2009 Alumni College Teach-In Day

On December 17th, 2009, nine (9) of our Crooms Alumni made their way to Crooms to talk with current students about college preparation and the college experience.

Adding Photo Gallery Function

Just a quick update that the site will now have a photo gallery portion. Users will be able to add their own galleries and view the galleries of other users. The main goal of the photo gallery function is to allow a widely range of content to be added to the site, especially when it comes to events like group gathers, teach-in days, reunions, and so forth. The first actual gallery will be added in the next day or two, and will feature pictures from the 2009 Teach-In Day.

Any user can add or view the photo galleries. Just go to http://www.croomsalumni.com/photo_galleries or just put your mouse over the "Community" tab.

Crooms Receives Silver Metal; One of The Best Schools in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report)

Crooms Academy of Information Technology has been awarded a Silver Medal from U.S. News & World Report's third annual list of America's Best High Schools. This is Crooms AoIT's third consecutive year of receiving a silver medal under the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Crooms AoIT is one of only 561 schools out of the 18,743 schools considered nationwide to earn a silver or gold medal in 2009 (Gold-100 schools, Silver-461 schools). Crooms is also 1 of only 34 schools in Florida awarded a gold (10 schools) or silver (24 schools), and it is the only school in Seminole County to receive a medal this year.

For more information on the ranking formula used, and the schools selected, see: http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/high-schools/2007/11/29/the-ran....

December Drive to Success Program

Visit http://www.croomsalumni.com/donate for more info.

With the arrival of December and the Holiday Season, there is no better time to reflect on the previous 12 months as a Crooms Community. In the past 12 months, Crooms AoIT saw its fifth graduating class and our former classmates and teachers celebrated another year as a "A" school. With the “A” ranking, Crooms became the only SCPS high school to be rated an “A” this year, and tied the SCPS high school consecutive record of receiving an “A” four year years in a row. Dr. Collins also had much to celebrate this past year, as she was named the Principal of the Year for the State of Florida. Crooms AoIT also saw changes in the student body as it became a minority-majority school, cementing its legacy as one most diverse schools in Central Florida. The last 12 months have also caused us to pull together with the losses of Warren "CJ" Matter last December and Ms. Christy Reynolds last month.

The past 12 months have certainty proved to be eventful, but through it all the alumni community has shown a great enthusiasm in reconnecting with their alma mater. With this new expanded base of interest, we felt it would be appropriate to start off this school year's scholarship fundraising drive during the Holiday Season. During this "Season of Giving" we invite you to open up your hearts and join us as we kick off our December Drive to Success Program.

Memorial Service for Christy Reynolds (Tentatively Set)

11/24/2009 2:00 pm

Christina "Christy" G. Reynolds was the first teacher Collins hired when the district converted it to a magnet high school 10 years ago. On Sunday evening she died in a car crash. A memorial service for Christy Reynolds is tentatively set for Tuesday at 2:00PM at Lake Mary (High School) Auditorium.

For more information on the story, please vist: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-lake-mary-woma...

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