Education

NEW COLLEGE AWARDS FIRST GRADUATE DEGREES

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

New College of Florida

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 25, 2017......... For the first time in its 57-year history, New College of Florida will award graduate degrees to students on Friday.

The Sarasota-based college announced that seven students will earn master's degrees as the class of 2017 participates in commencement ceremonies.

The students are earning their diplomas in New College's data-science program, which began in 2016 and represented the first time the small liberal arts honors college, which has about 875 students, had offered a graduate degree.

Army Veteran, Adult Learner Gives Saint Leo University Commencement Farewell

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Photo by Saint Leo University Mercy Figueroa addresses fellow Class of 2017 members during the Saint Leo WorldWide commencement, Friday, April 28, in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

Spring Hill’s Mercy Figueroa Graduates Summa Cum Laude

ST LEO, FL - More than 1,100 new degree recipients celebrated their success on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at University Campus during Saint Leo’s commencement ceremonies. Friday’s commencement speaker resides in Hernando County, FL.

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.”

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