Pasco County honors its 2019 graduates

As graduates stepped across the stage at the University of South Florida’s Yuengling Center to accept their diplomas — the crowd erupted with cheers and applause. That’s not an atypical reaction at graduation ceremonies, but this one was particularly special. The Class of 2019 at Cypress Creek Middle High School made history on June 5, by becoming the first crop of graduates from the Wesley … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 06/12/2019

Students immerse themselves in Jewish culture Hillel Academy’s eighth-grade students arrived at their ultimate destination — Israel — in May, after studying Israel, Hebrew and Judaism for years. From an early age, the students learn the geographic location of Israel, cities and important facts about the country, including Jewish beliefs, traditions, history, prayers and rituals. While … [Read more...]

Sunlake High turns in soaring performances

Sunlake High School knows how to keep the energy level up — both on and off campus, with the help of its color guard, marching band and choir groups. Whether twirling flags, playing instruments or singing — students from Sunlake have performed well regionally and even nationally. “We’re a very comprehensive program,” explained Brandon Slaughter, Sunlake’s band director. “Most of the time … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 06/05/2019

Special scholarship awarded The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club announced the addition of a special scholarship award, the 2019 Marilyn Wannamaker Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the past president of the club. Wannamaker also served on the Lutz Volunteer Fire Department Board. Since 2012, the club has awarded two scholarships annually from the Lutz Volunteer Fireman’s Scholarship … [Read more...]

School to get $33 million renovation

One of Pasco County’s oldest high schools is set to undergo a major makeover. Across the next two-plus years, Zephyrhills High School will see a number of upgrades to not only give the school a modern aesthetic, but also to enhance campus safety and the overall learning environment. The total price tag: $33 million, funded through Penny for Pasco. Details about the renovation project … [Read more...]

Lutz students strive to protect wildlife

Diminishing waste in local oceans is an important mission for third-grader Lilly Kate Paban. In fact, she has been motivated to start an afterschool program at her Learning Gate Community School, in Lutz, to both educate fellow students and to get them to go outdoors to take action. She was first inspired when her then-science teacher, Christopher Bell, explained to the class the plight … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 05/29/2019

Students’ dedication pays off The students in VPK and Explorers at Primrose School at Collier Parkway, in Land O’ Lakes, participated in a Read-A-Thon to purchase gardening benches and a Lil Library for the school’s Primrose Patch. The school also invested in creating a butterfly garden to help the Monarch butterfly migration from Mexico to Canada, and added milkweed and other … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 05/22/2019

Alumna of the Year Pasco-Hernando State College recognized Heather Fiorentino, former Pasco County superintendent of schools, with the 2019 Distinguished Alumna Award during the Student Life and Leadership Program. Heather Rose-Fiorentino (’78) was among the first students who attended the West Campus in New Port Richey, in 1976, the year the campus was established. She co-founded the … [Read more...]

Saint Anthony Catholic School celebrates 135 years

Saint Anthony Catholic School, in San Antonio, had a special celebration last week to mark its 135th anniversary. The day began with the Most. Rev. Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg, presiding over a celebration of the Holy Mass. The Rev. Garry Welsh, pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church offered welcoming remarks at the Mass and, throughout the … [Read more...]

Pasco has no plans to allow employees to carry firearms

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a measure passed by the Florida Legislature that clears the way for classroom teachers to serve as armed school guardians, but Pasco County Schools has no intention of pursuing that option, according to a district news release. The new law implements legislative recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety … [Read more...]