Hi, Mentor ! We hope you had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving week! When we count our blessings, we always count our mentors twice. Our mentors are what make our program a success and we are grateful for all that you do for our Take Stock in Children scholars.

If you are the mentor of a junior or senior--even a sophomore preparing for practice tests--you will want to check out the Lunch & Learn Webinar (link below) that our state office published recently about the ACT & SAT college entrance exams so you can help your scholar with this part of their academic journey.

Thanks so much to all the mentors who have been entering their mentor sessions regularly online and/or logging them on their mentee's Mentor Session Log (a/k/a the "green sheet"). As our College Readiness Coaches have been visiting all scholars for their 2nd Quarter visits, they've been reminding them to make sure their Mentor Session Logs are up-to-date with session dates and mentor signatures. We will be asking all scholars to send us a copy of their log on December 13 so we can manually enter any sessions missing from our database before our mid-year reporting is due to the state. If you are unsure if you've entered all your sessions so far this academic year and want a list of dates in our records, contact our Mentor Coordinator at: ggranger@pascoeducationfoundation.org
Go ahead and log that mentor session now! ;)
Wednesday, December 11 , is an Early Release Day. Scholars will be on a different bell schedule and their lunch periods will be altered.

Friday, December 20 , is the end of the 2nd Quarter and First Semester. Make sure your scholars have all their assignments turned in and are keeping their grades up.

Winter Break starts Monday, December 23 ! Students return to school on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. It's okay if you want to keep in touch via phone, text, or email during the break.
Kayla Conologue, our Program Coordinator and one of our College Readiness Coaches, is leaving us after 7+ years of service to TSIC Pasco. For the past 3 years, she has been working on her graduate degree while working full time with TSIC. After graduating this past May, she is moving forward with an awesome, new employment opportunity and w e could not be more proud of or happy for her--although she will be greatly missed. Her last day with us is Friday, December 6th, so if you have questions for Kayla, either call or email her before 4:30PM tomorrow.

Join us in wishing her the best of luck in her new position!
Anclote High School
  • 9th grade boy*
  • 9th grade boy

Fivay High School
  • 9th grade girl*

*The two scholars marked with an asterisk above are in need of a co-mentor in order to meet the number of mentor sessions required by the FL Department of Education.
We always need extra mentors on board, trained and ready to serve at all high schools in the county. We often have students transfer to our program from other counties and they will need new mentors.

If you know of someone who would love the opportunity to mentor one of our scholars, please have them contact Mentor Coordinator, Gina Granger, by phone at (813) 794-2134 or by email: ggranger@pascoeducationfoundation.org
If your scholar is a junior or senior this year, you'll want to make sure you learn more about the SAT and ACT college entrance exams. Click here to watch a 37-minute webinar recorded by Marci Poston, Director of Programmatic & Professional Development Services for the Take Stock in Children state office.

This webinar will:

  • Give a brief overview of the similarities of the ACT & SAT
  • Take a "deep dive" into both the ACT & SAT
  • Discuss the 10 key differences between the ACT & SAT
  • Cover best practices and considerations for mentors working with their mentees when it's time to face the college entrance exams

Please note that if you are a school district employee accessing the recorded webinar on the GoToStage platform in a district facility, you might need to log in to ContentKeeper to bypass the internet filter.
Mentor , thanks so much for all that you do for our scholars. You make it happen!