Friday, November 30, 2012

Congratulations to Pasco County’s Outstanding Senior- TJ Pyche

TJ Pyche is a well rounded, goal oriented individual with exemplary character and leadership skills.  He is not only a successful student academically, carrying a 4.67 GPA and a composite ACT score of 33, he has also distinguished himself as an example of student involvement in his school and community.  As you can see from the information TJ has provided, he belongs to numerous organizations, both in and outside of school, several of which he serves in leadership roles working hard to better the organization and the individuals within them.  Even with all of these time commitments he manages to find time to tutor underclassmen, volunteer for several organizations, hold a part time job and intern at an attorney’s office.


TJ has challenged himself throughout high school with a rigorous academic program of study by taking advantage of both advanced placement and dual enrollment courses.  He leads by example and has earned the respect of his peers, teachers and administrators by being a self starter, reliable and able to follow through on his commitments.

TJ is a positive role model in all areas of his involvement at Pasco High School and our community.  Students, teachers and administrators have benefited from his positive outlook, exemplary character, and his commitment to succeed.  It is without any hesitation that I recommend Thomas (TJ) Pyche for consideration as a Lombardi and Stamps Scholars recipient.  He is an altruistic young man with the work ethic, commitment, character, and leadership skills worthy of being awarded this scholarship.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gulf High School- Academy of Health

Pasco County Schools has at least one career academy at each of its thirteen high schools. Gulf High School's career academy is the Academy of Health. Gulf High School teacher Phyllis Butler and her students love the Academy of Health. It is wonderful when you meet students and teachers who love what they do. Here is a video that tells their story.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The 2012 Holiday Reading List Encourages Families to Share the Gift of Literacy

The 2012 Just Read, Florida! Recommended Holiday Reading List is now posted at and includes a variety of interesting books by grade level, each with a holiday theme that will kindle the interest, imagination and love of reading for people of all ages, The site also includes tools parents can use to nurture a reading-friendly environment at home and in day-to-day activities, links to county and municipal public libraries, and tips for parents on how to make the most of the time they spend reading with their families. Families can also use the online tool "Find a Book" at to supplement the holiday reading list with other books tailored to a child's interest and reading ability using Lexile measures.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Art Gallery to display student work from Pasco County Students!

Congratulations to the students of Shady Hills Elementary School and Moon Lake Elementary School. Art Teacher, Sheryl Depp, opened their eyes to the possibility of having their work displayed in a true art gallery. The students' artwork will be on display now through December 9, 2012 at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art. On Thursday, December 6 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm a special reception will be held to honor these student artists. At the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, you and your family will be able to revisit the 20th century through art, while exploring and inspiring your creativity. Please browse the website or call 727-712-5762 for detailed information. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is located on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College. Congratulations again to the students and Mrs. Depp for their display of artwork within the Museum.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Kurt S. Browning- Superintendent of Schools

Kurt S. Browning was sworn-in as the District School Board of Pasco County Superintendent of Schools during the school board meeting on November 20, 2012. Superintendent Browning was formerly the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections for 26 years and the Secretary of State for Florida.

A video of the Swearing-In Ceremony can be viewed here:

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