January 14, 2016

January 14, 2016

January 14, 2016

January 14, 2016

Superintendent's Message

Yesterday, I joined a panel of superintendents and school board members at the request of Chairman John Legg to discuss class size at the Senate Education Pre-K through 12 Committee meeting. I provided my thoughts on the topic and requested flexibility from the committee members. Click here to view my testimony.



Pasco County Schools will be utilizing ClassLink as a Single Sign On (SSO) solution called PascoSSO for all employees starting Tuesday, January 19th.  ClassLink, which can be accessed here, will provide a way for all district employees to login one time and access all of their apps through their individualized Launchpad.  Your PascoSSO account credentials are the same as your eSembler/myPGS/Munis Employee Self-Service login username and password.  Students may start utilizing ClassLink as well, but the full implementation for students will be pushed out at the beginning of the 2016/2017 school year.  If you have concerns or questions please submit a ticket to the Web Help Desk.


Saint Leo University’s Education 3.0 Conference

Saint Leo University’s School of Education and Social Services is presenting the Education 3.0 Conference with Dr. Jeff Borden, chief innovation officer at Saint Leo, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, January 23, 2016, in Ocala. This highly interactive session will “Do, Show, Tell, Review, and Ask.” Participants will engage in pattern recognition, craft problems prior to solving them, collaborate in real-time to promote social learning, and employ immediately usable techniques for the classroom. The conference is free to all Saint Leo University education students, faculty, adjuncts, cooperating teachers, and school administrators. Elementary and middle school education majors receive professional development credit for graduation. Borden’s presentation will focus on ways to create multi-nodal and multi-modal connections based on effective practices from education practitioners around the globe, which can be categorized as Education 3.0. The conference will look at web assets and learning experiences that promote: social learning, transformative learning, game-based learning, and learning based on cognitive science. Multiple resources such as learning games, web tools, apps, and illustrations will be explored. Participants will be able to take this back to their classrooms and immediately use the information. Admission to the conference is free, but “ticket purchase” is required. Register by January 18. The seminar will be at the Harvey R. Klein Conference Center at the College of Central Florida, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala, FL 34474. For information, email Dr. Joanne Roberts.


Student Services Week

February 1-5 is Student Services Week.  Please take a few minutes to recognize your Student Services staff and team (school counselors, school nurses, school social workers, and school psychologists).


Final Deadline For Free Books For Read Across America Day

The final deadline for Free Books For Read Across America Day is February 14th, 2016. The Literacy Empowerment Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, invites your school or other literacy project to apply for FREE books for Read Across America Day. During the past year, LEF has distributed over 3,000,000 books to schools all across the country for Read Across America Day and other literacy projects. These books are free. Educators only pay shipping and handling. Resources are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders must be received by February 14th, 2016. If you have questions, please email: info@lefbooks.org.


The Hunger Walk for Pasco County

Local organizations are coming together to fight hunger in Pasco County.  The One Community Now Hunger Walk is a collaborative effort to promote hunger awareness and raise funds for hunger relief in children and families in Pasco County. Thousands of children and families are going to bed hungry every night. In Pasco County, more than 36,000 kids live in households that struggle to put food on the table. The Hunger walk will raise awareness about the hunger problems in our county and raise funds to fight these problems.  This year's Hunger Walk will take place on Saturday, March 12 at Gulf High School. The walkers' check in is at 9 a.m. and the opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m. All money raised will be given to food related programs like Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids and Metropolitan Ministries whose missions are to provide meals for food insecure children, families and individuals in Pasco County. Register online to participate in the following ways:

  1. Become an individual walker
  2. Create a team of walkers with your co-workers, family, etc. or join a team already established
  3. Become a business sponsor (see the different sponsorship levels available to you online)

By participating in the Hunger Walk you will help raise funds that will provide healthy meals for many families that are going hungry. You will also enjoy a fun, family festival atmosphere that includes activities, games, vendors, food and entertainment.  Together, we can make a difference for those facing hunger in our community! For more information, contact Patti Templeton at 727-375-8801 ext. 2232.


Land O' Lakes Thespians Take Home Awards

On December 12, 2015, the Land O' Lakes High School Thespians presented at the regional individual events competition. The students performed scenes, songs, and present technical theater designs. Their performances were given ratings (poor, fair, good, excellent, superior) and feedback from theater professionals. More than 400 students from three counties competed. Land O' Lakes High School Thespians were awarded in 13 events, four of which were "straight superiors." Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Aosha Williams – Monologues –Straight Superiors
  • Daniel Yanes – Monologues –Straight Superiors
  • Kailey Gross - Monologues –Straight Superiors
  • Brianna Rodriguez & Zack Reynolds – Duet Acting – Excellent
  • Daniel Yanes & Haley Jimenez - Duet Acting – Excellent
  • Kailey Gross & Paige Willette - Duet Acting – Excellent
  • Carmin Hills & Azaleah Worthen - Duet Acting – Good
  • Darby Spiegel and Blake Parker - Duet Acting – Excellent
  • Tristan Wiles – Solo Musical – Excellent
  • Alyssa Parker - Solo Musical – Excellent
  • Prosperity Kanyinda - Solo Musical – Straight Superiors
  • Blake Parker - Solo Musical – Excellent
  • Carmin Hills & Zack Reynolds – Duet Musical – Excellent


Vote for Veterans Elementary School

Vote for Veterans Elementary School in the Scotties Trees Rock video contest.  Winners of the $10,000 prize will be chosen by voters across America who can watch the top videos and vote for their favorite from January 11th through February 7th online.  The winners in both categories will be announced on Feb 15th and winner events will be celebrated in spring 2016.


Deer Park Elementary kindergarten students learn about structure and fuction by exploring the inner body.

Wiregrass Ranch High School TEDx

Students at Wiregrass Ranch High School prepare for Pasco Schools' district TEDx event with a competition.

Student Spotlight

Luis Pereira
Wiregrass Ranch High School
Transfer Student from Venezeula

Click here to read his interview.