February 5, 2016
February 5, 2016
February 5, 2016
Student Services Week
On January 21, in the Florida House Appropriations Committee, committee members accused school districts of out-of-control spending on building construction. Click here to view the committee meeting; fast forward to the 1:09:00 mark. My staff and I provided a thorough response to these claims with a detailed letter and summary outlining how we have responsibly spent your tax dollars. Your School Board members and I have shared this report with the committee and our legislative delegation in an effort to correct this misinformation.
Congratulations to Our S.T.A.R. Award Winners
Maintenance has begun renovating the Boardroom and lobby in Building 3 North at the district office complex. For safety reasons, staff and professional development participants will have to enter through the south entrance for the time being. Be mindful that the sidewalk is under construction in front of the gazebo by the pond, so unfortunately, if you park in the parking lot north of building 3, you will have to walk through the grass on the east side of the building to get to the south entrance. We apologize for the inconvenience.
MOSI is excited to provide Pasco County Schools teachers with the opportunity to preview our newest exhibit and educational film in the IMAX Dome Theatre. The Educator Preview for the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit and National Parks Adventure IMAX film is scheduled for Thursday, February 11 from 4 – 7 p.m. at MOSI. Teachers attending the event have the opportunity to experience this new exhibit and IMAX film free of charge and learn how it can complement their curriculum. They will also have the opportunity to complete the application for the free individual MOSI membership that we are continuing to offer to the district personnel and learn about other education program opportunities at MOSI. The preview is open to all teachers at any level and discipline. Please be sure to RSVP & bring your school I.D.
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.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has announced the 15th Annual Severe Weather Awareness Week statewide education campaign to be held February 22-26, 2016. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an opportunity for FDEM to collaborate with elementary, middle and high schools throughout Florida to educate students about all types of severe weather that may occur. The annual event includes a statewide tornado drill, a poster contest for elementary students, and a video contest for middle and high school students.
Annual Poster Contest
Teachers are encouraged to spend the week of February 22-26, teaching the types of severe weather that Florida experiences. During the week, teachers may have students create a poster on what severe weather means to them. FDEM can provide Severe Weather Awareness Week activity books for teachers interested in using them during the week to teach the different types of severe weather seen in Florida. Poster submissions must be postmarked by March 10, and mailed to the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross in Tallahassee. A contest entry form is required for each submission. Contest forms and additional details can be found on FDEM’s website. Winning entries will be announced Friday, March 18, 2016. During the week of April 11-15, FDEM will host an event with Professor Tinkermeister at the school of the poster contest winner in each of the seven regions. FDEM’s External Affairs Office will contact the winning school the week of March 21-25, to finalize details of the event.
Annual Video PSA Contest
The objective of the video contest is to educate students on natural hazards that Floridians may face and to encourage them to become part of the preparedness process. To participate, middle and high school students may work in groups of up to four students to create a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) video pertaining to one of three topics related to FDEM’s public education campaign. Students should develop an original message that incorporates safety or preparedness relating to flood safety, rip current safety or storm surge zone. Information on the topics can be found on FDEM’s website. Entries must be uploaded to the official website no later than midnight on Thursday, March 10. The top three finalists for middle and high school will be announced on Friday, March 18, 2016. Online voting through the Kids Get a Plan Facebook page will be open from March 18, until April 15. The winners will be announced the week of April 25. Additional details on the contest can be found here. A contest entry form and a parent waiver form are required for each submission for each group member. The winning videos will be professionally re-produced and used by FDEM in the statewide public awareness campaign. These contests are part of an annual public awareness campaign that also includes the coordination of a statewide tornado drill conducted by the National Weather Service offices in Florida. Florida’s statewide tornado drill is tentatively scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time), on Wednesday, February 24. A full list of contest rules can be found on FDEM’s educational program website under the contest tab. Visit Florida’s 2016 Severe Weather Awareness Week for more information.
As part of their semester-long, elementary “Making a Difference in My Community” theme, Pasco eSchool is hosting a Garden Day at Crews Lake Middle School (CLMS) on Saturday, March 12, beginning at 10 a.m. The garden currently consists of 50 vertical garden towers with a full irrigation and fertilization system. Students will put new soil in the towers, which each consist of five garden pots. Our elementary students will transplant vegetables they grew from seeds into the new soil. The produce can be used in school lunches, sent home with students and their families, and used in community programs, such as food pantries. If you’d like to join us, please bring a picnic lunch and gloves and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty! Below is a photo of what a vertical garden looks like. This garden belongs to Jill Bopp, the teacher who originally received the grant to establish the CLMS garden.
Superintendent Browning, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the S.T.A.R Awards on Friday. What a nice, well-organized celebration. I want to thank you & your team for all the gifts & a nice evening.
-Linda Hatley, James Irvin Education Center
The Office for Teaching and Learning’s English Language Arts team would like to send a huge thank you to Rick D’Onofrio and his team at The Performing Arts Center at River Ridge for their time and commitment to our students at our district TEDxPascoCountySchools on Saturday, January 30. Not only did they provide sound, stage, and support for our team and students, they took extra time to help students feel comfortable with the stage and their microphones. Their professionalism and enthusiasm made the day an experience to remember for all of our students, their families, and friends. We want to thank the OTL staff, Steve Williams, Rayann Mitchell, Holly Oakes, and Tina Stavrou who helped make the day a success. Also, thank you to Andy Dunn for taking the time to capture the day with videography and photography. This was truly a collaborative event! We would also like to thank the following schools for participating in our second annual TEDx event and inspiring us all. In Elementary: AES, CAES, CHES, CRES, CES, DPES, FHES, MGES, GHES, GSES, GTES, HES, MPLES, JMMES, MLES, NWES, SES, SHES, SRES, CENES, RBCES, DOES, DBES, LMES, LLES, NRES, OES, ODES, PES, PVES, QHES, SAES, SMES, SPES, SOES, CWTES, TOES, VES, WGES, WCES, WZES, WES. In Secondary: AHS, BPMS, CHMS, CLMS, GMS, HHS, JLMS, PMS, PVMS, RRMS, CSRMS, PRSMS, RBSMS, TEWES, WCHS, WGRHS. -Jennifer Waselewski, Senior Instructional Specialist, 6-12 ELA, Office for Teaching and Learning
Raymond B. Stewart Middle School
Florida House Page for Representative Danny Burgess
Click here to read his interview.