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  1. The Education Gradebook

Class notes

Published Oct. 7, 2015

Calendar

• Oct. 23: End of first grading quarter.

• Oct, 26: Teacher planning day, no school for students.

• Nov. 1: Report cards are distributed

Briefly

In honor of International Day of the Girl, Sunrise of Pasco will host an empowerment workshop for girls from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St. Activities include icebreakers, arts and crafts, and team-building exercises. $2. For information, contact Michelle Crowder-Soellner at mcrowder@sunrisepasco.org or call (352)521­3358

Art/Theatre/Music Events

• 2015 Country Jam Concert, a benefit for the Pasco Middle School band program, will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Performances by Billie Joe Smith, the Wilder Road Boys, Stonegrey, DC Country, Jennifer Lee and Nevaeh Peek, Robin Stephens, Johnny Shelton and Courtney Graham. Tickets are $10. Children ages 8 and under are free. For information, contact Pasco Middle band director Kenny Mathis at kmathis@pasco.k12.fl.us.

• Artwork of students from Anclote High in Holiday will be on display at the Downtown New Port Richey Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., through October. For hours of operation, go to npr.com or call (727) 848-6500.

• Suncoast Arts Fest Inc. is offering a new internship opportunity for Pasco County high school students. Art teachers and students already benefit through the Suncoast Arts Fest "Arts for Education" grant fund. Now high school interns will join the organization's committee in planning the January 2016 festival. Students will gain learning experience and receive a minimum of 45 community service hours, certificates of completion and recognition on the festival stage, a letter of recommendation from the committee chairperson and access to valuable resources and mentors. Selected interns will be required to attend bi-monthly meetings and weekly phone meetings with a coordinator, attend the 2016 Suncoast Arts Fest and be in good academic standing with good behavior in school. Applications are available at suncoastartsfest.com or through high school art instructors.

Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey, (727) 774-7381

• The J.W. Mitchell High School drama department will present Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 to 31, with a special late-night show at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Tickets are $5 for the Thursday preview; $10 for all other shows.

Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, (813) 794-8772, cfawc.pasco.k12.fl.us.

• The Wesley Chapel High School drama department comedy show will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. $3 for students; $5 for adults.

• The Sunlake High School drama department presents Night of the Living Dead at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24. $5.

• The Wiregrass Ranch High School orchestra will present a concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 27.

• The Florida Orchestra will perform for students at 10:30 a.m. and noon Oct. 28.

• The John Long Middle School orchestra will present a concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 29.

• Tickets are on sale for a performance by 2014 Grammy winner Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles. The show will be at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6. $5 for students; $15 for adults.

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Library note

Students in grades 4 to 7 are invited to the Pumpkin Padawans painting program at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at the Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. Pumpkins will be provided. Sign up by calling (727) 861-3049. For information about events at all Pasco County library branches, go to pascolibraries.org. For information about events at the New Port Richey Public Library, go to nprlibrary.org.

Scholarships

• Oct. 15 is the deadline to apply for the Tampa Bay Times Barnes Scholarships for college-bound teens who are high academic achievers, have overcome significant obstacles in their lives and who have financial need. Each of the four winners is eligible to receive up to $15,000 per year for four years to attend any nationally accredited college or university. The scholarships may be used to pay for expenses related to the cost of college attendance. The students must be enrolled full time and remain in good academic standing to continue to receive the scholarship. High school seniors from Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties may apply. Online applications only. Go to tampabay.com/company/times-fund/scholarships.

Contests

Oct. 17 is the deadline to enter the Pasco Sheriff's Office high school essay contest. Students in grades 9 to 12 should compose an essay on the topic "How do we build a stronger bond between our deputies and our citizens?" The winner will receive an iPad, presented by Sheriff Chris Nocco. The essay should be composed in Microsoft Word or a similar program, using 1-inch margins, 12-point font and be single spaced. Students should submit their essays as an attachment to edaniels@pascosheriff.org.

Send your school news to Michele Miller at mmiller@tampabay.com or by fax at (727) 869-6251.

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