Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
May 25, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

May 25, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

May 25, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

May 25, 2018

Superintendent's Message


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New Health and Wellness Incentive Option

Effective June 1, 2018, employees covered under the district’s group medical plan will have a new Health and Wellness Incentive (HWI) option to choose from.  Participants of the HWI program who have not redeemed their incentives during the first quarter may now choose from the YMCA membership buy-up option.  Click here for additional information about the buy-up option.  If you are already a member of the YMCA, you may still be eligible to take advantage of this option.  Click here for more information. 


Onsite Mammography Screenings

For your convenience, the district has teamed up with Tampa Bay Mobile Mammography to offer onsite 3D mammography screening.  Beginning next school year, Tampa Bay Mobile Mammography will visit all schools and worksites to provide onsite services.  Additional information and the schedule for onsite mammography services will be available for download on the Health and Wellness website in August 2018.


Stuff the Bus of Teachers Program

United Way of Pasco County is committed to supporting our Pasco County school district.  United Way is re-evaluating the current Stuff the Bus for Teachers program and will be providing new recommendations for a year-round targeted program to assist underprivileged students with essential tools for academic success.  United Way of Pasco County will be working on these objectives with the collaboration of our community and continued partnership with Pasco County Schools.  The annual Stuff the Bus for Teachers for July/August 2018 is postponed at this time, but we hope to have the new school supply program in place for next school year.  More information will be forthcoming when we know more definitively what United Way is going to do.


Wesley Chapel Roadways Connections Study Open House

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is hosting a public open house for anyone interested in the Wesley Chapel Roadways Connections Study.  The open house will be held at Pasco-Hernando State College on May 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The study evaluated the pros and cons of three potential roadway connectors in the Wesley Chapel area, including Mansfield Boulevard, Meadow Pointe Boulevard and Wyndfields Boulevard, in an effort to develop a Transportation Improvement Plan. Pasco County has not made any decisions regarding these connections.  For more information, click here.


Public Workshops to Discuss Vision for U.S. 301 Corridor

Pasco County Planning and Development is hosting three public workshops to discuss the overall vision for the U.S. 301 corridor. Each workshop will include a presentation of the draft U.S. 301 Model Development Code, which focuses on developing a set of standards for how future development will look along a 5.5 mile stretch of U.S. 301 from Zephyrhills to Dade City.

Share your thoughts and what you’d like to see along the U.S. 301 corridor. The U.S. 301 Model Development Code aims to acknowledge and protect the unique nature and distinct rural quality of this corridor. The initiative is a collaboration among Pasco County, Dade City and the City of Zephyrhills.  For workshop dates and locations, click here.

Help Us Celebrate the Following Retirements

Leslie Frick

Leslie is retiring after nearly 30 years of service with Pasco County Schools.  A celebration in her honor will be on Tuesday, May 29, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Oak Room, building 2 at the district office.  Click here to view the invitation.


Lisa Hacker Miller

After 35 years in education, Lisa Hacker Miller is retiring. The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, at Beef O’ Brady’s across from the district office complex.  RSVP for her retirement celebration to Noreen Kraebel.  Click here to view the invitation.


Tim Ellerman

After 22 years of service to Pasco County Schools, Tim Ellerman is retiring. A celebration will be held at at Beef O’ Brady’s, 14851 State Road 53, Hudson, begining at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30.  Click here to view the invitation.


Summer CPR/First Aid/AED Training

Trainings will be held on June 19, July 10, and July 17, at the district office complex from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form and return it before July 15.  For more information, click here.  If you have any questions, contact Linda Graham at (813) 794-2360.  Click here for the registration form.


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Together We Learn 2018

The Office for Leading and Learning is pleased to announce that the Together We Learn 2018 Session Program is now available to view by clicking here.  You can use the session program to preview the schedule and review session descriptions.  Registration for the sessions offered during Together We Learn will be available in myPGS starting July 2.  An email will be sent to all Pasco staff with directions for registration on July 2. 

This year, Together We Learn is taking place at Cypress Creek Middle High School from Monday, July 30, through Wednesday August 1, and at the district office on Thursday, August 2.  If you are planning on attending any of the days of Together We Learn, please click here to RSVP. 


Saint Leo University Graduate, Ed.S. and Ed.D. Programs

Saint Leo University is now offering an online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a concentration in School Leadership, beginning Fall 2018.  Sessions will be held Tuesday, June 5, at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Thursday, June 7, at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Ed.D. & Ed.S. only).  Click here for more information or to RSVP.


Florida Southern College - Information Sessions

Join Florida Southern College at one of their information sessions. Attendees will learn about bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree programs in education. Click here for more information. 


Professional Development Summit at USF

Texas Instruments, Inc. is hosting a two-day professional development summit at the University of South Florida on June 21 and 22. Participants will choose four three-hour sessions from math, science, STEM, and best practices strands. The cost is $150 without TI technology and $250 with TI technology, which includes a TI graphing handheld (either the TI-84CE or TI-Nspire CX) and a TI-Innovator Hub.  Click here for more details and registration information.

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School Spotlight

Ridgewood High School celebrates their final graduation.


Student Spotlight

A team of 5th grade girls from Quail Hollow Elementary School participated in a cooking challenge sponsored by Dairy Counsel of Florida Fuel Up to Play 60. They were one of 4 teams from the Tampa Bay area to compete on 5/19 at the Buccaneers training camp.

Staff in the Spotlight

Carolyn Scott, 8th grade math teacher, John Long Middle School. Click here to learn more.


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Shoes 4 School Donation Event

Florida Hospital's Center Ice will be partnering with Shoes 4 Schools to host an event to provide new shoes for students in need.  Shoes 4 Schools was founded by Janet Chubinsky and operates with the help of volunteers. Shoes are collected and distributed to students throughout Pasco County. 

The event on June 1, will support our students by allowing guests of Florida Hospital's Center Ice to donate a new pair of shoes (all sizes) for a FREE skate rental to enjoy ice skating during public skate sessions (3 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.).  Click here for more information about the event.  To read more about Shoes 4 Schools, click here.  


2018 Pasco County Disaster Expo

The Pasco County Division of Emergency Management would like to invite you to the 2018 Disaster Expo on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m.  The expo will be held at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Center at 3032 Collier Parkway.  The goal of the expo is to provide as much property- and life-saving information, as it relates to disaster preparedness, to as many people as possible.  Below are community resources to help plan if you need to take action during a hurricane.


District Surplus Store One Day Sale

The surplus store has a vast inventory of surplus items no longer needed by the school district that will be for sale on Wednesday, June 6.  Click here for more information.


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Superintendent Browning, We would like to thank the following maintenance staff, Brent Mitchell, Scott Sokoll, and Taylor Savastano, who came out to help us with a repair in our front office.  They were not only very prompt in their response to our issue, but they worked around our testing schedule to ensure that students would not be interrupted.  We also would like to thank Dennis Maclean for making sure that he dispatched a crew to us quickly.  Thank you again everyone for the outstanding service to our school, students, and staff.  - Rick R. Saylor


Mrs. Kinzie, Our son Jeffrey has been in Mrs. Gallagher's TPK class for the past 2 years and is leaving for kindergarten the end of this week. I'm sure you are aware of this, but I had to take time and let you know from a parent's perspective just how amazing of a person she is. I know that teachers help kids every day and do it selflessly. Mrs. Gallagher does this day in and day out. What is so special about her and what she does is that she is literally changing her students' lives. She is making it possible for them to leave her class with the life skills and coping techniques that will allow them to be successful in not only the rest of their academic careers, but their day to day lives also. What she does on a daily basis is nothing short of amazing and quite honestly I do not know how she does it. The love and compassion she has for these children with all types of special needs is immense.
My wife and I have seen a drastic change in Jeffrey over the past two years and as hard as we work with him at home Mrs. Gallagher deserves a lot of the credit. She is passionate about each of her students and we can see it when Jeffrey comes home. He loves going to school. When I told him he has 5 days left of school until summer the first thing he asked me was is if he was still going to be able to see Ms. Kris. He was heartbroken when I told him he was graduating her class and he would have a different teacher next year. To be honest my wife and I feel the same way. We are very fortunate and blessed to have found her. She is truly an amazing teacher and a very special person. We are grateful to have shared this part of Jeffrey's journey with her.  - Sincerely, Jeff and Sara Clymer


Superintendent Browning, As we come to a close on our last culinary event of the year, I wanted to take a moment to tell you how proud I am of the culinary students at Wiregrass Ranch High School.  

This year they accmplished the following: 

  • They served 3,200 people in banquets this school year
  • That’s a total of 20 events across the school year from bake sales to formal catered events
  • They served 350 people alone at the Audi Wesley Chapel Grand Opening
  • They won First Place for the first time in school history at the Annual Cinderella Ball event
  • We achieved 100% success in pass rate on the Manager’s Food Handler National Certification Exam

The students learned a lot from events that were great and also unfortunately events that were frustrating.  That’s all part of the business and I’m glad they experienced it. - Jeremy S. Blythe

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