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Students in Mr. Maraghy's Biology classes have been creating podcasts to explain views on what Biology really is and why it is important. The students included explanations from their own studies, but also interviewed parents, teachers and other Upper School students to include as a part of their presentation.

Most non-Biology students, teachers and parents answered that they knew that Biology was the study of life and expressed the importance of Biology because of the relationship with all other subjects. Listen to the final products of the different classes here:

John M., Drew M. and Sammi B. work together
in the booth.
Jeremy L. controls the Steadicam to get close up
of the volleyball players.

TPTV Live is off and running and looking forward to another year of broadcasting Tampa Prep events. TPTV Live is an extracurricular program where the students of Tampa Prep broadcast live events happening in the Tampa Prep community. The students are responsible for every facet of the production from setting up at the location, camera work, video switching, graphics and commentating. These productions are as professional as any you might find in a real world setting. Students get the opportunity to utilize state of the art equipment, including a Steadicam, Teradek wireless video transmitters and Datavideo HD video switcher to name a few.

This year TPTV Live has ventured into the world of Live Sports Broadcasting. The first sporting event broadcasted this year was the Tampa Prep vs Berkeley Prep Varsity Girls Volleyball game on September 16. It was a successful outing for the Terrapins as they beat the Buccaneers in three straight sets: 25-16, 25-23, 25-15. Please stay tuned for future Live Events!

Live Events can be viewed on the Tampa Prep website at:
Please follow TPTV on Twitter for upcoming Live Events and information at: @TampaPrepTPTV
For any questions regarding the TPTV program please contact Mr. Ryan Buchanan at:

Andrew W. and Matheus C. announce the
game as the live commentators.

Ethan H. controls the camera from the
2nd floor
of the gym.

Sophia A., Preston G. and Lana F. study the change in
size of their egg after placing it in different liquids.

Students in Ms. Calvin and Ms. Grosso's 7th grade Science class are studying cell structures and, more specifically, cell membranes. Using an egg as a model of a cell, students saw how the "membrane" works by allowing water to enter and leave the cell. After dissolving the shell using vinegar (to expose the "membrane"), students soaked the egg in vinegar, water, colored water and salt water. Students were amazed to see how the size of the egg changed as it went into the different liquids and took on or lost water through the membrane!

Thank you to all of the student volunteers who
welcomed and assisted parents on Parents' Night!
Mr. AJ Hendrix demonstrates the new technology
in his classroom.

Last week, Tampa Prep stayed open a little longer than usual to welcome parents to Parents' Night! Student volunteers welcomed parents into the Walter Athletic Complex where Head of School Kevin Plummer shared a few opening announcements. Throughout his announcements was the theme of "trust." He thanked parents for trusting Tampa Prep to do what is "best for students" during the renovation of the Middle School. Kevin Plummer urged parents to continuously trust in Tampa Prep to make the best decision for the Terrapin students.

During free time, parents shopped
for Tampa Prep gear in the school store.
The Tampa Prep String Orchestra performed during passing
periods to provide soothing background music.

Following the announcements, parents lived a day in the life of their students by going to all seven class periods, as well as advising. Student volunteers from NHS, Key Club, Ambassadors of Goodwill and other clubs helped parents locate their students' advisors and navigate the halls of our school. During Study Hall periods, refreshments and technical support were available in Peifer Library. In the Mitchell Lobby, parents were able to purchase Tampa Prep gear and pick up a 2014-2015 Directory. Additional Directories are available at the front desk for parents who need a copy. Students in the Tampa Prep String Orchestra played beautiful music during the passing periods for parents to enjoy. Parents' Night is always a great night at Tampa Prep where parents are able to meet their students' teachers, advisors and administrators.

Mr. Barry Parks introduces himself to
his advisees' parents.
Parents ask Ms. Meredith Roberts about
Tampa Prep and advising for the 10th grade. 


Joseph B. presents about his research
on Norway.
Catie C. shares her homemade Ukrainian snacks.

Over the summer, seniors in English 12 Honors selected a country and researched the literature of that country. They then chose a representative work of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film and children's literature to read. Their studies represent the literature and culture of over 35 different countries.

During the past three weeks, each students has worked on creating a presentation, including a bibliography of major works, a visual timeline of the country's history or culture and another unique element of their choosing. After their projects were completed, the seniors presented the diverse wealth of information with Middle School students and classmates.

Emma G. studied literature from Spain
over the summer.
Jimmy S. shares information about Ireland
with the class.

Students created hall passes using selfies in their
first assignment
for Digital Photography.

Digital Photography students' first assignment was to create a hall pass to use in class utilizing their "selfie" photography skills. Utilizing Photoshop Touch on their iPads, students manipulated the selfie into a hall pass. Now, each student has a lanyard with their personalized pass attached to it for when they leave the classroom during Digital Photography!
Students use their iPads to zoom in to the scale to
get a very accurate measurement of volume.
Carson R., Ethan G. and Addie J. compare
oil and water densities
in a graduated cylinder.

In the Physical Science density sink or float lab, Ms. Calvin created different demonstrations for the students to look at and take measurements from. The first demonstration was making a three-layered water, oil and alcohol comparison. The other demonstration was a five-layered demo with honey, corn syrup, dawn dish soap, oil and alcohol. In this demonstration, students looked to see what happens when honey is poured from the top! To take the measurements, students used a triple beam balance to measure the masses and graduated cylinders to measure volume. Using these measurements they were able to find the density themselves of water, oil and isopropyl alcohol.
Students use QR codes and Aurasma to complete an archaelogical dig
to discover hidden stories in history.

Students in Mr. Fowler's US History classes went on a mock archaeological dig to uncover the story of Jamestown. Four different dig sites were set up throughout the common area and students circulated around, examining both trash pits and human remains.

QR codes and Auras using Aurasma were used to reveal hidden clues about life in Jamestown. Through the clues, students were able to develop the stories, including a mysterious set of remains that might be our nation's oldest murder mystery.

Students were then debriefed on what archaeologists concluded were the real stories. Many were happy to learn that their findings actually matched those of the experts. Looks like we have some archaeologists in training!
Mia B. poses with her ribbons and
winning Calligraphy.

This summer, hundreds of students from around the country attended the National Junior Classical League's 61st National Convention at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Among them was Tampa Prep sophomore Mia Borlongan, who attended her second National Forum. In addition to having lots of fun, Mia placed in both Dramatic Interpretation (acting a memorized passage of Latin) and in Calligraphy with her quotations from the philosophy of Seneca. Mia was awarded first place in Calligraphy! Congratulations, Mia!
Following "telephone," students worked on
Spanish vocabulary in small groups.
With the new desks, it was easy to set-up for a
game of "telephone" in the classroom!

Students in Spanish 1A used their new desks to transform the classroom into a giant "telephone" game to practice speaking and listening with numbers in Spanish. The desks allowed for a quick set-up of the ideal "telephone" layout. To successfully play "telephone" in Spanish, students need to concentrate very hard to hear and understand what the person next to them is whispering. After a few rounds, the students were pros at speaking and hearing the Spanish numbers! Following the "telephone" game, students quickly got into small groups for a game of cards focusing on Spanish vocabulary.
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