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Kissimmee is a city in Osceola County, Florida. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 59,682. It is the county seat of Osceola County. Kissimmee is a Principal City of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2010 population of 2,134,411.

The area was originally named Allendale, after Confederate Major J. H. Allen who operated the first cargo steamboat along the Kissimmee River – the Mary Belle. It was renamed Kissimmee when incorporated as a city in 1883.

Welcome to Kissimmee

The name, Kissimmee, came from ‘Cacema’, a Native American name meaning ‘long water’. Its growth can be credited to Hamilton Disston of Philadelphia, who based his four-million acre (8,000 km2) drainage operation out of the small town. Disston had contracted with the financially wobbly state of Florida to drain its southern lands, for which he would own half of all he successfully drained. This deal made Disston the largest single landowner in the United States.

Kissimmee Charter Academy

Founded in 2004, Imagine Schools is a national non-profit network of pre-K-12 charter schools preparing students for lives of leadership, accomplishment and exemplary character. This non-profit network consists of 63 public charter campuses educating more than 30,000 students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Imagine Schools partners with parents and guardians to educate their children, providing high quality schools that develop the character and enrich the minds of the students we are privileged to serve.

While charter schools have flexibility in choosing curriculum and developing effective teaching practices, Imagine charter schools are public schools. This means our schools must meet the same academic performance standards as traditional district schools, as required by federal and state laws. Local governing boards provide oversight and accountability, partnering with Imagine Schools for expertise, quality, and programmatic variety.

Kissimmee Charter Academy

Flora Ridge Elementary

We encourage your child to compete in our “Spring Break Challenge” that will begin on Friday, March 11 at 5:00 pm using the i-Ready.com  reading program.  This program has already placed your child on an individualized learning path.  Every lesson he/she receives is tailored to the needs of your child.  If you do not have access to a computer at home, I encourage you to have them visit the public library.  We will be awarding great prizes to the students with the highest learning gains. Be sure to ask your child what they are! The challenge will officially end at midnight on Monday, March 21.

 Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2 – May 6.  Be sure to let your special teacher know how much you appreciate their hard work!

Mrs. Laughrey

Flora Ridge Elementary

 

Gateway High School

This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.  When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever.  In its place will be what your actions have left behind.  So, let your Today be something that helps build you a better Tomorrow!

To help students be successful with Our1Goal, we employ professional educators with strong academic skills. Our teachers have the awesome responsibility of making sure each student learns and achieves the benchmarks for their grade level and coursework. Inside the classroom, teachers instruct, guide, mentor and challenge each and every student, every lesson, each and every day.

Gateway High School

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