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Sunlake High plans Pink Out Day

Sunlake High plans Pink Out Day

Land O'Lakes, FL -- Sunlake High School is making plans for Pink Out Day on Friday, Oct. 14.

Teens are banning together to show support to those battling, fallen, and survivors. The high school students plan to wear pink to class and their football game at 7:30 p.m.

The Seahawk football players will also wear pink sweatbands, socks, gloves, etc. to show their support when they take on Hernando. The cheerleaders will wearing pink bows.

Lutz preschoolers celebrate cultures

Lutz preschoolers celebrate cultures

Lutz, FL -- Preschoolers from Primrose School of Lutz joined 30,000 children across the country to celebrate cultures through music on Friday, Sept. 30.

The event included a children's cultural parade and musical performances.

Anna Hurst, local parenting expert and school owner, says it's more important than ever for children to learn about different cultures through music.

There's something cooking at Land O' Lakes High School

There's something cooking at Land O' Lakes High School

LAND O' LAKES - There's something cooking in Land O' Lakes - a new culinary arts academy at Land O' Lakes High School!

Alongside reading, writing, and arithmetic, students are excited to get chopping, sautéing, and filleting! The $6 million academy opened up last month and features three kitchens, a 60-seat classroom/laboratory and a 160-seat dining area where students will serve meals to school district staff, visitors and community groups.

The school district had this massive facility designed and in the works for one year now, using federal stimulus money to pay for construction.

 

Oakstead Elementary continues to face overcrowding

Oakstead Elementary continues to face overcrowding

Odessa- There are a lot of students at Oakstead Elementary. So many that Oakstead now holds the honor of being Pasco county's largest Elementary school.

The district hoped changing the boundaries would alleviate the swelling student population but it didn't quite work out as planned. District Officials accommodated the school population by moving students to Odessa Elementary; however, the population still sits at 1,018.

Wesley Chapel Elementary used to be the largest Elementary school but thanks to new schools opening around it, the student population fell to 586 students. Hopefully the boundary changes for Oakstead will have greater impact in years to come, preventing a terrible overcrowding situation which could potentially have a negative impact on the learning environment for the many students enrolled there.
 

Pasco residents invited to sound off on redistricting maps

Pasco residents invited to sound off on redistricting maps

Pasco County, Florida – The Board of County Commissioners is required to develop a redistricting plan every decennial census to keep Commission Districts as nearly equal in population as practical, and there is a similar provision to keep school board member residence areas nearly equal as practicable.

Due to these provisions, Pasco County staff has been working on different options to give the respective boards an opportunity to review the revised maps, giving them four primary redistricting options.  A joint work session between the School Board and the Board of County Commissioners was held on August 16, 2011. The Boards developed a consensus to move forward with Option Four.

The Board of County Commissioners will take public comment on September 20, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. on this option or any other option presented for consideration.

Pasco children receive 700 backpacks

Pasco children receive 700 backpacks

Port Richey, Florida - "Somebody Cares Pasco" and local ministers were pleased to participate in the annual backpack giveaway last Saturday, August 13.

Last year, the group collected 700 backpacks at a grand total of $6,000.

This was the eighth year for the event.

Sign up now for reduced school meals

Sign up now for reduced school meals

Pasco County, Florida -The District School Board of Pasco County's policy for free and reduced-priced meals and meal prices was approved for the 2011-2012 school year. 

Under the National School Lunch Act, families who are below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines may qualify for free or reduced-priced meal benefits.  Families MUST complete a new Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application for the upcoming school year. 

Families can apply online by visiting the Food and Nutrition Services Department website at www.pasco.k12.fl.us/nutrition/free_reduced; or applications will be available on August 1, 2011 from any Pasco County school cafeteria or administration office, at student orientation, and throughout the school year.  A new family application MUST be submitted at the start of each new school year.