Pasco school news for March 16

Published March 13 2018


• March 16: Teacher planning day. No school for students.

• March 17-25: Spring break.


Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. (727) 774-7382.

•Erth’s Dinosaur Live, 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon April 4. Meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of life-like dinosaur puppets presented in an entertaining and educational live theatrical performance. Grades K-6. $6.


• Pasco-Hernando State College will host a dual-enrollment information session for current and prospective dual-enrollment students and their parents at each of its five campuses. Dual-enrollment students are enrolled in high school and simultaneously enrolled in college or specific technical credit courses, taught by PHSC, which count toward high school graduation. Students enrolled in dual-enrollment courses at PHSC do not have to pay for tuition or books

Those who attend the information nights will learn about the dual-enrollment process and responsibilities of enrolled students. Academic advisors will be on hand to answer questions. Sessions are strongly recommended for those interested in dual-enrollment at PHSC.

Dual-Enrollment Information Session Schedule:

• March 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, in Wesley Chapel, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., B303.

• March 20, 6-7:30 p.m. at the North Campus in Brooksville, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., B104/105

• March 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the East Campus in Dade City, 36727 Blanton Road, A240.

• March 22, 5-7 p.m. at the West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road, M101.

For more information, call 1.855.NOW.PHSC, or visit

Belle of the Ball will provide free prom dresses to in-need high school girls from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 24, April 7 and April 21 at 1210 Holt Avenue, Clearwater. The charity, now in its second decade, encourages financially needy girls to get a dress, regardless of where they live. No referral letter necessary. No appointment needed. A $1 to $5 donation is requested, but not required. Dresses are for high school dances only. Donations of dresses and accessories can be made on-site, on the dates/times listed above. For more information, call (727) 386-4502. Visit or Facebook: Tampa Bay Area Belle of the Ball.

• The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education Science Fiction and Fantasy writing contest invites Tampa Bay-area high school students to submit original, unpublished short stories on the theme of Frankenstein’s Legacy. The contest marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which explored the intersection of scientific creativity and its moral and ethical consequences. The Grand Prize winner will receive: $100 Grand Prize, plaque, a class trip to the Bay Area Renaissance Festival on School Day 2019, and an invitation to read the winning story as a presenting author at the 2018 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. The winning story will be published on the Newspaper in Education and USF Humanities Institutes websites. The deadline to enter is April 3. For information, visit for more information and to enter.

• K-12 educators who use the Tampa Bay Times to enhance student learning and the learning environment are invited to enter the 2018 Newspaper in Education Teacher of the Year Contest. The winning educator will be honored at an award reception in May and receive: $100 cash prize, a plaque, Tampa Bay Times prize pack and an invitation to present at the 2018 Florida Press Educational Services summer training conference with reimbursement for conference lodging and travel. Deadline to enter is April 3. Visit

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