SRHS To Host Coffee Talk For Parents Oct. 16

The Seminole Ridge High School guidance department cordially invites the parents of freshman students to join counselors for an open discussion about their children’s education.

“Coffee Talk” convenes Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. in the media center. Topics of discussion will be graduation requirements for the Class of 2016 and “Where to Turn?” Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to the guidance office at (561) 422-2610 or

On Thursday, Oct. 17, counselors will meet with the freshman class, emphasizing graduation requirements and “the road to success.”

Choristers to Sing at State — The following SRHS choral students successfully auditioned to represent the school at the Florida American Choral Directors’ Association state conference in November: Cemi Rivera for the male honor choir, and Bryan Doherty and Cristian Soto for the mixed honor choir. Doherty and Soto will perform Faure’s Requiem, a major choral and orchestral work conducted by Dr. Sandra Snow from Michigan State University. Over 380 students from 38 Florida high schools auditioned for this 140-piece honor choir.

Teacher to Speak with Space Station — Roger that? The South Florida Science Museum has offered SRHS physics teacher Erich Landstrom a seat in “mission control” to make radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The event, to take place the week of Oct. 22, is the result of an essay contest in which students and educators competed for the exciting astronaut question-and-answer session.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture among NASA and other international space agencies that coordinate scheduled radio contacts between astronauts aboard the ISS and school-based organizations.

The South Florida Science Museum was one of few organizations in the country invited to make space station contact this year.

“We’ll partner with the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group to serve as mission control when we connect with astronauts during their October flyover,” museum CEO Lew Crampton said. “This collaborative effort with the school district and local ham radio operators is a once-in-a-lifetime experience — our chance to tune into a ‘real world’ application of science, technology, engineering and math through radio uplink.”

Palm Beach County School District students, private school students, homeschooled students and their teachers submitted essays on the topic “Why is Space Exploration Important, and What Does it Mean to Me?”

The essays were judged at the South Florida Science Museum by a panel including former astronauts, scientists, educators and area media. Along with two area teachers, 15 students were chosen to take part in mission control.