Tampa school news

Published Feb. 8, 2013

Black History Month celebration: Benito Middle School will celebrate Black History Month with a performance event on Feb. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school's cafeteria, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa. Performances will include dance, jazz, spoken word poetry and vocal performances. Traditional soul food will be served. The cost is $5 per person. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hillsborough Association of Black School Educators Scholarship Fund. Tickets will be on sale at the school until Thursday during lunch periods and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Golf tournament: Online registration is now open for the Academy of the Holy Names Dads Club Golf Tournament, to be held on March 3 at 1 p.m. at the Cheval Golf and Country Club, 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz. The cost is $600 for a foursome, including a hole sponsorship sign; $150 for individuals; and $100 for a hole sponsorship. To register, visit the Dads Club Golf Tournament link online at For information, email the Dads Club at

Spring break camp: The Tampa Liberty School will offer spring break camps in two locations for children ages 8 to 12 to teach them about the founding principles of the United States. The camps will be held March 11-15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, in Brandon and at Northwest Tampa Church of Christ, 7259 Sheldon Road, in Tampa. The cost is $40 for the week. To register your child, visit online at For more information, contact Jeff Lukens at

Pre-college summer program: Registration is now open for the University of South Florida Pre-College 2013. The program is open to high school juniors and seniors. Students may enroll in one or more of the programs: STEM Academy: Diabetes & Medicine, STEM Academy: Environmental Health & Toxicology, Global Sustainability, International Baccalaureate Extended Essay, Community Film-Making, Marine Science, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering. STEM Research Programs range from two days to four weeks and offer residential or commuter access.

Class sizes are capped at 20 students. Application deadlines vary for each program. For course descriptions, schedules and online applications, visit

Online learning: The Hillsborough County School District is offering a new Web-based tool for parents, teachers and students. The program, called InSync, can be used to access standards-aligned academic activities in math, science, reading and social studies from any location, with any device with Internet access. Content is available in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole.

To access a link to InSync on the district's website, visit

Attendance challenge: Alexander Elementary School principal Kristina Alvarez cut 10 inches of her hair last week to benefit Pantene Beautiful Lengths as part of the school's attendance challenge. More than 100 students with a 96 percent or better attendance rate during the first semester were entered into a raffle to decide which student would cut Alvarez's hair. Pantene Beautiful Lengths turns donated hair into free wigs for women with cancer as part of a partnership with the American Cancer Society.

School tour: Hillsborough County public school Exceptional Student Education juniors and seniors visited Aparicio-Levy Technical Center in Tampa last week. More than 100 students toured the campus to learn about the center's HiTEC programs including child care, consumer electronics, electricity, information technology, transportation and logistics, and veterinary assisting.

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Career education program: Students from the Boys Preparatory Academy at Franklin Middle Magnet School participated in the Men's Inaugural Career Day this month. Erich Wyckoff, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of General OB/GYN at the University of South Florida, launched the event to expose boys in the academy to men in different careers. Men in medical fields including anesthesiology, cardiology and orthopedics; lawyers; and a representative from Tampa Fire Rescue spoke to the students about their careers. The event was modeled after the Women's Symposium at the Girls Preparatory Academy, started by Catherine M. Lynch, M.D., associate vice president of Women's Health and associate dean of General Obstetrics & Gynecology at USF.

Student award: N'Jhari Jackson, 10, of Tampa, a fifth-grader at the Paideia School of Tampa Bay, founded "Pajama Buddy Voyage," a program that has provided more than 1,800 new stuffed "buddies" to children hospitalized for long stays. N'Jhari, who was given a stuffed animal to hold during a recent surgery, has raised nearly $2,000 to support the project, which has expanded to provide more than 500 "Pajama Drab Bags" filled with books, games and puzzles. He was recognized as a "distinguished finalist" in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program that honors middle and high school students for outstanding volunteer service.

National competition: The Berkeley Preparatory School Future City team won first place in a regional competition in January and will compete in the Future City National Finals in Washington, D.C., this month. Students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade compete by designing cities of the future. They work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to build cities using SimCity 4 Deluxe software and build tabletop scale models with recycled materials.

American Heart donations: Bryant Elementary School raised $33,552.85 in donations for the American Heart Association during the 2011-2012 school year as part of the Physical Education Department Jump Rope for Heart community service project. The school has raised money with Jump Rope for Heart since 2002.

Student honors: More than 50 students at St. John's Episcopal Parish Day School Middle Division in grades 6-8 were named to the Head's List for each quarter for last year for maintaining straight A's for the entire 2011-2012 school year.

Teacher grants: Teachers at Hills­borough County schools have received Splash! school grants from the Southwest Florida Water Management District for projects and field trips that study issues surrounding local freshwater resources, including Tampa Bay, the Hillsborough River and Crystal Springs Preserve.

Teachers awarded grants include Christine Lindbak, Alonso High, $2,150; Sonia Coleman, B.T. Washington Elementary, $1,425; Carol Mayo, Bailey Elementary, $3,000; Daniel Opila, Bellamy Elementary, $3,000; Melissa Triebwasser, Doby Elementary, $1,600; Kyla DonLevy, Durant High, $850; Rebecca Rouch, East Bay High, $1,360; Alyssa Mormon, Edison Elementary, $1,033; Laura Franklin, Foster Elementary, $1,225; Jennifer Fritz, Gaither High, $1,600; Carolyn Klein, Giunta Middle, was awarded $1,931; Sara White, Henderson Hammock Charter, $754; Iris Willis, Hillsborough High, $2,500; Deborah Flock, Jackson Elementary, $2,999; Kristy Carew, King High, $2,250; Michele Smcox, Knights Elementary, $1,040; Jane Kemp, Lawton Chiles Elementary, $1,699; Cynthia Doyle, Lincoln Elementary Magnet, $263; Ashley Biernacki, Mann Middle, $2,802; LeeAnne Foster, Martinez Middle, $1,615; Elaine Gibbs, Middleton High, $1,800; Deborah Seto, Orange Grove Middle Magnet, $2,670; Deetra McAlmont, Potter Elementary, $3,000; Jennell Graham, Pride Elementary, $2,800; Georgianna Trowbridge, Riverview High School, $2,512; Gladys Jackson, Robles Elementary, $240; Cindy Wilkinson, Seminole Elementary, $3,000; Amy Stockard, Springhead Elementary, $1,170; Andria Keene, Strawberry Crest High, $1,634; Christine Saettone, Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary, $3,000; Julie Sackles, Tampa Bay Technical High, $1,300; Michele Paschal, Tampa Palms Elementary, $2,984; Meichelle Long, Terrace Community Middle, $2,400; and Emily Petrilli, Tomlin Middle, $1,384.