Friday, January 18, 2019

Pasco Schools Secondary Science & Engineering Fair

Who: Pasco County middle and high school students

What: Pasco Secondary Regional Science and Engineering Fair

When: Saturday, February 2

  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Judging
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Public Viewing
  • 3 p.m. – Awards Ceremony


  • Judging and Public Viewing: Thomas E. Weightman Middle School, 30649 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel
  • Awards Ceremony: Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel

Why: The competition gives students the chance to conduct independent research using scientific methods to complete projects, have the projects displayed and judged for scientific merit, and compete for prizes and awards.

How: Students choose a topic to experiment and form a hypothesis. Next, the students conduct research, collect and analyze data, and explain their findings in a written report. The report is considered, along with a display board that illustrates the elements of the project using graphs, charts, diagrams, or photos, and the students present their research and findings to the judges. Students in the regional fair have won their school science and engineering fair competition. Students are eligible for a variety of prizes if they place in the regional science and engineering fair, and top winners move on to the state competition.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Be Our Guest (Teacher)

Who: Qualified applicants who wish to substitute teach in Pasco County Schools

What: Guest Teacher Hiring Event

When: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 6

Where: Pasco County Schools district office complex, Building 2
             7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes

Why: Pasco County Schools is seeking guest teachers and professional guest teachers to substitute teach.

How: Interested applicants may pre-register at  Qualified applicants can interview on-the-spot.  There are two levels of guest teacher:  professional guest teacher and guest teacher.  A high school diploma or GED is required to qualify for guest teacher, and pay ranges from $65 per day to $95 per day, depending on the level of education and length of the substitute teaching assignment.  Professional guest teachers must have a minimum bachelor’s degree in a “certified” subject and possess a current teaching certificate.  Professional guest teachers fill in for teachers on leave for 30 days or more and are compensated $160 per day.  All guest teachers must complete a 20-hour training course, work a minimum of 10 days per semester, and be available to work on short notice.  For more information, click here.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Tuesday’s School Board Meeting Time & Location Moved

Tuesday’s School Board Meeting Time & Location Moved

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (January 14, 2019) – Tomorrow’s Pasco County School Board meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the River Ridge High School media center.  The meeting will be followed by the S.T.A.R. Awards employee recognition event at 6:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts at River Ridge.

The meeting time and location were moved when the S.T.A.R. Awards format was changed to recognize the site-based teacher of the year, SRP of the year, and NNB of the year in conjunction with the school board meeting.  Award recipients from west-side schools will be recognized during the S.T.A.R. Awards on Tuesday.
The Tuesday, February 19, School Board meeting also has been moved from the district office complex.  The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Wesley Chapel High School cafeteria.  East-side employees of the year will be recognized at 6:30 p.m. that evening in the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel.
The district teacher of the year, SRP of the year, NNB of the year, principal of the year, assistant principal of the year, district administrator of the year, professional guest teacher of the year, and guest teacher of the year will be recognized at a dinner banquet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 26, at the Hilton Garden Inn at the Suncoast Parkway.
River Ridge High School is located at 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey.  Wesley Chapel High School is located at 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Maker Mania Night at Dr. John Long Middle School

Who: Dr. John Long Middle School students, parents, and local community workforce

What: Maker Mania Night

When: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Monday, December 17

Where: Dr. John Long Middle School, 2025 Mansfield Boulevard, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

Why: For the first time ever, Dr. John Long Middle School is hosting an open house-style Maker Mania Night to showcase student-made Makerprojects. This event will give students an opportunity to show off the work they’ve done to parents, fellow students, and the community.

How: Students will have informational displays set up at booths throughout the space. Attendees can visit each booth to learn more about the work that the students have done on their projects. Each student has worked though the engineering cycle to solve problems related to their purpose in a subject unfamiliar to them previously.

The projects are related to Maker Faire, an international celebration of invention, creativity, and curiosity, showcasing the very best of the global Maker Movement—where people of all ages and backgrounds gather to learn, share, play, and make. These types of events have been held in Dubai, Paris, Bangkok, and locales all over the world.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Community Foundation Awards $40,000 Grant to Pasco Schools to fund Pasco Standards Summer Institute

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (December 13, 2018) – Pasco County Schools recently was notified that the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay approved $40,000 in grant funds for a project that seeks to improve teacher and leader professional learning with the goal of greater student outcomes.

The Investing in Teaching and Leading Excellence for Greater Student Achievement Project will support a Pasco Standards Summer Institute through the district’s Pasco Partners group as well as external partners TNTP and UnBoundED. The program will focus on building teacher knowledge around the core content standards, with an integration of social emotional learning.

The grant will be used to plan and develop training materials for the 2019 Pasco Standards Summer Institute and deliver the Summer Standards Institute training for teachers. The 2019 Summer Standards Institute will take place while schools are closed, so teachers can attend and begin to embed their deepened learning into their planning for the 2019-2020 school year.

The goal is that by the end of the 2019-2020 school year at least 50 percent of Pasco County instructional staff who attend the 2019 Summer Standards Institute will demonstrate evidence that they are planning,delivering, assessing and monitoring standards-based instruction matched to the rigor of the standards as demonstrated by rigor walk-through results, standards-aligned curriculum, and assessment resources. If teachers meet this goal, there will be an increase in student achievement and teacher effectiveness asdemonstrated by student state assessment reports and teacher evaluation data.


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