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Kids OVERVIEW FOR Friday, August 26, 2016

Westchase Soccer Announces Fall Registration

Does your son or daughter want to get a kick out of their weekends? Registration for Westchase Soccer Association’s (WSA) fall programs will be held in August. Please visit for registration dates and important details about WSA’s fall programs.

Leopards Kick Off New School Year

After a short summer vacation Lowry Leopards are already gearing up to go back to school. Students return to school on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and Lowry’s annual Open House will be held Monday, Aug. 8, from 4-6 p.m.

Westchase Elementary Welcomes Back Wizards Aug. 10

Westchase Elementary will welcome new and returning Wizards back to school on Aug. 10. Here’s what you need to know before the first day.

2016 WOW Sylvester Scholars: Brett Gajewski

After volunteering with a group of fellow Jesuit students at Metropolitan Ministries and participating in summer mission trips to impoverished Belle Glade Florida, Brett Gajewski’s required service hours were complete.

Westchaser Nicholas Hull Named Eagle Scout

Local Boy Scout Troop 46 has had many of their dedicated young men earn the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout over the past year. Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouts. Recently another from Troop 46 became an Eagle Scout.

MOMS Club Makes Most of Summer Fun

July was full of fun in the sun and relaxation for the MOMS Club of Westchase! We really enjoyed the summer and took advantage of what Tampa Bay has to offer!

2016 WOW Sylvester Scholars: Matthew Caruso

“A person without hope is a dangerous thing and should never happen,” wrote WOW Sylvester Scholar Matthew Caruso on his application. That belief helps explain the fact that while his high school required 150 community service hours to graduate, Matthew completed 530.

Scouts Enjoy Summer Camp with The Blob

For this year’s annual Troop summer camp local Boy Scouts traveled all the way up to Virginia on our first 20-plus-hour trip, where they encountered The Blob! Scouts of Troop 46 went to work on earning their Railroad Merit Badge since part of the journey was on Amtrak.

Alonso Wall of Fame Fundraiser Unveiled

The Alonso High School athletic department is honoring its past – and helping to shape its financial future. Alonso’s booster club has unveiled plans to build a “Wall of Fame’’ near the entrance of the athletic complex.

Davidsen Open House on Aug. 5

It is time to get ready for another exciting year at Davidsen Middle School. The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 10.

School Grades Post Declines for Most Westchase Schools

With their early release in July, Florida’s school grades brought some awkward academic news for Westchase-zoned schools. All but one saw declines in their grades.

Alonso Marching Band Camp July 24-28

It’s a super short summer and there are a few events on Alonso’s calendar in July. The Alonso Marching Band Camp will be held July 24-28 from 1-8 p.m. at Alonso High School. If you plan on being a member of the AHS Band next year, please contact Mrs. DuBay at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) so she can save a spot!

Alonso Baseball Fundraiser Jan. 2

The Alonso High School Ravens Baseball 2015 Saladino and District Champions will be hosting a golf tournament fundraiser at the Westchase Golf Club on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. The format is a four-person team scramble.

Little League All Stars Win State Title

They fell just short of the ultimate goal – a spot in the Little League World Series. But the Keystone Little League All-Star baseball team captured something unexpected this summer. They won everyone’s heart.

New Westchasers, March 2014

Elise Marie Longnecker

Carmen and Carl Longnecker of The Shires welcomed Elise Marie Longnecker on January 15 at 7:17 p.m. Elise Marie weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 18 inches. She was greeted home by big brother, Nathan, 3, and big sister, Anna, 21 months.

New Westchasers, September 2014

Brendan Richard Gorecki

Brie and Mike Gorecki of Stockbridge welcomed Brendan Richard on June 23 at 3:19 p.m. Brendan Richard weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21.75 inches. He is their first.

New Westchasers, December 2013

Mia Keely Schoenfeld

Alyson and Jeremy Schoenfeld of Stockbridge welcomed Mia Keely on September 16 at 9:19 p.m. Mia Keely weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19 inches. She is their first.

Westchase School Supply Drive for Just Elementary Organized

Sophie Moss and Publix Manager Dan Damron prepare for Moss’ school supply drive.

Life is good, but not for everyone.Imagine getting to school ready to learn, but not being able to because you have nothing to write with and nothing to write on. Now imagine working so hard at school, and then losing all of your homework and projects because you have no binder or folder in which to carry everything.

Pack 46 Holds Sweet Bake Off

The cake bake off challenged the kids to use their imagination. For the event the Pack 46 Cub Scouts had to come up with ideas to fit the Scout, animal, holiday, sports, movie/TV or cupcake categories – and the scouts came through! Their designs also proved that Scout skills extend to the kitchen.

Casino Night Proves a Successful Fund-Raiser

If you missed it, February’s Casino Night to Remember was a blast! The Westchase Elementary Ways and Means Committee would like to thank the families, teachers and staff for their support in a very successful fourth Casino Night to Remember on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Bayanihan Arts and Event Center. The event raised money to enhance computer technology at Westchase Elementary.

New Westchasers, March 2012

Jack Richard Tamulski

Andrea and Dave Digdo of Castleford welcomed Anna Noelle on December 28 at 3:52 a.m. Anna Noelle weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19 inches. She was welcomed home by big brother Luke, 5, and big sister Grace, 3.

Football Success Triggers Surge in Alonso School Spirit

Alonso High School football players wear navy blue polo shirts to school on game days as a display of their team unity.

Before the summer break, the lasting memory for Alonso High School’s year was its baseball team capturing a Class 6A state championship. Two months into a new school year, Alonso’s football team tied a program record by starting 5-0.

Short in Stature, Alonso Hoopsters Grow in Respectability

Alonso junior Greg Robinson, Coach Todd Price and Malachi Christopher are hoping to build upon Alonso High School

When Alonso High School boys basketball coach Todd Price sees kids waiting for space on pick-up courts in the Westchase area, he gets encouraged. When Price notices heavy enrollment for youth basketball leagues at the YMCA, he smiles. Heck, if Price spots a young boy dribbling a basketball in the driveway, that’s a positive.

Davidsen Dragons Discover Newly Painted School

September brings cooler weather and the first full month of school. With summer now a memory, the students are focusing on new classes and teachers. The newly painted hallways of Davidsen are busy with the sounds of students shuffling through textbooks and scurrying to classrooms before the bell rings.

Cub Scouts Mark Year’s End with Xtreme Fun

After a year of hit or miss temperatures and precipitation, weather was finally of no concern for the Cub Scouts of Westchase Pack 46. When the Scouts celebrated their end-of-year party at Xtreme Fun Center, all the activities took place inside! The Scouts had a wide range of fun activities to choose from, including baseball hitting ranges, video games and, of course, laser tag!