Class notes

Published April 28, 2017


May 25-28: High school commencements.

May 26: Last day of school for students.

Class notes

• Ridgewood High School students and staffers in the Common Ground club will host an Autism Awareness Walk from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 at the school, 7650 Orchid Lake Road, New Port Richey. Common Ground students meet weekly to build bonds through conversation, games and other activities, and food. The walk will include a variety of activities. Ridgewood High assistant principals will DJ and provide a snow cone truck. The entry fee is $10. All proceeds go to Common Ground.

• The Pasco County Schools' inaugural "MyArt" teacher art show will be May 4 to 20 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel. Pasco schools teacher-artists from kindergarten through Grade 12 will exhibit a diverse array of 2-D and 3-D artwork that embodies their creativity and craftsmanship. Students and the community will have an opportunity to interact with the teacher-artists and ask them questions during a closing reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 20. For information, contact Tom Viking, fine arts program coordinator, at

• he Special Olympics-Pasco County 19th annual golf tournament and four-person scramble will be May 6 at Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person (tax deductible) and include greens fees, cart, range balls, a goody bag, a raffle ticket and a buffet dinner. The registration deadline is May 1. For information, call Valerie Lundin at (727) 774-3062.

Kindergarten pre-registration for Pasco County schools will be May 8 at all district elementary schools. Those interested should contact the school in their area for details about orientation activities and times. Kindergarten pre-registration requirements: Child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2017; child's birth certificate or other proof of birth date; health examination — HRS Form 3040; HRS Certificate of Immunization, and proof of Florida residency, such as a current utility bill or lease agreement. For information about kindergarten and required documentation, call Danielle Varcardipone in the Office for Teaching and Learning at (727) 774-2404, (813) 794-2404 or (352) 524-2404.

• Expectant mothers, as well as parents of infants, toddlers and children through age 5, may apply for Head Start or Early Head Start at select elementary schools. Families must meet income eligibility requirements. For information about Head Start/Early Head Start and required documentation, visit the district website at or call Alexis Russell in Early Childhood Programs at (727) 774-2730, (813) 794-2730 or (352) 524-2730.

• Registration is open for Saint Leo University's Girls Can! Robotics Camps, offered to girls ages 10 to 15 at the campus, at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo.

Beginner camps are offered the weeks of July 10-14 and July 17-21. Girls with no previous experience will learn to build small robots while working and having fun with other campers. The cost of a five-day beginners' camp session is $180. A three-day session for campers who have already worked with robots will be offered July 24-26 at a cost of $110.

The camps are directed by Monika Kiss of the Saint Leo mathematics faculty. For information, send email to or go to the camp registration page at and scroll down to robotics.

Library Notes

• Teen Volunteer Meeting and Pizza, 4 to 5:30 p.m. May 4 at South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. Students in grades 6 through 12 are welcome to join the advisory board to help plan and prepare library programs while logging volunteer hours.

• Anime Club, 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 4 at New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zepgyrhills. For grades 6 and above.

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


• Fivay High School senior Alyssa Conaty has been selected for the National Society of High School Scholars. The society honors top scholars who also have demonstrated outstanding leadership and community commitment. Conaty, who will graduate in May, will attend Pasco-Hernando State College and plans to further her nursing education at the University of South Florida. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Ro Kappa and Mu Alpha Theta.

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