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When was the last time you experienced the artwork of a 5-year old child inspired by young master artist Alexandra Nechita, or a 10 year-old budding Picasso, or even a teen artist on their way to a career in the visual arts?  The School District of Palm Beach County invites all students, parents, administration, personnel and community members to their Annual K-12 Spring Student Art Exhibition: Art Shapes the World.  The exhibition features students from various schools around Palm Beach County and correlates with National Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month, and Theatre for Life in March.

The art show will run from March 28th until April 10th, with the opening reception on Wednesday, April 4th from 4:30 pm -7:00 pm at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center, 3300 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33406.

The Arts Education Department is anticipating over 800 artists from 80 schools, as well as, student musicians from Binks Forest, Hidden Oaks, North Palm Beach, Panther Run, and Starlight Cove Elementary Schools performing during the reception.

Award of Excellence ribbons will be distributed by the Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association to select artwork that will move to the 4th District Court of Appeals’ first Student Art Exhibition in May. 

Any community member that is unable to attend the opening reception on April 4th, but would still like to see the exhibition may do so during school district hours from 8:00am-4:30pm.

Karen Nobel, Arts Integration Specialist and President-Elect of the Florida Art Education Association said of the show, “Art opens the eyes and minds of our students to enable them to see the world in new ways.  This show is a testament to the countless hours of dedication our talented art teachers have put in to fostering a love for creativity and learning in each young artist in our county.  It is our hope that the art on display in this show will help open the eyes and minds of our community to see the immeasurable value our outstanding visual arts program has to learning in Palm Beach County.”    

For more information contact Karen Nobel at (561) 434-8485 or via e-mail at karen.nobel@palmbeachschools.org .

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Take the pledge, “Rock To Live” to save a life, and join Spanish River High School of Boca Raton, FL, in conjunction with PhoneGuard, Global Maximus Productions, and Channel One News, and Florida Atlantic University, for a National Day of Awareness and Music Festival to warn of the Dangers of Texting & Driving.  The festival is planned to take place on April 28, 2012 at Florida Atlantic University Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.

This is a grassroots, student-led effort to bring awareness to the dangers of texting and driving, by sponsoring an event that brings together over 8,000 schools and millions of students across the nation, in one combined voice to save lives of their classmates.

The event will feature within the agenda, an Awareness Marketplace outside the stadium with a test track and simulators where attendees from around the region can experience the distractions and impairment of texting while driving.  Gourmet Truck Expo is sponsoring a Food Truck Food-a-thon featuring some of the most well known Gourmet Food Trucks in South Florida, Live entertainment by Super Bowl entertainers, BadHorse, and others, with various sponsor booths on hand to support the cause. It is planned that The Day Of Awareness will be capped with a star-studded Music Festival produced by Global Maximus Productions in association with Liquid Crystal Productions, inside the stadium,  and will be made available “Live”, streaming to millions around the world. The event is expected to sell out of the 30,000 tickets being made available.

“Our goal is to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving among teens, parents, and all drivers, as well as, offer a solution to help curb the habit. There is already enough danger in the world, we don’t have to go out of our way to create our own.” said Ross Brenner, Sophomore Class President and originator of the national event.

Brenner, with Spanish River and PhoneGuard, has been working with various companies, groups, communities, sports figures, politicians, musicians, and entertainers who have been anxious to lend their support and time to this important cause, and be on hand championing the event. Celebrity performers and attendees will offer messages on the importance of Texting Responsibly, and will sign autographs, take photographs, and visit subscribers interactively, enhanced by the latest state of the art technologies accessible to all devices, including iPad, via the Gotham Streaming System.

With the support of sponsors like PhoneGuard, Ocean Properties Hotels and Resorts, Porta Via, Global Maximus Records, and the performing artists involved, this student-inspired Spanish River event will be ground zero for the nationwide effort. Numerous celebrities will be doing shout-out PSA’s that will play during the event. Students, their parents, and everyone involved, will be asked to visit  www.takethepledge.tv to join major recording artists, sports figures, politicians, and celebrities, in support of this cause, and be a part of the launching of the first ever PPV music festival, Rock for Life, a new national Student-Sponsored Music Festival, with the goal of supporting major life-changing causes.

Channel One News, the leading television news network for teens, will support the effort by airing a public service announcement, produced by SRHS, on its daily broadcast in schools nationwide. Channel One News, a valued educational program viewed daily at SRHS, reaches nearly 5.5 million young people in thousands of middle schools and high schools across the country. The dynamic broadcast and supplementary educational resources inform, educate, and inspire teens, connecting them with important current events and the world around them.

Students will reach out to major talk shows, news publications, and other sources to achieve broad scale national awareness for the cause and the event, which seeks to save lives and make history by bringing together a first ever peer-to-peer nationwide message. Students expect any donations raised from this event will aid Jr. and High Schools, and will provide much needed funds to raise awareness, support recently cut programs, and help reduce financial shortfalls.

The leading solution to curbing the rising problem of texting and driving lies in the innovative product that PhoneGuard will offer free at the event, and to its viewers. Boca Raton-based PhoneGuard, who has partnered up with two-time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Justin Bieber, has developed a smart phone application which disables a phone’s texting functions whenever it detects the driver moving more than 10 miles per hour. Including the mobile application, PhoneGuard has a full suite of safety products that backs into a web-based portal for family peace of mind.

“16 kids died today, and 16 more will die tomorrow. That’s unacceptable and we are proud of Ross and Dalton, the student leaders, and student body of Spanish River High for leading the cause and launching this unique event. Thousands of schools, and millions of kids across the nation, will follow Spanish River’s lead, and hopefully create their own events on that day, and invite viewers to tune in to the cause, and watch the festival, streamed live by Gotham Networks”, added Scott Frohman, CEO of PhoneGuard.

“We are grateful to PhoneGuard and all our supporters for their incredible contribution and partnerships. We will use every available means at our disposal to send our shared message across the country, starting with Channel One News, along with our Facebook and Twitter. Justin Bieber is in full support of “no texting while driving” and continues to campaign with PhoneGuard and Remember Alex Brown Foundation (www.RememberAlexBrownFoundation.org) via interviews with local and national media, and news outlets…” stated event founder, Ross Brenner.

The Festival and the cause has the full support of Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel and City Council, Boca Raton Police Department, U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch, State Representative Irv Slosberg, The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB), The Alex Brown Foundation, and regional Anti-texting groups in various parts of the country, including STANDD, TADD, SADD, and others. Various national and international businesses support the cause and event, and will send out releases as they come on board.

The announcement of the Day of Awareness & the Rock For Life music festival will be adjoined by the announcement of the ‘New Cool’ Rewards program, which will reward PPV Viewers/pledge members with media downloads, VIP experiences, and special event opportunities, at no cost to the students and families, as a means to reward the commitment to Not Text and Drive.

A release of a formal agenda, the streaming event fundraiser, Award cards, Pledges, performers, celebrities, dignitaries and sponsors, will follow over the next few weeks.

If you have any questions, or would like to contact Ross Brenner Please email at:

ross.brenner001@gmail.com

If you have any questions, or would like to contact Spanish River High School, please email or call:

Mr. William Latson – Principal

Office: 561-241-2200

William.Latson@palmbeachschools.org

If you have any questions, or would like to contact PhoneGuard, please email or call:

Dylan Rossi - Vice President of Business Development

Office: 561.314.3466

drossi@phoneguard.com

If you have any questions, or would like to contact GMR, please email or call:

David Carter – Global Maximus Productions

Tel: 615-268-1919

david@myglobalmaximus.com

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The Health Care District of Palm Beach County and The School District of Palm Beach County will recognize their commitment to keeping students healthy and ready to learn by holding a signing ceremony on Wednesday, April 4th from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Boca Raton. The ceremony marks the renewal of a funding agreement between the Health Care District and the School District in which the School District will provide $2,550,000 to place full-time registered nurses at 34 public schools for the current fiscal year. The Health Care District oversees and funds a total of $11.5 million towards the School Health program to staff full-time registered nurses in 169 public schools.

Scheduled to participate in the ceremonial signing are Benjamin Frank, Esq., Chair of the Health Care District Board of Commissioners, Frank A. Barbieri, Jr., Esq., Chairman, Palm Beach County School Board, and E. Wayne Gent, Superintendent, The School District of Palm Beach County.

The Health Care District has partnered with the School District since the School Health program began in 1997. The program, now in its 15th year of service to Palm Beach County public school students, is recognized as a national model for school health. The Health Care District coordinates the program, overseeing more than 200 full-time registered nurses who administer health care to the more than 170,000 students in the county. School Nurses treat everything from injuries and illnesses to chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes.

“We are proud to partner with the School District to provide for the health and well-being of our public school students,” said Mr. Frank. “Thanks to our 15-year commitment to community health, students in Palm Beach County have graduated high school having had the full benefit of a school nurse on campus from kindergarten through 12th grade.”

“It’s really important for student achievement that our children are healthy, so we highly value our School Nurses,” said School Board Chairman Frank Barbieri.

WHAT: Signing ceremony to commemorate School Health funding

WHEN: Wednesday, April 4th, 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, 1798 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33431
(Check in at main office.)

For more information about School Health, visit the Health Care District’s website at www.hcdpbc.org. or contact Robin Kish at 561.659.1270.

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The Florida Public Service Union has announced a poster contest in collaboration with Palm Beach County Schools for area high school students with a first place prize of $500 centered on the theme of how non-instructional employees like bus drivers, custodians and food service workers make a difference in their schools.

“The bus drivers, custodians, maintenance workers, secretaries and food service employees are the “hidden faces” that everyday make valuable contributions to the success of our schools,” said Alphonso Mayfield, President of the Florida Public Service Union. “This contest is a salute to their importance and we are looking forward to seeing the depth of creativity that will emanate from our high school students around this theme.”

The deadline for the poster contest is May 4th and winners will be announced on May 16th. First prize is $500, with second and third places winning $300 and $200, respectively. The fifteen finalists’ artwork will be on display at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center.

High School students enrolled in the Palm Beach County School district are eligible to compete.  Entries for the poster contest need to be submitted to: FPSU, 2112 S. Congress Ave., suite 205, Palm Springs, FL 33406.  Students must include on the back of the poster their name, address, phone #, email, grade, school, teacher’s name and parent or guardian’s signature if under the age of 18.

For contest details visit: http://www.seiufpsu.org/?p=851

For contest questions email: anne.chernin@seiufpsu.org

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Students and staff at Melaleuca Elementary recently celebrated the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss in a big way!  The morning started off with a breakfast of green eggs and ham for the entire student body.  Throughout the remainder of the day, the students enjoyed reading and listening to Dr. Seuss books read aloud by variety of staff and community members.  The day was a huge success! 

Read Across America Day is celebrated every year on or near March 2nd (Dr. Seuss’ birthday) to motivate students to read, ignite the imagination of students and help build a community readers.

“The Melaleuca faculty and staff would like to thank our district staff and community members who joined us to ensure that 100% of our classrooms had a special Dr. Seuss book read to them,” added Mrs. Tomás.  

Many of our readers joined us with their own favorite Dr. Seuss book and dressed in costume to the delight of our students.  Their support and assistance with helping us commemorate the day was greatly appreciated. 

Our guest readers included:  Dr. Janis Andrews, Nikki Jones, Robin White, Stefanie Pectal, Ann Friedman, Louise Grant, Juan Carlos Fangul (WPEC), Tania Rogers (WPTV), Kelli Fulton (WPTV), Detective Francisco Tomas (PBSO), Sheryl G. Wood, Laura Pincus, Vicki Evans-Pare, Kathelyn Jacques-Adams, Erik Bell, Blair LittleJohn, and A. Denise Sagerholm. 

For more information contact Amy Tomás at (561) 968-7305 or via e-mail at amy.tomas@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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Allamanda Elementary School will “Rock the FCAT” at the fifth annual school-wide FCAT pep rally Thursday, April 12th at 1:00 pm. Radio’s Wild 95.5 morning personality Kevin Rolston will be on hand to reveal Allamanda’s top 10 list of ways to “Rock the FCAT.”

Students at the A-rated school will play staff versus student musical chairs, dance and sing to karaoke, play “Minute to Win It” and other games.  Kindergarten through 2nd grade students are also included in the rally. The entire school supports the test-takers through FCAT buddies activities and positive support and encouragement.

Marilu Garcia, principal, said, “Our third through fifth grade students are eager to show what they know on the upcoming exam.  They are well-prepared to let their skills and knowledge shine.  The pep rally reinforces the school-wide philosophy of our Allamanda Attitude, while allowing the children to see the support in the school and get fired up about the FCAT.”

For more information, please call Principal Garcia at 561-803-7200 or email marilu.garcia@palmbeachschools.org.

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The Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association Members’ Exhibition at Old School Square features original art works by 15 of the county’s art teachers and community members. The exhibition offers PBCATA an opportunity to complete their mission of supporting art education and promoting art as a means of communication for each individual. 

When? April 9, 2012 to May 17, 2012

Opening Reception Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 5:30 PM- 7:00 PM 

Where? Old School Square – 51 N. Swinton Avenue • Delray Beach, FL 33444 

Featured Artists

Bonnie Bruner

Jamie Davis

Britt Feingold

Jay Harmon

Lianne LaVoy

Jennifer Love-Gironda

Marlene Harris Malka

Carly Mejeur

Astrid Mora

Karen Nobel

Kim Pilla

Darin Roney

Sharon Salansky

Elaine Stecker

Carol Walker

Laura Folgate Hernandez

 

About the PBCATA

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

For more information contact Brit Feingold at (561) 882-7600 or via e-mail at britt.feingold@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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Jupiter High School’s French language students recently celebrated their annual Mardi Gras observance with the school’s courtyard and cafeteria transformed into the streets of Paris and New Orleans. It has been an annual event for over 10 years with all French students required to participate. As each level of students sees and feels the atmosphere of the evening, they grow excited to move onto the next level so that they too can make their way to the ultimate goal of “Wearing the “STAFF” tee shirt.”

Shannon Alfes, Karen Herrera and Sanica Apte

Shannon Alfes, Karen Herrera and Sanica Apte

“This has created a very strong French program for our school, one of the largest in Palm Beach County. As other schools see their French programs fizzle, we continue to see exciting growth”, said teacher Glenda Sidman. “Incorporating the cultural aspects of all of the various French speaking countries provides a diversion from the daily textbook curriculum. It makes the language and culture gush with life. Past students always come back and comment on how much they miss their French classes, especially Mardi Gras at Jupiter High School!”

Level I French students displayed their model projects that represent monuments, paintings and daily scenes of various French speaking countries around the world. The level II students paired up and were randomly assigned a French speaking country. Cafeteria tables were expertly converted into booths that represented that country. The booths offered delicacies representative of that country, displayed maps and flags, played student made power points on laptops and posted “Fun facts” about that country. Many researched the traditional costume and dressed the part. Meanwhile the level III French students teamed up in groups of three and selected a “theme” booth for their project. The themes represent a variety of French delicacies; cheeses, chocolate, crôque monsieur (a glorified grilled ham and cheese), beignets, waffles, pastries, bakery, winery (non alcoholic, of course!), French café and even a French art museum.

The King and Queen of Mardi Gras were chosen from randomly selected courtiers in each French class. They ate from a King’s cake and the male and female who found the plastic baby in their piece of cake were crowned and paraded around the event on the way to their thrones. The whole event was serenaded by a group of French students who formed a New Orleans street jazz band, and after much practice prior to the event, provided winning entertainment for the guests. One of the highlights was the beautifully costumed Moulin Rouge Can-Can dancers who performed every half hour to the delight of the attendees.

 The organization of the event is performed by the level IV students under the leadership of their teachers, Glenda Sidman and Gianina Ireland. These students design and don magnificent Mardi Gras “STAFF” tee shirts that make them recognizable as those in charge of the event’s smooth flow. Once all the guests have enjoyed the celebration, the winners of the rosette ribbons for each level are presented, with the highlight being the announcement of the “Best in Show” trophy. This year the trophy was awarded to the Band and Can-Can dancers.

Planning for the event begins the day after Mardi Gras when all of the level IV’s discuss and complete evaluations, making suggestions for the following year.  Jupiter High French students know how to “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

For more information please contact Ms. Sidman at Glenda.sidman@palmbeachschools.org .

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The 2012 High School graduation schedule can be found on the School District website at http://www.palmbeachschools.org/community/PDFs/2012-Graduation-Schedule.pdf .  Graduations will take place from May 17th through May 29th with the majority of the graduation ceremonies taking place at the Fairgrounds.  Please see schedule for all dates, times and locations for all of our high school graduations.

 

For more information please contact Eric Stern at 561-434-7450 or eric.stern@palmbeachschools.org .

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District educators who are interested in enhancing their credentials may want to consider pursuing a Masters of Education in Social Foundations:  Multicultural Education this summer.  The Department of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry is offering the introductory course of the program – Seminar in Multicultural Education, (EDG 5705) which runs May 14 through June 22. Dr. Dilys Schoorman, a professor in the department, said the program is grounded in the perspectives of critical pedagogy and is  flexible yet rigorous. “ This program designed to meet the individual needs of our graduate students from a varity of disciplines and offers a strong foundation in the principles of multiculturalism, equity, and social justice,” she stated.

She added that the degree will expose educators to central theories, current research and practical applications of knowledge and skills for the education of diverse populations, including critical insight for addressing standardization and accountability pressures at the classroom, school, district, and state levels.   

Lisa Lee, manager in the Chief Academic Office who completed the program a few years ago, said she feels there are few Masters of Education degree programs that focus on the inner core of both the teacher and the student. “FAU provided information, history (that I didn’t know), and purpose to my tool belt as a teacher and administrator.  It enabled me to be inspired by the stories and histories of students from many different cultures, and the roads they have taken in life.  It taught me how explain to my colleagues that to understand the history and culture of a student is to understand ways you will engage a student to learn,” she stated.

She added that it’s only when the teacher or administrator internalizes this information that they’re able to put the needs of students first as they lead them down the road to a successful future. 

The masters program includes:

Four core courses in Multicultural Education

EDG 5705 – Seminar in Multicultural Education

EDF 6887 – Foundations of Multicultural Education

EDF 6637 – Race, Class and Gender Issues in Education

EDF 6615 – Teaching the African American Student

 Capstone Course: EDF 6918- Action Research in Schools and Communities

Area of Specialization: 5 courses in your area of choice

Educators may use the opportunity to earn endorsement/ certification in a specific area

Required Research Methods:

EDF 6113 – Educational Statistics

EDF 6481 – Educational Research

Additional information about the program requirements can be found at http://www.coe.fau.edu/academicdepartments/ccei/socialfoundations/default.aspx

 For more details contact Lizeth Garcia, lgarci18@fau.edu or (561) 297 6598.

 

 

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All public schools in Palm Beach County will soon have Assisted Listening Device (ALD) systems installed with the requirement that they be available for all events utilizing Public Address (PA) systems. The installations are part of the District’s efforts to bring every school into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and should be utilized even during events hosted by organizations leasing school facilities if PA systems are being used.

Fred Cahill, an administrator with Facilities Services, said Assisted Listening Devices benefit the staff and general public who attend meetings, performances and work shops at all of the Districts schools and facilities. “People that have auditory impairments will be able to clearly hear everything that comes over our Public Address systems by using the ALD receivers. Neck loop and blue tooth- type ear pieces will enable sound and speech to be clearly and sharply heard from anywhere in a room that has a system,” he explained. 

Installation in schools is already underway and is expected to be completed by the end of the school year. Training  of specified school staff is conducted when the systems are installed.  For more details, contact Mr. Cahill, 561-882-1907 or email Fred.cahill@palmbeachschools.org.

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Prowess in math earned another Math trophy for Roosevelt Middle School.  Placing 3rd  in the 27th Annual Math Brain Bowl state competition for grades 6-8, Apoorva Ravichandran (captain), Shivang Jadvani, Alison Austria, and Marcus Sutton  were excited that their teamwork in answering the problems resulted in a win.  Caelethia Clemons, 2011 Math Teacher of the Year, was their math coach for the event.  Crystal Varnadore, 2011 Dwyer Award winner and math department chair, accompanied the students to the competition in Orlando, FL.   This is the third year in a row that a Roosevelt Middle team has placed in the top three.  Last year’s team placed 2nd in the math competition with Marcus Sutton winning an individual 3rd place award in the Word Wizard event.

Roosevelt Middle Brain BowlRoosevelt Middle School is a Math, Science, and Technology school with magnet programs in Pre Medical, Pre Engineering, Environmental Science, and Technology.  It is an A rated school and made AYP in 2010.

A business partner with Roosevelt Middle for many years, the Urban League of Palm Beach County Center of Excellence sponsored the RMS PI-ERS team on this all-expense paid trip to participate in Brain Bowl Competitions and National Achievers Society (NAS) Summit in Orlando, FL on Friday, March 23 through Saturday, March 24.  Organized by the Florida Education Fund (FEF), teams were invited from 10 centers throughout the State of Florida to participate in History & Culture, Mathematics, Writing, and Word Definition competitions.  Awards included scholarships to Florida colleges, cash prizes, and bragging rights.

The Urban League’s Center of Excellence high school math teams also included the 11th -12th grade CHARGERS and the 9th -10th grade CHARGERS II. All of the team members attend Suncoast Community High School.  Both teams placed 2nd.  Patrick Franklin, President and CEO, stated “The Center of Excellence is a critical piece to closing the achievement gap for minority students and continues to increase the pool of students who are prepared, motivated and qualified to enter higher education.”

The Urban League of Palm Beach County has been at the forefront of youth education, community and health empowerment for the past 38 years and is the leading provider of comprehensive family services helping more than 16,000 people annually in the achievement of social and economic equality.  www.ULPBC.org

For more information please contact Dee Ann Tiffany, Roosevelt Middle School, at 561.822.0261 or tiffanyd@palmbeach.k12.fl.us or Kate Alvarado, Vice President of Development & Communication, Urban League of Palm Beach County at 561-833-1461 ext 3002 or kalvarado@ulpbc.org

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Pine Jog Elementary and S.D. Spady Elementary are being recognized for creating healthy environments focused on nutrition and physical activity. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam recently joined United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary Kevin Concannon to celebrate the achievements of Florida schools that have been awarded a USDA HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Award for creating a healthier school environment by promoting nutrition and physical activity.  Under Commissioner Putnam’s leadership, the number of Florida schools with a HUSSC distinction has more than doubled, bringing the total number of schools to 48.

“Florida’s HealthierUS School Challenge Award recipients are committed not only to the education of Florida’s children, but also to their health and well-being,” said Commissioner Adam Putnam. “I look forward to working with our state’s schools to encourage efforts to promote healthy lifestyles, as demonstrated by schools like these so Florida can become a nationwide leader in promoting nutrition and healthy lifestyles.” 

USDA established HUSSC in 2004 to recognize schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have voluntarily created healthier school environments. Schools are awarded Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Awards of Distinction based on the criteria set forth by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service.  S.D. Spady and Pine Jog elementary schools are the only schools in the South Florida area to receive the award.

To celebrate the achievements of the schools, USDA Deputy Director of Special Nutrition Programs, Steven Hortin will attend Pine Jog Elementary school assembly on April 3, 2012.  In addition, during the Wellness Promotion Task Force meeting on April 4, 2012, Deputy Hortin will present bronze awards to Pine Jog Principal, Fred Barch and S.D. Spady Principal, Martha O’Hare.

For more information contact Paula Triana, R.D, L.D./N., School Food Service Department, Assistant Director of Nutrition & Wellness Promotion at (561) 383-2026.

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A team of Israeli educators came to Marsh Pointe Elementary School for a tour of an American public school today, March 30.  The delegation consisted of teachers in elementary and middle schools who taught subjects such as English, Arabic, mathematics, and science.  The tour was arranged between the Jewish Education Commission and the administration at Marsh Pointe. 

Marsh Pointe was selected due to its reputation within the community for providing an outstanding education for its students both academically and through numerous extracurricular offerings. “We are very proud of our teachers and students and are always happy to provide tours to highlight our school and programs,” said Marsh Pointe Elementary principal Maureen Werner.  “Today’s visit could possibly lead to a partnership with Israeli schools.”

The Israeli educators were amazed by the level of proficiency displayed by the students.  Some of the differences between the two systems were that Kindergarten was a pre-school grade in their country, whereas here there are elementary students who are able to read and write independently at this point in the year.  Another difference was that their classrooms were half the size and held twice as many students as classrooms here.

The visitors took away some tips with them such as the posting of learning goals, the use of scales for both formative and summative assessment of students and student self-assessment, the use of learning center rotations, integration of technology in lessons, and many other standard practices implemented daily at Marsh Pointe.  Perhaps the biggest difference between the two systems became evident when they asked how much the parents paid to have their children schooled here.  The visitors were informed that every child in America has the right to a free and appropriate public education. 

Following the tour Marsh Pointe Elementary Assistant Principal Ryan Scott said, “To be able to showcase our school, our students, and our teachers to visitors from another country was a great honor.  It really is a credit to our staff and students who come to school every day and give their very best.  So when opportunities such as this come around because of what we do, it is really flattering.” 

For more information please contact Mr. Scott at 561-366-6805 or ryan.scott@palmbeachschools.org .

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bikePrincipals of all 14 elementary schools in the West Palm Beach City limits will each be submitting two names of students from their schools to the Rotary Club of West Palm Beach. The civic organization is in the fifth year of presenting bicycles to students who have earned the distinction because of scholastic or behavioral excellence. Financial need may be an additional factor of consideration at the principals’ discretion. The Rotary Club of West Palm Beach allows each principal to use their own guidelines for the selection of the recipients.

 The presentations will be one of the highlights of the April 24 Rotary Luncheon at the Kravis Center Cohen Pavilion where the principals, recipients and their parents or guardians will be guests of the club. During the event, attendees will learn why each student was selected.  Students will leave the luncheon with their brand new bikes. 

Rotary Club of West Palm Beach spokesperson Missy Duffy said the School Bike Project is simply another way the club’s motto, Service above self, is actively practiced. “The entire initiative of buying the bikes, coordinating the assembly and then delivering the bikes is completed enthusiastically by club members and their families,” she explained. The project is only one of many where the Rotary Club of West Palm Beach works with schools to improve  students’ educational experience. 

The mission of the Rotary Club of West Palm Beach is to provide an environment to promote community service and educational activities on the local, national and international levels; to foster close fellowship among business and professional leaders; to broaden relationships within the community; and promote business and personal excellence through the ideals of Rotary.   

For more information, contact Ms.  Duffy, 561- 827-2633 or email missyduffy@gmail.com.

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The School District’s Division of Support Operations will sponsor paid summer internships for Palm Beach County high school and college students. Position descriptions, qualifications and application procedures are provided below. The internship program will last six weeks, with 10-hour shifts, Monday through Thursday. The stipend interns receive will be determined after all fundraising efforts are completed. Worksite locations are listed with the position descriptions below. In some cases, there are multiple openings for each intern classification. Positions can also be made available for interns wishing to work at the Facilities Services maintenance compound in Belle Glade. Students are responsible for transportation to their work locations each day. Note that the Forest Hill Boulevard and Summit Boulevard locations are accessible by Palm Tran busses. Questions should be directed to Ms. Judyann Terrell at (561) 687-7170 or judyann.terrellj@palmbeachschools.org.

All applicants must have exemplary behavior records. High school applicants must currently be enrolled in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade. Positions are open to high school and/or college students as specifically indicated in the descriptions. To be eligible, students, high school and college, must currently be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. High school seniors who are accepted to college may also apply.

To apply to the Internship Program, you must fill out the Student Intern Application Form obtainable at http://pbforms1.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/lfserver/_2310 . This form must be submitted online. Applicants will also need to submit three (3) references from their teachers/professors or business/community officials. The link for the Employment Reference Form (PBSD 0606) is at the bottom of the online application form. Have each person you use as a reference complete the required form; then FAX it to (561) 357-7569; or scan and e-mail it to ana.sanchez@palmbeachschools.org

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2012. Applicants will receive a reply confirming that their registration form was received. The selection process involves screening the applications and references and, for finalists, a job interview. All applicants will be notified of their selection status by May 25, 2012. Email is the preferred means of communication.

Locations & Job Descriptions

Building Department Intern (3661 N. Interstate Park Road, Riviera Beach) Open to high school students only. The intern in this position will work with architects, engineers, building and health-and-safety inspectors on construction projects and existing district facilities. The intern will assist office staff in organizing blueprints and permit records. The intern will also assist in the field conducting scheduled inspections of construction work. The intern may be tasked with taking notes and preparing reports. Applicants should have good math and writing skills and an interest in building design and construction.

HR Certification Intern (3300 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite A-152) Open to high school and college students. The intern chosen for this position must work well with the public and have good clerical and computer skills. The intern will serve as an office assistant working in a professional, fast-paced environment. Duties include, but are not limited to, greeting the public, providing customer service, answering phones, updating files, and providing general clerical support.

Division of Support Operations Intern (3300 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite B-302) Open to high school students only. This intern will perform research and writing assignments assigned by the Chief of Support Operations. The intern also provides support to the division secretaries. The student intern will work at a computer the majority of the time and needs to be familiar with Microsoft Office suite applications.

Environmental Sustainability (“Green”) Intern (3300 Summit Blvd.) Open to college students only. This intern will assist the Sustainability Coordinator with projects that may include developing a Sustainability Management Plan, performing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and conducting staff interviews to collect baseline data. The student intern needs to be familiar with Microsoft Office suite applications and possess strong research and writing skills. Preference will be given to students currently studying in the field of environmental sciences and/or policies.

Environmental & Conservation Services Intern (1400 N. Florida Mango Road) This position is based at the McKesson Building, which is just north of the airport. Open to high school and college students. The intern will receive training on environmental issues to include wetlands, protected species, recycling, demolitions, asbestos abatement, and indoor air quality. This position will at times involve moving materials to/from work locations; such that, the intern must be able to lift up to 50-lb loads and be willing to spend time outdoors. Preference will be given to students currently studying in the field of environmental sciences.

Facilities Services Intern (3300 Summit Blvd. or Belle Glade office, if desired) Open to high school students only. Interns will serve as apprentices to various trades such as carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, etc. in Facilities Services. Interns may also perform general office duties and other responsibilities. Applicants with shop training in their curricula are preferred.

Information Technology Intern (3300 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite B-257 or B-332, or 1400 N. Florida Mango Road) Open to high school and college students. Interns in this position will assist IT personnel in servicing equipment and maintaining software applications. They will participate in application development and system maintenance and troubleshooting. Basic knowledge of PC hardware, peripherals, software and databases is required.

Legal Services Intern (3300 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite C-323) Open to high school and college students with preference given to pre-law coursework. The intern will serve in the Office of Chief Counsel assisting legal staff. Duties will include, but not be limited to, photocopying, filing, answering phones and when appropriate observing various legal proceedings. Applicants should be individuals who are looking at a career in the legal field. Computer technology skills are desired.

Planning & Real Estate Services Intern (3300 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite C-110) Open to college students only. Preference will be given to applicants with coursework in urban planning, public administration and geographical information systems. The intern in this position will assist district planners with functions that assess the need to provide new schools in diverse areas of the County. There will be opportunities to work with demographic data and governmental inter-local agreements. The student intern will assist staff members with preparing presentations and reports. The intern will also update policies and procedures and work with the school-based leasing programs. He/she will learn to read and understand title work, surveys, and how to perform property research using parcel maps and aerial photographs. Applicants must be familiar with using a computer for word processing and spreadsheets. Preference will be given to students with business curriculum interests.

School Food Services Intern (3661 Interstate Park Road, North, Suite 100, Riviera Beach) Open to high school and college students. The intern will assist central office staff with preparing for school opening in August. Duties will include but not be limited to filing, manage box preparation and content, photocopying, and answering phones. The intern will also spend part of the day working in school cafeterias preparing and serving summer meals in the Summer Food Service program. Applicants must have computer skills. Preference will be given to students with food service experience.

Transportation Services (3376 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406) Open to high school students. The internship is expected to be at the Central Transportation Facility, but could be moved to any of six facilities throughout the county, if that is more convenient to the intern. The intern will receive training in basic vehicle mechanical practices for light, medium, and heavy duty vehicles to include some basic school bus repairs. The intern can also receive training in vehicle paint and body repairs. This position will require lifting up to 50 lbs and require working outdoors. Preference will be given to students currently studying in the field of automotive repair.

Disclosures

The Summer Intern Program seeks particularly to train students who are interested in careers in construction, facilities management, and other support functions. Our positions are appropriate for future tradespersons and professionals. Applicants who are enrolled in certain high school technical courses are eligible for a preference in the hiring process. The preference given will be automatic advancement to the interview stage, if the application is complete. This preference will not affect other students who are invited to be interviewed. The Summer Intern Program has won two state awards. It is highly competitive, but students should not be discouraged about submitting their qualifications for review. The application, interview and selection process used mimic procedures job seekers regularly experience and will be instructive for all applicants.

The District prohibits discrimination against students, employees, and other applicants on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender, marital status, age, parental status and disability in any of its programs, services or activities.

Media should contact Joseph Sanches, Chief of Division of Support Operations, at 561-357-7573 or joseph.sanches@palmbeachschools.org for more information.

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Twenty-two students from Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts will head to New York City this June after winning in various categories of the 2012 National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers in the nation.

This year’s National Celebration of the Awards will kick off in New York City on the night of May 31 when the top of the Empire State Building will be lit in gold. The Dreyfoos students will join other winners from across the country at a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on June 1 and participate in subsequent showcase events at Parsons The New School for Design in Manhattan. 

Dreyfoos Principal Susan Atherley said the entire school family is thrilled for the winning students. “We’re definitely in celebration mode after learning so many of our students’ talent and creativity were recognized by an illustrious panel of professionals,” she stated. “These students are excellent ambassadors for the entire county as well as the State of Florida.” 

The following students’ entries were selected as winners from over 200,000 submitted in 28 categories.

 American Visions Award Medal

Jessica Garcia – Film & Animation

Best in Grade

Gaetano Icangelo –  Painting

Gold Medals

Hannah Berger – Painting

Jessica Garcia – Film & Animation

Gaetano Icangelo – Painting and Printmaking

Taylor Krauser – Photography

Vanessa Leiva – Sculpture

Alec Nguyen – Architecture

Megan Schmunk – Printmaking

Carolina Vogt – Mixed Media

Silver Medals

Andy Bennett – Portfolio

Madeline Bertelson – Photography

Valentina Cabezas – Portfolio

Kelly Creef – Photography

Taylor Goldenberg – Painting

Heather Grace – Painting

Maeve Hedstrom – Photography

Ashley Obel – Drawing

Joseph Parrella – Architecture

Cate Sans – Photography

Stephanie Weil – Photography

Kimi Yonamine – Painting

Silver Medals with Distinction

Gaetano Icangelo – Portfolio

Megan Schmunk – Portfolio

For additional information, contact Magnet Coordinator Jane Grandusky, 561-805-6203 or email jane.grandusky@palmbeachschools.org.

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Spanish RiverA hilarious music and dance explosion accompanied by a live orchestra

Get ready for some fun, laughs and good times as Spanish River Theatre Arts proudly presents a bright, spirited and fun-filled classic, Sweet Charity, the celebrated Neil Simon, Bob Fosse, and Cy Coleman musical!

Meet Charity Hope Valentine, dance hall hostess, eternal optimist, and unlucky romantic, as she searches for true love in all the wrong places. Charity’s world is the all too real one of Times Square populated by the most charming group of characters that has ever graced a stage. This consistently funny musical comedy is filled with snappy Neil Simon dialogue and show-stopping numbers including “Big Spender”, “If My Friends Could See Me Now”, “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This”, and “Rhythm of Life.”

“We took on Sweet Charity because the music is great, the dancing is fantastic and the humor is top notch”, said Rocco D’Attolico, Program Director of Spanish River High School’s Theatre Arts Department. “This production truly lends itself for showcasing the artistic talent among our student body through the singing, unique Bob Fosse dance style, and live musicians featured in the show.”

Sweet Charity was nominated for 12 Tony Awards for its 1966 Broadway production, and Bob Fosse, its director choreographer, won the Tony Award for best choreography. The show was revived in 1986, winning four Tony awards, and again in 2005 when it was nominated for Best Revival.

This spring, treat yourself to Spanish River High School’s Sweet Charity, a musical production featuring the talents of  nearly 100 student performers, stagecraft technicians and musicians, including a live student orchestra, as well as 100% student cleverly-designed and built sets.

Performances are at 7:30 PM on April 12, 7 PM on April 13 and 14, and 2 PM for our Sunday matinee on April 15 at the beautiful state-of-the-art Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River Community High School located at 5100 Jog Road (corner of Jog and Yamato roads) in Boca Raton. Ticket prices are $12.00 for Reserved Early Bird Seating purchased before April 1 and $15.00 for Regular Reserved Tickets after April 1.  Student tickets are $10. Running time is 2 ½ hours including intermission. For your convenience, there is free parking onsite, handicapped access and a concession stand.

Purchase tickets online now at spanishrivertheatre.org, or call (561) 241-2020.

For more information, contact Sylvia Granet at rivertheatrearts@aol.com or call (561) 241-2020.

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Students at the Northboro Elementary Montessori Magnet School recently held a competition between classes and students raised over $2,000 to support the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.  To teach the valuable lesson of helping others Northboro held the fundraiser with $2,318.11 being donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Palm Beach Chapter.

The class that raised the most money will now enjoy lunch from Olive Garden on Monday, April 2 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the Parent Resource Center at Northboro.  According to Parent Liaison/Reading Resource teacher Margaret Bess, “The Parent Resource Center will be turned into an elegant Italian restaurant and students from the winning class will be served a delicious meal.

Northboro Elementary Principal Gayle Harper said, “Our students continue to learn the valuable lessons about the importance of helping others. I’m extremely proud of all our students and look forward to acknowledging the winning class for all its hard work.”

For more information please contact Ms. Bess at 561-494-1625 or margaret.bess@palmbeachschools.org .

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Superintendent Wayne Gent surprised Mary Monroe with the announcement that she is the Macy’s/Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Teacher of the Year for The School District of Palm Beach County.    Ms. Monroe, an English and Intensive Language Arts Teacher at Park Vista Community High School, is a resident of Lake Worth, Florida.

Park Vista High Principal Reginald Myers, Teacher of the Year Mary Monroe and Superintendent Wayne Gent

Park Vista High Principal Reginald Myers, Teacher of the Year Mary Monroe and Superintendent Wayne Gent

Park Vista Principal Reginald Myers said, “Mary Monroe exemplifies the Department of Education’s selection criteria by contributing to the continuous improvement of student learning and by maintaining a record of superior teaching performance.”  Ms. Monroe helped increase Park Vista’s reading learning gains by providing her students additional after school tutoring, convincing some of her low-level readers to participate in Battle of the Books, posting home-based computer FCAT practice on Edline, and regularly communicating with parents.   Mr. Myers also stated, “Ms. Monroe’s personal and professional relationship with students and their parents is extraordinary and reinforces student motivation in learning.”

Brigitta McTigue, Media Specialist at Park Vista, wrote in Ms. Monroe’s letter of recommendation, “Mary inspires her students with her own dedication to reading and creative writing.”  As a nationally-known author of Miracle at Monty Middle School, Krazy White Girl and Tagger, she speaks about her books to students, faculty, parents and the community by participating as a guest for “April is for Authors” celebrations.

Ms. Monroe’s career includes 14 years of teaching in Florida, with three of these in her current position.  She is National Board Certified and serves as a mentor to new teachers.  As a lead teacher in Project SMaRT, a technology initiative in the school district, she produces vodcasts of instructional videos. 

As Palm Beach County’s Teacher of the Year, Ms. Monroe will receive a cash award of $1,000 through funds contributed by district business partnerships.   The Macy’s Foundation also presents each District Teacher of the Year a cash award of $1,000, of which $250 goes to the teacher’s school.   As Palm Beach County’s Teacher of the Year, Ms. Monroe represents the district in the Florida Department of Education-Macy’s Teacher of the Year Roundtable.  The Roundtable affords Teachers of the Year the opportunity to network with colleagues, share ideas, and provide input on educational issues of state and national importance.

For additional information, contact Sue Walters at sue.walters@palmbeachschools.com.

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golden grove elStudents from Kindergarten to fifth grade will get a glimpse of a cross-section of careers that may capture their interest when Golden Groves Elementary School holds its Eighth Annual Career Fair April 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lion Country Safari comes with a few animals and presentations about caring for animals and the training required to work on the preserve that’s located in the western part of the county.  The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office has representatives on hand to talk about careers in law and specifically the role of State prosecutors in our community. Undoubtedly students and staff alike will be buzzing around the folks from the Association of Beekeepers who will have bees and honey on hand to discuss the joys and challenges of professional beekeeping.  

Guidance Counselor Lori Bednarek and Instructional Technology specialist Susan Rizzolo take on the extra job of coordinating the event. “It’s a spectacle to behold,” said Ms. Rizzolo. “Throughout the day all 565 students rotate among the classrooms to hear the presenters and see exhibits and we have a separate vehicle area that captivates students every year.” Ms. Bednarek said the effort involves contacting a lot of people–but many of the more than 50 community and business partners are repeat participants. “They understand that early exposure and understanding about what the careers involve and the kind of preparation required can get students interested and engaged while they’re still young,” she explained.

The list of participants also includes: the Palm Beach County Firefighters, the United States Marines, Bedner’s, Papa John’s Pizza, Animal Care and Control, Walmart, McCarthy’s Wildlife, Community Animal Hospital, and Honeybee’s Hydroponics.  Also expected to participate: the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Publix (a Sushi- maker), Florida Fish And Wildlife Commission, and others.

 For more information, contact Ms. Bednarek or Ms. Rizzolo at 561-904-9700 or  Lori.bednarek@palmbeachschools.org or Susan.rizzolo@palmbeachschools.org.

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Cresonia Hsieh, a Junior at Spanish River Community High School has taken third place in the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Civil War Essay Contest for her essay on The African American’s War. The highly competitive competition is sponsored nationally by the Institute each year.  Ms. Hsieh will also receive $500 as part of her winnings.

The Institute’s website states:  “The Gilder Lehrman Institute joins the Civil War Round Table of New York to co-sponsor an annual essay contest for Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School students. Students examine the nation’s most divisive conflict through letters, speeches, songs, photographs, newspapers, military orders and other documents, conducting research with primary as well as secondary sources.”

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will host Ms. Hsieh, her parents and English teacher, Dr. Bettina Hoffman, who sponsored the contest at Spanish River Community High School. They will be going to New York City in April 2012. 

More information about the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History can be found at their website at www.gilderlehrman.org. 

Further information about Spanish River Community High School’s participation as an affiliate school may be directed to Mara J. Goron, Assistant Principal, Gilder Lehrman Coordinator for Spanish River Community High School at the school:  561-241-2201 or mara.goron@palmbeachschools.org .

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TEN intern headshotsThe Education Network (TEN) has kicked off the first semester of its Bright, Energetic Students of Television and Technology (B.E.S.T.) initiative that is designed to increase student involvement with the District’s television production activities. One of the highlights of the effort is the student internship component which currently involves two high school students who spend time at the station every other school day.  Rigo Beltran and Alyson Murphy, both from Atlantic High School are students who already have TV production courses under their belts. 

The two have worked on a couple of TEN projects including one shot at U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts called Arts, Civics, and Engagement (working title) which is currently in the editing phase. The finished project will be uploaded to the District’s Home page, as well as on the B.E.S.T. webpage and is expected to be used in various professional development presentations. The two were also involved with a production about the District’s recent Technology Conference which typically requires the involvement of most of the station’s professional staff because of the size and nature of the conference. 

Amanda Orndorff, coordinator of TEN’s B.E.S.T. program, said the students are involved with all levels of production. “From script-writing to shooting to post-production—these students are working with TEN staff and having a hands-on experience with all of it which they can put on their resumes,” she stated.

Other aspects of B.E.S.T. involve going to schools to present to and meet with students, helping students with school-based productions, and getting students to TEN for field trips and group visits. Ms. Orndorff recently visited Christa McAuliff Middle School’s TV Production Club and then invited members to visit the District station where they watched on a bank of monitors as a TEN professional directed a production.  In another instance, the TEN crew shot a show on location at Suncoast High School and some of the school’s Production students helped with staging and running cameras.

The B.E.S.T. coordinator who has been on the job since November said the station will soon launch its own version of youtube. TENtube will be a site on the station’s webpage that will spotlight student productions from public schools all over Palm Beach County.  In addition, a new show called Spotlight on Student Films features schools that have been recognized for their productions. The most recent schools highlighted were Seminole Ridge High School and Canal Point Elementary School for their respective award-winning productions.

Opportunities will be available for additional interns. Ms. Orndorff said the station is seeking third or fourth year TV production students who have demonstrated trustworthiness, a sense of responsibility, and the capacity to be self-starters.  For more details, contact Ms. Orndorff at 561-738-2761 or email Amanda.orndorff@palmbeachschools.org.

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Beth Lefler, Lisa Kaputa, Honor Society Adviser, Kristin Walters, Honor Society President and Horacio Ochoa

Beth Lefler, Lisa Kaputa, Honor Society Adviser, Kristin Walters, Honor Society President and Horacio Ochoa

The National Elementary Honor Society of Hammock Pointe Elementary held a school wide fundraiser to support HEART (Homeless Education Assistance Resource Team).  Students donated $1 and wore red and jeans to school in support of the worthy cause.

HEART is made up of a group of committed social service professionals who work to address problems often faced by homeless children and youth in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Each school in every geographic area of our School District is served, as well as family homeless shelters, and state identified “neglected” shelter sites. The team serves homeless children and youth, unaccompanied youth, students awaiting foster care placement, and those “aging-out” of the foster care system.

Hammock Pointe Elementary raised $518.00 and recently presented the check to Beth Lefler and Horacio Ochoa with Safe Schools and Student Intervention Services. 

For more information please contact Ms. Kaputa at lisa.kaputa@palmbeachschools.org .

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The Career Academies at Olympic Heights Community High School, in partnership with the Boca Raton Resort & Club, will hold the fifth annual Olympic Heights Golf Scramble on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public, and the school is seeking the support of both golfers and sponsors.

All funds raised and donations received will assist in funding the six Career Academies that call Olympic Heights home. They include the Academy of Engineering, Academy of Teacher Education, Academy of Finance, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, Culinary Academy and Fashion Academy.

“The tournament allows community members the opportunity to play golf on a spectacular golf course while also benefiting the students in the Career Academies at Olympic Heights,” said Anita Foster, academy coordinator. “Last year was a huge success—the golfers loved it, the sponsors loved it, and we raised a lot of money for the students.”

Registration for the Golf Scramble starts at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start slated for 1 p.m. The Scramble, which will be followed by an Award Dinner, will take place at Boca Country Club, 17751 Boca Club Boulevard, Boca Raton. The cost is $100 per golfer or $350 for a foursome. Sponsorships are welcome and run from $75 for a Hole Sponsor to $1,000 for a Platinum Sponsor, which includes golf for four, recognition banners, press releases, signage and more. Donations of goods or services that can be used as raffle prizes or auction items are also appreciated.

Registered participants will not only enjoy a great day of golf but will also receive a goody bag, free beverages and snacks, and much more. The Award Dinner will feature delectable cuisine, a silent auction and the announcement of the winners.

The event is being offered in partnership with the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a business partner of Olympic Heights that has been supporting the Career Academies since their inception at the school. “The Boca Resort and Club has a long standing commitment to supporting the community,” said Sandra M. Tagliavia, the Resort’s director of human resources. “It has been our pleasure to host the annual Golf Scramble at our fabulous Boca Country Club each year. This is just one of the many ways we can willingly give back to our community.”

Proceeds from the Golf Scramble will benefit the Career Academies at Olympic Heights. Career academies are small learning communities within a high school that offer a curriculum with a career focus. These college preparatory programs, some of which have industry certification, offer students the opportunity to delve deeply into their career interests while they are still in high school. Through programs such as job shadowing, mentoring, internships, field trips and guest speakers, students in the Olympic Heights Career Academies not only learn and get a leg up on other students applying to college but also network, learn about career opportunities and make lifelong contacts and connections that will prove invaluable to them as they progress through their careers.

“Our Academies provide so many wonderful opportunities for the students,” Foster said. “They are rigorous, but they provide students with a high-quality education that equips them to attend college and earn a degree in a field of study in which there are substantial job opportunities.”

For more information about the Olympic Heights Golf Scramble, contact Anita Foster, academy coordinator, at 561-852-6610.

About Olympic Heights

Olympic Heights Community High School is a public high school located at 20101 Lyons Road in Boca Raton. It serves students in West Boca, parts of Boynton Beach and parts of Delray Beach as part of the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida. The school offers six academy programs: Tourism and Hospitality Management, Finance, Engineering, Teacher Education, Culinary and Fashion Design. For more information about Olympic Heights, call 561-289-9726 or visit www.ohlions.com.