By MARYAN PELLAND
Published May 24, 2007
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS PLAY ROLE IN RECORD
Last fall, numerous Florida schools, including Powell Middle, Challenger and J.D. Floyd Elementary, participated in a special read-aloud effort. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Florida middle school students successfully broke the record for the "Most People Reading Aloud Simultaneously in Multiple Locations." The reading marathon aired via a live public broadcast and Webcast from Disney-MGM Studios at 11:25 a.m. on Sept. 28.
School Board will meet on June 5
The next School Board meeting is at 7 p.m. June 5 at the Hernando County School Support Complex, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville.
Prekindergarten registration set
Preschoolers are invited to voluntary prekindergarten sessions this summer. Dates are June 5-July 31, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. There are no sessions July 4-6. To register, call 797-7070, ext. 429 or 443. Parents must provide birth certificate, proof of Florida residency, and health and shot records.
Award ceremonies will begin today
Deltona Elementary School has scheduled several year-end awards ceremonies: today, 10 a.m. first-graders; 5:30 p.m. third-graders; 7:30 p.m. fourth graders. Tuesday, 10 a.m., second-graders. Fifth-grade graduations are Tuesday, by teacher: 5 p.m. Craig, Lojacono, Billingsly and Ese; 7:30 p.m. Aponte, Chesbro, McMullin and McMorgan.
J.D. Floyd Elementary
Events net $6, 675 for cancer society
Students, faculty and parents at J.D. Floyd Elementary School raised more than twice their goal this year to help the American Cancer Society. Through fundraisers, such as a chili cook off and a bake sale, they raised $6, 675.
Middle schoolers get sports program
The school will offer a new sports program to its middle school students for the 2007-08 school year. Boys and girls can participate in golf, basketball, tennis, and track. Athletes must carry a 2.0 or C average. Each must submit a consent/release form, physical/medical history and an original birth certificate. Proof of insurance is required. For further information, contact William Toler at 797-7055, ext. 219.
School wins Battle of the Books
The school won this year's Battle of the Books. This is Westside's fourth win since the program's creation, the only team with that many wins. Also, Westside will pilot a program next school year with single-gender classes at each grade level. There will be one class of boys and one of girls in core subjects - handwriting, reading, math, spelling, writing, social studies and science. Lunch, recess and nonacademic subjects will be co-educational.
Most-improved readers honored
Parrott Middle School's Most Improved Reader awards went to: Christine Lammers, sixth-grade; Jacob Dorn, eighth-grade; Martha Williams, eighth-grade; Ebony Woods, seventh-grade; and Codi Caltagirone, eighth-grade.