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Hillsborough back to school news and notes


Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Back-to-School Coalition of Hillsborough County are co-hosting opportunities for free physicals and immunizations on upcoming Saturdays.

Free school physicals are available to any child entering a Florida school for the first time in grades kindergarten through 12. Parents or legal guardians must accompany their children at all times and immunization records are required for children to receive free immunizations. No sports, Head Start, or day care physicals will be available.


Blake High School, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Project LINK/St. Joseph's Hospital 1701 N Boulevard, Tampa; appointment recommended; walk-ins welcome but limited

Tampa General Hospital at Healthpark, 8 to 11 a.m.

5802 N 30th St., Tampa, 813-844-3247, walk-ins only

SouthShore Community Resource Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 201 14th Ave. SE, Ruskin, appointment required

Aug. 18

University Area Community Health Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 13601 N 22nd St., Tampa, walk-ins only

Webb Middle School, 9 a.m. to noon, 6035 Hanley Road, Tampa, walk-ins only


Bus stop information can be found online at Only regular run information is provided online. Parents will be notified of bus stops for alternative education, choice, exceptional student education, magnet, and the STAR Academy.

The school district offers these do's and don'ts for parents at bus stops:


.Supervise your child to and from the bus stop and while waiting at the stop.

.Arrive at the stop at least five minutes before pick-up time.

.Ensure that your child follows the rules and behaves appropriately while on the school bus.

.Cooperate with school personnel

.Schedule meetings with bus drivers through their supervisors who are located at each area office.


.Attempt to conduct a conference while the driver is driving the school bus or picking up students at a bus stop.

.Attempt to stop or slow a moving bus or prevent a school bus from proceeding on its designated route. It is against the law.

.Attempt to board a school bus without prior permission from a Transportation supervisor. It is against the law.

New Choice programs

Brandon High School

Academy of Finance: The Academy of Finance equips students with the knowledge to excel in the financial marketplace.

Spoto High School

Academy of Pharmacy Sciences: The Academy of Pharmacy Sciences will provide rigorous, innovative, hands-on curricula for students aspiring to become pharmacy technicians and pharmacists.

Advanced Academy of Film Production and Design: The Advanced Academy of Film Production and Design prepares students for career opportunities in the dynamic world of digital media and film creation.

King and Chamberlain High Schools

Advanced Placement Scholars: The APS program is designed to provide students with multiple AP course offerings.

Madison Middle School

Aerospace Engineering Academy: Aerospace and astronautic students will use mathematics, natural sciences, engineering and technology through authentic projects and problem-solving activities to develop an understanding of all aspects of flight.

Temple Terrace Elementary School

Bank Street Academy: The Bank Street Academy will focus on educating the whole child (emotional, social, physical, and intellectual being) by providing meaningful, real-life, hands-on, educational experiences.

Buchanan Middle School

Bio-Engineering Academy: Using engineering software and related technologies, this program allows students to explore a variety of authentic bioengineering projects and problems while integrating and incorporating the essentials of STEM education in all courses.

DeSoto Elementary School

Environmental Theme: DeSoto Elementary is a designated small-learning community on McKay Bay, that provides unique on-site and off-site living laboratories specializing in environmental sciences.

Monroe Middle School

Global Leadership Academy: Students will participate in a leadership program that encourages development of awareness of the importance of global leadership and international cooperation through study of the United Nations.

McLane Middle School

Robotics Engineering Academy: Robotics is a branch of engineering that involves the development, design, manufacture, and operations of robots. Robotics uses electronics, computer science, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and bioengineering to enhance the quality of life for humans.

Tampa Bay Technical High School

Health Administration Academy: This program will introduce students to the world of health administration and provide real-world connection between the health professions and administration.

Greco Middle School

Pre-Engineering Academy: This program allows for students to explore various engineering modes such as structures, transportation, and biomedical while integrating STEM concepts into rigorous and authentic classroom learning experiences.

James Elementary School

Single gender Academy of Excellence: This program will focus on creating a community of learners by increasing the education and social-emotional opportunities for boys and girls. Research shows that boys and girls learn differently.

Source: Hillsborough County Public Schools

Hillsborough back to school news and notes 08/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, August 4, 2012 4:31am]
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