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Adrian Fogelin discusses a photograph with eighth grade
students, setting the scene for a story.

Laila W. shares her writing with the group
for feedback from author Adrian Fogelin.

Tampa Prep was excited to welcome YA (young adult) author Adrian Fogelin to school this week to host writing workshops with our students. Ms. Fogelin is the award-winning author of Crossing Jordan and several other books written for a young adult audience. She graciously met with each Middle School English class throughout the day, ending with a workshop with Upper School students in Creative Writing Club.

Ms. Fogelin began by explaining to each group that writers become a voice for their community, drawing on local, personal experiences. She then led students through several activities to develop their creative approach to writing. Looking at pictures, students conceptualized the setting around the picture, panning outward to a wider perspective to envision the circumstances of the picture. Some classes envisioned a character based on items inside a purse she brought. For the main activity of each workshop, students chose a shoe from a stack Ms. Fogelin brought with her. Using this shoe, students created a character who may wear it. They delved into this character by thinking about his/her mood, gestures and stance. She guided them through several steps of brainstorming to frame a character, resulting in a name, back story and a secondary character. Each student then wrote an opening scene for this character. It was a fast and fruitful hour-long workshop where students excelled, sharing their characters with their classmates as they took shape.

After school, Ms. Fogelin met with a small group of students in Creative Writing Club. She spoke with them about writing fiction, sharing the background of her path to writing, which began as an artist. She talked about the importance of constantly writing, for example, in a journal. She shared some of the details about her writing style and the kind of characters who she features. Ms. Fogelin offered details about the publishing industry, explaining the importance of having a literary agent. She also showed students original manuscripts and galleys of published books. The group enjoyed the personal time with an established author.

Thank you to Ms. Fogelin for offering wisdom and insight into how to shape a well-rounded character, as well as the ins and outs of book publishing. Learn more about her at http://adrianfogelin.com.

Ms. Fogelin shares feedback from her publisher 
during the final editing stages of a published work.

Eighth graders work diligently to create a character
based on a shoe they selected.


Allie B. and Delany B. work with children
at the festival 
creating "hide stories." 
NAHS students created these stamps.

Tampa Prep students in National Art Honors Society (NAHS) attended the Native American Festival that took place in Brooksville this past weekend with Ms. Ashworth. To prepare for the event, NAHS students designed and created over 30 stamps with Native American symbols for a children's activity at the festival. They traced and cut symbols from rubber printmaking film to create the stamp, then affixed it to recycled wood provided by Tech Theater. Allie Blair and Delany Barnard graciously volunteered their time to help children create "hide stories" by stamping the symbols onto craft paper to emulate hides. The children at the festival had a great time participating in this interactive project at an amazing event. The group donated the stamps to be used at future festivals.

  In Geography class, sixth graders Dayna S. (left) and Alec C. (right) entertain their guests by
playing board games they created about the U.S. and Canada!

More than 450 guests joined us for Grandparents Day and it was a wonderful half-day of fun. The restructured schedule allowed everyone to enjoy a delicious breakfast and pose for “selfies” with props before heading off to class. In some classes, guests worked with students on experiments, assignments and projects. Grandparents also participated in discussions and played games with their student hosts.


Physics students conduct an experiment with their grandparents to measure the power of light bulbs in watts. 

Eighth graders Evan L. and Antony T. are the first Middle School students to run a TPTV Live recording. 

To end the day, everyone attended assembly where Mr. Plummer held a moment of silence for grandparents not in attendance and honored those who served in the military. After thanking the grandparents for all they do, everyone was treated to the vocal and instrumental stylings of our chorus, band and strings groups. From a cappella versions to toe-tapping familiar oldies, the crowd was impressed to see the talent on display. The performance was streamed live by two Middle School students for the first time! Watch it online at https://vimeo.com/tampaprep/gp16. Thank you to everyone who made this day special for our students and guests!

 String Orchestra performs a familiar tune
from Downton Abbey.
Combined Upper School Chorus fills the gym with melodic songs.  
Ethan Y. practices his pitch with executives at HSN. The top ten competitors pose for pictures
on the HSN set.

Eighth grader Ethan Yeh competed in this year’s Young Innovator Competition and advanced to the Final Competition after beating over 700 entries to be chosen in the top ten! Ethan will compete Thursday, February 11, at USF’s School of Music Auditorium in the final round. He will pitch his idea to a panel of five judges and field questions from the panel. This event is open to the public, so feel to come out for the 6 p.m. start to cheer on our Terrapin!

Last weekend, the ten finalists visited the HSN studio to get tips from Host Bill Green on how to give an effective presentation. Each finalist was filmed giving his/her pitch. Ethan’s invention is to recycle used K-cups to grow herbs in a home hydroponics system. Ethan credits his experience with Declamations at Tampa Prep with making him feel comfortable speaking publicly. Last year, he made the Top 50 semi-finalists with a different invention.

The competition is open to students in grades K - 8 in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Manatee, Sarasota and Polk Counties. Entries must be original ideas, submitted with an illustration of the concept, an explanation of what it does and the intended audience. Preliminary judging emphasizes creativity, persuasiveness, benefit to the public and marketability of the invention. Finalists are chosen based on their sales pitch and ability to answer questions about the invention. Learn more about the Young Innovator award at https://usfyounginnovator.com

Mrs. Sandford's 7th grade Civics class has been learning about the different levels of federalism: federal, state and shared powers. To further explain these concepts, students formed groups to create new superheroes for the "Civics League." Each group selected one of the three levels of federalism to use as inspiration for a superhero by incorporating the powers laid out in the Constitution. For example, one group designed the Delegated Daughter inspired by the federal powers. This superhero could have a ring that has the ability to maintain the armed forces!

Check out some of the incredibly creative superheroes created by the class!

 Zach W., Sam J., Rayhan I., Joseph S.
and Gavin W. in a rare team up.
Seyi O. prepares for the start
of his match.

Three VEX Robotics Teams from Tampa Prep had a great season in the Greater Tampa VEX League this year! The three teams are team 727B represented by Rick Rothberg, Seyi Oluwaleimu, Kris Suarez and Colin Kubisiak; team 727C represented by Sam Johnson, Zach Welch and David Howell and team 727D represented by Garrett Schneider, Gavin Washington, Joseph Shahum and Rayhan Ishak. All Tampa Prep teams finished in the top half of the league rankings with 727D leading ranked 3rd, 727C ranked 7th and 727B ranked 8th.

 Rayhan I., Joseph S. and Gavin W. on the field. Seyi O. and Ricky R. mid-match.

This was a dramatic year of improvement for Florida teams. Leading up to the final days, no less than three Florida teams (homeschool teams) are ranked in the top 30 of VEX World’s ranking in both Driver Skills and Programming Skills division. This means that these teams will automatically qualify for VEX Worlds Championships. Unfortunately, that leaves more room for Florida teams to try to qualify for VEX Worlds this year. All the teams have worked hard and the VEX League format of four tournament events spanning three months allowed members to learn and improve. Tampa Prep teams have done very well and by the end of league play had steadily climbed the rankings.

All three Tampa Prep teams are ranked high enough to qualify for VEX States - an exciting first for our Terrapin teams! The VEX State Championships will be on February 13th at the Florida State Fairgrounds and will have 60 teams competing for 9 spots in VEX World Championships.  

Congratulations to all teams and we wish them a successful conclusion in the VEX High School 2015-16 season in Robotics. In addition, thank you to all the parents that helped out in transporting things especially Mr. Bruce Johnson, Mrs. Keara Danger and Ms. Cassandra Hector.
Congratulations to the students who participated
in this year's Science Olympiad Regional Competition!

The Science Olympiad teams competed against 24 teams in the Science Olympiad Regional competition at the HCC Brandon campus this past weekend. At the competition, teams go head-to-head in 23 different events in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. The Tampa Prep Tau team earned 5th place at the competition and will be moving on to the State level! Members of the Phi team gained experience at the event, and we look forward to their continued participation on the team next year.

McKinley C. and Jonathan M. take a test
during Disease Detectives.
Alice H. and Blake B. successfully build a strong bridge.

Special thanks go to Dr. Joseph Gill for supervising an event at the Regional tournament. Thanks also to Shirley Hamilton, Susannah Robinson and Christy Pascoe for chaperoning the students during the event.

Rammi Q. received a 3rd place medal with teammate
Noah R. in the Dynamic Planet event!
Aaron S. and Blake B. work well together
during Air Trajectory.

For members of the Tau team: The State competition will take place on Saturday, March 19 at the University of Central Florida. The team will be traveling (via Tampa Prep bus) to Orlando on Friday, March 18 and returning home after the competition on Saturday. More details will follow as we get closer to the event. Please congratulate these students on their success!

Members of the Tau team include: Meredith Cook (Team Captain), Tristen Mee (Team Co-Captain), Matheus Caldeira, McKinley Chapman, Connor Danahy, Tristan Harris, Sam Johnson, Harrison Lorenzen, Jonathan Maya, Molly Monsour, Aloki Patel, Rammi Quah, Bianca Rivera-Irions, Noah Robinson, Xander Spriggs, Coach Hill and Coach Chapman.   

Members of the Phi team include: Blake Bridge, Jake Gerardi, Alice Hamilton, Hailey Hill, Cole Minsky, Saylor Pascoe, Kataryna Restrepo, Aaron Scheiner, Jade Scott, Allison Wu, Coach Hill and Coach Chapman.

Play is underway in the Student Center. Young players celebrate a win.

They came to play. And play they did. Students from around the state converged on Tampa Preparatory School this past Saturday for the Florida Chess Association’s annual West Regional Scholastic Chess Championship. This was the first year this event has been held at Tampa Prep and the new location came with new technological additions. FCA President and Tampa Prep teacher William Bowman helped organize the event and wanted to give the participants an experience like none other. The ability to broadcast the students’ games live was one such innovation that went over well with the spectators. Volunteers each round were taken to use the Monroi equipment. After a quick run down of how to operate it, players would input their moves into the devices which would then send their games to the internet for all to see.

Tampa Prep students Zachary Welch and Dennis Boohoff participated in the tournament. Congratulations to Zachary for his 4th-place finish in the K-12 section.

A projector was set up in the Skittles spectator room where parents were able to watch their son or daughter play during the round. Parents typically are in the dark about the games as the rules do not allow them to stay in the actual playing hall while games are underway. In addition to watching some of the games, parents and spectators were given a play-by-play analysis by Mr. Bowman and some special guest broadcasters. FM Mark Ritter was in the house and graciously gave his expertise on a number of the games, even pointing out some mating variations missed in his own student’s game. There was also a chess vendor who set up shop, selling everything from chess boards and sets to books and T-shirts. All in all, it was a fun day for student and parents alike. We look forward to next year's event. Special thanks to Jon Haskel and Corey Acor for TD’ing the event, everyone at Tampa Prep who helped make the event a success and sponsor Jason Starkman of Epicure Gourmet Market and Cafe. Results can be found at the following links:




Spectators enjoyed the high-tech Skittles room set up in Smith Black Box Theater where they could 
follow along with the live games projected on the screens and access WiFi. 
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