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Friday, April 24, 2015

Special Needs Students Got Talent

Who:  Pasco County Schools students with special needs

What:  Showcase of Exceptional Talent

When:  11 a.m. Monday, May 4

Where:  Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel              

How:  This is the district’s annual talent show for students with special needs. Acts include dancing, singing/duets, lip syncing, unique talents (recalling facts, dates, etc.), comedy/telling jokes, puppet shows, and more.  Student artwork will be on display in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.


Linda Cobbe
Communications & Government Relations
(813)794-2717 or (813)361-8349

Elementary Students to Thank Angels in the Pines Volunteers with Concert; Angels to Hold Fundraiser

Who:  Mary Giella Elementary School students and Heritage Pines community volunteers

What:  Concert and benefit dance

When:  Concert:  11 a.m. Friday, April 25.  Benefit dance: 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29

Where:  Heritage Pines clubhouse, 11524 Scenic Hills Blvd.  Hudson, FL 34667

How:  Giella Elementary students will perform a concert to thank the Angels in the Pines volunteers for the time they devote to making hats, scarves, gloves and toys for them, Crews Lake K-8 School, and Fox Hollow Elementary School students.  Heritage Pines Country Club community and Toy Makers donate the items during the holidays to kindergarten, first and second grade students at the three schools.

On Sunday, administrators from the above schools and district will join community members at the dance.  There will be a short program to recognize the volunteers, followed by the dance.  For more information, contact Kathy Hendrickson at 727-236-3023.


Linda Cobbe
Communications & Government Relations
(813)794-2717 or (813)361-8349

Thursday, April 23, 2015

District Administrator Named Florida School Health Supervisor of the Year

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 23, 2015) – Lisa Kern, Pasco County Schools supervisor of school health services, has been named Florida School Health Association 2015 Supervisor of the Year.  Mrs. Kern was recognized for:

  • managing the school health program through collaborative practices with the Department of Health, Department of Education, and various area community agencies;
  • supervising approximately 40 school nurses and overseeing training, processes, and procedures for more than 80 clinic programs and nearly 20 LPN service programs for students with special needs; 
  • her recent election by the Florida Association of School Nurses to serve as Florida director for the National Association of School Nurses (2016-2020);
  • serving on state committees and boards to hone and develop integrated student service models that include school nursing as an integral component of the school problem-solving process;
  • connecting school nurses with professional development and mentors with a continual focus on building capacity within the school health program; and,
  • seeking collaboration with district departments to design professional development and create and/or revise processes and procedures to improve learning and implementation of school health practices for all students.

Mrs. Kern has worked for Pasco County Schools since 2000.  Superintendent Kurt
Browning surprised her with news of her award during Tuesday’s school board meeting (photo attached), which was attended by her husband, children, granddaughter, and several school nurses.  One nurse in attendance, Kathy Browning, was named the Florida Association of School Nurses 2015 Florida School Nurse of the Year in January.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Healthy Schools to Provide Free Tdap Vaccines in Pasco Schools

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (April 22, 2015) – Pasco County Schools and the Florida Department of Health in Pasco have teamed up with Healthy Schools to offer free Tdap vaccinations for current 6th grade students at all Pasco County middle schools on May 18 and 19. 

“I can’t thank Tony Boselli enough for starting the Healthy Schools initiative, and the health department for being our partner in keeping Pasco students healthy,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.

“The school system continues to be a great partner in improving the health of Pasco County,” said Mike Napier, County Health Officer.  “Vaccines do protect our children and families from serious disease and provides for a healthier community for all to enjoy.”

The State of Florida requires students to submit proof of Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Acellular-Pertussis) vaccination before the start of 7th grade.  Any 6th grader with parental permission may be vaccinated at their school on May 18 or 19, depending on the day their school is vaccinating.

Interested parents should review the vaccination information sheet and sign the permission form.  Every 6th grade student has been given a permission form to take home, and they also can be found by clicking here. Permission forms must be returned to the student’s school by May 8.

Click here to see the days and hours each school will host clinics.  Call the Florida Department of Health In Pasco County at 727-861-5250 ext. 268 or 224 or the Pasco school district’s School Health Services office at 727-774-2360, 813-794-2360, or 352-524-2360 for more information.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Music, Food, and Classic Car Rally at Sunlake High

Who:  Sunlake High School students, families, and staff; and members of the community

What:  Seahawk Rhythm and Rods Rally

When:  5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1

Where:  Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., Land O’ Lakes

Why:    To raise funds for the school’s class of 2016 and the Junior State of America debate team, and to collect food for the local food bank.

How:  The Seahawk Rhythm and Rods Rally is a music festival, car show, and food truck rally with community and school booths.  Members of the public can display their classic and fancy cars.  Admission is $5 with a $1 discount for anyone who brings a can of food for the local food bank.  Food purchased from the food trucks is priced separately.


Linda Cobbe
 Communications & Government Relations
(813)794-2717 or (813)361-8349

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