October 8, 2015

October 8, 2015

October 8, 2015

October 8, 2015

Let’s Work Together to Address Accountability Shortcomings

Last weekend, Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins, Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Mike Grego, and I stood united and published an editorial that was featured in the Tampa Bay Times and the The Tampa Tribune on school grades and our accountability system. Click here to read our comments.


Professional Development

Please click here for the trainings that are offered for semester one (2015 - 2016) from the Offices of Professional Development and School Supports. You can sign up for these trainings in myPGS.


School Bus Safety Week

According to the National Association for Pupil Transportation, "National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties - to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week - held during the third week in October each year." Let’s recognize all of our committed drivers and Transportation staff for all they do each and every day to deliver students safely to and from school.


October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month


National School Lunch Week


October 12 – 16 is National School Lunch Week. Because October also is National Farm to School Month, we’ve incorporated Farm to School as our theme. The following schools will be hosting events:

  • Elementary
    • Marlowe Elementary
    • Lake Myrtle Elementary
    • Odessa Elementary
    • Connerton Elementary
    • Sunray Elementary
    • San Antonio Elementary
    • Chester Taylor Elementary
    • Sanders Memorial Elementary
  • Secondary
    • Pine View Middle
    • Gulf Middle
    • Zephyrhills High


FDOT Five-Year Work Program Public Hearing

The Public Hearing for the FY 2017 – 2021 Tentative Work Program will be held on October 28 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.


Upcoming Flu Shots and Blood Drive

Flu Shots       
CareHere will be offering flu shots onsite in Building 1 on Tuesday, October 13 from 7:00 am-9:00 am and 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. Come through the front door, you will see a conference room straight in front of you. You have arrived! The flu shots are being offered at no cost to all insured and non-insured employees. Be sure to bring your badge with you. Please take a moment to review and fill out the Consent Form prior to the event. The completed form may be turned in to the CareHere nurses administering the vaccinations on the day of the event. The Vaccine Information Sheet is also available for review. If you cannot get your flu shot on October 13, please check the schedule for additional times. If you have any questions, please feel free to call CareHere at 1-877-423-1330. 

Blood Drive      
OneBlood will hold a blood drive on Thursday, October 15 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm. The blood mobile will be parked in front of Building 1. All donors will receive a limited edition Halloween t-shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening! Please see the flyer above for more details. Be sure to bring your badge with you.



I wanted to let you know about an award one of your staff members has received. Joy Phillips was presented with the 2015 Voluntary Service of the Year Award from the Florida Recreation and Park Association. She works at Sunray Elementary and volunteers for us at the New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department. This is a huge award. There are 276 Parks and Recreation Departments in the State and they only present one Volunteer Award each year. Joy is a wonderful volunteer and she represents your School System in the most professional manner. -Elaine D. Smith, CPRP, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of New Port Richey, Florida

From Left to Right in the photo:  Jack Kardys, President Elect of FRPA, Joy Phillips and Joan Byrne, President of FRPA.

Brian Schultz: I want to thank you and your team for all of your work at our school. As you know, unusual circumstances presented a few weeks ago and the support of your team has not gone unnoticed. Noreen has acclimated very well to DBES. She has built relationships with both the teachers and the students she is working with. I know her time with us is more than any of us expected but I want you to know how essential it is to the progress of the family. She continues to partner with us and I feel certain that all of our work together will lead to success for our kiddos! Thanks again for all you do and thank you for allowing Noreen the additional time in our building. -Vaughnette Chandler, Principal, Double Branch Elementary


Pasco County Schools' school psychologists build breast cancer awareness by wearing pink to their staff meeting.

Students explore manufacturing at PharmaWorks

Sunlake High School's robotics class visited PharmaWorks Inc., a local pharmaceutical thermoformer manufacturing facility.

How to Use the Calendar to Register for a Training

How to Register for a Training in myPGS using the calendar.