Friday, December 09, 2016

Future Teachers Share Technology Passion with Senior Citizens

Who: River Ridge High School New Teacher Academy students and senior citizens

What: Generational Learning Day

When: 7 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Friday, December 16

Where: River Ridge High School room 3-222, 11646 Town Center Rd., in New Port Richey

Why: To promote inter-generational interaction and technology understanding.

How: River Ridge High School New Teaching Academy students will hone their instructional skills by teaching participating senior citizens technology skills and providing them resources for internet usage, social media access, and identity theft protection.  They also will instruct them in how to take selfies, use mobile calendars and speech to text software, and other applications. For more information, contact Beth Hess at 727-774-7200.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Land O’ Lakes Student Wins Congressional Competition

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 30, 2016) – Congressman Gus Bilirakis recently announced that Land O’ Lakes High School student Nikhil Dutt won the 2016 Congressional App Challenge for Florida’s 12th Congressional District.

Nikhil’s app, “Student Toolbox,” was designed to simplify students’ lives. It helps students organize tasks, with tools such as reminders for assignment due dates; connect with teachers and peers through an address book; map out their classrooms by uploading maps of the school; and a “Media” button to use to upload podcasts, assignments and lectures from classes or online resources. Nikhil used a Microsoft Access program to create the app. Click here to watch a video demonstration of “Student Toolbox.”

“At Land O’ Lakes, we’re always pleased to see our students go a step beyond their daily classroom experiences,” said Assistant Principal Jeff Morgenstein. “Nikhil’s work demonstrates how he blends his scientific interests with an understanding of others’ needs. With technology like smartphones in nearly every student’s hands, this app can become a powerful resource for learning.”

Nikhil engaged in this project as a side interest, which is indicative of his naturally inquisitive and purposeful nature. He is a senior in the school’s International Baccalaureate Programme.

App submissions were judged by a panel of judges made up of teachers, tech professionals and entrepreneurs. The judging criteria includes:

  • Quality of the idea (including creativity and originality);
  • Implementation of the idea (including user experience and design); and
  • Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.


About the Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge is a congressional initiative, managed by the Internet Education Foundation [IEF], a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It was first established by the Congressional Internet Caucus and Co-Chairs Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo spearheaded the effort. In 2015 the App Challenge had 116 successful App Challenges hosted by Members of Congress, over 1700 student participants and more than 500 apps submitted. So far, 161 Members of Congress from 38 states are participating in the 2016 Challenge.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Reinvent Yourself Next Semester at Fred K. Marchman Technical College

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 29, 2016) – Following the November 16 rededication and opening of new facilities, Fred K. Marchman Technical College is providing GED® classes on January 9, 2017, and a new semester of technical programs on January 12, 2017.

Contact Fred K. Marchman Technical College at 727-774-1700 or visit http://mtec.pasco.k12.fl.us/ to explore program options and learn how to get on the path to a career in a year. For questions, contact Alicia Leary, assistant principal, at 727-774-1707.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

3rd Annual Career Academy Showcase at Crews Lake Middle School

Who: All Pasco County Schools middle school students

What: Crews Lake Middle School Career Academy Showcase

When: 8 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Friday, December 2 - (Best time for media is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Where: Crews Lake Middle School - 15144 Shady Hills Road, Spring Hill

Why: To educate students about career academies and encourage them to identify their career interests.

How: Students from all Pasco County middle schools are invited to learn about the district’s nearly 20 career academies.  All district career academies are invited to sponsor booths with information about their academy focus. Students can use the “My Career Shines” program, which is an interest inventory to help them identify their interests, research academies online, learn how to complete the application, and get information about educational options.  Students also are taught how to complete a job application and what questions to anticipate in an interview. Students are given a questionnaire with guiding questions to help narrow their choices, which they take to the representatives from the schools with their careers of interest. Career academy representatives share information and may provide hands-on experiences so students have numerous resources and valuable information to walk away with. Pasco-Hernando State College, the University of South Florida, Saint Leo University, and Rasmussen College attend to help students plan for high school and beyond. For more information contact Denise Doerrfeld at 727-246-1701.

Wanted: Life Changers to Sponsor Special Olympics Student-Athletes

Who: Special Olympics Florida – Pasco County student-athletes, staff, and community business partners

What: Special Olympics “Under the Stars” dinner fundraiser

When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, December 11

Where: Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Rd., in Masaryktown

Why: To raise funds to sponsor Special Olympics student-athletes.

How: This dinner will include raffles and interaction with Special Olympics student-athletes. There is no cost to attend, but attendees are encouraged to sponsor a student-athlete or provide a donation to Special Olympics Florida – Pasco County. To RSVP or for more information contact Phyllis Crane at 727-207-5146.

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