Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Some students might not make it home until after 6 p.m.
Update 5:43 p.m. Aug. 21: Families of students delayed coming home from Hillsborough County Schools are receiving phone messages from the district. Magnet school buses are still running late. Earlier: The first day of school in Hillsborough County isn’t necessarily going off without a hitch. According to a Hillsborough County Schools media release, typical first-day delays have been added to thanks to the stormy weather. “Magnet buses did not clear the 40th Street transfer ramp until 4:55 p.m., so some students will not arrive home until after 6 p.m.,” the release said. How did the first day of school go for your kids? Let us know in the comments section.
The National Weather Service is calling for a 70 percent chance of storms later today.
Carrollwood and Northdale area students who are heading back to class today might need an umbrella. The National Weather Service in Ruskin says there’s a good chance afternoon thunderstorms will rain on students’ parade as they make their way home after the last bell of the day. Scattered showers are likely this morning, but they’ll become “numerous this afternoon,” said Eric Oglesby, a meteorologist with the weather service. Oglesby said rain chances will remain high tomorrow, but will taper off into the 40 percent range on Thursday and drop more over the weekend. Today’s high will be around 80, Oglesby said. While storms are likely to make the first week back to school a bit soggy, forecasters have their eyes on a bigger concern. …
Monday, August 20, 2012
The program pairs the school's seniors with first-graders during the year.
This week, first-graders at Carrollwood Day School will have some help navigating campus life. With the help of the Parent Teacher Organization, they will be paired up with seniors for the school's first ever buddy program, said Shannon Gauthier, marketing director for the school at 1515 W. Bearss Avenue. The program, which was the idea of high school Principal Ryan Kelly, has earned the nickname "Patriot Buddies," and will be kicked off with an all-campus assembly held at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23. School officials hope to "connect a tie between them that can continue throughout the years, and create a one school mentality," said Gauthier. "Hopefully, it will create excitement with the first-graders to look forward to being a CDS …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Superintendent MaryEllen Elia held her annual back-to-school press conference today.
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Friday, August 17, 2012
At a time when the economy is sluggish, testing scores controversial and teacher morale low, the Hillsborough County School District is holding its own, according to Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. Elia and Hillsborough County School Board members were on hand Aug. 17 for the annual back-to-school news conference at the Rampello Downtown Partnership K-8 School in downtown Tampa. With FCAT testing mired in controversy, Elia said the school district is looking at the National Assessment of Education Progress, the nation's report card, to determine how Hillsborough County students are doing. "We've been gratified with the results," said Elia. "Our fourth-grade students had the highest reading scores of any large urban school district. …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The rules underscore the need for students to drink plenty of water and to be immediately pulled from play if they show signs of head injury.
Student athletes in Florida must have unrestricted access to water during workouts. Any student who shows signs of a possible concussion playing school sports must be immediately pulled from the game. These are some of the new rules that the state High School Athletic Association will be enforcing as the fall sports practice season kicks off. The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) reminded schools this week of new standards to safeguard student athletes. Many of the new rules involve ensuring that students stay hydrated in the Florida heat and also are protected from the risks of associated with head injuries. The FHSAA’s director of athletics will conduct a workshop on the new safety requirements at a compliance seminar next…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Target is giving schools up to $10,000 each in gift cards. All you have to do is vote.
With a click of a button, you can help a Carrollwood or Northdale school earn money for books and supplies. Target will donate up to $10,000 in gift cards to K-12 schools nationwide, up to a total of $2.5 million, as part of its Give with Target on Facebook promotion. You can vote once per week for an eligible school, and each time a school recieves 25 votes, it will earn a $25 gift card. Voting ends on Sept. 8 at 11:59 p.m. To vote, go to the Give with Target on Facebook page and enter the name of the school in the search box. Click, vote and done! And of course you can share with friends to rally even more votes for your school. To see a list of all eligible Carrollwood and Northdale schools, type in "Tampa" in the city search box. Note…
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Want to know what Hillsborough County Public Schools officials recommend?
It’s almost time for the kids to head back to class and Hillsborough County public school officials want to make sure they’re ready and you are, too! With that in mind, Linda Cobbe, the school district’s spokeswoman, recently shared her Top 6 back-to-school tips for parents. Here’s what she recommends parents do in advance of that first bell on Aug. 21: For more information about getting ready for the first day of school, visit the district’s website.
Students will get out an hour early every Monday this school year.
Planning ahead for the upcoming start to the new school year? Be sure to prepare for a school day that’s an hour shorter every Monday. All Hillsborough County schools will release students early each Monday throughout the 2012-13 school year. This routine was put into place last year and the school district has decided to continue it again this year, said Linda Cobbe, district spokeswoman. “We started early release Mondays last school year to give teachers a little extra planning time since budget reductions required that all teachers have classes 6 out of 7 periods (middle and high),” Cobbe said. “Elementary teachers never had even that much planning time.” The district did have early release days in earlier school years, but they weren’t…
Take a peek at the calendar for the upcoming 2012-13 school year.
Summer’s coming to a close and the first bells are soon to ring on the 2012-13 school year. If you’re wondering just when kids in the Carrollwood and Norhtdale areas will go back to class, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at the calendar for the upcoming year: First day of school – Tuesday, Aug. 21, except for Rampello students who report Aug. 14. Note that start times vary by school. Check with your kids' individual schools for this information. Editor's note: Information for this post came from the Hillsborough County Public School's website.
Shop for back-to-school this weekend and you won’t have to pay sales taxes.
Could your wallet use a little back-to-school spending break? The state of Florida is going to give it to you! This year’s tax-free weekend is coming up Aug. 3-5. During this time period, you can buy clothing and school supply items without having to pay sales taxes. According to the Florida Department of Revenue website, the tax breaks apply to most clothing items that sell for less than $75 and standard school supply items that cost under $15. “The exemption will apply no matter how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer,” the website says. The break does not apply to books or any clothing or supply items purchased at a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging business or airport. For a complete list of items that…