Addressing each student’s unique needs is her calling

Drop by Holly Mickler’s classroom at Pasco Middle School in Dade City, and ask her students a few questions about their teacher, and you’ll hear some interesting answers. Does she truly deserve to be Pasco County Schools’ teacher of the year? Yes! The class emphatically responds. How would you describe her to someone who doesn’t know her? First, they offer succinct responses: … [Read more...]

Love One Another serves up food, and kindness

It’s not uncommon for generous acts to surface during the holiday, especially charitable gestures for those who are less fortunate. But, when you have a group that guarantees a hot plate every Sunday throughout the year, that’s not such a common thing. That’s precisely what an organization called Love One Another has been doing for 10 years. The ministry serves meals every Sunday at … [Read more...]

Locals make 2018 NFL rosters

The NFL season is underway and a handful of athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area wound up making rosters, proving themselves worthy throughout training camp and preseason action. Here is a look at the locals now playing at football’s highest level: Janarion Grant, receiver—Baltimore Ravens College: Rutgers University (Piscataway, New Jersey) High School: Pasco High School; … [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...]

McGough, other local athletes get NFL shots

The 2018 NFL Draft has come and gone, and one athlete from The Laker/Lutz News Coverage area had the privilege of hearing his name called during the three-day event from April 26 to April 28 — Gaither High School product Alex McGough. McGough was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round (220th overall) as a quarterback out of Florida International University. A four-year … [Read more...]

Education is key issue at town hall

Education was a recurring theme during a recent town hall meeting that featured U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, State Rep. Danny Burgess, and State Sens. Wilton Simpson and Tom Lee. About 100 residents gathered inside the Pasco Middle School Auditorium on Aug. 22 to voice their thoughts and concerns with their local representatives, via a question-and-answer-style town meeting that lasted more than … [Read more...]

Witches, ruby slippers and lots of heart

Arts in Motion’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” at Pasco Middle School was all about transformations. Dorothy’s perspective on Kansas changed. The Tin Woodsman got a heart. The Cowardly Lion, courage. The Scarecrow, a brain. And, two wicked witches met their ends. The characters in the theater troupe changed, too, as there were two major casts, which switched out for … [Read more...]

New elementary option offers rigor

Pasco County Schools has expanded its list of educational choices for elementary school children living east of U.S. 41 by adding the Cambridge Programme at San Antonio Elementary School. The program is an advanced academics program, which means it has a more rigorous curriculum and is taught at a faster pace. The district is adding this program, which will help prepare students who are … [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...]

Country Jam benefits fine arts and other programs

The second annual Dade City (DC) Country Jam promises to be bigger and better than last year’s. The shindig, set for Oct. 8 from noon to midnight at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, will feature a bevy of musical performances, including the likes of Nashville-based country singer Dawn Beyer; Johnny Shelton, of America’s Got Talent fame; and country-duo Jesse & Noah Bellamy. In all, there … [Read more...]