Monday, February 27, 2017
Unlock a Treasure Chest of Giving at Gulf Middle
Who: Gulf Middle School faculty, students and community members
What: Gulf Middle School’s Gulf Treasure Chest Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
When: 9 a.m., Friday, March 3
Where: Gulf Middle School, 6419 Louisiana Ave. in New Port Richey
Why: To celebrate the re-opening of the school’s free resource that provides Gulf Middle School students with clothing, shoes, toiletries and school supplies.
How: Gulf Middle School invites the Pasco County community to the grand reopening of this free resource for the school’s students. Light refreshments will follow the event. RSVP by March 1 with Liz Kuhns at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking will be available off Harrison Street between the school gym and media center.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Pasco Students Begin Their Odyssey of the Mind
Who: 150 teams representing 55 Pasco County schools
What: Elementary and Secondary Odyssey of the Mind® Tournaments
When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 25 (Secondary), 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4 (Elementary)
Where: February 25, Rushe Middle School, 18654 Mentmore Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes - March 4, Weightman Middle School, 30649 Wells Rd., in Wesley Chapel
Why: To teach students creative problem solving skills and teamwork.
How: Odyssey of the Mind® is a creative problem solving competition started in 1978 by Dr. Sam Miklus. Students indulge their creativity, think critically to solve new problems, and work as a team. Their teams are comprised of five to seven members and at least one coach. The coach(es) may teach skills, but may not disclose the problem’s solution. Their teams will compete in up to six different long term problems to determine advancement to the state tournament at the University of Central Florida on April 8. Performances take place between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days. On February 25, awards are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., and on March 4, awards are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. At the awards ceremony, the Gulf Coast Regional Board will award four college scholarships to graduating seniors who spent eight to 12 years competing on Odyssey teams. Pasco students traditionally excel in these tournaments. Last year, students from Mittye P. Locke Elementary School, Wesley Chapel High School, Wiregrass Ranch High School, and Dayspring Academy won their state championship category and competed in the 37th Odyssey of the Mind® World Finals. These tournaments are open to the public. Maps and a complete schedule can be found at www.gcodyssey.com. For more information, contact Freda Abercrombie, Gulf Coast Odyssey of the Mind® regional director, at 813-924-0850.
Renowned Speaker to Headline 6th Annual After-School Conference
Who: Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman and approximately 350 afterschool providers from around the state
What: Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman, a Hall of Fame leadership speaker and New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, will give the key note speech at this year’s Pasco County Schools PLACE Program 6th Annual After-School Conference: “Soaring to New Heights.”
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 8
Where: River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road in New Port Richey
Why: Waldman will teach professional leaders how to build trusting, revenue-producing relationships with their employees, partner, and customers. Participants also will join an array of after-school providers during a full day of comprehensive professional development opportunities, food and door prizes.
How: Waldman will share his experiences as a decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman. During his service, Waldman received countless honors and flew 65 real-world combat missions. He is a Certified Speaking Professional, and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, and the Denver Broncos. Guests will have the opportunity to select from more than 30 development workshops for administration professionals, site-based management, and frontline direct care providers. They also will be able to view the latest in after-school resources, meet vendors, gain enhanced knowledge of school age childcare through the network of peers and colleagues in attendance, and earn training certificates. Tickets to the event include breakfast and lunch. Purchase cards and purchase orders are available upon request. To purchase tickets, visit http://conta.cc/2mhDQth. For more information on the event and alternative payment methods, visit http://conta.cc/2kRxlR9 or contact registration liaison Dorcia Bartenope at (813) 794-2215.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Woodland Elementary School Invites Parents to Remodeling Project Discussion
Who: Woodland Elementary School parents, students, and staff; district staff, and representatives from Wharton-Smith, Inc. contractors and Furr & Wegman Architects
What: Woodland Elementary School remodeling and addition project parent meeting
When: 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 28
Where: Woodland Elementary School, 38203 Henry Drive in Zephyrhills
Why: Woodland Elementary invites parents to discuss the school’s plan to increase its student capacity from 652 to 900 and upgrade its facilities.
How: The school plans to add an additional building to its campus; convert its old cafeteria into classrooms and a STEM lab; remodel its restrooms to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements; remodel its administration office, including the adjoining conference room, restrooms, and teacher work area; install new school entrance signage; and redesign its parking lot and bus loop. The project will be completed in two phases, which will run from summer 2017 to August 2018. For additional information, contact Woodland Elementary School at (813) 794-6400.
Spring Instructional Job Fair is Thursday
Who: Pasco County Schools
What: Spring Instructional Job Fair
When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
Where: Wesley Chapel High School gymnasium, 30651 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel
Why: The district is hiring teachers and student services employees for current vacancies and anticipated 2017-2018 school year vacancies. Positions are available at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in various areas, including:
· Emotional and Behavioral Disorders/Autism Spectrum Disorder (EBD/ASD)
· School Nurse
· Behavioral Analyst
How: Nearly 500 applicants have already pre-registered and representatives from more than 60 district schools will be on hand to meet them. Applicants can get on-the-spot interviews and prizes for participating. Current interns and upcoming graduates are encouraged to register and attend. For more information about the Job Fair, visit www.pascoschools.org and click the Job Fair banner at the top of the page, or contact Lori Perreault at email@example.com or (813) 794-2845.