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Kids OVERVIEW FOR Thursday, December 18, 2014

“Virtual Library” a Fantastic Alternative to Google for Research

If your children resemble mine, when given a research assignment, their first response is to type their subjects into Google’s search bar. Then they begin aimlessly scrolling through hundreds of Web sites and randomly clicking on them to obtain the facts needed for their research paper. Not every Web site is the best source of information for our K-12 students, however, and some sites are even laden with harmful malware.

Lowry Elementary to present Holiday Heroes

This year Lowry Leopards are working on being heroes in their school and community. Lowry’s Winter Concert, Holiday Heroes, was written by Michael and Jill Gallina and explores how children can make a difference in other’s lives. Encouraged by “real” cartoon superheroes, the children discover that music is the way to share joy, embrace differences and give to those who need it most.

Snow and Sparkle in Tampa This Month

While there is zero percent chance of real snow in Tampa, the fake stuff can thrill kids at several of the holiday festivals this month. If fake snow and sliding down huge ice slides don’t appeal to you, you can still enjoy a land or sea parade or admire one of the light displays that will make December sparkle and shine.

New Westchasers, December 2014

John Austin "Jack" Hardy

David and Carolyn Hardy of Harbor Links welcomed John Austin "Jack" Hardy on August 16 at 5:39 p.m. Jack weighed 9 pound, 3 ounces and measured 21 inches. He was welcomed home by big sister, Samantha, 2, and furry sister, Lucky, 9.

Alonso Wins Five Star School Award

The Florida Department of Education has once again awarded Alonso High School the Five Star School Award. The Five Star School Award was created by the Commissioner's Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement.

Wizards’ Gift Giving Tree Needs Generous Holiday Angels

A Westchase Wizard enjoys Boosterthon

The Westchase Elementary Holiday Gift Giving tree is up and filled with ornaments in the front office. This is wonderful opportunity to help children and their families that attend our school.

Alonso Baseball Hosts 11th Annual Golf Tournament

The Alonso High School Ravens Baseball, Division 6A State Champions in 2009 and 2011, will host a golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 3. Held at the Westchase Golf Club, the tournament will begin at 1 p.m. The format is a four-person team, best ball scramble. Tournament awards will be given for the winning team, closest to the pin, longest drive and putting contest.

Davidsen Girls Basketball Team Ends Season Undefeated

Congratulations to the Davidsen Girls Basketball team, who finished the season with an impressive second place finish at the Hillsborough County Tournament. This after an equally impressive showing in their regular season, where the Dragons went undefeated, 6-0!

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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!