Chalk Talk 07/26/2017

Zephyrhills teacher attends STEM training Jennifer Griffone, second from left, a STEM coach at Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills, attended STEM training at Keystone Science School in Colorado, through a Duke Energy Foundation grant. Duke Energy sponsored 14 Florida teachers to attend the education-focused training, along with 19 other teachers from across the country. Griffone … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 07/19/2017

Student-authors want to help save the world Two local students, one from Wesley Chapel and one from Land O’ Lakes, are headed to Los Angeles for a share of $250,000 in prizes at The Paradigm Challenge’s annual awards ceremony. Co-authors Catie Tomasello, 13, and Paige Atkinson, 12, created their children’s book, ‘Sophia Saves the World,’ with a message of collaboration, kindness and saving the … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 07/12/2017

Local students awarded scholarships Lyndra Davis, of Zephyrhills High School, and Luis Pereira Hernandez, of Wiregrass Ranch High, were each awarded a $500 Carolyn Parslow Memorial Scholarship from the Tampa Chapter of Credit Unions. Both are 2017 graduates and members of the San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union. At the presentation were, from left, Jeff Parslow, Carolyn Parslow’s son; … [Read more...]

Activists bring new life to Moore-Mickens

The Pasco County School District handed over the keys to the new tenants of the Moore-Mickens Education Center effective July 1. The lease is for 30 years at $10 a year. So, now the school’s future is in the hands of a coalition of community activists who founded the nonprofit Moore-Mickens Education Center and Vocational Center Inc. Its legacy already is in place. Moore-Mickens is … [Read more...]

Collaboration is key word at Bexley Elementary

When visitors step into the REC center at Bexley Elementary School, they won’t be surrounded by game tables or basketball hoops. Instead, they’ll be in the new elementary school’s media center. The REC center gets its name from three words — Research, Enrich and Collaborate. Those words emphasize the kind of learning experience planned for children attending the school, which is set to open … [Read more...]

New opportunities await at Cypress Creek Middle High

Much of the furniture and equipment has yet to be installed at Cypress Creek Middle High School, but even without it, it’s easy to see that the school is designed to offer students a multitude of opportunities when it opens in August. Principal Carin Hetzler-Nettles and members of her administrative team recently led Pasco County School Board members and Superintendent Kurt Browning on a … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 07/05/2017

Exploring ways to stay healthy Casio Jones, wellness director for Florida Hospital Zephyrhills CREATION Health and Wellness Center, visited the fifth-grade class of Barbie Monty at Carrollwood Day School.  Jones shared his Green Body Pledge, which includes 10 key principles encouraging students to make healthy life choices.     Aviation programs open house Pasco-Hernando State … [Read more...]

Vote set for July 11 on school impact fees

It’s not clear yet how much Pasco County will increase school impact fees charged against new residential development, but there appears to be a consensus on the board that some increase is merited. School district officials and the building community also agree that higher fees will help address the district’s problem of providing school facilities to accommodate the district’s burgeoning … [Read more...]

School construction needs outpace funding

The Pasco County School Board has begun exploring the idea of asking voters to support a half-penny sales tax to help pay for school construction. During a June 20 workshop on the district’s capital needs, School Board member Cynthia Armstrong asked staff to come back with a projection of how much the half-penny tax would generate in 10 years and a list detailing the types of projects the tax … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 06/28/2017

Credit union awards scholarships Dawn Newsome, vice president Business Lending and Scholarship Committee member, presented Anthony Conti with a $2,500 scholarship on behalf of San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union. Conti is a recent graduate of Torchbearers’ Christian Academy in Dade City, and plans to study criminal justice/pre-law at Saint Leo University in the fall. Tim … [Read more...]