Friday, May 27, 2016

Pasco County Schools, Office to Close for Memorial Day

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 27, 2016) – All Pasco County schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. This includes the PLACE before-and after-school programs. Schools and offices will re-open at their regular times on Tuesday, June 1.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pasco’s Class of 2016 Offered $23M+ in Scholarships

May 25, 2016 – (Land O’ Lakes, FL) – Pasco County Schools will graduate more than 4,300 students who have earned in excess of $23 million in scholarships.

Graduation ceremonies will take place Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5, except for Marchman Technical College’s, which is tonight. The University of South Florida’s Sun Dome will host J.W. Mitchell, Sunlake, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills, Hudson, Anclote, and Fivay graduates. Fred K. Marchman Technical College’s ceremony will take place at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, Pasco eSchool students will have their ceremony at Crews Lake Middle School, Gulf’s graduation will be at Calvary Chapel Worship Center, River Ridge and Ridgewood graduations will take place in each of their gymnasiums, and Pasco High’s ceremony will be in their football stadium.

Comlete information regarding Pasco high school graduations including valedictorians, salutatorians, scholarships, and graduation speakers, is on the attached spreadsheet.  For a quick reference guide to graduation ceremony information, visit our graduation page.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Calusa Elementary Students Applaud Ridgewood Graduates

Who: Ridgewood High School seniors and Calusa Elementary School students

What: Ridgewood High School Parade of Graduates

When: Friday, May 27, at 10 a.m.

Where: Calusa Elementary School, 7520 Orchid Lake Rd., in New Port Richey

How: Ridgewood High School and Calusa Elementary School are partnering to create a new tradition benefitting both schools’ students. Elementary students will perform a “clap out” ceremony, honoring their senior peers for completing high school. Ridgewood seniors will don their caps and gowns, parade through Calusa Elementary, and encourage elementary students to stay in school. For more information, contact Calusa Elementary School Principal Kara Merlin at 727-774-3701 or Ridgewood High School Principal Angie Murphy at 727-774-3901.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fox Hollow Art Teacher Recreates “A Walk in Monet’s Garden”

Who: Fox Hollow Elementary School staff, students, and volunteers

What: Fox Hollow Elementary School Beautification

When: Tuesday, May 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Fox Hollow Elementary School, 8309 Fox Hollow Dr., in Port Richey

How: Fox Hollow Elementary School’s art teacher, Gayle Ratza, was awarded a $5,500 Lowe’s Toolbox Grant. She desired places for Fox Hollow students to decompress and enjoy the beauty of nature. Francesca Crespi’s “A Walk in Monet’s Garden” is the source of her inspiration; she plans to use the grant proceeds to beautify the school’s courtyard in a similar manner. Ms. Ratza, school staff, and volunteers will work throughout Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to complete the project. For more information, contact Fox Hollow Elementary School Principal Karyn Kinzie at 727-774-7601.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Dunedin Fine Arts Center’s Clay Wheel Bus Makes First Pasco Stop

Who: Longleaf Elementary School teachers and Art Club students

What: Mobile Clay Wheel Bus

When: Tuesday, May 24
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Art Club students
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Five teacher teams

Where: Longleaf Elementary School, 3253 Town Ave., in New Port Richey

How: The Dunedin Fine Arts Center and their mobile clay wheel bus will visit Longleaf Elementary to provide enrichment with 3D art. The mobile clay wheel bus was provided by the Janet Huntley Grant through the Pinellas Community Foundation and is making its first visit to a Pasco County school. The bus’s 10 electric potter’s wheels are fueled by their own water supply and powered by an onboard generator. Half of the participants will construct clay artwork inside the bus, while those outside the bus can hand-build clay artwork with manual potter’s wheels. The entire Art Club, comprised of 21 students in grade 4 and 5, is expected to participate. Additionally, approximately 30 grade 1, 2, 3, 4 and ESE teachers will participate in a team building exercise following the student visit.. The Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) recently recognized Longleaf Elementary as a Florida Arts Model Schools. Longleaf was recognized for both its music and arts programs. For more information, contact Dara Tucker at 727-774-0800.

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