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Kids OVERVIEW FOR Thursday, March 30, 2017

Davidsen Looking to Build Next Year’s PTSA Board

As the year continues to fly by, it is time to start working toward next school year. Nominations for the 2017-2018 PTSA Board will be held in April. If you are a current or incoming parent who is interested in a position or if you know someone who would be a good fit, contact Sandy Anderson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Alonso Graduation May 24

Greetings to WOW readers! As each of you is aware, we are rapidly moving through the 2016-17 school year. The Florida State Assessment (FSA) testing season began at the end of February and will run until almost the end of the school year.

Westchaser Honored in Musical Theater Competition

Maggie Simmons of The Vineyards

Maggie Simmons, 12, of The Vineyards, recently traveled to Anaheim, California to participate in the Musical Theater Competitions of America. She took part in a singing and dancing "cattle call" audition adjudicated by industry professionals, participated in solo, and costume design competitions, and attended a day of Disney Performing Arts workshops.

Three Westchase Area Boys Earn Eagle Scout Rank

Ben Johnson with Assistant Scoutmaster Scott Gerus

Three members of Boy Scout Troop 46 have earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Ben Johnson of The Fords, Joshua Gillispie of Citrus Park and Cameron Gerus of The Bridges recently earned the impressive rank.

Westchase Elementary Summer Sign-Ups March 23

On Thursday, March 23, Westchase Elementary PTA’s Summer Sign-Ups event will offer a chance for all parents (not just Westchase Elementary parents) to learn about local summer camps.

Troop 46 Boy Scouts Welcome Cub Scouts

This month in Scouting, Troop 46 Boy Scouts will recruits new Troop members from local Cub Scout packs. These Scouts will come into Troop 46’s weekly Monday meetings to watch and experience a Boy Scout meeting. Soon the Cub Scouts will join a Troop of their choice and continue with the Boy Scouts.

Two Westchasers Named as Presidential Scholar Candidates

Andrew Butt

Andrew Butt of Harbor Links/The Estates and Lexx Pino of Chelmsford are in rare company. They are two of 4,000 high school seniors recently named as candidate for Presidential Scholars. The White House program honors our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors in academic success, leadership and service to school and community.

Davidsen Earns Top Prize in Regional Math League Competition

Davidsen’s Sixth Grade Math Team

Davidsen Middle School earned a first place win in their region at this year’s Hillsborough County Math League Regional competition. The event, which was held Feb. 7-9 at MOSI, brought together more than 500 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from four regions. Teams consisted of four members from each school. They competed in both an individual round of 25 multiple choice questions followed by a team competition. The top team scores were determined by a combination of the four individual scores plus the team competition score.

MOMS Club Kicks Off New Year

MOMS Club members enjoy a LEGO party with BrickSmarts

The MOMS Club of Westchase brought in 2017 with activities for improvement and learning! To help better ourselves, our moms had two workout sessions: one with Burn Body Bootcamp and the other with Camp Gladiator. To help our kids learn and play, we attended a LEGO party hosted by BrickSmarts.

Lowry Taken Over by Pirates

Ahoy, mateys! Lowry Elementary is taking on the high seas with this year’s theme – Yo [vulgarity], Yo [vulgarity]! A Learner’s Life For Me! Teachers jumped in with both feet after reading Dave Burgess’ book, Teach Like A Pirate.

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!