Pasco students showcase their talents

The talent was endless. The applause was, too. Special needs students from seven Pasco County schools displayed their unique skills on May 17 before more than 100 parents, peers and school faculty. The eighth annual Showcase for Exceptional Talent was held at the Wesley Chapel High School Center for the Arts auditorium. From dancing and singing/duets, to lip-syncing and comedy … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek football presents ‘great opportunity’

In less than three weeks, a new high school football program will take the field in Wesley Chapel. Like other Florida high schools, the Cypress Creek Coyotes are set to begin spring football practices on April 24. But, the circumstances for this team are unique — particularly for new head coach Mike Johnson and prospective athletes. The program faces logistical hurdles because Cypress … [Read more...]

Boundaries approved for new schools

The Pasco County School Board has approved boundaries for the new Cypress Creek Middle/High School, despite considerable controversy. The board also adopted boundaries for Bexley Elementary School, without any opposition from the public. Cypress Creek Middle/High School, being built off Old Pasco Road, is scheduled to open in fall 2017. Initially, it will be for students in grades six … [Read more...]

Boundary proposals draw fire

The Pasco County School Board is in for a long meeting on Dec. 20, if parent meetings on proposed school boundaries are any indication. Board members are scheduled to hold public meetings on school boundaries proposed for Bexley Elementary School, Cypress Creek Middle/High School and on rezoning changes affecting schools in West Pasco County. The board meets at the school district’s … [Read more...]

Ideas sought for Pasco school names

The Pasco County School Board is seeking suggestions from the public for names for two schools the district plans to open in the fall of 2017. One school, now known as Elementary B, is being built in Bexley Ranch, north of State Road 54 and east of the Suncoast Parkway. The new elementary school is expected to help reduce crowding at Oakstead and Odessa elementary schools. The other … [Read more...]

Crews busy building schools in Pasco

Wiregrass Elementary School is set to open this fall in Wesley Chapel. Construction is well under way on a new high school on Old Pasco Road, which will open initially as a high school and a middle school. That campus is expected to open in 2017-2018. Construction also has started on a new elementary school that’s also expected to open in 2017-2018 in Bexley Ranch, off State Road 54 in … [Read more...]

Finding music within life’s difficulties

Playing classical music is not the easiest feat — even when you’ve had formal training and are adept at reading sheet music. For James Williams, it is even more challenging. Not only does he lack formal training, but he also has had to overcome obstacles caused by his autism, a condition he was diagnosed with at age 3. The now 18-year-old, who originally hails from London, said he began … [Read more...]

School for grades six through 12, under way

Drive down Old Pasco Road, and there’s not a lot of traffic to contend with — yet. That’s likely to change when the combination high school-middle school being built by Pasco County Schools opens, slated for August 2017. Crews have cleared the trees and prepped the land for a school now known as High School GGG, but it will actually serve students in grades six through 12. The … [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...]

Teaching the art of business through small transactions

The children on the covered play court behind Chester Taylor Elementary School were having a blast. They were learning the ins and outs of business without even realizing it. As the kids made their way from station to station, they could earn money by asking questions. They could then spend their earnings on games of chance to win prizes. Of course, the money was paper money, and … [Read more...]