Sunday, December 17, 2017
Education

Pinellas education news: College fairs, career event for ESE students and more

3 college fairs in September offer information for students, families

Pinellas County high school students and their families are invited to three college fairs this month. The first is from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 18 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where representatives from some 70 colleges and universities in the southeastern U.S. will be in attendance. No registration is required. For more information, contact Summer Finck at (727) 873-4754 or [email protected] Two additional fairs organized through the Pinellas school district will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 at separate locations. The first will be held at Countryside High, 3000 State Road 580 in Clearwater and the second at Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. in Largo. At both fairs, students will be able to speak with representatives from 150 colleges and universities, technical schools, military branches, businesses and other employers. For more information, call (727) 725-7956 or email [email protected]

ESE Career & Life Fair looks to get teens prepared for the future

Pinellas County Schools ESE College, Career & Life Fair will provide information about financial aid, career training, employment, college, the military, supported living and additional resources for high school students with exceptionalities who have an Individual Education Plan, or IEP. The event will be especially helpful for 11th- and 12th-graders. Families will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from the school district and various educational organizations. The fair will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 27 at Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N. For more information, call (727) 588-6000, ext. 2048.

New app puts parents in touch with Pinellas school district events

Pinellas school officials are promoting their new "PCS Family Engagement Mobile App," which provides parents access to extended classroom opportunities, family engagement tips, and parent "How To" videos. It also includes information on parent workshops, parent peer support, direct links to Pinellas schools, and other topics. It can be downloaded free for both Apple and Android devices.

Elementary school lunch menus

Monday: Hamburger or cheeseburger, turkey pot roast and noodles with roll, veggie double dipper salad, turkey and cheese hoagie, corn nibblets, veggie dippers.

Tuesday: Potato turbate with roll, pepperoni stromboli, farmer's salad, Jamwich Kit, sliced carrots, marinara cup, romaine side salad.

Wednesday: Chicken nuggets, spaghetti and meatballs, fruit and yogurt plate, ham and cheese croissant, broccoli, sliced cucumbers.

Thursday: Breakfast for lunch, cheesy bread, chef salad, chicken caesar wrap, marinara cup, deli roasted potatoes, mixed or tossed side salad.

Friday: Pizza, fish nuggets, chicken caesar salad, Italian sub, oven baked beans, veggie dippers.

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Top USF Health official leaves amid questions of assistant’s special treatment

Top USF Health official leaves amid questions of assistant’s special treatment

TAMPA — A high-ranking University of South Florida Health official has resigned amid internal concerns that he was giving special treatment to his assistant.After an internal investigation, USF System President Judy Genshaft was poised last month to ...
Published: 12/15/17
Hillsborough school district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking

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Published: 12/15/17
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Three months later, the Pinellas County school district has totaled up the costs of operating 16 schools as shelters for 25,000 evacuees during Hurricane Irma.The district is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for a reimbursemen...
Published: 12/15/17
Love of science is the goal, now that every Pinellas elementary school has a lab

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Published: 12/15/17
Florida lawmakers want stronger college free speech rules amid First Amendment flareups

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Rising up in defiance to Richard Spencer, hundreds of University of Florida students sounded off in a deafening chant."Go home, Spencer!" they shouted, as the exasperated white nationalist paced the stage, pleading to be heard.Were the students exerc...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17
Hernando could be next stop for PACE Center for Girls

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Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Pasco school district, employees reach contract agreement

The raises for Pasco County school district employees aren’t as high as anyone would like, but they’re now part of a signed tentative contract deal reached just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.If ratified by the staff and the School Board, the agreements ...
Published: 12/13/17
For Bexley students in Land O’Lakes, math skills go airborne

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LAND O’LAKES — At Bexley Elementary School in Land O’Lakes, students are throwing paper airplanes — with the help of a high tech computerized launcher. They’re also bowling — with a little aid from computerized drones. And when they get around to it,...
Published: 12/13/17

Proposal to rollback early learning programs could bring Citrus into Pasco-Hernando coalition

Some Florida lawmakers have not hidden their desire to scale back the statewide number of early learning coalitions that oversee child care and preschool programs, including Voluntary Prekindergarten.The state Office of Early Learning has now issued ...
Published: 12/13/17
Brink Foundation, school district create Town ’N Country STEM hub

Brink Foundation, school district create Town ’N Country STEM hub

TAMPA — Elementary school students programmed an electronic mouse to make its way through a maze.Middle school students directed an electronic vehicle to stop on a dime, then use its arms to locate and lift a tiny cube.When the demonstration was done...
Published: 12/12/17
Updated: 12/14/17