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Pasco school news for March 1

School calendar, events, briefs
Pasco School District headquarters in Land O’ Lake
Pasco School District headquarters in Land O’ Lake
Published Feb. 22

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 Pre-MPA concert, 7 p.m. March 4.

• Crews Lake Middle concert, 7 p.m. March 5.

• River Ridge High/Middle Pre-MPA concert, 8 a.m. March 7.

• Odessa Elementary concert, 7 p.m. March 7.

• Florida Bandmaster Association District Music Performance Assessments, March 8-9.

• ArtsPowers presents, "Madeline and the Bad Hat," 10:30 a.m. March 11. For grades Pre-K-3. $5

• Cypress Elementary concert, 7 p.m. March 13.

• Trinity Oaks Elementary musical, 7 p.m. March 14.

• River Ridge Middle drama presents, "Shrek Jr.," at 7 p.m. March 28-29 and 2 p.m. March 30.

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

• Wiregrass Ranch High drama presents, "Forget regret, or life is yours to miss," March 1-2. • Wesley Chapel High talent show, 1 p.m. March 8.

• Watergrass Elementary performance, 7 p.m. March 11.

• Learn it Live! Educational Series presentation of Jack Hartmann, at 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. March 12. The long-time children's singer/songwriter will perform new educational songs on reading, math, science and social skills along with some traditional favorites.

• Connerton Elementary concert, 7 p.m. March 13.

• Sunlake High drama performance, 7 p.m. March 29, 7:30 p.m. March 30, 2:30 p.m. March 31.


Pasco County Schools will host a Spring Job Fair from 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 7 at River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Applicants can get on-the-spot interviews and prizes for participating. Positions are available at the elementary, middle and high school levels in various areas, including: food and nutrition services, plant manager, custodian, bus drivers. For information about the Job Fair and to register, visit Visit to view job listings.

The Rotary Club of Trinity is accepting applications for the organization's 2019 "Al Arzu" Scholarship. Applicants must be high school seniors, reside in and attend school in Pasco County to be eligible. 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 to attend 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.

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

• H.E.R.O. (Helping to Educate Regarding Orientation), 4 to 6 p.m. March 6 at the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Presented in partnership with Baycare, HERO is a free peer group for LGBTQ teens (13-17). The purpose of HERO is to provide a friendly, welcoming environment for teens to help eliminate isolation and the stigma that may be associated with being in the LGBTQ community. For middle and high school ages.

• Tween Book Club and Craft, 6 to 7 p.m. March 6, at the Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. This month's book is "Wonder," by R.J. Palacio. Light refreshments will be served. Grades 4-7.

• Women's History Month Trivia, 4 to 5 p.m. March 7 at the New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. For teens.


Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School Senior Hannah Holliday has been selected as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. She is the only student in a Diocese of St. Petersburg high school to be named a finalist. To become a finalist, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards. Applicants must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists.

Finalists will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships awarded on a state-representational basis. National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July. Approximately half the students selected as finalists will be offered a National Merit Scholarship. These scholarship recipients will join some 338,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

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


  1. The new Maydell Drive Bridge will be a multi-use bridge to cater to cars, bicyclists and pedestrians with travel lanes, 8-foot shoulders, and a barrier-separated 5' sidewalk & 10' trail. [Hillsborough County]
    Hillsborough County closed the bridge in December 2015 after an independent engineering study found it was structurally unsound.
  2. Representatives from the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco discuss salary and benefits during negotiations on Sept. 18, 2019. [JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff Writer]
    The School Board will consider a $2.2 million package at its Dec. 17 meeting.
  3. New Port Richey City Hall  ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times
    The revamped Sims Park is being used more by daily visitors and events drawing thousands. The New Port Richey City Council discusses how to protect its investment.
  4. Brett Griest, 61, and his wife, Shannon, are the proprietors of the East Main Street Coffee Shop & Sandwich Shop in New Port Richey. The coffee, specialty sandwiches and a neighborly feel keep customers coming back. [Michele Miller]
    Three years in, the East Main Street Coffee and Sandwich Shop is making a go of it.
  5. Lynn Cristina is a Wesley Chapel momma with two girls and works full time as a marketing manager. [Courtesy of Lynn Cristina]
    If it helps to pull some good behavior out of my youngest, it will be $29.95 well spent.
  6. Island Fin Poké Company offers freshly prepared and customizable Hawaiian style poké bowls.
    Diners can build their own bowls by choosing from seven proteins, over 25 toppings, house made sauces and mix-ins.
  7. An administrative judge previously said a Pasco County ordinance allowing solar farms in agricultural districts did not violate the county's comprehensive land-use plan. On Tuesday, the county rejected a settlement offer from the litigants who challenged the planned solar farm. [Times]
    Two residents proposed a $165,000 payment to end litigation over a planned solar farm in Blanton.
  8. The Legendary Sirens will perform Dec. 14 and 15 at Weeki Wachee State Park. The nostalgic show features performances by Weeki Wachee Mermaids from the 1940s to the '70s. [Handout]
    Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
  9. An artist's rendering of the planned Encompass Health Corp.'s regional office in the Bexley by Newland Communities in Land O' Lakes. [Pasco Economic Development Council]
    The company receives a $983,000 incentive package for the relocation
  10. Rooker Properties of Atlanta plans to build at least 400,000 square feet of industrial and office space at what is now county-owned land on Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel. Pictured is Rooker's Spartan Ridge Logistics Center, a 273,000-square-foot, Class-A industrial building in Spartanburg, S.C. It was constructed in 2018, and the company said the buildings planned for the Pasco County site will closely resemble this. [Rooker Properties]
    The inventive package includes a $3.7 million forgivable loan to Rooker Properties.