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Cimino Elementary School
4329 Culbreath Rd, Valrico, FL 33596

Named a State School of Character, Cimino Elementary School is led by Principal Deborah Talley and AssistantMore Principal Cindy Dowdy. It was constructed in 2001 in the Bloomingdale East subdivision and features an active PTA, which helped fund a butterfly house for the school two years ago. The school's mascot is the Cougar. The school's theme this year is "Focus on the Stars."

Students will continue participating in the reading program called CUB Time. CUB (Cougars United through Books) Time is an uninterrupted silent reading time. Out of all the ways children spend their time, Cimino believes reading books is the best predictor of reading achievement between second and fifth grade. Children who read 20 minutes a day in addition to the reading of text books in school are among the highest-achieving students.

Principal Deborah Talley feels that an outstanding staff, combined with great support from parents, has made the school so successful.