essay.



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