Pasco County all-star football rosters announced

High school football in December? It’s becoming a tradition in Pasco County. Some of the county’s top senior high football players will get to experience Friday night lights one final time, at the 2019 Pasco County East-West Classic. The fifth annual all-star showcase is slated for Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., at Sunlake Field, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The game, organized by the … [Read more...]

Pasco Schools seeks to address students’ mental health needs

Pasco County Schools is searching for additional ways to better serve its students’ mental health needs. As part of that effort, the school system brought together student services staff and community mental health providers on May 4 for the district’s first-ever Mental Health Symposium. The seminar’s aim was to raise awareness of students’ mental health, build capacity of staff to respond, and … [Read more...]

Pasco High student earns top score in nation

Madison Hoyle spent hours upon hours reviewing practice problems and quizlets, so she’d be fully prepared for the Cambridge International AS Psychology exam. It turns out that was time well-spent for the Pasco High senior. Hoyle was recently recognized by Cambridge Assessment International Education for achieving the highest score in the nation on the psychology exam, outperforming all other … [Read more...]

Browning reports on school issues

Practically no education-related topic was off limits during Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning’s recent visit with The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. At a recent breakfast meeting at the The Edwinola, Browning touched on everything from teacher pay and performance standards, to acceleration programs and school safety. “We live in a crazy day and time in education,” … [Read more...]

Pasco all-star football game on tap for Dec. 7

It’s back. Football fans again will be able to see Pasco County’s top senior football players face off on one field, at the 2017 Pasco County East-West Classic. The third annual all-star showcase is slated for Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., at Sunlake Field, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The game, organized by the Pasco County Fellowship of Christian Athletes, features the top senior players … [Read more...]

Lacrosse fundraiser rescheduled to March

The PascoLax Harley Jam, organized by the Pasco County Lacrosse Alliance (PCLA), has been rescheduled. The event, originally slated for Dec. 3, will take place on March 25, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Concourse Rotary Pavilion, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road in Spring Hill. The shindig, which organizers intend to hold annually, will feature a rock/country concert and a reverse … [Read more...]

Guiding Pasco County Schools is a big job

As Kurt Browning begins his second term as superintendent of Pasco County Schools, he knows he’s got his work cut out for him. He found that out during his first term. “I tell people, I have not worked as hard in my adult life as I have this past four years,” said Browning, who directs the daily operations of Florida’s 11th-largest school district. The 58-year-old quickly added: … [Read more...]

Several Pasco County schools to get lacrosse programs

Students at several high schools in Pasco County soon will be offered a new sport to play. The Pasco County Lacrosse Alliance (PCLA), a nonprofit organization, recently announced an agreement with Pasco County Schools to manage the transition of high school boys and girls lacrosse from a club sport to a Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA)-sanctioned sport, beginning with the 2018 … [Read more...]

Benefit aims to help college-bound homeless

Paul Gigante is hoping for a gigantic 50th birthday bash, but the party won’t be merely to celebrate him turning a half-century – it also will benefit homeless high school graduates who are college-bound. Gigante, who earns his living through his school photography business, said he became aware of the plight of homeless students through his wife’s involvement in Wharton High School’s Parent … [Read more...]

Graduation rates up at Pasco schools

Nearly 70 percent of all Pasco County's public high school earned an A or B grade from the state, with no D's or F's — and graduation rates are up to almost 80 percent as well. Florida released its grades for high schools on Thursday following a more strict grading scale that suggested some schools may not improve as well as educators may have hoped. Yet, five schools in Pasco received an A … [Read more...]