‘Mr. Don’ provides safety and encouragement

On weekday mornings and afternoons, Don Niles ushers students to safety at Double Branch Elementary School in Wesley Chapel. Officially, Niles is the school’s crossing guard. But, the 76-year-old is much, much more to students and faculty. Known as ‘Mr. Don’ to the Double Branch community, Niles is known for going the extra mile to forge relationships and lend an ear to … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 02/21/2018

Citizens of the Month The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce recognized these January Student Citizens of the Month: Allyson Johnston, Academy at the Farm; Ethan Mitchell, East Pasco Adventist Academy; Chaz Newton, Saint Anthony Catholic School; Malachi Barnes, Centennial Elementary School; Deori Pope, Lacoochee Elementary; Santiago Valdez, Pasco Elementary; Melissa Hernandez, Rodney B. Cox … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 02/14/2018

An up-close look at nation’s capital A group of six students, a teacher and two parents from Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School in Spring Hill spent six days in Washington D.C. The group met with Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio (center) to talk about key issues facing the United States, and in particular, Florida. The group also completed the Close Up Washington … [Read more...]

‘Get Loud!’ takes aim at sexual assault, domestic violence

Cheers normally reverberate through Wiregrass Ranch High School’s gymnasium when a boys basketball player on the home team scores. That didn’t happen though during the initial minutes of the varsity team’s Jan. 30 game against Sunlake High School. Instead, spectators remained silent, in response to signs being shown to them that said “Shhh” and “Be Quiet.” The crowd kept quiet until … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 02/07/2018

Students focus on community service Saint Leo University students package meals for Feeding Children Everywhere, to help eradicate hunger and poverty, in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. King’s legacy of accepting others’ differences, raising people up, and helping the less fortunate, which was recognized during the school’s A Day On, Not Off. The school’s goal was to package 70,000 meals for the … [Read more...]

Rezoning of some west Pasco schools invalid, judge says

A circuit court judge has invalidated school rezoning actions by the Pasco County School Board for some of the district’s west schools, citing violations of a public notice requirement and of the state’s Sunshine Law. In a ruling dated Jan. 10, Circuit Court Judge Kimberly Sharpe Byrd determined that members of the district’s boundary committee “held discussions on Boundary Committee business … [Read more...]

These graduates have taken a different path to success

One plans to help build ships. Another wants to work in child care. Two others plan health care careers. And, that’s just four of the more than 50 graduates who received their diplomas during the 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Jan. 25 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel. Some had completed their GEDs. Others had finished the cosmetology program or Early Childhood … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 01/31/2018

Pilot Club honors ‘top dogs’ The Pilot Club of Zephyrhills recognized the second-quarter Top Dog winners from Stewart Middle School for academics and leadership roles in their schools. The students honored were: Jordan Acklin, Katelyn Merle-English, Xavier Salgado, Destini Harden, Noah Paul, Kamil Mehrab, Patricia Ramirez, Destiny Flummer and Jaylene Herrera.   Saint Anthony open … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 01/24/2018

Students donate blankets First- and fifth-graders from Oakstead Elementary School donated blankets (some of them handmade) to pediatric patients at Florida Hospital Tampa. Sara Frawley, child life specialist (left), stands with hospital staff members and a wagon full of blankets from the students. Eva Sanchez (in rainbow shirt) helped distribute the gifts with her mom, Lynette Sanchez (far … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 01/17/2018

Students commit to daily fitness Gulf Trace Elementary School students are currently running every morning before school, as part of The Morning Mile Program created by Fitz Koehler, Fitzness International LLC. For every 5 miles a student walks or runs, he or she receives a motivational charm and is encouraged to aim to be part of the “100 Mile Club.” The Florida Hospital West Florida … [Read more...]