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Shark News for April 5

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Cedar Key FFA off to OH

By Sarah Bartholemy
Shark Correspondent
Cedar Key is on its way to the Ornamental Horticulture CDE in Mayo, Florida. The teams have been preparing for three months and all of their hard work will be put to use. Lauren Bartholemy, Laia Gore, Sarah Bartholemy, Taryn Epperson, Mikayla Pope, Jemima Cahours, MacKenzie Kirkbride, Ashlyn Allen, Taylor Davison, Nathaneal Brinkman and Brooke Allen will all be competing today.
Jemima Cahours said, “I can’t wait to compete. It will be my second year in OH and I sure hope that this year will be as good as last year with a hopefully a state championship.”
The teams will depart from the school at 6:30 and head to Mayo. Be sure to look in an upcoming paper for results of the competition.

Spring Break blues

By Mikayla Pope
Shark Correspondent
 The sweet smell of sunscreen, searing sunburns and great memories is the definition of spring break. Every student and teacher looks forward to this single week on the school year calendar. But what about after spring break? What’s going through the minds of the busy students the week after seven days of fun in the sun?
Many high school students would agree that the week after break can be one of the most stressful. This year many freshmen and sophomores are on the edge dealing with two major events in one day. FFA Ornamental Horticulture Demonstration CDE and track and field county meet landed on the calendar today, leaving students in a frenzy.
“It’s going to be rough, but we’re going to do the best we can,” says FFA President and track member Lauren Bartholemy.
Meanwhile, teachers and students have been rushing around all week to get report cards ready which come out today for all grades. With the stress of the final nine weeks in full force many students can be found saying:  “When is summer vacation?”

April Shark Calendar

Thursday 5: Report Cards – Family Reading Night – Pre-K party – Track & Field County Meet – FFA OH Demo.
Friday 6: No School
Monday 9: Teen Trendsetters – Title/Reading & Writing Connection/FCAT Family Night – FCAT Retakes.
Tuesday 10: SAC Meeting – PTO Meeting – FCAT Retakes
Wednesday 11: Early Release – Parent Conferences – FCAT Retakes
Thursday 12: Track & Field District Meet – Family Reading Night
Friday 13: Home Baseball Game
Saturday 14: Prom
April 16 – April 27: FCAT Reading, Math, Science
Thursday 19: Track & Field Regional Meet – Family Reading Night
Friday 20: Away Baseball Game
Saturday 21: FFA States Aquaculture Contest
Monday 23: Baseball Districts
Friday 27: Track & Field State Meet – FFA OH State Finals
Saturday 28 – 29: Arts Festival
Monday 30: No School

Into the ‘Unknown’

By Montana Beckham
Shark Correspondent
Cedar Key juniors are hard at work trying to set up prom; every day after school and even on their upcoming day off Friday, April 6 the junior class will be in the Cedar Key School auditorium putting up all their props till the day of the event. The theme is meant to be a surprise for the seniors- all that will be released is it’s the “Unknown”.
 This has been an all year project now coming to an end. Concession stands in festivals, selling thermal totes, and having a pie auction are just some of the fund raisers the Junior Class has done throughout the year. Hopefully all this hard work will pay off and they will be able to meet their deadline.  The countdown is nine days till the event on Saturday, April 14th.
Cedar Key’s Senior Class and Junior Class are eligible to attend and will able to bring one guest each. Prom will begin at 8pm. Family and onlookers may step in to see the setup and take pictures. Eventually doors will be closed and only be accessible to the attendees.
On behalf of the Junior Class we would like to give a big thanks to all sponsors and volunteers that have helped to make this happen for our school and students!

Preparing Shark News
Taryn Epperson

Shark Correspondent
Articles: the key part of being in Cedar Key journalism student. Each week the eight Shark News writers scramble to put together articles, digging up facts, and searching for stories.
Having a small school with fewer clubs and sports can make articles topics more difficult to find. The Shark writers have been visited by several writers around the community and encouraged to vary their topics.
 Writer Lauren Bartholemy said “Writing articles is hard work, especially when righting a factual article; it’s always difficult to keep your opinions out. However working in journalism has helped my writing skills all around.” Journalism is a great class for anyone with aspirations of being a journalist, as well as if you’re looking to improve your writing skills.

FCAT Right around the Corner
By Lauren Bartholemy

Shark Correspondent
FCAT is right around the corner and teachers rapidly attempting to prepare students with all the knowledge they will need. FCAT at CKS will be held on April 16-20 and 23-24.
Mrs. Lauren Adams, the high school English teacher commented, “I think the students are progressing well; it will be interesting to see what the effect of taking the test online versus taking it will pencil and paper will have on some of the students.”
This school year Florida is having some of the grade levels take the reading portion of FCAT online.  Preparing for the FCAT involves reading passages, critical thinking, and brushing up on math skills. It is important that kids know multiplication facts, long division, fractions, and adding/subtracting.  For reading, students need to be able to critically read passages and have a strong vocabulary.
On test day students need a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast in the morning.  “My advice to students is to eat a great breakfast, go to bed early, and read everything on the test. Most of the time its tiny mistakes that affected my scores,” says Claire Brown a senior at Cedar Key.
 Cedar Key School wishes the students the best of luck on this year’s FCAT.