National Honor Society
On Wednesday, April 10 the CDS chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed 51 new members to its ranks. In a time-honored candle light ceremony, each of these hard working 10th and 11th grade scholars pledged to maintain his/her high scholastic standing, endeavor to be a leader, and to help others and promote all school activities. Congratulations to the 2019 NHS Inductees and their families.
Beta Club - Relay for Life
Our Beta Club had wonderful success with Relay for Life this past weekend! Thank you to everyone who made donations and helped them raise $5,401! EVERY dollar counts! The entire Northwest Hillsborough County Relay raised $84,607! Special thanks to parents, Fiona S. and Tina W., who spent the entire event awake and walking and to Team Captain Simran S. ('21) for her leadership, creativity and enthusiasm.
The Symphony of the Arts includes the DP Visual Arts Show, a curated final show that presents the best works from graduating DP artists. Works of art from the following seniors will be featured:
Please remember these important dates and deadlines!
For your convenience, below are links to download important information for parents and students regarding end of year responsibilities and activities leading up to graduation.
Parents will receive a packet next week with invitations to the Senior Honoring Dinner which will be held on Thursday, May 23 and eight tickets to the Commencement Ceremony.
The Ernesto Lecuona Chapter of the
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica of CDS
will host the luncheon for
The 12th Induction Ceremony
Saturday, April 20, 2019
The Columbia Restaurant
Friday, April 12
Holi is the Festival of Colors and is a national holiday in India that is celebrated communally as a country as well as by Indians all over the world. It marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The vibrant colors are symbolic of positive feelings and the festivities are meant to promote unity as Indians celebrate the triumph of good over evil. It is a time when people should forget past errors and forgive their friends and family.
The Upper School Indian Culture Club is proud to bring Holi to CDS! On Friday afternoon, April 12th, the Indian Culture Club will host a Holi celebration open to all upper school students. Along with the Holi celebration, the ICC will also hold a Henna Party. Henna designs will cost from $3 to $7 depending on the size of the design.
There are a few guidelines that students must follow to participate in the event.
The color that will be used for the event is biodegradable, skin safe, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly. However, if you have any concerns about rashes and allergies, we strongly encourage your child not to participate.
Questions? Please contact Ms. Kiran Vaswani-Sippy.
As the end of the semester approaches, please mark your calendars with the dates for 9th, 10th and 11th grade final exams.
The upper school administration has prepared a packet of information to help parents understand the exam process. The packet includes the exam schedule, exam protocols, expectations, exam prep calendars, and study tips.
Exam Prep Calendars
Mrs. Shelly Hollingsworth, US Learning Specialist, has prepared exam prep calendars for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students to help plan out their study time so they are well-prepared for all of their exams, while avoiding cramming, all-nighters and academic panic. No Panic - All Confidence!
At CDS, we encourage our students to give back to the community. As an IB school, we embrace the mission statement of the IBO, which strives to develop “caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”
Wednesday, April 24
7:00 pm - Elementary Multi-Purpose Room
Senior parents are invited to an Alumni & Senior Parents Roundtable where alumni parents will share their college experience and advice with our current CDS senior parents. They will share insight and tips about moving-in day and dorm room essentials, the impact of "clepping" a class, IB credits, online classes, how to purchase books, meal plans, transportation, & more!
Saturday, April 13 | 7:00 pm - 11:00pm
Tampa Museum of Art
120 West Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 33602
Snacks and desserts
Tickets: $65 for a single $120 for a pair
Parking is $7 in the Poe Garage
For students driving to prom:
The closest parking for the museum is the Poe Garage on Ashley Street, and the parking charge will be $7.00. There is are several performances at the Straz that evening, please make sure your student has a plan B and C for parking in case the garage is full.
The April 4th Upper School Parent Coffee focused on the IB Approaches to Learning (ATL).
Through approaches to learning, students develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum that help them “learn how to learn”. Approaches to learning skills can be learned and taught, improved with practice and developed incrementally. They provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others. ATL skills help students prepare for, and demonstrate learning through, meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on and articulate on the process of learning.
Attached is the copy of the presentation from that coffee which provides more information about this important skills that are central to all levels of IB.
To follow up from the 9th Grade College Counseling Information Night held on April 2, 2019, college counselors will hold mandatory 9th grade meetings beginning April 3, 2019 through May 3, 2019. The meeting will include one, if not both, parents and student.
Please email your assigned college counselor to schedule your appointment:
It’s time to TURN IT UP, again! Summer programs are just around the corner. And this summer, students entering grades 9-12 will be able to choose from two math bridge courses and five for-credit academic courses!
Questions: Reach out to Summer & Auxiliary Programs Coordinator, Melissa Hill.
We are pleased to once again partner with EVOS to provide healthy lunches made from natural, organic and fair trade ingredients. Lunches from EVOS will be available for pre-order for Monday - Thursday. Every Friday is Pizza Friday; pizza can be ordered when registering for camp sessions. Note: Parents are welcome to pack a lunch any day of the week.