Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tampa Bay Rays to Announce Exciting Partnership to Benefit Local School

The District School Board of Pasco County, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Gulf Coast Chapter and the Tampa Bay Rays are eager to announce an upcoming press event at James M. Marlowe Elementary School in Pasco County, Florida.  The event will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2010. 

The Rays and the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter have partnered with Pasco County Education Foundation on an environmental education project. This dynamic Pasco County Schools partnership will be the first of its kind, to green an existing school building.    A green school is defined as a school building or facility that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.

The Tampa Bay Rays have a long-standing tradition of meaningful involvement and continually strive to support projects that will have a lasting impact on the community.  With hundreds of members, USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter consists of a strong community of leaders working together to make green buildings available to everyone.  The Pasco County District’s environmental education programs overall commitment to educating Pasco County students in the concepts of protecting our environment and its valuable resources is exemplary.  By “Teaming Up for the Environment,” the Rays, USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, and Pasco County School District will create a model partnership project to transform an existing school into a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Existing Buildings certified, environmentally sustainable school.

Rays President Matt Silverman and USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Executive Director Colleen Mackin will join Pasco County School District officials and the student body of James M. Marlowe Elementary School in announcing this monumental public-private partnership that will transform the operation of the school and benefit the entire community for years to come. 

Public-private partnerships in education are essential for building a solid foundation for student success, ”stated Pasco Superintendent of Schools, Heather Fiorentino.  “We are so grateful to the entire Rays organization and the USGBC members for their generosity and continued support of our school system.  As valued partners in strengthening our schools, they are making a strategic investment in the future of our community,” she added. 

For more information about the upcoming press event at Marlowe Elementary School, please contact the District School Board of Pasco County. 


Press Event
James M. Marlowe Elementary School
5642 Cecelia Drive,  New Port Richey, FL  34652
September 24, 2010
1:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wesley Chapel High School Television Production student places at state finals

??Josh Lane’s “The Road to Respect”

Wesley Chapel High School graduate Josh Lane created a documentary called “The Road to Respect,” which placed in the top three documentaries for the state of Florida in the 2009-2010 Jim Harbin Florida Association for Media in Education student film contest. 

The documentary covers the St. Leo University men’s lacrosse team and its history since the program’s inception.  During the 2009-2010 school year, the video earned honors as the top documentary in Pasco County and took first place honors in the Region 4 competition.  Lane will learn in November which place he received at the state level of the competition.
This is the third consecutive year that the Wesley Chapel High School Television Production program has had a video place in the top three at the state finals level of the FAME student video competition.
“The Road to Respect” is now featured on the St. Leo University web site and can be viewed at

Wesley Chapel Academy of Automotive Technology Induction Night

Wesley Chapel High School Automotive technology students get recognized and awarded academy shirts at the Automotive Technology Career Academy “Induction Night”.  Parents and students attended the event beginning in the WCHS Center for Performing Arts. WCHS TV production primed the event with a slide show presentation showing off the Automotive Academy, School district and Industry Partners, set to the theme of rock and roll car songs. Automotive 1 students were first to the stage to shake hands with their instructor and receive their t-shirts. Next up, the Advanced Automotive Service Technology students were given special treatment as the industry representatives from Toyota, Kia, Honda, Ford and BT Automotive came on stage to cloak the students in their new academy uniform shirts. After the ceremony guest were invited to the classroom for appetizers and snacks. Parents and students had an opportunity to speak with dealer representatives who gratefully answered many questions about career paths and employment opportunities. Local community and businesses have shown tremendous support for the school and the new auto program. Winners Sports Grill supplied appetizers; Advantage Promotional Products gave over 300 cookies. Heritage Ford and Atlas Towing sponsored the shirts, and all the dealer representatives brought hats and t-shirts to give away as door prizes. This was a full out business, community and education coming together event to show support and recognize the new and advanced automotive students for the 2010-11 school year.

Monday, August 09, 2010

School Administrators Maximize the Power of the Media Technology Program

This summer Instructional Media and Technology Services offered school-based administrators an opportunity to learn how to access data and valuable tools to help assess the status of the school media technology program. The focus of the day was to identify program areas to be further developed as identified in ExC3EL – Expectations for Collaboration, Collections, and Connections to Enhance Learning, Florida’s Media Program Evaluation Rubric designed to ensure that students have the opportunities needed for learning in the 21st century. Research states administrators play a huge role in how the use of information and technology is defined in their school.  The department utilizes the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators to continually provide opportunities for increasing technology literacy. 

In the morning administrators spent time exploring program data and the tools that will help drive growth of their media technology program.  In the afternoon the participants were given hands-on time to further develop their technology skills through video.  They learned how to incorporate the iPod Nano for digitally capturing best practices.  Our expectation is for administrators to be actively modeling technology and effective communication through multimedia with the Nano back at their school.  

 "Integrating technology throughout a school system is, in itself, significant systemic reform. We have a wealth of evidence attesting to the importance of leadership in implementing and sustaining systemic reform in schools.  It is critical, therefore, that we attend seriously to leadership for technology in schools."                                                                                                          — Don Knezek, ISTE CEO

 A shorter version of the workshop was offered during Leadership Development week in June. For more information on Florida’s Library Media programs go to

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Vaccination Requirements for 7th Grade Students

The State of Florida mandates that all incoming 7th grade students will need to submit proof of Tdap (Tetanus – diptheria - acellular pertussis) vaccination by the start of school.

This year, Tdap vaccination will be available free-of-charge at three Pasco County middle schools – Gulf Middle, John Long Middle, and River Ridge Middle - during secondary back-to-school orientation on August 10, 2010. Representatives from the Pasco County Health Department will be on campus at these locations during registration hours to provide the necessary immunization for any student accompanied by parent or guardian.

If you have any questions about this program, please call the Pasco County Health Department at 727-861-5260, ext. 268 or 224 or you may contact the District’s School Health Services at 727-774-2360 or 813-794-2360. We hope that many parents will take advantage of this convenient opportunity to obtain required back-to-school immunizations for their middle school child.


Clinic Location

Daytime Clinic Hrs

Evening Clinic Hrs/Date

Gulf Middle


8:00 am – 2:30 pm

5:00 – 7:00 (8/12)

River Ridge Middle


7:30 am – 2:00 pm

6:30 – 7:30 (8/10)

John Long Middle


8:00 am – 3:00 pm




New Port Richey

10841 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654     (727) 861-5260

Clinic hours Monday thru Friday 7:30am to 5:00pm



11611 Denton Ave., Hudson, FL 34667    (727)861-5661

Clinic hours Monday thru Thursday 7:00am to 5:30pm


Dade City

13941 15th Street, Dade City, FL 33525     (352) 521-1450

Clinic hours Monday thru Thursday 7:30am to 6:00pm


Land O' Lakes

4135 Land O'Lakes Blvd, Land O'Lakes, FL 34639   (813) 558-5173

Clinic hours Monday thru Thursday 7:30am to 6:00pm



4717 Airport Road, Zephyrhills, FL 33542     (813) 780-0740

Clinic hours Monday thru Thursday 7:30am to 6:00pm


Vaccinations for children are free and no appointment is needed.

*Please note all locations are closed the third Thursday of each month*

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