Saturday, June 23, 2018
Education

Class notes, Sept. 29

Class notes

Fox Chapel Middle: The school is presenting a four-part workshop series on "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens" for parents. The next session will be from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 25 in the school media center. Students whose parents attend will get free admission to the school's Halloween dance. The third workshop will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the media center while students have a movie night. The last will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Locomo Skate-Dance-Party, 10451 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

Gulf Coast Academy: Seventh-grader Ruby Silver has chosen Communities in Schools of Hernando County, a dropout prevention program, as her school service project and is requesting assistance from the community.

"I was shocked when I found out that every 26 seconds a child drops out of school in the United States," she said.

Ruby plans to hold a "Softball for Success" fundraising event at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill. She is requesting help with donations, prizes and competitors. For a $3 fee, competitors can participate in a throwing accuracy competition, a base race or a home run derby. All contests include a $25 prize for the winner.

For information, contact Tracy Echols, executive director and president of Communities in Schools of Hernando County, at (352) 277-3322 or at [email protected]

Hernando High: The school will celebrate its homecoming festivities this week with a bonfire from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the school, the Homecoming Growl and fireworks at 7 p.m. Thursday at the stadium, the homecoming parade at 1:30 p.m. Friday downtown, the varsity homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the stadium and the homecoming dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the school cafe (tickets are $20).

• The school's Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 in the gymnasium. Tickets are $25.

• The school's Harvest Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at Tom Varn Park.

School District Office: The bloodmobile will be at the district office for donors from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 30.

Weeki Wachee High: The school's homecoming football game will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the stadium. The dance will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 19 in the cafeteria. $30 tickets include food and beverages.

Comments
Hernando school officials set to discuss replacement, sever ties after firing Superintendent Lori Romano

Hernando school officials set to discuss replacement, sever ties after firing Superintendent Lori Romano

BROOKSVILLE — With dust still settling from the Hernando County School Board’s close vote to fire Superintendent Lori Romano — and days before her time as head of the district runs out — school officials and community members seem to be already movin...
Published: 06/20/18
Hernando students score slightly better on state tests

Hernando students score slightly better on state tests

BROOKSVILLE — As schools and districts across the state await their 2018 grades from the Florida Department of Education, the standardized test scores that factor into those ratings and were dropped last week show slight gains in Hernando County.The ...
Published: 06/20/18
Budget analysis projects deficit, deepened by security costs, for Pasco schools in coming year

Budget analysis projects deficit, deepened by security costs, for Pasco schools in coming year

An early analysis of the Pasco County School District’s 2018-2019 budget projects a deficit of more than a million dollars, with more than half of that coming from a shortfall in funding new school safety requirements.Costs to hire and train 53 new s...
Published: 06/20/18
New dorm still coming to USF St. Petersburg, but in a smaller package

New dorm still coming to USF St. Petersburg, but in a smaller package

ST. PETERSBURG — Originally pitched as a nine- or 10-story, 550-bed dorm for the overcrowded University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, USF’s latest residence hall project will likely look much different by the time it’s done.For starters, it...
Published: 06/20/18
Carlton: From Sun Dome to Beer Stadium: Don’t let suds scare you

Carlton: From Sun Dome to Beer Stadium: Don’t let suds scare you

Am I missing something in the — pardon the expression — brouhaha over the renaming of the University of South Florida Sun Dome to the Yuengling Center? In trading a college arena’s longtime name for that of a big-name beer brewed ne...
Published: 06/20/18

Hillsborough school district will pursue two kinds of local taxes

TAMPA — Hillsborough County School District officials took an important step Tuesday toward asking the voters to pay higher taxes for schools that, they say, are not getting enough money from the state.The board voted 5-0 to submit a tax referendum r...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/20/18
STEM camp beats the summer doldrums for some Pasco students

STEM camp beats the summer doldrums for some Pasco students

DADE CITY —Just a few weeks into summer vacation, Pasco Middle School student Jade Neal, 14, was back at school, delving into a challenging STEM activity on force in motion, as the theme to Mission Impossible played in the background.The assignment? ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/21/18
Ethan Hooper steps up with a salute to teachers

Ethan Hooper steps up with a salute to teachers

Editor’s note: Ethan Hooper wrote today’s column to give Ernest Hooper Father’s Day off.In May, I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in elementary education, and I recently secured a job as a first-grade teacher with Orang...
Published: 06/18/18
AP World History course is dropping thousands of years of human events - and critics are furious

AP World History course is dropping thousands of years of human events - and critics are furious

Since 2002, the AP World History course has covered thousands of years of human activity around the planet, starting 10,000 years back. But now the College Board, which owns the Advanced Placement program, wants to cut out most of that history and st...
Published: 06/16/18
School board races attract new faces

School board races attract new faces

TAMPA — When long-time Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes resigned this month from the board to run for the State House of Representatives, the decision affected more than just her seat in west Hillsborough’s District 1.It also coul...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/17/18