April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016

Superintendent's Message

Happy Administrative Professionals Week

For the past week, Pasco County Schools has been celebrating Administrative Professionals Week. Our hard-working administrative professionals consistently stand in the gap, while maintaining high-level performance. If you have not done so already, take some time out of your day to tell the administrative professionals in your office how much they mean to you. Thank you to our hard-working administrative professionals; we appreciate all you do for our district, students, and families!

Wanted: High Quality Teachers Wanting to Make a Difference

Teachers, I don’t usually appeal directly to you, but I feel very strongly about this issue.  We have six high-needs schools (CES, GHES, GSES, HES, LES, and PES) that are under close scrutiny by the state and federal governments as they work toward academic improvement.

I’m appealing to your desire to make a difference in children’s lives.  These aren’t just any children; they are the ones who may not have support at home, or even hot water and warm meals.  They need teachers who are at the top of their game, who want to improve their lives, and who can help put their schools back on track for success.  I should emphasize that I know that there are wonderful teachers at these schools who have all the qualities we are seeking in new teachers.  We just need more teachers in these kids’ classrooms who are the best qualified and most passionate about seeing them succeed.

You may be very comfortable at a great school with tremendous parental involvement and outstanding administrative support.  If you’re a high quality teacher who is looking to make a difference, I’m asking you to consider getting out of that comfort zone and taking a chance where the children need you more.  It is hard work, but well worth the extra effort.  These students need a teacher who will go above and beyond, someone who makes sure every child's basic needs are met, a caring educator who craves constant learning for herself and her students. At any one of these schools, you’ll have an amazing administrative team, more student services support, ongoing collegial coaching, and cutting edge professional development.

Please take a moment to view the videos posted here, and give some thought to making a move to where you can really make a difference in children’s lives.  We are holding job fairs on Tuesday, May 3, at Pasco Middle School, and on Thursday, May 5, at Chasco Middle School.  For more information, click here. Thank you for all you do for the children of Pasco County.



Employee Recognition Awards

  • Outstanding Customer Service Awards
    • Michelle Bolin, Finance Assistant, Distribution Services, Food and Nutrition Services
    • Melissa Caruso, Learning Design Specialist, Office of Teaching and Learning
    • Cathy DeHoff, Secretary II, Office of Human Resources & Educator Quality
    • Carol Donlon, Secretary II, Transportation
    • Patricia Foshee, Secretary II, Office of Teaching and Learning
    • Michael Gude, Project Coordinator, Construction Services
    • Christine Higgins, Senior Finance Assistant, Finance Services
    • Libby Rossman, Secretary II, Communications and Government Relations
    • Jeanine Welch, Supervisor, Student Support Programs and Services
  • Exemplary Performance Awards
    • Susan Archer, Administrative Assistant NNB, Employee Relations
    • Robin Bienasz, Secretary II, Student Support Programs and Services
    • Jada Nikki Bolden, Resource Teacher, PLACE
    • Dayanara Brooks, Finance Assistant II, Finance Services
    • Marissa Diaz Walker, Staff Auditor, Internal Audit
    • Zsuzsana McGovern, Claims Specialist, Employee Benefits and Risk Management
    • Jennifer Moore, Professional Development Specialist, Office for Professional Development and School Supports
    • Rebecca Musselman, Supervisor, Quest, Technology and Information Services
    • Tom Saxton, Program Coordinator, Career and Technical Education
    • Christine Secone, Transportation Area Manager, Transportation
    • Suzanne St. Clair, Supervisor, Accountability, Research, and Measurement
  • Excellence in Innovation Awards
    • Micaela Brisch, Early Childhood Interventionist, Early Childhood Programs
    • Megan Sexton, FNS Specialist NNB, Food and Nutrition Services
    • Adam Vanhoesen, Technology Services Specialist NNB, Technology and Information Services
  • Superintendent’s Teamwork Award Nominees
    • Winner: Board Room Renovation Team - Joanne Hurley, Debbie Smith, Carey Llazari, Peggy Facemire, Neil Canalungo, The Maintenance Department, The Purchasing Department, and OTIS Department.
    • Business Services Center Technology Move - Josh Nelson, Jose Pujol, Michael Mang, Chris Contrabasso, Kyle McIntyre, Veronica Boise, Rachel Glisson, and Nancy Schraeder.
    • Gifted Resource Team - Tricia Hall, Alyssa Quina, Alice Sansonetti, Heather Wall, Sarah Holland, Liz Hamilton, Holly Oakes.
    • Social Behavior Program Support at CAES - Kim Andris, Gina Stamper, Jeremy Blair, Melissa Caruso, Mark Fox, Kara Merlin, and Christine Ramirez. 

C-SPAN's 2016 StudentCam Competition Winner Announced

Bright House Networks recently announced the local winner of C-SPAN's 2016 StudentCam competition. StudentCam is a national student documentary contest. Participants focused on what they wanted 2016 presidential candidates to cover on the campaign trail. Chasco Middle School's Krystian Rodriguez was selected as a local winner for his entry: “Generalize the Study of Human Rights to Improve the American Society.” Since Krystian is the regional winner, he was awarded with:

  • A $1,000 cash prize
  • A $1,000 donation to Chasco Middle School in his honor, to spend on digital video equipment.

Click here to view Krystian's award-winning entry. For more information, please contact Vicki Chansler, BrightHouse Networks' Senior Public and Government Relations Manager, at 727-326-1255.

2016 Pasco Education Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Recipients

On Thursday, April 21, The Pasco Education Foundation, Inc. presented scholarships--more than $200,000 in awards--to their highest number of recipients ever. Congratulations to all our winners! Click here for the list of award-winning students.

Gigante Productions ​Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Karissa Kittleson, Marcus Amick, and Courtney Harris for winning the Gigante Productions Scholarship!  Click here for video coverage from 10News.

Tampa Gridiron Cooking Challenge

For the third year, New River Elementary School students will compete in the Dairy Council of Florida’s cooking competition at One Buccaneer Place on Saturday, May 14. In collaboration with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Publix, enjoy a fun-filled cooking competition where students will compete to create a healthy, dairy-inspired recipe. The following New River Elementary School (NRES) students will be competing:

  • Payton Leidy, 4th grade
  • Payton Furman, 4th grade
  • Charyn Maldonado, 4th grade
  • Cameron Keehn, 4th grade

NRES physical education (PE) coaches Kathy Gillooly, Holly Mitchell, and Ryan Ketterer selected the team and have volunteered to develop their abilities. Click here for more information or to register.

PLACE Selected as Top 25 NAA16 Workshop

Jeanine Mouret, Site Coordinator at Gufl Highlands Elementary School (GHES) STAR 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program, and Kelly Jimenez, Site Manager at Trinity Elementary School (TES) PLACE program, presented, "It's All Fun and Games for Indoors," at the 2016 National Afterschool Association (NAA) Convention during spring break on behalf of PLACE. Out of more than 159 workshops, they were selected as one of the Top 25 NAA16 workshops! As a result, on Wednesday, May 4, they will be featured in the Top 25 list in the NAA eNews. Additionally, they will be automatically invited back next year to present at NAA17 in Dallas, Texas.


National Arson Awareness Week

National Arson Awareness Week is May 1 through 7. Florida's Forest Service has provided a fact sheet to build awareness. Report any arson wildfires you discover to the Florida Forest Service at 1-800-342-5869. Click here for more information.


HEADS UP to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs

Regardless of your education-related profession, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several other distinguished medical, educational, school-health and school-professional organizations encourage you to use the HEADS UP to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs materials.These materials include specific concussion information and resources for school professionals and can be viewed here.



Charlene Tidd and Elizabeth Vilmure Boeger, I just wanted to let you all know what a great time my daughters had at Wednesday night’s event. I loved the format as it gave parents time to do all the activities and spend as much time in one area as desired. It was well organized and we were able to easily find each area thanks to signage and teachers strategically placed. I enjoyed looking at the art displays and it was a great idea to have the scavenger hunt to bring you through each grade level. I think most of all my girls loved the PE events and wanted to stay much longer. Thank you for all you do each day to make my daughter’s education the best it can be. West Zephyrhills Elementary School is a great place to go to school. -Alison Sibley Scheuerman, Raymond B. Stewart Middle School

Mr. Todd Cluff, I am reaching out to you in hopes that you will recognize several staff members of the Calusa Elementary School for their empathy, support and dedication to children to include my nephew. He is by all accounts a child that can be categorized as behaviorally challenged demanding at times an extraordinary amount of support and guidance.  Despite these challenges they work with him and our family to come up with solutions and I am pleased to report that he has had meaningful improvements despite said challenges. More importantly, as a guardian I recognize the kindness that is always apparent in their actions and interactions concerning my nephew. This is very much appreciated and something that I believe can only come from within and cannot be taught. The individuals that I speak of are Kara Merlin, Chrissy Ramirez, and Jessica Silvestro. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share my experience so that you can fully understand the impact these individuals have on their students, families and community. -Jessica Coppola, Guardian, Calusa Elementary School

Superintendent Browning, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous support we received from several district staff last week during our first week of FSA testing.  As you can imagine, it takes a great amount of human resources to be able to administer tests to the numbers of students we have taking FSA, especially with the numbers of students who receive one-on-one testing.  I reached out to the following people to ask for help, and within minutes of my email they each individually responded that they would come administer tests.  Some of them came out on multiple days!  

  • Jennifer Waselewski
  • Sarah Apsey
  • Kara Deschenes
  • Chris Church
  • Mike Macchiarola
  • Brian Dean

We appreciate their willingness to arrange their schedules to help us out, and I just wanted you to know how supportive they were!!  Kudos to their excellent service to schools! -Jill Briscoe, Assistant Principal, Dr. John Long Middle School

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

The Longleaf Elementary Freedom Chorus is on their way to Washington D.C. to sing at the Lincoln Memorial.

Kindergarten at Connerton Elementary

Great learning and great fun at Connerton Elementary.

Teacher Spotlight: Erika Arellano

Pasco High School teacher Erika Arellano leading her Global Perspectives class.

Student Spotlight

Selena Schulz
Countryside Montessori Charter School

Click here to read her interview.


Staff Spotlight

Jade Hakim
Gulf Trace Elementary School

Click here to read her interview.



AP Celebration and Exam Review

The AP Celebration and Exam Review is on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Land O' Lakes High School. There will be 30 minute exam review sessions in these areas: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, Human Geography, Calculus, U.S. Government, U.S. History World History, Statistics, Biology, Environmental Science, Spanish, Micro/Macroeconomics, and Psychology. The event is free – come celebrate a successful year as an AP student! Inflatable fun and snacks provided. Please RSVP here today!

13th Annual Charity Softball Challenge

The 13th Annual Charity Softball Challenge will be held at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater on Saturday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m. The event features Clearwater and Tarpon Springs police departments versus the Pasco Sheriff's Office and Largo Police Department. Tickets are $18 (children 4 and under are free) and can be purchased in advance by contacting Susie Barr at 727-844-7733. Tickets include all you can eat and drink from 5-7:30 p.m. Proceeds from their silent auction will benefit PSO Corporal Jim Derner and TPD Sergeant Scott Brockew.

Taste of Pasco

The Leadership Pasco Class of 2016 invites you and your family to the Taste of Pasco Event on April 30. If your membership is current, there is NO charge for you to attend. Otherwise, tickets are $25.00 in advance or $30.00 at the door – Kids under 12 are FREE.  Proceeds benefit Pasco Kids First. There will be great food from all over the county, live music, games and prizes! To make it convenient, you will be able to pay your Leadership Pasco membership of $50.00 at the event. All CURRENT members will have entry to the Private Alumni Tent – filled with food, gifts and a few special treats! If you would like tickets, please contact Nicole Westmoreland or Spencer Pylant.

This Weekend: PCASA Social

The Pasco County Association of School Administrators, known as PCASA, supports the development of Pasco’s educational leaders, provides advocacy for administrators, and represents their interests at the local and state levels.  By paying your $25 membership dues today, PCASA can continue to provide scholarships for students, support staff and teachers who are pursuing degrees in the field of education.  Members also are invited to a social on Saturday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m., at the home of Ray Gadd and Cathy Peckett, 6504 Wisteria Loop, in Land O’ Lakes.  If you would like to attend and haven’t paid dues, please send your RSVP and $25 check (made out to PCASA) to Mary Tillman, Director of Internal Audit, District Office Complex.

JLMS 10th Anniversary Celebration

Dr. John Long Middle School proudly celebrates their 10th anniversary in their cafeteria on Tuesday, May 10, at 6 p.m. JLMS is located on 2025 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Light refreshments will be served. There will also be performances by the school chorus, orchestra, band, and drama club. Please RSVP to Jill Briscoe by May 3.

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


  • 1-7: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 1-7: National Arson Awareness Week
  • 2-6: Spring FSAs
  • 2-20: Spring EOCs
  • 3: National Teacher Day
  • 4: National Bike to School Day
  • 6: Progress Reports