Chalk Talk 09/20/2017

Hands-on technology enhances learning Christy Pelphrey, a fourth-grade teacher at Schwarzkopf Elementary School in Lutz, moderates an intense interactive Kahoot! quiz program with Lian Brewer, Patrick Yazbeck and Christian Yazbeck. Kahoot! allows teachers, and students, to design quizzes that can be taken from phones, tablets and computers.     CORRECTION: Students get … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 09/13/2017

Engaging students in agriculture Two Pine View Middle School FFA members recently attended the Florida FFA Chapter Presidents’ Conference. FFA (which includes agriculturalists and farmers) gives students the chance to learn about agriculture education, develop critical thinking skills and leadership skills. From left, Autumn Gaddie, Kelly Bonin (advisor) and Gianna … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 09/06/2017

Pearson-Adams reappointed to board Gov. Rick Scott has reappointed Marilyn Pearson-Adams to the Pasco-Hernando State College District Board of Trustees. Pearson-Adams, of Brooksville, is the president of Century 21 Alliance Realty, vice president of the board for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, and a former board member of the Pasco Hernando Workforce Board. Pearson-Adams was … [Read more...]

Benjamin Busch featured artist at Saint Leo writing program  

Benjamin Busch is a seeker of risk. That might explain how a newly cap-and-gowned Vassar College graduate, with an arts degree, joined the Marines in 1992. It was a decision, as Busch describes it, “like no art major at Vassar had made. But, I’ve always had this duality just as a person of the world, and was drawn absolutely to risk. At the same time uncertainty for me, that which I do not … [Read more...]

Education is key issue at town hall

Education was a recurring theme during a recent town hall meeting that featured U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, State Rep. Danny Burgess, and State Sens. Wilton Simpson and Tom Lee. About 100 residents gathered inside the Pasco Middle School Auditorium on Aug. 22 to voice their thoughts and concerns with their local representatives, via a question-and-answer-style town meeting that lasted more than … [Read more...]

Annual photos are like tiny time capsules

Taking a “first day of school” photo is a tradition many families observe. After all, it marks an important moment. For some kids, like Ryland Green, this year’s photo signifies not only the beginning of a new school year at a new school, but also in a new county. For others, like Liam Perkins, the first day of school comes with another tradition. When he returns home, there’s a giant … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 08/30/2017

Mentors get Congressional Recognition Mentors from Take Stock in Children, a program with the Pasco Education Foundation, were awarded Congressional Recognition at the ‘Heroes Among Us’ event hosted by Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) at the Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus. The individuals were recognized for their time, dedication and loyalty to the students they mentor on a regular … [Read more...]

Aviation department takes off at PHSC

With the addition of its new aviation department, Pasco-Hernando State College is preparing to launch students into an industry flourishing with job opportunities. The college began offering two associates of science degrees in professional pilot technology and aviation administration for the fall semester, which began Aug. 21 at its East Campus in Dade City. The two–year programs are … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 08/23/2017

  Leaders program Five Tampa Bay area students took part in the Bank of America Student Leaders program. The local students were building workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer internship at Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, and participation in a national leadership summit in Washington D.C. Participants included Alice Hamilton, of Odessa (shown); Jenna Callison, Robert … [Read more...]

Pasco schools revamp active threat procedures

The Pasco County School District has made a major change to its crisis response plan — should an active shooting threat arise on campus. The Active Threat Response Plan has replaced the lockdown plan, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, which started on Aug. 14. The traditional, passive lockdown approach — where students huddle in a dark room — has been the district’s protocol for … [Read more...]