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News Brief from Pinellas County Schools
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News Brief from Pinellas County Schools

Pinellas County, Florida -- Pinellas County Schools released the following news concerning area schools this week.

New STEM-type club underway at Lakewood Elementary courtesy of Urban League

Through a grant provided by TD Bank of St. Petersburg, the Pinellas County Urban League is funding a STREAM (Science Technology Reading Engineering Attitude Mathematics) club for fourth- and fifth-graders at Lakewood Elementary in St. Petersburg. Approximately 40 students are currently participating in the after school club. In addition to traditional STEM curriculum, students (and their parents) are learning about financial literacy. Classes meet at 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 

PTA Reflections award ceremony on Thursday

The 2012-13 Pinellas County Council PTA/PTSA Reflections Award Ceremony will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Pinellas Park High School, 6305 118th Ave N, Largo. This National PTA program recognizes artistry and creativity in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts. New this year is the Special Artist Division – a non-graded division for students with physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges. Award ceremony will be from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., followed by exhibition viewing time.

Outstanding Educator finalists revealed Friday

On Friday, Jan. 11, the six finalists for Outstanding Educator of the Year will be notified of their finalist status via surprise visits from officials with Pinellas County Schools and the Pinellas Education Foundation. The finalists will then undergo another round of judging before the winner is announced at the Evening of Excellence, sponsored by the foundation, at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 25, 2013. Interested media can call the Office of Strategic Communications at (727) 588-6122 for times and locations.

Pinellas County Schools provides free homework help for students

As students return to school from the winter break, Pinellas County Schools wants to remind parents about the district’s Homework Helpline. Staffed by teachers who are certified in math, science, language arts and social studies, the Homework Helpline offers free homework help for students in grades 1 through 12. Homework help is available at 727-547-7223, from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on all school days, except when there is no school the following day. Information about the Helpline is also available in the “Quick Links” on the Pinellas County Schools website, www.pcsb.org.

Application period for magnet, fundamental and career academy programs begins this week

The application period for magnet, fundamental and career academy programs begins on Wednesday. Parents interested in these programs must apply online from Jan. 9 to Jan. 23. Many schools are still offering Discovery Nights, which give parents a chance to talk with program representatives. Parents can also call schools to set up tours or shadowing opportunities.

Parents can visit the Pinellas County Schools website, www.pcsb.org, for information about these programs and how to apply for them. If parents run into difficulties during the application process, they can call the district’s Student Assignment office (727) 588-6210. The district has also scheduled three special Help Nights this month to provide hands-on assistance to parents during the application period: 

•   6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Clearwater Intermediate School, 1220 Palmetto St., Clearwater.

•   6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at Gibbs High School, 850 34th St S, St Petersburg.

•   8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Pinellas County Schools’ Student Assignment Office, 301 4th St. SW, Largo.

January is National Mentoring Month

President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation declaring January as National Mentoring Month. This year’s theme is “Invest in the future. Mentor a child.” Pinellas County Schools has approximately 4450 mentors, but is always looking for additional volunteers who are willing to share their time and knowledge with PCS students. Interested in mentoring a student? Call (727) 588-6405.

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