Information for New Families 2014-2015
Welcome to the Terrapin Community! This page provides an overview of some important events throughout the year, as well as useful links and resources.
Fall 2014 Events
GRADE LEVEL ACTIVITIES
The sense of unity within each class is strengthened through several programs and retreats at the start of each school year. Watch your mailbox for a schedule with details about each grade level outing.
OPENING CONVOCATION & THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
School begins on Monday, August 18 as students update their iPads and participate in various activities with their class. Students are given instructions on how to obtain all resources (ebooks, books and apps) during the first week of classes. For more information about the iPad initiative, visit www.tampaprep.org/ipad. *PLEASE NOTE: There is no need to purchase textbooks or eBooks prior to the start of school.
On Monday, August 25, we officially kick off the school year with Opening Convocation (formal attire), where students hear from several speakers. Parents are welcome to attend.
NEW PARENT SHINDIG
New Parent Shindig is a social event for PARENTS ONLY on August 21 from 6pm-8:30pm. Parents with students new to the school enjoy dinner and drinks with other parents and meet several key members of the School community.
At Parents Night on Thursday, September 11, parents follow their child’s schedule to meet each teacher and advisor. Pick up a School Directory, meet Tampa Prep Parents Alliance members, hear about ways you can get involved and learn about the Clubs and Activities available to our students.
Thanksgiving Convocation is a Tampa Prep tradition that celebrates the arts in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday. The concert features performances by our Terrapin musicians, as well as spoken word tributes from students and faculty. Mark your calendar for this joyful celebration!
Spring 2015 Events
Headmasters' Challenge is an annual tradition honoring our rivalry with Berkeley Preparatory School. Winter Sports teams at the Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity level compete. This day of demanding contests and friendly sportsmanship between two rival schools is always a family favorite. Berkeley hosts this year, so be ready to bring your RED and GOLD spirit to cheer on our teams!
Grandparents Day is a school favorite! Grandparents and special friends are invited to accompany students to class for a half-day of fun and camaraderie. Grandparents are treated to special performances and join their grandchildren in classes to experience Tampa Prep firsthand! Families enjoy lunch together to end the celebration. If we do not have contact information for your child's grandparents, please submit the Family Profile Addendum at www.tampaprep.org/forms so they will receive an invitation.
While Tampa Prep students "go beyond" on a regular basis, the annual Terrapin Service Day exemplifies the school's mission of "a higher purpose than self." Students look beyond our campus’ borders to volunteer in various ways throughout the community. Each grade level takes on a different cause and donates their day to the organization or task.
TAMPA PREP'S FUNDRAISING GALA
For 29 years, the Tampa Prep community has gathered to celebrate and raise money for our school. This year’s event will feature music, great food, fantastic auction items and an elegant evening that benefits the students of Tampa Prep! We would love for you to be part of the fun!
The Upper School will put on a spring musical in the Smith Black Box Theater. These productions are always a hit and you won't want to miss it! Watch the weekly newsletter for details.
BUS INFO: www.tampaprep.org/bus
- Tampa Prep offers morning bus service from Brandon/Valrico, Tampa Palms, Carrollwood and
DAILY SCHEDULE: www.tampaprep.org/schedule
FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY: www.tampaprep.org/faculty
FAMILY HANDBOOK: www.tampaprep.org/familyhandbook
- Families new to the school will find this to be an invaluable resource for details about important
annual events, advising, expectations in athletics and academics, lunch and much more.
GUIDE FOR STUDENTS AND ACADEMIC LIFE: www.tampaprep.org/guide
- This publication details policies and procedures of the School, as well as academic requirements
and course descriptions.
IPAD INFORMATION: www.tampaprep.org/ipad
- All you need to know about the iPad 1:1 Initiative!
MY BACKPACK: www.tampaprep.org/mybackpack
- My BackPack is your gateway to all account information. Keep your information up to date for the
Directory, check your account status and view your student's schedule, grades and attendance.
SCHOOL FORMS: www.tampaprep.org/forms
- Required forms for the school year.
STUDENT-ATHLETE INFORMATION: www.tampaprep.org/athletics-info
- Student-athletes and their families are encouraged to read the Student-Athlete Handbook for details
about participation in athletics here at Tampa Prep. This page also includes all the forms needed for
participation in Athletics at Tampa Prep.
SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS: www.tampaprep.org/summerassignment
TAMPA PREP PARENTS ALLIANCE: www.tampaprep.org/tppa
- All Tampa Prep students have Summer Reading requirements. Download the list for your child(ren)
through the link above.
- TPPA is our wonderful parent group. Join parents for a grade-level coffee outing or get involved
volunteering at the school!