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.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

School Board Recognitions- September 18th

Pasco County School Board Meeting Recognitions on 9/18/2012. Congratulations to everyone who was recognized by our School Board.

Governor’s Award for Teaching Economics. For 33 years, the Florida Council on Economic Education has recognized Florida’s most outstanding K-12 teachers for their creativity in presenting lessons in economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship. These awards celebrate best practices and innovation in Florida classrooms.

(L to R) Heather Fiorentino, Superintendent, Paula Lesko, Carmen Johnson (JMMES) Eric Johnson (FHS), Mathew Kirouac (WCHS), Maryanne Meyer (RRHS) and Joanne Hurley, School Board Chairman.

Radio Disney Recognition. For several years the Pasco Education Foundation, Radio Disney 1380 AM and the Trinity Rotary have partnered together to Reading with Radio Disney, a literacy and obesity/wellness campaign to several elementary schools here in Pasco County.  This past year, in addition to that program, Radio Disney stepped up to the plate and donated over 9,970 elementary and middle school-aged appropriate books to the Foundation’s Books for Kids program.  These books were distributed to all elementary schools and middle schools to be used as incentives for students, classroom libraries, and/or additions to the media center collection at each of the schools.

(L to R) Heather Fiorentino, Superintendent, David Key, past Chair Pasco Education Foundation, Donna Prentice, Chairman Pasco Education Foundation, Todd Loomis, Station Manager, Matt Jones, Account Executive and Joanne Hurley, School Board Chairman.

Schrader Elementary Parent Involvement. Each year the DOE asks the Districts to select one school for their exemplary efforts in the area of Parent Involvement.  The District seeks applications from schools describing new and innovative efforts to promote parent involvement within their school community.  This year, the District selected Schrader Elementary for their exciting parent involvement program called Families as Educators.

(L to R) Heather Fiorentino, Superintendent,  Janice Montaldi, Parent Involvement Coordinator, Tammy Berryhill, Principal of Schrader Elementary and Joanne Hurley, School Board Chairman.

United Way – Stuff the Bus. Recognizing United Way of Pasco County for their generosity and tireless efforts to collect supplies for teachers in Pasco County during the Stuff the Bus Event.

(L to R) Heather Fiorentino, Superintendent, Duggan Cooley, United Way-Executive Director, Judith Tilton, Project Coordinator and Joanne Hurley, School Board Chairman.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Arts at the 9/11 Memorial

On September 11, 2012, student artwork representative of the District School Board of Pasco County K-12 Visual Arts Programs was on display for all of the community to see in beautiful, downtown New Port Richey at Sims Park! During the Ceremony the audience was also able to hear four choral ensembles representing our K-12 Music Program. In addition, there were two students selected for singing the National Anthem as well as a special performance during a special dedication during the 9/11 Ceremony. Sidney Dorey and Madison Maring are current students of Seven Springs Middle School and former students of Jim Wanker, music teacher at Longleaf Elementary School.


The following chorus programs had students involved in the chorus performances during the evening.

Cypress Elementary School
Music Teachers
Sharon Braman and Adam Lesko

Odessa Elementary School
Music Teachers
Lisa Grimsley and Monica Duquette

Seven Springs Middle School Chorus
Chorus Director
Thomas Viking

Wiregrass Ranch High School
Chorus Director
Dean Donataccio


Congratulations to these teachers and their students for a wonderful set of performances. Experiences in the arts such as this, strengthen our relationship with our community and create valuable connections for our students as they learn and reflect upon the significance of this day. We are so very proud of the beautiful display of reflective artwork and the well prepared vocalists who proudly represented our District and arts programs.

Pictures of the event can be found at

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