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Pierce Hammock Elementary recently held their 4th Annual PINK DAY. Ms. Schwab, Assistant Principal, organizes PINK DAY each year to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to assist with their efforts of breast cancer prevention and treatment. 

The school’s PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) purchased pink t-shirts for all of the staff members, and sold them to the students. For every shirt sold the school donated $1.00 to the Foundation.  

Pink Day brings awareness of cancer to the students and instills in them at a young age the importance of helping others. The campus was decorated in pink by Ms. Ruth Simioni, the school’s attendance clerk. 

“It’s very nice to see how our school comes together as a family to support a great cause. The students enjoy coming out of uniform for the yearly event and being creative with their use of pink. This year we proudly raised $500.00,” added Ms. Schwab.

Ms. Tracy Scott, Kindergarten Teacher with some of her "pink students"


Left to right: Sharon Ward, Data Processor; Ruth Simioni, Attendance Clerk; Michele Wells, Treasurer; Christie Schwab, Assistant Principal; Debra Stermen, School Nurse

For more information contact Christie L. Schwab at (561) 633-4505  or via email at






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Approximately 150 Girls On The Run Palm Beach participants and their running buddies will help raise funds for the Makayla Joy Sitton Foundation by participating in the “Miles for Makayla” Run/Walk.   

When? Saturday, November 17, 2012. 5k Run begins at 7:30 a.m. Makayla’s 1 Mile Walk begins at 8 a.m. 

Where? Abacoa Town Center -1200 Town Center Drive, Jupiter, FL 

The event is comprised of a 5k Run and a 1 Mile Walk, and various other fun family activities, including a “Diaper Dash”. Girls on the Run Palm Beach supports the Makayla Joy Sitton Foundation and their dedication to enriching the minds and spirits of children through scholarships and community programs.  

Girls on the Run of Palm (GOTR) Beach the local chapter of a national non-profit movement. “In the first year of Girls on the Run programming, 107 girls participated. This year it is anticipated that more than 300 girls will participate.  Girls on the Run programs are available to all Palm Beach County Schools,” said Lynn Martin, Director. 

The participating schools with a GOTR program include Forest Park Elementary, Poinciana Elementary, Okeeheelee Middle School, Lake Shore Middle School, Academy for Positive Learning among other private and community institutions. 

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GOTR is a 12 week running based mentoring program that serves 8-13 year old girls. The program educates the girls on physical, mental and emotional health; peer interaction, healthy relationships, bullying and peer pressure; in the final week the girls utilize the skills they have learned to work together and complete a community service project. The girls also participate in a 5k as part of their program, showing that any goal they set is achievable. 


For more information contact Lynn Martin at (561) 313-9179 or via email at






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All community members and supporters of the Habitat for Humanity House Project built by construction academy students at Seminole Ridge Community High School are invited to attend the moving of the house. 

When? November 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.       

Where? Seminole Ridge Community High School – 4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd., Loxahatchee, FL 33470.

On November 13, 2012 the house modules and roof segments are being rolled out of the school’s shop and craned onto awaiting flat-bed trailers.  Then early on Wednesday (11/14/2012) the trucks and trailers will pull out of the school in Loxahatchee and drive along Okeechobee Boulevard to the awaiting foundation at 2431 Saranac Avenue in the Westgate neighborhood of unincorporated Palm Beach County. 

The project is a new, three-bedroom, two-bathroom, single-story house containing 1,206 square feet of air conditioned living space and with a front porch and an attached, back shed. It was built in its entirety by the students of the Seminole Ridge High School Construction Academy for Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County. 

To see photos and read about this amazing project from start to finish, please visit

For more information contact John Walker, Academy Coordinator at (561) 422-2600 or via e-mail at






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If you’re a fan of vintage, antique, or classic cars, mark your calendar for the Sixth Annual Auto Show set for Saturday, December 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on  Park Vista High School grounds. From vintage, custom, and classic cars to antique, and late model luxury vehicles, there’ll be something for every car fan among the 176 or more show vehicles expected. The 2012 Auto Show, featuring cars from around the county, is set for 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will include a demonstration performance by the Harley Davidson Drill Team; tours of the Academy facility; and pinewood derby car racing with the Boy Scouts.  Awards will be given in a variety of categories including the first- time Kids’ Choice Awards.

Proceeds of the day’s event benefit the Auto Academy and help offset the Academy’s nominal budget for equipment, scholarships and other vital resources that enable the academy to stay current with technology. The Academy facility is impressive: it looks like a regular automotive repair facility with car bays and equipment you’d expect to find at a professional operation. Steve Moldoff and a few colleagues run the operation and said the students do get the theory they need, but the real advantage is the hands-on experience.  “Of course the content is vital, but the true value is having the actual experience to deliver competent, professional-level service from students who are able to pass the industry certification tests in engine performance, brake and electric systems, automotive lubrication, and more.” Park Vista teachers and other staff members routinely bring their cars to the academy for routine maintenance and repairs.

A  variety of vendors and several local organizations will also be on hand. Tickets for the event are only $2 per spectator and $10 per car entry if you pre-register. Car entries are $15 the day of the show. Go to for vendor or sponsor information.

For other details about the event, contact Mr. Moldoff at 561.491-8489 or



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The Santaluces band members, Director Manuel Camacho, and band supporters are organizing the school’s first Craft show.

WHAT:      Arts and Craft Show to Benefit Santaluces High School Band

WHEN:     Saturday, December 1, 2012- 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

                   (Vendor set-up time: 6:30-8:30 a.m.)

WHERE:   Santaluces High School, 6880 Lawrence Road, Lantana

WHY:        Great family event and proceeds benefit Santaluces Marching Band

WHO:        Debbie, (941) 225-3943,

                   or Manuel Camacho, for        

                    more details.

Vendors can click here for the vendor application.Arts-Craft-Show-Vendor-Info


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Students, parents and community members are invited to attend the Suncoast Community High School Open House for prospective students and their parents on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. The Magnet Program Coordinators will be having informational sessions about each of the four magnet programs; Computer Science Academy, Innovative Interactive Technology Program, International Baccalaureate Program and the Math, Science, Engineering Academy.

Information will also be presented about the Middle Years Programme and the application process. The PTSA will have Pizza and beverages available for purchase.

For more information please contact Beth Benvenuti, Suncoast High Magnet Coordinator at or 561-882-3406.


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The annual induction ceremony in the chapter “Little Knights of Don Quijote” (Los Caballeritos de Don Quijote) from the Spanish Honor Society (Sociedad Honoraria de Amistad Hipanica) recently took at Gove Elementary School in Belle Glade. Twenty-two students were inducted in the society, which highlights activities for elementary and middle school students since the year 2000.  

Ms. Marcia Andrews, Board Member; Mr. Edgecomb, Principal along with School and District Administrators and Spanish Honor Society students.

Ms. Blandón serves as Sponsor, Ms. Méndez serves as Co-Sponsor and Ms. Alvarez, Magnet Coordinator serves as Chapter advisor. This year the keynote speakers were: Ms. Marcia Andrews, Board Member; Ms. Jacqueline Bronkie, World Languages Curriculum Planner; Matthew Schultz, from Glades Day School and former student of Gove. 

Students participate in three areas based on ambassadorship, school and community service. “This program provides our students with knowledge about Spanish and Portuguese studies and at the same time it challenges them to be excellent students and learn about other cultures and countries” added Mr. Darren Edgecomb. 

Gove Elementary is the only dual language school in Palm Beach County and in the nation as an active member of the Spanish Honor Society. Every year fourth grade students are selected by their Spanish teachers based on academic excellence in Spanish and behavior.  They and are inducted at the beginning of fifth grade.  

The parent organization is the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The sister organization is the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica or Spanish Honor Society for High School students. Gove Elementary was chartered as a member in 2004 and currently has 281 members. 

For more information contact Dareen Edgecomb at (561) 993-8703 or via email at






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Students from Cooper Union College of Architecture, Art and Engineering in New York came to Poinciana STEM  Elementary to support and encourage first grade students on November 8, 2012. The women’s varsity basketball team from Cooper Union promoted college-bound success for girls in science and engineering as well as conducted a Basketball clinic to keep kids active and healthy.

Every fall the Cooper Union Scholar Athletes travel south to share an educational, social and athletic endeavor.  The team also brought down a great coach from Vero Beach and another from Naples, Florida, to help run the clinic.  Each student received a basketball and a t-shirt to take home.  Poinciana STEM Elementary received equipment for the physical education program donated by Cooper Union College.

Partnerships with community organizations are powerful ways to enhance the learning environment and strengthen the educational process. Partnerships form collaborative arrangements between schools and organizations in the community to provide resources which dramatically boost the academic outcomes for all students.

For more information contact Melinda Olsker at (561) 739-5700 or email

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Five Palm Beach County schools were winners at the Jim Harbin Student Media Festival.  The schools were honored at an awards ceremony at the FAME Annual Conference in Orlando. FAME is the professional organization of Florida Media Specialists who encourage students to communicate through media production. This was the 50th Celebration of the Festival named in honor of Jim Harbin, a former consultant with the Florida Department of Education, who originated the idea of a statewide student media festival to recognize the excellent work being done by student media producers.







PSA (3-5)

Purple Panthers Don’t Bully

Seminole Trails Elem

Patti Potts

News Feature (3-5)

FCAT Tips – We Will Rock It!

Jupiter Farms Elem

Susan Studt







PSA (6-8)

The FCAT Heroes

Roosevelt Middle

Rebecca Smykla

PSA (9-12)

Dropout Prevention

Seminole Ridge High

Earle Wright

News Feature (9-12)

Every Student Has a Story

Seminole Ridge High

Earle Wright

News Show (9-12)


Seminole Ridge High

Earle Wright







Book Trailer (3-5)

Goonie Bird Green

Freedom Shores Elem

Michelle Cates

Book Trailer (6-8)

Killer Pizza

Roosevelt Middle

Rebecca Smykla

Comedy (9-12)

Nightmare on Royal Palm Beach Blvd.

Seminole Ridge High

Earle Wright


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The Teacher Academy at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School is celebrating its Platinum Anniversary this school year.  The students in this academy work diligently to learn the art of teaching and the history of education in our country.  Twenty years of excellence in education in this esteemed Choice Program are being celebrated in a number of ways; however, the biggest celebration of the year takes place Monday, November 26 in the Palm Beach Lakes High Gymnasium from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM.   For the first time ever, the academy is hosting a Teacher Academy Education Affair.  According to the school’s Choice Coordinator Tera Hands, “This is one event you won’t want to miss.” 

Teacher Academy students, from grades nine to twelve, will display their class and individual research in education.  They will report on relevant, interesting, and even controversial topics educators face every day.  Some of the topics include the following: Learning Styles, Learning Disabilities and Exceptionalities, Questioning Techniques, Cognitive Developmental Stages, College Readiness, Standardized Testing, Traditional and Alternative Assessments, Cooperative Learning vs. Small Group Learning, Professionalism in Education, Professional Education Associations, Technology in Education, Sex Education in Schools, Religion in the School Setting, etc. 

“We are inviting the community to be a part of this historical, ground-breaking event at Palm Beach Lakes,” said Ms. Hands.  The Teacher Academy is inviting the middle school Choice Coordinators and Guidance Counselors to bring a group of interested 8th grade students on a field trip to see the academy students’ research; college and university representatives and counselors are invited to set up an information booth at the event to represent their schools’ education department; and teachers at Palm Beach Lakes are being encouraged to register their classes to attend the Education Affair.

“If you are alumni of the Lakes’ Teacher Academy and are currently teaching in the area, please contact me with your information,” said Mr. Hands.  “We want everyone to help us celebrate 20 years of Teacher Academy Excellence.”

For more information please contact Ms. Hands at 561-640-5014 or .

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The idea of building the Seminole Ridge High School Habitat for Humanity House came from the experience of constructing the Ticket Building at the school and from Glen Nalicki at Marathon High, who was doing a similar project with his students.  “We wanted to see what they were doing so Jim Politis, Choice Specialist for Technology Education, and I drove down to the Keys to see the modular home that the students in Marathon were working on,” said Rick Terkvich, Construction Instructor. 

The Palm Beach County chapter of Habitat and all of the other partners were thrilled to support the project and after two years of contracts, permits, blueprint revisions and many hours of teaching and planning, the first materials arrived in August 2011. 

Work on the house is being done by the juniors and seniors of the Construction Academy along with some sophomores.  Each of the Academy’s different class groups have been divided into four teams. Each team for each class is in charge of all construction on their designated module.  When the next class comes in, they take over where the last class left off.  It is shift work training at its best.   

More than 100 students have participated in the project putting together the roof, electrical, plumbing, and all of the parts of the modular home. The main graduating seniors of the project are: Anthony Armeli, Josh Hope, Priscilla Cerqueira, Hunter Johnson, Justin Kaufman, Mike Masters, Mike Maxwell, John Montanelli, Joe Reed, Roman Fernandez, Joe Pugliese. 

Color coding of hard hats to identify the various teams was the brainchild of Bill Featherston, the GC advisor for the construction work, and it has helped to corral the students back to their respective modules to keep the progress moving along.  A team leader for each group was chosen by Mr. Terkovich to serve as the foreman and for quality control.  Mr. Featherson and the architect, David Porter, make weekly “job site” visits to the shop to look over the construction, advise about the next steps, and to show the students what, if anything, needs to be corrected. 

The students are getting a real life construction site experience.  There are safety briefings (and reminders) and no one, including the adult advisers, subcontractors, and consultants assisting with the project, steps inside the fenced construction zone surrounding the work without wearing a hard hat, proper clothing, proper footwear, and eye protection.  

In preparation for the project each student received a 30-hour OSHA construction safety training and certificate as a part of the program taught by Mr. Terkovich (a certified OSHA trainer). 

The students have progressed faster with the construction than any of the adults associated with the project imagined might be possible.  On November 13, 2012 the house modules and roof segments will be rolled out of the school’s shop and craned onto awaiting flat-bed trailers.  Then, early on November 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. the trucks and trailers will pull out of the school in Loxahatchee and drive along Okeechobee Boulevard to the awaiting foundation at 2431 Saranac Avenue in the Westgate neighborhood of unincorporated Palm Beach County. 



To see photos and read about this amazing project from start to finish, please visit

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This year, the students, faculty, family and friends of Jupiter Elementary School began their first teaching garden. The purpose of implementing a teaching garden is to create an interactive learning environment that reinforces existing curricula while promoting health, responsibility, cooperation, recycling and an appreciation for the natural world. Keeping with the school’s efforts as a Green School of Promise, the garden utilizes rain barrels for irrigation, re-purposed used tires as container gardens, and students’ began their seedlings in egg cartons to observe in their classrooms.

While the garden has provided a learning experience far beyond its original intentions, the most valuable result has been the sense of community. Jupiter Elementary School’s garden project started under the guidance of Jupiter High School’s Agriculture Department. Agriculture students and volunteers along with their teacher, Derrick Crum, built raised soil beds while using their knowledge of plants to recommend those that would grow based on the time of year, and sun exposure. In addition to the Agriculture Department, Jupiter High School’s Construction class, led by Steven Forrest, fabricated two potting benches as a class project, each catering to the height variations in elementary school. According to Jupiter Elementary Principal Daniel Smith, “Jupiter High School’s support and leadership has been a true asset to the garden.”

Jupiter Elementary has also seen an outpouring of support from the community, many being alumni and successful business owners in the area. On Tuesday, November 20th, Jupiter Elementary School will be taking a moment to celebrate and thank all of the supporters of the garden beginning at 8:15 am. “The garden would not have been possible without helping hands and caring hearts,” said Mr. Smith. “Now it’s time for Jupiter Elementary to show what so much generosity has created.”

Jupiter Elementary would like to thank all their supporters:

Jupiter High School Agriculture Department, Derrick Crum, Alumni

Jupiter High School Future Farmers of America

Jupiter High School Construction Class, Steven Forrest

Budget Tire, Frank LoPresti, Alumni

Willoughby Construction, Brian Willoughby, Alumni

Kevin P. Carter Construction

John Deere Landscapes, Larry Williams

Regal Paints Chasewood

All the Fabulous Volunteers

For more information on Jupiter Elementary School’s teaching garden, please contact or Mr. Smith at 561-741-5300 or  .

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Lake Worth Middle School is the Southeast Region’s week one winner of Voyager Learning’s Math Mania competition.  In recognition of its math mastery, the school will receive the official Math Mania banner, will top the Math Mania Leaderboard for one week, and will be featured in the November/December issue of Voyager Connection, Voyager Learning’s e-magazine available at

Voyager Learning’s Math Mania is a special online math competition presented in conjunction with the VmathLive® program, a web-based math solution designed to create a stimulating learning environment and purposeful practice for students in grades 2-8.  The Math Mania event encourages friendly rivalry between schools around the corner and across the nation to build excitement and participation.

Regular Season Math Mania (October 1 – January 29)

During the first phase of the competition, students can track their school ranking on the Math Mania Leader Board in comparison to other schools in their own region, as well as other regions.  Students participate in VmathLive activities and answer math questions to earn points. With a different winner each week, there is an opportunity for everyone to top the Leader Board. And the student totals are combined each week to determine the winning schools.

Math Mania Bowl (January 30)

The Math Mania extravaganza culminates in a one-day Math Mania Bowl where students across the country compete in real time on to earn the most points in a 24-hour period. Local and national prizes will be awarded.

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A former standout African American student at Suncoast High School has become one of only two Florida students to be named a Ron Brown Scholar for 2012.  The program, named after the former U.S. Commerce Secretary and Democratic Party Chairman who died in a plane crash in 1996, singles out outstanding African American students to develop as leaders.  Tyrell said, “I am always aware that society tends to analyze my every action with a fine tooth comb.  Part of overcoming the adversity is taking that tendency in stride and working that much harder.  Growing up and even now, more than ever, I’m very careful of what I do and my surroundings. However, this added weight has shaped me into a more responsible individual.”

At Suncoast High School, Tyrell Russell was a student in the prestigious International Baccalaureate program.  In his community he worked with the AIDS ministry at his church to administer free HIV tests and educate others about the disease.  He also volunteered with the Urban League’s National Achievers Society and in the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School afterschool program.

In high school, Tyrell excelled as an outstanding student and active member of the community.  In college, this Ron Brown and Gates scholar continues to following the path of excellence making his hometown community, former high school and family extremely proud.

Now a freshman at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, Tyrell is thankful to his instructors at Suncoast High for giving him a strong foundation, “The rigor involved in the courses I took while in high school allowed me to develop the study habits necessary to function in any academic environment. Although I still devote many hours to studying, I never feel as though the coursework is too difficult to manage. Through all of my efforts, I was recently invited to participate in the University Honors Program.”

Tyrell is majoring in Biochemistry and Human Rights, with a minor in Mathematics.  “I still find myself in awe of the amount of talent and intellect among the students of SMU,” said Tyrell.  “One of my biggest personal goals is to remain grounded.  As a student, I am given a great deal of freedom and must decide each day how I will use my freedom to my advantage.  I am a member of the Association of Black Students, Open Minds (a foster child mentoring group), and Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir.”

Tyrell’s mother, Cheryl Moore, is a reading coach at Clifford O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary.  “My family inspires me because they represent a group of people who make the best out of any situation,” said Tyrell.  “My family strives to appreciate the little things in life and not take blessings for granted.”

For more information please contact Vickie Middlebrooks at 561-357-7661 or .

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What is Censorship? Is it ever beneficial? How did book burnings impact future events in Nazi Germany?  These and other questions are what high school students are being asked to answer in the West Palm Beach Library Foundation’s essay contest being held in conjunction with its exhibition, Banned and Burned Literary Censorship and the Loss of Freedom. The exhibition, which is currently at the Mandel Public Library,  features the traveling exhibition Fighting the Fires of Hate:  America and the Nazi Book Burnings, currently on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

 The essays should focus on the history of censorship, the events that took place starting in May, 1933, and explore the First Amendments rights guaranteed in America.  The exhibition will give students a close look at the first steps the Nazis took to suppress freedom of expression and the strong response from the United States.  Students in 9th -12th grades  will also be required to read a book banned from various cities and states across America, including classics such as The Scarlett Letter, Gone with the Wind, and The Lord of the Flies to more recent releases including Jaws and The Harry Potter series.  Students should discuss how the book influenced them and why it should be protected from future censorship, plus they must visit the exhibition, which opened November 7th, and discuss its impact from a personal perspective.  Essays must be 500-1,000 words and submitted by December 31st.

First and second place cash prizes of $500 and $250 respectively, will be awarded to 9th and 10th graders.  Students in 11th and 12th grades will compete for first and second place awards of $1,000 and $500 per grade level.  Classroom teachers of the winning students will receive $300 gift certificates to purchase books for their classroom libraries.

 Essays will be judged by a panel of community leaders and evaluated based on historical accuracy, understanding of the issues, personal reflections, style and documentation. Winning essays will be announced in mid-March.  “We appreciate the support of this initiative by the Palm Beach County School District and the principals, media center directors and teachers at the schools throughout the county,” said Laurel Baker, essay contest chair. “Although this was a disturbing time in history, we believe that by having students explore the oppression of Nazi Germany and read these brilliant books they will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of the freedom of speech and press that we enjoy as Americans today.”

 The eight-week exhibition at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach runs from November 7, 2012 through January 6, 2013 and will provide a vivid look at the first steps the Nazis took to suppress freedom of expression, and the strong response from the United States. It includes displays of historical photographs and news coverage along with film, video and newsreel footage. The essay contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

 In conjunction with the exhibition, the West Palm Beach Library Foundation will also host a series of events and programs. They will include a film series on tolerance, literary censorship, and book burnings; banned book discussion groups; puppet shows on tolerance; performances by Palm Beach Dramaworks portraying authors whose works were burned by the Nazis; a Friends of the Library jazz event featuring censored music; and corporate evenings and tours.

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart Shipley, PA is the lead sponsor for the event and exhibition. The essay contest is sponsored by Alexander “Sandy” Myers, Esq. and Barbara Sommers, CPA.

For exhibition details, other events and sponsorship information, call 561.868.7715 or visit the Foundation website at

 The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exhibitions program is supported in part by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.

Essay contest guidelines can be viewed by clicking here.  FinalEssayContestForm[1].   A list of previously banned books can be viewed by clicking here.FinalBooks Banned in the US[1]

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Benoist Farms Elementary School is holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive to give extra support to 10 families within the school by providing a complete Thanksgiving meal.  This meal will include a turkey, gallon of milk, stuffing, vegetables, side items, dessert and bread.  Anyone interested in making a donation can come to the school until November 13, 2012. 

Community members are encouraged to participate in this event by donating any Thanksgiving “related” food items to the collection box located in the front office of the school.  On November 17, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. staff members, volunteers and student members of the KC Club will break up into teams and go into the community to surprise these families. 

“We are looking forward to supporting these families and especially setting an example to our students about the importance helping others. The KC Club within our school focuses on showing kindness and compassion to other students, as well as, the community by involvement in activities and events,” said Lauren Rogers, parent liaison and project sponsor. 

Benoist Farms Elementary is located at 1765 Benoist Farms Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411. 

For more information contact Lauren Rogers at (561) 383-9735 or via email at






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Palm Beach County resident Norman Frajman was 19- years- old when he came to America as a survivor of  the Holocaust and six concentration camps. He eventually started a business, got married, and raised a family. About 250 high school students from around the District will gather at the Scottish Rites Lodge in Lake Worth Tuesday, November 13, to hear from Mr. Frajman and other Survivors  during a Student Awareness Day event. The Boynton Beach resident is a contributing author to We Remember the Children, a book written by 36 Palm Beach County residents who were child survivors of the Holocaust. All of the District’s high schools have received classroom sets of the book.

Students will be seated at tables with a survivor for the day’s activities.  They will also hear from  Yael Hirshfeld of the  Regional Office of Palm Beach County Anti Defamation League, who will share information about the Pyramid of Hate. The event, which begins at 8:00 a.m. , culminates with lunch, which is being co-sponsored by the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center and inSIGHT, Through Education, Inc.

For details, contact Holocaust Program Planner Maureen Carter, 561.434.8933 or email


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The award-winning Boca Raton Community High School Drama Department will open its season with a high-energy production of the fast-paced, razor-sharp farce ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. With a lively cast of more than 30 students playing a truly extravagant array of eccentric characters, ‘The Man Who Came To Dinner’ will run from November 15-17, 2012 in the school’s Kathryn Lindgren Theatre.

WHERE :   Kathryn Lindgren Theatre
1501 NW 15 Court Boca Raton FL  33486

TIME :       7:00 PM

For more information call Melinda Clarke at 561-338-1533 or email

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The Tradewinds Middle School Bands will perform the 3rd annual Fall Demonstration and Veterans Day Concert on November 7, 2012. The beginning band will perform selections as part of a demonstration of their musical progress since September. This will be followed by performances by the Tradewinds Buccaneer jazz ensemble and concert bands.

A special PowerPoint will feature those family members and friends of Tradewinds band students who have served or are currently serving as members of the Armed Forces of the United States while the concert band performs marches and patriotic music.

This most patriotic event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and there is no charge for admission. In place of an admission the band is collecting items for the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach in Lake Worth, FL.

For more information please contact Principal Rebecca Subin at 561-493-6400 or .

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The School District of Palm Beach County and Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) met Monday, November 5, 2012 for a bargaining session regarding teacher salaries.  District officials presented the School Board’s counter proposal for the 2012-13 school year.  The Board’s proposal would provide the following: 

  • Teachers would receive a step increase on an improved salary schedule retroactive to the start of the 2012-13 school year.
  • Under the Board’s proposal, all teachers receive an equitable increase that averages 3.10%;
  • By raising the salary schedule, teachers eligible for a step would receive an increase ranging from $1,500 to $3,300.  The majority of teachers receive $1,500 with an average increase of $1,621.  Under the current salary schedule, a step can represent as little as a $102 increase for teachers early in their career. 
  • The salary schedule is effectively compressed from 27 steps to 25 steps allowing teachers to reach the maximum salary earlier in their career.  The proposed salary schedule ranges from $38,000 to $70,000.  
  • The starting base salary is raised from $37,322 to $38,000.  Although new hires are not eligible for a step, those on step one would receive a $678 increase by raising the minimum salary.  In addition, these new hires would also receive a one-time salary bonus of $500. 
  • Teachers currently earning the longevity salary of $71,745 and not eligible for a step would receive a one-time salary bonus of $1,000.
  • Future step increases would remain subject to negotiations.  The School Board is not proposing a return to automatic annual step increases.
  • The total package represents a $21.8 million increase and impacts all 12,578 employees within the  teachers bargaining unit. 
  • The School Board, Superintendent and staff reassessed the District’s financial position as of October 2012 and committed $6 million in projected savings to augment the initial offer of $15.8 million.
  • In order to prepare for the State performance pay mandate, the District’s proposal includes a parallel min/max salary schedule for future use.  No teachers would be placed on the min/max salary schedule for the current school year.
  • Click on the following link for the proposed salary schedule: 

Appendix A

  • Given the situation with the FRS lawsuit and related budget uncertainty for next year, the School Board’s salary proposal is guaranteed for the 2012-13 school year (FY2013) and includes a provision to provide some flexibility for FY2014.  Should employees recover their three percent (3%) FRS contribution and Florida school districts suffer a funding shortfall as a result of the lawsuit, it may be necessary to roll back any recurring salary increases beginning with FY2014.  The School Board and Superintendent hope exercising such a provision will not be necessary, but retaining this flexibility is very important given the magnitude of the potential financial impact associated with this lawsuit.  Rather than holding all available funds in reserve until the outcome and implications of the FRS lawsuit are known, the School Board and Superintendent feel it is important to move forward with negotiating employee salary proposals for this year.




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The West Palm Beach Library Foundation is hosting an essay contest for students in grades 9 through 12 in conjunction with the Library’s upcoming exhibition entitled Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings. The traveling exhibition is on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and will be on display at the Mandel Public Library from November 7, 2012, through January 6, 2013. In addition, the Library Foundation will present “Banned and Burned: Literary Censorship and the loss of Freedom” as an adjunct to the exhibition.

The essay contest will focus on the history of censorship, the events that took place starting in May 1933, and explore the First Amendment rights guaranteed in America. The exhibition will give students a close look at the first steps the Nazis took to suppress freedom of expression and the strong response from the United States.

The contest will evaluate essays submitted in two grade categories: 9th and 10th graders will compete for first and second place prizes valued at $500 and $250; 11th and 12th graders will have an opportunity to be selected for first and second place awards of $1,000 and $500. Classroom teachers of the winning students will receive $300 gift certificates to purchase books for their classroom libraries.

The panel of judges will be made up of community leaders who will evaluate the submissions on the basis of historic accuracy, understanding of the issues, personal reflections, and style and documentation.

More information about the essay contest and essay contest forms can be found at .

For more information please contact Maureen Carter in K-12 Curriculum at 561-434-8933 or


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“Sometimes, you are in the right place at the right time. I don’t know how else to explain it,” said Crystal Brunson, a Speech and Language Pathologist for the Department of Student Services.  She worked this past Tuesday, October 30th, at Boynton Beach Community High School and was on her way home with her 3 year old son.

An accident involving two vehicles had just occurred on Old Boynton Road in Boynton Beach.  According to Ms. Brunson, “I was talking on the phone with my mom.  As I was driving by, I saw a gentleman had stopped to help. Normally I don’t stop, but something told me to turn around. I told my mom I was going back, and I would call her later.” Ms. Brunson dialed 911 and after hanging up with them she turned her car around. A car was heading east on Old Boynton Road, toward the accident, and before she knew it, it crashed into one of the cars involved in the first accident, pinning the gentleman that stopped to help.

By this time someone else had also stopped.  Ms. Brunson continued, “I went to check on the gentleman that had been pinned, and that’s when I realized that his right leg had been severed, and his left leg had been broken.” Being First Aid/CPR certified by the School District, instinct took over. She ran back to her car to find something to help stop the bleeding and another passer-by took off her sweater and made a tourniquet. The victim’s wife was beginning to panic. Ms. Brunson sat with her, reassuring her that her husband would be OK.

Ms. Brunson’s generosity did not stop there, “When I learned that she didn’t drive, I stayed with her until the ambulance left with her husband, drove her home to check on their four children, and took her to the hospital. We sat together until he was out of surgery.”

As Ms. Brunson drove home in the middle of night, the realism of what took place started to settle in, “You spend your life thinking things like this only happen in the movies. Nothing can truly prepare you for what I encountered that night. I was grateful that it was only his leg. It could have been so much worse.  Times like this make you grateful for what you have, and not to take what you have for granted. As I got settled at home, the realization set in…I was in the right place, at the right time.” 

For more information please contact LoriAnn Roderick, Boynton Beach Community High School Guidance /ESE Department at561-752-1286 or

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Seminole Ridge High School will be hosting a Veterans Day program to honor our community Veterans.   

When? November 9, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 

Where? Seminole Ridge Community High School (Gymnasium) – 4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd., Loxahatchee, FL 33470. 

The School District has a strong emphasis on civics education and involving the community and guest speakers in schools. All Veterans are welcomed to attend. 

For more information or to RSVP contact Hans Hunt,  JROTC Senior Army Instructor  LTC at 561-422-2620 or






 Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 –

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Students, parents and community members are invited to attend the Lantana Middle School Choice Programs Open House.  The Open House was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy and has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 8 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the school cafeteria. 

The Academy Directors for Medical, Teacher, Dance, and Band will be presenting about all of these exciting programs.

For more information please contact Principal Edward Burke at 561-540-3422 or .

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In an effort to promote healthy food choices through the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables the School Food Service Department has organized an educational health fair to be held at Hammock Pointe Elementary School.  All students will be exposed to the health fair during their lunch period which will take place in the school cafeteria. 

When?  Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 9:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Where? Hammock Pointe Elementary – 8400 S.W. 8th St., Boca Raton, FL 33433 

This health fair event will provide the students and staff of Hammock Pointe Elementary with an opportunity to view exciting health and wellness displays, receive educational materials, prizes, as well as free samples of colorful and tasty fruits and vegetables.   

A variety of educational booths will be set up to target specific aspects of health and wellness which include: 

    • Palm Beach County UF/IFAS Extension Agency
    • The Center for Group Counseling
    • ABCD Eat Right
    • Kawa Orthodontics
    • The DeVos-Blum Family YMCA of Boynton Beach
    • Caridad Center
    • Campbell’s North America
    • Erneston & Sons Produce, Inc.
    • Short on Thyme – Chef Shelley
    • Drowning Coalition, Palm Beach County
    • District Employee Wellness
    • Hammock Pointe Parent Teacher Association (P.T.A.)
    • Hammock Pointe Physical Education Teacher and School Health Nurse
    • Hammock Pointe students showcasing their talents in singing and cheerleading
    • The School Food Service Department promoting “Fruits & Veggies More Matter” 

For more information contact Paula Triana, R.D, L.D./N., School Food Service Department, Assistant Director of the Nutrition & Wellness Promotion Team at (561) 383-2026 or via email at








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