Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A series of town hall meetings kicks off Wednesday, May 22.
Pasco County School Board members want to hear from New Port Richey residents as the clock ticks down for them to set a budget for the 2013-14 school year. To get input from parents, students and others in the community, the board is playing host to a series of town hall meetings. The meetings are designed to give residents a chance to ask questions and share their suggestions. The district is once again facing a multimillion dollar budget shortfall as it heads into next year. Estimates put that shortfall at about $23 million. The number has caused the district to implement a hiring freeze and it’s also discussed a number of cuts, including eliminating media specialist positions. The first town hall meeting is set for Wednesday, May 22 at …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Seven Springs Elementary PTA president Mara Leah Slone was released on $5,000 bond after deputies say she embezzled nearly $3,000.
Seven Springs Elementary School’s PTA president is in hot water after Pasco County deputies say the New Port Richey woman took $2,825 that didn’t belong to her. Mara Leah Slone, 33, was booked into the Land O’ Lakes Jail May 16 on scheme to defraud charges. She was later released after posting bond, jail records indicate. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Slone, the sole signer on the Seven Springs PTA account, took money from the PTA account between Dec. 14, 2011, and Jan. 15, 2013. A bookkeeper for the county’s PTA council gets the credit for catching the expenditures receipts had not been produced for. Slone told deputies she took the money for personal use due to “financial hardships,” the Times reported. She handed over $2,000 to a …
Find out what’s what with the Class of 2013 at high schools throughout the area.
Graduation day is almost here for high school seniors throughout the New Port Richey area. To help you keep up with what’s what, here’s a look at graduation information for each of our area’s four schools: Gulf High School This school anticipates about 255 students will receive diplomas during a Friday, May 31 ceremony at 6 p.m. The festivities take place at the Epicenter, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Its top seniors are: A total of $923,700 in scholarships has been earned by Gulf students as of May 13. Mitchell High School An estimated 390 seniors will receive diplomas during a 5 p.m. June 1 ceremony at the USF SunDome. Top seniors are: Scholarship information was not available. Ridgewood High School This school expects about…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Calusa Elementary and Two Men and a Truck are teaming up to give women being housed at Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter something to celebrate.
Students at Calusa Elementary School are partnering with the Two Men and a Truck moving company to bring a little cheer to women seeking shelter from domestic violence. In recognition of Mother’s Day, the students are collecting donations of items they can put in gift baskets for mothers being housed at Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter. The shelter provides a safe place for domestic violence victims to go. It serves all of Pasco County with its crisis housing, hot line, counseling programs and other services. The drop-off point is at Calusa Elementary, 7520 Orchid Lake Road. The deadline to bring drop-offs to the schools is Thursday, May 8. Two Men and A Truck will pick them up that day and deliver them to the shelter. Items being …
The local high school joined 114 other Florida campuses on the magazine’s 2013 list.
New Port Richey area parents and students have reason to be proud. One of the area’s high schools made it on Newsweeks’ Top 2,000 list of the best high schools in the country. Schools selected for the honor are “those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads,” the magazine’s website says. Honorees are judged on such factors as graduation rate, college acceptance rate and test scores. Mitchell High School placed 1,580 on the list of 2,000. The top school in the state is the International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High. The No. 1 school in the nation, according to Newsweek, is in Bowling Green, Ky. Other Tampa Bay area schools on the list include Chamberlain and Gaither in nearby Hillsborough County. …
Monday, May 6, 2013
It's Teacher Appreciation Week! What do you want to say to that educator who meant the most to you? To the teacher who makes your child's year the best ever?
The first full week in May, every year since 1984, has been designated as Teacher Appreciation Week by the National PTA, which this year is holding a contest for parents who deliver thank-you letters to teachers May 6-10 (See contest note below). Signs at schools throughout the area give a nod to this year's appreciation celebration, as PTA volunteers, school administrators, students and parents gear up to recognize teachers who make a difference. As noted on the National PTA Web site, Teacher Appreciation Week is "a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children." PTA events at the national, state, and local levels celebrate the outstanding contributions teachers make. Is your school, …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The River Ridge softball team knocked Mitchell High out of the post-season.
The River Ridge Lady Knights girls softball team reined in the Mitchell Lady Mustangs' charge toward the regional finals Tuesday. The stands were full as parents watched the Knights beat the Mustangs 5-0 in the 6A semi-regional final at the River Ridge High School campus. “What time is it? Knight Time,” parents chanted when River Ridge ended the game. Now, River Ridge is heading to the 6A regional finals. Last year, the Knights were stopped in the regional finals by Lakewood Ranch. This year could be different. Coach Ernie Beck said the team has strong hitters and pitchers, as well as a roster of experienced players. “These kids are all coming through,” he said. River Ridge will play at Lakewood Ranch Friday at 7 p.m.
Monday, April 29, 2013
One Florida County has given elementary school principals the green light to paddle misbehaving students. What do you think about this, Tampa Bay?
A trip to the principal’s office in Marion County elementary schools might mean more for misbehaving students than a call to parents and possible detention detail. Principals there have been given the green light to paddle unruly pupils. The county’s school board decided April 23 that it was high time this once banned practice was brought back into the educational system. Citing repeat disciplinary problems with students where nothing else worked to get kids on track, board member Carol Ely, a retired principal, put the idea on the table. While the measure passed, principals don’t have carte blanche to paddle kids. Principals must first obtain standing written permission from parents, and they must get verbal permission before each …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Mary Kay Kujak, a senior at Ridegwood High School, has been recognized by the Florida High School Athletic Association.
A New Port Richey teen has been recognized by the Florida High School Athletic Association for her good grades and community service. Mary Kay Kujak, a senior at Ridegwood High School, has a 4.0 and plays basketball, volleyball and tennis. The teen has aquired more than 800 hours of community service as well. Her accomplishments earned her a place among the FHSAA's Academic All-State Team. The FHSAA is proud to reward these outstanding students through the Academic All-State scholarship program for excelling in the classroom and yet still finding a way to impact their communities and succeed in the athletic arena," said FHSAA Executive Director Roger Dearing in a press release. In total 24 Florida students recieved the honor. "This group …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Mittye P. Locke Elementary took a musical approach to get students ready for this year’s FCAT testing.
As FCAT 2.0 testing kicks off in Pasco Schools Monday, April 15, students throughout the county only need look to YouTube for a little inspiration. On the Pasco Schools’ YouTube page is a video that was created by faculty and students at New Port Richey's Mittye P. Locke Elementary School to get spirits high in advance of the high-stakes test. The school’s “FCAT Baby” video is a parody of the popular Carly Rae Jepsen song “Call Me Maybe.” FCAT 2.0 reading, math and science testing continues through April 26, according to the district’s website. For more details on the FCATs, visit the Florida Department of Education online.