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Eight students from John F. Kennedy Middle School went to the final presidential debate at Lynn University armed with video cameras, digital cameras, microphones, and questions for President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney supporters. The interviews they were able to conduct and whom they were able to interview lead to an amazing night for the middle school students.

They interviewed Chris Matthews and Toure from MSNBC and many supporters from both sides of the aisle. They left that night with hours of video footage and over 500 photos.

John F. Kennedy Middle School Principal Corey Brooks, who attended the debate with his students, was amazed by what the students were able to achieve.  “They went out there with their gear and conducted their interviews with a level of professionalism that left many shocked,” said Mr. Brooks. “This event was just the start of what will be an eventful year at John F. Kennedy Middle School.”

To see a video collection of the interviews and a sampling of the photos that were taken, click on the links below.



For more information please contact Mr. Brooks at 561-845-4500 or .

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The Theatre Academy at Boynton Beach Community High School (BBCHS) presents The 5th Annual Evening of Monologues Written and Performed by Students on November 8th and 9th at 7:00 PM.

The Theatre Academy award-winning students will perform their own work in this humorous, moving and thought-provoking evening of theatre under the direction of Drama Director, Joe Ametrano.

The performances will take place at the BBCHS Black Box Theatre at 4975 Park Ridge Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL 33426.

Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students with valid ID. They are available for both performances.

The School District of Palm Beach County encourages student participation in fine arts.  Student performances throughout the School District play an important part in the overall academic success of our students.  A growing body of research indicates that students with more arts education have higher academic achievement across the curriculum when compared to students who have less exposure.

Please call 561-752-1295 for tickets and more information.

For more information contact Esther Rivera at 561-752-1526 or email

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

On November 13, 2012 the house modules and roof segments will be rolled out of the school’s shop and craned onto awaiting flat-bed trailers.  Then, early on November 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. the trucks and trailers will pull out of the school in Loxahatchee and drive along Okeechobee Boulevard to the awaiting foundation at 2431 Saranac Avenue in the Westgate neighborhood of unincorporated Palm Beach County. 

Seminole Ridge Community High School is located at 4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd., Loxahatchee, FL 33470.

The hammers are now quiet.  The drywall is in place.  Doors and windows installed.  Painting is finished.  The final installation of electrical, plumbing and cabinets is underway.  And the roof sections are now being assembled and dried-in to make ready for placement once the home is at its final location.

The 1,206 square foot house, built in its entirety by the students of the Seminole Ridge High School Construction Academy for Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, is coming to completion. 

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

The four (4) modules will then be lifted through the air and set gently down onto the foundation.  As soon as the house modules are set and secured, the six (6) pre-assembled roof segments will be lifted on top of the modules.  Within the daylight hours of November 14, a unique and first of its kind house for Habitat for Humanity will have been born.

At the property, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County staff and volunteers will make all final electrical and plumbing connections and install the siding and roof shingles.  The Royal Palm Beach High School Air Conditioning Academy will work with EDS Air Conditioning Contractors to install all of the ductwork and the air conditioning systems.  Habitat will build the front porch and the attached rear shed on-site. 

The Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, a division of the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) College of Education, has prepared an all-native landscape plan for the property and they will work with the Florida Native Plants Society (Palm Beach chapter), the house’s owner and Habitat volunteers to landscape the property.

Local architect and project manager David Porter noted, “There Is no greater ‘payback’ I can get from this project than to see the students grow, mature, enjoy and take personal pride in the work they are learning about and producing for a member of the community.”

The deserving owner, selected by Habitat for this property, is Tina Cromatie and her family.  Cromatie is a remarkable woman who, by life’s unfortunate circumstances, is now caring for her deceased twin sister’s two severely handicapped, wheelchair-bound sons.  She serves in the new role of “mom” while holding down a full-time job at a local hospital.

“Our partnership with Seminole Ridge High School and its Construction Academy has a great opportunity for our organization to provide another simple, decent and affordable home for a hard working family in Palm Beach County,” stated Bernard Godek, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County.“But more importantly, it has given hundreds of students an opportunity to gain knowledge and learn skills that with help them better themselves after high school – whether that be through the state university system, the community college system, through local trade organizations, or through local job opportunities.”

To learn more about this Seminole Ridge project and Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, please visit or call (561) 253-2080.


About Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County

Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of sub-standard housing by building simple, decent, safe, affordable houses for low income, hardworking qualified families in partnership with God, community volunteers and local organizations.  Each Habitat partner family is required to invest a minimum of 500 sweat equity hours of their own labor into the construction of homes before being eligible to purchase their home utilizing a 30-year, no-profit, no-interest loan. The affiliate’s service area extends from Hypoluxo Road in the south to the Martin County line in the north, and from Palm Beach to Lake Okeechobee.

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Golden Grove Elementary had the highest percent of their school population registered for the Summer Reading Program this year. Each year the Palm Beach County Library System keeps track of the schools attended by the children who sign up for the Summer Reading Program. The school with the highest percentage of their student population enrolled in the reading program gets a special program in November that is funded by the Palm Beach County Library System. 

Golden Grove will have a special visit the morning of November 2nd, 2012 by this year’s author of the book chosen as the 2012 Families Reading Together book, Artful Reading, Bob Raczka. 

“Golden Grove Elementary is very proud that so many students registered for the Summer Reading Program and enjoyed the love of reading over the summer. They are looking forward to their special visit,” said Kathryn Koerner, Principal. 

November 2012 marks the Palm Beach County Library System’s 9th Families Reading Together Campaign. This event serves to remind the community of the importance of sharing books with children and encouraging them to read on their own. 

This project is made possible by community partners, including the Palm Beach County School District. Golden Grove will be receiving special bookmarks and other materials from School Media Services for this campaign. 

For more information contact Melissa Ruddick at (561) 904-9700 or via email at






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Five schools from Palm Beach County have earned a National Recognition Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. This year, the Alliance recognized Berkshire Elementary School and South Olive Elementary School with the Bronze National Recognition Award for transforming their campuses into healthy places for students and staff.  They join Hagen Road Elementary School that received the award in 2010 along with Banyan Creek Elementary and Crosspointe Elementary that received the award in 2011. 

Kimberly Sandmaier, District Wellness Coordinator, Karen Jones, Berkshire Elementary Wellness Champion and Ulrike Vernachio, South Olive Elementary Welness Champion along with other Florida school winners.

To earn this award, these schools worked hard to make significant changes in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity and staff wellness by meeting or exceeding stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, to help them reverse the national trend in childhood obesity. Representatives from Berkshire Elementary and South Olive Elementary participated in an award ceremony last weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas at the William J Clinton Presidential Center.

 “This recognition represents all the work that these schools, the School District, and its partners are doing to make our community healthier. We would like to especially thank our Wellness Champions, Karen Jones from Berkshire Elementary and Ulrike Vernachio from South Olive Elementary,” said Kim Sandmaier, District Wellness Coordinator. 

Schools are eligible for Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum National Recognition Awards based on their level of achievement. These National Recognition Award winners join 251 other schools from across the nation that are receiving this honor for their healthy achievements.  Twenty-five Florida schools received a National Recognition Award through the Healthy Schools Program, more than any other state. 

For more information contact Kim Sandmaier at (561) 434-8044 or via e-mail at


About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices. The American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation joined forces in May of 2005 to create a healthier generation by addressing one of the nation’s leading public health threats – childhood obesity. The Alliance works to positively affect the places that can make a difference to a child’s health: homes, schools, restaurants, doctor’s offices and communities. For more information please visit:



About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit







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Everyone knows the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables our next generation to become innovators. Pine Jog Elementary is dedicated to STEM education and is holding its second annual STEM Family Night on Tuesday, October 30th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 

Last year, there were over 20 different hands-on activities supporting STEM learning and drew 385 students and parents.   This year they will offer more activities and the level of excitement will be much greater.   The South Florida Fairgrounds brought in a chicken hatchling program earlier in the month so that chicks will be hatching shortly before, or even during STEM Night. 

Community organization such as the South Florida Science Museum, Health Teacher, and FAU/Pine Jog Environmental Center, and The Educators’ Resource Center of Kennedy Space Center supplied posters and brochures highlighting the most recent NASA missions.

Students from Royal Palm Beach High School will be assisting with creating some of the activities and will explain the science behind the activities to students and parents.

Hands-on materials, refreshments and prizes were supported by grants from Pine Jog Elementary PTA and a Florida Association of Science Teachers’ mini grant written by Linda Petuch.

For more information contact Fred Barch or Linda Petuch at (561) 656-5400 or via e-mail at






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Mr. Bennett, 5th grade teacher at Equestrian Trails Elementary wanted to bring social studies alive! This year, in honor of the upcoming presidential election, he decided to conduct a mock class election for president of Palm Beach County. 

The purpose was to give students hands-on experience to learn more about our country’s process for choosing a president. Students who wanted to become the next president of Palm Beach County wrote short speeches, a poll was conducted afterwards and the two winners became candidates for their class. The rest of the classes participated as media, financial, set design and debate question groups. 

There were interviews, articles and even a website created (  Candidates had a budget and with the advice of their financial group had to track spending. Debates were held for two days and even Mr. Chuck Shaw, School Board Member, stopped by to watch the debates. Students listened, took notes and asked questions. 

Each student was given a state and an electoral number and voting will take place on October 30, 2012 with the inauguration to follow on October 31, 2012. 

Mrs. Johnson, Principal of ETES, said, “I’m truly amazed at the learning that has taken place about our election process and impressed with how seriously each student took their role. It’s something they will never forget and I am so proud!” 

For more information contact Michele Johnson at (561) 904-9604 or via email at






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The School District of Palm Beach County and the South Florida Science Museum are pleased to announce that the 2012 NASA Mission Control Event will be taking place on Tuesday, October 30 at 11:30 a.m.  The 11 students and 2 teachers from Palm Beach County that were selected to participate in this event will be speaking with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) from 11:58 a.m. to 12:09 p.m.  During this 11 minute chat window, live amateur radio contract will take place as the ISS flies over West Palm Beach. 

The Education Network (T.E.N.) will be covering the event and broadcasting it live over Comcast cable channel 234 and U-Verse channel 99.  It will also be streamed live on the web at  and will be on both the elementary and secondary school channels. 

Students and teachers were selected to participate in this event by winning an essay contest on the topic, “Why is space exploration important and what does it mean to me?”  

The winners are listed below. 




Mary Dixon 12th grade Wellington High
Peter Rawlik 8th grade Palm Beach Maritime Academy
Crista Johnson 8th grade Watson B. Duncan Middle
Connor Cane 3rd grade Poinciana Elementary
Khiarra Carter 5th grade Gove Elementary
Emma Lilly Menzer 3rd grade Sunset Palms Elementary
Gabriela Sanchez 7th grade Woodlands Middle
Chloe Amelie-Aikman 5th grade Calusa Elementary
Finley Keefe Murray 3rd grade Palm Beach Day Academy
Catherine Zeng 9th grade A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Jerry A. Stegenga III 3rd grade Pine Tree Lane Academy Home School
Erich Landstrom Teacher Seminole Ridge High
Linda Petuch Teacher Pine Jog Elementary

For more information, please visit the South Florida Science Museum web site (  

If you have any specific questions, please contact Kate Arrizza at the South Florida Science Museum at 561-370-7706. 

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)

Program Description

While aboard the International Space Station, crews participate in live amateur radio contacts, also known as ARISS contacts.  ARISS is a NASA Education activity that uses the unique environment of spaceflight to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  ARISS radio contacts last approximately 10 minutes and provide students and educators the opportunity to interact with crew members through a question and answer session. 

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








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The Women of Tomorrow Club members at Wellington High School, Glades Central High School and Pahokee High School will attend a writing and poetry seminar with Linda Jansz and Elliott Jones (Maya Angelo’s grandson). 

When? October 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where? Wellington High School Auditorium – 2101 Greenview Shores Blvd., Wellington, FL 33414. 

Among things that will be discussed include the importance of art in their lives as a way of expression and uniting people, encouraging students to find their voice, and preparation for college. 

For more information contact Elizabeth Calvente-Torres at (561) 753-9438 or via email at








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Due to Hurricane Sandy, all Palm Beach County public schools will release students three hours earlier than normal dismissal time today, with no after school or evening activities.

Aftercare is open today, but parents are encouraged to pick up their children as soon as possible.

Parents should note that students will be dropped off at their bus stops three hours earlier than normal today.

Tomorrow, Friday, all schools and the district will be closed, and employees should not report to work.

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Boca Raton Community Middle School (BRCMS) will host its Inaugural 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The event will be held at the school where racers and walkers will meet on the field.

The theme of the event is “Step It Up To New Heights.” The event will feature the “Boca Raton Helicopters”.  The company will land a helicopter on the school soccer field prior to the race to have BRCMS Principal Peter Slack board and take off. The helicopter will follow the race as it progresses to have Mr. Slack cheer on all participants along the route. Two students will be randomly chosen to ride the helicopter with Mr. Slack.

“We’re always looking for new fun healthy activities that bring parents, students and community members together. The 5K is a phenomenal way to embrace health and wellness and support our students and community at the same time. Hopefully it will become a yearly tradition and just grow from there,” said Mr. Slack.

Businesses are invited to contribute fund-raising sponsorships for the Fun Run/Walk benefiting and enabling a better learning environment for students, staff and faculty of Boca Raton Community Middle School.

The 5K Fun Run/Walk is scheduled to begin on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. A 7:30 a.m. warm-up sponsored by Lululemon Gladiator Boot Camp and Millennium Martial Arts – both community businesses, will assist participants physically and mentally in preparing for the race.


The 5K Fun Run/Walk is a 3.1 mile sidewalk course to encourage student, team and family participation. More than 150 participants are expected to attend, from professional runners to families to current students and teams.


To raise additional contributions for the Fun Run/Walk, businesses are invited to donate TEAM sponsorships to include the schools Softball, Baseball, Volleyball, Basketball, Lacrosse, Cheerleading, Swimming, Track & Field, Soccer, Dance Team, Chess club, BART, Art club, Math club, Green club, SECME, Pre-Medical Science and Mathematics teams. The cost of one team sponsorship is $100 and the business logo will be included on the race tee shirts.

Individuals or companies that would like to sponsor a TEAM should make checks payable to “Boca Raton Community Middle School PTSA” and mail them to Andrea Williams or Maureen Aloumanis, race committee chairs: Boca Raton Community Middle School PTSA, 1251 NW 8th Street, Boca Raton, Florida 33486

To register for the race, please go to

For more information, contact Andrea Williams at 954-655-2118 or email:

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Election fever is sweeping Lighthouse Elementary.  On Monday, November 5th, the school will be holding its own mock Presidential Election.  Students in the K-2 school will learn about the process of voting by registering for and receiving a “voter ID card,” which they will bring with their school ID when they cast a realistic ballot in special voting booths.  At the end of the school day, when the votes of all 756 students have been tallied, the winner will be announced on the school’s afternoon announcements.

“The 2nd Grade Gifted students have been learning about elections in Social Studies,” says teacher Chris Childress.  “This is a fun way to enrich their studies and is a culminating project on the unit.”  Ms. Childress, who is organizing the event, says the students will be making biographies about the candidates at an age appropriate level, and they are looking forward to sharing what they have learned with the rest of the school.  On election day, the 2nd Grade Gifted students will be out holding campaign signs they have made, manning the polls, and even tabulating and reporting the votes.  “It’s an incredible opportunity for our kids to learn about their right and responsibility to vote,” says Principal Leslie Bolte.

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The School District of Palm Beach County has won $150,000 in college scholarships for its high school seniors as a finalist for the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined philanthropist Eli Broad and retired Adm. Michael G. Mullen, former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, at The Museum of Modern Art to announce that the 2012 Broad Prize winner—which was selected by a bipartisan jury of 11 prominent leaders from government, education, business and public service, including two former U.S. secretaries of education—is Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

The $1 million Broad (rhymes with “road”) Prize is an annual award that honors the four large urban school districts that demonstrate the strongest student achievement and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income and minority students. The 75 largest urban school districts in America are automatically eligible for the award each year.

As a finalist for the award, the School District of Palm Beach County will receive $150,000 in college scholarships for its high school seniors. The other two finalist districts—the Corona-Norco Unified School District in Southern California and the Houston Independent School District—will each also receive $150,000 in scholarships.

“Teachers, parents, principals and administrators, truly everyone involved in Palm Beach County schools’ success deserves to be applauded today,” said Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundation, which sponsors the award.  “The progress you have made—empowering teachers, developing effective principals and helping students of all backgrounds reach advanced academic levels and graduate—is what nearly every other large urban school system nationwide is striving for.”

This marks the first time Palm Beach County was a finalist for the award. Miami-Dade’s win comes the fifth time the district was named a finalist for The Broad Prize.

As the nation’s 11th-largest school district, the School District of Palm Beach County has more than 174,000 students—55 percent of whom are low-income and nearly 61 percent of whom are minority. Among the reasons Palm Beach County schools stood out among the 75 largest urban school districts in America: 

  • A greater percentage of Hispanic students reached advanced academic levels in Palm Beach County than in other urban districts—and at faster rates. In 2011, the percentage of Palm Beach County’s Hispanic students performing at the highest achievement levels (Levels 4 and 5) ranked in the top 30 percent statewide compared to Hispanic students in other Florida districts. This was the case in science at all school levels (elementary, middle, high school) and in middle and high school reading and math. Between 2008 and 2011, Palm Beach County also was more successful than at least 70 percent of Florida districts at increasing the percentage of Hispanic students who performed at the highest achievement levels. This was the case in middle and high school reading, math and science. For example, the percentage of Hispanic students performing at the highest achievement levels increased by 9 percentage points in middle school science, while the average increase for other Florida districts was just 4 percentage points during that period. 
  • Higher graduation rate than other urban districts, and bigger increases over time for black and Hispanic students. Palm Beach County’s 2009 graduation rate—74 percent, as shown by the average of three nationally recognized graduation rate estimation methods—ranked in the top 20 percent of all 75 Broad-Prize eligible districts. In addition, between 2006 and 2009, Palm Beach County’s black student graduation rate increased 21 percentage points, Hispanic student graduation rate increased 13 percentage points, and the district’s overall graduation rate increased 18 percentage points. 
  • A greater increase in the percentage of black student participation in college readiness exams in Palm Beach County than in other urban districts. Between 2008 and 2011, participation rates on Advanced Placement exams by black students in Palm Beach County increased 8 percentage points. An approximate 3 percentage point increase on average per year, this improvement rate ranked in the top 10 percent of all eligible districts. 

For a full electronic press kit, including details on policies and practices that distinguished Palm Beach County from other large urban districts, please visit

The 11-member selection jury that chose this year’s winner included:

  • Henry Cisneros, former U.S. secretary of housing and urban development
  • Christopher Dodd, former U.S. senator from Connecticut
  • Donald Graham, chairman and CEO of the Washington Post Company
  • James Hunt, Jr., former governor of North Carolina
  • Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund
  • Edward Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania
  • Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state
  • Richard Riley, former U.S. secretary of education
  • Margaret Spellings, former U.S. secretary of education
  • Andrew Stern, president emeritus of Service Employees International Union
  • Mortimer Zuckerman, chairman and editor of U.S. News & World Report 

The selection jury evaluated quantitative data on the finalists that consisted of publicly available student performance data compiled and analyzed by MPR Associates, Inc., a leading national education research consulting firm. In addition, the jury evaluated the four finalist districts’ policies and practices, compiled following site visits conducted by a team of education practitioners led by RMC Research Corporation, an education consulting company. The site visits included classroom observations and interviews with administrators, teachers, principals, parents, community leaders, school board members and union representatives.

The 2012 finalists were selected this past spring by a review board of 13 prominent education researchers, policy leaders, practitioners and executives from leading universities, education associations, think-tanks and foundations that evaluated publicly available student performance data.

As a finalist for the 2012 Broad Prize, the School District of Palm Beach County will receive $150,000 in college scholarships for its high school seniors who graduate in 2013. Broad Prize scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate significant financial need and who have improved their grades during high school. Scholarship recipients who enroll in four-year colleges will receive up to $20,000 paid out over four years ($5,000 per year). Broad Prize scholars who enroll in two-year colleges will receive up to $5,000 scholarships paid out over two years ($2,500 per year). For more information on the scholarship program, please visit

Founded by self-made entrepreneur Eli Broad and his wife Edythe, both graduates of Detroit Public Schools, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is a philanthropy that seeks to ensure that every student in an urban public school has the opportunity to succeed. Bringing together top education experts and practitioners, the foundation funds system-wide programs and policies that strengthen public schools by creating environments that allow good teachers to do great work and enable students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive. For more information, please visit

Note: An archived webcast of the event can be viewed at Photos of the event are available at .

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Berkshire Elementary is busy rehearsing for their third annual Multicultural Performance to take place this Thursday, October 25th at 6:00 PM.  The evening gathering, open to students, teachers, parents, and the community at large has become an annual event at the school.

This year’s performance entitled “One World” takes on a special meaning as Berkshire launches a schoolwide cultural journey that will culminate in a “World’s Fair” in the spring. Each grade level has taken on a continent and each class is spending the year exploring a specific country within their continent. The challenge is to find as many ways to integrate the study of their chosen culture into their everyday curriculum in the classroom. As an arts integrated, Dual Language school with a largely diverse population of students and teachers this initiative is a natural fit, designed and supported by principal Maria Bishop.

Thursday’s show will feature ten performances that represent student learning about a sampling of countries from across the globe. There will be a samba by first graders, a Bollywood inspired Indian dance by fourth graders, songs, legends, artwork, and more. The finale will showcase Berkshire’s entire second grade, 13 classes in all as they share how learning about their continent of Africa has inspired them to champion a global cause. These students were shocked to learn that more than 1 in 8 people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. These seven and eight year olds have responded in an overwhelming way, already raising nearly $300, often in quarters, nickels, and dimes of their own money for “The Water Project, “ a charitable organization dedicated to bringing water filtration systems and sustainable solutions to the poorest areas of Africa.

“Our students have become such inspired little humanitarians through this project, and they can’t wait to share their important message with a larger audience on Thursday night,” says second grade team leader Kristin DeLaTorre. Donations will be encouraged at the show with all proceeds going to The Water Project. Learn more at .

Berkshire’s presentation of “One World” will begin at 6:00 pm on Thursday October 25 in the school’s cafeteria.

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The students of Boynton Beach High School could not wait for a better opportunity to demonstrate their skills and talent and showcase what they have been learning at their school’s special choice program, the Culinary Arts Academy.

This came with the organization of the Multicultural Education Department 8th Annual Language and Culture Conference that took place at their school Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20.

About 950 teachers and administrative staff showed up for the two-day conference. The students, led by Chef Dennis Baumeyer, along with other food vendors, were responsible for providing breakfast and lunch for the participants. Everyone was impressed by the quality and the taste of the food provided.

“The food was delicious and to think it was prepared by students,” said one participant. “It was like eating at a gourmet restaurant.”

“This was an amazing opportunity for our students.  They were able to take the lessons from the classroom and apply them to the real world.  They went through the entire process of catering an event; from ordering of the food items to the preparation, then the presentation, the service, and then the final clean up.  I am so proud of their accomplishment,” said Boynton Beach Principal Karen Whetsell.

This year’s conference theme was ‘Climbing to New Heights’. Its goal is to train teachers and administrators to become more sensitive and knowledgeable about language and culture issues in their classroom in order to teach their diverse student’s population more effectively.

Besides the Culinary Arts Academy, Boynton Beach High School is home to the Theatre Academy, the Vocal Academy, the Dance Academy, the Information Technology Academy, the Early Childhood Academy and the well-known Boynton Aerospace Science Academy (BASA) which allows students to earn credits for the top of the notch Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

For more information, contact Dennis Baumeyer at (561) 752-1200 or email

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Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food that is taking place on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.  The movement was created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and is led by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders and citizens.  The priorities address overarching concerns with the nation’s food system and encourage individuals to “eat real” by enjoying fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  

Food Day Talking Points: 

  • Promote safer, healthier diets
  • Support sustainable and organic farms
  • Reduce hunger
  • Reform factory farms to protect the environment and animals
  • Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers 

Food Day Activities: 

Representatives from The School District of Palm Beach County will be participating in a Panel Discussion hosted by the Palm Beach County Food Bank at the Mounts Botanical Garden Auditorium.  Steve Bonino, Director of Palm Beach County School Food Service Department and Chair of the School District’s Wellness Promotion Task Force and Paula Triana, Assistant Director of Palm Beach County’s School Food Service Department and Co-Chair of the School District’s Wellness Promotion Task Force will be among several community members and agencies to speak on behalf of Agriculture in our county.  

S.D. Spady in Delray Beach will be utilizing Food Day as a kick-off for their school garden by hosting events throughout the day. The school is partnering with School Food Service Department and Pero Family Farms to have an educational table set-up during lunch for students to taste test a variety of locally grown fresh produce.  The samples include: freshly steamed green beans, sweet pepper bruschetta, and yellow squash/green zucchini slices. 

For more information contact Jamie McCarthy at (561) 383-2059 or via email at or Paula Triana at (561) 383-2026 or via email at






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Indian Ridge School was recently asked to speak to the Kiwanis Club of Westside West Palm Beach during the club’s weekly meeting and luncheon. 

Principal Edward Tierney had the opportunity to speak about Indian Ridge School and is honored to have the Kiwanis Club of Westside West Palm Beach become a business partner for their second consecutive year. 

“Our staff and children are very happy to have the Kiwanis Club of Westside West Palm Beach work with us and our children” states Tierney. 

Last year they donated Thanksgiving baskets and Holiday baskets to some of Indian Ridge School’s less fortunate families.  At the start of this school year, they donated backpacks and school supplies to our students. 

For more information contact Stacey Oak at (561) 681-0000 or via email at




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For some students school is a place where they attend classes, take tests, and talk to friends. However, more than ever, Watson B. Duncan Middle School is a place where young adults can pursue their passion. For the past seven years, Duncan has been cultivating the next generation of polished business professionals in the Pre-Academy of Finance.   In addition, The Literary and Fine Arts Academy is entering its second year.  The Literary and Fine Arts Academy cultivates creativity, and develops artistic talent, while enriching students’ knowledge and fostering a love of literature and reading.  Together Duncan is balancing the scales between business and the arts.

This year, Duncan is excited to add the Writing and Literature strand to the existing Instrumental, Theatrical, Visual, and Vocal arts strands of the Literary and Fine Arts Academy program. The program challenges students to achieve a high standard of artistic professionalism, literary understanding and analysis, and academic excellence.

The academies nourish the creative instincts and global perspective of their students by providing a unique menu of travel opportunities during students’ time at Duncan. This past summer students from both programs had the opportunity to experience the history, culture, and commerce of Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, China. In addition, the globe-trotting school boasts tours of, France, Spain, New York, Chicago, and Boston on a rotating basis.  

Duncan’s faculty and administration are proud of the marriage of these two phenomenal programs. Duncan has not simply added a second academy to their school, but is partnering the programs to provide a school-wide concept of an enriched learning environment; contributing to the achievement of Duncan’s eleventh year as an A-rated school.  With course offerings and enrichment opportunities abounding, it is a place where students love to learn.

Watson B. Duncan’s Choice Open House will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

For more information please contact Principal Adrian Ocampo at 561-776-3500 or .

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Children across Florida are taking part in a unique exercise in goal setting to help Stella, a near life-size illustration of a baby right whale, migrate 700 miles from one end of the state to the other.  Famed muralist Wyland and South Florida school children created the giant painting in spring 2012 as part of an effort to draw attention to the plight of the endangered north Atlantic right whale whose numbers have dwindled in recent years to less than 400 animals.  To mirror the average traveling distance in a right whale’s migration, Stella will stop every twenty miles at schools and children’s centers, starting October 14 in Key Largo and concluding November 17 at the Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville.  

Stella will be visiting Pine Jog Elementary School, Tuesday, October 23rd for two assemblies: 8:30-9:15, Grades 3, 5 and 9:20-10:05, Grades 2, 4. The assemblies will include presentations from marine mammal experts and educators, a photo opportunity with Stella, and activities for students to use Stella’s journey to identify their own goals for environmental conservation, health and wellness, and academic success.  

A statewide art contest for all schools will also be held.  “Stella gives students a chance to understand the perilous migration that whales undertake every year from their winter calving areas off Florida to the feeding grounds off Nova Scotia,” says Wyland. “Her journey gives us a unique way of understanding the importance of overcoming obstacles to achieve goals.”

A web site at features an interactive board for schools to upload photos of Stella’s visit to their school, an animated map of Stella’s journey, a video of Stella’s creation, and teacher information kits with art contest materials, environmental science lessons, health and wellness tips, and activities about academic goal setting.   Throughout the tour, organizers including the Wyland Foundation, Harbor Branch Oceanographic at Florida Atlantic University, Florida Blue, Kids Eat Right and the Florida YMCA will also host multi-media presentations with educators, nutritionists, and marine mammal experts at each school. 

Follow Stella’s Journey at #stellathewhale on Twitter or at

For questions about the Pine Jog Elementary school assembly scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, please contact Linda Petuch at 561-656-5400 or Fred Barch at 561-656-5421.

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Forest Park Elementary would like to welcome prospective parents and students to attend the Open House for its International Baccalaureate (IB) for Primary Years Programme.

Representatives from Carver Middle School (Middle Years Programme) and Atlantic Community High School (Diploma Programme) will be available to answer any questions about continuing with the Programme after the Primary Years

WHO:    Elementary school parents and students

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – 6:30 PM

WHERE: Forest Park Elementary School atrium
1201 SW 3rd Street, Boynton Beach, FL 33435

WHY:  To provide parents with information about the IB Programme at Forest Park Elementary School

For additional information, please contact Simone Green at 561-292-6939 or email

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The School District and Palm Beach County PTA members will be meeting to discuss communications and public affairs.  The purpose of these conversations is to learn from parents’ perspectives, what works well in communication from our schools, where it can improve, and what the best way is to get important information to parents, whether  through using the District’s web-site, T.E.N. (The Education Network) or other sources.  “It will be a good opportunity to provide input and express your views to the District on communication,” said Jen Martinez, President Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA.

The meetings will run from 7-8pm each evening.

Tuesday October 23 at Hidden Oaks Elementary School (Lake Worth)
7685 S Military Trail Lake Worth FL 33463, Media Center
Wednesday October 24 at Del Prado Elementary
7900 Del Prado Circle, Boca Raton FL 33433
Thursday October 25 at West Tech Center (Belle Glade)
2625 State Road 715, Belle Glade FL 33430
For more information please contact Ms. Martinez at .

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The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has provided a financial grant and training to Gabrielle Holtzman, a Suncoast High School junior and varsity tennis player, to start a “10 and Under Tennis” program as part of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School’s Afterschool program.   The financial grant, from the USTA’s “Share the Love” program, was used to purchase 40 junior tennis racquets, youth tennis nets and balls.

Every Friday, ten Suncoast students conduct a tennis clinic for the neighboring elementary school’s Afterschool program students.

Dr. Linda Cartlidge, Principal of Suncoast High School, noted “This youth tennis program at Bethune elementary school, is an excellent example of how our Suncoast students mentor the younger students at our sister school on our joint campus.”

Mrs. Grant, Director of Bethune’s after school program, said “Our students tremendously enjoy the Suncoast students visit each Friday afternoon for the tennis clinic. It’s great to see the camaraderie between the Bethune and Suncoast students.”

For more information please contact Dr. Cartlidge at 561-882-3400 or .

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Milan Tangirala and Jack McCain

Limestone Creek Elementary School recently participated in the International Coastal Beach Clean Up.  Over 40 Limestone Creek students, siblings, and parents came out to help collect trash at the Carlin Park Beach in Jupiter.

Free t-shirts were given away on a first come first serve basis thanks to Pratt Whitney, one of the event sponsors.

The Limestone Creek Green Team is committed to raising student awareness about the environment.  Their initiative for the 2012-13 school year is to improve Limestone Creek by developing sustainability projects, enhancing the school grounds, participating in community service projects, and creating an overall culture where going green is a priority.

For more information please contact Limestone Creek Elementary Teacher Pattie Hart at 561-741-9200 or .

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Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Palm Beach and Martin Counties is helping the students at Lincoln Elementary in a big way.  Under the leadership of William Bee, Big Brothers Big Sisters is donating resources that provide a brighter future for the students at the Riviera Beach school. Principal Tracy Sims says, “Big Brothers Big Sisters along with the support of Publix, Dollar General, Downtown Gardens, Macy and their patronage have provided our children many needed items, ranging from mentoring, gift cards, supplies, basic needs, turkeys, Christmas trees, etc so that our families and our students can reap the benefits. 

For the past two years Big Brothers Big Sisters has made significant contributions to the Title 1 School.  “We are very fortunate to be adopted by such a wonderful organization,” said Dr. Sims.   “BBBS provides supplies and services to over 50 schools in Palm Beach and Martin County.  We are the proud recipient of a portion of over $116,000.00 worth of school supplies that were donated by BBBS and Publix to schools for children in need.”

For more information please contact Dr. Sims at 561-494-1400 or .