New opportunities coming to Cypress Creek campus

Crews have begun work on Cypress Creek Middle School, being built on the site where Cypress Creek Middle High School now operates. A new Instructional and Performing Arts Center, which will provide educational opportunities and entertainment, will rise on the same site. Both are slated to open in fall of 2020. Pasco County Schools gave Pasco-Hernando State College the land where the … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 02/13/2019

Head Start interviews In-person interviews will take place in February for families interested in applying for Head Start/Early Head Start services through the Pasco County Early Childhood Programs for the 2019-2020 school year. These comprehensive early education programs are for children from at-risk backgrounds, birth to age 5. The curriculum includes early math and readings skills to … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 02/06/2019

Saint Leo partners with Habitat for Humanity Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service in 1994. This year, Saint Leo University partnered with Habitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco County to work on a house being built in Dade City, near University Campus. The Office of Community Engagement honors the university’s Benedictine core … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 01/30/2019

These coyotes are tops Every semester, Cypress Creek Middle High School recognizes its students who excel, during a Howl-a-bration. The school’s mission is to ‘H.O.W.L.’ — Have a growth mindset, Own your education, Work as a community and Lead responsibly. Seventh-grader Jacob Valdes (left) proudly holds his certificate, while Matthew Vreeland (right), also in seventh grade, accepts his … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 01/23/2019

Fine Arts grants First National Bank of Pasco (FNBP) is working with Pasco County Schools to award ArtsFirst grants, to give music, art, theater and dance teachers the resources needed to bring out a student’s inner artist. The grants are intended to support and enhance educational opportunities for fine arts students in Pasco County public schools. Each quarter, teachers submit grant … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 01/16/2019

School Board recognitions of 2018 Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative presented a check to Pasco County Schools for $216,266.57, which represents the remaining monies allocated to each member after operating expenses are paid, based on the amount of energy consumed during the year. Pasco Clerk & Comptroller Paula S. O’ Neil sponsored the fifth annual Constitutional Essay Contest … [Read more...]

Child care center coming to Wiregrass Ranch

The Wiregrass Ranch community will soon have its own full-fledged child care center. Kiddie Academy of Wiregrass Ranch is set to open this fall — serving children from 6 weeks to 12 years old. The 10,000-square-foot facility is being built at 2900 Hueland Pond Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, right across the street from Wiregrass Ranch High School and Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus on … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 01/09/2019

Puppies help curb exam stress Saint Leo University’s Counseling Services offers ‘Puppies and Pizza’ twice a semester to offer stress-reducing effects to students during midterms and finals. Pet therapy can help lower blood pressure, releasing endorphins, which have a calming effect and can diminish physical pain. The event also lets the students know about the free and confidential counseling … [Read more...]

Addressing each student’s unique needs is her calling

Drop by Holly Mickler’s classroom at Pasco Middle School in Dade City, and ask her students a few questions about their teacher, and you’ll hear some interesting answers. Does she truly deserve to be Pasco County Schools’ teacher of the year? Yes! The class emphatically responds. How would you describe her to someone who doesn’t know her? First, they offer succinct responses: … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 01/02/2019

Students receive citizen honors The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce has awarded its December Citizens of the Month. Students are chosen by teachers and administration of their schools for exemplary effort, achievement and contribution to their school, family and community. Students receiving the recognition were: Griffin Buchanan, The Academy of Spectrum Diversity; Cody Ramsey, The Broach … [Read more...]