At Tuesday’s School Board meeting, the Board approved the student academic calendar for 2015-2016. The calendar is included below and available on the district’s website www.sdhc.k12.fl.us.
2015-2016 Student Academic Calendar
Students’ First Day of School: Tuesday, August 25
Labor Day Holiday/Schools and District Offices Closed: Monday, September 7
End of 1st Grading Period: Friday, October 23
Non-Student Day: Monday, October 26
Veteran’s Day Holiday/Non-Student Day: Wednesday, November 11
Fall Break/Schools and District Offices Closed: Monday – Friday, November 23-27
Students Return to School: Monday, November 30
Winter Break/Schools and District Offices Closed: Monday – Friday, December 21 – January 1
Students Return to School: Monday, January 4
End of 2nd Grading Period (End of 1st Semester): Friday, January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday/Schools and District Offices Closed: Monday, January 18
Non-Student Day: Tuesday, January 19
Florida State Fair Day/Non-Student Day – West Hillsborough County: Friday, February 5
Strawberry Festival/Non-Student Day – East Hillsborough County: Monday, March 7
Spring Break/Schools and District Offices Closed: Monday – Friday, March 14 – 18
Students Return to School: Monday, March 21
Non-Student Day: Friday, March 25
End of 3rd Grading Period: Friday, April 1
Memorial Day Holiday/Schools and District Offices Closed: Monday, May 30
Last Day of School/End of 4th Grading Period (End of 2nd Semester): Friday, June 10
Who: Hillsborough County public school seniors and families
What: Florida Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair and Decision Day
When: Saturday, April 25
8 to 9:30 a.m. – senior application drop off
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. – college fair
Noon to 2 p.m. – senior decision pick up
Where: Blake High School media center – 1701 North Boulevard, Tampa
How: Seniors can submit a completed college application, then return to learn of the admission’s decision. Items required for an on-site decision include a completed application, completed residency forms, application fee/waiver, official high school transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay.
This event is open to all seniors who wish to learn more about preparing for college, programs available, and admissions requirements. Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College, Florida Agricultural Mechanical University (FAMU), and Hillsborough Community College will be in attendance.
Last year, more than 30 seniors applied and were admitted on-site.
On Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m., teachers, students, community members, and district leaders will gather to dedicate J. Vince Thompson Elementary.
James Vincent “Vince” Thompson was born and raised in Tarpon Springs. He dedicated his career to Hillsborough County Public Schools as a teacher, coach, and principal. Thompson served as principal of East Bay High School and then opened Riverview High School. His career also brought him to Hillsborough and Robinson high schools. Vince Thompson passed away in 2012. Family and friends will be in attendance to honor Vince Thompson’s long career and legacy in the school district.
Vince Thompson made it his priority to ensure every student had the opportunity to find their passion in school whether in music, art, drama, sports, or any other activity that might interest them.
Thompson Elementary is located at 2020 E. Shell Point Rd., Ruskin. The school opened in August 2014. It is the first LEED-designated school in the district. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a certification program that recognizes best building practices and energy efficiency.