Pinellas County School News

Pinellas County Schools has scheduled two mini-fairs to help families choose the right school

Families will have the opportunity to attend two fairs this month to explore schools and find the right educational fit for their children. The fairs will feature more than 25 elementary and middle schools at two locations:

Tuesday, May 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Largo High School, 410 Missouri Ave, Largo 

  • Belleair, Belcher, Frontier, Fuguitt, High Point, Oakhurst, Ponce de Leon, Ridgecrest, Southern Oak, and Walsingham elementary schools
  • Azalea, John Hopkins, Largo, Meadowlawn, Oak Grove and Tyrone middle schools.

Thursday, May 23, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Dunedin High School, 1651 Pinehurst Rd., Dunedin

  • San Jose, Garrison-Jones, Dunedin, Sandy Lane, Kings Highway, Elisa Nelson, Eisenhower and McMullen-Booth elementary schools
  • Dunedin Highland, John Hopkins, Morgan Fitzgerald and Tarpon Springs middle schools

Representatives from each school will attend to share information about their schools, activities and programs. District staff will be on hand to help families register for school and guide them on how to apply for special programs. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Ellen M. Truskowski, District Application Program Specialist, at 727-588-5037 or TRUSKOWSKIE@pcsb.org.

Be a part of the transformation: teach at a school where you are needed most
Pinellas County Schools is looking for teachers who are invested, engaged, energetic and tenacious to lead transformational change at schools within the Transformation Zone. As an educator in the Transformation Zone, you will receive additional compensation, focused professional development and advanced school technology. But most of all, you get to make an impact where you are needed the most.

A Transformation Zone Teacher Job Fair will be held 9-11 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg Campus, 901 34th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711. For more information, contact Raquel Perez-Russo at 727-588-5007 or perez-russor@pcsb.org. Register by using this link: Transformation Zone 2019 Teacher Job Fair. Learn more about the Transformation Zone at www.pcsb.org/transformationzone.

STEM Summer Camp registration open now
The school district is offering two types of camps where students can explore Science, Technology Engineering and Math. STEM Summer Camps are for students entering grades 2-7 next school year. During the four-day camp, students will solve daily STEM team challenges, build and program robots, participate in computer programming and take part in hands-on engineering design challenges. The cost is $100.

STEM Honors Summer Camps are for students entering grades 8 and 9 next school year. The eight-day camp will involve computer programming, multimedia productions, robotics and STEM career exploration. The cost is $150.

Both camps will take place in June. Learn more and apply at www.pcsb.org/STEM.

Learn about Cultural Arts and Gifted magnet programs at Midtown Academy

Families interested in the Cultural Arts or Gifted Studies programs are invited to attend the Midtown Academy Student Showcase. Explore gifted programs, and check out student science projects. Children will have opportunities to engage in educational games and arts activities. Learn more about one of our newest schools and find out how to apply. The showcase will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. May 7 at Midtown Academy Center for Cultural Arts & Gifted Studies, 1701 10th St S in St. Petersburg. The event will kick off with a question and answer session for interested families at 5 p.m.

Summer Bridge registration is underway
Registration for Summer Bridge began on Monday, March 25. Summer Bridge provides engaging activities to prepare students for maximum success when the next school year begins. Most elementary, middle and high school Summer Bridge programs will be June 11 to July 18. Programs will take place Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Learn more at www.pcsb.org/summerbridge.

The Late Application Period for Choice Programs is underway

Many magnet, fundamental and career programs have seats available for the 2019-2020 school year. Geographic application area restrictions for several programs have been lifted, allowing students who live in other areas of the county to apply. After parents apply, schools with available seats will contact parents to invite students to attend. Parents can also contact program coordinators to find out the status of their late applications. For information about Choice Programs visit www.pcsb.org/choice. If you have questions about the application process, contact Student Assignment, 727-588-6210.

Annual ESE Parent Survey is underway
It is time for the Florida Department of Education’s annual Exceptional Student Education Parent Survey. Each year, the department surveys parents of students with an individual education plan (IEP) who receive special education services to determine how well schools are partnering with them and promoting their involvement in their children’s education.

If your child attends a Pinellas County public school and receives special education services, please take the survey. Feedback helps the state and the school district improve educational services for children with special needs and their families.

Parents can take the survey at www.esesurvey.com. Or they can complete a paper survey distributed by their child’s school. If you have questions or need a paper survey, contact Tracy McMannus at 727-588-6062 or MCMANNUST@pcsb.org.

Kindergarten registration is underway
Parents can register their children for kindergarten for the next school year at https://reservation.pcsb.org. The school district is urging families to register their children by May 29, before the end of the school year. If your child is currently attending VPK within the Pinellas County school district, you will not need to register them for kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year. Children currently attending VPK in the district will be automatically assigned to their zoned school in March. Learn more at www.pcsb.org/KG. If you have questions, call Student Assignment at 727-588-6210.

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