Monday, April 16, 2018


Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 16, 2018) – Ridgewood High School is looking for former faculty and staff to participate in the school’s closing ceremonies event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22.

The organizers want current and past staff to gather at this event so alumni are able to walk the halls and see as many former teachers as possible, regardless of when they attended.  Already, more than 700 people have confirmed their attendance, and more than 1,000 are expected.  Anyone who knows former Ridgewood alumni or staff is asked to let them know that they are encouraged to join the festivities commemorating RHS’ 40-year history.

During the event, trophies, pictures, and other awards will be distributed to students and staff who earned them. A family fun area will include bounce houses and music.  Other memorabilia, such as athletic and band uniforms, will be for sale at a low price.  After the fun and open house portion end, a closing ceremony presentation will take place in the gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.

Ridgewood is being converted to a technical high school.  In August, the school will re-open as Wendell Krinn Technical High School, with opportunities to earn industry certification and college credits in 14 subject areas.

Many local businesses and families are providing financial and in-kind assistance, including Winghouse, which is providing food for the entire event.  Donations are still being accepted.

Former faculty and staff who are planning to attend should call Cathy Tezber at (727) 774-3901, email her at, or complete the online RSVP at  Ridgewood High School is located at 7650 Orchid Lake Rd., in New Port Richey.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Precision Garage Door to Surprise Anclote Elementary Teacher

Who: Precision Garage Door and Anclote Elementary teacher Magen Wilson

What: Opening Doors in Our Community Campaign garage door giveaway

When: 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11

Where: Anclote Elementary School, 3610 Madison St., New Port Richey

Why: As a company, Precision Garage Door believes in giving back to the community, so they started an outreach program called Open Doors in Our Community. It's an opportunity to lift up those in need, or recognize and reward neighbors who are selfless and sacrificial. Their goal is to be a positive force in the Tampa Bay region and bless those who truly need it or deserve it.

How: Magen Gilbreth Wilson, a second grade teacher at Anclote Elementary School, was selected from among Pasco County Schools employees who entered their names to receive a free garage door. Magen is a mother of three with a fourth child on the way. Her husband, Kevin Wilson, is in on the surprise. The garage door will be installed earlier in the morning, and then Precision Garage Door representatives will surprise Magen in her classroom. For more information contact Doug Smith, Focused Media Strategies, at or 727.459.6596.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Pasco Schools Announces Kindergarten Pre-Registration, Head Start/Early Head Start Application Info

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 8, 2018) – Pasco County Schools kindergarten pre-registration for children who turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018, is Monday, May 7, at all Pasco County elementary schools. Those interested should contact the school in their area for details about orientation activities and times.

Kindergarten pre-registration required documentation:
Child’s birth certificate or other proof of birth date
Health examination – HRS Form 3040
HRS Certificate of Immunization
Three official documents proving residency, such as a current utility bill (i.e. electric, water, etc.); lease agreement, deed or property tax assessment; and one additional document supporting stated address, such as a current auto registration, driver’s license, or voter registration card.

For information about kindergarten, call Danielle Varcardipone, at (727) 774-2404, (813) 794-2404, or (352) 524-2404.

Head Start/Early Head Start Application

Head Start/Early Head Start applications now are available at the following elementary schools:

  • Anclote
  • Centennial
  • Chasco
  • Rodney B. Cox
  • Fox Hollow
  • Dr. Mary Giella
  • Gulf Highlands
  • Gulf Trace
  • Hudson
  • Lacoochee
  • Mittye P. Locke
  • James M. Marlowe
  • Moon Lake
  • New River
  • Northwest
  • Pasco
  • Pine View
  • Quail Hollow
  • Richey
  • Chester W. Taylor
  • West Zephyrhills
  • Woodland

Expectant mothers, infants, toddlers, and children through age 5 that meet income eligibility requirements may apply for Head Start or Early Head Start.  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)
  • Documentation of the most current household income for the last 12 months: 1040 tax form, 1099, 2017 W-2s or 4-8 weeks of pay stubs, 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 and Early Head Start, visit the website at, or call Alexis Russell (727) 774-2730, (813) 794-2730, (352) 524-2730.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Work Out for Autism with Thomas E. Weightman Middle and Pasco Schools

Who: Thomas E. Weightman Middle School (TEWMS) and Pasco County Schools staff and families, and their community

What: Autism Sensory Room Fundraiser

When: 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 7

Where: Four Leaf CrossFit, 30534 FL-54 in Wesley Chapel

Why: TEWMS and Pasco County Schools staff will join Four Leaf CrossFit to raise money for children with autism.

How: April is Autism Awareness Month, and TEWMS wants to raise enough money to build a sensory room, designed to improve sensory input among students with autism. To help TEWMS reach its goal, Four Leaf CrossFit will host a special Autism Awareness Workout of the Day during three consecutive classes. Please invite your friends to join TEWMS and Pasco County Schools for an exciting, impactful workout, to help fund the sensory room. For more information, contact Dan Reyes at (813) 843-3356. To donate, visit


Thursday, April 05, 2018

Pasco School Nurses to Train to “Stop the Bleed”

Who: Pasco school nurses, Pasco Sheriff’s Office and Innovitas Healthcare Solutions

What: Stop the Bleed training

When: 9 a.m. Friday, April 6

Where: District School Board offices
             7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Building-2 (Magnolia Room)

Why: Pasco County Schools and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office have joined forces with Innovitas Healthcare Solutions to spearhead the Stop the Bleed campaign.  This national initiative aims to train and empower civilians to act swiftly and effectively in trauma situations.

How: Approximately 40 school nurses will attend the training provided by the Pasco Sheriff's Office Training Division.  Trainers are experts in the initial stages of trauma management and the training is tailored to teach quick, life-saving measures that can be applied by anybody in the event of an emergency.  Each school will be equipped with 15 trauma kits that will be placed in strategic locations to be rapidly accessed in case of an emergency, such as an active shooter.  The nurses will train school staff members how to use the kits to maximize the chances of survival for trauma victims.

To be effective, the partnership is raising funds to equip more than 100 Pasco County schools with trauma kits.  The initial cost is estimated to be around $250,000 to provide quality and long-lasting kits so schools can take full advantage of the free training.  Tax-deductible donations can be made to Pasco Sheriff’s Charities at or P.O. BOX 1743, Port Richey, FL 34673.

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