Friday, November 16, 2012

Second Annual World FAIR at Gulf High School

The second annual Gulf High School World FAIR (Food and Art for International Relief) was held on November 16 and was even bigger and better than the first one. The students hope to raise money for the families affected by Hurricane Sandy. In this video clip, Thuy Phan, Katrina Enoch, and Philip Kubiszyn, who planned the event, talk about the FAIR.

Pictures by Joyce Cram can be found on the District Flickr page. Photos from Gulf High can be found on their Flickr page.

Thank you Jeff Miller for this story.

Friday, November 02, 2012

The October 2012 Tech-ESE Teacher of the Month

The District School Board of Pasco County is proud to announce that Don Blake is the October Tech/ESE Teacher of the Month.  

Don has been teaching electricity at MTEC since its doors opened in 1984.  He is an electrical contractor with many years of community service under his belt, as well as his dedication to Habitat for Humanity.  Don has always gladly accepted ESE students into his program.  Under his tutelage they thrive and go on to be employed in the field.  All students experience job assignments in the class and shop areas.  He has a foreman, supervisor and assistants.  This gives students the opportunity to  apply their skills in real life work settings.  He also pairs second year students with first year students to exchange information.  This has been a very successful tool for learning.  Many students have competed in Skills USA.  For the past seven years, Don has had students win the state competition and compete in the nationals.  Over the last nine years, he has had three 1st place state awards, a 4th and a 5th place national award and one national 1st place winner.
Congratulations Don for a job well done!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Florida Healthy School District- Silver Level Award

The District School Board of Pasco County is proud to announce that we have been awarded the SILVER level award as a Florida Healthy School District.  The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership and Florida Action for Healthy Kids applauded our district for establishing a culture and climate in which students and staff can reach their personal potential.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

WaveForms1 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge

The Center for the Arts at River Ridge and the Pasco Schools' Department of Curriculum and Instructional Services will bring a very special musical collaboration to the residents of Pasco County. This also lays the foundations for an annual event featuring multimedia performances by community, university, and professional musicians from around the bay area.

On October 11, 2012 at 7pm, WaveForms 1 brings together the University of Tampa Wind Ensemble performing their multimedia musical tribute to Hollywood entitled NIGHT AT THE MOVIES VI, and the Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble performing a travel themed multimedia performance entitled, DESTINATIONS. This unique multimedia format enhances the traditional concert experience with three screens of video and still images that add new and exciting dimensions to all the musical selections.

The University of Tampa Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jeffrey Traster, will perform memorable music from popular movies including themes from Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, The Lion King, and Superman to name just a few. The Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Scott Leahy, will perform a variety of travel and transportation themed music including such memorable pieces as The Great Train Race, Mandalen Landscapes set in picturesque Norway, and Synergy, carrying audience members to the ultimate destination, the infinite wonders of outer space. Both concerts will include a video component playing simultaneously on three screens, creating a unique and vibrant multi-sense experience.

The Center for the Arts at River Ridge is proud to be a part in this developing performance form and is constantly expanding its production capabilities to accommodate new and exciting live performance formats. We are committed to continued growth in the multi-media and experimental performance mediums and hope you will support these dynamic local arts groups as they work to redefine the traditional concert experience.

Due to copyright restrictions, admission for this concert is on a donation basis only, however, the Center for the Arts suggests a donation at the door of $8 for adults and $5 for students. All donation proceeds will go to the performance groups to defray the costs of this concert and support their community outreach efforts. A ticket will be required to be seated for this performance.  Tickets will be available at the Center’s box office the evening of the concert beginning at 5pm.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Florida Orchestra to Perform at Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel

On October 31st, 2012, many of our 4th through 12th grade students will have an opportunity to attend The Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel to see the Florida Orchestra matinee concert (10:30 AM & 12:00 PM). This will be a wonderful experience for upper elementary and secondary music students and aligns seamlessly to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in the Arts. As schools consider bringing their band, chorus, guitar, general music students and upper elementary students, please consider that this concert will feature a 14 year old violin virtuoso Ade Williams, the 1st place Laureate 2012 Sphinx Competition Winner.  This is a great opportunity for our students to experience a peer level contemporary artist in performance with a world renowned orchestra. To reserve tickets for your school and students, please contact the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel.

Below is the link to the Center for the Arts website to view more information on this valuable and aligned curriculum connection for our new Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in music and new course descriptions in music.


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