Friday, October 01, 2010

The Key Ingredients for Success…An Investment in the Future

The District School Board of Pasco County is excited to announce the ground breaking of Land O’ Lakes High Schools Culinary Arts Academy’s world class training facility.  This exciting new Certified Career Academy allows students the opportunity to gain the important skills needed to succeed in high skill/high wage careers within the emerging fields of Culinary Arts and Agriculture. 

The Academy features a state-of-the-art facility that includes three distinct training kitchens, a theatre style 60-seat class room/laboratory with a fully functional demonstration station and video technology that feeds throughout the entire facility. Demonstrations can be viewed on flat panel screens located in every kitchen.   Each kitchen is designed with the learner in mind. The building design has a built in expansion component for growth.  The Academy will open with a District partner, the Food and Nutrition Services Department, to share the facility and serve Café style lunches to the staff, visitors and community.

The Academy of Culinary Arts will have a cutting edge emphasis on natural, sustainable cuisine and local agriculture. The local agriculture program will collaborate with the academy to introduce the freshest campus-grown ingredients.  Together this partnership will afford students the opportunity to learn about the science and appreciation of foods as they cultivate vegetable and meat products from the field to the table.

The Curriculum will feature the Florida ProStart Certificate of Achievement and the program of study will lead students to the ServSafe Food Safety Certificate, American Culinarian Federation Certifications and post secondary articulation.  Partners already include:  The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Tampa and Johnson and Wales University.

The Academy was destined for success right from the start.  A team of dedicated school and business stakeholders have worked collaboratively to design a training facility that will provide learning opportunities both in the form of observing instructors while they explain their cooking, and by including work stations for students to learn through hands-on practice.  Through an intense research and development initiative and the input of culinary professionals throughout the state and the country the Land O’ Lakes Academy of Culinary Arts facility will truly be a “World Class Culinary Training Facility.”  Please join us as we celebrate the ground breaking of this important project:

Ground Breaking Ceremony
October 6, 2010
9:00 a.m.

Land O' Lakes High School
20325 Gator Lane
Land O' Lakes, FL  34638

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

School Lunch:  What’s on Your Tray

2010 National School Lunch Week
School Lunch: What's On Your Tray?
October 11-15, 2010

National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is a week-long celebration highlighting the history of school lunch, and the benefits it has provided to the nation's children for more than 60 years. Each year, the National School Nutrition Association prepares promotional kits, marketing materials, and sponsors contests for students in schools throughout the United States. This years theme is "What's On Your Tray?"  The campaign runs from August 2010 to October 2010, culminating in National School Lunch Week, October 11-15, 2010. 
 
Pasco County Schools will feature a special themed menu during this week.  Monday will highlight the creative types; Tuesday will highlight the Strong types; Wednesday will highlight Balanced types; Thursday will highlight Radiant types; and Friday will feature a menu that Chilled types will enjoy!  Check out the special menu by clicking here.
 
SNA has put together a number of useful, fun resources to help you get ready for the "School Lunch: What's On Your Tray?" campaign.  Whether is a literal school lunch tray, or a busy academic and social calendar, what's on a tray says a lot about a student's personality! The highlight of the "School Lunch: What's on Your Tray?' campaign is a personality quiz that will help you and your students to find out how their school lunch profile stacks up and learn what foods are best to fuel you and keep healthy!
 
"What's on Your Tray?" Personality Quiz
The official "What's on Your Tray?" website has a tray full of activities and information for kids including the What's on Your Tray personality quiz where students can discover what their favorite foods and activities reveal about them. Online and in cafeterias, students will have the opportunity to find out about their school lunch personality by taking the fun personality quiz. The online version of the quiz is available at the official kid's website: www.whatsonyourtray.org.

Monday, September 27, 2010

From the Classroom to the World of Work

From the classroom setting to the world of work, students of the On the Job Training (OJT) program at Sunlake High School have had the opportunities of a lifetime.

Last year, Sunlake High School OJT students came each day to the District Instructional Media Center at the Pasco County School District office complex, where they worked in Media Resources under the supervision of Lynne Westervelt, Media Resources Technician for the Department of Instructional Media and Technology Services. The program was so successful that a new group of students will begin working in September 2010.

In the course of their work activities, both in Media Resources and other assigned areas, these students have performed tasks that contribute toward the efficient functioning of daily operations. They have learned how to scan important documents, learned mailing routes via the courier system, grounds keeping duties, how to distribute print and visual media, warehouse procedures, and how to prepare food for the district cafeteria.

OJT students have shown a tremendous amount of growth through their participation in the School District worksite program. They have acquired valuable work specific skills, learned the importance of teamwork, and have experienced the feeling of being an essential part to a larger process.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fivay High School Dedication, September 28, 2010

The District School Board of Pasco County is pleased to announce the upcoming dedication of Fivay High School.  The event will be held on September 28, 2010, at 9:20 a.m. in the school’s courtyard.

Fivay High School is the fifteenth high school to serve the students of Pasco County (including education centers).  The school was built to accommodate 1910 students, and has opened with a freshman, sophomore and junior class.  To date, 1,297 students attend Fivay.   Home of the Falcons, Fivay will offer a variety of challenging and diverse academic opportunities for all students.  

Fivay High School supports the District’s vision of creating a community that works together so all students reach their highest potential.   Staffed with a team of dedicated professionals eager to work with students and their families to build a solid foundation for success, the school is off to a great start.

The staff and students of Fivay High are already beginning exciting traditions and establishing a legacy of excellence at one of our newest schools,” said Superintendent Fiorentino.  “The dedication ceremony is a perfect opportunity for community members to celebrate our efforts to ease overcrowding in schools, meet the staff and students and to become an active partner with our newest high school,” she added.

This dedication promises to be a memorable occasion. Special presentations will include performances by the school band and a ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. The public is invited to attend this special dedication ceremony.  For further information about this event, please contact Fivay High School at 727-246-4000.  

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tampa Bay Rays to Announce Exciting Partnership to Benefit Local School

The District School Board of Pasco County, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Gulf Coast Chapter and the Tampa Bay Rays are eager to announce an upcoming press event at James M. Marlowe Elementary School in Pasco County, Florida.  The event will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2010. 

The Rays and the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter have partnered with Pasco County Education Foundation on an environmental education project. This dynamic Pasco County Schools partnership will be the first of its kind, to green an existing school building.    A green school is defined as a school building or facility that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.

The Tampa Bay Rays have a long-standing tradition of meaningful involvement and continually strive to support projects that will have a lasting impact on the community.  With hundreds of members, USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter consists of a strong community of leaders working together to make green buildings available to everyone.  The Pasco County District’s environmental education programs overall commitment to educating Pasco County students in the concepts of protecting our environment and its valuable resources is exemplary.  By “Teaming Up for the Environment,” the Rays, USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, and Pasco County School District will create a model partnership project to transform an existing school into a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Existing Buildings certified, environmentally sustainable school.

Rays President Matt Silverman and USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Executive Director Colleen Mackin will join Pasco County School District officials and the student body of James M. Marlowe Elementary School in announcing this monumental public-private partnership that will transform the operation of the school and benefit the entire community for years to come. 

Public-private partnerships in education are essential for building a solid foundation for student success, ”stated Pasco Superintendent of Schools, Heather Fiorentino.  “We are so grateful to the entire Rays organization and the USGBC members for their generosity and continued support of our school system.  As valued partners in strengthening our schools, they are making a strategic investment in the future of our community,” she added. 

For more information about the upcoming press event at Marlowe Elementary School, please contact the District School Board of Pasco County. 

 

Press Event
James M. Marlowe Elementary School
5642 Cecelia Drive,  New Port Richey, FL  34652
September 24, 2010
1:00 p.m. 

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