Pinellas County Schools Media Brief

Families still have time to make a choice

Parents of students entering grades K-12 can apply for any District Application Program based on their child’s interests, talents and abilities beginning Monday.
Currently, nearly 45 programs still have seats available for students, including most grades in the district’s newest choice programs, the Centers for Innovation and Digital Learning at Gulf Beaches and Kings Highway Elementary Schools. Students can also apply to be added to a program’s waitlist if seats are not currently available.
In addition, geographic application area restrictions have been lifted for several programs during the Late Application Period. This means students county-wide can apply to these programs, as long as program criteria are met. These programs include:
• Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (ISTEM) at Countryside High School
• Center for Computer Technologies at Countryside High School
• Lakewood High School Center for Journalism and Multimedia
• Middle Grades Gateway to Technology Pre-Engineering at Azalea Middle School
• Pre-Cambridge AICE at Pinellas Park Middle School
• Leadership Conservatory/Pre-Cambridge AICE at Tarpon Springs Middle School
Parents of students participating in these programs must provide transportation for their child if they live outside the application area. For more information about any PCS choice program and how to register during the late application period starting Monday, visit

Youth Leadership Pinellas accepting applications from students in grades 10-12

Youth Leadership Pinellas is accepting applications for its 2014-15 class through April 11. The eight-month program is a partnership between Leadership Pinellas and YMCA of the Suncoast. The program is designed to educate high school students on community resources and issues, assist them in developing leadership and teamwork skills, and encourage community involvement. Read more in the PCS newsroom at

Spanish Summer Immersion Program will run June 10-14, 2014 at Eckerd College

The Pinellas County Schools Office of World Languages will offer a five-day, four-night immersion program for Pinellas county students who have completed at least two years of middle school or high school Spanish study. The program is for students entering grades 9-12 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Students reside in a residence hall at Eckerd College and are led by Pinellas County Schools Spanish teachers. The program, which provides students with 10 hours of activities daily using only Spanish, includes practical experience using the language in real-life communication. Emphasis is placed on the development of cultural understanding and oral language skills through participation in an exclusively target language-speaking environment.  Students can expect to leave the program with increased confidence in their ability to converse with native speakers and understand spoken language.
This year’s theme is Costa Rica: Pura Vida. Students pledge on the first day to speak only Spanish throughout the week. They will practice language while exploring the language, culture, and daily life of Costa Rica. Daily language classes will prepare students to participate in cultural games, dances, cooking, art projects and drama tied to the theme.
A presentation summarizing the week’s activities will be shared by the students with family and friends on the last day of the camp. The program fee of $400 includes all meals, lodging, materials, and instruction as well as a field trip. Applications, due May 16, are available through Spanish teachers at middle and high schools or from the Office of World Languages, (727) 588-6066, and on the World Languages department website. Partial scholarship applications are also available. This program is for enrichment; students do not earn school or course credit in this program.
For more information, contact Jan Kucerik, PreK-12 World Languages Specialist, at (727) 588-6072 or (727) 588-6066 or e-mail her at
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