17,000 students start Summer Bridge this week
The Pinellas County school system on Tuesday kicked off Summer Bridge, an annual program for students who are performing below grade level in reading or math and need extra support, or who are behind in graduation credits. An estimated 17,000 students, from rising first-graders to rising high school seniors, have enrolled. New features this year include civics classes for middle school students and a Freshman Prep program for rising ninth-graders to boost their academic skills and prepare them for high school. More than 600 students have enrolled for the first year of Freshman Prep. An additional 400 have registered for another new program, Elevating Excellence, a free, three-day seminar designed to help high school students prepare for college. The first seminar is this week. The deadline to register for the July 24-26 session is June 22. For more information, visit pcsb.org/ee .
Families can still register for kindergarten
Parents and guardians who plan to send a child to kindergarten in the Pinellas County school system in 2018-19 can still register using several online tools at the district’s website — pcsb.org. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to qualify. The first step is to find your zoned school using the School Zone Locator under the "Schools" menu on the home page. Families then need to reserve a seat using their district user ID and password. Both are available by going to any school in the district, or using an ID and password from another child in the family. To reserve a seat, log into the Student Reservation System, which is found under the "Registration" menu on the home page. The final step is to visit the child’s assigned school and deliver the required documents: a birth certificate or other proof of identity and age, proof of residency, a Florida Certificate of Immunization and a physical examination certificate obtained within the last 12 months. Parents can also call the student Assignment Office at (727) 588-6210 to find their zoned school, reserve a seat or get any other help they need. In addition, they may use a computer at any school.
Applicants sought for job training program
A new program that focuses on helping young African-American men re-enter the workforce is accepting applications for the fall. The program is called PITCH, short for Persistence Incorporated in to College Hired, and is part of a joint effort by Petersburg College and the city of St. Petersburg’s Cohort of Champions. African-American men, ages 18 to 24, who live in St. Petersburg are eligible for the program, which aims to help them gain certificates and degrees. Those accepted will receive several services at SPC, including free tuition and books and academic and career counseling. Program areas include: the arts, technology, social and human services, public safety and business. To apply, contact Ernest Gant at (727) 302-6550, [email protected], or Jerick Daniels at (727) 341-4636, [email protected]
Summer STEM camps start this month
Registration is still open for several summer Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) camps for students in grades 4-7. The camps will be held from 8-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. They will be held from June 18-21 at Leila Davis Elementary, 2630 Landmark Drive in Clearwater, and from June 25-28 at Pinellas Technical College St. Petersburg Campus, 3548 11th Ave. S. The cost is $150 per session. For more information, contact Deborah Gerhardt, K-12 STEM department secretary, at [email protected] or (727) 588-6006.
Pinellas seeks school resource officers
Pinellas County Schools is accepting applications for school resource officers. The push is part of the district’s effort to comply with a new state law requiring a security officer in every school. The primary responsibility of an SRO is to protect, offer service and ensure the safety of students, staff, visitors, and School Board property. To learn more about the requirements and benefits, visit pcsb.org/police or contact Sgt. Craig Corry or Sheila Diehl at (727) 547-7221.
Honors and awards
The Council for Exceptional Children Suncoast Chapter 176 recently announced its 2018 Exceptional Student Education awards. The winners were Debra Zimmerman, ESE Associate of the Year, Calvin Hunsinger School; Kristen Clanton, ESE Teacher of the Year, Anona Elementary; Matthew Clarke, ESE Rookie Teacher of the Year, Boca Ciega High; Katie Korth, Related Services/Resource Professional of the Year, Sawgrass Lake Elementary; and Jenni Herman, Inclusion Teacher of the Year, Pinellas Central Elementary. … The St. Petersburg Exchange Club named St. Petersburg High teacher Tracey Keim as its Woman of the Year for her creation of the Green Devils Closet & Pantry, which serves hundreds of students each year. … The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce recently announced the 2018 recipients of its annual Largo High School scholarships. Each of the three winners was presented with a $1,000 award. They are Ritesh Chandrasekaran, who will be attending the University of Central Florida and studying biomedical engineering; Ambar Matos-Gonzalez who will be entering the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and majoring in exercise physiology; and Nathalie Nunez Aguilar who plans to attend St. Petersburg College to study nursing. … Five Pinellas County high schools were honored with the 2018 College Success Award. Countryside, East Lake, Osceola Fundamental, Seminole and St. Petersburg high schools were recognized for preparing students for post-secondary success.