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
Box Tops for Education Collection Time!
It’s that time of year again to start thinking about box tops!! We have been able to get many supplies for the school in the past and I hope we can continue to do so! We collect boxtops, labels for education, Tyson rewards, and coke rewards.
Our first collection day will be on Thursday, October 2nd. Please turn in all your labels to your child’s teacher on or before the 2nd. I’ll be there at 9 to collect everything if anyone would like to help. It should not take long.
Our first counting day will be on Tuesday, October 7. I’ll be there from 8:30 until the end of the day. It’s a great time to get your volunteer hours in. We will be in the Middle School workroom. You can join us for an hour or two or all day!! Feel free to bring drinks and snacks to share. Also, please bring your own scissors as we have a limited supply.
Hope to see some of you there!!
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 – starting September 24. 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!
DVD Collection Drive in Support of Childhood Cancer Awareness
I would like to send a big “THANK YOU” to all parents who have had the time to volunteer in our school over the last four week. We appreciate all your support and help to make Imagine South Lake the best school in Lake County! As you look to make plans for your family, please make sure you mark down our Parent Night. We look forward to hosting our first Parent Night for our families on September 22 and September 25. This is an important night where our teachers will discuss your child’s goals for the school year. You will also have the opportunity to hear from our school leadership team in Imagine Hall at the time designated for your grade level. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this informational night with your teachers. Have a wonderful weekend!
Jennifer Fornes, Principal
Sept. 5, 2014: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
Dear Imagine South Lake Families,
As we get back into the school routine, here are a few reminders to make sure your child gets off to a great start this year:
Review school expectations. Talk to your child about the importance of following school rules. The Code of Conduct at Imagine South Lake is Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Ready to Learn. Ask your child to give an example of each statement.
Get to know your child’s teacher. When parents and teachers are on the same team, kids do better in school. Once you’ve met face-to-face, you will find it easier to ask questions or share a concern about your cild. Our Parent Night will be on September 22 for K-3rd grade and September 25 for 4th-8th grade. The leadership team and I would like to welcome you to the school during this event and we will be sending home individual grade level flyers that will have your specific grade level times. Be on the look-out for it!
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.
Sept. 2, 2014: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
I have enjoyed getting to know the students these past few weeks as well as meeting parents while on campus and through the (hot and rainy) arrival and dismissal. Our teachers have also done an exceptional job preparing their classrooms for an appropriate learning environment for our students. Our staff is working hard to ensure that each student is equipped to learn the challenging curriculum we have put in place this year. We are focused on learning goals that will challenge our teachers and students to work towards excellence in all they do.
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.
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.
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).
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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