Friday, November 20, 2015

Pasco Schools Will Be Closed Next Week for Thanksgiving - PLACE Program is Open Part of the Week

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 20, 2015) – All Pasco County schools and offices will be closed for Thanksgiving break from Monday, November 23 through Friday, November 27.  The PLACE Program (Pasco Learning & Activity Centers of Enrichment) will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at their regular locations.

PLACE is the district’s fee-based before- and after-school child enrichment program.  Parents whose children are not currently enrolled may utilize the service if they lack childcare next Monday through Wednesday. For daily and weekly rates, visit the PLACE website.  A registration fee is applicable.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pasco School Board Elects Chairman, Vice Chairman

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 19, 2015) – The District School Board of Pasco County elected Joanne Hurley (District 2) board chairman and Allen Altman (District 1) board vice chairman at their annual reorganization meeting this week.

Mrs. Hurley will serve a one-year term as chairman before her retirement from the School Board next November.  She was first elected in 2008, and was re-elected in 2012.  She has served as chairman of the Board once and vice chairman twice.

Mr. Altman will serve a one-year term as vice chairman.  He was elected to the School Board in 2006, and was re-elected without opposition in 2010 and 2014.  He has previously served as vice chairman and chairman of the Board.

Board Chairman Joanne Hurley


Board Vice Chairman Allen Altman


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Helping Children Cope with the Recent Tragedy in Paris

Deepest condolences are extended for those impacted by the tradegy in Paris, France as well as the many other losses of life & human rights violations. We would like to offer support for families and staff as everyone processes their thoughts & feelings surrounding these events. Intentional acts of violence that hurt innocent people are frightening and upsetting. Children and youth will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Families and school personnel can help children cope first and foremost by establishing a sense of safety and security. Scenes of war and terrorist acts around the world played out on the news can have a negative impact on all children—particularly those whose parents are members of the military, active duty reservists, law enforcement, or emergency response. Teachers and parents can help to address students' fears around possible terrorist attacks here in the United States, and help them to cope with the associated stress of such apprehension. Additionally, schools must also be sensitive to the needs of those student who may be at risk of being unfairly stigmatized because of a perceived resemblance to the perpetrators of violence due to their apparent race, language, religion, or the way they dress.

Resources for families & teachers:

  • Article & video in Time Magazine written by Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, President of the Child Mind Institute (NYC) that may be helpful to both families and teachers. Dr. Kopelwicz is a renowned expert in child trauma.
  • National Association of School Psychology (NASP) provided a statement regarding events in Paris to ensure safety & security in schools.
  • Helping Children Cope With Terrorism: Tips for Families and Educators is another tool offered by NASP to guide adults in responding to students’ needs amidst these horrific acts.

If you feel that your child is in need of additional support, please contact the Student Services team members at your child’s school and/or the Student Services Division of Student Support Programs and Services at (727) 774-2600.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Moon Lake Elementary Promotes Literacy, Careers, PTO; Students encouraged to dress for success

Who:  Moon Lake Elementary School students, parents, faculty and staff

What:  Family Literacy Night

When:  5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 12

Where:  Moon Lake Elementary School media center,  12019 Treebreeze Dr., New Port Richey

WhyTo encourage reading, career exploration and family involvement.

How:  Parents are encouraged to arrive at 5:15 p.m. to help build and organize a Moon Lake Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.  Starting at 6 p.m., families can take part in fun literacy based activities centered around a variety of careers.  Students are encouraged to dress up as what they want to be when they grow up and families are asked to bring a gently used book to participate in a book exchange.  For additional information, contact Moon Lake Elementary School at 727-774-4600.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

“Street Lightning” to Strike Pasco Students

Who:  Tampa Bay Lightning and Pasco County Schools 4th and 5th graders

What:  Tampa Bay Lightning Street Lightning Hockey Clinics

When/Where:  See table below

Why:  The Tampa Bay Lightning reached out to Pasco County Schools to start a street hockey program for all 4th and 5th graders.

How:  Hockey clinics have been coordinated with the Tampa Bay Lightning to teach 4th and 5th grade students the game of hockey. Every participating student receives a hockey stick and a Lightning game voucher. Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM Magnet School students also will get lessons focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through the Lightning, the NHL, and the NHLPA “Future Goals” program. The STEM instruction will teach students STEM concepts such as geometric constructions, energy, and force.  Several additional schools will participate in clinics starting in the spring semester. For questions about this event, contact Amy Lipovetsky, Office for Teaching and Learning, 813-794-2246.
11/6/2015 – 9:50 a.m. - San Antonio - 32416 Darby Rd., Dade City
11/13/2015 – 9:50 a.m. - Pine View - 5333 Parkway Blvd., Land O’ Lakes
11/16/2015 – 8:50 a.m. - Sanders Memorial – 5126 School Road, Land O’ Lakes
12/4/2015 – 9:50 a.m. - Fox Hollow - 8309 Fox Hollow Dr., Port Richey
12/7/2015 – 9:50 a.m. - Seven Oaks - 27633 Mystic Oak Blvd., Wesley Chapel
12/11/2015 – 9:50 a.m. - Denham Oaks - 1422 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz
12/14/2015 - 9:50 a.m. - Anclote (Housed at Gulf Middle) - 6419 Louisiana Ave., NPR

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