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Bowling was one of the students' favorite
activities during the first week of school!
Ms. Tonya was part of the Middle School scavenger hunt!

Middle School students had a very exciting first week back as they celebrated the renovation of the Middle School with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Throughout the week, they learned all about what it meant to be a Tampa Prep Middle School student from Mr. Fenlon, Mrs. Embry and Mr. Plummer. Seventh and eighth grade students went on a movie field trip to see their summer reading novel, The Giver, turned into a movie! Middle School students reconnected with old friends and made new friends through games, scavenger hunts, brain bowls and ice-breaker activities! Coach Flynn pumped up the students with information about being a Tampa Prep athlete and Terrapin pride, Mrs. Cole gave students invaluable social and emotional techniques for understanding themselves and others and Ms. Hehn spoke to the students about how they can be smart when using social media. The most exciting part for Middle School students was without a doubt the newly renovated learning spaces!

Middle School students prepare
to set up their iPads.
Mr. Fenlon speaks to students about expectations
  for Middle School students at Tampa Prep.

After seeing the Middle School renovation, new parents
enjoyed a great dinner in the Student Center.
Parents mingle in the Peifer Library following
a welcoming from Mr. Kevin Plummer.

Parents new to Tampa Prep were invited to New Parent Shindig to welcome them to the Tampa Prep community. Parents gathered in the Peifer Library for libations and a welcome from Kevin Plummer, Dennis Facciolo, Tammy Honegger and President of the Board of Trustees Gail Bernucca. New parents asked the speakers questions and spent time getting to know the Tampa Prep administrators. After a bit of mingling, Mr. Plummer led the group through the newly renovated Middle School and into the Student Center for dinner, catered by Carrabbas. It was an easy way for parents to meet each other and enjoy an evening on campus together.
New parents spend time getting to know each other and enjoy Carrabbas in the Student Center.

Mr. Joe Fenlon shows the students how many
can utilize the touchscreen capabilities
of the
new projectors at one time.
Mr. Kevin Plummer welcomes Middle School
students to the ribbon cutting of their new
Active Learning Environment.

The Middle School enjoyed a very special start to the first day of school Monday morning. Students gathered in front of closed doors to have the newly renovated Middle School's Active Learning Environment revealed to them during the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Before the ribbon was cut, Mr. Joe Fenlon gave an energetic speech explaining to the students that they are the first in the country to have this type of technology immersed in their classrooms and curriculum.

Mrs. Susan Depatie, Mrs. Debbie Hepner, Mr. Peter Hepner,
Mr. Robert Healy and Mr. Joe Fenlon cut the ribbon to unveil
the new Middle School area.

Mr. Peter Hepner and Mrs. Debbie Hepner of Holmes Hepner Architects, Mr. Robert Healy of iConstructors, Mr. Joe Fenlon and Mrs. Susan Depatie cut the ribbon as students rushed into the new space and gazed at the new classrooms and technology available to them. Following the ribbon cutting, students explored their new space and tried out the new projectors and furniture. Trustees and honored guests enjoyed a reception in the Large Conference Room after the event.


Mr. Kevin Plummer welcomes guests to the
Middle School Renovation preview.
Cathy Smith tries out the Green Screen
technology with the assistance
of Mrs. Victoria Lewis.

Last Thursday, Tampa Prep gave donors to the Middle School Renovation campaign, IMPACT NOW, a sneak peek at a private preview event of the transformed classrooms, common area and technology. Mr. Plummer expressed his deep appreciation for their generous support which made this state-of-the-art project possible and explained how improvements in environmental changes increase student engagement and learning. The impressed guests were given demonstrations of the technology enhancements, enjoyed trying out the new furniture and were often overheard saying "I want to come back to Middle School!"

Guests sign the IMPACT NOW logo on a new board
in a classroom.
Moon Mills utilizes the new touch capability of the
projector to write her name.

Tampa Prep is excited to welcome these new faculty members (left to right) to an incredible team!

  • Mr. Jay Goulart- Interim Director of Development
  • Ms. Sara Crawford- Athletic Trainer
  • Ms. Bryanna Fenton- Spanish
  • Mrs. Melissa Thomason- Receptionist
  • Mr. John Seary- Prima Lingua and Latin
  • Mr. Scott Sandoval- English
  • Mr. Guillermo Ruiz de Somocurcio- Spanish

One of the benefits of the later start to the school day is the opportunity for Tampa Prep's faculty to collaborate in morning meetings. Today teachers participated in technology sessions, sharing some of the products they have been using on iPads in classrooms. The collaboration allows teachers to learn from others who have used new applications in  classes and discuss the benefits for various subjects. As our teachers share the latest trends in the ever-evolving technology available for educators, they model lifelong learning for our students, who reap the benefits of these sessions in classes each day.

Mrs. Bridges-Pereira demonstrates how to use an app
to create games for fun, interactive learning.

Faculty members create avatars during a session
about video creation and interactive tools.

At this year's FSRA Sculling State Championships, Tampa Prep took two state championship titles: Josh Kravitz took the Men's Single title and Krissi Damm and Astrid Skjaerpe earned the Women's Varsity Double title for Prep's second consecutive year!
2013 Men's Single Scull
Scholastic State Champion
Josh Kravitz.
2013 Women's Varsity Double
State Champions (L - R)
Astrid Skjaerpe and Krissi Damm.

In the Men's Single Grand Final, the Prep A boat (Josh Kravitz) took 5th behind four club teams to win the Scholastic State Championship. Kravitz made it to the Grand Final after a thrilling four-boat finish in the semifinal, where all four boats finished within two seconds of each other. This is Prep's first Scholastic State Championship in the Men's single, ever! The Women's Varsity Double team (Krissi Damm, Astrid Skjaerpe) finished 3rd overall and 1st scholastically to take home the Scholastic State Championship for the second year!
Women's Varsity 4, Men's Varsity 4 and Freshman 4
bring home state championship titles!

In the FSRA Sweep Rowing Championship, Tampa Prep took scholastic state titles in three events! The Men’s Freshman 4 (Luke Smith, Matt Leonardo, Spencer Burdge, Elias Latimer, Audrey Carver), Men’s Varsity 4 (Marc Bremmer, Colin Bentley, Austin Hunter, Robbie Carter, Natalie Waller) and Women’s Varsity 4 (Krissi Damm, Astrid Skjaerpe, Nathalie Damm, Madelynn Rey, Colleen Shiels) all brought home titles!

Early on Sunday, the Men’s Freshman 4 crossed the finish line first in their grand final, restoring the championship to Prep after last winning it in 2010. The Women’s Varsity 4 advanced straight from heats into an exciting semifinal race. In the final the girls finished 6th overall, but first scholastically, defending their state title from 2012 with two new rowers in the boat! And lastly, the Men’s Varsity 4 had to beat St Edward’s School in the grand final in order to take the scholastic state championship; and did so after a dead sprint to win by two seconds. These rowers had been eyeing a state championship after finishing runner up last year. They earned their title by committing to both in-season and off-season training.

Tampa Prep finished up the day 7th in the scholastic points standings among 23 schools, and was the 2nd most decorated team from the Tampa area. The rowers enjoy an unprecedented level of success in both the scull and sweep championships this year, winning five state titles! Congratulations to all our rowers on a great season. Row Red, Row Gold. Way to go, Champs!

In its inaugural year, Tampa Prep's Science Olympiad team placed fourth at the state competition. In this, their second year, they qualified for Nationals! The team was featured on WFLA Channel 8's Daytime program. Tune in and check out what's in store for our Science Olympiad team, headed to Ohio in May. See demonstrations by Daniel Weiss, Kevin Wu, Pedro Lima, Alp Sunol and Alan Williams in the video at

The Tampa Bay Times featured Tampa Prep's impressive International Student Program in "Tampa Prep International Program Grows with 17 students." Read it at For more information about our International Student Program, visit


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