Monday, May 6, 2013
The local high school joined 113 other Florida campuses on the magazine’s 2013 list of 2,000 schools.
South Tampa area parents and students have reason to be proud. One of the area’s high schools made it on Newsweeks’ Top 2,000 list of the best high schools in the country. Schools selected for the honor are “those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads,” the magazine’s website says. Honorees are judged on such factors as graduation rate, college acceptance rate and test scores. Plant was 371 on the list of 2,000. Chamberlain came in at 1,172. The top school in the state is the International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High. The No. 1 school in the nation, according to Newsweek, is in Bowling Green, Ky. Other area schools on the list include Alonso and Sickles. What do you think makes Plant stand out…
In observance of National Teacher Day Tuesday, May 7, we're asking Patch readers to give a shout-out to their favorite teachers and post photos of their children doing something special for their teacher.
Long after our school days are over and we've moved on to careers and families, many of us still fondly recall a certain teacher in our life who made a big impact through his or her inspirational teaching, personable style or one-on-one attention. You can't underestimate the value of a good teacher. On Tuesday, May 7, the National Education Association will celebrate the 33rd annual National Teacher Day, a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make. In recognition of National Teacher Day, we're asking Patch readers to recall that one teacher that made a significant impact on their life and tell us about him or her in the "comments" section below. The national educational nonprofit, Kars4kids, recently …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Knights lost to the host Falcons in a Class 5A regional quarterfinals rematch Thursday.
Just like last year, a Class 5A regional baseball quarterfinal between Robinson High and Dunedin High went to extra innings Thursday. But this time, the tables were turned in the Falcons' favor. Dunedin came out on top, beating the visiting Knights 3-2 in eight innings Thursday at the Englebert Complex. The Falcons got revenge on Robinson, which ended their 2012 season by beating them 4-3 in the quarterfinals. Now, Dunedin advances to face the winner of the Tampa Jesuit-St. Petersburg Lakewood game in the next round of the state playoffs. Sign up for the South Tampa Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your inbox so you won't miss a thing!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The scholarship winners will be honored today, April 30 at Monroe Middle School.
Two Hillsborough County public high school students are among the 10 recipients nationally receiving a $250,000 scholarship from the Leonore Annenberg College Scholarship Fund. The students were nominated by the Council for Educational Change for their exemplary academic performance, leadership skills and commitment to their community. Isabelle Morris, a senior at Plant High School, keeps a rigorous schedule as the coxswain of the rowing team, a concert master in the orchestra and an honor student with a 5.2 grade point average. Morris is a member of the Spanish and National honor societies and tutors students at a local elementary school. She plans to attend either Emory University or Rice University to study cognitive psychology. Sean …
Monday, April 29, 2013
One Florida County has given elementary school principals the green light to paddle misbehaving students. What do you think about this, Tampa Bay?
A trip to the principal’s office in Marion County elementary schools might mean more for misbehaving students than a call to parents and possible detention detail. Principals there have been given the green light to paddle unruly pupils. The county’s school board decided April 23 that it was high time this once banned practice was brought back into the educational system. Citing repeat disciplinary problems with students where nothing else worked to get kids on track, board member Carol Ely, a retired principal, put the idea on the table. While the measure passed, principals don’t have carte blanche to paddle kids. Principals must first obtain standing written permission from parents, and they must get verbal permission before each …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
South Tampa senior Corey Salzer is one of 24 student-athletes to be honored by the Florida High School Athletic Association.
Berkeley Prep senior Corey Salzer is among 24 of the top student-athletes around Florida named to the 2013 Academic All-State Team. For the 19th consecutive year, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) recognized students for extraordinary academic achievement and community service in addition to their athletic prowess. “The FHSAA is proud to reward these outstanding students through the Academic All-State scholarship program for excelling in the classroom and yet still finding a way to impact their communities and succeed in the athletic arena,” said FHSAA Executive Director Dr. Roger Dearing. “This group of student-athletes truly personifies the FHSAA mission of building leaders through teamwork, sportsmanship and …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 17.
Tuesday, April 16
From Hillsborough County officials: The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners will recognize six youth leaders on Wednesday, April 17, for their many positive contributions made in our community with the County’s Youth Excellence and Achievement Awards (YEA! Awards). The YEA! Awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m. in the Boardroom on the second floor of the County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa. The YEA! Awards recognize three middle and three high school students in Hillsborough County who have displayed initiative, innovation, a commitment to themselves and others, and a pursuit of excellence in a leadership capacity. The YEA! Awards recipients this year are: Middle School Leadership – Savannah Shaw, Turkey …
Friday, April 5, 2013
The new academic year begins Aug. 20 for South Tampa students.
South Tampa parents hoping to get a jump on planning activities around next year's Hillsborough County school calendar are in luck. The school district has released its list of important dates for the 2013-14 school year. As a bonus, it’s also released a tentative academic calendar dates for 2014-15. This school year (2012-13) ends Friday, June 7, 2013 with a release time that’s 2 ½ hours earlier than normal. Students only have one more day off before the year ends. That's Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day, according to the district's website. Here’s the calendar for 2013-14: For more information about the 2013-14 academic calendar or to get a sneak peek at the dates for 2014-15, visit the school district's website.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
South Tampa students who opt to take the test in 2014 rather than finish high school by attending classes will soon be able to leave their pencils at home. We’d like to hear your thoughts about online testing in general.
The days of bubbling in the answers to complete a GED test are all but over. Starting in 2014, South Tampa students who opt to test out for their high school diplomas will find themselves taking the exam online, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The new computerized test format is part of a national overhaul of the GED that’s set to go into place next year. In Florida, that overhaul also means harder test questions and a near doubling of the $70 fee to sit for the exam. While many students are applauding the move to computer-based testing, some are concerned it could be daunting for those who are less computer savvy. “There are people out there to this day that aren't comfortable with electronics and computers,” 27-year-old Samantha …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A consultant has told the Hillsborough County School Board that it needs armed school guards at all elementary schools.
A consultant hired to review school safety policies is telling the Hillsborough County School Board that it needs to have armed officers in all elementary schools. The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that Michael Dorn of Safe Havens International (see Safe Havens' video with this article) was hired in January to review school safety policies and come up with a list of improvements. The decision to bring in Safe Havens followed the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut. Safe Havens' plan for Hillsborough schools is to place trained, armed security guards in every elementary school. The firm said that the officers need to be screen and supervised as well. Superintendent MaryEllen Elia has estimated the cost for 130 security officers to be…