The Southeastern Theatre Conference has created an award to recognized innovative instruction in playwriting at the secondary level. Our very own Bill Leavengood is being named the first recipient of this new award!
Tom Andrews, Chairman of the Shorecrest Board of Trustees, reviewed the role of the Board, the results of the Spring 2014 school-wide survey, and the feasibility study for the strategic plan/capital improvements.
This week the Board of Trustees hosted a lunch for our faculty and staff as one way to express appreciation for the work they do with our children. As we head into the Thanksgiving season I hope we all unite with the Board and will find a way to thank our teachers and staff for the great work they are doing with our very talented students.
Shorecrest hosted eight schools from the Tampa Bay area for the History Bowl and Bee. Shorecrest had four teams entered, and we were Finalists in the Senior Division and Semi-Finalist in the Junior Varsity Division.
The Charger Cross Country Teams competed in the 1A Region 3 Championship on November 8 in Melbourne. The boys team finished 3rd overall. Sophomore Olivia R. finished 5th, which qualifies her for state as an individual.
All children have extremes – in mind, behavior, and spirit. Children are not born naturally civilized. It is the job of the adults around them to teach them to channel that extremity into appropriate channels.
Eighth graders traveled to the Muvico Theater in downtown St Petersburg on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, to see the movie "The Great White Shark 3D". The movie was part of the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit.
Learning is a big deal! Sometimes we are able to see our children grow before our eyes. On other occasions, we need to wait to see how the long-term cumulative lessons, experiences and practices combine to allow a learner to demonstrate a skill, habit or knowledge.
The boys varsity golf Chargers conclude their second straight undefeated season with a solid showing at the State Finals Golf Tournament. The team total was 651, good enough for 8th place out of the 16 team field.
The family dinner table is a place where our children can learn lessons of moderation, celebration, and satisfaction. The list of benefits that regular family dinners can provide reads almost like a miracle cure: better academic performance, higher self-esteem, a greater sense of resilience - plus lower risks of depression, substance abuse and eating disorders or obesity.
The Varsity Volleyball Chargers celebrated their season. Junior Savanna R. received The Most Outstanding Player Award. The Most Improved Player Award went to eighth grader Taylor W. The Coaches’ Award had two recipients -sophomore Laura P. and junior Kalee B.
Adrianne Finley Greenlees, Asst Headmaster for Advancement & Strategic Planning
Shorecrest certainly shines on weeks like this! We are proud to know that these types of activities are what our parents, students, alumni and faculty appreciate, just as much as the core of what draws us here to begin with—an exceptional educational experience.
Kindergartners listened to the book "The Biggest Pumpkin Ever," which has a theme of a large pumpkin that needs to get into a town for a contest, but has grown too big to move. The students were then presented with the problem of moving a very large pumpkin from the breezeway into their classroom without any help from adults.
The top 36 singlehanded high school sailors from around the country will descend upon the Pacific Northwest starting October 31, to compete in the Cressy High School Singlehanded Championship, including seniors Nic B and Patrick S.
The following Shorecrest playwriting students were selected to have their plays presented in a public reading as part of The Emerging Playwrights' Festival at American Stage. The Gardener's Fault by senior Alice D. and A New Family by senior Matthew J.
The Cross Country Chargers swept the competion at the Bay Conference Meet on Oct 23. All three races featured Charger champions - Boys Varsity Luke P., Girls Varsity Olivia R., and Combined JV Jack L. All three teams emerged champions as well, with the JV boys posting a perfect score of 15! Way to go Chargers!
GSI welcome Mr. Mark Hasse as the featured speaker for its first "campus conversation" this year. Mr. Hasse is the science editor for the German newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt. He is in the United States studying the impact of educational technology in the classroom.
The theme for the Willis Leadership Lecture Series this year is “Iconic St. Petersburg”, and guest speaker Craig Sher spoke about Baseball in St. Petersburg. He assured us all that, “baseball is a piece of the fabric of St. Pete.”
About 70 parents have participated in Appreciative Inquiry (AI) sessions at Shorecrest in the past two weeks. In a school setting, AI sessions encourage people to reflect on the most positive experience they have had so we can plan to duplicate or enhance those experiences in other areas of school life.
What a treat it was to have guest expert, Dr. George Canizares, visit first grade and teach us about the skeleton and bones. He brought hand and foot models, a femur model and some of the tools he uses during surgery.
Charger Girls Sailing Team with skippers Kathyrn B. and Hannah S. and crews Peninah B., Andrea R and Victoria V. finished 5th in the 6th annual Pacific Coast ISA Girls Invitational Regatta held at the San Diego Yacht Club.
4th grade visited the St. Petersburg Museum of History to conduct research in the exhibit, Imagining La Florida. The class has been studying migration to Florida in Social Studies, and the exhibit features the stories of the Native Americans, Spanish and Africans who lived in our state in the 16th and 17th centuries.
US is launching an exciting new program that will train and equip students to become Shorecrest Student Ambassadors! If you are interested please contact Mrs. Craft. Training retreat will be November 2.
On Wed, Oct 29, we'll crown Mr. Spirit at halftime of the Powderpuff Game (around 3:30pm), and Thurs, Oct 30, we'll crown our Homecoming Queen at halftime of the Varsity Football game vs. Bradenton Christian (around 7pm).
Dr. Carlos F. Barbas III ’82 has been selected to receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award posthumously in recognition of his groundbreaking biomedical research which laid the foundation for new therapies, including those to treat HIV and cancer.
Shorecrest Preparatory School, with a natural focus on Choice, Support and Balance, is poised to take full advantage of today's educational opportunities and provide them to our students, their families and our teachers.
Shorecrest Forensic competitors proved themselves to be very talented public speakers at the first meet of the 2014-2015 season. 24 Middle School students attended the meet at Berkeley Prep and competed against students from seven other Bay Area schools.
Jr. Kindergarten students spent time listening to "The Enchanted Garden" by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), which paints a picture in the listener's mind of a magical garden in early morning. Then, in a visual art and music integration activity, they took crayon to paper as they were listening to the piece, and interpreted what they heard by creating their own pictures of enchanted gardens.
Over-protectiveness may deny children the opportunity to overcome their fears and to mature. When adults seek to overprotect children, children absorb the message that they need an adult when things get challenging because they don’t have what it takes to do it alone.
As part of the Coastal Awareness Program made possible from a mini-grant from Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Eighth graders used iPad sensors to collect water quality data related to temperature, salinity and pH at Coffee Pot Park.
Ms. Walker invited Chris Barrs, an industrial designer, to speak to Upper School students about creativity, innovation, problem solving and design in the business world. This speech served as a great springboard for the current NASA 3D Design A Space Tool challenge the library makerspace is promoting to students: http://www.futureengineers.org/.
The Chargers Middle Division squad had their final regular season meet last Thursday. Hailey E. won the 50 Back and was 2nd in the 100 IM. Louise C. took third in her two events the 200 Free and 50 Back. On the boys side Tanner W. finished third in the 200 Free and Chase A. and Matthieu C. had excellent time drops in the events they swam.
Shorecrest Preparatory School hosted the Tampa Bay Classic at North Shore Aquatic Complex all day Saturday. Preliminaries started at 8:30am while finals took place at 5:00pm with 15 teams and 382 students in attendance.
The students in the Sub-Saharan Africa class were given the dilemma of evaluating the efficiency of government aid to Africa based on geographic issues. The essential question posed to the students was, “Is Geography Destiny?”
Shorecrest had the pleasure of hosting the District 14 high school golf tournament at our home course of St. Petersburg County Club. Both our boys and girls played well, finishing in second place and earning a spot in next week's Regional Tournament at East Lake Woodlands.
More than 25 parent volunteers came together in Landy Hall to make phone calls to fellow Shorecrest parents in support of the Shorecrest Annual Fund. This year’s event was a huge success, raising $72,000 in support of Shorecrest!
This past week a group of parents met with the Administrative Team. Together we engaged in an appreciative inquiry about settings and events that best promote community at Shorecrest. Once we determined that settings like Fall Festival, Spirit Night, parent-student teacher conferences, car line with greeters, and many, many others, we determined the values that were modeled at those events.
Saturday, October 11 is National Coming Out Day. At Monday's Upper School morning meeting, senior Nicole B. represented the school's Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and explained to her peers the history behind the day and gave advice on how to react when someone you know comes out.
Seventh grader Julia G. has been donating to Celma Mastry's Ovarian Cancer Foundation for the past 4 years. She was named Celma's First Superhero, and has been recognized by the Foundation for her service in many ways.
Kindergarten has been working on rhyming word sorts. The students sort words according to the rhyme. We have also been brainstorming other words which rhyme with our picture sort. To reinforce hearing rhyming words, we have been reading fun stories and poems that include rhyming words.
Storm drain marking event Saturday, October 18, 9am-Noon. This great project welcomes VOLUNTEERS OF ALL AGES, so grab your family and join the Tampa Bay Watch crew next weekend for a morning of environmental and community service.
Watching the news and constantly hearing about the Enterovirus D68 or Ebola virus can bring emotions like fear, stress or worry into play for adults. Imagine what your child might be thinking or feeling!
The Shorecrest Sailing Team has won another event, this one qualifying them for the inaugural ISSA High School National Keelboat Invitational. Nic B, Pat S, Josh D and Kyle D represented Shorecrest, and comfortably won the event (winning 7 races!) with 16 points after ten races.
This past weekend, the Sailing Team competed in the first South Points event of the 2014/2015 season. Varsity sailors Patrick S. with Peninah B., and Nic B. with Kathryn B. posted a mere 13 points from the 8 races held.
Fever is defined as an oral temperature of 100.4 and higher. It is a symptom that the body is fighting some type of infection. People are likely more contagious when they have a fever so it is very important to stay away from others at that time.
On Wednesday, October 1, the MS Golf Chargers had their thrid match of the season at Cypress Links vs Academy Prep, Open Public, and St Raphaels. The Chargers continued to improve their chipping and putting, finishing 2nd with team score of 157.
You are invited to attend an Appreciative Inquiry Workshop for Parents. Please come prepared to share stories of when Shorecrest was at its best. RSVP with which workshop you will attend by Friday, October 10, to Jennifer Merrigan.
Junior Josh D. competed in the J24 World Championship regatta, held in Newport, RI, Sept. 20-26. As a member of the only USA team under age 25 amongst 70 boats of adult sailors, Josh was the sail trimmer in 10 races over 5 days, and ended in 53rd place overall.
Varisty Bowling Chargers gathered for a service day, and waded in and cleaned around Crescent Lake as part of CareFest 2014. Each volunteer had a great attitude, and as a group we really made a difference!
On Wednesday, September 24, Chargers MS Golf had its second match of the season at Cypress Links vs St Pete Christian, St Pauls and Jaguars Golf Club. Shorecrest placed 3rd shooting a 157, with all golfers showing improvement. Turner B led the team with a solid round of 34.
Since Shorecrest Night at the Rowdies was rained out, families who purchased tickets may exchange them for any of the remaining Rowdies home games. We'd like to encourage families who are able to, to come together and attend the Rowdies game on Saturday, November 1.
The 8th graders were able to collect data using weather sensors and their iPads this week. The goal was to determine how humidity and temperature differ when the sensor was exposed to different levels of sunlight.
Students constructed large scale neurons and created a pathway with them by connecting dendrites to axons. They will learn how to strengthen and multiply neural networks (called neuroplasticity), and also how brain breaks with physical activity, healthy eating, understanding emotions, and sleep contribute to neuroplasticity.
Patrick S. and Nic B. won their respective fleets to become District Champions last weekend in Charleston, SC. They move on to represent the SAISA district at the Cressy national championship regatta to be held in Bellingham, WA, in early November.
This week in CPR, middle school discussed peace making strategies. We learned that we are all different, and we need to have compassion for others and need to be accepting of these differences by working together.
Kindergartners enjoyed their very first Writing Celebration this week! Each child's story was projected on a screen for all to clearly see as it was read aloud. After each child shared, the audience gave him/her a round of applause followed by a compliment or two. We are truly a community of writers!
October 16, Noon - 1pm: The Learning Center invites all parents to a Lunch and Learn featuring Richard Estren, a specialist in study skills, test prep, and helping struggling students. Richard has helped many students “Learn how to learn,” helping them to develop independent study skills and work habits.
The girls team finished 3rd out of 24 teams and Olivia's time of 20:34 was the fastest of the 164 in that race. Kai G. finished 9th with a time of 21:59 to help the team to this fantastic finish. On the JV side, the lady Chargers finished 3rd and the boys 5th overall.
Adrianne Finley Greenlees, Asst Headmaster for Advancement & Strategic Planning
Last week in the Lower School, I witnessed teachers who were dedicated to encouraging their students to really think, to work through problems both individually and in teams, to take risks by presenting their work to their fellow classmates, and to build on their strengths and address their weaknesses in a productive way.
Shorecrest's Spanish Club was recently featured in The Children's Dream Fund Newsletter and are also on the homepage of their website - for being kids who care! The Children's Dream Fund fulfills dreams for children ages 3-18 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
Second graders soaked lima bean seeds overnight, and compared their observations of the dry and wet beans using all of their senses. Then they planted seeds which will grow under artificial light in the second grade hallway.
Jorge Giroud '97, Director of High School Programs for International Studies Abroad presented several options for service learning and study related opportunities. ISA offers Costa Rica during Service Week in March, as well as several opportunities around the world, with a focus on Spain, during the summer.
Overindulgence can be defined as giving too much of anything to a child such that his or her learning and development is slowed. When we give children everything, or do everything for them, we deprive them of experiences necessary for the development of basic skills, confidence and self-esteem.
Varsity girls 1st overall, led by 1st place finisher Olivia R. with a time of 20:12. Varsity boys 3rd overall, led by 1st place finisher Luke P. with a time of 16:55. 9/11/14 at Indian Rocks Christian Invitational.
Shorecrest Booster Club invites you to join the Varsity Football Chargers next Friday, 9/19 at 7pm for their first home game on Haskell Field. Annual “Charger Bolt” race for Exp School & LS students during halftime. First 150 attendees receive a Chargers Cowbell or tambourine!
The project Hidden in Plain Site challenged students in all levels of US 3D Design classes to make a location-specific sculpture using a limited amount of studio materials (wire, twine, and plyers) and an unlimited amount of natural materials, such as twigs and leaves.
When students return to Shorecrest after summer break, they have renewed motivation and drive. But just like New Year’s resolutions often fade by February, children tend to lose sight of goals without the proper support.
It’s common for students to feel apprehensive about a new grade level, fitting in or a new teacher. Managing fear and disappointment is a critical life skill that can only be learned through experience.
We are pleased to announce the Fall 2014 ePrep Test Prep Workshops. These workshops are for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are currently enrolled in ePrep, or are interested in enrolling. The workshops will take place in the Landy Hall Computer Lab (LH-8) and are completely free to Shorecrest students.
The Lower School art studio has been divided into seven different art studios: drawing, collage and printmaking, painting, fiber arts, 3D sculpture, clay, and architecture to facilitate Choice-Based Art Education.
Introducing the friendly, new faces that parents and students will be seeing around campus this year. We're excited to add these experts to our outstanding faculty, as they make the difference in our students' educational experience.
Research suggests students at schools with a strong sense of community are more likely to have high academic motivation, behave in socially responsible and ethical ways, develop healthy social-emotional skills that are necessary for success in adulthood, and to shy away from behavioral problems such as substance abuse and fighting.
Eighth grader Reagan Q. raced in the Junior Regional sprint triathlon championship and placed 1st in her age division, 1st in age 15 and under Talent ID division, and 5th out of all females in the entire race.
Several Shorecrest students and graduates were featured in St. Pete Opera Company's production of WEST SIDE STORY at the Palladium Theater this summer. The production received 8 nominations for the Theatre Tampa Bay Awards and broke all Palladium box office records for ticket sales.
5th Grade science classes started their school year with a fun hands-on lesson. Students were challenged to pull a candy life saver trapped under a plastic cup onto a candy worm using only 4 paper clips.
From the first walk to class and morning meetings - to centers, exploratoriums and playground activities - our Alpha and Junior Kindergartners dove into their first few days with joy and spirit as they and their teachers began their year’s journey together.
Convocation is a formal event on the first day of each new Upper School year. Seniors inscribe their names into The Book, a leather-bound volume which affirms their willingness to abide by the Shorecrest Honor Pledge and records their names for posterity.
For 39 years, Shorecrest English and Journalism teacher Jim Henderson (aka "Hizzo") has lived a life in soccer. He serves as the Rowdies play-by-play analyst for TV broadcasts on Great 38, as well as hosting the Rowdies Kickoff pregame show on the same network.
Most junior racing here in the US sticks to the tried and true youth classes—Lasers and Radials, Club 420’s, maybe a handful of catamarans and windsurfers—but very few make it into competitive keelboat racing until after college. Not so for Liam McCarthy and his crew on the Youth J/24 Team, who were selected by the US J/24 Class Association to represent the US as the country’s sole under-25 team at the Worlds this September in Newport, RI.
Chargers Cheerleaders placed in the top 3 in both the dance and cheer competition at UCA Cheer Camp. Senior Tatum L and junior Sydney B earned spots on the UCA All American Team performing at the 2015 London New Years Day parade!
The Tampa Bay Lightning cheerleaders, the "Lightning Girls", include an attorney, yoga teacher, and even a Shorecrest grad! This video clip takes you up close with Isabella M. '12, now a Lightning Girl.
Recently, we were fortunate enough to speak to Dr. Anna Baralt, the Director of Educational Technology at Shorecrest Preparatory School. While Dr. Baralt had a wealth of great information to share, one phrase she used really stuck with us: productivity tool.
For Shorecrest's Middle School science fair, Evie Sobczak '14 found that the acid in fruit could power clocks. In seventh grade, she generated power by engineering paddles that could harness wind. In eighth grade, she started a project that eventually would become her passion: She wanted to grow algae and turn it into biofuel.
The number of projects students completed for the Salvation Army Family Shelter over the past few years has increased dramatically. Shorecrest’s presence is everywhere, and they lovingly refer to the facility as “Shorecrest South.”
Adrianna and James Wenz Jr. share a passion for theatre performance and a desire to uphold their reputation as "A" students at Shorecrest Preparatory School. But the siblings kept their distance when it came to academics, even as they finished their high school careers as Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2014.
Shorecrest's Sailing Team posted another strong finish at a national championship last weekend in Houston, Texas, where 12 teams from around the country were in attendance. Chargers finished an impressive 4th overall!
The class of 2014 graduated with a 3.84 grade-point average and with two National Merit Scholars, Adrianna and James Wenz Jr. This class also tied for largest with the class of 2011. Also, 97 percent of the class got scholarship offers totaling $7.5 million.
Adrianna and James W. '14 have been selected as two of this year's 2,500 nationwide Merit Scholar designees in the National Merit Scholarship program. They will each receive a $2,500 college scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Space limits all I wish to write about this marvelous Class of 2014. Their parents, family members, teachers and friends can be proud of them. They are off on the right path and I trust we will hear great things about them as they move into their universities and careers.
Founded to celebrate the positive accomplishments of local teens, the Mayor’s Youth Showcase of Achievement on May 13, 2014, recognized outstanding middle and high school students. In addition, an overall School of Excellence was named, and Shorecrest took home the title!
Shorecrest Prep senior Assata T. has made her college decision. The 2013 1A state champion in the 100 meter dash considered the University of North Florida, North Carolina A&T State University and Florida Atlantic University. Find out where she chose and the goals for the final weeks of her high school career and beyond.
As early as 2011, Shorecrest Preparatory School knew integrating cutting edge technology into its curriculum was a high priority. When a seventh grade teacher received a grant to offer iPads in her classroom, Shorecrest’s one-to-one pilot program was born.
A small army of volunteers will begin a major renovation project on Jeffrey's home. The work means he will be able to use the facilities on his own for the first time in 17 years. "There will be no cost to the family or to Jeffrey... thanks to a grant from Shorecrest students."
Reagan Q, 13 and a top age-group triathlete, convinced her father to let her swim beside him in the 5th Annual Tampa Bay Frogman Swim. Each swimmer in the 3.1-mile open-water swim has pledged to raise at least $1000 for the Navy SEAL Foundation. Reagan collected more than $6500 in pledges.
Choosing a school for your child can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders — and your wallet. But don't rule out a private school education straightaway. Check out the Shorecrest Flexible Tuition Program.