District Finals Info

District Finals will be administered May 10-12th. For this school year, District Finals will account for 10% of the student’s total grade in the course. Finals come in two formats: Computer-based tests (CBT) or Paper-based tests (PBT). If your child is taking a CBT he or she has had an opportunity to view an introduction to the assessment platform to become familiar with the software, item types, and online tools he or she will encounter and use during testing.

Please review the following policies with your student before testing:

  • Electronic Devices—If your child is found with ANY electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones and smartphones, at any time during testing OR during breaks (e.g., restroom, lunch), his or her test will be invalidated, which means it will not be scored. The best practice is for students to leave devices at home or in their lockers on the day of testing.
  • Testing Rules Acknowledgment— Prior to testing, test administrators will read the rules to students, and students will show acknowledgement that they understand the testing rules by proceeding with the assessment.
  • Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they affirm the acknowledgment states, “After the test, you may not discuss the test items. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” If students are found sharing information about test items, even without the intent to cheat, their tests will be invalidated.
  • Test Invalidations—Students are responsible for doing their own work on the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated.
  • Leaving Campus—If your child leaves campus before completing the test once they have started the test (for lunch, an appointment, illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete the test. If your child does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.

Thank you for supporting your student as he or she prepares for testing.


Block Schedule

Attention Parents & Students

This is the 2017 AP exam schedule.  Please pay close attention to the testing location as several tests are being administered at PHSC Spring Hill Campus.  Please contact Ms. Howard/Ms. Julia if you have transportation issues or concerns (727-774-4200).


 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD IN OUR DRINKING WATER

Northwest Elementary School, Hudson Middle School, and Hudson High School found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some taps within the schools in tests conducted on 9/15/16, but those levels were normal in all but one sink tested on 10/1/16. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Please read this attached information closely to see what we are doing to reduce lead in the drinking water.

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Health effects of lead

Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children, and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is stored in the bones, and it can be released later in life. During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother’s bones, which may affect brain development.

While the water coming into the schools has met all water quality criteria, some locations within the schools did not meet water quality criteria for lead in the 9/15/16 tests. This means there was leaching of lead from either soldered pipes or older fixtures in the buildings. These could include lead pipes, lead solder (commonly used until 1986), as well as faucets, valves, and other components made of brass. To avoid exposure due to the leaching of lead, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) encourages flushing the pipes before drinking, and only using cold water for cooking and drinking. Boiling the water does not reduce lead levels. 

Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. You can test your child for lead poisoning by asking your pediatrician to do a simple blood test.

Background

Northwest Elementary School, Hudson Middle School, and Hudson High School have a water treatment plant permitted by the (DEP) that requires the district to conduct water quality testing.  In September, some samples from sinks within the schools contained lead readings that were above the acceptable level. As a result, we took immediate action to reduce levels of lead. We suspected that the levels might be a result of the lack of use of the sinks, so in coordination with the DEP, we immediately began a flushing program and increased monitoring.

The DEP conducted a second test on Saturday, October 1, and the results indicated that all sinks accessible to students tested within acceptable levels. We will continue the flushing program and increased testing in coordination with the DEP to make sure that all samples continue to be below the action level. Because the original results had an exceedance, the DEP requires that we educate families about lead in drinking water.

For more information, call the Pasco County School Maintenance Department at 813-794-7900 or visit pascoschools.org. For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home and the health effects of lead, visit the Environmental Protection Agency website at www.epa.gov/lead, or contact your health care provider. We also have posted information on the schools’ websites. Enclosed is a pamphlet from EPA to further answer any questions you may have.

 

Pasco Sheriff’s Video Contest

Sheriff Chris Nocco created a video that you may wish to air on your morning news and announcements in reference to a video contest for high school students.

The Winner Will Receive A Go-Pro!

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Here are the details of the contest:

Topic: The Importance of Making Good Decisions in My Life
             The video should be NO LONGER than 60 seconds long.

Dates:  October 3 through 17, 2016

Grades: 9th – 12th

The video may be uploaded and sent via a Dropbox folder; click here for online directions showing how each student can create their own account for free. Video links should be sent to Kevin Doll at kdoll@pascosheriff.org. Judges will determine the best video based on overall creativity, quality and message.