School news for March 15

School calendar, briefs and events
Pasco County School Buses. Times archives
Pasco County School Buses. Times archives
Published March 10
Updated March 17


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.• 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

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

• Kids Crafts: Rainbowas and Shamrocks, 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 16 at the Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. Grades K-5.

• Make and Create: Shamrock Surprise, 2 to 3 p.m. March 16 at the Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Grades K-8.

• Spring Break Bash: STEM Open House, 3 to 5 p.m. March 20 at the Regency Park Library, 9701 Little road, New Port Richey. Preschool through grade 3.

• Teen Retro Gaming, 4 to 5 p.m. March 21 at the New River Library, 34043 State Road 54. Wesley Chapel.


Students in east Pasco County who plan to attend vocational school will have opportunities to acquire financial assistance through six new scholarships. The Atkins Vocational Scholarship Program, funded by Wade and Dianna Thomas and an anonymous donor, will provide $1,000 scholarships to three students each in Zephyrhills High and Pasco High schools who have been accepted to a vocational school. More information and applications are available through the the guidance department at Zephyrhills and Pasco High.

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Education Science Fiction and Fantasy writing contest invites Tampa Bay-area high school students to submit original, unpublished short stories on the theme of American Steampunk.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 as a presenting author at the 2019 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading The winning story will also be published on the Newspaper in Education and USF Humanities Institutes websites. For information and to enter, visit

Belle of the Ball Project will provide free prom dresses and accessories to in-need high school girls on multiple shopping dates for the 2019 prom season. Shopping days are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 23, April 6 and April 13 at the “boutique shop” at 1210 Holt Avenue, Clearwater. No referral letter is necessary. No appointment needed. A $1 to $5 donation is requested, but not required. The charity, now in its second decade, welcomes all financially needy girls to get a dress regardless of where they live. Donations of dresses and accessories can also be made at the site, dates/times listed above. Dresses sizes 18-26 are especially needed. For information on year-round donation sites and Belle of the Ball Project, call (877) 772-3553 or go to or on Facebook, Tampa Bay Area Belle of the Ball.

Contact Michele Miller at [email protected] or (727) 869-6251. Follow @MicheleMiller52.