April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016

Superintendent's Message

We continue to receive new phishing emails that attempt to draw the attention of recipients by looking like they come from our district.  In the event that you receive a message fitting this description, close the message immediately and delete it.  Phishing is a fraudulent process used by spammers to acquire sensitive information from users such as usernames, passwords, bank account details and credit card details. Email recipients are often deceived by phishing attempts since messages appear to be sent by legitimate and trustworthy sources.  Our email traffic is filtered by two separate filtering technologies, which provides you with protection against dangerous viruses and spam. However, some spam or phishing messages may occasionally get through to your inbox.  If you receive an email that you think is SPAM, delete it, and never provide your Social Security number in response to an unsolicited email or other communication.

The Office for Technology and Information Services will not send an email to employees asking for your password, and any email from the department or help desk will include the following:

  • District phone number and email address
  • District title and department
  • District logo
  • A line at the top of the email indicating what group of employees the email is being sent to, i.e., “This message is being sent to all employees.”

It is also important to create and use signature lines to help your fellow employees know what is a legitimate email and what is not.



Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Award

On March 31, Debi Paradis Shackowsky, founder of Marjorie's Hope, was the Tampa Bay Lightning's 219th Community Hero Award recipient. She received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program to help fund her program. At the beginning of this school year, Debi organized 100 volunteers to fill 1,500 backpacks for Hudson High School students. For more information, click here.


Fred K. Marchman Technical College Holds Inaugural National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Ceremony

On March 15, the Fred K. Marchman Technical College Chapter held its inaugural NTHS ceremony. A total of 42 post-secondary and secondary students were recognized and honored during the ceremony. The following students were recognized based upon Knowledge, Skill, Honesty, Service, Responsibility, Scholarship, Citizenship, and Leadership:

  • Auto Collision
    • Andrew Harkin, Jeremy Hughes, and Kyle McCormick
  • Auto Service
    • Felix Medina and Paul Ocilka
  • Commercial Art
    • Ryan Wolfe and Dylan Woodham
  • Commerical Foods
    • Juan Morales and Peter Rasmussen
  • Computer Systems
    • Davis Brown, Armando Cuesta, Maxwell Deveau, Carlos Lara, Michael Mazurek, Christopher Sherman, and Tylor Smeaton
  • Cosmetology
    • Grace Drake, Bridget Harmon, Tessa Madewell, Kayse Rameriz, Arianne Ruecker, and Ashley Smith
  • Digital Cinema
    • David Sharits
  • Electricity
    • Louis Clark, Michael Falcon, Mark Glidden, Cameron Harbaugh, Patrick Little, Christopher Passmann, and Jeffery Stewart
  • HVAC
    • Delrice Baker, Keith Batdorf, Jonathan Crosier, Richard Finke, Thomas Gillett, Ronald Napoli, and Bertoldo Schaffer
  • High School Students
    • Hayden Bullard (HS Auto Service), Baker Emerson (HS Culinary Arts), Michael Fay (HS Computer Systems), Caitlyn Force (HS Early Childhood), Julia Santos (HS Early Childhood), and Tiffany Yates (HS Early Childhood)


Spelling Bee

On Friday, April 8, Fred K. Marchman Technical College won the Wesley Chapel Rotary/Pasco Education Foundation Annual Spelling Bee. The team received a first place trophy and $400 to be used for a special school project. Congratulations to team members Katie Chefero, Lizette Garcia, Kathy Byrne, and Marlene Weinert.


Attention Administrators: PCASA Spring Social

The Pasco County Association of School Administrators is hosting their annual Spring Social at 6504 Wisteria Loop, in Land O' Lakes, on April 30, at 6:30 p.m. Prior to entry, administrators must pay their annual $25 dues. Dues can be sent to Mary Tillman and checks can be made out to "Pasco County Association of School Administrators" or "PCASA." 


Take Your Child to Work Day Guidelines

This section is intended to offer guidance in reference to Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work day.  Site administrators have the final say whether students should miss a day of school to go to work with their parents. The national Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work day is scheduled for Thursday, April 28. That day falls during state end-of-course exams.  With this in mind, we will use the same process we’ve used the past couple of years for parents who wish to take their children to work with them at their place of employment outside the district.  A principal has the discretion to allow a parent to take his or her son or daughter out of school to participate in the national event if the student does not have a scheduled EOC on Thursday, April 28, AND the parent has prearranged the student’s absence with his or her principal and teacher(s).

District employees who wish to bring their son or daughter to work with them may do so on Friday, May 27.  Employees also must prearrange their children’s absences with their principals and teachers if they plan to participate on May 27. They also must get approval from their site administrator. Schools  and departments should use their newsletters and other platforms for communicating with parents to let them know their responsibilities.  Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day generally is for elementary- and middle school-age children.


Did you know this is part of the district’s Social Media Guidelines?

Schools choosing to participate on social media must add, at a minimum, the school principal or his/her designee as co-administrator in order to be recognized as an official Pasco Schools social media account on the district website and in other media. Employees who engage students via social media must notify their administrator in writing, as well as provide a link to their social media accounts in question.  Employees also must provide an administrator at their site with the username and password for all of their official social media accounts.  Schools and departments should designate one administrator to be responsible for maintaining staff username and password information.



Paul R. Smith Middle School Principal Susan Seibert, I just wanted to let you know that Melissa Mangino and I were just talking about Bonita Buria, a teacher who made a video to explain a student's homework. We were commenting about how awesome that was of her to spend so much time, effort and money (Melissa remembered that she’d bought material for his sensory fidgets also) to individualize to this degree for this one student. Teachers are used to individualizing for their ESE students, but I’ve never seen anyone make such an effort to find innovative and unique methods to meet their students instructional needs. It is obvious she not only cares about her students and their success, but she also takes great pride in her profession. This is a clear example of someone who loves what they do. -Donna Vance, SSPS

Pasco High School Principal Kari Kadlub, This is a gratitude email for the commitment of Mrs. Rebecca Johnson to Pasco High School students for creating a classy, fun, and safe Prom 2016! This was our daughters one and only event that she attended while at PHS with this being her senior year.  She laughed, danced, and enjoyed the company of her peers, friends, teachers, and administration.  Both Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Davida Massey remain solid role models, professional educators, and women of character that have encouraged and empowered her in all areas of her life and they are two of the most excellent representatives of Pasco Counties ESE providers. We are so very thankful for your leadership that ensures our children are safe. You are all apart of not only collective memories, but a night she will never forget in the midst of testing, learning challenges, and social stress in today's world. Each of you is a very bright light that illuminates the darkness and dissolves it's effect on the students you serve and all of humanity impacted by these same students. It is a privilege to have you be a part of our daughter's life journey, and a support for our home. Be encouraged and empowered in all of your endeavors to educate and prepare students for a full life! -Big Jay and Tami Baker

Paul R. Smith Middle School Principal Susan Seibert, We want to thank you for giving our son a good science education over the last three years. His father and I are so happy with all that he's learned and accomplished in his science classes at PRSMS. Ben feels confident going into the FCAT Science test today. No matter what his score is on the FCAT, we know that he has gained so much knowledge from all of you. Thank you for being a positive part of our son's education! -Kim & Rick Smith

Events and Kudos sections are copied verbatim from their submission, with minimal, if any, alteration.

Odessa Elementary students gave First Lady Ann Scott a group hug after she read them a book.

Financial Literacy at Gulf Middle School

Gulf Middle School students learned about financial literacy from GTE Financial.

Teacher Spotlight: Jean Imperatore

Ms. Jean Imperatore is retiring after teaching for 40 years; 35 of those years were at HHS, RRHS, & JWMHS.

Student Spotlight

Kyle Schroeder
J.W. Mitchell High School

Click here to read his interview and watch him perform.



Centennial Middle's 3rd Annual Family Fun Cyclone Run

Centennial Middle School's 3rd Annual Family Fun Cyclone Run will be held on Saturday, April 16, at Centennial Middle School, 38505 Centennial Road, in Dade City. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile family fun run starts at 9 a.m. All proceeds will be going toward Centinnial Middle School's program and activity fundraising goals. After the races, there will be music, food, drinks, and awards. Click here to register and choose "3rd Annual Family Fun Cyclone Run." For more information, check out the event flyer or visit the event website.


Sunray Elementary's 2nd Annual 5K Color Run

Sunray Elementary School's 2nd Annual 5K Color Run will be held on Saturday, April 16, at Gulf High School, 5355 School Road, in New Port Richey. During this color run, only liquid color spray will be used. The participant fee is $25, which includes race bib and t-shirt. However, you must register by April 4 to secure your shirt. Sunray's own Girls Running and the Boys "Run Hard" clubs are scheduled to participate. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. For more information, including registration forms and payment, please visit Sunray Elementary School’s website.


Lacoochee Elementary's Annual 5K Color Fun Run

Lacoochee Elementary School is hosting their 5K Color Fun Run on Saturday, April 23, from 9 to 11 a.m., to promote awareness of good health and the importance of education. Fabric dye will be used to color participant’s shirts while they run. The entry fee is $7 for students and $12 for adults. The event proceeds will help provide field trips, update technology, and purchase specific classroom materials. Please visit the school website for online registration information. For more information, contact Wanda DeLaRosa at 352-524-5609.


5th Annual Bunco for Backpacks

The 5th Annual Bunco for Backpacks will be held at Seven Spring's Golf and Country Club on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Seven Spring's Golf and Country Club is located at 3535 Trophy Blvd. in New Port Richey. It is co-sponsored by Marjorie's Hope and the Junior Service League of Greater New Port Richey is the presenting sponsor. This event is $25 for an advanced ticket, or $30 at the door. However, if you bring a NEW backpack, you will receive a $5 discount at the door. ALL educators/school employees who show ID at the door receive 10 free raffle tickets. For more information, please contact Debi Shackowsky at 727-776-5458 or click here.


Pasco County Night with the Rowdies

Pasco County Night with the Rowdies will take place on Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium in Downtown St. Petersburg. The night includes discounted tickets ($15 sideline upper)*, video board recognition, free postgame autograph session for children, and a Rowdies player appearance for the school with the most tickets sold. $5 from each ticket sold will go to the Pasco Education Foundation. The purchase deadline is April 15. Click here to order tickets. *Tickets have a $26 retail value.


18th Annual Special Olympics Florida Golf Tournament

The 18th Annual Special Olympics Florida Golf Tournament is a four person scramble and will be held on Saturday, May 14, at the Lexington Oaks Golf Club. The Lexington Oaks Golf Club is located at 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Check-in begins at 12 p.m. and there is a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The participation fee is $65 and is tax deductible. It also includes green fees, cart, range balls, goody bag, raffle ticket, and a buffet dinner. Registrations must be received by May 6. Please print, complete, and send the registration form, with a check (payable to Special Olympics Florida - Pasco County) to:

Special Olympics Florida - Pasco County
Attn: Judy Brunner
38203 Henry Dr.
Zephyrhills, FL 33541
Phone: 813-794-6476
Fax 813-794-6438


Spring Football Jamboree

J.W. Mitchell High School is hosting their Spring Football Jamboree and carnival on Thursday, May 19. The carnival will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the football game against Fivay High School starts at 7 p.m. Some of the carnival activities are covered by the price of admission, but others will require payment to participate. Vendors will be at the jamboree with food, snacks, and drinks for purchase. This event's proceeds will go toward campus improvements. If you have questions, please email JWMHS Principal Jessica Schultz.


Important Dates


  • 1-30: National Autism Awareness Month
  • 17-23: National Student Leadership Week
  • 18-22: Public School Volunteer Week
  • 22: Earth Day