Thursday, February 21, 2019

Black History Month Poetry SLAM at Wiregrass Ranch

Who: Wiregrass Ranch High School students and staff

What: Poetry SLAM

When: 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Friday, February 22

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

Why: The Black History Club at Wiregrass 'The Ranch' is promoting cultural awareness through a host of planned activities to celebrate Black History Month.

How: One of the culminating events of Black History Month is the Poetry SLAM with this year's theme, 'Diversity Rules!' Students and staff, including Principal Robyn White, will share poems about the meaning of diversity and its importance to building unity.  Starting with fourth period at 10:30 a.m., with a break between 11:12 a.m. and 12:10 p.m., students and staff will report to the gym to read poetry.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

District Hosts Spring Job Fair

Who: Pasco County Schools and its community

What: Spring Job Fair

When: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7

Where: River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Rd, New Port Richey

Why: Pasco County Schools is hosting a job fair for teachers, maintenance technicians, bus drivers and other positions.

How: Applicants can get on-the-spot interviews and prizes for participating.  Positions are available at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in various areas, including:

Food and nutrition services
Plant manager
Intermediate elementary teacher
Child care assistants
Sports coaches
Licensed practical nurse
Bus drivers

For more information about the Job Fair and to register, visit
Visit to view job listings.

Monday, February 18, 2019

School Board to Meet at Wesley Chapel High School

Who: District School Board of Pasco County

What: School board workshop and meeting

When: Tuesday, February 19
           3:30 p.m. – Workshop
           5 p.m. – School board meeting
           6:30 p.m. – S.T.A.R. Awards

Where: Wesley Chapel High School cafeteria
             30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel

Why: The workshop and school board meeting are at Wesley Chapel High School because the east side S.T.A.R. awards recognition of school-based teachers and school-related personnel of-the-year is at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s center for performing arts.

How: The workshop on the Board’s legislative platform begins at 3:30 p.m.  There will be a break between the workshop and 5 p.m. board meeting.  At 6:30 p.m., teachers and SRP of-the-year will be honored in the center for performing arts, with emcee Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley.

Best Buddies Friendship Ball

Who: Dr. John Long Middle School (JLMS) Best Buddies Chapter

What: Best Buddies Friendship Ball

When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, February 24

Where: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport - Westshore - 4500 W. Cypress Street, Tampa, Fl

Why: To celebrate one-to-one friendships between students who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and typical students.

How: The Dr. John Long Middle School Best Buddies Chapter is holding their third annual Friendship Ball. Two of the IDD students will be attending for the third and final time in their years at JLMS. Twenty-three typical students will be accompanying seven IDD students. The students, JLMS faculty advisors and parent chaperones will board school buses at 3 p.m. to travel to the Friendship Ball.

CONTACT: Andi Walker, 727-992-9591 or

Healthy Minds/Healthy Bodies

Who: Chasco Elementary School students and parents

What: Community outreach event for Chasco Elementary students and parents

When: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, February 21

Where: Chasco Elementary School media center, 7906 Ridge Road, Port Richey

Why: To build foundational knowledge for students, parents and community members around the Trauma Informed Care tenets and the learning that has taken place this year by all Chasco staff members.

How: Students will rotate between activities that include mindfulness to stress-reducing strategies, yoga, and physical engagement. The students and parents also will learn prevention and coping strategies. The rotations of activities and deepening of knowledge align to the district’s pathways to building more compassionate schools and communities.

CONTACT:Jamie Gray, 727-774-1200

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