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Hillsborough County STEM Fair - Our Islamic Schools Represented Well

By:  Magda Elkadi Saleh

AYA, Bayaan Academy & UAF Students at the Hillsborough County STEM Fair on February 9, 2016

AYA, Bayaan Academy & UAF Students at the Hillsborough County STEM Fair on February 9, 2016

On February 9, 2016, students in Grades 3 - 5 from AYA, Bayaan Academy & UAF represented their schools at the Hillsborough County STEM Fair at the Tampa Convention Center.  Students entered projects in both the Group and Individual Competitions in such varied categories as Life Science, Physical Science, and Biological Science. 

Their projects showed their understanding of the scientific process and were very creative in both design and presentation.  Masha'Allah, it was wonderful seeing them doing so well in the midst of students from almost every other private and public school in Hillsborough county.

At the end of the day, we were fortunate to be able to get a picture with the students from all three Islamic schools.  May Allah continue to guide them in their endeavors and make them leaders of the future.

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Bayaan Academy News & Updates

By:  Sr. Magda Elkadi Saleh & Bayaan Academy Students

Dear Community-Members:

Assalamu alaikum.

I am honored to present to you a few excerpts from essays written by three of Bayaan Academy's students.  Alhamdulillah, Bayaan Academy opened its doors as a Homeschool Co-Op at the New Tampa Masjid, Daarus Salaam, on Tuesday, August 25 and offers a full Hifdh Program (8:00 am - 12:00 pm) a Pre-Hifdh Program (9:30 am - 12:00 pm) and a full Academics Program (12:00 - 4:00 pm).

We are very grateful to the Masjid's Board for hosting us, and we look forward to an amazing year and beyond.

We would like to invite you to join us for two events this week:

Bayaan Academy Bake Sale-  Friday, Sept. 11 after Jumuah

Food and Desserts will be provided by Zaytoun Mediterranean Grill.  We invite other Muslim businesses to sponsor future Bake Sales.

Proceeds from this Bake Sale will go towards purchasing the Robotics kits and other enrichment materials.

Bayaan Academy Open House-  Sunday, Sept. 13 @ 2:00 pm

Please join us as we present to you Bayaan Academy.  Meet our students and teachers. Get to know our programs. Sponsor some of our events.  Enjoy delicious refreshments.

Maryam, Gr. 4

Bayaan Academy is a brand new school and is located at Morris Bridge Mosque.  Personally, I think it is amazing.

Bayaan Academy is an Islamic school that teaches us Hifdh in the morning and Academics in the afternoon.

What I like best about Bayaan Academy is that everyone is kind and helpful and makes sure that you understand everything. 

It is so amazing how much I have learned and how much the school has helped in just two weeks.

I thank all of my teachers for teaching me!

 Ridha, Gr. 5

I want to say something interesting and cool about my new school, Bayaan Academy. When I first went to Bayaan Academy , all the teachers and students were really nice. They helped me with everything I needed.

The teachers are so cool. Br. Alman is the coolest Math teacher . The Language Arts teacher is Sr.Kiashe.  Sr. Kiashe arranged for us to go to the library.  We took an online class and test about Internet Safety.

The other teachers,  like Sr. Dalia and Br. Ibrahim, teach in the Hifdh portion of Bayaan Academy.

 Awwab, Gr. 4

Bayaan is not a fully registered school yet. Insha’Allah, within four to six months, Bayaan will be a fully registered Florida school. However, even though we are not yet a full school, we have many subjects and an Islamic way of giving people a good education that I think every Islamic school should have. Alhamdulillah, at Bayaan Academy, we have a full-time Hifdh Program, plus Math, Science, English and Social Studies.

Br.Alman teaches Science and Math. He is very to the point and tells us everything we need to know. Math is my favorite subject. English and Social Studies are taught by Sr.Kiashe. She makes learning fun. Social Studies is my second favorite subject.

We also have a full-time Hifdh Program. It includes Qur’an memorization and review, Tafseer and Tajweed, learning centers, and Arabic to understand Qur’an.

We enjoy lunch and recess between Hifdh and Academics. We play soccer and basketball. The girls jump rope. We bring our lunch from home. Lunch and recess is a great time to converse and play outside.

At the end of our first week, we did a presentation to the parents about the work we did in our first week. The students conducted the whole presentation.

In our second week, we went on a field trip to the New Tampa Regional Library. Each child was allowed to pick 3 fiction books and 1 nonfiction book.

I thoroughly enjoyed everything in its own part at Bayaan Academy.

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Universal Academy of Florida (UAF) News

By:  UAF Administration


At the Universal Academy of Florida (UAF), we have gotten our 24th school year off to a successful start, Alhamdulillah. This year, we were excited to see our returning families and hear about all of the exciting things they did over the summer. In addition, we were honored to welcome over 100 new students to UAF this August. Our faculty and staff start each day with energy and enthusiasm, as together we set high expectations and help our students achieve their goals of spiritual and academic success.

Every year there are changes and additions to the school as we continue on our mission to teach our students the principles and practices of Islam and prepare them for academic success and good citizenship. Some of these additions include two new assistant principals: one in middle school and one in lower elementary and a full-time guidance counselor. In addition, we have welcomed new teachers and many dedicated returning teachers and staff. Everyone started the year with eagerness and enthusiasm to the mission of UAF.

Another addition we are happy to include is the Hifth program expansion to four days a week (Monday- Thursday). Our Qur’an teachers are excited and eager to produce students who are Hufath and can carry the legacy of the Holy Qur’an. Also, for many of our families, the most exciting change is the addition of the New Tampa bus service. Insha'Allah the bus service will ease the daily commute of many of our New Tampa families and continue to make UAF an excellent option for families throughout the Tampa Bay Area. We are looking forward to having another successful year with the help and guidance of Allah (SWT). 

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