October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016

Superintendent's Message

Pasco College Application Week: Monday, October 31 through Friday, November 4

It’s important that all of our schools cultivate a college-going culture – even elementary schools, which I know make it a practice to take students on college field trips to expose them to college campuses.  To further reinforce the opportunities a college education provides, we have declared October 1 through November 4 as Pasco College Application Week. The purpose of this week is to position every high school senior to complete at least one (1) postsecondary application. During this week, high schools should find creative ways to excite students about their future. Here are some helpful resources, provided by the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) and Apply Yourself Florida, that we have shared with our high schools.

Remember, in order to qualify for these gift codes, your school's site coordinator (appointed teacher or counselor) must use the registration link above by November 1. Schools qualify immediately for a $350 DonorsChoose gift code upon registration. A school can qualify for the remaining $150 by having the site coordinator complete a brief project survey by December 1. The survey will include the number of students participating and the number of college applications completed. The gift codes can be used for College Application Week activities, or accumulated for other college culture-building activities.

FCAN and the Helios Education Foundation are providing DonorsChoose gift codes up to $500 for each high school! Here are some helpful links as you prepare your schools for Pasco College Application Week:

Finally, if you would like district or media coverage, please contact Spencer Pylant, Communications and Government Relations liaison, at 813-794-2259. Please work with your school counselors, career specialists, teachers, and/or designees on this initiative! Stay tuned for more education events as we approach the CFP National Championship in Tampa!



College Culture Classroom Grant

The Florida College Access Network (FCAN), the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC), and Helios Education Foundation are providing DonorsChoose grant initiatives for Pasco teachers. The goal is to strengthen the college-going culture in the Tampa Bay region through projects submitted through DonorsChoose.

  • Award: Full funding of a DonorsChoose project
  • Deadline: November 1
  • Eligibility: One grant per full-time Pasco teacher
  • How to Enter:
    • Register intent to apply by November 1
    • Follow Pasco's grant procedures.
    • Create a DonorsChoose project for supplies that will help build a college-going culture in your classroom, such as career interests, college campus visits, field trips, applied learning activities, etc., by November 1
    • Include “College Culture Classroom Project” in your project description and check “College Planning” as your project’s subject area.
    • If you have questions, email crtb@floridacollegeaccess.org.


Engaging Our Teachers

We want to celebrate our amazing teachers!  The Communications and Government Relations Department photographers are looking for classroom stories to tell through video.  If you have an exciting or interesting hands-on lesson planned, please call the department at 813-794-2717 or email Andy Dunn at least two days in advance and we will make every effort to come to your school.




Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment ends at midnight on October 31st. Click here to schedule your appointment with an enroller.


Veterans Day Ceremony

Pasco County schools will be open on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, because it’s important to me that all of our students honor and recognize our veterans.  To assure that students are learning about the sacrifices our veterans make for us, the expectation is that all students view the third annual district-wide celebration in honor of veterans during class. The program will broadcast on Facebook Live on the district’s Facebook page from the Center for the Arts at River Ridge beginning at 9 a.m. Join me, Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley, and keynote speaker Michael Ciminna, Congressman Gus Bilirakis' district director. We will also have a special surprise presentation and student patriotic music performances. Watch the live-stream by clicking on the Veterans Day banner on the district homepage or by visiting www.facebook.com/pascoschools. Elementary schools can view the program after it is complete through the district’s Facebook page.


Feeding Pasco's Kids Food Drive

The Pasco Sheriff's Office annual Feeding Pasco's Kids food drive is now accepting both monetary and food donations.  Like last year's event, the proceeds from the Feeding Pasco's Kids food drive will homeless children and students in Pasco County Schools.  Other recipients include the Salvation Army, Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter in Dade City, God's Food 4 Life in Lacoochee and The Thomas Promise Foundation in Zephyrhills.

Donation boxes have been placed in the lobbies of Pasco Sheriff's Office buildings and a number of area churches.  Monetary donations can be made by check or money order to Pasco Sheriff's Charities, with Food Drive in the "For" line. They can be mailed to Food Drive Donations, Pasco Sheriff's Charities, 8700 Citizen Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34654. All donations must be received by Friday, December 9.

If you would like to donate or have any questions about Feeding Pasco's Kids, please contact the Sheriff's Community Relations Office at 1-727-844-7759, Monday - Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Local Government

Pasco County


Pasco Supervisor of Elections

As we approach the 2016 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
  • Elections Terminology Definitions

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


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay Informational Sessions

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is hoping that this holiday season people will give of their most precious commodity -- their time.
With more than 50 children in Pasco County on the waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister, the nation’s largest youth mentoring organization has streamlined its enrollment process to make becoming a volunteer mentor quicker and easier than ever. Throughout the month and at three locations in the county (New Port Richey, Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel), Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts orientation and training sessions that, when completed, leaves the potential volunteer 90 percent through the enrollment process.

Adult mentors, called “Bigs,” can choose between several programs. There is a school-based program, where the Big visits his or her “Little” one hour a week at their school or afterschool program. Or they can choose the community-based program, sharing a minimum of 8 hours per month with their Little doing fun things like going to the movies, shopping, playing mini-golf or enjoying the many donated sports and theater tickets that BBBS provides for the matches.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay serves children in seven counties and had nearly 3,000 matches in 2015. The success of the program is impressive, with 99 percent of the children in the program last year staying out of the juvenile justice system, and 97 percent being promoted to the next grade level. To learn more about becoming a mentor, please plan to attend one of the following orientation and training events:

  • Saturday, November 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center - 6630 Van Buren, in New Port Richey
  • Monday, November 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Rasmussen College - 18600 Fernview Street, in Land O’ Lakes
  • Tuesday, November 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Wesley Chapel Honda - 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd., in Wesley Chapel
  • Saturday, December 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center - 6630 Van Buren, in New Port Richey
  • Monday, December 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Rasmussen College - 18600 Fernview Street, in Land O’ Lakes
  • Tuesday, December 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Wesley Chapel Honda -27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd., in Wesley Chapel

For a complete list of orientation dates and locations, click here and follow the “volunteer” links. For more information please contact Deb Kristol-Irwin, Director of Partnership Development for Pasco County at 813-997-6881.



I'd like to recognize Annette Boatright - school social worker at CHES/CHMS. She really dives into the essential work of both creating sustainable systems and building trauma-informed awareness and practices with the teams she supports. She is a strong advocate for children, an active and supportive team member, and a dedicated change agent. Annette knows what it takes to help students succeed and she works hard every day to achieve this goal, all while bringing a reassuring, calming, and validating presence to her teams.  -Jamie Gray, School Psychologist

Principal Latoya Jordan, I just wanted you to know what a pleasure it is to come to work each day at Lacoochee Elelmentary front office. I also wanted to comment on what a pleasure Tracy Sanderson is to work with in the office. Tracy is a fountain of information and patience and always has a smile on her face.  She goes the extra mile for students and staff members alike. Tracy is an asset to our office staff and a friendly face to all she meets, making our jobs that much more pleasant. Have a great day and keep up the good work!  -Mary Weaver

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

Florida First Lady Ann Scott shared her love of literacy and read to Woodland Elementary School students.

New Teacher Academy visits Hudson Elementary

River Ridge High School's newly formed New Teacher Academy is partnering with Hudson Elementary School.

Student Spotlight

Ryan Savoldy
12th Grade
Fivay High School

Click here to read his interview.

Staff Spotlight

Debora Lebron
Instructional Assistant
Thomas E. Weightman Middle School

Click here to read her interview.


Red Ribbon Week

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


RESORCE Recycling Club

The RESORCE Recycling Club is hosting an event at North Trinity Self Storage, 4234 Little Road, in New Port Richey, on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Teachers can pick up free craft supplies to be "Re-Used" in their classrooms such as binders, file folders, old greeting cards and magazines, egg cartons, coffee containers, clean and dry yogurt cups, paper towel rolls, etc.


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.


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.


Flapjack 5K

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce are hosting the 23rd Annual Flapjack 5K and 1-mile Run on Sunday, December 11, at 8 a.m. at the Land O' Lakes Recreational Complex. It is being held in memory of former Land O' Lakes High School track and field coach, Kris Keppel. Register today by clicking here. If you would like more information, please click here to view the event flier.

Important Dates


  • 1-31: Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month
  • 1-31: National Bullying Prevention Month
  • 1-31: National Principals Month
  • 1-31: Polish-American Heritage Month
  • 23-31: Red Ribbon Week
  • 24: Report Cards