Thursday, April 25, 2013
It's not just a school rumor. The Pinellas County School District has decided to end the practice.
You can almost hear the collective groan in Largo classrooms: There will be no more early release days at Pinellas County schools. Starting next school year, the early dismissals on Wednesdays will go away. Pinellas County Schools posted the announcement on its website, along with a listing of bell schedules for campuses across the district. To find out the bell schedules for individual schools, just visit the district’s website. “The new school bell times for 2013-14 reflect minimal changes,” district officials said on the website. “However, next school year, schools will not have early-release Wednesdays.” Students end this school year on Wednesday, June 5. Get the Largo Patch newsletter delivered to your email.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
What should happen to underperforming schools in Pinellas County?
A proposed 'Parent Empowerment Act' has raised concerns with multiple members of the Pinellas County School Board who say the bill would hurt the school district. The bill, according to TBO.com, would "allow parents to request that school districts rehabilitate schools that earn consecutive failing grades from the state instead of leaving the decision up to the school board; in many cases, that would mean converting the schools into charter schools." In an interview with TBO, school board member Chairwoman Carol Cook said the proposed legislation is more harmful to the district than it is helpful to parents. “We aren’t just a bunch of yahoos that have been elected; we are constitutional officers and we are responsible for the education …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
For every five books a student reads they are given an entry to the bike drawing at 17 participating Pinellas County Schools including a few in the Largo area.
A few lucky students at 17 schools throughout Pinellas County including a few in Largo were given bikes today as part of the Horace Mann Insurance 'Bike for Books' program. The program, according to a news release from the Pinellas County School District, encourages reading by giving student an opportunity to win a bike. For every five books a student reads, they are given an entry to the bike drawing. There is a drawing for each semester at participating schools with one bike for a girl and one bike for a boy, according to a release. Starting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, representatives from Horace Mann Insurance and the school district visited 17 Pinellas County schools including: Sign up for the Largo Patch email newsletter to get our top…
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Check out what your kids could be eating this week.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
To make life easier for the parents in Largo, we publish the latest menus for Pinellas County elementary schools.
Sunday, January 27
To make life easier for the parents in Largo, we publish the latest menus for Pinellas County middle schools.
Sunday, January 27
To make life easier for the parents in Largo, we publish the latest menus for Pinellas County high schools.
Sunday, January 27
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Pinellas School Board is considering hiring mental health counselors who would evaluate students identified as potential security risks and make sure they get treatment, TBO.com reports.
The Pinellas County School Board is considering hiring mental health counselors to evaluate students identified as potential security risks in an attempt to keep schools safer in the wake of the recent Connecticut shootings, TBO.com reports. Board member Renee Flowers, who floated the proposal at a board workshop Tuesday, told the news site the counselors would talk to students identified by school guidance counselors and follow up to be sure they get help if needed. The board has asked the school district to review its policies to see if such a proposal is possible, TBO reports. Flowers said officials would still need to figure out how to cover the cost for students who aren't covered by insurance, and that parents would need to give …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Largo Patch highlights interaction with our readers. Today, it's a reader posted announcement about a local recipient of the Pinellas County Schools Support Employee of the Year award.
Thanks to Patch reader Lorri Helfand, Pinellas County Schools for posting an announcement that Largo Middle School's Debra Stotts was named the Pinellas County Schools Support Employee of the Year out of the district's more than 6,300 full- and part-time support employees. Stotts, an office clerk, has worked in the district for six years. She was nominated for her leadership, volunteerism, community outreach efforts and the relationships she builds with parents and students, according to the announcement. Read more about Stotts' accomplishments in the announcement on Largo Patch. Have an announcement you would like to share? To post announcements to the site for free: simply click the Announcement option under the news tab on the homepage…
Monday, January 21, 2013
Are your kids tired of the same old bagged lunches? Spice things up with homemade Lunchables and bento boxes.
The kids just returned to school but you may already be in a “packed lunch slump.” Here are ten ways to make packed lunches healthy, fun and fast. 1. Get a bento box system. Laptop Lunches has great options for bento box-style lunches. Bento-ware includes a soft-sided case with sturdy, dishwasher safe containers (top rack only) that fit together inside, just like a bento box. The system pays for itself as you can ditch zip-lock bags and pack a far greater variety of lunch options, including dinner leftovers, berries and dips. You can purchase Laptop Lunches online or at Whole Foods Store. 2. Wrap it & have your child choose the filling. Kids love having turkey and cheese or veggies with hummus wrapped in a tortilla. Las Palomas Latin …