Saturday, April 21, 2018
Education

Pinellas school news: Kindergarten registration begins in January

Kindergarten Roundups for incoming students in 2016

The Pinellas County school system will host its annual Kindergarten Roundup, with open houses at each elementary school, Jan. 12-14. The events come as the kindergarten registration process begins Jan. 11. At the roundups, parents can register for kindergarten, explore classrooms, speak with teachers, find out about aftercare and learn how to get involved. The district encourages families to register every incoming kindergarten student with their zoned school and complete the enrollment process as soon as possible — even families who intend to apply for a District Application program such as a magnet or fundamental school in January. Students who are invited to an application program can have their registration changed to the application school. Visit pcsb.org/KG for registration information and dates and times of roundups at each school.

Diocese of St. Petersburg school choirs going to Rome

Thirty students in grades 2 through 12 at Diocese of St. Petersburg schools will sing in the 40th International Congress of Pueri Cantores in Rome and Vatican City from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2. Fifteen of the students are from the Children's Choir of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seminole, and 15 are from the St. Anthony Choristers of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in San Antonio. The groups will travel with their choir directors and family members, and will join more than 5,000 youth from around the world for the event. During the week-long congress, the students will sing in churches in Rome and Vatican City. And on Jan. 1, they will sing during the World Peace Day Papal Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica.

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After months, no action on Hillsborough’s substitute teacher problem

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Updated: 04/18/18