2018

  • Kindergarten Construction Project

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Relations
    Even before students move in to the new Innovation Center and Community Commons, the Transform Campaign has already made a positive impact on the Shorecrest student experience. Kindergarten offered a prime example of this positive impact, as they followed their curiosity about the construction outside their classroom doors to pursue an in-depth investigation of construction - their driving question, "What's going on behind the green fence?" 
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  • Shorecrest Announces Recording-Breaking Philanthropic Gift

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    Shorecrest Preparatory School is pleased to announce it has received an anonymous $2 million gift to the Transform Campaign. The gift is the single largest in the school's 95+ year history and brings the total raised for Transform to more than $9 million.
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  • Lower School Announcements

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
    Important announcements, updates and reminders for Lower School Families
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  • Winter Music Concert [Video, Photos]

    by Ethan Updike, Band Director
    The 2018 Winter Music Concert featured dedicated student musicians from the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. Click to view a video and photos from the show.
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  • MLK Day of Service - RSVP for Parade & Service Project

    by Roderick Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
    Once again the Shorecrest community will participate in St. Petersburg's Dream Big Parade (formerly the MLK Drum Major for Justice Parade.) The parade will be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 21. Every member of the community is encouraged to wear your Charger Green & Gold and to march with us as the parade weaves through downtown St. Petersburg.
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  • Build & Sip: An Adults-only Block Building Experience

    by Dominique Craft, ES & LS Dean of Curriculum
    Bring your inner child to Shorecrest on January 31 at 6pm for a block building experience! Enjoy a glass of wine and a tasty treat as you use your imagination to construct a bridge, tower, castle, robot, dinosaur… the possibilities are endless! Bring your friends and experience the joys of play, collaboration, and creativity.  Thursday, January 31, 6-7:30pm in the Shorecrest Lower School Block Room
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  • Adolescent Health Symposium with Dr. Jasmine Reese, Feb 19

    by SCA Board
    “Psychological and Physical Development through the Adolescent-Teen Years” 
    Tuesday, February 19 
    Refreshments: 6:30pm in the JRT lobby
    Symposium: 7-8:30pm in the JRT 
    Don't miss this panel of pediatric experts presenting an evening symposium on adolescent health. Parents of all grade levels are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity. 
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  • Bringing Holiday Lessons and Cheer

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    Third and fourth graders in Señora Jaime-Allwood’s Spanish class recently took a special trip to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. For the fourth year, students delivered stacks of cards that they made - in both English and Spanish - for pediatric hospital patients. Third graders made Spanish flashcards about animals, fruits and vegetables for patients to increase their vocabulary skills. Fourth graders made holiday greeting cards with positive messages.
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  • Student Cell Phone Use

    by Anna Baralt, Director of Educational Technology
    One of the most frequently asked questions I get from parents and guardians is “What age do you think it is okay to give my child a cell phone?” I wish there was any easy answer, but unfortunately there isn’t. There is no right age, but rather many factors that come into play when making this decision.
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  • Join the Flock

    by Big Event Committee
    This year for Grandparents and Special Friends Day SCA is starting a #jointheflock initiative. Florida’s iconic pink yard flamingos will be placed in a flock in front of the Janet Root Theatre to represent that our families are unique but we flock together. The flamingos will be on sale between December 15-January 24 and are $25 each. All proceeds from the sales of the flamingos go directly to the Shorecrest Community Association.
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  • Meet and Play with the Basketball Chargers, Jan 19

    by Coach Justin Saunders
    The boys varsity basketball Chargers would like to invite any interested Lower School families to join them for some Saturday morning Breakfast Hoops. Coffee and donuts will be provided in the Athletic Center lobby, and the varsity players will assist children from grades K-4 with some shooting, passing, and dribbling drills.
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  • Creating a Family Plan [Video]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest parent Jonathan Bowman recently led a parent workshop about creating a Family Plan. Just like a business plan helps to effectively guide the direction of a business toward achieving goals, a family plan can help keep your household focused! Get tips on how to clarify and simplify your family plan in the video from his presentation below. 
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  • Dad Nights Out

    by Matt Frey, Shorecrest Parent
    Shorecrest dads are invited to meet other dads at fun, monthly nights out.  All events will be at 7:30p unless otherwise stated.
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  • Save the Date: The Big Event, March 1

    by SCA Big Event Committee
    The Big Event ~ Shorecrest in Wonderland
    Friday, March 1, 2019, at 7:00pm at the St. Petersburg Woman's Club.
    Ticket sales open January 10, 2019.
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  • Reggio Emilia Approach Parent Workshop, Jan. 15

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
    Shorecrest is hosting two parent workshops focused on the Reggio Emilia Approach to teaching and learning (0-6 yrs.) The workshops will be led by the author of “We Are All Explorers,” Dr. Karen Haigh. (See bio below.) The dates will be January 15 and March 19 at 8:30am in the SAC - so mark your calendars. Dr. Haigh has been working with Alpha, JK, Kindergarten and first grade teachers and instructional assistants and the ES/LS Administration team as a consultant this year. The first workshop will be an introduction to the Reggio Emilia Approach. Please RSVP to sdanyali@shorecrest.org.
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  • Fourth Grade Studies Cuban Migration

    by Sarah Palazzolo, Fourth Grade Teacher
    Fourth grade is studying the history of Cuban migration. They began their unit by learning about the factors that contributed to the migration of a family of one of their classmate's from Cuba to the United States and then to Florida. A recent field experience in Ybor City, Tampa, offered the students an opportunity to study the impact that Cuban immigrants had on the Tampa Bay Area.
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  • Plants and Bees in Second Grade

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
    Second graders are deep in a study of plant life and pollinators.  They took a field experience to Florida Learning Garden in Tampa. The grade was also surprised with a visit by a local beekeeper, Josh Harris of Queen & Colony Bee Company. 
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  • Flu Season Reminders - Cold vs. Flu

    by Donna Conroy, School Nurse
    With cold and flu season upon us, here are a few reminders to help decrease the spread of germs in our school community. Please teach and review with your children good health habits to protect themselves and others.
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  • You're Invited to be a Host Family

    by Shorecrest Admissions
    Shorecrest has partnered with New Oasis International Education to help recruit and house international students at Shorecrest. New Oasis homestay is not about renting a room in an American house, it's about joining an American family. By saying "yes" to the experience, we can foster a global understanding.
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  • Day of the Dead

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    Last week third and fourth grade Spanish classes celebrated Day of the Dead. Students reviewed the meaning of this celebration in Latin America and especially in Mexico.
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  • THE NIGHT THE BAND WENT GREEN [VIDEO, PHOTOS]

    by Rob Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
    Fourth graders recently wrapped up a semester-long unit on conservation and sustainability, and their performance of "The Night the Band Went Green" allowed them to share what they had learned in a fun and musical way!
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  • SCA Presentation: Apps Kids Love and What Parents Should Know about Them [Video]

    by Dr. Anna Baralt, Director of Educational Technology
    On Wednesday, November 14, the Shorecrest Community Association welcomed Dr. Anna Baralt, Shorecrest Director of Educational Technology, to talk to parents/guardians about popular apps that students are using and what parents should know about them. The apps spanned from Snapchat to Fortnite, Houseparty to KIK, vaults and video apps and more. Also at the SCA meeting was Shorecrest Athletic Director Anthony McCall who talked about the wonderful fall season for Chargers Athletics and the growing Intramural Programs for students in Lower and Middle Schools.
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  • Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The attached calendar for the 2019-2020 school year has a few changes that are intentional. While we are still just finishing the first quarter of this school year, we hope this information will help you with you planning.
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  • We are Still Counting on Your Support!

    by Laina Bennett, Director of Annual Giving
    Thanks to the generous support of parents and community members over these past few months, we are 58% closer to achieving this year’s goal for the Shorecrest Annual Fund. While we are more than halfway through our journey to ensure students have the ability to color their world, we still need your support.
     
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  • Poetry In the Park 2018 [Photos, video]

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
    After weeks of studying and writing poetry, Shorecrest's young bards had the opportunity to show off their collaborative poetic voice. Audiences flocked to beach chairs and blankets in the Faculty Garden to enjoy a wonderful morning of listening to the joyful, lyrical voices of the young Chargers.
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  • First Grade’s Amazing Human Body Investigation

    by Susan Owen, First Grade Teacher
    Mrs. Lisa Peck, Director of The Center for Medical Sciences in Shorecrest's Upper School, is a favorite first grade guest expert during their in-depth investigation of the human body. On her first visit she brought a real human skeleton to first grade! What a great way to learn all about that important framework of our bodies. We also dissected sheep brains and eyes.
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  • Fourth Grade Environmental Project Showcase

    by Colette Husenitza, Fourth Grade Teacher
    Fourth grade students wrapped up their study of sustainability with a project-share to demonstrate their newfound expertise. All student experts presented their learning for faculty, family and friends. Many topics were covered: plastic pollution in the ocean, ewaste, air pollution, water conversation - just to name a few.
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  • Costume Parade and Fall Festival Photos

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The annual costume parade and Fall Festival were so much fun! A big thank you to the co-chairs of the Fall Festival Committee: April Cabral, Karen Quilty, Beth Vivio, and Marielle Westerman; and to all the wonderful volunteers who helped make it a positive experience. 
    Photos from the day may be found here.
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  • Fourth and Fifth Grades Attend St. Pete International Folk Festival

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On Friday, October 26, fourth and fifth graders attended SPIFFS, the St. Pete International Folk Festival, which was held at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. SPIFFS hosted an art contest themed “Desserts Around the World.” Mrs. Williams entered 11 students’ artwork in the art contest and the judges loved the entries so much they couldn't choose one winner, so they were all awarded first place! The students received awards on the main stage of the festival. Fourth graders also visited the Festival to glean ideas for the Latin Fair they will create in the spring.
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  • Supply Drive for Holy Nativity Episcopal School

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
    We have been made aware of a second school that was affected by the Hurricane in Panama City. We would like to do a one week drive from Monday, November 5th to Friday, November 9th for Holy Nativity Episcopal School.
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  • SCA Uniform Sale & Uniform Collection

    by Merilee Abinales, SCA Volunteer
    A SCA Used Uniform Sale will be on November 8 (Fall Conference Day) from 7:30am-2pm in the lobby of the Janet Root Theatre. 
    SCA is now collecting any used uniforms you may like to donate.
    Sign up to volunteer the day before to set up or during the sale: http://signup.com/go/EcmdnEL.
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  • The International Connection

    by Lisa Hahn, Committee Chair
    If you have an interest in international culture, please join us for an informal meeting after drop-off around 8:15am on Tuesday, November 6 at the Hahn’s home: 115 Cordova Blvd NE, to discuss how we can tap into the wealth of international knowledge that already exists within the Shorecrest community.
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  • Dylan Leary ‘16 Discusses Farming with Fourth Grade

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Fourth graders are deep into their year-long unit on the environment and sustainability. This week they were able to Skype with Dylan Leary ‘16, a student at the Culinary Institute of America. Dylan is spending this semester on an externship learning about how food grows and where our food comes from in the United States. Dylan is based in Southern California at Apricot Lane Farms. There, his team has the mission of creating a well-balanced ecosystem and rich soils that produce nutrient-dense foods.
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  • Third Grade Crescent Lake Park Cleanup

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    This week, two city organizations visited to educate third graders on the ways they help maintain various ecosystems in our city. Keep Pinellas Beautiful and Friends of Crescent Lake were incredible guests. Students learned all about our city's effort to decrease the presence of invasive species and how organizations all around the city do their part to maintain our native plants and reduce pollution. More hands-on learning came next as the group took a trip to Crescent Lake Park to remove invasive water lettuce alongside a team from Keep Pinellas Beautiful. Working in pairs from canoes, the kids removed over 1,000 pounds of the water lettuce from the lake, allowing air and light to diffuse into the water and make room for native plants, fish, and wildlife.
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  • Shorecrest Designated as Apple Distinguished School

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest Preparatory School is pleased to announce that it has been named an Apple Distinguished School for 2018-2021. Shorecrest was awarded the distinction for its innovative teacher-leaders, its successful 1:1 iPad implementation, and the thoughtful integration of technology throughout its PK-12 program. The 2018-2021 distinction is a renewal based on continued evidence of innovation and academic excellence. Shorecrest first received the distinction in 2016.
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  • Kindergarten Extended Day Location Change

    by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Because of the great numbers of Kindergarteners on Mondays and because we do not have use of the Wonder Studio on Mondays, we are moving Monday Kindergarten extended day out of the SAC and to Ms. Kotsko's kindergarten classroom for the first hour of Extended Day. 
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  • Donation Drive for FCIS School Damaged by Hurricane Michael

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
    Robert F. Munroe Day School in Quincy, Florida, was badly damaged by Hurricane Michael. They are unable to have school on their campus so they have moved to two churches in the area. There are three classrooms and an art room that are being demolished this week. Water and falling roofs destroyed most of the items below and their budget will not allow them to afford to replace these items. Interact Club is collecting donations to help.
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  • Join the Parent/Guardian SEED Group

    by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
    SEED, The Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum, is the nation's largest peer-led leadership organization through which participants develop ways of understanding complex relations between self and systems with regard to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability/disability, and other lived cultural experiences. We invite you to see what this is all about in an introductory, welcome session.
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  • Register for Session 2 Clubs, Intramurals

    by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Session 2 clubs are ready for you to register: https://shorecrest.campbrainregistration.com
    You will see some new clubs such as 2 intramural sports for 3rd - 6th graders, some returning clubs such as Running and Chess, and now even an Upper School offering. Also new is a waitlist system; if your chosen club is full, your student will be waitlisted automatically.
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  • Design Thinking in the Lower School [Video]

    by Dominique Craft, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction for the Experiential and Lower Schools
    Are you curious about what Design Thinking is and how it relates to curriculum at Shorecrest? SCA sponsored a parent session about Design Thinking. A video of the presentation is included.
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  • The Global Cardboard Challenge

    by Abbie Hahn, Junior Kindergarten Teacher
    Junior Kindergarten and second grade teamed up to complete the Global Cardboard Challenge. It was a great joy to see all the children participating, but most importantly to watch the second graders teaching the Junior Kindergarteners how to utilize materials (e.g., tape, scissors, etc.). At the end of their building session, each group admired their masterpiece and some even encouraged other students to play their cardboard game. Overall, the Global Cardboard Challenge was a huge success and a favorite of many!
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  • Global Read Aloud

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The Global Read Aloud is once a year, starting in early October and running through mid-November. Last year at Shorecrest, fourth grade tried Global Read Aloud, and this year fourth grade, third grade, and one second grade class are involved. This project is a fun way to expand our Lower School Global Scholars Initiative. The seven Shorecrest classes are connected with classrooms in Illinois. The second and third graders are reading “A Boy Called Bat” by Elana Arnold. Fourth graders are reading “Amal Unbound” by Aisha Saeed.
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  • Shorecrest Homecoming 2018

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Beginning Monday, October 1, the Shorecrest community has been celebrating Homecoming Week. The activities, friendly competition, and school spirit is full of much-anticipated traditions in Upper School. The full Alpha through 12th Grade school community gathered for a pep rally on Friday, October 5 in the Crisp Gym. The week culminates with the Homecoming football game on Friday evening, October 5.
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  • Help Prep the Library for the big Move!

    by Mrs. Smay, Lower School Media Specialist
    In preparation for moving the library into the new building, Mrs. Smay can use some help organizing and weeding the book collection. Duties include pulling books from shelves, checking out books, boxing books, and lifting small boxes of books. No prior library experience needed!
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  • Planning the Transform Campaign

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    Sometimes it is important to step back from the canvas and let our eyes adjust to see the whole picture before dipping the brush in the next vibrant color... This week many families taking their Hard Hat Tours of the new building at the crest of our campus have asked about the planning that has guided Transform at every stage. Great question!
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  • Plastic Pollution Expert in Fourth Grade

    by Olivia J. '27
    Fourth graders spoke with Stewart Harris, the Director of Marine and Environmental Stewardship, Plastics Division at American Chemistry Council in Washington DC. His topic of how to remediate and prevent plastic pollution in our oceans aligned with their year-long study of trash and sustainability. Below are notes from fourth grader Olivia J. about what they learned.
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  • Second Graders Publish Peace Book

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
    On the International Day of Peace, Ms. Horne’s second grade class read “What Does Peace Feel Like” by Vladamir Randusky. The book is a collection of sayings of what peace sounds like, looks like, tastes like and feels like to children from the Ambrit International School in Rome. Shorecrest second graders then discussed peace and how it comes in many forms. They were inspired to make their own peace book! Each student gave their perspective of what peace feels like, smells like, sounds like, tastes like, or looks like.
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  • Second Grade: Ways we Learn (Photos)

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Students are ready for complex learning in second grade. Second graders read, write, play, build, design, tinker, calculate, collaborate, question, investigate, create, explore, observe, discover, imagine, sort, examine, develop, sing, dance, climb, run, give, share, study, teach, think, show, type, listen, wonder and so much more!
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  • Cross-Divisional Collaboration

    by Meredith Brandimore, Alpha Teaching Assistant
    In what was hopefully the first of many meetings, alpha students and third graders teamed up for a Spanish class this week. Additionally third graders and seventh graders shared lunch.
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  • Strategic Second Grade Quiet Time

    by Michele Johnson, Second Grade Teacher
    "When used effectively, students and teachers alike look forward to this oasis of peace and quiet in the midst of a busy and energetic school day."
    - ResponsiveClassroom.org
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  • Ms. Owen's class Studies Community

    by Susan Owen, First Grade Teacher
    When studying community first graders realized that first grade is a community! The class is a community of learners who share some common attributes and goals. They work to build an environment where everyone gets to play and learn.
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  • Fall Food Drive Going on Now

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
    Shorecrest is ready to help The Kind Mouse again this year! The Fall Food Drive officially launches on Monday, September 10. Collection bins will be located at each School.
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  • Shorecrest Annual Fund + Transform

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    With more and more families joining Transform every week, the construction progress continues to grow excitement for our new Dining Hall, Innovation Center and Community Commons, Experiential School and a full acre and a half of newfound greenspace! Every day we are closer and closer.

    In the not too distant future, when we are all in the new building, one thing is for certain; as true as it is today - The Shorecrest Annual Fund is the perfect dance partner for Transform.
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  • Fourth Grade Field Experience at Waste to Energy plant

    by Andrei I., fourth grader
    Fourth graders recently enjoyed a field experience at the Pinellas County Bridgeway Acres Solid Waste Facility to enhance their study of sustainability and composting. Although people talk about “throwing their trash away,” Chargers learned there’s No Such Place as Away for garbage. They also learned how to protect our community and our planet. Read fourth grader Andrei's reflection on the visit.
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  • Kindergarten: Ways we Learn (Photos)

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    You'd be amazed by the many different ways we learn new things in kindergarten! We read, write, play, design, question, tinker, explore, discover, imagine, create, construct, collaborate, examine, develop, sing, dance, climb, run, wonder - and so much more!
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  • First Grade: Ways we Learn (Photos)

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    First graders read, write, play, build, design, tinker, think, problem-solve, question, research, create, laugh, experiment, explain, observe, paint, draw, spell, give, share, taste, study, cut, teach, think, show, type, sing, say, calculate, count, listen and so much more! 
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  • LATINOS en SHORECREST

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    The next meeting for LATINOS en SHORECREST will be Wednesday, September 26 at 3:45pm in La casita de Español (the Spanish Portable on Charger Blvd by the field.)
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  • See It to Believe It

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    The old adage, "You gotta see it to believe it!" holds true with Transform. There is a growing chorus of excitement for the dynamic construction that changes daily at the crest of our campus. And I would echo and offer that participating in a Hard Hat Tour is the best way to experience it.
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  • Naval Commander visits Third Grade

    by Khana Riley Rebman '05
    Last week third graders had the honor of hearing about the experience of a retired U.S. Naval Commander who served aboard submarines. CDR. Richard Speights held the students' attention as he shared the Navy's purpose, submarine conditions, amenities, and strategies.
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  • Join SCA at Mom's Night Out Luau Party, 10/19

    by SCA Board
    Shorecrest Mom's Night Out Luau Party!
    Friday, October 19, 6:30 - 10:30pm
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  • Transforming Together

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    It has been said that lighting a lamp for someone else will also brighten your path in return.
    No more true than for the Shorecrest giving community, with the Transform campaign igniting innovation and building community right before our eyes!
    Click here to learn more about our early giving community who have made Transform come to fruition ,and be sure to extend a well-deserved Thank you when you see them! They are excited to welcome you to Transform with your questions and support.
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  • Launching the Shorecrest Intramural Program

    by Coach Jeff Raab
    After-school intramural activities allow students to get familiar with various sports and games, connect with other students, and stay healthy. Intramurals also create a sense of belonging to the school community and develops connections with teachers and peers outside the classroom. We are excited to launch Intramurals this fall for students in 4th-12th grades.
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  • Fourth Grade Summer Trip to Mexico!

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    This summer we will have an immersive cultural and Spanish trip to MEXICO, June 7-15, 2019! If you are interested please join an informational meeting: Thursday, September 13, at 6pm.
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  • After School: Clubs, Cub Scouts, and more

    by TERRY KESSEL, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    There are lots of options at Shorecrest to keep students safe, busy and having fun after school!
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  • Wine Tasting for Wonderland Planning, 9/12

    by Christy Stross, Big Event Chair
    Learn more about how you can help plan the Big Event at a wine tasting and info meeting. The theme for this year's fundraising gala is Shorecrest in Wonderland.
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  • Learn about hosting a LS or MS exchange student

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    This year, fourth and fifth graders will have a delegation visiting for two weeks from El Salvador. They will be visiting from Colegio Maya, a bilingual school in the capital city San Salvador in February or March. (This will not interfere with spring break.) Eighth grade will be hosting a delegation for two weeks in April from Escuela Ameyali, a bilingual school from Mexico City, Mexico.
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  • Fourth Grade Band Begins Sept 10

    by Ethan Updike, Director of Bands
    Fourth Grade Band begins the week of September 10th and continues throughout the year on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-4pm. If your student is interested in Fourth Grade Band, please register through the Shorecrest After School Programs.
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  • Library Volunteers & Book Buddies

    by SCA Board
    Would you like to volunteer to assist with your Lower School child’s class on their library day? Helping the class at the library is a great chance to get to know your child's teacher and classmates. Come to a training session to learn more!
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  • The SAGE Spotlight Program

    by SAGE Food Service
    What do the dots on the SAGE menus mean? SAGE updated their Spotlight program according to the most recent USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which encourage evaluating food as a whole rather than evaluating for negative nutrients alone.
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  • Welcome New Colleagues

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest is excited to announce changes and new additions to our faculty and staff for the 2018-19 school year. 
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  • Welcome Back to School SCA Newsletter

    by SCA Board
    The Shorecrest Community Association (SCA) Board is excited to start this transformative year at Shorecrest. All parents, guardians, grandparents and community members are members of SCA. The SCA Board and its committee Chairs provide volunteer support for our teachers, plan and host fundraising and social events, and host meetings where speakers are invited to present to our community. SCA invites all community members to volunteer and help Shorecrest “Be More!” Join us by viewing all the volunteer opportunities here, or signing up here.
    (Both files can be found in the future on the SCA page of the website: www.shorecrest.org/sca.)
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  • The Shorecrest Wishing Tree

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Inspired by the Wish Tree Art Project by Yoko Ono and the Dali Wish Tree, Shorecrest has added a Wishing Tree to the faculty garden.
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  • How to Navigate SAGE Food Menus

    by SAGE Food Service
    We’re so happy you’re part of the SAGE community! As you look forward to the school year ahead, we encourage you to look over our menus in advance to plan what to eat, especially if you follow a specific eating pattern or have food allergies. This guide will remind you of key features of our menu, and might even introduce you to something new. Start by going to www.shorecrest.org > Student Life > Food Service. Then click menus, the first button.
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  • Northeast Little League Registration

    by Northeast Little League
    Northeast Little League invites you to PLAY BALL this FALL! Registration is now open. Fall Ball is an instructional season that focuses on player development and teamwork while gaining confidence, building new relationships and having fun!
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  • Start of School Forms Live online

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Start of School info is now live in PowerSchool Learning. All families should have received an email with login credentials and instructions to login.
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  • Summer Reading and Supplies

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
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  • Kindergarten Spring Orientation [video]

    by Admissions Department
    On Tuesday, May 22, Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of The Experiential and Lower Schools, gave a presentation about kindergarten at Shorecrest. The dynamic slideshow was followed by tours of Lower School.
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  • Rowdies visit Fourth Grade Spanish

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    The fourth graders had a treat in Spanish class last week. They were visted by a Hispanic Rowdies soccer player. His name is Matías Reynares, and he is from Argentina. He spoke to the kids in Spanish about his life, country, and the sport he practices. The children also prepared questions for him in Spanish. It was a fun and an engaging way to practice their Spanish skills!
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  • SPS Discount for Rowdies Tickets

    by Tampa Bay Rowdies
    As the Official K-12 School of the Rowdies, all Shorecrest Faculty, Students and Families may purchase $10 General Admission, Lower Goal Reserved, and Corner Reserved tickets to all home matches.
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  • Fourth Grade Views Windows to the World

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest fourth graders connected with students in Egypt, Nepal and Thailand via Windows to the World, on online global project that develops writing and digital citizenship skills, as well as focuses on cross-cultural competency and collaboration.
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  • April Citizens of the Month

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
    Congratulations to our April Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month: First Grade - Lexie S; Second Grade - Ella M; Third Grade - Liliana F; Fourth Grade - Alex L
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  • At the Feria Latina

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    The Feria Latina - Latin Fair - was the culminating project of the year for third and fourth graders in Spanish class. The children practiced their Spanish in a very engaging way. They researched Latin American countries and made games with the facts they learned to teach the second, first, and kindergarten students at the fair.
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  • First Grade Dives Deep in Ocean Unit

    by Jill Densa, First Grade Teacher
    First graders investigated sharks, whales, dolphins, sea turtles and so much more, keeping in mind the entire time the driving question to our inquiry work, "Why are the oceans important to us and what can we we do to keep them healthy?"
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  • Thanking our Volunteers

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The Shorecrest Community Association hosted a celebratory breakfast at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club to thank Shorecrest volunteers for all they did to make the 2017-2018 school year so special. At the breakfast, author Laurie Hill spoke about the power of volunteering and the incoming SCA Board was announced. In addition, the volunteer breakfast is when the recipient of the Janet Root Volunteer Service Award is announced each year.
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  • A Day in the Life of Kindergarten

    by Rob Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
    Shorecrest Kindergarteners took audiences along with them on "A Day in the Life of Kindergarten," a musical and educational production. They performed about what they do, who some of their teachers are, and they sang throug the schedule of a whole school day!
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  • Host an Exchange Student from Germany

    by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes, Director of Admissions
    German student Erik V. would like to attend tenth grade at Shorecrest. His family spends time in Anna Maria, FL, each year during their Autumn Break. Erik’s brother, Dominic, spent a year in an American high school, and now Erik is excited to do the same. Erik has been playing the piano since he was 8 years old and he’s a competitive tennis player. Can you help give him a home for a year?
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  • Fourth Graders Tour the 'Burg

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Fourth graders are studying the history of Saint Petersburg, as they wonder about the impacts of development both locally and across the state. They visited downtown St. Pete and learned about the some of the history behind architecture in our own backyard.
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  • A First Grade Commotion in the Ocean [photos, video]

    by Rob Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
    First graders took audiences on a journey of ocean discovery in the Janet Root Theatre on Thursday and Friday. Their poems, songs and dances taught lessons about ocean friends and reminded everyone to be respectful of the seas and its creatures so the beauty of the ocean will continue to amaze future generations.
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  • Prepping for a Latin Fair

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    Third and fourth grade are culminating the school year with their project LA FERIA LATINA - A Latin Fair! Each student investigated a Latin American country, created a game to teach kindergarteners, first graders and second graders about the country they studied, and used all the Spanish skills they have learned throughout the year to create their game. 
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  • Readers Awarded

    by Dottie Smay, Lower School Media Specialist
    Third and Fourth graders who read seven or more books from this year's Sunshine State Young Reader's Award list received awards on Monday from Mrs. Smay, the Lower School Media Specialist.
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  • Students Tour Tropicana Field

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
    Second graders went to Tropicana Field as part of their landmark study. Students learned the history of the stadium and a few fun facts. Everyone had an all-access, behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium. Students sat in the press box, went into the dugout and even got to touch real stingrays!! Go Rays!
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  • Spring Band Concert [more photos added]

    by Ethan Updike, Band Director
    Wednesday, April 25th, was host to the annual Spring Music Concert. The concert showcased the second semester music selections of the concert and rock bands and featured everything from Mozart to The Beatles. All ensembles played expressively and received resounding applause.
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  • Celebrate the Arts Week [video added!]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Art instruction is interwoven throughout the Shorecrest curriculum. To celebrate the lessons and skills taught all year, we open the campus to the community for a week each spring during Celebrate the Arts.
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  • Guest Expert Teaches Bicycle Safety

    by Nicole Carson, Alpha Teacher
    In anticipation of the upcoming Alpha On the Go event, fourth grader Charlie C and his friend Collin visited Alpha classes to discuss bicycle safety. Charlie rides his bike to Shorecrest every day and had a lot of great tips to share! He told the little Chargers about the importance of wearing a helmet, having reflectors on a bike, riding with a buddy, and obeying traffic signs and laws.
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  • Interim Head of Middle School Announced

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    I am pleased to announce that Kris Grant has accepted the position as Interim Head of Middle School. Kris, who currently serves as eighth Grade Dean and as a seventh and eighth grade Spanish teacher, is excited to continue the great work Jane Johnson and Jonathan Davis have initiated with the Middle School faculty and staff. Kris will begin her new duties on July 1.
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  • Learning about Landmarks in Second Grade

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
    As part of their landmark study, second grade went on their 2nd annual bus tour of St. Petersburg landmarks. Students learned about such landmarks as the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club, Al Lang Stadium, Albert Whitted Airport and so many more! The day ended with a guided tour of the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
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  • Spanish Live Museum

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    This week third graders hosted a Spanish Live Museum. The project celebrated Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage month. After researching an important person in history, students wrote a short biography in Spanish. In the live museum, students acted as the person they selected for their project. The fourth graders were their audience and asked them questions in Spanish about the famous person they represented.
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  • A Chorus Line [videos, photos]

    by Upper School Arts Department
    Coming soon to Shorecrest, the Smash Hit "A Chorus Line" (high school edition) - Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 19, 20 & 21 at 7pm in the Janet Root Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Learn more about what it means to be an Upper School Thespian in a series of video clips of "A Chorus Line" cast members in Ebytes and on Shorecrest social media.
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  • Relay For Life 2018 at Shorecrest Recap

    by Alexandra Hairston ‘19
    "A lot of work was necessary to smoothly run this year’s Relay For Life event by the co-leads Lexi Klein ‘18, Jordan Tralins ‘19, Olivia Olson ‘19, and the entire Committee. I can proudly say that this hard work paid off because we raised over $10,000 that night and $83,000 in total, reaching our goal! Shorecrest’s Relay For Life will make a real difference within the American Cancer Society and the lives of everyone who came to donate their time and money.”
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  • Shorecrest Sideline Store Open for Business!

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    The Booster Club and Charger Athletic Program have partnered with BSN Sports to offer the Shorecrest Sideline Store! This online store offers officially branded Shorecrest Charger apparel for athletes, students, parents, and all Charger fans. In the store, you’ll find brands you know and designs you’ll love. You can customize your gear with names, numbers, or relationships like Mom and Dad. There’s no minimum order, quick shipping directly to your preferred address and best of all, the proceeds help us support essential programs at Shorecrest.
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  • Simple Machine Learning in Third Grade

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Third graders are studying simple machines. While deep in their Force and Motion inquiry, the generous Shorecrest maintenance department let students use some their tools. Students have tinkered with catapults, pulleys, screws and wedges. They hammered nails into wood scraps, used screw drivers to wedge and unwedge screws, and even used a power drill. Classes also worked with Ms. Deegan in the technology lab to build and program LEGO robotics.
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  • CHARGER WINNINGS Still Available

    by Little Event Committee
    The Little Event Committee has extended the deadline for some of our amazing Charger Winnings items and experiences! Get a choice 12th grade locker, the best seats in the house for the 4th grade show, a spot for the Kindergarten *almost* sleepover, and more!
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  • Ocean Study Visitors in First Grade

    by Mrs. Oman, First Grade Teacher
    As part of their ocean studies unit, first graders hosted many recent visitors.
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  • March Citizens of the Month

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
    Congratulations to our March Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month:
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  • Heads of Schools Speak out against Gun Violence

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Shorecrest Headmaster Mike Murphy joined Heads of independent schools all over Florida to speak out against gun violence. Their open letter to the President and legislative leaders appeared as a full-page ad in the Tampa Bay Times and in the Miami Herald on Friday, March 23.
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  • Construction Coming Soon [video]

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    Construction will commence on May 28 to raze the outdated buildings on our lower campus, raise the ground by four feet, and build a 60,000 square foot facility that will house the Experiential School, Lower School special subjects, all-school libraries and innovation labs, a new state-of-the-art Dining Hall, and more. The project will also create more than an acre of greenspace, including interesting play areas, and allow for students of all ages to convene together and connect across our PK-12 campus.
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  • Campus Cleanup

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On March 14, 2018, Kindergarteners and eighth graders at Shorecrest Preparatory School partnered with Keep Pinellas Beautiful to clean the campus. As a result of "adopting" the one-mile radius around the Shorecrest campus, there will be 4 campus clean-up dates in 2018. The Chargers collected 47.5 pounds of trash!
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  • Second Grade Celebrates Pi Day

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade Teacher
    Second grade teacher Ms. Horne is a lover of math and has celebrated Pi Day since she was in middle school. She adapted Pi Day for her second graders. Every year they read "Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi" by Cindy Neuschwander. They learn that Pi is an infinite number and is celebrated every March 14th. On Pi day, students can participate in Ms. Horne's memory challenge. The student who memorizes and recites the most digits of Pi correctly gets to pie Ms. Horne in the face! This year, Mac correctly recited 73 digits!
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  • Parent Breakfast Book Club, April 4

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
    Pick up a copy of "The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age," by Catherine Steiner-Adair. The discussion will take place at 8:15am on April 4th in the Student Activities Center.
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  • Second Grade performs A Small Part of the World [video, photos]

    by Rob Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
    The second graders have been taking a trip around the world in their study of the continents. This week they took audiences with them in their musical program "A Small Part of the World." They dazzled audiences with their knowledge through poetry, dancing, and singing traditional songs from countries around the world. Most impressive was the fact that they sang in five different languages!
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  • Mexican Students Visit Shorecrest

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    From February 25 through March 9, Shorecrest Lower School hosted its third international delegation. Shorecerst fourth and fifth graders graciously opened their homes and hosted 12 students from Escuela Ameyalli in Mexico City. While at Shorecrest, the visiting students made a cultural presentation for the Lower and Middle Schools, in which they spoke about their country's history and culture and performed a traditional Mexican dance.
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  • Kindergarten visits Construction Site

    by Megan Kotsko, Kindergarten Teacher
    Kindergarten students are currently studying homes and buildings. This week they were excited to visit a construction site first-hand to learn more about the process. They met with Shorecrest dad Chris Oman, Owner and General Contractor of Oman Construction in Gulfport. Thanks also go to Mr. Green, an architect, and Maria Rawls, a General Contractor at Harvard Jolly.
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  • Under Construction: Fourth Grade Pier Project

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Since the start of the spring semester, fourth graders have been engaged in an in-depth study of engineering using the St. Petersburg Pier as their case study. On Friday, March 2, the students embarked on a special field experience to visit the Pier itself, a rare opportunity since the Pier is an active construction site.
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  • Transform Launch

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    On Friday, March 2, the full school community gathered for the public launch of the Transform Campaign. While some families and students knew the campaign intimately, others had heard only rumblings, leaving a number of guests scratching their heads come Friday asking, "What is Transform?" To find out what Transform is truly about, visit www.transformshorecrest.org.
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  • February Citizens of the Month

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
    Congratulations to our February Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month:
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  • Now Collecting Used Books

    by SCA Board
    Time to clean out those bookshelves! Please consider donating any used childrens' books you have to SCA's Oldie Goldie Book sale. You can send books in with your child or drop them off at the drop bins located in your child’s classroom areas and front office.
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  • Engineering the Pier with 4th Grade

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Fourth graders have begun an in-depth investigation of engineering, learning basic principles of structural engineering including shapes, forces, materials, and loads. Over the course of the project they will welcome various guest experts, conduct experiments, and use the new St. Petersburg Pier as their case study.
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  • Enhancing School Safety

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Yesterday's devastating attack on a Florida high school strikes fear into the hearts of families everywhere. It is particularly jarring to those of us who spend so much of our lives at schools and feel safe and at home there. While I cannot, in good conscience, promise that violence will never happen at our school, the systems we have in place strive for maximum safety and security without making the school feel like a prison in lockdown.
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  • eSmart Technology Recycling Partnership

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    The Shorecrest Outdoor Club is pleased to partner with eSmart Recycling for the One Million Laptops Campaign, an international campaign to bring technology to underserved communities. Shorecrest is hosting an electronics drive now through the month of February. Bins will be located in each division office and in the Shorecrest Library. Click to see a list of accepted items.
     
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  • Third Grade Wetlands Projects

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Third graders were so excited to dive deeper into their learning and become experts regarding wetlands. Students worked hard creating presentations, practicing skits, cutting pictures for the tri-fold boards, and creating wetland worlds in Minecraft.
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  • January Citizens of the Month

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
    Congratulations to our January Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month for the 2017-18 school year: First Grade - Elliot G; Second Grade - Logan S; Third Grade - Morgan H; Fourth Grade - Emily M.
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  • Second Graders Earn their Wings

    by Natalye Horne, Second Grade
    Ms. Horne's sister, Kelsey, is a a flight attendant for Endeavor Air (a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines). Every year she visits Ms. Horne's second grade students and changes her classroom into a mock airplane so they can "go on a trip.” She shared about traditional food eaten in Iceland, languages heard in Italy, and even about experiencing the Dia de los Muertos celebration and other customs in Spain.
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  • Re-enrollment Open, New Student Applications Open

    by Admissions Department
    Re-enrollment for the 2018-19 school year at Shorecrest opened online Thursday, February 1. Please complete the re-enrollment process by Thursday, February 15 to guarantee your child’s space for next school year.
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  • America's Kids - Third Grade Show [video & photos]

    by Robert Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
    Third graders dazzled their audience with their knowledge of United States history as they performed the musical "The American Dream." Thank you to teachers and parents for making this experience so memorable for the students!
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  • 34th Annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Students, faculty and staff were excited to welcome visitors for Shorecrest's 34th Annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day! After a continental breakfast in the Athletic Center, nearly 600 guests of grandparents, great-grandparents and special friends were ushered into the Janet Root Theatre for performances from all ages.
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  • ST. PETE STEAMFEST HUGE Success

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On a sunny Saturday in January, 1000 eager visitors assembled on the campus of Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg to participate in a variety of family-friendly activities, all centered on the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math - or STEAM.

    Shorecrest has sponsored and hosted the event since its inception in 2016. “STEAM subjects and projects are a part of what we do everyday at Shorecrest,” says Dr. Anna Baralt, Shorecrest Director of Educational Technology and STEAMfest Committee Chair. “We launched STEAMfest as an outlet for sharing this kind of engaging, experiential learning with the greater community.”
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  • Parent Training Programs vs. Overparenting Behaviors [video]

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    On Thursday, January 25, the Shorecrest Community Association hosted Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, as its guest speaker. Sherri has more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education. Sherri's doctoral research focused on the effects of a parent training program on overparenting behaviors. She shared her inspiration for the topic, approach, and research findings with Shorecrest parents at the January 25th SCA meeting.
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  • Kindergarten parent Talk, Feb 21

    by Kindergarten Teaching Team
    Hand in Hand: Teachers and Parents Elevating the Independence of Young Children.
    Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 21st at 8:15am in the library classroom.
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  • SCA Shorecrest Cares Committee - Supporting Our Community

    by Kristin Leary, Shorecrest Cares Committee Chair
    The SCA Shorecrest Cares Committee is a quiet, behind-the-scenes group of volunteers that makes a big impact where the Shorecrest community needs it most. Shorecrest Cares responds to community members' needs when there is an illness, death, or other difficult situation. The support can take many forms, from food delivery to childcare arrangements, depending on the needs of the family.
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  • State of Shorecrest: Financial Operations [video]

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    The Board of Trustees and Administration of Shorecrest Preparatory School presented the second installment of the State of Shorecrest Community Meetings on January 16 in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest. The content of the community forum was the Financial Operation of Shorecrest.
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  • MLK Dream Big Parade and Day of Service

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On Monday, January 15, more than 60 members of the Shorecrest community joined the greater St. Petersburg community to march in the MLK Dream Big Parade in downtown St. Pete. 2018 marked the school’s sixth consecutive year participating in the celebration.
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  • Author Angela Cervantes Visits

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest third and fourth graders were excited to welcome author Angela Cervantes to the Janet Root Theatre on January 18. She is the author of three middle grade novels, "Gaby, Lost and Found,"  which was named Best Youth Chapter book by the International Latino Book Awards and a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of 2014; "Allie, First At Last," a Sunshine State Book for 2017; and a junior novelization of Disney/Pixar's new animated movie "Coco."
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  • Nicolas H. Wins SPS National Geographic Bee - 3rd year in a row!

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The National Geographic Geography Bee was held in the Janet Root Theatre on January 16. The top two geographers from grades 4-8 competed on stage plus last year's winner. The Shorecrest Champion was sixth grader Nicolas H. For the last two years he won at Shorecrest and also qualified to compete at the state level.
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  • Northeast Little League Spring Tryouts

    by Northeast Little League
    Come out and celebrate 60 years of community by registering for Spring Baseball, Softball or T-ball! 
       
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    • December Citizens of the Month

      by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
      Congratulations to our December Northeast Exchange Club Citizens of the Month for the 2017-18 school year: First Grade - Dov S., Second Grade - Campbell N., Third Grade - River C., Fourth Grade - Chloe T.
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