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School notes for May 24

Pasco County school buses
Published May 16


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.

2019-2020 Pasco County Schools Calendar

Aug. 5-9: Teacher planning days.

Aug. 6: Middle and high school orientation.

Aug. 8: Elementary orientation.

Aug. 12: First day of school for students.

Aug. 27/29: Adult Education graduation.

Sept. 2: Labor Day. No school.

Sept. 11: Early release day.

Sept. 13: Progress reports.

Oct. 9: Early release day.

Oct. 11: End of first grading quarter.

Oct. 14: Teacher planning day. No school for students.

Oct. 22: Report cards.

Nov. 9: Early release day.

Nov. 15: Progress reports.

Nov. 25-29: Thanksgiving holiday. No school.

Nov. 25-26: Possible hurricane make-up days.

Dec. 11: Early release day.

Dec. 20: End of second grading quarter and first semester.

Dec. 23- Jan. 3: Winter break. No school.

Jan. 6: Teacher planning day. No school for students.

Jan. 14: Report cards.

Jan. 15: Early release day.

Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No school.

Jan. 28/30: Adult education graduation.

Feb. 7: Progress reports.

Feb. 12: Early release day.

Feb. 17: Presidents' Day.No school.

March 11: Early release day.

March 13: End of third grading quarter.

March 16-20: Spring Break. No school.

March 23: Teacher planning day. No school for students.

March 31: Report cards.

April 8: Early release day.

April 10: No school for students and teachers.

April 24: Progress reports.

May 1-28: District and state assessments.

May 25: Memorial Day. No school.

May 27: Last day of school for students.

May 28: Final exam make-ups.

May 28-29: Teacher post-planning days.

June 3-7: High school commencements.


Pasco County students who are eligible for the Fall 2019 Dual Enrollment program with Pasco Hernando State College are welcome to apply. Students should complete the Online Registration and Course Request Worksheet and meet with their high school counselor by June 21. Deadline for new student registration is Aug. 18.

About Dual Enrollment: Students can take dual-enrollment courses and enroll in collegiate high school at no cost while in high school, saving thousands of dollars in college tuition and textbook costs.

High school dual-enrollment allows a student to be enrolled in high school and simultaneously enrolled in college or specific technical credit courses at PHSC, which are counted toward high school graduation. To be eligible for dual enrollment, Florida law requires that a student must:

Be enrolled as a student in a Florida public or nonpublic secondary school (grades 6-12), or in a home education program; have a 3.0 unweighted high school grade point average to enroll in college credits, or a 2.0 unweighted high school grade point average; for college credits, achieve a minimum score on a common placement test; meet any additional eligibility criteria specified by the postsecondary institution in the Dual Enrollment Articulation Agreement; and not be scheduled to graduate from high school prior to the completion of the dual-enrollment course. For continued eligibility to participate in college credit dual enrollment courses, students must maintain at least a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA and the 2.0 postsecondary GPA specified in the Dual Agreement Articulation Agreement.

The collegiate high school program is designed to allow students to earn an AA/AS degree or a Cape certification while also earning their standard high school diploma. In addition, the Pasco County Schools/PHSC program: provides students priority when enrolling in PHSC courses by allowing them to register at the same time as all other fee paying PHSC students; requires students to be full-time at PHSC and accepted students will not take any courses on the high school campus; allows accepted students to still be considered a student of their zoned high school and students are able to participate in their zoned school athletics, student activities and graduation ceremonies. To qualify for collegiate high school, students must: be in 11th or 12th grade; have a cumulative unweighted 3.0 GPA; have college-ready PERT scores - Reading (106), Writing (103) and Math (123); provide their own transportation; be willing to take all of their courses at a PHSC campus.

For information, go to Newsmakers

61 Pasco County students from 14 high schools graduated from Pasco Hernando State College before their 2019 high school graduation through dual-enrollment courses and collegiate high school. Following is a list of schools and the number of students who earned associate's degrees. Anclote High: 1. Dayspring Academy: 9. Fivay High: 7. Gulf High: 1. Hudson High: 4. Land O' Lakes High: 6. J.W. Mitchell High: 4. Pasco eSchool: 1. Pasco High: 8. River Ridge High: 4. Sunlake High: 2. Wesley Chapel High: 3. Wiregrass Ranch High: 8. Zephyrhills High: 3.


  1. The Pasco County school district would rezone the Seven Oaks subdivision from the Wiregrass Ranch High feeder pattern to the Cypress Creek High feeder pattern, beginning in the 2020-21 school year. Pasco County school district
    The Seven Oaks subdivision is the primary target for rezoning.
  2. Homeowner Cheryl Murdoch, 59, explains the workings of the Philips Smart Mirror in her bathroom. Murdoch and her husband live in the Epperson neighborhood in Wesley Chapel, home of the Crystal Lagoon, where some residents are piloting new health technologies inside their homes. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
    In Pasco’s Crystal Lagoon community, AdventHealth and Metro Development Group are testing in-home technology aimed at keeping people away from the hospital.
  3. Lilly Beth Rodriguez, left, Laura Robertson and Linda Lamont work on a Habitat for Humanity house in north Pasco. [Times (2013)]
    The increase is expected to happen in the first half of next year. CEO hopes other nonprofits follow suit.
  4. The number of single-family homes sold in the Tampa Bay area during August rose 2.8 percent when compared with the same month last year, according to a monthly report from Florida Realtors. (Times file photo)
    The midpoint price in the bay area rose to $250,000, which is still lower than the state and national median prices.
  5. William Mendenhall, 43, is facing charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault against a pregnant woman. Pasco County Sheriff's Office
    William Mendenhall, 43, faces charges of aggravated domestic battery and assault against a pregnant woman.
  6. Neighbors had objected to the Lago Verde mine in north-central Pasco and then the adjoining Seven Diamonds LLC mine for the past seven years. The Seven Diamonds mine is now adding 60 additional acres to increase in size by one-fifth.
    The Seven Diamonds LLC mine is adding 60 acres, increasing in size by one-fifth.
  7. Suzanne Natzke, an artist and teacher with the Pasco Fine Arts Council, arranges her watercolor paintings for an upcoming exhibit, 'Moments in Time.' The exhibit will be held through Oct. 21 at the council's new gallery at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel. MICHELE MILLER  |  Michele Miller
    The countywide Council will exhibit work at the Avalon Park West community.
  8. 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 proposal is short on details, with officials saying they want to work through specifics during negotiations.
  9. Pedro Davila, 27, was arrested in Pasco County three weeks after he robbed a New York City jewelry store, authorities said. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
    Pedro Davila was taken into custody on a rural stretch of roadway, three weeks after he and two others held up a store, authorities said.
  10. Mitchell High School junior Noah Denny addressed the New Port Richey City Council several times since February regarding his ideas for a plastic straw ban in the city. James Denny