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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.

MISSION

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

Volunteering

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

I.C. Contacts

Paula Cooper, International Connections Co-chair
Nuria Lisa Hahn, International Connections Co-chair
Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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Help us welcome new families to Shorecrest and make them feel part of the school community! The Admissions Office needs volunteers from each grade level. If you're interested, fill out the form below.

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.