Education

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.

School District Updates Feb. 28, 2017

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'Superintendent Spotlight'

The update from the Superintendent highlighted the work of reading coaches. There are 7 reading coaches in the district. They provide professional development, collaborate with teachers, analyze and review data, facilitate curriculum task force, update curriculum maps, etc. They also organized last year’s Superintendent's Summer Reading Challenge. They work to have all students reading on grade level. A reading coach regional meeting was held at DS Parrott Middle School.

Spring Hill native receives Phil Royal Scholarship

Cristian Miller accepts the $4000 Key Center Phil Royal Scholarship on Feb. 22, 2017. Photo submitted.

Nature Coast Tech Alum and Spring Hill native, Cristian Miller, 20, was bestowed a high honor on February 22. He was the recipient of the first Key Center Phil Royal Law Enforcement Academy Community Service Scholarship to Withlacoochee Technical College. The Key Center serves individuals with developmental disabilities and Phil Royal served on the Board of Directors for 19 years.

10 Hernando County students make All-State Ensembles

10 Hernando County students chosen for All-State Choir/Band Ensembles with their choir/ band directors.  Photo provided by the Hernando County School District

(STAFF) Ten students in the Hernando County School District were selected to perform with the Florida All-State Ensembles in choir and band.

Chorus teacher and director at Powell Middle School Dave Pletincks explained the rigorous statewide audition process. At the band level they go to a location where they record auditions. There is a sight reading audition and scales audition. Each student audition is loaded online and judges go through them to determine the best ones.

Some ensembles and honor bands are selected through recommendations.

School Board Student Rep Update: February 14, 2017

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Allison Selg, Nature Coast Technical High School Senior, is the School Board Student Representative photo by Karsen Nielsen

Allison Selg, School Board Student Representative presented elementary, middle and high school updates to the school board on Feb. 14th.

Elementary Schools

February is Micro has heart month at Chocachatti Elementary School. The school has held various celebrations including Valentine flower deliveries and wear your favorite football jersey day.

District rolls out large scale tech upgrade

by HCSD

BROOKSVILLE – Starting February 3rd, and continuing throughout the month of February, Hernando County Schools will be delivering new HP ProBook laptops to every teacher in the district and will also be upgrading student computer lab stations in most schools. This ambitious upgrade will bring much needed computer hardware to schools using funds from the Digital Classroom Plan as well as monies from district capital funds.

School Board goes with teacher supported "Calendar B"

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At the School Board meeting on January 24th, the School Board approved calendar B for the 2017-2018 school year. Calendar option B received overwhelming support from instructional staff and took 49% of the vote on a survey administered to instructional, non-instructional and administrative staff. Teachers were in favor of a Monday start date as opposed to the Thursday start date of calendar options A and C.

Principal Frana paints rosy picture of Moton Elementary

Robert Stein, Special to Hernando Sun

After months of finger pointing and name calling adults concerned about the future of Moton elementary school may have reason to believe that at least the shoving of people under the bus maybe at an end. Bus drivers should be very relieved. The school year got off to a very rocky start with the resignation of the newly hired principal 3 weeks into the start of the school year.

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