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


August 14 School Opens
August 16 MS begins for NEW Students ONLY (iPad required)– all 6th graders, new 7th graders and new 8th graders – 8:50 a.m.
August 18 MS begins for RETURNING grade 7 and 8 students (iPad required) – 8:50 a.m.
August 21 Convocation – 8:50 a.m.
August 21 MS Fall Sports Begin
August 22 New Parent Shindig – 6:00-8:30 p.m.
September 7 Parents’ Night
November 20 - 24 Thanksgiving Break
December 18 - January 2 Winter Break
January 3 Classes Resume
March 9 – 19 Spring Break
May 18 Last Day of Exams, School Ends
May 27 Graduation

Full schedule of events available at www.tampaprep.org/calendar


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 16 and Thursday, August 17: 8:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • ALL Students - Friday, August 18: 8:50 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • NEW Students - Wednesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 17: 8:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • ALL Students - Friday, August 18: 8:50 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • NEW Students - Wednesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 17: 8:50 a.m-12:00 p.m.
  • ALL Students - Friday, August 18: 8:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

School Trips

  • 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 13-15, Parent Meeting: Wednesday, August 30 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Seventh graders culminate their study of marine science in the Florida Keys.
    Trip Date: April 17-20, Parent Meeting: Wednesday, April 2 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Eighth graders visit Boston, Massachusetts to further enhance their study of American History and American Literature
    Trip Date: October 2-5, Parent Meeting: Monday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Summer Assignments

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.

Online Access to Schedules

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 x4055.


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.).

Supplies & Textbooks

A list of school supplies is available online.

Tampa Prep is a digital school, and the majority of course content is available digitally on students’ iPads. Course content for 2017-2018 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.

Required Specs for Student iPads

Bring iPads (set up and ready to use) the first day of school.

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.

Students utilize multimedia and interactive textbook content that is blended into the School's curriculum. Students will be required to create, produce and store multimedia projects. Device memory will be critical in storing all this curricular content-thus the 64 gigabyte specification.

Students must have a sturdy, protective case with a screen protector for the iPads. External keyboards and a stylus may be used, but are not required. Note that folio keyboard cases do not offer adequate device protection. 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. 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. You might wish to consider purchasing additional information about insurance options. Please refer to the iPad Insurance Information section for additional information about insurance options.

Core Apps

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.

Lunch Options

  • Lunch may be brought from home. Microwaves are available.
  • Purchase from our lunch provider, EVOS
  • Purchase from any restaurant that delivers to Tampa Prep. Uber Eats delivery is NOT permitted

Attendance & Absences

Parents are asked to notify Betsy Zollinger (bzollinger@tampaprep.org or 813-251-8481 x4031) 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.

MS Dress Code

Please see the Guide for Academics and Student Life for the full list of dress code expectations.

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.


All required forms are to be printed, completed and returned by Monday July 24, 2017

Required forms:

  1. 2017-2018 Consent and Authorization Form bust be signed by you and your student.
  2. Physical Examination and Consent Form (EL2 and EL3)
  3. All 7th Grade Students and New Grade 8 through 12 must provide the school with a DH-680 Immunization Form.
  4. Tampa Prep Pool Waiver must be signed by you and your student.
  5. Birth Certificate

All form can be found at www.tampaprep.org/forms. If you have questions about forms, please email Betsy Zollinger at bzollinger@tampaprep.org.

Family Profile

To ensure your family’s contact information is accurate and up to date in our database, please log into My BackPack before July 31 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 an 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 x4055.


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.


Extra help is available every day after school until 4:15 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 classes begin at 8:50 a.m. Students should be picked up from school no later than 4:30 p.m. unless they are engaged in a school-related function.

Summer Office Hours

The school offices are open all summer from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bring iPads (set up and ready to use) the first day of school