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The Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association Members’ Exhibition at Palm Beach State College features original art works by the county’s art teachers and community members. 

The Artistic Endeavors at Palm Beach State College (Eissey Campus) runs from May 14th to September 6th, 2013 and it displays the individual talent and creativity of area teachers and community members. This 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

 Barbara Brubaker

Bonnie Bruner

Bill Buchanan

Britt Feingold

Brian Kovachik

Jennifer Love-Gironda

Kim Pilla

Mimi Potter

Sharon Salansky

Rosemary Shaw

Linda Stevenson

Dennis Tishkowsky


Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus – 3160 PGA Blvd., BB113, Palm Beach Gardens, FL



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.


About The School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 177,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including 12,627 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit

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Parents and grandparents, siblings and friends applauded — some cheered — as more than 100 soon-to-be high school graduates from Palm Beach County (and the Treasure Coast) crossed the staging area of William T. Dwyer High School and were honored Thursday night as soon-to-be members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Air National Guard, and Army National Guard, during the first Our Community Salutes ceremony to take place in Palm Beach County.   

Graduating high seniors enlisting in the armed forces at the Our Community Salutes event.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               In his speech, Palm Beach County School Superintendent E. Wayne Gent told his current students how honored he is to share this very important evening with them. “Despite the doubts they may have had about their strength and courage, these graduates- to- be have looked inside and have decided that, come what may, THEY are going to make a difference!  Each of you is already a hero. So, the real gratitude today is for each of YOU.  Quite simply, you have decided to serve for ME…for each of us as individuals AND as a nation.” 

 ”We are here tonight to honor you; you have set yourselves apart from the majority of today’s society and made the selfless decision to serve and defend our country with distinction and honor,” Shannon Cake of WPTV, Channel 5, said to the young men and women.

 Ms. Cake emceed at the inaugural Palm Beach County chapter of Our Community Salutes (OCS), a program that began in 2009 with a single ceremony in New Jersey to honor high school graduates who have committed to military service. Cara Young, Dreyfoos School of the Arts student sang the National Anthem and God Bless America while the invocation and benediction was conducted by Rabbi Alan Sherman.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

By last year, ceremonies were held in a dozen places around the country, including Pittsburgh and Cleveland. More than 20 ceremonies were slated this past year, from California to Puerto Rico. Broward, Miami-Dade and Jacksonville also held their events this month.The enlistees at the Palm Beach County event witnessed pomp and ceremony that will become familiar — posting the colors; comrades at ramrod attention; crisp salutes.

 The Palm Beach County ceremony, which was Presented by Office Depot and Sponsored by Bank of America, was the first of its kind in Palm Beach County. After his speech, Tim Rea, sr. vice-president of Marketing and Brand Strategy and a captain in the US Army, told the students that if and when they re-enter the workforce at any point, Office Depot welcomes them.Bank of America’s Senior Vice President Market Manager for Palm Beach County, Kelley Sobolewski shook the hands of all enlistees as they crossed the stage, wearing the t-shirts sponsored by Bank of America, depicting a graduation cap and a tassel that read, “OCS.” Keiser University and Florida Power and Light were also sponsors of this event as well as huge Military supporters.

 Our Community Salutes of Palm Beach County President, Tara Kobel, said, “My son, Derek, enlisted in the Navy in 2008 after his graduation from Park Vista High School. I wish there was a ceremony like this when he made the decision to serve. When Captain Prigmore from the US Army Jupiter Command approached me with the idea of being the event Chair, I thought about the difference that I could make for these students and their parents in recognizing their honorable decision to serve.” Guest speaker Major General Wayne P. Jackson (US Army RET) stressed the importance of goal-setting and action during his speech.

 The enlistees crossing the stage received, in the military tradition, a “challenge coin,” but one specially minted that depicts the region on one side and the insignia of each military branch. Even those unable to attend will receive a coin, Ms. Kobel said. Additionally, local Congressmen and Congresswomen made proclamations on the floor of Congress wherein the names of these graduating students who have chosen to enlist in the military were read into the Congressional record. All enlistees also received a copy of the proclamation.

Genlistees take the oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

The highlight of the evening was when LTC Don Cake, US Army (RET), and the father of Shannon Cake, conducted the swearing in ceremony where the future armed service members took the Oath to defend the Constitution of the United States.

Also honored were three high school guidance counselors, who received the General. Colin L. Powell Service Award for their guidance and mentoring these students in their decision to enlist– Mr. Mark Carson, Royal Palm Beach High School, Ms. Margaret Choppa, Treasure Coast High School, and Dr. Elaine Small, South Fork High School. Palm Beach County nominees included Ms. Marie Amalie-Farris, teacher at Wellington High School, Sgt. Jose Negron, JROTC instructor at Forest Hill High School, and Mr.Jimmy Peterkin, with the Palm Beach County School District’s Office of Community Involvement.

Superintendent Wayne Gent with General Colin Powell winner Mark Carson.

“It’s very heartwarming to be a part of a ceremony like this,” Tara Kobel said. “After a short recovery from the extensive panning of  this year’s event, I will be busy planning next year’s event that I hope will be bigger and better than before. I am looking forward to working with organization, community leaders, and volunteers for next year’s Our Community Salutes event.”

 Please visit for more information and pictures from the May 9th ceremony.  Contact Ms. Kobel at to become a Sponsor or volunteer for additional OCSPBC events. 


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The Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA has awarded four scholarships to active PTA volunteers.  This year the County Council chose three graduating seniors and an adult volunteer to each receive $500 to help offset the cost of their future education endeavors.  Winners were chosen based on an original essay and letters of recommendation.

The student applicants’ essays responded to the prompt “Being a PTA member means…” while adult applicants described in their essays what “PTA…Empowering Families!” means to them. 

Christine Michaud is an active PTA volunteer and teacher at Hidden Oaks Elementary and feels that she must be willing to become involved with students and parents beyond academic guidance.  She shared how her PTA and school come together to provide a great deal of support to their families.  Together they host parental workshops and trainings, provide uniforms, scholarships for field trips, tutoring at no cost and affordable, low cost, family events like Movie Night, Talent Shows and school dances.  Working together, the PTA & school staff  help “ensure that their parents feel as though they have a place to call upon for whatever they may need at the time”.  Ms. Michaud believes “It is imperative that our parents perceive their school faculty and staff and PTA as a part of their team charged with the responsibility of supporting their child in every possible way.”

Dylan Brandenburg, a senior and active student volunteer at Suncoast High School sees PTSA as a service minded organization in which “hard-working people work to benefit the school community”.  Being a member allowed him to not only help fellow students and their families, but also his teachers.  Dylan stated “I can honestly say attending meetings and participating in the PTSA has taught me life lessons that I will not easily forget; everything from how volunteering can really make a difference, working with a variety of people, how to feel confident in offering my opinions, all the details it takes to put on an event and the patience to sit through a long meeting. I would not have had these great experiences without the PTSA.”

Landon M. Myers, a senior at Park Vista High School was active in getting the new PTSA involved with activities on campus.  Landon shared that since his days at Sandpiper Shores Elementary “PTA proved that they were an excellent provider of the welfare of children and families in the community” it is what sparked his interest and motivated him to get involved and change lives.  In his essay Landon wrote “Education is a necessity, yet it can only be fully achieved when the welfare of students are secured. A strong rapport between home and school allows for students to stay active in their schoolwork and community and set high goals for themselves in the future.  PTA’s across the country facilitate that philosophy and I am proud to be a part of this organization”. 

Daniel Schneiderman, is an active senior at Spanish River High School who has learned the importance of collaboration and working together from the PTSA.  He has seen how PTSA “brings out a parents commitment to improve their children’s health, well-being and educational success” through programs like cyber safety, financial aid for college and drug usage among teens.  He shared that through PTSA teachers can express their opinion and ideas to help make changes to schools and the education system to improve the overall effectiveness.  In his essay, Daniel wrote about how unique it is that PTSA values the opinions of their student members and stated “most importantly PTSA keeps students informed about legislation and teaches us how to advocate for ourselves. Without PTSA our voices as students would not be as loud.”

About PTA

The Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA is a member of the largest advocacy group for children in the nation. PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

For more information please contact President Jennifer Martinez at 561.254.9513.

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The School Police Department got KASH a brand new 2013 Ford Police Interceptor in order to do his job of finding missing and endangered children all over Palm Beach County.  “It’s a really nice car… but I think all black makes it kind of boring. I wish it had some designs on it so that people would know it was my car,” says KASH. 

Since elementary students selected the bloodhound’s name, now middle and high schoolers will be able to “KASH” His Ride. Palm Beach County School District students from grades 6-12 can participate in the car design contest. 


Here are the rules that need to be followed:

  1. Submissions can be hand-drawn or graphically designed. A copy of the template can be found HERE.
  2. Submissions should be clearly labeled and include:
    1. Name of the school
    2. Contact phone number
    3. Name and grade level of the artist
  3. ONLY one submission per school.
  4. Submissions should be emailed by the Principal or designee to or pony the submission to School Police Department – B127.
  5. Submissions should be received by School Police no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, May 31, 2013.

The car design will be chosen and the winning school will be notified by Tuesday, June 4, 2013. The winning school will be invited to participate in a formal presentation at the school board meeting held on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. 

Click here for complete rules. 

For more information about the KASH My Ride Contest call 561-434-8300 or email



Atlantic High School students are raising money on behalf of the Jimmy Ryce Center. The goal is to raise enough money for the organization to continue donating Bloodhounds, like KASH, to other police departments across the United States. 

If you are interested in helping, please click here to visit their website and follow the directions to the donation page.  Check out the video. “I look awfully cute in it!” 

For more information about the donation fund contact Ruthe Francis at 561-242-0905 or via email at  



About The School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 177,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including 12,627 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit

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Through its partnership with John I Leonard High School, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County will be opening up its Thrift Store on Friday, May 17th to high school seniors who are participating in the High School Graduation Initiative, so they can choose appropriate clothing to wear for upcoming job/scholarship interviews – at no cost to the students. 

Of the approximately 30 students who will be given the opportunity to select clothes from the Thrift Store, some do not own clothing appropriate for interviews nor do they have the means to purchase such clothing.  Each student will be allowed to select one outfit (sports coat/suit, dress shirt, slacks, tie, shoes for the boys and blouse, slacks/skirt/dress, shoes, blazer/pant suit for the girls) as part of a “senior shopping spree”. 

Habitat would like to put out a public call asking everyone to go through their closets and, if you have any of the items listed above that you would like to donate to the store for the students, please drop them off at the Thrift Store (1635 N Old Dixie Hwy, Jupiter, FL 33469), the ReStore (6831 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33407), or at the affiliate administration office (6758 N. Military Trail, Suite. 301, West Palm Beach, FL 33407). 

“Our students deserve the opportunity to achieve their potential and for this reason we work relentlessly to remove any barriers, academic or otherwise to support their postsecondary plans,” proclaims Edward Tierney, Principal of John I Leonard High School. 

School District of Palm Beach County Assistant Director, Single School Culture for Climate Nancy E. Reese added “The formula for self-sufficiency is a blend of student tenacity, academic and graduation support, as well as a postsecondary plan. Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County is part of this formula as displayed through their generosity to our students and as a pathway to home ownership as the ultimate prize to a postsecondary plan well- made and executed by the students of our schools.”

To learn more about the High School Graduation Initiative please call Nancy Reese (561) 434-8419.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County please visit or call (561) 253-2080.

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Students at Del Prado Elementary School wore blue on May 3 in recognition of National Foster Care month. Del Prado PTA and the administration paired with Best Foot Forward, a local agency providing educational advising and advocacy to foster youth, to bring awareness to the issue. Donna Biase, co-Founder of Best Foot Forward, spoke to 5th grade students about foster care: who are the children in foster care, what is their life like, how can our community help.

Students wore the color blue to show their dedication and raise awareness to the cause. Many students brought in monetary donations to support educational programs for foster youth.

To learn more about foster care and Best Foot Forward visit

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South Intensive Transition School recently selected three teachers and one administrator to attend the Secondary Reading Council of Florida (SRCFL) 19th Annual State Conference from May 10-11, 2013 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Hotel in Fort Myers, FL. SpringBoard English Language/Reading teachers Monique Lambrou and Jacqueline Major, High School Department Chair/Social Science teacher Amy McGregor-Rick and Assistant Principal Terrence Narinesingh were selected to attend the two-day conference to attain a clear understanding of the rigor and expectations necessary to implement the Common Core State Standards, literacy strategies and new practices for secondary literacy.

The SRCFL conference, which is held at a different location in Florida every year, supported activities related to secondary literacy and the Common Core State Standards. The keynote speaker was New York Times Bestselling Author Sharon Draper, the acclaimed author of the Sassy series. She is also the author of many books for teens, including the New York Times bestsellers Copper Sun, the 2007 Coretta Scott King Award winner, and We Beat the Street. She also wrote Forged by Fire, the 1998 Coretta Scott King Award winner, as well as Tears of a Tiger, winner of the CSK/John Steptoe New Talent Award, and The Battle of Jerico and November Blues, both Coretta Scott King Honor Books. Students at South Intensive will read high interest and high complexity ebooks daily by Sharon Draper on the Nooks, which were purchased from Barnes & Noble, during Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R).

“It was an extraordinary experience to network with colleagues who have a mutual understanding and passion for reading, and collaborate on research-based practices to support effective reading instruction for all teachers to ensure that our students are equipped for a smooth transition to the Common Core State Standards,” said Terrence Narinesingh, Ed.S., Assistant Principal.

Monique Lambrou said, “The Secondary Reading Council of Florida Annual Conference provided me with wonderful resources and ideas that will help my students get excited about the reading process. I am confident that the new knowledge and skills I acquired at the conference will help prepare my students for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.”

The conference program overview included the welcome/introduction by Rachelle Savitz, President of SRCFL, and speech by Dr. Joseph Burke, Lee County Superintendent. Breakout sessions included:

  • Use of Multiple Measure of Data to Inform Instruction (with an emphasis on FAIR data) – Deb Gynn, Reading Coordinator, Region V, Bureau of School Improvement, Florida Department of Education
  • Sail to Success With Strategies that Integrate Literacy in the Content Area – Dr. Regina Rees, Associate Professor
  • Close Reading for Struggling Readers – Linda Fowler, Curriculum Specialist
  • Preparing Students and Ourselves for Common Core State Standards: Writing – Marissa Kingham, Writing Specialist
  • Literacy in Secondary Mathematics: Making Connections – Joanne Patchin, Math SpringBoard Specialist
  • Explicit Instruction: The Key to Assessing the Common Core Standards – Dr. Anita Archer
  • Using Simple Debate to Teach the Argumentative Essay – Dr. Bill McBride
  • Florida Department of Education Updates – Laurie Lee, Reading Specialist, Just Read FL!
  • Get Real! Read Kids, Real Books, Real Reading and Real Results –             Dr. Janet Allen

“The conference gave me an opportunity to interact with other colleagues and learn many new strategies. The conference left me feeling energized and excited about reading and Common Core,” said Amy McGregor-Rick.

The SRCFL is a special interest council of the Florida Reading Association, an affiliate of the International Reading Association. The purpose of the SRCFL is:

  • To support activities related to secondary reading
  • To promote membership and partnership with the Florida Reading Association and the International Reading Association
  • To improve the quality of reading instruction by:
    • Encouraging the study of the nature of the reading process
    • Stimulating, promoting, and publishing research dealing with all aspects of reading
    • Acting as a clearinghouse for information related to reading
    • Encouraging, supporting, and contributing to the development of high-quality teacher education programs, both in-service and pre-service
    • Sponsoring conferences and meetings

“This weekend’s SRCFL Conference was very illuminating. I especially enjoyed three presenters: Sharon Draper, Dr. Anita Archer and Dr. Janet Allen. Dr. Archer gave the audience a thoroughly USEABLE technique to utilize explicit instruction; a methodology for teaching academic skills in a structured, systematic, and effective manner. I left her seminar feeling completely empowered.

Dr. Janet Allen was my favorite of the day. Between her completely informative yet highly entertaining presentation of effective comprehension strategies and the flipchart she shared with audience members, I came away with knowledge that will help me help my students overcome challenges they face in content reading and writing,” said Jacqueline Major.

For more information, contact Terrence Narinesingh at (561) 202-0600 or

About South Intensive Transition School:

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

Today, South Intensive has achieved the Green School of Promise recognition for taking a holistic approach to going green that incorporates school ground enhancement, resource conservation, curriculum connections, and community involvement with a school wide commitment and focus on sustainability. Through collegial partnerships with Lynn University and several community agencies, students benefit from additional services to ensure academic and behavioral intervention success.

For more information, visit


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Emil and Dariel Liakhovetski are two Palm Beach Virtual School students in Boca Raton who are making a name for themselves around the world as cello virtuosos.  Emil, a junior, and Dariel, an eighth-grader, are passionate about school and music and plan to pursue dual degrees in cello performance and pre-med. The young men are both second-degree black belt martial artists who have been playing the cello since the age of four. Their mom, Alia Liakhovetski said the boys got the surprise of a lifetime recently when they were alerted through their channel on Youtube, TheLiakhovetskiBros, that internationally renowned performers, 2CELLOS, have featured the youngsters on their own Facebook and Twitter pages, heaped praise on the boys’ performance, and endowed them with the designation of 2CELLOS Junior.  “Emil and Dariel’s biggest dream is to one day perform with the amazing and  talented 2CELLOS who are known internationally as world-class cellists.”

The Liakhovetski Brothers have performed at the Kravis’ Theatre for the Performing Arts Stage Awakenings;  Intergenerational Orchestra of South Florida;  Solo Debut at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Beyond the Stage Introductory Musical Presentation for Minnesota Orchestra in 2012 and for the China National Orchestra in 2013.

In addition, Emil was the 2012 National Winner of the K12 Online Music Stage Competition.  Although their background is in classical music and they would very much like to continue performing classical pieces, they were very excited about trying a new genre of music especially since it got the attention of the famous, talented and world renowned *2CELLOS.

See the Liakhovetski brothers perform Smooth Criminal



For more information about the brothers, contact Mrs. Liakhovetski,

*Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, known as 2CELLOS, achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level and breaking the boundaries between different genres of music. Their initial YouTube performance went viral within a week and earned them a Sony record deal and an invitation to tour with Elton John.

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The 4rd Annual Model United Nations (MUN) at Okeeheelee Middle School will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 9:30 am to 3:00pm in the library.  The MUN is a culminating activity for all 8th grade International Spanish Academy (ISA) students, highlighting their understanding of global issues and modern diplomacy. This year, for the first time, two delegations from Coniston Middle School, representing Nicaragua and Ghana, will be participating in the event.

A number of resolutions will be debated with 11 nations represented by students to discuss worldwide issues and determine plans of action to resolve them. The committees that have been organized include environmental, human rights, socio-economic council and security. During the event, students will represent delegates from various countries including Chile, Nicaragua, Ghana, Syria, Brazil, China, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Spain and the United States. The conference is a bilingual event with delegates communicating in English and Spanish throughout the event. This is the only Middle School Bilingual Model United Nations event of its kind in the state.

By the end of the assembly, students will have given their opening speeches, researched, deliberated and debated issues that need to be addressed before taking a vote to develop resolutions. The rules of parliamentary procedure will be applied throughout the conference.

Guests are welcome attend and simultaneous translation will be available to monolingual guests.

For further information,  call Ms. Nitza Maldonado at 561.434.3236,,  or Dr. David Samore,, at 561.434.3260,

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Poinciana Elementary, a STEM magnet elementary school, proves its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math expertise with several extraordinary student awards at end of year events.

Poinciana had three overall winners in the 2013 Palm Beach County District Science Fair:

  • · 3rd Grader Coleman Longwater won third place overall for his project on Magnets in Different Temperatures
  • · 3rd Grader Anastasia McInerney won third place overall for her project on Saving Money by Eating In instead of Going Out
  • · Ms. McFarlane’s First Grade Class won 2nd place overall for the class project on Girls vs. Boys and Bowling skills

Poinciana Elementary STEM Magnet School’s Afterschool Science club PANDAMONIUM competed in the 1st Annual Science Olympiad hosted Sat. May 11 by Florida Atlantic University.

Poinciana Elementary earned four awards from out of 11 competitive events ranging from engineering projects, to academic games.

  • · 1st Place Winners in “Energy Lab” - A test on how far a self-designed, small solar powered vehicle would travel
  • · 2nd Place Winners for “A is for Anatomy” – An academic game where the team took a test and answered 40 questions about the human body and organs
  • · 2nd Place Winners in “Tennis Ball Catapult” – The team had to design and build a catapult and send tennis balls closest to target
  • · and 2nd Place Winners in “Bridge Building” - The team had 50 straws and 40 cm. of tape for building and had to support weights

Team members included 3rd, 4th and 5th graders: Ethan Gabay, Louis Lee,  Kira Lichtenfeld, Jimena Machorro,  Mikayla Perry, Kara Wilson, Ethan Wong, Kristha Zapata-Palacios, Teacher, Lisa Saunders, and Coach, Gloria Gibson

For more information, contact Lisa Lee at or call 561-739-5700.


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The 2013 Spring Showcase Dinner Theatre delights attendees with a collection of debate interpretation performances from the top students in Royal Palm Beach High School and Wellington High School.

When? Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Where? Royal Palm Beach High School – 10600 Okeechobee Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, FL.

Students who have qualified to represent Palm Beach County at both the National Catholic Forensic League “Grand National” championship in Philadelphia and the National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Championship in Birmingham will be on stage. They include: Dramatic Interpretation performances by Royal Palm Beach’s Anthony Nadeau and Delisa Stephenson, and RPB’s Duo Interpretation team of Alicia Morales & Theresa Morales. In addition to Wellington’s Duo Interp teams of Michael Reynolds & Nick Thibault, and Dylan Race & Savannah Race.

Dinner will be provided by Mario Brothers. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door. Proceeds will help fund the teams’ upcoming national championship tournament competitions.

For more information contact Eric Jeraci, RPB Debate Coach Eric at (561) 753-400 or via email at or Paul Gaba, Wellington Debate Coach at (561) 745-4900 or via email at








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

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The TeamWork USA Education Foundation is dedicated to providing innovative effective team support, with the involvement of families, teachers and volunteers, for socio-economically challenged students in need, attending public schools in Palm Beach County. The Foundation provides college scholarships, supports student leadership clubs, and offers grants for student instrumental music and mentoring programs.

On May 20th, TeamWork USA will recognize and honor students, principals, administrators, teachers and volunteers, representing the 22 schools in the Palm Beach County School District where TeamWork USA supported programs are in place. Academic trophies, scholarship certificates and TeamWork Appreciation Items will be presented by TeamWork USA Board members. The event will take place from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM in the Boardroom of the Fulton Holland Educational Services Center at 3300 Forest Hill Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

“Palm Beach County is extremely fortunate to have TeamWork USA and its President and Founder Ken Stein partnering with the School District to increase student achievement through private sector support,” said Mary Kay Murray, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Executive Director.

During this school year and next, TeamWork USA is donating more than $250,000 in grants, scholarships and supplies to benefit 22 Palm Beach County schools and the hundreds of students who participate in these programs, including the award of almost 100 scholarships.  Partnering with schools, programs are in place in 14 Title 1 elementary schools in Palm Beach County, with plans to have programs in all 50 plus of these schools within three years.

TeamWork USA President and Founder Ken Stein said: “What makes the TeamWork USA Education Foundation uniquely effective is that our Board of Directors is made up of both private citizens and school district personnel. This combination, together with the partnerships between the schools where our programs are in place and TeamWork USA, is a powerful recipe for success”.

For more information please contact Ken Stein at or Ms. Murray at or 561-357-7659.

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Loxahatchee Groves Elementary Annual Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and Silent Auction is a family activity that brings everyone from the school and community together for a day of fun.  

When? Saturday, May 18th, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Where? Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School – 16020 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee, FL 33470 

Activities planned include inflatables, waterslides, bungee trampoline, rock climbing wall, dunk tank, obstacle course, plant sale, entertainment, local vendors and lots of food. 

NO ADMISSION CHARGE!  Tickets or wristbands are needed for rides, games and food.   They can be purchased before the Carnival at a discount and at regular price during the carnival. 

The PTO would like community businesses to sponsor the above activities. Sponsorships range from $250 – $900.  All sponsors will be recognized in our Carnival brochure, have a sign by each activity, a beautiful plaque and allowed to hand out flyers and business cards at the event.  

There will have a Silent Auction which features items and services from local businesses. Anyone interested in donating will be recognized in our Carnival brochure.  

All proceeds go directly to the children, teachers and school to provide resources and materials that are needed in the classroom. 

For more information contact Candi McLeod at 561-904-9200 or via email at






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

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Pine Jog Elementary Safety Patrols are currently on their annual trip to Washington, D.C . Today, when visiting the JFK Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery they were treated to a very up close and personal experience.  As students were viewing the grounds, Prince Harry walked up to pay his respects to the Kennedy family.   Upon exiting the Memorial Prince Harry acknowledged the fifty-seven students with a graceful wave and nod.


Video of Pine Jog Elementary Safety Patrols Meet Prince Harry

Prince Harry knelt on one knee and placed a mixed bouquet of flowers on the tombstone, which lies next to an eternal flame. Visiting dignitaries do not usually visit Kennedy’s grave, but the Prince made the gesture because November marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination. The students stood in silence taking pictures of the Prince on their mobile phones.

“This annual trip to our country’s capital is an extraordinary experience for the students and seeing Prince Harry is a once in a life time experience that they will never forget,” said Mr. Fred Barch, Pine Jog Elementary Principal. 

For more information contact Fred Barch at 561-656-5400 or via email at






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

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Micailah Lockhart announces her first CD, Introducing Micailah Lockhart.

Seventeen-year-old Dreyfoos School of the Arts theatre student Micailah Lockhart is busy as a vocal performer and now she has a CD,  Introducing Micailah Lockhart,  with a single available on iTunes. The dynamic daughter of Lake Worth High School Principal George Lockhart and his wife, said although she does plan to pursue a career in theatre as an actor, singing is another creative vehicle. “When I sing, I express the song with feelings and try to bring the song to life as it was written.”

Earlier this year Micailah won $10,000 in the Caribbean Idol competition and she has also received a $1,000 scholarship as a Rising Star winner. The lifelong Palm Beach County resident stays busy performing for a variety of events around South Florida and sang at Wynnebrook Elementary School during Florida Governor Rick Scott’s visit to announce teacher raises.  She is also featured this Saturday, May 11, at Inlet Grove High School’s gala event scheduled for the Palm Beach County Convention Center at 5:30 p.m.

The My Teacher, My Hero Awards Gala event also features keynote speaker, Judge Glenda Hatchett. Micailah is sure to wow the audience as she did at the school’s fundraiser last year where she performed several Whitney Houston classics.

Learn more about the Dreyfoos student at . A single titled Angel,  from the CD is available on iTunes at Contact Dr. Lockhart, 561.533.6300 or

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Over 11,000 Palm Beach County high school seniors will be graduating in the next several weeks.  Graduation ceremonies begin May 16th and run through May 29th with the majority of the ceremonies taking place at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds. 

If you would like to watch the ceremonies live please visit the School District of Palm Beach County website or tune into Comcast channel 235.

The live link will also be available on the District’s Facebook and Twitter pages. If you prefer, you can download the Vodcast Mobile App, which is a universal App for iPad and iPhones running i0S6 or better. Go to the Apple iTunes store, search for “SDPBC,” and download the FREE District Vodcast app. This allows you to access the graduation ceremony wherever you may be.

For further information please contact David McKinley with The Education Network at or 561-738-2763.

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Okeeheelee Middle School Principal Dr. David Samore will travel to the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C. to receive the ISA 2013 School of the Year Award.

When Okeeheelee Middle School Principal David Samore travels to Washington, D.C. later this month, he’ll receive the top award for the middle school category of the 2013 International Spanish Academy School of the Year competition  on behalf of his school. The flagship school of the District’s International Spanish Academy (ISA) is being recognized by the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain in the United States and is receiving the award in recognition of Okeeheelee’s excellence in content and language integrated learning methodology using English and Spanish.

Selected from 96 schools in the nation with the ISA designation, contenders must use Spanish in their program with at least 35% of instruction time, for middle schools. Dr. Samore will travel to the nation’s capital to receive the award on May 23 and said the award is the culmination of a team effort. “Okeeheelee Middle School achieves because our school climate honors all cultures and the entire school community abides by our Three Shared Values of Respect, Responsibility, and Relationships.  We all count here.  Great people make great things happen.”

The Education Office of the Consulate General of Spain in Miami has also announced the approval of Greenacres Elementary School as the District’s newest member of the International Spanish Academy cluster. Now in its second year of offering Dual Language instruction, the school will start the 2013-2014 school year with its new designation.  Palm Beach County now has five schools in the ISA cluster; New Horizons, Berkshire, and Greenacres Elementary Schools, Okeeheelee Middle School, and John I. Leonard High School.  The District has 23 schools that offer Dual Language instruction.

For more details about the International Spanish Academy or Dual Language Instruction, contact Sandra Medrano-Arroyo, 561.434.8774 or

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Students from the Jupiter Middle School Band and Chorus, under the direction of Paul S. Destito and Dr. Jerri Goffe, met at the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport last week to begin their journey to New York City and participate in the Heritage Festival, an international adjudicated competition for school music programs.   Sixty-six students and twenty-eight adults made the trip to New York City.

Jupiter Middle School music students continued their long tradition of excellence by earning Gold Awards in the Choral, Jazz Band and Concert Band divisions.  The jazz band was awarded the coveted Heritage Festival Adjudicators Award for top jazz band of the festival.  The Chorus was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Choral Festival of Gold.  Isabel Gilroy, Ian Press and Alice Maffei received individual Maestro Awards for Outstanding Jazz Solos.

Mr. Destito said, “The enduring excellence of the music program at Jupiter Middle School is a direct result of the commitment and support of our school administrators, our families, our students and the entire Jupiter Nation.  For nearly fifty years, Jupiter Middle School has set the standard for quality and excellence in music education in Florida.  We are happy to be the latest stewards of that great tradition.  The Music Department’s trip to New York is part of our school’s mission to help our students “Aim High and Dream Big”!

Cultural activities included exploring Rockefeller Center, dining at the elegant Russian Tea Room and experiencing the heart-pounding excitement of the New York production of STOMP.  Students took a guided tour of Central Park, Lincoln Center, and spent a few hours enjoying the American Museum of Natural History.  Other activities included a Yankee game, the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera, a Circle Line Cruise past the Statue of Liberty and more.  Shopping in Times Square and Chinatown were thrown into the mix for good measure.

For more information please contact Mr. Destito at or 561-745-7200.

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Food allergies affect nearly 250,000 students in Florida and researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies with nearly 6 million being children. To increase awareness and education regarding this disease, Senator Joe Negron, District 32, has issued a Proclamation in recognition of Food Allergy Awareness Week, May 12th – 18th.  


Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department – that is more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that food allergies result in more than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits a year among children under the age of 18. Food allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis outside the hospital setting. 

There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food are important measures to prevent serious health consequences. Once you have been diagnosed with a food allergy, talk to your doctor about how allergic reactions should be treated.  Mild to moderate symptoms are often treated with antihistamines and oral or topical steroids. 

Click here to watch an informational video about managing food allergies in the school setting. 

For resources and more information visit the Food Allergy Research & Education website. 

For more information contact Paula Triana at (561) 383-2026 or via email at






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

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The Sam Budnyk Scholarship Committee announced today the 10 finalists for the Sam Budnyk Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. The finalists have been invited to meet with the judges for individual interviews, with the winner selected and announced on Tuesday May 14th.

Finalists for the 2013 Budnyk Scholarship are:

Matthew Clayton, Jupiter High School (Volleyball); Mary Dixon, Wellington High School (Golf); Claire Dykas, Spanish River High School (Lacrosse); Bethany Gaffey, Olympic Heights High School (Soccer); Alison Irwin, William T. Dwyer High School (Softball, Cross Country, Golf); Olivia Makepeace, Suncoast High School (Swimming); Omar Mazariego, Palm Beach Lakes High School (Cross Country, Track & Field, Golf, Soccer); Rebecca Meiser, Jupiter High School (Swimming); Matthew Romanelli, American Heritage High School (Swimming); Pauline Thiemann, Suncoast High School (Water Polo, Swimming).

The Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete of the Year Scholarship, established and first awarded in 2005, is presented annually to a graduating high school senior in a Palm Beach County public or private school, who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics, community service and athletics.  An award of $5,000 the first year and a subsequent $5,000 is available for three consecutive years for a total of $20,000 upon maintaining certain grade levels, other criteria and subject to funds availability.

The scholarship is administered and judged by a panel of diverse, competent and independent citizens, and is named in recognition and celebration of the commitment, values and success of Sam Budnyk, Athletic Director at Cardinal Newman High School for nearly fifty years, and head football coach for forty-three of those years.

About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides local youth the opportunity to learn sportsmanship, teamwork and citizenship through sports. The Sports Commission also promotes character development through sporting activities, lifelong physical fitness, a drug-free lifestyle and safe and fun access to healthy activities.

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Royal Palm Beach High School junior, Anastasia Colas was the winner of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s 2013 Brain Bee Challenge. This oral competition is similar to a spelling bee in format and it’s designed to test students’ knowledge of neuroscience through a series of questions on topics such as memory, intelligence, stress, emotions, and brain disorders.



Two juniors from Suncoast High School took the second and third place prizes this year.  Sanjay Chandrasekhar came in second place and was awarded $125, and Anugya Sood came in third and received $75.  This was the second year that Colas and Sood competed in the Brain Bee.  In 2012, Anastasia earned second place and Anugya earned third. 

As first place winner, Anastacia received $200 and a trip to the 2013 National Brain Bee Competition.  She represented Palm Beach County well when she competed at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.  The national competition coincided with National Brain Awareness Week in March.

“Now that the Brain Bee is in its second year, it’s very exciting to see students return to compete again,” said Dr. Ana Fiallos, Max Planck Florida’s Head of Education Outreach.  “This is an important program for the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and our mission to expand and enrich science education programs in our community.” 

Sponsored by the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund, the event took place inside the Institute’s new 100,000 sq. ft. research center in Jupiter, and included high school students from Palm Beach and Martin counties. 

For details about the competition visit

For more information contact Greg Goebel, 6-12 Science Program Planner, at 561-357-1128 or via email at







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

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World-Class Galaxy Elementary E3 Choice School To Focus On 

Energy, Environment & Engineering With A Challenging Curriculum

On school opening day, Monday, August 19, 2013, the South Area of Palm Beach County will be the location for the Greenest School in the Galaxy, the new Galaxy E3 Choice School.

Replacing a 53-year old school building, the new Galaxy Elementary School will be a state-of-the-art campus featuring the latest technology of the twenty-first century along with offering an educational curriculum that will invent a new direction for K-5 instruction in Palm Beach County. The school will also aim to be the first LEED Platinum-certified new public school campus in Florida. Platinum is the highest level of LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which recognizes buildings’ compliance to design, construction and operations according to environmentally friendly practices and standards.

The school will feature a Wonderment Center, the exciting double-height core of the school designed like a mini-science museum, complete with interactive exhibits to augment the new curriculum.  DaVinci Studios are four science labs directly attached to the Wonderment Center, focusing on the curriculum themes of energy, environment, engineering and also computers.  The Art lab will move the curriculum from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). These new learning spaces can be adapted to other elementary schools in the District and beyond.

In addition to the new school, the project involves the replacement of an adjacent city park facility to a new location on-site. Two small existing classroom buildings will be reused as flexible ancillary classrooms and program support. There will also be a four acre natural habitat that, through a partnership with the City of Boynton Beach, will become part of the science curriculum.

World-class artists are providing artwork for the school. And, plans include a recharging center and preferred parking on campus for electric cars.

Galaxy Elementary School will be a civic resource for the neighborhood of Boynton Beach where it is located. The area’s public and private schools will be able to schedule tours of the green campus and enjoy the hands-on educational displays.

On the economic front, the new Galaxy Elementary School will support the growing business community of Boynton Beach. As an energy and green demonstration project, the campus, with its sustainable features and innovations, is expected to attract many visitors every week. The city has prioritized becoming a magnet for sustainable development and green buildings – the Galaxy project at the gateway entrance to Boynton Beach from I-95 will reinforce that objective.

“Galaxy E3 Elementary is an environmental and engineering ‘Green’ school of academic excellence. Our mission is not only to educate young minds through a rigorous STEAM curriculum, but also to teach children the principles of sustainability and how to protect, preserve, and be productive environmental stewards of this world,” said Principal Edmund Capitano.

District’s Mission

The School District of Palm Beach County is committed to providing a world-class education with excellence and equity to empower each student to reach his or her highest potential with the most effective staff to foster the knowledge, skills, and ethics required for responsible citizenship and productive careers.


For more information, contact Edmund Capitano at (561) 739-5600 or email .

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Newsweek’s “America’s Best High Schools” highlights the top 2,000 public high schools across the nation in preparing college-ready graduates. Suncoast Community High School and the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, ranked 9th and 39th respectively, both boast graduation rates of 100 percent.

“Total commitment to a culture of achievement for all and service to others fuels excellence at Suncoast,” said Principal Dr. Linda Cartlidge. “Newsweek’s recognition of Suncoast as one of the nation’s Top 10 schools for the eighth year validates this mission.”

“The Dreyfoos Community is proud of our Newsweek ranking as we continue to strive for academic excellence and increase student achievement each year,” said Principal Dr. Susan Atherley. 

More than 115 Florida high schools were included in the total list. Boca Raton Community High School ranked 226 and Spanish River Community High School ranked 245. The annual ranking of public high schools looks at six components, including graduation rate, college-acceptance rate, advanced placement (AP)/Internal Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests taken per student, average SAT/ACT scores, average AP/IB/AICE scores, and percentages of students enrolled in one AP/IB/AICE course.

To view the complete list, visit “America’s Best High Schools.” 

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The Palm Beach Lakes High School Theatre Department recently participated and competed in the 2013 Florida State Thespians Conference in Tampa. The State Conference with over 7,000 participants, included several Theatre workshops led by industry professionals, Mainstage plays and musicals performed at multiple venues in downtown Tampa including the historic Tampa Theater, gold medal-winning one-act plays staged by well-established high school theatre programs from around the  state of Florida, and individual and ensemble competition scene-work adjudicated by professional panels of judges.

A record, nine Palm Beach Lakes High students attended this year along with two faculty chaperones including long-time AP English teacher, Zachary Stewart. It was eight of the students’ first time at State Thespians, and the first under the new direction of Donalda A. McCarthy (referred to by her students, parents and staff as Miss Donni), who has been teaching theatre students in Hong Kong the past few years.

High School Theatre students must qualify at the District level in December with a Superior rating (a ‘5’ on a 1-to-5 scale) in order to represent their school at “State.” The competition categories include all theatrical genres like Playwriting, Ensemble Acting, Set Design, Publicity Campaign, and Student Directing as a sampling. “The nine students were absolutely thrilled to have qualified for the State Conference this year,” said Ms. McCarthy.  “Before the competition itself, the students were busy making preparations and fine-tunings to their performances.”

Frances Mateo

Palm Beach Lakes High Valedictorian, Frances Ann Mateo, recalls the multiple rehearsals with Ms. McCarthy and additional vocal lessons with the school Chorus Director, Leanora Wilkinson, on top of academic, magnet program, and tennis team responsibilities in order to prepare for her Solo Musical performance which earned her an Excellent (silver) at State.

Johnson Sinophat

Other winners were a Gold Medal (Superior) for Senior, Johnson Sinophat’s Solo Acting performance from Shakespeare’s plays “Titus Andronicus” and “The Merchant of Venice”, as well as two Silver Medals (Excellent) for Senior Feddia Charles and Junior Medieuda Clitus’ contemporary Duet Acting piece, “Girls Will Be Girls.”  Ms. McCarthy commented, “Principal Dr. Anthony Hamlet who is well known for his competitive spirit in the sports arenas, had no problem extending boasts about and fist-bumps to his “Theatre kids” for their outstanding performances at State.”

Behind the scenes, Ms. McCarthy prepared the vast paperwork and the funding necessary for the students to attend the four-day conference. “It was a difficult task financially,” said Ms. McCarthy. “However, with the help of Commissioner Priscilla Taylor’s office and the adoption by Palm Beach Dramaworks, several local businesses and Theatre patrons covered the majority of the travel expenses and the trip was made possible for the creative teenagers.  Thank you to Calla & Ralph Guild; the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative; Donald and Ann Brown; Ann Marie Rezzonico; and angels from within the school.”

This Saturday, May 11th, the Theatre Department will be hosting “Theatre-palooza” as a showcase and fundraiser. In addition to performances from the State Team and student directed one-act plays and duet scenes, local middle schoolers will be invited to come play theatre games, raid the costume closet, and delve into some stage make-up techniques. Admission is free and performances are 10:00am-Noon in the school Auditorium.

For more information please contact Ms. McCarthy at or 561-688-5333.

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Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary students who are in their final year of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at this International Baccalaureate World School are expected to carry out an extended, collaborative inquiry project, known as the exhibition, under the guidance of their teachers.

The community, parents, family and friends are invited to the Grade 5 Cultural Traditions Exhibition Wednesday, May 22nd from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the school.

The exhibition represents a significant event in the life of both the school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the programme and sharing them with the whole school community. It is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the student profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the programme. It is a culminating experience marking the transition from the PYP to the Middle Years Programme (MYP).

According to Magnet Coordinator Beverly Scruggs-Collins, “Through research and activities we expect students to have ample understanding of what constitutes culture. For each line of inquiry students will complete activities that will assess their comprehension of what was conveyed through their learning.”

Students broke into small groups of three to four, and as a team picked a country of interest. Upon researching the culture of the country, students compared the culture of the chosen country to that of their own here in America. Once research was completed students created a Power Point Presentation which revealed the similarities and differences among the cultures including the people, artifacts, rituals, land, laws, family traditions, religion, music, food, dress, and events.

For more information please contact Ms. Scruggs-Collins at 561-882-7606 or .