Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
November 30, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

November 30, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

November 30, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

November 30, 2018

Superintendent's Message

As many of you already know, this week we came together as a group to host the inaugural Pasco Pathways Expo at J.W. Mitchell High School on the west side of the county. Three nights later, we did it again on the east side of the county at Wesley Chapel High School. Despite the cold, rain, and the fact that Thanksgiving break was still fresh in the minds of all of us, the turnout was tremendous.

These expos allowed us to showcase the many innovative programs and school choice options available for students in Pasco County and assist students and their parents in making informed decisions about their future education. Both nights were a shining example of what we can accomplish when we work together as a team.

I want to thank everyone involved in making the expos a great success. Remember, the secondary school choice application period begins Monday, December 3.

 

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Visit the Grant Opportunities E-Newsletter

The purpose of the newsletter is to provide information about funding opportunities that could benefit our students and schools. This newsletter also will provide information on grant writing, tips for successful grant submissions, and how-to's for grant seekers. Click here to view.

 

New Way to Access Professional Counseling

Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has added text message therapy through Talkspace. Employees, retirees, and insurable dependents (18 years +) are able to take advantage of this fast-growing medium of professional therapy. Convenience and privacy are two of the most common reasons users cite for choosing this type of counseling. Talkspace is one more way for you to prioritize caring for yourself! To find out more about Talkspace, and all that is provided through your EAP, click here.

 

Warning: Florida Blue Scam Calls

Please be aware of automated calls claiming to offer medical plans from Blue Cross or Blue Cross and Blue Shield. These calls are not from Florida Blue or anyone representing Florida Blue.  Florida Blue will not call to offer other health plans, require you to give financial or bank information, or require your entire social security number.  

How to know if Florida Blue is contacting you: https://www.floridablue.com/blog/how-florida-blue-contacts-you

If you have questions or concerns, you may contact Florida Blue’s customer service at 1-800-507-9820, or call Patty Nguyen, the onsite Florida Blue representative at (813) 794-2492.

 

Emergency Order for Best and Brightest Teacher and Principal Scholarship Programs

As a result of the devastating effects of Hurricane Michael on many Florida school districts and the consequent relocation of teachers throughout the state, some teachers may not be able to meet the November 1, 2018, deadline established in section 1012.731, Florida Statutes, The Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program. Click here to view the emergency order.

 

Twelve New Businesses Join Educator Passport Program

The latest group of Educator Passport Program (EPP) employee discounts has been posted to our district website. We have approved 12 new participants this time. View the new offers below by clicking here.

Affordable Travel of Orlando
Brays Pest Control
Daytona International Speedway
Dignity Memorial
EZ ID Tags
Healthy Nutrition Bar
Highway 19 Tire & U-Haul
McMenamin Law Group, P. A.
Mortgage Approval Group LLC
PDR Authority LLC (Paintless Dent Repair)
NFL - Pro-Bowl Sales and Service
Serenity Massage & Renewal

 

 

Kids Safe Online Poster Contest for K-12 Students Nationwide

Each year, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) hosts the Kids Safe Online Poster Contest for K-12 students nationwide. Students from across the country submit pieces of artwork that cover topics such as being safe online, good online security practices, cyber bullying, and how to be a good digital citizen. The winners of the contest are made into cybersecurity awareness posters and calendars that are distributed throughout the country in recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The contest runs from Wednesday, September 26, until Friday, January 25, 2019.  Below are links to the contest guide and registration form that go over how to enter the contest and how to submit the artwork. Each entry must include a registration form.

Website:  https://www.cisecurity.org/ms-isac/ms-isac-toolkit
Guidelines and entry form:  https://www.cisecurity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/MS-ISAC-Poster-Contest-and-Form.pdf

Please direct any questions to contest@msisac.org. All submissions and forms can be sent to contest@msisac.org as a scanned image, or can be mailed to the address below:

Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center
Education and Awareness Workgroup
31 Tech Valley Drive
East Greenbush, NY 12061

 

Have you ever thought about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister?

Being a Big often means including your Little in things you already like to do, like going to a game, taking a bike ride, or reading books. You can help change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever. The first step is to attend a Big Orientation and Training session. See below for training dates for becoming a Big.

  • Saturday, December 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main Street, New Port Richey
  • Monday, December 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at WellCare, 5113 US Highway 19, New Port Richey
  • Saturday, January 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main Street, New Port Richey
  • Monday, January 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at WellCare, 5113 US Highway 19, New Port Richey
  • Tuesday, January 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd., Wesley Chapel

For more information, contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at DebK@bbbstampabay.org (or) 813-997-6881.

 

 

 

 

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Earn your Master's Degree at Florida Southern

Whether you are a teacher ready to advance your career or you are thinking about switching careers to become a teacher, the FSC online Master of Education in Transformational Curriculum and Instruction will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a classroom innovator and leader in the field quickly and conveniently. They also offer a Master of Arts program in Transformational Curriculum and Instruction for career changers. For more information click here or contact Kelly Curtis at (863) 680-4914.

 

Florida Southern Offers Two Doctorate Degrees

The Doctor of Education (EdD) at Florida Southern prepares leaders for positions in administration, policy development, college and university teaching, and research. The curriculum includes broad topics addressing leadership and organizational theories, assessment and accountability practices, policy, politics, planning issues, research-driven decision-making, and policy analysis. They also offer a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. This program prepares educational leaders to teach in a higher education institution, focusing on Pre-k -12th grade teachers' preparation. Please click here for more information. You may also contact Kelly Levin at klevin@flsouthern.edu or call (863) 680-4914.

 

Crayola Educational and Creative Kits

Schools can now supply families with educational and creative kits designed by Crayola to support the implementation of family engagement strategies. These kits were designed to engage parents and their children in the learning process while igniting creativity. Each kit is unique in its contents, creating distinctive learning experiences for each child. Kit components include a six-page parent guide, six-to-eight top-of-the-line Crayola products that are unique to each kit, a keepsake frame for enforcing creativity in the home, as well as a two- to four-page educator’s resource booklet. To learn more about Crayola's Family Engagement Kits, please click here or call Matt Ditnes at 1-800-291-6020 Ext: 3116.

 

 

Online Professional Development Options Available Free to All Pasco County Teachers

In partnership with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), Pasco County Schools will accept in-service credit for many of the courses offered through select providers. For more information regarding courses that are accepted, and what in-service credit will be awarded, please refer to this document.

All courses offered through select providers are:

  • Available at no charge to Florida educators.
  • Self-paced via online learning.
  • Presented in a user-friendly format.

 

Professional Development Alternatives (PDA)

The Professional Development Alternatives (PDA) offers online modules designed to help educators become more proficient in responding to the various instructional and behavioral needs of each individual learner in order to maximize achievement of all students. The facilitated modules provide ongoing collaboration with colleagues and expert facilitators with specific start and end dates. The independent study modules allow self-paced learning.

The courses offered through PDA will be automatically added to your transcript in myPGS when we receive documentation from FDLRS that the course has been completed. Click here for more information.

 

Personnel Development Portal (PDP)

The Personnel Development Portal (PDP) offers a collection of independent study courses designed to provide high-quality professional development to Florida educators to increase their ability to respond to the needs of students with disabilities.

Each participant will need to submit the completed course information as an external credit request in myPGS in order ro receive in-service points. Click here for more information.

 

 

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We want to be able to send out press releases frequently about fun, unique, and/or interesting school/department activities. It can be a special lesson, unique program, recognition, or an outstanding accomplishment. Remember, the media wants to cover activity, and they prefer covering the creation of things rather than the finished product. Small, community newspapers need about two weeks notice, and daily papers and TV stations need about a week.

Click here to submit a "Good News" Story!

 

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In Memory of Paul Mello

Paul Mello, a facility worker at Acheive Center of Pasco, recently passed away from injuries sustained in an accident.  The students and staff planted 20 crotons in his memory around the campus.

 

Take Stock in Children Pasco receives Luminary Award

The Pasco Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children Scholarship program has been named a recipient of the statewide Take Stock in Children 2018 Luminary Award. Take Stock in Children provides scholarships, mentors, and hope to eligible students, and is committed to break the cycle of poverty through education.

The criteria for this award is to exceed targets in every category of the Balanced Scorecard, the measurement of deliverables set by the statewide Take Stock in Children headquarters and the Florida Department of Education. Key performance indicators include the areas of student recruitment, mentor matching and sessions, student learning and growth, operational, and financial perspective.

Congratulations Pasco Education Foundation!

Pictured are (left to right) Gina Granger, Mentor Coordinator; Rosanne Heyser, Executive Director Pasco; Kayla Conologue, Program Coordinator; and Nikii Lewis, College Readiness Coach.

 

Pasco Students help Bay County Schools

Madison Meisenbach, a Sunlake freshman, and Max and McKenzie Meisenbach, 4th graders at Lake Myrtle Elementary, spent Thanksgiving week helping Bay County Schools. They dropped off school supplies and over 300 Christmas gifts for Bay County students. Great job!

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Theater/Art/Music Schedule of Holiday Perfomances

Traditions on the Green at Sanders Memorial Elementary School, 5126 School Road, Land O' Lakes

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Featured schools: Denham Oaks Elementary, Lake Myrtle Elementary, Sanders Elementary, Pineview Middle and Land O’ Lakes High School 

Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. (727) 744-7382 www.centerfortheartsriverridge.com

  • Calusa Elementary concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 3.
  • Crews Lake Middle concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 4.
  • Cypress Elementary concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 5.
  • Anclote High concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

Tickets are on sale for the Learn it Live presentation, "Holiday Traditions Around the World," 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 and 18. Pre-K-Grade 5. $5.

Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel. (813) 794-8772  ww.centerfortheartswesleychapel.com

  • District 14 Thespians individual events, Dec. 1.
  • Thomas E. Weightman Middle band concert, 5 p.m. Dec. 2.
  • Watergrass Elementary performance, 7 p.m. Dec. 4.
  • New River Elementary concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 5.
  • Wesley Chapel High winter band concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 6.
  • Wiregrass High/John Long Middle orchestra concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 7

Tickets are on sale for the Learn it Live presentation, "Holiday Traditions Around the World," 10:30 a.m. Dec.19. Pre-K-Grade 5. $5.

 

NCAA Women’s Final Four® Exclusive Presale Opportunity

Share the Experience™ with your family and friends when the NCAA Women’s Final Four returns to Amalie Arena on April 5 and 7, 2019. Beginning this Thursday, you are invited to purchase your tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

Witness the top teams in the nation compete for the ultimate prize of becoming national champions. To purchase your presale tickets, simply click here and enter the promo code PASCO in the box. Hurry, this offer is available only for a limited time!

 

Buy Two Days, Get Two Days Free at Universal Orlando Resort

Take your vacation to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort. Choose between three amazing theme parks with Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay water park. Universal Orlando Resort features spectacular on-site hotels, nightclubs, and more.

To take advantage of this great offer, go to TicketsatWork.com and create your account using your email address and your company code, "PASCOSCHOOLS" or call 800-331-6483 for customer service.

 

25th Annual Flapjack 5K and 1 Mile Run

Get ready for another Flapjack 5K and 1 Mile Run being held on December 8, at Connerton in Land O' Lakes. Students and teachers will enjoy a gorgeous day, beautiful landscaping, vendors, prizes, and of course, delicious flapjacks.
Click here to register for the run.

 

Calling all Coaches

Irish 31 Pub House and Eatery, along with their community partners, are introducing a program called Cheers to Pub-Lic Service. This program celebrates those who are influential, reliable, impassioned, selfless, and humble, and who have an undeniable impact on our youth. Five coaches will be awarded $1,000 each at every Irish 31 location the week of December 17.

 

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Mr. Superintendent,

Just wanted to give a shout out to Ms. Tina Stavrou-Klem for her hard work in putting together not only an outstanding Veteran’s Day Ceremony but for coordinating the student Mock election which afforded your students an opportunity to participated in a simulated election this past cycle.

She always goes above and beyond and in my dealings with Ms. Klem, can attest she is a consummate professional.  We appreciate the partnership between our office and the Pasco School district!

Regards,

Brian Corley, MPA
Supervisor of Elections

 

Mr. Browning,

I just wanted to take a moment to commend my daughter’s bus driver, Matthew Bradshaw.  He has made this year so enjoyable for my daughter and she actually gets mad at us when we pick her up from school because she loves riding with Matthew so much.  We are lucky to have him!

Thanks!

Shayla Johnson

 

Hi Linda,

I just had to take a moment and express my sincere appreciation for Harry Keenan, Steven Buck, and George Motsios.  They are always responsive, willing to help and do an amazing job keeping up the District Complex.  They work tirelessly every day to make our workplace inviting, warm and functional and I wanted to recognize their efforts by saying thank you to them for the wonderful job they do!  It truly is appreciated.

V/R
Dr. Joshua R. Nelson DBA ISERM
Manager for Information Services
District School Board of Pasco County

 

Mr. Browning,

I would like to tell you how fantastic our technology crew is at Fivay High. With the absence of our RMA and the influx of technology from WKTHS, James, Jason, and Tony were tremendous in organizing and preparing all the needed devices for classroom use. They are quick to respond to any issues/concerns and constantly have a positive attitude.

It is a pleasure to work with them on a daily basis!

Mrs. Binder
Assessment Coordinator
Fivay High School

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