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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Dropout rates improve locally and statewide

The Hillsborough County School District improved its four-year graduation rate to 80 percent last school year, leading all Tampa Bay area school districts as well as other school districts around Florida.

It also posted the lowest annual high school dropout rate in the area with 1.8 percent.

Pinellas County improved its graduation rate to 74.4 percent with a dropout rate of 2.1 percent, while Pasco County improved its graduation rate to 79.5 percent with a dropout rate of 2.1 percent, according to data recently released by the Florida Department of Education.

Overall, the state improved its four-year graduation rate to 75.4 percent with an annual high school dropout rate of 2.5 percent.

Hillsborough county

School choice forums scheduled till Jan. 29

Hillsborough Choice Options Information meetings will be held until Jan. 29. Meetings offer families the opportunity to apply to a magnet school or career and technical education program. The events are available for students entering kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, locations and times, call the Choice Information Line at 272-4692.

Tampa

Psychologist to speak on adolescent mind

Psychologist James Dragna, a nationally recognized speaker on adolescent development, will present What Were You Thinking? A Parent Guide For Understanding and Influencing an Adolescent Mind from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Tampa Preparatory School, 727 W Cass St., Lecture Hall 2015.

Dragna will discuss factors that influence behaviors, emotions and thoughts of adolescents, and will suggest strategies for parents to guide their kids toward effective personal, social and academic decisionmaking. The event is open to all Tampa Prep parents, as well as their friends whose children attend other schools. To RSVP, send an e-mail to kglevy428@aol.com.

CULBREATH HEIGHTS

PTA hosts orientation for kindergarten

Are worried about your child's first day of school? The Kindergarten Orientation program and information session hosted by the Dale Mabry Elementary PTA invites parents of children entering kindergarten in August 2009 to attend. The program includes presentations by the school's principal, PTA president and teachers with a question-and-answer session, as well as a student fashion show, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the media center at the school, 4201 Estrella St. For more information or to RSVP call 872-5364.

Tampa school briefs 11/27/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:18am]
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