Students do well on FCAT writing
Hillsborough County students excelled above all other Tampa Bay area school districts' students on the state FCAT writing test for the 2008-09 school year and exceeded the state average in all grades tested. Also, they matched or exceeded the scores for all districts of comparable size. The writing test is given to students in grades 4, 8 and 10.
The state considers a score of 3.5 to be proficient. All Rampello K-8 Magnet School eighth-graders scored 3.5 or higher. At Rampello and Roland Park middle schools, 37 percent more fourth-graders scored 3.5 this year. At Broward Elementary School, 29 percent more fourth-graders scored 3.5. All students tested at Egypt Lake Elementary School scored 3.5 or higher.
Mother's Day breakfast is Monday
Beach Park School will host its annual Mother's Day Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Monday. Coffee, juice and pastries will be served to mothers, grandmothers and students on the school's patio, 4200 W North A St. For details, call Jan Parkinson at (813) 289-3747.
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Hillsborough High alums to meet
The Hillsborough High School Alumni Association will host its annual meeting, scholarship presentation and Hall of Fame induction at 7 p.m. on May 21. The event is free and open to the public at the school's cafeteria, 5000 Central Ave. For more information, call the school at (813)276-5620.
Schools will celebrate Space Day
Gorrie Elementary, Stewart Middle Magnet and Middleton High schools celebrate Space Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. There will be a check presentation from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Lockheed Martin at Middleton High School, 4801 N 22nd St. The check is for the school's Academy of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The event includes talk on space-related careers. A presentation on how space travel relates to science and math will be given to first-graders at Gorrie, 705 W DeLeon St. Stewart Middle will host a tour of Space Station Stewart, 1125 W Spruce St. Students will participate in the Student Signatures in Space program; their signatures will be put onto a disc and flown aboard a space shuttle. The program is initiated by NASA and Lockheed Martin.