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RC Custom Car Open combines teamwork and carnival fun

There was a carnival vibe outside Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab on April 6, as decorations like giant popcorn buckets and a Ferris wheel adorned the property.


DreamLarge to Host Free Event Connecting Students and Nonprofits

In collaboration with the Sarasota School of Arts & Sciences, DreamLarge announces the return of DreamLarge Weekends, a program dedicated to empowering the next generation to create innovative solutions to the real challenges Sarasota’s nonprofit community is facing.


Nashville police visit Sarasota school to discuss active shooter responses

Commander Scott Byrd and Captain Steven Bowers visited Sarasota School of Arts & Sciences to
discuss how to utilize the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events system.


Classroom pets play key role in school’s success story

Teacher’s pet takes a literal meaning at Sarasota School of the Arts and Sciences. From dogs to rats, this public charter middle school is embracing its third school year of having animals in the classroom.


Sarasota Pen celebrates students

The Sarasota chapter of the National League of American Pen Women recently honored 13 high school seniors at its annual 'Launching Leaders in the Arts' awards program at Bird Key Yacht Club.


Science takes flight at radio-controlled car races

Although the point probably didn't need to be made, owing to the smiles, cheers and generally happy times, Ping Faulhaber made clear that Saturday's Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab 7th Annual Remote Control Custom Car Open was supposed to be fun. 


COMMUNITY BRIEFS: Splash! grants awarded; Hermitage and Booker team up

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has awarded $104,942 in grants as part of the Splash! grant program, which provides up to $3,000 to individual schools to enhance student knowledge of freshwater resources in grades K-12.


Curious Connections Create Lasting Change

When he was six, Desmen Lee fell in love with basketball, and though he’s tried others, none have felt as natural as the sport that he first found at the Sarasota YMCA. A reserved young man, Desmen has always felt freer in a gym, alone knocking down free throws or running the court with his teammates. The Sarasota native began his high school basketball journey at Booker High School, but in 2019, before his junior year, he transferred to Sarasota High School to play for the Sailors.


Local Students Create Tribute to One of Sarasota Great Artists

Seven middle school students at the Sarasota School of Arts & Sciences (SSA+S) have come together alongside teacher David A. Carr and the Rosemary Art & Design District (RADD) to create an exhibit celebrating John Chamberlain, one of Sarasota’s great artists, who’s 1980s studio was located on the edge of the Rosemary District.


Sarasota School District maintains "A" rating; Manatee keeps its "B"

The Sarasota County School District maintained its A rating this past school year, extending a streak that goes back to 2004, when the state first assigned districts a grade.


Tech Trek accepts about 100 young, female students from around Florida. This year, six Sarasota County Schools students were chosen.

Six female students throughout Sarasota County will get the chance to join other girls throughout Florida at a summer camp designed to foster interest in a career in STEM.


At Sarasota school visit, Ron DeSantis boasts Florida did in-person classes ‘right’

During a visit to School of the Arts & Sciences, Gov. Ron DeSantis boasted about keeping in-person classes running all year in Florida. Several teachers sharing the stage with him stressed the challenges of teaching both in-person and online.

Gov. DeSantis: $1K classroom teacher, principal bonuses to be included in upcoming state budget

DeSantis visited the Sarasota School of the Arts & Sciences and announced a proposal he made in March will be coming to fruition sometime next week when he signs the new statewide budget.

DeSantis Touts Bonuses, Boasts About Reopenings

Gov. Ron DeSamtis swung through Sarasota to promote $1,000 bonus checks issued to educators across the state in recognition of working in the pandemic. While speaking at Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences, a charter school, he stressed the money would go to those working at traditional public schools and public charter schools.



Florida’s public charter schools by the numbers.


Students shoot for the stars with global competition

Four students from the Sarasota School of Arts and Science were chosen to have their artwork featured in the 2021 NASA calendar.


We wish to congratulate six of our art students and their teacher, Brian Hubbard, for their accomplishments this year.

Three middle school students from Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences had their artwork chosen for the 2021 NASA Calendar. Congratulations to Brian Hubbard, their art teacher, and to Sofia Della Vedova, Cristal Saavedra-Rivera, and Gabrielle Helmer. NASA Commercial Crew 2021 . https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/ccp_artwork_planner_2021_508_sm.pdf

Charlotte Taylor won first place in the Radon Poster Contest with her sinister portrayal of this silent killer, in honor of the Governor's Proclamation of Radon Prevention Month. http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/radon/Outreach/poster-contest.html

And two of our students, Emilia Marr and Olivia Carr were honored by having their quotes chosen for the Embracing Our Differences display at City Park.


Doves of Love Honors Those Lost To HIV/AIDS, Coronavirus

For the past 10 years, Sarasota-based CARES Outreach Services has recognized World AIDS Day, held every year on Dec. 1, through a special exhibit or event.


Out of the Shadows: Bringing Stories from World History to Life

Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences teacher Sarah Sheppard wanted her sixth graders to tackle information they couldn’t copy from a book. A grant of just $130 made that possible for her group of 100 students, including 35 special needs and 25 low-performing students.


Law student receives SCBA diversity scholarship

One of our own for in the news.

We are so proud of Lucy Louis, SSA+S graduate, and her accomplishments! As a first generation Haitian American, this makes this accomplishment even more impressive.  Thank you to the Sarasota Bar Association for rewarding her.


Parents and Teachers Face Difficult Decisions as Schools Begin to Reopen

Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences has kept lines of communication open between families and faculty through the school’s YouTube channel and frequent video updates. Principal Tara Tahmosh-Newell says that despite the plans in place, her teachers are still hesitant to return.


EducateSRQ, Monitoring Water Quality at Local Beaches

More than 250 eighth graders in science teacher Sara Kuhar’s class at Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences learned about the importance of conducting water quality monitoring research at local beaches. Working in small groups, students did not hesitate to wade thigh-high into the waters of South Lido Beach to collect samples to test for water quality measures, particularly the presence of microplastics. 


Sarasota County School’s Virtual Student Art Show   

Sarasota Art Education Association is excited and proud to showcase the incredible talent of our Sarasota County students. Our students continually inspire us with their creativity and imagination. We would like to honor their talent through a collaborative virtual art show for grades k-12. Furthermore, we would also like to thank our remarkable art educators who nurture artists daily with passion and commitment. Enjoy the art by clicking Student Galleries.


Hundreds of students build and race remote control cars

Apocalyptic cars and cyber truck lookalikes zoomed around the Suncoast Science Center parking lot during the organization’s annual remote control car competition March 7. Over 150 students and 300 family and community members gathered at the premier community event to see which teams’ hard work would pay off.


Empowering Voices

So proud of our advanced digital arts class, represented here by Mr. Carr, Emma, and Favian- on World AIDS day! Thank you to Michael Kehoe, from @CARES for donating his time to keeping our kids safe and healthy.


Students Find Microplastics In Sarasota Seawater

A water quality project by the Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences students found abundant tiny plastics and nitrates in Sarasota waters.


We have been designated as a school of excellence by the Florida Department of Education, again! We are one of four middle schools to earn this designation in Sarasota and we are so proud! 




Spring Sail

Sarasota School of Arts & Sciences students head out on Sarasota Bay with members of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron on Friday. Six volunteers from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron offered to instruct the students in the sport of sailing, taking two to three students in each vessel, called Hobie Waves.


Save Our Seabirds spreads wings at Sunset Soirée

Banners created by students at the Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences and various birds welcomed attendees to the cocktail hour where they could peruse the pop-up shop full of Save Our Seabirds apparel and check out the silent auction items.


ABC 7 at 7: School security in Suncoast charter schools

In a little more than a month, Suncoast students will pack up their book bags and head back to class. Sarasota and Manatee County School Districts have their school security plans in place, but the question still stands about what charter schools plan to do.


How are Sarasota charter schools complying with state security law?

Sarasota County charter schools are finalizing their school security plans for next year after struggling to comply with a new state law requiring an officer in every school and receiving little guidance from the school district.


Sarasota school district maintains A grade

Sarasota County Schools is an A-rated district for the 15th year in a row, the district announced Wednesday afternoon.


Charter school enrollment in Florida is up, growth surpasses traditional schools

Sarasota's charter schools increased by 725 students. ... school,” explained Tara Tahmosh-Newell, principal of Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences.


Stunning exhibit of student art celebrates diversity at Bayfront Park

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the outdoor exhibit, this year’s display will include 15 works of art from previous years. There are also 30 pieces chosen from thousands of entries in 2018.


Holocaust survivors share stories with students who will shape the future

There are fewer every year now and those who remain — pre-teen children when the Holocaust wrenched them from their homes and, often, their families — are now nearing the final chapter of their lives.


Sarasota schools thank first responders

Students from the Sarasota Military Academy and the Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences present gifts to Sarasota police officers and firefighters in honor for First Responder Appreciation Month.


Tampa Bay Area Schools Rank Amoung Florida's Best

Niche.com has again ranked SSA+S as the top middle school in Sarasota County! Thank you SSA+S families for being our partners in education.


Sarasota teen Lukas James competing in ABC’s ‘Boy Band’


Student gifts remind officers community cares


Sarasota High School's Pamela Stone finds success in Poland


SSA+S Ranks #1


Fresh Faces


InspireSarasota! Festival


Students partner with Sarasota Police in 'Teens for Jeans'


YouTube - Sarasota Police: Teens for Jeans Donations from SSA+S


Students at Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences participate in world record attempt with cup stacking.

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