School News for March 9

Published March 6 2018


March 15: End of third grading quarter.

• 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.

• Cypress Elementary theater production, 7 p.m. March 12.

• Crews Lake Middle concert, 7 p.m. March 13.

• Tickets are on sale for the Erth’s Dinosaur Live, for performances at 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.

Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel. (813) 794-8772.

• Spotlight on Talent Finals will be March 10. Shows will be at noon for young competitors, 7 p.m. for older competitors. The regional competition gives more than $4,000 in cash prizes and trophies to winners in several age categories and a $1,000 scholarship to a Pasco County resident graduating senior. Tickets for adults are $12 or both shows for $20. For students through high school, the fee is $6, both shows for $10 (under 5 is free).

• Wiregrass Elementary concert, 6:30 p.m. March 13.

• Jack Hartmann Concert, 10:30 a.m. and noon March 14. Hartmann will perform educational songs on reading, math, science and social skills, along with some of his classroom favorites. Grades Pre-K – 3. $5

• Connerton Elementary concert, 7 p.m. March 14.

• Watergrass Elementary concert, 7 p.m. March 15.


• The Pasco Country Schools planning services will hold a Rezoning Workshop for West Side Schools at 5 p.m. March 12 at J.W. Mitchell High, 2323 Little Road, New Port Richey. For information on proposed boundary changes and maps, go to

• 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. These sessions are strongly recommended for any student and parent(s) who are interested in dual-enrollment at PHSC.

Dual-Enrollment Information Session Schedule:

• March 14, 5-7 p.m. at the Spring Hill Campus in Spring Hill, 450 Beverly Court, B105

• 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 about PHSC and its programs and services, call 1.855.NOW.PHSC, or visit

• Pasco County high school students who have no budget for prom have a couple of options:

The Cinderella Project of Pasco is in its 15th year of providing new and gently used prom dresses and accessories at no cost to young ladies with financial need. Students needing an assemble can shop for free at a special boutique from 2 to 6 p.m. March 12 and 13 at the Wesley Chapel High School campus, 30243 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel. Signs will be posted at the entrances with directions to the boutiques. The Cinderella Project accepts donations of contemporary prom-style dresses and accessories (shoes, purses, costume jewelry) in excellent condition. Cash donations to the Cinderella Project are used to purchase new dresses and shoes when sizes are not available in the donated inventory. Donations may be dropped off at the Raymond James office, 9040 Tryfon Blvd., Suite A-104, at the corner of Little Road and Trinity Boulevard in the Trinity Town Center. For more information about The Cinderella Project, visit their Facebook page, The Cinderella Project Pasco County.

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 10, March 24, April 7 and April 21 at 1210 Holt Avenue, Clearwater. The charity, now in its second decade, welcomes financially needy girls to get a dress, regardless of where they live. No referral letter is 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 also be made at the site, on the dates/times listed above. For 41 other convenient year-round donation sites and more information about Belle of the Ball Project, 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, 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 grand prize 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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