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FFA HELPS OTHERS, THANKS COMMMUNITY!

May 25, 2017

SHARK mage004In two weeks the Cedar Key Future Farmers of America and locals in the community were able to collect over 150 cases of bottled water and almost 30 bottles of eye drops for the Firefighters in North Florida and South Florida.  The elementary school chipped in with some "firefighter survival kits" that included some cute sayings and much needed sweets.

The Cedar Key FFA would like to thank all of those in the community that donated to our drive and to each and every member that put time and effort into this.  It was a great way to end the school year doing for those who constantly do for others.

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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL FFA
WATER, EYEDROP DRIVE
May 13, 2017

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The Cedar Key Future Farmers of America is hosting a bottled water and eyedrop drive for the firefighters that have been tirelessly working on our wildfires in both South and North Florida. If you are interested in donating bottled water or eyedrops to the men and women putting their lives on the line to protect homes, property, and families, please drop off goods at Cedar Key School and the FFA will pick them up.

The drive ends next Friday, May 19, 2017, when we will take the goods to the NF drive headquarters in Fort White.   If you would like to make a monetary donation and the FFA purchase the items, please make sure that Firefighter Drive is noted.

Thank you,
Rachel Weatherington FFA Sponsor
The FFA Students 
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CONGRATULATIONS,
CLASS OF 2017!
 
Commencement Ceremony for the
Class of 2017
is set for Saturday, May 20 at 9:00 am
in the Cedar Key High School Gymnasium.
 
Please, join parents, family, and friends celebrate the
accomplishments and first milestone
 of eight exceptional graduates.
 
Congratulations, Class of 2017!
MAY 12 CKS CLASS OF 2017
 Photo: Compliments of Tina Berger
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL
 CLOSING CALENDAR
May126, 2017
 
The 2016-2017 school is nearly over and many classes and groups at Cedar Key School have planned end-of-the-year events during May.  Here is a run-down of what the Sharks have planned before the last day of school on May 26, 2017.
 
 
Sunday, 5/14 - Baccalaureate at Christ Episcopal Church 6:30 pm
Tuesday,  5/16, third grade field trip to Homosassa, Junior/Senior Banquet, 6 pm, Community Center
Wednesday,  5/17, EARLY RELEASE,  AR Prize Store noon,  sports physicals
Thursday,  5/18,  Survivor Day for middle school students
Friday,  5/19,  Kindergarten graduation, 9 am, Class of 2017 graduation practice
Saturday,  5/20 - GRADUATION!
 
Monday,  5/22,  Elementary awards ceremony, 9 am
Tuesday,  5/23,  Middle school awards ceremony, 9 am, High school awards ceremony 10:30 am, 7th period MS & HS final exam (after lunch)
Wednesday,  5/24, EARLY RELEASE, Pre-K end of year celebration, 9 am,
1st and 2nd period final exams
Thursday,  5/25,   EARLY RELEASE, 3rd and 4th period MS & HS final exams
Friday,  5/26,  EARLY RELEASE,  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, 5th and 6th period MS & HS final exams
 
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL
 CLOSING CALENDAR
May 6, 2017
 
The 2016-2017 school is nearly over and many classes and groups at Cedar Key School have planned end-of-the-year events during May.  Here is a run-down of what the Sharks have planned before the last day of school on May 26, 2017.
 
 
Tuesday,  5/9, Bowling trip for 1st and third graders
Wednesday,  5/10,  SWAT Summit for members of Students Working against Tobacco
Wednesday,  5/10 through Friday,  5/12,  Final exams and EOCs for seniors
Thursday,  5/11, ELP field trip, World History AP exam
Friday,  5/12,  Field Day for elementary students,   AR deadline for end-of-the-year points,    Library closes for inventory (all books must be returned)
 
Sunday, 5/14 - Baccalaureate at Christ Episcopal Church 6:30 pm
Tuesday,  5/16, third grade field trip to Homosassa, Junior/Senior Banquet, 6 pm, Community Center
Wednesday,  5/17, EARLY RELEASE,  AR Prize Store noon,  sports physicals
Thursday,  5/18,  Survivor Day for middle school students
Friday,  5/19,  Kindergarten graduation, 9 am, Class of 2017 graduation practice
Saturday,  5/20 - GRADUATION!
 
Monday,  5/22,  Elementary awards ceremony, 9 am
Tuesday,  5/23,  Middle school awards ceremony, 9 am, High school awards ceremony 10:30 am, 7th period MS & HS final exam (after lunch)
Wednesday,  5/24, EARLY RELEASE, Pre-K end of year celebration, 9 am,
1st and 2nd period final exams
Thursday,  5/25,   EARLY RELEASE, 3rd and 4th period MS & HS final exams
Friday,  5/26,  EARLY RELEASE,  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, 5th and 6th period MS & HS final exams
 
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL
 CLOSING CALENDAR
April 28, 2017
 
The 2016-2017 school is nearly over and many classes and groups at Cedar Key School have planned end-of-the-year events during May.  Here is a run-down of what the Sharks have planned before the last day of school on May 26, 2017.
 
Monday,  5/1,  PTO Meeting, 3:30 pm
Thursday,  5/4,  FFA Banquet, 6 pm
Friday,  5/5,  Yankeetown School visits CKS,  Last day to check out library books
 
Tuesday,  5/9, Bowling trip for 1st and third graders
Wednesday,  5/10,  SWAT Summit for members of Students Working against Tobacco
Wednesday,  5/10 through Friday,  5/12,  Final exams and EOCs for seniors
Thursday,  5/11, ELP field trip, World History AP exam
Friday,  5/12,  Field Day for elementary students,   AR deadline for end-of-the-year points,    Library closes for inventory (all books must be returned)
 
Sunday, 5/14 - Baccalaureate at Christ Episcopal Church 6:30 pm
Tuesday,  5/16, third grade field trip to Homosassa, Junior/Senior Banquet, 6 pm, Community Center
Wednesday,  5/17, EARLY RELEASE,  AR Prize Store noon,  sports physicals
Thursday,  5/18,  Survivor Day for middle school students
Friday,  5/19,  Kindergarten graduation, 9 am, Class of 2017 graduation practice
Saturday,  5/20 - GRADUATION!
 
Monday,  5/22,  Elementary awards ceremony, 9 am
Tuesday,  5/22,  Middle school awards ceremony, 9 am, High school awards ceremony 10:30 am, 7th period MS & HS final exam (after lunch)
Wednesday,  5/23, EARLY RELEASE, Pre-K end of year celebration, 9 am,
1st and 2nd period final exams
Thursday,  5/24,   EARLY RELEASE, 3rd and 4th period MS & HS final exams
Friday,  5/25,  EARLY RELEASE,  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, 5th and 6th period MS & HS final exams
 
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC…
DON’T MISS IT!
April 26, 2017
 
WHO?
Cedar Key School’s
Gifted and Enrichment Program
 
WHAT?
Will present the play The Sound of Music in modified form.
 
WHERE?
Cedar Key School Auditorium
 
WHEN?
Tuesday, May 9 at 6 pm
 
COSTS?
The price of admission is $2 for students and $5 for adults.
 
 
Come and support the Cedar Key School.

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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL FFA BANQUET
April 28, 2017
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL RECOGNIZED BY
U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
April 28, 2017

Cedar Key School is among the high schools that have been recognized nationally by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 2017 Best High Schools in the United States.

In total, U.S. News ranked the 6,041 highest-scoring U.S. schools (out of the 20,487 evaluated). Many Florida schools were included in the rankings; 39 received gold medals, 137 received silver medals and 63 received bronze medals.

Cedar Key received a Bronze ranking even though its graduation rate tied that of Chiefland High School, which received a Silver ranking. (The high schools in Williston and Bronson did not qualify for a ranking this year.)

What kept CKS out of contention for a silver or gold medal was its size. Even though CKS tied with silver medalist Chiefland High School in terms of graduation rate (93%), CKS has such small graduating classes that its Advanced Placement classes were too small to qualify for consideration.

Details about how U.S. News determined the rankings can be found at https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/florida/districts/levy/cedar-key-high-school-5208

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SHARKS BASEBALL
WINS OPENER
March 5, 2017
     
Overcoming a few early mental mistakes, Coach Joe Bishop’s boys baseball team got the season off to a solid start by outlasting the Northside Christian Academy 14-4.   The visitors from Starke jumped in the lead with two runs in the first, thanks mostly to two infield hits that barely traveled  80 feet combined.  The Sharks countered by batting around in their half , keyed by Joey Stewart’s two-run double.  Stewart, Cedar Key’s most experienced pitcher, allowed only one more run in the next two innings, using his sharp tailing fastball to fan seven of the nine outs he recorded.   Dillon Allen finished with two strong innings, wriggling out of a bases-loaded-one-out jam in the top of the fifth to set up the Sharks’ winning four run rally in the bottom of the inning.  Stewart had two doubles to lead the offense, as did surprise batting star Mikey Beckham, playing in his first game.  Trace Epperson sealed the win with a sharp two run single in the bottom of the fifth.  Veteran catcher Nate Brinkman handled the two pitchers well, framing the pitches with great skill, making it easier for the umpires to call strikes at crucial junctures.       

The Sharks travel to Ocala Tuesday for what promises to be their first real test of the fledgling season.   It’s hard to tell too much from this first game -against an overmatched team.  The contest dragged at times –mainly because of the opposing hurler’s inability to throw strikes with any regularity.  “There ain’t no way it’s still the fifth inning,” one Shark player observed as the game moved past the two hour mark, accurately expressing the sentiments of most Shark players and fans.  But a win is a win, and this team has definite promise.  Featuring a nice blend of experienced players with younger, less experienced ones, the Sharks baseball nine will be competitive and engaging, certainly worth watching for anyone who enjoys watching youngsters playing ball just for the joy of it.  So come on out to the field across from the Dollar General for the next game.  Be sure to bring a chair.  

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CK MIDDLE SCHOOL FFA
MAKES TOP TEN IN STATE
 State Horse Judging CDE
 
06 FEBRUARY 2017


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Saturday (2/4/17) the Cedar Key Middle FFA Chapter is making a statement in the horse judging world. For the second year in a row the middle school chapter (6th-8th grades) has placed TOP 10 in the state, tying for 9th place.
 
This year’s contest had close to 40 competing teams, judging 2 classes of Standardbred horses, one class of Morgan horses, a warmblood class and completing a 100-item skill-a-thon. Usually a horse team has easy access to live specimens and most competitors own their own horses, which gives them a leg up in the competition.
 
The Cedar Key team is at a definite disadvantage in this department but the five girls on this year’s team proved that you don't have to own a horse to judge a horse. For two members of the team their first experience with a horse was this year when the FFA Advisor, Rachel Wetherington, took them to a hands-on horse practice in Ocala. "It's a big deal to these kids, they put their heart and soul into this contest and are so proud for their hard work to pay off.
 
Many have already stated that they plan on practicing (for next year) now, so that can bring home a state championship" stated Mrs. Wetherington, when asked about the contest. The Cedar Key Middle and SR chapters congratulate the team on a fabulous representation at the state contest. 
 
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL AG CLASS 
IS GETTING DIRTY
 
03 FEBRUARY 2017

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The high school agriculture class has been getting dirty in the garden! This week there was major soil cultivation going on as well as planting. Students in 9-11th grades planted squash, various varieties of tomatoes, habanero peppers, banana peppers, peas, bush beans, and cucumbers. Students also collected fish data. Students are testing, over the course of the school year, whether or not fish grow faster when in an aquaponics system (fish and plants growing in the same tank).

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At this time, there is not data that supports an aquaponic system increasing fish growth rates. Blue gill fish are the fish chosen for the experiment for their hardiness and "eat-ability." At the end of the project, when fish reach harvest-able size, the students will catch and clean the fish with the intentions of donating the meat to the food pantry.​
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Putting the "science" in Agriscience
by FFA Correspondents
31 January 2017
 
 
 
 
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Students in the high school agriculture class have been doing some “mad science” in class recently. Students are learning about soils and how they relate to crop productivity. For three days students have been doing various experiments with soil to determine the chemical composition of various soils
 

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Students have been testing things such as water content, organic matter, pH (also known as acidity), carbonates, nitrates, phosphates, and for about 10 other things necessary for plant growth that are located in the soil. Students have been using proper PPE (personal protection equipment) and will be applying their soil knowledge to the ag gardens.
 
The gardens are maintained by the agriscience classes but are funded through the Cedar Key FFA Chapters. To date over 9000LBS of fresh produce has been donated to the local food pantry. Currently there are late spring producing strawberries, potatoes, onions, and kohlrabi in the ground. Within the next two weeks peppers, turnips, cucumbers, squash, and collards will make their way to our gardens.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
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CEDAR KEY SHARK NEWS
  06 FEBRUARY 2017
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Teddy Bears for Sale!
02/03/17
Amanda Robinson & Terra Dun, Shark Correspondents
 
This Valentine’s Day, the Cedar Key School’s Sr. Beta Club will be selling teddy bears for $2 each. You can purchase them from a club member or in the CKS front office.
The teddy bears are a great gift for your best friend, significant other, a teacher, a parent, even your pet! With the profit made the Sr. Beta can fund many community projects. So get out there and buy a teddy bear!
 
 
  
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Ice-Cream
By: Skylar Wirth, Shark Correspondent
 
          Beginning next week the lunchroom is going to be providing ice cream products for the students at Cedar Key School. The ice cream is going to be available to high school all week. Elementary and middle school will be able to buy it only on Wednesdays.
         There are around 20 different kinds of ice cream that the students can choose from. The prices range from $0.50 to $1.50 per item. The school has decided to start offering ice cream in order to give the student a sweet snack while they are at school while still giving them a healthy alternative.
 
 
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PRODUCE FOR THE FOOD PANTRY
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20 JANUARY 2017
 
 
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So far throughout the course of the school year the Cedar Key Agriculture Department has gone through quite a few ups and downs. At the beginning of the school year the 6th grade class started their garden with various types of lettuce, cabbage, greens, and turnips. Throughout their 18 week Intro to Agriculture course, the garden had to be reseeded many times as students learned to recognize the difference between their crop spouts and weed sprouts.
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 Before the holiday break the garden had produced 197 lbs total of produce that has been donated to the food pantry, with another 350 lbs from our high school turnip plot. Yesterday was the last reaping of the middle school garden, now taken over by 27 seventh and eighth grade students.
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On 1/19/17 a total of 85 lbs was taken to the food pantry for donation. The total for this school year so far is 632 lbs! While these numbers are smaller than in years past, they are still incredibly helpful to residents of Cedar Key.
 
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The FFA and agriculture program hopes to get it's green house running again and two of the fallow gardens (due to lack of soil) thriving again. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
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FFA  
GREENHOUSE PROJECT
 By Grace Cowart and Jayden Cannon
 20 January 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Cedar Key FFA began working on the renovation of our greenhouse this week. The greenhouse has been inoperable for the past two years due to a broken cooling system and tears in the siding. We have attempted growing in it as it sits, but it easily gets too hot, even on cool days.
 
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We are planning on planting tomatoes and peppers inside the greenhouse and growing flowers around the perimeter to support local pollinators such as native bees, butterflies, and other insects.
 
We also hope to install grow lights next year and to be able to extend the growing day of the plants we are raising. The FFA needs help from the community to finish this project as well. While we have been able to order new plastic siding and a cooling system we have come up short on the lumber and soil needed to make our greenhouse complete. 
 
We are in need of lumber and soil donations, which can be dropped off at the school. The type of lumber we are looking for is pressure treated 2x6’s.
  
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This is our 10th year of being an FFA chapter and throughout our ten years we have donated 9,000 lbs. of food and are hoping to increase production with this project as well as support local pollinators that are looking for a food source before our crops flower.
 
 
 
   If anyone would like more information on our project please contact:
   Senior FFA President Grace Cowart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or
   Senior FFA Reporter Jayden Cannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
  
 
 
 
 
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CEDAR KEY SHARK NEWS
  16 JANUARY 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“WaterVentures”
Photo and story by Terra Dunn, Shark Correspondent
 
WaterVentures is a local, interactive, and mobile, science lab that travels throughout Florida, and for the first time visited Cedar Key School today. The WaterVenture itself is a 53-foot tractor-trailer that has been transformed into an all-out learning lab. It was designed by a team from Crystal Springs Foundation, Inc.
 
Kira Huber of Waterentures explained that the mobile lab, which is pulled by a semi truck, travels all over the state of Florida. Huber said the goal of the visit to Cedar Key was to teach elementary school students about water conservation, Florida's freshwater resources, and recycling through hands-on activities. The visit to Cedar Key was similar to visits at other schools where the focus is on educating primarily fourth and fifth grade students, although younger students sometimes get involved.
 
You can learn more about WaterVentures, the foundation that supports it, and what it does at www.waterventures.com
 
 
 
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During dress-up day for literacy week, Ms. Sue Penny and three students dressed up as characters from Pete the Cat, their favorite book. The students are, from left, first grader Carson Miller, kindergartener Bauer Solowski, and first grader Kayla Winfield.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
“Literacy Week”
1/30/17
Kevin Mansingh, Shark Correspondent
 
 
Cedar Key School had a great time for literacy week, not only making sure the whole school is reading it made sure they had fun while doing it.
 
On Monday the entire school dropped everything and read for twenty minutes. The kids got a chance to read undisturbed for twenty minutes.
 
A big thank you to the guest readers that came on Tuesday especially to Anne Lindgren and Anne White Hodges the elementary student really enjoyed having the experience to have local authors read to them.
 
Word Day Thursday was an activity for the whole school where every student got the chance to choose a word and put it on a sign they decorated which they wore all day, plus elementary got to “Read at the Beach” in the library where they sat on beach towels and read books while getting some sweet looking tans.
 
Friday had students dressed up as a character from a book they read making their fantasy heros come to life.
It was a great week for the students and the teachers to really get into their books and have fun.
 
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Progress Reports
Shark staff report
 
Progress reports will be sent home on Friday, February 3. These reports are issued about half-way through each nine week grading period so that families can check on the progress their student is making. The reports are also a way for the students to evaluate how they are doing while they still have time to improve their grades before the end of the grading period on March 10.
 
 
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CEDAR KEY SHARK NEWS
  16 JANUARY 2017
 
 
 
 

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Emergency Evacuation
Shark Staff Report
 
 
Cedar Key School’s students and staff did well during the recent emergency evacuation drill.
  
The drill was held Friday, January 20th shortly after the last lunch period. Levy County Sheriff’s Deputy Grant Sandlin said the drill went well. According to Deputy Sandlin’s calculations, about 8 minutes elapsed from the time the school was notified that the students needed to evacuate until Principal Josh Slemp had determined that all of the students, faculty and staff had safely evacuated to the outdoor amphitheater adjacent to the elementary school building.
  
The school does not get advance notice about these drills, but is expected to be ready to participate in them at any moment, which is how emergencies actually happen - without warning.
 
 
 
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following a successful emergency evacuation drill.
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CEDAR KEY SCHOOL
HOMECOMING PARADE
January 21, 2017
 
 
The Cedar Key School Homecoming Parade, a ritual here in town involves the community as part of the parade.  Indeed, the town responded.  Bicycles, tricycles, bicycles, trucks, fire engines, and more vehicles on wheels took part in the January 12, 2017 event.   Photographs compliments of Joe Hand.
 
  
 
 

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CEDAR KEY SHARK NEWS
  16 JANUARY 2017
 
 

 

CEDAR KEY SCHOOL HOMECOMING
Kevin Mansingh, Shark Correspondent
 
There was a great homecoming at Cedar Key School this year with loads of fun, excitement, and suspense.      
The entire city enjoyed the Thursday afternoon parade.  The more than 30 units in the parade showed off the school’s clubs, sport teams and class representatives as well as some of the communities organizations. It seemed like every parade entry had candy, beads, or some other item to toss to the crowds along Dock Street. 
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CEDAR KEY SHARK NEWS
  09 JANUARY 2017
 
 
 
Why haven't I been harassed by CKS journalism?
Heather Sikes; Shark Correspondent
 
Has anyone recently wandered “Why hasn't Cedar Key School Journalism harassed us for yearbook ad sales this year?” It's not our fault. We really did try to harass you but Hermine is to blame and she had help; help from the post office that is.
 
Four months and still counting from the time Hurricane Hermine hit Cedar Key, FL.  The post office closed Thursday September 1st and still has not reopened. Cedar Key residents have been getting their mail out of a truck for the last four months and while it may be convenient for some, the majority of the population has jobs to attend to that doesn’t fit with the limited hours of the mail truck: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Most people have jobs that start either at or before 9 and seeing as a normal shift is approximately 8 hours, how is that do-able?
 
It's pretty ironic that places like the Jiffy right next door to the post office is open and the two buildings are owned by the same person.
But, have no fear, you can still give us your money.
 
If you are interested in buying an ad for the yearbook, visit the school, call the school, e-mail us, or visit our website.
 
E-mail Jesse Crawford at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Heather Sikes at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Visit our website at: http://www.ckislandtime.com
Call Cedar Key School:(352) 543-5223
Thank you for your continued support of the CKS yearbook.


Homecoming is happening now
Terra Dunn; Shark Correspondent
 
Homecoming is underway this week at Cedar Key School and there is still time to participate as the Sharks gear up to face the Branford Buccaneers.
 
On Thursday, at 4 p.m. the annual parade will wind its way through town, followed by a bonfire at 6 p.m. outside the gym.
 
On Friday, the cheerleaders will host a pep rally at 1 p.m. Then the games begin at 3:30 with the middle school girls, followed by the middle school boys at 4:30 p.m. and then the varsity girls game at 5:30 p.m. The festivities will wrap up with the coronation of the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen and the boys basketball game.
 
 
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CEDAR KEY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL CELEBRATES TOBACCO FREE
January 4, 2017

The Cedar Key Seafood Festival is an annual event in Levy County that brings over 200 arts and crafts exhibits to the island, together with multiple seafood booths in the city park, as well as booths from local organizations, live music, a parade, and beautiful weather. This year was no exception, despite Hurricane Matthew devastating Cedar Key only weeks before. Residents pulled together and maintained the Seafood Festival tradition with a renewed vigor and expression of love for their community during the weekend festivities.

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The Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County set up a community booth in the city park, which is where the hub of activity is for the festival. Lining the park are seafood vendors, selling delicious fried seafood from the area, as well as delicious desserts, smoothies, and steamed corn-on-the-cob. Visitors gather their tasty seafood dishes and sit on the lawn or at picnic tables, where they enjoy the sounds of live music and children playing on the adjacent playground while they watch the waves crash on the small beach.

The Tobacco Free Partnership and SWAT have participated in this event for many years, and this is the second year that the festival has been designated as tobacco free, with two designated tobacco use areas for the artists and visitors that are away from the crowds. Several families that attended the festival expressed that they are happy that it is so family-friendly, and many of the adults that stopped at the tobacco prevention booth were supportive of the tobacco free festival policy. Many people that stopped by the booth were interested in seeking resources for loved ones to encourage them to quit.


CEDAR KEY SCHOOL
PART-TIME POSITION OPENING
December 22, 2016

Cedar key School is in need of a group facilitator for its AVID program.

AVID is an acronym for Advancement via Individual Determination. It is offered at both middle and high school levels.  Its purpose is to prepare students for college and careers by increasing skills in critical reading, writing, organization, inquiry, and collaboration.  One of the ways this is done is through an inquiry-based tutorial process, where students learn to question what they know and what they don't understand.

The AVID group facilitator would work twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm, and would work with both middle and high school students in small groups.

To apply, log onto the Levy County School Board website and apply online.  Do wait until January 1, however, as the application process is undergoing change.  Questions may be emailed to Carrie Tomlin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The requirement for the position is to have attended college. A college degree is preferred but is not a requirement.

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SHARKS HOST DRUMMOND BANK-CKS BEACH BALL HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
December 19, 2016
 
Cedar Key will be hosting its 2nd consecutive holiday tournament this year on December 21st and 22nd.  This year we are excited to have Drummond Bank as the exclusive sponsor of the event. Drummond- has provided tremendous support for the tournament this year.DEC 19 CKS IMG 20161212 152416627
 
The four teams participating on the boys’ side of the draw are: Trenton, Oak Hall, FSUS (Tallahassee), and Cedar Key.   Trenton plays Oak Hall at 4:30 and Cedar Key hosts FSUS at 7:30 on the 21st.  The winners will play the following day for the championship and the consolation game will be played at 4:30.
 
On the girls’ side of the tournament play opens at 3:00 on the 21st with Branford facing Parry McCluer (Virginia).  Parry McCluer is a 1À school in the mountains of Virginia and where Cedar Key coach David Tomlin graduated high school.  In the second girls’ game your hometown Lady Sharks take on Fort White at 6:00.  The winners play at 6:00 on the
22nd with the consolation game at 3:00.
 
A two-day wrist band will be available at the door for $10; that covers all 8 games.  Concessions will also be open for this event.
Come out and support your Sharks
at the Drummond- Bank-CKS Sharks
Beach Ball Tournament
 
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CKHS Senior Signs Letter of Intent with
St. Petersburg College
15 December 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
         Ashlyn Allen with family and coaches
 
 
Cedar Key High School Senior Ashlyn Allen signed a letter of intent with St. Petersburg College to attend classes and play softball for the next two years, in the presence of fellow students, classmates, faculty, staff and family on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.  Also, present in the packed auditorium were Allen’s Travel Ball Coach Chrissy Dushane, Coach Bree Myers of SPC and Levy County School Superintendent Jeff Edison. Mr. Edison encouraged students in attendance to follow their dream. He also noted that it isn’t necessary to look elsewhere for ‘greener grass’, adding that Ashlyn accomplished her goal by staying in Cedar Key School.
Following the signing, those in attendance were encouraged to greet and congratulate Ashlyn for her accomplishments.
 
Ashlyn has been a student at Cedar Key School since Pre-K and will graduate this year having maintained a 3.7 GPA while attending classes in Ocala, CKHS, practicing and playing Travel Softball almost every weekend (sometimes as far away as Lakeland). When asked how long she’d been playing softball, she replied with a captivating smile, “For as long as I can remember. I love softball. It is and has always been my passion.”
Recognizing Ashlyn’s ‘love’ and desire for the game while playing High School softball her parents Jimmy and Cheryl Allen contacted several Travel Softball teams who were searching for players willing to work hard and were committed to a future on the diamond. Since that time, she’s been picked up by numerous teams.
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Ashlyn and sister Brooke, a recent CKS graduate
 
Ashlyn played High School Softball for five years and Travel ball for the past seven years. She has developed a pitching style that college coaches look for in a player. She has also played different positions when necessary or required by her coaches. Most recently Allen has played for Coach Chrissy Dushane of the Guardians Travel Ball team. Coach Dushane stated that Ashlyn met her expectations and was not afraid of hard work or commitment. Coach Bree Meyers said she looked forward to working with Allen welcoming her on the clay with the St. Petersburg Titans.
  
Congratulations Ashlyn Allen, we wish you success as you follow your dream. Go Titans!
Ashlyn’s stats for this travel ball season are;
   Batting average 402
   On base %: .521
   RBIs: 10
   Pitching: 30 Strike outs
   Fielding: 10 Put Outs
   5 Assists
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CKS Students Assist and Learn
at Community Garden
 14 December 2016
 
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Tom Deverin, with assistance from gardeners Alban, Joe, Pat, Sally, Frank, and Jeri, showed the Agriculture classes from Cedar Key Middle and High School the do’s and don’ts of gardening. About 30 students were ready with paper and pencil to take notes. Tom asked the students what is the most obvious thing they observe about the garden.  They responded “The raised bed.s.” Tom’s response, “Right! Because most of us gardeners here are old!"
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Tom began the discussion by telling the students three things are necessary for plants to grow: sunlight, water, and nutrients. Plants tell you stuff by looking at them, such as: planting to close will prevent them from growing properly, and wilting may mean to much or not enough water.
 
Teacher Rachel Weatherington asked for info about: overwatering versu under watering; use of fertilizer;  weed recognition.  Watering is most critical when seeds are first planted and when the plant makes fruit.   There are two types of Fertilizers: organic and chemical.  Organic fertilizers are preferable for many reasons.  
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Tom’s definition of a weed is a plant that has grown in the wrong place.  It may be a perfectly nice plant, but pull it out if you did not plant it there!
 
 
The students then harvested the communal garden.  They were shown the proper way to dig up young plants and to replant spacing them far enough apart to allow enough room for growth. 
 
 
 
 
 The afternoon ended with samplings of salad and cookies brought by Sally Beveridge.  The sage-scented shortbread included sage grown in the garden. The salad included kale and parsley grown in Sally’s garden.  Both were a huge hit with the students.  Many wanted the recipes!   
 
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CEDAR KEY SHARK NEWS
  12 DECEMBER 2016
 
 
 
SEMESTER’S END
Pete Stefani, Shark correspondent

The end of the semester is here and so winter break is coming up!

Exams are coming up! Exams will take place on the 16th, 19th, and the 20th of December.  All days that exams take place will be early release days and you can check out with a note from your parents when you’re finished.

After the last exam takes place on December 20th winter break will start, school resumes January 4th.

Even though school will be out due to winter break there will still be a basketball tournament on the 21st and 22nd of December at Cedar Key against Florida High, Oak Hall and Trenton at 4:30.

SHARKS KICK OFF THE SEASON
By Natalie Stewart, Shark Correspondent

DEC 3 SHARKS PICThe Middle school boys and girls and the Varsity boys and girls all played their first home game to together on Monday December 5th. Both the boys and girls middle school teams are coached by Joe Bishop. The girls began their game against Trenton at 3:30 and they played very well together, the new 6th graders that recently entered middle school fit right in on the court, Although they lost, they played with enthusiasm and strength with their final score being 43 to 5 .

The Middle school boys played directly after them at 4:30. That is when things started to heat up. They were neck and neck the entire night but, the Trenton Tigers pulled ahead in the end. Their final score was 26 to 20. The starters for the night were Tristan Sloan, Brandon Bowling, John Pelham, Ty Winfield, and Alexander Topping.

Later on that night at 5:30 the Varsity girls played the Lady Tigers. They were lead by coaches Carrie and David Tomlin. This year is CKS Senior Savannah Howard’s last year playing basketball. The ending score for the Varsity girls was 59 to 11.


 

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CEDAR KEY SHARKS
MIDDLE SCHOOL
BOYS' BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
 
SATURDAY, DECEMBER  10…
COME ON OUT!

Come out and enjoy a full day of basketball beginning at 9:00 am when your SHARKS take on Dunnellon Christian in the first game of our double elimination tournament.  Games will be ongoing throughout the afternoon with the championship game scheduled to begin 3:15. Admission for the entire day is $5 and concessions will be available.

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CEDAR KEY SHARK NEWS
  05 DECEMBER 2016
 
 
 PepRally
 
Pep-Rally
12/05/16
Terra Dunn, Kevin Mansingh, Shark Correspondent
  
On Monday, the Sharks joined the Cedar Key cheerleaders in the gym for the first pep rally of the year.
During this pep rally, the middle school won the spirit stick for their cheering volume while expressing their Shark pride. Teachers and staff participated in a game called “The Hungry, Hungry Shark,” similar to the board game Hungry, Hungry Hippos. The game concluded with a strong win by the elementary representatives, Mrs. Jessica Sloan and Mr. Tevin Mills. Then the cheerleaders showed off some of their routines for this year.
  
The pep rally was followed by an afternoon and evening of basketball, beginning with the middle school girls and boys games followed by the varsity boys and girls teams.
 


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LADY SHARKS WIN
December 2, 2016

 

The Lady Sharks won their home opener in convincing fashion.  After a sluggish first half, the Sharks outscored their opponents 25-6 in the second half.  Rylee Smith opened the second  half with a tip-in and the Sharks played suffocating defense followed by unselfish offense to put the game away. 

The Sharks were led in scoring and rebounding by Emilie Lavoie who scored 11 points while gathering nine rebounds.  The girls were buoyed by a boisterous home crowd; thanks for coming out!

The Sharks return to the court for a home game on Thursday against district rival Chiefland.  The girls play at 5:30 pm followed by the boys at 7:00 pm. 

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CEDAR KEY SHARK NEWS
  28 NOVEMBER 2016
 
 

 Jacob Solano: Gone, but Never Forgotten

Terra Dunn & Amanda Robinson,
Shark Correspondents
 
 

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  Some of the art created by the Cedar Key School Class of 2017
and other high school students as their mourned the accidental death of Jacob Solano.
(Photo by Kevin Mansingh)
 
 
Jacob Bartola Solano died tragically on November 23rd, 2016, leaving family, friends, and Cedar Key School in shock.
 
Jacob was one of 10 seniors at Cedar Key High School this year and one of only 3 boys in the class of 2017. He first enrolled at CKS as a pre-K student. To help the tight-knit class cope with the sudden loss of a classmate, a crisis team met with the students Monday morning, on the first day back to school since Jacob’s accident. The students talked, wrote down their feelings and memories, and created posters for the Solano family.
  
Jacob always radiated the halls with his contagious smile and laughter, touching the hearts of every student he came across. His absence will be greatly missed, which was shown Monday at school with banners made by high school students.
 
Jacob may be gone, but he’ll never be forgotten.
 
 
 
 
CKS MS Fall Sports Starts
11/28/16
Terra Dunn and Amanda Robinson,
Shark Correspondents

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 Kaitlyn Tindall, center, and the rest of the CKS Middle School Cheerleaders
get ready to cheer for the Sharks for the first game!
 
 
The Middle School Girls and Boys Basketball Teams opened their seasons this past Monday with road games in Trenton. Both basketball teams (which are coached by Joe Bishop) and the cheerleaders (coached by Malinda Roland) have been practicing for weeks to prepare for the season.
 
The next four home games for our middle school Sharks are the 5th, 10th, 13th, and 21st of December.
 
The school’s annual Pep Rally will be orchestrated by the cheerleaders on Monday, December 5th, during the sixth period of the school day. That afternoon all four of the CKS teams will take on the Trenton Tigers in Cedar Key, beginning with the middle school girls at 3:30 pm, the middle school boys at 4:30 pm, varsity girls at 5:30 pm and the varsity boys at 7 pm.
 
  
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