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LARGO - With $30,000 in prize money from a national contest, Indian Rocks Christian School decided to makeover its cafeteria with healthier food options.

The school was one of three winners in last year’s Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest, using Uncle Ben’s brand rice in a recipe explained in a video. Boden deVries and his parents Eva and Kurt deVries of Belleair Beach produced the winning video, making pizza rice balls with the help of his father’s production company, Bobaloo Films.

“Now we have healthier lunches,” Boden, now 9, explained from his school cafeteria recently. “I even got to be a taste tester.”
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Pinellas County Schools recently announced the 10 finalists in the 2014-15 Outstanding Educator of the Year recognition program.

District officials, along with representatives and business partners of the Pinellas Education Foundation, notified the finalists of their status during surprise classroom visits in early December.

The Outstanding Educator of the Year finalists are:
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LARGO - Families interested in discovering Pinellas County Schools choice programs still have time. Discovery Nights are currently underway through the first week of January for families to explore programs suited to their child’s interests, talents and abilities.

These are informal open houses for parents and students to learn more about a choice program from school staff, as well as an opportunity to ask specific questions about the program. The district has expanded opportunities for students by creating new elementary, middle and high school choice programs for the 2015-16 school year. Families can apply for all programs during the district application period, set for Jan. 7-16.

For information about District Application Programs Discovery Nights, visit www.pcsb.org/choice for details or contact individual schools. For information about the application process, call 588-6210.
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Philanthropic organization awards education grant
Members of the Clearwater chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization recently awarded a grant to Paula Jo Godfrey of Clearwater, a student working toward her elementary education and administration certificate at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

PEO is a national women’s group dedicated to helping women pursue their higher education goals. Women of all ages and backgrounds, as well as foreign students, can benefit from five national scholarship, grant and loan programs, as well as three Florida state scholarships.

Godfrey received a grant for $1,000 to help defray her educational costs as part of PEO’s program for continuing education. Members of the local chapter presented a check to Godfrey at the organization’s recent Christmas dinner and silent auction.

To date, PEO has supported more than 90,000 women with $235 million in grants, scholarships and loans. For information on PEO’s educational funding opportunities, call Kathy Moloney at 301-606-6646 or visit www.peointernational.org/peoprojectsphilanthropies.
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Wednesday, December 10
With a new year approaching, now is the time to discover all the choices Pinellas County schools has to offer your child from kindergarten through 12th grade. We strive to meet the needs of today’s students by addressing their interests, talents and abilities with a growing list of more than 60 choice programs from gifted studies to performing arts.

This is an exciting time for our school district. Once again, we have expanded opportunities for students by creating new elementary, middle and high school choice programs. For the 2015-16 school year, we have new international studies programs at Mildred Helms Elementary and Largo Middle School in Largo, as well as John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg, we have added a new center for Innovation and Digital Learning at Tyrone Middle School and a new model school for personalized learning for students in grades 6-12 called Lealman Innovation Academy. We are proud to provide a wide variety of high-quality, academic programs designed to inspire students and provide them with the skills they need to achieve success in college, career and life. Visit www.pcsb.org/choice to explore our choice programs further or contact schools directly to schedule a tour.

Start your child’s education off with a strong foundation with Pinellas County Schools. Beginning Jan. 12, families of children entering kindergarten next year can register their children at elementary schools across the district. To kick off kindergarten registration, Kindergarten Round-up open houses will be held at PCS elementary schools Jan. 12-15. While at the school, families can register for kindergarten, explore a kindergarten classroom, speak with teachers and discuss expectations for the upcoming school year. Families also can learn about all the great programs available at PCS elementary schools, such as art, music, gifted programs, STEM academies, physical education and other enrichment programs.
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Wednesday, December 3
Families of children entering kindergarten can register with Pinellas County Schools beginning Jan. 12 for the upcoming school year.

To kick-off kindergarten registration, kindergarten round-up open houses will be held at PCS elementary schools across the district Jan. 12-15.

While at the school, families can register their child for kindergarten, explore a kindergarten classroom, speak with teachers and discuss expectations for the upcoming school year. Families can also learn about all the great programs available at PCS elementary schools, such as art, music, gifted programs, STEM academies, physical education and other enrichment programs.
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Tuesday, November 25
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SEMINOLE - River Wells remembers the first time he combined his love of music with his studies. He wrote a song for a seventh-grade history project on the Revolutionary War. It went over so well that the next year, as an eighth-grader, he wrote Newton’s Blues for a science class.

“It was a pretty big hit,” he said, adding, “It’s a way to have fun in school, which not many can do.”
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PALM HARBOR - Scott Bradley, an English teacher in the International Baccalaureate program at Palm Harbor University High School, created “O Captain, My Captain” shirts - referencing the quote from Robin William’s movie, “Dead Poets Society.”

All profits from the sales of the shirts are donated to the National Alliance on Mental Health. Faculty in the school’s International Baccalaureate program purchased the shirts to support Bradley and the Alliance.
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LARGO - School Board member Linda Lerner was named Chairperson and School Board member Peggy O’Shea was selected as Vice Chairperson at the School Board’s annual organizational meeting Nov. 18

The board also chose its legislative liaison for the Florida School Boards Association. School Board member Rene Flowers was again selected as legislative liaison and School Board member Janet Clark was selected as alternate.
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Thursday, November 20
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TARPON SPRINGS -- In a long string of success, the Tarpon Springs High School Outdoor Performance Ensemble’s latest win came last weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships.

Forty-five high school marching bands began the event on Nov. 12 and were then narrowed down to 30 bands in the semi-finals and 12 bands in the finals. With a score of 97.15 out of 100, Tarpon Springs’ 200-member outdoor performance ensemble was named the top band in the competition. The school, which was also named the 2014 Atlanta Super-Regional Champion earlier in the month, most recently competed in the Grand National Championship in 2012, when they placed fourth.
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