Osceola County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 268,685. Its county seat is Kissimmee.
Osceola County is included in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area. Osceola County is named for the Indian leader Osceola, whose name means “Black Drink Cry [Asi Yaholo]”.
Welcome to Osceolla
When Florida became a state in 1845, Mosquito County was renamed Orange County. In 1844, Brevard County was carved out from Mosquito County. On May 12, 1887, Osceola was named a county, having been created from both Orange and Brevard Counties. Osceola County reached all the way down to Lake Okeechobee until 1917 when Okeechobee County was formed.
Osceola County was created in 1887. On July 21, 1821, Florida was divided into two counties, named Escambia County to the west and St. John’s County to the east. In 1824, the southern part of St. John’s County became Mosquito County, with Enterprise as the county seat.
Kissimmee Elementary School
The staff at Kissimmee Elementary School is committed to providing an education designed for the young child. It is during this period of growth that each individual develops skills, attitudes, habits, and values that will, to a great degree, define the adult that he/she will become.
We look forward to working with you this year.
SCHOOL VISION: Kissimmee Elementary will outperform all other elementary schools in Osceola County.
SCHOOL MISSION: Provide an enriched and rigorous learning environment within a diverse community where all children succeed.
SCHOOL MOTTO: Anchored in Excellence: Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day
SCHOOL MASCOT & COLORS: Our mascot is the bear cub and school colors are red, white, and blue.
Lake Whitney Elementary School
Thankful, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary, is a feeling or showing of gratitude. We have many things to be thankful for here at Lake Whitney. In addition to our wonderful students, teachers, support staff, and parents, we have a very special person on our campus who is driven to make a difference in the lives of children.
Big hearts, big smiles, and big impacts are how we describe our Elementary School Counselor of the Year, Ms. Tambi Durham. Ms. Durham is a recognized leader by our students, faculty and parents for her work in all things involving guidance and student services. Our students cannot wait for their class’ turn for Ms. Durham to come and teach the monthly character lessons. Always the advocate for all, Ms. Durham plays an active role in our Guardian Angel Fund to help with needs of Lake Whitney families. She also meets the needs of others outside of our school by partnering with a local organization, One Heart for Women and Children, to hold an annual food and toy drive. Over the past 3 years, over 10,000 food items and over 1,200 gifts have been donated to women and children in need. Ms. Tambi Durham is an essential component of what makes Lake Whitney Elementary stand out as a top-rated school.
West Orange High School
Completed in 1975 at a cost of 6.5 million dollars, West Orange High was formed as a consolidation of two over-crowded high schools within western Orange County: Lakeview High School and Ocoee High School. Ocoee High School has since been rebuilt and reinstated due to overcrowding in West Orange and Apopka High School. The Lakeview High School site became Lakeview Junior High School. In recent times, Lakeview has undergone a campus expansion and renovation as Lakeview Middle School. The first classes were held at Lakeview High School in September 1975. The first principal of the school was Lester Dabbs. Upon completion of the new facility, classes began onsite in January 1976.
The original West Orange High School building design was extremely modernistic for its time. In fact, the WOHS main building was an award winning design for the architectural firm. Apopka High School was the only school in existence with the same exact building format. West Orange appeared virtually identical to its sister school, both in the original pristine white paint scheme. The school name’s facade on the side of the gym and the front entrance were trimmed in cypress wood. Gymnasium accent columns, as well as the round front entrance planters, were trimmed in red brick
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