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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Arts at the 9/11 Memorial

On September 11, 2012, student artwork representative of the District School Board of Pasco County K-12 Visual Arts Programs was on display for all of the community to see in beautiful, downtown New Port Richey at Sims Park! During the Ceremony the audience was also able to hear four choral ensembles representing our K-12 Music Program. In addition, there were two students selected for singing the National Anthem as well as a special performance during a special dedication during the 9/11 Ceremony. Sidney Dorey and Madison Maring are current students of Seven Springs Middle School and former students of Jim Wanker, music teacher at Longleaf Elementary School.


The following chorus programs had students involved in the chorus performances during the evening.

Cypress Elementary School
Music Teachers
Sharon Braman and Adam Lesko

Odessa Elementary School
Music Teachers
Lisa Grimsley and Monica Duquette

Seven Springs Middle School Chorus
Chorus Director
Thomas Viking

Wiregrass Ranch High School
Chorus Director
Dean Donataccio


Congratulations to these teachers and their students for a wonderful set of performances. Experiences in the arts such as this, strengthen our relationship with our community and create valuable connections for our students as they learn and reflect upon the significance of this day. We are so very proud of the beautiful display of reflective artwork and the well prepared vocalists who proudly represented our District and arts programs.

Pictures of the event can be found at

Friday, September 14, 2012

PLACE to Celebrate Lights On Afterschool on Oct. 18, 2012

Each October, one million Americans and more than 7,500 communities nationwide celebrate the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.  This year October 18, 2012 has been designated as the 7th Annual Lights On Afterschool Day.  The PLACE Program, Pasco County School Board’s before and after school enrichment program, will be hosting its celebration at Sims Park Amphitheater in New Port Richey on Thursday, October 18th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.   The public is invited to attend!

Parents, media, employers, neighbors, school officials and other dignitaries have been invited to show their support for safe, quality afterschool programs.  During this two hour celebration, participants will enjoy music, entertainment, student art exhibits, a parade of PLACE programs, games and activities for children; all culminating with a laser light show to capstone community support. 

The benefits of quality afterschool programs are clear.  They support working families by ensuring that children are safe and productive when the school day ends.  Quality afterschool programs make our communities stronger by involving students, parents, business leaders and volunteers.  Afterschool programs give children the opportunity to discover hidden talents as they grow academically and socially.  Pasco Learning and Activity Centers of Enrichment - PLACE has been providing this quality afterschool programming in Pasco County Schools since 1990.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

District Selected as a 2012 Healthiest Employer

The District School Board of Pasco County has been selected as a 2012 Healthiest Employers Awards finalist and will be honored at an awards celebration luncheon on Thursday, September 13, 2012. At the luncheon, all finalists will be recognized on stage and the winners of Healthiest Employer for 2012 will be announced.

The District School Board of Pasco County will be featured in the Tampa Bay Business Journal‘s 2012 Healthiest Employers special publication along with the other honorees. This publication will announce the scores of all the 2012 Healthiest Employers and will be inserted into the September 14th issue of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Thank you to the Employee Benefit and Risk Management Deaprtment for their hard work and dedication.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

2011/2012 Annual Battery Recycling contest results

Conservation and Recycling Operations would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all the schools that participated in the Annual Battery Recycling Contest sponsored by Pasco County Utilities and the District School Board of Pasco County.  Thanks to the combined efforts of the students, families, and school staff from seventy schools, we were able to collect more than 27,600 pounds of household batteries and divert the toxic items from the landfill.

To recognize their commitment to the environment, all participating schools received Certificates of Appreciation with the Top 10 schools receiving monetary awards, as well, thanks to money generated from the Districts recycling efforts.  The following is the Top 10 list of schools and the total weight of the batteries they collected:

West Zephyrhills Elementary – 2295 lbs.
Richey Elementary – 2175 lbs.
Schrader Elementary – 1387 lbs.
Pine View Middle – 1227 lbs.
Wesley Chapel Elementary – 1226 lbs.
Charles S. Rushe Middle – 1212 lbs.
Lake Myrtle Elementary – 1045 lbs.
Gulfside Elementary – 1003 lbs.
Mittye P. Lock Elementary – 997 lbs.
Double Branch Elementary – 827 lbs.

Again, thanks to all the schools that participated in this year’s contest and congratulations to the Top 10 schools. 

If you’d like more information about Battery Recycling or any other District Recycling/Energy programs, please visit the Conservation and Recycling Operations website at or contact Tony Bartenope @ 794-7936.

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