November 6, 2015

November 6, 2015

November 6, 2015

November 6, 2015

New Non-Instructional Evaluations

Human Resources & Educator Quality staff has been working hard to improve our non-instructional evaluation system.  Some groups of staff members were evaluated with the more in-depth assessment last year, and eventually all non-instructional staff will be evaluated using this format. There are two versions: one for “exempt” staff and one for “non-exempt” staff. Exempt staff generally includes salaried staff who do not earn overtime. Non-exempt staff generally includes hourly staff who are eligible for overtime.

The new format provides for more feedback and allows the evaluation to be used as a recognition/coaching tool that reflects current performance expectations. Improvements in the new forms include scaled ratings, more comment sections, and differentiated overall ratings. The forms also are entirely electronic and will be stored in the TrueNorthLogic system.

The new format will be rolled out gradually. By the 2016-2017 school year, all departments will be using it. Before that happens, HREQ staff will contact directors to introduce the new format and take their questions. In addition, an FAQ will be posted on the HREQ website.


Senate Committee Presentation

Career and Technical Education Director Terry Aunchman presented Tuesday, November 3, to the Florida Senate Subcommittee on Education Appropriations about the Tampa Bay Regional Aeronautics Academies program serving Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas students. Click here to watch his presentation and forward to the 4:00 mark to view his remarks. 


Food Truck Rally Today

Land O' Lakes High School is hosting a Food Truck Rally today from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will take place along Keppel Way, in front of John Benedetto Stadium. Come out to enjoy food, music, and fun!


Concert Today

The Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel presents the 2014 Grammy Award winner, Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, from the band Snarky Puppy. The concert is tonight, at 8:30 p.m. at 30651 Wells Road, in Wesley Chapel. Tickets are available online for purchase: $5 for students and $15 for adults.


Veterans Day Ceremony

On November 11, at 9 a.m., Pasco County Schools, along with the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office, will be hosting the 2nd annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony taking place at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. Congressman Gus Bilirakis will provide the keynote address, and Pasco student performances will give tribute to our nation’s veterans. The Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office will be sponsoring an essay contest for fourth grade students themed “What Freedom Requires Responsibility Means to Me.” The winning essay will be presented as part of the Veteran’s Day Ceremony on November 11. Students are asked to submit a 500 word essay for judging, with the top three essays receiving monetary prizes. Please see flyer for specific contest information.


Fall Instructional Job Fair


Pasco's Got Talent

The Center for the Arts at River Ridge presents Pasco's Got Talent. This talent showcase is on Sunday, December 13, at 3 p.m. Auditions will be held Monday, November 16, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 11646 Town Center Road, in New Port Richey. The top 20 performers or acts will be chosen for the showcase. Pasco's Got Talent is open to all Pasco County Schools employees and Pasco County residents. Call 727-774-7382 to register.


Flu Shot Schedule

Please check the schedule for flu shot times. Please take a moment to review and fill out the Consent Form. The completed form may be turned in to the CareHere nurses administering the vaccinations. The Vaccine Information Sheet is also available for review. If you have any questions, please feel free to call CareHere at 1-877-423-1330.



I would like to recognize Stephanie Bertig and her Career and Technical Education Digital Video Production class at WCHS for creating and shooting a commercial (see below) to promote TEDxPascoCountySchools. They worked closely with Jennifer Waselewski from Office for Teaching and Learning to develop this amazing product and their work will help promote the event throughout the district. Thank you to both Stephanie and Jennifer for coming together in the spirit of collaboration to make this project a success! -Tom Saxton, Program Coordinator, Career and Technical Education

Superintendent Browning: Please accept this letter in enthusiastic support of Joe Musselman, who continually goes above and beyond for the students of Hudson Middle School. As an educator and parent in the Pasco school district, I have had the pleasure of working with Joe for several years. He has proven himself highly effective as a communicator, leader, coach, and mentor. From my perspective as a parent and special educator, I have found Joe to be a model of collaborative leadership, with the wisdom to develop meaningful relationships with the school’s stakeholders as the basis for student education initiatives. Joe is reliable, dedicated and eternally honest. His ability to calm angry or frustrated parents and staff is unparalleled, and it is because of his excellence in this area that I acknowledge his passion and professionalism. Of particular value to me as a parent and educator, is Joe’s team player mind-set, enthusiastic embrace of change, ability to think outside the box and unwavering commitment to exceeding  expectations. I wanted to commend Joe for his outstanding level of service, professionalism and follow-through.  He is a hardworking professional who brings a well-grounded perspective to education.  Joe is truly a humble man which is an admirable quality. -Sue LaRoche, Compliance Resource Teacher, Shady Hills Elementary School, Dr. Mary Giella Elementary School and Pre-K

We would like to recognize Brenda Jordan (FNS) for being so responsive and accommodating with our requests for snacks in the buildings 3 and 8 vending machines. It may sound funny, but with working long hours we sometimes rely on vending snacks to get through the afternoon. Thank you, Brenda! -Alyssa J. Lipinski and Molly Blair. Office for Student Support Programs and Services

Congratulations to the Marchman Technical College chapter officers for earning the SkillsUSA Florida Statesman Award!

STEM in action at Woodland Elementary

Woodland Elementary students use Rigamajig to learn about adding and subtracting decimals in a fun hands-on way. STEM in action!

Dr. Emily Brown: Orange Level Conference: Setting a Power Goal

IRLA: Dr. Emily Brown from the American Reading Company demonstrates how to set a power goal.