Monday, April 10, 2017

Gulf Middle Students Take Action During Coastal Clean Up

Who: Gulf Middle School Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) club members and school staff

What: Coastal Clean Up

When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 15

Where: Robert K. Reese Memorial Park at Green Key Beach, 4835 Green Key Road in New Port Richey

Why: Gulf Middle SWAT club members and school staff will participate in the Coastal Clean Up to raise awareness for the environment.

How: The Coastal Clean Up teaches SWAT students the value of taking care of both the local and collective environment. Students will properly dispose of litter and other debris
throughout the park, making it a safer, cleaner place for its visitors and natural inhabitants. For more information, contact Liz Kuhns, coordinator, at (727) 774-8018 or

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Astronaut to Talk Space & Science with Middle Schoolers

Who: Pasco Middle School students and astronaut, Dr. Don Thomas

What: Skype presentation and discussion

When: 8:45 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Friday, April 7

Where: Pasco Middle School auditorium, 13925 14th St., Dade City

Why: Teacher Sarah Bombly received a Pasco Education Foundation Creative Teaching Grant to bring NASA astronaut Dr. Donald Thomas to Pasco Middle School.

How: Select students will gather in the auditorium to see Dr. Thomas present a PowerPoint about living, working, and conducting science experiments in space as part of their Space Exploration unit.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation.  According to NASA, Dr. Thomas became an astronaut in 1991, and completed four space flights on the Columbia and Discovery space shuttles.  His last assignment was as the International Space Station program scientist overseeing NASA experiments. He received a NASA Sustained Superior Performance Award, 1989, as well as the four NASA Group Achievement Awards, four NASA Space Flight Medals, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.  Dr. Thomas retired from NASA in July 2007.

Lacoochee Elementary Celebrates the Power of Diversity

Who: Lacoochee Elementary School students, staff, and their community

What: Unity in Diversity Day

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 8

Where: Lacoochee Boys and Girls Club, 38724 Mudcat Grant Blvd. in Dade City

Why: Lacoochee Elementary will celebrate the diversity of its community during this fun multicultural event.

How: Lacoochee Elementary invites families and community partners to share elements of their culture and ethnicity with other community members through stories, food, dance, arts and more. Admission to the event is free. To learn more about the event and information booth availability, contact Wanda DeLaRosa at (813) 447-7981

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Pasco School Board Approves 2017-2018 School Bell Times

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 4, 2017) – The District School Board of Pasco County approved school start and end times for the 2017-2018 school year at today’s school board meeting. To see the schedule, click here.
Following is a list of schools with new bell times and explanations for each:

  • Anclote High School, 8:50 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. – Changed from 7:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. due to the addition of the Cambridge Education program.
  • Bexley Elementary School, 9:40 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. – New school
  • Chasco Middle School, 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. – Changed from 8:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. due to principal’s request to add minutes to school day.
  • Cypress Creek Middle/High School, 7:25 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. – New school
  • Fox Hollow Elementary School, 9:40 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. (k-5) – Changed from 9:40 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. to add extra minutes to the school day. Pre-k will remain the same as this year.
  • Land O’ Lakes High School, 7:25 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. – Changed from 7:30 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. to give additional time for passing between classes needed due to construction.
  • River Ridge Middle and High schools, 7:25 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. – Changed from 7:30 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. to assist with bus route timing associated with bell time changes at Anclote High School and Paul R. Smith Middle School.
  • Charles S. Rushe Middle School, 7:25 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. – Changed from 8:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. to balance routes associated with the opening of the district’s new transportation garage and compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station in Odessa.
  • Paul R. Smith Middle School, 8:45 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. – Changed from 8:38 a.m. to 2:52 p.m. due to the addition of the Cambridge Education program.
  • Wiregrass Ranch High School, 7:25 a.m. to 1:56 p.m. – Changed from dual bell times associated with 10-period day, which ends with the opening of Cypress Creek Middle/High School in August.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Seven Springs Elementary Students Have Been Caught Reading

Who: Seven Springs Elementary School students and staff, and Suncoast Animal League members and their dogs

What: Grab a Book and Read!!!! Caught Reading Celebration

When: 1 p.m., Friday, April 7

Where: Seven Springs Elementary School playground, 8025 Mitchell Ranch Road in New Port Richey

Why: To encourage students to read and associate reading with fun activities.

How: Seven Springs students who were caught reading during the third quarter of the school year will read to Suncoast Animal League members and their dogs during this special event. Students also will have other opportunities to interact with the dogs, bring them treats and food, and learn about how the organization helps the community. For more information, contact Emily Vanyur at (813) 601-2787.

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