Suncoast High School Foundation, the non-profit organization that raises funds to support and enhance academic excellence at Suncoast Community High School, has formed a Council of Business Advisors comprised of a diverse group of influential business leaders in central and northern Palm Beach County. The mission of the new group is to enable key area businesses to partner with Suncoast to bring unique mentoring and learning opportunities to Suncoast students, while also providing significant financial support through annual member dues. Funds will be used for specialized teacher training, additional resources for the college guidance department, IT and A/V equipment, and more.
“Our goal is to have the exceptionally talented students who graduate from Suncoast return to our area and use their skills and abilities to expand and enhance our business community,” said Carrie Hanna, Director of the new council. “Our members offer mentoring and internship opportunities that will give Suncoast students a distinct edge on their college applications, as well as provide practical insight into the type of business and professional opportunities available at Palm Beach County companies such as NextEra Energy, Lockheed Martin, Florida Crystals, BE Aerospace, and others.”
Suncoast has placed among the top ten public high schools in the nation since 2006 on the prestigious annual Newsweek rankings. Suncoast ranked 6th among magnet schools in US News’ 2012 report on the country’s best high schools, and ranked 12th in the Washington Post’s 2012 national High School Challenge index. It has been an A-rated school since 2002, and in 2007, earned the NCLB Blue Ribbon School of Excellence from the U.S. Department of Education. Among the 94 faculty members, more than 65 percent hold advanced degrees. Suncoast teachers include a 2011 Dwyer Awards finalist; 23 National Board Certified teachers; seven College Board Readers for advanced placement exams; four International Baccalaureate Assistant Examiners; two National Teacher Hall of Fame semi-finalists; and the 2010 Hispanic Teacher of the Year.
The Council is currently recruiting new members and will hold its second breakfast meeting at Suncoast Community High School on October 30 at 8:00 am. The inaugural meeting in June 2012 drew over 25 people representing dozens of area companies. The Council offers three levels of membership and associated benefits with annual dues of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000.
For information on the Council of Business Advisors or breakfast attendance, please contact Marie Silvani at 561.371.4517 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Club students at Hope Centennial Elementary School are so excited that they have won the Downtown at the Gardens Receipt Reward$. Downtown at the Gardens awarded $1,000 to Hope Centennial as part of their Receipt Reward$ program.
The club’s students and teacher/sponsor Kim Pilla plan on “doing really cool ART projects and going on an amazing field trip” with the money. “Like” the Downtown at the Gardens page on Facebook and you can view photos of the school’s HOPE Hound Dog Art Club’s experiences throughout the year thanks to the donation.
After winning the prize money, Ms. Pilla said, “Thanks Downtown at the Gardens for continuing to give back to the community.”
For more information please contact Ms. Pilla at 561-640-1200 or email@example.com .
When Sergio Andre’ started teaching at Okeeheelee Middle School’s International Spanish Academy in 2006, he had no idea he’d be making a trip to Florida’s capital six years later to receive an award from the governor and his wife. The sixth grade social studies teacher is one of three educators selected from around the state as an outstanding Hispanic educator deserving of the Excellence in Education Award. Mr. Andre, who teaches social studies in Spanish as part of the school’s Dual Language program, traveled to Tallahassee last week and joined the elementary and high school outstanding educators in an award ceremony reception hosted by Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott. Each winner received a $1500 check as part of the Governor’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.
“We’re not really surprised that Mr. Andre’ would be selected for this distinction,” said Okeeheelee Principal Dr. David Samore. “This is a teacher that epitomizes the world class standards we expect in our teachers at the state’s only middle school International Spanish Academy and he demonstrates that high level of performance every day,” he stated. The outstanding educators were joined by the three winners of the student essay contest.
For more details, visit http://www.flgov.com/2012/10/10/governor-rick-scott-and-first-lady-ann-scott-commemorate-hispanic-heritage-month-honor-student-and-teacher-contest-winners/.
Conniston students vote during the 2008 mock presidential election.
Students at Conniston Middle School will decide whether the next president will be incumbent Barack Obama or challenger Mitt Romney the day before the rest of the county goes to the polls. The school’s Social Studies Department Chair, Don Inscoe, and Assistant Principal Doris Younce are coordinating activities to prepare students for the big day on November 5th during the lunch periods. Social studies teachers school-wide are thoroughly reviewing the political issues and voting procedures with all students and conducting activities to prepare them for the vote. “The 7th graders have examined a copy of a voter registration/application form,” said Ms. Younce. “Copies of the actual Florida voting ballot will be available for students when they arrive to vote,” she explained. Makeshift voting booths will be constructed and arranged on the cafeteria’s stage and a PTO member has built a large wooden lock box to be used for the voting activity.
Student Government sponsor, Donna Melius and Student Government members will assist with the election process such as greeting voters, checking students’ ID’s, issue voting ballots, and distributing “I voted at CMS” stickers. Exit pollers will be stationed by the doors and they will survey students as they leave the cafeteria after they vote. All of the nearly 1100 students at the school are being encouraged to vote, but according to Ms. Younce, “they will NOT be able to vote without providing identification.” Ballots will be counted after lunch and the winning candidate from the mock election will be announced at the end of the day. The school last held a mock election four years ago, just prior to the last presidential election.
For more detail, contact Ms. Younce at 561.802-5400 or Doris.firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Gates, Loggers’ Run Middle Social Studies Department Leader, won the state of Florida Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award.
The award will be given to Mrs. Gates during a meeting of the Florida Council For The Social Studies on October 27, 2012 in Orlando. Loggers’ Run Principal Francis Giblin and Mrs. Gates’ family will be in attendance at the award reception.
”Mrs. Gates is an amazing person, a great teacher and example for her students and peers here at Loggers’ Run. I am very proud of her accomplishment and thank the Council for recognizing her contributions to education,” said Mr. Giblin.
In addition to being Social Studies department chair, Mrs. Gates also takes on many additional responsibilities at Loggers’ Run and within Palm Beach County. Some of these activities include running the Middle School Course Recovery Program, National Junior Honor Society, District 16 representative on the Florida Council For The Social Studies, and school liaison for Relay for Life.
Mrs. Gates stated: “All I do for the kids, school and community comes from my heart but I am honored and really appreciate being recognized for my efforts.”
One of the goals of the School District of Palm Beach County is to cultivate a qualified and highly effective workforce. According to research, teacher’s effectiveness is a key factor that contributes to student achievement.
For more information, contact Francis Giblin at (561) 883-8000 at email@example.com.
In an effort to make our School Board more accessible to the Glades community, regular monthly School Board meetings will now be simulcast live at the Glades Central High School Auditorium. The simulcast will include a video conference, enabling residents and elected officials to address the School Board from this remote location.
Our first simulcast Board meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Residents that wish to speak to the School Board on an agenda or non-agenda item will be able to do so from the auditorium.
As with all School Board meetings, people wishing to speak are asked to sign up by either calling the Board Office at 561-434-8136 or completing a registration card (blue card) prior to the start of the meeting. You may call the Board Office up to 12 Noon on the day of the meeting to have your name placed on the speakers list and blue cards will be available in the auditorium from 4:30 p.m. and collected at the start of the meeting.
“The School Board and I are pleased to offer this service to the Glades community,” said Superintendent Wayne Gent. “Residents will now be able to participate in the regular monthly Board meeting without having to make the long commute to the District’s Board Room.”
For more information please contact the Board Office at 561-434-8136.
Pine Jog Elementary recently held the school’s first annual Cultural Heritage Festival. Parents, teachers and students participated in this cultural sharing event. Over 30 countries were represented by table displays that featured pictures, food samples and customs of the individual countries.
There were performances by dance groups, singers and a fashion show that featured the customs of our global community. Over 300 people attended this PTA sponsored event.
For more information please contact Principal Fred Barch at 561-656-5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Limestone Creek Elementary School in Jupiter participated in the Green Apple Day of Service on September 28th. Students, teachers, staff and parents at Limestone Creek planted over 200 items in the school courtyard. A local landscape architect and landscape company helped design the plan for the garden and clean out the bed to prepare it for planting.
Ava Cyr, Clare Keavy, and Adele Kimball help plant garden
The school PTO donated the money to buy the plant materials. Over 25 parents, teachers, and staff members and over 20 students helped to plant the entire area. Volunteers worked for over three hours planting and mulching. According to Sarah McCain, Limestone Creek Green Team Chair, “Everyone came together for a common cause and in the end a beautiful garden for a school of 900 was created to enjoy.”
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the organization behind the Green Apple movement, working to ensure that every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. The Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live, learn, work and play.
For more information please contact Limestone Creek Elementary Media Clerk Pattie Hart at 561-741-9200 email@example.com .
The wait’s almost over. Families can get ready to head to the South Florida Fair Grounds next week for the Showcase of Schools to get first-hand information on the magnet, choice program, or career academy that best suits the budding musician, doctor, lawyer or environmentalist in the house. The 16th Annual Showcase of Schools, set for *October 16, in the Expo Center will also be a collection site for non-perishable food items for the Bill Brooks’ Food for Families drive organized each year by WPTV News Channel 5. Showcase attendees are encouraged to bring one or more items to donate at the event. Food contributions will be distributed to local families in need during the upcoming holidays.
Students and parents who attend the Showcase of Schools will have access to representatives from over 200 magnet and choice programs, career academies and charter schools available in Palm Beach County for students in grades K-12. This exciting event is scheduled from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the choice options available as well as the eligibility requirements to be considered for these programs.
The District, considered a leader in the quality and diversity of Choice programs offered, attracts students to schools by offering unique opportunities for in-depth experiences and study that emphasizes a specific theme such as International Business and Marketing, Culinary Arts, Information Technology, Engineering, Medical Sciences, Performing Arts, and many more! Over 33,000 students are currently enrolled in a district choice or magnet program or school, or career academy.
2013-2014 Choice booklets and applications, which are now available on the District’s website at http://www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms/, will also be available at this event. The deadline for submitting applications for the 2013-2014 school year is Friday, December 14, 2012.
For more information ,please contact the Department of Choice and Career Options at 561-434-8755.
*The severe weather make-up date is December 4th.
The aroma of many creative dishes will be emanating from Meadow Park Elementary School when the After Care Program students and the Palm Beach County Chefs’ Association team up to celebrate the American Culinary Federation’s National Childhood Nutrition Day. The event will take place at the school, on October 16, 2012, between 3:00 and 5:00 PM with entertainment, distribution of educational materials, and food being served to about 175 students aged 7-12.
“This is the seventh year we are hosting this event at Meadow Park Elementary,” said Tammy Ditmars, the After School director. “There will be lots of great food prepared by professional chefs. The students love this event and look forward to it,” she added.
This year theme is: Food Trucks/Street Food (Made Healthy) from the idea of food trucks like: Taco Truck, Burger Truck, Wrap Truck, Asian Truck, Fruit Truck x 2, Veggie Truck, and Smoothie Truck.
The Nutrition and Wellness Promotion Team of the School District Food Service Department is committed to the promotion of nutrition education for students and parents and work with community agencies to promote optimal health for students and staff. The School District of Palm Beach County is committed to teach all students healthy eating habits.
For more information, contact Tammy Ditmars at (561) 357-2821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fifth annual “Engineering Family Fun Day” will be held Saturday, November 3 from 10AM – 2PM in Dreher Park – Pavilion 3 (across from the Dreher Park Zoo) in West Palm Beach. Palm Beach County students, along with their families, teachers and counselors will enjoy a fun filled and educational event. The events’ main focuses are on educating the community on the opportunities available in engineering and inspire an interest in the areas of math and science in students from 4th to 12th grade.
The Society of Women Southeast Florida Section and the Palm Beach Alumni Extension of the National Society of Black Engineers are co-hosts. This event will increase the students’ as well as their parents’, teachers’, and counselors’ awareness and knowledge of engineering and other technical fields.
The event will involve eight booths. Each sponsored booth will present a hands on engineering related activity by which the students, parents, and engineers can interact with each other. For example the Bottle Rocket involves aerospace engineering and Making Polymers involves science and chemistry.
For more information please contact Sally Nemes at 561-434-8784 or email@example.com .
Egret Lake Elementary students took part in International Walk to School Day. Egret Lake Coach Kenneth Kretschman greeted 20 students who walked south on Haverhill and Principal Christine Rick walked with students from the Fox Hall complex. It was a great opportunity for the students to become more aware of walking safety as well as being fit. At the end of the walk the students received a bottle of water and breakfast bar provided by the Egret Lake PTO.
For more information please contact Ms. Rick at 561 -616-7900 or Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Boundaries and Demographics section of the Planning and Real Estate Services Department facilitates the boundary change process including the Advisory Boundary Committee. Two community input meetings will be held this month.
Proposed Boundary Change from Western Pines Middle to Osceola Creek Middle
Monday, October 15, 2012
Seminole Ridge High School Auditorium
Proposed change from Sunset Palms Elementary to Coral Reef Elementary
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Woodlands Middle School Cafeteria
Daniel Gallo a student at William T. Dwyer High and Felicia Yan, a recent graduate of Wellington High will have their works included in ART.WRITE.NOW.DC, a special exhibition of national award-winning work from the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Both students won national medals in the 2012 Scholastic Awards, Daniel for his work titled Cityscape and Felicia for her work titled Layers..
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and The Department of Education are hosting the yearlong exhibition and are organizing a special day of celebratory events, including a morning workshop and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Daniel, his mother and his teacher Gail Marshall and Felicia and her teacher Barbara Brubaker will be attending the event in Washington, DC this Friday, October 12th.
Daniel, a junior at William T. Dwyer High, completed his photo last year in his Digital Photo 2 class. The assignment was to create expressive hand images. Daniel and his family also attended another awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City last spring. Daniel said, ”The whole weekend made me feel like a rock star!”
Felicia is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania. She was Co-Valedictorian with her twin sister, Crystal. The AP Studio Art 2D class for which she took her award winning photo was her first studio art class and the image is of the Morikami Museum’s of Tsukubai on Yamato Island done in High Density Resolution.
For more information please contact Ms. Marshall at email@example.com or Ms. Brubaker at Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org .
Students from Don Estridge High Tech Middle School and Carver Middle School will have the opportunity to tour Lynn University, the site of the final Presidential Debate.
The campus tour, conducted by Dr. Robert Watson, Professor of American Studies for Lynn University, on Wednesday, October 10,will provide students with an overview of the Debate Exhibit in the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Library, which features various campaign paraphernalia. Dr. Watson will also provide a brief presentation on the history of presidential debates for the students.
Students and staff are encouraged to watch the debate on October 22, 2012, so that they can understand the issues facing the country and take part in the democratic process. Teachers are encouraged to utilize the debate curriculum to enhance instructional opportunities for students. The Debate Curriculum can be accessed through iTunes University or the District website, http://debate2012.lynn.edu/curriculum/web.php
For more information, contact Gail Verrigni, Single School Culture © Initiatives, at 561-982-0901.
Palm Beach County Student Government and debate students from around the county will participate in a roundtable discussion Friday, October 12, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lynn University in Boca Raton.
In anticipation of the final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney hosted by Lynn University, Palm Beach County students will gather to discuss pressing issues as Election Day approaches.
Dr. Robert Watson, Professor of American Studies at Lynn University, will serve as moderator for the roundtable. Laurie Cotton, Social Studies Administrator for the District stated, “The students will converse on real-world issues. Presidents past and present have encouraged citizens to discuss issues of the day. The District encourages students to engage in debate because the freedom to do so is one of the great strengths of a democratic society.”
Students will consider issues of mutual concern including topics they think will be the focus of the candidates, the impact of social media on voting patterns, the lack of civility in politics, and how to engage young people in elections. Following the roundtable, high school students will be treated to a tour of the Lynn University campus.
Poinciana Elementary welcomed the Honorable Mayor Woodrow Hay, of the city of Boyton Beach, and his wife along with Carisse LeJeune, Interim Assistant City Manager, Jeff Livergood, Director of Public Works, Nancy Byrne, Director of Development, Lt. Suzanne Gitto, Sergeant Levine, and Major Brigatti from the Boynton Police Department, on October 4, 2012, to celebrate literacy. The group was also supporting Jumpstart’s premiere national campaign Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation. This is one day of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart in its efforts to promote early childhood education.
On that date, people across the country were encouraged to read the children’s book Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, by David Soman and Jacky Davis, in support of Jumpstart’s mission to work towards the day that every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.
This initiative is in line with the established School District Key Result to assure that all students of each racial/ethnic group will be proficient in reading as measured by FCAT Writes.
With the recent additions at Seminole Trails Elementary and Manatee Elementary being LEED Certified and Pahokee Middle School receiving Florida Green Building Coalition Certification, the School District of Palm Beach County continues to lead the way in “Greening” our schools. “The School District is committed to building resource-efficient, healthy school environments to support and enhance the educational experience of our students,” said Chief of Support Operations Joseph Sanches. “One big part of that effort is the District’s commitment to follow the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for all new construction.”
In addition to addressing energy conservation and using recycled materials LEED certification recognizes schools for classroom acoustics, master planning, mold prevention and sustainable use of the site.
A summary of our LEED and Florida Green Building Coalition projects is as follows:
Pine Jog ES
C.O. Taylor/Kirklane ES
Manatee ES Addition
Seminole Trails ES Addition
FL Green Building Coalition Certified
Continuing our commit to Florida’s future generations, Palm Beach County’s 2012 Learn Green Conference and Expo will take place on October 19, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. More than 800 participants will take advantage of this conference and exposition for schools, presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County.
Teachers, students, administrators, community members and experts in the field will have the opportunity to learn from each other and discuss different programs and innovative initiatives.
For more information about our LEED schools please contact Mr. Sanches at 561-357-7573 or email@example.com .
The School District of Palm Beach County School Police Department has met the required standards to become reaccredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.
A team of three assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) recently conducted an on-site assessment of the Palm Beach County School Police Department. They examined all aspects of the Palm Beach County School Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. After a three day extensive review by the Assessment Team, the assessors reported back to the full Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.
On September 27, 2012, in Sarasota Florida, during the Commission’s fall conference, the Department was reaccredited for another 3 years.
The Palm Beach County School Police Department was first accredited in 2003. The Department achieved reaccreditation status in 2006 and in 2009.
Receiving reaccreditation is a highly-respected prize in the law enforcement community. It symbolizes professional excellence for law enforcement.
Lights, camera, action and students from five Palm Beach County Schools have taken top honors in a statewide educational media festival. The Jim Harbin Student Media Festival is a student media festival to recognize the excellent work being done across the state of Florida by student media producers.
The Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) sponsors the Jim Harbin Student Media Festival to encourage students of FAME members to communicate through media production and to recognize and reward outstanding presentations. These talented student producers are honored for their outstanding media productions at an awards ceremony at the FAME Annual Conference in November.
And the Winners and Winning Videos are:
Grades 3-5 (All Palm Beach)
TITLE OF ENTRY
A Holiday Special
University Middle School
Speech Language Pathologist and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)Resource Teacher Darrin Moshe’ is headed to Indianapolis, Indiana to the 2012 Great City Schools Annual Fall Conference to present a session on the state of ASD programs in the School District of Palm Beach County. The 19-year District employee has worked with students with ASD for 16 years. He said the District serves about 2200 students with the disorder and roughly 1400 are in dedicated classrooms exclusively for students with ASD. “I have the privilege of sharing data on our ASD population, talking about classroom programming across the district and giving details on research- based curriculum/assessment with my colleagues from across the nation,” he stated. The conference is scheduled for October 17-21.
The Autism Speaks! Website says that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine Autism, the exact causes of these abnormalities remain unknown, but this is a very active area of research.
This year’s conference theme is Driving Education into the Winner’s Circle. Keynote speakers include Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League; America Ferrara, actor and education advocate; and Thomas Friedman, columnist and author of the book on globalization, The World is Flat, and his most recent book, That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back.
For more information , contact Mr. Moshe’, 561.434-8630 or Darrin.firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT : Education Expo
WHEN : Tuesday, October 9, 2012 ■ 6:30 – 8:30 PM
WHO : Spanish River Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)
WHERE : Spanish River High School
5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton, Fl 33496
WHY : Free event to showcase SAT/ACT Tutors, College Planners, and Summer Programs for middle and high school students.
For more information, visit www.sharkcountry.net.
Honor Unit With Distinction aces federal cadet inspection
Forest Hill High School’s JROTC Battalion cadets can stick their chests out a bit further after bringing home the prestigious Honor Unit With Distinction recently. The designation is signified by the Gold Star, which members will be able to wear above the right pocket on their uniforms. This distinction, the highest honor a High School JROTC Battalion can earn, was the end result of the Command Formal Inspection–a pivotal point of a JROTC unit being rated that is conducted by members of United States Army JROTC Cadet Command every three years.
The inspection is a formal and comprehensive review of every aspect of a JROTC unit. It consists of a Cadet Staff Briefing, a full inspection of all Cadets, a review of all Cadet Records, a full inspection of all the program’s facilities, a brief Drill and Ceremonies inspection, a Curriculum Q&A session and a meeting with school administration. Each category has multiple facets that are assessed and awarded points. The results of the Command Formal Inspection determine the unit’s designation. US Army Cadet Command has established several ratings for its JROTC Unit Inspection Program. These ratings are Unsatisfactory, Satisfactory, Merit Unit (White Star Unit), Honor Unit (Blue Star Unit), and Honor Unit with Distinction (Gold Star Unit).
1SG(Ret) Antonio Correa, SFC(Ret) Jose Negron, and SFC (Ret) Benjamin Tidwell and the entire Falcon Battalion worked hard to earn this distinction. For more details, contact 1SG (Ret) Correa at 561.540.3044 or email Antonio.email@example.com.
Station’s programming available Monday on AT&T Uverse Channel 99
The Education Network (T.E.N.), the television production facility of the School District of Palm Beach County, will be available on AT&T Uverse – Channel 99, starting Monday, October 8th. This new availability means a wider audience for the emmy-award-winning, locally-produced programming such as Spotlight on Young Musicians, a show about concert performances at the Kravis Center by the District’s most talented students; or Laura Woodward: Visionary Artist, a half-hour documentary that follows the life of a landscape artist from New York who painted as she traveled through Florida.
T.E.N. Master Control
These and other shows that include vital school district information and school news; staff development and training; and distance learning courses for high school and post-secondary credit are also accessible on Comcast Channels 234 and 235, through webcast over the District’s internet and intranet channels, over-air on WXEL 42.4, and to every school in the District.
For more details, contact Greg Kenney, 561.738.2926 or email Greg.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy Bourne and Karen Simmons, outstanding teachers at Beacon Cove Intermediate School and recent recipients of State awards, were honored this morning by Superintendent Wayne Gent and Dr. Camille Coleman, Area 4 Superintendent.
Ms. Bourne was recognized by the Florida Department of Education as one of three K – 6 state finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. Ms. Bourne’s success in applying creative teaching methods is evident, and can be measured not only by the superior academic performance of her students, but even more notably by their optimism and positive attitudes about learning.
Ms. Simmons was recognized by the Florida Association of the Gifted as the K-12 Teacher of the Year in the State for being the most creative. Ms. Simmons, who has been teaching the past 14 years in gifted education, was given the prestigious “Excellence in Creative Teaching Award.” Recommendation letters from principals, parents and former students all emphasized that Ms. Simmons was imaginative, creative, and energetic.
For more information please contact Nancy Kinard, Manager Department of Curriculum at
(561) 434-8250 or Nancy.Kinard@palmbeachschools.org .