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Lakewood PTSA takes a look at longer, fewer classes

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 7, 2001

The PTSA of Lakewood High School is hosting a presentation on 4-by-4 scheduling at 7 p.m. on Monday in the auditorium, 1400 54th Ave. S.

Also known as block scheduling, the plan breaks the school day into fewer but longer classes, allowing students to complete in-depth study of each subject. The pros and cons of the system, which Lakewood administrators are considering adopting, will be discussed, followed by a question and answer session.

For information, call Suzanne Anderson, 893-2916.

Support workers contend for employee of the year award

Several St. Petersburg-area school employees are finalists for the Support Employee of the Year award. They include:

Teresa Bach, a secretary for the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School; Donna Cornetta, a data prep clerk at Lakewood Elementary; Joan Gordon, a paraprofessional at Lealman Avenue Elementary; Penny Kelly, an exceptional student education teacher assistant at Carwise Middle School; and Kim Tatarka, an exceptional student education teacher assistant at Nina Harris Exceptional Education Center.

Semifinalists includeDouglas McKeever, head plant operator at Bay Vista Fundamental; and Blanca Rivera, a bilingual assistant at John Hopkins Middle School.

The Support Employee of the Year will be named at a breakfast sponsored by the Pinellas County Teachers Credit Union at 7:30 a.m. March 13 at the Sheraton Sand Key, Clearwater Beach.

Italian students invited to apply for $1,000 scholarship

Students of Italian heritage who are planning to attend accredited universities are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship. The award is offered by Italian-American Women of Today, a non-profit cultural and educational organization that supports women of Italian ancestry.

The application deadline is March 30. For information or applications, call scholarship chairwoman Josephine Carbone, 796-4611.

Cash prizes will be awarded for essays with patriotic theme

Gateway American Legion Post 357 of St. Petersburg is accepting entries for the Bill RineMemorial essay contest. This year's theme is "With Liberty and Justice for All."

The contest is open to Pinellas County 11th- and 12th-grade students, but each school will be limited to five entries. Essays, not to exceed 400 words, must be accompanied by an entry form verified by the student's teacher.

Four cash prizes will be awarded totaling $2,500. Deadline for submissions is April 20.

Entry forms are available at For information, call Harold Macking, 823-8525.

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