At the end of each year, our PTA goes to great lengths to help the students who are graduating to Middle School celebrate this time in their lives. We know that they have worked very hard to reach this goal, so we want to help them memorialize this important, once-in-a-lifetime, occasion!
The Celebration usually covers two or three days at the end of the year, with a Student Breakfast, a Teacher/Student Luncheon, some sort of "special" events that change every year based on the creativity of the committee and the needs of the students, and an Awards Ceremony attended by Parents, Students, Faculty and Administration.
At the awards ceremony, students are presented with awards for different achievements. They are recognized in Math, Science, Social Studies and Writing by having been nominated and receiving one of the four county P.R.I.D.E. (Personal Recognition for Ingenuity, Drive and Excellence) Awards. To be eligible for a P.R.I.D.E. Award a student must have: 1) Achieved a report card average of an “A” in the subject during the year; 2) Demonstrated a positive attitude and good work habits during the school year as evidenced by responsibility, consistency, reliability, participation, self-motivation, following rules and procedures, and respect for others; and they must have 3) scored among the highest in his / her school on the subject area test for the identified P.R.I.D.E. award!
The Joseph L. Carwise Minority Achievement Award for graduating fifth graders recognizes the student(s) for educational excellence both in and out of the classroom! This award is given to students who have maintained high academic performance and displayed exemplary character throughout the year. Students in North Pinellas are chosen as recipients by their administrator, teacher(s), or counselor.
The "5th Grade Memory Book" that is created to commemorate this milestone in their lives is a tradition that is always eagerly anticipated by students and parents alike.
The 5th Grade Celebration Chairperson for the PTA is responsible for the creation and the coordination of these events by working closely with a creative 5th Grade Celebration committee, made up of the PTA Board, involved parents, PTA members, and the school administration.