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2017

Recent News

  • Annual Fund 101 Coffee, 9/20

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Annual Fund
    Kate Merritt from the Shorecrest Advancement Office and Annual Fund Co-Chairs (and Shorecrest parents) Amy Herlihy and Vanissa Ma will be hosting an Annual Fund 101 Coffee to answer questions about donating to Shorecrest.
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  • Blood Drive on Campus 9/20

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    OneBlood will be on campus on Wednesday, September 20 from 10am-3pm. The bus will be located right next to the Admin/Admissions building. If you would like to donate, please be sure to eat well and drink plenty of fluids. 
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  • Businessman, Author, and Advocate for the Disabled Joseph “JB” Bensmihen to Speak at Shorecrest October 10

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Businessman, author, and advocate for the disabled Joseph “JB” Bensmihen will visit Shorecrest Preparatory School Tuesday, October 10. An Upper School presentation is at 10am in the Janet Root Theatre. A book signing will immediately follow in the theatre lobby, with a Middle School presentation at 11:25am. Parents are welcome to attend.
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  • Five Shorecrest Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists, Commended Students

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest seniors Charity Chen, Mitchell Greene, Hunter Holland, Kyle Mullins, and Sylvia Smith have been named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Their PSAT scores are in the top 1% of High School Seniors in the United States. Five other seniors were named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program: Samuel Benjamin, Adrianna Linn, Will Martin, Shannon O'Shea, and Casey Reich.
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  • Scholastic Book Fair 2017, 9/25-29

    by Tonya Farkas, Parent Volunteer
    It's time to saddle up and read at our Wild West Book Fair:
    Mon, Sept 25 - Fri, Sept 29
    in the Student Activity Center
    8am - 4:30pm and special evening hours on Tuesday, September 26, 5:30pm -7:30pm
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  • Athletics at Shorecrest - The Next 10 Years

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Join the Shorecrest Strategic Planning Committee for a Parent and Faculty Forum to discuss Athletics at Shorecrest - The Next 10 Years. Please come share your input and ideas to support and enhance our athletics program.
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  • Junior Journey: Navigating the College Process Step by Step, 9/25

    by Bonni Klement, Associate Director of College Counseling
    This evening program, designed for junior students and parents, will give an in-depth look at the college process from start to finish.
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  • Lower School Announcements

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
    Announcements from Lisa Bianco's weekly email to Experiential School parents.
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  • Middle School Announcements

    by Jonathan Davis, Head of Middle School
    Announcements from Jonathan Davis's weekly email.
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  • Upper School Announcements

    by Tom Dillow, Head of Upper School
    Announcements from Tom Dillow's weekly parent email.
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  • Experiential School Announcements

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Announcements from Sherri Danyali's weekly email to Experiential School parents.
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  • Fifth grade reading tour [Photos]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Fifth graders had an amazing day when they returned to Mrs. T's class after our Hurricane Irma closure. Students spent time playing, reading and bonding with the littlest Chargers when they visited Experiential School and Lower School classrooms with books in hand.
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  • Thankful

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The worst was predicted. The worst was imagined. Some people experienced great loss. Some experienced discomfort and inconvenience. Some lost property. Yet, we can be thankful. A baby was born, friendships were strengthened, neighbors behaved like neighbors, and in many cases strangers became friends.
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  • Book Club: Balanced and Barefoot *New Date*

    by Dominique Craft, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction for ES & LS
    Pick up a copy of "Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children" by Angela J. Hanscom, and join us on Wednesday, November 15 to discuss, debate, and, hopefully, gain a deeper understanding of modern childhood.
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  • Dads Nights Out Schedule

    by Matt, Patrick, Bill and Wolfgang
    A few years ago, a couple fathers started a monthly group to simply hang out. We set our start time at 7:30pm and a group is usually out until at least 10:30pm. We invite all Shorecrest dads to come by! This year we are targeting the second Thursday of each month. A first semester schedule is included.
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  • Webb's City at the Palladium Theater

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Alumni Programs
    This fall, members of the St. Petersburg community will have a chance to see many Chargers in action--both current students and alumni--in a unique performance of Webb's City: The Musical, written by current Shorecrest faculty member Bill Leavengood '78 with music by former faculty member Lee Ahlin.
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  • Shorecrest, Jack and Jill Inc. to Host HBCU College Fair

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    The Suncoast Chapter Teens of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. will host its inaugural Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair from 1pm-5pm on Sunday, September 17, at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg.
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  • ES Announcements & Photos

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Announcements from Sherri Danyali's weekly email to Experiential School parents.
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  • LS Announcements

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Announcements from Lisa Bianco's weekly parent email.
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  • MS Announcements

    by Jonathan Davis, Head of Middle School
    Announcements from Jonathan Davis's weekly email.
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  • ES Announcements & Photos

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Monday, September 4: No School - Labor Day
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  • MS Announcements

    by Jonathan Davis, Head of Middle School
    Announcements from Jonathan Davis's weekly email.
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  • Jogging through the Jungle

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    This week, I invited Alpha and JK students to "jog through the jungle" with me to create a positive community connection through our shared engagement. Utilizing this energizing children’s yoga song and movement activity, students had fun using their bodies in healthy ways, posing and acting like lions, crocodiles and snapping turtles.
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  • LS Announcements

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Monday, Sept 4: No School, Labor Day
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  • Music Videos for French Class

    by Hélène Simon, MS French teacher
    Groups of eighth graders wrote songs and created music videos in French class to teach -er verb conjugation.
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  • Tom Dillow Named Shorecrest Assistant Headmaster

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Thomas J. Dillow has been named Assistant Headmaster of Shorecrest Preparatory School. Dillow has served Shorecrest as the Head of Upper School since 2012. He will continue to lead the 9th-12th grade Upper School in addition to his new role.
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  • US Announcements

    by Tom Dillow, Assistant Headmaster and Head of Upper School
    Announcements from Tom Dillow's weekly parent email.
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  • Catching Up with Rory Macleod ‘96

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Alumni Programs
    While working for Apple, Rory started dreaming about riding a bicycle across the United States. One day in 2015, he decided to do just that. He quit his job, moved out of his San Francisco apartment, sold off his belongings, and in July of that year began riding his bicycle across America. He reached the Atlantic three months later, but his journey did not end there. He has since biked through 39 countries across Europe and North America, and two years after leaving home he is still at it. We had the chance to catch up with Rory during his day off from biking over the Alps.
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  • Composting and Chemical Changes

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Fourth graders learned about tending the compost bins on campus. To study decomposition further, students conducted five experiments that demonstrated chemical and physical changes.
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  • Tolerance or No Tolerance

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Go ahead, pick the topic: racism, sexism, bullying, cheating, stealing, violence, inappropriate use of social media, sexting… These and other issues can result in students being suspended, expelled or rejected by a school community. In 2017, Harvard University rescinded the acceptances of at least ten incoming freshman because of racist and pornographic postings the students sent to other people. Clearly, Harvard does not feel a responsibility to coddle 18 and 19 year olds who engage in behavior not consistent with the values of the university.

    However, it is one thing to address the behavior of 18 and 19-year-olds but how about children between the ages of 3 and 17?
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  • MS Football Wins

    by Coach Hector Zelaya
    14-12 win vs Northside Christian. Thank you to all the parents who have stepped up to make the start of the 2017 football season memorable!
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  • Bowling has Begun, Girls Win - Join our team!

    by Coach Steve Densa
    The bowling teams began their seasons against Calvary Christian on August 29. The girls rallied to win their match 3-2.
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  • Freshman Retreat

    by Shannon R., Class of 2021
    Ninth graders were off campus last week for two days for cooperative bonding activities. Freshman Shannon R. had this to report about the field experience.
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  • MS Golf 154, fourth place

    by Coach Woody Every
    The Middle School golf Chargers kicked off their season on Wednesday, August 30 at Twin Brooks Golf Course. This was the first ever golf tournament for many of our team members, and the experience was fantastic!
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  • Swim Chargers vs CANTERBURY

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    GIRLS: SHORECREST 276, CANTERBURY 86
    BOYS: SHORECREST 222, CANTERBURY 82
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  • Swim vs BERKELEY PREP

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    GIRLS: SHORECREST 138, BERKELEY PREP 176
    BOYS: SHORECREST 114.5,  BERKELEY PREP 199.5
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  • MS Announces 2017 Musical

    by Stephanie McCarthy, Middle School Music and Jr. Thespian Director
    High School Musical Jr. will be performed Friday, December 15th at 7pm and Saturday, December 16th as a matinee at 2pm.
     
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  • New Bus Services & Multi-Rider Discounts 2017-2018

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest currently provides morning bus service from the Belleair Bluffs and Tampa areas to the school every Monday through Friday that school is in session.
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  • MS Announcements

    by Jonathan Davis
    Announcements from Jonathan Davis's weekly email.
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  • Shorecrest Athletics Welcomes New Softball, Cross Country Coaches

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Please welcome Sam Secord, our new Cross Country coach, and Alexis Galinski ’11, our Varsity Softball coach.
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  • US Announcements

    by Tom Dillow, Head of Upper School
    Announcements from Tom Dillow's weekly parent email.
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  • ES Announcements & Photos

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Announcements from Sherri Danyali's weekly email to Experiential School parents.
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  • MS Green Volleyball Opens Season with Win vs AFA

    by Coach David Hodgson
    Chargers 25-14 / AFA 20-24 / Chargers 15-13
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  • Role Models

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Do you remember when a parent, guardian or teacher advised you to behave as if your mother, grandmother or a trusted adult was watching? As a child, I heard that advice often enough that it was stuck deep in the recesses of my developing brain. Many of us recall hearing the expression, “Monkey See, Monkey Do.” I know better than to compare our brilliant children to monkeys, yet I know there is truth to the expression. People will copy the behavior of others.
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  • Chargers Varsity Volleyball currently 2-1

    by Coach Svetlana Simic
    Chargers Girl's Varsity Volleyball team had a great beginning of the season. The team is currently 2-1.
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  • Experiential Learning for Parents Too

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Parents of our littlest Chargers gathered this week for ES Back to School Night. In her opening remarks, Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, spoke about experiential learning.
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  • LS Announcements & Photos

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Announcements from Lisa Bianco's weekly parent email.
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  • Back to School Survey

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Please take a moment to complete a 10-question survey about Back to School communications from Shorecrest. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes.
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  • WOW! And Thank You

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    August 21 brought a total solar eclipse nearby, and Shorecrest celebrated the scientific phenomenon. Students received special viewing glasses to ensure the safety of all during the eclipse.
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  • Chargers Football beat Keswick Christian: 21-9

    by Coach Steve Dudley
    The Chargers relied on a power running game & a stingy defense Friday night to defeat Keswick Christian 21-9 in the 2017 Kickoff Classic. Fullbacks RJ A. & Drew Z, and tailbacks Orrin F, Jake F & Apollo K all contributed to the Chargers "ground & pound" offense.
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  • CHARGERS SWIM & DIVE LAUNCHES 2017 SEASON

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    The Shorecrest Swim & Dive Team began the 2017 season with a successful outing at the Pre-Season Invitational held at Northeast High School this past Saturday.
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  • Chargers Varsity Golf Wins vs IRC

    by Coach Jacqueline Spoto
    Varsity Golf started the 2017-18 golf season with a win of 179 to 189 over Indian Rocks Christian School! 
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  • Service Week in Pine Ridge Reservation

    by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
    Mr. Heller and Ms. Bartlett are offering a trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation during Upper School Service Week, March 8-16, 2018.
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  • Upcoming Athletics

    by Jeff Raab, Athletic Director
    Where to cheer on your Chargers.
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  • US Fall Plays Cast

    by William Leavengood '78, Upper School Theatre Instructor
    Upper School Thespians present "LINCOLN PARK ZOO" Oct. 26 and 28 at 7pm. "LITTLE WOMEN" will play Nov. 11 as part of the Fall Performing Arts Showcase.
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  • Fourth Grade Trip to Costa Rica, Summer 2018 [video]

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    Parents of fourth graders, an informational meeting will be held Thursday, September 21 at 6pm about a summer trip to Costa Rica.
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  • Shorecrest’s Cub Scout Pack 303

    by Brian O'Neill, Cub Master
    Be part of a movement dedicated to preparing young people to succeed in life. Could anything be more important today?
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  • Welcome New Colleagues 2017-18

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest is excited to announce changes and new additions to our faculty and staff for the 2017-2018 school year.
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  • Submit Photos of Chargers around the World

    by Tony Napodano, Yearbook Faculty Advisor
    Send your fun summer photos to Mr. Napodano for the yearbook.
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  • ES Announcements

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Announcements from Sherri Danyali's weekly email to Experiential School parents. 
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  • LS Announcements & Photos

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Announcements from Lisa Bianco's weekly parent email.
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  • MS Announcements & Photos

    by Jonathan Davis
    Announcements from Jonathan Davis's weekly email.
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  • US Announcements

    by Tom Dillow, Head of Upper School
    Announcements from Tom Dillow's weekly parent email.
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  • A Great First Week & Photos

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The signs of a great start are evident in the comfort and involvement of students with teachers, children, and in our classroom community.
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  • Catching up with Cori Sue Morris '04

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Alumni Programs and Kara Schiaparelli '14
    In the thirteen years since she graduated from Shorecrest, Cori Sue Morris '04 has established herself as an expert in the marketing/brand strategy industry and the publisher of a must-read lifestyle website with hundreds of thousands of monthly readers - mainly young, professional women in Washington, DC, New York and Chicago. We caught up with Cori Sue to see what she’s been up to since leaving Shorecrest.
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  • Getting Started

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The Family-School Partnership is known to be one of the key elements for student success. Our willingness, efforts and ability to initiate and then maintain a positive Family-School Partnership will determine the degree of success our students, your children and our school community will achieve.
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  • Upper School Convocation 2017

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Upper School opened the year with the annual Convocation ceremony in the Janet Root Theatre. Senior Kyle Mullins addressed the student body as President of the Honor Council about the importance of upholding the Honor Pledge. Seniors then added their signatures one by one to The Honor Book, a pledge to uphold our Honor Code.
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  • Shorecrest Lower Schoolers Study in Spain

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    For 10 days during the month of June, led by third and fourth grade Spanish teacher Señora Emili Jaime-Allwood, a group of fourth graders and their mothers traveled to Madrid, Sevilla, and Toledo for an immersion in Spanish history, language and culture.  
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  • Shorecrest Solar Eclipse Viewing - Monday, August 21

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    Shorecrest has purchased verified eclipse viewing glasses for all students, faculty and staff. Each school will view the eclipse as a group under the full supervision of faculty and staff. The school will maintain regular dismissal times and procedures. Parents/guardians who wish to join their children for the viewing, or to pick up their children prior to the eclipse are welcome to do so. Please notify the office if you plan to pick up your child early
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  • Danyali, Gillis, Fludd

    Shorecrest Welcomes New Talent to Leadership Team

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    After extensive national searches, Shorecrest Preparatory School is pleased to welcome three new leaders to the administrative team. Dr. Sherri Danyali will assume the role of Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, Shorecrest’s 3, 4, and 5-year-old program. Michael Gillis joins the Advancement Office as Director of Advancement, and Roderick Avery Fludd is the school’s first Director of Diversity and Inclusion.
     
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  • Academic Team Champs - Spring 2017

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    For Class 3A Schools, Shorecrest Preparatory School's Girls Varsity Softball team had a reported 3.709 Cumulative Team GPA and the Varsity Baseball team had a reported 3.497 Cumulative Team GPA - placing them as Academic Team Champions!
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  • Summer Reading and Supplies

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    As school time turns into summer time, please remember to check the Parents page of shorecrest.org for supply lists, summer activities, assigned summer reading and more! Later this summer, the page will be updated with links to forms for next year as well.
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  • Janet Root Volunteer of the Year Award Winners

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    SCA created the Janet Root Volunteer of the Year award in 1984 to recognize the parent or parents who best model the spirit of volunteerism of Janet Root. Two volunteers stood out this year and were honored for their deep and meaningful dedication, effort and countless hours to volunteerism at Shorecrest.
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  • Shorecrest Student Artwork Featured at The Dali Museum

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    Student artist and rising ninth grader Lauren W was selected to to exhibit artwork in the 2017 Statewide Student Surrealist Art Exhibit: “Surreal Identity.” Lauren, her art teacher Cindy Williams, and other featured art students and teachers were honored at the exhibit’s reception and awards ceremony on June 24. The art is on display at The Dali now through August 27.
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  • How to sell back textbooks

    by Judy Roberge, Registrar
    To sell back used textbooks go to the following link and click "Sell Books."
     
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  • Make a Difference! Join a SCA Committee

    by Zeina Kropf, SCA Volunteer Coordinator
    Great ways to volunteer with SCA next year!
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  • Commencement 2017

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On Sunday, May 14, 2017, Shorecrest Preparatory School held its Commencement Ceremony for the 76-member Class of 2017. Among the graduating class were Shannon Haskell, great granddaughter of the Founder of Shorecrest and daughter of the School's first Headmaster. In addition, Kendall Pope’s great aunt, Yi Daley, was also a Founder. Together with Reilly, Clay, Shelby, Josh, Zack and Charlotte these eight legacy students, with a parent who also attended Shorecrest, share a very special bond with the school. The connections for this class are strengthened with seven more members having relatives who have served on the Board of Trustees. Carter’s and Kofi’s mothers, Jake’s, Taylor’s and Jordan’s fathers and Reilly’s and Zack’s grandfathers have all served on the Board. In addition, Cai, Chisom, Charlotte, Courtney, Kendall and Sophie have parents who serve on the faculty and staff.
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  • Baccalaureate 2017

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Seventy-six seniors, their families and friends gathered in the Janet Root Theatre for Baccalaureate on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Eight students spoke, reflecting on their Shorecrest experiences.
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  • Third grade Ecosystem Study

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Third grade has been learning, observing and creating projects about ecosystems. Field experiences, project shares, hands-on learning, reading and research helped make the material memorable and interesting.
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  • First Graders are Ocean Experts!

    by Susan Owen, First Grade Teacher
    The young marine scientists in first grade amazed guests with their knowledge and the amazing projects they made to help showcase their learning. Way to go, first graders!
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  • Eighth grade Passion Project Showcase

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The Eighth grade Passion Project Showcase was an exciting event. Students were able to present their year-long projects focusing on a personal pursuit of passion to family and friends. Students presented a wide range of projects such as making a paddle board, learning a new instrument, writing a blog, photographing St. Pete, researching immigration and family trees, and even designing an outdoor theatre for Shorecrest.
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  • First Grade Commotion

    by Susan Owen, First Grade Teacher
    There was a lot of commotion in first grade Thursday morning as the children rotated through the classrooms for their end-of-the-year party.
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  • It Is Never Too Late to…

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    It is not too late to use summer time wisely, and Shorecrest has a variety of resources to help you plan the coming months.
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  • Mayor's Youth Showcase of Achievement Awards

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest had a great showing at the 7th annual Mayor's Youth Showcase of Acheivement Awards. The event highlights Pinellas County’s most talented students with performances, accolades, visuals and awards.
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  • Sixth Grade Presents The Hobbit [video]

    by Amy Cobb, Sixth Grade English Teacher
    Sixth graders re-told the story of "The Hobbit" in stop-motion animation format using LEGOs and other found objects.
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  • An Evening at the Orchestra Before Exams

    by Ethan Updike, Band Director
    Last Saturday, Band Director Mr. Updike and Upper School history teacher Mr. Heller chaperoned eight students to the season finale of The Florida Orchestra. Mr. Michael Pastreich, the president of the orchestra and a Shorecrest parent, arranged for us to meet Dejan Lazic, the featured soloist of the Emperor Concerto.
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  • Cinco de Mayo Art Contest

    by Melanie Jarvis, MS Spanish Teacher
    After learning about the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, students in Señora Jarvis' Spanish classes created and submitted drawings for an informal competition between fifth grade and seventh grade classes.
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  • Experiential School Parties [photos]

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    It’s been an amazing year in The Experiential School and we saw it out this week with still more new and exciting activities at our end-of-the-year parties.
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  • Fourth Grade Visits Zoe's Garden

    by Christine Oman, Fourth Grade Teacher
    The fourth grade class of 2025 finished out their year with a trip to Zoe's Garden at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Creating compost and then using it to plant herbs and vegetables in this special place is their way of giving back to their community to make a difference.
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  • Kindergarten Orientation Information

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    If you missed the spring Kindergarten Orientation, you can view a copy of the presentation on the kindergarten page of the website: www.shorecrest.org > Academics > Lower School > Spotlight on Kindergarten.
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  • LA FERIA LATINA

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    Fourth grade and third grade finished their school year with their big final project, LA FERIA LATINA (The Latin Fair)! To teach others what they had learned, they created games for the kindergarteners, first graders and second graders.
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  • Olivia O joins Ryan Nece Foundation

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Congratulations to sophomore Olivia O who was selected as a member of the Ryan Nece Foundation Student Service Program, dedicated to emPOWERing teens to become leaders and impact giving in their communities. 
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  • Red, White and Blue Club

    by Holly Morris '17, Club Secretary
    Shorecrest Upper School’s Red, White, and Blue Club was founded this year with the mission to serve those who serve us. This month the club served a meal to fire fighters at a fire station.
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  • Rower Julianna W to race for Colgan Cup

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Congratulations to junior Julianna W, who was accepted into CRI's Nationals Development Program and Henley Squad for the summer of 2017.
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  • Second Grade International Festival

    by Marion O’Mullane, Second Grade Teacher
    The second graders enjoyed 'visiting' many different countries and learned about different cultures on Wednesday at the annual second-grade international festival. Their passports were stamped as they entered different classrooms that contained games, arts/crafts, displays and foods from Europe, Australia and Asia.
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  • Clinic byte: Near end of school

    by Marie Confident, School Nurse
    I would like to remind you about medications, lost items, health physical forms and immunization forms for next year; and thank you for the opportunity to be your child’s school nurse.
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  • A Love Letter to Shorecrest

    by Adrianne Finley Odell, Assistant Head of School
    Because you—Sparky—embody our community, this is my love letter to you.
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  • National Spanish & French Exam Results

    by Sra. Teresa Andrés, Upper School Spanish Teacher
    The Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese officially revealed the 2017 National Spanish Exams results. Our Upper School students of Spanish performed very well despite the rigors of the online examinations. Also announced were the medal winners for the French National Contest.
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  • Triple Crown Award Winners

    by Joanna N. Duff, Athletics Administrative Assistant
    Announcing recipients of triple crown awards, for lettering in 3 sports in the same year.
     
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  • A Day in the Life of Kindergarten

    by Rob Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
    Kindergarteners took audiences along with them throughout their day in a production of "A Day in the Life of Kindergarten." They sang and danced about what they do, what they know, their teachers and the schedule of their whole school day!
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  • À LA JACKSON POLLOCK

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    With the help of guest expert Mrs. Rawls, the Alpha students learned about artist Jackson Pollock. After they learned about the artist’s splatter technique, paint flew as the children put it into action by splattering T-shirts that will be worn during their end-of-the-year party. They even used a variation of the technique to prepare their snack by using squeeze bottles to drizzle icing onto their cookies!
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  • Brooker Creek Preserve Field Experience

    by Jennifer Hobbs, Third Grade Teacher
    Third graders headed to Brooker Creek Preserve as a field experience for their study on how organisms in an ecosystem are interconnected.
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  • Jr. Kindergarten at the Beach

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    In conjunction with their study of sea life, it was off to Spa Beach for the Junior Kindergartners. There they met four graduate students from USF who, using a giant seine net, helped the children collect sea life specimen. In addition to examining what they found, the children had a job to do - collecting seaweed that will be used to fertilize their garden beds over the summer. 
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  • Seventh Grade Chorus Performance

    by Stephanie McCarthy, Middle School Music Teacher
    Seventh Graders were outta sight at their Music Performance on Tuesday afternoon in the Janet Root Theatre. Led by Mrs. McCarthy, the seventh Grade Class of 2022 took the audience back in time with their tye-died T-shirts, hippie headbands and beads - singing songs from the '60s and '70s.
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  • Celebrating the Class of 2017

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Commencement Weekend is here. This morning was the Shorecrest Senior Celebration Walk. The Seniors walked through campus wearing the shirts of the universities they will attend. Students in Alpha - Grade 11 were able to give the seniors high fives as they headed to Commencement rehearsal. Believe it or not, it won’t be long before your own child is a senior!
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  • April Citizens of the Month

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Congratulations to our April Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month for the 2016-17 school year: First Grade – Alex R., Second Grade – Gabi R., Third Grade – Alexandra M. Fourth Grade – Addison C.
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  • Examining Marine Life

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The students in Junior Kindergarten have been learning about sea life, and were very excited to be able to get up close and personal with actual specimen that they had learned about.
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  • Spring athletic results

    by Sydney Legakis, Booster Club President
    See how our spring 2017 Chargers closed out the season.
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  • State competition of Florida History Day

    by Ron Heller, Upper School History Teacher
    Six Chargers went to Tallahassee this weekend for the State competition of Florida History Day. Over 1100 student from 32 counties took over the campus of Tallahassee Community College. All six students from Shorecrest made it to the second round out of 80 other participants.
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  • Upper School Thespian Awards

    by William Leavengood '78, Upper School Theatre Instructor
    Following last week's Coffee House performances in the Black Box theatre, the Arts and Humanities Department distributed some Upper School theatre awards.
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  • LEARNING About Nature FROM EIGHTH GRADERS

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The most enthusiastic teachers are the best teachers! This was proven when the eighth graders took on the task of teaching the Junior Kindergartners about the plants and animals that live near the intercoastal waterway on the back of campus in the Native Classroom. 
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  • Naturalist Tour Guides in the Native Classroom

    by Kathryn Jeakle, Eighth Grade Science Teacher
    Over the past few weeks, the eighth graders were given several opportunities to teach the third graders and the Junior Kindergarteners what they learned this year from the Coastal Awareness Program.
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  • SECOND GRADERS VISIT MOSI

    by Marion O'Mullane, Second Grade Teacher
    On May 3, the second graders went to the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. There they got to visit Kids in Charge, the largest science center for children in the nation. They got to play with a pendulum, freeze their shadow, visit the planetarium and visit the butterfly garden.
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  • Tennis End-of-Season Awards

    by Coach Bob Davis
    See which students were honored with awards at the end of the tennis season by their coaches. 
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  • The Realties of Human Trafficking

    by Brenna D, Eighth Grader
    Parents and students (grade 8 and above), come learn about the realities of human trafficking in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest Preparatory School on Monday, May 15, 7:00 – 8:30pm.
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  • Third Grade MUSEO VIVIENTE (Live Museum)

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
    In Spanish class, third graders just finished their unit called LOS HISPANOS. The children learned about famous Hispanic people. They did research and presented projects about what they are famous for. For accompanying vocabulary, they learned about professions in Spanish and about countries and cities in Ibero-America.
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  • Cuba Becomes the Classroom

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Ten Shorecrest Middle School students explored Cuba with faculty chaperones Kris Grant and Steve Dionne on March 14-20, 2017.
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  • Getting Ready for Celebrations

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The Board knows. The faculty and staff know. The past Heads of School, Mary Booker Wall and Bruce Haskell, know. Many of the parent/guardian leaders of our school community know. Learn about upcoming retirements and faculty/staff changes at Shorecrest.
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  • Commotion in the Ocean, first grade

    by Rob Mitchell, Lower School Music Teacher
    First grade took us on a journey of ocean discovery in the Janet Root Theatre this week. Their poems, songs and dances taught us about ocean friends and reminded us to be respectful so the beauty of the ocean will continue to amaze future generations.
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  • Multy O Receives Mathew F Little CCBPI Award

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    CIS presented the Mathew F Little CCBPI Award at Shorecrest. CCBPI stands for Community & Character Based Protection Initiative, and it is presented to a graduating senior who embodies the values of CIS and Shorecrest. “The recipient of the award should embody character, integrity and true leadership. Please join me in congratulating Multy O. in being the newest recipient of the Mathew F Little CCBPI Award.” Chief Hector Rodriguez said at an Upper School assembly this week.
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  • Angel C in Southern Teachers Student Art Contest

    by Charla Gaglio, Arts & Humanities Teacher
    Sophomore Angel C's ink and watercolor drawing will be reproduced in the Southern Teachers Art Calendar for the 2017-18 academic year. The winners of the Southern Teachers 8th Annual Student Art Contest make their mark by being included in the calendar. Out of 441 submissions from talented independent-school students, twelve winners and three honorable mentions were awarded.
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  • Back to Back Battle of the Books Champs!

    by Tedra Tatelbaum, Fifth Grade English Teacher
    The Shorecrest Battle of the Books team beat seven other Independent School teams this week and became the BAAIS Battle of the Books winners! This is the second year in a row that a Shorecrest team has taken the grand prize.
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  • Event Supporting Brenna D’s Eighth Grade Passion Project

    by Brenna D, Eighth Grader
    Please join eighth grader Brenna D at a meaningful event for her Passion Project with funds benefitting victims of human trafficking. 
    Thursday May 11th, 6:00-8:00pm at Canvas Fashion Gallery.
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  • FROM METAMORPHOSIS TO SYMMETRY

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Alpha students watched as their caterpillar eggs hatched into larvae and became caterpillars. As they wait to observe the next step of metamorphosis in real life, the children are learning its sequence through the use of puzzles and other manipulatives. 
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  • Junior Charity C. to Compete in Gymnastics Nationals

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    It’s rare to hear that a Shorecrest student who has just been named the Junior Class Top Scholar, for the highest grades in the first 3 quarters of this year from the Class of 2018, will be missing an AP Exam. But junior Charity C. will unfortunately be out of town on the day of the exam -- competing in gymnastics Nationals.
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  • LITERACY, SCIENCE AND MORE

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Junior Kindergarteners had a literacy challenge this week. Students used a spoon to capture ping pong balls marked with lowercase letters that were floating in water. They then carried each ball carefully balanced on the spoon across the room to match them to their corresponding uppercase letter.
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  • Real Tools, Real Wood in Kindergarten

    by Joanne Minke, Kindergarten Teacher
    In the Outdoor Classroom, kindergarteners took turns this week experimenting with wood, hammers, nails, and jar lids. These open ended materials allow the children to create by upcycling and focus on their hand-eye coordination. 
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  • Spring Music Concert 2017

    by Ethan Updike, Band Director
    The 2017 Spring Music Concert included highlights such as a new fourth Grade Band class performing for their second ever time, a growing fifth Grade Band, 30 Middle School students on stage at the same time playing "Dramatico," five rock bands delivering lots of energy, senior Holly M playing beautiful Mozart and Chopin, and the Upper School Band delivering an inspiring performance as always.
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  • A Great Day for Golf

    by Debbie Shenkman, Advancement Coordinator
    Shorecrest's 22nd Annual Golf Tournament was held April 22, 2017, at the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club's 18-hole championship golf course. 76 players enjoyed a beautiful day on the links and some won great raffle prizes. Play was followed by dinner and awards at 6pm.
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  • History Depicted through Art

    by Aaron Sober, Upper School Art Teacher
    Have you seen the amazing black vinyl and plywood artwork in the SAC? Each project depicts a historical moment selected by its designer with stark graphics. They are digital design projects completed by Aaron Sober’s Upper School graphic design class.
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  • Painted Lady Butterflies Observed, Released

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
    The second grade has been studying the life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly. 3-5 day old caterpillars were delivered to the classrooms on April 12. Students observed their caterpillars every day, watched them grow, and learned all about the life cycle of these gorgeous insects. Students got to see the caterpillars turn into chrysalises and emerge as beautiful butterflies!
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  • HOST A JAPANESE STUDENT FOR A WEEKEND

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    A group of Japanese students will be arriving in St. Petersburg area in late July and will be here for only two days. They arrive on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 2pm and depart Monday morning at 8:30am. They come with their teachers and Vice Principal of the school. The students do speak English and are very respectful and grateful to have the opportunity to meet American families.
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  • Track Chargers Advance to State Meet

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Five members of the Charger track team will advance to State competition. Senior Olivia R will compete in the 800, the 1600, and on the 4x800 relay team. Olivia is joined by teammates Elia J, Reagan Q, and Isabelle S for the relay. Sophomore Renice D will compete in the long jump.
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  • Upper School Hosts Awards Ceremony, Names Valedictorian

    by Teri Andrés, Upper School Spanish Teacher
    Upper School hosted the 2017 Awards Ceremony, on Wednesday, April 26th, in the Janet Root Theatre. This was a special time to honor many different achievements including the College Book Awards, Departmental Awards, Citizenship Awards, Scholarship Awards, Service Awards, and Athletic Awards.
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  • Goose Bump Moments

    by Adrianne Finley Odell, Assistant Head of School
    Whenever I see people on stage or on the athletic field who are clearly reaching their highest levels of achievement, I get a bit emotional. Watching individuals achieve their goals after a great deal of effort and dedication inspires me. In fact, I get goose bumps. When we document and reflect on our “goose bump moments” we realize that these are the things in our lives that inspire us most.
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  • Arts are an Integral Part of a Shorecrest Education

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Students celebrated the arts last week with joy, imagination, creativity, song and loved ones. Over 45 guest artists from the community shared their time and talents with students in Alpha - Eighth Grade. In addition, students from every grade had artwork on display around campus and performed for family and friends.
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  • Former Iraqi Ambassador to U.N., U.K., visits Shorecrest

    by Kurt Wahlgren, Upper School History Teacher
    After weeks of studying events such as the Iran/Iraq War and the Iranian Revolution, a special guest, Dr. Mudahafar A. Amin, Former Iraqi Ambassador, visited the Upper School to explain events from his vantage point within the Iraqi government. Dr. Amin brings a unique perspective, in part because of his years spent working with and often clashing with Saddam Hussein.
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  • Clinic byte: Meningitis vaccine

    by Marie Confident, School Nurse
    The prospect of college is exciting and scary for both students and parents, but one less worry for parents is to make sure that their college bound students are protected from meningitis. Other required vaccinations for college students include MMR, chicken pox, Hepatitis B and Tdap.
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  • Eighth Grade Coastal Restoration Project

    by Kathryn Jeakle, Eighth Grade Marine Science Teacher
    Seventy-nine eighth graders and seven of their teachers traveled to Rocks Pond Ecosystem Restoration Site in Ruskin, Florida, last Friday. They brought the salt marsh they have been maintaining on campus all year with them on the bus. The goal of the trip was to transplant their salt marsh plants into the Bay.
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  • First Grade Talks Trash

    by Susan Owen, First Grade Teacher
    Recently, first grade had a fabulous guest expert from the Marine Exploration Center, Melissa Dude, whose presentation "Let's Talk Trash!" was at the absolute center of their study. They saw how trash enters the ocean and becomes debris. They saw why it's harmful, especially to marine life.
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  • FROM CATERPILLAR TO BUTTERFLY

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    There is no better way to learn about metamorphosis than to observe the process firsthand, and that is exactly what the Alpha students are doing. So far they have been able to watch the process from egg to larva to caterpillar.
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  • Junior Kayelin L. Wins Art Stars Scholarship

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Congratulations to junior Kayelin L, the newest TBBCA Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarship Vocal Music winner. As a scholarship winner, she will be awarded $2,500 towards tuition for higher education in the arts.
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  • Summer Classes Online

    by Christopher Powers, Director of Online Learning
    Are you interested in taking summer classes? Please contact Mr. Powers at chpowers@shorecrest.org for course approval and more information. HLC Summer Classes run May 30 through August 18th. Please check out and share this promo video for HLC.
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  • Upcoming Athletics

    by Jeff Raab, Athletic Director
    Where to cheer on your Chargers this month.
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  • Spring Musical Concert, Apr 26 & 27

    by Ethan Updike, Band Director
    Come one, come all, to the 2017 Spring Music Concert featuring students from the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. Wednesday, April 26th, 1pm and Thursday, April 27th, 7pm.
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  • Consequences

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    We often think of consequences for mistakes or failings but there are obviously consequences for our positive behaviors. The challenge with positive consequences is that very few people have the foresight or motivation to understand how one’s behavior today will impact the future. So, parents/guardians, educators, coaches and directors have a responsibility to inspire our children and students to envision the future and understand the potential benefits of engaging deeply into one or more special interests.
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  • AZURE SKY IN OZ opens at Straz Center

    by Bill Leavengood '78, US Theatre Teacher
    In addition to directing Les Misérables, which runs this weekend at Shorecrest, Bill Leavengood is also celebrating the opening of a play he wrote, THE AZURE SKY IN OZ, this weekend in Tampa. The show opens Friday, April 21, 2017 and plays through April 30. Proceeds benefit The Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph's. 
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  • Footprint on Florida Field Experience

    by Christine Oman, Fourth Grade Teacher
    Fourth grade has begun a new unit of study - Footprint on Florida. They started with a visit to the Tampa Bay History Center. The exhibits were directly in line with deepening their understanding of our "year round" state. Students explored the impact of the citrus, cigar, and cattle industries on Florida.
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  • Kindergarten Quilts Unveiled

    by Megan Conroy, Kindergarten Teacher
    After completing their study of quilts, the kindergarten students proudly showed off their handmade quilts to many audiences this week.
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  • LA COMUNIDAD: Third Grade

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    The third graders presented projects about LA COMUNIDAD (the community). They were the Spanish teachers for first grade, and they created presentations, games, and some of them created videos to present what they were teaching about the community.
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  • Relay For Life Recap

    by Courtney M., senior & Relay Co-Lead
    Friday, April 7th was the 12th annual Relay For Life at Shorecrest. From early in the morning till late in the evening after the sun had set, guests from all around St. Petersburg came out on to the field for the same goal: to fight back against cancer. Because of the overwhelming community support this year, we not only met our goal of raising $95,000 but surpassed that number...
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  • Sixth Grade Mythological Zoo

    by Amy Cobb, Sixth Grade English Teacher
    Did you see our zoo? Sixth graders researched and sculpted ancient bestiary/gods/goddesses from Aztec/Mayan, Egyptian, and Greek legends and literature and presented their projects in a 'zoo' around the Media Center. The cross-curricular project is support by the entire the sixth grade team and blends art, English, science, foreign language and library media.
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  • COMPLETING CIRCUITS

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The children learned all about circuits this week as they used Makey Makey to create different types of music. Their first step was to make a bracelet from aluminum foil, which is what was needed to complete the circuit at each music station.
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  • SCA 2017-2018 Officers

    by SCA Nominating Committee
    The SCA nominating committee is pleased to announce the following Officers for the 2017-18 school year: President –  Lindsey Lamb, Vice President –  Tara Gaffney, Co-Treasurers – Karen Peterson and Rebecca Reeder, Volunteer Coordinator – Samantha Nevins, Secretary – Meredith Granese
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  • Spring Football Starts April 24

    by Athletic Department
    SPRING FOOTBALL: MONDAY, APRIL 24 at 4:30pm
    For any boy in Grades 8-11 only who wants to play Spring Football, meet in the WEIGHT ROOM on Monday, April 24 at 4:30pm for equipment distribution.

    SPRING GAME: Friday, May 19, 7:00pm vs. Bayshore Christian
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  • STUDENTS TEACHING STUDENTS

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Mrs. Carson’s Alpha class visited Mrs. O'Mullane's second grade class to learn about one of their favorite things on our beautiful earth, caterpillars!
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  • J.A.G. on the Air

    by Sarah Anderson, Upper School Math Teacher
    One of our Upper School Service Week groups worked with Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. Goodwill has implemented a program called J.A.G.: Junior Ambassadors of Goodwill. Our students had the opportunity to learn a lot about the different ways Goodwill serves our community as J.A.G. members, and later shared their experiences on Mix 100.7's iHeartRadio.
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  • Marine Biology in First Grade

    by Susan Owen, First Grade Teacher
    If you've walked into the world of first grade lately, you may have noticed the "fishy" smell. That smell is evidence of the many amazing learning opportunities in first grade at Shorecrest!
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  • REPRESENTING LEARNING with a Project Share

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    It was a busy two weeks as the Junior Kindergartners each chose a favorite aspect of their global study to represent in an individual project. They each created blueprints detailing the information they had learned, how they wanted to represent it, what it would look like and the materials they would need to execute their plan.
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  • Chargers Senior Athletes Sign with Colleges

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Senior Hannah B signed her letter of commitment to swim for Rollins College in Winter Park FL. Will L. signed to play football at the University of Rochester and Kyle D. signed to sail at Boston University. Olivia R officially joined the Cross Country team at The College of William & Mary.
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  • Fourth Grade Spanish Presentations

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    This week the fourth graders presented their Pre-Columbian Civilizations projects to Upper School Spanish classes. They talked about the Inca, Mayas and Aztec civilizations and made their presentations in Spanish. They also prepared questions for the high school kids about the presentations - Pop Quiz!
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  • RALLYING TOGETHER FOR RELAY

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Last week ended with our school-wide Relay For Life event. To open the Relay, the entire student body gathered on the football field for some brief remarks by the student leaders who chaired this event, seniors Courtney M and Jordan J. 

    The highlight was kicking the day off with a lap around the track - with each student from The Experiential School partenered up with a Shorecrest senior.
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  • SPS Battle of the Books 2017

    by Tedra Tatelbaum, Fifth Grade English Teacher
    This month, 25 fifth graders took the Battle of the Books Qualifying Test, and 12 students qualified for the 3 School Teams. The 2017 Shorecrest Battle of the Books was held in the JRT on Thursday, April 13. Teams answered questions on 15 Sunshine State Young Reader Award books. TEAM GREEN will advance to the Bay Area Associations of Independent Schools Battle of the Books Competition on May 3rd 
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  • TRANSPORTATION TALLIES

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Project fieldwork can take place on campus as well as off. A walk around the school parking lots to take a survey of the types of vehicles was a great way for the Alpha students to learn how to use tally marks to record findings. It was an example of applying learning to real life situations. 
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  • Interests or Passions

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    This weekend while spending a few hours checking out the migratory birds that have traveled from Central and South America and are making their way north to their nesting areas, I saw a Northern Parula Warbler. He was magnificent. Since college, birds have been a significant interest of mine but probably not a passion.
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  • First Grade at Tampa Bay Watch

    by Gaye Whitecage, First Grade Teacher
    First Graders had a field experience at Tampa Bay Watch down in Tierra Verde, FL. The students seined the waterway and found arrow shrimp, sea stars, pinfish, pipefish, dwarf seahorses, pink shrimp, seagrass, sea snails and crown conch. 
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  • Les Misérables

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Following last spring’s sold-out production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” the talented thespians of Shorecrest Preparatory School’s performing arts program present the Broadway classic “Les Misérables,” April 20, 21 and 22 in the Janet Root Theatre.
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  • Masquerade Prom

    by Traci Burke, Junior Class Sponsor
    This year's Junior/Senior Prom, Masquerade, was held at the lovely Mirror Lake Lyceum on Saturday, April 8. Many attendees got into the spirit of the evening by wearing masks. Lizbeth L and Mitchell G won the best mask prizes. As the evening came to a close, seniors Chase R and Camille P were crowned King and Queen of the prom.
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  • Sculling State Championships

    by Junior Julianna W
    Juniors Lexi K and Julianna W competed recently at the Sculling State Championships. Julianna raced in the Varsity Lightweight Quad category and Lexi raced in the Varsity Quad category. Julianna's crew came in 1st out of heats on Saturday and 2nd in grand finals. Lexi's crew came in 2nd out of heats and 2nd in grand finals.
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  • Senior Jordan J at Basketball All Star Game

    by Joanna Duff, Athletics Office
    On Friday, March 31, Senior Jordan J participated in the Annual Public vs. Private all-star High School Senior Basketball game, played at Northeast High School. Jordan finished the game with a 3-pointer.
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  • Tennis District Tournament Results

    by Coach Bob Davis
    In a 9-team single elimination District Tournament, the Shorecrest boys and girls teams placed third overall. Both teams put forth great effort during the tournament, and in a nine-team field the Chargers ended up the third best boys and girls teams in the District.
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  • Celebrate the Arts Week 2017

    by Gina White, Celebrate the Arts Chair
    Our fabulous and fun Celebrate the Arts Teach-In is coming soon! Over 45 guest artists from the community [meet them here] will be coming to Shorecrest on Wednesday, April 19, to spend time with our Middle School students and on Friday, April 21, with our Experiential & Lower School students.
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  • Eighth Grade Builds PVC ROVs [video]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Since September, Shorecrest Preparatory School eighth graders have been researching remote technologies. Kathryn Jeakle, their marine science teacher, with help from the Middle School Teaching Team and ROV expert Erica Moulton, guided students through building their own underwater ROVs to complete marine-based challenges.
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  • Learning Why Oceans Are Important

    by Gaye Whitecage, First Grade Teacher
    First Grade has kicked off a major ocean study unit! The driving question pertaining to everything they study is: Why are oceans important and what affect do humans have on them? Read about their first two classroom visitors.
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  • Testing Erosion and Deposition

    by Sarah Finnemore, Fourth Grade Teacher
    Fourth graders got their hands dirty (and wet) as they studied land and water. Students conducted experiments as they replicated precipitation in water tables, forming streams that show the impact of erosion in the process. During final experiments, students engineered a system to divert water from a city.
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  • Eighth Grader Teaches Third Grade Spanish

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    Third grade Spanish class had a special activity. Shorecrest eighth grader, Shaherzad C., prepared a leson in Spanish for the third graders as a project for her Spanish class.
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  • Expectations

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    When I read the article, “The Day I Decided My Daughter Will Not Choose Her Own Friends,” I was impressed with the lessons on inclusion and compassion the mother was teaching. Anyone who has ever personally or from a distance observed someone being left out or ignored knows that isolation can be very painful.
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  • March Citizens of the Month

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Congratulations to our March Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month for the 2016-17 school year: First Grade – Lily H., Second Grade – Dylan H., Third Grade – Sierra O. and Fourth Grade – Emily W.
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  • Clinic byte: Relay For Life

    by Marie Confident, School Nurse
    Shorecrest is hosting Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society on Friday, April 7, 2017. 
    Remember to bring hats (that cover face, head and neck), sunglasses, sunscreen cream (with SPF 30 or higher and reapply every 2 hours) and money to purchase water and other goodies.
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  • Fueling Student Athletes

    by Lynn Hayes, Dining Director
    About 30% of teen athletes skip breakfast and 25% skip lunch. That’s a big mistake! Student athletes have different nutritional needs, especially on training and game days. To perform their best, they need the right fuel.
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  • Honor Societies Tap and Honor Newest Inductees

    by Sra. Teresa Andrés, US Spanish Teacher
    On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, the Shorecrest Preparatory School honor society chapters inducted their newest members at a special assembly in the Janet Root Theatre in front of fellow classmates, parents, special guests, faculty and administration. We congratulate all of the newest candidates for their earnest academic efforts in meriting induction into theses societies that have rigorous criteria for membership.
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  • Oceans: Sharing and Caring

    by Gaye Whitecage, First Grade Teacher
    Today, Charger parent Jennifer Manfrey came to first grade to talk about her family's trip to Hawaii. She shared photos and videos from Maui, with humpback whales singing and baby spinner dolphins playing together.
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  • Reagan Q Wins Escape from Fort Desoto Triathlon

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Congratulations to sophomore Reagan Q., who was the Overall Female Winner at the Escape from Fort Desoto triathlon on Saturday. Over 300 participated in this prestigious local race. This is her 2nd Overall Win in her triathlon career.
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  • Special Rate for Rowdies Tickets

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    As the Official K-12 School of the Rowdies, all Shorecrest Staff, Students and Families may purchase $10 General Admission, Lower Goal Reserved, and Corner Reserved tickets to all home matches.
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  • Spring Training Party! Apr 21

    by Sydney Legakis, Booster Club President
    Save the Date: April 21, 3:00 - 5:30pm
    Booster Club will host a baseball / softball themed party for students of all ages on the Middle School lawn between the Athletic Center and the Middle School Arts & Sciences Building.
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  • Traveling Through Preschool

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    After deciding together what type of vehicles they needed, the Alpha students worked collaboratively to build a fleet of vehicles perfect for three- and four-year olds to handle. Then it was off for a 'drive' around the Lower School campus where the children ran into lots of friends.
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  • Upper School Student Ceramics Awarded

    by Aaron Sober, Upper School Visual Arts Teacher
    Please congratulate juniors Lauren B and Jessica J. They both had artwork at the National Conference for the Ceramic Arts in Portland, OR, this past month and received awards.
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  • What can you Make from Boxes?

    by Joanne Minke, Kindergarten Teacher
    The kindergarteners have previously created homes from wooden blocks. They fashioned furniture from LEGOs and like materials. Now their innovations were aimed at creating an assembly of model homes from recycled cardboard boxes. 
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  • Will it Sink or Float?

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Do you think you know which objects will sink or float? You might be as surprised as the Junior Kindergartners were last week as they made predictions, tested their theories and graphed their findings. 
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  • Wrapping up Tennis Regular Season

    by Coach Bob Davis
    What a whirlwind season it has been! The JV teams ended their season at ODA on March 27th and we look forward to training over the summer and practicing for the next season. The Varsity teams completed their last week of dual match competition and are now preparing for post season tournaments beginning Monday at St. Stephens. Post season play tests all of the hard work that we have put into the season and really is what the dual match season leads up to.  
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  • Cum Laude Society Induction Ceremony

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The Cum Laude Society recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools. Shorecrest is among 1% of Independent high schools in the U.S. who offer this honored distiction. Of each graduating class, up to 20% of students may be inducted to recognize excellence. Congratulations to the 16 members of the Class of 2017 who earned membership in the Cum Laude Society, along with two members of our esteemed Staff who recently obtained their doctorates and were inducted.
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  • Rays Day in First Grade

    by Susan Owen, First Grade Teacher
    Charger dad Augie Ribeiro visited Mrs. Owen's first grade classroom on Shorecrest Lower School's Rays Day to pump everyone up for opening day! He brought Evan "Longo" Longoria's autographed bat to share and gave the students Rays pencils.
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  • Preparing Young People to Address Global Challenges

    by Adrianne Finley Odell, Assistant Head of School
    With a recognition that over the past 10 years conferences organized to bring focus to the global water crisis have only generated incremental results, a group of global leaders who are working to address the crisis gathered at the Vatican last week on World Water Day (March 22nd) and the two days surrounding it to address the challenge collaboratively and with a commitment to work together in the years ahead. I had the good fortune to join “Watershed” as an educational ambassador for one of the organizers of the event, the non-profit organization Circle of Blue.
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  • Middle School Immersion Trip to France

    by Olivia M., seventh grade
    On March 14-23, 2017, a group of nine Shorecrest Middle School students travelled with Mr. Agier and Mrs. Brill to France. There they met, stayed in the homes of, and went to school with their French pen pals from Lyon and Marseille. Here are some details about the trip from seventh grader Olivia M.
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  • Boys Basketball named FHSAA Academic Team Champions!

    by Jeff Raab, Athletic Director
    For Class 4A Schools, Shorecrest Preparatory School's boys varsity basketball team had a reported 3.643 Cumulative Team GPA - placing them as Academic Team Champions!
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  • How Spring Break Changed Annie's Life

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Annie Schneider '15 is a staff contributor to "Her Campus," a national blog with chapters at many universities. In her most recent article, Anie talks about her alternative spring break trip spent doing service - a nod to her Service Week through the years at Shorecrest's Upper School. 
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  • Junior Kindergarten Activity Day

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Junior Kindergartners wrapped up their global study and celebrated their virtual journey around the globe with a day that included a trek through the “continents” in the outdoor classroom, making terrariums that will grow like the plants in the rainforest, and puppets of animals from around the world to use for shadow dancing, as well as making lunch to eat with their parents. 
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  • MECHANICS IN TRAINING

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Nothing has been more exciting for our Alpha students than their trip to Bob Lee’s Tire Company! Wearing the “Alpha Mechanic in Training” shirts that were gifts of the Lee Family, the children donned their safety glasses to examine the engines and undersides of vehicles and used their tire gauges to check the air pressure
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  • Relay For Life at Shorecrest, Apr 7

    by senior Courtney M
    Join us as we continue to make an impact in the fight against cancer!
    Relay For Life of Shorecrest is Friday, April 7,  until 10:30pm.
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  • Thespian Troupe 3140 State Competition Results

    by Bill Leavengood, US Theatre Director
    Congratulations to our Upper School Thespians! Troupe 3140 made another wonderful showing with six events at Florida State Thespians - 3 with Superior results and 3 with Excellent results.
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  • World Down Syndrome Day Spanish Teach-In

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
    March 21st was World Down Syndrome Day, and part of the fourth grade Spanish curriculum includes celebrating this special date with a visit from Alec Allwood. Alec is an 18-year-old with Down Syndrome who wants to be a teacher, and on World Down Syndrome Day Sra Jaime-Allwood gives him an opportunity to co-teach in her classroom.
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  • In Service We Trust

    by Adrianne Finley Odell, Assistant Head of School
    It’s been a big week for Shorecrest Upper School students - Service Week. First envisioned and created by Shorecrest students nine years ago, the program has grown and evolved to become a national model. The Southern Association of Independent Schools recently acknowledged Shorecrest's approach to service with a grant to support the creation and launch of the Center for Service Learning Leadership to train other educators from around the world on our model.
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  • Alpha: PARENTS, PERFORMING AND PRESENTS

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Alpha students spent weeks preparing for their morning of performing for their parents and presenting them with very special gifts. How proud the children were as they performed in the Student Activity Center for their loved ones!
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  • Fifth Grade Music Performance

    by Stephanie McCarthy, Middle School Music Director
    Bravo to the fifth Graders for their quarter-end Music Performance in the Janet Root Theatre on Thursday afternoon. From cheerful tunes to meaningful songs, the students successfully followed Mrs. McCarthy’s conducting.
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  • Middle School Forensics

    by Lillian Nelson, Forensics Coach
    The Charger Forensics team of fifth - eighth graders attended the final meet of the year for Bay Area Forensics at Berkeley Prep. Congratulations to the Middle School Forensics Team on last night's stellar performance!
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  • Middle School Track Championship Meet highlights

    by Coach Amy Pope Raab
    Congratulations to our MS Track teams for their performance at the Championship meet. Girls were 1st place overall and boys were 3rd place overall!
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  • Quilts for Storytelling

    by Megan Kotsko, Kindergarten Teacher
    As the next step in their quilting unit, kindergarteners learned a unique use for quilts. One of our Lower School parents, Mrs. Karine Sabourault, came to share her extraordinary quilt with them which she designed for storytelling while she lived abroad.
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  • SCA Kentucky Derby Party, May 6

    by Shaheen Goldrick & Heather O’Neill, SCA Co-Presidents
    Please join us to socialize with other Charger parents at the SCA Kentucky Derby Party!
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  • A VISITING PALEONTOLOGIST

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    At the start of the year, the Junior Kindergartners created a hope and dream of what they would learn this year. One student wanted to learn about dinosaurs. Well, his dream came true last week when Sam C’s grandfather, a real paleontologist came to visit and share his knowledge and experiences!
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  • Nominate Your Best Math and Science Teachers

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The Barrett Family Foundation provides a dozen $10,000 cash awards to math and science teachers in our region who demonstrate excellence in teaching and innovation in the classroom. Parents, students and teachers may nominate teachers for this special recognition.
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  • How does design affect motion? [video]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    How does design affect motion? This was the driving question for a third grade, cross-curricular STEAM project. Third graders began their motion and design study by learning about simple machines. To introduce how design affects these concepts, guest expert and Charger parent Dan Spada came to teach about the evolution of skis. For some hands-on learning and critical thinking, students became engineers for a design challenge. Finally, students had to bring together all they had learned, and were assigned a project they could present about how design affects motion.
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  • Shorecrest students paint homes in La Carpio

    Shorecrest Students Embark on Annual Service Week

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    The entire 9th-12th grade Shorecrest Upper School student body participates in Service Week, a 4-day learning experience in which students immerse themselves in service projects with non-profits and educational institutions. Together, the students and their teachers will complete more than 5,000 hours of service over the 4-day period.
     
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  • Shorecrest to Host Hybrid Learning Consortium Symposium

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest Preparatory School will host the Hybrid Learning Consortium (HLC) Symposium, April 5-7, on its campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Symposium is the annual conference of the HLC, a collective of nearly 30 independent schools in both the US and abroad that are dedicated to creating online, differentiated, and flexible learning opportunities for students.
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  • Planning for the Future

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Which of the nine Strategic Imperatives have you selected as the top five for Shorecrest to address? If we had unlimited human and financial resources, we would tackle all nine tomorrow. However, we, like most schools and other businesses, need to prioritize and direct our resources where they will have the greatest impact on current and future students. [TAKE THE SURVEY]
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  • Shorecrest National Merit Finalists

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest seniors Clay D, Max K, and Sara S 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.
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  • Charger All-Stars Win

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Congratulations to seniors Sophie W and Nicole L who were selected to participate in the 24th Annual Senior Soccer Challenge on March 3. The Pinellas All-Star team won 2-1 against the Hillsborough All-Star team. Nicole also won one of four $1,000 essay scholarships! Go Chargers!
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  • A Tai Chi Lesson

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Fifth graders had a special P.E. lesson this week. Hong Gu, Assistant Professor of Chinese at Eckerd College and Tai Chi instructor, visited and taught the students about Tai Chi. They learned about breath work, stretching and a bit of Tia Chi form.
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  • Dr. Jay Epstein visits Center for Medical Sciences

    by Elizabeth H, Pre-Med Club Secretary
    On February 21, Dr. Jay Epstein, an anesthesiologist and Charger parent, spoke to Pre-Med Club members and students taking Mrs. Peck’s Anatomy and Intro to Medical Sciences classes.
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  • EXPERIENCING ECUADOR

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    As they continued their journey around the world and through South America, the Junior Kindergarten students “stopped off” in Ecuador with the help of Taylor H’s mother and grandmother. They not only brought many cultural artifacts for the preschoolers to examine, they even cooked a special treat. 
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  • MEETING THOSE WHO PROTECT US, AND THEIR VEHICLES

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Not one, but two, very special guest experts visited the Alpha students this week, and they brought their vehicles for the children to explore. First, it was our own Sergeant Day of CIS who brought the electric vehicle the officers use to travel around our school campus. The next visitor was Sergeant Christopher Vaughn of the St. Petersburg Police.
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  • Second Grade Performs Music from around the World

    by Robert Mitchell, LS 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 the 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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  • Dr. Carlo Guadagno visits Center for Medical Sciences

    by Elizabeth H, Pre-Med Club Secretary
    On February 22, Dr. Carlo Guadagno, a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, visited the Center for Medical Sciences to speak to Pre-Med Club members and students taking Mrs. Peck’s Anatomy and Intro to Medical Sciences classes.
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  • Holly M 3rd Place in 3D Printing Contest

    by Richard Perrine, US Computer Studies Teacher
    Senior Holly M won 3rd place in the Florida Shines 3D Printing Contest. Her seahorse was modeled/sculpted using Maxon Cinema 4D and printed using the 3D printer in the Upper School. This annual contest is open to all students in Florida.
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  • Interact Participates in Project Linus

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Members of the Upper School Interact service club made ten blankets to donate to Project Linus. The program gives the blankets to patients at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. The blankets provide a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. 
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  • Jo-Ann Fabrics Field Experience

    by Megan Kotsko, Kindergarten Teacher
    The Kindergarten classes went to Jo-Ann Fabrics & Craft Store this week as a field study for their quilting project. There they learned about quilts, quilting tools, and how to make a quilt! They had a guided tour of the store to see the variety of fabrics, tools, kinds of batting, quilt design books, sewing machines and more. 
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  • Leavengood Awarded Artist Fellowship

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Creative Pinellas is excited to announce a recipient of its 2017 Returning Artist Fellow: William Leavengood '78 for Theatre/Playwriting.
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  • Relay Night at Chipotle, Mar 29

    by Relay Team Purple is the New Pink
    Make dinner a selfless act by supporting Relay For Life (American Cancer Society) at Chipotle at 3540 4th Street N on Wednesday, March 29, 4-8pm.
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  • Sailing at South Points Regatta

    by Charger Sailing Parent
    Shorecrest Chargers Sailing traveled to Sarasota last weekend for the final regular season South Points regatta. Led by seniors Kyle D and Brandon D, the Chargers had their best results of the year. Shorecrest finished 2nd out of 28 teams, finishing 4th in the A division - and they won the B division! 
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  • STORY VOYAGER PROJECT

    by William Leavengood '78, US Theatre Teacher
    Upper School theatre students challenged third graders to write a very short, original story about 50-70 words in length. The stories were sent to Upper School theatre students, who then acted them out for the young playwrights in the Black Box Theater.
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  • Thank you Luncheon Volunteers!

    by Nadia Bunn, Charger parent
    On behalf of Teacher Appreciation co-Chairs Julie Davis and Nadia Bunn, a huge THANK YOU to all those who helped make this year's Teacher Appreciation Luncheon special!  We are beyond grateful to all the teachers and staff who make Shorecrest the special place it is for our children and our families in our beloved community of St. Pete!
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  • This Week in Tennis

    by Coach Bob Davis
    This week's tennis report saw both varsity teams blowout Keswick Christian with lower varsity players playing up a few spots and winning convincingly 7-0. 
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  • Booster Club Board Nominations

    by Sydney Legakis, Booster Club President
    Booster Club is seeking parent volunteers to serve on the Board for next school year. Booster Board positions are very flexible and are great opportunities for busy parents. In fact, most of our current Board consists of working parents.
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  • VARSITY CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS

    by Coach Nancy Tanner
    All girls currently in grades 8-11 who wish to try out for the 2017 Varsity Cheerleading squad need to report to the Athletic Center after school on Mondays and Thursdays until Spring Break to practice routines.
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  • The Experiential School Awarded Nature Explore Classroom Certification

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, the 3, 4, and 5-year-old program at Shorecrest Preparatory School, has earned national recognition as a Certified Nature Explore Classroom. The certification comes from the Nature Explore program, a collaboration of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation. The Experiential School is one of only 13 certified spaces in the State of Florida. It is the only Outdoor Classroom with the certification in the Tampa Bay Area.
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  • Augmenting Learning Through Play During Kindergarten Recess

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    From partner reading, in-depth investigations, and service projects, to building block cities, coding with BeeBots and visiting guest experts, kindergarten at Shorecrest is packed with active learning. Thoughtfully built into the full kindergarten schedule is time outdoors for free play with good, old-fashioned recess.
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  • Default to Good

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Recently, a team of Shorecrest Trustees and administrators were working with a strategic planning consultant. He cited research that showed the problem that occurs when adults’ default response to seeing an unhappy child is to find a way to make the child happy.  “Our goal,” the consultant shared, “is to teach our children how to be good.”
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  • A Visit from Southern Neighbors

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Junior Kindergartners continue their global adventures with some very special visitors - fourth grade students from El Salvador who have been visiting Lower School for the last two weeks. These delightful students shared information about their country, their language, and their culture. JK students watched with interest as the El Salvadorian students performed a traditional dance from their country in traditional dress.
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  • Baylie S Awarded at Florida State Fair

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Congratulations to seventh grader Baylie S. who placed in her age range (11-13) in three categories at the Florida State Fair Youth Art Exhibit, held during the 2017 Florida State Fair.
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  • El Salvadorian Students visit Shorecrest

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
    This week in Lower school, students shared time with fourth graders visiting from El Salvador. A delegation of six fouth grade students from El Colegio Maya de El Salvador are staying with Shorecrest host families for two weeks. 
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  • February Citizens of the Month

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Congratulations to our February Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month for the 2016-17 school year: First Grade – Robert C., Second Grade – Sophia T., Third Grade – Coco D., Fourth Grade – Gavin G.
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  • Holocaust Survivor Jerry Rawicki at Upper School Assembly

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    On Thursday, March 2, the Shorecrest Upper School welcomed Holocaust survivor Jerry Rawicki for a special assembly. Mr. Rawicki, who escaped the Warsaw ghetto in 1943, was only 14 years old when the war began. Ffve students interviewed Mr. Rawicki previously as part of their National History Day Project.
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  • Kayelin L Awarded at NATS Competition

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Congratulations to junior Kayelin L. who came in second place in the musical theatre category this weekend at the annual NATS competition in Tampa, FL. Kayelin performed "If I Loved You" from "Carousel" and "The view from Here" from "Darling."
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  • National History Day 15th Year Anniversary

    by Ron Heller and David Hodgson, NHD Advisors
    In their 15th year of mentoring students for Florida History Day, Mr. Heller and Mr. Hodgson brought their students to victory on the campus of USF this past Saturday at the Pinellas County History Day. Kudos to all who participated!
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  • Student Ceramic Works in National Exhibition

    by Aaron Sober, Upper School Arts Teacher
    Five Upper School students had work accepted to the annual National Council for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) student art exhibition. The work will be shipped to Portland, OR, for exhibition during the NCECA conference in March. The Annual National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition is the premier juried ceramic competition for Kindergarten through Grade 12 students in the United States.
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  • Visiting Our First Responders

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Alpha students wrapped up their Community Helpers study with a visit to the St. Petersburg Fire Station. They saw first-hand how firefighters dress for an emergency, explored the big fire truck, and toured the station. They experienced some of the sights and sounds that the first responders see and hear, and watched with excitement as the firefighters slid down the firepole!
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  • Multy O. named 2017 Barnes Scholarship Winner

    by Divya Kumar, Times Staff Writer
    Shorecrest senior Multy O. named recipient of the 2017 Barnes Scholarship, an annual award sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times Fund. The award, granted to high school seniors who have overcome significant adversity and achieved excellence, is worth up to $60,000 to pay for four years at an accredited college or university.
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  • Nicolas H. Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist

    by Sandy Janack, Fifth Grade Social Studies Teacher
    Fifth grader Nicolas H. has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Florida National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017.
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  • Passion Project sends Oliver H. to Washington

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Eigth grader Oliver H. has begun a Passion Project which involves aiding a Syrian refugee family fleeing persecution to resettle in Florida. "Race and religion should not be the determining factor of having a better life," he said. Do you have an exciting Passion Project story to share? Send a note to ebytes@shorecrest.org.
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  • Relay For Life Team Spotlight: BUSINESS MATCH PROGRAM

    by Zack S., Class of 2017
    The Business Match Program is an initiative started by Jordan J. at the beginning of his senior year by drawing upon his 6 years of Relay For Life experience in many different roles. His team has been challenging local employers to present about Relay to their staff and match their contributions. American Cancer Society is now looking into replicating this model for Relay events across the country.
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  • Tennis Chargers take to the Courts

    by Coach Bob Davis
    The tennis Chargers have already had 10 matches scheduled and played 9, with 1 rain out. This year there are four very full boys and girls teams and wonderful interest at the junior varsity level.
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  • Career Day 2017, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Annual Fund & Alumni
    On Friday, February 24th, Shorecrest Preparatory School sophomores, juniors and seniors gathered in the Janet Root Theatre to watch as alumna Mary Greene '83 received the Shorecrest Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Following Mary Green's address, Upper School students attended three different panels they selected on careers ranging from engineering to real estate to theatre.
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  • Charlie Crist invites 8th grader and advocate for Syrian refugees to attend Donald Trump speech

    by Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor
    A St. Petersburg eighth grader trying to help Syrian refugees will be the guest of U.S. Rep.Charlie Crist at Tuesday's address to Congress by President Donald Trump, who is barring Syrian refugees from America.
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  • NASA Chemical Engineer Kicks off Fifth Grade Mars Unit

    by Selene Willis, Fifth Grade Science Teacher
    This week, the fifth grade classes enjoyed a special visit from Mrs. Annie Meier, a chemical engineer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. This is the second annual visit from NASA as part of the fifth grade’s Astronomy and Space Science unit; where students are learning the basics of astronomy while studying similarities between Earth and Mars.
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  • Get your tickets for Aladdin JR, Feb 24

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Students of Shorecrest Preparatory School's Middle School invite you to their upcoming production, Disney’s Aladdin JR., sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with adventure and fun. Disney’s Aladdin JR. has one more show on Friday, February 24 at 7:30pm in Shorecrest's Janet Root Theatre. 
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  • What I Learned from Astronaut Training

    by Adrianne Finley Odell, Assistant Head of School
    I believe that some of the best gifts are experiences rather than things. With that in mind, my holiday gift to my spouse this year was to participate in the Astronaut Training Experience at the Kennedy Space Center. Knowing him—I knew it was right up his alley. We are both fascinated by people and their accomplishments, and one of the greatest accomplishments of the human race to date has been figuring out how to send people into space.
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  • Middle School at Pinellas Science Fair & Sundial

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Results from the Pinellas Country Science Fair are in! Not only were many Shorecrest students awarded, but in addition a variety of Shorecrest science fair projects will be on display this weekend at the Sundial. View winning projects from the 2016-2017 Shorecrest Preparatory School Science Fair on Friday, February 24 - Sunday, February 26.
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  • GSI at TBCFR Dinner with Dr. Mudhafar A. Amin

    by Kurt Wahlgren, US History Teacher
    Two students who are participants in Shorecrest’s Global Scholars Initiative program attended a talk by Dr. Mudhafar A. Amin at the Tampa Bay Council on Foreign Relations dinner on February 22. Dr. Amin held various positions in the Iraqi government from 1985 until 2003. He noted that he was present in many discussions with Saddam Hussein during this time period. Prior to his government appointments, he was a professor at several Iraqi universities in the 1970’s
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  • Exploring Nature from Around the World

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Junior Kindergartners enjoyed a field experience at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo to learn about plants from other continents. They used iPad devices or clipboards and paper to document plants they found from Africa, Europe and South America as well as from our own continent of North America.
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  • New after school Enrichment Opportunities

    by Monica Stypinski, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    See the After School page of shorecrest.org to view new after school opportunities.
     
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  • Oldie Goldie Book Sale - do you have used books?

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    On Wednesday, April 5, Lower School will host the annual Oldie Goldie Book Sale. Please search at home for used books to donate to our sale. Leftover books are donated to organizations in need.
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  • Shorecrest at Scholastic Art Awards

    by Charla Gaglio, Co-Chair Arts & Humanities
    Shorecrest was well represented at the Scholastic Art Awards ceremony last week. In addition to her Scholastic awards, senior Logan G was one of five students presented with a $1,000.00 scholarship prize from the MainSail Art Festival of St. Petersburg, Florida. She was also recognized as an American Vision nominee.
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  • Cardiovascular Surgeon leads Heart Dissection

    by Charity C., junior
    On Valentine's Day, the Chief of cardiovascular surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Dr. Jeff Jacobs, visited Mrs. Peck's Anatomy and Physiology class to lead a dissection of cow hearts. Dr. Jacobs, who is also a Charger parent, guided members of the class as they partnered up and cut open the hearts to locate the 4 chambers of the heart and more.
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  • Havana Nights - Sign up for events

    by Big Event Co-Chairs
    Special thanks goes to each committee and all of the volunteers for all the hard work, dedication and long hours. We appreciate all the volunteers and sponsors for helping us put together this great Shorecrest community event.
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  • More Than...

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    It is not uncommon to hear that a family’s decision to relocate to St. Petersburg depended upon finding the right school for their children. I’m sure other quality of life issues regularly come into play. Housing, medical facilities, places of worship, entertainment, parks, recreation and commute time are all key factors considered in a relocation. Those of us who work in and promote independent education understand that we are more than just schools. We are a vital amenity in our communities.
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  • Parent Workshop: Better Readers and Writers

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Thursday, March 9
    Sarah Finnemore & Megan Kotsko will lead a parent workshop entitled, “Helping My Child Become a Better Reader and Writer." For parents of grades K-4. At 2:00pm in the third grade project room.
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  • Upper School views film "Hidden Figures"

    by Tom Dillow, Head of Upper School
    The film explores the important contributions and challenges of three African American female mathematicians who worked at NASA (Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson) during a time when Jim Crow laws and gender discrimination prevailed. The community found the film to be informative, educational and eye-opening to learn how the contributions of these women almost went unheeded because of their race and gender. Important too were follow up conversations in advisory groups about what is added to historical canon and why.
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  • Celebrating Love and Friendship

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Before the Valentine parties, the children were busy delivering their Valentines into the right person’s bag by matching the names on their cards to those on the beautifully decorated bags they had created earlier in the week. Most exciting though, were the fun activities at the actual Valentine's Day parties!
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  • Gyotaku from Japan

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Junior Kindergartners ended their 'trip' across Asia in the far east, learning a bit about Japan. They engaged in Gyotaku, the process of creating art prints using real fish. They also learned to fold paper accordion-style to create fans.
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  • Jr. Thespian State Festival 2017

    by Stephanie McCarthy, Jr. Thespian Director
    Jr. Thespian Troupe 88197, led by Mrs. McCarthy, achieved great results a the Florida State Jr. Thespian Festival last weekend. Each of the qualifying acts received an award. 
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  • Making Chairs for Goldilocks

    by Dottie Smay, Media Center Specialist
    After reading "Goldilocks and the three Bears" students were tasked with thinking like engineers to design a chair with a seat, a back, and four legs for Goldilocks. They were able to work in the Makerspace with Mrs. Smay and select from a variety of materials. After their hard work and problem solving, students were proud to display their chair designs along with their finished products.
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  • Meteorologist visits First Grade

    by Gaye Whitecage, First Grade Teacher
    As part of their weather study unit, Bay News 9 Meteorologist Juli Marquez recently Skpyed with first graders during a field experience at Tampa's Glazer Children's Museum. They had such a wealth of questions and interest, that she graciously agreed to come and visit with the grade at Shorecrest. Students enjoyed their time at school with her, and she was able to help everyone understand the answers to their questions.
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  • Online Auction closes March 3!

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    There's big news from the Big Event Committee! The online auction and Charger Winnings are available for your bid through March 3. View items at www.shorecrestbigevent.com.
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  • Shorecrest MS at MathCounts

    by Steven Brelsford, MathCounts Coach
    The Shorecrest MathCounts team competed in a Pinellas Chapter competition on Saturday, February 11. Seven eighth grade students and one seventh grade student competed against 11 schools and about 100 students. The team was proud to finish in 7th place!
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  • Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates Innovation in Education

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest opens new Innovation & Design Studio.
     
    Though students have enjoyed the new studio since the fall of 2016, February 4, 2017 marked the official ribbon-cutting of the new Innovation & Design Studio in the Middle School at Shorecrest, a leading preschool-12th grade independent school in St. Pete.

    “Hosting the ribbon-cutting in early 2017 tied in beautifully with our new Apple Distinguished School distinction and our hosting of the St. Pete STEAMfest,” says Shorecrest Director of Educational Technology Dr. Anna Baralt.
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  • SCHOLASTIC WRITING AWARDS, 2017

    by William Leavengood, Upper School Playwriting Teacher
    Congratulations to the following Shorecrest student artists honored by the Alliance for their writing: 
    Charlotte L, senior - Gold Key - Dramatic Script - GAIA
    Eva T, sophomore - Silver Key - Dramatic Script - GOOD FRIDAY
    Millie A, junior - Honorable Mention - Dramatic Script - VINYL
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  • Traveling Through Asia with Family and Friends

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Junior Kindergartners continued their journey across the continents and focused on Asia, where stops in China, India and Israel were brought to life with the help of some family members and friends.
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  • Citizens of the Month

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Congratulations to our January Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month for the 2016-17 school year: 
                First Grade – Claire C.
                Second Grade – Elli B.
                Third Grade – Nicholas C.
                Fourth Grade – Kristen W.
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  • Cheers to the Consistent Parent

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    One of my best friends sent his 9-year-old son, who is a sports fanatic, to bed crying and protesting at the end of the third quarter of the Super Bowl. My friend called looking for affirmation that he made the right decision on the school night. He knew that he was going to need moral support in about seven hours when his child woke up to learn that New England overcame a 25-point deficit to win the game. I wonder how many of our own Shorecrest families faced a similar challenge the Monday morning after Super Bowl LI?
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  • Jeremy Reiskind '13 at Super Bowl LI

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Annual Fund & Alumni
    Since the fall of 2015, Jeremy Reiskind '13, currently a senior sports management major at Rice University in Houston, Texas, has been a marketing department intern at the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee. This organization plans and executes all of the events surrounding Super Bowl LI. The marketing team is specifically responsible for creating awareness about Super Bowl LI within Houston, Texas, and the United States.
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  • Legacy Breakfast 2017

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Annual Fund & Alumni
    Shorecrest alumni and their children who are current Chargers gathered in the Student Activity Center on Friday morning for the Alumni Association's annual Legacy Breakfast. These longtime Shorecrest families enjoyed a meal together and had a chance to hear a little about the exciting things happening at Shorecrest over the next few years.
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  • Shorecrest Receives Collaboration Grant from SAIS

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest received a Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grant from SAIS to fund the launch of the Center for Service Learning Leadership. Over five days of teaching, learning, collaborating, site visits and planning, CSLL will prepare educators to return to their campuses with a concrete plan and strategy to implement service learning both in their classrooms and throughout the school. To learn more about CSLL, visit www.leadingservicelearning.org.

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  • Sophomore Strategies: Beyond the Transcript, Feb 15

    by Tiffany Blessing, Director of College Counseling
    Parents of sophomores - join the College Center staff on February 15 at 7pm in the Janet Root Theatre. Learn about strategies for success from transcripts and test prep to developing interests and passions in the college process and how to help your student prepare!
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  • St. Pete STEAMfest Welcomes Record Crowd

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    On a sunny Saturday in February, more than 400 families converged on the campus of Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg to participate in a variety of family-friendly activities, all centered on the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math - or STEAM.
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  • "This I Believe" Speeches [videos]

    by Jake Seymour, Upper School World Literature and Speech Teacher
    Sophomores in Mr. Seymour's tenth grade Honors World Literature and Speech classes presented their "This I Believe" speeches. Students were asked to state a belief, something that they know to be true about life, and describe what events lead to this belief and/or how this belief has proven true in their lives. 
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  • Celebrating being 100 Days Smarter

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Many Lower School classrooms celebrated the 100th day of school this week in a variety of ways.
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  • Innovative Landmarks Project Exhibit, Second Grade

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
    Students presented their unique landmarks at an Innovative Landmarks Project Exhibit and they did an amazing job! They displayed lots of creativity and expertise, and many families left wondering if these landmarks really exist. 
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  • Relay For Life Lunch, Feb 22

    by Senior Zack S
    On Wednesday, February 22nd, Shorecrest Relay For Life teams will run booths during break and lunch in Upper School and Middle School selling food to raise money for their Relay teams. The lunch options will be spread out in front of the football field, and all students will have the opportunity to buy from a wide array of foods from the teams as a donation to Relay For Life. The Gold Together Admin and Friends Team will be preparing a cookout lunch for all Experiential School and Lower School students, faculty and parents who have signed up.
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  • State of St. Pete: A Food Revolution, March 2

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Annual Fund & Alumni
    Join Shorecrest alumni, parents and friends for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Grow your professional network and hear what's happening in the ever-changing St. Pete food scene. Hear from local restauranteurs, chefs, and folks involved in the St. Pete food industry about the recent culinary renaissance in our city!
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  • Teaching What We've Learned

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
    Third and fourth graders taught what they have learned in Spanish class to their friends in Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten. They made books in Spanish describing their families and shared them with their younger friends, asking questions along the way. They really enjoyed practicing their Spanish alongside peers and sharing their newfound knowledge.  
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  • 33rd Annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Students, faculty and staff alike were excited to welcome visitors for Shorecrest's 33rd Annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day! Guests were ushered into the Janet Root Theatre for performances from all ages and then visited classroms for games and activities.
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  • All About Australia

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Continuing the Junior Kindergartners’ journey across the continents, they learned about Australia this week. Students engaged in aboriginal and kuru art, painted Australian beetles and collaborated on the creation of a wattle tree, leaving them enthusiastic about learning more about the world around them.
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  • American Dream - Third Grade Show (more photos added)

    by Robert Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
    Third graders dazzled their audience with their knowledge of United States history as they performed the musical "The American Dream." Thank you to teachers and parents for making this experience so memorable for the students!
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  • School Improvement Plan

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The Accreditation Team, representing the Florida Council of Independent School (FCIS), the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), spent three days on campus this week. The team has given us some great feedback on our plans for improvement and for the outstanding work the teachers and staff offer to students, families and each other every day. What’s next? We implement the School Improvement Plan.
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  • Talking about Teeth

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    A visit by Dentist and Charger parent Diane Hilton, D.M.D. brought knowledge and fun to Mrs. Carson’s Alpha class this week. Dr. Hilton not only talked with the children about keeping their teeth strong and healthy, she also brought lots of props for them explore and practice. 
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  • Welcome French Students!

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Did you notice the French flag waving at Shorecrest this morning? For the 23rd year, Shorecrest welcomed 15 students and two teachers from our sister-school the Lycée Pierre Bayen, in Châlons-en-Champagne, France. All of the students are living with Shorecrest families. Friendships are being forged. An understanding and appreciation of each other's culture grows.
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  • A Cuban-American interview

    by Noah J, fourth grader
    Today my class listened to a woman named Mrs Diaz. She was from Cuba. She came to our school to talk about how she and her family left Cuba and came to America for a better life. At that time Fidel Castro was in power and he was starting his Communist government.
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  • Ivy League Model United Nations XXXIII

    by Kurt Wahlgren, US History Teacher
    Seventeen Shorecrest delegates spent January 26-29 in Philadelphia participating in ILMUNC (Ivy League Model United Nations) hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to the trip, delegates submitted position papers on their topics and Skyped with Shorecrest alumn, Aaron Connelly '03. 
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  • National History Day SPS Results

    by David Hodgson, MS History Teacher
    Congratulations to the seventh and eighth grade students moving on to the Pinellas County History Day competition on February 24 & 25 at Largo High School and the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg.
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  • Dr. Steven Freeman visits Center for Medical Sciences

    by Lisa Peck, US Science Teacher
    Last Friday, Dr. Steven Freeman came to Shorecrest to speak to Intro to Medical Science and Anatomy students and Pre-Med club members. A professor for the National University of Health Sciences, Dr. Freeman discussed evidence-based medicine and complementary and alternative medicine.
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  • First Grade to Glazer Children's Museum

    by Jill Densa, First Grade Teacher
    First graders traveled to the Glazer Children's Museum to enhance their study on weather. A highlight was being able to Skype with meteorologist Juli Marquez from Bay New 9. 
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  • MS Robotics at Regionals

    by Christine Scoby, Robotics Coach
    The R2D2s competed at the First LEGO League West Florida Regional Championship last weekend. The team was excited that during their first round of robot games, all of their missions ran successfully. Their high score of the day was 95 points. 
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  • Pre-Med Club learns about the heart

    by Elizabeth H, Pre-Med Club Secretary
    The Pre-Med Club learned about the heart and how it functions. Club members had the chance to measure the blood pressure of a partner and listen to their heartbeat.
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  • Reconstructing British Inventions

    by Ron Heller, Upper School History Teacher
    Mr. Heller's tenth grade World Civilizations class is studying the British Industrial Revolution. Students are creating models of an invention from that time (1750-1846). They used the research library to learn more about an inventor and an invention, and will reconstruct it in the Makerspace on a 3D printer or throw clay in the art room. 
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  • Welcome Salvadorian Students

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
    Shorecrest will be visited by a Salvadorian delegation of six fourth grade students. They are visiting Lower School from the Colegio Maya de El Salvador, a bilingual school in San Salvador. They will be hosted by six fabulous Shorecrest families, and will be part of our community for two weeks. 
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  • Not all those who wander are lost…

    by Adrianne Finley Odell, Assistant Head of School
    My daughter gave me a T-shirt with this caption for my 50th birthday last November. It was in commemoration of our August road trip to deliver her to New York where she began her freshman year of college. Our journey took us through the mountains of North Carolina where we inhaled the fresh mountain air, drank in the inspiring vistas, and sensed the connection between the earth, our bodies and each other.
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  • Shorecrest Science Fair 2017

    by Curtis Cruise, Sixth Grade Science Teacher
    The 2016-2017 Shorecrest Preparatory School Science Fair was a huge success! All of the projects were competitive, ranging from topics such as repelling mosquitos, testing if a kicked soccer ball had enough G-force to cause a concussion, or testing how to help plants grow in drought-like conditions. 
    BEST IN FAIR award went to sixth grader Ainsley B. for her project "Saving our Seas."
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  • Honoring MLK National Day of Service

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    For the third year, the Lower and Experiential Schools have honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with service to another class at Shorecrest during the month of January.
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  • Scholastic Art Awards, 2017

    by Charla Gaglio and Aaron Sober, Upper School Art Teachers
    Shorecrest student art pieces were submitted to the Scholastic Art Show at Gibbs High. From them, some work was chosen to also be shown at the Emerging Artists for the 21st Century High School Exhibition at Art Festival Beth El.
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  • Dr. Jennifer Vesper visits Center for Medical Sciences

    by Lisa Peck, US Science Teacher
    In December, Dr. Jennifer Vesper, a dermatologist and Charger parent, spoke to students in Lisa Peck’s Anatomy and Intro to Medical Science classes. Dr. Vesper treats skin cancers and other various skin-related conditions.
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  • Shorecrest Night at the Symphony

    by Ron Heller, Upper School History Teacher
    Last Saturday evening, Mr. Updike and Mr. Heller chaperoned 20 Upper School students to the Mahaffey Theatre to listen to a program of Brahms, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Liszt. Mr. Updike's students were treated to a dinner talk by Joseph Beverly, the 3rd clarinetist of the Florida Orchestra.
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  • Dr. Samuelson visits Center for Medical Sciences

    by Lisa Peck, US Science Teacher
    Last Thursday, the Pre-Med Club and Intro to Medical Sciences and Anatomy students got to listen to a presentation by Dr. David Samuelson, a diagnostic radiologist and Charger parent, about x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans and ultrasounds.
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  • Key Club Supports Beads of Hope

    by Ron Heller, Club Advisor
    For the second year in a row, Shorecrest's Upper School Key Club participated in the Beads of Hope Africa, supporting Ugandan women and their families to improve their lives.
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  • Coding with Ozobots

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Dr. Baralt is a favorite visitor to JK, especially when she brings the Ozobots! This week’s coding adventure included learning how to use iPad tablets to create coded paths for the bots. Changing the color of the path can change the speed and direction, and the children had great fun designing coded pathways and watching the bots respond to their signals.
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  • Dr. Brett Martin visits the Center for Medical Sciences

    by Lisa Peck, US Science Teacher
    Last Friday, the Pre-Med Club and Intro to Medical Science and Anatomy students had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Dr. Brett Martin of the National University of Health Sciences in Florida.
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  • Exploring the Arts

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Alpha students are getting to know the people in their community and are now focusing on the people who help to make it beautiful - artists of all kinds. First-hand experience is always the best way to learn so over the last several days the children engaged in exploration with musical instruments, dance and movement, painting and drawing materials, and even culinary arts!
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  • Physical Therapist Visits Anatomy Class

    by junior Charity C.
    Patricia Farese, a physical therapist who founded her own company - Farese Physical Therapy Center, as well as a Charger Alumni parent, visited Lisa Peck's Anatomy and Physiology class. She shared a video and a presentation that explored a variety of directions one can take in the area of physical therapy.
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  • Northeast Little League: Spring Registration Open

    by Monica Stypinski, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Visit www.northeastll.com to register for all T-ball, baseball and softball. Catch the fun online at http://www.facebook.com/NortheastLL
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  • Spring Sports Sign-Ups

    by Athletic Department
    Signups for Spring Sports will be available following Winter Break. ALL FHSAA paperwork must be completed and on file to begin a spring sport.
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  • KICKING THE TECH ADDICTION: PART III

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    As we strive to rear and educate this generation, we know that guidelines for technology use are as important as guidelines for vehicle use. No responsible person would give a young person a car without lessons and guidelines. Similarly, we now have the same responsibility with social media and technology use.
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  • Alumna in local theatrical production

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Annual Fund & Alumni
    Shorecrest alumna Alexandria Crawford '12 is in the upcoming play "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" by August Wilson at American Stage. The show runs January 18th-Feburary 19th. Tickets are on sale now at www.americanstage.org/joeturner - along with Alexandria's bio thanking Janet Root.
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  • Fifth GRADER NICOLAS H. wins SPS GEO BEE 2nd year

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The National Geographic Geography Bee was held in the Janet Root Theatre on January 10. The top two geographers from grades 4-8 competed on stage plus last year's winner. The Shorecrest Champion was fifth grader Nicolas H. Last year he won at Shorecrest and also qualified to compete at the state level.
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  • Shorecrest Celebrates the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    On Monday, January 16, more than 70 members of the Shorecrest community joined the greater St. Petersburg community to march in the MLK Dream Big Parade in downtown St. Pete. Following the morning’s festivities, the Chargers switched gears from celebration to service as a group completed a service project with CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse),
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  • Winners of Presidential Speech Writing Contest

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    What are the three to five most important things you think the President could say to all the people listening to his speech? Students were asked to pretend they were the President's chief speech writer and to write a one to two page speech that would help get everyone to be nice to each other and cooperate even if they disagree with each other. The winning entries will be sent to the White House.
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  • CASA offers comfort for the abused

    by Joyce Nanette Johnson, The Weekly Challenger Staff Writer
    CASA will be utilizing their MLK Day of Service award to assemble Peace Baskets to greet new participants when they come to the facility for the first time seeking assistance. The outside of the baskets will be decorated by Creative Clay of St. Petersburg and students of Shorecrest Preparatory School. 
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  • Learning to Read NonFiction Texts

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Fourth grade students are rotating each week to spend a block of time in each fourth grade classroom learning the skills of reading historical fiction. These lessons will ultimately prepare them with the historical background and reading skills necessary for their next reading unit of historical fiction. When readers understand the time period better, their overall comprehension of the text improves!
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  • Service for one another

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    One of the ways The Experiential School and Lower School honor Martin Luther King, Jr. is by performing acts of service for each other in January. Two of the Junior Kindergarten classes decided to treat their special friends to doughnuts they made themselves. To help the many birds that delight us with their song and beauty, the Alpha students created bird feeders from rice cakes, molasses and bird seed.
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  • The Jan and Craig Sher Service Learning Fund

    by Adrianne Finley Odell, Assistant Head of School
    In honor of grandparents and Emeritus Trustees, Jan and Craig Sher, their daughters recently created The Jan and Craig Sher Service Learning Fund. This fund supports up to two high school students’ service learning trips each year and will continue to be supported for at least the next ten years.
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  • Varsity Girls Basketball Update

    by Coach Vid Buggs
    Chargers 38, Berkeley Prep 34
    Chargers 40, Cambridge 26
    Seffner Christian 77, Chargers 26
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  • Visiting the Dentist

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Alpha 3- and 4-year-old preschool students took a trip to the pediatric dental office of Shorecrest parent Dr. Sandy Worman Epstein in St. Petersburg, FL. This is part of their study of people in the neighborhood.
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  • Northeast Little League Spring Registration Open

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Northeast Little League's spring registration is open! View tryout dates and season opening date here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/NortheastLL/events
    More details on this flyer.
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  • KICKING THE TECH ADDICTION: PART II

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    For parents/guardians of our youngest children, you have a great opportunity to set up clear social media and device use guidelines before behavior, patterns and addictions begin. For parents/guardians of children who are already showing patterns of technology and social media addiction, your ability to help those around you set appropriate boundaries is an important challenge.
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  • December Citizens of the Month

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Congratulations to our December Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month for the 2016-17 school year: First Grade – Olivia B., Second Grade – Frances H., Third Grade – Emily H. and Fourth Grade – Akshay P.
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  • Drawing State Birds

    by Sue Rowe, Lower School Art Teacher
    Third graders are learning all about the Fifty Nifty United States and the history behind their development and expansion. To augment their studies, each student was assigned a state bird to draw and color.
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  • Girls Varsity Basketball; Renice All-Tournament Honors

    by Vid Buggs
    Shorecrest Lady Chargers went 2-1 in the Smoothie King Classic over Winter Break. The Chargers were missing key players, but that didn't slow them down much. Shorecrest were led by Renice D and Chisom N on both ends of the court. Renice finished with All-Tournament Honors as she lead the tournament in scoring.
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  • Guest Visitor: Flight Attendant

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
    Ms. Horne's sister, Kelsey, visited recently from St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a flight attendant for Delta Airlines. The class read "The Airport Book" by Lisa Brown and transformed the classroom into airplane-style seating.
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  • History Fair Showcase, Jan 18

    by David Hodgson, MS National History Day Coordinator
    Shorecrest’s Seventh Grade Team Presents The National History Day Evening Showcase:
    January 18, 6 - 7:30pm. Seventh and eighth grade National History Day exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances and papers will be on display
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  • Making Maps in Preschool

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    As the Junior Kindergartners began their journey to explore the world, they were introduced to the idea of a map key and used one, along with felt pieces, to create maps of their own design. 
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  • MS Robotics Move on to Regionals

    by Christine Scoby, Robotics Coach
    Congratulations to Shorecrest Middle School LEGO Robotics Team 1448, the R2D2s, for winning Judges Award and earning a bid to the FLL Regional championship.
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  • Preparing Pizza

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Measuring equals math, following a recipe equals literacy, mixing ingredients and watching the change in matter equals science, spreading and sprinkling equal motor skills and working together equals collaboration. All those skills and more were involved in preparing pizza!
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  • Stand With Us visits GSI

    by Richard Beaton, Global Scholars Advisor
    Shorecrest Upper School's Global Scholars Initiative (GSI) welcomed Rayna Exelbierd for a campus conversation on Monday, January 9th. Ms. Exelbierd is a youth representative with Stand With Us, an Israeli advocacy group. She is also an associate of alumna Hannah Weiss '16, who helped lead the conversation.
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  • Brothers Bring Holiday Cheer to Boys and Girls Club

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Brothers Jordan and Eric J hosted their annual holiday party at the Boys and Girls Club. They provided dinner, treats, stuffed stockings, a magician and fulfilled Santa wish lists. View the video to see a few moments of the amazing evening.
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  • Clinic byte: Staying healthy for 2017

    by Marie Confident, School Nurse
    Being healthy is the most precious gift of all. January is usually the time when people set health conscious goals to eat better, lose weight, exercise more etc. Here are some everyday basics to keeping a healthy household.
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  • Holiday Service and Gift Giving

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Every year, one Shorecrest family has a special Christmas party and asks the guests to bring an unwrapped toy. On December 20, they delivered the toys to the Ronald McDonald House.
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  • Jensen Learns about Circuits

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Last week, Mrs. Minke asked her kindergarten students to make a New Year's resolution that can improve their environment, health, and school work. Jensen said he wanted to learn about circuits. WIth help from our Lower School Media Specialist, Mrs. Smay, the road to his resolution is clear! Jensen and Mrs. Smay spent an hour exploring and tinkering in the Makerspace after school one day.
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  • Prep-to-Prep Scholarships

    by Adrianne Finley Odell, Assistant Head of School
    The Prep-to-Prep Scholarship supports one Shorecrest Upper School student who has matriculated from Academy Preparatory School of St. Petersburg and provides full support for four years of tuition, fees, and other needs so that the student may fully participate in the life of Shorecrest.
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  • New Year’s Resolution-Kicking the Tech Addiction: Part I

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    I encourage Ebytes readers to watch the embedded video from Simon Sinek (below). If possible, watch the video with your children. If time is really short, skip forward to the sections of his talk on Technology and Impatience. The sections on Parenting and Environment are equally interesting. I hope the video stimulates some conversations for your family.
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  • Katie Koestner Discussed Online Social and Safety Issues

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Ms. Katie Koestner, a national expert on student safety and teen relationship culture, spent the day at Shorecrest educating students, faculty and parents about online safety and healthy relationships in an increasingly digital world. Ms. Koestner’s January 4th visit was sponsored by SCA, the Shorecrest Community Association.
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  • Maria Evora (1925-2016)

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Annual Fund & Alumni
    Longtime Shorecrest Spanish teacher Maria Evora passed away on December 30, 2016, at the age of 91 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, in 1925, she came to Florida in 1968. She began working as a Spanish teacher at Shorecrest in the fall of 1976 and was a member of the Foreign Langauge Faculty at the school for twenty years, retiring in the spring of 1996. 
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  • Canvas Cocktail Party / Fundraiser, Jan 26

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shop till you drop for a great cause on Thursday, January 26th at a special shopping event at Canvas: 1535 4th Street North.
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  • Kindergarteners Make New Year's Resolutions

    by Joanne Minke, Kindergaten Teacher
    As we usher in 2017, the students have given thought to how they can improve their environment, health, and school work.
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  • Movie Under the Stars: Zootopia, Jan 27

    by senior Courtney M.
    Join us Friday, Jan 27th for a Movie Under the Stars on Shorecrest's Hernandez Family baseball field - featuring Disney's Zootopia!
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  • Preschool Garden Bounty

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Junior Kindergartners returned from vacation to find some of their crops ready for harvesting. Two giant carrots, after being washed, peeled and cut, proved to be more than enough to feed Mrs. Jotch’s class.
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