Thursday, July 27, 2017

Land O’ Lakes Softball Coaches Named National Coaches of the Year

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 27, 2017) – The Land O’ Lakes High School softball coaches yesterday were named the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association High School National Coaching Staff of the Year. 

The Land O’ Lakes softball team won the state 6A championship, defeating Plantation American Heritage, the team that knocked them out of the championship race in the semifinals in 2016.  The win capped a season during which the team lost only three games, and a three- year stretch during which they went 80-9-1.

When he heard the news, Superintendent Kurt Browning declared, “What a great honor for a deserving, state championship coaching staff!”

Coach Mitch Wilkins leads a coaching staff made up of assistants Janet Sciales, Edwin Rodriguez and Vinny Guarracino.  For more information, visit

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Community Rallies to Help Teachers Move in to New School

Who: Cypress Creek Middle High School teachers, staff, and volunteers from the Wesley Chapel Rotary Club, Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, Pasco Education Foundation, and their community

What: Volunteer Day for the Teacher Move in Day

When: 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, July 26

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

Why: Community volunteers are invited to help teachers move into the brand-new Cypress Creek Middle High School in preparation for the upcoming school year. Moving into a new school requires a lot of effort, and teachers will need all of the help they can get.

How: Volunteers will get a first look at Cypress Creek Middle High, as they help teachers unload and unpack boxes, set up their classrooms, and complete other tasks, such as stamping books, assembling bookcases, decorating bulletin boards, and cleaning. The school will provide complimentary bagels and coffee in the morning. Those interested in volunteering should contact Jannah McDonald at (813) 794-2705 or

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Community Unites to Stuff the Bus for Teachers

Who: Pasco County Schools, United Way, Walmart, Spectrum, 208 Monkeys, Bank of America, Junior Service League of Greater New Port Richey, Pasco Education Foundation, Holiday Rotary, Rotary Club of New Port Richey, West Pasco Young Professional Group, Ierna Heating and Cooling, Stone Parker Company, Hits 106, and the Pasco County community

What: 7th Annual Stuff the Bus for Teachers

When: Donation dates: Friday, July 28 to Sunday, July 30
Pack and sorting times and dates: Four-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, July 31 to Wednesday, Aug. 2
Volunteer shifts at donation sites: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Donation sites: Walmart-Hudson, 12610 US 19 in Hudson; Walmart-Lutz, 1575 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. in Lutz; Walmart-New Port Richey, 8745 State Road 54 in New Port Richey; Walmart-Port Richey, 8601 US 19 in Port Richey; Walmart-Zephyrhills, 7631 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills; Walmart-Wesley Chapel, 28500 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel
Pack and sorting: Ridgewood High School cafeteria, 7650 Orchid Lake Road in New Port Richey

Why: The 7th Annual Stuff the Bus for Teachers is a fun, family friendly event that unites the Pasco community in an effort to gather school supplies for teachers.

How: Those interested in participating in this event can donate school supplies at their local Walmart donation site. Volunteers at these sites will provide shopping supply lists, collect donated school supplies, stuff them in the bus, and then sort them. The donations will be collected outdoors, so volunteers are encouraged to wear cool clothing, sun screen, and a hat. Water bottles will be provided on the bus, but volunteers may wish to bring a cooler with cold drinks. Minors who wish to volunteer must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old. All volunteers will receive a free Stuff the Bus T-shirt. For more information, call (727) 835-2028. To sign up to volunteer, visit!1857215/false/false


Monday, July 17, 2017

District Surplus Store to Open for One Day

Who: Pasco County Schools employees and members of the community

What: Surplus Store Opening

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 26

Where: 7301 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Building 1, in Land O’ Lakes

Why: The supply store has a vast inventory of items no longer needed by the district. Available items include golf carts, mowers, office supplies, desks, chairs, tables, printers, cables, iPods, electronics (no computers), kitchen supplies, compressors, bookcases, and other items.

How: All items are sold “as is,” and no returns or refunds are accepted. Sales are cash only and items must be paid in full and picked up within 24 hours. There will be no loading assistance provided. Since staff will be making final preparations for the store opening, they will be unable to provide “preview sales” or answer questions regarding specific items prior to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fred K. Marchman Technical College Ranked One of Top 6 Colleges

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 11, 2017) – AdvisoryHQ has ranked Marchman Technical College as one of the Top 6 Best Colleges in Florida for 2017.

AdvisoryHQ is a global news website that researches, reviews and ranks organizations and products from the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia. The website bases its college rankings on a mixture of criteria, including cost, real-world application, and program offerings. “While Marchman Technical College may be something you consider because it is one of the cheap colleges in Florida, you should also keep in mind that its courses are guided by the input of local employers,” AdvisoryHQ said.

“We are pleased to be recognized among the finest institutions in Florida, and we are even more thrilled to provide meaningful and rigorous programs of study that contribute to an economically prosperous community,” said Rob Aguis, principal of Marchman Technical College.

This is the second time this year that Marchman Technical College has been recognized as one of the top colleges in Florida. In March, ranked the school No. 2 on the list of Best Community Colleges in Florida.

For more information about Florida’s college rankings, click here.  To learn more about Fred K. Marchman Technical College and its programs, click here.

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