Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Earth Day 2012

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The threat of rain didn’t dampen the mood at this year’s Earth Day celebration at Crews Lake Park.  More than 1000 people showed up on Saturday, April 21st to celebrate the yearly event hosted by Covanta Energy, with the cooperation of the District School Board of Pasco County and Pasco County’s Department of Parks & Recreation.  

Originally observed on April 20, 1970, Earth Day is a great opportunity for the community to learn more about the earth and their environment by participating in hands-on fun activities and exhibits.  Conservation and Recycling Operations shared in the celebration by offering arts and crafts, along with literature related to the Districts ongoing commitment to reducing, reusing, and recycling. \

A special thanks goes out to the JROTC students from Hudson and River Ridge High Schools for their support and dedication to this year’s event.  “They’re professionalism, enthusiasm, and willingness to help out wherever needed, truly helped make this year’s event so successful”, praised Lottie Kelley of Covanta Pasco.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pasco Snapshot - SLHS, LOLHS Students Visit Florida School for the Deaf and Blind

For the past several years, students in Sunlake and Land O'Lakes High Schools' American Sign Language classes have spent time each month communicating online with with fellow pupils from Teresa Smith's class at The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine. These sessions, made possible by the the power of Skype and other videoconferencing tools, allow students to practice and improve their sign language skills while communicating with deaf and hard of hearing students in an informal setting. Video chats are a favorite part of students' time in these ASL classes, and FSDB students love them too. But, as Sunlake High ASL teacher Rhonda Leslie and Land O'Lakes High ASL teacher Allyson Heymann know, there's at least one way to do it better.

For the past four years, Leslie and Heymann have arranged to take their students on a class trip to FSDB, giving them a chance to meet their online friends face-to-face. For students from all three schools, it's a great opportunity to interact, play games, and cement relationships started on Skype.

This year the trip included a Presentation by FSDB representative Rick Coleman about the history of the school (which opened in 1885), as well as a tour of the campus and classrooms where the students live and work during the week. FSDB is the state's only residential school, and many students live there full- or part-time. Pasco students were also treated to a show put on by FSDB's famous dance troupe. During the show, visitors were encouraged to dance, laugh and sign along with the music.

Leslie and Heymann hope that students come away from the trip with an understanding and value of residential programs for the Deaf, respect for deaf and hard of hearing culture and language and ideas for future career options for themselves on a residential campus.

For SLHS and LOLHS students, the trip is undoubtedly the highlight of the school year. Please take a moment to look over our photo journal of the day's events!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

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

The secondary school winners from the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest may be viewed at the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF0235A4980ED7308&feature=view_all

Congratulations to all who particpated for a fine job!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Preliminary Four-Day School Week Survey Results Available

Parents, employees and community members: The preliminary results of the District's four-day school week survey, conducted by Hanover Research, are now available for download. The report compiles initial findings from a survey offered to the Pasco County school district and stakeholders to gauge community opinions of a proposed four-day school week as a solution to address the district’s budget deficit. The 10,130 people who responded to the Respondents expressed their levels of agreement with the proposal and offered concerns about the plan. Please download and review these results at your earliest convenience. 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Introducing Tray Talk - A School Nutrition Resource for Parents

Food and Nutrition Services is a member of the national School Nutrition Association.  The School Nutrition Association and its members know that parents are critical partners in teaching children to make nutritious food choices at school. Learn how you can get involved and support healthy school meals. 

 

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