Pine View Elementary School in Land O'Lakes has won approval to become a Primary Years International Baccalaureate school, extending the rigorous program down to the K-5 level in the central Pasco County feeder pattern leading to Land O'Lakes High.
The elementary will be an official candidate school in 2017-18.
The acceptance marks the full expansion of IB from elementary to middle to high school. Pine View Middle began its transformation to the Middle Years program in 2015, while the high school enrolled its first pre-IB students in 1999.
The idea has been to create a continuum of services for children who want to progress to the highest levels of IB. The program in the younger years doesn't require an application process as the high school model does. It's expected to be an attracter, though, while aiming to keep students in the school system.
It's similar to the effort to offer the Cambridge program in the San Antonio Elementary-Pasco Middle-Pasco High feeder zone. District officials have been working to make the schools more attractive to families as charter school enrollment has grown.
The district's few magnet schools have also played a role, drawing more applicants than available seats. The district doesn't have plans to add any new magnets in the coming year.
SUMMER MEALS: The Pasco County School District will resume its summertime free lunch schedule on Monday.
Any child age 18 or younger in the county is eligible to get the meals, which the district will provide at 42 schools and 45 additional locations. Families can find a list of sites online at summerfoodpasco.net or by calling (813) 794-2480.
The district also will have its meal buses visiting sites daily in Dade City, Holiday and Hudson. Additionally, it will have four watermelon-themed parties during the summer, with games, food and prizes.
Those activities, all from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., are scheduled for June 9 in Zephyr Park, Zephyrhills; June 15 at First Baptist Church, Zephyrhills; June 22 at Regency Park Library, New Port Richey, and June 29 at Hudson Regional Library, Hudson.
REPORT CARDS: Pasco County teachers were required to complete their course grading by June 2. But that doesn't mean student report cards will be instantly available.
District officials will spend time afterward reviewing the data to ensure all grades were properly calculated. That's important for the district, which has had past problems with the way some grade-point averages were determined.
During that time, teachers won't be able to access report card information, not even just to see it. Curious students and parents will have to wait nearly a month to see the final results.
The district has said it will have report cards out by June 30.