Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Pasco Schools Schedules Boundary Workshop

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 6, 2018) – Pasco County Schools is holding a public workshop on proposed boundary rezoning for several west Pasco schools at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 12, in the Mitchell High School gym, 2323 Little Road, New Port Richey.

School district staff will be available to address the proposal and to respond to questions and/or comments regarding the rule being developed from attendees who arrive between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The public also may provide comments electronically.

A public hearing on the final proposed rule is scheduled for April 10, 2018, at 5 p.m. in the School Board chambers, building #3, 7205 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, Land O’ Lakes.

The final rule boundary changes are scheduled to be adopted on May 1, 2018, at the regularly scheduled 6 p.m. board meeting in the School Board chambers, building #3, 7205 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, Land O’ Lakes, with an effective date of July 1, 2018.

The affected schools include Anclote, Gulf, Mitchell, and River Ridge high schools; and Gulf, River Ridge, Seven Springs, and Paul R. Smith middle schools.

The proposed new boundaries will be effective for the 2018-2019 school year, with a phase-in for addresses currently in the far west portion of the Mitchell High School boundary, between Seven Springs Boulevard and the Anclote River. Students who live in that section of the boundary and currently are in 6th or 7th grade at Seven Springs Middle School will be able to complete their middle school education at Seven Springs. Students who live in that section of the boundary and currently are in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade at J.W. Mitchell High School will be able to complete their high school education at Mitchell. Siblings of those students can apply for school choice and will be given priority to enroll in Seven Springs Middle School and Mitchell High School as outlined in our controlled open enrollment plan.

Wiregrass Elementary Students Showcase Talents at STEAM Night

Who: Wiregrass Elementary School students, families and staff

What: Wiregrass Elementary School STEAM Night

When: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Wiregrass Elementary School, 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel

Why: This event will showcase the STEAM curriculum as well as WRES students’ talents.

How: During this event, Wiregrass Elementary School will feature various STEAM programs. Students will display their STEAM talents through various performances and exhibits, including a kindergarten and first-grade concert, a musical theater preview of Willy Wonka — full show is scheduled for spring, and a K-5 art exhibit. The school expects a large turnout for what is sure to be a fun night of STEAM education. For more information, contact Wiregrass Elementary School at (813) 346-0700.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Sanders Elementary Students Display Talents, Solve Problems

Who: Sanders Memorial Elementary School students, staff, and their community

What: Design on Display

When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 8

Where: Sanders Memorial Elementary School, 5126 School Road in Land O’ Lakes

Why: Sanders Memorial Elementary School students created an array of exciting community-conscious research projects in an effort to improve their environment.

How: Students have used a design process to identify a problem in their community and solve it. Presentations will include a Special Olympics Village and surfboards that repel sharks. Sanders is a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) magnet school where those subjects are infused throughout the curriculum. For more information, contact Steven Garrett at (813) 794-1500.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

The Cinderella Project Makes Dreams Come True for Pasco Girls

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 1, 2018) – Pasco County high school students who have no budget for prom will have six opportunities this year to choose a free ensemble with help from the Cinderella Project’s fairy godmothers.

The Cinderella Project of Pasco is in its 15th year of providing new and gently used prom dresses and accessories at no cost to young ladies with financial need.  Girls from all Pasco County high schools can benefit from the Cinderella Project, according to head “fairy godmother” and organizer Julie Rockwell.  “We have hundreds of beautiful dresses in all colors, styles and bling to choose from”.

The Cinderella Project accepts donations of contemporary prom-style dresses and accessories (shoes, purses, costume jewelry) in excellent condition. Cash donations to the Cinderella Project are used to purchase brand new dresses and shoes when sizes are not available in the donated inventory.

Donations may be dropped off at the Raymond James office, 9040 Tryfon Blvd., Suite A-104, at the corner of Little Road and Trinity Boulevard in the Trinity Town Center.   

Since 2003, the project has supplied dresses and accessories to more than a thousand Pasco County girls with financial need.  This year, there are three locations – all Pasco County high schools – for the boutiques.

“Our goal is to be sure no one misses their prom because of lack of funds”, said Rockwell.

Students can try on and pick out their ensemble from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the following days:

· March 5 and 6 at Fivay High School, 12115 Chicago Ave., Hudson
· March 7 and 8 at Gulf High School, 5355 School Rd., New Port Richey
· March 12 and 13 at Wesley Chapel High School, 30243 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel

Signs will be posted at the entrances with directions to the boutiques.  For more information about The Cinderella Project, visit their Facebook page, The Cinderella Project Pasco County.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

13 Pasco Students Awarded for Going Green

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (February 20, 2018) – Pasco County Schools’ Recycling Operations Department and Pasco County Recycling and Education have named 13 Art of Recycling contest winners.

            Grace Carter, Sunlake High School, won first place overall with “In the Eyes of the Turtle;” Anna Scarfone, Ridgewood High School, won second place overall with “Bee Green, Bee Pollution Free;” and Holly Denette, Ridgewood High School, won third place overall with “Bleached Life.”

            The following Pasco Schools students won the special categories awards:

  • Meagan Reiss, Sunlake, Best Use of Materials for “Rainbow Fish;”
  • Wesley Womack, Sunlake, Best Use of Plastic for “Waves of Plastic;”
  • Sarah Wasley, J.W. Mitchell, Best Artist Expression for “Afghan Girl – Steve McCurry;”
  • Alexys Armentrout, Wiregrass Ranch, won Best Use of Aluminum for “We Can Save Our Birds;”
  • Brittany Stumpf, Gulf High, Best Environmental Concept for “Turtle Trouble;”
  • Felicitee Bly, Wiregrass Ranch, Most Innovative for “Worlds;”
  • Kiersten Houck, Genesis Prep, Covanta Award for “Recycling Is a Piece of Cake;”
  • Faith Graves, Ridgewood High, AOR Award for “Light the Way;” and
  • Hannah Farrell, J.W. Mitchell, People’s Choice Award for “Sisters in Solidarity.”


Pasco County Schools and Pasco County Recycling and Education founded the Art of Recycling contest in 1996 to promote environmental awareness, recycling, and an appreciation of the arts. Pasco County high school students submit their artwork, and it is judged during the first week of February. In addition to the categorical awards, community sponsors donate cash awards, which range from $100 to $500.

All of the artwork is on display at the West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive in New Port Richey, through Feb. 23. The 13 winning pieces then will be displayed inside the lobbies of buildings three and four at the Pasco County Schools District Office Complex, 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes, throughout March.

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