Written notes: Register online for driver training January 11-12; classes fill up quickly

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SCHOOL FUNDING – The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations recently awarded the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools $ 123,270 in matching funds through the legally funded School District Education Foundation (SDEF) Matching Grant program . The e-learning tools will impact 12,000 students and 1,200 teachers through 20 school and district-wide projects. Principals of schools receiving SDEF funding, from left to right, are Tamara Hopkins, Sweetwater Elementary in Port Orange; Dr Julie Roseboom, Tomoka Elementary in Ormond Beach; Leslie Frazee, DeBary Elementary; Joshua Jackson, Pathways Elementary in Ormond Beach; Katie Kearn, Horizon Elementary in Port Orange; Susan Tuten, Ormond Beach Middle; Jennifer Williams, Citrus Grove Elementary in DeLand; Shannon Young, George W. Marks Elementary in DeLand; and Eilene Ahr, Edith I. Starke Elementary in DeLand. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEPHANIE PARCS

Driver education is offered again in Spring 2022. Driver Education is an after school, Saturday and summer school program in partnership with Volusia County Schools, the Volusia County and The Dori Slosberg Foundation.

Online registrations will open at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11 and close at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12. Classes fill up very quickly.

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis, and if there are more students than allocated slots, a waiting list will be formed.

After school classes on Monday and Tuesday will be offered in West Volusia at Taylor High School in Pierson, and Saturday classes will be offered in West Volusia at DeLand High School and to University high school in Orange City.

Students must have their license to learn to drive from qualified professionals. They can get semi-elective credit, take a driving test with their driving trainer, and get their driver’s license waived.

Taking stock of children (TSIC) is a scholarship and mentoring program in the Volusia County school system. Eighth-year students can apply for the program until February 4. Selected students will receive a college scholarship when they complete the program requirements and graduate from high school.

The Taking Stock requirements include that students must be financially qualified, maintain a GPA of 2.5, attend school regularly, have limited or no disciplinary references to administration, meet with a mentor weekly designated at school or via Zoom with the TSIC app, meet with TSIC staff once or twice per semester and attend college preparation workshops provided by TSIC.

The application link is https://bit.ly/VolusiaTSICApplication2021, or call 386-734-7190 and ask for the Take Stock Office.

Students aged 11 and over in the Pierson area can get the COVID-19 vaccine at Pierson Community Pharmacy. Call 386-749-9557.

Keep in mind that students, faculty, and staff at Volusia County Public Schools are returning to class on Tuesday, January 4.

GIFT FOR A WONDERFUL LENDING TEACHER – Kim Short, left, a volunteer and advocate for children in Volusia County, recently visited Starke Elementary School in DeLand. Short opened a GoFundMe account, specifically requesting classroom support for our most needy schools, our Title I schools. Here she is offering $ 100 to substitute teacher Stacie Higbee. Higbee has been a replacement since the first day of school. She set up an empty classroom so that she could teach six amazing boys, pouring so much love on her students.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LIZBET VILLA

DeLand High School Athletics

the DeLand High School Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team attends Mount Dora Christian Academy at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, and Bulldog Boys Basketball Team will play East River High School at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 4.

the DeLand Wrestlers will compete in district duels at Sanford Seminole High School on January 4, and the DeLand Girls Soccer Team hosts Spruce Creek at 6 p.m. the same day.

On Wednesday January 5, DeLand Women’s Weightlifting Team confronts Lyman at 4 p.m.

Thursday January 6, DeLand Boys Soccer Team travels to Crescent City for games at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Lady Bulldog basketball players will face University High in Orange City at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on January 6.

Friday January 7 has the Bulldog Boys Basketball Team play Deltona High at 7 p.m.

And on Saturday January 8, the Bulldog boys soccer players will head to Mainland High in Daytona Beach for the start of the five star tournament.

Stetson University Athletics

Donnie Jones, the Stetson University men’s basketball head coach, has signed a contract extension that will keep him on Stetson’s bench at least until the 2025-2026 season.

Sports Director of Stetson University Jeff Altier finalized an extension of the rental agreement with the Town of DeLand for the use of Melching Field. The expansion will maintain the Stetson baseball program at Melching Field for home competitions until the 2041 season. The agreement spells out updates to the facility that will begin after the 2022 season ends, Stetson and the city DeLand each covering 50% of the 17 planned renovations.

College Honors

Elias Velasquez, from Orange City, was named the recipient of the Panther Preferred Scholarship through University of Greenville at Greenville, Illinois. This $ 19,500 scholarship is offered for the fall of 2022 and is renewable annually.

Kylianne philippe, from DeLand, student at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, was appointed to president’s list for the fall semester 2021. The president’s roster includes all full-time students with a GPA of 4.0 for the semester.

– Send school news to Tony Tussing by e-mail: at [email protected]

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