OZONA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Pinellas County Schools
Volume XXV, No. 3 September 29, 2006
Kerry Apuzzo, Principal - 724-1589
Kristy Cantu, Assistant Principal – 724-1589
Clayton Wilcox, Ed.D., Superintendent – 588-6000
Oscar Robinson, Area I Superintendent - 725-7996
Barbara Thornton, Director of Student Operations - Area II – 893-2305
Assistant Principal’s Message: their peers in cooperative learning groups to problem
solve. The teachers at Ozona work very hard to ensure
Dear Parents, that each child is able to reach their maximum potential.
With the school year in full swing it is evident that a If you have any questions about your child’s
great deal of learning is going on in the classrooms. The curriculum please contact your child’s teacher or myself.
students are highly engaged in a plethora of activities I would be happy to discuss them with you.
from hands on science experiments to using nature as a Warmest Regards,
springboard for their writing pieces. A school’s Kristy Cantu, Assistant Principal
curriculum is an essential part of your child’s education. DATES TO REMEMBER:
The curriculum that is taught at Ozona Elementary is September
designed by the Pinellas County School System and Join us tonight for Bike Rodeo/ Kiwanis Pancakes - 5:00 p.m.
reflects Florida’s Sunshine State Standards. October
In Pinellas County, students are given Common 2 Coffee with Administration – stage 9:30 a.m.
Assessments four times per year. The Common 4 Walk Your Child to School Day
Assessments test students’ knowledge of benchmarks 9 SAC Meeting – Music Room 6:30 p.m.
that are being taught in reading, math and writing. The 12 Headcheck
data from these assessments are shared with parents Early Release Day – lunch served 12:40 p.m.
13 ProEd Day – NO School for students
through conferences with their child’s teacher and are
17 PTA Board Meeting – Music Room 7:00 p.m.
also included on the report cards. Teachers use the 19 All Pro Dad’s – Movie Night 7:30 p.m.
results of the common assessments to guide their 20 Student Picture retakes
instruction by determining areas of strength and 24 PTA Carry out at Dominos
weakness in the different curriculum areas. 27 PTA Fall Festival 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
In the area of reading, teachers in grades K-2 are 31 Osprey Salute – court 9:30 a.m.
participating in a program based on units of study November
written by Lucy Caulkins who is associated with 8 Early Release day – lunch served 12:40 p.m.
Teachers College in New York. As part of the teachers’
professional development they attend periodic trainings
to learn new strategies to apply during their reading Car Line Help!!
workshop time with the kids. We are in the beginning We want to thank you for your cooperation in starting
stages of the program and the students are already so the car line at 2:15. Because we are still blocking the
excited and enthusiastic about reading! You can continue school entrance &Tampa Road, beginning Monday, 10/2
to foster this enthusiasm at home by reading with your – All cars arriving before 2:25 will be asked to find a
child nightly and engaging in conversation about the parking space.
content of the book. What a great way to spend some – If you are stopped out on Tampa Road, we ask that
quiet, quality time with your kids. you move off to the side of the road, to allow thru
Our teachers do an outstanding job of keying in on traffic to continue.
the varied needs of each child in their classroom. You – Once the driveway entrance to the school is filled,
will frequently see them working with small groups of cars are not to enter using the exit lane – this is a
students. Sometimes the groups meet to review certain safety concern, and a ticketable offense.
skills and concepts that students may be struggling with We are asking for your cooperation in getting the Ozona
and other times they will be working with students to students safely picked up in the afternoon while having
provide some enrichment. Students will often work with the least impact on the neighborhood.
Walk Your Child to School The Pinellas County School Board is an equal opportunity employer
Join us for the
Ozona PTA Fall Festival
International Walk Your Child to School
Mark your calendar and plan a fun family outing
Wednesday, October 4th 8:00 a.m. here at Ozona on Friday, 10/27. The PTA is
bringing back the fall festival/carnival to Ozona.
Put on your walking shoes and your Ozona There will be games, food, character parade, and
shirt (or a blue or gray shirt) and plan to lots of family fun!
walk your child to school! Water and snacks
will be served as the children exit the trail Look forward to seeing you and your family.
and enter the school campus. See you there!
Ozona website: Character Parade
Visit Ozona Elementary’s website. This site has This year our Character Parade will be held
information about our school, including newsletters, on Friday afternoon 10/27 during the Fall
calendar, testing data, grade level supply lists, school Festival (instead of during the October
hours and other information. Watch for Osprey Salute). Watch for details about
teacher/classroom links www.ozona-es.pinellas.k12.fl.us
time and location.
Please let us know if there is something else you feel
would be helpful or if you have trouble accessing our Cafeteria Notes
site. Another good source of information is the Pinellas
County School website at: www.pinellas.k12.fl.us Free and Reduced applications need to be renewed
each year. The carry over period from last year has
passed, and if we have not received a new
Electronic Visitor System application this year, your child will now have to
purchase lunch. See Gladys, Cafeteria Manager, if
Ozona Elementary School has an Electronic Visitor you have any questions.
System (commonly called Raptor), from Raptor Vanilla Soy milk has been purchased for the schools
Technologies. The system will print visitor badges, and and is available upon parent/student request. The
do background checks. 8.25 oz. container will be sold for 75 cents.
ICE CREAM – We would like to ask for your help
All parents/guardians/visitors attempting to gain in the cafeteria. Some of our students are not able,
access to the school will present a valid driver’s license because of food allergies, to have ice cream.
for scanning. The system will do a scan and if clear, will Although it is thoughtful of you to want to buy a
print out a dated visitor sticker. If it finds a concern in treat for other students, we are asking that you only
your background, a procedure will be set up to do further purchase treats for your own child. Thanks
Kindergarten students - all entrée choices are now
Please remember to bring a driver’s license or valid state
Parents are welcome to come and join their child for
i.d. with you anytime you come to the school.
lunch. We have picnic tables outside for you to
enjoy. We ask that you take only your child
outside with you.
Students are not to bring headphones or electronic
devices to school – this includes the use of headphones
on buses. Parents, thanks for your help in making sure Homework Helpline
that only school related items are in your child’s Hours are from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday through
backpack. Thursday. The numbers are: 547-7223 or 442-3226.
If you call and get a busy signal, keep trying! Some
nights are busier than others.
Student Transportation Safety Survey
Each year, we ask you to report conditions that may
endanger the safety of students as they travel to and from Science Center – 7701 22nd Avenue N. St. Petersburg
school. Hundreds of pedestrian and vehicular Family Astronomy Night – Sat., Sept. 30th – 7-11 pm
improvements have been implemented as a result of this Discovery Center and Planetarium Shows – first-come
Admission: nonmembers $5/person– memberships available.
process. Again this year, we request that you let the
384-0027 for more information
county know if you have an off-site safety concerns.
Greater Palm Harbor YMCA –
Safety Survey forms can be accessed from the school Fall Basketball Leagues at Palm Harbor Middle School
district’s web site – www.pinellas.k12.fl.us Scroll down Ages 6-11 – boys and girls. Season 10/18 – 12/14
on the left column and click on “All School Safety Info”. Player evaluation and parent meetings – 10/18 & 10/19.
Call 787-9622 or visit online at: www.ymcasuncoast.org
On the Safety First webpage, scroll down to “Travel to
School Safety Concerns” and enter the requested Crystal Beach Youth Center – 441-1790 x 231
information. If you are not able to access this website, October 13th – Marine life fun
you may call – 547-7286. Thanks for keeping the safety 9 and under to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and picnic
of Ozona students first!! 9am-1pm - $10.00
10 and over kayaking around Crystal Beach Preserve –
9am-4pm - $40.00
Counselor's Corner: Fishing Camp – October Saturdays
During the year you may find your child is Haunted House – 10/27 & 28 – 8-11 pm
struggling academically and you are not sure where Trick or Treat – 10/31 – 6-8 pm (safe/fun/costume contest)
to turn for tutoring help. I have composed
a tutoring list of teachers that are available to tutor Halloween in the Park – Honeymoon Island State Park
October 27 & 28 6-10 pm. Story telling, face painting, games
students outside of school. If you are interested in costume contest. Bring $10 donation, bug spray & flashlight.
obtaining this tutoring list, please contact your www.floridastateparks.org - 469-5943
child's classroom teacher or you may contact me
directly. I will send the tutor list home and you may Palm Harbor Community Activities Center - 771-6000
contact the teacher directly to discuss fees and Camps / Birthday Parties / classes.
availability. To register call: Elena Harabagiu @ 938-6858.
Tampa Bay Skating Academy – 813 854-4010
Sincerely, Nicki Dayes, Guidance Counselor 255 Forest Lakes Boulevard North, Oldsmar.
Lessons – skating and hockey, parties, public skating. Call
Jada at x112 for schedules
Bikes Clothes to Kids, Inc.
Students need to lock their bikes. The bike Organization that provides clothes to low income children.
areas are not locked during the day. As (Also accept donations). Call Nicki Dayes to request this
evidenced by past experiences, bikes not service www.clothestokids.org.
locked have been stolen. Also, according to The school is neither endorsing nor sponsoring these events nor approving or endorsing
law, students who ride their bikes must wear the views of the organizations sponsoring them.
a helmet. This law will be enforced at
Emergency Contact – It is very important
that we have a clinic and office cards for your
CLINIC child, and they are kept accurate. If you
If your child comes home with borrowed clinic have not returned the card that went home
clothes, please wash and return them to the school with your child in the first day packet, please
for the next emergency need. If you are cleaning do so as soon as possible.
closets - we can always use donations of shorts that
your children have outgrown! Also, throughout the year please notify the
office if you have any changes. This is
especially important if you are going to be
out of town. Thanks for your assistance.
Coffee with the Administration
Monday, October 2 2006
9:30 a.m. on the Stage
Come join us for an opportunity to ask questions, express opinions, or just socialize.
This is an informal chat with:
Kerry Apuzzo, Principal
Kristy Cantu, Assistant Principal
Physical Education Newsletter –September Edition
The 2006/2007 school year is off and running and the students have been doing a great job in physical education. The
weather the first couple months of the school year is always a challenge in Florida. We have been beating the heat and the
rain by using the multi-purpose room and the covered court as much as possible. When we have been under the sun, we
provide plenty of opportunities for the students to hydrate. We have almost made it through the hottest months of the
school year. When it begins to cool down, the students will have a lot more opportunities to practice their skill
development in many different types of sports and activities
1. Bowling – towards the end of August the students participated in a two-week bowling unit. They were taught the
various skills of bowling, along with the rules and various terminologies associated with bowling. We wanted to
instill in the students that bowling can be a lifelong sport and can provide many years of enjoyment!
2. Skill Related and Health Related Components of Fitness – 3rd through 5th graders have been taught and practiced
the skill related and health related components of fitness the last three weeks.
The Skill related components of fitness are: coordination, agility, reaction time, balance, speed and power.
The Health related components of fitness are: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular
endurance, flexibility and body composition.
The students had a lot of fun doing the different activities associated with both.
3. Fitness Testing – over the past week all students in grades K-5 have been tested in Fitnessgram. The Fitnessgram
measures students in all the components of health related fitness. Once all the data has been entered in the
computer, students will get a report on their fitness level. Testing is done in the fall and the spring.
4. Fitness Tip –Acquiring skillfulness in a number of sport and recreational activities can improve a person’s quality
Picture Day has come and gone, Retake Pictures are scheduled for Friday, October
20th . Packets from Prepaid Individual Pictures that were taken on September 8th
will be coming home in the next couple of weeks. If you do not like the way the first
pictures came out, please return the entire package, and pictures will be retaken –
no questions asked. If your child is new to the school, or was absent on the 8th, a
new prepaid order form will be sent home on the 12th.
If you have any questions about pictures, please contact Karen Gilbert at 724-1589.
Pinellas Education Foundation News!
Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy Breaks Ground at Tarpon High
The Pinellas County School Board joined the Pinellas Education Foundation, Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Dr.
Clayton Wilcox, Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverley Billiris and community leaders on September 13 to launch construction
of a world-class culinary arts academy at Tarpon Springs High School. Funded in part through leadership gifts by
longtime Tarpon Springs resident, Carol Martin and the Ellmar Foundation, and Richard Jacobson and the Richard O.
Jacobson Foundation, the academy will provide training and certification in hospitality and the culinary arts to more than
500 students from throughout Pinellas County. Upon graduation with ProStart Culinary Certification, these students will
be capable of pursuing advanced culinary training or be qualified to immediately pursue careers in the growing field of
food preparation and restaurant management. The 14,000 square foot academy is expected to open in the fall of 2007 and
will be funded through a capital campaign by the Pinellas Education Foundation. So far, more than $3.3 million has been
raised toward a $5 million goal through leadership gifts from the Ellmar and Richard O. Jacobson Foundations, as well as
contributions from Enodis USA, Creative Contractors, Denis Greismer; Hoffman Architects, Hooters Management
Corporation, Publix Super Markets Charities and SSA Design.
Now’s the Time for Walker’s Rising Stars to Shine
The Walker's Rising Stars Scholarship Competition provides college scholarships to Pinellas County public high school
juniors and seniors. Sponsored by noted neurosurgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Walker, scholarships will be awarded to solo
performers in the areas of dance, drama, vocal music, instrumental music, and visual arts students. The competition
begins with an application and essay and will conclude with finalists being invited to display their works or perform at the
Walker's Rising Stars Scholarship Gala on May 11th, 2007 at the Mahaffey Theater.
Applications for performing arts students are due to the Pinellas Education Foundation office no later than November 3,
2006. Applications and portfolios for visual arts students are due to the Pinellas Education Foundation office no later than
January 12, 2007. Juniors or seniors who wish to apply may download a printable application by visiting
www.PinellasEducation.org and clicking on Walker’s Rising Stars.
Doorways and other Scholarship Opportunities!
Doorways College Scholarship applications as well as college scholarships for graduating high school seniors are
available on the Pinellas Education Foundation’s website at www.pinellaseducation.org.
Nominate a student in fourth through ninth grade online for a 4-year Doorways College Scholarship.
Ninth and tenth grade students interested in a vocational/technical education can apply online for a
Doorways Technical Scholarship. Deadline: December 15, 2006.
Pinellas County public high school seniors can apply online for more than $450,000 in college scholarships.
Application dates are October 1 – December 15, 2006.
each phone or cartridge. We have collected quite a
few phones and cartridges - keep it up.
Remember, if your office would like to participate, a
There are two easy ways to recycle at Ozona. Each of box can be placed there and all items collected there
these projects not only helps clean up the will also benefit Ozona Elementary
environment (and the closets in your home), but
brings money into the school for special projects.
A container for clean, dry newspapers is in the bus
circle drive off Pennsylvania Avenue.
In the office is a container for printer cartridges
and cell phones. The school will receive $1.00 for
Congratulations to August
Congratulations to August Osprey Award
Citizen of the Month
Simone – Authier Nicolas – Carney
Ethan - Adams Ren - Authier Drew – Danneman Connor – Day
Jillian - Carney Kyle - Danneman Kayle – Magoulis Garrett – Ochipa
Benjamin - Day Brooke - Magoulis Mason – Riess Chase - Bowden
Elizabeth - Ochipa Corynne - Riess Marecea - Brown Chad - Burdette
Riley - Augustine Allie - Bowden Katelynn - Charland Austin - Alongi
Ellie - Brown Tommy - Burdette Nancy - Eva Felicia - Gosche
Tyler - Charland Kyle - Harrington Michael - Mohr Mackenzie - Murray
Ashtyn - Hosman Michael - Alongi Mallory - Reidy Lynzey - Krillies
Bryan - Eva Crystal - Gosche Brendan – Leanes Travis - Miller
Olivia - Mohr Dawson - Murray Brendon - Purdy Chase - Kucek
Sean - Reidy Nicole - Krillies Chris - Maiorana Patrick - Demers
Trevor – Leanes Erica - Miller Clayton - Donati Keyona - Johnson
Daniel - Purdy Asaad - Kucek Owen - Rutkoski Amanda - Bridges
Luke - Maiorana Daniel - Demers Justice - Moldal Mitchel - Persky
Wesley - Donati Hannah - Johnson Austin - Teig Jeremiah – Stiner
Adrianna - Rutkoski Devin - Bridges Hayden - Moraitis
Jami-Lyn - Moldal Lindsey - Persky
Kayla - Teig Kaitlyn - Oleson
Jenny - Stiner Tyler - Moraitis
Congratulations to August
Commitment to Character
Cody – Authier Zoe – Carney
Emily – Danneman Isabella – Day
Michael – Magoulis Ryan – Ochipa
Frankie – Riess Emily – Augustine
Kyle – Bowden Paul – Brown
Emily – Burdette Kenzie – Charland
Isabel – Harrington Keoni – Hosman
Renee – Alongi Lara – Eva
Liam – Gosche Emily – Mohr
Yazmin – Murray Nicole – Reidy
Kevin – Krillies Alex – Leanes
Jacob – Miller Megan – Purdy
Abby – Kucek Jarrett – Maiorana
Taylor – Demers Emily – Donati
Noel – Johnson Zoe – Rutkoski
Katelyn – Bridges Carly – Moldal
Zach – Persky Madison – Teig
Daniel – Oleson Blake - Moraitis