Shark News for Dec. 13, 2007

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By Ceday Key School Journalism Class

Mark your calenders!

By Claire Brown

Monday, Dec. 17 - Spelling bees will be held in the fourth and fifth grade classrooms at 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18 - The fourth and fifth grade spelling bee will be held in the auditorium; the AR Prize Store will be open; Varsity basketball hosts Meadowbrook - girls play at 5 p.m., boys play at 6:30.

Wednesday, Dec. 19 - Early release, high school and middle school exams. The Cedar Key Eagles Club will be here from 8 a.m.- noon for elementary students' Christmas shopping.

Thursday, Dec. 20 - Early release, high school and middle school exams.

Friday, Dec. 21 - Early release, high school exams.

Dec. 24 ? Jan. 4 - Holiday break.

Monday, Jan. 8 ? Students return.

The Littlest Christmas Tree

By Jessi Robinson

The Elementary Christmas play will be tonight, in the Cedar Key School Auditorium at 7 p.m. This year, students will to be acting out the familiar holiday story, "The Littlest Christmas Tree," by Teresa Jennings. Some select fourth and fifth graders will be performing, and the rest of the elementary will be in the choir.

Performers will be Dylan Clayton as Santa Claus, Nicole Cooper as Mrs. Claus, Kira Telgen as the Narrator and Chloe Brown as The Littlest Christmas Tree. Other Large Christmas Trees include Jacob Bishop, Logan Rooks, Ben Miller, Monica Vallejo, Erica Shirey and Brittany Mercer. Santa?s Elves include Hannah Smith, Taryn Epperson, Jacquelyn Slaughter, Landrum Hamp and Larry Twinam.

As for the choir, Pre-K will be singing: "Way Up High on the Christmas Tree," "The Lights on the Christmas Tree," and "The Toys Under the Christmas Tree." Kindergarten will be singing "Deck the Halls" and "Here Comes Santa Claus." First grade will sing "What Child is This?" and "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas," Second grade will sing "The Night Before Christmas" and The Chipmunks' rendition of "Don't be Late." Last but not least, Third grade will perform "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and Jingle Bells Variations. The Cedar Key Elementary students and teachers hope to see you there!

Attention Senior Class: FAFSA

distribution update

By Lindsay Edmunds

Federal Student Aid has updated the method of distributing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After seeing the use of paper applications go from 778,000 distributed in 2006-2007, to 500,000 this year, almost a 50% decline, the Federal Student Aid has decided to steer applicants towards the online application process.

Next year, a PDF version of the application will be available as well. In mid-November, students can access the PDF version on any Federal Student Aid websites, such as www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov or www.FSAPubs.org. After filling out the form on the computer or by hand, students can mail in the application.

The best way for students to complete the application online is to use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet. This will be available by bulk order for schools only.

Even though it is striving to make the switch to the online application process, students will still be able to get a hold of paper FAFSAs. Applicants who would like a paper FAFSA, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID. FAFSAs should arrive in three to seven business days.

The new online process not only cuts down on waste and costs, but it also provides another method for students to carry out the FAFSA application process.