SEMINOLE - For several years, about 400 students from Largo, Osceola Fundamental and Seminole high schools have traveled to Career Academies of Seminole each day for two periods of technical classes.
For some of those students, the worst part of attending CAS was having to leave at all.
When the 2018-19 school year comes around, that won’t be a problem anymore. A $10.5 million construction project is expected to begin by October that will transform CAS into Pinellas County’s first technical high school.
As we prepare to begin the 2017-18 school year, I want to welcome back Pinellas students, staff and families. Pinellas County Schools continues to make significant progress toward the school district’s vision of 100 percent student success.
The start of the school year is such an exciting time, and thousands of educators have worked hard to prepare for the year ahead. The school district remains committed to providing the best educational opportunities for all students. From quality neighborhood schools to District Application Programs and Career Academies, the school district is focused on tailoring learning to meet the needs of our students. For the second year in a row, the school district earned the top score in Florida and was ranked in the top 10 in the nation for school choice by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Pinellas Education Foundation and the Pinellas County Council PTA launched the 2017 Stuff the Bus Campaign on July 21 with the first two of three school supply drives.
The drives were held in St. Petersburg at Carillon Park and in Largo at Largo Mall. School supplies collected at these locations will be given to schools in Pinellas for their students in need. The foundation is proud to partner with Fox 13 this year as we work to help students start the year off right across the Tampa Bay area.
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is offering its Back to School health clinic services to students in kindergarten through grade 12 by appointment only until Wednesday, Aug. 9.
DOH-Pinellas’ school-based clinics will provide school, sports and well child physicals, including immunizations, at no cost. Vision screenings, provided by Preserve Vision Florida, as well as assistance for glasses and exams (for qualifying clients) will be available. Basic dental services will include oral health assessments, oral hygiene instructions, dental sealants, fluoride treatments and referral to a dental home, if needed.
A career and technical student in Florida won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2017 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 21-22.
More than 6,000 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.4 million square feet, equivalent to 20 football fields or 25 acres.
PINELLAS PARK - The city of Pinellas Park is partnering with the Pinellas Park Medical District and the Pinellas Park Gateway Chamber of Commerce to host a Back to School Family Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center.
In preparation for this upcoming event, the city is asking for school supply donations for students in grades K-12. Donations will be accepted through Aug. 2 at the following locations in Pinellas Park:
SEMINOLE - A graduation is always a proud occasion, but the Brown family had double the reason to celebrate at Stetson University College of Law’s May 13 commencement ceremony.
Not one, but two children - Daniel Brown, 23, and Catherine Brown, 26 - within the family earned their juris doctor degree. Not only that, but their father, George Brown, a Stetson alumnus, was also on hand to award them their diploma during the ceremony.
“It was a very special day,” George said. “It would have been special in and of its self to have two children graduating from law school, but it was extra special being an alumnus.”
Maryanne Reilly Hipple, an 11th grade social studies teacher at Clearwater High School recently completed a six-day immersion in American history at the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute.
The Teacher Institute was created to encourage history education and make it engaging for students. Now in its 28th year, the Teacher Institute helps prepare teachers to help students meet national and state history standards through hands-on immersion experiences in colonial history.
During the 2016-2017 school year, 96 Pinellas County students improved their reading comprehension and 66 students improved their reading level at least one grade level through participation in the Get Paid for Grades program.
Get Paid for Grades is a nonprofit aimed at motivating, supporting and improving the reading level of students. Fifty-four students completed the entire program, which earned them a $500 award.
ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg College will host a dedication ceremony to celebrate the new Bay Pines STEM Center on Wednesday, June 28, 2 p.m., at the center, 4723 Bay Pines Terrace, St. Petersburg.
The new 7,600-square-foot, state-of-the-art center will serve as a community resource to increase awareness of STEM-related subjects and issues. The center will open for classes for the fall 2017 term, which begins Aug. 14.
TARPON SPRINGS -- St. Petersburg College Tarpon Campus held a dedication ceremony of the new Maria Nieves Edmonds Women on the Way Center, on June 6.
City dignitaries including Mayor Chris Alahouzos and former Mayor David Archie, SPC officials and trustees, aides to state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and friends of the Haddad family filled the small room, which was left to standing room only in the event hosted by Campus Provost Marvin Bright.
“I want to say timing is everything,” said Executive Director of Retention Services at SPC, Linda Hogans.
PALM HARBOR - Palm Harbor University High School junior Jennifer Gilby was presented with the 2017 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award at the Florida Holocaust Museum on May 17.
The award, established in 2001, honors humanitarian efforts by high school juniors in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Sarasota and Manatee county schools. Principals and guidance counselors are charged with recommending students for the award who have made an effort to improve the lives of others.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Holocaust Museum recently honored the humanitarian efforts of 93 exceptional students with its annual Anne Frank Humanitarian Award program, held May 16-17 at the museum.
The AFHA program recognizes those humanitarian actions that better the lives of others. By “doing the right thing,” recipients hold true to the spirit of Anne Frank who, in the face of hardships, endured and did not abandon her ideals. The AFHA program was created 16 years ago to focus attention on the positive actions of today’s teens. This year’s program featured former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and retired co-anchor of WFLA News Channel 8 and AFHA honorary chair Gayle Sierens.