Tuesday, November 13, 2018

District Celebrates AP Capstone Diploma and AP Seminar and Research Certificate Recipients

More than 1,100 schools participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program, valued by colleges and universities across the U.S. and around the world

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 13, 2018) – Pasco County Schools is pleased to announce that 20 students earned the Advanced Placement® (AP®) Capstone Diploma and 10 students earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™ in the 2017-2018 school year.

AP Capstone™ is a diploma program from the College Board based on two yearlong AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Both courses prepare students for college and career success through the development of critical thinking, academic research, collaboration, presentation, and time management skills.

“We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program, and we continue to look forward to providing students with opportunities to explore their passions while building college-level academic and collaboration skills,” said Vanessa Hilton, assistant superintendent for student achievement.

The AP Capstone program provides student-centered learning while incorporating performance-based assessments. Throughout the program, AP Seminar and AP Research students study a variety of topics across multiple disciplines and have the flexibility to choose topics of personal interest to show mastery of critical thinking, research, and presentation skills. Official AP Seminar and AP Research assessments also go beyond a single AP Exam to include academic papers, multimedia presentations, and defense of findings.

To receive the AP Capstone Diploma™, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. Over 1,100 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2017-18 school year, and approximately 4,800 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma and 2,400 earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

“Capstone is a blank canvas. I loved that I could conduct research on practically anything I wanted in the world,” said an AP Capstone graduate.

Pasco County Schools offers AP Capstone at J.W. Mitchell, River Ridge, Sunlake, and Wesley Chapel high schools. More than 4,500 students are currently enrolled in at least one AP course and 198 of those students are taking either AP Seminar or AP Research. Students in the AP Capstone Program focused their research on a range of topics, including evolution of antibiotics through protein mutations, aerospace soft robotics as a solution to issues with efficiency and longevity, and the misdiagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and the connection to depression.

“Congratulations to the AP Capstone award winners, who conduct, present, and defend academic research on topics they are passionate about,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “Their ability to manage long-term projects, collaborate with teams, and deliver effective presentations will accelerate not only their academic careers, but their professional careers as well.”

Of the Pasco County Schools students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma Program:

· 20 were awarded the AP Capstone diploma by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams.

· 10 were awarded the AP Seminar and Research Certificate by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research.

· 26 were graduating seniors in the class of 2018.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program gives students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school. A 3 or higher on an AP Exam has multiple benefits for students, including earning college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams, saving them time and money. Research shows AP students are better prepared for and more likely to enroll and remain in college, do well in classes, and earn their degrees on time. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams align their high standards.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Quail Hollow Elementary Students Building Lego Robots

Who: Quail Hollow Elementary School students

What: First Lego League

When: 4:10 p.m., Thursday, November 15

Where: Quail Hollow Elementary School collaboration room, 7050 Quail Hollow Blvd., Wesley Chapel

Why: To develop students’ critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and presentation skills, which they must use to present to judges their solutions with a dash of creativity.

How: First Lego League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology. They then compete on a table-top playing field.  It all adds up to tons of fun while students learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem.

Students Participate in Socktober to benefit Pasco Homeless Coalition

Who: Fivay, River Ridge, and Wendell Krinn Techincal high school  students and staff, and the Pasco Homeless Coalition

What: Kid President’s Socktober Caring Project

When: 9 a.m., Tuesday, November 13

Where: Pasco Homeless Coalition, 5652 Pine St, New Port Richey

Why: The school-wide event promoted the culture of caring among all grade levels and staff to benefit the Pasco Homeless Coalition.

How: The high schools partnered up during the month of October to collect more than 3,500 pairs of socks. The River Ridge Royal Ambassadors created a marketing video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL5g0l-6XVA) and posters. River Ridge students competed by grade level to collect pairs of socks, with the following results:
6th grade – 1,322
7th grade – 425
8th grade – 861
River Ridge Grand Total – 2,608
Wendell Krinn Tech – 979
Fivay High School – 100

Sixth grader Sean Thomas-Nappi donated more than 700 pairs of socks.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

5th Annual Pasco County Schools Veterans Day Ceremony

Who: Pasco County Schools, students, families, and community members

What: 5th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Hosted by Superintendent Kurt S. Browning, the District School Board of Pasco County, and Supervisor of Elections, Brian Corley

When: 9 a.m., Friday, November 9

Where: Center for the Arts at River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Rd, New Port Richey

Why: To celebrate our veterans.

How: Keynote speakers, U.S. Army Sergeant Gary B. Beikirch, a Medal of Honor recipient, and U.S. Navy Petty Officer, Valerie Blasewitz, will speak to attendees.

CONTACT: Maria Emerick, 727-774-2317 or memerick@pasco.k12.fl.us
Linda Cobbe, 813-794-2717 (w), 813-361-8349 (c)
Wayne Bertsch, 813-794-2259 (w) or 850-251-1835 (c)

District Hosts Fall Instructional Job Fair

Who: Pasco County Schools

What: Fall Instructional Job Fair

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 14

Where: Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL 34638

Why: Pasco County Schools is seeking candidates for the following positions:

· Math
· Science
· Emotional and Behavioral Disorders/Autism Spectrum Disorder (EBD/ASD)
· Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
· Elementary Education
· School Nurse
· Behavioral Analyst
· Guest Teachers

How: All education interns, teachers, student services employees, and those who have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming certified educators are invited to the fall instructional job fair. Applicants can meet with administrators and hiring managers for on-the-spot interviews and job offers. For more information, applicants
should register at https://pascofalljobfair2018.eventbrite.com

Registered applicants can win door prizes and giveaways! Certification information sessions will be held at 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. For more information and to submit an application visit https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/hreq/ or contact work@pasco.k12.fl.us.

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