Seeking a sensory room to serve students with autism

Dan Reyes has often witnessed the benefits of a sensory environment for his 13-year-old son, Jacob, who has autism. Each Sunday, his family attends LifePoint Church in New Tampa, which has a sensory room devoted to children with special needs. “He absolutely loves going into that room,” Reyes said. “He’s happy in there. He’s active, and it’s a very engaging room when sometimes other … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 04/18/2018

President emeritus honored Pasco-Hernando State College honored Robert W. Judson Jr., Ed.D., PHSC president emeritus, with a Pasco Proud award during the Black History Month celebration at its East Campus in Dade City. The award recognizes an African-American citizen of Pasco County who has made an impact in the community. Judson holds the distinction of being named the first … [Read more...]

Pine View Middle School continues journey toward IB designation

An International Baccalaureate team recently visited Pine View Middle School, to determine if the Land O’ Lakes school has met the requirements to become an authorized IB Middle Years Programme World School. The team spent two days at the school, interviewing staff, students and parents, and observing classrooms to ensure that the IB framework has been embedded in Pine View’s learning … [Read more...]

Local educator named a PBS ‘Digital Innovator All-Star’

It’s no secret that educator Bobbi Starling knows her way around technology. When she was a classroom teacher at Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills and at Centennial Middle School in Dade City, she was constantly introducing students to technical tools which could enhance their education and broaden their view of the world. Now, as the magnet schools program coordinator for the … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 04/11/2018

Saint Leo aims to make a difference Saint Leo University is focused on helping others and saving the planet – one plastic cap at a time. The school recently collected and shipped about 15,000 pounds of bottle caps for recycling, for the Caps of Love program. The proceeds from the effort are used to purchase new and refurbished wheelchairs for children with mobility issues. Students, … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes band trip to states a long time coming

It’s been over a decade since the Land O’ Lakes High School band performed at states. That wait is over. The school’s symphonic band will join more than 40 other Florida high schools on April 23 at the State North High School Concert Band Music Performance Assessment (MPA) at Flagler Palm Coast High School, in Palm Coast. Mitchell High School is the only other public school in Pasco … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 04/04/2018

Students move on to national competition Land O’ Lakes Christian School’s high-school students participated in the Sunshine State Association of Christian Schools state fine arts competition in the categories of the Bible, art, music, academics and speech. There were 146 different entries, and Land O’ Lakes Christian placed first, second or third in 57 of those entries. The students pictured will … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 03/28/2018

Student-athletes are all-academic Thirteen players of the Land O’ Lakes Lady Gators soccer team were awarded the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Academic Soccer Team at its year-end banquet. The award defines the title of student-athlete, with ‘student’ coming first. To earn the honor, a player must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA and have started in at least half of the games during the … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch students join national walkout

Students across the nation walked out of classrooms on March 14, in a protest against gun violence and a call for greater action by Congress to keep students safe. In some cities, protests were marked by students leaving their school campuses, carrying signs and chanting for greater legislative action regulating the sale of guns, particularly assault-style rifles, such as the one used to kill … [Read more...]

Statewide trek aims to support child safety

Lauren Book is on a journey to show children how to be safe and feel safe. She is a survivor of child abuse by a live-in nanny. In 2001, at age 16, she made the decision to disclose what happened to her. As a state senator, and founder of the nonprofit Lauren’s Kids, Book is an advocate for child safety and child abuse prevention. Now in its eighth year, Book’s “Walk in My Shoes” tour … [Read more...]