Chalk Talk 04/08/2020

New leadership The Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) Foundation has elected new leaders for the Board of Directors for 2020. Officers serve a voluntary two-year term, while new members are appointed to annual terms. Ronald May, of Trinity, was nominated chair, and R. Seth Mann, of Dade City, was elected as vice chair. The PHSC Foundation Board also welcomed two new directors, including … [Read more...]

Pasco schools add feeding sites for students

Pasco County Schools planned to expand its number of student feeding sites from its initial seven locations up to 25 school sites, effective March 31, according to a school district news release. Pasco also will add feeding sites at 16 bus stops throughout the county. There are other significant changes in the way Pasco County Schools is getting food to students. The drive-thru sites and … [Read more...]

Educational materials online Online resources for arts and culture, learning, well-being, music, literature, prayer and more Learn a language, for free Etymology explains the history of what words mean and how they sound, whether 600 or 2,000 years ago, through a dictionary and stories Free art lessons: (has a link to lesson plans and supply … [Read more...]

Free HART rides for students

As of March 23, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is offering free rides to students with a valid school ID or HART Youth ID, until regular classes resume. The Hillsborough County School District has designated 23 “Grab-and-Go” locations for pickup of nutritious meals, during school closures and virtual learning, and many of HART’s fixed bus routes provide service to these … [Read more...]

Pinecrest Academy Sends Out Student Acceptance Notices

School acceptance emails went out earlier this month to families who had applied to Pinecrest Academy Wesley Chapel, the new K-6 charter school being built at the entrance to Avalon Park Wesley Chapel. “We are excited to be providing our high-performing school for all of our families. Thank you for applying for Pinecrest Academy Wesley Chapel and creating our inaugural Panther family,” said … [Read more...]

Public schools to go back in session — remotely

Florida students in kindergarten through 12th grades will remain off school campuses until at least April 15 because of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. While students will remain off campus, they will receive some type of online or remote instruction beginning at the end of March, according to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Superintendent Kurt Browning provided a March 22 … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 03/18/2020

NOTE TO READERS: Due to continuing developments regarding coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), readers are encouraged to use the contact information provided for individual events, to determine cancellations, prior to attending. The Laker/Lutz News does not necessarily receive cancellation notifications from the various organizations. Classes move to online Saint Leo University will make … [Read more...]

Students take a stand on the power of voting

Wiregrass Ranch High School’s annual Poetry Slam, for Black History Month, focused on the importance of voting. With the theme “Let Your Voice Be Heard: Vote,” the event also was a tribute to the late Denise Goodridge – the school’s former principal’s secretary. Goodridge passed away last year due to health complications. The Feb. 21 gathering took place in Wiregrass’s … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 03/11/2020

Prom Drive & Shop Kids Helping Kids Pasco County will host a Prom Drive & Shop on March 14, at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Donations will be accepted from noon to 1 p.m. Items needed include formal dresses, suits, dress shirts, ties, women’s and men’s dress shoes, dress socks, jewelry, hair accessories, and gift cards for hair and nail salons. Items will be … [Read more...]

Simulation teaches a real-life history lesson

Second-graders at McKitrick Elementary School had a chance to gain a greater understanding of what life was like for immigrants arriving at Ellis Island during the early 1900s. The school, at 5503 Lutz Lake Fern Road, created an event that allowed children the chance to walk through the paces that immigrants faced when they arrived in America. The Feb. 27 simulation involved 180 … [Read more...]