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 October Lunch.
Sept. 26, 2014: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
Thank you to the 406 parents who came out to the Parent Nights hosted on Monday, September 22 and Thursday, September 25. We were excited to be able to share the end of year expectations for each grade level at these meetings and for you all to hear from your child’s homeroom teacher on their data collection process. You will also be invited to attend a “Data and Desserts” night later in the year where you child will walk you through his/her data notebook and share with you his/her learning goals and outcomes.
October Art Club Registration
Sept. 19, 2014: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
Dear Imagine South Lake Families,
As the school year progresses, it is imperative that we remember the importance of attendance. Good attendance will help your children do well in school, college, and work.
- Your children can suffer academically if they miss 10% of school days or about 18 days. That can be just one day every two weeks, and that can happen before you know it.
- It doesn’t matter if these absences are excused or unexcused. They all represent lost time in the classroom and a lost opportunity to learn.
- Attendance matters as early as kindergarten. Studies show that children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade.
- Preschool is a great time to start building a habit of good attendance. Studies show that poor attendance in preschool can predict absenteeism in later grades.
- By middle and high school, chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.
- Too many absent students can affect the whole classroom, creating churn and slowing down instruction.
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!
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.
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
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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