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Looking forward to another amazing school year

Welcome back, Top of the Class readers, for the 2011-2012 school year. I look forward to another nine months writing about achievements, programs and individual spotlights in Hernando County schools.

I welcome hearing from teachers, school staff, parents, students, grandparents or anyone who wants to highlight a program or a person at a particular school, public and private.

On the Top of the Class page, look for feature stories about new and tweaked programs and special events.

I will list meetings and fundraisers in the Class Notes column as schools send them to me. As I hear about carwashes, spaghetti dinners, Advisory Council and PTA meetings, I'll be sure to publish the information.

I like to run students' and teachers' names in my Newmakers column. I don't have room for honor rolls, but welcome those who excel in other ways, as space provides. I'm thinking about competition, contest or special award winners.

I often hear people complain that newspapers are full of bad news, that you never hear about the "good kids.'' That, obviously, is not true with Top of the Class. My job is to report the good news, to let everyone know that truly amazing things happen in Hernando schools every day.

I sometimes leave schools just astonished at what the teachers and students are doing. The Central High School Naval JROTC is tops in the nation. The Nature Coast High School video students make incredible films. Hernando High agriculture students are caring, contributing members of their community, Springstead High has top history students and Weeki Wachee High can brag about its spectacular arts and music departments.

And these are only a few of the stories that came out of these schools last year.

I look forward to seeing this year's surprises in the high schools and in the middle and elementary schools. We have very talented teachers teaching bright students in Hernando County and you can read all about them here.

I can be contacted by e-mail at eduritchie@yahoo.com or by cell phone at (352) 650-0013.

Looking forward to another amazing school year 08/24/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 7:23pm]
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