Thursday, April 13, 2017

Pasco Middle Student Saddles up for National Horse Riding Competition

Land O’ Lakes, FL — (April 13, 2017) — Bridget Berry, a seventh-grader at Pasco Middle School and member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), has qualified to compete at the IEA National in Lexington, Virginia on April 21.
Berry, who also is enrolled in the Cambridge Programme at Pasco Middle, has been riding horses for seven years, and this is only her second year on the IEA team. She placed first at both the Central Florida Regionals and Zone 4 Southeastern States competitions, becoming the only member of her team to qualify for the national competition. She will compete against other middle school students from throughout the country in the Hunter Division. Pasco Middle School principal Jeffrey Wolff said he hopes Berry will “bring home a victory.”
Unlike other competitions, riders do not ride their own horse at IEA events. Instead, they draw the name of the horse they will ride moments before entering the show ring. After receiving a brief description of their horse’s demeanor, riders take one practice lap and one practice jump. The purpose of using an unfamiliar horse is to create a level playing field among veteran and less experienced riders.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pasco Schools Kindergarten Pre-Registration & Head Start/Early Head Start Application

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 11, 2017) – Pasco County Schools kindergarten pre-registration is Monday, May 8, at all district elementary schools. Those interested should contact the school in their area for details about orientation activities and times. Head Start/Early Head Start applications are only available at select elementary schools.

Kindergarten pre-registration requirements:

·         Child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2017
·         Child’s birth certificate or other proof of birth date
·         Health examination – HRS Form 3040
·         HRS Certificate of Immunization
·         Proof of Florida residency such as a current utility bill (i.e. electric, water, etc.), or lease agreement

For information about kindergarten, call Danielle Varcardipone in the Office for Teaching and Learning at (727) 774-2404, (813) 794-2404, or (352) 524-2404.

Head Start/Early Head Start
---Expectant mothers, and parents of infants, toddlers, and children through age 5 may apply for Head Start or Early Head Start.  Families must meet income eligibility requirements. 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)
•     Child’s Social Security card or number (if available)
•     Documentation of the most current household income for the last 12 months: 1040 tax form, 1099, 2016 W-2s or 4-8 weeks of paystubs, 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/Early Head Start visit the district website at or call Alexis Russell in Early Childhood Programs at (727) 774-2730, (813) 794-2730, (352) 524-2730.

Ridgewood High Students Find Common Ground; Hold Autism Awareness Walk to Promote Social Inclusion

Who: Ridgewood High students and staff

What: Common Ground club

When: The club meets at 9:24 a.m. on Wednesdays, Autism Awareness Walk is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 29

Where: Ridgewood High School, 7650 Orchid Lake Road in New Port Richey

Why: Ridgewood High staff and students from general education and Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs formed Common Ground to promote social inclusion of all students.

How: Common Ground students meet every Wednesday to build bonds through conversation, games and other activities, and food. The club is divided into the blue, white and orange clubs. Peer students from the general education curricula participate in community-based instruction, where they model appropriate behavior, and teach ESE students social and financial skills. General education students from Common Ground also have joined the school’s Special Olympics unified sports teams. To further help raise awareness of social inclusion, Ridgewood High students, including those from the Ridgewood Interact club, will join together from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, for the First Annual Autism Awareness Walk. The school’s robotics team will provide a five-foot-tall robot, which will carry an autism awareness flag as it walks alongside students during the event. There will be activities, and a Ridgewood High assistant principals will DJ and provide a snow cone truck during the event. The entry fee is $10 and all proceeds go to the Common Ground club. To learn more about the Common Ground club, and the Autism Awareness Walk, contact teacher Patty Hanley at (727) 774-3953.

Pasco Schools Art Teachers Put Talents on Display

Who: Pasco County Schools teacher-artists, student-artists, and their community

What: Pasco County Schools Inaugural “MyArt” teacher art show

When: Thursday, May 4 to Saturday, May 20 — closing reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

Why: The goal of the art show is to showcase the talents of Pasco County Schools teacher-artists, and strengthen their credibility as educators by showing students and the public that they practice what they teach.

How: Pasco Schools teacher-artists from grades K-12 will exhibit a diverse array of 2-D and 3-D artwork that embodies their creativity and craftsmanship. In addition to exhibiting their talents, the teacher-artists will aim to inspire student-artists to become just as passionate about their own work. Students and the community also will have an opportunity to interact with the teacher-artists and ask them questions during the closing reception. For more information, contact Tom Viking, fine arts program coordinator, at

Monday, April 10, 2017

Gulf Middle Students Bring Beauty to Local Park

Who: Gulf Middle School science teachers, students and staff

What: Earth Day beautification project

When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 22

Where: Frances Park, 5580 Frances Ave. in New Port Richey

Why: Gulf Middle will work to increase the natural beauty of Frances Park, and raise awareness for the environment and community.

How: The Earth Day beautification project teaches Gulf Middle School students the power of natural beauty. Students and staff will perform landscaping and plant flowers at the entrance of Frances Park along Louisiana Avenue. For more information, contact Liz Kuhns, coordinator, at (727) 774-8018 or

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