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 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

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

We Want to Hear from You!

As the District School Board of Pasco County works to produce a balanced budget, the Superintendent and Board members are seeking feedback from employees, parents and community members. The District is faced with the difficult task of trimming the budget by at least $28 million for the 2010-2011 school year, marking the 9th budget cut the District has faced in the past three years. Board members will be holding a series of budget town hall meetings within their districts to discuss cost-saving measures and gather input from all stakeholders. This feedback will be essential as the Board works to prioritize student and staff needs. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in this important process. A tentative schedule of town hall meetings is listed below: District 1, Chairman Allen Altman, May 27, 2010, 7:00 p.m. at Watergrass Elementary School District 2, Vice-Chairman Joanne Hurley, June 10, 2010, 6:30 p.m. at Land O’ Lakes High School District 3, Cathi Martin, June 8, 2010, 6:30 p.m. at Paul R. Smith Middle School District 4, Kathryn Starkey, June 1, 2010, 7:00 p.m. at River Ridge High School District 5, Frank Parker, May 26, 2010, 7:00 p.m. at Bayonet Point Middle School For more information, please contact the District Communications & Government Relations Department at one of the following numbers: 813-794-2717 727-774-2717 352-524-2717

Monday, May 10, 2010

2009-2010 High School Graduation Information

Mark your calendars: 2009-2010 high school graduations are less than a month away! Please contact the schools listed below for directions or additional information regarding each graduation event. Congratulations to our graduating seniors; we are very proud of you! Anclote High School – NO GRADUATION THIS YEAR Gulf High School DATE: June 4, 2010 TIME: 7 pm LOCATION: Calvary Chapel Worship Center VALEDICTORIAN: Jackson Loop SALUTATORIAN: Casey Pereira IB VALEDICTORIAN: Kelvin Tran IB SALUTATORIAN: Cody Johnson Hudson High School DATE: June 4, 2010 TIME: 8 pm LOCATION: Gymnasium VALEDICTORIAN: Lauren Webb SALUTATORIAN: Katie Proctor OUTSTANDING SENIOR: Samantha Poston-Norris James W. Mitchell High School DATE: June 5, 2010 TIME: 6 pm LOCATION:USF Sundome VALEDICTORIAN: Kristina Crane SALUTATORIAN: Jessica Ordax Land O' Lakes High School DATE: June 5, 2010 TIME: 11 am LOCATION: Idlewild Baptist Church VALEDICTORIAN: Matthew Schwartz SALUTATORIAN: Kevin Engle IB VALEDICTORIANS: Shaina Maldonado, Victoria Dahl IB SALUTATORIAN: David Clark Moore-Mickens Education Center - GED DATE: August 26 TIME: 7pm LOCATION: WCHS Pasco High School DATE: June 4, 2010 TIME: 7:30 pm LOCATION: W.F. Edwards Stadium VALEDICTORIAN: Amanda J. Newlon SALUTATORIAN: Elizabeth M. Larue Ridgewood High School DATE: June 4, 2010 TIME: 7 pm LOCATION: Gymnasium VALEDICTORIAN: Anh-My Nguyen SALUTATORIAN: Kaliopi Amorgianos River Ridge High School DATE: June 4, 2010 TIME: 6 pm LOCATION: Gymnasium VALEDICTORIAN: Christopher McBride, Derek Wasilewski SALUTATORIAN: Tashyana Plantilla Sunlake High School DATE: June 5, 2010 TIME: 10 am LOCATION: USF Sundome VALEDICTORIAN: Taylor Rowland SALUTATORIAN: Katherine O’ Shaughnessy Wesley Chapel High School DATE: June 5, 2010 TIME: 3 pm LOCATION: Idlewild Baptist Church VALEDICTORIANS: Shantel Houston, Brittany Troast SALUTATORIAN: Christian Rodriguez Wiregrass Ranch High School DATE: June 5th TIME: 2 pm LOCATION: USF Sundome VALEDICTORIAN: Taylor Flitt SALUTATORIANS: William Pujals, Sarah Wyper Zephyrhills High School DATE: June 4, 2010 TIME: 7 pm LOCATION: Lakeland Civic Center VALEDICTORIAN: Brandy Compton SALUTATORIAN: Chelsea Smith

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