Scholarships to Support More Science Teachers

December 11th, 2014 Comments off

Hillsborough County Public Schools and the University of South Florida are teaming up to bring more high-quality science teachers to classrooms.

USF received a grant from the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships to students preparing to be middle or high school science teachers. The Robert Noyce USF Teacher Scholarship Program for Science Majors will provide scholarships to 36 students. The students receive $10,000 each year for two years. Scholarship recipients commit to teaching in Florida public schools for four years.

The scholarship program aims to increase the number of highly qualified science teachers to teach in high needs schools, with attention to the educational needs of English language learners, minority students, and students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Applications will be accepted beginning in spring 2015. For more information, email

Proposed Frost and Ippolito Student Reassignment

December 10th, 2014 Comments off

In August 2015, Hillsborough County Public Schools will open Lamb Elementary School – located at 6274 S. 78th St., Tampa – in an effort to provide space for new growth in the area and offer relief to Frost and Ippolito elementary schools.

The proposed elementary attendance boundaries of Frost and Ippolito elementary schools will be impacted to balance enrollment among the three elementary schools.

A meeting will be held for community input on the proposed boundary changes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on January 6, 2015, in the Giunta Middle School cafeteria – 4202 S. Falkenburg Rd., Riverview.  The meeting will be an open house format where parents can talk to staff members, provide comments, and review the information throughout the evening.  Staff members from School Choice, Transportation, and the affected schools will be available to answer questions.

Maps of the proposed elementary attendance boundary changes are available at and will be posted at Frost and Ippolito elementary schools.

To submit questions and comments about the proposed boundary changes, email

Families can explore other attendance options by visiting the School Choice website at and type go choice in the search box.  The 3rd Annual Hillsborough Choice Expo will be held from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 12, at the Florida State Fairgrounds – Florida Center.  Admission and parking are free.

The proposed boundaries are not final until School Board approval.  The changes will be effective for the school year starting August 2015.

Scholarship Art & Writing Awards

December 10th, 2014 Comments off

Aspiring teen artists and writers are encouraged to share their work for an opportunity to publish and exhibit their work and possibly win scholarships.

The annual Scholarship Art & Writing Awards is now open for submissions for students in grades 7-12. Hillsborough County Public Schools is offering this opportunity to public, private, charter, virtual, and homeschooled students in our county to participate in this national contest.

Students can submit creative works in 28 different award categories, including comic art, photography, flash fiction, poetry, video game design, novel-writing, and more.

The deadline to submit work for Hillsborough County is January 11, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Award-winning students will be notified during the week of January 19 with an award reception scheduled at Blake High School on Thursday, February 19.

All entries are evaluated first on the regional level through a blind judging process based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. Top regional submissions are then evaluated on a national level

To learn more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the 28 categories, and how to digitally submit student work, visit