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Monday, August 03, 2015

Pasco County Schools Closures

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (August 3, 2015) – The Pasco County Sheriff is advising motorists to be off the roads in flooded areas by 3 p.m. today due to expected increased flooding associated with high tide.  As a result, Pasco County Schools PLACE childcare programs at Calusa, Gulf Highlands, Gulfside, Gulf Trace, Hudson, Schrader, Seven Springs, and Trinity Oaks elementary schools are calling parents to pick-up their children as soon as possible.  Staff will stay at PLACE sites until all children have been released to their parents/guardians.  The Transportation Department will have buses on standby if any of these sites experience flooding.

Fox Hollow Elementary PLACE students were moved earlier today to Chasco Elementary School, Richie Elementary School PLACE students were moved to Cotee River Elementary School, and Marlowe Elementary School PLACE students were moved to Deer Park Elementary School.  All affected parents/guardians have been notified and will have to pick up children at the alternative schools.

Seven Springs Elementary School’s PLACE program is closed tomorrow as a precaution, due to its proximity to the Anclote River.  SSES PLACE students will be housed at Longleaf Elementary School tomorrow.  Parents will have to take their children to Longleaf and pick them up at the end of the day.  Longleaf is located at 3253 Town Ave., New Port Richey.

Site administrators have been given the authority to determine whether to allow staff to leave before 3 p.m. at all district schools.  Administrators must make sure that no students are left unattended and that the facility is secured.

In addition, the district is cancelling all after-school activities at schools this afternoon/evening.  Schools should use SchoolConnects to alert parents that their planned activity tonight is canceled.  The School Board meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. will be held as planned.

Feeding and Reading has been canceled for Tuesday, August 4. Only mobile feeding is canceled.  All other Summer Break Spot sites will be open on Tuesday.

Linda E. Cobbe
Director, Communications & Government Relations
Pasco County Schools

Special Olympics Bronze Medal Team to Arrive Home Tonight

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (August 3, 2015) – The Land O’ Lakes High School (Team USA) Special Olympics unified soccer team is expected to return to Land O’ Lakes at approximately 8:30 p.m.  Their bus will drop players at the Publix store located at the intersection of State Road 54 and Collier Parkway (2121 Collier Parkway) in Land O’ Lakes.  An earlier press release advised that the bus would return players to the school.


WHAT: United Way of Pasco County is collecting school supplies for 1400 Pasco County teachers through their Stuff the Bus for Teachers project.    Between Friday, July 31; Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, a fleet of school buses were stuffed with pens, pencils, notebooks, folders and other assorted school supplies.   15 locations throughout the Pasco County area joined together to collect the much needed supplies for local teachers.  On Monday, August 3, all 15 school buses will gather at Sunlake High School in Land O Lakes to unload the supplies that will be sorted and boxed for distribution.

WHY: Each year, Pasco County school teachers spend an average of $400 out of their own pockets to supply their classrooms. By helping teachers, we are able to let them focus on what’s important – our children!

WHO: *Pasco County Superintendent of Schools Kurt S. Browning.   Duggan Cooley, President and CEO of United Way of Pasco County.

Monday, August 3, 2014
8:00 am: School buses arrive at Sunlake High School in Land O Lakes filled with school supplies

*INTERVIEW opportunities between 9:30 am and 11:00 am.

8-6 pm:   Supplies are unloaded, sorted and boxed for local teachers.   1400 boxes will be distributed to Pasco County teachers!  

WHERE:  Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Blvd, Land O' Lakes, FL 34638

Chamber Steps Up for Schools

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 30, 2015) – The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is assisting Pasco County Schools by creating a STEAM Team to help teachers at the district’s first magnet school organize their classrooms and by supporting the United Way of Pasco County’s Stuff the Bus for Teachers program.

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a “STEAM Team” of volunteers to help teachers move in to the new Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM Magnet School on Thursday, August 6 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  STEAM. stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Volunteers will work with teachers to organize their classrooms.

Additionally, the Central Pasco Chamber is supporting chamber member United Way of Pasco County's Stuff the Bus for Teachers program. They will be collecting school supplies and helping to find volunteers to sort supplies at Sunlake High School from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, August 3.

Wiregrass Ranch High Schedules Orientations

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 28, 2015) – Wiregrass Ranch High School will host three orientations for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year, as follows:

Senior Class only – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, August 17
10th graders, 11th graders, and any 12th graders who were unable to attend senior registration – 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, August 18
9th graders – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18

Guided tours will be available during registrations on Tuesday, August 18.  All freshmen and students new to Wiregrass Ranch High are encouraged to attend the orientation appropriate for their grade levels. Students will be able to pick-up schedules, select lockers, verify transportation, and learn about the exciting academic and athletic programs as well as the wide variety of clubs the school offers.

Wiregrass Ranch will operate on a 10-period day for the 2015-2016 school year to alleviate overcrowding.  The school was built with a capacity for 1,675 students and enrollment is projected to be 2,438 in 2015-2016.  Students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades will attend from 7:25 a.m. to 1:56 p.m., and 9th graders will attend from 10:25 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.

For additional information regarding orientation, call WRHS at (813) 346-6000. Wiregrass Ranch High School is located at 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel.

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Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
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