Chalk Talk 12/05/2018

Academy creates new Torah The Murray and Sarah Fisch family have donated a new Torah to Hillel Academy, in memory of Murray’s father, Jerry Fisch. An ark also is being built in his honor. Writing a Torah is the 613th Mitzvah (commandment), making this gesture even more significant. “Jewish values are very important to our family. Being given the opportunity to contribute to creating a … [Read more...]

Making a case for higher learning

Dr. Jeffrey Senese, the president of Saint Leo University, talked about the role and importance of higher education in today’s society during a breakfast meeting of the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. The leader of one of the nation’s largest Catholic universities tackled what he called public misperceptions regarding the words “liberal arts.” “They’re ‘bad’ words today,” Senese said, … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 11/28/2018

Teacher of the Year visits Saint Leo Joy Prescott, the 2019 Florida Teacher of the Year (center), recently spoke to the education Honor Society student members at Saint Leo University. Prescott, a fourth-grade teacher at a public charter school on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation in Glades County, was inducted into the university chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society … [Read more...]

Great American Teach-in exposes students to careers

An animal service worker and an attorney were among nearly two dozen guests who dropped into Wesley Chapel High School on Nov. 14 to talk about their careers as part in the Great American Teach-In. The goal is to give students an idea of the broad array of career choices they have, and to allow people from the community a chance to share their knowledge about what students need to know to thrive … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 11/21/2018

Saint Leo alumni celebrate homecoming Hundreds of Saint Leo University alumni and their families gathered for the school’s 2018 homecoming weekend. Alumni came from more than 20 states, Canada, and even as far as Nigeria, representing nearly 50 different graduating classes, dating as far back as 1947. The three-day weekend was packed with activities, including the Hall of Fame dinner, award … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 11/14/2018

Poster contest winners The 2018 Water Awareness Poster Contest winners have been announced. Kindergarten: Alivia O’ Connor, Trinity Oaks Elementary, first place; Jakob Attard, Trinity Oaks, second place; and Mayson Way, Schrader Elementary, third place First Grade: Nila Rodriguez, Cypress Elementary, first place; Collin Stafford, Cypress Elementary, second place; and John DeLuca, Cypress … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills economic summit puts focus on education

Fostering educational opportunities in Pasco County was the primary focus of the second annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit. Doing that begins with beefing up the Pasco County school district’s career and technical education programs, said Kurt Browning, superintendent of Pasco County Schools. “We need to put our career academies on steroids,” said Browning, one of several guest speakers at the … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools helping Hurricane Michael victims

Pasco County Schools has given 20 school buses to Bay District Schools and is loaning 20 maintenance employees to that district to help it recover from Hurricane Michael. Bay County school bus drivers traveled to New Port Richey on Nov. 1, where they picked up the Pasco school district’s buses to drive them back to Bay County, according to a news release from Pasco County Schools. When the … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 11/07/2018

Constitution essay winners Among a record of 103 entrants in Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller Paula O’ Neil’s fifth annual Constitution Essay Contest, Carly Bowling, a fifth-grader at Woodland Elementary School, came out on top with her deep research, a keen grasp of history and the intent of the Constitution, as well as clear writing skills. Bowling will receive a tour of the Pasco County … [Read more...]

Hillsborough to cast votes on road, school taxes

Hillsborough County voters have the option of raising sales taxes to help pay for transportation, and for school air-conditioning and capital improvements. The transportation improvements would be made by voting to amend the County Charter to enact a 1-cent sales surtax that would be levied for 30 years and deposited in an audited trust fund with an independent oversight. That tax would be in … [Read more...]