Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Hudson Middle School Science Fair winners: First place: Kayla Canton, Alyssa Rutman, Jacob Wentz, Johnathan McDowell, Kristof Cseh, Janelle Tanghal, Taylor Brown, Allan Nolen, Shae Quinn, Chris Roeth, Hailey Gilleo, Zachary DaSilva, Kelly Yelapi and Cheyenne Gainey. Second place: Josie Brunton, Alexa Gernand, Sarah Finn, Zachary Merto, Kyle Unger, Joseph Katleba, Dante Croghan, Heather Finlason, Tristan Schurdell, Angelica Stefan, Kristen Anton and Olivia Dimonda. Third place: Julia Schmidt, Xiara Rooney, Eric LaRoche, Frank Fekete, Madison Harvey, Miranda Prahasky, Meghan Leonard, Tim Ernest, Thomas Bivins, Megan and Morgan Calder. The following students represented Hudson Middle School at the District Science Fair on Feb. 4 at River Ridge Middle/High School. Kayla Canton, Alyssa Rutman, Alexa Gernand, Jacob Wentz, Johnathan McDowell, Kristof Cseh, Janelle Tanghal, Joseph Katleba, Hailey Gilleo, Zachary DaSilva, Kelly Yelapi and Cheyenne Gainey.

• Gulf Middle student Hannah Rick won the schoolwide National Geographic Geography Bee Championship. Second-place winner was Jose Espino, and Harmony Ray placed third.

• Twenty-eight Gulf Middle students participated in the countywide Holiday Joy Art Show in December at Sims Park in New Port Richey. Alessi Selvage placed second with Gothic Cathedral Rose Window. Kayla Sours received honorable mention for print making art work.

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Top USF Health official leaves amid questions of assistant’s special treatment

Top USF Health official leaves amid questions of assistant’s special treatment

TAMPA — A high-ranking University of South Florida Health official has resigned amid internal concerns that he was giving special treatment to his assistant.After an internal investigation, USF System President Judy Genshaft was poised last month to ...
Published: 12/15/17
Hillsborough school district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking

Hillsborough school district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking

TAMPA — A months-long conflict over planned pay raises has moved to a new phase with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association declaring a bargaining impasse with the public school district.The two sides, which began negotiations in late spring...
Published: 12/15/17
Pinellas schools sheltered thousands during Irma. Here’s what it cost

Pinellas schools sheltered thousands during Irma. Here’s what it cost

Three months later, the Pinellas County school district has totaled up the costs of operating 16 schools as shelters for 25,000 evacuees during Hurricane Irma.The district is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for a reimbursemen...
Published: 12/15/17
Love of science is the goal, now that every Pinellas elementary school has a lab

Love of science is the goal, now that every Pinellas elementary school has a lab

SEMINOLE — It was hard for the second-graders at Orange Grove Elementary to resist the urge to rush into the school’s science lab and tinker with the colorful objects neatly arranged on each table.Thursday was just their second time in the lab this y...
Published: 12/15/17
Florida lawmakers want stronger college free speech rules amid First Amendment flareups

Florida lawmakers want stronger college free speech rules amid First Amendment flareups

Rising up in defiance to Richard Spencer, hundreds of University of Florida students sounded off in a deafening chant."Go home, Spencer!" they shouted, as the exasperated white nationalist paced the stage, pleading to be heard.Were the students exerc...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17
Hernando could be next stop for PACE Center for Girls

Hernando could be next stop for PACE Center for Girls

BROOKSVILLE — The new year could bring about new beginnings for at-risk girls in Hernando County.Pending a vote by the School Board next month, PACE Center for Girls, an alternative education program for middle- and high-school students, could open a...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Pasco school district, employees reach contract agreement

The raises for Pasco County school district employees aren’t as high as anyone would like, but they’re now part of a signed tentative contract deal reached just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.If ratified by the staff and the School Board, the agreements ...
Published: 12/13/17
For Bexley students in Land O’Lakes, math skills go airborne

For Bexley students in Land O’Lakes, math skills go airborne

LAND O’LAKES — At Bexley Elementary School in Land O’Lakes, students are throwing paper airplanes — with the help of a high tech computerized launcher. They’re also bowling — with a little aid from computerized drones. And when they get around to it,...
Published: 12/13/17

Proposal to rollback early learning programs could bring Citrus into Pasco-Hernando coalition

Some Florida lawmakers have not hidden their desire to scale back the statewide number of early learning coalitions that oversee child care and preschool programs, including Voluntary Prekindergarten.The state Office of Early Learning has now issued ...
Published: 12/13/17
Brink Foundation, school district create Town ’N Country STEM hub

Brink Foundation, school district create Town ’N Country STEM hub

TAMPA — Elementary school students programmed an electronic mouse to make its way through a maze.Middle school students directed an electronic vehicle to stop on a dime, then use its arms to locate and lift a tiny cube.When the demonstration was done...
Published: 12/12/17
Updated: 12/14/17