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May 2024 Family and Community Newsletter


Superintendent's Message

As we approach the final stretch of the school year, I want to take a moment to commend all of our students for their hard work and dedication thus far.

Throughout the year, our students have exhibited remarkable dedication to their studies, creativity in problem-solving, and compassion for one another. Their academic accomplishments, both inside and outside the classroom, have been nothing short of inspiring. Whether it's excelling in STEM competitions, showcasing artistic talents, or leading community service initiatives, our students continue to demonstrate excellence in so many areas.

Behind every successful student stands a dedicated team of educators, administrators, and support staff. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to all our staff members, especially as we start May with Staff Appreciation Week, for their unwavering commitment to nurturing and empowering our students. Your passion for education and relentless pursuit of excellence have truly made a difference in the lives of our students.

As we approach the end of the school year, remember that every day is an opportunity to learn and grow. Stay focused, stay determined, and finish the year strong. Together, we can make this a successful end to the school year and a safe and enjoyable summer for all as we continue to cultivate your world class education.

Additionally, I invite the entire Ҵý County community to join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our graduating class. Our upcoming graduation ceremonies, listed below, are not only a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students but also a celebration of their journey towards success. Let's come together to applaud their achievements, honor their perseverance, and wish them well as they embark on new adventures.

Thank you for your ongoing support, dedication, and commitment to academic excellence.

Featured Story


2024 Bookmark Contest Winners

During Celebrate Literacy Week in January, students were encouraged to participate in a bookmark contest. Their challenge was to design a bookmark promoting books, reading, or their school Library Media Center. These winning designs were chosen from hundreds of wonderful submissions...

During Celebrate Literacy Week in January, students were encouraged to participate in a bookmark contest. Their challenge was to design a bookmark promoting books, reading, or their school Library Media Center. These winning designs were chosen from hundreds of wonderful submissions. Congratulations!

View ALL of the winning bookmarks from the contest

Elementary
Connerton Elementary
Mary Giella Elementary
Lake Myrtle Elementary
Pine View Elementary

Middle School
Seven Springs Middle School
Gulf Middle School
Centennial Middle School

High School
Wiregrass Ranch High School
Ҵý High School

Each winning school also received 500 bookmarks featuring the student's design for
their Library Media Center!

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World Class Opportunities


The New Worlds Reading Initiative - Free Books to Eligible Students

Have you heard? The New Worlds Reading Initiative is the first-of-its-kind, statewide program that helps children who are not yet reading on grade level grow their personal libraries and encourage a love of reading through free books delivered every month...

Have you heard? The New Worlds Reading Initiative is the first-of-its-kind, statewide program that helps children who are not yet reading on grade level grow their personal libraries and encourage a love of reading through free books delivered every month. The program is open to any student in VPK who is not yet meeting age-appropriate standards according to FAST Star Early Literacy or any Kindergarten through 5th grade student who are not yet reading on grade level. It is not too late to enroll a child who’s end of the year data shows that they are not reading on grade level. Students get 9 books a year from the year they qualify until they exit 5th grade. This summer students will also get three bonus books to add to their personal libraries. Upon registration parents and students get to select books from a curated selection. Eligible students who enroll now, will still receive all 12 books for this year in the mail. Register your eligible students . 

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Extreme Summer Challenge 2024

Back by popular demand! We are excited to announce that the Extreme Summer Challenge is back...

Back by popular demand! We are excited to announce that the Extreme Summer Challenge is back! Ҵý invites current PK-Grade 11 students to participate in the Extreme Summer Challenge to increase literacy and mathematics skills.   

The goal is for students to increase their math and reading proficiency by practicing the skills tailored to each student with learning and practice exercises that fully engage the learners with Beanstack, Zearn, and Lexia will be utilized providing differentiated learning pathways to engage students in building knowledge and skills for math and literacy. Students may engage in one or all challenges for prizes. Find all of the details in .

Who: All Ҵý County students in current PK-Grade 11

What: THE Extreme Summer Challenge   

When: May 25 - July 9     

Where: Take the challenge by launching into the programs on your myҴýConnect dashboard in Beanstack, Lexia, and Zearn.    

Why: This challenge grows your brain AND you have the chance to win prizes! Some of the prizes include tech giveaways.

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Experience the Difference. Enroll in a Career Academy.

By enrolling in a Career Academy, you can receive a great education and authentic experience to prepare you for the high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand jobs of tomorrow...

By enrolling in a Career Academy, you can receive a great education and authentic experience to prepare you for the high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand jobs of tomorrow. 

What is a Career Academy? 

A Career Academy is a school within a high school that ties what you’re learning in class to the high-demand careers that interest you. Career Academies bring what you’re learning to life by infusing your academic studies with career-related lessons and hands-on projects, and by teaming you up with other students who share the same interests as you. 

Career Academies are for any high school student. They provide you with interesting, unique, and fun experiences whether you’re headed off to college after high school or if you plan to begin employment right away. 
 

Career Academies can help you by: 

  • Making you more competitive for college and careers 
  • Providing you with valuable mentoring and internship opportunities with partner businesses 
  • Learning job-specific skills 
  • Earning free college credits during high school 
     

Dual Enrollment 

Earn high school and college credit at the same time at no financial cost to you! Career Academies offer a variety of Dual Enrollment academic and career courses. Contact the Career Specialist at each high school to discuss which Dual Enrollment options are available.

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ASEP Has a Lot to Offer This Summer!

If you need summer care and haven't yet registered for our STEAMsational Summer @ PLACE, please visit...

If you need summer care and haven't yet registered for our STEAMsational Summer @ PLACE, please visit to make sure you have a spot. We are going to be having a fun-packed summer full of in and out-of-house field trips and hands-on activities that your kids won't want to miss!  

Looking for some FREE summer fun? We will be offering several 2-week summer camps throughout the district. The themes will include photography, 3D art, animation, robotics, coding, and the culinary arts. These camps are free, but on a first come first served basis and they fill up quickly. Registration is currently open. To find out more visit .   

If your child attends Centennial Middle or Elementary, Fox Hollow, Gulf Highlands, James Marlowe, Moon Lake, Quail Hollow, RB Cox, or RB Stewart, you can attend our summer programs for FREE. These 21st Century programs are grant-funded and designed to offer educational support for the students that attend these schools. To attend, your student must be enrolled in the school that houses the program. For more information or to register for these programs please visit for elementary and for middle school.

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Summer VPK Program

FREE SUMMER SMILES!

For children starting Kindergarten this fall - SUMMER VPK

Investigation Studies: Insects and Pets...

FREE SUMMER SMILES!

For children starting Kindergarten this fall - SUMMER VPK

Investigation Studies: Insects and Pets

June 3 - July 25, 2024

Monday - Thursday* 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*School is closed on Fridays and on July 4, 2024

Locations

Odessa Elementary School
12810 Interlaken Road
New Port Richey, FL 34655
 
Woodland Elementary School
38203 Henry Drive
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
 
Apply Now!
STEP 1:
Apply for the VPK Certificate of Eligibility at:
 
STEP 2:
Apply for Ҵý County Summer VPK at:
 
For additional information, contact:
Mikesha Hayes, Program Coordinator, VPK
(813) 794-2730
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Family Information and Support


2024 High School Graduation Dates and Times

The 2024 Graduation Schedule is now available online.  You can view dates, times, and locations for this year's Class of 2024 students online.

Smooth Transitions: Navigating Enrollment with myStudent

Attention parents of current Ҵý PK-12 students!  Good news – your child is automatically enrolled for the upcoming school year...

Attention parents of current Ҵý PK-12 students!  Good news – your child is automatically enrolled for the upcoming school year!  

However, if you are New to Ҵý, or your child is Returning to Ҵý having been enrolled before, don't worry; we've got you covered.   

Start the registration process for the next academic term by visiting . Follow the tailored path that suits your needs to create or access your myStudent Parent account.  

Get started now to ensure that your child is well-prepared for a successful start to the new school year.

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Do You Need Assistance With Enrollment?

If you aren't sure where to start, or you need assistance with navigating the online enrollment process, we will offer our first...

If you aren't sure where to start, or you need assistance with navigating the online enrollment process, we will offer our first in-person event!  On May 16, 2024 the enrollment team will be available (by appointment only) to assist you in person with all your enrollment needs. This includes support with Health Services (physicals and immunizations).  If you need help, please use this link to request an appointment. 

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Employment Opportunities


2024-2025 School Year Recruitment

Our HREQ Recruitment Team is dedicated to recruiting new and experienced teachers for the 2024-2025 school year...

Our HREQ Recruitment Team is dedicated to recruiting new and experienced teachers for the 2024-2025 school year! Every day more educators come to Ҵý to work. Check out some of these photos from our Spring Instructional Hiring Event at Gulf High School!

In addition to hosting local job fairs, the Recruitment Team has been traveling throughout Florida and out-of-state to attract dynamic educators for our schools to ensure that every student has a world-class teacher. Check out where they’ve been recently!  

  • March 20th - Pittsburgh Education Recruitment Consortium  
  • March 23rd - Chasco Fiesta  
  • April 10th - Valdosta State University Spring Education Job Fair  
  • April 12th - University of Tampa Education Fair  
  • April 25th - MacDill Airforce Base Career Fair 

Are you interested in working with Ҵý? Complete to receive information regarding our upcoming job fairs.  

Connect with us on social media @HRҴýSchools!

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Summer VPK Teachers

Early Childhood Programs is currently accepting employment applications for Summer VPK teachers...

Early Childhood Programs is currently accepting employment applications for Summer VPK teachers. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2024. Teachers must complete all required VPK trainings and hold a valid teaching certificate prior to teaching in the Summer VPK program.

Complete the summer employment application at 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Liz DeCamilla, Supervisor edecamil@pasco.k12.fl.us or Mikesha Hayes, Program Coordinator mlhayes@pasco.k12.fl.us in Early Childhood Programs.

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Important Safety Tips


Keeping Kids Safe and Healthy During the Upcoming Summer Break

With just 6 weeks left this school year, summer break is fast approaching. A break from school gives kids a chance to enjoy the Florida outdoors...

With just 6 weeks left this school year, summer break is fast approaching. A break from school gives kids a chance to enjoy the Florida outdoors, travel or just relax and play with their friends. However, it's important to ensure that kids stay safe while having fun in the Florida sun.

Johns Hopkins All Children Hospital and Johns Hopkins Childrens Center offer recommendations for keeping kids safe and healthy during the summer months.

Continue to Practice Hand Hygiene

While COVID 19 has been declared to no longer be a public health emergency many viruses are still out there and spreading. This is why it’s important to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and use hand sanitizers especially when traveling.

Keep Children Away from Burn Hazards

Many of us will gear up to celebrate occasions over the summer whether fireworks on July 4th or grilling and sitting around a bonfire. All these things can pose a danger to kids. There should be a minimum of a 5 ft child free zone around grills and bonfires. The discharge of fireworks should always be under supervision of an adult and deployed at a safe distance from kids.

Dressing Kids in Sun Protecting Clothes and Apply Sunscreen

Although feeling the Florida Sun on your skin can be pleasant, sunburn is not. During the summer months, ultraviolet rays are at their strongest. Kids under the age of 18 are at a high risk for skin damage. Sun protective clothing with a UPF of 50 is an excellent source of protection from harmful ultraviolet rays. In addition to wearing hats and sunglasses be sure to apply an SPF Sunscreen of at least 30 to all exposed skin reapplying every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating.

Stay Hydrated and Watch for signs of Heat Exhaustion

Florida summers are known for hot temperatures and plenty of outdoor play. When added together it could also lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. This is especially true for kids because their bodies don't cool down as fast as adults. Always make sure kids have a filled water bottle with them to stay hydrated. It is important that they replenish the water in the bottle throughout the day.

Stay Safe!

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