Who: Stewart Middle Magnet School students
What: World Space Week – Students will honor World Space Week with two main events.
When: Today, Wednesday, October 8 (good photo opportunity) – 6 p.m.
Where: Blake High School – The Art Gallery – 1701 N Boulevard, Tampa
How: The Jannus to James Technology and Art Show featuring technology and art projects from elementary, middle and high school students designed with a theme from Tony Jannus, Tampa Bay area’s first commercial aviation pilot, to NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. This STEM to STEAM project, will feature Blake students who will perform aerialist on silks and dancers accompanied by Blake’s full orchestra playing space music. Dr. Frank Sellers, an astrophysicist from NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, will bring the evening to a close with a presentation on The Art in Astrophysics.
When: Thursday, October 9 – 1 p.m.
Where: Stewart Middle School – Media Center – 1125 Spruce St, Tampa
How: Astronaut Dr. Leroy Chaio will give a live video conference to seventh and eighth grade students in the John Glenn Top Gun Academy.
On Wednesday, October 8, students and staff from Mort Elementary will partner with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Safe Kids Tampa led by St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital for the annual Walk to School Day.
Participants will meet at 7 a.m. at the corner of N. 18th Street and E. 143rd Ave. They will then walk down N. 18th Street to school with the help of deputies as they cross Bearss Avenue. Students will receive breakfast snacks and giveaways along the route. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office will also be fitting helmets at the bike racks as they hand out goody bags.
Walk to School Day is an international event involving communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a way to promote safe routes to school.
Ahead of schedule, the first of Hillsborough County Public Schools’ new school buses will arrive at the transportation bus garage on Friday, October 3. Interested media should be in place by 10:30 a.m. Buses are expected at approximately 10:45 a.m.
After a recommendation by Superintendent MaryEllen Elia on June 10, the school board approved the purchase of 100 new school buses.
Workers with Thomas Built Buses have been busy building the new buses and will deliver four buses on Friday. The buses were built in High Point, North Carolina and driven to Orlando, where finishing touches and final inspection was completed. The first buses are special needs buses, with wheelchair lifts. Sixteen more buses will arrive in the next few weeks. The remaining buses will roll in over the next few months, as they are finished and inspected.
Superintendent Elia along with members of the Superintendent’s Transportation Advisory Council will be in attendance as the buses arrive at 9455 Harney Rd., Thonotosassa. School board members may also be in attendance.