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Fourth Grade Living Science Projects

By Sarah Martin

Fourth grade has been preoccupied with raising and studying animals such as fiddler crabs, African dwarf frogs, and millipedes. The students are studying the creature's adaptations and environment.

Each animal has its own mini aquarium. The millipedes survive just on land, while the African dwarf frogs live in water, and fiddler crabs live both in water and on land. Each aquarium is set up perfectly for their living environment. Fourth grade student, Sydney Parks said, "For science we take them off the table and bring them to our desks, then we do observations and it is really exciting." Patrick Telgen thought differently saying, "I think they are sad because they have to stay in a container and they don't get to be let out."


Oak Halls Pitcher Blows Past the Sharks

By Alicia Lambert

In the softball season opener, the Cedar Key Sharks hosted Gainesville's Oak Hall. Everyone played their best, unfortunately, they didn't score a win losing 1-19.

Jordan Watson scored the only run, after she got to first base from a walk. This means that she didn't get three strikes, the pitcher pitched four bad throws. She successfully stole the next three bases. This is where when the ball leaves the pitchers hand, and the runner sprints to the next base without getting tagged out, fortunately Jordan made it all the way to home base.

Miranda Hair was the starting pitcher and she was relieved by Jade Watson. "The Sharks were unable to get their bats connected to the Oak Halls speedy pitches and placement.", says Haley Simpson, who plays second base.

First baseball game

By Joshua Berger

The Shark's were defeated in their home baseball opener against Shores Christian 2-9, Tuesday, Feb.17

Bradley Register scored the two runs home for the team.  



Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, Grades 11 & 12

Cedar Key High School

April Fleetwood

The AP English Language and Composition course is being offered for the first time ever here at Cedar Key School. This course provides a rigorous, college-like class for students to help prepare them for future college endeavors, further develop their reading and writing abilities, and give the opportunity for students to gain three college credit hours at the end of the year if the AP exam is passed.

The 'imitation' activity is one that we do often in this course because it helps us examine a writer's style, sentence structure, tone, and other literary elements. By imitating another author, students develop their own writing voices and styles as individuals. In this particular case, we read both the original and the revised versions of Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence and Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions. The students were then allowed to pursue a serious or a lighthearted topic to write their own declarations about. I am very proud of the work they completed; I hope you will enjoy reading these pieces of writing.

Declaration of FCAT

We hold these truths to be self-evident that all students are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of a good education. Good education is defined as a student being taught various subjects in school and learning about those subjects. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is based on principles that a student must pass the test before moving into the next grade level. How can one test decide if a student shall pass or fail? How does one test have the power to allow a student to proceed or be held back in their education? It is the right of the student to alter or abolish the FCAT, and to institute new ways of measuring their educational growth in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to be fair and right concerning their education. The history of the present FCAT is a history of passing and failing students based off of a single test score.

To prove this accusation, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

The test has forbidden students to pass into the next grade level, unless those students pass the test.

It has asked questions about subject matters the student may not have been taught.

The test does not give teachers adequate time to teach the students everything that is on or may be on the test.

Therefore, it does not show what the students do know, only what they do not know, or have not been taught.

It does not know the students personally and does not know the strengths and weaknesses of each student’s knowledge on subjects.

It cannot measure the true knowledge of each student; each student is different and has different ways of learning.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the Students in the State of Florida, appeal before the people in Florida, in the name and by the authority of the student body declare that the FCAT is stripping away our rights to an education that we see fit, and that we as students ought to be free from taking the FCAT. We have decided that it is fair for the teachers and parents of individual students to gather in council and decide, mutually, if the student should be able and is capable of moving to the next grade level.

And for the support of this Declaration with a firm and reliance on the protection of Education, we mutually pledge to each other our Friendship, Education, and Honor. In the name, and by the Authority of students, Teachers, Parents alike, solemnly publish and declare, that the students of Florida are, and of Right ought to be, free and Independent from the FCAT. That we are absolved from the FCAT, and that all educational connection between the students and the FCAT, is and ought to be totally dissolved.

Senior Class Declaration

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all high school seniors should have special rights; that they shouldn’t have to burn their brains taking boring four hour tests; that among these are the ACT, SAT, AND CPT; that seniors should relax and enjoy their last year in school with as little work as possible. Whenever any teacher becomes destructive of these rights, it is the right of the students who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to the authority of the teachers.

We as seniors have the right to use the snack and Pepsi machine so our stomachs will not growl loudly in the middle of class.

We as seniors have the right to have a senior lounge so that we can relax in between our long boring classes.

We as seniors have the right to take power naps in our senior lounge so we aren’t so tired that we can’t focus in class.

We as seniors have the right to leave campus at lunch so that we can have real food instead of the junk they feed us at lunch.

Now, in view of this entire disfranchisement of one fourth the people of our high school—in view of the rights above mentioned, and because the seniors of CKS do feel themselves deprived of their most sacred rights, we insist that they have immediate admission to all the rights which belong to them as seniors of CKS.

A Woman’s Declaration

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for all women to stand together against their men. To put our minds together and eliminate the unkindly actions that once put us under men. To arise for all appropriateness, and for what God entitled women to, for what is right.

We all know the truths inside of us, yet we deny it when face to face. We all have been created equal under God’s command and deserve a chance at happiness. In the past there has been a long line of men that don’t see women eye to eye. They either look past them, or think they have the right to look above them. As girlfriends of 2009, we are educated and we can be powerful given the chance. Many of our boyfriends take us for granted, and think they are better.

They have refused to see the knowledge we behold.

They have refused the fact that w actually have muscles too, and they call us weak.

They automatically think we can’t play football; he says, “we might break a nail.”

They expect us to put make-up on for him when going out.

They refer to us as a maid, asking us to make his plate and fetch his drink for him.

Today is a time for change. When a man asks a woman to “fetch his drink,” simply reply, “you were born with two legs also.” Grab a football sometimes and show them that women actually do know where to place our hands. Hold your head high ladies, for it is our time to wear the pants in our relationships.

Lunch Room Declaration

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all lunch eaters are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of a full stomach. It is time to put an end to the School Board Lunch Association’s control over school cafeterias statewide and to our dependence on them for our overpriced distasteful school lunches.

If the state should decide how much food we get, the cost of school lunches, and the types of food served, then we the student of the lunch eaters advocates of Levy County believe that the State should have to spend a week eating the same foods we must every day. They should also have to eat leftover pizza from the week before that tastes like greasy, stale cardboard, with a side of powdered chalky mashed potatoes and cup of canned vegetables dated January 27th, 1992. Under the rights of the United States Education every student is created equal. Therefore, we do not see why the School Board Lunch Association demands that the prices of school lunch be based on age and grade level. Why should we, high school students, pay more for our lunch than middle school students? The same food is being served to us; the same food is being placed on our trays, so why must we pay more than them?

Declaring a call of action the lunch eaters advocates of Levy County demand the code of the mighty food pyramid be followed. Instead of overpriced platefuls of false food, fresh vegetables and fruits should be served straight from the garden. One thousand calories will be spent cheaply on a nutritious fresh meal. Independent of the School Board Lunch Associations authority, we will come together and plant the garden our nutritious foods shall come from. Fresh real meat filled with protein will be delivered daily throughout the state and all rubber burgers given to the eco-friendly tire company. And for the support of this declaration with a reliance on the protection of the school lunch eaters, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our food, and our sacred school lunches.

Cheerleader’s Declaration

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one to cheer on the local sports teams; a decent respect to the opinions of cheerleaders requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to do so.

We hold these truths to be self evident: that all teams are created equal; that they are endowed by their sports administration with certain unalienable rights; that among these are appreciation, acknowledgement as a sport, and the pursuit of cheeriness; that to secure these rights rules are instituted, deriving their guidelines from the consent of the coaches. Whenever any form of team begins to mock the cheerleaders, it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the sports administration that changes are made that shall seem most likely to affect their abilities and happiness.

Cheerleading has a history of repeated mockery and unappreciation on the part of a sports team to cheerleaders. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

Sports teams have withheld from cheerleaders rights which are given to the most ignorant and degraded teams.

Sports teams have endeavored in every way possible, to destroy cheerleaders’ confidences, to lessen their self-respect, and to make them believe they – as cheerleaders – are not a sports team.

Now, in view of this entire rejection of cheerleaders of this united country, their social degradation – in view of the unjust abuses above mentioned and because cheerleaders do feel aggrieved, oppressed, and deprived of their most sacred rights, I insist that they have immediate acceptance into the world of sports. For the support of this declaration we – the cheerleaders – mutually pledge to each other our sportsmanship, our guidelines, and our cheeriness.