Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Pasco’s Students Rise to the Challenge by Meeting Higher Standards in Writing

As Pasco works to prepare students with 21st Century Literacy Skills, writing has been a primary focus of the District.  The dedicated effort of Pasco’s team is reflected in this year's FCAT results.   For school grades, the standard for demonstrating writing proficiency has increased from 3.5 to 4.0 or higher this year.  Pasco is proud to report that 76% of elementary, 78% of middle and 73% of high school students in Pasco met this new standard.   The progress made when comparing this year’s results to last year is truly remarkable, as 94% of elementary, 80% of middle and 69.2% of high schools maintained or improved their percentages of students scoring a 4.0 or higher.   “Writing is a key component of literacy and a foundation for effective communication,”stated Superintendent Heather Fiorentino.  “We are proud of the diligent work of our entire team, which has led to tremendous progress,” she added. 

Pasco is particularly proud of the results achieved at its Title I schools.  Title I schools serve the highest concentrated populations of economically disadvantaged students. This year, 96% of Pasco’s Title I schools improved their percentage of students demonstrating proficiency on the writing portion of the FCAT.  Of special note, Rodney B. Cox Elementary School, the school serving the highest population of economically disadvantaged in Pasco County, had 98% of their students achieve a 4.0 or higher on the writing portion of the FCAT. 

The following schools increased their percentage of students achieving proficiency by at least 20 percent.  Title I schools are noted in italics:

Calusa Elementary(32%), Chasco Elementary (30%), Chester W. Taylor Elementary (20%), Sanders/Connerton Elementary (23%), Gulf Trace Elementary (21%), Gulfside Elementary (25%), Mittye P. Locke Elementary (25%), New River Elementary (31%), Northwest Elementary (29%), Oakstead Elementary (21%,) Pasco Elementary (29%), Quail Hollow Elementary (35%), San Antonio Elementary (24%), Sunray Elementary (41%), Woodland Elementary (25%), Thomas E. Weightman Middle (20%)

The District is also delighted to report that 302 Pasco County students scored a perfect score of 6.0 on the writing portion of the FCAT this year.  This high level of achievement reflects the District’s emphasis on ensuring that all students are continuously encouraged to reach their highest potential. 

“As we celebrate this outstanding success, we recognize that opportunity for improvement exists as we work to ensure that all students become stronger writers.  We will continue to use these results as one tool for determining how we can best meet the individual needs of all students,” Fiorentino added. 

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Jazz’n it Up at GSES!

On Tuesday, May 10th at 10 am, the students from Gulfside Elementary School will be treated to the sweet sound of Jazz with a special concert by Blue Note Recording Artist, Eric Darius. Ms. Lisa O'Keefe, music teacher at GSES, coordinated this opportunity to enable her students to have the opportunity to experience a live concert by a professional musician. The students will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions of the composer and arranger who is from the Tampa Bay area. This is an opportunity not to be missed and sure to be the high note of the students' year!

Spotlight on the Arts

This February marked the conclusion of this year's Very Special Arts (VSA) Art Experience for students from two middle schools within our district. Students from Seven Springs Middle and Hudson Middle received visual arts instruction within their core curriculum for 9 weeks ending in a culminating experience with each student's very own artwork displayed in the Progress Energy Art Gallery in downtown New Port Richey. We are very thankful for this opportunity to highlight our student's artwork and have them experience what the joys of the arts can bring to their education.

What a wonderful Partnership fostered through the Very Special Arts, the District School Board of Pasco County, and Progress Energy Art Gallery.
Pictured from left to right: Rebecca Musselman, Supervisor of Fine Arts; Mindy Egert, VSA Artist in Residency; Nancy Ciesla, Progress Energy Art Gallery Director

Science Exploration

The following video link features students from River Ridge Middle School exploring within their Science Curriculum. Enjoy this great adventure!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

PLACE Registration for Summer and/or Fall:

Parents, please note: Registration for Summer and/or Fall: New clients may register for summer only beginning on April 25, 2011. Registration will continue at each location until maximum capacity enrollment is met. Summer clients are not guaranteed enrollment for fall. All currently enrolled clients must register for fall beginning on May 2, 2011 and continuing until May 13, 2011 or until maximum capacity enrollment is reached. Registration will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Enrollment permitting, new clients and those who enrolled only for summer may register for fall beginning May 16, 2011. In all cases, registration paperwork must include the $20.00 non-refundable per child fee. Registration will not be considered complete until all paperwork and fees are received.

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