Chalk Talk 01/15/2020

Spreading the message of girl power The Pasco Girl Power (PGP) program is in its fifth year at Lacoochee Elementary School in Dade City, and helps fifth-grade girls to be more empowered, promote leadership and reach higher self-esteem. The group of 12 students is given opportunities throughout the school year to experience mentorship, volunteerism and positive self-promoting activities. The PGP … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 01/08/2020

Science and engineering showcase The 2019-2020 Pasco Science and Engineering Showcase will take place at Thomas Weightman Middle School, 30649 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel, on Feb. 1. New this year, both the elementary and secondary fairs will occur on the same day. The invitation-only awards ceremony will be on Feb. 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High … [Read more...]

There are strategies to manage stuttering

Stuttering isn’t a speech impediment that can be cured — but it is one that can be managed, according to Robin Fisher, a speech pathologist in Pasco County Schools. The condition affects an estimated 70 million people, worldwide, according to the Stuttering Foundation of America. And, help is available in the public school system, for students who qualify. Fisher works with … [Read more...]

Growth and change are hallmarks at area schools

As 2019 becomes 2020, area schools continue to respond to growth, while also changing academic options available on some campuses. Recently, Superintendent Kurt Browning announced an initiative that will create significant change in West Pasco-area schools to bolster academic performance, but he also outlined some coming projects within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, as … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 01/01/2020

Free admission to MOSI The Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, is offering free admission to kindergarten through fifth-grade students in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties through Jan. 6. Students who present a report card, or any other identification that proves residence in one of the named counties will get free admission to MOSI, with a paid adult … [Read more...]

Pasco school district raises expected soon

Union and school district negotiators reached a contract settlement as Pasco County School teachers headed to winter break. The proposed contract calls for a 3.25% raise for teachers, as well as a number of contract language provisions. Don Peace, president of United School Employees of Pasco (USEP), covered this year’s contract negotiations between the union the school district in a video, … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 12/25/2019

Ten student-citizens honored The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce has recognized 10 students for its Citizen of the Month program. Teachers and administration at individual schools nominate students for their exemplary efforts, achievements and contributions to their school, family and community. Students receiving honors for the month of December are: Nicholas Dester, The Academy of … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 12/18/2019

Remembering the end of a war About 30 people attended the interdisciplinary at Saint Leo University on World War I & Peace, 1919-2019 Conference in honor of the centennial of the end of World War I. University President Jeffrey D. Senese delivered the formal welcome to the conference audience. Psychology professor Christopher Cronin gave a presentation on shell shock and modern … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 12/11/2019

Chamber honors student citizens Nine students from across the community were honored as the Greater Zephyrhills Students of the Month for November. Students are chosen by the teachers and administration of their individual schools for exemplary effort, achievement and contribution to their school, family and community. The students recognized were: Michael Barnes, The Academy of Spectrum … [Read more...]

Principal of the year is surprised by honor

Principal JoAnne Glenn and her staff were conducting a training seminar — when Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning and an entourage cruised into the room with flowers, balloons, a cookie cake and an announcement. The superintendent offered Glenn hearty congratulations, as he announced she was the district’s principal of the year. School Board Chairwoman Colleen Beaudoin gave Glenn a … [Read more...]