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Thursday, May 28, 2015

High School Graduation Schedule

School Date Time Location
Anclote High School May 30, 2015 09:00 AM USF Sundome
F. K. Marchman Tech Ed Center May 20, 2015 07:00 PM River Ridge Performing Arts Center
Fivay High School May 15, 2015 07:30 PM US Sun Dome, Tampa, FL
Gulf High School May 29, 2015 06:00 PM Calvary Chapel Worship Center, NPR, FL
Hudson High School May 30, 2015 12:30 PM USF/Sundome
J. W. Mitchell High School May 31, 2015 06:00 PM University of South Florida Sun Dome
Land O' Lakes High School May 29, 2015 04:00 PM USF SUN DOME
Pasco eSchool May 31, 2015 06:00 PM USF SunDome
Pasco High School May 29, 2015 07:30 PM W.F. Edwards Stadium
Ridgewood High School May 29, 2015 06:30 PM Ridgewood High School Gymnasium
River Ridge High School May 29, 2015 06:00 PM River Ridge High School Gymnasium
Sunlake High School May 31, 2015 02:00 PM The University of South Florida Sundome
Wesley Chapel High School May 29, 2015 08:00 PM USF Sundome
Wiregrass Ranch High School May 31, 2015 10:00 AM USF Sundome
Zephyrhills High School May 30, 2015 04:00 PM USF Sundome

 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pasco Students Earn College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships


Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 27, 2015) – According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the following Pasco County Schools students have been awarded College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships:

Jaquelyn S. Nagy HOLIDAY 34690 GULF H. S., NEW PORT RICHEY Probable career field: Biological Engineering
NATIONAL MERIT UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP
The University of Florida is a public university of about 34,000 undergraduates in Gainesville. With more than 100 undergraduate degree programs, UF provides a broad education and many unique opportunities to help students develop a wide range of skills and strengths that are important in today's competitive job market.

Lisa A. Goldsworthy LAND O' LAKES 34639 SUNLAKE H. S., LAND O' LAKES Probable career field: Healthcare
NATIONAL MERIT UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP
The University of Central Florida, located in Orlando, is a member of the State University System of Florida, noted for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Its curriculum combines diversified programs in Engineering, Computer Science, Business Administration, Arts & Sciences, Education, and Health. Graduate programs through the Ph.D. and accompanying research activities provide enhancement and continual educational opportunities.

Emily Suvannasankha LAND O' LAKES 34638 LAND O' LAKES H. S., LAND O' LAKES Probable career field: Writing
NATIONAL MERIT UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP
The University of Central Florida, located in Orlando, is a member of the State University System of Florida, noted for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Its curriculum combines diversified programs in Engineering, Computer Science, Business Administration, Arts & Sciences, Education, and Health. Graduate programs through the Ph.D. and accompanying research activities provide enhancement and continual educational opportunities.

For more information about National Merit Scholarships, visit http://nationalmerit.org/.

Pasco’s 2015 Graduating Class Earns $20+ Million in Scholarship Offers

 

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 27, 2015) – Pasco County Schools will graduate more than 4,400 students who have earned in excess of $20 million in scholarship offers.

Graduations will take place May 29 through May 31, mostly at the University of South Florida Sun Dome.  Pasco High’s ceremony will be in the school’s football stadium, Ridgewood High’s will be in the school’s gym, River Ridge and Marchman Technical College will hold ceremonies at RRHS, and the Gulf High School graduation will take place at Calvary Chapel Worship Center.

More information about Pasco high school graduations and graduates is on the attached spreadsheet.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Zephyrhills Cafeteria Manager Earns Statewide Recognition



Zephyrhills, Florida – (May 21, 2015) – Suellen Smith, the Cafeteria Manager at Zephyrhills High School, received the Community Humanitarian Award from the Florida School Nutrition Association (FSNA) this past weekend at the 2015 FSNA Annual Conference in Daytona Beach.

The Community Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual who has applied his or her knowledge and expertise to help others within their community in a humanitarian effort. Pasco County Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Director Julie Hedine nominated Smith.

Throughout the year, Smith conducts several volunteer efforts. She collects clothing and accessories for students who cannot afford prom and homecoming attire. In addition, she organizes the collection and distribution of new backpacks filled with toiletries, food, and basic school supplies, while still finding time to serve as Zephyrhills High’s homecoming coordinator. Smith’s latest project is a student-mentoring program, but her service is not limited to her school; last year, she raised $3,500 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

According to their website, the FSNA’s mission is “serving members to better serve customers.” For more information about their objectives, visit the FSNA’s website.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Some Anclote High School End-of-Course Exams Invalidated

 

Land O’ Lakes, FL  (May 19, 2015) – Today, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) notified Pasco County Schools that all Anclote High School Algebra 1 (FSA), Algebra 2, and Geometry end-of-course (EOC) exams have been invalidated due to use of unapproved calculators. 

Students whose Algebra 2 and Geometry EOC exams were invalidated will not be impacted by this decision.  They will not have to retake those exams because the DOE declared on Monday, May 18, that those results will not be used as 30 percent of students’ final course grades because the validity of those tests has not been independently verified.

The invalidation should not affect any senior’s graduation eligibility.  Those students took the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards version of the Algebra 1 EOC exam.

Only about 240 students whose Algebra 1 (FSA) EOC exams were invalidated will be impacted.  They will have to retake the exam as a graduation requirement.

“This is disappointing news, and my biggest concern is for the students who have to re-take the exams,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.

Students are allowed to use hand-held four-function and scientific calculators that meet state requirements on both paper-based and computer-based FSA Math EOCs in session 2 only.  The calculators in question are scientific calculators but show two lines of information and also perform more functions than are allowed for taking these exams. Calculators are built-in to the testing platform on the computerized tests, but the DOE allowed students to use hand-held calculators this year.

Students whose Algebra 1 FSA EOC exams have been invalidated will have their first opportunity to retake the exam during the July 13 through July 24 summer EOC administration window.  They have until the end of their senior year to pass the exam for graduation purposes.

 

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