Weightman students hope to stamp out tobacco use

The students come streaming into the media center at Weightman Middle School before school started, and went straight to work making posters. They were creating messages for the middle school’s Red Ribbon Week, an effort to discourage drug use. Some kids arrived at the library at 8 a.m. sharp, others drifted in over the next 20 minutes or so. Whether they arrived early or late, though, … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes holding IB informational sessions

Land O' Lakes High School is hosting three family information nights for prospective applicants seeking ninth-grade admission into the school's International Baccalaureate program for the 2015-16 year. Parents and guardians of students currently in the eighth grade at public, charter and private schools are invited to attend, as well as families of students in other grades. The first meeting … [Read more...]

Wiregrass, Pasco high schools chart big enrollment gains

Hordes of Wiregrass Ranch High School students head to portable classrooms each morning, as the school copes with an enrollment of 2,255. The school now has 30 portable classrooms, and must have four lunch periods to accommodate its swelling enrollment, said its principal, Robyn White. The high school, at 2909 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, had 165 more students this year than last, as … [Read more...]

Construction projects to yield big changes for Pasco students

Pasco County Schools has taken on an ambitious construction schedule that will result in significant changes for thousands of students across Central and East Pasco County in the next few years. Projects now underway will result in reopening Quail Hollow Elementary School in Wesley Chapel and Sanders Memorial Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes next year. Quail Hollow will have enclosed … [Read more...]

School grades not what Pasco had hoped for

Report card grades are important for students, especially at the end of the year. But they're just as important for the schools themselves, with Pasco County Schools seeing some room for improvement. Schools in the district saw grades drop this year, with fewer schools receiving marks of A and B, and more getting the dreaded marks of D and F, according to a release. However, five schools … [Read more...]

Pasco schools get good news in reading, science

Florida schools are transitioning into the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and some proof of the success of that move already is showing up in the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores. Pasco County schools showed improvement in reading and science, but has room for improvement when it comes to math, based on test details released by Pasco County Schools on Friday. "We are … [Read more...]

Local schools add 1,000 students to rolls

More students are walking through the front doors of area schools as communities in Pasco County continue to grow. The 39 schools in east and central Pasco County added 1,000 students since this time last year, according to population numbers released by Pasco County Schools. On average, the student population growth in east and central Pasco would be equivalent to adding a classroom per … [Read more...]