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  1. Sertoma foundation helps with early identification of hard-of-hearing children


    Macedi is going to put a set of headphones on, she tells him, speaking gently into his ear. And when he hears the beep, he should raise his hand.

    Mittye P. Locke Elementary kindergartner Caden Graham, 5, responds to hearing "the beep" during a hearing test administered by Peggy Macedi, 77, a volunteer for the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of New Port Richey.
  2. Promoting positive behavior brings results at Parrott Middle School


    BROOKSVILLE — Parrott Middle School principal Brent Gaustad describes his school's Positive Behavior Support program as rewards for consistent positive behavior.

    Parrott Middle School students enjoy the school's gold-star Positive Behavior Support lunch lounge, which includes games, popcorn, gaming televisions and a 60-inch television. They earn the privilege to eat lunch there for a week by displaying excellent behavior. [Photo by Paulette Lash Ritchie]
  3. Encounters: Trial by storm for a rookie principal


    DUNEDIN — When he nodded off to sleep, the hallway lights outside Michael Vasallo's office were on, so the sudden darkness woke him.

    The glow of his desk phone dimmed.

    Michael Vasallo, right, the first-year principal at Dunedin Highland Middle School, talks with the school's head plant operator Clint Case near the back-up generator on campus. The generator failed just as Hurricane Irma passed through Pinellas County, making for a stressful night. The experience made Vasallo long to return to his regular job, educating middle schoolers. [COLEEN WRIGHT   |   Times]