December 2021
Staying in Touch With Your Mentee
With Winter Break fast approaching, many mentors want to keep in touch with their mentee over the break. Below are some ideas of how you can do that!
Send a Postcard

Are you traveling over the holidays? If so, a great way to keep in touch with your mentee is to send them a postcard. That is a simple yet thoughtful way to let your mentee know you are thinking of them over the break!
Share Holiday Traditions

You and your mentee can share your holiday traditions with each other. If one holiday tradition resonates with you, you can incorporate it into your celebration. It can be as simple as making a dish your mentee eats every Christmas and sharing a picture of the results with them.
A Small Gift

Another way you can connect with your mentee over the break is by sharing a small gift with them. It could be an ornament, a tasty treat or a planner for the new year to help them get organized.

Also, over the holiday break, some of our College Success Coaches will continue to host sessions on Zoom for anyone who is interested. Here are the sign-up links for our holiday break availability:

Staff Addition
The Take Stock Team is happy to introduce our newest part-time team member, Ashley Shaw. During the last few weeks our Director, Joanne Sandoval, has been onboarding Ashley. Joanne does not have the bandwidth to have her own caseload of students, with her relatively new role as Director. Ashley will be taking over all of Joanne's schools. She will be working with the mentors and students at these schools: Freedom HS, Gaither HS, King HS, Lutz K-8, Sickles HS, Steinbrenner HS, Wharton HS.

Ashley is a quick learner, and she has already been an amazing addition to our team!

Learn some fun facts about Ashley below:
What are you liking most about your new role as a College Success Coach at HEF?
What I like most about my new role as a College Success Coach at HEF is the opportunity to share my academic experience with students to encourage, inspire, and guide them through their own academic journey. 

Who was your favorite teacher and why?
I have tons of favorite teachers, but one of them is my 4th and 5th grade teacher Ms. Evans. Ms. Evans was my favorite teacher because she was the first teacher to mentor me, care for me, and she challenged me to reach my potential. She taught me the power of reading, respect, and hard work!

What was your first job?
My first job was at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. I was a gamekeeper; I spoke on a microphone at the Simpsons ride and encouraged guests to play the games in the area. This job really taught me self-confidence because I had to entertain thousands of guests daily! 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
If I could have a superpower, it would be looking back into the past to see how the world was molded and going back to watch monumental events that took place before my time! Such as the MLK speech at the Lincoln Memorial!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would travel to Greece!
Career Prep & Exploration
Exploring careers is a great activity mentors can do with their mentees. Consider using some of the resources below to start a conversation about career interests with your mentee.
RoadTrip Nation

RoadTrip Nation is an organization that was created for students who are not sure what career they want to pursue. The website has a ton of resources, including engaging documentaries of high school students who take Road Trips across the nation and meet with different professionals to hear their stories. One of the best tools the website offers is their "RoadMap" tool. This tool gives students tons of potential career ideas in a very digestible way.
Bureau of Labor Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics has a page for students. Students can explore careers based on their interests. They can also learn about the education and skills necessary for various careers, as well as the pay, job outlook, work environment and more!
How did you become involved with mentoring through Hillsborough Education Foundation? 
I became involved after Joanne told me about a program she worked for that she thought I’d really enjoy. I asked her a bunch of questions about it and realized this would be a great opportunity to give back to my hometown/community in a direct way. 

What has been the most rewarding part of mentoring?
The most rewarding part of mentoring has been knowing my mentee looks forward to our meetings. The closeness and trust we’ve built in this relationship is wonderful and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. 

What do you believe is the key to being a quality mentor?
The key to being a quality mentor is the key to any good relationship: building trust. If you don’t trust the person that you’re supposed to go to for guidance then you’re not going to get quality support. Having trust and vulnerability be the cornerstones of a mentoring program are integral to build a lasting, fruitful outcome. 

When you are not working with students, how do you prefer to spend your free time?
When I am not working with my amazing mentee; Kiyanna, I spend most of my time with my 4 month old daughter, my husband, and our friends and family. As long as I’m around good food and conversation, I’m having a great time. 

What do you hope your mentee will learn from you?
 I hope my mentee learns that it’s okay to not have it all figured out right now. Most adults don’t know what they want to do when they grow up. Enjoy being a child, be passionate about your projects and learn from your mistakes. You only spend a short portion of your life being a kid, so don’t hurry to grow up. Enjoy the fun and exciting things High School has to offer and don’t forget to do your homework! 
TSIC App Maintenance

Take Stock State will shut down the TSIC App between Dec. 23 (at 9 pm) and Jan. 3 (at 6:30 am) in order to update the app. Keep in mind, you will not be able to meet with your mentee on the App during those dates.

As a reminder, in order for students to be in good standing with the TSIC Program, they should have 8 mentoring sessions before next semester. If you are unsure about the number of mentoring sessions your mentee has, please ask your college success coach!

HCPS Receives $1.7M Grant for World Language Programs

A $1.7 million grant was awarded to Hillsborough County Public Schools from the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity to expand world language programs, according to a press release. The money will be able to give students an elementary-level Spanish language immersion program at Dawson Elementary, Lanier Elementary, Summerfield Crossings Elementary and West Shore Elementary.
It will also build World Languages course offerings in three secondary schools through a project called "Bridge to Bi-Literacy." Students in the language immersion programs will be taught math, science, social studies and language arts in both Spanish and English in alignment with Florida's B.E.S.T. standards.

To read more, click here.
Source: WUSF

Click the name of your assigned College Success Coach to email them.
Director of TSIC
(813) 574-0271
Mentor Coordinator
(813) 574-0272
College Success Coach
(813) 574-0264
College Success Coach
(813) 574-0269
College Success Coach
(813) 574-0267
Mark Your Calendar
December 20th-
December 31st
Winter Break
Non-Student Days
All HCPS Students
January 3rd
Non-Student Day
All HCPS Students
January 4th
Students return to school
All HCPS Students
January 17th
MLK Holiday
Non-Student Day
All HCPS Students
For more detailed information about the events occurring in Hillsborough County Public Schools, click the link below:
For more information, contact Joanne Sandoval via email
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