Monday March 12 , 2018


Dear Parents/Guardians:


Congratulations!  Your child is about to embark upon the exciting and challenging world of public speaking.


Your child’s 5th Grade Team will be participating in an Opinion Based Writing Contest.  Students will compete in classroom and possible school-wide speaking contests with winners going on to a county TEDx Competition.


Your child has been prepared for this educational opportunity.  Over the past few months, your child was taught how to organize and develop ideas on specific topics.  Your child will now need your support at home to select a topic on the theme “Taking a Stand”  so they can prepare a final speech.



* must be original and student written.

* must be between 2 and 3 minutes.

Note Cards are not considered visual aids.


Classroom winners will advance to a school contest and school winners will advance to a county contest.  The following is the TEDx Pasco County Schools Information


Who: Open for students in grades 4 – 12


What: TEDx is a forum for student voices to be heard by an authentic audience. This is a showcase of student speeches and not a contest, thus awards will not be given. All students will be recognized for participating in this district-wide event.


Theme: Taking a Stand”


When: Saturday, May 12th at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge


Where: The Office for Leading and Learning is hosting the fourth annual TEDx Pasco County Schools Event on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge.



All speeches will presented the week we return from Spring Break. If your child wishes to be considered for the final Tedx Presentation they will need to complete a Power Point to accompany their speech. This will need to be done at home and ready for the competition in May .


If you have any other questions feel free to reach out and ask J


Mrs. Wainwright