Just Say Cheese
Wesley Chapel Elementary students recently sampled a variety of cheeses purchased through a grant from The American Dairy Council. Students had a chance to taste provolone, pepper jack, mozzarella, Swiss and cheddar during their lunch break.
Shown here are Chris Gorman, who teaches physical education, and Landyn Williams, a second-grader who is tasting pepper jack cheese. (Photo courtesy of Wesley Chapel Elementary)
Kindergarten Round Up
Hillsborough County Public Schools is having its Kindergarten Round Up for the 2013-14 school year until Feb. 8.
Families interested in enrolling their child in their assigned attendance area school should attend the event scheduled for that school. The round up gives parents a chance to learn about the school their child will be attending.
Parents who go are encouraged to bring birth date, health and home address documentation to register their child for kindergarten. Parents unable to make it to the Round Up are encouraged to enroll their child by the end of June. Parents who would like to research their kindergarten options may visit various Round Ups and apply for School Choice or a magnet school.
Zephyrhills student citizens of the month
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce has recognized these students as its student citizens for the month of January: Camdyn Hudgins, Woodland Elementary; Elysia Oder, The Broach School; Brittany Sanborn, West Zephyrhills Elementary; Amanda McEwen, Zephyrhills High; Robert Tackett, Heritage Academy; Mary Geist, Raymond B. Stewart Middle; Ethan Rich, Chester Taylor Elementary; and Clark Unarranged, East Pasco Adventist Academy.
Students are selected for exemplary effort, achievement and contribution to their school, family and community.
Financial aid night
Hillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services is hosting a financial aid information night for high school students and their families at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the auditorium at Hillsborough High, 5000 N. Central Ave. in Tampa.
University financial aid representatives will explain the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process, review how colleges and universities compile financial aid packages and discuss available federal aid.
For more information, call (813) 273-7203.
Steinbrenner ACT practice test
There will be an ACT Practice Test and Strategy Session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Steinbrenner High, 5575 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road in Lutz.
Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. The deadline for preregistration is Feb. 21, and the cost is $20. Walk-ups are welcome, but the cost is $25. The fee includes lunch.
For more information, contact Laurie Keith at .
Registration forms can also be downloaded from the Steinbrenner webpage or by emailing a request to Keith.
Loran Tripp receives scholarship
The North East Tampa Women In Business selected Loran Tripp as the organization’s 2012 scholarship recipient. Tripp, of Latitude 27 Marketing, was chosen for her community involvement and dedication to local business.
Scholastic achievement honored
Aaron Pleus, of Lutz, received a President’s Recognition at Clearwater Christian College for scholastic achievement during the 2012 fall semester. To be eligible for this honor, students must be attending school full-time and must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.90 on a 4.00 scale. Pleus was home-schooled before attending the college. He is the son of Gene and Jocelyn Pleus, of Lutz.
Seeking Fulbright scholars
The Fulbright Commission has selected Shakespeare’s Globe Education Theater Program, which is part of The American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS), as one of its prestigious Summer Institutes for the next three years.
Three Fulbright scholarship winners will attend AIFS’ Shakespeare’s Globe Education Theater Program each year from 2013 to 2015. Students who win the award have the majority of their program costs covered, including round-trip airfare, tuition and fees, accommodations, insurance, social program and meals.
Students applying for the Fulbright award should submit their application materials directly to the Fulbright Commission. The application deadline is March 11. For more information, application criteria or to apply, visit www.aifsabroad.com.
Art teachers receive grants
Eleven art teachers have received grants from the Fine Arts of the Suncoast to supplement their art programs.
More than 20 elementary, middle and high schools will receive grant awards. These grants are the result of Art for Kids, through which the Suncoast Arts Fest raises funds annually to supplement funding for Pasco art educators and schools.
Grants totaling $10,813.91 were awarded.
CDS names new high school principal
Carrollwood Day School has appointed Christopher Ryan as its new high school principal.
“We conducted an international search to identify the right leader to build on the excellence already in place at CDS’s high school,” Mary Kanter, the head of school, said in a release. Kanter also chaired the principal search committee.
The new principal is replacing Ryan Kelly who will be stepping into his new role as CDS’ head of school on July 1.
Hillsborough Choice Options Elementary
The deadline to submit elementary school applications for Magnet programs and School Choice in Hillsborough County is Feb. 14.
Under Hillsborough Choice Options, students can apply for a magnet school or another public school with available space within the county. Students who wish to remain at their current magnet or choice school, or prefer to attend their attendance area school, do not need to complete an application.
Students currently enrolled in a Hillsborough public school should apply online. Students new to the county must download the paper application found online, complete it and mail it to the address listed on the application.
Applications are available online at http://choice.mysdhc.org. For more information, call the Choice Information Line at (813) 272-4692