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Putting the “Community” back into Sulphur Springs Community K-8 School!

August 26, 2015 - Points of Pride

Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School is a product of the positive energy created by the dedication and determination of the District and the Sulphur Springs community.  Sulphur Springs Elementary School has a new name and a new STEM focus.   The nonprofit Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise worked in partnership with HCPS to introduce the community school concept of incorporating kindergarten through eighth grade into one site. Educators felt the new structure allows for greater student continuity, which in turn will relieve that awkward transition from elementary to middle school.  Because the school will ultimately serve students without interruption from Pre-K (Head Start) through eighth grade, the District has great hopes that this will encourage long-term, meaningful relationships among students, teachers, parents, and the community surrounding the school.

With an 8 a.m. start and a 3:15 p.m. dismissal, the schedule provides an extra 30 minutes of tutoring time for students who need help in math or reading, or enrichment time for students who do not.  Classes for sixth-graders are being held in the current fifth-grade pod and a STEM curriculum will be taught throughout five subjects: language arts, reading, math, science and social studies. Each sixth-grade class lasts 50 minutes. There also will be quarterly rotations of art, music, technology and physical education for the 6th grade students.  In addition, all Sulphur Springs instructional staff received intensive STEM training prior to pre-planning, and the excitement that a new school year brings is apparent as teachers welcome their new students into bright, colorful, clean classrooms. 

School leaders are working with Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation to offer access to participation in track, basketball, volleyball and soccer teams. Leadership clubs are also planned based on student interest.  There will be an expanded After School Program provided by the Sulphur Springs YMCA. Community programs from throughout Tampa have donated school supplies to the school, and others are expected to deliver their donations right up until the first bell rings on opening day.  In addition, students will be able to participate in many exciting activities and clubs, including:


·         Battle of the Books

·         Safety Patrols


·         Cooking Club

·         Science Olympics


·         Fairy Tale Bowl

·         Service Learning


·         Math Bowl competitions

·         STEM Fair


·         Morning Show crew members

·         Step/Dance Team


·         National Junior Honor Society

·         Student Leadership Clubs


·         Robotics



The Philanthropy Show

Organizers of the Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise (SSNOP) were recently interviewed as guests of The Philanthropy Show, a weekly internet talk show. This particular show delved deeply into the conversion process of the Sulphur Springs Elementary School into the Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School.  Please watch this show by clicking here: The Philanthropy Show.  

The Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise (SSNOP) is a collaborative effort of residents, educators, service providers, government agencies, business leaders and funding partners who have joined together to implement an educational program in which children thrive academically. To learn more about them and how you can assist them in their efforts on behalf of the school, visit   For more information about Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School, visit their website at


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