Monday, August 03, 2015

Wiregrass Ranch High Schedules Orientations

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 28, 2015) – Wiregrass Ranch High School will host three orientations for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year, as follows:

Senior Class only – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, August 17
10th graders, 11th graders, and any 12th graders who were unable to attend senior registration – 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, August 18
9th graders – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18

Guided tours will be available during registrations on Tuesday, August 18.  All freshmen and students new to Wiregrass Ranch High are encouraged to attend the orientation appropriate for their grade levels. Students will be able to pick-up schedules, select lockers, verify transportation, and learn about the exciting academic and athletic programs as well as the wide variety of clubs the school offers.

Wiregrass Ranch will operate on a 10-period day for the 2015-2016 school year to alleviate overcrowding.  The school was built with a capacity for 1,675 students and enrollment is projected to be 2,438 in 2015-2016.  Students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades will attend from 7:25 a.m. to 1:56 p.m., and 9th graders will attend from 10:25 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.

For additional information regarding orientation, call WRHS at (813) 346-6000. Wiregrass Ranch High School is located at 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel.

Gulf High Eagle Scout Candidate Aims to Help Young Shriners Patients

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 28, 2015) – Gulf High School 11th grader Joshua Adkins knows how difficult undergoing treatment and care at Shriners Hospitals for Children can be for a child, so he wants to make the ride to the hospital less traumatic.  His Eagle Scout project will equip Shriners vans with Windows tablets so children can watch movies, listen to music or play games on their rides to and from the hospital.

Joshua benefited from the expert pediatric care provided in the child-friendly setting, and remembers how stressful rides to the hospital can be.  He underwent two surgeries and made countless doctor visits to Shriners Hospitals for Children to correct his Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, a childhood hip disorder.  His experience inspired him to launch this project.

Joshua’s Eagle Scout project will benefit from the generosity of others to help secure the devices that he will load with age-appropriate entertainment to give Shriners patients something to occupy their time during the trips.  To learn more about the project, contact Joshua Adkins at or 727-430-6058.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Team USA Wins Bronze!

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 31, 2015) – The Land O’ Lakes High School unified soccer team, AKA Team USA, beat China 2-1 to win the bronze medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles today.

A photo of team members celebrating is attached. Player id’s will be sent separately.  Video will be posted later on the district’s Facebook page, and o,n the team Facebook page,  Photos also will be shared on Instagram (

“This is terrific news!,” said Pasco Superintendent Kurt Browning.  “We couldn’t be more proud of these athletes and partners for their determination, skill and perseverance.”

Photo by Andy Dunn

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Board Postpones First Reading of District’s Tentative 2015-2016 Budget

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 27, 2015) – The District School Board of Pasco County has postponed the public hearing and first reading of the 2015-2016 tentative budget, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, to 6 p.m. on Monday, August 3, due to an issue with the required newspaper advertisement.

The advertisement was scheduled to run in the Pasco section of the Tampa Tribune on Sunday, July 26.  The ad will run as a full-circulation advertisement in the Tampa Tribune on Wednesday, July 29.

State law requires the School Board to hold the first reading on the budget within two to five days of the date that the advertisement runs in the newspaper.  To view the 2015-2016 tentative budget, go to


The public hearing and vote on first reading will take place on Monday, August 3, but anyone who appears to speak about the budget on Tuesday, July 28, may do so.     The meetings will be held in the board room, building 3 north, 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Special Olympics Unified Soccer Team Departs for the World Games on Monday

 Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 16, 2015) – The Land O’ Lakes High School Unified Special Olympics Soccer team will depart LOLHS on their journey to the World Games on Monday, July 20 at 11:45 a.m.  Fans are encouraged to participate in a send-off that day and to wear red, white and blue.  Interested fans should be in place along Gator Lane before 11:45 a.m.  Parking is available to the southeast of the school, 20325 Gator Lane, Land O’ Lakes.

Follow the Action

The Land O' Lakes High School Unified Special Olympics Soccer Team will represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles July 25 through August 2.  Follow their journey on their Facebook page: World Games USA Unified Special Olympics Soccer.

Pasco County Schools photographer Andy Dunn will be posting daily updates, videos, and photos on the Facebook page. Spread the word about these amazing athletes, unified partners, and coaches by liking the page:  Updates and photos also will be shared on Instagram ( and Twitter (, #LA2015 and #playunified.  Media outlets are encouraged to use the video and photos in daily sports reports during the World Games.

Team U.S.A. Information

The Land O’ Lakes High School Unified Soccer Team consists of 12 members.  Seven members are Special Olympics athletes and five are partners.  The team is coached by state 3A girls soccer coach of the year Vicky King, and assistant coaches Phyllis Crain from LOLHS and Meghan McLean with Special Olympics Florida.

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