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Various teams of talented high school students transformed unpainted, fiberglass sea turtle sculptures into works of art that will be displayed and available for public vote at the The Gardens Mall Grand Court beginning Friday, August 10, 2012 through Wednesday, August 15, 2012. 

The participating schools are: 

W.T. Dwyer High School

Lake Worth High School

Palm Beach Gardens Community High School

Santaluces Community High School

Seminole Ridge Community High School

South Teach Academy

Wellington High School

The Benjamin School 

The top 3 schools with the most votes will be awarded cash prizes for their art departments. A Best in Show awards chosen by special judges will be given as well. The winners will be announced on August 16, 2012 at a complimentary private cocktail party for the participating students, faculty and parents. 1st place will receive $1500; 2nd place $1000; and 3rd place $500. 

On Saturday August 18, 2012 the Loggerhead Marine Center will go mobile for a kid-friendly, science oriented Marinelife Day at The Gardens Mall from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be presentations on turtles and marine life that are both fun and educational. 

Additionally, mall customers can “Shop & Share” by bringing their same-day receipts to the information desk and The Gardens Mall will donate 5% of the sales back to the center. 

This event is possible through the partnership between The Gardens Mall, PNC Bank, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) and the art departments of select Palm Beach County schools. 

Palm Beach Gardens High School Turtle

 

South Tech Academy Turtle

For more information contact Enid Atwater at (561) 844-1778 ext. 21 or via email at enida@venueadv.com.

 

 

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Tammy Skinner, business teacher and department head at Palm Beach Gardens Community High School, has been named chair of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Board of Directors.

As an active FBLA adviser for more than 25 years, including eight years as a district director, Ms. Skinner has been instrumental in building Florida FBLA into one of the organization’s strongest states. The Palm Beach Central High School chapter, which she established in 2003, grew to become the largest chapter in the state in 2008-09. In addition, she was adviser to the 2009-10 FBLA National Student President Mauricio Escobar, and was named Florida Chapter Adviser of the Year for 2009-10.

“Tammy brings a wealth of educational experience to this national position,” said Jean M. Buckley, FBLA-PBL president and CEO. “We are fortunate to continue to benefit from her strong leadership and communication skills as she helps to innovate and drive the future growth of our organization.”

Ms. Skinner received the William T. Dwyer Award for Excellence in Education in 2005 and in 2009 was named Career and Technical Education High School Teacher of the Year for Palm Beach County.  

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. For more information, visit
www.fbla-pbl.org.

Contact: Marisa Preuss

703.860.3334 ext. 120

communications@fbla.org

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Todd LaVogue, Magnet Coordinator at Roosevelt Community Middle School was recently selected by the Microsoft Corporation as one of the 16 national winners of the Partners in Learning U.S. Forum. The annual event recognizes innovative teachers and school leaders who creatively and effectively use technology in their curriculum to help improve the way kids learn and increase student success. Out of thousands that applied, 100 educators from 25 states attended the event to compete for the opportunity to represent the United States at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in November 2012. 

“These winning educators are catalysts for change and are the best in the nation at embracing technology to inspire and engage students and help transform education in their local communities,” said Andrew Ko, general manager, U.S. Partners in Learning, Microsoft. “They all are incredibly passionate and driven to make an impact on each and every student they teach. Their creative project-based-learning classroom activities show real impact on student learning and success and should be scaled out as best practices in their own school districts and across the country.” 

Winning projects immerse students in active, hands-on learning, guiding them to employ collaboration and creative problem-solving skills. The 11 outstanding projects focus on encouraging entrepreneurial thinking in students, virtual learning for students with learning differences, creative uses of gaming to enhance critical thinking and service learning projects in which students engage with their community. The projects exhibit the educators’ abilities to exceed strict academic standards while making learning fun and effective for their students. 

The winning educators will advance to the Partners in Learning Global Forum, which will take place in Prague Nov. 28 through Dec. 1. This ninth annual Partners in Learning Global Forum is the culmination of local and regional events that reach nearly 200,000 participants from more than 115 countries. 

For more information contact Lee Kolbert at (561) 714-8180 or via email at lee.kolbert@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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Angela Bess, Ed.D., manager of the District’s Court Education Liaison Program, has been appointed to serve on the Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court (FCC), a state-wide committee established by administrative order, impacting youth and families involved with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.  The appointment letter stresses that the primary charge of committee members centers around the development of promising practices designed to help ensure that children involved in dependency and delinquency court cases stay in school with diminished likelihood of arrest, suspensions, or expulsions.

The Committee on Families and Children in Court was created in 1994. Dr. Bess will be welcomed in person by Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente on September 27 in West Palm Beach. For more details contact Dr. Bess at 561.355.3497 or email Angela.bess@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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Approximately 85 students from Pahokee Middle School will be receiving six books each as part of the Summer Reading Program that was hosted by the school this summer. The book give-away will take place on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. 

Pahokee’s Summer Reading Program was made possible from a grant obtained by the school to increase the reading capacity of the students. Children will be allowed to select from a variety of books including mysteries, series, science fiction and many others. 

“The program exposes our children to a variety of models and methodologies. Students learn to be independent readers, develop an understanding of multiple aspects and gain reading fluency and stamina,” said Mrs. Lavoise Smith, Principal. 

Barnes & Noble of Wellington played an instrumental part in this initiative by providing discounts and books that correlate to the curriculum. 

For more information contact Cynthia Guerra at (561) 924-6504 or via email at cynthia.guerra@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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More than 70 incoming Suncoast High School Math, Science, and Engineering (MSE) freshmen enthusiastically arrived during their summer vacation for the first of an eight-day preparatory program designed to solidify their mathematical foundation.  Approximately 100 students were invited to attend Suncoast’s first of its kind jumpstart program to ensure mastery of the core Algebra II concepts that will comprise the foundational skills for success in higher level math courses prior to their beginning their mathematical journey at Suncoast.  The MSE Program boasts one of the most rigorous math tracks of any high school program in the country.  Junior and senior level MSE students take six dual enrollment courses for college credit. 

Out of a determination to be proactive and set MSE students up for success, the Pre-Calculus Jumpstart Program was born.  Suncoast’s PTSA generously provided funding and three Suncoast Math teachers wrote the curriculum and volunteered to return to the classroom two weeks early to teach it.

For additional information, please contact Karen Blumner, Assistant Principal and MSE Administrator, at (561) 882-3402 or at Karen.blumner@palmbeachschools.org.

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The School District of Palm Beach County, Florida Power and Light Company (FPL), and the Quantum Foundation have joined forces to support science education in Palm Beach County.  FPL and the Quantum Foundation have generously funded the Minds-On, Hands-On, Lights-On Science Teacher Summer Institute which is taking place at Palm Springs Middle School until August 9, 2012.  

This four-day institute will focus on building teachers’ enthusiasm for and capacity to conduct hands-on science investigations in their classrooms to engage students and spark their interest in science.  Over 60 elementary and middle school science teachers will participate in a variety of interactive sessions that highlight effective, research-based instructional strategies in the areas of life, physical, and earth/space science.  

Participants will also visit the Scripps Florida Institute to work side-by-side with Scripps scientists to explore how to apply mathematics and science concepts to engineering through hands-on robotics design activities. The institute will also feature Les Gold, an aerospace education specialist from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and Dr. Larry Chew, Associate Professor from the University of Central Florida’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, who will immerse the teachers in a hands-on study of science inquiry. 

The Palm Beach Zoo will conduct a virtual field trip for the teachers to demonstrate the potential of distance learning technology and the South Florida Science Museum will conduct Nitromania, which is one of their most popular chemistry outreach programs.  

Most importantly, science teachers will have time to learn from each other, reflect on their instructional practices, and discuss ways to refine their pedagogical skills – with the ultimate goal of increasing student achievement in science.  After the institute, teachers will continue to collaborate through an interactive blog that will be established to allow them to assist each other as they implement the strategies that they learned at the institute.  Teachers will also share their knowledge with other science teachers when they return to their schools for the 2012-2013 school year. 

Keith Oswald, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Learning Support for the School District of Palm Beach County, stated, “By providing science teachers with this opportunity to collaborate with fellow educators and experts in the STEM fields, FPL and the Quantum Foundation are certainly making a valuable contribution to science education and student achievement in Palm Beach County.” 

“The Quantum Foundation is thrilled to be helping science teachers become experts at the hands-on activities that engage young minds and ultimately increase student performance. This project is especially impactful because it has the magic ingredients of a public school system, philanthropy and business – this combination is the key to any lasting community impact in education,” said Kerry Diaz, President of the Quantum Foundation.  

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

 

 

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School Transportation Services will be conducting a school bus route “mock day” run on August 17, 2012 and would like to invite all students, parents, teachers and administrators to meet and greet their school bus drivers. 

Bus routes are currently available and can be viewed at the “Find My Bus” site  http://w2k3wwwadmin1.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/FindMyBusStop/ or families can contact the Transportation Call Center at (561) 242-6565 . 

“We are especially encouraging elementary students and first time riders to participate to ensure a smooth first day of school,” recommends Dale Fambrough, Director of Transportation. The main purpose of this exercise is for families to identify their buses and know for sure the time and place on their bus stop. 

For more information contact at (561) 242-6565.

 

 

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“An experience of a life time,” is how a small group of Palm Beach County migrant students described their trip to the nation’s capital in June. The 11 students participated in the Close-Up, New American High School Program and spent six days with students from across the country in a fast-paced, interactive program visiting the famous sites of Washington and attending meetings with government officials.

The Close -Up thematic program– which included leadership, interest groups, and government issues– opened a door to discussions about factors that are pressuring the nation. The experience taught the students that they have a voice and they can use it to make a difference in their community and their nation. Many students were shy at first, but developed a new level of confidence as the week progressed.

For some students this was a first for many experiences: the first time on a plane, first time away from family, first time speaking up and expressing their opinions, first time at a banquet, and of course–the first time in the nation’s capital.

Some highlights of the week were visiting the monuments which helped them understand U.S. history and the cost of freedom.  The visit to the Capitol was most memorable and the students met with representatives from the offices of Representative Alcee Hastings and Senator Marco Rubio. They discussed issues such as improving education with more hands- on activities and less emphasis on testing; and the Universal Healthcare policy.

For more details about the recent Close Up, New American Program trip taken by District students, contact Celia Elrod, assistant director of Federal and State Programs, 561.434.8446 or email celia.elrod@palmbeachschools.org.

 

Top row, from left to right:  Jacqueline Placius, Maline Legros, Cristhofer Sanchez, Pedro Lopez, all from Glades Central High School; Leslie Roman, from G-Star Charter School.

 

Bottom row, from left to right:  Rosario Sarabia, South Tech High School; Mrs.Cristina Pendas,(chaperone from Federal and State Programs Department); Guadalupe Sarabia, South Tech High School; Jessica Gonzalez, Pahokee High School; Griselda Contreras, Boynton Beach High School; and Jennifer Panigua, (seated), Pahokee High School .

 

 

 

 

 

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Wynnebrook Elementary School and Palm Springs Middle School have been notified that each has been selected as an Exceeding Expectations Award School by the East Coast Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC). “Your school was selected based on a combination of criteria consisting of FCAT scores and observations and conversations that occurred during our site visit in May,” said ECTAC Direct Marjorie Murray in her recent award letter. Palm Springs Principal Sandy Jinks and Jeff Pegg, principal of Wynnebrook, have both been invited to present at ECTAC’s Exceeding Expectations Conference set to occur September 12 and 13 in Orlando. Both will join other winners from across the state to receive their awards at the conference banquet. 

Both Wynnebrook Elementary and Palm Springs Middle will be included in a booklet ECTAC is publishing for the conference with information about the State’s award-winning schools. Federal and State Programs Director Debbie Battles said there’s reason to be proud of both schools’ accomplishments. “There are exciting things going on at both of these schools and we’re looking forward to the presentations the principals will give at the conference in September; others around the state will benefit from hearing about the efforts implemented at Palm Springs Middle and Wynnebrook Elementary,” she stated.

The center provides educational consultation services to help local school districts with high poverty schools provide fair, equitable, and significant opportunities for a high quality education.

For more details, contact Ms. Battles at 561.434.8609 or email Debbie.battles@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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The Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA was well represented at the recent Florida  PTA Leadership Convention by local board members Jen Martinez, Wendy Corso Ruud, Jenn Olson, Debbie DeHoog, Kay M. Stagray, Mindy Haas, Charlotte Spikes, and Dawn Balliet.  They joined over 80 representatives from 23 local PTA units at the annual convention held at Innisbrook-Palm Harbor; five units were able to attend after receiving a grant from the County Council.  By the end of the session Mindy Haas had been elected President-Elect for the Florida PTA and Kay M. Stagray was voted in as Florida PTA’s vice-president of Organization.

 Second term County Council of PTA/PTSA President Jen Martinez said this is the first time the state PTA has held elections at the Leadership Conference and only the second time the Leadership training and state convention have been combined.

“It was great to see so many volunteers come together for the good of all children- our Every Child One Voice theme could be clearly seen throughout the event,” she stated. Ms. Martinez said a number of area PTA/PTSAs also received recognition for their performance.

 (*local units will receive these award on August 30th ) 

President’s Achievement Award 2011 – 2012 Eagles Landing Middle School PTSA
PTSA Student Involvement Awards Eagles Landing Middle School PTSA
Outstanding Principal of the Year Cindy Chiapetta, Eagles Landing Middle
President’s Membership Award Eagles Landing Middle School PTSA
Thomas Newsletter Grant Sandpiper Shores Elementary PTA
100% Membership for 7 years Morikami Park Elementary PTA
*25% Membership Increase Poinciana Elementary PTAPine Jog Elementary PTAOrchard View Elementary PTA

Belvedere Elementary PTA

Okeeheelee Middle PTSA

Don Estridge High Tech Middle PTSA

Emerald Cove PTA

Eagles Landing PTSA

Del Prado Elementary PTA

Calusa Community Elementa ry PTA

Boca Raton Community Middle PTSA

Boca Raton Community High PTSA

Boca Raton Elementary PTA

Hidden Oaks Elementary PTA

*Local Unit Achievement Award Eagles Landing Middle School PTSADel Prado Elementary PTASpanish River High PTSA

Hidden Oaks Elementary PTA

Morikami Park Elementary PTA

Binks Forest Elementary PTA

Sandpiper Shores Elementary PTA

Poinciana Elementary PTA

 

Promoting Communication Excellence Award Del Prado Elementary PTASpanish River High PTSAHidden Oaks Elementary

Morikami Park Elementary

Binks Forest Elementary PTA

Sandpiper Shores Elementary

Poinciana Elementary PTA

*Mentor A PTA Award Hidden Oaks Elementary PTA
*Study Discussion Group Award Del Prado Elementary PTA
*Volunteer Award Del Prado Elementary PTAHidden Oaks Elementary PTASpanish River High PTSA

The Convention portion of the event is the annual business meeting of the Florida PTA.  This year the convention delegates elected new Florida PTA officers, adopted bylaws changes and updated the position statements in priority for the spring legislative agenda.  Leaving such items in priority;   Assessment and Testing, Adequate Public Education Funding, Tax Limitation and Voucher Funded School Accountability.

The Leadership portion offers a variety of roundtables and workshops for members to take to help them be successful in whatever PTA role they play.  Attendees were invited to participate in many workshops including:  Social Media, Common Core State Standards, Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), Connect for Respect, Partners that Advocate, Internet Safety and more!

Key Note speakers included National PTA President Betsy Landers, and  Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. County Councils and local units throughout Florida had their programs and accomplishments recognized by Florida PTA.  Awards presented to the Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA included:  Thomas Newsletter Grant, Promoting Communication Excellence, Program Awards (3) and Study Discussion Group Awards (3).

The newly installed officers of the Florida PTA are:

President – Eileen Segal (Miami-Dade)
President-Elect – Mindy Haas (Palm Beach)
V.P. for Leadership – Cindy Gerhardt (Escambia)
V.P. for Regions and Councils – Melissa Kighlighter (Duval)
V.P. for Organization – Kay M. Stagray (Palm Beach)
V.P. for Education – Faye Norris (Orange)
Secretary – Elinor Adler (Broward)
Treasurer – Janet Lamoureux (Polk)

For more information about the Leadership conference, election, orawards, contact Palm Beach County Council PTA/PTSA President Jen Martinez, 561.254.9513 or email Palmbeachcountypta@yahoo.com.

About PTA

The Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA is a member of the largest advocacy group for children in the nation. PTA stands for Parent Teacher Association and PTSA stands for Parent Teacher Student Association.  Collectively referred to as PTA, we are an all volunteer association that is nonpartisan, noncommercial, and nonsectarian.  PTA is a nonprofit child advocacy association organized at the local, county, state and national levels. 

PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. Join a local unit today! www.PalmBeachCountyPTA.com.

 

 

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The School District of Palm Beach County Food Service Department announces its policy for Free and Reduced Price Meals for students under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Any interested person may review a copy of the policy by contacting Jussara B. de Souza (JB) / 3661 N Interstate Park Rd, suite 100, Riviera Beach, FL 33404. Phone Number (561) 383-2025. 

To ensure applications are processed by the first day of school, they need to complete by August 05, 2012. Families can go to www.palmbeachschools.org/sfs to complete their application. 

Additional hard copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. Families need to complete one application per household, even if the siblings attend different Palm Beach County schools.  The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. 

Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility. Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals.  An application cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information. Once approved, meal benefits are good for an entire school year. You need not notify the organization of changes in income and household size. 

Florida Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013

FREE PRICE MEAL SCALE – (130%)

Household

Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

14,521

1,211

606

559

280

2

19,669

1,640

820

757

379

3

24,817

2,069

1,035

955

478

4

29,965

2,498

1,249

1,153

577

5

35,113

2,927

1,464

1,351

676

6

40,261

3,356

1,678

1,549

775

7

45,409

3,785

1,893

1,747

874

8

50,557

4,214

2,107

1,945

973

For each additional family member, add

 

5,148

429

215

198

99

REDUCED PRICE MEAL SCALE – (185%)

Household

Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

20,665

1,723

862

795

398

2

27,991

2,333

1,167

1,077

539

3

35,317

2,944

1,472

1,359

680

4

42,643

3,554

1,777

1,641

821

5

49,969

4,165

2,083

1,922

961

6

57,295

4,775

2,388

2,204

1,102

7

64,621

5,386

2,693

2,486

1,243

8

71,947

5,996

2,998

2,768

1,384

For each additional family member, add

 

7,326

611

306

282

141

To determine annual income: The total income before taxes, social security, health benefits, union dues, or other deductions must be reported.

  • If you receive the income every week, multiply the total gross income by 52.
  • If you receive the income every two weeks, multiply the total gross income by 26.
  • If you receive the income twice a month, multiply the total gross income by 24.
  • If you receive the income monthly, multiply the total gross income by 12.    

Households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are required to list on the application only the child’s name, SNAP / TANF case number, and signature of adult household member. 

Foster children will receive free benefits regardless of the child’s personal income or the income of the household.  If the foster family chooses to apply and the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meals, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving free meal benefits. 

Household with children who are considered homeless or runaway should contact Kim Williams (561) 494-1589. Migrant students and families please contact the district liaison, Debbie Battles at (561) 357-5949. 

For the purpose of determining household size, deployed service members are considered a part of the household. Families should include the names of the deployed service members on their application. Report only that portion of the deployed service member’s income made available to them or on their behalf to the family. Additionally, a housing allowance that is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative is not to be included as income. 

All other households must provide the following information listed on the application: 

  • Total household income listed by amount received and type of income and how often the income is received (wages, child support, etc.) received by each household member;   
  • Names of all household members;
  • Signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct; and
  • Four last digits of Social Security number of the adult signing the application or check the box for “NSSN” for this household member if he or she does not have a social security number. 

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the school should be contacted. Children of parents or guardians who become unemployed should also contact the school. Such changes may make the student eligible for reduced price or free meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown below. Under the provisions of the Free and Reduced Price meal policy the Chief Operating Office will review applications and determine eligibility.  If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he or she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.  If the parent wishes to make a formal appeal, he or she may make a request either orally or in writing to Michael Burke, 3340 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406. Phone number (561) 434-8510. 

Unless indicated otherwise on the application, the information on the Free and Reduced Price Meal application may be used by the school system in determining eligibility for other educational programs. 

For more information contact Susan Franklin at (561) 383-2058 or via email at susan.franklin@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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The Department of Transportation is encouraging job seekers to join their professional team of school bus drivers. 

When? Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

Where? Central Transportation Facility – 3376 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406 

In addition to exceptional retirement benefits, competitive pay and health insurance the School District offers the Commercial Driving License (CDL) training for free to those who qualify. 

Requirements:

  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 http://www.palmbeachschools.org/transportation/Employment/index.asp 

For more information contact Sue Gorby at (561) 242-6512 or via email at sue.gorby@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) reported that Palm Beach County will remain an “A” rated district for the 8th consecutive year. In addition, the letter grade for several schools will be adjusted.  

It is standard practice for the FDOE to perform a Review Process in which individual student files are revised for any miscalculations. Level 1 and 2 students who demonstrate significant growth are weighted an additional 30%, which increases the students’ total points and the schools’ points. The district will also have an opportunity to review the same individual files when released. 

In addition to the “A” rating, the School District of Palm Beach County does not have any “F” rated schools. 

The following schools will have their grades adjusted:

 

F to D Barton Elementary
D to C Bethune ElementarySouth Grade ElementaryBelle Glade Elementary

Seminole Trails Elementary

Westward Elementary

C to B Jeaga Middle School
B to A Hagen Road ElementaryBoca ElementaryS.D. Spady Elementary

U.B. Kinsey Elementary

 

For more information contact Natalia Arenas at (561) 357-7662 or via email at natalia.arenas@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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Cookie Davis, a teacher at the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, has been selected  to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute and will be heading to Washington, D.C. the week of August 6-10.

During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.

 Educators attending the teacher institutes develop primary-source based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and pass along to colleagues. Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to help students ask engaged, probing questions, develop critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge.

Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its seven teacher institutes in Washington, D.C. Applicants to the Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes reflect the diversity of the world of K-12 education. Participants in a teacher institute session typically include school library media specialists and school administrators in addition to classroom teachers. Participants come from many different states, representing large metropolitan school districts and smaller, rural school districts. The expertise provided by the Library of Congress during the institutes can benefit every level of K-12 education.

Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects that were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Students working with primary sources become engaged learners while building critical thinking skills and constructing new knowledge. Teachers working in the Library’s collections will explore the largest online collection of historical artifacts with access to millions of unique primary sources for use in instruction.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. The Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staffs—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library’s resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website at www.loc.gov.

For details about Ms. Davis’s selection, contact Cindy Priest at 561-802-6002, or email Cindy.priest@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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Cindy Chiapetta, Principal at Eagles Landing Middle School was recently selected as the Florida Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Secondary Principal of the Year. She was a science teacher and an assistant principal before taking the leadership role at Eagles Landing in the summer of 2011. The recognition took place at the PTA Leadership Conference in Palm Harbor, FL. 

Mrs. Chiapetta understands the needs of her students and the importance of parental involvement in her school. She promotes a collaborative environment in which the parents and families are invited and encouraged to be involved. 

As the principal of a middle school with over 1,300 students she recognizes the vital role that parents/guardians and family play in the education, welfare and values of the students, and that the education of each student is a responsibility shared by the school and the student’s parents/guardians and family members. 

For more information contact Cindy Chiapetta at (561) 470-7000 or via email at cindy.chiapetta@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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Malachi Rosenfield, a junior at Jupiter Community High School, recently had an article titled “From Jupiter to the Moon” published in Image Magazine from the John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.  Malachi, a member of the NASA Moonbuggy Team at Jupiter High, helped build a moonbuggy and compete in the race in Alabama.
 
The NASA Moonbuggy race is organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. It challenges students to design, build and race lightweight, human-powered buggies that tackle many of the same engineering challenges dealt with by Apollo-era lunar rover developers at the Marshall Center in the late 1960s.
 
In order to compete in the race, teams needed to build a moonbuggy no more than four feet wide that could fold to fit into a four-foot cube. It must be light enough that the team’s two drivers, a boy and a girl, can carry it unassisted for 20 feet.
 
Malachi is an honor student and plays French horn in the school band. She also volunteers at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and is a member of the theatre’s youth touring company. Malachi says, “I look forward to the strange looks I get when I say I am on the moonbuggy team because I get to explain just what it is that we do.”
 
Malachi’s article can be viewed at http://cty.jhu.edu/imagine/docs/moonbuggy.pdf
 
For NASA Moonbuggy Race video click here
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=26378581
 
For more information please contact James Zachariah at Jupiter High School at james.zachariah@palmbeachschools.org .

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During the past school year, Suncoast High student Abiade Granger noticed a basketball teammate choking from a two inch piece of chocolate candy.  Without hesitation, Mr. Granger came to the rescue of his fellow student and performed the Heimlich maneuver causing the candy to dislodge.
 
The City of Riviera Beach proclaimed May 23, 2012 has Abiade Khalid Philemon Granger Day and Mayor Thomas Masters presented the recent Suncoast High graduate a proclamation and key to the city.  Mr. Granger was also recognized by School District Officials and Suncoast High School Administrators.
 
Mr. Granger lettered in football, basketball and track and field at Suncoast and received a full scholarship to play football at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York this fall.

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The School District of Palm Beach County has achieved the prestigious status of a Florida Healthy School District at the Gold level. The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership (CSHP) and Florida Action for Healthy Kids recently recently made the announcement. Until this year, no Florida districts were able to meet the stringent criteria to achieve this honor. 

The School District of Palm Beach County is one of only three districts to achieve this high level. In announcing the honor in a letter to School Board Chairman Frank Barbieri and Superintendent Wayne Gent, Karen Pesce with the Coordinated School Health Partnership wrote, “This is a tremendous tribute to the administration and staff of your district.” 

Palm Beach County – Florida Healthy District Award Letter

The criterion for recognition as a Florida Healthy School District is the Florida Healthy School District (FHSD) Self-Assessment Tool. This tool was developed by experts from state agencies, school districts, and community partner organizations working together through the Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership.

The self-assessment is based on the eight component areas of the Coordinated School Health model and focuses on district infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices, and Florida statutes.

“Based on the information provided in your district’s submission, it is apparent that The School District of Palm Beach County is performing as a leader in the state as a result of the well established district infrastructure and component area strengths,” wrote Ms. Pesce.

Recognition achievement levels are based on the overall assessment score and include three categories: Gold at 85%-100%; Silver 67%-85%; and Bronze 42%-66%.  The School District of Palm Beach County had an overall score of 88.6%. In the component areas, Palm Beach had strong scores in each component area: Health Education (90%); Physical Education (80%); Health Services (90%); Nutrition Services and Education (70%); Health Promotion for Staff (90%); Counseling Psychological and Social Services (80%); Healthy School Environment (100%); and Family and Community Involvement (90%). 

The School District of Palm Beach County is an active member of the Healthy District Collaborative (HDC). The HDC is a group of districts that have made a high level commitment to meeting the health needs of students and staff in order to remove barriers to learning and maximize district resources. The Department of Education, Office of Healthy Schools and Department of Health, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion facilitate quarterly calls, and work with other CSHP members to identify training and resources to support district efforts to achieve the highest standards and sustain effective policies and practices.

For more information contact Paula Triana, R.D., L.D./N., Assistant Director Nutrition & Wellness Promotion Policy at (561) 383-2026 or via email at paula.triana@palmbeachschools.org.

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A national report lists Suncoast Community High School in the top 10 magnet schools in the country. The 2012 U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools report names the schools in recognition of their student’s academic success and the school’s specialized thematic or academic focus. 

U.S. News and World Report looked at all public high schools nationally that were designated as magnet schools and were also ranked as being gold or silver medal winners in the magazine’s best high schools rankings. 

The methodology is based on the school’s ability to successfully educate its student body across a range of performance indicators and the degree to which they prepare students for college level work.  

To view the U.S. News and World Report Best Magnet Schools ranking, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings/magnet-school-rankings

For information about the methodology used by U.S. News and World Report, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/high-schools/articles/2012/05/07/best-high-schools-methodology. 

For more information contact Dr. Linda Cartlidge at (561) 882-3400 or via email at linda.cartlidge@palmbeachschools.org. 

 

 

About the Florida Department of Education

The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org.

 

 

 

 

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The “FIND MY SCHOOL” website has been a very popular tool for looking up assigned schools by current home addresses.  

The School District of Palm Beach County is pleased to announce that the system has been upgraded and the old website has been removed. The web page will have a slightly different look, but will have several enhanced features: 

  • When you don’t have the address but you know the general location, there is an i-identify button that can be used (User Guide, page 4, #6.).
  • You can obtain driving directions to a school with distance and time. 
  • The aerial photography is even clearer than before. 
  • Click on the User Guide link for the other new features. User Guide. 

Check out the new website at: http://pbgis.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/addresslocator/lookup.html 

For more information contact Dr. Donna Goldstein at (561) 434-7468 or via email at donna.goldstein@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

 

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The Kiwanis Kids at Crosspointe Elementary School will be “BOWLING FOR BOOKS” at the AMF Boynton Beach Lanes on Tuesday, July 17th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The activity is co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Boynton Beach.

In collaboration with the local AMF Lanes in Boynton Beach, the event involves several community organizations including the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and the Literacy Coalition of Delray Beach.

The goal is to benefit the Crosspointe Elementary School Family Involvement Center by collecting donations of gently used books, games, and puzzles. Participants can bring a book and bowl for two hours, trade old books for something new, pick up a free summer kit for K-5 students, win prizes, meet surprise visitors, receive special awards, and have fun with their entire family.

“As this project develops we are in need of support from the surrounding community.  We really can make a difference if we come together as a community to help those in need right here in Palm Beach County. It’s as easy as cleaning out a bookshelf or closet!  By donating your gently used educational and family materials to the Parent Resource Center at Crosspointe Elementary School you will be making a difference in the lives of so many hard-working local families,” said Lauren Hepworth, the Kiwanis Kids Club Advisor.

The AMF Boynton Beach Lanes is located at 1190 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.  

 For more information, call Lauren Hepworth at 561-729-9699 or email lauren.hepworth@palmbeachschools.org.

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When Leah Silverman decided to emulate Home and Garden Television (HGTV) host David Bromstad’s style as part of her Third Grade Masterpieces project assignment earlier this school year—she never dreamed she’d actually get to meet him. The assignment given by teacher Karin Haligas required that students select a favorite artist and then re-create one of that artist’s paintings. The third grade gifted student and her mom, Dawn, had enjoyed watching segments of the Miami-based Color Splash show together. Designer David Bromstad is known for transforming ho-hum rooms into works of art with his use of dynamic colors and also creates a painting for each transformation. Leah decided to create a painting using Bromstad’s style for her project—and a second painting to give to the HGTV host.

Leah’s mom got in touch with the producers of the show to see if the West Palm Beach family could present the artwork in person—and received a resounding “yes!.” Since the HGTV Design Star personality headed to California in late Spring for a taping…plans were set for the presentation of Leah’s painting to occur in June. Potential complications developed with the possibility that heart surgery for Leah’s younger brother—also set for June—might result in a cancellation of the opportunity for Leah to meet her idol. Mr. Bromstad’s staff worked their magic and the meeting was held late last month.  He immediately wrote in his blog about the meeting; read his post at http://bromstad.com/2012/06/leah//.  For more details contact Dawn Silverman at Dawnlmhc@gmail.com.

 

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The School District of Palm Beach County Summer Graduation will take place on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in John I. Leonard High School Gymnasium. 

Students that participate in the summer graduation ceremony have successfully completed the requirements to obtain their high school diploma and will continue with their future plans.   

For more information contact Eric Stern at (561) 434-7450 or via email at eric.stern@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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The School District of Palm Beach County Food Service Department announces its policy for Free and Reduced Price Meals for students under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Any interested person may review a copy of the policy by contacting Jussara B. de Souza (JB) / 3661 N Interstate Park Rd, suite 100, Riviera Beach, FL 33404. Phone Number (561) 383-2025. 

Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility. Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals.  An application cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information. Once approved, meal benefits are good for an entire school year. You need not notify the organization of changes in income and household size.

To ensure applications are processed by the first day of school, they need to complete by August 05, 2012. Families can go to www.palmbeachschools.org/sfs to complete their application starting July 25, 2012. 

Additional hard copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. Families need to complete one application per household, even if the siblings attend different Palm Beach County schools.  The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.  

Florida Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013

FREE PRICE MEAL SCALE – (130%)

Household

Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

14,521

1,211

606

559

280

2

19,669

1,640

820

757

379

3

24,817

2,069

1,035

955

478

4

29,965

2,498

1,249

1,153

577

5

35,113

2,927

1,464

1,351

676

6

40,261

3,356

1,678

1,549

775

7

45,409

3,785

1,893

1,747

874

8

50,557

4,214

2,107

1,945

973

For each additional family member, add

 

5,148

429

215

198

99

REDUCED PRICE MEAL SCALE – (185%)

Household

Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

20,665

1,723

862

795

398

2

27,991

2,333

1,167

1,077

539

3

35,317

2,944

1,472

1,359

680

4

42,643

3,554

1,777

1,641

821

5

49,969

4,165

2,083

1,922

961

6

57,295

4,775

2,388

2,204

1,102

7

64,621

5,386

2,693

2,486

1,243

8

71,947

5,996

2,998

2,768

1,384

For each additional family member, add

 

7,326

611

306

282

141

To determine annual income: The total income before taxes, social security, health benefits, union dues, or other deductions must be reported.

  • If you receive the income every week, multiply the total gross income by 52.
  • If you receive the income every two weeks, multiply the total gross income by 26.
  • If you receive the income twice a month, multiply the total gross income by 24.
  • If you receive the income monthly, multiply the total gross income by 12.    

Households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are required to list on the application only the child’s name, SNAP / TANF case number, and signature of adult household member. 

Foster children will receive free benefits regardless of the child’s personal income or the income of the household.  If the foster family chooses to apply and the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meals, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving free meal benefits. 

Household with children who are considered homeless or runaway should contact Kim Williams (561) 494-1589. Migrant students and families please contact the district liaison, Debbie Battles at (561) 357-5949. 

For the purpose of determining household size, deployed service members are considered a part of the household. Families should include the names of the deployed service members on their application. Report only that portion of the deployed service member’s income made available to them or on their behalf to the family. Additionally, a housing allowance that is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative is not to be included as income. 

All other households must provide the following information listed on the application: 

  • Total household income listed by amount received and type of income and how often the income is received (wages, child support, etc.) received by each household member;   
  • Names of all household members;
  • Signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct; and
  • Four last digits of Social Security number of the adult signing the application or check the box for “NSSN” for this household member if he or she does not have a social security number. 

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the school should be contacted. Children of parents or guardians who become unemployed should also contact the school. Such changes may make the student eligible for reduced price or free meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown below. Under the provisions of the Free and Reduced Price meal policy the Chief Operating Office will review applications and determine eligibility.  If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he or she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.  If the parent wishes to make a formal appeal, he or she may make a request either orally or in writing to Michael Burke, 3340 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406. Phone number (561) 434-8510. 

Unless indicated otherwise on the application, the information on the Free and Reduced Price Meal application may be used by the school system in determining eligibility for other educational programs. 

For more information contact Susan Franklin at (561) 383-2058 or via email at susan.franklin@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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