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Over 600 individuals and families recently attended the 2013 Palm Beach County District Elementary Mathematics and Science Fair at the South Florida Fairgrounds.  Visitors had the opportunity to view 1,488 mathematics and science fair projects submitted by elementary students from 71 public, private, and home schools.  Students and families were thrilled to see the 236 ribbons and trophies awarded at this year’s competition.  
 

Students playing Jeopardy at the Science Fair

The Elementary Mathematics and Science Fair is one of the largest academic competitions in the state. 

 The following special awards, sponsored by community partners, were presented: 

  • Aviation Award – Sponsored by FlightSafety International
  • Energy Award – Sponsored by Florida Power and Light Company
  • Green Earth Award – Sponsored by the Palm Beach Science Educators Association 

Click here to view the complete listing of award winning projects of the Elementary Mathematics and Science Fair. 

“The Elementary Mathematics and Science Fair provides young learners with an opportunity to investigate the things they are curious about, design and execute their own experiments, practice how scientists and mathematicians do their work, and begin making choices about what they might want in their future,” said Thomas Medcalf, Elementary Science Resource Teacher and District Fair Coordinator. 

Over 1,200 elementary students from across Palm Beach County visited the fair to view the projects and learn from them.  They also had the chance to participate in a wide variety of interactive mathematics and science activities such as Mathematics and Science Jeopardy.  Teachers from several elementary schools such as Addison Mizner and Rolling Green conducted hands-on activities with the participating students. 

Wendy Spielman King, K-12 Science Manager for the School District of Palm Beach County, stated, “It is important that students acquire mathematical and scientific knowledge, but the application of this knowledge is the key to true understanding.  The Elementary Mathematics and Science Fair challenges our students to use their knowledge and apply it to solve problems.  That’s why this event is so important for student learning.” 

 

 

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 www.palmbeachschools.org.

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The three blood drives hosted this year by John I. Leonard Medical Academy students, not only saved  hundreds of lives but also earned  the students $13,655 in scholarship money and a host of  trophies and plaques.  

At the One Blood luncheon held on May 2, the Academy was awarded trophies for the Largest Blood Drive of the Year, the Largest Average Drive  Public, the Largest Increase – Public, and the Student Committee of the Year. Their advisor, Jacqueline Burgess-Malone, was awarded the Contact of the Yearplaque.

 The following John I. Leonard Medical Academy students received scholarships as a result of the blood drive:  John Arias, Brenda Castillo, Maria Cobo, Samantha Hinkle, Othaniel Navia, Jessica Quinter, Roshni Ramdat, Angelica Rodriguez, Alex Rubio, and Logan Weber.

Left to right in the back: Alexander Rubio,Angelica Rodriguez, John Arias, Brenda Castillo, Natalie Garcia, Samantha Alexander, Roshni Ramdat, and Lainey Poole. In the front, Aileen DeLeon.

 

For more information, contact Principal, Edward Tierney, at Edward.tierney@palmbeachschools.org  or call 561- 641-1200. 

 

 

 

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Dr. Lavina Draper, Social Studies and Writing teacher at U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts will be attending the George Washington Teachers’ Institute this summer to collaborate on a national curriculum project and study George Washington’s life at his 18th century estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Additionally, Dr. Draper will share her expertise and knowledge in the Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles this summer, which is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Lavinia will study political theory, the Constitution, and the values of American democracy to create a civics curriculum that will meet the National Standards for Civics and Government.

Dr. Draper is a part of the Teaching American History Grant, a program designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge and appreciation for U.S. history. She will be traveling to Boston in June with other teachers from the district and the coordinator of the program, Mrs. Monica Perez, to learn more about the American Revolution. 

Dr. Lavinia Draper is a recipient of the Palm Beach County Literacy Award, Palm Beach County Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award, Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year Award and the Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching. 

She traveled to Wales in the United Kingdom this year for her Fulbright project to work with teachers and students on an arts-integrated literacy unit. She presented research on creative approaches to teaching, collaborated with the Welsh Assembly as an advocate for the arts, and wrote a case study for the prime minister on the impact of the arts on academic achievement. 

For more information contact Maureen Carter at 561-434-8933 or via email at maureen.carter@palmbeachschools.org

  

 

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 www.palmbeachschools.org.

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Bak Middle School of the Arts Band students traveled to Chicago in early May and performed in the World Strides Heritage festival. The students were competing with 12 high schools and scored Gold (90pts and higher) in every category.

Bak students won: 

Adjudicators Gold Award for Jazz 
Adjudicators Gold Award Advanced Band
Outstanding Jazz- Gold Award
Outstanding Instrumental-Gold Award
Sweepstakes Award for Instrumental Program

For more information please contact Bak Middle School of the Arts Principal Sally Rozanski at sally.rozanski@palmbeachschools.org or 561-882-3870.

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John I. Leonard student Alex Rubio

John I. Leonard senior Alexander Rubio  is headed to Anaheim, California and will represent the State of Florida at the National Leadership Conference of the Future Business Leaders of America. 

Rubio outscored all the other competitors in the state in his category at the Florida Future Business Leaders of America Leadership Conference held in Orlando in late April. The John I. Leonard Medical Academy student was awarded First Place for his competition in the area of Health Care and Administration.

The Future Business Leaders of America Leadership Conference will convene hundreds of students from across the nation when they meet for  three days in  Anaheim, California at the end of June.

For more details contact Principal Edward Tierney at 561- 641-1200 or by email at edward.tierney@palmbeachschools.org 

 

 

 

 

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With the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) today releasing the FY2013 Grades 4, 8, and 10 FCAT Writing and Grade 3 FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics results, the School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) has seen a number of positive performance gains. The students should be very proud of the great effort put forth this year, and teachers should be commended for their tireless dedication.

The District is pleased to highlight the following achievements:

  • Outperformed the State of Florida in the percentage of students scoring 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 and above at all tested grade levels (FCAT Writing).
  •  Of the five largest Florida School Districts, the SDPBC had the highest percentage increase of students scoring 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 and above at grades 4 and 10 (FCAT Writing).
  •  The percentage of proficient students in Mathematics in the SDPBC increased by an overall 3 percentage points, while Reading remained the same.

While SDPBC students and teachers have worked hard and demonstrated encouraging growth in improving writing scores this year, it is important to remember that the FDOE has increased the proficiency standard used for school grades from 3.0 to 3.5 out of 6. The more rigorous standard for writing proficiency will result in fewer points for school grades and could cause fewer “A” and “B” rated schools throughout the State.

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 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 www.palmbeachschools.org.

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Dawn DeWitt, Science Teacher, and SECME Coordinator and Department Instructional Leader at Palm Springs Middle School has been named the 2013 SECME National Teacher of the Year. Each year SECME, Inc. (formerly the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering) recognizes outstanding K-12 educators who have demonstrated leadership ability in advancing student development and outcomes in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

Bruce Wear (SECME Coordinator SDPBC), Dawn DeWitt (SECME Teacher of the Year), Michele Williams (Executive Director, SECME National), Sandra Jinks (Principal, Palm Springs Middle School) Back row; Charles Tharp (Ms. DeWitt’s husband and engineering volunteer)

In honoring Ms. DeWitt, SECME noted,”The SECME National 2013 Teacher of the Year demonstrated exemplary accomplishments in building and sustaining a successful SECME school program through creative and enriching curricular and extracurricular activities, thereby increasing the number of historically under-represented students who are interested in, and academically prepared for, studies in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).”

Bruce L. Wear, Palm Beach County District STEM/SECME Coordinator wrote in his nomination letter, “In her capacity as a SECME Coordinator, I have seen Ms. DeWitt work tirelessly with her own students spending countless hours after school and even on Saturdays leading them towards excellence.  She constantly shares her knowledge and experience with others on a frequent basis.  She runs several of our Saturday Mousetrap and Bridge/Truss Seminars for the benefit of other members of our SECME “family”.  Dawn brings not only her enthusiasm but also her deep felt desire to raise all students problem solving abilities.”

Richard McCombs from Statesboro High School in Georgia was named SECME Co-Teacher of the Year with Ms. DeWitt.  The 2013 SECME National Co-Teachers of the Year will be recognized on June 22 at an “Evening of Elegance” celebration sponsored by the ExxonMobil Foundation to be held during the 37th Annual SECME Summer Institute, hosted this year by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, from June 16-23, 2013

For more information please contact Bruce Wear at bruce.wear@palmbeachschools.org.

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This is the 18th year that the West Palm Beach Rotary Club, a Business Partner with the School District of Palm Beach County donated bikes to deserving students attending 14 elementary schools in West Palm Beach.  On April 30, 2013 the West Palm Beach Rotary Club gave 29 bikes and safety helmets to students selected by their principals.   Also, this year was the first year that the Club donated one tandem bicycle to a student at the Lighthouse for the Blind. 

The students accompanied by their principals or parents were recognized for academic and personal accomplishments at a luncheon held at the Kravis sponsored by the West Palm Beach Rotary Club.  All of the students were very excited and happy when they received their new bikes and safety helmets.

The Rotary Club of West Palm has been working on diverse community service projects in West Palm Beach for more than 93 years. For example, to date the Club has contributed over $250,000 to the schools, students, and families in West Palm Beach. “We are proud to be an active Business Partner with the district,” said Kenyetta V. Haywood, school district administrator and Board Member of the Club.

To learn more about the West Palm Beach Rotary Club call Club President, Jeff Pasquale at (561) 236-8505.

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Students and parents at Limestone Creek Elementary, with the help of Jackie Gaines from Brushstrokes & More, recently painted a mural on the side of a portable building on campus.  The project was spearheaded by the Limestone Creek Green Team with the goal of beautifying the campus.

Many students submitted designs for the mural which the entire student body voted on. The winning design was a jungle theme by Ashley Donald.  It took a week to get the mural done and during that week students could see the progression from power washing the wall, pencil drawing the design, and finally painting. The students’ excitement could be heard as they watched the process unfold.  
 
“This mural has brought a sense of pride to our campus and we are grateful to Jackie Gaines for donating all of the paint and supplies for this project as well as her time drawing and painting,” said Sarah McCain, Green Team Chair. “All of the staff, teachers and students were thrilled as they walked by the new mural.”

For more information please contact Limestone Creek Elementary Principal Sue Gibbs at sue.gibbs@palmbeachschools or 561-741`-9200

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Suncoast Community High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School are proud to announce that they are now authorized as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.  The Middle Years Programme is a five year program beginning with grade six and ending with grade 10, and Suncoast and Kennedy will work together to implement this program thus completing the International Baccalaureate K-12 continuum.  

The continuum begins with the Primary Years Programme at Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, continues with the Middle Years Programme at John F. Kennedy Middle School that completes at Suncoast Community High School, and culminates with the Diploma Programme, grades 11 and 12, at Suncoast. 

Principals Dr. Edwina Mooney-Bethune, Corey Brooks-Kennedy, and Dr. Linda Cartlidge-Suncoast work together to implement this academic program across the three schools.  The curriculum is built on three fundamental concepts:  holistic learning, intercultural awareness, and communication.  Together, the three principals plan cooperative activities based on these concepts that include tutoring and other educational student activities.  Further, teachers from Kennedy and Suncoast plan the Middle Years Programme curriculum together and participate in cooperative professional development activities that include events such as teachers shadowing teachers between the two schools.

For more information contact Dr. Linda Cartlidge, Suncoast Principal at (561) 882-3400 or via e-mail at linda.cartlidge@palmbeachschools.org.

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The International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was recently held in Phoenix, Arizona and was attended by approximately 1,600 finalists from over 70 countries.  Seven Palm Beach County students qualified for this competition, the most of any region in Florida.   ISEF, which is sponsored by Intel, is the largest high school science research competition in the world.

 

  • Christopher Wan from Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts received a FIRST Place Grand Award in the category of Environmental Sciences and $3,000 for the overall competition.  Christopher had already received First Place and the Grand Award in the Physical Sciences division at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair.  He also won First Place at the Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair earlier this year and Best of Show last year. 
  • Maria Elena Grimmett from Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches received a THIRD Place Grand Award in the category of Environmental Sciences and $1,000 for the overall competition.  Maria Elena had already received Second Place at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair.  She also won First Place and Best of Show at the Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair earlier this year. 

“We are very proud of all of our ISEF finalists, who represented Palm Beach County very well at the International competition,” added Greg Goebel, District Science Program Planner. 

The judging, awards, exciting special events, and unique opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with their peers all make the competition an event to be remembered.  “We look forward to another exciting year of Regional, State, and International Science and Engineering Fair competitions in 2013-14!” 

  • Christopher Wan attends Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts as a Senior; His project was “Modeling Estuarine Salinity using Artificial Neural Networks”.
  • Savannah Flak also attends Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts as a Senior; Her project was “Synthesis of Monodisperse Superparamagnetic FePt Nanoparticles”.
  • Ryan Meingasner attends Seminole Ridge Community High School as a Senior; His project was “Developing a Purification Strategy to Aid Structural Characterization of the S1P1 Receptor”.
  • Alexandra Kaye attends Palm Beach Lakes Community High School as a Senior; Her project was “Wear and Tear or Genes in Gear? Single Neuron Age-Dependent Gene Expression in Aplysia californica”.
  • Zachary Solloway attends Park Vista Community High School as a Junior; His project was “Can Parsing Google and Twitter Reliably Reflect Political Trends?”.
  • Andrew O’Neill attends Suncoast Community High School as a Junior; His project was “Infrared Energy”.
  • Maria Elena Grimmett attends Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches as a Freshman; Her project was “H20h No: Pharmaceuticals Are in My Groundwater! Removal of Sulfamethazine by Hypercrosslinked Adsorbent MN250 in Simulated Groundwater”. 

For more information contact Greg Goebel at 561-357-1128 or via email gregory.goebel@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

 

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 www.palmbeachschools.org.

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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 www.take25.org 

For more information contact Jill Robinson at 561-804-3300 or via email at jill.robinson@palmbeachschools.org or Celia Lawrence at celia.lawrence@palmbeachschools.org.  

 

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 www.palmbeachschools.org.

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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 www.artsschoolsnetwork.org 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 www.palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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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 amy.crease@palmbeachschools.org 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 Daniel.smith@palmbeachschools.org .

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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 deborah.feinsinger@palmbeachschools.org 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 http://www.palmbeachcountypta.com/.  Join us on Facebook to view the “Rock Stars of PTA” photo album https://www.facebook.com/PalmBeachCountyPTA . Those interested in joining the largest advocacy group for children should send an email to PalmBeachCountyPTA@yahoo.com.  (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 june.hunt@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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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 maureen.carter@palmbeachschools.org

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 www.palmbeachschools.org.

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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 terrion.nelson@palmbeachschools.org or Linda Tylka at linda.tylka@palmbeachschools.org 

 

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 www.palmbeachschools.org.

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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 tracy.rudnick@palmbeachschools.org 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 wendy.spielman@palmbeachschools.org 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 gail.verrigni@palmbeachschools.org 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 atmaria.bishop@palmbeachschools.org or 561-304-2000.