We have broken ground!

We celebrated our ground breaking for our new high school and transition building! But here at Morning Star we get all involved! While the adults were digging into the ground on the location of our new building,

Groundbreaking Ceremony

the students were also helping move the dirt! This is the beginning of what will be a six to eight month project. We can’t wait to keep everybody updated with pictures of the progress!

There are still opportunities to donate and possibilities for naming rights. If you would like more information, click here!

Funding our Future

Morning Star Achievement Center

We have kicked off our Fall Fundraiser! You can purchase tickets for a chance to win cash prizes throughout the month of October. In order to start construction on the Morning Star Achievement Center, we need to raise $100,000 by November 1, 2021. Our goal for this fundraiser is for each family to SELL 30 or more tickets. If we achieve that goal we will be about $26,000 closer to our goal of $100,000 by November 1st! Incentive prizes are being offered for different categories including
Students with 30 tickets sold
100% Class Goal
100% Class Participation
Highest Weekly Percentage
Overall Highest Percentage
Overall Highest Student Sales
Overall School Goal! (this is the big one!)

Each ticket is worth a donation of $10. Tickets can be purchased online through https://msfundingourfuture.fundraiser.school/ or in the office. Each ticket is entered for a chance to win $100 each Monday- Thursday*, $200 each Friday*, and a Grand Prize Final Drawing of $1,000 on October 29, 2021. The winning tickets are RE-ENTERED DAILY! Each ticket can provide up to 20 chances to win. 
Please share the link on Social Media, like and share the post from Morning Star School- Pinellas Park Facebook page!
Each ticket sale gets us one step closer to our goal! Good Luck!

*Drawings on days when the school office is closed will take place the following school day when in-person classes are held. 

Thank you

We want to say thank you to all the local businesses that DONATED to our auction. We appreciate all the items to help fill our baskets to the brim!

3 Daughters BrewingHoliday Inn & SuitesSirata Beach Resort
ABC Fine Wind & Spirits #49Honey Baked Ham CompanySpeed Boat Adventures
Sloppy Joe’sKahwa CoffeeAlessi
Bilmar Beach ResortKegel Training CenterSt. Peter Tiki Tours
Body Rush FitnessKendra ScottSuncoast Surf Shop
Brightway, The Wilson AgencyThe Kentucky Parfay CompanyMarie Selby Botanical Gardens
Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf CourseClearwater Marine AquariumThunderbird Beach Resort
Chili’s Grill & BarMerry MaidsTampa Bay Fun Boat
Clayton SwartzMiller’s Ale HouseThaler Law Firm PA
Sun Country CleanersCody’s Original RoadhouseTreeUmpf! Adventure Course
Music Sweet MusicMusic Therapy St. PeteTreasure Island True Value
Columbia RestaurantNook & CrannySunken Gardens
Copper MuleOutback SteakhouseTrue Value
Pierce Clinic of ChiropracticPalm Pavillion Beachside Grill & BarUniversal Orlando Resort
Diamonds DirectDaSesto ItalianoVigo Importing
Dinosaur WorldGold & Diamond SourceGator Haven
PublixDiscover Florida ToursReplay Amusement Museum
Plaza Beach ResortsBeth LaniBrightway, The Wilson Agency
Dr. Ann DavisJennifer BrooksTabatha Conza

Thank you!

We want to say thank you to all the SPONSORS who made our annual auction a success. We were able to keep all events outside and enjoy an evening of fun and laughter.

Seminole & Sunrise Family EntertainmentGlobal Printing Solutions
Sharen’s Flowers & GiftsNothing Bundt Cakes
Anchor Air ConditioningGreat Bay Distributors
Community Health Centers of Pinellas, IncPepsico South Division
Sonny’s BBQRAD Diversified
D.J. Buchholz, P.A. – Family LawDunkin Donuts
Sacred Heart Catholic ChurchBriggs Automotive
Advantage Insurance Solutions3 Daughters Brewing
Besel PlumbingCoastal Properties Group
Roosterfish GrillPinellas Party Rentals
Christie’s International Real EstateJoe Donnelly Design
Luis & Stacey BessoneAlex & Angie Deliyannis
Natasha CashDan & Kate Jalupovic
Linda ChampionPamela & Dennis McClelland
Family of Isabella SanchezFriends of Morning Star
Family of Keith BluemkeLindsay & Matthew Sinclair
Family of Nicholas MohrDennis Shelley
Grandparents of Isabella SanchezEd & Mary Misner

Accepting Online Donations

Morning Star Capital Campaign Logo

Morning Star Catholic School is now able to take online donations to our Capital Campaign, “Creating our Future” using your credit card or bank information! If you would like to make a one time, or reoccurring donation to our Capital Campaign fund, you can do so by clicking the donate now buttons on our site or just heading over to https://www.givecentral.org/mscs-creatingourfuture and completing the information. This link is provided to us by the Diocese of St. Petersburg and all the funds goes directly into the Capital Campaign account. Thank you for all your support of our new transition program!

Please Support Morning Star on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Morning Star is teaming up with #iGiveCatholic for #GivingTuesday.

Please encourage family and friends to follow these easy steps:

1. Go to https://ncea.igivecatholic.org/organizations/morning-star-school-pinellas-park between November 16th – December 1st

2. Make a donation on the secure website using your credit card & watch our dreams grow! 

Donations made before December 1st  will post to the donor board on December 1st.

All proceeds from #GivingTuesday will go to the Creating Our Future Capital Campaign to build the Morning Star Achievement Center. MSAC will be home to the new transition program for Morning Star students up to age 22.

Thank you! We are very grateful for your support. 

Capital Campaign-Creating our Future

The Creating our Future Capital Campaign for Morning Star School is transforming MSS by investing $3,000,000 to expand and improve our campus facilities by providing needed space for the Transition Program and increasing high school enrollment; strengthening campus security; renovating space for life skills classrooms; and improving traffic flow and parking.

Morning Star achievement center building

Our vision focuses on creating the spaces and providing the resources necessary to meet the critical need and growing demand for a Transition Program providing educational options for our high school graduates. The entire project will strengthen our school for all our students, kindergarten through age 22.

This is an exciting and pivotal time in Morning Star School’s history. Your support of the capital campaign is critical as we create a school that will meet the needs of our students—grade school, high school and young adult—with identified learning challenges.

The expansion will be completed in two phases:

Morning Star Achievement Center for Transition Program and High School

Phase 1

  • Construct a new 3,500 square foot Morning Star Achievement Center to house the Transition Program and the high school classrooms.
  • Supply furniture and equipment for new building.
  • Remodel the existing portables that were the high school classrooms into life skills classrooms including a living room, bedroom, dining room and job training area.
  • Expand and reconfigure the school entrance and driveway to allow for a safer and more efficient drop-off and dismissal process.
  • Create a courtyard suitable for sports and social development.
  • Improve the perimeter fencing to include sliding gates that will be locked during the school day to provide single area access for a more secured campus.
  • Expand parking to include a centrally located parking area for visitors.

Phase 2

  • Create a Welcome Center by expanding and connecting main office area to existing classroom building providing a more visible and secure access to campus.
  • Home to administrative offices and conference areas.

This is a very exciting time at Morning Star Catholic School, and we need your support. With your assistance we can create a school that will meet the needs of students with learning challenges, up to the age of 22.  We invite you to visit our school, to become involved and to embrace this initiative with your gift today.

Working together with your support, we will succeed in Creating Our Future!

Your commitment may be fufilled as a single gift or with several payments as defined by you over a period of up to four years. Click to see a current list of donors.

BY MAIL: Mail check payable to Morning Star School to Morning Star School, 4661 80th Ave N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Click to download commitment form.

BY PHONE: (727) 544-6036

Leave a legacy by honoring your family, yourself or a loved one with a commitment to name a space, classroom or specified area. Click here to see a list of available naming opportunities, contact Morning Star School principal, Sue Conza, sue.conza@morningstarschool.org or (727) 544-6036.

Susan M. Conza, Principal

Final rendering drawing for campaign
Morning Star achievement center building

Capital Campaign has begun

Morning Star’s Creating Our Furture capital campaign is investing $3,000,000 to expand and improve our campus facilities providing:

  • needed space for the Transition Program and growing high school enrollment
  • strengthened campus security
  • space for life skills classrooms
  • efficient traffic flow and improved parking

Our vision focuses on creating the spaces and providing the resources necessary to meet the critical need and growing demand for a Transition Program providing educational options for our high school graduates. The entire project will strengthen our school for all our students, kindergarten through age 22.

This is an exciting and pivotal time in Morning Star School’s history. Please support us as we create a school that will meet the needs of our students – grade school, high school and young adult – with identified learning challenges.

If you are interested in helping our dreams become a reality, please reach out to our school, 727-544-6036 or email our principal, Mrs. Sue Conza.

John Prine, 1946-2020

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Morning Star School lost a friend. Singer-Songwriter John Prine was a friend of Morning Star School over the years and we were blessed to have him visit the faculty, staff and students just a few short months ago. Ms. Vinachi and Mrs. Ochoa-Rowland dedicate their rendition of Angel of Montgomery to all the people who loved John, especially Joe and Jonah Nuzzo. God bless and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. 

Updated School Closure Information

This memo amends the earlier versions, by extending the closure of Catholic Schools and Centers (and enacting virtual/online school) through April 15, 2020. Be safe and well everyone! Thank you


COURAGEOUSLY Living the Gospel 

OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OFFICE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS & CENTERS Pastoral Center PO Box 40200 St. Petersburg, FL, 33743-0200 * PH: 7273475539 Fax: 7273416848 

Dear Catholic School Parents and Guardians, 

March 18, 2020 

Im writing to you once again to communicate changes to our plans for our Catholic school students. 

In keeping with the directives and guidelines from our government and public health authorities, Bishop Gregory Parkes has directed that all Catholic Schools and Early Childhood centers will be closed to students until April 15,2020. The schedule of days follows: 

  • March 1820 Virtual/Online school days
  • March 23-27 No school; we will be using the days off from Easter vacation to give our teachers and students a mental and physical break. 
  • March 30 April 15, Virtual/Online school days; however, on Good Friday, April 10 there is no school. 

Currently, there is no guidance beyond April 15. We will communicate changes as soon as possible

As a parent with two children in our Catholic schools, I understand the familial and life challenges this entire situation has produced while realizing that many families have concerns much greater than mine. I have been amazed at the creativity and cando attitude that I’ve seen from our teachers and administrators and witnessed incredible acts of kindness and understanding from parents and others. I encourage each of us to look out for one another in our communities and beyond. We are the Church and our actions during this time will define us as Christians. During this very unique Lent, we are called to walk with one another through the desert. 

As always, please be assured of my prayers and those of my many colleagues in our Catholic schools. 

Sincerely in Christ, 

Christopher L. Pastura 

Superintendent of Catholic Schools and Centers 


Letter from Superintendent Pastura Regarding Covid-19

Please click on link below to view a pdf copy of the letter. Thank you and stay well!
2020-03-16 parent letter covid19


March 16, 2020


Dear Catholic School Parents and Guardians, 


The health and safety of our families is our top priority. We are continuing to follow the guidance from the CDC and public health organizations as we make decisions about how best to move forward with regard to the coronavirus (Covid-19). After prayerful consideration, Bishop Gregory Parkes has directed that all Catholic school and Early Childhood center buildings will be closed to students from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. The schedule of days follows: 

  • March 16 – No school for students. 
  • March 17 – Local, school-level meetings as planned by your administrator. No school for students. 
  • March 18-20 – Virtual/Online school days. 
  • March 23-27 – No school for students; we will be using the days off from Easter vacation to give our teachers and students a mental and physical break. 
  • March 30 and after- Normal school or virtual/online days, based on future guidance. This has not been decided as of the writing of this document. 
  • April 10 – Good Friday; no school for students. 
  • April 13-17 – These are no longer days off. They will be normal school or virtual/online days. 

We ask for your patience and assistance during this unprecedented situation. We understand the difficulty these actions will have for many families, particularly changes in the school calendar. We will be speaking to our administrators about working with families who already made plans the week after Easter. Let’s continue to pray for one another and remember that while we are separated by quarantines, self-isolation and social distancing, Pope Francis reminds us that, united in Christ we are never alone. 

Sincerely in Christ, 


Christopher L. Pastura 

Superintendent of Catholic Schools and Centers 


The Spirit FM 90.5 Interview

Thank you to Elle Spada at Spirit FM for taking the time to speak with Principal Conza and Jennifer Brooks regarding Morning Star.  Take a listen!  It starts about 14 minutes in –