Little authors are celebrated in a big way

It’s not every day that someone becomes a published writer — and that’s especially true of second-graders. So, staff members at Land O’ Lakes Christian School weren’t about to let the moment pass by without a good bit of fanfare. The children in Christy Hoynoski’s class were celebrated in a big way at a party in the school’s lunchroom on the day their book, “If I Were An Animal,” arrived … [Read more...]

Free outdoor movie set for Land O’ Lakes

Good times and summer are coming together at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Family movie night is back — after major renovations at the park temporarily put the park out of commission for users. A ribbon cutting in August 2015 signaled the completion of a $2.4 million makeover that added new ball fields, a concession building with restrooms, two shelters, new … [Read more...]

Pasco expands magnet options

Pasco County Schools is expanding its magnet school options beginning next school year, and is holding a series of community meetings to explain the additional options. The district is converting Centennial Middle School, in Dade City, into a STEM Magnet School. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A series of community meetings, with each beginning at 6 … [Read more...]

Volunteers help Sanders gear up for first day

A group of volunteers showed up at Sanders Memorial STEAM Magnet School last week, eager to help the school gear up for its first day of classes as Pasco County’s first magnet school. The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce sent out a call for volunteers, and people responded. There were chamber members, parents of children who will be attending the school, community residents and other … [Read more...]

Construction crews give shape to Pasco’s first magnet

  Construction crews are fully engaged in the project to give Pasco County its first magnet school, which is set to open this fall in Land O’ Lakes. Jason Petry, principal of Sanders Memorial Elementary School, has been immersed, too, in the task of hiring teachers for the school, which will focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Interest in the … [Read more...]

Sanders magnet deadline is approaching

The Jan. 15 deadline is approaching for applications to Sanders Memorial STEAM Magnet School – Pasco County’s first magnet school. So far, the district has received around 1,400 applications for the school, at 5126 School Road in Land O’ Lakes. It is scheduled to open in August. The school — which will emphasize science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics — is being built … [Read more...]

Applications pouring in for Pasco’s first magnet school

Pasco County Schools received more than 860 applications within the first four days of finding students for its first magnet facility, Sanders Memorial STEAM Magnet School. Applications for Sanders — a school that focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics — will be accepted through Jan. 15. Lindsey Davis submitted the first application at 12:01 a.m., on Dec. 1, in … [Read more...]

In Print: Big land buy in Wesley Chapel, magnet school going up

What would you do with 1,000 acres of land if you had a chance to buy it? A small group of owners are experiencing that first-hand in Wesley Chapel right now after a bunch of agricultural land just west of Quail Hollow was gobbled up in a $4.2 million land sale. Will it become homes? A new commercial center? Or will it stay as grazing land. Bill Eshenbaugh, the owner of Tampa's … [Read more...]

Petry named principal of Sanders Memorial Elementary

Pasco County Schools superintendent Kurt Browning will ask the school board to approve Jason Petry as the new principal of Sanders Memorial Elementary School, when it opens next year. Petry, who is currently the principal of Lake Myrtle Elementary School in Land O' Lakes, has been with the school district since 2002, according to a release. He started as an intermediate grade teacher at … [Read more...]

Big turnout reveals heavy interest in Pasco’s first magnet school

More than 200 parents and children turned out to a community meeting to find out more about Pasco County Schools’ plan to open the district’s first magnet school in Land O’ Lakes. Sanders Memorial Elementary School, scheduled to open next school year, will be known as a STEAM school, which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Unlike other district schools, … [Read more...]