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Newsome’s ‘Silent Night’ is a success The Newsome High School boys basketball team collected 269 pounds of nonperishable food items at its Dec. 18 Silent Night basketball game against Durant. Both Durant and Newsome fans brought food and donations, which benefited the Nativity Outreach Food bank. Inspired by the popular event at NAIA Taylor University in Indiana, the Wolves 
asked fans to remain silent until Newsome scored its 10th point. The Newsome fans 
shook their fists and signaled No. 1 leading up to the 10th point, but didn’t break the silence. The dramatic strategy was designed to encourage the Wolves and create awareness for the canned food drive. Newsome coach Barry Jacobs hopes to make the food drive an annual event.

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Newsome’s ‘Silent Night’ is a success The Newsome High School boys basketball team collected 269 pounds of nonperishable food items at its Dec. 18 Silent Night basketball game against Durant. Both Durant and Newsome fans brought food and donations, which benefited the Nativity Outreach Food bank. Inspired by the popular event at NAIA Taylor University in Indiana, the Wolves asked fans to remain silent until Newsome scored its 10th point. The Newsome fans shook their fists and signaled No. 1 leading up to the 10th point, but didn’t break the silence. The dramatic strategy was designed to encourage the Wolves and create awareness for the canned food drive. Newsome coach Barry Jacobs hopes to make the food drive an annual event.

Financial aid nights: Hillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services will host financial aid information nights for high school students and their families. University financial aid representatives will discuss the financial aid process, how colleges and universities compile financial aid packages, and available local, state and federal aid. All meetings start at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. For information, call (813) 273-7203. Meeting times and locations:

• Jan. 14, Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria St., Brandon

• Jan. 16, Jefferson High School, 4401 W Cypress St., Tampa

• Jan. 23, Gaither High School, 16200 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa

• Jan. 28, Riverview High School, 11311 Boyette Road, Riverview

• Jan. 30, Hillsborough High School, 5000 N Central Ave., Tampa

Grandparents Day: Tampa Catholic will host Grandparents Day on Jan. 30 as part of the nationwide Catholic Schools Week celebration. Grandparents will meet their grandchildren in the cafeteria at 8 a.m. for a breakfast of pastries, coffee and juice. There will be performances and demonstrations around campus, including a prayer service. Grandparents Day invitations have been mailed to all Tampa Catholic families. A $10 contribution per person is requested. RSVP cards should be returned by Jan. 21. Payment may also be made online at tampacatholic.org. For information, call (813) 870-0860.

Eisenhower events: Eisenhower Middle School will hold a conference night from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 20. There will be businesses and other vendors in the cafeteria with information for parents to peruse. The school is seeking participating businesses, with a goal of 15 to 20 for the event.

Eisenhower is also preparing for Black History Month celebrations in February and is seeking input on potential guest speakers, especially those with local stories to share with students. For information on either event, call Paul Burke at (813) 671-5121, ext. 224.

Book fair: Riverview High School recently held its annual Barnes & Noble book fair, put together by media specialist Jill Driver, media secretary Vicki Maclin and music teachers Liz Stewart and John Davis. Students looked through books, and music students put on choral and dance performances. Proceeds from the book fair will benefit media center and music programs.

Hillsborough school notes 01/03/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 3, 2014 1:39pm]

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