1. The Education Gradebook

Class notes

Published Feb. 24, 2016

Art/Theatre/Music Events

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

• Bright House Senior Talent Show, 2 p.m. Saturday.

• ArtsPower National Touring Theatre presents Are You My Mother? at 10:30 a.m. and noon March 3. For pre-kindergarten to Grade 3. $5.

• Florida Bandmasters Association high school district assessments, March 4 and 5.

• Richey Concert Band performance, 2:30 p.m. March 6.

• Crews Lake Middle concert, 7 p.m. March 8.

• Trinity Oaks Elementary concert, 7 p.m. March 9.

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

• Mr. Wiregrass Ranch High competition, 6:30 p.m. Friday.

• Heritage Arts Association's Spotlight on Talent preliminary competition, Saturday..

Library picks

Read to Rover Saturday Matinee, 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. Children are invited to read to therapy dogs.

• The New Port Richey Public Library presents Hamlet Hears a Who! at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. The public is invited to come and support community teens who have been preparing for this Seussified spoof of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Admission is free.

For information about events at all Pasco County library branches, go to For information about events at the New Port Richey Public Library, go to


• Pasco County high school girls who have no money for prom are welcome to choose a free ensemble with help from the Cinderella Project of Pasco. Since 2005, the project has supplied new and gently used dresses and accessories to more than 1,000 Pasco girls with financial need. Girls can try on and pick out their ensemble on the following dates:

• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 5 at Longleaf Town Center, 3104 Town Ave., New Port Richey.

• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 12 at the Youth and Family Alternatives Building, 38022 River Road, Dade City.

Girls who wish to select a dress and accessories must bring their school ID badge. The Cinderella Project accepts donations of contemporary prom-style dresses and accessories (shoes, purses, costume jewelry) in excellent condition. Dresses may be dropped off at Raymond James, 9040 Tryfon Blvd., Suite A-104, at the corner of Little Road and Trinity Boulevard in the Trinity Town Center.

Maria's Bridal Connections at 9332 Little Road, New Port Richey, is offering women who bring in their gently used formal gowns for donation up to $75 off when purchasing a new, regularly priced gown. Maria's will then donate the used dresses back to the Cinderella Project. For information or make a tax-deductible cash donation to be used to purchase new dresses, call (727) 463-4306.

•A Mitchell High School band fundraiser, Drive 4 UR School and Carwash, will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 at the school, 2323 Little Road, New Port Richey. Karl Flammer Ford will donate $20 to the band for each test drive, up to a total of $6,000. The event is open to licensed drivers, 18 years of age and older, and limited to one test drive per household. Car washing and detailing services will be available in the parking lot by the school tennis courts. Advance tickets are $10. Concessions will be available. Proceeds will help fund travel costs for the band's performance in April at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, D.C. For information, contact Joel Quina, director of bands, at

• The One Community Now Hunger Walk will take place at 9 a.m. March 12 at Gulf High School, 5355 School Road, New Port Richey. The walk is an effort to promote hunger awareness and raise money for hunger relief for children and families in Pasco County. The event will include games, activities, vendors, food and entertainment. All money raised will go to food-related programs such as Metropolitan Ministries and Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids. Sign up to participate as an individual or team or as a business sponsor at For information, contact Patti Templeton, One Community Now, at (727) 375-8801, ext. 2232.

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano, as part of Clerk and Comptroller Paula O'Neil's Constitutional Officers Essay Contest, will accept entries in the monthlong contest for middle school students (grades 6 to 8) in public, private, non-public, charter and home schools. Entries will be accepted from March 1 through 5 p.m. March 31.

In 500 words, participants must answer the question: "Do you think taxes are too high or too low? Why?" Entries will be judged by a panel of directors from the Pasco County Tax Collector's Office and will be reviewed on how well the student communicates his or her response to the question as well as overall essay structure, appearance and readability. The winner will be notified by telephone on April 13.

Students in public and charter schools are asked to submit essays to their principal, who will forward them to the Tax Collector's Office. Students in private, non-public or home schools may send their essays to Greg Giordano, director of customer relations, Pasco County Tax Collector's Office, 8731 Citizens Drive, Room 120, New Port Richey, FL 34654. For information, call Giordano at (727) 847-8179.

Send your school news to Michele Miller at or fax to (727) 869-6233.