Monday, August 09, 2010

School Administrators Maximize the Power of the Media Technology Program

This summer Instructional Media and Technology Services offered school-based administrators an opportunity to learn how to access data and valuable tools to help assess the status of the school media technology program. The focus of the day was to identify program areas to be further developed as identified in ExC3EL – Expectations for Collaboration, Collections, and Connections to Enhance Learning, Florida’s Media Program Evaluation Rubric designed to ensure that students have the opportunities needed for learning in the 21st century. Research states administrators play a huge role in how the use of information and technology is defined in their school.  The department utilizes the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators to continually provide opportunities for increasing technology literacy. 

In the morning administrators spent time exploring program data and the tools that will help drive growth of their media technology program.  In the afternoon the participants were given hands-on time to further develop their technology skills through video.  They learned how to incorporate the iPod Nano for digitally capturing best practices.  Our expectation is for administrators to be actively modeling technology and effective communication through multimedia with the Nano back at their school.  

 "Integrating technology throughout a school system is, in itself, significant systemic reform. We have a wealth of evidence attesting to the importance of leadership in implementing and sustaining systemic reform in schools.  It is critical, therefore, that we attend seriously to leadership for technology in schools."                                                                                                          — Don Knezek, ISTE CEO

 A shorter version of the workshop was offered during Leadership Development week in June. For more information on Florida’s Library Media programs go to http://www.fldoe.org/bii/Library_Media/.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Vaccination Requirements for 7th Grade Students

The State of Florida mandates that all incoming 7th grade students will need to submit proof of Tdap (Tetanus – diptheria - acellular pertussis) vaccination by the start of school.

This year, Tdap vaccination will be available free-of-charge at three Pasco County middle schools – Gulf Middle, John Long Middle, and River Ridge Middle - during secondary back-to-school orientation on August 10, 2010. Representatives from the Pasco County Health Department will be on campus at these locations during registration hours to provide the necessary immunization for any student accompanied by parent or guardian.

If you have any questions about this program, please call the Pasco County Health Department at 727-861-5260, ext. 268 or 224 or you may contact the District’s School Health Services at 727-774-2360 or 813-794-2360. We hope that many parents will take advantage of this convenient opportunity to obtain required back-to-school immunizations for their middle school child.

School

Clinic Location

Daytime Clinic Hrs

Evening Clinic Hrs/Date

Gulf Middle

Cafeteria

8:00 am – 2:30 pm

5:00 – 7:00 (8/12)

River Ridge Middle

Gymnasium

7:30 am – 2:00 pm

6:30 – 7:30 (8/10)

John Long Middle

Gymnasium

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

None

 

PASCO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT LOCATIONS

New Port Richey

10841 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654     (727) 861-5260

Clinic hours Monday thru Friday 7:30am to 5:00pm

 

Hudson

11611 Denton Ave., Hudson, FL 34667    (727)861-5661

Clinic hours Monday thru Thursday 7:00am to 5:30pm

 

Dade City

13941 15th Street, Dade City, FL 33525     (352) 521-1450

Clinic hours Monday thru Thursday 7:30am to 6:00pm

 

Land O' Lakes

4135 Land O'Lakes Blvd, Land O'Lakes, FL 34639   (813) 558-5173

Clinic hours Monday thru Thursday 7:30am to 6:00pm

 

Zephyrhills

4717 Airport Road, Zephyrhills, FL 33542     (813) 780-0740

Clinic hours Monday thru Thursday 7:30am to 6:00pm

 

Vaccinations for children are free and no appointment is needed.

*Please note all locations are closed the third Thursday of each month*

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Update on Early Retirement Incentive

The proposals drafted by the Early Retirement Incentive Committee were developed based upon an analysis conducted by an independent actuary.  Besides the standard early retirement option currently offered by the District School Board of Pasco County, two additional plans were proposed and discussed at a workshop held on August 3, 2010.

Any plans offered to employees first will need to be negotiated with USEP, then presented before and approved by the School Board.  Eligibility criteria will be established as part of the proposals, thus employees wishing to participate will have to meet those criteria.  Current timeline projections will not permit employees to take advantage of any additional early retirement options prior to the end of the first semester of the 2010-2011 school year. 

As the process moves forward, updates will be provided.  Thank you for your continued interest.

Monday, July 12, 2010

District School Board of Pasco County Earns Prestigious State Certification

The District School Board of Pasco County has recently been recognized as one of 19 school districts in the state of Florida to earn Certified Board distinction from the Florida School Board’s Association. The Certified Board Program recognizes the culmination of the majority of a Board’s membership earning Certified Board Member status. Board Vice-Chairperson, Joanne Hurley, recently received this important designation, enabling the District School Board of Pasco County to qualify for prestigious Certified Board distinction. 

The Certified Board Member Program is an extensive professional development system that requires a minimum of 96 hours of targeted training in various areas of school district governance. “Mrs. Hurley’s timely completion of this rigorous professional development program is a testament to her unwavering dedication to our school system and her impressive service to our community,” stated Chairman Allen Altman, as he presented her award last week.   

Certified Boards work efficiently as a governing group while prioritizing student achievement.  “Attainment of this certification is symbolic of our Board’s ongoing efforts to secure a solid foundation for student success,” stated School Board Chairman Allen Altman.  This unique honor isreflective of a Board’s ongoing commitment to excellence and its progressive vision for the future.   “I commend each of our Board members for their efforts to achieve this important certification.  By working together and continuing to provide strong leadership, we can ensure that all students reach their highest potential,” remarked Superintendent Heather Fiorentino.  

Thursday, July 08, 2010

School Meal Prices and Free/Reduced Meal Policy 2010-2011

The District School Board of Pasco County’s policy for free and reduced-priced meals and new meal prices has been approved for the 2010-2011 school year.  Under the National School Lunch Act, families who are below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines may qualify for free or reduced-priced meal benefits.  Families MUST complete a new Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application for the upcoming school year. 

Families can apply online by visiting the Food and Nutrition Services Department website at www.pasco.k12.fl.us/nutrition/free_reduced; or applications will be available on August 2, 2010 at any Pasco County school cafeteria or administration office, at student orientation, and throughout the school year.  A new family application MUST be submitted at the start of each new school year. 

2010-2011 Student Meal Prices

 

Breakfast

Lunch

Elementary

$1.25

$2.00

Secondary

$1.40

$2.50

Reduced-Price

$0.30

$0.40

*Prices are subject to change

Last year’s meal eligibility status will expire after the first ten days of school, which is September 1, 2010.  Any student who received free or reduced-price meal benefits in the 2009-2010 school year and has not submitted a new application and has not been approved by the expiration date by the Food and Nutrition Services Department, will be required to pay full price for all meals.  Until a new 2010-2011 Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application is received and approved, parents must provide their child(ren) with money to pay for their child(ren)’s meals at the regular listed price or, parents can send a lunch from home for their child(ren).  This includes applications based on Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Foster Child(ren).

Households that receive Food Stamps or TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) are required to list only the child’s name, Food Stamp / TANF case number, and signature of adult household member on the application.

All applications are reviewed and processed by the Food and Nutrition Services Department.  An application must contain complete eligibility information. Once the application is approved, a notification letter is sent to the family.  The approval for meal benefits is good for an entire school year; e.g. a status of free, reduced-price, or denied (full payment required).  Applications can be submitted any time during the school year.   Unless indicated otherwise on the application, the information on the Free and Reduced Price Meal application may be used by the school system in determining eligibility for other educational programs.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the school should be contacted.  Parents or guardians who become unemployed should also contact the school.  Such changes may make the student eligible for reduced price or free meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown below.

If you have any questions regarding the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application or the school food program, please contact Determining Official, Nicole Westmoreland at (813) 794-2438 or email nwestmor@pasco.k12.fl.us.   If you do not agree with the final decision made on the eligibility status of your meal benefit application, you have the right to appeal.  To appeal, you must contact Richard P. Kurtz, Food and Nutrition Services Director, at (813) 794-2439 or 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes, Florida 34638.

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

*Guidelines are subject to change

Household size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

14,079

1,174

587

542

271

2

18,941

1,579

790

729

365

3

23,803

1,984

992

916

458

4

28,665

2,389

1,195

1,103

552

5

33,527

2,794

1,397

1,290

645

6

38,389

3,200

1,600

1,477

739

7

43,251

3,605

1,803

1,664

832

8

48,113

4,010

2,005

1,851

926

Each additional family member, add

4,862

406

203

187

94

 

 

Household size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

20,036

1,670

835

771

386

2

26,955

2,247

1,124

1,037

519

3

33,874

2,823

1,412

1,303

652

4

40,793

3,400

1,700

1,569

785

5

47,712

3,976

1,988

1,836

918

6

54,631

4,553

2,277

2,102

1,051

7

61,550

5,130

2,565

2,368

1,184

8

68,469

5,706

2,853

2,634

1,317

Each additional family member, add

6,919

577

289

267

134

Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility.  Foster children may receive benefits based on the child’s personal income regardless of the income of the household.  Households with children who are considered migrants, homeless, or runaway should contact the District liaison at (813) 794-0608.

For the purpose of determining household size, deployed service members are considered a part of the household. Families should include the names of the deployed service members on their application.  Report only that portion of the deployed service member’s income made available to them or on their behalf to the family.  Additionally, a housing allowance that is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative is not to be included as income.

All other households must provide total household income prior to taxes, social security, health benefits, and any other deductions listed by amount received, type of income and how often the income is received.  Names of household members must be listed.  A signature and social security number (or mark the word “NONE”) of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct must be included on the application.

“In accordance with Federal law and the U. S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY).   USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

 

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