Chalk Talk 04/19/2017

Saint Leo gives back in a big way Students, faculty, staff and community organizations and businesses collected bottle caps for Caps of Love, a Florida-based nonprofit organization that recycles plastic tops. The proceeds from recycling the plastic are used to purchase new and refurbished wheelchairs for children with mobility disabilities. Saint Leo collected 12,000 pounds of plastic caps – … [Read more...]

Committee looking at ways to fund schools

The Pasco County School Board is seeking to nearly double impact fees charged to new residential construction to help foot the bill for new schools, but a committee studying the issue wants to know about other possible sources of funding before making a recommendation. There’s no doubt that Pasco County’s residential growth is generating increased enrollment, outpacing the school district’s … [Read more...]

Gaither High wind ensemble to perform at Carnegie Hall

A group of Gaither High School band students are gearing up this week to perform in a major music festival at one of the world’s most historic venues. The Gaither High Wind Ensemble, which consists of 50 students, is one of a select group of school band programs invited to the National Band and Orchestra Festival on April 15, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The adjudicated, unranked … [Read more...]

New start times for some schools

The Pasco County School Board has approved school bell times for the 2017-2018, and those times include some changes for schools within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Here’s a look at which schools are getting new starting times, along with an explanation that was provided in a news release from Pasco County Schools. Bexley Elementary, 4380 Ballantrae Blvd., a new school, will begin … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 04/12/2017

Citizens of the Month The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce announced its March Citizens of the Month. Students recognized were: Trevor Hampton, Academy at the Farm; Brody Smith, East Pasco Adventist Academy; Vanessa Bock, Saint Anthony Catholic School; Magnolia Tharney, Centennial Elementary; Miranda Quistian, Lacoochee Elementary; Jaysenia Cartina Wright, Pasco Elementary; Yulieth Hernandez … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 04/05/2017

Future engineers First-graders Lia Bensimon and Karissa Basham of Hillel Academy take part in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) challenge by trying to construct the tallest cup structure in a limited amount of time.           John Long Middle carnival The 10th annual John Long Middle School Round-up Carnival will be April 7 from 5:30 … [Read more...]

Local student finds freedom, opportunity in U.S.

Wiregrass Ranch High School senior Luis Pereira doesn’t take his freedom for granted. Less than two years ago, his family arrived in Wesley Chapel — after emigrating from Venezuela to seek political asylum in the United States. Since that time, the 19-year-old has managed to be inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars, has won the TEDX Talk competition at Wiregrass and has … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 03/29/2017

Chamber honors 10 student citizens The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce recognized 10 Zephyrhills students as March Citizens of the Month. Students were chosen for exemplary effort, achievement and contribution to their school, family and community. From left: Gabrielle Flinn, Hope Ranch Learning Academy; Alex Hoffman, Heritage Academy; Melonie Monson, executive director, chamber; Kameron … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 03/22/2017

Science Café Saint Leo University’s annual Science Café will take place March 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on the second floor of Lewis Hall, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo. This year’s theme is cephalopods, such as the octopus. The event is for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. For information, or to register, contact Audrey Shor at (352) 588-8425 or … [Read more...]

Local science club reaches state finals

The Land O’ Lakes High School Science Olympiad Club has reached the state finals for the third year in a row. Moreover, it’s the first year that two of the club’s teams — consisting of 15 students each — have advanced to the Florida Science Olympiad State Tournament. This year the event is set for March 25, at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The club’s achievements are … [Read more...]