Friday, October 27, 2017

Pasco Elementary Schools Invite Their Communities to Trick or Treat

Land O’ Lakes, FL — (October 26, 2017) — Elementary schools throughout Pasco County are offering students a safe place to trick or treat this Halloween. Following is a list of events:

Where: New River Elementary School, 4710 River Glen Blvd. in Wesley Chapel

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27

Why: The New River Elementary School community is invited to this Trunk or Treat event. There will be games, face painting, cotton candy, sno-cones, a cake walk, a pumpkin auction, and a concession stand will offer more treats for guests. For more information, call (813) 346-0500.

Where: Schrader Elementary School, 11041 Little Road in New Port Richey

When: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27

Why: Schrader Elementary School will treat its community to food, games, a pumpkin auction and more during the school’s Annual Fall Festival. Bring your camera to snag family photos with bales of hay. For more information, call (727) 774-5900.

Where: Pine View Elementary School, 5333 Parkway Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes

When: 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31

Why: To celebrate Halloween, Pine View Elementary School students will dress as a famous, real-life or fictional figure who exhibits the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile attributes. Participating students will showcase their costumes to the entire school. For more information, call (813) 794-0600.

Where: Schrader Elementary School bus loop, 11041 Little Road in New Port Richey

When: 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31

Why: Schrader Elementary School invites parents to come watch their students as they show off their costumes during a character parade. Parents are welcome to bring lawn chairs and cameras to relax and take pictures. For more information, call (727) 774-5900.

Where: Odessa Elementary School, 12810 Interlaken Road in New Port Richey

When: 9:50 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31

Why: Students in kindergarten through third grade will treat its community to a fun night of trick-or-treating around the track. Guests also will be treated to a movie during the festivities. For more information, call (727) 246-3700.

Where: Wiregrass Elementary School, 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel

When: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3

Why: Wiregrass Elementary School invites its community to the school’s Family Fall Festival. There will be games, bounce houses, popcorn, candy and a dunk tank. The following ticket options to the event are available:

Individual wristband: $10
PTA member individual wristband: $8
Family wristband: $25
PTA member family wristband: $22

At the door:
Individual wristband: $12
Family wristband: $30

Children under the age of three are free. For more information, call (813) 346-0700.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pasco High Schools Invite Community to Explore Career Options

Who: West Pasco students, parents, job seekers, local employers, and River Ridge and J.W. Mitchell high schools’ staff

What: Community Career Exploration Night

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1

Where: River Ridge High School gymnasium, 11646 Town Center Road in New Port Richey

Why: Members of the west Pasco community are invited to make connections with nearly 50 employers from the Tampa Bay area, and learn about exciting career and education opportunities.

How: River Ridge and J.W. Mitchell high schools are co-sponsoring this event to give community members the edge on their career goals. Guests will learn about industry certification options, education requirements for various occupations, careers in high demand, and wage-earning potential across various career pathways. For more information, contact Laurie Peterson at (727) 774-7142 or

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pasco Students Display Exceptional Talent

Who: Pasco County Schools’ exceptional education students

What: Showcase of Exceptional Talent

When: Friday, October 20, at 10 a.m.

Where: Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Rd., in Wesley Chapel

How: This event is the district’s annual talent show for students with special needs. You have to experience it to appreciate it. Acts include dancing, singing/duets, lip-syncing, unique talents (recalling facts, dates, etc.), comedy/telling jokes, puppet shows, and more. Student artwork will be on display in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center. For more information, contact Bridget White at (813) 794-8700.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Three Students Awarded in Pasco Essay Contest

Land O’ Lakes ­­– (October 13, 2017) ­–  The Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller has named two students from Trinity Elementary School and one student from Woodland Elementary School the winners of the Fifth Annual Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller Constitution Essay Content.

Bailey Keyes, a fifth-grader at Trinity Elementary School, won first place; Ryleigh McQueen, a fifth-grader at Woodland Elementary School, won second place; and Nathan Grimes, a fifth-grader at Trinity Elementary School, won third place. This year’s competition drew a record 72 entries, nearly 70 percent more than in 2016.

Judges applauded Bailey’s grasp of individual liberties guaranteed by the Constitution, and commended her personal examples and “clear beginning and logical ending.”

“I think the Constitution is important because it gives people the same rights no matter what color you are, what religion you are,” Bailey wrote. “I was born in another country that does not have the same type of constitution that the United States has. I moved to the country at a young age and became a United States citizen. Now, because of the constitution I can become whatever I want to be and have the rights as everyone else.”

Ryleigh painted a word portrait of a nation in chaos, identifying a possible reality “if we didn’t have the Constitution to guide us,” and highlighting the prudence in “allow(ing) the possibility of adding amendments.”

Nathan described our constitutional government as a “three-legged stool,” whose amendment structure extends freedom to former slaves and voting rights for women. But it was the kicker that impressed the three-judge panel.

“Without the Constitution, we wouldn’t be the great nation that we are today,” he wrote. “I believe that without the Constitution, we would live in a world with war and people getting killed. I prefer to live in a world with peace and sunshine!”

The winners will be awarded trophies at the Pasco County School Board meeting Dec. 19. First-place winner Bailey will get a tour of the Pasco courthouse and have lunch with Clerk and Comptroller Paula S. O’Neil.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pasco Students Make Music with Florida Orchestra

Who: Pasco County Schools music students and the Florida Orchestra

What: Florida Orchestra Youth Concert Series

When: Center for the Arts at River Ridge: first show — 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017; second show — 12 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel: first show — 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017; second show — 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Where: Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road in New Port Richey, Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel

Why: The Florida Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and select music students from Pasco County Schools will rehearse and perform alongside it on two nights.

How: Each of the participating Pasco County schools will nominate students to perform based on teacher recommendation and what instruments are needed by the orchestra. The students will play only during the second performance of each day. All performances are open to the public. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the venues. For more information, contact Tom Viking, fine arts program coordinator, at (813) 794-2585 or

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