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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Update on Hudson Schools

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 26, 2015) – Hudson Elementary, Middle, and High schools all are doing pretty well despite the difficulty of coping with the shooting deaths of two students and the wounding of their brother.

The first graders in Brady Pimentel’s class were watching a video and were doing very well.  Some of the brothers' closest friends were taking advantage of the counselors, but generally, all the schools were doing well.

Hudson elementary and middle schools are recording phone messages to parents.  The middle school also sent a letter home with students in Kevin Pimentel's classes.  The elementary school is sending a separate message to students in Brady's first grade class than they are to the rest of the school, because the first grade class was the only group that was told that something "very sad" had happened to Brady.  They didn't tell the rest of the students anything in deference to parents who would rather be the ones to break the news.

Crisis counselors visited Kevin's classes to break the news.  He was in 7th grade gifted classes at Hudson Middle School.  He attended Chasco Middle School last year, so we are offering assistance to his teachers and 7th grade gifted students who were in 6th grade gifted with Kevin.  The attached photo is Kevin’s 6th grade school picture from Chasco Middle.

Trevor Pimentel is a 9th grader who takes virtual classes at Hudson High School in the morning and attends the Marchman Technical College culinary academy in the afternoon.  The high schools did not have crisis teams at their schools.

The middle school students were the most likely to seek assistance from the crisis team.  The counselors saw about 30 students and a handful went home with parents.  I've tweeted pictures of some of the cards the middle school students created as part of their grief counseling (@cobbelinda).

A couple of teachers from the middle school and the elementary school the three oldest boys attended - Fox Hollow Elementary - were stricken so they went home to be with their families.  We have a psychologist with our educator assistance program who is reaching out to the adults who are grieving.

Crisis team members will be at schools again tomorrow.  They suspect that more students may seek out their services tomorrow after they've received the news at home.  If they're needed next week, they'll return to the schools.  Also, the schools are reaching out to the boys’ mother, Helen Campochiaro,  to see if they can do anything to help her process this unimaginable tragedy.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Campochiaro and their family,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.  “She is dealing with a nightmare no parent should have to endure.”

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cinderella Project Again Giving Free Prom Dresses

Trinity, Florida – (March 19, 2015) Pasco County high school girls who have no budget for prom can once again receive fashion assistance from some real fairy godmothers as the Cinderella Project returns for its eleventh year.

The Cinderella Project of Pasco provides brand new and gently used prom dresses and accessories at no cost to young ladies with financial need. Girls from all Pasco County high schools can benefit from the Cinderella Project.

The Cinderella Project accepts donations of prom-style dresses and accessories such as shoes, purses and costume jewelry in excellent condition and contemporary styles. Cash donations are also accepted to help offset the cost of additional clothing when sizes are not available in donated inventory.  Donations can be made to any Pasco County high school.

“Our goal is to be sure no young lady misses her prom because of lack of funds for a dress,” said Julie Rockwell, one of the Fairy Godmothers.

Since 2005 the project has supplied dresses and accessories to more than 1,200 Pasco County girls with financial need.

Girls can try on and pick out their ensembles on Saturday, March 28 from 9 am to 2 pm and again on Sunday, March 29 from noon to 4 pm at 10720 State Road 54 and Duck Slough, Trinity Village Center, beside Smoothie King (#106).

For more information on making a donation or the event, call 727-463-4306 or 630-338-3681.

CONTACT Julie Rockwell, 727-463-4306

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ribbon Cutting for Pasco Schools’ 5th Health and Wellness Center

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 13, 2015) – Pasco County Schools and Crowne Consulting/ CareHere are holding a ribbon cutting for the newest health and wellness center at Thomas E. Weightman Middle School in Wesley Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

The Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce also is participating, and the district would like to thank them for supplying the scissors for cutting the ribbon.  The Pasco Sheriff’s Office also will participate in the ceremony.  The District School Board of Pasco County and the Sheriff’s Office signed an Interlocal agreement in November 2014, for co-use of the district’s health and wellness centers.       

The district is bringing this fifth center online in Wesley Chapel and adding additional space to the Land O’Lakes center to provide the physical space needed for the increase in district staff utilization as well as the sheriff’s office staff.  In addition, as part of the start-up, the sheriff’s office will have their own providers to ensure that both the district and the sheriff’s office have enough appointment capacity to provide services to their respective employees.

The sheriff’s office employees benefit by gaining access to the health and wellness centers, and the district benefits by sharing some of the fixed overhead costs associated with operating the centers.

The health and wellness center is located at 30649 Wells Rd., Wesley Chapel, on the northeast corner of the Weightman Middle School campus.  The district’s other health and wellness centers are located at Land O’ Lakes High School, Centennial Middle School in Dade City, Hudson High/Middle School, and near Gulf High School in New Port Richey.  Pasco County Schools is one of only four districts in Florida that operate clinics for their employees and employees’ families.

Following the ribbon cutting, Crowne Consulting/CareHere will provide refreshments and tours of the facility.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Marchman Technical College Joins Honor Society, Seeks NATEF Certification

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 11, 2015) – Fred K. Marchman Technical College is now a member of the National Technical Honor Society.  The facility received its official charter this week. 

Marchman also just completed the final site review for National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation certification on Tuesday.  Although results won’t come from NATEF for four to six weeks, the evaluation team leader described Marchman's automotive service program as “first class” and said he would rate the program in the top 5 percent.

Founded in 1983 as an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3)organization, the mission of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) is to improve the quality of automotive technician training programs nationwide at secondary and post-secondary, public and proprietary schools. To accomplish this mission, NATEF examines the structure, resources, and quality of training programs and evaluates them against standards established by the industry for the skills that students must master to be successful in the industry.

In addition to the automotive service program, Marchman Technical College offers training in commercial art, commercial food, computer systems and IT, cosmetology, digital cinema production, electricity, HVAC, and marine service technology.  Students also can take high school technical education courses and adult courses, and can participate in the early childhood apprenticeship and the patient care technician programs.  Additional programs include Cyesis for pregnant teens, teen parents, and their children; and FAPE 22 for older students with disabilities.

For more information about MTC or its programs, contact Principal Rob Aguis by phone at (727) 774-1700 or email him at

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Stewart Middle School Parent University for Incoming 6th Grade Families

Who:  Raymond B. Stewart Middle School staff and parents of incoming 6th graders

What:  Annual 5th grade Parent University

When:  5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Thursday, March 12

Where:  Raymond B. Stewart Middle School, 38505 Tenth Ave., Zephyrhills

Why:  To introduce next year’s 6th grade families to the faculty, staff, and programs RBSMS offers.

How:  The event will begin with a Curriculum Fair in the courtyard from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. that will include visits with the Agriculture/FFA program’s lama.  The RBSMS jazz band will perform, the science department will offer hands-on experiments, and information will be provided about athletic teams and clubs. Teachers will host department displays for art, band, chorus, physical education, exceptional student education, the gifted program, Odyssey of the Mind, Spanish, math, language arts, reading, science, Infinity Academy, AVID, Delta Academy, and industry certification courses. Student ambassadors will lead classroom tours for the Infinity Academy and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination).
After the Curriculum Fair, parents will meet school administrators and key staff members.  Staff then will share information with parents about course offerings for the 2015-2016 school year, followed by a question and answer period.


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

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