Ava Raterman ’20, is passionate about both environmentalism and the visual arts. Ava has combined these passions to create a recently completed environmental awareness installation on campus in our Middle Division garden. She worked diligently with Mr. Vogel, on her own time, to complete this unique installation informing others about the importance of protecting a native species that lives on our campus – the Gopher tortoise.
Forget all your dusty old misconceptions about Commedia dell’Arte as The Love of Three Oranges provides a wild, raucous slapstick comedy that is completely retooled and revised for today’s audiences. Prince Tartaglia’s life is filled with misery until an evil witch curses him to search for three giant oranges. Much hilarity ensues as the quest brings him into contact with all your favorite stock characters from the world of comedy. Not only have our actors been working hard to prepare side-splitting physical comedy, but we also have an artistic team creating a beautiful hand-painted storybook set, designed by alumna McKenna Ebert '18!
The 2020 Headmasters’ Challenge between Berkeley Preparatory School and Tampa Prep will be held at Tampa Prep on Saturday, January 11. The schools will compete in three winter sports in 16 competitions for Middle Division, junior varsity, and varsity teams; the Buccaneers hope to defend their 2019 victory in capturing the cup over their cross-town rival. This marks the 17th year of the annual Headmasters’ Challenge. Fans from both schools are encouraged to attend throughout the day and enjoy all the action leading up to the presentation of the Headmasters’ Trophy.
To view a full schedule of the day’s events, log on to http://www.berkeleyprep.org/HMChallenge. Fans can follow all the action online by using #HMC20 and following @BerkeleyPrep and @BPS_Athletics on Twitter, or checking our updates on Facebook and Instagram.
During this holiday season, we hope that all members of our Berkeley family are surrounded by loved ones and find time for sharing treasured moments together. Let us all keep perspective on what is truly important in our lives and use this season to celebrate those intangible gifts we are blessed with.
In recognition of the holiday season, Berkeley will be closed December 24 and 25 and December 31 and January 1. We will resume normal business hours beginning January 2. Classes resume for all students on January 6, 2020.
We send you Seasons Greetings and wish you the very best for the New Year!
We spoke to three Berkeley alumni who pursued a career in education. Each, at a unique point in their career, offered insight into the profession, what inspired them to become teachers, and the changes affecting teaching today.
To read this story and more Berkeley news, CLICK HERE to read the latest issue of the Berkeley magazine.
On November 13, four student-athletes from Berkeley Preparatory School committed to compete in their collegiate sport of choice in a joint ceremony in front of a standing-room-only crowd of classmates, faculty, and family members. Those committing to compete for a Division 1 program signed the National Letter of Intent.
On October 11, the generosity of the Berkeley community was fully realized for hundreds of Hurricane Dorian victims in the Hawksbill community of Grand Bahama Island. The community members who came to the St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Hawksbill received relief supplies provided by the Berkeley family as part of our hurricane relief effort held on September 13. The entire mission to get the supplies from Berkeley to Hawksbill was orchestrated by the Tsavoussis family. They not only coordinated getting the supplies to the Bahamas but were also hands on with distributing the supplies to those in need. Elias ’16 and Paul ’13 made sure to represent their alma mater by wearing their Berkeley shirts as they handed out supplies in front of a Berkeley banner. CLICK HERE to read more about this incredible effort.
On Friday, September 13, the Berkeley community came together to make a positive difference for those in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. Our school has a special relationship with the Bahamas through our annual Bahama Books book drive and service initiatives in Nassau. While that area was mostly spared, our attention turned to those areas so devastated by the storm. The Bahamian government estimates that more than 70,000 people are homeless on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands, the parts of the Bahamas hardest hit by the hurricane.
It is with profound excitement that I write to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year, Berkeley Preparatory School’s 59th in service to our students, families, alumni, employees, greater Tampa Bay, and the world. The campus has come alive, as we’ve received students from all three divisions to various opening and orientation activities. The energy is contagious. New or veteran to Berkeley, all of us will greet this first day of school as unique, because it is. Today is each child’s first time experiencing this first day, and our only chance to meet them where they are right now. We stand ready to calm nerves, allay fears, celebrate early triumphs, and bolster in the wake of any setback – in short, we are thrilled for the opportunity to know and lovingly nurture your child.
Founded in 1960, Berkeley is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory day school located in Tampa, FL, for boys and girls in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Approximately 1,380 students gather here from the greater Tampa Bay area to form ONE Berkeley.