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Back to School 2014

  1. Tips and new rituals to start the school year off right


    Parents often greet the back-to-school blizzard of papers, schedules, passwords and carpools with a mixture of hope and dread. But it can also be a time of joy and new family traditions.

    While it’s easy to move up the younger children’s bedtimes, your teens might have to adjust to earlier wake-up times the hard way.
  2. Pinellas welcomes 14 new principals


    Azalea Elementary: Kristen Sulte, 48, began working for Pinellas County schools in 1988. Her most recent position was principal of Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary. She earns $85,591 a year.

    Kristina Bauman, Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary
  3. Essential information for starting school in Pinellas



    Pinellas County parents can find back-to-school information at Here are a few highlights for families who are not yet registered:

    Getting started

  4. Pinellas to unveil schools and programs in 2014-15


    The Pinellas County school system will reopen for classes this month, having significantly expanded its reach with two new elementary magnets, four new middle school programs and a new alternative high school.

    Pinellas County teachers, from left, Jean Wright, Lina Bracht and Sara Honey discuss communication strategies Tuesday while attending Embrace Pinellas, a four-day conference-style orientation workshop hosted by the Pinellas County School District at Countryside High in Clearwater. They were among more than 350 who attended to learn about what the district has to offer them and to be equipped strategies to start the new school year. Topics included student engagement, curriculum, special-needs students, English for speakers of other languages, disability awareness, homeless education and embracing volunteers.
  5. Pinellas back-to-school events offer free supplies, and fun


    St. Petersburg Community Church is hosting a free back-to-school event for the Disston Heights community from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9. Children who attend will receive free school supplies and learn to survive challenges they will face in schools. Dinner will be provided and there will be games. The church is at 4501 …

    The “Stuff the Bus Campaign,” a school supply drive for needy students, continues over the next few days with collections at two locations. Organizers are asking for donations of gender-neutral backpacks, pens and pencils, crayons, binders, folders, rulers, erasers and more. Collections will take place from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today at Largo Mall, 10500 Ulmerton Road, and from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Carillon Park, 300 Main St., in St. Petersburg. The campaign is sponsored by the Pinellas Education Foundation, the Pinellas County Council PTA, Pinellas County schools and businesses.
  6. Florida Standards bringing changes for students, teachers alike


    During a training session this summer, fifth-grade teacher Tina Colella came to a realization: Her teaching style relied too heavily on lecturing.

    [ CAMERON COTTRILL   |   Times ]
  7. New principals will be at the helm at five Hernando schools


    Springstead High School will be under new leadership during the coming school year for the first time in a decade, highlighting one of several changes in principals across the Hernando County School District.

    Lori Lessley, 51, is principal at West Hernando Middle.
  8. Hernando schools open house schedule


    Open house schedule

    Elementary schools

    Brooksville: 4-6 p.m. Aug. 14

    Chocachatti: 9-11 a.m. Aug. 15

    Deltona: 5-7 p.m. Aug. 14 (kindergarten only); 9-11 a.m. Aug. 15 (all other grades)

    Eastside: noon-4 p.m. Aug. 14

    Moton: 9-11 a.m. Aug. …

  9. Back to school: immunizations




    • 4-5 doses diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine or age-appropriate tetanus vaccines

    • 3 doses hepatitis B vaccine