Parents and students have another chance to apply for the county's magnet schools next week.
The second application period starts Monday and runs through March 14.
Three dozen magnet schools throughout the area focus on everything from animal science to international studies.
Learn more about magnet schools at a public meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Bruton Memorial Public Library in Plant City, or log on to www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/magnet/index.asp.
Bevis Elementary's top volunteers of month
Sue Kriznik and Julie Stallings are the volunteers of the month at Bevis Elementary.
Stallings put in many hours last summer and throughout the school year, keeping the Lithia school's uniform program running smoothly, working "spirit shirt" sales and helping students look their best. Kriznik is a volunteer in the media center.
Bevis fourth- and fifth-grade Math Bowl teams did well at the district finals. Both teams took fourth place overall in the district. Fourth-graders are: Nicholas Ciulla, Zachary Fobert, Jacob Fullerton, Brady Kennedy and Lillian Kraack. Fifth-graders are: Justin Bhatia, Sarah Cool, Derrick Goodwin, Alex Rice and Curtis Watkins.
Kindergarten roundup Thursday at Brooker
Brooker Elementary will hold its kindergarten round-up at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the school, 812 DeWolf Road.
Parents can learn about the kindergarten curriculum at the Brandon school and meet the teachers and school nurse.
Those who have the right paperwork can register their child for the 2008-09 school year.
There also will be classroom tours and a snack.
Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 to enroll in kindergarten.
Paperwork required for all schools includes a birth certificate, Florida physical, current immunization record, Social Security card and proof of residence such as a utility bill.
2 Cimino students take
speech contest honors
Students at Cimino Elementary had a chance to hone their writing and speaking skills as they prepared for the Tropicana Speech Contest.
This year, the winners at the Valrico school were Brad Johnson (fifth grade) and Kayla Watts (second grade).
Cork Elementary earns goal in walk-a-thon
The third annual Cork Elementary Pride Walk-a-Thon surpassed its goal of $11,000. The money will go toward hiring an aide for the media center.
Lithia Springs teachers have hit exercise video
Lithia Springs Elementary's "Morning Movements" video won first place in a competition sponsored by a local group that promotes healthier lifestyles.
The exercise video, which was created by teachers, is played in the morning before classes.
Compiled by Times Staff Writer Jan Wesner and Times Correspondent Traci Rader.
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