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									                                                    Families First
                                                                2012-2013
The Family Guide to Pasco County Schools




        District School Board of Pasco County
               Heather Fiorentino, Superintendent
                         2012-2013 School Calendar
School Year Calendar   August
                       20. . . . . . First Day of School for Students

                       September
                        3 . . . . . Holiday for Teachers/Students/Labor Day

                       October
                       22. . . . . . Teacher Planning Day (No Students)
                       29. . . . . . Report Cards

                       November
                       19-23 . . . Holiday for Teachers/Students/Thanksgiving

                       December
                       24. . . . . . Winter Vacation Begins

                       January
                        4 . . . . . Winter Vacation Ends
                        7 . . . . . Teacher Planning Day (No Students)
                       21. . . . . . Holiday for Teachers/Students/
                                     Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
                       14. . . . . . Report Cards

                       February
                       18. . . . . . Holiday for Teachers/Students/Presidents Day

                       March
                       25-29 . . . Spring Vacation

                       April
                        1 . . . . . Teacher Planning Day (No Students)
                        8 . . . . . Report Cards

                       May
                       27. . . . . . Holiday for Teachers/Students/Memorial Day

                       June
                        4 . . . . . Last Day of School for Students
                       5-6 . . . . . Teacher Planning Day
                       13. . . . . . Final Report Cards
District School Board of Pasco County

           Superintendent                         The District School Board of Pasco County
                                                  7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.
                                                  Land O’ Lakes FL 34638

                                                  District School Board of Pasco County
                                                  Phone Numbers

                                                  Replace XXXX in the numbers below with the
                                                  extension you would like to reach.
                                                  (727) 774-XXXX (West)
                                                  (813) 794-XXXX (Central)
                                                  (352) 524-XXXX (East)




                                                        Department Extensions
   Heather Fiorentino, Superintendent
                                                   Superintendent/Staff/School Board Members . . 2000
                                                   Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2524
        Pasco County                               Charter Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2524
    School Board Members                           Communications and Government Relations . . 2717
         Allen Altman, District 1                  Community, Career and Technical Education . . 2204
        Joanne Hurley, District 2                  Curriculum and Instructional Services . . . . . . 2246
      Cynthia Armstrong, District 3                Employee Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2322
       Alison Crumbley, District 4                 Exceptional Student Education . . . . . . . . . . . 2600
        Steve Luikart, District 5                  Food and Nutrition Services
                                                   (Free and Reduced Price Lunch) . . . . . . . . . . 2439
                                                   Human Resources
                                                   (Employment Opportunities) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2353
                                                   Instructional Media and Technology. . . . . . . . 2451
                                                   Pasco Education Foundation, Inc. . . . . . . . . . 2705
                                                   Pasco Educational Television (PETV) . . . . . . . 2223
                                                   PLACE – District Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2298
                                                   Prekindergarten Services / Head Start . . . . . . 2730
                                                   Research and Evaluation Services (Testing) . . 2343
                                                   Spanish language assistance/
                                                   Ayuda en español . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2245
                                                   Student Services (School Choice) . . . . . . . . . 2362
                                                   Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0400
       School board members, left to right:        Volunteer Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2207
  Alison Crumbley, Joanne Hurley, Allen Altman,
       Cynthia Armstrong and Steve Luikart.




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Strategic Plan   Living the Vision 2008-2013

                 Pasco’s Vision
                 Our vision is to create a community which works together so all Pasco County students will
                 reach their highest potential.


                 Prepare Students for Global Citizenship:
                 Goals:
                 • All students will meet or exceed high academic standards.
                 • The achievement gap will close, as demonstrated by the results of NCLB subgroups
                   meeting proficiency.
                 • All students will be prepared for success in the present and future economies.
                 • The District will support schools and be accountable for results.
                 • Teachers and students will use data to inform teaching and learning.


                 Provide Equitable Support Systems:
                 Goals:
                 • The District   and schools will recruit, retain and train highly skilled employees.
                 • The District   will establish and maintain safe, attractive and studentfriendly facilities.
                 • The District   will increase its technological capacity.
                 • The District   will ensure fiscal responsibility and equitable distribution of resources.


                 Engage Families, Communities and Businesses:
                 Goal:
                 The District and schools will communicate with and engage all stakeholders
                 in the educational process.




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Preparing Students for Global Citizenship

A Well-rounded Curriculum
An important part of preparing students for global citizenship and global awareness is the development of the “whole
child.” Therefore, the District School Board of Pasco County provides access to a well-rounded curriculum that engages
students in learning, which includes rigorous programs in the arts, world languages, language arts, mathematics, science
and technology. In addition, the District provides a health and physical education curriculum that emphasizes healthy
behaviors. The District provides hands-on learning and project-based opportunities to reinforce the concepts learned in
the classroom. Such activities include field experiences, guest speakers and interactive learning environments. For
example, to engage students in the science curriculum, the District’s Environmental Education program features three off-
site learning centers that allow students to explore natural habitats as they develop a sense of collective and individual
responsibility for the preservation of Florida’s precious ecosystem.

Additionally, the District understands that today’s students will confront new challenges as they strive to meet the
demands of our changing global environment. To better prepare students for these challenges, the District has
embarked upon a global initiative that provides opportunities for staff and students to network with their international
peers. Through collaboration, we can ensure that all students are equipped with the skills they need for success.

The District also offers an array of extracurricular and co-curricular activities designed to provide students with multiple
opportunities to develop or refine skills in a specific area. Creativity, innovation and exploration are encouraged as
students discover their talents and abilities.




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Grade Level Standards                                       Extended Learning Opportunities
and Benchmarks                                              The Extended Day program is designed to meet the
                                                            needs of students who are pursuing a standard diploma
The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and the
                                                            but are experiencing difficulty meeting the District’s
Common Core State Standards identify the most critical
                                                            minimum standards in reading, writing or mathematics.
components of each subject area by grade level. They
                                                            If your child is eligible to attend based on his or her
can be viewed in their entirety on the Florida Department
                                                            academic need, you may receive notification from the
of Education Web site (www.fldoe.org). The Florida
                                                            school. This program is meant to be an intensive
Department of Education has established minimum
                                                            intervention program, not tutoring or FCAT preparation.
performance expectations for each grade level.
Teachers regularly evaluate students throughout the year
                                                            Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students who are
to determine whether or not they are meeting standards
                                                            pursuing standard diplomas and meet the eligibility
for each grade level. Teachers consult with families,
                                                            criteria set by each school are eligible to attend
problem-solve to identify specific needs and intervene
                                                            the Extended Day program. Students with 504
through the development of an action plan for students
                                                            Accommodation Plans or English Language Learners
not meeting standards. The progress of these students
                                                            (students with limited English proficiency) are also
is carefully monitored by a team of educational
                                                            eligible to participate in the Extended Day program, as
professionals to ensure that appropriate support and
                                                            are any other students meeting the eligibility criteria set
intervention strategies are provided. It is our goal
                                                            by the school. For more information about the Extended
to make certain that all students meet or exceed
                                                            Day program, please contact the principal of your child’s
standards. If you have questions about whether or not
                                                            school.
your child is meeting standards, please contact his or
her teacher for additional information.

                                                            Middle School Promotion
                                                            Middle school students are required to successfully
                                                            complete three courses each of language arts,
                                                            mathematics, science and social studies in order to be
                                                            promoted to the 9th grade. In addition, students must
                                                            complete a course that includes a career exploration
                                                            and educational planning component. As part of this
                                                            course students develop an academic plan.

                                                            The middle school promotion requirement may be met
                                                            by earning a passing grade in each of the above
                                                            courses or by demonstrating course standards through
                                                            the District’s middle school promotion recovery
                                                            process. If you feel your child is in danger of failing,
                                                            please contact his or her teacher and guidance
                                                            counselor to develop an action plan for successful
                                                            transition to high school.




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High School Credit Options
Pasco County middle and high school students are
given a variety of academic opportunities to obtain high
school credits. These options are based on the most
recent legislative mandates, Florida Statutes and school
board policy. They include those that follow.



International Baccalaureate
Diploma Program (IB)
The International Baccalaureate Diploma program (IB)
offers challenging and rigorous courses to highly
motivated students pursuing college credit during high
school. The IB diploma affords students many benefits
and is widely accepted at universities and colleges        Advanced Placement (AP)
throughout the world. (College credit may vary from
                                                           Advanced Placement is rigorous, college-level
one college to another; therefore, students are advised
                                                           coursework taught on the high school campus. This is
to plan with their chosen college admissions counselor.)
                                                           a national program accredited through the College
International Baccalaureate programs in Pasco County
                                                           Board. There are 34 AP courses with exams across
schools serve students throughout the county and are
                                                           a multitude of subject areas. Students may earn college
offered at Land O’ Lakes High School and Gulf High
                                                           credit by scoring a 3 or higher on the national AP
School. The IB program consists of four years of
                                                           exams given annually in May. (College credit may vary
intensive study in English, mathematics, history and the
                                                           from one college to another; therefore, students are
social sciences, world language, experimental sciences
                                                           advised to plan with their chosen college admissions
and an academic elective. Students are required to
                                                           counselor.)     For more information, please visit
complete the Theory of Knowledge component, submit
                                                           http://www.apcentral.collegeboard.com.
a 4,000 word Extended Essay, take the related IB
examinations, and contribute and reflect upon at least
150 hours of service to the community through the
Creativity-Action-Service component. For more              Dual Enrollment (DE)
information, please visit http://www.ibo.org or contact    Students who meet the entrance requirements of
one of the above high schools.                             Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) may take
                                                           advanced academic courses on their school campus or
                                                           at PHCC and receive both high school and college
                                                           credit. Tuition and most required materials are free to
                                                           students concurrently enrolled in a Pasco high school.
                                                           Students who are considering taking dual enrollment
                                                           courses should be socially mature and able to handle
                                                           the requirements of college. Study habits should be
                                                           strong and consistent. Students should be able to
                                                           balance other activities with college courses.
                                                           Coursework completed through PHCC becomes part of
                                                           the student’s official high school and college
                                                           transcripts. There are registration deadlines for dual
                                                           enrollment. Interested students should see their
                                                           guidance counselor for paperwork and approval.
                                                           PHCC academic advisors are also available to students.


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Certified Career                                             mathematics sections of the FCAT is also a requirement
                                                             to graduate with the early graduation option. Students
Academies                                                    and parents must contact their guidance counselor for
The Certified Career                                         enrollment information.
Academy initiative
offers rigorous and
relevant career
education by providing
                                                             Education Centers
a vital link between                                         The James Irvin and Harry Schwettman Education
education and industry. It is an effort to prepare           Centers offer voluntary graduation enhancement
students to meet the challenges of the 21st century and      programs that the District provides for students who
for success in the global marketplace.             Future    have been identified as “at-risk” of dropping out of
opportunities for Certified Career Academy students are      school. The Harry Schwettman Education Center serves
tremendous. Graduates will have the opportunity to           students on the west side of the school district and the
continue their education at a college or university, enter   James Irvin Education Center serves students in central
the workforce directly upon graduation in high paying        and east Pasco.
careers, or both. Certified Career Academies are
aligned with the needs of the workforce and offer
opportunities for students to earn industry certification    Pasco eSchool
in high-skill, high-wage fields along with post-
                                                             (Virtual Instruction)
secondary credit. The Certified Career Academies in
                                                             Pasco eSchool is a fully accredited K-12 public virtual
Pasco County represent the following industries:
                                                             school that offers access to free virtual instruction for
automotive technology; building technologies; business
                                                             students in Pasco County. Through participation in
management; culinary arts; energy; engineering;
                                                             Pasco eSchool, secondary students can gain new
finance; and health. Every high school in Pasco County
                                                             learning, demonstrate proficiency in curriculum
has at least one Certified Career Academy. For more
                                                             standards, meet high school online instruction
information, visit www.pascocareeracademies.com
                                                             requirements and earn a high school diploma. The
or contact the Community, Career and Technical
                                                             elementary school program offers full-time and blended
Education Department.
                                                             educational opportunities so that students can
                                                             challenge themselves with accelerated learning
                                                             experiences. All of Pasco eSchool’s courses provide
                                                             outstanding curriculum aligned to Florida’s Next
                                                             Generation Sunshine State Standards and are delivered
                                                             by Florida-certified teachers who are highly-qualified
                                                             in their subject areas.

                                                             Courses are available to Pasco County students in
                                                             grades K-12 enrolled in public schools, public charter
                                                             schools, non-public schools and home education
Early Graduation Diploma Option -                            programs. Neighborhood schools and the Pasco
Three Year/18 credits                                        eSchool guidance advisers will assist families in
The Early Graduation Plan options are designed for           determining academically appropriate courses for
students who have determined their future path and           each student based on course prerequisites and
are prepared for further study or direct entry to work       the student’s academic history and age. Parent
upon completion of three years of high school. Students      approval s required for course registration. For more
must satisfy a planned 18-hour credit program within         information about Pasco eSchool, please visit
three years and meet rigorous grade point average            http://eschool.pasco.k12.fl.us/. With Pasco eSchool,
requirements.     Passing both the reading and               the future of education is here today.


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Florida Virtual School                                       Adult and Community Education
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is a fully accredited public   Program
virtual school that offers free online courses to middle     Adult and Community Education programs are offered
and high school students in Florida. All FLVS teachers       to adult students (16 years of age and older) who desire
are Florida-certified in the subjects they teach, and all    to improve their basic or functional literacy skills,
courses are aligned with Florida’s Next Generation           complete high school education requirements needed
Sunshine State Standards. Individual courses are             for a standard diploma, complete preparation
available to Florida students in public schools, public      coursework for and pass the General Educational
charter schools, non-public schools and home                 Development (GED) exam needed for a state of Florida
education programs. The school determines if a course        high school diploma, and prepare for or improve
is academically appropriate for the student based upon       employability skills needed for a chosen career. Adult
course prerequisites and the student’s academic history      and Community Education serves Pasco County
and age. Parent approval is also required for course         residents through a number of programs, such as Adult
registration. FLVS will begin awarding a high school         Basic Education (ABE), GED Preparation, English for
diploma in 2013. Credits earned through FLVS may be          Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and high school
applied toward the graduation requirements of a high         credit completion classes. Programs and classes are
school diploma-awarding institution. Students and their      offered throughout the county during day and evening
families are advised to work closely with the school         hours. Online courses are also offered in ABE and GED,
district, charter school, non-public school or home          as well as credit courses in various subject areas.
education program in which they are enrolled to              Tuition for scheduled adult education classes is
determine the appropriate courses and policies for           charged per school term (August to December, January
earning a high school diploma. The website for Florida       to June, July to August) and based on the student’s
Virtual School is www.flvs.net.                              proof of previous year’s residency ($30 resident, $120
                                                             non-resident). One-on-one tutoring for adults who want
                                                             to learn to read or need more intensive reading
Adult Education for Currently                                assistance is also available. Additional information may
Enrolled High School Students                                be obtained from any adult education staff member
                                                             located at Moore-Mickens Education Center in Dade
Students in all grade levels may repeat failed
                                                             City or Marchman Technical Education Center in New
coursework for high school credits following their daily
                                                             Port Richey or by calling the Community, Career and
six-period day classes through the 2011-12 adult
                                                             Technical Education Department.
education program. Students are limited to repeating up
to two core courses from the approved Florida
Department of Education list of core academic courses
to replace previously failed semester courses. Elective
courses are not available for grade/credit replacement
and students must adhere to all program requirements
and complete all course competencies in order to earn
any semester credit.       Specific questions related to
grade replacement needed to complete high school
graduation requirements should be directed to the
student’s guidance counselor and local adult education
administrator.




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Performance-Based Diploma
The Performance-Based Diploma Program offers
qualified students a chance to complete a
Performance-Based High School Diploma and attend
their home school graduation ceremonies. Students
must spend a minimum of one year in completing the
program requirements and cannot graduate any year
                                                           College Planning Services
prior to their original graduation year. Students must     FACTS.org is Florida’s official online student
pass the appropriate FCAT and state-required end of        advisement system. High school students, college
course examinations, or pass with concordance scores       students, parents and counselors may use the services
on the SAT or ACT and GED tests to be eligible for a       provided on this website to help plan and track
regular high school diploma from their home school.        educational progress in Florida. FACTS.org is provided
Students must take the Test of Adult Basic Education       free by the Florida Department of Education to help
(TABE) and obtain a minimum score of grade 9 or higher     students make informed choices about their education.
in reading and mathematics, be at least 16 years of age,   With FACTS.org, you may:
and have their own transportation.                         • Determine career objectives
                                                           • Evaluate high school progress
                                                           • See high school course summaries and grades
                                                           • Learn about higher education opportunities in Florida
Academic Advisement                                        • Apply to college online
Guidance, advising and career education programs are       • Choose a major
available to students and their families at all school     • Access college transcripts and grades
levels. These services are coordinated by the District’s   • Track progress toward college graduation
Student Services Department and implemented by
guidance counselors, career specialists and student
services teams at each school. Every school has at
least one guidance counselor, and all high schools
have a career specialist. Contact your school’s
Guidance department for personal or social counseling,
career and academic advising, or parent consultation
services. For more information, contact the Student
Services Department.




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Educational Choices and Services




                                                                                                         Choices
The District School Board of Pasco County is proud of the many school
choice options available to our diverse student population. Opportunities
include school choice, Pasco eSchool, public charter schools, alternative
education and home education.




School Choice Open Enrollment
School Choice Open Enrollment is one option parents may choose as an alternative to enrolling
their child in their neighborhood or zoned school. Parents may apply to enroll their child in a school
of choice during the open enrollment period determined by the School Board. Requests for
attendance at a school of choice based on hardship, special circumstances or as a dependent of
an adult with active military status will be considered.

The District’s School Choice Open Enrollment Plan provides additional information and may be
found by visiting the District website at http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us, selecting the “Parents” tab at
the top of the page, then “School Choice.”



Pasco eSchool Virtual Instruction Program
In accordance with state law, all K-12 students are entitled to access a virtual education program.
In August 2009, the District School Board of Pasco County launched an exciting opportunity for
students residing in Pasco County by opening Pasco eSchool. This progressive choice program
provides expanded educational services to a wider student community for anytime, anywhere
learning. Virtual schooling meets the demands of today’s digital learners through individualized
instruction that moves beyond the walls and time constraints of the traditional classroom.

Pasco eSchool provides programs for students in grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Programs are either
full time or blended and offer course materials, technical assistance, access to a highly qualified
teacher and a comprehensive curriculum that is aligned with the Next Generation Sunshine State
Standards. There are no costs for this program to students residing in Pasco County. For more
information, please contact Pasco eSchool or visit their website at http://eschool.pasco.k12.fl.us/.

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Alternative Schools                                           Charter Schools
The James Irvin and Harry Schwettman Education                Pasco County will have five public Charter Schools for
Centers offer voluntary graduation enhancement                the 2011-2012 School Year: Academy at the Farm
programs that the District provides for students who          (K-8), Athenian Academy of Pasco (K-8), Countryside
have violated school board policy, have seriously             Montessori (1-6), Dayspring Academy (K-8) and
disrupted the learning environment of the school, have        Imagine School at Land O’ Lakes (K-7). For more
been expelled from school, or have a behavior pattern         information, contact the charter school directly or call
which has not been improved by a continuum of                 the District’s Charter School Office.
positive intervention strategies. School-based
personnel refer students directly to the program.
The principal considers eligible students with the
Placement Committee (the alternative school principal,
the referring principal, the Director of Student Services
or designee, and the Director of Exceptional Student
Education or designee) for placement of students in
this program.

The Alternative Education Centers provide a positive,
intensive behavior change program staffed with a
Student Services team that teaches coping and survival
skills to assist students in developing a positive attitude
toward learning, the school environment, school staff,
and other students. An integrated academic program,
as well as computer-assisted skills remediation and a
community experience component help students
progress through the requirements of the District's
                                                              Home Education
Student Progression Plan toward earning a high                Home education is a parent-directed option. The
school diploma. For further information, please               parent determines the path and plan for reaching the
see the Graduation Enhancement webpage at                     academic goals of the student. Instruction is scheduled
http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/cis/graduation/.                   by the parent and may take place in a variety of
                                                              settings.     When implemented according to the
                                                              requirements set by Florida law, a home education
                                                              program fulfills the state’s mandatory school
                                                              attendance requirement. To establish a home education
                                                              program, parents must notify the school district, in
                                                              writing, of the date the program began or will begin, and
                                                              the student’s name, date of birth, address and phone
                                                              number. The notice must be signed by the parent and
                                                              submitted to the Student Services Department within
                                                              30 days of starting a program. In addition, the parent
                                                              must obtain a portfolio of the child’s work and submit
                                                              an annual evaluation to the school district documenting
                                                              that the child is making progress commensurate
                                                              with abilities.




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Provide Equitable Support Systems

Head Start Programs and                                      Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the proficiency level
                                                             of all students. Schools failing to make AYP (regardless
Early Head Start Services                                    of their Title I status) are required to implement a school
Research clearly identifies school readiness as an           improvement action plan that outlines support and
important indicator of student achievement. In an effort     intervention strategies to improve the performance of all
to close the achievement gap for at-risk students and        students.
ensure that all children are prepared for success, our
District provides a variety of services to young children.   As a parent of a Pasco County student, you are
Our school district is the provider of the federally         entitled to know the professional qualifications of the
funded Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The         teachers at your child’s school. Federal law allows you
Early Head Start Program provides early intervention         to ask for the following information about your child’s
services to infants, toddlers and pregnant women from        classroom teachers:
at-risk populations. Both programs effectively serve         • Has the Florida Department of Education licensed or
income-eligible children and families at school sites in       qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he
an effort to promote and support school readiness.             or she teaches?
Since 2006, our school district has participated in the      • Has the Florida Department of Education decided
state’s Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) Program for           that the teacher can teach in a classroom without
all four-year-olds through summer VPK. In order to             being licensed or qualified?
extend services, the District’s Head Start program also      • What college did the teacher attend, and what was
dually enrolls students in a yearlong VPK program.             the teacher’s major?
To learn more about how your child can take advantage        • What are the qualifications of any teachers’
of these opportunities, please contact Pre-                    assistants or similar instructional assistants who
kindergarten Services or visit their webpage at                provide services to your child?
http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/prek/.
                                                             If you would like to receive any of this information,
                                                             please contact your child’s school.
Title I Programs and Adequate Yearly
Progress
Each year, in accordance with federal guidelines, the        Ensuring Accountability
District designates schools with the highest populations     As a District, we expect parents and our community to
of economically disadvantaged students (based upon           hold us accountable for our performance. One measure
participation in the Free or Reduced Price Lunch             of accountability is found in our student assessment
Program) as Title I schools. The purpose of the              program. Students are regularly assessed to measure
federally funded Title I program is to ensure that all       state and District expectations. For a list of specific
children have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain a       tests and dates, please see the District website or
high-quality education.       These schools receive          contact your child’s school. Or to learn more about the
additional federal funding to achieve the goals of the       assessments that students take and how the
program. The primary goal of the program is to provide       assessment landscape is changing, visit the Florida
additional support and services to economically              Department of Education Success Measures page at
disadvantaged students in order to close the                 http://www.fldoe.org/successmeasures.
achievement gap. The Elementary and Secondary
Education Act (ESEA), more recently known as No Child
Left Behind (NCLB), requires that Title I schools make

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Testing Tips                                               After Testing/Assessment Results
When your child is preparing for a test, you can support   Parents will receive their child’s FCAT results near the
your child by:                                             end of the school year. These results are used to
• Keeping a positive attitude toward the test              determine whether students are meeting state and
• Helping your child relax                                 District standards, which instructional programs meet
• Making sure your child has a good night’s rest           students’ needs and whether or not the students require
• Giving your child a nutritious breakfast                 a referral for further screening and testing.
• Keeping a normal routine at home




Parent Resources
• FCAT Explorer: The FCAT Explorer Parent and Family
  Guide is designed to support parents, guardians and
  mentors in their efforts to help children strengthen
  the critical skills that are outlined in the state
  standards and tested on the FCAT. It is available in
  English, Haitian-Creole, and Spanish at
  http://www.FCATexplorer.com. This website also
  features skills practice for both reading and math,
  and includes passage and question topics from
  several areas of the standards, such as social
  studies, science and the arts.

You may also contact your child’s teacher for a list of                     Report Cards
suggested resources that are relevant to your child’s
grade level and individual needs.                               Report cards and progress reports are
                                                                    distributed four times per year.
                                                                Elementary report cards are sent home
                                                                  with the students. Middle and high
                                                                 school report cards can be sent home
                                                                    with students or mailed home.
                                                                   Please contact your child’s school
                                                                      for additional information.



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 Response to Instruction and                                      • What types of programs are used in my child’s
                                                                    classroom (e.g., instructional programs, intervention
 Intervention: Ensuring a Strong                                    supports)?
 Start, Promoting a Bright Future                                 • Is my child successful? If not, what additional
 The following are some frequently asked questions                  supports will my child need to accelerate learning?
 regarding an important framework the District has                • How will additional supports be provided? By whom?
 established to ensure the needs of all students are met.           How often? For how long?
                                                                  • How will I know if my child is making progress? What

Q:
 “What is Response to Instruction and                               is sufficient progress for my child?
 Intervention?”                                                   • What will the school do if my child is not improving?



                                                             Q:
 Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtI) is a
 process to determine what interventions and educational          “What role does RtI play in general and
 support services result in better outcomes for students.         special education?”
 The goal is to prevent problems and provide intervention         • A key component of RtI is that all students are
 so that students can be successful. For more                       provided with high quality instruction and
 information, go to http://www.florida-rti.org/.                    interventions in the general education setting.


Q:
                                                                    As part of the general education intervention
 “What does RtI look like?”                                         procedures, progress is monitored and evaluated to
 The RtI process has three tiers of support that build              determine the learning of students.
 upon one another. Each tier provides a more intensive            • Progress monitoring data help schools identify
 level of support based on the needs of students:                   students who may need more supports or more
 • Core Instruction or Tier I includes high quality                 targeted instruction in addition to the high quality
   instruction. The school provides all students with               instruction received in Tier I.
   access to high quality curriculum, instruction and             • Progress monitoring data reflecting the student’s rate
   behavior supports in the general education classroom.            of progress and response to instruction and
 • Supplemental Instruction or Tier II includes                     intervention are used to make important decisions
   additional targeted instruction/interventions. The               and help determine what works best for the student.
   school provides interventions to small groups of               • Schools carefully examine all relevant aspects of a
   students who need more support than they are                     student’s performance to determine when a higher
   receiving through Tier I.                                        level of support is needed. In such cases, intensive
 • Intensive Instruction or Tier III includes intensive             intervention will be developed to meet the individual
   interventions. The school develops and implements                needs of the child. This individualized support may
   interventions to meet the individual needs of students.          include a referral for special education.


Q:
 “What can I expect with RtI?”
 • You will be informed and involved in planning and         Q:   “What do I do if I believe my child
                                                                  is struggling?”
   providing interventions for your child.                        • Talk with your child’s teacher
 • You will see levels of support (academic and                   • Review and assist with homework assignments
   behavioral) that increase or decrease in intensity             • Ask for regular progress monitoring reports
   depending on your child’s needs.                               • Celebrate your child’s successes
 • You will receive frequent progress monitoring about            • Learn more about the curriculum, assessments, and
   how your child responds to the interventions provided.           interventions being used in your child’s school


Q:
                                                                  • Participate in conferences and other meetings about
 “How can I be involved in RtI?”                                    your child
 Parents play a critical role in supporting what their            • Make a list of specific questions to ask during
 children are learning in school. The more parents are              conferences (e.g., What is working? or What
 involved in student learning, the higher the student               additional supports may be needed?).
 achievement. Ask questions to learn more about
 this process:                                                    For more information, contact the principal at your
                                                                  child’s school.
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                      Homeless Services

Additional Services   Two District social workers are specifically assigned to help identify and meet the needs of
                      homeless children and youth. They work closely with shelters and domestic violence centers to
                      provide services to these children and families. Children are eligible for homeless services if they
                      are residing in emergency or transitional housing (e.g., staying in motels, hotels or a vehicle or
                      structure that is not a permanent nighttime residence), awaiting foster care placement, or staying
                      with family or friends due to the loss of housing and economic hardship.



                      School Psychology Services
                      School psychological services are available at all public school sites in the county. All school
                      psychologists have advanced degrees and are specially trained to link mental health to learning and
                      behavior. These professionals deliver a broad scope of comprehensive services that are tailored to
                      the particular needs of each child, family, school and situation. As members of the school-based
                      intervention teams, school psychologists play a critical role in problem-solving, assessment, mental
                      health, coaching, and crisis prevention and intervention. School psychologists work with parents,
                      educators and other mental health service providers to develop, implement and evaluate services.
                      They use research-based and results-based strategies to promote good mental health, high
                      academic achievement, positive social skills and behavior, tolerance and respect for others and safe
                      supportive learning environments. These professionals are also available to support staff and
                      parents through consultation, coaching and evaluation activities, including intervention during times
                      of crisis. More than a quarter of the staff is licensed at the state level and/or is nationally certified.



                      Social Worker Services
                      Professional social workers have the
                      appropriate education, experience
                      and dedication to help people help
                      themselves whenever and wherever
                      they need it most. Social workers
                      provide supportive counseling to
                      children and their families.      In
                      addition, social workers possess
                      knowledge of the community and are
                      able to connect people with the
                      resources they need. There are more
                      than 30 professional social workers
                      employed in our school system.
                      More than half are licensed clinical
                      social workers (LCSWs).




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                                                       Pasco Learning and Activity Centers
                                                       of Enrichment (PLACE)
                                                       The school-age before-and after-school activity
                                                       program, PLACE, has been designed to provide an
                                                       active and enriching environment for children who must
                                                       arrive at school early, stay late or require supervised
                                                       activities during school holidays. Participation is limited
                                                       to elementary school children. The school cafeteria and
                                                       outside play areas are utilized for PLACE activities.
                                                       Supervision is provided at a ratio of one adult to 25
                                                       children. The number of children enrolled at each site
                                                       is determined by how much space is available and
                                                       the number of staff employed. The PLACE program
                                                       offers a broad range of activities for students in an
                                                       effort to meet the unique needs of the community it
                                                       serves.      Please visit the District webpage at
                                                       http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us., select the “Parents” tab at
                                                       the top of the page, then choose “Child Care (PLACE)”
                                                       for additional information.



School Counselor Services                              Student Health Services
School counselors follow a planned and comprehensive   Positive student achievement is directly related to
program that delivers prevention and intervention      student health. The mission of our School Health
services to all students. In addition to planned       program is to appraise, protect and promote the health
classroom guidance and targeted group counseling,      of students through prevention, early intervention, and
school counselors provide individual counseling to     referral for treatment of acute or chronic health
students for academics, personal needs, and crisis     problems. School nurses focus on developing health
situations. The program is research based, outcomes-   strategies that support positive student outcomes and
driven, specific to each school’s needs, and uses      ensure student readiness to learn. School nurses in
data to focus on issues of students at each age        Pasco County are all registered nurses licensed by the
and level. School counselors have a minimum of a       Florida Board of Nursing. Please visit the District
Master’s Degree in counseling, and many of Pasco       webpage at http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us., select the
County’s counselors are Licensed Mental Health         “Parents” tab at the top of the page, then choose
Counselors, Nationally Certified Counselors, and/or    “Immunizations” for additional information about school
hold Doctorate degrees.                                health services and immunization requirements.




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                Immunization Requirements for the 2011-2012 School Year

Immunizations   DTaP - 4-5
                *Polio - 3-5
                                                  Pre-K
                                                  Age appropriate
                                                  doses as indicated
                                                                                   K
                                                                                   X
                                                                                   X
                                                                                       1
                                                                                       X
                                                                                       X
                                                                                            2
                                                                                            X
                                                                                            X
                                                                                                3
                                                                                                X
                                                                                                X
                                                                                                    4
                                                                                                    X
                                                                                                    X
                                                                                                        5
                                                                                                        X
                                                                                                        X
                                                                                                            6
                                                                                                            X
                                                                                                            X
                                                                                                                7
                                                                                                                X
                                                                                                                X
                                                                                                                    8
                                                                                                                    X
                                                                                                                    X
                                                                                                                        9
                                                                                                                        X
                                                                                                                        X
                                                                                                                              10 11 12
                                                                                                                              X
                                                                                                                              X
                                                                                                                                  X
                                                                                                                                  X
                                                                                                                                      X
                                                                                                                                      X
                MMR - 2                                                            X   X    X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X     X   X   X
                Hep B (2-3 Doses)                                                  X   X    X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X     X   X   X
                Varicella (single dose)                                                             X   X   X   X   X   X     X
                Varicella (two dose)                                               X   X    X   X
                Prevnar                           X
                Td                                                                                                            X   X   X
                Tdap                                                                                            X   X   X

                *New for 2011-2012 K Entrance ONLY: If 4th dose was give prior to the 4th birthday, a 5th dose is required.
                The immunization record must show that the student has met the minimum state requirement:




                                   Prekindergarten                                         4th, 5th and 6th Grade Students
                 • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine                          • 4/5 doses DPT (diphtheria, pertussis,
                 • Polio vaccine                                                         and tetanus)
                 • MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella)                               • 3/5 doses polio vaccine
                 • Hepatitis B vaccine                                                 • 2 doses MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
                 • Varicella vaccine (or date of disease)                              • Hep B (2-3 Doses)
                 • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine                         • 1 dose of varicella vaccine or date of
                 • Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine (Prevnar)                              disease (year) as verified by parent or
                     (Effective January 1, 2008 for children age 2 to 59 months)         healthcare provider




                 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade                                      7th through 12th Grade Students
                 • 4/5 doses of diphtheria, tetanus,                                   • 4/5 doses DTaP
                   and pertussis vaccine                                               • 3/5 doses polio vaccine
                 • 3/5 doses of polio vaccine                                          • 2 doses MMR
                 • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella                              • Hep B (2-3 Doses)
                   vaccine                                                             • 7th, 8th & 9th grade: 1 dose Tdap (tetanus -
                 • Hep B (2-3 Doses)                                                     diphtheria - pertussis)
                 • 2 doses of varicella vaccine or date of                             • 10th-12th grade only: 1 dose Td (tetanus,
                   disease (year) as verified by parent or                               diphtheria) or Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria,
                   healthcare provider                                                   and pertussis)
                                                                                       • 7th - 10th grade only: 1 dose varicella or
                                                                                         date of disease (year)




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Recommended Adolescent                                      Immunization Waivers
Vaccination                                                 Students who are enrolling, and who have previously
Meningococcal vaccine can protect against bacterial         attended school in Florida, are granted a 30-day period
meningitis which is a serious and highly contagious         of time for their previous records to arrive. Schools will
infection that can become deadly in a short period of       have the parent complete a *30-day waiver form. Parent
time. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)                 / guardian agrees that when records from the previous
recommends that adolescents receive initial                 school arrive, if the vaccination record is incomplete or
vaccination at age 11 or 12 years, with a booster at        cannot be located, they must provide proof of
age 16. You can find additional information at              immunization for their child.
http://www.voicesofmeningitis.org/.
                                                            Note: *30-day waivers are not applicable for first time
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine can protect              enrollees (i.e., kindergarten or prekindergarten) or Grade
against the types of HPV that cause most cervical or        7. Homeless students are the only exception to this rule.
anal cancers. The CDC recommends that this                  Florida Statute gives homeless students a 30-day grace
vaccination be given to both boys and girls at age 11 or    period to comply.
12, in a series of three doses over a period of 6 months.
Teens and young adults who have not yet received HPV
vaccine or who have not finished the series of shots,       Physicals
should talk with their parents and/or the doctor about      A physical exam report completed within one year prior
getting those shots now.                                    to enrollment is required for any student who has never
                                                            attended school in Florida in the past (i.e., kindergarten
Flu vaccine protects against 3 influenza viruses that       and out of state transfers). Homeless students are the
research indicates will be most common during the           only exception to this rule. Florida Statute gives
upcoming flu season. Most people sick with the flu will     homeless students a 30-day grace period to comply.
recover in a few days to less than 2 weeks; however flu
is unpredictable. The CDC recommends that everyone,         • Including components of a general health
6 months of age and older, receive a flu vaccine each         examination.
year. Preteens and teens should get a flu vaccine in the    • On any form, no specific legal requirements.
fall or as soon as it is available each year.               • May be completed and signed by any licensed
                                                              health professional: M.D., D.O., P.A., A.R.N.P, or
                                                              Chiropractor.
                                                            • Must be within one calendar year prior to enrollment.
                                                            • May be from any state in the U.S.




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Educatinal Rights   Educational Rights and Responsibilities

                    English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
                    English for Speakers of Other Languages services are designed to provide academic, cultural,
                    social and support services to English Language Learners (ELL) who are enrolled in Pasco schools.
                    Comprehensive instruction is delivered in English by classroom teachers, helping students to
                    actively participate in a student-centered learning process as they build their strengths in the
                    English language and in academics. In addition, ESOL bilingual instructional assistants provide
                    students with heritage language support. Students participate in the services until they attain
                    proficiency in English and reading. For more information contact Curriculum and Instructional
                    Services or visit the ESOL webpage at http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/cis/esol/.



                    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
                    This law allows parents and guardians to gain access to their child’s school records. It requires the
                    school to tell parents or guardians about the kinds of records it keeps and where they are kept. A
                    school has 45 days to answer a request to see a child’s records and explain anything the parent
                    does not understand. If a parent or guardian needs time to review his or her child’s records, the
                    school is required to provide copies for a reasonable fee.

                    If a parent or guardian finds something that is incorrect in his or her child’s records, the parent or
                    guardian has the right to ask that it be changed. If the school disagrees, a due process hearing may
                    be requested. The outcome of the due process hearing determines whether or not the record will
                    be changed. If the record is not changed as a result of the due process hearing, the parent or
                    guardian has the right to prepare a statement explaining why he or she believes the information is
                    incorrect. The statement is added to the child’s school record.

                    The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) is a federal law that affords specific rights to
                    parents of minor students in relation to surveys that ask questions of a personal nature. As a result
                    of this amendment, parents are notified prior to the administration of a survey that solicits personal
                    information. Participation in such a survey is voluntary. No student is required to participate in such
                    surveys if the student or the student’s parent or guardian (if the student is a minor) objects to
                    participation. Written notification must be given to opt out of survey participation.




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Section 504
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a civil rights
legislative act that protects the rights of persons with
disabilities. Under Section 504, school districts have the
responsibility to identify, to evaluate, and to afford
access to appropriate educational services and
procedural safeguards for these individuals.

Section 504 regulation requires schools to make
reasonable accommodations to the known physical or
mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual,
which would enable the individual to participate
successfully in the regular education school program.

The decision regarding eligibility and need for
reasonable accommodations must be based upon
information drawn from a variety of sources and must         Students with Physical, Learning or
be made by a group of persons knowledgeable about
the student and the suspected disability. Under Section
                                                             Emotional Disabilities
504, courts have required reasonable accommodations          Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services are
that achieve “meaningful equal opportunity.” As such,        available for students who have met eligibility criteria in
Section 504 accommodations need to take into                 one or more of the following:
consideration both the functional limitations of the
individual and the alternative methods of performing         •   Autism Spectrum Disorder
tasks or activities.                                         •   Intellectual Disabilities
                                                             •   Visual or Hearing Impairments
If you believe your child has a disability that would        •   Developmentally Delayed (Ages 3-5)
entitle him/her to reasonable accommodations under           •   Gifted
Section 504:                                                 •   Speech or Language Impairments
                                                             •   Emotional-Behavioral Disabilities
• Inform your child’s teacher.                               •   Orthopedic Impairment
• Discuss your concerns with the guidance                    •   Specific Learning Disabilities
  counselor, school nurse, school psychologist,              •   Other Health Impairment
  or administrator at your child’s school.                   •   Traumatic Brain Injury
• Request further information about Section 504
  from the school guidance counselor or from the
  Section 504 Coordinator.

For further information, call the Department of Student
Services.




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 The Law Protects Students with                               Determining if Your Child is Eligible
 Disabilities                                                 for Special Education Services
 Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act        Schools have a responsibility to provide effective
 (IDEA), all children with one or more disabilities listed    instruction and behavioral supports to all students.
 are entitled to a “free, appropriate, and public             When a student needs more help, a team of people use
 education” along with the appropriate related services       a problem-solving process to find ways to improve
 required for the child to benefit from his or her            learning. The team may include teachers,
 education. If you believe that your child has a disability   administrators, and other types of specialists who may
 that keeps him or her from succeeding in school, you         be able to help find solutions. Parents are also part of
 should ask that the child be evaluated for special           the problem-solving team and are encouraged to work
 services. Under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act          with the school to help find solutions.
 the school must implement educational interventions
 prior to recommending an evaluation.               These     During the problem-solving process, assessments are
 interventions and an evaluation are necessary to             used to help the team find out what works best. The
 determine eligibility as a student with a disability and     most important goal of any type of assessment is to
 ensure that the school district is meeting the individual    help the school know how to better help your child. If a
 needs of every student.                                      team loses sight of that goal and begins to focus on
                                                              how to “get a label,” then decisions are made based on
                                                              the assumption that a special education label alone will
 Addressing Concerns with Your                                show what type of help your child needs. If this
                                                              assumption is made, then the team loses sight of
 Child’s Services                                             achieving focus on the shared goal: finding out what
 The Individual Education Plan (IEP) is reviewed annually.    instruction your child responds positively to and then
 The IEP team can reconvene at any time during the year       taking responsibility for providing that level of
 to discuss concerns and make changes, if necessary. If       instruction for as long as your child needs it. This
 a parent/guardian is not satisfied with his or her child’s   approach to helping students is usually referred to as
 educational services, he or she is encouraged to             Response to Instruction and Intervention or “RtI.”
 request an IEP conference with the child’s special
 education teacher. If an agreement cannot be reached,
 there are several options. Procedural safeguards are in
 place to ensure that the student receives a free,
                                                              What can I expect with RtI?
 appropriate, and public education (FAPE). Procedural         • You will be informed and involved in planning and
 safeguards can be accessed on the Pasco County                 providing interventions for your child.
 Schools website at http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/ese.           • You will see levels of support (academic and
                                                                behavioral) that increase or decrease in intensity
                                                                depending on your child’s needs.
                                                              • You will receive frequent progress monitoring
                                                                data about how your child responds to the
                                                                intervention provided.
                                                              • You will be involved in a team that uses
                                                                information gathered from your child’s Response
                                                                to Instruction and Intervention to make important
                                                                decisions regarding your child’s educational needs.




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I have requested an evaluation for                          How will I know the results?
my child. Now what?                                         Once the team decides that it has enough data to
You have provided a written request for an evaluation       determine whether your child is eligible for special
that may lead to your child being identified as a student   education, which is called exceptional student
with a disability who needs special education services      education (ESE), the evaluation procedures are
in school. In response to your request, the school must     complete. Next, you will be invited to a meeting as part
do one of the following:                                    of the team to discuss the eligibility decision and next
                                                            steps for ensuring that your child’s educational needs
1. Obtain your written permission/consent to conduct        are met. If your child is eligible for ESE services, an
   the evaluation procedures. If the school gets your       individual education plan (IEP) will be developed. You
   permission to conduct the evaluation procedures,         will be asked to give your consent for services before
   the school then has 60 school days, with your child      the IEP can be implemented. If your child is not eligible
   in attendance, to complete the evaluation                for ESE services, the team will continue to work with
   procedures. If this does not occur within the time       him/her to identify and implement effective instruction
   line, you may get help by contacting the guidance        and interventions. The team’s problem-solving process
   department at your child’s school, your district         continues in an ongoing effort to improve and maintain
   exceptional student education office, or the Florida     an effective education for your child. If you have any
   Department of Education at (850) 245-0475.               questions, you are encouraged to contact your child’s
                                                            teacher. The relationship between you and your child’s
2. Provide a formal, written refusal to conduct the         teacher, as well as other members of the school team,
   evaluation procedures with an explanation for the        can be very helpful in the process of finding solutions
   refusal. If the school gives you a formal, written       for meeting your child’s educational needs.
   refusal to conduct the evaluation, and you disagree
   with the reason the school provides, you may get
   help by contacting the guidance department at your
   child’s school, your district exceptional student
   education office, or the Florida Department of
   Education at (850) 245-0475.



What is the evaluation going to
include?
The evaluation procedures will include ongoing
assessments of your child’s Response to Instruction
and Intervention, interviews, observations, the analysis
of all the information about your child, and sometimes
individual tests that are given by a specialist such as a
school psychologist or a speech/language pathologist.
The details and decisions about what evaluation
procedures will be conducted are determined by the
team, which includes the parent.




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 Engage Families, Community and Business


 Parent Involvement                                       Parent Participation
                                                          Opportunities

                                                          Serving on School and District
                                                          Advisory Councils
                                                          Each school in Pasco County has an elected School
                                                          Advisory Council (SAC). The SAC is composed of the
                                                          principal, select staff members, parents, business and
                                                          community representatives and, when possible,
                                                          students.     The SAC is representative of the ethnic,
                                                          racial and economic community served by the school.
                                                          The SAC is one means of parent and community
                                                          involvement in support of the schools. SAC members
                                                          participate in identifying the needs of the school and
     How to Advocate for Your Child                       developing plans for improvement. All parents, even if
                                                          not elected to sit on the SAC, are encouraged to
     The most effective way to address concerns           communicate with their SAC representatives so all
     regarding your child is to follow this simple        parent suggestions and concerns are addressed. All
     chain of support:                                    SAC meetings are open to the public and visitors are
     1. Your child’s teacher                              welcome to attend.

     2. Your child’s school (Principal or
                                                          Many schools have organized Parent Teacher
        Assistant Principal)
                                                          Associations (PTA) or Organizations (PTO). Please
     3. District Office Department:                       contact your child’s school to get involved. There are
        813-794-2000                                      also opportunities for parents to be involved with the
        727-774-2000                                      following District committees: Exceptional Student
        352-524-2000                                      Education Advisory Committee, School Health Advisory
                                                          Council, Pre-kindergarten Advisory and Head Start
     4. Superintendent’s Administrative Staff:
                                                          Policy Council, English for Speakers of Other
        John Mann, Ed.D.
        Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and       Languages Parent Leadership Council (ESOL PLC), and
        Instructional Services                            the Elementary, Middle and High School Task Forces.
        Olga Swinson, CPA                                 Please contact the individual departments about
        Chief Finance Officer                             scheduled meetings, or contact the Research and
        Renalia DuBose, Esq.                              Evaluation Department for additional information
        Assistant Superintendent for Administration
                                                          regarding school advisory committees.
        Tina Tiede
        Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools
        David Scanga, Ed.D.
        Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools

     5. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino



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School Volunteer Programs                                   contact their school’s Guidance Department or the
                                                            individual District departments for specific classes,
Volunteer, community and business partnership
                                                            workshop descriptions, locations, dates and times.
programs are an important part of every school in
                                                            Parent education and workshop classes are also
Pasco County. The active participation of parents,
                                                            promoted on the District website, in school newsletters
business leaders and community members in the
                                                            and through brochures sent home with students.
classroom and school improves the effectiveness of
teachers and staff. Annually, volunteers donate
thousands of hours of direct and indirect student
service. Their encouragement and patience are               Parent-Teacher Communication
immeasurable in importance to the growth and                One of the best ways to become involved in your child’s
development of children. Volunteers also help the           education is through effective communication. Parent
District deliver important supplemental services to         conferences, phone calls, e-mails and attendance at
students and schools that would not be possible             school events are excellent opportunities to establish
without the support of the community. Volunteers are        regular communication. By working together, you and
needed to work with students of all ages and levels.        your child’s teacher can ensure your child meets his or
Mentorship opportunities are available through the Take     her highest potential.
Stock In Children Program. To become an approved
volunteer, an applicant must complete the District’s
online application, which includes a background check.
                                                            Parent Involvement Pasco
Senior members of the community are invited to join the
                                                            The Parent Involvement Pasco committee is comprised
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), which
                                                            of parents, school/district personnel and a School
utilizes the talents of citizens age 55 or better.
                                                            Board member, who have established working
For additional information, please contact the District’s
                                                            relationships and who create the means necessary for
Communications        and     Government      Relations
                                                            furthering    school   connections      for  families.
Department, or to complete an online application, go to
                                                            Representation is an even split between school and
http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/communications/volunteer.
                                                            community, and draws from all areas of education –
                                                            Pre-kindergarten through high school.        Meeting
                                                            several times each school year, Parent Involvement
Parent Workshops                                            Pasco’s greater focus is to increase families’
Classes and workshops for parents are offered covering      involvement in the life of schools. Please visit
a variety of topics on an ongoing basis throughout the      the Parent Involvement Pasco web page at
District during each school year. The following             http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/parentinvolvement/.
departments offer parent education opportunities:
Curriculum and Instructional Services, Title I, Migrant
Education Program, English for Speakers of Other
Languages (ESOL, Title III), Exceptional Student
Education (ESE), Pre-kindergarten Services, Adult
Education, and Student Services. All can identify
resources to assist families. Workshops help families to
guide their children to develop positive homework
habits, build reading and literacy success, strengthen
decision-making, gain self-esteem and understand
educational options and opportunities. Parents should

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                                                          K   I help establish a time and place for my child to

                                                          K
                                                              study every day.

                                                          K
                                                              I regularly help my child with homework.
                                                              I know what assignments and classwork my
                                                              child is doing.

                                                          Focus on Behavior
                                                          K I teach my child respect for self and others and
                                                          K
                                                              the value of hard work and responsibility.
                                                              I have read the Code of Student Conduct and

                                                          K
                                                              support good behavior at school.
                                                              My child understands that there are
         Parent’s Self Assessment
                                                          K
                                                              consequences for misbehavior.
                                                              I monitor the media that my child is viewing or
                 Checklist                                    listening to: television, music, Internet and
                                                              video games.
      Thank you for taking the time to use this
     checklist as a self-assessment. Please do not
                                                          Focus on Building Responsibility
                                                          K I make sure that my child attends school and
         return this checklist to the school.
       Retain this copy for your own reference.

                                                          K
                                                              arrives on time every day.
                                                              I make sure that my child gets adequate rest
                                                              and nourishment to perform at his or her full

                                                          K
                                                              potential.
 Focus on the Importance                                      I make sure that my child is dressed
 of School Success
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                                                              appropriately for school.
 K I talk to my child regularly about school and the          My child has responsibilities at home that
                                                              contribute to the well-being of the family
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     importance of doing one’s best.

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     I help my child set goals to help him or her to          and home.
                                                              I am aware of school activities that my child
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     be successful in school and in life.
                                                              may participate in, and I encourage and
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     I praise my child for both effort and achievement.
     I listen to my child’s concerns about school.            support my child’s involvement.
     I act upon these concerns in a helpful,
                                                          Focus on Communication with the
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     supportive way.
     I express belief in my child’s ability to be         School
     successful.
                                                          K I communicate regularly with my child’s
                                                              eachers in person or by phone, e-mail or
 Focus on Academic Success
 K I ensure that my child has access to materials         K
                                                              written notes.
                                                              I respond promptly to communication from

 K                                                        K
     needed to completeassignments.                           the school.
     I regularly discuss and ask to see work that my          I prepare for and attend teacher conferences,

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     child is doing in school.                                Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Performance
     I keep a supply of reading materials (books,             Monitoring Plan (PMP) reviews or other

 K                                                        K
     magazines, newspapers) in my home.                       individualized student/teacher/parent meetings.
     I regularly read in front of my child and                I attend parent workshops that may help me to

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     encourage my child to read.                              help my child.
     I regularly listen to my child read and provide          When possible, I volunteer to help at the school
     help as needed.                                          with a class or school project or school event.


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          Pasco County School Board
                          Allen Altman
                             District 1

                        Joanne Hurley
                             District 2

                      Cynthia Armstrong
                             District 3

                       Alison Crumbley
                             District 4

                         Steve Luikart
                              District 5




                      Heather Fiorentino
                          Superintendent

                      John Mann, Ed.D.
                      Assistant Superintendent
              for Curriculum and Instructional Services

                     Olga Swinson, CPA
                       Chief Finance Officer

                  Renalia S. DuBose, Esq.
            Assistant Superintendent for Administration

                     David Scanga, Ed.D.
          Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools

                           Tina Tiede
          Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools




        District School Board of Pasco County
7227 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard • Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638

								
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