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2019

Recent News

  • Charger Winnings - Closing Friday

    by Big Event Committee
    Even if you missed The Big Event, you still have opportunities to bid online to support the Shorecrest Community Association (SCA)! Charger Winnings are an online auction of events, sign-up parties, and special experiences - many hosted by Shorecrest faculty for students! Also read about fabulous parent sign-up parties hosted by community members. Charger Winnings are only open online through March 22! All proceeds benefit the Shorecrest Community Association.
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  • Carline & Schedule Changes

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

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

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    Our school community will enjoy dining together in the new Dining Rooms when we return from Spring Break 2019 on March 18. The new facility has dedicated space for Middle and Upper School student dining and for Lower School dining. Additional details and an FAQ are here.
     
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  • Lower School Announcements

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Important announcements, updates and reminders for Lower School Families
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  • A Small Part of the World [Video, photos]

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

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

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

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Important announcements, updates and reminders for Experiential School Families
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  • Middle School Announcements

    by Kristine Marquez Grant, Head of Middle School
    Important announcements, updates and reminders for Middle School Families
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  • Upper School Announcements & New Schedule

    by Don Paige, Head of Upper School
    Important Announcements and Reminders for Upper School families and students.
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  • THE POWER OF COLLECTIVE GIVING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    by Big Event Committee
    A SCA sign-up party just for moms who are MAD as Hatters!
    Save the date! Friday September 27, 7-10pm.  
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  • Register Now for Summer at Shorecrest

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Registration for summer programs is now open! Summer at Shorecrest offers camps, programs, and classes for students age 4-years-old through high school; there are even offerings for parents this summer! Visit www.shorecrest.org/summer for full descriptions, schedules and registration.
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  • GaL Club Dodgeball Tournament, April 5

    by Beth Bartlett, Club Faculty Advisor
    Dodging for Dollar$ - Friday, April 5. 4pm: Middle School play begins. 6:30pm: Upper School play begins.
    The Upper School Guardian ad Litem Club is hosting their 5th Annual Dodging for Dollar$ dodgeball tournament on Friday, April 5! Come enjoy dodgeball, pizza, music and lots of fun! Proceeds benefit the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay.
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  • Upcoming Relay For Life Fundraising Events

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

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
    Shorecrest is hosting two parent workshops focused on the Reggio Emilia Approach to teaching and learning (0-6 yrs.) The workshops will be led by the author of “We Are All Explorers,” Dr. Karen Haigh. The next workshop will be March 19 at 8:30am in the SAC. Please RSVP to sdanyali@shorecrest.org.
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  • Big Event: One of a Kind Class Books!

    by Big Event Committee
    Your children have worked hard on creating masterpieces and sharing ideas that have been transformed into beautiful class books. These projects are unique mementos that also contain special class pictures. You can pre-order your child’s book for $25 from the Shorecrest in Wonderland website.
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  • Upper School Service Week 2019

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

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

    by Matt Frey, Shorecrest Parent
    Shorecrest dads are invited to meet other dads at fun, monthly nights out.  All events will be at 7:30pm unless otherwise stated.
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  • On-Campus Sports Physicals - Save the Date

    by Athletic Department
    All Florida Orthopaedic Associates will perform physicals for Shorecrest student-athletes currently in grades 5-11 on Wednesday, May 8 at 5:30pm in the Athletic Center. Female and male physicians will be present to conduct the exams. This service will be made available to Shorecrest students only. The cost for the physical will be $20. Please save the date and plan for your child/children to take advantage of this service. If you have any questions please contact the Athletic Department.
     
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  • MS Robotics Win Innovative Solution Award and More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    by Book Fair Co-Chairs: Tonya Farkas & Bernice Murphy
    It’s time to Stomp, Chomp and Read at the Book Fair!
    Where: Janet Root Theatre Lobby
    When: Monday, February 25 - Friday, March 1, 8:00am - 4:30pm
    We are so excited to announce special evening hours too!
    When: Thursday, February 28, 5:30 - 7:00pm
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  • Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year

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

    by Athletics Department
    Spring Sport start dates are around the corner and we’re listing them below for your calendars! If you are interested in conditioning for a team prior to your start date, reach out to the coaches listed or our Strength & Performance Coach, Richie Cameron, and they can help get you going!
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  • Boys Basketball Senior Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    by Cheryl Lee, Chair Performing Arts Department
    Shorecrest Upper School Performing Arts presents the play "Radium Girls"
    Saturday, January 19, 7pm evening performance
    Sunday, January 20, 2pm matinee performance
    in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest Preparatory School
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  • Summer Trip: A few spaces left

    by Ron Heller, Upper School History Teacher
    What do Paris, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Munich have in common? 
    Mozart wrote, played and most likely slept in all of these places... and you can visit them June 1-18, 2019.
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  • Northeast Little League Registration

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

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

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

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

    by SCA Big Event Committee
    The Big Event ~ Shorecrest in Wonderland will be held on Friday, March 1 at 7pm at Station House St. Pete, 260 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Limited tickets remain - order yours now! www.shorecrestbigevent.com
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