Who: Hillsborough County public middle school math students
What: Math League
When: Thursday, May 28 – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center – 4800 Highway 301 North, Tampa
Why: Provides an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge of mathematics and to participate in a challenging competition
How: Approximately 550 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will compete in a district wide mathematics competition. Each middle school may register a four-student team for each grade level. The Math League is an individual competition consisting of 25 multiple choice questions followed by a team event. The individual test begins at 9:30 a.m. with the team rounds following at 10:30 a.m. Beginning at 1 p.m., trophies will be awarded recognizing the top individual scores and the top teams at each grade level. The top team scores are determined by a combination of the four individual scores plus the team competition score. The school with the overall highest score for all grade levels combined will be awarded the district champion trophy.
Who: Check presentation to the mother of Tyra Brown, senior at Spoto HS, who continues to recover from a traumatic brain injury she suffered on January 11, 2015, in an accident
What: Teachers and students will present Tyra’s mom, Cynthia Leeks, with a check from fundraising efforts the school has done. The students are very proud of the amount of money they’ve raised and it will be a surprise for mom who has no idea how much they raised.
When: Friday, May 22, 8:45 a.m.
Where: Spoto High School – 8538 Eagle Palm Drive, Riverview
Why: 18-year-old Tyra Brown should be graduating from Spoto High School on Friday, June 5. But she was injured while stopped on the shoulder of the Selmon Expressway with a flat tire back in January. Tyra was with two friends but was the most seriously injured. Her mother, a single mom and a teacher at Frost Elementary, has stayed by Tyra’s side since the accident.
How: During the Senior Send-Off, teachers and students at Spoto HS will present Cynthia Leeks with a check. Tyra’s injury has touched the entire student body at Spoto. She is captain of the cheerleading squad, serves in student government, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She had already been accepted to several Florida universities.
Who: More than 5,000 fifth grade safety patrols
What: Annual Mark Dafeldecker Safety Patrol Picnic
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 22
Where: Medard Park – 5726 Panther Loop, Plant City
Why: To thank the students for helping to maintain safe schools
How: Each year the Hillsborough County Elementary Principals Council and business partners sponsor the picnic to honor and thank the more than 5,000 fifth grade safety patrols for keeping schools safe. The School Board officially named the event the Mark Dafeldecker Safety Patrol Picnic in 2006, to honor the Northwest Elementary School principal who passed away that school year. Students will be served hot dogs, chips, cookies, snow cones, and beverages. Activities include hiking, and drum and dance performances. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Rescue will have exhibits. Middle and high school students will provide entertainment. Sponsors include AAA, Caspers Company, Hillsborough Association of School Administrators, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Saladino Baseball, Strawbridge Studios, and Tampa Fire Rescue.