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
Oct. 17, 2014: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
October is ACE writing month at Imagine South Lake! ACE is a stately that equips our students when answering open-ended questions. Here are some helpful hints for short response writing:
A – Answer (Using words from the question, answer the question in one sentence.)
C – Cite Evidence (Use evidence from the text – paraphrase or quote – to support your answer.)
E – Explain (Write to explain how your evidence supports your answer. Balance your ideas with evidence.)
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)
Oct. 10, 2014: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
Dear Imagine South Lake Families -
Our goal at Imagine South Lake is for all students to make measurable growth in the core academic areas through our commitment to individual student academic, social, and emotional needs while promoting a growth mindset. What is a growth mindset? Checkout this video of Sal Khan (Khan Academy) about how a growth mindset is paramount to learning.
We have had a great week in all our classes and ended the week with the Clermont Fire Department helping out youngest students learn about fire safety. A big Thank You to the Clermont Firefighters that came out to our school and shared their time with us. It is greatly appreciated. . . the
students loved the use of the water hose.
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.
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 October Lunch.
As of Monday, October 6, any student who has a negative balance of -$10.00 or more will be given a cheese sandwich for 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.
Chilly Willy Wednesday Returns!
We’re bringing Chilly Willy Wednesday back! Kids love Chilly Willy Wednesday! The PTO will be selling ice pops on Wednesdays. Kids will have the opportunity to participate throughout the day. This is a great way to get your volunteer hours – show up, collect money, cut the end off the ice pop. Easy and fun! The kids really do love it and get so excited. Sign up to volunteer, bring in ice pops or both!
Stay in touch with Imagine South Lake!
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§ Look for emails from our student information system Jupiter Grades.
§ Read the Navigator – the Parent Partnership Newsletter
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, Paula Anderson, 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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