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acrosse is a competitive sport that dates back to aboriginal tribes at the time Christopher Columbus set foot in the new world. The rules to this sport were quite simple. The ball must not be touched by hands, and you throw, catch and convey it into a goal to score a point. Today Lacrosse is not much different, but it is played in almost every country in the world. It is especially popular in the United States and the European Union. This full
contact sport is only offered in certain High schools and we are fortunate enough that Wesley Chapel High School has its own program. The Wesley Chapel Community is proud to reveal that the Dicks Tournament of Champions will be held at Wesley Chapel District Park and Wesley Chapel High school in December. This National Lacrosse Tournament is for Pre-collegiate clubs and consistently features the United States top high school and youth players.
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o make fun and learning even more open to all families in Tampa Bay, the area’s leader in hands-on science learning is teaming up with the community’s largest provider of Autism Spectrum Disorder analysis and care. The partnership between the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) and Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay (BCOTB) is the first of its kind for either organization. Working under the motto “partnering toward a more autism accessible experience,”
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s an educator for a little over ten years, I always enjoyed celebrating student success. It was something we strived for as a class and as a school especially at the high performing charter school in Pasco County where I served for five of those years. I was always thrilled year after year in seeing our students perform at the top of our district on their standardized test scores during my years of serving as a third grade teacher at Dayspring Academy. Regardless of where a teacher or parent stands, though,
in support of formative assessments, the end goal for all is the same...To see each child reach his or her highest potential every year. With this being our focus, let’s take a look at a few strategies we can use to ensure we are doing our part to provide our children with the best possible chances for success.
Provide a new perspective.
Since our outlook often affects the way we respond to tasks in front of us, it’s important that as adults we help our children face the school year with a winner’s mindset. It’s the same reason
coaches give pep talks in the locker room before a game. The intent is to gear the athlete’s mindset toward success. And if it’s true that one’s attitude before facing an opposing team is important, how much more the perspective our children have when facing the tasks in front of them? Tasks that in the long term will most certainly play an important role over time in preparing them for their future careers. Our role as parents and educators is therefore to reframe our children’s perspective regarding the learning opportunities and challenges they face, so they build up the will to fight for their success.
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Minimize stress. As teachers and parents, our role in promoting high expectations and a push toward success should never be driven by negativity. After all, we don’t want to give our little ones gray hairs before their time. Instead, we need to do everything possible to make learning an enjoyable experience, something our children see as important and worthy of their time. Therefore, in light of this, as adults who know the value education has on our children’s future, we should look for creative ways to inspire them. Here are a few examples: • Turn homework and
school good grades into a “game” by giving points for neat and excellent work, and use those points toward helping your child earn tangible rewards like prizes, toys, and fun activities. (Remember to keep your expectations high and yet balanced with an understanding of what your child’s very best efforts are capable of producing.) • Highlight progress. Kids love recognition…and especially from those they love and respect. Give your children specific verbal praise, and post up their good work for all to see in a visibly designated area. • Have your children find creative ways to share what
the week that they can share highlighting the many things they’ve learned that week. And perhaps even have them share what they are learning with other also. • Above all, keep it positive! We want our children to enjoy learning.
Nurture the character qualities from which winners are built.
Perseverance, determination, commitment, a work ethic focused on excellence…All of these traits can be found in the greatest
when your child needs help, and motivate them with your words. Affirm your belief in
could better understand it. Help your child get a concrete understanding of what they
Faye, a former Florida educator and currently an online ESL teacher, is the co-author of PurposefulMoms.com. During her years as a third grade teacher, Adams developed educational tools to help students grasp and retain challenging concepts. (Many of them can be found on her online store entitled “They Can Learn It” on TeachersPayTeachers.) Her students continually performed at the top of the district on their standardized assessments, and in 2013, she was pleased to learn their students’ scores placed them in the top 4% of Florida schools. In 2014, Faye served as a volunteer teacher ambassador for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, sharing Florida’s success as one of the top ten states as well as promoting higher standards. You can read more from Faye by checking out her blog at PurposefulMoms.com. they have learned during week in school. Talk about the challenges as well as their academic wins in the car or around the dinner table. Think about allowing them to create a recording throughout
of athletes, businessmen, and effective leaders. Don’t wait until the “tree” is already past its development stages before you decide to direct how it will grow. Begin now. Offer support and encouragement
their abilities to succeed, and most importantly, continue to give them a vision for how far they can go and the future that is possible for them to achieve.
Break big concepts into bite-sized pieces.
Our children…are children after all. Yes, we need to continually help our little ones develop higher vocabulary, but it’s important to remember that we often understand information by connecting it to prior knowledge. So, use analogies, clear visuals, stories and examples…things that will help your children relate better to new content. As a teacher when it came to math, I often said, “When in doubt, draw it out!” I realized that if my students could “see” a concept visually, they
are learning by not only using your words but through other tools as well that will help paint a better picture for them.
Whether your child is an A-student or you’ve seen a great need for progress over the years, remember the “why” of learning (their reason and motivation) is equally important as “what” (the content). As teachers and parents we definitely have a tremendous opportunity to help frame the way our children view education as well as influencing their efforts towards putting forth their personal best. This year, let’s give each of them a reason to excel beyond where they’ve been before! •
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2016-2017 District 6890 Governor Joyce Ann Gunter Visited The Rotary Club of New Tampa
otarian Joyce Gunter, the fourth District 6890 Governor from the Rotary Club of New Tampa (RCNT) in only 20 years, made her official visit to her home club recently. Dr. Thomas Wade, Douglas Andrews, and Joyce’s husband, Gary Gunter, all preceded her as district governors. Joyce and Gary are only the second DG couple ever to serve in District 6890. District Governor Gunter told the club about some of her favorite experiences as a Rotarian and why she’s so passionate about Rotary. In addition, she
informed the club members about her goals for District 6890 for 2016 – 2017. “I am very excited about the Rotary Foundation celebrating its 100th birthday this Rotary year and am looking forward to attending the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA in June 2017 with all of my fellow Rotarians,” said Gunter. During her visit, she presented several awards to members of the RCNT. Derek Usman, who has been a member for less than a year, and Jim Dietz, a new member, each were given a “Rising Star” for their exemplary work in enhancing the club’s Greeter Program. “Shining Star” awards were given to: 1) Matt Palmer, for his
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ing with people and organizations who have chosen to dedicate their lives to helping these children lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
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August 5th – 25th Amalie Arena www.amaliearena.com The Vinik Family Foundation invites Tampa Bay to share in an interactive architectural installation that will bring a beach to downtown Tampa. Created by Snarkitecture, The Beach Tampa is a 15,000 square foot immersive environment featuring an “ocean” of 1.2 million recyclable and antimicrobial white balls. Open to the public at no cost.
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August 26th Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre www.FairgroundsAmphitheatre.com It’s time for some unbridled hilarity! Now in its fourth glorious year, the world’s biggest touring comedy fest does not disappoint with its stellar roster of comedians! Get ready for the giggles and guffaws, as these funny people do their thing!
August 27th @ 8:00pm Jaeb Theater www.StrazCenter.org Charismatic performance troupe Aerial Dragons presents this stunning showcase of circus arts featuring lyra, acro-dancing and silks.
September 2nd & 8:00pm Carrollwood Players Theater The Addams’s lives turn upside down when daughter Wednesday grows up, falls in love and brings home her “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
Mad Theatre presents Spring Awakening
September 8th @ 8:00pm September 18th @ 8:00pm (some 2:00 pm shows available) Jaeb Theater www.StrazCenter.org With music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, Spring Awakening is an electrifying fusion of morality and sensuality with an alternative rock and folk score that has exhilarated audiences for years. Mad Theatre of Tampa is thrilled to bring this winner of 8 Tony awards, including Best Musical, to the Jaeb Theater, September 8-18, 2016. Set in 1891 Germany, a world in which the adults hold all of the cards, Spring Awakening explores the journey of teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer uproar of sexuality through trials and tribulations that are both illuminating and unforgettable.
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have time to check out the resource tables. Interpretation for the deaf will be provided. Spanish translation will be available. These sections will be reserved until 30 minutes before the start of each session. Admission is free. No registration is required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
September 10th from 9:00am-12:00pm 4800 US Hwy 301 N, Tampa, FL 33610 www.flavorrun.com 4th Annual Flavor Run 5k Tampa Bay benefitting Girls on the Run Tampa Bay. Join us in one of the Bay’s most fun fruit-flavored powder 5k event for all ages. Local sponsors, awesome swag, delicious fruit, and commemorative BANANA finisher medal at the finish line. Whether this is your first 5k or your 100th 5k, be prepared for one of the best experiences in the Tampa Bay Area.
5th Annual Fall Stampede
Presented by Chick-fil-A September 10th Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park www.childrenscancercenter.org The event includes a 5K Run, 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk, a Mascot Race, photo opportunities with the Chick-fil-A cows, and a post-race party in the Family Fun Zone including Chick-fil-A food, games, and great prizes. Chick-fil-A has been a sponsor and partner in this event from its inception in 2012. The Fall Stampede grew from 800 runners to over 1,500 runners and has raised approximately $245,500 in net proceeds within the last 4 years.
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September 8th September 10th Amalie Arena www.AmalieArena.com Each session is unique and will include a powerful message from Joyce as well as worship with Matt Redman and Christy Nockels. Doors will open two hours prior to each session, so be sure to arrive early so you can grab a seat and
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Improv Comedy Club September 22nd www.ImprovTampa.com History has a funny way of repeating itself. Take the Windy City of Chicago circa the 1820s when a self-proclaimed Brooklyn street politician named Al Capone revolutionized the crime world with his hustling antics. Nearly 70 years later, the Bronx is introduced to Derrick Lee, another hustler who trades in his ruggish-thuggish ways to become a successful entrepreneur and later metamorphosized into the world of comedy as Capone, the Gangster of Comedy.•
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Bryan Lee “Braille Blues Daddy” New Orleans Blues Institution August 20th Skipper’s Smokehouse Genre: Blues
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Pledge to Pack A+
f good eating habits have fallen by the wayside during the summer break, you can kick off this school year right by pledging to guide your family toward healthier lunches. “Back to school is a great time for families to make a healthy resolution they can carry on through the duration of the school year,” said Trish James, vice president, Produce for Kids. “As a mom of two boys, I understand the challenges parents face when packing a healthy, nutritious lunch for their children and for themselves. The Power Your Lunchbox Pledge was designed to help families tackle this universal challenge.” The initiative gives parents tools and tips – such as this time-saving makeahead pizza pocket recipe – to achieve a great start for back to school, while giving back to children in need. Every online pledge results in a $1 donation to Feeding America programs that support families and children.
Find more creative ideas and join the discussion on Instagram and Twitter using #PowerYourLunchbox, and learn more about the program and its sponsors at poweryourlunchbox.com.•
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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon quick rise yeast 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon, divided 1 cup slightly warm water 3/4 cup uncooked oat bran hot cereal 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour 1/3 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce 1/2 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese 16 slices pepperoni, quartered 4 mushrooms, sliced 4 mini sweet peppers, sliced In stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine all-purpose flour, yeast, sugar and salt. With motor running, add 2 tablespoons oil and warm water. Switch paddle attachment to dough hook. Add oat bran and mix until combined. Add whole-wheat flour a little at a time and stop when slightly sticky ball forms. Continue to run mixer 1 minute. Brush ball of dough with remaining olive oil, cover with plastic wrap and place somewhere warm to rise 1 hour. Heat oven to 450 F. Spray large baking
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sheet with cooking spray. Punch down dough. Dust counter lightly with flour. Roll out half of dough to 1/4-inch thick, dusting with more flour if too sticky. Use 4-inch round cookie cutter to cut rounds. Spoon 1 teaspoon tomato sauce into middle of each round. Add 1/2 tablespoon cheese, 4 quarters of pepperoni, mushroom slice and 2 pepper rings. Moisten edges of dough with water. Fold dough over filling and press to seal. Use fork tines to crimp and further seal edges. Place pizza pockets on baking sheet and poke top of each with fork. Bake 15 minutes, or until tops are browned (some cheese may leak out). Once cool, freeze in single layer on baking sheet. Once frozen, wrap individually in plastic wrap and transfer to freezer bag. Notes: If placed in lunchbox frozen, even with ice pack, they will defrost by lunchtime. Serve with 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, 2 tablespoons hummus and a clementine.
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New (School) Year, New You
Make family resolutions that stick Forget Jan. 1st. Parents know the real new year begins when you can smell the fresh pink erasers and hear the clatter of brand new pencils on still-smooth notebook covers. Even if you don’t have kids in school, the end of summer and the beginning of fall is a great time to reassess, realign, hit the restart button and make resolutions that will help carry your family smoothly through until next summer – or at least until the holidays.
Here are some tips from parents about resolutions they’ve made for the coming school year:
Learn to love mornings
My Life and Kids blogger Anna Luther said she used to hate mornings. “It was a disaster,” she said. “There was a lot of yelling, a lot of missing socks, a lot of arguments about eating a good breakfast – it was just not the way to start a productive, happy day.” Luther decided to turn the first – and worst – hour of her day into one of the best by waking up earlier, exercising and turning on music. Luther also changed the way she looked at breakfast. “It doesn’t have to be from scratch,” she said, “but it does have to have protein – and be fast. We love frozen breakfast burritos, for example.”
Empower the kids
Luther said that another thing that made mornings exhausting was that she tried to do everything herself, from finding socks and brushing hair to heating up healthy breakfasts. But kids are eager to help, she said. Just like adults, they feel empowered when they can do things for themselves. Luther decided to empower her kids and simplify her life at the same time by creating “Get Ready Buckets,” which hold everything they need to get moving in the morning, from hairbrushes to socks.
That same message of empowerment can simplify and improve other stressful times of day. Do the kids walk in the door hungry and cranky and leave you feeling the same way? Stock the freezer with hearty snacks, such as El Monterey Taquitos, that kids can heat up on their own.
Blogger Kristyn Merkley of Lil’ Luna, has resolved to show the teachers in her life how much she and her family appreciate them. “Our teachers put so much time and effort into their jobs,” Merkley said, “and we’re so grateful for that.” While she usually gives teachers a gift card at the end of the year, she doesn’t wait until then to send notes and emails with a simple, “Thank you.” She also makes sure to say thanks in person – and in front of her kids.
Make fun a priority
There are plenty of must-dos on your list every day, but is fun one of them? Merkley said it should be, and she’s making family fun a resolution this school year. She collects activities on her blog that kids and adults can do together and plans family fun nights around them. “When we laugh and make things and learn things together,” she said, “we’re making memories. I want my kids to remember their childhoods as more than just getting to school on time and cleaning their rooms.”
Be a team
Kristy Denney, of the Boys Ahoy blog, is raising three wild boys, as she calls them. But even the wildest of kids wants to know that you’re on their team – and they’re on yours. Denney and her husband, Brett, chose a family motto for the school year so that everyone on their family team knows what they’re working toward. As their motto, the Denneys chose, “Work hard and be nice.” It’s simple,
succinct and sums up what they want for their family.
Fuel up with real food
Kids have to eat, and most insist on eating three or more times a day. Denney said she loves to cook from scratch, but she doesn’t want time in the kitchen to keep her away from her family. So, this year, she’s resolving to focus on what’s important: real ingredients. “Sometimes I’ll buy the ingredients myself to cook from scratch and sometimes I’ll look for foods I recognize on the label,” she said. “When I pick up El Monterey Signature Burritos, I see ingredients like fresh-baked tortillas, real cheddar cheese – foods I would buy anyway for my family, so I feel great about that.”
Make snacks work hard
Jess Kielman, who writes the blog Mom 4 Real, said that snacking can sometimes be a problem in her house. Kids (and adults) sometimes snack because they’re bored – or just out of habit, so she’s reining in snack time and making snacks work just as hard as meals. “Protein and real food – that’s what I’m going to look for in afternoon snacks,” she said. “Something that fills the kids up and gets them ready to get back out the door and play, or buckle down and do their homework.”
Cheer on #momwins
Kielman said that this year her resolution is to start giving herself a little more credit for her “mom wins,” big or small. “Checking off every last thing on my spring cleaning checklist is a win, for sure,” she said, “but so is a good, smooth morning with my family. So is a sit-down dinner that didn’t stress me out. So is feeling good about what we’re eating. So is every little hug. Those are all #momwins, and I’m going to give myself a little pat on the back for every one.” For more breakfast, snack and dinner ideas to help you keep your family resolutions, visit ElMonterey.com.•
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care. There would be a void there, and people would not have that care they need and deserve,” said Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. “I really hand it to the people who work with hospice, whether it be the volunteers, the CNAs, the home health aides, the nurses, the case managers, the CFOs and the CEOs. Anybody and everybody who works with hospice, you are touching peoples’ lives on a day-to-day basis.” The remodel at the Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppe in Zephyrhills, located at 36524 State Road 54, included painting the interior of the store, updating the store’s bathrooms, laying new tile and redesigning the merchandise layout. The store is just one of five stores in Pasco County that support Gulfside Hospice. The stores are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The stores sell a variety of items, including clothing, shoes, purses, furniture, collectibles and household items. Other locations include Dade City, Hudson, Lutz and New Port Richey. For more information about the Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes, visit www.GHPPC.org or call 800-561-4883.•
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ABOUT VIRGINIA BUTLER I acquired my painting skills by attending a few art classes, but mostly I learned on my own by reading books, magazines, and visiting art museums. “The passion I have for wildlife inspires my art. We all know that our dogs and cats have personalities and their own ways of being, well, this is also true of all nature’s creatures. I volunteer at the local zoo and get to work with a lot of animals. I see personality in all of God’s creations from
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Cubber is estimated to be This gorgeous boy is JR. JR is a two year old Box2yrs old and he is fully er who is up to date on his vaccines, neutered vetted, microchipped and and ready for his forever up to date on preventatives. family! JR is housebroken, crate trained and Cubber appears to get knows basic commands. He is good withalong other great with other dogs, cats and humans dogs but has not been of all sizes. JR loves to play with his ball and tested yet with cats so that is great walking on a still remains a mystery. leash. If you think that JR would be perfect If you are interested in for your family, visit meeting Cubber please contactforus at 813-610-2275. A small www.saveaboxer.org more info and to fill adoption fee and home check are required. out an application.
is a 2 year old pit mix with possibly mastiff thrown in there for fun! This This beautiful pup is Sara, Jolie is a two year old amazing dog has had quite a crazy life also known as Sweetpea. Sara cream Chihuahua is 7 months old only and 27 with beautiful ebony has been for only being 2 years old. Zeus pounds and fully grown. She is eyes. She is very smart to the local kill shelter four times since believed to be a mix of boxer, and playful. Her beagle, and pitt. She unfortuNovember and was foster originally family says she dumped nately was abused in the past gets along with both and has a scar down her side. off when his owners went through a big and small dogs. She is up to date on all of her divorce. You would think all of these shots, spayed and microIf you are interested events would change him but Zeus chipped. Sara gets along with in Jolie please go to kids, dogs and cats! She is a is such a loving, caring boy who just www.saveaboxer.org perfect small dog for anyone. for more to fill If you are interested in adoptwants to snuggle andinfo beoran oversized out an application. ing Sara or have any questions lap dog! Zeus is great with kids, and good on a leash. He please send me an email with the title “Adopt Sara” to also knows basic commands but does not really like cats too Kaitiesmalley@aol.com. much. If you would like more information on Zeus, or would like to meet this perfect boy please contact his foster mom at The majority of these dogs were pulled fromHeatheranyon@gmail.com death information.is required. All for of more these dogs can be found
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This beautiful girl with the big smile is Jesse. Jesse is a two year old Pharoah hound terrier mix who is fully vetted and ready to go. This pretty girl is quiet and loyal but knows how to have fun. She is very energetic when its play time but also knows when its time to be calm and relaxed. For more info about Jesse prefers older children but if you would like to learn Juju, or to apply to adopt her, please visit www. more about this wonderful girl please contact Crystal at 813saveaboxer.org. 574-9987 or 813-610-2275 Home check and adoption fee are required. This beautiful Chiwinnie is Juju. JuJu is almost two years old and looking for her forever home. Juju loves to go on long walks and play fetch with her favorite tennis balls. She is a bit picky about her dog friends, but is in a foster home with four cats and plays fine with them.
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Student’s First Day...............................................................................................................................August 15, 2016 Labor Day Holiday......................................................................................................................... September 5, 2016 End of 1st Quarter.............................................................................................................................. October 14, 2016 Teacher Planning Day........................................................................................................................October 17, 2016 Report Cards....................................................................................................................................... October 24, 2016
Veteran’s Holiday............................................................................................................................ November 11, 2016 Thanksgiving Break............................................................................November 19, 2016 – November 27, 2016 End of 2nd Quarter...................................................................................................................... December 22, 2016 Winter Break.........................................................................................December 24, 2016 – December 31, 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday....................................................................................................... January 16, 2017 Report Cards..........................................................................................................................................January 17, 2017 End of 3rd Quarter.................................................................................................................................March 16, 2017 Spring Break.......................................................................................................... March 18, 2016 – March 26, 2017 Report Cards................................................................................................................................................. April 3, 2017 Graduation...........................................................................................................................................May 25 - 28, 2017 Students Last Day......................................................................................................................................May 26, 2017 Memorial Day Holiday..............................................................................................................................May 29, 2017
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