Monday, November 13, 2017

Cypress Creek Middle High Celebrates School Opening

Who: Cypress Creek Middle High School students, staff, their community, and Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning

What: Cypress Creek Middle High School Dedication Ceremony

When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14

Where: Cypress Creek Middle High School, 8701 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel

Why: Join Cypress Creek Middle High School for a night of celebration as we dedicate this brand-new school.

How: Cypress Creek Middle High School is in its first year of operation, and Pasco County Schools will commemorate its opening with a dedication ceremony. Community members are welcome to attend this event. There will be messages from Superintendent Browning and Principal Carin Hetzler-Nettles, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, photograph opportunities, live music from the Cypress Creek High School band, refreshments, and self-guided tours. For more information, call (813) 346-4400.
 

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Pasco School Board Elects New Chair and Vice Chair

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 8, 2017) – The District School Board of Pasco County elected Cynthia Armstrong Board chairman and Alison Crumbley Board vice chairman at Tuesday’s School Board meeting.

Mrs. Armstrong represents District 3 on the Board.  She was first elected in 2010, and was re-elected without opposition in 2014.  She previously has served two stints as vice-chairman and one as chairman of the Board (2013).  Mrs. Armstrong is a former science teacher and adjunct professor, and currently works in real estate.  She earned her B.A. in Biology from Wake Forest University and her Master’s in Education from University of South Florida.  She is married to Gregg Armstrong.

Mrs. Crumbley represents District 4 on the Board.  She was elected in 2010 to fulfill the remaining two years of an unfulfilled term, and was re-elected without opposition in 2012 and 2016.  This is her second stint as vice chairman; she served as chairman in 2014.   Mrs. Crumbley is public relations/marketing director for a commercial real estate firm.  She has previous experience managing an international advertising agency office and as an advertising account executive.  She graduated from Gulf High School and has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida.  She is married to Allen Crumbley.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Pasco County Schools Honors Our Veterans

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 3, 2017) – This Veterans Day, Pasco County Schools is hosting its 4th annual district wide Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. The Center for the Arts at River Ridge is located at 11646 Town Center Road, in New Port Richey.

Students will perform the pledge of allegiance, national anthem, patriotic songs, and flag demonstrations. Rick D’Onofrio, Center for the Arts at River Ridge managing director, will be the event’s emcee and Representative Danny Burgess will serve as keynote speaker. Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley will join Superintendent Kurt Browning and district students and staff to honor and celebrate veterans and to encourage students to participate in the Vote in Honor of a Veteran program.

“It is important for our students and employees to honor the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces,” said Superintendent Browning. “This hallmark, annual event fosters civic engagement and serves as a teachable moment about military service and sacrifice.” 

Supervisor of Elections Outreach Ambassadors also will conduct their annual voter registration drive, “Vote In Honor of a Veteran,” at all high schools once the Veterans Day Ceremony concludes. For more information, contact Tina Stavrou-Klem at 813-794-2247.

Schools Throughout Pasco County Honor Troops on Veterans Day

Land O’ Lakes, FL — (November 3, 2017) — Students and schools throughout Pasco County will participate in Veterans Day ceremonies at their schools and in the community. Following is a list of events:


Where: Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave. in New Port Richey

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8

Why: The Gulf High School JROTC Color Guard will present recognition certificates to veterans during a Rotary Club of New Port Richey-sponsored event. For more information, call (727) 774-3300.


Where: Meadowlawn Cemetery, 4244 Madison St. in New Port Richey

When: 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9

Why: The Gulf High School JROTC will place 1,200 flags on veterans’ graves. For more information, call (727) 774-3300.


Where: Bexley Elementary School, 4380 Ballantrae Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes

When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9

Why: Bexley Elementary School invites its community to watch second-graders perform during the school’s Veterans Day concert. For more information, call (813) 346-4300.


Where: James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in Tampa

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10

Why: The Thomas E. Weightman Middle School band will march during the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital parade. The school also will participate in Jeans for Troops. Participants who donate $5 to this national campaign can wear jeans to work, and the proceeds help veterans with employment, healthcare and housing. For more information, call (813) 794-0200.


Where: Schrader Elementary School, 11041 Little Road in New Port Richey

When: 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10

Why: Schrader Elementary School families are invited to watch fifth-graders as they sing and speak about the service of our veterans. To reserve a spot at this event and learn more about it, call (727) 774-5900.


Where: Zephyrhills High School, 6335 12th St. in Zephyrhills

When: 7 a.m., Friday, Nov. 10

Why: Zephyrhills High School’s JROTC and chorus will salute and honor staff veterans before school. For more information, call (813) 794-6100.



Where: Crews Lake Middle School atrium, 15144 Shady Hills Road in Spring Hill

When: 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 10

Why: The Crews Lake Middle School social studies department will explain the historical significance of the holiday, and the school band will provide music. The American Legion will present the colors and fold the U.S. flag as a school staff member explains what each fold represents. Veterans on school staff also will be recognized. For more information, call (727) 246-1600.


Where: Lacoochee Elementary School cafeteria, 38815 Cummer Road in Dade City

When: 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 10

Why: Veterans will visit classrooms and talk about the holiday and their service. Students will talk about family members who have served and hang photos of them on a brand-new Wall of Heroes. For more information, call (352) 524-5600.


Where: Veterans Elementary School, 26940 Progress Parkway in Wesley Chapel

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10

Why: Veterans Elementary School will host a barbecue to honor our veterans. All community members who have served in the military are invited to attend. For more information and to RSVP, call (813) 346-1400 or email Sharon Zurita at szurita@pasco.k12.fl.us.


Where: West Zephyrhills Elementary School basketball courts, 37900 14th Ave. in Zephyrhills

When: 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10

Why: The West Zephyrhills community is invited to enjoy live music at this special Veterans Day event. Students and staff will wear red, white and blue, and community members are encouraged to bring their own chairs. For more information, call (813) 794-6300.


Where:           Denham Oaks Elementary School, 1422 Oak Grove Blvd. in Lutz

When:            10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 10

Why:              Denham Oaks Elementary School will recognize more than 75 veterans from all five branches of the military during this event. Fourth- and fifth-graders will perform songs learned in music class; student council members will speak; the PTA will provide breakfast; student art will be displayed; and a local Boy Scouts troop will present the flag. Community members are invited to attend. For more information, call (813) 794 1600.


Where: Odessa Elementary School cafeteria, 12810 Interlaken Road in New Port Richey

When: 11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 10

Why: All veterans, their families, and anyone related to Odessa Elementary School students and staff, or invited by them, are welcome to attend this Veterans Day celebration. The Odessa Elementary School and Seven Springs Middle School choruses will sing, and the J.W. Mitchell High School Color Guard will perform. There also will be lunch, a parade, live music and more. For more information, call (727) 246-3700.


Where: Chester W. Taylor Elementary School, 3638 Morris Bridge Road in Zephyrhills

When: 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10

Why: Chester W. Taylor Elementary School’s chorus, and the Zephyrhills High School JROTC, jazz band, and chorus will perform during this Veterans Day celebration. There also will be a guest speech from Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning. For more information, call (813) 794-6900.


Where: Orchards of Radcliffe, 7713 Radcliffe Circle in Port Richey

When: 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11

Why: The Gulf High School Color Guard will perform during a Veterans Day ceremony. For more information, call (727) 774-3300.


Where: Quail Hollow Elementary School, 7050 Quail Hollow Blvd. in Wesley Chapel

When: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11

Why: Quail Hollow Elementary School will host its Fall Festival Veterans Day Celebration. The event will kick off with a highly anticipated musical performance, and the students will honor veterans and their country. For more information, call (813) 794-1100. To donate to Jeans for Troops, click here.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Renowned Anti-Bullying Speaker Visits Gulfside Elementary

Who: Gulfside Elementary School students and staff, and Lizzie Sider

What: Lizzie Sider’s Bully Prevention Assembly

When: 2:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17

Where: Gulfside Elementary School cafeteria, 2329 Anclote Blvd. in Holiday

Why: Pasco County Schools strives to prevent bullying in its schools, and uses multiple resources to reinforce with stakeholders that all students and staff should be treated with civility and respect.

How: Renowned anti-bullying speaker Lizzie Sider, who has performed at more than 400 schools across the country, will bring her high-energy, inspirational message to Gulfside Elementary School students. Having endured the anguish of bullying as an elementary school student, recording artist Lizzie Sider created her own Bully Prevention Assembly, where she shares her personal experiences with elementary and middle school students. Gulfside Elementary School will have the honor of hosting this empowering performance, and students will gain a greater understanding of compassion and community. For more information, call Gulfside Elementary School at (727) 774-6000.

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