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Hannah F. and Nick C. work together to extract
DNA from strawberries.
Ian L. and Ethan M. study strawberries' DNA once it
has been extracted.

Mrs. Chapman's Biology classes are currently studying Nucleic Acids and protein synthesis. Students are learning about DNA in order to understand genetics, hereditary diseases and the evolution of new species. Their knowledge of DNA will also help them to understand how scientists manipulate genes in order to create new varieties in organisms. 

As an introduction to the structure of DNA, classes extracted the DNA from strawberries. Some students challenged themselves by repeating the experiment at home and making instructional videos on How to Extract DNA. View Molly Monsour's video on how to extract DNA from a raspberry!

Once students had the basics down after practicing on strawberries, Dr. Scott Witherow, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Tampa, brought student members of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to educate Tampa Prep students about the field of biochemistry. With guidance from the University of Tampa students, Tampa Prep students did a hands-on activity to extract their own DNA from their cheeks. Students learned a lot from the visitors and had an opportunity to ask questions about what science classes are like in college.

Dr. Witherow of University of Tampa instucts students
on how to extract their own DNA.
Students extract DNA from their cells
by "swishing" water around in their mouth,
then deposting the water into a test tube.

Ms. Leytham answers students' questions about her day-to-day tasks.

Beth Leytham, owner of The Leytham Group, works in strategic public relations and issues management. She visited Mr. Smith's AP Government class last week to discuss her work. Ms. Leytham discussed how she ended up in the public relations field after going to school headed on the pre-law track. She began working on campaigns, but quickly realized that she likes influencing policy, but she does not want to be the candidate.

Ms. Leytham works with local politicians and businesses to assist in their reputation management and problem-solving. She has been involved in Mayor Bob Buckhorn's campaign, the "slum lord" case a few years ago, the Crosstown's reversible lanes' falling, waste energy plants and housing communities. Part of Ms. Leytham's expertise lies in crisis management and communication. She has been called the "Queen of Damage Control" by The Maddox Report.

Students in the class asked Ms. Leytham a variety of questions, but many focused on how she chooses her clients and if she has ever turned anyone away. She explained that she has every right to say no to a potential client. When that happens, she is mostly relying on a gut feeling. Her reputation as a professional is always important, so if working with a specific client will end up tarnishing her reputation, then she will not take them on. When working with political candidates, she does not charge them a fee, but works with them in a volunteer role.

Ms. Leytham provided important advice to the class of mostly seniors. She encouraged the students to stop posting inappropriate things on social media. She let them know that she researches all potential interns and employees, and one day, they will regret posting inapproriate items on social networks. Students were also encouraged to network through volunteer work. She explained that she has met many important contacts through her volunteering. When networking, it is important to realize what you can do for someone else, instead of focusing on how they can further you. Students appreciated the advice and insight into an interesting career path.

Sixth and seventh grade students show off their Portfolios during the presentation.

This week, Middle School students presented their English Portfolios to classmates, teachers and parents. After a year writing, editing and revising, student chose their favorite pieces from Mrs. Bahtic's and Mrs. Lonetto'ss English classes. Each portfolio included a variety of writing, as well as impressively designed covers. It is an interesting assignment to be able to compare the growth from the assignments earlier in the year to those in the second semester. This Portfolio allows students to look back to August and September and recognize what they have learned in English classes throughout the year. The final projects were presented during first period in the Student Center where many parents and teachers attended to see the students' work. Students enjoyed being able to read their classmates work and see which pieces they chose to present.

Eighth graders prepare to present their
Portfolios to their parents and teachers.
Students are proud to show their classmates
their work in English classes.
 Alejandro C. asks Ms. Johnson about
the importance of water.

Students in Ms. Grosso's Science classes skyped with Trisha Johnson, Environmental Scientist III for Utah Division of Water Quality. Ms. Johnson is in charge of creating the procedures that are used to sample water. She has worked in a variety of jobs related to water quality. Students had the opportunity to ask her questions about water and her experiences while collecting water samples. Many students wanted to know why water is important to the world, other than humans and animals needing it. Another popular question was discussing the dangers of pathogens and how water can be harmful to humans. Being able to speak with a professional in the field that they are currently studying helps put the material into perspective for students. Thank you, Ms. Johnson for educating our students!
Congratulations to the student-athletes, their families and coaches!

During last week’s Friday Assembly, the school honored seven senior student-athletes (along with one student-athlete who was not present*) as they signed their athletic scholarship letters. TPTV Live aired the event in realtime on the Tampa Prep website. To view the recording, visit www.tampaprep.org/tptvlive. Congratulations to Abby Bravo, Alex Daley, Nick DeTringo, Josh Kravitz, Sam Martin, Rasmus Skjaerpe, Michael Spezza and Carylyn Waite on their well-deserved achievements!

About the seniors:

Abby Bravo- Abby will attend Florida Southern College where she will play soccer for the Mocs. Florida Southern is a Division 2 School in Lakeland, Florida, that participates in Sunshine State Conference.

Alex Daley- Alex will also attend Florida Southern College where she will play soccer for the Mocs. Florida Southern is a Division 2 School in Lakeland, Florida, that participates in Sunshine State Conference. *Alex did not participate in the signing ceremony because she was competing at a Chorus competition in Washington D.C.

Nick DeTringo- Nick will attend St. Petersburg College where he will play baseball for the Titans. SPC is a Junior College in St Petersburg, Florida, that competes in the Suncoast Conference of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Josh Kravitz- Josh will attend the United States Coast Guard Academy where he will row for the Bears. The Coast Guard Academy is a Division 1 School in New London, Connecticut, that participates in national rowing competitions.

Sam Martin- Sam will attend Tulane University where he will play baseball for the Green Wave. Tulane is a Division 1 School in New Orleans, Louisiana, that participates in Conference USA.

Michael Spezza- Michael will attend Florida Atlantic University where he will play soccer for the Owls. Florida Atlantic is a Division 1 School in Boca Raton, Florida, that participates in Conference USA.

Rasmus Skjaerpe- Rasmus will attend The University of Arizona where he will swim for the Wildcats. Arizona is a Division 1 School in Tucson, Arizona, that participates in the Pac 12 Conference.

Carylyn Waite- Carylyn will attend Assumption College where she will swim for the Greyhounds. Assumption is a Division 2 School in Worcester, Massachusetts, that participates in Northeast-10 Conference.

Students in grade 9-11 have been diligently working on research papers. In the ninth grade, students compared their own hero to a hero in the fight to free Darfur, Daous Hari. Tenth grade students picked a time period, then chose a book based in that period to discuss how the time period played a role in the book. In the eleventh grade "Decade Paper," students analyzed an important aspect of a decade using a novel as a source. This assignment was required for AP students and offered as extra credit for other students.

Check out this video to hear what students wrote their papers about!


 Nick B. presents his strategy RPG, Res Frumentaria,
based on his AP Latin studies.
 Lauren and Conor D. show off their
trophies for their projects.

This past weekend, Tampa Prep students competed against fifty-seven other teams at the LXV State Latin Forum. Students competed in Academic, Creative and Ludi events. The Tampa Prep team finished 17th out of 57 schools! Congratulations to all the students for their success at the Forum!
 
Kristof Acs: 10th in Hellenic History I; 8th in Sculpture and Pottery (5-9)
Aidan Alikhan: 3rd in Models (5-9)
Mia Borlongan: 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation Prose, Female
Nick Buhite: 1st in Games  (10-12), a repeat
Tee Chulikavit: 7th in the Marathon, Jr. Division
Conor Danahy: 2nd in Miscellaneous 5-9; 2nd in Bellum Aquae
Lauren Danahy: 7th in Hellenic History I; 2nd in 2D Non-Graphic (5-9)
Kate Fueyo: 7th in Dramatic Interpretation Poetry, Female; 1st in the Mystery Test (Relevance of Classics in the Modern World)
Ethan Graff: 8th in Hellenic History I; 6th in the Marathon, Jr. Division
Alexa Lowrey: 7th in Dramatic Interpretation I, Female (5-9)
Thomas Neubert: 6th in Hellenic History I
Jeffrey Okogbaa: 6th in Costumes, Male, Helios (10-12)
Rammi Quah: 3rd in Grammar II; 8th in Mythology II; on the 2nd place Level II Open Certamen team
Bianca Rivera-Irions: 5th in Hellenic History I
Emmy Ward: 10th in Drawings (5-9)
Zach Welch: 9th in Geography I
Zach White: 7th in Geography I
Frank Whitworth: 10th in Painting (5-9)
 
Ludi Team events: 1st in the Shuttle Run; 1st in Roman Dress Relay
Sweepstakes: 17th place; best ever!

Thank you to Mrs. Cherie Ward for chaperoning this two-day event!

 Lauren D. competes in the Roman Dress Relay.
 Mia B.'s Roman dress is complete with a little
Tampa Prep spirit thrown in for the
Spirit Compeition during the Opening Assembly.

Mr. Fenlon explains the new floor plan
to parents.
Mr. Fenlon and Mr. Plummer prepare to present
the plan
for the Middle School renovations
during the
Town Hall meeting.

Last week, Mr. Plummer and Mr. Fenlon held a Town Hall meeting to discuss the upcoming renovations to the Middle School. The presentation focused on the evolution of Tampa Prep and where the school is headed in the future. Since the 2010 Strategic Plan, Tampa Prep has added a variety of new spaces, classes and offerings in conjunction with our focus on what is best for students. With the assistance of the Strategic Plan and the 2009 Parent Survey, Tampa Prep has challenged itself to continue to create centers of excellence for student learning and growth.

Mr. Plummer recognized the need for students to have 21st century skills, such as the ability to integrate education with technology, to operate in an ever-changing environment, to be a citizen of the world and to be digitally responsibile. All of these skills are imperative for students of today's world to have. Tampa Prep is committed to continue having the right educational conversation regarding change. We believe the right educational conversation is what happens to, with and by students.

The Middle School renovation is completely focused on the best way to educate Middle School students. The Active Learning Environment in the Middle School will be a place where pedagogy, technology and space meet. There will be a computer lab, chairs that allow more mobility, two-tiered seating areas, additional green screens, collaborative open spaces for group work and improved sight lines for teachers. The roles of sound, light and egronomics have all been taken into consideration when planning these improvements. The renovations will begin immediately following exams and will be finished before school begins in August.

For more information, to see the floor plans or to donate to the IMPACT NOW campaign, visit www.tampaprep.org/impact.

The new chairs will take the place of
traditional classroom chairs in the Middle School.
Parents of incoming and current Tampa Prep
students
attend the Town Hall meeting
to hear
about the new renovations.

Jared L. attempts to pull the tablecloth out from
under dishes without moving the dishes.
Rayce P. and Connor S. test momentum
and the transfer of energy from the marbles
to the car.

Students in Ms. Calvin's eighth grade Physical Science class explored Newton's Three Laws of Motion, as well as gravity and friction through stations in the classroom. At the "Magician's Tablecloth" station, students were able to test the myth of whether or not you can pull a tablecloth out from dishes and keep the dishes in place. At the "Tennis Ball Head" station, students put a wire hanger with tennis balls on the end to try and pivot 180 degrees without making the tennis balls move to test Newton's First Law of Motion. Friction, gravity, momentum and Newton's Third Law of Motion were tested with balloon rockets made by students.
Students participate in competitions as the Greasers and Socs as part of Outsiders Day.

Mrs. Bahtic's and Mrs. Lonetto's seventh grade English classes participated in a day of friendly competition called Outsiders Day. In preparation for reading S.E. Hinton's classic novel The Outsiders, which focuses on the lives of two rival groups of teenagers (the Greasers and the Socs), students were randomly selected to represent each side. The Greasers of the novel face real-life disadvantages and hardships while the privileged Socs have all the breaks. The students competed in activities such as a ball toss, jump rope contest, golf ball race and basketball.

Being true to the book, the Greaser teams had disadvantages to overcome, like further distances or more shots to make.  Mrs. Bahtic's 5th period Greasers overcame these difficulties to win, which was the first time Greasers had won the overall competition in the history of Outsiders Day at Prep. While the other Greaser teams in Mrs. Bahtic's 2nd period and Mrs. Lonetto's 4th period made valiant efforts, they were bested by the Soc teams. All in all, students had fun and were able to make connections to the story they are about to read.

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