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
March 13, 2015: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
Winston Churchill once said, “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”
At Imagine South Lake, we encourage a high level of effort from all of our students. Our teachers work to teach students the life lessons of high effort correlating to high levels of success. This can be seen on our campus through goal setting, effort and success logs, effort rubrics, and character lessons.
Here are some ideas to help foster high effort at home:
1. Praise the process, not the person. Help your child focus on the growth that takes place when they work hard, and less on how “good” at something they are.
2. Keep it real. Don’t say “good job” when it is not. Try to give specific feedback on effort.
3. Instead of constant praise, notice and comment. Notice when your child is working hard and compliment and bring attention to their effort.
We are so proud to partner with you in developing each child’s character development to include great effort which will lead to high success.
Dear Imagine South Lake Families -
This past Thursday, our Imagine South Lake Men’s Warrior Basketball team traveled to Leesburg to participate in the Lake County Middle School Basketball Championship game. We are so proud of our athletes and the character they display on and off the court. We took 2 buses of cheerleaders and students to the game, and we filled half of the auditorium. Our cheerleaders did a great job with getting the crowd to cheer for our Imagine Warriors! Our Imagine South Lake Warriors took 2nd place overall. WE ARE SO PROUD!
We also want to celebrate our students who competed at the Imagine Schools Florida State Science Fair in Orlando, Florida. Our students were spectacular and their genuine love of learning and display of character was impeccable. We are definitely blessed with a great student body!
February 27, 2015: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
On Tuesday our 4th – 8th grade students will be taking the writing FSA. Teachers will begin giving directions at 8:45 am. Students who arrive after 8:45 will not be admitted to class until the all clear is given. We will also not check out any students early. We do not have an anticipated time for the all clear as some students have extended testing time and we cannot clear until every test has been collected. We will send an email once we are completely finished and have called the all clear.
As per the Florida Department of Education’s requirements for a secure testing environment, we will observe the following procedures:
•Each day during testing the campus will be on a mandatory lockdown.
•No visitors or volunteers will be permitted on campus regardless of the grade level they are visiting.
•No students may be signed out during the lockdown even if they are not testing.
•If your child is feeling unwell, it is best to leave them home.
•Please do not plan doctor’s appointments during the testing window.
•If a student is found in possession of any electronic device, their test will be invalidated.
Please make sure your child is rested and has a protein filled breakfast on March 3rd. We know they have prepared to show their best work and are ready for the FSA! Thank you for all you do to to help your child succeed academically.
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 March Breakfast and March Lunch
We encourage you to go to www.slalunch.com and log in to your account to verify that your child has sufficient funds in their account. If you have not created an online account, please do so at your earliest convenience.
Pre-Registration for New Students for the 2015-16 School Year
Imagine South Lake Charter is now accepting pre-registrations for new students (kindergarten through 8th) for the 2015-16 School Year. Please click here to complete and submit the on-line pre-registration form. The lottery will be held on March 27th and all families will be notified the following week on their placement.
February 20, 2015: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
Imagine School campuses across the country are focusing on the performance character trait of curiosity. We know that curiosity about what we are learning sparks engagement and takes our learning experiences to a deeper level.
To celebrate curiosity, we held a window contest. We asked classrooms to feature curiosity in their windows and hallways. Congratulations to Mrs. Moore’s first graders – they are the winning class and will be treated to a pizza party. Mrs. Moore’s class was curious about what life would be like if they lived in a snow globe. Their window features authentic student writing. We are proud of all our classrooms featuring and encouraging curiosity.
February 13, 2015: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
Did you know that in the next 10 years the percentage of jobs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math are predicted to have the greatest growth over any other career path? STEM instruction focuses on the creative processes, skills, and 21st century learning designed to meet the needs of students who are going to be college and career ready.
In the real world, the subjects that make up the acronym STEM are not in isolation. These four subjects heavily rely on one another in many career paths, some that are still being created. It’s astounding to think about the fact that the jobs that many of our students will do as an adult have not even been created yet! That is how fast technology is moving, and at Imagine South Lake, it is important to us to prepare our students for their future, while exceeding their current learning needs.
STEM is a focus that helps our Imagine South Lake teachers, leaders, and students promote excellence and prepares our students for life and work in the 21st century. To learn more about STEM, click here to watch this quick video.
January 30, 2015: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
Dear Imagine South Lake Families -
As National School Choice Week comes to a close, we personally want to thank you for choosing Imagine South Lake to educate your child. We are committed to providing an environment where we promote excellence in the education of our students by developing their character and enriching their minds as the leading school of choice in Lake County.
Thanks for your support!
January 23, 2015: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
Imagine South Lake joins the rest of Florida in celebrating literacy the week of January 26th! True literacy encompasses all of our subject areas – reading, writing, science, math, and social studies. I hope you can join us in celebrating literacy on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Winter Garden Barnes and Noble. This on-site book fair is one of my favorite events of the years! You are welcome to come anytime between 5pm and 8pm to hear performances from our students, grab a bite to eat from their cafe, and shop for new books to read! Our school directly benefits from this evening, and we use the funds to replenish books on our campus. Students who attend this event will be given a free dress down pass to be used on Friday, Jan. 30.
Imagine South Lake Charter is pleased to honor the following students for the character trait of Respect:
Kindergarten: Zaide Nance, Isaiah Molina, Elijah Hodge, Natalie Smith, Haylee Robertson; Greta Vossenberg, Andrew Meerleveld, Ethan Graham, Mia Manning, James Nixon, Keemlynn Jean and Sydney Diehl
First Grade: James Hobby, Jacob Stepien, Avery Hoffman, Jessica Messner, Olivia Van Arsdall, Kyara Ramirez, Karlsten Enjambre, Sienna Queckboerner, Alison Schreiber, Yanilka Almonte, Carson Erb and Jenna Alexander
Second Grade: Carson Ponton, Aamari Parker, Rylee Robertson, Cameron Powell, Anthony Carboni, Madison Lane, Kara Aiello, Cole Pittman, Ashlyn Mainhart, Yesaira Ortiz, Kuert Enjambre, Grace Broadway, Rhianna Casmer and Mckenna Crown
Third Grade: Roenin Johnson, James Young, Jayda James, Sadie Lisi, Amanda Levine, John Stubbs, Cleveland Watson, Kendal Smigelski, Ava Abel, Valerie Delgado, Gavin Sajdak, Victoria Olden, Jack Gunning, Haden Anderson, and Cody Young
Fourth Grade: Emmie Digon, Kenneth Bermudez, Gentry Welch, Brysen Tweed, Travis Bedell, Sophia Sierra, Garret Hallford, Gabriela Godfrey, Jade Accles and Brandon Aiello
Fifth Grade: Javon Villar, Paola Velez, Mathew Toldeo, Ariana Torres, Ashley Christensen, R.J. Zapata, Kaila Jennings, Mackenzie McCorkle, Calista Cali and David Trujillo
Dec. 19, 2014: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
Wishing you many blessings this holiday season and into the New Year!
Dec. 12, 2014: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
Dear Imagine South Lake Families,
It is hard to believe that we are already approaching the last week of school for 2014. This next week will be filled with lots of activity on campus as the holidays are right around the corner. If you are coming in to volunteer on campus, please remember to stop by the front office and sign in so your hours will be logged. We will be making sure that all families receive volunteer hours status at the next report card period so you can keep track of your remaining hours.
Have a great last week of school for 2014!
Dec. 5, 2014: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
We had a FABULOUS time last evening celebrating the ribbon cutting of our new WARRIOR FIELD! Thank you to everyone who came out to share in our excitement! I would like to personally thank the Orlando Predators Head Coach Rob Keefe, General Manager Michael DiJulio and Director of Ticket Sales Aubrey Jones; Orlando Solar Bears Forward Scott Tanski and mascot Shades; Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks, Pam Jones (Community Relations Representative for Congressman Daniel Webster); Pastor Kendal Anderson of The Crossing Church in Clermont; the South Lake Chamber of Commerce; Chris Wedge from Field Turf; Nick Reno with the South Lake YMC; Mike Corradino for the South Tablet; our Imagine South Lake Board Members; and out Imagine Schools Representatives from our sister schools in Florida. Thank you all so very much for helping to make this wonderful event a success.
I would like to send a special SHOUT OUT to our amazing Imagine South Lake PTO. They worked really hard to create an extra special evening for our families after the ribbon cutting ceremony with hosting our very first “Family Movie Night on the Turf.”
From her nomination forms, her peers have stated, “Courtney is a wonderful teacher who truly cares about her students. She goes above and beyond to ensure they have what they need to succeed. She has grown in to a wonderful leader as she leads the character team and her side of the third grade team. She is organized and does it all with ease. As she speaks to the staff, she does it so naturally. You can find her at Girls on the Run cheering on the runners or go to Facebook and find her face everywhere. When faced with a difficult situation, Courtney finds a way to make it positive. Courtney is always willing to help, is create, and always positive. She has a great relationship with all of her students and teaches them so much more than academics.”
From her nomination forms, her colleagues have stated, “Chris Anne is a dedicated teacher with a heart for the students. She works to make learning interactive for her students and promotes positive character throughout her classroom. She is a hardworking member of the Economic Sustainability Committee, which promotes fundraising on campus. She is also a teacher who has a call for teaching as she finds ways to connect learning to her students. We are blessed to have her part of the middle school team at Imagine South Lake.”
From her nomination forms, her colleagues have stated, “Nichole makes everyone smile all the time. Stopping in at the front desk in the middle of a busy and something, overwhelming day, to talk to Nichole is almost a must for all teachers. Without a doubt, we walk away smiling and feeling a little less stress. She has the heart of a true champion. She is dedicated to everyone who is part of the Imagine family. Nichole is reliable and does her best to make sure that parents, students, and teachers are treated with dignity and respect. She works for the betterment of all. We are incredibly blessed to have Nichole as our first impression of the school.”
During the month of September, the Character Development Team sponsored a DVD Drive for the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital. We are thrilled to announce that we completed the initiative with 1,646 DVDs collected! With one load of DVDs, students were able to tour the atrium of Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital. (Photo Caption from left to right: Lance Moore, Alex Villa, Logan Schultz, Christa Casey, Serenity Travis, Alyssa Harold, and Katie Schreiber)
First Grade Apple Day Celebration
First Grade hosted their Annual Apple Day Celebration in honor of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday on Thursday, September 25th. First grade teachers: Rachel Moore, Donna Pemberton, Megan Martinelli, Lori Naegele, Erin Moulton, and Alli Chamberlin participated in a reading marathon of apple books and a special apple snack in each of their classrooms throughout the morning. Some of the snacks enjoyed were: applesauce, apple butter, apple jelly, apple pie, apple straws, and apple chips. But, the fun was not over… During the afternoon, each classroom continued their celebrations by learning more about apples: measuring, weighing, graphing, tasting, and exploring the life cycle of apples through painting projects. Parent volunteers helped make this day a success and the smiles and faces were also noted by our students. “This was the best day ever…” was heard among our first graders.
Report Card Changes from Grade 2 through 5
Parent feedback and parent satisfaction is a central part to a successful charter school. At Imagine South Lake, parent satisfaction is one of the ways we measure excellence within our school. With that in mind, I want to thank those of you who have reached out to us with feedback on our mastery grading scale.
Standards based instruction is a cornerstone at Imagine South Lake, as we strive to build an academically excellent school culture. When reporting student progress to parents, we pride ourselves on aligning reporting as close to instruction as possible. As we seek to blend our standards based report card with a format all stakeholders might find it easier to understand and measure success, we will establish a hybrid report card that will continue to explicitly state the standards students are learning along side a percentage grade for mastery that can translate to a letter grade for our core subjects.
You will begin to see this change in grades 2-5 via Jupiter grades as early as next week. Our first report cards in October will be reporting a percentage of mastery next to each standard, in place of a 4-3-2-1 scale. We do not waiver in our commitment to standards based instruction. We feel that this change in reporting is an important piece of keeping our stakeholders informed of student progress and will equip us to continue our commitment to academic excellence.
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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.
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 (2014-2015 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 2014-2015 Teacher Certifications (PDF file).
The Imagine South Lake Parent Liaison, Christine Cavendar, has been 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.”
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