"The best gift you could have ever given her is a lifetime of adventures." - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Top Ten Things to do Your Senior Year By: Heather Sikes
> Go to prom, but don’t go broke doing it. >Attend the “Senior Skip Day”. It may be one of your last chances to hang out with your class. >Step outside your comfort zone; it’s your last year. >Give advice to the younger kids; they look up to you. >Go and do things with your friends! You’re leaving soon (maybe). >Go to Grad Bash. When else will someone pay for you to go to Universal? >Play a senior prank. . .carefully. (Don’t do something illegal, please) >Attend. All. The. Things! This is actually it. The last year of high school. You’re about to go into the scary real world. (And you don’t get to come back.) >Travel as much as you can. >Save money! Whether or not you’re going to college, you’re going to need money because the free and reduced lunch prices have ended.
Literacy Week 1/30/17 Kevin Mansingh;Shark Correspondent
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.
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 Waterventures 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
The following students are part of the Cedar Key School Honor Rolls for their excellent academic work during the first half of the school year.
6th Grade: A Honor Roll Kendall Bailey Alexis Crum Bria Hinkle A/B Honor Roll Audrey Collins Alessio DiBari Tori Fisher Jonas Forney Tamela Greenhaw Haiden Simpson
7th Grade: A/B Honor Roll Mikey Beckham Makalynn Bowling Connor Slemp 8th Grade: A/B Honor Roll Damien Francis Natalie Stewart Skylar Wirth 9th Grade: A Honor Roll Michele DiBari Amanda Robinson A/B Honor Roll John Boyle Alyssa Anderson Micheal Smith
10th Grade: A/B Honor Roll Terra Dunn
11th Grade A Honor Roll Emilie Lavoie-Ingram B Honor Roll MacKenzie Kirkbride
12th Grade: A Honor Roll Ashlyn Allen Abby Osteen Emily Smith A/B Honor Roll Jesse Crawford
Last Wednesday, the elementary and middle schools had their annual Spelling Bee. The students in each category fought hard and spelled their hearts out. The competition was fierce, and the first place winners in each category moved on to districts. The results are as follows:
Be STEM-Terrific! 11/1/16 Kevin Mansingh; Shark Correspondent
Put those thinking caps on because the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) club has just joined Cedar Key High School with Ms.Holly Mills as the adviser. What is STEM? It’s a program for any student who likes a little challenge in their life or they like to be creative. STEM helps kids to learn about important skills that can really help especially in this modern world of ours. STEM can help students to gain skills that can get them a job in any of the four subjects Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math. The program is a hands-on learning experience that can help kids to become more creative, better thinkers, and progressive people. If you think you need a push intellectually STEM is for you remember Explore, Discover, Take Risk, Make Mistakes, Improve and Never Give Up!
Cheerleaders By:Skylar Wirth;Shark Correspondent
The Cedar Key School cheerleaders are striving to get as many practices in as possible before the basketball season begins. This year those practices are more important than ever because the Sharks have decided to start doing cheer stunts. This year the Sharks have lots of J.V. cheerleaders - 16 - a full squad of varsity cheerleaders, along with head coach Mrs. Malinda Rowland who is getting lots of volunteer help from CKS alumni cheerleaders Alora Beckham and Jessi Robinson. Rowland said she decided to add stunts to the cheerleaders’ repertoire this year, “Because the girls wanted to and it shows the girls’ athletic abilities more than just sitting on the bench. It also gets the crowd more excited.” Mrs.Rowland also said she likes watching the cheerleaders develop from students who say they can’t do something to succeeding at a skill. The 2016-2017 varsity cheer team includes; Whitney Neal (Captain), Kelly Quinn (Co-Captain), Alexa Stottlemyre, Amanda Robinson, Alyssa Anderson, Cassie Lozier, Cierra Hembree, and Kayla Beckham. The JV team is made up of the following middle school students; Skylar Wirth, Jadyn Beckham,Lexi Epperson, Alexis Lipscomb, Allie Brown, Mackenna Stottlemyre, Haiden Simpson, Taylor West, Annie McCain, Megan McCain, Kaitlyn Tindall, Anna Lavoie-Ingram, Samantha Vibbard, Gwen Zeigler, and Laura Jones.
This year the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is selling t-shirts as a fundraiser. The designs on the dark gray shirts include a purple shark coming up out of the water with the phrase “Love Purple Live Gold.” The adult shirts are $20 and the sizes available are small, medium, large, extra-large, and XXL. The PTO also has youth sizes, which come in small, medium, and large. The proceeds from shirt sales will go to the school to help pay for things that the students and staff may need throughout the school year. The T-shirts are on sale in the front office and will also be available at home basketball games.
Technological advances made within Cedar Key School 10/14/16 Jesse Crawford; Shark Correspondent
Cedar Key school’s Business Software Application’s class, taught by David Tomlin’s is comprised of students that fall within the category of Millennial and Gen Z’s. It is to the benefit of the upcoming workforce that these students become certified in Microsoft and develop their technological capabilities. Two students that have demonstrated a promising future in the technological world are Emilie Lavoie and Whitney Neal. After weeks of practicing for the PowerPoint certification on a learning program called GMetrix, Emilie and Whitney passed the test with perfect scores of a thousand. Having their first certification of the four, Emilie Lavoie and Whitney Neal will soon be prepared to receive certifications in Excel, Word and Access. A year from graduation, Emilie Lavoie commented “I’m happy to begin the certification process, so by the time I’m in the business world I’ll have experience to offer an employer.”
Shark Tide Turns Against Chiefland Hi-q Team 10/13/2016 Heather Sikes; Shark Correspondent
CKS Varsity Hi-Q team had an incredible win against the Chiefland hi-q team for the first time in nearly five years. The Cedar Key Varsity team is comprised of Heather Sikes, Alicia Neal, Whitney Neal, Emilie LaVoie, and Tanner Wisdom. The Chiefland Middle-High School varsity team has kept the title of district finalists for the last two years but on October 4th Cedar Key beat them 95-90. It was a tie when the last “time” was called at the end of round three. It was all down to a tie breaking question that read “In what art form did these ancient Greeks excel? Lysistratus, Scopas, Myron, Praxiteles, Phidias.” After about three tense seconds of waiting the game was over, Heather Sikes buzzed in with the answer “Sculpting” and got the point. With an end score of 95-90 Cedar Key School won the match. Hi-Q coach Raymond Powers was both impressed and proud of his varsity team for this historic win.
The Photographer’s FORUM Magazine and PENTAX are opening up their annual photo contest to all high school and college students. To enter the contest, visit www.pfmagazine.com. The only technical requirement is that the images have a long dimension of at least 1,000 pixels and no more than 3,000 pixels, be saved as a .jpg, and have a file size of no more than 4Mb.
The grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 grant from Photographer’s Forum and a PENTAX k-3 II camera system.
The second place winner will receive a $1,000 cash grant.
The third place winner will receive a $500 cash grant.
There will be 5 fourth place winners receiving a $150 cash grant, plus there will be 100 honorable mentions.
All honorable mentions will receive a gold-embossed certificate of merit and will be mentioned in the May 2017 issue of Photographer’s Forum magazine.
Entry fees on or before October 17th are $4.95 per photo and fees for any entry submitted between October 17th and December 5th, 2016 will be $5.95 per photo. The top eight winning photos will be published in the May 2017 issue of the Photographer’s Forum magazine. All finalists will be published in a hardcopy edition of Best College and High School Photography 2017. Each participant in the US and Canada will receive 2 free issues of the magazine as well.
It’s not too late to get vaccinated 9/30/16 Jesse Crawford; Shark Correspondent With influenza spreading across the state, the Florida Department of Health urges Floridians to get vaccinated against influenza. The flu vaccine not only protects you from getting ill but also protects those around you. The vaccine is especially important for those who are at high risk of getting sick, including, those 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, children under five, immunocompromised individuals, and people with chronic medical conditions. The vaccination is offered in many locations including, doctor's offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores, pharmacies, and health centers, and through many employers and school. For more information contact the Levy Health Department at 352-486-5300.
Yankeetown Against CKS Volleyball Recap 09/29/16 Amanda Robinson & Terra Dunn; Shark Correspondents
The Middle School Volleyball First Year Team has played their hearts out once again! They took Yankeetown Sand Gnats head on and played a close game. Sixth grader Baylie Doty said, “The team had fun playing against the Sand Gnats, though it was challenging. The team worked great together and we’ll keep giving it our all!” Though coming close with a final score of 20-25, the girls will keep being driven and try again. The team has two away games before wrapping up their season with a home game on October 17th against Creekside. Go Sharks!
Cross Country Sharks are Running Well 9/28/16 Annie McCain; Shark Correspondent
Cross Country is off to a great start at Cedar Key School! The three meets so far have been hosted by Williston Middle High School, St. John’s Lutheran in Ocala, and Yankeetown School.Cedar Key junior Mackenie Kirkbride has been in the top three runners at every meet and the middle school boys won the Yankeetown meet. This year Cedar Key has 14 boys and 9 girls on the team. The Sharks will host a home meet on Thursday, Oct. 6th at 4 p.m. Fans are welcome to watch the event from the bus loading zone, which will be the starting point and the finish line for the meet.
Cedar Key Vs. Bronson and Riverside 9/22/16 Kevin Mansingh; Shark correspondent
It was an exciting week for the Cedar Key Varsity Sharks on the volleyball court. Having two home games in a row and watching the team give it there all was truly a thrill. Unfortunately, the girls lost both home games (25-23 against Riverside and 25-8 against Bronson), but have picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and are ready to give it their all when they play their second road game at Ocala Christian. Despite the losses, the players said they believe they played with great sportsmanship, and they're excited to display it in the next game against Ocala.
Posters show author’s purpose 9/15/16 By Annie McCain; Shark Correspondent
Fourth graders at Cedar Key School recently participated in a poster contest about the concept of an author’s purpose. The winners were Jeremiah Brown, Dana Hinkle and Raechel Brinkman. Jeremiah and Dana tied for first place and Raechel placed second. After the contest Dana said she learned that, “Authors can write to inform, express feelings, entertain, or persuade.” Each of the winners incorporated a favorite theme into the poster. For Raechel it was softball, for Jeremiah it was snakes, and for Dana it was nature. The contest was fourth grade teacher Ms. Jessica Sloan’s idea she says “author's purpose is a difficult task for them to understand. Teaching it this way makes it more fun and allows creativity” The fifth grade class judged the contest, on account of they did the same thing last year
“Teacher Spotlight: Holly Mills” 8/17/16 By John Pelham and Kevin Mansingh; Shark Correspondents
“Happiness is Key,” for Ms.Holly Mills here at Cedar Key School. As the new Critical Thinking and ESE teacher, her goals are to show students their true potential and to know their own importance. Ms. Mills described her favorite feeling is when a student becomes excited to learn. She believes in building relationships with the students and teachers in the community. When not in school, Ms. Mills is a mom who enjoys outdoor activities and reading.