Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pasco County Schools Hosts 4th Annual Community Job Fair

Who:  Representatives from Pasco County Schools; the Pasco Sheriff’s Office; Pasco County government, including the clerk and comptroller, emergency services, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, and tax collector; and members of the Pasco County community

What:  4th Annual Pasco County Schools Community Job Fair

When:  4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 29

Where:  River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road in New Port Richey

Why:  Pasco Schools is partnering with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office to host a job fair, which will give community members the opportunity to make connections and potentially begin a career in a variety of fields.

How:  Representatives from the listed Pasco County government agencies are seeking applicants for various positions, including bus drivers, clerical, information services, accounting, law enforcement, instructional and maintenance. Other positions may be available with each of the agencies. Those who have previously attended a district job fair will receive a reserved table before the invitation is extended to others. More than 900 community members attended last year’s job fair, and organizers hope to surpass that number this year. To register for the job fair, visit https://pascocommunityjobfair.eventbrite.com/. For more information, contact Lori Perreault at (813) 794-2845 or lperreau@pasco.k12.fl.us.

Friday, June 09, 2017

District to Begin 4-Day Summer Work Schedule

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (June 9, 2017) – Pasco County Schools will move to a Monday through Thursday summertime work schedule beginning on Monday, June 12, and ending on Friday, July 31.
           

Monday through Wednesday hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Thursday hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  All offices and schools will operate on this schedule.
           

PLACE childcare program sites will remain open Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  To view PLACE locations go to http://placeprogram.com/locations/.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Pasco State Exam Scores Climb

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (June 8, 2017) – Pasco County Schools saw the percentage of students overall who are considered proficient increase by three percentage points over 2016 in both English language arts (ELA) and mathematics, moving up from 52 percent proficient to 55 percent proficient in ELA (3rd – 10th), and from 54 percent proficient to 57 percent proficient in math (FSA and EOC 3rd – 8th).

           
The district’s focus this year was to improve the scores of its 23 “Differentiated Accountability” schools, which are graded, non-charter schools the state has identified for escalating interventions, support and monitoring based on their school grade history. Hudson Elementary School, which has been graded F the last two years, saw improvement at every grade level in both English language arts and mathematics.  Overall, the district’s struggling schools generally saw improvement in both ELA and math at every grade level, with the exception of 5th grade.
           
Schools on the state’s watch list and the grade levels showing significant improvement (10+ percentage points) include:

Calusa ES                 
4th grade ELA up from 30% proficient to 47% proficient (+17)
5th grade ELA up from 31% proficient to 42 % proficient (+11)
4th grade math up from 25% proficient to 48% proficient (+23)

Cox ES     
4th grade ELA up from 31% proficient to 48% proficient (+17)
4th grade math up from 36% proficient to 66% proficient (+30)
5th grade math up from 29% proficient to 41% proficient (+12)

Gulf Highlands ES 
3rd grade ELA up from 31% proficient to 41% proficient (+10)
4th grade ELA up from 29% proficient to 54% proficient (+25)
3rd grade math up from 25% proficient to 35% proficient (+10)
4th grade math up from 26% proficient to 56% proficient (+30)

Gulf Trace ES           
4th grade ELA up from 20% proficient to 45% proficient (+25)
3rd grade math up from 28% proficient to 63% proficient (+35)
4th grade math up from 30% proficient to 49% proficient (+19)

Hudson ES               
4th grade ELA up from 30% proficient to 53% proficient (+23)
5th grade ELA up from 21%proficient to 32% proficient (+11)
3rd grade math up from 15% proficient to 34% proficient (+19)
4th grade math up from 33% proficient to 46% proficient (+13)

Lacoochee ES          
4th grade ELA up from 25% proficient to 34% proficient (+10)
3rd grade math up from 26% proficient to 63% proficient (+37)
4th grade math up from 35% proficient to 46% proficient (+11)

Moon Lake ES          
4th grade ELA up from 39% proficient to 51% proficient (+12)
5th grade ELA up from 35% proficient to 50% proficient (+15)
4th grade math up from 46% proficient to 61% proficient (+15)

Pasco ES                  
3rd grade ELA up from 26% proficient to 39% proficient (+13)
3rd grade math up from 25% proficient to 49% proficient (+11)
5th grade math up from 32% proficient to 44% proficient (+12)

Schrader ES             
3rd grade ELA up from 29% proficient to 57% proficient (+12)
4th grade ELA up from 38% proficient to 52% proficient (+14)

Seven Springs ES   
4th grade ELA up from 34% proficient to 44% proficient (+10)
4th grade math up from 41% proficient to 56% proficient (+15)

Gulf Middle               
6th grade math up from 26% proficient to 48% proficient (+22)
7th grade math up from 13% proficient to 27% proficient (+14)
           
Notable performances by other Pasco County schools will be analyzed and released on Friday.
           
“I am very pleased with what I have seen today,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.  “We’re on a positive trajectory, which can be attributed to our professional development, curriculum aligned with Florida Standards, and the very hard work of our teachers and students.”
           
Parents can check their students’ results beginning on Friday, June 9, on myStudent.  Those who don’t have an account can establish one by going to the district website, www.pascoschools.org, and clicking on the Parents link at the top, and then on Check Grades/Attendance.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wesley Chapel Elementary Team Wins World OM Championship

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 30, 2017) – Wesley Chapel Elementary School’s Odyssey of the Mind team outperformed 55 other teams to win the Division 1 World Championship for their solution to the Catch Us if You Can problem!

All four Pasco County Schools Odyssey of the Mind teams competing in the World Finals at Michigan State University this past weekend finished in the top 25 in the world in their problems and divisions. The team from Seven Springs Middle School placed sixth in Division 2 of To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger. Mittye P. Locke Elementary School’s team placed 23rd in the same category and division as Wesley Chapel. Dayspring Academy placed 14th in Catch Us if You Can, Division 2.

The Wesley Chapel coaches are Veronica Acosta and Janet Heyman, both teachers at the school.  The team scored a total of 340.62 points, which is 22.55 points higher than the second place team.  For more information about Odyssey of the Mind or the World Finals, visit https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/wf2017/2017-world-finals/.

Team photo attached.  Sitting/Kneeling Left to Right -  Rowan Heyman, Jake Piller.  Standing Left to Right – Mrs. Janet Heyman (Teacher, Coach); Sam Cappelluti, Mina Melaika, Isabell Barrios, Jason Sherman, Justin Acosta, Mrs. Veronica Acosta (Teacher, Coach).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WWII Veteran to Receive Posthumous Diploma

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 24, 2017) – Alfred Smith was drafted out of high-school to serve in World War II, and never completed high school.  Recently, his grandson, Robert Pullen, Esq., USAF, Ret., worked with the Florida Department of Education to see that his “Pepa” was awarded a high school diploma.

Mr. Pullen’s grandmother, Ruth Smith, will accept Alfred Smith’s diploma from Superintendent Kurt Browning during the Pasco High School graduation ceremony on Friday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s football stadium.

Approximately 10 of Mr. Smith’s family members will attend the ceremony and will sit in a reserved area on the field.  After traditional speeches, Superintendent Browning will present the diploma to Mrs. Smith before the class of 2017 receive their diplomas (at approximately 8:30 p.m.).

Mr. Smith was a private in the Army in Germany during WWII. He earned the Bronze Star for his service.

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