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 Palm Springs Middle School is hosting a poetry competition which is open to all Palm Beach County middle school students. Original poems must be submitted by Monday, March 18. The competition will culminate with a poetry reading and awards ceremony set for Palm Springs Middle School Saturday, April 27.

Over 200 students had their poetry published after entering the 2012 competition. Twelve of the top poets received $100 each and a framed copy of their poem. Four judges are participating this year with the expectation of awarding 15 top prizes. Students will also receive a copy of the published anthology containing the best poems.

Guest judges include Virgil Suarez, Cuban-born poet and professor of English at Florida State Univeristy; Jay Hoppler, poet and professor of English at the University of South Florida; Anastasia Clark, Poet-in-Residence for Broward County; and Glenis Redmond, performance poet. The poetry competition is being held in celebration of Poetry Month in April.

For more details or to submit a poem, visit pbcmspoets.wordpress.com or email Laura Costello at laura.costello@palmbeachschools.org.

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Lantana Elementary Afterschool Program Director Denise Sasiain (left) with Willow Barnett at the Kravis Center just before a recent Mary Poppins performance.

A collaborative effort by Lantana Elementary School’s Afterschool Program, Primetime, and the Kravis Center resulted in a Family Field Trip to the Kravis Center where 135 students and their family members  attended the Broadway hit Mary Poppins. The Family Engagement Program provided 50 front and center seats for students at Lantana Elementary and members of their families. Selected students participated in 6 hours of pre- and post- Expanded Learning Opportunity Workshops, facilitated by Sonja Kelly, who ensured that the students were well prepared to  enjoy the amazing performances  and also to understand the theatrical process.

Enthusiastic interest in the play from other families resulted in significantly more children and families attending through the purchase of discounted tickets. Eighty-five additional people were able to participate and on the night of the play.  The group enjoyed pizza and apples in the school cafeteria  while staff reviewed theater etiquette so that everyone would know what was expected before getting on the buses that would transport them to their Broadway experience.

 Lantana Afterschool Program Director Denise Sasiain said the performance was magical. “With a full orchestra providing live music for all of the song and dance numbers; the lighting, the sets, the costumes and the meaningful storyline—this was an unforgettable experience for all of us.” She also stated that when  Bert–one of the show’s main characters, tap danced up the walls and upside down across the front top of the stage, some of the boys who attended were inspired and now want to learn to tap dance!

The Kravis Center’s Tracy Butler stated, “We were thrilled by the participation of the Lantana Elementary Afterschool program youth and their families for our inaugural season of the Afterschool Family Engagement program with support from Prime Time Palm Beach County.  Ms. Sasiain is truly committed to making sure that her youth and their families have access to engaging and entertaining performing arts experiences.”

For more details, contact Ms. Sasiain, 561.202.0330 or email Denise.sasiain@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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Roosevelt Middle School Magnet Coordinator, Todd LaVogue, was selected as one of 24 Expert Educators worldwide by the Microsoft Corporation. The announcement was made at the School District of Palm Beach County Technology Conference, February 19, with Microsoft’s United States Director of Education, Andrew Ko, in attendance.

Mr. LaVogue, who placed third in the world in the Educator’s Choice category at last year’s Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum in Prague, Czech Republic, was invited to attend and present at this year’s Global Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October. 

“Microsoft continues to devote a lot of resources to help educators,” said Mr. LaVogue. “I appreciate all Microsoft has done to benefit and celebrate educators. I am also very proud to represent Roosevelt Middle School on a global stage.”

The Expert Educator Program was created to recognize pioneer educators globally who are using technology to transform education.

On a yearly basis the program celebrates renowned educators with some selected to be part of this exclusive global community of visionary leaders who are paving the way for their peers in the effective use of technology for better learning and student outcomes. 

“Innovation and creativity are skills that are on the decline in the United States,” said Mr. LaVogue. “Microsoft has recognized this and is working to identify and develop innovative educators who will, in turn, develop innovative student learners. This is a win-win initiative.”

Expert Educators work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education. They advocate, share their experiences with peers and policy makers on effective use of technology in education. They provide insight for Microsoft on new products and tools in education. They share valuable experiences, lessons and best practices and they work together as a community to promote ideas to innovate in teaching and learning.  The program reaffirms Microsoft’s commitment to education and its thought leadership in that area.  

Expert Educators gather face to face and through an exclusive Partner in Learning Network community to collaborate, exchange ideas and share insights among themselves and with Microsoft as well.

For more information on the Partners in Learning Program, go to pil-network.com.

To contact Mr. LaVogue, call 561-822-0261 or email at todd.lavogue@palmbeachschools.org.

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After finishing their study of the Three Branches of U.S. Government, 7th grade students at Eagles Landing Middle School had the opportunity to learn more by interacting with U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch.

Congressman Deutch represents Florida’s 21st District. His presentation was a timely review of the material covered during his visit to the western Boca Raton school on Friday, March 1 to bring his “Congress in the Classroom” to approximately 450 students.

Opening the program with “I’m Just A Bill” from School House Rock, the Congressman was quite impressed with the students’ knowledge about U.S. Government as he asked questions about the Legislative Branch, its members, their qualifications, and the like.

The 7th grade student body suggested various items of concern to our nation’s people and student volunteers were each given one minute to state their argument for why $1,000,000,000 in excess funds should be spent on the various issues of concern.  The students then voted and support of the Military was the overall winner of additional government funding!  Congressman Deutch then opened the floor to allow students to ask questions, which he responded to with great candor.

Eagles Landing Middle School was able to host this program through the efforts of Gary Aronson, a 7th grade Civics teacher. Principal Cindy Chiapetta, along with Assistant Principals Kristi Mandravellos, Phyllis Kabinoff, and Fenee Russ, look forward to making “Congress in the Classroom” an annual event for the Civics classes.

For more information call Eagles Landing Middle School at (561) 470-7000.

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Six students from Pine Jog Elementary will each receive scholarships from TeamWork USA College Scholarships following high school graduation and enrollment in a Florida 2 or 4 year college/university or vocational school. The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students, at their early age, have accomplished outstanding academic achievements and leadership qualities securing their first scholarship.           

Thaina Jean Phillippe, Olivier Appolon, Autumn Tonnessen-Metler, Thaisha Gede, Luis Otero-Ulate and Javier Vargas will be awarded $1,000.00 plus accumulated income resulting from funds invested for each student. 

Ken Stein, President of TeamWork USA, was present at the scholarship awards ceremony which some students were able to attended in person  and the rest viewed on closed-circuit TV.  The names of the students, who have been awarded these scholarships, have been engraved on a special plaque that hangs in the front office of the school. 

Pine Jog Elementary School is the first school to receive scholarships as part of the TeamWork USA Education Foundation Elementary School Scholarship Program.  Students from nine other elementary schools in the Palm Beach County School District will receive TeamWork USA scholarships later this year.  

Students who win these scholarships become members of a TeamWork USA Leadership Club which meets to learn leadership skills, and take field trips to Palm Beach State College and attend other educational and enrichment events, such as art galleries and shows at the Kravis Center. 

For more information, contact Fred Barch at 561-656-5405 or via email at fred.barch@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

 

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Boynton Beach Community High School Dance Academy presents the 2013 Spring Dance Concert. This year’s concert features students performing genres of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, & Modern alongside twenty dances choreographed by instructors Elizabeth Gonzalez & Lori Morales and students Tiara Tragas, Kayley Ouellette & Aayana Kenon.

Spring Dance Concert performances will be held in the auditorium at Boynton Beach High School. There are two performances scheduled. The first one is on Friday, March 15. The second one is on Saturday March 16 @ 7p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Boynton Beach Community High School. Ticket costs $10.00.

Directed by Elizabeth Gonzalez, Acting Head of Dance, Spring Dance Concert features choreography that is emotionally charged and intimately poetic. Music ranges from Satin Doll, to 70′s & 80′s up to the music of today.

“The goal of our program is to challenge students in curricular and co-curricular contexts to further their performance, choreography and critical understanding of dance. Spring Dance Concert celebrates the culmination of a semester’s work and provides students with a venue for self-expression and the opportunity to integrate their work alongside of the work of renowned faculty,” said Iraida Colon Loehrig, Career Academy Coordinator.

 

About Boynton Beach Community High School

Boynton Beach Community High School (BBCHS) serves a community of diverse students. The school strives to prepare students with the knowledge, training and skills necessary to become highly successful in the global market. BBCHS is home to the prestigious Boynton Aerospace Science Academy (BASA) where students earn college credits issued by the world’s leader in aviation and aerospace higher education, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and graduate with a certification that later leads to high paying careers as pilots and engineers. Other academies at BBCHS include the Theatre Academy, the Vocal Academy, the Dance Academy, the Information Technology Academy, the Culinary Arts Academy and the Early Childhood Academy.

The Dance Academy strives to enable students to develop an appreciation for the art of Dance as well as provide practice and implementation of structured dance movements in collaboration with peers for success in college dance programs and professional dance companies.

For more information about Boynton Beach Community High School you can watch their promotional video at

https://vodcast.palmbeachschools.org/player/GZN38 or visit the school website at  www.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/BoyntonBeachHS/.

For questions contact iraida.colonloehrig@palmbeachschools.org.

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Kindergarten round ups are organized in order to assist new parents and welcome them to the system. They are a great opportunity to tour the school and meet the teachers, staff and administrators, below is the 2013 schedule.

Please contact each school individually if you have any questions.  Dates and times are subject to change. We encourage you to check this page regularly for updated information.

 

Area 1

 

SCHOOL NAME

Phone

Dates

Time

Location

Addison Mizner ES

561-362-3100

5/1/2013

8:30-10:00 AM

Cafeteria

Banyan Creek ES

561-894-7100

5/10/2013

8:30-10:00 AM

Media Center

Boca Raton ES

561-544-1700

5/1/2013

6:00-7:00 PM

Media Center

Calusa ES

561-989-7500

5/3/2013

8:30-10:00 AM

Cafeteria

Coral Sunset ES

561-477-2100

4/10/2013

6:00-7:00 PM

Cafeteria

Crosspointe ES

561-292-4100

5/14/2013

9:00-11:00 AM (includes Tour) & 6:30-8:00 PM Cafeteria

Cafeteria

Del Prado ES

561-544-1800

5/14/2013

8:30-10:00 AM

Cafeteria

Forest Park ES

561-292-6900

5/16/2013

8:30-10:00 AM  &  6:30 – 8:00 PM

Cafeteria

Galaxy ES

561-739-5600

5/16/2013

9:00- 9:45 AM

Cafeteria

Hammock Pointe ES

561-477-2200

4/10/2013

8:30-10:00 AM

Cafeteria

J.C. Mitchell ES

561-750-4900

4/24/2013

6:30-7:30 PM

Cafeteria

Morikami Park ES

561-894-7300

5/8/2013

8:30 – 9:30 AM

Cafeteria

Orchard View ES

561-894-7400

5/3/2013

9:00-11:00  AM

Media Center

Pine Grove ES

561-266-1100

5/17/2013

8:30-10:00 AM

Cafeteria

Plumosa School of the Arts ES

561-330-3900

5/1/2013

5:00-7:00 PM

Media Center

Poinciana ES

561-739-5700

5/8/2013

6:30-7:30 PM

Cafeteria

Rolling Green ES

561-202-9500

5/2/2013

8:30-9:30 AM & 6:00-7:00 PM

Cafeteria

S.D. Spady ES

561-454-7800

5/15/2013

8:30-10:00 AM

Cafeteria

Sandpiper Shores ES

561-883-4000

5/1/2013

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Cafeteria

Sunrise Park ES

561-477-4300

5/6/2013

8:30-9:30 AM

Cafeteria

Verde ES

561-218-6800

5/8/2013

8:30-10:00 AM (includes tour) & 5:30-6:30 PM (Cafeteria)

Cafeteria

Village Academy (K-12)

561-243-6100

5/3/2013

8:00-9:30 AM

Cafeteria

Waters Edge ES

561-852-2400

5/7/2013

8:30-10:30 AM

Cafeteria

Whispering Pines ES

561-672-2700

5/1/2013

8:30-9:30 AM (includes tour) & 5:30-6:30 PM

Cafeteria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Area 2

 

SCHOOL NAME

Phone

Dates

Time

Location

Barton

561-540-9104

5/16/2013

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Cafeteria

Citrus Cove

561-292-7001

5/8/2013

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Cafeteria

CO Taylor

561-804-3501

5/1/2013

8:30 -10:00 am

Cafeteria

Coral Reef

561-804-3704

4/30/2013 & 5/1/13

8:30 am -1:00 pm

&   6:00 – 8:00 pm

 
Crystal Lakes

561-292-6601

4/12/2013

9:15 – 10:15 am

Cafeteria

Diamond View

 561-304-4200

 4/30/2013

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Cafeteria

Discovery Key

561-491-8200

5/7/2013

8:30 – 9:30 am

Cafeteria

Forest Hill

561-432-2300

5/4/2013

8:30 -10:00 am

 
Freedom Shores

561-804-3100

4/11/2013

5:00 -6:30 pm

Cafeteria

Greenacres

561-649-7207

5/10/2013

8:30 -10:00 am

Cafeteria

Hagen Road

561-292-6701

5/10/2013

9:00 -10:15 am

 
Heritage

561-804-3207

5/7/2013

4:30 -6:30 pm

Cafeteria

Hidden Oaks

561-804-3801

4/11/2013

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Cafeteria

Highland

561-202-0500

5/7/2013

8:00 -11:00 am

Cafeteria

Indian Pines

 561-804-3300

5/7/2013

5:00 – 6:30 pm

 Cafeteria

Lantana

561-202-0300

 5/9/2013

 8:30 am – 5 3:30 pm

Cafeteria

Liberty Park

561-804-3410

5/9 – English/Creole

8:30 – 9:30 am

Cafeteria

Liberty Park  

5/10 – Spanish

8:30 – 9:30 am

Cafeteria

Manatee

561-357-1800

3/19/2013

6:00pm- 7:00 pm

cafeteria

North Grade

561-233-9300

5/2/2013

9:00 – 10:00 am

Cafeteria

Palm Springs

 561-804-3000

5/3/2013

 8:30 – 10:00 am

Cafeteria

South Grade

 561-202-9400

 4/10/2013

8 - 10 am

Cafeteria

Starlight Cove

561-804-3600

 05/01/2013

7:30 – 9:30 am

 Media Center

Sunset Palms

(561)752-1100

5/1/2013

8:30 -10:00 am

Cafeteria

Area 3

 

SCHOOL NAME

Phone

Dates

Time

Location

Acreage Pines ES

561-904-9502

 5/1/2013

6:00 pm

Cafeteria

Belle Glade ES

561-829-4803

tentative 5/16/13

9:00 am

Media Center

Binks Forest ES

561-904-9801

4/10/2013

3 – 5:00 pm

 
Elbridge Gale ES

561-422-9300

5/1/2013

8:00 am

Cafeteria

Equestrian Trails ES

561-904-9600

5/1/2013

 

Cafeteria

Frontier ES

561-904-9900

tentative 05/01/2013

9 am – 12:00 pm

& 4 – 7:00 pm

Media Center

Glade View ES

561-993-8801

5/8/2013

8:30 am

Parent Center

Golden Grove ES

5619049707

tentative 5/2/13

8:30 am

Cfeteria

Gove ES

561-993-8700

5/15/2013

8:30 am

Cafeteria

K.E. Cunningham/Canal Point ES

561-924-9801

5/14/2013

9 -10:30 am

Cafeteria

New Horizons ES

561-651-0500

5/1/2013

8:30 am

Cafeteria

Pahokee ES

561-924-9700

5/1/2013

5:30 pm

 Media Center

Panther Run ES

561-804-3900

5/8/2013

8:30 am

Cafeteria

Pierce Hammock ES

561-633-4500

5/1/2013

8:30 am

Cafeteria

Pioneer Park ES

561-993-8603

5/17/2013

9:00 am

Media Center

Rosenwald ES

561-993-8902

tentative 5/14/13

8:30 am

Tentative Room 184

Wellington ES

561 651-0600

5/2/2013

8:30 – 9:30 am

Cafeteria

Area 4

SCHOOL NAME

Phone

Dates

Time

Location

Allamanda ES

561-803-7200

3/14/2013

5:30-7 p.m

Cafeteria

Beacon Cove Intermediate (3-5)

N/A

N/A

N/A

 N/A

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune ES

561-882-7600

5/22/2013

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Media Center

Dwight D. Eisenhower ES

561-366-6000

4/24/2013

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Cafeteria

Egret Lake ES

561-616-7900

5/16/2013

5:30-7:30 pm

Cafeteria

Grove Park ES

561-904-7700

5/7/2013

9am – 11 am

Media Center

Jerry Thomas ES

561-741-9105

4/9/2013

2:45-3:45 pm

Cafeteria

Jupiter ES

561-741-5301

5/3/2013

Spanish 8 am    English 9 am

Cafeteria

Jupiter Farms ES

561-741-5400

4/8/2013

4:30-6:30 pm

4:30-5:00 pm Cafeteria

5 – 6:30 pm Medica Center

Lake Park ES

561-494-1300

5/2/2013

5:00-6:15 pm

Pavilion

Lighthouse ES

561-741-9401

4/25/2013

8:30 am

Cafeteria

Limestone Creek ES

561-741-9200

5/2/2013

8:30 am

Cafeteria

Lincoln ES

561-494-1400

5/3/2013 & 5/8/2013

9-11:00 am &

4 – 6:00 pm

Media Center

Marsh Pointe ES

561-366-6800

4/4/2013

8:30 am

Cafeteria

North Palm Beach ES

561-494-1701

5/2/2013

8:30 am

Cafeteria

Northboro ES

561-494-1600

N/A

NO ROUNDUP Must apply through Choice Programs

N/A

Northmore ES

561-494-1701

5/1/2013

9 – 10:30 am &

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Media Center

Palm Beach Gardens ES

561-366-6500

3/5/2013

6:00 pm

 
Seminole Trails ES

561-598-7000

5/7/2013

8:30 -10:30 am

Cafeteria

Timber Trace ES

561-366-6200

4/10/2013

8:30 am

Cafeteria/classrooms

Washington ES

561-494-1205

5/15/2013

8:30 am

Media Center

West Riviera ES

561-494-1912

5/3/2013

 8:30 – 9:30 am

Media Center

Westward ES

561-653-5200

5/7/2013

5 - 6:30 pm

Media Center

Area 5

 

SCHOOL NAME

Phone

Dates

Time

Location

Belvedere ES

838-5900

5/10/2013

8:30 am - 2 pm

Art Room

Benoist Farms ES

383-9700

5/15/2013

8 – 12 pm

Media Center

Berkshire ES

304-2000

5/2/2013

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Cafeteria

Cholee Lake ES

383-9600

5/1/2013

8:30 – 10:30 am

Media Center

Cypress Trails ES

904-9000

5/16/2013

6:00 pm

Cafeteria

Everglades ES

792-9500

5/16/2013

4 – 6:00 pm

Main Office

Grassy Waters ES

383-9000

5/7/2013

5-7:00 pm

Cafeteria

H.L. Johnson ES

904-9300

5/21/2013

8:15-9:15 am   &

6 – 7 pm

Cafeteria

Hope Centennial ES

640-1200

5/8/2013

8:30-9:30 am

Cafeteria

Indian Ridge School (ages 6-21)

681-0000

N/A

   
Loxahatchee Groves ES

904-9200

5/8/2013

8:15 am & 6:00 pm

Cafeteria

Meadow Park ES

357-2800

5/7/2013

8:30 – 11:00 am

Room 120

Melaleuca ES

598-7300

5/1/2013

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Cafeteria

Palm Beach Public ES

822-0700

5/10/2013

8:30 – 9:30 am

Media Center

Palmetto ES

202-0400

5/23/2013

 9 – 11:00 am

 East Campus

Pine Jog ES

656-5400

4/30/2013

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Cafeteria

Pleasant City ES

838-5800

5/1/2013

9-10:00 am

Parent Resource Center

Roosevelt ES

653-5100

5/2/2013

9 – 10:30 am &

12 – 3 pm

Main Office

Royal Palm Beach ES

633-4400

5/9/2013

8:30 am

Cafeteria

South Olive ES

202-0200

5/16/2013

12:30 pm

Cafeteria

U.B. Kinsey/Palmview ES

671-6500

5/7/2013

9 – 12:00 pm

Main Office

West Gate ES

684-7100

5/8/2013

8 – 12:00 pm

Media Center

Wynnebrook ES

598-7400

5/9/2013

9 – 12 pm

Cafeteria

 

 

 

 

Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 – natalia.arenas@palmbeachschools.org

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Golden Grove Elementary students are jumping at the chance to help fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s number one and number 3 killers.  Heart disease and heart defects have touched the lives of many students and faculty members this year. For that reason, students jumped rope to raise funds for the American Heart Association, which funds cardiovascular disease research and public and professional education programs. 

 

“It is our privilege to do what we can to promote heart wellness here at Golden Grove through educating our students on how to maintain a healthy heart,” said Kathryn Koerner, Principal. 

Jump Rope For Heart is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  Jump Rope For Heart has been teaching kids the importance of a healthy heart for 34 years. 

Golden Grove has collected over $89,443 in its nine years of participation.”This year we collected $10,372 in donations!” said Cathelene Lake, P.E. Teacher. 

All students (565) from kinder to 5th grade at Golden Grove that participated in this event will receive “Thank You” gifts from the American Heart Association and “our P.E. Department will receive a gift certificate from U.S. Games,” added Ms. Lake. 

The top 4 fundraisers were: 

Luis & Hermione Napoles - $1,000  (Grade 1st & K)

Isabelle Zullo - $575  (Grade 4)

Kaitlyn Barnes - $530  (Grade K)

 

 

“Our goal this year was to raise awareness and promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle and I think we accomplished much more than that. This initiative teaches our students to care for each other,” added Ms. Lake. 

For more information, contact Cathlene Lake, Physical Education Teacher, at 561-904-9715 or via email at cathy.lake@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

 

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Some special Sunrise Park Elementary students have an extraordinary visitor visit their school, each and every week, to help them practice critical reading skills.

Reading does not come easily for everyone.  How cool would it be to practice your reading with a special, furry, four legged friend at school?  Mrs. Pat Norris’ SAI (Supplementary Academic Instruction) students and Anna Lillie and Robyn Marcus’ LLD (Language Learning Disabled) students at Sunrise Park Elementary spend each Wednesday reading to a very attentive listener.  The students look forward to Leyna, a loving and gentle 80 lb. Rottweiler, sitting close to them, listening to them read.  Many students are struggling readers-reluctant to read to anyone-but Leyna has changed all that!

Leo J. says, “I like reading to her.  She makes me happy, and I think she understands what I say.  I look forward to every Wednesday and hope it’s my turn to read to Leyna!”  Bodie R. adds, “She is such a cute dog and I love reading to her every week!  She makes me feel good about my reading because she doesn’t judge me if I get something wrong.”  Anthony G. also loves reading to Leyna, “I used to be scared of big dogs, but now I am not!  She makes me excited to read.”

Jennifer Marcus, Leyna’s owner, brings Leyna every week and says that Leyna is just as excited to see the students.  Jennifer stated that “Lenya is always so excited to come to Sunrise Park Elementary because the children are so kind to her.”   Her organization, Progressive Paws, has pet therapy teams to help students with a variety of issues.  We are so lucky to have Leyna at Sunrise Park!

Progressive Paws is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with special needs reach developmental milestones with the aid of licensed Pet Therapy Teams.  Therapy services are provided free to those who may benefit.  Progressive Paws has been offering reading programs in various schools throughout Palm Beach County for many years. Their programs have helped improve the reading scores of many of the children who have participated.

For more information about Progressive Paws and this program at Sunrise Park Elementary, please feel free to contact Ms. Pat Norris at (561) 477-4300 or via email at Pat.Norris@palmbeachschools.org or contact Progressive Paws at (561) 212-2405 or via email at info@progressivepaws.org.

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The School District of Palm Beach County has been selected to receive the 2012 UnitedHealthcare Well Deserved award. The Well Deserved award program recognizes those organizations that demonstrate a commitment to worksite wellness.

This year, UnitedHealthcare received more than 75 applications for this award and a panel of experts selected 11 winners who demonstrate the highest level of commitment to worksite wellness while leveraging wellness programs, tools and resources from UnitedHealthcare.

“We had applied for the last 2 years so were very happy to be one of the 11 awarded this out of 75 applicants. It measured the structure of our program, how we identified employee’s health needs, how we educate and engage employees, how we award behavior change, how we provide incentives for the program with awards and engagement and finally how we measure effective outcomes. We want to thank Kim Sandmaier, Wellness Coordinator, and Donna Winter, Assistant Wellness Coordinator for making the program so successful that we are now receiving awards and national recognition,” said Dianne Howard, Director of the Risk & Benefits Department at the School District of Palm Beach County.

The award comes with a $1000 check and a trophy.

The School District of Palm Beach County Employee Wellness Program seeks to establish a workplace that encourages and supports a healthy lifestyle by integrating health promotion activities and resources that help enhance health & well-being. We are proud to offer an exciting workplace wellness program. Our goal is to keep people healthy, reduce the risk factors among at-risk members and improve the health of those who already have chronic conditions by encouraging them to make lifestyle changes. To do this, we give employees easy access to the resources needed to make well-informed decisions about their health and health care.

 

For more information, contact Dianne Howard at (561) 434-8580 or email dianne.howard@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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K.E.C. Canal Point Elementary and Pahokee Elementary cordially invites all students, parents, teachers and community members to their 3rd Annual Reading Conference Building a Community of Readers, One Family at a Time. During this family event local educators and literacy experts will come together to share with families and children fun creative ways to grow family literacy and prevent summer reading loss. 

When? Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Where? Pahokee Elementary School – 560 E. Main Place, Pahokee, FL. 

Family literacy is the foundation of lifelong learning that helps individuals and communities grow and prosper. Parents and community members are welcome to come out and learn about how they can help their child become a better reader and how we can build a community of readers. 

This conference is sponsored by: Children’s Services Council, Bridges at Pahokee, Americorps, Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, Mary & Robert Pew Foundation, Pahokee Youth Enrichment Academy , WXEL, Barnes and Nobles, KEC Canal Point Elementary and Pahokee Elementary International Baccalaureate World School. 

The School District of Palm Beach County encourages a collaborative environment in which the parents and families of our students are invited and encouraged to be involved. The School Board recognizes the vital role parents/guardians and family play in the education, welfare and values of its students, and that the education of each student is a responsibility shared by the school and the student’s parents/guardians and family members. 

For registration and information contact LaWanda Harper at (561) 924-9700 or Suzanna Mawhinney at (561) 924-9800.

 

 

 

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The entries submitted by future filmmakers and artists David Freund, Chris Waddington and Marvin Cooper were selected out of nearly 300 submissions that included high school and college students. The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) in collaboration with the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission will award this next generation of Florida filmmakers with more than $10,000 in cash and scholarships. 

David Freund and Chris Waddington are seniors at Seminole Ridge High School with an impressive artistic talent and remarkable GPAs. They collaborated evenly and took 1st place in the Commercial/PSA category by creating a piece intended to increase awareness about the effects of tobacco titled “Above the Influence.” 

Follow this link to watch David and Chris’ “Above the Influence” PSA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOVh_Je7Nus 

The Student Showcase of Films opens many doors for these students as they are recognized by other fellow students and film industry professionals. Marvin Cooper, 11th grader, focuses on his academic success and filmmaking skills at South Tech Academy he took 1st place in the Poster category. 

 

Marvin Cooper's Poster

Entries are judged by 25 industry professionals from around the United States and winning student films will be screened in their entirety during the film festival in April 2013. 

Florida native and longtime supporter Burt Reynolds will present the $2,500 scholarship that also that bears his name. This year’s Burt Reynolds Scholarship Winner is Zachary Lambe of G-Star School of the Arts. Presented through Film Florida, SSOF will present a $500 Sara Fuller Scholarship to Evan DeCarmine from G-Star School of the Arts. 

Below is the list of the other Student Showcase of Films Finalists: 

Feature/Short, College:

James Feeney, Florida State University, Killer Kart

Frank Gould and Jeremy Hicks, Valencia College, Moments Like These

Jason Whitmore, Florida State University, At The End 

Feature/Short, High School:

Daniela Arguello, Cypress Bay High School, The List

Andrew Davis, Calvary Christian Academy, Dependence

Jose Ordonez, Calvary Christian Academy, Masquerade 

1st Place Documentary

Lance Oppenheim, Pine Crest School, The Dogmatic 

1st Place Music Video

Matthew Del Bene, University of Central Florida; Alex Cole’s Music Video 

1st Place Animation

Alyse Miller and Phillip Simon, Ringling College of Art and Design; The Colors of Evil 

In addition to these categories, an Audience Award winner will be announced, and the 2012 animation category winners, Ellyn Snider and Zoe Hammond, will be awarded for their film, “Story Time.” 

The winners of this year’s competition will walk the red carpet and receive awards in front of more than 700 attendees at the live SSOF awards show on Friday, March 15. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Keith C. & Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL.  

For more information about the Student Showcase of Films, please visit pbfilm.com or Facebook.com/StudentShowcaseOfFilms. This program is funded by the PBIFF, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the Palm Beach County Economic Development Office and the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission.

 

About the Palm Beach International Film Festival (April 4-11, 2013)

 

The PBIFF is a not for profit 501 (c) 3 founded in 1996 with the vision of offering an exciting cultural venue for the community and to be a tremendous fundraiser for educational film and television programs. The festival hosts more than 15,000 filmgoers annually, has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Destination Film Festivals in the World by Moviemaker Magazine. The festival has screened more than 322World Premieres, 177 Student Films and 2,168 films from 65 countries. 

The PBIFF has welcomed a bevy of top talent and filmmakers including: Academy Award® Winners Adrien Brody, Anthony Hopkins, Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway, Dennis Hopper, Louise Fletcher and Michael Caine; Academy Award® Nominees Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Robert Evans, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins and Burt Reynolds. Along with countless other legends, stars and filmmakers that have created movie magic for the past 80 years, including: Roger Moore, Faye Wray, Esther Williams, Anouk Aimee, Samuel L. Jackson, Cyd Charisse, Richard Zanuck, William Friedkin, Brett Ratner, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael Clarke Duncan and Rod Steiger.

 

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Maureen Holtzer and Dr. Monica Friedmann were recently recognized for their exceptional work as recipients of the Gutterman Family Outstanding Holocaust Educator of the Year Award. These outstanding educators will have the opportunity to participate in a 140-hour program including field trips throughout Jerusalem, and visits to the Ghetto Fighter’s Museum in North Israel and the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv. 

Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (CHHRE) recognizes outstanding school teachers who have demonstrated a positive impact on their schools and the community in the field of Holocaust genocide and human rights education. The highly competitive Gutterman Family award enables winning teachers to study at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust National Museum in Jerusalem. 

“It is important to recognize the K-12 teachers who go above and beyond the basic requirements of the Holocaust education mandate,” said CHHRE Director Rose Gatens, Ph.D. “Each year, we celebrate the accomplishments of these outstanding individuals who are truly making a difference in the lives of their students, in their schools and in the world.” 

Maureen Holtzer teaches Holocaust Studies and Law Studies at Palm Beach Central High School. She serves as faculty advisor for Together Against Genocide, a group of students who are working to improve human rights throughout the world by raising more than $21,000 to build schools for refugee children of Darfur. Mrs. Holtzer won the Star Award for Outstanding Teacher of Tolerance, and because of her efforts, Palm Beach Central High School has earned the Anti-Defamation League’s designation of a No Place for Hate school – the first in the county to receive this designation. 

Child Survivors/Hidden Survivors Speaker’s Bureau has recognized Ms. Holtzer for her Outstanding Participation in Holocaust Studies Program. She has two master’s degrees and models lifelong learning to her students and colleagues. “The strong message of tolerance prevails in all that Ms. Holtzer brings to the students and staff of Palm Beach Central High,” stated Donna Baxter, PBCHS Social Studies Chair. 

Monica Friedmann, Ph.D. is a three time graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, a College Board Consultant for AP Spanish Language and Literature and a College Board Reader for Spanish Language. For the past 12 years, Friedmann has taught a unit on Holocaust in Spanish to her Advanced Placement Spanish Language students at Spanish River Community High School. 

Students practice their speaking, reading, listening and writing skills in Spanish while learning about the Holocaust. They also hear Holocaust survivors tell their stories in Spanish. Friedmann’s grandparents were murdered in Aushwitz-Birkenau, along with the rest of her extended family. Her parents survived the Holocaust by emigrating from Hungary to Uruguay, South America. As one of Friedmann’s students wrote, “The unit as a whole has truly changed my view of the Holocaust forever. I was enriched with new information and became one with the characters and experiences. It was one of the most influential and life changing subjects I have studied in school to this day.” 

The award is funded by Arthur Gutterman, an FAU benefactor whose generous contributions help sustain the Center and its programs. The Center relies on private donations to provide professional development programs for teachers, classroom resources for teachers and students, all in support of Florida’s mandate for Holocaust education. 

Mrs. Belkis Madera, 6th grade Social Studies teacher in Port St. Lucie was also recognized for her outstanding service and involvement.  

 

Educators recognized at the annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner that took place in the Lakeside Terrace in Boca Raton.

 

About Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu. 

For more information, contact Rose Gatens at 561-297-2929 or rgatens@fau.edu.

 

 

 

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Taylor Franzi and Lisa O’Brien are among 107 Palm Beach County public school teachers who have helped raise money totaling more than $86,000 to fund 180 classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org in the past 12 months.

Taylor Franzi, a fifth grade teacher at Boca Raton Elementary School, has raised money to fund “Reading Nook for Science” and “iPads for Scientific Research!”, enabling her students to study science independently or with a partner. To raise the money, she posted a request on DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that connects donors with public school teachers who need classroom materials.

Also, Boca Raton Elementary first grade teacher Lisa O’Brien received donations for “Technology!” which provides students with a computer center and the ability to access Web sites and applications to learn essential skills.

“The iPads open up the world of technology to the children,” Ms. Franzi said. “They are able to use the iPads to do their research, and I have found applications that correlate with the content I teach in class to give students real-life visuals and videos of what they are learning. Using the iPads for science helps the students to step into the shoes of a scientist through virtual laboratory applications.”

The teachers gain the donations by posting classroom projects needing funding on the DonorsChoose.org Web site. Full-time public school teachers, nurses and guidance counselors are able to participate.

Partnerships with community organization are powerful ways to enhance the learning environment and strengthen the educational process. The School District of Palm Beach County recognizes that 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 Christine Nolan-Dack at 561-544-1731 or email christine.nolan-dack@palmbeachschools.org.

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Four students from Palm Beach County who will be attending the State Science and Engineering Fair in March were honored at Junior Achievement’s Watch a Rising Star event that recently took place at the Kravis Center.

Based on their outstanding achievements in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) research presented at the Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair these four honorees received the 2nd Annual MAD (“Making A Difference”) Scientist awards.

Christopher Wan

A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

1st Place Environmental Science

Modeling Estuarine Salinity Using Artificial Neural Networks 

Joshua Hellerstein

Suncoast Community High School

1st Place Engineering

Solar Powered Thermoelectric Refrigeration for Heat Unstable Medicines 

Anuradha Gulati

Suncoast Community High School

1st Place Computers

Developing Software for the Prediction and Analysis of Protein Sequences 

Maria Elena Grimmett

Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches

1st Place Environmental Science & Best of Fair

H20h No:  Pharmaceuticals are in my Groundwater!  Removal of Sulfamethazine by Hypercrosslinked Adsorbent MN250 in Simulated Groundwater

These awards were presented by the Stiles-Nicholson Foundation in conjunction with Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast.  The ultimate goal of the MAD Scientist award is to promote student achievement in STEM education.  It is hoped that more outstanding students like these four MAD Science winners will be encouraged to pursue STEM-related careers.

For more information, contact Greg Goebel at 561-357-1128 or via email gregory.goebel@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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Technology is rapidly increasing in the classroom requiring teachers to become masters in software knowledge, multimedia usage, social networking and even technical support. Educators feel that they have the responsibility of enhancing their teaching techniques and creating a more interactive learning experience for their students. 

The Adobe Education Leaders (AEL) Program highlights the contributions of innovative teachers and Palm Beach County is lucky to have more of these excellent individuals than any other district in the country. 

Kim Cavanaugh, Rob Schwartz, Lee Keller and Brian Dawson have earned the status of Adobe Education Leaders for their dedication, hard work and knowledge of tools and applications that promote excellence in the classroom.

“Since there are fewer than 90 K-12 AELs in the world, it is an honor to be selected as part of a program that focuses on student creativity and preparedness for the real world,” said Lee Keller, Educational Technology Specialist. 

They get the opportunity to interact with some of the greatest creative educators in the world at the Adobe Summer Institute each year.  Sharing ideas that are working in other districts, states and countries provides a perspective that can be implemented in Palm Beach County.  

According to Mr. Keller “To enter the program you have to be recommended by an educational colleague that recognizes your contribution to educational technology, especially as it relates to the creative environment.” 

AELs come from a wide range of schools and include representation from the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, China, Australia, New Zealand, and Belgium. 

Adobe Education Leaders participate on a number of projects, including early testing of software products and curriculum. AELs are among the first to use new technologies in the classroom and establish learning objectives around them. “This experience leads to more effective instruction and provides students in Palm Beach County to be among the first to work with new digital design and creative software tools that will be critical to their futures,” added Kim Cavanaugh, Technology Program Specialist. 

As a middle school science teacher, Brian Dawson, uses Adobe FLASH as a tool students use to show their mastery of science concepts.  The animations they create to show science concepts are not only accurate, but show imagination and creativity. 

Today, as the Technology Coordinator for the iPad Project at Pleasant City Elementary School, Mr. Dawson uses Adobe Edge Animate to create interactive animation widgets that he uses in tutorial iBooks, specific to subject and grade, and installed on student iPads. 

“In order for us to provide the best education for our students, we need to stay ahead of the learning curve.   Technology brings creativity into the learning environment, which inspires our students to do better by making learning more interesting to them.  We can’t expect things to change until we do things that are different,” said Mr. Dawson. 

Kim Cavanaugh came to this program while still a teacher at Congress Middle School, and was on the original steering committee that established the program for Macromedia, which was eventually acquired by Adobe and the Education Leader Program was expanded. “I was originally selected because we were doing some ground-breaking work in my classroom at Congress MS and had written my first book on web development software. I have since authored two additional books, 8 online courses in web development, and over 250 articles for various web development journals,” he added. 

The School District of Palm Beach Country is recognized for the high caliber of curriculum, training and support it offers for the Adobe products that range from creative programs to web conferencing. 

Rob Schwartz, communications technology teacher at Seminole Ridge High School, has been teaching technology education since the mid-1990s employing innovative strategies and a student-directed approach to learning that have garnered his programs and students much recognition. “I am very proud of my students because they have the highest passing rate in the entire world on the Adobe Certified Associates exam,” he added. 

Rob also operates the award-winning BrainBuffet.com where he posts highly engaging interactive video tutorials on the use of web and graphic design software. 

The interaction of these experts also provides significant price advantages that the district may not have been aware of without the Adobe Education Leaders. 

For more information about the Adobe Education Leaders Program visit www.adobe.com/sea/education/k12/adobe-education-leaders.html/  

For more information contact Kim Cavanaugh at (561) 357-7527 or via email at kim.cavanaugh@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

 

 

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Roosevelt Middle School has been named a 2013 National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the National Association for Magnet and Theme-Based Schools. Roosevelt Middle is the only school in Palm Beach County to receive this honor.

“This is a result of the dedication and hard work by the students, teachers and administration,” said Todd LaVogue, Roosevelt Middle School Magnet Coordinator. “It means a great deal to us to be nationally recognized for our achievements.”

This is the third consecutive year Roosevelt Middle has won this award.

“Magnet schools throughout the country are being awarded for their excellence in demonstrating student achievement, innovative and engaging instruction and curriculum, community engagement, professional development, and a commitment to diversity.  This is a competitive process that awards only a small fraction of the magnet schools nationally.  Schools that win our Merit Awards represent the best in education, innovation, equity and opportunity for all students in our nation.” says Magnet Schools of America Executive Director, Scott Thomas.

To receive National Magnet School of Distinction, MSA member schools must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators.  Every school with a magnet program in Palm Beach County is a member of the MSA. Roosevelt Middle School Principal Jo Anne Rogers, who stated she is extremely proud of the entire Roosevelt community, will accept the school’s National Magnet Schools of Distinction award during an awards ceremony at the 31st National Conference on Magnet Schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 5-8, 2013.

To learn more about Magnet Schools of America’s merit awards program, please visit www.magnet.edu. For more information, please contact Todd LaVogue, Magnet Coordinator, at 561-822-0261 or todd.lavogue@palmbeachschools.org.

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Integrating a green and healthy culture in schools to ensure that current and future generations of students are environmentally literate is one of the primary goals of today’s educators.  During the past weekend more than 1,000 visitors from 45 states and 3 countries gathered for the Green Schools National Conference to share practices, programs and activities that support the green and healthy schools movement. 

Pine Jog Elementary plays a major role in the national arena as it is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Green Elementary School in Florida. During the opening ceremony, the school’s chorus sang environmentally friendly songs like “We’re Going Green”, “Nature Starts a Song” and “French Fry Day” with the West Palm Beach waterfront in the background.   

 

 

 

The opening event was sponsored by the Marshall Foundation.  West Palm Beach Mayor, Jeri Muoio, welcomed guests and several County Commissioners and other special guests were in attendance. 

The conference featured a special tour of Pine Jog Elementary where teachers and administrators got a close look of the Aquaponic System, Hydroponic Gardens, the Integrated Environmental STEM Curriculum in action and conversed with students and teachers. 

 “Schools across the nation are looking for the best practices to promote sustainability in their community and our school is a great example of that,” added Mr. Fred Barch, Principal. 

Pine Jog Elementary School has partnered with Florida Atlantic University and Pine Jog Environmental Education Center to create a state of the art facility that focuses is on Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Students have the opportunity to engage in hands on learning experiences as they explore and discover the wonders of native vegetation and wildlife on the 150 acres of natural Florida habitat.  

For more information about the Green Schools National Conference visit www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org 

For more information, contact Fred Barch at 561-656-5401 or via email at fred.barch@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

 

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The School District of Palm Beach County was one of 10 school districts nationwide selected to participate in the MIT Women’s Initiative Program. The Women’s Initiative is a non-profit student group from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that seeks to increase the number of females enrolled in engineering majors. 

Female MIT undergraduates visited seven middle and high schools in Palm Beach County to speak with female students at each school about the importance of mathematics and science courses in preparation for engineering careers. All participants were given the opportunity to interact with two female engineering students as well as participate in a challenging engineering activity. 

Lindsey Hornyak, a freshman at Boca Raton High School, said, “It was really fun and interesting to learn about the different types of engineering with my friends.  I never knew there were so many kinds of engineering, and that I would consider engineering as my career.” 

The following schools participated in the program: Boca Raton High School, Glades Central High School, Forest Hill High School, Lake Worth Middle School, Olympic Heights High School, Palm Beach Lakes High School, and West Boca Raton High School. 

“The MIT Women’s Initiative provided our students with an opportunity to interact with female role models who have succeeded in the STEM fields.  It is our hope that this will help our female students develop positive beliefs about women excelling and taking leadership roles in these fields.  We are proud to have been selected for this program,” said Wendy Spielman King, K-12 Science Manager for the School District of Palm Beach County. 

Kathryn Neinas, STEM Instructor at Boca Raton High School, said, “Having MIT female students come and present to our top STEM freshmen female students was an amazing experience.  Exposing my young students to career opportunities that they may have never known about was very rewarding to me.” 

For more information about the MIT Women’s Initiative, visit their website at http://web.mit.edu/wi/. 

For more information, contact Wendy Spielman King at 561-357-1152 or via email at wendy.spielman@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

 

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Many teens and young adults are experiencing the dangerous consequences of drinking too much at an early age. In Palm Beach County, underage drinking is generally happening in the homes where adults either allow it, turn a blind eye to it, or simply aren’t aware of it.  For this reason, the Alcohol Prevention Poster Contest was created which has the potential of educating well over 70,000 Palm Beach County youth and adults. 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Spencer Rubin 5th grade Morikami Elementary

Artist Choice

Abigail Edwards 5th grade Freedom Shores Elementary

Viewers Choice

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Richelle Thompson 8th grade Okeeheelee Middle

Artist Choice

Kyana Christian 7th grade Roosevelt Middle

Viewers Choice

HIGH SCHOOLS

Erica Christiansen 12th grade Boca Raton High

Viewers Choice

Madison Sanders 12th grade South Tech Academy

Artist Choice

 

This year more than 1,300 students from 55 different schools participated and even thought the number of youth using alcohol is decreasing, there is a lot of work to do. “We look forward to continuing to give a county-wide underage drinking prevention message when we hold our Fourth Annual Prevention Poster Contest next year,” said Dr. Joseph Lee, Assistant Superintendent. 

Each year, about 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking — including about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 from homicides, 300 from suicides, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings, according to the National Institute on Health. 

Students were asked to submit a poster promoting a clear educational message encouraging an alcohol-free lifestyle for youth, following the theme “What can I be if I’m Alcohol Free?” After, a judging committee selected fifteen semifinalists and more than 6200 people participated in the online voting.  

Spencer Rubin

 

Abigail Edwards

 

Richelle Thompson

 

Kyana Christian

 

Erica Christiansen

 

Madison Sanders

 

Dr. Joseph Lee, Assistant Superintendent; Alexe Lee, Alcohol Prevention Contest Coordinator; along with Miss Palm Beach County 2013 and Madison Sanders at the awards ceremony.

The top six posters (two from elementary, middle, and high school) are being displayed on all district school buses. In addition, winning students received Adobe Photoshop software and a $50 gift card each.  Teachers of the top six winners received a $100 gift card to be used towards classroom materials and principals of the top six entries received admission tickets to the South Florida Fair. 

Click here to view pictures of the winning posters 

Semi-finalists and the top entry from each school were featured at the 2013 South Florida Fair in the Bink Glisson Museum at Yesteryear Village. 

Elementary Finalists

Mara Vaknin – 5th grade – Manatee Elementary

Lily Gumbinner – 5th grade – Berkshire Elementary

Kenari McMillian, Lorelle Burgess, Sevonna Pierce, Bria Walker – 2nd and 3rd grade – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary 

Middle School Finalists

Pamela Urizar – 8th grade – Okeeheelee Middle

Diana Rios – L.C. Swain Middle

Samantha Wong – 7th grade – BAK Middle School of the Arts 

High School Finalists

Helen Villarreal – 10th grade – John I. Leonard High

Monica Berrios – 10th grade – John I. Leonard High

Raoul Dolcine – 12th grade – Suncoast High

The contest is being sponsored in collaboration with the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition, the School District of Palm Beach County, Adobe Systems Incorporated, South Florida Fairgrounds, Acreage Loxahatchee Rotary Club, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. 

For more information contact Alexa Lee at (561) 844-5952 or via email at alexalee@pbcsac.org.

 

 

 

 

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Egret Lake Elementary School will be hosting their yearly Black History /Arts Integration Festival on Thursday, February 28th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

The evening will begin with a fried chicken dinner for $6.00 per person (cash only) followed by an musical performance of the school chorus of the “Ten Who Counted” songs and stories which focus on lesser known African Americans who made major contributions to the world. Students will demonstrate African American dances learned through the school’s dance teacher. 

Arts integration teaching strategies will be displayed for the community to see in the cafeteria throughout the evening. 

The School District of Palm Beach County through the African and African American History Curriculum enables students to learn about the beauty, wealth, and courage of Africans and African Americans from Ancient Africa to the modern Diaspora. In addition, we encourage the exploration of significant phases of the African and African American experiences. 

For more information, contact Linda Tylka or Terrion Nelson at 561-616-7900 or via email at linda.tylka@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

 

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This area will be transformed into a community garden with vegetables and fruit.

The community is invited to help plant a garden, Saturday, March 2, from 9:00 a.m.  to  2:00 p.m. in the back of the historic Osborne School in Lake Worth. 

Hosted by For the Children, Inc., a non-profit organization, the garden will benefit the families of the greater Lake Worth area communities. CEO and organizer Reginale Durandisse says most of the participating students attend Barton Elementary, Lantana Middle, South Area Alternative, Lake Worth Middle, and Lake Worth  High schools.

“These youngsters range from 3 to 17 years in age and are excited at the prospect of growing tomatoes, collard greens, green peppers, egg plant, radish, lettuce, beans, and fruit trees,” she stated.

 The experience is designed to teach children about the benefits of good nutrition and healthy eating, in addition to providing satisfaction from  harvesting and eating fruits and vegetables they personally grew. 

The effort is being supported by the Lake Worth Kiwanis Club, Gratitude Training Graduates, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, and Ted and Trudy. Music and free food will be available for participants, as well as kids’ workshop stations.

For details, contact Mr. Emmanuel Vincent, 561.493.1190 or 561.662.1323.

 

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On Saturday, March 09, 2013, the 12th Annual Race for the Arts/Celebration of Young Artists and ALL NEW Color Me 4K Fun Run and Walk will be held at Dreher Park South Trail in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida, just south of the Palm Beach Zoo.  This event is designed to showcase the Fine Arts opportunities the students in Palm Beach County have and help support these programs. (All proceeds go directly to Fine Arts programs and those students in participating schools.)

Attendees of this event will enjoy music and artwork courtesy of the students in Palm Beach County Schools. Displays of art and performances will take place at the Dreher Park South Main Pavilion and along the race route.  The event also features The Color Me Run which is for runners and walkers of all speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes. Participants are asked to wear a white shirt, mostly white t-shirt, or use the one provided.  The shirt will be color plastered at the finish. Runners and walkers will begin the 4k at the start line like a brand new artist canvas. By the end it will be a “work of art”. Limited to the first 500 registered.

GOOD YEAR BLIMP Raffle for its final run in South Florida.

Registration and packet pick up starts at 6:00AM. 5K starts at 7:00AM, Make You Mom Proud Kids 1 Miler at 7:45 AM and Color Me 4K Fun Run/Walk at 8:00AM. The sanctioned race route is 5K in length along scenic South and North Dreher Park, Science Museum and Zoo area. Students will perform from 7:00-10:00 AM.

Visit www.raceforthearts.org for sports stores with registration forms

Or   Register online at www.active.com.

Early Packet, Race numbers with timing strips and T-shirt Pick up at:

Fit2Run at the Wellington Green Mall

Monday, March 4 – Wednesday March 6 from 10:00AM – 9:00PM and

ER Bradley’s on Thursday, March 7  6PM-9PM

Or pick up on race day.

The Race committee is asking for community help as participants and volunteers and is also seeking sponsorships and donations.

Media Coverage is Welcome!

For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Race for the Arts at:

 (561) 329-9455, or check the web site at: www.raceforthearts.org.

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In celebration of National Engineering Week, February 18-22, over 30 engineers from Lockheed Martin visited the pre-engineering magnet students at Roosevelt Middle School on Thursday, February 21.

The engineers worked on a series of building activities with approximately 240 pre-engineering students over a five hour period. The students were divided into small work groups and assigned the task of building a tower at least six inches tall that would support at least one can of tuna. The only materials the students were given were toothpicks and Dots candies. The small collaborative work groups brainstormed ideas, agreed on a concept, and constructed towers of all sizes and shapes under the watchful eyes of the team of Lockheed Martin engineers. Prizes were awarded to teams that achieved the goal.

“We learned real-world applications for engineering,” said sixth grader John-Mark Phillips. “We also learned that teamwork is very important when putting something together.”

Lockheed Martin engineers discussed the work being conducted at their Riviera Beach location. The engineers brought video, allowing students to see the products currently being worked on, including the Marlin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle™.  Marlin is a small yellow submarine that inspects deepwater oil and gas structures, especially important following severe weather, to make sure the structure is safe to resume production. Its sensors and imaging equipment make it ideally critical to Florida’s maritime industries, resources and economy.

The Lockheed Martin engineers also talked about and showed video of the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle. This is an unmanned, semi-submersible, semi-autonomous vehicle that uses sensors and imaging equipment to detect underwater mines to keep the sailors out of the minefield. 

Other engineers then discussed their backgrounds, why they became engineers, and what they do on a daily basis. This was followed by a lengthy question and answer period, which gave our engineers of the future a chance to talk to current engineers. Students were curious about types of engineering jobs currently available, the types of math classes the Lockheed engineers took when they were in school, and how much money engineers make.

Lockheed Martin is a business partner with Roosevelt Middle and sits on the school’s magnet advisory board.

For more information, please contact Todd LaVogue, Magnet Coordinator, at 822-0261 or todd.lavogue@palmbeachschools.org.

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The Palm Beach School Counselor Association recently recognized the ongoing collaboration and shared vision among school principals and counselors at the 26th Annual Principal-School Counselor Appreciation Breakfast.   Keynote speaker, Dr. Joyce V. Brown, Senior Consultant from the College Board, spoke on the principal-counselor partnership and the leadership role of school counselors in accordance with this year’s theme, “Champions for Change.”  

According to American School Counselor Association Executive Director, Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., “School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, personal/social skills and career awareness in post-secondary options.  Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”  

The following were recognized for their achievements:

Christy Ragsdale Legacy Scholarship Student Recipients

Alexandra Rockwell – Spanish River High School

Emmalyn Green – Alexander W Dreyfoos Jr School of the Arts

Hugh Dunkley, Jr. - - Alexander W Dreyfoos Jr School of the Arts

Paul Kane – Boynton Beach High School

Sara Vazquez – Palm Beach Central High

School Administrators of the Year Recognition

Dr. Moneek McTier – Principal, Pleasant City Elementary

Gerald Riopelle – Principal, Omni Middle

Dr. Susan Atherly – Principal, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Linda Mackin – Assistant Principal, Educational Alternatives

School Counselor of the Year

Barbara (Bobbie) Mendez – Freedom Shores Elementary

Isabel (Izzy) Parrado – Okeeheelee Middle School

Bruce Wasserman – Jupiter Community High School

Lauren Mabry – South Tech Academy

Alwynne Lamp (Advocate Award) – Christa McAuliffe Middle School

For more information please contact Michael Kane, Elementary School Counseling IES Grant Specialist at michael.kane@palmbeachschools .org or 561-434-8233.