Next week is the last week of committee meetings in Tallahassee before the 2018 legislative session, which begins on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Much work has already been completed in preparation for session, and the District School Board of Pasco County has set our legislative priorities. We will continue to pursue additional construction funding by asking the legislature to allow school boards to restore the .5 mills in school property taxes for capital projects that were removed during the recession. We also will support the governor’s proposed budget, which leaves local property tax rates stable, allowing local schools to benefit from rising property values. Finally, the School Board and I have made it a priority to advocate the for adequate recurring funding to provide all teachers with higher salaries, instead of continuing the recent practice of providing non-recurring funds only for certain teachers.
The District School Board of Pasco County is accepting public input on a name for the technical high school that will be opening in New Port Richey in August 2018. For more information about submitting a name click here.
Starting with the 2017 tax year, the District will be offering employees the opportunity to receive their annual tax documents (Form W-2 and Form 1095-C) electronically through Employee Self Service (ESS) as opposed to having these documents printed and delivered to their respective worksites. Electronic delivery is the quickest way for you to receive your tax documents.
Employees may elect electronic delivery of these documents by changing their preferences in ESS, and attached are instructions about how to do so. The District will accept opting-in for electronic delivery through December 31st. The system will then be frozen for electing electronic delivery changes during the month of January, and will then be reopened by the end of February for changes to that calendar year. Employees who opt-in to receive their tax documents electronically will continue to receive them in that format until and unless they send a written request to Payroll and Employee benefits to cancel the electronic delivery. In addition, any employee who separates employment with the District for any reason will receive paper delivery of tax documents via U.S. mail to the last known address on file with the District. Employees may update their personal contact information at any time through ESS. Any change in delivery method that occurs will not impact any previously issued tax documents.
While employees will continue to receive paper copies of these tax documents in the absence of an election to receive them electronically through ESS, we look forward to employees taking advantage of this new and faster digital delivery option. Click here for directions.
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.
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.
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.
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The Hurricane Irma Shelter Operations Appreciation Festival committee is looking for facepainters, clowns, or any entertainers that would like to volunteer their services for the festival. The festival is on January 20, from noon to 4 p.m. If you know anyone who would like to participate or volunteer to help with set up/clean up, run games, or volunteer in general, please contact Debbie Hebert.
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.
The Office for Professional Development and School Supports will host Year 1 and Year 2 Professional Development Courses for new teachers. Click here for information on the 2-year support program and click here for the year 1 professional development courses.
The Office for Professional Development and School Supports is hosting training sessions throughout December. To view the calendar click here.
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 information. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.
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.
Each year, one 12th grade student is selected from every high school in Pasco County for the Outstanding Senior Award. This award is given on the basis of academic record, service, leadership, citizenship, and evidence of commitment to school and community. Students considered for this prestigious award are nominated by the student body, principals, faculty and staff. The nominees from each high school are interviewed by a panel of administrators who ultimately make the difficult decision of narrowing the selection to one student to represent Pasco County Schools.
Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Outstanding Seniors:
Michael (Mikey) Berg - Anclote High School
Kirbea Harrell - Fivay High School
Audrey Vilaihong - Gulf High School
Paris Manis - Hudson High School
Emma Skantze - Land O' Lakes High School
Austin Jerome - J.W. Mitchel High School
Jaida Abbas - Pasco eSchool
Madison Kaylor - Pasco High School
Nevena Trkulja - Ridgewood High School
Connor Beckman - River Ridge High School
Sofia Almeida - Sunlake High School
Emily Prengamen - Wesley Chapel High School
Justin Forgas - Wiregrass Ranch High School
Katie Day - Zephyrhills High School
Three students from Gulf Middle School have been chosen for the All County Band. Congratulations to Aspen Maestas - Clarinet, Elizabeth Stacey - Tenor Saxophone, and Andrew Rutherford - Percussion.
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.
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.
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.
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
December 8 at 7 p.m.
December 12 & 13
Tampa Events Banquet Hall & Conference Center
December 16 at 7 p.m.
December 17 at 2 p.m.
The Center for the Arts at River Ridge
Superintendent Browning, I wanted to share with you about Mr. Jason Joens. I am a fairly new teacher to Gulf Middle and have been working underneath this incredible leader! I am a 15 year teacher from Pinellas and third year teacher with Pasco County Schools. I have worked with numerous great principals in my career. The culture Mr. Joens has built at Gulf Middle is phenomenal. Not only with our students but our staff as well. The climate there is of family and unity. I can see the appreciation our students have being Buccaneers. Mr. Joens gives valuable advice and gets to know all of our students and staff! He makes us feel special! I come to school every day with a desire to educate students and I leave fulfilled. I am making a difference. - Brian L. Machado, Social Studies Teacher, Gulf Middle School
Mark Moe and Mike Macciarola, Mildred had a great visit to Fivay! She is excited and has students working on 911/PST studies already! Thank you for spending the day with her and sharing your Best Practices! Your guidance is greatly appreciated. - Dana Caputo, Program Specialist CTE, St. Lucie Public Schools