February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016

Superintendent's Message

Florida public schools are required to administer statewide assessments to our students (per Florida Statute 1008.22). This includes the required practice sessions for both paper-based and computer-based testers.  At no time may a school or its staff encourage students to abstain from participating in the statewide tests.  Below is the statutory language governing the administration of statewide assessments.

Section 1008.22, Florida Statutes - Student assessment program for public schools.—
(3) STATEWIDE, STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENT PROGRAM.—The Commissioner of Education shall design and implement a statewide, standardized assessment program aligned to the core curricular content established in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. The commissioner also must develop or select and implement a common battery of assessment tools that will be used in all juvenile justice education programs in the state. These tools must accurately measure the core curricular content established in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. Participation in the assessment program is mandatory for all school districts and all students attending public schools, including adult students seeking a standard high school diploma under s. 1003.4282, and students in Department of Juvenile Justice education programs, except as otherwise provided by law. If a student does not participate in the assessment program, the school district must notify the student’s parent and provide the parent with information regarding the implications of such nonparticipation.

Boardroom and Building 3 Maintenance Update

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.


Art of Recycling Contest Winners

This event is a co-operative project of the Pasco County Schools, Pasco County Recycling and Education, Keep Pasco Beautiful and the Pasco Arts Council. The Pasco Art of Recycling contest and exhibit was implemented to help increase awareness of the arts and to encourage the practice of recycling. Prizes were awarded in 15 categories – each carrying a $100 cash prize. First, second and third place overall received $500, $300 and $200 respectively. The art was judged on many themes like Best Use of Aluminum, Best Use of Plastic, Most Innovative, Best Environmental Concept and much more. 

  • First Place: Kylie Rice, Ridgewood High School - $500 grand prize
  • Second Place: Kellie Hanmore, Anclote High School - $300
  • Third Place ($200) and People’s Choice Award ($100): Julia St. Amant, River Ridge High School
  • The Commissioner’s Award: Amber Coykendall, Anclote High School - $100 (Donated by Commissioner Moore)

Full list of this year’s Art of Recycling winners:

  • First Place: Kylie Rice, Ridgewood High School - $500
  • Second Place: Kellie Hanmore, Anclote High School - $300
  • Third Place ($200) and People's Choice Award ($100): Julia St. Amant, River Ridge High School
  • Commissioner's Award: Amber Coykendall, Ridgewood High School - $100
  • Covanta’s Choice: Michelle Rodriguez, Ridgewood High School - $100
  • Best Artistic Expression: Jordan Bunker, J.W. Mitchell High School - $100
  • Best Use of Printed Material: Genesis Erickson, Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School - $100
  • Most Innovative: Abigail Garcia, Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School - $100
  • AOR Committee Award: Brandon Lopez, Fivay High School - $100
  • Best Use of Aluminum: Yuhao Sun, Genesis Preparatory School - $100
  • Best Use of Materials: Kiersten Houck, Genesis Preparatory School - $100
  • Best Use of Plastic: Al Maddox, Sunlake High School - $100
  • Pasco Arts Council Merit: Nicole Chacon, Sunlake High School - $100
  • Best Environmental Concept: Kendalynn Hill, Sunlake High School - $100

One big prize is still to be awarded - the lucky winner of an Art of Recycling $1,000 college scholarship. The full exhibition is on display through February 26 at the West Pasco Government Center at 8731 Citizens Drive. After that, the 15 winning pieces will move to the Pasco County District School Board for display through April 1.



FloridaRXCard is a free prescription drug card program courtesy of the Florida Medical Association and Florida Academy of Family Physicians.  FloridaRXCard works with local schools, universities, clinics, hospitals, as well as many community outreach programs, such as Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Florida Rural Health Network, Habitat for Humanity, migrant health programs, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, CHADD, Spina Bifida Association of Central FL, ministries, food pantries, literacy programs, etc., to help reach the uninsured and underinsured in our state to afford their prescription medications. Savings with the drug card can be 25 to 75 percent off retail prices for most brand and generic FDA-approved medications. The card is completely free to everyone. FloridaRXCard is HIPAA compliant -- no information is gathered, and anyone can use the card, including those on Medicare Part D, once in the donut hole, or for prescriptions not otherwise covered. Click here for a of list some of the nearly 70,000 network pharmacies and for other resources.


Always…Patsy Cline


Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week

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. Visit Florida’s 2016 Severe Weather Awareness Week for more information.


Spring Instructional Job Fair

Principals will be present to interview candidates for positions in language arts, math, science, social studies, special education areas, school psychologists, school social workers, and school counselors.  This job fair is not just for education majors, so those with or seeking degrees in other subjects are encouraged to attend.  Through the district’s Professional Development Certification program, individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree, and who qualify for a temporary teaching certificate under Florida law, receive professional preparation and experience required to earn the Florida Professional Certificate. In addition, USF and PHSC will have booths with information about their new partnership with the school district that establishes a part time education degree program. This program provides a unique opportunity for interested employees who have successfully completed 60 college credit hours to work toward their bachelor’s degree in Education. Share this information with your family members and friends who might be interested in working for Pasco County Schools!


Florida Prepaid College Board

As part of our commitment to your child’s education, I want to share with you information about the Florida Prepaid College Board’s Open Enrollment Period that ends February 29. College might seem like a long way off for some of you, but before we know it, your child will be looking at college options. I know you entrust us with your child’s academic success, and to that end, I want to help families bridge the path between a K-12 education and a postsecondary one. I want to equip you with information to make sound decisions about starting to save now so that your child’s tuition is covered when they need it. All Florida Prepaid College Plans are guaranteed by the State of Florida. The five Florida Prepaid Tuition Plans offer a variety of options starting at just $46 a month. The younger your child, the more years you have to save, and the lower the monthly payments for a Florida Prepaid Plan. Multiple studies have found that students with college savings are more likely to attend and finish college, and that having a degree greatly improves lifetime earning potential. Consider the benefits of a Prepaid Plan:

  • It protects: Every Prepaid Plan is guaranteed by the State of Florida, so a family will never lose their investment.
  • It travels: Even if a child attends an out-of-state or private college, the plan will pay the same amount as it would pay at a public college or university in Florida.
  • It works together: If a child receives a scholarship, the family’s refund is actually the full value of the purchased plan, not just what was paid in. Or, the child can use the funds for tuition and fees not covered by the scholarship.
  • It waits: A child has up to 10 years after the year of projected enrollment to use the plan. Open Enrollment ends February 29.

Click here to learn more. Enter promo code SUP1516 for free gift with purchase of Prepaid Plan by February 29!


Together We Stand 2016

Together We Stand 2016 will commence on Wednesday, June 15, at Wesley Chapel High School. I'm requesting that all elementary, middle, and high school principals register and attend this event.  In addition, principals are asked to consider including a school counselor, teacher, or other school-based team member who will continue to help support a safe and inclusive school climate throughout the year. When identifying student leaders to participate, I recommend selecting participants who are representative of the diversity in your school, and are willing to engage in ongoing activities throughout the year.

This year's theme is Diversity: Different Individuals Valuing Each-other Regardless of Skin, Intellect, Talents or Years


  • High school principals, please select a group of 3 students to attend the summit and ensure that each student and staff member attending completes registration (this includes students participating on the Summit Planning Committee).  Please consider diversity of grade level representation.
  • Middle school principals, please select 3 students to attend and ensure that they complete registration.  Please include at least one incoming 9th grader.
  • Elementary school principals may consider selecting 2 intermediate grade level students to attend and ensure that they complete registration.
  • Community partners are invited to register and host information booths/poster sessions during the summit.

The registration deadline is March 15, 2016. Click here to register. For more information, please contact Jenna Sage, PhD, BCBA, Program Coordinator, Prevention and Intervention Supports, at (727) 774-2442.


Region 4 SkillsUSA Conference Results

Marchman Technical College had another successful Region 4 SkillsUSA conference! Special thank you to Nicole Graziano, Don Blake, Michael Morrison and Orlando Saavedra for chaperoning and providing the support for our students during this event. Congratulations to our medal winners this year! Congratulations and thank you to Kellyann for leading another successful Region 4 competition!

  • Cosmetology - Adult (Haudricourt and Johnson)
    • Grace Drake - Gold
    • Allysa Schroder - Silver
  • Men’s Haircutting - Adult (Haudricourt and Johnson)
    • Tara Jones - Gold
    • Ashley Smith - Silver
  • Electrical Wiring - High School (Blake)
    • Brandon Matzke - Gold
    • Anthony Zupancic - Silver
    • Stephanos Katsiopis - Bronze
  • Electrical Wiring - Adult (Blake)
    • Mark Glidden - Gold
    • Louis Clark - Silver
    • Patrick Little - Bronze
  • Information Technology Service - High School (Dalles)
    • Michael Fay - Gold
    • Robert May - Silver
    • Darla Sexton - Bronze
  • Information Technology Service - Adult (Dalles)
    • David Brown - Silver
  • Automotive Service - Adult (Lupinek)
    • Paul Ocilka - Silver
  • Automotive Service - High School (Herig)
    • Tyler Knight - Gold
  • Job Interview-High School (Washington)
    • Amber Morgan- Silver
  • Advertising Design - High School (Saavedra)
    • Ashley Worrell - Silver
    • Lillian Pizzo - Bronze
  • Advertising Design - Adult (Saavedra)
    • Austin Williamson - Gold
    • Kiefer Eglin - Silver
    • Ryan Wolfe - Bronze
  • Digital Cinema - High School (Mateja)
    • Connor Williams and Abby Brown (team) - Silver

20 students have qualified for the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference in Lakeland April 24 - 27.


Good afternoon, Susan Seibert, I wanted to let you know how exceptional your [Paul R. Middle School] players and coaches were at last night's game.  It was obvious from last night's game that the coaches have strong relationships with their players, and that the players have worked hard to hone their skills.  We were especially impressed with the character, sportsmanship and team camaraderie displayed was what every player should aspire. I hope this feedback makes your day a bit brighter. -Principal Joe Musselman, Hudson Middle School

Superintendent Browning, I wanted to thank Julie Marks, Kathy Kaburis and the entire staff at Chester Taylor Elementary for allowing my teachers to come over to visit their classrooms and talk with their teachers about the Learning Active Technology Infused Classroom model that they use.  As we are moving to a STEM/LATIC Magnet school for next year these visits were very informative for my staff as they look to next year.  The time that Julie, Kathy, and their teachers spent with us was invaluable, and we are very thankful for them taking the time to share their experiences with us.  Your actions are a great example of the collaborative culture that exists within Pasco Schools.  Thank you again to all of you for helping us to all get a clearer picture of the LATIC model. -Principal Rick Saylor, Centennial Middle School

Dear Marchman,  I'd like to take a minute and thank the Adult Ed teachers. If it wasn't for them I would of given up and not received my diploma. I truly can't even begin to describe how grateful I am for them. I started September 28, 2015 and passed the GED January 11, 2016. Every day I drove an hour to get there and I'm thankful for such great inspirational teachers.

Being 36yrs old and hadn't been in school since 1998 starting back was really hard specially in math. Mrs. Carson, Mrs. Sams, Mr. Butler, and Mr. Mochner were knowledgeable and helpful in my journey to getting an education. They all have seen me smile, cry, learn, struggle, and push forward until I passed all 4 parts of the GED.

I'm now enrolled in a nursing program and I can't wait for this new chapter in my life. I'd also like to thank Mrs. Davis. She was the first staff member I met at Marchman during orientation, she always had a smile on her face and always took the time to stop and chat. I know from the first day I was at the right school.  Thank you so much Marchman staff.  Virginia Hocking

Students working hard in the Wesley Chapel High Academy of Automotive Technology.

Jump Rope for Heart at Sunray Elementary

Students have fun while raising money for the American Heart Association.

Student Spotlight

Alfreda Steele
Pasco High School
Track & Field Scholarship Recipient - University of Miami

Click here to read her interview.