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Wynnebrook Elementary School and Palm Springs Middle School have been notified that each has been selected as an Exceeding Expectations Award School by the East Coast Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC). “Your school was selected based on a combination of criteria consisting of FCAT scores and observations and conversations that occurred during our site visit in May,” said ECTAC Direct Marjorie Murray in her recent award letter. Palm Springs Principal Sandy Jinks and Jeff Pegg, principal of Wynnebrook, have both been invited to present at ECTAC’s Exceeding Expectations Conference set to occur September 12 and 13 in Orlando. Both will join other winners from across the state to receive their awards at the conference banquet. 

Both Wynnebrook Elementary and Palm Springs Middle will be included in a booklet ECTAC is publishing for the conference with information about the State’s award-winning schools. Federal and State Programs Director Debbie Battles said there’s reason to be proud of both schools’ accomplishments. “There are exciting things going on at both of these schools and we’re looking forward to the presentations the principals will give at the conference in September; others around the state will benefit from hearing about the efforts implemented at Palm Springs Middle and Wynnebrook Elementary,” she stated.

The center provides educational consultation services to help local school districts with high poverty schools provide fair, equitable, and significant opportunities for a high quality education.

For more details, contact Ms. Battles at 561.434.8609 or email Debbie.battles@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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The Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA was well represented at the recent Florida  PTA Leadership Convention by local board members Jen Martinez, Wendy Corso Ruud, Jenn Olson, Debbie DeHoog, Kay M. Stagray, Mindy Haas, Charlotte Spikes, and Dawn Balliet.  They joined over 80 representatives from 23 local PTA units at the annual convention held at Innisbrook-Palm Harbor; five units were able to attend after receiving a grant from the County Council.  By the end of the session Mindy Haas had been elected President-Elect for the Florida PTA and Kay M. Stagray was voted in as Florida PTA’s vice-president of Organization.

 Second term County Council of PTA/PTSA President Jen Martinez said this is the first time the state PTA has held elections at the Leadership Conference and only the second time the Leadership training and state convention have been combined.

“It was great to see so many volunteers come together for the good of all children- our Every Child One Voice theme could be clearly seen throughout the event,” she stated. Ms. Martinez said a number of area PTA/PTSAs also received recognition for their performance.

 (*local units will receive these award on August 30th ) 

President’s Achievement Award 2011 – 2012 Eagles Landing Middle School PTSA
PTSA Student Involvement Awards Eagles Landing Middle School PTSA
Outstanding Principal of the Year Cindy Chiapetta, Eagles Landing Middle
President’s Membership Award Eagles Landing Middle School PTSA
Thomas Newsletter Grant Sandpiper Shores Elementary PTA
100% Membership for 7 years Morikami Park Elementary PTA
*25% Membership Increase Poinciana Elementary PTAPine Jog Elementary PTAOrchard View Elementary PTA

Belvedere Elementary PTA

Okeeheelee Middle PTSA

Don Estridge High Tech Middle PTSA

Emerald Cove PTA

Eagles Landing PTSA

Del Prado Elementary PTA

Calusa Community Elementa ry PTA

Boca Raton Community Middle PTSA

Boca Raton Community High PTSA

Boca Raton Elementary PTA

Hidden Oaks Elementary PTA

*Local Unit Achievement Award Eagles Landing Middle School PTSADel Prado Elementary PTASpanish River High PTSA

Hidden Oaks Elementary PTA

Morikami Park Elementary PTA

Binks Forest Elementary PTA

Sandpiper Shores Elementary PTA

Poinciana Elementary PTA

 

Promoting Communication Excellence Award Del Prado Elementary PTASpanish River High PTSAHidden Oaks Elementary

Morikami Park Elementary

Binks Forest Elementary PTA

Sandpiper Shores Elementary

Poinciana Elementary PTA

*Mentor A PTA Award Hidden Oaks Elementary PTA
*Study Discussion Group Award Del Prado Elementary PTA
*Volunteer Award Del Prado Elementary PTAHidden Oaks Elementary PTASpanish River High PTSA

The Convention portion of the event is the annual business meeting of the Florida PTA.  This year the convention delegates elected new Florida PTA officers, adopted bylaws changes and updated the position statements in priority for the spring legislative agenda.  Leaving such items in priority;   Assessment and Testing, Adequate Public Education Funding, Tax Limitation and Voucher Funded School Accountability.

The Leadership portion offers a variety of roundtables and workshops for members to take to help them be successful in whatever PTA role they play.  Attendees were invited to participate in many workshops including:  Social Media, Common Core State Standards, Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), Connect for Respect, Partners that Advocate, Internet Safety and more!

Key Note speakers included National PTA President Betsy Landers, and  Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. County Councils and local units throughout Florida had their programs and accomplishments recognized by Florida PTA.  Awards presented to the Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA included:  Thomas Newsletter Grant, Promoting Communication Excellence, Program Awards (3) and Study Discussion Group Awards (3).

The newly installed officers of the Florida PTA are:

President – Eileen Segal (Miami-Dade)
President-Elect – Mindy Haas (Palm Beach)
V.P. for Leadership – Cindy Gerhardt (Escambia)
V.P. for Regions and Councils – Melissa Kighlighter (Duval)
V.P. for Organization – Kay M. Stagray (Palm Beach)
V.P. for Education – Faye Norris (Orange)
Secretary – Elinor Adler (Broward)
Treasurer – Janet Lamoureux (Polk)

For more information about the Leadership conference, election, orawards, contact Palm Beach County Council PTA/PTSA President Jen Martinez, 561.254.9513 or email Palmbeachcountypta@yahoo.com.

About PTA

The Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA is a member of the largest advocacy group for children in the nation. PTA stands for Parent Teacher Association and PTSA stands for Parent Teacher Student Association.  Collectively referred to as PTA, we are an all volunteer association that is nonpartisan, noncommercial, and nonsectarian.  PTA is a nonprofit child advocacy association organized at the local, county, state and national levels. 

PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. Join a local unit today! www.PalmBeachCountyPTA.com.

 

 

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The School District of Palm Beach County Food Service Department announces its policy for Free and Reduced Price Meals for students under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Any interested person may review a copy of the policy by contacting Jussara B. de Souza (JB) / 3661 N Interstate Park Rd, suite 100, Riviera Beach, FL 33404. Phone Number (561) 383-2025. 

To ensure applications are processed by the first day of school, they need to complete by August 05, 2012. Families can go to www.palmbeachschools.org/sfs to complete their application. 

Additional hard copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. Families need to complete one application per household, even if the siblings attend different Palm Beach County schools.  The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. 

Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility. Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals.  An application cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information. Once approved, meal benefits are good for an entire school year. You need not notify the organization of changes in income and household size. 

Florida Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013

FREE PRICE MEAL SCALE – (130%)

Household

Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

14,521

1,211

606

559

280

2

19,669

1,640

820

757

379

3

24,817

2,069

1,035

955

478

4

29,965

2,498

1,249

1,153

577

5

35,113

2,927

1,464

1,351

676

6

40,261

3,356

1,678

1,549

775

7

45,409

3,785

1,893

1,747

874

8

50,557

4,214

2,107

1,945

973

For each additional family member, add

 

5,148

429

215

198

99

REDUCED PRICE MEAL SCALE – (185%)

Household

Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

20,665

1,723

862

795

398

2

27,991

2,333

1,167

1,077

539

3

35,317

2,944

1,472

1,359

680

4

42,643

3,554

1,777

1,641

821

5

49,969

4,165

2,083

1,922

961

6

57,295

4,775

2,388

2,204

1,102

7

64,621

5,386

2,693

2,486

1,243

8

71,947

5,996

2,998

2,768

1,384

For each additional family member, add

 

7,326

611

306

282

141

To determine annual income: The total income before taxes, social security, health benefits, union dues, or other deductions must be reported.

  • If you receive the income every week, multiply the total gross income by 52.
  • If you receive the income every two weeks, multiply the total gross income by 26.
  • If you receive the income twice a month, multiply the total gross income by 24.
  • If you receive the income monthly, multiply the total gross income by 12.    

Households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are required to list on the application only the child’s name, SNAP / TANF case number, and signature of adult household member. 

Foster children will receive free benefits regardless of the child’s personal income or the income of the household.  If the foster family chooses to apply and the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meals, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving free meal benefits. 

Household with children who are considered homeless or runaway should contact Kim Williams (561) 494-1589. Migrant students and families please contact the district liaison, Debbie Battles at (561) 357-5949. 

For the purpose of determining household size, deployed service members are considered a part of the household. Families should include the names of the deployed service members on their application. Report only that portion of the deployed service member’s income made available to them or on their behalf to the family. Additionally, a housing allowance that is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative is not to be included as income. 

All other households must provide the following information listed on the application: 

  • Total household income listed by amount received and type of income and how often the income is received (wages, child support, etc.) received by each household member;   
  • Names of all household members;
  • Signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct; and
  • Four last digits of Social Security number of the adult signing the application or check the box for “NSSN” for this household member if he or she does not have a social security number. 

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the school should be contacted. Children of parents or guardians who become unemployed should also contact the school. Such changes may make the student eligible for reduced price or free meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown below. Under the provisions of the Free and Reduced Price meal policy the Chief Operating Office will review applications and determine eligibility.  If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he or she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.  If the parent wishes to make a formal appeal, he or she may make a request either orally or in writing to Michael Burke, 3340 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406. Phone number (561) 434-8510. 

Unless indicated otherwise on the application, the information on the Free and Reduced Price Meal application may be used by the school system in determining eligibility for other educational programs. 

For more information contact Susan Franklin at (561) 383-2058 or via email at susan.franklin@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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The Department of Transportation is encouraging job seekers to join their professional team of school bus drivers. 

When? Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

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

In addition to exceptional retirement benefits, competitive pay and health insurance 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 http://www.palmbeachschools.org/transportation/Employment/index.asp 

For more information contact Sue Gorby at (561) 242-6512 or via email at sue.gorby@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) reported that Palm Beach County will remain an “A” rated district for the 8th consecutive year. In addition, the letter grade for several schools will be adjusted.  

It is standard practice for the FDOE to perform a Review Process in which individual student files are revised for any miscalculations. Level 1 and 2 students who demonstrate significant growth are weighted an additional 30%, which increases the students’ total points and the schools’ points. The district will also have an opportunity to review the same individual files when released. 

In addition to the “A” rating, the School District of Palm Beach County does not have any “F” rated schools. 

The following schools will have their grades adjusted:

 

F to D Barton Elementary
D to C Bethune ElementarySouth Grade ElementaryBelle Glade Elementary

Seminole Trails Elementary

Westward Elementary

C to B Jeaga Middle School
B to A Hagen Road ElementaryBoca ElementaryS.D. Spady Elementary

U.B. Kinsey Elementary

 

For more information contact Natalia Arenas at (561) 357-7662 or via email at natalia.arenas@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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Cookie Davis, a teacher at the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, has been selected  to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute and will be heading to Washington, D.C. the week of August 6-10.

During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.

 Educators attending the teacher institutes develop primary-source based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and pass along to colleagues. Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to help students ask engaged, probing questions, develop critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge.

Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its seven teacher institutes in Washington, D.C. Applicants to the Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes reflect the diversity of the world of K-12 education. Participants in a teacher institute session typically include school library media specialists and school administrators in addition to classroom teachers. Participants come from many different states, representing large metropolitan school districts and smaller, rural school districts. The expertise provided by the Library of Congress during the institutes can benefit every level of K-12 education.

Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects that were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Students working with primary sources become engaged learners while building critical thinking skills and constructing new knowledge. Teachers working in the Library’s collections will explore the largest online collection of historical artifacts with access to millions of unique primary sources for use in instruction.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. The Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staffs—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library’s resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website at www.loc.gov.

For details about Ms. Davis’s selection, contact Cindy Priest at 561-802-6002, or email Cindy.priest@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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Cindy Chiapetta, Principal at Eagles Landing Middle School was recently selected as the Florida Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Secondary Principal of the Year. She was a science teacher and an assistant principal before taking the leadership role at Eagles Landing in the summer of 2011. The recognition took place at the PTA Leadership Conference in Palm Harbor, FL. 

Mrs. Chiapetta understands the needs of her students and the importance of parental involvement in her school. She promotes a collaborative environment in which the parents and families are invited and encouraged to be involved. 

As the principal of a middle school with over 1,300 students she recognizes the vital role that parents/guardians and family play in the education, welfare and values of the students, and that the education of each student is a responsibility shared by the school and the student’s parents/guardians and family members. 

For more information contact Cindy Chiapetta at (561) 470-7000 or via email at cindy.chiapetta@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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Malachi Rosenfield, a junior at Jupiter Community High School, recently had an article titled “From Jupiter to the Moon” published in Image Magazine from the John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.  Malachi, a member of the NASA Moonbuggy Team at Jupiter High, helped build a moonbuggy and compete in the race in Alabama.
 
The NASA Moonbuggy race is organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. It challenges students to design, build and race lightweight, human-powered buggies that tackle many of the same engineering challenges dealt with by Apollo-era lunar rover developers at the Marshall Center in the late 1960s.
 
In order to compete in the race, teams needed to build a moonbuggy no more than four feet wide that could fold to fit into a four-foot cube. It must be light enough that the team’s two drivers, a boy and a girl, can carry it unassisted for 20 feet.
 
Malachi is an honor student and plays French horn in the school band. She also volunteers at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and is a member of the theatre’s youth touring company. Malachi says, “I look forward to the strange looks I get when I say I am on the moonbuggy team because I get to explain just what it is that we do.”
 
Malachi’s article can be viewed at http://cty.jhu.edu/imagine/docs/moonbuggy.pdf
 
For NASA Moonbuggy Race video click here
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=26378581
 
For more information please contact James Zachariah at Jupiter High School at james.zachariah@palmbeachschools.org .

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During the past school year, Suncoast High student Abiade Granger noticed a basketball teammate choking from a two inch piece of chocolate candy.  Without hesitation, Mr. Granger came to the rescue of his fellow student and performed the Heimlich maneuver causing the candy to dislodge.
 
The City of Riviera Beach proclaimed May 23, 2012 has Abiade Khalid Philemon Granger Day and Mayor Thomas Masters presented the recent Suncoast High graduate a proclamation and key to the city.  Mr. Granger was also recognized by School District Officials and Suncoast High School Administrators.
 
Mr. Granger lettered in football, basketball and track and field at Suncoast and received a full scholarship to play football at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York this fall.

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The School District of Palm Beach County has achieved the prestigious status of a Florida Healthy School District at the Gold level. The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership (CSHP) and Florida Action for Healthy Kids recently recently made the announcement. Until this year, no Florida districts were able to meet the stringent criteria to achieve this honor. 

The School District of Palm Beach County is one of only three districts to achieve this high level. In announcing the honor in a letter to School Board Chairman Frank Barbieri and Superintendent Wayne Gent, Karen Pesce with the Coordinated School Health Partnership wrote, “This is a tremendous tribute to the administration and staff of your district.” 

Palm Beach County – Florida Healthy District Award Letter

The criterion for recognition as a Florida Healthy School District is the Florida Healthy School District (FHSD) Self-Assessment Tool. This tool was developed by experts from state agencies, school districts, and community partner organizations working together through the Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership.

The self-assessment is based on the eight component areas of the Coordinated School Health model and focuses on district infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices, and Florida statutes.

“Based on the information provided in your district’s submission, it is apparent that The School District of Palm Beach County is performing as a leader in the state as a result of the well established district infrastructure and component area strengths,” wrote Ms. Pesce.

Recognition achievement levels are based on the overall assessment score and include three categories: Gold at 85%-100%; Silver 67%-85%; and Bronze 42%-66%.  The School District of Palm Beach County had an overall score of 88.6%. In the component areas, Palm Beach had strong scores in each component area: Health Education (90%); Physical Education (80%); Health Services (90%); Nutrition Services and Education (70%); Health Promotion for Staff (90%); Counseling Psychological and Social Services (80%); Healthy School Environment (100%); and Family and Community Involvement (90%). 

The School District of Palm Beach County is an active member of the Healthy District Collaborative (HDC). The HDC is a group of districts that have made a high level commitment to meeting the health needs of students and staff in order to remove barriers to learning and maximize district resources. The Department of Education, Office of Healthy Schools and Department of Health, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion facilitate quarterly calls, and work with other CSHP members to identify training and resources to support district efforts to achieve the highest standards and sustain effective policies and practices.

For more information contact Paula Triana, R.D., L.D./N., Assistant Director Nutrition & Wellness Promotion Policy at (561) 383-2026 or via email at paula.triana@palmbeachschools.org.

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A national report lists Suncoast Community High School in the top 10 magnet schools in the country. The 2012 U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools report names the schools in recognition of their student’s academic success and the school’s specialized thematic or academic focus. 

U.S. News and World Report looked at all public high schools nationally that were designated as magnet schools and were also ranked as being gold or silver medal winners in the magazine’s best high schools rankings. 

The methodology is based on the school’s ability to successfully educate its student body across a range of performance indicators and the degree to which they prepare students for college level work.  

To view the U.S. News and World Report Best Magnet Schools ranking, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings/magnet-school-rankings

For information about the methodology used by U.S. News and World Report, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/high-schools/articles/2012/05/07/best-high-schools-methodology. 

For more information contact Dr. Linda Cartlidge at (561) 882-3400 or via email at linda.cartlidge@palmbeachschools.org. 

 

 

About the Florida Department of Education

The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org.

 

 

 

 

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The “FIND MY SCHOOL” website has been a very popular tool for looking up assigned schools by current home addresses.  

The School District of Palm Beach County is pleased to announce that the system has been upgraded and the old website has been removed. The web page will have a slightly different look, but will have several enhanced features: 

  • When you don’t have the address but you know the general location, there is an i-identify button that can be used (User Guide, page 4, #6.).
  • You can obtain driving directions to a school with distance and time. 
  • The aerial photography is even clearer than before. 
  • Click on the User Guide link for the other new features. User Guide. 

Check out the new website at: http://pbgis.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/addresslocator/lookup.html 

For more information contact Dr. Donna Goldstein at (561) 434-7468 or via email at donna.goldstein@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

 

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The Kiwanis Kids at Crosspointe Elementary School will be “BOWLING FOR BOOKS” at the AMF Boynton Beach Lanes on Tuesday, July 17th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The activity is co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Boynton Beach.

In collaboration with the local AMF Lanes in Boynton Beach, the event involves several community organizations including the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and the Literacy Coalition of Delray Beach.

The goal is to benefit the Crosspointe Elementary School Family Involvement Center by collecting donations of gently used books, games, and puzzles. Participants can bring a book and bowl for two hours, trade old books for something new, pick up a free summer kit for K-5 students, win prizes, meet surprise visitors, receive special awards, and have fun with their entire family.

“As this project develops we are in need of support from the surrounding community.  We really can make a difference if we come together as a community to help those in need right here in Palm Beach County. It’s as easy as cleaning out a bookshelf or closet!  By donating your gently used educational and family materials to the Parent Resource Center at Crosspointe Elementary School you will be making a difference in the lives of so many hard-working local families,” said Lauren Hepworth, the Kiwanis Kids Club Advisor.

The AMF Boynton Beach Lanes is located at 1190 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.  

 For more information, call Lauren Hepworth at 561-729-9699 or email lauren.hepworth@palmbeachschools.org.

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When Leah Silverman decided to emulate Home and Garden Television (HGTV) host David Bromstad’s style as part of her Third Grade Masterpieces project assignment earlier this school year—she never dreamed she’d actually get to meet him. The assignment given by teacher Karin Haligas required that students select a favorite artist and then re-create one of that artist’s paintings. The third grade gifted student and her mom, Dawn, had enjoyed watching segments of the Miami-based Color Splash show together. Designer David Bromstad is known for transforming ho-hum rooms into works of art with his use of dynamic colors and also creates a painting for each transformation. Leah decided to create a painting using Bromstad’s style for her project—and a second painting to give to the HGTV host.

Leah’s mom got in touch with the producers of the show to see if the West Palm Beach family could present the artwork in person—and received a resounding “yes!.” Since the HGTV Design Star personality headed to California in late Spring for a taping…plans were set for the presentation of Leah’s painting to occur in June. Potential complications developed with the possibility that heart surgery for Leah’s younger brother—also set for June—might result in a cancellation of the opportunity for Leah to meet her idol. Mr. Bromstad’s staff worked their magic and the meeting was held late last month.  He immediately wrote in his blog about the meeting; read his post at http://bromstad.com/2012/06/leah//.  For more details contact Dawn Silverman at Dawnlmhc@gmail.com.

 

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The School District of Palm Beach County Summer Graduation will take place on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in John I. Leonard High School Gymnasium. 

Students that participate in the summer graduation ceremony have successfully completed the requirements to obtain their high school diploma and will continue with their future plans.   

For more information contact Eric Stern at (561) 434-7450 or via email at eric.stern@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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The School District of Palm Beach County Food Service Department announces its policy for Free and Reduced Price Meals for students under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Any interested person may review a copy of the policy by contacting Jussara B. de Souza (JB) / 3661 N Interstate Park Rd, suite 100, Riviera Beach, FL 33404. Phone Number (561) 383-2025. 

Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility. Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals.  An application cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information. Once approved, meal benefits are good for an entire school year. You need not notify the organization of changes in income and household size.

To ensure applications are processed by the first day of school, they need to complete by August 05, 2012. Families can go to www.palmbeachschools.org/sfs to complete their application starting July 25, 2012. 

Additional hard copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. Families need to complete one application per household, even if the siblings attend different Palm Beach County schools.  The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.  

Florida Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013

FREE PRICE MEAL SCALE – (130%)

Household

Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

14,521

1,211

606

559

280

2

19,669

1,640

820

757

379

3

24,817

2,069

1,035

955

478

4

29,965

2,498

1,249

1,153

577

5

35,113

2,927

1,464

1,351

676

6

40,261

3,356

1,678

1,549

775

7

45,409

3,785

1,893

1,747

874

8

50,557

4,214

2,107

1,945

973

For each additional family member, add

 

5,148

429

215

198

99

REDUCED PRICE MEAL SCALE – (185%)

Household

Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

20,665

1,723

862

795

398

2

27,991

2,333

1,167

1,077

539

3

35,317

2,944

1,472

1,359

680

4

42,643

3,554

1,777

1,641

821

5

49,969

4,165

2,083

1,922

961

6

57,295

4,775

2,388

2,204

1,102

7

64,621

5,386

2,693

2,486

1,243

8

71,947

5,996

2,998

2,768

1,384

For each additional family member, add

 

7,326

611

306

282

141

To determine annual income: The total income before taxes, social security, health benefits, union dues, or other deductions must be reported.

  • If you receive the income every week, multiply the total gross income by 52.
  • If you receive the income every two weeks, multiply the total gross income by 26.
  • If you receive the income twice a month, multiply the total gross income by 24.
  • If you receive the income monthly, multiply the total gross income by 12.    

Households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are required to list on the application only the child’s name, SNAP / TANF case number, and signature of adult household member. 

Foster children will receive free benefits regardless of the child’s personal income or the income of the household.  If the foster family chooses to apply and the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meals, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving free meal benefits. 

Household with children who are considered homeless or runaway should contact Kim Williams (561) 494-1589. Migrant students and families please contact the district liaison, Debbie Battles at (561) 357-5949. 

For the purpose of determining household size, deployed service members are considered a part of the household. Families should include the names of the deployed service members on their application. Report only that portion of the deployed service member’s income made available to them or on their behalf to the family. Additionally, a housing allowance that is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative is not to be included as income. 

All other households must provide the following information listed on the application: 

  • Total household income listed by amount received and type of income and how often the income is received (wages, child support, etc.) received by each household member;   
  • Names of all household members;
  • Signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct; and
  • Four last digits of Social Security number of the adult signing the application or check the box for “NSSN” for this household member if he or she does not have a social security number. 

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the school should be contacted. Children of parents or guardians who become unemployed should also contact the school. Such changes may make the student eligible for reduced price or free meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown below. Under the provisions of the Free and Reduced Price meal policy the Chief Operating Office will review applications and determine eligibility.  If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he or she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.  If the parent wishes to make a formal appeal, he or she may make a request either orally or in writing to Michael Burke, 3340 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406. Phone number (561) 434-8510. 

Unless indicated otherwise on the application, the information on the Free and Reduced Price Meal application may be used by the school system in determining eligibility for other educational programs. 

For more information contact Susan Franklin at (561) 383-2058 or via email at susan.franklin@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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For the first time, parents and students are able to view their child’s State and District assessment results through Edline.  Edline is the School Board-approved communication service to provide access for students and parents, via the Internet, to school and classroom information. 

Parents and students may view their student’s Individual Student Assessment Results by clicking on the “My Edline” button located at the top of every Edline page.  Choose “Private Reports” from the drop-down menu.  Choose “View As” and select your student’s name.  Click “View” next to the report labeled “Student Assessment Report”.  

The new Individual Student Assessment Results report includes the most recent student results from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), FCAT 2.0, and End-of-Course (EOC) and the District’s Diagnostic and EOC Diagnostic assessments. 

A Technical Assistance Paper (TAP), Assistance with Understanding this Report, provides an explanation of the assessments and color coding.  It is available through a link in the Edline report. 

The report is modeled after the District’s Educational Data Warehouse (EDW) reports, which are available to all administrators and teachers.  It color codes the results to assist parents and students in understanding whether or not the student scored above, at, or below proficiency. 

The Departments of Educational Data Warehouse, Educational Technology, and Information Technology collaborated with Edline to produce the Individual Student Assessment Results report in Edline. 

For more information contact Sandra Raymond at (561) 357-7649 or via email at Sandra-raymond@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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Chris Skerlec, Director of Environmental & Conservation Services at the School District of Palm Beach County has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Community Partner award by the American Lung Association.

Mr. Skerlec has partnered since 2000 with the American Lung Association in the Asthma Friendly Schools Program in efforts to reduce asthma triggers and allergens in Palm Beach County schools thus creating a healthier environment for students and staff. 

One of the initiatives that he developed is a checklist inspection report and provided basic Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) training for American Lung Association and Health Department personnel. In addition, Mr. Skerlec partnered with the American Lung Association and the PBC Health Dept. to publish a pamphlet entitled “IAQ Tips for Teachers”, educating teachers regarding good practices to improve indoor air quality in schools. 

He was recognized at the annual meeting that recently took place in the Lung Association’s headquarters in West Palm Beach.   

“It was certainly an honor to be selected at their annual meeting as an Outstanding Community Partner,” added Chris.

Mr. Skerlec accepting his award from representatives of the American Lung Association

About the American Lung Association
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lung.org.

For more information contact Lisa Mead at (561) 357-7573 or via email at lisa.mead@palmbeachschools.org.   

 

 

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Bobby Valcin, site coordinator at JFK Middle School, is one of the five winners of the Community In Schools (CIS) Unsung Heroes Award.

 This award celebrates the amazingly dedicated individuals who bring to life CIS’ core values exemplified by personalism, coordination, accountability, persistence, equality, and by connecting with children every day to prove that people and their unique gift of building life-long relationships transform lives.

 The award will be presented at an event to be held in Washington D.C. this fall. The winners will receive a monetary stipend.

 “Since Bobby came to work for Communities In Schools Palm Beach County Inc., I knew I had hired a very special person. He participated in many special projects and initiatives including the coordination of the Haiti Disaster Recovery efforts after the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, the CISPBC/United Way grant for school supplies drive, the Superintendent’s Graduation and Suspension Reduction Task Force Initiatives, etc.” said Margaret Bagley, the Executive Director of Communities In School of Palm Beach County, Inc., in a letter of nomination.

 “We are thrilled and honored to offer Bobby this award for being a shining example to others in our network, as well as to the children of our nation. His hard work and commitment help students stay in school and prepare for life,” say Gary Chapman, the Executive Vice President of the CIS’ National Network.

For more information, contact Ashlee Crabb at (703) 518-2572 or email crabba@cisnet.org.

 

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Students from South Intensive Transition joined more than 300 students, parents, community leaders and members of the public who recently welcomed notable entrepreneur Russell Simmons to Palm Beach County.                                                                       

Principal Voncia Haywood worked with Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)/Youth Services Graduation/Career Coach Alma Horne and Pyramids Bookstore owner Akbar Watson to facilitate access for the students to meet the entrepreneur, philanthropist, musician, strict vegan and yoga enthusiast. USA today recently named Mr. Simmons one of the Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years, calling him a “hip-hop pioneer” for his groundbreaking vision that has influenced music, fashion, finance, television and film.

He engaged the students in topics and subtopics from two books: Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success - which combines effective business practices with a spiritual foundation to be the best you can be, and Super Rich: Inside and Out- which emphasizes the power of inner strength and reflection as a means of achieving human aspirations.   Dr. Haywood said you could hear a pin drop when the native New Yorker shared tales of his social activism– to include the plight of animals and the state of the environment, as well as his long- time support of equal rights for all.

Even after two and-a- half hours the students weren’t ready for the program to end. Some of the South Intensive Transition students were among those who asked the media and fashion mogul questions. Mr. Simmons made an effort to answer all of the questions and then took time to take photos and sign his books.

For more details,  contact Dr. Haywood at 561-644-2791 or email Voncia.haywoon@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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Several students from the South Intensive Transition School recently found themselves in the midst of nearly 1,000 participants of the Men of Excellence Awards Gala in West Palm Beach which featured celebrity social justice activist Reverend Al Sharpton. The Convention Center event featured awards to outstanding men for going above and beyond providing extraordinary service to the community. South Intensive Principal Dr. Voncia Haywood collaborated with College/Career Readiness Coach Alma Horne to facilitate student participation at the event with the keynote presentation by the notable Reverend Sharpton.

His remarks emphasized the importance of education and serving the community; staying true to and loving “self” but extending that love to family and others; the crucial need to be a registered voter and fulfilling the responsibility to actually vote; and finally the importance of having a foundation of faith and a spirit of forgiveness. Dr. Haywood said it was clear from remarks students made after the gala that Reverend Sharpton made quite an impact. “They commented on his intelligence and used words such as ‘profound, prolific, and dynamic orator’ and clearly they wanted more,” she stated. The school administrator added that the students were also impressed by the number of men present who were noted professionals and volunteers in Palm Beach County.

The Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., in partnership with the Delta Heritage Foundation partnership, recognized the following outstanding men of the community –most of whom have had a variety of involvement with schools and students around the District:  1)The Arts Award- Reginald Asberry, vocalist and pianist, Director of Music, Orthodox Zion Church; 2)The Business Executive Award-Bruce N. Lewis, principal, L.B. Limited & Associates; 3)The Education Award- Bradley G. Harper, Esq., Olds, Stephens & Harper, P.A.; 4)The Health and Wellness Award- Avery T. Siders, community liaison, Hospice of Palm Beach County; 5)The Humanitarian Award- Paul A. Nunnally, founder, Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Bch County; 6)The Social Action Award- Reverend Kevin Jones, minister for Youth and Young Adults, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church; 7) Keeper of the Torch Award -Organization Award- The Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network.  

 For more information, please contact Dr. Haywood at 561-644-2791  or email Voncia.haywood@palmbeachschools.org.

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Eighteen students completed high school and graduated from the Palm Beach Juvenile Correctional Facility (PBJ) during recent ceremonies.  Keynote speaker Bradley J. Harper of Olds, Stephens, and HarperLaw Firm used his unique talents and knowledge to inspire the graduating students with words of wisdom marked by a challenge to continue an upward path. Attorney Harper specifically told the students about the importance of continuous learning. “Find your passion and continue to believe in yourselves,” he stated. “Don’t let anyone else define you, but maintain your integrity, and above all—use your creativity and dream big—but always remember to  give back to society,” he added. He told them they don’t have to be perfect to be  meaningful participants in the community.

Palm Beach Juvenile Correctional Facility is one of 51 high schools in the Palm Beach County School District.  The 118- bed residential treatment facility for male offenders between the ages of 13-18 is operated by Youth Services International (YSI) for the Department of Juvenile Justice.  The average length of stay for the youth is 9-12 months.  YSI offers many services to residential youth with the educational services provided through the District. While in this facility, students can complete applicable requirements and receive either a Standard High School diploma or a Performance Based Exit Option Diploma.

Families and friends joined District dignitaries who were on hand at the ceremony to celebrate the students achievement.  For further details, contact Graduation/Career Coach Alma Horne, 561-681-5937 or alma.horne@palmbeachschools.org .

 

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WHAT :      Free GED Orientation

WHEN :      June 28, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WHO :        Delray Full Service Center Staff

WHERE :   Delray Full Service Center, Media Center

301 Southwest 14th Avenue

Delray Beach, Florida 33444

WHY :        There is no question about it, having your high school diploma will open many doors for you throughout your life.  Come to this free seminar and find out what the GED Test is all about.  With your State of Florida high school diploma you can realize your dreams of going to college, technical school, and the military and even get a better job.

There is a new GED Test on the horizon that will be academically challenging and more expensive. 

For more information, call (561) 266-1200.

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Costco, Office Depot Foundation and Wells Fargo were touted last week as three of the top businesses in the state for supporting and advancing Florida’s public education system. The recognition occurred as a part of the 2012Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards ceremony, held by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation.  Florida’s Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson, along with members of the Florida Education Foundation and leaders from the business community, were on hand to present awards to Costco, Office Depot Foundation and Wells Fargo and more than 70 other outstanding education business partners.

“I am honored to recognize the outstanding commitment of our business partners to public education in Florida,” said Commissioner Robinson. “Their pledge to student academic success through business partnerships embodies the fundamental relationship between education and the workforce. As students prepare for postsecondary education and careers, the skills they learn today through these partnerships will ensure they are ready to compete for the jobs of tomorrow.”

TheCommissioner’s Business Recognition Awards are administered by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation to encourage successful alliances within the business community and among local school districts for the benefit of Florida’s students. The 2012 awards program was sponsored in part by Wells Fargo, Infinity Software Development, and Florida Trend Magazine.

Costco’s partnership with Palm Beach County schools has helped support the goal of achievement for all. The company has sponsored various events at schools across the county by providing food, supplies, backpacks and student incentives. Costco also supplies food and drinks for the School District Teacher of the Year, School Related Employee of the Year, and Retiree Celebration.

The Office Depot Foundation has been an exemplary partner to the School District for a number of years through its annual award winning National Backpack Program.  In the past five years, Office Depot and the Foundation have provided more than 70,000 backpacks for children in Palm Beach County.  The Office Depot Foundation has reached approximately 2.5 million students through its National Backpack Program since 2001.

Wells Fargo generously provides grants and sponsorships through the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc.  to help benefit district projects such as Winner Scholarships, Distinguished Alumni Awards, Awards for Excellence in Education, and Kids Read, Run and Recycle Marathon Mile.  The School District also received a $50,000 donation from Wells Fargo to establish a partnership with Adopt-A-Classroom to increase community support and contributions for classrooms. 

To learn more about the Florida Education Foundation, or to see the full list of winners for the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards, visit http://www.floridaeducationfoundation.org/.

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A video created by KEC/Canal Point Elementary’s KEC TV news club placed 2nd in the 2012 Florida School Boards Association’s Video Contest. Placing in this contest is one of the biggest accomplishments for the school’s video production program since this was the first time the school entered a video contest where they competed against Middle Schools and High Schools. The first place winner was a high school club. 

Click here to view on the video 

The theme of the FSBA contest was “What’s Super About Public Schools”. KEC/Canal Point Elementary’s video titled “Super Student and his Super Public School” was about a superhero named Super Student. The video showed that all of Super Student’s super powers came directly from all of the super things happening at his public school. 

Super Student was played by 5th grader Anthony Bowie. Anthony has been a part of the KEC TV news since he started in third grade as Damon Weaver’s (student who interviewed President Obama) protégé.  

KEC/Canal Point Elementary has been awarded $2,500 for winning 2nd place. The money will be used to improve the school’s television studio (replace broken and old equipment) and to cover travel expenses for events that the school covers off campus. 

This has been a very successful school year for KEC/Canal Point Elementary’s KEC TV news club since they created videos that placed in all four statewide/nationwide video contests that they entered.

 The video can also be watch in the KEC/Canal Point Elementary’s KEC TV news club You Tube Channel at: http://youtu.be/TuFeVhfW9Xw

For more information contact Brian Zimmerman at (561) 924-9800 or via email at brian.zimmerman@palmbeachschools.org.   

 

 

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