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 December Breakfast and December 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.
Dear Parents and Students,
Thanksgiving break is here! On behalf of the Faculty and Staff of Imagine South Lake Charter, we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Day is a time to reflect over the past year and be reminded of those areas in our lives we are thankful. This Thanksgiving, as you gather together with your family and friends for your Thanksgiving meal , as you laugh and play, please remember to also reflect on the many blessings that have been bestowed upon you and your family. Please also remember and pray for those that are less fortunate, the sick and dying, and those who are serving in the armed forces aware from their families.
-Jennifer Fornes, Principal
Nov. 14, 2014: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
Thank you to all who joined us on Thursday, November 13, 2014 for our special Family Reading Night! This event was a wonderful evening with opportunities to participate in read-alouds, crafts, middle and elementary school book fair, puppet show, and book jeopardy. Reading for pleasure inside and out side of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:
1. Set the example. Let children see you read.
2. Have a collection of books in the home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.
3. Allow children to choose their own books to read.
Nov. 7, 2014: Navigator – Parent Partnership Newsletter
Dear Imagine South Lake Families -
If you haven’t noticed . . . OUR FIELD IS COMPLETE!!! It was definitely worth the wait and the little hassle over the last few weeks. We are going to be celebrating its completion with our entire Imagine South Lake family on December 4th with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony beginning at 5pm. So, make sure you SAVE THE DATE! We are also blessed to have the head coach of the Orlando Predators, Rob Keefe at our event to speak to our students, families, and guests. Following our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, we will be hosting an outdoor ‘Movie Night.’ Please look for a special invitation as well as an E-Vite through Facebook. More information will be sent home regarding thins event in the upcoming weeks. Thank you for all you do to make Imagine South Lake a great place to work and learn.
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.
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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§ Visit our school website regularly
§ 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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