Chalk Talk 02-19-14

(Courtesy of Liberty Middle School)

(Courtesy of Liberty Middle School)

Students ‘dare to dream’ at Liberty Middle
Students at Liberty Middle School in Tampa, recently took part in the week-long ‘Dare to Dream’ campaign hosted by the Advanced Via Individual Determination Program. AVID helps to bring awareness to students about college admissions, and how to be successful in college. The program also helps students improve writing, reading, math and study skills. Students wore their school team shirts on the last day of the campaign.

College night at WCHS
Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road, will host a free college night in the gym Feb. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Guests can speak to admissions representatives from public and private colleges and universities, vocational and technical trade schools, and the military.

For information, call (813) 794-8700.

Rasmussen career fair
Rasmussen College, 18600 Fernview St., in Land O’ Lakes, will host a free career fair Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event includes workshops, employment opportunities, and job skill development.

For information, visit

LOLHS accepting applications for agritechnology
Land O’ Lakes High School, 20325 Gator Lane, is offering the Academy of Agritechnology to incoming freshmen. The four-year program will develop skills needed to prepare students for education and careers in agriculture, and food and natural resources management.

Applications are due Feb. 28, and can be accessed at

For information, call (813) 794-9400.

Adult Ed program graduates more than 220
The East Side Pasco County Adult Education Program graduated more than 220 adult students on Jan. 30 at the Wesley Chapel High Performing Arts Center. They were enrolled in classes at Moore Mickens Education Center and attended classes at Dade City, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Wiregrass Ranch and Sunlake.

Black History Month event
Pasco-Hernando State College will host “History of African-Americans in Opera” with JoAnne Stephenson Feb. 20 at 1 p.m., at East Campus, Room A-240, 36727 Blanton Road in Dade City.

The presentation will offer a performance of select classical compositions by African-Americans.

Admission is free. Schools and organizations are welcome.

For a schedule of Black History Month activities and locations, visit

Presentations on Florida’s new standards for students
Pasco County Schools will host an information meeting Feb. 20 beginning at 6 p.m., on Common Core State Standards Initiative. Located at Zephyrhills High School, 6335 12th St., the program is designed to educate parents and the community on the new standards for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

District experts will lead the presentations, and attendees will receive materials explaining what Common Core is. There also will be question and answer sessions.

For information, call Linda Cobbe at (813) 794-2717 or (352) 524-2717.

Schools awarded grants at Suncoast Arts Fest
The Suncoast Arts Fest at The Shops at Wiregrass awarded more than $8,000 in SAF Grant Awards to teacher and schools at the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce Arts and Business Showcase on Jan. 18. The festival is sponsored by Fine Arts of Suncoast Inc., with proceeds benefiting Arts for Kids in Pasco County.

Those receiving grants were:
• Carolyn Frances, Zephyrhills High School
• Mary Hensel, Seven Oaks/Lake Myrtle elementary schools
• Marcia Workman, Lacoochee Elementary School
• Paula Smith, Wiregrass Ranch High School
• Donna Fulton, Mitchell High School
• Elizabeth Shuman, Gulf Trace Elementary School
• Michelle Paris, Cottee River Elementary School
• Denise Zimmer, Raymond B. Stewart Middle School
• Jill Hallauer, Pine View Elementary School
• Lisa O’ Keefe, Gulfside Elementary School
• Latarsha Harris, Wesley Chapel Elementary
• Kathleen Abremski, Seven Springs Elementary School
• Michelle Garay, Odessa Elementary School
• Paula Athans, River Ridge High School
• Darlene Wells, Ridgewood High School
• Cindy Smith, Land O’ Lakes High School
• Donald Scott, Weightman Middle School

‘Bee Bully-Free’ in Zephyrhills
Zephyrhills area schools are encouraging students, teachers and staff to wear black and yellow on the last Friday of each month as part of the “Bee Bully-Free Initiative.” The initiative provides stickers and coloring book pages for schools that request them, participates in the Great American Teach-in, and provides certificates and awards for students who transform from bullies into kinder versions of themselves.

Upcoming black and yellow Fridays are Feb. 28, March 28, April 25 and May 30.

For information on the initiative, visit

Educational fun for Woodland Elementary
M.J. Price of Goin’ Postal in Zephyrhills will be visit students at Woodland Elementary School, 38203 Henry Drive in Zephyrhills, with presentations and learning experiences on the following days:

• March 13, “Learn About Butterflies Day.” Students will enjoy colorful displays of a variety of butterflies and learn the differences between moths and butterflies, the butterfly life cycle, butterfly nutrition, and participate in a craft project.

• April 11, “Jelly Bean Day.” Students will play bingo using specially created bingo cards featuring spelling and vocabulary words from their current word lists and jelly bean “markers.”

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