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



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

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

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

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

For details about the competition visit

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







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World-Class Galaxy Elementary E3 Choice School To Focus On 

Energy, Environment & Engineering With A Challenging Curriculum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

District’s Mission

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frances Mateo

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

Johnson Sinophat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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State Representatives Joe Abruzzo and Dave Kerner, will join Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelly Vana  and other area dignitaries at the May 9th inaugural event  honoring graduating seniors who are enlisting in the military. Set for William T. Dwyer High School, the event is presented by Office Depot and sponsored by Bank of America, FP&L, and Keiser University.  Over 200 students  and their parents from high schools around the District are expected to attend this first event of Our Community Salutes of Palm Beach County,  which is being hosted by Shannon Cake of WPTV News Channel 5.

Reflection, introspection, and celebration are the centerpiece of remarks prepared by Superintendent Wayne Gent, who is one of two keynote speakers scheduled for the program. Major General (RET) Wayne P. Jackson  will also speak to graduating seniors  including remarks about  the potential  impact of selecting the military as a career path.

Set for 6:00-9:00 p.m., the formal ceremony gets underway at 7:00 p.m. at the Palm Beach Gardens high school.

Additional information on Our Community Salutes can be found at For further details, contact Tara Kobel, at

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Stephanie Berra from Palm Beach Central High School has been selected as one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for the GMS Class of 2013. Her strong leadership, community service and academic achievements contributed to the selection as a Gates Millennium Scholar. 

More than 54,000 students applied, making this year the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history. 

Stephanie joins the community of Gates Scholars and will now receive the distinction of Leader for America’s Future™. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, she will receive funds to attend any college or university that she desires in the United States.  This is a renewable scholarship, which means that throughout her undergraduate career the organization will review and determine a new scholarship amount each year. 

In addition, if Stephanie decides to pursue graduate studies in the fields of Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Library Science, Mathematics, Public Health or Science, she will be eligible for GMS fellowship funding for her master’s and doctoral degree. 

The GMS program is so much more than scholarship funds. Many GMS programs and activities have been designed as resources, to assist recipients in their continued development as leaders and to allow them to connect to the Gates Scholar community in a variety of ways. One example among the wide range of resources is the GMS Freshmen Leadership Conference, specifically designed to orient and prepare students for a smooth transition to college and to help maximize their GMS experience. 

Other GMS Leadership Development Programs include Academic Empowerment services (ACE) to support academic success, graduate school planning and a mentoring program. 

For more information contact Maureen Carter at 561-434-8933 or via email at






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The Haitian Heritage Month Essay Contest Committee is proud to announce the winners of this year’s contest.

First Place: Gasline Teresa Deslouches, Forest Hill High School, 12th grade
Second Place: Adlertha SimilienToussaint L’Ouverture High School, 12th grade
Third Place: Felipe BomenyA. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, 10th grade

Gasline Teresa Delouches,  first place winner, demonstrated outstanding thinking and writing skills in her composition, excelling in content, originality, grammar, and spelling, according to the judging committee members comprised of district administrators and teachers. The essay topic was:  What role do you think the Haitian diaspora should play in the development of its motherland?.”

Adlertha Similien, from Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice, and Felipe Bomeny, from A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, who respectively won second and third place, are also excellent students whose behavior and academic performance are praised by their teachers.

The Palm Beach County essay contest for high school students began in 2004 in commemoration of May as Haitian Heritage Month. Its goal is to motivate students to practice their thinking and writing skills in order to increase their achievement level in high stakes assessments like the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), to increase their self-esteem by promoting their history and culture while conducting historical research about their country, their people and their contributions to the history of the world.

The winners will be recognized during the School Board meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM, at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center, 3300 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach. The first place winner will receive an award certificate along with a check for $250.00. The second place winner will receive a certificate and $150.00, and the third place winner a certificate and $100.00.

The Essay Contest was sponsored by Gaskov Clergé Foundation, a nonprofit and philanthropic organization established to promote health and education in Haiti and the United States.

For more information about the Haitian Heritage Month Celebration in the School District of Palm Beach County, visit or call Bito David, Public Affairs Specialist, at (561) 963-3820 or email

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Gove Elementary School’s 38 finest spellers participated in the 11th Annual Spanish Spelling Bee under the direction of Mrs. Aguirre, ESOL Guidance Counselor. After 13 very competitive rounds and the last two keeping the audience on the edge of their seats, Karla Rubio was selected as the champion.

Courtney Louis, Mrs. Aguirre and Karla Rubio

Courtney Louis, a non-Spanish native speaker, took second place proving excellent mastery of her second language.  In 2003, after Gove Elementary became a Dual Language School, Mrs. Aguirre thought that a Spanish Spelling Bee would enhance the Dual Language Program. This competition offers endless benefits like improving memory and attention skills, public speaking, critical thinking, increase of language knowledge, handling pressure and much more. 

Students ranging from 3rd to 6th grade took part in this competition and each of them is a champion in their respective classes. Each participant was awarded a trophy and the two school-wide finalists received first and second place trophies. 


The judging panel formed by individuals from diverse backgrounds, full knowledge of the Spanish language and representing the community and the District acted as word caller, recorder, bell ringer, word definer, and sentence user.  

Trophies, refreshments, and a student reception were provided with the financial support from the School Advisory Council (SAC), several business partners, and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). 

For more information contact Margoth Aguirre at (561) 993-9700 or via e-mail at







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Members of the Florida Atlantic University football team recently visited Pine Jog Elementary School to read books to the children.   An unexpected turn of events changed the book reading into a real life lesson.  Travis Jones, a running back/wide receiver for the FAU Owl Football team was asked about his elementary school experience.   Mr. Jones commented that his beloved teacher helped shape the person he is today and said that “My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Shafers, helped me through very hard times by believing that I will be great and encouraging me.” 

He has tried to make contact with his favorite teacher, but she moved on to another school and was unable to track her down.  During his visit he was pleasantly surprised to meet her for the first time in 17 years in her classroom at Pine Jog Elementary School. “As soon as he entered the classroom, Mrs. Shafers recognized him and he bonded with her and her students,” said Fred Barch, Principal. 

Travis explained to the students who he was and how she was instrumental in his life and success, not only as a football player but as a student.   “My life was guided by the many lessons that she taught me,” he adds.  “It’s important that you listen to the teacher, believe in yourself, always do your work and remember that your teachers have your best interest in mind.” 

The four players made their first visit to Pine Jog Elementary School to read the story, The Hog Mollies and the Rocky Relay Race.  Each student received an autographed book and a football calendar for the upcoming season.  They also discussed the importance of reading, staying in school, and having good grades.  

The football players that visited Pine Jog were: 

  • Mike Marsaille – Offensive Line
  • Travis Jones – Running Back, Wide Receiver, Punt Return, and Kick Return
  • Damion Fortner – Running Back
  • Shalom Ogbanda – Line Backer 


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






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Anti-Bullying Project Initiator Speaks To Worldwide Audience

Rebecca Zerbo, a seventh grade student at Eagles Landing Middle School, was selected as one of the prestigious speakers at the TEDxDelrayBeach event on Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Delray Beach Center for Arts. The student entrepreneur, who initiated the award-winning ‘Positive Pocket’ initiative to fight bullying, was among twenty-two speakers from all over the world who took the stage during the event.

Rebecca created Positive Pocket with the goal to fight bullying, give back self-confidence to bullying victims, and reinforce the need TO TELL in order to make bullying stop. The project earned her the nomination as one of the Top 10 Finalists for the 2011 Teen Girls who Inspire Us Award. The Teens Girls Who Inspire Us Award motivates girls to express themselves through something they have created. .

This past year Rebecca was recognized as the Character Counts winner for her school and an honoree for the School District. She also graduated from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) and won the national title for the Saunders Scholars Bright Ideas Competition, where she earned a $30,000 scholarship to R.I.T and University of Tampa.

The TEDx initiative shares the belief in the power of ideas and people coming together for the betterment of mankind.  ‘‘This is the very first time that a TEDx event took place in the Palm Beaches – it is significant because there have been more than 6500 TEDx events around the world in over 189 countries to date and yet it’s the first time in Palm Beach,” said Robin deLisser, one of the organizers of TEDxDelrayBeach.

TEDx will be simulcasting around the globe and the video will be put on the TEDx YouTube channel that has 90 million views and 353K subscribers worldwide.

This year’s line-up of TEDxDelrayBeach speakers included, Stem Cell Advocate Bernard Siegel, Motivator John Spannuth,  Philanthro-Capitalist Frank McKinney, Evangelist Jim Cathcart, Technopreneur Daniel Cane, Well-know Football player Ricky Williams, to name a few.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.”

For more information about TEDxDelrayBeach, visit 

For more information, contact Laura Zerbo at

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Jupiter High School has taken second and third place at the 20th NASA Great Moonbuggy Race at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Team 1 from Teodoro Aguilar Mora Vocational High School of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, won first place in the high school division. Finishing in second place was Jupiter High School Team 1 and in third place was Jupiter High School Team 2.

The winning teams outraced more than 89 teams from 23 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, India, Germany, Mexico and Russia. Approximately 600 student drivers, engineers and mechanics — plus their team advisors and cheering sections — gathered April 26-27 for the 20th “space race.”

Organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, the race challenges students to design, build and race lightweight,human-powered buggies. Traversing the grueling half-mile course, which simulates the cratered lunar surface, race teams face many of the same engineering challenges dealt with by Apollo-era lunar rover developers at the Marshall Center in the late 1960s. The winning teams post the fastest vehicle assembly and race times in their divisions, with the fewest on-course penalties.

For more information place contact Jupiter High School Engineering Director James Zachariah at or 561-743-6089.

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Marsh Pointe Elementary students recently completed a 5K run to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of the Palm Beaches.  105 students participated in the 5K run to help raise funds for blood cancer research.

Coached by the athletic team of Ironman Competitor Alicia Schultz and Jessica Layman, the Marsh Pointe Marathon Club kids trained on Thursday afternoons for months.  The 10-year old top finisher boy, crossed the finish line in 21:35; the top girl, also 10, finished in 24:50.

Parent Arie Strobel said, “As a parent volunteer, I was thrilled to support the amazing team at Marsh Pointe Elementary.  We are so blessed to have leaders like Mrs. Werner who supports an event like this.  Mrs. Layman and Mrs. Schultz put their heart and passion into this event…and the kids benefited greatly.  Over 100 kids came and ran 5k because of their inspiration.”

A total of $3,670 was presented to Bridgit Carlin of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of the Palm Beaches on April 30, 2013.  The Marsh Pointe Elementary family is looking forward to another Kids 5K in the fall of 2013.

For more information please contact Marsh Pointe Elementary Principal Maureen Warner at or561 366-6800 .

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Internationally known CJ Jones will be visiting students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing at three local schools the week of May 20 – 24 to conduct drama workshops. While CJ will be working mainly with the students of Indian Pines Elementary School, other schools included in the residency are Palm Springs Middle School and John I. Leonard High School. CJ will also speak at a workshop for families of Palm Beach County School District students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The week’s activities will conclude with a performance at Indian Pines on May 24.

CJ has been delighting audiences, young and old, with his unique style of visual imagery and storytelling for over 25 years and is excited to return for another year. As a Deaf, black artist and role model, CJ promotes messages of self-esteem and is proud to promote increased awareness and sensitivity of Deaf culture to people of all races.

CJ is featured in the award-winning documentary See What I’m Saying that follows a year in the lives of four Deaf entertainers. In 2012, CJ was a consultant with Downtown Disney and hosted SIGNin’ in the Street, a two-day celebration of creativity in the Deaf community, at the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, California.

CJ has worked at Deaf West Theatre, traveled with the National Theatre of the Deaf, and co-starred in Children of a Lesser God on Broadway. Some of his television appearances include NBC’s Frasier, CBS’ Cold Case, PBS television shows Sesame Street andRainbow’s End, and he was the host of Happy Hands Kids Klub.

The drama residency program is funded by the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and the William J. Conners, III and Barbara S. Conners Charitable Foundation. Please contact Susan Fetner, Performing Arts Program Coordinator of VSA Florida – Palm Beach County at (561) 966-7024 to make arrangements to cover this incredible story. To learn more about CJ visit

VSA Florida – Palm Beach County was founded in 1985 and is an affiliate of VSA Florida and is sponsored in part by Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. The mission of VSA Florida – Palm Beach County is to create a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. For more information, visit

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Allamanda Elementary School’s Student Council is sponsoring a donation drive May 20 – 24 to benefit the Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue.  Student Council Sponsor Jennifer Norman said, “We will be collecting Purina Dog & Puppy Chow, Pedigree dry dog food, dog and cat toys (no rawhides), dog and cat beds, blankets and large towels, paper towels, trash bags, and other items to help volunteers take care of homeless dogs and cats until they find a forever home.”  

Please contact Jennifer Norman at or call Allamanda Elementary School at 561-803-7200 for further information.

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National Teacher Appreciation Week is upon us, and the School District of Palm Beach County is encouraging all students and parents to find ways to celebrate and recognize your special teacher from May 6 through May 12.

“On behalf of our 178,000 students and their families I would especially like to acknowledge the remarkable teachers in Palm Beach County.  Our teachers are on the front line doing an amazing job day in and day out, preparing our students for graduation, careers and exciting and prosperous futures,” added E. Wayne Gent, Superintendent of Schools. “I encourage everyone to take the time this week to personally thank your teacher, your child’s teacher or a teacher who has inspired you.”

Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to see photos, get involved in the conversation and share your stories of a teacher who has made a positive difference in your life or your child.

Here are some recommendations to consider showing teachers how much they are appreciated:


  • Do your best on homework and in-class assignments.
  • Behave in class, so your teacher can devote more time to teaching.
  • Respect your teacher and your fellow students. This will create a better learning environment for everyone in the classroom.
  • Raise your hand to answer your teacher’s questions and participate in learning.


  • Send an e-mail or a note with your children to school, thanking their teachers for their dedication and support.
  • Provide a helping hand in the classroom, during sporting events, on field trips, or at the school site.
  • Donate school supplies. Teachers often pay out of their own pockets to provide their students with the tools they need to learn.





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Special Needs Students To Share Their Experiences With Other Students


Sunrise Park Elementary School

19400 Coral Ridge Dr.

Boca Raton, Fl 33486


When:         Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Time:           7:45 am – 12:00 pm

Sunrise Park, a fully included elementary school, has invited 8 young people to come to their school to share their experiences and learn about people with disabilities.

Christine was diagnosed with ADHD when she was 7. “I wish my friends would have understood why I couldn’t sit still or concentrate,” she remarked. Christine will be among a group of young people, some former attendees of Sunrise Park with Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impaired, Tourettes Syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. These volunteers have come together in the hope that by exposing other students to the differences they have, the children will realize that they are more the same than different.

Palm Beach County schools have moved toward being a fully inclusive school district. Most children with disabilities are educated in the general education classroom and receive additional support when necessary.

For more information, contact: Lisa DelPozzo call (561)477-5000 or (561)409-5213 or email

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Sixty-six public and private schools in Palm Beach and Martin Counties that made the grade in going “green” during this school year, celebrated their efforts at the fifth annual Green Schools Awards Luncheon held in their honor at the West Palm Beach Marriott on May 1st.  Seventeen of these outstanding schools received some “green” for going green in the form of cash awards.

The top Green Schools received cash awards totaling more than $10,000 for demonstrating exceptional leadership as models for implementing green school programs and practices. All cash awards are intended to help these schools continue to grow their “green” projects.  The cash awardees were announced at the luncheon for receiving top scores on the Green Schools Rubric:

1st place – Hobe Sound Elementary – $2,000

2nd place – Timber Trace Elementary – $1,000

3rd place (tie) – Limestone Creek Elementary – $750 

3rd place (tie) — Unity School – $750

In addition, “Judges Choice Awards” were given to schools that demonstrate excellence in specific areas. The following schools were selected:

  • Audubon Society of the Everglades awarded $500 to Jupiter High School for their commitment to habitat improvement and restoration.
  • The South Florida Science Museum awarded $500 to Jerry Thomas Elementary for overall excellence in greening their school curriculum.
  • Florida Department of Transportation’s SchoolPool Program awarded $750 to Citrus Grove Elementary (Martin County) for sustainability in transportation practices.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Program presented a $500 award to Greenacres Elementary their outstanding efforts at promoting health and wellbeing within the school community.
  • Pine Jog Environmental Education Center presented a $250 special recognition award to each of the following schools: Palm Springs Middle School, Palm Beach Central High School, Royal Palm School, and Oxbridge Academy.
  • Florida Power and Light awarded $500 to Heritage Elementary for making great strides in energy conservation.
  • An anonymous donor awarded $500 to St. Joseph’s Episcopal School for their community involvement.
  • Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County awarded $500 to Sandpiper Shores Elementary for excellence in their recycling and waste reduction programs.
  • Growums, a private company, awarded $250 to Indian Pines Elementary for their outstanding gardening initiatives.
  • Bee Authentic, a fundraising company, presented a $500 award to H.L. Johnson Elementary for the school’s efforts at greening its fundraising activities.

The program recognizes schools for taking a holistic and innovative approach to going green that incorporates school ground enhancement, resource conservation, curriculum connections and community involvement with a school wide commitment and focus on sustainability. The Green Schools Recognition Program is coordinated by the FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in collaboration with the School District of Palm Beach County and with the support of a host of community partners including the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Florida Power & Light, Florida Department of Transportation’s SchoolPool, Audubon Society of the Everglades, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Program, Bee Authentic, Growums, Resource Depot, and the South Florida Science Museum. The program was launched in 2008 with support from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

“We could not be more proud of the way so many of our schools have taken on the challenge of greening their everyday practices both in the classroom and beyond,” says Christina Crespo-Davis, Recycling & Sustainability Coordinator for the School District of Palm Beach County.  In addition, she says, “we are finally seeing the major culture shift we hoped would happen in our schools.”

According to Susan Toth, Director of Education at Pine Jog, recognition was given to “Green Schools of Promise,” “Green Schools of Quality” and “Green Schools of Excellence.”  “These levels illustrate that ‘going green’ is a journey, and that schools should be acknowledged for their efforts along the way,” Toth adds. 

The Green School honorees and their respective categories are:

2013 Green Schools of Excellence:

Benoist Farms Elementary

Everglades Elementary

Greenacres Elementary

H.L. Johnson Elementary

Jerry Thomas Elementary

Jupiter High School

Palm Springs Community Middle

Pine Crest School

Saint Joseph’s Episcopal

South Grade Elementary

Bak Middle School of the Arts

C.O. Taylor/Kirklane

Jupiter Farms Elementary

Jupiter Middle School

Marsh Pointe Elementary

Morikami Park Elementary

Palm Beach Day Academy

Pine Jog Elementary

Roosevelt Middle School

Saint Ann Catholic School

Saint Mark Catholic School

S.D. Spady Elementary

Hobe Sound Elementary

Timber Trace Elementary

Limestone Creek Elementary

Unity School

Oxbridge Academy


2013 Green Schools of Quality:

Boca Raton Christian School

Cardinal Newman High

Cholee Lake Elementary

Citrus Grove Elementary

Diamond View Elementary

Eagles Landing Middle School

Elbridge Gale Elementary

Felix A. Williams Elementary

Grandview Preparatory School

Grassy Waters Elementary

Heritage Elementary School

Hope-Centennial Elementary

Jensen Beach Elementary

Jupiter Academy

Loggers’ Run Middle

Meadow Park Elementary

Northboro Elementary

Palm Beach Central High

Palm Beach Gardens Elementary

Pioneer Park Elementary

Plumosa School of the Arts

Port Salerno Elementary

Royal Palm School

Sandpiper Shores Elementary

Santaluces Community High

Warfield Elementary School

West Gate Elementary


2013 Green Schools of Promise

A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Christa McAuliffe Middle

Forest Hill Elementary

Freedom Shores Elementary

Hillel Day School

Indian Pines Elementary

Palm Beach Maritime

South Intensive Transition School

Suncoast Community High

Sunset Palms Elementary

Sunshine Tree Montessori

Whispering Pines Elementary

In addition to the cash winners, all participating schools were recognized for their commitment to “greening” their school’s practices and curriculum.  Each school received a 2013 Green Schools banner, Green Schools logos, and personalized certificates in bamboo frames.  Additionally, all schools are profiled on the Program’s website at

To learn more about the 2013 Green School awardees contact either Christina Crespo-Davis at the School District, 561-688-7602 or or Susan Toth at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, (561) 686-6600 ext. 404 or

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Students of the Blueprint Leadership Program will present their first social impact program on Saturday, May 4. The “Move Your Body” Fitness Challenge & Health Fair is from 10am –2pm at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School located at 3505 Shiloh Drive in West Palm Beach. This free event will feature a fun fitness challenge, health and fitness-related exhibitor booths, demonstrations, giveaways, prizes for top contenders and a children’s activity area. Attendees can register online for free at .

Goals for the event are to increase visibility of health and fitness resources available within the surrounding communities, increase personal health awareness and motivate participants to make positive health and fitness behavior changes. “We are delighted that these High School students have taken hold of our vision that it is never too early to make a significant positive impact in your community. We expect the fitness challenge and health fair to go a long way in promoting healthy lifestyles among kids, teens and adults”, said Bradley Harper, founder of the Blueprint Leadership Program.

Sponsors of the Move Your Body Fitness Challenge & Health Fair include Health Council of Southeast Florida, Iberia Bank, Palm Beach County Pan-Hellenic Council and Steve’s Club of Palm Beach Crossfit.

About Blueprint Leadership Program The Blueprint Leadership Program is an 8-month educational journey where participating students are immersed in a dynamic two-pronged process. They are challenged to execute a social impact project and also attend building sessions designed to educate and engage young leaders. This year’s Blueprint Team consists of 10 extremely talented young women and men who chose and organized their Social Impact Project: the “Move Your Body” Fitness Challenge and Health Fair. For more information, visit

For more information please contact Davicka Thompson at .

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 And for the fifth straight year, the winner is…..The Education Network!

The Palm Beach County School District’s station, The Education Network has been honored with its seventh Telly Award—considered quite a distinction with nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. The award – in the information category–for The Eighth Wonder of the World – Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railroad, is considered  a sign of creative excellence.

The Eighth Wonder of the World documents Henry Flagler’s massive railroadconstruction project that connected Miami to Key West. The seven year-long effort was truly ground-breaking because the islands of the Florida Keys had to be connected by railroad bridges– with the longest span measuring seven miles. The project was also plagued by three hurricanes. The Over-Sea Railroad opened on January 22, 1912 and connected the one-thousand people living in Miami to the 22-thousand people then living in Key West.  It was Henry Flagler’s most massive project, one that was and is still considered an epic undertaking, which was completed only a year before his death. Remnants of the railroad bridges can still be seen today by drivers who head south through the Keys.

You can watch the fascinating story all this week by clicking on

The Telly Awards program was founded in 1979 and is considered the premier award honoring outstandling local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs; the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. “The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. The Education Network’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

During the past five years The Education Network has also received two Emmy nominations and an Emmy Award.

 For more details, contact Jason Shockley,, 561.357.7680.


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Raising awareness about the issues surrounding missing and exploited children is the topic of conversation that Palm Beach Sheriff’s Officers will have with Hammock Pointe Elementary students on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.   Kindergarten thru 3rd grade after-school students will participate in the exciting “Take 25” program where Police Officers will meet with students and have an assembly regarding this important issue.

 “Take 25” is a grassroots safety initiative created in honor of National Missing Children’s Day. Annually honored on May 25th, this day serves as a reminder to the nation to make child safety a national priority. The “Take 25” Campaign encourages parents, guardians, educators, and others to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety. This event represents an opportunity for the students to learn about safety in every part of their life.

Students will be given the opportunity to meet, ask questions to the Police Officers and take photos with them.  McGruff the Crime Dog will make a surprise appearance as well!  Afterwards students will get a closer look at and sit inside police cars. 

“It’s a great way for the students to meet the police officers while learning a lot of important ways to help them stay safe,” added Ms. Welch, After-school Director. “With a focus on prevention, “Take 25” provides free safety resources including safety tips, conversation starters, and event planning guides to help communities host local events.”

For more information about the “Take 25” Campaign visit

For more information contact Bonnie Welch at 561-477-2200 or via email at








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

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Since 1966, over 40,000 students nationwide have competed in the annual Academic Games National Tournament.  This year Palm Beach County 14 students brought home National Championship awards from the National Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The team awards included National Championships in Elementary Propaganda and Middle School World Events.  For his outstanding play in all three academic content areas (Mathematics, Language Arts and Social Studies) John McCabe, Independence Middle School, was the 2013 National Champion Sweepstakes player in the Elementary Division (grades 4-6).  The Sweepstakes Award is given each year to the most outstanding overall player in the division.  Competing against over 300 students, John was the best overall player in the Nation!

Palm Beach County also has the Individual National Champion in Elementary Propaganda, Robert Zipper from Eagles Landing Middle, the Individual National Champion in Middle World Events, Michael Wang from Bak Middle School of the Arts, Junior Division Champion in Linguishtik, CJ Fisher from Atlantic High School, and the Senior Division Champion in Linguishtik, Christian Dosdos from Suncoast High School.  In addition to the two teams and five individual National Championships, the Palm Beach County Academic Games All-Stars received numerous other awards.

Academic Games tournaments challenge students to use higher order thinking skills in the subjects of Mathematics, Language Arts, and Social Studies. 

Competition to qualify for the National Tournament began in September.  After a year of local tournaments and the state tournament in March, thirty-six students and eight coaches representing nineteen different schools qualified to represent Palm Beach County at the tournament.

The Palm Beach County All-Stars continued the tradition of winning National Championships.


Name School Team Awards Individual Awards
Elementary Division – Grades 4-6
Barrette, Summer Bak MSOA 1st Place Propaganda 2nd Place Propaganda
2nd Place Equations  
Dowling, Alex Florida Virtual 2nd Place Equations  
Hess, Brady Palm Springs Middle    
Kamps, Cameron The Kings Academy 2nd Place Equations  
Mahfuz, Aqib Eagles Landing Middle 2nd Place Equations  
2nd Place World Events  
3rd Place Presidents  
McCabe, John Independence Middle 1st Place Propaganda 1st Place Sweepstakes
2nd Place Equations Perfect score in Linguishtik
2nd Place World Events  
3rd Place Presidents  
McCabe, Tommy Beacon Cove Intermediate 1st Place Propaganda  
Smith, Jonah Wellington Landings 1st Place Propaganda  
2nd Place World Events  
3rd Place Presidents  
Zhou, Lylybell Bak MSOA 1st Place Propaganda  
2nd Place World Events  
3rd Place Presidents  
Zipper, Robert Eagles Landing Middle 2nd Place World Events 1st Place Propaganda
3rd Place Presidents  
Middle Division – Grades 7-8
Anbu, Preetha Bak MSOA 2nd Place World Events  
Blum, Jacob Loggers Run Middle 1st Place World Events  
Graham, Mason Wellington Landings Middle 1st Place World Events  
Chen, Jacqueline Bak MSOA 1st Place World Events  
Gao, William Bak MSOA 1st Place World Events  
Gubbi, Himani Bak MSOA 1st Place World Events  
Luo, Jeffrey Bak MSOA 2nd Place World Events 2nd Place Equations
  Perfect score in Linguishtik
Rajendaran, Saahas Bak MSOA 2nd Place World Events  
Wang, Michael Bak MSOA 2nd Place World Events 1st Place World Events
Yan, Jack Bak MSOA 2nd Place World Events  
High School Division – Grades 9-10
Childress, Ryan Suncoast High School 3rd Place World Events  
Fischer, Brittany Suncoast High School 3rd Place World Events 2nd Place Presidents
  5th Place Sweepstakes
Fisher, CJ Atlantic High School   1st Place Linguishtik
  Perfect score in Equations
Hane, Luke WT Dwyer High School 3rd Place World Events  
Howard, Elise Suncoast High School   10th Place Sweepstakes
Relin, Anton Atlantic High School 3rd Place World Events  
Webster, John West Boca Raton High 3rd Place World Events  
High School Division – Grades 11-12
Childress, Ryan Suncoast High School 2nd Place Linguishtik 4th Place Linguishtik
Dosdos, Christian Suncoast High School 2nd Place Linguishtik 1st Place Linguishtik
Fischer, Candace Palm Beach Gardens High 2nd Place Linguishtik  
Stone, Jessica Suncoast High School 2nd Place Linguishtik 2nd Place Linguishtik
Taylor, Jerome Suncoast High School 2nd Place Linguishtik 3rd Place Linguishtik


For more information please contact Nancy Kinard at or 561-434-8250.

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The K-12 District Art Show is now underway at the Fulton Holland Educational Services Center at 3300 Forest Hill Blvd in West Palm Beach.  The Art Show celebrates Youth Art Month in Palm Beach County.

All students, family members, school staff and community members are invited to attend the K-12 Art Show reception, Thursday May 2, 2013 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM.  The show will feature K-12 student artwork, raffles, artful activities and much more.  There will be musical performances by: Berkshire Elementary, North Palm Beach Elementary and Bak Middle School of the Arts.

For more information please contact Arts Integration Specialist Mary Cavaioli at or 561-434-8485.

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The Dual Language middle school competition set for Palm Springs Middle, Thursday May 2, will have students competing in expressive reading, poetry recitation, spelling, essay writing, and poetry writing all in Spanish. The schools will send their best 3 performers from each grade. Palm Springs Dual Language Coordinator Claude McKee said the idea is to encourage the students to develop their literacy in both languages. “These students—some of whom are native English-speakers and others, native Spanish-speakers– don’t trade one language for another or even become merely bilingual—they actually work on becoming bi- literate.”

Elementary students will compete at Palm Springs Middle on Friday, May 3, in the same categories as the middle school students.

The district currently offers dual language instruction at 23 schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Students receive instruction of their core subjects in both English and Spanish. Dual language mastery is recognized as a highly desirable educational path for students.

For more information about the competition, contact Mr. Mckee, 561.434.330 or


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What factors facilitate the academic success of African American males in Palm Beach County schools? The School District is collaborating with African American men to present a forum designed to help answer that question, Thursday, May 2, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Inlet Grove Community High School in Riviera Beach. Organizers plan for parents and their children to hear meaningful presentations about a range of pertinent topics on educational reform.  Mr. Keith Oswald, chief of Curriculum Learning and Support, and Dr. Joseph Lee, assistant superintendent of Safety and Learning Environment, are helping to plan a full itinerary that includes topics such as; the new graduation requirements; the new Common Core standards, new academic requirements for athletes from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); the opening of the Roosevelt Leadership Academy for Young Men, updates on the infusion of African and African-American Curriculum, and much more.

Dr. Lee said that community and parent involvement with the educational process are an absolutely essential factors in ensuring student success. “Participating in events like this forum, understanding the requirements for student success, and knowing the resources available to help students and parents in that undertaking are critical elements in the educational journey.“  Other District administrators will also be on hand at the forum to give information and answer questions from students and parents.

For more information, contact Dr. Lee, 561.434.8813 or email