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 tampabay.com/nie/storycontest.
Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. (727) 774-7382. centerfortheartsriverridge.com:
• 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 centerfortheartswesleychapel.com:
• 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.