Friday, April 20, 2018

Pasco County Recognized as Cambridge International District of the Year

Land O' Lakes, FL – (April 20, 2018) – Cambridge Assessment International Education came to Pasco County Thursday night to honor Madison Hoyle for scoring highest in the nation on the Psychology AS exam, and Pasco County Schools as the District of the Year in the United States.

Mark Cavone, Cambridge International regional director for North America, congratulated the Pasco County School Board and Superintendent Kurt Browning for the success of the program, which is in its fourth year.  He also presented an award to Pasco High School senior Madison Hoyle for outperforming all other American students on the psychology exam.

 “We are pleased to report that Pasco County Schools is being recognized for exceptionally strong commitment to expanding and delivering a high quality Cambridge education with equally strong performance, as shown by your students’ achievements (a reflection of your school staff, students, and teachers), in the Medium sized District Category.  Your district has expanded access to Cambridge exams by over 100% and has achieved phenomenal pass rates (at 76%),” Mr. Cavone said when notifying Superintendent Browning of the recognition.
In addition to Madison, 30 Pasco High School students were recognized as AS scholars for their achievement on Cambridge examinations.

This is the first year Cambridge International is celebrating the small-, medium-, and large-sized districts that ranked the highest in both increasing access to the rigor of the Cambridge curriculum while simultaneously sustaining or improving student performance (based on the 2016/17 series), according to Mr. Cavone.
For video from the awards, click here.

Cambridge Scholar Award Winners

Andrew Hull
Carrie Greene
Tam-An Hoang
Kayleigh Heather
Drew Johnston
Julia Gregory
Madison Jender
Madison Hoyle
Sylvia Martinez
Molly Bentley
Savannah Jividen
Mackenzie Green
Taylor Hays-Lankford
Elizabeth Coleman
Allyson Worthy
Brendan College
Brittnee Hampton
Hazel Wilburn
Lindsey Torres
Akosua Kissi
Nathalie Sawczuk
Micaela Blomeley
Annemarie Peacock
Amber Wood
Susana Stripling
Maunel Tarango
Brian Andruskiewicz
Emily Weiser
Jillyan Jerkins
Cara Dwyer

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

School Safety Town Hall Meetings

Who: Pasco County Schools, Pasco County Council of PTAs/PTSAs, local law enforcement, mental health providers, parents, students, and local elected officials

What: School Safety Town Hall Meetings

When/Where: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2, at River Ridge Middle/High School
Monday, May 7, at Wiregrass Ranch High School

Why: Public schools, law enforcement, and mental health professionals must comply with new school safety laws, so these meetings are designed to discuss options and get input from the community.

How: District staff and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office will present current safety efforts, what the new law requires, funding challenges, and options for complying with SB 7026. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Local law enforcement, community mental health partners, legislators, and other elected officials have been invited to attend.

River Ridge Middle/High School is located at 11646 Town Center Rd., New Port Richey.

Wiregrass Ranch High School is located at 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Gulf High Enriches Educational Offerings with New Academy

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 16, 2018) – Gulf High School is now offering the Academy of Early Childhood Education to students who are interested in earning childcare industry certification.

Students will learn childcare rules and regulations, principles of child development, trends and issues in early childhood education and classroom management techniques, and become familiar with an array of learning environments. Students also will partner with local daycare providers and the district’s voluntary pre-kindergarten programs, and earn certifications upon academy completion.

For more information, contact Gulf High School at (727) 774-3300 and visit


Monday, April 16, 2018

Mental Health Awareness Month/Mental Health Symposium

Who: Pasco County Schools student services staff and community mental health providers

What: Mental Health Symposium

When: Friday, May 4, 2018
            Secondary student services staff - 8:30 a.m. to 11:35 p.m.
            Elementary student services staff - 12:15 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Where: District office complex, Building 2
             7227 Land O'Lakes Blvd.
             Land O Lakes

Why: May is Mental Health Awareness month, so the district is bringing together student services staff and community mental health providers to raise awareness of students’ mental health needs, build capacity of staff to respond, and increase collaboration between schools and mental health providers.

How: The day includes a panel discussion​, including community mental health providers, a former student, and a parent with experience interacting with the system of care.  Student services staff (school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses and dropout prevention teachers) and community mental health staff then will plan together ways to enhance services to support student mental health needs in school.  Topics covered in the sessions will include eating disorders, anxiety, school-based violence prevention, trauma reduction and supporting recovery, non-suicidal self-injury, and connecting mental health services.  For more information contact Cassandra Hall at


Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 16, 2018) – Ridgewood High School is looking for former faculty and staff to participate in the school’s closing ceremonies event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22.

The organizers want current and past staff to gather at this event so alumni are able to walk the halls and see as many former teachers as possible, regardless of when they attended.  Already, more than 700 people have confirmed their attendance, and more than 1,000 are expected.  Anyone who knows former Ridgewood alumni or staff is asked to let them know that they are encouraged to join the festivities commemorating RHS’ 40-year history.

During the event, trophies, pictures, and other awards will be distributed to students and staff who earned them. A family fun area will include bounce houses and music.  Other memorabilia, such as athletic and band uniforms, will be for sale at a low price.  After the fun and open house portion end, a closing ceremony presentation will take place in the gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.

Ridgewood is being converted to a technical high school.  In August, the school will re-open as Wendell Krinn Technical High School, with opportunities to earn industry certification and college credits in 14 subject areas.

Many local businesses and families are providing financial and in-kind assistance, including Winghouse, which is providing food for the entire event.  Donations are still being accepted.

Former faculty and staff who are planning to attend should call Cathy Tezber at (727) 774-3901, email her at, or complete the online RSVP at  Ridgewood High School is located at 7650 Orchid Lake Rd., in New Port Richey.

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