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 a school-wide festival: International Day.
International Connection Committees
International Connections Co-chairs: Paula Cooper, Nuria Lisa Hahn Oversee 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 Day Committee Plans and directs the annual International Day event 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 Plan social networking events for IC group. Co-chairs:Elizabeth Hallock and Anne-Britt Hedenstrøm
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
The International Connection is hosting a potluck at North Shore Park by the playground. Bring your whole family! All Chargers welcome. Continue the fun on campus at Fall Showcase at 7pm to cheer on Upper School Performing Arts.
by: Emili Jaime-Allwood and Nayka Miller, Spanish Teachers
In an effort to help our students understand why we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (El Mes de la herencia hispana, September 15 - October 15) in the United States, Lower and Middle Schools shared some special moments over the past few weeks.
As part of a Global Studies Initiative in Lower and Middle Schools this year, Shorecrest will have its first complete exchange with Colegios Ramon y Cajal in Madrid, Spain. The Spanish students recently visited Shorecrest, and in February 2020, the Chargers who hosted a student will visit Colegios Ramon y Cajal for two weeks.
by: Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
First grade and eleventh grade buddied-up on the lawn in front of Charger Commons for storytime last week. The younger Chargers brought some of their favorite books to share with their buddies, and each took turns reading to each other. Scenes of intentional cross-divisional connections are becoming more common as the Shorecrest Buddies program grows.
by: Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Roderick Avery Fludd, Shorecrest's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and parent volunteer Catherine Nelke from the International Connections group have partnered to bring the world to Experiential School classrooms through a new Global Readers program.