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Deputy Sheriffs Delaura, Dieujuste and Kirkham, members of the Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Unit in Concept Homes, conducted a “Take 25″ presentation at Indian Pines Elementary School. This program is a grassroots safety initiative created in honor of National Missing Children’s Day. Annually honored on May 25th, this day serves as a reminder to the nation to make child safety a national priority.

Designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding missing and exploited children, the Take 25 Campaign encourages parents, guardians, educators, and others to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety. With a focus on prevention, Take 25 provides free safety resources including safety tips, conversation starters, and event planning guides to help communities host local events.

Approximately 100 students and faculty members attended the presentation and received safety tips and precautions with preprinted literature that included conversation starters for parents to interact with children at home. Deputies used games to help interact with the children and reinforce the safety tips. T-shirts, bracelets and stickers were also passed out to students. 

One of the favorite parts of the presentation was when approximately 40 children were fingerprinted using the Take 25 fingerprint kits. Indian Pines Principal Jill Robinson said, “the presentation was very informative and essential for our students and community. We are looking forward to the next year and hope to include even more students in the event. “ 





For more information about the Take 25 campaign visit 

For more information contact Jill Robinson at 561-804-3300 or via email at or Celia Lawrence at  


About The School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 177,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including 12,627 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit

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Arts Schools Network (ASN), the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools, has designated Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts as a 2013-2015 Exemplary School. . Created to highlight a school’s commitment to excellence, this designation is presented to an Arts Schools Network member school in recognition of its efforts to evaluate strategically its purpose, operations, and educational programs. This honor signifies that A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts has successfully completed a self- evaluation in the following areas:  strengths, areas for improvement, consistency with school-wide or program purposes, aspirations, and future challenges. 

The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts is a public magnet high school serving more than 1,300 artistically talented Palm Beach County students.  Artistic concentrations are offered in the following six arts disciplines: The Communication Arts Department is the first of its kind to exist in any high school in the United States. The curriculum encompasses speech, debate, journalism, creative writing, computer arts, publishing, television and film production. The Dance Department provides intensive training in different styles and techniques of jazz, ballet, pointe and modern dance. With an emphasis  on understanding dance as an art form,  students learn the basics of choreography, kinesiology and music. The Music Department at the School of the Arts  offers concentrations in band, chorus, orchestra and piano. More than 20 different student ensembles, ranging from classical to jazz, rehearse and perform throughout the year.

 The Digital Media program was created by blending two dynamic programs, Communication Arts and Visual Arts. Students are offered classes in film (digital video) production, photography – traditional and digital, animation and graphic design. Students in this program work with both the moving image and the still image to create narrative experimental, documentary and short films of a variety of genres.   The award winning Theatre Department provides students with the literary, performance, and technical experience necessary to enter professional theatre companies or theatre programs at colleges, universities and conservatories. Upper level students choose from different areas of theatrical concentration: on stage performance or behind the scenes technical support, which includes set design, lighting and sound. The Visual Arts Department is a nationally recognized program that encourages students to explore their personal visions through a variety of media and materials. Students have the opportunity to explore painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and architecture.

 About Arts Schools Network

Dedicated to excellence and leadership in arts education, Arts Schools Network, a non-profit professional organization founded in 1981, is a dynamic resource for arts schools leaders, innovative partners and members of arts education institutions.  ASN’s mission is to promote excellence in arts education by supporting and recognizing students, leaders, educators, schools, institutions, and organizations.  ASN has provided communications, programs, services, conferences and events to support these goals for over 30 years. Visit the website at to learn more.

 About The School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 177,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including 12,627 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit



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Marsha Guthrie, Nikievia Isom, Shavel Brown and Amy Crease

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring May, Prevent Teen Pregnancy Month.  Shavel Brown and Nikievia Isom, members of Women of Tomorrow from Boynton Beach High School accepted the Proclamation. 

The Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program mission is to inspire, motivate and empower at-risk young women to live up to their full potential through a unique mentoring program with highly accomplished professional women and scholarship opportunities.  

Women of Tomorrow supports the efforts of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.  Also attending the County Commission meeting were Marsha Guthrie, a mentor for the Boynton Beach High Women of Tomorrow and Amy Crease, Student Intervention Services.

For more information please contact Ms. Crease at or 561-494-1592.

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Students at Jupiter Elementary recently participated in the school’s Second Annual Green Week with special events to honor the environment and teach students ways to conserve.  “This has become a wonderful opportunity to teach our children the importance of respecting the environment and how each one of us can make a difference,” said Principal Daniel Smith. “What better way to teach our children but through fun, hands on activities they will remember for a lifetime, as they become the stewards of the environment.”

The activities began with the students being encouraged to wear a hat they had made at home out of recycled material then to have a zero waste lunch.  The following day students were challenged to wear as much green as they could find.  Students participated in a school wide campus clean up, along with a door decorating contest.  Wrapping up the week, all families and friends of Jupiter Elementary were invited to join at Carlin Park for a beach clean-up.  

“Special thanks to Mrs. Billy and her recycling program at our school for making this all a truly memorable experience for everyone involved,’ said Mr. Smith.

For more information please contact Mr. Smith at .

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Allamanda Elementary, in collaboration with the District’s Wellness Promotion Task Force, is proud to become the first and only school in Palm Beach County designated as a Health and Wellness campus.  Striving to educate the whole child, with an increased focus in the area of fitness and nutrition, Allamanda Elementary will be offering many opportunities for students, teachers, and families to participate in these life changing activities.  

An October fair, a fitness room and expanded running club are just a few of the exciting aspects of the Health and Wellness Project to be offered next school year.  Deborah Feinsinger, running club sponsor, said, “We had such a successful year with our inaugural running club.  Our runners generated the perfect spark and beginning to this great new initiative.”  

For more information please contact Ms. Feinsinger at or 561-803-7243.

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The County Council of PTA/PTSA held its annual awards event last week designed to thank all 58 units from across the county for their hard work, important programs, and dedication they provide to members.  PTA President Jen Martinez said the organization is fortunate to have dedicated members. “We’re extremely lucky to have such wonderful leaders and volunteers to help parents and the communities realize the importance of their participation in every child’s education,” she stated.  “To consider that as a total the Rock Stars of PTA gave just over 450,000 hours– which is worth over 9 million dollars in support of every child—is incredible.” This event is one way the Council says “thank you” to local units for displaying their incredible gifts of time and talent  treasures supporting the mission and purpose of PTA.

The following awards were presented:


Advocacy Spanish River Community High PTSA
Communication Binks Forest Elementary PTA
Community Connection Hidden Oaks Elementary PTA
Environmental Pine Jog Elementary PTA
Environmental Sandpiper Shores Elementary PTA
Family Engagement Whispering Pines Elementary PTA
Health & Wellness Del Prado Elementary PTA
Literacy Eagles Landing Middle PTSA
Outstanding Service Award Edgar Duran (Pine Jog Elementary PTA)
President’s Team Award Boca Raton Community High PTSA
President’s Team Award Eagles Landing Middle PTSA
President’s Team Award Discovery Key Elementary PTA
PTA of the Year Del Prado Elementary PTA
PTSA of the Year Spanish River Community High PTSA
Rising Star Binks Forest Elementary PTA
School Administration of the Year Binks Forest Elementary PTA
Spotlight Del Prado Elementary PTA
Strong School Partnership  Spanish River Community High PTSA
Student Ambassador Sarah Palumbo (Eagles Landing Middle PTSA)
Superman Unit Sunrise Park Elementary PTA
Wellness Ambassador Mindy Haas (Florida PTA)
Business Partnership NYPD II


For more information and a brief description of the award winners programs please visit our website  Join us on Facebook to view the “Rock Stars of PTA” photo album . Those interested in joining the largest advocacy group for children should send an email to  (Special Note: It is not a requirement to have a child in school to become a member.)

About PTA

The Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA is a member of the largest advocacy group for children in the nation. PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.


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Jennifer Seidenstucker, Treasurer at Eagles Landing Middle School was recently honored as one of five finalists for Florida’s 2013 School-Related Employee of the the Year.  Florida Commissioner of Education, Tony Bennett and Florida Chancellor of Public Schools, Pam Stewart along with other education leaders from around the state recognized the finalists at a reception at LEGOLAND Florida on May 17th.

Florida Chancellor of Public Schools Pam Stewart, Florida Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett and Eagles Landing Middle School Treasurer Jennifer Seidenstucker

Ms. Seidenstucker was recognized for her outstanding work and support of student learning.  In her nomination letter, Principal Cynthia Chiapetta wrote, “Jennifer Seidenstucker is proactive in her duties, and she has had three consecutive years of perfect audits that indicate her talent, skills, dedication and work ethic.”   Ms. Chiapetta noted further that Ms. Seidenstucker facilitates an open line of communication with staff, students and community regarding fiscal policies and procedures.  Additionally, she coordinates all of the school incentive programs, serves as the United Way Chairperson, volunteers during Family Reading Night and Saturday tutorials, and has mentored other support staff for more than five years. 

According to the nominating committee, Ms. Seidenstucker was instrumental in the design, implementation, and distribution of the school’s Emergency Response Plan.  She also works with PTSA, and played an important role in making the Eagles Landing PTSA the Florida State PTSA of the Year in 2012.  Ms. Seidenstucker and the PTSA president worked together on many fundraising programs, including the $500,000 acquisition of donated equipment through NASA. 

In the community, Ms. Seidenstucker is known for her photography.  In addition to winning awards for her skill, she donated one of her beautiful photos to the Palm Beach Zoo to help raise funds through their auction. 

Sue Mullen from Bay County was selected as the Florida 2013 School-Related Employee of the Year from the top five finalists across the state.

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U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts Gold Orchestra and Kinsey Singers performed at the Atlanta Heritage Festival along with other middle and high schools from all over the country on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Both musical groups earned a rating of “Gold”. The orchestra also won 1stplace in the orchestra division and the chorus was invited to sing at Carnegie Hall next year.

Two bass players from the Gold Orchestra, Travis Philius, and Ian Lewis, won the “Maestro Award” for excellence for their featured solos.

U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts students also took top awards at The 43rd Annual Kindergarten to 12th Grade Student Exhibition at Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, Florida. The following students received awards at the award reception on Thursday, May 2, 2013:

Kindergarten: Miles Smith

3rd Grade: Chelise Jones

5th Grade: Elijah Ramos

The school’s visual arts studio students also continue to give back to the community, donating 10 pieces of art to The Arc’s Heart d’ Arc art showcase. The show was held at the Armory Art Center May 9 -May 11, 2013. All proceeds from the sale of the one-of-a-kind artwork benefit The Arc and its mission.

For more information please contact June Hunt, Magnet Coordinator, at 561-671-6517 or


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Stephanie Berra, Inngide Osirus, Raoul Dolcine Jr. and Concha Prieto are among the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for the GMS Class of 2013 in the United States. Their outstanding leadership, academic achievement and community service accomplishments contributed to the selection of this prestigious national scholarship. 

More than 54,000 students applied, making this year the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history.

Stephanie Berra attended Palm Beach Central High School and graduated with a 3.46 GPA. She would like to become a medical doctor and plans to obtain her bachelor’s degree at the College of Honors in Florida Atlantic University then transferring to the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.    

As these four outstanding students join the community of Gates Scholars, they will also receive the distinction of Leader for America’s Future™. Gates Millennium Scholars receive funds to attend any college or university in the United States.  This is a renewable scholarship, which means that throughout their undergraduate career the organization will review and determine a new scholarship amount each year. 

Inngide Osirus graduated as the Valedictorian at Village Academy with a 3.64 GPA. She plans to major in Biochemical Engineering at the University of Miami.

Raoul Dolcine Jr. plans to major in Journalism at Northeastern University. His favorite quote “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world “ by Nelson Mandela, reminds him every day the importance of staying focus on his studies. He graduated from Suncoast Community High School.

In addition, if these scholars decide to pursue graduate studies in the fields of Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Library Science, Mathematics, Public Health or Science, they will be eligible for GMS fellowship funding for her master’s and doctoral degree. 

Glades Central High School graduate Concha Prieto has an admirable 3.8 GPA and follows the steps of her older sister earning the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Concha, has been taking a rigorous schedule of college and high school classes to obtain her Associate of Arts degree from Palm Beach State College at the same time.


The GMS program is so much more than scholarship funds. Many GMS programs and activities have been designed as resources, to assist recipients in their continued development as leaders and to allow them to connect to the Gates Scholar community in a variety of ways. One example among the wide range of resources is the GMS Freshmen Leadership Conference, specifically designed to orient and prepare students for a smooth transition to college and to help maximize their GMS experience. 

Other GMS Leadership Development Programs include Academic Empowerment services (ACE) to support academic success, graduate school planning and a mentoring program.

For more information contact Maureen Carter at 561-434-8933 or via email at

About The School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 177,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including 12,627 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit

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Egret Lake Elementary School will be hosting Egret Idol Season 3 featuring performances by 120 students. 

When? Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  

Where? Egret Lake Elementary Cafeteria -  5115 47th Place N., West Palm Beach, FL 33417. 

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the Egret Lake Elementary Chorus will open the show followed by the performance of approximately 120 students including a violinist, keyboard player, group dancers and singers. 

The purpose is to provide unique performing opportunities for the students and in-depth studies of the arts that go beyond the academics. 

Admittance is $2.00 per person. The donations will go to towards the school’s El Sistema (Violin) program. 

For more information contact Terrion Nelson at 561 616-7900 or via email at or Linda Tylka at 


About The School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 177,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including 12,627 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit

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The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. was awarded the Non-Profit of the Year/Health & Human Services by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the Chamber for our efforts on behalf of the School District of Palm Beach County. As we enter our 30th year this award will serve as our benchmark to continue  providing programs and services that prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges,” Mary Kay Murray, executive director for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc.

In celebration of May being Small Business Month, the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches held its Annual Business Awards Breakfast with nearly 500 community and business leaders in attendance.  These awards recognize Palm Beach County companies that lead with confidence, demonstrating a solid commitment to their business goals, their employees and their local community. The awards were presented by PNC Bank.

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. is dedicated to advancing excellence in public education by increasing public awareness and sustaining community support for programs focused on Learning, Literacy and Leadership.

For more information please contact Tracy L. Rudnick with The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County at or 561-434-8428.

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Students from five Palm Beach County secondary schools have been invited to attend the 2013 Florida Green, Energy, and Climate Conference on May 22, 2013 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.  These schools were selected due to their commitment to environmental education and the outstanding environmental programs in place at their schools.  The following schools will send a delegation of 13 students to the conference: Forest Hill High School, Jupiter High School, Jupiter Middle School, Palm Springs Middle School, and Roosevelt Middle School.  The mission of this conference is to provide a forum for education and networking that will advance local businesses in today’s new green economy with the goal of building socially responsible and sustainable enterprises. 

Students will have an opportunity to tour the expo center to meet and interview local business leaders from engineering and construction firms, as well as individuals representing organizations such as Waste Management, South Florida Water Management District, and Florida Power and Light.  Students will also attend an environmental education program focused on the health and environmental benefits of locally grown food.  Educators from Pine Jog Elementary School and Jupiter High School, along with local farm and community garden representatives, will engage the students in a variety of hands-on science experiences. 

Students were also given the opportunity to participate in an essay contest sponsored by Seaview Radio’s Our Greener World.  Students shared their thoughts on the benefits of supporting locally grown food along with the positive impact this can have on the environment. Winners of the essay content will be announced at the conference and will be invited to read their winning essays on the radio program Our Greener World which airs on Thursdays at 6:00 pm on 95.9 FM and 106.9 FM.  Florida Power and Light generously underwrote the student program.

For more information please contact Wendy Spielman-King, K-12 Science and Social Studies Manager at or 561-357-1152.

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The School District of Palm Beach County, Single School Culture © Initiatives, hosted the 2nd Annual School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SwPBS) Schools Showcase at the Safe Schools Institute in Boca Raton on May 16th.  The Showcase provided school teams across the county the opportunity to share SwPBS best practices with each other and display school pride. More than 200 people attended the Showcase with over sixty schools represented.

Vicki Gaddy, the SwPBS Internal Coach from Rolling Green Elementary Schools, stated “The SwPBS Showcase is a valuable opportunity for schools to be collaboratively updated, educated, encouraged, and inspired in developing an ideal learning environment.” A teacher from Barton Elementary School stated, “What I liked best was the presentations and opportunities to see all the things other schools are doing.  This showcase was awesome.”

The 3rd Annual School-wide Positive Behavior Support Showcase will be held in May 2014.

For more information please contact Gail Verrigni, Single School Culture © Initiatives at or 561-982-0901.

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Berkshire Elementary is alive with excitement of global proportion as it prepares for its first school wide “World’s Fair” this Friday, May 24, beginning at 9:00 A.M.  A yearlong mission has taken students and teachers at the large, culturally diverse, dual language elementary school to new and fascinating places while bringing them closer together as a community.

On Friday Berkshire’s large outdoor courtyard will be transformed into a global marketplace buzzing with students “selling” and “buying” goods, products, and services that represent cultures from around the world. Each grade level was assigned a continent and each classroom chose a country within their continent to represent. They have spent the year exploring the many facets of their country and its culture through the lenses of different academic subjects and will now take all that they have learned and share it with their school community. There will be colorful booths, music and dancing, handmade goods, food and beverage tastings, and more. Students will practice basic economic and social principles as they travel freely through the marketplace exploring the world.

Events and projects leading up to this culminating event have been plentiful. In September all 64 K-6 classes kicked off the collective journey by participating in a flag challenge, creating a large replica of their country’s flag using innovative materials and artistic ideas. These colorful and eclectic masterpieces have hung as a gallery in the school’s main hallway all year. In October Berkshire students took the stage to host “One World,” an evening performance for their peers, teachers, parents and the larger community that highlighted cultural dances, songs, stories, and more. As an arts integrated school many of the explorations and experiences of this project have engaged students in creative thinking and expression through various art forms. 

The deeper goal of the World’s Fair project and arts integration alike is to bring previously compartmentalized ideas together and make strong connections across the entire spectrum of the curriculum. In that vein this journey has led to science experiments about African water filtration systems, read alouds comparing and contrasting ancient South American legends, and math lessons identifying the geometric shapes in famous European paintings. According to Kari Ratka, Berkshire Elementary teacher, “The project has reached far beyond what would normally be contained to social studies curriculum and Berkshire teachers believe their students have had an unforgettable year of the most meaningful kind of learning because of it.”

Friday’s bright, flavorful courtyard marketplace will be filled with nearly 1200 students and teachers who have a deeper appreciation of many unique corners of the globe, and an understanding of just how interconnected we really are: our school and our world.

For more information please contact Berkshire Elementary School Principal Maria Bishop or 561-304-2000.

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Palm Beach County high school students will be simultaneously entertained and recruited  by world-famous Florida A&M University Department of Music Ensembles when they visit Palm Beach Lakes Community High School on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. on the final stop of their Recruitment and Outreach Tour – “Working Together to STOP Hazing.”  The performance caps off a 4-concert tour that includes performances in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Parents, teachers and staff are expected to attend.  Palm Beach Lakes Community High School is located at 3505 Shiloh Dr. West Palm Beach, FL 33407.

For more information, call  (850) 599-3024


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Stuart Greydanus and Norman Erenrich, MIT Club of Palm Beach Region

Palm Beach Central High School Physics teacher Stuart Greydanus recently received the 2013 MIT Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award. The award was given by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the MIT Alumni Club of Palm Beach.  Mr. Greydanus was nominated by former student Justin Martinez, who is now studying at MIT.

The annual award recognizes teachers who inspire and motivate their students to achieve excellence. Mr. Martinez said, “The three years I spent as a student in Mr. Greydanus’ class were truly life changing.”

The MIT Inspirational Teacher Award is presented to high school teachers based on nominations from their former students who are studying at MIT.

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West Palm Beach, Fla., May 20, 2013 — Students and teachers from Melaleuca Elementary School will gather together in a special ceremony to honor those who died during the Holocaust and to pledge their commitments to human rights for all. 

When? Friday, May 24th, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.  

Where? Melaleuca Elementary School – 5759 W. Gun Club Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33415. 

The ceremony concludes a school-wide unit on the Holocaust and Human Rights. Students in grades K-5 read books and participate in various activities in order to raise their awareness of the Holocaust, genocide and other human rights violations. Students are encouraged to become up-standers so that they may prevent the abuse of others in their lives and in their world. 

“The Holocaust teaches us the importance of standing up for others. Those who stand by and do nothing are just as responsible as those who actually commit the violence. Learning to become an Up-Stander is the only way that we can prevent human rights abuses, and discourage bullying and other forms of discrimination,” says Dr. Rose Gatens, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education. 

At the ceremony, students read original poetry, dance, sing songs, and honor those who have died in the Holocaust by releasing 100 butterflies. The butterfly release is sponsored by the Florida Atlantic University Center for Holocaust and Human Rights. 

For more information Julie Wachtel at (561) 594-7300 or via e-mail 


About The School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 177,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including 12,627 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit

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Atlantic High School students are raising money on behalf of the Jimmy Ryce Center. The goal is to raise enough money for the organization to continue donating Bloodhounds, like KASH, to other police departments across the United States. 

If you are interested in helping, please click here to visit their website and follow the directions on the donation page.  Check out the video on the donation page. “I look awfully cute in it!” says KASH. 

To show their commitment, Atlantic High School is stepping up to the challenge. Assistant Principal, Ms. Frances will be going to “The Dunk Tank” as students buy as many tickers as they want for the opportunity to hit the target and see her get splashed! 

On Field Day, May 31, 2013 the 25 lucky winners will have a one of a kind opportunity to see their favorite AP get completely soaked. Ms. Francis hopes that this encourages not only her students to support KASH but other schools to help in this great cause and come up with their own ways to include their parents, students and teachers. 

Ms. Francis hoping for some compassion!

“We are very lucky to have KASH in our District and what better way to pay it forward than to help the organization that has brought him to us,” said Ms. Francis.

All funds collected will be donated to the Jimmy Ryce Foundation to help other police departments get special dogs like KASH.    

KASH was donated to Palm Beach County Schools in February 2013. Currently, Officer Curtis Riddick and Kash are stationed at Atlantic High School but after the canine completes all the necessary training to perform his job, they will be working across Palm Beach County.

Bloodhounds are a type of hound that hunts by scent rather than sight and they are often referred as having some of the most sensitive noses among canines. “Their long ears help collect air and keep it near the face and nose and can discern human odors even days later, over great distances or across water,” said Officer Riddick, Kash’s handler.

For more information about the donation fund contact Ruthe Francis at 561-242-0905 or via email at 



About The School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 177,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including 12,627 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit

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West Palm Beach, Fla., May 17, 2013 — A team made up of four teachers from Poinciana Elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Magnet School, and one teacher from Atlantic High School have been selected by NASA to build an experiment that they will conduct with their students this spring, and then fly on NASA’s Microgravity Aircraft this summer.

Kris Swanson, Lisa Saunders, Vicki Spitalnick, and Jenn Andrews from Poinciana and Chris Perry from Atlantic will spend ten days at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, this July to undergo training and learn more about microgravity and its effects on spacecraft and astronauts. At the end of the week, the teachers will take turns flying on the Microgravity trainer and conducting the experiment.

The experiment is titled “How Is Convection Affected By Microgravity?” It will utilize a small tank with heaters and coolers attached to it that will create a stable convection cell within it, and record the motion of the cell using video and temperature sensors. Students at Poinciana and Atlantic will run the experiment numerous times this spring in 1g, and hypothesize how convection may occur differently at 0g and 2g.  This July, the teachers will repeat the student’s experiments in a reduced gravity aircraft, also known as the “Weightless Wonder.”  Imagine the student’s excitement at their teachers floating for brief periods of weightlessness and microgravity.

Poinciana STEM Magnet school allows the students the opportunity to develop, create and hypothesize about hands-on experiments analyzing and sharing the results with other students to enhance the overall learning experience.  The science program at Atlantic High is part of an International Baccalaureate magnet with a very strong emphasis on science, math, and technology.  Students are not permitted to repeat the experiment on the reduced gravity flight themselves,  but their teachers will bring back video and still pictures to help share their flight experiences as well as the matching data of 0g and 2g convection  for the students to learn from.

Not only has this experience brought out the interest and curiosity of the students and teachers, but a group of engineers from several local companies and FAU have volunteered to assist with the coding, programming and building of the data recorder and the construction of the tank for the experiment. The engineers include Gabriel Goldstein from Anidea Engineering in Wellington, Ben Aiken, Adam Gresh, Ben Rigas, and Luis Moss from Modernizing Medicine in Boca Raton, Mahesh Neelakanta from FAU College of Engineering.

You can follow the team’s progress as they build the experiment, conduct it in 1g with their students, and fly it in microgravity this summer through their website The team is looking for sponsors to fund the building of their device and the travel expenses for the teachers’ trips to Houston this summer.

If you would like to contribute, checks can be made out to Poinciana Elementary School, 1203 N. Seacrest Blvd Boynton Beach, Fl 33435…. Memo Microgravity Team. Sponsors names and/or logos will be placed on the website and the banner which will fly in the “Weightless Wonder” aircraft this summer.

For more information, contact Lisa Lee at or call 561-739-5700.


About The School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 177,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including 12,627 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit

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Lorena Benitez, from Atlantic High School is the recipient of the 2013 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship by the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS). She was one of four students selected from several hundred applicants for their academic performance, leadership qualities and community involvement.

The scholarship program was created by former NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., the first African American to walk in space, and the ExxonMobil Foundation to help underrepresented students pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and increase diversity in the STEM workforce.

The awards are given annually to two African-American and two Hispanic seniors from high schools in the 67 urban school districts represented by CGCS.

“We are extremely proud of the winners of this highly competitive scholarship program,” said Michael Casserly, executive director, Council of the Great City Schools. “These young men and women will have an opportunity to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow thanks to the generous support of ExxonMobil and the encouragement of Dr. Harris.”

Each scholar will receive $5,000 for continued education in a STEM-related field. This year’s award winners are:

In the fall, Ms. Benitez will attend Harvard University to study biology. Mr. Hollingsworth is going to Vanderbilt University to pursue a career in design engineering, and Ms. Katz will study engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Puleri plans to major in computer programming or engineering at University of Florida.

“These scholarships are one way of empowering promising youth for math and science achievement both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. Harris. “I am proud to support the development of innovative young minds and honor these students as they create a brighter future for themselves and our nation.”


About The Council of the Great City Schools

The Council of the Great City Schools is the only national organization exclusively representing the needs of urban public schools. Composed of 67 large city school districts, its mission is to promote the cause of urban schools and to advocate for inner-city students through legislation, research and media relations. The organization also provides a network for school districts sharing common problems to exchange information, and to collectively address new challenges as they emerge in order to deliver the best possible education for urban youth.

About ExxonMobil Foundation

The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The foundation and the corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. In 2012, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $256 million in contributions worldwide, of which $116 million was dedicated to education.

About The Harris Foundation

Founded in 1998, The Harris Foundation is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, whose overall mission is to invest in community-based initiatives to support education, health and wealth. The foundation supports programs that empower individuals, in particular minorities and economically and/or socially disadvantaged, to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams.

The Education Mission of The Harris Foundation is to enable youth to develop and achieve their full potential through the support of social, recreational, and educational programs. The Harris Foundation believes that students can be prepared now for the careers of the future through a structured education program and the use of positive role models. More than 15,000 students annually participate and benefit from THF programs.


About The School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 177,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including 12,627 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit

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A grant from the Wells Fargo Homeless Unaccompanied Youth Fund will serve a number of unaccompanied homeless youth in Palm Beach County. Homeless unaccompanied youth are homeless and do not live with a parent or guardian.

The Wells Fargo Graduation Initiative will assist the School District in serving these young people to help them stay in school and graduate. The School District will be working with Safe Kids Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition, the Homeless Coalition, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc. on the project.

“We thank Wells Fargo for its commitment to helping these students who face many challenges and obstacles. Their contribution provides tangible resources and help to these young people.” said Ellen Van Arsdale, Director, Student Intervention Services for the School District.

The initiative will give students survival kits with foods, first aid kits, school supplies, and uniforms. Schools with the highest numbers of homeless unaccompanied youth will get a washer and dryer so they can clean their clothes before school. The students will be given opportunities to go to “College is Possible Day” at Palm Beach State College, the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition Leadership and Success Summit, and a college tour. They will be able to search for resources, learn more about their rights, and follow their progress towards college and career readiness with the help of an online toolkit. The students will also have the opportunity to learn financial literacy from Wells Fargo through the Hands On Banking® program written by educators. 

“This project will help address the challenges of these young people, who despite all the odds stay in school, the safest, most positive place for them to be,” said Ms. Van Arsdale. ”School is where they can learn, develop friendships and relationships, obtain guidance and counseling as well as nursing and nutritional services. With the collaboration and support of many groups interested in their success, unaccompanied homeless youth can stay in school and achieve their goals. This is the key to breaking the cycles of homelessness and poverty.”

 For more information, please contact HEART (Homeless Education Assistance and Resource Team) at 561 494-1569 or see

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Hammock Pointe Elementary will host the 3rd Annual National Elementary Honor Society induction ceremony where 18 new members will be inducted into the organization. A total of 38 fourth and fifth graders from the school are now members of this prestigious organization that provides endless resources and skills to the students. 

When? Thursday, May 17th, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. 

Where? Hammock Pointe Elementary – 8400 S.W. 8th St., Boca Raton, FL 33433. 

The National Elementary Honor society was established in 2008 with two primary purposes: to recognize students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated responsibility in their lives.  One of the main goals of this chapter is to engage those students in service and leadership activities through the service work that they perform. 

The honored speaker will be Mrs. Jean Gianacaci, president of Christine’s Hope for Kids. Her daughter was a student at Lynn University working with Food for the Poor, when the Haiti earthquake took her life in 2010.  The school has worked with Christine’s Hope for Kid’s on several service projects and recently raised approximately $700 for the organization. 

For more information contact Lisa Kaputa, NEHS adviser at 561-441-9032 or via email at


About The School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 177,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including 12,627 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit

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

You may view SAC meeting dates at

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

School Directory:

Interested in becoming a SAC member?


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Ben Batalla, Piano Major

The School District of Palm Beach County today announced that The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts has two students who have won the prestigious Downbeat Magazine 36th Annual Student Music Award.   Ben Batalla (Piano major; Palm Beach Gardens) and Josef Samargia (Vocal major; West Palm Beach) have been named as two of the winners in the worldwide competition.  Both received the award in the “Classical Soloist” category.  Ben Batalla was named “Performing Arts High School Winner” for Piano and Josef Samargia was likewise recognized for “Performing Arts High School Outstanding Performances” as a vocalist. 

 The DownBeat Student Music Awards, founded in 1976, are considered one of the top student music competitions in the world. The competition offers categories for junior high, high school and university students and bands and is one of the most prestigious awards in jazz education. Hundreds of musicians, music educators and music industry professionals received their first international recognition as DownBeat Student Music Award winners. Winners are judged on performance criteria including overall sound, technique and creativity, as well as engineering criteria which encompasses the professional presentation of the material.


Josef Samargia, Vocal Major

For more information, contact Magnet Coordinator Jane Grandusky, 561.805.6203 or

 DownBeat, one of the world’s leading jazz and contemporary music publications, presents the award annually. Students and educators nominate themselves in an open call for recorded performances and applications. Honors in various categories are announced the following spring in high schools, performing arts institutions, and colleges, and winners are published in the June edition of the magazine.

Dreyfoos School of the Arts, located in downtown West Palm Beach continues to be a powerhouse of artistic talent and academically gifted students – this past year ranking #39  in the nation by Newsweek magazine on their top US high school listing

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Donors To Provide More Than 2,000 Books And Bags To Nearly 600 Boynton Beach Students

WHAT:    More than 600 students at Forest Park Elementary School in Boynton Beach will “shop” for summer reading books. Each student will be able to select three new or gently used books to encourage reading during the summer. More than 2,000 books were donated or collected by Barnes & Noble, First Book South Florida and VendorNet, all local businesses in the Boynton Beach community. Children’s Services Council, also located in Boynton Beach, will provide book bags for the children to carry their books in.

WHO:    School staff and representatives from the donor organizations will be available to discuss their partnership on this project and the benefits of students reading during their summer vacation.

WHY:    Studies show that disadvantaged elementary-age children tend to lose some of their reading skills due to the summer break from school. Having students choose their own books gives them a sense of pride and encouragement to maintain their reading level and skills that they developed during the year.

WHEN:    May 20 and May 21, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.



Forest Park Elementary School

1201 SW 3rd Street

Boynton Beach, FL 33435


HOW:    Students will “shop” for their books in the school’s atrium, which will be set up like a book store. Students will also sign a “ray” to create a large sun sign stating, “I pledge to shine and READ more after choosing books from our READing store!” As each class enters the mock book store, they will be asked to add their ray to the sun before shopping for their books. When the children have selected three books, they will be given a bright yellow bag to carry their summer reading books.


About The School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 177,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including 12,627 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit



Laura Orlove or Susan McGill, Reading Coaches

Laura: (561) 818-8785 or Susan: (561) 292-6900