Friday, May 25, 2018
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Tampa school news

National conference: Berkeley Preparatory School hosted a three-day national conference sponsored by the National Association of Episcopal Schools and the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education for 29 participants from private schools around the country. The conference was held to discuss violence prevention and how to deal with emergency situations in schools.

Middleton honors: The Middleton High School Skills USA Team competed against 26 schools in Central Florida in the regional championships this month. Michael Merrick placed first in internetworking, Benjamin Simon placed first in computer maintenance technology, Jordan Hart placed second in computer maintenance technology, Anthony Marcello placed third in computer maintenance technology and Anwi Abu-Asab placed fourth in computer maintenance technology.

Middleton engineering students also recently participated in the ACE Mentor of Greater Tampa Bay program. Five students were awarded ACE Mentor scholarships: Joshua Nichols, senior; Cory Kinney, sophomore; Adam Ward, sophomore; Curtis Davis, freshman; and Luis Esquilin-Vega; freshman.

Thirty-two students also competed in the ACE Mentor Program Dubai Bridge Architectural Competition. They presented designs for bridges. Members of the winning team included Magdiel Aguilar, senior; Lito Morona, freshman; Alexander Hoang, freshman; Luis Esquilin, freshman; Adam Ward, sophomore; Curtis Davis, freshman; Christien Ellis-Thrower, sophomore; and Charity Franks, sophomore.

Book fair: The Lutz Elementary School Book Fair began Feb. 15 and will be open until Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. most days. There will be special evening hours and a 10 percent discount on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, call the school at (813) 949-1452.

Black History Month: Graham Elementary School will host its annual Black History Month celebration at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the school, 2915 N Massachusetts Ave., Tampa. The event will include music performances and a living museum where men and women from the past will come to life. For more information, call the school at (813) 276-5408.

Competition winners: The St. John's Episcopal Parish Day School Latin Team won the Regional Latin Forum for the ninth year in a row this month. Students in seventh and eighth grade competed against Tampa Bay area students in creative, athletic and academic competitions. The St. John's team will go on to compete in the state Latin Forum in April. The competition is sponsored by the Florida Junior Classical League, which works to preserve and promote the study of Latin, Greek and classical civilization.

School fundraiser: St. Peter Claver Catholic School will hold its Friendraiser Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 19 at the Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Tod Leiweke, chief executive officer of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, will be the guest presenter. Tickets are $35 per person before March 10. After March 10, tickets increase to $45 per person. The cost for sponsorship or a corporate table for eight people is $500 and includes recognition in the event program, press and table signs. To get more information or to purchase tickets, call Julie Jenkins at (813) 902-1175.

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Sparks fly among Hillsborough School Board members as private messages are leaked

Sparks fly among Hillsborough School Board members as private messages are leaked

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Updated: 6 hours ago
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Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18
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NEW PORT RICHEY — The line snaked through the hallways and into the cafeteria, as the Ridgewood High faithful waited for their chance to secure a piece of the school’s 40-year history.They came by the hundreds — current and former students, staff and...
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Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/25/18
Sheriff: Weeki Wachee High student posted fake school shooting threat

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Hillsborough school district, teachers move closer to pay deal

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