September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016

Superintendent's Message

The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC) recently approached Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas school districts about Extra Yard for Teachers (EYTF) Week. Across the country this Saturday (last day of EYTF Week), teams will honor teachers on the field, during their games. CFP and TBSC contacted the three districts and asked each to submit 10 teachers to honor during Saturday's football game between The Florida State University and the University of South Florida (30 total from the Tampa Bay Region). After consulting with area superintendents and members of Superintendent’s Staff, 10 stand-out educators were selected who epitomize our district’s mission, vision, and key priorities. Congratulations to our honorees:

  • Elizabeth Behner, Pine View Middle School
  • Donald Blake, Fred K. Marchman Technical College
  • Stephanie Carter, Pasco eSchool
  • David Frias, Lacoochee Elementary School
  • Gayle Khodian, Seven Springs Middle School
  • Debra Lanphear, Longleaf Elementary School
  • Hope Moore, Deer Park Elementary School
  • Megan Moran, New River Elementary School
  • Megan Riley, Bayonet Point Middle School
  • Bobbi Starling, Centennial Middle School

If you know any of these outstanding educators, congratulate and encourage their efforts to provide student achievement.



Extra Yard for Teachers

The 2017 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship will be held in Tampa on January 9, 2017, and the CFP Foundation has partnered with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC) to honor teachers and students in the Pasco, Hillsborough, and Pinellas school districts. There will be several school-focused events leading up to the National Championship honoring Pasco teachers, students, and staff. Click here for more detailed information. There are two great upcoming CFP events honoring Tampa Bay Area teachers:

1. Extra Yard for Teachers Week is September 17-24

Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) Week is September 17-24. It will increase awareness for the EYFT initiative, a program that helps countless teachers, students and classrooms across America. The District School Board of Pasco County has joined the College Football Championship Foundation in proclaiming September 17 through 24 as Extra Yard for Teachers Week.  We encourage students, parents and staff to record “Thank a Teacher” videos and to post them on social media with the hashtag #thankateacher to increase awareness for the EYFT initiative, and to let teachers know how much impact they have on people’s lives.To view a recap of 2015 EYFT Awareness Week, click here.

2. Extra Yard 5K

The Extra Yard 5K offers a chance for locals as well as out-of-town fans to take part in championship weekend. The event includes a 5K race as well as a 1-mile Fun Run along a portion of the course. Live entertainment, activities with race sponsors, and a post-race awards ceremony are all included in the experience. All proceeds benefit the Extra Yard for Teachers programming.

This year’s race will be held in the heart of Championship Campus in downtown Tampa and will incorporate a scenic route down a portion of iconic Bayshore Boulevard. Click here to register. Pasco teachers receive a $10 discount by entering promo code TEACH.

EYFT on Social Media

We encourage you to like, follow, retweet, and share the following social media accounts leading up to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game:




What's in a Name?

Would you like to help us name Elementary B in Bexley Ranch and High School GGG on Old Pasco Road? Let us know what you think these schools should be named by emailing Debbie Hebert in our district's Communications and Government Relations. Both schools will open at the start of the 2017-18 school year.


Open Enrollment Begins in October

Open Enrollment begins October 1st and ends October 31st. The District will be hosting the annual Benefit and Wellness Fair at Land O' Lakes High School on October 1st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flu shots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to schedule your appointment with an enroller.


Attention All Dads!

On September 28, the Florida Department of Education will observe Dads Take Your Child to School Day statewide. This initiative is a wonderful opportunity for dads or other male role models to get involved in their child’s education and to highlight the significant difference they can make by taking an active role in education. The Dads Take Your Child to School Day toolkit is now available on the FDOE Family Engagement/Parental Involvement website.


Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair


FATE Annual Conference

The Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE) Annual Conference is on October 7 through 8, at Saint Leo University. The cost to attend is $75, which includes:

  • FATE membership for one year
  • Friday, October 7, Conference Event Access
    • View the Student Showcase;
    • Listen to guest speaker Dave Burgess, author of Teach Like a Pirate; and
    • Meet other FATE members during the reception.
  • Saturday, October 8, Conference Event Access
    • Enjoy a continental breakfast;
    • Attend a two hour training: Building Academic Vocabulary with Foldables by a Dinah Zike representative;
    • Learn along with other FATE members during the breakout sessions;
    • Celebrate during the awards luncheon with guest speaker Jeff Borden, Saint Leo University's CIO; and
    • Attend break out sessions.

Registration is now open! Click here to register and learn more.


Community Information

Pasco County Government

Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley

As we approach the 2016 Primary and General Elections, Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley has prepared a voter guide so you can #BeElectionReady. This guide contains information regarding:

  • Bookclosing Dates
  • Election Dates
  • Vote By Mail Sign-up
  • Elections Terminology Definitions

The Pasco Supervisor of Elections Office can be reached at 1-800-851-8754.

Zika Virus

Click here for information about protecting yourself and your family from the Zika virus.  The district is adding links and information to the Health Information page on the Parents portal.


Student Spotlight Nominations

Every week during the school year, School Matters will provide a "Student Spotlight," highlighting the unique accomplishments and interesting achievements of our student body. If you would like to nominate a student, please email Anna Marquez. Include the student's name, school, and what makes this student special. If chosen, Communications and Government Relations staff will then interview the student, include the content in School Matters, and post the content on our social media pages.



Superintendent Browning, I want to send a HUGE shout out to Patty Nguyen, our BCBS On-Site Representative. She has worked tirelessly with me for OVER A YEAR to resolve an insurance coverage issue. Without her help, I don’t think I would have actually gotten my procedure covered, nor received the refund from the doctors. She is an AMAZING asset to our district and I was lucky to have her in my corner.  -Stephanie Carter, Lead Teacher and Science Instructor, Pasco eSchool

Superintendent Browning, Carol Gargano in Office for Technology and Information services has worked in Pasco County for over 20 years.  She has always gone above and beyond her call of duty to assist teachers, staff and administrators. Fran, Gaby, Tara and Karen from AHS would like to thank Carol for her instruction, support and quick turn around time as we tag and inventory all of the school’s textbooks. Thank you, Carol! -Karen Fenton, Science and Technology, Anclote High School

Southwest Area Superintendent Tammy Berryhill, I just have to report to you how grateful and appreciative I am for Jennifer Seebaran.  She kicked off our Science PD at Cotee River this week.  Her professional development was chunked in a way that staff members were learning so much and they just raved about how much her professional development helped them.  Starting the year off with PD that creates excitement and is meaningful, assist the coaches here at CRES for success.  She does a great job relating to the day to day grind of the everyday teacher.   She never wants any attention on herself but she is a huge asset to the SW region.  Our regional team has the finest curriculum experts in Pasco County! -Kara Owen, Learning Design Coach, Cotee River Elementary School

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

Do you know a great teacher? Use #thankateacher to help us celebrate them.

Cambridge Programme at Pasco Middle School

Great teaching and learning is happening in the Cambridge Programme at Pasco Middle School in Dade City.

Department Spotlight

Athletics Unit

Staff Spotlight

Debby Anstaett
Social Behavior Program (SBP) and Varying Exceptionality (VE)
Substitute Teacher

Click here to read her interview.

Student Spotlight

Katie Kelly
Fivay High School

Click here to read her interview.


Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and cancer is the leading cause of death by disease of children in the U.S. Here are some facts:

  • Every three minutes a child is diagnosed.
  • 15,780 U.S. children are diagnosed yearly.
  • 1/285 are diagnosed before age 20.
  • 1/4 will die from cancer or side effects.
  • 2/3 will develop long term side effects from chemo drugs, such as loss of hearing and vision, heart and kidney disease, secondary cancers, learning disabilities, and infertility.
  • 40,000 children are under treatment yearly.
  • Each day infants and children endure surgeries and chemo drugs with a smile.
  • 4% of NCI funding goes for pediatric cancer research and there have only been three new drugs in the last 20 years.

Learn more about real stories of children with cancer:


DC Country Jam 2016

DC Country Jam 2016 will be held on Saturday, October 8, at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. This year's concert benefits the Thomas E. Weightman Middle school band; the Pasco Middle School Angler Club and Future Farmers of America; and the Pasco High School band, girls soccer, and girls weightlifting team. DC Country Jam, Inc. is in the process of creating a $500.00 music scholarship to award to a graduating senior pursuing a career in music. Last year, $14,000 was raised for new instruments and student organizations. Click to here to view this year's promotional video. 


Red Ribbon Week

This year's Red Ribbon Week theme is Y.O.L.O. (You Only Live Once): Be Drug Free™.


2nd Annual Pasco County Out of the Darkness Walk

Please join us on Saturday, November 5, for Pasco County's 2nd Annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk! Registration for this event is free. Below is the schedule:

  • Registration: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Opening Ceremony: 11 a.m.
  • Walk begins: 11:30 a.m.
  • Closing ceremony: 1 p.m.

Click here to create your own team/join a team for the Pasco County Out of the Darkness Community Walk.


Veterans Day Program

We are creating a tribute again this year to all of our employees who are veterans to show at the district Veterans Day presentation, which is scheduled for Friday, November 11, at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge.  Andy Dunn will be creating a video to honor their service. If you are a veteran, please submit a photo to Andy Dunn by October 21.  If you sent a photo last year, you do not have to resubmit one this year.   You will receive more details about the Veterans Day celebration as the date approaches.


Fred K. Marchman Technical College Rededication Ceremony

The Fred K. Marchman Technical College Rededication Ceremony will take place on November 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fred K. Marchman Technical College. Click here for a copy of the Save the Date card.

Important Dates


  • 1-31: National Suicide Prevention Month
  • 1-31: Attendance Awareness Month
  • 1-31: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • 15 through October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • 17-24: Extra Yard for Teachers Week
  • 26-30: Celebrate Freedom Week