Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Countryside High is fortunate to have a pair of valedictorians with sky-high grade point averages.
Countryside High is fortunate to have two valedictorians this school year who both have GPAs of 4.88. The salutatorian was a close section with a grade point average of 4.8. The school community is proud of these students' achievements. Let's take a look! Get the Safety Harbor Patch newsletter in your email. It's free. Sign up today.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The Cougars were looking to advance in the playoffs for the first time in school history, but were done in by a determined Bulls team Saturday.
The Countryside High School baseball team once again failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs, dropping a 5-2 decision to Wiregrass Ranch in a regional quarterfinal game played at home on Saturday afternoon. Wiregrass Ranch scored two runs in the top of the first inning off Countryside starter Jake Mielock, thanks to a two-out error by Cougars shortstop Charlie Skantze. But the Cougars tied the game in the bottom of the first, chasing Bulls starter Zach Drury from the game, and had a chance to take the lead with the bases loaded with only one out. Unfortunately for Countryside, they couldn't get another run across, and it wound up costing them the game. "We always talk about getting that big hit but we didn't get it, we just …
Monday, April 29, 2013
One Florida County has given elementary school principals the green light to paddle misbehaving students. What do you think about this, Tampa Bay?
A trip to the principal’s office in Marion County elementary schools might mean more for misbehaving students than a call to parents and possible detention detail. Principals there have been given the green light to paddle unruly pupils. The county’s school board decided April 23 that it was high time this once banned practice was brought back into the educational system. Citing repeat disciplinary problems with students where nothing else worked to get kids on track, board member Carol Ely, a retired principal, put the idea on the table. While the measure passed, principals don’t have carte blanche to paddle kids. Principals must first obtain standing written permission from parents, and they must get verbal permission before each …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
It's not just an ugly school rumor. Pinellas County schools will end the practice.
You can almost hear the collective groan in your kids' classrooms: There will be no more early release days at Pinellas County public 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, and are due back at school Aug. 19. Get the Safety Harbor Patch …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The new academic year begins Aug. 19 for Safety Harbor students.
Safety Harbor parents hoping to get a jump on planning activities around next year's Pinellas County school calendar are in luck. The school district has released its list of important dates for the 2013-14 school year. This school year (2012-13) ends Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Students only have two more days off before the year ends. The first one is Monday, April 29, which is a teacher professional development day. That means kids get to stay home, but teachers have to hit the books. The last holiday off of the school year is Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day, according to the district’s calendar. Here’s a look at the 2013-14 school schedule: Source: Pinellas County Schools
Monday, April 8, 2013
A district review of dropout prevention and alternative education programs showed there was room for improvement. What changes would you like to see made, Safety Harbor?
Pinellas County School Board members want to see the district do a better job in handling troubled students. Specifically, board members want the district improve the way it handles disruptive kids and those who are at risk for dropping out. A recent countywide review of programs geared toward troubled kids showed the district’s programs are not used as much as they could be, The Tampa Tribune reported. To remedy that, the district hopes to add programs meant to get students who have fallen off track back on grade level faster. It also wants to boost its technical education programs. Plans are also in the works to revamp programs that target kids who are chronically disruptive in classrooms. School Board Vice Chairwoman Peggy O’Shea said …
'Seussical,' the musical, is coming April 11-13 to Countryside High School.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Safety Harbor Middle School sixth-grade reading teacher Joanne Wright was named Pinellas County's 2012-13 Outstanding Educator of the Year in February.
Editor's note: This story originally ran in February. We're putting it in the spotlight again to highlight the accomplishments one person can make. It’s not every day a teacher gets driven to school in a limo. Then again, it’s not every day a teacher is chosen as the best in her profession for a region that has thousands of potential candidates. Joanne Wright earned both distinctions this week; the Safety Harbor Middle School sixth-grade reading teacher was named the 2012-13 Outstanding Educator of the Year for Pinellas County on Monday night. “When they said my name I was the most shocked, the most surprised I’ve ever been in my life,” Wright, who grew up in South Africa and got into teaching about a decade ago, said on Tuesday. “…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Need help on your homework? The Safety Harbor Public Library offers homework help on Mondays and Thursdays for children in grades 2-8.
Wednesday, March 27, 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 …