Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pasco County Special Olympics

What: Pasco County Special Olympics Summer Games

When: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at River Ridge High School
            11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, at Wesley Chapel High School

Where: River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey
             Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel

Why: Support our Special Olympics athletes.

How: Hundreds of Pasco athletes will compete in track and field, bocce, cycling, soccer, and tennis. The event features free admission and parking, and a concession stand where attendees can purchase lunch and snacks. For more information, contact Valerie Lundin at (727) 774-3062.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Partners in Education

Who: Gulf Middle School families and community

What: Partners in Education

When: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., February 11, 2019 and each Monday

Where: Gulf Middle School Cafeteria, 6419 Louisiana Avenue, New Port Richey

Why: Every Monday night (that school is in session) all feeder pattern schools and the community at large are invited for dinner and presentations to promote community spirit and connections.

How: Presentations on parenting, anger management, academic nights, how to deal with bullying, cyber safety, and other topics. Food is provided by Metropolitan Ministries and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. The meal begins at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation will be 6 p.m.

Friday, February 01, 2019

Superintendent Kurt Browning on Governor DeSantis’ Common Core Standards Standards Announcement

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (January 31, 2019) – Governor Ron DeSantis announced today his intention to sign an executive order eliminating Common Core State Standards and streamlining state testing.

I commend the governor for taking bold stands and staying true to his promises. I completely support streamlining standardized testing, increasing civics education, and improving literacy.

However, I ask Governor DeSantis and Education Commissioner Corcoran to consider the amount of time, funding, and effort teachers, administrators, and school districts have invested in professional learning, curriculum, materials, and resources that align with our current standards. I understand that parents have had difficulty grasping some of the standards, and there may be a need to adjust some of them. My concern is that we not lose ground in the progress we have made toward ensuring our students are prepared for the demands of college and the workforce.

We look forward to working with our state leaders to assure that the development of new K-12 standards is deliberate and focused on preparing all students for success in college, career, and life.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Bulls Annual Health Stampede at the Ranch

Who: Wiregrass Ranch High School students, teachers, and local presenters

What: Health Stampede

When: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, January 25

Where: Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Boulevard, Wesley Chapel

Why: For the third year in a row, Wiregrass Ranch High School is hosting their annual Health Stampede to promote healthy behaviors among students and staff.

How: Participants will experience various presentations that relate to healthy behaviors.

Pasco Fire Rescue will conduct a fire safety presentation. The school’s Psychology Club will present “Taking care of your mental self.” Publix dietician and nutritionist Holly Long will explain how to build balanced meals, read labels, and follow recipes. LA Fitness will conduct fitness tests for BMI, upper and lower body strength, and core stability. Nutrition Smart will provide nutrition information and discuss Keto basics and healthy lifestyles. Medical Academy students will lead discussions on three components of lifelong health. MADD will show presentations related to driving under the influence. The Florida Department of Health Pasco will demonstrate the effects on the body of nicotine and vaping, and discuss the importance of hand washing and vaccinations. Other participants include Baycare Behavioral Health, Poison Control and Project PUP (Pets Uplifting People). Participants also can win prizes.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Pasco Schools Secondary Science & Engineering Fair

Who: Pasco County middle and high school students

What: Pasco Secondary Regional Science and Engineering Fair

When: Saturday, February 2

  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Judging
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Public Viewing
  • 3 p.m. – Awards Ceremony


  • Judging and Public Viewing: Thomas E. Weightman Middle School, 30649 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel
  • Awards Ceremony: Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel

Why: The competition gives students the chance to conduct independent research using scientific methods to complete projects, have the projects displayed and judged for scientific merit, and compete for prizes and awards.

How: Students choose a topic to experiment and form a hypothesis. Next, the students conduct research, collect and analyze data, and explain their findings in a written report. The report is considered, along with a display board that illustrates the elements of the project using graphs, charts, diagrams, or photos, and the students present their research and findings to the judges. Students in the regional fair have won their school science and engineering fair competition. Students are eligible for a variety of prizes if they place in the regional science and engineering fair, and top winners move on to the state competition.

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