Monday, May 22, 2017

Pasco Schools to Make Sure Kids Have Fun, Don’t Go Hungry This Summer

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 22, 2017) – Pasco County Schools Food and Nutrition Services Department will once again provide the summer feeding program to all children under age 18 at various sites across the county from Monday, June 5 until Friday, August 4.

Meals will be served free of charge at 42 school locations and 45 additional locations around the county to anyone under the age of 18. Visit to find serving locations. Families without internet can find the nearest location by calling 813-794-2480.

Each day during summer, the Summer Lunch Buses will deliver food at mobile stops, as follows:

Dade City (Bus 1)

Stop #1
Arbours  Apartments
12861 Stately Oak Street, Dade City
11:30 a.m. to noon

Stop #2
Farm Workers Self-Help
37124 Lock Street, Dade City
12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Stop #3
Lake George Manor
15246 Davis Loop, Dade City
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Dade City (Bus 2)

Stop #1
Cypress Manor Apartments
20637 Evergreen Ct., Dade City
11:30 a.m. to noon

Stop #2
Glorious Church
37504 Trilby Road, Dade City
12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Stop #3
Hilltop Landings Apartments
15641 14th Street, Dade City
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Holiday (Bus 1)
Stop #1
Weston Oaks Apartments  
1251 Weston Oaks Drive, Holiday
11:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Stop #2
South Holiday Library
4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday
Noon to 12:45 p.m.

Stop #3  
Centennial Park Library
5740 Moog Road, Holiday
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Hudson (Bus 1)
Stop #1
Hudson Hills
15902 Homewood Lane, Hudson
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Stop #2 
Hudson Library
8012 Library Road, Hudson
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Hudson (Bus 2)
Stop #1
Regency Park Library
9701 Little Rd, New Port Richey
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Stop #2
Harbor Oaks Apartments
12221 Holbrook Drive, Hudson
12:30 p.m. to1 p.m.

Stop #3
Hudson Ridge Apartments
12140 Hudson Ridge Road, Hudson
1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
For an extra dose of fun, children are invited to stop by one of four watermelon-themed parties, which will include food, games, prizes, cool treats, and lots of fun for the whole family. The parties are from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., as follows:
·         Friday, June 9 – Zephyr Park (5039 4th Street, Zephyrhills)
·         Thursday, June 15 – First Baptist Church (39607 Central Ave, Zephyrhills)
·         Thursday, June 22 – Regency Park Library (9701 Little Road, New Port Richey)
·         Thursday, June 29 – Hudson Library (8012 Library Road, Hudson)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pasco Schools Chef Serves up Veggies from Class-Run Garden

Who: Hudson Elementary School students and staff, chef Vince Blancato from Gulfside Elementary School, and Pasco County Master Gardeners

What: A Garden Experience!

When: 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 23

Where: Hudson Elementary School, 7229 Hudson Ave. in Hudson

Why: Chef Blancato will encourage students to eat fresh vegetables by showing them how to prepare delicious dishes.

How: Mrs. Sojka’s second-grade scholars and Pasco County Master Gardeners tended a class garden together throughout the school year, and now students will be able to enjoy the fruits of their hard work. Chef Blancato will prepare vegetables from Mrs. Sojka’s second-grade students’ garden.  For more information, contact parent involvement coordinator Lisa Ganes at (727) 774-4016 or

Pasco 3rd Graders Improve FSA ELA Scores

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 19, 2017) – The percentage of Pasco County Schools 3rd grade students scoring a 3 or higher on the Florida Standards Assessment in English language arts increased by three percentage points in 2017, moving from 57 percent in 2016 to 60 percent. Pasco’s students also surpassed the state proficiency rate by two percentage points.

Deer Park led schools making significant progress, moving up 24 percentage points, from 56 percent proficient to 80 percent proficient. Lake Myrtle improved 18 percentage points (61 percent to 79 percent), Northwest Elementary improved 17 percentage points (32 percent to 49 percent), and Sunray and Chester Taylor both improved by 16 percentage points (34 percent to 50 percent and 52 percent to 68 percent, respectively).

Other schools improving by 10 percentage points or more include Pasco and Watergrass (up 13 percentage points), Pine View (up 12 percentage points), Sanders (up 11 percentage points), and Gulf Highlands (up 10 percentage points).

Pasco charter school improvement was led by Athenian Academy, which improved from 39 percent proficient to 64 percent proficient, a 25 percentage point increase. Other charters that improved by 10 percentage points or more include Pepin Academies (13 percentage point increase) and Countryside Montessori (12 percentage point increase).

Altogether, 33 out of the 50 Pasco elementary schools with scores (67 percent) improved the percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher. Sixty-three percent (five out of eight) of Pasco’s charter schools with scores showed improvement in the percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher.

“It’s encouraging to see that more than two-thirds of our schools improved their proficiency rate,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning, before noting that the district still has room for improvement.

“We’re moving in the right direction, though, and I can’t thank our school leaders and faculty enough for their hard work preparing our students for success.”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cypress Elementary Students Win National Art Contest

Land O’ Lakes — (May 17, 2017) — Cypress Elementary School fifth-grade art students won the National Grand Prize in the Second Annual Dole “Fruitapalooza,” Poster Contest.

The students participated in the competition’s second- through fifth-grade category as part of their design curriculum learning goal. Fifth-grader Kaden Horvath won first prize, which earned him an iPad mini and a plaque. The school also received $1,000 for the art classroom and 10 cases of Dole fruit bowls for the cafeteria.

To view Kaden’s artwork, visit

River Ridge Middle Student’s ACT Scores Earn National Recognition

Land O’ Lakes, FL — (May 17, 2017) — McKenna Vitali, a seventh-grader at River Ridge Middle School, has been selected to participate in Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP).
McKenna, an exceptional education student who has been diagnosed with dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), was recognized by Duke for her exceptionally high ACT scores. On May 22, she will travel to the university, where she will receive a medal during the Grand Recognition Ceremony. She recently was recognized for her ACT scores by the University of South Florida and Duke representatives.
For more information, contact Christina Vitali at (813) 532-5405.

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