2018

  • Transform Shorecrest - Groundbreaking

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Just over a week ago, we broke ground on Transform. Like Commencement, it was both an end and a new beginning. We said farewell to the old buildings that have housed our teachers and students for decades, honoring generations of memories. We also took an irrevocable step toward completing the campus. Shorecrest is Transforming! 
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  • Summer Reading and Supplies

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
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  • Commencement 2018

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Shorecrest Preparatory School held its Commencement Ceremony for the 73-member Class of 2018. Among the graduating class were twins Samantha and Allison Epstein and twins Karli and Maverick McDonough. Together with Will McLoughlin, Jack Ledford and Breck Tanner these legacy students, with a family member who attended Shorecrest in the past, share a very special bond with the school. The connections for this class are strengthened with more members having relatives who have served on the Board of Trustees or who are faculty members. With nearly half the class honored as "Lifers," having been at Shorecrest for 12 years or more, it only makes sense that they would be as close as they are.
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  • Baccalaureate 2018

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Seventy-three seniors, their families and friends gathered in the Janet Root Theatre for Baccalaureate on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Eight students spoke, reflecting on their Shorecrest experiences.
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  • Elizabeth Samuelson Community Spirit Award Initiated

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    On Tuesday, May 22, the Shorecrest Board of Trustees honored Elizabeth Samuelson for her years of service and community building efforts by naming a new schoolwide award in her name. The Elizabeth Samuelson Community Spirit Award will be given to members of the community who best build and support Community Spirit at Shorecrest.
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  • SPARC Club Awarded Community Service Award

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest Preparatory School was awarded PARC’s 2018 Community Service Award for the dedicated theater performances Upper School thespians and members of the SPARC Club have given to their clients. Jordan Tralins '19 was awarded PARC’s 2018 Community Volunteer of the Year as the student coordinator of the SPARC Club and a consistent volunteer throughout the year. Last year she helped establish PARC's first Summer Theatre Program with help from some other members of Troupe 3140. Read more about that experience in Jordan's blog post.
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  • Happy Mother’s Day!

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    I join with our students, faculty and staff in wishing all the Shorecrest Moms a wonderful day. Thank you for the love, encouragement and lessons you give to your children and share with the community every day.
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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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  • Track and Field's Tremendous post-season Competitions

    by Coach Richie Cameron
    The Shorecrest Chargers track and field team headed to the District meet at St. Stephens in April. The Regional meet followed on April 25th at Cypress Creek Middle High School in Wesley Chapel. The State Meet was held at University of North Florida in Jacksonville on May 4-5th. 
    Good luck to Sabrina A, Kaja D and Devyn K as they head to Bradenton to compete in the Florida Youth Running Association (FLYRA) Middle School State Track Championships on Saturday. Sabrina will be running the 1500m, Kaja will be competing in the 800m race and Devyn in the 100m dash.
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  • Skype Session: Robotic Exoskeletons for Humans

    by Delaney Counsman '19
    Shorecrest Upper School medical science classes and clubs had a great opportunity to Skype with Dr. Michael McKinley, a robotics engineer and postdoctoral researcher at US Bionics / UC Berkeley, a robotics and human engineering lab. With his company Suit X, he is helping paralyzed patients to finally walk again with the help of a robotic exoskeleton.
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  • Seventh Graders Fight Diseases [photos]

    by Amy Brill, Seventh Grade English Teacher
    This year the seventh grade team took a risk by planning a true Project Based Learning (PBL) experience for students surrounding the theme of disease prevention and elimination. In the end, teachers were inspired by student creativity, tenacity, knowledge, and empathy. This project's essential question was: How do we learn from the diseases of our past to solve those of today and tomorrow? Throughout the year, students engaged in this topic in English, history, math, science, health, technology, music and world language classes. The unit culminated in a Disease Project Showcase.
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  • Battle of the Books Three-Peat Win

    by Tedra Tatelbaum, Fifth Grade English Teacher
    Team Shorecrest won first place at the Bay Area Association of Independent Schools (BAAIS) Battle of the Books Competition on May 1, 2018, for the third consecutive year in a row! Team Captain Duran V, Addy C, Akshay P, Max B and Sophia J collaborated and worked extremely well under pressure. Coach Tatelbaum said she is super proud of her hard-working lovers of reading.
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  • Charger Athletic Hall of Fame Awards

    by Kate Merritt, Assoc. Dir. of Advancement for Annual Fund and Alumni Programs
    Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chair Jim Vigue '89 hosted the awards, which honored Shorecrest athletes both past and present. Five alumni were honored at this ceremony: Hunter Glaum '93, Clay Hall '90, Byron Kiefer '98, Tony Lazzara '98, and Jeff Ritch '01 were all recognized for their success as Chargers. Eight current student athletes were also honored with a Charger Hall of Fame award for Outstanding Achievement in Athletics. The final award of the evening was the Coach of the Year Award, presented to a current Shorecrest coach. The recipient for 2017-18 was Boys' Soccer Coach Jason Montoya who led his team to the Florida State Final Four this year.
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  • Jack Ledford '18 at the State Tennis Tournament

    by Coach Bob Davis
    Jack Ledford '18 represented Shorecrest and the Chargers well at the FHSAA 1A State Individual Tennis Championships on Monday, April 30th in his usual highly competitive and good sportsmanship manner. This four-sport athlete won the District Championship and as a result participated in the state championships at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Jack lost 0-6, 4-6 in the State Quarterfinals.
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  • Shorecrest Junior Selected as St. Petersburg Goodwill Ambassador to Takamatsu, Japan

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Olivia Olson '19 is one of three St. Petersburg area students selected to be a Goodwill Ambassador to Takamatsu, Japan, on behalf of the City of St. Petersburg. She will travel to Takamatsu in July to experience typical Japanese family life, culture, and customs, before returning home to host a Japanese student at her family's home in St. Pete. The program is a part of an annual exchange between sister cities St. Petersburg, FL, and Takamatsu, Japan.
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  • Upper School 2018 Awards Ceremony, Valedictorian Named

    by Sra. Andrés, US Spanish Teacher
    The Upper School hosted the 2018 Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 26th in the Janet Root Theatre. This was a special time to honor many different achievements including the College Book Awards, Departmental Awards, Citizenship Awards, Scholarship Awards, Service Awards, and Athletic Awards. In addition, the Valedictorian and Salutatorian were named. We congratulate all of our students for a very successful school year and give special commendations to those students to whom an award was presented.
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  • Shorecrest Fifth Graders Learn Geospatial Sciences at GEOINT 2018

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest fifth graders were among a select group of K-12 students from the Tampa Bay area invited to attend the GEOINT 2018 Symposium on April 24, an annual conference sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). GEOINT, a hot topic in STEM fields, is the profession of using satellites, drones, and sensors combined with other geographic information to gather, map, and visualize data to make informed decisions.
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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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  • A Spiritual Moment

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    If you missed the Luminaria Ceremony at 2018 Shorecrest Relay For Life and the gathering of students and friends on Haskell Field as the Pentatonix version of Hallelujah was softly playing over the PA system, you missed one of the most spiritual moments many of us have ever witnessed at a school event.
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  • Shorecrest & Academy Prep Partner, Benefit from Tech Recycling Drive

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    Thursday, April 19, members of the STEAM Club for Girls joined Dr. Anna Baralt, Shorecrest Director of Educational Technology, to deliver a mobile tech lab of 15 laptops to Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg. The donation was made possible through a partnership with eSmart Recycling and its One Million Laptops Campaign.
     
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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 Presidential Scholar Nominees Advance as Semifinalists

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest seniors Mitchell Greene '18 and Hunter Holland '18 have advanced as Semifinalists in the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Of the 6,000 nominees, only 10% move on to semifinalist status. Presidential Scholars will be named on or around May 8th.
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  • Volunteer Breakfast and Volunteer of the Year Award

    by SCA Board
    The Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Janet Root Volunteer of the Year Award Presentation will be on Wednesday, May 9, 8:30 - 10am at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
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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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  • 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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  • Don Paige, New Head of Upper School

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    After an extensive national search, Don Paige, the Assistant Head of Upper School and Academic Dean, was announced as the new Head of Upper School starting July 2018. The announcement was received by Upper School students with a standing ovation.
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  • New School Receptionist, Belen Johnson

    by Julie Meyer, Admin Assistant to the Headmaster
    Please welcome our new school Receptionist, Belen Johnson. Belen has been a part of the Shorecrest community for the past 3 years as an active parent volunteer. Her daughter Belen is in first grade. Belen has a background in customer service in the pharmaceutical industry. She is excited to transition into the role of Administrative Receptionist. Mrs. Johnson's desk is located by the new main visitor entrance in the Haskell library.
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  • Shorecrest Hispanic Committee

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    ¡Estas invitado... (click through to full story for English translation)
    ha ser parte del primer comité hispano de Shorecrest!
    ¿Cómo podemos compartir nuestra cultura e idioma en nuestra comunidad?¿Cómo pueden nuestros niños estar más expuestos al idioma? ¿O simplemente un grupo social para conocer personas hispanas?
    Ven a la primera reunión y comencemos a conversar y compartir ideas para crear este comité.
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  • Faculty and Staff Updates

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Kim Hudson (former Receptionist) has moved into the role of Assistant Director of Admissions. 
    Terry Kessel has started a new position with Shorecrest as Director of Auxiliary Programs. 
    Raquel Ferreira will join the Athletic Department as Head Varsity Volleyball Coach.
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  • Congratulations Tom Dillow

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Over spring break our community was informed that our Assistant Headmaster/Head of Upper School, Tom Dillow, has been named the Head of School at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Tom and his family will complete the year at Shorecrest and begin his new duties on July 1.
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  • Anthony McCall Named Shorecrest Athletic Director

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    After an extensive national search, Anthony McCall has been selected as Shorecrest's next Athletic Director. McCall, who currently serves as Athletic Director at Montgomery Academy (Montgomery, AL), will begin his duties on July 1, 2018.
    “Shorecrest has been the epitome of quality education in Pinellas County," says McCall. "As an educator, I am ecstatic about the opportunity to join such a school community, and look forward to the prospect of enhancing Shorecrest athletic’s commitment to 'winning the right way.'"
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  • Service Week 2018 Wrap-Up

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning
    From March 12-15, 2018, Upper School students, faculty and staff undertook a massive civic engagement operation across 22 different service projects spanning Tampa Bay, our country, and abroad. We don't just count the hours, and yet we know that our students provided over 5,000 hours of service that weekService Week is Shorecrest's statement to the world that we care about building compassionate, socially responsible citizens. 
     
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  • Charger Hall of Fame Athletic Awards Ceremony, April 26

    by Kate Merritt, Assoc. Dir. of Advancement for Annual Fund and Alumni Programs
    Shorecrest Parents and Guardians are invited to the inaugural Charger Hall of Fame Athletic Awards Ceremony honoring the 2017-18 Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees & Current Shorecrest Upper School Athletes.
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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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  • Big Day for Shorecrest Sailing!

    by Charger Parent
    With only two regattas left on the schedule, the Shorecrest sailing team traveled to Davis Island in their hunt to advance to post-season competition. Read on to see how the JV and Varsity teams fared.
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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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  • Duo of Shorecrest Seniors Earn U.S. Presidential Scholar Nomination

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    Mitchell Greene and Hunter Holland, both graduating seniors at Shorecrest Preparatory School, have been named candidates for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2018. Both Greene and Holland have been recognized because of their exceptional performances on the ACT/SAT.
     
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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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  • 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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  • French Exchange Celebrates 23 Years

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    After two weeks of whirlwind activities, a 23rd successful French Exchange ended on Tuesday as Shorecrest hosts bid "au revoir" to their new French friends. There were many tears as Shorecrest families and Bayen students said good-bye.
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  • Learn About Summer Travel Opportunities

    by Terry Kessel, Director of Summer Programs
    Join us for an info session about summer travel opportunities for parents and students (6th grade - 12th grade):
    Tuesday, March 6, 4-6pm 
    in the Library Classroom
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  • 5 Shorecrest Seniors Advance to National Merit Finalists

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Shorecrest seniors Charity Chen, Mitchell Greene, Hunter Holland, Kyle Mullins and Sylvia Smith have been named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. All five students were named National Merit Semifinalists and have advanced to the next round of competition.
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  • Independent Bay area school working to create diversity, inclusion on campus

    by Dalia Dangerfield, Bay News 9
    An independent Bay area school has launched a new effort to recruit a more diverse population to its campus. Shorecrest Preparatory School hired a Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Roderick Fludd, who holds real-life discussions on controversial subjects with faculty, staff and 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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  • ESSAY CONTEST WInners: WHAT DOES TOLERANCE MEAN IN YOUR LIFE?

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest friend Norm Bungard has once again provided award money to students who wrote outstanding essays. This year, Mr. Bungard encouraged students to think deeply about their attitudes toward tolerance of ideas in response to the question, “What Does Tolerance Mean in Your Life?” Click to find out who won!
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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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  • National History Day SPS Results

    by David Hodgson, Seventh Grade History Teacher
    Congratulations to the following Middle School students moving on to the Pinellas County History Day competition on March 2 & 3 at Largo High School.
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  • Sixth Grade Science Fair 2018 [video & photos]

    by Curtis Cruise, Sixth Grade Science Teacher
    The 2018 Shorecrest Preparatory School Science Fair was a huge success. Judges from among our science teachers as well as scientists from the local community evaluated projects, ranging from topics such as bacterial growth and removal, trash clean up, soggy cereals and effective shampoos. Each project also included a QR code leading to a short video explaining the project.
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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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  • A Loss to the Shorecrest Community

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    I am sorry to share that our dear colleague, friend, and Shorecrest parent Monica Stypinski passed away on January 17 after a courageous battle with cancer for the past six months. Monica's family has asked that we share a note and some family photos with you.
    The wake for Monica will be held Sunday, January 21 from 1-5pm at Anderson-McQueen on MLK and 22nd Ave N. The funeral will be on Monday, January 22 at St. Raphael's Catholic Church at 11am.
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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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  • 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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