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2019

Recent News

  • Q&A with Will Shanahan '09

    by Lily Schneider '19, Alumni Intern
    Q&A with filmmaker, director and nonprofit leader Will Shanahan '09.
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  • A Love of Teaching

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    In a time when one can find a study to prove just about anything, it is not surprising to see studies that focus on white-collar worker burnout and job dissatisfaction. We can also find studies about teachers and job dissatisfaction. We cannot take for granted that the people who work with children love their work and love their students.
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  • Upper School Announcements

    by Don Paige, Head of Upper School
    Announcements and Reminders for Upper School families and students.
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  • Experiential School Announcements

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Announcements and updates from Dr. Danyali
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  • Lower School Announcements

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Announcements, updates and reminders for Lower School Families
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  • Middle School Announcements

    by Kristine Marquez Grant, Head of Middle School
    Announcements, updates and reminders for Middle School Families
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  • Fall Festival and Costume Parade, Oct 31 - Register Today!

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    We are looking forward to this year’s Fall Festival sponsored by the Shorecrest Community Association (SCA). On Thursday, October 31, the day begins with our annual costume parade. Fall Festival will follow on Haskell Field (the football field) from 10am - 12pm.
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  • Fall Festival and Costume Parade, Oct 31 - Register today!

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Join us for Fall Festival sponsored by the Shorecrest Community Association (SCA). The Festival will be held on Thursday, October 31, from 10am - 12pm on Haskell Field (the football field) and is preceded by our annual costume parade.
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  • Varsity Football vs Canterbury of Ft. Myers

    by Coach McCall, Athletic Director
    23-42 Loss
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  • MS Download: Understanding ERBs

    by Kris Grant, Head of Middle School
    Forming partnerships with Middle School families is the key to our success. One of several things we’ll do this year is host “Middle School Download” meetings through which parents will learn about different topics affecting their Middle School children.
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  • Sailing Chargers September Update

    by Dorothy Cenedella '21
    The Chargers sailed in a fleet of 46 Lasers from the SAISA district in the 2019 SAISA Cressy Singlehanded Qualifier. Out of 25 schools in the regatta, Shorecrest was the only school to have 3 finishers in the top 10, plus the top 2 female finishes!
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  • Session 2 Club Registration and Child Care Reminders

    by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Sign up begins late Oct 4 at https://shorecrest.campbrainregistration.com/. Session 2 clubs will run October 28 - December 13 with a makeup week December 16.
    Please remember that child care for School Closed days and Half Days has a separate registration. Regular extended day, even annual plans, does not cover these days. In October, those days are the 11th (full day) and 31st (half day after Fall Festival).
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  • Varsity Golf at The Vinoy Invitational and vs SPC

    by Matt Thompson, Associate Athletic Director
    The girls team finished in 2nd place at The Vinoy Invitational.
    SPS 178, vs. St. Petersburg Catholic 186
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  • Eighth Graders can shadow in the Upper School

    by Admission and Enrollment Management
    Let your eighth grader get a taste of high school. The Shorecrest Admissions and Enrollment Management department is scheduling shadow days in the Upper School for current eighth graders.
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  • Why Participate in the Annual Fund? [video]

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Why is participating in the Annual Fund important? Since tuition does not fully cover the school’s operational costs, the success of the Annual Fund is crucial to providing excellence in academics, arts, and athletics for students of all ages.
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  • Fourth Graders Publish Memoirs

    by Colette Husenitza, Fourth Grade Teacher
    Mrs. Husenitza’s fourth graders recently completed their first writing unit of study - memoir writing. Each student's writing and an audio clip of them reading it aloud is hanging in the fourth grade hallway.
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  • Students Join International Movement to Combat Climate Change

    by Erin Mullins '20, Outdoor Club President
    According to the Twitter account of Greta Thunberg (the teen responsible for organizing the Fridays for Future movement) on September 20, 2019, 4 million people in 163 countries went on climate strike. Upper School students Brenna Dukes ‘21 and Erin Mullins ‘20 attended St. Petersburg’s protest and made noise on the steps of City Hall. 
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  • Bees and a Pollinator Garden Coming to Campus

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
    Second graders are excited to announce they are getting a beehive on the back campus. They are also planting a pollinator garden on the Lower School campus.
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  • Families of Students with Learning Differences, Meet Oct 16

    by The Learning Center
    Please join TLC on Wednesday, October 16, from 11am - 12pm in the Student Activity Center. 
    Learn more about Dr. Stabler here: https://www.northeastbhc.com/about.
    Please RSVP to Tracie Belt tbelt@shorecrest.org or Miriam Pardoll mpardoll@shorecrest.org.
     
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  • International Connection Social, Oct 16

    by International Connection
    Join the International Connection at Shorecrest for a parent/guardian Happy Hour on Wednesday, October 16, 5-7pm at The Canopy on top of the Birchwood Hotel, 340 Beach Dr NE, St. Pete.
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  • Key Club Collecting Books for Local Teens

    by Ron Heller, Key Club Faculty Sponsor
    The Upper School Key Club has started a book drive for Sallie House. Gently used and new books for ages 12-17 may be brought to Upper School room ST4.
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  • Learn about Girls Basketball, Oct 9

    by Coach Horne
    There will be a meeting regarding Chargers Girls Basketball for all parents/guardians of girls grades six - 12 who are interested in playing basketball on Wednesday, October 9 at 4:15pm in Charger Commons.
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  • Middle School Football vs Cambridge Christian

    by Coach Dave Wright
    20-23 (Loss). The MS Football Chargers played an away game in Tampa against a tough Cambridge Christian team. They are ranked as the best middle school football team in Tampa Bay - and the Chargers lost to them by only 3 points.
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  • MS Gold Volleyball vs Academy Prep, ODA

    by Coach Dougherty
    Chargers vs. Academy Prep 25-22, 13-25, 11-15
    Chargers vs. ODA 25-21, 25-11
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  • MS Golf vs Thurgood Marshall, SPC, St. Raphael’s

    by Coach Every
    The Shorecrest Chargers had their best performance of the season at Cypress Links with a total team score of 118. 
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  • MS Performing Arts Presents "The Wizard of Oz," Nov 1 & 2

    by Stephanie McCarthy, MS Music and Jr. Thespian Director
    Shorecrest Middle School Performing Arts presents a fall musical production of "The Wizard of Oz," based on the novel by L. Frank Baum and the classic motion picture. Performances starring students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades will be held in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest on Friday, November 1, at 7pm, and a matinee on Saturday, November 2, at 2pm.
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  • Shakespeare in the Park, Oct 15

    by Lillian Nelson '82, MS Public Speaking, Theatre and Debate Teacher
    Eighth graders will present Shakespeare in The Park on October 15 at 5pm in the Middle School quad.
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  • SHORECREST SWIM & DIVE CONTINUES SUCCESSFUL SEASON

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    BOYS: Chargers 113, Seminole 70. Chargers 101, St. Pete 84
    GIRLS: Chargers 109, Seminole 74. Chargers 70, St. Pete High 116
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  • STEAMakers Open House for Toddlers-Fourth Grade, Oct 19

    by Shorecrest Admissions and Enrollment Management
    The Shorecrest Experiential and Lower Schools invite you to join us for STEAMakers Open House, Saturday, October 19 from 9:30-11:30am on the Shorecrest campus. This free event is open to families (current Chargers and prospective families) with toddlers through fourth graders.
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  • Enjoying Lunch with Your Child

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    We love having families and friends visit our students at lunch time. We want to make sure you know what to do if you decide to have lunch with your child.
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  • Holiday Greenery for Sale: Oct 1 - Nov 6

    by SCA Greenery Committee
    Holiday Greenery is a great way to support Shorecrest and SCA while giving a wonderful gift to your relatives, friends and business associates. SCA Greenery sales will run October 1 - November 6, 2019, and orders will be available for pickup or delivery the week after Thanksgiving.
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  • SCA Presents: Kelly Venuti on Student Anxiety, Oct 21

    by SCA Board
    Join SCA on Monday, October 21 from 8:30-10:15am in the Janet Root Theatre for a special guest speaker: Kelly Venuti, LMHC of Vitality Counseling, Certified Brain Health Coach. At this informational presentation get tips on how to support your anxious child and learn when to seek help.
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  • SCA Uniform Sale, Nov 6

    by Merilee Abinales
    A SCA uniform sale will be in the JRT lobby on fall conference day: November 6, 7:30am - 5pm. Used uniforms in good condition are currently being collected.
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  • Volunteer at Fall Festival, Oct 31

    by SCA Board
    Together, let's make this a truly memorable Fall Festival, especially for the very youngest members of our school's family. Be a part of it - it's a great way to see your kids in their environment doing what they love with who they spend their day with.
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  • Concessions Volunteers Needed for Homecoming, Oct 18

    by Debe Shenkman, Manager of Events
    Are you available to volunteer for a 2-hour shift in concessions?
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  • Homecoming 2019: What to Expect

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The full Alpha through 12th Grade school community will gather for a pep rally on Friday, October 18. That night is the Homecoming Football game. Chargers Alumni are invited to a pregame tailgate. During halftime the Homecoming Queen and Mr. Spirit will be crowned by last year’s Court. The festivities conclude on Saturday with a Homecoming Dance for Upper School students.
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  • Carolyn Sloss '85 to be honored with the 2019-2020 Shorecrest Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni
    On March 6 during an Upper School assembly, Carolyn Sloss ‘85 will receive the 2019-2020 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Carolyn has had an established and successful career as a communications professional. She is a Vice President with Allied Global Marketing and in 2001 opened its first office in the South where she oversees 30 employees as well as national account management and strategic planning. In addition to her successful career she has always remained civic minded. Carolyn volunteers with numerous nonprofit and service organizations and has made service a priority in her busy life.
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  • Dads Night Out Schedule

    by Matt Frey, Shorecrest Parent
    Shorecrest parents Matt Frey and Patrick Lamb organize casual, low key Dad's Nights Out during the school year. This is open to fathers of Shorecrest students all grade levels. No need to RSVP, just show up and enjoy.
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  • Fall Food Drive Going on Now

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning,
    The Shorecrest community has begun a fall Food Drive for The Kind Mouse, a local food pantry serving Pinellas County families in transition and their chronically hungry children. The drive runs until after Thanksgiving. Please donate only the items listed. 
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  • The Person Behind the Camera

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    After I stopped laughing over this video of two little boys “playing” together, I started to wonder about the person who was filming their antics. The children in the video seem to be very spontaneous. I hope the event was not staged. On its purest level, the video shows two little boys who are experimenting with getting smacked in the head and nose and finding the experience quite amusing. This must have been how “The Three Stooges” started. Yet, I wonder about the person who filmed the event.
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  • Five Student Films Selected for Festival

    by Bill Leavengood '78, Digital Film Teacher
    Five Shorecrest Upper School student films were official selections for the All American High School Film Festival. The Chargers' films will be screened at the festival in Times Square, New York City, on October 12 and 13. Over $400,000 in prizes and scholarships will be awarded.
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  • Alumna Emilee Dupre '02 in freeFall's "The Turn of the Screw"

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    freeFall Theatre will present Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of the Henry James classic, "The Turn of the Screw," running September 28 - October 27. The cast features Emilee Dupre (Broadway’s "Chaplin").
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  • Upcoming Chargers Alumni Athletic Events

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Thanksgiving Soccer Classic on Friday, November 29 
    2019 Alumni Basketball Game on Saturday, December 21

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  • Debates in Eighth Grade

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    When debating, Shorecrest eighth graders synthesize and judge controlled disagreements while scoring points. Debating enhances research skills, public speaking skills, empathy, critical thinking, examining data for accuracy, and development of teamwork.
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  • Transitioning to College: For Seniors with Accommodations , Oct 1-2

    by Tracie Belt, Director of The Learning Center; Ron Heller, Upper School TAA/SSD Coordinator
    The Learning Center and the Upper School TAA/SSD Coordinator, Ron Heller, have initiated a new program at Shorecrest called CAPS (College Accommodations Post Shorecrest). The goal of the program is to ensure that parents/guardians and their graduates understand the changing roles of advocacy in college. Parents are invited to learn more on October 1, 6:30pm. A meeting for seniors will be held during community time on October 2 in ST4.
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  • "The Lorax" Film Screening, Oct 1

    by Erin Mullins '20, Outdoor Club President
    Shorecrest Upper School's Outdoor Club is pleased to host a movie night in the Janet Root Theatre. A screening of “The Lorax” based on the book by Dr. Seuss will be presented on Tuesday, October 1 at 7pm. Everyone in the community of all ages is welcome to attend with their families and friends. Admission is free and there is open seating.
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  • CHARGERS SWIM & DIVE FINISH STRONG AT CLASSIC MEET

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    Leading the boys team with a first place finish in the 500 Free was Caleb Kravitz '20. The posted time of 4:26.66 was an automatic All-American qualifying time, a meet record, and a new school record. On the girls side Sarah Lankford '22 finished 2nd in the 200 Free (1:52.84) and 4th in the 500 Free (5:01.84). Both of these times were new school records, breaking her own record in the 200 and a 10-year old record in the 500.
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  • Contributing Chargers: Steve Wilcox and Thuy La

    by Olivia Segalman, Advancement Associate
    Over the course of the year we will be highlighting some of our Contributing Chargers, those members who have participated in Two Funds. One Mission., and sharing their stories of why they gave. Today’s Contributing Chargers, Steve Wilcox and Thuy La, are new to the community and after only a few short weeks, knew why they wanted to take part.
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  • Middle School Golf at Cypress Links

    by Coach Every
    The MS Chargers golf team continued to play very well against stiff competition. They placed third, and several players recorded their best scores of the season. 
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  • Varsity Golf vs. Calvary Christian, St. Pete Catholic

    by Matt Thompson, Associate Athletic Director
    Chargers 173, Calvary 187
    Chargers 186, SPC 203 
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  • Flag Football Form & Varsity Softball Meeting

    by Athletics Department
    Any Upper School girls who are interested in playing flag football in the spring, please fill out this form so coaches can gauge interest: https://forms.gle/8jvH8omaW9J6hg8eA.

    A Varsity Softball interest meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 8.
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  • Academy at the Lakes, Shorecrest swimmers set meet marks in Tampa Bay Classic

    by Chuck Frye, "Tampa Bay Times"
    With about a month to go before district meets, swimmers are usually well into their hard-core training regimens by now. Exhaustive practices held now followed by tapering which, if all goes well, means peak performances come states.
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  • What the dickens is with Dickens?

    by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
    To find out what the dickens is with Dickens, join US History Teacher Ron Heller's book club in session 2 of after school clubs running for 6 Wednesday afternoons from 3:45 to 4:45pm, starting October 30.
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  • Be a Global Reader

    by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
    Roderick Avery Fludd, Shorecrest's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and parent volunteer Catherine Nelke from the International Connections group have partnered to bring the world to Experiential School classrooms through a new Global Readers program.
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  • Relay For Life 2020 in Middle School

    by Kris Grant, Head of Middle School
    This year in the Middle School, Relay For Life will focus on grade level support rather than individual teams. 
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  • Florida 1A 500 Free State Champion Caleb Kravitz Will Stay In State, Sends Verbal to Gators

    by Chandler Brandes, Swimming World Magazine
    The University of Florida has received an in-state verbal commitment for the 2020-21 season and beyond from distance freestyler Caleb Kravitz of Saint Petersburg, Fla.
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  • Blood Drive, Sept. 25

    by Leddon Zwack '21
    Please consider donating blood on Wednesday, September 25.
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  • MS Football shuts out Indian Rocks Christian

    by Coach Wright
    Chargers 48: Indian Rocks Christian 0
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  • National Parks and Service Adventure

    by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Students rising into grades 7 - 11 are invited on the adventure of a lifetime! This summer, try a National Parks and Service Adventure to the Grand Canyon and Southern Utah.
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  • Observation on Parenting

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    This past week a parent asked me, “What lessons have you learned from parents? What works?”
    My first thoughts were about parents who have dedicated themselves to parenting. They love their children and want to have fun with them, and they put the responsibility of parenting above fun and friendship.
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  • International Day of Peace

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    In celebration of the upcoming International Day of Peace on September 21, all Lower School students and many visiting parents/guardians and faculty/staff joined for a special Town Meeting. Students honored peace through song, dance, thoughtful prose, and multiple languages.
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  • Varsity Golf Chargers Weekly Update

    by Matt Thompson, Associate Athletic Director
    Chargers 170, AFA 204
    Chargers 154, IRC 185
    Charger Girls at Mustang Invitational: 4th Place
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  • Varsity Football vs All Saints Academy

    by Coach McCall, Athletic Director
    Chargers vs All Saints Academy: 42-7 (Loss)
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  • CHARGERS SWIM & DIVE CONTINUE WINNING WAYS

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    BOYS:
    SHORECREST 107 OUT OF DOOR ACADEMY 76
    SHORECREST 140 CANTERBURY 28
    GIRLS:
    SHORECREST 132 OUT OF DOOR ACADEMY 44
    SHORECREST 143 CANTERBURY 13
     
    BOYS:
    SHORECREST 195 INDIAN ROCKS CHRISTIAN 30
    SHORECREST 142 CLEARWATER CATHOLIC 83
    GIRLS:
    SHORECREST 177 INDIAN ROCKS CHRISTIAN 30
    SHORECREST 127 CLEARWATER CATHOLIC 82
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  • Cross Country at Indian Rocks and Seffner Invitationals

    by Coach Raab
    Indian Rocks Invitational: girls 3rd, boys 6th
    Seffner Invitational: girls third, boys 24th
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  • Environmental Science Conversations in JK

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Upper School honors environmental science students visited JK classes this week. They wrote and hand-illustrated books about the environment in the style of Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax." The teens read their books to the preschoolers and discussed ways to be kinder to the planet. Kindergarteners also presented what they learned about water conservation.
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  • Lower School Visitor from Argentina

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, 3rd and 4th Grade Spanish Teacher
    Lower School students had a visitor this week in Spanish class. Emma visited fourth grade for a week from Mendoza, Argentina.
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  • MS Gold Volleyball vs Skycrest Christian

    by Coach Betsy Dougherty
    Chargers vs Skycrest Christian 13-25, 4-25
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  • MS Golf vs Thurgood Marshall, LCC, St. Raphael’s

    by Coach Every
    Second place 125 
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  • Roderick Fludd Awarded by Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    It is with great honor that this year Roderick Avery Fludd, Shorecrest’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion was recognized for his tireless efforts and hard work in creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive community.
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  • Spotlight on Arthur Marshall '78

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Arthur Marshall '78 made the leap from small-time gambler Benny Southstreet in the 1978 Shorecrest production of "Guys and Dolls" to his current position as Federal Administrative Law Judge for the U.S. Department of Defense. We recently spoke with Arthur about his career path, life lessons, inspirations and advice for future Chargers.
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  • St. Petersburg Police Department visits First Grade

    by Nicole Carson, First Grade Teacher
    First Graders got a special treat on Monday when members of the St. Petersburg Police Department visited the school. Officers Brandon Bill and Greg Shone brought their amazing K9 partners, Stitch and Titan, to meet the children and talk about their role in the community. 
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  • Crossing the Bay at Palladium

    by Bill Leavengood '78, Musical Theatre Director
    From the creators of Webb’s City comes a new musical about Old Florida, Bay-Crossed lovers, Ancient rivalries, Tampa vs. St. Pete. "Crossing the Bay" takes a romantic journey back to the founding of St. Petersburg, and is a show packed with local history and alive with characters. It is inspired by Jane Austen’s enduring classic, "Pride and Prejudice," reset in 1880's Tampa Bay. Book & Direction by Bill Leavengood '78, Shorecrest alumnus and Upper School Musical Theatre Director. Tickets are available on The Palladium website: https://www.mypalladium.org/crossing-the-bay-a-concert-version/. Promo code CTB2019 allows the Shorecrest Community to get $29 tickets for $20.
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  • How to Talk to Your Preschooler about Race [Video]

    by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
    Roderick Avery Fludd, Shorecrest's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, presented for Experiential School parents on the topic of, "How to Talk to Your Preschooler about Race."
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  • Experiential School Students Tour Kitchen

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Alpha and Junior Kindergarten classes received a warm welcome from the SAGE Dining staff and enjoyed taking behind the scenes tours of the kitchen in Charger Commons. The walk-in freezer and commercial cooking facilities were exciting, new places to explore!
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  • As Fast As You Can Go

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Experienced coaches and, for that matter, experienced athletes know that warming up is important before one goes as fast as possible. The same goes for throwing, kicking, lifting and any other physical activity. Warming up is important. 

    Similarly, experienced teachers know that children who learn fundamental skills in reading, math, science and other subjects will, in the long run, outperform students who jump ahead without a solid grounding in fundamentals. 
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  • LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HELP STUDENTS REGISTER TO VOTE

    by Brenna Dukes '21
    To recognize National Voters Registration Day, Shorecrest Upper School was joined by the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area (LWVSPA), a nonpartisan political organization, on campus to help students pre-register/register to vote. 15 students completed the process.
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  • Growing Community in ES

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of the Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The feeling of community now present in the Experiential School is palpable. To allow for students and teachers to have the time and space to fully immerse themselves in the rhythm of school life, the ES faculty and I have decided to cancel the October 16 and 17 Family Engagement Days. 
    We encourage parents / guardians to join us on October 31 for the Costume Parade and Fall Festival.
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  • Summer Trip: Grecian Odyssey, Info Meeting Sept 18

    by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
    Upper School History Teacher Mr. Heller, Upper School Band Director Mr. Updike, and Upper School Visual Arts Chair Mrs. Gaglio are pleased to announce next year's summer travel experience to Greece: June 11-22, 2020.
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  • PRO THEATRE PREP ABROAD, Info Meeting Sept 26

    by Cheryl Lee, Performing Arts Chair
    Join fellow Shorecrest travelers who share a deep love for Theatre. Immerse yourself in the British cultural environment of London and Stratford-upon-Avon June 22 – July 1, 2020 (10 days). Capacity is limited to 12 Upper School students. Additional Family members are welcome – age 13 and older. Want to learn more? Please attend an information meeting on Thursday, September 26 at 7pm in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest.
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  • Do you want to play Varsity Girls Soccer?

    by Coach Neal Wolfrath
    All girls who are interested in trying out for the varsity soccer team, please sign up in the athletic office by September 20.
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  • MS Volleyball Green and Gold teams update

    by Coaches Dougherty and Hodgson
    Chargers MS Gold team vs Admiral Farragut 25-22, 25-23
    Chargers MS Green team vs St. Pete Christian: 21-25, 17-25
    Chargers MS Green team vs ODA: 25-10, 21-25, 15-8
    Chargers MS Gold team vs Out of Door Academy: 27-25, 25-23
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  • Spotlight on Doug Seidler '93

    by Lily Schneider '19, Alumni Intern
    From a career in architecture to a passion for design education we caught up with Doug Seidler, the Outstanding Senior from the Class of 1993.
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  • Varsity Boys Golf and MS Golf weekly recap

    by Matt Thompson, Associate Athletic Director and Coach Woody Every
    Varsity Boys Golf vs Indian Rocks Christian School: 125-156
    Varsity Boys Golf vs. Out-of-Door Academy and Cardinal Mooney: ODA 152, CM 167, SPS 204
    MS Golf - 120, Thurgood Marshall - 119, Mt. Moriah - 148
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  • Varsity Football Chargers vs Marco Island

    by Anthony McCall, Athletic Director
    Varsity Football Chargers vs Marco Island 19-0 (Win) 
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  • Hurricane Dorian Aid

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning,
    Thank you to everyone who reached out wanting to help provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning, has been monitoring the situation closely and decided to extend our support to Sol Relief. They are an organization working with volunteer pilots to get supplies to affected areas quickly and safely. You can find more information at https://solrelief.org/dorian.
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  • Library Volunteer Training

    by Christina LeBlanc, Parent Volunteer
    Do you want to volunteer in the Charger Commons Library this year but haven't been able to attend a training session? An additional training session is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18 at 10am and Thursday, September 19 at 8:15am. Learn the layout of the new library and our new circulation program!
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  • Join the Parent/Guardian SEED Group

    by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
    As some of you may know, Shorecrest Preparatory School’s Administrative Leadership Team is entering its third year of an Administrative Team SEED group. We are excited to offer a Parent/Guardian SEED program for this year and hope you will join us.
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  • Photographer Beth Reynolds '84 Selected for Rays Artist Print Series

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    Photographer and Shorecrest alumna Beth Reynolds '84 was invited to create original art for the Tampa Bay Rays. The project is part of the new Rays Artist Print Series, launched in partnership with Creative Pinellas. Only 7 artists from the Tampa Bay Area are featured in the limited series. Reynolds captured her Rays baseball photo while watching her nephew (and Chargers Varsity Baseball MVP) Ashton Reynolds '19 play at Shorecrest last spring. 
     
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  • Middle School Football vs Seffner Christian

    by Coach Dave Wright
    Chargers won 50-0!
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  • When Hard Work Pays Off

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    This past weekend I started hearing stories from parents of students from the Class of 2019. Some were enrolled in the summer term at their new universities and others were just getting started as fall semester freshmen. The messages were consistent. Graduates were reporting to parents that they were totally prepared and their academic challenges in many cases were not as rigorous as the ones they faced in the Upper School at Shorecrest. 
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  • Experiment Extravaganza in Third Grade

    by Jenn Hobbs, Third Grade Teacher
    Last Friday third graders used their scientific skills at an Experiment Extravaganza.
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  • Shorecrest Buddies Recess Playdate

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Students both large and small enjoyed a group playdate during recess on Wednesday. First grade and eleventh grade buddied-up on the Lower School playground and kindergarteners partnered with tenth graders on the kindergarten playground.
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  • CHARGERS SWIM AND DIVE KICKS OFF SEASON

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    BOYS: CHARGERS 162, BERKELEY PREP 143
    GIRLS: CHARGERS 124, BERKELEY PREP 184
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  • Cross Country Girls Win Green Devil Invitational

    by Coach Jeff Raab
    The Shorecrest Chargers Cross Country team competed in the Green Devil Invitational last Saturday, August 31. The varsity girls, lead by Isabelle S '20 (2nd), Hailey H '22 (3rd), and Lili S '25 (5th), helped the team bring home the Championship trophy! 
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  • Hosting an International Student

    by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management
    New Oasis International Education is looking for nurturing and supportive host homes for international students.
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  • Shorecrest Prep’s college fair expected to draw more than 600

    by Megan Reeves, Tampa Bay Times
    For the third year in a row, Shorecrest Preparatory School is set to host a college fair of historically black colleges and universities. Next week will mark the first time the event has stretched to more than one day, and organizers expect more than 600 people to attend.
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  • Varsity Girls Golf vs Northside Christian

    by Matt Thompson, Associate Athletic Director
    Varsity Girls Golf vs Northside Christian: 189-225.
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  • Baseball Evaluations, Sept. 9-12

    by Athletics Department
    Head baseball coach, Mark Persails, will conduct baseball evaluations for boys grades 7-12 beginning September 9 and ending on September 12. Evaluations will take place on campus at Hernandez Field starting at 4pm each day.
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  • GSI Exchange Student Program

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
    The Shorecrest Global Scholars Initiative (GSI) announces its FIRST COMPLETE EXCHANGE PROGRAM for grades 6 and 8, in the 2019-2020 school year.
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  • Summer trip to Spain: 4th & 5th Grades [Video]

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    Imagine spending this summer in SPAIN!! Señora Jaime-Allwood will take a lucky group of fourth and fifth graders and their parent/families on a cultural experince of a lifetime! Practice your Spanish language skills, try new foods, see the sites, make new friends and become aware of the world around you through active, experiential learning. 
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  • Thespian Troupe 3140 Announces Officers

    by Bill Leavengood '78, Theatre Director
    Congratulations to the 2019-2020 International Thespian Society officers for Shorecrest Troupe 3140!
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  • NORTHEAST LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION

    by Northeast Little League
    Northeast Little League invites you to PLAY BALL this FALL! Registration is now open. Fall Ball is an instructional season that focuses on player development and teamwork while gaining confidence, building new relationships and having fun! Register now to be a part of an exciting new season!
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  • The Case for Fundraising in Independent Schools

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Do we realize how easy it is to forget others do not “speak your language?” There are times when I am with a group of accountants and they start using their accounting lingo and I have no idea what they are saying. I have a similar reaction when stock brokers, engineers, bankers and sommeliers get into their trade talk. So it comes as no surprise that a family new to the independent school world may look at me like I am nuts when I start talking about annual funds, capital campaigns and endowments... What’s this fundraising thing all about??
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  • MS Football vs. Keswick Christian

    by Coach Dave Wright
    Chargers 44, Keswick 0
    "It was a great team effort. Everyone played and contributed to the win!" Coach Wright said proudly. "This was the largest margin of victory by the Chargers in the last 20 years! I'm very proud of our team effort! This was a great victory for our team and sets the tone for what will be a very successful season! If any Middle Schooler (Grades 6 - 8) wants to join the team, it is not too late, and you will have a great experience on a great team!"
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  • Varsity Football vs Northside Christian

    by Coach Anthony McCall
    Chargers 12 - Northside Christian 42
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  • Empathy Lesson in Middle School

    by Christine Idinge, Seventh Grade Math Teacher
    In order to begin the year on a good note and set the stage for the grade level interdisciplinary design thinking unit, the seventh grade teaching team spent their first official Community Time with the students engaged in a hands-on activity designed to promote empathy.
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  • Cub Scouts Starting Sept. 3

    by Cub Master Brian O’Neill
    Pack 303 will have their first meeting of this school year on Tuesday, September 3. Scouts should wear their class A uniforms and meet outside the Lower School office at 2:45pm.
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  • Varsity Volleyball vs Keswick & Northside Christian

    by Coach Raquel Ferreira
    Chargers vs Keswick: Won 3-0! 26-24, 25-10, 25-08.
    Chargers vs Northside Christian: Lost 3-2.
     
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  • Do you get fit with your family?

    by Lower School P.E. Coaches
    The P.E. coaches are filling a bulletin board in the Lower School breezeway. The board will feature a monthly theme and some weekly fun updates.
    The current section they are working on is labeled #fitwithfamily, and they welcome all Lower School students to bring in 1 photo of themselves being active outside of school (sports, dance, park, etc.) with friends, family, or by themselves.
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  • Updates from Chargers Athletics

    by Anthony McCall, Athletic Director
    New developments from the Shorecrest Athletic Department including the introduction of the TeamSnap app for families of athletes and the redesign of the Booster Club into the Athletic Council.
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  • Two Funds. Twice the Impact.

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement and Laina Bennett, Director of Annual Giving
    Over the course of these early months of the school year, you will hear about our Two Funds. One Mission. efforts. This is a pivotal year to sustain the Shorecrest Annual Fund and finish Transform. When we make a gift to Shorecrest, we are really just a giving to each other.
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  • First Varsity Golf Girls Team Wins Match

    by Matt Thompson, Associate Athletic Director
    Boys vs St. Stephen's/Indian Rocks: SSES 173, SPS 199, IRCS 246
    Girls vs St. Stephen's: SPS 173 SSES 218
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  • SPARC and PARC perform "Beauty and the Beast"

    by Brenna Dukes '21, SPARC co-President
    On August 8, 2019, PARC clients and SPARC club members performed "Beauty and the Beast" for a standing-room-only audience at PARC.
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  • The Gift of Reading

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Books are our friends. If there is any advice an educator can give to a family beyond providing all children with love, it is to read to them and with them on a daily basis. Reading is power. Reading is fun. Whether one is a one year old or 101, the benefits of reading on brain development is undisputed. Reading makes us healthier people. Reading also allows one to take full advantage of school and independent learning.
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  • MS Rock Band Auditions, Aug. 28

    by Ethan Updike, Band Director
    Auditions for the 2019-2020 Rock Bands will be held in the band room on Wednesday, August 28, during Study Hall. Students will need to prepare a song to play or sing for Mr. Updike. Students must sign up for an audition time on Mr. Updike's door. All fifth graders who join Rock Band will also be required to learn a wind instrument in fifth Grade Band. Rehearsals will begin in September.
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  • Families Visit Experiential School *More Photos Added!*

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    This week, the Experiential School faculty welcomed families into classrooms for an Alpha Community Breakfast on Wednesday, and JK Explorations on Thursday. It was a beautiful sight observing students proudly showing new spaces and friends to the people they love, and watching children and adults meet, interact and enjoy being together.
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  • Dr. McLemore Joins Google Certified Innovator Program

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The Google for Education Team and Shorecrest Preparatory School would like to celebrate Dr. Caitlin McLemore, Shorecrest’s Middle and Upper School Librarian and Technology Specialist. Caitlin was recently accepted into the Google for Education Certified Innovator program through a highly competitive process.
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  • Learn about Fifth Grade Band

    by Ethan Updike, Band Director
    If your student would like to join the Fifth Grade Band, they need to tell their Advisor. If your child plans on joining Rock Band, they must take Fifth Grade Band. Fifth Grade Band will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:15pm in the Band Room starting Tuesday, August 27.
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  • Learn about Fourth Grade Band

    by Ethan Updike, Band Director
    This week was host to the Fourth Grade Instrument Petting Zoo. This was an opportunity for Band Director Mr. Updike and Ms. Marilyn, LS Music Teacher, to guide students in trying the different instruments offered in Fourth Grade Band. If your child enjoyed this experience and would like to join the Fourth Grade Band, you may sign them up on CampBrain: https://shorecrest.campbrainregistration.com/ 
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  • Sailing Team Informational Meeting, Aug. 28

    by Athletics Department
    Do you want to know more about the award-winning Chargers Sailing Program?
    Join Kelli Kerns in the Janet Root Theatre on Wednesday, August 28, at 6pm for an informational meeting for interested students in grades 8-12.
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  • Spotlight on Mitch Marois '10

    by Lily Schneider '19 and Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Mitch Marois '10, the Outstanding Senior in his class, will return to speak to the Class of 2020 at their Commencement this May. As he prepares for his return he shares some advice beforehand: “At the end of the day, being a good person and a good friend matters more than any test scores or acceptance letters you get. Give 100% of yourself not only to your work, but also to your relationships.” We caught up with Mitch this summer for an alumni spotlight.
     
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  • Stack ’em Up: a Third Grade Introduction to Engineering

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    During the first week of school, third graders played Stack ’em Up. The goal of the game is to work as a team to stack cups into a pyramid. The teammates cannot use their hands, rather they are given a rubberband with strings attached to it to use as a tool. The activity required teamwork, cooperation, creativity and problem solving.
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  • Welcome New Baseball Coach, 8th grade boys Meeting

    by Anthony McCall, Athletic Director
    Mark Anthony Persails joins Shorecrest as the new Varsity Baseball Head Coach.
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  • Touch of SAGE App

    by SAGE Dining Services
    The Touch of SAGE mobile app lets you connect with SAGE 24/7. View menus, favorite and recommend menu items, create a custom allergen profile, plan meals, view events, rate menus and more! SAGE uses this information to build menus the community will enjoy.
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  • 2019-2020 Box Tops for Education Drive

    by Kristi Aussner, Box Tops Coordinator
    The Box Tops for Education program has now gone digital! All you need to do is download the Box Tops for Education app, search for Shorecrest (easiest way to is search by zip code – 33703), and scan in your receipt that contains qualifying Box Tops products within 14 days of purchase.
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  • Off to a Great Start

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    One of my hopes for this year is that every family will bring their children to see some of the athletic games and theatre productions our Varsity Teams and Shorecrest Performing Arts produce. We are a PK3 through 12th grade school. It is easy to get immersed exclusively in the activities of your child’s grade or school. I am aware and respectful of the time and energy it can take to bring children back to campus for Varsity level events. I am even more aware of the positive impact and influence our talented Upper School students can have on our younger children.
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  • Welcome new Faculty/Staff 2019-2020!

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest is excited to announce changes and new additions to our faculty and staff for the 2019-20 school year.
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  • About the Shorecrest Community Association

    by SCA Board
    An introduction to SCA and the 2019-2020 Board.
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  • Jack and Jill and Shorecrest Partner for 3rd Annual College Fair, Sept 15

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    The Tampa Bay Area's only HBCU College Fair has expanded into a three-day event series from September 12-15 themed HBCU College Fair Reunion Weekend. The weekend culminates with the third annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair from 1-4pm on Sunday, September 15, at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg.
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  • Middle School Cheer Signups

    by Anthony McCall, Athletic Director
    All girls grades 6-8 interested in being a member of the Middle Cheer team should sign up at the PE coaches' office or contact Athletic Director, Anthony McCall, at amccall@shorecrest.org.
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  • Website Calendar Tips and Tricks

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
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  • Parking on Campus

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    As our school grows, we understand parking spaces are at a premium. New visitor spots have been added along the median in front of Charger Commons. When there is an event on campus and a large group is expected, the softball field (the grass across the street from Charger Commons) is used as an event parking lot.
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  • What do those dots on our menu mean?

    by SAGE Dining Services
    The dots the colors of traffic lights that appear on SAGE menus are part of SAGE's nutrition education program called Spotlight. It helps educate students about which foods are the most nutrient dense. 
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  • Supply Lists, Reading Lists

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Back to school supply lists and reading lists.
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  • A Life-Changing Connection between Shorecrest and HOBY

    by Lily Schneider '19, Advancement Intern
    Shorecrest students are always striving to “Be More,” and some alums have done just that by making strong connections outside of Shorecrest. These connections have improved their leadership, service, and innovation skills. Since 1988, Shorecrest has sent 2-4 rising juniors to Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY).
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  • Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The attached calendar for the 2019-2020 school year has a few changes that are intentional. While we are still just finishing the first quarter of this school year, we hope this information will help you with you planning.
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  • Nancy Spencer

    Nancy Spencer Named Shorecrest Head of School effective July 1, 2020

    by Stacy Alexander, Director Alumni and Community Engagement
    The Shorecrest Preparatory School Board of Trustees has appointed Nancy L. Spencer as its Head of School effective July 1, 2020. Spencer will serve as the school’s 7th Head since the school was founded in 1923.
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  • People4Tomorrow: Dylan Leary '16 and Seif El Masry ‘16

    by Lily Schneider, Advancement Intern
    The experiences had and people met while at Shorecrest really do have the potential of changing one’s life. Shorecrest instills values of service learning in each student who comes through the school. Dylan Leary '16 and Seif El Masry ‘16 are carrying this value forward into their adult lives. In 2015, the two traveled to Uganda as the Hursey Resort at Camp Saint Mary was nearing completion. Four years later, after spending some time in their respective fields of food and medicine, Dylan and Seif are returning to Soroti to utilize their skills and experience to transform the community. The two established People4Tomorrow, Inc.
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  • Textbook Returns and Book Sales

    by Dr. Anna Baralt, Director of Educational Technology
    How to return rented books or sell books back online.
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  • Alumni Collegiate Sailors Find Success and Spotlight with Nic Baird ‘15

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Shorecrest Alumni excel in collegiate sailing and we caught up with one of them, Nic Baird '15, to learn more about his recipe for success.
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  • Hilt Tatum, his wife Sarah and their three daughters.

    Spotlight on Hilt Tatum '99

    by Lily Schneider '19, Advancement Intern
    Shorecrest alumni excel in various fields, including our very own Hilt Tatum '99.
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  • School News: Going into the Operating Room

    by Lisa Peck, Upper School Science Teacher
    When Lisa Peck, Upper School science faculty at Shorecrest Preparatory School (FL), had abdominal surgery a few years ago, she didn’t know it would transform what and how she taught.

    The day after surgery, Peck’s doctor saw her correcting anatomy tests in her hospital room. “He said he wished he would have known I taught anatomy because he would have videotaped my surgery,” Peck says. “He asked me if I thought my students would like to go into the operating room (OR) and observe him performing surgeries.”
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  • Shorecrest Shines at Broadway Star of the Future Awards

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Senna Prasatthong-osoth ‘19 to represent Florida at The Jimmy Awards in NYC, summer 2019.
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  • St. Petersburg natives earn All-American sailing honors

    by Ryan Kolakowski, Tampa Bay Times
    The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association lists five area sailors on its list of honorees.
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  • Kindergarten Spring Orientation [VIDEO]

    by Kimberly Hudson, Assistant Director of Admissions
    Kindergarten Spring Orientation is for Parents of 2019-2020 Shorecrest Kindergarten Students - those rising from JK and for incoming new families. Enjoy a sneak peek of the Kindergarten program at Shorecrest to help you make a smooth transition next school year!
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  • Have a Great Summer

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    You did it! A minimum of 350 trips from your home to school and back. Somewhere in excess of 100 books read, problems solved and lunches packed. Attendance at project shares, class plays, athletic events, performances and, of course, “Cinderella.”

    Have a great summer and thank you for making the past year great for our Shorecrest community.
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  • Summer Library Book Checkout Available

    by Caitlin McLemore, MS/US Media Specialist
    Summer book checkout will be available in the MS/US library for grades 5-12. Hours are Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm.
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  • Baccalaureate of the Class of 2019

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Seventy-two seniors, their families and friends gathered in the Janet Root Theatre for Baccalaureate on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Eight students spoke, reflecting on their Shorecrest experiences.
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  • MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARDS ASSEMBLY

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On Monday, May 20, the Middle School student body, faculty and many visiting friends gathered in the Janet Root Theatre for the 2019 Middle School Awards Assembly. Awards were given in a variety of categories including: Academic Honors, Arts, Thespians, Invention Convention, World Languages, History Fair, Geography Bee, and Duke TIP SAT/ACT scores.
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  • Commencement 2019

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    On Sunday, May 19, 2019, Shorecrest Preparatory School held its Commencement Ceremony for the 72-member Class of 2019.
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  • Key Club Finishes Year at Ronald McDonald House

    by Ron Heller, Club Advisor
    Along with helping children and families at Ronald McDonald House, the kids have been able to tap into their cooking talents and provide lunches that have ranged from Greek, Chinese, French to homemade soups. The club members have collectively earned over 200 community service hours for their tasty efforts!
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  • Scholastic National Silver Keys for Angel Cherman '19

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Angel Cherman '19 wins two silver National Medals for drawing and painting.
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  • JK Activity Day

    by ES Teachers
    Last week, JK students and their visitors enjoyed a morning of under the sea fun! The day of activities culminated their studies of water, the habitats it creates and the plants/animals that live in those habitats.
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  • Wonder Soul Sessions at The Wonder Studio

    by Shannon Lipan, Wonder Studio Founder
    Meditation and Expressive Arts Class for 10 years old and up, including parents/guardians/grandparents.
    Fridays 4:30 - 5:45pm, 6 week summer session
    $50/child/adult per class or $300 for the 6 week session.
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  • Seniors Honored at SAR

    by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
    As if a stupendous graduation were not enough, Will Hess '19 and Thomas McMullen '19 both were honored by the St. Petersburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution last weekend
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  • A DAY IN THE LIFE OF KINDERGARTEN [video, photos]

    by Rob Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
    Shorecrest Kindergarteners took audiences through "A Day in Kindergarten," a musical and educational production. They performed about what they do, how they learn, and they sang through the schedule of a whole school day! Come along with them to writing, Spanish, P.E., lunch, music and so much more.
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  • Commencement Weekend 2019

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    On Sunday I will have the opportunity to fulfill one of the greatest responsibilities and honors a Headmaster enjoys. I will present the Class of 2019, and join our Board Chair, Dennis Leary, in the presentation of a Shorecrest diploma to each of our 72 seniors. While the focus of Baccalaureate and Commencement is on the students and their families, the achievements that we celebrate are a source of pride and joy for our full community. Being a part of the annual Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies is a reminder that we have a bright future ahead. Year after year, the senior class steps up - and as individuals and as a group they leave a legacy and raise the bar of achievement for future generations to meet and exceed.
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  • Shorecrest students receive hands-on experience with Intuitive’s da Vinci Robotic Assisted Surgical System

    by Stacy Alexander Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Shorecrest students had the great opportunity to explore and experience the da Vinci mobile system, part of Intuitive Surgical’s Intelligent Surgery Platform with hands-on robotic sessions and instruction by surgeons on May 10 and 11 in Charger Commons. The program is a partnership between Shorecrest’s Center for Medical Sciences and Intuitive Surgical, makers of the da Vinci System and supports the school’s STEAM curricula and innovation-focused mission.
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  • The Sixth-Grade Interdisciplinary Folktale Puppet Project

    by Amy Cobb, Sixth Grade English Teacher
    Throughout the second semester of the 2018-19 school year, sixth graders spent time reading and researching Hispanic, African, Indian and Chinese folktales and fairytales. They ended last year in fifth grade with a folktale and fairytale unit, acted on stage for families and friends, and now looped back to the topic to write a unique folktale in the manner of a certain culture, and present it for an audience using handmade rod puppets. The final Puppet Showcase combined art, English, Social Studies and Science classes.
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  • Chargers Sign to play College Athletics

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    In May, three seniors celebrated their collegiate athletic commitments. Renice Dacres ‘19, State Champion in the Triple Jump, will be playing basketball for Barry University in Miami, FL. Karlie Kongsiri ‘19, the Class of 2019 Salutatorian, will sail for the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, and RJ Ayers ‘19, Captain of the Shorecrest football team and State Runner-Up in the Shot Put, will play football at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. These 3 students join the 5 previously announced in continuing their athletic careers at the next level.
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  • Eighth Grade Capstone Projects [Photos]

    by Kathryn Jeakle, MS Marine Science Teacher
    Each year, eighth graders are challenged to find something they are passionate about, a talent they want to develop, or something to take on as an independent project. These are known as the Eighth Grade Capstone Projects. This year, students were tasked with making a community connection as part of their project. These semester-long projects were revealed on campus in a showcase on May 2.
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  • Fifth Graders Colonize Mars through Minecraft

    by Mandy Howell, Fifth Grade Math Teacher
    Fifth graders rounded out the school year with their final project using MinecraftEdu to create a colony on Mars. For the fourth year, the teachers and students collaborated on this cross-curricular SMath-ographE (Science + Math + Geography + English) project. Students were broken into small groups to represent scientists in charge of air quality, water, food production, transportation, communication, energy resources, housing and medicine. Each group was tasked with designing a pod for their sector that could withstand Mars’ environment. The main event: building a 3D colony on Mars in MinecraftEdu!
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  • Shorecrest Senior heads to United States Naval Academy

    by Stacy Alexander Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Reagan Quilty ‘19 was accepted to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in advance of her appointment to the United States Naval Academy. U.S. Naval Academy representative and Shorecrest alumni parent Steve Coppins recognized Reagan during a recent Upper School assembly. The Naval Academy is a family affair - with Reagan’s parents, Christopher and Karen, and brother Zachary all having attended the prestigious service academy.
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  • Seventh Grade Shares Health Information

    by Christine Idinge, Seventh Grade Math Teacher
    On Wednesday, May 8, a group of seventh grade students spent their afternoon interacting with the senior residents of the Sunshine Center in what was the culminating activity of a month-long study of disease and illness focused on prevention or awareness.
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  • US Inventor and Inventions Projects

    by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
    Students in Mr. Heller's Honors History class were asked to select an inventor and an invention from the 19th or 20th Centuries and recreate the invention utilizing a 3D printer. Each student answered the question: "In what way has the invention been improved upon today?" This was supplemented with a research paper in which they looked at the obstacles that each inventor faced and the successes that were ultimately achieved.
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  • Octopus Science Provocation

    by Meredith Markunas, JK Teacher
    Junior Kindergarten were able to observe one of the sea animals they have been studying - a real octopus specimen! They were amazed to notice all the suction cups on the octopus and could find and identify all the body parts, including the beak and siphon.
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  • JK Color Mixing

    by Abbie Hahn, JK Teacher
    Students in junior kindergarten started using paint pallets to mix and create their own colors. Some worked individually, while others created “friendship” paintings.
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  • Presentation: International Study Tour of Reggio Emilia [video]

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Presentation by Dr. Sherri Danyali and Shannon Booth Lipan, M.Ed. on their recent travel experience to Italy to study the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. View video here.
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  • SCA: Wrapping up the 2018-2019 school year

    by SCA Board
    This summer a SCA volunteer calendar will be sent home to all families listing event dates and opportunities. Please contact Samantha Nevins at volunteer@shorecrest.org for help in finding the right volunteer position for your interests, talents and schedule.
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  • Spotlight on Brett Apter ‘06

    by Stacy Alexander Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Our Chargers excel in professional achievements, provide leadership and mentorship to others and develop exceptional qualities and talents. This alumni spotlight shines a light on one Shorecrest alumni who has two careers - a successful start-up he founded and a passion and talent that has sent him on an exciting journey.
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  • Volunteers Make the Difference

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The Shorecrest Community Association hosted an appreciation breakfast to thank all school volunteers for what they did to make the 2018-2019 school year so special. Grandparent Council Chair Donna Gaffney introduced the day’s guest speaker, International and New York Times Bestselling author and Shorecrest parent Ashley Rhodes-Courter and her topic "The importance of volunteerism and giving back." The incoming SCA Board for the 2019-2020 school year was voted on and announced. The volunteer breakfast is also when the annual recipient of the Janet Root Volunteer Service Award is announced each year. Last year’s winner, Corrie Stover ‘90, was there to present the 2018-19 award. Congratulations Anne Dowling and Heather O’Neill as this year’s Janet Root Volunteers of the Year! 
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  • MS at Florida History Day Fair

    by David Hodgson, Seventh Grade History Teacher
    Tim and Zach Z. competed in the Florida History Day Fair in Tallahassee earlier this week. Tim and Zach were recognized as this year’s recipients of the Florida Hispanic Heritage Award, sponsored annually by the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Fort San Luis Chapter. Tim and Zach’s junior group exhibit was titled “Baldomero Lopez: Bravery in Battle - The Ultimate Sacrifice.”
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  • Seventh Grade Music Performance

    by Stephanie McCarthy, Middle School Music Teacher
    On Thursday, the seventh grade students performed choral versions of songs from an important time period in the evolution of rock and pop music. During this quarter, they have been learning about song structure and are currently working on writing their own song; lyrics and music! Through this experience, they are also learning that a good song is a good song, no matter when it was written.
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  • A Tribute to Señora Andrés and Dr. Littlefield

    by Rebecca Reeder, Shorecrest parent
    Shorecrest is saying farewell to two long-standing faculty members at the end of the 2018-19 school year. Señora Teresa Andrés, Upper School Spanish Teacher, has been at Shorecrest since the fall of 1980. Emerson “Doc” Littlefield, Upper School English Teacher, began his Shorecrest tenure in 1984. Both educators are known for building a deep rapport with students, and having a knack for keeping lessons relevant. Their presence on campus will be deeply missed.
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  • Shorecrest's "Cinderella" wins Broadway Star of the Future Outstanding Musical

    by Cheryl Lee, Co-Chair Arts & Humanities Department
    Congratulations to the "Cinderella" Cast & Creative Team for being named the 2019 Broadway Star of the Future Outstanding Musical. Broadway Star of the Future Awards are Regional awards affiliated with the National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) or the Jimmy™ Awards. The Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor is awarded annually to two grand prize winners selected from a group of student performers representing participating professional theatres nationwide.
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  • Summer Plans

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The gap between the end of May and mid-August causes many students to fall back in the skill development from the previous school year. Without regular practice and review of new skills, we cannot expect students to make the steady gains we desire for them. This is true in academics, athletics and the arts. Students who engage in both practice and enrichment have an advantage.
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  • Amazing Results for Track and Field Chargers at State Meet

    by Coach Cameron
    After a long, successful season the Varsity Track and Field Chargers ended with some great performances at the State meet in Jacksonville, FL, including Renice Dacres ‘19: State Champion / first place in Triple Jump and State Runner-up /second place in Long Jump; RJ Ayers ‘19: State Runner-up / 2nd place in Shot Put.


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  • Picky Eating Presentation [VIDEO]

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Food Therapist Kristina Madden presented: Avoiding Mealtime Misery: When is picky eating a problem and what can you do about it?
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  • Michael Root ’85 named the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient for 2018-19

    by Stacy Alexander Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    During a recent, special Upper School assembly, Michael Root ’85 was presented with this year’s Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. The award was presented in the Janet Root Theatre, a familiar and sentimental location for the Root family.
     
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  • Dr. Baralt awarded 2019 Elizabeth Samuelson Community Spirit Award

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The Elizabeth Samuelson Community Spirit Award was initiated in 2018 in honor of Elizabeth Samuelson, who during her time as a parent and Trustee at Shorecrest engaged in every possible volunteer activity, modeled inclusivity and was a magnet for attracting others to be involved in the Shorecrest Community. The award acknowledges the importance of community building and the positive energy and impact an individual can bring to a school. The recipient for 2019 is a unanimous choice by the four School Heads and Headmaster. She has supported students, teachers and families on every inch of our campus and beyond.
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  • Fourth Grade Visits Lealman Garden

    by Lori Auletta, Lower School Art Teacher
    Fourth grade Chargers participated in a service project through their art when they painted the fence in the Lealman Garden. This garden is one of three WunderFarms run by Ray Wunderlich, a Shorecrest alumnus. The students learned about the work he does to support the food-insecure residents in Pinellas County. WunderFarms donated TWO TONS of organic veggies last season to St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Daystar Life Center, Wesley Presbyterian Church, Refugees of Tampa Bay, and Ronald McDonald House.
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  • Performing Arts Awards

    by Cheryl Lee, Chair Performing Arts
    After a final performing arts showcase for the year, the casual and cozy annual Coffee House, Shorecrest thespians and their parents were treated to an awards banquet in the lobby of the Janet Root Theatre. 
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  • Upper School at Florida History Day Fair

    by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
    After taking first place in the county History Fair back in March, the team of Jonathan C. Zach C. Greg G. Zach H. and Noah S. took their documentary, "From Munich to the World's Fair: Failure of Appeasement, Triumph of Technology," to Tallahassee where the competition was acute.
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  • Charger Hall of Fame and Student-Athlete Awards

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    On Thursday, April 25, the Shorecrest Alumni Association and the Shorecrest Athletic Department co-hosted the Charger Hall of Fame awards. Alumni, current students, parents and friends mingled during a reception before heading into the Janet Root Theatre for the awards ceremony. Two alumni were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and the winners of the Fran Risser Outstanding Female Athlete and Coach Hayford Outstanding Male Athlete Award were announced.
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  • Blood Drive, Parents please join us! May 15

    by Leddon Zwack '21
    Please consider donating blood on Wednesday, May 15.
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  • COLLEGE ATHLETIC SIGNING DAY AT SHORECREST

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    At a special assembly in the Janet Root Theatre on March 25, five members of the Shorecrest Class of 2019 signed letters of intent to play at the college level in their respective sports. We are so proud of all that these impressive Chargers accomplished in both their studies and athletics.
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  • Families of Children with Learning Differences, May 22

    by Miriam Pardoll, TLC Coordinator for ES and LS
    Parents/Guardians of Children with Learning Differences
    First Meeting: May 22, 11:30am - 12:30pm in the Student Activity Center
    Speaker: Dr. Chrissy Stabler, licensed Psychologist
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  • Spanish Club Collecting Used Textbooks

    by US Spanish Club
    If you have gently used* textbooks you won’t need anymore, please consider donating them to the Spanish Club in the Upper School. They can be on any subject, in any language or for any grade level. The club earns money selling used textbooks in an Amazon store to raise funds for the children at Los Mina, Dominican Republic.
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  • Child Care Available When School Closed

    by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    There are a limited number of child care openings on upcoming School Closed dates.
       
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    • Didn’t See That Coming

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      During a recent visit with Shorecrest alumni in Washington, D.C., I met alumni who market for the federal government, work in the presidential archives in the White House, attend Georgetown and George Washington Universities, work in Department of Energy, coach teachers and administrators in charter schools for underserved students, promote partnerships for the National Football League Players Association, and research for Senator Rubio. Many are into their second career. Some are seeking new opportunities. Everyone seemed enthusiastic and optimistic.
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    • Seventh Grade Disease Awareness and Prevention Showcase

      by Amy Brill, Seventh Grade Dean
      Students in seventh grade expanded on their project based learning experience this year with a successful disease awareness showcase. Some students will be expanding their projects by visiting the retirees at the Sunshine Center on May 8 to bring health awareness to the folks there. This year’s projects were the result of a $3,000 innovation grant that the seventh grade team won last year to help expand health awareness in our community.
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    • First Grade Commotion in the Ocean (photos, video)

      by Rob Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
      First graders took audiences on a journey of ocean discovery in the Janet Root Theatre on Thursday and Friday. Their poems, songs and dances taught lessons about ocean friends and reminded everyone to be respectful of the seas and its creatures so the beauty of the ocean will continue to amaze future generations.
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    • Shorecrest International Day 2019 (photos)

      by Paula Cooper, International Connection Committee
      The month of May started with a new event on the Shorecrest calendar – our first campus-wide International Day. Spearheaded by our Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Roderick Avery Fludd, and organised by parent volunteers from Shorecrest's International Connection Committee, the event brought together students, faculty/staff, parents/guardians, alumni and performers from around the world. Chargers of all ages were invited to attend, gaining an insight into customs, pastimes, sports, landmarks, language, calligraphy, traditional dress, food, beverages and more from 34 different countries represented by the Shorecrest community
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    • SHORECREST SENIORS CELEBRATE NATIONAL COLLEGE DECISION DAY

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      May 1 is National College Decision Day, the day many colleges and universities request a commitment from incoming students. Members of Class of 2019, as well as younger Chargers, faculty and staff, wore their college T-shirts to campus to celebrate another great year of college placement success. View College Decision Day photos on the Shorecrest Facebook page.
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    • Caleb Kravitz ‘20 Wins Grand Prize in National Video Contest

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      During an Upper School assembly on Monday, Caleb Kravitz ‘20 discovered he is the Grand Prize Winner of Toyota’s TeenDrive365 Video Challenge! Along with the $15,000 in prize money, Caleb will have the chance to work with a Discovery Education film crew to reshoot his winning video as a TV-ready PSA.
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    • John Carroll's Jacob Hoeffner wins gold in shot put at Class A state track meet

      by Jon Santucci, Treasure Coast Newspapers
      Hoeffner and Ayers were the only throwers in Class 1A Track & Field Florida State Meet to pass the 15-meter mark.
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    • Spotlight on Emily Mokotoff '09

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      Many people contemplate a career change over the course of their professional lives and sometimes change comes when you least expect it. Moving from a “comfort zone” can be scary and challenging. We had the fortune to catch up with Emily Mokotoff ‘09. Emily moved from a successful career in sales back to her love of marketing.
       
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    • Alpha on-the-go-athon (photos)

      by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
      The Alpha on-the-go-athon served two purposes this year. It was the culminating activity for Alpha's investigation of transportation and it was their end of the year family celebration. Our Alpha athletes marched out to "Eye of the Tiger" and then stood for the National Anthem. Then they rode out in heats and completed two laps around the track to cheers from an exuberant audience.
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    • A Community Endeavor: The Heart and Hearth of the Transform Campaign

      by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
      When do communities come together? What inspires a group of connected individuals or families to quietly gather and offer their service, time and talents? Isn’t it easier to just go it alone?

      Short term - it is true that we all have busy lives and personal goals, but the long term interdependency of a thriving school community was founded on our common and collective decision to raise, educate and care for our children together.
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    • Meet Felicia Mendenhall, new Registrar

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Felicia Mendenhall is the new Registrar at Shorecrest. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.B.A. in Finance, and later an M.B.A. from the University of Houston. Felicia taught Spanish for two years, middle school math for 10 years and technology for five years while in her role as Technology Integrator.
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    • View film "Free Solo," May 7

      by Erin Mullins '20
      You are invited to join the Upper School Outdoor Club for a free viewing of the Oscar-winning National Geographic Documentary Film, “Free Solo,” about a rock climber who accomplished one of the most dangerous athletic endeavors. The film will be screened in the Janet Root Theatre on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30pm. There will be free appetizers from EVOS and Outdoor Club T-shirts for sale.
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    • Cheerleading Tryout Information

      by Athletics Department
      VARSITY CHEER TRYOUTS: May 7, 8, 9, 10.
      MS CHEER TRYOUTS: MAY 7, 8, 9, 10.
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    • Spring Football - MS Date Change

      by Coach McCall
      The start date for the Middle School Football team is now May 6 (was previously listed as April 22/29).
      The start date for Varsity Football has not changed – be ready for your May 6 start date with Coach McCall!
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    • UPPER SCHOOL 2019 AWARDS CEREMONY, Valedictorian Announced

      by Debe Shenkman, Manager of Events
      Shorecrest Upper School hosted the 2019 Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 25, in the Janet Root Theatre. This was a special time to honor many different achievements including the College Book Awards, Departmental Awards, Cum Laude Society Inductees, Citizenship Awards, Scholarship Awards, Service Awards, and Athletic Awards. In addition, the Valedictorian and Salutatorian were named.
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    • Don’t Recline Behind the Wheel: High School Student from St. Petersburg, Fla. Wins National PSA Video Challenge

      by Discovery Education
      To encourage positive driving habits for young drivers, Shorecrest Preparatory School junior, Caleb Kravitz developed a creative PSA to inspire his peers to practice safe driving skills. His video, titled Don’t Recline Behind the Wheel, is the winner of the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, a national peer-to-peer driver safety public service announcement competition. More than a thousand videos were submitted in the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge by teens educating students on the risky behavior of distracted driving.
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    • Varsity Chargers Baseball April 16-23

      by Joanna Duff, Athletics Office
      Latest scores and updates from the Varsity Baseball team.
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    • Looking for Mr. Dickcissel and Other Unexpected Beauties

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Recently I showed up at the Ranger’s House at Fort De Soto, and before getting out of my car, I knew something special had happened. When more than 10 birders are gathered in the same place, they are either on a field trip with a group, or there has been the sighting of an unusual bird. In this instance, someone had seen a Dickcissel, a bird not commonly seen at Fort De Soto. Some migrate through Florida when heading from South America to the central states to breed. Despite all my years as a birder, I had never seen one, and I did not see one that day.
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    • Shorecrest's "Cinderella" nominated for Broadway Star of the Future Awards

      by Cheryl Lee, Co-Chair Arts & Humanities Department
      Congratulations to the Cinderella Cast & Creative Team, which has received seven nominations for the 2018-2019 Broadway Star of the Future Awards. Broadway Star of the Future Awards are Regional awards affiliated with the National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) or the Jimmy™ Awards. The Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor is awarded annually to two grand prize winners selected from a group of student performers representing participating professional theatres nationwide.
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    • Chargers Varsity Softball, Week of April 22

      by Coach Galinski
      Chargers 13, Lakeside Christian 0
      Chargers 10, Keswick Christian 0
       
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    • Students Produce Latin Educational Fair

      by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
      On Thursday, April 18, Shorecrest Lower and Middle Schools celebrated at a FERIA LATINA. Hosting this fun Fair for other grade levels has been part of the curricular project-based learning for the third and fourth grade Spanish classes for five years. This year the event was expanded to include Middle School. Now, it is a curricular project for the 3rd-8th grade Spanish classes.
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    • Families of African American Students Picnic, May 11

      by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
      Shorecrest Preparatory School would like to invite you to attend the first ever Families of African American Students event to celebrate our graduating African American/Black students and to officially welcome new families to the Shorecrest community. Join us on campus for a family picnic on May 11, 2019 from 10am - 2pm in front of Charger Commons.
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    • Tennis falls to Community School of Naples in Regionals

      by Coach Davis
      The Chargers boys tennis team fell, 2-4,  to the Community School of Naples on Tuesday at the Regional Semi-Final match in Naples. The Chargers' wins came from boys Number 1 Matthew Danielson '20 and the Number 5 ranked player, Georgi R. '25.
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    • Fall Volleyball Meeting, May 1

      by Athletics Department
      There will be a volleyball meeting for all girls grades 5-11 interested in trying out for the MS, JV and Varsity teams for next year. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 1 in the Athletic Center.
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    • Spectacular Spring Music Concert (video, photos)

      by Ethan Updike, Director of Bands
      The Spring Music Concert was held on April 17, 2019, at 1pm for students and 7pm for families and friends in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest. Performers included Chargers from grades 4-12.
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    • Celebrate the Arts Week Recap (Photos and Videos)

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Art instruction is interwoven throughout the Shorecrest curriculum. To celebrate the lessons and skills taught all year, we open the campus to the community each spring during Celebrate the Arts Week.
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    • Students from Mexico and El Salvador Visit Shorecrest

      by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
      From February 24 - March 9, 2019, nineteen International students visited from Escuela Ameyalli in Mexico and Colegio Maya, a bilingual school in El Salvador’s capital city, San Salvador. They were hosted in Lower School by fourth grade students. Three weeks later, another delegation from Escuela Ameyalli in Mexico City visited Middle School's seventh and eighth grades.
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    • Spring Cleaning for Pine Ridge

      by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
      The Plains States have been pummeled by consecutive "snowmageddons" and this has particularly affected our Lakota-Ogala friends on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, where one of our Upper School Service Week trips volunteers. As you start or continue your annual spring cleaning, please consider having your child bring any gently used clothing (particularly cold weather items) to ST4. This clothing drive will run until the school year is over.
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    • An Update from the Head of School Search Committee

      by Elizabeth Samuelson and Beth Vivio, Search Committee
      The Head of School Search is moving along incredibly well, and we are excited by the diversity, caliber and enthusiasm of our candidates. We hope to invite the finalists for the Head of School onto campus for the community to meet in early to mid May. Thank you for your support and patience through this process. We are eager to have community input when our finalists visit.
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    • Shorecrest Annual Fund Colors Their World

      by Laina Bennett, Director of Annual Giving
      April is often a month of reflection for our students and their families. As the school year draws to a close, we look back and remember where we started and revel in the realization of how far we’ve come. However, we also acknowledge the time that still remains as an opportunity for continued growth during these last few weeks. In the same way, one can look at the Shorecrest Annual Fund and celebrate just how far we’ve come. As a community, we have raised over $700,000 that will go towards the betterment of our campus, classrooms, extra-curricular programs, and teachers all in an effort to enhance the experience and opportunities of our students.
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    • Added Value

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      The Class of 2019 is being accepted into an impressive list of colleges and universities. The momentary high of being accepted is heightened by the knowledge that our students have learned how to write, how to study and how to complete heavy work loads with excellent results. One can accept or turn down a college acceptance. The habits of mind students learn over the years at Shorecrest can be applied anywhere. It is tempting to give the acceptance list more attention than the success rate of our students once they enter school. Obviously, many factors contribute to the future successes of our Shorecrest grads; but I know that the skills and habits of mind they learned while attending are important and a wonderful added value to our graduates and their families.
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    • Track and Field District Meet Results

      by Coach Richie Cameron
      Shorecrest track and field Chargers went down to St. Stephens in Bradenton for the District meet last Thursday, April 11. The girls team won the 1A district 7 title with a strong showing! The boys team also placed well, finishing 3rd overall out of 11 teams.
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    • Upper School Art Awards

      by Stacy Alexander and Raffi Darrow
      Award winning Upper School student artwork on campus.
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    • Shorecrest Performing Arts presents “Cinderella” (photos)

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Over the past year the Shorecrest campus has undergone a transformation. The completion and opening of the first floor of Charger Commons, the new 60,000 square foot facility made possible by the Transform Campaign, marks a major milestone in that transformation. To connect this new chapter of Shorecrest history to the time-honored tradition of "Celebrate the Arts" week, Shorecrest Performing Arts is proud to present the spring musical "Cinderella."
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    • Caleb Kravitz ‘20 Announced as Finalist in National “Teendrive365” PSA Challenge

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      Driving while distracted can make it difficult to react during a potential crash, especially for teen drivers. More than 1200 videos created by teens to inspire their peers to drive more safely and avoid risky behavior were submitted in the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge by Toyota and Discovery Education. Among the 10 finalists is Caleb Kravitz '20! Caleb’s video "Don't Recline Behind the Wheel" and the other ten finalist videos can be viewed at teendrive365inschool.com/vote. The public can vote for their favorite video once per day through April 23. The People’s Choice winner will receive $5,000 - so please vote for Caleb every day!
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    • Chargers Tennis Districts: Boys Runner Up

      by Coach Bob Davis
      The Shorecrest Chargers Boys Tennis team was electric at the District championships as they gained a berth in the Regional competition, the final road to the State championships! The boys and girls teams have much to be proud of for their performance at Districts. While the girls fell short of getting a team berth, they advanced farther than the team has in recent memory, with both girls doubles teams and four out of five singles players advancing to the semi-final rounds. While the doubles teams lost in the semi finals, Shorecrest emerged with a win at the number 5 singles flight with Keira H. '24 beating her Saint Stephens opponent in a hard fought third set tie break.   
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    • Chargers Varsity Tennis at District Tournament, Day 1

      by Coach Bob Davis
      Both girls and boys teams are beginning to understand that in order to compete at a high level which is what Florida Tennis demands, one must train and play year round and compete in USTA tournaments. This year there are several players on the girls and boys teams that have done exactly that, trained year round and competed in USTA tournaments and that hard work is paying off.
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    • Cleaning Wanda the Watergoat

      by Erin Mullins '20
      On Saturday, April 6, the Shorecrest Upper School Outdoor Club ventured out to Coffee Pot Blvd to clean up Wanda, the watergoat debris boom. Wanda is responsible for capturing the debris from the fresh water and keeping it from entering the Bay. The Outdoor Club members - along with several Middle School students - worked alongside Keep Pinellas Beautiful and the Coffee Pot Watershed Alliance.
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    • Dr. Hank Hine: Art and Water

      by Walker Willis '19
      Dr. Hank Hine, the Director of the Salvador Dali Museum, addressed Upper School students this month in a Willis Leadership Lecture. The series this year was on the topic of water, and Hine connected art and water. 
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    • Learning about Measles

      by Christine Oman, First Grade Teacher
      One of the great benefits of being a PreK-12 school is learning from the broad spectrum of students we have. When seventh grader William B. asked if he could present a project he was working on about measles to first graders, Mrs. Oman's class gladly accepted the offer. 
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    • MS Softball Wraps up Season

      by Coach Folwell and Asst Coach Hélène Simon
      The MS Softball team is finishing their season this week. While they have not won any games, they enjoyed a 9 run inning against Bradenton Christian School on Monday. Sonoma K. hit a home run in the outfield for a grand slam, the first home run and grand slam of her career! 
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    • MS Track Closes Season

      by Coach Richie Cameron
      The girls team had a great season, placing 4th overall out of 16 teams in the Championship! The boys were Champions this year, placing 1st out of 18 teams! There were also 6 Middle School records set this season!
       
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    • Relay For Life of Shorecrest 2019 Recap

      by Stacy Alexander and Raffi Darrow, Communications
      Now in its 14th year at Shorecrest, Relay For Life continues to make a lasting impact in the fight against cancer. This student-led initiative raises money for the American Cancer Society through a variety of activities including spirit night events at local restaurants, the Links Project in Lower School, team fundraisers and sponsorships.
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    • Spotlight on Paul Gallant ‘07

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      For Paul Gallant ‘07, deciding what his future career would consist of was never difficult. Sports was everything to him growing up. Admittedly for Paul, his main goal was to play sports professionally and it was tough to realize that being a professional athlete wasn’t in the cards for him, so he quickly pivoted to other areas of sports that he loved. After graduating from Shorecrest, Paul entered Syracuse University and their highly regarded sports broadcasting program. For Paul “covering sports and talking about them seemed like a pretty fun” alternative to playing sports.
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    • Taylor Emerson '19 Wins Local Scholarship Essay Contest

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Congratulations to Taylor Emerson '19 of Shorecrest Preparatory School for her winning submission to the Annual St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid & Douglas $1,000 Pinellas County High School Scholarship! Her essay answered the question: How Could Pinellas County Reduce the Number of Auto Accidents per Year?
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    • Varsity Chargers Softball April 9-16

      by Coach Alexis Galinski '11
      Chargers 11, Indian Rocks Christian 10
      Chargers 4, Northside Christian 0
      Chargers 9, St. Pete Catholic 2
      Chargers 0, Keswick Christian 13
      Chargers 1, Admiral Farragut 5
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    • Chargers Baseball Victory Over St. Pete Catholic

      by Narrative Science and GameChanger Media
      Varsity Baseball Chargers Clinch Lead In Fifth Inning For Victory Over St. Pete Catholic: 14-7.
      Varsity Baseball Chargers Fall To IRC After Sixth Inning Score: 7-8.
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    • Varsity Baseball, April 4-11

      by Athletics Department
      Chargers 5, Northside Christian 8
      Chargers 3, St. Pete Catholic 6
      Chargers 11, Academy at the Lakes 3
      Chargers 17, Lakeside Christian 0
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    • Summer Art Programs for Teens & Adults

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Beloved Upper School art teacher and Co-Chair of the Arts & Humanities Department, Charla Gaglio, is opening up her summer programs to Charger parents! Learn more about the two programs: Observational Drawing and Painting
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    • Positive Energy

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      It is one thing to meet a grumpy, complaining adult and then another to see the same traits in a child. The first is unfortunate; the other is unequivocally sad. It takes a great deal more energy to be angry than happy. One drains the energy out of us, the other charges us up. One repels while the other attracts. The anonymous quote, “Energy is contagious: either you affect people or you infect people,” rings true to me. Surrounding children with positive people in their school environments, homes and extra-curricular activities is vital for healthy development.
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    • Oldie Goldie Book Sale Collection

      by SCA
      It's time for some spring cleaning! Help SCA give loved and gently-used children’s books new homes. SCA will start collecting used books on Monday for the annual Oldie Goldie book sale. Collection boxes will be in the hallways of Lower School and in the Middle School breezeway. Used books will be sold to ES and LS students for rock-bottom prices so they can find new literary favorites on the cheap. Proceeds benefit the Shorecrest library.
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    • TOP 10 TIPS TO PERSUADE PICKY EATERS

      by SAGE Dining
      You want your children to have the best nutrition possible—but let’s be real, when it comes to eating new or healthy foods, kids can be stubborn. Don’t despair! These tips from our Dietitians, coupled with some patience and perseverance, will help expand the palettes of even your most finicky eaters.
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    • You're Invited to be a Host Family

      by Shorecrest Admissions
      Shorecrest has partnered with New Oasis International Education to help recruit and house international students at Shorecrest. New Oasis homestay is not about renting a room in an American house, it's about joining an American family. By saying "yes" to the experience, we can foster a global understanding.
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    • SAGE Dining Details & FAQs

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
      Charger Commons has dedicated space for Middle and Upper School student dining and for Lower School dining. Additional details and FAQs are here.
       
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    • Awards Season

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      The Upper School recently held its annual Honor Society Tapping Ceremony. It is a time when students are inducted into national and international honor societies that celebrate outstanding achievement and participation in academics and arts. Honor is a key requirement for many of the organizations. Like some of our students, I was never inducted into an honor society during high school. I am aware of what it is like to see “everyone else” be honored. We were taught to celebrate the successes of our classmates. We were also counseled to set goals and work to earn the right to be admitted into those societies, other organizations and teams that were important and meaningful. Those lessons are more meaningful today than ever before.
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    • Service Week 2019

      by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
      Before spring break, students fulfilled an important rite of passage and requirement in Shorecrest’s Upper School - Service Week. Now in its tenth year, Service Week began as a student-led initiative and continues its proud tradition of including student voice and choice. Over 300 students in the Upper School committed to serving at either the local or national level, providing over 4,000 hours of community service by the time the week was completed.
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    • Seniors Earn Rotary Club Outstanding Youth Awards

      by Erich Schneider, Assistant Head of Upper School
      Two members of Shorecrest Preparatory School’s Class of 2019, Renice Dacres and Graham Heckert, were recipients of the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg’s 81st Outstanding Youth Awards. The students were selected by Upper School faculty/staff on the basis of scholarship, character, and service. They were celebrated along with 12 other students from seven St. Petersburg-area public and private high schools at a luncheon sponsored by the Club and received a cash prize.
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    • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Addresses Upper School

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      As the second installment of Shorecrest Upper School’s Willis Leadership Lecture Series for the 2018-2019 school year, Don Paige, Head of Upper School, and the Willis family, sponsors of the Series, welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning author and University of Florida Professor of History Dr. Jack Davis to campus. The theme of the series this year is water.
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    • Seventh Grader Nicolas H. Third in State Geo Bee

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Shorecrest seventh grader Nicolas H. recently competed in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Florida State Competition and finished as third in the state!
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    • Outdoor Club trip to Shell Key

      by Erin Mullins '20
      On Saturday, March 30, nine Upper School students launched canoes from the Fort De Soto boat ramp and paddled all of their overnight gear to a chain of islands - part of the Shell Key Nature Preserve. The annual trip is always well-attended and loved by everyone who has gone. Hope to see you next year!
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    • Seventh Grade Music Prank

      by Stephanie McCarthy, Middle School Music Teacher
      As Monday was April Fool's Day, MS Music Teacher Mrs. McCarthy gave the seventh grade Music students a written assessment that was actually a fun prank! Join them in the Janet Root Theatre on May 9 at 2:25pm for the seventh grade Music Performance.
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    • Second Grade Visits Historic Landmarks in DTSP

      by Michele Johnson, Second Grade Teacher
      Last week, second graders took a trolley tour of downtown St. Petersburg to view some of our city's historic landmarks. Starting at the The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, the trolley drove students through the streets passing and stopping at many of the sites recommended on the Historic St. Petersburg Downtown & Waterfront Walking Tour Guide Yellow Route. Other portions of the trip included snack and free play in Straub Park, time to explore the banyan trees, and a walking tour along the waterfront.
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    • 1989 State Championship Baseball team reunites for 30th Anniversary

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      Thirty years ago the Shorecrest Chargers celebrated their 9-3 victory over Miami Westminster Christian to win the 1989 Florida State Championship. The 1989 Shorecrest team also finished the season with the most wins in Shorecrest history. On Friday, April 5, Shorecrest will honor the team’s members prior to the varsity baseball game at 4:30pm. Friday’s festivities include a presentation of commemorative baseball caps, ceremonial first pitch and a pre-game program honoring the Charger baseball team. We congratulate the 1989 State Champion Charger team for reaching the pinnacle of success in high school baseball!
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    • Spotlight on Rob Grady ‘86

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      Rob Grady ‘86 enjoys “being on the steepest part of the learning curve." His interest in being professionally challenged has led to a successful career in business, marketing and product development with some of the world’s most creative companies. Grady currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of IMDb, a subsidiary of Amazon, and the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. He oversees all aspects of the IMDb business including product development, design, editorial, engineering, and advertising across four offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York and Bristol, UK.
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    • Varsity Baseball Hitting Hard

      by Athletic Department
      Chargers 14, SLAM 4
      Chargers 2, Indian Rocks 3
      Chargers 25, Keswick 12
      Chargers 10, Bradenton Christian 0
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    • Varsity Chargers Softball Week of April 1

      by Coach Galinski
      Chargers 3, Indian Rocks Christian 9
      Chargers 0, St. Stephens 12
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    • AgileThought Sponsors Middle School in FIRST® Lego League Challenge

      by AgileThought blog
      AgileThought—a national provider of enterprise custom software solutions and development consulting to Fortune 1000 clients—will be sponsoring Shorecrest Preparatory School’s robotics club as they compete in the FIRST® Lego League Florida state competition on Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Delray Beach, Florida.
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    • Charger Winnings Success!

      by SCA Board
      The Big Event Chairs, as well as the SCA Board, would like to thank the following people for their assistance in making Charger Winnings so successful: all Shorecrest teachers / staff who donated their time and items, Sam Soth, Charlene Hosseini, BA Beatty, Annette Eichenbaum and Eve Cline. A special thanks to Catherine Nelke and Heather Delrahim for their time on the class books project.
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    • International Connection Community Survey

      by International Connection Committee
      In order to better understand Shorecrest’s international profile and the Shorecrest community’s interest in becoming more engaged in future activities, we would be most grateful if you would complete this brief questionnaire.
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    • Spring Music Concert, Apr 17

      by Ethan Updike, Band Director
      The 2019 Spring Music Concert will feature dedicated student musicians from the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. Please join us on Wednesday, April 17, 7 - 9 pm.
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    • Upper School Honors Tapping Ceremony

      by Debe Shenkman, Manager of Events
      On Wednesday, March 27, the Shorecrest Preparatory School Upper School Honor Society chapters inducted their newest members at a special assembly in the Janet Root Theatre in front of classmates, parents, special guests, faculty and administration. Mu Alpha Theta Society, International Thespian Society, French Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, National Art Society, Tri-M Honor Society, Rho Kappa Society, and the National Honor Society tapped a total of 190 inductees.
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    • Fabulous Results from Florida State Thespians 2019

      by Bill Levengood '78, Theatre Director
      On behalf of the Thespian Sponsors and Directors, Bill Levengood '78, Cheryl L.ee and Stacie Steinke, here are the results for our fantastic and dedicated troupe.
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    • Dr. Danyali hosts Storytime and Cooking Class

      by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
      A few lucky Junior Chefs and their parents/guardians signed up to have story time and cooking class with Dr. Danyali through the Big Event website. Together, students and their adult partners cooked recipes inspired by wonderful children's stories that were read aloud to the group. Getting to be the first chidlren to use the new Mike Murphy Experiential School kitchen was a big treat!
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    • VARSITY CHARGERS SOFTBALL RECAP FOR THE WEEK

      by Coach Galinski
      Chargers 15, Clearwater Central Catholic 8
      Chargers 1, Admiral Farragut 16
      Chargers 9, Northside Christian 6
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    • Relay For Life 2019

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      2019 marks the 14th year of Shorecrest hosting a Relay For Life on campus, a student-run event. Shorecrest has raised an outstanding total of nearly $1.2million since 2006 benefiting American Cancer Society! This year's returning Event Co-Chairs are Olivia Olson '19 and Jordan Tralins '19. They have done an incredible job balancing Relay planning along with all of their other responsibilities, and have created an amazing night for all Chargers to look forward to on March 29!!
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    • Children Around the World

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Second grade teacher Mrs. Johnson collaborated with Assistant Head of Lower School Mrs. Craft on a “Children Around the World” unit for second grade that incorporated a questioning strategy called The Question Formulation Technique - working intentionally to promote curiosity, inquiry, and self-directed learning in our young students.
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    • Relay For Life

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      On Friday, March 29, at 9:10am all students, faculty and staff will participate in our traditional opening lap to begin our Relay day. Later that afternoon, as school dismisses, teams will be setting up their fundraising and entertainment activities. If you are reading this message on Friday afternoon, I hope you will either stay and let your family participate in some of the activities or come back and enjoy the team events and the community-wide opening ceremony at 6pm or the thoughtful Luminaria Ceremony after dark around 9:30pm.
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    • Second Grade Tours Historic Landmark

      by Marion O’Mullane, Second Grade Teacher
      As part of their study on landmarks, second graders visited and toured one of St Petersburg's iconic gems, the Don CeSar Hotel. They learned about the history of the hotel, its architectural story, climbed the spiral staircase to what was formerly a window that is now the entrance, passed through the ice cream parlor to view what was the former main staircase entering the hotel, and studied the history wall of facts.
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    • What Color Did You Pick?

      by Laina Bennett, Director of Annual Giving
      Over the last week, Lower School students gathered together during their art classes to help the Shorecrest Annual Fund team with a special project: coloring in the progress of our community’s fundraising efforts so far for Shorecrest! Each student carefully selected a colored marker then approached the massive 5’ x 3’ Color Their World board to make their mark.
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    • GaL Dodgeball **Postponed**

      by Beth Bartlett, Club Faculty Advisor
      Dodging for Dollar$ has been postponed.
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    • 2019-2020 SCA Board Positions Open

      by SCA Board
      If you have an interest in serving on the SCA Board for the 2019-20 academic year, or know someone who would be a great fit, nominations and self-nominations are underway! Contact Stacy Conroy at stacyes@gmail.com or 813-944-7951.
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    • Chargers to play Pinellas Basketball Showcase

      by Athletics Office
      Congratulations to Graham Heckert who was selected to play in the 6th Annual Pinellas County Senior Basketball Showcase. The game will begin at 7pm on Thursday, March 28 at Northeast High School. There will be a Skills Challenge at 6pm, 3-point contest at 6:30pm and Tip off will be at 7pm. Halftime will feature a Dunk Contest!
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    • Starting a Garden

      by SAGE Dining Services
      Did you know that more than 200 of the school communities SAGE serves have a type of garden — from simple herb boxes to full-fledged farms? Campus gardens provide endless opportunities for learning, and they have a positive impact on the food and vegetable consumption of the students. Spring means it's time to start planting your garden. If you’re eager to start but new to the gardening game, check out these basic tips and helpful hints. You're just a few steps away from enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables grown right at your own home!
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    • Natalye Horne named Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coach

      by Athletics Department
      Natalye Horne is joining the Chargers coaching staff as Head Coach for girls' varsity basketball. She brings basketball experience from a player’s and coach’s perspective.
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    • No Devices During Meal Time

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      The word “no” can make some people grit their teeth. Add the word “devices” and the phrase “No Devices” has the potential to appear to be a violation of human rights. How can anyone stay in touch with friends if they are not on a device? How can parents be assured their children are safe if the child does not have access to a device? These sentences are not written with an intent to be sarcastic. The “need” to be connected to others with the use of a device has become a way of life for many people. I am currently reading a new book “iGen” by San Diego State University Psychology Professor, Dr. Jean Twenge. Dr. Twenge researches long-term studies that help identify how various generations of people such as Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials and now, iGen, differ from each other.
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    • Varsity Chargers Softball Recap, Week of March 18

      by Coach Galinski
      Chargers 10, St. Petersburg Catholic 5
      Chargers 5, St. Stephen’s Episcopal 20
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    • Sailing Chargers to Districts

      by Athletics Department
      Congratulations to the Sailing team for securing a spot in Districts this year! The team competed in their final South Points Race of the year at Davis Island and the Varsity and JV squads both finished in 3rd place.
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    • Varsity Baseball : 1 win, 3 losses

      by Coach Beck
      The Varsity Baseball Chargers beat Northside and fell behind to Canterbury, ODA and Lakeside.
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    • Little Breakfast and Ribbon Cutting welcomes Shorecrest’s youngest Chargers to the Mike Murphy Experiential School

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      The morning of March 18 was an exciting one for Shorecrest’s Alpha and Junior Kindergarten students and their families as The Experiential School of Tampa Bay settled into its permanent home in the Mike Murphy Experiential School building. On the first day back from Spring Break, faculty, staff, Experiential School students and families gathered for a celebration to acknowledge this special moment and to highlight the value placed on community-building and family engagement.
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    • Fifth Grade Music Performance

      by Stephanie McCarthy, MS Music Teacher
      The 5th Grade Music Performance celebrated 50 years since the release of the beloved musical film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." Students sang featured songs from the film including "You Two," "Hushabye Mountain," "Doll on a Music Box / Truly Scrumptious," and of course the title song, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."  For their finale, the fifth graders sang a song from "The Prince of Egypt."
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    • Call for Nominations: Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award & Charger Hall of Fame

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      Do you know a Shorecrest player or coach who has distinguished themselves in athletics while at Shorecrest? Is there a Shorecrest graduate who has attained outstanding achievements and success in their profession and/or provides outstanding service to their communities? Nominate someone today for the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award and Charger Hall of Fame!
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    • Karina Eide Young Writers Award Winner

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Shorecrest seventh grader Zach Z. won Honors for his essay among thousands of national entries in the Karina Eide Young Writers Awards. He was featured on the cover of the March 2019 “Dyslexic Advantage Newsletter” for his accomplishment, and his poem was published on page 44.
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    • Black History Month Exchange

      by Kurt Wahlgren, Social Studies Department Chair
      Third grade and eleventh grade students met to discuss some of what they worked on in February. The result: a very enlightening exchange and a sense of comradery between third graders and juniors.
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    • National History Day Winners

      by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
      Zach Carmack '21, Jonathan Currie '21, Gregory Glasscock '21, Zachary Hahn '21 and Noah Saylor '21 won first place in the Documentary category with their submission entitled "Triumph and Tragedy: From the World's Fair to Munich." Leddon Zwack '21 won third place for his individual Documentary on Charles XII and Peter the Great during the Great Northern War of 1700-21.
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    • Sons of American Revolution Essay Contest Winner

      by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
      Congratulations to Will Hess '19 for his submission to the Sons of American Revolution Essay Contest. He wrote about the terrible conditions Continental prisoners endured on prison ships. He won first place locally, and 2nd place at the state level and will receive a cash prize.
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    • Seniors Host Regency Era Tea Party

      by Rachel Ekblad, US English Teacher
      Ms. Ekblad's senior English students hosted a class tea party after reading Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." Students wore original costumes, baked authentic Regency Era treats, and/or researched etiquette in preparation for the day.
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    • Thank you Book Fair Volunteers

      by SCA Board
      Thank you to Book Fair Co-Chairs Tonya Farkas and Bernice Murphy and all of their helping hands for their extended Book Fair hours this year and helping everyone find just what they need to read!
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    • Heller Delivers WWI Lecture

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      After completing a webinar in December on the “Legacies of World War I” sponsored by National History Day and the World War I Commission, Upper School History Teacher Ron Heller, as required, gave a lecture at the St. Petersburg History Museum. 
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    • Nominate a Volunteer of the Year by Apr 12

      by SCA Board
      Many wonderful people give their time, energy, and effort to Shorecrest each year! If you know of someone whose contributions have been outstanding, please nominate that person for the 2019 Janet Root Volunteer of the Year Award. Without your input, a worthy volunteer might not be considered.
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    • Upcoming Relay For Life Fundraising Events

      by Jacqui Barnes '19, Head of Pre-Relay Events
      Join your fellow Chargers and their families and friends at the following events supporting the Relay For Life of Shorecrest, benefiting American Cancer Society.
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    • Reggio Emilia Parent Presentations: Videos

      by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
      Shorecrest hosted two parent presentations focused on the Reggio Emilia Approach to teaching and learning (0-6 yrs.) They were led by the author of “We Are All Explorers,” Dr. Karen Haigh.
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    • After School Clubs, Chinese Language club

      by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
      Registration for session 4 After School Clubs is currently open online at: https://shorecrest.campbrainregistration.com. Clubs are available for ES, LS and MS students, and run April 1 - May 10; with a make-up week May 17.
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    • Big Event: One of a Kind Class Books!

      by Big Event Committee
      Your children have worked hard on creating masterpieces and sharing ideas that have been transformed into beautiful class books. These projects are unique mementos that also contain special class pictures. You can pre-order your child’s book for $25 from the Shorecrest in Wonderland website.
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    • Carline & Schedule Changes

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      The attached map highlights the new construction zone, which has taken effect. The entrance of Pratt Blvd. is two-way to allow cars to exit the First Street parking lot, but otherwise campus traffic will be one-way at all times. Please see the Traffic Map shared here.
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    • Extended Day Updates

      by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
      When the Shorecrest community returns from Spring Break, Extended Day for Alpha - 4th grade will be relocated. A new student check-out system will also be implemented. Anyone picking up a student should enter through the main door of the Mike Murphy Experiential School, located towards the right when facing Charger Commons, the new building (view map for location). At the desk the parent/guardian will show ID and sign out the student. They will receive a pass to give to the teacher and retrieve the child.
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    • A Small Part of the World [Video, photos]

      by Rob Mitchell, Lower School Music Teacher
      The second graders have been taking a trip around the world in their study of the different continents. This week they took audiences with them in their musical program, "A Small Part of the World." They dazzled audiences with their knowledge through poetry, dancing, and singing traditional songs from countries around the world. Most impressive was the fact that they sang in five different languages! 
       
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    • Milestone Celebration reveals Charger Commons and much more!

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      On the morning of Thursday, February 28, 2019, the full Shorecrest community gathered to celebrate a major milestone in the Transform Campaign. Almost one year to the day of the campaign's public launch, the school community celebrated the opening of the first floor of the new 60,000 square foot facility and the building's new name - Charger Commons
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    • Ten Days

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      A great deal will happen in the coming 10 days. I hope the change of pace that Spring Break provides allows all members of our community to recharge and prepare for the important and exciting weeks being planned by faculty and staff at Shorecrest.
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    • THE POWER OF COLLECTIVE GIVING

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      “The families of Raymond James were proud to join together to make a substantial collective gift to Shorecrest’s Transform Campaign. Collective giving has the potential to substantially grow philanthropy and build stronger communities. Giving as a group has allowed us to achieve greater impact to something that we all value, the experience that Shorecrest provides our children,” said Jim Bunn, President of Global Equities & Investment Banking for Raymond James and Shorecrest parent.
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    • Middle School Download: Athletics [Video]

      by Athletics Department
      The Chargers Athletics Department presented to parents of students in grades 5-8 about how to become involved in Chargers Athletics. A full video of the seminar may be found here.
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    • MLK Day of Service in Lower School

      by Christine Oman, First Grade Teacher
      In honor of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Experiential and Lower School students have been finding ways to be of service to one another. These acts, big and small, bring our community of learners together.
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    • Toast and Tour

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      More than 150 people, including Shorecrest parents, board members, faculty and staff gathered on February 28 under a bubble-filled sky to celebrate the opening of the first floor of the new 60,000 square foot facility and the building's new name — Charger Commons. The Toast & Tour event provided an opportunity to toast to the tremendous progress of the reimagined lower campus and acknowledge the Shorecrest community for all of its efforts in making the first phase of the Transform Campaign a success.
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    • Blood Drive, 3/20

      by Leddon Zwack '21
      Parents/guardians, older students, faculty and staff, please consider donating blood on Wednesday, March 20. The OneBlood bus will be parked behind the Athletic Center from 11am-4:30pm.
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    • Carnaval in Spanish Class

      by Nayka Miller, MS Spanish Teacher
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    • Chargers are All Stars

      by Athletics Department
      Congratulations to our Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, Rodney Brown, for coaching his All Stars to an 88-84 win in the Pinellas vs. Pinellas Basketball All-Star game at Keswick last weekend. Renice Dacres '19 had a great performance with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block!  She scored 8 of the final 10 points of the game to seal the win. Renice has also been selected to play in the Pinellas vs. Hillsborough County All-Star game on March 30th at Dixie Hollins.
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    • MS Track Championship Success

      by Coach Richie Cameron
      On March 5, Shorecrest hosted the Middle School Track and Field Championships. Despite competing against 22 teams in windy and cold weather, the day was a big success for the Chargers! The girls worked for every point they earned, placing 4th overall. It came down to the wire for the boys championship, with Shorecrest taking the title by 2 points in the end.
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    • Nicolas H. named National Geographic GeoBee Florida State Competition Semifinalist

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Shorecrest seventh grader Nicolas H. has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Florida State Competition. The contest will be held on March 29. School GeoBees were held with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. Nicolas won the Shorecrest Bee for the fourth year in a row! School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students to compete in the State GeoBees.
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    • Charger Winnings - Open through March 29

      by Big Event Committee
      Even if you missed The Big Event, you still have opportunities to bid online to support the Shorecrest Community Association (SCA)! Charger Winnings are an online auction of events, sign-up parties, and special experiences - many hosted by Shorecrest faculty for students! Also read about fabulous parent sign-up parties hosted by community members. Charger Winnings are open online through March 29! All proceeds benefit the Shorecrest Community Association.
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    • Upper School Service Week 2019

      by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
      Landy Hall will be missing a lot of teenagers next week... All Upper School students and faculty are about to embark on week-long service projects around the globe. Starting on Monday, March 4, 16 different Service Week groups will be serving, led by the talented Upper School faculty and staff. Life-changing trips to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, will also provide service. Shorecrest Upper School will provide over 4,000 hours of service over 4 days.
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    • Knowledge for the Future

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      If one can be humble for even a moment, it is simple to see that what we knew or believed just four years ago may be very different today. The rate of change in knowledge, technology and global events involving the estimated but growing 7.7 billion people living on Earth makes it impossible to know everything. Why, then, would any teacher, school or university evaluate students on information that will be obsolete in a decade, a year or even a month?
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    • MS Robotics Win Innovative Solution Award and More

      by Dr. Anna Baralt, Director of Educational Technology
      The Middle School Robotics teams (Team 1448/The Force and Team 1449/The R2D2s) competed at the West Florida FIRST Lego League Regional tournament on February 23. Team 1448/The Force received the Judges Award for their great effort across all categories - Robot, Project and Core Values, and for their positive, never give up attitude. Team 1449/The R2D2s was awarded the Innovative Solution Award. Additionally, they were nominated for the Global Innovation Award. In addition, the R2D2s received a bid for the State Competition on April 6! 
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    • Shorecrest Semifinalists Advance in National Merit Competition

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      Shorecrest seniors RJ Ayers, Will Hess and Aidan Samuelson have been named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. All three students were named National Merit Semifinalists and have advanced to the next round of competition. In addition to the 3 National Merit Finalists, the Shorecrest Class of 2019 includes four National Merit Commended Students: Benjamin Berner, Jake Freedman, William Newton and Jordan Tralins.
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    • Eighth Grade Visits Washington, D.C.

      by Dr. Elizabeth Angello, Eighth Grade English Teacher
      Bleary-eyed but excited, eighth grade students and Shorecrest faculty and staff gathered at the airport at 4:30am last Tuesday morning before heading off to Washington, D. C. Their first day in the city was spent in the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall, where they marveled at the Hope Diamond, measured themselves against a full tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, paid their respects to Emmett Till, sat at the Greensboro lunch counter, took selfies with the Batmobile, and viewed the original Star Spangled Banner. Whew!
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    • My Experience Hosting an Exchange Student

      by Sandra Epstein, Alumni Legacy Parent
      "Over the course of our past fourteen years at Shorecrest, I have heard about the exchange student program, but had never given it much consideration. As a busy mother of three over-scheduled daughters, and a working mom trying to run a dental practice, this did not seem like a very practical idea. However, as the girls became older and more self sufficient, I began to think about the prospect of hosting a student and the experience it could provide us all. The month we spent with Macarena was an amzing experience for us all, and I am thrilled that we took advantage of this opportunity! I am a firm believer that our children learn more from experience rather than schoolwork alone, and this was one that I hope my children benefitted from in many different ways."
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    • This I Believe speeches and videos

      by Jake Seymour, Upper School English Teacher
      Sophomores completed their "This I Believe" speeches. Ms. Ekblad and Mr. Seymour's students, following the guidelines of the National Public Radio program of the same name, took positions on topics of their choosing and explained how they came to believe them to be true. Invitations were made for the entire school to attend, and many Upper School students spent their free periods watching and supporting their peers. Topics were wide-ranging, from lessons about the simple pleasures in life - like the power of hugs, to the struggles that many young people face - such as anxiety and social media use, to difficulties that impact us nationally and globally.
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    • Two Chargers Earn Rank of Eagle Scout

      by By Brian O’Neill, Cat Cobb, Anne Dowling and Derek Hess
      On February 23, 2019, two Boy Scout Den Chiefs who are  members of the Shorecrest Class of 2019 held their Eagle Court of Honor in Shorecrest’s Janet Root Theatre. William Hess ‘19 and Aidan Samuelson ‘19 stood in front of friends, family, and fellow scouts assembled to witness the honor. Both boys picked their concluding Eagle Scout projects based on experiences they had through Shorecrest. Will is a member of the Upper School SPARC Club, and while volunteering with them at PARC he could see the garden needed a makeover and new pergola. Aidan took a walking tour in fourth grade of downtown St. Petersburg, led by Shorecrest parent Emily Elwyn of Preserve the ‘Burg, and he has been intrigued with preservation ever since. For his Eagle Scout project, Aidan worked with Preserve the ‘Burg on an online walking tour.
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    • Legacy Breakfast 2019

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      Shorecrest alumni and their children who are current Chargers gathered in the Rec Gym on Friday, February 22, for the Alumni Association's annual Legacy Breakfast. It is always a special treat to have this group gather together. Legacies are an important component of community-building here at Shorecrest. Our Alumni and legacy children heard from Bob Willis ‘77.
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    • All Star Charger Athletes

      by Athletics Department
      Seniors Cole Savitsky and Logan Stenger will be representing Shorecrest in the Pinellas vs. Hillsborough County All Star Boys Soccer Game on Friday Night, March 1. Senior Renice Dacres was named 1st Team All Pinellas County for Girls Basketball and will represent Shorecrest in the All-Star Game on Saturday, March 2.
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    • Chickens Visit Kindergarten

      by Allison Hawley and Alissa Vigue, Kindergarten Teachers
      Ashley and Erick, Shorecrest parents and Founders of the Sustainable Family Farm, came to talk to kindergarten as guest experts last week. Not only did they teach kindergarteners about the different things chickens need, they brought two very exciting guests as well - two hens from their farm! Kindergarteners were excited to meet and pet these two full-grown hens while observing the differences between them and the tiny, 3-week old chicks that have recently hatched in kindergarten. 
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    • Packer Invitational Math Competition

      by Mandy Howell, Fifth Grade Math Teacher
      Mathletes from Shorecrest fourth, fifth and sixth grades competed in the 1st annual Packer Invitational Math Competition at Largo High school on Saturday, February 23. The Chargers came home with some impressive hardware, including third place overall elementary school!
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    • Pinellas County National History Day Participants

      by David Hodgson, Seventh Grade History Teacher
      Congratulations to the seventh and eighth grade students moving on to the Pinellas County National History Day competition!
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    • Project Linus

      by Jessica Thorn, Interact Faculty Advisor
      Thank you to everyone in the Shorecrest community who supported the Upper School Interact Club's car wash in the fall. The funds were used to purchase supplies for making blankets for Project Linus, an organization that donates blankets to children in local hospitals. Members of the Interact Club got together last Saturday and made eight blankets to donate. 
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    • Red Ribbon Week

      by Cassandra Funk '19, SADD Vice President
      Red Ribbon Week exists to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. The Upper School has been participating in Red Ribbon Week for several years. It is a very important week to spread awareness of drug and alcohol use and abuse. It is an incredibly crucial issue among teens, and it is only growing as new methods are making drug use easier and more dangerous than ever. It is also very important for us to remain understanding of students who may be struggling with drug and alcohol use because there are many factors and pressures that may contribute to this.
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    • LATINOS en SHORECREST Meeting, March 6

      by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
      Te esperamos a la reunión de LATINOS en SHORECREST:
      Queremos oir tus ideas para las actividades de nuestro próximo año escolar.
      ¡Tus ideas cuentan!
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    • Black History Month

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Black History Week was started in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson. In 1976, President Gerald Ford designated February as Black History Month. Ford noted the need to ensure that the contributions of African-Americans were recognized at a time when history books, schools, media and society did little to acknowledge their contributions. Many Shorecrest classrooms have highlighted the significant and important contributions of black people from around the world and throughout history.
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    • Tennis Season Starts Out

      by Coach Bob Davis
      The first week of matches for the varsity and junior varsity tennis Chargers began on February 11, with a home varsity match against Canterbury. The Chargers boys and girls swept Canterbury in all positions except for the number 1 girls varsity match.
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    • Shorecrest comes up just short in bid for first state championship

      by Rodney Page, Tampa Bay Times Preps Reporter
      The Chargers scored early but gave up a late goal in a 2-1 loss to Miami Palmer Trinity at the State Final. Shorecrest is loaded with underclassmen, including 12 in the junior class. The chances of a return trip to DeLand are good, but that didn’t mean much on Thursday. “The priority for us is to have fun and I think we did,’’ Coach Montoya said. “It would’ve been nice to have a little more fun.’’
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    • Building Outdoor Learning Tools

      by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
      Shorecrest Parents, Grandparents, Faculty and Staff volunteered together to build an art wall, eight garden boxes, and a mud kitchen last week for the playscape outside the new Experiential School.
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    • Shorecrest Delegates at Boston MUN

      by Kurt Wahlgren, Social Studies Department Chair
      On February 6, Shorecrest delegates flew to Boston to participate in the 18th annual Boston Invitational Model United Nations (BosMUN) hosted by Boston University. Shorecrest delegates participated in a variety of committees during the three-day conference. These committees ranged from Security Council and ECOFIN, to historical committees, such as the 1960 Union Minière du Haut Katanga.
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    • Sophomores Visit Kindergarten

      by Dominique V. Craft, Assistant Head of Lower School
      It was a very exciting morning in the Lower School building on Wednesday, as Kindergarten students met their tenth grade buddies for the first time face-to-face! The week before, buddies had exchanged letters, sharing their interests, favorite things, and stories about themselves. Needless to say, there was great enthusiasm in the Kindergarten classrooms when the tenth graders arrived with huge smiles on their faces and books to read to their new friends.
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    • Summer Service for grades 7-12: Utah National Park

      by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
      Highlighted summer program for students grades 7-12:
      Southern Utah National Park Service Adventure, June 11 - 15.
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    • Adolescent Health Symposium [video]

      by SCA Board
      Adolescent Health Symposium with Dr. Jasmine Reese: A panel of pediatric experts presented an evening symposium on adolescent health. Full video now online.
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    • Shorecrest boys make first state soccer final

      by Rodney Page, "Tampa Bay Times" Preps Reporter
      Shorecrest will play for its first boys soccer state championship after a convincing 3-1 win over Maitland Orangewood Christian on Saturday night. The Chargers, who have not lost a home game in two years, scored in the first five minutes, built a three-goal, second-half lead and held on for the win.
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    • Fortunate

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      We are fortunate. Recently I reflected on the challenges faced by families and schools that are not as fortunate as we are today, and it caused me to think back. There was a time when Shorecrest did not have the resources to offer faculty and staff a retirement program. There was a time when Shorecrest did not have the resources to build a new Innovation Center and Community Commons. During those days the administrators, faculty, staff and families who led our school were committed to academic excellence. Academic excellence was where they put their energy and resources. We were fortunate that those Board members, teachers and administrators had vision.
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    • Virtual Reality Transports World Language Students: Developing Deeper Perspectives

      by Teresa Andrés, US Spanish Teacher, and Richard Rho, US Technology Teacher
      Shorecrest faculty continually strive to find new ways to prepare their students for their futures, to engage them in their own learning, and to explore new approaches to help them learn more effectively. Recently, a Shorecrest Innovation Grant enabled the purchase of a mobile cart with 20 Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, which can augment student learning across the curriculum. In a recent example of these tools in practice, Sra. Andrés’ Spanish 4 and 5 classes navigated through a virtual reality tour of Buenos Aires, Argentina, so as to become familiar with this majestic capital city as a preparation for upcoming lessons. Upper School students were immersed in a virtual tour that enabled them to visit locations of historical and cultural significance.
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    • SPARC at Night To Shine

      by SPARC Club Members
      Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On February 8, 2019, the fifth annual Night to Shine was hosted by 655 churches from around the world for approximately 100,000 honored guests through the support of 200,000 volunteers! Night to Shine is sponsored by The Tim Tebow Foundation. A few members of Shorecrest's Upper School SPARC Club volunteered at the event and two share their thoughts here.
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    • Eighth Graders Build Underwater ROVs

      by Kathryn Jeakle, MS Marine Science Teacher
      The entire eighth grade class broke into teams of 8-10 students. Each team built a complete underwater ROV - the frame, the motors, everything! Once the ROVs were built and the remote controls were tested, each team had a series of underwater challenges for their vehicle to complete. The challenges included picking up diving rings from the bottom of a pool, dropping off artificial coral polyps on an artificial reef, and completing a mock trash clean-up.
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    • Relay For Life Special Events Update

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      The Pre-Relay for Life Fundraising Lunch was a great success. Team Gold Together Admin and Friends thanks all ES/LS students and parents for supporting the team and the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Grillmaster/Headmaster Mike Murphy with the help of administrative staff grilled and prepared over 450 hot dog lunches in the rainy weather! Many Middle School teams sold out of sandwiches, pizza, drinks and more!
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    • YOU can Help Haiti

      by Ms. Janack’s Fifth Grade Social Studies Students
      Fifth grade is partnering with the organization Youth Partners with Haiti to collect items needed in a school and orphanage in Haiti. We are collecting gently used or new recreation items such as games, puzzles, used sports equipment, and dolls. We are also collecting gently used or new educational items such as pencils, paper, flash cards, arts and crafts materials, crayons, and markers. Please check in closets, garages, and toy boxes for items to donate. In the words of the fifth grade students, "Be More! Be a Haiti Hero!" They are collecting through February 22.
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    • Shorecrest completes season sweep of Calvary Christian

      by Rodney Page, Tampa Bay Times Preps Reporter
      The Chargers dominated play and scored a goal in each half to defeat the Warriors 2-0 Saturday night. They move on to compete in BOYS SOCCER REGIONAL FINALS on Wednesday, February 13 at 7pm vs Canterbury Fort Myers at Canterbury Fort Myers.
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    • Box Tops - Collecting Now

      by Kristi Aussner, Parent Volunteer
      PLEASE SEND IN BOX TOPS BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 for the second submission deadline. The Box Tops for Education program gives 10 cents to Shorecrest for every Box Top collected. We submitted $250 worth of Box Tops for the first submission date!
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    • Interact Hosting Toiletry Drive

      by Taylor Emerson '19, Interact Club President
      Interact is hosting a toiletry drive starting Monday to collect travel-sized toiletries for the Ronald McDonald House. When new families arrive at RMH, they will be provided with these supplies. Please bring in any travel-sized toiletry items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, soaps, lotion, etc.) by February 22. Collection boxes will be in Landy Hall, Upper School. 
       
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    • Become a Parent Ambassador

      by Admissions Office
      Do you remember your first day at Shorecrest? Help a new family by providing a friendly face - become a Parent Ambassador!
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    • Play

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      We can learn a lot from watching people play. The children on the playground are my favorite. It is well known that children learn a great deal about themselves and others when they play. The common expression, “Learn to play nicely in the sandbox,” wisely implies the value of childhood play in building relationships and working with others.
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    • Chargers at Regional Science Fair

      by Curtis Cruise, Sixth Grade Science Teacher
      Ten sixth graders represented Shorecrest in the Regional Science Fair. All ten students earned an award at the competition. Congratulations to the students for their hard work and success at the competition!
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    • Jr. Thespians Rock the State Festival

      by Stephanie McCarthy, Troupe 88197 Director
      A total of 16 qualifying students from Shorecrest Middle School attended the Florida State Junior Thespian Festival. Final results found Troupe 88197 with 1 State level Critics Choice, 5 Superior medals, and 15 Excellent medals!
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    • Scholastic Writing Award Winners

      by Bill Leavengood '78, Playwriting Teacher
      Five Upper School students submitted plays they wrote to the regional Scholastic Writing Awards. Three were recognized by Scholastic for their impressive work.
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    • MS at Bay Area Forensics League Meet

      by Stephanie McCarthy, MS Music Director
      The Bay Area Forensics League Meet took place on Wednesday, February 6. Twenty-five Shorecrest Middle School students, under the direction and coaching of Ms. Nelson, attended to compete in their speech and dramatic skills against other schools in the Bay area. Shorecrest students earned eleven trophies, including two first place trophies to fifth graders Simone H and Lauren K.
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    • Second Grade Celebrates 100th Day of School

      by Michele Johnson, Second Grade Teacher
      As part of Shorecrest's 100th Day of School celebration, Mrs. Johnson's and Ms. Tucker's second grade classes met to make and launch 100 paper airplanes.
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    • Sophomore Strategies (Parents Only)

      by Bonni Klement, Associate Director of College Counseling
      Please join the Shorecrest College Counseling Team on Wednesday, February 20 at 7pm in the JRT.
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    • Welcome Caitlin McLemore

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Mrs. Caitlin McLemore is the new Middle School / Upper School Librarian and Technology Specialist at Shorecrest. She is the co-author of the book "Stretch Yourself: A Personalized Journey to Deepen Your Teaching Practice," geared toward educators interested in engaging with technology in meaningful ways within the classroom learning environment.
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    • Scholastic Visual Arts Awards

      by Charla Y. Gaglio, US Visual Arts Chair
      The art department is very proud of our Chargers and what they accomplish. For the 2018-19 Scholastic Awards, Shorecrest artists were awarded 7 gold awards and 7 silver awards. Some were also selected by Temple Beth-El for its student exhibit during Arts Festival Beth-El.
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    • Investing in Progressive Education

      by Laina Bennett, Director of Annual Giving
      With Grandparents & Special Friends Day and St. Pete STEAMfest in our rearview mirrors, we can reflect on the success both of these programs have in bringing our ever-growing community together. Our Grandparents and Special Friends, along with families outside of the Shorecrest community had the unique opportunity to experience the inclusive, innovative and transformational education available to our students firsthand. Project- and inquiry-based learning, hands-on activities centered on technology, and a commitment to social responsibility are all hallmarks of a Shorecrest education. These each share something vital in common: they are all supported by The Shorecrest Annual Fund.
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    • Book Fair - Last Day!

      by Book Fair Co-Chairs: Tonya Farkas & Bernice Murphy
      It’s time to Stomp, Chomp and Read at the Book Fair!
      Where: Janet Root Theatre Lobby
      When: Monday, February 25 - Friday, March 1, 8:00am - 4:30pm
      We are so excited to announce special evening hours too!
      When: Thursday, February 28, 5:30 - 7:00pm
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    • Boys Basketball Senior Night

      by Athletics Department
      Friday, Feb. 8, 7:30pm @ Boys Basketball vs. Academy at the Lakes (ceremony to being at 7:25pm)
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    • America's Kids - Third Grade Show [video & photos]

      by Robert Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
      Third graders dazzled audiences with their knowledge of United States history as they performed the musical "America's Kids." Thank you to teachers and parents for making this experience so memorable for the students!
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    • February is National Dental Health Month

      by Donna Conroy, School Nurse
      Lifelong habits begin at home. Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life. Make dental health a part of your daily routine and share these reminders with your whole family...
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    • Striving to Be More

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Student and parent feedback, re-enrollment, and faculty/staff retention are three of many ways we learn how our families and the community feel about the quality of the overall educational experience at Shorecrest. Niche.com, a school and community ranking platform, has also become a source for consistent information about our school's performance and reputation in the community.
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    • Dr. Sherri Danyali Promoted to Head of Experiential School

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Dr. Lisa Bianco, Shorecrest Head of Lower School, and Headmaster Mike Murphy are pleased to announce that Dr. Sherri Danyali will assume the role of Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay.
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    • 35th Annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      Grandparents & Special Friends Day is a beloved Shorecrest tradition, 35-years strong and counting. This year's event, held on January 25, brought together nearly 600 guests for food, music, drama, classroom tours and more. The next Grandparent Council event is a meeting of the Grandparent Book Club on Tuesday, April 16, at 10am in the Middle School Conference Room. The group will be discussing "The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story."
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    • MS Robotics Teams Win Design and Project Awards

      by Christine Scoby, MS Robotics Coach
      The Middle School Robotics teams, The R2D2's and The Force, returned victorious from their First LEGO League Tournament with the prizes for Robot Mechanical Design and Project Presentation. More importantly, both teams earned a ticket to the Regional competition that will be held at Hillsborough Community College in Plant City on February 26.
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    • Welcome French Exchange Students

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      French high school students from Lycée Bayen in the champagne region of France arrived on campus Friday morning for a two-week stay. The visit is part of an international exchange that is now in its 24th year.
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    • Results of National History Day at SPS: Triumph & Tragedy in History

      by David Hodgson, MS History Teacher
      Congratulations to the seventh and eighth grade students moving on to the Pinellas County National History Day competition on March 1-2 at Largo High School.
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    • Gaming in Class?

      by Ron Heller, Upper School History Teacher
      For the second year in a row, Mr. Heller's Honors US History class culminated their exposure to "Uncle Tom's Cabin" with a project recreating scenes from the novel.
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    • Guest Reader in Spanish Class

      by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
      This week, fourth grade Spanish class enjoyed a visit from Michael Cibran '95, alumnus and Spanish-speaking parent. He read a book in Spanish to the class and interacted with the children during their Spanish class. Thanks so much for your visit and for taking the time to read in Spanish to our students! 
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    • Journaling Life Science

      by Danielle Parrott, Seventh Grade Science Teacher
      In seventh grade Life Science, it is essential that students spend time physically interacting with life and nature around them. Since Florida is a treasure trove of living things, the class heads to the Native Classroom behind Shorecrest every few weeks.
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    • Shorecrest Alumni Association elects new Board Officers

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      The Shorecrest Alumni Association is pleased to announce the election of Kara Earle ‘05, as its new President and David Huber ‘07, as its Vice President. The Shorecrest Alumni Association’s newly elected officers will start their 2-year terms on June 1, 2019. Earle and Huber, join fellow board members, Alexandria Crawford ‘12, Cory Gaffney ‘95, Pamela Greacen ‘84, Laurie Harris ‘82, Juliet Kyes ‘01, Chelsea Smith Scott ‘08, Brian Sotolongo ‘16, Laurie Slomka Reiskind ‘83, Beth Reynolds ‘84 and Jeff Ritch ‘01.
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    • Shorecrest Sailing Slated for Districts, Host Bake Sale

      by Charger Parent
      The team has two South Points regattas left on the schedule. After they are completed, the Top 7 teams will determine who advances to Districts. Currently Shorecrest is in 3rd. The Chargers also held a bake sale last weekend at their home regatta. It was a huge success! Over $400 was raised and donated to the local US Coast Guard Base.
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    • Social Learning in the Experiential School

      by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
      The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, which houses our 3-5 year old Chargers, often focuses on social learning and the opportunity to participate in experiences between grade levels and divisions - balanced with the time to establish strong roots in a student's home classroom.
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    • Varsity Girls Soccer Season Closes

      by Coach Neal Wolfrath
      The girls finished the regular season with a record of (5-3-2), going undefeated in district play and earning a first round bye in the tournament. On Tuesday night, the girls' season sadly came to an end as they fell short in the district semi final, 2-4. While it is disappointing to see the season end, they made some nice strides this year.
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    • Social Emotional Learning [Video]

      by Kate Fierce, LS & MS Counselor
      Kate Fierce, LS/MS School Counselor, gave a talk focusing on stages of child development geared towards K-5 Families. Find a video of the full presentation here.
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    • Food Glorious Food

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      I am pretty sure there is a song about that!
       
      During the past week, representatives from SAGE Dining Services met with about 100 parents and guardians to answer questions about the Community-Inclusive Dining Program that will begin in March. Our community, like most other communities who have transitioned from a retail “fast food” approach of food service to a full Community-Inclusive nutritional choice program, have had questions about allergies, choice and value. Last week in Ebytes we published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and a video describing the Community-Inclusive program benefits.
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    • Skittles Science Provocation in Alpha

      by Meredith Brandimore, Alpha Teaching Assistant
      Ms. Daley and Miss Brandimore’s alpha class has been studying rainbows. Last week they conducted a science experiment with Skittles candies.
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    • "Cinderella" Auditions for LS Students

      by Cheryl Lee, Upper School Performing Arts Chair
      This April, Shorecrest Performing Arts will present the musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's "Cinderella." There are four roles available for Lower School students in grades 2-4 to portray Cinderella’s woodland creature friends. There are four roles available for Middle School students in grades 5-8 to portray Cinderella’s carriage horses and Prince Topher’s Heralds.
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    • Chargers Study First-Hand Child Development

      by Courtney Ellis '02, US AP Psychology teacher
      Shorecrest Upper School AP Psychology class visited Junior Kindergarten students to see their Developmental Psychology unit in action. Members of the class of 2019 came prepared with activities and questions relating to Piaget’s stages of cognitive development and Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development.
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    • Lower School Links Project for Relay

      by Lilianna Baralt '21, Lauren Merrifield '21 and Sofia Marston '21, Relay For Life Committee
      Relay For Life is around the corner, and as a community we are trying to reach the goal of raising $100,000 to support cancer research. To raise money in Lower School, students can participate in the Links Project. For every dollar your child brings in, they will receive one colored paper link. The links are then connected to form a paper chain in each classroom.
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    • Varsity Girls Basketball vs IRC: 38-27 Win

      by Coach Roddy Brown Jr.
      The varsity girls basketball Chargers took care of business against Indian Rocks Christian on Tuesday night with a final score of 38-27! The effort was spearheaded by a two-pronged attack from Renice Dacres ‘19 and Nikki Ayers ‘22. Dacres returned to the lineup after a six game absence due to injury and finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 4 steals. Ayers filled up the stat sheet with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals, and 5 steals.
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    • Join the Flock through Feb. 1

      by Big Event Committee
      *Deadline extended* Florida’s iconic pink yard flamingos will be placed in a flock in front of the Janet Root Theatre to represent that our families are unique but we flock together. The flamingos will be on sale until February 1 and are $25 each. All proceeds from the sales of the flamingos go directly to the Shorecrest Community Association.
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    • Spring 2019 Community-Inclusive Dining Program

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      When we return to school after Spring Break 2019, our community will enjoy the benefits of our new Community-Inclusive Dining Program in the Dining Rooms in our new facility. Starting on March 18, 2019, SAGE Dining Services will offer our community their full-service, community-inclusive program, a major shift from the retail cafe-style program we use currently.
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    • Tennis Team Tryouts

      by Coach Bob Davis
      Varsity Tennis team tryouts will be held on Monday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 30.
      Junior Varsity Tennis team tryouts will be held on Tuesday, January 29 and Thursday January 31.
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    • HOW TO DONATE OLD TEXTBOOKS

      by Zuri Patel '20, Books Committee Head
      The Upper School Spanish Club is collecting used textbooks to sell online. Profits will be donated to a children’s village in Los Mina, Dominican Republic, through SOS Children’s Villages.
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    • Parent/Guardian SEED - Date Change

      by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
      SEED, The Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum, will meet on April 18, 2019, 7-8:30pm in the Media Center/Library Classroom. A light dinner will be served. If you are interested in participating in any of this year’s Parent/Guardian SEED group introductory sessions, please complete this form to indicate your interest. *The meeting scheduled for February 7 has been canceled. 
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    • Shorecrest Announces Athletic Director Anthony McCall as New Varsity Head Football Coach

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      Starting with spring practices, Anthony McCall, Shorecrest’s Athletic Director, will lead the Chargers on the gridiron as their new Varsity Head Coach. McCall will replace Coach Steve Dudley, who has served as the Varsity Head Coach since the Fall 2014 season.
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    • Calling all Chargers Soccer fans!

      by Athletics Department
      The Boys Varsity Soccer team's recent win vs. Jesuit advanced the Chargers to the Champions League finals, where they will be playing another undefeated team in East Lake HS. This will be a rematch of a pre-season 2-2 tie at the end of their game earlier this season. Come out to support your Chargers on Saturday, January 19 at 7pm.
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    • Rising Up!

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Last week I noted the importance of focusing on a priority. Mine is the completion of the second floor of our new facility. While there are other goals that are important for the advancement of the school, few others will affect every child like the second floor of our new Innovation Center and Community Commons.
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    • NICOLAS H. WINS SPS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GeoBee - 4th YEAR IN A ROW!

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      The National Geographic GeoBee was held in the Janet Root Theatre on January 17. The top two geographers from grades 4-8 competed on stage, plus last year's winner. The Shorecrest Champion was seventh grader Nicolas H. For the last three years he won at Shorecrest and also qualified to compete at the state level.
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    • Alexander Awarded Distinguished Service Scholar, CASE District III

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Stacy Alexander, Shorecrest’s Director of Alumni and Community Engagement, was awarded the Distinguished Service Scholar scholarship for 2019 from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III. The scholarship will provide funding for her attendance at the organization’s annual conference and a mentoring opportunity with a CASE professional. Alexander also received the Emerging Leaders Scholarship.
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    • Fourth Grade Spanish Project Share

      by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
      This week fourth graders had their project share in Spanish class: Escuelas Urbanas y Rurales en Latinoamerica (Urban and Rural Schools in Latin America.) 
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    • Guest expert Heather Vidal visits Kindergarten

      by Allison Hawley, Kindergarten Teacher
      For our living and nonliving study, kindergarteners in Mrs. Hawley's class welcomed guest expert Heather Vidal, a Shorecrest tutor. Mrs. Vidal came to talk about some living things she has as pets. She has some typical pets like dogs and cats, but she also shared with us another type of pet she has -- chickens!
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    • MS Girls Soccer beats Out of Door Academy

      by Coach Betsy Dougherty
      The Middle School girls soccer team ended their season this week with a 4-0 win over Out of Door Academy. 
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    • Varsity Volleyball Ends Banner Year

      by Coach Raquel Ferreira
      Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball team - 4A State Champions! A banner in the Crisp Gym was recently unfurled celebrating their victory. A swimming State Championship Banner was also hung. The Chargers celebrated their Championship season with an End of Season party.
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    • Shorecrest Announces Historic Philanthropic Evening

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      On Friday, January 11, a historic philanthropic evening for Shorecrest Preparatory School took place at Sea Salt in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. In one night, an event hosted by several Shorecrest families called “30 for 30” raised $1.2 million for the school’s Transform Campaign. Transform is the final puzzle piece to the Shorecrest campus: creating more than 60,000 square feet of new facilities and reimagining the lower campus to align with Shorecrest’s 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan.
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    • Weiss Family Memorial

      by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
      Since the tragic loss of the Weiss family - Mitchell, Leslie, Hannah '16 and Ari '20 - last year, several families, with the support of Headmaster Mike Murphy, have worked to determine how best to honor the Weiss Family on the Shorecrest campus. After a year of careful thought and reflection, the group is proud to share with the community plans for the Weiss Family Stage.
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    • A Loss to Our Community - Judy Roberge

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      The Shorecrest community is saddened to share the passing of one of our dear and long-tenured community members, Ms. Judy Roberge. A parent of alumnus T.C. Roberge '92, and past President of the Shorecrest Community Association (formerly known as SPA), and a Shorecrest employee since 1996. Judy has served as the school Registrar for the past 18 years.
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    • Prioritizing Great Ideas

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      One of the pieces of advice I carry with me from the past year came from Morten Hansen’s book, "Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More." The opening chapter advises us to Do Less, Then Obsess. In short, select a priority and focus on it.

      Over the holiday, a friend and I were discussing the amount of advice football coaches receive from fans, players, alumni and broadcasters when he started laughing and said, “You probably get more advice than they do because you play every day not just once a week.”  
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    • Tampa Bay Times’ all-Pinellas County Volleyball

      by Rodney Page, Times Staff Writer
      Times' staff picks for the best volleyball players in Pinellas County this season: Shorecrest Chargers' Jacqueline St. Cin and Coach Raquel Ferreira take top honors. 
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    • Shorecrest Headmaster Mike Murphy Announces Retirement

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
      Shorecrest Headmaster since 2005, Mike Murphy has announced that he will retire from Shorecrest at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

      "My mother gave the five of her children advice about being a guest. Be on time, bring a gift, offer to help with the dishes, and leave before you wear out your welcome. During the past 14 years I have tried to follow her advice, and it is with her words in mind that I now look forward to moving to the next stage of my life at the end of the 2019-2020 school year as I retire as Headmaster of Shorecrest," wrote Murphy in a letter to the community.
       
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    • Shorecrest Performing Arts presents "Radium Girls"

      by Cheryl Lee, Chair Performing Arts Department
      Shorecrest Upper School Performing Arts presents the play "Radium Girls"
      Saturday, January 19, 7pm evening performance
      Sunday, January 20, 2pm matinee performance
      in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest Preparatory School
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    • Northeast Little League Registration

      by Northeast Little League
      Northeast Little League invites you to PLAY BALL! Registration is open at: www.NortheastLL.com.
      Standard Registration ends: January 28. Late Registration ends: February 17.
      All players who register will be placed on a team. Tryouts are held so players are assigned to the correct division.
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    • Play with the Basketball Chargers, Feb. 2

      by Coach Justin Saunders
      The boys varsity basketball Chargers would like to invite any interested Lower School families to join them for some Saturday morning Breakfast Hoops. Coffee and donuts will be provided in the Athletic Center lobby, and the varsity players will assist children from grades K-4 with some shooting, passing, and dribbling drills.
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    • Shorecrest Announces Record-Breaking Philanthropic Gift

      by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
      Shorecrest Preparatory School is pleased to announce it has received an anonymous $2 million gift to the Transform Campaign. The gift is the single largest in the school's 95+ year history and brings the total raised for Transform to more than $9 million.
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    • Middle School Eats Like Kings

      by Hélène Simon, MS French teacher
      La galette des rois (King Cake) is a French tradition that is centered around a special pastry that is eaten in France on and around January 6. A prize (such as a bean, coin, trinket or figurine) is hidden inside it. Whoever finds it becomes the king for the day! Middle School Chargers shared King Cakes in French class with two prizes per class for two bossy kings! They also made some fun paper crowns to wear. The prizes were travel-related charms to motivate students to explore and use French abroad.
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    • Shorecrest in Wonderland

      by SCA Big Event Committee
      The Big Event ~ Shorecrest in Wonderland will be held on Friday, March 1 at 7pm at Station House St. Pete, 260 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Limited tickets remain - order yours now! www.shorecrestbigevent.com
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    5101 First Street Northeast
    St Petersburg, FL 33703
    Phone: (727) 522-2111  |  Fax: (727) 527-4191
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    Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.