Monday, April 09, 2018

Pasco Schools Announces Kindergarten Pre-Registration, Head Start/Early Head Start Application Info

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 8, 2018) – Pasco County Schools kindergarten pre-registration for children who turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018, is Monday, May 7, at all Pasco County elementary schools. Those interested should contact the school in their area for details about orientation activities and times.

Kindergarten pre-registration required documentation:
Child’s birth certificate or other proof of birth date
Health examination – HRS Form 3040
HRS Certificate of Immunization
Three official documents proving residency, such as a current utility bill (i.e. electric, water, etc.); lease agreement, deed or property tax assessment; and one additional document supporting stated address, such as a current auto registration, driver’s license, or voter registration card.

For information about kindergarten, call Danielle Varcardipone, at (727) 774-2404, (813) 794-2404, or (352) 524-2404.

Head Start/Early Head Start Application

Head Start/Early Head Start applications now are available at the following elementary schools:

  • Anclote
  • Centennial
  • Chasco
  • Rodney B. Cox
  • Fox Hollow
  • Dr. Mary Giella
  • Gulf Highlands
  • Gulf Trace
  • Hudson
  • Lacoochee
  • Mittye P. Locke
  • James M. Marlowe
  • Moon Lake
  • New River
  • Northwest
  • Pasco
  • Pine View
  • Quail Hollow
  • Richey
  • Chester W. Taylor
  • West Zephyrhills
  • Woodland

Expectant mothers, infants, toddlers, and children through age 5 that meet income eligibility requirements may apply for Head Start or Early Head Start.  Completing an application does not guarantee a child's eligibility for services.

Minimum Required Documents:


  • Proof of birth for all applicants (certified birth certificate, current immunization record, or hospital birth record)
  • Documentation of the most current household income for the last 12 months: 1040 tax form, 1099, 2017 W-2s or 4-8 weeks of pay stubs, or proof of SSI/SSD (if applicable)
  • Proof of child support for all children in the household (if applicable)
  • Proof of residency in Pasco County dated within the last 12 months (FL ID/driver’s license, utility bill, signed lease agreement, etc.)
  • Proof of guardianship or custody documents for children with a non-parent caregiver
  • Protective Services and/or foster care verification; verification of cash assistance; documentation of a diagnosed disability for a child; or proof of disability of parent and/or guardian (if applicable)

For more information about Head Start and Early Head Start, visit the website at, or call Alexis Russell (727) 774-2730, (813) 794-2730, (352) 524-2730.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Work Out for Autism with Thomas E. Weightman Middle and Pasco Schools

Who: Thomas E. Weightman Middle School (TEWMS) and Pasco County Schools staff and families, and their community

What: Autism Sensory Room Fundraiser

When: 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 7

Where: Four Leaf CrossFit, 30534 FL-54 in Wesley Chapel

Why: TEWMS and Pasco County Schools staff will join Four Leaf CrossFit to raise money for children with autism.

How: April is Autism Awareness Month, and TEWMS wants to raise enough money to build a sensory room, designed to improve sensory input among students with autism. To help TEWMS reach its goal, Four Leaf CrossFit will host a special Autism Awareness Workout of the Day during three consecutive classes. Please invite your friends to join TEWMS and Pasco County Schools for an exciting, impactful workout, to help fund the sensory room. For more information, contact Dan Reyes at (813) 843-3356. To donate, visit


Thursday, April 05, 2018

Pasco School Nurses to Train to “Stop the Bleed”

Who: Pasco school nurses, Pasco Sheriff’s Office and Innovitas Healthcare Solutions

What: Stop the Bleed training

When: 9 a.m. Friday, April 6

Where: District School Board offices
             7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Building-2 (Magnolia Room)

Why: Pasco County Schools and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office have joined forces with Innovitas Healthcare Solutions to spearhead the Stop the Bleed campaign.  This national initiative aims to train and empower civilians to act swiftly and effectively in trauma situations.

How: Approximately 40 school nurses will attend the training provided by the Pasco Sheriff's Office Training Division.  Trainers are experts in the initial stages of trauma management and the training is tailored to teach quick, life-saving measures that can be applied by anybody in the event of an emergency.  Each school will be equipped with 15 trauma kits that will be placed in strategic locations to be rapidly accessed in case of an emergency, such as an active shooter.  The nurses will train school staff members how to use the kits to maximize the chances of survival for trauma victims.

To be effective, the partnership is raising funds to equip more than 100 Pasco County schools with trauma kits.  The initial cost is estimated to be around $250,000 to provide quality and long-lasting kits so schools can take full advantage of the free training.  Tax-deductible donations can be made to Pasco Sheriff’s Charities at or P.O. BOX 1743, Port Richey, FL 34673.

Books By the Beach Project Scavenger Hunt and Walk

Who: River Ridge High School New Teacher Academy (NTA) students and Hudson Elementary School students

What: Books By the Beach Project scavenger hunt and walk

When: 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 13th

Where: Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando Office, 14120 Old Dixie Hwy, Hudson

Why: To impact student learning throughout the summer and promote safety, community involvement, and ice cream.

How: NTA students Raynee Meek, Kaylyn Burr, Brianna Marney and about 30 of their peers are taking 50 Hudson Elementary students on a scavenger hunt/walk to Hudson Beach and back for their philanthropy project. The walk will start and end at the Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando office with multiple book breaks to collect books on the way to the beach. Each stop is a book stop adventure. Along the path, the NTA students will be writing questions about safety on the sidewalk, sharing signs to encourage students to read all summer, and creating passport-type logs for the students to remember their stops. Several area groups including Pasco Retired Educators, United Way Pasco, and On the Road for Safety, will be joining the NTA students to man tables and share smiles. Each Hudson Elementary student will leave with a backpack filled with summer reading materials.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Deer Park Elementary Honors Pratts for Years of Service to Students, Environment

Who: Deer Park Elementary School administration, teachers and students

What: Celebration of 28 years of school beautification projects at Deer Park Elementary

When: 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., Friday, March 30

Where: Deer Park Elementary School, 8636 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, FL 34653

Why: Deer Park Elementary is celebrating Nancy and George Pratt’s tireless devotion to the school and teaching students environmental stewardship.

How: The event will include a parade of student council members wearing 29 years of Earth Day buttons, songs by the chorus, and a special presentation/reflection by recently retired principal Margie Polen. The event will end as students enjoy a well-deserved popsicle for their fund raising efforts and the Earth Patrol releases live butterflies on the site.

Background: Nancy was a teacher for more than 40 years and was a member of the first faculty when Deer Park opened in 1989. At that time, she and her husband George created a garden in the center of the school that is used for outdoor lessons and for families to enjoy lunch with their kids. Nancy and George have maintained the garden since its beginning, even in retirement. Nancy also created the character “Mother Earth” to teach students about doing their part to keep the earth clean; created a recycling committee at Deer Park called Earth Patrol; and started an art competition where students design an Earth Day related button with a given theme, which the school sells for fundraisers. Currently, there are 29 winning designs. Nancy and George have volunteered hundreds hours at many events during and after school and Nancy is a our teachers’ favorite substitute.

Students began raising funds in August 2017 to create a special student outdoor area at Deer Park Elementary to be known as Pratt’s Place, in honor of Nancy and George Pratt. Pratt’s Place is a picturesque shade tree surrounded by a circular wooden bench, known as a buddy bench, where students go to visit with a friend. Four additional shade trees have been added to the children’s play area in the Pratt’s honor, and a stone dedication plaque has been engraved with inspirational words Mrs. Pratt used often with students. The plaque is mounted on a pedestal and reads:

Our thanks to
Nancy and George Pratt
for their tireless devotion
preserving the natural beauty
of Deer Park Elementary.

With a smile on your face
And a song in your heart
Stretch out your neck
and reach for the top.

We invite you to sit
And rest in this place
Observe Mother Earth
The children at play.
And marvel at the clouds
As they travel today.

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