Steinbrenner High School / 5575 Lutz Lake Fern Road / Lutz, FL 33558 
Volume 4, Issue 1     
Principal: Kelly King / PTSA President: Erica Dees / Editor: Lisa Pierce       
Dear Steinbrenner Students, Families, and Teachers, 

On behalf of the PTSA Board, welcome back to our returning families!  To our new families, welcome to the Steinbrenner community!  We hope you enjoyed the summer, and we are enthusiastic for another exciting and successful school year.

This is my first year as president of the PTSA and I am looking forward to the opportunity.

The PTSA is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers who provide valuable support, services and programs to the Steinbrenner High School Community and its teachers and students.   All of us want our children to be heard, supported, and encouraged and to be and do their very best during their time in high school.  The PTSA provides the revenue and support for many programs that are offered throughout the year.  Since we are a volunteer based, not for profit organization, we spend only what we make and ask for only what will help to contribute to these programs.  
The majority of our revenue comes from membership dues - but you can donate as well ~ and not just your money ~ we need your time.  
I encourage you to renew or start a new membership for only $10 per person. We are excited to be able to offer you the flexibility to sign up for membership on our website this year.

By being a volunteer, you are showing your child that you are interested, that you care and you are staying involved and in turn, you are staying informed. 

We look forward to getting to know your family.  Visit our website at www.steinbrennerptsa.org to find out what's happening and how you can help. There you will also see the many awards that we've won over the years.  

If you would like to contact me directly, feel free to email me at:  
  Please know that questions and suggestions are always welcome!
"A strong PTSA embodies parent involvement and parent involvement represents student success." 
~Erica Dees 
Steinbrenner PTSA President, 2016-17 


School of Excellence recognizes PTAs who work together with their school to increase family engagement and strengthen the family-school partnership. It's one of the highest honors a local unit can receive & Steinbrenner has been selected!

National PTA is pleased to recognize 173 schools and PTAs from across the country as 2016-2018 National PTA Schools of Excellence for their leadership and accomplishments nationwide in building strong, effective family-school partnerships. The schools and PTAs represent 31 states and one Department of Defense school in Germany.
"Strong family-school partnerships are proven to advance children's learning and growth, increase student achievement and positively impact school improvement efforts," said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. "We are pleased to designate these schools and PTAs as 2016-2018 National PTA Schools of Excellence for their commitment to partnering to support student success and continuous school improvement."
Florida PTA is very proud of 24 Florida schools that
 were recognized!  Congratulations!
Eagles Landing PTSA
Boca Raton
Sandpiper Shores PTA
Boca Raton
Coral Gables Prep PTSA
Coral Gables
Julia Landon College Prep PTSA
Stanton College Prep PTSA
San Pablo PTA
Jacksonville Beach
West Riverside PTA
Hidden Oak PTA
Lake Worth
George M. Steinbrenner PTA
Frank C. Martin K-8 PTSA
Silver Lakes PTSA
Cypress Springs PTA
Hillcrest PTA
Curlew Creek PTA
Palm Harbor
Pleasant Grove PTA
Miami Palmetto PTSA
Grace Ippolito PTA
Explorer K-8 PTSA
Spring Hill
Douglas Jamerson, Jr. PTA
St. Petersburg
Gorrie PTA
H.B. Plant PTSA
MacFarlane Park PTA
Lewis PTA
Temple Terrace
Lithia Springs PTA


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TAKING THE ACT TEST? WANT TO BOOST YOUR SCORES?  Come take a practice test and learn strategies from The Princeton Review staff.
They are hosting a Practice Test and Strategy Session!

Where:   Steinbrenner High School
When:   Saturday, September 24th, 2016 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Arrive at 8:45 A.M. for check-in (Once students arrive, they must stay until the test is over) 
Cost:   $25.00, which includes lunch catered by Chick Fil A
With proceeds benefiting SHS PTSA
What to Bring:  Sharpened #2 pencils, and scientific or graphing calculator
How do I register?:
   Registration is online this year!  Go to:
http://steinbrennertampafl.ptaptsa.org to register & make a payment.  If you prefer, fill out registration form (flyers at guidance office ), and turn it in with payment to the Front office or mail it to SHS at :
5575 West Lutz Lake Fern
Lutz, FL  33558

This will save you a coveted spot for this opportunity to take a full-length practice test and not have to have the score factor into college admissions.  Deadline is September 17th
Questions:   Contact Lynette Mills at  ACTreviewSHS@gmail.com


PTA Reflections Program  



Calling all Creative students:  The Steinbrenner PTSA is sponsoring its annual PTA Reflections program which encourages students to create an original work reflecting on this year's theme, which is:
"What Is Your Story?"
The categories include:   Literature, Photography, Visual Arts, Musical Composition, Film Production, Dance Choreography, and Special Artist. 
All students must complete the Student Submission Form and follow the General Participation Rules as well as the rules for their specific category.   Information can be found on the PTA Reflections trifold poster in the Media Center, with the art teachers, and with some of the English teachers.  Reflections rules and student entry form will soon be available on Steinbrenner's website.
The deadline for submissions is:
Friday, October 7th by 3 p.m.
Student submissions should be turned in as follows: 
 Fine Arts (Dance, Film, Music, Photography, and Visual 
             Arts) to
Ms. Miller, Room 203
Literature to:  Mr. Vona, Room 211

  Please do not write your name on the front of your submission.   Also, please write an excellent artist statement as this is part of the "Interpretation of Theme," which is very important to the judges.

*  Award winning service club - over 20 Local, State and National awards!   * Bright Futures and Scholarship opportunities    *  Leadership Roles    *  Resume-building experience  *   Participate in State and Local leadership events     *   Rewarding  *Service Projects  *  Be a part of the #1 Service club that logged in over 1,800 volunteer hours  *Friendship, fun and school spirit!!! 
Steinbrenner PTSA Student Ambassadors are an honorary group of PTSA students who represent  Steinbrenner High School at special events on campus and in the community.  Student Ambassadors seek to enhance their knowledge of PTSA by demonstrating leadership potential, communication skills and high academic standards.  
The advantages of Involving Students in the PTSA is that our Student Ambassadors bring enthusiasm, energy and fresh ideas and focus on issues that affect them and their communities.   High School Students are passionate about issues that affect their communities, the environment and the world. Community service  is a great opportunity for them to help others, feel valued, and discover their advocacy voice.  By enlisting student help in promoting our PTSA membership campaign and encouraging other students to join the PTSA. Our Student Ambassadors receive community service volunteer hours for Bright Futures Scholarships and give back to their community at the same time.  When all ages work together for a common
goal, it adds value to family life, our school and, our entire community.

Any questions, contact:
Deannna Morrow (813-546-8473) or Andrea Diaz-Dula (813)431-1335 

 On Friday, November 18th, the    
 Steinbrenner High School community   
 will join together in a school-wide
 event and donation-based fundraiser, "Kick It  for Leist'.  The event surrounds a faculty-student kickball game in the  
stadium in the afternoon.  All students 
students and faculty will attend.
The event has been established to support the Leist family. Both Mr. and Mrs. Leist (Mike and Lis) are teachers here at Steinbrenner, and Mike has been diagnosed with ALS.  All three of their daughters are students here.
Event t-shirts will be available for purchase the week of the event, as will special VIP seating tickets.  Student clubs will be selling snacks in the stands during the event. Donations will be collected at the gate at the beginning of the game.  
Families are asked to help by donating wrapped snacks, volunteering to assist with cleanup, or making financial contributions.  Checks can be made to Steinbrenner High School with "Kick it for Leist" in the subject line.
Contact Jennifer Dillon, Media Specialist, our PTSA Faculty Liason for questions or to volunteer.  
Dr. Jennifer Dillon, Media Specialist
Steinbrenner High School
813-792-5131 x228
Hillsborough County Public Schools Spirit Nights
Dear HCPS families,

We are thrilled to announce that Hillsborough County Public Schools will continue to provide special ticket pricing to HCPS students, faculty, staff and families as a result of our partnership with the local professional sports teams.
A percentage of the proceeds from all Spirit Night events will be donated to the Supporting Student Success fund (S3) to be allocated for students' basic needs.
Information regarding each Spirit Night will be shared via an electronic flyer posted on the district site located here. Additionally, parents may receive a notification via Peachjar, in form of an email.

Mark your calendars:
* Saturday, August 27, 2016: Tampa Bay Rowdies - Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, 7:30 pm
* Sunday, September 25, 2016: Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Raymond James Stadium, 4:05 pm
* Saturday, November 2016: Tampa Bay Lightning- Amalie Arena, 7:00 pm
SPRING SPIRIT NIGHTS- More details in January
Spring 2017- Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Storm

We hope to continue to provide discounted admission to our students, faculty, staff and families and thank you for supporting this initiative.
Senior Banners are available for purchase!
Get yours today!!

Click Here for Senior Banner Info! 


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Homecoming Weekend is Fast Approaching!
Game 10/7 
Dance 10/8  


Volunteer Applications must be submitted online this year for anyone who volunteers on campus.

Get Involved!  
Steinbrenner Volunteers - Please see below for upcoming volunteer opportunities, and let me know if you're able to help in any way.  Thanks! 
Homeroom Court Voting - Wednesday,9/14 & Friday,9/30
There are two more rounds of homeroom voting and we need a few more volunteers for a quick hour in the morning.  Here are the specifics:

Wednesday, 9/14 & Friday, 9/30 7:00a-8:15a  
First round
(9/14) & final round (9/30) of Homecoming 
Court voting. Meet in the Media Center.The entire school votes, so we need "all hands on deck" to help deliver & return homeroom voting packets.
Homecoming Ticket Sales - Lunches Wednesday,9/21-Wednesday,10/5 
We need 2 adults per day to help with traffic control & monitor the money as students sell homecoming tickets.   
(11:22 am - 1:08pm)
Wednesday, 9/21
Thursday, 9/22
Friday, 9/23
Tuesday, 9/27
Wednesday, 9/28
Thursday, 9/29
Wednesday, 10/5

10:50am - 12:22pm
Monday, 9/26
Monday, 10/3

As always, thank you so much for your help.  We have an amazing group of volunteers here at Steinbrenner!

Lori Smart (813-310-9780)
VP Volunteers, Steinbrenner High School
 DONATIONS NEEDED donations_box.jpg
If you have any new or gently used backpacks and would be willing to donate them to students at Steinbrenner, please drop them off at the school for either Trina Rodriguez or Cindy Nott.  If you are able to put some school supplies in the backpacks that would be appreciated as well.
Art Supplies
Ms Miller (art teacher) is asking for jigsaw puzzles, playing cards and/or tape (scotch, packing, masking) to be used in her classes.  The jigsaw puzzles and playing cards do not have to be complete sets so just look around at home and see what you find.  These can be left in the front office or taken to her classroom (room 203).

Thank You! 
Come Support our Steinbrenner Theatre Department
When: Monday, September 19th
                    5 pm- 9 pm
Where: Beef 'O' Brady's off Highway 41


When you mention Steinbrenner, 10% of the profits go to the Theatre Department 
Yearbook Memory ads are for SENIORS only!  
Don't forget that ALL ads include a yearbook with purchase, so you do not need to purchase otherwise!  
Ads must be complete by 12/31/16!  
Contact Katie.Merritt@sdhc.k12.fl.us   with any questions
PTSA Membership 
Thank you to those of you who have joined the Steinbrenner PTSA this year! Your membership dues directly supports Steinbrenner students and teachers by providing amazing programs. Some of these programs include Freshman Camp/Orientation, Student Ambassadors, Senior events and scholarships, student incentives, and teacher grants. Please help your Steinbrenner PTSA continue these great programs by joining online through the Steinbrenner PTSA website at

Forms are also available in the front office.



Dad's Club is gearing up

for this year & we need you!


If interested in joining Dad's Club, contact Bill Gibbs at shsptsadads@gmail.com.

Steinbrenner Drama Presents:
  Sweeney Todd 

October 27, 28 & 29, 2016