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School's thespians to stage "Outsiders'

The Outsiders, a novel by S.E. Hinton will come to the Chamberlain High School stage at 8 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 2 and 3, when the drama department presents an adaptation about young peoples' struggle to find a decent life and self-respect in a world of gangs and lack of parental support. Cast members include Chris Campbell, Matthew Morgan, Justin Nichols, Joe Fisher, Corry Collier, Christopher Garcia, Sarah Bockener, Heather Bearden, Laura Swindoll, Matthew Adelman, Robert Bushey, Jesse Baker, Tara Eifert, Janette Fisher, Michael Gullett, Yolunda Lanier and Melissa Yingling.

Others are Michael Grey, Joseph Redner, Kelley Benjamin, Nathan Adams, Evan Lipstein, John Fernandez, Ryan White, Jeff Tate, Mike Harris, Scott Hawkins, Rhonda Brown, Lori Holder, Keri Aaron and Steve Cona.

Tickets are $3.

Sulphur Springs Elementary

An innovative program to increase parent involvement at Sulphur Springs received a boost from a federal grant. The Family-School Partnership program will focus on families and their relationship with the school by helping parents of at-risk children access school services, by training teachers to understand what motivates at-risk youngsters and by increasing parent-teacher contact. The $100,000 grant was accepted recently by the Hillsborough County School Board.

Schools cited for programs

The Florida High Technology and Industry Council named two junior high schools and one senior high as having exemplary vocational education programs. Only six programs were recognized statewide.

East Bay High School was honored for its marketing and distributive education program and will receive $1,000. Vince Thompson is principal of East Bay. He was recognized along with Janet Richards, teacher, and Richard Powell, supervisor. Blake and Sligh junior high schools will each receive $500 for the exploring technology programs. Principal Watts Sanderson, teacher Wayne Canady and supervisor Michael Grego were recognized at Blake, while principal Ken Otero and teacher Frank Johnson were recognized at Sligh.

Leto High

Leto High School will dedicate its football field in honor of former principal Alene Mahin and longtime booster Bernie Hoffman on Dec. 5. A bronze plaque naming the Mahin/Hoffman Field will be presented during the dedication ceremonies.

Plant High

Sophomore class elections were completed at Plant High recently. Elected for the 1990-91 school year were George Charles, president; Bill Wallis, vice-president; Tyson Chittenden, secretary, and Kim Smiley, treasurer.

Dale Mabry Elementary

Cheryl Middlebrooks visited the White House Rose Garden recently to accept the "Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching at the Elementary Level." She was Florida's winner in the program that recognizes teachers who serve as models for their colleagues and provide increased status and rewards for demonstrated professionalism. Her school will receive a $7,500 grant from the National Science Foundation to be used to improve instructional programs.

Tampa Palms Elementary

Pupils in Linda Williams' third-grade English class at Tampa Palms received a reply from a serviceman in Operation Desert Shield. Airman Ronald J. Smith wrote the class and told them how much his unit enjoyed their letters. He plans to visit the class when he returns to the United States and will show them his desert wear. He included a 100-baiza bill from Oman and said it was worth 33 cents in U.S. currency.

Mango Elementary

A Bicycle Rodeo, sponsored by the PTA and the school patrols, is scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Mango Elementary. The rodeo, which will feature races for each grade level, bicycle skill tests and a bicycle safety check, will be held on the new court north of the school office.

Each child who enters will receive a bicycle reflector, and trophies will be awarded to the top boy and girl rider of each grade level. Parents are invited to bring their bicycles for the safety check.

Tampa Baptist Academy

The Parent Teacher Fellowship of Tampa Baptist Academy is sponsoring a Bible Times Festival at 9 a.m. today. Children will dress up as Bible characters or animals and participate in biblically oriented booths. Preschoolers and home schoolers are invited to attend.

Bloomingdale High

Spirit Week has been celebrated this week in preparation for the Homecoming football game at 7:30 tonight. Hippie Day, College Day, Reverse Day, Hillbilly Day and Spirit/Hush Day have been scheduled throughout the week. A Spirit Week contest, designed to provide a link between the school and community, was a visual outlet for the school's spirit. Windows in Bloomingdale Square have been painted to announce the Homecoming football game.

A nighttime pep rally was scheduled for Thursday, with floats depicting the football game or the Homecoming Dance theme, "Escape to the Orient."

A dance will be at the school from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Armwood Adult school

Registration has begun at Armwood for the winter term and will continue through Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m. weekdays. A full schedule of high school credit classes will be offered and may be taken on a non-credit basis by anyone 16 or older. Special-interest classes include photography, word processing, GED preparation, introduction to computers, ceramics, typing and adult basic education. No fees are charged to students who are taking classes for high school credit or to prepare for the GED or for adult basic education. Students with a high school diploma, taking credit courses on a non-credit basis, are charged a nominal fee. For information, call 689-1217 after 2 p.m.

Gorrie Elementary

Gorrie's fourth annual spaghetti dinner and carnival is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the school, 705 De Leon St. Cost is $3.50 for the dinner.

Lewis Elementary

Kindergarten pupils at Lewis will have a Pumpkin Patch Parade at 8:15 a.m. today. This annual event will have the children in costumes parading through the school.

Barbara Ferrante, first vice president of the Lewis PTA, has been voted Volunteer of the Month for September. Ferrante has spent many hours working on the Lewis T-shirt sale in addition to organizing the gift-wrap fund-raiser.

Safe Halloween at Lowry Park

Saturday and Sunday, Lowry Park will celebrate Halloween with face painting, a roving magician, jugglers and musical entertainment. Costumed children, ages 4 through 11, will receive 25 cents off the price of admission when accompanied by a paying adult.

Career Explorations Conference

A two-day conference is set for Saturday and Sunday at Armwood High School. Two hundred Hillsborough County Public School teachers will explore their educational and professional futures through a series of workshops. The conference is presented by the Staff Development Office of Hillsborough County Public School and the West Central Regional Management Development Network. The guest speaker will be Dr. Ida Baker, director of Human Resource Development for the state Department of Education. She will speak at the Saturday luncheon at 12:15 p.m.

Maniscalco Elementary

Staff and pupils of Maniscalco will have an Oktoberfest from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the school, 939 Debuel Road, Lutz. Festivities will include a fun house, moon walk, game booths, face painting, costume fashion show, crafts and a used book sale. Chicken dinners for $4 and baked goods will be available during the day.

T-Pots plan Halloween party

Tampa Parents of Twins and Supertwins (T-Pots) will sponsor their second annual Halloween party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Summit West Apartments Clubhouse. The costume party will feature an apple race, bean-bag toss and two jack-o'-lantern pinatas. All parents of multiples are invited to come and learn more about the club. For information, call 689-4588.

Workshop on

minority involvement

A free public "Workshop on Minority Involvement" is planned to help increase parental involvement in schools and PTAs. The workshop is set for 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Jefferson High School Media Center, 4401 Cypress St. It is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Council District's Human Relations Department.

Group discussion and displays will be featured. Reservations are required by calling 251-6713.