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EXPLORER K-8: The school will have its first Title I/curriculum meeting for prekindergarten through fifth-grade parents from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the mall area of the school. Middle school parents will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in their children's fifth-period classrooms to receive information about Title I, curriculum, the school/parent compact, after-school tutoring and Edline. There will be a drawing for a computer donated by the Hernando County Computer Club and an ice cream social provided by the PTSA.

FOX CHAPEL MIDDLE: The school is presenting a four-part workshop for parents on "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens." The next sessions are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the media center while students have a movie night, and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Locomo Skate-Dance-Party, 10451 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

HERNANDO COUNTY SCHOOLS BULLYING PREVENTION COMMITTEE: The committee will hold a town hall-style meeting open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Central High School auditorium. Held during Bullying Prevention Week, the meeting will include speakers, a panel and antibullying discussions.

HERNANDO HIGH: The School Advisory Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in the school's main office. For information, contact Deana Walker at (352) 797-7015, ext. 406.

NATURE COAST TECHNICAL HIGH: The school will present The Tempest at 7 p.m. Nov. 14-15 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 in the school's Black Box Theatre, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. For reservations, call Lori Erickson at (352) 797-7088, ext. 286.

Shark Theatre graduate Colton Lawver returns as a guest artist in the role of Prospero, the ousted Duke of Milan and father of Miranda, now a powerful magician and lord on the island. Junior Jennifer Munsey plays Ariel, a mischievous and clever island spirit and servant to Prospero. Junior Hannah Majka plays Prospero's daughter, Miranda; sophomore Jacob Guardado plays Prospero's disgruntled and disfigured servant, Caliban; sophomore Brendan Jones plays the drunken shipwrecked butler, Stephano; and junior Dorothy Cash plays the shipwrecked jester, Trincula.

Others in the cast include: senior Kaytlynn Bliss as Alonsa, junior Leo Dillon as Antonio, junior Hannah Smith as Gonzala, senior Sheridan Valure as Bastia, junior Brenden Bray as Ferdinand, junior Isaiah Marrero as the Bo'sun and junior Lauren Seiler, freshman Andrea Diaz and freshman Mikaela Mulch as island spirits.

The production is adapted by theater teacher Tim Erickson, who also serves as the its technical designer. Theater teacher Lori Erickson directs. Student stage managers are Lauren Bennett, Samantha Gee and Sarah Majka.

PASCO-HERNANDO COMMUNITY COLLEGE: The corporate training department has announced two new online courses: Introduction to LinkedIn Career Networking and Using Social Media in Business. The courses are available through PHCC's partnership with Ed2Go, a program that offers hundreds of instructor-led noncredit online courses.

In Introduction to LinkedIn Career Networking, students learn techniques for using LinkedIn's tools, including how to create a profile, develop business contacts and join groups to extend their reach.

In Using Social Media in Business, students will learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google to grow and promote a businesses.

To register online, go to To learn more, call (727) 816-3123 or send email to

GIFTED ADVISORY COUNCIL: The School District's council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill. The council comprises parents, administrative staff, teachers and community representatives interested in promoting the educational needs of gifted children in Hernando County. The Quest Academy at Challenger currently serves the public school needs of gifted K-8 students in Hernando County. The meeting is open to the public.

Contact correspondent Paulette Lash Ritchie at

Hernando County school news 10/31/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:25pm]
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