Math Bowl district championships: The School District will host the Math Bowl district championships at 1 Buc Place Tuesday. Teams composed of five fifth-grade students will work together to solve challenging math problems as quickly as possible. At this partnership between the Hillsborough County Elementary Math Council and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, all of the math problems will be related to Buccaneer history, player statistics and community projects. The winning team will receive a framed certificate signed by Bucs coach Lovie Smith.
Winning chef makes debut: Turner Elementary fifth-grader Ayushi Mavuduru earned the district's Ultimate School Lunch Chef award in January. Now her winning recipe, Ayushi's Shredded Turkey Wrap, will debut on the school lunch menu throughout the district this month. On Wednesday, Student Nutrition Services and Radio Disney will host a celebration for Ayushi at two events in Tampa. From 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Ayushi and other fifth-graders will have their lunch at Bartels Middle School, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd. Then from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the celebration will continue at Turner Elementary, 9190 Imperial Oak Boulevard. Radio Disney will provide music and games, while students munch on Ayushi's Shredded Turkey Wrap. The wrap is filled with all types of flavorful and healthy ingredients such as green, red, and yellow bell peppers, oranges, lettuce, tomatoes and turkey, all wrapped in a whole wheat wrap. Ayushi's recipe beat out more than 150 other submissions.
Jesuit plans for iPads: Every student at Jesuit High will have his own iPad for the 2014-15 school year, the school announced earlier this month. The 1:1 program has been years in the making and seeks to improve student learning and help develop what Jesuit principal Barry Neuburger calls 21st century skills. Said Neuburger: "The use of iPads and other new technologies is meant to assist our teachers in providing the rigorous and personal education that is a hallmark of Jesuit pedagogy."
AHN students celebrate Pi Day: Academy of the Holy Names Students recently celebrated Pi Day on March 14 (or 3/14). Leading up to the day, students used their iPads to create videos centered on pi. In teams, students scripted an original skit or song then filmed it. During Pi Day activities, students completed a scavenger hunt around the school, memorized the digits of pi, participated in a poster contest, Hula Hooped, competed in trivia and, of course, ate pie. "By engaging in activities seen in everyday life, the kids saw geometry in practice and better retained the concept," said sixth-grade teacher Wynette Hampton.
HCSO Leadership Academy. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office School Resource Section will hold a leadership program June 9-13 for rising high school seniors. The program, called the Sheriff's Rising Stars Leadership Academy, provides a weeklong challenging leadership course. The program exposes students to principles that will enhance their ability to be a successful and responsible citizen. One eligible student is selected to represent each public high school in Hillsborough County. The weeklong leadership course is fully funded by the Sheriff's Office and will culminate in an awards ceremony for the participants and their families. A scholarship award, administered by the Hillsborough Education Foundation, is provided to students who continue to meet eligibility requirements. Interested students can see the school resource officer at their respective school to apply.
Choice application period begins: The 2014-15 Hillsborough Choice Options application period for middle and high school magnet and school choice programs continues through April 11. School choice and magnet programs are available for students entering kindergarten through 11th grade. Students enrolled in a Hillsborough County public elementary school should apply directly online. Students new to Hillsborough County public schools can download an application from the Choice Options website, complete it and mail it to the address listed on the application. Applications are available online at choice.mysdhc.org. For more information, call (813) 272-4692.