Pinellas education news: More Discovery Nights, SPC Winter Term and more

News and notes about K-12 schools and colleges in Pinellas County.
Braylon Johnson, left, and Nathan Barajas work on a lesson during a 2015 Discovery Night for the Gulfport Elementary Montessori program. Dozens of programs are display during Discovery Nights this fall in preparation for the January 2019 application period. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Braylon Johnson, left, and Nathan Barajas work on a lesson during a 2015 Discovery Night for the Gulfport Elementary Montessori program. Dozens of programs are display during Discovery Nights this fall in preparation for the January 2019 application period. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published November 30

16 choice programs hold Discovery Nights next week

The Pinellas County school system continues its schedule of Discovery Nights next week, offering families a chance to get a close-up look at choice programs. The events start at 6 p.m. and typically last one to two hours. Applications will be accepted online Jan. 9-18. For more information, visit pcsb.org/choice or call the school district’s Student Assignment office at (727) 588-6210. Also consult the Times’ annual School Search guide.

Dec. 3

IB program, St. Petersburg High

Dec. 4

Conservatory for the Arts, Sandy Lane Elementary

Cambridge program, Pinellas Park Middle

Leadership Conservatory for the Arts, Tarpon Springs Middle

Richard O. Jacobson Technical High at Seminole

Dec. 5

Center for Gifted Studies, Ridgecrest Elementary

Center for Gifted Studies, Dunedin Highland Middle

Center for Innovation and Digital Learning, Tyrone Middle

Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Countryside High

Exploring Careers and Education in Leadership, Largo High

Dec. 6

Center for Cultural Arts and Gifted Studies, Midtown Academy

Center for Gifted Studies, Morgan Fitzgerald Middle

Academy of Finance, Northeast High

Academy of Information Technology, Northeast High

Automotive Manufacturing Technology Center, Northeast High

Academy for Culinary Arts, Northeast High

SPC to begin Winter Term

St. Petersburg College will launch a new Winter Term from Dec. 10 to Jan. 10, allowing students to take online accelerated courses in four weeks. The classes count towards students’ spring term goals and can be paid for with their financial aid. For a look at the course offerings, visit spcollege.edu.

Eckerd College film series: ‘Sorry to Bother You’

The International Cinema Series at Eckerd College continues with a screening of Sorry to Bother You, a wild and incisive satire of contemporary America, at 7 p.m. Friday in Miller Auditorium on campus. Directed by Boots Riley, this dark comedy follows Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), a low-level telemarketer who finds success when he discovers his “white voice” and must decide between rising up the ranks of white corporate America or remaining true to his working-class roots. A discussion will follow the film, which is free and open to the public. The Eckerd campus is at 4200 54th Ave. S in St. Petersburg.

Honors and awards

Aleeza Saiyad, a fifth-grade student at Cypress Woods Elementary, won first place in the Sandy Hook Promise Student Voices contest. Students were asked to write about ways to make their peers feel more included and prevent bullying, and Aleeza wrote about two students from Syria forming a bond in at their new school. More than 1,300 students submitted essays for the competition. … Boca Ciega High School principal Michael Vigue was honored as the Citizen of the Year by Omega Psi Phi at the fraternity’s 56th Annual Achievement Week Program recently. The award recognizes individuals “who have contributed to community uplift.” … At a Friday ceremony, the Pinellas County school system and the Pinellas Education Foundation will celebrate a recent $5 million gift from the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation, which will support major educational initiatives in the county, including construction of a veterinary sciences building at the newly renamed Richard O. Jacobson Technical High School in Seminole. The gift is the largest ever received by the education foundation.

Elementary school lunches

Monday: Breaded chicken sandwich, loaded beef and cheese nachos, fruit and yogurt plate, bologna and cheese sandwich, Santa Fe black beans, fresh veggie dippers.

Tuesday: Tortellini with meat sauce and garlic bread stick, grilled cheese sandwich, Farmers’ Salad or Apple-A-Day Salad, PBJ Jamwich Kit, tomato soup, romaine salad.

Wednesday: Teriyaki beef dippers over rice or lo mein noodles, chicken nuggets with dip cup, yogurt and fruit parfait, ham and cheese croissant, sliced cucumbers, steamed broccoli florets.

Thursday: Breakfast for lunch, mini cheese calzones, chef salad, chicken caesar wrap, marinara cup, deli-roasted potatoes, side salad.

Friday: Pizza, cheesy or spicy fish filet sandwich, chicken caesar salad, turkey and cheese ciabatta sandwich, corn niblets, fresh veggie dippers.

For more detail on this and other lunch menus, visit the web page for the school district’s Food and Nutrition Department.

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