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Technology is rapidly increasing in the classroom requiring teachers to become masters in software knowledge, multimedia usage, social networking and even technical support. Educators feel that they have the responsibility of enhancing their teaching techniques and creating a more interactive learning experience for their students. 

The Adobe Education Leaders (AEL) Program highlights the contributions of innovative teachers and Palm Beach County is lucky to have more of these excellent individuals than any other district in the country. 

Kim Cavanaugh, Rob Schwartz, Lee Keller and Brian Dawson have earned the status of Adobe Education Leaders for their dedication, hard work and knowledge of tools and applications that promote excellence in the classroom.

“Since there are fewer than 90 K-12 AELs in the world, it is an honor to be selected as part of a program that focuses on student creativity and preparedness for the real world,” said Lee Keller, Educational Technology Specialist. 

They get the opportunity to interact with some of the greatest creative educators in the world at the Adobe Summer Institute each year.  Sharing ideas that are working in other districts, states and countries provides a perspective that can be implemented in Palm Beach County.  

According to Mr. Keller “To enter the program you have to be recommended by an educational colleague that recognizes your contribution to educational technology, especially as it relates to the creative environment.” 

AELs come from a wide range of schools and include representation from the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, China, Australia, New Zealand, and Belgium. 

Adobe Education Leaders participate on a number of projects, including early testing of software products and curriculum. AELs are among the first to use new technologies in the classroom and establish learning objectives around them. “This experience leads to more effective instruction and provides students in Palm Beach County to be among the first to work with new digital design and creative software tools that will be critical to their futures,” added Kim Cavanaugh, Technology Program Specialist. 

As a middle school science teacher, Brian Dawson, uses Adobe FLASH as a tool students use to show their mastery of science concepts.  The animations they create to show science concepts are not only accurate, but show imagination and creativity. 

Today, as the Technology Coordinator for the iPad Project at Pleasant City Elementary School, Mr. Dawson uses Adobe Edge Animate to create interactive animation widgets that he uses in tutorial iBooks, specific to subject and grade, and installed on student iPads. 

“In order for us to provide the best education for our students, we need to stay ahead of the learning curve.   Technology brings creativity into the learning environment, which inspires our students to do better by making learning more interesting to them.  We can’t expect things to change until we do things that are different,” said Mr. Dawson. 

Kim Cavanaugh came to this program while still a teacher at Congress Middle School, and was on the original steering committee that established the program for Macromedia, which was eventually acquired by Adobe and the Education Leader Program was expanded. “I was originally selected because we were doing some ground-breaking work in my classroom at Congress MS and had written my first book on web development software. I have since authored two additional books, 8 online courses in web development, and over 250 articles for various web development journals,” he added. 

The School District of Palm Beach Country is recognized for the high caliber of curriculum, training and support it offers for the Adobe products that range from creative programs to web conferencing. 

Rob Schwartz, communications technology teacher at Seminole Ridge High School, has been teaching technology education since the mid-1990s employing innovative strategies and a student-directed approach to learning that have garnered his programs and students much recognition. “I am very proud of my students because they have the highest passing rate in the entire world on the Adobe Certified Associates exam,” he added. 

Rob also operates the award-winning where he posts highly engaging interactive video tutorials on the use of web and graphic design software. 

The interaction of these experts also provides significant price advantages that the district may not have been aware of without the Adobe Education Leaders. 

For more information about the Adobe Education Leaders Program visit  

For more information contact Kim Cavanaugh at (561) 357-7527 or via email at








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Roosevelt Middle School has been named a 2013 National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the National Association for Magnet and Theme-Based Schools. Roosevelt Middle is the only school in Palm Beach County to receive this honor.

“This is a result of the dedication and hard work by the students, teachers and administration,” said Todd LaVogue, Roosevelt Middle School Magnet Coordinator. “It means a great deal to us to be nationally recognized for our achievements.”

This is the third consecutive year Roosevelt Middle has won this award.

“Magnet schools throughout the country are being awarded for their excellence in demonstrating student achievement, innovative and engaging instruction and curriculum, community engagement, professional development, and a commitment to diversity.  This is a competitive process that awards only a small fraction of the magnet schools nationally.  Schools that win our Merit Awards represent the best in education, innovation, equity and opportunity for all students in our nation.” says Magnet Schools of America Executive Director, Scott Thomas.

To receive National Magnet School of Distinction, MSA member schools must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators.  Every school with a magnet program in Palm Beach County is a member of the MSA. Roosevelt Middle School Principal Jo Anne Rogers, who stated she is extremely proud of the entire Roosevelt community, will accept the school’s National Magnet Schools of Distinction award during an awards ceremony at the 31st National Conference on Magnet Schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 5-8, 2013.

To learn more about Magnet Schools of America’s merit awards program, please visit For more information, please contact Todd LaVogue, Magnet Coordinator, at 561-822-0261 or

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Integrating a green and healthy culture in schools to ensure that current and future generations of students are environmentally literate is one of the primary goals of today’s educators.  During the past weekend more than 1,000 visitors from 45 states and 3 countries gathered for the Green Schools National Conference to share practices, programs and activities that support the green and healthy schools movement. 

Pine Jog Elementary plays a major role in the national arena as it is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Green Elementary School in Florida. During the opening ceremony, the school’s chorus sang environmentally friendly songs like “We’re Going Green”, “Nature Starts a Song” and “French Fry Day” with the West Palm Beach waterfront in the background.   




The opening event was sponsored by the Marshall Foundation.  West Palm Beach Mayor, Jeri Muoio, welcomed guests and several County Commissioners and other special guests were in attendance. 

The conference featured a special tour of Pine Jog Elementary where teachers and administrators got a close look of the Aquaponic System, Hydroponic Gardens, the Integrated Environmental STEM Curriculum in action and conversed with students and teachers. 

 “Schools across the nation are looking for the best practices to promote sustainability in their community and our school is a great example of that,” added Mr. Fred Barch, Principal. 

Pine Jog Elementary School has partnered with Florida Atlantic University and Pine Jog Environmental Education Center to create a state of the art facility that focuses is on Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Students have the opportunity to engage in hands on learning experiences as they explore and discover the wonders of native vegetation and wildlife on the 150 acres of natural Florida habitat.  

For more information about the Green Schools National Conference visit 

For more information, contact Fred Barch at 561-656-5401 or via email at







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The School District of Palm Beach County was one of 10 school districts nationwide selected to participate in the MIT Women’s Initiative Program. The Women’s Initiative is a non-profit student group from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that seeks to increase the number of females enrolled in engineering majors. 

Female MIT undergraduates visited seven middle and high schools in Palm Beach County to speak with female students at each school about the importance of mathematics and science courses in preparation for engineering careers. All participants were given the opportunity to interact with two female engineering students as well as participate in a challenging engineering activity. 

Lindsey Hornyak, a freshman at Boca Raton High School, said, “It was really fun and interesting to learn about the different types of engineering with my friends.  I never knew there were so many kinds of engineering, and that I would consider engineering as my career.” 

The following schools participated in the program: Boca Raton High School, Glades Central High School, Forest Hill High School, Lake Worth Middle School, Olympic Heights High School, Palm Beach Lakes High School, and West Boca Raton High School. 

“The MIT Women’s Initiative provided our students with an opportunity to interact with female role models who have succeeded in the STEM fields.  It is our hope that this will help our female students develop positive beliefs about women excelling and taking leadership roles in these fields.  We are proud to have been selected for this program,” said Wendy Spielman King, K-12 Science Manager for the School District of Palm Beach County. 

Kathryn Neinas, STEM Instructor at Boca Raton High School, said, “Having MIT female students come and present to our top STEM freshmen female students was an amazing experience.  Exposing my young students to career opportunities that they may have never known about was very rewarding to me.” 

For more information about the MIT Women’s Initiative, visit their website at 

For more information, contact Wendy Spielman King at 561-357-1152 or via email at







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Many teens and young adults are experiencing the dangerous consequences of drinking too much at an early age. In Palm Beach County, underage drinking is generally happening in the homes where adults either allow it, turn a blind eye to it, or simply aren’t aware of it.  For this reason, the Alcohol Prevention Poster Contest was created which has the potential of educating well over 70,000 Palm Beach County youth and adults. 


Spencer Rubin 5th grade Morikami Elementary

Artist Choice

Abigail Edwards 5th grade Freedom Shores Elementary

Viewers Choice


Richelle Thompson 8th grade Okeeheelee Middle

Artist Choice

Kyana Christian 7th grade Roosevelt Middle

Viewers Choice


Erica Christiansen 12th grade Boca Raton High

Viewers Choice

Madison Sanders 12th grade South Tech Academy

Artist Choice


This year more than 1,300 students from 55 different schools participated and even thought the number of youth using alcohol is decreasing, there is a lot of work to do. “We look forward to continuing to give a county-wide underage drinking prevention message when we hold our Fourth Annual Prevention Poster Contest next year,” said Dr. Joseph Lee, Assistant Superintendent. 

Each year, about 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking — including about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 from homicides, 300 from suicides, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings, according to the National Institute on Health. 

Students were asked to submit a poster promoting a clear educational message encouraging an alcohol-free lifestyle for youth, following the theme “What can I be if I’m Alcohol Free?” After, a judging committee selected fifteen semifinalists and more than 6200 people participated in the online voting.  

Spencer Rubin


Abigail Edwards


Richelle Thompson


Kyana Christian


Erica Christiansen


Madison Sanders


Dr. Joseph Lee, Assistant Superintendent; Alexe Lee, Alcohol Prevention Contest Coordinator; along with Miss Palm Beach County 2013 and Madison Sanders at the awards ceremony.

The top six posters (two from elementary, middle, and high school) are being displayed on all district school buses. In addition, winning students received Adobe Photoshop software and a $50 gift card each.  Teachers of the top six winners received a $100 gift card to be used towards classroom materials and principals of the top six entries received admission tickets to the South Florida Fair. 

Click here to view pictures of the winning posters 

Semi-finalists and the top entry from each school were featured at the 2013 South Florida Fair in the Bink Glisson Museum at Yesteryear Village. 

Elementary Finalists

Mara Vaknin – 5th grade – Manatee Elementary

Lily Gumbinner – 5th grade – Berkshire Elementary

Kenari McMillian, Lorelle Burgess, Sevonna Pierce, Bria Walker – 2nd and 3rd grade – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary 

Middle School Finalists

Pamela Urizar – 8th grade – Okeeheelee Middle

Diana Rios – L.C. Swain Middle

Samantha Wong – 7th grade – BAK Middle School of the Arts 

High School Finalists

Helen Villarreal – 10th grade – John I. Leonard High

Monica Berrios – 10th grade – John I. Leonard High

Raoul Dolcine – 12th grade – Suncoast High

The contest is being sponsored in collaboration with the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition, the School District of Palm Beach County, Adobe Systems Incorporated, South Florida Fairgrounds, Acreage Loxahatchee Rotary Club, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. 

For more information contact Alexa Lee at (561) 844-5952 or via email at










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Egret Lake Elementary School will be hosting their yearly Black History /Arts Integration Festival on Thursday, February 28th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

The evening will begin with a fried chicken dinner for $6.00 per person (cash only) followed by an musical performance of the school chorus of the “Ten Who Counted” songs and stories which focus on lesser known African Americans who made major contributions to the world. Students will demonstrate African American dances learned through the school’s dance teacher. 

Arts integration teaching strategies will be displayed for the community to see in the cafeteria throughout the evening. 

The School District of Palm Beach County through the African and African American History Curriculum enables students to learn about the beauty, wealth, and courage of Africans and African Americans from Ancient Africa to the modern Diaspora. In addition, we encourage the exploration of significant phases of the African and African American experiences. 

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







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This area will be transformed into a community garden with vegetables and fruit.

The community is invited to help plant a garden, Saturday, March 2, from 9:00 a.m.  to  2:00 p.m. in the back of the historic Osborne School in Lake Worth. 

Hosted by For the Children, Inc., a non-profit organization, the garden will benefit the families of the greater Lake Worth area communities. CEO and organizer Reginale Durandisse says most of the participating students attend Barton Elementary, Lantana Middle, South Area Alternative, Lake Worth Middle, and Lake Worth  High schools.

“These youngsters range from 3 to 17 years in age and are excited at the prospect of growing tomatoes, collard greens, green peppers, egg plant, radish, lettuce, beans, and fruit trees,” she stated.

 The experience is designed to teach children about the benefits of good nutrition and healthy eating, in addition to providing satisfaction from  harvesting and eating fruits and vegetables they personally grew. 

The effort is being supported by the Lake Worth Kiwanis Club, Gratitude Training Graduates, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, and Ted and Trudy. Music and free food will be available for participants, as well as kids’ workshop stations.

For details, contact Mr. Emmanuel Vincent, 561.493.1190 or 561.662.1323.



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On Saturday, March 09, 2013, the 12th Annual Race for the Arts/Celebration of Young Artists and ALL NEW Color Me 4K Fun Run and Walk will be held at Dreher Park South Trail in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida, just south of the Palm Beach Zoo.  This event is designed to showcase the Fine Arts opportunities the students in Palm Beach County have and help support these programs. (All proceeds go directly to Fine Arts programs and those students in participating schools.)

Attendees of this event will enjoy music and artwork courtesy of the students in Palm Beach County Schools. Displays of art and performances will take place at the Dreher Park South Main Pavilion and along the race route.  The event also features The Color Me Run which is for runners and walkers of all speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes. Participants are asked to wear a white shirt, mostly white t-shirt, or use the one provided.  The shirt will be color plastered at the finish. Runners and walkers will begin the 4k at the start line like a brand new artist canvas. By the end it will be a “work of art”. Limited to the first 500 registered.

GOOD YEAR BLIMP Raffle for its final run in South Florida.

Registration and packet pick up starts at 6:00AM. 5K starts at 7:00AM, Make You Mom Proud Kids 1 Miler at 7:45 AM and Color Me 4K Fun Run/Walk at 8:00AM. The sanctioned race route is 5K in length along scenic South and North Dreher Park, Science Museum and Zoo area. Students will perform from 7:00-10:00 AM.

Visit for sports stores with registration forms

Or   Register online at

Early Packet, Race numbers with timing strips and T-shirt Pick up at:

Fit2Run at the Wellington Green Mall

Monday, March 4 – Wednesday March 6 from 10:00AM – 9:00PM and

ER Bradley’s on Thursday, March 7  6PM-9PM

Or pick up on race day.

The Race committee is asking for community help as participants and volunteers and is also seeking sponsorships and donations.

Media Coverage is Welcome!

For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Race for the Arts at:

 (561) 329-9455, or check the web site at:

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In celebration of National Engineering Week, February 18-22, over 30 engineers from Lockheed Martin visited the pre-engineering magnet students at Roosevelt Middle School on Thursday, February 21.

The engineers worked on a series of building activities with approximately 240 pre-engineering students over a five hour period. The students were divided into small work groups and assigned the task of building a tower at least six inches tall that would support at least one can of tuna. The only materials the students were given were toothpicks and Dots candies. The small collaborative work groups brainstormed ideas, agreed on a concept, and constructed towers of all sizes and shapes under the watchful eyes of the team of Lockheed Martin engineers. Prizes were awarded to teams that achieved the goal.

“We learned real-world applications for engineering,” said sixth grader John-Mark Phillips. “We also learned that teamwork is very important when putting something together.”

Lockheed Martin engineers discussed the work being conducted at their Riviera Beach location. The engineers brought video, allowing students to see the products currently being worked on, including the Marlin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle™.  Marlin is a small yellow submarine that inspects deepwater oil and gas structures, especially important following severe weather, to make sure the structure is safe to resume production. Its sensors and imaging equipment make it ideally critical to Florida’s maritime industries, resources and economy.

The Lockheed Martin engineers also talked about and showed video of the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle. This is an unmanned, semi-submersible, semi-autonomous vehicle that uses sensors and imaging equipment to detect underwater mines to keep the sailors out of the minefield. 

Other engineers then discussed their backgrounds, why they became engineers, and what they do on a daily basis. This was followed by a lengthy question and answer period, which gave our engineers of the future a chance to talk to current engineers. Students were curious about types of engineering jobs currently available, the types of math classes the Lockheed engineers took when they were in school, and how much money engineers make.

Lockheed Martin is a business partner with Roosevelt Middle and sits on the school’s magnet advisory board.

For more information, please contact Todd LaVogue, Magnet Coordinator, at 822-0261 or

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The Palm Beach School Counselor Association recently recognized the ongoing collaboration and shared vision among school principals and counselors at the 26th Annual Principal-School Counselor Appreciation Breakfast.   Keynote speaker, Dr. Joyce V. Brown, Senior Consultant from the College Board, spoke on the principal-counselor partnership and the leadership role of school counselors in accordance with this year’s theme, “Champions for Change.”  

According to American School Counselor Association Executive Director, Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., “School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, personal/social skills and career awareness in post-secondary options.  Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”  

The following were recognized for their achievements:

Christy Ragsdale Legacy Scholarship Student Recipients

Alexandra Rockwell – Spanish River High School

Emmalyn Green – Alexander W Dreyfoos Jr School of the Arts

Hugh Dunkley, Jr. - - Alexander W Dreyfoos Jr School of the Arts

Paul Kane – Boynton Beach High School

Sara Vazquez – Palm Beach Central High

School Administrators of the Year Recognition

Dr. Moneek McTier – Principal, Pleasant City Elementary

Gerald Riopelle – Principal, Omni Middle

Dr. Susan Atherly – Principal, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Linda Mackin – Assistant Principal, Educational Alternatives

School Counselor of the Year

Barbara (Bobbie) Mendez – Freedom Shores Elementary

Isabel (Izzy) Parrado – Okeeheelee Middle School

Bruce Wasserman – Jupiter Community High School

Lauren Mabry – South Tech Academy

Alwynne Lamp (Advocate Award) – Christa McAuliffe Middle School

For more information please contact Michael Kane, Elementary School Counseling IES Grant Specialist at michael.kane@palmbeachschools .org or 561-434-8233.

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 The social studies academic game team at Equestrian Trails Elementary recently won first place in the county tournament and will be going to the national’s tournament in Charlotte, NC representing our schools. 

This year Mr. Bennett, 5th grade teacher, had six team members, Marlee Marquez, Angela Yan, Lila Goldstein, Caleb Zhou, Mailon Cedeno, and Tony Li, who were very involved and interested. They know all about U.S. Presidents, current events of 2012, and the Revolutionary War.

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome and with our first place trophy in addition to the ribbons,” added Mr. Bennett.   

Marlee Marquez will be going to the national competition and Tony Li will be participating in the state tournament. “They met three days a week to practice for the four weekly competitions. This shows their dedication and interest on becoming the best. We wish them best of luck!” said Mrs. Michele Johnson, Principal.


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.

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More than 550 young children in Palm Beach County have a dual role as students and caregivers within their families. They sacrifice their education, health and emotional growth as they take on the medical responsibilities of their families. It is imperative to promote awareness of what it must be like to “walk in the shoes” of a caregiving youth.  

There are many heroes in life and often kids are responsible to care for their family members. They are unrecognized young providers of long-term care.  14 middle and high school students will receive Courage Awards at the Hearts & Soles Dinner that will take place on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 5: 30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Terrace – 7880 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33434. 

The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) strives to raise awareness through education, research and direct services in cooperation with social, education, healthcare, government and community corporations, organizations and agencies. 

Connie Siskowski, AACY founder, understands the needs and support needed by these children as she took care of her grandfather during her childhood. Dr. Siskowski, was recognized as one of the 2012 Top Ten CNN Heroes by Anderson Cooper and presented her award by Adrien Brody in the Heroes Tribute Show last year. As she says, “these kids are the real heroes.” 

Caregiving Youth are children and adolescents who are 18 years of age or younger and who provide significant or substantial assistance, often on a regular basis, to relatives or household members who need help because of physical or mental illness, disability, frailty associated with aging, substance misuse, or other condition. These children should be able to focus on their education and have time to experience childhood. 

CBS 12 Anchor/Reporter, Michele Wright, will emcee the organization’s Hearts & “Soles” Fundraising Dinner event.


About the American Association of Caregiving Youth®

The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is a Florida based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that began serving the greater Boca Raton community in 1998. Today it is the only organization of its kind in the United States for addressing the issues surrounding the silent, vulnerable and hidden population, conservatively estimated to exceed 1.4 million children, who provide care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members.  Its mission is to recognize, support, and promote the awareness of these youth that are both students and family caregivers. 

AACY’s model program, the CYP, works in partnership with The School District of Palm Beach County and currently serves more than 500 caregiving youth and their families in 8 area middle schools and 17 high schools. CYP prioritizes students in greatest need of services and increases their ability to remain in school through counseling, education, activities and respite while strengthening families by linking them with community services. 

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A Musical Satire of Office Politics and Climbing the Corporate Ladder

 Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Based upon the book by Shepherd Mead

Come along on a fun and charming adventure of office politics and corporate life as Spanish River High School proudly presents its spring production of Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows’ Tony Award winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying running from April 5th though April 7th.

You’ll cheer for J. Pierrepont Finch as he applies the lessons he’s learned from a how-to book and bluffs his way up the corporate ladder from window washer to Chairman of the Board of the World Wide Wicket Company.  It will be a show to remember as the cast hits all the high notes in toe-tapping tunes like “I Believe in You,” “Brotherhood of Man” and “Been a Long Day.”

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying  is a classic musical that transcends generations and is sure to entertain audiences of all ages,” said Kathleen Molinaro, Program Director of Spanish River High School’s Theatre Arts and Drama Department. “I’m honored to be the department’s new program director and excited to direct such an outstanding cast of students.”

Performances begin at 7:00 p.m. on April 5th and April 6th, and at 2:00 p.m. for our Sunday matinee on April 7th at the beautiful state-of-the-art Countess de Hoernle Theatre.  The theatre is located on Spanish River Community High School’s campus at 5100 Jog Road and Yamato Road in Boca Raton.  Early bird ticket prices are $12 for Reserved Seating and may be purchased online at  After March 3rd, ticket prices are $15.  There is free parking onsite and handicapped access is available.  For your enjoyment, refreshments will be available at our concession located in the lobby before the show and during intermission.

Originally presented by CY FEUER and ERNEST H. MARTIN in Association with FRANK PRODUCTIONS.
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone:  212-541-4684  Fax:  212-397-4684

For more information, contact:  Elena Canadeo Doxey at or call 561-271-4767.

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Limestone Creek Elementary School recently had its first Cool Pool day.  The school has been working with the Florida Department of Transportation’s School Pool this year to increase the number of families that carpool, bike, or walk to and from school.

School Mascot Coco the Cougar, Cameron Conklin, Jack McCain, and Edwin McCain

On the recent Cool Pool day students were encouraged to bike, walk, ride the bus or carpool to school.  The school was able to reduce car traffic by 15% and increase student bikers from an eight daily average to 30.  The goal is to keep up the traffic reduction by at least 10% for the rest of the school year.  
The Cool Pool was organized by the Limestone Creek Green Team.  The Green Team has been active this year in bringing about a culture of going green where every activity, lesson, and special event on campus is environmentally conscious.

For more information please contact Principal Sue Gibbs at or 561-741-9200

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For the upcoming FCAT Writes test, the fourth grade students at Addison Mizner Elementary are ready. On Friday, February 22nd, Addison Mizner Elementary held a pep rally for the 4th graders.  The purpose of the event was to relieve anxiety for the test that will take place on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.  Students and staff wore T-Shirts that said, “Rock the FCAT” and waved glow sticks during the pep rally.  Students performed the “Sloan” Rap, named after one of the writing teachers and sang a writing song.  After a pep talk from the principal, students watched the Finish Strong video clip.  In addition, last minute reminders were given by the teachers for the night before and morning of the test.

“The students are well prepared.  However, we want to relieve any anxiety they may feel about testing,” said Principal Kelly Mills Burke.   All of the 4thgrade writing teachers built up the students’ confidence on a daily basis.  The teachers taught their students the motto, “Bring it on!”  The confidence level is evident throughout the campus.

For more information, please contact Kelly Mills Burke at 362-3100 or

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District students are urged to create a poster, essay, or video that conveys the idea that it is illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing because of race, color, religion, familial status, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status and gender identity or expression. Students may submit only one entry for each category no later than 4 p.m. on April 5, 2013. Fair Housing: Every Face Needs a Place is the theme of this year’s annual Fair Housing Month media contest

 Third grade students may submit a poster, seventh-graders a poster and/or essay, and high school juniors an essay and/or video/DVD. First place winners at each level will be awarded $100 cash; second place winners awarded $50 at each level; and third place winners will be awarded $25 at each level.

 Winners will be announced on April 19, 2013, and cash prizes will be awarded at a reception on April 25, 2013 hosted by the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach.

The contest is sponsored by the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity in collaboration with the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.

 Last year’s winners included students from Lantana Middle School, Loggers Run Middle School, Seminole Ridge High Schoo,l and Park Vista High School.

 For contest rules and more information, please visit the website at or contact Kathi Dillard at 561-355-4927 or

 fair housing contest

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Trevor Lonano-Student Council President

Allamanda Elementary School’s Student Council recently sent 257 books to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.  Student Council members sold Cupid-grams to fellow students and staff to raise funds to pay tribute to the 26 angels and heroes who lost their lives in the December 14, 2012, tragedy.  

Student Council sponsor Jennifer Norman, said, “Sandy Hook students were so excited to receive their new books!  Our students were honored to be able to help other students with the gift of reading.”  

Please contact Jennifer Norman at or call Allamanda Elementary at 561-803-7200 for further information.    

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The Sunrise Park Elementary PTA is hosting its second annual Family Fun Run, entitled “Sunrise to Run” on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Pond Apple Pavilion located in South County Regional Park in Boca Raton, Florida.   This fun filled day will begin with a 5K certified run around West Boca venue.  Accuchip timing results will be used to track runners in the 5K race.  Immediately after the official 5K race, there will be a one mile run on the park path for younger children and family members.

PTA President, Nancy Eisenberg stated, “This is a huge event for our PTA and Sunrise Park community members.  This Saturday morning event will be jam packed with fitness and fun activities for the entire family!  Sunrise Park families, community members, business partners and local residents are all invited to participate in the Sunrise to Run event.”

Beginning at 9:00 am, there will be a post-race party filled with face painting, music, tattoos, food vendors, a rock wall, a dunk tank, and bounce houses.  Awards will be given out to the top racers in a variety of age brackets.   The fabulous Sunrise Park teachers will also be hosting entertainment booths to keep attendees of all ages engaged and occupied.

Registration costs are as follows:

Family Price:        $50.00 (this includes any event for the immediate family members)


5K Costs:              Pre-register cost is $ 25.00 if completed before 3/11/2013

$30.00 beginning 3/12 through the race day 3/16/2013 (ages 17 and up)

$15.00 for runners ages 16 and under

Registration and packet pick up will be occurring through the following methods:

1)    Online at

2)    The Runner’s Edge beginning 3/8 through 3/15

3195 North Federal Highway

Boca Raton, Florida

3)    Sunrise Park Elementary School (just outside of the main office) beginning 3/11 through 3/15 from 1:30-2:30 PM only.  You may drop off your registration at school anytime.


Official event t-shirts are guaranteed for pre-registered participants!


The schedule for the “Sunrise to Run Day” is as follows:

7:30 AM                  Official 5K Run/Walk

8:45 AM                  1 Mile Kid Run

9:00 AM  to 1 PM   Post-Race Party and Carnival


We look forward to seeing everyone at the park for a day of fitness and fun!


For more information, please contact Nancy Eisenberg @

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The Adult Education Center (AEC) will hold its annual International Friendship Celebration on Thursday, February 28, from 8:30 to 1:15 p.m.  Student, teachers, staff and community members are invited to attend this school-wide festival of music, dance, and games. 

More than 1,000 students, faculty, and administrative staff will take part accompanied by School District officials and other honored guests.  “A beloved highlight of our multicultural gathering is the Parade of Flags where students from more than 40 countries, dressed in their native attire, carry the banners of their homelands,” said Mr. Swearingen.    

The program will feature songs composed particularly for school by teacher, Mariette Daniel, and former student, Stinson Pedro Vallery, calling attention to the diversity we embrace at the AEC.  There will be soccer and volleyball games, line dancing and Zumba, as well as other outdoor and indoor activities.  All participants are invited to enjoy a free hot dog lunch under the old trees of the courtyard. 

The annual International Friendship Celebration is a very special event for everyone at the Adult Education Center.  It is a day that exemplifies friendship, diversity, and camaraderie among all participants at the center’s school–faculty, staff, and most importantly, the students.

The Adult Education Center is located at 2161 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409.

For more information, contact Mr. Rick Swearingen, Principal at 561-616-7800 or via email at







 Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 –


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Development of leadership, responsibility and personal growth are skills that students are looking to master in order to compete in the worldwide arena. For that reason, more than 1000 students from across the State of Florida will gather at Royal Palm Beach High School for the annual Florida Association of Student Councils (FASC) Convention from March 1-3, 2013. 

The conference offers three days of incredible keynote speakers, presentations, student workshops, professional development for teachers, competitions and lots of fun. The theme “Oh, the Places You’ll Lead” will be highlighted with Dr. Seuss’ inspired decorations and activities.  

Click here to learn all about “The Who Crew” and details about the weekend activities. 

“It is a huge honor to host this event at Royal Palm Beach High School – we’ve been planning it for two years and are VERY excited about the events we have planned and the learning that will be taking place!” said Justin Arnone, Student Council Advisor at Royal Palm Beach High School. 

The awards program includes categories in speech contest, parliamentary procedures and projects of the year, which is highly competitive but Palm Beach County generally places in all categories. 

The FASC Talent Show will feature the dazzling talents of student leaders from across the great state of Florida. Scott Meskin from Wellington High School will be the contestant is for District 5, which includes Palm Beach and several other counties. 

Local students are very involved in believe in the importance developing their leadership skills. Palm Beach Central High is currently the State President and Royal Palm Beach High School is the State Treasurer. 

“This is year Royal Palm Beach High School is running for the position of State President for 2013-2014. If we are able to achieve this, students will be more engaged in our school and community, providing them with more post-secondary opportunities,” added Mr. Arnone. 

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. 

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







 Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 –

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The School Food Service Department invites the community to celebrate National Nutrition Month during the month of March.  The campaign is created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association) and focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating physical activity habits. 

This year’s theme of “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” fits everyone: students, athletes, busy parents, vegetarians, or jet-setting executives.   

School Based National Nutrition Month Activities: 

Palm Beach Gardens High School is coordinating a National Nutrition Month health fair on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  The school has invited various community agencies to participate in the festivities.  Participants will provide students with educational material related to health and well-being. 

In an effort to promote healthy food choices through the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, the School Food Service Department will be hosting a school-wide health fair at Seminole Ridge High School on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Throughout lunch, all students will have access to a number of educational booths and will be given an opportunity to sample a variety of fruits and vegetables.  

Below are some key messages to fit into different lifestyles: 

Students - the student lifestyle can be fast-paced and low-budget.  Students can eat right on a budget with some savvy food shopping tips. Stock smart snacks that combine protein and carbohydrates to fuel you like:

  • Apples with peanut butter, carrots and hummus, hardboiled eggs and fruit, banana and yogurt, almonds with low-fat cheese or whole-grain cereal.  These also double as a quick grab-and-go breakfast to wake up your brain and muscles for the day’s activities.
  • Cafeteria salad bars are a great choice; just go easy on the cheese, bacon, creamy dressings and other high-calorie add-ons.  Follow the My Plate guidelines and make half your plate fruits and vegetables. 

Athletes – whether you are a competitive athlete or just enjoy working out, what you eat will affect your performance.

  • Your body needs fuel to function, so eat a light breakfast or snack before you exercise.  Try low-fat yogurt, graham crackers with peanut butter, a banana or cereal with low-fat milk.
  • Before, during, and after exercise replace fluids with plenty of water or a sports drink, if you prefer. 

Families - caring for family, whether children, elderly parents or both, can be a handful; however, family meals allow parents to be role models to promote healthy eating.  Just because a meal is made quickly doesn’t mean it can’t be nutritious.

  • Keep things simple.  Build a collection of recipes for quick and easy family favorites. Choose ingredients that you can use from more than one meal.  For example, cook extra grilled chicken for chicken salad or fajitas the next day.
  • Ask for help.  Get the kids involved making a salad, setting the table or other simple tasks. 

Vegetarian – a vegetarian diet can include just as many tasty varieties of foods as one including meat.  For example, nutrient-rich beans are recommended for everyone.  Enjoy vegetarian chili, a hummus-filled pita sandwich or veggie burger.  Many popular items are or can be vegetarian – pasta primavera, veggie pizza and tofu-vegetable stir-fry. 

Career – busy work days and business travel can lead to on-the-fly meals.

  • For desktop dining, keep single-serve packages of whole grain crackers, fruit, peanut butter, low-sodium soup or canned tuna in your desk.
  • Always on the go?  Tuck portable, non-perishable foods in a purse, briefcase or backpack for a meal on the run.  Try granola bars, peanut butter and crackers, fresh fruit, trail mix or single-serve packages of whole-grain cereal or crackers. 

For more information, contact Chantal Gellermann, DTR at 561-383-2005 or via email at





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I am the newest member of the Palm Beach County School District Police Department. I was born 9 weeks ago (male), and I was given to School Police as a generous donation from the Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction. The Jimmy Ryce Center donates bloodhounds to police departments all across the country. 

To help me become a member of the School Police team, I need to be trained. But I can’t learn how to do my job until I have a name. School Police asks that you lend us a “paw” in finding the perfect name for me!  

School Police will be the only school police department in the nation to have a working bloodhound to help find missing and endangered children.  

Usually, when you need help, you call a police officer. Now, the police officers need your help! Palm Beach County School District Elementary school classes from grades K-5 can participate in my naming contest. 

This is a contest, so there are a few rules that need to be followed: 

  • My name must begin with the letter “K”.
  • Only one submission per class.
  • Submissions should be emailed by the classroom teacher to no later than 2:00 pm on Friday, March 1, 2013. 

My name will be chosen and the winning class will be notified by Monday, March 4, 2013. The winning class will be invited to participate in a formal presentation at the school board meeting held on March 13, 2013.  

If the chosen name was submitted by more than one class, the winning class will be determined by who submitted the name first.  

For complete rules, please Click Here. 

For more information on the Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction, please Click Here. 

For more information contact Lawrence Leon, Chief of School Police at 561-434-8435 or via email at







 Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 –

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WHO:            Boynton Beach High School Theatre Academy Students

WHEN:          March 1, 2013 – 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

WHERE:       1725 S. Federal Hwy.

Boynton Beach, FL, 33435

WHY:             The fundraising is for the Thespian competition in March  


About Boynton Beach Community High School

Boynton Beach Community High School (BBCHS) serves a community of diverse students. The school strives to prepare students with the knowledge, training and skills necessary to become highly successful in the global market. BBCHS is home to the prestigious Boynton Aerospace Science Academy (BASA) where students earn college credits issued by the world’s leader in aviation and aerospace higher education, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and graduate with a certification that later leads to high paying careers as pilots and engineers. Other academies at BBCHS include the Theatre Academy, the Vocal Academy, the Dance Academy, the Information Technology Academy, the Culinary Arts Academy and the Early Childhood Academy.

The Theatre Academy strives to enable students to develop fundamental skills in the collaborative art of theatre.

For more information about Boynton Beach Community High School you can watch their promotional video at or visit the school website at

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Help raise awareness of the childhood obesity crisis across the country and bring your family to a fun and fitness filled afternoon. 

When? Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 2 – 4 p.m. 

Where? Spanish River High School – 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton 

The day will include: Sports clinics, healthy snacks, family activities, wellness vendors, a visit from Ronald McDonald, and so much more. 

All activities are for families to participate together: 

  • Busy Body Gym… ZUMBA®
  • Boxing, and Boot Camp
  • East Coast School of Self Defense… Martial Arts
  • Spanish River High School Student Sports Clinics… Lacrosse, Soccer, Basketball, Cheerleading
  • School District of PBC… Family Obstacle Course
  • Visit from Ronald McDonald
  • Blood Drive 

For more information email





 Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 –


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I Will Be A Buddy Not A Bully, that’s the pledge Palm Beach Gardens Elementary students are taking. Principal Marie Caracuzzo is encouraging students and staff to join her in a day dedicated to stemming the tide of bullying.  Palm Beach Gardens Elementary is working in conjunction with the Literacy Coalition’s Pink Shirt Day to support kids as they learn the tools to stop bullying.

On February 27th, as people across Palm Beach County wear pink, students and staff at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary will be joining the campaign.  Along with wearing pink shirts, writing exercises, and role plays on the school’s TV station, students will also be encouraged to sign a pledge that reads:

I pledge to:

  • Resist the urge to bully or to join the bully
  • Tell if I am bullied or I see others bullied
  • Be a friend to others if I see them being bullied


For more information please contact Palm Beach Gardens Elementary Guidance Counselor Kimberly Ryan or 561-366-6511.