Chalk Talk 02/08/2017

Local students make dean’s lists
The following students from Lutz made the fall Dean’s List at their respective schools:

  • Natalia Campos, Valdosta State University, Georgia
  • Sarah Fechtel, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Cameron Hair, Columbia College, Salt Lake City Campus, Utah
  • Kyle McCann, Belmont University
  • Katelyn Preiboy, Belmont University
  • Katie Quintana, Berry College, Rome, Georgia
  • Katie Wynn, Belmont University

Tori Anderson, of Odessa, also made the fall Dean’s List at Berry College.

Marchman hosts a sneak peek
The Fred K. Marchman Technical College, 7825 Campus Drive in New Port Richey, hosted a Sneak Peek campus showcase Feb. 2 for prospective high school students and adults who wanted to learn about next year’s program options.

Guests could also tour the campus and meet instructors. Breakout sessions provided more information on applications and financial assistance.

For information, call Alicia Leary, assistant principal, at (727) 774-1700.

Bayonet Point rededication
Bayonet Point Middle School, 11125 Little Road in New Port Richey, hosted a rededication ceremony Feb. 7, to celebrate the past, present and future of the changes the school has undergone.

The school closed to undergo a yearlong renovation, and reopened this year as one of the first ever combined STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and LATIC (learner-active, technology-infused classroom) middle magnet schools in the United States.

The event featured a short program, student performances and refreshments.

For information, call Mary Ann Lazzarino at (727) 774-7400.

Black History presentation
Pasco-Hernando State College will host a “Reading, Writing and the Making of Black History” presentation by Andrew J. Skerritt Feb. 9 at the following campuses:

  • 9:45 a.m., at West Campus, New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road
  • 2 p.m., at Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court
  • 6 p.m., at Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel

For information, visit

Online business courses
Pasco-Hernando State College, in partnership with Ed2Go, will offer new instructor-led online courses on starting a business.

Classes will be offered monthly, and new business course topics that begin on Feb. 15 include Start Your Own Business, Start and Operate Your Own Home-Based Business, Start Your Own Online Business, and Creating a Successful Business Plan.

Ed2Go offers more than 300 online courses on a variety of topics.

To view a complete list of online, noncredit courses, or to register, visit

For information, call (727) 816-3123, or email ude.c1527190854shp@k1527190854tuort1527190854s1527190854.

Vote for mascot before Feb. 19
The final day to vote for a new Pasco-Hernando State College mascot is Feb. 19.

Community members and PHSC faculty, staff, students and alumni can cast a vote at

Mascot recommendations were ranked, resulting in these three mascot names rising to the top in the order of votes received: Suns, Rangers, Cubs. Also up for voting consideration are Bobcats, Coyotes and Golden Eagles.

Conquor, the sword-wielding mascot representing the Conquistadors since 1993, will officially retire in the spring. A retirement celebration is scheduled at the college’s annual Athletic Awards Ceremony in April.

Bishop McLaughlin 5K
Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road in Spring Hill, will host a Category 5K/Fun Run & Family Event Feb. 25 at the school’s athletic fields.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $10 for children ages 6 to 12, $20 for students, and $30 for adults.

Other family events include a corn hole tournament and putt-putt golf.

Online registration and payment is available at

For information, call (727) 857-2600.

Virtual run for safe schools
Pasco County Schools is hosting its annual Together We Stand Virtual 5K Run for Safe Schools through Feb. 28.

A virtual race enables participants to track their time from any location, whether running or walking inside or outside, even if they are participating in another race.

Proceeds from the run will be used to provide scholarships for Pasco County high school students to attend the Summer Youth Leadership Institute hosted by Sunrise of Pasco.

Remaining funds will be used to help provide additional school and district-based student leadership activities.

The cost is $5 for students, $10 for Pasco County school staff, and $20 for the general public.

To register, visit

For information, contact Jenna Sage at (727) 774-2442 or su.lf1527190854.21k.1527190854ocsap1527190854@egas1527190854j1527190854.

School choice applications
Pasco County School’s choice application window runs through March 1.

Those who applied for a magnet school also can submit a school choice application for a traditional Pasco County school.

School choice applications can be accessed on the district website,, by clicking on the school choice banner at the top.

If a student currently is attending a school on school choice, parents do not need to reapply unless their address has changed after initial approval, they reside outside Pasco County, their school was impacted by boundary changes, or the student will be moving to the next school level (such as elementary to middle or middle to high school).

Families who live in another county must submit a release from their home county within the open enrollment period.

Students who reside in Pasco County will be given first consideration for school choice enrollment.

Applications that have not been entirely completed will not be considered.

Families requesting choice enrollment for more than one child must complete a separate application for each child.

Learning Gate looking for sponsors, auction items
Learning Gate Community School in Lutz will host its 13th annual Silent Auction Night on March 4 at the University Area Community Development Center. All the proceeds will benefit Learning Gate students.

The school is looking for auction items, sponsors, raffles prizes or gift certificates. All items received will be highlighted to advertise the company. Pickup is available for any donations provided. Donations are tax deductible.

For information, call Michele Northrup at (813) 948-4190, ext. 313, or visit


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