Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pasco’s Focus on Student Success Pays Off

The District School Board of Pasco County is pleased to report that Pasco’s students continue to excel, outpacing the state average in several areas.  Due to the diligent work of Pasco’s entire team, steady progress is reflected in the results released earlier today. The District is particularly proud of its tenth grade students who exceeded the state average in mathematics and whose writing scores reflect significant levels of achievement.  The District had an overall increase of six percentage points in 10th grade mathematics scores, with 85% of high schools maintaining or improving their performance from last year.  Every high school in Pasco showed increases in the percent of students scoring a 4.0 or higher on the writing assessment. The District’s tenth graders also showed an overall improvement of four percentage points in reading, with nine of eleven general high schools maintaining or improving their performance. “Our entire team has really intensified their efforts at the secondary level to ensure that all students graduate from our system prepared for the challenges of global citizenship and we are extremely proud to see that our efforts have paid off in this area,stated Superintendent Heather Fiorentino. 

As Pasco works to prepare students with 21st Century Literacy Skills, writing has been a primary focus of the District.  Pasco is proud to report that 92% of elementary, 95% of middle and 94% of high school students earned a score of 3.0 or above this year on the FCAT writing assessment.

Pasco students also showed improvement in all grade levels on their science assessment, with middle school students performing above the state average.  Additionally, 76% of elementary schools and 75% of high schools in Pasco County maintained or improved their science performance as compared to last year.

“As we celebrate the success within this subset of data, we recognize that opportunity for improvement exists in our efforts to ensure that all students reach their highest potential.  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.

Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 Florida’s Educational Office Professionals of the Year

On June 25, 2010, Pat Ellison, Secretary in Instructional Media & Technology Services Department, was installed as President of the Florida Association of Educational Office Professionals for the 2010-2011 year. Pat was also nominated and selected as the 2010 Florida Educational Office Professional of the Year. She was recognized during the Annual Conference hosted by Pasco County AEOP June 23 - 26, 2010. History of Association A statewide meeting was held in April 1952 in Miami for the purpose of organizing the Florida Association of School Secretaries. In April 1954, the name was officially changed by the membership to Florida Association of Educational Secretaries. Since the association was made up of various job classifications, the name of Florida Association of Educational Office Personnel was adopted in 1977. In 1994, the name became Florida Association of Educational Office Professionals. Vision Statement We are a team committed to encouraging membership, participation and networking by providing professional growth, fellowship, and recognition for all Florida Association of Educational Office Professionals.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Battle of the Belts Saves Lives

Each year, All Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids of Pasco sponsor the Battle of the Belts campaign for Pasco high school students. It is designed to decrease the dangers teens face while riding in motor vehicles by increasing seat belt usage. Participating this year were Anclote, Gulf, Hudson, James W. Mitchell, Land O' Lakes, Pasco, Ridgewood, River Ridge, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Ranch and Zephyrhills High Schools. Guided by their School Resource Officers, members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) clubs and student government groups took the lead and designed marketing campaigns, which included essays, posters, public service announcements (PSA), and events such as Prom Promise. The sponsors held a recognition luncheon at the All Children’s Hospital center in New Port Richey where several awards were given to the students and school teams that participated.
  • Poster: First Place, Linda Lovett, Hudson High School, $200 award.
  • Essay: First Place, Lydia Kinney, James W. Mitchell High School, $200 award.
  • PSA: James W. Mitchell High School, $500 award to SADD.
  • Campaign: James W. Mitchell High School, $700 award to SADD.
  • Highest percent in increased use of seat belts: Gulf High School, $700 award to SADD.
  • Highest overall seat belt use: Wesley Chapel High School, $1,000 award to SADD. This marks the school’s second year being recognized in this category.
Sincere gratitude is offered to the program sponsors, schools, and participating students for helping save lives through the 2010 Battle of the Belts.

Bridging the Digital Divide

The District School Board of Pasco County is delighted to announce the first annual Title I Summer Technology Camp for Pasco’s most economically disadvantaged students.  This exciting program will give students the opportunity to work one-on-one with state of the art technology.  Specifically, students will be given the opportunity to produce and edit his or her very own video podcast.  Integrating technology with writing standards will help to increase academic proficiency while reinforcing the 21st Century learning skills they need for future success. 

This is just one of the many ways we are working to bridge the digital divide for our economically disadvantaged students,” stated Superintendent Heather Fiorentino. “We strive throughout the year to foster supportive learning environments that provide access to cutting edge technology and create equity of opportunity for all students.  This camp is an extension of those efforts and will enhance the quality of services these students receive,” she added. 

The Title I Summer Technology Camp is offered to qualifying students throughout the 21 Title I Elementary Schools.  These camps will follow the regular summer school schedule from June 21 – July 2, 2010.  For more information about this exciting new program, please contact the District Office at (727) 774-2324, (813) 794-2324, (352) 524-2324.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pasco Students to Enjoy Hands-On Summer Science Camp

The District School Board of Pasco County is excited to announce the 2010 Science Pasco Environmental Adventure Camp Experience (PEACE) program.  This camp will give students the opportunity to study the environment through a variety of engaging, hands-on activities while visiting five wonderful locations:  the Energy and Marine Center (EMC), Starkey Environmental Education Center, Safety Town’s Environmental Center, Crystal Springs Preserve, and the Florida Aquarium.   One important focus area of the camp will be exploring the Gulf Coast oil spill and its impact on Florida’s delicate ecosystem.  

This applied learning project reinforces innovative, problem-solving skills while giving our most needy students the chance to discover the fascinating world of science,” stated Superintendent Heather Fiorentino. “By gaining a strong foundation in science, these students are acquiring the skills needed to develop solutions for the challenges of tomorrow- a skill set that will prove to be a competitive advantage in the 21st Century global economy,” she added.  

The PEACE Camps are offered to qualifying students throughout the District’s 21 Title I Elementary Schools.  These full-day, action packed camps run from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. over a span of three weeks, with a rotation set up each week to cover the different locations. 

The PEACE Summer Science Camp will be both a rewarding and educational experience that will help children gain a better understanding of the environment while combining adventure into their summers! For more information about the PEACE Summer Science Camp contact the District Office at (727) 774-2312, (813) 794-2312, (352) 524-2312.

Dates of PEACE Camp

PEACE – Week 1 – June 14-18
PEACE – Week 2 – June 21-25
PEACE – Week 3 – June 28-July 2

List of Schools Attending Each Week

PEACE – Week 1 – June 14-18: LES, RBCES, PES, WZES, SHES, MGES, CWTES
PEACE – Week 2 – June 21-25: MLES, NWES, GHES, HES, SES, FHES, RES
PEACE – Week 3 – June 28 – July 2: CAES, CHES, MPLES, JMMES, AES, SRES, GSES

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