Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Some students might not make it home until after 6 p.m.
Update 5:43 p.m. Aug. 21: Families of students delayed coming home from Hillsborough County Schools are receiving phone messages from the district. Magnet school buses are still running late. Earlier: The first day of school in Hillsborough County isn’t necessarily going off without a hitch. According to a Hillsborough County Schools media release, typical first-day delays have been added to thanks to the stormy weather. “Magnet buses did not clear the 40th Street transfer ramp until 4:55 p.m., so some students will not arrive home until after 6 p.m.,” the release said. How did the first day of school go for your kids? Let us know in the comments section.
The National Weather Service calls for a 70 percent chance of storms today, just in time for the afternoon run on the first day of school for the Hillsborough County School District. Meanwhile, the future Tropical Storm Isaac is taking form in the Atlanti
For the most part, bright skies marked the start of the first day of school but that won't likely hold up for the ride home for students of the nation's eighth-largest school district. The National Weather Service in Ruskin says there’s a good chance afternoon thunderstorms will hit in time for the final bell of the first day of school for the Hillsborough County School District. Scattered showers were likely to become “numerous this afternoon,” said Eric Oglesby, a meteorologist with the weather service. Oglesby said rain chances will remain high tomorrow, but will taper off into the 40 percent range on Thursday and drop more over the weekend. Today’s high will be around 80, Oglesby said. While storms are likely to make the first week …
School officials ask adults to heed these tips in helping to ensure student safety at school bus stops. Two of the rules are mandated by law. Once you know your rules, share another set of rules with your children.
Kids, you're not alone in having rules of behavior to abide by to ensure a safe passage to and from school. Adults have a set of rules to which they, too, should abide. First, here's a list for adults, things they should do to help ensure a school bus rider's safe passage to school: And now, rules to which the school bus rider shoud abide, as recounted in a report based on tips from the Florida Department of Transportation:
The Hillsborough County School District is broken down into eight areas, to help better manage the nation's eighth-largest school system. Each school falls under one of these areas. The area director is considered the "principal's principal."
The Hillsborough County School District has more than 260 schools, sites and centers, which makes for a pretty hefty administrative load for a centralized school system. In other parts of the country, there are lots and lots of school districts, many within blocks of each other. In Florida, every county is a school district, which means one school board oversees all public schools in Hillsborough County. To facilitate the governance of those schools, the district has been broken down into eight areas and each area is a run by an area director. The big change this year concerns areas 5, 6 and 7, as evidenced by a change in high school placements. Area 5 retains Bloomingdale and Spoto, picks up Newsome from Area 6 and loses East Bay, …
Monday, August 20, 2012
The Hillsborough County School District opens for business for the 2012-13 school year on Aug. 21, which means commuters need to pay heed to the changing traffic patterns and commute times. Fill us in on your tips, concerns and issues.
Motorists, plan ahead, if you haven't already, for the start of the 2012-13 school year, which in Hillsborough County kicks off Aug. 21 with about 91,000 students expected to be riding to school on buses. Add to the mix the parents who drive their kids to school, and the older students who drive themselves to school, not to mention the traffic to and from charter, private and parochial schools and daycare centers, and one can easily see the gridlock ahead. Taking heed of the bell schedules for Greater Brandon area schools will help local motorists plan ahead for increased traffic. Here's some things to keep in mind, as noted on the Hillsborough County School District Web site: ______________ We'd like to hear from you, your experiences …
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon pledges to make certain no child will be left behind without school supplies. Remember the people with the big truck who collected your donations at Kmart and other places? Here's what they did with your donations.
At the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Brandon, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon met to sort the large collection of school supplies it received from a community committed to ensuring that kids in need are outfitted well with a fresh batch of supplies for the new school year. There, on Aug. 17, Kiwanians gathered to count and sort tables covered with supplies, including pens, pencils, composition books, notebook paper, folders and binders. Later that day, counselors from area schools were expected to arrive to pick up the supplies for distribution to the students at their schools whose families struggle through tough economic times. "We started the donation drive the second week in July," said Kiwanian Dustie Amatangelo, the drive's …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The rules underscore the need for students to drink plenty of water and to be immediately pulled from play if they show signs of head injury.
Student athletes in Florida must have unrestricted access to water during workouts. Any student who shows signs of a possible concussion playing school sports must be immediately pulled from the game. These are some of the new rules that the state High School Athletic Association will be enforcing as the fall sports practice season kicks off. The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) reminded schools this week of new standards to safeguard student athletes. Many of the new rules involve ensuring that students stay hydrated in the Florida heat and also are protected from the risks of associated with head injuries. The FHSAA’s director of athletics will conduct a workshop on the new safety requirements at a compliance seminar next…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Quotes to consider for the 2012-13 school year include thoughtful considerations from Steve Jobs, Mark Twain, John Dewey and, locally, Phillip George Mook, the namesake of the exhibit room at the Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association.
Looking for words of inspiration to get set for the new year of school? Consider these submissions for thoughtful consideration:
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The 2012 Florida Sales Tax Holiday kicks off 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and continues through the weekend. Plan ahead for your purchases, but keep in mind there are restrictions. See what's taxed, and what's tax-exempt.
Heading out to the stores this weekend to purchase back-to-school clothing and school supplies? Good news, then, that the 2012 Sales Tax Holiday runs from 12:01 a.m. August 3 through 11:59 p.m. August 5. From Friday to Sunday you'll get a tax break on clothing, accessories and school supplies. But before you fill your shopping carts, consider the fine print of what's taxable and what's tax-exempt. Considering, for example, a purchase of accessories? Covered are hair nets, bows, clips and bands, but not handkerchiefs. Covered is aerobic and fitness clothing, but not athletic gloves and pads. Belts are tax-exempt, but not belts for weightlifting. It pays, then, to do your homework in advance before you start your shopping. ______________ A…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
A small fire at Frost Elementary School on July 26 depleted school supplies in the shared classroom of teachers Holly Cover and Jamy Daily-Herman. Al Higginbotham's aide and Riverview chamber director Tanya Doran spread word of a drive to help.
Two kindergarten teachers at Frost Elementary School are facing the task of rebuilding their shared classroom with weeks to go before the Aug. 21 start of the new school year, according to Deanna Hurley, an aide to Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham. Hurley notified media and chamber interests in an email July 31 about the plight of the two teachers, Holly Cover and Jamy Daily-Herman, who reportedly "lost everything" in their shared classroom because of a fire over the weekend. "Mrs. Cover and Mrs. Daily, are being supported by their co-teachers, who are asking the community for help," Hurley wrote. "We have no involvement in this process; we just wanted to help to get the word out." The school, at 3950 Falkenburg Road, …