Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
November 17, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

November 17, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

November 17, 2017

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

November 17, 2017

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Pasco School Board Elects New Chair and Vice Chair

The District School Board of Pasco County elected Cynthia Armstrong as board chairman and Alison Crumbley as board vice chairman at last week's school board meeting.  To read the full press release click here.


Holiday Toy Drive

Pasco County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Mike Moore is partnering with the Pasco County District School Board to collect new toys for Pasco County children.  The inaugural Holiday Toy Drive will be held November 1, through November 27. All toys will be donated to students through Pasco County District Schools.  More than 38 thousand Pasco County students are considered to be living at or below the poverty level. Chairman Moore is inviting anyone who would like to donate new, unwrapped toys for children ages 5 to 13, to drop them off at one of the following locations by November 27, 2017:

  • West Pasco Government Center: 8731 Citizens Dr., in New Port Richey
  • Pasco County Historic Courthouse: 37918 Meridian Ave., in Dade City
  • New River Branch Library: 34043 State Rd. 54, in Zephyrhills

Several Pasco County community partners are also accepting toy donations. Click here for a full list of participating locations.


Foster Care Community Forum

Eckerd Connects/Community Alternatives is holding a community forum on December 7, from Noon until 2 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club in Lacoochee.  Eckerd leadership will be on hand to present information concerning the foster care and dependency system of care as it affects east Pasco. Your input is needed along with your ideas on how to address foster care concerns. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Eckerd Connects/Community Alternatives.  For more information click here.


Pasco Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Opportunities for Graduating Seniors

The Pasco Education Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017-2018 Scholarship Opportunities for Graduating Seniors (SOGS) program will be available online at PascoEducationFoundation.org from December 1, 2017, through January 31, 2018.


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.


DHSMV and Nissan/INFINITI Issues Urgent Vehicle Recall

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has partnered with Nissan/INFINITI to urge Floridians owning certain 2001-2006 model year Nissan and INFINITI vehicles to immediately respond to an urgent recall notice. Click here to learn more.


Pasco County Government

Pasco County government offices, including the constitutional offices and the courts, will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017, and Friday, November 24, 2017, in observance of Thanksgiving. All government offices and the courts will reopen on Monday, November 27, 2017.  For more information regarding Pasco County office closures click here.


Pasco County Sheriff

Credit Card Skimmers Located at Pasco County Gas Stations


Tampa Bay Next

The Florida Department of Transportation’s Tampa Bay Next program works  with the community to get its input on the future of transportation in our region. The program currently is in the early stages of its 2018 outreach plan and it is seeking our community's help. A community working group session for Pasco and Hernando Counties will be held on Tuesday, December 5.  Click here to learn more. 


Volunteer Teaching Opportunity: China, Summer 2018

The Sino-American Bridge for Education and Health (SABEH) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced educators to participate in a professional development opportunity.  Selected educators will participate in several online workshops hosted by Bryant University between March and June.  They will travel to China in July for two to four weeks (depending on program site) and share conversational English, student-centric, and multi-modal education methods with Chinese teachers.  Upon completion, American teachers will be provided a week of complimentary travel within China.  Ideal candidates are teachers who have an adventurous spirit and the desire to experience a different culture.  Teachers of all subject areas and grade levels are encouraged to apply.  Jennifer Dixon, a Gulf High School teacher, has traveled to China each summer since 2013.  Cory Engel, a Pasco High School Teacher,  participated in SABEH’s program in the summer of 2017.  Applications are due by December 31, 2017.  Visit www.sabeh.org for more information.


Professional Development Leads New Teachers to Success

The Office for Professional Development and School Supports will host Year 1 and Year 2 Professional Development Courses for new teachers. Click here and here to learn more. 


Florida Southern College - Information Sessions

Join Florida Southern College throughout the fall and winter at one of their information sessions! Attendees will learn about bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree programs in education. Click here for more. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.


Core Personal Development Sessions

The Office for Professional Development and School Supports is hosting training sessions throughout November. To view the calendar, click here

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.


School Spotlight



Volunteer Spotlight

The Outstanding School Volunteer Award is presented annually to school volunteers who have shown outstanding dedication and commitment to quality education in Florida.  The 2017-2018 Pasco County Schools Outstanding School Volunteer Award winners are:

  • Youth Category:  Michael Berg, Gulfside Elementary School
  • Adult Category:  Shelley Barnes, Longleaf Elementary School
  • Senior Category:  Judy Besnard, Longleaf Elementary School


Art in the Capitol Contest

CONGRATULATIONS to Kaylee Day, an 8th grade student  at R.B. Stewart, for being selected to represent Pasco County Schools as the winner of the Art in the Capitol contest.  The artwork was framed and given to State Representative Danny Burgess. The artwork will hang proudly in the State Capitol during the next session.

Student Spotlight

Pasco High student Sally Campbell was awarded the Youth In Philanthropy Award for the Tampa Bay Area.  The award is presented  to an individual or youth organization (18 years old and younger) that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteerism and fundraising for the benefit of charitable institutions.  Sally was nominated by the St. Joseph's Children's Foundation.  To watch a video about Sally's efforts click here


Staff in the Spotlight


Kim Danon, 7th grade math teacher at Dr. John Long Middle School.  Click here to learn more.

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.


2017 Pasco County Schools Spirit Day

The Pasco Education Foundation and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the 2017 Pasco County Public Schools Spirit Day at 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 10. Click here to learn more. 


23rd Annual Holiday Food Giveaway

Local officials and Farm Share will host a holiday food giveaway from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, December 15. Click here to learn more. 


Pasco County Schools Hurricane Irma Shelter Operations Appreciation Festival

The District School Board of Pasco County, Superintendent Kurt Browning, and the entire Pasco County community are thankful for everyone who staffed and supported shelters before and during Hurricane Irma.  To show our appreciation, we have planned a day of free family fun, including food, games, music, contests and raffles, for the 1,800 employees who served.
When:  Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018

Where: Land O’ Lakes Community Center Heritage Stage, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes


Harlem Globetrotters

December 8 at 7 p.m.

Amalie Arena


The Nutcracker

December 16 at 7 p.m.

December 17 at 2 p.m.

The Center for the Arts at River Ridge



  • 18 - 26 - NO SCHOOL/ Thanksgiving Break
  • 23 - Thanksgiving Day



  • 22 - End of 2nd Quarter
  • 23 - 1/7 - Winter Break


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Superintendent Browning, I wanted to express my thanks for my Marine Corps. lanyard and also for the message about Veterans day on the school matters newsletter. All of my children attend different Pasco County schools and they each have come home talking about Veterans day and what the schools were doing which is great! - Aaron J. Rinaldi, Employee Benefits & Risk Management, HREQ


Susan Archer, It was good to see you again yesterday. We have worked together for several years in preparing the Pasco County DOE cases. I want to formally thank you for the assistance you provide in preparing our cases for hearing. Your prompt responses to my request for assistance and your professionalism has helped me resolve cases without a hearing and be more effectively prepared at hearing.  You do a GREAT JOB!!! THANK YOU!!! - Ron Weaver, Attorney for the Florida Department of Education


Professional development was recently provided to all of our elementary schools who are engaged in the aviation initiative as well as 4 teachers from Fox Chapel Middle School in Hernando. Below are some of the comments that were made in the survey we distributed after the training. - Terry Aunchman, Director, Career & Technical Education

  • Great training! It was a new way to look at teaching. I found the training and the instructor challenging and engaging. I had to think critically and solve problems even as an adult and know this would be great for my students. Thank you for an opportunity to learn from a master! I feel that she should deliver as much PD for the district as possible, everyone loved her.
  • Awesome! I never would have thought about using these technologies to teach standards in all areas of the content. What a creative way to incorporate real life problems into learning. I loved being able to try everything and see examples of ways Mrs. Starling used these in her classroom. I know my students will benefit and have fun. Thank you.
  • The best training hands down! I know Bobbi isn't really the aviation contact and that pilot guy is, but she needs his job!!She is amazing and helpful. I don't really see how the pilot added anything to the training but Bobbi's lessons were extremely innovative, educational, and engaging.
  • Thank you for the binder full of amazing resources! I plan on using each and everyone! I wish every participant could get a binder. Bobbi was so helpful and quite funny. She captured the attention of all, very engaging and intelligent.
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