News: Pasco County Schools Bell Time Changes

18 Oct

The following information was sent out to parents of students attending as Pasco County School.

“Due to the chronic bus driver shortage, many students are arriving late to school every day, which results in a loss of instructional time. To address the problem, the school district is proposing a mid-year change to school bell times. Under the proposed plan, school starting and ending times would be adjusted starting January 4, when students return from Winter Break.”

Download the draft Pasco County Schools Bell Schedule for 2021-2022 using the link below.

Pasco County Schools Draft Bell Times 2021-2022 School Year

Events: Starkey Ranch Fall Fair

12 Oct

Event: Starkey Ranch Fall Fair
Date: November 13, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: 11880 Lake Blanche Drive, Odessa, Florida 33556

Come out to the Starkey Ranch District Park on Saturday, November 13 for some fall fun! There will be shopping, local vendors, food trucks, inflatables, and Touch-a-Truck. Open to the public, this is a great way to celebrate fall and support local businesses! The Fair will held at the Starkey Ranch District Park, 10am-2pm, and is hosted by Starkey CARES.

Facebook Event Page (Click Here!)

Events: Hope UMC Pumpkinpalooza

2 Oct
Pumpkinpalooza is coming to Trinity!
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021 AT 11 AM
 
Pumpkin Patch 9 am – 8 pm
*Many different pumpkins to pick from and fall photo opportunities
Food Truck Rally 11 am – 7 pm
*Food Trucks include: Got Lobstah?, Sweetie’s BBQ, Philly Buster, Chicken Salad Chick, Cold Stone Creamery snd Sliderz – N – More
 
Food Drive 12 pm – 3 pm
*We will be collecting non-perishable food items for our local food pantry.
 
Musical Entertainment 12 pm – 3 pm
*Billy Ray Virus
Family Costume party 3 pm – 6 pm
*Candy, Games, Prizes, Music, and More!
 
For more information – Click Here!

Coming Soon: Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop in Starkey Ranch

23 Jul

According to a news article posted here, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop will soon be opening a location in Starkey Ranch.

A taste of Philadelphia’s legendary Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop is closer than you think to opening up here in the Tampa Bay area!

They’re quite popular in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Washington. And now they’re coming to Florida. The closest one to us at the moment is in Atlanta, but they have big plans to enter the Tampa area with over a dozen locations in the works. Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop was founded in 1976. They now have over 100 locations around the United States. The first two Tampa area locations will open this summer. One will be in Odessa in Starkey Ranch. The other will be in Lutz at the Willow Bend Towne Center. Others will later open in Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk and Pinellas counties.

Can your taste buds handle what Capriotti’s is cooking?

News: Trinity and Starkey Ranch Baseball League Coming!

15 Jul

We are excited to hear that Trinity and Starkey Ranch will be getting their own baseball league! This is a long time coming and the season starts this coming Fall. Check out all of the great information below and if you want to sign up, please click the link at the bottom of the article!

2021 Trinity and Starkey Ranch Fall Recreational Baseball Registration

Dates / Times
We will be located at Starkey Ranch District Park in Odessa, FL from Sept 11, 2021 – Oct 30, 2021. Because we only have 1 field for fall season (more fields are being built ahead of Spring), our Fall season will be focused on skill-building and offer scrimmages in the latter half of the season.

Practice & Scrimmages – Saturdays

  • T-Ball + Rookie:  9am – 1pm
  • Minor + Major:  1pm – 5pm

Additional optional practice – Sundays

  • All levels:  9am – 1pm

Program
Youth Sports Florida’s recreational baseball program consists of four age-based levels depending on the player’s age as of May 1 of the current year. Program emphasis is on fundamentals of the game as players are shown the basics of hitting, throwing, catching and base running within a framework of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Teams
All coaches are volunteers and coaches set up the practice location, day and time.  Rosters, schedules, uniforms and equipment are distributed to coaches before your first game. Players will be contacted by the coach of their team. Practices will begin in September. Please note coaches will be required to complete a background check.

Special Request Policy
Coach and teammate requests will be considered carefully, but there is no guarantee they will be honored. For requests to be considered, the registration must be turned in by the registration deadline.

What about the girls!?!
A softball program will be coming soon. In the meantime, our baseball program is co-ed at all age groups and girls are welcome!

Divisions

T-Ball for ages 4-6

Ballplayers ages 4-6 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment.

Rookie (machine/coach-pitch) for ages 7-8

Designed primarily for ballplayers ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine and/or coach-pitch to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field. Fear of actually being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants.

Minor for ages 9-10

Recommended for ballplayers ages 9-10. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork.

Major for ages 11-12

Features a 46′ pitching distance and 60′ base paths. Special base running rules are also in effect.

News: Starkey K8 School Names Admin Staff

19 Jan

Pasco County Schools has announced the appointment of Cortney Gantt as the new Principal of the Starkey Ranch K-8 school opening in August 2021. Mrs. Gantt is a long time resident and administration team member in the Trinity area and has an awesome reputation as one of the best principals around.

Joining Mrs. Gantt will be Jennifer Frantz, who has been appointed as the Starkey K-8 school’s Assistant Principal. 

We’ve provided a list below showing the other staff members that will be part of the Starkey K-8 team.

Principal

NameEmailJob Description
Gantt, Cortney[email protected]Principal K8

Assistant Principals

NameEmailJob Description
Frantz, Jennifer[email protected]Asst Principal K8 245

Teachers

NameEmailJob Description

Support Staff

NameEmailJob Description
Grosseibl, Amy[email protected]Admin Asst Secondary NNB 245 
Level Flood, Brittany[email protected]Magnet Coordinator 
Moles, Toni[email protected]Stu Sys Data Entry Operator 
Pimental, Kim[email protected]Registrar 
Sajecki, Annette[email protected]Secretary III 216 
Wolfe, Joyce[email protected]Learn Design Coach 
Yothers, Cathy[email protected]Bookkeeper Sec 7.5h

Coming Soon: Starkey Ranch K-8 is set to open next fall

15 Oct
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A new kindergarten through eighth grade school that’s being constructed in the Starkey Ranch community now has an official name: Starkey Ranch K-8.

The school is scheduled to open next fall, and will part of a complex that includes a district park, a theater and library. The district park opened in November 2017.

The quartet of community amenities resulted from a public-public-private partnership involving Pasco County Schools, Pasco County and the Wheelock Communities, the private developers of Starkey Ranch, a community off State Road 54 in Trinity.

Starkey Ranch K-8 School is the public school district’s first school specifically designed for elementary and middle school students.

The school is expected to have about 1,000 elementary school students and 600 middle school students. The campus includes a gymnasium, athletic fields, a running track and sports courts that will be available during non-school hours to residents, through a shared-use agreement.

Additionally, the third part of the partnership involves Pasco County, and involves the construction of what’s been dubbed TLC, which stands for theater, library and cultural center.

The TLC will accommodate public library patrons and students. It also will have a 250-seat theater and three makerspaces.

The Pasco County School Board approved the school’s official name during its Oct. 6 meeting. The board prefers to name schools after the general location, features of the area or historical information about the area.

Source: The Laker / Lutz News

Starkey Ranch / Trinity School Rezoning Information

30 Sep

With the scheduled opening of Starkey Ranch K8 school for the 2021 school year, there will be a rezoning taking place in order to evenly distribute the population across the available schools. Here is the latest information.

Questions and Answers

  • When will the boundaries change? If approved by the School Board, these changes will go into effect at the start of the 2020-21 school year.
  • Which students will be affected? Students currently zoned for Dr. John Long Middle, Pasco High, Pasco Middle, Quail Hollow Elementary, Wesley Chapel High and Wiregrass Ranch High Schools may potentially be affected.
  • How will I know which school my child will be attending next year? The maps posted on the rezoning page of the Pasco County Schools’ website, detail the impacted areas:  pasco.k12.fl.us/planning/page/rezoning
  • Will rising seniors be allowed to remain at their current school? Yes, students who will be seniors during the 2020-2021 school year will remain at their current school.  Bus transportation on a senior-only bus will be provided for those seniors who are currently eligible for bus transportation.
  • If my child was previously approved for school choice to attend an out-of-boundary school that is now impacted by boundary changes, do I need to complete a School Choice-Open Enrollment Application for the 2020-21 school year? No, for this rezoning, the Superintendent has determined that students currently on school choice, who are at a school that is being rezoned, will not have to reapply for school choice to remain at their current school.
  • Can my child attend an out-of-boundary school?  School Choice applications are accepted in December and January for schools that have available seats. Parents may submit a request for their child to attend one of those schools for the following year.  Siblings of rising seniors and students entering the highest grade served at a school (5th or 8th graders) will be given priority in the school choice process.  Click here for more information about school choice.
  • How do these boundary changes affect bus transportation for my child? Transportation is provided to zoned schools for students who live further than 2 miles from the school.  However, transportation to a non-magnet school, that is outside the student’s attendance zone, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
  • My child is in an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program. Will there be any change due to the new boundaries?  If the program your child is in is unique to the school you currently attend then no, the boundary changes should not impact his/her educational services at the newly zoned school.  If the same services are offered at the newly zoned school then yes, the boundary changes may impact the school your child attends.
  • How will decisions about school choice applications be made? The district has a Board approved Controlled Open Enrollment Plan.  This plan, reviewed and revised annually as needed, complies with state and federal laws.  It established preferences for school choice requests and guides all decisions for parental requests to attend a school of choice.  The plan may be viewed at: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/library/ed_choice/Controlled_Open_Enrollment_plan.pdf

 

If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us:

Grand Opening: UrgentVet Trinity

30 Sep

UrgentVet Expands its Tampa Bay Presence With New Clinic in Pasco County
Open 365 days a year, the clinic offers an affordable alternative to veterinary ER


ODESSA, Fla. 
 Sept. 30, 2020 – UrgentVet, the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets, announced today it is expanding its presence in the Tampa Bay area by opening a third local clinic. The new clinic, which is located at 12307 State Road 54 in Odessa, is opening its doors to the public tomorrow, Thursday, October 1.

Officially named UrgentVet-New Port Richey, the clinic at the intersection of State Road 54 and Trinity Boulevard offers convenient access for pet parents residing in New Port Richey, Odessa, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel and throughout northern Hillsborough County. Its physical location is at the entrance to the Starkey Ranch master-planned development, making it particularly accessible for residents of the booming community.

“Pasco County has some of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in all of Tampa Bay, and we’re excited to open a clinic right in the heart of that growth,” said Dr. Jim Dobies, Founder, UrgentVet. “We feel that this new site allows us to serve a huge population of pet parents who may never have had access to a clinic like ours before.”

The new clinic will be UrgentVet’s fifth nationally and the third to open in the Tampa Bay area behind Westchase (August 2019) and Brandon (February 2020). Founded in 2015, UrgentVet also has locations in the Charlotte Metro area.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all UrgentVet clinics have adopted new processes to ensure the safety of both pet parents and employees.

Pet parents can use the website to check their pet in, and call or use the clinic’s intercom to alert staff once they arrive. The UrgentVet team will wear masks to limit any potential exposure while retrieving the pet, allowing pet parents to remain safe in the comfort of their car. In cases of euthanasia, a total of two visitors are allowed to accompany the pet inside.

UrgentVet fills the widening care gap that exists between traditional daytime veterinary practices and specialized 24-hour emergency hospitals, providing affordable after-hours relief on weeknights, weekends and holidays year-round.

Like its other Tampa Bay locations, UrgentVet-New Port Richey will be open from 3 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Noon to 8 p.m. on holidays.

The vision behind the UrgentVet practice model is to provide dogs and cats with trusted after-hours acute care just like an urgent care for humans. Pet parents in the area should continue to take pets to their primary care veterinarian for wellness care and routine visits, but UrgentVet-New Port Richey offers a trusting and compassionate option after-hours.

UrgentVet clinics routinely treat vomiting, diarrhea, lacerations, wounds, and skin and ear problems among many other presenting complaints.

On average, an UrgentVet bill is about 40% less than what a pet parent might pay for comparable services at a veterinary ER. No appointments are necessary, and pet parents who check in online can request that the clinic send a text message when it’s time to come in.

UrgentVet’s stress-free experience for pets is enhanced by the clinic design and special training the staff receives. All veterinarians and support staff are “Fear Free Certified Professionals,” which means they’re skilled in caring for both the pet’s physical and emotional well-being.

In addition, there are separate dog and cat waiting areas for pets and their parents to avoid what might be anxiety-inducing situations. All exam rooms have dimmable lighting for anxious animals, relaxing music to soothe the pets and each member of the staff wears sprayable pheromones for a calming effect.

The clinic itself is 2,100 square feet with a total of five exam rooms—two for large dogs, two for small dogs and one exclusively for cats—in addition to a separate comfort room. Other features include an in-house diagnostic lab, digital X-ray machine, ultrasound and cloud-based medical record-keeping software. The large dog rooms contain state-of-the-art lift tables, which also double as a non-slip scale, that lower to the floor for easy access for dogs who may be too heavy to pick up.

With all of its clinics, UrgentVet aims to develop strong relationships with neighboring primary care veterinarians, a practice that the new clinic staff has already started. After a pet’s visit, UrgentVet delivers lab work and X-rays with a referral letter to that pet’s veterinarian within 24 hours so that they can be informed and schedule a follow-up visit at their location.

“We know how deeply our pet parents care for their pets, and so we do whatever we can to ease what might be a tense or scary situation with compassionate care,” Dr. Dobies said. “Our goal is never to replace a primary care vet but rather to be there in the times that those vets aren’t able to be.”

For more information, visit UrgentVet.com.

About UrgentVet
Founded by Dr. Jim Dobies, UrgentVet is the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets. Offering after-hours services, UrgentVet provides pet parents with an affordable and convenient alternative to 24-hour emergency vets. UrgentVet currently operates clinics in Belmont, North Carolina; Fort Mill, South Carolina; Westchase, Brandon and New Port Richey, Florida (Tampa Bay), Florida.