Community input sought on closing the Achievement Gap
A series of community input sessions are being held during the 2016-2017 school year to gather ideas and opinions from school leaders, teachers, parents and community members. Each meeting will include a short presentation on the latest progress in closing the achievement gap and a summary of proposed action steps. There will be five areas set up at each meeting where participants can review action steps and provide input on the five key goals of the district’s Bridging the Gap Strategic Plan: graduation rates, student achievement, participation and performance in accelerated coursework, discipline, and Exceptional Student Education (ESE).
The first four meetings have been scheduled. These will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.:
Students can now log onto Khan Academy at www.SATpractice.org for free, personalized practice for the new SAT. This resource is available thanks to a partnership between Khan Academy and the College Board. Pinellas County Schools wants to make sure that parents know about Khan Academy practice tools and recent changes to the SAT.
The district has also developed a webpage www.pcsb.org/sat that provides a variety of resources to ensure that students are prepared for the SAT.
Parents: Please make sure to get your Portal/Focus User Name and Password as soon as possible!
You can go to any school with a photo ID to obtain this! Make sure your child is attached to your user name and password.
The EMBRACE Anti-Bullying Prevention production is a non-fiction drama performed by Pinellas County high school youth. It will provide an understanding of the seriousness of bullying, the hurt and impact on youth, families, and society/community. It further is designed to show the various crucial points of Bullying through narration, acting, theatrical presentation and fashion runway. The high schools that are participating in the production are: Dixie Hollins HS, Gibbs HS, Lakewood HS, and ST. Pete HS.
The plot of this production is centered on Bullying incidents at School, peer pressure, the need for acceptance, community influences, and the effects of social media. It will show various types of Bullying by clothing color coordination such as:
(fashion scene of neon colors)
Date: Thursday October 27, 2016
Place: Gibbs High School - 850 34th Street South, St. Petersburg
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
A narrator will provide the bullying statistics along with the seriousness of this problem, warning signs and how we as a community can overcome. The narrator will set the stage for each scene by providing information on the level of bullying being presented as well as walk the audience through the scene. Short videos will be shown when transitioning from one scene to another.
The front lobby of the theater will include several Resource Tables that will provide information and literature on how one can receive assistance when dealing with these issues.
This anti-bullying production is being sponsored by:
Community/State Agencies Collaborative Partners (APM Images Inc. – Designer, Department of Juvenile Justice, Pinellas County Schools, City of St. Petersburg, Mayor’s Office, St. Petersburg Technical College)
I am the sponsor for Pinellas Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children (TSIC) at Osceola Middle. They provide tuition funds to low income students so they can afford college or technical school. One of the fundraising events they sponsor is a 5K run/walk. This year it is at Madeira Beach on October 22nd. I have created Team Osceola Middle if you would like to donate or participate. J The funds help support the program and any contribution would be appreciated.
Listed below is the link.
Boom! You’re signed up for the Halloween Hustle 5K
Thanks for your help.
Unclub Ministries presents: The After School Club:
Beginning on the first day of public school for 2015, Unclub Ministries will have an after school program for Osceola Middle School Students! An UnClub bus will pick students up at school and deliver them to 10333 Seminole Blvd. Suites 11-12, Largo. There, students will do their homework under trained and caring workers, and when they have finished they will have until 6 pm to play video games etc.
Parents must pick up their students by 6:00 pm.
The cost is $40/week payable on the first day of each week or $150.00/ month. For more information and a brochure call 727 365-4994.