PAEOP Boss and Member of the Year Mike Bohnet Chosen 2010 PAEOP Boss of the Year Michael Bohnet, principal at Dixie Hollins High, was named the 2010 Pinellas Association of Educational Office Professionals (PAEOP) Boss of the Year at the annual Bosses’ Night celebration. Mike gives his heart and soul to School Board Members Dixie. Over the past seven years, he has built a Mary L. Tyus Brown strong faculty and staff who nominated him for Janet R. Clark the honor because he demonstrates the Carol J. Cook highest level of professional commitment and competency in a positive manner, is Nina Hayden a leader among leaders and is respectful of others. In accepting his award, Mike Linda S. Lerner remarked, “I love Dixie, I love my teachers and staff, and our students, and I am Peggy L. O'Shea honored to be recognized for just doing my job.” Robin L. Wikle Piper Prichard Named 2010 PAEOP Member of the Year Julie M. Janssen, Ed.D. Described as one of the rare few who still believes in “old-fashioned” morals, Superintendent ethics, and the value of hard work, Piper Prichard, secretary at Seminole High School, received the PAEOP 2010 Member of the Year award. Piper’s co-workers nominated her for her dedication and commitment, organizational strengths and her mastery of the art of multitasking. As an active member of PAEOP, Piper is a APRIL 2010 big supporter of the scholarships awarded by PAEOP every year. Four Pauline Huneke Memorial $500 scholarships were presented to the following students: Mark Your Calendar Cody Bohnet, Dixie Hollins High; Lindsey DiLeonardo, Osceola High; Ashley Grimes, Seminole High; and Tara Taylor, Largo High. April 20 School Board Meeting JDRF 5K Walk Raised Over $26,000 and Still Counting 5 p.m. Pinellas County Schools had more than 470 walkers participate in the 2010 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 5K Walk to Pinellas County Cure Diabetes in March. The 50 PCS teams School Board brought in approximately $26,250 (final total 301 Fourth St. SW Largo, FL 33770 will be available later this month) surpassing this year’s goal of $18,000. Last year PCS Phone employees raised approximately $15,000. 727-588-6000 The JDRF is the worldwide leader in funding Fax research to cure Type1 diabetes, an 727-588-6202 autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and lasts a lifetime. JDRF sets the global agenda for diabetes Website research and is the largest charitable funder of, and advocate, for diabetes www.pcsb.org science worldwide. Thank you for your help in raising funds for research and building awareness. E-mail email@example.com Hurry – Kindergarten and New Student Registration is Underway Student Assignment is encouraging parents of incoming kindergarteners and all new students for 2010-11 to register their child by May 1. To register, parents should follow these easy steps: (Continued) (Continued) The School Board of STEP 1: Find Your Zoned School Go online, Pinellas County, Florida, www.pcsb.org, or call Student Assignment, (727) prohibits any and all forms 588-6210. of discrimination and harassment based on race, STEP 2: Reserve a Seat Go to your zoned or color, sex, religion, national any nearby school to get a User ID and origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation or Password (if you do not already have one for disability in any of its another member of your family). Then log into the programs, services or Student Reservation System at the school or your home computer. activities. STEP 3: Register at Your Child’s Zoned School Visit the assigned school to Contact Information deliver the required documents (list of documents can be found on the district Contact the website). communications office at firstname.lastname@example.org REMEMBER – Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2010, to attend or via telephone at kindergarten. 727-588-6122. Student Assignment Open Enrollment Period – April 19-30 The open enrollment period is for parents who would like to request another school other than their child’s assigned school for next school year. This year, there will be a limited number of seats available during open enrollment due to class size and NCLB requirements. All assignments will be made on a space-available basis. Incoming kindergarteners and other students new to the district in 2010-11 must be enrolled in a school (registered, not just a reservation) to participate. 2009-10 Graduation Locations, Dates and Times Whether your 2010 high school senior is graduating at Bright House Field, Ruth Eckerd Hall, or the school’s stadium, the 7,000+ Class of 2010 is ready to receive their diplomas. Click here for a complete schedule for each district school. 2010 Walker’s Rising Stars Dazzle May 27 The 2010 Walker’s Rising Star scholarship winners will be named at the annual awards gala, Thursday, May 27, 7 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. Sponsored by the Pinellas Education Foundation, Kane’s Furniture and Bright House Networks. The competition recognizes and provides scholarships of up to $7,000 to Pinellas County’s most outstanding and talented public high school performers to pursue their arts education in the fields of instrumental music, theater, dance and visual arts. New for 2010 Walker’s competition is a video arts category that will offer a $5,000 award to the winning team or individual. Deadline for entries is May 7. Details are available at www.wpds.tv. General admission tickets are $7 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall box office, call 727-791- 7400, or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com (service fees may apply). Advance tickets are available through April 27; beginning April 28, tickets are $10. More information is available at www.pinellaseducation.org, or call (727) 588-4816. Click here for a list of this year’s finalists. Key Points on New E-mail Archive System In order to help PCS employees manage their e-mails more efficiently, and to comply with the Public Records Act, which calls for a system that stores e-mails with a search and retrieval key word search, follow these key points: (Continued) Better E-mail management: • E-mail archive should make e-mail management easier and give users more space – Delete old e-mails, no need to keep them or file them – Archive of attachments that normally fill up the mailbox • Complies with public records laws and deals with Office of Professional Standards (OPS) issues E-mail Archive Coding: • E-mails saved for three years (777777 and 888888) are put in a “permanent hold” position • 95% of e-mails do NOT require a code • Please, please, please don’t put 777777 or 888888 in your default signature (you can have alternate signature) • If the e-mail is coded by the original sender or one of the repliers, it does not need to be recoded • 777777 – Replaces Confidential Student Information – Any e-mail related to students that mentions their name, student number, or any identifiable information – This constitutes a student record and must be handled by the system • 888888 – Deals with district business, personnel issues, contracts – The least used-teachers will probably never need to use this coding (unless they’re involved in graduation coordination or a club that handles money) – District Business: Any transaction where money or in-kind services are exchanged – Personnel Issues: Any issue that may be included in a personnel file – Contracts: Discussion of a contract in e-mail Need more help? Go to the online Moodle/ProofPoint training or contact Tech Help, online or by phone, 588-6060. You also can get information regarding ProofPoint from the district wiki. Search ProofPoint and it will give you a link to an FAQ and about setup. Cooking Up a State Title The Tarpon Springs High Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy students competed, along with Northeast and Osceola High and 50 other schools from around the state, in the 10th Annual Florida ProStart State Culinary Championship. Tarpon Springs High won FIRST place in Gourmet, FIRST place in Management Team (knowledge) and FIRST place overall. The team advances to the national competition to be held April 30 in Kansas. Several students have received scholarship offers from various colleges including Johnson & Wales University, one of the premiere culinary institutions in the country. The Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy celebrated its grand opening in spring 2009. The 11,600 square-foot, state-of-the-art academy, includes two complete teaching kitchens with 48 student cooking stations, a 50-seat teaching kitchen/auditorium, and a 100-seat dining room/restaurant providing students with one of the most sophisticated high school culinary arts academies in the United States. Teacher of the Year Perkins Elementary teacher, April Barron, has been named “Teacher of the Year” by the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers (FFMT). FFMT is a state funding program that recruits and retains minority teachers and students pursuing the field of education. This award recognizes outstanding educators who have positively impacted the field of education through leadership, professionalism and genuine concern for children. April has taught for over 13 years in Pinellas County. (Continued) PPHS Mock Trial State Winner The Orange County Courthouse was the stage for the 2010 Florida High School Mock Trial Competition. High school teams from across the state simulated roles of both attorneys and witnesses in a fictional trial. The Pinellas Park High team from the Criminal Justice Academy tried the fictional case of The State of Florida vs. Chris Boyd. The team presented open and closing remarks as well as cross-examinations, in this case that dealt with contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a child surrounding an open house party. Pinellas Park High won the Stephen C. Shenkman Professionalism Award for conduct exemplifying the highest ethical and professional standards. Senior, Roger Walker, received a coveted witness award for his portrayal of fictional witness, Officer Pat O’Toole. The team had approximately five months to prepare for the competition. Coaches included: attorney, Ben Kanoski, a graduate of the PPHS Criminal Justice Academy and FSU; teachers Matthew Valentine, Cynthia Freed and Lori Jones. Pinellas Park High Criminal Justice Academy Mock Trial Team Seniors Sophomores Juniors Freshman Shomira Byrd Caterina Caravello Stephanie Punko Brittany Manulkin Deniann Grant Garen Freed Christian Wright Jason Holloway Roberto Roldan Roger Walker WPDS-TV14 & Library Media Partner for Student Film Festival and TV Production Workshops WPDS-TV14 is excitied to partner with the Library Media department in hosting the first ever Student Film Festival (Home of the EMA’s) that is taking place at St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, April 27 and 28. In addition to revamping the awards programs to spotlight the elementary and secondary students on different days, middle and high school television production students will be treated to a “Learn from the Pros” workshop featuring some of the best TV and film professionals in the Tampa Bay area. Workshops will be taught by pros in the following categories: New Camera Technology & Low Cost Lighting Techniques; How to Tell an Award Winning Story; Learn How to Produce a Big Event; and Learn Camera Techniques the Pros Use. The awards programs will be featured on WPDS-TV14 later this spring and the educational workshops will be videotaped and featured on www.wpds.tv. WPDS-TV14 Wins Two More Telly Awards For the second consecutive year, WPDS-TV14, Pinellas County Schools’ television station, has won a prestigious Telly award for two different educational programs. In the category of student programming, WPDS-TV14 walked away with bronze trophies for the PCS Journal: Super Bowl for Students Special and the series of Meet the Author programs from the Florida Association of Media Educators conference. These programs were hosted by Pinellas County high school students. Since 1978, the mission of the Telly Awards has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The 30th Annual Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. WPDS-TV14 has won a total of six Telly Awards over the past four years. Here is a link from the Meet the Author series that will be featured next month on Channel 14. mms://video.pinellas.k12.fl.us/MeetTheAuthor-FAME-Pearson April Programming Hi-Lights Meet some of Pinellas County Schools’ most talented and dedicated teachers on Outstanding Educator profiles, debuting Monday, April 5th at 5:30 p.m. These thirty-minute programs take you inside the classroom to see how these 2010 OE finalist touch the lives of children. Outstanding Educator profiles air Monday-Thursday at 5:30 p.m. during the month of April. Go to www.wpds.tv for a breakdown of the four half-hour programs. (Continued) Employee Address Changes Employees must submit PCS Form 3-1909 or sign onto the Employee Self-Service system to advise human resources of changes to their phone number or address of record (residence) and mailing address, if different than their residence address. Personnel records must be updated regularly to ensure that all district communications, whether by phone or in writing, are received in a timely manner. Please help us to ensure the accuracy of your information. Visit www.pinellas.k12.fl.us/CPS/forms.html to print out a copy of PCS Form 3-1909 (two pages) or sign onto Employee Self-Service at http://www.pcsb.org/payroll/ selfservice/AboutEss.html. Complete the form, check the appropriate block to indicate your employee group and send the form to human resources with your updated information. Community Volunteers Needed John Hopkins Middle is in critical need of volunteers to serve as mentors, tutors, hall monitors, and classroom assistants. If you are interested in volunteering, please plan to attend one of two mentoring workshops at the school: • Tuesday, April 13, 5-7 p.m. • Wednesday, April 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information or to register as a volunteer, please contact the office of strategic partnerships, (727) 588-6405. Special Olympics Pinellas Poker Run, Saturday, April 17 Registration is between 9:30 -11 a.m. and finish is at Quaker Steak and Lube, Clearwater. All vehicles welcome, 50/ 50 drawing, auctions, entertainment. Call (727) 669-1220, ext. 2008, or visit www.sopinellas.org. Pride Awards, Monday, April 19, at 7 p.m. Elementary and middle school students who have earned a PRIDE (Program to Recognize Initiative and Distinction in Education) award for academic achievement will be recognized at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. Turnaround Achievement Awards, Monday, April 26 Students who have turned around their lives through commitment and perseverance will be honored at the Turnaround Achievement Award breakfast, Monday, April 26, at Banquet Masters. What’s Happening at your School? We want to showcase your school’s exciting, innovative and creative projects and programs, along with great photographic moments. Let us know what’s happening with your students, teachers and staff. Simply fill out a “Snapshots of Success” submission form located on the district website. Your photos may be selected for a featured spot on the PCS homepage. If you have any questions, call the communications office at (727) 588-6122 or e-mail email@example.com. Under Construction Inside Edge is under construction. As the district moves to a new website using Joomla, we hope to move to a web-based employee newsletter. We hope to get your input and introduce the new format in August. Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.