Education

The Hernando County School Board voted to adjust bell times as a way to save $600,000 in busing costs.OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Bell time changes raise concerns among middle school parents, students

BROOKSVILLE — Parrott Middle School parent Rita Miller is worried about the big changes coming next year to her child's school schedule. Instead of a 7:30 a.m. start time, Parrott students will begin their day at 9:10. The last bell of the day will be pushed back from 2:30 to 4:10 p.m. "I think it's too late for th …

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  1. Winding Waters K-8 presents 'Peter Pan Jr.'

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    The cast of the Winding Waters K-8 middle school production of Peter Pan Jr. assembles after a performance for classmates. The students auditioned in January and practiced before and after school. This was the third play the middle school students have done since the school opened. The first was Annie Jr.

    The cast of the Winding Waters K-8 middle school production of Peter Pan Jr. assembles after a performance for classmates. The students auditioned in January and practiced before and after school. This was the third play the middle school students have done since the school opened. The first was Annie Jr. Last year, students put on The Little Mermaid. The Peter Pan Jr. cast included, in front row from left: seventh-grader Alexis Hobbs, 13, playing Wendy; fifth-grader Jaiden Raghunandan, 10, playing Michael, and sixth-grader Hannah LaBarbara, 11, playing Tinkerbell. In the back row, from left, are sixth-grader Andreu Rydbom, 12, playing John; seventh-grader Brandon Damgaard, 13, playing Peter, and seventh-grader Malik Norton, 13, playing Captain Hook. 
  2. Playgrounds, recess as important as testing, class time, Pasco principals say

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    LAND O'LAKES — Karley Green stared wide-eyed at the newly renovated playground behind the yellow ribbon and the shiny gold helium balloons.

    Connerton Elementary students Darren Butler, left, Damion Mitchell, Dominique King, Jonathan Hollis and Miranda Petrillo check out the jungle gym at the school’s newly renovated playground, which received $75,000 in upgrades.
  3. Bell time changes raise concerns among middle school parents, students

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    BROOKSVILLE — Parrott Middle School parent Rita Miller is worried about the big changes coming next year to her child's school schedule.

    The Hernando County School Board voted to adjust bell times as a way to save $600,000 in busing costs.
  1. Public magnet, fundamental and career programs

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    Magnet programs

    The Pinellas County School District offers a number of magnet programs with specialized curriculums. Generally these programs are open to students countywide, but some are open only to students in certain application areas. Some programs have special entrance criteria and eligibility …

    Bay Point Middle School eighth-grader Chris Seddio, 13, plays with other members of the school’s band during a discovery night in December.
  2. Applying for magnet, fundamental or career program? Here are tips

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    It's that time of year again. • Time for school tours, discovery nights and poring over test data, all with the desperate hope of getting your student into the right school. To help you through what can be a stressful process, we've compiled a list of basic and advanced tips.

    The basics

    Chamber orchestra students perform last month on a discovery night for the Tarpon Springs Middle School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts. From left are Celina Lawson, Madeleine McCreary, Isabelle Lebron, Nomikos Skoutelis, Olivia Stokely, Shania Eazer, George Sullivan and Anya Reinhard. In addition to the arts, the new program will focus on leadership and character education.
  3. School vouchers are an option for more Pinellas families

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    Florida's tax-credit scholarship program is becoming an option for an increasing number of families in Pinellas and throughout the state. The program, which aims to give low-income families a broader choice of schools, continues to report tremendous growth.

  4. Public schools: Application for special programs begins Wednesday

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    In three days, the Pinellas County school system will start accepting applications for special programs for the 2014-15 academic year. The offerings include magnet, fundamental and high school career programs. The district refers to these as "application programs."

    Makayla Cole, 5, and her mother, Anita Cole, attend a discovery night at Jamerson Elementary in St. Petersburg in December.
  5. Some private schools can offer tuition aid for families

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    Choosing a school for your child can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders — and your wallet. But don't rule out a private school education straightaway: Leaders say they make a point to eye the economy when setting tuition, and always try to offer financial assistance to promising students.

  6. Pinellas County private schools

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    Private schools in Pinellas County

  7. Be in the know when approaching your search for schools

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    Welcome to the 18th annual edition of School Search. Our goal is to help Pinellas families with the important task of choosing the right school for their children in this season when schools begin to seek new students for the 2014-15 academic year.

    At a discovery night last month at 
Bay Point Middle School in St. Petersburg, John Gehm holds 
2-week-old 
son Nixon while looking at world history projects with wife Han Ly and their two sons, Kevin, 11, and Kyle, 7, along with Benjamin Nguyen, 11.