Education

New shuttle makes commute safer for Middleton High students

TAMPA — The first shuttle pulled out of the lot at Meridian Pointe Apartments about five minutes before 7 a.m., just as 16-year-old Elijah Collins came jogging behind it. A security guard yelled for the shuttle to stop. But Collins said it was okay, he would catch the next one in a few minutes. For Collins, a ninth …

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  1. Spring Hill Power Rangers: unmasked

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    SPRING HILL

    Last summer, Weeki Wachee High School senior Adam Cooper and some friends bought some Power Rangers suits — black, blue, red and green — to wear to a Fourth of July party.

    The original Spring Hill Power Rangers are going to college and have decided to reveal their identities. They are, from left, Matthew Hanley, 17, Adam Cooper, 17, Jake Bence, 18, and Zach LaPrad, 18. Senior Jenna Gouldey, 18, is not pictured. The other member is a freshman and will remain anonymous.
  2. Perspective: Progress made, but still gauging impact of Gates' $100 million in Hillsborough schools

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    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation may not view our country's stressed public schools as full of Neanderthal teachers trying to bash knowledge into bored, thick-skulled students. Yet the foundation's leaders do consider most U.S. schools terribly outdated, technologically deficient and bureaucratic morale-suckers in …

  3. Library notes

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    Library notes

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  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.