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32 x February 2 - 15, 2017 x n Dr. Phillips Elementary Dr. Phillips Elementary Principal Tiffany Smid and Partners in Education Coordinator Denise Hartman accepted a $280 check from Andrea Rodriguez of Flippers Pizzeria as part of the restaurant’s bottled water program. Flippers officials selected DPES as the 2016 recipient. For every Flippers bottle of water sold, it donated 25 cents. The establishment sold 1,120 bottles of water at its Dr. Phillips/ Rialto location. n Bridgewater Middle Bridgewater Middle Parent Teacher Student Organization President Jennifer Benton presented teachers PTSO grants that will help enrich the academics in those teachers’ classrooms. The grants can be used to purchase items such as classroom library books, mathematical learning resources and electronic devices for digital curriculum and learning. Recipients included Nancy Ehlers, $64; SCHOOL NEWS Parent Teacher Student Organization President Jennifer Benton (left) presents a $200 teacher grant to Bridgewater Middle teacher Derek Ihnenfeld. compiled by Lauren Salinero Derek Ihnenfeld, $200; Kristen Kushner, $400; Carla Ragusa, $300; Michael Spangler, $75; and Elizabeth Spangler, $179. Parent Teacher Student Organization President Jennifer Benton (left) presents a $300 teacher grant to Bridgewater Middle teacher Carla Ragusa.

Parent Teacher Student Organization President Jennifer Benton (center) presents $75 and $179 teacher grants to Bridgewater Middle teachers Michael Spangler (left) and Elizabeth Spangler, respectively. x February 2 - 15, 2017 x 33 n Lakeview Middle Representatives of Lakeview Middle welcomed the school’s newest faculty members, Leonda Broderick and Cynthia Johnson. Mrs. Broderick accepted the clerk position with the school. She is a wife of 22 years to Patrick and mom to three daughters — Megan, 19; Caitlyn, 16; and Shannon, 12. She is a U.S. Army veteran and Girl Scout leader. She loves to play tennis, go to the beach, read, ride motorcycles with her husband, participate in outdoor activities, and spend time with her family. Mrs. Johnson is a sixth-grade math teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and has taught math to grades three, four, five and seven in Florida and South Carolina. “My husband of 25 years and I have a 19-year-old daughter who is studying abroad this year and a 16-year-old son who is finishing up his associate in arts this semester, and then they both will be pursuing degrees in the medical field,” Mrs. Johnson wrote in an introductory letter. “My passions include teaching, exercise, cooking and spending time with my family. Motivating and supporting your child to attain the sixth-grade math standards is my top priority here at Lakeview Middle School. What a great ‘first-class family’ to belong to.” n Ocoee High Ocoee High will host the 2017 HapCo Jazz Fest on Feb. 4 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. As part of the event, local middle and high school bands will come together to learn from jazz professionals, including Scott Willson, the University of Florida jazz band director; Jeff Rupert, director of The Flying Horse Big Band aka The University Central Florida Jazz Ensemble; and Bernie Hendricks, Ocoee High jazz band director, in an all-day free clinic. The event, which is limited to 20 bands, CONTINUED ON PAGE 34

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