Saturday, March 30, 2013
Teens playing with fireworks caused the large brush fire in FishHawk Ranch on March 29 that threatened homes and Bevis Elementary School, according to a report from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.
Fire investigators say juveniles playing with fireworks caused the brush fire in Lithia on March 29 that threatened homes and caused the evacuation of students from the FishHawk Early Learning Center at Bevis Elementary School. "There were witnesses that stated that a few teenagers playing with fireworks in the area affected by the fire prior to the incident," according to a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue report. An investigation determined "that the cause of the fire was a result of fireworks," the report adds. "Several juveniles were playing with fireworks in the area. Some of those fireworks landed in a brush area that was very dry. The fire was categorized as accidental." Officials report that the juveniles inovled, and their …
Monday, May 28, 2012
At Bevis Elementary, 94 percent of the third-graders met the proficiency standard.
Hillsborough County third-graders once again exceeded the state average in reading scores and posted the highest scores in a comparison among the state’s largest school district and the districts in the Tampa Bay area. The percentage of students statewide who scored at or above the proficiency level was 56, while 57 percent of Hillsborough County third-graders met the proficiency standard. Bevis Elementary School in FishHawk Ranch had the highest percentage of students meeting the proficience standard in the county. According to the Hillsborough County School District, 94 percent of the third-graders at Bevis met the proficiency standard and the school posted an 11 point increase over last year. Other schools with a high percentage of …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Hillsborough County honored its SERVE volunteers May 10.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A team of tutors from St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Brandon took home the SERVE Outstanding Tutor Award at the annual volunteer awards banquet May 10. SERVE and the Hillsborough County Public Schools Parent/Family Involvement 2012 Volunteer Awards celebrated the work of individuals and groups that have made a difference in the Hillsborough County public schools. The event was held at the TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, and Superintendent MaryEllen Elia was there to greet guests with Dan Valdez, deputy superintendent, addressing the audience. Ginger Gadsden, morning anchor of WTSP, emceed the event. The team from St. Andrew's, 3315 Bryan Rd., Brandon, walked away with the SERVE Outstanding Tutor Award for its work at Dover …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The elementary school in FishHawk was awarded 722 points, the highest of any school in the state.
Once again, Bevis Elementary School in FishHawk Ranch has ranked at the top of the state for elementary schools based on points derived from FCAT scores. Last year, Bevis ranked third-highest in the state. Bevis tied with Melbourne Elementary School for Science in Brevard County with 722 points, according to the Florida Department of Education's School Ranking website. "Since the 1998-99 school year, Floridians have used school grades to help assess the quality of their local schools," the website notes. "The school rankings, based on the points used to determine school grades, are part of the Department of Education’s ongoing effort to increase transparency by providing clear measures and metrics to help parents of school-age children, …