Friday, May 18, 2012

Pasco Shines in Reading, With 100% of High Schools Showing Improvement

The District School Board of Pasco County is delighted to announce that every high school in Pasco County increased their percentage of students in both 9th and 10th grades that achieved proficiency in reading.   Additionally, the District exceeded the state average in both ninth and tenth grade reading, with 54% of ninth grade students achieving proficiency (a 6% increase) and 51% of tenth grade students achieving proficiency (a 13% increase). “This remarkable improvement is a reflection of the dedication of our entire team,” stated Superintendent Heather Fiorentino.  This accomplishment is particularly impressive considering the fact that the state increased the rigor of the assessment last year and increased the minimum score required to achieve proficiency this year.  “During this period of transition, we are extremely proud of the hard work that our teachers, students and administrators have put forth in order to secure these impressive gains.   Our students and staff continue to excel in the face of significant financial adversity and ever changing expectations.   This is a testament to their fortitude and unwavering commitment to excellence.”  Fiorentino added.

The District is especially proud of the following schools:  Pasco eSchool (79% proficiency in 9th grade and a 27 percentage point increase in 10th grade), Land O’ Lakes High School (69% proficiency in 9th grade and 70% proficiency in 10th grade).  Anclote High School showed the largest gains throughout the District in 9th grade, with a 14% gain.  In tenth grade, the percentage of proficiency increased at J.W. Mitchell High School by 24% and by 19% at Hudson High School. 

The District’s writing results were consistent with statewide trends, as students’ results reflected the difficulty of adapting to new state expectations within a compressed time period.  In Pasco, 77% of students in grade 4, 77% of students in grade 8 and 86% of students in grade 10 achieved proficiency in writing this year.  Pasco’s tenth grade students exceeded the state average in writing. 

The District recognizes that in addition to the more rigorous standards that were used by the state for this year in evaluating writing, the state has set increased performance expectations for next year.   The District has already begun implementing strategies to help teachers and students adapt to the new expectations.  Specifically, the District will provide systemic support over the coming year to ensure that students are able to demonstrate mastery of the writing process, including brainstorming, drafting and refining their work in order to clearly communicate their message using appropriate conventions.   Additionally, the District remains committed to working with the state to advocate for the additional time students need to display these skills on the assessment, as the current time of 45 minutes is not sufficient.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Elementary School - West winners from the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

The elementary school - west winners from the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest may be viewed below:

Congratulations to all who particpated for a fine job!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Announcing Pasco County Schools’ New YouTube Channel

We are happy to announce that Pasco County Schools now has a YouTube channel dedicated to documenting the wonderful things accomplished daily by our students and employees. We welcome you to subscribe and visit often for great videos on classroom happenings, extracurricular activities, outstanding educators and more! 

Parents: Do you know about great things happening in your child's classroom? Employees: Do you have a wonderful colleague or student whose story should be shared with all of Pasco County? Please contact Andy Dunn (adunn@pasco.k12.fl.us, 727-774-2448) with your video ideas. Help us communicate the vision and spread the word about all of the wonderful things the District School Board of Pasco County has to offer.

Elementary School - East Winners of the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

The elementary school - east winners from the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest may be viewed below:

Congratulations to all who particpated for a fine job!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Four Pasco Teams Advanced to 2012 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem solving competition for students kindergarten through college.  It is organized into levels for the purposes of competition.  Over 180 teams in the Gulf Coast region (the biggest of Florida's 10 regions) vied for one of 50+ slots at the state tournament.  More than 260 teams from across the state of Florida met to perform their creative solutions to one of six long term problems at the University of Central Florida on Saturday, April 14.  The top two placements in each problem and division plus all Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award winners will represent Florida at the World Finals in Ames, Iowa, May 23-27, 2012.

Odyssey of the Mind's Gulf Coast region is proud to be sending four teams to the World Finals. The high school teams were recognized by the Pasco County school board on Tuesday, April 17. Our world level teams are:

Gulf High School, Weird Science, division 3, 1st Place
J.W. Mitchell High School, Weird Science, division 3, 2nd Place
River Ridge High School, To Be or Not To Be, division 3, 4th place & Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award
Zephyrhills High School, Odyssey Angels, divison 3, 2nd place & Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award

Teams that received recognition, but won't progress to World Finals are:
Gulf HS, Ooh Motional Vehicle, division 3, 5th place
Dr. John Long Middle School, To Be or Not To Be, division 2, 4th place
Trinity Oaks ES, Odyssey Angels, division 1, 3rd place
Mittye P. Locke ES, Hide and Peek, primary division, OMER's Award

Pictures of the event can be found on our District Flickr page. A well-deserved congratulations to all of our Pasco County Odyssey of the Mind Participants!

 

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