Workshops help parents guide kids to school success
School officials will host a series of family workshops in October to offer parents information on ways to help their children succeed in school. Topics include navigating the Pinellas County Schools website, understanding the importance of parent/teacher conferences, dealing with school disciplinary issues and suggestions for how to get involved in a child's education. The workshops will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on the following days: Wednesday, Gibbs High, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg; Thursday, Countryside High, 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater; and Oct. 13, Pinellas Park High, 6305 118 Ave. N. To register, call (727) 588-6484.
Learn about PTEC at open house
The Pinellas Technical Education Centers (PTEC) annual fall open house is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at PTEC's Clearwater Campus, 6100 154th Ave. N. Teachers will provide information on programs and financial aid, and register students for the new term that starts Oct. 28. The open house will feature a car show highlighting the automotive repair program, a technology showcase and a demonstration of the art of cabinetmaking. Visitors also will get half-off coupons for PTEC cosmetology services and PTEC culinary students will serve refreshments. Call (727) 538-7167.
Forum is on achievement plan
The school district will hold community forums Oct. 12 and 13 on the new student achievement proposal that includes mandatory uniforms, expansion of fundamental seats, and a laundry list of other ideas. Many of the ideas could be in effect as soon as the 2011-12 school year. The School Board is expected to hear more details from superintendent Julie Janssen at a 10 a.m. workshop Tuesday. The district will then hold forums Oct. 12 at Countryside High School, 3000 State Road 580 in Clearwater, and Oct. 13 at Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S in St. Petersburg. Both will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The board is expected to vote on the proposal Dec. 7.
Elementary school menus
Check pinellas.k12.fl.us/is/fsmenus for changes.
Monday: miniburgers, hot dog, farmer's salad, coleslaw, baked beans, fruit and juice, wheat roll
Tuesday: roasted chicken, mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, romaine salad, mixed veggies, fruit and juice, wheat roll, dessert
Wednesday: popcorn chicken, breaded pork chopette on bun, meatless entree, green salad, oven fries, fruit and juice, pretzel rod
Thursday: Student involvement day. Menu to be chosen by students at each school.
Friday: pizza variety, fish sticks, tossed salad, broccoli, fruit and juice, bread basket