Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Jazz’n it Up at GSES!

On A Mission, Blue Note Recording Jazz Artist, Eric Darius performed for a standing room only crowd of excited elementary school students at Gulfside Elementary School on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Amanda Romero, 5th grade Gulfside Elementary School student, is pictured with Eric Darius after the concert and following her interview of Eric which will play on PETV. The performance was filled with the smooth sounds of jazz and empowering words of dreaming, daring, and doing!  Eric shared with the students that with hard work and dedication, your dreams are possible! To hear exerpts of this performance, click the following link!  Thank you to Eric for giving of his time to our students!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

School Meals All Summer Long as part of the Summer Food Service Program

With summer approaching, students will have the opportunity to obtain nutritionally balanced meals.  Meals will be provided free to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during summer vacation at open sites, open-restricted sites, and closed enrolled sites.  An open site is for all children 18 years old and younger.  An open restricted site is open on a first-come-first-served basis for all children 18 years old and younger, but the site sponsor may restrict or limit attendance.  A closed enrolled site is restricted and only available for the students enrolled in the sponsor’s program.

Sponsored sites are located in geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year.  

Information on participating sites is included in this pdf download. If you would like more information on the Summer Food Service Program or participating sites, please contact Food and Nutrition Services at (813) 794-2439.

Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write or call immediately to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC, 20250-9410 or call  (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY).   USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Congratulations to 2010-2011 Golden and Silver Award Schools

It is our pleasure to announce that 70 Pasco County schools have earned the Florida Department of Education Golden School Award for the 2010 – 2011 school year. In addition, five secondary schools have completed the requirements for FDOE's Silver School Award. 

The Golden School Award is given annually by the Florida Department of Education to recognize schools with exemplary volunteer programs. A Golden School must meet the following criteria:
80% of staff trained in volunteerism;
Has a designated School Volunteer Coordinator;
Total volunteer hours equal at least twice the number of students enrolled.

Golden Schools (in alphabetical order)

  • Anclote Elementary School
  • Anclote High School
  • Bayonet Point Middle School
  • Calusa Elementary School
  • Centennial Elementary School
  • Centennial Middle School
  • Charles S. Rushe Middle School
  • Chasco Elementary School
  • Chasco Middle School
  • Chester W. Taylor Elementary School
  • Connerton Elementary School
  • Cotee River Elementary School
  • Cypress Elementary School
  • Deer Park Elementary School
  • Denham Oaks Elementary School
  • Double Branch Elementary School
  • Dr. John Long Middle School
  • Dr. Mary Giella Elementary School
  • Fox Hollow Elementary School
  • Gulf Highlands Elementary School
  • Gulf Middle School
  • Gulf Trace Elementary School
  • Gulfside Elementary School
  • Hudson Elementary School
  • Hudson High School
  • Hudson Middle School
  • James M. Marlowe Elementary School
  • James W. Mitchell High School
  • Lacoochee Elementary School
  • Lake Myrtle Elementary School
  • Longleaf Elementary School
  • Marchman Technical Education Center
  • Mittye P. Locke Elementary School
  • Moon Lake Elementary School
  • New River Elementary School
  • Northwest Elementary School
  • Oakstead Elementary School
  • Odessa Elementary School
  • Pasco Elementary School
  • Pasco High School
  • Pasco Middle School
  • Paul R. Smith Middle School
  • Pine View Elementary School
  • Pine View Middle School
  • Quail Hollow Elementary School
  • Raymond B. Stewart Middle School
  • Richey Elementary School
  • River Ridge High School
  • River Ridge Middle School
  • Rodney B. Cox Elementary School
  • San Antonio Elementary School
  • Sand Pine Elementary School
  • Schrader Elementary School
  • Seven Oaks Elementary School
  • Seven Springs Elementary School
  • Seven Springs Middle School
  • Shady Hills Elementary School
  • Sunlake High School
  • Sunray Elementary School
  • Thomas E. Weightman Middle School
  • Trinity Elementary School
  • Trinity Oaks Elementary School
  • Veterans Elementary School
  • Watergrass Elementary School
  • Wesley Chapel Elementary School
  • Wesley Chapel High School
  • West Zephyrhills Elementary School
  • Wiregrass Ranch High School
  • Woodland Elementary School
  • Zephyrhills High School

The Silver School Award is presented annually by the Florida Department of Education to recognize secondary schools that, in addition to having a Volunteer Coordinator and training, also have:
Students who provide exemplary volunteer services to elementary and other secondary schools;
Student volunteer hours equal to at least half the sending school’s enrollment.

Silver Schools (in alphabetical order)

  • Anclote High School
  • Hudson High School
  • Pine View Middle School
  • River Ridge High School
  • Sunlake High School

We truly could not do what we do in our schools without the help of volunteers. Thank you to the many school administrators, teachers, and staff who work so hard to ensure that our schools encourage parent and community involvement. Congratulations! 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Schools Announced

Congratulations to Northwest Elementary, Pasco Elementary, Lacoochee Elementary, and Rodney B. Cox Elementary schools who were awarded a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant provided by the Florida Department of Education, Food and Nutrition Management Division.   The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant will introduce students to a variety of fresh fruit and/or vegetables in the classroom during the 2011-2012 school year.

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) authorizes funds for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable for all states.  Participating schools must offer "fresh" fruits and vegetables as a snack to students during the school day separate from their normal school breakfast and lunch times.  The goals of the program are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables that students experience, increase students' fruit and vegetable consumption, and make a difference in students’ diets that will impact their present and future health.

Fresh fruits and vegetables will be provided a minimum of three days a week, and students will get a chance to try fruit and vegetable favorites, as well as some "unique" choices that are not normally available as a part of the school breakfast and lunch program. During this past school year, Lacoochee Elementary and Rodney B. Cox Elementary schools participated in the program and students were able to snack on red pepper sticks, Asian pears, edemame, blood oranges, and traditional favorites such as peaches, plums, honeydew, and more.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Pasco’s Students Exceed State Average

The District School Board of Pasco County is pleased to announce that Pasco’s FCAT retake scores released earlier today indicate that Pasco’s students exceed the state averages in all categories.  In total, 640 Pasco students took the FCAT retake in mathematics.  Of these students, 35% of the District’s tenth graders, 33% of eleventh graders and 25% of twelfth graders passed the exam this year.  This compares with 27%, 29% and 21% of students respectively statewide.  A total of 1,377 Pasco students took the FCAT reading retakes.  Of these students, 17% of tenth, 27% of eleventh, and 17% of twelfth grade students in Pasco passed the exam this year.  This compares with 14%, 22% and 15% respectively statewide. 

In Florida, students currently have several opportunities to take the tenth grade FCAT in order to meet the current high school graduation requirement, which requires a scale score of at least 300 in reading and in mathematics.  Students may also meet the graduation requirement by earning a concordant score on an alternative assessment.    

“This is a tremendous personal achievement for the students who have reached this important milestone and are one step closer to walking across our stage as a graduate,” said Superintendent Heather Fiorentino. “We are proud of these students and join them in celebrating this accomplishment.  As we applaud this success, we remain committed to ensuring that all students have the appropriate resources and support needed to reach their highest potential,” she added. 

Attached, please see the FCAT retake results by school.  


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