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The School District of Palm Beach County is partnering with several community organizations to offer a Safety and Wellness Fair in order to equip students with the proper tools needed to enjoy a safe and healthy life. 

When? Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where? Forest Hill Community High School – 6901 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Various community organizations will be present to provide information and resources to the families. The goal of the event is to inform and educate youth from five to eighteen years of age about the benefits of a safe and healthy lifestyle. Free helmets will be distributed and there will be refreshments for all the attendees. The Safety and Wellness Fair is a fun event for the whole family and offers important tips about bicycle safety, eating healthy and much more.

The Safety and Wellness Fair is being presented by Safe Routes to School Coalition; Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities; Quantum Foundation; Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation; Safe Kids Palm Beach County; Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc.; Community Partnership Group; and the School District of Palm Beach County.

Safety and Wellness Fair fllyer – English

Safety and Wellness Fair flyer – Spanish

For more information contact Rosella Miceli at (561) 841-3500 xt. 1041 or via e-mail at rmceli@gocpg.org.    

 

 

 

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Prestige Dance Group

Prestige Dance Group

Delray Full Service invites all students, teachers and community members to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and learn about all the new and innovative programs offered at the school. 

When? Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Where? Delray Full Service Center – 301 S.W. 14th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444 

The celebration will feature the Prestige Dance Company group who will be performing traditional Hispanic dances and rhythms.  Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives about the ESOL, ABE, GED prep courses and all the other programs offered at this center. 

The School District of Palm Beach County strives to provide adult and community classes to provide opportunities for improving skills used at home, at school, at work and in the community. Some of the classes include Adult High School, ESOL, Family Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED. These courses are designed to help adults learn English, earn a GED, go to college, or gain the knowledge and skills necessary to advance to a meaningful career.

For more information contact Sandra Caruso at (561) 266-1219 or via e-mail at sandra.caruso@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

 

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The Sixth Superintendent Search Community Input Meeting of the School Board of Palm Beach County is set for Tuesday, October 11, 2011, Park Vista High School Auditorium, 7900 Jog Rd., Lake Worth, Fl., 33467,  from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Florida School Boards Association Executive Director Wayne Blanton is conducting the search, and several community leaders are assisting by facilitating some of the meetings.  Tonight, Aimee Cernicharo, a parent, mediator and human rights attorney at St. Thomas University Human Rights Institute, is facilitating the meeting.

The School Board’s goal is to hire a new superintendent by March 1, 2012.

A banner on the District web site, www.palmbeachschools.org, links readers to a special Superintendent Search web page that contains a community survey, community input meeting dates, times and locations and other detailed information, including Spanish and Creole translations.

For more information, contact Nat Harrington, 434-8227.

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DIRECTIONS TO PARK VISTA HIGH SCHOOL:  I-95 to Hypoluxo and go west to Jog Rd. Turn south (left) on Jog Rd. and go about 1/4 of a mile to Northtree. Turn east (left) on Northtree and this will lead you directly to the main entrance gate.

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Boynton Beach Community High School Dimensional Harmony (DH) has once again been honored with a special invitation to New York City.  Last year DH was recognized as the national winner of the TODAY Show’s Show Choir competition and performed live on the TODAY Show. Word spread regarding the talented group and Chorus Director Sterling Fredrick was contacted by renowned composer, Tim Janis.     Mr. Janis came to visit BBCHS and to meet the students in Dimensional Harmony and to hear for himself the amazing chorus.  As a result of this visit, Mr. Janis invited DH to come to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on December 2, 2011.  Dimensional Harmony will be the featured high school chorus and will perform a mini concert at Carnegie Hall, as well as sing back-up vocals behind several solo celebrities.  In order to participate in this exciting event, the students will need to raise $6000.00 

If you are interested in helping our remarkable Boynton Beach Community High School students experience performing on stage at Carnegie Hall, please contact Pam Whigham (Choice Coordinator) at 561-752-1526 or Sterling Fredrick (Chorus Director) at 561-752-1547.  Donations can be can be made payable to Boynton Beach Community High School-Dimensional Harmony. 

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The Fifth Superintendent Search Community Input Meeting of the School Board of Palm Beach County is set for Monday, October 10, 2011, Palm Beach Central High School Auditorium, 8499 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, Fl. 33411, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Florida School Boards Association Executive Director Wayne Blanton is conducting the search, and several community leaders are assisting by facilitating some of the meetings.  Tonight, Dr. Alison Adler, Volunteer for the School District of Palm Beach County and recently retired Chief of Safety and Learning Environment, is facilitating the meeting.

The School Board’s goal is to hire a new superintendent by March 1, 2012.

A banner on the District web site, www.palmbeachschools.org, links readers to a special Superintendent Search web page that contains a community survey, community input meeting dates, times and locations and other detailed information, including Spanish and Creole translations.

 For more information, contact Nat Harrington, 434-8227.

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DIRECTIONS TO PALM BEACH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL:  I-95 to Forest Hill Blvd. Go west. School is just past the turnpike on the right.

 

 

 

 

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Ballroom Dancing has taken center stage at Crystal Lakes Elementary School with rave reviews from students. Pierre Dulaine, the founder of the non-profit Dancing Classrooms, recently had 5th graders at the Boynton Beach school learning basic steps for waltz, polka, swing, rumba, tango and meringue.

Crystal Lakes ElementaryDancing Classrooms is a social development program for 5th grade children that utilize ballroom dancing as a vehicle to change the lives of not only the children who participate in the program but also the lives of the teachers and parents who support these children.  These changes have been documented as increasing self esteem, anti-bullying, obesity prevention, and school retention.

The Dancing Classrooms program is integrated appropriately with the 5th grade curriculum (with the school’s input); i.e. math (what are the beats in the dance?), geography (where does “meringue” come from?), history (what is the origin of the “waltz’?), language arts (can you write a poem about how it feels when you dance?), etc.

The value and power of Dancing Classrooms has been documented in two feature films; the Academy Award winning “Mad Hot Ballroom” and “Take The Lead” (starring Antonio Banderas) which depicts Pierre Dulaine’s efforts to utilize ballroom dancing to help New York City youth regain a sense of self-respect, pride, and elegance.

For more information please contact Crystal Lakes Elementary Principal Diane Curcio-Greaves at 561-292-6600 or for those interested in learning more about the non-profit Dancing Classrooms Southeast Florida visit the website www.dancingclassrooms-sfl.org or contact Deborah Briggs at 561.247.0017 or at dhbriggs@DancingClassrooms-SFL.org

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Through a partnership with the Prime Time PBC Advocacy Committee and the School District of Palm Beach County Departments of Afterschool Programming and Safe Schools, the annual national Lights On Afterschool commemoration will spotlight afterschool programs around Palm Beach County with a series of events.  Their mission … promote and develop and increased awareness of the need and value of afterschool programs for our youth, their families and our community.

Palm Beach County is just one of more than 7,500 communities and millions of Americans nationwide recognizing the importance of keeping our children safe, inspire their learning and help working families.

Some of the ways Palm Beach County will give tribute to this important event:

 * October 4, representatives of the Prime Time PBC Advocacy Committeewill accept a Proclamation from the Board of County Commissioners at the Board Chambers

 *October 19, School District elementary and middle school students will accept a proclamation from the Superintendent and Board Members and read essays on “What Brightens Their Day in Afterschool.”

 *Week of October 17-20, afterschool programs and child care centers countywide will promote this occasion in various ways.  Check with a school or childcare center of your choice to see what exciting things are planned!

 *October 20, the public is invited to a celebratory rally from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the West Palm Beach City Center Plaza Courtyard.  Students will perform, and testimonials by former students will be shared.  Strong voices for afterschool advocacy will include local celebrities, Palm Beach County and School District dignitaries.

 Elaine Cittadino, coordinator with the District’s Afterschool Programming said the diversity of activities have a purpose. “ We want everyone to join the cause to keep our children safe and inspire their learning by letting it be known that Palm Beach County is a community that supports Lights On Afterschool everyday,” she stated. 

For information on what is planned nationwide and much more on what matters in afterschool, please visit the Afterschool Alliance website at http://www.afterschoolalliance.org

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The Speech and Debate Team at Jupiter High School received notification in late September that they have earned a slot in the prestigious 100 Club of the National Forensic League. This honor is bestowed only to those teams that earn 100 or more degrees in a single year of forensic competition. Only 10% of all teams nationwide are recognized for their consistent excellence in the world of high school speech and debate. According to the letter received by Kristen Taylor, coach of the team, and Cheryl Alligood, Jupiter’s principal, “Such a milestone [membership in the 100 Club] is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills – including communication, research, listening, writing, and organization.”

The Jupiter team has already competed at three tournaments so far this year: one in Miami at G. Holmes Braddock High School, one at Wellington High School, and one at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. At these three tournaments, the team earned a total of 25 awards, including fifth in Dramatic Interpretation, first in Student Congress, and 15th Best Speaker in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at Yale. Upcoming tournaments include the Nova Titan Invitational (Davie), the University of Florida Blue Key Tournament, the Glenbrooks in Chicago, and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. And all of these occur before Winter Break.

For more information please contact Kristen Taylor, Jupiter High School Speech and Debate Coach at 561-744-7900 or
kristen.taylor@palmbeachschools.org .

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The Suncoast Community High School Think Pink Club, along with the Girls’ Volleyball team, is sponsoring “Volley For A Cure and Senior Night” Tuesday, October 18, 2011.

“Volley For A Cure” t-shirts for $10.00 and breast cancer ribbons will be on sale with proceeds being donated to the fight against breast cancer.   Seniors on the Girls’ Volleyball team will also be honored as Suncoast hosts the season’s last home game:

Freshmen vs. Jupiter High School at 4:30 pm

JV vs. Kings Academy at 5:00 pm

Varsity vs. Kings Academy at 7:00 pm

Admission: $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.

For more information please contact Suncoast High Director of Athletics Kelli Erianne at kelli.erianne@palmbeachschools.org .

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The Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association Members’ Exhibition at the Armory Art Center features original art works by 21 of the county’s art teachers and community members. 

When? Opening Reception – October 14, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Exhibit Open – October 14 thru November 11, 2011

Gallery hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where? Armory Art Center – 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. 

This exhibit displays the individual talent and creativity of area teachers and community members. The exhibition offers PBCATA an opportunity to complete their mission of supporting art education and promoting art as a means of communication for each individual. 

The School District of Palm Beach County strives to provide a visual, performing and communications arts program with unique opportunities for students and teachers and in-depth studies of the arts. 

Featured Artists

Raven Nobles Acosta

Barbara Brubaker

Bonnie Bruner

Bill Buchanan

Kris Davis

Don Durfee

Britt Feingold

Jennifer Love-Gironda

Jay Harmon

BettyJane Heiser Zedonek

Astrid Helena Mora

Linda Mae Morgan

Cindy Oakes

Mimi Potter

Paula Rakszawski

Sharon Salansky

Gwenn Seuling

Rose Shaw

Linda Stevenson

Bonnie Yorston-Hollihan

Sandy Lerman

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

For more information contact Britt Feingold at (561) 882-7600 or via e-mail at britt.feingold@palmbeachschools.org

 

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Cypress Trails Elementary School’s Kindergarten and 1st grade classes recently participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.  Students from Mrs. Weaver’s kindergarten class enjoyed the featured selection Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney read by guest speaker, Mrs. Marcia Andrews, School Board Member.  

Cypress Trails Elementary was proud to participate in this campaign which brings attention to the importance of an early education. The School District of Palm Beach County provides a curriculum that exposes students to a variety of writing models and methodologies. Students learn to be independent writers, develop an understanding of multiple aspects and gain reading fluency and stamina.

For more information contact Tasha Burke-Peart, Library Media Specialist at (561) 904-9000 or via e-mail at tasha.burke-peart@palmbeachschools.org.     

 

School Board Member, Mrs. Marcia Andrews reads to a group of kindergartens and 1st graders.

School Board Member, Mrs. Marcia Andrews reads to a group of kindergartens and 1st graders.

 

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The Department of Choice and Career Options invites all parents, guardians and students to the 15th Annual “Showcase of Schools” on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. This event will be held at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, located at 9067 Southern Boulevard (the corner of Fairgrounds Road and Southern Boulevard). There is no entry charge for this informative event.

Choice programs create an educational environment which responds to student interests, celebrates cultural and ethnic diversity, and fosters student achievement.  The Department of Choice and Career Options is committed to empowering and supporting students and their families in making informed educational decisions leading to post secondary education and career options in order to compete in today’s technology-driven, global society.

The “Showcase of Schools” will feature Choice Programs available throughout the School District of Palm Beach County. There are currently 73 schools offering 172 Choice programs.  Among the large variety of programs offered are programs such as the Performing Arts, International Baccalaureate, Montessori, Medical Sciences, Culinary Arts, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  Representatives from participating schools and District departments will be available to discuss the educational opportunities offered by the District.

This is a special opportunity to get all of your questions answered before the Choice application due date of Friday, December 16, 2011.

For more information, call the Department of Choice and Career Options at 561-434-8755 or go to us on the web at www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms .

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The Fourth Superintendent Search Community Input Meeting of the School Board of Palm Beach County is set for Thursday, October 6, 2011, Glades Central High School Auditorium, 10014 S.W. Ave. “M”, Belle Glade, Fl.33430, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Florida School Boards Association Executive Director Wayne Blanton is conducting the search, and several community leaders are assisting by facilitating some of the meetings.  Tonight, Suzette Harvey, Executive Director, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc., is facilitating the meeting.

The School Board’s goal is to hire a new superintendent by March 1, 2012.

A banner on the District web site, www.palmbeachschools.org, links readers to a special Superintendent Search web page that contains a community survey, community input meeting dates, times and locations and other detailed information, including Spanish and Creole translations.

For more information, contact Nat Harrington, 434-8227.

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 DIRECTIONS TO GLADES CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL: 

 From the Turnpike: West on Southern Boulevard to State Road 80/15/Main Street (40 miles west of 441 in Wellington) and turn left. Continue to Glades Central Road and turn right.

From I-95: Exit Southern Boulevard and continue West to State Road 80/15/Main Street (40 miles west of 441 in Wellington) and turn left. Continue to Glades Central Road and turn right.

From State Road 27: State Road 27 West to South Bay and turn right at the light (State Road 80.) At the second light turn left into the school.

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Thirty-four Palm Beach County schools are the first to earn money from the District’s new Energy Conservation Incentive Program.  Through the efforts of these schools, and several others, the District’s electrical costs for FY 2011 were $1.64 million less than FY 2010.  By conserving energy the School District is able to maximize the money we put directly into the classroom. 

 TOP PERFORMERS

SCHOOL

INCENTIVES

Bak Middle School of the Arts

$1,352

C.O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary

$1,131

Hagen Road Elementary

$834

Jupiter Community High

$2,819

Marsh Pointe Elementary

$711

Palm Beach Gardens Elementary

$606

Palm Springs Community Middle

$1,526

Pine Jog Elementary

$813

MOST IMPROVED

SCHOOL

INCENTIVES

Bak Middle School of the Arts

$1,289

Beacon Cove Intermediate

$950

Berkshire Elementary

$1,747

Citrus Cove Elementary

$690

CO. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary

$1,278

Crestwood Middle

$1,767

Diamond View Elementary ($1,019)/Tradewinds Middle ($1,160)

$2,179

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary

$967

Elbridge Gale Elementary

$514

Forest Park Elementary

$570

Greenacres Elementary

$1,052

Jerry Thomas Elementary

$982

Jupiter Farms Elementary

$750

Jupiter High

$3,446

Jupiter Middle

$1,506

Loggers Run Community Middle

$2,406

Morikami Park Elementary

$703

Palm Springs Middle

$1,197

Roosevelt Community Middle

$1,276

Royal Palm School

$2,157

S.D. Spady Elementary

$348

Timber Trace Elementary ($1,120)/W.B. Duncan Middle ($1,643)

$2,763

Wellington Community High

$2,409

Wellington Landings Middle

$1,315

The Energy Conservation Incentive Program is a result of the School District’s desire to reduce energy use and to be good stewards of our natural resources, while also reducing expenditures. Schools are encouraged to take an active role in managing energy consumption on their campuses.

According to Chief of Facilities Management Joseph Sanches, “All schools can earn money in the Most Improved category because schools are only compared to themselves.  This means all 187 schools can earn money for their schools by reducing energy costs.  In fact, several of the schools on this list we built over 20 years ago.”

The Facilities Services and Environmental & Conservation Services departments assist all schools with their energy conservation efforts throughout the year.

For more information please contact Mr. Sanches at (561) 357-7573 or joseph.sanches@palmbeachschools.org .

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Llama, Llama, Red Pajama will be part of the itinerary for Lake Worth City Manager Susan Stanton and City Commissioner Jo-ann Golden Thursday, October 6.  The two leaders will be on hand at North Grade Elementary School tomorrow to participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record — a day when millions gather to set a new reading record.  All of the kindergarten classes and some first and second grade classes will be reading  the book titled Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney.   The arrangements were made through the Lake Worth Public Library and  North Grade teacher, Nancy Howard.  Ms. Stanton  will read to a group of 2nd graders at 9:00 a.m. and Ms.  Golden, will  read to kindergarten students at 1:00 p.m.  North Grade Principal Debbie Battles said the school is  joining more than 2 million voices that are calling for an end to America’s early education achievement gap and supporting early literacy. “We know how vital early literacy is to establishing a strong foundation for student academic success—and our school family understands this,” she stated.

Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained nearly 25,000 college students and community volunteers to deliver its program to more than 100,000 preschool children nationwide. Jumpstart’s award-winning program holds a “Best in America” seal from Independent Charities of America.   

For more details about North Grade’s event, contact Media Specialist Erin Walsh, 561- 202-9315 or email erin.walsh@palmbeachschools.org.

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The Third Superintendent Search Community Input Meeting of the School Board of Palm Beach County is set for this evening,  Wednesday, October 5, 2011, Lake Worth High School, 1701 Lake Worth Rd., Lake Worth, Fl. 33460, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Florida School Boards Association Executive Director Wayne Blanton is conducting the search, and several community leaders are assisting by facilitating some of the meetings.  Tonight, Aimee Cernicharo, a parent, mediator and human rights attorney at St. Thomas University Human Rights Institute, is facilitating the meeting.

The School Board’s goal is to hire a new superintendent by March 1, 2012.

A banner on the District web site, www.palmbeachschools.org, links readers to a special Superintendent Search web page that contains a community survey, community input meeting dates, times and locations and other detailed information, including Spanish and Creole translations.

For more information, contact Nat Harrington, 434-8227.

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DIRECTIONS TO LAKE WORTH HIGH SCHOOL:  I-95 to 6th Avenue South. East to “A” St. North on “A” St. and go to Lake Worth Rd. Turn west on Lake Worth Rd. School on left.

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Beth Bobay, a mathematics teacher at Suncoast Community High School is the recipient of the 2011 Yale Educator Award. The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels. Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee composed of Yale admissions officers reviews the nominations individually and designates recipients. Of 228 nominations received for this year’s Educator Award 50 teachers and 30 counselors were selected to receive the awards.

Ms. Bobay is beginning her 30th year of teaching and her 7th year at Suncoast Community High School.  In the 2008-09 school year, she received the prestigious national Siemens Award for the State of Florida for her students’ superior achievement in Advanced Placement Calculus and she also received her National Board Teaching Certification.  At Suncoast, Ms. Bobay sponsors Mu Alpha Theta which is the National Math Honor Society.  This club actively participates in state and regional math competitions throughout the school year.   With the help of her Suncoast colleagues, the team has received many trophies and accolades including a state winner in the Florida Math League competition.  The team also serves the community by tutoring mathematics at all levels.

For more information please contact Principal Dr. Linda Cartlidge at 561-882-3400 or linda.cartlidge@palmbeachschools.org

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For some students school is a place where they attend classes, take tests, and talk to friends. However, more than ever, Watson B. Duncan Middle School (DMS) is a place where young adults can pursue their passion. For the last six years, the school has been cultivating the next generation of polished professionals in the Pre-Academy of Finance.  With their new Literary and Fine Arts Academy Duncan is balancing the scales between business and the arts.

The Literary and Fine Arts Academy will cultivate creativity, and develop artistic talent, while enriching students’ knowledge and fostering a love of literature and reading. Students will intensely focus on a chosen art area and explore the connection between literature and fine arts.  The Literary Arts component will act as the unifying element of the Academy, with all students participating in Advanced Language Arts with Literary Infusion.  The program challenges students to achieve a high standard of artistic professionalism, literary understanding and analysis, and academic excellence.

The Academy will nourish the creative instincts of its students by providing exposure to professional artists and an array of artistic performances. Most uniquely, the Literary and Fine Arts Academy will be partnering with the well-established, well-traveled Pre-Academy of Finance in future group travel. The globe-trotting school boasts tours of China, France, Spain, New York, Chicago, and Boston.  These rare opportunities provide students with insight into historical works of art while inspiring their own creative endeavors.

Duncan’s faculty and administration are proud of the marriage of these two phenomenal programs. Duncan is not simply adding a second academy to their school, but is partnering the programs to provide a school-wide concept of an enriched learning environment. As this year’s yearbooks states, “DMS is a unique place where you can travel abroad, lead the drum line, explore the coral reefs, learn a new language, get the lead role, anchor the midday news, make life-lasting friendships, score the winning goal, inspire an audience, or paint your own picture.” In short, DMS is a place where you can love to learn.

Watson B. Duncan’s Choice Open House will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm.

For more information please contact Principal Jose Garcia at 561-776-3500 or jose.garcia.1@palmbeachschools.org .

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Barnes & Noble at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens is holding a bookfair tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5th to benefit Howell L. Watkins Middle School.  The bookfair which includes fun and surprises takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  There will be: Design your own bookmark; Surprise teacher read alouds; Watkins Pre-Med students in action and Special teacher performances.

A percentage of the Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit the school.

For more information please contact Howell L. Watkins Middle School Principal Dr. Glenda Sheffield at 561-776-3600 or
glenda.sheffield@palmbeachschools.org .

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On Friday, October 7, 2011 Boca Raton Elementary will be part of a very special surprise.  SSG Therron Johnson will be surprising his daughter upon his return from Iraq. 

SSG Johnson is an Avionics Line Supervisor for C-CO 1-111th (AA) Air Ambulance and controls a Medevac company covering the southern region of Iraq.  It has been a year since he has seen his daughter who attends Boca Elementary and his son who is a student at Don Estridge Middle School.  Mr. Riopelle, Principal of Boca Raton Elementary, has been exchanging emails with Mr. Johnson for the past month coordinating a reunion as a welcome back home to a serviceman and a special surprise to his daughter and son. 

“This is a special time for one of my students and it is an honor to be a part of this reunion,” said Mr. Riopelle.

At the reunion, SSG Johnson will present Boca Raton Elementary will a special gift: an American Flag with a Medievac Certificate from his command post in Iraq which the school will fly with great pride and respect. 

“Serving in the US military is a patriotic duty.  We are proud of our servicemen and women stationed in the United States and around the world protecting and serving our county with honor.  With this reunion we are able to show our respect and gratitude for all who have served our country and their families.” said Mr. Riopelle.

The reunion will take place at Boca Raton Elementary at 1:00PM. 

For more information, contact Gerald Riopelle at (561) 561-544-1700 or email gerald.riopelle@palmbeachschools.org.

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Cholee Lake Elementary is hosting their annual Open House for families that are interested about enrolling their children in the Spanish Dual Language Program offered there. 

When? October 5, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.

Where? Cholee Lake Elementary Media Center – 6680 Dillman Road, Greenacres 33415 

The Dual Language Program offers an enriched education by providing an English/Spanish immersion program to students from kindergarten to fifth grade. This program shares the same challenging academic and language development standards mandated by the district and provides students the opportunity to learn to speak, read and write in two languages. 

Cholee Lake Open House Flyer

Hoja Informativa acerca del Día de Visita a la Escuela Cholee Lake

For more information contact Kerry Maione at (561) 383-9624 or via e-mail at kerry.maione@palmbeachschools.org.   

 

 

 

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The U.S. Department of Education awarded 76 grants to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) who plan to implement comprehensive, integrated physical activity and nutrition programs for their students through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP).   Funding is intended to assist these entities initiate, expand, or enhance physical education and nutrition education programs, including after-school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The School District of Palm Beach County has been awarded the Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant (PEP) for a period of three years.  The total monies awarded for the three year period is valued at $2,089,421.00.  This grant will support and enhance physical education at all 108 public Palm Beach County elementary schools.  Thirty six elementary schools will be selected to participate in each of the three years. The foundation of the grant is to provide a consistent common physical education curriculum, quality professional development for physical education teachers, increase nutrition education, and to improve student achievement in fitness.

Over the three year grant period:

  • The Sports Play and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK), elementary physical education curriculum will be purchased as the common curriculum.
  • Each physical education teacher from the elementary schools selected in year one will attend four professional development trainings from the SPARK trainers.  In years two and three, the physical education teachers from the remaining elementary schools will attend the same four day professional development trainings.
  • To purchase developmentally appropriate physical education equipment.
  • A grant specialist will be hired to monitor the implementation of the SPARK curriculum.
  • An outside evaluator will monitor the grant.

Each participating elementary school will receive over $5,000 in curriculum, trainings and physical education equipment.

For more information please contact Dr. Janis Andrews, Assistant Superintendent Curriculum and Learning Support at 561-357-1113 or janis.andrews@palmbeachschools.org

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The application window for student reassignment requests for the second semester of the current school year will open effective October 1, 2011 and remain open through October 31, 2011.  With the exception of extreme circumstances, applications must be received in the Choice and Career Options Office by 4:00pm on October 31, 2011, in order to receive consideration.  Approved reassignments will take effect on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, the first day of the second semester.

The policy governing reassignments (Policy 5.015) and the application request form (PBSD 0249) can be found on the website for the Department of Choice and Career Options at:
http://www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms/ReassignmentInfo.asp

Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, or by fax.  For list of schools approved for application for the second semester please click Reassignment List-Second Semester 2011-2012 approved[2]  For questions regarding reassignment requests, parents may call the Department of Choice and Career Options at 561-434-8755.

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The Second Superintendent Search Community Input Meeting of the School Board of Palm Beach County is Tuesday, October 4, 2011, Atlantic High School Auditorium, 2455 Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, Fl. 33445, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Florida School Boards Association Executive Director Wayne Blanton is conducting the search and facilitating the meeting.

A banner on the District web site, www.palmbeachschools.org, links readers to a special Superintendent Search web page that contains a community survey, community input meeting dates, times and locations and other detailed information, including Spanish and Creole translations.

For more information, contact Nat Harrington, 434-8227.

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A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts junior Catherine Sans of Jupiter, Florida is one of 44 students in the nation to be recognized by the Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Catherine’s photograph, entitled Caroline, will be on exhibition at the Department of Education’s new Arts and Humanities Building in Washington DC.  The photograph was originally a GOLD KEY winning photograph in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition and was on exhibit in New York City this past June.  The award winning photo was selected from 1000’s of entries from across the United States.  Catherine and her mother attended the opening of the exhibition and the ribbon cutting ceremony in  Washington, DC earlier this month.

For more information, contact Jane Grandusky, Arts/Magnet Coordinator,  561-802-6203 or email jane.grandusky@palmbeachschools.org .   

see photo here:Caroline by Catherine Sans