Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Education

Hernando County school notes for March 29

10th annual Spring Parent Institute: The school district invites parents to the 10th annual Spring Parent Institute from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 12 at Fox Chapel Middle School. Angela Walker will present "The Math-a-Phobia Hotline Workshop," designed around a call-in show to the "Math Doctor," who helps kids figure out mathematical ways of dealing with a variety of issues. Registration will be from 5:30 to 6 p.m.; there will be exhibitors and a complimentary light dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The institute program begins at 6:30 p.m. Fox Chapel is at 9412 Fox Chapel Lane in Spring Hill. To register online, go to hernando schools.org, or call Janeen Defilippo (352) 797-7022, ext. 407. For information, call the Title I parent educator at your child' school.

Challenger K-8: The School Advisory Council will meet at 6 p.m. April 10 in the media center.

Hernando High: The school will have an informational meeting regarding advance placement and dual enrollment course offerings for next school year at 7 p.m. April 12 in the media center. Guidance counselors will have information about specific courses and help parents and students better understand the programs. For information, call (352) 797-7015, ext. 218.

Scholarship opportunity: Stage West Community Playhouse is offering five scholarships: the Irv Clark Scholarship for Voice for $2,000; three Youth Scholarships of $1,000 each for theater arts studies; and one Appreciation Scholarship of $1,000 for a student who has volunteered at Stage West and may not be studying voice or theater arts. Applications are available at Spring Hill high schools and at the Stage West box office at 5390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Box office hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The deadline is next Thursday.

Springstead High: The band will hold an electronics recycling event to raise money. It is seeking working or nonworking electronics, such as laptops, towers, servers, mainframes, mice, hard drives, mother or other boards, CPU chips, modems, routers, keyboards, SD or SIM cards, fax machines, printers, calculators, shredders, other office machines, wires, power supplies, radios, MP3 players, CD players, other music players, game equipment or controllers, DVD players, remotes, VCRs, cell phones, pagers, corded or wireless phones, medical equipment, digital picture frames, cameras, camcorders, tape recorders, small kitchen appliances, tools, plasma TVs or DLP screen monitors. Projection screens, old-style televisions or any other monitors except flat screens will not be accepted. Items will be collected from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando County Farmers Market at the Village at Timber Pines on U.S. 19 in Spring Hill. For questions, call Daren with Reuse All Recycling at (352) 556-1652.

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