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Welcome

  • Countryside High School is located in the northeastern portion of Pinellas County and serves the communities of Clearwater Safety Harbor. In addition students from the Palm Harbor and East Lake areas also attend Countryside. We are one of the larger schools within the Pinellas County School System. Excellence is emphasized in all the variety of programs offered at our school. Countryside consistently ranks among the top schools in the region in academic achievement and parent involvement.

News

  • PARENT UNIVERSITY - May 14 from 8-11:30 a.m. at Gibbs High school

    PCS Parent University helps parents and caregivers support their children’s learning. Topics of next month’s Parent University include math, reading and science support; graduation requirements; Florida Standards Assessments; college/career readiness; digital learning tools; STEM; and SAT practice using Khan Academy. The event will also provide free services, including hearing and vision screening; school and/or sports physicals; adolescent vaccines; and immunizations for incoming seventh-graders. Pre-registration is required for some services. Parents will also have the opportunity to talk with district staff, register for kindergarten and Summer Bridge and find out about transportation and other services. Parent University will be held 8 to 11:30 a.m. on May 14 at Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S., St. Petersburg. Learn more at http://all4schools.org/pinellas.

    Finals Exams at Countryside High School 

    • 12th Grade exams will be on Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27 with a make-up day on Tuesday, May 31.
    • 9th-11h grade exams will be on Thursday, June 2, Friday, June 3, Monday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 7. 

    Exam times and bell schedules can be found at http://pcsb.org/domain/4108

     

    Fill the Bus  http://pcsb.org/Page/19385

    Get in the Game - Read

    Pinellas County Schools is working with community partners to curb learning losses over the summer. Help Pinellas County Schools put books in the hands of students this summer by donating books at the Fill the Bus drop-off dates and locations:  

    • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 28, Countryside Mall, 27001 US Highway 19 N, Clearwater

    Donations are also being accepted at Barnes & Noble stores and online. To learn more about Fill the Bus and how to donate, visit www.pcsb.org/summerreading.

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    Countryside High School Summer Gradpoint Credit Recovery Program

    Attention Students  - If you are behind in credits, now is the time to get caught up. Countryside High School Summer Gradpoint Credit Recovery Program begins Monday, June 13th and runs through July 29th. Student hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please see your Counselor in order to register. All courses that we currently offer will also be offered this summer! Cougars, let’s get back on track!

    BRIGHT FUTURES

    There have been recent changes in legislation that may have an impact on Bright Futures. Some of the changes are effective for 2016 high school graduates.

    • www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/PDF/Legislature2016.pdf
    • College Board has redesigned the SAT® college entrance exam.   The first Redesigned SAT® was offered to students March 8, 2016.   Scores for this test and the concordant table will be available from College Board on May 10, 2016.   College Board has informed OSFA that combining sections of the former SAT® with sections from the Redesigned SAT® will not be possible as previously shared.   For additional information regarding Bright Futures and the Redesigned SAT scores, refer to the 2015-16 Florida Bright Futures Student Handbook – Chapter 1, page 4: College Entrance Exams at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf/bfmain.htm.

     

    PCS students have a new tool to track their progress By Lorri Helfand

     Students can track their progress toward graduation and educational goals using the Florida Shines website. Parents and students will see a new link when they log into their portal accounts. Florida Shines enables students to:

    • Review credits and achievements for their path toward a standard diploma.
    • Ensure they meet the requirements to prepare for career or an industry-based certification or admission to a state university.
    • Review their progress toward meeting eligibility for Bright Futures.
    • And more!

     A guidebook to help families use Florida Shines is available on the district Guidance site: www.pcsb.org/floridashines

     

    Pinellas County Schools launched a new electronic flyer communication and delivery tool called “Peachjar,” on Feb. 29, 2016.  For more information - Peachjar eflyer information in English   Peachjar eflyer Information in Spanish  For more information go to:  http://www.pcsb.org/Page/18941

    PSAT results were distributed through English classes on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. If they have any questions about interpreting them or setting up Khan Academy, please contact your child’s English teacher, Shannon Akerman (Guidance Counselor) akermans@pcsb.org or Kristen Clausen (Assistant Principal) clausenk@pcsb.org

    SAT Prep Classes  SAT Prep Flyer for Spring 2016

    Pinellas Virtual School - HOPE registration is April 25 - May, 20, 2016.  Classes begin May 23, 2015.  For more information go to http://pcsb.org/Domain/5595

     Most Summer Bridge programs for students in elementary, middle and high school will take place Monday through Thursday, June 20-July 14. The district is sharing the dates early to give families time to make plans for the summer. Summer Bridge is designed for students who are not performing on grade level or need additional help to stay on track. The programs provide enrichment activities and intensive instruction to ensure that students are prepared for maximum success when the next school year begins. Registration dates have not been finalized. The latest information can be found on the district’s Summer Bridge website, www.pcsb.org/summerbridge.

    Interested in:

    1. Advanced Academics @ Countryside High School  Advanced Academics at Countryside High School
    2. AVID Program Application - please go to http://www.pcsb.org/avidapp
    3. Bell Schedules - please go to http://pcsb.org/domain/4108
    4. Cafeteria Accounts -   http://www.myschoolbucks.com
    5. Center for Computer Technology (CCT) - http://countrysidecct.weebly.com/
    6. Countryside Apparel - http://cougars.logoshop.com/
    7. College Shirt Days - Please go to http://pcsb.org/Page/18486
    8. Daily Announcements - http://pcsb.org/Domain/4118
    9. District Application Process - What Parents Need to Know - Deadline January 15, 2016 http://pcsb.org/Domain/
    10. Dual Enrollment, Early College and Early Admisions - http://pcsb.org/domain/6604
    11. Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics (ISTEM) -  http://countrysideistem.weebly.com/
    12. Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (ISTEM) -  http://countrysideistem.weebly.com/
    13. Modified Dress Code - http://pcsb.org/domain/5033
    14. PSAT - www.pcsb.org/psat
    15. SAT - www.pcsb.org/sat
    16. Scholarship Information– check out our website http://pcsb.org/Domain/6368
    17. Senior information -http://pcsb.org/Domain/6081
    18. Sports Information - http://pcsb.org/domain/2594
    19. Volunteers & Partners - http://pcsb.org/domain/2592

     

    Seniors - Mark your Calendar!  Graduation is Thursday, June 2 at Tropicana Field from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Contact:  Steve Straub  straubs@pcsb.org  727-725-1487  For more information concerning seniors, please go to http://pcsb.org/Domain/6081

    Standards Assessments - Understanding the FSA Reports http://pcsb.org/Domain/6670

    Scholar Diploma Designation

    If your student is pursuing a scholar diploma designation, in addition to meeting the 24-credit standard high school diploma requirements, they must also pass the Biology 1 EOC and the US History EOC. If your student has not taken and/or passed these assessments yet and wishes to pursue the scholar diploma designation, then they must contact their guidance counselor to schedule a date and time to take these assessments. The next test window begins November 30, 2015. You can check to see if your student has taken and/or passed these assessments using FOCUS. Upon logging in, you will access their Test History under the My Information tab. Here you will see all standardized tests taken by your student over the years. Clicking on the arrow next to the assessment will provide additional information. A “P” indicates your student has passed this assessment. If you do not see either of these assessments, please have your student contact their guidance counselor as soon as possible. Students must TAKE these EOC’s to graduate, but they must PASS them to qualify for the scholar diploma designation. Please visit our website for additional criteria on the scholar and merit diploma designations.    

    9th Grade Presentation - September 17, 2015  Please go to the following link for information shared at the presentation. http://pcsb.org/Domain/

    Florida Standards Parents Presentation   Parents:   Click here for information on the new FL Standards or go to Resources and select FL Standards Parent Presentation.  More information on our website, please look under "Academics".

    School Financial Report for your information

    http://www.pcsb.org/Page/2949

    http://www.flsenate.gov/laws/statutes/2014/1010.215


     SENIORS ON-TRACK Program

    on track update Graduate For Mas Promise:  Make the promise to graduate, and be entered to win prizes, as well as a school celebrity concert.  If 30% of our school makes the promise $500 will be donated to the Senior ON Track program directly going towards prizes for teh Senior Giveaway (using your cougar cash) in May for TV's, Amazon Fire HD's Printers and more.  Spread the word to your friends to MAKE THE PROMISE!  For more information see Mr. Whitaker. Make the promise here:  https://getschooled.com/graduate-for-mas/   Students can also make the promise by texting Grad4Mas to 335577 

    85% of our Seniors Graduated in 2015, an increase of 2% from 2014. The at risk graduation rate also increase from 44% to 59% in 2015!

    Please contact Fred Whitaker for more information on the program or to donate to the cause.  whitakerf@pcsb.org


    Pinellas County Sheriff’s office is giving parents free internet safety computer software for monitoring their child’s computer activities. The software can be obtained from one of two locations:

    • Sheriff's Administration Building located at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo.
    • Sheriff's North District Station located at 737 Louden Avenue in Dunedin.

      You may also visit www.PCSOweb.com to view the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Parent's Tool Kit.

     

     

     

     

Our Mission

  • Mission: At Countryside High School, SUCCESS is our goal. We will provide the tools and instruction needed for the success of our students.

    Vision: The vision of Countryside High School is that teachers will provide the opportunity for all students to be successful learners and to become active participants in our society by creating a safe-learning environment and building positive relationships.

Spotlight

  • Congratulations to two outstanding seniors for their academic efforts. Academic superiority is attained through using one’s intelligence, diligence, and motivation.  These traits have been personified in these two students.  Congratulations to Nicolas LaCognata as the Valedictorian and Alex Adolphson as the Salutatorian of the Class of 2016.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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