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The Jupiter High School Agriscience program will hold its spring plant sale Saturday, April 26th.  The one acre landscape plant nursery will be open to the public from 8:00 AM to Noon.  According to teacher Derrick Crum, “We have close to 100 varieties of landscape plants along with several types of fruit plants such as Loquat, Key Lime and Dragon Fruit to name a few.  In addition to our usual plant sale, the Jupiter High Agriscience program has “Branched” out into the produce department.  We are now growing and selling produce grown hydroponically here at school with no herbicides or pesticides used on them.  With weather permitting we should have a good selection of produce from kale and collard greens to carrots, eggplant, and cucumber.”

All plants and produce are grown and maintained by Jupiter High Agriscience Students and all proceeds from the sale go to support them, from buying supplies to funding field trips.

The nursery is located on Toney Penna Drive just west of Military Trail.

For more information on what plants and produce will be available please contact Derrick Crum at (561) 745-3452 or by email at derrick.crum@palmbeachschools.org .

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The members of the Black Educators Caucus of Palm Beach County have scheduled both its 12th annual scholarship breakfast plus a second town hall meeting with Superintendent Wayne Gent.

The town hall meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on April 28 at the Urban League of Palm Beach County, located at 1700 N. Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach.  It is free and open to the public.

The breakfast is set for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 at the Airport Hilton, 150 Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach. Tickets are $45. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Becky Pringle, secretary/treasurer of the National Education Association. Sponsorships are available.

The breakfast will feature an awards program for longtime educators, community leaders and students.

For more information please contact President Ronald Leonard at 561-201-1205.

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The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Music Educators’ Association and the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County, Inc. proudly presents the 21st Annual Spotlight on Young Musicians on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall.

The evening will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Claudia Shea of The Education Network, and students from across Palm Beach County will display their extraordinary musical talents. Since the inception of Spotlight on Young Musicians in 1994, over 10,000 students have participated under the direction of over 250 dedicated music educators from across the county.

The Meshberg Family is proud and honored to sponsor Spotlight on Young Musicians in loving memory of Julia Meshberg, and their support is truly appreciated.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Kravis Center’s Box Office at 561-832-7469 or 800-572-8471 or by visiting www.kravis.org.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.: 701 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

For more information, please contact Edrick Rhodes at 561-969-5804.

 

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Wellington HighThe Wellington High School and Wellington Landings Middle School Bands present a night of “Jazz Under the Stars” for their second annual Spring Concert/Scholarship Benefit and Bake Sale being held at the Village of Wellington Amphitheater on April 26, 2014. Performances start at 7:00 PM and will feature both WHS Jazz bands and the Wellington Landings Middle School Jazz band. Admission is free. However, the Wolverine Band Boosters will be collecting donations to benefit summer music and auxiliary camps as well as for the Erin Fernandez Memorial Scholarship Fund.

With the help of our community, the Wolverine Band Booster Association has been supporting students with various band and auxiliary camp scholarships since 1998; while the Fernandez scholarship has been awarded to WHS band students since 2004. Various baked goods will also be available for purchase during the evening.

Wellinton Landings Middle SchoolFor more information, contact Joe Piconcelli at (561) 791-4756.

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The Pre-apprenticeship Program at West Tech Academy celebrated its success by showcasing the program to an Open House event that recently took place.  Many students and their families attended as well as dignitaries from the community and the School District.  This certificate program provides the necessary skills for adults seeking marketable technical skills to enter a trade from a viable program recognized by industry. It also focuses on broad transferable skills, stresses the understanding of all aspects of the building construction industry and demonstrates essential elements of the industry.

 

The Hill Foundation generously donated $75,000 to the West Tech academy for possible expansion of the program

 

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For more information, contact Marilyn Cooper at 561-649-024 or email marylin.cooper@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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Dwyer Award logoThe 30th Anniversary Economic Council William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.  The Dwyer Awards, an annual program supported by the business community, honors outstanding educators from public and private schools in Palm Beach County, increases awareness of the exemplary teaching in our community, supports educators and schools with financial awards and encourages all residents to promote high standards of excellence in education.

This is the first year the 2014 Dwyer Awards will be broadcast LIVE on The Education Network, on Comcast Channel 234, ATT UVerse Channel 99, on the web AND Mobile Devices at

http://www.palmbeachschools.org/ten/mainchannel.asp

CBS 12 will also simulcast the event on their website

 http://www.cbs12.com/

The broadcast will begin at 7:00 pm on April 22, 2014. The event will be rebroadcast starting in May on The Education Network Channel 234.

The Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of business leaders committed to creating an environment to help business prosper.  The Council is involved with the social, economic and civic processes of Palm Beach County and is a catalyst between the public and private sectors fostering dialogue, planning and action on important countywide issues.

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. is dedicated to advancing excellence in public education by increasing public awareness and sustaining community support for programs focused on Learning, Literacy and Leadership.

The Dwyer Awards will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. For more information go to www.thedwyerawards.com or www.educationfoundationpbc.org or contact Tracy Rudnick at 561-434-8428 or tracy.rudnick@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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Allamanda ElementaryAllamanda Elementary School’s administrators, staff members and students will greet and serve at McDonald’s Restaurant located in the Promenade Shopping Plaza on Alt. A1A in Palm Beach Gardens from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25th, 2014.

When you use Allamanda’s flyer April 25th, the school’s Health and Wellness program will receive 15 percent of total voucher sales.  Students will be distributing flyers to family, friends and neighbors.  Everyone is invited!

Ronald McDonald visited Allamanda March 14th, entertaining students while advocating physical activity saying, “You can walk, jog, run, bike, swim, skateboard, dance – just as long as you are moving.  McDonald’s offers healthy foods like milk, apple slices, grilled chicken and salads.”

Deborah Feinsinger, Allamanda Health and Wellness Choice Program Coordinator, said, “Life is full of choices.  Why not make a healthy one?  Yes, you can make healthy choices at McDonald’s!”

Please contact Mrs. Feinsinger at 561-803-7243 or deborah.feinsinger@palmbeachschools.org for further information.

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The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County has the tradition of recognizing the “best and the brightest” within the county’s Hispanic population. The winners of the Triunfo Scholarship will attend the 17th Annual Triunfo Awards banquet that will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m at the Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach.

 

The recipients of the 2013-2014 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Triunfo! Scholarships are:


Triunfo!
 Glades Scholarship ($2,500)

Isel Castro-Lopez – Pahokee High School

Triunfo! Scholarship: ($1,000 each)

Seham Ahmed – Seminole Ridge Community High School

Erika Anclade – Jupiter Community High School

Imani Campbell – Lake Worth Community High School

Stephanie England – Jupiter Community High School

Andrew Evans – Suncoast High School

Michelle Fitzgibbons – Wellington Community High School

Yannet Garcia – Glades Central Community High School

Juan Granados – A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Jennifer McCrate – Jupiter Community High School

Nicole Mejias – W.T. Dwyer High School

Carolina Pereda – John I. Leonard High School

Bashon Robinson – Glades Central Community High School

Angeline Saint-Fleur – Lake Worth Community High School

Sara Valdez – Park Vista Community High School

 

During the last eight years, the Hispanic Chamber has raised thousands of dollars for students who attend universities such as Harvard, Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and many other prestigious colleges and universities.  The students selected have an outstanding Grade Point Average (GPA), dedicated many hours to community service and demonstrated excellent academic and leadership skills.

“Not only does the future of our community depend on the quality of professionals we have, but also the ones we educate to become leaders who will create a better future,” said Andre Varona, Chief Executive Officer.

Presenting Sponsor: Florida Crystals

Gold Sponsor: NextEra Energy

Silver Sponsors: Comcast, 1st United Bank, Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital, BB&T and Wells Fargo

Bronze Sponsors: Cocuy Burns, P.A.

Scholarship Sponsors: CBIZ, Broad & Cassel and Rafael Roca

Table Sponsors: Port of Palm Beach, Burrowes Insurance, St. Thomas More University Human Rights Institute, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies and HHRC

Click here if you would like to attend the 17th Annual Triunfo! Awards.

For more information contact Natalia Powers at 561-357-7680 or via email at natalia.power@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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Photo 2 - South Intensive Green Garden HarvestSouth Intensive Transition School has received the Green School of Promise designation two years in a row by the Green Schools Recognition Program (GSRC) for its steps to improving sustainability. The program serves to encourage cultures of sustainability within school communities and recognizes K-12 public and private schools that have made strides in:

  • Using the outdoors as a learning environment and enhancing the ecological integrity of those areas.
  • Demonstrating the conservation of energy and water, and promoting the reduction of solid waste generation.
  • Integrating curriculum that will prepare students to understand and act on current and future environmental changes facing South Florida.
  • Promoting community involvement and fostering an awareness of local environmental issues.
  • Providing professional development and creating a school philosophy and culture that embraces sustainability.

“I help save the Earth and environment so we have a better place to live. I feel like I’m making a difference by being a part of the Green Team,” stated 8th Grader Brian Bureau.  The GSRC is an initiative of Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center and is funded by a grant given by the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Community sponsors include Solid Waste Authority and Audubon Society of the Everglades. Additional community support comes from area businesses and organizations who participate as judges.

“Our school has a green culture that engages students in experiential outdoor learning that infuse reading, mathematics, science and writing that helps students generate and test hypotheses, interact, practice and deepen new knowledge. We support students and staff to be environmentally sensitive,” said Terrence Narinesingh, Ed.S., Assistant Principal.

South Intensive Transition has made great strides toward becoming one of the premier Green Schools in Palm Beach County. From designing and building raised bed gardens where we grow produce for our students, to partnering with a multitude of community organizations who assist our students and families, and fostering a deep sense of community between administration, staff and students, our school is the embodiment of a Green School.

“Earning the prestigious title Green School of Promise has motivated both students and staff at South Intensive to continue striving towards being the Greenest educational alternatives site in Palm Beach County.  With continuous efforts from the entire South Intensive family, we are looking forward to doing big things here in Lake Worth, Florida.  From recycling paper, plastics, growing our own food which we distribute to needy families and staff, beautifying our campus to cleaning up the surrounding neighborhood adopting the street in front of our school and performing a beach clean- up, South Intensive is definitely headed in the right direction,” said Ronnie Suddith, Green Team/Recycling Coordinator and Middle School Science Teacher.

Recycling has become a way of life at South Intensive.  Students and staff are reminded daily via the morning announcementsPhoto 1 - South Intensive Green Team and Garden to recycle all paper, plastics, and milk cartons.  Each portable on the campus is equipped with a recycling bin, which is emptied weekly by the Green Team.  Students who meet behavioral expectations are selected as Green Team members.  These students are afforded the privilege to travel around campus and empty recycling bins.  This privilege has been used as an incentive within the School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SwPBS) framework and has a tremendous amount of success.

“I was thrilled that the School Advisory Council (SAC) decided to include a goal in the School Improvement Plan that would help support a culture of sustainability and environmental awareness within the school. The School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SwPBS) Team also contributed by adjusting South Intensive’s FAB Behavior Matrix in order to include school-wide expectations directly related to going green and preserving the environment. Many different teams worked together in order to accomplish our school-wide goal of becoming a Green School of Promise,” said Monique Lambrou, Middle School Department Instructional Leader, SAC Chair and SwPBS Team Chair.

The garden at South Intensive has become one of the most popular attractions on campus.  Gardening offers students hands-on experimental learning opportunities in a wide array of disciplines, including the natural and social sciences, math and nutrition.  The garden has improved school spirit and students’ attitudes toward school.  This year students planted collard greens, carrots, spinach, broccoli and onions.  The harvest was plentiful, which allowed students and staff to take home fresh produce to their families.

When new students, staff and visitors come to the campus, a good first impression always lasts.  Keeping the campus clean and free from debris is important in the green culture.  The Green Team continuously strives to keep our campus clean by picking up trash and encouraging fellow students to be responsible and keep the campus beautiful.  The Green Team is currently working on a campus beautification project, remodeling flower beds located at the entrance of the school.  Students pulled weeds, laid fresh soil, and planted flowers.

One of the 2013-2014 Green School initiatives was to adopt Barton Road (the street located in front of our school) and conduct a beach clean-up at Lake Worth Beach. The necessary steps have been taken in regard to adopting the street. The students receive community service hours through the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office for their work in keeping the road clean.  Some additional green highlights are:

  • 76% of students utilized some form of mass transit (school bus/Palm Tran) as an alternative to privately owned vehicles decreasing the use of fossil fuels.
  • 20% of students walk or ride their bicycles to school.
  • 4% of students get dropped off/picked up from school.
  • Barnes & Noble has partnered with South Intensive to get our students reading more by supporting the D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read) initiative for the past two years.
  • Sam’s Club has donated food to South Intensive for Open House and Title 1 Parent Training and Technology Night.
  • Walmart has donated 11 bicycles to needy families at South Intensive. The company has also given teachers classroom supplies and gift cards.

The School Administration at South Intensive is also supportive of the Green efforts. The mission of South Intensive encompasses the importance of creating a Green School culture. School administrators, in collaboration with the SAC, have used Title 1 funds to purchase electronic readers (Nooks) from Barnes & Noble to reduce the quantity of paperback books and increase the use of electronic books. In FY14, South Intensive became one of eight schools in the School District of Palm Beach County to utilize the Title 1 eBox, which is an online tool that allows Title 1 schools to store audit and monitoring documentation and evidence to support their Title 1 program. The intent of the eBox tool is to streamline the current process and reduce the amount of printed documentation in an effort to support the green movement.

Teachers have the option to submit lesson plans electronically and are encouraged and supported in creating green school projects. Staff members attended the 2014 Green Conference to enhance their knowledge of green initiatives, community building and local endangered habitats to coordinate projects at the school level. Being a Green School is formally incorporated into the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and is also presented as agenda items at faculty and School Advisory Council (SAC) meetings.

 

For more information, contact Assistant Principal Terrence Narinesingh at 561-202-0604 or visit http://www.ourgreenschools.com/

 

About South Intensive Transition School:

South Intensive Transition School officially opened its doors in 2007 as an alternative school with high expectations for exemplary achievement, serving students in Grades 6-12. South Intensive is the first alternative school in the School District of Palm Beach County to offer the rigorous SpringBoard® curriculum in English Language Arts and Mathematics to ensure that students are equipped to achieve success on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and become college and career ready. South Intensive effectively implements the research-based School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SwPBS) strategies to promote safety, civility, and demonstrate increases in student respectfulness, responsibility and motivation.

South Intensive Transition has achieved the Green School of Promise recognition for two consecutive years for taking a holistic approach to going green that incorporates school ground enhancement, resource conservation, curriculum connections, and community involvement with a school wide commitment and focus on sustainability. Through collegial partnerships with Lynn University and several community agencies, students benefit from additional services to ensure academic and behavioral intervention success. For more information, visit http://www.edline.net/pages/Intensive_Transition_South

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DSCF2706On Friday, April 11th, Award-winning children’s author Diane Z. Shore visited Sandpiper Shores. She spoke to students at all grade levels about the importance of following their dreams and never giving up.

“I was rejected by publication houses over and over again, but I did not give up. I kept going because I knew my persistence would pay off in the end,” she explained to a group of fourth and fifth grade students. After reading one of her award-winning books, Bus-a-Saurus Bop to the students, she explained how she had to rewrite parts of it to make it even better. “So, if your teachers ask you to rewrite something you have written, please don’t give them a hard time. They just want your best,” she explained. After her presentation, she signed dozens of books and even ate lunch with students. It was there that students were able to ask her questions and get to know her a little better.

“We found out that success takes time. It’s not always simple. She told us to always have courage and believe in yourself,” said Shelby Godfrey, a fifth-grade student. The Sandpiper Shores PTA sponsored the event and it was organized by the school’s media specialist, Michelle Gunning. “We wanted every student to get to hear her inspirational message and read her hilarious poems and books. She is really in tune with what makes kids want to read,” said Michelle. One of her books is titled, How to Drive Your Sister Crazy. “This was one of the students’ favorite books because most of them could easily relate to it,” Michelle explained.

Diane Z. Shore was available thanks to April is for Authors, a district-wide event celebrating authors. Because these authorsDSCF2701 are in Palm Beach for this event, they are invited to schools to speak to students prior to the event. When asked what her favorite part of being an author was, she responded, ”Visiting schools is my favorite part of being an author. It’s fun to meet and talk to children who have read my books.”

 

For more information, contact Michelle Gunning at michelle.gunning@palmbeachschools.org.

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TeamWork USA logoThe TeamWork USA Education Foundation recently announced that it has awarded Instrumental Music Program Grants, known as IMP Grants, to eleven Title 1 Elementary Public Schools in Palm Beach County. TeamWork USA invited almost 60 Palm Beach County School District Title 1 elementary schools to apply for a TeamWork USA Instrumental Music Program Grant for the purpose of either establishing a school instrumental music program or expanding an existing instrumental music program.

20 schools submitted IMP Grant applications. The independent TeamWork USA IMP Grant Selection Committee chose 11 schools as finalists for these grants. Site visits and interviews were conducted at these schools. IMP Grants were awarded to all 11 schools totaling more than $200,000. The grants range in size and scope from $4,000 to $35,000, and are for specialized personnel, musical instruments, equipment, supplies, or some combination of these purposes.

The elementary schools awarded these grants are: Barton, Berkshire, Egret Lake, Grove Park, Highland, Hope Centennial, Indian Pines, KEC Canal Point,  Lantana, North Palm Beach and Seminole Trails.

TeamWork USA Education Foundation is a public charity education foundation based in Palm Beach County that primarily targets Title 1 students in Title 1 public schools. TeamWork USA this school year has partnered with 10 Title 1 elementary schools and has awarded 50 motivational college scholarships of $1,000 each to striving Title 1 students identified and nominated by their school teachers and chosen by a Scholarship Selection Committee. These student scholars and other striving students become members of teacher supervised TeamWork Student Leadership clubs. The members of these clubs are known as “TeamWorkers”. The elementary schools involved in this partnership program are: Belle Glade, Diamond View, Galaxy, Glade View, Lincoln, Palmetto, Palm Springs, Pine Jog, Rolling Green and West Riviera.

Teamwork USA also annually awards college scholarships to students graduating Palm Beach County public high schools on the basis of financial need, active community service and scholastic performance.  TeamWork USA is currently awarding scholarships of $3,000 each to 21 deserving students chosen by an independent Scholarship Selection Committee from among 87 applicants.

For more information, please contact Sandy Slotnick, TeamWork USA Communications Director at sandy.slotnick@gmail.com.

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Academic Challenge TeamPalm Beach County School District’s All-Star Academic Challenge Team competed in the 2014 Commissioner’s Academic Challenge April 10th – 12th in Orlando, Florida.  Our Palm Beach County All-Star Team consisted of four high school seniors and two high school juniors coached by Dr. Mary Murray, Suncoast High School mathematics teacher.  The year’s competition marked the 29th year of the annual challenge which was held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World.  Palm Beach County’s participation in this year’s competition was supported by a generous contribution from CitiBank.

After finishing in first place in the first round of competitions, our Palm Beach All-Star Team concluded the tournament in 4th place after the semi-finals. The team’s impressive performance was highlighted when one team member, Suncoast senior Shreyash Agrawal, was selected for the Florida All-Star Team.  Shreyash, along with five other students from across Florida, will compete against other state teams in June.

The Palm Beach County All-Star Team is listed below:

  • Shreyash Agrawal, Suncoast HS senior
  • Michael Dinh, AW Dreyfoos SOA senior
  • Sanjay Chandrasekhar, Suncoast HS senior
  • Sam Bennett, Suncoast HS senior
  • Jorge, Clavo, Spanish River HS junior
  • Marc Rodriguez, Atlantic HS junior

Congratulations to the 2014 Palm Beach County Academic Challenge All-Star Team!

For more information, contact Diana Snider via phone at 561-357-5943 or via email at diana.snider@palmbeachschools.org.

PHOTO-Left to Right: Marc Rodriguez (Atlantic HS), Sam Bennett (Suncoast HS), Shreyash Agrawal (Suncoast HS), Jorge Clavo (Spanish River HS), Sanjay Chandrasekhar (Suncoast HS), Michael Dinh (AW Dreyfoos SOA), Coach – Dr. Mary Murray (Suncoast HS).

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060210 met suncoast 3.jpgSuncoast Foundation’s Council of Business Advisors held a breakfast meeting titled “Retaining our Homegrown Talent” at Florida Power & Light Company’s headquarters in Juno Beach on Wednesday, April 9. Twenty-five different companies were present, including representatives from international banks, insurance agencies and real estate firms –  all with local South Florida roots, to learn about Suncoast High School and how to help ensure its graduates come home after college to share their talents here locally.

“If we expect our area’s best and brightest students to return to South Florida after finishing their higher education, we have to rely on our local business partners to help us make sure our future leaders are aware of the opportunities here in our community,“ said Adi Rappoport. “During the meeting we heard from three amazing students who all benefited from the chance to either intern or to participate in some form of mentorship program, while they attended school. The experience to apply what they learn in the classroom to the actual business area is invaluable. And, we hope they and others who are able to experience a similar program will want to come back.”

A top-ranked school in the country, Suncoast Community High School is always seeking ways to create and develop partnerships with its student population, businesses and government, and employees in the South Florida community to ensure continuing excellence.

Recognizing that the best way to showcase the depth and range of talent present at Suncoast was to hear from the students themselves, the Council arranged for Shreyash Agrawal (enrolled in MSE – Math, Science and Engineering), Micheal Janik (specializing in Computer Science) and Catherine Makepeace (an International Baccalaureate  student) to speak to the local business representatives.

In addition, Michael Kohner, WTAS, LLC shared his very positive experience last summer after offering Catherine Makepeace an internship at his firm. “She is an impressive young woman and she was able to come into our company and understand our business, tax law, and we know that Catherine will do well in her future and we hope that it is here.”

Development & External Affairs Vice President and Council of Business Advisors Co-Chair Pamela M. Rauch, led the event and used the platform to underscore FPL’s interest in ensuring that we have an educated future pipeline of employees in Florida. “We understand that a strong educational system is critical to economic development. In addition, at FPL we offer a very competitive college internship program to about 150 students from colleges all over the United States every year. One of our goals in doing so is help identify those individuals who we may like to extend job offers to one day. If they get to know us during their internships, perhaps they will agree to come back.”

Pam Rauch and fellow Council Co-Chair Adi Rappoport (Gunster) encouraged the attendees to consider offering opportunities ranging from an internship, shadowing for a day or week or mentorship to the students of Suncoast.

Gary Hines, SVP, of the Business Development Board spoke about a new effort underway to market and advocate the quality educational opportunities that exist in the county. The BDB formed the task force a little more than a year ago to exemplify the strengths and positive attributes of K – 20 educational opportunities in the county because quality education is such an important factor for site selection and economic growth and development.

If you have an interest in learning more about the opportunities to mentor these exceptional students please email us at suncoastfoundation@gmail.com. You may also visit our website at www.suncoastfoundation.org to find out more about this exciting program.

For further information please contact Suncoast High Principal Dr. Linda Cartlidge at linda.cartlidge@palmbeachschools.org or 561-882-3418.

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Suncoast-Westside StoryThere will be an Encore performance of “West Side Story” at Suncoast High School, Saturday, April 19th at 7:00pm.  Featuring a cast of 45 Suncoast students, and another 60 students in the crew and orchestra, the Spring Musical is a daunting undertaking that educates the students in all facets of theater. Collaborating with Artistic Director Stephanie Nixdorf, this years’ Spring Musical has been a tremendous success. Don’t miss the last chance to see this great production from the Award Winning Suncoast Theatre Department.

Encore performance tickets can be purchased by calling 561-882-3427, or at the door.  All tickets are $10.00.

Suncoast Auditorium: 1717 Avenue “S” Riviera Beach, FL 33404

For further information please contact Suncoast High Principal Dr. Linda Cartlidge at linda.cartlidge@palmbeachschools.org or 561-882-3418.

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Jupiter High logoStudents involved in the Jupiter High School Student Government Association (SGA) will go to Thelma Pittman Preschool to mentor and do spring crafts with the preschool students, Wednesday, April 16th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.  The preschool is a non-profit Early Childhood Education Program serving primarily children from low-income families since 1966.

This Jupiter High SGA activity is one of many community projects the student organization has been involved with this school year.

The Thelma Pittman Preschool is located at 17593 Cinquez Park Road W. in Jupiter.

For more information please contact Jupiter High Student Government Association Advisor Jeanmarie McCann at jeanmarie.mccann@palmbeachschools.org or 561-744-7900.

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Mary Casella Hawes, a 3rd grade teacher at C.O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary School, was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 B lung cancer. She is a wife and mother of two small children, Jude who is 5 and Riley who is 2.

According to Ms. Hawes’ cousin, Jennifer Ebersold a teacher at Indian Pines Elementary, “Mary is currently in Houston undergoing chemo and radiation treatments, away from her family, in hope that she is receiving the very best care possible and that she will return to us with a clean bill of health.”

Chili’s on Jog Rd in Lake Worth is hosting, in her honor, a “Giving Back” night, April 15th, in which 15% of their profit for the day will go to Mary’s family as they prepare for the mounds of medical expenses heading their way.

For more information please contact C.O. Taylor/Kirkland Elementary Principal Agartha Gragg at agartha.gragg@palmbeachschools.org or 561-804-3500.

 

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Youth LeadershipSeveral District students are among the 48 members of the 2013-2014 Youth Leadership Palm Beach County class that attended the program’s Business and Economic Development Day,  Wednesday, April 9. The group started their itinerary at the world famous Breakers Hotel and Resort in Palm Beach and heard from CEO’s and presidents of diverse area businesses while enjoying a breakfast roundtable discussion.  After hearing from Paul Leone, president of the Breakers, and learning about the range of careers in the resort and hospitality business, the students embarked on a “back of the house” tour and heard from people who run the Breakers main kitchen, bakeshop and housekeeping.

They then traveled by bus to the Gardens Mall, but they didn’t head there for shopping. Instead, they heard from Jim McCarten, general manager of the mall, who shared insights into the operation of the Gardens Mall and the national, high-end retail business world.  The group enjoyed lunch—which was sponsored by the Garden’s Mall– in the Food Court. The students, who attend high schools from around the District, as well as charter and private schools, then rode the charter bus to the Scripps Florida facility at Abacoa. There they heard from FPL officials about changes the power company has underway for efficient energy services to customers and from Scripps Florida’s representative on the biomedical research and drug discovery . The students enthusiastically participated in an interactive drug discovery activity.

Business and Economic Development Day is one of nine full-day sessions selected students, who are recommended by school administrators and teachers, attend between September to May. The program accepts 48 high school juniors who represent the diversity of Palm Beach County’s school system. Each session day is fully sponsored by area businesses and individuals; there is no cost for student participation.

A program of the adult Leadership Palm Beach County organization, the Youth Leadership Palm Beach County graduation ceremonies are set for 5:30 p.m. May 15, at the Airport Hilton. For details, contact Leadership Palm Beach County Executive Director Christina Lambert, 561.833.4321 or email Christina@leadershippbc.org

 

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Camps offer sunshine, smiles, and safety!

 

A quick check of the calendar reveals it’s time once again to start enrolling your child in summer camp programs sponsored by the Department of Afterschool Programming. Enrollment for summer camp is already underway for children ages 5-12 at more than 65 District elementary school sites.

Campers will participate in many exciting activities, academic enrichment, field trips and much, much more.  All programs are supervised by staff who are background checked, and trained in First Aid/CPR and “Positive Ways for Working with Children”.

To locate a camp, the Summer Camp Directory may be viewed on the District’s Public Affairs website, as well as the Afterschool Programming website at:

 http://www.palmbeachschools.org/community

 http://www.palmbeachschools.org/afterschoolprogramming/documents/SummerCampDirectory_AllCamps.pdf

A convenient payment process is available online. To pay summer camp fees online, parents may click the following link and select the school of choice.

 http://www.palmbeachschools.org/afterschoolprogramming/summercampfees.asp

Based on eligibility criteria, individual camp sites accept Family Central certificates and Palm Beach County Summer Camp Scholarships.Summer camp at the many School District of Palm Beach County elementary school sites is the summertime place to be!  Register Now. Questions can be addressed at individual camp locations by the contact listed in the Summer Camp Directory.

 

 

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DOWNTOWN IN BLOOMCongratulations to the winners of the 2014 Downtown in Bloom Youth Art Competition!

The “Budding Artist” Youth Art Competition was for grades K – 5th. All artwork submitted to the Youth Art Competition was judged and judges chose a winner from each grade.

 

2014 STUDENT ARTIST WINNERS

  • KINDERGARTEN
  • Hayden Rose
  • Palm Beach Gardens Elementary
  • Ms. Kathy Adkins 
  • FIRST GRADE
  • Genesis Hendoze
  • South Olive Elementary
  • Ms. Katrina Houser 
  • SECOND GRADE
  • Adam Cabas
  • Gove Elementary
  • Ms. Jill Schmidt 
  • THIRD GRADE
  • John Lewis
  • Palm Beach Gardens Elementary
  • Ms. Kathy Adkins 
  • FOURTH GRADE
  • Nicole Moureira
  • Hammock Pointe Elementary
  • Ms. Britt Feingold 
  • FIFTH GRADE
  • Elizabeth Finley
  • Cypress Trails Elementary
  • Ms. Patricia Wolek

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PB State College logoStudent Intervention Services partnered with Palm Beach State College during the month of March, to provide College Tours to over 100 students, grades 9-12. The students visited the Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade Campus locations on March 13th and March 27th, respectively, and were able to experience a college campus first hand.

Each tour was packed full of activity and information. Students were provided transportation to and from each campus, guided tours, and lunch in the college cafeterias, generously provided by “Christine’s Hope for Kids” foundation on March 13th and by Belle Glade Lion’s Club on March 27th. Each group enjoyed interactive and specialized orientations to multiple student support services, departments, and personnel solely in existence to help students achieve their goals of post secondary education.

Many students indicated they plan to attend Palm Beach State College after graduation and enjoyed seeing the campuses and the opportunities each provide, as well as the chance to meet and share experiences with other students from schools throughout the district.

For more information please contact Ellen Van Arsdale, Director Student Intervention Services at 561-494-1569 or Ellen.VanArsdale@palmbeachschools.org .

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PBGES-GardeningPalm Beach Gardens Elementary is going “full STEAM ahead” with the addition of their hydroponic garden. The school will be the first Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Choice elementary school beginning in August 2014. As part of their integrated science curriculum, the grade 5 students are growing various vegetables to harvest this spring.

“I am really excited to see students get the hands-on exposure in STEAM every day to get them ready for Choice Programs in our Middle and High schools. This will help prepare them for career choices in these fields that are driving our industries today,” said Third grade gifted teacher, Stacey Sunser.

Students in Jennifer Haylett’s kindergarten class also helped the 5th graders “exterminate” aphids naturally by releasing lady bugs into the garden area. The students are reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and making text to self- connections by demonstrating how ladybugs eat aphids and help the vegetables thrive.

For more information please contact Principal Marie Caracuzzo at marie.caracuzzo@palmbeachschools.org or 561-366-6500

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On Tuesday, April 8th, 4 students from Equestrian Trails Elementary and their PE teacher were involved in a breakfast cook-off challenge at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Coach Liza Asch is the Program Advisor for Fuel Up to Play 60, a national program sponsored by the NFL whose goal is to get kids active for 60 minutes per day learning about health and nutrition along the way.

IMG_2362The four schools selected for the competition had to create a healthy, easy to make, breakfast using dairy and protein. The schools arrived at Sun Life Stadium and were served a buffet breakfast on the Club Level.  Students were then taken into a luxury suite to be interviewed. The teams were then given 75 minutes to recreate the breakfast that they entered into the competition.  The meal was judged on preparation including teamwork and presentation in addition to taste. “We didn’t win, but the kids were amazing – cracking, beating and scrambling eggs, chopping and dicing vegetables and fruit garnishes, and making whole wheat toast. I myself did more to prepare a meal with the students then I do for myself and I loved every second of it”, said Coach Asch.

The students got to have fun with TD, the Dolphins mascot and got to take home the aprons and chef’s hats they were given. Their competition medals were awarded by Dolphin’s kicker Caleb Sturgis who also autographed all of their stuff and then took them down to the field.

The students were fourth graders Matthew Haas, Michael Aronson, and Tyler Roth, and fifth grader Soraya St. John. All four IMG_2371students are Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassadors at Equestrian Trails.  When speaking to Tyler and Michael after the event about their favorite part of the day, they both said, “We go to eat breakfast, cook breakfast and taste test all of the team’s breakfasts.” Tyler found out that he is really good at cutting up vegetables.  Matthew loved hanging out with TD and was trying to get Sturgis to come watch him on the BMX track.  “The Gridiron food challenge at the Sun Life stadium for Fuel Up To Play 60 was a great experience. It taught me how to cook healthy while having fun. One of my many favorite parts was having fun with my team from my school to cook a healthy breakfast for the judges along with meeting Caleb Sturgis and the two cheerleaders from the Miami Dolphins football team.  I cannot wait to see what other challenge we can do to be healthy and active.” said Soraya St.John.

Soraya’s mom, Maria St. John had this to say about the program and the special day, “My daughter has been participating in IMG_4483a program called Fuel Up To Play 60.  This program allows them to monitor their daily activities and teaches kids to learn and establish healthy eating habits while making it fun. What better way to get kids excited and to challenge themselves to learn points for being active. My daughter was extremely excited and proud to have partaken in one of the hands on activities at The Gridiron Food Challenge at the Sun life Stadium. Their team was able to put into action what they have learned by becoming little chefs to make a healthy breakfast for a set of judges. As a parent I am thrilled to hear my child coming home with excitement about being healthy and active along with the many rewards that come along with it!  Thank you to ETES and Coach Asch for getting kids motivated and excited about their health.”

From parent and Pahokee Middle School principal, “We are so proud of the leadership our son has taken with the Fuel up to Play 60. He was so excited to help organize the schools Fuel up to Play 60 event. He was even more excited and grateful to participate in the Sun Life Stadium event.”

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Mr. Jonathan Benskin led the Science Olympiad to a fourth consecutive state championship and will represent Florida at the national championship Science Olympiad next month.

Most remarkably, our second team, led by Mr. Elvey and comprised primarily of underclassmen, finished fourth in FL among the 41 teams that qualified to compete.

Here are the Boca Raton High students who finished 1st in at least one category: Ana Karla Cepeda Diaz, Brian Lopez, Akaash Mohan, Robert Olsthoorn, Faakhir Qureshi, Karyn Saunders, Quinn Silverglate, and Montita Sowapark.

  • The Veteran team achieved the best finish in State Championship history (in the “Modern Era” of Florida Science Olympiad in which more than 20 schools were competing in all events) with a total of 85 points. To put this point total in perspective, it equals slightly better than 4th place in EACH of the 23 events. There were 41 teams at this competition.
  • The Rookie team demonstrated that they are the future of Science Olympiad with a 3rd place overall finish (244 points).
  • Individual Event State Champions are:
    • Quinn Silverglate and Ana Karla Cepeda Diaz, Anatomy and Physiology
    • Faakhir Qureshi, Boomilever
    • Robert Olsthoorn and Akaash Mohan, Circuit Lab
    • Robert Olsthoorn and Akaash Mohan, Compound Machines
    • Robert Olsthoorn and Akaash Mohan, MagLev
    • Quinn Silverglate and Karyn Saunders, Forensics
    • Montita Sowapark and Brian Lopez, Water Quality
  • Veteran Team:
    • Robert Olsthoorn
    • Montita Sowapark
    • Brian Lopez
    • Karyn Saunders
    • Nick DaCosta
    • Ryan Lawton
    • RJ Antonello
    • Quinn Silverglate
    • Akaash Mohan
    • Peter Lin
    • Luc Olsthoorn
    • Ana Karla Cepeda Diaz
    • Ibrahim Merie
    • Faakhir Qureshi
    • William Gardner
  • Rookie Team:
    • Noel Picinich
    • Karel Van B
    • Faith Kim
    • David Faris
    • Heather Tomazin
    • Patrick Bell
    • Duncan Duff-Gray
    • Daniel Hack
    • Sam Gould
    • Liz Chapman
    • Max Goodman
    • Nick Bourdon
    • James Lynch
    • Ryan Rice
    • Jennifer Joseph

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Pine Jog fitnessPine Jog Elementary School PTA and All Pro Dads recently hosted its First Annual “Walk and Go Green”.  This free event was scheduled as a family fun walk to promote health, but grew into a health fair with more than 400 attendees and 40 vendors, non-profit organizations and community business partners.

Families were able to visit booths such as the Fire Department, Coast Guard, Sheriff’s Department, Drowning Prevention, School Food Services, nutrition and kids, blood pressure and heart rate checks and even a Mini Medical Class.   Families walked a 3K through the FAU Environmental Education Center’s native Florida pine forest taking in nature as they exercised.  Students who completed the 3K walk were rewarded with a “Walk and Go Green” T-Shirt provided by a grant from the Palm Beach County Council of PTSA.

Other events included Yoga, Karate, Zumba, and Boot Camp classes, Home Gardening, and a performance by a local Dance Group.  Vendors included Juice Plus, Young Living Essential Oils, Herbalife, British Swim School, Premier Financial Services, Riverbridge Chiropractic Center and Movement Arts Dance Academy. Additional Donations were received from Law Firm Kenny Leigh & Associates, FDOT Ped-BIke, McDonalds, Cool Roses, and the Gourmet Deli House.

For more information please contact Principal Fred Barch at (561) 656-5405 or via e-mail at fred.barch@palmbeachschools.org.

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James Hunter III FishEleven Crestwood Middle School students had artwork on display at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s recent TurtleFest.  Sixth grade student, James Hunter III, was a finalist with his beautiful painting of a red fish.

The school has also been chosen as the “School of the Year” by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and won the honor of adopting a sea turtle.  Crestwood Middle Principal Stephanie Nance said, “We are elated to not only have James represent Crestwood as a finalist for TurtleFest, but to also have been chosen as School of the Year is a credit to the dedication and artistic vision of our students.”

For more information please contact Ms. Nance at Stephanie.nance@palmbeachschools.org or 561-753-5000.

 

James Hunter-Crestwood