Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Pasco Students Move on to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals
Land O’ Lakes, Florida – (April 13, 2014) – Seven Mittye P. Locke Elementary students won the Odyssey of the Mind state championship last Saturday to advance to the World Finals at Michigan State University May 20 through 23.
A team from Dayspring Academy Elementary School finished in second place for Problem 2: Experiencing Technical Difficulties and will also be attending the World Finals.
The Locke Elementary team won Problem 3: Pandora’s Box, and are the only team from the Gulf Coast region to win a state championship. Students were given a five- to eight-page problem and then had to solve it by performing an eight minute show. According to their coaches, Tanya Cragle, Jen Greene, and Tisha Newton, this problem fostered creativity by encouraging students to think outside the box in a critical manner.
The following M.P. Locke Elementary students will be attending World Finals:
Samantha Cragle, Grade 5
Genavieve Newton, Grade 4
Emma Sisco, Grade 4
Nick Greene, Grade 4
Nicholas Tongco, Grade 3
Catalina Harvey, Grade 3
Liam Hendley, Grade 3
The students now must raise funds to pay for their travel and lodging expenses for their trip to the World Finals. To help, they will perform their award-winning show at 6 p.m. on May 7, in the school’s cafeteria, 4339 Evans Ave., New Port Richey. Donation checks may be sent to M.P. Locke Elementary noting Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Team. For more information, contact Tisha Newton at email@example.com.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Second Pasco Student Receives $500 Friends For Change Disney Grant
Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 10, 2015) – Sally Campbell, a 7th grader from Centennial Middle School in Dade City, is the district’s second student to earn a Disney Friends For Change Youth Grant through YSA (Youth Service America). The grant will support Campbell in leading a community service project associated with Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). Campbell is one of 125 children and teens across the country that were awarded grants to lead projects that make a positive, lasting change in the world.
Sally’s service activities will take place on Tuesday, April 21, at the Benjamin Merrick Hope Lodge in Tampa. Campbell and her friends will support S.O.C.K.S. (Students Organizing Cancer patients Krazy Socks) organization by visiting and delivering socks to the cancer patients, serving dinner, and entertaining them.
Sally will hold a local sock drive in her community to collect socks for this event under her own division known as “Sallybrating with SOCKS.” She will then mail socks to cancer patients in hospitals across the United States. She joined S.O.C.K.S. organization this past summer as a volunteer along with Dade City teen and founder of S.O.C.K.S., Courtney Nathe. She has helped collect more than 1,700 pairs of socks, held fundraisers in town and at her school, served at the Hope Lodge, and advertised her organization in local parades.
Sally joins millions of other young people around the world as part of Global Youth Service Day 2015. Now in its 27th year, Global Youth Service Day provides an opportunity for young people to find their voice, take action, and make a positive impact in their communities. As the largest service event in the world, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 135 countries and all 50 states.
“Sally is a true Friend For Change,” said Steven A. Culbertson, president and CEO of YSA (Youth Service of America). “She has found her voice, and is taking action to make an impact on the vital community issue of supporting cancer patients! We are so proud of Sally’s creativity and leadership.”
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Calusa Elementary Student Wins $500 Disney Grant for Her Anti-Bullying Club Activities
Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 8, 2015) – Calusa Elementary School 4th grader Madison Morrow is one of 125 children in the country awarded a $500 Disney Friends for Change grant she will use toward painting a permanent positive word mural at her school on Global Youth Service Day.
Early in the 2014-2015 school year, Madison founded a club to help students understand bullying. The club meets every other Thursday to watch videos on bullying, discuss events, answer each other’s questions, and help each other out. They discuss why bullying happens, how to stand up to bullying, how to help bullies and targets of bullying, and how to be a friend.
The club has led an Anti-bully and Be a Friend poster contest, ordered school wide anti- bully bands, designed a shirt, created friendship chains because “we are linked together”, signed a pledge against bullying and encouraged others to sign the pledge, and created the positive word mural with paper balloons using the theme, “Words lift you up.”
“Madison is a true Friend for Change,” said Steven A. Culbertson, president and CEO of YSA (Youth Service America). “She has found her voice and is taking action to make an impact on the vital community issue of putting an end to bullying! We are so proud of her creativity and leadership.”
Madison joins millions of other young people around the world as part of Global Youth Service Day(s), April 17 to April 19. She and her friends will paint the positive word mural from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 18. Now in its 27th year, Global Youth Service Day provides an opportunity for young people to find their voice, take action, and make a positive impact in their communities. One of the largest service events in the world, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 135 countries and in all 50 states.
Calusa Elementary School is located at 7520 Orchid Lake Road, New Port Richey.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Pasco Students Earn Record Number of Recognitions at State Science and Engineering Fair
Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 7, 2015) – Out of the 25 Pasco County students who earned the chance to compete in the state science and engineering fair, 16 received a total of 19 awards, the most in the county’s history. Below is a list of winners:
SSEF Place Awards
Pranov Warmen – Mathematics - Academy at the Lakes (AATL)
Roshan Warmen – Physics – AATL
Samantha Williams – Microbiology – Anclote High
Jessica Boudreau – Environmental – Dayspring Academy
Samantha Renfroe – Environmental – J W Mitchell High
Nalin Mehra – Environmental – Dr. John Long Middle
Anmol Warmen – Chemistry – AATL
Regan McCormick – Medicine – AATL
Madeline Murch- Engineering – Bishop Larkin
Reigh Gemza Puentes – Biology – Dayspring Academy
Kyla Huelle – Zoology – Rushe Middle
Scholarships and Special Awards
Regan McCormick – Florida Institute of Technology - $84,000 scholarship – AATL
Pranov Warmen – New College of Florida - $8000 scholarship - AATL
Nura Abujbara – Florida Museum of Natural History - $100 cash award – Wiregrass Ranch High
Jessica Boudreau – Florida Association for Water Quality Control – cash award - Dayspring Academy
Kevin Cheng – Palm Beach Regional Science & Engineering Fair - $50 cash award – Wiregrass Ranch High
Neto Coulibaly – Florida Association of Science Supervisors - $50 cash award – Wiregrass Ranch High
Lindsey Matheus – Florida Association of Science Supervisors - $50 cash award – Dayspring Academy
Sarah Menard – Palm Beach Regional Science & Engineering Fair - $50 cash award – Rushe Middle
Get Your Kindergartener Pre-Registered for the 2015-2016 School Year
Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 7, 2015) – Pasco County Schools kindergarten pre-registration is Monday, May 4, at all district elementary schools.
Parents who wish to pre-register their eligible kindergarten children for the 2015-2016 school year should contact the school in their area for details about orientation activities and times. Click here for a list of schools.
Kindergarten pre-registration requirements:
· Child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015
· Child’s birth certificate or other proof of birth date
· Health examination – HRS Form 3040
· HRS Certificate of Immunization
· Proof of Florida residency, such as current utility bill (i.e. electric, water, etc.), lease agreement, driver’s license, or state identification card.
For general information about kindergarten, call Courtney Lough in the district’s Office for Teaching and Learning at (727) 774-2780, (813) 794-2780, or (352) 524-2780.