School district expands mental health services

The Pasco County school district has been ramping up training and tapping into outside sources, in its quest to build a better mental health support network for students. Statistics from across the school district underscore a compelling need for increased services. District figures show that more than 1,200 suicide assessments were done last year of students in elementary, middle and high … [Read more...]

Creating safe and compassionate schools

When you ask an open-ended question, there’s no telling what the responses will be. But that’s the point, actually, in a process that Pasco County Schools used to gather different perspectives, regarding the emotional and physical safety of district students and staff. District officials conducted a ThoughtExchange that allows participants to use technology to share their thoughts and ideas, … [Read more...]

Bexley Elementary celebrates its formal dedication

Bexley Elementary was formally dedicated last week. It was a festive event, with Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning making some remarks, the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce marking the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the Sunlake High School band performing a few numbers. There was cake, of course. And, cupcakes, too. The cafeteria was crowded with … [Read more...]

Collaboration is key word at Bexley Elementary

When visitors step into the REC center at Bexley Elementary School, they won’t be surrounded by game tables or basketball hoops. Instead, they’ll be in the new elementary school’s media center. The REC center gets its name from three words — Research, Enrich and Collaborate. Those words emphasize the kind of learning experience planned for children attending the school, which is set to open … [Read more...]

New opportunities await at Cypress Creek Middle High

Much of the furniture and equipment has yet to be installed at Cypress Creek Middle High School, but even without it, it’s easy to see that the school is designed to offer students a multitude of opportunities when it opens in August. Principal Carin Hetzler-Nettles and members of her administrative team recently led Pasco County School Board members and Superintendent Kurt Browning on a … [Read more...]

Parents oppose proposed Elem W boundaries

Scores of parents from the communities of Arbor Woods and Northwood are opposed to proposed school boundaries that would send their children from their Wesley Chapel community over to Denham Oaks Elementary, in Lutz. About 100 people showed up at a community meeting on Nov. 19 to seek changes to the proposed boundaries for Elementary W, a new school being built off Mansfield Boulevard. They … [Read more...]