• Trotting for turkeys

    Julie Gorham
    Staff writer
    For almost 30 years, Inverness Middle School students have run in the annual Fred Huffman Turkey Trot to help families in the community celebrate Thanksgiving.
    Last week, roughly 500 students trotted to help raise funds so 21 families can have their turkey. In conjunction to the students’ turkey-raiser, the nonprofit Citrus County Blessings organization will provide side dishes, so the families will have complete Thanksgiving meals.

  • Good citizens

    Every week Lecanto High School JROTC members mentor and tutor struggling students at Lecanto Middle School.
    As soon as the high school students step into learning lab, they instantly scan the room for those who need the most help.
    They know what their job is: it’s helping these young minds achieve success no matter how big or small the task.
    Lt. Col. David Brown of the JROTC program said although this initiative just started in late August, it is already a huge success — for both parties.

  • Students set bait for Toys For Tots

    The Academy of Environmental Science (AES) Strikers Fishing Club is working on a Christmas service project to benefit local children in need. Now through
    Dec. 14, the club is collecting toys and fishing poles and equipment to donate to the Citrus County U.S. Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots program. Donations of new and unwrapped toys and fishing poles will brighten a local child’s Christmas.
    To kick off the drive, the Strikers club purchased 10 no-tangle kids fishing pole sets from Kid Casters to donate.

  • Educational excellence

    On Jan. 19, the Citrus County School District and the Citrus County Educational Foundation will host their annual Galaxy of Stars where they honor the teachers of the year and school-related employees of the year and select their top picks. Over the next six weeks, the Chronicle will profile the teachers and school-related employees, who will be honored that day.


  • Orange County magnet school partners with attractions industry

    ORLANDO -- Junior Achievement has worked with students for years to encourage financial literacy and the ability to take full advantage of America’s free enterprise system.

  • Teacher takes aim at improving science fair

    Gwen Bittner
    For the Chronicle
    Richard Crowley, teacher on special assignment/science K-12, is seeking to create uniformity in science fair processes. Differences in school, classroom, and individual student levels call for meetings aiming to close the gap in annual processes of parental involvement and paperwork.
    As school-level science fairs wrap up by mid-January, district support personnel and teachers will plan meetings to reflect on processes and focus on areas for improvement in preparation for next year’s fair.

  • CSI: Inverness Middle School

    Inside of Ingrid Staley’s classroom, students are measuring blood splatters and learning about blood types — all to solve a fictional crime.
    Why, may you ask.
    They are taking part in a Crime Scene Investigation unit in the Technology Education course using Common Core principles in an interactive way.
    “Each student learns about aspects of crime scene investigating, from finding forensic material at crime scenes to using it to find who committed the crime,” Staley said.

  • Shaping futures

    INVERNESS — Inverness Middle School’s Autumn Tucker glides the final coat of paint onto her newly constructed birdhouse.
    “I really enjoyed building this,” she says with a huge smile. “It’s something different and fun.“
    She is quietly working at the back table in the last remaining wood shop in the Citrus County School System.

  • First ‘Don’t ROCC the boat’ deemed a success

    Ethan Gardner
    Special to the Chronicle
    The Rowing Organization of Citrus County Students (ROCCS) held its first “Don’t ROCC the boat” event Oct. 29 in Liberty Park, Inverness, during the Cooter Festival. This was a fundraising event designed to increase awareness of ROCCS and the sport of rowing, as well as to develop a stronger relationship with Citrus County Schools. One hundred percent of the funds raised during this event went to the participating schools.

  • Dash for Tash — School support shows love for 1-year-old boy fighting leukemia

    Julie Gorham
    Staff writer
    Students ran with love during the Dash for Tash on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Crystal River Primary School.
    They were dashing with love for a baby named Tash Sullivan who has been fighting leukemia since he was 8 weeks old.
    The day was special as members of each class took part in this fundraising event, with proceeds to go toward Tash’s medical bills.