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Tavares High Takes Active Approach to ‘Heart Healthy’ Month

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Tavares High students learn how to perform CPR on adults.TAVARES — To celebrate American Heart Month in February, 24 members of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter at Tavares High School successfully completed a CPR for Friends and Family class, which was led by Tavares High Health Science Instructor Colleen Carter, RN, MSN.

Students were taught how to correctly perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on adults and children, as well as how to properly handle choking emergencies.

According to the American Heart Association's website at www.heart.org:

•    There is one death every 39 seconds directly related to cardiovascular disease. That is about 2,200 people each day.
•    One in three American adults is believed to have one or more types of cardiovascular disease. That translates into 82 million people.
•    Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women 20 years of age and older.

“With these sobering statistics, it is more important than ever to have as many people as possible trained in CPR,” said Carlos Reyes, lead instructor for the Health Careers Academy at Tavares High and HOSA. “These students did a wonderful job learning the basics of CPR and were equipped with not only the knowhow, but the confidence to act in the event of an emergency requiring this type of life-saving intervention.”


Congratulations Cypress Ridge Terrific Kids March 8, 2011

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Amanda Moles, Taryn Rose, Elisabeth Friedman, Robert Paul, Michael Smelas, Sydney Bruenen, Ryan Johnson, Matthew Bell, Connor Dargis, Makylah Meadows, Amber Brock, Josh Votava, Ryan Phillips, Allison Teany, Tyra Morgan, Stephen Ganley, Carley Hogan, Nicholas Smith, Max VanArsdale, Mason Rogers, Charlotte Abney, Antonio Vergara, Hunter Brown, Haley Couture, Megan Sanchez, Aiden Hernandez, Jazmin Schoenthaler, Cameron Miller, Christian Clem, Emily Stone, Nathalie Averill, Charlie Wilson, Hanna Swidler, Hunter Thompson, Noelle Bernhoft, Jordyn Kelley-Truitt, Lauren Brown

Kiwanian - Connie Carlson
Principal - Randy Campbell
Assistant Principal - Jan Nappi


Umatilla Middle Eighth Graders Head Outdoors to Test Language Arts Skills

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Umatilla Middle School students gather information from a County map at North Lake Community Park.UMATILLA — If it worked for Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, why not eighth graders at Umatilla Middle School?

On February 25th, eighth graders at Umatilla Middle made the journey to nearby North Lake Community Park to reconvene with nature and celebrate language arts. At the “Write Away Field Day,” students rotated among eight stations which required knowledge of vocabulary, descriptive writing, word choice, reference and research skills, parts of speech and higher-order thinking skills. The day also included a picnic lunch under the pavilions and a physically challenging obstacle course just for fun.

According to Language Arts Teachers Kyle Bracewell, Kim Frazier and Kim Royal, the day was a huge success thanks to the efforts from the Umatilla Middle School staff and faculty and the people and businesses of Umatilla.

“Their devotion and generosity enabled students to have a fun-filled educational experience outside the classroom walls,” Royal said.


Eustis Volleyball Player Signs Scholarship Offer

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Kayla Sullivan signs her scholarship offer while looking on are Eustis High Coach Teresa Wade and Brevard Community College Head Coach Herb Tokumoto.EUSTIS — When Eustis High School senior Kayla Sullivan leaves for college next year, she will be able to continue to compete in the sport she loves.

Sullivan signed a volleyball scholarship offer with Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Fla., on March 2nd.

“Kayla caught my eye as a sophomore player,” said Teresa Wade, Coach of the girls’ volleyball team at Eustis High. “She was so well rounded and respectable as a player. She accepted my ‘coaching style’ as soon as I came into Eustis High without any flack. Kayla is one of those ‘coachable’ players that every coach wants.”

Sullivan helped the Eustis Lady Panthers to an impressive 19-4 record this year. During the course of the season, she recorded 69 kills, 181 digs, 80 blocks, 235 serves and 73 service aces.

She found out Brevard Community College was interested in her joining the Lady Titans squad when coaches invited her to a tryout. With her full scholarship, Sullivan hopes to study and go into the field of physical therapy.

“I considered the location, the education style and the type of people I would be around on a daily basis,” she said. “I have been constantly staying healthy and working out and trying to keep in shape for the next level.”


Lake County Middle Schools Compete in Regional Math Counts Competition

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TAVARES — Six of Lake County’s middle schools — Carver Middle, Clermont Middle, East Ridge Middle, Eustis Middle, Gray Middle and Windy Hill Middle — competed in the Math Counts regional competition at Olympia High School in Orlando against 36 other Central Florida middle schools on Feb. 19.

For the first time Lake County had all six middle school teams score points during the fast paced Ciphering practice and competition rounds,” said Dee Ann Wilson, Secondary Math Program Specialist in Lake County Schools Curriculum Department. “In this round students had to submit correct answers on clickers within a faster amount of time than the other schools.”

The top scoring team for Lake County was Windy Hill Middle, which placed 16th out of 42 teams. Morgan Fabber from Gray Middle was Lake County’s highest individual scorer at 52nd out of 389 students. The following students were the top scoring Mathletes for each of the Lake County teams: Mitaun Burney from Carver Middle; Jerrell Garcia from Clermont Middle; Caleb Bright from East Ridge Middle; Gordon Ryan from Eustis Middle; and Justin Morfe from Windy Hill Middle.

Throughout the school year, math coaches have worked with students during after-school practice sessions to teach them advanced problem solving techniques and strategies.

The evidence of the success of these Math Counts Clubs was demonstrated last year when Lake County was honored to have East Ridge Middle win the Most Improved School team award,” Wilson said.

The Central Florida Math Counts competition is sponsored by the Florida Engineering Society.

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