Today marks the start of testing season for Florida schools. Students have state exams scheduled every few weeks from now until the end of the school year. It’s the first time students will take a new test called the Florida Standards Assessments, or FSA, which replaces most FCAT exams.
Everyone wants to improve the quality of education in America.
But there are no silver bullets to accomplish that.
Parental involvement, a more challenging curriculum and a longer school year are just some of the ideas regularly suggested for low graduation rates.
But in Midtown St. Petersburg, in one of the poorest and most educationally challenged areas of Pinellas County, a small, little known middle school is getting results that are raising some eyebrows.
The Danish violinist Svend Asmussen has had a remarkable career. He played with Fats Waller in the 1930s, worked with Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington, and his own band had decades of popularity in Europe.
7 p.m. All ages will enjoy the exciting and diverse repertoire on bagpipes and drums joined by fiddle, brass, guitars, keyboards, vocalists, and Highland dancers. Music ranging from Celtic to country, calypso to rock, gospel to classical, and Americana to sing-along. Childcare provided.
3-4:30 p.m. Celebrate an afternoon of praise. The 75-voice Chancel Choir, Voices in Bronze Handbell Choir, and instrumentalists perform favorite anthems and hymns. Free Strawberry Shortcake Reception afterwards in Fellowship Hall. Free will offering. Childcare provided.