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Kids OVERVIEW FOR Thursday, April 17, 2014

Greens Girl Pitches in to Clean Westchase Pond

Tim and Sarah Creighton clean the pond beside the West Park Village tennis courts.

While her Aunt Norma was recently visiting from Texas, Sarah Creighton wanted to show her the fish and turtles that typically gather around the footbridge near her home. So Sarah, her mom, Carmen Gloria, her dad, Tim, and her Aunt Norma visited the pond between Village Green and the West Park tennis courts on Valentine’s Day.

Wizard PTA Looking to Recruit Next Year’s Volunteers

Gertie Arnold with her winning T-shirt design.

The PTA of Westchase Elementary School is hosting their annual recruitment breakfast April 15. We encourage anyone interested in becoming involved in the events sponsored by the PTA to attend. There will be an opportunity to sign up for the specific committees that spark your interest.

Davidsen Dragons Enjoy Another Successful Medieval Fair

This year’s Medieval Fair has come and gone, but it won’t soon be forgotten. The fair was a tremendous success and much fun was had by the students, teachers and volunteers. The fair included four spectacular inflatables, several fun carnival games and, of course, lots of fair food!

Several Openings at Little Ravens Preschool

Did you know Alonso High School is home to a preschool program that operates three days a week October through May? Little Ravens is a developmental preschool program for children aged 3-5. Its focus is readiness for kindergarten and socialization in a nurturing, developmentally appropriate environment.

Middleton Robotics Team Heads to World Championship

Members of Team Minotaur include Alex Stein of The Estates, second from left, and Daniel Holtzberg of The Bridges, second from right.

In February Middleton High School robotics club’s Team Minotaur advanced to the April 23-27 First Tech Challenge (FTC) World Robotics Championship. Team Minotaur, which includes Daniel Holtzberg of The Bridges and Alex Stein of The Estates, qualified for the world championship, to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, with a strong performance at the FTC Super-Regional Tournament, held in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 26-28.

Leopards’ Engage in Sensational Science

During the first semester, all of our Lowry Leopards put on their lab coats and tested out their hypotheses. Lowry Elementary was abuzz with all the different theories that were being investigated. Whether it was what material makes the strongest bridge, how quickly sugar crystals form, or which kind of cup will keep your hot chocolate warm, the students were working together to document their methods and report their findings.

Troop 46 Is Ready for Spring

Scouts pitch in to assist with Alex Stein’s Eagle Project.

Spring has sprung and Troop 46 has kept busy. Many of our Life Scouts have been steadily working towards their Eagle Scout rank and leading some great service projects. On Feb. 15-16 Alex Stein led a large group of Scouts in building a deck and wheelchair ramp at Odessa’s Quantum Leap Farm, which provides therapeutic horseback riding for injured veterans and disabled teens and adults.

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!