LARGO - Ridgecrest Elementary School’s gifted studies program was featured at the National Association for Gifted Children Conference, which gathers more than 2,500 educators, parents, researchers, administrators, policymakers and advocates worldwide.
The NAGC conference took place Nov. 2-6, 2016, at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort. Teachers and administrators from Ridgecrest’s Center for Gifted Studies represented Pinellas County Schools with seven presentations on topics including student-led action research, character education, creativity in the classroom, early childhood research strategies, keeping gifted strategies in the classroom during the age of school accountability, student enrichment, and creating a learning commons in the media center.
Ridgecrest’s specific presentations included the following:
During National Mentoring Month, Pinellas County Schools celebrates more than 3,614 active mentors.
The district’s mentoring programs include general mentors and tutors, Lunch Pals, Take Stock in Children, 5.000 Role Models of Excellence, Girlfriends, St. Petersburg Promise, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Peer-to-Peer Mentoring.
ST. PETERSBURG - A personalized learning project from Lealman Innovation Academy has been chosen as a spotlight piece for the New Tech Network, a nonprofit that transforms schools through project-based learning and a culture that empowers students and teachers.
Lealman Innovation teachers Paulette Goolsby and Barry Hill created the project Nutrition and Wellness Culture of Service. The project focused on a question regarding how nutritionists can promote a culture of service for helping people with daily nutritional management and respond to emergency nutritional needs. The project includes several levels of personalization and a level of authenticity with a scenario that involves Hurricane Matthew.
The MLK Day of Service Advisory Board in collaboration with St. Petersburg College recently awarded approximately $200,000 to local organizations for service activities scheduled in connection with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Jan. 16.
With the help of State Representative Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, this is the fifth year St. Petersburg College has received funds from the Florida Legislature for the St. Petersburg MLK Day of Service. These projects will involve nearly 70 nonprofits, organizations and public agencies as part of the MLK Day of Service Advisory Board’s annual effort to transform the holiday into “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”
The MLK Day of Service Advisory Board provides opportunities for groups, businesses, and people of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities through a variety of one day and long-term initiatives. Working with nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools, and local agencies, the MLK Day of Service Advisory Board engages neighbors in meeting critical needs in education, health, the environment, public safety, economic opportunity, neighborhood revitalization and other areas.
SEMINOLE - DeLoach & Hofstra P.A. recently created the DeLoach & Hofstra, P.A. Law Scholarship through the Pinellas Education Foundation.
High school seniors at either Seminole High School or Largo High School with a career goal of becoming an attorney may apply for the scholarship. The deadline is Jan. 17.
Estate planning and board certified elder law attorney D. “Rep” DeLoach III graduated from Seminole High in 1992. Real estate and civil litigation attorney Joseph “Joe” M. Murphy graduated from Largo High in 2003. In support of their local alma maters and aspiring attorneys, the firm is pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship at each school.
CLEARWATER - The Island Estate Women’s Club recently announced that scholarship applications are available and being accepted from Clearwater High School female graduates.
The Island Estate Women’s Club has been awarding scholarships to deserving high school graduates since 1996-97, the year of inception of the Island Estates Women’s Club Scholarship Foundation Fund. More than 60 scholarships have now been awarded.
The club will once again award scholarships to one or several female students from Clearwater High School who will be attending an accredited post-secondary school after graduation. The only criteria is that the student is a member of the 2016-17 senior graduating class; maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better; enjoys a strong commitment of service to both school and community; and exhibits a financial need.
Pinellas County Schools high school graduation rate increased for the 2015-16 school year, according to information released by the Florida Department of Education.
The school district’s graduation rate climbed to 80.1 percent, a 1.8 percent increase over the previous year and an 8.2 percent increase since 2012-13. The 8.2 percent increase since 2012-13 is the highest among the seven largest districts and is higher than the state’s 5.1 percent increase since 2012-13.
“We are pleased to see how our strategic initiatives to increase academic progress for students have led to a substantial increase in our graduation rate, especially when we examine our momentum during the last several years,” said Michael A. Grego, superintendent, in a press release. “This is a shared success for all our schools and educators. We are determined to continue our effective strategies and seek new approaches that will continue our upward trend.”
ST. PETERSBURG - To assist students in the graduate application process, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is offering a GRE Prep Course to help students prepare for the test.
The college’s course instructors will familiarize students with the GRE through test content, question types and strategies. Take practice questions during class and use the online test prep program at home to maximize your score on test day.
The course will be offered on Saturdays, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11. The cost is $195 per section or $390 for both sections.
SAFETY HARBOR - Tampa Bay area nonprofit For the Girls International will host “A Night to Shine Ball” Friday, Feb. 10, 6-9 p.m., at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 106 N. Bayshore Drive.
The gala will benefit “SHINE for Teen Girls,” the organization’s nine-week mentorship program for middle and high school-aged girls in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
The ball is open to the public and will feature a three-course dinner, musical entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets purchased by Monday, Jan. 9, are $50 individually or $90 a couple. After that date, tickets are $60 a person.
ST. PETERSBURG - A research team led by University of South Florida College of Marine Science professor Dr. Steven Murawski has been awarded a $1 million grant to explore how oil spills, such as the Deepwater Horizon in 2010, impact the economic, ecological and social system aspects of fishing communities.
The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced a total of $2.1 million in grants. Murawski’s team, which also includes Dr. Claire Paris, a bio-physical modeler from the University of Miami, and an environmental science and policy expert Dr. James Sanchirico from the University of California, Davis, will receive the grant funding over two years.
“We are deeply appreciative of the grant by the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies to pursue this important research,” said Murawski in a press release. “Our team represents expertise in biology, economics and oceanography and will provide information relevant to assess these real-world problems.”
Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts recently announced the call for applicants for its 2017 Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships Program.
The TBBCA Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships program provides financial support to Tampa Bay students to help them pursue higher education in the arts.
Each year, TBBCA awards $15,000 in scholarships to Tampa Bay area high school juniors and seniors in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. The scholarships are awarded based on merit and artistic ability in the fields of instrumental music, vocal music, theatre, dance, visual arts and literary arts. Qualified students may apply in one, more, or all disciplines, via separate applications for each category.
The nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations - Stepping Up: The Nation’s Top K-12 Education Foundations 2016 - has ranked Pinellas Education Foundation first in the nation, making 2016 the third consecutive year the foundation has been in the nation’s top spot.
“Achieving this honor is a testament to the strength of our board, committees and staff and a reflection of the strong relationships we have built with Pinellas County Schools and our business and community partners,” said Gary Regoli in a press release. Regoli is chairman of the foundation. “When we work together, we’re able to create and sustain innovative programs and initiatives that positively impact all of our students and teachers every year.”