October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015

Legislators Visit Aeronautics Academy

Senator John Legg and Representatives Danny Burgess and Amanda Murphy joined Pasco Superintendent Kurt Browning and Pasco County School Board Members Allen Altman, Cynthia Armstrong, Alison Crumbley, Joanne Hurley, and Steve Luikart for a tour of the Tampa Bay Regional Aeronautics Academy at Sunlake High School on September 29. Click here for more.


FDOT Five-Year Work Program Public Hearing

The Public Hearing for the FY 2017 – 2021 Tentative Work Program will be held on October 28th at West Pasco Government Center, Basement Training Room located at 8731 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey, Florida, 34654, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. More information about this project can be found here.


The Great Escape

The Great Escape is a 5K Run held on the property of the Land O' Lakes Detention Center. Some of your adventure will be in the back woods and some will be in fields. Be prepared for a lot of mud and challenging obstacles! The Mud Run portion of this event is for all individuals 14 years of age and up. The fun will not only be for the participants.  We will have K-9 Demonstrations, a childrens obstacle course for those 13 and under. There will also be slides, jump houses, music and food. Admission to join the fun and not participate in the mud run will be $5.00. If you participate in the Mud Run, everything else is free. Kids under 5 are free. For more information, including registration, click here.


National Custodial Workers Recognition Day

This is a day set aside to show appreciation to custodial workers across the nation. National Custodial Workers Recognition Day is observed annually on October 2. Custodial workers operate behind the scenes and are often unappreciated for the hard work that they do day after day keeping our schools and offices clean and well-maintained. These people are an important part of the success of Pasco County Schools. If you are a custodial worker, we at Pasco County Schools want to wish you a Happy National Custodial Workers Recognition Day. If you know a custodial worker, THANK THEM today! Additionally, you can use #CustodialWorkersRecognitionDay to post on social media.

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Christian Benson, Sophomore, LOLHS Academy of Culinary Arts, High School Student Chef of the Year

Christian Benson was recognized by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Tampa Bay Culinary Association organization for his achievements, efforts in the community for the past 3 years. Christian has not missed an event which included;  5 ACF Chef Cooking Practicals, Chapter events and meetings. Christian has volunteered his time and energy towards becoming a true culinary professional!  We not only awarded Christian with this honor, we also have made a $500 donation to Christian Benson once he applies and is accepted to the Culinary College of Choice. -Chef Michael Rigberg, CEC, CCA, AAC, President of the ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association

USF is recognizing Chris Christoff on October 9th, with the Spirit of Partnership Alumni Award. Chris has worked very closely and ardently with the USF Educational Leadership and Policy Studies faculty and alumni in coordination of the Gulf Coast Partnership Race to the Top Job Embedded principal preparation program. The primary goal for the USF/GCP collaborative job-embedded principal preparation program is to prepare leaders who will increase administrator, teacher, and staff effectiveness while raising academic achievement for all students, particularly in high-needs schools. His commitment to leadership development has been instrumental to creating a meaningful and robust partnership that serves to inform USF’s program development and its articulation with the demands of the district principal pipeline. Chris’ partnership commitments, places USF’s program as the provider of choice in the district. Chris has a strong belief in empowering teachers through the process of action research and working within professional learning communities. Christoff is co-author of “Empowering the Voice of the Teacher Researcher” with USF professor Dr. Roger Brindley. -Joe Groppe, Trainer/Coach, Office for Professional Development

Congratulations to Vicky King on being chosen as the 2015 Florida Coach of the Year at the Special Olympics Florida Gala on September 26, 2015 held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. Here is a summary provided by Special Olympics Florida. -Valerie Lundin

A.V.E. for Success

This summer, school district staff from more than 40 districts engaged in developing a digital tool that every school teacher and parent can easily use to teach a standard or skill in math, science, social studies, language arts, ELL, ESE and CTE.  District teachers who participated include Tara Adams, Sharlene Byrd, Kathy Chois, Tera Cignetti, Cynthia Haring, Michelle Hock, LuAnn Masse, Nicole Sharkey, Sharon Snead, and Dianna Partin.

Today, the Florida Association of School Administrators released more than 150 collections of digital resources on the iTunes U platform for teachers, parents and students to help transform teaching and learning by providing course resources Aligned to the Florida Standards, Vetted by teachers, and Embraced by students; creating an A.V.E. (avenue) for Success. The collections include courses for grades 6-12 and career and technical education.  FASA is currently completing the program for Pre-K thru 5 and will stay in touch on the progress.

Every course and each recommended material (most free/some commercial) has been carefully vetted by school district teachers or staff to ensure the best quality targeted resource to teach the grade, course, standard and interest level. There are over 20,300 digital resources that have been added to the collections. We could not have accomplished this task without the help of nearly 300 teachers and curriculum specialists.

Please download the courses today for the valuable tool.

FSA ELA, Math, and EOC Results

On Wednesday, the Department of Education released district-level and school-level FSA T-scores from the spring 2015 administration.  Student results will be released toward the end of October.  The Accountability, Research and Measurement Department report contains school-by-school mean T-scores and calculates proposed proficiency levels for each school and exam, based on the proposed cut scores released by the state earlier this week.


Pasco CTE Director Terry Aunchman toured & operated a simulator at ProFlight East Cost Training Center.

Pasco Legislators tour the Tampa Bay Regional Aeronautics Academy at Sunlake High School

On September 29, Pasco legislators toured the aeronautics academy and heard from students, instructors, and business partners.