2018 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report

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Here’s our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ annual CSCMP EDGE 2018 conference held in October in Nashville, Tennessee.

With its focus on cutting-edge technologies, leadership development, and industry disruptors, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ annual conference lived up to its name: CSCMP EDGE. Attendees at the event, held in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, in October, represented all facets of the supply chain. They came to gain a glimpse of the future of the discipline and celebrate the fact that, as CSCMP President and CEO Rick Blasgen said, “Supply chain professionals are perfectly positioned to contribute as change agents, making a difference in people’s lives and elevating the standard of living worldwide with what we do.”

While there, attendees enjoyed three days of educational seminars, the annual Academic Research Symposium, site visits, networking receptions, and the Supply Chain Exchange exposition, which showcased supply chain technologies, equipment, and services.

Not able to attend the conference this year or unable to sample everything that was offered? This roundup of the conference’s sessions will help you fill in some of the gaps. (More articles and videos from the conference can be found at www.supplychainquarterly.com.)

CSCMP session sampler

With 20 tracks, three keynote presentations, and over 100 educational sessions, CSCMP EDGE 2018 attendees had a wide variety of educational opportunities to choose from. Here are highlights of just a few that sparked interest at the conference.

Customer obsession. During the opening keynote, executives from Amazon, IBM, and Nike stressed how the customer must now be central to the supply chain. David Bozeman, vice president of transportation services for Amazon, talked about how the e-commerce giant’s culture of “customer obsession” has seeped into its supply chain. Joanne Wright, vice president of enterprise operations, and services for IBM, said her company has also transformed itself so that its key focus is on the customer experience. “Our enterprise clients want the same one-click experience that they receive from Amazon,” she said. Nike even sees its supply chain sustainability efforts as part of the company’s overall mission to serve athletes. “After all, it’s not possible to go for a run if you live in a super-polluted city with poor water quality,” said Mike Brewer, vice president of global sourcing and manufacturing for Nike.

No longer the last mile, now the “last yard.” For years supply chain has been obsessed with the last mile. Now it’s time to focus on the last yard, according to the 23rd annual “Third Party Logistics” study, which was released at the conference. The last yard refers to the status of a shipment once it is delivered to a customer or consumer, and how the shipment, once in the end user’s possession, is routed to the specific location. There are several last-yard logistics issues that may occur at delivery locations, such as delayed, damaged, and lost deliveries. Shippers can help matters by improving their internal processes for delivering items to point of use or by relying on 3PLs to take greater responsibility for shippers’ last-yard services.

High demand for tech skills. Back in the day, employees who couldn’t cut it in manufacturing went into supply chain, but that’s not true anymore.

“Supply chain’s cool now,” says Mike Orr, the senior vice president for operations and logistics at Genuine Parts Co., during a breakout session. “Now that supply chain managers are getting a chance to recruit the best young graduates, they must turn their attention to a new challenge: training the latest wave of supply chain pros to be techno-savvy the day they arrive on the job, with the ability to handle tasks and technologies such as optimization, network analysis, robotics, and the digital supply chain.

Keller Rinaudo, Zipline’s chief executive officer and founder, speaks during the EDGE Tuesday, October 2 keynote. Photo courtesy of Robb Cohen Photography & Video

Emerging technology saves lives. In a keynote session, Keller Rinaudo, Zipline’s chief executive officer and founder of drone delivery company Zipline, shared how the company uses aerial vehicles to deliver blood to remote areas in Rwanda. The company uses 40-pound autonomous aircraft to deliver blood to hospitals, bypassing the country’s poor road system. The aircraft are launched from a catapult-like structure on top of Zipline’s distribution center (DC). They then fly at 30 feet across a varied landscape and through all types of weather before dropping paper parachutes carrying boxed blood to hospitals across rural Rwanda. The aircraft then return to the DC, where they are caught by a combination of guide wires attached to poles and an inflatable landing pad. It now takes five minutes from when the hospital orders the blood to when it is received. Zipline has succeeded in reducing blood waste to zero, while increasing access by 170 percent, said Rinaudo.

How to improve supply chain risk. More and more companies are recognizing the need to have a robust supply chain risk management program. During a breakout session, Shawn Winn of Supply Chain Visionsrecommended that companies think both in terms of mitigation—steps to reduce a risk from happening—and preparedness—a plan for what to do once the risk has occurred. Other tips included:

  • Put risk compliance under the supply chain management function. This will help create a more collaborative relationship between risk compliance managers and supply chain managers.
  • Make risk management part of your company’s culture. Review your top four risks as a part of your regular supply chain planning meetings.
  • Design risk responses that fit with the overall culture of your organization. If your company is naturally aggressive, develop fast responses to risk. If your culture is less aggressive, have a risk response that takes more of a wait-and-see approach.

Capacity improvements lie with shippers. Truck capacity in the U.S. could increase by up to 5 percent just by shippers improving their internal processes to enable drivers to pick up, transport, and deliver freight more efficiently. Derek J. Leathers, president and CEO of truckload and logistics companyWerner Enterprises Inc., explained during a breakout session that the impact of the year-long rise in freight rates could be mitigated if shippers examined how their freight flows between themselves and their carriers. Truck rates have escalated since the fourth quarter of last year, as capacity has tightened while demand has picked up. Part of the blame falls on the shortage of qualified drivers. But Leathers said responsibility also lies with the lack of consistency in how, when, and where freight gets moved. Improving those processes will keep drivers more productive, and capacity more available, he added.

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Worcester Votes 2018

Voters in Worcester County on Tuesday, Nov. 6 have the opportunity to head to the polls for the midterm elections. Early voting in Massachusetts, which ends Friday, Nov. 2, allowed voters statewide to cast ballots ahead of time. For those who are waiting for Election Day, Worcester Magazine interviewed candidates in local races for District Attorney, 17th Worcester District State Rep., Registry of Deeds, 2nd Congressional, Governor’s Council and Clerk of Courts. All candidates in these races were invited to take part. (Note: Jen Caissie, incumbent Republican member of the Governor’s Council, and Paul Fullen, Republican candidate for 17th Worcester state representative, did not participate.) Find out about the candidates as part of our election coverage: Worcester Votes 2018.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

DA Joe Early Jr. running for fourth term

For much of the year, the Alli Bibaud case dominated news headlines, and incumbent District Attorney Joe Early Jr. was smack in the middle of a controversy over the changing of her arrest report. He has denied calling for the report to be altered, even when an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office appeared to suggest, if not directly, Early nudged former State Police Col. Rich McKeon in that direction.

“Col. McKeon did not say [I told him to alter the report],” Early said recently, adding earlier reports that he had said police reports are routinely changed were inaccurate. “We impound documents, redact documents. It’s done as a matter of course to preserve the defendant’s right to a fair trial. We have an obligation to do just that.”

Alli Bibaud is the daughter of Dudley District Court Judge Tim Bibaud. She was arrested by State Police last year for operating under the influence. Her arrest report included comments she allegedly made of a sexual nature during her arrest. Early was referred to the state Ethics Commission as a result of the investigation and is the current subject of a lawsuit related to the Bibaud matter.

The 61-year-old Early, married with five children, faces a challenge in the Nov. 6 election from independent candidate Blake Rubin, a local attorney who once worked for him.

Early, a Democrat, said he came into office 11 years ago on a platform of preventing crime. He said he has made good on that promise.

“Eleven years ago, I said I was going to focus on crime reduction,” he said. “Eleven years ago, I said I’ll do more in juvenile court. We’ve done that. Eleven years ago, I said I’ll take the best and brightest prosecutors and put them in juvenile court, working with community partners … we’ve done that. Our juvenile crime is down 57 percent since I’ve gotten in.”

Violent crime is down, he said, noting there were no homicides by firearm in Worcester last year.

Early ticked off accomplishments such as establishing the first-ever nationally-accredited child advocacy center in Worcester County, the creation of an opioid task force, diversion programs aimed at offering alternatives to jail for some offenders, an unresolved homicide unit and a gang unit working to get “impact players” off the street.

While statistics show a rise in opioid-related deaths in Worcester County, Early said his task force has made inroads through public forums and educational programs in schools. He cited a Memorial Wall bearing photos and names of victims of opioid addiction that was added to the DA’s website “to show this disease has no boundaries.” He also touted grants that have led to pilot programs and the acquisition of Narcan for first-responders to help revive overdose victims.

Early talked about the importance of diversion programs for victims of drug addiction.

“At the end of the day,” he said, “one of the biggest things here is the stigma associated with the opioid issue … We’re looking to get treatment that’s not jail cells. Respect and dignity, not shame, humiliation and embarrassment.”

Early said his office is tough on violent crime, despite his opponent’s claims to the contrary. He addressed the case of Jorge Zambrano, a career criminal who was placed on probation and ended up murdering Auburn Police Officer Ron Tarentino Jr. in 2016.

“One of my young ADAs put him on probation. He violated probation four or four times. He could have been sentenced to jail for any one of those,” Early said. “I think we’re very, very tough on violent offenders, repeat offenders. I’ve made that a focus.”

– Walter Bird Jr.

Blake Rubin says it’s time for Joe to go

It has been his chief slogan on the campaign trail and in commercials in his first-time bid for the district attorney’s office: “It’s time for Joe to go.” Blake Rubin has taken direct aim at incumbent District Attorney Joe Early Jr. on a number of issues, perhaps most notably the latter’s involvement in the altering of an arrest report for the daughter of a local judge. Just don’t call him a one-issue challenger.

“Far from it,” the 52-year-old Rubin, a Worcester defense attorney who resides in Holden with his wife and three children, said.

Rubin said he is running because of what he sees as the politicalization of the DA’s office. The case of Alli Bibaud is the most egregious example, according to Rubin. Bibaud, the daughter of Dudley District Court Judge Tim Bibaud, was arrested by State Police last year on charges of operating under the influence. Her arrest report was subsequently ordered changed, and Early’s role in that, most notably through conversations with then-State Police Col. Rich McKeon, has been widely scrutinized. While he was cleared of criminal wrongdoing, he was referred to the Ethics Commission.

The case, said Rubin, who once worked for Early, has led to the erosion of trust in the DA’s office.

“I’m specifically referring to what I would characterize as unethical conduct, specifically his role in ordering the change to a police report of a young lady arrested for drunk driving, and for the attorney general finding that [Early] unethically acted in ordering the change of her police report, which he has not done for anyone else in 12 years. It is an example of unethical conduct, of special treatment,” Rubin said.

Early has consistently denied calling for Bibaud’s arrest report to be altered, which was almost immediately impounded from public view.

Another key issue, Rubin said, is his belief that the DA should have real experience in the courtroom. He said Early has tried very few cases, and that if elected he would continue to prosecute cases himself.

Third, Rubin said the DA’s office should focus on serious, violent crimes, and that offenders of less serious crimes should not be put on bail or sentenced to jail. Early, he said, has not been tough enough on repeat, violent offenders.

Rubin cited the case of Jorge Zambrano, who shot and killed Auburn Police Officer Ron Tarentino Jr. in May 2016. Zambrano, who had a lengthy criminal record, had appeared in court in February that year, and reportedly could have been jailed for violating probation because of another incident. He was not held. Rubin has seized on earlier comments by Early that jail was not working for Zambrano, although Early has since said an assistant district attorney should have asked for Zambrano to be held in custody prior to Tarentino’s murder. Zambrano was shot and killed by police not long after the shooting.

“If somebody’s committing violent crimes and they’ve been in prison, you know where they’re going? Back to prison,” Rubin said. “I take extreme issue with [Early’s] theory of prosecution.”

Rubin also says Early was slow in addressing the ongoing opioid crisis.The DA started a county-wide task force a few years ago, but his challenger cites statistics showing, while the statewide rate of opioid-related deaths has declined by 4 percent, Worcester County’s has increased by just as much.

“I think [Early] was asleep at the wheel as this crisis was beginning,” Rubin said, stressing he would pursue continued treatment of drug users, while prosecuting drug dealers. “He didn’t form [the task force] until around 2015. That was way too late to get involved in the opioid epidemic. The damage had already begun.”

– Walter Bird Jr.

REGISTER OF DEEDS

Kate Campanale eyes move from Statehouse to Registry of Deeds

Republican state Rep. Kate Campanale, 32, of Leicester, wants to modernize the Registry of Deeds and make it easier to navigate for customers while at the same time protecting home buyers against growing security problems like deed fraud.

One key improvement she has in mind is expanding the usability of the registry’s e-recording system by making it more easily searchable and including a mapping component using GIS technology. The mapping component, she said, would allow people to search for information kept in the registry the same way they would look up an address on Google Maps. That technology could be shared with cities and towns, allowing them access to the system as a form of local aid. By example, the town of Sutton has strong GIS mapping technology already, but other towns don’t have it at all. The registry could work with the state’s information technology staff to expand and streamline the technology for everyone.

The registry, she said, is a government service that should be working for the people, but too often, she said, the information is not easy enough to find.

“In the Legislature, we live and die by constituent services,” the current 17th Worcester District state representative said. “If we’re not servicing you we’re not going to get reelected. Government is there to help you and not the other way around.”

Campanale said she’s proud of her accomplishments in her four years as a state rep. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, she has had an active role in overseeing the state budget and how it’s allocated. Before her foray into public life, she worked as a business development coordinator for a Framingham-based construction company, managing million-dollar contracts and budgets.

Combined, the two experiences have given her experience in both managing an office and providing customer service, two important components of the register job.

Her opponent, Democrat and real estate lawyer Katie Toomey, has branded herself in the campaign as the most experienced and qualified candidate for the job, but Campanale contests that claim.

“This isn’t a courtroom,” she said. “[Toomey] has been talking about her experience as an attorney, and I think that’s a red herring. It’s not about being a customer at the registry, it’s about being on the other side and actually managing the office.”

The Registry of Deeds is a large office, at about 100 employees. If elected, Campanale said she understands that taking over an operation like that requires some tact.

A good manager knows that you’re not going in there to make all these changes overnight,” she said. “You go in, see what’s working and what isn’t.”

Along with expanding the online services the registry offers, Campanale would work to expand educational services for first-time homebuyers and about security problems like reverse mortgages and deed fraud. Senior citizens, she said, are particularly vulnerable to those crimes, and she said she’d focus on outreach in those communities. Campanale said she also wants to expand services for active military service members and veterans. She said she ran into a veteran on the campaign trail who lost his home in a foreclosure while actively serving overseas and had no idea where to turn.

“I think a big part of that is education and getting into the community so people know what the registry is there to do,” she said.

At the core, Campanale said she wants the job to help the registry respond to the ever-changing technological landscape of the 21st century.

“The registry is a very big responsibility. It has an enormous wealth of information and history there,” she said. “I really want to make sure that comes alive.”

– Bill Shaner

Kathryn Toomey eyes accessibility in run for election

One of the first people Kathryn Toomey spoke with after pulling papers to run for register of deeds in Worcester County — after her husband, of course — was At-Large Councilor Kate Toomey .

“I said, ‘Head’s up. I’m going to try to collect signatures,’” the 44-year-old attorney said. “She laughed and said, ‘Everybody’s been asking me if I’m going to run for register of deeds. I know what the office is, but I’m not a lawyer and I’m not in real estate.’”

Indeed, Kathryn Toomey and Kate Toomey are not one and the same, but voters can be forgiven if they get confused. Kate Toomey is a longtime city councilor whose name is easily recognizable in Worcester. Kathryn, or Katie, Toomey is a real estate lawyer with her own practice, who dabbles in stained glass as a personal hobby with husband Stephen Chad. She kept her maiden name because she had been practicing law for eight years before she got married.

To help ease potential confusion, Katie Toomey uses different colors on her campaign signs than Kate Toomey.

“I joke with Kate Toomey, I keep telling people we’re not the same,” Katie Toomey said. “A lot of people think I’m her daughter, so that makes things interesting.”

Katie Toomey, a Democrat, is running against Republican Kate Campanale – yes, another Kate – who had served as 17th Worcester District state representative. No matter who wins, the Registry of Deeds, which keeps real estate records for 55 cities and towns, is guaranteed to be run by a woman. The current registrar, Tom Vigliotti, has served since 1972.

For Katie Toomey, who resides in Worcester’s Quinsigamond Village, running for registrar is a way to continue her family’s legacy of public service. Her father, Dan Toomey, was a judge. She also believes she is the most qualified to serve, and said she believe it is necessary for the registrar to be a lawyer.

“I looked at the other two people who had announced their candidacy, and their credentials weren’t there,” Katie Toomey said of Campanale and Kevin Kuros, who Campanale defeated in the Democratic Primary. “I don’t necessarily want to practice law in Worcester County if the Registry of Deeds is going to tank. It’s important. I’m there three to four days a week. I know the nuts and bolts. To me, it just seems logical.”

Katie Toomey said she would focus on technology and accessibility as registrar.

“My goal would be to hold office hours and/or to have terminals in the bigger places around the county, where people could visit,” she said. “Once a month, for example, I’ll go to Gardner and hold office hours.”

She said she would work to educate people on issues such as deed fraud, which can happen when someone steals your identity.

While she said the registry has kept up with changing technology, Katie Toomey said she would work with to make the registry’s website more user-friendly. She suggested a pop-up chat box on the site during office hours to help engage directly with users.

Preferring to talk about her own qualifications, Katie Toomey, who said she has not yet decided what to do with her law practice should she win election, but said register would be her full-time job, acknowledged she does not understand why her opponent is running.

“She doesn’t have my qualifications,” Katie Toomey said. “I feel a job of this magnitude, overseeing [an office that deals with] documents, deeds, real estate properties, relationships with assessors’ offices, the overall handling of everything, should be with somebody with more qualifications … but I also think you need some life and work experience with management of all those things. That’s why I feel I’m more qualified.”

– Walter Bird Jr.

GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL

Paul DePalo: ‘Judges matter’

There hasn’t been a moment in recent memory, at least since the 1990s, when the judicial appointment process has been under such intense scrutiny. The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Senate hearings divided the nation and left trust in the process, and in the Senate, in peril.

But still, despite the focus, not much is known of the process by which state judges come into power, and while the Supreme Court takes on the biggest issues of the land, like abortion and corporate influence in elections, the State Supreme Judicial Court is no insignificant body. The court is largely the reason why the millionaire’s tax ballot question proposal, sometimes called the fair share amendment, died before it could come before voters. The judges on that court, as well as every other court in the state, are appointed by the Governor’s Council, an eight-person, elected body that vets judges appointed by the governor, as well as several other administrative positions.

It’s an important, but often-overlooked body in state politics. That’s why a big component of Paul DePalo’s campaign for a seal on the council has been voter education. Judges play a part in fixing systemic issues like the school to prison pipeline if the right judges are appointed, he said.

“Common sense and compassion, that’s what we need in our courts,” he said.

DePalo is running against incumbent Jen Caissie, a Southbridge lawyer and conservative Republican. DePalo, running as a Democrat, aims to bring a progressive view to the council, seeking out judges strong on criminal justice reform and human rights. DePalo is a former public school teacher, an education lawyer and worked to build alternative programs for at-risk teens.

DePalo is particularly focused on appointing judges with strong records on the issue of juvenile criminal justice reform.

“My big thing is that, having worked with kids caught up with the courts, I see what happens. It’s overwhelmingly disadvantaged kids, it’s kids who experienced very significant trauma in their childhood, it’s kids in our foster system who end up in our court system, and once you’re in there the consequences run up for kind of innocuous behavior,” he said. “It’s costing us a lot money, it’s destroying communities and families, and it’s setting up cycles of poverty.”

By contrast, DePalo feels his opponent supports a hardline view on crime.

“I’m a staunch believer in criminal justice reform, and the positions advocated by the incumbent ever since she was elected have been directly contrary to criminal justice reform – tough on crime, harsh sentencing, things like that,” he said.

He also criticized Caissie for practicing law in front of judges she voted to appoint, something DePalo said she routinely does. It raises a serious good governance issue, he said, and he vowed that, if elected, he would not practice law in front of judges he helped to appoint.

Caissie declined to be interviewed for our pre-election coverage.

DePalo points out that, amid a colossal shift on the U.S. Supreme Court toward a conservative majority, five of the seven Supreme Judicial Court members are Gov. Charlie Baker appointees, and if he wins another term, at least six will be, as one of the justices is scheduled for a mandatory retirement.

“Judges matter. Exclamation mark,” he said. “Judges matter on important issues. We see there’s big changes that just happened on the supreme court and that’s going tobe changes in U.S. jurisprudence, so on the state level we need to make sure we’re maintaining rights that the federal government may be turning its back on.”

– Bill Shaner

17TH WORCESTER DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE

LeBoeuf ‘focused on issues’ in state rep bid

David LeBoeuf, the Worcester man running as a staunch progressive in the 17th Worcester state rep. district, has focused his campaign on concrete issues and possible solutions.

Some of those problems, he said, are the education funding formula shortchanging Worcester and Leicester schools, the soaring price of health care costs and the struggle small businesses in the district have in succeeding. Through reform, the state Legislature can address all of that, he said.

Some of the policies he’s advocating for are universal pre-kindergarten services, legislation that protects consumers against rising insurance costs, and putting an end to the practice of large subsidies for large corporations, instead investing that money directly into communities.

All of those changes, LeBoeuf said, would directly benefit people in the district, comprised of Leicester and south Worcester. He’s chosen to focus on those tangible benefits, and not on partisan politics.

His opponent, Republican Paul Fullen of Leicester, has attacked LeBouef on multiple occasions, framing him as someone with dangerous, far-left ideas. The state Republican Committee has also entered the fray, sending out mailers of LeBoeuf holding a photoshopped sign reading “criminal illegal aliens welcome.”

Fullen declined to participate in Worcester Magazine’s election coverage.

“My campaign has been about listening to people,” he said. “We haven’t gone into the gutter, using tactics to divide people. We’ve focused on issues.”

There is one point, however, on which LeBoeuf is willing to criticize his opponent. By his count, Fullen has skipped five candidates forums and debates since participating in one before the state Primary Elections.

“I debated an empty chair last week,” he said of a forum held at the Worcester Youth Center which Fullen did not show up to.

LeBoeuf grew up in Worcester, went to school in Boston, and worked in Houston and Puerto Rico before returning to Worcester.

“I grew up here,” he said, “and I was told you’ll never amount to anything if you don’t leave the city, and I didn’t buy that.”

If elected, LeBoeuf’s first priority would be collaborating to address the school funding formula, which shortchanges Worcester to the tune of about $70 million annually and forces Leicester to pass budget overrides. The formula is damaging for both large urban school systems and rural ones.

“It’s not fair to us because we’re on a different side of the highway than people in Boston.”

Another top priority is a health care issue called the “Medicare cliff,” a quirk in the law that can drastically increase the cost of prescription drugs for people once they hit a certain age. Le-Boeuf would push for a small state investment that would allow access to more federal money to alleviate the problem.

On the small business development front, LeBoeuf wants to see a central online resource for small business owners to help them navigate government and stay in compliance. He would also work to secure more storefront improvement grants for the district, to help businesses make capital investments in property aesthetic they wouldn’t be able to otherwise.

“I would rather support a Barrows Hardware any day over a [General Electric],” he said.

Fullen and others have framed LeBoeuf’s candidacy as a tax-and-spend approach to government. But LeBoeuf feels that’s not accurate.

“It’s not about taxing and spending, it’s about allocating our priorities in a way that affects working people,” he said. “I would rather be investing my time in increasing small business technical services than investing in large tech companies.”

– Bill Shaner

CLERK OF COURTS

Dennis McManus vies for third term

The clerk of courts is not necessarily the race that’s going to bring people out on election day, and incumbent Dennis McManus is the first to admit it.

“It’s a down ballot race, is how I would describe it,” he said. “Not too many people know about this position, and that’s sort of how it’s always been.”

He likened the position to that of an offensive lineman in football.

“The only time you hear about an offensive lineman is when they get a penalty. That’s when you’re going to hear their name,” said McManus, a Democrat who faces a challenge this year from Republican Joanne Powell. “So if you mess up, you’re going to hear about them. I’m proud to say our office hasn’t messed up, so you haven’t been hearing about us.”

It’s an office, he said, where messing up can have huge ramifications, especially on the criminal side. Botched record keeping could affect the outcome of cases for serious crimes, like rape or murder. Partly, that’s why McManus is running for re-election. He sees himself as a manager who has guided the office with a steady hand.

But in the two six-year terms he has served in the office, McManus is proud of what he has accomplished. The office has expanded from running five courtrooms to seven, implemented a system to digitally track cases and assign them by priority and improved office diversity. The office was 10 percent people of color when he took over. Now, he said, it’s closer to 25 percent.

He’s proud of the people he has hired and he believes his office has a great rapport with the local attorneys who often frequent the front desk, he said. His office received an “A” rating from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

In short, he said, things are going well. The sentiment is reflected in the large billboard ads he’s taken out along Route 146 and elsewhere reading “Keep Calm and Vote McManus.”

McManus, a Suffolk University Law School graduate, previously worked as an assistant district attorney in Worcester County and ran his own law office, practicing in superior court.

If elected, McManus is eyeing several improvements over the next term. The balance between automation of court records and interpersonal relationships with attorneys will be a tough one to strike. He wants to see more of the office processes automated and put online, but there are considerations of security with people’s private information that must be taken to account, so he would like to see any push toward automation done carefully and deliberately.

He also wants to keep hiring to build a strong, diverse office. His last three hires were strong women with 60-plus years of combined legal experience, and before that, two who weren’t attorneys but worked their way up through the office for 20 years.

“I think that’s an important mix to have in an office,” he said, “people who have worked their way up and people coming from the outside in.”

Given his experience, McManus believes he is the right person to continue setting the course for the office.

“I have a track record of running a great office and I want to continue doing that,” he said. “I did practice law before taking the position. I’m a former assistant district attorney, I had cases throughout Worcester County. I know what it’s like, I’ve been there.”

– Bill Shaner

Joanne Powell stresses technology

Joanne Powell wants to be part of history in this election.

There is a chance, the married mother of five from Charlton said, for women to hold four of the six county-wide offices after the Nov. 6 election. At least one of the positions, register of deeds, is guaranteed to have a woman in charge, with Democrat Katie Toomey and Republican Kate Campanale on the ballot. There is already a woman, Stephanie Fattman, serving as register of probate, and Jen Caissie, who has a challenger this year in Paul DePalo, is the incumbent seventh district representative on the Governor’s Council.

“I think it’s a really critical year,” said Powell, who is currently the head administrative assistant in Probate and Family Court. “There are a lot of strong women. We’ll be making history.”

Powell, a Republican, is challenging incumbent Democratic Clerk of Courts Dennis McManus, who was first elected in 2006 after serving on the Governor’s Council. She said she wants to make use of new technology in the clerk’s office.

“There’s not even a basic website,” she said, adding while Trial Court is the umbrella for all employees in Massachusetts courts, the individual courts have latitude in how they’re run.

“Boston has all these tools you can use to make things quicker, more efficient and up to date,” Powell said. “I will make sure those are all brought to Worcester to get cases processed quicker.”

She said she would emphasize tracking time, noting state law requires cases be completed within 18 months.

“Many cases [in Worcester] have gone on a good three, four, to five years,” Powell said. “I would address that. It’s up to the clerk to keep everything moving. That’s what you’ve got to do.”

Among the improvements in technology she said she would make involve scanners.

“Right now,” Powell said, “you can have a trial, and scan the evidence right then, and it’s up on a screen for trial. We have it in one courtroom, and we have four criminal trial courts going on at any one time. So that should be in every courtroom.”

Without mentioning specifics, she said it was “my understanding the evidence room could be updated” as well.

While in Probate and Family Court, Powell said she helped digitalize the payroll process, which she said was being done manually by an employee earning more than $100,000 a year. According to Powell, the change reduced the amount of time devoted to that task from 25-30 hours a week to “a couple hours a week.”

Powell, a former Dudley-Charlton School Committee member who has previously worked in the district attorney’s office, serves on the DA’s opioid task force and was a tax examiner for the state Department of Revenue, said Probate and Family Court was able to return more than $2 million of $3 million belonging to more than 400 families that had been in escrow accounts.

“We’re working on getting rid of that down to nothing,” Powell said.

A self-described “extremely hands-on manager and campaigner” whose advertisements can be seen on Worcester Regional Transit Authority buses, Powell said she believes she is the best choice for clerk of courts.

“I know the court system better than any other candidate,” she said. “It’s all under Trial Court, it’s the same system. There’ll be no learning curve, just different types of cases. Obviously, these are major cases I’ll be going to, so a little more in-depth, things like that. It’s managing people. It’s non-political. You just want folks to do the job. I will be going to work every day.”

– Walter Bird Jr.

2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Tracy Lovvorn says she will reach across aisle in Congress

It’s been a while since Congressman Jim McGovern had a challenger in the general election. You have to go back nearly a decade, to 2010, before the seat was redistricted from District 3 to District 2, to find his last challenger. Before that, his last opponent came in 2004. McGovern has held the congressional seat for a long time, over 20 years, with little opposition. The opposition he has faced, he has crushed. In his closest election as an incumbent, he took 56.6 percent of the vote.

Now, in comes Tracy Lovvorn, a Grafton Republican running on the need for term limits and the damage that entrenched political in-fighting in Washington D.C. has wrought on the rest of the country. At debates and public appearances, she has needled McGovern as being among the more hyper partisan Democrats in Congress, and blamed him for the dysfunction that has prevented meaningful action on health care or immigration issues.

“McGovern talks so much about issues that are very important, which stir a lot of passion talking about equality and ending hunger and health care, a lot about immigration. But look at his record, he’s never initiated anything on those topics,” said Lovvorn, a 46-year-old married mother of two boys.

The owner of a small business, Evolution Physical Therapy in Grafton, Lovvorn often points to the number of bills McGovern authored that have passed into law. Only eight, she said, and six are renaming federal buildings.

Instead, she said she will reach across the aisle and work with representatives willing to cast aside party lines to get things done.

Lately, her campaign has headed into conspiratorial territory. In a post to her official campaign Facebook page, Lovvorn called on supporters to report McGovern to the FBI for possible ties to the migrant caravan making its way through South and Central America. McGovern visited Honduras and El Salvador in August, she said, so McGovern either didn’t know about the caravan, which proved “irresponsible negligence,” or did know and didn’t stop it, which proves “something far worse.” She also said in the post the timing of the caravan ahead of the midterm elections was no a coincidence.

In an interview with Worcester Magazine after the post, Lovvorn doubled down on the charges that McGovern may have been involved and the caravan could be a tool of the Democratic party to damage the GOP ahead of the midterm elections.

“If they make it to the border and all of a sudden we have to have a military blockade against women and children and poor refugees, that is going to be a terrible narrative against our current administration,” she said. “If it’s a coincidence, it’s a coincidence, but I don’t see it.”

On the issue of immigration, Lovvorn wants to see reform that makes the legal process easier while tamping down on illegal immigration. She wants to end the visa lottery system, replacing it with a merit-based system, and end the policy sometimes called “chain migration,” which allows family members an easier path to joining loved ones in the United States.

But her top priority if elected would be childhood health and safety. The nation, she said, is faced with increasing suicide rates, anxiety, obesity and drug addictions among youth.

“They are shooting each other with guns, they are shooting themselves up with heroin,” she said.

Lovvorn is calling on Congress to take efficient and effective action to help children. Part of that is health care. She wants to see action taken to lower health care costs, but forcing insurance companies to compete for customers across state lines, expand the use of health savings accounts and expanding tax deductions for private health care plans.

– Bill Shaner

McGovern seeks 12th term in U.S. Congress

Jim McGovern has been accused of heading a crime family in Worcester. The 11-term US congressman wears an incredulous look when it is brought up.

“I don’t even know what that means,” the Worcester Democrat said of the “McGovern Crime Family” label slapped on him by some critics. “People call you names because they think you’re effective. I’ve been in this business long enough to know I’m not universally loved. There are some people who don’t like my politics, and they’re frustrated I got elected and I continue to get elected. It is what it is. It’s part of this business. I’ve been called worse.”

Like his critics, McGovern, a vocal and unabashed opponent of President Donald Trump who leans decidedly left in his politics, is also frustrated, if for different reasons. The 58-year-old married father of two sees a country divided and, if he doesn’t hold him solely accountable, clearly points a finger in Trump’s direction.

“I’ve never in my life seen a president as polarizing as Donald Trump,” McGovern said. “He’s appealing to the worst instincts in people, which I find to be terribly troubling.”

McGovern who took office in 1997, faces a challenge in the Nov. 6 election from Republican Tracy Lovvorn. Having run unopposed in the last three elections, McGovern said he welcomes the challenge.

“I remember last time somebody criticized me on the radio for not having a challenger,” he said. “I said, ‘It’s really not my job to go out and find an opponent.’ But people deserve choices. I commend my opponent in this race for running. I think if she feels strongly, she ought to run.”

McGovern has gained strong support among liberals for his advocacy of causes such as income and racial equality, food security and the environment. Ranked as one of the most liberal members of Congress, he has weathered criticism from the right who, among other things, disagree with his stances on immigration, healthcare and other social issues.

“I feel very strongly about my beliefs,” McGovern said. “I believe everybody should have good-quality healthcare, that everybody who wants to go to college should have the means to go. I believe we ought to protect our environment. I feel we ought to end hunger in America. I believe in dynamic and efficient government, not wasteful government, but I think government can help lift people up. I don’t shy away from that.”

With a chance for Democrats to win back the House in the election, McGovern said decency needs to be returned to government.

“I said to our leadership before we left for recess, ‘If we’re lucky enough to win the House back, chances are there will still be a Republican Senate and Trump will be in the White House. We’ll be limited in what we can do. But one thing we can do is we can run this place like professionals and restore some integrity to the institution of Congress,’” McGovern said.

Locally, while some have accused US Sen. Liz Warren of ignoring Massachusetts and focusing on a likely 2020 presidential campaign, McGovern’s fingerprints are all over Worcester. From Union Station, to the growth of Gateway Park, the revitalization of the Gardner, Kilby and Hammond streets area of Main South, the resurgence of the Worcester Regional Airport and more, McGovern has been credited for pumping federal money into a city now gaining statewide and national recognition.

“I am proud of the progress we’ve made here,” he said. “We’re not finished. We’ve got a lot more to do, but when you walk around this city today there’s lots of excitement. I feel very strongly that success breeds success, and that attitude, and whether people believe in what’s possible, I think that’s an important factor as well.”

– Walter Bird Jr.

School Search: Pasco’s choice options include STEM, IB, Cambridge, career academies

The Pasco County school system offers an array of choice programs for families who want to venture beyond their zoned school, with options that include STEM magnet schools, the academically rigorous International Baccalaureate and Cambridge programs, and a variety of career academies.

Online applications for the 2019-20 academic year will be accepted in December for middle and high school programs, and in January for elementary school programs.

For more information on these programs, visit the school district’s school choice page at pasco.k12.fl.us/ed_choice. And check there in December for information on how to complete an online application.

Here is a look at the programs:

AP Capstone

This diploma program from the College Board is based on two year-long Advanced Placement courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Rather than teaching subject-specific content, these courses develop students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting. Students who complete the two-year program can earn one of two different AP Capstone awards, which are valued by colleges across the United States and around the world. The program can help students stand out on college applications, become more confident and independent thinkers and receive college credit.

AP Capstone is available at the following Pasco County high schools: Sunlake, Mitchell, Wiregrass Ranch, River Ridge and Wesley Chapel.

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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

This program is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. It teaches skills and behaviors for academic success, provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships, creates a positive peer group for students, and develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination. AVID transforms students into hard working, college-ready candidates who confront challenges head-on. In secondary schools, the AVID elective targets students with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.

AVID is available at four elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools. For a list and more information, visit pasco.k12.fl.us/ed_choice.

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Cambridge program

For more than 170 years, the University of Cambridge in England has been setting worldwide curriculum standards through their examinations. The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) is an innovative and accelerated method of academic study offered solely through the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). The program offers an advanced, rigorous, hands-on curriculum that gives students the opportunity to graduate with college credit. The program, available at five schools, seeks students with A and B averages as well as good attendance and behavior.

• San Antonio Elementary

32416 Darby Road, Dade City

saes.pasco.k12.fl.us

(352) 524-5300

Applicants will be contacted by the school with more information regarding the writing sample that must be completed. All kindergarten students participate in the Cambridge program, but incoming kindergarten students who live outside of the school’s attendance boundary must apply using the Pasco Pathways Application.

• Pasco Middle

13925 14th St., Dade City

pms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(352)-524-8400

• Paul R. Smith Middle

1410 Sweetbriar Drive, Holiday

prsms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 246-3200

• Anclote High

1540 Sweetbriar Dr., Holiday

ahs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 246-3000

• Pasco High

36850 State Road 52, Dade City

phs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(352) 524-5500

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Career programs

These schools within schools, part of Pasco’s Career Pathways program, offer students a chance to gain knowledge and skills that could improve their employability after graduation. Students who want to attend a career academy that is not at their zoned school must contact that program and apply there. After that, they must file a school choice application in December. Some academies may be at capacity and not able to take on more students. For academies marked with an asterisk (*), contact the school for program details.

• Anclote High

1540 Sweetbriar Dr., Holiday

ahs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 246-3000

Academy of Health: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health care field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities. Course topics include anatomy, physiology, health science foundations and nursing assistant.

• Cypress Creek Middle High

8701 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel

ccmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 346-4400

Academy of Business Management*

Academy of Criminal Justice*

Academy of Engineering*

• Fivay High

12115 Chicago Ave., Hudson

fhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 246-4000

Academy of Health and Emergency Services: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health occupations field. Participating students receive industry certifications, participate in clinical training opportunities.

Academy of Criminal Justice: Teaches skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the law, public safety and security.

• Gulf High

5355 School Road, New Port Richey

ghs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-3300

Academy of Health: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health occupations field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities.

Academy of Gaming, Simulation and Design: Working with the latest technologies, students will encounter the fast-paced world of computer games, 3D and animation, designing and developing game concepts and assets. A production-focused environment brings theory and practice together, with students able to use their ideas to develop working games and prototypes.

• Hudson High

14410 Cobra Way, Hudson

hhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-4200

Academy of Aeronautics-Aviation: The academy’s mission is to create a strong, rigorous, seamless aerospace and aviation learning continuum aligned to higher education and the workforce.

Academy of Veterinary Assisting: The academy’s mission is to educate students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in the animal industry. Students may be eligible for Gold Seal/Bright Futures scholarships.

• Land O’ Lakes High

20325 Gator Lane, Land O’ Lakes

lolhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-9400

Academy of Culinary Arts: Students develop career skills in basic food preparation, personal productivity, safety and sanitary work procedures, commercial tools and equipment, nutrition and work ethic.

Academy of Agritechnology: Prepares students for further education and careers in agriculture, food and natural resources.

• J.W. Mitchell High

2323 Little Road, New Port Richey

jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-9200

Academy of Business Management: Program of study includes business administration and technology courses. Emphasis is placed on developing leadership qualities, management strategies, critical thinking skills and effective communication skills.

Academy for the Medical Arts: Prepares students for employment or post-secondary training in the health care field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities.

• Pasco High

36850 State Road 52, Dade City

phs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(352) 524-5500

Academy of Health: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health care field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities.

Academy of Building Construction Technology: Builds a collaborative environment for students through partnerships with employers, the community and higher education. Students study technical design and electricity.

• River Ridge High

11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey

rrhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-7200

Academy of New Media and Communication: Offers an advanced look at how social networking, mobile communications, interactive media and multimedia reporting can be most effectively used in news organizations. Students also learn the logistics of reporting for electronic media and receive extensive experience in the technical side of video production, photography and digital publishing.

Academy of Engineering: Introduces students to the scope, rigor and field of engineering. They explore engineering technology systems and learn how engineers use math, science and technology to benefit people. Students who complete the program are eligible for Gold Seal/Bright Futures scholarships.

Academy of Teaching*

Academy of Business Management and Analysis*

Fine Arts and Musical Entertainment Academy*

• River Ridge Middle

11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey

rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-7000

Academy of Engineering: Provides an advanced rigorous and relevant curriculum in science, technology, engineering and math.

• Sunlake High

3023 Sunlake Blvd., Land O’Lakes

slhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 346-1000

Academy of Aeronautics and Aviation: Provides a rigorous, aerospace and aviation learning continuum aligned to higher education and the workforce.

Academy of Finance: Introduces students to the broad career opportunities in the financial services industry. Students receive a well-rounded education in general business and finance principles, employability skills, and on-the-job training.

Academy of Robotics: The study of robotics captures all four legs of STEM while a competitive environment increases motivation and desire to succeed. Students study areas including foundations of robotics, robotics design essentials and robotics systems.

Academy of Health: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health care field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities.

• Wesley Chapel High

30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel

wchs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-8700

Academy of Digital Video Production: Students learn practical skills in recording and editing video.

Academy of Automotive Technology: Prepares students for further education and careers in automotive technology and consists of four required areas of study for program certification: suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, and engine performance. Students who complete the program are eligible for Gold Seal/Bright Futures scholarships.

• Wiregrass Ranch High

2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel

wrhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 346-6000

Academy of Medical Professions: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health care field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities.

• Zephyrhills High

6335 12th St., Zephyrhills

zhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-6100

Academy of Aeronautics/Aviation: Provides a rigorous, seamless aerospace and aviation learning continuum aligned to higher education and the workforce.

Academy of Criminal Justice*

Academy of Health: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health care field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities.

Academy of Building Construction Technology*

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International Baccalaureate programs

The IB program focuses on developing students’ strengths academically and as caring global citizens. Students are encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning. Many who graduate with IB diplomas go onto do well in college. The program is available in different levels at four schools.

• Pine View Elementary

5333 Parkway Blvd., Land O’Lakes

Pves.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-0600.

The Primary Years Programme offered through the IB Organization provides an engaging and challenging curriculum for students in kindergarten through grade 5, including Spanish instruction. All students who live in the attendance boundary for Pine View Elementary participate in the program.

• Pine View Middle School

5334 Parkway Blvd., Land O’Lakes

Pvms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-4800

All students who live in the attendance boundary for Pine View Middle participate in the IB Middle Years Programme. Students from outside of the boundary who want to attend must complete the Pasco Pathways Application.

• Gulf High

5355 School Road, New Port Richey

ghs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-3300

• Land O’ Lakes High

20325 Gator Lane, Land O’ Lakes

lolhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-9400

The IB program at Gulf and Land O’ Lakes high schools offers high-achieving, high-performing students an opportunity to pursue a rigorous program of study that can earn them college credit and result in a full Florida Bright Futures scholarship. Separately, the IB career-related program at Gulf High can lead to apprenticeships or employment after high school. Students must apply using the Pasco Pathways Application. Requirements include Algebra 1 completion in middle school, a 3.0 GPA, proficiency on writing and math samples, above-average performance in core classes and state tests, and a clear school behavior and citizenship history. Applicants will be reviewed holistically, so an applicant who doesn’t meet all criteria should not be discouraged from applying.

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Infinity Academy

Teachers and students work together to create an educational plan tailored to each student’s needs and areas of interest. Students can work individually, in pairs or in larger groups, or with teachers. Each student is a part of a house with a leadership team and mentors, and each will receive his or her own laptop computer to take home. Students have the freedom to work ahead and explore topics of interest. But they will also follow a pacing guide and meet individually with teachers weekly to discuss progress. The ideal Infinity Academy candidate is motivated, independent and ready to learn.

• R. B. Stewart Middle School

38505 Tenth Ave., Zephyrhills

rbsms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-6500

• Paul R. Smith Middle School

1410 Sweetbriar Drive, Holiday

prsms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 246-3200

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Pasco eSchool

Available to all students in grades K-12. For students in grades K-5, Pasco eSchool offers free enrollment in a full-year program that features innovative curricula. Students and learning guides receive instruction from teachers who use the latest technology. Students from sixth through 12th grades may enroll part- or full-time. Any public school, private school, charter school, or home education student located in Pasco County is eligible to apply.

15144 Shady Hills Road, Spring Hill

eschool.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 346.1900

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STEM programs (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics)

The program at Bayonet Point and Centennial middle schools is designed for inquisitive students who enjoy exploring and learning. It integrates an advanced STEM curriculum to ensure that students develop a strong, diverse foundation. Teachers provide a variety of learning activities, including whole­ group and small group lessons, and activities in which students will engage in individually, in pairs, and in groups. Some activities will involve computers, others will not. Teachers act as facilitators of learning, tracking each student’s progress to ensure they receive what they need. All Bayonet Point and Centennial students who live in the schools’ attendance boundaries participate in the magnet theme. Those who live outside the boundaries must apply using the Pasco Pathways Application process.

• Bayonet Point Middle

11125 Little Road, New Port Richey

bpms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-7400

• Centennial Middle

38505 Centennial Road, Dade City

cenms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(352) 524-9700

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STEAM programs (Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)

This program at Sanders Memorial Elementary adds an “A” for the arts to the STEM magnet, ensuring that students develop the creativity and critical thinking skills necessary to flourish in all fields. In addition to the arts, the program integrates STEM subjects into the entire curriculum to ensure a strong, diverse foundation for students. Students must apply through the Pasco Pathways application process.

• Sanders Memorial Elementary

5126 School Road, Land O’Lakes

smes.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-1500

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Technical education

Wendell Krinn Technical High, along with Marchman Technical College, provides students in West Pasco access to 14 technical education programs, including auto collision/repair, biomedical sciences, commercial art, computer systems, cosmetology, culinary arts, cybersecurity, digital cinema, electricity, HVAC, marine service, robotics and welding. In addition, Wendell Krinn students have access to more dual enrollment courses on campus through Pasco-Hernando State College than any other high school in Pasco County. Students must meet eligibility criteria and must apply through the Pasco Pathways application process.

• Wendell Krinn Technical High School

7650 Orchid Lake Road, New Port Richey

wkths.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-3900

School Search 2018: Pinellas options include magnets, academies, fundamentals

The Pinellas County school system offers nearly 80 special programs for families who want to venture beyond their zoned school, with options that include magnets, fundamental schools and high school career academies. The complete list for the 2019-20 school year is below.

Programs marked with an asterisk have entrance criteria; call the schools for details. Discovery Nights, which offer a chance for students and parents to see the school and meet the staff, begin at 6 p.m. and typically last one to two hours.

For more information, including details on application areas, school bus service and entrance criteria, visit pcsb.org/choice.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The arts

Center for the Arts and International Studies

Students at Perkins explore other cultures through vocal and instrumental music, theater, art and dance. All students have Spanish courses and the facilities include three visual arts classrooms, four music rooms, a 250-seat theater and a dance studio. Students given priority when applying to the arts magnet at John Hopkins Middle. (Applications from South of Ulmerton Road only.)

• Perkins Elementary, 2205 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/perkins-es; (727) 893-2659

Discovery Night: Dec. 11

Center for Cultural Arts

Students participate in a creative, integrated art-themed K-5 program that connects academic curriculum with the visual and performing arts. A vibrant local arts culture provides opportunities for a variety of field trips. Students receive two art classes, two music classes, and a creative makerspace experience each week. Students in the cultural arts program also have access to the gifted teaching strategies used in a separate gifted magnet at Midtown Academy. In addition, they will be given priority when applying to the Center for the Arts, Journalism and Multimedia at John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted from South County only.)

• Midtown Academy, 1701 10th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/midtown; (727) 893-1358

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

Conservatory for the Arts (New)

Students receive 60 minutes of daily arts instruction. Music, theater, storytelling, dance, movement and the visual arts deepen understanding, critical thinking and problem solving. The arts also allow students to make interdisciplinary curriculum connections and demonstrate knowledge. Community partnerships include Ruth Eckerd Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Artz4Life and Clearwater Arts Alliance. Students given priority when applying to Tarpon Springs Middle.

• Sandy Lane Elementary, 1360 Sandy Lane, Clearwater; pcsb.org/sandylane-es; (727) 469-5974

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Fundamental schools

Fundamental schools provide a structured environment and a “back-to-basics” approach focusing on student responsibility and self-discipline. There is daily homework and a dress code that exceeds that of the school district. Parents are required to attend conferences, monthly meetings and certain school activities as determined by the principal. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary, 5900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/bayvista-es; (727) 893-2335

Discovery Night: Nov. 27

• Curtis Fundamental Elementary, 531 Beltrees St., Dunedin; pcsb.org/curtis-es; (727) 738-6483

Discovery Night: Nov. 15

• Lakeview Fundamental Elementary, 2229 25th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakeview-es; (727) 893-2139

Discovery Night: Nov. 7

• Madeira Beach Fundamental Elementary (K-5), 591 Tom Stuart Causeway, Madeira Beach; pcsb.org/mb-ms; (727) 547-7838

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

• Pasadena Fundamental Elementary, 95 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/pasadena-es

(727) 893-2646

Discovery Night: Dec. 13

• Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary, 400 E Harrison St., Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarponfund-es; (727) 943-5508

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

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Gifted programs

The Centers for Gifted Studies offer full-time gifted services to eligible students in grades 1-5. Advanced, integrated, accelerated gifted curriculum will be used daily with the Florida Gifted Frameworks as the foundation to provide daily gifted services. Special focus is placed on critical and creative thinking as well as social-emotional development. To be eligible, parents need to provide a copy of the qualifying IQ scores and a copy of the psychological report or a copy of their active Educational Plan to the school by Jan. 25. Students who meet the eligibility criteria after the deadline may submit a late application.

• Ridgecrest Elementary,* 1901 119th St. N, Largo; pcsb.org/ridgecrest-es; (727) 588-3580

Ridgecrest has been deemed a School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America. It’s teachers have presented at state, national and international gifted conferences. Ridgecrest students are given priority when applying to Morgan Fitzgerald Middle. (Applications from the mid-county area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

• Midtown Academy,* 1701 10th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/midtown; (727) 893-1358

Students are a part of the cultural arts theme at Midtown Academy and experience two art, two music, and creative makerspace classes each week. Student are given priority when applying to Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle. (Applications from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

• North County Center for Gifted Studies* (New), 415 15th St., Palm Harbor; (727) 588-6088

Students at the North County Center for Gifted Studies will experience the schoolwide enrichment model where they will work weekly in interest-based groups with their peers to create original products. They are given priority when applying to Dunedin Highland Middle. (Applications from North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 18

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International studies

International Baccalaureate Primary Years program

This program is offered at James B. Sanderlin PK-8 and Mildred Helms IB World Schools. Its transdisciplinary approach focuses on stimulating curiosity and inquiry as students use a conceptual lens to build deeper understanding of real-world issues. Internationally-minded citizens are developed through the 10 attributes of the IB learner profile. Spanish, art, and PE further develop imagination, communication, creativity and original thinking as students become lifelong learners.

• James Sanderlin PK-8 IB World School, 2350 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/sanderlinib; (727) 552-1700

Students are given priority when applying to the Sanderlin Middle Years program and John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted countywide.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 5

• Mildred Helms Elementary IB World School

561 S Clearwater-Largo Road, Largo; pcsb.org/mildred-es; (727) 588-3569

Students are given priority when applying to Largo Middle. (Applications accepted from mid- and north county areas.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 28

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Journalism

Center for Journalism and Multimedia Studies

This program equips students with life skills that will serve them no matter what they pursue in the future. Students learn about the world by becoming confident writers, trained photographers, effective communicators and informed, involved citizens. Young journalists explore all aspects of the evolving media, including digital technology, and build confidence through seeing their work in print (four newspapers a year), on a daily TV show and on other platforms. Students are given priority when applying to John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Melrose Elementary, 1752 13th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/melrose-es; (727) 893-2175

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

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Montessori

Montessori Academy

Children explore through hands-on learning materials and understanding beyond memorization. Grace and courtesy lessons teach children to treat each other with respect. The program seeks to build character and a sense of responsibility to the school. Students are given priority when applying to John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted from the South County area only.)

• Gulfport Elementary, 2014 52nd St. S, Gulfport; pcsb.org/gulfport-es; (727) 893-2643

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

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STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology

This program seeks to increase student achievement and interest in science, technology and math. The program emphasizes hands-on activities in the school’s computer, science and Spanish labs, as well as in the on-site pond and gardens. Students are given priority when applying to Bay Point Middle. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Bay Point Elementary, 5800 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/baypoint-es; (727) 552-1449

Discovery Night: Dec. 12

Centers for Innovation and Digital Learning

The Centers for Innovation and Digital Learning program is offered at Gulf Beaches and Kings Highway elementary schools. The programs deliver a technology-rich environment with personalized learning and project-based approaches using SMART Boards, iPads, Mac laptops and Dell tablets. Students are engaged in interactive online activities and face-to-face lessons that encourage critical thinking. Families play an important role in their children’s learning and the use of technology in the school and at home. Students at both schools are given priority when applying to Tyrone Middle. (For information on transportation and who can apply, see the District Application Programs Guide at pcsb.org/choice.)

• Gulf Beaches Elementary, 8600 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/beaches-es; (727) 893-2630

Discovery Night: Dec. 20

• Kings Highway Elementary, 1715 Kings Highway, Clearwater; pcsb.org/kings-es; (727) 223-8949

Discovery Night: Nov. 6

Center for Mathematics and Engineering

This award-winning program offers a unique curriculum created by teachers. Students are provided opportunities to work in diverse teams completing design challenges and hands-on activities, which integrate math, science, reading, writing and social studies. Students conduct research, design solutions, construct models, test effectiveness, analyze results and communicate solutions. The STEAM focus is infused through a strong music and art program as well as a partnership with the Dali Museum. Students are given priority when applying to Azalea and Bay Point middle schools. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary, 1200 37th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/jamerson-es.; (727) 552-1703

Discovery Night: Nov. 13

MIDDLE SCHOOL

The arts and journalism

Center for International Studies in the Arts and Multimedia Journalism*

Students can focus on one of six areas – visual art, dance, instrumental music, theater, vocal music and multimedia journalism – or, if they live in the south county attendance area, they may apply to the school’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years program. Students participate in advanced or accelerated math, science, social studies or language arts courses, in addition to required elective courses which may include technology, world language, or the arts. Those in the arts receive instruction in their focus areas, while journalism students receive hands-on experience in producing news by exploring all aspects of evolving media, including digital technology. Students who attend the Center for the Arts and International Studies at Perkins Elementary or the Center for Journalism and Multimedia Studies at Melrose Elementary will be given priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• John Hopkins Middle, 701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/hopkins-ms; (727) 893-2400

Discovery Night: Oct. 30

Leadership Conservatory for the Arts*

This program encourages students to develop character and leadership skills in a high-level performing and visual arts program. The rigorous core academics are from the Pre-Advanced International Certificate of Education program developed by the University of Cambridge. Students from Sandy Lane Elementary are given priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the North County area only.)

• Tarpon Springs Middle, 501 N Florida Ave., Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-ms; (727) 943-5511

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Fundamental schools

Fundamental programs provide a structured environment and a “back-to-basics” approach focusing on student responsibility and self-discipline. There is daily homework and a dress code that exceeds that of the school district. Parents are required to attend conferences, monthly meetings and certain school activities as determined by the principal. Unlike other fundamental middle schools, Thurgood Marshall offers arterial bus service. Check with the school for more details. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Clearwater Fundamental Middle, 1660 Palmetto St., Clearwater; pcsb.org/clearwaterfund-ms; (727) 298-1609

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

• Madeira Beach Fundamental Middle, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway, Madeira Beach; pcsb.org/mb-ms; (727) 547-7697

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

• Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle, 3901 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/marshall-ms; (727) 552-1737

Discovery Night: Nov. 5

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Gifted programs

Middle School Centers for Gifted Studies*

All three middle school gifted centers are designed to deliver a challenging and detailed curriculum that promotes creativity, critical and complex thinking. Applicants must meet all state requirements for gifted placement and provide a copy of their individual educational plan upon request. Documentation of eligibility must be submitted to the schools before the application deadline. Students who meet eligibility criteria after the deadline may submit a late application.

• Dunedin Highland Middle, 70 Patricia Ave., Dunedin; pcsb.org/dunedin-ms; (727) 469-4112

Students from North County elementary schools will get priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

• Morgan Fitzgerald Middle, 6410 118th Ave. N, Largo; pcsb.org/fitzgerald-ms; (727) 547-4526

Students from Ridgecrest Elementary will get priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the mid-county application area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

• Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle, 3901 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/marshall-ms; (727) 552-1737

Students from Midtown Academy will get priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 5

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International studies

Cambridge Pre-Advanced International Certificate of Education*

This rigorous program is designed for academically talented students in grades 6-8. The curriculum is written and administered by the University of Cambridge in England. (Applications accepted from the midcounty area only.)

• Pinellas Park Middle, 6940 70th Ave. N, Pinellas Park; pcsb.org/pp-ms; (727) 545-6400

(Applications from mid-county area only)

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

• Tarpon Springs Middle, 501 N Florida Ave., Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-ms; (727) 943-5511

(Applications from North County area only)

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program*

Provides an intellectually challenging environment that encourages critical thinking. Through the 10 attributes of the IB learner profile, the program reflects real life by encouraging learning beyond traditional subjects with meaningful, in-depth inquiries into global issues. Students in the school’s Primary Years program get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• James B. Sanderlin PK-8 IB World School, 2350 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/sanderlinib; (727) 552-1700

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Candidate Schools*

John Hopkins and Largo middle schools are candidates for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) and are pursuing authorization as an IB World School. The program provides an intellectually challenging environment in which students are encouraged to become critical and reflective thinkers in preparation for success in college, careers and citizenship. Its interdisciplinary approach builds connections between subjects, and its global focus fosters the development of communication skills, intercultural understanding and leadership essentials.

• John Hopkins Middle, 701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/hopkins-ms; (727) 893-2400

(Applications accepted from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Oct. 30

• Largo Middle, 155 Eighth Ave. SE, Largo; pcsb.org/largo-ms; (727) 588-4600

(Applications accepted from north and mid-county areas only)

Discovery Night: Nov. 27

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STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Academy of Engineering

This program, offered at Azalea and East Lake middle schools, provides students with a curriculum from Project Lead the Way, which is designed to challenge and engage students’ natural curiosity through hands-on experiences and exciting units of study. Students use design process to creatively and critically explore real-world issues and solve problems.

• Azalea Middle, 7855 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/azalea-ms; (727) 893-2606

Students from Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary get priority when applying to the Azalea program. (Applications accepted from the south and mid-county areas only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 12

• East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering, 1200 Silver Eagle Drive, East Lake; pcsb.org/eastlake-ms; (727) 940-7624

(Applications accepted from the North County area only)

Discovery Night: Nov. 15

Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology*

CAST offers a rigorous academic program in which engineering is integrated through advanced math, science, world languages and technology classes. Many students participate in science, math and technology competitions. Students who attend Bay Point and Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. elementary schools get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Bay Point Middle, 2151 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/baypoint-ms; (727) 893-1153

Discovery Night: Nov. 28 (begins at 5:30 p.m.)

Center for Innovation and Digital Learning

The center focuses on gearing lessons to each student’s needs through project-based lessons, interactive online activities and face-to face lessons that encourage critical thinking. All students learn using electronic devices, and families play an important role in the use of technology both in the school and at home. Students who attend Gulf Beaches and Kings Highway elementary schools get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Tyrone Middle, 6421 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/tyrone-ms; (727) 893-1819

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

HIGH SCHOOL

The arts

Leadership Conservatory for the Arts*

This four-year program creates a discovery zone for developing musicians, dancers and artists, with a course of study that combines leadership skills, performing arts, rigorous academics and technology. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900

Discovery Night: Nov. 26

Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA)*

Students choose a focus on dance, technical production, instrumental music, musical theater, performance theater, visual arts or vocal music. Applicants must complete an audition. Through individual instruction, performances and exhibitions, students are trained to pursue an arts profession and/or continue their studies in college. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Gibbs High, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/gibbs-hs; (727) 893-5452

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

Academy of Entertainment Arts

This career and college preparatory academy is designed for students with an interest in the creative fields of cinematography, photography, graphic design, 3D animation, gaming production and digital music development. Courses are taught by instructors who have worked in the creative field. The students will produce real-world work while using industry standard equipment and may earn industry certifications in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Flash. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Dixie Hollins High, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/dixie-hs; (727) 547-7876, ext. 2097

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

Commercial and digital arts

This program is for creative, career-oriented students interested in taking their existing artistic skills to the next level. Tech High provides a working design studio environment for students to study the entire spectrum of digital art and graphic design. This includes use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software as well as studying many facets of advertising, illustration, art history, typography, branding and package design, outdoor ads, color theory, logos, posters, billboards, t-shirt design, illustration and more. Students will also create a digital portfolio and have multiple industry certification and internship opportunities. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Automotive

Automotive Manufacturing Technology Center

This program offers two tracks: automotive service technology and manufacturing and production. Academic and technical studies are integrated into all courses. The service technology track prepares students to work in the automotive repair industry, while the manufacturing and production track prepares them for careers in manufacturing industries. Students learn analytical, critical and creative thinking and use the latest technological resources. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

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Construction

Academy of Architecture, Robotics and Construction

Provides students with opportunities to develop real-world skills that can be applied to jobs in architecture, robotics and construction. In architectural design, students receive instruction in computer-assisted drawing and major design concepts. The robotics program gives students hands-on instruction in robots that perform a variety of functions. The construction program focuses on all aspects of building, including masonry, plumbing, carpentry and electrical operations. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Dunedin High, 1651 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin; pcsb.org/dunedin-hs; (727) 469-4100

Discovery Night: Nov. 28

Center for Construction Technologies

Students in grades 9 and 10 explore five aspects of the construction field in a hands-on environment – masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and HVAC. Students in grades 11 and 12 choose a construction major and spend part of their school day attending building construction classes at Pinellas Technical College St. Petersburg, where they can earn certification and pre-apprenticeship hours. (Applications accepted in the South County area only.)

• St. Petersburg High, 2501 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/stpete-hs; (727) 893-1842

Discovery Night: Dec. 11

Construction technology / electrical

The building and construction technology program lets students explore potential careers in construction, entrepreneurships and carpentry. Upon completion, students can enter the construction industry as carpentry helpers or first-year construction workers. Topics also include drywall work, plumbing, blueprints and masonry. The electricity program covers the basics of electricity and circuit wiring. Students will solve problems and develop projects while engaging in hands-on learning. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Culinary arts

The programs at Northeast and Dixie Hollins high schools provide students with hands-on training in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. Students will explore and study worldwide cultures while developing specialized skills in food identification, selection, purchasing and preparation. They also can get certified in culinary work.

Academy of Culinary Arts

(Applications accepted in the South County area only.)

• Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

Center for Culinary Arts

(Applications accepted in the mid-county area only.)

• Dixie Hollins High, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/dixie-hs; (727) 547-7876, ext. 2097

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy

In addition to preparing food, students learn about nutrition, marketing, the hospitality industry, restaurant designing, catering, and management. The program features an 11,600-square-foot facility with two teaching kitchens, 48 student cooking stations, a 50-seat teaching kitchen-auditorium, and a 100-seat dining room-restaurant. Upon graduation, students are prepared to pursue advanced culinary training or start careers in the field of food preparation and restaurant management. (Applications accepted from the North County area only.)

• Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900

Discovery Night: Nov. 26

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Education

Exploring Careers & Education in Leadership (ExCEL)

This program focuses on leadership development and career exploration through hands-on learning that students can later apply to real-world situations. Students learn through projects, career shadowing and other opportunities outside the classroom. They participate in honors or Advanced Placement courses in math, science, social studies or language arts, plus electives. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Largo High, 410 Missouri Ave., Largo; excel.pcsb.org; (727) 588-4622

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

Center for Education and Leadership

This program promotes teacher training opportunities and academic rigor by preparing students for academic and career areas requiring postsecondary education. Students will take teaching assisting courses for all four years of high school to explore and develop instructional delivery. They also will spend a minimum of 150 observation hours and participate in focused learning activities. Students may earn college credits as part of the program. (Applications accepted from the mid-county area only.)

• Seminole High, 8401 131st St. N, Seminole; pcsb.org/seminole-hs; (727) 547-7536

Discovery Night: Dec. 12

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Environmental

Academy for Aquatic Management Systems and Environmental Technology

Geared to students with a strong personal commitment to the study of environmental and marine sciences. Offers special training in ecology, environmental sciences, marine biology, agroponics, aquaculture and water resource conservation. The program features an on-campus, 2-acre outdoor classroom. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Lakewood High, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakewood-hs; (727) 893-2926

Discovery Night: Dec. 19

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Finance

Academy of Finance

Introduces students to the financial services industry, offering college preparatory courses in computers, economics, finance, insurance, accounting, banking and financial planning. Students work with mentors from the business community in job shadowing and internships, and they staff the on-campus Viking Branch, a real credit union sponsored by Achieva Credit Union. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

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Fundamental programs`

Fundamental programs provide a structured environment and a “back to basics” approach focusing on student responsibility and self-discipline. Parents are required to attend meetings each month and have regular communication with teachers. The curriculum is heavy on homework and there are high expectations for student behavior and cooperation. The dress code is more strict than at other high schools, and a system of demerits requires students to stay on task. (Applications for all three high school fundamental programs are accepted countywide. For details on transportation, visit pcsb.org/choice.

• Boca Ciega High (School-within-a-school program), 924 58th St. S, Gulfport; pcsb.org/bocaciega-hs; (727) 893-2780

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

• Dunedin High (School-within-a-school program), 1651 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin; pcsb.org/dunedin-hs; (727) 469-4100

Discovery Night: Nov. 28

• Osceola Fundamental High (Schoolwide program), 9751 98th St. N, Seminole; pcsb.org/osceola-hs; (727) 547-7717

Discovery Night: Nov. 5

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International studies

Cambridge Program – Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)*

Developed by Cambridge University, the AICE program offers a curriculum with a global perspective, preparing high school students for further education while offering them the opportunity to tailor their studies to their interests, skills and goals. College credit may be available for students who complete the program.

• Clearwater High, 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater; pcsb.org/clearwater-hs; (727) 298-1620. (Applications accepted from mid-county area only.)

Discovery Night: Oct. 29

• Dixie Hollins High, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/dixie-hs; (727) 547-7876. (Applications accepted from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

• Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900. (Applications accepted from North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 26

International Baccalaureate (IB) program*

The IB program provides a rigorous college preparatory, liberal arts curriculum. There are six areas of study – language (English), second language (Spanish or French), individuals and societies, experimental sciences, math and the arts. The core of the program is the Theory of Knowledge class, the Extended Essay and a community service component. College credit may be available for students who complete the program.

• Largo High, 410 Missouri Ave., Largo; pcsb.org/largo-hs

(727) 588-3758. (Applications accepted from the mid-county area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 7

• Palm Harbor University High, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor

Phuhs.org; (727) 669-1131. (Applications accepted from North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 27

• St. Petersburg High, 2501 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/stpete-hs; (727) 893-1842. (Applications accepted from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 3

Career Academy for International Culture & Commerce

Introduces students to international business with an emphasis on global studies and cultural diversity. Offers courses in information technology, business software applications, accounting, international finance and law. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Clearwater High, 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater; pcsb.org/clearwater-hs; (727) 298-1620

Discovery Night: Oct. 29

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Journalism

Center for Journalism and Multimedia

This program, known as CJAM, is designed for students with an interest in journalism and communications. Students focus on real-life journalism experiences, building skills in writing, photography, videography and design. Their work is published in the Spartan News Network newspaper and website. In 2018, SNN received the Silver Crown Award from the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Lakewood High, 1400 54th Ave.S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakewood-hs; (727) 893-2926

Discovery Night: Dec. 19

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Marine mechanics

The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as marine mechanics and is aligned to meet current industry needs. Students will learn skills in outboard, inboard and personal watercraft service as they navigate the marine repair industry. A marine electrical certification is available. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Medicine, public safety & law

Center for Wellness and Medical Professions*

Prepares students for careers in the medical field and helps them develop a commitment to personal wellness and the prevention of disease. Students have the opportunity to prepare for college or pursue entry-level medical and wellness jobs after high school. (See the District Application Programs Guide at pcsb.org/choice for information on how your home address affects which program you apply to.)

• Boca Ciega High, 924 58th St. S, Gulfport; pcsb.org/bocaciega-hs; (727) 893-2780

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

• Palm Harbor University High, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor; pcsb.org/phuhs; (727) 669-1131

Discovery Night: Nov. 27

Criminal Justice Academy*

This four-year program is for students focused on careers in law, law enforcement and related fields. Students learn about police operations, court and corrections procedures, civil law and crime scene investigations. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo; pcsb.org/CJA; (727) 538-7410

Discovery Night: Nov. 13

First Responders: National Guard Center for Emergency Management*

Instruction in this four-year program focuses on broad, transferable skills in the first responder fields. Students can earn certification in first aid, CPR, the use of automatic external defibrillators, Homeland Security and the National Incident Management System. After graduation, they will be ready to enter college or the workforce or continue their technical training. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo; pcsb.org/pp-hs; (727) 538-7410

Discovery Night: Dec. 10

Nursing

This program provides hands-on, real-world training and 40 clinical hours that can be applied to the 600 clinical hours required in the Licensed Practical Nursing program. Students can go on to nursing programs at Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida. Topics include anatomy and physiology, disease prevention, basic patient care and proper use of medical equipment. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Academy of Engineering

The format for this four-year program is provided by Project Lead the Way through Rochester Institute of Technology. It offers an introduction to engineering, aeronautical engineering, computer-integrated manufacturing, digital electronics, principles of biotechnology engineering, civil architecture, and engineering design and development. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• East Lake High, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, East Lake; pcsb.org/eastlake-hs; (727) 942-5419

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

Academy of Information Technology

Students will develop skills on how to use Microsoft Office, build a computer, program computers, and use Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro. Students apply image and web design principles and use the principles of cybersecurity with ethical hacking. There are 2 tracks: digital media technology, where students learn all the principles and basics of digital storytelling and work on the school TV program, and music technology and sound engineering, which gives students the opportunity to learn acoustics and develop skills in critical listening, recording and audio editing. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

Business Economics Technology Academy (BETA)*

This program blends business and technological skills with a hands-on curriculum that encourages critical thinking. Students can earn industry certification in their chosen pathway, including business supervision and management, digital media technology, digital design and programming for game simulation. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Gibbs High, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/gibbs-hs; (727) 893-5452

Discovery Night: Nov. 15

Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT)*

This college preparatory program prepares students for entry into engineering, medicine, science, multimedia, communications and computer science careers. Students experience hands-on projects with robotics, satellite communications and multimedia technologies. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Lakewood High, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakewood-hs; (727) 893-2926

Discovery Night: Dec. 19

Gaming simulation and programming

This program is project-based and focuses on game design, storyboarding, the business side of gaming, programming for single- and multi-user environments, and collaboration. Students will create several games, make digital career portfolios and enjoy classroom visits from industry professionals. Microsoft Tech Associate certifications are available. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (ISTEM)*

This program offers a technological and a scholar track, based on student academic profiles. The technological track prepares students for college majors in the IT field. Students focus on one of four strands: computer systems and information technology, game and simulation, web design or digital design. The scholar track integrates STEM into all academic courses, and students focus on one of three fields: cybersecurity, biotechnology or engineering technology. Students in either track have opportunities to earn college credit or industry certifications. (Applications from the North County area only.)

• Countryside High, 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater; pcsb.org/countryside-hs; (727) 725-7956

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

Veterinary Science Academy

Prepares students for careers in veterinary medicine, veterinary day care, grooming and agility, and veterinary technology. Students operate a doggy day care, groom animals and serve as surgical assistants to veterinarians during surgery in the on-campus surgical suite. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900

Discovery Night: Nov. 26

Veterinary sciences

Students work with live animals in a hands-on environment. This course also stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the veterinary assisting industry: planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety and environmental issues. Students who complete the program can sit for the Certified Veterinary Assistant test through the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave. N, Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

Faculty and Staff Notables

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College of Health Professions

Dr. Daniel Dale, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy, presented on two occasions at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Education Leadership Conference Oct. 12-14 in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Dale presented findings from a collaborative study with Georgia Baptist College of Nursing colleagues Fran Kamp, clinical associate professor of nursing, and Suzanne Applegate, clinical assistant professor of nursing, on “Assessing Collaboration, Communication, and Role Recognition in an Interprofessional Education Event in the ICU and Acute Care Environments.” Dr. Dale also presented “Engaging, Inspiring and Developing Physical Therapist Students into Leaders: A Call to Action.”

Dr. Deborah Wendland, associate professor of physical therapy, Dr. David Taylor, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy, and Dr. Jeannette Anderson, clinical associate professor of physical therapy, presented Oct. 12-14 at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Education Leadership Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. In partnership with physical therapists from the Piedmont Atlanta Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, they co-presented “From Take-off to Landing: Developing Future Practitioners for the Area of Integumentary Physical Therapy Practice through Collaborative Academic and Clinical Leadership.”

College of Education

Dr. William Lacefield, professor of mathematics education, Dr. Tonya Clarke, coordinator of mathematics for Clayton County Public Schools, and Sarah Gray, a graduate student at Mercer, presented “Fascinating Numbers: Using Enjoyment to Strengthen Number Sense and Confidence” at the annual conference of the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics held Oct. 17-19 at Rock Eagle Conference Center in Eatonton.

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Jonathan Addleton, adjunct professor of international and global studies, published a recollection on Afghanistan, titled “Bloody Week in Afghanistan Brings Back Memories of Never-Ending War,” Oct. 19 in Global Atlanta. Dr. Addleton also had an interview with Peter Bittner on Star TV as part of the ongoing weekly series “Talk to Me” posted Oct. 15 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Dr. Peter Brown, professor emeritus of philosophy, presented “Living Toward Death” at the Aging With Grace conference sponsored by the Seaside Institute Oct. 18-19 in Seaside, Florida. A copy of this presentation is posted on www.seasideinstitute.org.

Dr. David A. Davis, associate professor of English, received the Eudora Welty Prize for his book World War I and Southern Modernism.

Dr. John Marson Dunaway, professor emeritus of French and interdisciplinary studies, organized the 10th biennial Beloved Community Paired Clergy Unity Service Oct. 9 at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.

Dr. Sarah E. Gardner, Distinguished University Professor of History, participated on a panel on “Undead Histories: Spectral Anxiety, Fabricated Narratives, and Flesh-and-Blood Violence in the Nineteenth-Century South” at the British American Nineteenth Century History Conference at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Dr. Gardner also edited a series on recent fiction about slavery and the Civil War for the Journal of the Civil War Era’s blog “Muster.”

Dr. Jonathan Glance, professor and chair of English, presented a paper, titled “Calibrating the Scoundrels: Industries of Adaptation and Huston’s The Man Who Would Be King,” Sept. 27–28 at the annual conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies held in Amsterdam.

Dr. Joseph Keene, assistant professor of chemistry, presented “What Calorimetry Can Teach Us About Quantum Dots: A Tale of ITC” at the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals July 16-17 at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Dr. Sheng-Chiang “John” Lee, associate professor and chair of physics, conducted a QEP project that involved physics education in the Bibb County School District. He helped to develop a physics lab curriculum for high school physics courses using smartphones instead of expensive conventional lab equipment. Dr. Lee gave a presentation at Central High School to school district leaders and physics teachers in the county’s public high schools.

Dr. Matt Marone, associate professor of physics, presented “Ionic Liquid Facilitated Recovery of Metals and Oxygen from Regolith” at the Georgia Regional Astronomy Meeting Oct. 27 at Emory University. Dr. Marone also presented “Experiments in Ancient Chinese Science” at the South Atlantic Coast Sectional Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers meeting Oct. 13 at Clemson University.

Dr. Frank McNally, assistant professor of physics, successfully applied for Mercer’s membership in the IceCube Collaboration Sept. 24-29 in Stockholm. IceCube is a multi-messenger astronomy project located at the South Pole designed to detect high-energy neutrinos, near-massless and neutral particles coming from space. In 2013, IceCube became the first experiment ever to detect extrasolar neutrinos, opening up a new field of astronomy. As a member of the collaboration, Mercer joins more than 50 institutions in 12 countries, including Georgia Tech, MIT, UC Berkeley, UW-Madison and Yale. Dr. McNally’s research focuses on the study of charged particles from space (cosmic rays) as they hit the earth’s atmosphere, and his research students will now have access to collaboration resources, including many terabytes of data and simulation as well as computing clusters at UW-Madison and Georgia Tech.

Marian Zielinski, professor emerita of communication studies and theatre, won the second place award in the Fine Art – Fiber category at the Georgia National Fair in October for her piece, titled “Celestial Dwelling.” Another of her works, “Griffith and Broadway,” won a Georgia Artists for Art Fine Art Merit Award.

College of Pharmacy

Dr. Clint Canal, assistant professor, was named a grant reviewer for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) for Sept. 27-Nov. 8. Dr. Canal was also named a reviewer for Frontiers in Neurology for September and the Journal of Psychopharmacology for September and October.

Dr. Martin D’Souza, professor, was named guest editor for “Microparticles-based Vaccines,” a special edition of Vaccines, an international peer-reviewed open-access journal published quarterly online by MDPI in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. D’Souza also served as a grant reviewer for the CSR/SSI Anonymization Study with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for October, the NIH Cancer Immunopathology and Immunotherapy (CII), Cancer Biomarkers (CBSS) and Chemo/Dietary Prevention (CDP) study sections for October, the NIH National Cancer Institute Clinical and Translational Omnibus, Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group for October and the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR), Social Solutions International for September.

Dr. Nader Moniri, professor, and Dr. Kathryn Momary, associate professor, co-authored “Statin-associated Achilles tendon rupture and reproducible bilateral tendinopathy upon repeated exposure” in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Dr. Kathryn Momary, associate professor, was named a grant reviewer for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s New Investigator Award for September-October 2018.

Dr. Pamela Moye-Dickerson, clinical associate professor, was co-author of the committee report of the 2017-2018 Strategic Engagement Standing Committee published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Dr. Kevin Murnane, assistant professor, and Dr. Ajay Banga, professor, were co-authors of “Formulation and evaluation of 4-benzylpiperidine drug-in-adhesive matrix type transdermal patch” in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics.

Penfield College

Dr. Awatef A. Ben Ramadan, assistant professor of mathematics, science and informatics, was the first author of two published original articles in two peer-reviewed health informatics journals. The first article is titled “Estimates of Female Breast Cancer Mortality-to-Incidence Ratio (MIR) of the Counties and the Senatorial Districts Grouped to County Boundaries (SDGCs) in Missouri 2008 – 2012,” published in the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. The second article is titled “Improving Visualization of Female Breast Cancer Survival Estimates: Analysis Using Interactive Mapping Reports,” published in the Journal of Medicine Internet and Research – Public Health and Surveillance (JMIR-PH).

Dr. Caroline Brackette, associate professor of counseling, was featured as the scholar of the week for the Diversity Scholars Network (DSN) by the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. The network was founded in 2008 and is an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional community of scholars committed to advancing understandings of historical and contemporary social issues related to identity, difference, culture, representation, power, oppression and inequality as they occur and affect individuals, groups, communities and institutions.

Dr. Hani Q. Khoury, professor and coordinator of mathematics, presented “Citizenship through Mathematics and Science Education” Oct. 6 at the American University of Madaba in Jordan and “A Journey with Disability – A Personal Perspective” Oct. 10 at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. Dr. Khoury was invited by both institutions to deliver his talks. During his visit, Dr. Khoury was honored by various civic and educational institutions for his contributions to education and for his professional achievements as a person with disability.

Dr. David Purnell, professor of liberal studies, submitted “When friends are separated by miles: Using technology as a bridge over troubled times” in the International Review of Qualitative Research with an expected publication date of summer 2019. He submitted “Finding Our Fathers” in Qualitative Inquiry with an expected publication date of spring 2019. Dr. Purnell also submitted “Public Parks: Third Places or Places Eliciting Moral Panic?” in Qualitative Inquiry with an expected publication date of this winter. Dr. Purnell will serve as keynote speaker at the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Conference on Nov 3.

School of Business and Economics

Jody Blanke, Ernest L. Baskin Jr. Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Law, wrote “Top Ten Reasons to Be Optimistic About Privacy,” which was accepted for publication by the Idaho Law Review in the spring. Blanke was an invited panelist at Indiana University’s Ostrom Workshop on Smart Cities: Security, Privacy, and Governance Best Practice, where he spoke on a panel called “Governments, Data, and Society.” He was invited to become an external affiliate of Indiana University Bloomington’s Ostrom Workshops on both Data Management and Information Governance, and Cybersecurity and Internet Governance.

Dr. Elizabeth Chapman, associate professor of management, co-authored a blog post based on one of her papers that appeared on the London School of Economics website beginning Oct. 23. The post is about personal characteristics that impact happiness during and after retirement.

Dr. Antonio Saravia, associate professor of economics, was accepted to serve as associate editor for The Social Science Journal, a Q2 journal with a 1.00 ISI impact factor.

Dr. Briana Stenard, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, organized and presented a session, called “Love at First Sight: First Day of Class and First Impressions,” at the Academy of Management Teaching and Learning Conference Aug. 12 in Chicago. Dr. Stenard was accepted to, earned a scholarship and completed the Experiential Classroom Certification in Entrepreneurship Teaching from Sept. 20-23 at the University of Tampa. Dr. Stenard interviewed Becky Blalock Oct. 18 for Women’s Entrepreneurship Week. She also discussed her research for a webinar Oct. 19 for the Mistletoe Foundation, an organization that connects university scientists with startups. The webinar was titled “Scientists, Mismatch and Entrepreneurship: Surprise and Opportunity.” Macon-based economics faculty initiated a new colloquium series that brings together academics, business leaders and students to discuss topics of mutual interest. The first speaker was Derek Yonai, associate professor of economics and director of the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics in the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College, who spoke about his view of free enterprise education. The colloquium also includes Dr. Antonio Saravia, associate professor of economics, Dr. Robi Ragan, associate professor of economics, and Dr. Andres Marroquin, visiting associate professor of economics, as well as Macon business leaders Roy Fickling, Marsh Butler and Robbo Hatcher, and students Simran Khoja, Sachin Khurana and Christian Watson.

School of Engineering

Dr. Jennifer Goode, instructor of technical communication, presented an invited webinar for the Society for Technical Communication’s Instructional Design and Learning Special Interest Group. The webinar, “Can You Hear Me Now? Podcasts as teaching (and communication) tools,” reflected on research from a classroom project that was supported by a grant from the Research That Reaches Out Office.

School of Law

Karen J. Sneddon, professor of law, presented “Effective Motion and Brief Writing” Oct. 5 at the Workers’ Compensation Institute on Jekyll Island.

Lindsey R. Stewart, assistant director of career services, was promoted to director of admissions and financial aid, effective Nov. 1. Stewart has worked for Mercer for two years and is a double Bear, with degrees from the College of Liberal Arts in 2006 and the School of Law in 2009.

School of Medicine

Dr. Michael Brooks, adjunct professor, joined the faculty to participate in the tutoring program this fall. His background includes 40 years of practice in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, with a heavy emphasis in the treatment of cancer of the head and neck, and allergy.

Dr. James Colquitt, assistant professor of medicine, recently earned his credential as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. This accomplishment helps advance the growth of simulation-based education in the School of Medicine and supports the efforts of Mercer to build high-fidelity experience-based simulation centers on all of its campuses.

Dr. Hemant Goyal, assistant professor of medicine and assistant program director of internal medicine residency, served as senior author of “The Healthcare Burden of Bradyarrhythmias and Their Impact on the Outcomes of 11,553 Lipidoses-related Hospitalizations: A Nationwide Inpatient Contemplation,” published in Clinical Cardiology. He also served as a co-author of “Incidence, Admission Rates, and Economic Burden of Adult Emergency Visits for Chronic Pancreatitis: Data From the National Emergency Department Sample, 2006 to 2012,” published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.

Dr. Jennifer Li, associate professor of histology, co-published an article, titled “Structural basis of the lipid transfer mechanism of phospholipid transfer protein (PLTP),” in the Journal of Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids. Dr. Li also co-authored “A novel monitoring approach of antibody-peptide binding using ‘bending’ capillary electrophoresis” in the International Journal of Biological Macromolecules.

Dr. Eric K. Shaw, associate professor and community medicine research coordinator, authored a chapter, titled “Ontology and epistemology, methodology and method, and research paradigms,” in How To Do Primary Care Research.

School of Music

Dr. Douglas Hill, professor of music and director of instrumental ensembles adjudicated at the ninth annual Grovetown Warrior Invitational Marching Festival and Contest on Oct. 13 in Grovetown. High school marching bands from Harlem, Thomson, Burke County, Evans, Greenbrier and Oconee County schools participated.

School of Theology

Dr. William Loyd Allen, Sylvan Hills Professor of Baptist Heritage and Spiritual Formation, delivered on Oct. 5-6 the 2018 Richard Brogan Lecture Series on the topic “Protestant Spirituality” at Northside Baptist Church in Clinton, Mississippi.

Dr. Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, presented the Lund Old Testament Lectures at Northpark Theological Seminary on Sept. 26 in Chicago. The lectures were titled “Let the Floods Clap Their Hands: An Ecological/Feminist Reading of the Enthronement Psalms” and “The Embodied Praise of God in the Songs of Ascents.” She also participated in a symposium on human violence at Northpark on Sept. 27-29 and presented a paper on “Human Violence in the Imprecatory Psalms.”

Staff and Administration

Vince Broccolo, Mercer Police officer, retired after 18 years of service to the department.

David Chambers, Mercer Police officer, retired after 26 years of service to the department.

Marc Jolley, director of Mercer University Press, presented a paper, titled “Seven Deadly Sins and Life-giving Virtue,” on Oct. 25-27 at Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition: Teaching Dante held at Samford University.

Meredith E. Keating, assistant director of campus life and student involvement, presented at the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) South Conference Sept. 29 on “Let’s Learn Together: Advising a Student Programming Board as a New Professionals.”

Matt McCranie, Mercer Police corporal, was promoted to sergeant.

Gary Mills, Mercer Police officer, was promoted to administrative lieutenant.

Bobby Mobini, information technology support technician, attained CompTIA A+ certification. This certification is an industry standard for IT professionals and is a qualifying credential indicating an understanding of operating systems, computer hardware, networking and security.

Edward T. Roney, Mercer Police sergeant, retired after 38 years of service to the department.

University Libraries

Arlene F. Desselles, health, engineering and sciences librarian at the Swilley Library, was inducted into the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing Hall of Honor in recognition of her excellence in mentoring. She is not a nurse, but for years has been an outstanding mentor for faculty and for students in all College of Nursing degree programs. She was also instrumental in the library orientation process for all new faculty and students.

Lee Olson and Gail Morton, research services librarians, presented a poster, titled “ALL Aboard! Destined for Promotion,” Oct. 5 at the Georgia Libraries Conference in Columbus. They were joined virtually by Kristen Bailey, research services librarian, for the presentation.

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SF School District Navigates the Data Maze on the Way to Interoperability – Government Technology

(TNS) —The San Francisco Unified School District is trying to make its way through the data maze.

For years, much of the school system’s data on attendance, academic performance, and student behavior has been stuck in silos, where few teachers and administrators could access it, much less make practical use of it.

And when data is available in the district, too often it’s out of date, and administrators have questioned its validity and accuracy.

Another complication: When the district has purchased new tech products in the past, it’s had to figure out if they mesh with existing data systems—and if they don’t, there’s a scramble to create a workaround.

Now, San Francisco district officials have set out to end those disconnects through the pursuit of “interoperability,” a strategy for making data more useful and accessible—and a driver of classroom improvements, rather than an impediment.

Melissa Dodd, the San Francisco district’s chief technology officer, is running the point on those efforts. Now in her third year in the 57,000-student district, Dodd and other administrators are trying to build a system that churns out actionable data that helps the district reach its academic and administrative goals. Those goals include creating personalized academic pathways for students, finding new ways to motivate them, integrating technology throughout the school day, and re-imagining how space can be used in school buildings.

Education Week Associate Editor Sean Cavanagh recently interviewed Dodd about her district’s pursuit of interoperability and what other districts can learn from it.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Where is the San Francisco district in its efforts to move toward interoperability?

We’re beyond exploring, and we’re at a stage of implementation. The journey started before I arrived, in terms of identifying the pain points that teachers, principals, and our senior leadership team were experiencing around data and information. Interoperability gives us a framework and a terminology to describe what we’re all attempting to do—which at the end of the day is to make all of our data and information meaningful to our communities.

What’s the core problem you are trying solve?

When I started in San Francisco, one of the first things I heard was that we had a lot of data, but it was in a lot of different places and systems, and that made it not user-friendly. A new system would come online, and we’d say, OK, let’s figure out how to make our student information system talk with that system. Or how to get another system to talk with this other system. We didn’t have a comprehensive, coherent, systematic approach for how we were going to integrate data and make it easily accessible to the end-users.

So where did you begin, in terms of trying to fix the situation?

We’re approaching it from a cultural/organizational transformation, as well as from a technology-technical transformation. I don’t want to say the technology side is easy, because none of it is really easy. But the harder part is building a common vision, understanding, approach for what we want our end goal to be and how we organize ourselves as a district to enable that. It was really focused on the cultural aspect, the change management that’s needed for interoperability to take hold.

We started by looking at building coherence across ourselves as an organization. We formed a data-governance committee, and implemented stronger technology governance, so that when we were interested in bringing a data system online, we asked questions first. One question: Do we have a system that can already serve this purpose and need? If we’re bringing in another system, how are we integrating data and making it interoperable with our existing system. These are questions we didn’t necessarily ask beforehand.

And what stage of the journey are you at now?

Now we’re at the second part—the technical transformation. We’re really building in the technical infrastructure to support this work moving forward. Part of it is we’ve been consolidating our systems down to an essential few and then implementing data standards, and a technology infrastructure that will help make our data interoperable across all of our systems.

In pursuing interoperability, are you following one standard?

We’re implementing the Ed-Fi standard. We’re a part of the alliance. We’re in year one of a three-year partnership with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation to help us implement our Ed-Fi standard and to start up an operational data store, as well as a data vault in the cloud. We’re starting with our core student data and building out from there, then bringing in our education human-resources data, then ultimately bringing in our operational and financial data.

How long will it be before you get where you want to go?

This year, we’re focused on setting up the infrastructure, the environment. That’s about a four-month process. But in terms of bringing all of our data in, we’ve mapped that out over a three-year period. We’re also looking how we serve up and make accessible that data and the practices and culture through which we use that data.

What’s an example of how data in your district ends up isolated and of little use, and how interoperability might help?

Here’s a great example: Two of our schools recently went through school board-approved name changes. We need to have a common and consistent way of applying the names of those schools into our core data systems. Right now, we’d have to do that manually, because a data field in one system doesn’t speak to a data field in another.

How would interoperability improve your use of attendance data?

Our attendance data starts with a teacher or school clerk entering data into our system. And there can be multiple pieces of attendance data assigned to that student on any given day. Our students typically start the day in our system as “present” and our teachers have to take a step to change that to “absent” or “tardy.” And then at the secondary level, we’re taking attendance for each period.

The data resides within our student information system, and it then gets sent out to various other systems we have. For instance, we have another system that makes attendance calls at a certain time of day, which notifies the parent whether their child is in school that day. It goes to our behavioral system so interventions can take place for that student. And then various reports are run at a school level, at a student level, and at an aggregate level—such as showing us the percentage of all students who are chronically absent over a period of time. All of those things require that data from one system gets to another. Currently, to get data from our SIS to our behavior system, there’s a 24-hour lag time. And right now, if two people are running an attendance report and doing a report from the start of school to a specific date, then their report is going to be different, because the data is not real-time. Data is more accurate in one system than in another. So having data interoperable means that our codes, our logic, our definitions are consistent across systems, so that it’s apples to apples.

Are there multiple ed-tech vendors that operate those data systems, and what will you need them to change?

Yes, we’re working with our student information system [that is produced by a vendor]. They’ll be adopting and implementing Ed-Fi standards, just as we are as a district. Because of how the information flows out of our SIS and into other systems, we can write the interfaces, but we need the core SIS in place and to have an API [Application Programming Interface] in place to pull the data out in a consistent way and into our other systems.

Is that approach similar to how you will try to make interoperability happen through other data systems?

The approach we look for in our data systems is that they either have open systems or APIs in place that can allow districts to extract the data and interact with other systems. We’re extracting information from our core SIS. We’re then bringing it into an operational data store. And then we’re serving it up into the other systems we use. So we get away from having to create separate interfaces between systems. We want one interface where all the data comes in and we can then push it out.

How do you believe your interoperability efforts will help teachers and students in the classroom?

That’s ultimately who we’re serving. We want to make it easier and less burdensome at the school site and in the classroom for our principals and teachers. We want to leverage single sign-on so that we’re not sending them through so many systems to get information on their students. They should be able to access information through databoards and make meaning out of it. We want the data they have to be more accessible and accurate, and more real-time. They shouldn’t have to wait for us to generate some big report for them, so that it’s a month or two later and it’s hard for them to make meaning from it.

Where is the San Francisco district when it comes to “single sign-on”?

We do have single sign-on. All users—students and adults—have an SFUSD ID and password and our core systems all have single sign-on.

For our teachers, we leverage the same ID and password for the most part. We do that for security purposes. We don’t want to have too much access if a teacher steps away from their laptop [in terms of what someone else] would be available to access.

What concerns have you heard from education companies about your interoperability efforts?

Honestly, the vendors we’ve been working with have been stepping up to the plate, because we’re clear on what our expectations are and what we need to have in place to do business with them. There has been more of a shift with vendors in that it requires them to rethink their technology and how they play with other vendors. I think groups like Ed-Fi, IMS Global, and Clever are pushing the vendors in a way that makes it clear this is the new normal for districts.

You mentioned your district is using Clever. What is your relationship with that company?

We use Clever for instant log-in, and rostering of digital learning applications and tools for students. We pass data from our SIS and class rosters so that if a teacher is using a particular math digital learning tool, they don’t have to set up their classes as well. It comes from their master schedule from our SIS. There’s interoperability around student information. It’s really to relieve the burden and extra steps on teachers and for students, and they’re going to one place—we call it our digital backpack—where they can access our learning tools that they use in our classrooms.

One concern we’ve heard from districts about interoperability is a fear that if they go with one data standard, such as Ed-Fi or IMS Global, they might be prevented from using an innovative e-tech product down the road. Is that a worry for you?

It’s definitely a factor, but I’d also say we have a pulse and a check on the likelihood of that in the timeframe we’re focused on. We didn’t feel that it was reason enough to not go with the Ed-Fi standard. Our goal is to be as flexible and adaptable as possible, because technology changes and evolves. But the reality for us is that to bring out some new platform or new tool, with our governance process, our intake process, and our decisionmaking, we take a 12-18 month view. We’ll work with vendors to integrate them into our environment.

Also, districts have been talking about interoperability for many years now. What I see now, with the districts that are part of the Ed-Fi alliance—similar to IMS Global—are the economies of scale. More of us are harnessing our buying power and the influence we have to push the technology sector to make the shift with us.

Melissa Dodd is the chief technology officer for the San Francisco Unified School District. Prior to joining the 57,000-student system, she was with the Boston public school system, where she held positions as chief information officer and chief of staff.

©2018 Education Week (Bethesda, Md.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Epic Lowers App Orchard Program Fees, Introduces New Low-Cost Tier – Healthcare Informatics

Leaders at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Connecticut, are leveraging HIT to improve care management and clinical workflows

As complex and challenging as it can be to perform care management on mainstream patient populations, the challenges multiply when it comes to caring for patient populations with special and specialized needs. That certainly has been the overall set of challenges facing the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Connecticut. The Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is the only long-term acute-care hospital in the nation serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders including ALS research, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

The Hospital for Special Care is addressing the healthcare needs of the growing segments within its community, such as people with autism spectrum disorders, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Recently, HSC became the only patient care organization in the U.S. to receive level-three Patient Centered Specialty Practice recognition from NCQA, the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

In the past three years, HSC leaders have: created a single integrated clinical information system platform that spans both the acute and ambulatory care sides of the organization; achieved NCQA recognition in the area of autism, for all its medical practices, and in COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); and succeeded in optimizing workflow management for long-term acute care, specialized for spinal cord injuries, pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac care, acquired brain injuries, stroke, ventilator management, and geriatrics. In this work, HSC leaders have been collaborating with the team from the Chicago-based Allscripts, for that company’s solutions in all those critical areas.

Recently, Healthcare Informatics Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland interviewed Lynn Ricci, the president and CEO of the Hospital for Special Care, and Stanislaw Jankowski, its vice president and CIO, about the forward evolution of this work. Below are excerpts from that interview.

Can you describe the Hospital for Special Care, and its unique mission?

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Lynn Ricci: Yes, we are a long-term acute-care hospital located in Connecticut, and our hospital serves the Connecticut region, as well as surrounding states. We operate 228-bed facility, and log 50,000 outpatient visits a year. We are a specialty hospital, not acute-care. Our specialty services encompass rehabilitative care; we have a number of areas of specialization, including autism, ALS, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, brain injury, and complex pediatrics, and we have a huge pulmonary population.

How long has the organization been in existence?

Since 1941, so 77 years.

And your physicians and staff?

All of our 30 staff physicians are employed; we also work with consultant physicians. Altogether, we have about 1,200 employees.

Tell me about the ongoing evolution of this current work?

We started with an outpatient platform for an EMR, and we’re rolling that out on the patient side. Specifically, this has been very helpful to our autism program, which started on an outpatient basis. It’s the only patient-centered specialty practice recognized by NCQA. This platform allowed us to provide the data and coordination of care necessary for that designation. We’ve been working with Allscripts for about five years, and in October, we went live on our inpatient side, rolling out their solution in stages.

What elements are live right now?

What are live are with clinical documentation, and with major interfaces to our ancillaries—lab, radiology, and a pulmonary system that sends ventilator settings and information to our electronic health record, so that respiratory therapists don’t have to manually enter data.

Can you tell me a bit about the automation of your autism program?

The autism program started in 2012, and has grown significantly. We see about 7,000 visits in our outpatient center, and in October, we opened an inpatient program, one of only 10 in the country designated to support children and families with significant behavioral issues as a result of autism. We received $10 million in bond funding to expand the program. It’s the Autism Center at Hospital for Special Care. And the inpatient program is our Autism Inpatient Unit, which is our eight-bed unit that will go to 12 beds.

What are some of the specific dimensions of autism care related to healthcare IT concerns?

What we do in this specialty practice is that we’re able to use the data we gather through the Allscripts system to coordinate care with community-based providers at school systems, and with families, and to the clinic itself, which includes a psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse navigator, speech and occupational therapists, family skills care, to make it integrated into the community. We also work with a number of organizations in the community to help coordinate referrals into our outpatient program and now inpatient program. And the ability to gather this information was critical in showing our value to the state of Connecticut in order to obtain that funding.

Is there data complexity in that care management?

Stanislaw Jankowski: Behavior is the most specific metric that we look at that differentiates the center itself. So we’re looking at reducing problematic targeted behaviors, including self-injury, destruction of property, aggression towards family members or in the school setting. We work with behavioral specialists and psychiatrists to reduce those behaviors. So we’re able to use the Allscripts system to gather that data together, so that it’s all in one place, to use, and to be able to track and trend that data, and to show continued reduction in the targeted behavior, or for example, for the psychiatrist to be able to access that data to look at potential changes to medication.

The platform created for autism was able to be used after we had been certified for autism care, and now we’re certified for COPD, and are pursuing a third one as well. And at that point, all of our specialty programs will be certified for specialty practice. We’re looking at Parkinson’s or cognitive health.

What have been the challenges in implementing the system?

Jankowski: We went from being strictly paper-based to being electronic. To give you some context for that, when you walk into a clinic or a unit, there are many paper-based workflows. And so even before we had implemented the system, our opportunity was to identify the different workflows, forms, and documentation, and to customize each form for our particular unit. It took a long time to achieve that. Then we were able to implement a way to implement workflow in all our units using similar forms. Some units did require changes in their documentation.

What have been some of the benefits of these implementations?

Ricci: On the outpatient side, we’ve seen the benefits in our ability to in a very efficient way gather data and be responsive to treatment plans. On the inpatient side, our staff has been very excited to see the implementation. They’re very excited about the opportunity to streamline workflows. This is a highly resourced unit. We need to show our value to payers, so our ability to quickly and succinctly access data and share it with providers and payers.

Jankowski: And whereas previously, it took us days or weeks to collect data to report to outside organizations like payers, state and federal agencies, we can report it now very quickly and efficiently.

What have been some of the biggest learnings from this initiative?

Ricci: I think part of has been, and Stan could tell you—it’s making sure that you have the right stakeholders at the table. We spent a lot of time choosing the product, the platform. We chose the right partner, and Stan, as the project has rolled out, has made sure we had the right people at the table.

Jankowski: What we were looking for from a vendor partner is a long-term relationship. We looked at seven vendors, and ultimately, Allscripts was the vendor of choice for us; one reason was that the culture of Allscripts—they were willing to work with us and were very flexible. The majority of EMR systems are really designed for acute-care hospitals. We needed a partner that would be flexible and would configure a system that would work in our environment. Cost is a big factor. As you know, these types of systems cost millions of dollars.

Do you have any advice to share with CIOs, CMIOs, and other healthcare IT leaders?

Jankowski: It’s important to be mindful of and very conscious about the long-term relationship involved. Do your due diligence. Check your own references.

The opportunities and challenges of data analytics in health care – Brookings Institution

Data analytics tools have the potential to transform health care in many different ways. In the near future, routine doctor’s visits may be replaced by regularly monitoring one’s health status and remote consultations. The inpatient setting will be improved by more sophisticated quality metrics drawn from an ecosystem of interconnected digital health tools. The care patients receive may be decided in consultation with decision support software that is informed not only by expert judgments but also by algorithms that draw on information from patients around the world, some of whom will differ from the “typical” patient. Support may be customized for an individual’s personal genetic information, and doctors and nurses will be skilled interpreters of advanced ways to diagnose, track, and treat illnesses. In a number of different ways, policymakers are likely to have new tools that provide valuable insights into complicated health, treatment, and spending trends.

Authors

Caitlin Brandt

Assistant Director and Senior Research Analyst – Center for Health Policy, Brookings

Abigail Durak

Center Coordinator – Center for Health Policy, Brookings

However, recent developments in data analytics also suggest barriers to change that might be more substantial in the health care field than in other parts of the economy. Despite the immense promise of health analytics, the industry lags behind other major sectors in taking advantage of cutting-edge tools. Most health care organizations, for example, have yet to devise a clear approach for integrating data analytics into their regular operations. One study even showed that 56 percent of hospitals have no strategies for data governance or analytics.

Compared to other industries, the slow pace of innovation reflects challenges that are unique to health care in implementing and applying “big data” tools. These barriers include the nature of health care decisions, problematic data conventions, institutionalized practices in care delivery, and the misaligned incentives of various actors in the industry. To address these barriers, federal policy should emphasize interoperability of health data and prioritize payment reforms that will encourage providers to develop data analytics capabilities.

Despite the immense promise of health analytics, the industry lags behind other major sectors in taking advantage of cutting-edge tools.

Sensitivity of care decisions

A major barrier to the widespread application of data analytics in health care is the nature of the decisions and the data themselves. Unlike many other industries, health care decisions deal with hugely sensitive information, require timely information and action, and sometimes have life or death consequences. Each of these features creates a barrier to the pervasive use of data analytics.

The immediacy of health care decisions requires regular monitoring of data and extensive staffing and infrastructure to collect and tabulate information. The nature of health care decisions are more immediate and intrinsic than those made in other settings, creating a hesitancy about overhauling any major aspect of care provision. Health care decisions must take into account patient preferences, which at times differ from expert recommendations.

The importance and complexity of these decisions means physicians and patients insist on very high standards for data-analytics tools in health care. That has proven very challenging to designers of these tools, as health providers are more accustomed to dealing with either broad knowledge or narrow choices rather than complex predictions that require careful identification of decisions and calibration of predictions. As a result, clinical decision support software has struggled to make better insights than physicians. Even one of the most advanced systems, IBM’s Watson, made a series of “unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations” because it was calibrated based on synthetic cases rather than real patient data. There is risk even when training software uses real patient data because decision support software may overfit its models and thereby make less useful suggestions, such as prescribing an inappropriate treatment plan. Sometimes, the clinically best medical decision is not always what a patient wants to pursue.

The sensitive nature of health care decisions and data furthermore creates major concerns about privacy. Patients are rightfully concerned about the security of their data and concerned about it being used in ways that are detrimental to them, damage their reputations, or disadvantage them in the rating and marketing decisions of insurers. This isn’t limited to medical record data. Recent news coverage of the capture of the Golden State Killer, for example, has raised new questions about the privacy of direct-to-consumer genetic testing. And while the growth of “wearables” such as FitBit and Nike+ FuelBand have made health status monitoring accessible to patients, these data are not subjected to federal patient privacy laws, allowing these companies to design their own internal privacy policies and share information with third-parties.

Problematic data conventions

Several data conventions in health care hinder the widespread use of data analytics. Currently, health care data are split among different entities and have different formats such that building an insightful, granular database is next to impossible. These qualities greatly increase the cost of using data to provide value, even when all the relevant information has been recorded in some form. Furthermore, even well-structured data are often not available to researchers or providers who could use them in useful ways.

Several data conventions in health care hinder the widespread use of data analytics. Currently, health care data are split among different entities and have different formats such that building an insightful, granular database is next to impossible.

In general, the health care industry has been resistant to making information available as open data commons, which are up-to-date data provided in accessible format and available to all. That resistance comes in part from fear of violating privacy, even though existing strategies for protecting confidentiality greatly mitigate that risk. A larger reason is that data commons are a public good and will naturally be undersupplied by the market. A third data challenge is data quality. For analysis or predictions to have any value, they must be based on good data. One of the most hyped applications of big data in epidemiology, Google Flu Trends, turned out to underperform far more basic models, despite analyzing far more data, because its analysts were extrapolating from the behavior of Google users—an unrepresentative group of people. The experience illustrated that the success of data analytics in health care is dependent upon the availability and utilization of quality data.

Institutional practices

Entrenched practices in the delivery of health care also create several barriers to the full adoption of data analytics. One clear illustration of the challenge is in one of the most promising areas of data analytics: clinical decision support. While data analytics could greatly improve the clinical decision-making process, the development of decision support tools hasn’t paid sufficient attention to how decisions are actually made and the related workflows supporting those decisions. The tools often assume that putting the right information on a single person’s dashboard can induce them to make the right decision, but in reality, most difficult clinical decisions involve many actors and often follow institutional guidelines designed by committees. Data tools that do not fit into existing work and decision-making structures add burdens to physicians and are much less effective than they could be. For example, many attempts to bring data analytics or other information technology into health care have created a large data entry burden for physicians. This had led to high-profile mistakes, physician burnout, and general dissatisfaction with the tools.

As a consequence, most of the major reasons physicians cite for their resistance to adoption of new data tools are related to workflow disruption. For data analytics to truly transform care, the designers of tools need to cognizant of the context their tools will be used in and health care organizations must be willing to reorganize some elements of their practice to empower patients and providers to use data-driven care.

Misaligned incentives

Arguably the largest barrier to the implementation and application of data analytics in health care is the splintered landscape of the industry, with separate components having their own incentives that diverge from what might be best for the entire system. At the moment, physicians or delivery systems may not know that their patients have visited emergency rooms, for example, unless told by the insurer—because claims data are held by the payer. Meanwhile, care providers may hold clinical data that could help insurers better manage their patient’s costs. The responsibility for managing any given patient is split between their insurer and various providers, each with different incentives and needs and neither functioning as an ideal agent for the patient.

Insurers have incentives to invest in better health for their covered population, but these incentives are mitigated by annual contracts with employers or individuals and employee turnover, which moves many enrollees to a different insurer before the payer’s investments in their health pay off. There are also serious concerns with expecting insurers to take the lead on data analytics in health care. First, data tools designed for insurers are likely to center on costs, which may leave some quality-enhancing insights unexplored. Second, insurer data analytics may impose an externality on hospitals and physicians, which have to bear the administrative costs of complying with the data practices of various insurers. Third, insurers may not conduct their data analytics on a clinically useful timetable. Unless they feed data to providers continuously, it may not be timely enough to affect how patients receive care. The limited degree to which insurers provide claims data to providers that they contract with may reflect the expense of doing so, limitations in their legacy IT systems, or a desire to retain more of the care management responsibility.

The responsibility for managing any given patient is split between their insurer and various providers, each with different incentives and needs and neither functioning as an ideal agent for the patient.

Health care providers have their own particular incentives. Under the most common payment schemes, providers typically have little incentive to control patient costs. However, they likely do care about quality of care, even if they are hesitant to change their institutional practices and norms. Despite seeming like a more logical locus for data decisions, hospitals are often unwilling to undertake the costs of developing data capabilities or the disruption of implementing their use into regular practice. Hospitals also have an incentive to slow health information exchange standards because the lack of interoperability binds physicians into referral patterns favorable to them. Similarly, vendors of health information technology often don’t want standardization of data tools and practices because differentiation of their products and high costs for providers that switch vendors create substantial monopoly power for vendors. Finally, patients themselves often don’t support data practices that can improve care for all. The fear of data breaches or misuse leads patients to oppose data sharing arrangements that may have widespread positive externalities. In short, no individual actor in the health care space has the incentives or means to fully embrace the most revolutionary data analytics practices.

Policy recommendations

Because of the systemic challenges described above, we need policy changes that diminish the barriers to health analytics. While there is potential for radical overhaul, the initial priority should be making sure all hospitals can record, use, and share patient data in useful ways. One critical component of that agenda is ensuring interoperability of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). Federal policy has contributed a great deal to the adoption of EMRs and other health IT practices through incentives under the Medicare program, but providers still struggle with sharing that data. As discussed above, neither hospitals nor EMR vendors have a strong incentive to standardize health information exchanges, despite the fact that interoperable EMRs can improve care and save money. The 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act included health information exchange as one of the required capabilities for certified EMR systems. However, this requirement was included at a later implementation stage, allowing EMR systems to be designed and integrated into health systems without these capabilities, making interoperability even more difficult. In 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act increased incentives and penalties specifically promoting EMR interoperability.

These incentives need not aim to establish one universal EMR. Applications that can access and transfer health data from different kinds of EMRs can achieve interoperability, but they are not used as widely or thoroughly as possible, risking a situation where the applications meant to bridge different EMRs themselves fail to adopt uniform data conventions. Federal policy could standardize the way EMR data are accessed and transferred by applications, like Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), that exist to facilitate interoperability. It could also revise HITECH and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to allow fees for data exchange, thus creating incentives to improve data exchange that could potentially counteract the existing disincentives. Federal support for best practices in data management and use would go a long way in helping the industry develop its own capabilities.

The federal government can also indirectly support the development of health data analytics by continuing to encourage payment based on the value of care, typically through the Medicare program, encouraging alternative payment approaches, and by working to align quality measures and payment approaches with private insurers. Under value-based care models, providers are typically paid some amount per beneficiary based on the package of care they are expected to deliver, with payment at least partially tied to quality-of-care metrics. These models aim to create the incentive for providers to provide high-quality care at lower costs, which often involves closer coordination of care and careful revision of many practices. All these features make hospitals operating under value-based care models better loci for data-backed decisions. Kaiser Permanente has demonstrated the power of a well-integrated data strategy aimed at managing costs and quality. Conversely, improved data analytics capabilities may be precisely what health care providers need to better coordinate and improve value of care. Medicare could improve the usability of its data for a wider audience with a varying degree of analytic capabilities to help more of these providers successfully implement these new health care models. Coupling these systemic health care reforms can allow them to complement each other and reduce administrative confusion.

Federal support for best practices in data management and use would go a long way in helping the industry develop its own capabilities.

One factor that is holding back progress toward value-based payment is risk adjustment—varying the payment on the basis of how challenging one provider’s patients are in comparison to other providers. Much of the energy in improving risk adjustment has focused on contracts between purchasers and insurers—for example, between the Medicare program and Medicare Advantage plans. But the risk adjustment challenges for contracts between insurers and providers are distinct from these and, if ignored, pose grave challenges to some of the best providers, who inevitably attract patients with the most challenging conditions.

Despite the disruptions to conventional practices, all actors in health care should be excited about the possibilities that new data tools will bring. But obtaining this enormous potential is not around the corner and will require overcoming challenges by all of the relevant components of the health care system.

School Search 2018: Pinellas options include magnets, academies, fundamentals – TBO.com

The Pinellas County school system offers nearly 80 special programs for families who want to venture beyond their zoned school, with options that include magnets, fundamental schools and high school career academies. The complete list for the 2019-20 school year is below.

Programs marked with an asterisk have entrance criteria; call the schools for details. Discovery Nights, which offer a chance for students and parents to see the school and meet the staff, begin at 6 p.m. and typically last one to two hours.

For more information, including details on application areas, school bus service and entrance criteria, visit pcsb.org/choice.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The arts

Center for the Arts and International Studies

Students at Perkins explore other cultures through vocal and instrumental music, theater, art and dance. All students have Spanish courses and the facilities include three visual arts classrooms, four music rooms, a 250-seat theater and a dance studio. Students given priority when applying to the arts magnet at John Hopkins Middle. (Applications from South of Ulmerton Road only.)

. Perkins Elementary, 2205 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/perkins-es; (727) 893-2659

Discovery Night: Dec. 11

Center for Cultural Arts

Students participate in a creative, integrated art-themed K-5 program that connects academic curriculum with the visual and performing arts. A vibrant local arts culture provides opportunities for a variety of field trips. Students receive two art classes, two music classes, and a creative makerspace experience each week. Students in the cultural arts program also have access to the gifted teaching strategies used in a separate gifted magnet at Midtown Academy. In addition, they will be given priority when applying to the Center for the Arts, Journalism and Multimedia at John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted from South County only.)

. Midtown Academy, 1701 10th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/midtown; (727) 893-1358

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

Conservatory for the Arts (New)

Students receive 60 minutes of daily arts instruction. Music, theater, storytelling, dance, movement and the visual arts deepen understanding, critical thinking and problem solving. The arts also allow students to make interdisciplinary curriculum connections and demonstrate knowledge. Community partnerships include Ruth Eckerd Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Artz4Life and Clearwater Arts Alliance. Students given priority when applying to Tarpon Springs Middle. (Applications accepted from North of Ulmerton Road)

. Sandy Lane Elementary, 1360 Sandy Lane, Clearwater; pcsb.org/sandylane-es; (727) 469-5974

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Fundamental schools

Fundamental schools provide a structured environment and a “back-to-basics” approach focusing on student responsibility and self-discipline. There is daily homework and a dress code that exceeds that of the school district. Parents are required to attend conferences, monthly meetings and certain school activities as determined by the principal. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary, 5900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/bayvista-es; (727) 893-2335

Discovery Night: Nov. 27

. Curtis Fundamental Elementary, 531 Beltrees St., Dunedin; pcsb.org/curtis-es; (727) 738-6483

Discovery Night: Nov. 15

. Lakeview Fundamental Elementary, 2229 25th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakeview-es; (727) 893-2139

Discovery Night: Nov. 7

. Madeira Beach Fundamental Elementary (K-5), 591 Tom Stuart Causeway, Madeira Beach; pcsb.org/mb-ms; (727) 547-7838

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

. Pasadena Fundamental Elementary, 95 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/pasadena-es

(727) 893-2646

Discovery Night: Dec. 13

. Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary, 400 E Harrison St., Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarponfund-es; (727) 943-5508

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

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Gifted programs

The Centers for Gifted Studies offer full-time gifted services to eligible students in grades 1-5. Advanced, integrated, accelerated gifted curriculum will be used daily with the Florida Gifted Frameworks as the foundation to provide daily gifted services. Special focus is placed on critical and creative thinking as well as social-emotional development. To be eligible, parents need to provide a copy of the qualifying IQ scores and a copy of the psychological report or a copy of their active Educational Plan to the school by Jan. 25. Students who meet the eligibility criteria after the deadline may submit a late application.

. Ridgecrest Elementary,* 1901 119th St. N, Largo; pcsb.org/ridgecrest-es; (727) 588-3580

Ridgecrest has been deemed a School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America. It’s teachers have presented at state, national and international gifted conferences. Ridgecrest students are given priority when applying to Morgan Fitzgerald Middle. (Applications from the mid-county area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

. Midtown Academy,* 1701 10th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/midtown; (727) 893-1358

Students are a part of the cultural arts theme at Midtown Academy and experience two art, two music, and creative makerspace classes each week. Student are given priority when applying to Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle. (Applications from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

. North County Center for Gifted Studies* (New), 415 15th St., Palm Harbor; (727) 588-6088

Students at the North County Center for Gifted Studies will experience the schoolwide enrichment model where they will work weekly in interest-based groups with their peers to create original products. They are given priority when applying to Dunedin Highland Middle. (Applications from North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 18

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International studies

International Baccalaureate Primary Years program

This program is offered at James B. Sanderlin PK-8 and Mildred Helms IB World Schools. Its transdisciplinary approach focuses on stimulating curiosity and inquiry as students use a conceptual lens to build deeper understanding of real-world issues. Internationally-minded citizens are developed through the 10 attributes of the IB learner profile. Spanish, art, and PE further develop imagination, communication, creativity and original thinking as students become lifelong learners.

. James Sanderlin PK-8 IB World School, 2350 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/sanderlinib; (727) 552-1700

Students are given priority when applying to the Sanderlin Middle Years program and John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted countywide.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 5

. Mildred Helms Elementary IB World School

561 S Clearwater-Largo Road, Largo; pcsb.org/mildred-es; (727) 588-3569

Students are given priority when applying to Largo Middle. (Applications accepted from mid- and north county areas.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 28

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Journalism

Center for Journalism and Multimedia Studies

This program equips students with life skills that will serve them no matter what they pursue in the future. Students learn about the world by becoming confident writers, trained photographers, effective communicators and informed, involved citizens. Young journalists explore all aspects of the evolving media, including digital technology, and build confidence through seeing their work in print (four newspapers a year), on a daily TV show and on other platforms. Students are given priority when applying to John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Melrose Elementary, 1752 13th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/melrose-es; (727) 893-2175

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

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Montessori

Montessori Academy

Children explore through hands-on learning materials and understanding beyond memorization. Grace and courtesy lessons teach children to treat each other with respect. The program seeks to build character and a sense of responsibility to the school. Students are given priority when applying to John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted from the South County area only.)

. Gulfport Elementary, 2014 52nd St. S, Gulfport; pcsb.org/gulfport-es; (727) 893-2643

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

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STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology

This program seeks to increase student achievement and interest in science, technology and math. The program emphasizes hands-on activities in the school’s computer, science and Spanish labs, as well as in the on-site pond and gardens. Students are given priority when applying to Bay Point Middle. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Bay Point Elementary, 5800 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/baypoint-es; (727) 552-1449

Discovery Night: Dec. 12

Centers for Innovation and Digital Learning

The Centers for Innovation and Digital Learning program is offered at Gulf Beaches and Kings Highway elementary schools. The programs deliver a technology-rich environment with personalized learning and project-based approaches using SMART Boards, iPads, Mac laptops and Dell tablets. Students are engaged in interactive online activities and face-to-face lessons that encourage critical thinking. Families play an important role in their children’s learning and the use of technology in the school and at home. Students at both schools are given priority when applying to Tyrone Middle. (For information on transportation and who can apply, see the District Application Programs Guide at pcsb.org/choice.)

. Gulf Beaches Elementary, 8600 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/beaches-es; (727) 893-2630

Discovery Night: Dec. 20

. Kings Highway Elementary, 1715 Kings Highway, Clearwater; pcsb.org/kings-es; (727) 223-8949

Discovery Night: Nov. 6

Center for Mathematics and Engineering

This award-winning program offers a unique curriculum created by teachers. Students are provided opportunities to work in diverse teams completing design challenges and hands-on activities, which integrate math, science, reading, writing and social studies. Students conduct research, design solutions, construct models, test effectiveness, analyze results and communicate solutions. The STEAM focus is infused through a strong music and art program as well as a partnership with the Dali Museum. Students are given priority when applying to Azalea and Bay Point middle schools. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary, 1200 37th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/jamerson-es.; (727) 552-1703

Discovery Night: Nov. 13

MIDDLE SCHOOL

The arts and journalism

Center for International Studies in the Arts and Multimedia Journalism*

Students can focus on one of six areas – visual art, dance, instrumental music, theater, vocal music and multimedia journalism – or, if they live in the south county attendance area, they may apply to the school’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years program. Students participate in advanced or accelerated math, science, social studies or language arts courses, in addition to required elective courses which may include technology, world language, or the arts. Those in the arts receive instruction in their focus areas, while journalism students receive hands-on experience in producing news by exploring all aspects of evolving media, including digital technology. Students who attend the Center for the Arts and International Studies at Perkins Elementary or the Center for Journalism and Multimedia Studies at Melrose Elementary will be given priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. John Hopkins Middle, 701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/hopkins-ms; (727) 893-2400

Discovery Night: Oct. 30

Leadership Conservatory for the Arts*

This program encourages students to develop character and leadership skills in a high-level performing and visual arts program. The rigorous core academics are from the Pre-Advanced International Certificate of Education program developed by the University of Cambridge. Students from Sandy Lane Elementary are given priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the North County area only.)

. Tarpon Springs Middle, 501 N Florida Ave., Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-ms; (727) 943-5511

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Fundamental schools

Fundamental programs provide a structured environment and a “back-to-basics” approach focusing on student responsibility and self-discipline. There is daily homework and a dress code that exceeds that of the school district. Parents are required to attend conferences, monthly meetings and certain school activities as determined by the principal. Unlike other fundamental middle schools, Thurgood Marshall offers arterial bus service. Check with the school for more details. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Clearwater Fundamental Middle, 1660 Palmetto St., Clearwater; pcsb.org/clearwaterfund-ms; (727) 298-1609

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

. Madeira Beach Fundamental Middle, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway, Madeira Beach; pcsb.org/mb-ms; (727) 547-7697

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

. Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle, 3901 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/marshall-ms; (727) 552-1737

Discovery Night: Nov. 5

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Gifted programs

Middle School Centers for Gifted Studies*

All three middle school gifted centers are designed to deliver a challenging and detailed curriculum that promotes creativity, critical and complex thinking. Applicants must meet all state requirements for gifted placement and provide a copy of their individual educational plan upon request. Documentation of eligibility must be submitted to the schools before the application deadline. Students who meet eligibility criteria after the deadline may submit a late application.

. Dunedin Highland Middle, 70 Patricia Ave., Dunedin; pcsb.org/dunedin-ms; (727) 469-4112

Students from North County elementary schools will get priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

. Morgan Fitzgerald Middle, 6410 118th Ave. N, Largo; pcsb.org/fitzgerald-ms; (727) 547-4526

Students from Ridgecrest Elementary will get priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the mid-county application area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

. Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle, 3901 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/marshall-ms; (727) 552-1737

Students from Midtown Academy will get priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 5

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International studies

Cambridge Pre-Advanced International Certificate of Education*

This rigorous program is designed for academically talented students in grades 6-8. The curriculum is written and administered by the University of Cambridge in England. (Applications accepted from the midcounty area only.)

. Pinellas Park Middle, 6940 70th Ave. N, Pinellas Park; pcsb.org/pp-ms; (727) 545-6400

(Applications from mid-county area only)

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

. Tarpon Springs Middle, 501 N Florida Ave., Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-ms; (727) 943-5511

(Applications from North County area only)

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program*

Provides an intellectually challenging environment that encourages critical thinking. Through the 10 attributes of the IB learner profile, the program reflects real life by encouraging learning beyond traditional subjects with meaningful, in-depth inquiries into global issues. Students in the school’s Primary Years program get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. James B. Sanderlin PK-8 IB World School, 2350 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/sanderlinib; (727) 552-1700

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Candidate Schools*

John Hopkins and Largo middle schools are candidates for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) and are pursuing authorization as an IB World School. The program provides an intellectually challenging environment in which students are encouraged to become critical and reflective thinkers in preparation for success in college, careers and citizenship. Its interdisciplinary approach builds connections between subjects, and its global focus fosters the development of communication skills, intercultural understanding and leadership essentials.

. John Hopkins Middle, 701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/hopkins-ms; (727) 893-2400

(Applications accepted from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Oct. 30

. Largo Middle, 155 Eighth Ave. SE, Largo; pcsb.org/largo-ms; (727) 588-4600

(Applications accepted from north and mid-county areas only)

Discovery Night: Nov. 27

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STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Academy of Engineering

This program, offered at Azalea and East Lake middle schools, provides students with a curriculum from Project Lead the Way, which is designed to challenge and engage students’ natural curiosity through hands-on experiences and exciting units of study. Students use design process to creatively and critically explore real-world issues and solve problems.

. Azalea Middle, 7855 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/azalea-ms; (727) 893-2606

Students from Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary get priority when applying to the Azalea program. (Applications accepted from the south and mid-county areas only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 12

. East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering, 1200 Silver Eagle Drive, East Lake; pcsb.org/eastlake-ms; (727) 940-7624

(Applications accepted from the North County area only)

Discovery Night: Nov. 15

Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology*

CAST offers a rigorous academic program in which engineering is integrated through advanced math, science, world languages and technology classes. Many students participate in science, math and technology competitions. Students who attend Bay Point and Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. elementary schools get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Bay Point Middle, 2151 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/baypoint-ms; (727) 893-1153

Discovery Night: Nov. 28 (begins at 5:30 p.m.)

Center for Innovation and Digital Learning

The center focuses on gearing lessons to each student’s needs through project-based lessons, interactive online activities and face-to face lessons that encourage critical thinking. All students learn using electronic devices, and families play an important role in the use of technology both in the school and at home. Students who attend Gulf Beaches and Kings Highway elementary schools get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Tyrone Middle, 6421 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/tyrone-ms; (727) 893-1819

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

HIGH SCHOOL

The arts

Leadership Conservatory for the Arts*

This four-year program creates a discovery zone for developing musicians, dancers and artists, with a course of study that combines leadership skills, performing arts, rigorous academics and technology. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900

Discovery Night: Nov. 26

Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA)*

Students choose a focus on dance, technical production, instrumental music, musical theater, performance theater, visual arts or vocal music. Applicants must complete an audition. Through individual instruction, performances and exhibitions, students are trained to pursue an arts profession and/or continue their studies in college. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Gibbs High, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/gibbs-hs; (727) 893-5452

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

Academy of Entertainment Arts

This career and college preparatory academy is designed for students with an interest in the creative fields of cinematography, photography, graphic design, 3D animation, gaming production and digital music development. Courses are taught by instructors who have worked in the creative field. The students will produce real-world work while using industry standard equipment and may earn industry certifications in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Flash. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Dixie Hollins High, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/dixie-hs; (727) 547-7876, ext. 2097

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

Commercial and digital arts

This program is for creative, career-oriented students interested in taking their existing artistic skills to the next level. Tech High provides a working design studio environment for students to study the entire spectrum of digital art and graphic design. This includes use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software as well as studying many facets of advertising, illustration, art history, typography, branding and package design, outdoor ads, color theory, logos, posters, billboards, t-shirt design, illustration and more. Students will also create a digital portfolio and have multiple industry certification and internship opportunities. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

. Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Automotive

Automotive Manufacturing Technology Center

This program offers two tracks: automotive service technology and manufacturing and production. Academic and technical studies are integrated into all courses. The service technology track prepares students to work in the automotive repair industry, while the manufacturing and production track prepares them for careers in manufacturing industries. Students learn analytical, critical and creative thinking and use the latest technological resources. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

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Construction

Academy of Architecture, Robotics and Construction

Provides students with opportunities to develop real-world skills that can be applied to jobs in architecture, robotics and construction. In architectural design, students receive instruction in computer-assisted drawing and major design concepts. The robotics program gives students hands-on instruction in robots that perform a variety of functions. The construction program focuses on all aspects of building, including masonry, plumbing, carpentry and electrical operations. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Dunedin High, 1651 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin; pcsb.org/dunedin-hs; (727) 469-4100

Discovery Night: Nov. 28

Center for Construction Technologies

Students in grades 9 and 10 explore five aspects of the construction field in a hands-on environment – masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and HVAC. Students in grades 11 and 12 choose a construction major and spend part of their school day attending building construction classes at Pinellas Technical College St. Petersburg, where they can earn certification and pre-apprenticeship hours. (Applications accepted in the South County area only.)

. St. Petersburg High, 2501 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/stpete-hs; (727) 893-1842

Discovery Night: Dec. 11

Construction technology / electrical

The building and construction technology program lets students explore potential careers in construction, entrepreneurships and carpentry. Upon completion, students can enter the construction industry as carpentry helpers or first-year construction workers. Topics also include drywall work, plumbing, blueprints and masonry. The electricity program covers the basics of electricity and circuit wiring. Students will solve problems and develop projects while engaging in hands-on learning. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

. Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Culinary arts

The programs at Northeast and Dixie Hollins high schools provide students with hands-on training in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. Students will explore and study worldwide cultures while developing specialized skills in food identification, selection, purchasing and preparation. They also can get certified in culinary work.

Academy of Culinary Arts

(Applications accepted in the South County area only.)

. Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

Center for Culinary Arts

(Applications accepted in the mid-county area only.)

. Dixie Hollins High, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/dixie-hs; (727) 547-7876, ext. 2097

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy

In addition to preparing food, students learn about nutrition, marketing, the hospitality industry, restaurant designing, catering, and management. The program features an 11,600-square-foot facility with two teaching kitchens, 48 student cooking stations, a 50-seat teaching kitchen-auditorium, and a 100-seat dining room-restaurant. Upon graduation, students are prepared to pursue advanced culinary training or start careers in the field of food preparation and restaurant management. (Applications accepted from the North County area only.)

. Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900

Discovery Night: Nov. 26

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Education

Exploring Careers & Education in Leadership (ExCEL)

This program focuses on leadership development and career exploration through hands-on learning that students can later apply to real-world situations. Students learn through projects, career shadowing and other opportunities outside the classroom. They participate in honors or Advanced Placement courses in math, science, social studies or language arts, plus electives. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Largo High, 410 Missouri Ave., Largo; excel.pcsb.org; (727) 588-4622

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

Center for Education and Leadership

This program promotes teacher training opportunities and academic rigor by preparing students for academic and career areas requiring postsecondary education. Students will take teaching assisting courses for all four years of high school to explore and develop instructional delivery. They also will spend a minimum of 150 observation hours and participate in focused learning activities. Students may earn college credits as part of the program. (Applications accepted from the mid-county area only.)

. Seminole High, 8401 131st St. N, Seminole; pcsb.org/seminole-hs; (727) 547-7536

Discovery Night: Dec. 12

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Environmental

Academy for Aquatic Management Systems and Environmental Technology

Geared to students with a strong personal commitment to the study of environmental and marine sciences. Offers special training in ecology, environmental sciences, marine biology, agroponics, aquaculture and water resource conservation. The program features an on-campus, 2-acre outdoor classroom. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Lakewood High, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakewood-hs; (727) 893-2926

Discovery Night: Dec. 19

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Finance

Academy of Finance

Introduces students to the financial services industry, offering college preparatory courses in computers, economics, finance, insurance, accounting, banking and financial planning. Students work with mentors from the business community in job shadowing and internships, and they staff the on-campus Viking Branch, a real credit union sponsored by Achieva Credit Union. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

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Fundamental programs`

Fundamental programs provide a structured environment and a “back to basics” approach focusing on student responsibility and self-discipline. Parents are required to attend meetings each month and have regular communication with teachers. The curriculum is heavy on homework and there are high expectations for student behavior and cooperation. The dress code is more strict than at other high schools, and a system of demerits requires students to stay on task. (Applications for all three high school fundamental programs are accepted countywide. For details on transportation, visit pcsb.org/choice.

. Boca Ciega High (School-within-a-school program), 924 58th St. S, Gulfport; pcsb.org/bocaciega-hs; (727) 893-2780

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

. Dunedin High (School-within-a-school program), 1651 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin; pcsb.org/dunedin-hs; (727) 469-4100

Discovery Night: Nov. 28

. Osceola Fundamental High (Schoolwide program), 9751 98th St. N, Seminole; pcsb.org/osceola-hs; (727) 547-7717

Discovery Night: Nov. 5

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International studies

Cambridge Program – Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)*

Developed by Cambridge University, the AICE program offers a curriculum with a global perspective, preparing high school students for further education while offering them the opportunity to tailor their studies to their interests, skills and goals. College credit may be available for students who complete the program.

. Clearwater High, 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater; pcsb.org/clearwater-hs; (727) 298-1620. (Applications accepted from mid-county area only.)

Discovery Night: Oct. 29

. Dixie Hollins High, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/dixie-hs; (727) 547-7876. (Applications accepted from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

. Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900. (Applications accepted from North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 26

International Baccalaureate (IB) program*

The IB program provides a rigorous college preparatory, liberal arts curriculum. There are six areas of study – language (English), second language (Spanish or French), individuals and societies, experimental sciences, math and the arts. The core of the program is the Theory of Knowledge class, the Extended Essay and a community service component. College credit may be available for students who complete the program.

. Largo High, 410 Missouri Ave., Largo; pcsb.org/largo-hs

(727) 588-3758. (Applications accepted from the mid-county area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 7

. Palm Harbor University High, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor

Phuhs.org; (727) 669-1131. (Applications accepted from North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 27

. St. Petersburg High, 2501 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/stpete-hs; (727) 893-1842. (Applications accepted from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 3

Career Academy for International Culture & Commerce

Introduces students to international business with an emphasis on global studies and cultural diversity. Offers courses in information technology, business software applications, accounting, international finance and law. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Clearwater High, 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater; pcsb.org/clearwater-hs; (727) 298-1620

Discovery Night: Oct. 29

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Journalism

Center for Journalism and Multimedia

This program, known as CJAM, is designed for students with an interest in journalism and communications. Students focus on real-life journalism experiences, building skills in writing, photography, videography and design. Their work is published in the Spartan News Network newspaper and website. In 2018, SNN received the Silver Crown Award from the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Lakewood High, 1400 54th Ave.S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakewood-hs; (727) 893-2926

Discovery Night: Dec. 19

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Marine mechanics

The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as marine mechanics and is aligned to meet current industry needs. Students will learn skills in outboard, inboard and personal watercraft service as they navigate the marine repair industry. A marine electrical certification is available. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

. Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Medicine, public safety & law

Center for Wellness and Medical Professions*

Prepares students for careers in the medical field and helps them develop a commitment to personal wellness and the prevention of disease. Students have the opportunity to prepare for college or pursue entry-level medical and wellness jobs after high school. (See the District Application Programs Guide at pcsb.org/choice for information on how your home address affects which program you apply to.)

. Boca Ciega High, 924 58th St. S, Gulfport; pcsb.org/bocaciega-hs; (727) 893-2780

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

. Palm Harbor University High, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor; pcsb.org/phuhs; (727) 669-1131

Discovery Night: Nov. 27

Criminal Justice Academy*

This four-year program is for students focused on careers in law, law enforcement and related fields. Students learn about police operations, court and corrections procedures, civil law and crime scene investigations. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo; pcsb.org/CJA; (727) 538-7410

Discovery Night: Nov. 13

First Responders: National Guard Center for Emergency Management*

Instruction in this four-year program focuses on broad, transferable skills in the first responder fields. Students can earn certification in first aid, CPR, the use of automatic external defibrillators, Homeland Security and the National Incident Management System. After graduation, they will be ready to enter college or the workforce or continue their technical training. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo; pcsb.org/pp-hs; (727) 538-7410

Discovery Night: Dec. 10

Nursing

This program provides hands-on, real-world training and 40 clinical hours that can be applied to the 600 clinical hours required in the Licensed Practical Nursing program. Students can go on to nursing programs at Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida. Topics include anatomy and physiology, disease prevention, basic patient care and proper use of medical equipment. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

. Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Academy of Engineering

The format for this four-year program is provided by Project Lead the Way through Rochester Institute of Technology. It offers an introduction to engineering, aeronautical engineering, computer-integrated manufacturing, digital electronics, principles of biotechnology engineering, civil architecture, and engineering design and development. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. East Lake High, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, East Lake; pcsb.org/eastlake-hs; (727) 942-5419

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

Academy of Information Technology

Students will develop skills on how to use Microsoft Office, build a computer, program computers, and use Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro. Students apply image and web design principles and use the principles of cybersecurity with ethical hacking. There are 2 tracks: digital media technology, where students learn all the principles and basics of digital storytelling and work on the school TV program, and music technology and sound engineering, which gives students the opportunity to learn acoustics and develop skills in critical listening, recording and audio editing. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

Business Economics Technology Academy (BETA)*

This program blends business and technological skills with a hands-on curriculum that encourages critical thinking. Students can earn industry certification in their chosen pathway, including business supervision and management, digital media technology, digital design and programming for game simulation. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Gibbs High, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/gibbs-hs; (727) 893-5452

Discovery Night: Nov. 15

Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT)*

This college preparatory program prepares students for entry into engineering, medicine, science, multimedia, communications and computer science careers. Students experience hands-on projects with robotics, satellite communications and multimedia technologies. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Lakewood High, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakewood-hs; (727) 893-2926

Discovery Night: Dec. 19

Gaming simulation and programming

This program is project-based and focuses on game design, storyboarding, the business side of gaming, programming for single- and multi-user environments, and collaboration. Students will create several games, make digital career portfolios and enjoy classroom visits from industry professionals. Microsoft Tech Associate certifications are available. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

. Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (ISTEM)*

This program offers a technological and a scholar track, based on student academic profiles. The technological track prepares students for college majors in the IT field. Students focus on one of four strands: computer systems and information technology, game and simulation, web design or digital design. The scholar track integrates STEM into all academic courses, and students focus on one of three fields: cybersecurity, biotechnology or engineering technology. Students in either track have opportunities to earn college credit or industry certifications. (Applications from the North County area only.)

. Countryside High, 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater; pcsb.org/countryside-hs; (727) 725-7956

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

Veterinary Science Academy

Prepares students for careers in veterinary medicine, veterinary day care, grooming and agility, and veterinary technology. Students operate a doggy day care, groom animals and serve as surgical assistants to veterinarians during surgery in the on-campus surgical suite. (Applications accepted countywide.)

. Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900

Discovery Night: Nov. 26

Veterinary sciences

Students work with live animals in a hands-on environment. This course also stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the veterinary assisting industry: planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety and environmental issues. Students who complete the program can sit for the Certified Veterinary Assistant test through the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

. Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave. N, Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

School Search 2018: Pinellas options include magnets, academies, fundamentals – Tampa Bay Times

The Pinellas County school system offers nearly 80 special programs for families who want to venture beyond their zoned school, with options that include magnets, fundamental schools and high school career academies. The complete list for the 2019-20 school year is below.

Programs marked with an asterisk have entrance criteria; call the schools for details. Discovery Nights, which offer a chance for students and parents to see the school and meet the staff, begin at 6 p.m. and typically last one to two hours.

For more information, including details on application areas, school bus service and entrance criteria, visit pcsb.org/choice.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The arts

Center for the Arts and International Studies

Students at Perkins explore other cultures through vocal and instrumental music, theater, art and dance. All students have Spanish courses and the facilities include three visual arts classrooms, four music rooms, a 250-seat theater and a dance studio. Students given priority when applying to the arts magnet at John Hopkins Middle. (Applications from South of Ulmerton Road only.)

• Perkins Elementary, 2205 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/perkins-es; (727) 893-2659

Discovery Night: Dec. 11

Center for Cultural Arts

Students participate in a creative, integrated art-themed K-5 program that connects academic curriculum with the visual and performing arts. A vibrant local arts culture provides opportunities for a variety of field trips. Students receive two art classes, two music classes, and a creative makerspace experience each week. Students in the cultural arts program also have access to the gifted teaching strategies used in a separate gifted magnet at Midtown Academy. In addition, they will be given priority when applying to the Center for the Arts, Journalism and Multimedia at John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted from South County only.)

• Midtown Academy, 1701 10th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/midtown; (727) 893-1358

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

Conservatory for the Arts (New)

Students receive 60 minutes of daily arts instruction. Music, theater, storytelling, dance, movement and the visual arts deepen understanding, critical thinking and problem solving. The arts also allow students to make interdisciplinary curriculum connections and demonstrate knowledge. Community partnerships include Ruth Eckerd Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Artz4Life and Clearwater Arts Alliance. Students given priority when applying to Tarpon Springs Middle. (Applications accepted from North of Ulmerton Road)

• Sandy Lane Elementary, 1360 Sandy Lane, Clearwater; pcsb.org/sandylane-es; (727) 469-5974

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Fundamental schools

Fundamental schools provide a structured environment and a “back-to-basics” approach focusing on student responsibility and self-discipline. There is daily homework and a dress code that exceeds that of the school district. Parents are required to attend conferences, monthly meetings and certain school activities as determined by the principal. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary, 5900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/bayvista-es; (727) 893-2335

Discovery Night: Nov. 27

• Curtis Fundamental Elementary, 531 Beltrees St., Dunedin; pcsb.org/curtis-es; (727) 738-6483

Discovery Night: Nov. 15

• Lakeview Fundamental Elementary, 2229 25th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakeview-es; (727) 893-2139

Discovery Night: Nov. 7

• Madeira Beach Fundamental Elementary (K-5), 591 Tom Stuart Causeway, Madeira Beach; pcsb.org/mb-ms; (727) 547-7838

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

• Pasadena Fundamental Elementary, 95 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/pasadena-es

(727) 893-2646

Discovery Night: Dec. 13

• Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary, 400 E Harrison St., Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarponfund-es; (727) 943-5508

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

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Gifted programs

The Centers for Gifted Studies offer full-time gifted services to eligible students in grades 1-5. Advanced, integrated, accelerated gifted curriculum will be used daily with the Florida Gifted Frameworks as the foundation to provide daily gifted services. Special focus is placed on critical and creative thinking as well as social-emotional development. To be eligible, parents need to provide a copy of the qualifying IQ scores and a copy of the psychological report or a copy of their active Educational Plan to the school by Jan. 25. Students who meet the eligibility criteria after the deadline may submit a late application.

• Ridgecrest Elementary,* 1901 119th St. N, Largo; pcsb.org/ridgecrest-es; (727) 588-3580

Ridgecrest has been deemed a School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America. It’s teachers have presented at state, national and international gifted conferences. Ridgecrest students are given priority when applying to Morgan Fitzgerald Middle. (Applications from the mid-county area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

• Midtown Academy,* 1701 10th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/midtown; (727) 893-1358

Students are a part of the cultural arts theme at Midtown Academy and experience two art, two music, and creative makerspace classes each week. Student are given priority when applying to Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle. (Applications from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

• North County Center for Gifted Studies* (New), 415 15th St., Palm Harbor; (727) 588-6088

Students at the North County Center for Gifted Studies will experience the schoolwide enrichment model where they will work weekly in interest-based groups with their peers to create original products. They are given priority when applying to Dunedin Highland Middle. (Applications from North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 18

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International studies

International Baccalaureate Primary Years program

This program is offered at James B. Sanderlin PK-8 and Mildred Helms IB World Schools. Its transdisciplinary approach focuses on stimulating curiosity and inquiry as students use a conceptual lens to build deeper understanding of real-world issues. Internationally-minded citizens are developed through the 10 attributes of the IB learner profile. Spanish, art, and PE further develop imagination, communication, creativity and original thinking as students become lifelong learners.

• James Sanderlin PK-8 IB World School, 2350 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/sanderlinib; (727) 552-1700

Students are given priority when applying to the Sanderlin Middle Years program and John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted countywide.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 5

• Mildred Helms Elementary IB World School

561 S Clearwater-Largo Road, Largo; pcsb.org/mildred-es; (727) 588-3569

Students are given priority when applying to Largo Middle. (Applications accepted from mid- and north county areas.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 28

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Journalism

Center for Journalism and Multimedia Studies

This program equips students with life skills that will serve them no matter what they pursue in the future. Students learn about the world by becoming confident writers, trained photographers, effective communicators and informed, involved citizens. Young journalists explore all aspects of the evolving media, including digital technology, and build confidence through seeing their work in print (four newspapers a year), on a daily TV show and on other platforms. Students are given priority when applying to John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Melrose Elementary, 1752 13th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/melrose-es; (727) 893-2175

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

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Montessori

Montessori Academy

Children explore through hands-on learning materials and understanding beyond memorization. Grace and courtesy lessons teach children to treat each other with respect. The program seeks to build character and a sense of responsibility to the school. Students are given priority when applying to John Hopkins Middle. (Applications accepted from the South County area only.)

• Gulfport Elementary, 2014 52nd St. S, Gulfport; pcsb.org/gulfport-es; (727) 893-2643

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

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STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology

This program seeks to increase student achievement and interest in science, technology and math. The program emphasizes hands-on activities in the school’s computer, science and Spanish labs, as well as in the on-site pond and gardens. Students are given priority when applying to Bay Point Middle. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Bay Point Elementary, 5800 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/baypoint-es; (727) 552-1449

Discovery Night: Dec. 12

Centers for Innovation and Digital Learning

The Centers for Innovation and Digital Learning program is offered at Gulf Beaches and Kings Highway elementary schools. The programs deliver a technology-rich environment with personalized learning and project-based approaches using SMART Boards, iPads, Mac laptops and Dell tablets. Students are engaged in interactive online activities and face-to-face lessons that encourage critical thinking. Families play an important role in their children’s learning and the use of technology in the school and at home. Students at both schools are given priority when applying to Tyrone Middle. (For information on transportation and who can apply, see the District Application Programs Guide at pcsb.org/choice.)

• Gulf Beaches Elementary, 8600 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/beaches-es; (727) 893-2630

Discovery Night: Dec. 20

• Kings Highway Elementary, 1715 Kings Highway, Clearwater; pcsb.org/kings-es; (727) 223-8949

Discovery Night: Nov. 6

Center for Mathematics and Engineering

This award-winning program offers a unique curriculum created by teachers. Students are provided opportunities to work in diverse teams completing design challenges and hands-on activities, which integrate math, science, reading, writing and social studies. Students conduct research, design solutions, construct models, test effectiveness, analyze results and communicate solutions. The STEAM focus is infused through a strong music and art program as well as a partnership with the Dali Museum. Students are given priority when applying to Azalea and Bay Point middle schools. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary, 1200 37th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/jamerson-es.; (727) 552-1703

Discovery Night: Nov. 13

MIDDLE SCHOOL

The arts and journalism

Center for International Studies in the Arts and Multimedia Journalism*

Students can focus on one of six areas – visual art, dance, instrumental music, theater, vocal music and multimedia journalism – or, if they live in the south county attendance area, they may apply to the school’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years program. Students participate in advanced or accelerated math, science, social studies or language arts courses, in addition to required elective courses which may include technology, world language, or the arts. Those in the arts receive instruction in their focus areas, while journalism students receive hands-on experience in producing news by exploring all aspects of evolving media, including digital technology. Students who attend the Center for the Arts and International Studies at Perkins Elementary or the Center for Journalism and Multimedia Studies at Melrose Elementary will be given priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• John Hopkins Middle, 701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/hopkins-ms; (727) 893-2400

Discovery Night: Oct. 30

Leadership Conservatory for the Arts*

This program encourages students to develop character and leadership skills in a high-level performing and visual arts program. The rigorous core academics are from the Pre-Advanced International Certificate of Education program developed by the University of Cambridge. Students from Sandy Lane Elementary are given priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the North County area only.)

• Tarpon Springs Middle, 501 N Florida Ave., Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-ms; (727) 943-5511

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Fundamental schools

Fundamental programs provide a structured environment and a “back-to-basics” approach focusing on student responsibility and self-discipline. There is daily homework and a dress code that exceeds that of the school district. Parents are required to attend conferences, monthly meetings and certain school activities as determined by the principal. Unlike other fundamental middle schools, Thurgood Marshall offers arterial bus service. Check with the school for more details. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Clearwater Fundamental Middle, 1660 Palmetto St., Clearwater; pcsb.org/clearwaterfund-ms; (727) 298-1609

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

• Madeira Beach Fundamental Middle, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway, Madeira Beach; pcsb.org/mb-ms; (727) 547-7697

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

• Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle, 3901 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/marshall-ms; (727) 552-1737

Discovery Night: Nov. 5

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Gifted programs

Middle School Centers for Gifted Studies*

All three middle school gifted centers are designed to deliver a challenging and detailed curriculum that promotes creativity, critical and complex thinking. Applicants must meet all state requirements for gifted placement and provide a copy of their individual educational plan upon request. Documentation of eligibility must be submitted to the schools before the application deadline. Students who meet eligibility criteria after the deadline may submit a late application.

• Dunedin Highland Middle, 70 Patricia Ave., Dunedin; pcsb.org/dunedin-ms; (727) 469-4112

Students from North County elementary schools will get priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

• Morgan Fitzgerald Middle, 6410 118th Ave. N, Largo; pcsb.org/fitzgerald-ms; (727) 547-4526

Students from Ridgecrest Elementary will get priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the mid-county application area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

• Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle, 3901 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/marshall-ms; (727) 552-1737

Students from Midtown Academy will get priority if they apply to this program. (Applications accepted from the South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 5

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International studies

Cambridge Pre-Advanced International Certificate of Education*

This rigorous program is designed for academically talented students in grades 6-8. The curriculum is written and administered by the University of Cambridge in England. (Applications accepted from the midcounty area only.)

• Pinellas Park Middle, 6940 70th Ave. N, Pinellas Park; pcsb.org/pp-ms; (727) 545-6400

(Applications from mid-county area only)

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

• Tarpon Springs Middle, 501 N Florida Ave., Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-ms; (727) 943-5511

(Applications from North County area only)

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program*

Provides an intellectually challenging environment that encourages critical thinking. Through the 10 attributes of the IB learner profile, the program reflects real life by encouraging learning beyond traditional subjects with meaningful, in-depth inquiries into global issues. Students in the school’s Primary Years program get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• James B. Sanderlin PK-8 IB World School, 2350 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/sanderlinib; (727) 552-1700

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Candidate Schools*

John Hopkins and Largo middle schools are candidates for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) and are pursuing authorization as an IB World School. The program provides an intellectually challenging environment in which students are encouraged to become critical and reflective thinkers in preparation for success in college, careers and citizenship. Its interdisciplinary approach builds connections between subjects, and its global focus fosters the development of communication skills, intercultural understanding and leadership essentials.

• John Hopkins Middle, 701 16th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/hopkins-ms; (727) 893-2400

(Applications accepted from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Oct. 30

• Largo Middle, 155 Eighth Ave. SE, Largo; pcsb.org/largo-ms; (727) 588-4600

(Applications accepted from north and mid-county areas only)

Discovery Night: Nov. 27

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STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Academy of Engineering

This program, offered at Azalea and East Lake middle schools, provides students with a curriculum from Project Lead the Way, which is designed to challenge and engage students’ natural curiosity through hands-on experiences and exciting units of study. Students use design process to creatively and critically explore real-world issues and solve problems.

• Azalea Middle, 7855 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/azalea-ms; (727) 893-2606

Students from Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary get priority when applying to the Azalea program. (Applications accepted from the south and mid-county areas only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 12

• East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering, 1200 Silver Eagle Drive, East Lake; pcsb.org/eastlake-ms; (727) 940-7624

(Applications accepted from the North County area only)

Discovery Night: Nov. 15

Center for Advancement of the Sciences and Technology*

CAST offers a rigorous academic program in which engineering is integrated through advanced math, science, world languages and technology classes. Many students participate in science, math and technology competitions. Students who attend Bay Point and Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. elementary schools get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Bay Point Middle, 2151 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/baypoint-ms; (727) 893-1153

Discovery Night: Nov. 28 (begins at 5:30 p.m.)

Center for Innovation and Digital Learning

The center focuses on gearing lessons to each student’s needs through project-based lessons, interactive online activities and face-to face lessons that encourage critical thinking. All students learn using electronic devices, and families play an important role in the use of technology both in the school and at home. Students who attend Gulf Beaches and Kings Highway elementary schools get priority when applying to this program. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Tyrone Middle, 6421 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/tyrone-ms; (727) 893-1819

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

HIGH SCHOOL

The arts

Leadership Conservatory for the Arts*

This four-year program creates a discovery zone for developing musicians, dancers and artists, with a course of study that combines leadership skills, performing arts, rigorous academics and technology. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900

Discovery Night: Nov. 26

Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA)*

Students choose a focus on dance, technical production, instrumental music, musical theater, performance theater, visual arts or vocal music. Applicants must complete an audition. Through individual instruction, performances and exhibitions, students are trained to pursue an arts profession and/or continue their studies in college. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Gibbs High, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/gibbs-hs; (727) 893-5452

Discovery Night: Nov. 12

Academy of Entertainment Arts

This career and college preparatory academy is designed for students with an interest in the creative fields of cinematography, photography, graphic design, 3D animation, gaming production and digital music development. Courses are taught by instructors who have worked in the creative field. The students will produce real-world work while using industry standard equipment and may earn industry certifications in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Flash. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Dixie Hollins High, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/dixie-hs; (727) 547-7876, ext. 2097

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

Commercial and digital arts

This program is for creative, career-oriented students interested in taking their existing artistic skills to the next level. Tech High provides a working design studio environment for students to study the entire spectrum of digital art and graphic design. This includes use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software as well as studying many facets of advertising, illustration, art history, typography, branding and package design, outdoor ads, color theory, logos, posters, billboards, t-shirt design, illustration and more. Students will also create a digital portfolio and have multiple industry certification and internship opportunities. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Automotive

Automotive Manufacturing Technology Center

This program offers two tracks: automotive service technology and manufacturing and production. Academic and technical studies are integrated into all courses. The service technology track prepares students to work in the automotive repair industry, while the manufacturing and production track prepares them for careers in manufacturing industries. Students learn analytical, critical and creative thinking and use the latest technological resources. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

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Construction

Academy of Architecture, Robotics and Construction

Provides students with opportunities to develop real-world skills that can be applied to jobs in architecture, robotics and construction. In architectural design, students receive instruction in computer-assisted drawing and major design concepts. The robotics program gives students hands-on instruction in robots that perform a variety of functions. The construction program focuses on all aspects of building, including masonry, plumbing, carpentry and electrical operations. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Dunedin High, 1651 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin; pcsb.org/dunedin-hs; (727) 469-4100

Discovery Night: Nov. 28

Center for Construction Technologies

Students in grades 9 and 10 explore five aspects of the construction field in a hands-on environment – masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and HVAC. Students in grades 11 and 12 choose a construction major and spend part of their school day attending building construction classes at Pinellas Technical College St. Petersburg, where they can earn certification and pre-apprenticeship hours. (Applications accepted in the South County area only.)

• St. Petersburg High, 2501 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/stpete-hs; (727) 893-1842

Discovery Night: Dec. 11

Construction technology / electrical

The building and construction technology program lets students explore potential careers in construction, entrepreneurships and carpentry. Upon completion, students can enter the construction industry as carpentry helpers or first-year construction workers. Topics also include drywall work, plumbing, blueprints and masonry. The electricity program covers the basics of electricity and circuit wiring. Students will solve problems and develop projects while engaging in hands-on learning. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Culinary arts

The programs at Northeast and Dixie Hollins high schools provide students with hands-on training in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. Students will explore and study worldwide cultures while developing specialized skills in food identification, selection, purchasing and preparation. They also can get certified in culinary work.

Academy of Culinary Arts

(Applications accepted in the South County area only.)

• Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

Center for Culinary Arts

(Applications accepted in the mid-county area only.)

• Dixie Hollins High, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/dixie-hs; (727) 547-7876, ext. 2097

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy

In addition to preparing food, students learn about nutrition, marketing, the hospitality industry, restaurant designing, catering, and management. The program features an 11,600-square-foot facility with two teaching kitchens, 48 student cooking stations, a 50-seat teaching kitchen-auditorium, and a 100-seat dining room-restaurant. Upon graduation, students are prepared to pursue advanced culinary training or start careers in the field of food preparation and restaurant management. (Applications accepted from the North County area only.)

• Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900

Discovery Night: Nov. 26

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Education

Exploring Careers & Education in Leadership (ExCEL)

This program focuses on leadership development and career exploration through hands-on learning that students can later apply to real-world situations. Students learn through projects, career shadowing and other opportunities outside the classroom. They participate in honors or Advanced Placement courses in math, science, social studies or language arts, plus electives. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Largo High, 410 Missouri Ave., Largo; excel.pcsb.org; (727) 588-4622

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

Center for Education and Leadership

This program promotes teacher training opportunities and academic rigor by preparing students for academic and career areas requiring postsecondary education. Students will take teaching assisting courses for all four years of high school to explore and develop instructional delivery. They also will spend a minimum of 150 observation hours and participate in focused learning activities. Students may earn college credits as part of the program. (Applications accepted from the mid-county area only.)

• Seminole High, 8401 131st St. N, Seminole; pcsb.org/seminole-hs; (727) 547-7536

Discovery Night: Dec. 12

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Environmental

Academy for Aquatic Management Systems and Environmental Technology

Geared to students with a strong personal commitment to the study of environmental and marine sciences. Offers special training in ecology, environmental sciences, marine biology, agroponics, aquaculture and water resource conservation. The program features an on-campus, 2-acre outdoor classroom. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Lakewood High, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakewood-hs; (727) 893-2926

Discovery Night: Dec. 19

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Finance

Academy of Finance

Introduces students to the financial services industry, offering college preparatory courses in computers, economics, finance, insurance, accounting, banking and financial planning. Students work with mentors from the business community in job shadowing and internships, and they staff the on-campus Viking Branch, a real credit union sponsored by Achieva Credit Union. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

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Fundamental programs`

Fundamental programs provide a structured environment and a “back to basics” approach focusing on student responsibility and self-discipline. Parents are required to attend meetings each month and have regular communication with teachers. The curriculum is heavy on homework and there are high expectations for student behavior and cooperation. The dress code is more strict than at other high schools, and a system of demerits requires students to stay on task. (Applications for all three high school fundamental programs are accepted countywide. For details on transportation, visit pcsb.org/choice.

• Boca Ciega High (School-within-a-school program), 924 58th St. S, Gulfport; pcsb.org/bocaciega-hs; (727) 893-2780

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

• Dunedin High (School-within-a-school program), 1651 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin; pcsb.org/dunedin-hs; (727) 469-4100

Discovery Night: Nov. 28

• Osceola Fundamental High (Schoolwide program), 9751 98th St. N, Seminole; pcsb.org/osceola-hs; (727) 547-7717

Discovery Night: Nov. 5

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International studies

Cambridge Program – Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)*

Developed by Cambridge University, the AICE program offers a curriculum with a global perspective, preparing high school students for further education while offering them the opportunity to tailor their studies to their interests, skills and goals. College credit may be available for students who complete the program.

• Clearwater High, 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater; pcsb.org/clearwater-hs; (727) 298-1620. (Applications accepted from mid-county area only.)

Discovery Night: Oct. 29

• Dixie Hollins High, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/dixie-hs; (727) 547-7876. (Applications accepted from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 29

• Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900. (Applications accepted from North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 26

International Baccalaureate (IB) program*

The IB program provides a rigorous college preparatory, liberal arts curriculum. There are six areas of study – language (English), second language (Spanish or French), individuals and societies, experimental sciences, math and the arts. The core of the program is the Theory of Knowledge class, the Extended Essay and a community service component. College credit may be available for students who complete the program.

• Largo High, 410 Missouri Ave., Largo; pcsb.org/largo-hs

(727) 588-3758. (Applications accepted from the mid-county area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 7

• Palm Harbor University High, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor

Phuhs.org; (727) 669-1131. (Applications accepted from North County area only.)

Discovery Night: Nov. 27

• St. Petersburg High, 2501 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/stpete-hs; (727) 893-1842. (Applications accepted from South County area only.)

Discovery Night: Dec. 3

Career Academy for International Culture & Commerce

Introduces students to international business with an emphasis on global studies and cultural diversity. Offers courses in information technology, business software applications, accounting, international finance and law. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Clearwater High, 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater; pcsb.org/clearwater-hs; (727) 298-1620

Discovery Night: Oct. 29

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Journalism

Center for Journalism and Multimedia

This program, known as CJAM, is designed for students with an interest in journalism and communications. Students focus on real-life journalism experiences, building skills in writing, photography, videography and design. Their work is published in the Spartan News Network newspaper and website. In 2018, SNN received the Silver Crown Award from the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Lakewood High, 1400 54th Ave.S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakewood-hs; (727) 893-2926

Discovery Night: Dec. 19

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Marine mechanics

The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as marine mechanics and is aligned to meet current industry needs. Students will learn skills in outboard, inboard and personal watercraft service as they navigate the marine repair industry. A marine electrical certification is available. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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Medicine, public safety & law

Center for Wellness and Medical Professions*

Prepares students for careers in the medical field and helps them develop a commitment to personal wellness and the prevention of disease. Students have the opportunity to prepare for college or pursue entry-level medical and wellness jobs after high school. (See the District Application Programs Guide at pcsb.org/choice for information on how your home address affects which program you apply to.)

• Boca Ciega High, 924 58th St. S, Gulfport; pcsb.org/bocaciega-hs; (727) 893-2780

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

• Palm Harbor University High, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor; pcsb.org/phuhs; (727) 669-1131

Discovery Night: Nov. 27

Criminal Justice Academy*

This four-year program is for students focused on careers in law, law enforcement and related fields. Students learn about police operations, court and corrections procedures, civil law and crime scene investigations. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo; pcsb.org/CJA; (727) 538-7410

Discovery Night: Nov. 13

First Responders: National Guard Center for Emergency Management*

Instruction in this four-year program focuses on broad, transferable skills in the first responder fields. Students can earn certification in first aid, CPR, the use of automatic external defibrillators, Homeland Security and the National Incident Management System. After graduation, they will be ready to enter college or the workforce or continue their technical training. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo; pcsb.org/pp-hs; (727) 538-7410

Discovery Night: Dec. 10

Nursing

This program provides hands-on, real-world training and 40 clinical hours that can be applied to the 600 clinical hours required in the Licensed Practical Nursing program. Students can go on to nursing programs at Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida. Topics include anatomy and physiology, disease prevention, basic patient care and proper use of medical equipment. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

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STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Academy of Engineering

The format for this four-year program is provided by Project Lead the Way through Rochester Institute of Technology. It offers an introduction to engineering, aeronautical engineering, computer-integrated manufacturing, digital electronics, principles of biotechnology engineering, civil architecture, and engineering design and development. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• East Lake High, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, East Lake; pcsb.org/eastlake-hs; (727) 942-5419

Discovery Night: Nov. 14

Academy of Information Technology

Students will develop skills on how to use Microsoft Office, build a computer, program computers, and use Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro. Students apply image and web design principles and use the principles of cybersecurity with ethical hacking. There are 2 tracks: digital media technology, where students learn all the principles and basics of digital storytelling and work on the school TV program, and music technology and sound engineering, which gives students the opportunity to learn acoustics and develop skills in critical listening, recording and audio editing. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/northeast-hs; (727) 570-3138

Discovery Night: Dec. 6

Business Economics Technology Academy (BETA)*

This program blends business and technological skills with a hands-on curriculum that encourages critical thinking. Students can earn industry certification in their chosen pathway, including business supervision and management, digital media technology, digital design and programming for game simulation. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Gibbs High, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/gibbs-hs; (727) 893-5452

Discovery Night: Nov. 15

Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT)*

This college preparatory program prepares students for entry into engineering, medicine, science, multimedia, communications and computer science careers. Students experience hands-on projects with robotics, satellite communications and multimedia technologies. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Lakewood High, 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; pcsb.org/lakewood-hs; (727) 893-2926

Discovery Night: Dec. 19

Gaming simulation and programming

This program is project-based and focuses on game design, storyboarding, the business side of gaming, programming for single- and multi-user environments, and collaboration. Students will create several games, make digital career portfolios and enjoy classroom visits from industry professionals. Microsoft Tech Associate certifications are available. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave., Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4

Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (ISTEM)*

This program offers a technological and a scholar track, based on student academic profiles. The technological track prepares students for college majors in the IT field. Students focus on one of four strands: computer systems and information technology, game and simulation, web design or digital design. The scholar track integrates STEM into all academic courses, and students focus on one of three fields: cybersecurity, biotechnology or engineering technology. Students in either track have opportunities to earn college credit or industry certifications. (Applications from the North County area only.)

• Countryside High, 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater; pcsb.org/countryside-hs; (727) 725-7956

Discovery Night: Dec. 5

Veterinary Science Academy

Prepares students for careers in veterinary medicine, veterinary day care, grooming and agility, and veterinary technology. Students operate a doggy day care, groom animals and serve as surgical assistants to veterinarians during surgery in the on-campus surgical suite. (Applications accepted countywide.)

• Tarpon Springs High, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs; pcsb.org/tarpon-hs; (727) 943-4900

Discovery Night: Nov. 26

Veterinary sciences

Students work with live animals in a hands-on environment. This course also stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the veterinary assisting industry: planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety and environmental issues. Students who complete the program can sit for the Certified Veterinary Assistant test through the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. (Applications accepted countywide; transportation offered to mid-county students)

• Richard O. Jacobson Technical High, 12611 86th Ave. N, Seminole; pcsb.org/PTHS; (727) 545-6405

Discovery Night: Dec. 4