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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.

Arts/Theatre/Music

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

• 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 centerfortheartswesleychapel.com

• 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.

Briefs

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 pascohires2019.eventbrite.com. Visit pasco.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx 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 www.pascogop.org, at high school career counselors' offices and at the Pasco Republican Party Office in Hudson. Email applications and essays to RPOPScholarship@gmail.com 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 www.pascolibraries.org. For information about events and programs at the New Port Richey Public Library, go to www.nprlibrary.org.

• 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.

Newsmaker

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 mmiller@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6251. Follow @MicheleMiller52.

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