November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015

Veterans Day Ceremony

On Wednesday, November 11, Pasco Schools held the largest Veterans Day event in Pasco County. Click the above video to watch our students honor our veterans.


District Office Complex Employee Recognition Awards

Congratulations to all of our nominees, winners, and outstanding staff! Here are our winners:

Outstanding Customer Service Awards

  • Denise Sheffield, Finance Assistant II, Office for Finance Services
  • Debbie Bowles, Administrative Assistant, NNB, Office for Human Resources and Educator Quality
  • Anthony Bartenope, Recycling Coordinator NNB, Maintenance Services
  • Stephanie Bunford, Buyer, NNB, Purchasing Services
  • Evan Cadmus, Resource Teacher Pasco FDLRS, Office for Student Support Programs and Services
  • Heather Ellis, Secretary II, Office for Teaching and Learning
  • John Vogel, Business Support Specialist, Office for Technology and Information Services

Exemplary Performance Awards

  • Amanda Phillips, Supervisor, Office for Accountability, Research, and Measurement
  • Joy Salerno, Supervisor, Office for Accountability, Research, and Measurement
  • Mike Macchiarola, Program Coordinator, Career and Technical Education
  • Spencer Pylant, Communications & Government Relations Liaison, Communications and
  • Government Relations
  • Thomas Rutledge, Fire Official NNB, Construction Services
  • Lindsay D’Ascenzio, Professional Standards Investigator, Office for Employee Relations
  • Jennifer Wendel, Professional Standards Investigator, Office for Employee Relations
  • Diane Ford, Lead Finance Assistant NNB, Office for Finance Services
  • Dorcia Bartenope, PLACE Specialist, PLACE
  • Joel DiVincent, Supervisor, Office for Professional Development and School Supports
  • Dionne Taylor, Secretary II, Office for Student Support Programs and Services
  • Judy Priest, Systems Analyst NNB, Office for Technology and Information Services
  • Jim McKinney, Technology Services Specialist, Office for Technology and Information Services
  • Robin Walter, Transportation Area Manager NNB, Transportation Services

Excellence in Innovation Awards

  • Kathie Luzader, School Nurse, Early Childhood Programs
  • Sarah Wood, FNS Specialist NNB, Food and Nutrition Services
  • Sarah Apsey, Educator Quality Specialist NNB, Office of Human Resources and Educator Quality
  • Steve Witfoth, Mechanic, Transportation Services

Superintendent’s Teamwork Award: Open Enrollment - Employee Benefits

Patricia Howard, Patti Bartz, Cheryl Ganci, Monet Davis, Marta Uribe, Nancy Nugent, Melanie Zonfrillo, Hope Faris van-Ommeren, Carla Johnson, Brooke Miller, Saybra Chapman, Barbara Long, Christine Pejot, Debbie Bowles, Joanne Reece, Margarida Wainraich, John Vogel, Debbie Smith, Linda Cobbe, Jim Higgins, and Roger Dunn.


PCASA Administrator of the Year Finalists Announced

The Pasco County Association of School Administrators (PCASA) Administrator of the Year Finalists are as follows, the overall winner will be announced at the Pasco Education Foundation, Inc, Education Celebration on Friday, January 29, 2016 at River Ridge High School Center for the Arts. Congratulations to our finalists:

  • Jeremy Blair, MTSS Specialist, Northwest Region
  • Saybra Chapman, Supervisor of Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Julie Marks, Principal, Chester W. Taylor Elementary School


Tampa Bay Times NIE Teacher of the Year

The Tampa Bay Times will be honoring K-12 teachers in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and/or Pinellas counties who use Times NIE materials in innovative ways. Nominations for the 2015-2016 NIE Teacher of the Year award will be accepted from November 1, 2015 through March 1, 2016. Click here to nominate yourself or a favorite educator!


Transportation Operations Has Moved

The following Transportation Operations staff members now are housed in the former AMI Kids building on the Richey Elementary School campus:

  • Allison Ascanio Route Analyst
  • Carol Donlon Secretary II 245
  • Digna Mascorro Secretary II NNB 245
  • Emmett Thompson Supv Transportation Maint
  • Eric Huettig Route Analyst
  • Gary Sawyer Dir Transportation
  • Gloria Reisweber Secretary II 245
  • Lisa Witfoth Secretary II 245
  • Nerida Morales Route Analyst
  • Richard Rickard Substitute Transportation
  • Robert Borsky Route Analyst
  • Tad Kledzik Supv Transportation Ops
  • Tina Ellis-Mcginnis Secretary II 245
  • Vivian Thornley Data Entry Operator
  • William McEachern Supv Transportation Ops

Their telephone numbers did not change. Their courier address is Trans Ops.


Fall Instructional Job Fair Today


Together We Stand 5K for Safe Schools

This will be a fun, high-energy event to support our student leaders who are preventing bullying by making their schools safer and more inclusive. The 5K will be held at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park (10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey, FL 34655) on Saturday, December 12, and will be professionally timed. All levels of runners and walkers are welcome. T-shirt pickup and on-site registration (cash only) at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. Carpooling is encouraged. Click here to register.


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.



Superintendent Browning: I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that the River Ridge High School Advanced Placement Program (AP) Is simply amazing! My daughter graduated last year from RRHS and she is currently a freshmen at Providence College (PC) in Rhode Island. Due to the rigor of the AP program and outstanding teachers she is excelling at PC. Even one of her professors pointed out in front of the class how well she analyzed her topic and how well-written her paper was in her literature class. Thanks to the excellent and dedicated teachers at RRHS! -Maureen Leach Jett, Fox Hollow Elementary

I want to take a moment to provide a kudos to Christina Moser, our transportation route specialist. Over the years, I have worked with numerous route specialists, but have never had the pleasure of working with someone as amazing as her. She always wants what is in the best interest of the students. We truly appreciate all she does! -Angie Shauger, Assistant Principal, Connerton Elementary

Superintendent Browning: I just want to thank you for the zero tolerance that you have set in place for racism. My son is a 7th grader at Pine View Middle School and we were confronted with a racial issue. My husband emailed Mr. Olson, the principal and assistant principal on Monday night and received a response in less than 30 minutes from the teacher acknowledging the problem and letting him know that it would be taken care of the following morning (Tuesday). My husband and I heard from the assistant principal before 10:00 a.m. yesterday morning informing us that the problem had been handled and asked us if we were okay. My husband and I were really impressed with the response time and that our child matters! -Jaye & Patrece Gandy, Parents

My name is Kimberly and I have a daughter who attends Mitchell High School. She is in their band and plays keyboards as well as clarinet. I must also mention that she has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair often. When she decide to continue her music with the marching band, I was nervous about her ability to participate. The director, Joel Quina, didn't hesitate to welcome her. He and Mr. Tom Damato, the assistant director, have been so wonderful to her and have contributed to an extremely positive high school experience...She often tells me they are perfect at balancing understanding of her challenges while still pushing her to do more...Mr. Quina makes sure the students understand how to treat opposing teams and the student leaders help set the example of treating others with respect...However, my daughter summed it up perfectly when she said, "When I am with band, my differences don't matter. I am just one of the family. Band is the reason I get through the bad days."...Mr. Quina and Mr. Damato are true artists and my family is blessed by them daily. -Kimberly Bachmann, Access teacher, Cotee River Elementary

Last night [Tuesday, November 10] at the New Port Richey City Council meeting, the principal [Jason Joens] and one of his assistant principals gave a presentation on Gulf Middle School--very impressive what they said and are doing there! -Dan Callaghan

Build the Thunder Street Hockey at San Antonio Elementary in Pasco County.

Pasco Schools - Military Veterans

Thank you to all of the military veterans working for Pasco County Schools.

Dr. Emily Brown: Modeling White Level Conference

This week’s video focuses on an efficient way to conduct an IRLA White Level Conference.