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Red Ribbon Week

October 20, 2018

10/22-10/26 is Mabry's Red Ribbon Week.  It is your child's pledge to make healthy choices and say no to drugs! Get excited because we have some awesome activities.
  • Monday wear red, white, and blue to show that you are a drug free citizen.  Sign the drug free pledge and receive a spirit stick!
  • Tuesday put a lid on drugs by wearing your favorite hat.
  • Wednesday let's team up against drugs by wearing your favorite team jersey.
  • Thursday wear red to show your support in leading a drug free life.
  • Friday sock it to drugs and wear mismatched or crazy socks.

Red Ribbon Week is a drug prevention campaign that started in 1985 after a kidnapping and murder of a DEA agent by the name of Enrique Camarena. People began wearing red ribbons to support and pledge to lead drug free lives in honor of the sacrifices that Enrique made for his country. Check out the links below for more information and ways to be involved the family in Red Ribbon Week

https://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov/get-involved/five-facts-about-red-ribbon-week

http://redribbon.org/about/

Bully Prevention Week

October 14, 2018

It's not cool to be cruel! Mabry has chosen this week, October 15-19, as Bullying Prevention Week at our school. The goal is for all students to understand and apply the "The 3 R's of Bullying: Recognize, Refuse and Report."  
Recognize: Know what bullying is, and what it is not. Bullying is repeated, targeted behavior over time, done on purpose, where there is an imbalance of power. Bullying is not a one-time conflict or a disagreement. It's important to know the difference.
        
Refuse: Stand tall and in a firm voice, tell the person to STOP. When you refuse bullying, you are rejecting or saying no to bullying behavior. Stand up for others. Be an UPSTANDER, not a BYSTANDER!                 
        
Report: Speak up and tell a trusted adult. Do not keep bullying a secret. It's everyone's responsibility to report bullying when it is happening.

You can explore more about bullying prevention  with your children through this website. See also the district's policy on bully and harassment prevention and reporting.

Before school Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, have your child stop by the front of the school to sign the anti-bully pledge and receive a sticker! Each pledge signed will become a part of a unity chain we hang in the cafeteria. Let's show each other what kindness is and that we will not tolerate bullying!

Middle School Magnet Info

October 13, 2018

5th grade parents:  Are you thinking about the possibility of a Middle Magnet School for your student? The application window opens October 26th. Read the information below for more details.
  • Applications open October 26 at noon
  • This window closes at 11:59 PM on December 31  
  • It is NOT first-come/first-serve--families can wait a few days after the app opening to apply
  • Middle Magnet themes range from IB to STEM to Arts to Medical to College Prep
  • Families can apply to UP TO 3 programs--IF they receive an offer they will receive only ONE offer 
For more information on individual schools and their programs, families can go here

The Hillsborough Choice Expo will be on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 3-7pm at the Florida State Fairgrounds (Free entrance and parking)
Additional Exploration Nights:
Tuesday, November 13, from 5:30-7:30pm at Jefferson High School
Thursday, December 6, from 5:30-7:30pm at Tampa Bay Tech High School

Student Council's Soctober

October 6, 2018

This month, student council and Mabry will be participating in Socktober! 
 
What is Socktober? It is a month long event where you can help donate various items to help students in Hillsborough County (grades K through 12). It doesn't have to be just socks. You can donate:
*     Socks
*     Underwear
*     Soap
*     Shampoo/Conditioner
*     Antibacterial Ointment/Bandaids
*     Brushes/Combs
*     Feminine Hygiene products
*     Deodorant
*     Baby wipes
*     Other Toiletries
Bring your donations to your student council rep. For more information, please contact Jessica Strauss.

Hello Mabry Families and Staff,

Have you heard about the important education referendum on the November 6 ballot?

Today, we have exciting news to share: you can see the direct, positive impact the referendum would have on our school with a list of projects specifically planned for our school, if the half-penny sales tax passes.

Please see our school’s projects, as well as other schools in our area, right now at https://hillsboroughschools.org/referendum.

The half-penny sales tax would invest $131 million in our county’s students and schools each year for ten years. The funding would be spent on specific projects to improve our public schools—the list across our district includes replacing air conditioners, fixing leaky roofs, new classroom technology, upgrading safety and security systems, and new schools to relieve overcrowding.

To make sure the money is spent as promised, an independent Citizen Oversight Committee will keep an eye on all spending. The committee’s six private citizens cannot have any connection with the district or benefit financially from the projects.

It’s estimated the half-penny sales tax would cost the typical family in Hillsborough County $63 per year. That amount is based on IRS sales tax tables and the median annual income of a typical family in our county. Tourists would also pay a portion of the sales tax, but all of it would benefit our students in Hillsborough County.

You can find some of the frequently asked questions about the half-penny sales tax on our district’s website: https://sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/2296/investing-in-students/resources/faq-142/.

If you’d like to get your questions about the education referendum answered in person, you’re invited to attend one of our scheduled Town Hall Meetings with Superintendent Jeff Eakins and our district staff: https://sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/2300/investing-in-students/resources/townhallmeetings/

Please share this important information with your neighbors. We can all play a role in informing voters about this important issue. Education has a direct impact on everyone in our community. When we invest in our students and our schools, our entire community succeeds.