Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Woodland Elementary to Showcase Renovations and Additions

Who: CLARIFICATION – This tour is for the Superintendent, Board Members and staff

What: Tour of renovations

When: 10 a.m., Friday, August 3

Where: Woodland Elementary School, 38203 Henry Drive, Zephyrhills

Why: On November 6, 2012, voters approved the continuation of the Penny for Pasco Surtax for another ten years. The renewal was supported by 70 percent of the voters in Pasco County. Pasco County Schools receives 45 percent of the proceeds.

How: The media is invited to join the Superintendent and Board Members to view the expanded parent drop off loop and additional paved parking for 100+ vehicles. They also will see a new and expanded administration suite, renovated kitchen/cafeteria and multi-purpose room (with stage), and 12 additional classrooms, a new art room, and two new music rooms.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Pasco County Middle School Orientation Schedules

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 30, 2018) – Pasco County students return to school on Monday, August 13, and our middle schools are preparing them with orientations on August 2:

Bayonet Point Middle, 11125 Little Road, New Port Richey: Sixth grade academy orientation, 8 a.m. to noon.

Centennial Middle, 38505 Centennial Road, Dade City:  STEM Learner Active Technology Infused Classroom (LATIC) Academy, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Breakfast and lunch provided. Students will learn their way around campus and engage in STEM/LATIC culture and activities.

Charles S. Rushe Middle, 18654 Mentmore Blvd., Land O' Lakes: Sixth grade university, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $10, includes lunch.  Sign-up is first come, first served.

Cypress Creek Middle, 8701 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel: Howlapalooza, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will be provided with lunch from McDonalds.  Students should wear comfortable clothing and shoes to tour the campus and engage in outdoor activities.

Gulf Middle, 6419 Louisiana Ave., New Port Richey: Sixth grade orientation 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Students will be able to meet their teachers, tour the school, and get their schedules and bus passes.

Paul R. Smith Middle, 1410 Sweetbriar Dr., Holiday: Sixth grade orientation, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pine View Middle, 5334 Parkway Blvd., Land O' Lakes: "All Paws In," 9 a.m. to noon, for incoming sixth graders and new students. Students and parents will attend separate interactive sessions to learn more about the IB Middle Years Program and to assist in making the transition into middle school.  After students and parents attend all sessions, students will receive their 2018-19 school year schedule.

River Ridge Middle, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey: "Storm the Castle," 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for sixth graders and students new to the school.  There will be a Parent University session for sixth grade parents from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the theater.  Students who attend will receive their schedule early and do not need to attend the secondary school's orientation day on August 7.
Seven Springs Middle, 2441 Little Road, New Port Richey: "Welcome to the Jungle" sixth grade orientation and open house, 8 a.m. to noon. Schedules can be picked up in the cafeteria and myStudent parent sessions will take place in the media center throughout the day. Students who attend will receive their schedule, be given a free SSMS T-Shirt, and will not need to attend the Secondary Registration Day on Aug. 7.

Weightman Middle, 30649 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel: ROAR Camp, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about Pasco County Schools, visit www.pascoschools.org,www.facebook.com/pascoschools, or follow us on Twitter:  @pascoschools, and Instagram:  @pascoschools.

Pasco School Safety Guards Graduation Ceremony

Who: Pasco County school safety guards, Superintendent Kurt Browning, School Board members, Pasco Sheriff’s Col. Jeffrey Harrington, Director of Safety & Security Chris Stowe, and elected officials

What: School Safety Guard Graduation Ceremony

When: 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 30

Where: Pasco County Schools district office complex
7205 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.
Building 3, Training Room C
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638

Why: The guards will receive certificates for completing the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Argus Academy training.

How: Superintendent Kurt Browning, PSO Capt. Bill Davis, and Pasco Schools Director of Safety and Security Chris Stowe will recognize the safety guards who have completed training. Guards began training on June 4, with classroom lessons on safety procedures, deadly force, first aid, diversity, and defensive tactics. That was followed by two weeks of shooting range instruction and aggressive response to an active threat. Guards also completed psychological, physical, and drug testing. School safety guards are assigned to Pasco elementary schools while school resource officers will continue to staff secondary schools.

Monday, July 23, 2018

School Board Member Beaudoin Schedules Listening Session

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 23, 2018) – Colleen Beaudoin, Pasco County School Board Member from Land O’ Lakes, will hold a listening session in the Denham Oaks Elementary School media center on Wednesday, July 25, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Mrs. Beaudoin, who represents District 2 on the Pasco School Board, welcomes citizens who are interested in sharing their thoughts and ideas with regard to public school operations.
Denham Oaks Elementary is located at 1422 Oak Grove Boulevard, in Lutz.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Pasco Schools Announces Citizens’ Academy

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 16, 2018) – Pasco County Schools is launching a Citizens’ Academy to educate the public on the operation of a public school system.

The Pasco Schools Citizens’ Academy will consist of seven monthly meetings beginning in August 2018.  Three meetings will be held during the day and four meetings will take place in the evening.  Mornings will consist of school visits around the county, while evenings will consist of classroom lessons on budget, school choice, planning, construction and maintenance, transportation, and school safety, to name a few.

“We want our parents, community members, and business leaders to learn what it takes to operate a public school district,” says Kurt Browning, Pasco County superintendent of schools. “Pasco County Schools educates 75,000 students and has an operating budget of $1.2 billion.  We think it’s important for Pasco taxpayers to see first-hand the many facets of educating our children.”

Each Citizens’ Academy class will consist of 30 to 50 members from the community.  The first class will start August 23.  The final meeting and graduation is set for March 28.

Anyone interested in participating in the Pasco Schools Citizens’ Academy may apply online at www.pasco.k12.fl.us/comm/ca. Those selected for the first class will be notified via email the week of July 30.  For more information, go to www.pascoschools.org, and click on the Citizens’ Academy banner at the top of the homepage.

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