Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Hillsborough schools will close at the end of the week just before Christmas.
Westchase 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 Westchase 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 ideas…
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Families are invited to take part in a national contest that might net a $1,000 drug prevention grant for a local school and an iPad for their homes.
The National Family Partnership and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration are asking Westchase families to consider putting their Halloween decorating on hold in favor of decking their halls for Red Ribbon Week. Families that do just might win a $1,000 drug prevention grant for a Westchase area school and an iPad for their homes during this year’s Red Ribbon Week campaign. The 27th annual Red Ribbon Week celebration runs Oct. 23-31 this year. The recognition was created in 1985 after a DEA agent was killed. Now, parents, students and teachers in towns across America celebrate the week as a way to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs. This year’s Red Ribbon Week message is: “The Best Me Is Drug Free.” Students and their families…
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
International Walk To School Day is celebrated Wednesday October 3.
Despite a soggy Wednesday morning, about 200 kids and parents showed up for the International Walk To School Day celebration at Westchase Elementary School. Orgnanized by the school and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, the event's goal was to educate the public on pedestrian safety and encourage children to walk or bike to school. Walkers started out at Montague Street and Bridgeton Drive and walked to the school, where hospital and school volunteers passed out goodies, including muffins, water bottles and backpacks. Hillsborough School Board Vice Chair April Griffin was in attendance for the event, "to support the community, kids and program," she said. Griffin said she hoped the event would prompt more children to walk or bike to school…
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
International Day of Peace is Friday, Sept. 21
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
On Friday morning Walker Middle School students and staff will come together in the name of peace. International Day of Peace is Friday, Sept. 21. As a way to honor it the school will be dedicating a peace pole purchased by the school's PTSA. The pole will be placed on school grounds and proclaims "May Peace Prevail On Earth" in eight different languages. The dedication ceremony will include music, art and literature. Walker students will explore the concept of peace through interdisciplinary lessons and activities. Students, faculty, and families will reflect on how peace begins with individuals and spreads, having a social, institutional, national and global impact. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. at Walker Middle, located at 8282 N. …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Target is giving schools up to $10,000 each in gift cards. Every 25 votes earns $25.
With a click of a button, you can help a Westchase 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 Westchase schools, type in "33626" in the city search zip code box.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Most of the area’s schools maintained A grades despite state warnings that many campuses would see letter drops. Davidsen Middle was the only school in the Westchase area to fall a letter grade.
While some Hillsborough County Schools saw their grades drop, the majority of elementary and middle schools earned As an Bs this year. According to data released by Hillsborough County Schools yesterday, Bryant, Deer Park and Westchase elementary schools maintained their A grades. Farnell and Walker Magnet middle schools also hung on to their A grades. Davidsen Middle went from an A last year to a B this year. Both Sickles and Alonso high schools' grades are pending and will be released at a later date. School grades are based on a number of factors, including FCAT scores and end-of-year assessments. State officials had warned parents throughout Florida that they might see a number of schools drop in letter grades due to new standards. “…
Friday, June 1, 2012
On Thursday, Army Spec. Sara Singleton, had an emotional reunion with her graduating sister Lindsey.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Sickles High senior Lindsey Singleton and her sister, Army Spec. Sara Singleton, had an emotional reunion Thursday when Sara flew in after a tour in Afghanistan and surprised her sister on stage at her graduation ceremony. The reunion was followed by thunderous applause and a standing ovation from the roughly 390 Sickles graduates and their family members in the audience at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Sara, 22 and a 2008 Sickles graduate, has been stationed in Kunar Province, Afghanistan the last 10 months and returned to Tampa via Fort Hood on Wednesday. On Thursday, she arrived at the graduation ceremony dressed in her Army fatigues and stayed behind the stage as the graduates accepted their diplomas one by one. When it came time …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Both events are paired with other community activities, including this month's Movie in the Park.
If you love food trucks, you'll have a chance to enjoy them on two occasions right in the neighborhood next month. The Westchase Dads Club and Westchase Community Association will welcome a variety of food trucks to the neighborhood on June 2 and June 8, respectively. The Dads Club Mini Golf Challenge and Food Truck Rally will take place at Westchase Elementary School beginning at 10 a.m. on June 2. The event will feature mini-golf challenges and costs $10 to enter for the games. Food trucks cost are seperate. The trucks on site will include Tasty Stacy's, Keep'n it Real, American Wiener, Wicked 'Wiches and Whatever Pops will be available for hungry golfers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. "I hope people take away the thought that having a great …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Tampa Bay Rain, the area's new ABA basketball team, will visit the school as part of its community outreach this week.
The Tampa Bay Rain may not be a familiar name yet, but come October owner Stephen Davis hopes Tampa's new professional basketball franchise will be the talk of the town. The team is already making its rounds in the community. On Friday, the Tampa Bay Rain will visit Mary Bryant Elementary School. Some weeks ago, the team executives began working with school PTA officials and Bryant Principal Karen Bass. "We're always looking for business partners," Bass said. The group came up with the idea to have the team sponsor their "Free Stuff Friday" event. Once a month students are treated to free stuff during their lunch period. Davis, Coach Tree Rollins, several team executives, and cheerleaders will be at lunch to hand out free ice pops to all…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Westchase Patch would like to honor the special teachers that make our community so great and we need your help!
They’re there it inspire, guide and mentor. They make sure we know our ABCs and 1, 2, 3s. They’re teachers and we at Westchase Patch think they are pretty darn special. In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the teachers that helped shape our lives and yours. We’d also like to recognize the special teachers in our community that have made an impact on you and your children. To show our teachers that we all care, we invite you to share your stories about teachers who have gone above and beyond to help guide you or your children. Just share your stories in the comments section below. You can also upload photos right to this story of your favorite teachers or favorite school …