Gulfside Elementary School
Principal: Pio Rizzo
Asst. Principal: Erika Tonello
2329 Anclote Blvd.
Holiday, FL 34691
Phone: (727) 774-6000
Fax: (727) 774-6091
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Veteran’s Day

Next Friday, November 10th, Gulfside Elementary School will host our annual Veterans Day program. If you know service members, please invite them to this special program so that we may recognize them for their service to our country. Please complete the Veterans Information form that was sent home with your child and return it to the school this Friday!


Join us to learn about the innovative programs available for students in Pasco County! Join us to learn about the innovative programs available for students in Pasco County!



R.A.C.E. to Read Pasco! – ’23 – ’24

Let’s read 15-million minutes this school year! All students and staff can participate. The goal is to collectively read 15-million minutes.

Learn more about R.A.C.E. to Read Pasco!

Show Up, Walk Proud – Success starts with Great Attendance!

Parents and families are essential partners in making sure students get to school. Start building good habits in preschool, so children learn that going to school on time every day is important. Learn more about making attendance a priority!

Gulfside Elementary Mission Statement

We are committed to providing a safe, caring, learning-focused environment where all learners are empowered to become leaders, innovative thinkers, and contributors to our community.


Have a question or want to provide feedback? You’re in the right place! Let’s Talk! is designed to streamline communication by giving you a central location to submit a question, concern, or comment. Provide your contact information and someone from our school will get back to you very soon.




A New Year, a New Duo

Mr. Rizzo

My name is Pio Rizzo, and I am the proud principal at Gulfside Elementary School. Joining this excellent Community Partnership School, I can assure you that I share in this school community’s dedication to caring for our students every day, while providing them with a world-class education.

The 2022-2023 school year marked my 21st year in education. I served as the assistant principal at Mittye P. Locke Elementary for three and half years, and served in the same role at Pine View Middle for five years before being named principal at GSES. My educational background includes a Bachelors Degree and an MBA from Saint Leo University. I also have a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership.

I firmly believe that every child can succeed, and that the collaboration between home and school builds trust and self-esteem in students. Our students will use their highest potential to shape their future, and consequently, the future of our community. With my goals of advancing the culture of excellence here at Gulfside, I am devoted to continually exploring new ideas to meet the needs of all students, and to strengthen relationships with parents and community members.

Mrs. Tonello 

My name is Erika Tonello, and I am proud to be the assistant principal at Gulfside Elementary. I am a product of Pasco County schools and now have the pleasure of preparing our students for a successful future. I have many years as an educator both in Pasco County and Internationally. This will be my 18th year as an administrator. My Elementary Education degree is from The University of Alabama and my Master of Education degree is from the University of South Florida. Before becoming an administrator, I earned my National Board Certification in Middle Childhood Generalist. Additionally, I was the Pasco County Assistant Principal of the year for the 2009-2010 school year.

I have a passion for working with students and believe that all students can learn. Being a part of the Community Partnership is a wonderful opportunity and it is exciting that we can care for and provide for the needs of our students, in addition to their academics.

I look forward to teaming together as partners. Together we will provide a world-class education for our Pelicans.

Go Pelicans!