Friday, May 24, 2019

Pasco 3rd Grade ELA Scores Improve

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 24, 2019) – Pasco County third graders improved their overall proficiency (Level 3 – 5) on the English Language Arts Florida Standards Assessment by three percentage points over last year (57/60) and outperformed the state by two percentage points (58/60).

The following schools saw improvement of 10 percentage points or more:

  • Chasco Elementary – 14 percentage points
  • Connerton Elementary – 16 percentage points
  • Lake Myrtle Elementary – 11 percentage points
  • Oakstead Elementary – 11 percentage points
  • Richey Elementary – 10 percentage points
  • Sand Pine Elementary – 26 percentage points
  • Seven Springs Elementary – 19 percentage points
  • Veterans Elementary – 11 percentage points
  • Academy at the Farm – 12 percentage points
  • Learning Lodge Academy – 27 percentage points

Another 23 schools increased or maintained the percentage of students scoring a Level 3 or higher. Overall, Pasco County’s third graders showed the highest proficiency percentage in the Tampa Bay area.

Superintendent Kurt Browning gave credit for the overall improvement to Pasco’s teachers, saying, “I can’t thank our teachers enough for their focus on making sure students are learning what they need to know.”  He added, “I realize we ask a lot of our teachers and administrators, but we have high-quality, dedicated educators throughout this district who care deeply about the success of their students.”

The 2019 FSA ELA Grade 3 state, district and school results may be accessed at

Pasco Schools, Offices Closed for Memorial Day

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 24, 2019) – All Pasco County public schools and offices are closed Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, including the PLACE childcare program.

Students return for two final days of school on Tuesday, May 28.  The final day for teachers is Friday, May 31.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Early Release Days are Coming Next Year

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 22, 2019) – Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, Pasco County Schools is implementing a monthly, two-hour early release schedule.  Early release days will be the second Wednesday of each month beginning in September 2019, except for January 2020, when it will be on the third Wednesday.  There will be no early release days in August or May.

“We are confident that this additional learning time for teachers will increase effective instruction and lead to higher student achievement,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.  “Another benefit is that teachers will not have to complete professional development during student class time, thereby increasing student contact time and decreasing the need for substitutes,” he added.

The district’s PLACE program has a package option available for eligible, pre-registered students, and the district is working with private daycare facilities to develop a list of other choices. Students already enrolled in PLACE programs will be able to stay the extra two hours without additional charges.  Current morning-only PLACE students may attend in the afternoon without charge.  Parents who have a last-minute need for their children to attend PLACE also may register at any time prior to the early release day that care is needed. The daily drop-fee and registration fee will apply.

Bus transportation will be provided two hours earlier than usual for students who are transported on regular school days. The same routes and stops will be used.

FAQs have been developed for employees, families, and administrators, and can be found by clicking on the Early Release banner on the district homepage.  The page also includes all of the early release dates.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Pasco Schools to Feed Kids for Free Again this Summer

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 17, 2019) – With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. The Pasco County Schools Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to kids and teens during the summer.

This summer, meals will be served at sites across the county from June 5 through July 31.  There are no income requirements or registration necessary, and anyone age 18 and younger may participate.

Lakeview Café, located adjacent to Lake O Lakes High School, (7227 Land ‘O Lakes Blvd, Land ‘O Lakes) will be open all summer to serve free lunch to kids and teens. Salads, sandwiches, and hot entrees will be available for purchase by adults.

In addition to the school cafeterias that will be open for meal service, six mobile feeding buses will make lunch stops at the following locations:

Port Richey: Regency Palms Apartments (11 a.m.) 8332 Alwick Cir.; Windtree Apartments (noon) 8540 Roblina Rd.; Summer Lake Villas (1 p.m.) 4331 Fiji Dr.

Hudson: Harbor Oaks Apartments (11:15 a.m.) 12221 Holbrook Dr.; Hudson Ridge Apartments (noon) 12140 Hudson Ridge Dr.; Regency Park Library (1 p.m.) 9701 Little Rd.; Hudson Library (11:15 a.m.) 8012 Library Rd.; Health Department (11:15 a.m.) 11611 Denton Ave.; Hudson Hills Manor (1 p.m.) 15902 Homewood Ln.

Dade City/Lacoochee: Glorious Church of God (11:15 a.m.) 20714 Center St.; Lacoochee Boys & Girls Club (noon) 38724 Mudcat Grant Blvd.; Cypress Manor (12:15 p.m.) 20637 Evergreen Ct.; Hilltop Landing Apartments (1 p.m.) 15641 14th St.; Arbours at Fort King (11:15 a.m.) 12861 Stately Oak St.; Hugh Embry Library (12:15 a.m.) 14215 Fourth St.; Health Department (1 p.m.) 13941 15th St.

Zephyrhills: Pretty Pond Road (11 a.m.) 38510 Pretty Pond; Zephyrhills Library (noon) 5347 8th St.; Zephyr Park (12:45 p.m.) 5039 4th St.

Additionally, mobile feeding vans will be serving at the following locations:

New Port Richey: Community Congregational Church (11:30 a.m.) 6533 Circle Blvd.; Health Department (12:30 p.m.) 5640 Main St.; Starkey Park (noon) 10500 Wilderness Park Rd.; Energy Marine Center (12:30 p.m.) 9130 Old Post Rd.

Hudson: Veterans Memorial Park (noon) 14333 Hicks Rd.

Spring Hill: Safety Town (noon) 15325 Alric Pottberg Rd.; Elsie Logan Memorial Park (noon) 15840 Greenglen Ln.

Dade City: Lake George Manor (11:30 a.m.) 15246 Davis Loop; Farmworker’s Self-Help (12:30 p.m.) 37124 Lock St.; Lighthouse Daycare (12:45 p.m.) 14520 21st St.; James Irvin Civic Center (noon) 38122 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Wesley Chapel: New River Lakes (11:30 a.m.) 4944 Prairie View Way; New River Library (12:30 p.m.) 34043 FL-54.

For a list of addresses and times, or to view the new summer menu, visit

Pasco County Schools Graduation Information

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 17, 2019) – Pasco County Schools seniors will begin commencement ceremonies with Fred K. Marchman Technical College’s graduation on Tuesday, May 21, at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge.  The bulk of the district’s graduations will take place between Tuesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 9, at the USF Yuengling Center.

Click here to access information about each high school’s graduation, including the names of valedictorians and salutatorians, and the number of anticipated graduates.

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