By now your children are getting acclimated with the new school year and reacquainted with friends, teachers and school activities. Once your family has established a school routine, now is the time to make education a priority at home. There are several ways parents can instill good learning habits with their children:
- Make sure they do homework before playtime, television or video games.
- Talk with them about their schoolwork and ask if they need additional help.
TARPON SPRINGS - If it feels like the students at East Lake High School are younger this year, it’s because they are. This year, some of them are middle school students.
The students, dressed in polo shirts and khaki shorts, shuffle from class to class on a bell schedule separate from the high school. They don’t eat lunch with the high school students or take gym with them. They rarely even share a hallway. Instead, in a cluster of portables by the baseball field, the East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering is finding its own identity.
CLEARWATER - The entire student population of Paul B. Stephens School in Clearwater, all 220 students, are special needs students. All have some sort of physical or mental disability, which means they require special help to learn.
The majority of the students at the school are autistic and teaching those children often requires special equipment, which - although necessary - is expensive. That’s where Vera Sheremeta, an Occupational Therapist at the school, comes in. She has been out in the community telling all who will listen about why the equipment is needed.
TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs High School will induct its first-ever class of athletes into its new Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Athletic Hall of Fame will represent 108 years of athletic accomplishments and contributions. The school plans to recognize 23 inductees at halftime during the Friday, Sept. 5, during Osceola vs. Spongers football game at the school, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.
The inductees will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievements. Clint Herbic, associate superintendent, and Emmanuel Gombos, retired assistant principal, will be on hand to officiate the induction ceremony.
ST. PETERSBURG - Eckerd College and the Florida State University College of Law have created a new program that will allow Eckerd students to obtain a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years instead of seven.
Applications are now being accepted for the 3+3 Program, the third of its kind for the FSU College of Law.
Undergraduates who gain admission to the program after successfully completing their junior year at Eckerd College will follow the usual course of study for full-time, first-year law students. Those who successfully complete their first year at FSU will obtain a BA or BS from Eckerd
ST. PETERSBURG - Utica College, a leading provider of higher education, recently launched its Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree Nursing program in St. Petersburg to address the rising shortage of nurses in the region and across the state of Florida.
“This is an exciting time for the Tampa Bay area as well as for Utica College, and we are eagerly anticipating the launch of our Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree Nursing program in St. Petersburg in August,” said Dr. Todd S. Hutton in a press release. Hutton is the president of Utica College. “There is so much opportunity for students pursuing nursing careers today. As our population ages and the demand for nurses grows, it is critical to provide the latest educational advancements required to improve the delivery of health care. We are committed to giving our nursing students a curriculum that is in step with those advances and helping them to successfully complete their bachelor’s degree program in just four semesters. We are confident they will graduate with the necessary leadership and clinical skills to excel anywhere in the health care industry.”
Headquartered in northeast St. Petersburg and centrally located to all area hospitals, at Utica College, students can earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing in just 16 months through a combination of online and classroom learning and complete clinical hours at top healthcare facilities under the supervision of registered nurse educators. The program is a full-time plan of study designed for compassionate and dedicated professionals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and are motivated to become a nurse.
PALM HARBOR - Curlew Creek Elementary School PTA and its fifth-grade students are collaborating with Angel Bins to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes to raise $5,000 for class shirts, class trips, graduation ceremony and an end of the year celebration.
They are asking that new or gently used athletic shoes, dress shoes, boots and sandals be dropped off at the school in the bins at the front office between now and Friday, Oct. 10. Donors are asked to pair shoes by tying laces or with rubber bands.
For more information or to arrange a shoe pick-up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 724-1423.
ST. PETERSBURG - Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and St. Petersburg College have formed a partnership to provide a Universal Pass to provide free bus rides to students and staff.
PSTA and SPC announced the news at a press conference Aug. 21 at SPC’s Gibbs campus in St. Petersburg.
According to Franco Ripple with Kevin Cate Communications, SPC is paying $75,000 to PSTA for a one-year contract. In exchange, more than 32,000 students and staff will be able to ride free on any of PSTA’s 200 buses on 40 routes.