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Orientations, special programs at Hernando County schools

BROOKSVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: There will be a Black History performance at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Multipurpose Room as part of Black History Month. • Families Building Better Readers for parents of children in grades K-2 will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25. The location will be announced. Learn ways to help children become better readers. This workshop is limited to the first 25 families that register. Students will participate in learning activities with teachers while parents learn how to help their children. For information, or to register, call Amy Anderson at (352) 797-7014, ext. 255.

CHALLENGER K8 SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE: The Teachers Discovery Traveling Artist Exhibit begins Monday. The exhibit features reproductions of works by Renaissance masters Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci; French impressionists Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas; and Antoni Gaudi, M.C. Escher, Frederic Remington, Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt. The school will host a gala opening of the exhibition at 6 p.m. Monday. There will be hands-on activities in conjunction with artist displays. Refreshments and student guided tours will be provided.

DELTONA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: The Title I Committee meets at 5 p.m. and the School Advisory Council meets at 6 p.m., both on Monday in the library.

HERNANDO HIGH SCHOOL: An informational meeting on advanced placement and dual enrollment programs for incoming ninth-graders now attending Powell Middle School, Challenger K-8 and West Hernando Middle School will be at 6 p.m. Monday in the media center. • Hernando High School freshmen, sophomores and juniors interested in taking college classes are invited to attend the informational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the media center. An orientation for students who will enter its ninth grade in the 2010-2011 school year is 6 p.m. Feb. 25 in the auditorium. Course selection menus are to be turned in at that time. Parents and students will have the opportunity to speak with teachers and counselors. • The Student School Advisory Council, along with the student body, will have a Haitian Salvation fundraiser, with the profits going to Dr. Paul Farmer's efforts in Haiti. It will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 on the basketball court. There will be tournaments for $1 each, including thumb wars, duck-duck-goose, rock-scissors-paper and three-legged races.Hernando High, in conjunction with Brooksville, Eastside, Moton, and D.S. Parrott Middle schools, is raising funds to help the people of Haiti. Farmer, a graduate of Hernando High, provides medical care for the Haitian community through the organization of Partners in Health (pih.org). The schools are accepting donations and selling bracelets for $1 each. All proceeds go directly to Partners in Health. Make checks payable to Hernando High School with reference to the Haiti fund. For information on any of these events or projects, call Mary Krabel at (352) 797-7015, ext. 403.

• The School Advisory Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media center. For information, call Marianne Bennett at (352) 797-7015, ext. 406.

• Tabitha Williams has been honored by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). The 2009-2010 AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French. Recipients must have completed at least three years of French study at the time of graduation and be non-native speakers of French. Tabitha is an officer and a member of the National French Honor Society and has participated in World Language Week and National French Week activities. She has studied French for four years and is the student of Bonnie Kee.

HERNANDO CHRISTIAN ACADEMY: An open house is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 25 for prospective students and their parents.

WEEKI WACHEE HIGH SCHOOL: Weeki Wachee High School will open in August to ninth- and 10th-grade students identified in the new attendance zone designed to relieve overcrowding in district high schools. Orientation programs will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fox Chapel Middle School cafeteria; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the West Hernando Middle School cafeteria; 6:30 p.m. March 4 in the Powell Middle, Explorer K-8 and Gulf Coast Academy cafeterias; 6:30 p.m. March 9 in the Central High School gymnasium; 6:30 p.m. March 11 in the Springstead High School cafeteria. Students can select their electives and get information regarding extracurricular programs.

WEST HERNANDO MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Title I Committee meets 3:45-4:45 p.m. Monday in the Family Center. • The School Advisory Council meets 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday in the Media Center. All parents and students are invited. • The All Pro Dads get-together is from 6:30-7:15 a.m. Wednesday for fathers and their children in the cafeteria. Join assistant principal Carmine Rufa for a quick, free, before-school breakfast and a 45 minute program of fatherhood and family topics.

WESTSIDE ELEMENTARY AND DELTONA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Deltona and Westside Elementary families are invited to attend "Show Your Parents "SUMS' Things You Know!" at Deltona Elementary School from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight. Children will show their mastery of math concepts through playing math games and activities. A hot dog dinner will be served 5:30 to 6 p.m. To register, use the form sent home with your child or call the Deltona or Westside Family Center at your child's school. Child care will be provided for ages 3-5.

Paulette Lash Ritchie can be reached at eduritchie@yahoo.com.

Orientations, special programs at Hernando County schools 02/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 7:26pm]

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