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The School District of Palm Beach County invites all job seekers and members of the community to attend the Transportation Job Fair. 

When? Monday, April 29, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Where? South Olive Park – 345 Summa Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33405 

Attendees will have the opportunity to apply for jobs available in the Transportation Department and obtain details about the hiring process. In addition to exceptional retirement benefits, competitive pay, health insurance and flexible schedule the School District offers the Commercial Driving License (CDL) training for free to those who qualify. 


  1. Safe licensed driver for 5 years
  2. Excellent driving record
  3. Pass the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination
  4. Pass the bus driver training course
  5. Communicate effectively in English
  6. Enjoy working with students 

Follow this link to apply online or call (561) 242-6500 

For more information contact Sue Gorby at (561) 242-6512 or via email at








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District Wins Green Ribbon Award

The School District of Palm Beach County today announced that it has taken home the National Green Ribbon award recognizing sustainability efforts. The announcement that correlates with Earth Week was awarded to the District by officials from the U.S. Department of Education.

The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide goal of increasing energy independence and economic security.

“Preparing students for future success begins in the classroom,” said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. “I want to thank teachers in these schools for taking the time and initiative to teach our children about not only the importance of excelling in academics, but also about the responsibility each person has in creating a sustainable way of living. Two Florida schools were also honored with this award.

In addition to this national competition, Florida has been recognizing students, classes, teachers, schools and districts through the Florida Green School Awards Program since 2008.

The application for the new 2012-2013 Florida Green School Awards is now open HERE.  Students, teachers and classes are encouraged to apply now through June 7, 2013. Schools and school districts are encouraged to apply now through July 12, 2013.

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High school students from four Palm Beach County Title I schools recently explored the marvelous aspects of the brain through hands-on activities with bio-medical research scientists at “Neuroscience Saturday.” The all-day event, sponsored through a grant by Quantum Foundation, was hosted by Scripps Florida, the Jupiter campus of The Scripps Research Institute, and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.

Groups of students and teachers from Glades Central High School, Royal Palm Beach High School, Palm Beach Gardens High School and Palm Beach Lakes High School recently traveled to the Jupiter institutes to participate in this unique educational event. They spent the day investigating the intricacies of neuroscience through various engaging and interactive activities, including a brain dissection, a speed competition where students “role played” different parts of a neuron to discover how signals travel through the brain, and a neurophysiological activity, where students recorded the electrical activity from the nerve impulses in an insect’s leg.

Neuroscience Saturday is based partly upon the success of Scripps Florida’s “Science Saturday” outreach program, which most of these students and teachers attended on November 2012.  Science Saturday has reached thousands of students from Title I high schools since its inception in 2006.

Neuroscience Saturday was also inspired by “Neuroscience Discovery Day,” the public event hosted by the Max Planck Florida Institute on December 2012 as part of its grand opening celebration. Driven by a desire to reach students from underserved communities and leverage shared strengths in neuroscience research, the two institutes jointly developed the Neuroscience Saturday program and presented it to Quantum Foundation as a means of making a positive impact.

“We were attracted to this new program because it is designed to not only educate, but to inspire,” said Kerry Diaz, president of Quantum Foundation, a grant-making organization in Palm Beach County. “We’re confident that the Neuroscience Saturday experience will spark a passion for discovery in students and perhaps even steer their interest towards pursuing a science-based career.”

“Whenever students have an opportunity to experience scientific discovery outside of the classroom setting, it can have a big impact,” said Greg Goebel, 6-12 Science Program Planner with the School District of Palm Beach County, who attended the event. “When that experience involves one of the most exciting and current topics in science and takes place at a state-of-the-art research facility, that potential is even greater. The students who attended Neuroscience Saturday were very excited and engaged in the day’s activities and we’re confident the experience inspired more than a few of them to think differently about science as they begin to consider college and beyond.”

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







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Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts is proud to announce that senior, Nikolette LaBonte of Palm Beach Gardens, has been selected to perform with this summer’s National Youth Orchestra (NYO) tour. Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together 120 of the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). Having completed a comprehensive audition process and then subsequently, a two-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world to serve as dynamic musical ambassadors for the United States of America.

Nikolette is a student in the Dreyfoos band department and a member of the Dreyfoos Philharmonic Orchestra where she plays the French horn. Dreyfoos Band Director Evan Rogovin said he’s not surprised that Nikolette was selected,“I have always been impressed with Nikolette – her work ethic, her professionalism, her leadership and her mentoring ability,” he stated.

This summer the ensemble travels to Washington, DC, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London for performances with famed maestro Valery Gergiev and renowned violinist Joshua Bell. When asked about her selection, Nikolette said, “It is truly an incredible opportunity for me.  I never in my wildest dreams imagined that this opportunity would come along and that I would be selected.  I am extremely honored.”

Wendell Simmons, the director of the Dreyfoos orchestra is also impressed with Nikolette, “Nikki is a wonderful musician and is most deserving of this honor.”   Nikolette is currently ranked number seven in her class of 318 with a 4.8 HPA.  She learned recently that she has been accepted to the prestigious Eastman School of Music in affiliation with the University of Rochester, the New England Conservatory, and the Manhattan School of Music.  Nikolette plans to major in music performance.

For more information, contact Jane Grandusky, 561.805.6203 or email

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Don Estridge High Tech Middle School’s lego robotics team called “Taz Bot RENEGADES” combined teamwork, research and creative thinking to surpass 47 other teams in winning the Champions Award at the FIRST® LEGO League (FLL) Florida State Tournament that was held  on March 3rd at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. The Don Estridge team also earned the opportunity to participate in the FLL World Festival, to be held in conjunction with the FIRST Championship, April 24-27, 2013 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO.  FIRST® LEGO League (FLL) is an international program for 9 to 16 year-old’s to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable employment and life skills.  Over 500 teams participated in Florida this year–our team of Ethan Jayne, Julian Lichtenfeld, Ian Palo, Roberto Macharro, Liam Sanchez and Kurt Wilson came out on top.

This year’s theme “Senior Solutions” challenged students to research problems that Seniors struggle with.The team participates in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a playing field (Robot Game) within a set time (2 1⁄2 minutes) and developing an innovative solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. In order to win the Champions Award and proceed to the National level, a team must present and perform well in all parts of the FLL Challenge. Team members worked with a Senior Partner, a retired Palm Beach County Art Teacher, to develop their research project on Spinal Stenosis.  Their innovative solution to help ease the side effects of stenosis was to develop a cost effective, pneumatic powered artist easel.

Coach Gloria Gibson says:  “It’s been amazing to watch these six boys learn to communicate, listen and work together as a team, letting everyone’s voice be heard. Their selfless attitude and determination to complete every task just shows what these kids are capable of when given the opportunity.  It has been amazing to see what has been created by the hard work of these students over the last few months.”

If you would like to make a donation to help fund the team’s trip to St. Louis, checks can be made out to Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, 1798 NW Spanish River Blvd, Boca Raton, Florida 33431….memo FLL Robotics team.

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South Intensive Transition School discovered a creative way to motivate and inspire students to succeed on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) 2.0 and End-of-Course (EOC) exams. Students, teachers, administrators and behavioral intervention associates (BIA) presented a motivational student assembly on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. to boost student confidence and share tips for conquering the FCAT 2.0 and EOC.

Students who performed in the assembly earned a stamp towards the Treasure Island Student Passport Incentive program, which culminates in an on-campus event for students who:

  • attended one afterschool and two Saturday FCAT 2.0/EOC tutorials in Reading, Mathematics, Algebra 1 and Geometry.
  • had their parents/guardians attend two “coffee and conversation” 30-minute training sessions with the Principal and Assistant Principal to share information regarding the FCAT 2.0 and EOC requirements and tips for helping students succeeding at home.
  • arrived to school on time, in dress code and adhering to the School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SwPBS) universal guidelines of Following directions, Avoiding aggression and Being respectful (FAB) for three consecutive FCAT 2.0/EOC testing days.

The theme of the student assembly was “Destination: Treasure Island” and included performances such as a poem by sixth grader Michael Johnson, pirate skit written and directed by eighth grader Amanda Meares and FCAT 2.0/EOC tips for success by ninth grader Gerson Garcia. The Department Instructional Leaders for middle school, Cori Ceci, and high school, Amy McGregor-Rick, were the narrators for the skit that culminated with the FCAT 2.0/EOC sailors being triumphant over the Pirates of the South. Some helpful tips that were shared were:

  1. Make sure you understand all the directions given.
  2. Be sure you know what you are supposed to do before answering a question.
  3. Read each question several times, carefully, before answering.
  4. Read ALL of the answer choices before making a decision.
  5. If you are not sure of an answer, cross out the choices you are certain are wrong. Then choose your answer from the ones that are left.
  6. Check your answer sheet often to make sure you haven’t gotten off track and that you are filling in the answers correctly.
  7. If you finish before time is up, go back and check over your work.
  8. Relax on test day. Take several deep breaths and try to be calm.

“I felt great because it was so much fun and exciting!” exclaimed Michael Johnson.

“I feel that it was an exciting opportunity for me and a creative use of my spare time,” said Amanda Meares.

“I think that sharing the testing tips with my fellow students will help them be successful on the FCAT 2.0 and End-of-Course exams,” said Gerson Garcia.

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

About South Intensive Transition School:

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

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

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The School District is implementing a new software product called BoardDocs, to manage School Board meetings and agendas. According to BoardDocs, “Its paperless services allow organizations to significantly improve the way they create and manage board packets, access information and conduct meetings.”  Important information about BoardDocs includes:

  • The April 24th School Board workshop will be the first meeting where BoardDocs will be used to run the meeting.
  • Board meeting agendas can be found off the District home page at (in the School Board box) or off the Community Page (see School Board in the menu at the left).
  • All information currently available on the School Board agenda website will be moved to the new BoardDocs site (  Once the move is complete, the current School Board agenda site at will automatically route to the new site.
  • In addition to School Board meetings, the new software includes modules to manage Board policies and policy development and School Board Advisory Committees such as the Construction Oversight Review Committee (CORC), the Audit Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), the Budget Committee, etc. (those modules will be implemented at a later date).

For more information please contact Kara Rubinson, General Manager–IT Solutions at 561-434-8951 or via email at









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Throughout this school year a select group of students at Howell L. Watkins Middle School have had unprecedented access and exposure to healthcare careers and patient care. This year, the leadership of the Good Samaritan Medical Center, and Howell L. Watkins Middle School, Medical Science Academy continued an innovative and unique Externship Program for a group of Health Career Academy students. This program was created by Mark Nosacka, C.E.O. Good Samaritan Medical Center, Dr. Roger L. Duncan, III, Mentorship and Community Outreach Chair, T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society, and William Bourbeau, Wells Fargo Private Banking.

Throughout the school year, these 8th grade students had in-depth exposure to and visited many of the departments within Good Samaritan Medical Center. In the Human Resources Department, the students learned the importance of and underwent patient confidentiality training. In the Operating Room, they learned about sterile techniques; participated in the simulation of a patient being put to sleep and intubated; and performed robotic surgery on an artificial knee joint. In the Emergency Room and Cardiovascular Catheterization Lab, they learned about a variety of medical procedures from cardiac stress tests, to endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. On the Obstetrical Unit, the students had an in-depth review of the birth process; participated in mock deliveries (with full instrumentation) and newborn resuscitation; participated in in-depth discussions about maternal-fetal health and pathophysiology; and toured the newborn nursery. Through these experiences, the students gained perspectives to careers in medicine unrivaled to anywhere in our county.

Students, Dr. Nathan Ringel and Watkins Principal Dr. Don Hoffman will be present on May 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM in the Good Samaritan Medical Center Administrative Offices for the graduation ceremony.  Students will receive personalized stethoscopes and Certificates of Completion and display and explain the benefits of the Externship Program and what they have learned. From storyboards, letters and oral presentations, the students will voice their gratitude and appreciation for their experiences.

According to Watkins Magnet Coordinator Dr. Nathan Ringel, “For most, it was a pivotal event that has altered the trajectory of their career aspirations and scholarly pursuits.” 

For more information please contact Dr. Ringel at 561-776-3671  or

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The Johnson Scholarship Foundation and the School District of Palm Beach County will honor 43 deserving seniors with $430,000 in scholarship money on Sunday, May 5th.  The Johnson Scholarship Foundation partners with the District to provide a scholarship incentive program that helps first generation college students overcome barriers to reaching their college and career dreams.

 The Johnson Scholars Program identifies students during their freshman year for participation in cohorts throughout their four years of high school with the opportunity to compete for $10,000 scholarships. Each scholarship provided is worth $2,500 per year over four years of college. The overall impact for Palm Beach County students through 2016 will be $2.2 million dollars. Through the grant, the Johnson Scholars Program focuses services on the following five high schools: Lake Worth High School, Palm Beach Gardens High School, Palm Beach Lakes High School, Santaluces High School and William T. Dwyer High School.

 The objective of the Johnson Scholars Program is to make college accessible to all students through academic readiness by addressing and reducing the barriers to college, and providing support to students to make and fulfill a post-secondary goal. The program is supported by First Generation Mentors who provide small group lessons on various aspects of college readiness using Realizing the College Dream, a curriculum developed by the University of California, Berkeley in conjunction with the ECMC Foundation. The mentors also serve as role models and provide one-on-one mentoring sessions for participating students during their junior and senior years.

 The ceremony will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Palm Beach Lakes Auditorium where scholarship recipients will receive their Johnson Scholars cords, pins and certificates.  Recipients will also enjoy this time of recognition and celebration with their families, school district personnel, Johnson Scholars Scholarship alumni, and 2014-2016 Johnson Scholars Cohort members with their families and community leaders.  The program will include words of encouragement from Johnson Scholarship Foundation President and CEO, Malcolm Macleod, and the District’s Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning Support, Keith Oswald.

Mr. Oswald said he’s proud and inspired by the achievements of the scholar recipients. “What this tells us is that students who face multiple challenges in achieving academic success can surely reach their dreams if educators, parents, and community members commit to removing barriers,” he stated. “This event celebrates not only the students’ achievements- but the fact that entire families will have brighter futures because of that success.”

For more information, contact Becky Youngman, manager, College Readiness, 561-982-0945, or email

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Palm Beach Gardens High School has partnered with The Princeton Review, the nation’s leader in college readiness, to host the first annual FREE Getting into College and New NCAA Requirements Fair.

Students are encouraged to attend and get information on the new NCAA requirements and meet special guest speaker, Robert Franek, author of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges” and learn how to choose the college that’s best for each student and how to pay for it.

The Fair takes place Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 from 6:00-8:00PM in the auditorium at Palm Beach Gardens High School.

For more information please contact Michelle Fleming, Assistant Principal Curriculum, at or561-694-7379.

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If there was ever a musical event that doubles as a call to action—The Weight of Words is it. The free musical was conceived, written, choreographed, designed, and produced by drama students from Broward’s Nova High School—all based on their personal experiences. 

This multi-disciplinary, anti-bullying musical performance has been seen by more than 30,000 Broward County students, parents, and school staff. Set for Palm Beach Lakes High School on Thursday, May 2, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. participants can register online at

The Palm Beach County performance is being co-sponsored by the Palm Beach County School District and the Palm Beach County Action Alliance for Mental Health. Palm Beach County School District Specialist for School Climate, Rick Lewis, said he hopes district students and staff will pack the audience. “This is an era where many have bought into the fallacy that it is ‘cool to be cruel’ and just about any difference can open the floodgates of mistreatment in all its painful forms.”  

In an effort to reverse this negative ethos, 19 Palm Beach County schools have established Safe School Ambassador programs.  This program, established in over 900 schools nationally, equips student opinion leaders to de-escalate conflict, support targets, and diplomatically challenge aggressors.  In addition, ten schools have qualified for certification by the Anti-Defamation League as No Place for Hate schools.

Mr. Lewis said he anticipates that more schools will elect to be part of these efforts next year. “We recognize that how we treat each other is as important as what we learn,” he added.

For more information about The Weight of Words, call 561.494.1569. For details about the Safe Schools Ambassador programs, contact Mr. Lewis at 561.982.0920 or email


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Four District seniors are among approximately 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship awards through the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. 

The program is a privately financed academic competition started in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented Black American youth and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants in each annual competition.

Breana McCoy,Lake Worth resident, Undecided career field$2500, National Merit Scholarship Corporation Alexander Dreyfoos School of Arts
Jamila K. Picart, West Palm Beach resident, Probable career field:  Biomedical Engineering$2500, National Merit Scholarship Corporation Suncoast Community High School
Roxsian F. Sharpe,West Palm Beach resident,Probable career field: Surgical Medicine $2500, Xerox Foundation Royal Palm Beach Community High School
Matthew A. Walters,Tequesta residentProbable career: Computer Science

$2500, National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Jupiter Community High School

 More than 160,000 students entered the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program by requesting consideration in the competition when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as high school juniors.

For details about the program, contact the National Merit Scholarship Corporation Public Information Office’s Eileen Artemakis, 847.866.5100 or email

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The third annual April is for Authors festival will be held at Palm Beach Gardens High School on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Twenty-five children and young adult authors will make individual presentations; participate in panel discussions and autograph books, which are sold at the event. The event provides students, families and educators an opportunity to meet the authors of some of their favorite books.

April is for Authors features a diverse collection of some of Florida’s most-loved children and young adult authors.American Library Association award winners Sharon Draper (Out of My Mind, Tears of theTiger), Lisa Graff (Sophie Simon Solves Them All and her new release A Tangle of Knots), P.W. Catanese (The Books of Ember series) and Alex Flinn (Florida Teen Read recognized author books) will be in attendance with their latest books.

Also featured at this year’s event is author Shayne Leighton, an Alexander W Dreyfoos graduate and author of her debut young adult novel, Of Light and Darkness, which is being made into a major motion picture. Shayne will be doing a writer’s workshop for emerging secondary school authors. Other Palm Beach County authors include Donna GephartMary MonroeHarvey Oyer IIIMichael Patrick O’Neil, and Serena Schreiber.

Helen Zientek and Sue Slone, retired Palm Beach County educators, are the event co-chairs. Partners of the event include the School District of Palm Beach County, the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Library System, Singer Island Sunrise Kiwanis, the Russ Courser Foundation and Northern Palm Beach County Branch of American Association of University Women.

Created by a group of dedicated Palm Beach County educators as a way for students to interact with their favorite authors, April is for Authors, will provide not only a valuable experience for the children, but also an opportunity for authors to connect with their audience as well as key decision makers in the local literacy programs.

For more information, please visit or contact Co-chair Helen Zientek at .

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Fourth graders at Sandpiper Shores Elementary School in Boca Raton are buzzing with excitement at the thought of meeting author Harvey Oyer III on Thursday, May 9.  The author of a district-adopted novel, The Last Egret, and a fifth-generation Floridian, will meet with students in the cafeteria to give a special presentation. This event will not be open to the public.

Mr. Oyer is not only a local author and lawyer, but an archaeologist and historian. His literary contributions are not only popular with our Palm Beach County students, but they have earned several awards and recognitions. In fact, the week after his visit to Sandpiper Shores, Mr. Oyer will travel to Washington, D.C. to receive an award as Florida’s Distinguished Author.

If you would like to meet Mr. Oyer, a featured author for the third consecutive year, then plan on attending this year’s April is for Authors event at Palm Beach Gardens High School on Saturday, April 27. This free event runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

For questions regarding the Sandpiper Shores event, please contact Danielle Paradiso at 561-883-4000.

For information regarding Mr. Oyer, please visit

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The United States has the third highest rate of skin cancer in the world with almost one in fifty people developing some form of skin cancer during their lives. One person dies from Melanoma every fifty minutes and Florida is the state with the second highest incidence in our country.   Some of the events presented by the Richard Kann Melanoma Foundation include “Strike Out Melanoma” an evening of fun and awareness designed to educate families in our community regarding the importance of Sun Safety Protocol. 

This event celebrates the Melanoma Monday Art Contest school winners and Melanoma Awareness Month, which is nationwide each month of May. 

When?  Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. 

Where? Roger Dean Stadium – 4751 Main St., Jupiter, FL 33458. 

The Foundation will host the evening’s event so participants can enjoy lots of fun and awareness through a series of “baseball” inspired events. The SAM (Students Against Melanoma) Club and Melanoma survivors will be in attendance to mentor their peers and assist with the program. 

5:15 p.m. – Awards Ceremony for winners of 2013 Melanoma Monday Art Contest in schools. 

5:35 p.m. – Ballgame – Jupiter Hammerheads vs.  Ft. Myers Miracle.

Following the game, a movie will be shown on the field for families at no additional cost. Between innings, local sponsors will be posting “Sun Safety Tips” on the Viewing Board. Attendees will learn a “Sun Safety Song” sung to the tune of “Take Me Out to The Ballgame.” 

“This year marks a renewed effort in education, as we recognize the need to solve a hard problem     that plagues our young people – skin cancer, especially melanoma. During the first 18 years of a child’s life, they are exposed to more sun than they most likely will experience for the rest of their adult lives.”  E. Wayne Gent, Superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County. 

The first 1000 attendees will receive a Sun Safety Goodie Bag with sun block, lip balm and much more. 

The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation was started in 1995 after Richard Kann died at age 44 of a late detected melanoma. Family and friends formed an organization to help local communities nationwide, to detect and prevent skin cancer at its earliest stage. The mission of the Melanoma Foundation is to educate the community about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma. 

For more information contact Lisa Richman at (561) 655-9655 or via email at






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Brian Thomas, Science teacher and track coach at Okeeheelee Middle School is an accomplished long-distance runner and founder of The Road Warriors organization. Last year, along with two former students, Mr. Thomas went on a 1,700 mile relay run through eight different states towards the finishing line in Lake Orion, Michigan. The purpose of their endeavor was to raise funds for the Cancer Alliance to fund colon cancer research (full story).  

Ramiro Melendez, Brandon Mercado, Paula Triana, Brian Thomas and Steve Bonino at the Wellness Promotion Task Force Cellebration in 2012 where The Road Warriors were recognized.

In the last few weeks Mr. Thomas, 34, was diagnosed with Melanoma and he will not be returning to school this year. His colleagues and students have organized the 1st Annual Brian Thomas 5K Race and are hoping that the community can come out and support a person that has gone above and beyond to help others.

When? Saturday, May 4th, 2013 from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 5K run begins at 7:30 a.m. 

Where? Okeeheelee Middle School – 2200 Pinehurst Dr., Greenacres, FL 33413. 

Pre-registration fees: Okeeheelee Students: $3.00 – Children under the age of 18: $5.00 – Adults: $10.00. Registration Fee includes: Race Bib, Goodie Bag with FUTP60 (Fuel Up to Play) Pedometer and Commit 2B Fit booklet. 

The event is sponsored by Fuel Up to Play 60. Participants are able to walk or run. 

Mr. Thomas received a Dwyer Award in Excellence Award in 2010 and was recognized for his efforts by the School District of Palm Beach County Wellness Promotion Task Force in 2012. His fellow teachers have donated hundreds of hours of sick time to help him cover medical expenses and assist his wife and young child. 

For more information contact Galo Moreira at (561) 434-3200 or via email at or Laura Harper at







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The School District of Palm Beach County is proud to announce that the eMobilize initiative joins a select group of programs nationwide chosen as an Apple Distinguished Program. The recognition highlights the district’s successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology. The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a consistent vision of exemplary learning environments. 

eMobilize is a classroom-focused, technology-infused curriculum integration program that includes an ongoing model of systemic professional development. “eMobilize’s basic design is to transform the classroom into a mobile learning environment that meets the needs of today’s Digital Natives. Aligned with current standards, it prepares teachers to seamlessly infuse technology into the curriculum. It provides a foundation for curriculum design, professional development, and a systematic way of introducing technology,” states John Long, Program Specialist. 

The eMobilize is a logical extension of the more established Tech Ambassador program, which provides access to 8,000 students and 150 teachers. Project SMaRT encourages effective integration of technology resources into classroom instruction reaching 15,000 students and 150 teachers.  Additionally, the Team TLC (Technology, Leadership and Collaboration) project, mentors and empowers library media specialist to embrace literacy, media literacy, and information literacy assisting 25,000 students and 28 media specialists.  

All of the programs are managed by the Department of Educational Technology, under the leadership of Director Gary Weidenhamer; Technology Program Specialists John Long, John Shoemaker, and Melissa Lander coordinate the eMobilize program. 

Melissa Lander adds, “eMobilize provides great ways to incorporate technology into the classroom and enables educators to create lesson plans that may be replicated district-wide.” 

This program helps prepare educators to move their classrooms to a mobile learning environment. The teachers use a hybrid-lab approach to incorporate their use of iPads and MacBooks into their daily collaborative learning activities. 

 “The eMobilize teachers are doing amazing things to transform their classrooms from static environments to those with vibrant landscapes of potential,” shares John Shoemaker. 

The SDPBC eMobilize program has been selected as an Apple Distinguished Program because it supports the way students live and how they want to learn. The SDPBC Educational Technology department recognizes that the classroom is changing, and students’ use of digital devices is completely natural to them. Educators need to experience new methods for professional development, such as those provided by eMobilize. 

Documentation and resources from eMobilize are publicly available at Educators from around the world use the wiki as a valuable resource, and often reach out to the eMobilize coordinators with questions and feedback. The wiki was a finalist for the 2011 Edublog Awards. 

For further information on eMobilize contact Gary Weidenhamer at 561-434-8224 or via email at







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The Palm Beach Central Bronco Band would like to invite all students, teachers and community members to their annual golf tournament. Attendees can hit the links on a spectacular course while supporting the success of the Marching Band program. 

When? Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Where? Binks Forest Golf Club – 400 Binks Forest Drive, Wellington, Florida 33414. 

Participants will be treated to an amazing dinner including awards, gift bags, raffle prizes and a silent auction. Registration is $100 per golfer and $400 per foursome. 

Sponsorship positions are available ranging from $75 for a hole sponsor to $1000 for a Gold Sponsor to assist our fundraising efforts and encourage networking. Business partners will be featured at the awards dinner, as well as recognized on the website, printed football program and Bronco promotional material. 

The School District of Palm Beach County strives to provide visual, performing and communications arts program with unique opportunities for the students and in-depth studies of the arts. Our marching bands foster discipline, teamwork, commitment and appreciation for all the arts. 

Registration forms and sponsorship information available at

For more information contact James Yaques at (561) 304-1033 or via email at








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Students in Jaime Worrall’s 8th grade algebra classes at Christa McAuliffe Middle School created not one, but two algebra help books.  The books help fellow students better understand algebra concepts on the FCAT math test. 

According to Mrs. Worrall, “The best thing is they were written by algebra students for algebra students in kid-friendly language that everyone can understand.  Even better, the students put in all kinds of interactive widgets so kids can play inside the books while learning.”

“Jaime Worrall’s students are lucky to have her as a teacher. She really makes learning interesting and relevant. It’s no wonder that Jaime has won awards for being an innovative educator,” said Lee Kolbert, Manager Department of Educational Technology.

The books are free in the Apple iBook store and can be found by typing “Mrs. Worrall” in the search box.

For more information please contact Jaime Worrall at .

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As a member of a School Advisory Council (SAC), you and your fellow council members are entrusted with the improvement of your public school. Together, you will help your school and its children become more successful.

You may view SAC meeting dates at

(Dates & times are subject to change. Please contact your school to confirm.)

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May is Haitian Heritage Month. Several events will take place to celebrate Haitian Heritage Month again this year in Palm Beach County. The month-long series of activities will begin on May 1st, at 6:00 PM, with an Opening Ceremony and Reception at Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice located at 301 S.W. 14th Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33444, featuring the well-known artist Jean Michel Daudier and Nicole Moreta Dance Academy at Toussaint L’Ouverture High School. This initial event will be followed by a number of cultural and academic activities at various dates and locations throughout the county.

Haitian Heritage Month commemoration recognizes the valuable contributions made by Haitians to the history of the World. It is a celebration of Haitian history and culture and an opportunity to share this culture with our communities. On May 18, 2013, Haitian flag-raising ceremonies will take place at the Delray Beach City Hall at 10:00 AM.

“Our goal is to build up the self-esteem of all Haitians, share our wonderful history and culture with the communities where we live and highlight our contributions to the history of the world,” said Bito David, the initiator of the celebration in Palm Beach County in 2003.

Other Haitian Heritage Month highlights include several cultural and educational events at various Palm Beach County Library branches, a traditional student essay contest sponsored by Gaskov Clergé Foundation, a Photo Exhibit featuring prominent Haitian figures in Florida, a festival at the Delray Beach Tennis Center on May 18 and in Belle Glades, and much more.  Visit for more details.

The School District of Palm Beach County partners with Palm Beach County Library System and Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice to coordinate these events.

Haitian and Haitian American students represent the largest ethnic minority group from a single country in the School District of Palm Beach County with about 14,000 students. According to community activists, Palm Beach County is home to more than 90,000 Haitians.

Admission to all Haitian Heritage Month events is free and open to the public. A calendar of activities is attached.

For more information, contact Bito David (561) 644-6488 / email  or Major Joseph Bernadel/Jane Marcel (561) 654-1048 / email or Marjorie Lear at (561) 233-2783 / email

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Palm Beach Central High, Wellington High and Royal Palm Beach High in coordination with various community organizations present Shattered Dreams, a dramatization of the impact of distracted driving and the effects that it can bring into anyone’s life.   




The presentation of Shattered Dreams portrays the risk of engaging into other activities while driving. A Prom Night accident scene, where one of the most memorable nights of anyone’s life can turn into a life changing experience.  Drama students play out as the accident victims on the football field to increase awareness about the effects that texting, substance consumption and other factors can have while driving. 

In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an additional 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. The idea is to show young drivers the consequences, as close to real life as possible, of what can happen when you don’t focus when driving. 

“This program is presented annually to the senior class just before Prom to remind our students to drive safely. Today’s decisions can have a lifelong impact,” added Mrs. Baxter, Student Activities Director. The percentage of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes that were reported as distracted at the time of the crash is much higher. “This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who are distracted so we hope to increase awareness with this program.” 

David Summers, Injury Prevention Coordinator at St. Mary’s Hospital works with the schools to bring the police, fire and trauma hawk services to the scene. In addition, Panther Towing, Bella Mia Premier Events Photography and the Dori Slosberg Foundation play an integral part in the organization of these events.

 The next Shattered Dreams will take place at Royal Palm Beach High School on April 26, 2013. 

For more information contact Donna Baxter at (561) 433-7929 or via email at







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WHAT: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) & End of Course (EOC) Student Boot Camp and Parent Training

WHO: Students and parents/guardians

WHEN: Saturday, April 6 and 13, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: South Intensive Transition School. 1509 Barton Road, Lake Worth, FL 33460.


  • The FCAT 2.0 and EOC Student Boot Camp is a two-day tutorial program designed to provide remediation and enrichment to students in math, reading, science and social sciences to ensure academic success.
  • The FCAT 2.0 and EOC Parent Training is a two-day orientation designed to build capacity of all parents to understand how to improve student academic achievement in reading, math, science, writing, technology, and social improvement in behavior. Test taking tips, strategies for success and an overview of the FCAT/EOC test, requirements and released FCAT 2.0/EOC practice materials will be provided.

Access the FCAT 2.0 & EOC Student Boot Camp Flyer, FCAT 2.0 and EOC Parent Training Flyer and Treasure Island Student Passport Incentive Program.

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

About South Intensive Transition School:

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

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


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DaggerWing Nature Center and Hammock Pointe Elementary School coil around each other for the sake of naming a snake. The resident Corn/Red Rat Snake at DaggerWing Nature Center will be named by the 1st Grade students of the school but the general public picks the essay winner. 

The students have written essay letters to persuade the public to pick their name. As all great writers do, these students have researched in books and websites about snakes and corn snakes. Over and over, they revised and edited their piece until the pure craft of persuasive writing emerged nearly error free. 

The Art Exhibit at the DaggerWing Nature Center Gallery will show the beauty of the snake’s colors and patterns through the artistic guidance of Hammock Pointe Elementary School’s Fine Art teachers, Mrs. Laura Sininsky and Ms. Britt Feingold. 

The Art and Essays are on exhibit for viewing and voting at DaggerWing Nature Center from April 2nd  through May 1st.  Kelli Dorschel, manager of DaggerWing Nature Center has arranged the viewing for easy voting. 

“Using all the charm of a 6/7 year old, these adorable writers will show what formidable writers they really are when they want something! And they want the community to vote for their essay,” added Mrs. Sirce Giveon, 1st grade teacher. 

Early in January 2013, Sean Mallee, the Naturalist at DaggerWing Nature Center and Mrs. Giveon, recorded the corn/red rat snake. Using the 1st Grade Life Science Benchmarks, they entwined the question and answers for student knowledge base, while the snake enjoyed the entertainment of becoming famous. 

This video is available on YouTube and runs nearly 15 minutes. 

On EARTH DAY, Saturday, April 20th, the celebration brings hundreds of visitors to DaggerWing Nature Center for special free activities from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This is yet another fabulous opportunity for the general public to come and vote for the name of the corn/red rat snake. 

The evening of Wednesday, May 1st, starting at 5:30 p.m., the celebration of this Corn/Red Rat Snake art work and the essays contest will have its winners. Every finalist is acknowledged and receives a gift from the Friends of DaggerWing Nature Center. Parents and families, friends, neighbors, and the general public are invited to this free event. 

DaggerWing Nature Center is located 11435 Park Access Road, Boca Raton, FL 33498. Exhibit is open Wednesday-Friday: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday the center is closed.  The Nature Center will be closed on Friday, April 12. 

For more information contact Sirce Giveon at (561) 477-2200 or via email at








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Park Vista Community High School and Ring Warriors would like to invite all teachers, students and community members to a fun filled evening of “COBRAMANIA.” 

When? Saturday, April 13, 2013. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

Where? Park Vista High School – 7900 Jog Rd., Lake Worth. 

This event will feature current professional wrestlers from TNA and Impact Wrestling.  In addition, some of Park Vista’s staff will be featured in the ring. Ticket prices are $15.00 for ring side seats and $10.00 for bleacher seats. 

The School District of Palm Beach County believes that every student should have the opportunity to participate in quality physical education. It is imperative to offer programs to develop the health-related fitness, physical competence, and cognitive understanding about physical activity for all students so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles.  

Today’s quality physical education programs are important because they provide learning experiences that meet the developmental needs of youngsters, which help improve a child’s mental alertness, academic performance, readiness to learn and enthusiasm for learning. 

For more information contact Reginald Myer at (561) 491-8400 or via email at







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