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Newsome Principal Wins Outstanding Principal of The Year

July 22nd, 2015 Comments off

Carla Bruning, the Principal of Newsome High School received the Florida PTA Outstanding Principal of The Year Award. The award is annually given at the Florida PTA Leadership Convention in July.

This award is given to a principal who promotes the purpose and mission of the Florida PTA and who encourages the use of National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement. Ms. Bruning is a supportive, dedicated, and an active member of Newsome High School’s PTA, all which embody the attributes of this award.

“Ms. Bruning has created a culture that encourages parents to play an active role at Newsome High School and in their children’s lives,” shared Superintendent Jeff Eakins.

Ms. Bruning is a graduate of Hillsborough County Public Schools. She earned her degree from the University of South Florida and taught at both Gaither and Bloomingdale high schools. She began her career in administration in 1994 at Durant High School and went on to serve as both Assistant Principal and Principal at King High School. Ms. Bruning was named principal of Newsome High School in 2011.

A Healthy Initiative to be School Ready – Back 2 School Fairs

July 13th, 2015 Comments off

Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Back to School Coalition of Hillsborough County are hosting several free Back 2 School Fairs.

Free physicals are available for children in kindergarten through grade 12. A parent or legal guardian must accompany children at all times. Immunization records are required for children to receive free immunizations. Sports, Head Start, and Child Care physicals will NOT be available during the fairs.

School Board Chair Susan Valdes is proudly hosting the back to school fair at Leto High School on August 22. She has helped to organize the fair in this community for ten years.

Appointments are required at most sites. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 813-443-3048.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Swindle Medical Center
Contact: Heather Coats
1601 W. Timberlane Dr., Plant City

Saturday, August 8, 2015
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Blake High School
Contact: Tina Young
1701 North Boulevard, Tampa

Saturday, August 15, 2015
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Lennard High School
Contact: Dee Fridella
2342 Shell Point Rd. E., Ruskin

Saturday, August 22, 2015
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Middleton High School
Contact: Tina Young
4801 N. 22nd St. Tampa

Saturday, August 22, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Leto High School
Contact: School Board Chair Susan Valdes
Best time to arrive 10:30 a.m.
4409 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa
NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED at this location

Hillsborough County’s Diane McKee Named Florida’s Teacher of the Year

July 9th, 2015 Comments off

Diane McKee, a language arts teacher at Williams Middle Magnet School, was named the Macy’s 2016 Teacher of the Year by the Florida Department of Education at a ceremony Thursday night (July 9, 2015).

McKee was surrounded by her mother, father, her husband, two children, and friends, along with School Board Chair Susan Valdes and Superintendent Jeff Eakins.
“I am totally stunned. The finalists I’m here with are so impressive and phenomenal teachers. I can’t believe my name is the one they called. They are all amazing teachers who do fabulous things in their classroom,” explained McKee just moments after her name was announced.

McKee has taught at Williams Middle Magnet School for 11 years. She credits her students for making her the teacher she is today. “My students have a passion for learning. They push me to do more and be better. My students feed my energy and give me the passion to be involved.” McKee has always put students first and works every day to ensure they are successful.

McKee will spend the next year touring the state, serving as an ambassador for education. She will represent the Florida Department of Education at numerous events and serve as an instructional coach. She is honored by this opportunity to inspire teachers and create an exciting learning environment. “I want to encourage teachers to find their passion and create magic in their classroom so students can grow.”

McKee received a check totaling $10,000, a $1,000 check for her school, and an all-expense paid trip for four to New York City to attend this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.