New Parents

Welcome to the Terrapin Community! This page provides an overview of some important events throughout the year, as well as useful links and resources. Please be aware that Tampa Prep communicates to our parents primarily via email. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS UP TO DATE IN ORDER FOR YOU TO RECEIVE IMPORTANT COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE SCHOOL. Please make sure your email address is accurate in your My BackPack profile. Watch for our weekly eNewsletter to keep up with events throughout the year.

Important Reminders for the Start of the 2017-18 School Year

Fall 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 email for a schedule with details about each grade level outing.

OPENING CONVOCATION & THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
During the first days of school 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 device, visit www.tampaprep.org/parents/ipad-info. *PLEASE NOTE: There is no need to purchase textbooks or eBooks prior to the start of school.

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 that takes place at the end of August. Parents with students new to the school enjoy food and drinks with other parents and meet several key members of the School community. This year's event takes place August 22.

PARENTS' NIGHT
At Parents' Night in September, 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
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 Events

HEADMASTERS' CHALLENGE
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. Tampa Prep hosts the 2017-18 games, so bring your RED and GOLD spirit to cheer on our teams!

GRANDPARENTS DAY
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! If we do not have contact information for your child's grandparents, please login to My BackPack at https://tampaprep.seniormbp.com/SeniorApps to add grandparent information (email and mailing address) to your profile.

TERRAPIN DAY
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
The Tampa Prep community gathers each year 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!

SPRING MUSICAL
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.

Useful Links

BUS INFO: www.tampaprep.org/discover/bus
CAMPUS ACCESS: www.tampaprep.org/discover/directions/campus
DAILY SCHEDULE: www.tampaprep.org/discover/calendar/schedule
FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY: www.tampaprep.org/discover/faculty
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/parents/ipad-info
- All you need to know to get your student's iPad ready!
MY BACKPACK: www.tampaprep.org/mybackpack
- My BackPack is your gateway to all your Tampa Prep account information.
SCHOOL FORMS: www.tampaprep.org/parents/forms
- Required forms for the school year.
SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS: www.tampaprep.org/students/summerassignment
- All Tampa Prep students have Summer Reading requirements. Download the list for your child(ren).
TAMPA PREP PARENTS ALLIANCE: www.tampaprep.org/parents/tppa
- Join parents for a grade-level coffee outing or get involved volunteering at the school!

We are here to help!

ATTENDANCE: Health Coordinator Betsy Zollinger - bzollinger@tampaprep.org or 813-397-2822
ATHLETICS: Director of Athletics Mike Flynn - mflynn@tampaprep.org or x4075
iPADs: Student Technology Support Coordinator Suzy Lassacher - slassacher@tampaprep.org or x4105
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Middle School Assistant Kim Souza - ksouza@tampaprep.org or x4049
MY BACKPACK: Director of Database Management David Couchman - mbpinfo@tampaprep.org or x4055
UPPER SCHOOL: Upper School Assistant Kristy Steel - ksteel@tampaprep.org or x4053
UPPER SCHOOL SCHEDULING: Dean of Students Christine Jisha - cjisha@tampaprep.org or x4051
TUITION/BILLING: Manager of Revenue Accounting Bonnie Warfel - bwarfel@tampaprep.org or x4083