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2018

Recent News

  • 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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  • Summer Reading and Supplies

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
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  • Summer Weight Room Hours

    by Athletics Department
    The athletic center workout room is open May 29 - August 20:
    Monday
     - Thursday 9am - 3pm
    Friday 9am - 12pm

    Closed May 24 and Memorial Day, May 28, and at some point around July 4th (TBD).
     
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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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  • Preparing for Summer & Start of School Communications

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    With May upon us, we are racing to the finish of another fantastic school year! Before we go in full celebration mode for our Class of 2018, we want to share a few communication milestones to help you plan your summer and back-to-school deadlines.
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  • SCA Selling School Supplies

    by SCA Board
    SCA knows you're busy! We'll get your back-to-school supply shopping done for you. Sign up online before summer to clear it off your list and get the best prices. Prices will go up as the summer progresses. School supplies purchased through SCA will be ready and waiting in your child's classroom right before school starts next year, saving you time and money.
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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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  • Upper School Announcements

    by Tom Dillow, Head of Upper School
    Announcements from and updates to Tom Dillow's weekly parent email.
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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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  • Alpha Camp Week

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    May 21-25 is Alpha Camp Week. Please read important details below, so you can help your Alpha student know what to expect.
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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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  • Transform Groundbreaking

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    Please join us for the groundbreaking of TRANSFORM on Thursday, May 24, 2018. 
    Alumni arrival: 5pm 
    The Main Event: 6-7pm
    at the Shorecrest Lower School
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  • Lunch Ordering Info May 22, 23, and 24

    by Debe Shenkman, Manager of Events & Special Projects
    To prepare for our upcoming changes to campus, SAGE Dining will be closed on May 22, 23, and 24. SAGE has partnered with Westshore Pizza to provide lunch for these three days. Westshore will provide lunch options only; please send snack/break foods with your students. To order lunch please complete the attached form and return to campus by Friday, May 18.
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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 Deptartment 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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  • International family networking, May 16

    by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
    Great news for all Shorecrest families from overseas and with international connections. The International Family networking group will be joining forces with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and relaunched to make the most of our collective knowledge and ideas. Please find out more over a light lunch and refreshments on Wednesday, May 16th from 12-1:30pm in the JRT Lobby. Come for the entirety or pop in during your lunch break!
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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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  • 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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  • Fall Sports Start Dates

    by Athletics Department
    Varsity Football – July 30
    MS Football – July 30
    Varsity Volleyball – July 30
    JV Volleyball – July 30
    Cross Country – July 30
    Varsity Golf – July 30
    Swim & Dive – July 30
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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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  • Summer Camps: More JK Options Added!

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Registration for summer camp is open online. Three new JK camps just added! In addition to new themes and activities in the summer day camp, there are more adventures for all ages, and camps for foreign language, STEAM, coding, dolls, chefs, animal lovers - even some for parents!
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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