News from Cedar Key High School

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By The Staff

Upcoming Games and Dates

By Claire Brown

Friday, March 13: Baseball game against Seven Rivers at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 19: Beta Induction

Friday, March 20: Softball and baseball games against Meadowbrook at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, March 23: Baseball game against St. John at 4:30 p.m. Softball game against Bronson at 5:00.

Tuesday, March 24: Softball game against Seven Rivers at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27: No school due to a teacher workday

Monday, March 30: No school due to Suwannee River Fair Day

Tuesday, March 31: Early release

FFA Fishing Tournament

By Laia Gore

On Tuesday February 24th, the Cedar Key Jr. FFA chapter held a fishing tournament on the city pier in celebration of national FFA week. The tournament started at 3:00pm and ended at 6:00pm. the tournament was measured in total inches. The top four places are 1st place Amos Shirey with a total 173in, 2nd place was Mike Shewey with a total of 120.5in, 3rd place was Taryn Epperson with a total of 70in, and 4th place was Gavan Smith with a total of 57.5in.

1st prize was a new rod-and-reel with tackle and a trophy. 2nd prize was a new rod-and-reel and a trophy. 3rd prize was a new tackle box. And 4th prize was a new pair of pliers. All prizes were sponsored by the FFA.

There were 18 total participants and every fisherman got a prize and loads of fun! We plan to do this again in April.

Better Playground, Safer Fun!

By Alicia Lambert

The Pre-k playground has been updated to a safer, handicap accessible environment! Money was raised from a fundraiser by the Cedar Key Lions Club and Fire Department, who raised $1,000. There was also a grant from Plum Creek, who donated $5,000.

The project that was done leveled the surface, added sod, and placed shredded tire under the equipment as a fall zone. Other improvements included adding a picnic table with shade overhead, adding a ramp to the playground, a balance beam and a sprinkler system. This was all done to make the playground safer and more fun.

FCAT Begins!

Josh Berger

FCAT has started this week for third through twelfth grade. For those who don’t know FCAT means Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. This test is designed by the state of Florida to measure student’s achievements of state standards or benchmarks in writing, reading, math and science.

FCAT writing is administrated to grades four, eight, and ten. FCAT science is administered to grades five, eight and eleven.. Math is administered to third through tenth. Students are required to pass the grade ten FCAT writing and math test in order to receive a standard high school diploma. Beginning this school year of 2008-2009 the state will not be giving the FCAT norm-reference Test or NRT.

The classes had been working hard to get ready for their tests. Testing started Tuesday and continue until the nineteenth. Elementary and middle students had their parents providing breakfast for their class before taking the FCAT test in order to get a healthy start on their big day; high school students were able to get a breakfast from the cafeteria staff to take to their classroom before testing so that they too would have a healthy start for each day of testing.


Spring Sports Spring into Action

By Caely Hibbits

Josh Loyd set a new school record at the first track meet of the season, with a time of 45.45 seconds in the 300 meter hurdles. Sam Beckham took first place in all of the events she participated in, winning pole vault at a height of 8’6”. She ran the 300 meter hurdles in 55.12 seconds. Sam also won long jump with a leap of 14’5”, while triple jump was 30’5”. The winner of high jump was Caely Hibbits, at a height of 4’8”. To win high jump Caely had a jump-off with a member of the Branford team.

Joseph Bishop took second place in high jump and triple jump with a height of 5’2” and length of 35’6”. Boy’s pole vault was won by Josh Loyd at a height of 10 feet. The girls’ team took second place at the meet with 45 points. Branford was first, Bell finished third, and Bronson took fourth place. Cedar Key boys finished fourth with 29 points following behind Branford:99, Bell:94, and Bronson: 41. Top scorer of the meet was Samantha Beckham with 24 points, the maximum possible at this meet.

The Shark's young softball team has two wins and three losses. The first three games didn’t show much progress, but the girls have improved on defense and offense in the last two games tremendously, according to Coach Jimmy Lawrence.

The first time the girls played Hernando Christian they lost 18 to 8. When the Sharks traveled to Hernando's field they were ready; the game ended with a score of 18-8 Cedar Key! Coach Jimmy attributes the success to players listening to coaches David Watson, Chad O'steen, and Joe Simpson.

Sam Beckham, Caely Hibbits, Deanna Littlefield, Joseph Bishop, and Josh Loyd will go to a track meet in Crystal River on Saturday. The softball team has their next home game on March 20 against Meadowbrook.

A Thank You from First Grade

First grade has a new sand box. Jarrod Beckham, Clayton’s dad, came to school last week and started unloading all kinds of wood and equipment. The first graders were so curious. They kept peeking out the window and asking, “What’s Mr. Jarrod doing out there?” Then we heard sawing and hammering. Just before lunch Mr. Jarrod let us take a peek. It was a huge sandbox. We were so excited. The first graders have been bringing all kinds of cars and trucks to play with. So if you ride by first grade’s playground glance at the new sand box. It’s great!. All supplies and labor were donated by Mr. Jarrod. Thank you from Ms. Sherie’s first grade class.

Sherie Johns

First Grade Teacher


By Sarah Martin

Pre-K through Fifth grades had a make-it-take-it event February 26th. Many students, parents, and families attended for this fun filled afternoon.

At 5:30 a spaghetti dinner was provided by the Title program and generously prepared by Ms. Cheryl Allen and the lunch room staff. After dinner, everyone participated in the make-it-take-it workshop. The county Title resource lab sent games to assemble. These games provided important practice drills in Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Science. There were about 70 participants total.

After the games, students and families went to the Media Center for Family Reading Night.