Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Oakstead 5th Graders to Prepare for Leadership Roles

Who: Oakstead Elementary School 5th grade students, administrators and teachers

What: 5th Grade Leadership Retreat

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, August 4

Where: Oakstead Elementary School, 19925 Lake Patience Road, Land O’ Lakes

Why: To emphasize the importance of building leaders within the school. After the first leadership retreat last year, the fifth graders were excited about coming to school as leaders of learning.

How: Students will learn about leadership characteristics such as open-mindedness, integrity, authenticity, and generosity. Fifth grade Otters will participate in interactive team-building activities, analyze personality traits and truly learn what it means to Pay It Forward! Many teachers and support staff will join in on the fun and every 5th grade student will be assigned to an adult in the building for support throughout the year. Students also will receive a t-shirt to wear proudly on Fridays reminding them to be responsible leaders and pay it forward. The school is hoping to get a grant approved to purchase copies of Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde to give to each 5th grade student. For more information contact Sandra Stine at 813-346-1510.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Ridgewood Cheerleaders Mentor Mini Rams

Who: Ridgewood High School students and staff

What: Mini Rams Cheer Camp

When: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday, July 26 to Thursday, July 28

Where: Ridgewood High School gymnasium, 7650 Orchid Lake Rd., in New Port Richey

Why: Cheer camp pairs Ridgewood cheerleaders with younger students as mentors, fostering community pride.

How: The camp costs $40 to participate and includes breakfast, lunch, and a t-shirt. Mini cheerleaders will cheer with Ridgewood cheerleaders during the first half of the Friday, September 2 football game. For more information contact Cady Baer at 727-774-3901.

Shhh! Lacoochee Elementary is Surprising their Students

Who: Lacoochee Elementary School staff and families, and COPE/Shoes for Schools

What: Back-to-school shoes and clothing giveaway

When: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, July 28

Where: Lacoochee Elementary School, 38815 Cummer Rd., in Dade City

Why: As the first day of school approaches, Lacoochee Elementary School wants to ensure its students are prepared to return in style. The school and its staff plan to surprise their students during the last day of summer school with the donations. Students are eligible to choose a free pair of shoes and clothing, which will be sorted by size. Any leftover items will be added to Lacoochee’s Boys and Girls Closet. The closet is a year-round resource for students who need clothing items.

How: Lacoochee Elementary School has partnered with COPE/Shoes for Schools, a local non-profit, for shoe donations and with Seven Oaks Elementary School PTA members for clothing donations. For more information contact Wanda DeLaRosa at 813-447-7981.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

School Board Amends Meeting Schedule

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 19, 2016) – The District School Board of Pasco County tonight changed the time for their Tuesday, August 2 board meeting to 6 p.m. and added a meeting on Tuesday, November 22, at 9:30 a.m.

The August 2 meeting was changed from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the first public hearing on the 2016-2017 budget. Section 200.065(2)(e), Florida Statutes, requires this hearing to be scheduled after 5 p.m.

The November 22 meeting was added to comply with Section 100.041(3)(a), Florida Statutes, which states that school board members and the superintendent of schools take office the second Tuesday after the general election. Superintendent Kurt Browning, School Board Member Alison Crumbley, and School Board Member-Elect Colleen Beaudoin will be sworn in to office at this meeting by Pasco Clerk and Comptroller Paula O’Neil.

School Board meetings are held in the board room at 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Building 3, Land O’ Lakes.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pasco Students Beat the Heat with Free Food, Books, Games, and Prizes

Who: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness, and Pasco Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services Department, staff, and students

What: Pasco County SPIKE Event

When: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21

Where: Zephyr Park, 38116 5th Ave., in Zephryhills

How: Pasco County Schools is teaming up with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to provide a “tropical takeover” complete with free games, activities, and prizes to students under 18. The Summer Reading and Book buses will be on site to deliver free lunches and books for students. Brooks Tropicals will provide Fresh From Florida starfruit for students to taste. For more information, contact Megan Sexton at 813-794-2480.

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