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Odyssey of the Mind teams advance

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and are able to recognize and explore their true potential. OotM proves that students can have fun while they learn.

Amongst a field of 120 groups, with up to 7 participants each, ECSC students excelled at the regional competition. The following Teams will be advancing to the state competition:

Division II: Nelson/Shaw Team, 2nd Place and OMER Award

Division I: Bennett/Marzocchi Team, 2nd Place

Division I: Miller/Vargas Team, 1st Place

Congratulations to All of Our Participants:

Congratulations ESCS Alumna Gabby Delp

ESCS alumna Gabby Delp SwimmingAcademy of the Holy Names earned a second place trophy Saturday night in the state 2A swimming event in Stuart FL. Alumni, Gabby Delp, assisted her team to earn the runner up status for the first time since 1976. Way to go Gabby!

Tampa Bay Times: State swimming: Holy Names places second

Rachel Tata (’13) to Sing Carnegie Hall

Rachel Tata (’13) to Sing Carnegie Hall

Congratulations to Rachel Tata, ESCS Class of 2013, who has been accepted as a finalist in the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Rachel will be singing first soprano with the Honors Women’s Choir directed by the renowned conductor Dr. Tim Seeling. She is currently a senior at the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, and was recently featured in their online newspaper. Rachel credits her early love of music to Espiritu Santo Catholic School! Read more about Rachel and this fantastic opportunity here:

Congratulations, Rachel!


New Sign in the Giving Garden

New Sign in the Giving Garden
Have you seen it? There’s something new in the Laura Beach Giving Garden! A brand new, beautiful sign was installed this weekend, designed by Patrick Tolliver and created/donated by Daryl Jones and his team at Florida Metal Services ( Patrick Tolliver and Matt Cox installed it by hand Friday night.

Our sincerest thank you to the many families who helped the Laura Beach Giving Garden vision become a reality for the past 2 years – led by Alicia Thacker, many families and students have gotten their hands dirty making the garden come to life. A special thanks goes out to the Tolliver, Cox, Wilkinson, Spoor, Rooth, Santana, Jones, Fensky and Thacker families! These men and women have physically worked hours for the Laura Beach Giving Garden to become what it is today … a place of life, learning and joy for the students of Espiritu Santo Catholic School! What a wonderful contribution to our community in honor of a beautiful woman, our beloved Laura Beach. 

What a “Treat!”

What a “Treat!”
THANK YOU to Mrs. Susie Fuchs who organized a FABULOUS Trunk n Treat today! With the help of an awesome 8th grade team of students and parents, this year’s event ROCKED! From the face painting to the cake walk, the pumpkin auction to the haunted bus, every inch of the ESCS parking lot was filled with fun. Even the weather was perfect! We loved seeing some of our alumni back on campus, and we appreciate all the volunteers working “security” around the perimeter of our event. Thank you to HSA and the 8th grade team for feeding us all pizza & snacks.
In case you missed the announcement yesterday from the Dj booth, congratulations to the winners of the Trunk Contest!
  • 1st Prize: Beach Trunk (O’Connor & Nestor Families)
  • 2nd Prize: Pirate Ship (Justin Family)
  • 3rd Prize: Darth Vader (Batz Family)

What a wonderful feeling to spend the afternoon with all of our favorite Espiritu Santo families … blessed are we to have such a community rooted in faith and love.

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We’ve Got Spirit!

We’ve Got Spirit!

Thursday’s SPIRIT GAME was a big success! The Espiritu Santo Girls Basketball teams racked up two more wins as both JV and Varsity defeated Guardian Angels. Many families came out to support our Lady Patriots and show their school spirit. Thank you, ESCS and way to go, Patriots!

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8th Grade Visits Holocaust Museum

8th Grade Visits Holocaust Museum

Earlier this week, Espiritu Santo’s 8th grade class visited the Holocaust Museum, and it was a profound experience for both the students and adults in attendance. The tour guides at the museum did an excellent job of making tangible the horrors for those held at concentration camps. These stories are difficult to hear, but are so important for our students to know, as they reflect on how history has shaped – and continues to shape – our world today.

Photo credit: Mrs. Amy Rodriguez & Mrs. Katie Turner

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Sweet Book Fair Success

Sweet Book Fair Success

A BIG thank you to all of the ESCS families who made this year’s fall book fair, ESCS is Sweet on Books, the HUGE success that is was. It was one of our best book fairs ever and we will be able to purchase a number of new items and books for our media center.  The students also collected $345 in coins for Pinellas Hope. The students in Mrs. Nesci’s homeroom were able to take two boxes of books to the clients at the home when they visited this week. These books will be added to their library.

A big thanks also goes to the volunteers who helped during the week at the registers and with set-up and clean-up. We also want to thank the Shuler and Egan families for the fabulous decorations they supplied along with our students art work under the direction of Mrs. Jacke.

We now look forward to our spring fair which will be held at Barnes and Noble in April.







PK3 Down on the Farm

PK3 Down on the Farm
PK3 is busy learning … down on the farm! This month’s curriculum theme is all about farm life … and getting to know our favorite barnyard animals. Recently, three new friends have joined the classroom … baby chicks named Anna, Elsa and Kristoff! The class even took a field trip to Horse Power for Kids to explore the farm yard in a hands-on way. Everyday, there’s lots of fun with friends in Mrs. Miller’s class … we’re always learning and loving in PK3!
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7th Grade Cooks Meal for Pinellas Hope

7th Grade Cooks Meal for Pinellas Hope

What an amazing, humbling evening for our students who served meals to the residents of Pinellas Hope tonight. Earlier today in the ESCS kitchen, students cooked sausage and peppers, assembled salads, washed fruit and baked cookies. Once we arrived at Pinellas Hope, students set place settings with inspirational placemats they decorated themselves, poured beverages, and served dinner to the 180 people currently in residence. Nourishment comes in many forms – feeding the soul with a smile, conversation and prayer can mean more than the meal on your plate. Thank you to Mrs. Nesci, Mrs. Russell and all the 7N parents who helped facilitate a beautiful evening, breaking bread with our fellow brothers and sisters.



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