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Education

  • CES, two more Levy schools recognized for volunteerism

    Three Levy County elementary schools have been recognized for their excellence in volunteerism.

    At the School Board of Levy County meeting last Tuesday, Chiefland Elementary School Principal Lacy Redd, Yankeetown School principal Denee Hurst and Joyce Bullock Elementary School assistant principal Hillary Cribbs accepted Florida Golden School Award certificates on behalf of their schools for their high levels of volunteer contributions and volunteer training.

    It was the first year any Levy schools received the award.

  • Webber returns to CMHS

    Monday was Dennis Webber’s first day in the office in his new job as principal of Chiefland Middle High School, but it wasn’t exactly a new setting for the longtime Chiefland educator.

    Webber is coming from his position as principal of the Levy Learning Academy, the county’s alternative school center in Bronson, but previously spent time as a teacher, coach, dean of students and eventually assistant principal at Chiefland Middle and Chiefland High School.

    He’s been in education for nearly 30 years.

  • Levy students can dual enroll in UF courses

    The School Board of Levy County has made the County the first rural county to partner with the University of Florida for its dual enrollment program.

    Dual enrollment courses allow high school juniors and seniors to take free college courses that offer credits toward a college degree while also satisfying high school credit requirements in the course subject area.

    The applicants for the UF dual enrollment courses must maintain a 3.5 unweighted GPA. They must also provide a test score – SAT, PSAT or ACT – that meets requirements.

  • Free PreK extended to full day in Levy

    The School Board of Levy County has agreed to a major change to the Prekindergarten program, significantly expanding its free service.

    Four- and 5-year-olds have already been eligible for free prekindergarten instruction for the first three hours of the school day under Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK).

    Starting next school year, the Board has now made prekindergarten free for the entire day, beyond the three hours of VPK instruction. That includes free transportation to and from the care center as well as breakfast and lunch.

  • Four Lady Indians sign scholarships
  • Heavy Rains lead to flooding at high school

    By BAILEY BEAUCHAMP

    Citizen Correspondent

    A thunderstorm flooded Chiefland High School’s campus April 4, leaving water inches deep on all the sidewalks, parking lots and other walkways such as the field leading to the ag shop. 

    It is possible there was as much as 7 inches of rain that day and while it caused many issues for students and teachers throughout the day, Chiefland High School did everything possible to keep their students safe and dry. 

  • Students thrive in technical education

    Vocational and technical training has come a long way in recent decades.

    To the uninitiated, much of today’s version – which comes under the banner of Career & Technical Education (CTE) – might look indistinguishable from the more advanced college prep paths.

  • Dong, Edison are CHS co-valedictorians

    EDITOR’S NOTE:This is an updated version of the story to correct an error. Bingling Dong and Jacob Edison are co-valedictorians and Bailey Beauchamp is salutatorian.

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    Bingling Dong and Jacob Edison emerged as co-valedictorians in the 2017 graduating class at Chiefland High School. Both students finished their high school careers with 4.38 grade-point averages. Salutatorian Bailey Beauchamp finished her high school career with a 4.32 grade-point average.

  • Bronson FFA does well in horse judging

    Bronson Middle FFA Chapter participated in the Horse Judging Career Development Event Feb. 4 at the Canterbury Arena in Newberry, Florida. The team consisted of Brinley Bedford, Rochelle Stancil, Delia Creel and Jackson Asbell. 

  • STARS Gala celebrates making a difference

    The theme of this year’s STARS Gala fundraiser presented by the Levy County Schools Foundation was summed up in a short parable about a boy tossing starfish back in the water along a beach.

    The point of the story is the boy’s determination to make a difference in each starfish’s life he saves, rather than succumbing to the feeling of futility in trying to save the thousands of starfish littered along the beach.