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12 x July 20 - August 2,

12 x July 20 - August 2, 2017 x DEAR ORANGE COUNTY STUDENTS AND PARENTS: Back to school is an exciting time for students, parents, teachers and administrators. This time of year allows for a fresh start and an opportunity to set new goals that we aspire to achieve. At OCPS, everything we do is focused on the success of our students. Our school district’s vision is clear — to be the top producer of successful students in the nation. And we know that we can accomplish this with the support and involvement of our families and the Central Florida community. AS WE LOOK TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR, THERE IS MUCH TO BE EXCITED ABOUT: • The graduation rate at our 19 traditional high schools is at an all-time high of 92.2 percent. • Thanks to the support of the community through the half-penny sales tax extended by voters in 2014, we will open 13 new and renovated schools — including Windermere High School. • And as we enter the fourth year of our digital learning initiative, more than 100,000 students at all high schools and some of our middle schools will have their own laptop. Thank you to our parents and community members for supporting Orange County Public Schools. It is because of you that our district continues to be successful. As a final reminder, if you are new to the Central Florida community, be sure to visit our “Newcomers” page online at to find information about student enrollment. We look forward to a rewarding school year. Sincerely, Barbara M. Jenkins, Ed.D. Superintendent Orange County Public Schools 445 west Amelia Street • Orlando, FL 32801-1129 • Phone 407.317.3200 • x July 20 - August 2, 2017 x 13 Back to School Back to School 2017 As summer winds down, children’s thoughts across Southwest Orlando will inevitably turn to the first day of school. The school year, which begins Aug. 14, is less than a month away, and students and their families can get a head start by preparing now. The beginning of school is an exciting time, but some might worry about what the coming year may hold. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s 20th annual Back to School section provides a comprehensive look at a variety of school-related topics. In the following articles, area experts offer insights into different concerns often brought about by the start of a new school year. For students, there is an article about skin care. For parents, there is information about dental hygiene, healthy skin, stress management for the family, and more. • The Critical Skills Learned Through Theatrical Education by Bailey Morris Orlando Repertory Theatre 407-896-7365 It’s back-to-school time, and that means back-to-school shopping. Most school-supply lists tend to include the basics: a backpack, lunchbox, pencils, notebooks — the list goes on and on. But what about things like self-confidence, team-building skills and creative thinking? Theater classes and productions can help K-12 students develop their skills as a performer. They also enhance other critical skills that they’ll carry with them as they enter adulthood and begin their careers — no matter in what industry. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 • Are Your Kids Skin-Ready for School? by Michael Steppie, M.D., President, Medical Director Associates in Dermatology 800-827-7546 It’s that special time of year. Time for parents and their children to start trading pool floats for pencils, summer camps for classrooms, and picnics for packed lunches. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep you and your family’s skin healthy and ready for the new school year: • Check your family’s skin products. If anyone has sensitive skin or a history of eczema, this is even more important. Look for the word “hypoallergenic” on all soaps, lotions and detergents. This term means the product is free of irritating dyes, fragrances and substances that may cause an allergic reaction. • Don’t forget the sunscreen! Summer may be coming to an end, but remember to keep your children protected with a “broad spectrum” sunscreen SPF of 30 or higher. • Tame acne. Most of us remember high school and the growing pains of self-confidence. Add acne to the mix, and you might have an emotional teenager on your hands. Avoid being influenced by highly advertised brands and visit a dermatologist to prescribe the most suitable acne treatment. So, while kids enjoy the last few days of summer freedom, keep their skin in mind. An ounce of prevention — and sunscreen — goes a long way. Over-thecounter tips, tricks and old wives remedies can treat many skin conditions; however, know when to seek professional advice, and keep your family’s skin healthy for all seasons to come. up to age 14 7/31/2017 7/31/2017