By Osceola Schools
Everyday PaceMay 10, 2023
Ep. 19 2024 Teacher of the Year - Tiffany Perry
Mrs. Perry knew she wanted to be a teacher from a young age and found her home at East Lake Elementary School in 2016. As a fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Perry prides herself on getting to know her students on a deeper level and connecting with them in a safe environment where they can be their authentic selves.
Ep. 18 Framing Your Future with the 2022 Choice Fair
It is our goal at the Osceola County School District to help every child feel welcomed, connected, and successful. That is why our parents and students have the option to attend the school of their choice.
In this episode of Everyday Pace, Adriana Casillas our Supervisor of Educational Choices and Innovation Programs answers the most common questions parents have about the choice process.
On Thursday, November 17th, families are invited to attend the Choice Fair where they can frame their child's future by exploring the programs that cater to their interests and prepares them for the future. We hope to see you there between 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Osceola Heritage Park!
Ep. 17 Free SAT Prep Through Khan Academy that will Improve Testing Outcomes
Several of our students had the opportunity to sit through the SAT during school on Wednesday, October 12th. Those students should be receiving their scores any day now.
Did you know that our students can link their scores in Khan Academy? Elizabeth Hadley joins Dr. Pace on today's episode to talk about how students can take advantage of this awesome and free resource that has proven to increase SAT test scores by at least 39 points after logging at least 20 hours of practice.
Ep. 16 Hurricane Ian Relief
School social worker Kristianna-Kaye White joins Dr. Pace on our newest episode of Everyday Pace to talk about the various relief options available to our families.
We've created a webpage with all the important information Ms. White shares at https://www.osceolaschools.net/post-hurricane-relief.
Please remember to let your school and teacher know if you have been relocated so our district can assist with providing transportation and meals to those students.
Ep. 15 College Week
Your friendly neighborhood College and Career Counselor, Mr. Anthony Cook, joins Dr. Pace today to talk about College Week.
College Week has become a September tradition in Osceola Schools to promote higher education and career readiness in our schools. Students are encouraged to dress up for our College Week themes:
Monday, September 26th: Matriculation Monday
Many of our seniors are applying to the college of their dreams this fall. As they take this step in continuing their education, you're invited to wear your favorite college colors.
Tuesday, September 27th: Support Our Troops Tuesday
Serving in the military or attending one of their prestigious academies is a choice for many students in our school district. Show your support in this decision by wearing camo or military shirts.
Wednesday, September 28th: What to be Wednesday
The possibilities are endless when it comes to your future career. What trade or career do you have your sights on right now? Show us in what you wear. Be sure to stop by our College and Career website to learn about different career paths.
Thursday, September 29th: Fund Your Future Thursday
How will you pay for your post-secondary choice? Students are encouraged to wear neon colors to promote Florida Bright Futures and other financial aid options.
Friday, September 30th: School Spirit Friday
Getting involved is important for success. Show your school spirit by wearing your favorite spirit shirt and learning about the various activities your school has to offer.
Ep. 14 Power Up for Success: Parent Involvement
As summer comes to an end, Dr. Pace talks with Melissa Erickson from the Alliance for Public Schools to talk about how you can play an active role in your child's education.
To gain access to the online resources that accompany this episode, please visit https://all4schools.org/summer/ and register. #SDOCGoodtoGreat
Ep. 13 Power Up for Success: AVID to the Max
Last year, we were able to implement AVID curriculum and strategies across all of our schools. The nationally recognized program provides schools with the resources and support to help schools measure their success and to increase the number of students who pursue higher education opportunities.
Mr. Ballone, principal at Denn John Middle School, is here to walk us through the many benefits of AVID and discuss how our school district uses these strategies in the classroom to build future ready students.
Ep. 12 Power Up for Success: Advice for Back-to-School Confidence Boosters
We're two weeks away from the start of the new school year!
As we prepare for another year of moving from good to great, Dr. Pace sat down with Canoe Creek K-8 Principal, Mr. David Noyes, to provide advice to our parents about instilling confidence in your students.
To gain access to the online resources that accompany this episode, please visit https://all4schools.org/summer/ and register.
Ep. 11 Power Up for Success: STEM-tastic Hands-On Summer Learning Experiences
On today's episode of Everyday Pace, our science coordinator Mrs. Cyndi Long shows you several fun and engaging STEM activities that you can do at home!
To stay up to date on our Power Up for Success podcast series, sign up for our weekly email list at: https://all4schools.org/summer/
Ep. 10 Power Up for Success: Avoid Summer Brain Drain and Beat the Heat of Hearing 'I'm Bored'
With summer more than halfway over, many of you have heard your children say the phrase, 'I'm bored.'
Today, Dr. Pace and Dr. Shana Rafalski are discussing some fun activities you can do at home to keep learning alive and combat boredom.
Ep. 9 Power Up for Success: Say Hello to Xello
Did you know that your family can begin planning for your child's future in grade school?
Our school district utilizes Xello, a program that helps students of all ages define their future goals and transform their dreams into actionable plans for success.
Today, Dr. Pace and Anthony Cook run through all the amazing features you can take advantage of in Xello, which is available through your classlink.
Ep. 8 Power Up for Success: Everyday Ways to Build Math Skills
Numbers surround us on a daily basis. We use them to tell time, to calculate how much money we’re spending at the store, or when we’re in the kitchen making dinner.
Today, Dr. Pace speaks with Andria Jurgens about the many ways our students can grow their math skills on a daily basis.
Ep. 7 Power Up for Success: Building Literacy Skills All Summer Long
The more you read, the more you know!
We encourage all of our students to read for 30 minutes a day, especially in the summer when school is out. Today, Dr. Pace talks with Dr. Jeanette Long, a coordinator of Multicultural Curriculum, Instruction, and Compliance. The two discuss how to implement successful reading habits with your children.
Ep. 6 Power Up for Success: Summer Vacation/Road trips and Local Learning Adventures
Pack your bags because today Dr. Pace and Dr. Belinda Reyes are talking about all the fun learning activities you can participate while you're enjoying a vacation or even a staycation.
Ep. 5 Power Up for Success: How to Make Summer Learning Fun and Creative
This summer, we're partnering with the Alliance for Public Schools to bring you the Power Up for Success series. This series will feature weekly episodes, which will drop on Mondays, with activities and tips for how to keep your children engaged in learning this summer so they can make brain games.
Dr. Pace is joined with Dr. Shana Rafalski from our Educational Choices and Innovation department to set you up for success this summer.
Ep. 4 NeoCity Academy's Launch Class
As the NeoCity Academy Knights prepare to celebrate the first graduating class, Dr. Pace catches up with seniors Abdurrhaman Bejjaj and Kandace Battle to talk about the unique opportunities they've had in this contemporary learning environment as well as the legacy the Class of 2022 leaves behind. You'll also hear from principal Mike Meechin, who discusses the challenges the students and staff have had to overcome and his hopes for the future of NeoCity Academy.
Ep 3. Free College Through Osceola Prosper
As the Class of 2022 prepares to graduate, Dr. Pace explores one student's path as Osceola Prosper opens up a new door for him to go to college. You'll also hear from the district's College and Career Counselor, Mr. Anthony Cook, about how our seniors and their families can take advantage of this countywide initiative. Learn more at https://osceolaprosper.com/.
Ep. 1 2023 Teacher of the Year - Taylor Kuwik
Dr. Pace sits down with our school district Teacher of the Year, Ms. Taylor Kuwik, from St. Cloud Elementary. Taylor has been a first grade teacher at St. Cloud for six years. They discuss some of the new leadership roles Taylor has taken on this year as well as the bittersweet end to another school year.
Ep. 2 2022 School-Related Employee of the Year - Cody Workman
Dr. Pace interviews Cody Workman, who has been named Osceola County's 2022 School-Related Employee of the Year. Cody discusses how he transitioned from the Army to the role of St. Cloud High School's Campus Monitor where he is works hard to keep all students and staff safe while they are on campus.