Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Nachos, Numbers, and Neutrons Night
Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 11, 2014) – Richey Elementary School will host a math and science family night Wednesday, March 12, at 5 p.m.
Families will move through different classrooms participating in a variety of hands-on learning activities. As a culminating activity nachos will be served in the cafeteria.
Richey Elementary School is located at 6850 Adams Street in New Port Richey. For more information contact Carrie Winans at (727) 774-3507.
Jamtastiks Annual Reggae/Calypso Concert at GSES
Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 11, 2014) – Gulfside Elementary School celebrates a 20-year spring break tradition with a performance by reggae-calypso band Jamtastiks Thursday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the basketball court.
The band is made up of Terrel Lovett, guitar, vocals, and arranger; Alan Midoro, violin, keyboard, and vocals; Jeff Davis, trumpet, percussion, and vocals; and Tony "Kitch" Paine, steel drums. The band was the poolside band at the Adam's Mark Caribbean hotel on Clearwater Beach for many years before the hotel's demise. They have made it a 20-year tradition to come together every year just before spring break to perform for Gulfside.
Gulfside Elementary School is located at 2329 Anclote Blvd., Holiday.
Friday, March 07, 2014
The Cinderella Project is back - 10 years and going strong!
New Port Richey, FL – (March 6, 2014) – Pasco County high school girls who have no budget for prom can once again receive fashion assistance from some real fairy godmothers as the Cinderella Project returns for its tenth year.
The Cinderella Project of Pasco provides brand new and gently used prom dresses and accessories at no cost to young ladies with financial need.
Girls from all Pasco County high schools can benefit from the Cinderella Project, according to head “Fairy Godmothers” and organizers, Julie Rockwell and Roberta Bartlett.
The Cinderella Project accepts donations of prom-style dresses and accessories (shoes, purses, costume jewelry) in excellent condition and contemporary styles. Donations are currently being accepted at any Pasco County high school.
Cash donations to the Cinderella Project are used to purchase brand new dresses and shoes when sizes are not available in the donated inventory. Since 2005 the project has supplied dresses and accessories to more than a thousand Pasco County girls with financial need. “Our goal is to be sure no young lady misses her prom because of lack of funds”, said Rockwell.
Girls can try on and pick out their ensemble on two Saturdays - March 22 and March 29 - from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. One boutique will be located at 9040 Tryfon Blvd., in the Trinity Town Center, on the corner of Little Road and Trinity Boulevard. A second boutique will be open only on Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bridgeway Church, 30660 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel.
Girls who wish to select a dress and accessories must bring their school ID badge. Call 727-463-4306 or 630-338-3681 for more information or to make a tax deductible cash donation.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Gulfside Elementary to Serve Meals During Break
Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 6, 2014) – Gulfside Elementary School Principal Chris Clayton announces that the school again will serve FREE lunches to hungry kids over spring break (March 17 – 21) at the school and at Weston Oaks Apartments. Mr. Clayton also will deliver food to some of the school’s neediest families who can’t get to the school for lunch because they lack transportation.
Lunches will consist of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk. The school is accepting donations to help with the lunch program.
Lunches will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Gulfside Elementary, located at 2329 Anclote Blvd., Holiday. Lunches will start at noon at Westin Oaks Apartments, located at 1251 Weston Oaks Dr., Holiday (Alternate 19).
For more information contact Chris Clayton at 727-774-6000 or 727-424-8159.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Pasco District Responds to Release of Teacher VAM Data
Land O’ Lakes, FL – (February 24, 2014) – In response to the Florida Department of Education’s release of individual teacher VAM (value-added model) data, Superintendent Kurt Browning cautioned parents not to jump to conclusions about the quality of their children’s teachers.
“The VAM formula is a complex statistical model based on 4th through 10th grade student FCAT math and reading performance, as well as 9th graders’ algebra end-of-course exam scores,” said Browning. “Easily half of Pasco’s teachers are being evaluated using different data sources,” he added.
District administrators, the Pasco School Board, and the United School Employees of Pasco are concerned that the data are not easily understood and want parents to know that much more goes in to evaluating a teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom than the numbers being released today.
Depending on the type and number of students a teacher serves, the district may have used a different data source than what the state is reporting. Teachers of students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 11th, and 12th grades are not included in the VAM calculations, neither are teachers who teach subjects other than those tested on FCAT in grades 4-10. The district used school-wide or district-wide calculations for those teachers as well as for teachers who did not teach enough students to generate a meaningful VAM calculation.
The state’s VAM data include the percentage of students meeting expectation and the VAM Estimate by teacher. Pasco uses the percentage meeting expectation in calculating a teacher’s student growth portion of the evaluation.
“We have great teachers in Pasco, and I don’t want this release to impact our teacher/principal relationships, or lead to a misunderstanding about an individual teacher’s performance,” Browning stated. “We will do what we can to assure that the teacher evaluation process is meaningful and is used to inform teachers about their strengths and opportunities for growth,” he concluded.
School Board Chairman Alison Crumbley added, “We don’t shy away from accountability, but our system of teacher accountability must be based on multiple measures and must not compromise the trust between teachers and principals.”
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