National designation: Chamberlain High School's Culinary Operations Academy has been designated as a model academy by the National Career Academy Coalition, which provides national certification for career academies. Chamberlain will be featured on the NCAC website and nominated for an award at the November 2012 NCAC conference in Nashville.
The academy began in 2002 with a curriculum focusing on the food service and hospitality industry. It now has more than 100 students.
School rankings: Each traditional high school in Hillsborough County, as well as Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate Charter High School, is included on the list of America's Most Challenging High Schools published by the Washington Post. In the top 100, Plant High School was ranked 57th, Hillsborough High ranked 62nd, Robinson High ranked 67th, and Steinbrenner High ranked 100th.
Rankings are based on the number of graduating seniors, and the number of Advance Placement, International Baccalaureate and college-level tests administered.
Certificate awarded: Awni Abu-Asab, a freshman in the Middleton High School Computer Systems Engineering Magnet Program, earned Computing Technology Industry Association A+ certification. Students who earn certification have to demonstrate competency in areas of information technology, including computer programs and repair. Abu-Asab is the sixth Middleton freshman to earn the certification this year.
School award: Learning Gate Community School was one of 78 schools to receive a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon award from Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
The award is given to schools that save energy, reduce costs, focus on health and wellness and feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces and environmental education to increase community engagement.
School physicals: Back-to-school physicals and immunizations will be available in Hillsborough County beginning July 28. School physicals are free for K-12 students entering Florida schools for the first time. Immunization records are required for free immunizations for school-age children.
Physicals will be available from 9 a.m. to noon July 28 at Florida Hospital Carrollwood, 7171 N Dale Mabry Highway.
On Aug. 4, physicals will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ed and Myrtle Lou Swindle Medical Arts Center, 1601 W Timberlane Drive, Plant City. The Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center, 3402 N 22nd St., will also have physicals from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Aug. 11, physicals will be available from 8 to 11 a.m. at Tampa General Hospital at Healthpark, 5802 N 30th St. They will also be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Howard W. Blake High School, 1701 N Boulevard, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SouthShore Community Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE, Ruskin.
On Aug. 18, physicals will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Area Community Health Center, 13601 N 22nd St., and 9 a.m. to noon at Webb Middle School, 6035 Hanley Road.
Sports, Head Start or child care physicals will not be available on these days.
For Aug. 11 physicals at Tampa General Hospital, call (813) 844-3247. For all other locations call (813) 443-3048.