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April 18, 2018
Partners in Education
HABSE connects with Brandon Chamber to offer Hillsborough School discount for The Taste of Brandon tickets

Hillsborough Alliance of Black School Educators (HABSE) partners with The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce to appreciate all HCPS employees.  In appreciation of service and to foster a sense of community, discounted tickets are shared with Hillsborough School employees for $6, compared to $20.  

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of HCPS tickets will be donated to HABSE to benefit Hillsborough County Public School students.

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April 09, 2018
Student Success
JROTC Cadet of the Year 2017-18

The top ten JROTC cadets in the district were honored at an event that celebrated and recognized their distinguished service records and commitment to JROTC and the community. This year, the Cadet of the Year designation went to Cadet MAJ Dylan Renfro from the Newsome High School Army JROTC Batallion.

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April 06, 2018
Partners in Education
Partnerships Bring Opportunity for Fun to Students Under the Big Top

On Thursday, March 29, students in Hillsborough County were welcomed to view the best circus ever - UniverSoul Circus. School Board Vice Chair, Tamara Shamburger kicked off the show as Honorary Ringmaster for the first show, creating the right amount of energy to get the festivities started. 

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March 01, 2018
Partners in Education
Guests share stories at African-American Read-In events

Kourtney Berry wanted to share inspirational stories. Gig Brown loves jazz and came to share it with students who ended up way more interested in his Tampa Police Department uniform. Alicia McDowell used her singing voice to bring a book about famous dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey to life.

All three were among dozens of volunteers who visited various Hillsborough County schools as part of African-American Read-In events held to coincide with Black History Month.

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February 20, 2018
Points of Pride
History Came to Life at MacFarlane Park

From Dr. Martin Luther King Junior to Ruby Bridges and President John F. Kennedy, first grade students at MacFarlane Park Elementary helped history come to life in the school's Annual Living Museum as part of Black History Month.

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January 30, 2018
Partners in Education
HABSE Connects with HCPS Leaders at the Educators Forum

Greco Middle School hosts Hillsborough Alliance of Black School Educators (HABSE) 2017-2018 HABSE Educator Forum on Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to Superintendent Jeff Eakins, several Hillsborough School leaders will share best practices and insights, such as Ensuring Opportunities for Cross Training.

 

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January 22, 2018
Points of Pride
Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott Invite K-12 Students to Participate in 2018 Black History Month Contests

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott invite Florida K-12 students to participate in the 2018 Black History Month art and essay contests based on this year’s theme, “A Celebration of Innovative African-American Leaders.” Students, parents, teachers and principals are also invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award.

All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 2, 2018.

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January 18, 2018
Student Success
Native American Students Approved to Wear Eagle Feather at Graduation

Hillsborough County Public Schools has approved the wearing of an eagle feather for certain Native American seniors during their graduation ceremonies. Students must be chosen by their tribes to be able to wear the feather, which symbolizes leadership, spirtual belief, academic achievement, and honor to their heritage.

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January 17, 2018
Employee Excellence
Bonnie Bresnyan, Miriam Velez-Hernandez and Christine Campbell win Excellence in Education awards

With inspirational stories and just a little bit of dancing, Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough Education Foundation honored 650 outstanding educators and recognized its Teacher of the Year, Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year and Instructional Support Employee of the Year.

Congratulations to district Teacher of the Year Bonnie Bresnyan, a special needs teacher at Lewis Elementary School in Temple Terrace. She danced across the stage of Carol Morsani Hall when her name was called. Miriam Velez-Hernandez, a bilingual aide at Dover Elementary, was recognized as Instructional Support Employee of the Year. Social worker Christine Campbell of Van Buren Middle School received the Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year award.

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January 16, 2018
Points of Pride
Lennard ESE Students: Be Our Guest

Students in Lennard High's Exeptional Student Education Visual Arts class are bringing "Beauty and the Beast" to the school's stage in a feat some said couldn't be done.

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December 24, 2017
Employee Excellence
Turkey Creek Migrant Holiday Party Brings Goodwill to Migrant Families

I wanted to share with you some touching news this season from Turkey Creek Middle School. On December 14 we celebrated our Migrant Family Christmas Celebration. Many teachers came to this event and showed such a love and concern for our parents that it brought tears to my eyes. How amazing to be a part of a faculty that truly has a heart for our kids. Talk about parent involvement; that was an event to remember. I thought a positive story would go a long way this season.

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December 18, 2017
Partners in Education
A Special Trip to College for Shields ELL Students

Many Shields Middle School English Language Learners and Migrant students had never been out of Hillsborough County, until community business partners gave them the opportunity to visit USFSP and a chance to dream about the possibilities after graduation.

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December 14, 2017
Points of Pride
Students with disabilities create a special shopping experience

School district employees were treated to a special shopping experience when our school district headquarters hosted the 2017 Holiday Bazaar, staffed by students from six district school based enterprises (SBE). An SBE is designed and operated by students with disabilities. 

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December 08, 2017
Partners in Education
Brink Foundation gift boosts STEM Innovation Hub in Town 'n' Country

The Brink Foundation announced a $35,000 donation this week to support more innovative STEM education at seven schools in the Town ‘n’ Country area. The schools – Leto High, Webb Middle, Pierce Middle, Town and Country Elementary, Dickenson Elementary, Morgan Woods Elementary and Woodbridge Elementary – each received $5,000 from the foundation.

They form a STEM Innovation Hub, a K-12 effort to align science, technology, engineering and mathematics options.

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December 08, 2017
Partners in Education
Lopez Elementary Students Spend a Fun-filled Day with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Celebration of the Dairy Council of Florida Hometown Grant

The holidays came a little early when Lopez Elementary School was chosen as a recipient of a $10,000 Hometown Grant, thanks to an initiative set up by the NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60. To celebrate them being a grant recipient, the Dairy Council of Florida and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visited Lopez Elementary on December 5, bringing students an afternoon full of surprises.

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December 06, 2017
Points of Pride
Excellence in Education 2018 Finalists

A trio of surprise patrols fanned out across Hillsborough County on Tuesday to recognize 13 finalists, out of 650 nominees, for the district’s Excellence in Education Awards. Patrol members – district leaders, business partners and special guests -- brought streamers, giant signs and some incredible news to campuses as they greeted finalists for three awards: Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year, Instructional Support Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

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December 06, 2017
Points of Pride
King High School hosts 2nd Annual HABSE Student Forum

Hillsborough Alliance of Black School Educators (HABSE), in partnership with MERGE Inc., invites middle school and high school students to participate in the 2nd Annual HABSE Student Forum. Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 9 a.m.-noon at King High School. The forum will provide students an opportunity to engage in active discussions about Career Pathways and Career Exploration through various platforms including a Q & A panel discussion with recent graduates and interactive break-out sessions.

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December 05, 2017
Employee Excellence
HCPS Educators Held Inaugural International Men’s Day Summit at Jennings Middle School

Jennings Middle School educators created an Inaugural International Men's Day Summit on November 18th at Jennings Middle School. The City Council presented them with a Commendation to acknowledge and praise their hard work and efforts. With help from Jennings SGA members, the inaugural event focused on men's and boy's health, developing and understanding the importance of healthy relationships, and highlighting positive male role models in our community.

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November 29, 2017
Points of Pride
Franklin's Frankie makes a name for herself

There’s only one female student at Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy, and she has four legs.

Meet Frankie, a black labrador puppy that AVID teacher Cheryl Poage and her students are fostering this year at the East Tampa middle school.  

“I brought the dog into the classroom as part of community service to give students the chance to see what it’s like to give back,” Poage said. “Our job is to give basic commands and socialization.”

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November 20, 2017
Student Success
College Opportunities Become a Reality for Students at Brandon EPIC 3 Center

Students from Brandon EPIC were given an opportunity to visit the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. These students who never thought that college was a possibility were given the opportunity to sit in on a live college class and participate. Those dreams of attending college are now a reality.

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October 19, 2017
Partners in Education
Migrant Education Program Holds Annual Fall Festival for Migrant Families

Each Fall the Title I Migrant Education Program puts on a festival exclusively for all migrant families in Hillsborough County, and once again it did not disappoint. Over 500 people attended this event, at no charge. Families gathered together to eat a barbecue lunch while enjoying music by DJ Pandora, and had the opportunity to have Migrant ID badges made, pick out clothes from the thrift store, and received health screenings and a wealth of resources from partnering agencies.

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October 18, 2017
Points of Pride
District celebrates earning Exemplary Status for African-American history education

Educators and supporters gathered Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Middleton High School to celebrate recognition for Hillsborough County Public Schools’ commitment to teaching African-American history. The celebration marked the culmination of the three-year process to earn Exemplary Status for the Teaching of African-American History from the Florida Department of Education. 

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October 17, 2017
Points of Pride
Foster Elementary Travels the World to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month at Foster Elementary School, students and families were invited for an afternoon of cultural enlightenment. Families were welcomed by receiving passports to travel to nine different countries represented throughout the school. Each passport was stamped when families reached their destination, granting them access to another country to embrace.

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October 06, 2017
Partners in Education
Walmart Academy supports ESE student-based businesses

The Brandon Walmart Store #2381, in conjunction with their first-ever Walmart Academy graduation, presented our HCPS Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Transition Services Department with a generous check that will be used to support individual school-based businesses.

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October 04, 2017
Points of Pride
A Supersized Anti-Bullying Assembly at Wilson Elementary

In an effort to help stop bullying at school, online, and in the community, Wilson Elementary faculty and staff invited students and their families out for a special spaghetti dinner served with a side of character development and bully prevention.

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April 06, 2017
Points of Pride
A day at Potter Elementary's Honors Table

Each day in Potter Elementary School’s cafeteria, students who model positive character and good table manners have an opportunity to get invited to eat their lunch at the Honors Table .

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March 16, 2017
Points of Pride
Letter of Support to Potter Elementary

After reading a recent article and editorial published by the Tampa Bay Times regarding Potter Elementary, I feel compelled to respond with an open letter to the faculty and staff..

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January 17, 2017
Points of Pride
School District Celebrates Increasing Graduation Rates

The district recently hosted a Joint Principals and Supervisors meeting held at Robinson High School. The auditorium was filled with students, principals, union representatives, and community partners as they shared their positive messages with Superintendent Eakins, amidst cheers, confetti, and music in celebration of the rise in graduation rates in HCPS.

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November 07, 2016
Points of Pride
District hosts the 44th NABSE conference in November

Hillsborough County Public Schools will be welcoming the 44th Annual National Alliance for Black School Educators Conference(NABSE). The national conference will be held at the Tampa Convention Center from November 16-20, 2016. Attendees will benefit from a variety of workshops and presentations in addition to enjoying student performances, local culture, social events, school tours, Higher Ed tours and more.  

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September 07, 2016
Student Success
Life After High School: Chancellor Science Scholar earns a 4-yr Scholarship to UNC

Strawberry Crest High School alumnus Dalan Smallwood was one of 100 students across the world to be selected as a participant in the Chancellor’s Science Scholars (CSS) program at the University of North Carolina (UNC). Smallwood’s intention was to apply for a $10,000 scholarship but instead he walked away with an opportunity of a life time – a scholarship that would cover all four years of study.

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