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‘Parent Assistance Nights’ and other Pinellas education news

News and notes about K-12 schools and colleges in Pinellas County.
The process for getting into a Pinellas County school choice program is in its final phase, the "acceptance period," which expires at 5 p.m. Feb. 21 for the 2020-21 academic year. [Times (2006)]
The process for getting into a Pinellas County school choice program is in its final phase, the "acceptance period," which expires at 5 p.m. Feb. 21 for the 2020-21 academic year. [Times (2006)]
Published Feb. 12

Assistance offered for families seeking choice programs

The Pinellas County school system is holding Parent Assistance Nights to help families complete the process of applying for a choice school. The process has entered a new phase, the acceptance period, when families who applied for a magnet, fundamental or career program in January sign into the Student Reservation System to see if they were invited to a program. The period started Feb. 10 and ends at 5 p.m. Feb. 21. The two remaining assistance nights are from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Garrison-Jones Elementary, 3133 Garrison Roard in Dunedin, and from 4:30-7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Student Assignment Office at district headquarters, 301 Fourth St. SW in Largo. To complete the process, parents need to log back into the Student Reservation System at They can accept an invitation or choose to remain on a program’s waiting list. If they fail to accept an invitation, their invitation will be voided. For more information, visit or call (727) 588-6210.

SPC hosts 'Keys to manhood’ seminar

The St. Petersburg College Seminole campus will host a free seminar designed for young men in Pinellas County. The event, titled “Keys to manhood: Path to my best life,” will help participants explore educational and career opportunities, learn about best practices, choices and topics such as entrepreneurship, technology and having a “mindset of greatness.” The event is held in conjunction with the 5000 Role Models mentoring program. It will be presented by Transamerica from 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 21 at the conference center on the SPC Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. For more information, visit

At Eckerd College, a talk on Christianity and feminism

At a time when Christianity and feminism often seem at odds, the history of Christian feminism provides some surprising stories. That’s the theme of a presentation by Kristin Kobes Du Mez at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Fox Hall on the campus of Eckerd College. Kobes Du Mez, a professor of history at Calvin University and author of A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism, specializes in the intersection of gender, religion and politics in recent American history. Her research shows that Christian women were critical to the 19th-century women’s rights movement, and their support for women’s suffrage ultimately proved key to securing the passage of the 19th Amendment. Her talk is sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Life Burchenal Lecture Series. Eckerd College is at 4200 54th Ave. S in St. Petersburg.

Elementary school lunches

Monday: Presidents Day — no school for students.

Tuesday: Cheese sticks and toasted ravioli boat, corn dog or hot dog, chicken caesar salad, Jamwich Kit, steamed broccoli florets, marinara cup, romaine side salad.

Wednesday: Popcorn chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, rotini with meat sauce, yogurt and fruit parfait, ham and cheese croissant, corn niblets, sliced cucumbers.

Thursday: Chicken sandwich, cheese quesadillas, Apple‐a‐Day Salad, chicken caesar wrap, battered sweet potato fries, salsa cup, mixed side salad.

Friday: Pizza variety, fish sticks with roll or soft shell fish tacos, chef salad, turkey and cheese hoagie or sandwich, green beans, fresh veggie dippers.


  1. Chicken and vegetable dumplings with soy sauce were offered to students to test during the 2nd Annual Student Food Connection taste-testing, Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Pinellas Technical College. Twenty-eight new food items were tested and rated.  Some will be added to next year's school menus.
  2. Jarvis Delon West was arrested for child neglect after failing to report an employee at AMI Kids who slammed a boy to the ground, according to police
  3. Patrick Suiters, 10, left, and Gabriel Stanford, 9, both fourth-graders at San Jose Elementary School in Dunedin, fill out a survey after tasting falafel tots and nuggets during the 2nd Annual Student Food Connection taste test at Pinellas Technical College. About 120 students tasted and rated 28 new food items that could be added to school breakfast and lunch menus next year.
  4. The Pinellas County school system is offering driver education camps to hundreds of students like this one over the summer. The program will be held over two sessions at nine high school campuses across the county.
  5. Incoming Superintendent Addison Davis (center) and School Board Chair Melissa Snively (right) sign Davis' contract with the Hillsborough County School District after it was unanimously approved by the school board on February 18, 2020.
  6. The attendance zones for Northwest, Gulf Highlands and Fox Hollow elementary schools would shift under a proposed rezoning that also includes the closing of Hudson Elementary.
  7. Incoming Hillsborough School Superintendent Addison Davis (center), School Board Chair Melissa Snively (right) and the other board members pose as Davis signs his contract with the district on Tuesday night. The board unanimously approved the contract beforehand.
  8. Jarvis Delon West was arrested on child neglect charges after he didn't report an employee at AMI Kids who slammed a boy to the ground, according to police.
  9. Associate professor of biology Caitlin Gille leads the Pasco-Hernando State College faculty union, which challenged the school's public comment rules.  (Photo Courtesy of Caitlin Gille)
  10. Prekindergarten students at James B. Sanderlin IB World School in St. Petersburg, show the peace sign during an assembly in 2012. New state data show children in prekindergarten are better prepared for kindergarten than those who don't attend.
  11. Leon County fifth-grader Ingrid Hanley asks the Senate Education Committee not to adopt legislation that would get tougher on D-rated schools, during a Feb. 17, 2020, session.
  12. Nadia King, 6, is smiles for a photo. The special-needs student was taken from school Feb. 4 and placed in a mental health facility under Florida's Baker Act, and now her mother and a team of attorneys are asking why.