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Wellington High School’s Debate continued its phenomenally successful 2012-13 season by qualifying a school-record five students to compete in the 2013 National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Championship Tournament that will take place this June in Birmingham, AL.


Mr. Gaba along with the Red Dawn Debaters.


The Red Dawn Debaters will be represented in Birmingham by seniors Michael Reynolds and Nick Thibault, juniors Stephie Maravankin and Yourui Ruan, and sophomore Michael Leatherman.The five qualified at the March NFL Panther District National Qualifier Tournament, hosted by Royal Palm Beach High School. 

Reynolds and Thibault will be competing in Duo Interpretation, where they are performing a 10-minute script cutting from “Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid” by Simon Pegg. Maravankin advanced to the NFL’s National Senate in Congressional Debate, a student version of the federal legislature. 

Ruan and Leatherman will compete in Policy Debate, where they will deliberate proposed federal policy changes as pertaining to U.S. transportation concerns. 

Leatherman was also recognized as the first alternate (second overall) in Congressional Debate, where he competed in the tournament’s House of Representatives (which was separate from Maravankin’s Senate chamber competition), while Reynolds advanced to the final round in Humorous Interpretation, placing sixth with his performance of “I Hate You, Kelly Donahue” by Mark Svartz. 

In Lincoln Douglas Debate (a 1-on-1 event which focuses on philosophy and logic), Ruan placed fifth overall, while in Policy Debate, the team of Greg Foster and Logan Weber placed sixth. Reynolds was also recognized as the NFL Panther District’s “Student of the Year,” an honor voted upon by district officials based on essays contributed from coaches within the district. 

The five students represent the largest number to compete at NFL Nationals from Wellington in its 25 years of competitive debate. 

NFL Nationals is the third, and largest, national high school debate championship tournament of the year. This is the first time Wellington High will be represented at all three national championships in a single season. Three students – Maravankin and the Public Forum Debate team of Rachel Ganon and Vinnie Gasso – will compete at the 2013 Tournament of Champions in Lexington, KY, at the end of April, while nine Wellington debaters – the PFD teams of Ganon & Gasso and Leatherman & Alexa Fortuna, the Duo Interp pairs of Reynolds & Thibault and Dylan Race & Savannah Race, and Ruan in Lincoln Douglas Debate – will compete at the National Catholic Forensic League “Grand National” championship tournament in Philadelphia over Memorial Day Weekend. 

For more information about the nationally recognized Wellington High Debate Team, contact Coach Paul Gaba at 561-795-4911, or via email at








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Annual Golf Tournament To Benefit Specialized Academy Programs In Engineering, Education, Finance, Tourism, Culinary And Fashion

The Career Academies at Olympic Heights Community High School, in partnership with the Boca Raton Resort & Club, will hold the sixth annual Olympic Heights Golf Scramble and Silent Auction on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

The event is open to the public, and the school is seeking the support of both golfers and sponsors.

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

“The tournament allows community members the opportunity to play golf on a spectacular golf course while also benefiting the students in the Career Academies at Olympic Heights,” said Anita Foster, academy coordinator. “It’s really a win-win-win for everyone—the golfers, the sponsors and, of course, our students, who directly benefit from this event.”

Registration for the Golf Scramble starts at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start slated for 1 p.m. The Golf Scramble, which will be followed by an Award Dinner and Silent Auction, will take place at Boca Country Club, 17751 Boca Club Boulevard, Boca Raton. The cost is $100 per golfer or $350 for a foursome. Those who wish to attend the Award Dinner only are welcome for a $50 couvert. Sponsorships are welcome and run from $100 for a Hole Sponsor to $1,000 for a Platinum Sponsor, which includes golf for four, recognition banners, press releases, signage and more. Donations of goods or services that can be used as raffle prizes or auction items are also appreciated.

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

New at the Golf Scramble this year is a Hole-in-One Contest sponsored by Joe Griffin & Associates. That contest features a $25,000 cash prize.

The event is being offered in partnership with the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a business partner of Olympic Heights, which has been supporting the Career Academies since their inception at the school.

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

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

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

About Olympic Heights

Olympic Heights Community High School is a public high school located at 20101 Lyons Road in Boca Raton. It serves students in West Boca Raton, parts of Boynton Beach and parts of Delray Beach as part of the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida. The school offers six academy programs: Academy of Engineering & Technology, Academy of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Academy of Finance, Academy of Tourism, Hospitality & Resort Management, Culinary Arts Academy and Fashion Academy.


For more information about Olympic Heights, call 561-852-6610 or visit

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The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County has the tradition of recognizing the “best and the brightest” within the county’s student population by providing scholarships through the generous donations of its business members.

The winners of the 2013 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Triunfo! Scholarships are:



Lorena Benitez

Atlantic High School

Julia McBee

Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Jairo Garcia

Pahokee High School

Karen Herrera

Jupiter High School

Brian Higuera

Boca Raton High School

Gabryelle Estrada

Inlet Grove High School

Sofia Montes

Boca Raton High School

Alondra Cortes

Pahokee High School

Oscar Maldonado

Olympic Heights High School

The winners of the Triunfo! Scholarship will attend the 16th Annual Triunfo! Awards banquet that will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

“Not only does the future of our community depend on the quality of professionals we have, but also the ones we educate to become leaders who will create a better future,” said Andre Varona, Chief Executive Officer.  

In the last six years, the Hispanic Chamber has raised over $82,000.00 for students who have gone on to universities such as Harvard, Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and many other prestigious colleges and universities.  The students selected have an outstanding Grade Point Average (GPA), dedicated many hours to community service and demonstrated excellent academic and leadership skills. 

Click here if you would like to attend the 16th Annual Triunfo! Awards. 

For more information contact the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at (561) 832-1986 or via e-mail at     






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The Palm Beach County High School Ethics Bowl champion, Lake Worth High School, is preparing for the National Ethics Bowl, which will take place on April 19-20, 2013, at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  The team, coached by James Peterson, is comprised of Dovie Treece, Caleb Rickards, Chidera Nwosu, Susana Hoyos-Cuervos, and Brandon Nandlal. The Palm Beach Ethics Bowl is a collaborative event between the School District and the Center for Applied Ethics at Palm Beach State College.

Eight high schools, with a total of eighteen teams of students, participated in this year’s Ethics Bowl.  Participating schools were Atlantic High School, Boca Raton High School, Forest Hill High School, Lake Worth High School, John I. Leonard High School, Royal Palm Beach High School, and William T. Dwyer High School. “Congratulations to all of our teams and their coaches for their interest in, enthusiasm for, and commitment to this year’s ethics bowl,” said Director of Student Intervention Services, Ellen Van Arsdale.

The Palm Beach County School District’s Ethics Bowl Committee is under the leadership of Ms. Van Arsdale and Ethics Consultants Susan Knight and Judy Lamb.  “Thank you to our judges and moderators and our finals’ judging team of School Board Chairperson, Chuck Shaw, Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick, Attorney Jake Rose, and moderator, Christopher Glinton,” said Ms. Van Arsdale.   “Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Janis Andrews, and Assistant Superintendents, Dr. Joseph Lee and Keith Oswald also contributed to the excellence of the competition.”

The Palm Beach County Bar Association, Young Lawyers and North County Sections, are supporting Lake Worth High School’s Ethics team’s attendance at the national event.  “We thank our generous sponsors and wish our students much success in next month’s National Ethics Bowl in North Carolina,” said Lake Worth High School Principal George Lockhart.

For more information please contact Ms. Van Arsdale at or 561-494-1569.

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Students and staff of Palm Springs Middle School are hoping that everyone who visits the newly opened Cumberland Farms store on Kirk Road will enjoy a cup of hot or cold Farmhouse Blend Coffee. The store has named the Palm Springs school a beneficiary of a month-long fundraiser to boost the student study incentive.  Starting March 13, twenty cents from the sale of every Farmhouse Blend Coffee, brewed tea, or Chill Zone beverage goes directly to Palm Springs Middle School’s incentive program.  The money will purchase Apple iPads and iPods that will be raffled off as part of the school’s incentive program to students who meet certain studying and grade requirements.

“We want to reward students who put in the hard work it takes to achieve high marks in academics,” said Principal, Sandra Jinks. “Students who make the Honor Roll are awarded for their accomplishments with t-shirts and assembly announcements, and this donation from Cumberland Farms will allow us to continue to reward students with additional prizes, including highly-coveted electronics that can aid them in their studies.”

“Cumberland Farms is proud to be giving back to the promising students of the Palm Springs Community Middle School,” said Ronald Sides, general manager of the Cumberland Farms store.  “We are happy to serve the staff and students of the school, as our store is located across the street and we are delighted to support the school’s efforts to provide quality programs.”

Over the past year, Cumberland Farms has donated more than $100,000 to support local organizations.

For details about the Palm Springs Community School initiative, contact Ms. Jinks, 561.434.3300 or

About Palm Springs Community Middle School

The Palm Springs Community Middle School is part of the School District of Palm Beach County—the 5th largest school district in Florida and the 11th largest district in the nation.  It is the only urban school district in the state to earn an “A” rating from the Florida Department of Education for the eighth consecutive year.

About Cumberland Farms

Cumberland Farms makes life easier for busy people every day. Its network of convenience stores across 11 states reflects the values of three generations of providing customers with value, convenience, and unparalleled service—whether you’re buying a cold Chill Zone drink, a hot or iced cup of Farmhouse Blend Coffee, or filling the gas tank.  Family owned for over 70 years, Cumberland Farms also has a long heritage of giving back to the communities where it operates.  For more information about a Cumberland Farms near you, please visit Or contact Regan Communication, Lisa Bell, 617.488.2883.


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Families who want to enroll their children in summer camp programs should explore the camps sponsored by the Department of Afterschool Programming. Enrollment is now open for children ages 5-12 at over 60 District elementary school sites.

 Campers will participate in many exciting activities, academic enrichment, field trips, and much more.  All programs are supervised by staff trained in First Aid/CPR and “Positive Ways for Working with Children”.

 To locate a camp, the Summer Camp Directory may be viewed on the District’s Public Affairs website, as well as the Afterschool Programming website at:

A convenient payment process is available online. To pay summer camp fees online,  click the following link and select the school of choice.

 Sunshine, Smiles & Safety offered at many School District of Palm Beach County elementary school sites is the summertime place to be! Families are encouraged to register now as camp spaces fill up quickly. Questions can be addressed at individual camp locations by the contact listed in the Summer Camp Directory.



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What:          Sixth Annual Olympic Heights Golf Scramble And Silent Auction

When:         Sunday, May 5, 2013 – 11:30 a.m., registration – 1 p.m., shotgun start

Where:       Boca Country Club – 17751 Boca Club Blvd. – Boca Raton, FL

Cost:          $100 per golfer; $350 per foursome; $50 per non-golfer dinner

Sponsorships are welcome and run from $100 to $1,000

The Career Academies at Olympic Heights Community High School, in partnership with the Boca Raton Resort & Club, are proud to present the sixth annual Olympic Heights Golf Scramble and Silent Auction. All funds raised and donations received will assist in funding the six Career Academies that call Olympic Heights home. They include the Academy of Engineering & Technology, Academy of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Academy of Finance, Academy of Tourism, Hospitality & Resort Management, Culinary Arts Academy and Fashion Academy.The event is open to the public, and the school is seeking the support of both golfers and sponsors.


For more information, contact Anita Foster at 561-852-6610 or email

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The School District of Palm Beach County put their New Years’ resolution of living a healthier lifestyle into action by encouraging students, staff and faculty to take part in the WonderFit wellness challenge which kicked off on February 6, 2013. 

WonderFit, a four-week competition, encouraged overall well-being by increasing daily physical activity levels through various exercise activities. During WonderFit, members of the SDPBC completed a total of 1,048,800 minutes of exercise which includes 148,250 minutes of stretching, 776,730 minutes of aerobic exercise, and 123,820 minutes of strength training.


This is just another way The School District of Palm Beach County is taking the initiative to become healthier through fun and exciting opportunities. 

Individual schools also competed in a bonus challenge to have the most students and staff participated in 30 minutes of Zumba exercise during the school day. Each school that accepted the challenge and submitted a fun video of their participation was awarded bonus points to go toward their team’s WonderFit score. 

Almost 1,200 students and staff from across the School District participated in the day of dance and submitted videos of their exercise. Benoist Farms Elementary danced their way to the top with over 800 students and staff in the Zumba challenge! 

To watch the video visit 

The team that came out on top overall in the WonderFit wellness challenge was Benoist Farms Elementary with North Transportation coming in 2nd and South Intensive Transition in 3rd place. The competition was intense as most of the schools and offices were fighting for the crown. 

In the individual tier, Angela Brent-Harris showed her persistence as the top individual with Charlie Donahue and Carmen Crespo coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively. 

“This was an easy, fun physical activity program that offered competition and the motivation to be healthy. I was at an event and everyone was talking about Wonderfit. They said their staff were really into it, and it helped motivate some that were unmotivated. As we strive to inspire employees to take personal responsibility for their health, it is exciting to see people getting fit and feeling wonderful” says Kim Sandmaier the School District’s Employee Wellness Coordinator. 

WonderFit was a really successful event allowing employees to take control of their health and form healthy habits in a fun and competitive way.

For more information please contact Kim Sandmaier at 561-434-8044 or via email at

Written by The School District of Palm Beach County in partnership with Onehealth, United Healthcare and Wells Fargo. 






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Just like Very Special Arts and Special Olympics, the Very Special Science Fair recognizes the efforts of special education teachers and their significantly disabled students in making science an important part of the curriculum. 

The Department of Exceptional Student Education is proudly sponsoring the Sixth Annual Very Special Science Fair to be held on April 3 and April 4, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach Zoo. The Very Special Science Fair is the culmination of Professional Development that encourages teachers to instill scientific inquiry and discovery into their instruction. 

This year’s VSSF will be the biggest yet in attendance. More than 1200 teachers and their students with significant Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder, grades kindergarten through 12, are expected to participate in the Fair. 

Each classroom will develop a science project which is displayed at the Palm Beach Zoo’s facility. Science Fair projects follow National Standards for Science Fair submission. Since its inception 6 years ago, The Very Special Science Fair has quadrupled in the number of classrooms participating in this event.  Students are proud of the hard work they’ve generated in developing their science projects and thrilled at seeing them displayed at the Zoo’s Pavilion. 

Participants thoroughly enjoy the special wildlife presentations given by Palm Beach Zoo staff, watching all the animals in their habitats, and picnicking under the shade of many trees. 

According to Dr. Twila Reinke, teacher of students with Intellectual Disabilities, “What does this fair means to my Students? Cooperation, Collaboration, Participation…… are words that could be used to describe the teamwork of my students as they diligently put together their Science Fair Project this year.” 

The Very Special Science Fair is made possible as a collaborative effort by the Department of Exceptional Student Education, Bus One, the Fleming Family Foundation, the Department of Federal and State Programs, and the Palm Beach Zoo. 

The Palm Beach Zoo is located 1301 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL. 

For more information, contact Linda Laverty at 561-434-8181 or via email at







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Executives with Bloomingdales and Florida Power & Light will speak to students at the Suncoast High School Professional Women’s Forum in April. Laura Gallo, Operating Vice President and General Manager of Bloomingdale’s Palm Beach Gardens Store, will speak to Suncoast women students at the April 9, 2013 luncheon meeting on the Suncoast campus. She has an extensive and impressive career in retail merchandising.  Ethel Isaacs Williams, Florida Power & Light Company Regional Manager of External Affairs, will address the student club on April 23, 2013. Ms. Williams is a Palm Beach County native and has a law degree.

Gabrielle Holtzman, founder and president of the Suncoast Professional Women’s Forum, said, “Our students are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to hear how these two outstanding women achieved success in college and in their careers. Our past speakers have included a civil engineer, an investment advisor, a Palm Beach County School District assistant superintendent, an attorney and a judicial administrator.”

Dr. Linda Cartlidge, Principal of Suncoast High School, noted “Women face unique challenges in the workplace. This mentoring student club hosts female role models as guest speakers to share success stories, provide advice and encourage charitable activities. The meetings also expose the young women to a wide variety of professional careers.”

For more information please contact Dr. Cartlidge at or 561-882-3400.

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Inspired by her own daughter Ali’s profound hearing loss diagnosed at only 10 months of age, Wendy Kupfer wanted to write a story that would have helped them through the tougher of times. So was born Let’s Hear it for Almigal, a feel-good, giggle-out-loud picture book that helps children accept and celebrate their differences.  It showcases a spunky little girl with a big personality named Almigal who wants to hear “every single sound in the whole entire universe.”

Ms. Kupfer will visit Lighthouse Elementary Friday, March 22, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM reading her book to kindergarten classes.  She hopes to heighten awareness in a positive way of children with hearing loss, or who have a “difference” in some way, so that their challenges can be understood and accepted by their peers.

Let’s Hear it for Almigal was named among the best in family-friendly media, taking Gold in the Mom’s Choice Awards for Children’s Picture Books – Values & Life Lessons, and Silver in the Florida Publishers Association books contest.

For more information please contact Lighthouse Elementary Principal Leslie Bolte at or 561-741-9400.

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World-Class Galaxy Elementary E3 Choice School To Focus On 

Energy, Environment & Engineering With A Challenging Curriculum

On school opening day, Monday, August 19, 2013, the South Area of Palm Beach County will be the location for the Greenest School in the Galaxy, the new Galaxy E3 Choice School.

Replacing a 53-year old school building, the new Galaxy Elementary School will be a state-of-the-art campus featuring the latest technology of the twenty-first century along with offering an educational curriculum that will invent a new direction for K-5 instruction in Palm Beach County. The school will also aim to be the first LEED Platinum-certified new public school campus in Florida. Platinum is the highest level of LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which recognizes buildings’ compliance to design, construction and operations according to environmentally friendly practices and standards.

The school will feature a Wonderment Center, the exciting double-height core of the school designed like a mini-science museum, complete with interactive exhibits to augment the new curriculum.  DaVinci Studios are four science labs directly attached to the Wonderment Center, focusing on the curriculum themes of energy, environment, engineering and also computers.  The Art lab will move the curriculum from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). These new learning spaces can be adapted to other elementary schools in the District and beyond.

In addition to the new school, the project involves the replacement of an adjacent city park facility to a new location on-site. Two small existing classroom buildings will be reused as flexible ancillary classrooms and program support. There will also be a four acre natural habitat that, through a partnership with the City of Boynton Beach, will become part of the science curriculum.

World-class artists are providing artwork for the school. And, plans include a recharging center and preferred parking on campus for electric cars.

Galaxy Elementary School will be a civic resource for the neighborhood of Boynton Beach where it is located. The area’s public and private schools will be able to schedule tours of the green campus and enjoy the hands-on educational displays.

On the economic front, the new Galaxy Elementary School will support the growing business community of Boynton Beach. As an energy and green demonstration project, the campus, with its sustainable features and innovations, is expected to attract many visitors every week. The city has prioritized becoming a magnet for sustainable development and green buildings – the Galaxy project at the gateway entrance to Boynton Beach from I-95 will reinforce that objective.

“Galaxy E3 Elementary is an environmental and engineering ‘Green’ school of academic excellence. Our mission is not only to educate young minds through a rigorous STEAM curriculum, but also to teach children the principles of sustainability and how to protect, preserve, and be productive environmental stewards of this world,” said Principal Edmund Capitano.

District’s Mission

The School District of Palm Beach County is committed to providing a world-class education with excellence and equity to empower each student to reach his or her highest potential with the most effective staff to foster the knowledge, skills, and ethics required for responsible citizenship and productive careers.


For more information, contact Edmund Capitano at (561) 739-5600 or email .

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For sixty-five years, the T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society has worked  to improve access to quality health care for all in the community. 

 The Society has held health fairs and provided community education, professional development and mentorships. The latest project is a Healthcare and Science Stars of Tomorrow Career Symposium on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

The Symposium will take place at the Inlet Grove Community High School , 600 West 28th Street, Riviera Beach FL 33404 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 

“We believe this will be an innovative approach to directly enhance the pipeline of future healthcare professionals and scientists from historically, under-represented groups,” said Dr. Roger L. Duncan, III, T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society’s Chairman of Mentorship and Community Outreach. 

Several hundred elementary, middle and high school students are expected from throughout the county. Bus service will be provided for students and parents from Belle Glade, Pahokee, Indiantown, The Acreage and Delray Beach to the symposium. 

After the opening remarks and keynote address, groups of participants will rotate among classrooms for 20-minute informational sessions regarding careers and education requirements. Dozens of healthcare professionals, including dentists, pharmacists, physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, epidemiologists, nuclear medicine technologists, respiratory therapists, anesthesia assistants, ultrasonographers, molecular biologists, scientists, health care lawyers, insurance company executives, government policy representatives and  university and college representatives, are expected to attend. 

“Our message to the students and parents is that there are many ways to enter the world of health care delivery without handling a stethoscope,” said Dr. Duncan.

The program includes prizes, lunch and snacks for participants and exhibitors. The Society plans to perform a statistical analysis on the program to demonstrate its effectiveness and areas of improvement for the future.

Tax-deductible contributions are being sought to help defray expenses including buses and drivers, food, security, honoraria, prizes, etc. Donors would be acknowledged in advertisements and publicity. 

Corporate logo materials should be e-mailed. 

For more information, contact Dr. Roger L. Duncan, III, T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society, Chairman, Mentorship and Community Outreach, (561) 352-5969, Fax (561)360-3108, or  email



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In an effort to promote healthful eating along with physical activity and in conjunction with the March National Nutrition Month®, the School Food Service Department has organized an educational health fair to be held at Seminole Ridge Community High School. 

This year’s theme is: “EAT RIGHT, YOUR WAY, EVERY DAY” 

All students will be exposed to the health fair during their lunch period which will take place in the school cafeteria. The health fair will be on: 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. 

The goal of the health fair is to provide students and staff with an opportunity to view exciting health and wellness displays, receive educational materials, prizes, as well as free samples of colorful and tasty fruits and vegetables. 

A variety of educational booths will be set up to target specific aspects of health and wellness which include: 

  • Seminole Ridge Community High – School Nurses
  • Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies
  • Caridad Center
  • R.C. Hatton Farms
  • Humana Medicaid Community Outreach Partner
  • GMG Tropical Fruits
  • Short on Thyme – Chef Shelley
  • The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
  • The Palm Beach County Drowning Prevention Coalition
  • Palm Beach/Treasure Coast 2-1-1™
  • Charles Drew Foundation Bone Marrow Drive
  • Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Planned Parenthood
  • HealthTeacher®
  • Erneston & Sons Produce, Inc.
  • District’s Employee Wellness
  • The School Food Service Department promoting…eat right.® 

Seminole Ridge High School is located at 4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, Loxahatchee, FL. 

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









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Enthusiastic students compete in the Spady Day Sack Race during a previous Field Day.

The students and staff of S.D. Spady Elementary School will take over Pompey Park in Delray Beach, Friday, March 22 for their annual Spady Field Day activities. The day’s itinerary includes music, swimming, bounce houses, and good old- fashioned relay races to name a few of the activities the students look forward to each year. The event is primarily funded through the PTA of the Montessori Magnet school. 

The city’s police department is actively involved with all the Delray Beach schools monthly and through the Kids and Cops initiative, students regularly interact with officers who mentor them, take them on field trips, conduct toy drives or sponsor egg hunts. Spady Assistant Principal Rona Tata said the Police Department is joining in the fun, but also playing another role this year. “Security issues are uppermost in our minds this year, but with the prohibitive hourly cost of paying for security for this event, it’s a blessing that our relationship with the police department has resulted in an agreement to provide security oversight for Spady Day,” she stated.

 Ms. Tata collaborated with Sgt. Nicole Guerriero, chair of the Kids and Cops Committee, to arrange for 15 officers from the Delray Beach Police Department to volunteer their time to come “play” with the Spady students on Field Day.  Sgt. Guerriero said involvement in the event is key because children get to see officers in a capacity other than law enforcement. “Field Day is a time when the children can get to know the officers as ‘people’ and it humanizes the individuals as well as law enforcement as a profession, while also promoting the feeling of being safe and secure. The question that remains is, who will have more fun—the children, or the officers?”

South Area Superintendent Connie Tuman-Rugg said she’s delighted at this type of school-community collaboration. “This is a wonderful example of the community, parents, and school working together to fulfill the needs of our students,” she stated. “It benefits our children for us to pull together and it teaches them that their success is everyone’s business.”

For more details, contact Ms. Tata, 561.454.7833 or email


Spady Elementary School students bounce for joy during a past Field Day event.



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A revised School District home page at will be published on March 22, 2013.  The revised page can be previewed now at  

This minor revision will include the following improvements: 

  • The page will be responsive, meaning its size and shape will automatically adjust for any size or type of mobile device.  On smart phones, the page will present with icons commonly used with iPhone, Android and Windows apps.
  • The Students, Parents, Employees and Community stakeholder buttons at the top of the page will remain in the same place but will be updated in white rather than in multiple colors.
  • Videos will be more prominently displayed in the upper center of the page.
  • The header and footer will be enhanced and updated.
  • En Espanol” and “An Kreyol” buttons will be added that link to web pages with school information important to our Spanish and Haitian Creole communities. 

Website users looking to find information within the District’s many interior web pages are encouraged to use the Search function in the upper right corner of the website.

For more information please contact Kara Rubinson, General Manager–IT Solutions at or 561-434-8951.

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What was one of the most important lessons you learned in public school? How did your public school experience shape the person you are today? These and a number of other important questions were asked of this year’s Palm Beach County Distinguished Alumni. 

Twelve distinguished alumni were recently inducted into the Class of 2013.  From artist, to journalist to doctor, school board chair and judge, all of the inductees were thankful for committed teachers who taught them how to think and reason and inspired them to reach higher.  The video can be viewed here

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County sponsors the Distinguished Alumni Awards. The Awards, in their fourth year, serve to honor Palm Beach County public school alumni who have distinguished themselves through achievement, service or contributions to society.

A dinner and awards ceremony was held February 28th at the West Palm Beach Marriott. Committee Chair and Foundation Board member, Penny Rodgers said, “Honoring alumni is the Foundation’s way of celebrating the exemplary individuals who have graduated from our public school system and gone on to make great strides in life both professionally and philanthropically. People go in various directions throughout their lives, but at the core it is our K-12 education that truly shapes the person we, one day, will become.”

 Inductees into the Class of 2013

Lifetime Achievement:

Owen H. Gassaway, Jr., Florida Airmotive, Inc. (Posthumous)

Graduated: Palm Beach High


Jason D. Brian, Founder & CEO –

Graduated: Palm Beach Gardens High


Adam “AJ” Brockman, Principal – Single Handed Studio

Graduated: Palm Beach Gardens High


Elvin J. Dowling, President & CEO – Global Image Consulting, LLC

Graduated: Palm Beach Lakes Community High


Lee D. Kaplan, M.D., Chief, Division of Sports Medicine – University of Miami

Graduated: Palm Beach Gardens High


Shannon LaRocque, PE, Asst. County Administrator – Board of County Commissioners

Graduated: John I. Leonard High


Catherine Lowe, M.D., L.L.D., President & Owner – Ophthalmologist

Graduated: Lake Shore Junior/Senior High


H. William Perry, Managing Shareholder – Gunster Law Firm

Graduated: Palm Beach Gardens High


Elizabeth Tiedemann Maass Circuit Court Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit (Retired)

Graduated: North Shore High


Charles E. Shaw, School Board Chairman – School District of Palm Beach County

Graduated: Forest Hill High


Kelly L. Smallridge, President & CEO – Business Development Board

Graduated: John I. Leonard High


Susan Spencer-Wendel, Reporter & Author – The Palm Beach Post and Harper Collins

Graduated: Forest Hill High


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

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Pursuant to School Board Policy 1.092, the Board established the independent Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) to provide increased accountability, promote fiscal responsibility, and assist in improving operations, including deterring and identifying fraud, waste, financial mismanagement, fiscal misconduct, abuse and illegal acts.
As required by Board Policy 1.092(4.e.), the OIG has established a toll free Hotline to facilitate the receipt of information associated with allegations of corruption, fraud, waste, and financial mismanagement.
The toll free number, 1-855-561-1010, was rolled out Friday, March 8, 2013. The Hotline is operated by a third-party service, and the system does not capture any identifying information about the person making the report.  All calls are completely anonymous, unless the caller chooses to give his/her name.  

Alternatively, anonymous reports can be made online at  Both systems are currently available and accessible 24 hours a day.

 Whether a report is made through the Hotline or online, the process is confidential, secure, and anonymous.  Those making a report will be asked to create a username and password, which will enable them to later check the status of the report and provide additional information, if necessary.  

As always, District employees and citizens are welcome to speak with the Inspector General’s staff directly at 561-434-7335 or meet in person. 


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Conniston Middle School is calling all of its students and families to gather at the school for a Family Science Night Thursday, March 21, from 5:45-7:30 p.m. A variety of demonstrations, activities, and labs are scheduled that are designed to get everyone pumped for science—and the upcoming science FCAT exams as well.

Four disciplines will be highlighted: earth science, life science, chemistry, and physics. Students and their parents will be interactively engaged during the activities and lab time. Varsha Dabiesingh, science instructional leader for the 6th and 8th grades, said this experience will not like many of the parents remember it. “Let’s remember that we are the school that had the flying pumpkins last semester,” she stated. “We don’t ‘do science’ in the typical, traditional ways—we do science in ways that are mind-blowing and memorable.”

For more details,  contact Ms. Dabiesingh, 561. 802.5400 or email

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The “Polo Park Players” are set to perform “Once upon a Quest: Four Tales from the Ancient Greeks.” These performances enrich the 6th grade Social Studies curriculum and enhance the common core standards with interdisciplinary collaboration from the Language Arts, Music, Art, Home Economics, and Broadcasting departments at the school. 

The students have benefited from the expertise of local theatre educator and professional director, Beverly Blanchette, who has served as a guest artist.


Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

  • The Odyssey, adapted from a version by Homer – 10:15 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
  • The Creation and Birth of the Olympian Gods, adapted from a version by Hesiod – 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

  • The Myth of Demeter and Persephone, adapted from the version by Homer – 10:15 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
  • The Labors of Hercules, adapted from versions by the Roman poets, Theocritus and Apollodurus -   2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


All performances will take place in the Polo Park Middle School Cafeteria – 11901 Lake Worth Road, Wellington, Florida

Tickets are FREE at the door for parents, press, and Palm Beach County School District personnel. 

The District’s Social Studies curriculum intends to prepare students to be knowledgeable, informed, and active citizens in an increasingly diverse community and interdependent world. In addition, teachers promote civic competence and ensure that the values and ideals of our founding fathers continue to be instilled in our youth. 

For more information contact Marilyn Romano at (561) 333-5500 or via email at







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More than 1000 students from across the State of Florida recently came together to develop their leadership, responsibility and personal growth skills at the Florida Association of Student Councils Conference. Royal Palm Beach High School had the honor to host this event and the results were extraordinary.

Click here to view a video of the event.

Follow this link to view the FASC Conference Album on the District’s Facebook page.  

“Seeing the commitment of some many students is overwhelming. They understand the impact that their leadership skills will do for their future not only in college but in their careers,” said Mr. Justin Arnone, Student Council Advisor at Royal Palm Beach High School. 

The conference offered three days of incredible keynote speakers, presentations, student workshops, professional development, competitions and lots of fun. The theme this year “Oh, the Places You’ll Lead” was be highlighted with Dr. Seuss’ inspired decorations and activities created by the students. 




“It took us two years to plan this magnificent event and the comments from all the students were so positive…. All I kept hearing was that this has been the best conference so far” added Mr. Arnone. 

The awards program included categories in speech contest, parliamentary procedures and projects of the year. The FASC Talent Show featured the dazzling talents of student leaders from all the Florida Districts. Royal Palm Beach High not only organized the event but two student representatives were selected as the State Treasures. 

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

 According to RPBHS Principal, Jesus Armas, “an undertaking of this magnitude requires a true team effort.  Under the expert direction of Activities Coordinator and Student Council Advisor, Justin Arnone, Royal Palm Beach High School students, parents, and staff and personnel from several school district departments all came together to host a first class event.  This is but one example of the magnificence of the Royal Palm Beach High School community and of our ongoing effort to further our vision of excellence.” 

One of the most impactful sessions of the conference included a simulation of a car accident involving students drinking after Prom. The scene was made as real as possible, with disabled vehicles and students badly injured. Members of the sheriff’s office, fire department and other law enforcement agencies took part in the exercise, which showed students the consequences of their actions. “Drinking and driving, at any age, can bring negative consequences to your future and even end the life of others,” added a RPBHS student.  





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







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Renowned author James Patterson visited students and staff at Pahokee Middle School on Wednesday, March 6,  to hear from the student members of the Patterson Book Club. (See attached photos: Patterson speaking in the Patterson Book Club room; Patterson with Principal Lavoise Smith and Asst. Principal Michael Aronson.)

Patterson has funded book clubs at three Palm Beach County middle schools as a way to get kids reading for enjoyment.
Students were excited to meet the  famous author and have a conversation with him about his experiences and what inspired him to read and write.  
Patterson told the students that he had been looking around town and liked the small-town feel of Pahokee because it reminds him of his hometown of Newburgh, New York.
Asked what he liked to read when he was a kid, Patterson said, “Comic books, lots of them. And apparently it did some good. So, I encourage you to read what you like to read, and keep reading because you will get good at it, it will make you smart and it will cause you to use your imagination.”
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Patterson’s vision is helping students succeed in life through their love of reading. He has also funded book clubs at JFK Middle School and H.L. Watkins Middle School and visited  students at those schools earlier in the year. In addition to funding thousands of books that teachers picked out for the students’ book clubs, Patterson also gave each school and Suncoast High School 200 books each by a number of different authors.
This marks the sixth event that Patterson has done involving Palm Beach County students. He and his wife Susan have  funded hundreds of teacher scholarships and support public education in numerous other ways.
Continuing his involvement in Palm Beach County schools, Patterson spoke on Friday, March 15 to more than 200 of the district’s Library Media Specialists at their annual Principals’ Appreciation Breakfast. He said he will continue supporting education projects that get kids reading for fun and giving away thousands of books to students. 

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Future scientists and mathematicians are showered with praise while attending an awards breakfast with parents and community members at Poinciana Elementary.  A Career Showcase with over 150 presenters, including a number of parents, gives students an opportunity to explore a wide variety of careers at Suncoast High School.  These two Parent Involvement programs were submitted as Palm Beach County’s nominations for Florida Parent Involvement Awards.  The Florida Department of Education Parent Involvement Awards recognize projects that successfully engage parents in meaningful school-based programs.

At Poinciana Elementary School each month parents are invited to the school to acknowledge their children through the school’s Scientist and Mathematician of the Month program.  Parents, grandparents and other family members, along with business partners that are recognized for their donations, attend an awards breakfast.  Students who meet the programs criteria are selected by their teachers.  Each class has one Scientist and Mathematician chosen each month.  Over a hundred parents and family members attend each month with many becoming more involved in their child’s education and activities at the school.

Through the Career Showcase at Suncoast High School which is organized in part by parent volunteers, students are given the opportunity to explore a wide variety of careers over their four years at the school.  Students are also given the opportunity to establish mentor relationships and to secure internships from the representatives of the various careers represented at the Showcase.  Approximately 150 presenters, many being parents, of over 80 different careers are selected to present based on requests by students. Students visit the Showcase by grade level.  Prior to their visit which is held in the school gym, students review a packet with a list of career descriptions.  Each grade has an hour to circulate among the presenters and discuss career options.

The Parent Involvement Award is sponsored with the Florida PTA and supported through business partnerships. School-level parent involvement programs are evaluated on their:

  • impact on family involvement,
  • ability to be replicated,
  • relationship to the goals and objectives of the school,
  • participation of parents/families in the planning and implementation,
  • uniqueness and innovation,
  • impact on school improvement,
  • method of funding, and
  • partnerships

Program winners will have their program outlined in the SPARKPLUGS FOR FAMILY INVOLVEMENT and THE FAMILY RESOURCE DIRECTORY.  These are circulated throughout the state by volunteer coordinators, PTA leaders and other family involvement program coordinators.  The Commissioner of Education will recognize the parent representatives of these programs at the Florida PTA Leadership Conference in July 2013.

For more information please contact the School District Volunteer Coordinator Debi Elfen at 561-434-8789 or .

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Debbie Clement brings a patchwork quilt of experience to all of her performances. The Arts are Ms. Clement’s passion and she weaves her love of music and movement together with storytelling, humor, sign language, and vivid, visual props and costumes.

Ms. Clement will be reading to kindergarten and first grade students at Roosevelt Elementary School on Tuesday, March 19th from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

Ms. Clement received the Ella Lyman Cabot Award for her excellence in music programs for young children with special needs. Her experience serving a diverse population of children informs all of her presentations. Her first nationally award winning project is a music DVD entitled: “Kweezletown: Let’s Work Together”, an hour-long visual format of her first songs brought to life with puppets, props and animation.  This work has been awarded national recognition from the Dove Foundation with their “Family Approved” seal.

For more information please contact Roosevelt Elementary Assistant Principal Sharonda Alleyne at or 561-653-5108.

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The Department of Choice and Career Options is pleased to announce Lake Worth High School’s Culinary Arts Team took 5th Place overall in the 13th Annual ProStart Team Competitions, recently held in Orlando, FL. Participating for the first time in the two day event, Lake Worth’s Culinary Team competed with 64 other Culinary Arts High School teams from around Florida, bringing home 3 awards plus scholarship dollars for their efforts.

Troy Ferguson, Victoria Steckir, Chef Emmanuelle Suarez, Mayra Lopez and Tajai Bush

Troy Ferguson, senior, placed third in the Edible Center Piece category, receiving two medals, earning a $ 5,000 Scholarship from Keiser University, the Hospitality Excellence Award, as well as an interview for a paid Internship Program with The Everglades Country Club at Palm Beach Island, Florida.

Seniors Mayra Lopez and Tajai Bush, and junior Victoria Steckir earned 4th place in the Gourmet Meal category, each earning two medals plus an interview for a paid Internship Program with the Everglades Country Club at Palm Beach Island.

For more information contact Emmanuelle Suarez at (561) 533-6300 or via email at







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