Friday, April 29, 2016

Pasco Schools to Hold Fun-Oriented Event to Prep Students for AP Exams

Who:  High school students and Advanced Placement (AP) Teachers

What:  AP Celebration and Exam Review

When:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 30

Where:  Land O’ Lakes High School, 20325 Gator Ln., in Land O’ Lakes

Why:  To celebrate AP students’ hard work all year and help them prepare for upcoming exams.

How:  AP students are invited to celebrate their participation in advanced coursework and to take part in 30-minute review sessions for their AP exams, which begin on May 2. There will be inflatable games and slides, as well as snacks and music.  The district is providing bus transportation for students who live on the far west and east sides of the county and who signed up when they registered for the event.  District AP teachers will conduct review sessions and provide study resources that students can use to prepare for exams.  Students who have not already registered should RSVP to attend by going to their school homepage or the district homepage,, and clicking on the RSVP link on the AP celebration banner at the top of the page. For more information, please contact Holly Oakes at 813-361-3319.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

West Zephyrhills Students on Patrol to Improve our Planet

Who:  West Zephyrhills Elementary School Earth Patrol and Recycling Team

What:  Earth Patrol Field Trip

When:  10:15 a.m. Friday, April 22

Where:  Zephyr Park, 38116 5th Ave., in Zephyrhills

Why:  The purpose of this field trip is to promote student environmental awareness.

How:  Earth Patrol and Recycling Team students will walk from West Zephyrhills Elementary School to Zephyr Park for a picnic lunch. During the walk to and from the park, they will pick up litter and dispose of it properly. The students will observe how the park’s patrons affect the park’s plants and animals. They also will analyze their lunches to determine which disposable items are biodegradable, should be recycled, or are trash. For more information contact Herb Roshell at 813-794-6300.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pasco County Schools Well Represented at Odyssey of the Mind® World Finals

April 19, 2016 – (Land O’ Lakes, FL) – During tonight’s board meeting, the District School Board of Pasco County recognized three Odyssey of the Mind® teams who won their state championship category and advanced to the 37th Odyssey of the Mind® World Finals in May.

The following Pasco County schools and students will compete in the World Finals:

Mittye P. Locke Elementary School

  • Joel Adamski, 3rd Grade
  • Catalina Harvey, 4th Grade
  • Liam Hendley, 4th Grade
  • Nicholas Tongco, 4th Grade
  • Nick Greene, 5th Grade
  • Genavieve Newton, 5th Grade
  • Emma Sisco, 5th Grade

Dayspring Academy

  • Laney Windlan, 5th Grade
  • Joshua Dumas, 6th Grade
  • Victoria Rooney, 6th Grade
  • Kayleigh Weber, 6th Grade
  • Ella Windlan, 6th Grade
  • Else Hagerup, 7th Grade
  • Annalise Minogue, 7th Grade

Wesley Chapel High School

  • Donovan Snider, 11th Grade
  • Kaden Robinson, 12th Grade

Wiregrass Ranch High School

  • Kayla Gutierrez, 11th Grade

East Lake High School (Pinellas)

  • Alec Guillen, 11th Grade

Unfortunately, Odyssey of the Mind® does not cover World Finals participants’ travel expenses, and these students are raising funds in a variety of ways, such as bake sales, car washes, GoFundMe pages, and performances. GoFundMe page information and performance events include:

Mittye P. Locke Elementary School

Dayspring Academy Middle School

Wesley Chapel/Wiregrass Ranch/East Lake high schools

Donation checks must be paid to the order of the individual school, noting Odyssey of the Mind® World Finals Team in the memo line. 

More than 800 teams will compete in the World Finals at Iowa State University from May 25 through May 28.  According to their website, Odyssey of the Mind® is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. For more information about their programs and the World Finals, visit Odyssey of the Mind.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Second Grade Students Create Recycled Art

Who:  Cotee River Elementary School second grade students and families

What:  Trash to Treasure Art Exhibit

When:  10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 22

Where:  Cotee River Elementary School media center, 7515 Plathe Rd., in New Port Richey

Why:  The purpose of this event is to promote student environmental awareness and parent engagement.

How:  Second grade students have used recycled items to create a fish for their Earth Day project. They are allowed to use any recycled or repurposed material, and their fish cannot be larger than 14x14 inches. For more information contact Christine Cairney at 727-774-3000.

Prom Promise Coming to Zephyrhills High

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 18, 2016) – Zephyrhills High School juniors and seniors will witness law enforcement, fire rescue, hospital and funeral home representatives reenact with student actors a drunk driving crash and its aftermath at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, on the ZHS football field.

Prom Promise brings together local first responders who visit high schools during prom season to inform students about how important it is to make good decisions on prom night.  Using student actors from each high school who are dressed in prom attire and splattered with fake blood, the first responders illustrate the tragic events that can occur when a student gets drunk at the prom and then drives away and crashes into another carload of prom-goers.

After the crash, the firefighters, paramedics and police officers converge on the scene and students see the intense activity that follows, including a Bayflite helicopter ready to transport the trauma patients to the emergency room.

The idea is to make the scene as realistic as possible so that students are deterred from making poor, potentially deadly, decisions on prom night. The presentations are coordinated with school SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) groups and school resource officers.

Prom Promise demonstrations also are scheduled for April 27 at Fivay High School and May 20 at Wiregrass Ranch High School.  Zephyrhills High School is located at 6335 12th Street, in Zephyrhills.

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