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  • 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

  • Reading Contests for the Winter Break for 9th and 10th Grade students during Winter Break 2016

     

    Pinellas Education Foundation offers scholarship opportunities

    Apply for more than 100 scholarships by filling out one application.

     

    Several events are scheduled to provide students and parents with one-on-one help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Filling out the application will help students qualify for the most financial aid possible. FAFSA events are open to Pinellas County High School seniors and their parents as well as current college students. See the FAFSA flier.

     

    Thank you Pinellas County!  Referendum passes thanks to strong community and district support

    Pinellas County residents voted to renew the Referendum by the largest margin ever. The Referendum, which has been approved four times since 2004, won 76 percent of the vote. The Referendum strengthens reading, music and art programs; provides up-to-date technology; and helps recruit and retain quality teachers. Special thanks to PCS employees for their efforts to inform families and community members about the many resources the Referendum provides to support Pinellas students and teachers.

     

    New 2016-2017 PAPER LESS: REPORT CARDS

    Paperless report cards begin at Countryside High School in October 2016. Please go to Focus/Portal to view your student’s report card on October 25, 2016.

    Pinellas County School (PCS) Focus/Portal

    PCS Focus/ Portal is the student information system for Pinellas County Schools. Focus allows parents to log in and check their child’s grades, attendance, discipline, etc. in real time. Focus also has a list of programs specific to parents, such as the Student Reservation System (SRS), PCS Online Community Center, Parent Forms, and Meal Pay. These programs are listed on the main page of FOCUS. Logging into PCS Portal gives the parents a one-stop shopping experience. Go to www.pcsb.org and click on the Focus button on the left side of the screen. You can use your Parent Connect User Name and Password to log into FOCUS. If you have difficulty logging onto Focus or do not have a User Name and Password please contact Kim Martinez at 727-725-7956 Ext. 2010.

    COUNTRYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION 2017

    Graduation will be held at Tropicana Field on May 16, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Information about parking, which entrance to use, appropriate dress for graduates, and other misc. information will be distributed in early May.  No tickets are required to attend the graduation and there are no limit to the amount of guests that can attend.

    For more information concerning the senior class, please go to http://www.pcsb.org/Page/22093

    Senior Adviser: Steve Straub  straubs@pcsb.org  724-1487

    District Application Period January 4 -13, 2017  

       

    Frequently asked for topics at Countryside High School:

    1. Advanced Academics @ Countryside High School  Advanced Academics at Countryside High School
    2. Athletic Information - http://www.pcsb.org/domain/2594
    3. Athletic Forms - http://pcsb.org/domain/4585
    4. AVID Program Application - please go to http://www.pcsb.org/avidapp
    5. Bell Schedules - please go to http://pcsb.org/domain/4108
    6. Cafeteria Accounts -   http://www.myschoolbucks.com
    7. Center for Computer Technology (CCT) - http://countrysideprograms.com/
    8. Contacts at Countryside High School - (Who to call) - http://www.pcsb.org/domain/5946
    9. Countryside Apparel - http://cougars.logoshop.com/
    10. College Shirt Days - Please go to http://pcsb.org/Page/18486
    11. Daily Announcements - http://pcsb.org/Domain/4118
    12. District Application Process - What Parents Need to Know - Deadline January 15, 2016 http://pcsb.org/Domain/
    13. Dual Enrollment, Early College and Early Admisions - http://pcsb.org/domain/6604
    14. Extended Day Learning Opportinites - http://www.pcsb.org/Domain/7699
    15. Fundraisers/Special Events - http://www.pcsb.org/Domain/5299
    16. Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics (ISTEM) -  http://countrysideprograms.com/
    17. Modified Dress Code - http://pcsb.org/domain/5033
    18. Picture Day App - http://http://goo.gl/DqC6bd
    19. School Adivisory Committee (SAC) - http://www.pcsb.org/domain/3519
    20. PSAT - www.pcsb.org/psat
    21. SAT - www.pcsb.org/sat
    22. Scholarship Information– check out our website http://pcsb.org/Domain/6368
    23. Senior information - http://www.pcsb.org/Page/22093
    24. Special Events/Fundraisers - http://www.pcsb.org/Domain/5299
    25. Sports Information - http://pcsb.org/domain/2594
    26. Student Information - http://www.pcsb.org/domain/3417
    27. Summer Assignment for AP US History - http://www.pcsb.org/Domain/7337
    28. Summer Reading Assignment 2016 - http://pcsb.org/Domain/5788
    29. Volunteers & Partners - http://pcsb.org/domain/2592
    30. Yearbook - http://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/17261

     

    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

    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.    

     

    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 the 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.

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