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Application help for choice programs, plus other Pinellas education news

News and notes about K-12 schools and colleges in Pinellas County.
In this 2016 photo, students use tablets and laptops during a sixth-grade advanced science class at Tyrone Middle School in St. Petersburg. The class was part of the Center for Innovation & Digital Learning, one of nearly 80 choice programs offered by the Pinellas school system. The choice application period for the 2020-21 school year starts today, Jan. 8, and continues through 5 p.m. Jan. 17. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
In this 2016 photo, students use tablets and laptops during a sixth-grade advanced science class at Tyrone Middle School in St. Petersburg. The class was part of the Center for Innovation & Digital Learning, one of nearly 80 choice programs offered by the Pinellas school system. The choice application period for the 2020-21 school year starts today, Jan. 8, and continues through 5 p.m. Jan. 17. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Published Jan. 8

District offers help with choice applications

Starting this week, students can apply online to get into a Pinellas County school choice program for the 2020-21 academic year. Offerings include magnet programs, fundamental schools and high school career academies. The application period runs from Jan. 8-17. The school district has scheduled three Application Assistance Nights for those who need help sorting through the process. District staff will be on hand Thursday at Garrison-Jones Elementary School, 3133 Garrison Road in Dunedin, Tuesday at Gibbs High, 850 34th St. S in St. Petersburg and Jan. 16 in the Student Assignment office at school district headquarters, 301 Fourth St. SW in Largo. The events at the two schools will run from 5:30-7 p.m. The one at district headquarters is from 4:30-7 p.m. The Student Assignment office also assists families during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The staff can be reached at StudentAssignment@pcsb.org or (727) 588-6210. For more information about school choice programs, visit pcsb.org/choice.

New ‘Hub’ at SPC offers path to job training

St. Petersburg College is holding a grand opening today for its new Workforce Hub, a resource center for students and other community members to gain access to employment and training. The college has partnered with CareerSource Pinellas to have a representative in the hub to meet the needs of the local labor force. The hub is in BB Building on SPC’s Tarpon Springs Campus, 600 E Klosterman Rd. It will be open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Carissa Roldan at roldan.carissa@spcollege.edu.

Kindergarten registration begins Monday

Pinellas County families can register children for kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year starting Monday. The school district will hold “Ready, Set…Kindergarten” events on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week at elementary schools across the county. There, families will be able to explore classrooms, meet teachers, register for school, find out about aftercare and learn about ways to get children ready for kindergarten. To be eligible to start kindergarten next fall, children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020 and have a physical examination certificate, as well as a Florida certificate of immunization. Families also must show proof of residency with two forms of documentation. Students can be registered at their zoned school. For more information and a schedule of “Ready, Set...Kindergarten” events, visit pcsb.org/KG.

Exhibit opens Friday, showing work of student journalists

The public is invited to the opening night of “Through Our Eyes: Midtown and Beyond,” a photo exhibit showcasing the work of student photojournalists from Melrose Elementary, John Hopkins Middle and Lakewood High. The event is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at Studio@620, located at 620 First Ave. S in St. Petersburg. The exhibit runs through Jan. 29 and is part of Pinellas County Schools’ Journeys in Journalism program. Using cameras, the students tap into their natural curiosity, learn photography and other multimedia techniques, and visually document a community they often see differently than adults. Related events, also at Studio@620, include a Poetry Slam on Saturday and Taste of the City on Jan. 16, offering free food from local restaurants.

Elementary school lunches

Monday: Hamburger or cheeseburger, chicken and waffle, fruit and yogurt plate, deli meat and cheese sandwich, Tater Tots, fresh veggie dippers.

Tuesday: Beef or pork tacos, Cheezy Bread, chicken caesar salad, Jamwich Kit, marinara cup, refried beans, romaine side salad.

Wednesday: Mandarin orange chicken bowl, macaroni and cheese, yogurt and fruit parfait, ham and cheese croissant, steamed broccoli florets, sliced cucumbers.

Thursday: Student Choice Menu — students choose the hot entrees and vegetable options. Apple-a-Day salad, chicken caesar wrap, mixed side salad.

Friday: Pizza variety, teriyaki beef dippers with rice and roll, chef salad, turkey and cheese hoagie or sandwich, mixed vegetables, fresh veggie dippers.

Other menus for the week of Jan. 13-17 are available at the school district’s Food and Nutrition page.

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