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EDspaces groups watch a video about our renovations and
tour the Schlemmer Family Engineering and Robotic Center.

Tampa Prep was proud to be selected as one of three locations for the Educational Facility Tour coordinated by the EDspaces Conference and Expo for Innovative Learning Environments. The tours feature unique centers for learning in the Tampa area. Tour participants included architects, interior designers, school officials and education equipment leaders from all over the country including two from Panama. Mr. Plummer, along with Peter and Debbie Hepner, Tampa Prep's architects, led the tour, and attendees were impressed with our Middle School transformation into Active Learning Environments and Prep's state-of-art Robotics, STEM and College Counseling enhancements.
Earnest the Terrapin welcomes golfers to Saddlebrook.

Galen Plummer assists Mrs. Robin Kennedy
to choose the 50/50 winner.


Who could ask for a more perfect blue sky sunny day on the course than Saturday's Golf Outing at Saddlebrook with Tampa Prep family and friends? Following the traditional "Give A Yell" by Ron Meadows '83 and alumni, golfers headed out on the course to play. Square 1 provided delicious pulled pork, beef sliders and chili pies on the course for players and volunteers, and Catering by the Family's cubans were gobbled up. Red Elephant's ciabatta veggie and chicken sandwiches were a favorite, too.
Ron Meadows '83 begins the Golf Outing with the annual "Give A Yell" cheer and jump!


Kevin Plummer hits a long drive for the
Terrapin Girls Golf Team.
Jon Ford '02, 50/50 winner and
Hiram Garcia '02 on #10.

The red and gold Terrapin waited in anticipation on #12 to see who would get closest. Awards were presented at the cookout on Poolside A after play. A fundraiser as well as a friendraiser, the 2014 Golf Outing proceeds provide funds for student financial assistance.
Gold Sponsor Vitalz foursome and friend: Ty '16
and David Weathers, Nicolas '16 and 
Carlos '86 De Quesada and Sung Hochhausler
Closest to the Terrapin winner
RJ Quezon and foursome, Matt Wilde,
John Terry '84 and Jaime Quezon

Congratulations to the winners!
  • 1st Place Low Gross - Jon Berry, Richard Veghte '84, Bruno Quattrone, Nash Kanji
  • 1st Place Low Net - Devin Cahn, Charles Murphy, Jim Schelsman, Gail Selby
  • 2nd Place Low Net - 1st Sporting Goods: Aaron Bleich, Tyler Danish, Taylor Van de Boe, Bill Fanning
  • Terrapin Award - John Fahey '90, Byron Clark '90, Peter Shepley, Chad Ricketts
  • Longest Drive - Women - Lilly Berry
  • Long Drive - Men - Aaron Bleich
  • Closest to the Terrapin - RJ Quezon
  • Putting Contest - Bill McCarty - (Bill won a 3-way putt-off to break the tie with Richard Veghte '84 and John Fahey)
Drawing prize winners Andrew Phillips,
Mark Schnell, Michael Shimberg and Scott Daniels

Low Gross winners and presenters:
Matt Danahy '79, Jon Berry, Richard Veghte '84,
Nash Kanji and Paul Whiting Jr. '86

Upper School Peer Counselors show an interactive video
about cyber bullying to their Middle School groups.

Upper School Peer Counselors spoke to their Middle School groups last week about cyber bullying. The older students showed an interactive video to the Middle School students about different types of bullying and provided examples of bullying, so the students could discuss what they would do in those situations. Tampa Prep's Peer Counseling program bridges the gap between the Middle and Upper School divisions. Middle School students feel comfortable discussing things that are bothering them with an older student who may have had a similar experience. Giving younger students an Upper School Peer Counselor helps them to feel more comfortable, especially the 8th grade students when transitioning to the Upper School.

Students had a fantastic time dancing the night away at Homecoming!

Student Council sponsored the Homecoming Dance last Saturday at the downtown Tampa Hilton. The theme "A Night in Paris" included a 17-foot tall lit Eiffel Tower, lit entrance arch and white flower accents. The Upper School students danced and enjoyed the night, with the announcement of the Homecoming Prince and Princess and King and Queen adding to the excitement. Thanks to the generosity of the International Diamond Center, all members of the Court were presented with gifts, and the winning royalty received beautiful crowns!

The Homecoming Court included King candidates EJ Ahanotu, Frankie Ferrara, Waleed Khan and Nick Pullara; Queen candidates Reilly Cardillo, Caneel Dixon, Maria Souza and Emma Williams; Prince Candidates Nick Brabant, Cameron Carlson, Juwan Durham and Seth Shimberg; Princess candidates Gracie Goltermann, Brooks Anne Harris, Avery Schlemmer and Emily Souza

Congratulations to our junior Prince and Princess Juwan Durham and Emily Souza and to our senior King and Queen Waleed Khan and Reilly Cardillo!

Homecoming Princess Emily S. and Queen Reilly C.
are crowned next to the large Eiffel Tower.
Coco H. and Jared L. stand beneath
the impressive arch entryway.

Mr. Elhadji Toure speaks in French to the French Club about his
experiences
growing up in Senegal.

Mr. Elhadji Toure, Tampa Prep's Network Manager, visited the Upper School French Club this week. Mr. Toure presented in French about Senegal, which is where he is from, and answered questions that the students had about the country and Mr. Toure's language studies. Students enjoyed speaking to someone from a French speaking country about his experience, his culture and home. Tampa Prep is proud to have such a diverse faculty, so students are able to continue cultural studies with faculty members from outside the United States. Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Toure!

Ms. Queen recently attended the 45th Annual Conference of the Florida Foreign Language Association. She attended professional sessions on flipped classrooms, using authentic resources and technology trends for language learning. Ms. Queen presented a session at the conference about using iPads in World Languages to promote creative classroom collaboration. Continuing professional development throughout the year is an important part of being a Tampa Prep faculty member.
(L - R) Mr. Kevin Plummer meets with past Presidents: 
Kim Buchanan,
current President Gail Bernucca, John Rains, III,
Cathy Smith
and Chris Peifer.

Last week, former Presidents of the Tampa Prep Board of Trustees gathered for the annual Past Presidents' Lunch and an update on all the incredible things happening at Tampa Prep. The former Presidents met with Kevin Plummer and toured the school to see the new Middle School faciilities in action. Continuing a relationship with past Presidents of the Board is very important to the Tampa Prep community and is an incredible opportunity for Tampa Prep leaders to learn from leaders of the past.
Congratulations to the Thespains on a great competition!

The Tampa Prep Thespian Honor Society recently participated in the annual Individual Events Competition for Hillsborough county. With over 900 students competing in over 1000 performances, this event is huge! Tampa Prep's troupe performed magnificently across the board. Though all of their performances were stellar, with 12 events entered, six received the highest rating of Superior, five performances received an Excellent rating and one performance received a Good rating. Tampa Prep is excited to have received six Superior ratings, which is the rating that a performance must receive to move on to the State Competition. All Thespian Honor Society members will attend the State Competition, but Catie Clark, Harrison Lorenzen, Olivia Sargent, Will Stokes, Eli Watson and Jonah Watson will perform their Superior rated pieces at the State Level! Congratulations to all participants!

Terrapins immersed themselves in Tampa Prep pride during Spirit Week, sponsored by Student Council. Middle and Upper School students planned theme days for their peers and faculty. To view all of the Spirit Week pictures, check out the Middle School Spirit Week Facebook album and the Upper School Spirit Week Facebook album!

To end Spirit Week, Student Council hosted a Pep Rally following dismissal on Friday. During the Pep Rally, all Middle and Upper School fall sports were announced and recognized for their successes throughout the season. One of the highlights of the Pep Rally was the Just Dance! dance off between Mr. Plummer, Mr. Carlson, Mr. Sandoval and Donoven Hough to Katy Perry's California Girls. View a quick clip of the dance off on Instagram here. It seemed to be a tie between Mr. Carlson and Donoven for the win! Following the dance off, students in every grade competed in a pumpkin pie eating contest to win a t-shirt day for their class. Seniors came out with the win! 

Tacky Tuesday (Upper School) and Wacky Tacky Wednesday (Middle School)


Dynamic Duo (Upper School)


Pajama Day (Middle School)


Age Day (Upper School)


Character Day (Middle School)


Spirit Day



 Using questions about location, culture and language,
Middle School students discovered that the other students
were from Morocco!

Seventh and eighth grade students participated in a "Mystery Skype" on Friday with students from another country. During a "Mystery Skype," neither group of students know what country the other group is in. Students must ask questions and try to discover where the other school is located. After asking six insightful questions about location, language and culture, the Tampa Prep students were able to guess that the other students were located in Morocco. The Moroccan students quickly guessed that the Tampa Prep students were located in the United States. After a few more questions about location, the Moroccan students knew that Tampa Prep students were located in Florida. After both groups of students figured out where the other was located, they asked each other different questions about what subjects they study in school, their favorite languages and their favorite foods. Students had a great time getting to meet students from another country using Skype. With the new Middle School renovation, it was easy to utilize this new technology and the drop down screens to make this experience possible for such a large group of students.

 

 

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