Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Career Academies Growing Rapidly

Pasco’s high school career academies are thriving! New academies this school year include the Academy of Energy at Anclote High School, the Academy of Engineering at River Ridge High School, the Building Technologies Academy and the Academy of Health at Pasco High School, and Wesley Chapel High School’s Academy of Automotive Service Technology. Enrollment at the academies is growing, with students at River Ridge registering for the Academy of Engineering in numbers significantly higher than expected. More than 80 students at the Academy of Health at Gulf, Pasco, Zephyrhills, Mitchell, and Ridgewood High Schools are ready to take the upcoming Certified Nursing Assistant Exam, which when passed, will position them for employment opportunities after graduation. Expansion plans for the next school year include adding a teacher at the Engineering and the Building Technologies Academies and refurbishing an additional classroom for Ridgewood’s Academy of Health. The District’s Career and Technical Education, Curriculum and Instructional Services, Transportation and Student Services departments will continue to collaborate so that Pasco high school students have high-quality educational choices through Career Academies.

Pasco’s Outstanding Volunteers for 2009-2010

While all of this year’s 23,000 registered volunteers in Pasco schools are outstanding, three were selected as Most Outstanding for 2009-2010: Youth: Tashyana Plantilla, a senior at River Ridge High School, volunteers at Moon Lake Elementary and River Ridge Middle Schools, is Key Club Treasurer and National Honor Society Vice-President, organizes annual charities, tutors students, and is a community volunteer. Adult: Mari Blank was PTA President for two years at Sand Pine Elementary School, mentored the PTA at Double Branch Elementary School, served on the Pasco Council PTA, started a Reading Buddy program, and serves on the District Vision Committee. Senior: Ronald Bechdolt volunteers at Mittye P. Locke Elementary School (MPLES) where his granddaughter attends. After dropping her off, Ron volunteers every day helping students and teachers. Ron is a valued part of the MPLES family. Congratulations and a sincere THANK YOU to Tashyana, Mari, and Ronald for their dedication to others!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Food Safety is Top Priority

Food and Nutrition Services considers food safety a top priority. All food service employees are asked to complete the 10-hour food safety and sanitiation course during their first year of employment, and the refresher course once every three years. Although it is not a requirement for school food service managers to obtain a national-level food safety manager certification, Pasco County FNS is proud to announce that our school food service managers and many of our assistant managers take the initiative to obtain this honor. We would like to congratulate the food service managers, assistant managers, internship graduates, and current interns who recently took their national ServSafe exam. Now, 100% of our food service managers and most of our assistant managers have their national-level food safety certification. Congratulations to Renae Artlip, Evelyn Babilonia, Thomas Delfel, Brenda Francis, Barbara Grusse, Crystal Hadley, Karen Hatfield, Wendy Howard, Louise Hoyle, Linda Hudson, Robin Ladig, Vonnie Maples, Anthony David Martin, Lisa Morin, Linda Osuba, Suzanne Pawelek, Jan Popp, Kim Sanders, Kim Ungerer, Helen Venezia, Tammy Vincent, Michele Weibley, and Nicole Westmoreland.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Honoring Food and Nutrition Employees

Food and Nutrition Services would like to congratulate our employees that were recognized at the Pasco Education Foundation's Education Celebration on Saturday, January 30th at the Pasco Schools Center for the Arts at River Ridge High School. The event honors teachers, school related personnel, noninstructional nonbargaining employees and administrators of the year from throughout Pasco County. Congratulations to the following Food and Nutrition Services noninstructional nonbargaining employee and school related personnel and of the year: Pamela Zundel, FNS Manager at Wiregrass Ranch High School (NNB of the Year finalist); Janet Camilleri, FNS Assistant at Bayonet Point Middle School; Phyllis Higgins, FNS Assistant at Crews Lake Middle School; Jeannette McKinney, FNS Assistant at Lake Myrtle Elementary School; Vittoria Price, FNS Production Assistant at Dr. John Long Middle School; Georgette Hayner, FNS Assistant at Pasco High School; Edele Graham, FNS Production Assistant at Pasco Middle School; Brenda Ransford, FNS Assistant at San Antonio Elementary School; Connie Key, FNS Assistant at Sand Pine Elementary School; Lisa Thompson, FNS Production Assistant at Schrader Elementary School; Diana Kosik-Caldwell, FNS Production Assistant at Seven Springs Middle School; Elizabeth Hull, FNS Assistant at Shady Hills Elementary School; Lisa Dennison, FNS Production Assistant at Sunlake High School; Leigh Wilcox, FNS Assistant at Veterans Elementary School; and Marilyn Morra, FNS Assistant at Zephyrhills High School. Thank you to each of you for being a great role model. We are proud to have you on our FNS team!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Watergrass Elementary School Recognized With Top Environmental Status

The District School Board of Pasco County is delighted to announce that Watergrass Elementary School has recently earned the prestigious Gold LEED certification. “LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.” This is the most recent in a lengthy list of honors the District School Board of Pasco County has received for its eco-friendly operations. The District has a long-standing commitment to environmental education, energy and water conservation, green cleaning practices and recycling. The District’s sustainable conservation methods and energy efficient operations have yielded significant savings of financial and environmental resources. By meeting the high standards of Gold LEED certification, the District has made yet another long-term investment in energy efficiency that will continue to benefit students and the environment for many years to come. “We are thrilled to be developing healthy, efficient and productive learning environments for our students,” stated Superintendent Heather Fiorentino. “Our efforts extend beyond the design of this specific school, as our entire team is also committed to equipping our future generation with an understanding of how they can protect and preserve our precious natural resources. We look forward to using this same eco-friendly design as we address future facility needs,” she added.

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