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Let the learning begin! Many people consider Comprehensive Assessment spring a “magical” time of Test (FCAT) grading and year. Plants begin to grow overall school performance, and flowers blossom. The we know that our teachers bustle of life emerges from and administrators are workits winter sleep. ing hard to give our But, for me, that local children the best “magical” time of year education possible. is starting now — the During the school start of a new school year, we visit our East year. County schools reliSummers stay surgiously, so we see this prisingly busy here in work first-hand. Pam Eubanks the East County, but There are lessons in there is this lull, this science — everything sleepy feeling that takes over from launching bottle rockafter school is dismissed for ets to robotics and gardening the summer each June. — as well as lessons in the It disappears only after other core subjects. buses wind through our And, then, there’s just neighborhoods to pick up plain fun — like when Willis chattering children and Principal Bill Stenger was deposit them at school. duct-taped to the wall by I can’t wait. students as a reward for We at the East County exceeding their fundraising Observer love covering our goals. schools’ activities each year. Our East County schools And, despite questions know how to make learning about the changes in Florida exciting for our kids, and we

are confident they’ll do a great job, once again, in the year ahead. And, to help kick off our school season, the East County Observer has prepared its annual Back to School booklet. In the following pages, you will find a wealth of information to help prepare you for the school year ahead. We’ve included contact and other information for each of our East County schools, as well as ParentTeacher Organization contact information, openhouse dates and a letter from each school’s principal. We hope it helps calm that frantic feeling you, our East County parents, might experience as you sort through school lists, hunt for clothes that fit your child and handle all the other miscellaneous tasks that come with your child’s return to school. And, so, with that, I say, let the school days begin! — Pam Eubanks

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In June, the Manatee County School Board voted to end its policy of dismissing school early on Wednesdays. Elementary-, middle- and high-school students now will start and end their days at the same time each weekday, with school hours from 7:45 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. for high-school students; 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. for elementary-school students; and 9:20 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. for middle-school students, Monday through Friday.

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For parents who utilize Manatee County Public Schools’ bus service, all route information is available online at www.manatee.k12.fl.us/parents/ bus_routes. html. For more information, contact the district’s Transportation Department at 782-1BUS (782-1287).

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By Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor

The Retiree For the last four years at Tara Elementary School, Dr. Linda Fouse has been the queen of costumes. The longtime educator, who served as Tara’s principal for the last four years, loves to dress up on special occasions — the first day of school, Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day, among others. “I find it gives a connection with the kids,” Fouse said, noting she’s been a safari guide, a leprechaun, Little Bo Peep and other characters. “It relaxes them. It seems to create a calm, fun atmosphere.” When students arrive on campus this school year, Fouse will greet them dressed for the school’s 2012-2013 medieval theme. But, this time, she’ll be a bystander, of sorts. Tara’s new principal,

Steve Royce, assumed administrative duties at Tara earlier this summer. Fouse, will work from Tara until her last day, Sept. 30, when she retires. Until then, she will be working with low-performing schools throughout the Manatee County Public School District, helping them navigate state regulations and data and assisting in other ways. “Mr. Royce has been very kind (to let me work from here),” she said. “It gives me a home base. It’s pretty central, so I can get (to other schools in the district easily). I want to be here (at Tara) for the first day of the year, too. (Being stationed here) gives me an opportunity to say my final goodbyes to the kids.” Fouse’s career in education happened almost by accident. She had been

studying to go into social work when she had a chance to teach summer school. “I fell in love with it,” she said of teaching. “I knew it was my calling.” She started teaching in Manatee County, working in the classroom for 17 years, before shifting into administration at the encouragement of others. “It was really hard to leave the classroom,” she said. “My most rewarding (years were) teaching fourth-/fifthgrade dropout prevention. They had normal IQs, but couldn’t make it in the classroom. It was so rewarding. They made such progress.” Eighteen years after the role switch — after serving as an administrator at Prine, Kinnan and Tara elementary schools — Fouse is ready to retire. “I didn’t think I was going to be ready, but I’m starting to get excited now,” Fouse said. “It’s going to be hard. It’s the children I’m going to miss. It’s the hugs I’ll miss.”

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Dr. Linda Fouse, pictured with guidedog-in-training Corey, is working with the Manatee County School District assisting low-performing schools until her retirement in late September.

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By Nick Friedman | Community Editor

The Politician love with education.” Cornwell’s background in science made her especially desirable, and she began teaching eighth-grade science at Lincoln Middle School. Here, she placed a lot of emphasis on environmentalism, urging her students to recycle and be conscious of other ecofriendly causes. “I always told them that even one person can make a difference,” she said. “One student asked me, ‘What difference have you made?’” This innocent question inspired Cornwell to take a closer look at what she’d been doing to make a difference. Noticing that Palmetto had no recycle/reuse program, she decided to run for City Commission. Upon her election, she was instrumental in implementing the city’s first recycling program. “I was happy to be able to make a difference,” she said. “I

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Tamara Cornwell uses her experience in education and politics to make a difference in Palmetto. wanted to be able to walk the walk, too. Luckily, the citizens and the other commissioners were behind me on that.” Today, Cornwell has the unique opportunity to wear two hats: one as the assistant principal at Nolan Middle School and one as a city commissioner of 17 years. She

says her knowledge of what’s happening in the education world helps the schools and the community to work hand in hand to best serve Palmetto. “You really can make a difference to the students and to the community if you’re willing to put in the time,” she said.

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Assistant Principal at Nolan Middle School and Palmetto City Commissioner Tamara Cornwell has always thought of herself as a service-driven woman. “My father taught us service over self,” said Cornwell. “He always taught us to leave a place better than it was when you arrived.” It’s a principle she’s applied throughout her entire life. After earning degrees in radio and television communication, science education and curriculum instruction, the Manatee-raised graduate soon found a way to apply her passion for service. After having a child, Cornwell left her first job in the communications field for something with a more flexible schedule: substitute teaching. “My other job required me to be available at the drop of a hat,” she said. “I thought I’d try substitute teaching, and I fell in


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By Loren Mayo | Staff Writer

The Kindergartner For Savannah Marquez, the playground is a land of makebelieve and dreams. It’s a place where she and her friends pretend they’re mermaids swimming around the ocean. Beneath the water they can breathe, talk and even outswim sharks. “The best part about being a mermaid is changing colors,” says 4-year-old Savannah, whose brunette tendrils are being swept up into two perfect braids on this Wednesday afternoon. “There’s a rainbow of colors all the way to the end of your fin.” This fall, Savannah will be attending kindergarten along with her best friend, Ali, from Primrose School in Lakewood Ranch. “She likes dinosaurs and dragons and lizards,” Savannah says. “I like dolphins and mermaids and lions. Ali pretends she’s a lizard and changes into dinosaurs and dragons. What if a rainbow dragon was real and

I touched it?” Savannah loved preschool from the first moment she walked in the door. “I think that it was great and I love the food that they have and nap time,” she says. “My favorite food is meatloaf. Sometimes we have carrots and beans, and I don’t like those.” She’s a little nervous about starting kindergarten, but there are a number of things she expects to learn. Some involve building rocket ships; others involve planets. “I think I’ll like kindergarten,” Savannah says. “We’re gonna do different things we haven’t did. We will have to build a rocket ship arch with paper and cut it out and put some things on it so it’s like a rocket. We will learn about stars and the sun and make space planets. It will be too hard to make Saturn because it has rings.” Her favorite planet is Earth because it’s green and blue

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Peppy former Primrose School student Savannah Marquez will head to kindergarten this fall. — her favorite colors. “It is round with no rings,” she says. “It’s nine miles long.” At home, Savannah has a dog named Maggie. She’s a “regular” dog — not too big and really furry. “She likes persons and is so excited to see everybody in my house,” Savannah says. “She’s

9, and she has white and light brown and dark brown hair. She has color everywhere. I’m bigger than her.” She may only be going into kindergarten, but Savannah has already chosen her future career. “I want to be a teacher with a red shirt,” she says.

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Even at the age of 4, it was apparent that Maddie Whittemore was a giver. She was only in preschool when she decided that her long hair would be in better hands as a donation to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that donates hairpieces to young cancer patients. “It was the only way we could get her to cut her hair,” said her mother, Marla. Since then, Maddie has racked up more than 500 hours of volunteering for various organizations and has donated more than 60 inches of her hair — all at the age of 12. Maddie has spent the last four years regularly volunteering at the Pinnacle Academy — a private school for children with autism. “My brother, Max, has gone here for six years,” she said. “I thought, ‘I love Max so much, why don’t I give it a try?’ It’s

really fun here.” The academy teaches children ages 2 through 18, but Maddie spends most of her time working with the younger kids. She spends time learning each child’s unique personality traits and needs, and she helps them develop their language and communication skills. She says she enjoys the detective-like nature of learning how best to help each child. “I like getting to know the kids better,” said Maddie. “I get to teach them how to do something, and we’re friends forever. Some of the kids can’t even talk, but we’re still friends.” One technique used at the academy is called an integrated play group, which involves one therapist, one special-needs child and one volunteer child, who all play together until the therapist is no longer needed to supervise

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Maddie Whittemore, 12, has already compiled more than 500 hours of volunteer work at various organizations. the activities. This helps the special-needs children learn appropriate ways to interact with others, and Maddie says she is able to apply a lot of what she learns at home. “I can use a lot of the skills I learn here with Max,” she said. “I think it makes me closer to him.”

Although Maddie says she isn’t sure what drives her to volunteer, she hopes other kids will follow suit. “I think some people might be scared or nervous, but they shouldn’t be,” she said. “I don’t think anyone would regret doing this; it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.”

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I would like to welcome you to Bashaw Elementary School. We have been working all summer, planning lessons, activities and a few surprises for the year. Students should be prepared to come to school with the needed supplies and the appropriate uniform attire. Parents can check the school’s website or call the school office if you have any questions regarding the upcoming school year. Bashaw has a reputation of embracing diversity, which is seen in our classrooms, our school campus and at all school events. Students are taught the importance of respecting others and making a positive influence on their community in addition to the high academic standards we hold for all students. We welcome all families and community members to become involved by volunteering, serving on school committees or partnering with your child’s teacher to support the school and home connection. Our staff is excited for another great year, and we are looking forward to seeing you at this year’s open house Aug. 16. — Josh Bennett, principal

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Why I love my school: I love my school because everyone is so nice and they care about me. I have been at Bashaw since kindergarten, and I have learned a lot! I can’t wait to start school again to learn new things and see my friends and teachers. — Jaye Kendzior

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Just the facts Principal: Josh Bennett Mascot: Bobcats Colors: Garnet and gold Open House: 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16 Projected Enrollment: 680 PTO President: Heather Williams Special programs or offerings: After-school enrichment clubs, Odessey of the Mind

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BRADEN RIVER 6215 River Club Blvd. Bradenton • 751-7012 ELEMENTARY School

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This year we will be “Learning Under the Sea at BRE!” Be prepared to enter an underwater world when you head back to school. You can get your first look at our new theme during our open house 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16. You will be able to see your classroom, greet your friends and tell us how you spent your summer. I’ll be in the cafeteria that evening with a treat for you, so come by and say hello. We will be working hard this year, yet we will still have time for plenty of fun. You will be able to continue to earn BRES Bucks, and we have been planning some awesome monthly events that you will love. The first one is a surprise. We will let you let you in on the secret during

Principal: Hayley Rio Mascot: Wranglers Colors: Red and blue Open House: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16 Projected Enrollment: 553 PTO President: Bethany Lynch Special programs or offerings: The Ranch (before-/ after-school care), enrichment clubs, engineering

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the first week of school. If you still need to get your school uniforms, you can visit our Uniform Fair in the BRE cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 or from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 4. Whether you are shopping at our Uniform Fair or using another source for your uniforms, be sure to check our updated uniform policy that is posted on our school website. While you are enjoying these last couple of weeks of summer, keep reading! It’s one of my favorite summer activities. If you haven’t already completed your summer enrichment packet, you still have time. We want you to come back to school refreshed and ready to learn! Enjoy the rest of your summer break, and I will see you soon! We will be “Learning Under the Sea at BRE!” — Hayley Rio, principal

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I love my school because I have been going there all my life — since I was 5. Now, I am 9. We all love to play at recess. Recess is a lot of fun. I also like my teachers at BRE. I am always sad when the year is over, even though I like summer. I miss my school.   — Vincent Alesi

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14 AUGUST 2012 Just the facts Principal: Kathy Hayes Mascot: Gators Colors: Royal blue and green Open House: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 Projected Enrollment: 600 PTO president: Melissa Diaz Special programs and offerings: Gator care before and after school, Gullett Dance Team and afterschool enrichment programs.

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b.d. Gullett 12125 44th Ave. E., Bradenton • 727-2067

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NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Welcome! I look forward to teaming our efforts for another successful year for your child. B.D. Gullett Elementary students strive to excel in a nurturing and challenging academic environment, supported by an integral partnership between staff, parents and community members. Our faculty is comprised of a talented team of teachers and instructional support members.  More than 85% of our teachers have dual certifications and more than one-third have advanced degrees or National Board Certification. Our school has

achieved a school accountability grade of “A” every year. Volunteerism is alive and well at B.D. Gullett Elementary, with more than 6,000 hours of volunteer service each year. Our volunteers serve as tutors, field trip chaperones, PTO and SAC members, test proctors and office or Media Center assistants and many other roles. Gullett continues to respond to our community’s request for

a variety of affordable afterschool enrichment clubs. For a small enrollment fee, students may participate weekly in gardening, board games, computers, Spanish, dance, arts and crafts, cooking, book study, creative writing and many others.   Clubs are sponsored by staff members, and parents are welcome to assist with a club matching their area of interest. Please join us for our fourth annual Neal Communities Golf Challenge. The event is scheduled for Sept. 22, at the University Park Country Club.   We appreciate your support of our major school fundraiser this year. Contact our PTO president, Melissa Diaz, at melissardiaz@yahoo.com to learn how you can be involved in this community event.    — Kathy Hayes, principal

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I am so proud to be a student at B.D. Gullett because the teachers are very good at their job and you can really tell that they care about their students and our education. We also have many ways to be successful outside the classroom, like being elected to Student Council and joining after-school clubs. Gullett students also have many ways to help our community, like Pasta for Pennies, which helps people with cancer. These are just some of the reasons everybody loves to come to school everyday. I’m lucky to be a Gullett Gator. — Max Henderson

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NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Welcome back to school! We are looking forward to a year of learning and partnerships. Here at Freedom, we are committed to helping every student succeed in school and beyond. This year, we are celebrating 10 years of Freedom. Since Freedom opened its doors in 2002, our focus has always been academic excellence. Teaching every child to become a life-long learner and developing a strong sense of patriotism in them exemplifies our commitment to these children and families. We want to communicate our goals and beliefs about the importance of partnering with the families we serve. At Freedom Elementary, we believe it is important for families and school to work together and share in the

responsibility for student success. We welcome family members’ volunteering during school and becoming members of our PTO. Through this partnership, students know the importance of schools and families together supporting their academic growth. With your help, a child’s potential is limitless. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer with your children. We can’t wait to welcome our new and returning Freedom families at our back to school event Thursday, Aug. 16. — Jim Mennes, principal

Why I love my school: I love Freedom Elementary School. The staff is friendly, caring and supportive to each and every student in the building. Our school also provides a quiet environment for the students to learn all day long. We have special classes each week that include Art, Music, IE2 (Engineering), Computers and my personal favorite, Physical Education (PE). If it were my choice I’d give Freedom Elementary an A+.

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Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year, Wildcats! Our science lab, greenhouse, garden and butterfly areas are ready and waiting for you to arrive! Plans for this school year have been going on all summer. You are going to discover that many of our teachers — including your principal — have been taking classes this summer so we can bring some new and exciting things into your classrooms. However, some things are familiar. We will continue to offer the Running Club and enrichment activities after school. Schedules will be out during the first quarter. With the support of our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization), community members, business partners and staff, McNeal Elementary is a great school. As we open our doors to new families Aug. 20, I extend an invitation to join the McNeal PTO. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet many people who make a difference in the life of your child. We look forward to seeing you from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, during our open house. This is your chance to meet your teachers and classmates. Looking forward to this year! — Norma Scott, principal

Why I love my school: All of my teachers have been awesome, and I really like the enrichment program and going on field trips. — Lauren Consiglio

Just the facts Principal: Norma Scott Mascot: Wildcats Colors: Periwinkle, gold, green and white Open House: 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 Projected Enrollment: 720 PTO President: Nicole Squitieri Special programs or offerings: McNeal Elementary is an official STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) school. An engineering class is offered in our fine-arts rotation.

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Tara ELEMENTARY School

Why I love my school:

6950 Linger Lodge Road, Bradenton • 751-7660

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Just the facts Principal: Steve Royce Mascot: Knights Colors: Red and black Open House: 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 16 Projected Enrollment: 550 PTO President: Lisa Towell Special programs or offerings: Adding sixth grade

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I love Tara because my teachers are always caring. — Brittany Aburto

NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: This year marks the 20th anniversary of Tara Elementary and my first year as your principal. I am extremely excited to lead the Knights as we transition into a Pre-K to sixth-grade elementary school. There is limited space still available in our sixth-grade classes for the upcoming year. Back to School Night is scheduled for Aug. 16, and I look forward to meeting everyone during that evening. If you are a new family or have a kindergarten student, we will have a special orientation at 4:30 p.m. Returning families will meet their teachers, visit their classroom and reconnect with

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ness partner and support your child by asking them what they learn at school each day. After-school enrichment programs are available to enhance your child’s experience. Our theme for this coming year will be “Quest for Knowledge.” The school’s decorations and staff outfits will focus around this theme on the first day of school. Together we will embark on our “Quest” when school resumes Aug. 20. — Steve Royce, principal

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The Masters Ave. ROBERT E. WILLIS 14705 Lakewood Ranch • 316-8245

Robert E. Willis Elementary is a big part of my life. I have attended as a student for four years. The best parts for me at Willis are the teachers and the learning. First, I know most of the teachers. For example, I know Ms. Bradford, Ms. McGregor and Coach Quinn. Second, all the teachers I know are very supportive. I think the teachers are very creative. This makes learning special for me at Willis. — Annebelle Martin

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Principal: Bill Stenger

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NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Welcome to Willis Elementary School, home of the Geckos. We are excited about all we have been planning for the 2012-2013 school year. This will be Willis’ eighth year welcoming students and parents from our community, and we’re honored to have this opportunity to serve. The Willis staff is committed to excellence in teaching and providing an environment where creative minds can flourish and excel. In fact, this summer our entire instructional staff attended a week-long training where we learned how to modify instruction, so the information more easily enters and remains in longterm memory. An emphasis will continue to be placed not only on achieving our highest academic standards, but also on teaching students

to respect themselves and each other and becoming a positive influence within our school and community and to “live above the line.” At Willis, we welcome and encourage our parents and community members to become involved and are incredibly grateful for the strong parent support we enjoy. We have many ways you can support our school and look forward to working with you. Willis is a success, thanks to a strong home-school connection. The 2012-2013 school year promises to be an exciting, funfilled and productive year. Please plan to attend our open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16, when you will be able to find out who your teacher will be and checkout your new classroom. We look forward to seeing you all soon. — Bill Stenger, principal

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Just the facts Principal: Myra Russell Mascot: Eagles Colors: Teal, silver and white Open House: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16 Projected Enrollment: 600 PTO President: Jessica Higgins Special programs or offerings: Quantum learning strategies and philosophy will be implemented. Gifted classes will be offered on campus this year.



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Rye Road E. GENE WITT 200 Bradenton • 741-3628

ELEMENTARY School

www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/elementary/witt/GWE/Welcome.html

NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: We are all looking forward to another exciting year at Gene Witt Elementary. The staff will be implementing Quantum Learning strategies received at our school-wide training this summer, and we will be servicing all our gifted students on our campus. In kindergarten and first

grade, the students will be learning the new core curriculum standards. These are the big changes for the 2012-2013 school year. We hope all our parents and students attend our open house Thursday, Aug. 16 wearing a Gene Witt smile.  — Myra Russell, principal

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Braden River Why I love Middle School my school: 6215 River Club Blvd., Bradenton • 751-7080

I love my school because I feel like I have opportunities to shine. You can get involved in many extracurricular subjects. Another reason I love my school is because we have Renaissance; this points out all of the kids who try extra hard to maintain good grades. I also love that my school has talent shows; it gives students a chance to show their talents! — Emily Roman

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NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: I would like to welcome you to Braden River Middle School, home of the Panthers. We have been working hard all summer planning for an exciting new school year. Students should be prepared to come to school with the needed supplies and a positive attitude. Braden River has a reputation of embracing diversity, which is seen in our classrooms, on our school campus and at all school events. Students are taught the importance of respecting each other’s differences, being polite and making a positive influence on their community. In addition, we were awarded a grade of A by the state of Florida. We will continue to focus on the highest academic standards for all students.

We welcome all families and community members to become involved by volunteering, becoming a member of our PTSO or joining our school advisory counsel or SAC. We also encourage you to partner with your child’s teachers to reinforce the school rules and home connection. Our staff is excited for another great year, and we are looking forward to seeing you at this year’s schedule pickup from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, and at our open house at 6 p.m. Aug. 30. Parents may contact the school with any questions regarding the upcoming school year by calling 751-7080 or visiting our web page. — Randy Petrilla, principal

Just the facts Principal: Randy Petrilla Mascot: Panthers Colors: Red, black and white Open House: 6 p.m. Aug. 30 Projected Enrollment: 950 PTO President: Bobbi Sue Letso Special programs or offerings: Five highschool-credit classes

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Just the facts Principal: Janet Kerley Mascot: Storm Colors: Teal, black and silver Open House: 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 16 Projected Enrollment: 1,050 PTO President: To be announced Special programs and offerings: Career academy, creative writing, TV production, engineering, graphic design and more

Carlos e. Haile Middle School 9501 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton • 714-7240

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NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Welcome to the 2012-13 school year! We are excited that our Career Academy of Technology (CAT) begins this year. This allows students to earn two high school credits in tech courses. Haile has a tradition of academic excellence and offers a variety of elective courses that allows students to

explore programs that may be new to them. We are looking forward to greeting about 335 new sixth-graders in our cafeteria on the first day of school. Our teachers say we’re going to have another great year. We will see you soon. — Janet Kerley, principal

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Why I love my school:

I like Haile Middle because we have a great lunch choice. Haile also has so many electives that it is hard to narrow it down to three. Next, there are so many afterschool programs that Haile has to offer like TSA, FFA, Yearbook, Builders Club and many others. Also, there are so many nice teachers at Haile that are willing to help you at any time. Finally, Haile has an amazing administration that is always there to help you. — Holden Scarbrough

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Jacob Kargauer, president of the Braden River High School Technology Student Association (TSA), didn’t always know he had a knack for technology. The recent high school graduate’s first foray into the field came in a middle school tech class, in which the students were required to build websites as part of the curriculum. But Kargauer found that what began as a school assignment would become a hobby he’d carry with him throughout his high school years. “We had to do website design for class,” said Kargauer. “But, I found that I actually enjoyed it.” From there, Kargauer continued designing websites, and when he got to high school, he joined the TSA, in which he participated throughout all four years. Kargauer says the club was

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University this fall, where he will double major in mathematics and education, Kargauer still plans to use his experience with computers and website design on the side. He hopes to become a high school math teacher. “I’m excited for a new experience,” he said. “I’ll get to meet new people and try new things and get to know a new city.”

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R. Dan Nolan Middle School

6615 Greenbrook Blvd., Lakewood Ranch • 751-8200 www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/middleschool/nolan/Site/Welcome.html

NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Nolan Middle School consistently demonstrates extremely high standards of excellence. Faculty, staff, parents and students work in tireless collaboration to help our students make great gains in curricular and extracurricular endeavors. Notably, through hard work and ultimate dedication, Nolan has earned an “A” grade from the Department of Education during the past seven years. Science, technology, engineering and math are an integral part of the Nolan curriculum, as well as the Gifted Program. And, once again, Nolan Middle School Technology Students of America (TSA) are No. 1 in the nation. The arts program is exemplary at Nolan; during the 2011-12 school year, orchestra, band and chorus received superior ratings at the Music Performance Assessment. Nolan also has a strong drama program. We are looking forward to an incredibly wonderful school year. — Nancy High, principal

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I love my school because it has the nicest teachers. Nolan gives me the opportunity to show my creative side with classes like drama and chorus and being in the school plays. The best thing about my school is all the great friends I have made there. I am looking forward to going into seventh grade next year! — Rachel Levy

Just the facts Principal: Nancy High Mascot: Colts Colors: Blue and silver Open House: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 Projected Enrollment: 959 PTO President: Robyn Richards Special programs and offerings: TSA, HOSA, FFA, orchestra, chorus, drama and more

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colleges & universities Argosy University, Sarasota Address: 5250 17th St., Sarasota Phone: 1-800-377-0617 Website: www.argosy.edu

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Florida State University Regional Medical School Campus — Sarasota Address: 201 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota Phone: 316-8120 Website: http://med.fsu. edu/?page=sarasotaRegional. home

Manatee Technical Institute Address: 5603 34th St. W., Bradenton (main campus); 55205540 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch (east campus) Phone: 751-7900 (main campus), 752-8100 (Medical and Dental Building), 751-8479 (Law Enforcement/Allied Health Building) or 751-7344 (Fire

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Business and International Studies, Engineering Design and Leadership, and Science Technology and Health — were awarded model status. BRHS is one of only two schools in the state of Florida to receive this designation. BRHS welcomes all families and communities to become involved with the Pirate Nation as we continue our successful tradition of being a Wall to Wall model school. The BRHS faculty and staff is excited for the beginning of a new school year and is looking forward to meeting our incoming Pirates at our new student

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Why I love my school: I love my school because of the opportunities that they provide our student body. So many options, so many activities, and so many traditions make it fun to be a student at Braden River High School. I love the River. — Brittany Rangel

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Why I love my school:

I love my school because the small size makes us feel like a real family. All of the teachers are willing to come in early or stay late to make sure you get the help you need. We also have state-ofthe-art technology, an awesome college counseling program and a lot of opportunities to participate on a variety of sports teams and in the arts. What I love best about ODA is that we are always there for each other. — Sierra Dickerson

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IMAGINE SCHOOL

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at Lakewood ranch

10535 Portal Crossing, Bradenton • 750-0900 imagineschoolslakewoodranch.sharpschool.com

NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

I am extremely proud to join the Sharks at Imagine Lakewood Ranch. This will be an exciting year for all of us! Just like our students, I can’t wait for the first day of school to arrive. Be sure to come for Open House to share your name with me. Just look for Mrs. Q. I’ll be one of the new faces here, wearing red, and the biggest smile. — Selenia Quinones, principal

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We have great teachers and learn a lot. The students are always friendly. I feel I have support from my teachers and that feels wonderful. I don’t ride the bus, but I know it’s fun because the bus drivers are so nice. — Emilly Nickerson

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Just the facts School Leader: Selenia Quinones Mascot: Sharks Colors: Blue and yellow Meet the Teacher: 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 Projected Enrollment: 620 PTO President: Jeffery Cantrell and Kim Wilson

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By Loren Mayo | Staff Writer

The Athlete

Loren Mayo

Olivia Ortiz is currently recovering from a broken femur in her right leg but hopes to compete in track season next spring.

“He’s been by my side and sets goals for me every week,” Ortiz says. “He’s definitely someone who inspires me to do my best. I also have a great support system with my family, who helps me to stay positive and be in the right mindset.” Until she’s cleared for running, Ortiz is using the stationary bike and has started swimming to keep in shape. Her main goal is to build back her quad muscles. “I know I’ll be OK,” Ortiz says. “Running does not define me, it’s just my great passion. It’s definitely something you grow attached to. Right now, I’m learning so much about myself and to not to take things for granted. The journey is just fun, and I’ll be able to run again. I’m on the road to recovery.”

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Fifty meters from the finish line during the 3,200-meter run at states, Olivia Ortiz heard a pop and fell to the ground. She was taken away in an ambulance and treated for a broken femur in her right leg, which required three surgeries. As soon as she woke up, Ortiz asked her doctor if she’d be able to run again. The hopes are high and the bone is healing well, but she’s taking it slow and says patience is key. The race was the last one of her junior year — and it was supposed to be her strongest. “Your junior year is when colleges look at you,” Ortiz says. “You’re definitely on their radar if you stand out. I wanted to break all my personal bests. “I have two small screws by my knee and two by my hip. I had a great recovery, but obviously with my senior year coming up, this is not the summer I planned on.” Ortiz has already garnered 10 awards this year. She’s been named the Sarasota HeraldTribune Track Athlete of the Year and Bradenton Herald’s All-Area Athlete of the Year for track and field. Lakewood Ranch High School has named her its Scholar Athlete for a 4.0-plus GPA, Most Valuable Track Athlete and Track and Field Team Leadership Award recipient. She was regional, district and county champion in the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A 1,600 meters and regional/district champion in the class 3A 3,200 meters. This, of course, doesn’t count ESPN naming her its high school Florida cross country Gatorade Runner of the Year in 2011. She also has the best 5K time for the 2011-2012 school year. But, she’s in no rush to get back. Right now, she’s following her physical therapy exercises precisely. Coach Chuck Reda, her former soccer coach, is also her physical therapist.


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Tabernacle ChrisTian School Why I love my school:

I like TCS because the staff is great and always nice. When I moved here two years ago, the students and staff made me feel right at home. I also enjoy all of the events, like Summer “Son”sation Day, Winter Wonderland Day and Football Frenzy Day. Chapel every Friday is also really fun, with all of our class chapel programs. — Michael Coggins

4141 Desoto Road, Sarasota • 365-1050 • www.tcssarasota.org

NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: The Tabernacle Christian School family is excited about celebrating our 36th year of serving the community with academic excellence. This will be my first year at The Tabernacle Christian School and I am very blessed to be here. I look forward to meeting all of our families and being active in the Sarasota community. Our vision will continue to go forward in the same direction. We will continue to offer a strong academic curriculum supported by a biblical world view that develops strong moral character in our students. This year students can look forward to an updated computer lab with brand-new computer

Just the facts Principal: Ronda Crickenberger Mascot: Knights Open house: Tours available by appointment Projected Enrollment: 250 PVO Director: Yvonne Perez

equipment. Last year we introduced an incredible new science lab, and our students definitely reaped the benefits. Two of our students placed first in the Sarasota County Science Fair; the winning students represented the elementary and middle school. With our athletic teams and award-winning, fine-arts programs in full swing, this will be

another exciting year for all of us at The Tabernacle Christian School.  — Ronda Crickenberger, principal

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Congratulations Kiddie Academy Of Lakewood Ranch!!!

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8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., #120 Bradenton, FL

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