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Lake Worth High School boasts four students whose stellar knowledge of medical terminology, pathophysiology, medical math, and concepts in Healthcare is their ticket to the state conference set for March 31-April 3 in Jacksonville. The following four members of the Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) outshone rivals at the regional Winter Leadership Conference earlier this year when schools from Boca Raton to Indian River County gathered to compete.

Joann Pierre Paul- Medical terminology

Peter Duong- Medical Math

Vanessa Bui- Health Concepts

Shaun Plunkett- Pathophysiology

Linda Richard, Medical Academy instructor and Lake Worth High’s HOSA advisor, said the students earned the opportunity to go to Jacksonville. “Make no mistake about it—these competitions aren’t easy—the students have to be knowledgeable about the information and they absolutely must be professional and poised,” she stated. In addition, two other Lake Worth High students, Marithza Appolon and Stephania Augustin placed 4th during the regional competition for what was called “an AWESOME” Career Health display. District leader
According to their web site, Health Occupations Students of America is a National Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) endorsed by the U.S. and Florida Departments of Education and the Health Occupations Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education. . HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for middle school, secondary, postsecondary, adult and collegiate students. HOSA is 100% health care! Please visit the National HOSA website, http://www.hosa.org/ for more information about the organization.
For details about Lake Worth High School’s winning HOSA students, contact Ms. Richard, 561-533-6300 or email richardl@palmbeach.k12.fl.us.

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Students at Belvedere Elementary School in West Pam Beach continue to “go for the gold” in academics—and it’s paying off. Their efforts during class and home-work related assignments show the proof. A recognition breakfast and ceremony are set for Thursday, March 10 to recognize 52 of the school’s 1-5 graders who earned straight A’s on their report cards during the second trimester—earning them slots on the Principal’s Honor Roll. The high achievers will receive custom-made medals and certificates from the Belvedere PTA. The students and their parents will also be treated to an interactive dance performed by third grade students under the direction of Island Moving Company.

The district and schools continue to work diligently to improve student learning gains and increase student capacity for academic rigor. For more details about the event or about strategies utilized by teachers that contribute to these results, contact Donna Stipek at Stipek@palmbeach.k12.fl.us or call 561-838-5941.

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South Florida businesses that are small, or owned by women or members of minority groups will have the chance to make strategic business contacts and maybe score a contract or two if they participate in the Office Depot hosted Matchmaker in Boca Raton ,Wednesday, March 9. Scheduled in conjunction with the Enterprising Women Annual Woman of the Year Celebration, Heidi Galloway, analyst for the district Office of Diversity in Business Practices said the Matchmaker runs from 12:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and the Palm Beach County Schools will be among dozens of other South Florida agencies and businesses expected to participate. “Each business or vendor representative gets a 15 minute session with us to determine whether there are any current or future business opportunities with the school system that might be a good match,” she stated.

The session is preceded by a luncheon and corporate panel discussing the merits and advantages of participating in matchmaker activities. The district continues to pursue its vision of a community of businesses –including small and minority-owned businesses—that are aware of procurement opportunities in the cross section of goods, services, construction, and commodities utilized by the public schools.

For more details, contact Michelle Andrewin, director, 561-434-8508 or email Michelle.Andrewin@palmbeach.k12.fl.us.

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Ask 10 different Highland Elementary School folks about long-time volunteer Harold Smith and you’re likely to get 10 different stories of ways he’s filled a need and made a positive difference in the life of a child since 1996! Central area volunteer coordinator Sheri Siegal said all of the district’s volunteers provide such essential services, and Mr. Smith is one she wishes she could clone. ”This man fills whatever need he learns exists,” she stated. “It’s easy to see how Mr. Smith was named a finalist for Florida’s Outstanding School Volunteer Award senior category.”

Originally from New York, Mr. Smith has lived in Arkansas, Chicago, and California. He. was a prisoner of war in Germany, where he escaped with four other POWs in 1945. Realizing the importance of re-telling the lessons of the past to younger generations, Mr. Smith regularly discusses his experiences as a World War II prisoner of war with students around the county. Last year Mr. Smith received a plaque and certificate of appreciation from the Veterans Administration for his presentations. He is scheduled to conduct similar presentations at Jupiter High School on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8, and 9. NBC News taped a segment at Highland Elementary for a special about the World War II generation featuring Mr. Smith in November, 2000. as one of four scenarios exemplifying “the greatest generation.”

The former CEO retired from the retail industry after working closely with Walmart founder Sam Walton; serving as chief executive officer of Goldblatts Department Store; and president of Woolco, parent company of the former Woolworth stores. Since 1996 Mr. Smith’s has served a second career as a volunteer tutor at Highland Elementary School. He works two days a week for as many as seven hours each day, and prior to FCAT testing, he increases his volunteer time to assist even more fifth grade students in math. He mentors and motivates at-risk students toward greater academic achievement by forming connections with them and helping them to feel secure in their ability to do what is expected of them. Mr. Smith personally shared in the cost of supplying dictionaries to students in fourth and fifth grades, so they would have them to use at home. He also supplies teachers with extrinsic rewards to be utilized at the teacher’s discretion with the students. Mr. Smith had made arrangements with Walmart to assist the school with needed supplies and clothing for some of the children and families.

When Mr. Smith is not volunteering his time at Highland, he is committed to mentoring students with Take Stock in Children –a non-profit organization that was so pleased with his long time involvement with that group that they established a Take Stock in Children Harold Smith Scholarship, This scholarship is granted to the student with the highest grade point average for a full-tuition scholarship to any Florida college/university, As if that isn’t enough, the man with a heart of gold has recruited nearly 50 people as volunteer tutors for Highland Elementary and as Take Stock in Children mentors.

The 87 year young Mr. Smith and his wife of 62 years have two daughters, one of whom is a lawyer, and three grandchildren—one in the Peace Corps. Mr. Smith is one of thousands of people who volunteer with our public schools and makes a priceless contribution. Mr. Smith’s wife, Muriel, is a former high school physical education teacher. The district’s Family Involvement Policy/Plan cites the need for collaborating with the community in order to identify people who can serve as mentors and role models to ensure academic achievement for all our students. Through his efforts, Mr. Smith and others he has recruited, work enthusiastically to do just that.

For more details on this volunteer, or for those interested in following in Mr. Smith’s footprints, contact Ms. Siegal at ssiegal@palmbeach.k12.fl.us
or call 561- 904-9552.

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Students at Belvedere Elementary School in West Pam Beach continue to “go for the gold” in academics—and it’s paying off. Their efforts during class and home-work related assignments show the proof. A recognition breakfast and ceremony are set for Thursday, March 10 to recognize 52 of the school’s 1-5 graders who earned straight A’s on their report cards during the second trimester—earning them slots on the Principal’s Honor Roll. The high achievers will receive custom-made medals and certificates from the Belvedere PTA. The students and their parents will also be treated to an interactive dance performed by third grade students under the direction of Island Moving Company.

The district and schools continue to work diligently to improve student learning gains and increase student capacity for academic rigor. For more details about the event or about strategies utilized by teachers that contribute to these results, contact Donna Stipek at Stipek@palmbeach.k12.fl.us or call 561-838-5941.

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Children and families of Highland Elementary School ‘s Pre-K program won’t have the Monday blues when they head to the campus, March 7. That’s the day they’ll participate in a national reading celebration and get their own, free copies of a Llama Llama book from author Anna Dewdney’s series through the Pearson Foundation and We Give Books project. The We Give Books ReadMobile Tour is driving across the state of Florida to share the joy of reading and the power of giving. Monday’s reading event is part of a month long campaign to engage Floridians in reading online to help put books in the hands of children in Florida who don’t have them.

The event gets underway at the Lake Worth school at 9:00 a.m. and lasts until approximately 10:30 a.m. Kathryn Harrison, lead coordinator at Highland’s Early Education Project said the initiative enhances the District’s emphasis on the positive and long term impact on student academic achievement from early development of literacy skills. “We see time and time again that strong literacy skills enhance learning gains and our purpose is to lay a strong foundation for these youngsters,” she stated.

Not only will children and families share a story from author Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama book series through the We Give Books online digital library, but they’ll also receive a free print copy of a Llama Llama book to take home, provided by the Pearson Foundation and We Give Books.

Students will get to participate with the Hanging of the Hands project, as well. The ReadMobile sponsors will collect the students’ handprints and deliver them to the state capitol for hanging during Children’s Week, April 3-6, 2011. For more details about the Highland Elementary School visit, contact Ms. Harrison, 561-202-0554 or email harrisonk@palmbeach.k12.fl.us.

The We Give Books Florida campaign will be visiting schools and community ce
nters throughout the state leading to Children’s Week and the announcement of a new campaign that will provide book grants to elementary schools around the state through We Give Books. Students, parents, educators, and other Floridians will have the opportunity to get involved by signing up to be a part of Read For My School Florida, where, simply by reading a free book online, they’ll be helping to donate a book to their own school.

A digital collection of hundreds of children’s books is also available for Florida teachers and families to access for free at www.wegivebooks.com. Follow the We Give Books ReadMobile across Florida on Facebook and Twitter (@WeGiveBooks), hashtag #WGBFlorida.

About the Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org.

About We Give Books

We Give Books (www.wegivebooks.org) is a new philanthropic program from Penguin and the Pearson Foundation that helps children become lifelong readers and givers. Together, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation support literacy through programs that engage entire communities. Working around the world through programs like Booktime, We Give Books, and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation have touched millions of lives in thousands of communities. For more details, contact Stacey Finkel, media contact, Pearson Foundation, 703-304-1377 or email
Stacey.finkel@pearsonfoundation.org.

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Belvedere Elementary is stretching out their helping hands to the brothers and sisters in Haiti that were affected by the earthquake. The school has been working with Alan Orman, Emergency Management Director at the City of West Palm Beach through a referral by the Fire Rescue Department.  

Teachers, parents and students are collecting first aid supplies, personal hygiene products, snacks and canned goods. They have collected more than 30 boxes that are ready to be delivered and will continue collecting items until Thursday, February 25, 2010.

“I am very glad to see our students, teachers, staff and community come together to help those in need,” said Alicia Jimenez, guidance counselor at Belvedere Elementary

If you would like more information, please contact Alicia Jimenez at (561) 838-5917.