Friday, October 21, 2016

Pine View Middle School SRO, 8th Graders, to Solve “Crime”

Who: Pasco Sheriff’s Cpl. Elissa Elders and Ms. Hudak’s 8th grade reading students

What: Read-Off

When: All day Friday, October 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Pine View Middle School, 5334 Parkway Boulevard, Land O’ Lakes

Why: To promote the school’s 10

How: Cpl. Elders will conduct a "read off" in all of Ms. Hudak’s 8th grade reading classes. The students are currently reading "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe. This "read off" will involve Cpl. Elders "briefing" the students on a crime that happens in the book. All students will have to work together to figure out the clues to solve the crime. Once all clues are found, the students will find the key to a locked tool box, which will contain the necessary items to finish their project.

Pasco Schools Offer Family-Friendly Halloween Events

Land O’ Lakes, Florida – (October 20, 2016) – This Halloween, several Pasco County high schools are offering the following safe, family-oriented Halloween events for students during the week of October 24:

River Ridge – Trick or Treat Around the Track
6 p.m. until 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, October 26
Jim Valentine Stadium, River Ridge High School
11646 Town Center Rd., New Port Richey

Hudson – Trick or Treat Around the Track
5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., Friday, October 28
Hudson High School track
14410 Cobra Way, Hudson

Fivay and Ridgewood – Trick or Treat Around the Track
6 p.m. until 6:45 p.m., Friday, October 28
Ridgewood High School track
7650 Orchid Lake Rd., New Port Richey

Sunlake – Trick or Treat Around the Track
10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Saturday, October 29
Sunlake High School track
3203 Sunlake Blvd., Land O’ Lakes

Wesley Chapel – Halloween Safe Zone
5 p.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday, October 29
Wesley Chapel High School cafeteria and parking lot
30651 Wells Rd., Wesley Chapel

Each of these events will ensure a safe, Happy Halloween for the whole family! Some will have games, tasty treats, and other activities. For information about an individual school’s event, please contact the school directly.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

District to Host 2nd Annual Fall Instructional Job Fair

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (October 18, 2016) – Pasco County Schools is hosting a job fair for teachers and student services employees from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, at Anclote High School. Positions are available at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in the following areas:

• Reading
• Math
• Science
• Emotional and Behavioral Disorders/Autism Spectrum Disorder (EBD/ASD)
• School Nurse
• Behavioral Analyst

Other positions also are available. Applicants can get on-the-spot interviews and prizes for participating. For more information about the job fair, please view the attached flier, or visit Anclote High School is located at 1540 Sweetbriar Drive, in Holiday.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Land O’ Lakes Student Chosen as Advisor to President Obama

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (October 18, 2016) – Logan Beatty, a 9th grade Land O’ Lakes High School International Baccalaureate® student, will be visiting The White House on October 21, as one of President Barack Obama’s Kid Science Advisors.

The White House chose Logan for this honor based on his Kid Science Advisor Initiative Essay Contest entry. He will participate in a roundtable discussion about future STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) ideas with The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, senior Administration officials, pioneers of scientific discovery, and other Kid Science Advisors.

“I am proud of Logan and the honor The White House has extended to him,” said Kurt Browning, Pasco County Superintendent of Schools. “I predict that he will have continued success and an impact in the STEM field.”

The Kid Science Advisor Program was established on the recommendation of a nine-year-old during the 6th Annual White House Science Fair. For more information, contact Land O’ Lakes High School Assistant Principal Jeff Morgenstein at 813-794-9400.

Monday, October 17, 2016

No Hurricane Make-Up Day for Pasco County Schools

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (October 17, 2016) – The Pasco County Schools office for Information Technology Services conducted a review of current bell schedules for each district school and determined that no instructional time will have to be made up relative to the hurricane day that occurred on Friday, October 7.

Pasco County Schools officials canceled three days of school in September over concerns about severe weather associated with Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew. After cancelling school for two days because of Hermine, the district determined that there was enough instructional time built in to school calendars to avoid make-up days.

Officials were not as confident that the third day could be absorbed. However, the review determined that with some adjustments to schedules, all schools have a sufficient level of instructional seat time to meet statutory requirements, and students will not have to attend school during Thanksgiving break to make up for the October 7 hurricane day.

In an email to employees and parents, Superintendent Kurt Browning cautioned that if school is canceled another day prior to Thanksgiving break, he “will have no choice but to schedule a make-up day on Monday, November 21, 2016.”

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