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 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 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 earn their certification in first aid, CPR and AED. Led by a certified teacher who specializes in early childhood education and family consumer sciences. The medical training will be provided by a certified Red Cross trainer. Camp participants receive a backpack full of resources, a pocket first aid kit, flashlight and DVD.
Culinary Camp: July 1-12 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 creative outlet while developing leadership and cooperation skills. Led by industry-trained chefs and certified teachers, participants will learn 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 8-19 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–Aug. 2 at Wiregrass Ranch High, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon 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:
• Gulf Middle Dance Show, 7 p.m. May 3. • Calusa Elementary concert, 7 p.m. May 6. • River Ridge High band concert, 7 p.m. May 7. • Cypress Elementary concert, 7 p.m. May 9. • River Ridge High choir performance, 7 p.m. May 10. • Gulf Middle concert, 7 p.m. May 13. • Longleaf Elementary concert, 7 p.m. May 14. • Deer Park Elementary concert, 7 p.m. May 15. • River Ridge Middle concert, 7 p.m. May 16. • Hudson Middle band concert, 7 p.m. May 17. • River Ridge Middle/ High dance performance, 2 and 7 p.m. May 18. • Chasco Middle concert, 7 p.m. May 20. • Schrader Elementary Talent Show, 5 p.m. May 24.
Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel. (813) 794-8772 centerfortheartswesleychapel.com:
• Wesley Chapel High dance performance, 7 p.m. May 2-4. • Wesley Chapel Elementary concert, 7 p.m. May 6. • Wesley Chapel High spring band concert, 7 p.m. May 7. • Cypress Creek Middle/High orchestra concert, 7 p.m. May 8. • Wiregrass Ranch High spring choral concert, 7 p.m. May 10. • Wiregrass Ranch High and John Long Middle orchestra concert, 7 p.m. May 14. • Wiregrass Ranch High and John Long Middle band concert, 7 p.m. May 15. • Wiregrass Elementary concert, 7 p.m. May 16. • Seven Oaks Elementary spring musical, 7 p.m. May 17. • Sunlake High and Charles S. Rushe Middle spring band concert, 6 p.m. May 18. • New River Elementary concert, 7 p.m. May 20. Contact Michele Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 869-6251. Follow @MicheleMiller52.