April Social Studies Update

Secondary Social Studies

Celebrating Financial Literacy Month

April is National Financial Literacy Month which is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach our students how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. To celebrate the month and encourage our students to be financially smart citizens in our communities, Pasco County Schools has several events planned and resources to encourage Financial Literacy Fridays.

Pasco County Schools, in partnership with our valued community partners, is excited to host two Financial Literacy Expo events from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 1st at Marchman Technical College and April 4th at Wesley Chapel High School. These events are designed to help parents/guardians, employees, community members and students with financial planning matters and getting more information for starting a financially successful future. There will be an expo-style event in the dining room/cafeteria showcasing our valued financial experts. There will also be brief informational sessions that we encourage you to attend.

Teachers who attend sessions will be able to earn professional development points and can register through Course # 2559/ Section # 14136 for April 1, 2019 and Section # 14137 for April 4, 2019 within myPGS. Also, we are asking that you encourage your students and their families to attend these wonderful events. We will have a fun and fabulous prize for the school who has the most students who attend.

Please go to the Financial Literacy web page, where you will find:

  • a flyer to advertising (printed flyers were delivered to schools for advertisement, as well);
  • an FAQ document so that everyone is able to answer parent questions about the events and how to register;
  • and, links to register for either the Marchman or Wesley Chapel expo.

To help celebrate the month with lessons, tasks, texts and ideas to spark discussion, please visit

https://floridafinancialliteracy.weebly.com/ and https://pasco.instructure.com/courses/191744/pages/financial-literacy-month.

Pasco County Financial Literacy Expos - West Side

Monday, April 1st 2019 at 5-8pm

7825 Campus Drive

New Port Richey, FL

Pasco County Financial Literacy Expos - East Side

Wednesday, March 27th 2019 at 5-8pm

30651 Wells Road

Wesley Chapel, FL

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Celebrating Medal of Honor Day

Just a reminder to please continue to support the Character Development Curriculum throughout the year, but please have students participate in the letter writing campaign below:

In Florida, March 25 of each year is designated as “Medal of Honor Day” and Medal of Honor has been added to s. 1003.42, F.S., Required Instruction, p.4. This is a perfect opportunity to embed the Medal of Honor Character Development Curriculum. Since the 25th is teacher planning day, this would be a wonderful way to kick off the 4th quarter on the 26th.

Reminder that the Medal of Honor National Convention will be hosted in Tampa next Fall and they have asked our county in welcoming all the attendees. Please find here directions for a letter writing campaign to have all Medal of Honor recipients welcomed by a personal note from our Pasco County students. Submit your student letters to Tina Stavrou in OLL by May 1st.

Spring Professional Development

If you have any questions or difficulty registering for any of the listed PD - please email Tina.

Financial Literacy Expos- to support & expand Financial Literacy in our communities - families, teachers, and students encouraged to attend.

  • April 1, 2019 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Marchman Technical College -- Course # 2559/ Section # 14136
  • April 4, 2019 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wesley Chapel High School Course # 2559/ Section # 14137

MJ World History - Introduction to Cengage Instructional Resources - April 16th- 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM - Building 2 - Magnolia - Course #2565/ Section #14157

Civics EOC Bootcamp- April 23rd - 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM - Building 2 - Magnolia- Course #1816/ Section #14158

Civics and U.S. History End-of-Course Assessments: Some Suggested Resources from FLDOE

Test Item Specifications

o How can the Benchmark Clarifications support remediation, re-teaching, and enrichment?

o Remember to consider all the information provided in the Benchmark Specifications section.

· http://www.floridastudents.org FLDOE Original Tutorials

o M/J Civics - 40 Original Tutorials

o United States History 55 Original Tutorials

o Original Tutorials are created through the FLDOE.

· http://civics360.org/ - Florida Joint Center for Citizenship

o Benchmark aligned resources for middle grades civics.

Florida Standards Alternate Assessment (FSAA)

· Access Project: United States History -https://accesstofls.weebly.com/social-studies.html

Welcome to Baby Simmons!

Erika and her family welcomed a beautiful baby girl on March 25th! Big sister is already in love with her baby sister, and the family is blissfully happy with the new addition. Congratulations!