Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and School Board are teaming up to apply for a federal grant that might help pay for at least 24 new law enforcement positions for local campuses.
The question of whether or not to post deputies on Hillsborough County elementary school campuses has been a hot-button issue ever since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown, Conn., massacre rocked the nation. While Hillsborough has never witnessed an attack that compares to Newtown’s slaying of 20 children and six adults, fears have run high that it could happen here. Bullets found on Hillsborough buses in the wake of the attack and other subsequent lockdown situations, including Brandon’s recent pepper spray incident, have given rise to a desire to see security increased. Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee thinks he has a solution that could bolster the security measures already put into place by the school board. In addition to the $1 million …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The two local high schools joined 113 other Florida campuses on the magazine’s 2013 list.
Carrollwood and Northdale area parents and students have reason to be proud. Both of the area’s high schools made it on Newsweeks’ Top 2,000 list of the best high schools in the country. Schools selected for the honor are “those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads,” the magazine’s website says. Honorees are judged on such factors as graduation rate, college acceptance rate and test scores. Gaither was 1,644 on the list of 2,000. Chamberlain came in at 1,987. The top school in the state is the International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High. The No. 1 school in the nation, according to Newsweek, is in Bowling Green , Ky. Other area schools on the list include Alonso, Plant and Sickles. What do you …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The new academic year begins Aug. 20 for Carrollwood students.
Carrollwood parents hoping to get a jump on planning activities around next year's Hillsborough County school calendar are in luck. The school district has released its list of important dates for the 2013-14 school year. As a bonus, it’s also released a tentative academic calendar dates for 2014-15. This school year (2012-13) ends Friday, June 7, 2013 with a release time that’s 2 ½ hours earlier than normal. Students only have one more day off before the year ends. That's Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day, according to the district's website. Here’s the calendar for 2013-14: For more information about the 2013-14 academic calendar or to get a sneak peek at the dates for 2014-15, visit the school district's website.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Free homework help is available for patrons of the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative.
Having trouble with a math problem? Not sure where to start on a big report that’s due soon? There’s free help available if you happen to be a patron of one of the Carrollwood area's libraries. The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative offers online homework assistance for students in all grades – even adults. The help is available online through Tutor.com. That website offers resources for test prep, study and job resources around the clock. It also provides one-on-one assistance without the need for an appointment. Resources on Tutor.com are available around the clock, but live help is only available from 2 p.m. to midnight daily. All students need to gain assistance with math, science, English or social studies homework is have…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
A bill under consideration in the Florida House would enable school principals to arm select teachers.
Imagine sending your children to school knowing they're protected from bad guys not by an armed deputy or security officer, but a fifth-grade English teacher with a Glock. That’s what the future may hold for school security if Florida Rep. Greg Steube, R-Bradenton, gets his way. Steube has drafted a bill that would give Florida principals the power to choose teachers who would have the right to carry weapons on campus, according to The Tampa Tribune. These teachers would have to obtain a concealed weapons permit and undergo training. Principals, by the way, would also be able to determine just how many teachers are allowed to carry, making the number vary from school to school. "It would be a good deterrent," The Tribune quoted Steube as …
Monday, January 21, 2013
All Hillsborough County public schools are closing up for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Monday, January 21
Carrollwood and Northdale students who weren’t quite ready to hit the books after the long winter vacation are getting the reprieve they wanted. All Hillsborough County public schools are closed Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The schools join a host of other government agencies shuttering their doors in recognition of the slain civil rights leader. Public schools are also closed Tuesday, Jan. 22 for students only. Teachers need to report to work. Hillsborough schools closed out their second grading period and first semester on Friday, Jan. 19. The next day off for students comes Feb. 8 when kids in West Hillsborough County get to enjoy Florida State Fair Day. East Hillsborough students don’t have to …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The board turned down Superintendent MaryEllen Elia's recommendation to hire 130 security officers in Hillsborough County.
Like a lot of moms around the country, the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., stood as a wakeup call for Tampa resident Bridgitte Kramer. "I'm very concerned about the safety of my children," said Kramer, whose children attend Oak Grove Elementary School on North Armenia Avenue. In fact, Kramer was so alarmed by the shooting, she sat through a five-hour Hillsborough County School Board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15, with her two antsy children in tow, to find out if the board would agree to hire armed security guards for public elementary schools. It was a sacrifice Kramer willingly made for her own kids as well as all the other children in Hillsborough County schools. As president of the Hillsborough …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia has called a press conference this morning to discuss long-term security plans.
What will happen to increased security measures at Carrollwood and Northdale elementary schools is the topic of discussion at a press conference called for later this morning by Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. The conference, set for 10:30 a.m., takes place at the Raymond O. Shelton School Administrative Center, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd. Elia, according to the district, will appear with law enforcement representatives, principals and PTA members to announce what will happen with school security after the 2012-13 academic year passes. “Elia will discuss a multifaceted, long-term plan to improve security at elementary schools during the 2013-2014 school year and beyond,” a district release said. All Hillsborough …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Hillsborough schools will close at the end of the week just before Christmas.
Carrollwood students itching to put up their books for winter break don’t have too much longer to wait. Hillsborough County Public Schools officially lock up for the holidays after the last bell Friday, Dec. 21, according to the district's calendar. The winter break runs from Monday, Dec. 24, through Friday, Jan. 4. That means kids don’t have to hit the books again until Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Parents should note that Carrollwood schools won’t remain open for long though. They shut down again Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and again Jan. 22 for a non-student day. The second grading period ends Friday, Jan. 18. Do you have any special plans to keep the kids busy during the winter break? Share your …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
As part of National School Lunch Week, Hillsborough County School District Chef Ben Guggenmos will preview health lunch choices.
Soggy vegetables and starchy entrees in school cafeterias are in the past. Today's school lunches feature whole-grain breads and pastas, fresh raw and steamed vegetables and a variety of fruits. The menu changes are in response to the government releasing new nutrition standards for school meals that call for cutting sodium and calories while adding fruits and vegetables. And Hillsborough County Public Schools Student Nutrition Services Chef Ben Guggenmos is doing his part to help students make healthy food choices. During the week, Guggenmos will visit three elementary schools and demonstrate a healthy recipe for a cream cheese pear roll-up. He also will conduct two demonstrations at each school with approximately 30 students in grades …