Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pasco Schools Pleased With State Exam Results

 Land O’ Lakes, FL – (June 14, 2018) – Pasco County Schools state assessment results equaled or exceeded the state’s on all end-of course exams; in all but two grade levels on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English language arts (ELA); and in two grade levels on the FSA math and Next Generation Sunshine State Standards science exams.

The percentage of students scoring Level 3 to 5 (considered on grade level) exceeded or matched the state on the grades 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 ELA; grades 6 and 8 math; grades 5 and 8 science; and the algebra 1, biology, civics, geometry, and U.S. history end-of-course exams.

Pasco scores exceeded or matched contiguous districts (Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Polk counties) as follows:

ELA – 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Math – 6th, 8th

Science – 8th

Algebra 1 EOC

Biology EOC

Geometry EOC

U.S. History EOC

“Overall, our students made us proud,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.  “Can we do better?  Yes we can, and I expect to see continuous improvement every year, in every school, and at every grade level,” he added.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

6th Annual Together We Stand Youth and Community UNITY Summit

Who: Superintendent Kurt Browning, School Board members, principals, students, parents, district staff, and community partners

What: 6th Annual Together We Stand Youth and Community UNITY Summit

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2018
            8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. (Secondary Schools)
            11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Lunch and late registration)
            12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Elementary Schools)

Where: River Ridge Center for the Performing Arts
            11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey

Why: School and student leaders will be working together with district and community leaders to learn about and develop action steps for creating safer more inclusive school communities.

How: Students from each high school, middle school and elementary school will join district staff, parents, and agency partners like Baycare, Sunrise, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, PACE Center for Girls, Pasco Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, Eckerd Community Alternatives, and New Port Richey Public Library, along with Family Chiropractic, for the all-day summit that will educate the school and community on UNITY (Understanding Needs In Transforming Youth) awareness.  Superintendent Browning will open the summit, and will be followed by River Ridge High School student performances. The session topics will address awareness and strategies surrounding Unity connected to : Anti-Bullying, Mindfulness for Self Care and Wellness, Building Strong Teams Using Effective Communication Skills. Action planning for the teams will be surrounding the knowledge gained throughout the sessions.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Pasco School Board Approves Boundary Proposal

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 29, 2018) – The Pasco County School Board today voted 5-0 in a special board meeting to approve the superintendent’s recommended rezoning for J.W. Mitchell and River Ridge high schools, Seven Springs and River Ridge middle schools, and Anclote and Gulf high schools.
The new boundaries are effective beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.
A special school choice application window will open for affected students from June 6 through June 13.  Letters will be mailed no later than June 1 directly to the homes of students whose school assignment will change based on the new boundaries, letting them know about their new school assignment and providing information about applying for school choice.  Families that submit a school choice application during the special school choice application window will be notified of the results on June 25.
For more information about the boundaries, click here.  For more information about school choice, click here.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Pasco School District is Closed Memorial Day

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 25, 2018) – Pasco County district schools and offices will be closed Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day. 

District schools and offices will re-open on Tuesday, May 29, for employees.  Today is the last day of school for students.

Wayne Bertsch will be acting PIO. He can be reached at 850-251-1835 (voice or text) or by email

Airman to Surprise Sister at Promotion Ceremony

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 23, 2018) – Weightman Middle School 8th grader Mayah Jaramillo likely will never forget her 8th grade promotion ceremony, scheduled for Friday, May 25, at 9 a.m. Her brother, Air Force Airman E-2 Joel Jaramillo, is taking the redeye from Nevada to surprise her (and their dad) by joining her on stage when her name is called.

Mayah hasn’t seen Joel, who is a 2015 Wiregrass Ranch High School graduate, all school year.  The last time she did was when he completed basic training last August (see photo).  For the previous three years, he drove Mayah to school on the first day, but this year, she had to ride with her mom (See photo).

Joel’s flight is scheduled to arrive in Tampa around 7 a.m., and a friend is picking him up and bringing him to the school.  A school administrator will accompany him to the Wesley Chapel Center for Performing Arts (next door), where he will sneak in through the back door and surprise Mayah.

Mayah’s mom and Assistant Principal Andressa Williams have been secretly planning the surprise.

The Wesley Chapel Center for Performing Arts is located at 30651 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel.  Media should park in the lot in front of the Wesley Chapel High School administrative offices, which is on the west side of the performing arts center.


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