Thursday, October 08, 2009

Pasco Takes Home Two Statewide Awards for Environmental Efforts

The District School Board of Pasco County has recently been honored as a recipient of the Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green School Award. Pasco has won this prestigious award in two separate categories: the Student Award and the District Award. This program, co-sponsored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Progress Energy, recognizes the outstanding efforts of students, teachers, classrooms, schools and school districts in “creating healthy, efficient and productive places for learning.” imageMatt Mooney, a junior from Land O’ Lakes High School’s International Baccalaureate Program, has won the Student Award in recognition of his work with the Cans for Habitat program. Matt serves as a Recycling Team Leader and has raised over $15, 000 by recycling nearly 1.1 million aluminum cans. The proceeds will help to build a home for a deserving family through the East Pasco Habitat for Humanity Program. Matt’s ultimate goal is to collect the 4.2 million cans necessary to pay for an entire home. The Pasco County School District has been named as the District-level winner for its comprehensive environmental programs. In addition to providing a variety of instructional programs designed to provide meaningful hands-on learning experiences for students that emphasize the importance of environmental protection, the District was recognized for its ongoing efforts to promote sustainable resources and establish green processes for a variety of operations. These combined efforts have yielded substantial financial savings and are making a long-lasting positive impact on the environment. image“This award recognizes our commitment to environmental education, energy and water conservation, green cleaning practices and recycling. It is a distinct honor for Pasco County Schools to receive this award for the every day sustainable practices of our students, employees and administrators,” said Karen Bryant, Pasco’s Recycling Coordinator. “We are proud of the collaborative efforts of our entire team,” stated Board Chairman Frank Parker. “Students, teachers and staff members are making our schools greener places while generating significant financial savings for our school district. Their efforts extend beyond these exciting projects, as they are equipping our future generation with an understanding of how they can protect and preserve our precious natural resources,” he added.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

School Board Holds Town Hall Meetings to Discuss Five-Year Strategic Plan

The Pasco County School Board is hosting a series of Strategic Plan Implementation Town Hall Meetings throughout the district, and you're invited to attend! Each of the five Pasco County School Board members will co-host a meeting, along with superintendent Heather Fiorentino, in the portion of the school district they represent. These town hall meetings will serve as an opportunity for stakeholders to review the progress made in implementing the district's five-year strategic plan. As an active part of the planning process, participants will be asked to discuss the challenges facing Pasco schools, share suggestions for future improvements and generate solutions that can be incorporated into updates of the district's strategic plan. “We believe the Strategic Plan is a vital and necessary element in planning for the long-term sustainability of our district.” said Superintendent Heather Fiorentino. “In order for us to maximize the plan’s effectiveness, we must seek ongoing evaluation and feedback from all stakeholders. These town hall meetings are an ideal forum for engaging the public and building a strong partnership to facilitate the success of all students in Pasco County,” she added. The first meeting will be held tomorrow, October 8. See below for a full list of event times and locations. Contact each school individually for further information: -- La Junta Directiva Escolar sostiene reuniones con la comunidad para discutir su Plan Estratégico Quinquenal La Junta Directiva Escolar del Condado de Pasco está realizando una serie de reuniones con la comunidad para discutir su Plan Estratégico Quinquenal, ¡y usted está invitado a asistir! Cada uno de los cinco miembros de la Junta Directiva Escolar co-auspiciará una reunión, junto con la Superintendente de Escuelas Heather Fiorentino, en la región que representa. Estas reuniones servirán como una oportunidad para que todos los asociados en la educación puedan revisar el progreso hecho en la implementación del plan estratégico de cinco años del distrito. Como una parte activa del proceso de planificación, se pedirá a los participantes que discutan los retos que enfrentan las escuelas públicas de Pasco, compartir sugerencias para futuras mejoras, y generar soluciones que puedan incorporarse en las actualizaciones del plan estratégico del distrito. “Creemos que el Plan Estratégico es un elemento vital y necesario en la planificación del desarrollo sostenible de nuestro distrito a largo plazo”, dijo la Superintendente Heather Fiorentino. “Para poder nosotros maximizar la eficacia del plan, debemos procurar su constante evaluación y las opiniones de todos nuestros asociados. Estas reuniones con la comunidad son un foro ideal para involucrar al público y desarrollar una fuerte relación que facilite el éxito de todos los estudiantes del condado de Pasco”, añadió. La primera reunión se celebró el 8 de octubre. Vea abajo una lista completa de las fechas y horarios de estas reuniones. Usted puede contactar directamente a cada escuela para mayor información. Distrito 1: Auspiciada por el Vicepresidente de la Junta, Allen Altman. 6 pm, octubre 8, en la escuela intermedia Raymond B. Stewart, 38505 10th Ave., Zephyrhills. Distrito 2: Auspiciada por la miembro de la Junta, Joanne Hurley. 6 pm, octubre 19, escuela intermedia Charles S. Rushe, 18654 Mentmore Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. Distrito 3: Auspiciada por la miembro de la Junta, Cathi Martin. 6 pm, noviembre 9, escuela superior Anclote, 1540 Sweetbriar Drive, Holiday. Distrito 4: Auspiciada por la miembro de la Junta, Kathryn Starkey. 6 pm, octubre 21, escuela elemental Trinity Oaks, 1827 Trinity Oaks Blvd., New Port Richey. Distrito 5: Auspiciada por el Presidente de la Junta, Frank Parker. 6 pm, noviembre 5, escuela elemental Gulf Highlands, 8019 Gulf Highlands Drive, Port Richey.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Proposed Elementary “S” Boundary Map Available

Elementary school “S”, located off of Community Drive, south of SR 54, just west of Gunn Highway in the Odessa area, is on track to open in August of 2010. The Elementary School Boundary Committee has completed their work in developing proposed boundary changes, created from the boundaries of Trinity Elementary, Longleaf Elementary and Oakstead Elementary. The committees began meeting in September and were tasked with developing a boundary for the new Elementary School “S”. These new boundaries, if approved, would take effect beginning in the 2010-2011 school year. Maps showing the proposed boundaries are posted below. Large maps of these boundaries will also be posted at each of the affected elementary schools. Parents will have opportunities to comment on these boundaries as well as ask questions at a parent meeting which will be held on October 6th at 7:00 p.m. at Oakstead Elementary School. Parents will also have the opportunity to provide comment at School Board meetings on November 3rd at 9:30 a.m. for the First Reading, and November 17th at 6:00 p.m. for the Scheduled Adoption. Any questions regarding the boundaries should be directed to the Planning Department. Elementary "S" Proposed Boundary Map (2010/2011) High Schools Proposed Boundary Map (2010/2011) Middle Schools Proposed Boundary Map (2010/2011)

Sushi Tuesdays at John Long Middle

After a week of anticipation, students at John Long Middle School got a taste of the sea. For its debut today, 89 servings of the District's new Rising Sun Sushi™ were purchased. Secondary schools throughout Pasco County now have the option of offering sushi. Three different varieties are available, including spicy shrimp roll, vegetable roll, and California roll. Sushi is an a la carte item and available to all secondary students and adults for only $5.00 a tray. Each tray includes 6 rolls. The Rising Sun Sushi™ is made with authentic sushi ingredients, such as good-for-you vegetables, delicate nori, sticky rice with a hint of sweet vinegar, crunchy sesame seeds, and seafood that’s always fully cooked for food safety.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

No More Couch Potatoes at Seven Oaks Elementary

Potato heads of all shapes and sizes top the serving lines at Seven Oaks Elementary School for its September “Don’t Be a Couch Potato” promotion. The school food service staff is hoping to encourage students to “Get Up, Get Out and Get Fit.” During lunch, students can select a color-sheet that portrays a Potato Head shooting hoops, jumping rope, riding a bike, playing baseball, rollerblading, performing a pirouette, or playing on the seesaw with a friend. Students are asked to return their colorful potato head picture to be displayed in the cafeteria and/or serving area. Each student who returns a color sheet will be entered to win a variety of prizes. At the end of each week, student entries will be randomly selected. Prizes include small “activity” inspiring equipment, and other donated prizes.
"Each month we try to find fun ways to encourage students to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s not only our department's mission, but something we all believe in. Encouraging students to live an active lifestyle is something we all can do. Our department wants to be an asset for our families and students." -Dallas DeVenny, FNS Manager at Seven Oaks Elementary.
Throughout the year, the food service staff plans to offer more health-inspired promotions, including “Don’t Be a Ghoul, Eating Right is Cool” for October, and “Get Hoppin’ for Good Health” in the spring.
"With a limited budget this school year, business partners or community members, who are interested, can donate “new” sport or health-inspired goods that we could give to students as prizes. This would be a great way for the community to help support our mission of helping to build a healthier student body.” -Richard Kurtz, FNS Director
For more information on the health promotion efforts of the Seven Oaks Elementary food service staff, you may contact Dallas DeVenny, FNS Manager or call (813) 794-0778.

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