2020

  • Health & Safety Update: July 1 , 2020

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Balancing our goals of preserving community health and offering in-person, on-campus instruction for the 2020-2021 school year, Shorecrest will require all people, including students in grades K-12, to wear a mask while indoors on-campus. This policy is effective July 1.
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  • Summer Camps Close for 2020

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The decision to cancel Summer Programs allows us time to strengthen our Return to School Plans and preserve our resources to ensure we may open as safely as possible when school resumes in-person, on-campus on August 19.
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  • Shorecrest Thespians Win Broadway Star of the Future Awards

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Two Shorecrest Thespians have earned coveted Broadway of the Future awards for their roles in Shorecrest Preparatory School’s production of “The Crucible” - Eric Jacobson ‘21 and Evan Hoefer ‘21. Also being considered for the showcase performance are Eric, Evan and Shannon Wright ‘20.
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  • Listening, Learning and Working Toward a More Inclusive World

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster, et al
    We mourn the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many other innocent men and women of color. We recognize that these events have a deeply personal impact on our African-American community members. We acknowledge your pain and stand in solidarity with you.
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  • LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP: The Legacy of Headmaster Mike Murphy

    by Paul Abercrombie
    Shorecrest wouldn’t look the same if not for soon-to-retire Headmaster Mike Murphy. Most of the campus as it exists today was built during his 15 years of leadership. Proud as Murphy is of the role he has played at Shorecrest - which he emphatically calls “supporting only” thanks to the leaders who came before him - he’s more gratified to have helped remake the school’s approach to education.
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  • Summer Reading and Supply Lists

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    SCA knows you're busy! We'll get your back-to-school supply shopping done for you (binders, folders, dry erase markers, index cards, etc...) Purchase online early to clear it off your list and get the best prices. Prices will go up on July 1, and SCA Supply sales close August 7.
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  • Support from TLC

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    www.shorecrest.org/health
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  • Class of 2020 Drive-Through Diploma Distribution

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On Sunday, May 17, 2020, Shorecrest Preparatory School held a Parade and Drive-Through Diploma Distribution for the 85-member Class of 2020 - the first class to receive their diplomas through "carline." Vehicles packed with emotional family members drove one-by-one around campus, past classmates, teachers, administrators, friends and Sparky.
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  • So Long, Farewell, Volunteer Paula Cooper

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    In June, the Shorecrest community will bid farewell to the Cooper-Nixon family. Paula Cooper, the matriarch of the family, has been a volunteer dynamo at Shorecrest from day one! Paula’s most lasting legacy at Shorecrest will most likely be establishing the International Connection group.
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  • Spotlight on Dr. David Fleece ‘83 and Dr. Adam Prawer '01

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    We salute our Shorecrest community members, Chargers Alumni and all those who serve in the medical and health care industry. Thank you for your dedication to the health and wellbeing of those in your care.
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  • Spotlight on Jackson Willis '15

    by Alumni Association
    Jackson Stovall Willis ‘15, began Shorecrest in Jr. Kindergarten; graduated Valedictorian, was Shorecrest's first U.S. Presidential Scholar, was named Outstanding Senior in 2015, and headed to Yale University. There he studied in the Directed Studies Program in Western Thought, the Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative, and Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, where his research focused on shareholder activism for social responsibility. Jackson is the first Exceptional Distinction designee from the Yale Humanities Program in over two decades.
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  • Welcome Barry Bearden, New Director of PE and Varsity Basketball Coach

    by Anthony McCall, Shorecrest Athletic Director
    Barry Bearden has been selected to lead the Shorecrest Physical Education Department and the boys’ basketball program as the varsity head coach. Coach Bearden, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, worked at The Altamont School in Birmingham for 15 years. As a former athlete, Coach Bearden was recruited as a football and basketball player.
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  • Thank you for supporting the annual fund

    by Advancement Department
    During these difficult times, we want to say thank you to our community for your continued support to the Shorecrest Annual Fund during the 2019-20 school year. Without these funds, we would not have been able to support our teachers, families and students—especially during this period of Distance Learning. 
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  • Upper School 2020 Awards Ceremony, Valedictorian Named

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest's Upper School hosted the 2020 Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 15, followed by the Athletics Awards and college athletics signing event over webinars during quarantine. This was a special time to honor many different achievements. We congratulate all of our students for their dedication during a tumultuous but successful school year and give special acknowledgment to those students who earned an award.
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  • Prepping for August: Communicating our Return to School Plans

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    On Thursday, May 7, Headmaster Mike Murphy and Incoming Head of School Nancy Spencer shared high level plans for the safe return to school in August. The full video message and transcript, and other details are posted at www.shorecrest.org/health
     
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  • Summer 2020 Camps for all ages (*Updated!)

    by Terry L. Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Summer programs are a tradition at Shorecrest. This year camps for the month of June will be hosted online and we hope to open the campus for more summer programs in July. 

    You don't have to be a Shorecrest student - camps are open to the public! Some of our online camps are even run nationally!
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  • Thank you Volunteers! [Video]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Although the annual Volunteer Breakfast was canceled, there was still so much to celebrate! Visit https://www.shorecrest.org/sca for a special video, presentation of the Janet Root Volunteer of the Year Awards, and announcement of next year's SCA Board Officers.
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  • Relay For Life 2020 Closing Ceremony

    by Emery Camp '20
    This year has been crazy, to say the least, but our Relay For Life event leadership team, our sponsors, faculty support, and all the teams participating have still managed to do exceptional things to help fight cancer! The Relay season was run by Chair Kirsten Price ‘21, Fundraising Chair Emery Camp ‘20, Relay Events Chair Lindsey Leonhirth ‘20, and Community Engagement Chair Lauren Epstien ‘21.
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  • Shorecrest Chargers Spirit Week

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Join in the all-school Shorecrest Spirit Week next week, and see which Chargers wear it best!
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  • UNFORGETTABLE SEASON: Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Off season workouts, countless hours of in-season training, persistence and total team commitment all marked this year’s varsity soccer teams. Both teams excelled during the regular season while increasing their footprint in Florida high school soccer.
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  • UPPER SCHOOL HONORS STUDENTS TAPPED

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On Friday, May 1, the Shorecrest Preparatory School Upper School Honor Society chapters inducted their newest members by tapping them via email.
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  • SHORECREST SENIORS CELEBRATE NATIONAL COLLEGE DECISION DAY

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    May 1 is National College Decision Day, the day many colleges and universities request a commitment from incoming students. Members of the Class of 2020 and the Shorecrest Marketing Team will be posting photos of the seniors in their college T-shirts online announcing their decisions for next year using the hashtag #shorecrest2020.
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  • Courtney Draper to join Shorecrest as new Physical Education Instructor and Head Volleyball Coach

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Shorecrest Athletics named Courtney Draper as new Head Volleyball Coach starting the 2020-2021 season. Coach Draper will also join the Shorecrest faculty as a Middle School Physical Education instructor. 
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  • A Little Extra TLC...

    by Tracie Belt, Director of The Learning Center
    The Learning Center (TLC) is here to help you navigate your child's distance learning needs. We offer online resources for parents and students to assist with distance learning such as supporting your children with Executive Function Skills (organization, task initiation, planning, etc.) Please fill out this Google Survey to tell us what you are finding most challenging.
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  • EMOTIONAL WELLBEING DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

    by Courtney Ellis & Kate Fierce, Shorecrest Counselors
    Our daily lives have changed in ways that might have been unimaginable even a week ago. We are all feeling a wide range of emotions as a result of the changes in our lives due to COVID-19: anxiety, sadness, anger, loss, loneliness, frustration, maybe even irritation. These emotions are, of course, very normal human reactions to such an extraordinary circumstance. Furthermore, we know that children can be very influenced by the emotional states of the adults who are caring for them. With that in mind, we can help both ourselves and our children by identifying ways to manage our stress and build resiliency during these trying times.
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  • Distance Learning Begins March 17

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
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  • Carolyn Sloss ’85, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    On March 6, during an Upper School Assembly, Carolyn Sloss ’85 was presented with the 2019-2020 Shorecrest Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. 
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  • Faculty Spotlight on Tracie Belt

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Since joining the Shorecrest community in 1994, Tracie Belt has held teaching positions in both the Lower and Middle Schools. Now the Director of The Learning Center at Shorecrest, Tracie leads the school’s efforts to provide support to students, parents, and teachers to optimize learning and student achievement. We asked Tracie to tell us a little about herself and her time thus far at Shorecrest.
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  • Junior Wins Environmental Video Contest

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Youth Making Ripples film competition has been providing students an outlet to creatively express the threats to our oceans and ways to help protect them. Videos submitted with messages about ocean conservation are judged in three categories. The winner of the Viewers’ Choice category was “Not enough Fish in the Sea” by Julia Marquis '21. She made the film as her capstone project for Honors Environmental Science class.
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  • Pinellas History Fair Awards and Summer History Fair Prep

    by Ron Heller, Upper School History Teacher
    This years's National History Day theme was Breaking Barriers in History. Congratulations to the following Shorecrest Upper School students who had a great showing at the Pinellas County History Fair...
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  • Shorecrest Student Named GeoBee Florida State Competition Semifinalist Fifth Year in a Row

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The results are in! The National Geographic Society named Nicolas H., an eighth grader at Shorecrest Preparatory School, as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition for the fifth consecutive year.
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  • Shorecrest Sophomore named Community Volunteer of the Year

    by Andrea M. Castañeda, PARC Director of Community Relations and Volunteers
    PARC, a Shorecrest community partner and St. Petersburg-based organization that provides programs and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, recently presented Shorecrest student Chris Manings '22 with their 2019 Community Volunteer of the Year Award.
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  • Emphatic first state championship win for Shorecrest boys soccer

    by Rodney Page, Tampa Bay Times
    On a picture-perfect Thursday afternoon none of the players will forget, the Chargers defeated Tallahassee Maclay 4-0 in the Class 2A championship at Stetson University’s Spec Martin Stadium. It is the school’s first state soccer title and caps an 18-3-2 season.
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  • Global Student Exchanges Enrich School Community, Culture

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    In the 2019-2020 school year, Shorecrest established a student exchange program for seventh and eighth graders with Colegio Ramon Y Cajal in Madrid, Spain. In October 2019, students from Spain visited Shorecrest. In February 2020, a group of six Shorecrest seventh and eighth grade students visited Spain and enjoyed a wonderful experience as exchange students. This program is not only enriching for the students who are directly involved, but it also adds richness to the Shorecrest community as a whole. Global learning experiences open students’ minds to new cultures.
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  • SCA Presents: Vaping and Adolescent Health [Video]

    by Lisa Hahn, SCA Co-President
    SCA hosted Dr. Jasmine Reese and a panel of pediatric experts from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to talk about the most up-to-date medical findings on vaping and adolescent health.
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  • Mrs. Minke Reflects on Civil Rights Movement [Video]

    by Meric Weinkle, Fourth Grade Teacher
    Students have been working on gathering nonfiction information from different sources including videos, articles, and guest experts to expand their knowledge of the topics. Mrs. Weinkle invited a special guest, Shorecrest kindergarten teacher Mrs. Joanne Minke, to share some of her experiences teaching during the time when some schools were still segregated.
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  • Faculty Spotlight on Ron Heller

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    For many alumni, Ron Heller is the face of Shorecrest. From his quirky nicknames for students to the popular Alumnipaloozas, to his extensive experience as a chaperone for student travel abroad, Ron (as he is known by alumni and students alike) has made life-long connections at Shorecrest.
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  • Contributing Charger: Tom Richmond

    by Olivia Segalman, Advancement Associate
    Today’s Contributing Charger is Tom Richmond, a Lower School parent of Enzo ’28. He is a very active parent volunteer, this year’s Fall Festival Co-Chair, and a supporter of Two Funds. One Mission. Tom and his wife, Elizabeth, contribute to the Shorecrest community because they believe that investing their time and talent will help their child as well as current and future students of Shorecrest.
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  • Flights of Fancy, a Solo Art Exhibition

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    St. Pete First Art Collective will host "Flights of Fancy," a solo art exhibition by Charla Y. Gaglio. The opening reception will be at ArtWalk on Saturday, February 8, 5-8pm.
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  • Contributing Chargers: Lila and Brenton Ross

    by Olivia Segalman, Advancement Associate
    Lila and Brenton Ross, parents of Experiential and Lower School students, are grateful for Shorecrest and that their children love learning much as they do! The Ross family contributes to Two Funds. One Mission. because they experienced firsthand that Shorecrest is more than a school, it is a family, and they want to give back and support the people and children who make up the Shorecrest community.
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  • End-of-Year Challenge Update

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    Before leaving for Winter Break, Shorecrest announced an End-of-Year Challenge. An anonymous donor family challenged the community to match and exceed their $70,000 philanthropic investment to the Transform Campaign. We rang in the new year by exceeding this challenge and raised $635,317! 
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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.