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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Coca-Cola Supports Sustainability

Sustainability, now this is a term that you hear a lot lately.  The District School Board of Pasco County has empowered its students and employees to be environmentally conscious through its environmental education centers, recycling, energy management and water conservation efforts.

Recently, the students at Seven Springs Middle School had an opportunity to participate in the Coca-Cola Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Day.  Students competed within their school to create projects that featured air quality and water conservation themes.  The winning students from Mrs. Tehan and Mrs. Ulrich’s class were invited to attend a special Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Day sponsored by Coca-Cola.  John Soler, Energy Coordinator and Karen Bryant, Recycling Coordinator served as chaperones.  The day featured guest speakers from the Southwest Florida Management District, the Tampa Beautification Program, and the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) of Hillsborough County.

Select students were selected to travel to the Tampa Coca-Cola bottling plant to demonstrate their projects and learn about other air quality and water conservation measures.  The following students participated in the event: Paige Farina, Jillian Martin, Kiana Mohr, Storm Schenk, Zach Anderson, Olivia Batshon, Alyx Depagter, Julie Cavallaro, Michelle Ordax, Melanie Mercado, Phillip Phillips, Cason Murdoch, Celena Heesch, and Madison Shafer.  The students were given front row seats to hear all of the guest presentations.  When it was their turn, each group of 2-3 students presented their projects to the audience.  The projects were amazing and imaginative, such as dehumidifying plants, water collection systems, the water cycle, and more.  Some were hands-on demonstrations, videos, and posters.  The students were very professional and knowledgeable and even answered audience questions.

The day concluded with a unique tour of the bottling plant.  It was so interesting to see the several varieties of products being made.  It made the students appreciate all of the hard work that goes into making their favorite Coca-Cola products.  The facility uses high-efficiency lighting, skylights, and some hybrid vehicles to distribute products, so the students were able to see actual energy-efficiency measures that have been taken at the facility.

The Coca-Cola CRS Day gave the Seven Springs MS students a chance to learn about major companies in their local community that are involved in energy management, water conservation, and protecting our resources.  Seven Springs Middle School is proud to help educate young minds on the importance of sustainability.

Friday, October 01, 2010

The Key Ingredients for Success…An Investment in the Future

The District School Board of Pasco County is excited to announce the ground breaking of Land O’ Lakes High Schools Culinary Arts Academy’s world class training facility.  This exciting new Certified Career Academy allows students the opportunity to gain the important skills needed to succeed in high skill/high wage careers within the emerging fields of Culinary Arts and Agriculture. 

The Academy features a state-of-the-art facility that includes three distinct training kitchens, a theatre style 60-seat class room/laboratory with a fully functional demonstration station and video technology that feeds throughout the entire facility. Demonstrations can be viewed on flat panel screens located in every kitchen.   Each kitchen is designed with the learner in mind. The building design has a built in expansion component for growth.  The Academy will open with a District partner, the Food and Nutrition Services Department, to share the facility and serve Café style lunches to the staff, visitors and community.

The Academy of Culinary Arts will have a cutting edge emphasis on natural, sustainable cuisine and local agriculture. The local agriculture program will collaborate with the academy to introduce the freshest campus-grown ingredients.  Together this partnership will afford students the opportunity to learn about the science and appreciation of foods as they cultivate vegetable and meat products from the field to the table.

The Curriculum will feature the Florida ProStart Certificate of Achievement and the program of study will lead students to the ServSafe Food Safety Certificate, American Culinarian Federation Certifications and post secondary articulation.  Partners already include:  The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Tampa and Johnson and Wales University.

The Academy was destined for success right from the start.  A team of dedicated school and business stakeholders have worked collaboratively to design a training facility that will provide learning opportunities both in the form of observing instructors while they explain their cooking, and by including work stations for students to learn through hands-on practice.  Through an intense research and development initiative and the input of culinary professionals throughout the state and the country the Land O’ Lakes Academy of Culinary Arts facility will truly be a “World Class Culinary Training Facility.”  Please join us as we celebrate the ground breaking of this important project:

Ground Breaking Ceremony
October 6, 2010
9:00 a.m.

Land O' Lakes High School
20325 Gator Lane
Land O' Lakes, FL  34638

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

School Lunch:  What’s on Your Tray

2010 National School Lunch Week
School Lunch: What's On Your Tray?
October 11-15, 2010

National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is a week-long celebration highlighting the history of school lunch, and the benefits it has provided to the nation's children for more than 60 years. Each year, the National School Nutrition Association prepares promotional kits, marketing materials, and sponsors contests for students in schools throughout the United States. This years theme is "What's On Your Tray?"  The campaign runs from August 2010 to October 2010, culminating in National School Lunch Week, October 11-15, 2010. 
 
Pasco County Schools will feature a special themed menu during this week.  Monday will highlight the creative types; Tuesday will highlight the Strong types; Wednesday will highlight Balanced types; Thursday will highlight Radiant types; and Friday will feature a menu that Chilled types will enjoy!  Check out the special menu by clicking here.
 
SNA has put together a number of useful, fun resources to help you get ready for the "School Lunch: What's On Your Tray?" campaign.  Whether is a literal school lunch tray, or a busy academic and social calendar, what's on a tray says a lot about a student's personality! The highlight of the "School Lunch: What's on Your Tray?' campaign is a personality quiz that will help you and your students to find out how their school lunch profile stacks up and learn what foods are best to fuel you and keep healthy!
 
"What's on Your Tray?" Personality Quiz
The official "What's on Your Tray?" website has a tray full of activities and information for kids including the What's on Your Tray personality quiz where students can discover what their favorite foods and activities reveal about them. Online and in cafeterias, students will have the opportunity to find out about their school lunch personality by taking the fun personality quiz. The online version of the quiz is available at the official kid's website: www.whatsonyourtray.org.

Monday, September 27, 2010

From the Classroom to the World of Work

From the classroom setting to the world of work, students of the On the Job Training (OJT) program at Sunlake High School have had the opportunities of a lifetime.

Last year, Sunlake High School OJT students came each day to the District Instructional Media Center at the Pasco County School District office complex, where they worked in Media Resources under the supervision of Lynne Westervelt, Media Resources Technician for the Department of Instructional Media and Technology Services. The program was so successful that a new group of students will begin working in September 2010.

In the course of their work activities, both in Media Resources and other assigned areas, these students have performed tasks that contribute toward the efficient functioning of daily operations. They have learned how to scan important documents, learned mailing routes via the courier system, grounds keeping duties, how to distribute print and visual media, warehouse procedures, and how to prepare food for the district cafeteria.

OJT students have shown a tremendous amount of growth through their participation in the School District worksite program. They have acquired valuable work specific skills, learned the importance of teamwork, and have experienced the feeling of being an essential part to a larger process.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fivay High School Dedication, September 28, 2010

The District School Board of Pasco County is pleased to announce the upcoming dedication of Fivay High School.  The event will be held on September 28, 2010, at 9:20 a.m. in the school’s courtyard.

Fivay High School is the fifteenth high school to serve the students of Pasco County (including education centers).  The school was built to accommodate 1910 students, and has opened with a freshman, sophomore and junior class.  To date, 1,297 students attend Fivay.   Home of the Falcons, Fivay will offer a variety of challenging and diverse academic opportunities for all students.  

Fivay High School supports the District’s vision of creating a community that works together so all students reach their highest potential.   Staffed with a team of dedicated professionals eager to work with students and their families to build a solid foundation for success, the school is off to a great start.

The staff and students of Fivay High are already beginning exciting traditions and establishing a legacy of excellence at one of our newest schools,” said Superintendent Fiorentino.  “The dedication ceremony is a perfect opportunity for community members to celebrate our efforts to ease overcrowding in schools, meet the staff and students and to become an active partner with our newest high school,” she added.

This dedication promises to be a memorable occasion. Special presentations will include performances by the school band and a ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. The public is invited to attend this special dedication ceremony.  For further information about this event, please contact Fivay High School at 727-246-4000.  

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