Thursday, April 25, 2013
The school will undergo repairs this summer.
Deer Park Elementary is getting repairs to its leaky roof, according to a decision made by the Hillsborough County School Board this week. The board approved just over $1 million to repair "water intrusion" problems with the school's roof at its Tuesday, April 23 meeting. The funds will pay for removing the problematic roof, reconstructing and painting it. The roof repairs are taking place near the school's media center. Deer Park Elementary opened in 2006. The school, located at 11605 Citrus Park Drive, is among the newer schools in the community. Work would begin on the roof repairs in May and should be completed by mid-July before school begins.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The second annual Mother-Son Be Bop Sock Hop will take place in April.
One of Deer Park Elementary's signature events is approaching and the school is looking for the community's help. The Mother-Son Be Bop Sock Hop will take place on April 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Right now, organizers are trying to locate classic car enthusiasts who would be willing to have their cars on display in the school parking lot during the event. The Sock Hop celebrates boys and mother figures in their lives in a classic 1950s sock hop setting replete with classic cars, a soda jerk, bake sale, hoola hoop contest and an Elvis impersonator. There will be security present at all times around the cars, said Caroline Goodrich, event organizer. A King of the Road trophy will be presented, along with ribbons awarded to the boys' favorite car…
Friday, December 14, 2012
The school held their annual competition Thursday.
More than 35 students took to the stage at Deer Park Elementary School on Thursday armed with speeches on a wide variet of topics from Bigfoot to Sibling Rivalry. Thursday was Deer Park Elementary's 4-H Tropicana Speech Contest. The program, in partnership Tropicana Inc., and the Hillsborough County Public Schools happens each year and is offered to elementary fourth and fifth graders. Students wrote and delivered a public speech between 2-3 minutes in length on any topic. Westchase Patch editor Nicole Hutcheson was among the judges at the Deer Park Elementary competition on Thursday. Students compete within their classes, and then at the school level. Winners of those contests then compete at the area level. The top two winners at the …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The snake was found by a child's parent Monday morning.
A Deer Park Elementary school parent found what he's identified as a "Cottonmouth" snake in the pickup lane near the cafeteria at Deer Park Elementary on Monday. Marcia Rodgers Kiltz posted the information in a Deer Park Elemenary Families Facebook Group page. Her husband found the snake. "He caught it and is taking it to the ranger station tomorrow but wanted to make sure people knew that this poisonous snake was caught on school grounds so be safe," Klitz said in the message. Officials at Deer Park Elementary said on Tuesday that they were not aware the snake had been found. While Cottonmouths are not necessarily aggressive, they are venomous and should be avoided when encountered, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Mary Bryant's annual fall festival is scheduled for Sept. 28. Tickets are available now.
Nothing indicates the season is changing like Mary Bryant Elementary School's Fall Festival. Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. the fall festival is a colorful carnival style event with food, games and activity booths. The festival has been going on for at least seven years. All proceeds raised go directly to teachers for their classrooms. In previous years, as many as 1,500 people have attended the festival. Usually $200 per teacher is raised. "It gives our teachers direct access to funds," said Courtney Peterson, Bryant PTA President. "We try to make it festive and decorate and be colorful it gives it a fair atmosphere." This year sponsors include Sans Pizzeria, Kona Ice and Chick-fil-A. Highlighted activities include a …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A fundraising event will be held Sept. 10 at two of Westchase most popular restaurants.
Take the night off from cooking and head over to Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen and Stone Chase Brick Oven & Grill to help out Deer Park Elementary School. The school's first dining night of the year takes place tonight, Sept. 12. Proceeds from dinners purchased after 6:00 p.m. will be donated to Deer Park PTA programs which go toward the school. Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen is located at 12217 W. Linebaugh Avenue. Stone Chase is located at 12227 W. Linebaugh Avenue. For more information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, July 23, 2012
Tristan Goodrich, 9, of Deer Park Elementary School, took first place in the United Minds Chess Scholastic Tournaments in the K-5 Division.
"It's important that kids balance purely fun activities with those that teach them new skills," says Caroline Goodrich, mother of 9-year-old chess champion Tristan. "Chess is something that they'll be able to enjoy their entire life." Tristan, 9, won first place in the United Minds Chess Scholastic Tournaments recently. The tournament are open and rated tournaments held on the first Saturday of every month. The next tournament will be held Saturday, August 4, 2012. All United States Chess Federation registered players are welcome. The tournament will be held at the Northdale Recreation Center, Tampa, from 12:00 noon-5:30 p.m. Registration closes at 12:30 p.m.; the first game starts at 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The sign will go up next month. At least one parent says it's not enough.
The last school bell may have rung, but Hillsborough County Public Works is already gearing up for next school year. Next month a new school zone sign will be installed in front of Deer Park Elementary School along Citrus Park Drive, denoting the 20-mph zone, confirmed Steve Valdez, spokesman for the county's public works department. The sign will be placed so that motorists exiting the school will be reminded of the slow speed. It's bittersweet news to parents like Ellen Faingold, who expressed her concerns about safety along the roads surrounding the school. After sending an email to county officials about several safety issues, she had hoped the county would heed the concerns by installing a flashing light school zone sign for …