Thursday, January 17, 2013
Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 28.
Thursday, January 17
Hillsborough County officials are soliciting nominations for the Youth Excellence and Achievement Awards (YEA!) through Feb. 28. Nominations, which will be reviewed by the Commission on the Status of Women, can be submitted for middle and high school students in each of the categories below: Last year's winners hailed from Adams, Giunta and Tomlin middle schools and Bloomingdale, Chamberlain and Tampa Preparatory high schools. For more information, go to http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?NID=1775, and click on YEA! (Youth Excellence and Achievement Awards). Or, call the Hillsborough County Communications Department at 813-274-6787.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
School officials want to increase the presence of security and have school psychologists on hand as a precaution, in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shootings Friday.
Additional police officers and security guards will be assigned to Hillsborough County schools Monday, officials announced. Hillsborough County school officials are taking the measures in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings Friday that killed 20 young students and six adults inside the Sandy Hook elementary school. Hillsborough School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is sending out an automated phone message today to notify parents of Monday’s plans. There have been no threats made against any Hillsborough County school. The goal is to increase the visibility and presence of security and school resource officers as a precaution. “Also, the head of psychological services has been sharing tips with principals and has made plans for…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Seffner residents arrived at 2 p.m. to get a spot in the front of the line.
Three Hillsborough County School District employees arrived at Land O' Lakes High School at 2 p.m. Saturday to make sure they were among the first inside for Mitt Romney rally. "We know we need to get (President Barack) Obama out," Donna Posey said. "This country can't last another four years with him." Posey and her husband, Robert, of Seffner, said they wanted to avoid the lines and ensure they got a good spot once inside, she said. The Poseys were joined by friend and former colleague Kathy Giel of Seminole Heights, a retired Hillsborough school district employee. And while they were waiting patiently at the front of the line to enter John Benedetto Stadium, where gates opened at about 4:30 p.m., about a dozen members of the Pasco …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
It's teacher planning day.
Hillsborough County public school students get to sleep in a little later on Friday, Oct. 19. All public schools are closed Friday for a teacher planning day. The first grading period ended Oct. 18, which means teachers need Friday cleared to tally grades and get prepared for the next grading period. The next time students are off in Hillsborough is Monday, Nov. 12, in recognition of the Veterans Day holiday. For a complete look at the school year calendar, visit the district online. How are your kids spending their Friday off? Share your best ideas for keeping kids busy in the comments section.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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 Seminole Heights area 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.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Tropical Storm Debby won’t create a long weekend for students.
The Hillsborough County School District has announced that all summer school programs and HOST sites will be open tomorrow despite the heavy storms that have moved through the area over the weekend. According to a media release, the district intends to conduct business as usual on Monday, June 25. School buses are also expected to run their standard summer routes, as well. “Due to the heavy rains and flooding in some areas of the county during the weekend, the school district is asking that parents exercise their own judgment about whether to send their child to summer school, based on conditions in their area of the county,” the release said. Do you know of any closings? Let us know in the comments section.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Lee Elementary School of Technology and World Studies aims to nurture future leaders.
Inside a charming red brick building built in 1906, the students of Lee Elementary School of Technology and World Studies are hard at work becoming the leaders of tomorrow. The innovative magnet school -- and the first magnet program to be offered in Hillsborough County -- offers youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade the opportunity to learn about the world around them with a curriculum based on "The Seven Wonders of Lee": communication, culture, economics, environment, innovation, wellness and leadership. While exploring the continents of the world, students are immersed in these wonders in creative ways, such as service learning projects, foreign language studies and communication with their peers in other countries. Past …
Monday, August 22, 2011
In her annual Back-to-School news conference, Hillsborough County Superintendent MaryEllen Elia introduced new initiatives for the district and championed recent accomplishments.
When Hillsborough County students go back to school on Tuesday they will see a few changes. Superintendent MaryEllen Elia outlined the changes for the upcoming school year on Friday, August 19, at her annual back-to-school press conference. Elia reminded parents to log on to the Student Nutrition Services website to fill out the new online meal benefits application. The superintendent also announced that Hillsborough Virtual School will hold its first graduation. Another new initiative this year is the creation of the single-gender girls and boys preparatory academies. Elia, speaking in the media center at the new Girls Preparatory Academy at Ferrell Middle Magnet School, spoke with girls from the school. She also talked with youngsters …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
About 600 new teachers will go through an orientation and induction process this week.
About 600 teachers new to Hillsborough County's public school system will learn the ropes from old pros this week at a four-day orientation. Hillsborough County’s annual New Teacher Orientation and Induction kicked off Monday, July 25, at Freedom High School. “The goal of NTO is to bring teachers in that are new hires and acclimate them to our district,” said Shannon Bogle, supervisor of teacher training. “It’s an opportunity for them to get to know Hillsborough County.” Over the course of four days, new teachers will attend sessions on topics like professionalism, classroom management and diversity training. Bogle said the county school district - the eighth-largest in the nation - has hired about the same number of new teachers in the …
Monday, June 27, 2011
District and union will begin discussions for next school year.
Monday, June 27, 2011
* UPDATE: The Wednesday session has been postponed to Thursday. Open negotiations between Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Classroom Teachers Association for the 2011-2012 school year have been scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday* at the Sam Horton Instructional Services Center, 2920 N. 40th St., Room 141. There will be two sessions on Tuesday. The first is from 9-11 a.m., and the second begins at 2 p.m., with no set ending time. The negotiators will meet all day Wednesday, June 29, beginning at 9 a.m.