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Approximately 1,333 entries from 55 schools were submitted from Palm Beach County schools to participate in the 3rd Annual Alcohol Prevention Poster Contest “What can I be if I’m Alcohol Free?” Now the District invites all members of the community to participate in the online voting that will be open from Thursday, January 10, 2013 until Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

Click here to cast your votes!

Voters may select the three posters (one elementary, one middle, and one high school) that they think offers the most effective alcohol prevention message and will stand out inside a school bus. Only one vote per category, per e-mail address will be accepted daily. A committee of artists and experts in the field selected 15 semifinalists, each with a positive alcohol prevention message and fact about underage drinking.

Winning entries will be posted on the inside of all Palm Beach County school buses and will receive the following prizes:

  • Adobe will award the top two elementary and two middle school students with Adobe Photoshop Elements and the top two high school students with the current version of Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite.
  • The top six entries also receive a $50 gift card.
  • Teachers of the top six winners receive a $100 gift card to be used towards classroom materials.
  • Principals of the top six entries receive a two “Any Day” Fair admission tickets.
  • Semi-finalists and the top entry from each school will be featured at the 2013 South Florida Fair.

For more information contact Alexa Lee at (561) 844-5952 or via email at




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Eighth grader Victoria Wildhorn is headed to the nation’s capital to represent the Palm Beach County School District and Christa McAuliffe Middle School in the  Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference being held in conjunction with the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. Principal Jeff Silverman said Victoria is an excellent representative for the county and his school. “This young lady is a straight “A” student who carries a full load of advanced courses and she’s the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, the Challenger Chronicles,” he stated.

The Conference is set for January 19-23 and includes presentations from former first daughters Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager; an introduction to political parties and election issues, town hall debates and much more. For details about the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference, visit

For information about Ms. Wildhorn, contact Mr. Silverman at 561.374.6600 or email

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The Striking Cobra Marching Band at Park Vista High School participated in the field show competition and the parade competition of the 2013 Gator Bowl held on January 2 in Jacksonville.  The dynamic band won first place in both competitions which earned them the honor of performing during the pre-game show prior to the Gator Bowl as well as the $10,000 championship sweepstakes prize. The Striking Cobras swept the other categories of the event bringing home three plaques and 12 championship trophies with approximately 180 Park Vista students and parents among the thousands in the stands. 

For more details, contact Principal Reginald Myers, 561.491.8400 or email



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Out with the old, in with the new!

Over the winter break, students, parents, staff and community members at Addison Mizner Elementary School volunteered to take on the task of fixing up their campus.  An official clean-up day was held on December 22, 2012. Everything from picking up trash, weeding and raking leaves was completed. With the help of PTA funds, mulch and new pavers were put down during the first week of January.



“This is Phase One of a major beautification project at Addison Mizner Elementary.  Parents, students, and staff are very excited about the changes.  Lori Cousineau-Doyle, a teacher at the school has been instrumental in overseeing this project. In collaboration with the PTA President, Fanny Hourigan, we were able to get this beautification project underway,” said Principal Kelly Mills Burke.

In order to bring more awareness to the students’ surroundings, while still having fun, Gardening and Environmental Clubs have been started.  In a few short months, the campus will not only have improved landscaping, but new outside benches, tables and beautiful butterfly gardens throughout the campus.

For more information about the project, please contact Kelly Mills Burke at 362-3100 or

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Nick Winton, son of Sir Nicholas Winton Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, will be addressing students at various Palm Beach County schools. Mr. Winton will be speaking about his father’s Kindertransports of 1939 where 669 Czech and Slovak children were rescued. Today, there are almost 6,000 descendants of those survivors. 

The presentations, organized by the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (CHHRE) at Florida Atlantic University, will take place at: 

  • Park Vista High School – Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Melaleuca Elementary – Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Wellington High School Theater – Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 1:50 p.m.
  • Loggers Run Middle School – Friday, January 11th, 2012 10:00 a.m. 

Sir Nicholas, currently in the nomination process for The Nobel Peace Prize, is the subject of a film, Nicky’s Family, which will be released on Friday, January 11, 2013. 

Nicky’s Family is a gripping documentary that tells the nearly forgotten story of Sir Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II.  The film, from award-winning producers Patrik Pass and Matej Minac, features reenactments and never before seen archival footage. Rescued children together with Sir Nicholas Winton recount the unique story that even after 70 years continues to inspire people, particularly our youth, to make this world a better place.  Renowned personalities, the Dalai Lama and Nobel Prize winner Elie Weisel are also featured in the film. 

Nicky’s Family has earned rave reviews from audiences and critics around the world, winning over 29 awards at festivals worldwide including 12 audience awards from U.S. film festivals. In South Florida, the film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary from the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival in 2011.    

For more information contact Amalia Farris or Tawny Anderson at (561) 795-4901.






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Conniston Middle School will host its first Family Literacy Night Thursday, January 10, from 6:00-8:00 pm. The event includes a variety of opportunities for students and parents including Nook Reader technology demonstrations by Barnes and Nobles book stores; Reading Plus Program activities; the Scholastic Book Fair, and read-a-louds  by a scholar from the Lucy Calkin’s Reader-Writer Workshop in New York.

Christina Diaz Gonzalez, the award-winning author of The Red Umbrella, will also be on hand to give a presentation. The book chronicles the story of a 14-year old Cuban girl who is sent to the United States in 1961 to escape Castro’s communist revolution as part of Operation Pedro Pan. The best-selling author’s presentation is one of several planned for the school’s Family Literacy Night which is expected to become an annual event. Light snacks will be served.

 For more information, contact Jennifer Singer, 561.301.4930 or email


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Dr. Leon Bass, a former high school principal and a veteran of World War II who participated in the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945, will visit Palm Beach State College at the Eissey Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens this week. Dr. Bass, who wrote Good Enough-One Man’s Memoir on the Price of the Dream—will speak at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, as a guest of the College and inSIGHT Through Education. After the war, Dr. Bass dedicated much of his life as a teacher, school administrator, and a speaker who focuses on fighting racism wherever it exists.

The former educator who worked at several Philadelphia schools, will speak to students and faculty of Palm Beach Lakes High School on Thursday, January 10. For more details, contact Maureen Carter, 561.434.8933 or email

inSIGHT Through Education is a not-for- profit, non-sectarian, 501 ( C )(3) organization whose purpose is to inspire and educate using lessons learned from the Holocaust and Genocides to eliminate prejudice while encouraging respect and acceptance in schools, communities, and the world

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If you’re thinking about getting your General Education Development (GED), you may want to do it soon. The current version of the GED test will be replaced with a new test on January 2, 2014 that is harder and more expensive.  Students are urged to take advantage of 2013 rates while they are still available. 

The GED is the high school diploma equivalent exam that includes Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies and Science.  In addition to costing an extra $50, the 2014 test will be entirely computer-based with multiple choice, short answer and essay questions. Keyboarding skills will be essential. Those who have started taking the test have until the end of 2013 to pass all 5 sessions or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test. 

The Adult & Community Education department of the School District of Palm Beach County offers convenient GED studies online and on-site in 26 school locations and 10 satellite sites. “We use Adaptive Learning, which tailors classes to each individual’s needs,” said Dr. Jane Bravo, Program Consultant at Adult & Community Education. “Our one-on-one, individualized instruction methods help adults prepare for the GED test. We want students to succeed!” 

In addition to offering classes and testing for the GED, the Adult & Community Education department offers FREE Career Pathways counseling for registered GED students and FREE Family Literacy support programs for GED students with children. 

“By passing the GED test, you can open new paths and doors to college, better jobs, and personal satisfaction,” said Mary Barrett, Manager of Adult & Community Education. “GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires at the end of this year.” 

Detailed information is available at or by calling 561-649-6010.
Spring 2013 GED classes begin January 14, 2013 – April 12, 2013

Registration for GED classes is $30 for Florida residents. The complete battery of GED tests costs $70 through 2013. 




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Students in the Pre-Academy of Finance at Watson B. Duncan Middle learn about value, not just the value of a dollar, but the value of giving. Part of the program requires students to engage in service based activities within the community, giving of themselves; each holiday season Academy students find a way to bring joy to the less fortunate.

In previous years, through the generosity of Academy families, the Pre-Academy of Finance has adopted a family for the holidays. This year, the Academy took a bigger picture approach with the hopes of reaching more people in need. As usual, the students and parents of the Academy went above and beyond all expectations. The Pre-Academy of Finance began with the goal of collecting gifts for elementary school students at a local school, with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students; they set out to collect seventy-four gifts (adopting four classes). The students were so enthusiastic about the prospect of giving to young children who would otherwise be receiving nothing this Christmas that they tripled the collection goal.

With the spirit of giving that moved these kids, and their families, the Pre-Academy of Finance was able to provide gifts for 74 elementary students, provide 30 gifts for Duncan’s Builders Club (a club which provides Christmas gifts for disadvantaged students at Duncan Middle), and donate 133 gift to Real Life Children’s Ranch of Okeechobee. Real Life Children’s Ranch is a family-style group home for abused and abandoned children; providing a loving, caring environment where children learn the richness of a well-rounded life.

“The faculty of the Pre-Academy of Finance is proud of the thoughtfulness and care for others that the students have shown,” said Kate Wynn, Literary and Fine Arts Academy Coordinator. “It is the hope of the Academy’s teachers that the kids will learn how satisfying it can be to give of yourself to others- that truly is what the holidays are all about.”

For more information please contact Ms. Wynn at 561-776-3596 or .

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Energized parent leaders from Title I schools recently participated in a training titled Success Starts at Home: Engaging Parents for Student Achievement. The second quarterly Title I District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) meeting was held and the teamwork between the elected officers of DPAC and Federal and State Program staff, and the support from the Multicultural Department and Lakeshore Learning Materials were evident.

The training was facilitated by David Bunker, the Executive Director of Family Leadership Incorporated. Most of the training time was devoted to interactive exercises, where the parent leaders received personal, hands on experience on the power of positive parenting in building confident, disciplined, resilient, smart, students who also have the capacity to take on academic challenges, and resist negative peer pressure. The parent leaders overwhelmingly appreciated the practical skills and tools that they can utilize immediately with their own children and share with their respective schools.

The third quarterly meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at FHESC Thurber A and B from 6:00-8:00 P.M.

For more information about the DPAC, contact Ernesto Lontoc, Grant Compliance specialist of the Department of Federal and State Programs at or at 561-434-8037.

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At the start of this school year Jupiter Elementary School was interested in implementing a new school pledge to incorporate into the School-wide Positive Behavior Support System.

“The students were excited to learn they too could be a part of this endeavor,” said Principal Daniel Smith.  “Through the support of the guidance department’s instructional lessons, students in K-5 were challenged to compose a pledge that would represent how we should conduct ourselves at Jupiter Elementary.  The Braves’ Way Pledge needed to reflect the schools Universal Guidelines for Success.  Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe.”

There was a great response from the students and the judging team had a difficult job of narrowing it down to four finalists.  The pledges were then placed on a ballot for a vote by all the students.

The new Braves’ Way Pledge that has now been adopted by Jupiter Elementary School was composed by two fifth graders, Hannah Mac and Ava Romero.





I promise to be respectful, responsible, and safe

by following the Braves’ Way.

I will be respectful of others’

thoughts, opinions, and belongings.

I will be responsible by being on time

 to make sure I shine

and I will study for tests

to be sure I am the best.

I will be safe by following rules

and caring for others.

I promise to do my share,

these are the things that show I care!

Be respectful!  Be responsible! Be safe!


For more information please contact Mr. Smith at 561-741-5300 or .

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Students at Grove Park Elementary are developing essential literacy skills thanks in part to a local non-profit organization.  Children’s Books on Tape Inc., which is headed by Faren, Sam, and Nina Silverman, has donated five Listening Libraries to the Palm Beach Gardens school.

Each library set consists of 50 children’s books with the audio recording of each book.  The books and tapes are all in storage bags and hung up on a spinning rack.  In addition, each set of books comes with five tape recorders.  The total donation is 250 books and cassettes, 5 spinning racks, and 25 tape recorders for a total value of $2,300.

Grove Park Elementary Principal Eric Gross said, “We greatly appreciate the generous support of the the Silverman Family and Children’s Books on Tape, Inc.  These listening centers will help our students develop essential literacy skills in a way that makes learning more enjoyable”.

Listening Libraries have been placed in 79 individual classrooms and libraries in Title 1 schools in Palm Beach County and Martin County schools by Children’s Books on Tape Inc.

For more information please contact Mr. Gross at 561-904-7700 or .

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The Circuit 15 Juvenile Justice Board is holding a community event titled, “A Lifetime of Consequences: Criminal Records of Juveniles.”  Members of the Pahokee City Council requested the event which will be held on January 10th, 2013 at Pahokee High School from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  

Panel members will discuss the impact of juvenile delinquency records and the lifelong effects it can have on a child.

The event is free and open to students, parents, teachers, and community partners/advocates. 

For more information please contact Angela R. Bess, Ed.D., School District Director of Educational Alternatives at 561-681-5946 .

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The Quantum Foundation, Palm Beach County’s largest private foundation, awarded a $750,000 grant towards the realization of a $2.3 million Capital Campaign for the “new” Galaxy Elementary School. The fundraising is being managed by the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County.

The Quantum Foundation grant specifically focuses on the “Wonderment Center”, a two-story focal point of the school that will include two skills labs and lots of interactive learning to help Galaxy create and maintain exemplary programs in science and math.  That goal is consistent with the Quantum Foundation’s mission of improving science and health education countywide for all students.

At this month’s School Board meeting the Quantum Foundation was recognized for its generous support of the Boynton Beach school. Education Foundation Executive Director Mary Kay Murray said, “In addition to the $20.3 million in construction dollars, supplemental funds were needed for LEED Platinum certification and the highly anticipated Wonderment Center.  This two story building will feature interpretive, interactive multi-age work stations and will resemble a small museum.  Through the Quantum Foundation donation, these features are now a reality.”

Quantum Foundation President Kerry Diaz said: “Quantum Foundation is happy to partner with the School District to bring science to life in a way that kids can touch and be inspired by. As one Galaxy student said about the school: ‘I can’t wait to see what’s inside’!”

This state-of-art replacement school will be the district’s 8th green school, and is the first public school in Florida to register for LEED® Platinum certification. The new school will be completed in August 2013.

For more information please contact Ms. Murray at 561-357-7659 or .

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Neuroscience Discovery Day attracted over 3,000 people, who enjoy the festivities including tours, lectures, panel discussions, interactive exhibits, and live music. This educational and fun day hosted by Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFIN) coincided with the official grand opening of their facility.  

One of the highlights of the event was the Battle of the Brains scientific poster competition which was sponsored by the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund.  Students in grades 9-12 across Palm Beach County were challenged with designing and making a computer-generated poster which highlighted groundbreaking experiments, scientific data, and future research related to the brain.  

Over 20 posters were presented.  The following students won 1st place awards in 5 different categories: 

Ximena Hasbach from Dreyfoos School of the Arts – Best Overall

Mihael Cudic from Atlantic High School – Best Scientific Content

Marc Moise from Lake Worth School – Best Use of Visuals

Melanie Grande from Suncoast High School – Most Creative

David Heaton from West Boca Raton High School – Best Oral Summary 

Scripps Florida is once again hosting a “CELLebrate” science day at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  This yearly family-friendly event has something for all ages.  As always, the event is FREE and open to the public! 

Scripps Florida staff will be conducting exciting science demonstrations throughout the day.  There will also be interactive exhibits that will open up the minds of all who visit.  Scripps Florida scientists will be there to discuss their groundbreaking research that is taking place right here in Palm Beach County! 

“As the state of Florida has become a hub for the biotech industry, it is vital that our students and their families understand the impact of biotechnology on maintaining and improving quality of life,” said School District K-12 Science Manager Wendy Spielman. “The Scripps Florida ‘CELLebrate’ Science day at The Gardens Mall will make the science of biotechnology accessible to our students and the community in a fun, interactive way.  It may also open students’ eyes to a variety of careers paths and fields of study that they may have never considered before.  It will be an outstanding event.” 

The School District of Palm Beach County will have its own exhibit as well featuring the winners of the 2012 Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair.  These students from grades 6-12 will be there to present their own scientific research to the public as a prelude to competing at Florida’s State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland, FL in March 2013. 

“I have no doubt that many of these students will one day be working side-by-side with the scientists at Scripps and other scientific institutions,” said School District 6-12 Science Program Planner Gregory Goebel.  “It is great to see the positive reaction from the public every year as they are amazed at the outstanding work being done by these middle and high school students that already has real-world applications.” 

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









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Hundreds of parents and coordinators packed the auditorium of Santaluces High School for the 2012 Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair Awards that took place on Thursday, December 13, 2012. The excitement of watching the students receive their 1st through 4th place awards was overwhelming. Dozens of the special awards that were given to the students were sponsored by various community partners that believe in the talent of Palm Beach County students. 

“These are the students that will become the researchers who find the cure for cancer, develop new technologies that solve the energy crisis, and make the world a better place in more ways than there is space to name,” added Gregory Goebel, Science Program Planner. 

The competition was particularly stiff this year which made the selection of the top 40 projects across all categories extremely difficult.  These 40 projects will be entered into Florida’s 58th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) being held in Lakeland, FL from March 26 – 28, 2013. 

Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast will be awarding each SSEF participant with a cash award of at least $100.00.  Scripps FL will be awarding each student with a medal and gift card to The Gardens Mall when they showcase their projects there on CELLebrate Science Day on February 2, 2013.  

The 40 SSEF invitees from the Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair are as follows: 

Junior Division (Grades 6-8)

Rachel Caspar – Jupiter MS

Austin Consagra – Wellington Landings MS

Bahar Daryaee – Saint Juliana Catholic School

Brittany Duffey – Loggers’ Run MS

Ray Jia – Loggers’ Run MS

Edwin Kling – Jeaga MS

Lindsay Maclachlan – Independence MS

Madison McCue – Bak MSOA

Sarah Palumbo – Eagles Landing MS

Logan Perkins – St. Mark’s Episcopal School

Julia Raymond – Rosarian Academy

Rachel Reyblat – Omni MS


Senior Division (Grades 9-12)

Sarah Barden – A.W. Dreyfoos SOA

Catherine Chen – A.W. Dreyfoos SOA

Anthony Coons – American Heritage School

Daniel Dufresne – Palm Beach Central HS

Carle Dugan – Palm Beach Central HS

Savannah Flak – A.W. Dreyfoos SOA

Goda Graudinis – Palm Beach Central HS

Maria Elena Grimmett – Oxbridge Academy

Anuradha Gulati – Suncoast HS

Jessica Hamorsky – A.W. Dreyfoos SOA

Ximena Hasbach – A.W. Dreyfoos SOA

Joshua Hellerstein – Suncoast HS

Sylvie Hyman – Spanish River HS

Tristin Jones – American Heritage School

Alexandra Kaye – Palm Beach Lakes HS

Elizabeth Le – Palm Beach Central HS

Christine Leeds – Palm Beach Central HS

Ryan Meingasner – Seminole Ridge HS

Alex Naum – Palm Beach Central HS

Gray Newfield – Oxbridge Academy

Anthony Olive – Palm Beach Central HS

Andrew O’Neill – Suncoast HS

Leah Parker – Forest Hill HS

Blayke Polselli – Suncoast HS

Zachary Solloway – Park Vista HS

Alexander Todor – Suncoast HS

Christopher Wan – A.W. Dreyfoos SOA

Paul Wassel – Seminole Ridge HS


Click here to see the list of ALL winners on the county science fair website. 

“We would like to thank all of our sponsors for contributing to our efforts of rewarding students for excellence in science.  We welcome future contributions from individuals or groups that would like to encourage students to continue to explore science and develop research techniques,” said Mr. Goebel. 

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South Intensive Transition School hosted its Parent Training and Technology Night on Wednesday, December 18, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. Parents, students, faculty and staff attended the 2-hour presentation that focused content training in reading, English language arts, writing, mathematics and science. Additional training opportunities were provided on graduation requirements, school-wide positive behavior support, technology and strategies for success for students receiving Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services, 504 accommodations and English Language Learner (ELL) support.

“We are thrilled that the parents were afforded the opportunity to understand content area as well as strategies for behavioral and graduation success! Our faculty and staff did a superb job presenting to the parents. Student academic and behavioral achievement is a priority at South Intensive and we are happy to have all stakeholders on board with these goals,” commented Assistant Principal Terrence Narinesingh.

 “The speakers explained everything to me and I understood clearly!” exclaimed Tandie Glinton, parent of a 6th grader. Parents were able to learn about FCAT 2.0 Reading, Mathematics, Science and End-of-Course Exams in Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology and US History. Additionally, graduation requirements were discussed in terms of GPA, community service hours and credit requirements.

“The parents seemed to be interested and engaged in the training. I think they now have a better understanding of what their children are learning in school and the importance of parental involvement in school,” stated Guidance Counselor Maggi David.

For the reading, English language arts and writing presentation, parents were given access to the curriculum winter packets, technology and reading in the English language arts classroom with the NOOK tablets through the Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R) as well as the FCAT 2.0 Reading, Writing and frequent Palm Beach Writes data. For the mathematics presentation, the curriculum winter packet information was made available on Edline and there was an in-depth discussion regarding Algebra 1 and Geometry.

For the science presentation, the information provided included the winter packet, Green Schools recognition program, and technology in the science classroom through the “Interactive” features that provided a variety of hands-on and minds-on inquiry options to keep all students actively engaged. For the ESE, 504 and ELL support presentations, the purpose and placement of these supports were discussed along with the importance of a parent/professional partnership in developing the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), parent participation notice, procedural safeguards, attendance and responsibilities after the meeting.

For the school-wide positive behavior support presentation, the Follow directions, Avoid aggression, Be respectful (FAB) behavior matrix was presented in addition to school-wide behavioral initiatives such as the daily point system, incentives, rewards and corrective behavior interventions. “Our main goal at South Intensive is to provide our students with support and encouragement in order to help them correct their behaviors. We do this by using a school-wide positive behavior support (SwPBS) system. We hope that our students will be able to return to their comprehensive campuses,” commented Monique Lambrou, SpringBoard English Language Arts/Reading teacher.

The technology presentation consisted of a rotational model where parents were given the opportunity to interact one-on-one with Edline, Core K12, Education (e2020), Florida Virtual School, Compass Learning, Gizmos, Read On, Read 180 and learning tools such as reference and research, individual learning and create and share.

Based on survey data, 100 percent of the parents in attendance stated that as a result of the training, they understood:

  • that family involvement increases student achievement,
  • the content of the presentation thoroughly,
  • how important it is to interact and dialogue with other parents,
  • the skills and strategies they learned will assist them in helping their children.

Overall, 100 percent of the parents in attendance stated that:

  • the presentation was clear and informative,
  • the delivery of the presentation was well organized,
  • adequate time was devoted to each session,
  • the resources and handouts were beneficial.

“We intend to offer more forums for parents to come out and see the amazing things that we are doing for our students in the alternative setting.  Special thanks to Olive Garden in Boynton Beach for their hospitality,” commented Principal Dr. Voncia Haywood.

For more information, contact Terrence Narinesingh at (561) 202-0604 or e-mail

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On Thursday December 27th, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. the Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association will be the benefiting organization of the Downtown Carousel at Downtown at the Gardens.  All monies raised on this day will go towards scholarships for students who are pursuing a future college degree in the Visual Arts. 

Support the Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association Scholarship Fund by coming to the Downtown Carousel on December 27th.  Each ride is $2 for all ages. 

The Downtown Carousel is located at: 

11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue, Suite 2203

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 

The Downtown Carousel at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens is helping local charities through the use of their carousel.  From November 25th to December 30th select organizations will partake in the Gifts of the Season Campaign in which all monies raised will directly benefit the participating party. 

For more information contact Kim Pilla via email at  



It is the mission of the Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association to support art education and to promote art as a means of communication for each individual.  It is the right of each individual to develop his own creativity and aesthetic potential.  It is our purpose to strengthen the position of art education in Palm Beach County.  We support programs in art which meet the needs, interests and abilities of each individual student.  We will promote and maintain the highest quality of art education in Palm Beach County.







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For the second consecutive year, Premier Family Health & Wellness, located in Wellington, will be making the students at Indian Ridge School’s holidays a little brighter.  They will be coming to the school’s campus on Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. to personally hand out toys, gift cards and Indian Ridge School t-shirts to all 115 students.  

Students enrolled at Indian Ridge School travel from all over Palm Beach County as Indian Ridge is the only therapeutic school in Palm Beach County. Their mission is to provide a therapeutically and academically integrated program that gives students the academic and social skills necessary for post secondary education, productive citizenship, employment and independent living. 

Stacey Oak, Community Resource Person at Indian Ridge says “We are very fortunate to have Premier Family Health & Wellness a part of our children’s lives. This will not only bring a smile to their faces but will teach them the importance of caring for others.” 

Indian Ridge School is located at 1955 Golden Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411. 

For more information contact Ms. Stacey Oak at 561-681-0056 or via email at










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The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County has the tradition of recognizing the “best and the brightest” within the county’s Hispanic population. Each year the Hispanic Chamber recognizes the community’s rising stars in its annual Triunfo! Celebration.

Nominations are being accepted for the Triunfo Scholarships and may be submitted for any graduating high school student in Palm Beach County.  Students enrolled at School District of Palm Beach County high schools are eligible for nomination. Students enrolled at charter or private schools may be eligible for nominations only if the school is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County. 


Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Triunfo Scholarship Nomination 2013


Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Scholars Application 2013


Nominations may be submitted in English or in Spanish and they must be received no later than February 28, 2013.

Mail or deliver your application to: Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County Inc. -  Attention: Rocio Lopez - 809 North Dixie Hwy, Second Floor, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

In the last seven years, the Hispanic Chamber has raised approximately $82,000 for students who have pursue their studies in universities such as Harvard, Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and many other prestigious institutions.  The students selected have an outstanding Grade Point Average (GPA), dedicated many hours to community service and demonstrated excellent academic and leadership skills. 

“Not only does the future of our community depend on the quality of professionals we have, but also the ones we empower to become leaders, who will create a better future,” said André Varona, Chief Executive Officer.  

Recipients of the scholarship will be recognized at the Sixteenth Annual Triunfo! Awards banquet that will be held on April 6, 2013 at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. 

For more information contact André Varona or Rocio Lopez at (561) 832-1986 or via e-mail at     






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Leadership alum Sharon R. Bock, Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County, explains the Constitional duties of the Clerk's Office during last year's job-shadowing event.

Leadership Palm Beach County, Inc.  and the Career Academies in the District have joined forces to facilitate job and career training and college preparation resources for students attending the Academies.  Now in its third year, The Leaders in Schools Program has a growing cadre of about 20 alumni who lend expertise by serving as speakers, providing internships, judging senior competitions, mentoring, conducting mock interviews, and more.

This school year, the Leaders in Schools Committee is planning a Groundhog Day job-shadowing event on Friday, February 1, 2013,from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for high school seniors at Career Academies with  programs such as information technology, criminal justice, engineering, biotechnology, fashion/interior design, film/television production, and drafting and architecture. Choice and Career Options Director Peter Licata said the students will get credit for their shadowing experience. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our career academy students. They get actual work-world exposures in their chosen fields, make professional contacts, and earn school credit,” he stated.

Leaders in Schools Committee Co-Chair Terrill Pyburn said the program intent is also to promote job readiness in the students’ field of interest. “Those soft skills that are crucial in the workforce: honesty and ethical behavior; cooperation and communication abilities; critical thinking and global awareness are all key to success in the labor market,” she stated. Gary Walk, Ms. Pyburn’s co-chair, agrees that committee members offer more than presentations and mock interviews. “We also teach students that appearance and timeliness are key—and how their roles will contribute to the bigger picture in their communities.”

About Leadership Palm Beach County and Youth Leadership Palm Beach County

Leadership Palm Beach County is a nonprofit organization that brings together leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build and steward a vibrant, interconnected community. The organization delivers three core leadership programs that prepare high school students and high-achieving professionals to engage in new ways with one another and with the community.

Each year the Youth Leadership Program selects 45 high school juniors who meet once a month between September and May.  The program gives students unparalleled access to county industries and leaders to learn about the intricate workings of the private, public, and nonprofit sectors and to reflect upon their own futures as community leaders.

For more details about the Leaders in Schools Program, contact Terrill Pyburn, 561.243-7090 ,; or  Gary Walk, 561.830.0314,

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A Miami Dolphins administrator is making a surprise appearance at Timber Trace Elementary School on Thursday, December 20th at 9am.  David Mack, Senior Sales Manager for Palm Beach County will be reading “The Polar Express” to Mrs. Broedell’s 4th grade classroom and the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will be bringing school supplies for all of the students.

For more information please contact Timber Trace Elementary Principal Kathy Pasquariello at 561-366-6200 or .

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They dress like members of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, but they look like angels to the many families whose children will receive gifts as a result of their collection efforts. The Lake Worth Community High School’s AFJROTC worked with the entire school community to collect over 200 toys to support the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program this year.  The effort started with a decision by Wing Commander, Cadet Colonel David Ortiz and his staff to collect 100 toys for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. They then decided to invite the school’s teachers and staff to join in the efforts and found they were soon collecting toys in every classroom.

When the collaborative efforts resulted in the collection of twice the amount of the original goal, Principal Dr. George Lockhart said he was pleased, but not surprised. “The purpose of the choice programs is not only to better the student by facilitating the earning of certifications; but to encourage each student to perform his civic duty and act as an ambulatory arm to uplift and assist the community,” he stated.

 The toys were presented to the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program December 12th. The AFJROTC program is designed to build better citizens through academics, leadership, teamwork, service, discipline, and personal responsibility. For more details about the toy donation, or the AFJROTC program, contact Jose Martinez, 561.533.6317 or email


Toys collected for donation to the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program


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Jan Winkler and Hermine Drezner, mentors at Jupiter Elementary, established a scholarship fund through the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County twelve years ago.  Each year selected students from grades 3-5 are awarded $1,000.00 each towards a college of their choice. 

While volunteering with our students, Mr. Winkler and Ms. Drezner realized that for many of our children, college was not even considered due to financial situations and/or family histories.  They wanted to start a scholarship program to bring the talk of college into their homes and help families realize it can be a part of their future.

A WINNER Scholarship Awards Assembly is scheduled for Friday, December 21, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. in the Jupiter Elementary Cafeteria.  Recipients will be announced and honored at that time.

Members of the media are invited to attend. 

For more information please contact Jupiter Elementary Principal Daniel Smith, at 561-741-5300 or .

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The Palm Beach Lakes Thespian Competition Team recently competed in District competition and has qualified for a spot at the State Thespian Competition.  Palm Beach Lakes Director of Theatre Donalda McCarthy said, “The prestige of being seen on the State level includes auditioning directly for universities and college Theatre programs all in one shot.”

Palm Beach Lakes High student John Sinophat earned a Superior rating in the Solo Acting category with two Shakespearean monologues from ”Titus Andronicus” and “The Merchant of Venice”. He was also selected as Critics’ Choice for the entire District XV. He also earned a nomination for the duet Musical category.

Additionally, these Palm Beach Lakes students earned a nomination for the State team:

Lovely Daniel in Playwriting

Frances Mateo in Duet Musical, Solo Musical, and Pantomime

Feddia Charles in Duet Acting

Mediueda Clitus in Duet Acting

Jasmine Alicea in Solo Musical

These students will perform on December 18th at the monthly Student Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting. It is held in the Media Center at 6:00pm.

The State Thespian Festival takes place in Tampa March 20-23, 2013.

Questions and offers for sponsorship towards the trip’s expenses may be directed to 561.688.5333 or Donalda.