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For The Parents, Students, Faculty, Staff & Community Of Countryside High School -Pinellas County, Florida Mission: At Countryside High School Success Is Our Goal

We will provide the tools and instruction needed for the success of our students.

A Note From The Principal

Area 1 Office Area Superintendent: Ward Kennedy (727) 588-5020 Pinellas County School Board Rene Flowers, Chairperson Peggy O’Shea, Vice Chairperson Carol Cook, Terry Krassner, Joanne Lentino, Linda Lerner, Eileen Long Superintendent: Dr. Michael A. Grego

Countryside High School

Gerald M. Schlereth, Principal Main Office Main Office Fax Guidance Office Fax

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of Countryside High School, Thank you to the students and staff for the smooth opening of this school year. I am confident that our students will have a successful academic year based on the focus on highest student achievement. Developing and strengthening study skills such as focused notetaking is instrumental in a student’s continued growth. Parents, please take advantage of FOCUS, now available as an app, to monitor your student’s grades and attendance. The guidance department and teachers are available to assist if you have any questions or concerns. Through strong attendance, participation in class, completion of assignments and self-motivation, the goal of learning gains for every student every day is a goal that can be reached. Students, remember to enhance your high school experience by being involved in a club, sport, activity, or student government. Students who stay busy learn how to better manage their time and, thus, become stronger students. Listen for announcements for club meetings and take the opportunity to make new friends who share a common interest. Parents, you too may become involved through SAC, PTSA, and any of the outside support organizations as well as in-school volunteer and mentor programs. We welcome all interested volunteers because students perform better when their parents are actively involved in their educational process. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we address the Pinellas County School District’s rules on the topics of the proper usage of cell phones and other electronic devices on campus, student dress code, and all other behavioral expectations to maintain a safe learning environment. Parents and students of the Class of 2019, remember to keep your academic focus but plan for an exciting senior year. To the students on track for graduation, keep up the strong work and focus. For students not on track, please, see your guidance counselor if you need more advice on how to be ready for the walk across the stage in May. As we get closer to second semester, we will finalize plans for senior activities. Students should take advantage of this time to earn money to participate in all of the various activities to culminate their final months at Countryside High School. Sincerely,

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Gerald M. Schlereth Principal

2019 Countryside High School Graduation

Graduation will be held on May 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Tropicana Field. Senior Adviser is Steve Straub 725-1487

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The PTSA would like to welcome back all returning CHS students & their families and welcome those incoming 9th graders and new students along with their families. If you have not already joined the PTSA, it is not too late! Becoming a PTSA member does not require participation. All participation is voluntary. The cost of a single membership is $10. To join the PTSA, email PTSA is selling CHS merchandise: t-shirts $15; hats $20; long sleeve dri-fit shirts $25; hoodies $30; magnets $5; lanyards $5. If you are interested in purchasing merchandise, please e-mail the PTSA. The PTSA supports a number of programs and events for CHS students, faculty & staff with the money raised through membership dues and merchandise sales. For example, two luncheons for teachers & staff, “Sweet Treats” every quarter for those students obtaining A’s & B’s, Reflections cultural arts program, meet your legislator and scholarships for seniors. The CHS PTSA is searching for a secretary to serve on the board for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Alexandra Davis at PTSA Board meetings are held the 2nd Monday of every month, 7-8:30pm, in the Media Center. Everyone is welcome!

Take Stock in Children

Scholarship Applications are now open for 9th graders. Candidates must be on Free/Reduced lunch, have good grades, behavior & attendance. Families must submit an online application and meet USDA Federal Income Guidelines. Scholars will receive a tuition-only Florida Prepaid College Scholarship (value up to 120 state college credit hours), a volunteer mentor who meets with the student bi-weekly at school, and a designated college success coach who will help your student design a college success plan that will help with the transition into college. To become part of the Take Stock in Children scholarship program, complete an application online at: https:// Application deadline is January 18, 2019. Questions, email Mrs. DeGarmo at:

Academy of Distinction Award

Congratulations to the ISTEM teachers and staff at Countryside HS, they were awarded the Academy of Distinction for 2018-2020. All are to be commended for their hard work and diligence in ensuring academic success for all students.

Underclassmen retakes are October 24, 2018, if you have any questions; please contact Jack Yongue at 2018 Fall Parent Academy Workshop Catalog

We are excited to release the 2018 Fall Parent Academy Workshop Catalog. Parents have the opportunity to participate in webinars as well as attend face-to-face sessions. The academy catalog focuses on three key pillars: student achievement, parent advocacy, and personal growth. If you are interested in attending, you can registered by going to

Join CHS Interact Club!

qq Are you wondering how you can help others? qq Are you interested in earning service hours for Bright Futures? qq $1,000 college scholarship available to members who join. Freshman and sophomores encouraged to get involved early. qq Looks great on your college applications! qq Meet new friends and lasting memories at CHS! qq Participate in Rotary Youth Exchange. Ask us how! Contact Mrs. MacQuarrie at room L9 or Evan Lanton, CHS Interact President, through Remind app: 81010 @elant *The club meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in Room L-9 Upcoming Club Activities for Semester 1 • Safety Harbor Wine Fest November 3rd • Adopt-a-child Christmas toy drive • Senior Thanksgiving Dinner @ Safety Harbor Rotary Club • Safety Harbor Christmas Parade

Interact Officers Kneeling left to right: Jahnaja Murph (social media), Bahar Sabet (Vice President), Sofi Motrib (Treasurer) Jade Rapoport (Secretary), Evan Lanton (President), Ravyn Chumley (not pictured-Historian)

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New Year! New Yearbook! New Vision! NEW LOWER PRICES on Ads and Yearbook!!

Yearbooks for 2018-2019 school year are $60.00. Check or cash is accepted. Checks are to be made payable to Countryside High School. Ads are a great way to recognize your special 2019 graduate. This year we have lowered the ad prices so everyone can afford them. See CHS website for ordering ads and yearbooks or directly to Countryside’s school order number is 17261. Deadline is November 15, 2018 for your picture to be in the yearbook. Contact: Jack Yongue 727-724-1485 or email at


• Interested in a Scholarship – Check out our Website Dates to Remember for CHS Seniors 2018-2019 Senior Adviser – Steve Straub 727-724-1487 • Tuesday, December 4 – There will be a senior assembly beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium where Herff Jones will provide information on how to order cap and gowns and graduation announcements. Contact: Herff Jones 727-545-3288 Graduation – • Tuesday, December 11 – Wednesday, December 12 - Herff Jones will be on campus to take cap/ gown and graduation announcement orders during both lunches. Contact: Herff Jones 727-545-3288 Graduation – • Tuesday, December 18 - Make up day for cap and gown/graduation announcement orders will take place during both lunches. Contact: Herff Jones 727-545-3288 Graduation – • Thursday, May 23 - Graduation will be held on May 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Tropicana Field Please refer to our senior page on our website for new information as it becomes available.




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3 ISTEM Discovery Night

12/5/18 at 6:00pm-8:00 pm at Countryside High School in the Media Center The ISTEM (Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program at Countryside High School offers two tracks: our technological and our scholar track. Pathways will be based on academic profiles and discussions with the parent and student. Our technological track is a career/ college preparatory program that provides students with the skills needed in the IT field. Students choose to focus on one of four strands while in the program: Computer Systems and Information Technology (CSIT), Game and Simulation, Web Design, or Digital Design. All of the strands have the opportunity to earn multiple industry certifications. Our scholar track provides students rigorous, college preparatory academic opportunities across all academic subjects while providing an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The interdisciplinary curriculum prepares students for postsecondary education and careers at the forefront of research, innovation, and technology while also allowing the opportunity to earn college credits and industry certifications. Students have opportunities to study and apply emerging technologies in realworld scenarios while focusing on one of three fields of study: Cybersecurity, Biotechnology, or Engineering Technology.

4 Florida YMCA Youth in Government

The Florida YMCA Youth in Government (YIG) is a tradition of excellence that began over 60 years ago. Students at Countryside High School who are part of this engaging program travel to Tallahassee in February for State Assembly. While there, they join 600 Florida teenagers to present model bills they have written, give oral arguments, and debate timely issues. These Countryside Cougars will ultimately engage in a program that promotes inclusivity and open-mindedness. Youth in Government is a model government club that is open to any student who would like to join. Students can stand up for what they believe in and find their voice all while learning how our government works. For anyone interested, meetings are every Thursday in room M-1 right after school. For any questions contact Mrs. Tait or Megan Jones

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APEX (for students who are repeating a class) MONDAY Ms. Shackton (Math) and Mr. Leo (English) A-5A TUESDAY Ms. Guzell (Science) and Mr. Duesing (Social Studies/Math) A-5A WEDNESDAY Ms. Guzell (Science) and Ms. Hunter (English) A-5A THURSDAY Ms. Michael (Math) and Mr. Duesing (Social Studies/Math) A-5A ACT/SAT/Tutoring/Homework Help Math Smith B-1 Monday-Thursday English/Reading Benoit/Prince Media Monday-Thursday Pinellas County Schools Homework Helpline: (727) 547-7223 Monday-Thursday

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5 Administration Assignments 2018-2019 Administration Mr. Schlereth #2007, Ms. Lonnette Alexander #2004, Mr. Fred Whitaker #2006, Mrs. Erin Overall #2005, Mr. Brad Bernstein #2021, Sue Reitmeyer #2025, Chris Vroman #2007,

Principal Assistant Principal Assistant Principal Assistant Principal Assistant Principal AP Office Clerk Principal’s Secretary


Last Names A-E F-L M-R S-Z

ECounselor – Is open 4-9pm, Monday through Friday. It is staffed by professional school counselors and is an opportunity for students and parents to ask questions after hours and get assistance. Types of issues that can be addressed are college & career planning, financial aid & scholarships, graduation requirements, advanced academic coursework, etc. The link to this site is

Guidance Assignments 2017-2018 Guidance Kim Black #2019, Kendra Rice #2020, Kathy Santiago #2017, Carolina DeGarmo #2018, Kim Martinez #2010,

Guidance Counselor Guidance Counselor Guidance Counselor Guidance Counselor Guidance Office Clerk

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Last Names A-E F-L M-R S-Z

ISTEM (Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) ISTEM Strands: Biotechnology, Computer Systems & Information Technology (CSIT), Cybersecurity, Digital Design, Engineering Technology, Game and Simulation, Web Design 2019-2020 Application Information: • Pinellas County Program Application Fair will be held at Dunedin High School on Thursday, November 8, 2018, starting at 6:00 p.m. • Discovery Night for the ISTEM program is Wednesday, December 5, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. starting in our media center. Application for the ISTEM programs can be made through the Online Reservation System at • Program Application Period: January 9 -18, 2019 • Application Review Period: January 22, 2019 through February 1, 2019 • Acceptance Period: February 13-22, 2019 • Calls from Waitlist Begin: March 4, 2019 • Late Application Period: March 18, 2019 Please contact Ms. Martinez at 727-725-7956 Ext. 2010 to schedule a student shadowing opportunity on the following Tuesdays or Thursdays: • November 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 27th, and 29th • December 4th and 6th Student Shadowing Day Information Parent & Student Check-in 7:15-7:30 ISTEM Informational Session with Mr. Bernstein 7:30-8:00 Student Shadows Classes with a Current ISTEM Student 8:00-1:30 Dismissal 1:30 Mr. Bernstein, Assistant Principal and ISTEM Coordinator, Countryside High School 727-725-7956 Ext. 2021 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater, FL 33761, (727) 725-7956,

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Pinellas County Schools is joining the national effort to expand SAT test practice opportunities to all students. The College Board and Khan Academy developed free SAT practice tools to create a world-class, personalized experience to help all students prepare for the SAT and college-level courses. Students can use the Khan Academy site 24/7 to get personalized practice for the SAT. The site provides students with instant feedback on their progress through thousands of SAT practice questions that range in difficulty based on each student’s demonstrated skill level. The site also provides predicted score outcomes, fulllength practice tests, and interactive questions and videos. Make sure your student is taking advantage of this important resource. Sign up today at


Student Services

We are here to help your student succeed. Each of the five student services professional disciplines—school counselors, educational diagnosticians, school nurses, school psychologists and school social workers—share common areas of focus as well as common goals for all students and their families. Examples of some common areas on which student service professionals focus their work are attendance, student progression and graduation, early warning systems, school improvement efforts, student engagement, suicide prevention, dropout prevention, child abuse prevention, mental health services, positive school climate, bullying prevention, and threat assessments. Tools for student services professionals come from the individual disciplines and professional organizations. The following is an overview of each of the Student Services staff roles. School counselors (previously known as guidance counselors) address students’ academic, career, and social and emotional development needs and seek to ensure equity, access, and academic success for all students. Countryside High School Counselors • Kim Black - Students with the last name A through E 727-725-7956 #2019 • Kendra Rice - Students with the last name F through L 727-725-7956 #2020 • Kathy Santiago - Students with the last name M through R 727-725-7956 #2017 Department Chair • Carolina DeGarmo - Students with the last name S through Z 727-725-7956 #2018 • Kim Martinez - Clerk 725-7956 #2010 Social Workers in schools provide support to students, families, school staff and communities. School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a Masters of Social Work degree, who provide services related to a student’s social and emotional needs related to life adjustment in school and/or society. School Social Workers are the link between the home, school and community. They provide direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students’ academic and social success. Countryside School Social Worker Margaret “GINA” Gibbs, LCSW School Social Worker 727-725-7956 ext. 2074 School Psychologists hold a Masters and Specialist Degree (or equivalent) in School Psychology and provide traditional assessment and evaluation, including mental health interventions, instructional support, family-school

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community collaboration, resilience and risk factor analysis, behavioral interventions and more. They provide comprehensive psychological services for students experiencing academic, behavioral, social, and psychological challenges and for students exhibiting high-level abilities and talents. School psychologists are uniquely and intentionally trained in psychology and education to effectively identify, evaluate, connect, and provide supports for students’ educational development and mental health. Countryside School Psychologist (Monday, Tuesday, Friday) David Tichenor, Ed.S., NCSP Coachman Service Center - (727) 588-5018 ext. 1066 Countryside High School - (727) 725-7956 ext. 2082 School Nurses have a critical role in the provision of comprehensive health services to students in schools. School nurses can contribute to improved outcomes such as health assessment and health plans, managing emergencies, health screenings, management of chronic health needs, assisting with Section 504 plans and individual education plans (IEP). Clinic at Countryside Ms. Sue Reitmeyer Countryside High School - (727) 725-7956 ext. 2025 Countryside School Nurse (Thursday and Friday) Andrea Blanco (727) 725-7956 ext. 2025 Work cell phone at 727-688-7005 Educational diagnosticians assist teams in interpreting universal academic screening results; determining students in need of tier 2 and tier 3 academic interventions; selecting research based academic interventions; assisting with academic progress monitoring; and administering individual academic diagnostic assessments. Attendance Specialists assist schools in child study teams, problem solving around attendance (PSW), interventions, truancy petitions, TIP referrals, home visits, phone calls, and other areas to help improve attendance at schools. Finally, the learning supports provided by student services professionals reduce a wide array of barriers to learning that arise across the student population. Teams of student services professionals coordinating learning supports in collaboration with each other, parents, community representatives and other educators using data-based planning and problem solving are best able to provide integrated supports to increase student achievement. In addition to these assigned student service staff, every school has access to the prevention office and the crisis response team. FACE IT Program (727)588-6130 Lisa DePaolo, Managing Officer Prevention Office (727)588-6130 Paula Mohl, Administrative Assistant Bullying Prevention (727) 588-6348 Joan Reubens, Coordinator

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District Application Programs Apply for the 2019-2020 School Year Jan. 9-18, 2019 Parent Application Workshop — Learn how to apply for District Application Programs: • Oct. 22: 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Countryside High, 3000 SR 580, Clearwater Choice Fairs — learn more about our magnet, fundamental and career academy programs: • Nov. 1: 6 – 8 p.m. at Gibbs High School, 850 34th St S, St. Petersburg • Nov. 3: 9 a.m. - noon at Largo High School, 410 Missouri Ave N, Largo • Nov. 8: 6 – 8 Dunedin High School, 1651 Pinehurst Rd, Dunedin Discovery Nights — Visit schools and explore programs in more detail. • Oct. 29-Dec. 21 Application Period: Jan. 9-18 Acceptance Period: Feb. 13-22

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8 Winter Concert

Join us for Countryside High School’s Winter Concert on December 11 at 7 pm in the auditorium. This evening extravaganza will feature holiday music performed by the Countryside Band and Choirs, and will conclude with a jubilant performance featuring the combined ensembles. Audience members will leave feeling inspired by the joy of the winter holidays! $5 suggested donation; donations go directly to the chorus and band programs.

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Drama Presentation

• Dracula will be performed on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd starting at 7 PM. • $10 General Admission / $8 Students and seniors. A classic tale, eerie and chilling in nature, arrives at the theatre of Countryside High School for three nights only. Dracula, written by Bram Stoker, takes the stage, transporting you from your seats to the terrifying tower of Transylvania and to London, England; say farewell to 2018 as you will find yourself in 1897. Scares and blood will be plentiful as the actors show off their aptitude for acting the uncanny. Directed by Gabe Saienni, the entire cast has perfected this production, making it a must-see. Come join us, that is, if you dare. To support and better the theatre program of Countryside High School, donations are appreciated to our GoFundMe site By donating, you benefit the success of Dracula and future productions as well. From the heart of Troupe 900, we thank you for your generosity. We hope to see you, and remember, the story awaits you, but only if you are brave enough to face it. Article written by Mae Johnson.

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