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The Palm Beach County Council PTA/PTSA and Spanish River High PTSA along with Congressman Ted Deutch are hosting a Student Financial Aid Workshop.  The event will take place at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton on Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 PM. Guest speakers include Mark Kantrowitz creator of and, Barbara Stern with Florida Atlantic University Financial Aid Department and Robin Blank with the Florida Department of Education.

For more information please contact Sharyn Schneiderman, President Spanish River High School PTSA at .

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Financial Aid is one of the major concerns of parents and students that are inspiring to attend college have. John I. Leonard High School will be hosting a Financial Aid for 11th and 12th grade parents and students. 

When? Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. 

Where? John I. Leonard High School Auditorium – 4701 10th Ave., N., Greenacres, FL 33463. 

Representatives from the Florida Department of Education Office of Financial Aid will be present along with scholarship funds and colleges that will provide valuable information to all the attendees. 

For more information contact Belkis Candelier at (561) 641-1239 or via email at






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Target Team Leader Sam Nader and Principal Adrienne Howard

On behalf of the Palm Beach Lakes Target, Sam Nader, Store Team Leader, presented a check for $500.00 to U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts.  The check was presented to Adrienne Howard, the Principal. The donated monies will be used to purchase new books for the Media Center.
Adrienne Harrell, U. B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts Media Specialist’s, hope is to not only purchase books for the Media Center but to also purchase a book for each student. She said,” I would love to be able to make sure each student had a book of their very own to take home.”
For more information please contact June Hunt, Magnet Coordinator at 561-671-6517 or

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Representing the employees of Coca Cola in Riviera Beach, Anthony Yanucci and James Knowles recently collected school supplies to donate to U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts. Adrienne Howard, Principal and Aleida Trinidad, Guidance Counselor, accepted the generous donations. The Coca Cola employees also purchased and delivered a new refrigerator for the Pre-Kindergarten class.

U.B. Kinsey/Palmview is one of the oldest elementary school campuses in Palm Beach County, opening in 1929. The school is a Title I school with very limited funding. Eighty percent of the students are on free/reduced lunch. Therefore, they would not be able to enjoy many opportunities that exist in our community without assistance from community partners.

Thanks to the generous donations of the Coca Cola employees many students will be equipped with the necessary supplies for the school year. Adrienne Howard is quoted as saying, “It is so gratifying to have community supporters who understand and appreciate the value of education and the arts, and are willing to lend a helping hand to our school.”

For more information please contact: June Hunt, Magnet coordinator at 561-671-6517 or

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Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. In an effort to continue this tradition, the School District of Palm Beach County has developed a series of events that will take place throughout the month.

To “kick off” the celebration, Mrs. Alma Gallego, President of the community organization El Alma Hispana along with Mrs. Marjorie Lear, Multicultural Outreach Librarian at the Palm Beach County Library System will receive a proclamation at the School Board meeting on September 19, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

The activities that are taking place for the students include an Essay Contest for 6th thru 12th graders asking them to develop an essay answering the question, in English or Spanish, “Describe which Hispanic leader has inspire you to become a better individual and why?”

First place winner will receive $200, second place $100 and 3rd place $50. The essay contest is sponsored by Comcast, El Alma Hispana and The School District of Palm Beach County. The due date is October 2, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Essay winners will be awarded at the closing ceremony of the 8th Annual Language and Culture Conference at Boynton Beach High School on Friday, October 19, 2012.

Additionally, elementary students are invited to draw a picture about a Hispanic leader in their community that has inspired them for an Art Exhibit that will be taking place in the District offices along with the community photography exhibit on October 12, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar of Events

Essay Contest Guidelines

Elementary Art Exhibit Information

Hispanic Heritage Month Website

For more information contact Natalia Arenas at (561) 357-7662 or via e-mail at


Spanish Text

El Distrito Escolar Celebra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

El mes de la Herencia Hispana comienza el 15 de septiembre, el aniversario de independencia de 5 países de Latinoamérica, y concluye el 15 de octubre. Con el propósito de continuar esta tradición, el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Palm Beach ha desarrollado una serie de eventos que se realizarán durante el mes.

Para empezar la celebración la señora Alma Gallego, presidente de la organización El Alma Hispana y la señora Marjorie Lear, bibliotecaria multicultural para el Sistema de Bibliotecas del Condado recibirán una proclamación en la reunión de la Junta Escolar el 19 de septiembre del 2012 a las 5:00 p.m.

El aspecto más importante de todas las actividades es el concurso de redacción para estudiantes desde 6to. hasta 12mo. grado en el que se elegirán a 3 ganadores, el primer lugar recibirá $200, el segundo lugar $100 y el tercer lugar $50. Las redacciones pueden ser hechas en inglés o español y deben referirse a la pregunta “Describe a un líder Hispano que te haya inspirado y ¿porqué?”Las redacciones se deben enviar a más tardar el 2 de octubre del 2012 a las 5:00 p.m.

Los ganadores del concurso de redacción serán premiados en la 8va. Conferencia Anual de Lenguaje y Cultura en la Escuela Secundaria Boynton Beach el 19 de octubre del 2012.

Adicionalmente, los estudiantes en escuelas primarias están invitados a que dibujen a un líder hispano que los haya inspirado para que participen en la Exhibición de Arte que se realizará en las oficinas del Distrito Escolar en conjunto con la exhibición comunitaria de fotografía el 12 de octubre del 2012 a las 5:30 p.m.


Calendario de Eventos – Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Concurso de Redacción

Exhibición de Arte – Escuelas Primarias

Página Web del Mes de la Herencia Hispana


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The Palm Beach Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) recently presented the James Otis Lecture Series to students at Palm Beach Gardens High School. Speakers included Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente, Chief Judge Peter Blanc and Constitutional Law professor, Michael Allen.  Bruce M. Ramsey, President Palm Beach Chapter, ABOTA said, “This was truly a terrific program designed to educate our youth about the U.S. Constitution.  It was both fun and informative.  We send a very special thank you to Executive Committee members William Price and John Lurvey for spearheading this event.  The Chapter also extends its eternal gratitude to Justice Barbara Pariente, Chief Judge Peter Blanc and Professor Michael Allen for making this year’s program the most successful yet.”

The James Otis Lecture Series about the United States Constitution is designed to allow schools to comply with the requirements of the recent federal statute creating Constitution Day. This law requires all federally-assisted schools, both public and private, to provide educational programs each year on or about the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

James Otis, Jr., was arguably the most influential lawyer in early American history. According to John Adams, who was present at the time, Otis’s eloquent argument presented in a Boston court room in 1761 challenging the British laws, known as the Writs of Assistance, lit the spark which led to the American Revolution. It was Otis who said “A man’s home is his castle.” Otis challenged oppressive laws which permitted warrantless searches of homes and businesses. His arguments were a ringing reaffirmation of the Anglo-American belief all men are born with certain natural and inalienable rights which cannot be violated by any king, parliament, or other governmental authority. James Otis’s famous court room presentation is captured in a sweeping mural painted by Robert Reid in 1901 in Nurse’s Hall, part of the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

ABOTA created the James Otis Lecture Series to educate and inspire students across our nation so they will have appropriate knowledge of and respect for the United States Constitution.


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Palm Beach County schools will be participating in the annual Pinwheels for Peace initiative on Friday, September 21, 2012. 

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, who teach at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for their students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives.  The project was quickly embraced by their students and the entire school community and by millions of art teachers, teachers, parents, children and adults who desire peace in our world. 

The first Pinwheels for Peace were installed on Sept. 21, 2005. Since then, we have grown from 500,000 pinwheels planted the first year, to three and a half million pinwheels in 2011. 

The above is information and image are borrowed from


Palm Beach County Art Teachers and their participating schools for PINWHEELS FOR PEACE 2012


Mrs. Wolek & Mrs. Hinde – Cypress Trails Elementary

Sandy Carbone – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary

Nicole Crane – Elbridge Gale Elementary

Erica Bordonaro – Freedom Shores Elementary

Jill Schmidt – Gove Elementary

Andrea Sturgell – Highland Elementary

Kim Pilla – Hope Centennial Elementary

Diane Brooks – Indian Pines Elementary

Stacy Fickling – Lake Park Elementary

Elaine Weeks – Northboro Montessori Elementary

Irene Aisner – Marsh Pointe Elementary

Michael Rini – Morikami Park Elementary

Linda Stevenson – North Grade Elementary

Kathy Adkins – Palm Beach Gardens Elementary

Karen Nobel – Pine Jog Elementary

Bonnie Desplas – Pioneer Park Elementary

Jamie Davis – Plumosa School of the Arts

Lisette Cedeno – Conniston Middle

Kimberley Kovacs – Emerald Cove Middle

Jay Harmon & Bonnie Yorston Hollihan – Palm Springs Middle

Laura Wortzel,  Mr. Lafortune, Ms. Stolzenfeld & Mrs. Romano– Polo Park Middle

Denise Francazio McBrayer – Independence Middle

Dolores Santiago – Okeeheelee Middle

Brent Bludworth & Cathryn Buckley – Lake Worth High

Jane Tobal – Olympic Heights Community High

Gwenn Seuling – Seminole Ridge High

Marlene Harris – Grandview Preparatory


The Palm Beach School District Offices


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The families and staff at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary are having their fall Walk-to-School Event Wednesday, September 19 between 7:15 AM and 7:45 AM.  The Commit2B Fit program has donated pedometers and snacks for the students and staff.
The Walk-to-School Event is an initiative to promote health, wellness and safety for all students as well as reduce the carbon footprint by walking and biking to school.  The school staff goes into the community and meets students and parents at designated areas.  Students and staff walk to school, while greeting the friendly crossing guards and the students receive incentives upon arrival.
This year the school is distributing Pirate’s Booty to students and pedometers to staff which were donated by the Commit2B Fit organization.
For more information please contact Kathy Babin at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary at 561-366-6500 or

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Walmart will present 20 John F. Kennedy Middle School teachers with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies that will help students start the school year off right.  As part of the Teacher Rewards program, the teachers will be honored during an award ceremony at the school’s Wednesday, September 19th faculty meeting which begins at 8:25 A.M.
For more information please contact John F. Kennedy Middle School Business Partner and Volunteer Coordinator Rhonda Rivens at 561-845-4500 or .

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Todd LaVogue, Magnet Coordinator at Roosevelt Community Middle School was recently selected by the Microsoft Corporation as one of the 16 national winners of the Partners in Learning U.S. Forum. The annual event recognizes innovative teachers and school leaders who creatively and effectively use technology in their curriculum to help improve the way kids learn and increase student success. Mr. LaVogue will now advance to the Partners in Learning Global Forum, which will take place in Prague November 28 through December 1.

On being selected as one of only 16 winners nationwide and the only candidate from Florida, Governor Rick Scott wrote Mr. LaVogue, “I share the pride of your students, family and friends in your selection for this prestigious award.  Best wishes for success as you continue to inspire student learning and impact positive change through technology in the classroom.”  Congressman Alcee Hastings wrote, “The dedication you have shown to your students is truly inspiring and you should be proud of the impact you have made in their lives.  Educating our youth is a vitally important job that is far too often taken for granted.”

Mr. LaVogue’s accomplishment was also recently featured on the Florida Department of Education website in the Education Success Stories section. 

For more information please contact Roosevelt Middle School Principal Jo Anne Rogers at 561-822-0200 or .

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Broward County Public Schools, in partnership with the Kennedy Center Partners in Education, Broward Cultural Division, Nova Southeastern University, and Broward Center for the Performing Arts, is hosting the South Florida Gifted & Talented Symposium: Cognition and the Arts.  The School District of Palm Beach County Gifted Specialist Dr. Rosemary Daniels will join experts from across the country in addressing the October 25th Symposium.

The event provides a learning forum for educational and parenting aspects unique to gifted and talented learners. The Symposium brings together thousands of educators, parents, community leaders and businesses to examine strategies and practices critical to teaching of gifted and high-achieving learners and positive parenting. Experts from across the country and South Florida will comprise the program, including nationally renowned educators Dr. Sally Reis, Dr. Eric Booth, Dr. Bruce Wexler and Dr. Daniels. Dr. Reis will provide the keynote address and Dr. Booth will speak to multiple intelligences and the use of the arts to reach gifted and talented students. Dr. Bruce Wexler will speak to the latest research of the scientific community on the basic cognitive functions that form the groundwork for all learning. Dr. Daniels will speak to learning styles. Other breakout sessions include topics such as:

• Cognitive cross-training

• Creative thinking and the Arts

• Improvised Shakespeare

• Fostering Resilient Children

• Underachieving Gifted Students

• Evidence-based instructional strategies and materials

• Exemplary music performances and art exhibitions from Broward County Public Schools

Various vendors, schools, and organizations, dedicated to meeting the needs of gifted and talented learners, will have tables of displays of relevant sale items. Expected attendance for the event is 1,000. An early registration fee of $30.00 is required to cover the cost of the event. On October 5th, registration will increase to $40.00.

The Symposium will be held on October 25th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Broward County Convention Center. For more information and registration instructions, please visit

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mirynne Igualada at 754-321-2119.

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Energy costs are a large segment of any school district’s budget. By conserving energy the School District of Palm Beach County is able to maximize the money we put directly into the classroom. This year the School District’s Florida Power & Light energy consumption is down by 2.18% (6,998,117 kWh) and energy costs are down 3.65% ($1,218,466). 

The reduction in energy cost is a combination of efforts by schools and district staff according to Joseph Sanches, Chief of Support Operations, “This is in part a testament to the effectiveness of our nighttime energy audits as well as the energy conservation incentive program which pays schools to save energy.  I’d like to thank the schools for helping with this effort and especially the volunteers on the school’s green teams who are the champions on the ground.  Schools can learn more about energy conservation and other sustainable practices at the Florida Green School Conference on Friday, October 19th at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts.”

The Energy Conservation Incentive Program is a result of the School District’s desire to reduce energy use and to be good stewards of our natural resources, while also reducing expenditures. Schools are encouraged to take an active role in managing energy consumption on their campuses. The Facilities Services and Environmental & Conservation Services Departments assist all schools with their energy conservation efforts throughout the year.

The School District has also been building energy efficient schools for a number of years. Computerized energy management systems control air conditioning and lighting schedules. Efficient space utilization also allows unoccupied areas to be shut down.

For more information please contact Chris Skerlec at and Lee Kapp at .

For more information about the Florida Green School Conference visit the Learn Green Conference website at .

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First Lady Ann Scott, Governor Rick Scott and Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey along with Officer Frank Fanelli

Frank Fanelli, School Police Officer was one of the honorees at the 2012 Florida Missing Children’s Day ceremony in Tallahassee. Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott joined Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey and hundreds of law enforcement personnel, public officials and citizens. 

The annual event is an opportunity to remember Florida’s missing children, recognize the state’s efforts in the child protection arena and educate Floridians on child safety and abduction prevention. 

During a formal ceremony, Governor Scott and Commissioner Bailey recognized citizens and law enforcement officers for their exemplary efforts in missing children awareness, prevention and investigations. 

Officer Fanelli works to develop training videos that educate other law enforcement officers. Over the past year, his skills have been put to use by the FDLE Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse on videos used to publicize and raise funds for Florida Missing Children’s Day as well as videos that will be used to train law enforcement on Florida’s Silver Alert.  These training videos will be used to educate every law enforcement officer in the state of Florida. 

Officer Frank Fanelli received the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner’s Award in recognition for his valuable contributions and commitment to the safety of Florida’s children.  Governor Scott personally presented the award along with FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.  The 2012 Missing Children’s Day ceremony was broadcasted live on the Florida Channel. 

For more information about Florida’s Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse or the Florida Missing Children’s Day Foundation visit or  

For more information contact Angelette Green at (561) 434-8435 or via email at






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In July of 2010 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week.”  The resolution (H.Con.Res. 275) was proposed and introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier from California.

The resolution states: [...] Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students. 

Congress designated Arts in Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students. 

Here are just a few ways that Palm Beach Arts Teachers are celebrating National Arts Education Week: 

  • Art Show at the Armory – Reception is this Friday evening September 14th, 2012.
  • PBCATA meeting Thursday September 13th 4:30pm at Jerry’s Artarame
  • Over 25 schools are preparing to participate in Pinwheels for PEACE. 
  • Teachers are featuring an artist & musician daily in art class and/or on the morning announcements.
  • Encouraging parents to talk to their students about what they are doing in their arts classes.
  • Students and their teachers are active on political, environmental, social & art issues by entering contests.
  • Students are preparing to design the logo for the 2013 Race for the Arts T-shirt. (Race for the Arts is a fundraiser for many art classrooms in our county) 

For more information contact Kim Pilla at (561) 640-1259 or via email at




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Sixty-nine Palm Beach County public school students were among the 16,000 Semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Berger, Kelly
Cudia, Chandler P.
Labonte, Nikolette G.
Margaritoff, Michael A.
Nicolai, Kira D.
Orosco, Enrique M.
Otero, Victoria D.
Shuter, Daniel J.
Wan, Christopher X.

Benitez, Lorena M.
Heung, Christopher
Sobhan, Armaan M.
Willet, Kaylee R.

Alfano, Calder B.
Gelwasser, Martin L.
Homrich, John Thomas B.
Jackson, Courtney E.
Nusbickel, Alex J.
Radulovic, Petrana
Snow, Gabriella G.
Van Hare, Holly D.

Cassulo, Gina C.
Meiser, Rebecca J.
Rogers, Evan R.

Tessler, Steven A.
Summers, Richard B.
King, Margaret M.

Baratta, Toby
Barrick, Rachel A.
Birchansky, Joseph B.
Darwiche, Sarah N.
Esterman, Philip M.
Fogel, Michael
Groszman, Ken
Han, Elaine
Hunter, Hobie W.
Kupin, Aaron H.
Mansour, Mary S.
Posner, Caroline S.
Sha, Whitney Y.
Shapiro, Scott M.
Weisman, Ilana B.
Zeldin, Jordan A.

Brion, Louis A.
Coates, Thomas Jewell
Crippen, Brent R.
Davis, Jessica A.
Fennell, Moira E.
Gilbert, Samantha R.
Gouge, David C.
Gutierrez, Joel
Kohner, Megan E.
Le, Doris N.
Liang, Angela L.
Makepeace, Olivia H.
Morton, Kayla E.
Perera, David D.
Ravipati, Kaushik
Rothschild, Julia H.
Rubin, Hanna B.
Taylor, Jerome C.
Turk, Jessica D.
Xiao, Justin T.
Zhang, Alvin H.
Zuniga, Andres F.

Cesta, Johnna M.
Kennedy, Ryan M.

Dubnick, Logan A.
Patel, Tejas J.

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Benoist Farms Elementary is committed to promoting kindness and compassion so that the school remains a safe place for students to learn. A program titled “Rachel’s Challenge” will be implemented this year at Benoist Farms Elementary. Rachel Scott was one of the students in the Columbine High School incident, and her father along with over twenty other certified presenters travel all over the nation delivering the message of kindness and compassion, which were two traits that characterized Rachel Scott.

A kick-off celebration of kindness and compassion will take place on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 from 8:20 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. or from 9:20 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the school’s cafeteria.

Since Benoist Farms Elementary believes that the foundation of social and emotional skills, as well as academic skills, begin at the elementary level, the school would like to introduce “Rachel’s Challenge.” They will focus on how she lived her life and the challenges she set forth for all: influence, goal setting, journaling, acceptance and kindness.

“It is the our hope and wish that this will spark a change in how students treat each other as they prepare for middle school and high school,” added Dr. Ruthann Miller, Principal. “Please encourage your child(ren) to show kindness and compassion toward others, especially those who are new students, special needs students or isolated students. This was the wish of Rachel Scott.”

Students will be urged to fill out paper chains with statements of kind and compassionate actions they have witnesses from others. The links will be chained together in each classroom. The goal at the end of the year will be to host a group, campus event, celebrating all the acts of kindness and compassion where all of the chains will be joined together to create a “Chain Reaction of Kindness and Compassion.”

For more information contact Kimberly Rogers, Assistant Principal at (561) 383-9706 or via email at





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The Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association Members’ Exhibition at the Armory Art Center features original art works bythe county’s art teachers and community members. The exhibit which runs from September 14-October 13, displays the individual talent and creativity of area teachers and community members. The opening reception will take place on Friday, September 14th, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

The exhibition offers PBCATA an opportunity to complete their mission of supporting art education and promoting art as a means of communication for each individual. 

Featured Artists

Jerilyn Brown

Bonnie Bruner

Kris Davis

Sarah Davis

Britt Feingold

Laura Folgate-Hernandez

Sandy Lerman

Jennifer Love-Gironda

Melanie Sitzer Hedges

Betty Jane Heiser Zedonek

Cynthia Oakes

Mimi Potter

Paula Rakszawski

Gwenn Seuling

Linda Stevenson


Armory Art Center is located at 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. (561) 832-1776.



It is the mission of the Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association to support art education and to promote art as a means of communication for each individual. It is the right of each individual to develop his own creativity and aesthetic potential. It is our purpose to strengthen the position of art education in Palm Beach County. We support programs in art which meet the needs, interests and abilities of each individual student. We will promote and maintain the highest quality of art education in Palm Beach County. 

For more information contact Kim Pilla at (561) 640-1259  or via email at






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The Jupiter High Agriscience Department will have its fall plant sale on September 22nd.  Many different varieties of plants will be for sale including native species.  Varieties such as Cocoplum, Spicewood, Jamaican Caper are just a few of the native plants that will be for sale.  According to Jupiter High teacher Derrick Crum, “The school nursery also has many of the naturalized plants that are popular in South Florida yards along with some nice hanging baskets that would look great on the porch.” 

Plants range in size from one gallon up to 15 gallon.  Funds from the sale will go to help pay for students to attend the many field trips that occur during the year and to purchase much needed supplies.  The sale will go from 8am to 12pm on Saturday September 22nd.  The entrance to the Nursery is off of Toney Penna Drive just west of Military Trail in Jupiter. 

For more information please contact the Jupiter High School Agriculture Department at (561) 745-3452 or email .

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Clara Johnson

Clara Johnson, Indian Ridge School Behavior Intervention Associate, has been selected to carry the Commencement banner at the upcoming Strayer University graduation ceremony.  Ms. Johnson who has worked for the School District of Palm Beach County for 14 years will be carrying the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree banner in the graduate processional. 
She was awarded the honor of carrying the banner because of her academic accomplishments. “I am so excited, this degree means everything to me,” said Ms. Johnson.  “I am the first person in my family to earn a bachelor degree. Working here at the Palm Beach County School District I have seen the need for intervention to aid students with the many struggles they face in today’s society, so I pursued a degree in Criminal Justice. Now that I have completed my degree and got the fulfillment from within I have decided to continue with my studies to earn a Master’s in Education.”
She is also encouraging her students to study hard and continue their education, “To the students, it doesn’t matter how long it takes to earn your degree in whatever path of your choice, I can say this with great pride, self determination and hard work will let you accomplish your goals and pursue your dreams.”
The Strayer University graduation ceremony will take place September 29th at the Amway Center in Orlando.  “I will carry the banner with honor and pride for my family,” continued Ms. Johnson. “Even though both of my parents and two sisters are deceased, I know they are looking down on me with great pride.”
For more information please contact Indian Ridge School Principal Edward Tierney at 561-681-0000 or .

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Suncoast High School will be holding its second annual ‘College Fair & College Prep Night’ on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 5pm through 9pm in the campus auditorium and gymnasium. This opportunity is open to all schools, public and private, in Palm Beach County.

So far, over 60 of the top institutions in the nation will be represented including: Barnard College of Women, Barry University, Bethune-Cookman University, Boston University, Brown University, Colgate University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Dickinson College, Drexel University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida Southern College, Florida State University, Full Sail University, Harvard University, Hollins University, Howard University, Iowa State University, ITT Technical Institute, John Cabot University , Johnson and Wales University, Kettering University, Lincoln College, Lynn University, Middlebury College, Monroe College, New College of Florida, Northeastern University, Northwood University, Norwich University, Nova Southeastern University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach State College, Princeton University, Providence College, Purdue University, Regis College, Rutgers University, Sewanee: University of the South, Southeastern University, Southern Methodist University, St. John’s University, Sweet Briar College, The Catholic University of America, Tufts University, United States Coast Guard Academy, United States Military College/West Point, United States Naval Academy, University of Alabama, University of California – San Diego, University of Central Florida (UCF), University of Massachusetts – Amherst, University of North Florida, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Florida, University of Tampa, University of the Arts, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Yale University and many more are currently confirming their travel schedule…

This program is so valuable. It encourages students and their families to identify their college choices and affords them the opportunity to speak first-hand with admissions directors and recruiters about what it takes to gain entrance to their prestigious institution without the time and expense of a college visit trip. By gaining insight from the College that the students wish to attend, these students will be able to make informed, goal-oriented decisions as they pursue their high school education. It allows the admission officers and recruiters the opportunity to be exposed to and speak with students and their families in one evening.

The evening will be further enhanced by showcasing many of the companies that assist students in their college prep journey including our benefactor sponsor and featured speaker Judi Robinovitz College Advising and Score at the Top Learning Center and School. Additional sponsors are Bed, Bath and Beyond, TEKNO101, Mathnasium of Palm Beach Gardens, College Essay, Powerscore, Premier College Advisors, Ducerus of South Florida, College Planning Masters, Inside Track to College, Westcoast Connection, and 360* College Travel/ College Campus Trips. They will be available as resources to parents and their students and some will hold ‘break-away’ sessions about topics of interest to the college bound.

For more information please contact Cathy Brandenburg at 561-844-7350 or .

For more information about college participation or sponsorship, please contact Kim Kohner at 561-758-4939, Cathy Brandenburg at 561-844-7350, or Mari Lee Holtzman at 561741-3202. You may also email


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Some members of School District leadership will participate with other community decision-makers and elected officials in the upcoming Poverty Simulation event scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Addie Greene Room of Gaines Park in West Palm Beach. Pre-registered District participants include: Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning Support Keith Oswald; Assistant Superintendent of Safe Schools, Joseph Lee; Director of Safe Schools, Ellen VanArsdale;  and Area 2 Director Valerie Zuniga –Haines. Retired Academic Executive Judith Klinek and retired Chief Academic Officer Ann Killets are also participating.

These educators will join Palm Beach County Education Commissioner Jody Gleason, Palm Beach County Commissioners Paulette Burdick and Shelly Vana, Deputy Chief Mike Gauger of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department, and over 100 other community leaders. Hosted by the National Circles Campaign-Palm Beach County—a collaborative community initiative of the Center for Family Services-the awareness-raising event is intended to draw attention to the circumstances of a growing number of Palm Beach County residents who find themselves among the ranks of those living at or below the federal poverty levels. They will “live” four 15-minute weeks confronting some of the tough decisions people in poverty face daily.

Assistant Superintendent Keith Oswald said it’s important for everyone who wants to see the community thrive to understand the realities of poverty and  families who live those realities daily. “Certainly the public education system of any community plays a vital role in the health and wealth of that community and of course we want to be a part of the solution to this crucial issue facing some of the most vulnerable of our residents—our children and our elders,” he stated.  

Participants of the simulation will learn when they arrive at the session what their particular “family circumstances” are and proceed to replicate the experience of a typical low-income family trying to survive “the tyranny of the moment.” They will try to navigate the complex and sometimes contradictory eligibility requirements of various community resources while attempting to find childcare, provide food, and make rent and utility payments. Representatives of the community resources will be played by volunteers from county government, the School District, Workforce Alliance, Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and a variety of other agencies and organizations. Although participants will be “acting out roles”, this is not a game.

The National Circles Campaign-Palm Beach County is designed to help families help themselves out of poverty. Palm Beach County is the 72 site in the U.S. to undertake this unique initiative. The simulation is designed to maximize understanding and to mobilize future positive action.

Limited participant spots are available. Contact National Circles Campaign-Palm Beach County Coordinator Hilda Alexander to register or for more details about the event at 561.616.1252 or


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The School District of Palm Beach County will not have emergency make-up days as a result of the closure for Tropical Storm Isaac. 
District officials have conferred with the Florida Department of Education,  and the remaining instructional time provided in the District’s school calendar exceeds statutory requirements.  
Florida statute sets instructional requirements in terms of hours of instruction over the school year rather than a prescribed number of school days.  
The Learning Team Meeting (LTM)/Professional Development Day (PDD) scheduled for October 11, 2012 has been cancelled.  October 11 will now be a full day of school for all students.  
Schools located in Loxahatchee and the Acreage will receive additional academic support to ensure the full curriculum is covered within the school year.  The Keep your Skills Sharp online activities were used by over 6,000 students who were home bound due to Tropical Storm Isaac.  

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The School District of Palm Beach County announced its participation in promoting Disability History and Awareness Month.  This is an annual awareness campaign that takes place the first two weeks of each October in compliance with the 2008 Florida Statutes, Section 1003.4205, Disability History and Awareness Instruction. The Department of Exceptional Student Education at the School District of Palm Beach County has set up a new webpage,, where schools and community members can access the awareness activities resource manual, K-12 lesson plans, and the historical timeline to promote awareness of disability history and the contributions of people with disabilities.

“The School District of Palm Beach County is dedicated to the important message of access, equity, and inclusion as we continue to promote disability history and awareness in our schools and in our communities,” said Will Gordillo, Executive Director of the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department. This year’s Disability History and Awareness Month theme is; Access, Equity, and Inclusion. Reflecting this year’s theme, throughout the month of October, the School District of Palm Beach County will be engaging in a variety of activities designed to raise awareness. These efforts include an Art Poster Contest based on this year’s theme which is open to all K-12 students in the district.

In addition, the ESE Department will be highlighting Disability History and Awareness Month at two upcoming conferences that are open to the public including parents and other community agencies.  The conferences are the Annual STARZ Conference which will be held at John I Leonard High School on October 20, 2012 and the Florida Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) State Conference which will be held at Jupiter Beach Resort and Spa on October 25-27, 2012.

For more information on how to participate in the Disability History and Awareness Month activities and promote these important messages, during October and throughout the year, please contact Fartun Mohamud at

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The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is pleased to announce that the Seventh Edition of its publication: An Educational Guide to Art and Culture in Palm Beach County is now available on the web. This one-of-a-kind educational resource for educators and families may be viewed or downloaded online at:

An Educational Guide to Art and Culture in Palm Beach County is an easy-to-use resource tool that assists educators and parents looking for free, or low-cost events, field trips and in-school presentations to enhance learning experiences for children. An Educational Guide to Art and Culture in Palm Beach County offers hundreds of activities for the K-12 student-age bracket, and provides information for educators and families to help keep art and culture a constant throughout the year.

In early August, thousands of brochures, outlining how to access the online Educational Guide were distributed to teachers at professional development workshops to assist them in planning for the 2012-13 school year. Additionally, these brochures will be distributed to all public and private schools and home-school support organizations in Palm Beach County. 

“This information is not available anywhere else,” said Shawn Berry, Manager of Arts and Cultural Education for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. “More than 60 Palm Beach County arts and cultural organizations – all members of the Cultural Council – are featured in the guide along with special discount offers for teachers from Office Depot,” Berry said.

“The guide is an excellent resource and we encourage everyone to take advantage of these wonderful activities,” said Rena Blades, President and Chief Executive Officer for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. “By doing so, it strengthens and forms ongoing partnerships with arts and cultural organizations often in the same community with your home or school, and can lead to other exciting possibilities such as, internships, scholarships, and jobs.”

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County publishes, An Educational Guide to Art and Culture in Palm Beach County with generous support from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation, Inc., and Office Depot.

For more information about An Educational Guide to Art and Culture in Palm Beach County, please contact, Shawn Berry, Manager of Arts and Cultural Education at, or 561.472.3347. To learn more about the benefits of membership with the Cultural Council, please contact Debbie Calabria at , or 561.472.3330.

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:

The Cultural Council is Palm Beach County’s official arts agency and serves non-profit cultural organizations and professional artists throughout the county. The Cultural Council’s responsibilities include marketing the county’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administering grants to organizations and artists, expanding arts and cultural education opportunities, advocating for funding and arts-friendly policies, and serving cultural organizations and artists through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences.

Admission to the Cultural Council is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit

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The informative, and free Safety Day family event is being held for the second year Saturday, September 8, from 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Elementary School. Hosted by the Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Target’s National Night Out Program,  the event is intended to promote crime prevention, child safety, youth programs, and community awareness.

Families are invited to come and see the Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit,  and the Aviation, and Mounted Units. McGruff the Crime Dog will be on hand along with the Florida highway Patrol and Palm Beach County’s Fire Rescue Department. Drowning Prevention of Palm Beach County, Safe Kids, the Solid Waste Authority, and the American Red Cross will also be participating to offer tips and strategies to help families live safer lives  Lots of free entertainment including games, face painting, and bounce houses is planned.  The community is encouraged to come enjoy the food, drinks and fun.

The school is located in Lake Worth at 7685 S Military Trail. For details contact Jen Martinez, County Council of PTA/PTSA president, at