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Did your child get into a Pinellas school choice program? Time to check.

All about the Feb. 10-21 “acceptance period” and other Pinellas education news.
Students in the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts at Tarpon Spring High participate in a Dance Technologies class. The conservatory is one of nearly 80 choice programs offered by the Pinellas County school system. Families who applied for a program in January must check back with the Student Reservation System from Feb. 10-21 to see if they got invited to one. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times (2016)]
Students in the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts at Tarpon Spring High participate in a Dance Technologies class. The conservatory is one of nearly 80 choice programs offered by the Pinellas County school system. Families who applied for a program in January must check back with the Student Reservation System from Feb. 10-21 to see if they got invited to one. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2016)]
Published Feb. 6

‘Acceptance period’ for choice schools starts next week

Pinellas County families who applied last month to get students into a magnet, fundamental or career program will need to take another step in February to complete the process. During the acceptance period for district choice programs from Feb. 10-21, they must log back into reservation.pcsb.org with their User ID to see if they received any invitations. Completing the process requires families to review the student’s status in all the programs to which they applied and check the appropriate box to accept or decline an invitation. The district will invalidate any invitations that are not accepted. Those who accept a program’s invitation are removed from all other wait lists except for the Centers for Gifted Studies. Families can change their mind and select a different program as long as they do it before 5 p.m. Feb. 21. For more information, contact the district’s Student Assignment Office at StudentAssignment@pcsb.org or (727) 588-6210, or visit pcsb.org/choice.

Eckerd College hosts discussions on race, technology

Eckerd College will host two discussions over the next week. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, author Jamila Lyiscott “will invite us to think about the nuanced manifestations of white privilege as it exists within and beyond the classroom,” according to a release from the school. “She also will leave us with ideas and tools that teachers, school leaders and professors can use for awareness, inspiration and action around racial injustice and inequity.” Lyiscott is an assistant professor of social justice education at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and a senior research fellow of Teacher College, Columbia University’s Institute for Urban and Minority Education. Her talk will start at 7 p.m. in Fox Hall. On Thursday, Feb. 13, Paul H. Carr, a physicist emeritus of the Air Force Research Laboratory, will discuss the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry. The award went to three scientists who worked on developing the lithium-ion battery, an innovation that has shaped the way we power everything from smartphones to electric vehicles. Carr’s talk will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Galbraith Marine Science Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public. Eckerd College is at 4200 54th Ave. S in St. Petersburg.

Holocaust Museum exhibit offers civil rights lessons for students

As part of Black History Month, nearly 1,000 students from Pinellas County Schools will visit a new exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum titled Beaches, Benches, and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay. According to the museum, “The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay may have had characteristics similar to other areas of the South but its stories are its own. This exhibition will illuminate our region’s struggle with racial equality and shine a light on the local leaders who changed our cities.” The field trip to the museum will help students connect what was happening across the country with events closer to home. The exhibit runs through March 1.

Elementary school lunches

Monday: Chicken tender basket with crispy fries and roll, Max Cheese Sticks, fruit and yogurt plate, deli meat and cheese sandwich, baked beans, marinara cup, veggie dippers.

Tuesday: Breakfast for lunch, Pizzaboli, chicken caesar salad, Jamwich Kit, deli-roasted potatoes, marinara cup, romaine side salad.

Wednesday: Pasta and meat sauce or meatballs, ravioli and roll, chicken nuggets with dip cup, yogurt and fruit parfait, ham and cheese croissant, crispy fries, sliced cucumbers.

Thursday: Loaded beef and cheese nachos, grilled cheese, Apple-A-Day Salad, chicken caesar wrap, tomato soup, mixed side salad.

Friday: Pizza variety, fish nuggets with roll, chef salad, turkey and cheese hoagie or sandwich, spinach or collard greens, fresh veggie dippers.

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