Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pasco Sun Dome Graduations Will Involve Enhanced Security; Families Should Plan for Extra Time

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 23, 2018) – This year, the USF Sun Dome will employ enhanced security measures for Pasco County Schools high school graduations.

Family members and friends attending graduations at the Sun Dome should plan to arrive early to build in time for the following security measures, so they don’t miss any of the commencement ceremonies:

  • Sun Dome staff will use hand-held metal detector wands on all guests prior to entrance into the facility.
  • All purses and bags will be searched.
  • No backpacks will be permitted in the Sun Dome.
  • If guests want to bring cameras or binoculars, they may not be in cases; cases should be left in vehicles.

These safety precautions are new Sun Dome requirements designed to enhance the security of our graduates, their families, and school personnel. Pasco County Schools supports all efforts designed to increase the safety of our students, staff, and families.

Below is the schedule for 2018 graduations at the Sun Dome:

Thursday, May 24
4 p.m. – Wiregrass Ranch
8 p.m. – Zephyrhills

Friday, May 25
4 p.m. – Land O’ Lakes
8 p.m. – Wesley Chapel

Saturday, May 26
9 a.m. – Fivay
12:30 p.m. – Anclote
4 p.m. – Hudson
7:30 p.m. – River Ridge

Sunday, May 27
2 p.m. – Sunlake
6 p.m. – JW Mitchell

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fivay High School Project Selected Finalist for Governor’s Award

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 22, 2018) – Fivay High School’s project “Register to Be Heard” has been selected as a finalist for the 39th Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Economics to be awarded June 1 in Orlando.  The statewide competition sponsored by the Florida Council on Economic Education recognizes Florida’s most outstanding teachers for their creativity in presenting lessons in economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship.

Fivay Social Science teacher Eric Johnson mobilized students to coordinate with the Pasco supervisor of elections to schedule a schoolwide voter registration and preregistration drive. Students coordinated with Pasco Superintendent of Schools Kurt Browning, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley, and state Rep. Amber Mariano to schedule a two-day community forum that included public service announcements, informational material, and posters distributed throughout the school. Fivay students also coordinated with other Pasco high schools to host voter registration and pre-registration drives on their campuses.

In addition, Fivay students coordinated with Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., to assist student survivors and their “Pick Up Your Pen” voter registration drive.

“Students helped each other learn to appreciate the important role political activism continues to play on American culture,” stated Eric Johnson.  “They learned that diversity and ingenuity invested with a strong work ethic and education are the tools that will help develop and pass the important policies and legislation necessary to safeguard schools and students.”

Monday, May 21, 2018

JW Mitchell High School Senior Walks

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 21, 2018) – The senior class of JW Mitchell High School will be decked out in their cap and gown ‘walking’ their former elementary schools on Wednesday, May 23. The schedule of senior walks is as follows:

Trinity Elementary School (2209 Duck Slough Blvd)
Student arrival 2:50 p.m.; walk begins at 3 p.m.

Trinity Oaks Elementary School (1827 Trinity Oaks Blvd)
Student arrival 2:50 p.m.; walk begins at 3 p.m.

Longleaf Elementary School (3253 Town Avenue)
Student arrival 1:50 p.m.; walk begins at 2 p.m.
Depart Longleaf at 2:45 p.m. to travel to Seven Springs ES

Seven Springs Elementary School (8025 Mitchell Ranch Rd)
*Students arriving from Longleaf ES around 3 p.m.

Odessa Elementary School (12810 Interlaken Road)
Student arrival 2:20 p.m.; walk begins at 2:30 p.m.

Congratulations Class of 2018!!

Pasco Schools Expands Summer Meals Program

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 21, 2018) – Pasco County Schools Food and Nutrition Services Department has expanded its Summer Food Service program, which runs from June 4 through August 1, to more than 100 sites across the county.

Meals will be provided at 50 school sites and 50 additional locations, including libraries, churches, parks, housing complexes, and more.  Last year, the program was offered at 42 school locations and 45 additional locations.  Summer lunch bus stops are included among the 100 sites (see lunch bus site list here).

Any child age 18 and under is welcome to participate with no enrollment or fees, and no requirement that they attend a Pasco County public school.  Families can find the nearest location by visiting, texting “food” to 877-877, or by calling 813-794-2480.  Children can receive meals at any of the 100 sites, including lunch bus stops.

For an extra dose of fun, families are invited to attend one of the Summer Kick-Off events, which will include food, games, prizes, cool treats, and lots of fun for the whole family. The parties are from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., as follows:

·         Friday, June 8 – Crews Lake Park (16739 Crews Lake Drive, Spring Hill)
·         Thursday, June 14 – Zephyr Park (5039 4th Street, Zephyrhills)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Pasco County Schools Wins GOLD

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 16, 2018) – The Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools has recognized Pasco County Schools as a GOLD level district for the period of May 2018 through April 2020.

“We are proud to be recognized for being in the forefront of ensuring the future of a healthy Florida by creating health literate and students and staff that are fit, healthy, and ready to learn,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.

The designation is based on the Florida Healthy School District Self-Assessment. The self-assessment tool considers sustainable infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices, and Florida statutes. It was developed by the Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools (FPHS) out of a desire to recognize and celebrate the hard work and success of school districts related to the physical, mental, and social health of students and staff.

FPHS collaborated with Florida Action for Healthy Kids, Florida Association of District School Superintendent’s and Florida Healthy Kids Corporation to recognize 50 Florida Healthy School Districts. These districts have established a culture and climate that embrace the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach to reduce barriers to learning and support academic achievement.

Pasco County Schools will be invited to participate in the Healthy District Collaborative facilitated by the Florida Departments of Education and Health where they will be provided professional development, technical assistance, and information for resource/funding opportunities.

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