Pasco High School Weekly Newsletter

Week 8, Quarter 1

Mission Statement/ Declaración de la misión

The mission of Pasco High School is to create a collaborative environment that nurtures learning, mutual respect, and a strong work ethic, thereby helping to develop future citizens for the challenges that lie ahead.

La misión de Pasco High School es crear un ambiente de colaboración que fomente el aprendizaje, el respeto mutuo y una fuerte ética de trabajo, ayudando así a desarrollar futuros ciudadanos para los desafíos que se avecinan.

Parents/Guardians/Students please check your contact information

Parents, please check MyStudent to make sure that your contact information is up to date, especially if you have an email address. A lot of our communication during this time is electronic and we would love to be able to reach you successfully!

Padres, por favor revisen MyStudent para asegurarse de que su información de contacto esté actualizada, especialmente si tienen una dirección de correo electrónico. Gran parte de nuestra comunicación durante este tiempo es electrónica y nos encantaría poder comunicarnos con usted correctamente.

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Daily Screeners

Parents, we are counting on you to screen your student for illness every morning before you send them off to school. The district will NOT be providing a DAILY health screening for either students or staff.

Use this Link to access a Student Screener.

  • Students exhibiting any of the following symptoms should remain home and not attend school: (Student Illness Exclusion Letter).

    • Fever (greater than 100.4);

    • Sore throat;

    • New uncontrolled cough, that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/ asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);

    • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain;

    • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever. ***

    • Other symptoms listed by the CDC include chills, fatigue/muscle or body ache, new loss of taste or smell, and congestion or runny nose. Many children have very mild or no signs or symptoms of illness.

    • If you still have questions about when to seek emergency medical attention.

  • Expectations for Picking up Ill Students: Parents if your student becomes ill while at school, you will need to have a plan for timely pick up. The CDC states that in developing plans for placing students with symptoms in an isolation area, schools should be mindful of appropriate safeguards to ensure that students are isolated in a non-threatening manner, within the line of sight of adults, and for very short periods of time.

Other Considerations:

  • It will be important for families to emphasize and model healthy behaviors at home and to talk to their students about changes to expect this school year (social distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene). Consider using this checklist for families to prepare for in-person education.

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Need to report an absence?

Please visit the school website and click on the "report an absence" button and complete the necessary information.

Testing Information

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Need tutoring?


Do you need help with understanding the information that is being covered in your classroom? Is math or reading hard sometimes? Don't give up! Ask for help!

Every teacher has tutoring services available to you. Tutoring is scheduled by appointment. So you need to speak with your teacher or scan the QR code in your classroom for help. They will schedule an appointment with you directly for tutoring services.

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Sample of QR code you can find in your teacher's classroom:

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Cambridge Students

Spring Cambridge exam dates are now available. Please note that dates may change prior to January. Look below for your scheduled date and time of testing. Please schedule any family trips and vacations around after these dates. If you are not able to make it to the exam, there will not be another date to test until the Fall. More information to come on where the exam will take place on our school website.
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Senior Grad Checks

SENIORS: If you are online or off campus this semester, you must sign up to meet with your counselor to go over your graduation status. Please sign up below based on who your counselor is.

Mrs. Del Toro (ELL)

Ms. Chacon (Cambridge)

Mr. Smith

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Career Specialist Information:

Be sure to check your students MyLearning dashboard for important announcements from Ms. Edwards, Career Specialist.

Be sure and visit the new Scholarship Web Page available on the district website. Scholarships are available for all grades!

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SCHOLARSHIP NAME Elk’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship

DEADLINE 11-15-2020

DESCRIPTION Seniors who exhibit leadership, scholarship and financial need.


1st Place: Two $50,000 awards for a total of $100,000

2nd Place: Two $40,000 awards for a total of $80,000

3rd Place: Two $30,000 awards for a total of $60,000

4th Place: Fourteen $20,000 awards for a total of $280,000

Runners Up: 480 $4,000 awards for a total of $1,920,000


INSTRUCTIONS Applications are available online

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I have been accepted

Tell us which college or University has accepted you.

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Shout out of the week goes to Mr. Liptak!!!

The shout out this week is easy to write as Mr. Liptak is one of the most genuine, sincere people you will meet. When you are a "newbie," Mr. Liptak will always reach out and talk to you to learn about you. His catch phrase "BFaW (best friend at work)" could not be a more accurate representation of his character. We asked a student who their favorite teacher was to which he replied "Mr. Liptak, he is really great and teaches us about real stuff."

Additionally, Mr. Liptak is always an advocate for his students by helping to get them to student services when they are having a rough time. A student services member needed to go to his room and states that, "Mr. Liptak was truly amazing in his approach to working with the students." It is hard to find a more caring person other than Mr. Liptak on this campus and in the community.

Mr. Liptak, you continue to inspire our students year after year and the student services team would love to recognize you and THANK YOU for the excellent work you continue to do with our students.

Submit a Staff Member of the Week SHOUT OUT

Have you caught someone doing a great job and want to let everyone know about it? This is the place to go and send a SHOUT OUT to the staff member who has made a difference this week.

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Poetry Corner

What if she lies,

What if she cheats,

What if she gives attention to every guy she meets.

What if she cries,

What if I die,

What if she's never happy no matter how hard I try.

What if we grow apart,

and I become nothing but a bother.

What is she makes me a father!

But my biggest fear.....

Learning to breath underwater!

By: Malikai Fuentes Chavez

Student Engagement

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School Clubs

Key Club Applications

Key club will have students in front of the Cafeteria on Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday 10/19, 10/20 and 10/21 for 4th, 5th and 6th lunches to accept applications for students interested in joining.

Stop by and talk to the students and see if being part of Key club would be for you .

Poetry Club Announcement:

Attention all Pasco Pirates

While poetry club can't meet in person, we are looking for verbally creative and enthusiastic students to submit any original Poetry pieces for publication. For more information, email Mrs. Martinez

Want to join a school club?

Click on the link below to receive information on the updated list of available clubs and the sponsors for each club. Please note that club meetings maybe virtual during the first quarter, but will not have any face-to-face meetings until after the 1st quarter. If you have any questions, please contact the club sponsor or Mrs. Fernandez, Assistant Principal.
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Pasco High School Athletics Information:

Masks and social distancing will be REQUIRED. You will be asked to leave the event if you do not comply. Let us help keep our athletes and community safe. Also, security features are the same as last year (see graphic below).

Please visit the website below to purchase your tickets. #PHSPride

Please contact Dawn Wetherby at if you have any questions.

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Swim Meet 10/6/20


Pasco 60 - King 77,

Pasco 59- Freedom 94

Pasco 69 - King 42

Pasco 45 - Freedom 106

Tough night, but lots of personal records!

Despite the loses to Freedom, we wanted to give a shout out to:

Kasey Lang who took 1st in the Girls 100 Backstroke

Boys 200 Free Relay took 1st place - Andrew Fisher, Weston Oakley, Christian Serdynski & Connor Harrie

Boys 50 Free 1st place by Connor Harrie

Way to go everyone!! We are so proud of you!!


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Boys’ Golf team 8-1

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Cross Country

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Volunteers needed!!!

We are still in need of help selling air fresheners at JV and Varsity Football games throughout the rest of the season. Please help by using the sign up genius link to sign up. We have ONLY 3 WEEKS total to make this fundraiser a success which means we need everyone to help.

IF YOU have sold any and would like to pick up more come to my office anytime.

If you have any questions please call or text me directly

Thank you in advance for your help,

Dawn Enright,

PTSA President


Science Department

The science department will hold cookie dough sales starting September 14-October 14, 2020.
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Want to be a volunteer?


Click here to register as a volunteer:
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Rotary Club needs volunteers!

Volunteers are needed to help our local Rotary Clubs. Please contact Ms. Edwards for information. @PHS_Principal @PHS_Classof2021
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Feeding Tampa Bay

My name is Kate, and I'm from Feeding Tampa Bay.

Feeding Tampa Bay, part of the national Feeding America network, focuses on providing food to the hundreds of thousands of food insecure families in the 10-county area of West Central Florida. I wanted to share with you a volunteer opportunity for students looking to complete volunteer service hours for future scholarships. I noticed that you are the main contact for the PTSA and thought that your members may be interested in this service opportunity.

Every Thursday afternoon from 3-6:30pm is our weekly Pasco Mega Pantry, and we are in great need of volunteers! This event takes place right across from PHS at Burks Memorial Park.

It would be amazing if you were able to share this information with your students looking for volunteer opportunities! I have attached a graphic below with information on the pantry.

Sign up happens here on our website or if you'd like to sign up a group, send me an email and I'll get you registered!

If you have any questions at all or are interested in partnering on future events please don't hesitate to reach me at

I hope to hear from you soon!

Kate Scaglione

Volunteer VISTA - Feeding Tampa Bay, AmeriCorps
4702 Transport Drive | Building 6 | Tampa, FL 33605

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Teachers Out of Field

Florida Statutes require that we report to parents any teacher who is teaching a subject(s) outside his/her certification area. The following teachers are in the process of taking the required course work to earn their certification: Kevin Dale, Vanesa Figueredo, Sylvia Giella.

English and Reading teachers who teach students that qualify as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) are required to take 300 hours of additional course work beyond their teaching degree to earn an ESOL Endorsement to their teaching certificate. The following teachers are in the process of taking the required course work to earn their ESOL Endorsement: Samson Crazy Horse Clark, Kim Lockwood, Alma Martinez, Joseph Pless, Kelsey Whitaker.


All of our out-of-field professional educators are dedicated to helping students succeed in their learning!

Tareas requeridas para la enseñanza “fuera de campo”

Los Estatutos de Florida requieren que los padres estén informados de los maestros que están ensenando una materia fuera de su campo de certificación. Los siguientes maestros están en el proceso de tomar los cursos necesarios para obtener este certificado: Kevin Dale, Vanesa Figueredo, Sylvia Giella.

Cuando un maestro(a) es el proveedor primario de enseñaza de Artes del Lenguaje y/o Lectura de un estudiante ESOL, el estado tambien requiere que tome cursos/servicios para obtener la aprobación de ESOL. Los siguientes maestros han aceptado tomar cursos para esta aprobación de ESOL: Samson Crazy Horse Clark, Kim Lockwood, Alma Martinez, Joseph Pless, Kelsey Whitaker.

Todos nuestros maestros que ensenan una materia fuera de su campo de certificación están dedicados a ayudar a los estudiantes a tener éxito en sus aprendizajes!

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Dates to remember:

October 14, 2020:

SAT NR School Day (Seniors needing concordance scores only)

October 15, 2020:

FSA Exams

AS Business Exam 7:30a Admin Building

AS Psychology Exam 7:30a Admin Building

PHS @ FHS JV Football 7-10p

October 16, 2020:

End of Quarter 1

FSA exams

PHS @ ZHS Cross Country 4-6p

PHS @ Lake Minneola Varsity Football 7:30-10:30p

October 17, 2020:

Paint your parking spot 8a-1p

October 19, 2020:

Teacher Planning Day/No School for Students

FSA Exams

District Swim Meet @ TBA

Golf Regionals

Boy's Soccer Tryouts @ Baseball Field 4-6p

October 20, 2020:

FSA Exams

Boy's Soccer Tryouts @ Baseball Field 4-6p

Need information about reopening of schools?

You can find general information for the following areas via the link below:

  • Health/Wellness

  • Transportation

  • Programming

  • Beyond the School Day

  • Q&A

Family Information Guide for ReOpening

Looking for more information?

Be sure to stay in touch with all of the events through Twitter, Facebook and our school website