Monday, March 18, 2013
Hillsborough County is desperate for special-education teachers, one of the toughest jobs in the school district.
The nation's eighth-largest school district has the help wanted sign out for teachers – and still has no luck. But Hillsborough County is not looking to hire just any teacher, where there may be 50-100 applicants for every open job, according to TBO.com. Hillsborough County is desperate to fill special-ed teaching jobs. Half the open teaching posts are for special education jobs, according to TBO.com. The district may get one to two applicants for what many describe as the toughest teaching job in the district, according to TBO.com. According to TBO.com: Teaching special-needs children with a variety of disabilities is a tough job not meant for everyone, those in educational circles agree. There's more paperwork, more stress, more demands…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The winners for the Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator, Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year will be announced.
Hillsborough's best teachers and support staff will be honored this month. On March 28, winners of the Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator award, Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year will be announced. The banquet is scheduled for March 28 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. ______________ The finalists are as follows: Teacher of the Year Finalists Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year Finalists Instructional Support Employee of the Year Finalists
Saturday, February 16, 2013
More than a year after the death of Riverview’s Bella Herrera, 7, the school district is rolling out a new procedure manual that allows bus drivers to call 911 in the event of a medical emergency if they “wish.”
The rules of the road for Hillsborough County school bus drivers are changing. The School Board will be presented with a new procedure manual for drivers and assistants when it meets Tuesday, Feb. 19. The new manual includes a number of updates related to everything from bus inspections and stop procedures to what to do in the case of a medical emergency. It’s that last part that’s likely to catch the attention of parents in Riverview and beyond. The new manual spells out a policy that allows bus drivers to notify 911 in the event of a medical emergency. The policy, however, doesn’t demand the driver call 911. It reads: “If Bus Driver/Bus Attendant River has a personal cell phone and wishes to use the cell phone, contact 911 by your …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
School officials want to increase the presence of security and have school psychologists on hand as a precaution, in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shootings Friday.
Additional police officers and security guards will be assigned to Hillsborough County schools Monday, officials announced. Hillsborough County school officials are taking the measures in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings Friday that killed 20 young students and six adults inside the Sandy Hook elementary school. Hillsborough School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is sending out an automated phone message today to notify parents of Monday’s plans. There have been no threats made against any Hillsborough County school. The goal is to increase the visibility and presence of security and school resource officers as a precaution. “Also, the head of psychological services has been sharing tips with principals and has made plans for…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Students from all over Hillsborough County participated.
This time last year, a surplus of what could have been junk was turned into artistic treasure. About three dozen plastic street globes were ordered for Horizon Bay at Hyde Park, an assisted living retirement community. But the globes were too bright, so new ones were ordered. Instead of tossing the old globes, an idea sprouted: Re-purpose the globes by asking Hillsborough County middle and high school students to make sculptures out of them and compete for prizes. "They made the most amazing things with these globes," said Jack Wyatt, who helped organize the event. "(Things like) sushi bowls, airplanes, gumball machines." This year's second annual Repurposed Doodad Fine Sculpture Competition used cigar boxes instead of globes. Students in …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Seffner residents arrived at 2 p.m. to get a spot in the front of the line.
Three Hillsborough County School District employees arrived at Land O' Lakes High School at 2 p.m. Saturday to make sure they were among the first inside for Mitt Romney rally. "We know we need to get (President Barack) Obama out," Donna Posey said. "This country can't last another four years with him." Posey and her husband, Robert, of Seffner, said they wanted to avoid the lines and ensure they got a good spot once inside, she said. The Poseys were joined by friend and former colleague Kathy Giel of Seminole Heights, a retired Hillsborough school district employee. And while they were waiting patiently at the front of the line to enter John Benedetto Stadium, where gates opened at about 4:30 p.m., about a dozen members of the Pasco …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Parents of students at Barrington Middle School and Stowers Elementary School are invited to tour the schools' shared cafeteria.
Parents of students at Barrington Middle School and Stowers Elementary School are invited to go where no parent has gone before--the kitchen of the school cafeteria. Today, Sept. 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., parents of the two schools, which share a cafeteria at 13915 Barrington Stowers Dr., Lithia, are invited to check out the cafeteria kitchen and see the healthy meals food service employees are cooking up for their kids. The Hillsborough County School District's Student Nutrition Services department is offering the 10-minute kitchen tours to give families of students attending the two schools a chance to learn how the food service program operates, including meal preparation and the check-out process. In addition, the school district's chef…
Monday, September 3, 2012
Exams will be held throughout the county throughout the year.
Monday, September 3, 2012
News Report The Hillsborough County School District has announced dates for ACT and SAT exams. Eligible students from any school in Hillsborough County can register to take ACT and SAT exams at any of the listed locations, regardless of the school they attend. Students can register online for the ACT at www.act.org, or call 1-319-337-1270. SAT registration is available online at www.collegeboard.com, or by calling 1-866-756-7346. Registration is $50 for the SAT. Registration for the ACT is $50.50 or $35 without the writing exam. Late registration for the ACT is an additional $22, and an additional $27 for the SAT. Oct. 6: (registration deadline Sept. 7) Alonso, Lennard, Robinson, Armwood, Leto, Sickles, Bloomingdale, Middleton, Strawberry …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Take a peek at the calendar for the upcoming 2012-13 school year.
Summer’s coming to a close and the first bells are soon to ring on the 2012-13 school year. If you’re wondering just when kids in the Bloomingdale and Riverview areas will go back to class, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at the calendar for the upcoming year: First day of school – Tuesday, Aug. 21, except for Rampello students who report Aug. 14. Note that start times vary by school. Check with your kids' individual schools for this information. Editor's note: Information for this post came from the Hillsborough County Public School's website.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Hillsborough County Schools and the Back-to-School Coalition of Hillsborough County are co-hosting opportunities for free physicals and immunizations on upcoming Saturdays.
Monday, July 23, 2012
News Report Free school physicals are available to any child entering a Florida school for the first time in grades kindergarten through 12. Parents or legal guardians must accompany their children at all times and immunization records are required for children to receive free immunizations. No sports, Head Start or day care physicals will be available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 813-443-3048. Saturday, Aug. 4 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ed and Myrtle Lou Swindle Medical Arts Center, 1601 W. Timberlane Dr., Plant City. Appointment required 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center, 3402 N. 22nd St., Tampa. Immunizations will be done at the Hargrett building, 2002 E. 26th Ave., Tampa. Appointment required…