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Chris Wan with his Grand Award Trophy in the State Science and Engineering Fair competition.

Recent Dreyfoos graduate Christopher Wan has won a $3,000 prize and 1st place honors in the Environmental Sciences category of the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held this past May in Phoenix, Arizona. Stephen Anand, science instructor at the Arts school is ecstatic!  “Chris’s entry was Modeling Estuarine Salinity Using Artificial Neural Networks and his win has put Dreyfoos on the map at the international level,” he stated. 

Christopher Wan, age 17, from Wellington, has been working on similar projects modeling salinity for two years.  He was recognized by the Siemens Foundation in their prestigious STEM competition earlier in the year; was named a ‘MAD (Making A Difference) Scientist’ by Junior Achievement at their Watch a Rising Star event at the Kravis Center; and this past May Christopher was unable to attend the prestigious Palm Beach Post Pathfinder Awards where he was named The Pathfinder winner for Science because he was competing in the Intel science fair. 

Speaking about the 1st place project Wan submitted, he explains that he put in substantial time and effort into the research. “The first year (11th grade) I spent about 400 hours on my research. This year I continued my research project with an additional 800 hours in the same field of study. The goal was to develop a model to simulate salinity in the Loxahatchee River as a performance tool. My project allows engineers and environmentalists to predict salinity at any given moment in the river. Currently the South Florida Water Management District has three dimensional models to predict this and they require days to run. My model works instantaneously.”

 Christopher, a Dreyfoos piano major, graduated number one in his class and will be attending Yale University in the fall with plans to major in biochemistry and music performance. For details, contact Magnet Coordinator Jane Grandusky, 561.805.6203 or jane.grandusky@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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The School District of Palm Beach County has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

According to GFOA, “The award represents a significant achievement by the entity.  It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.”  These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as: 

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device                                                                                          

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for its having achieved the award.  The certificate was presented to Shirley M. Knox, School District Budget Director.

For budgets including fiscal period 2012, over 1,340 entities are expected to receive the Award.  Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving over 17,800 government finance professionals throughout North America.  The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

For more information please contact Stephen J. Gauthier at (312) 977-9700.

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The School District of Palm Beach County announced that the 5th Annual Learn Green Conference & Expo will take place on Monday, November 11, 2013 at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. This is the best opportunity for teachers, students, administrators, community members and experts in the field to learn from each other and discuss different programs and ground-breaking initiatives.

Save the date and take advantage of Florida’s Green Schools Conference! Learn about school grounds enhancement, community partnerships, curriculum Integration, school sustainability, management and innovative programs and practices and so much more. Last year more than 900 participants attended and the marketplace featured 90 different vendors ranging from curriculum resources to environmentally friendly equipment.

Teachers will be eligible to earn in-service points for attending the conference and submitting the required documentation. Registration will be available soon.

Details at www.learngreenconference.com

Are you interested on showcasing a program, project or activity from your school or company? Presentation proposals are being accepted until June 30, 2013.  For sponsorship and exhibitor space call 561-688-7602.

For more information contact Susan Toth, Pine Jog Environmental Center, at 561-686-6604 or via email at stoth2@fau.edu. 

 

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 School District of Palm Beach County is offering the Summer Food Service Program throughout Palm Beach County. The School District has sponsored this program for the past 15 years.

List of Feeding Sites for Summer Food Service Program

Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of  race,  color,  sex,  disability,  age,  or   national  origin  during  summer vacation  when  school  breakfasts  and  lunches  are  not available.  All children 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals at no charge and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

The  programs  are  only  approved  for  geographical  areas  of   need where 50  percent or more of  the children qualify for  free and reduced price meals during the school year.

Summer Food Service sites that are located at schools provide meals to all children in the immediate vicinity in addition to those enrolled in summer school.     

                              

Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA related activity should immediately write or call:

USDA

Director, Office of Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.

Washington, D.C.  20250-9410

(800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY)

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

For more information please contact School Food Service Field Manager, Peter Wood at 561-383-2003 or peter.wood@palmbeachschools.org.

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Ten (K-12) teachers from Palm Beach County will be visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum June 10 – 12, 2013 in an effort to obtain firsthand knowledge about the Holocaust and develop lesson plans.  Norman Frajman, a Holocaust Survivor will accompany the teachers and staff. 

The group that will be traveling includes:

  • Ramona Eddlemon – Lantana Elementary
  • Marcia Bedasse – Instructional Specialist K-12
  • Risa Bender – Boca Raton Middle School
  • Darrell Schwartz – Royal Palm Beach High School
  • Alma Asuncion – I Teach History Grant Coordinator High School
  • Maureen Carter – K-12 Holocaust Studies
  • Noelle Smallman – Forest Park Elementary
  • Joshua Burns – Omni Middle School
  • Jennifer Ludwig-Scoz – West Boca Community High School
  • Desirae Watler – Forest Park Elementary School
  • Ellen Bimston – Staff member
  • Norman Frajman – Holocaust Survivor 

While in the nation’s capital the teacher group will meet with members of Congress, Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch, in addition to Lauren Markoe, a reporter from the World Religions Press to discuss Holocaust Education and the legacy of the Holocaust. Their conversation will reflect the significance that this has in our society and the importance to remember it, study it and teach it to our younger generations. 

“This is the first trip to Washington, D.C. for several of our teachers and we are delighted to bring awareness about this important part of history. This trip is funded by a grant from inSIGHT,” added Mrs. Maureen Carter, Holocaust Studies Program Planner. 

For more information contact Maureen Marullo 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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The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has released the FY2013 Spring End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment results for Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology 1, and U.S. History.  In May of 2013, the following numbers of School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) students participated in EOC assessments: Algebra 1 EOC: 16,198; Geometry EOC: 10,950; Biology 1 EOC: 12,650; and U.S. History EOC: 9,150.

A preliminary analysis of this data revealed the following.

Overall, the SDPBC percentage of first-time test-takers scoring Level 3 or above on EOC assessments was higher or the same as that of Florida.   

·         From FY2012 to FY2013, the SDPBC increased:

o   The number of students participating in algebra courses and significantly increased the performance of Algebra 1 EOC first-time test-takers by ten percentage points; and

o   The performance for Algebra 1 EOC students in grades 9-12.

·         In FY2013, SDPBC outperformed Florida at most grades on the Algebra 1 EOC .

·       In FY2013, the performance of the SDPBC’s Geometry and Biology 1 EOC first-time test-takers was similar to that of Florida. 

·         In FY2013, the SDPBC had the same average T-score as Florida on the U.S. History EOC.

Executive Summary Here

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The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has released the FY2013 results for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) for all students tested in Reading at grades 3-10, Mathematics at grades 3-8, and Science at grades 5 and 8.  In April of 2013, approximately 105,000 School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) students took the FCAT 2.0 test in Reading, approximately 78,000 in Mathematics, and approximately 26,000 students took the FCAT 2.0 test in Science. 

Overall, SDPBC had a higher percentage of proficient students than Florida and the five largest Florida school districts at most grades in Reading, Mathematics and Science and more than a majority of SDPBC students scored proficient or above at all tested grades and subjects.

  • In FY2013, the SDPBC had a higher proficiency rate than Florida and the five largest Florida districts in a majority of grades and subjects

o   At grades 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 in Reading,

o   At grades 4, 5, 7,  and 8 in Mathematics, and

o   At grades 5 and 8 in Science. 

  • From FY2012 to FY2013, the SDPBC increased performance by at least two percentage points in grades 6, 9 and 10 reading, and in grades 3 and 4 Mathematics.
  • In FY2013, the SDPBC had a majority of students scoring proficient or above at all tested grades in Reading and Mathematics.

The attached Tables 1 through 5 report the percent of students proficient in Reading, Mathematics, and Science for the SDPBC, Florida, and selected school districts.  Results for individual SDPBC schools are available on the Department of Research, Evaluation and Assessment website at: http://www.palmbeachschools.org/dre/FCAT.asp

Executive Summary Here

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The School District of Palm Beach County School Food Service Department is hiring 4, 5, and 6 hour cafeteria workers with a starting pay of $8.68 per hour with some positions offering benefits. 

When? June 10, 2013 from 9:00am to 3:30pm.

Where? Work Force Alliance located at 1951 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach

All applicants should bring a resume listing previous job experience.  Please contact Lana Gray with Work Force Alliance to schedule an interview appointment at 561-340-1060 ext. 2324.

For more information please contact Lori Dornbusch with School Food Service at lori.dornbusch@palmbeachschools.org or 561-383-2000.

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Eleven students from Palm Beach County Schools, bound for their college of choice were awarded $1,000 scholarships and a $400Junior Citizen Award by the Caribbean-American For Community Involvement in Florida, Inc. (CAFCI) during its annual student assistance award ceremony at Kevin Harvin Center in Royal Palm Beach. 

This year marks the 21st year of CAFCI’s student assistance program recognizing students’ achievement in Palm Beach County schools and colleges. To date, CAFCI has given 96 monetary awards totaling $45,890. The theme for this year’s ceremony was, “Beyond the Finish Line.” 

The eleven students awarded 2013 scholarships are:  

Kaitlyn Cameron – Graduated from Wellington High School and plans to attend Palm Beach State College 

Rachelle Eloizin – Graduated from Atlantic High School and plans to attend University of South Florida 

Brad Lewis – Graduated from Seminole Ridge High School and plans to attend Palm Beach State College 

Gillian Strowbridge – Graduated from Royal Palm Beach High School and plans to attend Florida A&M University 

Vinnet Douglas – Graduated from Atlantic High School and plans to attend University of Miami 

Darius Hodges – Graduated from Palm Beach Lakes High School and plans to attend University of Alabama 

Sara Pengelley – Graduated from Suncoast High School and plans to attend University of Florida 

Sashia Thompson – Graduated from Seminole Ridge High School an plans to attend Barry University 

Robert Simms – Graduated from Palm Beach Central High School and plans to attend Palm Beach State College 

David Gouge – Graduated from Suncoast High School and plans to attend University of Florida

Brandon LaRosa – Graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts and plans to attend Florida State University 

Recipients left to right: Seated – Brad Lewis, Vinnet Douglas, Gillian Strowbridge, Brandon LaRosa, David Gouge. Standing – Kaitlyn Cameron, Rachelle Eloizin, Sara Pengelley and Sashia Thompson. Absent - Robert Simms and Darius Hodges.

Lifetime members of CAFCI Mr. and Mrs. Lauriston Simms partnered with CAFCI and presented the award to Sashia Thompson who plans to pursue studies in nursing. Mr. Simms who is the owner of an assisted living facility, is passionate about nursing and donates annually to the award. The Amanayea Abraham Award went to Rachelle Eloizin. The late Amanayea Abraham was one of CAFCI’s strongholds and was very instrumental in the organization’s activities.

Dr. Colette Brown-Graham presenting an award to recipient, Sara Pengelley

 

Vice-Mayor of Royal Palm Beach presenting award to recipient, Brad Lewis

The Vivian A. Ferrin Scholarships were awarded to two Eagle Scouts, David Gouge and Brandon LaRosa by Rhonda Ferrin-Davis, daughter of the late Vivian Ferrin. These scholarships were made as a tribute in Vivian Ferrin’s honor to graduating seniors who are from CAFCI’s Boys Scout Troup 111 and who have attained the very prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. 

Daughter of the late Vivian Ferrin and CAFCI member, Rhonda Ferrin-Davis presenting awards to Eagle Scouts David Gouge and Brandon LaRosa

Requirements for the scholarships include a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, a letter of acceptance from the college of choice and an essay to demonstrate interest and knowledge of Caribbean culture and affairs. 

Recipient Gillian Strowbridge sharing her dreams and plans for the future

Students who meet the requirements are invited to an interview after which the selection for awards is made. This year’s interviewing was conducted by committee members, Dr. Elaine Ealy, Junette Powell, Nadine White-Boyd, Esq. and Dr. Cedric Lynch. 

Mayor Matty Mattiolli of the Village of Royal Palm saluted the recipients and wished them success. Past award recipients Tiffany Williams (2012), Vasthi Ciceron (2011) and Nico Brown (2005) shared their experiences with the audience. Williams and Ciceron are both current students at the University of Florida (UF) and have just completed their first and second year respectively. They both volunteered as hostesses at the ceremony. Nico Brown graduated from University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2010 with a degree in mechanical engineering and is currently working as a resident engineer for the physics department at UCF. Rochele Brown, another past recipient and who will graduate from Darmouth College this year participated in the ceremony via Skype and shared experiences of her journey. 

Guest speaker at the ceremony was Dr. Stephanie Nance, principal at Crestwood Middle School. With the creative infusion of poetry, “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes at the start of her address to the awardees and “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley at her closing,  Dr. Nance did more than deliver support and advice. She strongly urged the prospective college students to realize that each of them will have his or her own race to run. She reminded them that there may be obstacles along the way.

Dr. Nance addressing the students

“Your will to succeed,” she stressed, “will determine if that obstacle remain an obstacle or if that obstacle becomes an opportunity.” A life-long lesson from which all could learn was very ably put by Dr. Nance, “Life is also about sacrifice, we must always remember and reflect upon those that helped to pave the way for our growth and success.”  

Walmart Foundation representatives Darlretha Patillo and Ashley Harris from Sam’s Club # 8157 presenting the $1500 check to CAFCI Student Assistance Program Chair, Dr. Elaine Ealy

For more information contact Dr. Elaine Ealy at (561) 753-5000 or via email at elaine.ealy@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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L to R: Chief Academic Officer Cheryl Alligood, Timothy Reen, Patreka McKelton and Allison Riordan

The Annual Beginning Teacher of the Year and Mentor Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony took place at Fulton-Holland Education Services Center June 4th. The Department of Professional Development and the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. co-sponsored the event in support of first year teachers and mentors.

The awards were presented to elementary, middle, and high school first year teachers and mentors employed by the School District of Palm Beach County, who have been recommended by their principal for demonstrating excellence. 

The Beginning Teacher of the Year Award winners are:

Allison Riordan - Hidden Oaks Elementary School

Patreka McKelton – Bear Lakes Middle School

Timothy Reen - Park Vista High School

L to R: Chief Academic Officer Cheryl Alligood, Ernest Anderson, Jimi McCoy Hataway and Kimberly Madore

The Mentor Teacher of the Year Award winners are:

Kimberly Madore – Elbridge Gale Elementary

 Jimi McCoy Hataway – Independence Middle School

Ernest Anderson – Boynton Beach High School

 

Each award recipient received $350 to be used for planning lessons and/or supplies for their classrooms.

For additional information about the awards or the ceremony please contact Dr. Gina Stafford at (561)776-3663 orgina.stafford@palmbeachschools.org.

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The Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA) announced the 2013 Sunshine Medallion Award Winners and Palm Beach County is proud to have four winners this year. These initiatives reflect the dedication of our teachers, administrators and families to ensure that our students are receiving the highest level of education.   

  • Promotional Videos, Large District

Wellness Rewards Premium Discount Promotional Video

This comprehensive video explains the process that District employees have to follow in order to take advantage of the Wellness Rewards Premium Discount Program. 

The video was produced by Officer Frank Fanelli from the School Police Training Unit and Donna Winter, Assistant Wellness Coordinator as “The Wellness Fairy” in support of Director, Dianne Howard; Manager, Marilyn Boursiquot and Wellness Coordinator, Kimberly Sandmaier. 

Attending to accept this award is Donna Winter, Assistant Wellness Coordinator, Risk & Benefits Management. 

  • Special Purpose Publication – Large District

Palm Beach County Middle School Poetry Competition. The book includes the winning entries for the 2013 Palm Beach County Middle School Poetry Competition. In addition, the publication features the winning cover designed by Laura Francois and the bookmark designed by Maria Valenti students at Palm Springs Middle School. 

Attending to accept this award is Laura Costello, English teacher, Palm Springs Middle 

  • Wellness Annual Report – Large District

Wellness Promotion Policy Annual Report – 6th Edition

This annual report reflects the historical journey that embraces the wellness progress of Palm Beach County.  Since the creation of this important district policy and process a “Wellness Promotion Task Force” was developed and now comprised of over 1000 members. The goal of this task force is to encourage a proactive approach to holistically address the health, wellness and safety of all school children, staff, parents and the community. 

​Attending to accept this award is Steve Bonino, District Chairman of  The Wellness Promotion Task Force.

  • Themed Promotion – Take Steps to a Healthier You!! Breakfast Club

This project originated and is being implemented at Okeeheelee Middle School with the purpose of increasing the number students that eat breakfast at school.  The club combines a tutoring program and the opportunity to enjoy a healthy and well balance meal. Students begin their day getting help in the different core subjects and when they are done they have breakfast.  The project correlates with the First Lady’s, Michelle Obama, campaign to make schools a healthier environment.

 

 

Attending to accept this award is Carmen Moreira, Title I Coordinator, Okeeheelee Middle School. 

SUNSPRA is an organization dedicated to the needs, goals, and professional development of public relations experts who specialize in education communications. In fact, it is the definitive organization for Public Relations professionals in Florida with ties to the National School Public Relations Association Network. Their mission is to widespread support for Florida public education by engaging all key stakeholders in student success and public school improvement.

Awards will be presented on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 during the FASA Summer Conference being held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.

 

 

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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Iris Neil, Transition Program Planner, was recently honored with the Florida Division on Career Development and Transition’s Making a Difference AwardMs. Neil was recognized for her tireless efforts to support the transition process of students with disabilities.  “Her vision for each student and her commitment and belief that all students share the promise of the future is exemplary,” said Will Gordillo, Director, Exceptional Student Education Department.

As the Transition Program Planner in the Exceptional Student Education Department, Ms. Neil has helped with the establishment of multiple post-secondary programs for students with cognitive disabilities in Palm Beach County.  She diligently worked to create a post-secondary college program at Lynn University and collaborated with Project TEN in writing the Florida Consortium TPSID grant. She has worked with several charter schools to bring the unique programs, such as Project SEARCH to the district and created a Modified Occupational Completion Points program, called CORE (Career Opportunities and Related Education) at a technical charter school.  She created off-campus programs throughout the district for special diploma graduates to continue their education in a community environment.  These programs called ACCESS (Assimilation to Community, Careers, and Self-Sufficiency) are located in area businesses and government agency facilities.  She negotiated contracts with each entity to provide space without fees to the district. 

Ms. Neil is also the Chair of the transition council, Council for In-Transition Youth (CITY) Committee. She has inaugurated the Start Transition and Realize Success (STARS) Conference.  She has also planned and coordinated the conference for the past eight years. Furthermore, Ms. Neil works with others to replicate successful programs.  She was involved in the development of Florida Consortium’s annual Hartwick Symposium. This conference provides opportunities for districts across the state to learn how to create and support post-secondary programs.

Ms. Neil has volunteered for 10 years to serve on the Florida Division on Career Development & Transition (DCDT) Board. She collaborates with others across the state to plan their annual Visions Conference.  Ms. Neil also supports other districts in responding and assisting them with the replication of all programs. 

For more information please contact Mr. Gordillo at will.gordillo@palmbeachschools.org or 561-434-8626.

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Jenny Prior Brown, Jeremy Johnson, Alexander Dreyfoos, Susan Atherley, and Grier Pressly in front of the exhibition Alexander W. Dreyfoos: Man of Vision, Culture and Community. (Photo courtesy of Lucien Capehart Studios)

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County was pleased to present Dreyfoos School of the Arts with the special exhibition Alexander W. Dreyfoos: Man of Vision, Culture and Community.  In attendance at the presentation on May 16, 2013 were Alexander Dreyfoos, Jeremy Johnson, President and CEO of the Historical Society; Dr. Susan Atherley, Principal of Dreyfoos School of the Arts; Grier Pressly, Chairman of the Board for the Historical Society; and School Board Member Jenny Prior Brown.

The exhibition was first unveiled in December 2012 at the Society’s 11th Annual Archival Evening and has now found a permanent home to be enjoyed by students and faculty of the school which bears Mr. Dreyfoos’s name.

Archival Evening is the premier benefit event for the Society, supporting the preservation of the Archives and History Museum. The evening and its accompanying exhibition pay tribute to individuals whose achievements have substantially contributed to the unique character of this region. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, was selected as the 2012 Honoree in acknowledgement of his achievements in cultural leadership throughout Palm Beach County and for his role as a contemporary icon in both business and philanthropy.  The exhibition celebrates his professional and philanthropic career, including the Video Color Negative Analyzer (VCNA) that revolutionized the printing of color photography in 1964, which he designed with his partner and friend George Mergens. 

More information about Alexander Dreyfoos can be found in the Society’s Archives Collection and Research Library. Please contact the Curatorial Department at 561-832-4164 or visit www.historicalsocietypbc.org.

The Historical Society also operates and maintains the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum in the 1916 Court House in downtown West Palm Beach.  Mr. Dreyfoos is included in the “Notables” exhibition in the People Gallery. Admission is always free.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

For more information please contact Melissa L. Sullivan, Historical Society of Palm Beach County, Advancement & Communications at melissasullivan@historicalsocietypbc.org or 561-832-4164 ext. 106.

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Kayla Abramowitz, a student at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary has been collecting new and used DVDs to donate to children’s hospitals in an effort to help children feel better.  When her project started April 1, Kayla’s original goal was to collect 100 DVDs to donate to Miami Children’s Hospital, but a newspaper article about her brought in an overwhelming response of donations as well as more media coverage. In just two months, Kayla has collected around 1,300 DVDs.

Kayla mentioned the idea to her Girl Scout Troop and two other members of the troop decided they wanted to help. All three girls – Kayla, Alice Browning, and Kylee Walker – are 5th graders at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary. They met with the principal, Marie Caracuzzo, and she loved the idea and offered to allow them to collect DVDs at the school.

Thursday morning, June 6th at 8:00 AM, Palm Beach Gardens Mayor Bert Premuroso will be at the school to appear on the morning announcements.  He will be congratulating the students and staff for their community service work, collecting 260 DVDs for children’s hospitals.

Kayla’s ultimate goal is to donate 100 DVDs to every major children’s hospital in the country.

For more information please contact Ms. Caracuzzo at marie.caracuzzo@palmbeachschools.org or 561-366-6500 or for the latest on what Kayla Cares 4 Kids is doing, check out Facebook page: www.facebook/KaylaCares4Kids.com

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Eight Palm Beach County high school seniors have been awarded $5,000 per year scholarships for four years based on their enrollment at a four year post secondary institution. (Total scholarship award $20,000.00 per student).

The scholarship awards are provided by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a national education philanthropy based in Los Angeles that seeks to ensure that every student in an urban public school has the opportunity to succeed. 

The Broad Prize honors urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement in the nation while reducing income and ethnic achievement gaps.

The School District of Palm Beach County was one of four finalist for the 2012 Broad Prize.

Palm Beach County Public Schools

2013 Broad Prize Recipients

Last

First

MI

District

High School

Bright

Michael

T

Palm Beach

Suncoast High School

Chery

Kimberly

 

Palm Beach

Palm Beach Gardens High School

Dauphin

Patricia

 

Palm Beach

Palm Beach Gardens High School

Dorjulus

Barbara

 

Palm Beach

Boynton Beach High School

Martinez Rey

Macarena

M

Palm Beach

Atlantic High School

Pierre

Briana

 

Palm Beach

Lake Worth High School

Pringle

Shelby

 

Palm Beach

Park Vista High School

Reid

Nykeythia

C

Palm Beach

Suncoast High School

For more details, please visit www.broadprize.com or contact Judy Thomas, Department of Single School Culture © Initiatives at judy.thomas@palmbeachschools.org or (561) 434-8456.

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The 2013 Beginning Teacher of the Year and Mentor Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony will be held in the Board Room at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  

The Department of Professional Development and the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. are co-sponsoring the event in support of first year teachers and mentors employed by the School District of Palm Beach County who have been recommended by their principal for demonstrating excellence.

For additional information about the awards or the ceremony please contact Dr. Gina Stafford at (561)776-3663 or gina.stafford@palmbeachschools.org

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The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is pleased to announce that the 2013 License for Learning Mini-Grant application is now available for educators to download and submit for funding of innovative classroom projects and activities.

Through funds collected from the purchase and/or renewal of the Support Education license plates, classroom grants are awarded for programs that support the development of projects that enhance educational opportunities for students. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to Literacy, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and Career Education.

This opportunity is open to all K-12 public school educators in Palm Beach County. Completed grant applications must be submitted to the Education Foundation no later than Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Go to www.educationfoundationpbc.org for more information or contact Tracy Rudnick at tracy.rudnick@palmbeachschools.org or 561-434-8428.

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing excellence in Palm Beach County’s public education by increasing public awareness and inspiring community and business support for programs focused on learning, literacy, and leadership.

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The School District of Palm Beach County is hosting ARTS REVOLUTION 2013, a three-day professional development conference which will be held at Dreyfoos School of the Arts on June 11, 12, and 13. Educators, teaching artists, and community arts professionals are welcome to attend this hands-on, creative series of workshops, which will be presented by Kennedy Center artists Melanie Layne and Laura Reeder, in addition to a host of regional and local artist presenters.

Conference participants will learn about arts integration as approach to teaching, as well as learning a variety of techniques that can be easily implemented in their classrooms. The presenters will show how to combine visual art, dance, music, and drama with core academic subjects to create an exciting, dynamic learning experience for students of all grade levels. Educators can earn up to 30 in-service points by participating.

The conference is free of charge for PBCSD employees and only $60 for others. Interested educators can sign up on Course Registration under “fine arts.” Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to register early.

For more information or to receive a list of workshop descriptions, please contact Arts Integration Project Manager Susan Hyatt at susan.hyatt@palmbeachschools.org or call 561-434-8484.

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The School District of Palm Beach County today announced that all job seekers and members of the community are invited to attend the Transportation Job Fair to join a professional services team.  

When? Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Where? Central Transportation Facility – 3376 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406.

Attendees will have the opportunity to apply for jobs available in the Transportation Department including bus drivers, bus attendants, mechanics and mechanics forepersons. In addition to exceptional retirement benefits, competitive pay, health insurance and flexible schedule the School District offers the Commercial Driving License (CDL) training for free to those who qualify. 

Requirements:

  1. Safe licensed driver for 5 years
  2. Excellent driving record
  3. Pass the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination
  4. Pass the bus driver training course
  5. Communicate effectively in English
  6. Enjoy working with students  

Follow this link to apply online or call (561) 242-6500 www.palmbeachschools.org/transportation/Employment/index.asp 

For more information contact Carl Boucard at (561) 242-6517 or via email at carl.boucard@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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Dr. Cathy Burns coordinates the nursing services with the Health Department (HD) and Health Care District (HCD) nursing administrations to include facilitating nursing procedures, support, and training within the School District of Palm Beach County. The School District’s Health Services Specialist, she manages the Exceptional Student Education Nursing Contract to include facilitating nursing services in the schools with contracted agencies and processing school requests for training and nursing services not delivered by the HD and HCD nurses.

At the recent Florida School Health Association Conference, Dr. Burns was honored as the Florida School Health Supervisor of the Year.  The Florida School Health Association was formed in 1983 and believes that the ability to learn at school is directly related to the status of the student’s health and that all children and youth have a right to have emergency health needs safely met while in the school setting.

Dr. Burns designs and develops innovative, professional development on-line training for school staff who support the mission of the school nurse and provide for unlicensed assistive support within the district.  She has organized and facilitated many school wide initiatives within the School District with the HD, HCD, and other School District departments such as Influenza vaccine (FluMist) initiative for elementary schools, prevention of staphylococcus infections in schools, school district pandemic planning, hand washing campaigns. American Lung Association “Open Airways” program in elementary schools, annual School Health Advisory Council Survey for Mental Health, and Standardizing training and deployment of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

“Dr. Burns gives her time and expertise to many community partnership including Childhood Immunization Coalition of Palm Beach County, Oral Coalition of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Community Health Improvement Planning Council, Bethesda Hospital, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, and Palm Beach County Health Department,” said Kim Cotton Williams with the School District’s Department of Student Intervention Services.  “She is most deserving of the distinguished honor of being named School Heath Supervisor of the Year.”

For more information please contact Ms. Williams with the Department of Student Intervention Services at 561-494-1540 orkim.williams.1@palmbeachschools.org.

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The School District of Palm Beach County transportation officials will conduct a Western Area Evacuation Plan Exercise on Friday, June 7, 2013, at 7:00 a.m. This annual exercise is designed to simulate functions associated with evacuation of the western area communities of Palm Beach County in the event of a breach of the Lake Okeechobee Dike.

Transportation officials will utilize approximately 30 buses from the six (6) transportation facilities to participate in this exercise. The buses will be required to travel to assigned pick-up locations in the west area and return to the South Florida Fairgrounds. Also, Movement Control Teams will be strategically staged on State Road 80 to monitor this process. 

It is estimated that 18,000 people will depend on public transportation for evacuation. Contingency plans, will allow for much greater numbers of potential evacuees. 

The School District has approximately 835 buses, located at six (6) transportation facilities throughout the county.  The West Transportation Facility located in Belle Glade, FL has over 50 school buses permanently assigned to the Glades area with seating capacity ranging from 50 to 84 passengers. This facility has an overall carrying capacity of approximately 3,000 passengers. The carrying capacity will be reduced based on personal effects being carried by individuals. 

Additional buses from other transportation facilities will augment the evacuation process as required. Drivers and buses from other facilities can be mobilized in approximately one (1) hour and can reach pick-up areas in the Glades area in approximately one additional hour, assuming local law enforcement officials close one lane of traffic on SR 80, as called for in the Evacuation Plan developed by the Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). 

For more information, contact George Pratt, West Area Manager, Transportation Services, at 561-242-8364 or via email at george.pratt@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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Acquille Dunkley from Royal Palm Beach Community High School and Taylor Goldenberg from Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts are the two recipients of the 2012-2013 Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association Annual Scholarship. Each of them has been awarded $1,000.00 towards their college education. 

Acquille Dunkley will attend Digital Media Arts College in Boca Raton, Florida and Taylor Goldenberg will attend Rhode Island School of Design. 

“PBCATA wishes to offer our congratulations to these students and their art teachers Scott Armetta and Cindy Oakes,” said Kim Pilla, PBCATA President.

 

Acquille Dunkley

 

Taylor Goldenberg

PBCATA MISSION

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

 

 

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 West Palm Beach Rotary Club will award its prestigious “Service Above Self” scholarships to two students from the School District of Palm Beach County.  The Club’s 2013 Scholarship Award recipients are Sara Pangelley from Suncoast Community High School who will receive a $16,000 Scholarship towards her Bachelors Degree; $4,000 each year renewable for four years and Kira Ogburn from Dreyfoos School of the Arts who will receive a $4,000 Scholarship towards her Bachelors Degree; $2,000 each year for two years. 

These exceptional students will be honored at the Club’s luncheon on June 4, 2013 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Kravis in West Palm Beach.  For more than 60 years the West Palm Beach Rotary Club has awarded scholarships to students.  This year the Scholarship Awards are being made in honor and memory of Laureen and Attorney Joe Farish.    Reportedly, the Club’s Scholarship is among the largest local scholarships offered by a local service organization to students in the District. 

Jacob Webb, Chairperson of the Club’s Scholarship Committee explained the criteria for the scholarships “Each year we search for West Palm Beach’s best and brightest high school seniors in our Club’s service area.  These students must demonstrate leadership, commitment to education, and most importantly a high level of community service.”

James Sugarman, President-Elect of the West Palm Beach Rotary Club expressed high praise for both exemplary recipients.  He emphasized that, “Both of the Scholarship Award recipients have outstanding academic accomplishments and remarkable community service activities.  In addition, our Rotary Club wishes them both great success and happiness as they begin their college careers.”  

The West Palm Beach Rotary Club is a 93-year old service organization that provides diverse programs and services to help children, families, and 14 elementary schools in West Palm Beach.  According to President Jeff Pasquale, “We look forward to contributing our time, talents, and funding to help improve the quality of life for others.  Our diverse programs and activities are consistent with the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self”.”  

For information please contact the West Palm Beach Rotary Club’s President Jeff Pasquale at (561) 236-8505.

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Washington Elementary hosted its first annual “Donuts with Dads” breakfast on May 21st.  The program was dedicated to dads, uncles, grandfathers, great grandfathers and male mentors.  More than 100 men attended the breakfast.

Washington Elementary Principal Sandra Edwards and Parent Liaison Therecia Davis, along with facilitation services from the Riviera Beach Bridges, invited guest speaker J. R. Thicklen to address the audience.  Mr. Thicklen spoke about the importance of the father’s role in the home and school and how it can positively impact a child’s performance.

“We were honored to have such a large turnout for our first “Donuts with Dads” breakfast,” said Ms. Edwards. ”We look forward to increasing our participation next school year and continuing our work with the entire Washington Elementary family to help all our students succeed.”

Washington Elementary is dedicated to advancing excellence in education by increasing parental involvement and programs focused on the family.

For more information please contact Ms. Edwards at sandra.edwards@palmbeachschools.org or 561-494-1205.

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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.