Tuesday, November 27, 2018

KTECH Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The staff at Wendell Krinn Technical High School would like to extend an invitation to the public to attend our ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The event will take place in the media center at 11:30 a.m., and a light lunch will be provided for all attendees following the brief ceremony.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Pasco County School Board Welcomes New and Returning Members

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 20, 2018) – The District School Board of Pasco County sworn in three members to the board. Cynthia Armstrong and Allen Altman were sworn is as returning members, and Megan Harding was sworn as the newest member of the board, filling the vacant seat of retiring member Steve Luikart.
As part of the reorganization of the board, Allison Crumbley was elected Chair and Colleen Beaudoin was elected Vice-Chair.
The board also adopted changes to its March 5, scheduled meeting to 6 p.m., and plans to consider the proposed west Pasco school reorganization changes at that time.  The January 15, and February 19, meetings will begin at 5 p.m., with special employee recognitions beginning at 6:30 p.m., and will be held at different locations that includes Wesley Chapel High School Performing Arts Center and River Ridge High School Performing Arts Center.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Pasco Schools and Offices Closed Thanksgiving Week

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 16, 2018) – All Pasco County Public schools and offices will be closed Monday, November 19, through Friday, November 23, in observance of Thanksgiving.  All PLACE programs will be open Monday-Wednesday and are closed on Thursday and Friday.
          
Wayne Bertsch will be on-call PIO for breaking news only until Wednesday, November 21.  Linda Cobbe will be on-call PIO for breaking news only thereafter.  Contact information for both PIOs is above.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pasco County Schools to Host Two School Choice Expos

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 15, 2018) – With the goal of informing Pasco County families about the upcoming school choice application windows and innovative program options, Pasco County Schools is hosting expo-style events – one on each side of the county – on November 26 and 29.

The west-side Pasco Pathways Expo is on November 26, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at J. W. Mitchell High School, 2323 Little Road in New Port Richey.

The east-side Pasco Pathways Expo is on November 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel.

“Having two separate expos provides families a convenient way to learn about the new school choice application process and innovative programs available for students in Pasco County Schools,"  said Superintendent Kurt Browning.

The expos will feature informational sessions that cover general application process updates and changes. In addition, many of Pasco County’s world-class schools (primarily secondary) will showcase their unique educational options like STEM and STEAM magnet schools, the Cambridge International Education Programme, International Baccalaureate, Career Pathways, Pasco eSchool, and more.

For more information, or to register to attend either of the Pasco Pathways Expos, parents should visit www.pascoschools.org and click on the Pasco Pathways banner at the top.

Sunlake High School Student is Pasco’s Outstanding Senior

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 14, 2018) – Pasco County Schools announces that Jillian Gordy of Lutz has been selected as the 2018-2019 Pasco County Schools Outstanding Senior.

Every year, each high school nominates an outstanding senior who competes for the district award. The students are nominated on the basis of outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, and citizenship. First, they are screened by their school’s student body, faculty, and administration, for the school-level award. Next, a panel of district and school administrators interviews all school-based nominees and selects the winner.

Scholarship

Jillian has taken several Advanced Placement courses and earned the AP Scholar award for earning 5s on all of the AP exams she took. She won the Science Achievement Award for Academic Excellence in AP Environmental Science as a sophomore. In addition to AP courses, she has been taking dual enrollment courses since her sophomore year. She was awarded the English Achievement Award for Dual Enrollment as a sophomore and junior, and made the PHSC Honor Roll both semesters of the 2017-2018 school year. Jillian has earned the All A’s Academic Honor Roll every year of high school. She already has earned 35 college credits and her GPA exceeds 4.0.

Leadership

Jillian also has shown great leadership throughout high school. She is executive student body president and has been an officer in student government for four years. Within the first months of her term, she started two new traditions at Sunlake. With the help of administration, she enabled both staff and seniors to paint their parking spots as a way to encourage school spirit. She also started the tradition of making and distributing freshmen goodie bags that contained applications for clubs, athletic information, and homecoming information during freshmen orientation to encourage new students to become involved.

Jillian is the student government representative on the School Advisory Council as well. In addition to her involvement with student government, she is the president of the French Honor Society and French Club. She has been an officer in this club for three years. Moreover, Jillian has been the Class of 2019 director for Key Club for three years and is the Sunlake High School representative on the Pasco Schools Student Congress, working to identify problems within her school and district and create plausible solutions. During her sophomore year, she was selected to participate as the Sunlake representative on the Youth Leadership Pasco program to learn about opportunities within the county. Jillian also is a member of the National Honor Society at her school.

Service

Jillian has been a member of Sunlake’s Key Club, a volunteer organization, for four years and the class director for three years. Through this club, she has volunteered for a multitude of events in and around her community, earning more than 450 volunteer hours throughout her high school career. Jillian won the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award for her volunteer work with Toys for Tots, an organization she has been volunteering for since she was five. Jillian also worked as a Hurricane Irma shelter volunteer at her high school last year.

She has used her leadership role in Key Club and her passion for the health of the environment to encourage members to become active in improving the world around them. She has been the point person for youth volunteers for Keep Pasco Beautiful organization, volunteering at the last three annual Coastal Cleanups, the Earth Day event, and the Great American Cleanup. Jillian has earned the Key Club Distinguished Member Award for her service and was the Key Club junior classman with the most volunteer hours. She has volunteered during Upperclassmen and Freshmen Orientation for four years. Her goal is to become a life-long volunteer and she believes that her volunteer work will continue in the next chapter of her life.

Citizenship

In addition to the above activities, Jillian has displayed citizenship and contributed to her community by using her leadership role in Key Club to benefit the Toys for Tots organization. As a sophomore, Jillian initiated the first Toys for Tots gift drive affiliated with Key Club. Specifically, Jillian asked her peers to bring in gifts for teenagers, after noticing that the 13- to 17-year-old age group is often overlooked by donators. In years prior to her initiative, the table for teen gifts was desolate, but after she raised awareness and asked her peers to donate, the table has been overflowing with gifts. She has continued this initiative and is currently working with the Kiwanis of Greater West Pasco to expand awareness and increase donations directed towards teenagers. Jillian has used her voice to positively impact people in her community.

The Pasco County School Board will recognize Jillian for her achievements at an upcoming school board meeting.

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