Burns Middle School
Principal will retire after 23 years at school
Brenda Nolte, Burns Middle School principal, will retire after 23 years at the school. She spent 12 of those as principal and has logged a total of 38 years with the Hillsborough County school system.
Nolte was also a math teacher at Mann Middle School, an administrator at Dowdell Middle School and a seventh-grade teacher at Booker T. Washington and McLane middle schools. She has lived in Brandon since 1976. Nolte plans to travel, spend time with her grandchildren, snow ski, play tennis, cook and sew.
Her replacement has not been chosen. Nolte kept Burns' attendance rate above 96 percent during the past four years.
She maintained a grade "A" school rating for eight years in a row.
"The credit goes to the community because they know education is important, and our elementary schools have created good habits," Nolte said. "Our goal was just to maintain."
Randall Middle School
Students will see how much they can recycle
During Randall Middle School's early-release day activity period Wednesday, teachers had team-building activities selected by students that relate to Earth Day. Students watched a video presentation to prepare for today's Global Youth Service Day mission. Representatives from the Green Fiber Corp. and Waste Management's Recycle America will help them sort their lunch trash to see how much they can recycle. During each lunch period, students will separate their waste into the appropriate bins. The school hopes to expand its recycling program.
Lithia Springs Elementary
Fourth-grade class wins book battle
Kimberly Peeler's fourth-grade class at Lithia Springs Elementary School won the school's Battle of the Books competition last week. The contest is part of the district's reading enrichment program. Lithia Springs will compete May 7 with other schools for the district championship. Team members include: Amelia Wilson (captain), Reece Hermida, Katelin Rockey, and Marcella Benner (alternate). This year approximately 100 schools will participate in the contest.
Fifth-graders will perform 'Willy Wonka'
Lithia Springs fifth-grade drama students will perform Willy Wonka in their school's multipurpose room. The public is invited. Evening performance dates are May 7 and 8 and May 13 and 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased April 20 in the music suite at Lithia Springs Elementary between 7:30 and 8 a.m. The cost is $8. Call (813) 744-8016.
Girl gets Hollywood hearing aid treatment
Abigail Steere, a kindergarten student at Lithia Springs Elementary School, won a hearing aid from the Starkey Hearing Foundation earlier this month. The foundation flew Steere and her father to Los Angeles, where she was fitted for her hearing aid in the studio of the television program, The Doctors. Last week, they made another trip to record the actual episode with noted pediatrician Dr. James Sears and the cast. The Doctors airs today at 3 p.m. on WFLA-Ch. 8.
Steere's hearing aid has FM amplification. Hillsborough County schools provide FM amplification to students with hearing disabilities. Teachers wear microphones, and their voices are broadcast in the hearing aid.
"Hillsborough County did a great job with the process of eligibility for FM amplification for Abigail," said Sandra Dorey, a resource teacher for the county's program for the deaf and hard of hearing. "Kindergarten is a very important time to learn about vowels and pronunciations. She's doing very well."
Lesson will transport students back in time
On May 5, Terry Senhauser's fourth-grade class at Nelson Elementary School will present "Florida then and now." The presentation travels back to a one-room school in the year 1845, the year Florida became a state. Students will write on slate boards, learn about pioneer life and make a craft using palmetto branches.