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What is UHA!?

Posted on: October 3rd, 2019 by North Star Marketing No Comments

An Important Acronym Explained

If you’ve spent any time around Tampa Day School, you’ve likely heard the expression “UHA!” It’s more than a greeting or enthusiastic chant; it’s an acronym that embodies our mission and describes how we help children succeed. 

U-H-A stands for Understand, Honor, and Achieve! We Understand our students and why they’ve struggled in other school settings. We Honor their unique strengths and needs. And most importantly, we give them the tools to Achieve. The exclamation point that always follows UHA represents the passion behind these initiatives. 

Many families who contact Tampa Day School want to know more about the how and why behind UHA! Read on to find out how we prioritize understanding and honoring our students to help them achieve.

We hire intentionally and provide ongoing education.

Every teacher at TDS is experienced and engaged in ongoing professional development targeted to meet the unique needs of our students. We emphasize research-based training on executive functioning, student engagement, hands-on learning, specialized reading training, and how to promote success for students with various learning profiles such as anxiety, ADHD, dyslexia, and more.  

Last year, our 40 dedicated teachers received over 1,080 hours of professional development. Additionally, they collaborate with community experts to gain up-to-date knowledge about effective practices and strategies students need to thrive.  

Our faculty members are not only well educated, they are passionate. Their enthusiasm radiates down the hallway, making positive energy around teaching and learning evident throughout campus. Teachers are involved in school events and extracurricular activities, supporting our students in tangible ways.

We partner with parents and engage families in the learning process.

At TDS, there is a very clear expectation that creating a supportive home-school environment is in the best interest of students. Parents are welcome to communicate directly with our teachers and administrators regularly, ensuring everyone remains engaged with the learning process.

According to our latest parent satisfaction survey, 96% percent of parents said we were approachable and responsive. This proactive approach is a critical component of the TDS experience.

We build confidence in our students.

When students come to TDS, they are often dealing with diminished confidence caused by struggles in another school setting. We believe that each child has unique potential and build on the smallest of successes so that students begin to feel understood and supported. 

As this trust is developed, teachers are able to raise the bar higher and higher, so that the child feels an ongoing sense of growing and succeeding. This upward momentum results in a sense of confidence that trickles beyond the educational setting.

We make sure every student is involved with extracurricular activities.

When students are encouraged to discover and utilize their unique gifts, they are motivated in the classroom and beyond. TDS students are involved in activities both during the day and after school.  

We offer 22 electives and clubs, and 62 percent of our fifth-eighth graders are involved in competitive sports.  We strive to embed opportunities beyond core academics through daily elective classes because we believe that exposing students to a range of opportunities and honoring individual interests and strengths keeps students engaged and excited about school.  

We focus on each child’s strengths. 

We believe each child has unique strengths; honoring these strengths is a huge part of building confidence and fostering success. Our “brag board” allows students to post photos of themselves in outside activities, and these achievements are honored at the end of the year in a special ceremony.

We also hold an end-of-the-year sports banquet, an art expo, a performing arts showcase, and numerous student presentations to parents, where students can demonstrate their progress across multiple subject areas.

We prepare students to thrive in private and public high schools…and beyond!

Parents often ask where students go when they complete the TDS program after eighth grade. Our graduates thrive in private and public schools throughout the Tampa Bay area. 

At this stage in their education, they are typically able to utilize the study and organizational skills they have learned at TDS to stay on track and complete work independently. Ultimately, they have the confidence and academic competence to take on the challenges of high school — and beyond.

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5 Ways Tutoring Could Help Your Child This Year

Posted on: February 8th, 2018 by North Star Marketing No Comments

What thoughts does the word “tutoring” conjure up in your mind? Does it feel positive and encouraging, or is the concept a little fuzzy? If you’re looking for a private school to give your child the added help they need to thrive, you might want to look for an educational setting with a responsive, supportive, and effective tutoring program.

Consider what Tampa Day School experts highlighted as the top 5 ways that struggling students can benefit from tutoring.

  1.  Tutoring Builds Confidence

Children who struggle with one or more learning issues often demonstrate discouragement that can spoil their school experience and hamper their progress. That discouragement can become a self-defeating cycle! The good news is that students who participate in tutoring begin to experience success that can lead to renewed confidence and interest in school. Even a modest level of progress can be the catalyst a child needs to exhibit a “can do” spirit.

  1.  It Helps Your Child Get — and Stay — Organized!

Well-qualified tutors craft each session to include skills beyond the basic academic areas. They’re intentional about coaching students in time management, planning, material organization, and study skills. Students learn how to break down tasks into manageable chunks, and that promotes more independence in academics and in life.

  1.  Students Are Viewed as Individuals

Effective tutoring isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Through a process of initial assessment, targeted intervention, supportive tutoring techniques, and progress monitoring, students with learning differences begin to trust that the tutor understands their individual needs and can provide the instruction needed to overcome the hurdles they face. Students generally stay engaged when they feel valued and understood.

  1.  It’s A Productive Link Between School and Home

Tutors help create an all-important collaboration between parents and teachers so students can apply what they’re learning in multiple settings. That transfer of learning — applying new skills at school and at home — is best accomplished when parents understand the goals and teaching techniques being used, and reinforce them when students are working independently. A good tutor bridges the gap between the home and the classroom.

  1.  Best Educational Practices = Solutions that Work

Truly effective tutoring is so much more than mere coaching! Well-qualified tutors use a variety of evidenced-based methods to help students overcome neurological processing deficits. Multisensory, one-on-one tutoring addresses the academic needs of students who have achievement gaps. There’s nothing haphazard or casual about these research-based methods, so this tutoring model typically yields a dramatic difference for students who have previously received less effective individual or group tutoring.

Check Out Tampa Day School’s Learning Solutions Tutoring Program

Tampa Day School is a private 2nd-8th grade school that helps students with learning differences achieve success and fulfillment in school. TDS’s optional tutoring program called Learning Solutions is generally recommended for kids whose academic skills fall more than one year below grade level. The TDS approach to tutoring is a school-based program which means it takes place during the regular school day, so kids can still be kids outside of school! Students enrolled elsewhere may participate in TDS’s Learning Solutions before and after school and on Saturdays.

Learn more about our tutoring program and discover what so many Tampa, FL, area parents have already found: when student confidence grows, academic gains generally follow!

Top 5 apps that every student needs to stay organized and focused

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by plentz No Comments

Tablets, iPads, and Apps, Oh My!  Today there is an app for everything; manage tasks, edit photos, pay bills, and gather coupons. While working with students who have ADHD, Dyslexia, Anxiety and Executive Function concerns, I have found several excellent apps that help them stay organized and focused.

Check out the top five apps that every student needs to stay organized and focused:

  1. Sure you can use a traditional planner to write down assignments but why not add some novelty to your agenda?  Check out the myHomework app to use on any smartphone or tablet.  Using this app, students can enter assignments, due dates, and even receive alerts to remind them when assignments are due.
  2.  Does your child forget assignments at home?  Has he ever lost his flash drive and can’t complete an assignment.  Sign up for a free Dropbox account and say goodbye to the disappearing digital documents.
  3. Does your child need some tools to track thoughts and emotions?  Try the Momento app.  This app is a digital journal
  4. Brain breaks are an excellent way to provide opportunities for short breaks from academic work to rejuvenate and refocus the brain.  Here are a few apps that are great when kids need a break:  Zentomino, Where’s My Water, and Optical Illusions.  These apps can be found in iTunes.
  5. Backpack?  “Check”. Lunch? “Check”. Planner? “Check”.  Use the To-Do Lists, found in the iTunes store, to prevent the morning mayhem.  Students or parents can create any checklist needed to assist with daily routines.




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