Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
January 11, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

January 11, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

January 11, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

January 11, 2018

Superintendent's Message

Graduation Rate Continues to Rise

The Florida Department of Education released the 2017 graduation rates this week, and Pasco’s rose almost 2.5 percentage points to 81.4 percent!  I’m pleased to see that our data-driven decision-making and the hard work of our teachers, administrators, and students have translated into significant improvement in the graduation rate. We are moving in the right direction.  I want to thank everyone who contributed to this improvement, and I’m confident that we will reach our goal of 85 percent of students graduating with a standard high school diploma within four years of their first enrollment in ninth grade by the 2019-2020 school year.  Click here to view the Florida Department of Education report.

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Option for Electronic Delivery of Tax Documentation - Deadline Extended to January 19


Click here for directions on how to enroll in electronic delivery of your tax documentation.


Wendell Krinn Technical High School Application Period Now Open

Wendell Krinn Technical High School is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2018-2019 school year.  Click here to learn more.   A series of parent nights to discuss Wendell Krinn Technical High School will be offered.  Click here to learn more. 


S.T.A.R. Awards Nominees Announced

The Pasco Education Foundation’s employee-of-the-year recognition ceremony, the S.T.A.R. Awards, will take place on Friday, January 26, at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge.  The doors open at 5:15 p.m., and the ceremony begins at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.  Purchase tickets at www.pascoeducationfoundation.org.

NNB of the Year Finalists

  • William Amon - Distribution Services Coordinator, District Office
  • Maria Correia - Secretary, Maintenance
  • Robin Wachsman - Food & Nutrition Manager, Wiregrass Ranch High

SRP of the Year Finalists

  • Mahalia Hennecart-Surin - Charles S. Rushe Middle School
  • Pamela Paone - Achieve Center of Pasco
  • Tracy Sanderson - Lacoochee Elementary

Teacher of the Year Finalists

  • Kimberly Mahoney - Wesley Chapel Elementary
  • Susan McNulty - J.W. Mitchell High School
  • Tracy Tilotta - Thomas E. Weightman Middle


Two Pasco Schools Bands Represent Florida at Outback Bowl Festivities

The River Ridge High School and Fivay High School bands played to massive crowds during the Outback Bowl halftime show on January 1 and the Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade in Tampa's Ybor City. They were the only two high school bands from Florida that participated in the events. 


Pasco Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Opportunities for Graduating Seniors

The Pasco Education Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017-2018 Scholarship Opportunities for Graduating Seniors (SOGS) program will be available online at PascoEducationFoundation.org from December 1, 2017, through January 31, 2018.

Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest

Barnes & Noble encourages students to nominate their favorite teacher, who will have a chance to win prizes. Click here to learn how to nominate your teacher and here to learn the contest rules. 


SchoolMessenger Now Sending Texts to District Staff

We are now populating the cell phone field in the staff contact information provided to SchoolMessenger (the district’s automated calling/emailing/texting system) from myStudent to enable sending text messages to district staff. We are using the Munis telephone with field type ‘cell phone’, so please go into Employee Self-Service and make sure your cell phone number is in the correct field, if you wish to get important messages via text/SMS.  


Assistant Principal Administrative Intern Applications

The Office of Leading and Learning is pleased to announce that the Assistant Principal Administrative Intern program application window is open now through February 2. Click here to learn more. Click here and here to apply. 


Reading Endorsement Courses

Each year Pasco County Schools offers five reading endorsement courses to provide our teachers an opportunity to develop their knowledge about reading and add the endorsement to their teaching certificate. In order to receive the endorsement, teachers complete courses that develop their understanding of the foundations of language, research of best practices, assessment, and differentiation in reading, as well as complete a semester-long practicum. Once all five courses are successfully completed, teachers can add the endorsement to their certificate.

Click here for a list the courses offered in 2018, their myPGS course number, and details about dates that the courses run for the winter/spring semester. 

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Hatten at rhatten@pasco.k12.fl.us or contact the Office for Leading and Learning, ext. 42317.


Take Stock in Children Mentors Needed


Take Stock in Children, a Pasco Education Foundation program, offers Pasco County students scholarships, mentors and hope. Break the cycle of poverty through education by becoming a Take Stock in Children mentor. Mentors meet at the student’s school two to four times each month. For more information, click here.


Professional Development Leads New Teachers to Success

The Office for Professional Development and School Supports will host Year 1 and Year 2 Professional Development Courses for new teachers. Click here for information on the 2-year support program and click here for the year 1 professional development courses.


Core Personal Development Sessions

The Office for Professional Development and School Supports is hosting training sessions throughout January. To view the calendar, click here


Florida Southern College - Information Sessions

Join Florida Southern College throughout the fall and winter at one of their information sessions. Attendees will learn about bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree programs in education. Click here for more information. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.

School Spotlight


Northwest Elementary School - Melissa Giannas, intellectual disabilities instructor


Student Spotlight


Mikey Berg — Anclote High School student and Youth Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year


Staff in the Spotlight

Jennifer Morsey, Pasco County Schools nurse.  Click here to learn more.



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Pasco County Schools Hurricane Irma Shelter Operations Appreciation Festival

The District School Board of Pasco County, Superintendent Kurt Browning, and the entire Pasco County community are thankful for everyone who staffed and supported shelters before and during Hurricane Irma. To show our appreciation, we have planned a day of free family fun, including food, games, music, contests and raffles, for the employees who served.  If you worked in a shelter and have not received the invitation, click on the RSVP link below to register yourself and your family’s attendance.  We must have your RSVP if you plan to attend, so that we can have your food and raffle tickets prepared for you when you arrive.

Click here to RSVP.
When:  Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018

Where: Land O’ Lakes Community Center Heritage Stage, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes


Science Fairs Judges and Volunteers Needed

The Pasco Regional Science Fair Committee is organizing science fairs for this coming school year, and judges and volunteers are needed. Click here  to learn more and sign up. The secondary fair will be held on February 10, 2018 at River Ridge Middle/High School. The elementary fair will be held on April 28, 2018 at T.E. Weightman Middle School.


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