Pasco school news for February 15

School calendar, briefs, events
Published Feb. 8, 2019

Feb. 18: Presidents' Day. No school.

March 15: End of third quarter.

March 16-24: Spring break.

March 25: Teacher planning day. No school for students.

April 2: Report cards.

April 19: No school.

April 26: Progress reports.

May 27: Memorial Day holiday.

May 29: Last day of school for students.

June 4-9: High school graduation ceremonies.


Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. (727) 774-7382.

Mitchell High concert, 7 p.m. Feb. 21.

River Ridge Middle/High dance show, 7 p.m. Feb. 22.

All County Elementary choir, Feb. 23.

Tickets are on sale for "Learn it Live" presentation of The Velveteen Rabbit, April 24-25. $4. Grades K-4.

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

Wesley Chapel High Pre-MPA concert, 7 p.m. Feb. 20.

Wesley Chapel High dance performance, 7 p.m. Feb. 21-22.


Saint Leo University is hosting an Undergraduate Admissions Open House at 8 a.m. Feb. 16 at the campus, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. Students of all ages are welcome to attend with their families and friends. Prospective students are welcome to tour the campus, learn about academic offerings, student life, campus involvement, financial aid and more. For information and to register, go to

High school students in grades 9-12 are welcome to enter an essay contest sponsored by the offices of Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano. In 500 words or less, students should answer the question: "Should property taxes be raised or lowered? What would be the impact of whichever decision you make?" Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Feb. 28. Entries will be judged by directors from the Pasco County Tax Collector's Office. The winner will receive a $300 cash scholarship. Students in private, parochial, non-public or home schools may send their essays directly to Greg Giordano, Assistant Tax Collector, Pasco County Tax Collector's Office, P.O. Box 276, Dade City, FL 33526. Entries may also be delivered to the office in New Port Richey at 4720 U.S. Highway 19, New Port Richey 34652 c/o Greg Giordano. Additionally, entries will be accepted via email at . For information, contact Giordano at 727-847-8179. . The winner will be notified by telephone no later than March 22.

The Rotary Club of Trinity is accepting applications for the organization's 2019 "Al Arzu" Scholarship. Applicants must be a high school senior and reside in and attend school in Pasco County to be eligible to apply. Applications must be postmarked by April 15. For more information, or to receive a copy of the scholarship application, please contact Candace Glewen at scholarship@rotarycluboftrinity.

Graduating seniors who meet a specific criteria are welcome apply for the Republican Party of Pasco County scholarship. To be eligible, students must attend a Pasco County High school, be a registered Republican, have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and plan on attending an accredited community college/university or accredited vocational school in Florida. Entrants should complete a minimum 650-word essay on the topic: "What is the importance of conservative values for young people in today's world?" Applications are available at, at high school career counselors' offices and at the Pasco Republican Party Office in Hudson. Email applications and essays to or mail to: RPOP 12043 Cobblestone Dr. Hudson, FL 34667. Attention: Sandy Graves, Scholarship Chair. Deadline is April 15.

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Library notes

Check out a sample of upcoming library youth activities. For more on events and programs at Pasco County libraries, go to For information about events and programs at the New Port Richey Public Library, go to

Create Chinese New Year, 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. For children, tweens, families.

Teen Harry Potter Legos, 5 to 7 p.m. Feb 18 at the Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. Teens are welcome to help finish a Hogwarts Castle.

Teen Tie Dye, 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 at the New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.

Contact Michele Miller at or (727) 869-6251. Follow @MicheleMiller52.