Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The 2012 Holiday Reading List Encourages Families to Share the Gift of Literacy

The 2012 Just Read, Florida! Recommended Holiday Reading List is now posted at http://www.justreadfamilies.org and includes a variety of interesting books by grade level, each with a holiday theme that will kindle the interest, imagination and love of reading for people of all ages, The site also includes tools parents can use to nurture a reading-friendly environment at home and in day-to-day activities, links to county and municipal public libraries, and tips for parents on how to make the most of the time they spend reading with their families. Families can also use the online tool "Find a Book" at http://florida.lexile.com to supplement the holiday reading list with other books tailored to a child's interest and reading ability using Lexile measures.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Art Gallery to display student work from Pasco County Students!

Congratulations to the students of Shady Hills Elementary School and Moon Lake Elementary School. Art Teacher, Sheryl Depp, opened their eyes to the possibility of having their work displayed in a true art gallery. The students' artwork will be on display now through December 9, 2012 at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art. On Thursday, December 6 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm a special reception will be held to honor these student artists. At the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, you and your family will be able to revisit the 20th century through art, while exploring and inspiring your creativity. Please browse the website or call 727-712-5762 for detailed information. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is located on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College. Congratulations again to the students and Mrs. Depp for their display of artwork within the Museum.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Kurt S. Browning- Superintendent of Schools

Kurt S. Browning was sworn-in as the District School Board of Pasco County Superintendent of Schools during the school board meeting on November 20, 2012. Superintendent Browning was formerly the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections for 26 years and the Secretary of State for Florida.

A video of the Swearing-In Ceremony can be viewed here:

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!

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