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2016 NABSE PreK-12 School Tours

The 2016 NABSE Conference Local Planning Committee has proudly selected 9 schools to demonstrate the excellent work being done to educate children in the Hillsborough County School District. These schools will be toured by NABSE conferees on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. There will be three (3) tours each incorporating PreK-12 schools. Each tour will have its own tour bus and will include a breakfast and a lunch to be served at one of the schools.

All conferees are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this Pre-Conference activity. What better way to begin the NABSE Conference experience than by experiencing exemplary teaching and learning in the classroom.

Below are the descriptions of the schools being toured, the schedule for each tour and the registration form. It is very important that all forms be completed online and emailed to Ed Potillo at epotillo1@gmail.com or faxed to the NABSE national office at (202) 608-6319 to the attention of School Tours. All registration forms must be submitted no later than Wednesday, November 9, 2016.
On-site registration can occur in the West Hall at the Tampa Convention Center, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS PREFERRED!

Download List of School Tours (PreK-12)

Download School Tours Registration Form (fill out in pdf)

School Tours Schedule


Tampa Bay Technical High School (9-12) Principal: Michael Ippolito
Tampa Bay Technical High School (TBT) was established in 1969 as Tampa Bay Vocational Technical School. TBT's program is now an exceptional blend of academic rigor and technical relevance. A dedicated faculty provides instruction in everything from advanced placement courses to certified technical skill courses. The campus resembles a community college campus with large laboratory facilities for several unique technology programs. The US News and World Report has ranked Tampa Bay Technical High School as one of the best high schools in both the state of Florida and the nation. We are the 52nd best high school in the state of Florida, with only Plant High School and Strawberry Crest High School out performing us in Hillsborough County. We were also ranked 714th in the nation, earning our school a silver medal and placing TBT in the top 3% nationally. When compared to other magnet high schools, TBT ranked 103rd nationally.

Middleton High School (9-12) Principal: Dr. Kim Moore
Middleton Magnet High School. . . A unique learning experience.
Middleton Magnet High School…. A unique learning experience. As the only STEM high school in Tampa, FL, we play a dynamic role of charting pathways for our students by connecting all of our students with industry, college and career opportunities. Middleton High School has four magnet programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): Biomedical - Biotechnology, Computer Systems Engineering, Computer Game Design, and Engineering. The programs articulate to both currently relevant industry certifications, high earning careers and leading college programs. All magnet students take at least two core career and technical education based magnet classes each year along with standard course work which can include AP courses in AP Calculus BC, Dual Enrollment College Algebra and AP Computer Science. Two of our magnet programs feature the nationally recognized, curriculum of project lead the way and all of our magnet programs offer the possibility for internship opportunities and a senior class research or project based capstone project. Our staff work together to create an environment where all students have incentive to continue their education pathways after graduation.

King High School (9-12) Principal: Michael Rowan
When King High School opened its doors in 1960, the student population was drawn from Temple Terrace and a wide swath of East Tampa and Hillsborough County. The school was built to quickly deal with the postwar "baby boom". King's Advanced Placement Scholars (KAPS) program is designed to provide students with multiple AP course offerings taught by specially trained teachers. Students also get a variety of AP courses relating to personal interests and strengths, a program coordinator for increased student attention, special preparation for AP exams, and AP Scholars Program diploma seal, transcript notation, and special recognition at graduation. King also has an International Baccalaureate program and its diploma rate (for the class of 2016) was 95%...making for the 6th consecutive year of 90% or better - a record for the Hillsborough County School District. In addition, King High School has had 20 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists which was the most in Hillsborough County.


Orange Grove Middle (6-8) Principal Dr. Shannon Butler
Orange Middle Magnet School of the Performing, Visual, and Communication Arts has a rich history and tradition. The vision is to prepare every student to be successful and creative by promoting high academic standards through an arts integrated approach to learning. Less than 600 students travel to the attractive facility which in part is a modern structure and historical landmark filled with hardwood floors, crown molding, and enormous archways. The learning environment is rooted in sensitivity, respect, and appreciation for the role of the fine arts in everyday life. The teachers offer exceptional real-world experiences and instructional techniques which promote cooperative learning, collaboration, connections and comparisons in all content areas throughout the school day and beyond. The fine arts programs maintain the highest standard of excellence and offer the talented scholars diverse experiences in both arts and academics. Every student has the opportunity to participate in unique electives and a menu of art programs. The unique magnet program includes dance, music, technology, theater, visual arts, journalism and yearbook. The course menu involves ballet, classical, hip-hop, jazz, modern, choreography, band, chorus, guitar, harp, orchestra, piano, music technology, TV/film production, photography, theatre, musical theatre, technical theatre, 2D and 3D art and digital art. . The business partnerships, community involvement and past school alumni are the foundation of our support system. The dedication and commitment of our amazing volunteers set the stage for stellar results in arts education.

Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy (6-8) Principal John Haley
The Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy opened in 2011 and offers a college preparatory culture in a single gender environment. Students work in a technology rich learning environment where teachers guide instruction with Smartboards in every classroom and where students use iPads to participate in a rigorous curriculum. The focus on academic excellence promotes achievement, pre-AP readiness, professionalism, self-confidence and motivation in a stimulating atmosphere that prepares young men for success and allows them to grow as leaders while developing a positive self-image. After school, students have the opportunity to extend their learning and expand their horizons through Enrichment Academies that include Debate, Model United Nations, Strategic Games, Golf, Academic Tutorials and other programs based on student interests. Our iPad initiative program was recognized as an Apple Program of Distinction for 2013 - 2015. We are also a three time recipient of the Magnet Schools of America School of Excellence honor.

Sulphur Springs Community School (K-8) Principal Julie Scardino
Sulphur Springs was originally built in 1926 and has served the Sulphur Springs Community for over 85 years. We are a true community school with strong partnerships including the YMCA and the Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise (SSNOP). Students who attend SSK8 have the opportunity to enroll in the site-based YMCA program where after school extracurricular activities and focused tutoring sessions are provided. Together, the YMCA and the school sponsor several parent involvement and community events including monthly Dinner and Dialogue meetings and annual larger events such as Gardenfest, Family Math Night, and Multicultural Night, to name a few. In addition, we also have the Norma and Joseph Robinson Partnership Library adjoined to our school media center. This is a public library operated by the City of Tampa and is open to our students, staff, and neighborhood six days per week.


Booker T. Washington (K-5) Principal Jaime Gerding
Booker T. Washington Elementary School opened as the first African American Junior High School in 1925 and quickly expanded to offer high school classes. Until Middleton High was opened in the mid 1930's, this was the only junior high and high school available for African American students to attend. In the 1990's, Booker T. Washington became a Magnet School for International Studies and was finally changed to an elementary school in 2005. The school is built on a character education foundation that includes PBIS, CHAMPS, and social emotional learning strategies. Job-Imbedded learning opportunities are a focus for the adults on campus as we model learning strategies and work together to bring innovative and thoughtful learning experiences to the classrooms. Business and community partners enrich the learning experience for our students as we all work together to help students feel empowered and inspired.

Clair Mel Elementary (K-5) Principal Richard Grayes
Clair-Mel Elementary opened in 1960 for 500 students. The school was named for the developers of the Clair-Mel subdivision, Claire and Mel Larson.

MOSI Partnership Elementary, in collaboration with the Museum of Science and Industry, has developed a partnership to provide an innovative learning experience for every student. MOSI Partnership Elementary is located in Northeast section of Tampa, directly across from the University of South Florida. Our population of students are from the area known as "suit case city" (named for the high mobility rate). Our school is housed on the campus of Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry. At MOSI Partnership Elementary, students explore the wonder of math and science through academic programs that combine STEAM-infused learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). MOSI Partnership Elementary is honored to collaborate with the University of South Florida Urban Teacher Academy. University of South Florida students work in partnership with MOSI Partnership Elementary to explore all facets of teaching, teacher education, and teacher leadership. Our programs encourage action research and reflective practice to develop teacher leaders. At MOSI Partnership Elementary, every child is one caring adult away from being a success story.


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