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    Check out www.pcsb.org/parentacademy and find recording links to past Parent Academy Power Hour sessions on such important topics as Building Resilience in Challenging Times, Oops! My Child is Off Task: Self-Discipline Strategies, Eagle Eye: Online Safety and much more.  These webinar recordings can all be viewed at your convenience. Information on upcoming sessions as they are planned may also be found on this same page.

    Also, www.pcsb.org/athomeresources has valuable resources and fun, supportive activities for families on the topics below.  Check back regularly as new resources are added every week!    

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    Dear High Point Elementary Families,              (link in Spanish)      

    The end of the school year rapidly approaches.  We thank you for your support as we worked to overcome the challenges faced this final quarter. During the week of May 26th, the school campus will be open at designated times for parents to collect belongings left at school and return any items from the classroom (i.e. library books, patrol belts, etc.). We ask that families keep electronic devices unless you are leaving the District. We will collect devices at a later time.
    We will follow the processes from device distribution for item pick up in the bus circle.

     Week of May 26th

    Scheduled Times

    Tuesday 5/26 
    Grades PK - 4

    Wednesday
    5/27
    Grades PK - 4

    Thursday
    5/28 
    Grade 5

    8:30 – 9:30

    A-B

    M-O

    A-F

    9:30 – 10:30

    C-E

    P -R

    G-K

    10:30 – 11:30

    F-I

    S-T

    M-R

    12:00 – 1:00

    J-K

    U-W

    S-Z

    1:00 – 2:00

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    X-Z

     


        (link in Spanish)
    If possible please have your child’s name posted on a sign in your car window to make going through the area more effective. A staff member will greet you at your vehicle.  Please remain in your car and your child’s items will brought to you as well as you will be able to hand over any items that you need to return.  Please note that we will do our best to return all your child’s items.  However, items that are not school related and not labeled will not be considered a priority. 

    Thank you for your patience and support during this extraordinary time as we try to close the school year and follow CDC and District guidelines for safety.

    Sincerely,

    Annette Mavres, Principal

    Kristen Drainville, Assistant Principal

     

     

     

     PCS continues to distribute six days of meals, once a week

    On Wednesdays, families can pick up a combination of hot and cold breakfast items and hot lunch entrees, with easy heating instructions. The new schedule will continue through the end of the school year. More information and a link to other community meal locations are available at www.pcsb.org/foodlocations.

     

    Come Get Meals for Students 18 years Old or Younger at High Point Elementary

    High Point is now a Food distribution site 

    • Drive through the Bus Circle,  Walk-ups are also welcome- 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM, Bring something to carry the food bags in if you are walking.

    • 6 days of breakfasts and lunches will be given.

    • Meals are provided to any child 18 years old or younger; they do not have to attend the school.

    Wednesday  May 27

     

     

    If you need help with Digital Learning, just click the link and check out the information in our  Guide to Digital Learning.  

     

    Greetings High Point Families,

    As we move to remote learning, we will be forwarding phone calls.  You may call between 9:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 3:30.

    Please communicate through your teachers for learning questions.  Should you need assistance in Spanish, please send your e-mails to either Ms. Colon at colonka@pcsb.org or Ms. Vega-Faizon at vegafaisonz@pcsb.org.

    Saludos familieas de High Point,

    A medida que avanzamos hacia el aprendizaje remoto, reenivaremos las llamadas telefonicas.  Puede llamar entre las 9:00 - 12:00 y 1:00 - 3:30.

    Comuniquese a traves de sus maestros para preguntas de aprendizaje.  Si necesita ayuda en espanol, envie un correo electonico Ms. Colon at colonka@pcsb.org or Ms. Vega-Faison at vegafaisonz@pcsb.org

     

    UPDATE: HEALTH, SAFETY AND SCHOOL CLOSURES  Click here for -  All information from PCSB about school closures

     

    UPDATE: Free Wi-Fi -Spectrum  Thank you, Spectrum, for helping us provide households free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days!  Call 1-844-488-8395

    @GetSpectrum - Click here for more information pcsb.org/coronavirus

      

    Check out this Video Tutorial for Families pcsb.org/FocusInfo 
    This video will help families know how to gain access and then navigate through the FOCUS SIS.  Log in and see your child's grades and communicate with the staff.

Important School Information

  • Important information from Superintendent Michael Grego
    and our Principal, Mrs. Annette Mavres

    Community School Closure and Digital Learning Update
     

    Today, Governor DeSantis and the Department of Education extended the closure of all school buildings in the state of Florida for the balance of the school year due to the COVID-19 health crisis. I, as your superintendent, and the Pinellas County School Board, believe this to be the absolute right decision. The safety, health and well-being of our students, families, staff and community are of the utmost importance. This means, that Pinellas County Schools will continue with digital instruction for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. We are excited that during the first three weeks of digital learning nearly 98 percent of our students are engaging online. That being said, I am committed to continuously improve our supports for our staff, students and families with the ultimate goal of reaching 100 percent participation.

    Thank you for your continued support to ensure the learning of your student(s) continues. I know the transition for our students, families and staff has not been easy and our day-to-day lives have all drastically changed. I am beyond grateful to each of you for the understanding, grace and flexibility we have given ourselves and one another. The spirit of unity and cooperation I have experienced throughout our school community is truly remarkable.

    I also want to thank our principals, teachers and staff for going the extra mile to create dynamic online lessons and to connect with students and families in this new way. I have seen incredible examples of the creative and innovative ways students and teachers are connecting and learning. We know digital learning does not replace the relationships or experiences of our classrooms; however, we are here to support you and your student(s) so they continue their learning.

    We recognize that there are many end-of-year traditions and this time is exceptionally hard for our high school seniors and their families. We are working to ensure such celebrations, especially graduation, are honored and meaningful. With that in mind, all high school graduation commencement ceremonies for Pinellas County Schools will be conducted virtually, with each school also hosting a celebration at their school site once it is deemed safe by health officials to have large gatherings. Further details about virtual commencement ceremonies for the class of 2020 will be communicated to seniors and their families by principals next week.

    As a reminder, all information and resources are available on the district website which is updated on a regular basis at www.pcsb.org/coronavirus including specific pages for:

    • Digital learning resources for students and families, including frequently asked questions and updated how-to tutorials are available on our dedicated webpage for Digital Learning for Students and Families. Additional information regarding grading, testing, promotion/retention and summer bridge programming will be updated soon!
    • Meal distribution will continue throughout the remainder of the school year. Distribution information is available at www.pcsb.org/foodlocations. If you are not able to go to one of the school sites, other local food providers throughout the county are offering free, nutritious meals for our students. A complete list of sites throughout our community can be found at the Pinellas County government website

    We continue to gather feedback from all our stakeholders to improve the experience for our students, families and staff. I am committed to ongoing communication with our families during this time. As I stated in one of my very first messages regarding COVID-19, we will work together, with care and compassion, to support our students and community through this challenging time. Pinellas County Schools remains dedicated to providing a high-quality education to our students. I sincerely appreciate your continued commitment, patience and support.

    Sincerely,

    Michael A. Grego, Ed.D.
    Superintendent Pinellas County Schools

     

    Meal Package Distribution

    In response to CDC Guidelines issued today which recommend that citizens further limit running essential errands to help slow the spread of COVID-19, our Food and Nutrition Department will be reducing the number of food distribution days, while keeping the number of meals served constant. This will limit the number of interactions for both families and staff. Specifically, for the upcoming weeks food will be distributed as follows at the 22 school sites listed below, which includes the expansion of sites as previously communicated.

     

    • Wednesday, May 6 – 6 days-worth of meals
    • Wednesday, May 13 – 6 days-worth of meals
    • Wednesday, May 20 – 6 days-worth of meals
    • Wednesday, May 27 – 6 days-worth of meals

     

    If needed, a full week’s-worth of meals will be distributed each Wednesday throughout the closure. The district will continue to evaluate school distribution locations, as well as community distribution locations, to ensure our families have access to the meals they need while they and our staff members reduce the risk of exposure to the greatest extent possible.

    Schools below will distribute meals from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.;

    Anona Elementary

    Azalea Middle

    Bay Point Elementary

    Clearwater Intermediate

    Dunedin Middle

    Eisenhower Elementary

    Fairmount Park Elementary

    Garrison-Jones Elementary

    Gulfport Elementary

    High Point Elementary

    John Hopkins Middle

    Kings Highway Elementary

    Largo Middle

    McMullen Booth Elementary

    MK Rawlings Elementary

    New Heights Elementary

    North Shore Elementary

    Oak Grove Middle

    Plumb Elementary

    Sawgrass Lake Elementary

    Southern Oak Elementary

    Tarpon Springs Elementary

    For a listing of all Grab & Go and BreakSpot meal distribution locations throughout Pinellas County, please visit the Pinellas County government website.

     

     

    Student State Assessments

    The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has announced that all PK-12 student state assessments will be cancelled for the 2019-20 school year. FDOE will provide guidance to school districts in the near future regarding any potential impacts for students.  As the district learns more information we will share this with our community.

    State School Grade Designations vs. Student Grades

    The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has announced that all school grade designations will not be calculated for schools for the 2019-20 school year.

    Students will continue to earn grades based on their progress in their classes. Student grades and credits will continue to count toward promotion and/or graduation.

    Student Instructional Hours

    The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has announced that the Commissioner is evaluating how digital instruction will count toward student instructional hours. The Commissioner may reduce required K-12 instructional hours, as necessary, to accommodate for school closures.

     

     

     

    Parents of students who receive special education services: Make your voice heard

    Take the ESE Parent Survey at www.esesurvey.com.

    The Florida Department of Education’s annual ESE Parent Survey is underway. The survey helps determine how well your child’s school is partnering with you and promoting your involvement in your child’s education.

    The ESE Parent Survey is for parents of students who receive special education services. Your feedback helps the state and the school district improve special education services for students and their families. 

    The survey is confidential, but PCS receives overall results and makes changes based on your feedback. As a result of feedback, the district has created a helpline to help families navigate special education services and started hosting ESE Advisory Committee Meetings at sites throughout the county to give more families opportunities to participate.

    Take the survey at www.esesurvey.com or complete the paper survey distributed by our school. The survey closes May 31. If you need a paper survey or want more information, please contact Tracy McMannus at 727-588-6062 or MCMANNUST@pcsb.org.

     

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