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...]

Chalk Talk 03/15/17

Partnership supplies fresh food for communities Hillel Academy of Tampa has partnered with Tampa Urban Benefit Farms, a local nonprofit organization that delivers fresh produce to communities that lack affordable, nutritious food, to supply food pantries with fruits and vegetables grown hydroponically. Hillel’s hydroponic garden is capable of growing almost 400 plants at a time, and represents an … [Read more...]

New elementary option offers rigor

Pasco County Schools has expanded its list of educational choices for elementary school children living east of U.S. 41 by adding the Cambridge Programme at San Antonio Elementary School. The program is an advanced academics program, which means it has a more rigorous curriculum and is taught at a faster pace. The district is adding this program, which will help prepare students who are … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 03/08/2017

Local student recognitions These area students were recognized by their respective schools for the fall semester: Alexia Faith Acebo, Lutz, Dean’s List at University of Alabama Calee Ash, Lutz, Dean’s List at Harding University in Arkansas Cami Ash, Lutz, Dean’s List at Harding University Courtney F. Bobo, Lutz, Dean’s List at Samford University in Alabama Alexis Burnette, Wesley … [Read more...]

R.B. Cox Elementary celebrates 90 years

A lot of notable things happened during 1926. Queen Elizabeth was born. A.A. Milne published Winnie-the-Pooh, and Tampa Theatre opened Tampa’s first air-conditioned building, in downtown Tampa. Calvin Coolidge was in the White House at the time, and people could buy a dozen of eggs for 56 cents, a dozen oranges for 34 cents, or a porterhouse steak for 29 cents a pound. It’s also the year … [Read more...]

Principal provides an overview for high school students, parents

As future high school parents and students arrived at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, they were greeted by upbeat music and a slideshow featuring progress made so far on Cypress Creek Middle High School. Parents and students had plenty of questions, and Principal Carin Hetzler-Nettles, who hosted the evening session on Feb. 15, was ready. Before fielding the questions, though, … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 03/01/2017

Woodland remodeling discussion Woodland Elementary School, 38203 Henry Drive in Zephyrhills, hosted a remodeling project discussion for parents Feb. 28. The school plans to increase its student capacity from 652 students to 900 students and upgrade its facilities. There will be an additional building on campus, a conversion of the old cafeteria into classrooms and a STEM lab, a remodel of … [Read more...]

Principal offers overview for middle school parents, students

The vibe was upbeat as music played and a slideshow offered images of Cypress Creek Middle High, a new school under construction off Old Pasco Road. Parents and students filed into the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High School, filling much of the auditorium. They were there to find out what to expect for middle schoolers at the new school, and Principal Carin Hetzler-Nettles was … [Read more...]

Remembering the legacy of Odell Mickens

Odell Kingston Mickens’ legacy as a Dade City educator and civil rights activist endures more than three decades after his death in 1980. When racism and Jim Crow laws denied blacks access to public education during the 1930s, Mickens expanded the outreach of education to black students in Pasco County. When white school boards eventually included black schools into a separate, but … [Read more...]