• Blasting off

    Every year in May Citrus Springs Elementary School media and tech specialist Christina Hackey helps students shoot for the stars with an annual rocket competition.
    Two students from her 2015-16 class placed in the top three in the United States, qualifying them to attend the annual 2016 Reach for the Stars National Rocket Competition Awards.  

  • AES Strikers Fishing Club tackles trash

    Members of the Academy of Environmental Science (AES) Strikers Fishing Club, along with siblings, moms and dads, were on a mission to be environmental stewards while providing a service to the community. They accomplished their goal at the 27th annual Citrus County Lakes, Rivers and Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 17.

  • A day for dads

    Gwen Bittner
    Most any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. Positive male role models rose early last Wednesday to join children at county elementary schools for a morning of quality time.
    Hernando Elementary School invited dads to the classroom Sept. 28 for breakfast and fun activities in celebration of the third annual Take Your Dad to School Day. Doors opened at 8 a.m. and fathers stayed until the first bell rang at 8:50 a.m.

  • Colorful program offered at Withlacoochee Technical College

    Julie Gorham
    Staff writer
    Students of the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Program at Withlacoochee Technical College learned extreme custom painting on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
    House of Kolor east coast market manager Ron “Flea” Fleenor traveled from Tennessee to show how to achieve the meticulous designs using airbrush techniques.
    Withlacoochee Technical College’s Al Persavich said the class helps maintain the level of education that professionals need for employment.

  • Teaching assistant students spend first day in class

    Lecanto High school teaching assistant students work with elementary students every week preparing them for the future.
    Lecanto High teacher, Michelle Fritz runs the state of Florida program,” Principles of Teaching,” to introduce students to the education field.

  • Star Wars Reads Day fun

    Claire Phillips Laxton
    For the Chronicle
    The Coastal Region Library in Crystal River became the Star Wars Universe as men and women from the famous 501st Legion meandered around the library greeting children and parents on “Star Wars Reads Day” in authentic costumes.
    Some of the kids were also dressed in costume as Princess Leia and Yoda and other characters from the film. Visitors went to different tables to create Yoda ears, a light saber, cube crafts and more. Star Wars books, posters and bookmarks were available, too.

  • Art experience for all ages in ‘Artsy Smartsy’ class

    Claire Phillips Laxton
    For the Chronicle
    It was all about falling leaves and using watercolor paints this month at the Coastal Region Library in the monthly “Artsy Smartsy” class as all ages including their parents this time, joined in the art experience with Debbie Robitaille, youth librarian.

    These free classes are the first Thursday of each month for all students 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. as they delve into the various art mediums.  

  • Building on STEM

    Rock Crusher Elementary School is upping the ante to help students succeed in the science and technology fields by holding a monthly campus-wide STEM Day called Creative Imagination Agency (CIA).
    The first full day of fun activites, on Friday, Oct. 14, involved aspects of the STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — curriculum to help provide support and encouragement as all the school’s students participated in a group activity.

  • HES students run for fun, fitness

    The students of the Hernando Elementary School’s (HES) Runners Club set off to win the their first trail race of the school year on Oct. 8.
    Thirty-four students from second through fifth grades gathered to compete in a 2-mile course that weaves through the school property.
    “The kids did an amazing job,” said physical education teacher Tracy Buettner.
    The HES Runners Club puts on four races a year for elementary school kids, providing the students with an active and low-cost after-school program.

  • Lecanto High School has IB opening ceremony

    Lecanto High School International Baccalaureate (IB) program juniors and seniors stood with parents, school leaders and friends at the official IB opening ceremony on Saturday, Sept.10, at Curtis Peterson Auditorium on the Lecanto school campus.
    The IB opening ceremony recognized juniors by giving them a Lecanto High School IB hoodies and recognizes seniors by parents “pinning” the students with the official IB LHS pin.