Teacher terminated for inappropriate survey

April 15, 2017 - 12:55


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

April 02, 2017 - 08:54
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

April 02, 2017 - 08:45

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

March 18, 2017 - 20:34

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.

Pinegrove Elementary School throws birthday party for Dr. Seuss

March 15, 2017 - 19:08
Supervisor of Elections reads a Dr. Suess book to Pinegrove Elementary students

The beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss, would have been 113 years old on March 2. Each year, for the past nineteen years, Pinegrove Elementary School has celebrated his birthday in style. The school hosts a party in his honor, complete with birthday cake and fun activities for the children.

School District Updates Feb. 28, 2017

March 11, 2017 - 11:37


'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

March 03, 2017 - 11:39
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

February 24, 2017 - 13:21
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

February 19, 2017 - 11:42


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

February 12, 2017 - 12:45


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.