Friday, March 22, 2013
'Every day I wake up excited about what I do,' said Marine Science teacher Katrin Rudge of Riverview High School.
A Riverview High teacher who directs the school's Aquascience Program has been named Sarasota County's Teacher of the Year for 2013-14. Marine Sciene teacher Katrin Rudge was named Teacher of the Year at a ceremony Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency. The other two finalists were Amy Mazner of Alta Vista and Middle School Teacher of the Year Rita Zywica of Brookside. “I’m completely overwhelmed,” said Rudge. “Every day I wake up excited about what I do. There’s lots of working, even during weekends, but the experience is priceless.” She thanked husband Jeff Rudge, her children, Brian and Rebecca O’Connell, and her parents, Larry and Rotraut Bockstahler, for their support. Rudge has taught for almost 12 years, all of them with Sarasota …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Sarasota's Jungle Robotics Team won the highest regional honor among 62 teams that just competed at the Orlando Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.
Friday, March 15, 2013
The team advances to the National FIRST Robotics Competition in April.
Sarasota's Jungle Robotics Team won the highest regional honor among 62 teams that just competed at the Orlando Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. The Chairman's Award was presented to the team March 9 at the University of Central Florida Arena. The team advances to the National FIRST Robotics Competition, which is April 24-27, in St. Louis, Missouri. Jungle Robotics, also known as Team 3627, consists of 30 members from four Sarasota County public schools, Pine View School, Riverview High, Suncoast Polytechnical High and Venice High, and one private school, The Out-of-Door Academy. According to a press release: "Most FIRST Robotics teams are composed of students from a single school. From the start, the goal of the Sarasota team founders…
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The last phase of construction at Booker High School includes demolishing old buildings to make space for new athletic fields.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Rep. Greg Steube filed a bill in the Florida House that would let principals designate a licensed employee to carry a firearm on campus.
Florida teachers would be allowed to carry guns in schools if a bill filed Wednesday by Rep. Greg Steube (R—Dist. 73) passes. HB 1097 would allow principals or district superintendents to designate school personnel who would be authorized to carry a concealed weapon or firearm. According to the bill proposed by the Bradenton native and Sarasota resident, those employees would need to be licensed or have a concealed weapon permit. The bill would also require school districts to place a safety officer at every school unless the principal has designated another school employee to be armed. "I think a lot of parents and teachers understand we have a hole in our security," Steube was quoted as saying by Bay News 9. "We need to do something." In…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Stephen Covert will succeed Steve Largo as principal of the gifted and talented school.
Thursday, February 21
Sarasota County's gifted and talented school will have a new principal in place next school year to replace longtime principal Steve Largo. Superintendent Lori White has named Stephen Covert, 41, who currently serves as executive director of Human Resources for Spotsylvania County Virginia Schools, is scheduled to begin July 1 as principal of the school, pending School Board approval. He will succeed Steve Largo, who has been principal of Pine View since 1988. The school, located in Osprey, serves intellectually gifted students in grades two-12. “I am being entrusted with a unique gift,” said Covert. “Pine View is one of the most widely recognized and acclaimed schools for gifted students in the nation. I also know I have some big shoes …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Students in Sarasota get the day off Monday, Feb. 18.
Public school students in Sarasota won't have to go to school Monday in honor of Presidents Day. Sarasota County Schools are closed for the celebration of George Washington's Birthday on Monday, Feb. 18. After that, the next time Sarasota public school students will have an official day off will be for the start of spring break, which lasts from March 11-15, according to the district's 2013 school calendar. Sign up for the Sarasota Patch email newsletter to stay connected to your community.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The ceremony and weekend of special events celebrates the appointment of Donal O’Shea as the fifth president of New College
For the first time in 46 years New College of Florida is conducting a formal presidential inauguration as it celebrates the appointment of Dr. Donal O’Shea as its fifth president. Friday's inauguration ceremony begins with the pageantry of a formal procession, with more than 150 New College professors and delegates from universities including Oxford, Harvard, Yale and Princeton, all in colorful academic regalia. The ceremony features prominent speakers from government and education: The ceremony continues with the presentation of the Symbols of Office, including the historic Presidential Medallion given to President John G. Elmendorf at his inauguration in 1967. Following the presentation President O’Shea will deliver his inaugural …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Three finalists were named in the teacher of the year competition.
Two science teachers and a physical education teacher were named finalists today for Sarasota's Teacher of the Year. The teachers at three public schools were surprised when they were revealed as the district’s 2013-14 Teachers of the Year finalists by the annual Teacher Tribute Tour.The finalists are: Katrin Rudge, a marine science teacher at Riverview High School; Rita Zywica, a science teacher at Brookside Middle School; and Amy Mazner, a physical education teacher at Alta Vista Elementary. Superintendent of Schools Lori White, School Board members Jane Goodwin, Shirley Brown and Caroline Zucker and a team of district administrators and past winners congratulated the teachers as their students and peers helped celebrate the event. The …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Princeton Review and USA Today ranked public and private colleges for best in value.
The Princeton Review has ranked New College of Florida the No. 3 “Best Value Public College in America” for 2013. The Princeton Review’s 2013 list features 75 public and 75 private colleges, and ranks the top 10 in each category. Sarasota's New College was the only Florida institution to appear on either top-10 list this year. The ranking continues a five-year run of recognition for New College. New College was ranked No. 2 best value public college in 2011 and 2009, and No. 3 in 2012 and 2010. Only three other U.S. public colleges made the list all five years. “New College is honored to be recognized once again by The Princeton Review and USA Today as one of the nation’s best value public colleges,” said New College President Donal O’Shea…