January 7, 2016

January 7, 2016

January 7, 2016

January 7, 2016

Superintendent's Message

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your winter break and are having a Happy New Year. Yesterday, I traveled to Tallahassee to attend the State Board of Education meeting and share my thoughts on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) passing score recommendations and the proposed school grades rule. Click here and fast forward to 9:32 to view my remarks. I, along with superintendents across Florida, supported Commissioner Pam Stewart's cut score recommendations. Later in the meeting, the State Board voted in favor of Commissioner Stewart's FSA passing score recommendations and adopted the proposed A-F school grades rule.


STEM Magnet Schools' Parent Meeting Schedules

Pasco County Schools will hold parent information meetings January 11 through January 21, for Centennial and Bayonet Point middle schools, our two new STEM magnet schools opening in August. The superintendent, the magnet school principals, and district staff will discuss the STEM magnet theme and programs that will be offered at each school.  Parents also will hear about magnet school application timelines and options for transportation. Please click here for more information, including the full schedule.


Employee of the Year Awards

The 2016 Staff That Are Remarkable (S.T.A.R.) Awards will be hosted by the Pasco Education Foundation on Friday, January 29, at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. There will be a reception serving light refreshments at 6 p.m in the cafeteria, and the awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Please RSVP to Stacey Capogrosso, Executive Director, no later than Wednesday, January 20.


Sheriff's Fundraiser

Sheriff Chris Nocco's Shotgun Shootout will be held at Tampa Bay Sporting Clay and Archery on Friday, February 19, with an 8 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. start. Proceeds benefit the Pasco Sheriff's Charities, Pasco Sheriff's Office K-9 Association, Pasco Sheriff's Office Explorer's Post #916 and Racing4Vets. Click here for a printable flyer. 



Christine Pejot, this is Brian Machado, new Pasco County teacher! I just wanted to take a moment and recognize two great employees you have working for Pasco County Schools! Margarida Wainraich and Christina Decaire. They made this process very smooth. It's a great start for a new teacher to this county when you are treated with respect as these nice ladies have given me!  Thank you very much! -Brian Machado

Cathy DeHoff, I would just like to thank you again. I have dealt with the district office many times in my career with Pasco County. I would like you to know that you have been the most helpful and pleasant of anyone I have ever had to call on for assistance. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Thank you. -Lynn Wilson

Superintendent Browning, I work at Charles S. Rushe Middle School, and I would like to let you know how incredible our administrators are. When I first transferred to Rushe two years ago, I was immediately welcomed by Mr. David Salerno, Mrs. Rachel Fowler, Mr. Ron Bruno and Mr. Ron Michalak. They made me feel at home and gave me a sense of belonging. Two years later, we have had some changes, however I continue to I arrive at school eager and excited to be there. I seem to always start my day smiling; as a result, I transfer this feeling in my classroom. Teachers at Rushe are always upbeat, happy, smiling and positive. This positivity is a result of our administrators letting us know often how much they value us as teachers and as people. We constantly  do all we can to make sure we are effective in our classrooms. It is a rare thing to find such a compassionate, warm group of administrators. I am most thankful to be there. Thank you very much. -Mary Costantino, 7th Grade Math, Charles S. Rushe Middle School

Superintendent Browning, I have been fortunate to work on and off with Meighan Melsheimer for the past few years. We worked together as ELA teachers at Weightman where we collaborated, planned and shared lessons. She and I made a great team and I loved working with her and loved watching her grow as an ELA teacher and a leader. Recently, Meighan transferred to the east side to be our ELA Regional Specialist...As a coach, there have been times when I needed Meighan for various situations and knowing she is only a phone call/text/e-mail away helps to make my job easier. I know I can rely on and her expert knowledge about ELA or IRLA and this is invaluable to me as a coach. I cannot tell you how nice it is to be supported by someone who is such a consummate professional. -Barbara Martin, Learning Design Coach, R. B. Stewart Middle School

Thank you ToyMakers of Pasco, Angels of the Pines and Library Charity Knitters for your gifts and dedication to our students!

Sunlake High School Engineering Project- Reflex Apple

Student Spotlight

Kaitlyn Helzer
Chasco Middle School
Motocross Champion

Click here to read her interview.