Monday, October 09, 2017

Pasco High Schools Invite Their Communities to Trick or Treat

Land O’ Lakes, FL — (October 6, 2017) — High schools throughout Pasco County are offering students a safe place to trick or treat this Halloween. Following is a list of events:

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

When: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24

Why: River Ridge High School community members are invited to a Halloween celebration. Come dressed in your school-appropriate costume and visit the booths to receive tasty treats. The school is accepting canned good donations to fill community members’ cupboards for the holidays. For more information, call (727) 774-7200.

Where: Land O’ Lakes High School football field, 20325 Gator Lane in Land O’ Lakes

When: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27

Why: Land O’ Lakes High School will treat its community to food trucks, Kona Ice, games, a petting zoo and more. A football game will follow the festivities, so guests will be asked to exit the track at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (727) 794-9400.

Where: Sunlake High School football field, 3023 Sunlake Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes

When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 28

Why: The Sunlake High School community and neighbors from surrounding schools will get to experience a family fun morning of trick or treating. Clubs and groups from Sunlake High School will join the festivities. For more information, call (813) 346-1000.
 

Pasco High Schools Invite Their Communities to Trick or Treat

Land O’ Lakes, FL — (October 6, 2017) — High schools throughout Pasco County are offering students a safe place to trick or treat this Halloween. Following is a list of events:

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

When: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24

Why: River Ridge High School community members are invited to a Halloween celebration. Come dressed in your school-appropriate costume and visit the booths to receive tasty treats. The school is accepting canned good donations to fill community members’ cupboards for the holidays. For more information, call (727) 774-7200.

Where: Land O’ Lakes High School football field, 20325 Gator Lane in Land O’ Lakes

When: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27

Why: Land O’ Lakes High School will treat its community to food trucks, Kona Ice, games, a petting zoo and more. A football game will follow the festivities, so guests will be asked to exit the track at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (727) 794-9400.

Where: Sunlake High School football field, 3023 Sunlake Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes

When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 28

Why: The Sunlake High School community and neighbors from surrounding schools will get to experience a family fun morning of trick or treating. Clubs and groups from Sunlake High School will join the festivities. For more information, call (813) 346-1000.
 

Monday, October 02, 2017

Sunlake High Students to Map Puerto Rico Streets to Help in Recovery

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (September 29, 2017) -- Sunlake High School’s Advanced Placement Human Geography students will participate in The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team to identify buildings and streets on maps of Puerto Rico.

Teacher Anne Cullison was one of 50 teachers who participated in the American Geographical Society teacher fellowship program last spring, where she learned about humanitarian mapping. Up-to-date maps are a critical resource when relief organizations are responding to disasters or political crises.

Cullison’s two classes on Monday and Tuesday will take place in a computer lab where students will work on the maps. The first class each day runs from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. and the second class runs from 1:05 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. This is a way for students to directly help recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, where so many local families have loved ones.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

New River Students Lead Florida in Independent Reading

Wesley Chapel, FL – (September 27, 2017) – New River Elementary school finished first in Florida’s and has been named “Best in the State” in the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge for recording 5,536,782 independent reading minutes from May 8, to September 7, 2017.

In addition to being the top Florida school, New River Elementary ranked second in the United States. The school has shown consistent improvement in independent reading minutes. Last year, the school’s students logged more than 2,000,000 minutes, which earned them second place in Florida and top 10 in the United States. In fact, every year since 2014, New River Elementary students have more than doubled their independent reading minutes.

“I am really impressed with our students’ performance,” said Lynn Pabst, New River Elementary School principal. “Even though our school schedule was disrupted by Hurricane Irma, students continued to read and log their minutes. Our school is proud to continue prioritizing independent reading throughout the school year.”

Scholastic plans to feature New River Elementary in their 2018 Book of World Records, and the school will be sent a plaque and celebration kit. There will be an on-campus student celebration on Friday, October 6, where students will be rewarded with Kona Ice for “shaving” off their summer to become better readers. For more information, contact Lynn Pabst, New River Elementary School principal, at 813-346-0500.

About the Summer Reading Challenge: The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is designed to help kids turn the “summer slide”—the learning loss which can occur over the summer months—into a “summer leap” by discovering the power and joy of reading for fun. The program offered kids the chance to log their reading minutes to earn digital prizes as they completed weekly reading challenges, gaining access to 18 reading activities, including games, quizzes and videos based on popular children’s books. Parents and families also had access to free summer reading resources, including booklists across all age groups in both English and Spanish. For more information about Scholastic and the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, please visit mediaroom.scholastic.com/SummerReadingChallenge, or contact Josephine Djonovic at 212-343-6876.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Healthy Schools, LLC, School District and Department of Health Will “Teach Flu a Lesson”

Who: Pasco County public schools, the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County, and Healthy Schools, LLC

What: “Teach Flu a Lesson" child immunization program

When: Wednesday, October 4, through Thursday, October 12

Where: Participating Pasco County public schools

Why: To fight influenza by offering students free immunizations.

How: Once again, flu immunizations will be administered by Healthy Schools nurses free of charge to students with parental consent in every participating Pasco County public school. This program is voluntary and only children with consent forms signed and completed by a parent or guardian will be vaccinated. Forms are available by clicking on the flu vaccine banner on the district website, www.pascoschools.org. There also is a vaccination schedule link on that page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age six months and older receive a yearly flu vaccine. Bringing flu vaccines into schools has proven to be an effective way to increase the vaccination rates for children in Florida.

➢    Each year in the U.S. an average of 20,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized for flu-related complications.

➢    Children with chronic health conditions such as asthma and diabetes have an extremely high risk of developing serious flu-related complications.

➢    Children are more likely to get the flu or have flu-related complications because their immune systems are still developing.

➢    Schools tend to serve as incubators of influenza in each community.

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