Friday, June 10, 2011
Pasco Offers Nationally-Recognized Program of Excellence to Neediest Students
We are excited to announce the return of our nationally recognized Title I Pasco Environmental Adventure Camp Experience (PEACE) for the 2011 summer program. This science themed camp will give students the opportunity to study the environment through a variety of engaging, hands-on activities while visiting 4 wonderful locations: the Energy and Marine Center (EMC), Starkey Environmental Education Center, and Crystal Springs Preserve.
A culminating activity will be visit to the Florida Aquarium. Secondary students will visit Dames Caves. While at these sites, students participate in a series of rotations designed to incorporate critical thinking skills into real world situations.
The Title I PEACE Camps are offered our economically neediest students throughout the 24 Title I Schools, which now includes Bayonet Point Middle School and Anclote High School. These full-day, action packed camps run from 7:30a – 3:30p for four different weeks over the summer.
The Title I PEACE Camp was recently awarded the 2011 Grand Prize Magna Award by the National School Board Association in recognition of outstanding programs that advance student learning. The Title I PEACE Camp will be both a rewarding and educational experience that will help children gain a better understanding of our environment while integrating adventure into their summers!
For information about the PEACE Summer Science Camp, contact the District Office at (727) 774-2312, (813) 794-2312, (352) 524-2312.
Monday, June 06, 2011
Pasco’s Students Perform on Par with Peers
The state released FCAT results today for grades 4 through 11. As expected, due to the state’s equi-percentile method of measurement, Pasco’s students performed in-line with their peers from around the state. There were some notable highlights including the fact that Pasco’s students met or exceeded the state average in grades 4-9 in reading. When combined with the Pasco’s impressive writing scores released earlier this year, it is evident that Pasco’s emphasis on developing 21st Century Literacy Skills among all students has been a success. “Literacy is a fundamental skill that permeates all aspects of learning,” stated Superintendent Heather Fiorentino. “We are delighted that our scores indicate progress is being made in this important area,” she added.
Another significant area of progress reflected in this year’s results is in science. This year, 47% of 5th grade students, 47% of 8th grade students and 40% of 11th grade students in Pasco achieved proficiency in science. This reflects an increase at each grade level from the District’s performance last year. The District has been focused on the integration of the state’s new science standards and teaching a greater depth of knowledge throughout each grade level. “Science is an area in which our students have the opportunity to refine their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. These results indicate that we are moving in a positive direction as we work to help all students prepare for the challenges of developing innovative solutions to the problems of tomorrow,” Fiorentino added.
In mathematics, Pasco’s 10th grade students outperformed the state percentage of students scoring at a proficient level. The District is particularly proud of the improvement made at Ridgewood High School in tenth grade mathematics (an increase of six percentage points). Additionally, the District is especially proud of the following schools who maintained or increased their percentage of students achieving proficiency in all subject areas (reading, mathematics and science) and in all grade levels tested. Title I Schools are noted in italics.
Connerton, Rodney B. Cox, Trinity and West Zephyrhills Elementary Schools
River Ridge Middle School
Land O’ Lakes, Pasco and River Ridge High Schools
“The state released a great deal of data today and we will continue to use it, within the context of the state’s new scoring methodology, to analyze the needs of our students and direct resources appropriately. Overall, I am very proud of the efforts of our students and the team of highly-skilled educators that work to ensure all students reach their highest potential. We will continue to make targeted improvements to ensure even greater levels of student success in the future,” Fiorentino noted.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Project Wild Weekend, Environmental Program Sponsored Event
Pasco County Schools’ Environmental Programs would like to extend a huge thank you to all the participants of our annual Project Wild Weekend that occurred April 8th-10th, 2011.
Elementary through high school teachers from schools and environmental centers all over the district spent the weekend reconnecting with nature. More importantly, they learned how to connect their students with nature through a variety of hands-on activities and presentations.
On friday night, participants learned about Project Learning Tree, Fire in Florida’s Ecosystems, and the Flying WILD Programs. The teachers learned about the Pasco Audubon Society and were treated to a presentation on predatory birds. We followed things up with a night hike and a huge campfire.
On Saturday, the teachers had an early breakfast and learned about the trees and ecosystems around Starkey Park and the Pithlachascotee River. They were then whisked to the Energy & Marine Center were they participated in a kayaking adventure, exploring the different behaviors of birds and other bird related activities. Upon returning to Starkey Park, teachers had dinner and were given a presentation on Pasco County Environmental Lands by Katie MacMillan of Pasco ELAMP.
Sunday started early with breakfast. Following breakfast, teachers learned about FIRE in Florida’s Ecosystems with local forester Arthur Clothier. Teachers then learned about dendrochronology, using tree rings to learn about the life history of a tree. The weekend ended with a geocaching course through one of Starkey Park’s recent burn sites to learn how ecosystems and organism adapt to fire.
Activities and Events Included:
Project Flying WILD
Project Learning Tree
Fire in Florida’s Ecosystems
Guided Nature Hike and Geocaching
Kayaking at the Energy and Marine Center
Night Hike and Campfire Circle
Live Musical performance by Dale Crider
Presentations by local and state professionals.
Overall, both teachers and facilitators had a great time learning more about their local environments, ultimately allowing them to share their experiences and new found knowledge with their students.
Jazz’n it Up at GSES!
On A Mission, Blue Note Recording Jazz Artist, Eric Darius performed for a standing room only crowd of excited elementary school students at Gulfside Elementary School on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Amanda Romero, 5th grade Gulfside Elementary School student, is pictured with Eric Darius after the concert and following her interview of Eric which will play on PETV. The performance was filled with the smooth sounds of jazz and empowering words of dreaming, daring, and doing! Eric shared with the students that with hard work and dedication, your dreams are possible! To hear exerpts of this performance, click the following link! Thank you to Eric for giving of his time to our students!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
School Meals All Summer Long as part of the Summer Food Service Program
With summer approaching, students will have the opportunity to obtain nutritionally balanced meals. Meals will be provided free to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during summer vacation at open sites, open-restricted sites, and closed enrolled sites. An open site is for all children 18 years old and younger. An open restricted site is open on a first-come-first-served basis for all children 18 years old and younger, but the site sponsor may restrict or limit attendance. A closed enrolled site is restricted and only available for the students enrolled in the sponsor’s program.
Sponsored sites are located in geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year.
Information on participating sites is included in this pdf download. If you would like more information on the Summer Food Service Program or participating sites, please contact Food and Nutrition Services at (813) 794-2439.
Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write or call immediately to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC, 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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