Chalk Talk 10/09/2019

Saint Leo inauguration Saint Leo University will celebrate the inauguration of its 10th president, Dr. Jeffrey Senese. The ceremony will be on Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. at the university’s Marion Bowman Activities at 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo. Prior to becoming president at Saint Leo University, Senese became the university’s first provost in 2018. He came to Saint Leo after serving as provost at … [Read more...]

Sunlake High teacher lands geography fellowship

In her AP Human Geography classes, Sunlake High School teacher Anne Cullison strives to “lift the veil” on what the world is really like. She often tells her students: “Everything is geography, and geography is everything.” The local educator soon will get a chance to broaden her knowledge and add to her kit of tools for teaching. She is one of just 50 teachers nationwide selected as a … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools secures $1 million grant

Pasco County Schools is among a dozen school districts across the country selected to receive a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant, as part of the Professional Learning Partnerships Initiative. The school district will use the $1 million grant in partnership with the initiative to prepare teachers for a new middle school math curriculum, Illustrative Math (Open Up Resources). The … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 10/02/19

Schools and PTA garner recognitions The Pasco County School Board recognized the Pasco County Council PTA and three schools at its September board meeting. Seven Oaks Elementary, River Ridge Middle and Wiregrass Ranch High schools were named National PTA Schools of Excellence. The Pasco County PTA was honored with the Florida PTA Safety Award, President’s Award for Membership, and Gold … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 09/25/19

Scholarship recipients The Take Stock in Children program, which provides scholarships, mentors and hope, has awarded 30 Pasco County students with the opportunity for a paid college education. The Suncoast Credit Union sponsored a ‘signing event’ for the new scholars and their families, during which time the students confirmed their commitment to maintain good grades, attendance, behavior, and … [Read more...]

School district expands mental health services

The Pasco County school district has been ramping up training and tapping into outside sources, in its quest to build a better mental health support network for students. Statistics from across the school district underscore a compelling need for increased services. District figures show that more than 1,200 suicide assessments were done last year of students in elementary, middle and high … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 09/18/2019

Local graduate serves at Weather Command Airman apprentice Destiny Gonzalez, a 2011 Wiregrass Ranch High School graduate, serves with the Navy’s Weather Command Headquarters at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command at Stennis advises Navy leaders about the impact of ocean and atmospheric conditions on future operations. As an aerographer’s … [Read more...]

Pasco to open K-8 school in fall 2021

The groundbreaking last week for Starkey Ranch K-8 School was celebrated in grand fashion —  at a gathering that included a high school jazz band and color guard, preschoolers, a private developer partner, elected leaders and government officials. The school is the second phase of a partnership between Pasco County Schools, Pasco County government and Wheelock Communities, the private … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 09/11/2019

Back-to-School Party Fifty boys and girls received bags of school supplies at the 12th annual Back-to-School Party sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio and Farmworkers Self Help. The children also listened to Senior Forest Ranger Chris Farley and Ranger Ali discuss entry-level jobs with the Florida Forest Service, and they got to sit in the Forest Service bulldozer. Several children talked … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 09/04/2019

Record-setting class moves in Saint Leo University welcomed its largest class of incoming students for the 2019-2020 school year. Despite the sticky, hot, rainy weather, students and their parents moved their belongings into their residence halls. Faculty, staff, alumni and students helped pull items out of vehicles and haul them into the students’ rooms. New Student Orientation included a … [Read more...]