Back to school brings excitement


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Summer vacation is over.

If you have recently moved into the Viera and Suntree area and you want your child to attend Viera High School for the 2019-2020 school year, student registration will be conducted Aug. 8.

According to the high school’s website, registration for the four grades will be held during five different time spots:

• Grade 9:   8 to 10 a.m.

• Grade 10:  10 a.m. to noon.

• Grade 11: Noon to 2 p.m.

• Grade 12:  2 to 4 p.m.

• All grades:  4 to 6 p.m.

 

Registration will be held in the school’s auditorium and cafeteria.

Last spring, registration packets were distributed to all Viera students in order to expedite the registration process. School officials said if you have not completed your student’s registration packet, contact the guidance office in order to complete this packet prior to Aug. 8. This will ensure a smooth registration process and that your student has a completed schedule for the 2019-2020 school year on registration day.      

Each student will be responsible for a $4 registration fee that covers the cost of their planner and lockers. Students can pay with a check or cash.  Parking permits also will be available for sale for both golf carts and vehicles.

Students are required to complete a vehicle registration form (available online) and provide copies of their vehicle registration, license and proof of insurance. The cost is $20 for students. Seniors also can elect to pay an additional $20 if they would like to paint the concrete bumper of their reserved parking spot.

The school also announced that Calvary Chapel, located across the street from the high school, will not allow students to park their golf carts and other vehicles in their parking lot during the school year.

The first day of school will be Aug. 12.

If you haven’t completed your shopping for your child’s school supplies, you’re also in luck.

Florida's back-to-school tax holiday on school supplies begins Aug. 2 and runs through Aug. 6. This means you won't pay sales tax on many supplies that children need when they head back to class Aug. 12.

Some of the items include:

Clothing, shoes and certain accessories for less than $60.

School supply items less than $15.

Personal computers, laptops and some related accessories ($1,000 or less per item, must be purchased for noncommercial home or personal use).

There are obviously a few other caveats to the tax holiday (price limits, for example) and the fact that you can’t buy any of the eligible items in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging or airport (that one’s so Floridians, not tourists, benefit).

Meanwhile, it’s been a productive summer for Sarah Robinson as she prepares for her first full year as Viera’s principal.

“Summer is a great time because we get to plan and prepare for the next year,” Robinson said. “Our school data came back and we’re once again an ‘A’ school, a very high ‘A’ school, which is attributed to the success of our students, our teachers, our supportive parents and our community.

“It’s a good time for reflection and planning on what we’ve done well and on opportunities to continue to grow as a school.”

Robinson will enter her fourth year at Viera after serving as the school’s assistant principal — curriculum — before being named acting principal after Mike Alba left to take a job with the Brevard County School District last November. She officially was named principal in May.

Taking over a school that is projected to have an enrollment of 2,195 for the upcoming school year can be quite a challenge. But fortunately for Robinson, she knows there won’t be any major changes that need to be made when classes begin Aug. 12.

“The great thing about Viera is that Mr. Alba did a phenomenal job as a leader, putting a lot of positive things in place to continue to move the school forward,” she said.

“It’s not a school where I feel like I have to come in and change everything, or fix everything. There’s a lot of positive things that are already going on and are in place. Part of what I think is important is involving our parents, our teachers and our students in any kind of change process.”

To that end, Robinson has met with teachers and parents to get their opinions on what the school does well and where it can possibly improve.

Last month, Robinson and Viera’s leadership team, which consists of administrators and teachers, will get together to review their goals for the upcoming school year.

It’s that collaborative approach that Robinson feels will help produce the best results.

“I think when people have input and when they’re truly committed to something, there’s a lot more chance of it being successful than if I come in and force something on people, or say, ‘This is the way it’s going to be,’ ” she said.

“To me, my goal is not about me as a principal, it’s about making Viera High School the best school we can possibly be. That involves a lot of staff who work here, the thousands of students who go here, thousands of parents and thousands of community members. It’s about what can we all do together.”

Robinson cited a motto Alba used to refer to: “Support, Inspire and Motivate.”

It’s a motto she plans to continue as she takes Viera High School into the future with the idea of making a good school into an even better one that can serve its students and its community.

“As a school, I know we’re looking to build on delivering an excellent level of instruction to all of our students, and how we can continue to reach every student at Viera High School so that every student has opportunities, every student has excellent instruction in their classroom on a daily basis, so that when they leave Viera High School, they’re prepared for college, career and civic life,” she said.

“We’re doing a phenomenal job of educating our students in success, but ensuring that we’re meeting the needs of every student is always something we’re trying to work toward and grow better at and work on as a school.”