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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL NEWS  14 November 2017

CULTURE

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The CKS class of 2022 made a trip the Phillips Center at the University of Florida Thursday for a special school day, theatrical performance.  The opportunity to be exposed to cultural events not available in Levy County was made possible by the UF Performing Arts program.  The program covers the artist fees, facility fees and school bus costs.

TRAVEL CLUB SPAGHETTI DINNER
Amanda Robinson, Shark Correspondent
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The Cedar Key High School’s Travel Club has been given another opportunity by Educational Tours to take a second trip to countries in the European continent for thirteen days. The trip will occur during the Summer of 2019 and students will tour the countries of Italy and Greece. In order to attend, students must have an exceptional academic record and be nominated by Beta. As described on the EF Tour’s website, “...walk through the Roman Forum, climb the Acropolis in Athens and visit the site of the Oracle at Delphi, among some of the world’s most historically significant ancient sights.”

In order to make this trip possible, the Travel Club will be hosting a spaghetti dinner in the CKS Auditorium on November 29th. The meal includes a spaghetti dish, rolls, salad, a dessert, and a drink. The dinner will be held from 5:30-7pm with multiple door prizes, and live music from Grace Cowart. During this time, the book fair in the library will also be open. Tickets are $10 a piece, sold by any member of the Travel Club.

Spero di vedervi lì!  Hope to see you there!

PIE AUCTION

NOV 14 CKS PIE pumpkin pieThe  25th Annual Junior Class Pie & Cake Auction will be held Tuesday, November 21 inside the Doug Bishop Auditorium at CKS.

This is a once-a-year chance to enjoy some of the finest baking on the island, to support the junior class, and to pick up some yummy desserts to share over Thanksgiving. The doors will open to bidders at 5:30 p.m. and the auction will begins at 6:00.  (Anyone donating pies or cakes can drop them off at the main office after noon.)

For more information, contact junior class sponsor Mrs. Kim Bishop at CKS.

BASKETBALL SEASON IS UNDERWAY

The basketball season is getting underway for all of the Sharks’ teams.NOV 14 CKS BASKTBALLbasketball

CKS varsity girls will play at Ocala Christian on Monday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. The first home varsity games are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 27, against Meadowbrook with the girls playing at 5:30 and the boys at 7 p.m. The next night, Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Sharks’ varsity teams will host Dixie County.

The Sharks’ middle school basketball schedule opens in Chiefland on Thursday, Nov. 30 with the middle school girls at 3:30, followed by the middle school boys, then the varsity girls and finally the varsity boys.

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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL NEWS  17 October 2017
 
 
FIRE CHIEF ROBINSON
GOES TO SCHOOL
Some of the littlest Sharks on campus stepped outside of their regular classrooms on Tuesday morning to get a refresher course on how to use 911 and how to handle themselves in case of a fire or other emergency. Cedar Key Fire Chief Robert Robinson makes a visit to the school at least once a year to teach and review fire safety. He also saves a few minutes at the end of the presentation to hand out the junior firefighter hats, which is always a big hit with the kids.
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GIRLS BASKETBALL RECEIVES GIFT
OCT 18 CKS TOMLINCedar Key Woman's Club 1st Vice President Eileen Senecal presented a check to the CKS Girls' Basketball program on Friday afternoon, October 13th. Senecal said the donation was a part of her organization's ongoing efforts to support local females in various pursuits. Coaches David and Carrie Tomlin said the generous donation would make it possible to buy shoes for 12 players.
 
 
 

Those who gathered in the CKS gym to accept OCT 17 CKS LINEUPthe Woman's Club donation included, from back left: Coach David mlin, Eileen Senecal, Samantha Vibbard, Angelica Arroyo, Desiree Barshay, Rylee Smith, Jasmin Jackson, Hannah Brinkman, Cassie Lozier, Coach Carrie Tomlin, and front from left, Makalynn Bowling, Skylar Wirth, and Lori Moser.

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THELMA MCCAIN HONORED 
A memorial project has been planned for a woman who was former CKS student, cook, bus driver, volunteer, and all-around supporter and who spent her life devoted to making sure everyone in Cedar Key was well cared for and well fed.

OCT 17 CKS MCCAINThelma McCain died in March. To honor her many contributions to the community, a cook shed is being built at the community center and organizers are accepting donations for the project.

The community center is one of the places where Thelma selflessly volunteered to cook for so many worthy causes. Cooking to help others was a way for Thelma to continue the skills she honed while working at the Captain's Table Restaurant for 18 years, at the Cedar Key Cafeteria for 13 years, and throughout her life for her family, including her own brood of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and anyone else who passed by at mealtime.

So far the fees for the cook shed have been waived by the city and the labor to construct it has been volunteered. Now organizers need donations to cover the cost of materials, estimated at about $5,000.

Anyone interested in helping with the project can drop off a donation at the Drummond Community Bank here in Cedar Key. 

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NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY
IN LEVY COUNTY
...excerpted from
Cedar Key School’s
Facebook page Posts
September 13, 2017

The following is an official message from the Levy County School Board.

Levy County Schools will NOT be in session on Wednesday, as we continue to work to address issues (electricity, repairs, and clean up) at our schools. We will continue to monitor the situation with the assistance of Emergency Management and Levy County Sheriff’s Office. We will update the Schools reopening as we assess conditions in the schools and communities.

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NO STUDENTS IN
LEVY SCHOOLS THURSDAY
September 13, 2017
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No student attendance on Thursday, September 14, 2017.  Thursday will be an employee workday.  All School Board employees will report to work at 8:30.
·       Food Service workers need to check with their Managers.
·       Bus Drivers and Bus Aides do not need to report to work until Friday.
Buses are ready to run and students will return to school on Friday, September 15, 2017.
Please note the following game updates:
·       All games for Thursday have been cancelled.
·       Bronson –vs- PKY is cancelled.
·       Chiefland –vs-Hamilton County is cancelled.
·       Williston – vs- Madison County is rescheduled for Saturday, September 16th.  It is a home game.
 
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL
PARENT TEACHER ASSSOCIATION INVITES YOU TO COFFEE
September 5, 2017
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL
SEWING CLUB…
MANY WAYS YOU MIGHT HELP!
August 21, 2017

Cedar Key School is a wonderful school, but doesn’t have the resources to offer some of the elective courses that many of us were privileged to take when we were in public schools. 

Last spring, Bunny Hand noticed that the children of Cedar Key School don’t have a Home Economics course available to teach them sewing and formed a club to fill this need.  She rounded up friends to volunteer time, materials, and used sewing machines, and discovered that many CKS students were very excited to attend the Sewing Club which meets every Wednesday after school in the space donated by the Art Center.

We are very thankful to the generous people who have donated to this club.  In a few weeks, we will begin this year’s club, and find that we have depleted a lot of our supplies and would like to reach out to the community for help.  Donations of thread, polyfill (the kids love making pillows for their rooms!), and fabric are greatly appreciated. 

If we had a wish list, we would love to have a few new sewing machines for the students, and Beth Davis of the Salty Needle Quilt Shop, has offered to sell the machines to the club at cost.  Also, if we had a wish list, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had the money to allow each club member to select some fabric of their own for their next project, from the Salty Needle.

We would be so grateful if you could make a donation to this cause.  Any donation will help.   Please contact Bunny Hand (352-378-2799, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Sue Wooley (612-247-5820, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Thank you!

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AG CLASSES ARE WORKING HARD
TO START THE YEAR OFF RIGHT
August 21, 2017

AUG 21 CKS FFA PIC ONE IMG 20170816 132602793 1This year should be an exciting year for the Cedar Key School Agriculture Department.  This year there are three ag classes offered during the school day, two being high school classes and one middle school. The current enrollment is 52 students with many of them being eighth graders who are taking an advanced high school ag class.  

This year we are down one garden due to the new portable, but that isn't stopping students from doing their best to get things rolling.  We will have a fall garden, hydroponic garden, two tilapia tanks, and a few hens.  As always, garden donations are accepted and we are always willing to partner with community members on service projects.AUG 21 CKS FFA IMG 20170816 132525610

Photo  One: Chicks have arrived and the "reclamation garden" is being planted with squash in hopes to have a late crop of it. -monitored by student Casey Williams

Photo Two: Students work to clean up the area around the aqualab and new portable; soil and lumber was displaced during the installation of the portable, but the students aren't afraid to get their hands dirty cleaning up.

    

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CKS WELCOMES EDGENUITY
PROGRAM TEACHEERS
ON CAMPUS
August 10, 2017

Cedar Key School  is adding four new faces to the teaching staff this year. These middle school/high school teachers will each be on campus one or two days a week as part of the Edgenuity program.AUG 10 CKS 20643320 1607745022610285 3776947521357634566 o

Edgenuity is blended learning, which means students will spend time working on-line as well as getting help from a teacher face-to-face at CKS. Edgenuity allows students to take classes not offered on their campus, for example art history, as well as to take classes to make up credits they may be missing.

Each Edgenuity teacher has a specialty academic area, several years of successful teaching experience, and a willingness to rotate among campuses in Levy County.  Pictured, from left, are social studies teacher Mrs. Maya Hebert, science teacher Mrs. Jennifer Bray, English teacher Paul Grune,, and math teacher Mr. Wes Joyner.  One of these teachers will be at Cedar Key every school day.

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SCHOOL SAFETY
August 10, 2017
 
Cedar Key School takes the safety of its students seriously.
Crossing guard, police chief, and Doberman Trooper are on duty
welcoming students and keeping them safe on the first day of school!
 
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL
 WELCOMES NEW
COMMUNITY MEMBERS
August 9, 2017

AUG 9 CKS Amber Ryan Pre K Teacher

 

Amber Ryan is the new pre-Kindergarten teacher, replacing Elaine Rains who retired at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.AUG 9 CKS Coach John Miller PE Teacher Boys Basketball Coach

 

Coach John Miller is the new Physical Education teacher and boys basketball coach, replacing Vance Dickey, who resigned after the basketball season, and Cris Beckham, who filled in as Physical Education teacher during April and May of 2017.

 

 

Lenita Cato will teach first grade.AUG 9 CKS Lenita Cato 1st Grade Teacher

The food service staff working with Nancy Pelham include new employee Nina Bingaman, returning employee Therese Hancock, and new employee Tina Jacono.

AUG 9 CKS from left Nina Bingaman Therese Hancock Tina Jacono

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SCHOOL STARTS THURSDAY

CORRECTION:  SCHOOL STARTS THURSDAY, AUGUST 10

A reminder, here, that you will see more traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular.

SCHOOL WILL BE OPEN!

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CHICKENS ARE COMING TO CKS!
CAN EGGS BE FAR BEHIND?
August 2, 2017

Cedar Key School's Future Farmers of America has been awarded a $3,000 Living to Serve Grant to improve the quality of the gardens on campus.  The money will also be used to create box gardens around the portable classroom that is being set up this summer to house the agriculture and middle school science classes.

In addition to on-campus gardens project, the grant will allow FFA members to conduct four community outreach events during the upcoming school year.  Two of the events are planned for the fall Seafood Festival and spring Arts Festival; these will be front porch gardening events to promote small residential gardens. Another of the projects will involve high school agriculture students working with elementary classes to grow gardens.  The fourth outreach activity will be a public seminar on container gardening.

The grant will have one additional effect on the FFA program: freeing up funding for other, ongoing projects like raising chickens.I

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CKS WINDS THE FRED E. ROZELLE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD FOR CLASS 1A SCHOOLS IN FLORIDA!
June 10, 2017

The Sharks got some great news on Thursday: CKS is the statewide winner of the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award for Class 1A schools in Florida!

The Florida High School Athletic Association, FHSAA, gives the award each year to schools that best promote sportsmanship on and off the field and this is the fourth time in the past six years that CKS has earned the award among all of the small schools in Florida.

According to the FHSAA, the award goes to the school whose, "total sports program best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship as demonstrated by its coaches, players and spectators. Criteria for selection of the winners includes programs and activities implemented within the school and community to promote sportsmanship; the number and type of unsportsmanlike ejections; the number and type of exceptional sportsmanship reports; and the source of the nomination."

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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL FFA
WATER, EYEDROP DRIVE
May 13, 2017

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The Cedar Key Future Farmers of America is hosting a bottled water and eyedrop drive for the firefighters that have been tirelessly working on our wildfires in both South and North Florida. If you are interested in donating bottled water or eyedrops to the men and women putting their lives on the line to protect homes, property, and families, please drop off goods at Cedar Key School and the FFA will pick them up.

The drive ends next Friday, May 19, 2017, when we will take the goods to the NF drive headquarters in Fort White.   If you would like to make a monetary donation and the FFA purchase the items, please make sure that Firefighter Drive is noted.

Thank you,
Rachel Weatherington FFA Sponsor
The FFA Students 
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CONGRATULATIONS,
CLASS OF 2017!
 
Commencement Ceremony for the
Class of 2017
is set for Saturday, May 20 at 9:00 am
in the Cedar Key High School Gymnasium.
 
Please, join parents, family, and friends celebrate the
accomplishments and first milestone
 of eight exceptional graduates.
 
Congratulations, Class of 2017!
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 Photo: Compliments of Tina Berger
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL
 CLOSING CALENDAR
May126, 2017
 
The 2016-2017 school is nearly over and many classes and groups at Cedar Key School have planned end-of-the-year events during May.  Here is a run-down of what the Sharks have planned before the last day of school on May 26, 2017.
 
 
Sunday, 5/14 - Baccalaureate at Christ Episcopal Church 6:30 pm
Tuesday,  5/16, third grade field trip to Homosassa, Junior/Senior Banquet, 6 pm, Community Center
Wednesday,  5/17, EARLY RELEASE,  AR Prize Store noon,  sports physicals
Thursday,  5/18,  Survivor Day for middle school students
Friday,  5/19,  Kindergarten graduation, 9 am, Class of 2017 graduation practice
Saturday,  5/20 - GRADUATION!
 
Monday,  5/22,  Elementary awards ceremony, 9 am
Tuesday,  5/23,  Middle school awards ceremony, 9 am, High school awards ceremony 10:30 am, 7th period MS & HS final exam (after lunch)
Wednesday,  5/24, EARLY RELEASE, Pre-K end of year celebration, 9 am,
1st and 2nd period final exams
Thursday,  5/25,   EARLY RELEASE, 3rd and 4th period MS & HS final exams
Friday,  5/26,  EARLY RELEASE,  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, 5th and 6th period MS & HS final exams
 
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL
 CLOSING CALENDAR
May 6, 2017
 
The 2016-2017 school is nearly over and many classes and groups at Cedar Key School have planned end-of-the-year events during May.  Here is a run-down of what the Sharks have planned before the last day of school on May 26, 2017.
 
 
Tuesday,  5/9, Bowling trip for 1st and third graders
Wednesday,  5/10,  SWAT Summit for members of Students Working against Tobacco
Wednesday,  5/10 through Friday,  5/12,  Final exams and EOCs for seniors
Thursday,  5/11, ELP field trip, World History AP exam
Friday,  5/12,  Field Day for elementary students,   AR deadline for end-of-the-year points,    Library closes for inventory (all books must be returned)
 
Sunday, 5/14 - Baccalaureate at Christ Episcopal Church 6:30 pm
Tuesday,  5/16, third grade field trip to Homosassa, Junior/Senior Banquet, 6 pm, Community Center
Wednesday,  5/17, EARLY RELEASE,  AR Prize Store noon,  sports physicals
Thursday,  5/18,  Survivor Day for middle school students
Friday,  5/19,  Kindergarten graduation, 9 am, Class of 2017 graduation practice
Saturday,  5/20 - GRADUATION!
 
Monday,  5/22,  Elementary awards ceremony, 9 am
Tuesday,  5/23,  Middle school awards ceremony, 9 am, High school awards ceremony 10:30 am, 7th period MS & HS final exam (after lunch)
Wednesday,  5/24, EARLY RELEASE, Pre-K end of year celebration, 9 am,
1st and 2nd period final exams
Thursday,  5/25,   EARLY RELEASE, 3rd and 4th period MS & HS final exams
Friday,  5/26,  EARLY RELEASE,  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, 5th and 6th period MS & HS final exams
 
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL
 CLOSING CALENDAR
April 28, 2017
 
The 2016-2017 school is nearly over and many classes and groups at Cedar Key School have planned end-of-the-year events during May.  Here is a run-down of what the Sharks have planned before the last day of school on May 26, 2017.
 
Monday,  5/1,  PTO Meeting, 3:30 pm
Thursday,  5/4,  FFA Banquet, 6 pm
Friday,  5/5,  Yankeetown School visits CKS,  Last day to check out library books
 
Tuesday,  5/9, Bowling trip for 1st and third graders
Wednesday,  5/10,  SWAT Summit for members of Students Working against Tobacco
Wednesday,  5/10 through Friday,  5/12,  Final exams and EOCs for seniors
Thursday,  5/11, ELP field trip, World History AP exam
Friday,  5/12,  Field Day for elementary students,   AR deadline for end-of-the-year points,    Library closes for inventory (all books must be returned)
 
Sunday, 5/14 - Baccalaureate at Christ Episcopal Church 6:30 pm
Tuesday,  5/16, third grade field trip to Homosassa, Junior/Senior Banquet, 6 pm, Community Center
Wednesday,  5/17, EARLY RELEASE,  AR Prize Store noon,  sports physicals
Thursday,  5/18,  Survivor Day for middle school students
Friday,  5/19,  Kindergarten graduation, 9 am, Class of 2017 graduation practice
Saturday,  5/20 - GRADUATION!
 
Monday,  5/22,  Elementary awards ceremony, 9 am
Tuesday,  5/22,  Middle school awards ceremony, 9 am, High school awards ceremony 10:30 am, 7th period MS & HS final exam (after lunch)
Wednesday,  5/23, EARLY RELEASE, Pre-K end of year celebration, 9 am,
1st and 2nd period final exams
Thursday,  5/24,   EARLY RELEASE, 3rd and 4th period MS & HS final exams
Friday,  5/25,  EARLY RELEASE,  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, 5th and 6th period MS & HS final exams
 
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC…
DON’T MISS IT!
April 26, 2017
 
WHO?
Cedar Key School’s
Gifted and Enrichment Program
 
WHAT?
Will present the play The Sound of Music in modified form.
 
WHERE?
Cedar Key School Auditorium
 
WHEN?
Tuesday, May 9 at 6 pm
 
COSTS?
The price of admission is $2 for students and $5 for adults.
 
 
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL FFA BANQUET
April 28, 2017
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL RECOGNIZED BY
U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
April 28, 2017

Cedar Key School is among the high schools that have been recognized nationally by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 2017 Best High Schools in the United States.

In total, U.S. News ranked the 6,041 highest-scoring U.S. schools (out of the 20,487 evaluated). Many Florida schools were included in the rankings; 39 received gold medals, 137 received silver medals and 63 received bronze medals.

Cedar Key received a Bronze ranking even though its graduation rate tied that of Chiefland High School, which received a Silver ranking. (The high schools in Williston and Bronson did not qualify for a ranking this year.)

What kept CKS out of contention for a silver or gold medal was its size. Even though CKS tied with silver medalist Chiefland High School in terms of graduation rate (93%), CKS has such small graduating classes that its Advanced Placement classes were too small to qualify for consideration.

Details about how U.S. News determined the rankings can be found at https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/florida/districts/levy/cedar-key-high-school-5208

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SHARKS BASEBALL
WINS OPENER
March 5, 2017
     
Overcoming a few early mental mistakes, Coach Joe Bishop’s boys baseball team got the season off to a solid start by outlasting the Northside Christian Academy 14-4.   The visitors from Starke jumped in the lead with two runs in the first, thanks mostly to two infield hits that barely traveled  80 feet combined.  The Sharks countered by batting around in their half , keyed by Joey Stewart’s two-run double.  Stewart, Cedar Key’s most experienced pitcher, allowed only one more run in the next two innings, using his sharp tailing fastball to fan seven of the nine outs he recorded.   Dillon Allen finished with two strong innings, wriggling out of a bases-loaded-one-out jam in the top of the fifth to set up the Sharks’ winning four run rally in the bottom of the inning.  Stewart had two doubles to lead the offense, as did surprise batting star Mikey Beckham, playing in his first game.  Trace Epperson sealed the win with a sharp two run single in the bottom of the fifth.  Veteran catcher Nate Brinkman handled the two pitchers well, framing the pitches with great skill, making it easier for the umpires to call strikes at crucial junctures.       

The Sharks travel to Ocala Tuesday for what promises to be their first real test of the fledgling season.   It’s hard to tell too much from this first game -against an overmatched team.  The contest dragged at times –mainly because of the opposing hurler’s inability to throw strikes with any regularity.  “There ain’t no way it’s still the fifth inning,” one Shark player observed as the game moved past the two hour mark, accurately expressing the sentiments of most Shark players and fans.  But a win is a win, and this team has definite promise.  Featuring a nice blend of experienced players with younger, less experienced ones, the Sharks baseball nine will be competitive and engaging, certainly worth watching for anyone who enjoys watching youngsters playing ball just for the joy of it.  So come on out to the field across from the Dollar General for the next game.  Be sure to bring a chair.  

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CK MIDDLE SCHOOL FFA
MAKES TOP TEN IN STATE
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Saturday (2/4/17) the Cedar Key Middle FFA Chapter is making a statement in the horse judging world. For the second year in a row the middle school chapter (6th-8th grades) has placed TOP 10 in the state, tying for 9th place.
 
This year’s contest had close to 40 competing teams, judging 2 classes of Standardbred horses, one class of Morgan horses, a warmblood class and completing a 100-item skill-a-thon. Usually a horse team has easy access to live specimens and most competitors own their own horses, which gives them a leg up in the competition.
 
The Cedar Key team is at a definite disadvantage in this department but the five girls on this year’s team proved that you don't have to own a horse to judge a horse. For two members of the team their first experience with a horse was this year when the FFA Advisor, Rachel Wetherington, took them to a hands-on horse practice in Ocala. "It's a big deal to these kids, they put their heart and soul into this contest and are so proud for their hard work to pay off.
 
Many have already stated that they plan on practicing (for next year) now, so that can bring home a state championship" stated Mrs. Wetherington, when asked about the contest. The Cedar Key Middle and SR chapters congratulate the team on a fabulous representation at the state contest. 
 
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL AG CLASS 
IS GETTING DIRTY
 
03 FEBRUARY 2017

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The high school agriculture class has been getting dirty in the garden! This week there was major soil cultivation going on as well as planting. Students in 9-11th grades planted squash, various varieties of tomatoes, habanero peppers, banana peppers, peas, bush beans, and cucumbers. Students also collected fish data. Students are testing, over the course of the school year, whether or not fish grow faster when in an aquaponics system (fish and plants growing in the same tank).

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At this time, there is not data that supports an aquaponic system increasing fish growth rates. Blue gill fish are the fish chosen for the experiment for their hardiness and "eat-ability." At the end of the project, when fish reach harvest-able size, the students will catch and clean the fish with the intentions of donating the meat to the food pantry.​
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Putting the "science" in Agriscience
by FFA Correspondents
31 January 2017
 
 
 
 
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Students in the high school agriculture class have been doing some “mad science” in class recently. Students are learning about soils and how they relate to crop productivity. For three days students have been doing various experiments with soil to determine the chemical composition of various soils
 

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Students have been testing things such as water content, organic matter, pH (also known as acidity), carbonates, nitrates, phosphates, and for about 10 other things necessary for plant growth that are located in the soil. Students have been using proper PPE (personal protection equipment) and will be applying their soil knowledge to the ag gardens.
 
The gardens are maintained by the agriscience classes but are funded through the Cedar Key FFA Chapters. To date over 9000LBS of fresh produce has been donated to the local food pantry. Currently there are late spring producing strawberries, potatoes, onions, and kohlrabi in the ground. Within the next two weeks peppers, turnips, cucumbers, squash, and collards will make their way to our gardens.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
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CEDAR KEY SHARK NEWS
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Teddy Bears for Sale!
02/03/17
Amanda Robinson & Terra Dun, Shark Correspondents
 
This Valentine’s Day, the Cedar Key School’s Sr. Beta Club will be selling teddy bears for $2 each. You can purchase them from a club member or in the CKS front office.
The teddy bears are a great gift for your best friend, significant other, a teacher, a parent, even your pet! With the profit made the Sr. Beta can fund many community projects. So get out there and buy a teddy bear!
 
 
  
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Ice-Cream
By: Skylar Wirth, Shark Correspondent
 
          Beginning next week the lunchroom is going to be providing ice cream products for the students at Cedar Key School. The ice cream is going to be available to high school all week. Elementary and middle school will be able to buy it only on Wednesdays.
         There are around 20 different kinds of ice cream that the students can choose from. The prices range from $0.50 to $1.50 per item. The school has decided to start offering ice cream in order to give the student a sweet snack while they are at school while still giving them a healthy alternative.
 
 
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PRODUCE FOR THE FOOD PANTRY
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20 JANUARY 2017
 
 
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So far throughout the course of the school year the Cedar Key Agriculture Department has gone through quite a few ups and downs. At the beginning of the school year the 6th grade class started their garden with various types of lettuce, cabbage, greens, and turnips. Throughout their 18 week Intro to Agriculture course, the garden had to be reseeded many times as students learned to recognize the difference between their crop spouts and weed sprouts.
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 Before the holiday break the garden had produced 197 lbs total of produce that has been donated to the food pantry, with another 350 lbs from our high school turnip plot. Yesterday was the last reaping of the middle school garden, now taken over by 27 seventh and eighth grade students.
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On 1/19/17 a total of 85 lbs was taken to the food pantry for donation. The total for this school year so far is 632 lbs! While these numbers are smaller than in years past, they are still incredibly helpful to residents of Cedar Key.
 
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The FFA and agriculture program hopes to get it's green house running again and two of the fallow gardens (due to lack of soil) thriving again. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
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GREENHOUSE PROJECT
 By Grace Cowart and Jayden Cannon
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Cedar Key FFA began working on the renovation of our greenhouse this week. The greenhouse has been inoperable for the past two years due to a broken cooling system and tears in the siding. We have attempted growing in it as it sits, but it easily gets too hot, even on cool days.
 
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We are planning on planting tomatoes and peppers inside the greenhouse and growing flowers around the perimeter to support local pollinators such as native bees, butterflies, and other insects.
 
We also hope to install grow lights next year and to be able to extend the growing day of the plants we are raising. The FFA needs help from the community to finish this project as well. While we have been able to order new plastic siding and a cooling system we have come up short on the lumber and soil needed to make our greenhouse complete. 
 
We are in need of lumber and soil donations, which can be dropped off at the school. The type of lumber we are looking for is pressure treated 2x6’s.
  
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This is our 10th year of being an FFA chapter and throughout our ten years we have donated 9,000 lbs. of food and are hoping to increase production with this project as well as support local pollinators that are looking for a food source before our crops flower.
 
 
 
   If anyone would like more information on our project please contact:
   Senior FFA President Grace Cowart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or
   Senior FFA Reporter Jayden Cannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
  
 
 
 
 
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CEDAR KEY SHARK NEWS
  16 JANUARY 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“WaterVentures”
Photo and story by Terra Dunn, Shark Correspondent
 
WaterVentures is a local, interactive, and mobile, science lab that travels throughout Florida, and for the first time visited Cedar Key School today. The WaterVenture itself is a 53-foot tractor-trailer that has been transformed into an all-out learning lab. It was designed by a team from Crystal Springs Foundation, Inc.
 
Kira Huber of Waterentures explained that the mobile lab, which is pulled by a semi truck, travels all over the state of Florida. Huber said the goal of the visit to Cedar Key was to teach elementary school students about water conservation, Florida's freshwater resources, and recycling through hands-on activities. The visit to Cedar Key was similar to visits at other schools where the focus is on educating primarily fourth and fifth grade students, although younger students sometimes get involved.
 
You can learn more about WaterVentures, the foundation that supports it, and what it does at www.waterventures.com
 
 
 
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During dress-up day for literacy week, Ms. Sue Penny and three students dressed up as characters from Pete the Cat, their favorite book. The students are, from left, first grader Carson Miller, kindergartener Bauer Solowski, and first grader Kayla Winfield.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
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Cedar Key School had a great time for literacy week, not only making sure the whole school is reading it made sure they had fun while doing it.
 
On Monday the entire school dropped everything and read for twenty minutes. The kids got a chance to read undisturbed for twenty minutes.
 
A big thank you to the guest readers that came on Tuesday especially to Anne Lindgren and Anne White Hodges the elementary student really enjoyed having the experience to have local authors read to them.
 
Word Day Thursday was an activity for the whole school where every student got the chance to choose a word and put it on a sign they decorated which they wore all day, plus elementary got to “Read at the Beach” in the library where they sat on beach towels and read books while getting some sweet looking tans.
 
Friday had students dressed up as a character from a book they read making their fantasy heros come to life.
It was a great week for the students and the teachers to really get into their books and have fun.
 
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Progress Reports
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Progress reports will be sent home on Friday, February 3. These reports are issued about half-way through each nine week grading period so that families can check on the progress their student is making. The reports are also a way for the students to evaluate how they are doing while they still have time to improve their grades before the end of the grading period on March 10.
 
 
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CEDAR KEY SHARK NEWS
  16 JANUARY 2017
 
 
 
 

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Cedar Key School’s students and staff did well during the recent emergency evacuation drill.
  
The drill was held Friday, January 20th shortly after the last lunch period. Levy County Sheriff’s Deputy Grant Sandlin said the drill went well. According to Deputy Sandlin’s calculations, about 8 minutes elapsed from the time the school was notified that the students needed to evacuate until Principal Josh Slemp had determined that all of the students, faculty and staff had safely evacuated to the outdoor amphitheater adjacent to the elementary school building.
  
The school does not get advance notice about these drills, but is expected to be ready to participate in them at any moment, which is how emergencies actually happen - without warning.
 
 
 
CKS Principal Josh Slemp escorted students back toward school
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