May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

Superintendent's Message

Salary Increase Update to Employees

To Our Valued District Employees,

I wanted to take a moment to update each of you on the status of your salary increases for this year. Last week, the School Board voted to ratify the tentative collective bargaining agreements for SRP and Instructional employees. The key component of these agreements was an average 3.0% salary increase for employees who had earned a year of service credit for the 2015-2016 school year, and who are still employed at the time that Instructional and SRP employee ratification occurs. The United School Employees of Pasco is working quickly to distribute more specific information about the contract settlements to employees, and later today USEP building representatives will be getting more information on when and how to conduct ratification votes at each of the District’s worksites. Employee ratification voting is currently slated to occur on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, and both parties expect to have the results of the vote by the end of next week. Employee with questions about this process or the tentative agreements can contact USEP for assistance at (813) 996-2119.

In anticipation of ratification, the District has started to develop a schedule for the processing of salary increases once the ratification vote is complete. At this time, we expect all Instructional and SRP employees to receive the full amount of their 2016/2017 salary increase in a single, separate retroactive check on Friday June 30, 2017. The funds will be processed and deposited as normal, through direct deposit. Considering the large number of payrolls that need to be run at the end of the school year, this is a very aggressive timeline for our payroll department. For that reason, we are asking employees to refrain from contacting payroll with questions about their individual salary increase amounts. By mid-day on Wednesday June 28, 2017, all Instructional and SRP employees should be able to view their individual increase amounts via Employee Self-Service. At that time, Instructional and SRP employees with individual questions may contact the department for Human Resources and Educator Quality at 42851 for assistance with their questions.

At this time, the District is planning to process any adjustments to the Administrative and NNB salary increases on Friday, July 14, 2017. This adjustment will increase the average increase for employees in this category to the same 3% as the bargaining unit employees. By mid-day on Wednesday July 12, 2017, all administrative and NNB employees should be able to view their individual increase amounts via Employee Self-Service. At that time, administrative and NNB employees with individual questions may contact the department for Human Resources and Educator Quality at 42851 for assistance with their questions.

Thanks for all you do every day to serve the students of Pasco County!

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7 through May 13.  Click here to read the School Board proclamation from the April 18 board meeting. Thank you, teachers, for everything you do for the children of Pasco County Schools!

 

National Mental Health Awareness Month

 

Digital Review Materials

 

Employees Impacted by Summer Hours

Click here for the 2017 Summer Hours memo that includes dates and other important information about working extended hours, summer dress, and the week of July 4. If you are not impacted by summer hours, please disregard.

 

Tampa Rays Pasco Spirit Day

The Tampa Rays are celebrating Pasco County Schools on Sunday, June 11, at 1:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field, in St. Petersburg. The deadline to order tickets is Thursday, June 11, and the top-selling elementary school receives a visit to their school from Raymond and the Ray Team during the 2017 calendar year. Click here for more information, and here for ticket information.

 

Employee Opportunities

Florida Southern College (FSC) Teacher Courses and Information Sessions

  • Teaching Students with Disabilities Renewal Course

​FSC offers “Teaching Students with Disabilities” renewal course. Florida professional certificate holders can satisfy this certification requirement by taking EDU 2210 – Foundations of Special Education online. Please click here to view the schedule.

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Programs Information Sessions

The following are upcoming progam information sessions:

  • Thursday, June 1, at 6:00 p.m.  – Grillsmith Restaurant at Lakeside Village, Lakeland, FL
  • Saturday, June 17, at 10:00 a.m. – Becker Business Building, Florida Southern College Campus, Lakeland, FL

Click here to register and learn more. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Curtis.

 

Teacher Technology Summer Institute

St. Leo University is accepting applications for their Teacher Technology Summer Institute (TTSI). Applications are available here, and letters of support from principals should be emailed to Holly Atkins. Contact Holly Atkins, associate professor of education, at 352-588-8386 with questions. Click here to view their flyer.

 

Title I Committee of Practitioners Application

The Florida Department of Education is recruiting new members for the Title I Committee of Practitioners (COP). The membership includes: public school principals, teachers, school leaders, local educational agency representatives, administrators, specialized instructional support personnel, paraprofessionals, charter agencies, charter school leaders, career and technical educators, private school representatives, parents and members of local school boards. The appointees will advise the department on carrying out its responsibilities for implementing the provisions of Title I. Click here to learn more about the committee.

 

USF EdD Program

The University of South Florida has a new education doctorate (EdD) program specializing in Educational Innovation. It has been very popular with Pinellas educators, and applications will be accepted for the upcoming fall cohort until May 15. If you have questions, please contact J. Howard Johnston, Ph.D., Department of Teaching and Learning and Program Coordinator, at 813-240-2620, or visit the program's website. Click here to view their program flyer.

 

St. Leo Prodigy - Free Cultural Arts Program

Prodigy is a year round cultural arts program offered at no cost to Pasco students grades 1-12, and ages 6-18, at various locations throughout Pasco County under a grant administered by St. Leo University. Prodigy's mission is to use art as a means for students to reach within themselves in order to understand and express their inner thoughts, feelings and values. Art becomes a vehicle for self-exploration. Self-expression, through the creation of art, is tied to building interpersonal skills. Ultimately, the Prodigy model seeks to stimulate and promote creativity and cultural expression among youth to ensure that they not only thrive, but prosper within their cultural context. Prodigy has an open enrollment policy, which means that a student may enroll any time throughout the year. Children are not permitted to participate in Prodigy classes until the Prodigy office has confirmed all registration information. Children in the Prodigy Program are expected to participate independently and function in multi-aged, multi-sized groups. See below for:

If you have any other questions or concerns, contact Cheryl Otero at 352-588-7425.

 

Pasco County Government

 

Kudos

Teacher Appreciation Week Edition

Superintendent Browning, I am the parent of a 7th grader at Paul R. Smith Middle School. I am a substitute in the district (both instructional and non-instructional) and my wife is a district employee, as well.  I am also a student at Saint Leo University (I'm a midlife career changer) and will earn an Education degree (Middle Grades Social Studies) in December.  I've had the unique experience of seeing the district from the perspectives of a parent, an employee and spouse of an employee, and as a future teacher who has fulfilled practicum requirements in various middle schools...I want to express my gratitude for the administration and faculty at PRSMS.  Mr. DiVincent, Mr. Rodriguez, and Ms. Garrison are dedicated professionals.  My daughter is a student in the Infinity program at PRSMS and the professionals there (Tracy Constantine, Carolyn Erickson, Lisa Crosby, and Kailin Santerre) are models of what effective teachers should be.  Michael Krikstone, the band teacher, is awesome. As a substitute, I've fulfilled the majority of my duties in the EBD/SBP unit at PRSMS.  Let me tell you what a phenomenal group of professionals work with these students.  Sara Young is the Behavior Specialist.  I first met her in the fall of 2015 and soon came to realize what an inspiration she is to me as a soon-to-be educator.  Sara's team of teachers and instructional assistants that work with these special needs students are equally incredible (Mark Hermann, Kerri Ousley, Nanette Billick, Christy Skrelunas, Rita Lombardo, and Wanda Sanchez)...As an education major, I've had the opportunity to work (as a student teacher) with Gary Hoskins at Chasco Middle School and Tina Fields at Rushe Middle School.  I appreciate so much their willingness to invite an aspiring teacher into their classrooms and serve as mentors.  Both Gary and Tina are assets to the teaching profession and instilled in me a lot of knowledge and respect for the profession.  They are, to put it simply, great teachers and inspired me...I recently completed a 4-week assignment as a non-instructional substitute (as a custodian at the district offices building 8).  Neil Canalungo and his evening team (Donna, Debra, Karen, Bonnie, June, Richard, and Bud) are just a great group of hard-working people...-Kermit Nelson, Paul R. Smith Middle School parent


Superintendent Browning, I am Jennifer Remvidas, and my son attends Chasco Elementary School...Our family has been so blessed by not only one of the teachers, but the entire staff as well...We enrolled Noah into Chasco Elementary, and my son was assigned to Mrs. Beck in second grade. ..She kept in contact with me, we did our conferences via email. I never felt out of the loop, if I asked for assistance in how to help my son she always responded with ideas, several ideas...Whenever winter break, long weekends, or spring break came she always made sure to ask if I wanted her to send home extra work, and ideas...He feels empowered, and intelligent, and he is...Mrs. Beck has worked with my son tirelessly, she has never given up on him, even when he was giving up on himself.  She has shown him with kindness, love, and sternness when he’s needed it.  Most importantly he has never felt stupid, or that he couldn’t do it...She has even offered to send us some things home during summer break to keep him on the right path. He is excited to read.  For the first time since he started is elementary education he has asked to go to the Library, and to get specific books at the Scholastic book fair.  He picks up a book on his own and reads it.  He reads every night for a half hour, and will actually sit down and do his homework without issues...She has proven time and time again that she cares, and that the staff at Chasco Elementary cares...Mrs. Beck isn’t this way only towards my son, but ALL of her students. My son tells me all the time how she works with the children that need extra assistance in small groups, and sometimes they too don’t act in a fashion that they should, but that she never gives up...my son tells me that he always feels loved, and that she is proud of him...There will never be enough thanks, or how blessed we are, or even enough emails that I could possibly write to express the level of appreciation that we have for Mrs. Beck!...She is an individual that I feel that every teacher should try to emulate.  If our children had more teachers like her, teachers who genuinely love what they do, and work to end to make sure that they are successful, our children would be so much for the better because of it...-Jennifer Remvidas, Chasco Elementary School parent


Superintendent Browning, good things are happening here at Pasco eSchool, and I feel several of our teachers deserve recognition for their above-and-beyond collaborations. We received notification that, for the second year in a row, Pasco eSchool has won the Golden School Award! We're the only virtual school in the state to receive the award. A huge "thank you" goes to Danielle Thomson, our volunteer coordinator, for tracking the volunteer hours our staff completed during the 2016-2017 school year. Speaking of volunteering, Desiré Mosser and Paola Sanchez co-captained our Relay for Life team and many of our teachers, staff and even a few of our students participated in the April 28 event at Mitchell High School (see photo below). The "Ninja Cafe" was a big hit, and we're so grateful to our eSchool team for all their support! -Pam Willoughby, Assistant Principal, Pasco eSchool


Superintendent Browning and Principal Kadlub,


I wanted to take a moment to recognize a phenomenal teacher at Pasco High School.  My daughter has been in Mr. Rivera's AICE history class this year. I wanted to make sure that you know how wonderful this teacher is and what a difference he is making in my child's life (and the lives of many others). He goes ABOVE AND BEYOND not only in class, but after hours and on weekends. He wants the students to be successful and love history. Throughout the year he has held book clubs, after school discussions, and even review sessions on the weekend...He does these things because he is passionate about the material and cares about his students as a whole, not just a test score...He sends encouraging messages through Remind to the students because he knows how difficult the material, but also believes that they can handle the material. This is an exemplary educator. -Jennifer Richard, Pasco High School parent


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



USN Rear Admiral James Malloy was the Pasco High School NJROTC Awards Night special guest and award presenter.

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week!

Student Spotlight

Fetlework Blitch


Staff Spotlight


Christopher Greco
Music Director
River Ridge High School

Click here to read his interview.


Events

Customer Appreciation Warehouse Sale

Scholastic Book Fairs is hosting a Big Event Warehouse Book Sale May 16 through May 17 at the Tampa Events Banquet Hall and Conference Center. The center is located at 13507 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. Here are the times the sale is available:

  • Tuesday, May 16: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 17: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Click here to learn more.

 

myArt/Works

MyArt/Works is a Pasco County Schools art specialists showcase. The exhibit is Thursday, May 4 through Saturday, May 20, at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, and the closing reception is Saturday, May 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please come out and support these talented teachers! Click here to learn more.

 

#PascoTogether Summer Learning

There are three summer learning opportunities on the horizon:

  • Together We Lead
  • Together We Stand
  • Together We Learn

Click here for more information.

 

Special Olympics Craft Show

Special Olympics Florida - Pasco County is hosting a Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival and is looking for participants. It will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 14744 Nottingham Trail, in Hudson. Click here to learn more.


Important Dates

May

  • 1-31: National Mental Health Awareness Month
  • 7-13: National Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 25-28: Graduation
  • 26: Students' Last Day
  • 29: Memorial Day - Closed
  • 30-31: Teacher Planning Days