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October 16, 2019
Partners in Education
Engage. Inspire. Educate Hillsborough: Teaching & Learning Day

Last week the inaugural Educate Hillsborough class spent the day exploring everything that goes into teaching and learning in our district. Our Teaching and Learning department gave members an interactive experience at Crestwood and Leto High School, to help better understand the work that goes into academics and social emotional learning from the start of a student’s educational career to graduation.

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March 04, 2019
Partners in Education
Coke Florida is investing in local communities throughout the state and our students are benefiting

Coke Florida Celebrated Black History Month by investing back into our community. Coke Florida donated laptops to five young men from Blake High SchoolHillsborough High SchoolMiddleton High School, and Spoto High School in an effort to support educational advancement. This is thanks to a partnership created with Coke Florida, Men of Vision, Inc. and the Hillsborough Education Foundation.  Students had the chance to meet with executives from Coca-Cola, see headquarters and introduced themselves to presentation attendees. 

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January 31, 2019
Partners in Education
Florida TaxWatch recognizes two principals for being most effective leaders in Florida and awards students college scholarships

Congratulations to middle school Principal Karen French, from Girls Preparatory Academy at Ferrell Middle Magnet School and Elementary Principal Kristina Alvarez, from Alexander Elementary, for being selected by Florida TaxWatch to receive a Principal Leadership Award. With this recognition comes a two-year paid college scholarship from Florida Prepaid College Plans Foundation. Congratulations to eighth grader Daisy Cerro-Tepetate from Ferrell and fifth grader Daniella Fernandez from Alexander for being selected to receive a scholarship.

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December 13, 2018
Student Success
Girls Who Code at Coleman Middle School

Coleman Middle School's 'Girls Who Code' club has created a rewarding relationship with Agile Thought, a Tampa Bay area software development company with offices in Tampa. Not only has Agile Thought hosted a field trip for the last two years, but it is also sending mentors into the classroom to work closely with the girls who are being introduced to new ideas and a rapidly expanding industry by women who are on the cutting edge of technology.

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November 29, 2018
Employee Excellence
Teacher at Girls Preparatory Academy at Ferrell Middle is named Florida’s most inspirational teacher by Sanford Programs at National University

Congratulations to Jennifer Apgar, a teacher at Girls Preparatory Academy at Ferrell Middle Magnet School. Ms. Apgar has been selected as the most inspirational teacher in Florida as part of the nationwide Sanford Teacher Awards from National University System’s Sanford Programs. As a 2018 Sanford Teacher Award recipient, Ms. Apgar is part of an esteemed group of 51 inspiring teachers representing each state and the District of Columbia and will receive $10,000.

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November 19, 2018
Partners in Education
Community partner helps make it a happy Thanksgiving for 100 families

One hundred families from Oak Park Elementary and Middleton High School are extra thankful this Thanksgiving. They don’t have to worry about how to pay for their holiday meal to feed their families, because of the generosity of our community partner – Jaffe Tilchen Wealth Management.

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October 22, 2018
Points of Pride
STEMtober visits the Greco Fairy Tale Makerspace

It’s been more than a year since Greco Elementary got a makerspace renovation in the Media Center but the fairy tale continues. Every day, Greco students venture into new worlds of STEM activities and creative projects that showcase their problem-solving skills and fuel their imaginations.

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May 05, 2018
Press Release
Navy Week Comes to Hillsborough County Public Schools

Hillsborough County Public Schools is excited and proud to be part of Navy Week, Monday-Friday, May 7-11, welcoming dozens of Navy personnel into our schools to educate students and share the roles and responsibilities of the various Navy teams, such as Navy divers, Navy Bands, and sailors. 

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April 17, 2018
Points of Pride
As Choice period reopens, Hillsborough celebrates 20 nationally recognized magnet schools

Twenty Hillsborough County magnet schools recently celebrated national recognition from the Magnet Schools of America, earning their place on a list of the top magnet schools in the United State. The distinction honors schools that demonstrate a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs and high levels of parent and community involvement.

The news comes as Hillsborough Schools reopens its Choice application window, today through April 24.

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March 30, 2018
Student Success
Solar power drives student competition

At the EnergyWhiz on March 24, G’kosi Boyce, a seventh grader from McLane Middle School won first place in the middle school Junior Solar Sprint competition, and Shelby Bain, a fifth grader at Lithia Springs won first place in the elementary division. Earning them free entry into the state competition on May 12, in Cocoa, Florida. 

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March 22, 2018
Partners in Education
HCPS Students SAY YES TO THE PROM

It was a dream come true for more than 200 Hillsborough County high school students in need who were surprised with a free prom shopping spree. It's part of TLC's "Say Yes to the Prom" show.

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January 24, 2018
Student Success
A Geography Enthusiast at Mulrennan is one Step Closer to a $50,000 College Scholarship

Last week, eighth-grader Joshua Mangalam from Mulrennan Middle School won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee and is one step closer to a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which 25 students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world.

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January 15, 2018
Points of Pride
The Unveiling of the E.J. Marshall Portrait at Marshall Middle School

On Friday, January 12, the Improvement League of Plant City and the Plant City Photo Archives presented a portrait of Mr. Edward Jackson Marshall to Marshall Middle School.The unveiling comes at a perfect time as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy. Marshall’s Principal, Daphne Blanton, welcomed dignitaries and opened her doors to the Plant City Improvement League, as they kicked off the 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival with an opening ceremony and luncheon. 

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January 12, 2018
Student Success
Celebrating our Graduation Champions in on our Schools

Behind the walls of each school are hundreds of stories about triumph, set-backs, and perseverance. One thing that is constant in each student is that they are all working hard to strive for excellence academically to earn their high school diploma and become contributing members of our workforce and community.

One of these students you will find in seventh grade at Mulrennan Middle School and her name is Tia-Jahmati Tim. 

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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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November 09, 2017
Points of Pride
Middle schools open doors to students & families

Schools are making a concentrated effort in educating and showcasing what their schools have to offer - complete with informational sessions, campus tours, and hands-on experiences for families and students.

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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 14, 2017
Partners in Education
Coding grant among major developments in STEM education

The Tampa Bay STEM Network exists as a way to coordinate STEM education here in Hillsborough County, bringing educators, governments and industry partners together into a common ecosystem. This week, the network will celebrate several major accomplishments that will bring cutting-edge STEM education into even more schools and classrooms.

 

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October 09, 2017
Points of Pride
Families digest middle school options at Carrollwood showcase

Students and parents got their first taste of middle school on Thursday – and it was delicious.

Amid the display boards, flyers, pencils, chip clips and more used to attract parents during a middle school fair at Carrollwood Elementary School, a few schools turned to their Family and Consumer Science programs to provide a little fresh-baked goodwill.

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September 13, 2017
Points of Pride
Update on Lee Elementary Magnet School

After the devastating fire that engulfed Lee Elementary Magnet School on Tuesday, September 12, Hillsborough County Public Schools has developed a plan for students and staff moving forward.

Beginning on Monday, September 18, Lee Elementary students and staff will share the campus of Lockhart Elementary Magnet School. Lockart is located just 1.4 miles away from Lee Elementary, at 3719 North 17th Street, Tampa.

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September 05, 2017
Points of Pride
Six magnet schools earn prestigious national certification

Six Hillsborough County schools are among the first in the country to earn an incredibly prestigious stamp of approval, national certifications awarded by the Magnet Schools of America. They are among only 55 nationally, out of more than 4,300 magnet schools, to earn the recognition.

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August 25, 2017
Points of Pride
Students track 'virus' in hands-on science lab at Sgt. Smith Middle School

Hands-on learning is a staple in Hillsborough County classrooms, and sometimes that means gloves-on, too. At Sergeant Paul R. Smith Middle School in Citrus Park, health science teacher Mary-Chris Peterika led students through a recent lab about how a virus can quickly spread from just a single source.

For students in the high-school-credit course, the goal was to identify “patient zero” using solid science to reach their conclusions.

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July 26, 2017
Points of Pride
Back to School Fairs Help Families and Students

In an effort to help families with the many details involved in going back to school, Hillsborough County Public Schools is offering several community events that are free and fun! Hillsborough County Public Schools, in partnership with the Back to School Coalition of Hillsborough County and Project LINK are hosting several free Back 2 School Health Fairs for students and families.

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June 26, 2017
Points of Pride
The Sligh Middle Magnet Cougar Academy

For over 100 Sligh Middle School students, the Cougar Academy means building robots, designing business cards, strengthening self-confidence, and modeling leadership skills. These students chose to be in school, and they are having a great time!

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May 13, 2017
Points of Pride
New Arts Program to Debut at Davidsen Middle School

Davidsen Middle School of Tampa is set to introduce a new “Center for the Arts” starting in the 2017-2018 school year that will give students additional opportunities to explore the word of visual and performing arts.

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January 27, 2017
Points of Pride
National Mentoring Month: Shark Connection making a difference at Smith

Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith Middle School, located in the Citrus Park area in north Tampa, has created a mentoring program that yields positive results for both the mentees and their mentors.  Every member of the Smith MS faculty and staff participate as mentors in the “Shark Connection.”

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December 01, 2016
Points of Pride
Students learn about work at the CleanGulf Conference

Students from Stewart Middle Magnet and Jefferson’s Maritime/AP Environmental Science/Marine Biology attended the Clean Gulf Conference at the Tampa Convention Center.  The annual Clean Gulf Conference & Exhibition brings together spill response professionals to discuss best practices & lessons-learned in response operations.

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October 25, 2016
Points of Pride
Middle School Forum Proves Valuable for All

Two students from each middle school were invited to ask questions and offer suggestions to School Board members and Superintendent Jeff Eakins during the middle school forum on October 25, in the Raymond O. Shelton School Administrative Center (ROSSAC) auditorium.

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June 16, 2016
Student Success
The driving force that led Middleton Magnet High School into the World of eSports

NEW! AUDIOcast Series: This coming of age story is about a self-described introvert using competitive gaming to "rise from the ashes".  No, we're not talking about a main character from the League of Legends or World of WarCraft. We are talking about Tommy Tran. A rising senior at Middleton HS who knocked on doors for three years to get a gaming club formed at his school. Click here to LISTEN.

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October 15, 2015
Employee Excellence
Media specialist earns prestigious

Diana Rendina, media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School, is the recipient of the SLJ (School Library Journal) "Build Something Bold" Award.  This prestigious award is sponsored by LEGO® Education and honors the media specialist who takes the creative approach in programming and lesson planning that incorporates hands-on learning in the library and classroom. 

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August 19, 2015
Points of Pride
Skills for life start with one straight seam!

Maria Lazaro has a rule in her Family & Consumer Sciences classroom at Giunta Middle School:  BE CREATIVE.  Be courteous, respectful, efficient, accountable, a team player, involved, valuable, and effective.  She teaches skills in her Family and Consumer Sciences classroom, but she also teaches skills for life.

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July 09, 2015
Points of Pride
Hillsborough County’s Diane McKee Named Florida’s Teacher of the Year

Diane McKee, a language arts teacher at Williams Middle Magnet School was announced the winner of the Florida Department of Education - Macy’s Teacher of the Year at a ceremony Thursday night. McKee was surrounded by her mother, her father, her husband, two children, and friends, along with Superintendent Jeff Eakins and School Board Chair Susan Valdes.

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