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Education

  • 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.

  • CFCC has continuing education courses

    The Central Florida Community College Levy Center in Chiefland has received the new July-December 2009 Continuing Education schedules. Please stop by the center at 114 Rodgers Blvd. to pick up your free copy. Schedules are also available at the libraries in Levy County.

    The following classes begin in July:

  • Perkins Financial names scholarship winners

    Perkins Financial Group announces the 2009 recipients of the Perkins Financial Group Scholarship and the winner of the prestigious President’s Scholarship for $6,000.

  • School’s Out for Perry

    After 36 years in the classroom, Yvonne Perry, right, is calling it quits and last week family, friends, co-workers and former students honored her with a retirement reception at Williston Middle School. Strings ‘n Things violinists Fritz Junker and Wyeth Read were accompanied by Lisa Posteraro and played harmonious music as Perry greeted guests.