Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Marlowe Elementary Parent Academy

Who: James Marlowe Elementary School 4th and 5th grade students and families

What: Learning Hero Parent Academy

When: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 25
           6:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 2

Where: James Marlowe Elementary School, 5642 Cecelia Drive, New Port Richey

Why: Parents and families can work side by side with students to learn about classroom topics and foster parental involvement and family engagement.

How: The Learning Hero Parent Academy is a series of workshop-style classes that brings parents and students together to explore various topics that students are learning about during the school day. These workshops allow parents and students to work side by side with one another, set realistic expectations based on individual strengths, and form lasting bonds between student, school, and families.

On Tuesday, October 2, families will receive a free spaghetti dinner and participate in games and other interactive team building activities.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mitchell High School Exceptional Education Students Recycling Project

Who: Mitchell High School exceptional education students

What: Recycling for a cause

When: Daily, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., as part of a greater year-round effort

Where: Mitchell High School, Room 303, 2323 Little Road, New Port Richey

Why: To help rid the oceans of plastic by organizing recycling efforts at their school and learn daily living skills for managing individual disabilities.

How: Inspired by "Plastic Ocean," a documentary about the impact plastics have on the environment, special needs students at Mitchell High School organized a recycling program as a class project. Each day, students work to collect recyclable materials from the lunchroom, classrooms, and common areas to do their part to help the planet. These efforts are teaching special needs students skills for work and life while also instilling a passion for preserving their environment.

CONTACT: John Sousa 813-838-6091 (c),
                   Linda Cobbe, 813-794-2717 (w), 813-361-8349 (c)
                   Wayne Bertsch, 813-794-2259 (w), 850-251-1835 (c)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Community Health Activation Team

Who: Gulf High, Gulf Middle, and Chasco Middle School students and parents, and BayCare Health

What: Community Health Activation Team C.H.A.T

When: 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, September 27
5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free Dinner
5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Featured Speaker
7 p.m. Volleyball Game

Where: Gulf High School, 5355 School Road, New Port Richey

Why: The goal is to empower students and families with important information to be healthy and successful.

How: BayCare will educate the students and families on everyday issues including substance abuse and alcohol and drug trends. Every family that attends will enjoy a complimentary dinner and listen to a featured speaker providing information about living a healthy and successful life, followed up with a ticket to the Lady Bucs vs Lady Knights volleyball game. RSVP by September 25, to (727) 774-3309 or

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Pasco County Schools Enhanced Event Security Procedures

CONTACT: Linda Cobbe, 813-794-2717 (w), 813-361-8349 (c)
Wayne Bertsch, 813-794-2259 (w) or 850-251-1835 (c)

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (September 12, 2018) – Pasco County Schools will enforce new event safety procedures beginning with home football games on Friday, September 14.

The procedures generally fall under:

1. Bag Procedure
a. Only clear plastic, clear vinyl, or clear Ziploc bags are permitted.
b. Backpacks, fanny packs, purses, and duffle bags are prohibited.
c. Student athletes are permitted to bring bags. These bags are subject to search.
d. An exception will be made for medically necessary items, diaper bags, and properly credentialed school and professional photographers’ camera bags. These bags will be subject to search prior to entry, unless the item meets the clear bag guidelines.
e. Clear bags with items of concern also may be searched.
f. There will be separate lines for patrons without bags for expedited entry.
g. Bag search areas will be located so as not to impede crowd movement into venues.
h. Bag rules will be posted in multiple locations at each school, and on school websites and social media.

2. Patron Code of Conduct
Students are expected to abide by the Pasco County Schools Student Code of Conduct. Adult fans are expected to abide by rules for civility, and are prohibited from unruly, disruptive, or illegal behavior. Specific rules will be listed on the Patron Code of Conduct signs that will be posted in multiple locations at each school.

3. Prohibited Items
The following lists of prohibited and allowed items will be posted in multiple locations at each school, and on school websites and social media. Prohibited items include:
a. Firearms
b. Weapons of any kind
c. Knives
d. Any item that could be used as a missile
e. Fireworks
f. Aerosol or spray bottles (including those of sunscreen)
g. Glass
h. Recreational balls
i. Horns/Lasers
j. Illegal drugs
k. Alcoholic beverages of any kind
l. Pets (exceptions will be made for service animals)
n. Sticks/Poles/Camera “Selfie” Sticks/Extenders or Gimbals
o. Unmanned aircraft systems & radio controlled model aircraft/drones (strictly prohibited on stadium property including parking lots, stadium exterior and inside the stadium)
p. Food and drinks not purchased at the venue
4. Allowed Items
a. Ponchos if worn, carried over the arm, or in original sealed clear package
b. Blankets and/or towels if unrolled or unfolded
c. Small, handheld radios or TVs with earphones
d. Binoculars, worn around the neck or carried (not in a case)
e. Cameras with carry strap (not in a case)
f. Sunscreen lotion (no aerosol or spray bottles)
g. Banners and/or flags without sticks or poles
h. Laptops/tablets (not in a case)
i. Seat cushions
j. Umbrellas

5. General Security Protocols
No re-entry will be allowed into games if a patron leaves, and no tickets will be sold after the beginning of the 4th quarter for football and basketball. Parking lots will be cleared immediately after games, and no loitering or after parties will be allowed.

These rules were developed in conjunction with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office after violence occurred following two Florida high school football games this season, and after surveying other school districts that are implementing similar procedures. School leaders have discretion to implement additional rules. Rules and guidelines for other sporting events will be released as needed.

To view the complete procedures and see signage examples, click here.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Pasco Student’s Science Fair Project Earns Prestigious Recognition

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (September 7, 2018) – Hailey Mahadeen, currently a 9th grader at Sunlake High School, is one of 300 students in the nation named a Top Broadcom MASTERS finalist.  She was selected for her 8th grade science fair project - Cryoprotection ­- at Rushe Middle School last year.

Society for Science & the Public and Broadcom Foundation selected the top 300 middle school students from a pool of 2,537 entrants and more than 5,000 nominees from fairs across the United States.
The next step in the Broadcom MASTERS takes place on September 18, when a panel of expert scientists, engineers, and educators select 30 finalists from the Top 300 MASTERS.  The 30 finalists and a parent or guardian will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, to attend the Broadcom MASTERS Finals Week competition from October 19-24.  Finalists will present their research and compete in hands-on challenges for top prizes, including funds to attend a STEM summer camp and the $25,000 Samueli Prize.

Click here to learn more about Broadcom Masters.  According to their press release, the Broadcom MASTERS consists of the top 10 percent of 6th, 7th and 8th grade projects entered in Society-affiliated fairs around the country.

A photo of Hailey is attached.

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