Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Education

Pasco school briefs for March 13

The Safety Patrol Wildcats at Wesley Chapel Elementary are collecting cat food donations through Friday for the Labor of Love Animal Rescue. Drop cat food or cash donations between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. week days at the front office at 30243 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel.

• The Genesis Elementary School Spring Fling Charity Event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the west campus, 6609 River Road, New Port Richey. Children and their families can enjoy a free day of activities including Easter egg hunts, crafts, face painting, games and jump rope challenge. Each child will receive a free children's book from the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties Inc. There will be an Easter Basket Raffle (25 cents per ticket); plus refreshments for sale. All proceeds benefit the Foundation for Early Learning. For information about the event, contact Genesis Elementary School principal Debbie Lees at (727) 845-1111. For information about the Foundation for Early Learning, contact volunteer communications specialist Katie Nelson at (727) 233-8291 or [email protected], or visit www.phelc.org/Foundation.php.

• Returning for its ninth year, the Cinderella Project of Pasco provides new and gently used prom attire at no cost to young ladies with financial need. Students from all Pasco County high schools are welcome to choose their ensemble from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at 7916 Evolutions Way, Trinity. Donations are also welcome. Contemporary prom-style dresses and accessories in excellent condition may be dropped off at any Pasco County high school during regular school hours. To make a tax-deductible cash donation, contact Alison Crumbley at (727) 858-1281 or [email protected] or Laurie Weiss at (727) 389-3112 or [email protected]

• Gulfside Elementary and Generations Church will host a Community Spirit Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at the school, 2329 Anclote Blvd, Holiday. There will be an Easter Egg hunt, free food and fun children's activities. Agencies in attendance will include Metropolitan Ministries, United Way, Pasco County Health Department, Habitat for Humanity, Youth and Family Alternatives, St. Petersburg College, Marchman Technical Education Center, Pasco Head Start, Florida Kid Care, Healthy Start and the Ronald McDonald Wellness Van. For more information or to participate, please call the school at (727) 774-6000.

Newsmakers

• Gulf Middle School eighth-grade students Amanda Tetso and Alyssa Butler took first place in the Pasco Regional Science Fair and are advancing to the State Science and Engineering Fair at the Lakeland Center, March 26-28.

• Gulfside Elementary School students Chubasco Howard, Sierra Poth, Phebe Knoll and Kylee Wion were selected to perform with the All County Chorus on April 13 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge.

Comments
Ridgewood High faithful recall ‘Pride of Pasco’ as school forges a new path

Ridgewood High faithful recall ‘Pride of Pasco’ as school forges a new path

NEW PORT RICHEY — The line snaked through the hallways and into the cafeteria, as the Ridgewood High faithful waited for their chance to secure a piece of the school’s 40-year history.They came by the hundreds — current and former students, staff and...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Words of wisdom from Class of 2018 on how school shootings have transformed them

Words of wisdom from Class of 2018 on how school shootings have transformed them

TAMPA — The pain of the Parkland shootings Feb. 14 was fresh on the minds of Hillsborough County’s graduating seniors when about 300 of them received an assignment. Write a 250-word essay on how decades of school shootings have touched y...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Sheriff: Weeki Wachee High student posted fake school shooting threat

Sheriff: Weeki Wachee High student posted fake school shooting threat

WEEKI WACHEE — A 16-year-old was arrested Tuesday on allegations that she created a fake social media post threatening to shoot students at Weeki Wachee High School, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies said the 16-year-old told...
Published: 05/22/18
Hillsborough school district, teachers move closer to pay deal

Hillsborough school district, teachers move closer to pay deal

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School District and its teachers’ union moved closer to resolving their salary dispute during Monday’s negotiating session — but stopped short of reaching an agreement.The teachers, who have spent this school year work...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18
Parents score victory in effort to make travel safer for Westchase students

Parents score victory in effort to make travel safer for Westchase students

TAMPA — Hillsborough County school leaders call it courtesy busing, but to Lauren Hawkins it’s more a matter of life and death.More students living close to their schools in the Westchase community used the Hillsborough school district’s courtesy bus...
Published: 05/21/18
Eckerd College hosts a royal celebration of its own

Eckerd College hosts a royal celebration of its own

A day after England’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, St. Petersburg hosted a royal celebration of its own. Among the estimated 500 graduates to receive an Eckerd College diploma at Sunday’s graduation ceremony held...
Published: 05/20/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Hooper: SEL lends a solution to the increasingly toxic world of kids

An incident recently arose between students at Jesuit High School and Academy of the Holy Names that involved allegations of cyberbullying, homophobia, misogyny and assault.It only involved a fraction of the students at two of Tampa’s most prestigiou...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/22/18
At vigil, another school mourns: ‘It is hope in the face of tragedy that brings us together today.’

At vigil, another school mourns: ‘It is hope in the face of tragedy that brings us together today.’

SANTA FE, Texas - They gathered here by the dozens Friday evening, wearing their school colors, T-shirts that said "Texas Tough," while huddling under the shade of a gaggle of pine trees, not 11 hours after the first shots were fired.They came to pra...
Published: 05/19/18
‘I always felt it would eventually happen here’: A Santa Fe High School survivor’s reaction to the shooting

‘I always felt it would eventually happen here’: A Santa Fe High School survivor’s reaction to the shooting

Paige Curry tried to keep calm Friday morning as a gunman tore through her Santa Fe High School, eventually killing 10 people and injuring another 10. The 17-year-old watched as a girl nearby panicked. Curry, herself terrified, considered running out...
Published: 05/19/18
Class of 2018: Meet the valedictorians and salutatorians for Pinellas private high schools

Class of 2018: Meet the valedictorians and salutatorians for Pinellas private high schools

Before they could get away, we asked the top graduates at Pinellas County’s private schools to write a Twitter-length paragraph about what’s on their mind. We suggested they reflect on the past or the future, or talk about the people who helped them ...
Published: 05/18/18