Students ring in the 2018-2019 school year

As a new academic year begins, students heading to Florida public schools will be welcomed to campuses that are now protected by armed security. The Florida Legislature mandated the armed guards at public school campuses across the state in response to the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 students and staff members dead, and 17 others … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 08/08/2018

Christian academy will open for new school year North Tampa Christian Academy, on East County Line Road in Wesley Chapel, will open its doors this month for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Orton Varona, who previously served as the Head of School at North Dallas Adventist Academy, has been named as the school’s president. To learn more about the school, and to take a visual tour, … [Read more...]

Pay raises elusive in Pasco schools

Pasco County school officials are still searching for ways to provide some sort of raise for district employees — although the prospect did not appear promising at a board meeting last week. At the board’s July 24 meeting, numerous teachers and other support personnel took turns urging the Pasco School Board to make employee pay a budget priority. The current budget proposal does not include … [Read more...]

Pasco school district adopts new mental health plan

The Pasco County School Board has approved a plan that allocates additional funding provided by the Florida Legislature to address youth mental health needs. The Legislature’s decision to provide more money to address mental health issues came in response to the Valentine’s Day shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The Pasco school district was allocated … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes High to get more parking spaces

Land O’ Lakes High School is undergoing a massive renovation project that is essentially giving the high school a new look and expanding its capacity by more than 400 students. The Pasco County School Board voted last week to approve $1.2 million in changes to the project. Providing 60 additional parking spaces was among a list of items that Betsy Kuhn, assistant superintendent for support … [Read more...]

Work to get started on makeover of Zephyrhills High School

A major overhaul is planned at Zephyrhills High School, and the Pasco County School Board approved a contract last week to get started on the project. The board approved a contract not-to-exceed $396,846 with Creative Contractors to complete the early site package for the project. “We will be bringing a full presentation in the fall on the entire project,” said Betsy Kuhn, assistant … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 08/01/2018

Girls Can! offers hands-on learning For the fourth year, Saint Leo University hosted the Girls Can! Robotics Camp, aimed at increasing the number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in the hopes of opening young girls’ eyes to the opportunities in the STEM fields. The campers learned to build Lego Mindstorm robots and spent time learning programming. Destiny Sommer and … [Read more...]

Wilton Simpson reflects on Parkland in Dade City visit

More than five months removed from being one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland is still a considerable talking point for legislators statewide. At least that — and the state’s ensuing school safety actions — was at the forefront of discussion in State Sen. Wilton Simpson’s recent stop in Dade City. Speaking … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 07/25/2018

Learning new skills to help students Twenty teachers from Pasco County attended the fifth Teacher Technology Summit Institute at Saint Leo University in June. The event helps teachers gain new skills in working with classroom technology to improve students’ learning. This year, educational tools were added to expose  young students to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) … [Read more...]

This summer camp offers insights into solving crimes

As many high school teenagers spend their summer break relaxing and having fun, a small group of students used their free time another way — dusting fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter patterns and studying forensic clues. These campers were learning how to solve crimes as part of Saint Leo University’s inaugural Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Summer Camp. The camp gave high school … [Read more...]