Principal of the year is surprised by honor

Principal JoAnne Glenn and her staff were conducting a training seminar — when Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning and an entourage cruised into the room with flowers, balloons, a cookie cake and an announcement. The superintendent offered Glenn hearty congratulations, as he announced she was the district’s principal of the year. School Board Chairwoman Colleen Beaudoin gave Glenn a … [Read more...]

Sticky fun is popping up everywhere

While some may see bubbles as just soapy pockets of air, Blaise Ryndes uses them to bring smiles to faces nationwide. With his Spheres Bubble Show, the Land O’ Lakes resident creates unique bubble performances. He is a solo entertainer, but his parents, Dave and Nadine, accompany him at each show. “I like to consider my act to be a fusion of art, science and magic,” the 18-year-old … [Read more...]

A trip to Ireland helps to inspire a 17-year-old in Land O’ Lakes

Amanda Finn would be the first to admit she’s more than a wee bit shy. But, the young woman from Land O’ Lakes said that a trip to Ireland last summer has helped to build her confidence, and now, the teenager is off on her second trip to the Emerald Isle. She won scholarships both last year and this year for the summer leadership camp in Galway through her participation in the Florida Junior … [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...]

Pasco adds new virtual school, while state sees its operations suffer

They didn’t like it, but the Pasco County School Board earlier this month approved the application of a virtual charter school that was once under state investigation. In a 3-1 vote, with Alison Crumbley dissenting, the board allowed the Southwest Florida Virtual Charter Board to open a virtual charter school in Pasco County — as long as the school meets stringent quality guidelines. It … [Read more...]