Posted on

The Adult Education Center (AEC) will hold its annual International Friendship Celebration on Thursday, February 28, from 8:30 to 1:15 p.m.  Student, teachers, staff and community members are invited to attend this school-wide festival of music, dance, and games. 

More than 1,000 students, faculty, and administrative staff will take part accompanied by School District officials and other honored guests.  “A beloved highlight of our multicultural gathering is the Parade of Flags where students from more than 40 countries, dressed in their native attire, carry the banners of their homelands,” said Mr. Swearingen.    

The program will feature songs composed particularly for school by teacher, Mariette Daniel, and former student, Stinson Pedro Vallery, calling attention to the diversity we embrace at the AEC.  There will be soccer and volleyball games, line dancing and Zumba, as well as other outdoor and indoor activities.  All participants are invited to enjoy a free hot dog lunch under the old trees of the courtyard. 

The annual International Friendship Celebration is a very special event for everyone at the Adult Education Center.  It is a day that exemplifies friendship, diversity, and camaraderie among all participants at the center’s school–faculty, staff, and most importantly, the students.

The Adult Education Center is located at 2161 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409.

For more information, contact Mr. Rick Swearingen, Principal at 561-616-7800 or via email at







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


Posted on

Development of leadership, responsibility and personal growth are skills that students are looking to master in order to compete in the worldwide arena. For that reason, more than 1000 students from across the State of Florida will gather at Royal Palm Beach High School for the annual Florida Association of Student Councils (FASC) Convention from March 1-3, 2013. 

The conference offers three days of incredible keynote speakers, presentations, student workshops, professional development for teachers, competitions and lots of fun. The theme “Oh, the Places You’ll Lead” will be highlighted with Dr. Seuss’ inspired decorations and activities.  

Click here to learn all about “The Who Crew” and details about the weekend activities. 

“It is a huge honor to host this event at Royal Palm Beach High School – we’ve been planning it for two years and are VERY excited about the events we have planned and the learning that will be taking place!” said Justin Arnone, Student Council Advisor at Royal Palm Beach High School. 

The awards program includes categories in speech contest, parliamentary procedures and projects of the year, which is highly competitive but Palm Beach County generally places in all categories. 

The FASC Talent Show will feature the dazzling talents of student leaders from across the great state of Florida. Scott Meskin from Wellington High School will be the contestant is for District 5, which includes Palm Beach and several other counties. 

Local students are very involved in believe in the importance developing their leadership skills. Palm Beach Central High is currently the State President and Royal Palm Beach High School is the State Treasurer. 

“This is year Royal Palm Beach High School is running for the position of State President for 2013-2014. If we are able to achieve this, students will be more engaged in our school and community, providing them with more post-secondary opportunities,” added Mr. Arnone. 

The Florida Association of Student Councils (FASC) consists of member schools and their students and advisors throughout the state who are working together to bring about a growth in student leadership development, participation in student activities and student civic engagement. 

For more information, contact Justin Arnone at 954-701-7166 or via email at  







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

Posted on

The School Food Service Department invites the community to celebrate National Nutrition Month during the month of March.  The campaign is created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association) and focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating physical activity habits. 

This year’s theme of “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” fits everyone: students, athletes, busy parents, vegetarians, or jet-setting executives.   

School Based National Nutrition Month Activities: 

Palm Beach Gardens High School is coordinating a National Nutrition Month health fair on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  The school has invited various community agencies to participate in the festivities.  Participants will provide students with educational material related to health and well-being. 

In an effort to promote healthy food choices through the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, the School Food Service Department will be hosting a school-wide health fair at Seminole Ridge High School on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Throughout lunch, all students will have access to a number of educational booths and will be given an opportunity to sample a variety of fruits and vegetables.  

Below are some key messages to fit into different lifestyles: 

Students - the student lifestyle can be fast-paced and low-budget.  Students can eat right on a budget with some savvy food shopping tips. Stock smart snacks that combine protein and carbohydrates to fuel you like:

  • Apples with peanut butter, carrots and hummus, hardboiled eggs and fruit, banana and yogurt, almonds with low-fat cheese or whole-grain cereal.  These also double as a quick grab-and-go breakfast to wake up your brain and muscles for the day’s activities.
  • Cafeteria salad bars are a great choice; just go easy on the cheese, bacon, creamy dressings and other high-calorie add-ons.  Follow the My Plate guidelines and make half your plate fruits and vegetables. 

Athletes – whether you are a competitive athlete or just enjoy working out, what you eat will affect your performance.

  • Your body needs fuel to function, so eat a light breakfast or snack before you exercise.  Try low-fat yogurt, graham crackers with peanut butter, a banana or cereal with low-fat milk.
  • Before, during, and after exercise replace fluids with plenty of water or a sports drink, if you prefer. 

Families - caring for family, whether children, elderly parents or both, can be a handful; however, family meals allow parents to be role models to promote healthy eating.  Just because a meal is made quickly doesn’t mean it can’t be nutritious.

  • Keep things simple.  Build a collection of recipes for quick and easy family favorites. Choose ingredients that you can use from more than one meal.  For example, cook extra grilled chicken for chicken salad or fajitas the next day.
  • Ask for help.  Get the kids involved making a salad, setting the table or other simple tasks. 

Vegetarian – a vegetarian diet can include just as many tasty varieties of foods as one including meat.  For example, nutrient-rich beans are recommended for everyone.  Enjoy vegetarian chili, a hummus-filled pita sandwich or veggie burger.  Many popular items are or can be vegetarian – pasta primavera, veggie pizza and tofu-vegetable stir-fry. 

Career – busy work days and business travel can lead to on-the-fly meals.

  • For desktop dining, keep single-serve packages of whole grain crackers, fruit, peanut butter, low-sodium soup or canned tuna in your desk.
  • Always on the go?  Tuck portable, non-perishable foods in a purse, briefcase or backpack for a meal on the run.  Try granola bars, peanut butter and crackers, fresh fruit, trail mix or single-serve packages of whole-grain cereal or crackers. 

For more information, contact Chantal Gellermann, DTR at 561-383-2005 or via email at





Posted on

I am the newest member of the Palm Beach County School District Police Department. I was born 9 weeks ago (male), and I was given to School Police as a generous donation from the Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction. The Jimmy Ryce Center donates bloodhounds to police departments all across the country. 

To help me become a member of the School Police team, I need to be trained. But I can’t learn how to do my job until I have a name. School Police asks that you lend us a “paw” in finding the perfect name for me!  

School Police will be the only school police department in the nation to have a working bloodhound to help find missing and endangered children.  

Usually, when you need help, you call a police officer. Now, the police officers need your help! Palm Beach County School District Elementary school classes from grades K-5 can participate in my naming contest. 

This is a contest, so there are a few rules that need to be followed: 

  • My name must begin with the letter “K”.
  • Only one submission per class.
  • Submissions should be emailed by the classroom teacher to no later than 2:00 pm on Friday, March 1, 2013. 

My name will be chosen and the winning class will be notified by Monday, March 4, 2013. The winning class will be invited to participate in a formal presentation at the school board meeting held on March 13, 2013.  

If the chosen name was submitted by more than one class, the winning class will be determined by who submitted the name first.  

For complete rules, please Click Here. 

For more information on the Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction, please Click Here. 

For more information contact Lawrence Leon, Chief of School Police at 561-434-8435 or via email at







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

Posted on


WHO:            Boynton Beach High School Theatre Academy Students

WHEN:          March 1, 2013 – 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

WHERE:       1725 S. Federal Hwy.

Boynton Beach, FL, 33435

WHY:             The fundraising is for the Thespian competition in March  


About Boynton Beach Community High School

Boynton Beach Community High School (BBCHS) serves a community of diverse students. The school strives to prepare students with the knowledge, training and skills necessary to become highly successful in the global market. BBCHS is home to the prestigious Boynton Aerospace Science Academy (BASA) where students earn college credits issued by the world’s leader in aviation and aerospace higher education, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and graduate with a certification that later leads to high paying careers as pilots and engineers. Other academies at BBCHS include the Theatre Academy, the Vocal Academy, the Dance Academy, the Information Technology Academy, the Culinary Arts Academy and the Early Childhood Academy.

The Theatre Academy strives to enable students to develop fundamental skills in the collaborative art of theatre.

For more information about Boynton Beach Community High School you can watch their promotional video at or visit the school website at

Posted on

Help raise awareness of the childhood obesity crisis across the country and bring your family to a fun and fitness filled afternoon. 

When? Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 2 – 4 p.m. 

Where? Spanish River High School – 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton 

The day will include: Sports clinics, healthy snacks, family activities, wellness vendors, a visit from Ronald McDonald, and so much more. 

All activities are for families to participate together: 

  • Busy Body Gym… ZUMBA®
  • Boxing, and Boot Camp
  • East Coast School of Self Defense… Martial Arts
  • Spanish River High School Student Sports Clinics… Lacrosse, Soccer, Basketball, Cheerleading
  • School District of PBC… Family Obstacle Course
  • Visit from Ronald McDonald
  • Blood Drive 

For more information email





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


Posted on

I Will Be A Buddy Not A Bully, that’s the pledge Palm Beach Gardens Elementary students are taking. Principal Marie Caracuzzo is encouraging students and staff to join her in a day dedicated to stemming the tide of bullying.  Palm Beach Gardens Elementary is working in conjunction with the Literacy Coalition’s Pink Shirt Day to support kids as they learn the tools to stop bullying.

On February 27th, as people across Palm Beach County wear pink, students and staff at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary will be joining the campaign.  Along with wearing pink shirts, writing exercises, and role plays on the school’s TV station, students will also be encouraged to sign a pledge that reads:

I pledge to:

  • Resist the urge to bully or to join the bully
  • Tell if I am bullied or I see others bullied
  • Be a friend to others if I see them being bullied


For more information please contact Palm Beach Gardens Elementary Guidance Counselor Kimberly Ryan or 561-366-6511.

Posted on

Nearly seven hundred students from 51 schools recently participated in the 2013 Palm Beach County SECME Elementary Olympiad at Santaluces High School.  SECME’s mission is to increase the pool of historically under-represented and under-served students who will be prepared to enter and complete post-secondary studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), thus creating a diverse and globally competitive workforce.

Overall District Winners:

  • Honorable Mention:    Galaxy Elementary
  • Third Place:                 Timber Trace Elementary   
  • Second Place:              Del Prado Elementary
  • First Place:                  Roosevelt Elementary School


The following schools placed in individual events:


  • Honorable Mention:   Marsh Pointe Elementary – Christian Chavez
  • Third Place:                 Binks Forest Elementary – Ashley Kulberg
  • Second Place:              Del Prado Elementary – Omkar Pansare
  • First Place:                  Freedom Shores Elementary – Allison Jobin



  • Honorable Mention:   Highland Elementary – Alexandra Castellon
  • Third Place:                 Beacon Cove Intermediate – Joel Yearick
  • Second Place:              Pine Jog Elementary – Christian Decker
  • First Place:                  Roosevelt Elementary – Chris Rocha         



  • Honorable Mention:    Timber Trace Elementary
  • Third Place:                 Del Prado Elementary
  • Second Place:              Diamond View Elementary
  • First Place:                  Roosevelt Elementary



  • Honorable Mention:    Rolling Green Elementary – Anthony Beltran
  • Third Place:                 South Grade Elementary – Natali Uriostequi
  • Second Place:              Pierce Hammock Elementary – Lucas Bean
  • First Place:                  Timber Trace Elementary – Kinsley Smith                       



  • Honorable Mention:    Rolling Green Elementary – Dragon Master
  • Third Place:                 Crystal Lakes Elementary – Bobcat Flyers
  • Second Place:              Pahokee Elementary – Pioneers
  • First Place:                  Galaxy Elementary – Rocket Racers



  • Honorable Mention:    Marsh Pointe Elementary – Not Forgotten
  • Third Place:                 Roosevelt Elementary – Minny’s Space Rover
  • Second Place:              Marsh Pointe Elementary – In Memory
  • First Place:                  Morikami Park Elementary – Trappers



  • Honorable Mention:    Beacon Cove Intermediate – Team Yellow
  • Third Place:                 Marsh Pointe Elementary – Balsa Builders
  • Second Place:              Everglades Elementary – Panther ”Paw”ssible
  • First Place:                  Poinciana Elementary – Mad Panda A



  • Honorable Mention:    Hidden Oaks Elementary
  • Third Place:                 H.L. Johnson Elementary
  • Second Place:              Waters Edge Elementary
  • First Place:                  Palm Beach Gardens Elementary


GENERATOR BUILD (new for 2013)


  • Honorable Mention:    Calusa Elementary
  • Third Place:                 Equestrian Trails Elementary
  • Second Place:              Timber Trace Elementary
  • First Place:                  Freedom Shores Elementary


The winning essay from Freedom Shores Elementary School will be entered in the SECME National Student Competition in June 2013.  The winning mousetrap car from Morikami Park Elementary will also be recognized at the SECME National Competition.

SECME was founded in 1975 by the engineering deans from seven Southeastern universities: Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, Tennessee State, and Tuskegee.  SECME competitions began in Palm Beach County with five schools in 1985.  Today SECME is a non-profit alliance that extends to 40 school systems, 39 major engineering universities, and industries and agencies in 15 states, the District of Columbia, and Grand Bahamas. SECME provides teacher professional development and coordinates student competitions across the country. Its national headquarters is housed on the campus of The Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.  The School District of Palm Beach County supports the goals and mission of SECME.

For more information, contact Bruce Wear, SECME District Coordinator, at (561) 357-1125 or

Posted on

Pine Jog Elementary School will host educators from 18 states and Canada who will be visiting West Palm Beach for the 3rd Annual Green Schools National Conference on Friday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m. 

A tour was arranged as part of the Green Schools pre-conference tour to show case Pine Jog as the only National Green Ribbon Elementary School in Florida and one of the top green schools in the United States.  

Over 40 teachers and administrators will visit Pine Jog Elementary to tour the Aquaponic System, Hydroponic Gardens, see the Integrated Environmental STEM Curriculum in action and converse with students and teachers. 

Pine Jog Elementary School has partnered with Florida Atlantic University and Pine Jog Environmental Education Center to create the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Green Elementary School in Florida. The focus is on Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Students have the opportunity to engage in hands on learning experiences as they explore and discover the wonders of native vegetation and wildlife on the 150 acres of natural Florida habitat. 

Representatives from the following states will be in attendance: California, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Nevada, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Washington, New Mexico, Virginia, Florida, Connecticut, Washington, DC and Canada. 

For information about the conference visit 

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







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

Posted on

Why would more than 2000 educators leave their schools and spend the day at another district high school? They wanted to find out the latest methods available to educate their students using the newest technology!  The theme of the recent 15th Annual Technology Conference “Mapping the Future of Digital Learning” aligns with the paths that education methods are taking, where digital and innovative practices are used in the classroom and paper and pencils are a thing of the past.  

As in the previous conferences, a variety of nationally known speakers were featured, a large offering of breakout sessions, a leadership track, and an extensive vendor hall. 

The District’s Technology Team created an outstanding line up of speakers that brought energy and inspiration to the attendees. Keynote speaker, Kevin Honeycutt, engaged with the audience by sharing his experiences of growing up in poverty and attending schools in cities all around the country. 

He brought his personal life experiences and sense of humor to encourage teachers to “integrate technology in your curriculum and to visualize the way our children will work and study in the future.” 

“It was impressive to see so many teachers and administrators from public and private schools in Palm Beach County and surrounding counties come together to learn new technological advancements that they can bring into their classrooms,” said Gary Weidenhamer, Director of Educational Technology. 

The closing speaker, Ken Shelton, was able to share his expertise as a middle school technology teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and Discovery STAR Educator. He believes that hands-on experiences are what provide students with the knowledge they need and teachers can make their curriculum more interactive by incorporating photography, visual learning and other educational technology features. 

Other featured speakers included Angela Maiers, Owner and Lead Consultant at Maiers Educational Services; Dr. Mark Benno, Area Development Manager for Apple; Lance Rougeux, Co-founder of the Purple Feet Foundation; and Hall Davidson, founder of   

An interesting aspect of this conference is the inclusion of student talent. The Technology Conference Program cover was designed by Jorge Aguilar, a student at Santaluces High School. Jorge won $500, plus both he and his teacher, Tony Asci, will receive a suite of Adobe software. South Tech Academy student, Mia Fielding, was the second place winner, taking home a prize of $250. Her classmate, Rocky Jimenez, earned $100 as the third place winner. Their sponsoring teacher is Adam Fiveson. 

Aaron Hurley, from John I. Leonard High School, was the 1st place winner of the Pat Oliphant Memorial Student Technology Service Scholarship. Using skills learned at both his school and in the Digital Connectors program, Aaron volunteered at the Gaines Park Youth Empowerment Center. He helped install the computer network and helped teach other students how to create digital videos and digital portfolios. He also participated in a literacy project where he assisted in publishing poems and other writings for download from the Apple App Store. 

Michael Kane, of Park Vista Community High School, was the second place winner. The third place winner was Suyash Kumar of Boca Raton Community High School. Christopher Wyckoff, of Santaluces Community High School, was a finalist. 

Over 150 breakout sessions were held throughout the day. Fellow teachers, featured speakers, industry experts, and special guests shared their knowledge about innovative ways to teach and learn. Some of the sessions included speakers from Apple, Adobe, Dell, Microsoft, Barnes & Noble, Gizmos, Discovery Education, Pearson, EdLine, Edmodo and many more. 

“If you spent just ten minutes at our conference this year, you would have seen passion, dedication, camaraderie, and true love for life-long learning. It is always a blessing to be able to witness our attendees choosing their own paths for learning, and to see them confront their current way of doing things with new and exciting idea; most costing absolutely nothing, and with a minimal investment of time,” said Lee Kolbert, Conference Chair/Dept. of Educational Technology Manager. 

The SDPBC Technology Conference is produced by the Educational Technology Team with support from the Division of Information Technology and it is self supporting and made possible with the generous assistance of sponsors and vendors. Their sponsorship provides the necessary funding to have internationally renowned speakers, scholarships for students, prizes, among other things. 

This year’s conference sponsors included: Adobe Systems, Inc., Apple, Inc., CDW-G, Discovery Education, eInstruction, Dell, Educational Endeavors: Providers of Reading Plus, GovConnection, Inc., Edgenuity (Education 2020), EdLine (Blackboard Engage), Edmentum, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson School – Pearson Digital Learning – K12 Technologies, Scholastic, Audio Enhancement, Barnes & Noble, Blue Coat Systems, CORE ECS, Curriculum Associates, Edmodo, ExploreLearning, Katz Computer Science, Knovation, Learn360, MIND Research Institute, PC Solution & Integration and ProQuest. 

For more information contact Lee Kolbert at (561) 434-8497 or via e-mail at






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

Posted on

Feeding Children Everywhere, a nonprofit organization responding to widespread hunger in South Florida, is collaborating with Palm Beach Atlantic University, Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church and students and staff of Forest Hill High School to assemble, package, and deliver 150,000 meals to food pantries and families in the Greater West Palm Beach Area. Volunteers are being recruited to help package the lentil casseroles that contain ingredients specifically selected to combat the effects of malnutrition.

 Nine hundred volunteers are expected to work over three shifts, Saturday, February 23, starting at 9:00 a.m. on the University’s Intramural Fields, just south of the Green Complex for Sports and Recreation at 1100 S. Dixie Highway.  Twenty-two assembly lines will be created so volunteers can place the meals into personalized boxes for children.

The meals will be sent to the food pantries at schools around the county, including Belvedere Elementary, Conniston Middle, Clifford O. Taylor/ Kirklane Elementary, and Forest Hill High schools.  Forest Hill High School students and staff will be assembling meals at the school starting at 10:15 with distribution of meals to the public running from 12:00 -2:00 p.m. in the school’s parking lot. Student Government Sponsor Lauren Burk said they expect to distribute about 14,000 meals at their school alone. “Our Junior ROTC members, Sgt. Negron, and other students and staff will be joining in to give a hand,” she stated. 

For details, contact Paula Trinidad, program coordinator of Feeding Children Everywhere,


About Feeding Children Everywhere

Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE) is a social charity based in Orlando, Fla. The FCE concept was launched in 2010 and their mission is to empower and mobilize people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children. The driving mission is to mobilize individuals from all walks of life, empowering them to answer the need to end hunger through their own personal actions. Meal-packaging events show fundraising groups that they are having a tangible impact on the hunger crisis, as their involvement makes distribution possible. The food is provided at no cost to local organizations in the U.S. and in regions around the world. To date, the FCE team has mobilized 50,000 people and shipped more than nine million meals worldwide.


Posted on

Dr. Susan Atherley, on behalf of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts community, is pleased to announce that former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, will be visiting the school for a special conversation with the students, faculty and staff.  Dr. Albright will be the keynote speaker at this event, organized by the Dreyfoos Women’s Empowerment Club, a newly formed student organization that promotes active and engaged discussion and the advancement of women’s related topics for the betterment of all.

The visit and conversation is scheduled for February 27, 2013, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Meyer Auditorium on the Dreyfoos campus. This event is open to Dreyfoos students and members of the Dreyfoos School Community only.

Dr. Albright is currently Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global financial strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.  She was the 64th U.S. Secretary of State.  In 2012, President Barak Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.  Dr. Albright is a professor in the practice of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.  She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Dr. Albright’s distinguished career includes serving as Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001.  From 1993-1997, she served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet.  From 1989 to 1992, she served as President of the Center for National Policy.  Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff and as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie.

Members of the press who wish to cover this event should contact:  Dr. Susan Atherley at 561-802-6002 or email   

Posted on

After many weeks of planning, organizing and shopping, Physical Education teachers at Cholee Lake Elementary organized the school’s first health fair. Various community agencies and business participated and provided information, resources and health tips to all the students, teachers and staff members. 

Students were able to access multiple educational booths and get tips from representatives from the Epilepsy Foundation, Safe Kids Coalition, Florida Department of Health,, USTA, Duffy’s and Chick-Fil-A. Several local agencies donated food and provided monetary contributions for the students to sample foods. A variety of fruits, vegetables and snacks from the Bedner’s Farm and Whole Foods Market were available to taste.





The students not only learned about healthy eating habits but also local recreational businesses demonstrated their programs, including the Greenacres Community Center, Skate Zone, Greenacres Bowl, RW Training (Vegan/race training) and Okeeheelee Golf. 

Some of the most entertaining parts of the event included Zumba, karate and dancing sessions. “It was wonderful to see so many business partners and supporters engaged with our students and their families. Having a healthy diet and regular exercise are crucial for academic success.   Students are already asking when the next one would be!” added Ms. Schwartz, Assistant Principal.


“The support of our PTA was instrumental in the success of this Health Fair along with the hard work of our teachers and staff who donated their time”  

For more information contact Kara Schwartz at 561-383-9606 or via email at







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

Posted on

Students, teachers, business partners and all the supporters involved in construction of the modern three-bedroom home, built by the students of the Seminole Ridge High (SRCH) School Construction Academy for Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County will be recognized at a dedication ceremony on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the Hawk House located in 2431 Saranac Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL. 

Approximately 50 students who were on the building team from Seminole Ridge HS will be present along with Royal Palm Beach HS Air Conditioning Academy students.  W.T Dwyer HS students participated in the project by assisting in the building of the front porch. “We are overjoyed about the completion of this project and thrilled to give the owner, Tina Cromatie, the keys to her new home. The house has passed all of the county inspections with flying colors,” said David Porter, Architect and Project Manager.   

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

The project has been documented from beginning to end, including a dedicated website, The Education Network documentary, photographs, school and district public relations and media coverage.

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

Click here to see a video from the Palm Beach Post about the house being put in place.

Click here to see a video produced by TEN about the project

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


About Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County

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


The same Seminole Ridge HS Academy students are hard and fast at work on their second project.  They have shown a remarkable improvement in speed and quality control from the knowledge they consumed during their first experience.  They are about 3 months ahead of schedule with the construction of house number 2.  They started it in middle of January and as of last week; they had the floors done and the walls up.  Habitat has selected the family for second house (to be located in Lake Worth) and the school is scheduling a convenient time for the family to come out to meet the students and to see their new house under construction. More information about this project will be available in the next few weeks. 

For more information contact John Walker, Academy Coordinator at (561) 422-2600 or via e-mail at











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

Posted on

More than one hundred students participated in the 2013 Palm Beach County National History Day/Florida History Fair February 19th at West Boca Raton Community High School. Each year students nation-wide select a historical topic related to the annual theme, conduct primary and secondary source research, and present their findings in the form of original papers, documentaries, performances, exhibits, and  websites. The 2013 theme is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.”

To prepare for the fair competition students search libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. After they analyze and interpret sources to draw conclusions about the significance of their topic, fair participants present their work before of a team of judges. The School District of Palm Beach County supports the goals and mission of National History Day/Florida History Fair. Laurie Cotton, Secondary Social Studies Administrator for the School District stated, “National History Day/Florida History Fair is the ultimate project-based learning that can be integrated into any social studies classroom. With the advent of Common Core Standards, National History Day helps teachers expand and enrich the existing curriculum and offers a meaningful experience for their students.”

The following students were the overall district winners in the Senior Division:


  • Honorable Mention:   Daniel Spencer  – Park Vista High School    
  • Second Place:  Olivia Schiffman   – Spanish River High School
  • First Place:    Christian Hunt –  American Heritage School

EXHIBIT (Individual):

  • Honorable Mention:    Madie Miller  –  American Heritage School
  • Second Place:    Breanne Lindenbaugh   – American Heritage School
  • First Place:   Sara Valdez  –  Park Vista High School

EXHIBIT (Group):

  • Honorable Mention:   Justin Wisnicki, Grace Hines  – Oxbridge Academy
  • Second Place:    Sunnah Lindahl, Lauren Manning  – Park Vista High School
  • First Place:   Nadja Clark, Sasha Rader – American Heritage School

WEBSITE (Individual):

  • Honorable Mention:   Maria Grimmet  – Oxbridge Academy   
  • Second Place:   Emily Greentree –  A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • First Place:    Mitchell Lewis  –  Spanish River High School

WEBSITE (Group):

  • Honorable Mention:   Ali Bowlby, Samantha Sheppe, Anna Shea – Oxbridge Academy
  • Second Place: Brooke Jemison, Kristen Vitagliano, Alana O’Brien  – West Boca Raton High School
  • First Place:    Abby Greentree, Sophie Press, Katie Meyers  –  A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

DOCUMENTARY (Individual):

  • Honorable Mention:   Tova Jones  –  Oxbridge Academy
  • Second Place:    –   Hannah Coy –   American Heritage School
  • First Place:   –  Gabrielle Deutch  – Spanish River High School


  • Honorable Mention:  Madie Anderson, Sarah Cook, Aleksi Turkki  – Oxbridge Academy
  • Second Place:    Rachel Randolph, Alice Zhou  –  A.W. Dreyfoos School of Arts
  • First Place:   Stephen Berkner, Ryenne Dietrick, Jake Reinhart  – Oxbridge Academy  

PERFORMANCE (Individual):                          

  • First Place:    Laura Zemel –  Spanish River High School               


  • First Place:   Luke Li Logsdon, Marco Olortegui –  American Heritage School

The following students were the overall district winners in the Junior Division:


  • Honorable Mention:  Gaby Moroz  – Omni Middle School
  • Second Place:  Grace Robbins – St. Vincent Ferrer Parish School
  • First Place:  Elena Lopez-Belio  – American Heritage School

EXHIBIT (Individual):

  • Honorable Mention : Alex Larson – American Heritage School
  • Second Place: Martin Capriles  – Omni Middle School
  • First Place: Josh Romero – Omni Middle School

EXHIBIT (Group):

  • Honorable Mention: Brenda Gomes, Lucinda Mills – American Heritage School   
  • Second Place: Shane Barta, Pablo Falcon  – St. Vincent Ferrer Parish School
  • First Place: Christer Alf, Vincent Gasparri –  American Heritage School                      

WEBSITE (Individual):

  • Honorable Mention:  Kaleigh Krolokowski – American Heritage School
  • Second Place: Alyson Scardinia – Omni Middle School
  • First Place:  Matthew Rubenstein  –  American Heritage School              

WEBSITE (Group):

  • First Place:  Joseph Marchand, Andrew Rubenstein –  American Heritage School


  • Honorable Mention:   Brea McNamara, Cristina Beck, Brooke Salvato, Kathryn Wigderson, Elena Mackiewicz  – St. Vincent Ferrer Parish School
  • Second Place: Tarin McNamara, Luke Brinkman, Jayson Chung  School – St. Vincent Ferrer Parish School
  • First Place:   Cloe Cantin, Sariah Moore – American Heritage School  

Ms. Cotton said, “Congratulations to fair participants for embarking on their National History Day journey.” First and second place award winners are eligible to compete at the state Florida History Fair competition May 5-7, 2013 in Tallahassee. An awards assembly to recognize District fair finalists will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM at the Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, Florida.

For more information, contact Laurie Cotton, Secondary Social Studies Administrator, at (561) 357-1160 or

Posted on

A collaboration of Palm Beach County PTAs will work together to raise awareness of the Childhood Obesity Crisis across America and to develop Health and Wellness Grants for children in our community.  The day will include: Sports clinics, healthy snacks, family activities, wellness vendors, a visit from Ronald McDonald, and so much more.

When: Saturday, February 23, 2013

Where: Spanish River High School at 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton

Time: 2-4pm

All activities are for families to participate together:

Busy Body Gym… ZUMBA®, Boxing, and Boot Camp

East Coast School of Self Defense… Martial Arts

Spanish River High School Student Sports Clinics…

Lacrosse, Soccer, Basketball, Cheerleading

School District of Palm Beach County… Family Obstacle Course

Visit from Ronald McDonald

Blood Drive

For more information please email

Posted on

Galaxy Elementary students excelled this year at the Secme Olympiad placing first in water rockets and also received Honorable Mention for the overall district competition.  Nearly seven hundred students from 51 schools participated in the 2013 Palm Beach County SECME (Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics, and Enrichment) Elementary Olympiad that recently took place on February 9, 2013 at Santaluces High School.  During the Olympiad, students participated in a variety of competitions which included bridges, mousetrap cars, water rockets, Brain Bowl, essays, poems, banners, and posters.  The theme for this year’s SECME program is “THINK it’s imPOSSIBLE? THINK sySTEMically. THINK SECME!”

 “We are very proud of our students’ accomplishments in the SECME competition,” said Galaxy Principal Edmund Capitano. “They are bright, ingenious and creative, which are all the finest characteristics of a SECME participant,” he added.

The following Galaxy Elementary students participated in this year’s Olympiad:

Janaya Manuel – 2nd grade

Nehemie Perpilus – 4th grade

Alexis Benitez – 4th grade

Mykyaia Byrd – 5th Grade

Obed Vital – 5th grade

Marlens Elysee – 5th grade

The Galaxy SECME Coordinator is Carolyn Coniglio and the Assistant-Coordinator, Johnetta Colson.



SECME was founded in 1975 by the Engineering Deans from seven Southeastern universities: Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, Tennessee State, and Tuskegee.  SECME competitions began in Palm Beach County with five schools in 1985.  Today SECME is a non-profit alliance that extends to 40 school systems, 39 major engineering universities, and industries and agencies in 15 states, the District of Columbia, and Grand Bahamas. SECME’s mission is to increase the pool of historically under-represented and under-served students who will be prepared to enter and complete post-secondary studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), thus creating a diverse and globally competitive workforce. SECME provides teacher professional development and coordinates student competitions across the country. Its National Headquarters is housed on the campus of The Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.  The School District of Palm Beach County supports the goals and mission of SECME.

For more information, contact Edmund Capitano at

Posted on

Vodcast is the video sharing system used by the School District of Palm Beach County where the public, students, teachers and staff can view a variety of videos. Now, this feature is available in the Apple App Store.  Just search for “SDPBC” and download the FREE District Vodcast app! 



The Vodcast Mobile App is a universal App for iPad and iPhones running iOS6 or better.  This application leverages the capabilities of your iOS device in order to provide fast and easy access to a wide variety of Vodcast Web Application features such as searching and browsing the entire Vodcast video catalog, in-app video playback, and social sharing options exclusive to the app. 

In addition to these publicly available features, District employees can log in to gain access to manage their favorites and upload videos directly from their iOS devices. 

This application was created as the Information Technology Web Development Team’s first foray into native mobile development.  “Vodcast’s diverse feature set provided a unique opportunity to explore many facets of mobile development while offering a more convenient way for District employees to interact and contribute content to the system,” said Kara Rubinson, General Manager, IT Solutions. 

For more information, contact Kara Rubinson at 561- 434-8951 or via email at







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

Posted on

Support Our School Gardens! Come to Pine Jog Elementary’s Strawberry Festival


The Pine Jog Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is sponsoring the 5th Annual Strawberry Festival. 

When?  Saturday, February 16th, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Where? Pine Jog Elementary - 6315 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33415  

The festival began 5 years ago and was created to celebrate the harvest of Pine Jog’s 4,000 plant hydroponic gardens and its abundant strawberry crop.  The garden is managed by the OWL (Our World Leaders) team, who created a business plan for the garden while learning science, math, and business skills. 

There will be music, games, fresh strawberries and vegetables, homemade smoothies and a chocolate fountain with vendor booths, and lots of fun things to do.  Pine Jog Elementary invites all of the members of the community to support the biggest fundraising event of the year. 

The School District of Palm Beach County is committed to modeling environmental stewardship, wisely managing the use of natural resources, and supporting conservation.  One of the main purposes is to educate students, teachers, administrators, and staff about the importance of conservation and environmental awareness. 

The following business partners have been instrumental in the realization of this event and support the programs at Pine Jog Elementary: Toyota,Fun Services, Atlas Surveying and mapping, Ken Shin Kan of Florida, AT&T, Small Animals Club, Ashley’s Performing Arts Center, Dr. Fara Bender, Deli Inn, Five Star Accounting and Solutions, Teddy’s Wing Shack, La Brasa, Backyard Depot, Fiesta Auto Insurance, Great Expectations Childcare and 1-9 Sports.

For more information contact Fred Barch at (561) 656-5401 or via e-mail at   






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

Posted on

Dr. Anthony Lockhart, Atlantic High School Principal, will be honored during the 10th Annual African Diaspora Awards and Dinner Ceremony that will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 6 :30 P. M. at the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel.

The ceremony, organized by Perfect Results Incorporated, will also recognize several other honorees for their ‘Knowledge, Power and Service’. Among them are,  Ottis Jerome Anderson, NFL Legend – Judge Sheree Davis Cunningham, 15th Judicial Court, West Palm Beach – Emily Patricia Dobard, Educator – Hyacinth Wideman, from Florida Atlantic University – Brandon Flowers, from NFL Kansas City Chiefs – Mayor Thomas Masters, City of Riviera Beach, Florida – Dr. Barbara Carey Shuler, Shuler’s Memorial Chapel – Dr. Jon Mark Wesley, Vascular Surgeon.

RSVP by February 16, 2013 by calling (561) 278-3577 or email

Tickets are sold for $ 60.00 and can be purchase at His & Hers Hair Boutique, 404 W. Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.

Posted on

The Annual Hawks Family Fun Day offers FREE admission and promises entertainment for everyone including a BBQ, car show, big truck and swamp buggy show, green market, sidewalk chalk contest, entertainment, vendors, games and so much more. 

When? Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Where? Seminole Ridge Community High School – 4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd., Loxahatchee. 

The Car Show and Big Truck and Swamp Buggy show is open to all makes, models and years. All vehicles must be at the school no later than 8:00 a.m. and stay for the judging at 2:00 p.m.  Pre-register your vehicle for $15.00 by February 20, 2013. The sidewalk chalk contest is open to anyone interested. 

The Silent Auction will feature items and services from local businesses as well as themed band section baskets.  DONATIONS ARE NEEDED and are tax deductible. 

Vendor spaces are still available for any local businesses, agencies or organizations that are interested in showcasing their efforts.  

All proceeds benefit the programs at Seminole Ridge High Community High School. 

For more information, contact Roy Morgan at 561-644-1090 or Candi McLeod at 561-635-0740 or via email at







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

Posted on

Westward Elementary teacher Chris Persaud, will receive a special visit from the We Give Books ReadMobile for his students and his school. A third grade teacher, now in his second year, Mr. Persaud was selected out of hundreds of people to receive this once-in-a-lifetime reading celebration.

WHAT: Children and faculty at Westward Elementary International Magnet School will get a special visit from the ReadMobile onFriday, February 15, and receive books provided by the Pearson Foundation.

WHERE: Westward Elementary International Magnet School

1101 Golf Avenue

West Palm Beach FL 33401

WHEN: Friday, February 15 at 8:15 AM

The We Give Books campaign is a major effort by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation, to equip families, classrooms and libraries with print and online books for children. The Pearson Foundation has donated more than a million books and has challenged the community to read a million more by the end of this school year. A digital collection of several hundred children’s books is also available for teachers and families to access for free at

About the Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at

About We Give Books

We Give Books is a philanthropic program from Penguin and the Pearson Foundation that helps children become lifelong readers and givers. Together, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation support literacy through programs that engage entire communities. Working around the world through programs like Booktime and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation have touched millions of lives in thousands of communities. For more information, visit

For more information please contact Stacey Finkel, Pearson Foundation at or 703-304-1377.

Posted on

The National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America) envisions a future in which all agricultural education students will discover their passion in life and build on that insight to chart the course for their educations, career and personal future.

Jupiter High FFA students recently competed in four events at the South Florida Fair.  In the horticulture contest Jupiter took first, second and third place with the first place team consisted of Brian Hemphill (overall highest score), Ally Causey (second highest score), Shane Brooks and Kelsey Mackey.  The second place team members were Nicole Cornwell (third highest score), Kaitlyn Bailey, and John Chanda followed by Jeremy Sissom, Lexi Barchuk.   The horticulture contest is based on the state FFA Nursery/Landscape event where students must identify plants, insects and diseases along with landscape tools.

Jupiter also competed in the Dairy Judging event.  This event helps students understand the best genetic traits to look for in animals.  There were over 100 competitors in this event and several Jupiter students placed in this event with Jenn Debono in seventh place overall, Giana Laughlin in eighth overall and Alec Freel in tenth overall.  Jupiter also had the fourth and fifth place teams in the event with the fourth place team missing out on a trophy by just eight points out of 900 total points. 

In addition to these events Jupiter took part in the vegetable and horse evaluation contests.  Jupiter came away with the fourth and fifth place teams in vegetable.  In the vegetable event students had to identify different varieties of vegetables along with seeds, insects, diseases, weeds, and grade vegetables based on any possible defects.

“Congratulations to all these Jupiter FFA members on their success at the South Florida Fair,” said Derrick Crum, Jupiter High Agriscience Teacher and FFA Advisor.

For more information please contact Mr. Crum at or 561-744-7900.

Posted on

February 14, 2013 to be V-Day’s Largest Day of Action Ever

Boynton Beach Community High School will join with activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. The event will occur on February 14, 2013 at 11:15am in the courtyard at Boynton Beach High School. This event is for all women and the men who support them.

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.

On February 14, 2013, students and faculty at Boynton High will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we express our outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women –  ONE BILLION daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and friends.  ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men to dance across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers and our solidarity across borders.

Boynton Beach Community High School students and faculty will participate in One Billion Rising by dancing to “Break the Chain” flash mob style during both lunch periods in the courtyard.  Following lunch, all students will watch a video consisting of the “Man’s Creed” and Boynton Beach Community High School male students showing their support of ending violence against women and girls.

About Boynton Beach Community High School

Boynton Beach Community High School (BBCHS) serves a community of diverse students. The school strives to prepare students with the knowledge, training and skills necessary to become highly successful in the global market. BBCHS is home to the prestigious Boynton Aerospace Science Academy (BASA) where students earn college credits issued by the world’s leader in aviation and aerospace higher education, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and graduate with a certification that later leads to high paying careers as pilots and engineers. Other academies at BBCHS include the Theatre Academy, the Vocal Academy, the Dance Academy, the Information Technology Academy, the Culinary Arts Academy and the Early Childhood Academy.

For more information about Boynton Beach Community High School you can watch their promotional video at or visit the school website at


To learn more about One Billion Rising at Boynton Beach Community High School, call Ms. Geri Grocki at 561-752-1511or email at

Posted on

When the state competition of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is held in Orlando in April, some members of the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts(HOSA will be on hand. The following students qualified through their wins in the regional competition for the top health Public Service Announcement (PSA) and  the best extemporaneous health poster. 

Jordan Lane-Palmer , visual arts major(West Palm Beach) 3rd place, health poster
Taylor Henderickson ,communications major (Wellington) 2nd for the Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Jordan Starkey, digital media major,( Palm Beach Gardens)  
Alec Ngyuyen  digital media major  (Boynton Beach)  
Nick Natural piano major(Boca Raton)  
Sergio Rodriguez ,communications major (West Palm Beach)  

 Dreyfoos biology instructor, Kristen Perez –a Dreyfoos graduate herself – is the sponsor of the campus chapter of HOSA. The state Leadership Conference is set for Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, April 4-7.

For more details, contact Jane Grandusky, 561.805.6203 or email