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Pasco Schools earn 'B' from state

Pasco Schools earn 'B' from state

Pasco County, Florida -- A recent report from the Florida Department of Education indicates that the District School Board of Pasco County continues to build upon its rich tradition of academic achievement, with the District earning a total of 520 points.  This equates to an overall districtwide grade of B (525 points is an A), which is an increase from the total number of points earned by the District last year. 

“While we acknowledge opportunities for improvement in our continued pursuit of excellence, we must celebrate the positive impact that our dedicated staff is making on the lives of the students we serve,” stated Superintendent Heather Fiorentino.

The District is proud to announce that 67% of the schools in Pasco earned an outstanding grade of A or B this year.  Middle schools in Pasco turned in a particularly impressive performance, with 80% earning an A or B.  In addition to school grades, the Florida Department of Education released information about each school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) designation.  Seven Oaks Elementary, Trinity Elementary, Wesley Chapel Elementary and Imagine each earned an A and made AYP this year. 

County celebrates winners of student poster contest on water conservation

County celebrates winners of student poster contest on water conservation

Pasco County Utilities, the Pasco County Superintendent of Public Schools, and the FGUA collaborated again this year for the annual Water Awareness Poster Contest. 

The contest raises awareness among elementary-aged children on the origins of water and provides a creative outlet for the children to share the “Trip of a Drip” with their teachers and fellow students.  This year’s contest, “Solve the Mystery:  Where Does Water Come From?” was offered to all Pasco Elementary School students from first through fifth grade.

Six schools and over 220 students participated in the contest.  As part of the program, water conservation kits, provided free of charge by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, were sent to participating schools.

Generous prize donations from local program sponsors, including Big Cat Rescue, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Florida Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry were awarded for first, second, and third place winners for each grade level.  This year’s winners include:

Student scientists recognized at International Science and Engineering Fair

Student scientists recognized at International Science and Engineering Fair

Pasco County, Florida (via Pasco County Schools)  -- The District School Board of Pasco County is proud of the achievements of students in the area of science. We have increased student participation at both the elementary Young Scientists Fair and the Secondary Regional Science and Engineering Fair.  We had twenty-four students participate in the state competition held in Orlando in April.  Eleven of the students were recognized with special awards and category place awards. 

This year we had two students compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair that was held in Los Angeles, California.  There were more than 65 countries that came together to recognize the accomplishments of student scientists as they competed globally.

The caliber of the projects and the level of excitement for science was demonstrated throughout the week. Science fair provides us with another opportunity to focus on all of the areas of STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - which is critical in ensuring our students are prepared for the needs of the 21st century global marketplace.

Lucky local teachers launch into space camp

Lucky local teachers launch into space camp

Nine Tampa/St. Petersburg-area teachers are among the 250 teachers from 27 countries and 47 states that have been selected to win an all-paid scholarship to Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy in Huntsville, AL, happening now.

Their week of space camp includes real-life astronaut training such as high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions and water survival training. 

Created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 2004, the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program is designed to help teachers move beyond the standard math and science curriculum with supplemental teaching techniques developed through real-life astronaut training.

“Through the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program teachers are given a unique opportunity to become more effective educators,” said Thomas Buckmaster, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. “This hands-on learning reinvigorates their lesson plans of science, technology, engineering and math education in classrooms around the globe and enhances their ability to inspire the next generation of leaders.”

The following educators are the nine scholarship recipients currently in camp from our area:

FCAT: Pasco students perform on par with peers

FCAT: Pasco students perform on par with peers

Pasco County, FL -- The state released FCAT results Wednesday, June 6 for grades 4 through 11.   

As expected, due to the state’s equi-percentile method of measurement, Pasco’s students performed in-line with their peers from around the state.  

There were some notable highlights including the fact that Pasco’s students met or exceeded the state average in grades 4-9 in reading.  

When combined with the Pasco’s impressive writing scores released earlier this year, it is evident that Pasco’s emphasis on developing 21st Century Literacy Skills among all students has been a success. 

Land O' Lakes High gets top honor

Land O' Lakes High gets top honor

Land O' Lakes, FL - Land O' Lakes High School in Pasco County has gotten a top ranking once again among schools in Florida and across the nation.

It has been ranked 49th in the state and 255th in the nation in the Washington's Post High School Challenge which looks at test scores, graduation rate and academic excellence.

This year's ranking for Land O' Lakes is the highest the school has ever received.  The highest previous rank was back in 2006 when the school was ranked 341st in the nation.

Many of the school's ranked this year are private institutions and magnet schools. Land O' Lakes is neither.

Washington Post The High School Challenge 2011: Land O' Lakes High School

Zephyrhills High School student receives 2011 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award

Zephyrhills High School student receives 2011 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award

Zephyrhills, FL -- During receptions on June 1 and 2, the Florida Holocaust Museum honored 89 high school juniors with the 2011 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award (AFHA).  

Julia Hines, of Zephyrhills High School, was one of the 14 honorees out of Pasco County to be recognized for her efforts.

The honorees attend public, private and parochial schools in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. They are recognized as students who make a conscious decision to spend their time improving the lives of others.