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Schools roundup

By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 20, 2002

ADAMS MIDDLE: Birthday announcements can be posted on the school marquee for $10. Order forms are available in the front office. Notices are posted on a first-come basis and run for a week. Call 975-7665.

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BAY CREST ELEMENTARY: The media center will host the school's book fair this week. Call 872-5382.

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BRYANT ELEMENTARY: Parent-teacher conferences will be from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 13910 Nine Eagles Drive. Contact your student's teacher to schedule an appointment. Call 356-1645.

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CANNELLA ELEMENTARY: The family fall festival will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the school, 10707 Nixon Road. The event will include giant inflatables, games, booths, food and cookie-decorating contest. Tickets will be available at the fair for 25 to 50 cents per ticket. Call 975-6941.

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CITRUS PARK ELEMENTARY: Family Night at Hops is from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The restaurant at 14303 N Dale Mabry Highway will donate a percentage of sales made by Citrus Park families to the school. Call 558-5356.

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DAVIDSEN MIDDLE: There will be an informational meeting for parents of eighth-graders Oct. 29 at the school, 10501 Montague St. Parents are first invited to an Italian dinner served at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. At 7, they will learn about the Education Career Plan, which will be completed by each student in November and used in the spring for high school planning. Staff from Alonso High School will discuss scholarship opportunities and graduation requirements. Call 558-5300.

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ESSRIG ELEMENTARY: Students are invited to participate in the National PTA Arts recognition program, Reflections. This year's theme is "Signs of Courage." Students are asked to submit an entry in any of the four categories: literature, musical composition, photography or visual art. Entry deadline is Monday. All participants will be honored at a morning reception and art viewing scheduled for Nov. 14. Call Jill at 975-7314.

The PTA invites Essrig families and the public to its annual fall festival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the school, 13131 Lynn Road. The event will include game booths, prizes, giant inflatables, a costume parade, clowns, dunk tank and photo booth. Alex's BBQ will provide dinner, which includes a hot dog or barbecue sandwich, baked beans and chips. A $5 wristband includes dinner, popcorn, cotton candy, booths and inflatables access. A $3 wristband includes everything except dinner. Call Cathy at 975-7314.

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FARNELL MIDDLE: Students are invited to the PTSA's costume skating party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Skateworld, 7510 Paula Drive. The student wearing the best costume will win a large pizza and pitcher of soda. Tickets are $3.50 in advance Oct. 28 and 29 in the cafeteria or $4 at Skateworld. Call 356-1640.

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FOREST HILLS ELEMENTARY: The School Advisory Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Call 975-7633.

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HILL MIDDLE: The school's symphony orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gaither High School, 16200 N Dale Mabry Highway. There will be an FCAT workshop for parents at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the school media center, 5200 Ehrlich Road. Call 975-7325.

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HUNTER'S GREEN ELEMENTARY: Volunteers, sponsors and golfers are needed for the school's annual PTA golf tournament scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Hunter's Green Country Club, 18101 Longwater Run Drive. Cost is $75 per player, $300 per foursome. Entry deadline is Nov. 1. Call Margueritte at 973-4911.

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LUTZ ELEMENTARY: The school's fall festival will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. The event will include games, a silent auction and food. Lutz Elementary is at 202 Fifth Ave. S. Call 949-1452.

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MANISCALCO ELEMENTARY: The kindergarten storybook parade will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the school, 939 Debuel Road. Call 949-0337.

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McKITRICK ELEMENTARY: The Fall Madness festival will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the school, 5503 W Lutz-Lake Fern Road. Activities will include a dunk tank, moonwalk and game booths. Tickets are four for $1. Call 558-5427.

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MORT ELEMENTARY: The PTA will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the school, 1806 E Bearss Ave. The meeting will include a fourth-grade performance. Call 975-7373.

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NORTHWEST ELEMENTARY: Birthday Books are available for purchase. These books, a way of honoring and remembering a child's birthday, will be added to the school's library collection. Each Birthday Book will include a book plate with the student's name, birth date and a dedication. Call Joyce Bennett at 975-7323.

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SCHWARZKOPF ELEMENTARY: The PTA will open its pumpkin patch to students Oct. 28 and 29. The citizen of the month assembly will be at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 30 in the multipurpose room, 18333 Calusa Trace Blvd. Call 975-6945.

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SICKLES HIGH: Parents and students are invited to the upcoming family awareness discussion group meeting, "High Stakes Testing Information Night." Guidance professionals will discuss key exams students face during high school. The workshop will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday in the school auditorium, 7950 Gunn Highway.

Birthday notices can be posted on the marquee for $20 a week. Proceeds fund student scholarships, teacher grants and other programs. Call Rhonda at 920-2459.

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TAMPA PALMS ELEMENTARY: There will be a "Building Better Readers" workshop open to all New Tampa residents from 8:15 to 10 a.m. Tuesday in the school's cafeteria, 6100 Tampa Palms Blvd. The reservations deadline is Monday. Call 975-7390.

Crabby Bill's will host Tampa Palms Elementary Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The seafood restaurant at 15363 Amberly Drive will donate 20 percent of all sales by Tampa Palms families to the school.

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WALKER MIDDLE: Parent-teacher conference night is from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the school, 8282 N Mobley Road. The orchestra and chorus will perform at Sickles High, 7950 Gunn Highway, at 7 p.m. Thursday. Call 631-4726.

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WESTCHASE ELEMENTARY: Kindergarten parents are invited to a curriculum overview at 7 p.m. Monday in the school multipurpose room, 9517 W Linebaugh Ave. Kindergarten conference night will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Contact your child's teacher to set up an appointment. Call 631-4600.

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WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL: The school at 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. is seeking volunteers to help with office duties. Volunteers are needed in the Student Affairs Office -- answering telephones, helping with signing in/out and verifying absences; Guidance Office -- answering telephones and scheduling appointments; and the Media Center -- shelving books and assisting with checking in/out books. No experience is needed. Call Cindy at 631-4710, ext. 559.

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SCHOLARSHIP OFFERED: The Hillsborough County Fair is offering a $500 leadership scholarship to high school seniors. Applications are available through Hillsborough County Cooperative Extension Services. Entry deadline is Monday. The scholarship will be awarded Nov. 6 at the Harvest Awards luncheon at Raymond James Stadium. Call 744-5519.

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DEMOCRACY SCHOLARSHIP: High school students are asked to participate in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy scholarship competition. Interested students must submit a three- to five-minute audio essay expressing their view of "Freedom's Obligation." The state's first-place winner will win a four-day tour of Washington and a $25,000 scholarship. All state winners will receive at least a $1,000 scholarship. Entry deadline is Nov. 1. Contact your high school or call Lillian Bocock at 996-0445.

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YOUTH AUTHORS CELEBRATION: Elementary school kids are invited to participate in USF's Department of Childhood Education annual Suncoast Young Authors Celebration scheduled for April 7. Children in kindergarten through grade five will share their writings and illustrations with other young authors and meet adults in the writing profession. Cost is $25 per person. Lunch will be provided. Registration deadline is Nov. 13. Call Jennifer at 974-3460.

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WRITING CONTEST: The GFWC Lutz-Land O'Lakes Woman's Club invites students in grades 1 through 12 to participate in its annual Youth Writing Contest. Children living in Hillsborough and Pasco counties may enter a short story of 2,000 words or less or a poem of any style between eight and 30 lines. A $50 U.S. savings bond will be awarded to winners of each grade level. Deadline for submission is Nov. 15. Winning entries will be sent to the GFWC Florida Federation of Women's Club state contest. Call 996-4228.

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ACT: The ACT will be administered Dec. 14 at the University of South Florida and Alonso, Chamberlain and Gaither high schools. The registration deadline is Nov. 8. Cost is $28. Late registration is an additional $15. Applicants may register at www.act.org. Call (319) 337-1270.

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SAT: The SAT will be administered Dec. 7 at the University of South Florida and Chamberlain, Sickles and Wharton high schools. The registration deadline is Nov. 1. Students may register at www.collegeboard.com. Cost is $26. Late registration is an additional $16. Call (609) 771-7600.

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-- Please send news of your school's upcoming meetings and events to Schools Roundup, the St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618, or fax information to 269-5310. Deadline for items to appear Sunday is the prior Thursday.

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