ACCEPTANCE PERIOD FOR SPECIAL PROGRAMS TO END this week
The deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 10, for Pinellas County families to accept an invitation to a magnet program, fundamental school or high school career academy. Families need to log into the district's Student Reservation System, the same website they used when applying for programs last month. They may accept one invitation. Those who get an invitation and don't accept it during the acceptance period will have their applications voided. Once a program's invitation is accepted, the student's name will be removed from all other lists, including waiting lists, except the Center for Gifted Studies. Families can change their selection before midnight Wednesday, and they don't need to accept waiting list spots. For more information, visit pcsb.org/choice or call the student assignment office at (727) 588-6210.
Need college financial aid? You have to apply via FAFSA
A new analysis by NerdWallet found that U.S. high school graduates missed out on up to $2.7 billion in federal grant money last school year, primarily because of incomplete or unsubmitted Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms. Of more than 1.4 million graduates who didn't fill out the FAFSA, nearly 750,000 would have been eligible for a federal Pell grant, the analysis found. Florida students left nearly $1.7 million on the table, the fourth largest total in the nation.
St. Petersburg College will host three events to help parents and students complete the FAFSA, a required form for anyone seeking college financial aid. Those who participate in the events, called FAFSA Nights, can expect to get their FAFSA results in one week. The events are open to Pinellas County high school seniors and their parents, as well as current college students, regardless of what school they plan to attend. They will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N in St. Petersburg; from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at Clearwater High, 540 S Hercules Ave. in Clearwater; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the St. Petersburg College EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N in Clearwater. Visit spcollege.edu/fafsanights for a checklist of documents to bring. For more information, call Gwen Reed at (727) 341-7924 or Shirell Essix at (727) 302-6802.
Elementary school lunches
Monday: Chicken sandwich, cheesy mac and beef with roll or, beef ravioli with roll, farmers salad, turkey and cheese hoagie, baked beans, veggie dippers.
Tuesday: Chili and cheese with rice or with crackers, mini calzones, chef salad, chicken Caesar wrap, marinara cup, sweet potato waffle fries, romaine side salad.
Wednesday: Beef dippers with rice, cheese lasagna roll up; yogurt parfait, ham and cheese croissant, steamed broccoli, sliced cucumbers.
Thursday: Breakfast for lunch, bean and cheese burrito, chicken Caesar salad, Italian sub, deli roasted potatoes, mixed or tossed side salad.
Friday: Pizza, cheesy fish filet sandwich, veggie double dipper salad, school favorite sandwich, green beans, veggie dippers.