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School news for April 19

ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times
Published Apr. 11

Calendar April 19: No school for teachers and students. April 26: Progress reports. May 27: Memorial Day. No school. May 29: Last day of school for students. May 30-31: Teacher planning days. June 4-9: High school commencements.


Enrollment is open for the Pasco County School's Camp Quest, a summer enrichment program held at various schools throughout the county. Each camp is designed to provide experiences that foster individual strengths and interests. Enrollment is limited to 20 students per camp. There are four enriching camps from which to choose. The cost of each two-week camp is $220, and participants in each one receive camp-related items.

Early Educators Camp: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. June 24 - July 5 at Land O' Lakes High, 20325 Gator Lane, Land O ' Lakes. Participants will develop leadership and life skills, and learn about child behavior, discipline, professionalism, and safety. All participants will earn their certification in first aid, CPR and AED. This camp will be led by a certified teacher who specializes in early childhood education and family consumer sciences. The first aid, CPR and AED training will be provided by a certified Red Cross trainer. Camp participants will receive a drawstring backpack full of resources, a pocket first aid kit, flashlight, and DVD.

Culinary Camp: July 1 – July 12 at Land O' Lakes High, 20325 Gator Lane, Land O' Lakes. Hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for grades K-5 and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. for grades 6-12. Participants will learn about cooking techniques, explore the food service industry, and engage in a fun, creative outlet while developing leadership and cooperation skills. Led by industry-trained chefs and certified teachers, participants will learn how to prepare a variety of dishes, pair foods, and explore what foods promote healthy living. Basic vocabulary, following a recipe and utilizing safe cooking methods will be highlighted. Camp participants will receive an apron, hat, rubber spatula, and cookbook.

Aerospace Camp: July 8 - July 19 at Sunlake High, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., Land O ' Lakes. Hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for grades K-5; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. for grades 6-12. Participants will be immersed in topics ranging from flight to renewable energy. The hands-on curriculum is ideal for those who may consider careers in engineering, physics, and math. Activities for all ages may include piloting a flight simulator, building solar car models, performing science experiments, building stomp rockets, and more. The Aerospace Camp will be led by a certified teacher with specialization in aerospace technologies. Camp participants will receive an aerospace STEM kit.

Aspiring Medical Professionals: July 22 – August 2 at Wiregrass Ranch High, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for grades 6-12. Participants will learn about health career paths such as nursing, medical assistant, pharmacy technician and surgical technology. Participants will receive first aid, CPR and AED training and certification, tour PHSC nursing simulation labs, and more. Hands-on activities will prepare participants for certification in the medical field and will be presented by certified and licensed medical professionals. All participants will receive a lab coat and stethoscope kit, which includes a blood pressure cuff and scissors.

The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education Science Fiction and Fantasy writing contest invites Tampa Bay-area high school students to submit original, unpublished short stories on the theme of American Steampunk. This is the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. On May 10, 1869, steam locomotives linked together east and west. Steampunk imagines a world where steam, not internal combustion or electricity, has remained the main form of power. The deadline to enter is May 10. The Grand Prize winner will receive: $100, Grand Prize plaque, a class trip to the Bay Area Renaissance Festival on School Day 2020; and an invitation to read the winning story at the 2019 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. The winning story will be published on the Newspaper in Education and USF Humanities Institutes websites. For information and to enter, visit


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

• Schrader Elementary chorus performance, 7 p.m. April 22.

• The Center's Education Series presents The Velveteen Rabbit at 10:30 a.m. April 24-25. $4.

• Hudson High band concert, 7 p.m. April 26.

• Mitchell High jazz band and chorus concert, 7 p.m. April 29.

• Fivay High band concert, 7 p.m. April 30.

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

• Wiregrass Ranch High dance team performance, 7 p.m. April 24. • Cypress Creek Middle band concert, 7 p.m. April 25. • Rushe Middle beginning band concert, 7 p.m. April 26.


  1. Zephyrhillls police Officer Timothy Alan Murr II, 33, was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. The police department suspended him with pay pending the completion of the criminal investigation. Pasco County Sheriff's Office
    The officer is accused of grabbing a woman’s wrists. The Zephyrhills Police Department suspended him with pay.
  2. This Mobil Coast gas station at 16055 State Road 52 in Land O Lakes is one of 10 cited in a Florida Department of Environmental Protection lawsuit where inspectors said they found lapses in regularly required tests, maintenance, documentation or other oversight by Brandon-based Automated Petroleum and Energy or its related companies. On Wednesday, the company said the station had already been put back in compliance with state regulations. (Photo via Google street view) Google street view
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection contends Automated Petroleum and Energy Company failed to do required maintenance or testing at 10 gas stations in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.
  3. A deputy's Sig Sauer P320, similar to this Glock 19, discharged in the cafeteria of a Wesley Chapel school April 30. The bullet lodged in the wall behind him. The deputy has been fired.
    Cpl. Jonathan Cross was lifting his pistol up and down out of its holster when it went off, Sheriff Chris Nocco said.
  4. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times Pasco County's long-range transportation plan no longer includes a proposed sales tax increase.
    The federally required plan guides transportation needs and expenses through 2045.
  5. Students in the Gulf High School class of 2023 show their spirit in a float they created for the annual homecoming parade held Oct. 8 in downtown New Port Richey. Michele Miller
    Annual tradition marches on last week down Grand Boulevard.
  6. 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 sides have not set a time to resume discussions on teacher pay.
  7. A deputy's body camera recorded the arrest of man suspected of deliberately backing an SUV into the home of a neighbor.
Source: Pasco County Sheriff's Office ho
    Deputies said Timothy Farmer backed his Ford Explorer into the home, then resisted arrest.
  8. Randy Koenigsfeld, right, has retired as Schwettman Education Center principal after a decade in the job. Guidance counselor Mary Jones is with him in this photo from a recent open house. Pasco County school district
    Several staff members have already made a pitch for their assistant principal to take over the alternative school.
  9. The terms of Pasco County School Board members Alison Crumbley and Colleen Beaudoin expire in 2020. Beaudoin recently announced she will seek reelection.
    Two Board seats and the superintendent’s job are up for election in 2020.
  10. The traffic signal for eastbound traffic on Drew Street at McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater. Image by Archive
    A reader wonders why the sign at the end of Bayside Bridge instructs trucks heading north to exit during specified hours rather than stay on the bridge.