• Dec. 22: End of second grading quarter.
• Dec. 23 - Jan. 7: Winter Break.
• Jan. 8: Teacher planning day. No school for students.
• Jan. 15: No school, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
• Jan. 16: Report cards are distributed.
• Robot Club, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St. Dade City. Build and program various robots. Grades 6–12.
• Nuts & Volts, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. This monthly program offers the opportunity to explore STEM education and activities in a hands-on environment. For grades 4-7.
• Junior Architects, 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Land O’Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes. Ages: 9-15. Registration, proper dress code and a signed liability waiver required. Call (813) 929-1214 to register.
Winter break offers the opportunity to check out a variety of new and ongoing educational programs at local libraries. For information about Pasco County library offerings at all branches, check out the events calendar at www.pascolibraries.org. For information about events and programs at the New Port Richey Public Library, go to nprlibrary.org
• Volunteer mentors are needed for Take Stock in Children, a program with the Pasco Education Foundation that offers Pasco County students scholarships, mentors and hope to help break the cycle of poverty through education. Mentors meet at the student’s school 2-4 times per month and are needed at the following schools: Centennial Middle (female), Hudson Middle (female), Mitchell High (female), Sunlake High (male), Zephyrhills High (female).
Mentor training dates will be held in December and January.
For information, contact Diana Jerome, TSIC Mentor Coordinator at (813) 794-2134 or [email protected] dation.org
• The Pasco County Schools Magnet School application window will be open through Jan. 12, 2018. Pasco County Magnet Schools include, Bayonet Point Middle STEM School in Port Richey, Centennial Middle STEM School in Dade City, Pine View Middle IB Middle Years Programme Candidate School in Land O’Lakes and Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM School in Land O’Lakes. For more information on how to apply, go to www.pasco.k12.fl.us/ed_choice/magnet
• Online applications for the Pasco Education Foundation scholarships will be open through Jan. 31. The scholarships are intended for students who are graduating seniors from a Pasco County public school who will be attending post-secondary education at a college, university or technical school.
Applications must be completed by the student, including accompanying essays.
Once the application review has been completed, only students that have been selected to receive a scholarship will be notified via email and U.S. mail. To view a list of available scholarships and or to apply, go to www.pascoeducationfoundation.org/students/
• The application window for the 2018-2019 Pasco Hernando State College Collegiate High School Program is open through February 2. 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.
For more information on program features, requirements and the application process go to www.pasco.k12.fl.us/otl/chs
• Saint Leo University is seeking college-bound high school seniors who want to study computer science or mathematics for a special four-year scholarship and academic program the university has underway.
Saint Leo plans to admit eight high-achieving students as Emerging Math and Computer Science Scholars (EMACS) in fall 2018 at University Campus in east Pasco County.
Recurring scholarships of up to $10,000 are available to each admitted scholar as long as academic standards are met. Receiving EMACS scholarships will not prevent students from receiving other financial aid, if they are eligible.
The EMACS program scholarships were made possible at Saint Leo through a grant from the National Science Foundation, awarded to the university to help nurture analytical and technology talent in the next generation.
The first cohort of EMACS Scholars was admitted in the fall of 2017.
There will be only two cohorts under this grant. Application deadline for the fall of 2018 is March 1. Students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors are invited to learn more and request a campus tour by contacting faculty member Dr. Vyas Krishnan at [email protected]