A Newsletter for the Employees of Orange County Public Schools
November 2011 Volume 39 Number 3
A Super Surprise at Andover Elementary
Leann Freiburger, a second-grade
express my thank you and gratitude for
teacher at Andover Elementary,
the commitment, dedication and support
(pictured with Mr. Blocker and Principal he (her son) was given by his teacher,"
Matthew Pritts) received a surprise visit
the parent wrote. Mr. Blocker personally
from Superintendent Blocker as a result
thanked Ms. Freiburger for exhibiting
of a letter that he received from a parent the qualities that make our OCPS
of one of her students. "I am writing to
OCPS Goes Tobacco-Free
While not asked to patrol work
habitual, they should be asked to
locations to "catch" violators,
leave the work location. Students
OCPS staff members are encouraged
violating the new policy will
to warn others they see breaking
continue to be handled by the
In late September, the School Board
the rules. Effective Jan. 1, 2012,
Code of Student Conduct.
approved a new smoke-free policy that
employee violators will be subject
Please see the Benefits Bulletin section
became effective immediately. The new to progressive discipline.
to learn more about how OCPS
policy prohibits the use of tobacco
What should you do if you see
can help employees with health and
anywhere on OCPS property (inside
someone smoking on OCPS property?
smoking cessation programs.
or outside OCPS buildings, in county-
Parents, visitors, volunteers, and
owned vehicles on or off premises)
and pertains to all employees, students, vendors should be reminded of the
volunteers, visitors and spectators.
new policy, and if violations becomes
The Many Talents Of Toby Waters
Blankner PE teacher Toby Waters
and suggested I get involved
my break one day at school when
inspires his students to pursue their
with the Nashville Songwriters
the phone rang," recounts Toby. "It
music dreams by telling them stories
was Mel Tillis. I couldn't believe it.
of his own dreams. "He's been an
Toby started sending demos to
He was so nice and loved my song
inspiration to my son Jared and his
publishing companies. In 2006,
"Behind the Eagle's Eyes".
friends," explains Blankner resource
Toby won second place in one of the
This phone call led to a successful
teacher Michelle Hines.
company's songwriting competition.
relationship and Mr. Tillis' company now
Five years ago, Toby decided to
This success gave him the confidence
represents nine of Toby's songs. Toby is
pursue his dream of writing lyrics for
to continue pursuing his goal.
a prolific lyricist and has produced three
country music songs. And now he has
He continued in his pursuit even when it CDs featuring his music.
nine songs that are represented by a
seemed hopeless. "You would not believe
music publishing company owned
how many music companies will not
by Mel Tillis (pictured with Waters.)
even consider music by an ‘outsider',"
"My first big break came when I met
Chris Golden, the drummer for the
But he kept at it and his biggest
Oak Ridge Boys," explains Toby. "He
opportunity came in 2008. "I was taking
was very encouraging about my music
These features proudly sponsored by
A funny thing happened.
Congratulations to the following employees who found
their personnel numbers hidden in last month's issue and
won $10 gift cards: Judgina Davison, Legal Services;
Rhonda Herndon-Frick, Transportation; Rachel Jack,
After reading a social studies unit
NorthLake Park Community School; and Karen Perez,
I asked my students to answer the
Food and Nutrition Services.
questions at the end of the lesson.
I reminded them to make sure
There was also an employee number hidden last month
they write in complete sentences.
from Gotha Middle. The first person to find their own
employee number in this issue will win the additional
I was walking around as they were
$10 that went unclaimed last month.
working and noticed one of my
There are five employee numbers hidden
students just writing single word
in this issue. If you find your number, email
answers. I told her to go back and
firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your $10 movie
redo it, and she said, "But you said to
gift card. Good luck!
write INCOMPLETE sentences."Danelle Brao
Cypress Springs Elementary
If you have a funny story from the workplace, e-mail it to
email@example.com. If we print your submission, you'll receive
a $25 gift card from Regal Cinemas.
Students all over the district participated in Library System is highlighting the month's card system as an incentive to get involved.
the 2011 Read for the Record campaign,
character trait in a variety of ways.
When the punch card is full, they can enter
whose goal was to break the record for the
New web pages depict the traits visually
greatest number of people reading the
and link to similar materials in the
collection. They also highlight the
monthly character trait in the library's
newsletter and are creating monthly book
displays at each library location featuring
materials related to that month's character
trait. They are also creating bookmarks with a raffle in order to win prizes donated by
Dream Lake Elementary
the character traits that will be distributed
school business partners. The Orlando
same book on the same day. This year's
to all 15 of their branches.
Police Department is also participating in
book was from the popular Llama
order to promote pedestrian and bicycle
Llama series called Llama Llama Red
Southwood Elementary's PTA is
safety in the area.
Pajama by Anna Dewdney. Superintendent supporting Change Starts with Me with
Riverdale Elementary created the High
Blocker recorded his own reading of the
character trait face painting on the first
Five Club to recognize and reward students
book that some schools played in their
Wednesday of every month.
who score a 5 on the Reading, Math or
Hiawassee Elementary is teaching
Writing portions of the FCAT. Several
As an official partner with
students that walking or bicycling to school times a year other students will be invited
the Change Starts with Me
is a fun way to celebrate health, safety, and
to events that provide incentive to perform
a sense of community with its "Walk ‘N'
Initiative, the Orange County Roll" program. The school is using a punch
If you have a unique idea to share with fellow employees, send
a brief description along with the school and teacher's name to
You're the best
Tammye Young, a teacher at the Florida
Environmental Protection's 2011 Green
Mall Education Center was named
School Awards. The finalists were chosen
a national finalist for Simon Youth
based on their green school initiatives
Foundation Teacher of the Year. Young
that took place during the 2010-2011
works one-on-one with students to help
them produce competitive resumes and to Catherine Dixon and Maribel Lopez,
practice proper interview techniques.
from Avalon Middle, and Barbara
Two-sport Dr. Phillip's High coach
Shackleford, from Carver Middle,
Anthony Jones won Coach of the
presented before the Florida Council
Year from the Central Florida Sports
for Social Studies. They presented three
Commission. Last year Jones celebrated
teaching styles that introduced cross-
two state victories in girls basketball and
curriculum connections into the study of
U.S. History in the classroom through
OCPS was recognized at the Florida
reading, writing, technology and art.
Prevention Conference for receiving the
Howard Middle science teacher, Deanna
Florida Healthy School District Silver
Buckley, received an almost $2000 grant
Award from the Florida Coordinated
from Progress Energy to fund a program
School Health Partnership and Florida
called Howard's Law and Order. Her
Action for Healthy Kids. The award
forensics class will process a staged crime
recognizes the district as a leader in the
scene to determine from the evidence
state when it comes to health services,
who they believe committed the crime,
family/community involvement, and
including method and motive. Students
health promotion to staff members.
from the Legal Studies class will set up a
Congratulations to Peter Jordan, Ocoee
mock jury trial. The whole process will be
High School, and Wendy Doromal,
filmed and shown to the entire student
Timber Creek High, for being named
body during morning announcements, in
finalists for the Florida Department of
short clips, so they can follow along, just
like an episode of Law and Order.
ICTS has been able to implement a steady program of upgrading
computer network infrastructure at our schools, while saving
millions of dollars, in costs by working with a federal FCC program
that provides discounts for telecommunications and infrastructure
needs at schools and libraries.
The modern technology requirements of new computer
applications and network systems have greatly increased the
demand for more internet bandwidth (the "pipe" coming in) and
processing speed at our schools. By accessing the federal E-Rate program, ICTS is able to receive
discounts of up to 90% on upgrades at schools with a high
percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Over a two year period from 2008 to 2010, 71 schools received
needed upgrades and the district received E-Rate discounts
Warning: This is Only a Test
On Wednesday, Nov. 9, at approximately 2 p.m., the federal
government will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency
Alert System (EAS) on all local radio and television stations. The
test will last approximately three minutes.
The national EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables
the President of the United States to address the American public
during extreme emergencies. The test will assess the readiness and
effectiveness of the system and will identify improvements to better
serve the community in the event of an extreme national emergency. Because of the national EAS test, the regularly scheduled NOAA
weather radio routine weekly test will take place on Tuesday, Nov.
8, between 11 a.m. and noon. This district's Safety and Security
department wants everyone to be aware of the test so it doesn't
create any confusion for staff or students.
The Orange Peal is a newsletter for and about the employees of the
Editors: Jason Smith, Ana O'Loane Graphic Artist: Ed Hernandez
Orange County Public Schools.
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Correspondence may be sent through the courier system to
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compliance is Carianne Reggio. Compliance matters relating to Section 504 and Title IX should also be submitted to
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Carianne Reggio at the Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801. (407.317.3200)
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2012 prescription drug
formulary available online
Newis affected and placed in a with suggested alternatives.
Changes in the prescription
Remember, generic medications
drug formulary are occurring in
brand) copay tier.
are always preferred and are
January 2012. Members
The chart below has the more
placed on the first, or lowest,
will be notified by letter if
common drugs that were
copay tier ($14 for a 90-day
their maintenance prescription
impacted by this change, along
supply at mail).
These drugs will be changing from
These drugs are alternatives. Generic drugs ($14 for a 90-day
the 2nd tier/preferred brand to 3rd
supply at mail) are indicated in lower case; preferred brand in caps.
tier/non-preferred brand effective
January 1, 2012.
AVANDIA, AVANDARYL, AVANDAMET
ACTOS, ACTOPLUS MET, DUETACT
VAGIFEM VAGINAL TABLETS
ESTRING VAGINAL RING
VAGIFEM VAGINAL TABLETS
ONGLYZA, KOMBIGLYZE XR
JANUMET, JANUVIA, TRADJENTA
ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN LO
generic oral contraceptives, LOESTRIN 24 FE, LO LOESTRIN FE, NUVARING, LOSEASONIQUE, SEASONIQUE
VAGIFEM VAGINAL TABLETS
generic prescription prenatal vitamins
These drugs will be changing from
the 3rd tier to 2nd tier effective
($14 for a 90-day supply at mail).
January 1, 2012.
LOESTRIN 24 FE, LO LOESTRIN FE
Numerous generic oral contraceptives available.
Numerous generic oral contraceptives available.
No generic diabetic medications in this category.
Take the CIGNA health assessment to
learn more about your health and enter a
drawing for one of four Apple® iPads™!
Did you know that
weight and waist circumference
CIGNA offers a health
will produce the best results; however, you can answer "I'm not sure," if you
don't have the information available.
The health assessment is a tool that
In just 10 to 15 minutes, you'll get
identifies risk factors for developing
a report that gives you information
diseases and offers ways to improve
about your health, any risks you
your health. The Employee Wellness
might face and how you can improve
Program (EWP) is launching a
your health (and your life) by taking
campaign to invite employees to
action. With information on issues like
participate in completing the health
stress, weight management, nutrition
assessment. The personal information and disease prevention, you'll have gathered during the completion of
everything you need to get started on
the health assessment is entirely
the road to better health.
confidential and will not be disclosed
In order to encourage participation,
to anyone at OCPS.
we will hold a raffle for four Apple®
Aggregate information concerning
iPads™. Employees must notify the
the overall health of the employee
Employee Wellness Representative at
population will be used to develop
their work location by Nov. 14, to be
future programs that will have
entered into the drawing.
maximum impact on improving
To take your health assessment,
log on to www.myCIGNA.com
When taking the health assessment,
today and go to the "MANAGE MY
knowing your blood pressure, total
HEALTH" tab and select the My
cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, height,
Health Assessment link. First time users must register.
FSA claims deadline
Flu shot clinics offered
Cornerstone/TASC is the OCPS administrator for
your Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). Remember, the plan year for FSAs is September 1 through
Flu shot clinics are for OCPS employees and their family
August 31. The IRS permits a "grace period" of two
members age 5 and over. There is no cost for OCPS
months and 15 days following the end of your plan
CIGNA members. Please bring your OCPS CIGNA
year (August 31) for Medical Expense FSAs ONLY.
medical plan ID card and another form of identification
This grace period ends November 15 each year. This
(ex. driver's license); flu shots are $20 for all others.
means you will be able to incur expenses in your
Medical Expense FSA for the 2010-11
Employee Wellness page of the OCPS Intranet at
plan year through November 15, 2011. You still
must submit all claims for reimbursement by
contains all of the information
November 31, 2011. You can read more about
you'll need including dates, times and locations.
FSAs in your Insurance Handbook (also available on
the OCPS Intranet at http://Insurance.ocps.net).
Please note: Flu Clinic dates can be subject to
change due to potential delays and/or shortages
Glad you asked
I'm enrolled in the CIGNA Network
and help manage all your healthcare
plan. Do I need a referral from my PCP needs. It is NOT necessary to get a
to see a specialist?
referral in the following situations:
In the Network PREMIUM and OA Plus
In-Network (Network BASIC) plans, you
must choose a Primary Care Physician
(PCP; family practice, internal medicine,
general medicine and/or pediatrics) who
needed for the first
will work with you to identify, evaluate
five visits per calendar year
Smoking cessation resources
November's health focus is smoking cessation. The American Cancer Society is marking the 36th Great
American Smokeout on November 17 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to
plan in advance and quit smoking that day. To have the best chance of quitting successfully, select a program
that meets your needs.
successfully reach their goal. All services are free of
Smoking cessation program designed to meet the
charge and are available in both English and Spanish.
physical, psychological and social components of
The Florida Quitline offers free counseling, nicotine
nicotine addiction, offered to OCPS employees
patches or gum, and more.
and dependents covered by any of the four OCPS
Call 1.877.U.CAN.NOW (1.877.822.6669) or visit
http://FLORIDAQUITLINE.com for more information.
The program includes a problem solving, social
CIGNA Healthy Rewards
supportive educational class offered at Orlando Behavioral Healthcare (OBH). Classes are covered
CIGNA offers smoking cessation program discounts
under the behavioral health benefit; the first five visits
to CIGNA members through Healthy Rewards.
are covered at 100%, copayments apply for additional For more information on CIGNA's smoking visits. Prescription medications, such as Zyban or
cessation programs, visit www.myCIGNA.com
Chantix are covered under the prescription benefit;
(first time visitors will be required to register),
copays will apply. Participants pay for any prescription
select the MANAGE MY HEALTH tab, choose
copayments, OTC costs and group therapy
the "Leave Tobacco Behind for Good" tab and
copayments (beyond the fifth visit). After
select a program.
12 months of being smoke-free, participants are
eligible for r
Smoke-Free OCPS packet.
Tobacco Free Florida; The
The Florida Quitline was established to help those with a desire to free themselves from cigarettes, smokeless and all other forms of tobacco to
OFFICE CHAIR SAFETY TIPS
½ c. graham cracker crumbs
8 oz. park-skim ricotta cheese
Always keep the base of the
Don't lean so far back in your
1T. light stick margarine,
chair completely on the floor.
chair that the wheels or legs
½ t. almond extract
Be even more cautious when
lift off the floor.
8 oz. light cream cheese,
3 large egg whites
sitting in a chair with casters
Never put all your weight
(wheels). Make sure the chair
at the very front edge of the
does not roll as you sit down,
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 inch pie plate with
chair. This could cause the
causing you to fall. Hold onto
nonstick cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker
chair to tip over or roll out
crumbs and margarine. Pat the mixture in to the bottom of the pie
the arm of the chair as you
from under you.
plate. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and ricotta until
start to sit down to prevent
Don't leave electrical
well blended. Add the sugar and almond extract, mixing well.
the chair from sliding out from appliances on upholstered
In another mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Fold the egg whites gradually into the cheese mixture until well
Inspect chair every six months;
combined. Pour half of the batter in to the pie shell. Spread with
make sure all the parts of the
¾ c. of the cranberry topping and cover with the remaining cheese
cake batter. Bake for40 – 45 minutes, until set. Remove from the
chair are tightened to ensure
oven to cool on a rack. When cool, spread with the remaining
Look before you sit!
cranberry topping. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. The
cheesecake will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week.
1-16 oz. can whole berry
for the 1st Quarter:
In a medium saucepan, cook the cranberry sauce and sugar over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is
bubbly. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water; add
to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Refrigerate until lukewarm, about
15 to 20 minutes, stirring in the refrigerator from time to time.
Remove ¾ c. cranberry topping for the inside of the cheesecake. Refrigerate the remaining topping until well chilled.
Calories 239, Fat 6.4, Sodium 203, Cholesterol 18
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health care. See your health care professional for information relevant to your medical history. All correspondence should be directed to the Editor, Benefits Bulletin, Orange County Public
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