Monday, July 23, 2018

School Board Member Beaudoin Schedules Listening Session

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 23, 2018) – Colleen Beaudoin, Pasco County School Board Member from Land O’ Lakes, will hold a listening session in the Denham Oaks Elementary School media center on Wednesday, July 25, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Mrs. Beaudoin, who represents District 2 on the Pasco School Board, welcomes citizens who are interested in sharing their thoughts and ideas with regard to public school operations.
Denham Oaks Elementary is located at 1422 Oak Grove Boulevard, in Lutz.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Pasco Schools Announces Citizens’ Academy

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 16, 2018) – Pasco County Schools is launching a Citizens’ Academy to educate the public on the operation of a public school system.

The Pasco Schools Citizens’ Academy will consist of seven monthly meetings beginning in August 2018.  Three meetings will be held during the day and four meetings will take place in the evening.  Mornings will consist of school visits around the county, while evenings will consist of classroom lessons on budget, school choice, planning, construction and maintenance, transportation, and school safety, to name a few.

“We want our parents, community members, and business leaders to learn what it takes to operate a public school district,” says Kurt Browning, Pasco County superintendent of schools. “Pasco County Schools educates 75,000 students and has an operating budget of $1.2 billion.  We think it’s important for Pasco taxpayers to see first-hand the many facets of educating our children.”

Each Citizens’ Academy class will consist of 30 to 50 members from the community.  The first class will start August 23.  The final meeting and graduation is set for March 28.

Anyone interested in participating in the Pasco Schools Citizens’ Academy may apply online at Those selected for the first class will be notified via email the week of July 30.  For more information, go to, and click on the Citizens’ Academy banner at the top of the homepage.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pasco Schools Childcare Department Gets New Name

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 10, 2018) – To reflect expanded programming in the Pasco County Schools before- and after-school care programs, the district is renaming the PLACE Department the Office for After School Enrichment Programs.
The fee-based PLACE program, which provides enrichment activities for elementary-age children before or after school, and for full-days during most school holidays, still exists.
Weekday morning PLACE programs open at 6:30 a.m. and most locations are open in the afternoons until 6 p.m.
The department also manages five other programs.

Two programs are funded through 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal grants.  STAR Academy, for elementary students, and DELTA Academy, for middle school students, are free academic enrichment programs.
STAR Academy programs are located at Gulf Highlands, Quail Hollow, and Rodney B. Cox elementary schools.  STAR Academy operates 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  DELTA Academy programs are located at Gulf, Hudson, and Raymond B. Stewart middle schools.  The Gulf and Hudson programs run 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the Stewart program runs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Two other school year fee-based programs include Beyond the Bell and Explorations.
Beyond the Bell is an after-school program for middle school students that incorporates homework assistance, sports, music, dance, leadership development, and community service activities. The programs are located at Charles S. Rushe and River Ridge middle schools.    Beyond the Bell operates from 1:50 p.m. to 6 p.m.        
Explorations will be offered at Wiregrass Elementary School Monday - Thursday from 4:10 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. in 2018-2019.  First quarter will offer seven-week sessions of Coding and Robotics for grades K-2 on Mondays, Dance for grades K-5 on Tuesdays, and Coding and Robotics for grades 3-5 on Wednesdays.   Second quarter will feature seven-week sessions of Spanish for grades K-2 on Mondays, Sports Skills and Drills for grades K-3 on Tuesdays, Spanish for grades 3-5 on Wednesdays, and Sports Skills and Drills for grades 3-5 on Thursdays.
During the summer, students in kindergarten through 12th grade can attend a fee-based summer camp called Camp Quest.  This camp is an individually themed, specialty summer camp that provides opportunities for students to work on their strengths, passions, and development of new skills.
For enrollment information, parents should contact their child’s school today.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Wiregrass Ranch High School Open House

Wiregrass Ranch High School will host an open house for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year for all students on August 27th from 6pm to 8pm. Students and parents are encouraged to attend open house to learn about exciting academic and athletic programs available at Wiregrass Ranch High School as well as clubs and booster programs students may be interested in. Teachers will be in their classrooms to meet with families and answer any questions they may have. This is a wonderful opportunity to see Wiregrass Ranch from the students’ perspective.

For additional information regarding the open house, call WRHS at (813) 346-6000

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Pasco eSchool and Teacher Honored

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (July 3, 2018) – Pasco eSchool and one of its teachers have been recognized as the best at what they do.
Pasco eSchool was named Florida Virtual School 2017-2018 large district Franchise of the Year and American Sign Language teacher Nancy Barbara was named Canvas National Middle School Teacher of the Year.

Pasco eSchool is a franchise of Florida Virtual School, offering K-12 instruction online.   For students in K-5, Pasco eSchool offers free enrollment in a full-year program featuring the best of tradition and innovation in education. Students and Learning Guides receive instructional oversight by highly qualified teachers, and apply the latest technology for online learning.  For 6th through 12th grade instruction, students may enroll in Pasco eSchool as part-time or full-time participants. Public/charter school, private school, home education, and students new to Pasco County are eligible to apply.

According to Pasco eSchool principal Joanne Glenn, Pasco eSchool was recognized based on the school’s timely, high-rated quality assurance classroom audits, compliance with FLVS academic integrity protocol and procedures and teacher training requirements, their strong partnership with FLVS, and their pursuit of excellence.

Nancy Barbara has worked for Pasco County Schools since July 2015.  She serves as the team leader for the Pasco eSchool American Sign Language department; and wrote ASL courses to provide another language option for the new Pine View Middle School International Baccalaureate-Middle Years Program.

Ms. Barbara was nominated by a colleague and was selected based on her success preparing students for college and careers, improved academic achievement for at-risk students, and her classroom engagement.  She receives a complimentary registration code to the Canvas annual meeting (InstructureCon 2018, July 24 to July 26), recognition at the meeting, a Nearpod classroom license, and other recognition and prizes.
Pasco County Schools uses Canvas for its learning management system, and all Pasco eSchool courses are offered on the Canvas platform.  For more information about Canvas, go to

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