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2021

Recent News

  • Community Survey Coming Soon - Help Shape the Future of Shorecrest

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    This year begins our accreditation process, a quinquennial (every five years) process where Shorecrest is evaluated on all aspects of school life, as set by the standards established by the Florida Council of Independent Schools. The accreditation process begins with a year of self-study and will include a survey to members of the school community.
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  • Car Wash, Sunday, Oct. 24

    by Interact Club
    Shorecrest's Upper School Interact Service Club will host a car wash on Sunday, October 24 from 10:30am-12:30pm at the front of campus. Please come get your car washed and support the club!
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  • 2021-22 Winter Sports Information

    by Athletic Department
    Information about winter sports for students in grades 6-12 may be found here. If you are interested in trying basketball, soccer or MS Cheerleading - this is your chance!
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  • College Counseling Events (Virtual), Nov 9 & 11

    by College Counseling Team
    PLAYING THE FIELD: Tuesday, November 9 starting at 7pm for students interested in pursuing sports in college.
    THE ART OF COLLEGE: Thursday, November 11 starting at 7pm for students interested in pursuing Arts/Theatre/Dance in college.
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  • MS Performing Arts presents "Annie Jr."

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest Chargers in grades 6-8 will perform "Annie Jr." in the Janet Root Theatre on October 28-30. Based on the popular Tony Award-winning musical, "Annie Jr." features a wonderful score written by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, including the Broadway smash hit, “Tomorrow.”
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  • Playing with Words

    by Adriana Hollenbeck, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The WordFoto app is a fun and interesting way to practice spelling a name (or other words, depending on the child’s abilities) and creates a fun word cloud. This is an activity for adults and children to do together - a way for children to see parents as media mentors and also a way to spend quality time.
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  • Costume Parade Details - *UPDATED*

    by Fall Festival Committee
    We are looking forward to this year’s Fall Festival and costume parade sponsored by the Shorecrest Community Association (SCA) on Friday, October 29. The Fall Festival Committee is excited to welcome families back on campus to celebrate this year!
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  • Varsity Football Homecoming Win, Playoffs details

    by Coach McCall
    The Homecoming Football Game was on October 15 against the Academy at The Lakes on Haskell Field. The Shorecrest Chargers won, 61-7! The team will play Ocala Christian Academy in the playoffs at Ocala Christian on Friday, October 29 at 7pm.
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  • Chargers Golf Update

    by Coach Miller
    Shorecrest Chargers Boys Varsity Golf vs. Canterbury: Win
    MS Golf Chargers vs. St. Raphaels and Canterbury: First place!
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  • Cross Country at CCC Invitational

    by Coach Raab
    Congratulations  to Alex E. '26 who placed 2nd and Sabina S. '26 who took 5th place. The Boys Varsity team placed 3rd.
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  • Eighth Grade Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

    by Señora Nayka Miller, Middle School Spanish Teacher 
    Shorecrest eighth graders celebrated the culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month with the presentation of their Language and Culture Exploration projects. 
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  • Food Drive benefiting The Kind Mouse

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest is once again hosting a food drive to contribute Mouse Nibbles. The Lower School will be officially kicking off the drive on Friday, October 22, and The Experiential School will be part of the project too. The young Chargers will learn about how The Kind Mouse helps to feed food-insecure children in Pinellas County.
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  • Gamifying Gilgamesh

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest sophomores in Mr. Seymour’s English Honors class created games that use Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey or Monomyth and the plot and characters of “The Epic of Gilgamesh.”
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  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    by Courtney Ellis '02, Upper School Counselor
    The Happy to be SADD Club and Upper School Counselor Courtney Ellis '02 led the Shorecrest Upper School students in honoring Mental Health Awareness Week. Each day had a theme and activity.
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  • MS Logo Contest for Global Explorers

    by Sandra Janack, MS Teacher
    Global Explorers is holding a contest to update their current logo with one created by a Shorecrest Middle School student.
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  • MS Swim at Middle Division Championship

    by Coach Nardozzi
    The Middle School Girls and Boys Swimming Chargers raced at the Middle Division Championship Meet vs. Berkeley Prep, Trinity Prep, and Tampa Prep. The Shorecrest girls were 4th place, and the boys also came in 4th Place.
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  • Seventh Grade Students Lead Community Time

    by Alicia Montoya, Seventh Grade Math Teacher
    On Friday, September 10, seventh graders led a variety of breakout sessions for their peers during Community Time. Students who were interested in leading a workshop filled out a form in advance. The presenters then planned and designed content; and their classmates chose two sessions to visit that interested them the most. This put the students in charge!
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  • Volleyball Weekly Update

    by Coaches Draper, Holsinger, Hodgson
    Shorecrest Chargers Varsity Volleyball vs. Tampa Bay Heat: 2-3
    JV Volleyball vs. Keswick: 2-0 
    JV Volleyball vs. Northside Christian: 2-0
    MS Green Volleyball vs. St. Pete Christian: 16-25 / 16-25
    MS Green Volleyball vs. Tampa Bay Heat: 15-25 / 18-25
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  • Welcome Sara Grindey

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Sara Grindey was recently appointed the Assistant Director of Extended Day and is an ES Teaching Assistant.
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  • Yearbook Photos for Flexible Learning Students

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    If your student was learning virtually this fall and missed the opportunity to be photographed for the yearbook, our yearbook photographer will be back on Wednesday, October 27 from 8-10am in the Janet Root Theatre Lobby.
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  • Homecoming 2021 [Videos and Photos]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Homecoming is more than a dance, more than an assembly, more than a football game. It is a time for Chargers to build memories and spirit! Homecoming at Shorecrest is a week-long celebration and Upper School tradition that includes class competitions, costumed spirit days, a varsity football game, a dance, and more.
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  • Food is Medicine: Presented by Dr. Kelli Cross, Oct 26

    by Shorecrest TLC
    Pediatrician Dr. Kelli Cross will present on the health implications of the standard American diet - physically and psychologically. This will include the new movement of Nutritional Psychiatry and Integrative Medicine.
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  • Learn more about Shorecrest at an Open House

    by Alvanita Hope, Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid
    Experience the curriculum, community and opportunities available at Shorecrest at an upcoming open house. You’ll hear from the Head of School, Admissions Team, Parent and Student Ambassadors, and more.
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  • SCA Uniform Sale, Nov 10

    by SCA Board
    SCA will be hosting a Uniform Sale on Wednesday, November 10 from 7:30am - 2pm in the Athletic Center Lobby.
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  • Auditions for Fall Musical Showcase, Oct 26-27

    by Ethan Updike, Band Director
    The Upper School Performing Arts Department Faculty invites all Upper School students to audition for the 2021 Fall Showcase.
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  • Save the Date: Parent Socials

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Head of School Nancy Spencer would like to invite all Shorecrest parents/guardians to campus to join us for 2021 Parent Socials. These adults-only events are great for getting to know fellow Shorecrest parents! Please save the date now for your division(s).
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  • Shorecrest Community Social Activities

    by Parent Volunteers
    Dad's Night Out: Thursday, October 28 at 7:30pm
    Alpha Parents Night Out: Friday, October 29 at 6pm
    Mom's Night Out: Wednesday, November 3 at 7pm
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  • SCA Holiday Greenery - On sale now!

    by Tammy Goldstein & Natalie Spada, SCA Holiday Greenery Co-Chairs
    Holiday greenery is a great way to support Shorecrest and the Shorecrest Community Association (SCA) while giving a wonderful gift to your family, friends, and business associates. Beautiful, fragrant products are on sale now!
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  • Shorecrest Designated as an Ocean Guardian School

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest Preparatory School is pleased to announce that it has been named an Ocean Guardian School, a school recognition program sponsored by the NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Shorecrest received the designation for its commitment to keeping local waterways clean and promoting recycling on campus.
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  • ERB Testing at Shorecrest

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Each spring, Shorecrest students in grades 3 through 8 take the ERBs over the course of 4 days. The ERBs are a standardized assessment for high achieving students called the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP5) written by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB).
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  • Nightsong

    by Adriana Hollenbeck, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    When we listen to stories, whatever our age, we're transported mentally to another time and place — and who couldn't use that right now? Over the years teaching here and in Brazil, I have created a list of favorite stories, but I am always ready to come across a new story.
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  • The Spirit of Homecoming Week

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    What a week it’s been! The tradition of Homecoming at Shorecrest is back in full, a week-long celebration of school spirit that culminates in tonight’s Homecoming football game and tomorrow’s Upper School Homecoming Dance which will be held outdoors at the Weiss Family Pavilion. While many of the events are focused on the Upper School, the excitement and enthusiasm can be seen all across campus as Chargers, young and old, embrace Spirit Days. It is also a special time to welcome Alumni back to campus and celebrate the generosity of the Shorecrest community as seen by a successful Giving Day.
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  • Creative, 3D Book Exhibits

    by Amy Brill, Seventh Grade English Teacher
    Seventh graders created 3D posters to exhibit their independent reading books from Mrs. Brill’s English class.
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  • Ava Johnson ‘24 to attend Florida Senate Page Program

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Ava Johnson ‘24 has aspirations of being a leader in her community, possibly as a Florida state Senator. She will be able to get a glimpse of what this means when she shadows a Senator for a week during the 2022 Regular Legislative Session as part of the Florida Senate Page Program in Tallahassee in January.
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  • Creating Soundtracks for Literary Elements

    by Heather Elouej, Upper School English Teacher
    In Shorecrest Upper School’s 9th grade Honors English course taught by Ms. Elouej, students recently practiced paragraphing and identifying literary elements in their latest class text, “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.”
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  • Student Service Opportunities

    by Ron Heller, Upper School History Teacher
    Shorecrest's Upper School Key Club is extending an invitation to Upper School students to participate in upcoming service opportunities.
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  • Varsity Football Chargers beat Old Plank

    by Coach McCall, Athletic Director
    On Friday, October 8, the Varsity Football Chargers beat Old Plank with a score of 48-2.
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  • Viewing Electron Configurations

    by Daniel Burkett, US Science Teacher
    Students observed differences in electron configurations by introducing metal ions to a flame.
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  • Volleyball Weekly Update

    by Coaches Draper, Dougherty and Hodgson
    MS Gold Volleyball vs. Pinellas Prep: 18-25, 25-23, 8-15 Loss
    MS Green Volleyball vs. Pinellas Prep: 19-25 / 18-25
    MS Gold Volleyball vs. St. Pete Christian: 14-25, 25-14, 15-9 Win!
    Varsity Volleyball vs. Tampa Catholic High School: 0-3
    JV Volleyball vs. Tampa Catholic: 0-2
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  • Varsity Boys Golf and MS Golf Updates

    by Coaches Miller and Every
    The Varsity Boys Golf Chargers played in an exhibition match vs. North Tampa Christian Academy. The MS Golf Chargers played against Thurgood Marshall and LCC and came in 2nd place.
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  • Varsity Swim & Dive at City Championship, Senior Night

    by Coach Nardozzi
    Chargers Girls and Boys were Runners Up at the City of St. Petersburg Championship Meet!  The Varsity Girls and Boys Swimming and Diving teams also competed vs. Northside Christian School. For both the girls and boys teams, all 3 relays took first place!
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  • Virtual Book Club, Oct 26

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Parents/guardians and alumni are invited to the next Shorecrest virtual book club on Tuesday, October 26 at 7:30pm. Discussion will be of the book "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee.
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  • Contributing Chargers: Muzzarelli Family

    by Olivia Segalman, Director of Donor Relations
    Shorecrest’s Mission is augmented by the generosity of our parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends who support the school philanthropically or by effecting change locally, globally or right here at Shorecrest. We call these community members Contributing Chargers. This week we would like to recognize Daniel and Sasha Muzzarelli, parents of Diana '27, Leonardo '30 and Lila '33.
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  • Cross Country at the Private School Invitational

    by Coach Raab
    On October 8, the Varsity and JV Cross Country Chargers competed in the Tampa Bay Private School Invitational.
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  • Middle School Football vs. Seffner Christian Academy

    by Coach Wright
    MS Football Chargers vs. Seffner Christian Academy: 54-24 Loss.
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  • Yearbook sales

    by Casey McDonough, Yearbook Advisor
    The Shorecrest “Crestviews” yearbook captures Chargers memories for Alpha - 12th grade. Sales are open now for the 2021-22 edition for $50.
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  • Getting to Know Reading and Writing Workshop [Video]

    by Sarah Palazzolo, LS Curriculum Dean
    The language arts program in Lower School at Shorecrest is based on a balanced literacy approach that couples instruction of strategies and skills with authentic reading and writing experiences.
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  • Shorecrest Middle Schoolers compete in PGA Jr. League Championship

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest Middle Schoolers Sophia D. '26 and Clark M. '26 are on a golf team comprised of eight elite players aged 11-13 based in Orlando, FL. Last week they were the first Florida team to make a PGA Jr. League Championship appearance.
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  • Chargers adopt a Fight Song - Learn the Lyrics

    by Daniel Burkett, Cheer Coach and US Science Teacher
    While always leading the charge when it comes to school spirit, Shorecrest Chargers Varsity Cheerleaders have a new tool in their arsenal: a brand new fight song! Learn the lyrics here.
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  • CLASS OF 2022 NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest seniors Guthrie Braun '22 and Ethan Danielson '22 have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
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  • Community Impact on our first Giving Day

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    As many of you are aware, the tuition that is charged to families does not cover the entire cost of a Shorecrest education, a fact that is consistent among most other private schools and colleges. There is a gap between the entire cost of operating a school and the revenue generated by tuition. Schools such as Shorecrest rely on the generosity of donors to bridge the difference, so that we can continue to provide academic excellence, offer varied and extensive programs to our students, and attract and retain the best faculty and staff. 
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  • Rob Grady ‘86 Named Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award Winner

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest Preparatory School is proud to announce that Rob Grady ‘86 has been named the 2020-2021 Shorecrest Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award Winner. From Shorecrest, to Harvard, to Stanford, and on to leadership positions in some of the world’s leading businesses including P&G, Starbucks and Amazon; Rob has continued to model Shorecrest’s mission and core values in his professional and personal endeavors, and serves as an inspiration to current and future Shorecrest students. Rob was recognized at Shorecrest on October 7 at an Upper School assembly.
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  • MS & Varsity Volleyball Recap, Senior Night

    by Coaches Draper and Hodgson
    Congratulations to Maria Happ '24 for being a Prime Time Preps Player of the Week Finalist! Congratulations to Brooke Waldmann '22 and Kate Craig '24, who earned All Tournament Team awards! Click to read about this week's games and scores.
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  • Eighth Graders can Shadow in Upper School

    by Alvanita Hope, Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid
    Are you curious about what it will be like to be a part of the Upper School community at Shorecrest? Then wonder no more! Starting the week of October 18 current eighth grade students are invited to shadow a current ninth grader for a morning to get a glimpse of life in the Upper School. Even if your child has attended Shorecrest for many years, they may not know all of the incredible opportunities that await them in the Upper School!   
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  • Homecoming Dance Ticket and Event Details

    by Homecoming Committee
    The Homecoming Dance is almost here! The Glow in the Dark-themed event will take place on Saturday, October 16, from 8-10:30pm at Shorecrest outside of Charger Commons. The price is $25 per ticket, which includes light bites, dancing, and a DJ.
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  • Wandering Through Cannibal Land

    by Natalie Updike, Upper School English Teacher
    Shorecrest Upper School's English 12 Honors: Dystopian Literature course taught by Ms. Updike encourages seniors to dissect lines between Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, and Utopian genres, often resulting in a blurring between these bleak realities and the search for hope.
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  • Key Club Volunteers with Feeding Tampa Bay

    by Ron Heller, History and Academic Support Teacher
    Last Saturday a small group of Key Club Members from Shorecrest Upper School helped families who are food insecure by distributing supples at Tropicana Field through Feeding Tampa Bay.
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  • An Ethic of Excellence

    by Adriana Hollenbeck, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Over all these years working as an educator, I have had the privilege of crossing paths with amazing human beings, passionate about their craft and willing to share their research with others. Years ago we hosted a conference at my previous school and invited Ron Berger to be our keynote speaker.
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  • Chargers Cross Country at Florida Runners Invitational, City Championship

    by Coach Raab
    Varsity Girls finished in 10th place and the Varsity Boys finished 13th.
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  • Chargers Football beats Four Corners High School

    by Coach McCall
    Shorecrest Chargers Varsity Football vs. Four Corners High School: 38-0 Win
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  • Chargers Varsity Golf beats Indian Rocks Christian

    by Coach Miller
    Varsity Boys Golf vs. Indian Rocks Christian: 136-151 (Win)
    Varsity Girls Golf vs. Indian Rocks Christian: Win
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  • MS Golf Chargers Score 1st place

    by Coach Every
    Chargers vs. St. Pete Christian and Thurgood Marshall: 1st place
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  • Sailing at SAISA South Points 1 regatta

    by Ethan Danielson '22
    The Shorecrest Chargers Varsity Sailing Team opened its fleet racing season by placing 2nd of 17 schools at the SAISA South Points 1 regatta. 
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  • The Project Approach in Lower School

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    The Lower School at Shorecrest embraces The Project Approach: an in-depth, interdisciplinary investigation of a topic worthy of study that allows children to follow their questions and interests.
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  • Varsity Swimming and Diving vs. Admiral Farragut

    by Coach Nardozzi
    Girls: Shorecrest 131, Admiral Farragut 39
    Boys: Shorecrest 105, Admiral Farragut 68
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  • Charger Pens "Northeast Journal" Series

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest student Mila Salamone '22 is a published writer for a series in the "Northeast Journal," a local neighborhood newspaper. The second installment of her series is now available in the September/October issue of the NEJ.
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  • Connections

    by Adriana Hollenbeck, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    On Thursday, I was standing by the Experiential School gate when one of our Alpha students, Zinnia, walked in, carrying her lovie. She stopped, looked at me, and asked, “Mrs. Hollenbeck, did you see the moon?"
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  • Eighth Graders Rock Your World

    by Dr. Lizz Angello, Eighth Grade English Teacher
    Shorecrest eighth graders have partnered with non-profit organization Creative Visions, Inc. for their first trimester Community Time activities. The program, called Rock Your World, guides students to identify universal human rights and / or sustainable development goals that matter to them, and then mentors them through the process of "creative activism" -- using art and media to offer solutions to, or raise awareness of, global problems.
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  • Regarding a Revolution

    by Kayla Brazee, Upper School History Teacher
    Shorecrest Upper School students in Mrs. Brazee's U.S. History Honors classes recently started a four week exploration of the American Revolution. To understand the causes of the Revolution, namely the role of the Boston Tea Party, students were asked to create a political cartoon based on the December 20,1773, “Boston Gazette” headline "High Tea in Boston Harbor."
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  • Starting Fall Gardens

    by Lori Auletta, Lower School Art Teacher
    Shorecrest Upper School Outdoor Club members, led by Lou Richard '23, volunteered to clear the Lower School garden beds. “Farmer Ray” Wunderlich from Wunderfarms helped second graders get the gardens started.
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  • Puritan Symbolism as Tattoo Designs

    by Natalie Updike, Upper School English Teacher
    Shorecrest Upper School’s eleventh grade American Literature course, taught by Ms. Updike, encourages students to creatively contextualize the historical realities of Puritanical life and the Salem witch trials during the study of Hawthorne's “The Scarlet Letter.”
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  • Appreciating Global Connections

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Shorecrest students value their role as global citizens. Our school has a strong history of students and families embracing international opportunities, both as hosting visitors and as serving as ambassadors of the school and country abroad. In addition, we are fortunate to have families who are citizens of other countries choose to be a part of the Shorecrest community.
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  • Chargers Sailors Advance to National Championship

    by Kate Danielson '24
    Shorecrest Chargers Varsity Sailing co-Captains, Guthrie Braun '22 and Ethan Danielson '22, have qualified to race for the Cressy Cup - the high school, single-handed sailing national championship.
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  • Junior Journey: Navigating the College Process, Oct 5

    by College Counseling Team
    The College Counseling Team is hosting its annual Junior Journey event for the Class of 2023 students and families on October 5 from 7-8 pm in the JRT. Don't miss out on this critical information about the college process.
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  • Chargers MS Swimming vs. Berkeley Prep, Canterbury & Tampa Prep

    by Coach Nardozzi
    Chargers Middle School Swim vs. Berkeley Prep, Canterbury & Tampa Prep
    Girls: Tampa Prep 251, Berkeley Prep 152, Shorecrest 75, Canterbury 47
    Boys: Shorecrest 223, Berkeley 154, Tampa Prep 126, Canterbury 102
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  • Chargers Swim and Dive vs. St. Pete High and Seminole High

    by Coach Nardozzi
    Chargers Swim and Dive vs. St. Pete High and Seminole High
    Boys: Seminole 72, Shorecrest 97 (W)
    Shorecrest 63 , St. Pete 120 (L)
    Girls: Shorecrest 88, Seminole 92 (L)
    Shorecrest 65, St. Pete 114 (L)
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  • Shorecrest celebrates completion of Charger Commons, Master Plan

    by Bob Carskadon, I Love the Burg
    From ages 3 to 18, students in St. Pete just received a huge upgrade to their education and schooling experience. Shorecrest Preparatory School celebrated the opening of Charger Commons last month, a massive, two-story multi-use facility that completes the school’s “Transform Campaign.”
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  • Volleyball Chargers weekly update

    by Coaches Draper, Holsinger and Hodgson
    Varsity Volleyball Chargers vs. St Pete Catholic: 3-0           
    Varsity Volleyball Chargers vs. Northside Christian: 3-0
    Varsity Volleyball Chargers vs. Seminole High School: 3-1
    JV Volleyball Chargers vs. Northside Christian: 2-0
    JV Volleyball Chargers vs. Seminole High School: 1-2
    JV Volleyball vs. St. Pete Catholic: 0-2
    MS Green Volleyball vs. Pinellas Prep: 12-25 / 21-25
    MS Green Volleyball vs. Northside: 20-25 / 15-25
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  • Chargers Golf Won all Week

    by Coaches Every and Miller
    Chargers vs. St. Stephen's Episcopal School: 156-157 (win)
    Chargers vs. Tampa Prep: 171-177 (win)
    Chargers vs. Tampa Prep: 152-168 (win)
    MS Chargers vs. St. Pete Christian and St. Raphaels: 1st place!
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  • Chargers MS Football vs. Keswick Christian

    by Coach Wright
    Chargers Middle School Football vs. Keswick Christian: 28-6 loss
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  • Chargers Shutout Canterbury: 36-0

    by Coach McCall
    Chargers Varsity Football vs. Canterbury: 36-0 Win!
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  • After School Clubs: Session 2

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    After School Clubs will run a second six-week session starting at the end of October. Registration is open now!
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  • Travel with Chargers to Italy and Greece, July 2023

    by Ron Heller, Upper School History Teacher
    Shorecrest students in grades 8-12 are invited to join Ron Heller, US History Teacher, on an exciting 2 week trip to Italy and Greece in early July 2023. Itinerary highlights include: Rome, Florence, Meteora, Delphi, Athens and a three day cruise to Santorini, Mykonos, Patmos and Kusadasi (Ephesus) in Turkey. 
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  • Watch Chargers Athletics Live Online

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest is once again participating in the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program to livestream home games on Haskell Field and in the Crisp Gym. Regular season home games may be streamed free of charge.
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  • Understanding ERBs: For LS Families [Video]

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    On September 22, Sarah Palazzolo, Shorecrest Lower School Dean of Curriculum, hosted an information session for families regarding the ERBs. Watch a video of the session here.
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  • Facilitating Arrival and Dismissal

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    One of the many things that I like about Shorecrest is that we are a learning organization. We make plans and implement them. We assess how things are going and listen to feedback. We evaluate input and decide whether or not to adjust our plan. And then we move forward, always trying to get better at what we do. It’s a process that helps us to improve as a school. This practice has guided our approach to dealing with COVID, assessing our daily schedules and even managing the complexities of carline.
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  • Jaina Swann ‘22 Delegate at Florida Girls State

    Shorecrest Preparatory School senior Jaina Swann ‘22 was selected as a delegate of Florida Girls State; a week-long, hands-on, educational workshop focusing on the American political process, sponsored by the Florida American Legion Auxiliary. The goal of the nonpartisan program is to help students better understand democratic ideals and the roles individuals play in carrying out these ideals. 
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  • LS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    On Friday, September 17, the Lower School kicked off their annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Throughout the Month, September 15-October 15, students will participate in a number of festivities, including special Town Meetings, classroom activities and discussion, Hispanic-inspired dishes from SAGE Dining and more!
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  • Shorecrest Apple Distinguished School Recognition Extended through 2024

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest Preparatory School is pleased to announce that it has once again been named an Apple Distinguished School. Shorecrest was awarded the 2021-2024 distinction for its innovative teacher-leaders, its successful 1:1 iPad implementation, and the thoughtful integration of technology throughout its PK3-12 program. The distinction is a renewal based on continued evidence of innovation and academic excellence. Shorecrest first received the distinction in 2016. 
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  • MS Download: Understanding ERBs [Video]

    by Kristine Marquez Grant, Head of Middle School
    The ERB tests are an assessment for high achieving students used by many independent schools. Watch a video of the Middle School Download: Understanding ERBs.
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  • Middle Schoolers take Environmental Action

    by Kathryn Jeakle, Eighth Grade Marine Science Teacher
    Last weekend, Natalia G '26 and Leila H '26 spent time together cleaning up the local environment. They were able to collect a total of 7.63 pounds of trash and even found a wooden footrest from someone's beach chair stuck in the mangroves.
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  • Asking Good Questions

    by Adriana Hollenbeck, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    When a student asks me a question, one of my favorite answers is another question: “What do you think?”
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  • Chargers Swim & Dive Weekly Update

    by Coach Nardozzi
    Varsity Girls and Boys Swim & Dive Relay Meet: Girls 6th place, Boys 3rd place.
    Varsity Girls and Boys Swim at the Tampa Bay Classic Invitational Meet
    Girls 4th place, Boys 6th place.
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  • Chargers Varsity Football vs. Real Life Christian Academy

    by Coach McCall
    58-0 Win!
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  • Chargers Varsity Golf successful vs. Canterbury

    by Coach Miller
    Shorecrest Chargers Varsity Boys Golf vs. Canterbury: Win!
    Shorecrest Chargers Varsity Girls Golf vs. Canterbury: Win!
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  • Construction

    by Adriana Hollenbeck, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Have you ever spent time observing children while they build using blocks or other stackable objects? These little engineers are testing their theories about the way the world around them functions.
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  • Cross Country at the Mitchell Invitational

    by Coach Raab
    Varsity Girls: 6th. Varsity Boys: 8th.
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  • LS Students Learn First Hand about Argentina

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Global Explorers Chair
    This week, Lower School Shorecrest students enjoyed a presentation by visiting Argentinian student, Carmela.
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  • MS Golf Chargers vs. LCC, Thurgood Marshall, and St. Raphaels

    by Coach Every
    Final score: 155, third place
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  • Varsity Volleyball Chargers at the Keswick Invitational

    by Coach Draper
    3rd place out of 16 teams. Bella Hursey '24 and Maria Happ '24 were both named to the All Tournament Team. 
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  • Two Shorecrest Seniors Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest seniors Christian Bepler '22 and Emily Forney '22 have been named 2022 National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The two Shorecrest seniors earned their semifinalist status with their exceptional scores on the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, include the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
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  • Chargers Varsity Football vs. Riverside Christian

    by Coach McCall
    Chargers Varsity Football vs. Riverside Christian: 28-18 Win
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  • Contributing Chargers: The Peck Family

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Since joining the community in 2002, Lisa Peck - Upper School science teacher, alumni parent and Shorecrest grandparent - has created a lasting legacy at Shorecrest. In 2016, Mrs. Peck and her husband John were instrumental in establishing Medical Sciences as a signature Upper School program at Shorecrest. In honor of the Peck family's dedication to the program, The Center for Medical Sciences has been renamed the Peck Center for Medical Sciences.
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  • Find Your Place Within SCA

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Today was the second of two Charger Chats, in person gatherings over coffee, hosted by me and the Board members of the Shorecrest Community Association (SCA). SCA is Shorecrest's version of a Parents' Association and these morning events were a chance for parents, new and returning, to learn more about SCA, Shorecrest volunteer opportunities, and how to take an active role in the Shorecrest community.
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  • Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Paul Pagano Visits Pre-Med Club

    by Jaina Swann '22
    Dr. Pagano, an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in spinal diseases/deformities at All Florida Orthopaedic - and Shorecrest parent - came and spoke to the Shorecrest Upper School Pre-Med Club members.
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  • Sixth Graders Record Summer Reading Trailers

    by Rashanda Williams, Sixth Grade English Teacher
    To help make their summer reading book selections more memorable, Shorecrest sixth graders made book trailers on iMovie to advertise the books. The interdisciplinary mini projects combined literacy with technology.
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  • Students Imagine the Worst Apocalypse

    by Natalie Updike, Upper School English Teacher
    Seniors in Dystopian Literature Honors English class enjoyed presenting their idea of the worst apocalypse.
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  • Tampa Bay's Virtual HBCU College Fair This Week

    by Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Suncoast Chapter
    Now in its fifth year, Jack and Jill and its partners host the Tampa Bay Area's only HBCU College Fair. During the virtual college fair, attendees will have the opportunity to speak to alumni and admissions reps from colleges and universities, as well as to talk with dedicated experts about general college-related topics including the college admissions process, financial aid, scholarships, Greek life, and more.
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  • Updated US Schedule

    by Erich Schneider, Interim Head of Upper School
    Some minor adjustments to the Upper School daily schedule will go into effect on Monday, September 20.
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  • JK Color Inquiry

    by Abbie Hahn, JK Teacher
    One goal of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay is to help little ones develop language, literacy and math skills and concepts through scientific and social experiences and projects. One such project is happening right now in Junior Kindergarten - a color study unit.
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  • Loose Parts and Language

    by Adriana Hollenbeck, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Researchers all over the world have spent time understanding the relationship between spontaneous play and language / literacy development.
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  • ¡Bienvenidos Amigos Argentinos! 

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
    A delegation of Argentinian students arrived at Shorecrest this week to visit fourth, fifth and sixth grades, with their teacher Julieta Correas, who has brought Argentinian students to Shorecrest since 2004. Eight Middle School Chargers are acting as ambassadors for the visitors.
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  • Chargers MS Golf at Twin Brooks

    by Coach Every
    Chargers MS Golf vs. Canturbury, Thurgood Marshall and the Open team: 2nd place
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  • Cross Country at the Green Devil Invitational

    by Coach Raab
    The Varsity Girls came in 4th place. The Varsity and JV Boys both finished in 3rd place. 
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  • MS Football vs. IRC

    by Coach Wright
    Chargers Middle School Football vs. Indian Rocks Christian: Loss
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  • The past week in Chargers Volleyball

    by Coach Draper
    Chargers JV Volleyball vs. St Pete High: 1-2 (20-25, 25-20, 15-6)
    Chargers JV Volleyball vs. Keswick Christian: 2-0
    Chargers JV Volleyball vs. Northside Christian: 0-2 Loss
    Chargers Varsity Volleyball vs. Pinellas Park: 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
    Chargers Varsity Volleyball vs. Keswick Christian: 0-3
    Chargers Varsity Volleyball vs. Northside Christian: 2-3
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  • Volunteer Opportunities with SCA

    by SCA Board
    SCA volunteers lead and support many committees with various functions on campus. Find a list of SCA Committees and contacts and the best volunteering fit for you - go to www.shorecrest.org/SCA.
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  • Standardized Testing Accommodations

    by Ron Heller, Upper School Accommodations Coordinator
    As testing season approaches, parents of students with learning differences should be aware that it may be necessary to apply for accommodations with the College Board and the ACT in anticipation of standardized testing.
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  • Community Information Dashboard 

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest maintains a Community Information Dashboard in PowerSchool that includes COVID cases, Flexible Learning enrollment, and numbers of students in quarantine. 
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  • Remembering September 11th

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Tomorrow will be twenty years since the terrorist events occurred which shocked America. Those of us of a certain age can well remember that beautiful blue-sky morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked, effectively changing our lives and our society forever. Today’s Shorecrest students were not even born when the attacks on 9/11 took place, but it is safe to say that their world has been deeply shaped by the events and their aftermath.
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  • Shorecrest Completes Charger Commons [Video]

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    On Friday, August 27, 2021, the Shorecrest Preparatory School community gathered to celebrate the opening of the second floor of Charger Commons, the final phase of the School’s most recent capital project. With the ribbon-cutting and reveal, the Transform Campaign was officially closed, ending the 3+ year journey to complete the Shorecrest campus master plan and bring the entire PK3-12 community together.
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  • Nathan Brown ‘22 Delegate at Florida Boys State

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    After a strenuous application and interview process with the local American Legion Post, Shorecrest Preparatory School senior Nathan Brown ‘22 was selected to spend time last June in Tallahassee as a member of the 77th Florida Boys State. To be selected as a delegate, applicants must be a high school junior who demonstrates strong academic performance, excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, and confidence while speaking publicly.
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  • HOW TO USE/SYnc with THE WEBSITE CALENDAR

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Click here to watch a quick video of tips on how to filter the calendar to find what you need quickly, or sync it to your device.
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  • Assessing Children as Learners

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    It is around this time of year - the second and third weeks of school - that Shorecrest teachers begin to conduct formal types of assessments for literacy (reading, writing and spelling) and math. The assessments are to help teachers learn more about each student -- not only their level, but what they know, how they learn, and what their needs are at this point in time.
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  • Basketball Conditioning with Coach Bearden 

    by Athletic Department
    Any Upper School students interested in playing basketball are invited to begin conditioning with Coach Bearden starting on Monday, September 13.
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  • Cross Country at the IRC Invitational

    by Coach Raab
    JV and Varsity Girls & Boys Cross Country teams ran in the IRC Invitational on September 2.
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  • MS Football vs. Northside

    by Coach Wright
    On Thursday, September 2, the Middle School Football Chargers played vs. Northside Christian and lost 38-14.
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  • MS Golf Wins First Match

    by Coach Every
    Chargers 140 - 1st place vs LCC, St. Petersburg Christian, St. Raphaels
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  • Varsity Football vs. Lakeside Christian

    by Coach McCall
    On Friday, September 3, the Varsity Football Chargers lost to Lakeside Christian: 36-31.
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  • Varsity Golf Chargers vs. Tampa Prep

    by Coach Miller
    Varsity Girls Golf vs. Tampa Prep: Won 170-180.
    Varsity Boys Golf vs. Tampa Prep: Loss 176-161.
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  • Varsity Swim & Dive vs. Osceola and Boca Ciega High Schools

    by Coach Nardozzi
    Boys: Shorecrest 66, Osceola 110 (Loss); Shorecrest 90, Boca Ciega 80 (Win)
    Girls: Shorecrest 83, Osceola 102 (Loss); Shorecrest 122, Boca Ciega 45 (Win)
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  • Volleyball vs. Academy of Holy Names, ODA

    by Coach Holsinger and Coach Draper
    Varsity Volleyball vs. Academy of Holy Names: 0-3 (15-25, 14-25, 14-25)
    JV Volleyball vs. Academy of Holy Names: L 0-2
    Varsity Volleyball vs. ODA: 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 25, 13)
    MS Gold Volleyball vs. Out of Door Academy: Win 25-15, 21-25
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  • THE GROWTH EQUATION

    by Lauren Coffey, Tampa Bay Business Journal
    Private schools have long touted their small class sizes to draw in students. But what happens when admissions numbers boom?
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  • Register for a First-Year Family Meeting

    by Advancement Department
    Is it your family's first year at Shorecrest? First-Year Families are invited to meet with key administrators including Alvanita Hope, Director of Enrollment Management & Financial Aid; Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement; and Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni & Community Engagement, to openly discuss their Shorecrest experience. Meet and Greets will begin on August 30.
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  • Developmentally Inclusive Learning

    by Adriana Hollenbeck, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    One essential aspect of working with loose parts is that they are developmentally inclusive.
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  • Morning Bus Service from Belleair Bluffs / Largo

    by Marcus Holmes, Director of Facilities
    Shorecrest has contracted with Total Transportation to provide one-way bus transportation from the Belleair Bluffs / Largo area to Shorecrest for K-12 students with an intended start date of Monday, September 13.
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  • Scenes of Campus Life

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    With the completion of the first few weeks of classes, members of the community are settling into their rhythm and routines. There are so many scenes of campus life that I want to share. These vignettes are just a snippet of the student experience, but they offer insight into the essence of Shorecrest, as the new school year unfolds.
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  • All About Fourth Graders [Video]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest fourth graders completed their first writing unit - memoir writing. They started the school year with this topic to build community by learning more about themselves and each other.
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  • How to Join Middle School Band

    by Ethan Updike, Band Director
    If your child is interested in being part of the fifth grade band, please register via CampBrain.
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  • Student Musicians find Inspiration, Performance Opportunities Inside and Outside of School 

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    The Shorecrest experience gives students the opportunity to pursue their interests both formally and informally. For student musicians, that could mean creating an independent study like Wade LeCain ‘22 did, or sharing an original song during advisory like Mila Salamone ‘22.
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  • Meet E. J. Mahoney, Shorecrest's new Grandparent Council Chair

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    E. J. is a life-long educator who has worked with students from kindergarten through the doctoral level.  Education has been her life for 44 years and she has been impressed with the quality of education that Catalina, her oldest granddaughter, has received in Shorecrest's Alpha program. E. J.’s goal is to increase attendance and participation in Grandparent Council and build relationships to provide Shorecrest with a strong and active Grandparent Council.
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  • Swim and Dive Starts Season

    by Coach Nardozzi
    Varsity Boys and Girls Swim and Dive vs. St. Petersburg Catholic & Indian Rocks Christian    
    Boys: Shorecrest 104, SPC 68; Shorecrest 138, IRC 15  
    Girls:  Shorecrest 134, SPC 37; Shorecrest 141, IRC 32  
    Varsity Boys and Girls Swim and Dive vs. Berkeley Preparatory School    
    Girls: (Loss) Berkeley 199.5, Shorecrest 94.5
    Boys: (Loss) Berkeley 156, Shorecrest 134
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  • Varsity Football vs. All Saints Academy

    by Coach McCall
    Chargers vs. All Saints Academy: 35-34 Win (in overtime)
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  • Volleyball Chargers vs. Keswick Christian

    by Athletic Department
    All Chargers Volleyball teams played Keswick Christian on August 27.
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  • Volleyball Chargers vs. Northeast High, St. Pete Christian

    by Athletic Department
    Varsity Volleyball vs. Northeast High: 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-17)
    JV Volleyball vs. Northeast High: L 2-1
    MS Gold Volleyball vs. St. Pete Christian: Win! 16-25, 25-19, 15-5
    MS Green Volleyball vs. St. Pete Christian: 13-25, 16-25
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  • After School Clubs Registration Open

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Registration for After School clubs is available now through September 10 at shorecrest.campbrainregistration.com.
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  • Cían McCarthy ‘22 Performs, Awarded Scholarship at Broadway Star of the Future Awards

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    During the 2020-21 school year, the Shorecrest Performing Arts production of the musical "Something Rotten!" was reviewed as part of the Broadway Star of the Future program. Cían McCarthy ‘22 was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and represented Shorecrest in a performance at The Straz Center on May 29. He received the award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of William Shakespeare in the musical. He was also offered a $60,000 scholarship to AMDA.
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  • SCA Meeting with Nancy Spencer

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Join us in person, on campus, for coffee with Head of School Nancy Spencer to learn more about SCA.
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  • Varsity Golf vs. Clearwater Central Catholic and Calvary Christian

    by Coach Miller '05
    The first match of the season was a great warm up for the Varsity Golf Chargers. No score due to weather.  
    Varsity Girls Golf vs. Calvary Christian: Win
    Varsity Boys Golf vs. Calvary Christian: Win
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  • Shorecrest 2021-2022 Flexible Learning Program 

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Shorecrest will offer a modified Flexible Learning program for the 2021-2022 school year for specific, documented medical reasons. Read about the two categories of Flex Learners for 2021-2022.
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  • Lower School Gathers for 1st Town Meeting of the School Year

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    At 8:10am Friday morning, the entire Lower School community gathered outside of Charger Commons to celebrate the first Town Meeting of the 2021-2022 school year. This Lower School community tradition was especially joyful after hosting mostly virtual Town Meetings during the 2020-2021 school year.
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  • The Health & Safety Task Force

    by Nancy Spencer, Head of School
    The Health & Safety Task Force (HSTF) was established in March of 2020 to create policy recommendations for approval by the Shorecrest administration to protect the on-campus school community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the Health & Safety Task Force is to establish policy recommendations for the Head of School and her administration which provide the medically safest in-person educational environment feasible, within the restrictions of the school's mission, budget, logistical constraints, and applicable Florida state laws.
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  • Mock Mayoral Election

    by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
    Along with the excitement of a new academic year came the educational opportunity of a Mayoral Primary Election.
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  • Art Teacher Casey McDonough to be Featured in Tampa Exhibit

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Upper School Art Teacher Casey McDonough will have his art featured this summer in the exhibit Skyway 20/21: A Contemporary Collaboration, June 14 – September 1, 2021, at the USF Contemporary Art Museum.
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  • Have you heard about loose parts?

    by Adriana Hollenbeck, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Children can spend a long time playing with ordinary objects such as boxes or rocks. What makes these simple materials so exciting is the fact that they create space for curiosity and give kids free rein to creativity and imagination. In the world of Early Childhood we call these materials loose parts.
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  • US Equestrian Interscholastic Student-Athlete

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Congratulations to Julianne Lurie '25, a participant in the US Equestrian Interscholastic Athlete Program.
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  • Varsity and JV Volleyball open the season

    by Coach Draper
    Varsity Volleyball vs. Largo: 25-27, 25-12, 25-19, 25-17.
    JV Volleyball vs. Largo: 25-18, 15-25, 15-13.
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  • Senior Launch (For Parents/Guardians)

    by Tiffany Blessing, Director of College Counseling
    Parents of seniors are strongly encouraged to join College Counseling for Senior Launch on Thursday, September 2 from 6-7pm in the Janet Root Theatre.
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  • Fall 2021 Chargers Athletics Information

    by Athletics Department
    Information is available for students rising into grades 6-12 interested in participating in Shorecrest Athletics in fall 2021.
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  • First Days in The Experiential School

    by Adriana Hollenbeck, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    This week The Experiential School opened its doors to students and their families for the 2021-2022 school year. Together they explored our flexible environment and used a variety of materials to engage in meaningful collaboration. The teachers were so happy to greet everyone and the students were thrilled to welcome their parents for our special activity.
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  • Welcome to the 2021-22 school year at Shorecrest!

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    We have had a busy summer here on campus with lots of activity in the Admissions Office, and the completion of construction on our facilities as we successfully conclude the Transform campaign. 

    Facing forward into the new school year, it will be an exciting year of renewal, of coming together and strengthening our sense of community. In fact, the importance of independent schools has never been more clear than it is today. Why?
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  • Convocation 2021

    by Erich Schneider, Interim Head of Upper School
    Shorecrest Upper School opened the first day of the 2021-2022 school year with a tradition: Convocation.
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  • Welcome New Colleagues

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest is excited to announce new additions and changes to our faculty and staff for the 2021-22 school year.
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  • Melissa Estremera Co-Author for Princeton Review

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Upper School Computer Science Teacher Melissa Estremera recently co-authored the 2022 edition of The Princeton Review’s “AP Computer Science Principles Prep” book. She has graded the Computer Science Principles AP exams nationally for 4 years, and has taught the course every year since it was released in 2016.
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  • Auditions for MS Musical "Annie Jr."

    by Stephanie McCarthy, MS Music Teacher and Thespian Director
    Shorecrest sixth, seventh and eighth graders are invited to audition for this year's Middle School Musical: "Annie Jr."
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  • Chargers Install Turtle Raft at Kelly Lake Park

    by Krish Patel ‘22
    This summer, the Shorecrest chapter of the Business Professionals of America completed a group service project. The team built a turtle raft at Kelly Lake Park. Did you know basking in the sun is an important part of reptile maintenance?
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  • Ethan Danielson ‘22 selected as Coolidge Senator

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    After a very intensive application and selection process, Ethan Danielson ‘22 was selected by the Coolidge Foundation as one of only 100 Coolidge Senators. 
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  • Fourth Grader named Student Environmental Awards Winner

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Miles F., a new fourth grader at Shorecrest, started a business a few years ago - Kids Saving Oceans (www.kidssavingoceans.com) - with the goal of raising money to save oceans, beaches, and marine life. On August 12, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), announced the 2021 recipients of the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA). Miles was awarded in Region 4, Award Category K-5!
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  • 2021-2022 SCA Board Announced

    by SCA Nominating Committee
    The incoming SCA Board for the 2021-2022 school year will be Co-Presidents: Christy Stross and Kirsten Fisher; Co-Vice Presidents: Nidhi Patel and Marianne Ross; Treasurer: Christina LeBlanc; Co-Secretaries: Natalie Spada and Mandy Rutledge and Co-Volunteer Coordinators: Lauren Carlan and Kristi Aussner
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  • How to read Ebytes

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    A short video with tips for reading Ebytes each week to get all the news from Shorecrest.
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  • Caleb Kravitz '20 to swim in U.S. Olympic Team Trials

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Caleb Kravitz '20 will be competing in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – the premier swimming event to determine who will reach Tokyo and compete as a member of Team USA in July.
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  • Charger Chat: Get to Know Adriana Hollenbeck [Video]

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    View a recording of our Charger Chat with Adriana Hollenbeck, incoming Head of The Experiential School.
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  • Shorecrest Magazine 2020-2021

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Read the latest issue of Shorecrest Magazine, now available online!
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  • Summer Reading & Supply Lists for all Grades

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Are you tired of searching for the perfect "3-prong, plastic folder with pockets?" SCA can help! Let us shop for your child's school supplies this year. SCA will gather school supplies and have them ready and waiting in your child's classroom - saving you time and money.
    (NOTE: there are some supplies on each list SCA does not provide. Please read on and find the list for the grade your child(ren) will be entering.)
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  • Science Teacher Selene Willis Awarded Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship with NASA

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest fifth grade Science Teacher Selene Willis is one of 18 K-12 STEM teachers in the US to be named a 2021-2022 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. She and her fellowship cohort will spend 11 months in Washington, D.C. serving in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office engaged in national education initiatives. Ms. Willis has been selected to work with the NASA Science Mission Directorate Science Activation program.
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  • MS Robotics Teams Celebrate Success in State Tournament and Beyond

    by Dr. Anna Baralt and Chris Scoby, Robotics Club Sponsors
    The R2D2s were awarded the third place Champion Award for the state of Florida. Due to their high placement in the State of Florida tournament, they were invited to represent the Region at the FLL Virtual Open International Greece Tournament! The event will host 200 teams from across the globe to compete in an online event, while Greece celebrates 200 years of independence.
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  • "Willa of the Wood" STEAM Projects [Video]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Fifth grade students presented projects representing their unit focused on the book "Willa of the Wood" by Robert Beatty.
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  • Final Thoughts

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    As I look back at this year, I feel good about how we approached these issues in times of uncertainty. My rule of thumb has always been what makes sense philosophically and what will work pragmatically. I am constantly asking what is reasonable and what is in the best interest of Shorecrest? And, how do we move the School forward while keeping a broad perspective? 
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  • Second Grade Gardeners

    by Michele Johnson, Second Grade Teacher
    Since January, second graders have been reviving the Lower School campus garden. Students selected plants, designed and planted the gardens, and were responsible for the upkeep of the space.
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  • Summer Mental Health Resources for Children of all Ages

    by Courtney Ellis '02, Upper School Counselor & AP Psychology Teacher
    Tap into the many supports available to help your students look after their mental health this summer.
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  • Third Grade Force and Motion Unit: How Do things Move?

    by Jennifer Hobbs, Third Grade Teacher and Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Third graders recently wrapped up a months-long interdisciplinary force and motion investigation project highlighting physics and STEAM skills. Teachers introduced the unit with a driving question: “How do things move?”
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  • Commencement 2021

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On Saturday, May 22, the 81-member Class of 2021 were the first at Shorecrest Preparatory School to receive their diplomas on the Charger Commons Greenspace. Among the graduating class were 7 students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., 1 military appointment, 2 Presidential Scholar candidates, 3 NCAA committed student-athletes, many Thespians, at least 2 pilots and 4 sets of twins!
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  • Janet Root Volunteer Service Award

    by Karen Quilty, 2019-20 Co-Janet Root Volunteer Service Award recipient and Alumni Parent
    Each spring, the Shorecrest Community Association chooses a winner of the Janet Root Volunteer Service Award. The award is presented by past winners of this prestigious award to a volunteer who has made an impact on campus for many years. This year, the winner was presented with her award and a gift at a surprise gathering attended by many past winners along with Nancy Spencer, Head of School.
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  • Six Seniors Defend Their GSI Theses

    by Kurt Wahlgren, Global Scholars Initiative Director
    During the last month of the 2020-2021 academic year, students and faculty gathered to participate in Global Scholars Initiative thesis defense presentations. After each presentation, the Q and A session transitioned into extended academic discussions that continued well past the standard dinner hour. These organic moments of scholarly inquiry are a testament to the students and faculty in GSI.
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  • Meet the Class of 2021

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    A hub has been created on our website for members of the Class of 2021 as well as their friends and families: www.shorecrest.org/2021
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  • July 31 Deadline to Purchase Tuition Refund Plan Insurance

    by Business Office
    TRP Insurance provides a 75% pro-rated refund upon a non-medical withdrawal, subject to conditions. July 31 is the deadline to purchase this plan for the 2021-2022 school year.
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  • When / Where to Find 2021-2022 School Year Info 

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Summer Reading/Supply Lists will be published in the last Ebytes newsletter of the school year on Friday, May 28.
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  • Upper School Musical Theatre Awards

    by Cheryl Lee, Director of Performing Arts
    The theatre department recently celebrated the accomplishments of Upper School performing artists.
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  • UPPER SCHOOL 2021 AWARDS CEREMONY, VALEDICTORIAN ANNOUNCED

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Upper School students, families, faculty and staff gathered to honor academic achievements and beyond on the Charger Commons Greenspace on May 21, 2021. Congratulations to all of our students for a very successful school year under extraordinary conditions!
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  • Contributing Chargers: Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes

    by Olivia Segalman, Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Services
    This week’s Contributing Charger is Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management. Since 1995, Jean has supported Shorecrest philanthropically and with her time and talent. We asked her to reveal a little about herself and why Shorecrest is important to her.
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  • Graduation Day 

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Graduation implies the completion of something, a phase of life that is coming to an end. We also use the word Commencement for this end-of-school ritual. The two words offer differing perspectives because Commencement means looking forward to a new beginning, commencing a new stage of life. Of course, Saturday night, Shorecrest seniors will experience both, as the Class of 2021 graduates, and commences on to new challenges.
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  • MS Awards Assemblies [Videos, Photos]

    by Kristine Marquez Grant, Head of Middle School
    Shorecrest Middle School held its annual Middle School Awards Assemblies in the Janet Root Theatre for students and livestreamed the events for families and friends. Awards were presented for academic achievement, Citizen of the Year, Spark Awards in each grade level, as well as the Harold Bruggeman Award and Garrett Staples Award.
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  • Shorecrest MS Performing Arts Presents  “Stone Soup” [Photos]

    by Stephanie McCarthy, Middle School Music Teacher
    The award-winning Shorecrest Middle School Thespians in grades 6-8 presented the play "Stone Soup" on May 13 and 14, 2021, at 6:30pm in the MS Quad at Shorecrest Preparatory School.
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  • Middle School Rock Band Showcase, May 27

    by Ethan Updike, Band Director
    Members of the Middle School Rock Bands will have a showcase on Thursday, May 27 in the Janet Root Theatre at 7pm. Over the last two months they recorded the music that they've learned in the school's project recording studio and will be showcasing the product (like music videos of our students, by our students.)
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  • Congratulations to our Sunshine State Young Readers!

    by Dottie Smay, LS Media Specialist
    Each fall the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award contest is part of the literary curriculum offered to students in Shorecrest third and fourth grades. This year 36 third and fourth grade students voluntarily participated in the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award voting contest and read 3 or more of the books on the list.
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  • In the Running for an Ocean Guardian School Distinction

    by Kathryn Jeakle, Eighth Grade Marine Science Teacher
    Ms. Jeakle and Ms. Parrott applied through NOAA for Shorecrest to earn an Ocean Guardian School Distinction.
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  • SCA BOARD NOMINATIONS

    by SCA Board
    The SCA Nominating Committee is pleased to present the following slate of officers for the 2021-2022 school year.
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  • Chemistry Composting Song [video]

    by Daniel Burkett, US Science Teacher
    Upper School chemistry students spent this semester working in small groups to research applications of chemical concepts outside of the classroom. 
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  • JK Creates Zoo Animation

    by Takeya Trayer, JK Teaching Assistant
    A main topic of investigation for Junior Kindergarteners in Mrs. Rosas’ class throughout second semester was the zoo and the animals found there. JK teaching assistant Ms. Trayer, who has a background in animation, wanted to capture the ongoing narrative the children were creating about animals in the classroom. She taught them how to create a stop-motion video.
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  • Discover Kindergarten Parts I and II [Videos]

    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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  • Las Aventuras de Enrique en Panamá

    by Señora Nayka Miller, Middle School Spanish Teacher 
    Middle School Spanish Teacher Señora Miller (nom de plume Nayka Barrios Jaén) recently published a book written with her students in mind. “Las Aventuras de Enrique en Panamá” is a comprehensible input reader, and the Shorecrest Preparatory School Class of 2025 were enthusiastic beta readers.
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  • 2020-21 "Crestviews" Yearbooks

    by Casey McDonough, Upper School Art Teacher
    There are additional Yearbooks available for purchase ($50). Interested parties should email Casey McDonough at cmcdonough@shorecrest.org.
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  • Appreciation and Gratitude

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    As the school year winds down and I look back at the past 11 months, I am filled with appreciation and gratitude. Thanks to the tremendous work of so many, this year has wildly exceeded our expectations. I am humbled by the amount of time and effort that it has required of faculty and staff, parents and students to have such a successful school year amidst the many challenges posed by COVID-19.
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  • Fourth Grade Moving Up Ceremony to be Livestreamed

    by Katy Deegan, Lower School Technology Coordinator
    At Shorecrest, when fourth graders roll up to fifth grade, they actually take the leap from Lower School to Middle School. This is celebrated with a brief ceremony in the Janet Root Theatre each year that reflects on Lower School memories. The community is invited to virtually join the Fourth Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Thursday, May 27 from 8:30-9am. The event will be livestreamed via Webex.
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  • Intuitive Innovation Grant Yields “Women in STEAM” Student Podcast

    by Laina Bennett Coburn, Director of Philanthropic Giving
    The Intuitive Foundation provided Shorecrest Preparatory School with a grant to support a project that would provide women and other underrepresented communities with more opportunities to promote health, advance education and/or reduce human suffering. The expertise of dedicated members of the Upper School Girls STEAM Club was channeled into a student-produced podcast series focused on diversity and women in STEM-related fields.
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  • Broadway Star of the Future Award Winners

    by Cheryl Lee, Director of Performing Arts
    During the 2020-21 school year, the Shorecrest Performing arts productions of the play "Our Town" and the musical "Something Rotten!" were reviewed as part of the Broadway Star of the Future program presented by the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. The shows, casts and creative teams received high praise from the judges and multiple award nominations.
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  • Chargers at FHSAA 1A STATE TRACK MEET

    by Athletics Department
    At the FHSAA 1A State Track and Field meet last week, the Girls Chargers finished in 11th place in the State and the Boys finished 21st in the State. Sonoma Kasica '24 was the State Champion in Javelin with a new school record!
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  • Charlie Hounchell Arts Star Scholarship Winner

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Congratulations to Tatum Hostetter ‘22 for winning a $2,500 Hounchell Scholarship in Literary Arts from TBBCA (Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts).
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  • Global Learning in Fifth Grade

    by Sandra Janack, Fifth Grade Social Studies Teacher
    Ms. Janack’s fifth grade social studies classes have been connecting with pen pals globally via the Penpal Schools website. Pen pals connect through a variety of curriculum topics. Ms. Janack’s students connected through the World Explorer topic and are learning about foods, daily life, art, literature, and pop culture around the world via lessons and videos on the PenPal Schools website.
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  • Spotlight on Austin Fuss '11

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Dating back to Shorecrest’s first graduating class in 1976, Upper School faculty established a tradition of selecting an Outstanding Senior. The Outstanding Senior represents all of the best qualities and characteristics of a Shorecrest student: leadership, scholarship, mentorship and service. The Class of 2011 Outstanding Senior, Austin Fuss, will speak at the Commencement of the Class of 2021 this May.
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  • FACTS Registration Reminder

    by Business Office
    Shorecrest has partnered with FACTS Tuition Management for billing and payments of tuition and related fees. All families are required to set up and maintain a FACTS account in order to be invoiced for the upcoming school year. Please set up your FACTS account ASAP if you haven’t already done so as 2021-22 tuition payments will be invoiced and due in May.
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  • Meet the Cheerble

    by Julianne L '25 and Ryan M ’25
    The Entrepreneurial Design Institute (EDI) is a new signature program for eighth graders at Shorecrest in which Chargers address community needs through entrepreneurial thinking. Students recently developed a business idea and explored a variety of tools to develop the venture while practicing the entrepreneurial mindset.
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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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  • A Daughter's Perspective

    by Sally Sandoval
    In honor of Mother's Day, I thought that it would be interesting to hear from my daughter, Sally Sandoval, in this week's Ebytes. Sally lives in New York City and works for the NBA. She is a graduate of Westminster School in Connecticut and Dartmouth College. 
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  • SHORECREST SENIORS CELEBRATE COLLEGE DECISION DAY

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    May 1 is National College Decision Day, the day many colleges and universities request a commitment from incoming students. Members of Class of 2021, as well as faculty and staff, wore college T-shirts to campus on Monday, May 3, to celebrate the seniors. 
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  • Varsity Softball in Regional Quarterfinals

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Congratulations to the Varsity Softball Chargers who fought hard in the Regional Quarterfinals this week. In the end they lost to Academy at the Lakes 9 to 3.
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  • MS Robotics Heads to State Competition

    by Anna Baralt, Director of Educational Technology
    The Middle School robotics teams recently competed in the FIRST LEGO League Regional Championships. Team 1448, The Force, won a Breakthrough Award, celebrating their progress in confidence and capability in both the Robot Game and Innovation Project while acting as shining examples of excellent Core Values. Team 1449, The R2D2s, won the top Core Values Award and also had the second highest scoring robot with 355 points.
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  • National History Day Competition Qualifiers

    by Ron Heller, US History Teacher
    Congratulations to the Shorecrest students who participated in this year's Florida State History Day competition. Three projects have advanced to the virtual National contest in June!
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  • Walker H. '28 Wins Fifth Grade Geography Bee

    by Sandra Janack, Fifth Grade Social Studies Teacher
    National Geographic canceled this year’s national Geo Bee competition this year due to COVID-19. That didn’t stop the fifth graders from a fierce grade level geography competition. Walker was victorious, earning a first place medal and a party for his advisory.
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  • All-District Baseball Chargers

    by Coach McCall, Athletic Director
    Shorecrest Chargers student-athletes were named to the All-District Baseball team.
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  • Alpha on the Go! [Photos]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    This week, the Charger Blvd. carpool lane became the scene of feats of balance, strength and determination. Our youngest Chargers showed off their skills on 2-4 wheels at three Alpha on the Go! events.
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  • Chargers Success at Regional Track Meet

    by Coach Cameron
    The Shorecrest Track and Field Chargers recently went down to Naples for the Regional track meet. After a long day of competition, Shorecrest had a number of athletes advance to the State meet in Jacksonville, including two Regional Champions!
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  • Dan Burkett Earns National Geographic Educator Certification

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest Upper School Science Teacher Dan Burkett has been named a National Geographic Certified Educator. National Geographic certifies educators committed to making the world a better place by empowering students to be informed decision-makers equipped to solve meaningful challenges in their communities and beyond. For his capstone project, Mr. Burkett taught his Shorecrest Upper School chemistry students about ocean acidification. 
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  • Integrated US History and Psychology Lesson

    by Courtney Ellis, AP Psychology Teacher
    Shorecrest Upper School students in Mrs. Brazee's U.S. Honors History class participated in a Red Scare mock trial. AP Psychology students had the opportunity to observe the mock trial and relate it to concepts they are learning about in a unit on Social Psychology.
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  • JK Activity Day [Photos]

    by JK Teaching Team
    On Activity Day, students in junior kindergarten excitedly moved through different habitats.
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  • JK Handmade Animal Costume Show [Photos]

    by Brenda Rosas, JK Teacher
    Shorecrest junior kindergarteners were curious to learn about different animals and their habitats. As a representation of their research on a specific animal, they made a costume to exhibit for the grade.
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  • Learning the Lindy Hop

    by Rachel Ekblad, Upper School English Teacher
    Shorecrest Upper School students in Ms. Ekblad's Studies in Culture class studied the Lindy Hop vs. hip hop, looking at correspondences between the music, dance styles, and social role of these two art forms within their cultural contexts.
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  • Sailing at SAISA District Team Race Championship

    by Heidi Hicks ‘21
    The Shorecrest Sailing Chargers travelled to Miami to compete in the SAISA District Team Race Championship and National Qualifier. The two-day event showed a broad range of sailing conditions from no wind to a steady 12 knot seabreeze towards the end of each day. Out of the 6 teams from the South Atlantic district that attended, Shorecrest finished 5th.
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  • Shorecrest Performing Arts Presents  “SOMETHING ROTTEN!” [Photos]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The award-winning Shorecrest Performing Arts Thespians were back in the Janet Root Theatre for the hilarious musical “Something Rotten!” Nominated for numerous Tony Awards® including Best Musical, “Something Rotten!” was performed April 23 - May 1, 2021, at Shorecrest Preparatory School.
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  • Camp NOLA with LS Music Teacher Miss Marilyn

    by Dominique Hamm, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Campers rising into grades 1-4 can come experience Camp NOLA with LS Music Teacher Miss Marilyn this summer! Jazz, dancing, and Mardi Gras - OH MY!
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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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  • 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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  • Alumni join Upper School for a Virtual Career Panel

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    A special thank you to Jeremy Reiskind '13, Alex Eaton '14, Sabrina Murphy '15 and Seif El Masry '16 for taking part in our first installment of our virtual Career Mini-Series. The goal of the Career Mini-Series is to provide an opportunity for current Shorecrest students to explore the breadth of career options available to them.
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  • To Thine Own Self be True 

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Sitting in the welcoming Janet Root Theatre, relishing the experience of watching our student performers in the hilarious musical “Something Rotten!” I was struck not only by the talent of our students, but also by the famous Shakespeare quotation from “Hamlet,” appropriated in the story line by Nigel, which declares, “To thine own self be true.”
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  • Walker Willis '19 to host virtual James Museum Events

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    In partnership with the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, Walker Willis '19 is hosting a virtual series with environmentalists to discuss their perspectives on wildlife conservation and how art can inspire the community to champion the preservation of habitat and biodiversity.
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  • Artistic Wooden Figurines

    by Lori Auletta, Lower School Art Teacher
    Kindergarteners were given wood forms of all shapes and sizes to use to construct sculptures of animal or human figures.
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  • “SOMETHING ROTTEN!” Yields Multiple Broadway Star of the Future Nominations

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest Performing Arts' “Something Rotten!” was reviewed last week as part of the Broadway Star of the Future program presented by the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. The show, cast and creative team received high praise from the judges and multiple award nominations.
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  • Clay Unit in Experiential School

    by Alexis Arrazcaeta, ES Atelierista
    This spring students in The Experiential School of Tampa Bay have been exploring all properties of clay - from recycling clay back to its true form, to spinning clay on a pottery wheel, and more.
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  • Loretta L. Celebrates with Birthday Cleanup

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Kindergartener Loretta L. celebrated her recent sixth birthday by making a difference and helping the environment. 
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  • Observing the Copper Cycle

    by Daniel Burkett, US Science Teacher
    Honors Chemistry students applied their knowledge of acid-base reactions, precipitation reactions, and redox reactions, to observe the copper cycle. 
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  • Seventh Grader Honored for Poster Design

    by Hélène Simon, MS French teacher
    Every year the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) organizes a poster design contest for elementary and middle school students. Shorecrest seventh grader Gaston G. '26 won second place.
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  • Tennis Chargers at State Championship

    by Coach Davis
    An historic season for the Varsity Tennis Chargers ended at the State Semifinal number 1 doubles team round. The Chargers boys number 1 doubles team of Stefan Bilanovic ‘23 and Tyler Del Zoppo ‘21 represented Shorecrest at the FHSAA State Championships end of season tournament held at Sylvan Lake Park on April 26-28 in Orlando.
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  • Vote for Shannon Wright '20 in Broadway's "Next On Stage" Season 3

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Shannon Wright ‘20 has been selected as one of the Top 30 in the nation for collegiate submissions in Broadway’s “Next On Stage” Season 3 competition! The winner will be determined by vote... so please vote for Shannon!
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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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  • 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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  • Evan Hoefer '21 Named U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Semifinalist

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest Preparatory School senior Evan Hoefer '21, previously named a candidate as a 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, has been notified of his selection as a semifinalist.
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  • Celebrate the Arts Week 2021 at Shorecrest

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Art instruction is interwoven throughout the Shorecrest curriculum. To celebrate the lessons and skills taught all year, each spring we highlight Celebrate the Arts Week.
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  • The Transformative Power of Education

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    I recently learned of the death of Dr. Vartan Gregorian, noted academic, past president of the Carnegie Corporation, and 16th president of my alma mater Brown University. Of his many career accomplishments, what stands out to me the most was his advocacy for the New York City Public Library in the 1980s. He championed the importance of libraries as integral to the values of America, and he identified the impact of reading and education as central to his own story as an Armenian immigrant. As someone who spent so many happy afternoons of my own childhood at my local library, the legacy of Dr. Gregorian resonates strongly with me.
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  • SCA Big Event Announcement

    by Big Event Chairs Stephanie Pia and Abby Richie
    Listen in on a "SCA Zoom Call" to hear from the 2021 Big Event Committee.
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  • Art with an Earth-Friendly Purpose

    by Curtis Cruise, Sixth Grade Science Teacher
    To acknowledge Earth Day, the sixth graders built a piece of art with an Earth Day theme. Trader Joe's on Fourth Street will display some of the projects over the weekend.
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  • Shorecrest Launches Post-Graduate / Gap Year Program

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Varsity Tennis at Regionals

    by Coach Davis
    The Chargers Varsity Tennis Girls team had a hard fought win over Tampa Prep at Regional Semifinals. They lost in the finals at Berkeley. The Chargers Varsity Tennis Boys team's season concluded with a strong showing in the Regional Semifinals and we are proud of them. The boys number 1 doubles team advances to the State Championship in Orlando.
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  • A St. Pete private school is offering a one year program for gap year students

    by Lauren Coffey, Tampa Bay Business Journal
    St. Petersburg-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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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, supporting 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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