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New Parent Guide

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PARENT INVOLVEMENT Parents are an integral part of the Tampa Prep community. Through the Tampa Prep Parents Alliance (TPPA), parents partner with the school to volunteer and provide support for activities, events and programs. The partnership between Prep and our families is vital for student success.

We encourage you to engage in some of the committees and special interest groups on the following pages, and please feel free to reach out to your grade-level or division representatives if you have any questions or need guidance this first year! To stay current on all TPPA events (and there are MANY throughout the year!) parents are welcome to attend monthly TPPA meetings held at the school at 9:00 a.m. (usually on a Wednesday). Also, be sure to read the TPPA section of the Thursday newsletter, and visit the calendar in the Parent Portal for additional details.


Grade-Level Student Lunches

Parent social gatherings for each

Students in each grade enjoy a

grade level are planned periodically

special lunch and/or treat once per

throughout the year. Attendees gath-

semester during the regular lunch

er for coffee or lunch at a convenient

hour, courtesy of TPPA. ALL parents

location near school or at school.

from that grade are invited to

Parent social details may be found in

participate in organizing, setting

the Parent Portal calendar and the

up, serving and cleaning up for

weekly newsletter.

these events.

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PRESIDENT Megan Feindt / 540-226-8630



Heather Curtis





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Dionna Doss 813-610-1457 Lisa Peaslee 813-727-9877


Sandi Santos 813-777-1033 Katherine Cosmas 813-335-7349


The PEC is responsible for bringing in outside guest speakers to educate parents on current topics relating to education, college guidance, parenting and more. Past topics include: * A Beginners Guide To Mindfulness: Helping You and Your Teenager Manage Stress and Anxiety * What Every Parent Should Know * Real World 101: What Colleges Want Your Kids To Know * How To Get a Job and Keep It (for students) * Teaching Teens How to Feed Themselves: Food Culture * When Your Good Kid Makes a Bad Choice Rachel MacCormack 813-340-3832 Tien Tien Shein 813-833-2497 Laura DeLise 813-495-5285 Jeannine Williams 727-459-5449


Tampa Prep hosted the inaugural Headmasters’ Challenge on January 10, 2004. This annual tradition honors our rivalry with Berkeley Preparatory School. Winter sports teams from middle school, junior varsity and varsity all compete for the highly coveted Headmasters’ Cup. Wendy Porter 813-784-2119 Joan Labarta 813-390-8113


Garda Collison 910-728-8772


Lisa Paquin 314-541-4111


Linda Renfroe 813-230-9650 Elsa Hernandez 813-841-0718


Tampa Prep Book Club meets every other month on the second Tuesday of the month from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the Large Conference Room. We like to read a wide variety of books and are open to new and exciting suggestions. Our discussions are always animated, particularly when we disagree about the merits of a book! And, as always, people are welcome to come even if they haven’t read the book. CHAIR: Pattie Schreiber 813-928-2187 page 4


Join this informal group of international parents who meet monthly at a Prep family home for coffee. Get acquainted, share cultures and learn more about what goes on at Tampa Prep. CHAIR: Veronique Lepine 813-614-7421


It’s great to be a Tampa Prep Terrapin Dad! Why let Terrapin Moms have all the fun? Here’s your opportunity to meet other Prep dads for socializing (not fundraising!) in casual, informal, no-strings-attached gatherings. We meet once per semester for social events, and we also organize tailgates from time to time to coincide with sporting events at Prep. CHAIR: George Fleming 850-259-1530


Explore the cultural riches and natural beauty of the Tampa Bay area while making new friends. Outing destinations will vary and may include visiting a local museum, biking, kayaking, or exploring the Tampa River Walk. Suggestions for activities are always welcome. Outings often end by going out to lunch (optional, of course, if you only have limited time). LOOKING FOR A CHAIR! Interested? Contact Megan Feindt.


Dee Dee Bland 813-732-2889 Jennifer Plummer 215-262-1228 Christiana Thompson 678-662-5939


Cindi Herrera 813-992-5108 Cristina Blunt 813-431-4380 Lisa Reins 813-351-0771


Lynda Barrack 813-625-5860 Krista Maddock 813-947-0273 Allison Mook 813-810-8059


Dana MacDonald 813-335-1099 Dianne Shepley 813-767-1139 Danielle Scarlett 813-928-2018


Lori Longden 847-387-0322 Eleanore Doyle 813-943-9181 Tashia Mustafa 813-787-9732


Kim Foley 813-493-6207 Susan Peloubet 813-760-3574 Jill Matthews 813-382-1020


Lisha Harris 813-810-1644 Carol Hendrix 813-293-5562 Juli Capella 813-505-6766 page 5


enhance the student acquisition of

Each student is assigned to an advi-

vital 21st century skills such as

sor--a teacher or administrator--who

teamwork, curiosity, problem solving

provides a reliable, communicative

and resilience.

link between the student and his/her family and the student’s teachers. In

ASPIRE Summer Reading

addition, the advisor functions as the

In addition to one to four grade-level

student’s advocate, monitoring and

summer reading books, students

promoting the student’s academic

choose an ASPIRE book as an ad-

and personal growth. Students change

ditional choice. ASPIRE stands for “A

advisors each year as they move up

Summer Program in Reading Enrich-

through the School. An open,

ment” and was developed to inspire

communicative relationship between

students to read for pleasure. Faculty,

parents and advisors is important.

administrators and staff members may

Early in the school year, parents meet

choose a book to sponsor--some fic-

the advisors on Parents’ Night. Later in

tion, some non-fiction. Students sign

the fall semester all parents have the

up to read the book of their choice

opportunity to schedule an individual

over the summer, then meet for a

30-­minute conference with their

discussion in the fall. The groups may

student and the student’s advisor.

include students from all grades in the division.

A.L.E. (Active Learning Environment)

Discussion groups are limited to 17

The concept behind an Active

students, so signing up early (lists are

Learning Environment (ALE) is

released in late May) offers a better

to provide students with a tech-

chance to get your top choice.

nologically advanced atmosphere conducive to collaboration, student


engagement and creativity. Custom

Declamations are a unique Tampa

components including light, sound,

Prep tradition that help students

comfort and technology are

build confidence through public

incorporated to ensure optimal learn-

speaking. All students, grades 6-12,

ing within each classroom.

are required to prepare and deliver an oral presentation. Students advance

The physical changes combine with

through rounds performing for their

the innovative teaching methods to

class and their grade, and finalists

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TERMS TO KNOW perform in a school-wide assembly. Parents are welcome to attend this assembly.

First Week Tampa Prep prides itself on the sense of unity within each class and throughout the School. This focus is strengthened through several programs including day or overnight

have engineered a one-of-a-kind Freshman Transitions curriculum built into our class schedule. Subjects such as time management, ethics and integrity, social relationships, global perspective, executive functioning, exam prep, healthy living (sleep, diet, mindfulness, sex, addiction, technology use), financial literacy, digital citizenship and more are discussed.

retreats at the start of each school year during the first days of school before academic classes start. Students in all grades participate in games, activities and challenges appropriate to their age, always with the goal of getting to know each other, transitioning to the beginning of school, and to welcome new students.

Harkness The Harkness table, Harkness method, or Harkness discussion involves a teaching and learning method where students are seated in a large, oval configuration to discuss ideas in an encouraging, open-minded environment with only occasional or minimal teacher intervention. Most classrooms are set up to support the Harkness method, and most teachers employ it.

Freshman Transitions Course Following the trend of freshmen transition courses at colleges and universities across the country, we page 7

SUPPORT TAMPA PREP Each year, generous donations from our school community help us maintain our outstanding educational experience. While tuition pays for the essential elements needed for a top-tier learning environment, philanthropy allows us to be agile, innovative thought leaders by providing teachers and students with the resources they need to discover their next passion or talent. There are three opportunities to support Tampa Prep, and we are grateful that many of our families contribute in more than one way.

Annual Fund The Annual Fund is the School’s primary fundraising endeavor. It is our hope that, as a member of the community, you will participate in this fundraising initiative at least once throughout the academic year in a way that is meaningful to you. Some donors choose to set up a monthly donation as a matter of convenience and greater impact. The Annual Fund directly invests in every program, department, student and faculty member. In addition, we strive to achieve high levels of parent and alumni participation because each gift is an endorsement of our mission and the educational experience we provide. We encourage everyone to make Tampa Prep a philanthropic priority at whatever level they are able, whether that be $5 or $50,000. Our Terrapin Society recognizes those individuals who give $1,000 or more annually, by celebrating them at an end-of-year reception. That being said, every gift, regardless of size, makes a difference. Each gift has a profound and immediate impact on the Tampa Prep experience and is truly appreciated.

Golf Outing Our annual Golf Outing will take place on February 15 at Saddlebrook Resort. There are multiple sponsorship opportunities, and each level has different perks. In addition, individuals can play for $250 and foursomes are also available for $1,000, which includes lunch, beer and wine, golfer swag bags, and more. Non-golfers can enjoy all of the amenities of the resort including the spa and pool, where we will have several games and activities for kids. For more information on the event as well as sponsorship and participant packages visit

Gala Our annual Tampa Prep Gala will take place on March 7 at Armature Works. Individual tickets may be purchased, and sponsorship opportunities are available for those who are able to support the event while gaining visibility for your business or special recognition for your family. This longstanding tradition at Tampa Prep includes cocktails, dinner, music, entertainment, and performances and presentations by students and administration alike! page 8

SUPPORT TAMPA PREP Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is the Annual Fund necessary? Tampa Prep is a nonprofit organization that operates without financial support from local or federal taxes. The School relies on tuition, annual giving, endowment, and auxiliary income (income from summer camps and facility rentals) to operate and continually improve. Q. Will my gift really make a difference? Absolutely! Every gift plays a part in Tampa Prep’s success. Overall donor participation reveals how the school is valued by its constituents, and your gift is an expression of gratitude to the teachers who guide and mentor our students. The collective generosity of our community allows us to provide additional resources for our classrooms and athletic and extracurricular programs each year. Your support is truly appreciated. Q. How can I make a gift to Tampa Prep? There are many ways to make a gift to the school. • You may mail or drop off a check, or give with a credit card online at • Gifts of appreciated securities can have beneficial tax implications for the donor by providing an additional deduction while alleviating your capital gains tax obligation. Talk to your accountant about whether this option makes sense for you. • Ask your HR Department if your company matches charitable gifts and double your support! • Leave your mark by purchasing a special paver inscribed with the message of your choice. Pay tribute to your family, an alum, faculty member, student, athlete or anyone to whom you wish to give a permanent place in Tampa Prep history. • There are a variety of ways to help ensure Tampa Prep’s future through a planned or estate gift such as bequest, charitable gift annuity, or charitable trust. • Become a monthly donor by setting up a recurring gift. This allows you to maximize your contribution while having a limited impact on your budget. Q. Is my gift tax deductible? Tampa Prep is a 501(c)(3) organization as determined by the IRS, and as such all gifts qualify for a charitable deduction in the year of payment as allowable by law. SPECIFIC QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT: Ki Perry, Director of Development | 813-251-8481 x4023 or Jake DeWeerd, Director of the Annual Fund | 813-251-8481 x4021 You may also visit the Support section of our website to learn more about how you can make an impact at Tampa Prep. page 9

SPECIAL EVENTS These are just a few of the special events that make up our culture.


First Week Activities See description on page 7.

New Parent Shindig (August 21) This social event for parents with students new to the school includes food and drinks with other parents and several key members of the School community.

Opening Convocation On the first day of classes, students and faculty gather together for Opening Convocation. The community hears from several speakers including Head of School Kevin Plummer and the student body president.

Parents’ Night (September) At Parents’ Night, parents follow their child’s schedule to meet their advisor and each teacher. You can meet TPPA members, hear about ways to get involved and learn about clubs and activities available to your students.

Trustee Day Members of Tampa Prep’s Board of Trustees spend a half day on campus to experience a typical school day for students.

Theater Performance Either a Middle and/or Upper School theater performance is produced each semester.

Grandparents’ Day (October 18) Grandparents are treated to special performances and join their grandchildren in classes to experience Tampa Prep. page 10

Thanksgiving Convocation Thanksgiving Convocation celebrates the arts in preparation for the holiday season. The concert features performances by our Terrapin musicians and choruses, as well as spoken word tributes from students and faculty.


Holly Dazzle Dance (December) Winter dance for students in grades 7 and 8.

Stress Less Week (December) During exam time, faculty members plan daily activities to help with stress related to exam studying and project prep.

Black Box Unplugged Students take the stage in the Smith Black Box Theater to share their musical talents.

Headmasters’ Challenge (January) Tampa Prep hosted the inaugural Headmasters’ Challenge on January 10, 2004. This is an annual tradition honoring our rivalry with Berkeley Preparatory School. Winter sports teams from middle school, junior varsity and varsity all compete for the highly coveted Headmasters’ Cup.

Middle School Games Multi-dimensional, cross-curricular project that encourages 21st-century learning skills and cultivates leadership. This is a 2-day competition amongst grade level teams. This event is not possible without our parent volunteers.


Terrapin Day While Tampa Prep students “go beyond” on a regular basis, the annual Terrapin Day of service exemplifies the school’s mission of “a higher purpose than self.” Students look beyond our campus to volunteer throughout the community. Each grade level takes on a different cause and donates their day to the organization or task.

Declamations All students, grades 6-12, deliver an oral presentation. Students advance through rounds performing for their class and their grade, and finalists perform in a school-wide assembly. Parents are welcome to attend this assembly.


Family Festival (March) TPPA plans the Family Festival, an afternoon event packed with fun activities for the whole family! Great food, music, an inflatable obstacle course, pictures with Earnest (our school mascot) and more! This event can be held in the fall or the spring.

Awards Day Students in grades 6-11 receive departmental awards honoring their academic and athletic achievements, as well as their character. Students in grades 9-11 receive book awards. Grade 12 awards are presented at Senior Celebration in May.

International Food Truck Day The World and Classical Language Department invites food trucks with

Spanish, French, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine to campus. Each truck sells half size portions to encourage everyone to try different options.

Middle & Upper School Showcase Students showcase what they have learned in Band, 2D and 3D Art, Chorus, Theater and Video Production classes during four events in the Smith Black Box Theater.

Senior/Yearbook Day Everyone dresses in college spirit attire (seniors dressed in gear from their future college/university). There are many fun activities throughout the day all geared toward celebrating the Senior class. This is not an event for parents to attend. There are plenty of those later in the month. This is a final hurrah JUST for seniors. * Kevin Plummer leads seniors through the halls of Tampa Prep for their final walk through the building, complete with a lot of cheering from underclassmen. * Everyone gathers in the gym to celebrate every member of the Senior class and share their future plans. * All students watch the Yearbook presentation and yearbooks are distributed. * Finally, students gather in the TP parking lot for an evening filled with incredible student performances at the annual Rock the Lot!

Graduation Graduation is held at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

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LUNCH OPTIONS Middle School Lunch is from 11:50 - 12:30 p.m. Upper School Lunch is from 12:50 - 1:30 p.m. NOTE: Some days have “special schedules” so lunch times may change.

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Lunch may be brought from home. Microwaves are available. You may purchase from our lunch provider, EVOS, and lunch will be delivered. Registration and ordering opens August 11. To register, visit and use password: TP1. You may purchase online from any restaurant that delivers to Tampa Prep such as Jimmy John’s, Kelp, Pita Pit, Subway, Panera and Dominos. PLEASE NOTE: For security purposes, Uber Eats, Postmates, Bite Squad or any independent delivery services are NOT permitted on campus and will be turned away.

SENIOR YEAR PROJECTS & EVENTS Six-Word Mantra Each Senior writes a sixword mantra on the wall of the Student Center to be displayed throughout the school year.

Paint the Rock Seniors leave their mark on Prep each fall by signing their names on the rock in the parking lot. This is followed by an ice cream party.

Senior Sunrise To kick off the school year, the Senior class comes together to watch the sun rise over the Hillsborough river, followed by a pancake breakfast.

3# Project Three lbs. is the weight of the human brain. page 12

Seniors resolve to learn something they’ve always wanted to try (playing an instrument, cooking a meal, building a car engine).

Cookie Company Project In Honors Economics, seniors form companies to sell cookies to the Tampa Prep community. Students apply and execute what they are learning in class, presenting a marketing/ social media plan and a business plan to a group of TP experts.

Senior Beach Day In the spring, Seniors head to the beach for a day of fun in the sun.

Senior Moms’ Lunch TPPA Junior moms host a celebratory lunch for Senior moms.

Senior Internships Completion of a 70hour internship is a graduation requirement (less 10 hours for each AP class taken). Seniors update their resume, network for a job search, prepare for an interview, and work.

Senior Celebration Senior Celebration is an opportunity for seniors and their immediate families to get together one last time to enjoy dinner, entertainment by the seniors and awards.


9th Grade

6th Grade Class Trip

9th Grade Class Trip

Students spend 3 days touring local Florida sites such as TreeTrek and Kennedy Space Center.

During First Week, freshmen spend two nights at Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center participating in group bonding activities.

7th Grade

Freshmen Give Back

7th Grade Class Trip

Before winter break, freshmen volunteer at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent.

Students spend a week in the Florida Keys, exploring wildlife and experiencing nature through hands-on activities including snorkeling and kayaking.

8th Grade 8th Grade Class Trip Students spend four days exploring the roots of the American Revolution by walking Boston’s historic Freedom Trail.

8th Grade Lunch Cruise At the end of the school year, students celebrate their transition from Middle to Upper School on a StarShip lunch cruise.

10th Grade Grade 10 Class Trip Sophomores participate in an overnight at DaySpring during First Week.

College Counseling Kick-off Sophomores are introduced to the college application process and tour the University of Tampa campus.

11th Grade 11th Grade Class Trip The week-long Junior Class trip to Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina helps develop skills not necessarily formed or tested in the classroom and creates lifelong bonds.

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ACADEMIC RESOURCES MY BACKPACK Here parents access student schedules, grades, report cards, absentee information, Student/Parent directory and update their family profile/contact information. This is also where parents complete re-enrollment documents and pay bills online. NOTE: When updating your family profile, don’t forget to also update grandparent contact info to ensure they get invited to Grandparents’ Day! Need assistance with My BackPack? Contact or 813-251-8481 ext. 4055.

MAGNUS Magnus is the school’s health form portal. Magnus is accessed via My BackPack.

DIGITAL DIRECTORY The information provided via your Family Profile in My BackPack will be used for the School’s digital Family Directory, which is available year-round via My BackPack. A PDF version that you can save on all electronic devices (including your phone), or print if preferred, will be shared in the weekly newsletter early in the school year.

POWERSCHOOL LEARNING (PSL) Students and faculty communicate through PowerSchool Learning. This is the place to go for all classroom information (homework, grades, test dates, tutorials, etc.).

Information in My BackPack

Pay your bill here Search parent contact info here

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Homework and grade info here

Update your contact info here

SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS E-COMMUNICATIONS WEEKLY UPDATE Every Thursday, the Marketing Office publishes a digital weekly update delivered to you via email. This email is full of information about school events and programs, as well as student, team, faculty and alumni successes. HEAD’S MESSAGE Head of School Kevin Plummer often sends emails to the community regarding current events or traditions. EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS The School uses the SANGHA app to communicate emergency information. Your email and mobile phone information must be up to date in your My BackPack family profile to ensure you receive emergency notifications.

CALENDAR / EVENT INFO Our school calendar is accessed via the CALENDAR tab in the Parent Portal.

SCHOOL BLOG: BEING EARNEST Twice a month, members of the Tampa Prep community (teachers, staff, alumni, students and sometimes parents) write about important educational issues or campus events. Please read and share these blogs via social media--or write one! If interested, contact Director of Strategic Marketing Heather Lambie at

SOCIAL MEDIA & NEWS The main way for parents to see photos and videos of happenings and accomplishments at school is via our social media platforms (which we hope all families will follow and LIKE!) or through the school news on the website home page. The school has multiple accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. School videos can be found on Vimeo at TPTV LIVE Several events throughout the year are live streamed so family and friends can enjoy them without being on campus. Links to these streams are available through the Parent Portal.

WEBSITE Our website is a marketing tool for prospective families in the decisionmaking process to help them learn about our programs, culture, and constituents. Current families use it only to log into the Parent Portal or My BackPack. Questions about web content? Contact Director of Strategic Marketing Heather Lambie at

SMUGMUG Here parents can view and download photos taken on campus throughout the year. If you’d like to take photos for us--or share photos you took at an event--contact Heather Lambie.

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TERRAPIN GEAR Terrapin gear and spirit wear is available through the Spirit Store in the main lobby or through this website: NOTE: Items available in the Spirit Store are not available for online purchase.

driven by wonder.

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