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.
Technology Refresh 2017 was also mentioned. The Hernando County School District's Technology Information services is rolling out new laptops. They plan on increasing their use of web based technology. The new laptops are for the teachers and staff. The ‘Refresh’ required extensive work from School-based technicians, Finance department, and Purchasing department.
School Board Student Representative Update
The School Board Student Representative Allison Selg from Nature Coast Technical High School gave her update at the February 28th meeting. She provided highlights from each school in the school system.
She started with the Elementary Schools. At Brooksville Elementary School 13 students joined the Buddy Program and they are starting a Kickball program for 4th and 5th graders. At Chocachatti Elementary School they had a Valentine's Day booster for technology. At Suncoast Elementary School, the Music and Movement Club raised money for sick people. At Westside Elementary School the students are enjoying a longer recess time.
She then provided an update on the K8 Schools. At Challenger K8 they have a Jump Rope 4 Heart event. At Winding Water K8 they had an improvement fundraisers selling spare cups and garbage bags and the Drama Club raising awareness about bullying.
She went on to provide updates from the Middle Schools. Fox Chapel Middle School Beta Club raised money for the Humane Society and students are collecting plastic bottles for a memorial bench. At Parrott Middle School they had a Food Drive and have several upcoming events including the Spring Fling, Spring Carnival, and Smartie Party.
She finished with an update of the High Schools. At Central High School the basketball team made it to sweet 16. The Central high NJROTC will be at the state drill championship this week and had their Military Ball this past Saturday. At Hernando High School on February 24th they hosted the Brooksville Relay for Life, which raised money for the American Cancer Society. At Nature Coast Technical High School their basketball team made it to the elite 8. They also had 18 seniors pass their Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certifications. Their Key Club raised $300 for Relay for Life. At Weeki Wachee High School the chorus went on a field trip to see the musical Wicked. The choral department presented the ‘Be our Guest’