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2018

Recent News

  • Fifth Grade’s Long Walk to Water

    by Sandy Janack, Fifth Grade Social Studies Teacher
    Fifth graders embarked on a Long Walk with Water around campus. Students are learning about the many women and girls in South Sudan who have limited education and job opportunities because of a lack of clean, running water in their communities. They have been reading “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park in English class. This book’s main character is Nya, a girl who must trek to collect water daily for her family’s survival. The other main character is Salva Dut, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, who escaped the massacre in his South Sudanese village as a boy. He became a refugee for over a decade in Ethiopia and later Kenya.
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  • Shorecrest claims first state volleyball title

    by Rodney Page, Times Staff Writer
    Almost as soon as the ball slammed to the court, Jacqueline St. Cin '19 started crying. Her thunderous kill, one of 16 on the day, finished off a 25-23, 25-18, 25-22 Class 4A state final win over Palm Beach Gardens Benjamin on Saturday. Her Shorecrest teammates stormed the Suncoast Credit Union Arena floor. They screamed. They jumped. They hugged. They cried. The Chargers are state volleyball champions for the first time.
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  • Middle School Announcements

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

    by Don Paige, Head of Upper School
    Important Announcements and Reminders for Upper School families and students.
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  • Lower School Announcements

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
    Important announcements, updates and reminders for Lower School Families
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  • Grateful

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    I am going to borrow a page from columnist Ernest Hooper’s playbook. Every Monday morning as he highlights people and events in Tampa Bay in the "Tampa Bay Times" he always notes a bumper sticker that has caught his eye. I saw one the other day and regardless of one’s political leanings, the message triggered a thought as we head into Thanksgiving season. Seen on the bumper sticker were the words, “Make America Grateful Again.”
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  • Holiday Gift Drive Kicks Off November 26

    by Bonnie Lurie, Holiday Gift Drive Chair
    Shorecrest has a longstanding relationship with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation. The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay provides advocacy and support for abused, abandoned or neglected children in the Guardian ad Litem Program of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. For more than 20 years, the Gift Drive has been the school’s signature service event with participation from Shorecrest families at every grade level. Upper School students formed the Guardian ad Litem Service Club in 2014. Nearly 100 high school students volunteer on behalf of the children year-round. A number of Shorecrest parents and community members also volunteer as Guardian ad Litem advocates.
     
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  • Interact Makes the Day Off a Day On

    by Jessica Thorn, Upper School Interact Club Advisor
    During the day off for Conference Day on November 8, members of the Interact service club spent their morning volunteering at the Kind Mouse. Students labeled and sorted food that will be given to children who are on free and reduced lunch programs.
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  • Shorecrest Swim & Dive Qualifies 14 for State Meet

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    At the 1A-3 Championship meet, our girls out-performed expectations with a big finish as Region Runners-Up! The boys team finished fifth overall out of 32 teams. The 1A State Meet is Friday, November 16 at 9am. Watch live at www.fhsaa.org and Go Chargers!
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  • State volleyball: Shorecrest advances to first final in 23 years

    by Rodney Page, Times Staff Writer
    Shorecrest has played well all season, but the Chargers clearly saved their best volleyball for the postseason. After defeating district rival Calvary Christian in the Class 4A region final more than a week ago, Shorecrest kept up the momentum with an impressive 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 win Saturday afternoon against Jacksonville Providence.
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  • THE NIGHT THE BAND WENT GREEN [VIDEO, PHOTOS]

    by Rob Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
    Fourth graders recently wrapped up a semester-long unit on conservation and sustainability, and their performance of "The Night the Band Went Green" allowed them to share what they had learned in a fun and musical way!
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  • Experiential School Announcements & Photos

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Important announcements, updates and reminders for Experiential School Families
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  • Expert on Reggio Emilia Approach to lead Parent Workshop

    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. (See bio below.) The dates will be January 15 and March 19 at 8:30am in the SAC - so mark your calendars. Dr. Haigh has been working with Alpha, JK, Kindergarten and first grade teachers and instructional assistants and the ES/LS Administration team as a consultant this year. The first workshop will be an introduction to the Reggio Emilia Approach. Please RSVP to sdanyali@shorecrest.org.
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  • Furry Friend in AP Psych

    by Courtney Ellis, Upper School Psychology Teacher
    Christine Fasan of K9 Holistics visited Shorecrest Upper School's AP Psychology class to help students understand concepts of classical and operant conditioning. Fasan brought Hendrix, a three-legged therapy dog who was rescued a few years ago. The class is studying the psychological components of learning, specifically operant and classical conditioning (ie: Pavlov’s dogs). The students were eager to volunteer to help train Hendrix to make new associations using the positive reinforcer of hot dogs!
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  • Mesopotamian City-States on Minecraft in Sixth Grade

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    After studying Ancient Mesopotamia in Social Studies, Shorecrest sixth graders built a scaled model of a city-state in Minecraft. The students spent two weeks planning, designing and building their cities.
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  • Middle School Forensics Meet 2

    by Lillian Booker Nelson, Forensics Coach
    24 middle school students garnered 14 trophies at the 2nd Forensics Meet at Berkeley Wednesday night. 
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  • Middle School Golf Awards

    by Coach Woody Every
    The Middle School Golf Team gathered for an awards party on Monday, November 12. The team reflected on a fun and rewarding season. Coach Every is so proud of these student athletes and their hard work all season long. 
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  • Nous Nous Souvenons

    by Hélène Simon, MS French teacher
    The past two weeks, students of Middle School French class learned about World War I and celebrated the 100th anniversary of its end on November 11. Students were most surprised to learn the uncommon animals which helped with the war. Classes also learned of the role young people and women played in this war.
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  • Performing Arts Fall Showcase [Video]

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Communications & Marketing
    The talented students of the Shorecrest Performing Arts Program presented their annual Fall Showcase on Saturday, November 10 in the Janet Root Theatre. The performance highlighted Upper School song, dance and drama at Shorerest.
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  • SCA Presentation: Dr. Anna Baralt on Apps Kids Love and What Parents Should Know about Them [Video]

    by Dr. Anna Baralt, Director of Educational Technology
    On Wednesday, November 14, the Shorecrest Community Association welcomed Dr. Anna Baralt, Shorecrest Director of Educational Technology, to talk to parents/guardians about popular apps that students are using and what parents should know about them. The apps spanned from Snapchat to Fortnite, Houseparty to KIK, vaults and video apps and more. Also at the SCA meeting was Shorecrest Athletic Director Anthony McCall who talked about the wonderful fall season for Chargers Athletics and the growing Intramural Programs for students in Lower and Middle Schools.
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  • You're Invited to be a Host Family

    by Shorecrest Admissions
    Shorecrest has partnered with New Oasis International Education to help recruit and house international students at Shorecrest. New Oasis homestay is not about renting a room in an American house, it's about joining an American family. By saying "yes" to the experience, we can foster a global understanding.
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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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  • 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 7:30p unless otherwise stated.
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  • Meet and Play with the Basketball Chargers, Dec 8 & Jan 19

    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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  • We are Still Counting on Your Support!

    by Laina Bennett, Director of Annual Giving
    Thanks to the generous support of parents and community members over these past few months, we are 58% closer to achieving this year’s goal for the Shorecrest Annual Fund. While we are more than halfway through our journey to ensure students have the ability to color their world, we still need your support.
     
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  • Experience Shorecrest and Tour Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools

    by Shorecrest Admissions Office
    Take this opportunity to discover what is in store for our students as they grow up through the divisions at Shorecrest. Experiential School parents are invited to join our Upper School Student Ambassadors to experience the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. This tour series will be led by students who have been there themselves!
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  • Fifth Grade STEAM Week and Food Festival, Nov. 16

    by Fifth Grade Team
    Fifth Grade will host the 3rd Annual Drop Everything and STEAM Week Showcase on November 16 from 1:30-2:15 in the fifth grade classrooms, followed by an International Food Festival from 2:15-2:45 in the breezeway. You are invited to see the kinetic sculptures made by fifth grade students throughout the week, and/or come sample foods from around the world. If you time it right, you can do both! 
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  • Poetry In the Park 2018 [Photos, video]

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
    After weeks of studying and writing poetry, Shorecrest's young bards had the opportunity to show off their collaborative poetic voice. Audiences flocked to beach chairs and blankets in the Faculty Garden to enjoy a wonderful morning of listening to the joyful, lyrical voices of the young Chargers.
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  • GSI Students attend Lecture on North Korea

    by Kurt Wahlgren, Social Studies Department Chair
    Four sophomores who participate in Shorecrest’s Global Scholars Initiative attended a lecture by Scott A. Snyder on Thursday, November 1. The Tampa Bay Committee on Foreign Relations remarks were titled, “From ‘Fire and Fury’ to the Singapore Summit: Prospects for Peacefully Managing the North Korean Nuclear Threat.” Mr. Snyder is a senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He received his MA from the regional studies East Asia program at Harvard University.
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  • Spicing Up Exploring in Alpha

    by Meredith Brandimore, Alpha Teaching Assistant
    Last week Mrs. Daley's Alpha class had a mock bakery to play in during exploring. There was vanilla and cinnamon spiced playdough, along with spice painting, in which students used spices and water to created a multi sensory experience.
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  • Varsity Volleyball in State Semi-Finals

    by Coach Raquel Ferreira
    Come cheer on your Chargers in the State Semi-Finals at HOME! 4A FHSAA Volleyball State Semi-Finals vs. Providence School in the Shorecrest Crisp Gym, November 10 at 2pm. Admission is $9, per FHSAA.
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  • Chargers Swim & Dive Wins District Meet

    by Coach Patti Nardozi
    Congratulations to Shorecrest Swim & Dive on winning both the girls and boys 1A-8 District Championship Meet.  The winning streak continued for the fourteenth consecutive year!
     
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  • JK Cooking Study Spirals, Makes Apple Pie

    by Abbie Hahn, Junior Kindergarten Teacher
    In Mrs. Hahn's Junior Kindergarten class, students have been learning science, math, and problem-solving skills through cooking. The students recently encountered a mystery kitchen tool and made observations about what it could possibly be.
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  • SCA Meeting: Tech Tips + Athletic Updates

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    Join the Shorecrest Community Association for an information meeting on Wednesday, November 14 at 8:15am in the SAC. Speakers include Dr. Anna Baralt, Director of Educational Technology, and Anthony McCall, Director of Athletics. 
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  • Spotlight on Lillian Nave ‘91

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni & Community Engagement
    The alumni office is proud to spotlight Lillian Nave ‘91, who currently serves as a Faculty Fellow at Appalachian State University and as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Coordinator for their Center for Academic Excellence. She has a passion for teaching her First Year Students and for international travel. Her Art, Religion & Society First Year Seminar engages the students with the Boone community and the world at large through the visual arts. From gallery shows to student-made documentary films, and from Boone to New York City, and Kabul, Afghanistan, students learn what a valuable tool art can be to communicate ideas, culture and emotion.
     
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  • Winning

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The dictionary I looked at while thinking about this article had two definitions for the word “winning.” Definition 2:” attractive; endearing,” provides some food for thought. When the attractive and endearing definition is applied to the word winning, we acknowledge that winning can happen in athletics, arts, academics, service and personal behavior. I like to be around winners. Who doesn’t? Being around attractive and endearing people makes us better people.
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  • Cross Country at Regionals

    by Coach Jeff Raab
    The Cross Country team concluded their season this past Friday, November 2. The Girls varsity team ran in the Regional Finals in Gainesville and came up just shy of qualifying for the State Finals. The girls ran a great race - Isabelle Saunders '20 placed 21st and Lili S '25 placed 22nd.
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  • Day of the Dead

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    Last week third and fourth grade Spanish classes celebrated Day of the Dead. Students reviewed the meaning of this celebration in Latin America and especially in Mexico.
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  • First Grade’s Amazing Human Body Investigation

    by Susan Owen, First Grade Teacher
    Mrs. Lisa Peck, Director of The Center for Medical Sciences in Shorecrest's Upper School, is a favorite first grade guest expert during their in-depth investigation of the human body. On her first visit she brought a real human skeleton to first grade! What a great way to learn all about that important framework of our bodies. We also dissected sheep brains and eyes.
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  • Fourth Grade Environmental Project Showcase

    by Colette Husenitza, Fourth Grade Teacher
    Fourth grade students wrapped up their study of sustainability with a project-share to demonstrate their newfound expertise. All student experts presented their learning for faculty, family and friends. Many topics were covered: plastic pollution in the ocean, ewaste, air pollution, water conversation - just to name a few.
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  • Sailing at SAISA Keelboat Qualifier & South Points 2

    by Sailing Team Parent
    SAISA Keelboat Qualifier: 2nd place.
    South Points 2 Regatta: 2nd place Varsity, 1st place JV.
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  • Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. [Photos]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest Middle School Theatre took audiences on a journey under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends in "Disney's The Little Mermaid JR.," adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture. 
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  • Are Core Values Absolute?

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Recently, some of the seniors taking AP Psychology, informed by their research on the importance of sleep, sent letters to the administration with ideas to provide peers with greater opportunities to get increased REM time. Although they used many of the same sources for their research, their recommendations varied widely to include ideas for later start times, earlier start times, nap times, non-instructional days and non-test days. There is nothing new or unusual about a group of people researching the same topic and coming up with opposing conclusions. Educators, economists, physicians, judges and people from every imaginable walk of life use the same data to come up with different conclusions daily. So, how does one know if a decision or plan is a good one?
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  • Chargers Golf at States

    by Athletics Department
    Congratulations to Bill Bircher '22 for competing in the FHSAA 1A State Golf Tournament at the Mission Inn Golf & Tennis Resort. Bill shot a 93 on day 1 and improved to 84 on day 2. He finished with a photo alongside his idol Jack Nicklaus!
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  • Dolphin Monitoring Program

    by Kathryn Jeakle, Eighth Grade Marine Science Teacher
    Shorecest Upper School students have the unique opportunity to be part of a dolphin monitoring program. The pilot program is an extracurricular activity for the 2018-2019 school year. Students involved dedicate time throughout the school year to assist local scientists with collecting photo-identification and behavior data on local area dolphins.
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  • Pardon our Progress - Carline Advisory

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    November 7-14 all campus traffic will be one-way at all timesThank you for your patience as we continue to transform our campus.
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  • College Center Virtual Events, Arts & Athletics

    by Bonni Klement, Associate Director of College Counseling
    The Art of College Virtual Event, Tuesday November 6, 7pm.
    Playing the Field Virtual Event, Thursday, November 8, 7pm. 
    Look for a link that night on the College Center page of shorecrest.org.
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  • Visiting Sustainable Family Farm

    by Brendi Craver, JK Teacher
    Mrs. Carson’s Alpha class had a great time on a field experience at the Sustainable Family Farm in Pinellas Park. Farmers (and Shorecrest parents) Erik Smith and Robin Clemmons did an excellent job sharing their knowledge of plants, bees and chickens, three-year-old style! The children had so much fun looking at, planting, and tasting herbs and veggies, spying on the bees working in their hive, and visiting their chicken friends.
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  • Upper School Sampler, Nov 13

    by Admissions Department
    Parents of current Shorecrest eighth graders and prospective incoming Upper School families are invited to join the Admissions Office and Shorecrest Administrators for the Upper School Sampler, Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Hear from administrators, college counselors, faculty, parents, and students about the exciting opportunities that Shorecrest 9th graders have at their fingertips.
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  • Middle School Download: Video

    by Kristine Marquez Grant, Interim Head of Middle School
    In an effort to keep parents/guardians informed on the Middle School, teachers will be hosting a variety of info sessions called "Middle School Downloads."
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  • Chargers attend Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival

    by Marina Pallares, Upper School Spanish Teacher
    Twenty members of the US Spanish Club attended the Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival and viewed the American premiere of ”EL Ídolo," a Mexican comedy by Edwin Neumaier. On Sunday, the jury awarded this film with the El Pulpo award (1st prize!)
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  • Costume Parade and Fall Festival Photos

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The annual costume parade and Fall Festival were so much fun! A big thank you to the co-chairs of the Fall Festival Committee: April Cabral, Karen Quilty, Beth Vivio, and Marielle Westerman; and to all the wonderful volunteers who helped make it a positive experience. 
    Photos from the day may be found here.
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  • Donation Drive for FCIS School Damaged by Hurricane Michael

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
    Robert F. Munroe Day School in Quincy, Florida, was badly damaged by Hurricane Michael. They are unable to have school on their campus so they have moved to two churches in the area. There are three classrooms and an art room that are being demolished this week. Water and falling roofs destroyed most of the items below and their budget will not allow them to afford to replace these items. Interact Club is collecting donations to help.
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  • Fourth and Fifth Grades Attend St. Pete International Folk Festival

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On Friday, October 26, fourth and fifth graders attended SPIFFS, the St. Pete International Folk Festival, which was held at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. SPIFFS hosted an art contest themed “Desserts Around the World.” Mrs. Williams entered 11 students’ artwork in the art contest and the judges loved the entries so much they couldn't choose one winner, so they were all awarded first place! The students received awards on the main stage of the festival. Fourth graders also visited the Festival to glean ideas for the Latin Fair they will create in the spring.
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  • Supply Drive for Holy Nativity Episcopal School

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
    We have been made aware of a second school that was affected by the Hurricane in Panama City. We would like to do a one week drive from Monday, November 5th to Friday, November 9th for Holy Nativity Episcopal School.
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  • SCA Uniform Sale & Uniform Collection

    by Merilee Abinales, SCA Volunteer
    A SCA Used Uniform Sale will be on November 8 (Fall Conference Day) from 7:30am-2pm in the lobby of the Janet Root Theatre. 
    SCA is now collecting any used uniforms you may like to donate.
    Sign up to volunteer the day before to set up or during the sale: http://signup.com/go/EcmdnEL.
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  • Shorecrest advances to Class 4A final four

    by By Chuck Frye, Tampa Bay Times
    "The entire team does the job," coach Raquel Ferreira said post-match, perusing her stat sheets without giving up the numbers, not wanting to highlight any one player over the others. "Basically, we don't have a bench. Everyone is fully confident and can do the job." For Shorecrest, with a journey on November 10 to face 2017 state semifinalist Providence School in the 4A final four, continuing its hot play remains key.
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  • The International Connection

    by Lisa Hahn, Committee Chair
    If you have an interest in international culture, please join us for an informal meeting after drop-off around 8:15am on Tuesday, November 6 at the Hahn’s home: 115 Cordova Blvd NE, to discuss how we can tap into the wealth of international knowledge that already exists within the Shorecrest community.
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  • Positive Thinking

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    I like talks, articles, movies and videos that focus on positive thinking. It is better for the spirit to be positive. It is healthier to be focused on the positive. Children and adults at school respond better when we are in a positive setting. Positive feedback inspires creativity.
     
    Researchers like Alison Ledgerwood, whose TED Talk has had more that 2 million views, affirms how hard it is to get people to move from the negative to the positive, and how easy it is to move a positive point a view to a negative one. She makes a point that most of us need to consciously engage in actions that call us to focus on the positive or we will slip into the death spiral of negative thinking.
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  • Car Wash, Oct 28

    by Jessica Thorn, Interact Faculty Advisor
    Shorecrest's Upper School Interact Service Club will host a car wash on Sunday, October 28 from 10:30am-1pm at the front of campus. 

    The club also continues its marker drive. Bring in old, dried out markers of any kind so that they can be sent off to Crayola for recycling!
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  • Dylan Leary ‘16 Discusses Farming with Fourth Grade

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Fourth graders are deep into their year-long unit on the environment and sustainability. This week they were able to Skype with Dylan Leary ‘16, a student at the Culinary Institute of America. Dylan is spending this semester on an externship learning about how food grows and where our food comes from in the United States. Dylan is based in Southern California at Apricot Lane Farms. There, his team has the mission of creating a well-balanced ecosystem and rich soils that produce nutrient-dense foods.
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  • Varsity Football Playoffs, Oct 26

    by Athletics Department
    The Chargers Varsity Football team is moving on to the SSAC playoffs! Shorecrest is ranked #4 and will be hosting #5, Bishop McLaughlin, at 7pm on Friday, October 26.
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  • Cooking with Pumpkins and more

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the body that enable functions such as writing, grasping small objects, and fastening clothing. When hammering golf tees into pumpkins, for example, students in The Experiential School of Tampa Bay were not only strengthening their fine motor skills but were also practicing hand-eye coordination.

    Mrs. Craver’s and Mrs. Markunas’ JK classes baked pumpkin muffins for their Friday snack. Following a recipe is very complex for young children. Some of the skills that were practiced were listening to and following directions, counting and measuring, fine motor skills, collaboration and cooperation.
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  • Seniors Get Life Skills Refresher as Part of Advisory Curriculum

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On Wednesday, October 24, Tampa Bay area criminal defense attorney Jay Hebert (father to Andrew '12) addressed the Class of 2019 as part of the senior class "Life Skills" advisory curriculum. He discussed the legal ramifications of unsafe or illegal behaviors that sometimes tempt teens and young adults including drinking and driving, using fake IDs, vaping and illegal drug use.
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  • Third Grade Crescent Lake Park Cleanup

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    This week, two city organizations visited to educate third graders on the ways they help maintain various ecosystems in our city. Keep Pinellas Beautiful and Friends of Crescent Lake were incredible guests. Students learned all about our city's effort to decrease the presence of invasive species and how organizations all around the city do their part to maintain our native plants and reduce pollution. More hands-on learning came next as the group took a trip to Crescent Lake Park to remove invasive water lettuce alongside a team from Keep Pinellas Beautiful. Working in pairs from canoes, the kids removed over 1,000 pounds of the water lettuce from the lake, allowing air and light to diffuse into the water and make room for native plants, fish, and wildlife.
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  • Shorecrest Designated as Apple Distinguished School

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest Preparatory School is pleased to announce that it has been named an Apple Distinguished School for 2018-2021. Shorecrest was awarded the distinction for its innovative teacher-leaders, its successful 1:1 iPad implementation, and the thoughtful integration of technology throughout its PK-12 program. The 2018-2021 distinction is a renewal based on continued evidence of innovation and academic excellence. Shorecrest first received the distinction in 2016.
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  • Cross Country Chargers Run towards Regionals

    by Coach Jeff Raab
    On Friday, October 19, the teams competed in the CCC Invitational. The Girls Varsity continued their success by winning the CCC Invitational and bringing home the Championship Trophy! The boys team ran well and placed in the top 5.
    Wednesday, October 24, the team traveled to Bradenton to compete in the District Championship. The girls team earned a 3rd place team finish and qualified for the Regional Meet on Friday, November 2, in Gainesville.
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  • Holiday Greenery Sales Extended to Nov 4!

    by SCA Board
    Gorgeous greenery makes a great gift for yourself, friends, relatives and clients! Holiday greenery will be available for sale until November 4 for a late November arrival.
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  • Jonathan Dacres '17 Honored at Academy Prep Breakfast for Scholars

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    On Thursday, October 25, before 250 attendees of the Academy Prep Breakfast for Scholars, Jonathan Dacres ‘17 was honored with Academy Prep’s Ben Fisher Alumni Mentoring Award. Named for Ben Fisher, the late co-founder and Executive Director of the Academy Prep Foundation, the award is given to one exemplary Academy Prep graduate each year.
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  • Kindergarten Extended Day Location Change

    by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Because of the great numbers of Kindergarteners on Mondays and because we do not have use of the Wonder Studio on Mondays, we are moving Monday Kindergarten extended day out of the SAC and to Ms. Kotsko's kindergarten classroom for the first hour of Extended Day. 
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  • MS Football vs Northside Christian: 44-0 Win

    by Athletics Department
    A 44-0 win in the season finale against Northside Christian was huge for the Chargers! The team's defense stuffed Northside Christian, only allowing three first downs the entire game.
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  • MS Golf Concludes Season

    by Coach Woody Every
    The Middle School Golf Team concluded their golf season on Monday, October 22, at Mainlands Golf Course. The format for this tournament was different as only individual scores were recorded. Our team had a great time and performed well on the new and challenging layout.
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  • MS SWIM CONCLUDES SEASON WITH CHAMPIONSHIP

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    Shorecrest Swim & Dive Middle School team traveled to Tampa Prep this past Saturday to compete at the Middle School Championship Meet. With only four boys and four girls competing, the Chargers were able to finish 5th overall out of 9 teams and took home some hardware too!
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  • Varsity Volleyball Chargers on to Regional Finals

    by Athletics Department
    The Varsity Volleyball Chargers beat Santa Fe Catholic 3-0 to advance to the Regional Finals.
    Regional Finals:
    Tuesday, October 30, at 6pm.
    At (and vs.) Calvary Christian School
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  • Service Week Registration

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
    Every spring the Upper School dedicates a week to participating in global service projects. The 2019 National and International offerings are now listed on Shorecrest.org. Enrollment for trips must be made by Friday, October 26.  Local opprtunities will be shared in the future on the same page. View options here: https://www.shorecrest.org/page/student-life/service/service-week-2019
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  • Join the Parent/Guardian SEED Group

    by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
    SEED, The Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum, is the nation's largest peer-led leadership organization through which participants develop ways of understanding complex relations between self and systems with regard to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability/disability, and other lived cultural experiences. We invite you to see what this is all about in an introductory, welcome session.
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  • Register for Session 2 Clubs, Intramurals

    by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Session 2 clubs are ready for you to register: https://shorecrest.campbrainregistration.com
    You will see some new clubs such as 2 intramural sports for 3rd - 6th graders, some returning clubs such as Running and Chess, and now even an Upper School offering. Also new is a waitlist system; if your chosen club is full, your student will be waitlisted automatically.
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  • Summer Trip: In the Footsteps of Mozart

    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.*
    *Date change
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  • Sunshine, Wind, and Water: Shorecrest Paddlers make an Historic Journey by Kayak

    by Sally Willis, Shorecrest Parent, Former SPS Teacher
    In 13-mph winds, nine paddlers launched from North Shore Park beach, the 1923 location of Shorecrest Outdoor School, to kayak to the current Shorecrest Preparatory School campus. Under sunny skies and a big headwind, Headmaster Mike Murphy, seniors Walker Willis, Trevor Bernstein, Chris Canizares, Sophie Elwyn, Reagan Quilty, and Lily Schneider, along with alumni Bob Willis, Jr. ’77 and Jackson Willis ’15, jumped in the new, bright green kayaks Walker secured for Shorecrest students to use. The nine cheerful paddlers completed a historic journey from the old Shorecrest campus to the current one.
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  • Great Sports

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The unthinkable happened. The senior class did not win Homecoming Class Competition day.
    With the grace of champions, the seniors applauded the victors - the juniors. Unless one understands the importance of winning Homecoming at Shorecrest, this might seem to be a minor event. There are alumni and experienced members of the faculty who realize the loss followed by the response of the senior class is very, very unique and a great demonstration of class.
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  • CHARGERS Swim & Dive SENIORS CELEBRATE WITH A WIN

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    Girls: Chargers 188  Northside Christian 110
    Boys: Chargers 177  Northside Christian 127
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  • Varsity Golf at Districts

    by Athletics Department
    Congratulations to Isabella Dolan '22 and Bill Bircher '22 who qualified for Varsity Golf Regionals from the District tournament at Dunedin Golf Club! 
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  • MS Golf at Twin Brooks

    by Coach Woody Every
    The Chargers Middle School Golfers are still on track and recorded their lowest team score of the season this week. They took second place with a score of 134. The tournament was held on October 17 at Twin Brooks Golf Course. Cruz C. was the medalist, with the lowest score of the tournament by shooting 28, his lowest score this season! Seventh graders Daven F. 32, Aiden S. 35, and Davis K. 39 rounded out the top four scores.
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  • Physics Students author Kinematics books

    by Dolores Gende, US Physics Teacher
    Mrs. Gende’s Ninth Grade Honors Physics students wrote books about the physics behind a sport of their choice. Using the Book Creator app, students illustrated what they have learned about linear motion in these very impressive texts.
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  • Middle School Forensics Meet Results

    by Lillian Nelson, Middle School Theatre Teacher
    24 fifth - eighth graders attended the Forensics meet at Berkeley Prep last night. The following Chagers placed in their respetive categories:
     
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  • Alpha Tours JRT

    by Meredith Brandimore, Alpha Teaching Assistant
    Alpha students in Ms. Daley's and Ms. Brandimore's class were talking about appropriate behavior in the Janet Root Theatre. One of the students innocently asked, "What is a stage?” What a great question! 
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  • MS Football vs Out-of-Door Academy, Oct 11

    by Athletics Department
    Chargers MS Football vs Out-of-Door Academy (ODA), October 11: Loss 12-42
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  • Student Preview Latin American Art

    by Marina Pallares, US World Languages Department Chair
    As part of the Upper School Spanish Club's mission to broaden students’ knowledge of Latino culture, 24 students from the Club visited the “Reflections of Latin America Visual Arts Exhibition” at the Gilbert Chapel Gallery. The students were given a special presentation by one of the featured artist, Ms. Kim McDaniel. 
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  • Design Thinking in the Lower School [Video]

    by Dominique Craft, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction for the Experiential and Lower Schools
    Are you curious about what Design Thinking is and how it relates to curriculum at Shorecrest? SCA sponsored a parent session about Design Thinking. A video of the presentation is included.
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  • Key Club Cooks for RMH

    by Ron Heller, Upper School History teacher
    Last Sunday, six members of the Upper School Key Club participated in their first cook and serve of the year at The Ronald McDonald House in downtown St. Pete. This is the fourth year the club is providing this much needed service for families whose children are receiving medical care at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. 
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  • Welcome Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Please welcome the newest member of our Advancement Team, Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement.
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  • How do You Color Your World?

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    There was once a time when a seemingly big decision like choosing a favorite flavor at the local ice cream shop was relatively easy. Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry? Simpler times. Ben and Jerry themselves used to personally scoop my cones as a boy growing up in Vermont, and I remember the day when Chunky-Monkey and Cherry Garcia changed even the way I approached the counter.
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  • Shorecrest Homecoming 2018

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Beginning Monday, October 1, the Shorecrest community has been celebrating Homecoming Week. The activities, friendly competition, and school spirit is full of much-anticipated traditions in Upper School. The full Alpha through 12th Grade school community gathered for a pep rally on Friday, October 5 in the Crisp Gym. The week culminates with the Homecoming football game on Friday evening, October 5.
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  • Engineering Students Visit Shop Class

    by Richard Rho, US Computer Studies & Robotics Teacher
    Students in Richard Rho’s Intro to Engineering, Programming, and Design Principles class had a special lesson this week from Theater Manager Bradley Miller. Mr. Miller gave them a hands-on tour of the theatre workshop. They learned about table saws, circular saws, drills, and also a double bevel compound sliding miter saw.
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  • Sidney Wall '13 shares about Lesotho, Africa

    by Ellen H. ‘26 and Sandy Janack, Fifth Grade Social Studies Teacher
    Fifth graders at Shorecrest were treated to a visit by Sidney Wall ‘13, who is serving in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, a small country in southern Africa. Sidney, her mother, one of her brothers and few of her other family members attended Shorecrest. Her mother, Beth Bartlett ‘85, currently teaches Upper School math. Home for a brief visit, Sidney took time to visit the fifth grade classes to share about the Peace Corps and Lesotho’s culture and geography.
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  • Varsity Football Homecoming Game, Win

    by Coach Stephen Dudley
    The Shorecrest Chargers Varsity Football Team held off the visiting Out of Door Academy Thunder by a final score of 8-3 in Friday's SSAC Conference battle in front of a packed Homecoming house on Haskell Field. With the win, Shorecrest improves its record to 4-1 on the season, and secures an automatic playoff berth in the SSAC!
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  • Shorecrest Theatre Presents "Puss in Boots the Musical", Oct. 11

    by Cheryl Lee, Co-Chair US Arts Department
    Shorecrest Theatre Presents “Puss in Boots the Musical, a Grimm Brothers Production” written by Bill Leavengood '78 with music and lyrics by Rick Crom.
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  • Young Inventor Visits Fifth Grade

    by Mila B. ‘26 and Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    When Marissa Streng was in third grade, her school participated in a project fair called Invention Convention. She was tasked with inventing something that did not yet exist. Working solo, Marissa put her attention to her dog, Mojo, and decided to make something for dogs. She envisioned her dog in a tube filled with warm air to dry him off, and named her invention the Puff-N-Fluff. This week Marissa (who is now 17 and a junior in high school) visited Shorecrest to talk to fifth graders about being inventors.
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  • The Global Cardboard Challenge

    by Abbie Hahn, Junior Kindergarten Teacher
    Junior Kindergarten and second grade teamed up to complete the Global Cardboard Challenge. It was a great joy to see all the children participating, but most importantly to watch the second graders teaching the Junior Kindergarteners how to utilize materials (e.g., tape, scissors, etc.). At the end of their building session, each group admired their masterpiece and some even encouraged other students to play their cardboard game. Overall, the Global Cardboard Challenge was a huge success and a favorite of many!
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  • EGG-cellent Education in Alpha

    by Nicole Carson, Alpha Teacher
    Mrs. Carson’s Alpha Class had an EGG-cellent time last Thursday when former Shorecrest teacher Robin Clemmons, representing the Foundation For Sustainable Families, visited with chickens! Mrs. Clemmons was a guest expert for the Egg Project the alpha class is working on. She not only brought her star chickens - Henrietta, Snow White, and Farrah - but she brought farm fresh eggs of theirs that were several different colors for the children to look at, touch, learn and talk about. 
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  • Global Read Aloud

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The Global Read Aloud is once a year, starting in early October and running through mid-November. Last year at Shorecrest, fourth grade tried Global Read Aloud, and this year fourth grade, third grade, and one second grade class are involved. This project is a fun way to expand our Lower School Global Scholars Initiative. The seven Shorecrest classes are connected with classrooms in Illinois. The second and third graders are reading “A Boy Called Bat” by Elana Arnold. Fourth graders are reading “Amal Unbound” by Aisha Saeed.
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  • SWIM & DIVE CONQUERS CITY CHAMPIONSHIP MEET

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    Boys won the City Championship meet and girls were runners up. The Chargers won overall combined team. Caleb Kravitz '20 broke two city records in the 200 individual medley and 500 free. 
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  • SWIM & DIVE Win vs IRC & Canterbury

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    GIRLS: Chargers 209 INDIAN ROCKS CHRISTIAN 77; Chargers 201 CANTERBURY 75
    BOYS: Chargers 213 INDIAN ROCKS CHRISTIAN 70; Chargers 187 CANTERBURY 93
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  • Varsity Golf's Last Four Matches

    by Coach Rick Sopka
    The Varsity Golf Chargers had a busy few weeks of matches and tournaments.
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  • Volleyball Senior Night & MS Volleyball Ends Season

    by Coaches Raquel Ferreira and Betsy Dougherty
    Congratulations to our six senior Varsity Volleyball Chargers who led their team to a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night vs. Admiral Farragut.  

    Up Next: Varsity volleyball is hosting St. Pete Catholic on Tuesday night at 6pm in the district quarterfinals. Per the FHSAA, the admission fee is $6 and must be paid by everyone for entrance to the game. Please come support your Chargers!

    The Middle School Gold volleyball team ended their season this week with a record breaking undefeated season!
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  • XC at FLRunners Invitational and City Meet

    by Coach Jeff Raab
    FLRunners Invitational: Girls Fifth Place
    City Championship: Girls Runners-Up and Boys Sixth Place
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  • Learn more about Girls Basketball, Oct. 18

    by Coach Rodney Brown
    The Shorecrest Chargers Girls Basketball season begins on October 29. If you have a daughter in Middle School or Upper School, the team wants your help in building a new program. The Chargers will have at least one Middle School team, with the possibility of two teams based on need. There will also be a Varsity team. A mandatory meeting (and pizza night!) for all interested girls and their parents will be held on October 18 at 6:30pm in the Crisp Gym.
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  • Help Prep the Library for the big Move!

    by Mrs. Smay, Lower School Media Specialist
    In preparation for moving the library into the new building, Mrs. Smay can use some help organizing and weeding the book collection. Duties include pulling books from shelves, checking out books, boxing books, and lifting small boxes of books. No prior library experience needed!
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  • PowerSchool Learning Parent Share

    by Kristine Marquez Grant, Interim Head of Middle School
    A recent presentation to help parents navigate PowerSchool Learning was videoed for anyone who missed it.
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  • Traditions… And

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Homecoming, Fall Festival, Poetry in the Park, Book Fair, Oldie Goldie, Holiday Gift Drive, Awards Day, Spring Musical, Senior Parking Lot Painting, Open Campus for Seniors, Volunteer Celebration, Turkey Bowl, Varsity Athletes walking younger students to the Pep Rally, Annual Fund, Parent Gatherings, The Big Event, Volunteering at our children’s events, Baccalaureate Dinner, Commencement. These are events generations of Shorecrest Chargers and their families remember.
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  • Planning the Transform Campaign

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    Sometimes it is important to step back from the canvas and let our eyes adjust to see the whole picture before dipping the brush in the next vibrant color... This week many families taking their Hard Hat Tours of the new building at the crest of our campus have asked about the planning that has guided Transform at every stage. Great question!
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  • Plastic Pollution Expert in Fourth Grade

    by Olivia J. '27
    Fourth graders spoke with Stewart Harris, the Director of Marine and Environmental Stewardship, Plastics Division at American Chemistry Council in Washington DC. His topic of how to remediate and prevent plastic pollution in our oceans aligned with their year-long study of trash and sustainability. Below are notes from fourth grader Olivia J. about what they learned.
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  • MS Girls Donate to Ronald McDonald House

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Three cheers for Isabel G ‘25 and Sarah K ‘25 who have done an amazing job collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House. Two summers ago they started collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House (RMH), a favorite charity of theirs. Through their persistent efforts and everyone’s contributions the girls were able to collect a grand total of over $101 in cash and more than 7 pounds of tabs.
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  • MS Golf Improves Short Game

    by Coach Woody Every
    The Chargers Middle School Golf Team is trending in the right direction. The team, led by Daven F. 29, recorded their best team score of the season - 139. The team placed third in the match due to their hard work on their short game this season. 
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  • MS Green Volleyball Wins

    by Coach David Hodgson
    After finishing fifth of 15 teams at last weekend’s IRC Tournament, the MS Green Volleyball Chargers carried over their strong play by defeating Seffner on Tuesday, October 2, 25-17, 25- 16 and Carrollwood Day School on Thursday, October 4, 25-23, 28-26. Way to go ladies!
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  • Sailing at First South Points Regatta

    by Team Parent
    Last weekend the Shorecrest Sailing Team traveled to Hollywood, FL, for the first South Points Regatta of the 2018-2019 season. All the sailors contributed to a successful opening day. The Varsity squad finished 5th out of 24 schools and the JV finished 2nd out of 11 schools. 
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  • Second Graders Publish Peace Book

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
    On the International Day of Peace, Ms. Horne’s second grade class read “What Does Peace Feel Like” by Vladamir Randusky. The book is a collection of sayings of what peace sounds like, looks like, tastes like and feels like to children from the Ambrit International School in Rome. Shorecrest second graders then discussed peace and how it comes in many forms. They were inspired to make their own peace book! Each student gave their perspective of what peace feels like, smells like, sounds like, tastes like, or looks like. 
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  • SHORECREST SWIM & DIVE TAKES ON SEMINOLE & ST. PETE

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    BOYS: Chargers 98 St. Pete 84; Chargers 114 Seminole 69
    GIRLS: Chargers 77 St. Pete 109; Chargers 138 Seminole 47
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  • Varsity Volleyball Players Awarded, Senior Night 10/9

    by Athletics Department
    Players Chaise Campbell '20 and Annabel Happ '20 were named to the All Tournament Team. Taylor Waldmann '19 took home the title of All-Tournament Team MVP.
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  • Varsity Volleyball: Mustang Invitational Tournament Win

    by Joanna Duff, Athletics Office Assistant
    Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball team for winning the 2018 Mustang Invitational Tournament, hosted by Northside Christian! The girls played two matches on Friday and three on Saturday enroute to their Championship. Highlights include Chaise Campbell '20 and Annabel Happ '20 being named to the All-Tournament team and Taylor Waldmann '19 being named Tournament MVP. Congratulations girls!
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  • Cross-Divisional Collaboration

    by Meredith Brandimore, Alpha Teaching Assistant
    In what was hopefully the first of many meetings, alpha students and third graders teamed up for a Spanish class this week. Additionally third graders and seventh graders shared lunch.
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  • MS Football beats Keswick in mighty comeback

    by Charger Parent
    The Chargers Middle School football team forged a great comeback down 6-0 at halftime, and found a way to fight back and win 14-6 to a shocked Keswick team!
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  • MS Golf at Cypress Links

    by Coach Woody Every
    The Middle School Golf Chargers competed well in their match at Cypress Links on September 26. A single stroke separated third from fourth place. Our golfers shot their second best score of the season on a more difficult and soggy golf course. The team was led by Daven F. with a very solid round of 32. Cruz C. 35, Davis K. 38, and Carson G. 38 rounded out the top four scores.
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  • Simple Mistakes

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    I park in the street and am quite deliberate about locking my car. The other day I was moving groceries, dry cleaning and some home repair supplies into the house and must have forgotten to lock up. When I got in the car the next morning and the console and glove box were open, I realized my omission. The bag where I keep loose change was taken. Thankfully, the garage door opener was left behind. Unless the world stops rotating, there are some predictable, simple mistakes that will probably occur this week to more than one member of our community.
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  • Catching up with JV and Varsity Volleyball

    by Coach Raquel Ferreira
    Varsity Volleyball
    Chargers 3, St. Pete Catholic 0
    Chargers 3, Tampa Prep 1
    Junior Varsity Volleyball
    Chargers 3, St. Pete Catholic 0
    Chargers 1, Tampa Prep 2
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  • 7 Shorecrest Seniors Recognized by National Merit Program

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    Shorecrest seniors RJ Ayers, Will Hess and Aidan Samuelson have been named 2019 National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Ayers, Hess, and Samuelson are among the 10 students in the City of St. Petersburg to earn the honor. In addition, four Shorecrest seniors were named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program, scoring in the top 3% of approximately 1.6 million juniors: Benjamin Berner, Jake Freedman, William Newton and Jordan Tralins.
     
     
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  • Second Grade: Ways we Learn (Photos)

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Students are ready for complex learning in second grade. Second graders read, write, play, build, design, tinker, calculate, collaborate, question, investigate, create, explore, observe, discover, imagine, sort, examine, develop, sing, dance, climb, run, give, share, study, teach, think, show, type, listen, wonder and so much more!
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  • Experiential School Pep Rally

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On Monday the youngest Chargers on campus supported their football team with a first-ever Experiential School Pep Rally. Alpha and JK students were led into the Crisp Gym by football players, watched the cheerleaders perform, had time to play with Sparky - our lightning bolt mascot, and met the varsity football team.
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  • Strategic Second Grade Quiet Time

    by Michele Johnson, Second Grade Teacher
    "When used effectively, students and teachers alike look forward to this oasis of peace and quiet in the midst of a busy and energetic school day."
    - ResponsiveClassroom.org
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  • Ms. Owen's class Studies Community

    by Susan Owen, First Grade Teacher
    When studying community first graders realized that first grade is a community! The class is a community of learners who share some common attributes and goals. They work to build an environment where everyone gets to play and learn.
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  • Meet More Experiential School Families

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Get to know your fellow Experiential School Chargers!
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  • CHARGERS SWIM & DIVE CONTINUES SUCCESSFUL SEASON

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    GIRLS: Chargers 137 | ST. PETE CATHOLIC 37; Chargers 113 | CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATHOLIC 67 | Chargers 159 | TAMPA PREP 135
    BOYS: Chargers 139 | ST. PETE CATHOLIC 29; Chargers 79 | CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATHOLIC 103 | Chargers 181 | TAMPA PREP 133
     
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  • Fall Food Drive Going on Now

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
    Shorecrest is ready to help The Kind Mouse again this year! The Fall Food Drive officially launches on Monday, September 10. Collection bins will be located at each School.
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  • It’s state or bust this season for Shorecrest volleyball

    by Rodney Page, Times Staff Writer
    Shorecrest Prep's volleyball team underwent some changes prior to this season. While the Chargers didn't graduate any players, they did get a new head coach in Raquel Ferreira. And junior setter Annabel Happ and sophomore hitter Kendall Farley are newcomers who get plenty of playing time. After a 13-10 season in which they were the second-best team in Class 4A, District 4 behind eventual state champion Carrollwood Day, the Chargers weren't sure what to expect when this season started. "The biggest challenge for the team this year is that there is new leadership," Ferreira said. "We have two new players and new leadership. It takes time for everyone to adjust."
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  • Understanding Money

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    One of the good friends of Shorecrest, Craig Sher, regularly sends me articles about the lack of financial education young people have before going to college or before starting their first jobs. We are in the planning stages of developing a financial education program for Upper School students that we intend to launch this June.
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  • Shorecrest Annual Fund + Transform

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    With more and more families joining Transform every week, the construction progress continues to grow excitement for our new Dining Hall, Innovation Center and Community Commons, Experiential School and a full acre and a half of newfound greenspace! Every day we are closer and closer.

    In the not too distant future, when we are all in the new building, one thing is for certain; as true as it is today - The Shorecrest Annual Fund is the perfect dance partner for Transform.
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  • Fourth Grade Field Experience at Waste to Energy plant

    by Andrei I., fourth grader
    Fourth graders recently enjoyed a field experience at the Pinellas County Bridgeway Acres Solid Waste Facility to enhance their study of sustainability and composting. Although people talk about “throwing their trash away,” Chargers learned there’s No Such Place as Away for garbage. They also learned how to protect our community and our planet. Read fourth grader Andrei's reflection on the visit.
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  • Kindergarten: Ways we Learn (Photos)

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    You'd be amazed by the many different ways we learn new things in kindergarten! We read, write, play, design, question, tinker, explore, discover, imagine, create, construct, collaborate, examine, develop, sing, dance, climb, run, wonder - and so much more!
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  • Fifth Grade Lab: Pennies with Partners

    by Selene Willis, Fifth Grade Science Teacher
    Fifth grade science classes enjoyed a hands-on lab this week. Working in pairs, students used droppers to drip different liquids onto pennies to see which liquid would support the most drops.
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  • First Grade: Ways we Learn (Photos)

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    First graders read, write, play, build, design, tinker, think, problem-solve, question, research, create, laugh, experiment, explain, observe, paint, draw, spell, give, share, taste, study, cut, teach, think, show, type, sing, say, calculate, count, listen and so much more! 
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  • Students Study Cultural Ecology

    by Dominique Craft, LS Dean of Curriculum and Upper School Teacher
    AP Human Geography students from Shorecrest's Upper School have been studying cultural ecology by examining environmental sustainability issues in Tampa Bay.
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  • Middle School Golf Focuses and Lowers Score

    by Coach Woody Every
    The Middle School Golf Chargers played very well in their match, improving by 16 strokes as a team. The match was held at Twin Brooks Golf Course on September 19. Four team members recorded scores in the thirties, leading to our best score of the season - 141!
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  • Proud to Host the 2nd Annual HBCU College Fair 2018

    by Roderick Fludd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
    This past weekend, the Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. held its second annual College Fair of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). As a graduate of an HBCU, I felt a strong sense of pride as I saw hundreds of people from the Tampa Bay Area exploring these institutions as options for furthering their education.
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  • Students Partner with PARC to Perform Aladdin Spectacular

    by Jordan Tralins '19
    This summer, Shorecrest's Upper School SPARC Club was excited to partner with PARC and its incredible staff once again to organize PARC’s second annual Summer Inspired Performers Theatre Program. PARC is an organization that provides artistic and professional opportunities to adults and children with intellectual/developmental disabilities. After the success of "The Lion King" last year, we had a magical musical revue from "Aladdin" this summer.
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  • Varsity Football Beats Canterbury Fort Myers, 9/7

    by Coach Dudley
    The Varsity Football Chargers went 2-0 Friday night, September 7, with a convincing 34-14 home victory over Canterbury Fort Myers. The Chargers spotted Canterbury an early touchdown in the 1st quarter, but came alive scoring in all 3 phases of the game: 3 offensive TD's, 1 Defensive TD and a Punt Return for a TD.
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  • Varsity Football vs St. Stephens, 9/14

    by Coach Dudley
    The undefeated Varsity Football Chargers traveled to Bradenton on Friday, September 14, to face St. Stephens Episcopal School, and tasted their first defeat. It was a 42-7 loss to the defending SSAC Champions.
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  • Varsity Volleyball vs Northside & IRC

    by Coach Raquel Ferreira
    Chargers 3, Northside Christian 0
    Chargers 3, Indian Rocks Christian 0
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  • JV Volleyball vs Northside & IRC

    by Coach Raquel Ferreira
    Chargers 2, Northside Christian 0
    Chargers 0, Indian Rocks Christian 2
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  • Middle School Gold Volleyball

    by Coach Betsy Dougherty
    The MS Gold Volleyball team has had an incredible season thus far with an amazing 5-0 record!  
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  • SCA Meeting - Wednesday, September 26

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    Join us on Wednesday, September 26 for the first Shorecrest Community Association (SCA) meeting of the school year! All Shorecrest parents/guardians, faculty, staff, grandparents, and friends are automatically members of SCA. The meeting will be held from 8:15-9:30am in the Janet Root Theatre Lobby of the Raymund Arts & Media Center. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
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  • WEBB’S CITY: THE MUSICAL, A Concert Version

    by Bill Leavengood '78, Theatre Director
    The Palladium, The St. Petersburg Museum of History, The History Council and Will Knot Di Artists will present WEBB’S CITY: THE MUSICAL, A Concert Version, written and directed by Bill Leavengood '78 with music and lyrics by Lee Ahlin. The show runs Sept. 21-23 at The Palladium Theater and features many Chargers in the cast and crew.
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  • Middle School Football beats Seffner Christan

    by Team Parent
    The Shorecrest Middle School Football Chargers improved their record to 2-0 with a solid 22-0 victory against Seffner Christan this past Thursday.
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  • LATINOS en SHORECREST

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    The next meeting for LATINOS en SHORECREST will be Wednesday, September 26 at 3:45pm in La casita de Español (the Spanish Portable on Charger Blvd by the field.)
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  • The Importance of Water Issues

    by Walker Willis ‘19
    Last Friday, Professor James Salzman visited Shorecrest Upper School to talk about his book “Drinking Water: A History” for the first Willis Leadership Lecture of the year. As clean drinking water becomes scarcer worldwide, this essential resource becomes a legal, economic, and humanistic battlefront. He urged students to study water issues locally and globally.
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  • See It to Believe It

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    The old adage, "You gotta see it to believe it!" holds true with Transform. There is a growing chorus of excitement for the dynamic construction that changes daily at the crest of our campus. And I would echo and offer that participating in a Hard Hat Tour is the best way to experience it.
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  • When Balance Collides with Passion

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    In his book, “The Brain: The Story of You,” David Eagleman shares an idea about intuition shared by ancient Greeks.
    “The ancient Greeks suggested that we should think of our lives like chariots. We are charioteers trying to hold two horses: the white horse of reason and the black horse of passion. Each horse pulls off center in opposite directions. Your job is to keep control of both horses, navigating down the middle of the road.”  
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  • With a college fair geared to black students, Shorecrest Prep reaches for more diversity

    by Megan Reeves, Times Staff Writer
    On Sunday, hundreds of college hopefuls like Simmons are expected to visit Shorecrest for its second annual HBCU College Fair, put on in conjunction with the local chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., a national organization working to improve quality of life for African-American children. Organizers say the fair is part of Shorecrest’s effort to better connect with the diverse community of St. Petersburg, where it opened in 1923. Roderick Fludd, the school’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, hopes it boosts the school’s minority enrollment, too.
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  • Naval Commander visits Third Grade

    by Khana Riley Rebman '05
    Last week third graders had the honor of hearing about the experience of a retired U.S. Naval Commander who served aboard submarines. CDR. Richard Speights held the students' attention as he shared the Navy's purpose, submarine conditions, amenities, and strategies.
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  • CHARGERS SWIM & DIVE SEASON IS UP AND RUNNING

    by Coach Patty Nardozzi
    GIRLS:
    Berkeley 186 Chargers 123; Chargers 228 Out-Of-Door 53; Chargers 83 Pinellas Park 25; Chargers 88 Dunedin 20
    BOYS:
    Berkeley 209 Chargers 105; Chargers 193 Out-Of-Door 110; Chargers 73 Pinellas Park 14; Chargers 70 Dunedin 22
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  • Heller to study Legacies of World War I

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Ron Heller, an Upper School history teacher, has been selected by the National History Day in Florida program to receive a scholarship to an online class, Legacies of World War I. Mr. Heller will participate in four live webinars with World War I historians and develop a classroom activity to use with his students this spring.
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  • Learning from Dough and Slime

    by Nicole Carson, Alpha Teacher
    Playing with dough is not only fun but beneficial as well. Working with dough is great for strengthening muscle tone in little hands – squishing, squashing, rolling, and flattening dough all develop children's muscles to encourage prewriting and other skills such as cutting with scissors, using tweezers, holding a pencil, etc.
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  • MS Football vs Indian Rocks Christian, 9/6

    by Team Parent
    The Chargers Middle School football team traveled to Indian Rocks Christian on Thursday, September 6. Despite the lightning delays and the shortened fourth quarter, the Chargers came out victorious 8-7 against an experienced squad.  
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  • MS Golf Kicks off Season

    by Coach Woody Every
    Chargers 157, LCC 151, Open (Blue Team) 136, St. Pete Christian 133
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  • MS STEAM Girls Club

    by Dr. Anna Baralt, Director of Educational Technology
    Middle School girls are invited to join students from Academy Prep and Shorecrest Upper School STEAM Ambassadors for a monthly STEAM Girls Club after school. Together they will work cooperatively to problem solve and complete design challenges related to science, technology, engineering, art and math.
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  • Middle School Download

    by Kristine Marquez Grant, Interim Head of Middle School
    Middle School Downloads will be hosted on campus throughout the year, and we will also livestream the meetings so families can view them in real time off campus, or go back to them to review later. We appreciate that parents can’t always be here with us, so this affords everyone the opportunity to participate and be part of developing a strong climate and culture for fifth through eighth grades.
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  • Varsity Golf at St. Petersburg Country Club

    by Coach Rick Sopka
    The Varsity Golf Boys won both their home matches this week at St. Petersburg Country Club!
    Isabella Dolan '22 posted a 40, winning her individual girls' match.
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  • Join SCA at Mom's Night Out Luau Party, 10/19

    by SCA Board
    Shorecrest Mom's Night Out Luau Party!
    Friday, October 19, 6:30 - 10:30pm
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  • Jack and Jill Inc. & Shorecrest Partner for 2nd Annual HBCU College Fair

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    The Suncoast Chapter Teens of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. will host its second annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair from 1-3pm on Sunday, September 16 at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg.
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  • Go Chargers!

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    If you like watching winners, this is the fall to come out and see our volleyball, football and swim and dive teams! I know that Upper School students plan to support their peers. Our hope is that Middle School, Lower School and Experiential School students and families will take the opportunity to encourage our Shorecrest Chargers to build school spirit and a stronger community.
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  • This Saturday: Patio Social + SCA update

    by Debe Shenkman, Events Manager
    Don't miss out on the Parent Patio Social!  Please RSVP by September 4 to dshenkman@shorecrest.org.
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  • Athletics Announcements

    by Anthony McCall, Athletic Director
    Forms, tryouts, snacks and much more. Parents of athletes - please read!
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  • Transforming Together

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    It has been said that lighting a lamp for someone else will also brighten your path in return.
    No more true than for the Shorecrest giving community, with the Transform campaign igniting innovation and building community right before our eyes!
    Click here to learn more about our early giving community who have made Transform come to fruition ,and be sure to extend a well-deserved Thank you when you see them! They are excited to welcome you to Transform with your questions and support.
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  • Coding with SWIFT Playgrounds in Seventh Grade

    by Dr. Anna Baralt, Director of Educational Technology and Christine Idinge, Math Teacher
    Fearlessness and perseverance are not usually topics associated with a middle school Pre-Algebra classroom. Add logical thinking and you have the reasons for incorporating Apple's coding app, Swift Playgrounds, into the curriculum.
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  • Launching the Shorecrest Intramural Program

    by Coach Jeff Raab
    After-school intramural activities allow students to get familiar with various sports and games, connect with other students, and stay healthy. Intramurals also create a sense of belonging to the school community and develops connections with teachers and peers outside the classroom. We are excited to launch Intramurals this fall for students in 4th-12th grades.
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  • Middle School Fall Sports Pep Rally, Photos

    by Athletics Department
    Shout out to the VARSITY CHEERLEADING TEAM for leading the Middle School Fall Sports Pep Rally!
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  • Tadpole & Color Exploration in Alpha

    by Nicole Carson, Alpha Teacher
    A student in Nicole Carson's Alpha class brought in tadpoles for the class to observe. As students are watching them grow, they are also talking about, drawing about, and telling stories about tadpoles.
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  • Varsity Football Chargers vs. Bradenton Christian

    by Coach Dudley
    The Chargers Varsity Football team willed themselves to victory this past Saturday in a gutsy 28-14 victory over SSAC rival Bradenton Christian!
     
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  • Charger Enjoys Ocean Exploration

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    In the summer of 2018, two Chargers had the opportunity to attend Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG), Zara Peters ‘22 and Claire Bryant ‘22. OCG is an annual 3-week summer ocean science exploration program for young women hosted by the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. Their mission is to inspire young women entering high school to consider career opportunities in the sciences. OCG provides hands-on, real-world science experiences in laboratory and field environments.
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  • Cross Country at Green Devil Invitational & IRC Invitational

    by Coach Jeff Raab
    The Chargers ran in the Green Devil Invitational on September 1, with the varsity girls taking 3rd overall!
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  • Varsity Volleyball Season Starts Strong

    by Coach Ferreira
    Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball team on their runner-up finish in the Warrior Invitational last weekend! Also Shorecrest 3, Cambridge Christian 0 on 9/4.
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  • JV Girls Volleyball Chargers vs. Cambridge Christian

    by Coach Martin
    Chargers 2, Cambridge Christian 0
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  • Spirit Wear Sales

    by Booster Club Board
    How to find Spirit Wear and Mad for Shorecrest Tshirts.
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  • Fourth Grade Summer Trip to Mexico!

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    This summer we will have an immersive cultural and Spanish trip to MEXICO, June 7-15, 2019! If you are interested please join an informational meeting: Thursday, September 13, at 6pm.
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  • After School: Clubs, Cub Scouts, and more

    by TERRY KESSEL, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    There are lots of options at Shorecrest to keep students safe, busy and having fun after school!
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  • Booster Club Coffee 9/5

    by Steve Densa, Booster Club President
    All parents/guardians and interested members of the Chargers Community are invited to join a Booster Club Coffee immediately after morning drop-off on Wednesday, September 5 in the Student Activity Center.
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  • Wine Tasting for Wonderland Planning, 9/12

    by Christy Stross, Big Event Chair
    Learn more about how you can help plan the Big Event at a wine tasting and info meeting. The theme for this year's fundraising gala is Shorecrest in Wonderland.
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  • Learn about hosting a LS or MS exchange student

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    This year, fourth and fifth graders will have a delegation visiting for two weeks from El Salvador. They will be visiting from Colegio Maya, a bilingual school in the capital city San Salvador in February or March. (This will not interfere with spring break.) Eighth grade will be hosting a delegation for two weeks in April from Escuela Ameyali, a bilingual school from Mexico City, Mexico.
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  • Be More

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    I recently had a member of the senior class ask me to describe the perfect student. I reflected for a moment and thought back of the qualities modeled by students who earned the universal respect and admiration of students, teachers and community members.
     
    I could break down their success in three ways...
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  • Shorecrest Summer Sailing

    by Sailing Team Parent
    The Chargers sailors have been working tirelessly during the off-season in preparation of the 2018-19 school year.
       
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    • Charger plays National Team Identification Series Champions Cup

      by Anthony McCall, Athletic Director
      The 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. McIntosh Webber '21 joined players from across the country after participating in selection events and tryouts on the regional level and ultimately named to the South Florida regional team. On August 15-19, the South Florida regional team competed against the 15 other regions from across the country at the culminating National Team Identification Series Champions Cup event at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
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    • Cross Country at Jim Ryan Invitational

      by Coach Jeff Raab
      The Cross Country team opened the season last Saturday, August 25 at Holloway Park in Lakeland, FL. The top female varsity runner was Sabrina Aboud '22. The best boys varsity finish for Shorecrest was Gregory Glasscock '21. The best finish of the day for the Chargers came in the girls Middle School 3K race. Lili S. finished sixth out of 157 runners.
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    • Fourth Grade Band Begins Sept 10

      by Ethan Updike, Director of Bands
      Fourth Grade Band begins the week of September 10th and continues throughout the year on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-4pm. If your student is interested in Fourth Grade Band, please register through the Shorecrest After School Programs.
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    • Golf at Mustang Invitational

      by Coach Steve Densa
      On Monday, August 27, the Chargers Varsity Golf boys team played in its first tournament of the year, the Mustang Invitational, hosted by Northside Christian at Countryside Country Club. 
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    • Library Volunteers & Book Buddies

      by SCA Board
      Would you like to volunteer to assist with your Lower School child’s class on their library day? Helping the class at the library is a great chance to get to know your child's teacher and classmates. Come to a training session to learn more!
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    • The SAGE Spotlight Program

      by SAGE Food Service
      What do the dots on the SAGE menus mean? SAGE updated their Spotlight program according to the most recent USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which encourage evaluating food as a whole rather than evaluating for negative nutrients alone.
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    • Welcome New Colleagues

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Shorecrest is excited to announce changes and new additions to our faculty and staff for the 2018-19 school year. 
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    • Welcome Back to School SCA Newsletter

      by SCA Board
      The Shorecrest Community Association (SCA) Board is excited to start this transformative year at Shorecrest. All parents, guardians, grandparents and community members are members of SCA. The SCA Board and its committee Chairs provide volunteer support for our teachers, plan and host fundraising and social events, and host meetings where speakers are invited to present to our community. SCA invites all community members to volunteer and help Shorecrest “Be More!” Join us by viewing all the volunteer opportunities here, or signing up here.
      (Both files can be found in the future on the SCA page of the website: www.shorecrest.org/sca.)
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    • Planning Ahead

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Welcome Back. I expect this to be a special year for our Shorecrest School Community! I would like to know, though, what are your children planning to do next summer?
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    • Middle School Announcements & Photos

      by Kristine Marquez Grant, Interim Head of Middle School
      Important Announcements and Reminders for Middle School Families
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    • Upper School Announcements & Photos

      by Don Paige, Head of Upper School
      Important Announcements and Reminders for Upper School families and students. 
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    • The Shorecrest Wishing Tree

      by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
      Inspired by the Wish Tree Art Project by Yoko Ono and the Dali Wish Tree, Shorecrest has added a Wishing Tree to the faculty garden.
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    • Start of School: Scavenger Hunt, Photos... (more photos added)

      by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
      On Monday, August 20, following Alpha and JK Orientations, Experiential School families participated in a Scavenger Hunt of campus. After learning their way around, they found themselves in the garden play area by the Shorecrest Wishing Tree. There everyone was invited to write down a wish and tie it on a ribbon hanging from the tree.
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    • Making the Most of Offseason

      by Chris Harang, Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
      This past summer, a few members of Shorecrest’s Varsity Basketball team took their commitment to being student-athletes to the next level. Having recently been named Captains of the team for the upcoming season, Graham Heckert '19, Omarhiyon Malcolm '19, and Jacob Channer '20 approached the summer with a heightened sense of urgency and purpose. While each of them worked on improving different skills as players, the common goal among the three of them was to become better leaders and to grow as teammates.
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    • New ITS Officers

      by Bill Leavengood '78, Theatre Director
      Congratulations to our 2018-19 International Thespian Society officers! 
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    • Strength and Performance Program

      by Coach Richie Cameron
      The athletic department will be offering a strength and performance program to teams and individual athletes again this year. 
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    • How to Navigate SAGE Food Menus

      by SAGE Food Service
      We’re so happy you’re part of the SAGE community! As you look forward to the school year ahead, we encourage you to look over our menus in advance to plan what to eat, especially if you follow a specific eating pattern or have food allergies. This guide will remind you of key features of our menu, and might even introduce you to something new. Start by going to www.shorecrest.org > Student Life > Food Service. Then click menus, the first button.
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    • Northeast Little League Registration

      by Northeast Little League
      Northeast Little League invites you to PLAY BALL this FALL! Registration is now open. Fall Ball is an instructional season that focuses on player development and teamwork while gaining confidence, building new relationships and having fun!
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    • Fall Sports Info

      by Athletics Department
      For start dates and other necessary info, please read the Fall Sports Info Document.

      Athletes must have their FHSAA physical form (EL2) and FHSAA Insurance & Liability form (EL3) completed and turned into the Athletic Office in order to participate in tryouts/practices. New athletes and rising 6th graders must also turn in a copy of their birth certificate. A Sports physical is not the same as a Health physical. Even if you visited your doctor before school started, you may still need to have more forms completed before beginning practice with a Shorecrest Athletic TeamDownload forms: https://www.shorecrest.org/page/student-life/athletics/athletic-forms
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    • New Athletic Coaches

      by Anthony McCall, Athletic Director
      Tom Beck will serve as the head coach of the Varsity Baseball team. Rodney Brown has been named the head coach of the Varsity Girls Basketball team.  Save the date for a Fall Sports Night Tailgate on August 17. Students and families across all four schools - Experiential, Lower, Middle, and Upper School - should come and cheer on the Chargers! Together, the administration, coaching staff, athletic office, and I are committed to a winning season for Shorecrest Athletics. 
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    • Shorecrest Middle School students

      A note to students, Summer 2018

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      As of this morning there are 982 of you. You range in ages from 3 to 19.
      Shorecrest is beginning our 95th year as a school in St. Petersburg.
      The 74 seniors, Class of 2019, will be the 43rd Graduating Class.
      Most of you will be able to read this letter. Some of you will need help. All of you are able to understand the message.
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    • Start of School Forms Live online

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Start of School info is now live in PowerSchool Learning. All families should have received an email with login credentials and instructions to login.
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    • Summer Reading and Supplies

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      View Summer Reading and Supply Lists
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    • Commencement 2018

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Shorecrest Preparatory School held its Commencement Ceremony for the 73-member Class of 2018. Among the graduating class were twins Samantha and Allison Epstein and twins Karli and Maverick McDonough. Together with Will McLoughlin, Jack Ledford and Breck Tanner these legacy students, with a family member who attended Shorecrest in the past, share a very special bond with the school. The connections for this class are strengthened with more members having relatives who have served on the Board of Trustees or who are faculty members. With nearly half the class honored as "Lifers," having been at Shorecrest for 12 years or more, it only makes sense that they would be as close as they are.
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    • The Best Summer Ever

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Many people are familiar with Stephen Covey’s advice to start all projects and actions with the end in mind. A simple, short-term way to think about summer is to imagine what our children will write if given the opportunity to complete the traditional “My Summer Vacation” essay in August.
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    • Baccalaureate 2018

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Seventy-three seniors, their families and friends gathered in the Janet Root Theatre for Baccalaureate on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Eight students spoke, reflecting on their Shorecrest experiences.
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    • Upper School Student Wins Second Place in State in National Spanish Exams

      by Teresa Andrés, Upper School Spanish Teacher
      Congratulations to Cecilia Garcia for her outstanding performance in the 2018 National Spanish Exams. Cecilia merited Second Place in the State of Florida in the Level 1 category of the NSE, given in early April. We recognize Cecilia’s success and also salute her teacher, Mr. Sidy Ndiaye, for this winning accomplishment. ¡Felicidades!
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    • Charger Athletic Hall of Fame Awards

      by Kate Merritt, Assoc. Dir. of Advancement for Annual Fund and Alumni Programs
      Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chair Jim Vigue '89 hosted the awards, which honored Shorecrest athletes both past and present. Five alumni were honored at this ceremony: Hunter Glaum '93, Clay Hall '90, Byron Kiefer '98, Tony Lazzara '98, and Jeff Ritch '01 were all recognized for their success as Chargers. Eight current student athletes were also honored with a Charger Hall of Fame award for Outstanding Achievement in Athletics. The final award of the evening was the Coach of the Year Award, presented to a current Shorecrest coach. The recipient for 2017-18 was Boys' Soccer Coach Jason Montoya who led his team to the Florida State Final Four this year.
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    • Middle School Awards Assembly

      by Jonathan Davis, Head of Middle School
      At the Middle School Awards Assembly, awards were given in a variety of categories including: Academics, Arts, Film and Animation, Reading, Battle of the Books, Thespians, LEGO Robotics, World Languages, Science Fair, History Fair, Geography Bee, and Duke TIP SAT/ACT scores. Special awards were also given highlighting exceptional student characters, such as the Harold Bruggeman Award and Citizen of the Year Awards.
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    • Eighth Grade Passion Project Showcase

      by Kathryn Jeakle, Eighth Grade Science Teacher
      Each year, eighth graders are challenged to find something they are passionate about, a talent they want to develop more, or something to take on as an independent project. These are known as their Passion Projects. At the end of the year, they are revealed on campus in a project showcase.
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    • The Hobbit, a student-made film

      by Amy Cobb, Sixth Grade English Teacher
      As a culminating project of the Hero’s Journey unit and the reading of "The Hobbit" in English class, sixth graders re-told the story of Bilbo Baggins' adventures in stop-motion animation format using LEGOs and other found objects.
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    • Ecosystem Restoration Progress

      by Kathryn Jeakle, Eighth Grade Marine Science Teacher
      The environmental work and beautification the eighth graders accomplished this year around campus was made possible by a mini-grant from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. 
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    • Kindergarten Spring Orientation [video]

      by Admissions Department
      On Tuesday, May 22, Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of The Experiential and Lower Schools, gave a presentation about kindergarten at Shorecrest. The dynamic slideshow was followed by tours of Lower School.
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    • Med Students Create eBooks about Body Systems

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      The human body is made of important organ systems that work together to maintain daily function. Some of these systems include the circulatory, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, digestive, and endocrine systems. Upper School students in Mrs. Peck’s Anatomy and Physiology class were assigned as their final project this year to prepare an in-depth lesson plan to educate first graders about one of the human body systems.
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    • Rowdies visit Fourth Grade Spanish

      by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
      The fourth graders had a treat in Spanish class last week. They were visted by a Hispanic Rowdies soccer player. His name is Matías Reynares, and he is from Argentina. He spoke to the kids in Spanish about his life, country, and the sport he practices. The children also prepared questions for him in Spanish. It was a fun and an engaging way to practice their Spanish skills!
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    • 40 Chargers Shadow Dr. Richard Fansler Over 7 Months

      by Charity Chen '18 and Lisa Peck, Upper School Science Teacher
      From September to April, Shorecrest’s Introduction to Medical Science & Anatomy classes were able to observe Dr. Richard Fansler, a general and vascular surgeon, at Largo Medical Center.
       
      Each Wednesday, Dr. Fansler invited two students to observe him for the day. This was an amazing experience, which began with getting in scrubs and listening to Dr. Fansler explain his surgery cases for that day. Students observed him removing diverticulitis (diseased colon), removing colon cancer, performing a mastectomy, installing a stent in the carotid artery, and even moving the organs to prepare for anterior spinal surgery, depending on the day they shadowed.
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    • SPS Discount for Rowdies Tickets

      by Tampa Bay Rowdies
      As the Official K-12 School of the Rowdies, all Shorecrest Faculty, Students and Families may purchase $10 General Admission, Lower Goal Reserved, and Corner Reserved tickets to all home matches.
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    • Time to Commence

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      At 3pm on Sunday, May 20, the students in the Shorecrest Class of 2018 will begin their Commencement exercises and will be launched into a new phase of their lives. A few days later our other students will complete their school year, head into summer activities and be ready for the next step in their educational experiences. While we rightfully have special ceremonies for our seniors as they head off to college, the fact is, all children make a significant leap forward each year. We can celebrate the advancement of all our students.
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    • Fifth Graders Colonize Mars through Minecraft

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Fifth graders studied what life on Mars would be like, how to sustain life on Mars if people travel there, and what colonists would need to survive. They created a model of a colony using MinecraftEdu software.
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    • Fourth Grade Views Windows to the World

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      Shorecrest fourth graders connected with students in Egypt, Nepal and Thailand via Windows to the World, on online global project that develops writing and digital citizenship skills, as well as focuses on cross-cultural competency and collaboration.
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    • Seventh Grade Music Performance [video]

      by Stephanie McCarthy, MS Music Teacher
      The Seventh Grade Music Performance was held in the Janet Root Theatre on Thursday afternoon. The students shared songs from the Golden Age of Radio such as Ira and George Gershwin's Strike up the Band, Harold Arlen's It's Only a Paper Moon, Irving Berlin's Puttin' On the Ritz, and Louis Jordan's Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't Ma Baby. In celebration of the recent Eurovision Song Contest, students also performed a popular Eurovision winning song from 1967, Puppet On a String. Ending the performance was Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie's humanitarian pop hit, We Are the World.
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    • April Citizens of the Month

      by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
      Congratulations to our April Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month: First Grade - Lexie S; Second Grade - Ella M; Third Grade - Liliana F; Fourth Grade - Alex L
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    • 2018 National French and Spanish Exams Results

      by Sra. Teresa Andrés, Upper School Spanish Teacher
      The Association of Teachers of French, Spanish and Portuguese officially revealed the 2018 National French and Spanish Exams results. Shorecrest Upper School students of French and Spanish performed very well.
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    • At the Feria Latina

      by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
      The Feria Latina - Latin Fair - was the culminating project of the year for third and fourth graders in Spanish class. The children practiced their Spanish in a very engaging way. They researched Latin American countries and made games with the facts they learned to teach the second, first, and kindergarten students at the fair.
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    • Dr. Jay Epstein, Anesthesiologist, Visits the Center for Medical Science

      by Kim Bastas '18
      Dr. Jay Epstein '84, a Shorecrest parent and alumnus, visited Mrs. Peck’s Intro To Medical Sciences class. Dr. Epstein is an anesthesiologist at Mease Countryside Hospital and has been practicing anesthesiology for more than 20 years. He also has a specialty in critical care. With the help of numerous tools and pieces of equipment that he brought from the hospital, Dr. Epstein was able to explain his work day and go into depth about his specific role in the OR. 
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    • First Grade Dives Deep in Ocean Unit

      by Jill Densa, First Grade Teacher
      First graders investigated sharks, whales, dolphins, sea turtles and so much more, keeping in mind the entire time the driving question to our inquiry work, "Why are the oceans important to us and what can we we do to keep them healthy?"
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    • Varsity Softball Player Awards

      by Coach Alexis Galinski '11
      Varsity Softball celebrated their season with an end-of-the-year party and player awards. The Most Valuable Player award was a tie, and the Co-MVPs were Ashlee Burkett '19 and Hannah Leary '18. The Most Improved Player was Dorothy Cenedella '21. Shannon O’Shea '18 earned Coach’s Award. 
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    • National History Advisor of the Year

      by Ron Heller, Ninth Grade History teacher
      Ninth Grade History teacher Ron Heller was recently named an Advisor of the Year by the National History Club. The NHC and The History Listrecognize Advisors annually for their exceptional commitment to history education and the mission of the NHC. Advisors received a plaque, as well as a custom made “History Teacher” shirt with Ben Franklin’s image on it. Mr. Heller was selected from among 550+ History Club chapters at high schools and middle schools in 44 states!
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    • SPARC Club Awarded Community Service Award

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Shorecrest Preparatory School was awarded PARC’s 2018 Community Service Award for the dedicated theater performances Upper School thespians and members of the SPARC Club have given to their clients. Jordan Tralins '19 was awarded PARC’s 2018 Community Volunteer of the Year as the student coordinator of the SPARC Club and a consistent volunteer throughout the year. Last year she helped establish PARC's first Summer Theatre Program with help from some other members of Troupe 3140. Read more about that experience in Jordan's blog post.
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    • Thanking our Volunteers

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      The Shorecrest Community Association hosted a celebratory breakfast at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club to thank Shorecrest volunteers for all they did to make the 2017-2018 school year so special. At the breakfast, author Laurie Hill spoke about the power of volunteering and the incoming SCA Board was announced. In addition, the volunteer breakfast is when the recipient of the Janet Root Volunteer Service Award is announced each year.
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    • Getting There

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      I am convinced our Shorecrest school community is united in wanting high quality, academic, value focused, safe, college preparatory educational programs. From a broader community point of view we want facilities, teachers, administrators and staff that allow our school to stand out regionally and nationally. We want the local community, the state and universities to view our students and the education they receive to be second to none. We want to ensure that our students have great opportunities while they are at Shorecrest and once they move on to the next stage of their lives.
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    • Upper School at State History Day Competition

      by Ron Heller, Ninth Grade History teacher
      Seven Upper School students armed with props and laptops journeyed to the Florida History Day State Contest in Tallahassee. The students, Shaherzad Chawdree '21, Julia Craig '21, Olivia Olson '19, Shannon Ross '21, Oliver Hess '21, Will Hess '19 and Walker Willis '19 represented a cross section of the school. Walker won 2nd Place in the individual performance category and will advance to the National competition.
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    • Skype Session: Robotic Exoskeletons for Humans

      by Delaney Counsman '19
      Shorecrest Upper School medical science classes and clubs had a great opportunity to Skype with Dr. Michael McKinley, a robotics engineer and postdoctoral researcher at US Bionics / UC Berkeley, a robotics and human engineering lab. With his company Suit X, he is helping paralyzed patients to finally walk again with the help of a robotic exoskeleton.
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    • Dr. Pansuriya, pulmonologist, Visits the Pre-Med Club

      by Jacqui Barnes '19
      Shorecrest Upper School Anatomy and Physiology students and Pre-Med club members were given the opportunity to hear from Dr. Pansuriya, a Pulmonologist in St. Petersburg who is also a Shorecrest parent. 
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    • Theatre Department Awards

      by Cheryl Lee, Co-Chair US Arts Department
      After their "Coffeehouse," a final performance showcase in the Black Box by talented Upper School theatre students, the teens and their famlies were invited to stay for a banquet and presentation of awards.
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    • Happy Mother’s Day!

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      I join with our students, faculty and staff in wishing all the Shorecrest Moms a wonderful day. Thank you for the love, encouragement and lessons you give to your children and share with the community every day.
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    • The Sixth Grade Mythological Zoo: A cross-curricular project

      by Amy Cobb, Sixth Grade English Teacher
      Ancient Bestiary/Gods/Goddesses in Aztec/Mayan, Egyptian, Greek, and Norse Legends and Literature: A cross-curricular project between art, English, science, foreign language, library media, and the sixth grade team.
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    • Track and Field's Tremendous post-season Competitions

      by Coach Richie Cameron
      The Shorecrest Chargers track and field team headed to the District meet at St. Stephens in April. The Regional meet followed on April 25th at Cypress Creek Middle High School in Wesley Chapel. The State Meet was held at University of North Florida in Jacksonville on May 4-5th. 
      Good luck to Sabrina A, Kaja D and Devyn K as they head to Bradenton to compete in the Florida Youth Running Association (FLYRA) Middle School State Track Championships on Saturday. Sabrina will be running the 1500m, Kaja will be competing in the 800m race and Devyn in the 100m dash.
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    • A Day in the Life of Kindergarten

      by Rob Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
      Shorecrest Kindergarteners took audiences along with them on "A Day in the Life of Kindergarten," a musical and educational production. They performed about what they do, who some of their teachers are, and they sang throug the schedule of a whole school day!
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    • Alpha Farm Field Experience

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Alpha students were excited to board Gus the bus this week when they visited the Sustainable Family Farm. There, students were broken into three groups and rotated through stations. Students learned how to hold, pet and feed chickens. Students mixed clay, dirt and seeds to make seed balls of either wild flowers or fruits and veggies to take back to school. The third group acted as farmers as they weeded, watered and planted in the garden beds.
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    • MS Football Jamboree, 30-0 win! [Photos]

      by MS Football
      Congratulations to the MS Football Spring Team on their 30-0 win over Northside Christian on Thursday afternoon. The Chargers held a total of 15 practices this Spring, with 28 rising sixth, seventh & eighth graders
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    • Students Lead Campus Restoration

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Students in JK, fifth grade, sixth grade and eighth grade worked together to restore a section of campus. This area was previously full of Australian pines, an invasive species that dampers surrounding wildlife. The pines were removed and students planted native species in their place. Funding for this project came from part of a grant Shorecrest received from the Tampa Bay Estuary Project. 
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    • DONATE USED TEXTBOOKS to benefit Puerto Rico

      by Marina Pallares, World Languages Department Chair
      The Upper School Spanish Club collects donations of used textbooks year round that they then sell online. The proceeds from the sales are donated to a charity linked to the Spanish-speaking world. Last year, they donated the proceeds to La Carpio immigrant and refugee camp in Costa Rica, a destination visited by Chargers in the past during Service Week. This year proceeds will go to the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
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    • Parent Ambassador Info Session, May 16

      by Admissions Department
      If you are interested in serving as a Parent Ambassador, please complete this form to indicate your interest. The Admissions Office will contact all interested parents about next steps. If you are interested in serving as a Parent Ambassador, learn more on Wednesday, May 16 at 8:15am, in the SAC.
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    • To Parents of Juniors - how to get Senior Photos

      by Tony Napodano, Yearbook Advisor
      Rising seniors were already given information about the official photographer for Senior Portraits. These photos are used in next year's Yearbook, Senior Banner, and more. Please take note that this is the official photographer and avoid solicitations from another company. They have our necessary wardrobe items. We ask that appointments be made for sometime over the summer well in advance. Please contact Tony Napodano (tnapodano@shorecrest.org) if you have further questions.
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    • Host an Exchange Student from Germany

      by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes, Director of Admissions
      German student Erik V. would like to attend tenth grade at Shorecrest. His family spends time in Anna Maria, FL, each year during their Autumn Break. Erik’s brother, Dominic, spent a year in an American high school, and now Erik is excited to do the same. Erik has been playing the piano since he was 8 years old and he’s a competitive tennis player. Can you help give him a home for a year?
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    • Seventh Graders Fight Diseases [photos]

      by Amy Brill, Seventh Grade English Teacher
      This year the seventh grade team took a risk by planning a true Project Based Learning (PBL) experience for students surrounding the theme of disease prevention and elimination. In the end, teachers were inspired by student creativity, tenacity, knowledge, and empathy. This project's essential question was: How do we learn from the diseases of our past to solve those of today and tomorrow? Throughout the year, students engaged in this topic in English, history, math, science, health, technology, music and world language classes. The unit culminated in a Disease Project Showcase.
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    • Battle of the Books Three-Peat Win

      by Tedra Tatelbaum, Fifth Grade English Teacher
      Team Shorecrest won first place at the Bay Area Association of Independent Schools (BAAIS) Battle of the Books Competition on May 1, 2018, for the third consecutive year in a row! Team Captain Duran V, Addy C, Akshay P, Max B and Sophia J collaborated and worked extremely well under pressure. Coach Tatelbaum said she is super proud of her hard-working lovers of reading.
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    • Shorecrest Seniors Celebrate National College Decision Day

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      May 1 is National College Decision Day, the day many colleges and universities request a commitment from incoming students. Members of Class of 2018, as well as faculty and staff, wore their college t-shirts to campus to celebrate another great year of college placement success. 73 students will attend 47 colleges in 19 different states + DC, Canada, and the UK. According to Tiffany Blessing, Director of College Counseling & Student Leadership, "On May 1 the picture of the overall graduating class is just beginning to form. It's not the final version, but more like a dress rehearsal for the full picture that comes later in the spring."
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    • Shorecrest Junior Selected as St. Petersburg Goodwill Ambassador to Takamatsu, Japan

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      Olivia Olson '19 is one of three St. Petersburg area students selected to be a Goodwill Ambassador to Takamatsu, Japan, on behalf of the City of St. Petersburg. She will travel to Takamatsu in July to experience typical Japanese family life, culture, and customs, before returning home to host a Japanese student at her family's home in St. Pete. The program is a part of an annual exchange between sister cities St. Petersburg, FL, and Takamatsu, Japan.
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    • Top Youth Angler at Wild West Kingfish Tournament Series

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Kyle Corey ‘21 won the Top Youth Angler Award at many of the Wild West events over the past several years. Recently, he once again gained this top award. Before the awards ceremony, Kyle said that he had won the award so many times that he wanted someone else to have the chance to win, and asked that the prize be given to the child who was in second place. “Not many kids would do something like this and it definitely shined through as a true example of sportsmanship.” said a member of the Wild West Kingfish Tournament Series.
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    • Fourth Graders Tour the 'Burg

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Fourth graders are studying the history of Saint Petersburg, as they wonder about the impacts of development both locally and across the state. They visited downtown St. Pete and learned about the some of the history behind architecture in our own backyard.
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    • Why a Dining Room?

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Anyone who has ever spent time in a school that had a comprehensive food service program knows that the Dining Room can become a significant source for physical renewal, social/emotional development and community building. Not unlike the benefits of eating with our families, a full-service dining room at a school can create a feeling of community hard to replicate in the casual dining and “lunch box” experience currently practiced at Shorecrest.
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    • A First Grade Commotion in the Ocean [photos, video]

      by Rob Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
      First graders took audiences on a journey of ocean discovery in the Janet Root Theatre on Thursday and Friday. Their poems, songs and dances taught lessons about ocean friends and reminded everyone to be respectful of the seas and its creatures so the beauty of the ocean will continue to amaze future generations.
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    • RSVP for the Volunteer Breakfast Today

      by SCA Board
      On behalf of all Shorecrest personnel, Mike Murphy and the Shorecrest Community Association invite you to a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Janet Root Volunteer of the Year Award Presentation on WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 8:30 - 10am at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. To reserve a seat contact Julie Meyer at jmeyer@shorecrest.org or by calling 727-456-7505.
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    • A visit from Selah Freedom’s Teen Prevention Program

      by Brenna Dukes '21
      Shorecrest alumni parent, Elise Free, and Selah Freedom’s Teen Prevention Program leader, Chloe Vega, came to speak to Shorecrest students to raise awareness about human trafficking. The event was organized by Upper School’s Issues to Action club. Chloe and Elise spoke about how common trafficking really is, especially for teenage runaways, and the risks of interacting with strangers online. Chloe told her story about being a victim of the sex trade from a young age, and then answered students’ questions.
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    • Alpha on the Go-athon: A Student Powered Event [Photos]

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Alpha parents were treated to front row seats to the hottest act of the season when the Alpha students participated in the first ever Alpha On the Go-athon! The event not only allowed students to show off their freestyling skills on wheels, but also wrapped up their curricular transportation unit.
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    • Jack Ledford '18 at the State Tennis Tournament

      by Coach Bob Davis
      Jack Ledford '18 represented Shorecrest and the Chargers well at the FHSAA 1A State Individual Tennis Championships on Monday, April 30th in his usual highly competitive and good sportsmanship manner. This four-sport athlete won the District Championship and as a result participated in the state championships at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Jack lost 0-6, 4-6 in the State Quarterfinals.
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    • League of Women Voters Helps Students Register to Vote

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      On Wednesday in the Landy Hall foyer, Shorecrest Upper School was joined by the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area (LWVSPA), a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Sophie Elwyn ’19 and Sarah Miller ‘19 invited the group on campus to help students pre-register/register to vote.
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    • Leavengoods Produce Plays, Film

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Two Leavengoods have two plays opening on both coasts in one month! First, Bill Leavengood ‘78 learned that his new one-act, "Infinit-E," will be produced in New York as part as New Circle Theatre Company's Inferno Project. The Leavengood family also found out a new one-act by Charlie Leavengood ‘17, "The Gentile's Song," will be produced as part of The 26th Annual Blank Theatre YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL in Hollywood, CA. In addition, “Paleo Man”, a film written & directed by Bill Leavengood recently premiered at the 13th annual Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg, FL.
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    • Prepping for a Latin Fair

      by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
      Third and fourth grade are culminating the school year with their project LA FERIA LATINA - A Latin Fair! Each student investigated a Latin American country, created a game to teach kindergarteners, first graders and second graders about the country they studied, and used all the Spanish skills they have learned throughout the year to create their game. 
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    • Readers Awarded

      by Dottie Smay, Lower School Media Specialist
      Third and Fourth graders who read seven or more books from this year's Sunshine State Young Reader's Award list received awards on Monday from Mrs. Smay, the Lower School Media Specialist.
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    • SPARC Spreads the word to end the word

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Jordan Tralins '19, President of the Shorecrest Upper School SPARC club, brought a guest speaker to school as part of the "Spread the word to end the word" movement. SPARC's guest, Kellie, a Best Buddies Global Ambassador, shared her story of being bullied due to her intellectual disability. She challenged everyone to eliminate the use of the derogatory R-word from everyday speech, and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities by replacing it with a new R-word, RESPECT. 
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    • Varsity Baseball at Districts

      by Coach Beck
      In what may have been the most exciting game of the Varsity Baseball season, the Chargers lost to Out of Door Academy, 7-6, in the first round of the District Tournament. 
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    • Class Projects, Photos Available for Bid

      by SCA Board
      There are still some creative class projects available for bid for just ONE MORE WEEK!
      You can also view and purchase class photos and photo puzzles.
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    • SCA Board Nominations

      by SCA Board
      A vote on SCA Officers will be taken at the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on May 9. If you are unable to come to the breakfast and would like to vote on the slate, ballots are available at the main administration reception desk (now located in the library).
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    • Why We Believe in Transform

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      We want Shorecrest to be the place where children are inspired to learn, are with teachers who will stretch their imaginations, and are with peers who will be trusted and interesting friends. We expect school to prepare children for the future. We want school to expand upon the virtues and core values that parents teach their young children and adolescents.

      A great education teaches us enough about the past and present so we can look the future in the eye and say, “I want to help shape that and whatever comes next.” A great education teaches us to ask questions and to learn to think about opportunities that most people find unimaginable: Artificial Intelligence, driverless cars, reusable spaceships, rockets that reduce the time of travel, cures for cancer, peace…
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    • Upper School 2018 Awards Ceremony, Valedictorian Named

      by Sra. Andrés, US Spanish Teacher
      The Upper School hosted the 2018 Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 26th in the Janet Root Theatre. This was a special time to honor many different achievements including the College Book Awards, Departmental Awards, Citizenship Awards, Scholarship Awards, Service Awards, and Athletic Awards. In addition, the Valedictorian and Salutatorian were named. We congratulate all of our students for a very successful school year and give special commendations to those students to whom an award was presented.
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    • Shorecrest Fifth Graders Learn Geospatial Sciences at GEOINT 2018

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      Shorecrest fifth graders were among a select group of K-12 students from the Tampa Bay area invited to attend the GEOINT 2018 Symposium on April 24, an annual conference sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). GEOINT, a hot topic in STEM fields, is the profession of using satellites, drones, and sensors combined with other geographic information to gather, map, and visualize data to make informed decisions.
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    • Students Tour Tropicana Field

      by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
      Second graders went to Tropicana Field as part of their landmark study. Students learned the history of the stadium and a few fun facts. Everyone had an all-access, behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium. Students sat in the press box, went into the dugout and even got to touch real stingrays!! Go Rays!
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    • Varsity Tennis Season Closes, Ledford Advances to States

      by Coach Davis
      Jack Ledford '18, the Chargers number 1 player on the boys tennis team, advances to the FHSAA State finals championships on April 30th at Sanlando Park. Both boys doubles teams, as well as four of the five singles positions, advanced to the semifinal rounds, a first for the Chargers. Girls number 3 singles player Wynn Bryant '20 advanced to the final beating Bradenton Christian in the quarters and ODA in the semifinals before losing to the Charger nemesis, St. Stephens in the finals, 2-6,0-6. Sofia Marston '21 also had a strong tournament before losing in the semifinals to St. Stephens. The girls number 1 doubles team of Melanie Friedman '18 and Bella Rawson '19 beat Sarasota Christian in the quarterfinals before losing to ODA in the semifinals. The girls number 2 doubles team of Wynn and Sofia beat St. Pete Catholic and Cardinal Mooney en route to the finals where they lost to St. Stephens 6-3, 6-2.
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    • Reading Pal Visits Oldie Goldie Books Sale

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Sarah Miller ‘19 has been a volunteer Reading Pal at the Northside club of the Boys and Girls Club Suncoast since February. Twice each week she goes to the Club to read, and tries to read with the same girl every time. They also work on skills like spelling and vocabulary. If other Shorecrest students want to get involved with volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club after school or over the summer, they can contact Sarah and she will explain the process necessary to become a volunteer there.
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    • Spring Band Concert [more photos added]

      by Ethan Updike, Band Director
      Wednesday, April 25th, was host to the annual Spring Music Concert. The concert showcased the second semester music selections of the concert and rock bands and featured everything from Mozart to The Beatles. All ensembles played expressively and received resounding applause.
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    • Celebrate the Arts Week [video added!]

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Art instruction is interwoven throughout the Shorecrest curriculum. To celebrate the lessons and skills taught all year, we open the campus to the community for a week each spring during Celebrate the Arts.
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    • Chargers Softball regular season ends with 3 wins!

      by Coach Alexis Galinski '11
      Chargers 11, Keswick 0
      Chargers 18, Lakeside Christian 4
      Chargers 15, Clearwater Central Catholic 3
       
       
       
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    • Cole Smith Awarded Max Goldstein Prize at NYU

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Congratulations to alumn Cole Smith '15, now a junior at New York University. Cole was recently awarded NYU's Max Goldstein Prize. The Max Goldstein Prize is awarded annually for undergraduate creativity in computing. Cole created a check-in App for NYU that is used in 20 departments.
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    • Guest Expert Teaches Bicycle Safety

      by Nicole Carson, Alpha Teacher
      In anticipation of the upcoming Alpha On the Go event, fourth grader Charlie C and his friend Collin visited Alpha classes to discuss bicycle safety. Charlie rides his bike to Shorecrest every day and had a lot of great tips to share! He told the little Chargers about the importance of wearing a helmet, having reflectors on a bike, riding with a buddy, and obeying traffic signs and laws.
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    • Varsity Baseball vs Hernando Christian & Canterbury

      by Coach Beck
      The Chargers rolled to a 6-0 win over Hernando Christian.
      5-4 defeat to Canterbury.
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    • A Chorus Line [videos, photos]

      by Upper School Arts Department
      Coming soon to Shorecrest, the Smash Hit "A Chorus Line" (high school edition) - Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 19, 20 & 21 at 7pm in the Janet Root Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Learn more about what it means to be an Upper School Thespian in a series of video clips of "A Chorus Line" cast members in Ebytes and on Shorecrest social media.
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    • REACH

      by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
      Reach. Rise. Grow. These are the three phases of the Transform Campaign to build our new Community and Innovation Center with our first-ever Dining Hall and a new Experiential School for the youngest in our community... and much more.
       
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    • A Spiritual Moment

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      If you missed the Luminaria Ceremony at 2018 Shorecrest Relay For Life and the gathering of students and friends on Haskell Field as the Pentatonix version of Hallelujah was softly playing over the PA system, you missed one of the most spiritual moments many of us have ever witnessed at a school event.
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    • Elizabeth Hodgson '18 and Lily Schneider '19 Earn People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
      Friday, April 13, Shorecrest students Elizabeth Hodgson '18 and Lily Schneider '19 each received People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards for their work with the Kind Mouse, a local non-profit that helps to feed chronically hungry children in the St. Petersburg area. The Shorecrest students were two of the 21 honorees from all over the country recognized at the awards presentation at First Unity Spiritual Campus.
       
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    • Interim Head of Middle School Announced

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      I am pleased to announce that Kris Grant has accepted the position as Interim Head of Middle School. Kris, who currently serves as eighth Grade Dean and as a seventh and eighth grade Spanish teacher, is excited to continue the great work Jane Johnson and Jonathan Davis have initiated with the Middle School faculty and staff. Kris will begin her new duties on July 1.
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    • Shorecrest & Academy Prep Partner, Benefit from Tech Recycling Drive

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
      Thursday, April 19, members of the STEAM Club for Girls joined Dr. Anna Baralt, Shorecrest Director of Educational Technology, to deliver a mobile tech lab of 15 laptops to Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg. The donation was made possible through a partnership with eSmart Recycling and its One Million Laptops Campaign.
       
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    • SPS Battle of the Books 2018

      by Tedra Tatelbaum, Fifth Grade English Teacher
      For decades, Florida schools have participated in the Sunshine State Young Reader Award Books-Battle of the BooksThis month, 25 fifth graders took the Battle of the Books Qualifying Test, and 14 students qualified for the 3 School Teams. The 2018 Shorecrest Battle of the Books was held in the JRT on Tuesday, April 17. Teams answered questions on 15 Sunshine State Young Reader Award books. 
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    • Julianna Wright '18 Wins State Rowing Championship

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
      Julianna Wright '18 placed 1st in the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sculling State Championships. She raced in the lightweight women's single category and placed 1st with a time of 6:29 in qualifying heats. She went on to win the grand final with a time of 6:24, earning her the State Championship Title.
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    • Eighth Grader Anna J wins Marine Science Art Contest

      by Kathryn Jeakle, Eighth Grade Marine Science Teacher
      Shorecrest eighth grader Anna J's art was selected to be in the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s 2019 calendar, which will be available for download later this year. The calendars serve as reminders every day to be responsible stewards of the ocean.
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    • Learning about Landmarks in Second Grade

      by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
      As part of their landmark study, second grade went on their 2nd annual bus tour of St. Petersburg landmarks. Students learned about such landmarks as the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club, Al Lang Stadium, Albert Whitted Airport and so many more! The day ended with a guided tour of the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
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    • Relay For Life 2018 at Shorecrest Recap

      by Alexandra Hairston ‘19
      "A lot of work was necessary to smoothly run this year’s Relay For Life event by the co-leads Lexi Klein ‘18, Jordan Tralins ‘19, Olivia Olson ‘19, and the entire Committee. I can proudly say that this hard work paid off because we raised over $10,000 that night and $83,000 in total, reaching our goal! Shorecrest’s Relay For Life will make a real difference within the American Cancer Society and the lives of everyone who came to donate their time and money.”
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    • Shorecrest Presidential Scholar Nominees Advance as Semifinalists

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      Shorecrest seniors Mitchell Greene '18 and Hunter Holland '18 have advanced as Semifinalists in the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Of the 6,000 nominees, only 10% move on to semifinalist status. Presidential Scholars will be named on or around May 8th.
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    • Spanish Live Museum

      by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
      This week third graders hosted a Spanish Live Museum. The project celebrated Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage month. After researching an important person in history, students wrote a short biography in Spanish. In the live museum, students acted as the person they selected for their project. The fourth graders were their audience and asked them questions in Spanish about the famous person they represented.
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    • Learn more about Spring Football, Starts Apr 23

      by Athletics Department
      MS and Varsity spring football practice begin on April 23. (There is no school that day.) All athletes must have appropriate athletic forms on file.
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    • Shorecrest Sideline Store Open for Business!

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      The Booster Club and Charger Athletic Program have partnered with BSN Sports to offer the Shorecrest Sideline Store! This online store offers officially branded Shorecrest Charger apparel for athletes, students, parents, and all Charger fans. In the store, you’ll find brands you know and designs you’ll love. You can customize your gear with names, numbers, or relationships like Mom and Dad. There’s no minimum order, quick shipping directly to your preferred address and best of all, the proceeds help us support essential programs at Shorecrest.
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    • College Signings and Triple Crown Awards

      by Athletics Department
      Twelve Upper School students received Triple Crown awards this week for playing three varsity sports during the school year. 
      Jack Ledford and Drew Zolper signed letters of intent to commit to playing sports in college next year. Jack signed to play tennis for Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Drew will be playing soccer at Sewanee: The University of the South. Congratulations to the students and their families!  
       
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    • A Win for Chargers Varsity Softball

      by Coach Alexis Galinski
      Chargers 15, St. Pete Catholic 0.
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    • Varsity Baseball Chargers Tough Week

      by Athletics Department
      The Varsity Baseball Chargers faced 2 of the top 3 teams in the conference this week.
      They had a tough time generating runs on Wednesday, dropping their game with Northside Christian 10-0. 
      The Chargers also lost a tough game to ODA 3-11.
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    • Talent

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      A hallmark of strong leadership is when the initiatives and successes of an organization (or school) continue after the leader moves on. While the personal strengths of an individual teacher, coach, or administrator may have a life-changing impact on students, programs, and the school, the great school continues to deliver great experiences even after those rock stars retire or move on. The same goes for our superstar students.
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    • Don Paige, New Head of Upper School

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      After an extensive national search, Don Paige, the Assistant Head of Upper School and Academic Dean, was announced as the new Head of Upper School starting July 2018. The announcement was received by Upper School students with a standing ovation.
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    • Cum Laude Members Inducted from Senior Class

      by Richard Beaton, Director of Global Scholars Initiative
      Congratulations to the 16 members of the Class of 2018 who earned membership in the Cum Laude Society! The Cum Laude Society was founded in 1906 to recognize scholastic achievement of seniors in secondary schools. Shorecrest is among 1% of independent high schools in the U.S. that bestow this honored distinction. Of each graduating class, a maximum of 20% of students may be inducted to recognize excellence. The keynote speaker at the Induction Ceremony was Charger parent Jason Palmer, Professor of Law at Stetson University’s College of Law.
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    • Simple Machine Learning in Third Grade

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Third graders are studying simple machines. While deep in their Force and Motion inquiry, the generous Shorecrest maintenance department let students use some their tools. Students have tinkered with catapults, pulleys, screws and wedges. They hammered nails into wood scraps, used screw drivers to wedge and unwedge screws, and even used a power drill. Classes also worked with Ms. Deegan in the technology lab to build and program LEGO robotics.
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    • Enchanted Ball [Prom photos]

      by Debe Shenkman, Manager of Events and Special Projects
      This year's Junior/Senior Prom, An Enchanted Ball, was held at the beautiful St. Petersburg Yacht Club on Saturday, April 7. Everyone enjoyed the dinner and dessert bar. The students danced the night away amongst twinkling trees and sparkling balloons above them. As the evening came to a close, seniors Nick Brandt and Chayton Hemsey were crowned King and Queen of the prom.
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    • Students Judge Ocean 180 Video Challenge

      by Kathryn Jeakle, Eighth Grade Marine Science Teacher
      Eighth graders at Shorecrest have been given a unique opportunity to serve as student judges for the 2018 Ocean 180 Video Challenge​. The Video Challenge​ encourages ocean scientists to share their discoveries and excitement for research with teachers, students, and the public in a video for persons outside their discipline.
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    • Dr. Golfo Alexopoulos Visits GSI

      by Richard Beaton, Director Global Scholars Initiative
      Shorecrest Upper School's Global Scholars Initiative (GSI) was honored to welcome Dr. Golfo Alexopoulos for a "campus conversation" on Tuesday, April 10. Dr. Alexopoulos is a professor of history and Director of the newly-founded Russian Institute at USF Tampa. Several of the GSI students had already heard her speak on a panel at the St. Petersburg in the World Conference which we attended as a group in February. An expert in Stalinist Russia, Dr. Alexopoulos used art and statistical information about Stalin's dictatorship to help us to better understand Putin and his Russia. She built her presentation around two themes: Agitation and Propaganda (Agitprop in Soviet speak), and Mass Repression and Secrecy.
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    • GSI Students Attend TBCFR meeting

      by Richard Beaton, Director Global Scholars Initiative
      Two carloads of students and teachers attended the Tuesday, April 3rd meeting of the Tampa Bay Committee on Foreign Relations (TBCFR). The evening's guest was Ambassador John Beyrle, who served as an American diplomat for more than three decades in foreign postings and domestic assignments focused on Central and Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and Russia.
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    • New School Receptionist, Belen Johnson

      by Julie Meyer, Admin Assistant to the Headmaster
      Please welcome our new school Receptionist, Belen Johnson. Belen has been a part of the Shorecrest community for the past 3 years as an active parent volunteer. Her daughter Belen is in first grade. Belen has a background in customer service in the pharmaceutical industry. She is excited to transition into the role of Administrative Receptionist. Mrs. Johnson's desk is located by the new main visitor entrance in the Haskell library.
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    • Recycle your old Markers

      by Jessica Thorn, Interact Faculty Advisor
      Shorecrest Upper School's Interact Service Club collected markers to send off to Crayola for recycling. A first shipment of over ten pounds of markers was sent off last week. Please bring old markers to any school office to be recycled!
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    • Students Scouted for Summer Performing Arts Program

      by Cheryl Lee, Co-Chair US Arts Department
      Debra McWaters, Artistic Director of the Broadway Theatre Project (BTP) attended our A Chorus Line rehearsal at Shorecrest on Saturday and scouted several of our students to attend during summer 2018. 
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    • CHARGER WINNINGS Still Available

      by Little Event Committee
      The Little Event Committee has extended the deadline for some of our amazing Charger Winnings items and experiences! Get a choice 12th grade locker, the best seats in the house for the 4th grade show, a spot for the Kindergarten *almost* sleepover, and more!
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    • Coming Up: Celebrate the Arts Week

      by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
      Art instruction is interwoven throughout the Shorecrest curriculum. To celebrate the lessons and skills taught all year, we open the campus to the community for a week each spring during Celebrate the Arts. Artists from the Tampa Bay Area, such as opera singers, actors, writers, dancers and visual artists, will visit Shorecrest classrooms on Apr. 18 & 20 to share their stories about becoming an artist and to engage children in creative learning activities relating to their craft. Following the teach-in on the 20th around 11am, ES & LS classes do a little show in which each grade level performs a song. The week is capped off by the Upper School’s spring musical.
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    • Why We Relay

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Service and Learning are important practices. When combined into a Service Learning program there is the potential for our students and other community members to view citizenship through a lens not often learned in schools. We realize that we are doing much more than acts of charity. We learn that we are engaged in solving problems and challenges that touch our lives and the lives of all who share the community in which we live. Service Learning has the potential to take a single act and turn it into a habit of mind that results in a full-blown movement.
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    • Relay For Life on Friday!

      by Relay Leadership Team
      Come visit booths right when school ends! Please keep furry friends at home.
      6pm - official opening ceremony.
      9:30pm - Luminaria Ceremony
      10:30pm - Closing Ceremony
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    • Former University of Baghdad History Professor and Iraqi Diplomat visits Shorecrest

      by Kurt Wahlgren, Social Studies Department Chair
      Dr. Mudahafar A. Amin, former Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations and history professor, made remarks concerning several topics on Tuesday, March 6, to Shorecrest Upper School students, particularly members of the Global Scholars Initiative. When asked about difficult decisions that he had to make during his time in the public sector in Iraq, Dr. Amin noted that he lobbied against Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. He later illustrated the bloated size of the Iraqi army being a catalyst for the invasion of their neighbor to the south.
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    • Ocean Study Visitors in First Grade

      by Mrs. Oman, First Grade Teacher
      As part of their ocean studies unit, first graders hosted many recent visitors.
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    • March Citizens of the Month

      by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
      Congratulations to our March Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month:
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    • FROM THE DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

      by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
      My name is Roderick Avery Fludd and I am the NEW Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Shorecrest Preparatory School. I invite Shorecrest alumni of color to take this brief survey to help Shorecrest maintain its work on becoming an even more inclusive and welcoming community. This survey should take about 20 minutes to complete.
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    • Upper School Summer Programs

      by TERRY KESSEL, Director of Auxiliary Programs
      When you are at the Janet Root Theatre to watch "A Chorus Line" in a couple weeks, check out the Summer Programs information table outside of the lobby. Learn about opportunities just for high schoolers!
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    • Varsity Baseball loses on walk-off hit

      by Athletics Department
      A walk-off left the Varsity baseball Chargers on the wrong end of an 8-7 defeat to Bradenton Christian on Tuesday. 
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    • Varsity Softball vs Indian Rocks Christian

      by Coach Galinski
      Chargers 1, Indian Rocks Christian 4
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    • State of St Pete: Art and Culture, Apr 11

      by Kate Merritt, Assoc. Dir. of Advancement for Annual Fund and Alumni Programs
      The Shorecrest Alumni Association presents the third annual State of St. Pete. This year's theme is Art & Culture. Wednesday, April 11, 5:30-7:30pm in the Janet Root Theatre. Join Shorecrest alumni, parents and friends for complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Hear about the latest additions to our cultural landscape, as well as storied organizations and institutions that helped make St. Pete one of America's 10 Most Beautiful Cities. RSVP at www.shorecrest.org/stpete.
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    • Bows & Boutonnieres Masquerade Ball, April 27

      by SCA Board
      The 10th Annual Bows and Boutonnieres Dance will be held Friday, April 27 in the Shorecrest Athletic Center. Designed for girls in Kindergarten through 4th grade, this memorable event offers ups a DJ, games, prizes, dancing, a photo booth, refreshments and delectable dessert. All are welcome at this sparkly evening showcasing friendship, family and fun.
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    • The Little Event, this weekend!

      by Caroline Leies & Alicia Warburton
      Plan to join your fellow parents at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club on April 28th for the Little Event! Food, fun, entertainment and more! And of course - next year's one and only reserved Parking Spot for bid!
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    • Eighth Graders Engineer Three Types of ROVs

      by By Kathryn Jeakle, Eight Grade Science Teacher
      Eighth graders worked over the course of sixth months on ROVs that solved modern-day problems, ROV art projects of PVC and wire, and motorized PVC ROVs that completed underwater challenges. The underwater ROVs were presented at STEAMfest for the greater community to drive and explore. Eighth graders gave their final presentations of the initial innovative ROV projects - along with product pitches, advertisements, and the PVC sculptures - before an audience of parents and peers in March.
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    • Idealism Blended with Action Wins

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24, was hopefully the beginning of increased youth involvement in citizenship. I was pleased to join the Shorecrest students who attended the event in Tampa. The chant led by marchers, “Tell me what democracy looks like,” followed by the response, “This is what democracy looks like,” was a great start. Regardless of where one stands on the gun law debate that the March for Our Lives participants have brought forward, it is great to see our nation’s teens organizing behind a cause that matters to them.
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    • Learning Scale, Proportion & Programming with "Smallcrest"

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      In the lobby of the Janet Root Theatre a team of sixth graders adeptly maneuver LEGO robots through a model course - avoiding buildings, gliding into parking spaces, making deliveries from one model structure to the next. The course looks familiar to many of the passersby at STEAMfest. "Hey, is that Landy Hall?" asks an observer. Indeed. Landy Hall, the Janet Root Theatre, the Athletic Center, and even a model of the future Innovation Center and Community Commons, the course is a scale model of the Shorecrest campus. Dubbed "Smallcrest" by its seventh grade engineers, the project is a prime example of interdisciplinary project-based learning, faculty collaboration, and experiential education.
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    • Congratulations Tom Dillow

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Over spring break our community was informed that our Assistant Headmaster/Head of Upper School, Tom Dillow, has been named the Head of School at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Tom and his family will complete the year at Shorecrest and begin his new duties on July 1.
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    • Anthony McCall Named Shorecrest Athletic Director

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      After an extensive national search, Anthony McCall has been selected as Shorecrest's next Athletic Director. McCall, who currently serves as Athletic Director at Montgomery Academy (Montgomery, AL), will begin his duties on July 1, 2018.
      “Shorecrest has been the epitome of quality education in Pinellas County," says McCall. "As an educator, I am ecstatic about the opportunity to join such a school community, and look forward to the prospect of enhancing Shorecrest athletic’s commitment to 'winning the right way.'"
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    • Charger Hall of Fame Athletic Awards Ceremony, April 26

      by Kate Merritt, Assoc. Dir. of Advancement for Annual Fund and Alumni Programs
      Shorecrest Parents and Guardians are invited to the inaugural Charger Hall of Fame Athletic Awards Ceremony honoring the 2017-18 Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees & Current Shorecrest Upper School Athletes.
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    • Faculty and Staff Updates

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      Kim Hudson (former Receptionist) has moved into the role of Assistant Director of Admissions. 
      Terry Kessel has started a new position with Shorecrest as Director of Auxiliary Programs. 
      Raquel Ferreira will join the Athletic Department as Head Varsity Volleyball Coach.
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    • Shorecrest at March for Our Lives

      by Kira Held ‘20
      Shorecrest sophomore Kira Held was inspired to take action after she heard a speech from Parkland Shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez. “She is not that much older than I am and after I saw her stepping up, I thought, ‘Why can't I?’ Additionally, I had just finished writing my ‘This I Believe’ speech for English class on how my generation needs to be informed and take action. I wanted to practice what I preach,” Kira explained. Eleven Shorecrest students were joined at the March for Our Lives by Headmaster Mike Murphy and Upper School History teacher Ron Heller.
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    • Service Week 2018 Wrap-Up

      by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
      From March 12-15, 2018, Upper School students, faculty and staff undertook a massive civic engagement operation across 22 different service projects spanning Tampa Bay, our country, and abroad. We don't just count the hours, and yet we know that our students provided over 5,000 hours of service that weekService Week is Shorecrest's statement to the world that we care about building compassionate, socially responsible citizens. 
       
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    • Blood Drive, April 11

      by Leddon Zwack '21
      Please mark your calendars to give blood on Wednesday, April 11. Continuing to encourage Shorecrest donors for OneBlood, Leddon Zwack '21 has gotten support from Chick-fil-A 4th Street, Carrabba’s, Better Byrd & PDQ. Every donor will receive a coupon card from ALL FOUR restaurants! The OneBlood bus will be parked on the basketball court lot by the Athletic Center on Wednesday, April 11, from 10am-4:30pm. 
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    • Florida State Thespians Competition Results

      by Bill Leavengood '78, Theatre Director
      Shorecrest's Thespians Troupe 3140 once again made their sponsors, Bill Leavengood '78 and Cheryl Lee, extremely proud with their results, their hard work and their devotion to one another. Of the six Superior events from the District Competition that Shorecrest was allowed to send to perform at the State competition, the results were [click for more]
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    • Oh The Places (and ways!) We Go

      by Nicole Carson, Alpha Teacher
      The Alpha classes had a terrific time at Bob Lee's Tire Company this week. The field experience was part of the Transportation Project the children have been investigating. They also scouted the Shorecrest campus for different types of transportation.
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    • Owen Harris goes 4-4 in Tough Loss to Bell Creek Academy

      by Athletics Department
      Varsity Baseball lost the lead late in a 4-3 defeat to Bell Creek Academy on Thursday. The team lost despite out-hitting Bell Creek Academy eight to five.
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    • Varsity Softball - 2 Wins!

      by Coach Alexis Galinski
      Chargers 17, St. Pete Catholic 6
      Chargers 17, Clearwater Central Catholic 1
       
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    • Word and Image Art Awards

      by Cindy Williams, MS Art Teacher
      The Word and Image Art Awards were presented on March 17, 2018, at the Morean Arts Center. Five Shorecrest fifth grade students were selected to have their artwork exhibited. The Middle School artists honored were Fiona Joy G., Daisy N., Drew D., Graham F.  and Charlie N. Congratulations to these fine artists who wrote and made a mixed media art piece about looking at the world through their eyes!
       
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    • Heads of Schools Speak out against Gun Violence

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Shorecrest Headmaster Mike Murphy joined Heads of independent schools all over Florida to speak out against gun violence. Their open letter to the President and legislative leaders appeared as a full-page ad in the Tampa Bay Times and in the Miami Herald on Friday, March 23.
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    • SCA Committee Breakfast, Apr 3

      by SCA Board
      Save the date: Tuesday, April 3, 8:15am
      in the Student Activity Center

      Are you looking to get more involved next school year? SCA welcomes all interested parents to an informal breakfast and meet and greet with the SCA Board. Come and learn about our committees and meet new friends. SCA has several committees looking for new chairs and we can use your help.
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    • Construction Coming Soon [video]

      by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
      Construction will commence on May 28 to raze the outdated buildings on our lower campus, raise the ground by four feet, and build a 60,000 square foot facility that will house the Experiential School, Lower School special subjects, all-school libraries and innovation labs, a new state-of-the-art Dining Hall, and more. The project will also create more than an acre of greenspace, including interesting play areas, and allow for students of all ages to convene together and connect across our PK-12 campus.
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    • Volunteer of the Year Award Nominations due Apr 9

      by Lindsey Lamb, SCA President
      Many wonderful people give their time, energy, and effort to Shorecrest each year! If you know of someone whose contributions have been outstanding, please nominate that person for the 2018 Janet Root Volunteer of the Year Award. Nomination forms are due by April 9.
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    • Spring Break Changes

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      I hope all members of the community enjoy a change of pace as we break for the coming week. Many members of our community will remain focused on their jobs, and that certainly includes our maintenance team at Shorecrest. When the students and teachers return on Monday after break, the following campus changes will be in place or underway...
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    • Campus Cleanup

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      On March 14, 2018, Kindergarteners and eighth graders at Shorecrest Preparatory School partnered with Keep Pinellas Beautiful to clean the campus. As a result of "adopting" the one-mile radius around the Shorecrest campus, there will be 4 campus clean-up dates in 2018. The Chargers collected 47.5 pounds of trash!
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    • Hindu Deity Pop-Up Cards

      by Amy Cobb, Sixth Grade English Teacher
      Sixth-grade English and social studies classes collaborated on a three-week mini-project creating Hindu Deity Pop-Up Cards. The students learned all about HInduism in social studies, and they took the research further by choosing a Hindu Deity using a class set of books.
       
       
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    • Art Abilities Performs During Service Week '18

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      During Shorecrest Service Week 2018, some Upper School students were part of the Art Abilities troupe. They performed at Shorecrest for The Experiential School, taught improv games to some Lower School grades, and performed at PARC. They also participated in PARC's monthly drum circle. Students from The Experiential School enjoyed a stroll down to the Black Box Theatre, where the older Chargers acted out and discussed the lessons of Dr. Seuss' "The Sneetches."
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    • Fifth Grade Chorus Performance [video]

      by Stephanie McCarthy, MS Music Teacher
      Fifth graders delighted audiences in the Janet Root Theatre on Thursday with their Music Performance. Under the direction of Mrs. McCarthy, fifth graders sang specially selected songs with harmonies and dynamics. Songs included: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, Disney’s “When You Wish Upon a Star”, “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, “Send it On” from Disney’s Friends for Change, and the 1966 Monkey’s hit, “I’m a Believer” in the arrangement from Broadway’s Shrek the Musical.
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    • Big Day for Shorecrest Sailing!

      by Charger Parent
      With only two regattas left on the schedule, the Shorecrest sailing team traveled to Davis Island in their hunt to advance to post-season competition. Read on to see how the JV and Varsity teams fared.
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    • Jordan Tralins ‘19 Wins DAR Community Service Awards

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      The Saint Petersburg Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution may choose one recipient each year for the award. This year’s recipient was Shorecrest junior Jordan Tralins. 
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    • MS Track and Field Final Meet

      by Coach Richie Cameron
      Tuesday was a wonderful conclusion to our Middle School Track and Field season. The coaches are all very proud of the way the Chargers performed! Congratulations to both the girls and boys for their strong finishes. Girls earned 1st place overall and boys were 2nd out of 16 full teams. A number of Shorecrest athletes were able to also qualify for the Middle School State Meet.
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    • Second Grade Celebrates Pi Day

      by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
      Second grade teacher Ms. Horne is a lover of math and has celebrated Pi Day since she was in middle school. She adapted Pi Day for her second graders. Every year they read "Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi" by Cindy Neuschwander. They learn that Pi is an infinite number and is celebrated every March 14th. On Pi day, students can participate in Ms. Horne's memory challenge. The student who memorizes and recites the most digits of Pi correctly gets to pie Ms. Horne in the face! This year, Mac correctly recited 73 digits!
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    • Parent Breakfast Book Club, April 4

      by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
      Pick up a copy of "The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age," by Catherine Steiner-Adair. The discussion will take place at 8:15am on April 4th in the Student Activities Center.
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    • Second Grade performs A Small Part of the World [video, photos]

      by Rob Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
      The second graders have been taking a trip around the world in their study of the 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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    • Mexican Students Visit Shorecrest

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      From February 25 through March 9, Shorecrest Lower School hosted its third international delegation. Shorecerst fourth and fifth graders graciously opened their homes and hosted 12 students from Escuela Ameyalli in Mexico City. While at Shorecrest, the visiting students made a cultural presentation for the Lower and Middle Schools, in which they spoke about their country's history and culture and performed a traditional Mexican dance.
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    • Pinellas History Day

      by David Hodgson, Middle School History Teacher
      Twenty Middle School students accompanied Mr. Hodgson to Largo High School to compete in the 20th annual Pinellas County History Day. This was one of the largest county fairs to date with over 20 participating middle schools. This year’s theme for the competition was “Conflict and Compromise in History.” Students had to research and analyze a topic in history and then create an exhibit, documentary, performance, website, or author a historical paper.
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    • Kindergarten visits Construction Site

      by Megan Kotsko, Kindergarten Teacher
      Kindergarten students are currently studying homes and buildings. This week they were excited to visit a construction site first-hand to learn more about the process. They met with Shorecrest dad Chris Oman, Owner and General Contractor of Oman Construction in Gulfport. Thanks also go to Mr. Green, an architect, and Maria Rawls, a General Contractor at Harvard Jolly.
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    • Two Seniors Earn Outstanding Youth Awards

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      On March 2, Elizabeth Hodgson '18 and Luis Sarabia '18 were honored by the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg at the St. Pete Yacht Club. They were two of 15 Bay area students from eight public and private high schools recognized at the St. Petersburg Rotary's 79th Annual Outstanding Youth Awards. Students are honored on the basis of scholarship, character, and service.
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    • MS Forensics Final Competition

      by Lillian Nelson, Middle School Theatre Teacher
      The final MS Forensics meet of the year was on March 7. "It was a great season!" said faculty sponsor Ms. Nelson. Special congratulations go to:
      • Fiona G, fifth grader - 2nd place Original Oratory
      • Ellie L and Stella P, eighth graders - 3rd Place Duo Drama
      • Sarah K, fifth grader - 4th place Original Oratory
      • Daisy N, fifth grader - 5th place Individual Drama
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    • Under Construction: Fourth Grade Pier Project

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      Since the start of the spring semester, fourth graders have been engaged in an in-depth study of engineering using the St. Petersburg Pier as their case study. On Friday, March 2, the students embarked on a special field experience to visit the Pier itself, a rare opportunity since the Pier is an active construction site.
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    • Service Week Approaches

      by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
      In a couple of days, our Upper School students, faculty and staff will undertake a massive civic engagement operation of 22 different service projects spanning Tampa Bay, our country and abroad, culminating 8 months of preparation. Service Week is our statement to the world that we care about building compassionate, socially responsible citizens.
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    • Successful Showing at County History Fair

      by Ron Heller, Ninth Grade History teacher
      On Saturday, March 3, 26 Chargers participated in the Pinellas History Fair at Largo High School. A total of 700 students from middle and high schools from the county competed on the fair's 20th anniversary. Shorecrest has been involved with National History Day, the umbrella program, for 17 years. This year we won in both the Documentary and Performance Categories!
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    • Service Learning

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      This coming week Shorecrest Upper School students will spread out across St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Florida, other states, and other nations to engage in a week-long service learning experience. Shorecrest is one of few schools in the country that takes four consecutive days for all of our Upper School teachers and students to engage in depth with service and service learning activities. We are particularly proud that our Service Week program was originated by students 8 years ago.
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    • Varsity Baseball vs Saint Stephen's

      by Athletics Department
      Chargers vs Saint Stephen's Episcopal : 3-14 Loss
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    • GSI at TBCFR Dinner with Ambassador Frank G. Wisner

      by Kurt Wahlgren, US History Teacher
      Upper School students who participate in Shorecrest’s Global Scholars Initiative attended a talk by Ambassador Frank G. Wisner on Tuesday, March 6. The Tampa Bay Council on Foreign Relations remarks were titled, “The United States and Iran: Challenges Ahead.”
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    • SCA Board Nominations through March 26

      by SCA Board
      The Shorecrest Community Association Board Nominating Committee is seeking nominations (and self-nominations) for the following positions for 2018-2019: Vice President and Secretary.
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    • With Spring Break Comes Summer Planning

      by Ron Heller, Ninth Grade History teacher
      Upper School history teacher Mr. Heller and Band leader Mr. Updike are currently filling a summer trip to Reykjavik, Berlin, Amsterdam and London from June 10-28, 2018 (flexible). If you are interested in learning more, please contact Mr. Heller or review the offering in the Shorecrest Summer Program guide online.
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    • Transform

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Now is the time. After many months, our plans to add the missing pieces and complete the Shorecrest campus are available to all members of the community. The Board, the Transform Leadership Committee, and staff members have worked in a silent phase to raise significant capital, garnering the Board’s support to break ground in May. Now is the time for the full community to join in the transformation of our campus and the development of new programs that will support our efforts in being one of the premier schools in Florida. We have heard some wonderful ideas during the planning and silent phases of the campaign, but none rings more true than the words Cory Gaffney, Class of ‘95, parent, and Board member shared a few months ago: “Shorecrest cannot do this project, but the Shorecrest Community can.”
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    • Transform Launch

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      On Friday, March 2, the full school community gathered for the public launch of the Transform Campaign. While some families and students knew the campaign intimately, others had heard only rumblings, leaving a number of guests scratching their heads come Friday asking, "What is Transform?" To find out what Transform is truly about, visit www.transformshorecrest.org.
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    • HONOR SOCIETIES TAP NEWEST INDUCTEES [photos]

      by Sra. Andrés, US Spanish Teacher
      On Thursday, March 1, the Shorecrest Preparatory School honor society chapters inducted their newest members at a special assembly in the Janet Root Theatre in front of fellow classmates, parents, special guests, faculty and administration. A collective total of 164 students were tapped.
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    • Fifth Grade SMath Olympics

      by Sandy Janack and Selene Willis, Fifth Grade Teachers
      Gaining inspiration from the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Fifth Grade Team participated in Olympic-themed activities for the past few weeks. In Social Studies, students engaged in a Project-Based Learning Unit and used the Engineering Design Process to help answer the question, “How can we make a Winter Olympic sport safer for the athletes or improve performance for the athletes?” In Math and Science classes - or SMath - fifth graders culminated their joint Measurement Unit by creating an Olympic-inspired measurement event. To culminate the grade’s activities, students shared their projects with families at the Fifth Grade Olympic Closing Ceremonies in the Student Activity Center. 
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    • MS Variety Show [photos, video]

      by Stephanie McCarthy, MS Music Teacher
      Middle School performers entertained audeinces last Friday in our 11th Annual Middle School Variety Show! Jr. Thespian Troupe 88197 performed many of their award-winning acts as part of the show, held in the Janet Root Theatre.
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    • French Exchange Celebrates 23 Years

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      After two weeks of whirlwind activities, a 23rd successful French Exchange ended on Tuesday as Shorecrest hosts bid "au revoir" to their new French friends. There were many tears as Shorecrest families and Bayen students said good-bye.
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    • February Citizens of the Month

      by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
      Congratulations to our February Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month:
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    • Highlights from Varsity Baseball

      by Athletics Department
      2/24: Chargers 2: Bradenton Christian 6
      2/27: Chargers 1: St. Pete Catholic 8
       
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    • Learn About Summer Travel Opportunities

      by Terry Kessel, Director of Summer Programs
      Join us for an info session about summer travel opportunities for parents and students (6th grade - 12th grade):
      Tuesday, March 6, 4-6pm 
      in the Library Classroom
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    • Project Linus Delivery made

      by Jessica Thorn, Interact Club Sponsor
      Julianna Wright '18 dropped off 12 blankets to Project Linus at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital on behalf of the Shorecrest Upper School Interact Club. The blankets will be given to sick children in the hospital to offer comfort during their stay. 
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    • Prom 2018 Information

      by Prom Committee
      his year's prom, Enchanted Ball, will be held Saturday, April 7th from 7:00 - 11:30pm. Tickets will be sold through Friday, March 30. A form must accompany all purchases.
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    • Fifth Graders Help Haiti

      by Tedra Tatelbaum, Fifth Grade English Teacher
      Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere and one of our North American neighbors in dire need. After suffering through a devastating earthquake in 2010, and most recently Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, Shorecrest once again collaborated with Youth Partners With Haiti to help the Haitians. 
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    • Coach Saunders Named Head Boys Basketball Coach

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      Coach Justin Saunders has been named Head Boys Basketball Coach for the 2018-19 season. Coach Saunders has led the Middle School team for two strong seasons, followed by two winning seasons with the JV team. He has served as an Assistant Coach to the Varsity team for the last two years. In 2016 he launched the Shorecrest Basketball Training Program for Lower and Middle School students.
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    • Baseball Chargers vs. Tampa Catholic

      by Chris Barrott
      Chargers vs Tampa Catholic: 2-6 Loss
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    • Boys Varsity Soccer, State Final Four Recap

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      Chargers vs Maclay School in State Semi-Finals on Saturday, February 17: 1-0 Loss.
      Drew Zolper '18 was named to the Pinellas County All-Star team and will be playing in the Senior Soccer Challenge All Star match on Friday, March 2 at Countryside High School against the Hillsborough County All-Star team. Please come out and support Shorecrest Soccer and Drew Zolper at the game! 

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    • Community and Culture

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      What kind of community and culture do you imagine for your children and your family?
      Shorecrest has a culture that is guided by our college preparatory mission, our vision that focuses on developing inclusive, innovative, and transformational education experiences and our five Core Values: Responsibility, Respect, Integrity, Knowledge, and Compassion. Our culture encourages high levels of involvement and participation in all aspects of school life.
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    • MS Robotics Wins best Project [video]

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      The Middle School Robotics team, INFOBOTS, returned victorious from their First LEGO League Tournament with the prize for Best Project. First LEGO League introduces students aged 9-16 to the fun and excitement of science and technology. In addition to building and programming working robots for challenges, students were tasked with solving a real-world problem regarding hydrodynamics and presenting their project to judges.
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    • Animal Activities and Winter Fun

      by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
      As they explored a mock savannah habitat, JK students imagined that they were trekking to a watering hole as they navigated an obstacle course. Meanwhile, Alpha students in the Friendly Flamingo class explored cool winter activities that were SNOW much fun!
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    • Junior GPS, Feb 27

      by Bonni Klement, Associate Director of College Counseling
      The College Counseling Team has designed an entire day just for juniors! Over the course of this interactive day, juniors will learn about the ins and outs of the college process including: college essays, resumes, college visits, and interviews
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    • St. Pete student's project removes invasive species from school [video]

      by Walter Allen, FOX 13 News
      Walker Willis '19 was tasked with a science project when he was in eighth grade, and ended up removing Australian Pines. His Middle School project turned into an Eagle Scout project. Then, into something that his fellow classmates and future students at Shorecrest Preparatory School.
      "It generated the best memories and made me appreciate what I have," Willis said. "It gave me experiences that I could never wish for."
       
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    • Clothing Drive for Lakota Sioux people

      by Ron Heller, Ninth Grade History teacher
      In an effort to further support the Lakota tribe on the Service Week trip, the Chargers registered for the trip would like to make the following request:
      If you are beginning spring cleaning of your closets and come across gently used clothing for all ages, please bring them to the US lobby bins set up below Ms. Morlando's desk. They will be collecting through February 28th. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
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    • Now Collecting Used Books

      by SCA Board
      Time to clean out those bookshelves! Please consider donating any used childrens' books you have to SCA's Oldie Goldie Book sale. You can send books in with your child or drop them off at the drop bins located in your child’s classroom areas and front office.
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    • Critical Thinking

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Recently, while in a discussion about how African Americans are portrayed in US history, one of our students commented that during the Third Grade Class Play, African-Americans were recognized for their efforts to oppose slavery but not for their contributions to providing freedom and liberty. Those of us who watched the production this year enjoyed the show. The students loved performing and the audience enjoyed the music and historical tidbits. Yet, when put under the lens of equity and racial justice, the production clearly leaves out the contributions of African Americans and other ethnic groups who make up the fabric of our American society.
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    • 5 Shorecrest Seniors Advance to National Merit Finalists

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      Shorecrest seniors Charity Chen, Mitchell Greene, Hunter Holland, Kyle Mullins and Sylvia Smith have been named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. All five students were named National Merit Semifinalists and have advanced to the next round of competition.
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    • Alpha and JK Families Celebrated Valentine's Day [photos]

      by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
      At The Experiential School Valentine's parties, families engaged in Valentine's-Day-themed sensory experiences, participated in making crafts, and enjoyed a holiday snack.
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    • Boys soccer: Chargers Advance to State Semi-Finals

      by Corey Long, Tampa Bay Times
      Shorecrest (17-1-2) will advance to play at Tallahassee Maclay on Saturday in the state semifinals. Canterbury finishes its season at 23-3.
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    • Career Day 2018

      by Kate Merritt, Director of Alumni Programs
      On Friday, February 9th, the Shorecrest Alumni Association sponsored its annual Career Day program for Shorecrest Upper School sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students had the chance to hear from 25 different speakers - alumni, parents and friends of the school - who discussed their industries and how to break into their given field of work.
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    • Engineering the Pier with 4th Grade

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      Fourth graders have begun an in-depth investigation of engineering, learning basic principles of structural engineering including shapes, forces, materials, and loads. Over the course of the project they will welcome various guest experts, conduct experiments, and use the new St. Petersburg Pier as their case study.
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    • Enhancing School Safety

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Yesterday's devastating attack on a Florida high school strikes fear into the hearts of families everywhere. It is particularly jarring to those of us who spend so much of our lives at schools and feel safe and at home there. While I cannot, in good conscience, promise that violence will never happen at our school, the systems we have in place strive for maximum safety and security without making the school feel like a prison in lockdown.
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    • Making Mazes in JK

      by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
      Mrs. Craver's junior kindergarten students collaborated with a visiting friend to design a maze for their hermit crab. Problem-solving how to form the turns was accomplished through conversation and joint planning. Success! The crab enjoyed navigating around the challenging structure and the engineering and building team was enthused watching the crab travel through their maze.
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    • Upper School French Exchange Program

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      French high school students who attend Lycée Bayen in the champagne region of France arrived on campus Wednesday morning and will stay through Tuesday, Feb. 27. Upper School Shorecrest students are visitng France from March 8-17. This is the 23rd year Shorecrest and Lycée Bayen have conducted an exchange program.
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    • Upper School Robotics qualifies for FL State Championships

      by Richard Rho, US Computer Studies & Robotics Teacher
      Last weekend, both of the Upper School robotics teams, 6104A (Autonomoose) and 6104B (Chargers), went to River Ridge High School to compete in their final robotics qualifier. The day involved competing with 28 other teams from the Tampa Bay area. Both of our teams finished as a top 8 team. Based on their skills score, 6104B was able to qualify for the FL State Championships, which will be held at Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Monday, February 19.
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    • Boys Soccer Regional Finals, Feb 14, at SPS & online

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      The Varsity Boys Soccer Chargers have advanced to Regional Finals! Cheer them on at Haskell Field on Wednesday, February 14 at 7pm. The boys will host Canterbury Fort Myers.
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    • eSmart Technology Recycling Partnership

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      The Shorecrest Outdoor Club is pleased to partner with eSmart Recycling for the One Million Laptops Campaign, an international campaign to bring technology to underserved communities. Shorecrest is hosting an electronics drive now through the month of February. Bins will be located in each division office and in the Shorecrest Library. Click to see a list of accepted items.
       
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    • What’s in Your… Head?

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Jennifer Garner has made the phrase, “What’s in your wallet?” one of the most memorable expressions for an ad since “Can you hear me now?” While the advertising world has found memorable questions and witty characters like the Geico Gecko to remind us to buy a certain product, people concerned with human motivation have found that affirmations can set the tone for achievement.
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    • MS Regional Science Fair Results

      by Curtis Cruise, Sixth Grade Science
      Congratulations to the following Shorecrest students on their performance at the Regional Science Fair: 
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    • Third Grade Wetlands Projects

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Third graders were so excited to dive deeper into their learning and become experts regarding wetlands. Students worked hard creating presentations, practicing skits, cutting pictures for the tri-fold boards, and creating wetland worlds in Minecraft.
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    • Middle School Scholastic Arts Awards

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Four of the seventh grade stop motion animation movies created this year have won Scholastic Arts awards and were invited to a ceremony on Feb. 7 at Gibbs High School. In addition, several students won awards for drawing and digital art.
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    • Alpha at the Master Fire Station

      by Nicole Carson, Alpha Teacher
      The Alpha classes visited The St. Petersburg Master Fire Station this week as part of their Community Helpers and People In Your Neighborhood Project. These wonderful firefighters gave the children the tour of a lifetime! The children went through the living quarters, rang the giant old bell, climbed through the hook and ladder truck, and watched as one of the firefighters donned all of the heavy protective equipment they wear for a "run."
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    • Congratulation Jr. Thespians at States!

      by Stephanie McCarthy, Jr. Thespian Director
      Jr. Thespians performed in the 3-day State Festival at the Orlando Convention Center last weekend with amazing results! Come see some of our acts at the upcoming MS Variety Show on February 23rd.
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    • Forensics Meet Results

      by Lillian Booker Nelson, Public Speaking, Theatre, and Debate
      Forensic speech is the study and practice of public speaking and debate, according to the American Forensic Association. School and college contests are patterned after ancient Greek competitions at public forums. 27 Middle School students attended the most recent meet, last Wednesday. Here are the Shorecrest results:
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    • January Citizens of the Month

      by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
      Congratulations to our January Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month for the 2017-18 school year: First Grade - Elliot G; Second Grade - Logan S; Third Grade - Morgan H; Fourth Grade - Emily M.
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    • Second Graders Earn their Wings

      by Natalye Horne, Second Grade
      Ms. Horne's sister, Kelsey, is a a flight attendant for Endeavor Air (a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines). Every year she visits Ms. Horne's second grade students and changes her classroom into a mock airplane so they can "go on a trip.” She shared about traditional food eaten in Iceland, languages heard in Italy, and even about experiencing the Dia de los Muertos celebration and other customs in Spain.
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    • Upper School Model U.N. 2018, Chicago

      by Kurt Wahlgren, Upper School Social Studies Department Chair
      On January 31st, Shorecrest delegates flew to Chicago to participate in the 30th annual Model United Nations of the University of Chicago (MUNUC). The conference lasted four days and operated twenty-five different committees. These committees ranged from Disarmament and the African Union, to historical committees, such as, the 1960 Cuban Government.
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    • Varsity Girls Soccer Win Regional Quarter-Finals

      by Neal Wolfrath, Girls Varsity Soccer Coach
      On Tuesday night, the girls varsity soccer Chargers beat Seffner Christian 8-0 to advance to the Regional Semi-Finals. Tuesday's game set a school record for goals scored in a Regional match. The girls play Indian Rocks Christian on Friday night (2/9) at 7pm on Haskell Field. Come on out to support them as they battle for a third consecutive Regional Final appearance!
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    • Re-enrollment Open, New Student Applications Open

      by Admissions Department
      Re-enrollment for the 2018-19 school year at Shorecrest opened online Thursday, February 1. Please complete the re-enrollment process by Thursday, February 15 to guarantee your child’s space for next school year.
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    • Boys soccer: Shorecrest recaptures missing district title

      by By Chuck Frye, Times correspondent
      After a disappointing early exit from the Class A, District 6 tournament last season, Shorecrest Prep’s mission Saturday night was twofold — to climb its way back to the summit while defeating the team that took its place, St. Petersburg Catholic. Done and done, as the Chargers humbled the defending champs, 2-0, at Indian Rocks Christian.
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    • Competitive Cheer Off to State Championships!

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Congratulations to our Competitive Cheer Team for placing 7th in the Region 3 Championships. They will be heading to Gainesville on Monday morning for the FHSAA 1A Competitive Cheerleading State Championships on Monday, Feb. 5 at the Exactech Arena in the The Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the UF campus in Gainesville.
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    • Independent Bay area school working to create diversity, inclusion on campus

      by Dalia Dangerfield, Bay News 9
      An independent Bay area school has launched a new effort to recruit a more diverse population to its campus. Shorecrest Preparatory School hired a Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Roderick Fludd, who holds real-life discussions on controversial subjects with faculty, staff and students.
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    • Why I Chose Shorecrest

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      When I narrow down the options parents have in Pinellas County and Tampa Bay, Shorecrest becomes an obvious choice for families and students seeking high level academics and character development.
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    • Duo of Shorecrest Seniors Earn U.S. Presidential Scholar Nomination

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
      Mitchell Greene and Hunter Holland, both graduating seniors at Shorecrest Preparatory School, have been named candidates for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2018. Both Greene and Holland have been recognized because of their exceptional performances on the ACT/SAT.
       
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    • National History Day SPS Results

      by David Hodgson, Seventh Grade History Teacher
      Congratulations to the following Middle School students moving on to the Pinellas County History Day competition on March 2 & 3 at Largo High School.
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    • America's Kids - Third Grade Show [video & photos]

      by Robert Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
      Third graders dazzled their audience with their knowledge of United States history as they performed the musical "The American Dream." Thank you to teachers and parents for making this experience so memorable for the students!
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    • 34th Annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Students, faculty and staff were excited to welcome visitors for Shorecrest's 34th Annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day! After a continental breakfast in the Athletic Center, nearly 600 guests of grandparents, great-grandparents and special friends were ushered into the Janet Root Theatre for performances from all ages.
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    • ST. PETE STEAMFEST HUGE Success

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      On a sunny Saturday in January, 1000 eager visitors assembled on the campus of Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg to participate in a variety of family-friendly activities, all centered on the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math - or STEAM.

      Shorecrest has sponsored and hosted the event since its inception in 2016. “STEAM subjects and projects are a part of what we do everyday at Shorecrest,” says Dr. Anna Baralt, Shorecrest Director of Educational Technology and STEAMfest Committee Chair. “We launched STEAMfest as an outlet for sharing this kind of engaging, experiential learning with the greater community.”
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    • Parent Training Programs vs. Overparenting Behaviors [video]

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      On Thursday, January 25, the Shorecrest Community Association hosted Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, as its guest speaker. Sherri has more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education. Sherri's doctoral research focused on the effects of a parent training program on overparenting behaviors. She shared her inspiration for the topic, approach, and research findings with Shorecrest parents at the January 25th SCA meeting.
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    • An Immigrant’s Journey

      by Sandra Janack, MS Social Studies Teacher
      Fifth graders at Shorecrest recently completed a cross-curricular project, incorporating skills and knowledge from Social Studies, Art, Technology, and English classes to help them understand the immigrant experience at Ellis Island in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

      After learning about what prompted millions of people from all over the world to leave their countries of origin and risk the journey to the United States, students created a character and developed a background story for him or her. Many students chose to interview family members and use their own families’ history for inspiration; others created the character from their imaginations.
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    • Art Awarded by Scholastic and Temple Beth-El [updated]

      by Charla Y. Gaglio, Visual Arts Chair
      Congratulations to our Upper School visual arts students for awards and recognition from Scholastic and Temple Beth-El for their artwork. Each piece represents months of work on the part of each student. On behalf of art teacher Aaron Sober and myself, we could not be more proud! The Scholastic Writing Awards have also been announced, and two Shorecrest students from Bill Leavengood's playwriting class have been recognized: 
       
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    • ESSAY CONTEST WInners: WHAT DOES TOLERANCE MEAN IN YOUR LIFE?

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Shorecrest friend Norm Bungard has once again provided award money to students who wrote outstanding essays. This year, Mr. Bungard encouraged students to think deeply about their attitudes toward tolerance of ideas in response to the question, “What Does Tolerance Mean in Your Life?” Click to find out who won!
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    • Girls Varsity Soccer Three-peat!

      by Neal Wolfrath, Girls Varsity Soccer Coach
      On Friday night, the Girls Varsity Soccer team captured their third straight District title. The game marked the fifteenth consecutive appearance in the District Championship game for the girls varsity program. As a result of winning Districts, the Chargers will host the Regional quarterfinal game against Seffner Christian on Feb. 6 at 7pm at home. Be sure to come on out and support the girls in their quest for a fourth trip to the State Final Four!
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    • Guardian Ad Litem Club Goes to Court

      by Rachel Cannella '21
      On January 29, six teens from the Guardian Ad Litem Service Club got the amazing opportunity to go to the courthouse and sit in on some family court hearings. They saw court hearings that varied from arrested teens to custody and foster care cases. The visit was very eye opening, especially because most of the arrested teens were around the same age as the Club members. It was hard to watch some of the parents of young children who were having to be pushed and pulled between both of their parents.
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    • INTERACT PARTICIPATES IN PROJECT LINUS

      by Jessica Thorn, Upper School Math Teacher
      Members of the Upper School Interact service club made blankets to donate to Project Linus. The program gives the blankets to patients at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. The blankets provide a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. 
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    • Kindergarten parent Talk, Feb 21

      by Kindergarten Teaching Team
      Hand in Hand: Teachers and Parents Elevating the Independence of Young Children.
      Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 21st at 8:15am in the library classroom.
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    • Post-Season play for Soccer, Girls Basketball and Boys BBall Senior Night

      by Athletics Department
      Girls Varsity Soccer: on to Regional Quarterfinal Feb. 6
      Boys Varsity Soccer: District Semi-Finals Feb. 2
      Girls Varsity Basketball: Districts Feb. 6
      Boys Varsity Basketball: Senior NIght Feb. 8
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    • Movie Under the Stars: The Incredibles - FRIDAY!

      by Relay For Life Team Leads
      Join the Shorecrest Community on Friday, Feb 2, for a Movie Under the Stars on Shorecrest's Hernandez Family baseball field - featuring "The Incredibles!" Entrance to the movie is free, food items sold are a Relay For Life fundraiser.
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    • Athletics Teams Updates

      by Jeff Raab, Athletic Director
      Girls Varsity Soccer: District Championship Friday, Jan. 26 at 7:00pm at St. Pete Catholic vs. Indian Rocks Christian.
      Boys Varsity Soccer: Friday, Jan. 26 at 7:00pm at Jesuit.
      Girls Varsity Basketball annual PINK game on Monday, January 29 benefiting American Cancer Society.

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    • Blood Drive 1/31

      by Leddon Zwack '21
      Please participate in our Blood Drive January 31!
      The OneBlood bus will be parked next to the Admissions Office on Wednesday, January 31 from 10am-4:15pm. Donors will receive a wellness checkup, cholesterol screening, a Chick-fil-A gift card good for one meal, and a $20 off coupon for Carrabba’s. 
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    • Compassion

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      The silver lining around much of the sadness experienced by the Shorecrest community in recent months has been the extraordinary levels of compassion, support, and generosity that students, teachers, alumni, and families have demonstrated. Denny Stypinski said that he thinks if he told Kristin Leary and the Shorecrest Cares group that he needed a car, they would want to know what make and model he wanted. He and many others are overwhelmed by the support the community offers in a time of need.
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    • Eighth Grade Coastal Restoration on Campus

      by Kathryn Jeakle, Eighth Grade Marine Science Teacher
      Thanks to a mini-grant made possible by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program eighth graders are restoring an area north of Haskell Field to be replanted with native species. The Chargers did a great job of removing invasive plants and are excited by the idea of making the area look better as well as making it a healthier ecosystem for our channel and our native animals.  
       
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    • Sixth Grade Science Fair 2018 [video & photos]

      by Curtis Cruise, Sixth Grade Science Teacher
      The 2018 Shorecrest Preparatory School Science Fair was a huge success. Judges from among our science teachers as well as scientists from the local community evaluated projects, ranging from topics such as bacterial growth and removal, trash clean up, soggy cereals and effective shampoos. Each project also included a QR code leading to a short video explaining the project.
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    • Sixth Grade Common Ground Adventures [photos]

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Last week just after sixth graders wrapped up their Science Fair showcase, they embarked as a grade on a two-day/overnight field experience. Common Ground Adventures is a bonding, team-building opportunity.
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    • ATTENTION VARSITY BASEBALL PARENTS (*updated 1/29)

      by Coach Dattola and Coach Wolf
      Parents and guardians of Varsity Baseball Chargers are invited to a team meeting on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 11:30am after baseball practice in the stands.
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    • MS Girls Soccer Ends Season with Awards

      by Coach Betsy Dougherty
      The MS Girls soccer team ended their season this week with an impressive record of 11-1. The only loss was the first game of the season against Berkeley with a score 2-1. The team included 20 players, several of whom were new to the game. Congratulations to the team for an amazing season!  
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    • Varsity Girls Basketball Senior Night

      by Coach Vid Buggs
      Chargers 42 - Indian Rocks Christian 38
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    • SCA Shorecrest Cares Committee - Supporting Our Community

      by Kristin Leary, Shorecrest Cares Committee Chair
      The SCA Shorecrest Cares Committee is a quiet, behind-the-scenes group of volunteers that makes a big impact where the Shorecrest community needs it most. Shorecrest Cares responds to community members' needs when there is an illness, death, or other difficult situation. The support can take many forms, from food delivery to childcare arrangements, depending on the needs of the family.
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    • SPRING ATHLETIC TRYOUT DATES

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    • Tennis Program Announcements and Tryouts

      by Jeff Raab, Athletic Director
      We have exciting news to share with you about the tennis program. Coach Davis has been very busy over the summer and fall helping to improve the program. As a result, we secured our home courts for this coming season earlier than we have ever done before. Tennis tryouts will begin Monday, January 22​.
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    • MLK Dream Big Parade and Day of Service

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      On Monday, January 15, more than 60 members of the Shorecrest community joined the greater St. Petersburg community to march in the MLK Dream Big Parade in downtown St. Pete. 2018 marked the school’s sixth consecutive year participating in the celebration.
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    • A Loss to the Shorecrest Community

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      I am sorry to share that our dear colleague, friend, and Shorecrest parent Monica Stypinski passed away on January 17 after a courageous battle with cancer for the past six months. Monica's family has asked that we share a note and some family photos with you.
      The wake for Monica will be held Sunday, January 21 from 1-5pm at Anderson-McQueen on MLK and 22nd Ave N. The funeral will be on Monday, January 22 at St. Raphael's Catholic Church at 11am.
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    • Boys Varsity Soccer Host Clinic at Academy Prep

      by Coach Jason Montoya
      On Wednesday, January 10, the Boys Varsity Soccer team hosted a soccer clinic for the middle school students at Academy Prep. The Shorecrest players were split into groups and charged with creating their own drills to teach ball control, passing/receiving, shooting and defending.
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    • State of Shorecrest: Financial Operations [video]

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      The Board of Trustees and Administration of Shorecrest Preparatory School presented the second installment of the State of Shorecrest Community Meetings on January 16 in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest. The content of the community forum was the Financial Operation of Shorecrest.
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    • The New Year’s Resolution

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      How can you have more than one priority? The Cambridge Dictionary defines the word priority as “something that is very important and must be dealt with before other things.” The word “priority” took on a plural attribute in the 20th century. We got so busy trying to do two things at once and juggling three, four, or five balls at a time or spinning 5, 6, or 7 plates at once, we changed the meaning of the word and concept of a priority. We now have priorities.
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    • Author Angela Cervantes Visits

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Shorecrest third and fourth graders were excited to welcome author Angela Cervantes to the Janet Root Theatre on January 18. She is the author of three middle grade novels, "Gaby, Lost and Found,"  which was named Best Youth Chapter book by the International Latino Book Awards and a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of 2014; "Allie, First At Last," a Sunshine State Book for 2017; and a junior novelization of Disney/Pixar's new animated movie "Coco."
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    • Upper School Robotics at VEX Competition

      by Richard Rho, US Computer Studies & Robotics Teacher
      The Upper School Robotics teams participated in their second competition last weekend at Berkeley Prep. 28 teams from surrounding areas competed in the VEX Robotics competition. Our two teams, 6104A - Autonomoose and 6104B - Chargers, brought the latest iterations of their robots to compete. Team Autonomoose placed 16th and team Chargers earned 5th place. 
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    • Nicolas H. Wins SPS National Geographic Bee - 3rd year in a row!

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      The National Geographic Geography Bee was held in the Janet Root Theatre on January 16. The top two geographers from grades 4-8 competed on stage plus last year's winner. The Shorecrest Champion was sixth grader Nicolas H. For the last two years he won at Shorecrest and also qualified to compete at the state level.
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    • Flu Season

      by Deirdre Dillow, School Nurse
      For the sake of the community, please keep your child home from school if he or she has any symptoms of the flu such as headache, fever, sore throat, coughing, body aches and pains, chills, fatigue, nausea or vomiting. Please encourage frequent handwashing at home as we have been doing here at school.
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    • Northeast Little League Spring Tryouts

      by Northeast Little League
      Come out and celebrate 60 years of community by registering for Spring Baseball, Softball or T-ball! 
         
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      • Red, White, and Blue Club Cooks Dinner for the Firefighters of Station #4

        by Tate Mayo '19
        Red, White and Blue Club members discovered two years ago that the firefighters of Station #4 on Fourth Street serve Shorecrest. Since then Chargers have been preparing dinner for them a couple times each year to show their appreciation.
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      • Upper School takes on The Ringling Museum of Art

        by Ron Heller, Ninth Grade History teacher
        Last Thursday, Ms. Gaglio, Mr. Sober, Mr. Alonso, Ms. Ekblad, Mr. Heller, Ms.Udwin and parents Kim Carr and Michele Farley escorted 140 students to The Ringling. All grades were represented in classes from AP Art to Global Studies. Students were immersed in Western and Eastern art and a photo retrospective entitled Aftermath: The Fallout of War - America and the Middle East. The group also toured the Ca d’Zan, home of the Ringling family with its lovely gardens.
         
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      • SCA Speaker: Overparenting, Jan 25

        by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
        I am honored to serve as the upcoming SCA speaker on Thursday, January 25. As an educational leader, I aspire to help students self-actualize and to educate parents in methods that support children’s beneficial development and well-being. During the past ten years of my twenty-two while working in a school setting, I have seen overparenting grow as a problem.
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      • Making the Best of Our Time Together

        by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
        2017 ended with the tragic plane crash in Costa Rica that took the lives of Shorecrest family members, Mitch, Leslie, Hannah, and Ari Weiss. The memorial ceremonies, funerals, symbols of support like moments of silence and arm bands will be some of the ways we move through the grieving process for the loss of a family of very special individuals.
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      • December Citizens of the Month

        by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
        Congratulations to our December Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month for the 2017-18 school year: First Grade - Dov S., Second Grade - Campbell N., Third Grade - River C., Fourth Grade - Chloe T.
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      • JV Boys Basketball vs Carrollwood

        by Coach Saunders
        Chargers vs Carrollwood Day School: 52-53 loss
         
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      • MS Girls Soccer vs Out-of-Door

        by Coach Betsy Dougherty
        Chargers vs. Out of Door: 2-1 win
         
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      • Host a French Exchange Student and/or Visit France

        by Kam O'Horo, Upper School French Teacher
        As part of the 20+ year exchange Shorecrest has had with Bayen High School in Châlons-en-Champagne, France, Upper School students are invited to participate in this year's service learning trip to France from March 8-17, 2018. First we will be visited by the students from France. You are invited to host a French student from February 13-27, 2018.
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