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INDEX MEET THE TEACHER.3 BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENTS.....................4 BUS SCHEDULE .........5 LUNCHES...................5 FCAT PREP ............6 SCHOOL CONTACTS ....7 COMMON CORE..........8 COOL GEAR.............10 CALENDAR...............11 TEACHER FASHION..................12 NAMES TO KNOW......................13 AREA SCHOOLS........14 CHARTER SCHOOLS..14 MAGNET SCHOOLS....15 PRIVATE SCHOOLS....16

COVER ART: Illustration by Sean Ochal/Staff CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Erin Jester and Stacy Fournier EDITOR: Lillian Guevera-Castro COPY EDITOR: Sharon Sullivan

School times Information on school times for Alachua County schools was unavailable by press time. For information, call specific school listed in school contacts, Page 7, or check the School Board of Alachua County website at


Registration 101: What parents need to know and they have time to take care of any requirements they haven’t yet lachua County school offi- fulfilled.” When parents wait until the last cials are encouraging parminute or even after the first day ents to beat the back-toof school to register, schools school rush by registering struggle to prepare classes and their children for school during plan for any special services that the summer. may be needed, Johnson added. Students who will be entering Registering during the summer an Alachua County public school helps schools and students avoid for the first time, and those who have moved or will be moving to a any uncertainty on the first day of new school zone can be registered school that could disrupt the classroom. at local schools during the Here is a list of the most comsummer, Mondays through monly asked questions regarding Thursdays. School starts on registering a child for school. For Monday, August 19 in Alachua more information, visit www. County. School officials said they’re AT WHAT AGE DO I REGISTER MY CHILD hoping to avoid the usual lastFOR KINDERGARTEN? minute registration frenzy that A child must be 5 years old by typically occurs in the days Sept. 1 to enter kindergarten. immediately before and after school starts. WHICH SCHOOL IS MY CHILD ZONED “It’s much more convenient for FOR? parents to register well before To determine the name and school starts,” said Jackie address of the school your child is Johnson, public information zoned for, contact the School officer for the Alachua County Board of Alachua County Zoning School Board. “They avoid the Office at 955-7700 or visit www. long lines and long waits that occur just before school starts, By Stacy Fournier Correspondent


WHEN SHOULD I REGISTER MY CHILD? You can enroll your child by visiting his/her zoned school during regular hours or making an appointment. For a complete list of Alachua County schools and centers, visit

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRANSFERRING MY CHILD TO A NEW SCHOOL? Documents such as withdrawal forms, standardized test scores and recent report cards will help the school place your child appropriately. If you don’t have these items, provide the school with the name and address of your child’s previous school so that the necessary information can be obtained.

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO BRING? Two proofs of residence: Examples include a rental or lease agreement, utility bill, deed, sales agreement or property tax bill. ■ Health records: All kindergartners must have an official physical showing physician’s review of all systems within the year before school starts. A ■

Department of Health Form 680 (immunization record) is also required. ■ Proof of name and age: A certified copy of a birth certificate or an acceptable substitute is required to enter kindergarten. Acceptable substitutes include a baptismal certificate showing date of birth and place of baptism (accompanied by a parent’s sworn affidavit), an insurance policy which has been in force at least two years, a bible record of your child’s birth (accompanied by a parent’s sworn affidavit), a passport or certificate of arrival in the United States showing the child’s age, a school record (at least four years prior and showing date of birth) or a parent’s sworn affidavit accompanied by a certificate of examination. ■ School records: Items such as withdrawal forms, standardized test scores and recent report cards help the school place your child appropriately. ■ Social Security Card: A copy will be made and kept with your child’s folder for identification purposes.

Free FluMist program continues in county his school year, parents again will have the opportunity to protect their child from the flu by signing up their pre-K through 12thgrade student for the free FluMist immunization program provided in Alachua County Schools and supported by local pediatricians. FluMist is a safe, gentle and highly effective nasal spray. Studies show that immunizing children can help prevent flu in families and the entire community. Information and consent forms will be sent home with students during the first week of


For more information, call the Alachua County Health Department at 334-7950. school. Parents should return the forms to their child’s school by Sept. 27. The vaccine will be administered at local schools in October and November. Children with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, should get a flu shot from their health care provider. For more information, call the Alachua County Health Department at 334-7950.


Sarah Mauldin, a nursing student from the University of Florida, administers a FluMist vaccine to Cameron Lewis at Glen Springs Elementary School in 2011. | THE GAINESVILLE SUN


Meet Your Teacher and/or Team ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Alachua Elementary: Aug. 16, noon-2 p.m. Archer Elementary: Aug. 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Chiles Elementary: Aug. 16, noon-1 p.m. Duval Elementary: Aug. 16, noon-1:30 p.m. Finley Elementary: Aug. 16, 1-2 p.m. Foster Elementary: Aug. 16, noon-2 p.m. Glen Springs Elementary: Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-noon Hidden Oak Elementary: Aug. 15, noon-1:30 p.m. (K); Aug. 16, noon-1:30 p.m. (grades 1-5) High Springs Community: Aug. 16, noon-2 p.m. Idylwild Elementary: Aug. 16, noon-1 p.m. Irby Elementary: Aug. 16, noon-1 p.m. Lake Forest Elementary: Aug. 16, noon-2 p.m. Littlewood Elementary: Aug. 16, 1-2 p.m. Meadowbrook Elementary: Aug. 16, noon-1 p.m. Metcalfe Elementary: Aug. 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Newberry Elementary:

Aug. 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Norton Elementary: Aug. 16, noon-1:30 p.m. Rawlings Elementary: Aug. 16, noon-2 p.m. Shell Elementary: Aug. 16, 1-2 p.m. Talbot Elementary: Aug. 16, noon-1 p.m. Terwilliger Elementary: Aug. 16, noon-1 p.m. Waldo Community: Aug. 16, 12:30-2 p.m. Wiles Elementary: Aug. 16, noon-1 p.m. Williams Elementary: Aug. 16, 1-2 p.m. MIDDLE SCHOOLS Bishop Middle: Aug. 15, 1-2:30 p.m. Ft. Clarke Middle: Aug. 15, 1-2 p.m. Kanapaha Middle: Aug. 16, 1-2 p.m. Lincoln Middle: Aug. 15, 10-11 a.m. Mebane Middle: Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-noon Oak View Middle: Aug. 15, 1-2 p.m. Westwood Middle: Aug. 15, 1:30-3 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOLS Buchholz High: Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-noon (freshman and new students) Eastside High: Aug. 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (freshman picnic at T.B. McPherson Park); Aug. 14, 9 a.m.-noon (ninth grade AP Institute at Media Center); Aug. 16, 9-11 a.m. (ninth grade) Gainesville High: Aug. 15, 9 a.m. (all); Cambridge students at 8 a.m. Hawthorne Middle/High: Aug. 15, 9-11 a.m. Professional Academies Magnet at Loften High: Aug. 15, 9-11 a.m. (ninth grade orientation) Newberry High: Aug. 15, 7-8 p.m. (incoming freshman and new students) Santa Fe High: Aug. 16, 9-11 a.m. CENTERS A. Quinn Jones Center: Aug. 16, noon-1:30 p.m. Horizon Center: Aug. 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sidney Lanier Center: Aug. 16, 1-2 p.m.


Shyannne Fickett, 11, left, and her parents, Niki Fickett and Wesley Fickett, meet Shyanne’s sixth-grade teacher, Elizabeth Burt, at Westwood Middle School in Gainesville in August 2011.

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Kick off the school year at the Stop the Violence rally By Stacy Fournier Correspondent

tudents and parents are invited to kick off the upcoming school year at the Stop the Violence/Back to School Rally from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 10. The event, hosted by People Against Violence Enterprises (PAVE), will take place at the Santa Fe College Gymnasium where families will learn important information on preventing violence in their neighborhoods, homes and school. The theme for 2013 is “Step Up 4 Safe Schools.” Alachua County Public Schools will partner with PAVE to host the district’s Back to School Fair in conjunction with the rally. District staff will be available to provide calendars, school supply lists and other important back-to-school information. Other local agencies also will attend the event,

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What: Stop the Violence/ Back to School Rally When: 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 10 Where: Santa Fe College Gymnasium, 3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville including the Alachua County Health Department, which will be administering free immunizations. In addition to the entertainment, guest speakers and snacks at the event, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Inc. will give backpacks filled with school supplies to the first 1,200 children to attend the fair. The Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association (LGAA) will provide backpacks, supplies and clothing to eligible students who have graduated from the local Head Start program.


Volunteers hand out backpacks to people who attended the 2011 Stop the Violence/Back to School Rally at the Santa Fe College gym in Gainesville in August 2011. The event was sponsored by the community group People Against Violence Enterprises and the state attorney’s office.

Church helps community prepare for upcoming school year First United Methodist Church of Chiefland will hold Epic End-of-Summer Bash on Aug. 10. By Stacy Fournier Correspondent

uying required back-toschool supplies at the beginning of each school year can prove challenging for many families. The First United Methodist Church of Chiefland will host the third annual Epic End-ofSummer Bash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 10 to help the community prepare for the upcoming school year. “In this event, we bring the community together to provide free services and products to help the kids get ready and [get them] excited about their return


to school,” said event coordinator Diana Child. “Most churches have a Vacation Bible School, but we decided to do something a little different.” Children and their families are invited to attend the event at no cost and enjoy a free lunch and snacks, a dunk booth, zip-lining experience, water slide and bounce house, crafts, haircuts and door prizes. Most importantly, children will have the opportunity to get a free backpack and fill it with essential back-to-school supplies. “There is absolutely no cost for anything at the bash,” said Child, who also works as the

church’s office administrator. “The only thing we ask you to bring to this event is the desire to have a good time.” Several organizations and businesses also will have booths for families to visit. Among them are the Supervisor of Elections, where older students and adults can register to vote; the U.S. Army, where students can get free dog tags; Florida Fish and Wildlife, where children can get up close and personal with a real alligator; and the Florida Department of Agriculture, where students can play an exciting nutrition game. “We want this community to understand what is available to them, and we want businesses and organizations to have the opportunity to reach out to the

people who support them,” Child said. “It’s a win-win situation.” While the event is geared toward school-aged children, Child said everyone is welcome, adding that the event drew a crowd of 800 people in 2012, almost doubling its 2011 attendance. “I get my kicks when I see a child getting everything they need for school, or when a parent comes into the church a few days later to say, ‘Thank you. I didn’t know what I was going to do.’” For more information about the event or to become a part of the event, contact Diana Child at 493-4627 or fumc_chf@yahoo. com. The deadline to reserve a booth is Aug. 1.

If You Go What: Epic End-ofSummer Bash – A free community event geared to school-aged children, offering food, fun and help to families preparing for the school year, including free school supplies and haircuts. Where: First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St., Chiefland When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 10 Contact: For more information, call Diana Child at 493-4627 or fumc_chf@ | THE GAINESVILLE SUN


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Bus schedules omplete bus schedule information will be posted Monday, Aug. 12, on the Alachua County School Board’s website, www. To receive the latest bus schedule changes or if your bus is more than 20 minutes late, contact the Transportation Department at 955-6942 and enter the number assigned to your school.


A. Quinn Jones Center: 5651 ■ Alachua Elementary: 5653 ■ Anchor Center: 5649 ■ Archer Community: 5654 ■ Bishop Middle: 5655 ■ Buchholz High: 5656 ■ Chiles Elementary: 5691 ■ Duval Elementary: 5657 ■ Eastside High: 5658 ■ Finley Elementary: 5659 ■ Fort Clarke Middle: 5660 ■ Foster Elementary: 5661 ■ Gainesville High: 5662 ■ Glen Springs Elementary: 5663 ■ Hawthorne High: 5664 ■ Hidden Oak Elementary: 5665 ■ High Springs Elementary: 5666 ■


Check out the Alachua County School Board website,, on Aug. 12 to find out your child’s bus schedule. Horizon: 5650 Idylwild Elementary: 5667 ■ Irby Elementary: 5668 ■ Kanapaha Middle: 5669 ■ Lake Forest Elementary: 5670 ■ Lincoln Middle: 5671 ■ Littlewood Elementary: 5672 ■ Loften High: 5673 ■ Meadowbrook Elementary: 5680 ■ Mebane Middle: 5674 ■ Metcalfe Elementary: 5675 ■ Newberry Elementary: 5676 ■ Newberry High: 5677 ■ ■

■ Norton Elementary: 5678 ■ Oak View Middle: 5679 ■ Rawlings Elementary: 5681 ■ Santa Fe High: 5682 ■ Shell Elementary: 5683 ■ Spring Hill Middle: 5684 ■ Sidney Lanier Center: 5652 ■ Talbot Elementary: 5685 ■ Terwilliger Elementary: 5686 ■ Waldo Community: 5687 ■ Westwood Middle: 5688 ■ Wiles Elementary: 5689 ■ Williams Elementary: 5690

School meal prices or information regarding school meals and prices, contact Food Services at 9557539. ■ Elementary: Student lunches are $2.15. Reduced-price lunches are 40 cents. ■ Middle and High: Student lunches are $2.40. Reduced-price lunches are 40 cents. ■ Breakfast: Student breakfasts are $1. Reduced-price breakfasts are 30 cents. Menu and reduced-price meal applications are available online at www.



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Get your child prepared for the FCAT Testing dates

Avoid taking family vacations in the weeks before or during FCAT, as they can lower your child’s score.

FCAT 2.0 Reading Retakes*: Oct. 7-18 (grades 11, 12, 13, retained 10 and adult) ■ FCAT 2.0 Writing Prompt Field Test: Dec. 3-4 (grades 4, 8 and 10) ■ FCAT 2.0 Writing: Feb. 25-26 (grades 4, 8 and 10) ■ FCAT 2.0 Reading Retakes*: April 7-11 (grades 11, 12, 13, retained 10 and adults) ■ FCAT 2.0 Mathematics (grades 3, 4, 7 and 8), ■ FCAT 2.0 Reading (grades 3, 4 and 5) ■ FCAT 2.0 Science (grades 5 and 8): April 22-25** ■ FCAT 2.0 Mathematics (grade 6*) ■ FCAT 2.0 Reading (grades 7* and 10*): April 22-May 1 ■ FCAT 2.0 Mathematics (grade 5*) ■ FCAT 2.0 Reading (grades 6*, 8* and 9*): April 28-May 7 *Computer-based testing. **Make-up testing may continue through April 30. ■

Testing tips for success Attendance is essential. Your child needs to be in school regularly to master the Sunshine State Standards, which are the basis for the FCAT. ■ Report cards should be monitored closely, as they are a strong predictor of how well ■

positively about it. Let your child know there may be hard questions on the test, but not to be discouraged. ■ Review your child’s FCAT results carefully, and discuss any concerns you have with your child’s teacher. ■ For more information about the FCAT, visit www.fcat.fldoe. org.

Florida End-ofCourse (EOC) Assessments U.S. History, Biology 1, Algebra 1, Geometry: Dec. 2-20 ■ Civics, U.S. History: April 28-May 9 ■ Biology 1: May 5-9 ■ Algebra 1: May 12-16 ■ Geometry: May 19-23 ■ Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, U.S. History, Civics: June 2-6 ■ U.S. History, Biology 1, Algebra 1, Geometry, Civics: July 21-Aug. 8 ■


Tyrik Bakes, 13, creates words with a list of root words and suffixes during a Saturday session at Sweetwater Branch Academy in December 2011. The charter school was helping students prepare for the FCAT. your child is mastering the standards. ■ Parent/teacher conferences can be arranged if your child’s progress is not satisfactory. ■ Avoid taking family vacations in the weeks before or during FCAT, as they can lower your child’s score.

Practice test questions using sample booklets, which will be sent home with your child. ■ Use the FCAT Explorer online resource to answer questions and get feedback on incorrect responses. Your child’s school has information about how to sign on to this resource, which ■

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Public school contacts Main School Board: 955-7300; District lips Newberry (pre-K-4): 472-1100; 25705 Site: (All area codes are 352 unless oth- SW 15th Ave., Newberry; Lacy Redd Norton, C.W. (K-5): 955-6765; 2200 erwise noted.) NW 45th Ave., Gainesville; Kim Neal Rawlings, M.K. (pre-K-5): 955-6715; ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 3500 NE 15th St., Gainesville; Daniel Alachua (3-5): 386-462-1841; 13800 NW 152nd Place, Alachua; Eva Copeland Burney Archer (pre-K-5): 495-2111; 14533 SW Shell, Chester (K-5): 481-1901; 21633 SE 65th Ave., Hawthorne; Libby Hartwell 170th St., Archer; Cory Tomlinson Talbot, William S. (pre-K-5): 955Chiles, Lawton (pre-K-5): 333-2825; 2525 Schoolhouse Road, Gainesville; Judy 6716; 5701 NW 43rd St., Gainesville; Lina Burklew Black Terwilliger, Myra (pre-K-5): 955Duval, Charles (K-5): 955-6703; 2106 6717; 301 NW 62nd St., Gainesville; Lynn NE Eighth Ave., Gainesville; Lawson McNeil Brown Waldo Community (pre-K-5): 468Finley, J.J. (K-5): 955-6705; 1912 NW 1451; 14450 NE 148th Ave., Waldo; Holly Fifth Ave., Gainesville; Kathleen Valdes Burton Foster, Stephen (K-5): 955-6706; Wiles, Kimball (K-5): 955-6955; 4601 3800 NW Sixth St., Gainesville; James SW 75th St., Gainesville; Dr. Barbara Buys Kuhn Williams, Joseph (K-5): 955-6719; Glen Springs (K-5): 955-6708; 2826 NW 31st Ave., Gainesville; Nannette Dell 1245 SE Seventh Ave., Gainesville; Karla Hutchinson Hidden Oak (pre-K-5): 333-2801; 2100 Fort Clarke Blvd., Gainesville; Ron MIDDLE SCHOOLS (all 6-8 unless Knowles High Springs Community (K-8): 386- noted) 454-1958; 1015 N. Main St., High Springs; Bishop, Howard W.: 955-6701; 1901 NE Ninth St., Gainesville; Mike Gamble Jeffrey Means Fort Clarke: 333-2800; 9301 NW 23rd Idylwild (K-5): 955-6709; 4601 SW 20th Terrace, Gainesville; Daniel Ferguson Ave., Gainesville; Donna Kidwell Hawthorne (6-12): 481-1900; 21403 Irby, W.W. (pre-K-2): 386-462-5002; 13505 NW 140th St., Alachua; Valdenora SE 69th Ave., Hawthorne; Veita Carter High Springs Community (K-8): 386Fortner 454-1958; 1015 N. Main St., High Springs; Lake Forest (pre-K-5): 955-6710; Jeffrey Means 4401 SE Fourth Ave., Gainesville; Diane Kanapaha: 955-6960; 5005 SW 75th Hill Littlewood (pre-K-5): 955-6712; 812 St., Gainesville; Jennifer Wise Lincoln, Abraham: 955-6711; 1001 SE NW 34th St., Gainesville; Jen Homard 12th St., Gainesville; Don Lewis Meadowbrook (K-5): 333-2828; Mebane, A.L.: 386-462-1648; 16401 11525 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville; Brad Burklew NW 140th St., Alachua; Manda Bessner Metcalfe, W.A. (pre-K-5): 955-6713; Oak View (6-8): 472-1102; 1203 SW 1250 NE 18th Ave., Gainesville; Pat Phil250th St., Newberry; Katherine Munn

Westwood: 955-6718; 3215 NW 15th Ave., Gainesville; James TenBieg HIGH SCHOOLS (all 9-12 unless noted) Buchholz, F.W.: 955-6702; 5510 NW 27th Ave., Gainesville; Vicente Perez Eastside: 955-6704; 1201 SE 43rd St., Gainesville; Jeff Charbonnet Gainesville: 955-6707; 1900 NW 13th St., Gainesville; David Shelnutt Hawthorne (6-12): 481-1900; 21403 SE 69th Ave., Hawthorne; Veita Carter Loften (pre-K/6-12): 955-6839; 3000 E. University Ave., Gainesville: Bill McElroy Newberry: 472-1101; 400 SW 258th St., Newberry; Kevin Purvis Santa Fe: 386-462-1125; 16213 NW U.S. 441, Alachua; Dr. Beth LeClear CENTERS A. Quinn Jones: 955-6840; 1108 NW Seventh Ave., Gainesville; Sue Keller Camp Crystal Lake: 1-855-651-2267; 6724 Camp Crystal Road, Starke; TBA Fearnside Family Services: 9556875; 3600 NE 15th St., Gainesville; Ann Crowell Horizon Center: 955-7250; 2802 NE Eighth Ave., Gainesville; James Speer Prairie View Academy: 955-6714; 1700 SE 35th Ave., Gainesville; Ann Crowell Regional Detention Center: 9557895; 3440 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville; Madelyn Vallery Sidney Lanier: 955-6841; 312 NW 16th Ave., Gainesville; Denise Schultz Traffic Safety Center: 955-6959; 3501 NE 12th St., Gainesville; Joe Racioppi

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Schools transition to Common Core Teaching places more emphasis on critical thinking, application of concepts By Erin Jester Staff writer

very new school year is about transitions for teachers, students and parents. But the 2013-14 school year will be particularly trying as new teaching and learning standards are incorporated into every class, at every grade level. The Common Core State Standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010, making Florida the 45th state in the country to do so. The Florida Department of Education is aiming for full implementation of the Common Core across all grade levels in the 2014-15 school year. Common Core-based testing will come some time after that. Meanwhile, students in grades 3 through 10 will still take the FCAT, even as instructors incorporate the new standards into their curricula this year. “It’s a transitional year for us,” said Karen Clarke, director of secondary curriculum for Alachua County Schools, adding that standards won’t change much in some areas. “The Common Core standards aren’t necessarily completely different from the Sunshine State Standards,” she said. But they’re different enough to cause both excitement and concern among teachers. The Common Core standards provide clear expectations for what students should be learning in English and math so teachers have a better understanding of what to teach to get children ready for college and the workforce. But there’s still a lot of confusion and misinformation about what the Common Core is and what it is not, school officials



Common Core resources for parents and students: ■ ■ ■ ■


Language arts teacher, Suzanne White, teaches Ossyriah Payne, 13, and Alishia Williams, 13, prefixes and suffixes during FCAT Saturday school at Sweetwater Branch Academy in December 2011. This year, there will be new teaching and learning standards, called Common Core, which will be incorporated into every class, at every grade level. say. Common Core isn’t a curriculum and doesn’t dictate classroom instruction. School districts will still have the flexibility to design their own lesson plan, although the standards come with a comprehensive list of suggested texts and concepts for each grade level. Ultimately, the standards were developed to ensure students are ready for college and careers, said Clarke. Being able to apply concepts is crucial, no matter what standards are being used, she said. Common Core standards place

more emphasis on complexity of concepts and application of concepts. “It’s more than just being able to get the answer,” Clarke said. The new standards push for a higher level of understanding than before, she said. Students will have to understand a concept enough to be able to apply it in many contexts. Plugging numbers into a formula to get one answer won’t be enough anymore, Clarke said. Common Core also seeks to integrate literacy into all aspects of learning. Students will be reading more

complex and varied texts, including nonfiction texts such as guide books and instructional manuals. Literature will remain an important part of the English and language arts curricula, Clarke said. But classes like science and math will have a literacy component, as well. The idea is that improving literacy and reading comprehension improves students’ skills in other areas. “You’re going to have a difficult time mastering scientific concepts if you can’t understand what you’re reading,” Clarke said.

The new standards have been, for the most part, well-received by teachers. “Most of the teachers that I have spoken to, in theory, like the way that the Common Core is taught,” said Karen McCann, president of the Alachua County Education Association. But the standards represent a new approach to education, and it will take time for both teachers and students to adjust, she said. McCann said she expects teachers and students to be thrown off for a while, even though Alachua County is providing training in Common Core teaching this summer. Students, meanwhile, may score artificially low on the tests simply because they won’t be used to the methodology, McCann said. Poor teacher evaluations based on student test scores could lead to teachers losing their jobs, per the Student Success Act. Teachers’ unions, including the ACEA and the Florida Education Association, have been advocating for holding off on Common Core testing for a few years, until all teachers have enough training in the standards. To rush into the testing portion, McCann said, is unfair. Isabel Carter, a former middle school reading and language arts teacher who is now the secondary language arts


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COMMON CORE: It prepares students for college, jobs Continued from 8 specialist for Alachua County, said she has focused on preparing teachers to use the Common Core standards for the past two years, Carter said ongoing training sessions and professional development will be the most important part of the transition to the standards. Teachers already have been receiving training sessions on the standards since the 2011-12 school year, Carter said. She will continue to meet monthly with a group of “literacy leaders” from each middle and high school, who will bring teaching strategies back to share with their colleagues. The Common Core standards dictate that students have a much deeper understanding of complex texts — particularly for English and language arts — than did the Sunshine State Standards. Students in grades 9 and 10, for example, will read classics like John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the plays of Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams, along with informational and historical texts like the Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and technical publications by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. “That’s the kind of text we’ve really gotten away from in general population classes,” Carter said, referring to classic works of literature and drama. “The idea is that we really need to raise our standard

The Common Core standards dictate that students have a much deeper understanding of complex texts — particularly for English and language arts — than did the Sunshine State Standards.


Amanda Taylor, 13, and Tyrik Bakes, 13, jot down words during an FCAT lesson at Sweetwater Branch Academy in 2011. of what our students are reading, so they’re prepared for life outside of high school.” For now, the actual method of Common Core testing is unclear. Florida had initially signed on with the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a group of leaders from 22 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands working to create a system of assessments for the Common Core for kindergarten through 12th grade. However, earlier this month the state legislature asked the Board of Education to back out of PARCC for several reasons, including the fact that PARCC testing will take about 20 days per school year. Instead, the lawmakers have asked the state to go

ahead with a Florida Plan to be phased in no sooner than the 2015-16 school year. This year, though, Clarke said fifth- and eighthgraders will still have to take the science FCAT, as well as passing end-ofcourse exams in non-math and English classes, per state graduation requirements. With more testing, and more difficult testing, students are likely to score lower than they expect on some of the exams. Clarke said the district will be prepared to remediate struggling students so they can pass the tests and graduate. “That’s an expectation that we do have,” she said. Contact Erin Jester at 338-3166 or erin.jester@

Common Core States

Forty-five states, the District of Columbia and four territories have adopted the Common Core State Standards.

SOURCE: Common Core State Standards Initiative ROB MACK/Staff graphic


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Getting in gear: going back to school in style Kids can show their style with backpacks, lunch coolers, journals, binders and more. By Kim Cook The Associated Press

h, those boring school days of old. Basic backpacks, plain pencil cases, spirals and staplers with so little snap they might as well have been destined for mom or dad’s office. Today’s school supplies are packed with personality, and kids have an imaginative array of gear to choose from as they prep for the start of a new year. Backpacks come in a variety of sizes to fit different toting needs and capabilities. And forget the simple brown paper bag: Lunch containers are an expanding category, with everything from



Cute animal-themed rolling backpacks from Ecogear are a fun option for youngsters heading off to school for the first time.

insulated sacks to kits with lidded compartments. The range is so stylish and user-savvy that kids just might find mom or dad wanting to share. In the early years of self-discovery, it’s fun to find different ways to say, “This is me!” Kids will find that easy this year. There are lace and damask designs, camouflage and brick-wall patterns, animal prints, sequins or pastels. Super hero, video game, and music and TV star images hit the pop culture button.

Off to class At Pottery Barn Kids, the backpacks range in size from mini to rolling, so you don’t have to worry about your preschooler heading off with a refrigerator-size tote on his back, and the fifth graders with giant science texts can roll their volumes comfortably back and forth. Patterns range from butterflies, horses, and owls in hip hues like plum and chocolate to dinosaurskeleton and snakeskin prints in browns, grays and blues. (www.pbkids. com) Kohl’s has backpacks for fall that aim to appeal to kids from elementary through high school. “Backpacks are a fashionable and functional way for students to express their personality and show off their style,” said Sofia Wacksman, Kohl’s vice president for trend. “Bright colors and bold prints are a big trend this back-to-school season.” Girls might like the colored leopard print, boho floral, and fun graphic hearts patterns.

tag, or use the company’s geometric, tree or paisley designs. (www.cafepress. com)

Lunch and snack time


This publicity photo provided by eBags shows an eBags Brand Bookworm Kids’ Pack. The backpack has a large 3M Scotchlite front panel for superior visibility and safety, an organizer, lots of pockets for snacks and toys, among other features. Plaids, moustaches, leaf prints and skulls round out the range. (www. A collection of rolling backpacks in fun animal designs like pandas, frogs and pigs are at The retailer’s also got a line of appropriately sized, colorful preschoolers’ packs from 03 USA that have handy integrated lunch coolers. Designs include soccer balls, motorcycles and space shuttles. The Bookworm backpack, also small, has a reflective panel for low light conditions, and a waterproof layer along the bottom. ( How many backpacks have disappeared in your kids’ school career? Never lose another with one of Café Press’s customizable tags. The company partnered with Snapily last fall to create the tags with lenticular printing — that 3-D, animated effect. You can upload your own photos for a personalized

The traditional Japanese bento-box lunch kit has found its way to our shores in a big way. Parents like that they’re reusable, and kids like that the little compartments neatly hold a variety of snacks. Japanese maker Shinzi Katoh makes some of the best ones — space robot, forest, circus and Paddington Bear designs are featured on tiered, non-toxic boxes. They also make a clever lunchbox that unzips into a tidy placemat: Choose a cow, cat or dog design. (www. Pottery Barn Kids has some stainless steel versions of the bento box, as well as compartmentalized lunch bags with a spot for a parent to write a note. The retailer also has a cute collection of mix-andmatch themed lunchbox-


This publicity photo provided by CafePress shows a deer journal. In the early years of selfdiscovery it’s fun to find different ways to express one’s individuality.


This publicity photo provided by CafePress shows a backpack tag in 3D. Never lose another backpack with one of Café Press’s cool customizable tags, as the company partnered with Snapily in October 2012 to create lenticular printed favorite photos with a 3-D, animated effect. es, sacks, water bottles and backpacks. For a leak-proof, stainless, insulated, 16-ounce container that gives the option of providing hot soup, chili or stew, try Land of Nod’s got Skip Hop’s cute-as-a-button Feeding Time lunch bags for the preschool set, in ladybug, owl or dog patterns. They come with a clip that attaches to a child’s backpack. (www. Target has some cute lunch kits with cheetah or owl faces, and a colorful line of lunch sacks and snack and sandwich sleeves from Built NY that might mean sharesies with brown-bagging parents. Rubbermaid ice packs in the shape of silly owls, dogs or monsters are whimsical ways to keep lunch cool. ( com)

Work time

For the classroom, Target’s houndstooth, plaid and metallic dot binders hit the unisex pattern trends head on. Blinged-out scissors and staplers, and fun pencil cases shaped like flip flops or printed in colorful lace patterns have a girly vibe. At PB Teen, plaid, chevron, patchwork and tie-dye patterns add zing to the pencil case and homework holder collection. ( Got a sports-loving girl in the house? She can show her competitive spirit with one of Café Press’ “swim,” “dance,” “field hockey” or “soccer” journals. Dog lovers might like a journal photoprinted with unusual breeds like shar peis, basenjis and greyhounds. Colorful national flags, including those of France, Italy, Cuba and Canada, emblazon a spiral notebook collection at Zazzle. com, which also has fun clip chains shaped like basketballs, softballs or volleyballs. They can be personalized to help young athletes keep track of their stuff. (www.


This CafePress journal has a Union Jack flag as its cover. | THE GAINESVILLE SUN

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Alachua County Public Schools 2013-14 Calendar *Thursday, Jan. 16: End of first semester Friday, Jan. 17: Pupil holiday/teacher

AUGUST Monday, Aug. 12-Friday, Aug. 16:

Thursday, April 10: Send report cards home



Monday, Jan. 20: Holiday — MLK Day Tuesday, Jan. 21: Begin second semester Thursday, Jan. 30: Send report cards

Monday, Aug. 19: First day for students



Monday, Sept. 2: Holiday — Labor Day Tuesday, Sept. 24: Send interim reports

May Thursday, May 8: Send interim reports home

Monday, May 26: Holiday — Memorial Day



Monday, Feb. 17: Holiday — Presidents’ Day

October Monday, Oct. 21: End of first nine weeks Friday, Oct. 25: Pupil holiday/teacher workday

November Tuesday, Nov. 5: Send report cards home Friday, Nov. 8: Holiday — UF Homecom-


Terwilliger Elementary School students say goodbye to their teachers from the bus during the last day of school in Gainesville in June 2009.

* Monday, Nov. 25-Wednesday, Nov. 27: Pupil/teacher holiday Thursday, Nov. 28-Friday, Nov. 29:

Monday, Nov. 11: Holiday — Veterans Day




April January Monday, Jan. 6: Classes resume


Cameron’s OPEN HOUSE Face Painting Nail Painting Refreshments Meet the Teachers Explore the Studios

reports home

Friday, Dec. 6: Send interim reports home Monday, March 24-Friday, March 28: Spring Holiday Monday, Dec 23-Friday, Jan. 3: Winter

Thanksgiving Holiday


Wednesday, Feb. 26: Send interim

Tuesday, April 1: End of third nine weeks * Friday, April 4: Pupil holiday/teacher workday

June Thursday, June 5: Last day for students Friday, June 6: Post-planning for teachers

Monday, June 9: Post-planning for teachers

*These days MAY be used to make up days cancelled due to hurricanes or other emergencies. For the 2013-2014 calendar, they will be used in the following order: Nov. 25, Jan. 17, April 4

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Teachers can use clothes to communicate with kids By Samantha Critchell AP Fashion Writer

ack-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be all kids’ stuff. The wardrobe to complement that first opening bell can help set the tone for a teacher’s year, too. There’s nothing in the contract that requires dangling cat-character earrings or kooky bow ties. The right look can command respect while earning a little street cred. Celebrity stylist Cristina Ehrlich, a style adviser to Coldwater Creek, remembers her first “cool teacher” in elementary school — and Ehrlich says she never worked harder than she did for that Lauren Hutton lookalike, who wore pleated slacks, V-neck silk blouses, a thin little belt and gold hoop earrings. “Maybe it’s that I wanted to impress her, or maybe she just knows how to grab your attention, but she left a lasting impression,” she says. These days, that teacher might be wearing brightly colored skinny jeans and a boyfriend sweater, or trouser jeans and a crisp button-down in a cheerful color, Ehrlich muses. “Young kids like a little eye candy. It draws their attention,” Ehrlich says. “You want authority but not stuffy.” Maybe that same second-grade teacher would even try a pair of tuxedo-inspired jeans with a black stripe down the leg and a more fitted, cropped blazer, she adds. That might be an outfit similar to what high schoolers are wearing — and that’s OK, says Emilia Fabricant, executive vice president of the Aero-


postale brand. Teachers can use their clothes to help bridge communication gaps with their students, she says. “The cool factor gives power.” Fabricant gives the caveat, though, that teachers might wear individual pieces differently so they’re “appropriately styled”: short skirts worn over leggings, tunics over tanks, and skinny jeans paired with the high front-low back cardigans that give an update to the classic silhouette. Maybe there’s a life lesson here for teens: A modern look can co-exist with a respectful one. fashion editor Sara Dooley imagines teachers of younger grades experimenting with prints. Florals are enjoying a


This publicity photo provided by Coldwater Creek shows a model wearing a Mosaic No-iron Perfect Shirt with a Shadowplay Vest and denim slim leg jeans. fashion moment, she says, and animal prints — leopard spots and the like — have a little bit of edge but have been tapped for classic silhouettes. There

are even some literal animal prints, such as birds, butterflies, turtles and armadillos, that have been elevated from kitsch to cool.


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Models display some of today’s fashions like this women’s stripe cut-away shirt dress from Jones New York; a women’s long-sleeve shawl collar blazer from DKNYC; and an Anne Klein women’s Aztec Burst Swing dress.

Prints are good conversation starters, and they can camouflage a multitude of sins, especially of the paint-glue-leftoversnack variety. Many closet-to-classroom items are basic pieces, including a pencil skirt, fit-and-flare dress, collared shirts, blazers, jeans and sweaters, so they can make the transition between seasons and between school years. They can all be dressed up or down, and adapted to look “new” with the right belt, shoe or jewelry. “With little time during the school year to shop, teachers can maximize style all year long by buying key items that will update pieces they already own,” says Sofia Wacksman, vice president of trend for Kohl’s Department Stores. Ehrlich suggests layers, as long as the overall look is relaxed without being sloppy. On the flip side, tailored is good, but too buttoned-up is not. If you’re thinking of a bow-neck blouse, for example, make sure it has a soft touch. For a more bohemian style, a dolman sleeve top in a watercolor print will give the effect of a fluttery, full, feminine look without a bell sleeve, which seems an invitation for snags or stains. Funkier accessories can be for anyone. Teachers need a stylish case for gadgets, and that’s a neutral zone for experimentation. So are ballet-flat shoes, which have more options than the periodic table. Picking popular colors, including flashes of the almost neon brights, also is an easy “in,” says

Fabricant, and the broad choices in denim and knits should make it easier to find trend-right items. Teachers could be facing a tough crowd, after all. “For a middle school teacher, you want some safe bets. You are on a stage in front of the kids all day. You want to be comfortable, you want to feel confident. Too much risk puts you out there for ridicule behind your back. You know those middle schoolers,” Dooley says with a laugh. Teachers can be hard on their clothes: They have long days, sometimes in rooms without air-conditioning, and come in contact with a lot of people. They might be on the floor cutting construction paper one minute and get called into a meeting with administrators and parents the next. Wacksman also would like to think that teachers have somewhere fun to go in their extracurricular life, and want their daytime outfits to take them there. Her pick? A printed shift dress with a colorful belt and cardigan for the classroom. Switch from flats to heels at the end of the day, and if social plans call for it, swap out the sweater for a motocross jacket. Another option is a printed maxi dress, which often is made of a wrinklefree jersey. That with a short beaded necklace and flats can stand up to a lot, she says. “When the bell rings, many teachers need an outfit that can transition from their classroom to a night out,” says Wacksman. | THE GAINESVILLE SUN


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North Central Florida schools BRADFORD COUNTY Phone: 904-966-6018 First Day of Class: Monday, Aug. 19 Website: www.mybradford. us Schools: Bradford High School, Bradford Middle School, Bradford — Union Area Career Technical Center, Bradford Virtual School, Brooker Elementary School, Hampton Elementary School, Lawtey Community School, Southside Elementary School, Starke Elementary School

White High School, Lake City Middle School, Melrose Park Elementary School, Niblack Elementary School, Pinemount Elementary School, Richardson Middle School, Summers Elementary School, Westside Elementary School, Shining Star Academy of the Arts, Vine Academy of the Arts, Belmont Academy Charter School

tary School, Bell Middle/High School, Trenton Elementary School, Trenton Middle/High School

Whispering Winds Charter School, Yankeetown School, Adult High School (CFCC)

SUWANNEE COUNTY Phone: 386-647-4600 First Day of Class: Monday, Aug. 19 Website: www.suwannee. Schools: Branford Elementary School, Branford High School, Suwannee Primary DIXIE COUNTY School, Suwannee Elementary Phone: 498-6131 School, Suwannee IntermediFirst Day of Class: Monday, ate School, Suwannee Middle Aug. 19 LEVY COUNTY School, Suwannee High Website: www.dixie.k12. Phone: 486-5231 COLUMBIA COUNTY First Day of Class: Monday, School, Suwannee-Hamilton Technical Center Schools: Anderson Elemen- Aug. 19 Phone: 386-755-8000 First Day of Class: Monday, tary School, Dixie County High Website: School, Dixie County Adult Aug. 19 UNION COUNTY Schools: Bronson ElemenCenter, Old Town Elementary Website: www.columbia. Phone: 386-496-2045 tary School, Bronson Middle/ School, Ruth Rains Middle High School, Hilltop School, First Day of Class: ThursSchool Schools: Adult Education, Cedar Key School, Chiefland day, Aug. 22 Challenge Learning Center, Elementary School, Chiefland Website: www.union.k12. Chrysalis Center, Columbia Middle School, Chiefland High GILCHRIST COUNTY City Elementary School, School, Joyce Bullock ElemenPhone: 463-3200 Schools: Lake Butler Columbia High School, First Day of Class: Monday, tary School, My District Virtual Elementary School, Lake Butler Eastside Elementary School, School, Nature Coast Middle Aug. 19 Middle School, Union County Five Points Elementary School, School, Williston ElemenWebsite: www.gilchristHigh School, Union Juvenile Fort White Elementary School, tary School, Williston Middle Residential Facility Fort White Middle School, Fort School, Williston High School, Schools: Bell ElemenLAFAYETTE COUNTY Phone: 386-294-1351 First Day of Class: Monday, Aug. 19 Website: Lafayette. Schools: Lafayette Elementary School, Lafayette High School

Charter schools Alachua County has a variety of career academies with different specialties. A career and technical education forum is held each year in January so that parents and students can learn about the opportunities that are available. Individual programs also hold their own open houses early in the calendar year. Parents and students receive information about these programs during eighth grade. A complete list of contact names and numbers for each program is available on the district’s website at www. ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Fine Arts: Duval Elementary Gifted: Williams Elementary Gifted and Talented: Archer Community Math, Science and Technology: Stephen Foster Elementary

Academy of Automotive Technology: Professional Academies Magnet at Loften Academy of Criminal Justice: Newberry High School Academy of Design and Technology: Professional Academies Magnet at Loften MIDDLE SCHOOLS Academy of Early ChildAcademy of Technology hood Education: Profesand Gifted Studies: Howard sional Academies Magnet at Bishop Middle School Loften Lyceum Program: Lincoln Academy of EntrepreMiddle School neurship: Buchholz High The Center for Advanced School (Choice Program*) Academies and TechnolAcademy of Finance: ogy: Oak View Middle School Buchholz High School (Choice Program*) Academy of Fire and HIGH SCHOOLS Academy of Agriscience: Emergency Medical Services: Professional Academies Santa Fe High School

Magnet at Loften Academy of Health Professions: Gainesville High School Cambridge Advanced International: Gainesville High School Institute of Biotechnology: Santa Fe High School Institute of Culinary Arts: Eastside High School International Baccalaureate: Eastside High School SFC School of Construction: part-time dual enrollment at Santa Fe College *Limited Enrollment. No transportation provided. | THE GAINESVILLE SUN

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Alachua County magnet programs Alachua County has a variety of career academies with different specialties. A career and technical education forum is held each year in January so that parents and students can learn about the opportunities that are available. Individual programs also hold their own open houses early in the calendar year. Parents and students receive information about these programs during eighth grade. A complete list of contact names and numbers for each program is available on the district’s website at www. ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Fine Arts: Duval Elementary Gifted: Williams Elementary Gifted and Talented: Archer Community

Math, Science and Technology: Stephen Foster Elementary MIDDLE SCHOOLS Academy of Technology and Gifted Studies: Howard Bishop Middle School Lyceum Program: Lincoln Middle School The Center for Advanced Academies and Technology: Oak View Middle School HIGH SCHOOLS Academy of Agriscience: Santa Fe High School Academy of Automotive Technology: Professional Academies Magnet at Loften Academy of Criminal Justice: Newberry High School Academy of Design and Technology: Professional Academies Magnet at Loften

North Central Florida YMCA – Back to School Register now for the new and improved YMCA After School. Each day includes snack, homework assistance, reading time, monthly field trips, and enrichment classes such as Theater, Sign Language, Science, Engineering, Dance, Guitar, Drums, Visual Arts, Journalism, Gardening and much more. Have a ball with our Sports programs including football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and more. Take a bow with our Performing Arts, such as Gymnastics which includes daily practice on bars, floor, beam, and vault, as well as Cheer, Color Guard, Ballet and more. Stay cool in our Olympic size heated swimming pool year round. We offer a variety of discounts and scholarship opportunities. For more information visit or contact the North Central Florida YMCA at 352-374-9622 or email the Childcare Director, Kim Harris at or the Performance Art Director,


Andrew Hodgson focuses on a project while in the STEM lab of a fifth-grade magnet class at Stephen Foster Elementary School in Gainesville.

Academy of Early Childhood Education: Professional Academies Magnet at

Loften Academy of Entrepreneurship: Buchholz High

School (Choice Program*) Academy of Finance: Buchholz High School (Choice

Program*) Academy of Fire and Emergency Medical Services: Professional Academies Magnet at Loften Academy of Health Professions: Gainesville High School Cambridge Advanced International: Gainesville High School Institute of Biotechnology: Santa Fe High School Institute of Culinary Arts: Eastside High School International Baccalaureate: Eastside High School SFC School of Construction: part-time dual enrollment at Santa Fe College *Limited Enrollment. No transportation provided.


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Private and independent schools in Gainesville Westwood Hills Christian School: 378-5190; 1520 NW 34th St., Gainesville; Grades: K-12; Principal: Pastor James Schreader; First day: Monday, Aug. 19 Queen of Peace Catholic Academy: 332-8808; 10900 SW 24th Ave., Gainesville; Grades: pre-K4-8; Principal: Sister Nancy Elder; First day: Wednesday, Aug. 14 P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School: 392-1554; 1080 SW 11th St., Gainesville; Grades: K-12; Director: Dr. Lynda Hayes; Principal: Dr. Cathery Atria; First day: Monday, Aug. 19 The Rock School: 331-7625; 9818 SW 24th Ave., Gainesville; Grades: infants-12; Headmaster: Bob Carter;


Principal: Jim McKenzie; First day: Thursday, Aug. 15 Cornerstone Academy: 3789337; 3401 NW 34th St., Gainesville; Grades: K-12; Interim Headmaster: Doug Lawson; Grammar Principal: Erin Cook; First day: Monday, Aug. 12 St. Francis Catholic High School: 376-6545; 4100 NW 115th Terrace, Gainesville; Grades 9-12; Principal: Ernest D. Herrington Jr.; First day: Wednesday, Aug. 14 St. Patrick Interparish School: 376-9878; 550 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville; Grades: pre-K3-8; Principal: Frank Mackritis; First day: Wednesday, Aug. 14 Oak Hall School (Lower): 3321452; 7715 SW 14th Ave., Gainesville;

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Grades: pre-K-5; Headmaster; Richard Gehman; First day: Wednesday, Aug. 21 Oak Hall School (Middle/Upper): 332-3609; 8009 SW 14th Ave., Gainesville; Grades 6-12; Headmaster: Richard Gehman; First day: Wednesday, Aug. 21 Gainesville Country Day: 3327783; 6801 SW 24th Ave., Gainesville; Grades: 2 ½-year-olds-5; Directors: Nancye Childers and Kelly Childers; First day: Wednesday, Aug. 21 Brentwood School: 373-3222; 1111 NW 55th St., Gainesville: Grades: 2-year-olds-5; Director: Robert Schackow; First day: Monday, Aug. 19 Jordan Glen School and Sum-

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