Riverhills 50th Anniversary & RiverFest International Celebration

March 18th, 2015 Comments off

Families and staff from Riverhills Elementary Magnet School
Distinguished Alumni – Pam Iorio
Distinguished Guests – Honorable Frank Chillura, Mayor of Temple Terrace Joe Affronti, Former Temple Terrace Mayor

What: 50th Anniversary and International Celebration

When: Friday, March 20, 2015
5 to 6 p.m. Anniversary Reception
6 to 8 p.m. Celebration

Where: Riverhills Elementary Magnet School – 405 S. Riverhills Dr., Temple Terrace

Why: To celebrate the rich history and cultures of Riverhills Elementary Magnet School families with the community.

How: The 50th anniversary event will begin with a trip down memory lane for alumni, former faculty, and distinguished guests. The celebration will continue with RiverFest 2015, an international gathering, celebrating the rich cultures of students and their families. Families and staff will host international themed booths and activities for children. This global experience will include art, music, food, and games along the Hillsborough River.

Tampa Leaders Get Revved Up About STEM Education

March 13th, 2015 Comments off

Tampa Business Leaders will join Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, and students at Robinson High School  on Monday, March 16, to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and the impact it will have on the state of Florida.

The event will include two student assemblies on Monday (at 7:45 a.m. and 9:20 a.m.) featuring race car driver Joel Miller of Mazda Motorsports, who will showcase a high-performance Mazda race car that achieves speeds of up to 200 mph and runs on used cooking oil.

The event will culminate in a business roundtable at 11 a.m. hosted by Bob Rohrlack, president and CEO of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The goal of the event is to promote STEM education and employment in the region and state, and to interest students in STEM-related careers. R.A.C.E (Racing Accelerates Creative Education) is a national touring program that uses the science and technology behind auto racing to capture the imaginations of high school students.

Superintendent Elia Wins Women in Leadership Award from Superintendent’s Association

February 27th, 2015 Comments off

Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia on Friday won the 2015 Women in Leadership Award from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

The announcement came on the second day of the AASA 2015 National Conference on Education held in San Diego. In addition to winning this award, Elia was a finalist for 2015 Superintendent of the Year. That award, announced Thursday night, went to Philip Lanoue, superintendent of the Clarke County School District in Atlanta, Ga.

In December, Elia was honored as Florida’s 2015 Superintendent of the Year.

The prestigious national award honors the talent, creativity, and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools. Candidates are judged by their leadership for learning, communication skills, professionalism, and for promoting community involvement.

Elia, the first female superintendent to oversee Hillsborough County Public Schools, said this award is particularly meaningful to her.

“It means a lot to me,” Elia said. “My mentors have been strong women in education. Beth Shields (former Hillsborough County school administrator) gave me my first job in Hillsborough County schools, and she became one of the first women to break into the leadership ranks in the district. I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to her and others who have mentored me and inspired me over the years.”