It’s the end of August and the summer holidays are over, especially for our students who started back to school on August 23 with several new teachers and staff at the Everglades City School. Our new assistant principal is Cherise Brummer who was voted as the school district’s “Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year.” Cherise is very enthusiastic about coming to Everglades City which has the only school in Florida that includes pre-K through 12th grades. Other new teachers include Meg Dillon, Jordan Major, Dr. Tom Andler and Richard Maynard. I’ve just finished reading an interesting book that is relative to what’s happening across the United States with our schools. For those who would like to learn more about how to solve some of the problems we are facing, pick up a copy of “Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers.” It dispels some of the common myths we have about the lives of teachers and their profession. One of the most important chapters is titled “Success in Reform” and describes how some school districts are making innovative changes to focus on improvements in our students’ performance. This book is not just for educators; it’s worthwhile for parents, administrators and politicians to read, and for those who are making the decisions about our school system.
Snook season closure has been extended through September 17, but anglers still have an opportunity to enter the Anglers’ Cup Snook and Redfish tournament that will take place in Everglades City on the weekend of September 16-18. Deadline for entries is Tuesday, August 31. For more information, visit website www.theanglerscup.com.
For those interested in stomping through the swamp, Clyde Butcher will be hosting his annual Labor Day weekend Muck-About at his Big Cypress Gallery in Ochopee on the Tamiami Trail (only 25 minutes from Everglades City). Clyde will be there signing books and his wife, Niki, will be demonstrating her hand-painted black and white photography. There are also new photos by Clyde at the Gallery. Places are filling up fast for the popular swamp walks so call 239-695-2428 to make reservations or visit website www.clydebutcher.com for more information.
Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of The Mullet Rapper.