Kids OVERVIEW FOR Monday, January 26, 2015
Four Westchase Elementary students won second place at the 2014 Mary Bryant Fall Gran Prix, a countywide chess tournament, this past October. Fourth grader Carter Casey and fifth graders Harrison Colangelo, Liam Pivnichny, and Aiden Shaw all take lessons from their chess coach, Michael Young.
Looking for a play date? The Westchase MOMS Club is a chapter of the International MOMS Club, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Boasting a membership of over 100 dynamic moms, the Westchase MOMS Club is committed to connecting local moms, participating in a variety of engaging activities for our children, and – most important – having fun.
Over the last month, Troop 46 has been working to achieve merit badges and rank advancements. In November, our camping trip was no ordinary one.
All parents with children starting Kindergarten in the fall are encouraged to attend the annual Kindergarten Round Up on Friday, Jan. 30, at 8:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room. All incoming Kindergartners and their parents are invited to join us for an information session and tour of the school.
Recent months saw Dragons notching some impressive successes in both math and art. We congratulate all of our talented Math Bowl teams! In the Hillsborough County Regional Math Bowl, the Seventh Grade Math Bowl took third and the Eighth Grade Team took second place.
The Alonso High School baseball program, known for its consistent success and a long line of quality pitchers, received a special delivery this season. He’s Nick Kennedy, a 6-foot, 200-pound left-hander whose fastball has topped out at 91 miles per hour. Kennedy moved this school year from College Station, Texas, where his father, Dave, was the strength and conditioning coach for Texas A&M.
Keswick Forest’s Austin Sellers recently made quite a splash at the Florida State Swimming Championships on Nov. 14. Competing on his 18th birthday, Sellers earned one of the best presents around: the best time for the 100 Yard Breaststroke in all of Florida and a gold medal.
Grab your cleats! Registration for Westchase Soccer Association’s Spring 2015 season will be held in January. Please visit http://www.westchasesoccer.org for registration information and program offerings.
On Jan. 5, Alonso Ravens will welcome a new school leader! Alonso High School’s Principal Louis Diaz retired in November and we thank him for his tireless commitment to the school and its students and wish him the best of luck in his retirement! Ken Hart will take the position of principal when the students return from Winter Break.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!