Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
September 7, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

September 7, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

September 7, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

September 7, 2017

Superintendent's Message

Hurricane Irma Update for Employees


Hurricane Shelters Open Ahead of Irma

Shelters open Friday, September 8

Pasco County is opening hurricane shelters for residents who would like to leave their home ahead of Hurricane Irma on Friday, September 8:

  • 8 a.m.
    • Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter, 11611 Denton Ave., Hudson
  • 11 a.m.
    • Fivay High School, 12115 Chicago Ave., Hudson (Pet-friendly)
    • River Ridge Middle/High School, 11646 Town Center Rd., New Port Richey
    • Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Rd., Wesley Chapel
    • Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel (Pet-friendly)
    • Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., Land O' Lakes (Pet-friendly)
    • Centennial Middle School, 38505 Centennial Rd., Dade City (Pet-friendly)
    • Thomas E. Weightman Middle School, 30649 Wells Rd., Wesley Chapel
    • New River Elementary School, 4710 River Glen Blvd., Wesley Chapel
    • Raymond B. Stewart Middle School, 38505 Tenth Ave., Zephyrhills
  • 4 p.m.
    • Longleaf Elementary School, 3253 Town Ave., New Port Richey
    • Odessa Elementary School, 12810 Interlaken Rd., New Port Richey
    • Schrader Elementary School, 11041 Little Rd., New Port Richey
    • Trinity Elementary School, 2209 Duck Slough Blvd., New Port Richey

*Please click here for a list of supplies to bring with your pet.
Citizens should first attempt to find shelter with neighbors, relatives or friends. If that is not an option, citizens can self-evacuate directly to the shelter. Pasco County will provide transportation for residents who need assistance getting to a shelter if they call Pasco County Customer Service at 727.847.2411.

*Note: Please plan to eat a meal before you arrive at the shelter, as lunch will not be served Friday, September 8, 2017. The first meal served to shelter residents will be dinner Friday evening. Shelter residents are encouraged to bring snacks/water for their own use.

Pasco County also provides a shelter program for residents who have special needs. Special needs residents must contact Pasco County Customer Service at 727.847.2411 to register for accommodation at the Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter, located at 11611 Denton Ave., Hudson.

Click here for updates on Hurricane Irma and for the latest actions Pasco County is taking. Citizens are also encouraged to visit the Pasco County Emergency Management website for more information about preparing for hurricanes or other disasters.


Pasco Schools to Close on Friday

Based on what we know now, and after consultation with Pasco County emergency operations leaders, Pasco County will need to open shelters in schools beginning Friday morning. That means all schools will be closed on Friday.

All sports and extracurricular activities are canceled for Friday and over the weekend.

All Administrative, Professional/Technical, and non-bargaining employees should plan to report to work on Friday unless they have coordinated the absence with their supervisor. Maintenance employees should coordinate with their respective supervisors regarding their status for Friday. Food Service and Transportation employees may also be contacted to assist with shelter, evacuation, or other emergency operations during the storm.

There’s a good chance that schools will be closed on Monday due to sheltering requirements, but no decision has been made in that regard. We will contact everyone on Sunday by phone and email, and will post information on the district and school websites and on district social media sites. We also will notify media as decisions are made.

We urge everyone to continue to make preparations. Employees are urged to move items off of floors to avoid possible destruction from flooding. Those with personal items at work may want to take them home. Everyone is reminded to secure their homes and stock up on flashlight batteries, water and non-perishable foods. Don’t forget pets.

Everyone be safe! We will continue to post updates online, and will be in touch regarding the status of schools next week.

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Teacher Evaluation Agreement Reached

The United School Employees of Pasco and Pasco County Schools have signed a revised agreement for 2017-2018 teacher evaluations. The one-year agreement is the result of joint efforts to improve evaluations, so that greater emphasis is placed on professional coaching and growth. The procedural revisions are expected to reduce or eliminate much of the concern previously reported as a byproduct of the evaluation process and allow for a more collaborative approach. Click here for more detailed information.


Pasco County Government


Financial Fitness Group

Pasco County Schools has partnered with Financial Fitness group to offer all employees the Financial Fitness program! The Financial Fitness Program is an educational program that includes a financial fitness checkup, financial fitness academy, and financial fitness coach.

All employees are eligible to participate and will have access to a financial fitness coach for 30 days at no cost between September 1, and December 31. Participating employees may:

  • Complete an initial check-up through the financial fitness checkup
  • Access over 80 tutorials through the financial fitness academy
  • Access a personal coach free for 30 days through the financial fitness coach

Tutorials cover information from various topics, including:

  • Personal finance
  • Saving and investing
  • Basics

Covered employees who participate in the financial fitness academy may also earn rewards through the district’s Health and Wellness Incentive (HWI) Program! Click here or visit www.PascoGoHealthy.net to learn more.


2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

This year, the 23rd annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are searching for Florida's top youth volunteers. Prudential will be soliciting applications from 5th-12th grade students, and will announce the winners on February 6. Winning students will be brought to Washington April 28, through May 1, for four days of special recognition events, along with the top two applicants from every other state and the District of Columbia. Here is more information:

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, the nation's largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service, has honored more than 120,000 youth volunteers over the past 22 years at the local, state and national level.


PHSC Dual Enrollment Agreement 

The 2017-2018 Dual Enrollment Agreement was board approved on August 1. Please view the summary of changes to ensure you have the most up to date information on the agreement. Contact Samantha Del Valle or Lynn Young with any dual enrollment questions. 

Senior Part-Time Status Requests

A current senior can only make a request for part-time status during their last year of enrollment in high school. The student must also be experiencing a hardship or have an extenuating circumstance that makes the request necessary. If a request is made the following process will be utilized:

  • The administrator and/or school counselor will complete the part-time status request form and send it to Samantha Del Valle and Lynn Young
  • The email will include the reason the request is being made. 
  • Samantha and Lynn will review the requests weekly and then will send the information and their recommendation to Superintendent Staff for final review.  
  • Once this process is completed the school will be notified of the approval or denial of the request.

Please contact Samantha Del Valle with questions.

Core Content Professional Development

The Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL) is now offering core content professional development (PD) for teachers this year. Please refer to the Core PD Schedule for times and locations for fall trainings. Teachers who teach more than one grade level should attend the day for their assigned PLC. Thank you, Bayonet Point Middle School, Cypress Creek Middle High School, Fivay High School, and Wesley Chapel High School, for hosting some of these events! OTL specialists will assist schools with arranging substitutes for professional development days, which can be challenging when large groups of teachers are out on the same day.  Please complete this form with the contact information for your school's substitute coordinator.


LEAD Aspiring Leaders Program

On Wednesday, September 20, Pasco County Schools is hosting the LEAD Aspiring Leaders Kick-off and Information Session. If you are interested in this professional development opportunity, please click here to sign into Office 365 and complete the form. If you have questions, please contact Rebecca Younglove at 813-794-2710.

Student Spotlight

Everyone Can Code

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POSTPONED: Retirement Celebration

Joan Incaudo

Due to pending weather and school closure, Joan Incaudo's retirement party has been rescheduled to September 15, at 5 p.m. If you would like additional information, please contact Tina Sammartino at 813-794-2594.


National Guard to Visit Hudson High School JROTC

The National Guard will visit the Hudson High School JROTC on Tuesday, September 26, at 7:30 a.m. They will bring a military Humvee and howitzer artillery gun, and fire blank rounds from the canon at the beginning of the first, second, third and sixth periods. The National Guard also will provide meals, ready-to-eat (MREs) and talk with students about the careers that its Florida force offers. For more information, contact Maj. Timothy Root, senior army instructor of JROTC, at (727) 774-4255.



Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Click here for information about childhood cancer. If you are interested, click here to learn more about what you can do to help.


Suicide Awareness Month

This month is also Suicide Awareness Month. Click here for more information.


Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Click here for more information, or visit http://www.attendanceworks.org

The Center for the Arts at River Ridge

Click here to view the 2017-2018 flyers for upcoming shows for Pre-K – 12 students and the public.


The Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel

Click here to view the 2017-2018 flyers for upcoming shows for Pre-K – 12 students and the public.



Tad Kledzik, I received a call from a citizen who wanted to say how appreciative she was for our driver and bus assistants help this morning. She ran out of gas in an intersection behind Wawa located at Ridge Rd. and Little Rd.  Our bus driver and assistant, Nancy and Dana, asked her if she needed help and they quickly went over and helped her push her car safely out of the intersection. The citizen was here on vacation and was so appreciative of the assistance she received. 
The bus driver is Nancy Lopata and the assistant is Dana Dalquest. -Christine Secone, West Compound Area Manager

Thank you Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the Student of the Month program for the past 20 years! It has made a tremendous impact on our students. 

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