Middle School FAQ

Middle School Director: Joe Fenlon, jfenlon@tampaprep.org
Associate Middle School Director: Patricia Embry, pembry@tampaprep.org
Administrative Assistant: Kim Souza, ksouza@tampaprep.org

Bring iPads the first day of school


August 1 Upper School Fall Sports Begin
August 15-19 Orientation Week (details below for each grade)
August 22 Convocation - 8:50 a.m., All Students
August 22 Middle School Fall Sports Begin
August 23 NEW Parent Shindig - 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
September 8 Parents’ Night - 7:00 p.m., All Parents
November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break
December 19-January 3 Winter Break
January 4 Classes Resume
March 10-20 Spring Break
May 19 Last Day of Exams, School Ends


These are critically important days as we launch a new school year, and we expect all students to be in attendance.


  • ALL Students - Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18 - 8:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • ALL Students - Friday, August 19 - 8:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • NEW Students - Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18 - 8:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • ALL Students - Friday, August 19 - 8:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • NEW Students - Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18 - 8:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • ALL Students - Friday, August 19 - 8:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Sixth graders travel to Tree Trek Adventure Course, Disney’s Youth Education Series Program at Animal Kingdom - Sustainable Practices in Wildlife Conservation, Medieval Times and Kennedy Space Center
  • Trip Date: September 14-16, Parent Meeting Wednesday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m.
Seventh graders culminate their study of marine science in the Florida Keys.
  • Trip Date: April 18-21, Parent Meeting: Wednesday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Eighth graders visit Boston, Massachusetts to further enhance their study of American History and American Literature
  • Trip Date: October 3-6, Parent Meeting: Monday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m.


Gates to the campus open at 6:30 a.m. The school buildings open at 8:35 a.m. and students are expected to be at school by 8:45 a.m. to allow time to put away books and other personal belongings before class. Students should be picked up from school no later than 4:30 p.m. unless they are engaged in a school related function.


The Tampa Prep English Department requires summer reading by students during the summer months. The list of books and assignments required for your student’s classes can be found at www.tampaprep.org/students/summerassignment.


Student schedules for the 2016-2017 school year will be available in a digital format on My BackPack at the end of July. They will only be available in digital format and you can print them at your leisure for review if you prefer a paper-based archive. New student schedules are sent to parent My BackPack accounts. For assistance, please email mbpinfo@tampaprep.org or call 813-251-8481 ext. 4055.


A list of school supplies by grade is available at www.tampaprep.org/parents/supplies.


Tampa Prep is a digital school, and the majority of course content is available digitally on students’ iPads. Course content for 2016-2017 will be either purchased in bulk by the School and then distributed to each student or purchased directly by the student.

The source information for the content purchased directly by the student will be found in the course syllabus given to the student at the beginning of School in August.


Students may now download Pages, Keynote and Numbers free-of-charge from the App Store with the purchase of a new iPad. Codes for the remaining three apps will be provided free-of-charge to all students. There will be one set of codes provided per student. These apps are the Puffin Web Browser (which supports Adobe Flash content), Pinnacle Studio and Notability. New students will be able to access the redemption codes for these apps from their Tampa Prep email during the first week of school.


Students will receive their locker number on their schedule. Locks, provided by Prep, will be distributed during the first week. Please lock your iPad in your locker when not in use (i.e. during P.E., lunch, sports practices, etc.). The School is not responsible for lost or stolen devices.


The use of cellular phones is permitted before and after school and during lunch. Game playing and related activities (Netflix, etc.) during class time is strictly prohibited.


Bring iPads (set up and ready to use) the first day of school. Starting in the 2016-17 school year, all students will need an iPad Air 2 WiFi with at least 64 GB of storage. Students are welcome to use newer versions of the iPad, including the iPad Pro, but the iPad Air 2 is the minimum.

The reason for upgrading the device every three years is primarily a hardware issue. At some point, apps and iOS upgrades are no longer compatible with older iPads due to the move to the 64-bit architecture, just as iOS upgrades are no longer available for the original iPad 1. In addition, certain functionality, such as split-screen for simultaneous reading and note taking, is only available on the iPad Air 2 or newer. For more information please refer to the iPad information page.

All iPads should be set up with a personal Apple ID (please refer to our documentation on Apple IDs and Accounts) prior to the start of school. Note that in order for students to have personal Apple IDs, they must be 13 years of age. Instructions for setting up a new iPad are available online here. Many families with children under 13 opt to set up a family Apple ID. Please note that any purchase/download you make with an Apple ID is permanently tied to that Apple ID. You may not transfer books, music, apps, etc., from one Apple ID to another.

The School recommends purchasing additional insurance for your student’s iPad. Please refer to the iPad Insurance Information section for additional information about insurance options.


Parents have access to their parent profile and the parent directory as well as their child’s homework, grades, quarterly comments, fees, student attendance and student calendar/schedule by logging in to My BackPack. For assistance please email mbpinfo@tampaprep.org or call David Couchman at 813.251.8481 ext. 4055.


Extra help is available every day after school until 4:15 p.m.


Parents are asked to notify Betsy Zollinger (bzollinger@tampaprep.org or 813-251-8481 ext. 4031) of any student absences by the time classes begin at 8:50 a.m.

  • Students who are late to school for any reason must check in with Mrs. Zollinger to get a tardy slip. Students who are tardy due to a doctor’s appointment must bring a note from the doctor upon their return.
  • Students who need to leave school early must sign out with Mrs. Zollinger and get a pass allowing them to leave campus. Students must remain in the health office until a parent is on campus to pick them up. The student can then meet the parent in the traffic circle.
  • Prolonged illness: Instructors are flexible and will work with your student to get them caught up on makeup work.
  • Planned absence: A Parent must submit a written request to the Director of Middle School two weeks prior to a planned absence using an Absentee Permission Form, which may be picked up from Mrs. Zollinger. This form requires a signature from each instructor, as well as the Director of Middle School.


All missed or due quizzes, tests, labs, and assignments must be completed and turned in on the day the student returns to school, even if that student’s class does not meet that day or if that student arrives at school after that class has met. Please check online for daily assignments or contact Mrs. Souza if you have further questions.


Please see the Guide for Academics and Student Life for full details. All clothes must be neat and in good repair (no rips or frays). Sweatpants, warm-up suits, swimwear and athletic shorts are not permitted. Appropriate shoes for school include loafers, deck shoes athletic shoes, sandals or dress shoes. Shoes must be worn at all times. For safety purposes, feet must be completely covered in the science labs. Facial hair (beards, mustaches and goatees) and unusually long sideburns are not permitted. No extreme hairstyles and colors are allowed. Earrings or a small stud in the nose is permitted. No visible tattoos are permitted. Hats are not allowed during the school day.

  • Middle School Boys Dress Code: All shirts must have a collar. Shirts with buttons must be buttoned within the first 2 buttons. No other shirts are acceptable unless there is a designated T-shirt day at school. Dress code appropriate bottoms for boys include Bermuda-length shorts, jeans, khakis and dress pants.
  • Middle School Girls Dress Code: All shirts must have a collar. Shirts with buttons must be buttoned within the first 2 buttons. No other shirts are acceptable unless there is a designated T-shirt day at school. All shirts must have sleeves. Shirts must be long enough to cover the midriff area at all times and offer appropriate coverage in the mid-chest area. Undergarments must not be visible, and see-through or mesh fabrics may not be worn unless a student has an appropriate shirt or slip underneath. Dress code appropriate bottoms for girls include skirts, Bermuda-length shorts, jeans, khakis and dress pants. Leggings, tights and jeggings are not permitted at any time. Dresses may be worn as well, as long as they have sleeves and an appropriate neckline. Skirts, dresses and shorts must come within 5" of the top of the knee.


  • Lunch may be brought from home. Microwaves are available.
  • Purchase from our lunch provider, EVOS. We have partnered with EVOS to provide a secure, fast, and easy-to-use online ordering system that allows students to view the EVOS lunch menu, order, prepay and manage their daily lunches on the web.
  • Purchase from any restaurant that delivers to Tampa Prep (the order must be paid in full with gratuity included).


All required forms and deadlines can be found at www.tampaprep.org/forms. Complete and return to the School Office by Monday, July 25. If you have questions about forms please email Betsy Zollinger at bzollinger@tampaprep.org.


To ensure your family’s contact information is accurate and up to date in our database, please log into My BackPack before Monday, July 25 to review and update if necessary. Home addresses and phone numbers will be captured on that date for the School’s printed Family Directory, to be distributed early in the year.

In addition, we enjoy inviting all our grandparents to join us on campus for Grandparents’ Day. To ensure all grandparents receive their invitation, please take a moment to verify their name(s) and addresses are included in your MyBackPack profile. If the information is not visible in your My BackPack profile, please enter it so it can be entered into the database. For assistance, email mbpinfo@tampaprep.org or call 813.251.8481 ext 4055.