Friday, January 29, 2010
Vending Program and Machines Get a New Look
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Race to the Top Update - January 28, 2010
On January 12, 2010, the District School Board of Pasco County submitted its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the Florida Department of Education. The MOU was signed by Board Chairman Altman and Superintendent Fiorentino. In Florida, 60 school districts, three lab schools and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB) signed on to be included in Florida’s grant application. Florida’s application was delivered to the U.S. Department of Education on January 19, 2010. To view a copy of the application, visit the Florida DOE web site. Award notifications are expected to be announced in April 2010.
It is widely believed that Florida has a strong likelihood of having its application funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the District has moved forward in the planning process and begun initial investigation of the major areas outlined in the Exhibit I of the MOU, “Preliminary Scope of Work.” Each segment of the document has been assigned to a District Department for the purpose of analyzing the following key questions:
- How does this requirement align with the District’s Strategic Plan?
- Is the District already required to implement this requirement (or elements of this requirement) under existing state or federal regulations (i.e., Differentiated Accountability, K-12 Reading Plan, IDEA, Response to Intervention, NCLB/ESEA)?
- To what extent is the District already in compliance with this requirement?
- What resources does the District have in place to support implementation of this requirement?
- What additional resources will be required to fully implement this requirement?
- Who are the key stakeholders who are needed in order to ensure collaborative implementation of this requirement?
- What barriers exist to full implementation of this requirement?
- Is there information or further clarification that is needed before the District can move forward with the implementation of this requirement?
Teams will be assembled in the coming weeks to work on each segment of the plan. The District looks forward to working with all stakeholders to develop an action plan that aligns with the goals, philosophies and vision of the District while meeting the requirements of the Race to the Top Grant. The desire is to use the Race to the Top Grant funds to support the District’s progressive vision of creating a community that works together so all students reach their highest potential.
For more information on Race to the Top, please see our District RTTT education page.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
School Board Approves Change to Next Year’s Student/Teacher Calendar (2010-2011)
Due to a change to the Advanced Placement Examination dates recently announced by the College Board, the May 6, 2011 non-school day for students and teachers has been shifted to April 29, 2011. This change was approved at the January 19, 2010 School Board meeting. The District school year calendar has been adjusted to reflect this change. Prinicpals and teachers should share this information as necessary.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Tips for Parents: Help Your Child Cope with Natural Disasters
Take a news break. Watching endless replays of footage from the disaster can make your stress even greater. Although you will want to keep informed – especially if you have loved ones in Haiti – taking a break from watching the news can lessen your distress.
Control what you can. There are routines in your life that you can continue such as going to work or school and making meals. It is helpful to maintain these routines and schedules to give yourself a break from constantly thinking about the earthquake.
Engage in healthy behaviors. Eat well-balanced meals, engage in regular exercise like going for a long walk, and get plenty of rest. Bolstering your physical well-being is good for your emotional health and can enhance your ability to cope.
Keep things in perspective. While an earthquake can bring tremendous hardship and loss, remember to focus on the things that are good in your life. Persevere and trust in your ability to get through the challenging days ahead.
Find a productive way to help if you can. Many organizations are set up to provide various forms of aid to survivors. Contributing or volunteering is a positive action that can help you to make a difference.
Strive for a positive outlook. Many people who have experienced tragedy find that they grow in some respect as a result of persevering through the hardship. Over time, people can discover personal strengths and develop a greater appreciation for life.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Participate in Community Night on January 28!
Five Most Recent...
- Superintendent to Serve Students on Lunch Bus Today
- Land O’ Lakes High Special Olympians Selected for Team USA
- Pasco Schools to Hold Community Meetings to Solicit Input on Proposed After-School Programs
- Number of Pasco Students Taking AP Classes, Percent of Passing Scores Climb
- Community Feedback Nights for 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant
- Wiregrass Grad Heads to McDaniel College on Full Ride
- Lunch Bus helps feed Pasco students in the summer
- Pack-A-Sack seeks help feeding hungry students