Thursday, March 31, 2011

PETV Schedule now available


The PETV schedule is now available and may be accessed by clicking the icon below:

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Students Go Fishing for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish was the theme for Dr. Seuss' Birthday on Wednesday, March 2nd.  Elementary students were surprised to find red gummy fish "swimming" in a cup of blue gelatin.  Many FNS employees dressed up for the event in support of National Reading Week, showcasing their "Cat in the Hat" and Thing One, Thing Two, Thing Three and more attire.  

Earlier that morning, many elementary school food service programs served a special breakfast of green eggs and ham, and gave away Dr. Seuss books and other prizes. This has become an annual event, and thank you to all the employees that help make it possible. 

Monday, January 31, 2011

FNS Employees Celebrated at Pasco Education Foundation’s Night of the Stars Event

Congratulations to all FNS employees honored at the Pasco Education Foundation's Night of the Stars event held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Wesley Chapel High School Center for the Arts. This annual event celebrate the District's Teachers, School Related Personnel, Noninstructional Nonbargaining Employees, and Administrators of the Year.

Each year, schools throughout the county select a dedicated and valued employee that represents the District School Board of Pasco County as their School Related Personnel of the Year.  This year, FNS had eleven FNS Assistants and Production Assistants recognized with this prestigious honor, and Vonnie Maples, FNS Manager at Watergrass Elementary School, named the Noninstructional Nonbargining Employee of Year


Anclote High Joseph Boos FNS Assistant
Chasco Middle Carole Marenghi FNS Assistant
Cypress Elementary Dianna Jabbour FNS Assistant
Deer Park Elementary Marlene Curatello FNS Assistant
Hudson Elementary Blanca Nevarez FNS Production Asst.
Dr. John Long Middle  Jennifer Lauer FNS Production Asst.
Charles S. Rushe Middle Adelle Ahearn FNS Assistant
Shady Hills Elementary Marie Coyne FNS Assistant
Trinity Oaks Elementary Cynthia Rocco FNS Production Asst.
Watergrass Elementary Pamela Patrick FNS Production Asst.
Wesley Chapel High Antonia Blanset FNS Assistant

 Food and Nutrition Services is proud to have you as a part of our family.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Congratulations to our 2010-2011 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year!

Each year the Florida Department of Education sponsors the statewide Outstanding School Volunteer Award competition.  This year Pasco schools nominated 90 volunteers for the honor, significantly more than in past years.  There were so many great nominees; the judges had a difficult time selecting the top three winners! In the end, however, after a very difficult voting process, the panel elected Shelby Thompson, Kim Clark, and Margaret Francis this school year’s Youth, Adult and Senior Volunteers of the Year, respectively. Read on for a summation of each winner's achievements.

Youth Category: Shelby Thompson, nominated by Watergrass Elementary School
Wesley Chapel High School junior, Shelby Thompson, started “volunteering” in kindergarten when her mother was a school volunteer at Sand Pine Elementary.  Over the years, Shelby has volunteered at several Pasco schools. This year she volunteers three days a week at Watergrass Elementary School with second and fifth grade classes as well as with the music classes.  Her creative academic enrichment projects are a big hit with students. For example, because the school mascot is an owl, she baked edible owl “pellets” for the students to eat, and then after had the students dissect an owl pellet.  Last year Shelby helped in the autistic classes and helped to prepare the students for the Special Olympics.  She was also instrumental in getting a trampoline donated to the school to enhance their sensory input.  Shelby volunteers in her community with the American Cancer Society, Pasco County Autism, Toys for Tots, Hospice and Unicef.  In addition to her extensive volunteer activities, she takes Honors and Advanced Placement classes and maintains a 4.21 Grade Point Average.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, President of the Interact Club and volunteers as a teacher assistant at Wesley Chapel High School and Thomas E. Weightman Middle School.  “Students and teachers love, respect and appreciate her hard work.  Shelby truly has a volunteer heart,” says Marianne Mackey-Smith, Watergrass Elementary School Volunteer Coordinator.

Adult Category: Kim Clarke, nominated by Sand Pine Elementary School
Sand Pine Elementary School (SPES) considers Kim Clarke part of the school team.  She began volunteering seven years ago when her child was in kindergarten.  Not only has she volunteered regularly in classrooms for seven years, but she has also served on the PTA Board as Hospitality Chairperson, Second Vice President, First Vice President, President, Historian and Treasurer.  She averages 20 hours a week volunteering at the school on top of a 25-hour a week part-time job.  Kim is always available for special classroom events and gladly steps up to the plate when needed.  Once she conducted an activity with children teaching them how to read and make a salsa recipe.  She made sure the class had all the supplies needed ahead of time, and when the day ended, she took the kitchen bowls and utensils home and cleaned them. Kim also leads a student book club that models not only the joy of reading, but also comprehension through the discussions she has with students about what they have read.  “Kim is always available to help wherever and whenever needed and is dedicated to helping teachers and students.  She is most deserving of this award,” reports Belinda Pope, School Volunteer Coordinator.   

Senior Category: Margaret Francis, nominated by Fox Hollow Elementary School
Eighty-nine years young, Margaret has been a vital part of Fox Hollow Elementary School’s volunteer program for 19 years. She comes to school nearly every day and each time puts in more than a full day’s worth of work.  “I’m a former PE teacher,” she says. “I like to stay active.”  She acts as a media assistant through overseeing the circulation desk, helping children find the “perfect” book, and processing and shelving books.  She tutors students and assists them with their class work and homework.  She mentors children through her frequent words of encouragement.  Finally, she coordinates special projects such as picture day, book fair and student of the month celebrations.  Her dedication, energy and dependability have greatly impacted the school and community.  “Margaret is an inspiration to all who know her. The entire school feels it is an honor to work with her.  Fox Hollow Elementary School would not be the same without Margaret,” says Marylynn Cultreri, Volunteer Coordinator. 

Friday, December 03, 2010

Focus on Pasco Tech Star Joan Becker

San Antonio Elementary School music teacher Joan Becker has skillfully integrated technology into her classroom through the use of a SMARTBoard. The following video demonstrates her exciting use of music and technology.

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