Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Elementary School - East Winners of the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

The elementary school - east winners from the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest may be viewed below:

Congratulations to all who particpated for a fine job!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Four Pasco Teams Advanced to 2012 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem solving competition for students kindergarten through college.  It is organized into levels for the purposes of competition.  Over 180 teams in the Gulf Coast region (the biggest of Florida's 10 regions) vied for one of 50+ slots at the state tournament.  More than 260 teams from across the state of Florida met to perform their creative solutions to one of six long term problems at the University of Central Florida on Saturday, April 14.  The top two placements in each problem and division plus all Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award winners will represent Florida at the World Finals in Ames, Iowa, May 23-27, 2012.

Odyssey of the Mind's Gulf Coast region is proud to be sending four teams to the World Finals. The high school teams were recognized by the Pasco County school board on Tuesday, April 17. Our world level teams are:

Gulf High School, Weird Science, division 3, 1st Place
J.W. Mitchell High School, Weird Science, division 3, 2nd Place
River Ridge High School, To Be or Not To Be, division 3, 4th place & Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award
Zephyrhills High School, Odyssey Angels, divison 3, 2nd place & Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award

Teams that received recognition, but won't progress to World Finals are:
Gulf HS, Ooh Motional Vehicle, division 3, 5th place
Dr. John Long Middle School, To Be or Not To Be, division 2, 4th place
Trinity Oaks ES, Odyssey Angels, division 1, 3rd place
Mittye P. Locke ES, Hide and Peek, primary division, OMER's Award

Pictures of the event can be found on our District Flickr page. A well-deserved congratulations to all of our Pasco County Odyssey of the Mind Participants!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Play a Round of Golf, Support Local Special Olympics in Pasco

Special Olympics Pasco will be holding its 14th Annual Golf Tournament at Lexington Oaks Golf Club, on May 5, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. The Special Olympics program is recognized as the most credible charitable organization in the country.  It was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver over 30 years ago to provide a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

Pasco County Special Olympics currently boasts more 1000 athletes actively participating in the program, which is recognized as one of the best in the state of Florida. There is no cost to the athletes or their families to participate, and Special Olympics must raise approximately $60,000 per year from fundraisers and donations to operate the program.

Money that is raised from this tournament will help to support the Pasco County Special Olympics program and send our athletes to County, Area, and State level competitions.  All the money raised and collected, will remain in Pasco County.  There are no administration costs or extra fees.

If you would like to participate in the golf tournament, please complete and submit the attached form. There is no need to organize a foursome as golfers can be assigned to a group on the day of the event.

Thank you for supporting Special Olympics Pasco!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

2012-2013 Kindergarten Pre-Registration and Head Start/Early Head Start Information

Kindergarten pre-registration will be May 7 at all Pasco County elementary schools. Those interested should contact the school in their area for details about orientation activities and times. Head Start/Early Head Start applications are only at select elementary schools.

 Kindergarten pre-registration requirements:

  • Child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2012
  • Child’s birth certificate or other proof of birth date
  • Health examination – HRS Form 3040
  • HRS Certificate of Immunization
  • Proof of Florida residency (such as current electric bill or lease agreement)

For information about kindergarten, call Lori Wiggins, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instructional Services, at (727) 774-2317, (813) 794-2317, or (352) 524-2317.

 Head Start/Early Head Start application requirements:

  • Expectant mothers, infants, toddlers and children through age 5 may apply (Preference for Head Start is given to children who turn 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2012
  • Families must meet income eligibility requirements
  • Certified birth certificate or other state approved document
  • Child’s Social Security card or number (if available)
  • Child’s health card (Medicaid, Kid Care or private insurance)
  • Documentation of four to six weeks of most current household income, or 2011 W-2’s/1040 Tax Form
  • Proof of residency (Driver’s license, utility bill, etc.)
  • Proof of child support (if applicable)
  • Information for other family members (Social Security numbers and dates of birth)

 IF APPLICABLE:  Protective Services and/or foster care verification; documentation of parent or guardian attending school; documentation of disability for child, parent and/or guardian.

 For information about Head Start/Early Head Start call Alexis Russell, Social Services Coordinator, PreKindergarten Services (727) 774-2730, (813) 794-2730, (352) 524-2730.

Pasco Schools Hosts Project Turnaround Awards Ceremony

The District School Board of Pasco County is pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Turnaround Award Ceremony will be held on May 2, 2012, from 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Spartan Manor in New Port Richey, FL.  The students and staff at Project Turnaround have worked hard to earn this well-deserved recognition.

We invite the press and public to join us as we celebrate their inspirational stories of transformation.  In addition to honoring the students, we will be recognizing the hard work of the dedicated staff and family members who have helped place these students on a productive path.

The Annual Turn-Around event is part of the District’s comprehensive graduation enhancement program.  Through anindividualized approach, the District has a rich tradition of ensuring that all students receive the support they need to graduate from high school prepared for the challenges of tomorrow.  This event is just one of the many ways that we celebrate the success of students and promote personal growth.  This effort is reflected in the District’s impressive graduation rate of 85.8%, which is well above the state average.  The District will continue to facilitate the type of positive transformation that will be highlighted at the Turnaround event through concentrated efforts.

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