Pasco High School Weekly Newsletter

January 8, 2023

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.

Weekly Announcements

Progress Checks:

We are entering week 2 of quarter 3. Parents and students will be able to review 2nd quarter/1st semester report cards on Thursday, January 12th. Please take a few minutes and review. As always, if you would like to schedule a parent-teacher conference, please contact us at 352-524-5539.

New Bell Schedule:

Just a reminder, we have a new start time each day of 7:11am. The end of the day will remain at 1:45pm. The extra four minutes are in first period only. The start and end time of all other classes will remain the same.

Curriculum Night:

Attention current 9th, 10th and 11th grade parents and students, we will be having our annual Curriculum Night on Tuesday, January 31st. This night is where we will be discussing the course selection process for the 23-24 school year and allow you to gain information on the courses being offered. Please mark your calendar.

CNA Program:

CNA applications are available for all juniors who want to apply for the nursing assistant program next year. Please see Mrs. Koshko in building 19 room 814 for details. Guys and girls are welcome to apply. This is a great opportunity to jump start any career in the medical field.

Extended School Day:

If your student signed up to be a part of our Extended School Day program, please remember that this program meets on Monday’s and Wednesday’s after school in the IRC. If your student still needs to make up a credit from a previously failed course, they may still join ESD. They just need to see their counselor or administrator.

School Advisory Committee:

The next SAC meeting is Tuesday, January 17th at 8:00am in the front office.

Early Release Day:

Please remember that all Early Release Days for 2nd semester have been cancelled. On these dates, school will be in session for the regular school day, 7:11am-1:45pm.


School will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Seniors, The Pasco Education Foundation Scholarship application is open through January 31st. Check the CRC canvas course on your Mylearning account. See Ms. Edwards with any questions.

Seniors! If you are planning to attend PHSC, we will be holding an application day on Tuesday, January 10th in 4-106. This will be your time to have questions answered, complete your applications and have your application fee waived! Check your CRC Canvas page to sign up. Questions, see Ms. Edwards

Seniors, you must order your cap/gown from Herff Jones prior to March 31st.

Art Club will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, January 11th, from 1:55 to 2:30 p.m. Please see Ms. Draper in room 16-508 if you are interested.

FFA meeting January 12th at 6:00 pm in Ms. Wagner's room

Spring Sports:

Track conditioning will start on Monday! Please have appropriate clothes and a completed physical. See Coach Virtue or Coach Gates with any questions.

Anyone interested in tennis? Tryouts begin January 17th. You must have your physical and 3 NFHS videos complete. You need to bring a water bottle with you. If you have any questions, come see Coach Wilks in Ag3.

There will be a meeting for any student wanting to play boy's lacrosse this season, on Wednesday, January 11th at 2:00pm in Coach Vance's room 15-115. Boy's lacrosse tryout will take place on January 23rd.

Baseball and Softball conditioning has begun. Please see Coach Giles or Coach McDonald with any questions.


Mark your calendar for the SAT School Day! All juniors will have the opportunity to take the SAT on March 1, 2023 during the regular school day, at no cost to students.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Swackard.

The ASVAB will be given Thursday, January 19th. Sign up on the CRC Canvas Course or see Ms. Edwards.

2023-2024 Curriculum Night

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Home Sporting Events for the Week!

January 10 Boys Basketball vs. Cypress Creek (Both JV & Varsity)

January 10 Boys Soccer vs. Sunlake (Both JV & Varsity)

January 12 Girls Soccer vs. Land O’Lakes (Varsity Only)

January 13 Boys Soccer vs. Lakeland (Both JV & Varsity)

Spring Athletics

Baseball: Coach Giles:

Softball: Coach McDonald:

Track: Coach Gates:

Coach Virtue:

Boy's Lacrosse: Coach Vance:

Girl's Lacrosse: Coach Doody:

Boy's Tennis: Coach Wilks:

Girl's Tennis: Coach Wilks:

Important Links to District Information

Have questions about dual enrollment?

Whether you are interested in taking dual enrollment courses 2nd semester for the first time or would like to refresh your knowledge on the process for dual enrollment, the place to go to get this information is the Pasco County Schools website:

Once you have visited this link, please sit with your school counselor to map out your dual enrollment path. They will be able to help you navigate the required documents and assessments needed for enrollment.


It is extremely important that each parent/guardian have a parent account on the MyStudent portal. This is where you will be able to access student fees, review your student's schedule, monitor absences/tardies, check grades, and email teachers.

Step by Step instructions for filling out your Emergency Card


Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is very important to make sure your contact information is always current and accurate. The school needs to be able to communicate with you regarding any changes or emergencies. Please review the step-by-step instructions below on how to access and fill out the emergency forms.

Video: Emergency Card Entry for Families
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Title 1 Information

Out-of-Field Teachers Notification

Out-of-Field Teachers: Florida Statutes require that we report to parents any teacher who is teaching a subject(s) outside his/her certification area. The following Pasco High School teachers are teaching out-of-field during the 2022-2023 school year:

Teacher Teaching Out-of-Field Area

Clark, Samson ESOL

Gonzalez, Taylor ELA 6-12 and ESOL

Kinsman, Dylan Chemistry 6-12

Nelson, William ESOL

Pedraza, Victor Health K-12

Singleton, Brian ESE K-12

Schuster, Kevin ESOL

Voorvaart, Amanda Middle Grades General Science

These teachers are certified in at least one area and are qualified to teach, but need additional course work to add the out-of-field area coverage to their certificate. The teachers listed above are teaching out-of-field while completing course work in the evening, on weekends, and/or during the summer to gain certification, or taking a content area knowledge exam to demonstrate they have the content knowledge to teach their above listed out-of-field area.

English teachers who teach students that qualify as English 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 State Teachers Certificate. The following teachers are in the process of taking the required course work to earn their ESOL Endorsement: Gonzalez, Taylor; Nelson, William; Schuster, Kevin

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

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