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The Sumter County School District offers a number of exciting Career and Technical Education opportunities to students. The district offers numerous programs, which typically consist of three to four courses in an articulated sequence, that are aligned to entry level job skills. The programs and some of the industry credentials can also articulate into college credit at various state colleges in the area. Local employers recognize many of the industry credentials as well.
The Sumter County School Board will meet on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Sumter County as was so evident at the “Shark Tank-like” event that took place on Thursday, April 20, at the Lake Panasoffkee Elementary cafetorium. One hundred twenty three (123) applications were submitted as startup business ideas to compete for cash prizes in the Sumter’s Future Entrepreneurs event! Of the 123 submissions (both team and solo), 79 came from South Sumter High and 28 from Wildwood Middle High School. The business plans first went through a round of online judging.
Let’s run on the Sun! Eighth grade students from Wildwood Middle High and South Sumter Middle participated in the school district’s second annual Solar Powered Car STEM Challenge.
Students from the Big Springs Region (Marion and Sumter County) won big at the 62nd Annual State Science and Engineering Fair March 28-30, 2017 in Lakeland Florida.
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Sumter County as is clearly indicated by the significant increase in applications submitted from last year at this time. This year, both South Sumter High (SSHS) and Wildwood Middle High (WMHS) students jumped into the “Shark Tank.”
Education support personnel were recognized for being named the School Related Employee of the Year by the Sumter County School Board. Family, friends and co-workers accompanied these honorees to a reception at the Sumter County School Board Office, and to the awards presentation ceremony that followed. Individual well-wishes were given by Superintendent, Rick Shirley and by each school board member.
Ready, Set, Robots! Robo Raiders and Raider Creators are two new robotics teams in the Sumter County Schools for the 2016-2017 school year.
We are adding text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger, the system we use now for automated phone calls and emails.
The 2017 Big Springs Regional Science Fair brought out the best and brightest middle and high school students to discuss their science research, experimental designs, and interesting conclusions with a host of judges from a variety of professions. Sumter County students joined the competition with students from Marion and Levy Counties.
The Board Meeting scheduled for March 21, 2017 has been cancelled.
On February 2, 2017AVID students joined together to participate in the 5th Annual Sumter County AVID Speech Contest. The top contenders to compete were: Sydney Bagony, Katie Olsen, Anel Paniagua, Krisha Patel, Taqouia Schroeder, and Carnyla Williams (middle school category); Sarah Fazekas, Ariana Hernandez, Baily Huttel, Emily McDonald, Alexia Morgan and Kaley Razo (9-10th grade high school category); and Brandon Clark, Manuel Miranda, Kari Niblack, Lauren Schoeneman, McKenna Wright, Caris Vogel (11-12th grade high school category).
The Sumter County School Board unanimously approved a revised 2017 School Board meeting schedule at the January School Board meeting. Meetings are generally scheduled for the first and third Tuesday of every month. Long time Board Member Haydn Evans brought up the idea of resuming quarterly meetings in Wildwood. Superintendent Rick Shirley said, “We aim to serve the public in the most user friendly way possible and we hope these meeting locations make it easier for the public to attend and be involved.”
Students in Sumter County schools participated in the Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Education Week and were among tens of millions of people around the world to take part in the largest learning event in history. More than 3,000 students from all grades in Sumter completed at least one Hour of Code. Students and teachers chose from a variety of activities for kindergarten and up using desktop computers, laptops, interactive white boards, Promethean tables and iPads.
Sumter teachers are leading the state in instructional practices that promote STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) learning as a result of their year-long involvement and intensive training through the Lake and Sumter Math Science Partnership grant
Middle school students from across the county submitted original pieces of art to the district’s first ever Art in the Capitol competition. “The pieces included paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer generated art and photographs.
The Sumter County school district is hosting an Art in the Capitol competition for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade. All public, charter, private and homeschool students are eligible to participate. All entries are due Monday, November 29, 2016.
A digital classroom is one of many important tools to help our students be successful in today’s rapidly changing global society. Schools in Sumter County have secured the electronic infrastructure needed for breakthroughs in digital learning, thanks to the support of Superintendent Rick Shirley and the Sumter County School Board.
Exciting news! At a time when workforce demands for technical skills and industry certification are at an all-time high, the schools in Sumter County have increased the number of students earning industry-relevant credentials by twenty-five percent (25%) with 203 industry certifications awarded this school year!
The District School Board of Sumter County will soon consider a measure to DECREASE its property tax levy below the rolled-back rate.
School Superintendent Rick Shirley is pleased to announce Sumter is ranked 11th out of 67 school districts moving up from 17th in Florida according to a preliminary school grades press release by the Department of Education.
School Superintendent Richard Shirley, on behalf of the Sumter School District, welcomes students on August 10, 2016 for the beginning of a new school year.
Maria Alberran and Blake Gonzalez (The Flashers) of South Sumter Middle School placed third in the state Junior Solar Sprint competition in Cocoa Beach on Saturday, May 14th.
The Sumter County School District offers a number of exciting Career and Technical Education opportunities to students.
Sumter County is among the top school districts on state exams, according to the latest wave of preliminary testing information released by the Department of Education.
Marie Elfton and Rhonda Casey from Tutors for Kids, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, Sumter School Superintendent Rick Shirley are shown
The Sumter School District is one of only 130 School Districts nationwide to be so honored.
Ms. Eartha Taylor of Wildwood Elementary School, has been selected as the Sumter County School-Related Employee of the Year.
According to a recent memo released by the Florida Department of Education, the students in Sumter District Schools performed above the state average in all tested areas. Scores were recently released for FCAT Science for grades five and eight and End-of-Course Exams in Biology, U.S. History and Civics.
Thanks to a 5 year $2.1 million federal grant funded through 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), students attending four of Sumter’s schools will be offered after school programing throughout the school year.