Author, CNN Commentator Gets Serious With Educators and Parents

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  West Palm Beach, FL., September 8, 2014 – When nationally known educator Dr. Steve Perry came to Suncoast High School on Thursday, August 28, he told the hundreds of people in attendance that they each had a responsibility in the academic success of students in  Palm Beach County public schools. The principal of Capital… Read more »

BOARD MEMBER EARNS 2014 MILDRED HASTINGS TENACITY AWARD

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Dr. Debra Robinson lauded by Congressman Alcee Hastings U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings ​hosted a luncheon at the Westin Diplomat in Fort Lauderdale on May 18. The Congressman used the event to present the 2014 Mildred HastingsTenacity Award, named in memory of his mother, the late Mildred Hastings, to Palm Beach County School District Board veteran… Read more »

HOWELL WATKINS PRE-MEDICAL SCIENCES STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM GOOD SAMARITAN EXTERNSHIP

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Program part of the T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society’s mentorship effort  Selected eighth graders from Howell Watkins Middle School’s Pre-Medical Sciences Program completed a year-long externship program at Good Samaritan Medical Center and graduated with a Certificate of Completion and their own personalized stethoscope at a ceremony held May 22.  H.L. Watkins Principal Donald Hoffman,… Read more »

SECME INVOLVEMENT NETS AWARD FOR FREEDOM SHORES ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL

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Volunteer honored with Angel Award  Being involved with Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics, and Enrichment  (SECME) resulted in unexpected rewards recently for Freedom Shores Elementary School Principal Patricia Trejo.  She was named  SECME Administrator of the Year for her continuing support of the school’s SECME Program at the 2013 – 2014 SECME District Banquet held at… Read more »

DISTRICT STUDENTS EARN SCHOLARSHIPS THROUGH LEADERSHIP PALM BEACH COUNTY

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District high school students were among the 11 participants of the 2014 class of Youth Leadership Palm Beach County awarded scholarships through the Leadership Palm Beach County organization.  Forty-eight high school juniors completed this year’s Youth Leadership Palm Beach County itinerary which culminated with a banquet and celebration at the Palm Beach Airport Hilton in… Read more »

FOREST HILL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HEADED TO INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE STUDENT WORLD CONFERENCE

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Junior receives full scholarship for conference Forest Hill Community High School junior Rafael Tatis has received a full scholarship from the Florida Association of International Baccalaureate (IB) World School (FLIBS) to attend the 2014 IB World Student Conference set for McGill University in Montreal, Canada in July.  The central theme for the conference is Human Rights for… Read more »

20th ANNUAL AFRICAN, AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES SUMMER INSTITUTE SET FOR PALM BEACH LAKES HIGH

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Institute itinerary brimming with renowned speakers Removing Structural Barriers to Literacy: Strategies to Identify and Diminish Institutional Bias in Educating Black Children is the theme for the District’s 20th Annual African, African American, and Caribbean Studies Summer Institute. Palm Beach Lakes High School will host four days of the Summer Institute, with a fifth, Family… Read more »

SUPERINTENDENT’S GRADUATION TASK FORCE FOR BLACK MALE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT HOLDS YEAR-END REPORT MEETING

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The school year’s final meeting of the Superintendent’s Graduation Task Force for Black Male Student Achievement is set for Monday, June 2, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The 10 Action Teams and interested members of the community will convene in the Board Room of the Fulton Holland Educational Services Center on Forest Hill Boulevard.  Myra-Leavy-Bazemore, manager of… Read more »

ELBRIDGE GALE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS SET FUNDRAISING RECORD FOR LLS

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Students collect change to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society West Palm Beach, FL. May 22, 2014 – Students at Elbridge Gale Elementary School recently completed the Pasta for Pennies Program, presented by Olive Garden, benefitting the LLS Palm Beach Area Chapter and raised an impressive $8,834.85. This earned them the Making Change-Top School Award for… Read more »

SENIOR GRADUATES HIGH SCHOOL THIS WEEK DESPITE ALL ODDS

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English Language Learner and surgery survivor looking forward to college and career Wellington High School senior Tawana Michel is scheduled to cross the stage with her classmates during the graduation ceremony set for Thursday, May 21 at the Fairgrounds. Her diploma will be proof that she mastered and completed the graduation requirements, but it will… Read more »

DISTRICT ADOPTION COMMITTEES GEAR UP FOR INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES SELECTION

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The School District’s Instructional Materials Adoption Committees are in the process of finalizing the selection of committee members and preparing to review materials being proposed for use in three content areas.  The first committee will review materials for the new 9th-12th grade Career Technical Education.  Members of that group convene June 9-12, to review multiple… Read more »

YOUTH LEADERSHIP PALM BEACH COUNTY PROGRAM GRADUATES JUNIORS FROM ACROSS THE DISTRICT

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Prestigious leadership development organization lauds youth in 2014 class When the 48 juniors from public, charter, and high schools across Palm Beach County convened for the Youth Leadership Palm Beach County retreat in September, they were mostly strangers to each other.  The group started bonding during that retreat and during every day-long session they attended… Read more »

BELVEDERE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SPRING MUSIC CONCERT SET FOR THIS EVENING

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Families and friends of Belvedere Elementary School are invited to the annual Spring Music Concert set for Thursday, May 8,at 6:00 p.m.in the school’s cafeteria  The Second Grade Bees, Instrumental Ensemble, and Honor Choir will perform musical selections under the direction of Annmarie Muir, 2014 William T. Dwyer Award winner for Elementary Education. The performance… Read more »

JOHN I. LEONARD ACHIEVERS BID FAREWELL TO TWO CRUSADING PRESIDENTS

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Aubree Browder and Patricia Martinez

Twenty year teaching veteran, coach, and club sponsor Brian Palmberg has been around long enough to see thousands of students pass through his classroom, athletic field, and club.  “Occasionally one will stand out so far above the rest that they transcend the normal student-teacher relationship and they become family,” he stated. “To have that happen… Read more »

DISTRICT STUDENTS IN YOUTH LEADERSHIP PALM BEACH COUNTY ATTEND BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DAY

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Several 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… Read more »

IT’S DISTRICT SUMMER CAMP SIGN UP TIME!

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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… Read more »

VETERAN TEACHER OFFERS READING, WRITING, AND EVERGLADES HISTORY WORKSHOP FOR PEERS

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When seasoned Conniston Middle School teacher Tom Tufts conducts his workshops, the teachers are as captivated as his typical students—kids in middle school tend to be. His only South Florida workshop for this year is set for Saturday, May 3, from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at the Sun Sentinel Auditorium in Deerfield Beach. The session… Read more »

OKEEHEELEE MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER (AND CANCER PATIENT) PLANS WALK FROM FLORIDA TO WASHINGTON, D.C.

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Okeeheelee Middle School science teacher Brian Thomas has long been known as a founding member of The Road Warriors—a long distance running team. He gained fame for running—not only across miles—but across multiple states, in the quest to raise awareness and funds to cure life-threatening diseases for others. Last year, the Palm Springs resident was diagnosed… Read more »

JUST US GIRLS SUMMIT PROVIDES STRAIGHT TALK FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS

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Nearly 100 girls from middle schools across the District, their parents, guardians and mentors have signed up to participate in a summit set for Saturday, April 12, from 9:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. at the Highridge Family Center in West Palm Beach. Sponsored by the YWCA of Palm Beach County in collaboration with the City of… Read more »

OFFICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCES 2014 FAIR HOUSING STUDENT POSTER/ESSAY WINNERS

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 April is Fair Housing Month and the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB) and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County (LAS)  have announced the winners of their annual poster and essay contest. This year’s theme recognizes the 46th anniversary of the Fair Housing… Read more »

FOOD BANKS AT DISTRICT SCHOOLS TO BENEFIT FROM FEED PALM BEACH COUNTY DAY

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Thousands of volunteers are expected to pack meals for over 100,000 people when they converge on Gaines Park in West Palm Beach for Feed Palm Beach County Day, Saturday, April 12. Five schools that maintain food banks will benefit from the proceeds of the day and get donations of non-perishable foods to help stock their… Read more »

DISTRICT INVITES BRAZILIAN PARENTS TO BRAZILIAN FAMILY NIGHT

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Literacy and special programs for Pre-K children will be part of the discussion when Brazilian Family Night is held at Olympic Heights High School Thursday, April 3, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Department of Multicultural Education will also have speakers provide strategies Brazilian parents can use to enhance their children’s academic success in school, as well… Read more »

RENOWNED AFRICAN AMERICAN EDUCATOR TO BE HONORED AS OUTSTANDING HISTORY-MAKER

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 The Pioneer Recognition Program and Reception is being held  next week to honor the legacy of a number of notable community members from the Northwest Community of West Palm Beach. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, at 11:00 a.m. at Coleman Park in West Palm Beach.  Key among the honorees is Mr.Ulysses B…. Read more »

AFRICAN AMERICAN LUNCH AND LEARN SESSION SET

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Residents of Palm Beach County: Contributions to Black History District employees and members of the public are invited to a lively lunch and learn session scheduled for Wednesday, March 12, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Thurber Training Room C, of the Fulton Holland Educational Services Center.  The Office of African, African American, Latino, and Gender Studies… Read more »

PALM SPRINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL TAKES HONORABLE MENTION IN NATIONAL YEARBOOK CONTEST

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  Palm Springs Middle School’s year book staff is all smiles today. They recently learned that Palm Springs Middle has been awarded Honorable Mention in the Lifetouch Yearbook Showcase  National Contest in the Middle School category. “While there were many outstanding entries in this year’s contest, Palm Springs Middle School showed a tremendous amount of… Read more »