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  • Hillsborough County High Schools Among the Best in the Nation

    Posted by Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti on 4/23/2024 4:11:00 PM

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti
    Hillsborough County Public Schools
    Office of Communications
    813-272-4060

    Tampa, Fl. (April 23, 2024) –Hillsborough County public schools continue to shine, as the newly-released U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools list ranks all our high schools as some of the best in the state and the nation.

    The U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best High Schools rankings include data on nearly 25,000 high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

    Those data sets include College Readiness, State Assessment Proficiency, State Assessment Performance, Underserved Student Performance, College Curriculum Breadth, and Graduation Rate.

    "We are thrilled to see Hillsborough County Schools recognized in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools list. This honor is a testament to the hard work of our students, the dedication of our teachers, and the unwavering support of our community. It underscores our commitment to providing high-quality education and highlights the success of our initiatives aimed at enhancing student achievement and educational opportunities across all our campuses." said Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Van Ayres.

    State Rankings

    Plant High School - #36

    Newsome High School - #43

    Steinbrenner High School - #52

    Robinson High School - #68

    Sickles High School - #85

    Strawberry Crest High School - #108

    Tampa Bay Tech High School - #141

    Bloomingdale High School - #150

    Alonso High School - #152

    Middleton High School - #154

    Riverview High School - #174

    Hillsborough High School - #179

    King High School - #185

    Durant High School - #216

    Wharton High School - #230

    Gaither High School - #237

    Leto High School - #243

    Plant City High School - #254

    Blake High School - #264

    Freedom High School - #299

    Jefferson High School - #307

    Armwood High School - #316

    Lennard High School - #329

    Spoto High School - #339

    East Bay High School - #360

    Brandon High School - #450

    Sumner High School - #477

    Chamberlain High School - #505

    Read more about how U.S. News calculated the Best High Schools Rankings »

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  • Special Called School Board Meeting

    Posted by Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti on 4/22/2024 5:13:00 PM

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti
    Hillsborough County Public Schools
    Office of Communications
    813-272-4060

    Tampa, Fl. (April 22, 2024) – The Hillsborough County School Board will hold a Special Called School Board Meeting on Monday, April 29, from 1-4 p.m. in the board auditorium located at 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

    The board meeting will be held to discuss two book challenges, Blankets at Plant High School and Identical at Newsome High School, and the resulting decisions from each school’s Educational Media Materials Committee and the District Level Reconsideration Appeals Committees. 

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  • Hillsborough County School Board Members in the Community: April 20-27, 2024

    Posted by Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti on 4/19/2024 2:10:00 PM

    For Immediate Release

    Contact:Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti
    Hillsborough County Public Schools
    Office of Communications
    813-272-4060

    Tampa, Fla. – (April 19, 2024) – One or more Hillsborough County School Board members are scheduled to attend the following events or meetings:

    • Saturday, April 20 – 11:00 AM:
      3rd Annual Autism Acceptance Fun Festival, Lopez Exceptional Student Center, 315 W. Old Hillsborough Ave, Seffner
    • Monday, April 22 – 11:00 AM:
      Hispanic Latinx Forum, Virtual 
    • Tuesday, April 23 – 10:00 AM:
      School Board Workshop Legislative Session Review, ROSSAC, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
    • Wednesday, April 24 – 10:00 AM:
      Hillsborough County African American History Task Force, Virtual
    • Wednesday, April 24 – 4:00 PM:
      7 Mindsets STOP Grant Spring Event, Sheehy Elementary School, 6402 N 40th Street, Tampa
    • Thursday, April 25 – 6:00 PM:
      Elementary Music Banquet, Straz Center, 1010 NW C Macinnes Pl, Tampa
    • Friday, April 26 – 8:00 AM:
      Citizen Oversight Committee, Virtual
    • Friday, April 26 – 9:00 AM:
      Literacy Fair, Chiaramonte Elementary School, 6001 S Himes Ave, Tampa
    • Friday, April 26 – 5:00 PM:
      Helios Education Foundation Reception, Helios, 101 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
    • Saturday, April 27 – 2:00 PM:
      Music Education Fundraiser, Hooch & Hive, 1001 W Cass Street, Tampa
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  • Media Invite: Celebrate Earth Day at Frost Elementary School

    Posted by Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti on 4/19/2024 10:57:00 AM

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti
    Hillsborough County Public Schools
    Office of Communications
    813-272-4060

    Hillsborough County’s Sustainability, Resiliency, and Mitigation Team joins Second Graders for a presentation and tree planting.

    Join second graders at Frost Elementary School on Earth Day for a tree planting ceremony and a presentation by the Hillsborough County Sustainability, Resiliency, and Mitigation Team.

    Students will learn about native trees in Florida, and the important roles trees play in mitigating storm surge (during hurricanes) and extreme heat.

    Where: Frost Elementary School, 3950 S Falkenburg Rd, Riverview, FL 33578

    Date: Monday, April 22nd

    Time: 8:30 a.m. presentation starts in classroom, 9:00 a.m. tree planting

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  • Hillsborough County School Board Members in the Community: April 13-20, 2024

    Posted by Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti on 4/12/2024 11:36:00 AM

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti
    Hillsborough County Public Schools
    Office of Communications
    813-272-4060

    Tampa, Fla. – (April 12, 2024) – One or more Hillsborough County School Board members are scheduled to attend the following events or meetings:

    • Saturday, April 13 – 8:30 AM:
      Early Childhood Literacy Symposium, Middleton High School, 4801 N 22nd St., Tampa
    • Monday, April 15 – 11:00 AM:
      Principal Induction Program, ISC, 2940 N. 20th St., Tampa 
    • Monday, April 15 – 4:30 PM:
      HASLMS Annual Banquet, Tampa Palms County Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd., Tampa
    • Tuesday, April 16 – 11:00 AM:
      Bridge Builders 2024, Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 North Tampa St., Tampa
    • Tuesday, April 16 – 4:00 PM:
      School Board Meeting, ROSSAC, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
    • Wednesday, April 17 – 9:00 AM:
      Future Career Academy Fair Hiring Event, The Regent, 6437 Watson Rd., Riverview
    • Wednesday, April 17 – 5:30 PM:
      Kids Tag Art Ceremony, Jefferson High School, 4401 W. Cypress St., Tampa
    • Wednesday, April 17 – 6:30 PM:
      Special Olympics Celebration, Strawberry Crest High School, 4691 Gallagher Rd., Dover
    • Thursday, April 18 – 10:30 AM:
      13th Annual Frameworks Head & Heart Luncheon, Armature Works, 1910 Ola Ave., Tampa
    • Saturday, April 20 – 11:00 AM:
      3rd Annual Autism Acceptance Fun Festival, Lopez Elementary, 200 N. Kingsway Rd., Seffner
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  • Hillsborough County School Board Members in the Community: April 6-13, 2024

    Posted by Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti on 4/5/2024 3:12:00 PM

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti
    Hillsborough County Public Schools
    Office of Communications
    813-272-4060

    Tampa, Fla. – (April 5, 2024) – One or more Hillsborough County School Board members are scheduled to attend the following events or meetings:

    • Saturday, April 6 – 7:00 AM:
      Race for Education, Blake High School, 1701 N Boulevard, Tampa
    • Tuesday, April 9 – 8:30 AM:
      Latinos In Action Conference, 4103 USF Cedar Circle, Tampa 
    • Tuesday, April 9 – 11:30 AM:
      Ybor Chamber Luncheon, 2117 E 7th Ave., Tampa 
    • Tuesday, April 9 – 5:30 PM:
      School Board Recognition Meeting, ROSSAC, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
    • Wednesday, April 10 – 5:30 PM:
      Seniors In Service Partnership Celebration, Washington Elementary School, 1407 Estelle St., Tampa
    • Saturday, April 13 – 8:30 AM:
      Early Childhood Literacy Symposium, Middleton High School, 4801 N. 22nd St., Tampa
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  • Join Hillsborough County Public Schools on Saturday, April 6th for the 3rd Annual Race for Education 5K & 1-Mile Run/Walk

    Posted by Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti on 4/5/2024 11:40:00 AM
     
     

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti
    Hillsborough County Public Schools
    Office of Communications
    813-272-4060

    Tampa, Fla. – (April 5, 2024) – Hillsborough County Public Schools joins Hillsborough Education Foundation to host the 3rd Annual Race for Education 5K on Saturday, April 6, 2024.

    Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels are invited for a fun-filled race down North Boulevard and over the Hillsborough River. The 5K race starts and ends at Blake High School located at 1701 N Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607.

    Awards will be given to overall male, overall female and by age group: first, second, and third place. There is also a 1-mile option for families, children, and walkers. The 5K race begins at 8:00 a.m., the 1-mile walk/run begins at 9:00 a.m.

    Superintendent Van Ayres and school board members will be joined by City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor to welcome runners and recognize the winners.

    Over 1,000 have already registered for this year’s race – the most the event has registered since it began three years ago. The race was created as part of the Healthy Schools program spurred by School Board Member Lynn Gray.

    Along the race route, our amazing student musicians will provide musical entertainment for motivation: Plant High School - Drum Line, Ballast Point Elementary – Bucket Drumming, Lanier Elementary – World Drumming, Coleman Middle School – Jazz Band, Thonotosassa Elementary – World Drumming, and Lockhart Elementary - Drum Line.

    This year’s presenting sponsor is Suncoast Credit Union. Other sponsors include Aetna, Farah & Farah, Shumaker Advisors, BayCare, Tampa General Hospital, Corebridge Financial, Dunkin', Boy Scouts of America –Greater Tampa Bay Chapter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, AMI Kids, The Jeep Depot, and Gulf Coast Plastics.

    Registration will be open until Saturday morning. To register, please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Tampa/HEF5K.

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  • **UPDATED LIST** Thirty-eight Hillsborough County Public Schools Recognized as 2022-23 Schools of Excellence by Florida State Board of Education

    Posted by Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti on 4/5/2024 9:33:00 AM

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti
    Hillsborough County Public Schools
    Office of Communications
    813-272-4060

    Tampa, Fla. – (April 5, 2024) – Hillsborough County Public Schools is proud to announce that thirty-eight schools were recognized as 2022-23 Schools of Excellence by the Florida State Board of Education.

    Schools of Excellence are schools whose school grade calculation is in the 80th percentile or higher for at least two of the last three school years. The Florida Legislature established the Schools of Excellence program in 2017 as an initiative to recognize and reward Florida’s highest-performing schools.

    “Thirty-eight of our schools maintained their designation from the previous school year and two of our schools were added to the list,” said Van Ayres, superintendent of schools. “I am proud of our students, our teachers, our administrators, and our support staff who have all contributed to the success and to receive this honor.”

    The schools in Hillsborough County Public Schools who were recognized are:

    Elementary Schools:
    Apollo Beach Elementary School
    Ballast Point Elementary School
    Alafia Elementary School
    Boyette Springs Elementary School
    Bevis Elementary School
    Bryant Elementary School
    Chiles Elementary School
    Clark Elementary School
    Deer Park Elementary School
    Fishhawk Creek Elementary School
    Gorrie Elementary School
    Grady Elementary School
    Hammond Elementary School
    Hunter's Green Elementary School – New Recognition!
    Lithia Springs Elementary School
    Mabry Elementary School
    MacFarlane Park Elementary Magnet School
    Mitchell Elementary School
    McKitrick Elementary School
    Northwest Elementary School
    Pride Elementary School
    Roosevelt Elementary School
    Schwarzkopf Elementary School
    Stowers Elementary School
    Westchase Elementary School

    Middle Schools:
    Benito Middle School
    Coleman Middle School
    Farnell Middle School
    Martinez Middle School
    Randall Middle School
    Walker Middle Magnet School
    Williams Middle Magnet School
    Wilson Middle School

    High Schools:
    Newsome High School
    Plant High School
    Steinbrenner High School

    Combination Schools:
    Maniscalco K-8 School – New Recognition!
    Roland Park K-8 Magnet School

    The 2022-23 Schools of Excellence can be found at Schools of Excellence.

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  • Twenty-Nine Hillsborough County Public Schools Recognized as 2022-23 Schools of Excellence by Florida State Board of Education

    Posted by Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti on 4/4/2024 11:47:00 AM

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti
    Hillsborough County Public Schools
    Office of Communications
    813-272-4060

    Tampa, Fla. – (April 4, 2024) – Hillsborough County Public Schools is proud to announce that thirty-one schools were recognized as 2022-23 Schools of Excellence by the Florida State Board of Education.

    Schools of Excellence are schools whose school grade calculation is in the 80th percentile or higher for at least two of the last three school years. The Florida Legislature established the Schools of Excellence program in 2017 as an initiative to recognize and reward Florida’s highest-performing schools.

    “Twenty-nine of our schools maintained their designation from the previous school year and two of our schools were added to the list,” said Van Ayres, superintendent of schools. “I am proud of our students, our teachers, our administrators, and our support staff who have all contributed to the success and to receive this honor.”

    The schools in Hillsborough County Public Schools who were recognized are:

    Elementary Schools:
    Alafia Elementary School
    Boyette Springs Elementary School
    Bevis Elementary School
    Bryant Elementary School
    Chiles Elementary School
    Clark Elementary School
    Gorrie Elementary School
    Grady Elementary School
    Hunter's Green Elementary School – New Recognition!
    Lithia Springs Elementary School
    Mabry Elementary School
    Mitchell Elementary School
    McKitrick Elementary School
    Northwest Elementary School
    Pride Elementary School
    Roosevelt Elementary School
    Schwarzkopf Elementary School
    Westchase Elementary School

    Middle Schools:
    Benito Middle School
    Coleman Middle School
    Farnell Middle School
    Martinez Middle School
    Randall Middle School
    Walker Middle Magnet School
    Williams Middle Magnet School
    Wilson Middle School

    High Schools:
    Newsome High School
    Plant High School
    Steinbrenner High School

    Combination Schools:
    Maniscalco K-8 School – New Recognition!
    Roland Park K-8 Magnet School

    The 2022-23 Schools of Excellence can be found at Schools of Excellence.

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  • Media Invite: Hillsborough County Public Schools Solar Eclipse Activities

    Posted by Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti on 4/3/2024 4:29:00 PM


    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Tanya Arja or Debra Bellanti
    Hillsborough County Public Schools
    Office of Communications
    813-272-4060

    Join Hillsborough County Public Schools on Monday, April 8th for one or more of our solar eclipse events at the schools listed below.

    • Rampello K-8 Downtown Magnet Partnership
      Location: 802 E Washington St, Tampa, FL 33602
      Time: 2:00 PM

    Representatives from The Tampa Bay Sun are planning to experience Monday’s eclipse with students at Rampello Downtown Partnership School at 802 E. Washington Street in Tampa. Capture students’ reactions at the school on Monday, April 8, between 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. (Plan to arrive by 2:30 to capture the peak of the eclipse.)

    Please check in at the front office on arrival.

    • Brandon High School – PE Field
      Location: 1101 Victoria St, Brandon, FL 33510
      Time: 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

    Brandon High School is hosting a viewing and photo opportunity with glasses and other solar safe and astro photography equipment to enrich the event after school on Monday from 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. on their PE field.

    Please check in at the front office on arrival.

    • Gaither High School
      Location: 16200 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
      Time: Classroom at 1:00 PM, PE Field 1:47 PM until 3:00 PM

    Students will be creating models of the Sun, Earth and Moon and creating an eclipse in their classroom in 7th period (at 1:00 p.m.). Then in 8th period, they will all go outside to observe the actual eclipse until dismissal at 2:30 p.m.  Students who can are invited to stay until 3:00 PM.

    Please check in at the front office on arrival.

    Please RSVP for these events by contacting Debra Bellanti at debra.bellanti@hcps.net or texting 813.538.6015.

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