Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools
August 10, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

August 10, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

August 10, 2018

Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Schools

August 10, 2018

Welcome Back!

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Scholarships Available for Struggling Readers

In 2018, the state of Florida established Reading Scholarship accounts to provide support for public school students in grades three through five who struggle with reading. Students who received a Florida State Assessment (FSA) score of Level 1 in English Language Arts (ELA) automatically qualify for the scholarship.

The state program provides families with access to education savings accounts, worth $500, to pay for tuition and fees associated with part-time tutoring in reading during summer, and after school programs designed to improve reading and literacy skills through instructional materials and curriculum aligned to grade-level literacy standards. Scholarships are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The application window opens on Monday, August 13.

For more information on the scholarship opportunity click here. To access the Reading Scholarship Handbook, please click here.


EAP Additions

The Employee Assistance Program has added four new providers to enhance our coverage area and number of providers available to our employees. New providers are located in Wesley Chapel, New Port Richey, Lutz, and Hernando County.  To update your understanding of the EAP (one of several free benefits provided by the school board) and to see where our providers are located, please click here.


Onsite Mammography Screenings

Pasco County Schools has teamed up with Tampa Bay Mobile Mammography to offer onsite 3D mammogram screenings. Please click here for the complete schedule of when the screening will be provided at your worksite. Click here to schedule an appointment by selecting your worksite from the drop-down box. Additional information is available for download on the Health and Wellness website.


Pasco County Libraries Launches New Technology Services

The hottest technology tools continue to transform Pasco Libraries into hubs of innovation.  The Pasco County Library System has launched four new offerings, including two streaming media services, wireless printing, and Wi-Fi hotspots.

New services include:

Freegal: free music service offering access to more than 15-million songs.  Download (free of charge) up to three songs per week.  Stream up to 3-hours of music per day.
Kanopy: streaming movie service offering more than 30,000 feature films, independent films, foreign cinema, documentaries, and kids’ movies.  Movies can be streamed at no cost.
Wireless printing and print-from-anywhere: print from smart phones and tablets, or from a home computer or laptop.  Cost is 10¢ per page for black & white, 25¢ for color.
Internet-on-the-Go: borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to three weeks!  The 4G LTE device is easy to set up and can connect multiple devices, including laptops, gaming consoles, and more.

All library services are available at no cost with a Pasco County Library card, which can be obtained for free at any library branch.


Submit a "Good News" story

Teachers, the district is looking for innovative activities and fun lessons you are planning for your classes that we can pitch to local media.  The only way we can let the public know about all the great things going on in our classrooms is if we tell them ourselves.  Please complete a Good News story form and send it to our Communications Department.

Back To School Relief

Visit Papa John's online and use the code HAPPYFAMILY40 to receive 40% off your entire order.

The code is active August 13 to 19!

Join Costco as a new member

Receive coupons and a $20 Costco Cash Card!

Grand Canyon University provides local support all the way to graduation

Michael Gunther is an education counselor living in Pasco County who is able to offer information on TITLE 1 grants, scholarships, and start dates. Students enroll every month, and there are special cohort starts too. Current student loans in default? Michael can help with that as well. He is able to counsel individuals looking to complete a bachelor's degree and others seeking a masters or advanced program. Most importantly, Michael can assist with paperwork, financial aid, internal and external loans and grants, etc. All of the degree programs at Grand Canyon University are 100 percent online!  You may contact him at Michael.Gunther@gcu.edu or call 813-459-7684.

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Land O'Lakes' Vicky King makes Tampa Bay Times Top 50 Coaches

The only girls' soccer coach Land O'Lakes has known started as a tennis coach and teacher at the school 33-years ago. In 1987, she added soccer to her duties when Pasco County first offered the sport for girls. The Gators became the dominant program in the county and one of the best in Florida, winning a state title in 2003 and finishing as the runnerup in 2015. The program also has made it to the state semifinals four other times (2004, 2015-17). King, 64, the dean among girls soccer coaches, is 499-188-56 in her career. She is just as proud of the more than 30 girls who have gone on to play soccer in college, all of whom have their picture hanging on the wall in the school's locker room. King also devotes her time to the Special Olympics and coached a soccer team to the World Games in 2015. Click here to view article.

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Clear the Shelters™ National Pet Adoption Event Comes To Pasco

Pasco County Animal Services (PCAS) is proud to participate in NBCUniversal’s fourth annual Clear the Shelters™ nationwide pet adoption campaign on Saturday, August 18, 2018. All adoption fees will be waived to help local families bring home a new pet. Since 2015, NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ Clear the Shelters™ campaign has resulted in more than 150,000 pet adoptions.

When: Saturday, August 18, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: 19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O’Lakes
What’s included: All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations. The waived fee applies to all dogs and cats with no exclusions. Pasco County residents are required to purchase appropriate county licensing at the time of adoption.


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Thank you to Mr. Viking and Dr. Zetzsche for the great music at the transportation inservice to celebrate Gary Sawyer’s last inservice!

- Betsy Kuhn






Hello Mr. Browning,

I wanted to acknowledge the work of the staff at Central Pasco Girls AcademyJessica Williams and Tim Guy wrote a Perkins Grant and received funding to support a ServSafe Program at the facility for our students.  Four students successfully completed the ServSafe course and passed the industry certification.  This would not have been possible if not for the efforts of Jeremy Blythe, the chef for the culinary arts program at WRHS.  When a vendor fell through that was to provide instruction at CPGA, we reached out to Chef Blythe who quickly got the program back on track.  He understood the students' challenges and backgrounds and easily gained rapport with them.  Two of the students were released before they could participate in prepping and cooking for the family day event.   On Friday, July 20th, the two remaining students under the observation and direction of Chef Blythe prepared food for 100 people!  Prior to the event, Chef Blythe presented the two students with their chef jackets.  The menu included hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, chicken wings, french fries, and fruit.  The facility staff said it was the smoothest food event they had ever had.  We can't wait to see what the next group accomplishes!

Sincerely, Shawn Hohenthaner, Assistant Principal, Schwettman Education Center


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