Friday, November 02, 2012

The October 2012 Tech-ESE Teacher of the Month

The District School Board of Pasco County is proud to announce that Don Blake is the October Tech/ESE Teacher of the Month.  

Don has been teaching electricity at MTEC since its doors opened in 1984.  He is an electrical contractor with many years of community service under his belt, as well as his dedication to Habitat for Humanity.  Don has always gladly accepted ESE students into his program.  Under his tutelage they thrive and go on to be employed in the field.  All students experience job assignments in the class and shop areas.  He has a foreman, supervisor and assistants.  This gives students the opportunity to  apply their skills in real life work settings.  He also pairs second year students with first year students to exchange information.  This has been a very successful tool for learning.  Many students have competed in Skills USA.  For the past seven years, Don has had students win the state competition and compete in the nationals.  Over the last nine years, he has had three 1st place state awards, a 4th and a 5th place national award and one national 1st place winner.
Congratulations Don for a job well done!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Florida Healthy School District- Silver Level Award

The District School Board of Pasco County is proud to announce that we have been awarded the SILVER level award as a Florida Healthy School District.  The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership and Florida Action for Healthy Kids applauded our district for establishing a culture and climate in which students and staff can reach their personal potential.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

WaveForms1 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge

The Center for the Arts at River Ridge and the Pasco Schools' Department of Curriculum and Instructional Services will bring a very special musical collaboration to the residents of Pasco County. This also lays the foundations for an annual event featuring multimedia performances by community, university, and professional musicians from around the bay area.

On October 11, 2012 at 7pm, WaveForms 1 brings together the University of Tampa Wind Ensemble performing their multimedia musical tribute to Hollywood entitled NIGHT AT THE MOVIES VI, and the Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble performing a travel themed multimedia performance entitled, DESTINATIONS. This unique multimedia format enhances the traditional concert experience with three screens of video and still images that add new and exciting dimensions to all the musical selections.

The University of Tampa Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jeffrey Traster, will perform memorable music from popular movies including themes from Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, The Lion King, and Superman to name just a few. The Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Scott Leahy, will perform a variety of travel and transportation themed music including such memorable pieces as The Great Train Race, Mandalen Landscapes set in picturesque Norway, and Synergy, carrying audience members to the ultimate destination, the infinite wonders of outer space. Both concerts will include a video component playing simultaneously on three screens, creating a unique and vibrant multi-sense experience.

The Center for the Arts at River Ridge is proud to be a part in this developing performance form and is constantly expanding its production capabilities to accommodate new and exciting live performance formats. We are committed to continued growth in the multi-media and experimental performance mediums and hope you will support these dynamic local arts groups as they work to redefine the traditional concert experience.

Due to copyright restrictions, admission for this concert is on a donation basis only, however, the Center for the Arts suggests a donation at the door of $8 for adults and $5 for students. All donation proceeds will go to the performance groups to defray the costs of this concert and support their community outreach efforts. A ticket will be required to be seated for this performance.  Tickets will be available at the Center’s box office the evening of the concert beginning at 5pm.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Florida Orchestra to Perform at Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel

On October 31st, 2012, many of our 4th through 12th grade students will have an opportunity to attend The Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel to see the Florida Orchestra matinee concert (10:30 AM & 12:00 PM). This will be a wonderful experience for upper elementary and secondary music students and aligns seamlessly to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in the Arts. As schools consider bringing their band, chorus, guitar, general music students and upper elementary students, please consider that this concert will feature a 14 year old violin virtuoso Ade Williams, the 1st place Laureate 2012 Sphinx Competition Winner.  This is a great opportunity for our students to experience a peer level contemporary artist in performance with a world renowned orchestra. To reserve tickets for your school and students, please contact the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel.

Below is the link to the Center for the Arts website to view more information on this valuable and aligned curriculum connection for our new Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in music and new course descriptions in music.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

School Board Recognitions- September 18th

Pasco County School Board Meeting Recognitions on 9/18/2012. Congratulations to everyone who was recognized by our School Board.

Governor’s Award for Teaching Economics. For 33 years, the Florida Council on Economic Education has recognized Florida’s most outstanding K-12 teachers for their creativity in presenting lessons in economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship. These awards celebrate best practices and innovation in Florida classrooms.

(L to R) Heather Fiorentino, Superintendent, Paula Lesko, Carmen Johnson (JMMES) Eric Johnson (FHS), Mathew Kirouac (WCHS), Maryanne Meyer (RRHS) and Joanne Hurley, School Board Chairman.

Radio Disney Recognition. For several years the Pasco Education Foundation, Radio Disney 1380 AM and the Trinity Rotary have partnered together to Reading with Radio Disney, a literacy and obesity/wellness campaign to several elementary schools here in Pasco County.  This past year, in addition to that program, Radio Disney stepped up to the plate and donated over 9,970 elementary and middle school-aged appropriate books to the Foundation’s Books for Kids program.  These books were distributed to all elementary schools and middle schools to be used as incentives for students, classroom libraries, and/or additions to the media center collection at each of the schools.

(L to R) Heather Fiorentino, Superintendent, David Key, past Chair Pasco Education Foundation, Donna Prentice, Chairman Pasco Education Foundation, Todd Loomis, Station Manager, Matt Jones, Account Executive and Joanne Hurley, School Board Chairman.

Schrader Elementary Parent Involvement. Each year the DOE asks the Districts to select one school for their exemplary efforts in the area of Parent Involvement.  The District seeks applications from schools describing new and innovative efforts to promote parent involvement within their school community.  This year, the District selected Schrader Elementary for their exciting parent involvement program called Families as Educators.

(L to R) Heather Fiorentino, Superintendent,  Janice Montaldi, Parent Involvement Coordinator, Tammy Berryhill, Principal of Schrader Elementary and Joanne Hurley, School Board Chairman.

United Way – Stuff the Bus. Recognizing United Way of Pasco County for their generosity and tireless efforts to collect supplies for teachers in Pasco County during the Stuff the Bus Event.

(L to R) Heather Fiorentino, Superintendent, Duggan Cooley, United Way-Executive Director, Judith Tilton, Project Coordinator and Joanne Hurley, School Board Chairman.

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