September 11, 2015

September 11, 2015

September 11, 2015

September 11, 2015

Remember September 11

All Pasco schools observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. All flags should be flown at half-staff. Take time to remember the victims and their families, as well as the members of our Armed Forces and first responders, who fight to keep us safe each day.


Revised Evaluation Forms

The Office for Human Resources and Educator Quality (HREQ) revised the evaluation forms to be used with non-instructional staff.  For the 2015-2016 school year, we are rolling the forms out to all non-instructional staff who are evaluated by supervisors working at the district office. All non-instructional staff evaluated by school-based administrators will use the previous forms for 2015-2016 and will be transitioned to the new forms over the summer, for rollout in 2016-2017.

The content of the form has been slightly adjusted to reflect up-to-date expectations, though the foundational principles of the previously-used form are integrated within. For example, quantity and quality of work are no longer separate components, but are now rolled into a category titled, "Work Performance." The rating scale also has changed to allow for differentiated scoring of employee performance. Employees can now earn a rating of 1-5 on each component of the evaluation, resulting in an overall rating of Highly Effective, Above Expectations, Meets Expectations, Below Expectations, and Unsatisfactory.

HREQ will be offering voluntary training sessions later in the fall and early spring to help supervisors use the new forms.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Kara Deschenes ( or ext. 42150). We also anticipate the forms will be available for use in True North Logic after winter break, which will allow supervisors to complete all evaluations electronically through that platform.


District Receives Award

Pasco County Schools has been recognized by the Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance (FTCA) for our commitment and dedication to our employee's health and wellness. FTCA will present a Silver Level Award at an upcoming board meeting.


Nine District Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced today that nine Pasco County high school students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. The Pasco County Schools students recognized are:

  • Grace O. Dietsch, Wiregrass Ranch High School
  • Aimee G. Fernandez, Land O’ Lakes High School
  • Maya A. Henning, Land O’ Lakes High School
  • Alyson G. Logrono, Land O’ Lakes High School
  • Emily W. Luo, Land O’ Lakes High School
  • Grace Park, Land O’ Lakes High School
  • Francisco A. Pineda, Land O’ Lakes High School
  • Rea Rupani, Wiregrass Ranch High School
  • Melodie Spiegel, River Ridge High School

Thank you to each of the teachers who have invaluably contributed to the success of our National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!


Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair

Mark your calendar and save the date!  Employee Benefits will host its second annual Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair on Saturday, September 26, at Land O’ Lakes High School.  All employees and retirees who are eligible for coverage under the District’s group health plan are encouraged to attend. The Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair provides an opportunity for you to meet with representatives from benefit provider companies, ask questions about benefits and services, and assess your benefit needs for 2016. Check your email weekly for additional information about the upcoming open enrollment.


QUEST Project

How much do you know about the QUEST Project?  Most of you are aware of MyPGS, the educator effectiveness and PD enrollment and tracking system we’re now using.  That is an element of the QUEST Project.

The QUEST Project Team is working in collaboration with all departments and the QUEST Steering Committee on our Student Information System (SIS) and Digital Classroom Tool (LIIS), which will be available for our entire community of learners. 

Every district in Florida is required to develop a Local Instructional Improvement System (LIIS) that meets stakeholder needs for access to and use of data to inform instruction in the classroom, operations at the school and district, and program evaluation. An LIIS system includes an integrated solution incorporating curriculum, learning management system, assessment, professional development and data analytics that work seamlessly with an SIS (Student Information System).

An SIS is a unified software application that manages student information and records for an educational organization. This includes test scores, grades, credits, class rank, attendance, health records, demographic info, discipline, schedules, and academic history.

Implementing these new integrated systems requires some changes to our existing internal systems that will be rolled out incrementally.  You will be seeing more about the QUEST Project in future School Matters newsletters.  If you want to learn more about the project now, go to the website,, or Twitter, @PascoQUEST.


Professional Development

Work-plan Samples for Non Classroom Based Teachers:


My School Color Run

The My School Color Run, held on November 14, is a 5K course at Wesley Chapel High School. Organizers have planned for this run to be a fun community event.  If you pre-register by November 2, you are guaranteed a t-shirt! The run is $25 for those who pre-register or $30 the day of the race. Race check in begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 8:30 a.m. The course will be set up for 2 hours, but no timing will be provided. If you would like to record your time, please provide your own timing mechanism. Interested participants can register online by clicking here. Please email Eliza Passardi or call her at (813) 794-8700 with any questions or if you would be interested in a 1 mile fun course.


Beware of this Scam

Online scammers are exploiting a recent child's death by using his picture and encouraging Facebook users to "share" with other users. Their goal is to get as many Facebook likes as possible for their pages, which are called "like-farming scams." They often use the claim "one share equals one prayer." Followers are used later for other nefarious uses and sold to marketing firms.


Free Bike Helmet Giveaway

AMSCOT is hosting free bicycle helmet giveaways at select locations across Florida on October 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here are the following Pasco County locations: 

  • 3416 US Hwy 19 N, Holiday, FL 34691
  • 11932 US Hwy 19 N, Port Richey, FL 34668
  • 7707 Gall Boulevard, Zephyrhills, FL 33541
  • 21621 Village Lakes, Land O Lakes, FL 34639

If you have questions, or need more information, please contact Alex Bustos at (813) 637-6277.



Deer Park Elementary School would like to thank Mark Fox for sending Greg Rittenberry out to our school to paint our Project Lead the Way (PLTW) room and our Maker Space area in our media center. You made our innovative areas a vibrant place for students to work on engineering projects and creations. Our students and staff can’t stop talking about these areas and how the colors inspire their creativity. We couldn’t have done this without your help. -Megan Hermansen, Assistant Principal, Deer Park Elementary School

Libby Rossman: I wanted to send a special thank you! I cannot tell you how much it meant for you to help out the volleyball team with the volunteer applications. I was a nervous wreck yesterday, trying to figure out transportation and your kind act simply took all the stress away! I know that an emergency on my part does not constitute one for you, but you still helped us! -Trish Adams, Anclote High School Varsity Volleyball Coach

Pasco County Schools' students established an impressive track record with employers and their recruiters:  "We previously hired someone from your school [Fred K. Marchman Technical College] and he was a fantastic employee! We'd love to have 30 more of him!" -Cheryl Calderone, Recruiter, Feld Entertainment

A San Antonio Elementary student uses technology to enhance learning.

Project Lead the Way at Deer Park Elementary

Introducing the Launch Pad area and Project Lead the Way at Deer Park Elementary School.

Framework Focus: Overview Domain 1 Non-Classroom Based Teacher (NCBT)

This video contains an NCBT suggested activity with the intent that teachers become more familiar with this domain's elements.