Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
October 12, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

October 12, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

October 12, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

October 12, 2017

Superintendent's Message

As the first quarter comes to a close, I hope that employees and students remain engaged while making positive strides toward their goals. Hurricane Irma was intense and disruptive, but it did bring us together. I have seen and heard countless examples of servant leadership displayed for our community. Thank you again to those who put others before themselves. With Thanksgiving next month, it is important that we maximize instructional time and continue building upon last year’s achievements. I’m confident that your preparation and dedication will continue to yield positive results in the classroom as we provide a world-class education for all students.

Individual and Household Assistance Available

After working closely with FEMA, Rep. Gus Bilirakis announced that Pasco County has been added to the list of counties that will receive Individual Assistance (IA) from FEMA. Residents can now make claims for individual assistance through FEMA by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.




Open Enrollment


Flu Shot Schedule

Click here to view the schedule for flu shots throughout our district.


Quarterly Surplus Store Opening

This quarter, the surplus store will be open Wednesday, October 25 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Building 1, 7301 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes. Click here for more information. 


Help the FASA Foundation Provide Hurricane Relief

During Hurricane Irma, school principals, district administrators, support staff, and teachers not only took care of their own families, but cared for thousands of others. They did so with humility and kindness. The Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA) asks every educator to consider helping raise funds for "back to school" supplies for kids and teaching materials that will not be reimbursed by insurance.

How to Help:

  • Donate online today through GoFundMe.
  • Raise $10 or more per person at your school. FASA will recognize contributions in the FASA Friday Facts and school locations that raise $1,000 or more will get a beautiful certificate for framing.

Please send checks to: 206B S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

The FASA Foundation will distribute 100 percent of the contributions to the four schools based upon need and student enrollment . Your gift is tax deductible and you will receive a receipt from the Foundation.


Phishing Email Information

Our district, like any large organization, has been sent by phishing scams via email. Click here for more information to prevent phishing scams that may be sent to you.


Pasco County Government


Your Vote Is Your Voice Contest

Pasco Seventh Grade Students can enter the Pasco Supervisor of Elections video contest. The contest deadline is November 3, and students must create a video showing:

  • How your vote is your voice
  • How we affect change and make a difference together
  • Importance of participating in the democratic process

Click here to access more information on the contest flyer.


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.


Gen Nano

The National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative are sending up the signal and asking for your help!  Gear up and compete in this year's Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science challenge. Sixth through twelfth grade students will compete for scholarship money and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival. There will be an honorarium for teacher(s) involved with the winning teams. Students may compete as individuals or as members of a two- to three-person team. They must create a superhero using science or tell their story in a short comic or video. The contest closes on January 8, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Click here to learn more. If you have questions, email the Gen Nano Team.

Newspapers in Education: Literacy Times

Click here to read the Tampa Bay Times Literacy Times webpage. 


Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes is an organization designed to give back to those who help make our communities a better place to live by offering real savings from local and national business partners, and real estate professionals. Heroes can find savings for the things they do and use every day. Qualifying heroes are military service members, medical personnel, first responders, non-profits, and educators. Click here to learn more.


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 fifth-twelfth 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.


Teacher Spotlight

Kerry Saddler

Algebra and Geometry Teacher, River Ridge High School

Staff Spotlight

Pam Saenz

First Grade TeacherOakstead Elementary School

Click here to learn more.


Jan Schmitz's Retirement Party

Jan Schmitz is retiring after 31 years of service to Pasco County Schools. She will be celebrating her retirement on Thursday, October 19, at 1:30 p.m., at the District Office Complex. Click here for more information.


Trick or Treat Around the Track

River Ridge High School is hosting this year's Trick or Treat Around the Track on October 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Jim Valentine Stadium. The stadium is located at 11646 Town Center Road, in New Port Richey. Dress up in your school-appropriate costume and visit booths for tasty treats! Don't forget to bring canned goods for those in need. For more information, click here, email sgrim@pasco.k12.fl.us, or call 727-774-7200.


Out of the Darkness Community Walk

This year's Walk to Fight Suicide will take place on Saturday October 28, at Sims Park, on Grand Boulevard and Bank Street, in New Port Richey. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the walk is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, please contact Marie Kelley at 205-370-3908, or view their flyer. Click here to register.


Head Start Awareness Month

October is Head Start Awareness Month. Click here to read the original presentation by President Ronald Reagan. According to the proclamation, a primary focus for Head Start programs is volunteers. Last year we had a total of 1042 volunteers! Please contact Angela Porterfield at 727-774-2730 if you would like more information.


Veterans Elementary Veterans Day BBQ

Veterans Elementary School is hosting a barbeque, in honor of veterans, on Friday, November 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you are a veteran or know a neighbor, community member, or family member who is, please call 813-346-1400 to RSVP or email Sharon Zurita by November 3. Click here for more information.


3rd Annual Pasco County All-Star Football Game

The 2017 Pasco County All-Star Game is Thursday, December 7, at 7 p.m. at Sunlake Field, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O' Lakes. Tickets are $10, and are available here, at all high school front offices, or at the ticket booth the day of the game. Click here to view the event flyer.



  • September 15-October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month
  • 1-31: Head Start Awareness Month
  • 1-31: Crime Prevention Month
  • 2-13: ESE Disability History and Awareness Weeks 
  • 1-31: National Bullying Prevention Month
  • 1-31: National Principals Month
  • 5: World Teachers Day
  • 8-14: Fire Prevention Week
  • 9-13: National School Lunch Week
  • 9: Columbus Day
  • 15-21: National Character Counts Week
  • 16-20: National School Bus Safety Week
  • 16: Boss's Day
  • 23-31: Red Ribbon Week


Superintendent Browning, In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation to Houston, Texas; Woodland Elementary School’s National Elementary Honor Society conducted a coin drive to support those impacted by the storm. All proceeds collected were to be earmarked for the American Red Cross. While Hurricane Irma was threatening our own homes, city, and schools, our Wranglers continued to donate for those in Texas. In three short days, we collected $530 to donate to the American Red Cross. -Amy Drury, Instructional Trainer Coach (ELA), Woodland Elementary

Deputy Superintendent Gadd, I just wanted to send you a quick note commending some students from a school we visited last night. My daughter is on the volleyball team at Seven Springs. Last night, we had an away game at Hudson Middle School. I can honestly say, they had the nicest, most welcoming, and polite girls on the opposing team. They thanked us for visiting their school and congratulated us on a great game. -Nicole Lewis, parent

Superintendent Browning, I am writing to make you aware of the stellar performance of one of your senior specialists, Tina Stavrou-Klem. Coming back to the classroom after 2.5 years as an instructional coach was an interesting transition for me and joining a new content added to the challenge. From the very first time I interacted with Tina at the Learning Symposium, I was met with collegiality and professionalism. I definitely felt like my lack of Social Studies specific experience was not a concern due to the various learning opportunities she brought to that symposium as well as her continued support that academic year. Tina has a large task of being a singular person supporting content K-12. Social Studies is not known for being a priority content with just two high-stakes tests. Yet Tina brings a passion and fervor to the content that inspires others to raise the bar. Her ability to recognize leadership and talent in school-based teachers and coaches has truly been a skill that has assisted her over the years with meeting the needs of her content teachers. I believe it is necessary to highlight her adaptability, focused work ethic, and commitment as contributors to her continued success as what I would like to refer to as the “one woman Social Studies show”. She truly is an asset to our content, our schools, and our district. -Heather Schuster, Social Studies Teacher Leader, Gulf Middle School

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