Wednesday, April 25, 2012

2012-2013 Kindergarten Pre-Registration and Head Start/Early Head Start Information

Kindergarten pre-registration will be May 7 at all Pasco County 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 at select elementary schools.

 Kindergarten pre-registration requirements:

  • Child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2012
  • 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 current electric bill or lease agreement)

For information about kindergarten, call Lori Wiggins, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instructional Services, at (727) 774-2317, (813) 794-2317, or (352) 524-2317.

 Head Start/Early Head Start application requirements:

  • Expectant mothers, infants, toddlers and children through age 5 may apply (Preference for Head Start is given to children who turn 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2012
  • Families must meet income eligibility requirements
  • Certified birth certificate or other state approved document
  • Child’s Social Security card or number (if available)
  • Child’s health card (Medicaid, Kid Care or private insurance)
  • Documentation of four to six weeks of most current household income, or 2011 W-2’s/1040 Tax Form
  • Proof of residency (Driver’s license, utility bill, etc.)
  • Proof of child support (if applicable)
  • Information for other family members (Social Security numbers and dates of birth)

 IF APPLICABLE:  Protective Services and/or foster care verification; documentation of parent or guardian attending school; documentation of disability for child, parent and/or guardian.

 For information about Head Start/Early Head Start call Alexis Russell, Social Services Coordinator, PreKindergarten Services (727) 774-2730, (813) 794-2730, (352) 524-2730.

Pasco Schools Hosts Project Turnaround Awards Ceremony

The District School Board of Pasco County is pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Turnaround Award Ceremony will be held on May 2, 2012, from 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Spartan Manor in New Port Richey, FL.  The students and staff at Project Turnaround have worked hard to earn this well-deserved recognition.

We invite the press and public to join us as we celebrate their inspirational stories of transformation.  In addition to honoring the students, we will be recognizing the hard work of the dedicated staff and family members who have helped place these students on a productive path.

The Annual Turn-Around event is part of the District’s comprehensive graduation enhancement program.  Through anindividualized approach, the District has a rich tradition of ensuring that all students receive the support they need to graduate from high school prepared for the challenges of tomorrow.  This event is just one of the many ways that we celebrate the success of students and promote personal growth.  This effort is reflected in the District’s impressive graduation rate of 85.8%, which is well above the state average.  The District will continue to facilitate the type of positive transformation that will be highlighted at the Turnaround event through concentrated efforts.

Engineering Students Sponsor Creative Catapult Contest

The River Ridge High School Engineering Academy is sponsoring its first annual Spring Fling Catapult Contest.  Participants will be asked to build a catapult that will throw a water balloon as far as possible.  This exciting event will be held at River Ridge High School on May 2, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.   The competition is open to catapult enthusiasts of all ages.  Teams are allowed.  To register, submit a completed application and registration fee to the address below prior to Friday, April 27, 2012.  

Attn: Catapult Contest 
11646 Town Center Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654

The proceeds of this competition will be used to directly support the River Ridge High School Engineering Academy.  Additionally, students hope to raise awareness of the Academy and the exciting, hands-on learning opportunities that are available to all Pasco County students through participation in the Academy.

Contest Specifications:

  1. No ready-made kits. Each catapult must be designed, constructed, and launched by contestants.
  2. No part of the catapult can extend over six feet at rest.
  3. All catapults will be launched in the high school bus parking lot. They must sit on the ground.
  4. The catapult cannot be staked to the ground.
  5. All catapults will fling water balloons provided by RRHS Academy of Engineering.
  6. Catapults must have a triggering mechanism which will allow participants to stand two feet away.
  7. No explosions or air pressure may be used to assist the performance of your catapult.
  8. The energy used to power the catapult must be provided by the device itself.
  9. Any type of hurling machine is acceptable: Ballista, Trebuchet, Mangonel, etc.   


Each group will be allowed three launches. The best launch will be used as your score. The longest launch wins.

Pasco County Energy and Marine Center hosts Energy Open House

The District School Board of Pasco County in partnership with the Pasco Education Foundation has received grant funding from Progress Energy to design and incorporate alternative energy components as a model for the students in Pasco County. The Progress Energy Gives the Power to Protect Alternative Energy Grant provides funding for hands-on interactive learning stations accompanied with working models. Students apply energy concepts as they experiment with human, solar, wind, and geothermal energy and collect data first hand. Direct application of energy concepts deepens the understanding of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and provides opportunities for students to further apply Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical concepts.

There will be an open house during earth week to showcase the Progress Energy gives the Power to Protect components. It will be held on April 27, 2012 from 9:00 am until 10:00 am. The Energy and Marine Center is located at 9130 Old Post Road in Port Richey.

Please join us as you see working models in the Energy Pavilion and interact with the components in the Energy Lab.

Pasco Environmental Programs mission is to educate the students in the basic concepts of preserving our environment and it’s natural resources.  Students develop a sense of personal and collective responsibility for the protection of Florida’s precious ecosystems.

For more information on Science programs, please contact Laura Hill at or phone (727)7 74-2257.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Earth Day 2012


The threat of rain didn’t dampen the mood at this year’s Earth Day celebration at Crews Lake Park.  More than 1000 people showed up on Saturday, April 21st to celebrate the yearly event hosted by Covanta Energy, with the cooperation of the District School Board of Pasco County and Pasco County’s Department of Parks & Recreation.  

Originally observed on April 20, 1970, Earth Day is a great opportunity for the community to learn more about the earth and their environment by participating in hands-on fun activities and exhibits.  Conservation and Recycling Operations shared in the celebration by offering arts and crafts, along with literature related to the Districts ongoing commitment to reducing, reusing, and recycling. \

A special thanks goes out to the JROTC students from Hudson and River Ridge High Schools for their support and dedication to this year’s event.  “They’re professionalism, enthusiasm, and willingness to help out wherever needed, truly helped make this year’s event so successful”, praised Lottie Kelley of Covanta Pasco.

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