Tuesday, July 19, 2016

School Board Amends Meeting Schedule

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 19, 2016) – The District School Board of Pasco County tonight changed the time for their Tuesday, August 2 board meeting to 6 p.m. and added a meeting on Tuesday, November 22, at 9:30 a.m.

The August 2 meeting was changed from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the first public hearing on the 2016-2017 budget. Section 200.065(2)(e), Florida Statutes, requires this hearing to be scheduled after 5 p.m.

The November 22 meeting was added to comply with Section 100.041(3)(a), Florida Statutes, which states that school board members and the superintendent of schools take office the second Tuesday after the general election. Superintendent Kurt Browning, School Board Member Alison Crumbley, and School Board Member-Elect Colleen Beaudoin will be sworn in to office at this meeting by Pasco Clerk and Comptroller Paula O’Neil.

School Board meetings are held in the board room at 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Building 3, Land O’ Lakes.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pasco Students Beat the Heat with Free Food, Books, Games, and Prizes

Who: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness, and Pasco Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services Department, staff, and students

What: Pasco County SPIKE Event

When: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21

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

How: Pasco County Schools is teaming up with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to provide a “tropical takeover” complete with free games, activities, and prizes to students under 18. The Summer Reading and Book buses will be on site to deliver free lunches and books for students. Brooks Tropicals will provide Fresh From Florida starfruit for students to taste. For more information, contact Megan Sexton at 813-794-2480.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Lacoochee 3rd Graders Learn Coding with Finch Robots

Who: Lacoochee Elementary School 3rd grade students and Dade City Public Library

What: Finch Robots summer learning program

When: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 20

Where: Lacoochee Elementary School
38815 Cummer Road, Dade City

Why: The public library launched its Finch Robot program to help engage students and teach them computer coding over the summer.

How: Lacoochee Elementary has partnered with the public library in Dade City to bring a computer science-learning program. The Finch is a small robot designed to inspire and delight students to learn computer science by providing them with a tangible and physical hands-on learning experience in basic computer programing. The robot is about a foot long and is equipped with wheels, a variety of sensors, accelerometers, a pen mount on its tail. It’s a USB device programmable with Java and Python. Students are very excited and love coming to summer school. For more information contact Wanda DeLaRosa at 813-447-7981.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ridgewood High is Preparing Students for a Successful School Year

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 13, 2016) – Ridgewood High School is holding AP Bootcamp for all Advanced Placement students on August 2, and 9th Grade Ram University on August 4, to prepare students for a successful school year.

The AP Bootcamp begins at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2, and will use a team-building approach to critical academic skills to be successful in college level classes and life. Students will be divided into platoons led by RHS graduates and take on tasks focused on teamwork, communication, organization, critical thinking and problem solving. Students learn self-confidence and build a network of peers that will help them in the future. The past graduates also will share their college experiences, which will expose current students to additional opportunities and energize them for pursuing higher education.

Students attending 9th Grade Ram University orientation will begin their day at 9 a.m. with their teachers and senior peer mentors, who will share with them skills and strategies for success. Students will go on a scavenger hunt, learn about digital citizenship (each 9th grader will be given a computer device), community build, and get involved with clubs and sports. The day will culminate in a pep rally.

Ridgewood High School is located at 7650 Orchid Lake Road, New Port Richey. The Ram University freshman orientation is in the cafeteria and AP Bootcamp is in the gym. For more information, contact Alicia Leary at (727) 774-3901.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

School Board Member Armstrong Organizes Volunteers to Help Teachers Move Back Into Renovated Schools

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 7, 2016) – Two West Pasco schools that were closed during the past school year for construction are re-opening in a few weeks and the public is invited to help teachers move back in to both Anclote Elementary and Bayonet Point Middle schools. Both schools have been totally renovated thanks to Penny for Pasco.

Anclote Elementary School will be first. Teachers will return to the school on Monday July 18th. The public is invited to sign up and volunteer from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. that morning. Lunch will be provided for volunteers and teachers immediately following. Anclote Elementary is located at 3610 Madison St., New Port Richey.

Bayonet Point Middle School teachers will move back in on Tuesday July 26th, also beginning at 9 a.m. The school is located at 11125 Little Road (next to Schrader Elementary). Volunteers will be served lunch immediately following at 11:30 a.m.

"This is a great way for everyone to come out and make a difference in our community
schools and in the lives of teachers of our children," said Pasco County School Board Member Cynthia Armstrong. "Moving into a new facility is a giant task for teachers and in just a few hours our community can help make a big dent in the process."

"In recent years in new schools we have been able to help move and unpack as many as 4,000 boxes in just a couple of hours. It is an opportunity for everyone to make a difference and I hope to see hundreds of volunteers at both Anclote and Bayonet Point."

To volunteer call Cynthia Armstrong at 727-364-7653 or email her at carmstro@pasco.k12.fl.us.

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