Manatee Y Tech school community forum July 8

July 4, 2014 

Y Tech sets community forum July 8

BRADENTON -- The Manatee Y Technological Institute will hold three public forums to meet the school principal and learn more about educational offerings.

The forums will include a question-and-answer session and enrollment information.

The meetings will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 at the Lakewood Ranch Branch Y, Wednesday at the 13th Ave Dream Center and Thursday at the Bradenton Branch Y.

SCF athletic teams score JUCO academic honors

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota athletic teams and student-athletes were recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association for academic achievements in 2013-14.

The SCF Manatees men's baseball and women's volleyball, softball and tennis teams were named 2013-14 NJCAA All-Academic Teams after exceeding the required minimum team grade-point average of 3.0.

Eight student-athletes were named NJCAA Athletes of Distinction and honored with awards based on GPAs of 3.6 or higher.

Kathryn Torre, volleyball, led all SCF athletes to earn the Superior Academic Award for her 3.95 GPA.

Other SCF Manatees who won Exemplary Academic Achievement awards: Charles Sandberg, baseball, 3.73 GPA; Courtney Covert, softball, 3.7 GPA; Cory Reid, baseball, 3.68 GPA; Jaice Metherall, softball, 3.64 GPA; Kelly Rossip, volleyball, 3.61 GPA; Ericka Shick, softball, 3.6 GPA; and Sean Trent, baseball, 3.6 GPA.

Sarasota schools collect learning management award

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota County School District has won a Catalyst Award for Innovation from Blackboard Inc., the world's leading education technology company.

Each year, Blackboard honors innovation and excellence in from teachers and learners who work to redefine how to use technology.

Brad Porinchak, an assistant principal intern at North Port High School and former program specialist in curriculum and instruction, said Sarasota County schools are using Blackboard Learn to give teachers a location for curriculum, pacing and resource support.

Pine View teacher Squires named outstanding educator

OSPREY -- Pine View School language arts teacher Fran Squires has been named the 2014 Outstanding Middle Level Educator in the English Language Arts by the National Council of Teachers of English.

NCTE is a 35,000-member organization dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English language arts at all levels.

The NCTE said it recognizes "exceptional English language arts teachers of grades six-eight who have demonstrated excellence in teaching English language arts and inspired a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning in their students."

Squires teaches sixth-grade gifted and advanced-level English language arts.

To help her students develop as readers and writers, Squires sets high expectations, provides rich literary materials and encourages creative writing and portfolio building.

Many of her students have been recognized in state and national writing contests.

-- Herald staff reports

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