December 18, 2015

December 18, 2015

December 18, 2015

December 18, 2015

Superintendent's Holiday Message



Winter Break Reminders

As you prepare for winter break, please remember the importance of completely shutting down all facilities during the entire break period.  Our budget includes projected savings that will come from non-use during this break.  In support of our conservation efforts, please turn off or unplug all non-essential office equipment such as printers, copiers, computers and monitors.  Please also unplug small appliances, like coffee pots, microwaves, etc.  These little steps really do add up to substantial savings. 

If you have voice mail, please change it to reflect that your office/school is closed for the winter break, stating the beginning and ending dates and when you’ll return. The how-to instructions were previously sent via email.  Also, activate your email auto-reply to reflect that your school/the district is on winter break from Monday, December 21st through Friday, January 1st. Monday, January 4th is a non-student/non-teacher day.

Remove all technology devices from portables, including any devices not mounted to the portable (i.e. laptops, iPads, carts, projectors, etc.)  Secure those devices in a locked room inside your department and in a location not visible through any windows.

I’d also like to remind staff to remove any personal food items from any shared refrigerators.  Any leftovers will be tossed.

I hope that you enjoy a well-deserved period of rest and relaxation over the break!  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


National Farm to School Network Winner

Congratulations to Jeana Bosworth, FNS manager at Lake Myrtle Elementary School! She is one of five National Farm to School poster contest winners. She has actively worked with Farm to School to use our school gardens as a way to start healthy lifestyles for students.



Libby Rossman and Susie Laporte (Volunteer Services Office), It’s all of us who can’t thank you enough for all you do for us!!!  Always answering our questions and looking up potential volunteers last minute!!!!  You ladies ROCK and our jobs would be much more difficult without you!!!! Have a wonderful Christmas Break!!!! -Cheryl Furia

Superintendent Browning: In days when there are more complaints than commendations, we would like to take the time to let you know that Principal Kim Davis and her staff at Gulf High School went above and beyond to help make a difference to us.   We had a very upsetting situation in which my son's senior picture would not be in the yearbook.  Mrs. Davis and her staff spent significant time fixing it, going so far as to add a page and give us a yearbook.   It might not mean a lot to some people, but it meant the world to us.   We know that this doesn't always happen, and we will not forget their kindness and generosity.  They made sure that our son and his hard work would be represented with the rest of his class, and for that we are forever grateful. -Mr. Ron Miller

Marchman Technical College would like to extend it’s appreciation to Karen Bruno (QUEST programmer analyst) for her leadership, support and commitment to Career and Technical Education and Adult Education.  Karen plays a critical role in gathering, interpreting and reporting data to FLDOE.  Karen is also playing a major role in the conversion of TERMS to FOCUS and helping guide the transition of processes and data to the new system. -Rob Aguis, Principal, Fred K. Marchman Technical College

Superintendent Browning and School Board Members: My name is Ed Garza and I work at Wesley Chapel High School.  I have addressed the board for things and normally complain.  I wanted to address the board at the last meeting, but our High School had a basketball game and I wanted to support the young men in their game. Last Thursday, our school was rocked by the death of one of our students.  While I did not know this student, it was obvious that he was a well known, well respected and much loved young man.  You, as a District, provided us with a crisis team to assist and support our kids through this very difficult time.  We had so many kids come up for assistance, that we had to use several different rooms, but the team did a magnificent job, from what I experienced.  When I escorted a student, or a teacher for that matter, to the rooms, they were welcomed in a proper manner and the team got right to work. I wish to say thank you for taking care of our staff, and our most important group, our kids, in this time of need. I am speaking on behalf of myself and not as a representative of our school.  Just me saying thanks. -Ed Garza

Last Sunday, Hudson High School Army JROTC Color Guard were featured in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game.

Carl Serpe - Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year

Carl Serpe volunteers at Gulf Middle School. He works with struggling students and is an excellent role model.

Student Spotlight

Bethashley Cajuste
Land O' Lakes High School
Questbridge National College Match Scholarship

Click here to read her interview.