Each year since 2014, we have administered the Gallup Student Poll and Q12 Employee Engagement survey, and we use the results to set goals in our District Success Plan. I’m pleased that in those years Pasco County Schools has moved from the 11th percentile in the K-12 database for overall engagement to the 50th percentile. While this is commendable growth, I’m not content being in the 50th percentile, and we still have work to do to reach our goals. The student survey showed a slight overall decline, similar to what Gallup is seeing in all K-12 survey results nationwide, but it still concerns me, especially among the questions that gauge hope. I want all of our students to be hopeful about their future, so we’re going to have to address these results. We will be working with principals, teachers and students in the coming weeks to develop strategies to increase student engagement in their learning and assure that all students have hope for a successful future.
If you want to view the survey results, you can see them on the Accountability, Research and Measurement website.
The District School Board of Pasco County is accepting public input on a name for the technical high school that will open in New Port Richey in August 2018. For more information on submitting a name, click here.
On Monday, Odessa Elementary School fifth-graders accepted a bench made out of recycled plastic bags from contest sponsor, Trex, Inc., as the school’s prize for recycling almost 2,500 pounds of plastic bags between Aug. 31 and Nov. 15. The students also participated in a Holiday Recycling Lesson that was presented by the district's recycling coordinator, Salinda Strandberg. Click here to learn more.
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.
Click here for details
Florida is seeing an increase in influenza cases and Pasco County is one of 18 in the state that has had an outbreak. The Florida Department of Health suggests that current data indicates this flu season may be more severe than past years. The best way to prevent the flu is to get an influenza vaccine, which you can get at one of our CareHere wellness centers. If you have a fever, muscle aches, chills, a headache, cough, congestion, or sore throat, you might have the flu. Stay home, and keep your children home if they have those symptoms. We want everyone to be well for the holidays.
Starting with the 2017 tax year, employees will be able to receive their annual tax documents (Form W-2 and Form 1095-C) electronically through Employee Self Service (ESS). Electronic delivery is the quickest way to receive your tax documents. Click here for directions on how to enroll in electronic delivery of your tax documentation.
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, please contact Debbie Hebert.
Take Stock in Children, a Pasco Education Foundation program, offers Pasco County students scholarships, mentors and hope. Break the cycle of poverty through education by becoming a Take Stock in Children mentor. Mentors meet at the student’s school two to four times each month. For more information, click here.
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 summer 2017. Applications are due by December 31, 2017. Visit www.sabeh.org for more information.
Jocelyn Meriwether, Bayonet Point STEM Magnet Middle School.
Jocelyn is always so happy and spreads joy and enthusiasm wherever she goes. She has been amazing at getting the school store up and running. She jumped right in, determined to learn, and took on the added responsibility of training other students. She is excellent at running the cash drawer and doesn’t blink an eye at the added responsibility of handling cash.
She is an advanced student that is self-driven when it comes to work. She is a team leader in the classroom, and also performs in the school band and cheerleading. Jocelyn embodies everything Bayonet Point stands for when it comes to PRIDE, our core values.
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 10, at 12:30 p.m.
Land O' Lakes Community Center
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
Mrs. Kern, I would like to report an outstanding job done by your school nurse, Mark Clairmont, from RiverRidge High School. My husband is a plumber and works in the maintenance Dept. for Pasco. He was doing a job at RiverRidge today and a bottle of sulfuric acid splattered all over his face, arms, legs, and shoulder. With the quick thinking of Mr. Clairmont my husband will fully recover. My husband said he did an awesome job caring for him until the ambulance got to the school. The doctor at Tampa General said with the quick thinking of Mr. Clairmont flushing the eyes out right away, and putting the baking soda and water mixture on his burns really helped. I did email Mr. Clairmont saying what an outstanding job he did. People like him make a big difference. Thank you for having such great nurses to care for our students and employees. -Mindy Mattos, J.W. Mitchell High School
Superintendent Browning, I want to give thanks and recognition to Tammy Taylor for her inspiring work at Achieve Center of Pasco. Tammy is an FNS Assistant at Land O’ Lakes High. She is responsible for feeding the students at our offsite, ACP. After getting to know the students at ACP, Tammy discovered there was a need for clothing and supplies for many of these students. She organized donations, made purchases, and created a clothing closet in the dining facility for storage and distribution of the items. When students come in on cold days without a jacket, she provides them with a sweatshirt. She has provided wash kits for students who were without running water. If a student shows up with worn or dirty clothing she helps provide them with something else to wear. During lunches, she sits down with the students, talks to them, and really establishes a rapport with them. Tammy was also able to collect food donations to provide five ACP families with Thanksgiving Dinner. It is working with people like Tammy who truly inspire others through their caring nature and selflessness. -Josh Zappe, FNS Manager, Land O’ Lakes High School
Share your kudos! Stories of employees going above and beyond to serve our students, staff, and community can be emailed to Linda Cobbe.