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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)]

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.