Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.
INTERNATIONAL CONNECTION at SHORECREST (I.C.): Representing and connecting the many cultures of Shorecrest Chargers.
The International Connection group strives to support Shorecrest Preparatory School as the independent school of choice in the Tampa Bay Area for families who seek diversity, inclusion and cultural enrichment within a globally-aware community. Based on a 2019 family survey, over 65 different countries are represented by Shorecrest families, faculty and staff – with many more having joined at the start of the new school year.
The International Connection group, supported by the Director of Diversity & Inclusion:
acts as a social and support network to new and existing international families at Shorecrest
liaises with faculty and staff to offer first-hand knowledge of international customs and traditions in the classroom, increasing global perspective
partners with the Parent Ambassador program through the Admissions office to facilitate the entry of new incoming international families into Shorecrest
serves as a conduit for students to become better ‘global learners’ through participation in suitable exchange programs, conferences, organizations and experiences
I.C. is open to all parents/guardians, grandparents, faculty and staff interested in international culture and cultural enrichment, including families who were born outside the US, who have spent time living abroad, who speak different languages at home and/or have a general passion for or interest in this topic.
Meetings and events throughout the year allow for networking and socialization. In addition, there are ample volunteering opportunities through our committees. Please make direct contact with a Committee Chair if you would like to get involved. Our focal point of the year is the school-wide International Festival, held in the spring.
International Connection Committees
International Connection Co-chairs: Paula Cooper, Nuria Lisa Hahn Oversees International Connection Group activities and liaise directly with the School
Admissions Liaison Committee Partners with the Admissions office to facilitate entry of incoming international Shorecrest families. Chair: Paula Cooper Global Readers Coordinates volunteers to read to Experiential School students in their native language and share cultural activities. Chair: Catherine Nelke International Festival Committee Plans and directs the annual International Festival on campus. Contact: Zeina Hemedah School Liaison Committee Partners with faculty to offer first-hand knowledge of cultural perspectives and traditions that support the curriculum and prepare students for a global and culturally diverse environment. Chair: Susi Bean Social & Networking Committee Plans social networking events for IC group. Co-chairs: Sebnem Koc and Savina Mintcheva
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS & PROGRAMS at Shorecrest
There are many extra-curricular opportunities for Shorecrest students and the wider Shorecrest community to learn more about and to connect to different cultures, including:
Model United Nations (UN) Simulation of UN General Assembly and bodies where students perform ambassador roles and debate a variety of topics.
Middle School. Open to students in grades 6-8 (and exceptionally to 5th graders who demonstrate skills in geography). Commences November 2019. Contact: Steven Dionne, eighth grade History Teacher
Upper School. Open to students in grades 9-12. Contact: Kurt Wahlgren, US Social Studies Department Chair
Global Scholars Initiative (GSI) For students interested in advancing their international studies through an appreciation of world cultures and the acquisition of advanced language skills. Open to grades 10-12 upon application. For more information click here. Contact: Kurt Wahlgren, US Social Studies Department Chair
Student Exchange and Hosting Programs Opportunities for Lower and Middle school students and their families to join annual exchange programs and host overseas students. Contact: Señora Emili Jaime-Allwood, third and fourth grade Spanish Teacher
SEED (The Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum) National peer-led leadership organization now in its third year at Shorecrest and open to parents/guardians. For more information click here. Contact: Roderick Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
LatinX en Shorecrest Parent-led networking group whose mission is to foster intercultural and language understanding in our children and empower Hispanic students and families in our community. Contact: Liliana Lizarralde
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In June, the Shorecrest community will bid farewell to the Cooper-Nixon family. Paula Cooper, the matriarch of the family, has been a volunteer dynamo at Shorecrest from day one! Paula’s most lasting legacy at Shorecrest will most likely be establishing the International Connection group.
In the 2019-2020 school year, Shorecrest established a student exchange program for seventh and eighth graders with Colegio Ramon Y Cajal in Madrid, Spain. In October 2019, students from Spain visited Shorecrest. In February 2020, a group of six Shorecrest seventh and eighth grade students visited Spain and enjoyed a wonderful experience as exchange students. This program is not only enriching for the students who are directly involved, but it also adds richness to the Shorecrest community as a whole. Global learning experiences open students’ minds to new cultures.
Shorecrest's International Connection volunteers engaged students and piqued their curiosity with picture books in foreign languages. Students made predictions, asked questions, and practiced saying a few new words in the language introduced by the Global Reader.