Pinellas education news: More Discovery Nights, support employee honors and more

News and notes about K-12 schools and colleges in Pinellas County.
This image is from a video on the Pinellas County school district’s new Facebook page for Spanish-speaking families, called Pinellas County Schools en Espanol. The page, developed to serve a growing population of Hispanic families in the county, aims to keep them informed about educational resources and important events. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Schools]
This image is from a video on the Pinellas County school district’s new Facebook page for Spanish-speaking families, called Pinellas County Schools en Espanol. The page, developed to serve a growing population of Hispanic families in the county, aims to keep them informed about educational resources and important events. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Schools]
Published December 7
Updated December 7

More choice programs hold Discovery Nights

Seven school choice programs will host Discovery Nights next week, offering Pinellas County families a chance to talk to educators and get a closer look. 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 on the programs and the application process, visit pcsb.org/choice or call the school district’s Student Assignment office at (727) 588-6210. Also consult the Tampa Bay Times’ annual School Search guide. Next week’s schedule:

Dec. 10

First Responders program, Pinellas Park High

Dec. 11

Center for the Arts and International Studies, Perkins Elementary

Center for Construction Technologies, St. Petersburg High

Dec. 12

Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology, Bay Point Elementary

Academy of Engineering, Azalea Middle

Center for Education and Leadership, Seminole High

Dec. 13

Pasadena Fundamental Elementary

Five in the running for Support Employee of the Year

The finalists for 2018-19 Support Employee of the Year for the Pinellas County school system have been named. Selected in five categories from an original group of 106 nominees, they are: Robyn Craddock, an ESE associate at Calvin Hunsinger ESE Center (classroom support); Kasie Ivory, an office clerk at Countryside High (clerical); Rodney Heet, cafeteria manager at Seminole Middle (food service); Anthony Langhorne, a transportation field operations supervisor (maintenance/safety/health/transportation); and Steve Norris, head plant operator at Curlew Creek Elementary (plant operations). The winner will be announced during a luncheon Jan. 11 at Feather Sound Country Club. The overall winner will be nominated as the district’s representative for the Florida School-Related Employee of the Year.

New Facebook page for Hispanic families

The school district has launched Pinellas County Schools en Español, a new Facebook page created to serve the growing population of Spanish-speaking families in the county. The page will aim to keep them informed about educational resources and important events. About 18 percent of students in the school district identify as Hispanic. Families can access the Pinellas County Schools en Español Facebook page at facebook.com/PCSBespanol.

Center at USFSP offers training for business professionals

The Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg will begin offering courses in corporate training and professional development next semester. The program is geared toward business professionals who want to cultivate their leadership and managerial skills while advancing their careers. The offerings include an Elite People Manager Certificate, an Organization Development and Leadership Certificate and a 5G Power Skills Certificate, which focuses on managing multiple generations in the workforce. USF St. Petersburg will begin offering corporate training and professional development courses through instructors from the USF Tampa campus. Later, the Bishop Center’s adjunct professors may take over as instructors for some of the courses. Additional courses are already in development. For more information, visit usfsp.edu/bishop/.

Elementary school lunches

Monday: Hamburger or cheeseburger; chicken and broccoli penne alfredo with breadstick; fruit and yogurt plate; bologna and cheese sandwich; sliced carrots; fresh veggie dippers.

Tuesday: School Favorites Day — students choose the hot entrees and veggies. Entrée salad: Farmers Salad or Apple-a-Day Salad. Sandwich: Jamwich Kit. Side salad: Romaine.

Wednesday: Chicken tender basket with crinkle oven fries; macaroni and cheese; yogurt and fruit parfait; ham and cheese croissant; sliced cucumbers; spinach or collard greens.

Thursday: Beef or pork tacos; Max Cheese Sticks; chef salad; chicken caesar wrap; marinara cup; refried fiesta beans; side salad.

Friday: Pizza; teriyaki chicken bowl; chicken caesar salad; turkey and cheese ciabatta sandwich; green beans; fresh veggie dippers.

Find more information on this and other menus at the Pinellas County School District’s Food and Nutrition page.

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