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2020

Recent News

  • A Little Extra TLC...

    by Tracie Belt, Director of The Learning Center
    The Learning Center (TLC) is here to help you navigate your child's distance learning needs. We offer online resources for parents and students to assist with distance learning such as supporting your children with Executive Function Skills (organization, task initiation, planning, etc.) Please fill out this Google Survey to tell us what you are finding most challenging.
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  • Force and Motion Project-Based Learning

    by Jennifer Hobbs, Third Grade Teacher
    Third graders in Mrs. Hobbs' class are learning about force and motion and how things move. 
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  • Nominate a Volunteer of the Year

    by SCA Board
    Many wonderful people give their time, energy, and effort to Shorecrest each year! If you know of someone whose contributions have been outstanding, please nominate that person for the 2020 Janet Root Volunteer of the Year Award. A form and criteria for selection may be found here.
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  • Stream Broadway at Home

    by Bill Leavengood '78
    Bring the family together to watch "RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S OKLAHOMA!", starring Hugh Jackman, at 8pm ET on Friday, March 27, 2020, for FREE!
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  • Supporting Fellow Chargers from Afar

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Week two of distance learning gave all of us an opportunity to take lessons from week one combined with feedback from colleagues, students and family members, to ensure teaching and learning is maintained. As important as the lessons may be, the overwhelmingly positive attitudes and encouragement community members have shared with each other have been inspirational. I am sure the positive feedback is the result of the great work teachers, the tech team, the communications team and support staff are doing. There are behind-the-scenes stories that bring tears to my eyes both with joy - and some with other emotions.
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  • Using Zoom for ES Gatherings

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The ES teachers would like to invite Alpha and JK students to connect with them using Zoom. Through the Zoom platform, the Experiential School aspires to achieve the goals of assembling, seeing each other and sharing experiences together. These learning experiences are being designed thoughtfully and intentionally to ensure that the Zoom sessions are developmentally appropriate for young children, positive, and meaningful. 
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  • Growing Beans in JK

    by Abbie Hahn, JK Teacher
    Before we embarked on our distance learning days, Junior Kindergateners germinated beans in wet paper towels and hung them in the windows of the Experiential School. To continue their project while at home, Mrs. Hahn moved the delicate plants to a window of her home office. Shortly thereafter, the seeds began to sprout! Mrs. Hahn shared pictures with her students so they could observe the roots and small sprouts. She then planted each sprout in a seedling pot and the children have been watching them grow through their weekly chats.
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  • Cooking Videos from SAGE

    by Tina and Paco Rodriguez, Marcel Gallo, SAGE Dining Services
    With many families preparing meals at home and trying to keep their children engaged, SAGE is prepared to help! We’ve developed a video series with easy, delicious recipes to prepare at home (pasta Primavera with marinara sauce!), instructions for various cooking techniques, nutritional guidance, and even home food sanitation and hygiene tips.
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  • Distance Learning with Furry Friends

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    A bright side of studying at home is spending more time with furry friends! Pets can reduce stress, while increasing motivation and learning. 
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  • Shorecrest Sophomore named Community Volunteer of the Year

    by Andrea M. Castañeda, PARC Director of Community Relations and Volunteers
    PARC, a Shorecrest community partner and St. Petersburg-based organization that provides programs and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, recently presented Shorecrest student Chris Manings '22 with their 2019 Community Volunteer of the Year Award.
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  • Florida Dairy Farmers announce Mr. Soccer, Coach of the Year finalists

    by https://www.officialfloridafc.com/2020/03/19/florida-dairy-farmers-announce-mr-soccer-coach-of-the-year-finalists/
    Coach Montoya was nominated as Coach of the Year. Winners for the statewide awards will be announced March 25, 2020.
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  • Silver Linings

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    During the coming weeks, we will all find some silver linings in the midst of the disruptions we are experiencing. I have already had two silver linings experiences. One has been seeing the incredible dedication of our Technology and Communications teams as they have reached out to faculty, staff, students and families to help them prepare for the distance learning experience being offered. Meanwhile, in our Shorecrest neighborhood here are a few of the silver linings that have been reported to me...
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  • JK Creates a Rainforest

    by Abbie Hahn, JK Teacher
    Last month, JK students in Mrs. Hahn’s class started exploring South America, specifically all the plants and animals that call the Amazon Rainforest their home. The students wanted to create their own rainforest to hang in the classroom, so they designed, drew and painted layers of the rainforest, as well as foliage and animals that live there.
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  • Operation Little Vittles: A First-Hand Resource

    by Sandy Janack, Fifth Grade Social Studies Teacher
    In fifth grade English class, students read “A Night Divided” by Jennifer A. Nielsen, about a family who wakes up one morning separated on either side of the Berlin Wall. At the 2020 Pinellas County National History Fair, an Upper School project won 2nd Place in the documentary category with a film entitled “Colonel Gail Halvorsen: Breaking Barriers during the Berlin Airlift.” The team was lucky enough to have a phone interview with Colonel Gail Halvorsen as a first hand resource! To add to the Middle School learning and resources, Jonathan Currie '21 and Gregory Glasscock '21 presented their project to the younger Chargers.
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  • Black History Month Conversations

    by Kurt Wahlgren, US Social Studies Department Chair
    Recently third graders met with juniors and seniors to get to know each other and to discuss readings and historical topics they were studying.
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  • Distance Learning Silver Linings

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    As Chargers face new growth and learning experiences through distance learning, expressions of appreciation combined with stories of how families are meeting the challenges of social distancing and self isolation are inspiring. Read more in this week's letter from the Headmaster, and find some great distance learning moments below.
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  • EMOTIONAL WELLBEING DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

    by Courtney Ellis & Kate Fierce, Shorecrest Counselors
    Our daily lives have changed in ways that might have been unimaginable even a week ago. We are all feeling a wide range of emotions as a result of the changes in our lives due to COVID-19: anxiety, sadness, anger, loss, loneliness, frustration, maybe even irritation. These emotions are, of course, very normal human reactions to such an extraordinary circumstance. Furthermore, we know that children can be very influenced by the emotional states of the adults who are caring for them. With that in mind, we can help both ourselves and our children by identifying ways to manage our stress and build resiliency during these trying times.
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  • Fifth Grade Music Performance

    by Stephanie McCarthy, Middle School Music
    The fifth grade Class of 2027 Music Performance was held in the Janet Root Theatre on March 12. The performance kicked off with a song entitled "Applause" by American composer Charles Strouse and was followed by another of Strouse's most memorable tunes "Tomorrow" from his hit musical "Annie." 
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  • Spotlight on Chris Craig ‘02

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Chris Craig is a Shorecrest lifer, having attended the school from junior kindergarten through his graduation in 2002. We recently caught up with Chris for a cup of coffee at the Starbucks on 4th Street and 54th Ave N, a spot frequented by much of the Shorecrest community. Our meeting location was a stone's throw from Chris’ new business, Brightway Insurance at 5001 4th Street N.
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  • Varsity Softball vs Archbishop Woods High School

    by Coach Kramer
    Chargers vs Archbishop Woods High School from Pennsylvania: Tie 3-3
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  • Fourth Graders Stitch Childrens Rights

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Fourth graders brainstormed, drew and began stitching meaningful art pieces in the form of burlap tapestries this week. Guest artist and teacher Yvonne Moyer started a conversation with the fourth graders about rights vs. wants vs. needs, and the rights that children all around the world need to thrive. She then led the students through a stitchery project.
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  • Spread the Word to End The Word

    by Nadya Defreitas ‘21
    The Shorecrest Upper School SPARC Club dedicated a day this week as Spread the Word Day while wearing their SPARC shirts, and posting over social media about the Spread the Word Movement. Take to the pledge to stop using the “R-word.” Every pledge helps spread awareness.
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  • Kindergarteners Study Needs, Wants and Rights

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Kindergarteners are studying things people need vs. things people want. Right now their focus is on our need for food. Farmer Ray from Wunderfarms spoke with kindergarteners this week about gardening and composting. Ray Wunderlich III is a Charger alumnus who grows and donates food for St. Pete area food banks.
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  • MS Forensics - Final Meet of the Year

    by Stephanie McCarthy, MS Music Teacher
    Shorecrest Middle School students had a good time at their last Forensics Meet of the year.
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  • Third Grade: Be the Change [Video, photos]

    by Marilyn Hayes Johnson, LS Music Teacher
    This year's third grade show, "Be the Change," was created by Ms. Marilyn and the third grade teaching team. The students have been learning about activists and change makers in the classroom, and shared a thought-provoking performance with the Shorecrest community right on the heels of leading a moving Children's March for Social Justice on campus.
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  • Service Week 2020 Canceled

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
    The wellbeing of our students and community is paramount to all we do at Shorecrest. Due to recent events in the Tampa Bay area and in honoring our partnerships with multiple community organizations, we are taking the unprecedented step of canceling Service Week. Upper School faculty and students were informed earlier today.
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  • Chargers Art to be Exhibited

    by Charla Gaglio, US Visual Arts Chair
    Congratulations to Dorothy Cenedella ‘21, Heidi Hicks ‘21 and Anna Mesimer ‘20 for having their work chosen for exhibition in this year's Mainsail Art Festival! These talented, hard working Chargers are very deserving of this recognition.
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  • Junior Wins Environmental Video Contest

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Youth Making Ripples film competition has been providing students an outlet to creatively express the threats to our oceans and ways to help protect them. Videos submitted with messages about ocean conservation are judged in three categories. The winner of the Viewers’ Choice category was “Not enough Fish in the Sea” by Julia Marquis '21. She made the film as her capstone project for Honors Environmental Science class.
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  • 27th Annual Senior Soccer Challenge All Stars

    by Joanna Duff, Athletics Department
    This past Friday night, four of our Chargers soccer players participated in the 27th Annual Senior Soccer Challenge All Star game at Countryside High School. This event matches up the top Pinellas county players to play against the top players from Hillsborough County.
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  • Chargers Varsity Softball battles Cambridge Christian

    by Coach Kramer
    Chargers vs. Cambridge Christian L 3-24
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  • Girls Varsity Tennis back-to-back wins vs Calvary Christian

    by Coaches Cobb and Stover
    The Chargers Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team continues to claim victories, with the most recent ones being back-to-back wins against Calvary Christian School.
     
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  • Carolyn Sloss ’85, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    On March 6, during an Upper School Assembly, Carolyn Sloss ’85 was presented with the 2019-2020 Shorecrest Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. 
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  • Faculty Spotlight on Tracie Belt

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Since joining the Shorecrest community in 1994, Tracie Belt has held teaching positions in both the Lower and Middle Schools. Now the Director of The Learning Center at Shorecrest, Tracie leads the school’s efforts to provide support to students, parents, and teachers to optimize learning and student achievement. We asked Tracie to tell us a little about herself and her time thus far at Shorecrest.
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  • Pinellas History Fair Awards and Summer History Fair Prep

    by Ron Heller, Upper School History Teacher
    This years's National History Day theme was Breaking Barriers in History. Congratulations to the following Shorecrest Upper School students who had a great showing at the Pinellas County History Fair...
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  • Varsity Baseball vs. Keswick Christian

    by Joanna Duff, Athletics Department
    Varsity Baseball vs. Keswick Christian (Loss 3-8)
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  • Contributing Charger: Jennifer Nguyen

    Over the course of the year we will highlight some of our Contributing Chargers, those members who have provided the Shorecrest community with their time, talent and/or financial support. Today’s Contributing Charger is Jennifer Nguyen, a Lower School parent of Jocelyn A '33. 
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  • Shorecrest Athletic Physicals Available, Save the Date!

    by Anthony McCall, Athletic Director
    All Florida Orthopaedic Associates will perform physicals for Shorecrest student-athletes currently in grades 5-11 on Wednesday, May 13, 5 – 7pm in the Athletic Center. Female and male physicians will be present to conduct the exams.
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  • Rearing and Educating Our College-Bound Children

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    At the recommendation of a fellow headmaster, I recently read "The Coddling of the American Mind." The authors who wrote a highly acclaimed article with the same title in 2015 continued their research to write this book. It strikes me that it is one of those books that will appeal to people who believe in the thesis the authors present and will, at the same time, enrage those for whom the authors are greatly concerned.
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  • Shorecrest Student Named GeoBee Florida State Competition Semifinalist Fifth Year in a Row

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The results are in! The National Geographic Society named Nicolas H., an eighth grader at Shorecrest Preparatory School, as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition for the fifth consecutive year.
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  • Prom 2020, for Juniors and Seniors

    by Don Paige, Head of Upper School
    Prom 2020 - a Roaring ‘20s themed event - will take place on Saturday, April 4, from 7-11pm at NOVA 535 (535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St N, St. Pete). The price is $95 per ticket, which includes dinner, dessert, dancing, party favors and more. Ticket sales are online only this year.
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  • Shorecrest Chargers Varsity Girls Tennis Update

    by Coach Cobb and Coach Stover
    Chargers vs. Out of Door Academy
    Chargers vs. Bradenton Christian School (BCS)
    Chargers vs. Academy of the Holy Names (AHN)
    Chargers vs Tampa Catholic (TC)
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  • Chargers JV Tennis Update

    by Coach Healy
    Chargers vs. St. Martha’s Middle School
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  • Shorecrest Chargers Varsity Boys Tennis

    by Coach Davis and Coach Del Zoppo
    The second week of the tennis season saw the varsity teams play against tough teams from Bradenton Christian School (BCS) in Bradenton, and Jesuit High School (JHS boys) and the Academy of Holy Names (AHN girls) from Tampa, Florida. The BCS match was hosted at our home facility, the St. Pete Tennis Center, and the JHS/AHN match was hosted at the Hillsborough community college courts in Tampa.
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  • COVID-19 Update

    by Donna Conroy, RN, School Nurse
    The Florida Department of Health has announced there are two presumptive positive cases of 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Florida, one in Hillsborough County, the other in Manatee. Both individuals remain in isolation at this time. Despite these cases in our state, the Florida Department of Health reports that overall immediate threat to the public remains low.
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  • Global Student Exchanges Enrich School Community, Culture

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    In the 2019-2020 school year, Shorecrest established a student exchange program for seventh and eighth graders with Colegio Ramon Y Cajal in Madrid, Spain. In October 2019, students from Spain visited Shorecrest. In February 2020, a group of six Shorecrest seventh and eighth grade students visited Spain and enjoyed a wonderful experience as exchange students. This program is not only enriching for the students who are directly involved, but it also adds richness to the Shorecrest community as a whole. Global learning experiences open students’ minds to new cultures.
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  • Celebrating Legacy Families [video]

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Shorecrest alumni and their Shorecrest students gathered in Charger Commons on Friday, February 28 for the Alumni Association's annual Legacy Breakfast. For nearly 70 current Shorecrest families, donning the green and gold is a family tradition!
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  • MS Variety Show [video, photos]

    by Stephanie McCarthy, Middle School Music Teacher
    Bravo to the 32 Middle School students who wowed the audience with their talents in the 13th Annual Middle School Variety Show performance on the evening of February 13, 2020. Organized by Middle School Music Teacher Mrs. McCarthy, the show is managed and run every year entirely by Jr. Thespians.
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  • Beautiful Game

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Three cheers to Head Coaches Wolfrath and Montoya, their coaching staff and very talented players for advancing to the Soccer State Championship games. Not often do both the boys and girls teams from the same school, in the same sport do what our Chargers have accomplished. By now most community members know the girls ran into a juggernaut. The loss to St. John’s, although painful, does not ruin the best girls soccer season since 2006. Fortunately, the boys had an incredible game and upset undefeated and nationally ranked Maclay 4-0 to become State Champions! Cheers!
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  • Shorecrest Thespians Nominated for Broadway Star of the Future Awards

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The cast of Shorecrest Upper School Performing Arts performance of "The Crucible" was honored with nominees, including: Eric Jacobson ‘21 (John Proctor), Best Outstanding Actor in a Play; Shannon Wright ‘20 (Abigail Williams), Best Outstanding Actress in a Play; and Evan Hoefer ‘21 (Reverend John Hale), Best Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Play.
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  • Chargers Participate in Georgetown MUN

    by Kurt Wahlgren, Social Studies Department Chair
    On February 12, twenty-three Shorecrest delegates flew to Washington D.C. to participate in the 57th annual North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN) hosted by Georgetown University. The conference lasted four days and administered forty different committees. These committees ranged from the Arab League and the African Union to historical committees, such as JFK’s 1962 EXCOMM and the 2006 Liberian Cabinet.
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  • Emphatic first state championship win for Shorecrest boys soccer

    by Rodney Page, Tampa Bay Times
    On a picture-perfect Thursday afternoon none of the players will forget, the Chargers defeated Tallahassee Maclay 4-0 in the Class 2A championship at Stetson University’s Spec Martin Stadium. It is the school’s first state soccer title and caps an 18-3-2 season.
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  • Shorecrest girls run into a state soccer juggernaut

    by Bob Putnam, Tampa Bay Times
    The Chargers went on a charmed run through the playoffs, winning four straight games by multiple goals each while giving up just one total to reach the final for the first time in school history. But they were up against a team that was after more than a state championship.
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  • Girls Varsity Soccer Ends Incredible Season

    by Athletics Department
    Congratulations to our Varsity Girls Soccer Chargers on an extraordinary season! Today’s game was a hard-fought 0-4 loss in the rain to St. Johns Country Day team, State Champions for their 9th consecutive year.
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  • Vote for Chargers' Environmental Videos

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Youth Making Ripples film competition provides students an outlet to creatively express the threats to our oceans and ways to help protect them. The Viewers’ Choice category has 5 Shorecrest students from the Upper School environmental studies class among the 9 finalists. Please visit: http://youthmakingripples.org/viewer-choice/ and cast your vote for your favorite Charger films! Voting is open through March 5, 2020.
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  • Charger Signs to play College Athletics

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Joseph Brockman '20 signed a letter of commitment this month to swim for Davidson College in North Carolina. Davidson College is known for its top notch academic studies with only a 20% acceptance rate. Joseph will be competing for the Wildcats in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference. He will be bringing strength to their mid-distance, distance and 200 Fly events.
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  • First week of the tennis season

    by Coach Davis
    The Varsity and JV Tennis Chargers started competitive match play with opening varsity matches for the boys and girls teams at Clearwater Central Catholic High School (CCC) and Admiral Farragut Academy for the boys. The match against CCC was played at McMullen tennis complex in Clearwater. This is the first year in our new district, and CCC may be our toughest competition in the district.
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  • Guidelines to help prevent the spread of illnesses

    by Donna Conroy RN, School Nurse
    Like families and school leaders across the country, the Shorecrest administration is carefully monitoring the spread of coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. To date, there are no reported cases of coronavirus in the State of Florida. We are in contact with the Florida Department of Health to ensure that we have the most up to date and accurate information about our immediate community. 
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  • Student art to be exhibited at NCECA

    by Casey McDonough, Upper School 3D Art Teacher
    Krish Patel '22 had his ceramic sculpture, entitled "Blue Coral," accepted for exhibition during the National Conference on Education in Ceramic Arts next month in the K-12 national juried exhibition. NCECA draws close to 8000 students, educators and enthusiasts from around the world. 
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  • GLOBAL READERS IN EXPERIENTIAL SCHOOL

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest's International Connection volunteers engaged students and piqued their curiosity with picture books in foreign languages. Students made predictions, asked questions, and practiced saying a few new words in the language introduced by the Global Reader.
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  • Both Shorecrest Varsity Soccer Teams Compete in State Championship

    by Athletics Department
    For the first time in Shorecrest history both Girls and Boys Varsity Chargers Soccer Teams advance to the State Championships! The girls' team will play St. Johns Country Day on Wednesday, February 26, at 1pm. The boys' game follows Thursday, February 27, also at 1pm. Both games at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in DeLand, FL.
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  • Shorecrest boys shut out yet another playoff foe

    by Chuck Frye, Tampa Bay Times
    The Chargers varsity boys soccer are headed back to state for the third year in a row thanks to two goals from Max Consoni.
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  • Shorecrest girls get the shutout, reach Class 2A soccer semifinal

    by Corey Long, Tampa Bay Times
    The Chargers yield little ground all night to Fort Myers Canterbury.
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  • Spanish Club and GSI combine efforts

    by By Matthew Danielson ‘20 & Will Hodgson ‘20, Spanish Club Presidents
    Mr. Omer Troyer, Chairman of Hope Extended, visited Shorecrest to be interviewed by Lucas Murphy ‘20 and Asher Rovin ‘20 as part of their GSI project on orphans in Ecuador. To show appreciation for their work in Ecuador, the Shorecrest Spanish Club donated $1000 to the Hope Extended orphanage “Casa de Fe” in Shell, Ecuador.
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  • SPARC Club at Night To Shine

    by SPARC Club members
    A few members of Shorecrest's Upper School SPARC Club volunteered at Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs ages 14 and older.
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  • JR. THESPIAN STATE FESTIVAL 2020 RESULTS

    by Stephanie McCarthy, Jr. Thespian Director
    Approximately 4500 students attended the Florida State Jr. Thespian Festival at the Orlando Convention Center. Troupe 88197 brought home a total of 19 medals for 13 students from 9 acts! AND eighth grader Sofi R won Honorable Mention (2nd place) for her solo. But really the best part was every student truly did their best work and made Shorecrest proud!
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  • Online Meetup with Colegios Ramón y Cajal

    by Nayka Miller, MS Spanish Teacher
    Señora Miller's sixth graders had the opportunity to meet on Skype for 30 minutes with students from Colegios Ramón y Cajal in Madrid, Spain. Some of the students visited Shorecrest in Fall 2019.
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  • Third Grade Learns with Others

    by Jennifer Hobbs, Third Grade Teacher
    Third graders have been creating and learning in tandem with other students of different grades and even a different country! Direct interaction between peers promotes active learning, critical thinking, and student engagement. 
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  • SCA Presents: Vaping and Adolescent Health [Video]

    by Lisa Hahn, SCA Co-President
    SCA hosted Dr. Jasmine Reese and a panel of pediatric experts from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to talk about the most up-to-date medical findings on vaping and adolescent health.
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  • Environmental Science hears from Tesla

    by Ashley Grimaldi, Upper School Science Teacher
    Two representatives from Tesla visited the Shorecrest Upper School Honors Environmental Science class. They spoke to students about Tesla's mission and how electric cars can help people lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
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  • No Better Time

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    This past week, I joined a Student Ambassador, Ceci Garcia ‘20, as she led a tour of our Middle and Upper Schools. Our guest was blown away by the high levels of engagement we all observed as we randomly entered, math, Spanish, art, technology, Medical Sciences, English and history classes. Of course, it is impressive to have a member of the senior class be able to describe the programs being offered at Shorecrest. Yet I am sure Ceci would agree, it is even more impressive to have students and teachers share their enthusiasm for the work they are doing.
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  • Show Shorecrest a Little Love this Valentine’s Day!

    by Laina Bennett, Director of Annual Giving
    Since every gift to the Annual Fund is an expression of gratitude to the teachers and administrators invested in your children, let's show them a little love this Valentine’s Day by making a gift of support!
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  • Inquiring Minds

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    In January, eighth graders developed their own innovative remotely operated vehicle (ROV) concepts and built prototypes using recycled materials. Their designs were displayed in Haskell Library. The range of challenges the students want to address gives an interesting insight into what matters to the Class of 2024:
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  • Join the Charger Challenge!

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Calling all Chargers! Beginning at 8am on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, and running until 5pm on Friday, February 14, we are asking Shorecrest Alumni to consider joining The Charger Challenge and make a gift of any size.
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  • National History Day School Results - 2020

    by David Hodgson, Seventh Grade History Teacher
    Congratulations to the following seventh and eighth grade students moving on to the Pinellas County National History Day competition...
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  • Interact Donates Blankets

    by Jessica Thorn, Interact Club Advisor
    Shorecrest Upper School Interact Club members got together on a Sunday to create fleece knot blankets. The blankets will be donated to children at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.
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  • Pinellas Regional Science Fair Results

    by Kathryn Jeakle, MS Science Teacher
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  • MS Forensics has Great Results

    by Lillian Booker Nelson, MS Public Speaking, Theatre and Debate
    Middle School students achieved top results in Forensics competition. 29 Shorecrest Middle Schoolers participated in the event at Berkeley Prep on Wednesday, February 5.
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  • JK Students Study Collage art at Morean Art Center

    by Jill Gallego and Brenda Rosas, JK Teachers
    On Thursday, Jr. Kindergarten students in The Experiential School of Tampa Bay shared a field experience at the Morean Art Center in downtown St. Petersburg. There they met Shorecrest alumna and artist, Beth Reynolds ‘84. She shared one of her own passions, portrait photography, along with the collage-style art of Chinese-American artist Kirk Ke Wang.
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  • Mrs. Minke Reflects on Civil Rights Movement [Video]

    by Meric Weinkle, Fourth Grade Teacher
    Students have been working on gathering nonfiction information from different sources including videos, articles, and guest experts to expand their knowledge of the topics. Mrs. Weinkle invited a special guest, Shorecrest kindergarten teacher Mrs. Joanne Minke, to share some of her experiences teaching during the time when some schools were still segregated.
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  • Shorecrest Performing Arts Presents "The Crucible", Feb. 8

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest Upper School Performing Arts students present "The Crucible," a masterful and intense American drama by Arthur Miller on Saturday, February 8, at 6pm. A community conversation entitled “Non-traditional Casting when Race is a Consideration to the Play’s Development” will be held in Shorecrest’s Janet Root Theatre from 3-5pm.
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  • Flights of Fancy, a Solo Art Exhibition

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    St. Pete First Art Collective will host "Flights of Fancy," a solo art exhibition by Charla Y. Gaglio. The opening reception will be at ArtWalk on Saturday, February 8, 5-8pm.
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  • Box Tops for Education

    by Kristi Aussner, Box Tops Committee Chair
    The Box Tops for Education program has now gone digital! All you need to do is download the Box Tops for Education app, search for Shorecrest (easiest way to is search by zip code – 33703), and scan in your receipt that contains qualifying Box Tops products within 14 days of purchase. Remember to credit your child’s class by typing in your child’s teacher’s name under “credit.”
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  • Academy Prep: More than a school

    by The Weekly Challenger
    Academy Prep’s graduates are its best examples of the school’s successful model by continuing to work hard as they strive for excellence at every level. Roderick Casteel, Academy Prep Class of 2017, is currently a junior at Shorecrest Preparatory School. Roderick is currently pursuing college applications to Howard, American, and Colgate Universities. 
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  • EIGHTH GRADERS BUILD UNDERWATER ROVS

    by Kathryn Jeakle, MS Marine Science Teacher
    Eighth graders broke into teams and built underwater ROVs with PVC frames, custom motors, and controllers. Each team had a series of underwater challenges for their vehicle to complete. The challenges mimicked real underwater cleanup that ROVs are tasked with.
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  • AP Psych visits JK

    by Courtney Ellis, US Counselor
    AP Psychology students are learning about theories of child psychology, including cognitive, moral, and psychosocial stages of development. They were able to put their learning into action while visiting with Junior Kindergarteners.
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  • Knowing Boundaries

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    It is after 6pm and you have come to school to pick up your child from an after school event and decide that rather than driving around campus you will save a second and go out the entrance. While driving out you are confronted by one of our School Protection Officers who reminds you that the driveways are one-way at all times. Your child is in the car with you. What do you do?
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  • Students Clean up Charger Channel

    by Erin Mullins '20
    Ten Upper School students launched Shorecrest’s eight boats to help clean up trash on campus. The trip was launched out of the Native Classroom and paddled down the Charger Channel. Students Luke McDevitt ‘20 and Erin Mullins ‘20, Presidents of the Shorecrest Outdoor Club, hosted the trip to get Chargers involved in fun and productive ways to help the environment and the local community.
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  • Students remove 1000 pounds of invasive species

    by Erin Mullins '20
    The Presidents of Shorecrest's Upper School Outdoor Club worked with the local organization Keep Pinellas Beautiful in removing an invasive species from our ecosystem. Students Luke McDevitt ‘20 and Erin Mullins ‘20 used canoes, laundry baskets and rakes to remove 1000 pounds of invasive water lettuce from Crescent Lake.
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  • Faculty Spotlight on Ron Heller

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    For many alumni, Ron Heller is the face of Shorecrest. From his quirky nicknames for students to the popular Alumnipaloozas, to his extensive experience as a chaperone for student travel abroad, Ron (as he is known by alumni and students alike) has made life-long connections at Shorecrest.
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  • Movie Fundraiser: Toy Story 4, Jan. 31

    by Relay For Life Team Leads
    Join the Shorecrest Community on Friday, January 31, for a movie fundraiser inside Charger Commons - featuring "Toy Story 4." Entrance to the movie is free, food items sold are a Relay For Life fundraiser - all proceeds benefit American Cancer Society.
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  • Navigating Accommodations in College

    by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
    On Monday, Tracie Belt, Director of The Learning Center at Shorecrest, and Ron Heller, Upper School history teacher, led a group of parents and students to the USFSP campus to learn about the process that incoming freshmen must follow in order to obtain academic accommodations.
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  • Six Questions with Mark Stroud '08

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    6 Questions with Chief Operating Officer for Lindell Investments, Inc., Mark Stroud '08.
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  • Spring Sports Start Dates

    by Athletics Department
    Beach Volleyball (NEW!) – Sign up was January 21. Tryouts begin on Tuesday, February 11.
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  • Contributing Charger: Tom Richmond

    by Olivia Segalman, Advancement Associate
    Today’s Contributing Charger is Tom Richmond, a Lower School parent of Enzo ’28. He is a very active parent volunteer, this year’s Fall Festival Co-Chair, and a supporter of Two Funds. One Mission. Tom and his wife, Elizabeth, contribute to the Shorecrest community because they believe that investing their time and talent will help their child as well as current and future students of Shorecrest.
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  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day [Video, photos]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Grandparents & Special Friends Day is a beloved Shorecrest tradition, 36-years strong and counting. This year's event was held on Friday, January 24 and welcomed more than 600 visitors to campus!
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  • St. Pete STEAMfest [Photos]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    St. Pete STEAMfest is an annual event geared toward children in preschool through middle school at Shorecrest Preparatory School. It is a family-friendly, community-wide celebration of all things creative, inventive, imaginative and fun! 
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  • Third Grade Led Children's March for Social Justice

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    On Friday, January 17, the entire K-4th Grade Lower School participated in an empowering Children's March for Social Justice. Led by the Shorecrest third graders, the Lower School students paraded throughout campus to honor and recognize the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom we celebrate on January 20.
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  • New Student Applications & Financial Aid Applications Open Now

    by Admissions & Enrollment Management Office
    All financial aid applications for the 2020-2021 school year are due no later than January 31, 2020. To apply click here or contact the Admissions Office to learn more.
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  • Not Counting the Days

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Not surprisingly, people are asking me if I am counting the days until I retire from Shorecrest in June. So, why am I somewhat speechless when the question is asked?
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  • GSI attends lecture by foreign policy expert Dr. Burke-White

    by Kurt Wahlgren, Global Scholars Initiative Director
    On January 21, Global Scholars Initiative students Mila Salamone '22, Grace Salter '22, and Athena Smith '22 attended the Tampa Bay Area Committee on Foreign Relations dinner, featuring Dr. Burke-White.
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  • Scholastic Arts Awards

    by Charla Gaglio, Visual Arts Department Chair
    Many talented Upper School Shorecrest students have received recognition for their artwork through this year's Scholastic Arts and Writing competition. Each piece represents many, many hours of thought and effort, and truly speaks to a commitment to honing their craft and giving their all. Please congratulate these wonderful artists for their creativity and hard work!
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  • MS Girls Basketball won St. Pete Christian Saints Classic Tournament

    by Coach Horne
    The girls Middle School basketball Chargers won the St. Petersburg Christian Saints Classic Tournament for the first time! The team beat Athenian Academy (32-9) on Friday, St. Rafael's (38-15) Saturday afternoon, then won a hard fought game later that night against Pinellas Prep (23-30)  for the championship.
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  • MS Girls Soccer Win Two More Games

    by Coach Dougherty
    Chargers vs Pinellas Prep Academy 2-0
    Chargers vs Seffner Christian 4-0
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  • The JK Experience, Jan. 22 [video]

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Parents/Guardians of those heading to Junior Kindergarten next year heard from Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, and JK teachers Mrs. Abbie Hahn and Ms. Brenda Rosas, about the curriculum, philosophy and expectations.
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  • NORTHEAST LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION

    by Northeast Little League
    Northeast Little League invites you to PLAY BALL! Registration is now open.
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  • US Robotics Finds Success at Vex Robotics Competition

    by Richard Rho, Robotics Advisor
    This past weekend, the Upper School Shorecrest Robotics team (Team Chargers) participated in a regional VEX Robotics Competition at River Ridge High School. They scored 4-0-1. Throughout the competition they worked to strategize with their alliance partners, which helped them be successful in their matches.
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  • ES Global Library Book Donation Drive

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    From February 24-28, ES families are invited to drop off books at ES morning arrival carline for a Global Library.
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  • NICOLAS H. WINS SPS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GeoBee - 5th year in a row!

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The National Geographic GeoBee was held in the Janet Root Theatre on January 16. The top two geographers from grades 4-8 competed on stage, plus last year's winner. The Shorecrest Champion was eighth grader Nicolas H. For the last four years he won at Shorecrest and also qualified to compete at the state level.
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  • MS Girls Soccer Chargers vs Seffner Christian

    by Coach Dougherty
    Chargers vs Seffner Christian Academy: 2-1
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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Most, if not all of our children know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader of the non-violent Civil Rights Movement in the early 1960s. Do they know that in 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed an annual holiday celebrating Dr. King into law? Do they know it took three years before the holiday was celebrated? And do they know that it was not until the year 2000 that all 50 states agreed to acknowledge the holiday? Most importantly, I hope they explore and come to understand the WHY of the above facts.
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  • Contributing Chargers: Lila and Brenton Ross

    by Olivia Segalman, Advancement Associate
    Lila and Brenton Ross, parents of Experiential and Lower School students, are grateful for Shorecrest and that their children love learning much as they do! The Ross family contributes to Two Funds. One Mission. because they experienced firsthand that Shorecrest is more than a school, it is a family, and they want to give back and support the people and children who make up the Shorecrest community.
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  • Discover Kindergarten [video]

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School, shared a little bit about the kindergarten program, such as curriculum and distinguishing features. 
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  • New! Beach Volleyball

    by Anthony McCall, Athletic Director
    Shorecrest's inaugural Beach Volleyball season will begin in February. All girls grades 9-12 interested in playing should sign up in the Athletic Director's office beginning Tuesday, January 21. Tryouts will begin on Monday, February 10 (4:30pm-6pm) at Woodlawn Park. Be sure to sign up to receive more details regarding Chargers Beach Volleyball.
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  • Talking with Young Children About Race Part 2 [video]

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Roderick Fludd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, presented an ES Parent Seminar, "Talking with Young Children About Race Part 2" on January 14.
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  • Charger Pride

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    During the first semester I had the opportunity to meet with 149 members of the faculty and staff for one-on-one conversations about Shorecrest culture and their careers. The experience has been humbling in many ways. One way has been the realization of how much more our faculty and staff want to do and how they want to Be More for our students. 
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  • Students Tour Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Students in Lisa Peck's Intro to Medical Sciences course received an enthralling tour of the Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. The Chargers helped treat robotic children and infant mannequins with chest compressions, ventilation, defibrillation, intubation. 
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  • Día de los Reyes Magos

    by Nayka Miller, MS Spanish Teacher
    On January 6, Sra. Miller's eighth grade Spanish students learned about Spanish folklore for Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day or Three Wise Men Day), which is a Spanish tradition that is marked by spectacular parades throughout Spain and Latin-America.
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  • PR and Physics Student Zack Savitsky '17 Finds His Passion in Science Communication

    by Madison Hindo, University of Florida Public Relations 2020
    When Zack Savitsky '17 was applying to colleges, he was torn between his love for English and science. While he was trying to make a decision, he discovered the science communication community and realized the unique field would allow him to combine his passions. From then on, he was hooked.
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  • Spotlight on David Ison '91

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Our Alumni Spotlights series shares the stories of Shorecrest graduates in all phases of their careers – from emerging leaders to established experts. Our latest spotlight follows the early childhood passion of David Ison ‘91 and how this passion translated to a career in aviation and now education.
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  • End-of-Year Challenge Update

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    Before leaving for Winter Break, Shorecrest announced an End-of-Year Challenge. An anonymous donor family challenged the community to match and exceed their $70,000 philanthropic investment to the Transform Campaign. We rang in the new year by exceeding this challenge and raised $635,317! 
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  • Summer Trip: Grecian Odyssey

    by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
    Upper School History Teacher Mr. Heller, Upper School Band Director Mr. Updike, and Upper School Visual Arts Chair Mrs. Gaglio are pleased to announce this year's summer travel experience to Greece: June 11-22, 2020.
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  • ES Visits for Potential New Students, Jan 11 & Feb 8

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Are you or your friend interested in ES for a little one? Join us on either January 11 or February 8 to participate in a playful learning event planned for potential new students and parents. Families interested in enrolling a child in Alpha or JK for the 2020-2021 school year should contact Beth Mantooth bmantooth@shorecrest.org and/or Dr. Jean Spencer Carnes jcarnes@shorecrest.org for more information and to sign up for a time.
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  • 2020-2021 General Calendar

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Please see the attached calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. As we continuously evolve to meet the needs of students and families, there are a few changes that I hope you find beneficial.
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