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Education

  • New software will screen visitors to JBE

    Joyce Bullock Elementary School administrators are taking extra precaution this fall to ensure they know just who is on their campus.

    Frances LaSalle, assistant principal, came before the Williston Chamber of Commerce last week to inform members of software the school hopes to purchase to help regulate the more than 6,000 visitors to their school each year.

    LaSalle said the new software would scan a visitor’s driver’s license and would tap into the sex offender database to alert administrators to any potentially dangerous guests at the school.

  • Livestock team heading to Denver

    The Levy County 4-H Livestock Judging Team recently attended livestock judging competitions at State level. The Senior Team placed second and earned the qualification to attend the National Livestock Judging Competition in Denver Colorado.

    The 4-H Senior Team members are: Krystal Munnerlyn in the front (Chiefland 4-H); from back left to right: Ella Merrill (Morriston Cowpokes 4-H), Jaden Fant (Morriston Cowpokes 4-H), and Tevin Mills (DoubleSink 4-H).

  • Back-to-School Rally is Aug. 8

    WE SOAR, Inc., will host the 15th Annual Back-to-School Rally on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Allen Chapel AME Church located at 48 NE 9th Street, Williston.

    A rally program will feature the WE SOAR Step/Mime team and other youth performing arts groups. There will be free school supply packs (assembled by appropriate grade-level), door prizes and refreshments.

    This event was designed to promote school readiness as well as provide school supplies to the youth and families throughout the community.

  • Stuff the Bus is Aug. 15

    Take advantage of back-to-school specials now and buy school supplies to help the Levy Schools Foundation Stuff the Bus on Aug. 15.

    All supplies collected will be distributed among the county’s teachers for use by Levy County students.

    In Williston, a bus will be at Hitchcock’s Foodway from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and in Bronson it will be at the Buy N Save Grocery.

    Cash donations are welcomed and will be used to buy supplies in bulk.

    Items needed include:

    • Pens

    • Pencils

    • Erasers

  • Williston teen tours Europe as ambassador in People to People Program

    WOW! That’s all I can really say. Europe was awesome, though it was kinda dirty and there were a lot of beggars and people wanting to steal stuff it was still nice and beautiful.

    As a quick overview these are the things that I did on my trip. The first day after about a 10-hour flight, we arrived in Paris in the morning so we stayed up about 36 hours straight just looking around and getting to know the delegates with us.

  • Please, no pictures

    In last week’s Levy County School Board meeting, Director of Curriculum Patrick Wnek presented this year’s changes to the Student Code of Conduct. Among those changes was a ban on using digital cameras, cellphone cameras or digital video recorders during the school day to capture images of teachers, staff or students without permission. This week, Wnek and Director of Administration Jeff Edison, who led the research on the updates, clarified the rule.

  • Graduates overcame life's speed bumps to diploma

    It was one of the smallest graduations around: 14 people receiving diplomas at the Levy Campus of Central Florida Community College.

    Thursday’s event also was one of the biggest and most anxiously waited for the graduates and their families.

    The GED — General Equivalency Diploma — graduates at Central Florida Community College’s Levy campus traveled from nearby counties as well as within Levy County to attend class, study, do homework, projects, and answer the questions on quizzes, tests and final exams.

  • The vise tightens as school grade standards get tougher

    New Levy County Schools Assistant Superintendent Gina Tovine is already hip-deep in addressing the greatest challenges affecting area schools. Tovine spoke at Tuesday’s school board meeting, giving an update on Florida Schools Accountability policy.

    Florida Department of Education recently released school grades, and the news was mostly good. District-wide, there has been steady improvement, with Levy County gaining steadily in points each year and earning a grade of “B” again this year.

  • School board cracks down on cell phones

    Warning to Levy County students: you already weren't allowed to use your cellphone, pager or cellphone digital camera during the school day. Now you're really not allowed to.

    At Tuesday's meeting of Levy County School Board, Director of Curriculum Patrick Wnek presented some changes to the Student Code of Conduct, the manual that governs student discipline in county schools.

  • Williston Ag Program soars to the top again

    LEXINGTON, KY – The agriculture program at Williston High School in Williston, Fla., has been selected as the 2009 Florida Outstanding Middle/Secondary School Agricultural Education Program. Robert Philpot and Chris Wilder serve as instructors for the program.