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News of orchestra camp, essay winner

McLane Middle School: On May 2, the McLane Middle School Robotics Institute participated in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics showcase at Nature's Classroom in Tampa. The students' year-round projects were on display, and students demonstrated the various robots and other science, math, geography and language arts lessons. The highlight of the showcase was the Rube Goldberg Machine using the LEGO NXT robots to perform a variety of tasks.

Armwood High School: The institution celebrates its 25th anniversary in August.

Tony Pirotta's senior U.S Government class at Armwood wrote a bill in January to toughen penalties for teachers who sexually abuse teens. In April, they lobbied in Tallahassee to get it approved. Last week, their bill passed in the house 120-0, but it stalled in the Senate committee.

Lithia Springs Elementary School: Katie Ferrucci, a fourth-grade student at Lithia Springs Elementary School, won third place in the Derrick Brooks "Fuel Up to Play Every Day" essay contest, which was co-sponsored by the NFL and the Dairy Council of Florida. Katie will get to shop at with a $50 gift card.

Burns Middle School and Bloomingdale High School: Orchestra directors Sandy Neel of Burns Middle School and SuLing Caballero of Bloomingdale High School will run a strings camp July 27- Aug. 7 to keep string players' musical skills in shape over the summer. Middle school students will have a chance to sign up for intermediate or advanced level courses. All students will have daily master classes as well as group rehearsals. Participants will also receive a technique book, music folder and camp shirt. Rates are $170 for the two-week high school camp and $95 for each session of the two-week middle school camp. Middle school students may sign up for both sessions for $170. Mail the registration and the deposit to Brandon High School Orchestra, 1700 E. Bloomingdale Ave. Valrico, FL 33596 by May 29. The camp will take place at First United Methodist Church of Brandon, 121 N Knights Ave.

Burnett Middle School: Officials at Burnett Middle School want parents interested in being on the School Advisory Committee to get involved. Contact, the school advisory committee chairperson at (813) 744-6745, ext. 263.

The school's HOST program offers summer camp to its students. Any student currently in grades 5 through 8 can attend. Campers will have access to computer applications, Wii, games, space walk bounce houses, cook-outs and other activities. The camp, which will run June 8 through July 30 and Aug. 3-21, will take place at Lopez Elementary School due to construction at Burnett. For more information, contact Diana Shelton at or (813) 744-6745 x 465.

News of orchestra camp, essay winner 05/14/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 14, 2009 4:31am]
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