Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Moon Lake Elementary Literacy Breakfast, A Dragon Tale

On October 12th, the 4th and 5th grade students of MLES and their families enjoyed breakfast together in the school's cafeteria, while learning and practicing through literacy strategies at the Kenny and the Dragon Literacy Breakfast. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Let’s Grow Healthy - National School Lunch Week Oct 10 - 14th

Food and Nutrition Services is hosting “School Lunch – Let’s Grow Healthy” a campaign to help students understand where their food comes from and to get excited about healthy school lunch choices.  

This October is the first annual National Farm to School Month, and Food and Nutrition Services is working to expand its Farm 2 School Program that provides students more opportunities to try fresh fruits and vegetables grown "Fresh from Florida."  On Thursday, elementary students will get an opportunity to try green beans, grown locally by Blue Ribbon Farms.  "We are hoping to highlight locally grown broccoli and kumquats in the upcoming months,” stated Stephanie Packrall, the Department’s Nutrition Specialist.

In addition, many schools are also participating in the national Take Your Parent to Lunch Day, inviting parents to join their child to see all of the healthy fresh fruits and vegetables offered to students daily throughout Pasco County.  If parents are interested in joining their child for lunch, please check with your child's school to see if the school is participating.  Many elementary schools may not be participating because of seating limitations in the cafeteria, but always welcomes parents to join their child for lunch throughout the year. 

Each day during the special week, elementary students will learn more about fruits and vegetables, complete themed-activity sheets, and enter to win a prize featuring the “Everything Kids Cookbook” and gardening tools.

For more information about healthy school meals, visit

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Statewide K-12 Library Resources Now Available Online

Teachers, students and parents now have access to K-12 public school library holdings through

Searches can be done at the school district or state levels and tailored by school, genre, format, topic, and language. Citations in Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), and Chicago styles are available.

For more information, contact Katrina Figgett in the Florida Department of Education's Office of Library Media at

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Updated 2011-2012 Employee Work Calendars Now Available

Employees: Please see the newly updated 2011-2012 work calendars attached below. Each contains new information regarding board approved furlough dates for this school year. Should you have additional questions regarding these calendars, please contact your supervisor. These calendars are also linked on the District's school year calendar page.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pasco Schools Earn Solid Marks from State

Today’s report from the Florida Department of Education indicates that the District School Board of Pasco County continues to build upon its rich tradition of academic achievement, with the District earning a total of 520 points.  This equates to an overall districtwide grade of B (525 points is an A), which is an increase from the total number of points earned by the District last year.  “While we acknowledge opportunities for improvement in our continued pursuit of excellence, we must celebrate the positive impact that our dedicated staff is making on the lives of the students we serve,” stated Superintendent Heather Fiorentino.

The District is proud to announce that 67% of the schools in Pasco earned an outstanding grade of A or B this year.  Middle schools in Pasco turned in a particularly impressive performance, with 80% earning an A or B.  In addition to school grades, the Florida Department of Education released information about each school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) designation.  Seven Oaks Elementary, Trinity Elementary, Wesley Chapel Elementary andImagine each earned an A and made AYP this year.  

As the District continues to strive for improvement, it is delighted to announce that 71% of Pasco schools maintained or improved their school grade.   Of special note, Woodland Elementary, Connerton Elementary, Shady Hills Elementary and Imagine each increased their school grades by two letter grades (from a C to an A) this year.  “Our sustained improvement is directly attributable to our team’s collective efforts and their unwavering commitment to ensure that all children reach their highest potential.  These accomplishments are remarkable given the extreme financial adversity the District continues to experience,” Fiorentino added.

High school grades have not yet been released due to the state’s new criteria for calculating high school grades.  However, the state has released the total number of points earned by each high school through the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests.  These preliminary data indicate that high schools in Pasco continue to make tremendous progress, with 75% maintaining or increasing the total number of points earned for this section.  Anclote High School saw the greatest gain (81 points), increasing from 392 to 473.  The following schools also saw a substantial gain in the total number of points earned: 

J.W. Mitchell High – from 529 to 548 (19 points), Pasco High – from 472 to 498 (26 points), Ridgewood High  – from 445 to 468 (23 points), River Ridge High – from 488 to 519 (31 points), Sunlake High –  from 483 to 517 (34 points) and Wesley Chapel High – from 470 to 488 (18 points)

The District will continue to analyze these data to make decisions about the needs of students and schools as it allocates resources and provides support as necessary.

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