CLEARWATER - St. Cecelia Interparochial School recently participated in the Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.
All of the school’s students in kindergarten through eighth grade joined in on the Hour of Code learning event during the week of Dec. 8-14. Organized by the nonprofit Code.org and more than 100 others, the event is a statement that today’s generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.
“St. Cecelia Interparochial School is diligently working to ensure our students have these critical skills for success,” the school said in a press release. “We are very fortunate to have technology integrated in all of our classes from PreK3 to eight grade. Students have the opportunity to use computers, netbooks, iPads and interactive whiteboards. They learn skills such as word processing, presentation programs, audio recording, editing, videography, coding, learn responsible use of Social Media, and Digital Citizenship.”
SEMINOLE - Seminole Elementary School had more than 30 entries in the Seminole Elementary School PTA Reflections Program in 2014.
This year’s theme was “The world would be a better place if ” Students had to use the theme and could enter in categories for: visual arts, literature, film production, music composition, dance choreography and photography. Entries were judged on artistic merit, creativity and interpretation of the theme.
ST. PETERSBURG - To help boost the local skilled workforce in supply chain management, St. Petersburg College will begin offering entry and mid-level certifications in January.
The training is being offered through a $1.5 million federal grant received last year.
The certifications, to be endorsed by the national Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, will cover key aspects of supply chain management like planning and forecasting, purchasing, product assembly, storage and transportation. The training programs will include internships, apprenticeships and on-the-job training opportunities so participants get hands-on, real world experience.
“The initiative will solidify partnerships among colleges, universities and the industry, while at the same time, provide opportunities for students to access the training, skills and resources needed to succeed in today’s competitive job market,” said Greg Nestle, Dean of SPC’s College of Business. “Students will be able to earn stackable certifications that lead to in-demand jobs, as well as college credit.”
SAFETY HARBOR - The Friends of the Safety Harbor Library recently announced a $1,000 educational scholarship opportunity for a student positively influenced by libraries.
High school seniors residing in the city of Safety Harbor, graduating from a local public or private high school June 2015 and continuing their education as a full-time college student in fall 2015, are eligible to apply.
Information and applications are available online at www.safetyharborfol.weebly.com. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 5 p.m. Applicants will submit a 350-word, original, written essay describing how libraries have helped to achieve academic goals and influenced or had an impact on his or her personal life along with the application, transcript, and letter of recommendation. Applications can be dropped off or mailed to the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor, FL 34695.
LARGO - The Largo High basketball program has a few more challenges than usual this year.
The boys’ varsity team has not only lost their two best players to football injuries, but also lost their entire home court. With the majority of Largo High School under construction and the gym, or Packer Dome, being rebuilt, the teams are holding their daily practices off campus.
The boys’ varsity team shares the gym at the Clearwater YMCA right after school, from 2 to 4 p.m., with any YMCA members who want to shoot hoops during that time. The JV team is practicing during the same time at Southwest Recreation Complex.
LARGO - The Board of Directors of the College Fund of Pinellas County Inc. hosted a holiday luncheon for student grant recipients and their guests Dec. 22 at Anona United Methodist Church in Largo.
Those students who brought satisfactory grade transcripts for their fall 2014 college semester were written a $500 check by treasurer Sherry Rankine to help them afford their spring 2015 semester. Donors and advisers to the College Fund charity also attended the luncheon.
The opportunity to apply to Pinellas County Schools Choice programs is fast approaching.
The district application period is Jan. 7-16. Parents in need of assistance with the application process have several options, including the opportunity to attend Application Assistance Nights during the application period for personal guidance.
Those who require additional assistance may reference the application process featured in the District Application Programs Guide downloadable at www.pcsb.org/choice.
Starting Jan. 7, Pinellas Virtual School, an online K-12 Pinellas County public school, will register full-time students during the District Application Period, Jan. 7-16.
Pinellas Virtual School offers more than 120 online classes in alignment with the curriculum taught in Pinellas County Schools, including honors courses and electives. Unlike other online schools that are not affiliated with the school district, Pinellas Virtual School students are able to participate locally in traditional school activities such as field trips, school athletics and extracurricular programs.
The Pinellas Virtual School winter registration will allow families to plan ahead for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.
“Many of the families that have students enrolled in PVS have busy, hectic lives,” said Mandy Perry, administrator of Pinellas Virtual School. “A January registration allows students plenty of time to map out their courses to suit their academic and personal needs.”
LARGO - Leader’s Casual Furniture, indoor and outdoor casual furniture and accessories manufacturer and retailer, recently donated a new Friendship Bench to Bauder Elementary School.
The company has partnered with Tiny Girl Big Dream’s Acacia Woodley to put an end to bullying and promote compassion and caring.
Born without complete arms, 12-year-old Woodley knows exactly what it feels like to be left out and not part of the normal group.
“I wanted to create a place where a child can go when being bullied or having a bad day so others will know that child needs a friend and show support by sitting with them on the bench,” said Woodley in a press release.