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By Staff | Jun 25, 2019


Van Etta graduates from Clemson University

Molly Croce Van Etta, of Sanibel, graduated from Clemson University with a master’s degree in counselor education and an education specialist degree in counselor education.

She was among 3,600 students who received degrees at the May 9-10 ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Campbell named on Dean’s List

Rachel Elizabeth Campbell has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2019 spring semester at Elon University.

The Dean’s List is composed of students with no grade below a B-minus and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in a minimum of 12 semester hours.

Campbell is the daughter of John R. and Kathleen N. Campbell, of Sanibel.

Lockard named on Dean’s List

Saint Anselm College has released the Dean’s List of high academic achievers for the second semester of the 2018-2019 school year.

Lauren Lockard, of Sanibel, an education studies elementary education major in the Class of 2020, was named to the list for the spring 2019 semester at the college in Manchester, New Hampshire.

To be eligible for the honor, a student must have achieved a grade point average of 3.2 or better in the semester with at least 12 credits of study which award a letter grade.

A total of 706 students, representing 23 states and three countries, were named to the list.

Class of 2019 earns millions in scholarships

The Lee County School District’s graduating Class of 2019 has earned millions of dollars in scholarships and will attend colleges, universities and technical centers across the United States.

Early data show that the graduates earned over $64 million in scholarships.

Along with scholarship dollars earned, the students reported their post high school plans. Of the students who provided information, the breakdown is as follows:

– Attend a four-year college or university: 1,986

– Attend a two-year community/state college: 1,580

– Attend a technical college/school: 639

– Enter the workforce directly: 326

– Enter the U.S. Armed Forces: 264

– Uncertain of future plans at this time: 372

– Other: 241

District seeking parent feedback

The School District of Lee County is asking parents to fill out a short online survey to gather information about their engagement during the last school year.

The data will be used to develop plans to assist parents in becoming more involved in their children’s education this coming year.

The questions ask how much time parents spent with their children reading, studying, helping with homework and other school activities. Other questions ask what topics parents would like to learn more about and how they would like to receive that information.

There is also a series of questions inquiring about their experiences at their child’s school.

Parents will be sent an email asking them to participate in the survey. The survey has 16 questions and should take three or four minutes to fill out.

The survey can also be accessed at www.leeschools.net.

District wins IMS Global Learning Consortium award

The School District of Lee County recently received the Learning Impact Platinum Award from the IMS Global Learning Consortium Learning Impact Leadership Institute.

The award is the highest honor available and the only global, expert-judged competition that recognizes breakthrough implementations of education technology.

“A world-class school system demands an adaptive digital learning strategy, capable of transitioning from diagnostic to prescriptive analytics,” Chief Information Officer Trey Davis said. “Our Caliper Analytics project, the first working K-12 pilot globally, represents a crucial step in our district’s analytics maturity.”

The Caliper and Classroom Analytics Project was led by Executive Director of Infrastructure Services Dwayne Alton, Assistant Director Dr. Jim Short, Senior Software Engineer Jonathon Houser and Instructional Tech Specialist Karen Babor to leverage real-time data captured from the district’s digital learning ecosystem to keep teachers informed of student performance and engagement. Caliper Analytics is a framework for standardizing the collection of learning activity data from multiple systems and the dissemination of learning analytics.

Teachers use the digital learning analytics to hold their students accountable and track their progress while allowing them to work independently and at their own pace. Teachers can see their students’ progress in real time, and quickly intervene and assign remedial work or raise the bar and challenge students as needed.

Thirty-two finalists were chosen for award consideration. Winning projects demonstrated progress making a measurable impact on personalized learning, institutional performance and the digital learning ecosystem. Lee County, one of only six K-12 finalists, has championed the need for interoperability among instructional technology vendors since inception of the Caliper standard and hosted the Interoperability Summit two years ago for 30 districts.