Maitland Middle School Faculty vs. Student Volleyball Game

Maitland Middle School held its faculty/student volleyball game last week.  The school was excited to continue this tradition and honor their girls volleyball team as undefeated cluster champions!

Maitland Middle School Goes Pink

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maitland Middle School students and staff dressed in pink on Thursday, October 13.

Rennie Ashcraft, Maitland Middle School Healthy School Team Leader, prepares to knock out breast cancer.  Way to go, Rennie!

Rennie Ashcraft, Maitland Middle School Healthy School Team Leader, prepares to knock out breast cancer. Way to go, Rennie!

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Student Athletic Center Upgrades at WPHS

Congratulations to the Winter Park High School Foundation for a successful 2015-2016 school year. Through their fundraising efforts, the WPHS Foundation was able to begin renovations and upgrades to the Student Athletic Center (700 bldg).  WPHS students and student athletes are thrilled to have a state of the art facility in which to train. Go Wildcats!

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National Run a Mile Days

Run a MileNATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS is a “youth and adult” fitness event founded and produced by the American Running Association. The goals of the RUN A MILE event are to celebrate the mile and encourage people of all ages, especially children from elementary to middle school ages, to participate in running the mile. NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS is be a festive event that promotes the message
that running can be fun and is an important aspect of overall health, fitness and well-being.

Register your school

Download the Run a Mile certificate

Print the Run a Mile flyer

Are the students at your school running a mile in May?  Share it with us:

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April is the Month of the Military Child

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Military kids face challenges most other kids don’t. They are forced to move from place to place, change schools, and more at a moment’s notice. They spend months or years without a parent on deployment. If there are some military kids in your school, consider showing them your support this April, the Month of the Military Child. Here are some ideas:

  • Pick a day to wear purple: Purple–the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue–symbolizes all branches of the military. Many schools will wear purple today, April 15, but you can choose any day this month for everyone to “Purple Up!”and honor military kids.
  • Salute Military Children at Sporting Events. Have the announcer make a special announcement before, during or after sporting events throughout April recognizing military kids. Have them raise the flag, sing the National Anthem or recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Salute Military Kids in the Classroom. Create an age-appropriate class project allowing kids to share their military connection or to show their support for military kids. Younger classes can make picture frames or bookmarks. All ages can participate in poster or poetry contests with a military child theme.
  • Create a “Wall of Honor” depicting your school’s military student population. This can be a bulletin board with pictures of military-connected students, or with different color graphics (based on military branch) representing the number of military students in the school.

Find lots more ideas in this Supporting the Military Child Toolkit for School Leaders (PDF)

Staff Leads Students in Physical Activity

Nothing gets kids moving like adults leading them.  Look at these Hungerford staff members smiling while they get their students active.  Way to go, Hungerford Elementary!

Some E-cigarettes Contain Enough Alcohol to Affect Motor Skills

The electronic cigarette consists of a battery on the bottom and a bottom-coiled tank on top. Electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity, but concern still lingers nationwide about their safety. e-Cig culture includes "vaping" meet-ups and an array of build-your-own products. (Diedra Laird/Charlotte Observer/MCT) ORG XMIT: 1141788

Some types of e-cigarettes contain enough alcohol to affect motor skills, a new study concludes. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine by vaporizing liquids, which may contain alcohol and other chemicals.

Yale University researchers tested people who used two commercially available e-cigarettes with either high or low amounts of alcohol. Neither group said they felt differently after they inhaled the vapor. But those who used e-cigarettes with high alcohol levels performed more poorly on psychomotor tests. In some cases, they had detectable levels of alcohol in their urine.

About three-quarters of the commercial e-cigarette liquids tested contained less than 1 percent alcohol. Some e-cigarette users create their own liquids with high alcohol content, the researchers note in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Almost nothing is known about the prevalence of using e-liquids that contain alcohol, they said.

Lead researcher Dr. Mehmet Sofuoglu said the findings are worrisome, especially in light of a recent government report that found e-cigarette use among teens tripled from 2013 to 2014. An estimated 13 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes in 2014—compared with 9 percent who smoked traditional cigarettes.

Fruit Tasting at Audubon Park Elementary

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On Thursday, January 14, Audubon Park Elementary students participated in the school’s first ever fruit tasting. As expected, it was a huge success.  Students who don’t typically eat fruit were eagerly tasting one of the eight fruits available to sample — star fruit, cara cara navel orages, oranges, kiwis, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and grapefruit. As students were tasting fruit, members of the healthy school team asked questions to find out about their experience and their favorite fruits. The top 3 favorites were oranges, star fruit and kiwi.

Congratulations to Audubon Park Elementary for a successful tasting!

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Lake Sybelia – Dolphin Dashers

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Dolphin Dashers is a running club that will meet twice a week on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3-4pm. The goal of the running club is to be active with other students. Participants may run, walk, or jog to complete their laps. Parents are welcome to join as volunteers or simply participants.

Lake Sybelia Elementary Dolphin Dash 5K

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With children’s health on the minds of parents, teachers, and school and community leaders, Lake Sybelia Elementary PTA created Dolphin Dash 5K to promote healthy habits for school families while raising money for critical technology needs.


Race Day Schedule – Nov. 14
7:30 am – 8 am: Packet Pick Up & Late Registration
8:30 am: 5K Run/Walk (chip timed)
9:30 am: Kid’s Mile Dash (K-5th Grades, Not Timed)
9:45 am (or after last finisher): Awards Ceremony and Bounce Party (if fundraising goal is met)

Directions and Parking
Lake Sybelia Elementary is located at 600 Sandspur Rd., Maitland, FL 32751. Parking available at Hillcrest Courts LSE dolphindash signand surrounding residential areas. *Arrive early to find parking.

The 5K course starts at LSE and winds around beautiful lakes Sybelia and Catherine, ending back at the school. For more information and a detailed map, visit

For safety reasons, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards and dogs will NOT be allowed in the race. Strollers are welcome.

**Race T-shirts and sizes are guaranteed for all registrants before Nov. 1st. After Nov. 1st, t-shirts will be assigned in registration order while supplies last. Supplies are limited.

Awards 5K (chip timed)
Overall best three Female and Male Runners
Top Female and Male Masters (40+)
Top three Female and Male finishers in the following age groups: 10 & under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59,60-69, 70 and over

Registration – One entry per person
Online: click here 
Mail or Drop off: Complete the registration form available at and mail/drop off at LSE Attn: LSE PTA, 600 Sandspur Rd, Maitland, FL 32751
On race day: at Lake Sybelia Elementary from 7:30 – 8 am (Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted)

Packet Pick Up
Thursday: November 12, 8 – 10 am & 3 – 6:30 pm at LSE
Friday: November 13, 11 am – 6 pm at LSE
Saturday: Nov. 14, 7:30 am – 8 am at LSE