https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en CKS outgoing seniors garner scholarships, academic honors https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cks-outgoing-seniors-garner-scholarships-academic-honors <img src="https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0063.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Members of the Cedar Key School Class of 2018 received scholarships and various academic recognitions at their graduation commencement ceremony May 26 in the CKS gym.</p> <p> To begin, outgoing Principal Josh Slemp applauded the community support behind those scholarships.</p> <p> &ldquo;I just can&rsquo;t tell you how fortunate this school is to get a tremendous amount of support that we get from the community and local businesses and all organizations,&rdquo; Slemp said.</p> CKS needs support for multi-purpose athletics center https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cks-needs-support-multi-purpose-athletics-center <img src="https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/35058230_1916170555101062_730309418603773952_o.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> By CKS Coach John Miller</p> <p> Please consider helping the Cedar Key School PTO with the updating in and around the CKS gymnasium.</p> <p> So far, donations and grants have covered the costs of replacing the windows and installing air conditioning. The next step is to refurbish the tennis court next to the school gym.</p> Donations needed for July 4th fireworks fund https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/donations-needed-july-4th-fireworks-fund <p> That is right friends &ndash; the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce needs your help to fund a beautiful fireworks display for everyone. We&rsquo;re planning to launch the fireworks off a barge between Dock Street and Atsenie Otie so everyone can see them from the coast or on a boat! We need to raise $12,000 to fund the fireworks show and need your help to make it happen!</p> Lawrence named new principal https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/lawrence-named-new-principal <img src="https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lawrence.jpg" alt="Lawrence" title="Lawrence" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> Cedar Key School is getting a new principal and she is already well known on campus &ndash; Mrs. Kathy Lawrence.</p> <p> Lawrence will replace Mr. Joshua Slemp, who served as CKS principal for two years after coming from Bronson. Lawrence has taught high school math and is the Reading Coach at CKS. She earned her bachelor&rsquo;s degree in English and math, has a master&rsquo;s degree in English, and holds endorsements in reading and administration.</p> <p> Lawrence&rsquo;s 39 years in education include positions as both a teacher and as an administrator.</p> Jackson signs with Trinity Baptist https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/jackson-signs-trinity-baptist <img src="https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ea51a90f-1569-4f9a-a930-2caf9e72b520.jpg" alt="From left, Cynthia Jackson, Trinity Baptist Coach John D. Jones, and Patrick Jackson, Sr. join Patrick Jackson, Jr., second from right, as he signs his commitment to play basketball for the Jacksonville college on May 29 in Cedar Key." title="From left, Cynthia Jackson, Trinity Baptist Coach John D. Jones, and Patrick Jackson, Sr. join Patrick Jackson, Jr., second from right, as he signs his commitment to play basketball for the Jacksonville college on May 29 in Cedar Key." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Patrick Jackson has patiently bided his time while looking to resume his basketball career at the college level.</p> <p> The former Chiefland standout, who twice led the Indians in scoring and joined them for a trip to the state final four, and former Cedar Key Shark, was tentatively set to attend Webber International in 2017.</p> Senior Sharks prepare to seize the day https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/senior-sharks-prepare-seize-day <p> See photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1919622078129689.1073741832.114778808614034&amp;type=1&amp;l=431fb49ebd</p> <p> Brad Penney saved some of his best bits for his final act.</p> <p> The longtime Cedar Key School coach and educator gave his first commencement address before his final week on the job.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a little scary and a little exciting that we&rsquo;re both moving into the next phase of our life,&rdquo; Penney said.</p> Outstanding Shark athletes take home hardware https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/outstanding-shark-athletes-take-home-hardware <img src="https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4836.jpg" alt="Longtime Cedar Key coach Brad Penney at the CKS Sports Banquet on May 10." title="Longtime Cedar Key coach Brad Penney at the CKS Sports Banquet on May 10." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> See photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1902633099828587.1073741831.114778808614034&amp;type=1&amp;l=351a439693</p> <p> A couple of state medalists, a group behind the funding of critical gym concession upgrades, and an outgoing coach with more than 25 years of proud service at Cedar Key were among those recognized in a packed Cedar Key Community Center May 10 at the Cedar Key School Sports Banquet.</p> Seahorse Key offers numerous hands-on lessons on coastal environment, sea life https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/seahorse-key-offers-numerous-hands-lessons-coastal-environment-sea-life <img src="https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cedar_key_school_fourth-_and_fifth-graders_examine_sea_creatures_at_the_seahorse_key_marine_lab_on_may_3.jpg" alt="Cedar Key School fourth- and fifth-graders examine sea creatures at the Seahorse Key Marine Lab on May 3." title="Cedar Key School fourth- and fifth-graders examine sea creatures at the Seahorse Key Marine Lab on May 3." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> The Cedar Key School fourth- and fifth-graders spent May 3 on Seahorse Key where the University of Florida operates the Nature Coast Biological Station and Seahorse Key Marine Lab.</p> <p> The first activity planned by the UF staff and CKS teachers was to simulate climate change and glacial melting. Students placed a miniature home on the model, trying to figure out where the safest place would be. Most of the homes were flooded or washed away by the warming climate and those that could be saved were moved to a safe zone.</p>