WESLEY CHAPEL — School children across Pasco County raced into summer Tuesday as the 2013-14 academic year came to a close.
For some, the summer will be a time of transition as they prepare to move from elementary school to middle school, or middle school to high school.
For high school seniors, the final day had already passed by the time Tuesday arrived. Graduation ceremonies were held over the weekend.
At Veterans Elementary in Wesley Chapel on Tuesday, students and staff lined up for the traditional “fifth-grade clap out,” where the fifth-graders are showered with applause at the end of the day as they finish their elementary school careers.
This year’s fifth-grade class at Veterans had a special distinction. They were in kindergarten when the school opened in 2008, which means they are the first fifth-grade class to spend all six years of elementary school at Veterans.
Other fifth-graders at other schools participated in similar year-end rituals.
By the time Pasco County students return in August for the 2014-15 school year, several changes will have been made around the school district.
The transportation department plans improvements aimed at making bus schedules run more smoothly at the beginning of the year. Pasco Middle and Pasco High in Dade City will be adding Cambridge programs to provide more challenging academic choices for high-performing students. A major reconstruction project at Schrader Elementary in New Port Richey should be complete, and students and staff will move into a new building that replaced one that was torn down.
Meanwhile, schools won’t be completely silent between now and August. The district has scheduled several summer enrichment programs expected to serve more than 6,500 students.