Swamp Fest enjoys nice weather, good crowds

It wasn’t just fun and games at the 11th annual Swamp Fest in Land O’ Lakes. There was music, food, rides and entertainment, too. “It was incredible weather. We had good crowds,” said Doug Hutchinson, festival coordinator. “Friday night and Saturday night were incredibly busy, and Sunday was very busy,” he said. The crowds were so large, the main parking area was filled at Land O’ … [Read more...]

Local educator named a PBS ‘Digital Innovator All-Star’

It’s no secret that educator Bobbi Starling knows her way around technology. When she was a classroom teacher at Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills and at Centennial Middle School in Dade City, she was constantly introducing students to technical tools which could enhance their education and broaden their view of the world. Now, as the magnet schools program coordinator for the … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay Lightning launches regional partnership

A $6 million initiative to expand the game of hockey regionally in Tampa Bay is beginning to play out in local schools. The Tampa Bay Lightning, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association are collaborating on a five-year program that aims to develop hockey players and provide life skills lessons to area youth. As part of that initiative, schools throughout … [Read more...]

Big changes in store for Pasco schools

A lot of change is in store for Pasco County Schools during the 2015-2016 school year. Students arriving at Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM Magnet School will find not only a new campus, but a new way of learning, too. They’ll be attending classes in the Pasco school district’s first magnet school program, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, the arts and … [Read more...]

Sanders Memorial Elementary: Past and Future

Notifications went out last week to parents of students who have been accepted for the inaugural year of Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM Magnet School. Sanders’ roots in Land O’ Lakes date back to 1948. The school was closed for a few years, pending reconstruction, but the crash of the housing market stalled that redevelopment. In August, the school now made up of a combination of … [Read more...]

Pasco’s first magnet school now accepting applications

Applications are being accepted now through Jan. 15 for Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM Magnet School. At a news conference this morning, Pasco County Schools officials announced the kickoff of the application period for the district's first magnet school, which will specialize in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Sanders, located in Land O' Lakes, is slated to open next August … [Read more...]