Education

Partial implementation of free meals program adopted by school board

During the April 25th regular school board meeting, the school board adopted a partial implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision. The Provision would set out to allow certain schools within a distinct grouping to receive free breakfast and lunch for their students for the upcoming 17/18 school year. Along with this, the provision would also allow for the district to receive reimbursement from state funding sources.

Peace through Understanding: Springstead students hold fundraiser event

Students perform a dance at the Ethnic Festival on 4/21/17

What do a group of teenagers in Spring Hill, FL have in common with refugees in Tanzania, Africa? Nothing much, except a bond of friendship.

People to People International (PTPI) is world-wide in scope, having branches in 160 countries on six continents – North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Zealandia (where New Zealand is located).

Weeki Wachee student artists recognized by Congressman Webster

Congressman Webster with Roxanne Campbell's 2D art class

Weeki Wachee High School art teacher, Roxanne Campbell was beaming with pride on Friday morning April 21, 2017. Fourteen of her 2D art students were personally recognized by US Congressman Dan Webster for participation in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Winners of the competition were selected from more than 86 high school students in Lake, Sumter, Hernando, Citrus and Marion Counties. Two of the 14 Weeki Wachee students who submitted entries placed in the competition.

Sunshine concerns about school board 'retreat'

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On March 22nd, School Board Members, Superintendent and Superintendent’s staff participated in a board 'retreat' at Silverthorn Country Club from 10AM to 3:30PM. Concerns arose over potential Sunshine violations due to the district’s failure to publish a public notice for the training session.

At the Regular School Board meeting on April 11th, School District Attorney Dennis Alfonso commented that it was less of a retreat and more of a board training program, which was discussed at a public meeting months earlier “and several dually noticed public workshops.”

TESTING BILL SHAPES UP AS EDUCATION TRAIN

By BRANDON LARRABEE
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 19, 2017 .......... A bill aimed at scaling back the number of standardized tests administered in Florida passed its final Senate committee on Wednesday after picking up amendments dealing with recess and other education issues.

The growth of the measure (SB 926) quickly drew complaints, even from some supporters, that it was becoming an unwieldy "train," a term for late-session bills that glom together different proposals in order to ease passage for one or more of the ideas.

Teacher terminated for inappropriate survey

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Fox Chapel Middle School

A Fox Chapel Middle School teacher, Daryl Cox, recently distributed a questionnaire to her sixth grade “Leader in Me” students. The questionnaire contained inflammatory questions on race, religion and sex. Cox was terminated by the Hernando County School District. The story was picked up by two local television stations as well as The Blaze.

A reporter for WTSP, found that many of the questions were taken straight from a book called “Exploring White Privilege” by Robert Amico.

Time capsule unearthed at Explorer K-8

Teacher Rebecca Honey-Baroudi, front, and inaugural year kindergarten students, now in eighth grade go through the contents of the time capsule they buried eight years ago.

On Friday, March 24 the inaugural class of kindergarteners who are now in eighth grade, unearthed a time capsule that they had buried in 2009. Fifty-three of the original class of 187 students who started school when Explorer K-8 opened are still attending the school.

Their current classmates and teachers; eleven of the original kindergarten teachers who are still teaching at the school; Stacy Tarbox, yearbook supervisor who worked with the students on the project; and Chris Healy, Assistant Principal joined these first “explorers” at the ceremony.

School District considers free meal program for all students at several public schools

The Board Members of the Hernando County School District are supportive of the district implementing the Community Eligibility Provision, a federal program that reimburses the district for providing free breakfast and lunch to students at qualified schools.

Lori Drenth, Hernando County School District Food Service Coordinator described the Community Eligibility Provision or “CEP.” The purpose she states, “is to provide meals at no cost to large groups whether it’s schools [or] school communities.” The provision is part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

Powell Middle School Choir receives SUPERIOR ratings

The Powell Middle School Choir received the highest ratings of SUPERIOR from all four adjudicators at their annual music performance assessment on March 3 in Ocala. The evaluations are sponsored by the Florida Vocal Association, the organization that oversees the choral programs in Florida’s middle and high schools. This is the 12th consecutive year that the Powell Choir, under the direction of David Pletincks, has been rated as SUPERIOR. The combined Powell Choirs have performed this year at Christmas in Spring Hill, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens Christmas Town.

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