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2021

Recent News

  • Shorecrest Launches Post-Graduate / Gap Year Program

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Ranked among the Top 10 Best College Prep Schools in the State of Florida, Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida is proud to announce the launch of its Post-Graduate / Gap Year Program (PG Program). Designed for high school graduates looking to better prepare themselves for college, the Shorecrest PG Program offers students a one year, personalized, accelerated curriculum with opportunities to engage in-depth in a student’s area of interest including Medical Sciences, Global Studies, STEM, Visual/Performing Arts, and more.
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  • A Tampa private school is offering a one year program for gap year students

    by Lauren Coffey, Tampa Bay Business Journal
    Tampa-based private school Shorecrest Preparatory School has launched a program intended to bring non-enrolled students to its school for a year.
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  • Chargers Commit to College Athletics

    by Athletics Department
    On Monday, April 12, the Athletic Department celebrated three Chargers from the Class of 2021 who will be continuing their athletic careers at the next level. Congratulations to our athletes, their coaches, and their families on being recognized for their dedication.
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  • US Honors Tapping Ceremony

    by Don Paige, Head of Upper School
    The Shorecrest Preparatory School Upper School Honor Society chapters inducted their newest members at a special assembly in the Janet Root Theatre Lobby and virtually this week.
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  • Shorecrest Performing Arts Presents  “SOMETHING ROTTEN!” (Revised)

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The award-winning Shorecrest Performing Arts thespians are back in the Janet Root Theatre for the hilarious musical “Something Rotten!” Nominated for numerous Tony Awards including Best Musical, “Something Rotten!” will be performed April 23 - May 1, 2021, at Shorecrest Preparatory School.
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  • Shorecrest Welcomes Adriana Hollenbeck as Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    After an extensive national search, we are pleased to announce that Adriana Hollenbeck, a highly talented and experienced early childhood educator, has been named Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay. Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, Adriana will ensure that our Experiential School program thrives and continues to provide the best educational foundation for our youngest learners.
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  • Shorecrest Welcomes Alvanita Hope as Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    After an extensive national search, Shorecrest is pleased to welcome Ms. Alvanita Hope as the incoming Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid. Currently the Director of Enrollment at The Friends School of Atlanta in Decatur, Georgia, Ms. Hope and her family will join the Shorecrest community in June.
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  • Celebrating Community

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    One of my fondest early memories from childhood is of my father taking me and my twin brother Rob to school for our first day of Pre-K at Sheridan School in Washington, D.C. It was a busy morning drop-off, not unlike here at Shorecrest, and I remember my dad walking us into the school, and then kneeling down with one arm around each of us as we gazed wide-eyed around the cheerful classroom. Looking back at that moment, when I was surrounded by family, teachers and other students, I realize how many people have put their arms around me to support me throughout my school experiences. This first day of Pre-K is a special memory because I now know that this was my first experience of what it means to be a part of a school community.
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  • Chargers Varsity Tennis Success at Districts

    by Coach Bob Davis
    Congratulations to the Chargers Varsity Girls Tennis Team for clinching the FHSAA 1A District 10 Championship yesterday! Congratulations to the Boys Tennis team who finished Runner-Up in the 1A, District 10 Championship, behind Calvary Christian. Both teams will advance to Regional competition on Tuesday, April 20.
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  • Marcus Holmes to Join Shorecrest as Director of Facilities

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest is proud to announce that Mr. Marcus Holmes will join the Shorecrest Administrative team as Director of Facilities. Marcus has extensive experience in campus operations, safety and facilities management. He comes to Shorecrest from Christian Heritage School in Dalton, Georgia, where he serves as the Director of Facilities and Campus Safety. He begins his duties at Shorecrest in May. 
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  • Shorecrest Parent Shares "Avery's Gift" with Fourth Grade

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Through dreamy watercolors and poetic phrasing, Shorecrest parent Jon Hoefer’s latest book, “Avery’s Gift,” tells the story of little Avery who wakes up in the middle of the night with a serious problem! With the help of a fox, an owl and a boy named Dalton, Avery goes on a quest... and finds many meaningful things along the way. Mr. Hoefer shared an earlier version of his story with fourth graders this school year, and spoke with them about his creative process, writing, publishing and more. 
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  • Fifth Grade Theatre Class

    by Lillian Nelson, Middle School Theatre Teacher
    Fifth graders are busy ideating, designing and creating for their units on playwriting and puppetry in Ms. Nelson's Theatre class. They will make a variety of puppet types, including sock puppets, hand puppets, rod puppets and try their hands at shadow puppets.
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  • Contributing Charger: Natalie Peck Spada ’96

    by Olivia Segalman, Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Services
    One of Shorecrest's greatest assets is our Community, specifically our behind-the-scenes volunteers. We asked long time community member and this year’s SCA co-Secretary, Natalie Peck Spada ’96, to share what it means to be a part of the Shorecrest Community.
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  • Contributing Chargers: Mandy Rutledge

    by Olivia Segalman, Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Services
    One of Shorecrest's greatest assets is our Community, specifically our behind-the-scenes volunteers. We asked long time community member and SCA Board member, Mandy Rutledge, to share what it means to be a part of the Shorecrest Community.
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  • Shorecrest Virtual Book Club, May 4

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    You're invited to join the Shorecrest Virtual Book Club hosted by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni Community Engagement, and Ron Heller, Upper School Faculty. Our next book club discussion is on Tuesday, May 4 at 7:30pm (EST) and the book being discussed is "Sunflowers" by Sheramy Bundrick.
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  • Charger US Figure Skating Silver Medalist

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    In January, Shorecrest freshman Eric Heston '24 competed in the 2021 US Figure Skating Championship Series. He placed second in the country in his age group! His results qualified him for the 2021 National Development Team.
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  • Drawing and Painting Summer Program

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Students rising into grades 7-12 can join the beloved, talented Shorecrest Visual Arts Chair Charla Gaglio on campus this summer! Much of the impressive Upper School student artwork you may have seen around campus over the years was created by Charla’s students. She has a knack for developing a safe space and giving the right instruction to bring out the talent in her students. View some recent painting samples from Celebrate the Arts here, and drawing samples here. 
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  • Girls Volleyball Camp with Coach Courtney Draper

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    We are very fortunate to have this summer program run by Shorecrest Head Varsity Volleyball Coach Courtney Draper, who has over 20 years of NCAA College Coaching experience. Players will be divided by age and ability with everything from a beginners court to an advanced court. The varsity level players will have positional breakouts and the middle school courts will have an all skills development approach.
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  • Putting the “Art” in “Earth” Summer Program

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Students rising into grades K-2 are invited to join Corinne Leavengood '14, Kindergarten Associate Teacher, this summer to explore the beauty of nature and art!
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  • 2021-2022 SCA Board Positions Open

    by SCA Board
    If you have an interest in serving on the SCA Board for the next academic year, or know someone who would be a great fit, nominations and self-nominations are underway!
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  • Camps for MS Students

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Find out more about some of the specialty, week-long camps for Middle School students this summer in this informational video.
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  • Step into Summer: Virtual Camp Orientation

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Get all of your questions answered about Summer at Shorecrest before camp starts. Select a date/time to join us on Zoom.
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  • CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS & INFO MEETING

    by Athletics Department
    Save the date for Cheerleading Tryouts! The team is open to girls rising into 6th grade through rising into 12th grade.
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  • WELCOME NEW CHARGERS AS A PARENT AMBASSADOR

    by Admissions Office
    Parent Ambassadors are often a family's first connection to the greater Shorecrest community and play a key role in welcoming our new families, answering questions about Shorecrest, and overall easing the transition to a new school. Are you interested in being a Parent Ambassador for the 2021-22 school year?
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  • Essays in the Time of COVID: Acing the College Personal Statement

    by Natalie Updike, Upper School English Teacher
    With volunteer and standardized testing opportunities limited for students due to COVID, one particular part of the college application process - the personal statement - will bear more weight toward helping college admissions committees see the fuller, impactful, and unique YOU that you are. This summer workshop will focus on helping you brainstorm, draft, and revise this important piece of writing to come away with a Common App Personal Statement. 
     
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  • Service Week 2021: A Commitment to Social Responsibility

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Today is the last day of this year’s Service Week, and I have been lucky to both observe and participate in a number of projects. So many opportunities abound! While always observing health and safety protocols, we had students who worked outdoors in a horse rescue and rehabilitation center; others cleared debris and rebuilt park benches at Fort De Soto. Keeping Pinellas Beautiful involved many hours of beach clean-up and restoration (and lots of sun) at multiple locations throughout Tampa Bay! 
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  • Summer at Shorecrest - Ukulele Camp

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    This summer we have a fun Ukulele Camp for students rising into grades 4-6 with Marilyn Johnson, our LS Music Teacher! Experienced players AND brand new beginners can get a week of ukulele basics, two times during the summer. A personal ukulele is not required, there are more than enough on campus.
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  • Service Week 2021 at Shorecrest

    by 2021 Service Week Storytelling Group
    During Service Week, ninth, tenth and twelfth grade students at Shorecrest gave back to the community in ways they couldn’t recently, reinforcing empathetic and compassionate behavior.
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  • Preparing for Alpha on the Go!

    by Alpha Team
    The Alpha teaching team is excited to announce the Alpha on the Go! transportation event. Each student can choose their most comfortable vehicle from home to ride. Vehicle options include Big Wheels, scooters, tricycles, balance bicycles, bicycles with training wheels, or 2-wheeled bicycles.
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  • More ES Camps: Little Mathletes, Little Artists

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Little Mathletes Summer Camp: July 12-16, July 19-23.
    Little Artists Summer Camp: June 14-18, July 5-9.
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  • Nike Volleyball Camps at Shorecrest

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Join the fun and competition of Nike Volleyball Camps during Summer at Shorecrest!
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  • Camp NOLA with LS Music Teacher Ms. Marilyn

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Campers rising into grades 1-4 can come experience Camp NOLA with LS Music Teacher Ms. Marilyn this summer! Jazz, dancing, and Mardi Gras - OH MY!
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  • Fine Motor Skills Camp for rising grades K & 1

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Tune-up those fine motor skills this summer with Jessi Acosta, Shorecrest Kindergarten Associate Teacher.
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  • Shorecrest Day Camp

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    In addition to the exciting variety of specialized camps Shorecrest hosts all summer, campers rising into JK (age 4 years) through sixth grade can also enjoy Day Camp! Day Camp features activities with weekly themes, field trips, sports, games, arts and water fun.
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  • SIXTH GRADE KEITH HARING PROJECT

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    In sixth grade art class, students are learning about pop artist and philanthropist Keith Haring.
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  • Spring has Sprung!

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    I have lived in three different time zones in America. The seven states and District of Columbia that I have called home have been in vastly different climates: New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, the Southwest, and now Florida. Spring arrives differently in varying parts of the country; the unfolding of this season makes me delighted to experience my first Florida spring as a resident.
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  • Virtual Service Week Guidelines

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
    Next week Upper School students and faculty will be participating in Service Week. The school expects that students choosing Virtual Service Week will spend the four days of Service Week (April 6-9) dedicated to serving others and their community. Students should report their hours by Friday, April 9 at 3pm.
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  • Buddy-Up Science Experiment

    by Jacquelyn Sheppard, Lower School Faculty Support
    Mrs. Palazzolo's fourth graders set up a chemical reaction science experiment for JK students.
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  • Florida Thespian Virtual State Festival 2021 Honors Received

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest Upper School Thespians received stellar results at the 2021 Florida Thespian Virtual State Festival.
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  • Shortened Quarantine Policy for Close Contacts

    by Health & Safety Task Force
    Based on the recent announcement from the CDC regarding a shortened quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19, and with consideration of local circumstances and resources, the Health & Safety Task Force will implement a 10-day quarantine period specifically for asymptomatic close contacts.
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  • Messy Celebration of Pi Day in Second Grade

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
    Ms. Horne held a friendly competition to memorize as many digits of pi as possible - and recite them for the class around Pi Day, March 14. The winner got to throw a whipped cream pie in her face! 
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  • The Power of Storytelling

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    The recent announcement of this year’s Academy Awards nominees has me thinking about the power of storytelling. I love going to the movies; it’s one of those activities that I have sorely missed and it is high on my to-do list post-COVID. In fact, the movies, TV shows and plays that I am most drawn to all tend to have compelling storylines. I simply love stories; I am curious about people, so being drawn into someone else’s life - on screen or in person - satisfies my urge to experience new things and see the world in a different way.
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  • Track and Field Senior Night

    by Coach Brown
    The Chargers Track and Field team had some impressive performances on Senior Night, March 25.  Across the board, countless athletes performed well and represented Shorecrest phenomenally.
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  • Fourth Grade Music Projects Displayed

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Each fourth grader chose a musician from an extensive list of diverse musicians. They conducted research in music class to learn more about them. Students then selected a project type to showcase their learning: a newspaper article, a comic strip, a timeline or a poster about the musician.
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  • Inspired and Inspiring Faculty: Charla Gaglio, Chair of Visual Arts & Arts/Humanities Teacher

    by Laina Bennett Coburn, Director of Philanthropic Giving
    We asked Upper School faculty member Charla Gaglio to reveal a little about herself and the subjects she teaches. Mrs. Gaglio is the Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Shorecrest and teaches classes for drawing & painting, photography, humanities, AP Art History and Intro to Women’s Studies.
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  • Varsity Track and Field Meet at Private School Championship

    by Coach Brown
    Varsity Track and Field Chargers competed at Berkeley Prep on March 19. There were 3 team PRs set that day!
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  • Updated Protocols for Fully Vaccinated Staff, Faculty and Students

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    All staff, faculty and students who are fully vaccinated will NOT need to be quarantined after exposure to COVID-19 if they meet the criteria of being a close contact - unless they are exhibiting symptoms. Please send Nurse Conroy a copy of your documentation reflecting your dates of vaccination. This will be required to be deemed not a "close contact" during our contact tracing efforts.
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  • Discover First Grade, for Kindergarten grade families [Video]

    by First Grade Team
    Members of the Shorecrest first grade team provided a video preview of first grade. This presentation was designed specifically for parents/guardians of current Shorecrest kindergarteners.
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  • Discover Second Grade, for first grade families [Video]

    by Second Grade Team
    Members of the Shorecrest second grade team provided a video preview of second grade. This presentation was designed specifically for parents/guardians of current Shorecrest first graders.
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  • Discover Third Grade, for Second Grade FAMILIES [VIDEO]

    by Third Grade Team
    Members of the Shorecrest third grade team provided a video preview of third grade. This presentation was designed specifically for parents/guardians of current Shorecrest second graders.
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  • Discover Fourth Grade, for third grade families [Video]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Members of the Shorecrest fourth grade team provided a video preview of fourth grade. This presentation was designed specifically for parents/guardians of current Shorecrest third graders.
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  • Discover Fifth Grade, for fourth grade families [Video]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Kristine Marquez Grant, Head of Middle School, and other members of the Shorecrest Middle School team, gave a preview of fifth grade.
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  • In Support of Shorecrest Visual and Performing Arts

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    While I consider myself creative, I have never thought of myself as an artist. However I have been married to an artist for over 30 years, and he has helped me see the world through an artist’s perspective. I have come to realize that not only creating art, but also appreciating art, enriches everyone’s life, and that art should play an important role in the education of our children. At Shorecrest, visual and performing arts are integral to our curriculum.
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  • Heidi Hicks '21 Awarded National Gold Key Art Award

    by Charla Gaglio, Chair - Visual Arts Department
    This week 1,700 students received news of their recognition at the national level of the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards program. Heidi Hicks '21 won a Gold Medal for her painting, "Perception."
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  • Jr. Thespians at 2021 Virtual State Festival

    by Stephanie McCarthy, MS Music Teacher and Thespian Director
    The 2021 Florida State Thespian Festival was held virtually this year. Eighteen of Shorecrest's 23 Jr. Thespian Troupe 88197 members attended. Twelve Jr. Thespian acts received adjudication at the state level with the following results:
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  • Chargers Earn Spaces at National History Day State Competition

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Congratulations to the Shorecrest Chargers who participated in this year's Pinellas History Day competition. 1st and 2nd place winners go on to compete at the state and national level. This year’s theme was Communication in History. 
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  • Chargers Win National French Award, Donate Winnings

    by Sidy Ndiaye, Upper School French Teacher
    Shorecrest Upper School French Cían McCarthy ‘22, Théo Simon ‘22, Johnny Elwyn ‘22 and Ben Neuhoff ‘22 won honorable mention in the AATF 2020 National French Week Media Contest. The students received $75, which they donated to students in Senegal to use towards purchasing school supplies.
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  • Celebrating Performing Arts Traditions at Shorecrest

    by Laina Bennett Coburn, Director of Philanthropic Giving
    One special tradition that has brought delight to students and their families over the past decade has been the Glow Eurovision flash mob dance—taught by Middle School’s Music & Chorus Teacher, Stephanie McCarthy.
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  • Contributing Charger: Dan Prasatthong '84

    by Olivia Segalman, Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Services
    This week’s Contributing Charger is Dr. Dan Prasatthong '84, an alumnus, a parent of alumna Senna Prasatthong-osoth ‘19, and a long-time supporter of the visual and performing arts at Shorecrest. His dental practice, Levitt and Prasatthong, DDS, PA, is once again our annual Premiere Visual and Performing Arts Sponsor and this week’s Giving Day Sponsor.
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  • 2021-2022 General Calendar 

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Please see the attached calendar for the 2021-2022 school year. This calendar is also posted at www.shorecrest.org/calendar. We strive to publish this information as early as possible to help faculty, staff, students and families plan ahead.
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  • Community Service in Action

    by Shorecrest Parent
    Seventh graders Gia B., Sally K. and Brecken P. worked hard on a Saturday with volunteers of the Junior League of St. Petersburg packing 2000 bags full of fun supplies for local children in need.
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  • Reimagining a Spanish Story

    by Al Irwin, US Spanish Teacher
    Shorecrest Upper School students in Spanish IV Honors wrote and illustrated alternative endings  for the Chicano story "Un oso y un amor (A Bear and A Love).”
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  • Middle School Track and Field 2021 Season 

    by Coach Richie Cameron
    The Middle School Track Chargers ended their season on Tuesday with a home meet. Even though it was a short track season for Middle School this year, the athletes put out some great performances. It was a lot of fun and everyone did their very best resulting in great improvements throughout the season across the board.
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  • JK studies the South American Rainforest

    by Abbie Hahn, Junior Kindergarten Teacher
    Shorecrest Junior Kindergarteners have been reading various pieces of literature, including "The Umbrella" by Jan Brett, to introduce the layers of the South American rainforest.
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  • Lottie Sings at Senate Opening Day

    by Alicia-Marie Montoya, Seventh Grade Math Teacher
    Mrs. Montoya's class cheered on a fellow Charger this week during a special moment. Seventh grader Lottie B. sang the national anthem with her father at the Opening Day of the Florida Senate in Tallahassee.
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  • What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    With a nod to The Grateful Dead, it really has been a long, strange trip around the sun this past year. Today’s Ebytes comes almost a year to the day when our lives took a pivot and everything changed. We all have our own stories of March 2020, and I would like to share mine.
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  • Summer Camps Updated

    by Shorecrest Auxiliary Programs
    Summer programs are a tradition at Shorecrest. A variety of programs are planned for students of all ages running June 7 - August 6.
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  • Contributing Chargers: The Root Family

    by Olivia Segalman, Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Services
    This week’s Contributing Chargers are Dr. Allen Root, husband to former chair of the Arts and Humanities Department Janet Root H'16, and their family - Jennifer '81, Michael '85, and Jonathan. The Roots continue to support the foundation of success that Janet created during her 40 year span of volunteerism at Shorecrest.
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  • Digital Citizenship Week in Lower School

    by Katy Deegan, Lower School Technology Coordinator
    As we use more technology and devices at school and home, students need to learn about navigating their online interactions more than ever. Shorecrest Lower School celebrated Digital Citizenship Week on February 22-26, and used the opportunity to remind our students how to be good digital citizens.
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  • Visiting the Native Classroom

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    On a warm July afternoon, I climbed into Dave’s golf cart and he drove me all around Shorecrest’s 28 acres for a peek behind the scenes. We cruised from First Street to the pond behind the baseball field (no alligators are living in there right now, although there was one such inhabitant in years past they say…) We then headed towards the back side of campus, behind the football field, to see the Native Classroom.
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  • Sarah Lankford '22 State Championship Banner Reveal

    by Anthony McCall, Athletic Director
    On November 15, 2020, everyone present at the 1A State Swim and Dive Meet witnessed an incredible performance by Sarah Lankford '22! She earned 1st place in the 200 Free (1:49.21) and 3rd place in the 500 Free (4:55.36). We honored Sarah with the unveiling of a state championship banner which will be a constant reminder for all those who enter the Crisp Gym of her remarkable achievement.
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  • Chargers Sailing at SAISA South-points

    by Heidi Hicks ‘21
    On Saturday, February 20, the Shorecrest Varsity Sailing Chargers traveled to Miami for the first event in the limited SAISA South-points Series hosted by Ransom Everglades High School. The Chargers finished 1st overall out of 18 schools from Florida and the US Virgin Islands!
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  • Discover Eighth Grade: For Seventh Grade Families [Video]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Please join Kristine Marquez Grant, Head of Middle School, for a preview of eighth grade. The program is designed for parents/guardians of current seventh graders. 
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  • Discover Seventh Grade: For Sixth Grade Families [Video]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Kristine Marquez Grant, Head of Middle School, and other members of the team preview seventh grade. The program is designed for parents/guardians of current sixth graders. 
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  • Discover Sixth Grade: For Fifth Grade Families [Video]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Please join Kristine Marquez Grant, Head of Middle School, and other members of the Sixth Grade team for a preview of sixth grade. The program is designed for parents/guardians of current fifth graders.
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  • 2015 MS Track Championships

    Faculty Spotlight on Coach Cameron

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Like many of our beloved faculty members, Coach Cameron’s impact and ability to engage, inspire and lead is a testament to his care for his students and dedication to his profession. Richie Cameron joined the Shorecrest faculty in 2011, and has had the unique opportunity to work in the Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. For the last 5 years, Coach Cameron has been the Health and Fitness teacher in the Upper School, while also serving as Coach for our Track & Field team and the Strength and Performance Coach for all of our Athletic teams.
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  • Girls Varsity Soccer at 2A Regional Finals

    by Coach Idinge
    2-3 Loss to Canterbury Fort Myers. Finished the 2020-2021 season with a 7-6-1 record.
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  • JK Charger Joins Mensa

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Junior kindergartener Remy H. '34 has been formally accepted into Mensa, the world's oldest high IQ society. At age 5, Remy is the youngest current member in the Tampa Bay Mensa chapter. 
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  • Big Second Inning Propels Chargers Win Over Indian Rocks Christian

    by Narrative Science and GameChanger Media
    Seven runs in the second inning led the Chargers past Indian Rocks Christian 8-1 on February 16. 
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  • Caring for Ourselves While We Care for Others [Video]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    School Counselors Kate Fierce (grades K-8) and Courtney Ellis (grades 9-12) hosted a meaningful presentation and Q&A regarding the manifestation and effects of stress and anxiety in ourselves and children. 
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  • Discover Kindergarten [Video]

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    JK Families are encouraged to view a video that provides an overview of the kindergarten curriculum and teaching practices - your child's next step at Shorecrest. The Lower School’s kindergarten program is a continuation of all the play, inquiry, exploration, observation and project-based learning your child has experienced.
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  • Two Shorecrest Seniors Earn U.S. Presidential Scholar Nominations

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Hailey Levitz '21 and Evan Hoefer '21, both graduating seniors at Shorecrest Preparatory School, have been named candidates for the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
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  • SHORECREST SEMIFINALISTS ADVANCE IN NATIONAL MERIT COMPETITION

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Jonathan Currie '21, Hailey Levitz '21 and Leddon Zwack '21 have been named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. All three students were named National Merit Semifinalists and have advanced to the next round of competition. In addition, the Shorecrest Class of 2021 includes Semifinalist Matthew Lovelace and Commended Students Summer Ford, Zachary Hahn and Sam Herlihy.
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  • Chargers Participate in Georgetown MUN Conference 2021

    by Kurt Wahlgren, Social Studies Department Chair
    For three days last weekend, Shorecrest delegates were on campus participating virtually in NAIMUN LVIII (aka Model UN). Committees this year ranged from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and ECOFIN, to historical committees such as the 1948 Politburo of the Soviet Union, 1960 Coca-Cola Board of Directors and the 1973 U.S. Senate. Each committee had a different online format. In addition, breakout rooms were used for lobbying and resolution merging.
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  • Civil Rights History Tour in Sixth Grade

    by Rashanda Williams, Sixth Grade English Teacher
    Sixth graders in Ms. Williams’ class read “Midnight Without a Moon” by Linda Williams Jackson and created a history tour in their classroom on civil rights issues related to the book.
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  • Girls Varsity Soccer beat St. Stephens in 2A Regional Quarterfinals

    by Coach Idinge
    Shorecrest Chargers Varsity Girls Soccer beat St. Stephens 5-0 in the 2A Regional Quarterfinals. The Chargers move on to play on Friday, February 19 vs Indian Rocks Christian in the 2A Girls Soccer Regional Semi-Finals on Haskell Field at 7pm. More details here.
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  • Stop-Motion Videos in Lower School

    by Lori Auletta, Lower School Art Teacher
    It is animation time in Lower School! All of the classes in kindergarten through fourth grade will be learning about stop motion animation in the next few months. They will use the Stop Motion Studio app, which can be downloaded for free. It is a fun and easy way to make animations. 
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  • The Joy of Coffee

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    I love coffee. I enjoy the actual beverage itself (hot and cold) and I cherish the rituals and routines of making my own coffee. I especially enjoy meeting other people over coffee and I have spent many hours of my life happily ensconced in lingering conversations over a cup of joe. I am hosting a Carline Coffee on Saturday, February 20, from 9-11am. It’s a chance to say hello, catch up and chat in-person. I look forward to greeting everyone and you can bet that I will have my coffee mug by my side. 
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  • Eighth Graders can tour Upper School

    by Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management
    Eighth grade families are invited to schedule a private tour of the Upper School.
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  • Honoring Alumni with the Charger Challenge

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Beginning on Wednesday, February 9, 2021, and running through Thursday, February 11, 2021, the Shorecrest Alumni Association asked Chargers Alumni to consider joining The Charger Challenge. 100 Alumni, Alumni Parents and Friends joined the Challenge!
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  • 2021 Commencement Countdown has Begun!

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    With just 100 days left in the school year, graduation is close enough to taste! (And it’s pretty sweet... or is it bittersweet?) To honor this milestone on the calendar, the Shorecrest Alumni Association celebrated the Class of 2021 with some special treats on Landy Deck.
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  • First Grade Human Body Project Share [Videos, Photos]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    At the conclusion of the first grade inquiry into the human body, each student identified a part or system of the body they wanted to research, and created a visual representation of their learning. Then students presented what they learned to classmates and some members of School administration. It was a culminating time of critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving.
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  • Honors Physics: A Day at the Races

    by Delores Gende, US Science Teacher
    Shorecrest Upper School students in Honors Physics built energy cars with cardboard and rubber bands. Students took measurements that allowed them to calculate the speed and energy of their cars. Cars had to travel a minimum distance of 2 meters.
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  • Sustainability Project Share in Fourth Grade [Photos]

    by Meric Weinkle, Fourth Grade Teacher
    Fourth graders in Mrs. Weinkle’s class wrapped up their second Project of the year focused on Sustainability. As a class, they learned about and explored problems related to the environment such as deforestation, soil contamination, single-use plastic, overflowing landfills, and water/air pollution. To culminate this Inquiry work, students were tasked with selecting an area for which they felt they had a solution.
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  • Sharing Neighborhood Smiles

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest kindergartener Ana Sofia H. made Valentine’s Day cards for neighbors, all on her own. Along with a parent, she went door to door to distribute at least ten cards. Ana Sofia brought so much joy to her neighbors and it made her happy to make her neighbors happy.
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  • Coach Draper Earns Double-Goal Coach® Award!

    by Athletics Department
    Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay recently announced that Coach Draper has been named a winner of PCA-Tampa Bay’s Regional Double-Goal Coach® Award! The great honor is given to youth sports coaches who embody the ideals of a Double-Goal Coach: striving to win while also pursuing the important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. 
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  • French Club Supports School in Senegal

    by Athena Smith '22, French Club President
    Shorecrest Upper School's French Club completed a special service project. With money the club raised in past years from activities and fees, they were able to make a donation to Excellence Elementary School, a West African primary school in Louga, Senegal, which admits low income families. Chargers were able to give 60 students packs of 10 notebooks each.
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  • Heidi Hicks '21 Awarded Gold Key American Vision Award

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    At the Pinellas County Art Region’s Virtual Awards Ceremony on February 10, Heidi Hicks '21 won a Scholastic Gold Key American Vision Award and received a cash prize. Only five students earned this prestigious local award, and at least one of them will earn a national Gold Medal!
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  • JK Valentine's Party [Photos]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Junior Kindergarteners in Mrs. Hahn's class enjoyed a celebration that was pretty in pink.
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  • Sharing What We’ve Learned

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Projects and presentations are a big part of life at Shorecrest. I was recently able to join in and observe students from the Lower School to the Upper School presenting their cumulative projects. In first grade, I viewed their Project Share about the Human Body. I also sat in as English Honors tenth graders presented their “This I Believe” essays in the Janet Root Theatre. I was so impressed by their presentations and projects which exemplified our students’ originality and work ethic, their willingness to talk about their experiences, and the support that they received from their teachers to ensure success. We talk a great deal about project-based learning, and it was inspiring to see this process in practice.
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  • The Thrill of Victory

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Anyone who has watched my installation video from last August knows that I am a huge fan of Broadway musicals. However, I also love watching sports. Clearly the St. Petersburg-Tampa Bay area is a great place to be a sports lover, especially this weekend as we cheer on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who will play the first Super Bowl in a hometown stadium. I love watching a group of athletes working together to achieve a goal, feeling the intensity of competition, and observing (to date myself) “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”
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  • Fun Fraction Pizza

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Fourth graders in Ms. Stoddard’s class enjoyed turning the classroom into a pizzeria as they dove deep into their fractions unit.
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  • Lola B. '28 Adopts Angels

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Fifth grader Lola B. '28 crafted 100 ornaments during quarantine. She raised over $700, and dedicated the money she raised to "adopt" 16 Salvation Army Christmas Angels.
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  • Scholastic Writing Award Winners

    by Bill Leavengood '78, Playwriting Teacher
    Seven Upper School students submitted short plays they had written to the regional Scholastic Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Two Chargers were recognized by Scholastic for their impressive work.
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  • Sculpture by Krish Patel '22 Honored at NCECA

    by Casey McDonough, Upper School Art Teacher
    Krish Patel '22 had his ceramic sculpture, entitled "Blue Coral," accepted for exhibition for the 2020 National Conference on Education in Ceramic Arts, and ultimately won an Honorable Mention
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  • Varsity Girls Soccer beats Keswick Christian

    by Coach Idinge
    Chargers vs. Keswick Christian: 8-0 Win!
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  • Sophomore Strategies (Parents/Guardians Only), Feb. 9

    by Bonni Klement, Associate Director of College Counseling
    Please join the Shorecrest College Counseling Team on Tuesday, February 9 at 7pm via Webex.
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  • MS Boys Soccer Interscholastic League Champions!

    by Athletics Department
    The Shorecrest Chargers Middle School boys soccer team earned the title of Tampa Bay Interscholastic Soccer League Champion on Friday, January 29.
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  • Key Club Supports Feeding Tampa Bay

    by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
    Last Saturday a dozen members of Shorecrest Upper School's Key Club withstood the chilly conditions of "Florida winter" to help neighbors who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Over the course of four hours they directed traffic at Tropicana Field as volunteers of Feeding Tampa Bay and loaded cars and trucks with much needed supplies.
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  • Shorecrest Wins Silver in CASE District III Awards

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    In recognition of institutional excellence in marketing and communications, Shorecrest's Health and Safety Statement was a winning entry in the 2020 CASE District III awards, receiving a silver award in the category of Communications Pivot. The CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) District III award programs recognized the very best in advancement across the Southeast during a live, virtual Awards Presentation on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
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  • Seniors Reflect Back on Shorecrest Experience

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    As my first season of re-enrollment rolls around, I am thinking about the many conversations I have had with this year’s seniors, the only group that is not eligible to return for another year at Shorecrest. I have enjoyed their company over lunch, learned a great deal about the people in their grade, and gained a better understanding of why they love the School and appreciate their Shorecrest experience.
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  • Third Grade Hosts Children’s March for Social Justice

    by Jennifer Hobbs, Third Grade Teacher
    Third graders completed a special project share for their social justice unit. They researched and recorded oral biographies of six well known Changemakers. They also created video clips of illustrated lyrics for three meaningful songs. Each pre-recorded file was posted on a sign around campus using a QR code. On January 22, the Shorecrest Lower School was invited to attend a Children’s March for Social Justice. As K-4 classes followed the route around campus to each of the QR codes, teachers scanned them to share the stories with their students.
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  • Varsity Girls Soccer senior night

    by Coach Idinge
    Chargers vs St. Pete Catholic: 4-3 Win.
    The four senior girls - Lilliana Baralt '21, Lauren Epstein '21, Grace Keller '21, and Georgia Ofenloch '21 - were recognized for their contributions to the Chargers Athletics soccer program.
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  • Chargers' Artworks to appear in Pinellas County Emerging Artists Exhibition

    by Charla Gaglio, Chair - Visual Arts Department
    Congratulations to the following Upper School Chargers, and their art teachers Charla Gaglio and Casey McDonough, for having accepted student artwork that will be displayed in the 2021 Pinellas County Emerging Artists High School Virtual Exhibition from January 30 - February 7.
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  • Spotlight on Debra Geller, Ed.D. '83

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    The path to success doesn’t always follow a straight line and our most recent featured Charger Alumna may be the first to agree with this statement. We recently spoke with Debra Geller, Ed.D. ‘83 about her career path to Associate Dean of Students at UCLA and the impact Shorecrest had on her life. With her unique perspective as a higher education career professional, we also asked Debra to share her advice for our soon to be college-bound seniors.
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  • SPRING SPORTS START DATES & Coach Contacts

    by Athletics Department
    Start dates and Coaches for Spring Chargers teams.
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  • Watch Livestreamed Chargers Athletics

    by Athletics Department
    How to watch livestreamed Haskell Field and Crisp Gym Chargers Athletics home games.
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  • Lessons of Perseverance

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    In a week when we have honored the birth of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and observed the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the concept of perseverance has been on my mind. Recognizing the dedication of these two men, understanding the role that purpose has in our lives, and acknowledging the limitations of grit are ways that I make sense of perseverance.
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  • Determining Molecular Weight

    by Daniel Burkett, US Science Teacher
    Upper School honors chemistry students used the Dumas method to determine the molecular weight of an unknown volatile liquid.
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  • Explaining Ionic Bonds [Video]

    by Curtis Cruise, Middle School Science Teacher
    Sixth graders finished up a unit on Chemistry in Mr. Cruise's science class by creating a short stop motion video on ionic bonding. The students used manipulatives and crafts to creatively film a video illustrating and narrating the concepts behind elements forming compounds.
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  • Mila's Song available on Apple Music and iTunes

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    During our distance learning days in spring 2020, Mila Salamone '22 wrote and recorded music with her dad (a former audio engineer). Her original song, "Away," is now available on Apple Music and iTunes.
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  • Contributing Chargers: Katy Deegan

    by Olivia Segalman, Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Services
    This week’s Contributing Charger is Katy Deegan, Shorecrest’s Lower School Technology Coordinator and long time supporter of the Shorecrest Fund. In her ten years at Shorecrest, Ms. Deegan has helped transform technology usage throughout the school. This year Ms. Deegan has been instrumental in the transition to Flexible Learning and expanding our Apple One-To-One programs to start in second grade.
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  • The ‘Why’ of Technology

    by Dr. Anna Baralt, Director of Educational Technology
    When conducting technology-related professional learning experiences, I often start my sessions with the video “Know Your Why” by comedian Michael Jr. The lesson shared is that “when you know your ‘why’ then your ‘what’ has more impact, because you’re working towards your purpose.”
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  • Varsity Girls Soccer vs Calvary, Largo

    by Coach Idinge
    Chargers vs Calvary: 3-0 Win.
    Chargers vs Largo: 1-3 Loss.
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  • Service After School program for grades 9-12

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
    Starting on Wednesday, January 20, Mr. Duran-Medina, Shorecrest's Director of Service Learning, will be leading a service program called SAS (Service after School) for US students who want to earn service hours. 
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  • Middle School Student's Art Impresses Author

    by Amy Brill, Seventh Grade English Teacher
    Seventh grade English students created movie posters based on the independent reading books they read last month. Their posters had to "advertise" the books as if they were becoming major motion pictures. One movie poster - created by Luc H. ‘26 - was a hit with the author of the book, and she shared his work online.
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  • Heather Vidal publishes Literacy Resource for Educators

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Heather Vidal is a Literacy Specialist in The Learning Center at Shorecrest Preparatory School. She shared some of her tested techniques with other educators in a new book, “Teach Reading with Orton-Gillingham: 72 Classroom-Ready Lessons to Help Struggling Readers and Students with Dyslexia Learn to Love Reading.” The book offers research-based suggestions and lesson plans to make reading multisensory and engaging.
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  • Outstanding Thespian Regional Festival Results

    by Bill Leavengood '78, Theatre/Playwriting Teacher
    On behalf of the Thespian Faculty Sponsors, Cheryl Lee & Bill Leavengood '78, congratulations to Shorecrest's Troupe 3140 on an outstanding Regional Festival performance! Shorecrest Thespian Troupe 3140 received 25 Superior ratings (the most Shorecrest has ever received) and 12 Excellent ratings from their 37 events - including Top Honors (aka Critic's Choice) for two events.
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  • US Students Honored in Scholastic Visual Arts Awards

    by Charla Y. Gaglio, Chair of Visual Arts
    The Pinellas County Art Region of the Scholastic Art Awards in the Visual Arts received 1,219 student submissions in 14 media categories which were adjudicated by six art judges in the very prestigious Scholastic national art recognition program. Click to view awards earned this year by Upper School Chargers.
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  • Visiting Moscow Virtually in Upper School

    by Kayla Brazee, Upper School History Teacher
    After learning about the early Russian Empire, ninth grade Global Studies classes are taking virtual trips to Moscow, Russia, for five days. They are using Google Earth and Google Maps to “visit” Moscow’s major historical landmarks, tourist attractions, walk around the city, find restaurants, and observe modern Russia.
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  • Contributing Chargers: St. Pete Skin & Laser

    by Olivia Segalman, Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Services
    This week’s Contributing Charger is also this year’s 1923 Community Sponsor, St. Petersburg Skin & Laser. As a Tampa Bay Area native and Shorecrest alumna, Dr. Kat Kesty ‘06 and her husband, Will Taylor, are excited by the opportunity to partner with Shorecrest.
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  • Highlighting Educational Innovation and Technology

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Change may be constant, but adaptability is a choice. This is especially true now, during this year of unprecedented change, more than ever before. Guided by our mission and core values, Shorecrest continues to adapt our teaching and learning to prepare lifelong learners for today and tomorrow in new and innovative ways.
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  • Introducing the Doris and Donna Friendship Fund

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Shorecrest is proud to announce the creation of the Doris and Donna Friendship Fund, the first gift of its kind, supporting both the completion of Charger Commons and the opportunity for a full, four-year scholarship for a deserving student.
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  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day Reimagined

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    While gathering in-person for Grandparents and Special Friends Day has been a wonderful, long-standing tradition at Shorecrest, we have had to reimagine the event this year in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our Shorecrest community members.
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  • Tiffany Blessing, Director of College Counseling, Invited to Serve on Princeton Advisory

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest Director of College Counseling, Tiffany Blessing, has been invited to serve on Princeton University’s inaugural Princeton Counselor Advisory (PCA). PCA is an 15-member group of college access advisors and college counselors invited to work with the Princeton Office of Admission to live out the unofficial motto of Princeton: “In the nation’s service and in service of humanity.”
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  • Lucille P. '28 wins Hispanic Heritage Month Contest, College Scholarship

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Shorecrest fifth grader Lucille P. won a full 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation from a statewide Hispanic Heritage Month student essay contest. Lucille detailed what an inspirational influence her tennis coach, Jorge, has been in her life.
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  • A New Year

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    As we move into 2021, I have been thinking about New Year’s resolutions, and what might be the best ways to journey forward into the new year. Like many of you, I am ready to start fresh, and approach 2021 with cautious optimism. Yet I know that there are still challenging times ahead, that the unrelenting stressors of the past year will remain with us for at least the next few months, despite the vaccine light at the end of the tunnel.
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  • Global Links brings new cultures, perspectives to Classrooms

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Global Explorers Chair and Sandy Janack, Middle School Teacher
    Global Explorers Chair and Lower School Spanish Teacher Emili Jaime-Allwood, along with her colleague Laura García Trinidad in Madrid, did not want their students to entirely miss out on the cultural experiences normally garnered from hosting students and traveling abroad. They ideated a secure, online environment called Global Links on which students can connect with schools from different parts of the world, with the objective of bringing global culture studies to curriculum.
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  • Audition for MS Play "Stone Soup"

    by Stephanie McCarthy & Lillian Nelson, Directors
    Shorecrest sixth, seventh and eighth graders are invited to audition for the Middle School play "Stone Soup." 
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  • Brenna Dukes '21 earns Dr. MLK’s Legacy Award for dedication to service

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Shorecrest senior Brenna Dukes '21 was honored with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy Scholar Citizens Award by the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. The purpose of the award is to honor high school students from throughout Pinellas County for embodying the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through their commitment to community service, volunteerism, social justice and civil rights.
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  • Chocolate for Día de los Reyes Magos

    by Nayka Miller, Middle School Spanish Teacher
    On January 6, Señora Miller's sixth and eighth grade Spanish students received Monedas de oro de chocolate (chocolate, gold coins) and learned about Spanish folklore for Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day or Three Wise Men Day), traditionally marked by spectacular parades throughout Spain and Latin-America. 
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  • MS Girls Soccer vs Berkeley Prep

    by Coach Dougherty
    Chargers vs Berkeley Prep: 0-3 Loss
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  • Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Academy of Holy Names

    by Coach Idinge
    Chargers vs. Academy of Holy Names: 1-2 Loss
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  • Evan Hoefer ‘21 named 2021 National YoungArts Foundation Award winner

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest senior Evan Hoefer ‘21 has been named a 2021 National YoungArts Foundation Award winner for his exceptional achievement in Theater. As a YoungArts finalist, Evan is eligible to be nominated to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the highest honors given high school seniors bestowed by the President of the United States.
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  • Upper School Curriculum Sampler [Video]

    Shorecrest eighth grade families and prospective incoming Upper School families are invited to watch a virtual Upper School Curriculum Sampler.
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