May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016

Superintendent's Message

Thank you, Pasco County school nurses!

School nurses support the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievements of all children and youth by providing access to care. In addition to providing for student's immediaite needs, school nurses are also continually working to promote healthy lifestyles and educate stuents about the steps they can take to protect and strengthen their physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Our district celebrates National Nurses Week from May 9 to 13, and May 11, as National School Nurse Day, in honor of the dedicated service provided by school health staff who contribute to our community by helping students stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn every day. 



2016-2017 Florida Teacher of the Year Finalist


River Ridge High School Air Force JROTC

River Ridge Air Force JROTC was named an “Outstanding Unit” again, for the 14th year in a row, by the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Headquarters. Additionally, Master Sergeant Robert King received the “Outstanding Instructor Award,” and these outstanding cadets accumulated more than 2,800 community service hours this school year.


Congressional District 12 Teachers of the Year

In conjunction with Teacher Appreciation week, Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) sought nominations from the community for the District 12 Teachers of the Year.  Four Pasco County teachers were selected.  They were presented with certificates and the Congressional coin.  The following teachers, pictured above, were recognized:

  • Maggie Wilson, Wesley Chapel High School
  • Jennifer Craven, Pineview Middle School
  • Laurayne Dola, Hudson High School
  • Mitch Schaeffer, Anclote High School


Attention: 198-day Employees

An alert employee noticed that the calendar posted on the Calendar website included incorrect information about 2016-2017 pre-planning days for 198-day employees.  Pre-planning is August 8 to 12, and students return to school on August 15.


Enhanced Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

During this very busy time of the year, many employees express some difficulty in balancing job demands and personal commitments.  Being emotionally and professionally effective is only possible if we give attention to self-care – physically and emotionally.  The district's Employee Assistance program has been enhanced this year to allow all of our employees and their dependents to access a variety of resources focused on emotional health.

The attached brief video explains the new program and the benefits that are readily available to help you find balance in your life. We hope you will take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with these services, then access any that would be helpful. For more information, please contact Scott Leu or Saybra Chapman.


Saint Leo University Adult Education Center Info Sessions

Saint Leo University’s Adult Education Center at University Campus will host information sessions for adult learners at the Pasco County School Board offices. Employees of the school district and area residents are invited to attend information sessions from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 19, at the school board offices, 20425 Gator Lane, Portable 8-A, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638; or 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 21, at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, TECO Hall in the School of Business building, St. Leo, FL 33574. Saint Leo University’s Adult Education Center offers evening, weekend, and online programs and career-focused education. A 10 percent discount is offered for all bachelor’s degree programs through the Pasco County School Board corporate partnership with Saint Leo University. Click here to RSVP. For information, contact the Adult Education Center at 352-588-7544.


Pasco County 2016 Online Citizen Survey

Pasco County launched its annual online survey to solicit feedback from residents on a variety of topics related to the future of the County, such as transportation and growth. The survey asks how often citizens use County-provided services and solicits feedback on how well the expectations for service delivery are met. This information, combined with data from Pasco County's random-sampling National Citizen Survey and citizen listening sessions, provides input for prioritizing their planning efforts and budget allocations. The online survey opened Monday, May 2 and remains open through the end of the month. To take the survey, visit the Pasco County website and click on the survey link on the homepage. Click here for more information.


National Mental Health Awareness Month



Superintendent Browning, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Jerald Bryant at the Land O' Lakes cafe.  He was kind enough to buy my much needed Diet Coke when I didn’t have enough cash on me.  In a first step to pay it forward, I wanted him and the other staff at the Cafe to know how friendly and helpful they are.  We are lucky to have such great people working in Pasco County Schools. -Jenna Sage, PhD, BCBA, Program Coordinator, Prevention and Intervention Supports, Student Support Programs and Services

Libby Rossman (Volunteer Programs), Thank you, I love that you always give feedback and compliments. This is why I am able to complete this book each year because of your help. Please always stay in this position. This was my seventh year doing this [5 Star Books] and best one yet. -Amanda Hoffman, Third Grade Instructor, 5 Star Coordinator

Superintendent Browning, I am writing you today to publicly express recognition and appreciation for Dr. Chris Dunning and a few special teachers at Seven Springs Middle School.  I have 2 daughters that go to SS and I have been thoroughly impressed with the education and care that they have received from their teachers.  Rob Aguis, Tonya Murphy, and Frank Fischer have been especially influential on my girls.  Each of these teachers are outstanding educators, and have gone above and beyond to support my daughters and communicate with myself.  I would like to thank them for everything they have done, and for being a blessing to our family.  We love SSMS! -Mandie Morse, 4th Grade ELA Teacher, Gulf Trace Elementary

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

Area Superintendents Tammy Berryhill and Todd Cluff presenting at the NW/SW Turn Around Schools Job Fair.

Turnaround Student: Kayla Johnson

Kayla Johnson is the Gulf High School Turnaround student.

Student Spotlight

Mihail Kaburis
Land O' Lakes High School

Click here to read his interview.


Staff Spotlight

Harriet Mathews
Fox Hollow Elementary School

Click here to read her interview.


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

28th Annual Project Turnaround

Project Turnaround recognizes and awards students who have made significant strides toward success both academically and personally. Project Turnaround is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, to honor middle and high school students. The banquet will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club, which is located at 10641 Old Tampa Bay Drive, in San Antonio.

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.

Step Up to the Tee for Cotee River Elementary

Cotee River Elementary School is hosting a 4-person scramble golf tournament on Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m., to improve their technology resources. The tournament will take place at River Ridge Golf Course, 11022 Tee Time Cir., in New Port Richey, and participation costs $35 for individuals or $160 for a foursome. Sponsorships are also available for $35. All proceeds benefit the school’s technology department. Please make checks payable to CRES, and write two phone numbers and your driver’s license on the check. Team information and payment must be submitted by May 13. For more information contact Steve Loveless at 727-774-3000.

JLMS 1st Annual Debate Team Parent Night

The Dr. John Long Middle School Debate Team is hosting a parent night to display their debate expertise on Tuesday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in their school's cafeteria. At the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, this team will be recognized as the only middle school chapter of the Junior Statesman of America in the Southeastern United States. Dr. John Long Middle School is located at 2025 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. For more information, please contact Dorrie Perez

Back to School Bash

The Back to School Bash for the Ridgewood High School feeder pattern needs community partners to register for the Provider Fair.  This is a highlight of the event, where families can connect with community agencies that support healthy family living in the New Port Richey area.   If you know of a business or community organization that could help ensure that our future citizens are receiving all of the necessary supports to be college, career and life ready, please contact Calusa Elementary School Principal Kara Merlin at 727-774-3700.  The event will be held at RHS from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 6..

Important Dates


  • 2-20: Spring EOCs
  • 11: National School Nurse Day
  • 25: Senior's Last Day
  • 30: No School - Memorial Day