Grades slip at numerous local schools

The Florida Department of Education has released its annual school grades, and the news was not good for numerous Pasco County schools in The Laker/Lutz News’ coverage area. “As soon as I saw the information, I was pretty distraught,” said Pasco County School Board member Alison Crumbley. “This has to really be broken down,” she said, noting she has requested a school board workshop to … [Read more...]

Using technology to enrich learning

There was a quiet buzz around the room, as teachers conferred with their colleagues. They were working in teams, planning projects they will use in the coming year that will infuse technology into their daily teaching. The 20 teachers, from across Pasco County, were part of the Teacher Technology Summer Institute that recently wrapped up at the University of Saint Leo, near Dade … [Read more...]

Summer programs feed kids

Children who normally eat lunch at school when classes are in session have a free alternative during the summer months. Both Hillsborough and Pasco counties are participating in a summer food service program that provide free lunches and afternoon snacks at numerous sites around each county. The program begins on June 13 and concludes on Aug. 3. The sites are situated in areas where at … [Read more...]

Watergrass girls on the run

Watergrass Elementary school counselor Meredith Ward joined forces last year with third grade teacher Amanda Hoffman to start a girls running club. Since Watergrass doesn’t have organized school sports, they felt it was a good way for their students to get active and develop interpersonal skills. “I had heard about how girls running groups really helped promote empowerment and that kind … [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...]

Enrollment growth in Pasco highest since recession

Drive through Pasco County and it’s easy to see the signs of growth. New houses are popping up in subdivisions. New apartment complexes are being built, and land is being cleared for more development. And now that school is back in session, some of that growth is beginning to show up in classrooms, too. For the first time since 2007, the enrollment figures for the first day of school … [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...]