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We are pleased to inform you that the School Board of Levy County will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Option (CEO) for the 2013-2014 school year. Williston Elementary and the other schools in the district will provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for ALL students enrolled in that CEO school during the 2013-2014 School Year.
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SCHOOL BOARD OF LEVY COUNTY
The School Board of Levy County will be sponsoring a Summer Feeding Program for Children at approved sites from Monday, June 10 – Thursday, August 8, 2013.
Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All children, 18 years old and younger, if an open site, are eligible for meals at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. The programs are only approved for geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year.
Please note the following information:
• Open summer feeding sites located at schools provide meals to all children in the immediate vicinity in addition to those enrolled in summer school.
• Open restricted feeding sites are open on a first come, first serve basis to all children of the community at large.
• Closed feeding sites – interested individuals should check with the site location with attendance inquiries.
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FLORIDA’S EDUCATION SYSTEM JUMPS TO TOP TEN IN THE NATION
– Sunshine State Jumps Five States on Annual Quality Counts report –
Tallahassee, Fla., January 10, 2013 – A national report released today ranks Florida sixth in the nation for the quality of its education system. Results of Education Week’s 2013 Quality Counts: Code of Conduct report give Florida a B-, surpassing the national grade of C+ and, resulting in an impressive move up from eleventh place last year. Florida earned an A in the Transitions and Alignment category, ranking fourth in the nation.
Governor Rick Scott said, “For Florida to be a global leader in job creation and economic growth, we have to provide our students with a quality education. Today’s news that Florida has moved into the top ten in the nation for overall quality of education reinforces that we’re taking the steps needed to ensure our students succeed. We’ve made education a priority by investing $1 billion in K-12 education – and for the upcoming session, we’ll continue working with the legislature to enhance Florida’s education system so every Florida family can live the American Dream.”
Florida’s rise into the top ten is based on a solid showing in the Transitions and Alignment category, which tracks state policy efforts to coordinate K-12 education with early learning, postsecondary education, and the workforce. Florida earned an A in this category, moving up to fourth from a fourteenth-place B- last year.
Incoming Florida Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett said, “Florida has always been a national leader in education and I am proud to see the hard work of our students and educators recognized through the Quality Counts ranking. I am committed to working with our educators, parents, and other stakeholders toward continued success for Florida's students."
“Florida is committed to preparing students for success in education, a career, and in life, which is the purpose for moving to the Common Core State Standards,” said Interim Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “The 2013 Quality Counts report clearly shows our investment in education is paying off and we are moving in the right direction.”
As in previous years, the 2013 report grades states based on their policies and performance in six main education areas: Chance for Success; Transitions and Alignment; School Finance Analysis; K-12 Achievement; Standards, Assessments, and Accountability; and the Teaching Profession. State rankings are based on the average score for all six categories. This year’s rankings are calculated based on updated data for three of the six areas: Chance for Success; Transitions and Alignment; and School Finance Analysis.
The report comes on the heels of two recent studies showing Florida’s students ahead of their peers internationally. The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) ranked Florida fourth graders second in the world for reading and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) showed the performance of Florida fourth and eighth graders substantially above their international counterparts.
For more information about Florida’s performance, visit 2013 Quality Counts.
About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org.
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"Aiming for a Winning Season"
The theme this year at Williston Elementary School is "Aiming for a Winning Season". Our goal is for every student to reach his or her potential as we (teachers, students, and parents) all work on the same team. As a Title I School everyone that interacts with the students and everything that happens on campus is aimed to make our students be their best. In the classroom, all teachers are Highly Qualified. What does it mean to be Highly Qualified? It means that all of the teachers at Williston Elementary School meet the standards set forth in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. The standards require teachers to have a bachelor’s degree, be fully certified in the state they are teaching in, and demonstrate knowledge in the subjects they are teaching.
Elsewhere on campus the Educational Support Personnel (ESP’s) are working hard with teachers to ensure that all educational goals are being met for every student. Students are also learning about Music, Art, Physical Education, and Library Skills by highly skilled and qualified instructors. All of these subject areas are integrated on Wednesdays during Cross Curriculum, so that students learn that all knowledge is related.
In other areas on campus, our office, cafeteria, and custodial staffs strive to help us keep learning the main focus. The office staff keeps classroom disruptions to a minimum by fielding phone calls and helping with paperwork. The administration visits classrooms daily interacting with students and teachers. The cafeteria staff creates a warm, homey atmosphere with delicious food to keep everyone’s stomachs full to help students focus on learning. The custodial staff strives to keep the campus and classrooms clean and safe for the optimal learning environment.
It is part of our mission at Williston Elementary School to create an environment where every child can learn, grow, and be successful! We are always looking for volunteers to help us meet this goal. If you would like to be part of our mission please come by, pick up a volunteer packet and see what wonderful things are happening at our school!
Tardy and Checkout Policy for Williston Elementary School Students
This policy was approved by the Levy County School Board at the meeting on August 2, 2011.
1. A tardy is defined as an arrival to class or school after the designated starting time or the tardy signal has sounded. Reasons for excused tardies are the same as for excused absences.
2. Parents must follow the same process to excuse a tardy or early check out as they do to excuse an absence.
3. In Grades K-5, any combination of three (3) unexcused tardies or unexcused dismissals within a nine-week grading period will be equivalent to one (1) absence.
4. The Principal has the discretion to excuse tardiness/dismissals for extenuating circumstances.
5. When tardies or checkouts become excessive, the problem will be addressed through a required parent conference with the school principal/designee.
6. No students shall be released within the final 30 minutes of the school day unless the principal/designee determines it is an emergency.
Mrs. Hiers & Mrs. Lewis