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2017

Recent News

  • NASA Chemical Engineer Kicks off Fifth Grade Mars Unit

    by Selene Willis, Fifth Grade Science Teacher
    This week, the fifth grade classes enjoyed a special visit from Mrs. Annie Meier, a chemical engineer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. This is the second annual visit from NASA as part of the fifth grade’s Astronomy and Space Science unit; where students are learning the basics of astronomy while studying similarities between Earth and Mars.
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  • Get your tickets for Aladdin JR, Feb 24

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Students of Shorecrest Preparatory School's Middle School invite you to their upcoming production, Disney’s Aladdin JR., sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with adventure and fun. Disney’s Aladdin JR. has one more show on Friday, February 24 at 7:30pm in Shorecrest's Janet Root Theatre. 
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  • What I Learned from Astronaut Training

    by Adrianne Finley Odell, Assistant Head of School
    I believe that some of the best gifts are experiences rather than things. With that in mind, my holiday gift to my spouse this year was to participate in the Astronaut Training Experience at the Kennedy Space Center. Knowing him—I knew it was right up his alley. We are both fascinated by people and their accomplishments, and one of the greatest accomplishments of the human race to date has been figuring out how to send people into space.
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  • Middle School at Pinellas Science Fair & Sundial

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Results from the Pinellas Country Science Fair are in! Not only were many Shorecrest students awarded, but in addition a variety of Shorecrest science fair projects will be on display this weekend at the Sundial. View winning projects from the 2016-2017 Shorecrest Preparatory School Science Fair on Friday, February 24 - Sunday, February 26.
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  • GSI at TBCFR Dinner with Dr. Mudhafar A. Amin

    by Kurt Wahlgren, US History Teacher
    Two students who are participants in Shorecrest’s Global Scholars Initiative program attended a talk by Dr. Mudhafar A. Amin at the Tampa Bay Council on Foreign Relations dinner on February 22. Dr. Amin held various positions in the Iraqi government from 1985 until 2003. He noted that he was present in many discussions with Saddam Hussein during this time period. Prior to his government appointments, he was a professor at several Iraqi universities in the 1970’s
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  • Spanish Student-Made Film Festival

    by Bennett Zamoff, Spanish Teacher K-2
    You are cordially invited to the Lower School Spanish Film Festival, next Friday, March 3. Five short films starring Shorecrest third graders will be premiering. Each movie - written by students - was filmed last year when they were in second grade.
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  • Student Ceramic Works in National Exhibition

    by Aaron Sober, Upper School Arts Teacher
    Five Upper School students had work accepted to the annual National Council for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) student art exhibition. The work will be shipped to Portland, OR, for exhibition during the NCECA conference in March. The Annual National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition is the premier juried ceramic competition for Kindergarten through Grade 12 students in the United States.
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  • The Experiential School Awarded Nature Explore Classroom Certification

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, the 3, 4, and 5-year-old program at Shorecrest Preparatory School, has earned national recognition as a Certified Nature Explore Classroom. The certification comes from the Nature Explore program, a collaboration of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation. The Experiential School is one of only 13 certified spaces in the State of Florida. It is the only Outdoor Classroom with the certification in the Tampa Bay Area.
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  • Baylie S Awarded at Florida State Fair

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Congratulations to seventh grader Baylie S. who placed in her age range (11-13) in three categories at the Florida State Fair Youth Art Exhibit, held during the 2017 Florida State Fair.
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  • Dodging for Dollar$, March 3

    by Beth Bartlett, GAL Service Club Sponsor
    The Shorecrest Guardian ad Litem Service Club is sponsoring the third annual Dodgeball Tournament for Middle and Upper School students. All proceeds will benefit the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay.
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  • EXPLORING NATURE FROM AROUND THE WORLD

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Junior Kindergartners enjoyed a field experience at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo to learn about plants from other continents. They used iPad devices or clipboards and paper to document plants they found from Africa, Europe and South America as well as from our own continent of North America.
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  • Kayelin L Awarded at NATS Competition

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Congratulations to junior Kayelin L. who came in second place in the musical theatre category this weekend at the annual NATS competition in Tampa, FL. Kayelin performed "If I Loved You" from "Carousel" and "The view from Here" from "Darling."
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  • New after school Enrichment Opportunities

    by Monica Stypinski, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    See the After School page of shorecrest.org to view new after school opportunities.
     
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  • Oldie Goldie Book Sale - do you have used books?

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    On Wednesday, April 5, Lower School will host the annual Oldie Goldie Book Sale. Please search at home for used books to donate to our sale. Leftover books are donated to organizations in need.
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  • Shorecrest at Scholastic Art Awards

    by Charla Gaglio, Co-Chair Arts & Humanities
    Shorecrest was well represented at the Scholastic Art Awards ceremony last week. In addition to her Scholastic awards, senior Logan G was one of five students presented with a $1,000.00 scholarship prize from the MainSail Art Festival of St. Petersburg, Florida. She was also recognized as an American Vision nominee.
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  • Cardiovascular Surgeon leads Heart Dissection

    by Charity C., junior
    On Valentine's Day, the Chief of cardiovascular surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Dr. Jeff Jacobs, visited Mrs. Peck's Anatomy and Physiology class to lead a dissection of cow hearts. Dr. Jacobs, who is also a Charger parent, guided members of the class as they partnered up and cut open the hearts to locate the 4 chambers of the heart and more.
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  • Havana Nights - How to get your Photos

    by Big Event Co-Chairs
    Special thanks goes to each committee and all of the volunteers for all the hard work, dedication and long hours. We appreciate all the volunteers and sponsors for helping us put together this great Shorecrest community event.
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  • More Than...

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    It is not uncommon to hear that a family’s decision to relocate to St. Petersburg depended upon finding the right school for their children. I’m sure other quality of life issues regularly come into play. Housing, medical facilities, places of worship, entertainment, parks, recreation and commute time are all key factors considered in a relocation. Those of us who work in and promote independent education understand that we are more than just schools. We are a vital amenity in our communities.
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  • Upcoming Parent Workshops

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Wednesday, March 1
    Señor Zamoff will lead a parent workshop entitled, “Strategies for Getting Your Child to Speak a Second Language at Home.” For parents of grades JK-4. At 8:15am in the Student Activity Center.
    Thursday, March 9
    Sarah Finnemore & Megan Kotsko will lead a parent workshop entitled, “Helping My Child Become a Better Reader and Writer." For parents of grades K-4. At 2:00pm in the third grade project room.
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  • Upper School views film "Hidden Figures"

    by Tom Dillow, Head of Upper School
    The film explores the important contributions and challenges of three African American female mathematicians who worked at NASA (Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson) during a time when Jim Crow laws and gender discrimination prevailed. The community found the film to be informative, educational and eye-opening to learn how the contributions of these women almost went unheeded because of their race and gender. Important too were follow up conversations in advisory groups about what is added to historical canon and why.
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  • CELEBRATING LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Before the Valentine parties, the children were busy delivering their Valentines into the right person’s bag by matching the names on their cards to those on the beautifully decorated bags they had created earlier in the week. Most exciting though, were the fun activities at the actual Valentine's Day parties! 
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  • Gyotaku from Japan

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Junior Kindergartners ended their 'trip' across Asia in the far east, learning a bit about Japan. They engaged in Gyotaku, the process of creating art prints using real fish. They also learned to fold paper accordion-style to create fans.
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  • Jr. Thespian State Festival 2017

    by Stephanie McCarthy, Jr. Thespian Director
    Jr. Thespian Troupe 88197, led by Mrs. McCarthy, achieved great results a the Florida State Jr. Thespian Festival last weekend. Each of the qualifying acts received an award. 
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  • Making Chairs for Goldilocks

    by Dottie Smay, Media Center Specialist
    After reading "Goldilocks and the three Bears" students were tasked with thinking like engineers to design a chair with a seat, a back, and four legs for Goldilocks. They were able to work in the Makerspace with Mrs. Smay and select from a variety of materials. After their hard work and problem solving, students were proud to display their chair designs along with their finished products.
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  • Meteorologist visits First Grade

    by Gaye Whitecage, First Grade Teacher
    As part of their weather study unit, Bay News 9 Meteorologist Juli Marquez recently Skpyed with first graders during a field experience at Tampa's Glazer Children's Museum. They had such a wealth of questions and interest, that she graciously agreed to come and visit with the grade at Shorecrest. Students enjoyed their time at school with her, and she was able to help everyone understand the answers to their questions.
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  • Online Auction and Charger Winnings

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    There's big news from the Big Event Committee! The online auction and Charger Winnings are available for your bid through March 3. View items at www.shorecrestbigevent.com.
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  • Shorecrest MS at MathCounts

    by Steven Brelsford, MathCounts Coach
    The Shorecrest MathCounts team competed in a Pinellas Chapter competition on Saturday, February 11. Seven eighth grade students and one seventh grade student competed against 11 schools and about 100 students. The team was proud to finish in 7th place!
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  • Upcoming Athletics

    by Jeff Raab, Athletic Director
    Spring Games of the Week have great giveaways! Cheer on the Chargers at select home athletic events, put your name in the entry box, and be entered to win an Ultimate Fan T-Shirt!
    • Feb 24 4:00pm - JV Tennis vs. St Stephens at Feather Sound
    • March 1 4:00pm - Varsity Tennis vs Canterbury at Puryear Park
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  • Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates Innovation in Education

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest opens new Innovation & Design Studio.
     
    Though students have enjoyed the new studio since the fall of 2016, February 4, 2017 marked the official ribbon-cutting of the new Innovation & Design Studio in the Middle School at Shorecrest, a leading preschool-12th grade independent school in St. Pete.

    “Hosting the ribbon-cutting in early 2017 tied in beautifully with our new Apple Distinguished School distinction and our hosting of the St. Pete STEAMfest,” says Shorecrest Director of Educational Technology Dr. Anna Baralt.
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  • SCHOLASTIC WRITING AWARDS, 2017

    by William Leavengood, Upper School Playwriting Teacher
    Congratulations to the following Shorecrest student artists honored by the Alliance for their writing: 
    Charlotte L, senior - Gold Key - Dramatic Script - GAIA
    Eva T, sophomore - Silver Key - Dramatic Script - GOOD FRIDAY
    Millie A, junior - Honorable Mention - Dramatic Script - VINYL
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  • TRAVELING THROUGH ASIA WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Junior Kindergartners continued their journey across the continents and focused on Asia, where stops in China, India and Israel were brought to life with the help of some family members and friends.
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  • Citizens of the Month

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Congratulations to our January Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month for the 2016-17 school year: 
                First Grade – Claire C.
                Second Grade – Elli B.
                Third Grade – Nicholas C.
                Fourth Grade – Kristen W.
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  • Cheers to the Consistent Parent

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    One of my best friends sent his 9-year-old son, who is a sports fanatic, to bed crying and protesting at the end of the third quarter of the Super Bowl. My friend called looking for affirmation that he made the right decision on the school night. He knew that he was going to need moral support in about seven hours when his child woke up to learn that New England overcame a 25-point deficit to win the game. I wonder how many of our own Shorecrest families faced a similar challenge the Monday morning after Super Bowl LI?
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  • Legacy Breakfast 2017

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Annual Fund & Alumni
    Shorecrest alumni and their children who are current Chargers gathered in the Student Activity Center on Friday morning for the Alumni Association's annual Legacy Breakfast. These longtime Shorecrest families enjoyed a meal together and had a chance to hear a little about the exciting things happening at Shorecrest over the next few years.
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  • Shorecrest Receives Collaboration Grant from SAIS

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest received a Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grant from SAIS to fund the launch of the Center for Service Learning Leadership. Over five days of teaching, learning, collaborating, site visits and planning, CSLL will prepare educators to return to their campuses with a concrete plan and strategy to implement service learning both in their classrooms and throughout the school. To learn more about CSLL, visit www.leadingservicelearning.org.

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  • Sophomore Strategies: Beyond the Transcript, Feb 15

    by Tiffany Blessing, Director of College Counseling
    Parents of sophomores - join the College Center staff on February 15 at 7pm in the Janet Root Theatre. Learn about strategies for success from transcripts and test prep to developing interests and passions in the college process and how to help your student prepare!
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  • St. Pete STEAMfest Welcomes Record Crowd

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    On a sunny Saturday in February, more than 400 families converged 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.
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  • "This I Believe" Speeches [videos]

    by Jake Seymour, Upper School World Literature and Speech Teacher
    Sophomores in Mr. Seymour's tenth grade Honors World Literature and Speech classes presented their "This I Believe" speeches. Students were asked to state a belief, something that they know to be true about life, and describe what events lead to this belief and/or how this belief has proven true in their lives. 
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  • Booster Club Board Nominations

    by Sydney Legakis, Booster Club President
    Booster Club is seeking parent volunteers to serve on the Board for next school year. Booster Board positions are very flexible and are great opportunities for busy parents. In fact, most of our current Board consists of working parents.
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  • Celebrating being 100 Days Smarter

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Many Lower School classrooms celebrated the 100th day of school this week in a variety of ways.
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  • Innovative Landmarks Project Exhibit, Second Grade

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
    Students presented their unique landmarks at an Innovative Landmarks Project Exhibit and they did an amazing job! They displayed lots of creativity and expertise, and many families left wondering if these landmarks really exist. 
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  • Relay For Life Lunch, Feb 22

    by Senior Zack S
    On Wednesday, February 22nd, Shorecrest Relay For Life teams will run booths during break and lunch in Upper School and Middle School selling food to raise money for their Relay teams. The lunch options will be spread out in front of the football field, and all students will have the opportunity to buy from a wide array of foods from the teams as a donation to Relay For Life. The Gold Together Admin and Friends Team will be preparing a cookout lunch for all Experiential School and Lower School students, faculty and parents who have signed up.
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  • Spring Training Party! Apr 21

    by Sydney Legakis, Booster Club President
    Save the Date: April 21, 3:00 - 5:30pm
    Booster Club will host a baseball / softball themed party for students of all ages on the Middle School lawn between the Athletic Center and the Middle School Arts & Sciences Building.
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  • State of St. Pete: A Food Revolution, March 2

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Annual Fund & Alumni
    Join Shorecrest alumni, parents and friends for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Grow your professional network and hear what's happening in the ever-changing St. Pete food scene. Hear from local restauranteurs, chefs, and folks involved in the St. Pete food industry about the recent culinary renaissance in our city!
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  • Teaching What We've Learned

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
    Third and fourth graders taught what they have learned in Spanish class to their friends in Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten. They made books in Spanish describing their families and shared them with their younger friends, asking questions along the way. They really enjoyed practicing their Spanish alongside peers and sharing their newfound knowledge.  
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  • 33rd Annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Students, faculty and staff alike were excited to welcome visitors for Shorecrest's 33rd Annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day! Guests were ushered into the Janet Root Theatre for performances from all ages and then visited classroms for games and activities.
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  • All About Australia

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Continuing the Junior Kindergartners’ journey across the continents, they learned about Australia this week. Students engaged in aboriginal and kuru art, painted Australian beetles and collaborated on the creation of a wattle tree, leaving them enthusiastic about learning more about the world around them.
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  • American Dream - Third Grade Show (more photos added)

    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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  • School Improvement Plan

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The Accreditation Team, representing the Florida Council of Independent School (FCIS), the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), spent three days on campus this week. The team has given us some great feedback on our plans for improvement and for the outstanding work the teachers and staff offer to students, families and each other every day. What’s next? We implement the School Improvement Plan.
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  • Talking about Teeth

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    A visit by Dentist and Charger parent Diane Hilton, D.M.D. brought knowledge and fun to Mrs. Carson’s Alpha class this week. Dr. Hilton not only talked with the children about keeping their teeth strong and healthy, she also brought lots of props for them explore and practice. 
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  • Welcome French Students!

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Did you notice the French flag waving at Shorecrest this morning? For the 23rd year, Shorecrest welcomed 15 students and two teachers from our sister-school the Lycée Pierre Bayen, in Châlons-en-Champagne, France. All of the students are living with Shorecrest families. Friendships are being forged. An understanding and appreciation of each other's culture grows.
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  • A Cuban-American interview

    by Noah J, fourth grader
    Today my class listened to a woman named Mrs Diaz. She was from Cuba. She came to our school to talk about how she and her family left Cuba and came to America for a better life. At that time Fidel Castro was in power and he was starting his Communist government.
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  • Ivy League Model United Nations XXXIII

    by Kurt Wahlgren, US History Teacher
    Seventeen Shorecrest delegates spent January 26-29 in Philadelphia participating in ILMUNC (Ivy League Model United Nations) hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to the trip, delegates submitted position papers on their topics and Skyped with Shorecrest alumn, Aaron Connelly '03. 
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  • National History Day SPS Results

    by David Hodgson, MS History Teacher
    Congratulations to the seventh and eighth grade students moving on to the Pinellas County History Day competition on February 24 & 25 at Largo High School and the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg.
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  • Dr. Steven Freeman visits Center for Medical Sciences

    by Lisa Peck, US Science Teacher
    Last Friday, Dr. Steven Freeman came to Shorecrest to speak to Intro to Medical Science and Anatomy students and Pre-Med club members. A professor for the National University of Health Sciences, Dr. Freeman discussed evidence-based medicine and complementary and alternative medicine.
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  • First Grade to Glazer Children's Museum

    by Jill Densa, First Grade Teacher
    First graders traveled to the Glazer Children's Museum to enhance their study on weather. A highlight was being able to Skype with meteorologist Juli Marquez from Bay New 9. 
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  • Jeremy Reiskind '13 at Super Bowl LI

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Annual Fund & Alumni
    Since the fall of 2015, Jeremy Reiskind '13, currently a senior sports management major at Rice University in Houston, Texas, has been a marketing department intern at the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee. This organization plans and executes all of the events surrounding Super Bowl LI. The marketing team is specifically responsible for creating awareness about Super Bowl LI within Houston, Texas, and the United States.
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  • MS Robotics at Regionals

    by Christine Scoby, Robotics Coach
    The R2D2s competed at the First LEGO League West Florida Regional Championship last weekend. The team was excited that during their first round of robot games, all of their missions ran successfully. Their high score of the day was 95 points. 
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  • Pre-Med Club learns about the heart

    by Elizabeth H, Pre-Med Club Secretary
    The Pre-Med Club learned about the heart and how it functions. Club members had the chance to measure the blood pressure of a partner and listen to their heartbeat.
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  • Reconstructing British Inventions

    by Ron Heller, Upper School History Teacher
    Mr. Heller's tenth grade World Civilizations class is studying the British Industrial Revolution. Students are creating models of an invention from that time (1750-1846). They used the research library to learn more about an inventor and an invention, and will reconstruct it in the Makerspace on a 3D printer or throw clay in the art room. 
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  • Welcome Salvadorian Students

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
    Shorecrest will be visited by a Salvadorian delegation of six fourth grade students. They are visiting Lower School from the Colegio Maya de El Salvador, a bilingual school in San Salvador. They will be hosted by six fabulous Shorecrest families, and will be part of our community for two weeks. 
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  • Not all those who wander are lost…

    by Adrianne Finley Odell, Assistant Head of School
    My daughter gave me a T-shirt with this caption for my 50th birthday last November. It was in commemoration of our August road trip to deliver her to New York where she began her freshman year of college. Our journey took us through the mountains of North Carolina where we inhaled the fresh mountain air, drank in the inspiring vistas, and sensed the connection between the earth, our bodies and each other.
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  • Shorecrest Science Fair 2017

    by Curtis Cruise, Sixth Grade Science Teacher
    The 2016-2017 Shorecrest Preparatory School Science Fair was a huge success! All of the projects were competitive, ranging from topics such as repelling mosquitos, testing if a kicked soccer ball had enough G-force to cause a concussion, or testing how to help plants grow in drought-like conditions. 
    BEST IN FAIR award went to sixth grader Ainsley B. for her project "Saving our Seas."
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  • Honoring MLK National Day of Service

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    For the third year, the Lower and Experiential Schools have honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with service to another class at Shorecrest during the month of January.
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  • Scholastic Art Awards, 2017

    by Charla Gaglio and Aaron Sober, Upper School Art Teachers
    Shorecrest student art pieces were submitted to the Scholastic Art Show at Gibbs High. From them, some work was chosen to also be shown at the Emerging Artists for the 21st Century High School Exhibition at Art Festival Beth El.
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  • Dr. Jennifer Vesper visits Center for Medical Sciences

    by Lisa Peck, US Science Teacher
    In December, Dr. Jennifer Vesper, a dermatologist and Charger parent, spoke to students in Lisa Peck’s Anatomy and Intro to Medical Science classes. Dr. Vesper treats skin cancers and other various skin-related conditions.
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  • Shorecrest Night at the Symphony

    by Ron Heller, Upper School History Teacher
    Last Saturday evening, Mr. Updike and Mr. Heller chaperoned 20 Upper School students to the Mahaffey Theatre to listen to a program of Brahms, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Liszt. Mr. Updike's students were treated to a dinner talk by Joseph Beverly, the 3rd clarinetist of the Florida Orchestra.
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  • Dr. Samuelson visits Center for Medical Sciences

    by Lisa Peck, US Science Teacher
    Last Thursday, the Pre-Med Club and Intro to Medical Sciences and Anatomy students got to listen to a presentation by Dr. David Samuelson, a diagnostic radiologist and Charger parent, about x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans and ultrasounds.
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  • Key Club Supports Beads of Hope

    by Ron Heller, Club Advisor
    For the second year in a row, Shorecrest's Upper School Key Club participated in the Beads of Hope Africa, supporting Ugandan women and their families to improve their lives.
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  • Coding with Ozobots

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Dr. Baralt is a favorite visitor to JK, especially when she brings the Ozobots! This week’s coding adventure included learning how to use iPad tablets to create coded paths for the bots. Changing the color of the path can change the speed and direction, and the children had great fun designing coded pathways and watching the bots respond to their signals.
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  • Dr. Brett Martin visits the Center for Medical Sciences

    by Lisa Peck, US Science Teacher
    Last Friday, the Pre-Med Club and Intro to Medical Science and Anatomy students had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Dr. Brett Martin of the National University of Health Sciences in Florida.
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  • Exploring the Arts

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Alpha students are getting to know the people in their community and are now focusing on the people who help to make it beautiful - artists of all kinds. First-hand experience is always the best way to learn so over the last several days the children engaged in exploration with musical instruments, dance and movement, painting and drawing materials, and even culinary arts!
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  • Physical Therapist Visits Anatomy Class

    by junior Charity C.
    Patricia Farese, a physical therapist who founded her own company - Farese Physical Therapy Center, as well as a Charger Alumni parent, visited Lisa Peck's Anatomy and Physiology class. She shared a video and a presentation that explored a variety of directions one can take in the area of physical therapy.
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  • Northeast Little League: Spring Registration Open

    by Monica Stypinski, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Visit www.northeastll.com to register for all T-ball, baseball and softball. Catch the fun online at http://www.facebook.com/NortheastLL
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  • Spring Sports Sign-Ups

    by Athletic Department
    Signups for Spring Sports will be available following Winter Break. ALL FHSAA paperwork must be completed and on file to begin a spring sport.
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  • KICKING THE TECH ADDICTION: PART III

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    As we strive to rear and educate this generation, we know that guidelines for technology use are as important as guidelines for vehicle use. No responsible person would give a young person a car without lessons and guidelines. Similarly, we now have the same responsibility with social media and technology use.
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  • Alumna in local theatrical production

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Annual Fund & Alumni
    Shorecrest alumna Alexandria Crawford '12 is in the upcoming play "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" by August Wilson at American Stage. The show runs January 18th-Feburary 19th. Tickets are on sale now at www.americanstage.org/joeturner - along with Alexandria's bio thanking Janet Root.
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  • Fifth GRADER NICOLAS H. wins SPS GEO BEE 2nd year

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The National Geographic Geography Bee was held in the Janet Root Theatre on January 10. The top two geographers from grades 4-8 competed on stage plus last year's winner. The Shorecrest Champion was fifth grader Nicolas H. Last year he won at Shorecrest and also qualified to compete at the state level.
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  • Shorecrest Celebrates the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    On Monday, January 16, more than 70 members of the Shorecrest community joined the greater St. Petersburg community to march in the MLK Dream Big Parade in downtown St. Pete. Following the morning’s festivities, the Chargers switched gears from celebration to service as a group completed a service project with CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse),
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  • Winners of Presidential Speech Writing Contest

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    What are the three to five most important things you think the President could say to all the people listening to his speech? Students were asked to pretend they were the President's chief speech writer and to write a one to two page speech that would help get everyone to be nice to each other and cooperate even if they disagree with each other. The winning entries will be sent to the White House.
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  • CASA offers comfort for the abused

    by Joyce Nanette Johnson, The Weekly Challenger Staff Writer
    CASA will be utilizing their MLK Day of Service award to assemble Peace Baskets to greet new participants when they come to the facility for the first time seeking assistance. The outside of the baskets will be decorated by Creative Clay of St. Petersburg and students of Shorecrest Preparatory School. 
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  • Learning to Read NonFiction Texts

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Fourth grade students are rotating each week to spend a block of time in each fourth grade classroom learning the skills of reading historical fiction. These lessons will ultimately prepare them with the historical background and reading skills necessary for their next reading unit of historical fiction. When readers understand the time period better, their overall comprehension of the text improves!
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  • Service for one another

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    One of the ways The Experiential School and Lower School honor Martin Luther King, Jr. is by performing acts of service for each other in January. Two of the Junior Kindergarten classes decided to treat their special friends to doughnuts they made themselves. To help the many birds that delight us with their song and beauty, the Alpha students created bird feeders from rice cakes, molasses and bird seed.
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  • The Jan and Craig Sher Service Learning Fund

    by Adrianne Finley Odell, Assistant Head of School
    In honor of grandparents and Emeritus Trustees, Jan and Craig Sher, their daughters recently created The Jan and Craig Sher Service Learning Fund. This fund supports up to two high school students’ service learning trips each year and will continue to be supported for at least the next ten years.
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  • Varsity Girls Basketball Update

    by Coach Vid Buggs
    Chargers 38, Berkeley Prep 34
    Chargers 40, Cambridge 26
    Seffner Christian 77, Chargers 26
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  • Visiting the Dentist

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Alpha 3- and 4-year-old preschool students took a trip to the pediatric dental office of Shorecrest parent Dr. Sandy Worman Epstein in St. Petersburg, FL. This is part of their study of people in the neighborhood.
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  • Northeast Little League Spring Registration Open

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Northeast Little League's spring registration is open! View tryout dates and season opening date here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/NortheastLL/events
    More details on this flyer.
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  • KICKING THE TECH ADDICTION: PART II

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    For parents/guardians of our youngest children, you have a great opportunity to set up clear social media and device use guidelines before behavior, patterns and addictions begin. For parents/guardians of children who are already showing patterns of technology and social media addiction, your ability to help those around you set appropriate boundaries is an important challenge.
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  • December Citizens of the Month

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Congratulations to our December Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month for the 2016-17 school year: First Grade – Olivia B., Second Grade – Frances H., Third Grade – Emily H. and Fourth Grade – Akshay P.
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  • Drawing State Birds

    by Sue Rowe, Lower School Art Teacher
    Third graders are learning all about the Fifty Nifty United States and the history behind their development and expansion. To augment their studies, each student was assigned a state bird to draw and color.
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  • Girls Varsity Basketball; Renice All-Tournament Honors

    by Vid Buggs
    Shorecrest Lady Chargers went 2-1 in the Smoothie King Classic over Winter Break. The Chargers were missing key players, but that didn't slow them down much. Shorecrest were led by Renice D and Chisom N on both ends of the court. Renice finished with All-Tournament Honors as she lead the tournament in scoring.
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  • Guest Visitor: Flight Attendant

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
    Ms. Horne's sister, Kelsey, visited recently from St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a flight attendant for Delta Airlines. The class read "The Airport Book" by Lisa Brown and transformed the classroom into airplane-style seating.
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  • History Fair Showcase, Jan 18

    by David Hodgson, MS National History Day Coordinator
    Shorecrest’s Seventh Grade Team Presents The National History Day Evening Showcase:
    January 18, 6 - 7:30pm. Seventh and eighth grade National History Day exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances and papers will be on display
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  • Making Maps in Preschool

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    As the Junior Kindergartners began their journey to explore the world, they were introduced to the idea of a map key and used one, along with felt pieces, to create maps of their own design. 
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  • MS Robotics Move on to Regionals

    by Christine Scoby, Robotics Coach
    Congratulations to Shorecrest Middle School LEGO Robotics Team 1448, the R2D2s, for winning Judges Award and earning a bid to the FLL Regional championship.
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  • Preparing Pizza

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Measuring equals math, following a recipe equals literacy, mixing ingredients and watching the change in matter equals science, spreading and sprinkling equal motor skills and working together equals collaboration. All those skills and more were involved in preparing pizza!
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  • Stand With Us visits GSI

    by Richard Beaton, Global Scholars Advisor
    Shorecrest Upper School's Global Scholars Initiative (GSI) welcomed Rayna Exelbierd for a campus conversation on Monday, January 9th. Ms. Exelbierd is a youth representative with Stand With Us, an Israeli advocacy group. She is also an associate of alumna Hannah Weiss '16, who helped lead the conversation.
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  • Brothers Bring Holiday Cheer to Boys and Girls Club

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Brothers Jordan and Eric J hosted their annual holiday party at the Boys and Girls Club. They provided dinner, treats, stuffed stockings, a magician and fulfilled Santa wish lists. View the video to see a few moments of the amazing evening.
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  • Clinic byte: Staying healthy for 2017

    by Marie Confident, School Nurse
    Being healthy is the most precious gift of all. January is usually the time when people set health conscious goals to eat better, lose weight, exercise more etc. Here are some everyday basics to keeping a healthy household.
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  • Holiday Service and Gift Giving

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Every year, one Shorecrest family has a special Christmas party and asks the guests to bring an unwrapped toy. On December 20, they delivered the toys to the Ronald McDonald House.
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  • Jensen Learns about Circuits

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Last week, Mrs. Minke asked her kindergarten students to make a New Year's resolution that can improve their environment, health, and school work. Jensen said he wanted to learn about circuits. WIth help from our Lower School Media Specialist, Mrs. Smay, the road to his resolution is clear! Jensen and Mrs. Smay spent an hour exploring and tinkering in the Makerspace after school one day.
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  • Prep-to-Prep Scholarships

    by Adrianne Finley Odell, Assistant Head of School
    The Prep-to-Prep Scholarship supports one Shorecrest Upper School student who has matriculated from Academy Preparatory School of St. Petersburg and provides full support for four years of tuition, fees, and other needs so that the student may fully participate in the life of Shorecrest.
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  • New Year’s Resolution-Kicking the Tech Addiction: Part I

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    I encourage Ebytes readers to watch the embedded video from Simon Sinek (below). If possible, watch the video with your children. If time is really short, skip forward to the sections of his talk on Technology and Impatience. The sections on Parenting and Environment are equally interesting. I hope the video stimulates some conversations for your family.
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  • Katie Koestner Discussed Online Social and Safety Issues

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Ms. Katie Koestner, a national expert on student safety and teen relationship culture, spent the day at Shorecrest educating students, faculty and parents about online safety and healthy relationships in an increasingly digital world. Ms. Koestner’s January 4th visit was sponsored by SCA, the Shorecrest Community Association.
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  • Maria Evora (1925-2016)

    by Kate Merritt, Director of Annual Fund & Alumni
    Longtime Shorecrest Spanish teacher Maria Evora passed away on December 30, 2016, at the age of 91 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, in 1925, she came to Florida in 1968. She began working as a Spanish teacher at Shorecrest in the fall of 1976 and was a member of the Foreign Langauge Faculty at the school for twenty years, retiring in the spring of 1996. 
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  • Canvas Cocktail Party / Fundraiser, Jan 26

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shop till you drop for a great cause on Thursday, January 26th at a special shopping event at Canvas: 1535 4th Street North.
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  • Kindergarteners Make New Year's Resolutions

    by Joanne Minke, Kindergaten Teacher
    As we usher in 2017, the students have given thought to how they can improve their environment, health, and school work.
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  • Movie Under the Stars: Zootopia, Jan 27

    by senior Courtney M.
    Join us Friday, Jan 27th for a Movie Under the Stars on Shorecrest's Hernandez Family baseball field - featuring Disney's Zootopia!
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  • Preschool Garden Bounty

    by Betty Gootson, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Junior Kindergartners returned from vacation to find some of their crops ready for harvesting. Two giant carrots, after being washed, peeled and cut, proved to be more than enough to feed Mrs. Jotch’s class.
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  • Tampa Bus Service Update

    by Jeannie Cribbs, Maintenance and Transportation
    Beginning January 9, 2017, Shorecrest will offer bus service from Tampa to the Shorecrest campus. This one-way service will depart from Walgreens at 3016 W. Gandy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33611 at 7:15am Monday-Friday when school is in session.
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