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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Feed a Belly with Peanut Butter and Jelly at James M. Marlowe Elementary

Spread the News! James M. Marlowe Elementary is gathering jars of peanut butter and jelly for its 10th Annual Food Drive, which will be donated to a local food bank. The drive has already started, and donations will be accepted through December 16th. Last year, students from each grade helped to create a five-foot food pyramid which was displayed in the school’s cafeteria. Food donations were divided into the different food groups to educate the students about the importance of eating foods from all of the food groups and to eat a balanced diet. If you would like to make a food donation, please contact the Food and Nutrition Services cafeteria manager, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at (727) 774-8678 or Nina Ynosencio, PLACE Manager at (727) 774-8692. Donations are accepted at James M. Marlowe Elementary School located at 5642 Cecelia Drive, New Port Richey, Florida 34652. Donation pick-ups can be arranged by calling one of the numbers above.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wiregrass Ranch Zone Makes Subs Fresh to Order for Students

Look out sandwich makers, Wiregrass Ranch High School's Ranch Zone announces the Grand Opening of their Ranch-Way Subs station. For only $3.25, students can order a made-fresh sub sandwich right before their eyes. Ranch Zone employees prepare the subs with each student's selected toppings. Students can make it a combo for only $.50 extra. The combo includes the fresh-made sub sandwich, a small bottled drink, and lowfat chips.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Forty-Three Schools Earn Five Star Recognition in 2009!

We are very proud to announce that forty-three Pasco County schools have been recognized by the Florida Department of Education as 2008-2009 Five Star Schools. This prestigious award is the Florida Department of Education’s highest for community and parent involvement. It was developed by the Florida Commissioner's Community Involvement Council as a comprehensive program aimed at increasing community involvement in Florida schools. Both the letter and spirit of school improvement and accountability legislation are built upon the active involvement of parents, guardians, business people, and other community members in efforts to improve Florida’s schools. In order to qualify for the award, a school must earn a grade of “C” or above from the Florida Department of Education and achieve 100% of required criteria. These criteria include Business Partnerships, Family Involvement, Volunteers, Student Community Service, and School Advisory Councils. Schools must also create a lengthy portfolio that documents the achievement of each criterion. This portfolio is reviewed at the District level to ensure compliance. Earning the award requires a school-wide, year-long effort coupled with parent and community commitment. Five Star Award portfolios are available for public review at each school. Research clearly shows a correlation between schools with strong parent and community involvement and higher student academic achievement. Schools that earn the Five Star award are working to create a school culture that reinforces the District’s mission and vision. This year's forty-three winners represent an increase of nine schools in only two years! Way to go, Pasco! 2009 winning schools include: Elementary Schools First Year Winners Dr. Mary Giella Elementary, Oakstead Elementary, Veterans Elementary Second Year Winners Double Branch Elementary, Gulf Trace Elementary, New River Elementary, Trinity Oaks Elementary Third Year Winners C.W Taylor Elementary Fourth Year Winners Longleaf Elementary, Pine View Elementary, Seven Oaks Elementary, Fifth Year Winners Moon Lake Elementary Sixth Year Winners Shady Hills Elementary Seventh Year Winners Lake Myrtle Elementary, Pasco Elementary, Quail Hollow Elementary, Richey Elementary, San Antonio Elementary, Sunray Elementary, Trinity Elementary, West Zephyrhills Elementary Eighth Year Winners Centennial Elementary, Chasco Elementary, Hudson Elementary, Lacoochee Elementary, J.M Marlowe Elementary Ninth Year Winners Cotee River Elementary, Cypress Elementary, Fox Hollow Elementary, Schrader Elementary, Seven Springs Elementary Tenth Year Winners Anclote Elementary, Deer Park Elementary, Gulfside Elementary, Mittye P. Locke Elementary, Sand Pine Elementary Middle Schools First Year Winners Charles S. Rushe Middle, Paul R. Smith Middle Sixth Year Winners Gulf Middle Seventh Year Winners Hudson Middle, Pine View Middle High Schools First Year Winners River Ridge High Third Year Winners Wiregrass Ranch High

Friday, October 23, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Available Soon to Pasco County Students

(En Español) Parents, H1N1/Swine Flu vaccinations will be available at your child's school within the next few weeks. In order to receive this vaccine, students will be required to present a signed consent form, which will be sent home with them over the next several days. Participation is optional, but encouraged. The first school vaccination clinics will be held at the elementary level and are expected to begin the week of November 2nd, so it is important that the signed permission forms be returned as early as possible. Middle school and high school clinics are scheduled to begin mid-November and continue through the middle of December. Please note that these dates are tentative, and subject to change based on vaccine availability from the federal government. For more information about the vaccine, please contact one of the county Health Department locations listed below: 10841 Little Road - New Port Richey - 727?861?5260 11511 Denton Avenue - Hudson - 727?861?5661 4135 Land O’Lakes Blvd. - Land O’Lakes - 813?558?5173 4717 Airport Road - Zephyrhills - 813?780?0740 13941 15th Street - Dade City - 352?521?1450 You may also find additional material on our H1N1 information page. The following is a written copy of a phone message that went home to parents on October 23: Good evening, this is Dr. David Johnson, Director of the Pasco County Health Department. I am calling to inform you that the H1N1 swine flu vaccine will be made available at your child’s school in the next few weeks. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent illness due to influenza. Getting the vaccine is strictly optional. Your child should be receiving a consent form from the school in the next few days along with a letter of explanation about this vaccination opportunity. Only children with completed consent forms will be able to receive the vaccine. Should you have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse or the Pasco County Health Department at one of the numbers listed in the information packet you will receive. We are committed to keeping our community healthy and safe and protecting your child’s health. We need your assistance in this important matter. Thank you for your time and interest.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Vegetarian Menu Choices Make the Grade at Paul R. Smith Middle

Following the FNS department's recognition as being in the top five 2009 Most Vegetarian-Friendly Public School Districts in the US, FNS asked Paul R. Smith Middle School vegetarian students to sample a variety of new and existing menu offerings on Tuesday, October 20th. All the offerings were meatless, but taste similar to traditional favorites. Choices included the meatless BBQ rib sandwich, Morning Star Farms chick patties, Morning Star Farms veggie burger patties, pancakes with meatless sausage, veggie nachos and more. Many of the items are already featured on the middle school and high school menus, but FNS is always looking for ways to add healthy choices, while meeting the needs of our students. The overall favorite was the BBQ rib sandwich, which is already a part of our current menu offerings! The school is considering starting a "Veggie Zone" that features a variety of vegetarian choices at a dedicated serving line, along with the school's regular school lunch menu. It would be a pilot program that could expand to other schools if successful. Vegetarian items would be labeled with stickers identifying whether the choices were vegan, ovo-lacto, or lacto vegetarian choices. If the feedback is positive, the program could begin when the students return from the winter break in 2010. If you would like to provide us with your feedback, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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