As a public charter school in Lake County educating over 1,000 students in kindergarten through 8th grade, we are committed to helping every student reach his or her full potential.
We strive to teach to the whole child, with a strong emphasis on character. We focus on each child and know that no two students learn the same. Together, it is vital that we partner in this mission – for without your support, we are not fully capable of reaching our potential as a community.
Imagine South Lake Charter is nationally-known for its character emphasis and was designated a National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership. Our school is also SACS accredited.
If you cannot find what you need on our website, please call the main office: 352-243-2960.
Recent News and Highlights
School Meal Program
Children need healthy meals to learn. Imagine Schools at South Lake offers healthy meals every school day. If you have not already, please visit www.slalunch.com to register your child for a lunch account and PIN. Parents of kindergarten and first grade students should inform the teacher of the PIN. Click here to learn more about the breakfast and lunch programs. Click here to view the September Breakfast Menu or the September Lunch Menu.
Governing Board Opening
The Education Charter Foundation of Florida, Inc. is currently seeking resumes for an open board position and parent liaison position. Resumes and letters of interest will be received at the front office of the school until close of business on August 29th. Applicants will receive information after this date for an interview and next steps. If there are further questions regarding these open positions, please call the school office at (352) 243-2960 or email the Principal Jennifer Fornes.
Welcome Back to School
We are looking forward to the start of another wonderful year! Please see below for a few important reminders:
· School starts Monday, August 18th at 8:30am!
· Our school day has been extended. We now dismiss kindergarten students and their siblings to the carline at 3:15PM (2:15PM on Wednesdays).
· The first round of buses will be released at 3:15 (2:15 on Wednesdays).
· All remaining students will be released at 3:25 (2:25 on Wednesdays).
· All parents must have a car tag in order to pick up in the car line or at the parent gate. If you did not pick up your car tag at Open House, please stop by the front office on Monday to obtain one.
· If you have not already, please visit www.slalunch.com to register your child for a lunch account and PIN. Parents of kinder garten and first grade students should inform the teacher of the PIN.
· In order to keep our parents informed at all times, we encourage you to sign up for the following social media outlets:
§ Like us on Facebook
§ Follow us on Twitter
§ Sign up for texting alerts with Remind101
§ Visit our school website regularly
§ Look for emails from our student information system Jupiter Grades.
Any announcements will be posted on all of the above outlets.
August 15 – Uniform Update
Dear Imagine South Lake Families,
Our school has been in contact with InUnison, our uniform provider, this week to clear up any misunderstandings they may have had. Please know that there was NO change in the uniforms this year except for the addition of a red t-shirt for our middle school students.
We have spoken to InUnison to find out what the delay is in providing our families with their orders. We have been told that they plan on shipping the uniforms to the school on Friday for arrival the first week of school.
Due to the delay in receiving their uniforms, I would like to inform you of acceptable dress during this first week while we await the arrival of these uniforms.
Students will be allowed to wear:
• past years monogrammed logo polos
• spirit t-shirts from previous school years;
• solid color plain polos in the school colors
• Elementary: white or navy
• Middle: red or navy
I will be following up with our vendor to ensure this situation does not repeat itself next school year.
Thank you for your understanding and patience in this manner.
All the best,
One of the concerns that has come up is the safety of the children while on the Imagine South Lake campus, especially during arrival and dismissal. Please see the following new procedures for arrival and dismissal so that we may ensure the safety of everyone. Please click here to review the procedures.
Open House Schedule
We hope to see you at Open House on the following nights!
Middle School: Tuesday, August 12
Third through Fifth: Wednesday, August 13
Kindergarten through Second: Thursday, August 14
Feel free to stop by any time from 5:00 – 6:30. This is your opportunity to meet your teacher, drop off supplies, sign up for the bus lottery, register for before & after care, join the PTO and more! As a reminder, students who were on the bus last year will keep their seats but parents still have to fill out a registration form at Open House. The lottery for available seats will be held on Friday, August 15 and winners will be notified by phone. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.
The Lake County Health Department is offering free immunizations events for school aged children. Please click here for more information, dates, and locations.
Dear Imagine South Lake Families –
On behalf of our entire staff, I thank you for visiting the Imagine South Lake School website. I hope you all are enjoying a restful summer with family and friends. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with such a dedicated and committed staff at Imagine South Lake. I am currently serving in the role of Interim Principal and have been a part of your school as part of the regional leadership team since the school’s inception and have seen how this school has grown to be a family over the years. Imagine South Lake has established an environment where our students, families and staff are known and loved. We are committed to this culture and are continually evaluating each measure of excellence for opportunities to improve
I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet with teachers, staff, parents, community members and students to listen to feedback and have them share their expertise and working knowledge of the school. In listening to many stakeholders, I do wish to present one emerging theme…Academic Excellence. It is amazing to see our staff, families and community members come together to serve each and every student. Our school community strives to instill in each child the excitement that comes with learning, where the bar is set high with academics aligned to our state standards. Our teachers and staff have worked hard this summer to develop a strong academic plan and are committed to serving all aspects of each student academically, emotionally and physically. Imagine South Lake has a strong foundation built on character development as evidenced by our CEP Award as well as other recognitions, and that will always be interwoven into our daily language and activities.
During the summer and over the course of the upcoming school year, the staff and I will be at work getting to know your children and working diligently on our school-wide initiatives: collaboratively looking at student work and progress to inform our instruction and make appropriate revisions when needed; continuance in character excellence, and most importantly, adhering to our shared values that makes our school a great place to work and learn. I remain committed to supporting and promoting the best teaching practices across all grades and levels, such as active student learning, problem-solving and critical thinking, creativity, inter and intra-personal reflection, effective communication, reading and collaboration in all classes. This work is ongoing and defines us as an Imagine South Lake school community. With this primary focus on instruction and student learning, we will continue to ensure that we offer the best opportunities and learning experiences for all students to be successful and to be well prepared to meet any challenge.
Many great things happen at our school through family and community collaboration. If you would like to be involved at Imagine South Lake, please consider volunteering or attending one or more of our parent group meetings. Dates and times will be listed each month in our newsletter, as well as on this website. Many individuals also volunteer to help in the classroom and other ways here at school. I encourage you to come in and set up your volunteer badge prior to school starting. Your involvement makes a tremendous positive difference for students and our school. Indeed, it is one of the cornerstones of our Imagine South Lake family. By working together, we will ensure success for your child.
In closing, the Imagine South Lake family remains dedicated to the advancement of your child’s academic, social and personal development in a supportive, safe and challenging learning environment. We welcome and value your active participation and input in your child’s education, and we urge you to be proactive in communicating with our team of dedicated teachers and staff. Your ideas, suggestions and involvement in our school help to make it a better place for our students. You are always welcome to stop in and see me, call me at (352) 243-2960, or email me.
Striving towards excellence,
July 24 – Leadership Announcement
Imagine South Lake Families,
This week, Imagine Schools and the Imagine South Lake Board of Directors have accepted the resignation of Mrs. Mary Briggs, effective immediately. While we can certainly appreciate and understand any concerns you may have around the timing of this change, we have confidence in our dedicated staff. Utilizing a strong school vision along with strategic goals, the staff, region support and Board of Directors will ensure that the school’s culture and commitment to excellence is unwavering throughout the transition. Imagine Schools in coordination with representatives of the faculty, staff and the Board of Directors are pursuing the immediate search for experienced and viable candidates that will invigorate, motivate, and inspire our school’s community to the highest levels of success in all measures and return our school to the highest levels of proficiency assigned by the State of Florida.
While searching for our new school leader, the current leadership team on campus will continue to forge on with direct support of Imagine Schools’ regional staff members in all instructional and operational areas. Jennifer Fornes is part of this region team and has accepted to serve the South Lake community as an interim leader. She has been in a regional support role for your campus since 2005. Jennifer has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida and currently holds certification in Educational Leadership, Elementary Education K-6, General Science Grades 5-9, and Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum 5-9.
As you are aware, the State of Florida assigned Imagine South Lake a score of “C” for the 2013-2014 school year. Yet, we understand that our parents choose to enroll their children in our school for a myriad of equally important reasons: character development, parental involvement, inviting school culture, and a focused commitment to academic achievement. Together we will continue to focus on growth in all our measures of excellence to ensure a strong, well-rounded educational environment for your child.
Working towards excellence,
Imagine Board of Directors and Imagine Schools
July 22 – Board Meeting
To directly address the recent “C” letter grade that was given to our school by the Florida Department of Education, the Imagine South Lake Board of Directors held a special meeting Monday evening (July 21) to formulate and initiate aggressive remedies that will focus on achieving excellence in the academic growth of our school. The Board of Directors in partnership with Imagine Schools considers the academic success of our school a paramount priority and feels a tremendous responsibility to ensure the highest level of academic instruction is delivered to our students.
Immediately, Imagine Schools will begin to implement the plan set forth from Monday evening’s meeting and we encourage you to contact any Board Member should you have any questions or suggestions. The Board of Directors and Imagine South Lake staff is deeply committed to your children and their education. We are honored that you have chosen to entrust us with the responsibility of providing your children with a quality education.
The Board of Directors will be holding our monthly meeting on July 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm. We welcome and encourage your attendance at this meeting as well as your comments and suggestions. Please join us in our endeavors to make the 2014-2015 a record year for academic success!
July 11 – State Letter Grade
For the 2013-14 school year, the Florida Department of Education assigned Imagine South Lake a grade of C for our school’s overall effectiveness in educating our students. We are cognizant of the fact that the FCAT is simply one “report card” by which a school’s success is measured. Student learning gains this year, from our Fall to Spring SAT-10, show school-wide average learning gains in reading to be at 1.00 years growth and our average learning gains in math at 1.05 years growth. More important to us is the feedback we receive from our community members annually – students, staff, and parents. Your feedback has become a yearly “report card” for us to gauge our partnership and effectiveness with you, and we take your feedback as validation for the hard work and efforts given day to day by our dynamic staff.
2014-15 Student Supply Lists
Back-to-School sales have started at some stores! Be prepared with your grade level list! Click here to select your 2014-15 Student Supply List by grade level.
Grade Level Novel Study Purchases
As the 14-15 school year is fast approaching, our teachers have been working to get ready for the new and exciting novel studies they have planned for next year!
Novel studies build community in classrooms and create a collaborative learning environment that encourages students to think, comprehend, and write at complex cognitive levels. Our novel studies last year were a huge success and we are looking forward to continuing this initiative this school year! Imagine South Lake is providing most of the text sets students will need this year, however, we are asking families to partner with us and purchase 2 of the books students will read in grades 1-8.
We are planning once again to partner with Barnes and Noble. At each Open House in August, Barnes and Noble will be selling the required text per grade level in Imagine Hall. This is not a fundraiser for our school, just a convenient way to get the text into student hands. In addition, our school is continuing the eReader policy, so students and parents who carefully read the usage guidelines and sign the eReader permission slip, can choose to purchase digital copies of the required text. If your child owns an eReader, please carefully and thoughtfully read the eReader Parent Letter, Student Guidelines, and Permission Slip.
Click here to download the list of Student Novel Purchases broken down by grade level (for grades 1-8) and the estimated cost of the books on the night of your child’s open house. Please make sure that you purchase the exact titles on the list for your grade level. If you have any questions regarding this initiative, or need scholarship support to purchase the novels, please do not hesitate to contact Kathleen Dial.
Summer Reading Challenge
Students who read during the summer months can actually sharpen their reading skills and comprehension. Students who do not read during the summer can actually loose up to 3 months of reading progress which often results in long term cumulative reading loss.
In an effort to maintain our student’s reading stamina, our teachers created a Summer Reading List (excel file). When you open the file, click on the tabs at the bottom to select the correct grade level. This list is designed for students to choose no less than 2-3 books from the list of the grade level they are entering in the fall of 2014.
Additionally, check out the Imagine Schools Top 10 Summer Reads and Tips by grade level (pdf):
PRE-Kindergarten; Kindergarten; First Grade; Second Grade; Third Grade; Fourth Grade; Fifth Grade; Middle School
While celebrating at the incentive party, a few students wrote a song about the ARC. Click here to view the student produced and directed video of the finishers performing the ARC song!
Imagine Schools Academic Framework
As part of the Imagine Schools family, Imagine South Lake Charter is embracing the new Academic Framework, which will serve as our roadmap for stronger academic growth. This plan embraced at every level of the organization. Setting high expectations for every student means setting high expectations for every Imagine person at each campus, regional office, and national office. This effort will require increased focus, collaboration, innovation, and accountability. Learn how each stakeholder is part of this plan and contributes to our success. Click here to read the Imagine Schools Academic Framework.
Support your students and teachers by contributing to specific classroom projects. Many teachers at Imagine South Lake Charter have posted classroom needs on DonorsChoose.org. On this website, you can safely contribute to projects that will benefit the classroom. Donorschoose.org is a 501(c)3 non-profit, which also means that all donations are tax deductible.
What types of projects are teachers requesting? Computers, iPads, BrainPop access, educational games, hokki stools, books, and more! You can help our teachers educate students by adding these resources to the classroom.
Visit the Imagine South Lake DonorsChoose.org page today to find out which teachers need your help today! New projects are added each week!
Student E-Reader Policy
With technology moving at an extremely rapid pace, we are piloting a program that will allow students to bring personal electronic devices to be used as eReaders, such as iPads, Kindles, or Nooks to school for the sole purpose of meeting English Language Arts reading requirements. Please click here to read the eReader Parent Letter, student guidelines, and permission slip.
Come on in! Whether you are here to have lunch with your child, volunteer with the PTO, or help with a class project, we love having visitors. Before proceeding to your destination on campus, all visitors need to stop by the front office first to sign in. Please bring in your driver’s license on the first visit in order to be entered into our new check-in system. Signing in and signing out are important to the safety of our students, staff, and other visitors.
Teacher Certifications (2013-2014 school year)
Florida Law requires each school to notify parents of all the students in a class that are being served by a teacher who is assigned teaching duties dealing with subject matter that is outside their field in which the teacher is certified. This roster lists all the contracted teachers at our school, their positions, their certifications, and a notation of any out-of-field assignments. Click here to view the Teacher Certifications (Fall 2013, Excel file).
Local representative, Jennifer Osborne, appointed as required for charter schools by Florida law 2011-232(Fla. Stat. ss. 1002.33(7)(d)1. & 2.). This representative is appointed to facilitate parental involvement, provide access to information, assist parents and others with questions and concerns and resolve disputes.”
2750 Hartwood Marsh Road, Clermont, FL 34711
Office phone number: 352-243-2960 * Fax Number: 352-243-2967