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The Norton Museum of Art’s Seventh Annual Chinese Moon Festival Celebration, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is scheduled this year for 12:00 p.m. to 5:00  p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. This celebration of Chinese art and culture is filled with children’s games, family art projects, tours of the Museum’s world-renowned Chinese collections, as well as traditional Chinese moon cakes and tea. The afternoon highlight is a performance of Monkey King: Journey to the West, featuring renowned storyteller Diane Wolkstein.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of China’s most important holidays, (the others being the Chinese New Year and the Dragon Boat Festival). On this day, family and friends gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon and eat moon cakes. Steeped in tradition and legend, this centuries-old harvest celebration has become an annual all-ages event at the Norton. Typically District students, staff, and their families participate. During previous years district educators have presented workshop sessions.

“Each year, this event draws families, students, and adults to the Museum to experience different aspects of Chinese culture,” says Glenn Tomlinson, William Randolph Hearst Curator of Education. “This year, we are truly fortunate to have Diane Wolkstein perform Monkey King.” Through performances, teaching, books, and recordings, Wolkstein has played a major role in the renewed interest in mythology and the modern storytelling movement. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg named June 22, 2007 “Diane Wolkstein Day,” in honor of the artist’s 40 years of storytelling in New York where she initiated America’s first graduate storytelling program, and pioneered a year–round storytelling program for parks and schools.

 Monkey King: Journey to the West is one of the three great Chinese epics. Written in the 16th century, the historically-based saga recounts the poignant and humorous adventures of the impetuous, determined, irascible and yet loveable, superhero Monkey King. Wolkstein has performed the story throughout the world to great acclaim, most recently in Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, and The Asian Museum of Art in San Francisco. The tale is appropriate for ages nine and older.

The Moon Festival is free with regular Museum admission, though the Norton is honoring Smithsonian magazine’s national Museum Day Live tickets, each of which is valid for two free adult admissions. (Saturdays are also free to West Palm Beach residents!)

 Moon Festival schedule:

 Noon- 3 p.m. – Chinese Character Writing Workshop with Bei Bei She; all ages welcome

Noon – 4 p.m. – Holiday Lantern and Monkey Mask art projects for children

Noon – 5 p.m.- Self-guided Treasure Hunts in the Chinese Collection galleries

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Docent-led tour and Q&A in the Chinese galleries

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Pottery demonstration: Artist Matt Fiske creates a Moon Jar.

(Fiske, an Artist in Residence at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, says of his work: “In much the same way that a jazz musician brings his own unique improvisations to performances of old standard jazz tunes, I have always delighted in reinterpreting historical precedents with my own particular aesthetic sensibilities and concerns.”)

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Face Art by Daisy

2 p.m.-3 p.m.  – Curator’s Conversation with Laurie Barnes, Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.  – Monkey King: Journey to the West, featuring Diane Wolkstein. Seating is limited: Theater doors open one hour before performance.

4 pm. – 4:30 p.m. – Tea and Mooncakes Reception with Diane Wolkstein

The Seventh Annual Moon Festival Celebration is made possible in part by the generous support of John and Heidi Niblack.


About the Norton Museum

The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and  is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00  p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00  p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children ages 12 and under.  Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit

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Students at Liberty Park Elementary School have helped to set a new world reading record as one of the Top 20 schools in the world whose students read the most minutes in the annual Summer Challenge.   Students at the Greenacres school read and logged a total of 849,183 and finished #16 worldwide and #2 in Florida to help set a new world record of 95,859,491 minutes read by students in 20 schools.  

The free program encourages children to read books and log their minutes as they read for the world record during the summer to help avoid the ‘Summer Slide,’– the loss of reading skills during summer vacation.   This year, 4,446 schools representing 32 countries participated. The school has earned a listing in the 2013 Scholastic Book of World Records, which will be available through Scholastic Book Clubs, Scholastic Book Fairs, book stores nationwide and as an ebook on Storia™  this winter. Liberty Park Elementary will host a McDonald’s fundraiser in honor of this victory in the near future.

“We congratulate all the students who helped set a new Scholastic world record for summer reading,” said Francie Alexander, chief academic officer at Scholastic. “It is crucial for kids to read during the summer so they don’t lose any of the academic skills they gained throughout the school year.  We are so impressed by how many minutes the children read for. This summer, every child was a winner.”

Visit to learn more about the Scholastic Summer Challenge. For more details about Liberty Park’s win, contact Michaelina Oliva, 561.804.3400 or email

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WHAT :      Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Del Prado’s New Science and Math Lab
                     and Library

WHEN :      Friday, September 28, 2012  at 9:00 AM

WHO :        Students and community members

WHERE :   7900 Del Prado Cir., Boca Raton, FL 33433

WHY :        to equip students with 21st century skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving.  Hands-on experiences in a science and math lab will enable them to actively participate in science and math explorations, helping them to be better problem solvers.

Community and families have been involved in this new project.  Students have enjoyed the opportunity to submit ideas for the lab’s name and later voted for their favorite name!  Community members helped paint, decorate the space and arrange for donations of teaching materials from NASA.

This lab and library were made possible through the generosity of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Golden Bell Education Foundation, Advantage Testing, Inc., and our other Lab Partners, PC Professor and the Antonacci Family.

For more information, call Laura Fellman at (561) 544-1800.

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Boca Museum Awarding Field Trip Grants for 2012-2013 School Year


Boca Raton, FL – The Boca Raton Museum of Art is awarding a sixth round of Field Trip Grants to educators in the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.


The Field Trip Grant Program funds educational classroom visits to the Boca Raton Museum of Art between September 2012 and May 2013. Awardees for this school year include teachers at Addison Mizner, Bethune Elementary, Deerfield Park Elementary, Hammock Pointe Elementary, J C Mitchell Elementary, Lighthouse Elementary, Loggers Run Middle School, Orchard View Elementary, Plumosa School of the Arts, Polo Park Middle School, and Seminole Ridge High School.


The Boca Raton Museum of Art is still accepting Field Trip Grant Program applications for the 2012-2013 school year. Grant applications can be found at


Accredited K-12 public, private, or charter schools that maintain a 501(c)(3) or a 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Educators, teachers, principals, or classified staff must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.



Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida, achieving international recognition as a world-class visual arts institution for its dynamic, changing exhibitions from acclaimed artists and distinguished permanent collection. The Museum’s many public programs include artist presentations, family activities, art films, the Annual Art Festival, and more than 100 classes per week at its studio Art School. Museum Auxiliaries include The Artists’ Guild, Friends Auxiliary, and Collectors’ Forum. For more information call 561.392.2500 or visit


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The Gerald A. Williams Legacy Foundation Charity Open Inaugural Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at The President Country Club, 2300 Presidential Way, West Palm Beach, FL. 

Proceeds from the Charity Open will benefit the Gerald A. Williams, Esq. Law Academy Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and the Gerald A. Williams Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. 

Mr. Williams was among the first African-American graduates of the University of Florida College of Law in 1975 and served in several  school district leadership positions, including General Counsel from 2005-2010. According to the foundation,  ”Mr. Williams’ life-long work in the areas of labor and employment law and public education helped to empower men and women throughout Florida. In a legal career spanning more than 30 years, he was an inspiration to many teachers and students. He advocated tirelessly for public education, serving as counsel to numerous school boards.”  
For more information, call 1 877 252-2577 ext. 222 or visit the website at www.GAWLF4CHARITY.ORG.


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“There are specific keys for keeping our students attentive and engaged,” according to Dr. Bill McBride—keynote speaker for the October 19th session of the 8th Annual Language and Culture Conference.  “Choice, variety, relevance, and challenge are the keys educators need to utilize effectively and consistently for student engagement,” he explained. The veteran educator added that both neuroscientists and educators seem to agree that while there are no differences in what boys and girls can learn, there are distinctly different ways to teach them.

The engaging and humorous presenter’s keynote on innovative teaching methodologies is part of a vast roster of creative, interactive educator training  opportunities to learn and practice powerful, proven strategies taught by (inter)nationally known speakers  and established local facilitators  at the 8th Annual Language and Culture Conference. Set for Friday and Saturday, October 19 (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and 20 (8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) at Boynton Beach High School, this year’s conference theme, Climbing to New Heights, reflects the Department of Multicultural Education’s efforts to “raise the bar” of expectation and outcomes for educators as well as students. “Everything an educator needs to know to be effective when teaching English Language Learner (ELL) and other students,” is the way Department Manager Kim Thomasson describes the jam-packed roster for the conference—which was moved this year from June to mid October.

On Saturday, Dr. Kenji Hakuta—co-chair of  the Understanding Language initiative and the Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University will focus on the role of language in subject-area learning—with an emphasis on helping English-language learners meet the new Common Core Sunshine Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Dr. Hakuta said we owe ALL students, but especially English language learners, an instructional system that is tightly attuned to the language necessary to succeed in learning. “Our current education tends to obscure the role of language, and this initiative will make the language that kids need to succeed academically much more visible so that it helps guide what goes on in the classroom.”

Attendees can select from over 80 breakout sessions covering topics such as Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Strategies to Develop Strong Oral Language and Vocabulary Skills; Interventions Targeting Special Needs; Instructional Technology; and Guidance and Social services. Additional session titles include:  Welcome to the Wonderful Webcams; Legacy of the Maya  Continues, But I don’t Speak Their Language;  Bridges and Ladders for Teaching Students of Poverty; Solutions to Bullying and Harassment, and much more.  New teachers and experienced educators will add to their toolkit of instructional approaches, and receive resources to add to their stockpile.

Registration is still open but spots are going fast for the popular conference with a history of offering participants opportunities to network with each other and a wide range of educational vendors who showcase the latest research, books, DVDs,  technology, and other resources. Additional features include the announcement of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Contest winners and performances by students from different schools.

This year, organizers are offering the option of registering for and attending one or both days of the conference. Friday’s session includes breakfast and features a number of gourmet food trucks on site for participants to purchase lunch. Saturday’s event includes lunch and offers five areas of specialized targeted workshops such as Elements of Reading Vocabulary, Reading Instructional Goals for Older Readers (RIGOR) and a special session for administrators to discuss the challenges of implementing the new Common Core State Standards with local, state, and national leaders.

The list of door prizes continues to grow and are featured along with other conference information  at!/events/385772788143721/

To register, visit the conference website,

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The School District of Palm Beach County is partnering with the South Florida Science Museum to bring a unique and exciting experience to students who are in grades 3-12.  Select students and teachers will have the opportunity to speak with crew members aboard the International Space Station as it is orbiting over Florida during the week of October 22, 2012.  This space talk will take place through amateur radio. 

To select students for this 2012 NASA Mission Control event students and teachers will participate in an essay contest on the topic, “Why is space exploration important and what does it mean to me?”  Each school will select their most outstanding student and teacher essay to send to the South Florida Science Museum by Monday, September 24, 2012.   

The South Florida Science Museum’s panel of judges will include former astronauts, educators, scientists, and media from our local area.  They will select the winners (fifteen students and two teachers) who will participate in the Mission Control Event during the week of October 22. 

The winning students and teachers will also have the chance to be featured in local television broadcasts and newspaper articles and will be invited to a private event at the South Florida Science Museum prior to the Mission Control event.  

For more information, please visit the South Florida Science Museum web site  



About the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 

While aboard the International Space Station, crews participate in live amateur radio contacts, also known as ARISS contacts.  ARISS is a NASA Education activity that uses the unique environment of spaceflight to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  ARISS radio contacts last approximately 10 minutes and provide students and educators the opportunity to interact with crew members through a question and answer session. 

For more information contact Greg Goebel at (561) 357-1128 or via email at or Kate Arrizza at the South Florida Science Museum at (561) 370-7706.






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Palm Beach County’s 2012 Learn Green Conference and Expo will take place on October 19, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. More than 800 participants will take advantage of this conference and exposition for schools, presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County. 

Teachers, students, administrators, community members and experts in the field will have the opportunity to learn from each other and discuss different programs and innovative initiatives.

Take advantage of one of the best conferences in the state of Florida and register today at

Learn Green breakout sessions will be focusing on Healthy Kids and Healthy Communities; School Grounds Enhancement; Community Partnerships; Curriculum Integration; School Sustainability; Sustainable Facilities – Design and Management and Innovative Programs and Practices and much more.

Keynote speaker Ms. Nona Evans is the President and Executive Director of the WholeKids Foundation, which is the newest philanthropic endeavor of Whole Foods Market. Founded in June 2011, the Foundation has participated in granting more than 1000 salad bars to schools across the U.S. WholeKids Foundation most recently launched a School Garden Grant Program in partnership with FoodCorps that will provide more than $2 million in grants to 100 schools or garden-related nonprofits in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

Ms. Evans will share her passion to end the childhood obesity epidemic in America and how the WholeKids Foundation is working to support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness.   

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

Members of the media are welcomed to attend. 

For more information contact Karen Aubry at (561) 688-6600 or via e-mail at










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When students and staff at Forest Hill High held their annual  Open House September 11 the Army JROTC color guard opened the event in the school’s auditorium followed by a brief reminder of the events of September 11, 2001. First was the tragedy in New York-, The Twin Towers, then the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and finally the heroes that were aboard the plane over Pennsylvania that caused an obscure part of Pennsylvania to become hallowed ground.

 First Sargeant Tidwell recited the Fireman’s Prayer, followed by Fannie Rodriguez who introduced School Police Officer Hernan Ramos who was on active duty with the NYPD on that fateful day.  His touching remarks brought parents, students, and staff to their feet several times. He then introduced five District Police colleagues, who were also police officers in New York during 9/11:

 Louis Bartolomeo

Steve Covetski 

Anthony Makowski

Kevin Kenny

Robert Keating 

All who participated in Forest Hill’s Open House and Memorial were moved and gratified to be in the presence of true American heroes who are a part of this country’s history.

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The Kravis Center will partner with Blue Planet Writers’ Room to collaborate with 4th and 5th graders from U.B. Kinsey Elementary to shape and create family oral histories for both performance and publishing purposes. The participating students will attend a performance of Mary Poppins at the Kravis Center as part of the program. The musical will serve as a tool to convey life lessons to the children through song. Likewise, the elementary students’ stories will reflect their cultural heritage and be celebrated through a storytelling performance and illustrated anthology. 
For more information please contact:Tracy Butler, 561-651-4243 or

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The Palm Beach County Council PTA/PTSA and Spanish River High PTSA along with Congressman Ted Deutch are hosting a Student Financial Aid Workshop.  The event will take place at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton on Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 PM. Guest speakers include Mark Kantrowitz creator of and, Barbara Stern with Florida Atlantic University Financial Aid Department and Robin Blank with the Florida Department of Education.

For more information please contact Sharyn Schneiderman, President Spanish River High School PTSA at .

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Financial Aid is one of the major concerns of parents and students that are inspiring to attend college have. John I. Leonard High School will be hosting a Financial Aid for 11th and 12th grade parents and students. 

When? Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. 

Where? John I. Leonard High School Auditorium – 4701 10th Ave., N., Greenacres, FL 33463. 

Representatives from the Florida Department of Education Office of Financial Aid will be present along with scholarship funds and colleges that will provide valuable information to all the attendees. 

For more information contact Belkis Candelier at (561) 641-1239 or via email at






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Target Team Leader Sam Nader and Principal Adrienne Howard

On behalf of the Palm Beach Lakes Target, Sam Nader, Store Team Leader, presented a check for $500.00 to U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts.  The check was presented to Adrienne Howard, the Principal. The donated monies will be used to purchase new books for the Media Center.
Adrienne Harrell, U. B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts Media Specialist’s, hope is to not only purchase books for the Media Center but to also purchase a book for each student. She said,” I would love to be able to make sure each student had a book of their very own to take home.”
For more information please contact June Hunt, Magnet Coordinator at 561-671-6517 or

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Representing the employees of Coca Cola in Riviera Beach, Anthony Yanucci and James Knowles recently collected school supplies to donate to U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts. Adrienne Howard, Principal and Aleida Trinidad, Guidance Counselor, accepted the generous donations. The Coca Cola employees also purchased and delivered a new refrigerator for the Pre-Kindergarten class.

U.B. Kinsey/Palmview is one of the oldest elementary school campuses in Palm Beach County, opening in 1929. The school is a Title I school with very limited funding. Eighty percent of the students are on free/reduced lunch. Therefore, they would not be able to enjoy many opportunities that exist in our community without assistance from community partners.

Thanks to the generous donations of the Coca Cola employees many students will be equipped with the necessary supplies for the school year. Adrienne Howard is quoted as saying, “It is so gratifying to have community supporters who understand and appreciate the value of education and the arts, and are willing to lend a helping hand to our school.”

For more information please contact: June Hunt, Magnet coordinator at 561-671-6517 or

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Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. In an effort to continue this tradition, the School District of Palm Beach County has developed a series of events that will take place throughout the month.

To “kick off” the celebration, Mrs. Alma Gallego, President of the community organization El Alma Hispana along with Mrs. Marjorie Lear, Multicultural Outreach Librarian at the Palm Beach County Library System will receive a proclamation at the School Board meeting on September 19, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

The activities that are taking place for the students include an Essay Contest for 6th thru 12th graders asking them to develop an essay answering the question, in English or Spanish, “Describe which Hispanic leader has inspire you to become a better individual and why?”

First place winner will receive $200, second place $100 and 3rd place $50. The essay contest is sponsored by Comcast, El Alma Hispana and The School District of Palm Beach County. The due date is October 2, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Essay winners will be awarded at the closing ceremony of the 8th Annual Language and Culture Conference at Boynton Beach High School on Friday, October 19, 2012.

Additionally, elementary students are invited to draw a picture about a Hispanic leader in their community that has inspired them for an Art Exhibit that will be taking place in the District offices along with the community photography exhibit on October 12, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar of Events

Essay Contest Guidelines

Elementary Art Exhibit Information

Hispanic Heritage Month Website

For more information contact Natalia Arenas at (561) 357-7662 or via e-mail at


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El Distrito Escolar Celebra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

El mes de la Herencia Hispana comienza el 15 de septiembre, el aniversario de independencia de 5 países de Latinoamérica, y concluye el 15 de octubre. Con el propósito de continuar esta tradición, el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Palm Beach ha desarrollado una serie de eventos que se realizarán durante el mes.

Para empezar la celebración la señora Alma Gallego, presidente de la organización El Alma Hispana y la señora Marjorie Lear, bibliotecaria multicultural para el Sistema de Bibliotecas del Condado recibirán una proclamación en la reunión de la Junta Escolar el 19 de septiembre del 2012 a las 5:00 p.m.

El aspecto más importante de todas las actividades es el concurso de redacción para estudiantes desde 6to. hasta 12mo. grado en el que se elegirán a 3 ganadores, el primer lugar recibirá $200, el segundo lugar $100 y el tercer lugar $50. Las redacciones pueden ser hechas en inglés o español y deben referirse a la pregunta “Describe a un líder Hispano que te haya inspirado y ¿porqué?”Las redacciones se deben enviar a más tardar el 2 de octubre del 2012 a las 5:00 p.m.

Los ganadores del concurso de redacción serán premiados en la 8va. Conferencia Anual de Lenguaje y Cultura en la Escuela Secundaria Boynton Beach el 19 de octubre del 2012.

Adicionalmente, los estudiantes en escuelas primarias están invitados a que dibujen a un líder hispano que los haya inspirado para que participen en la Exhibición de Arte que se realizará en las oficinas del Distrito Escolar en conjunto con la exhibición comunitaria de fotografía el 12 de octubre del 2012 a las 5:30 p.m.


Calendario de Eventos – Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Concurso de Redacción

Exhibición de Arte – Escuelas Primarias

Página Web del Mes de la Herencia Hispana


Para obtener más información, comuníquense con Natalia Arenas al (561) 357-7662 o por correo electrónico  



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The Palm Beach Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) recently presented the James Otis Lecture Series to students at Palm Beach Gardens High School. Speakers included Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente, Chief Judge Peter Blanc and Constitutional Law professor, Michael Allen.  Bruce M. Ramsey, President Palm Beach Chapter, ABOTA said, “This was truly a terrific program designed to educate our youth about the U.S. Constitution.  It was both fun and informative.  We send a very special thank you to Executive Committee members William Price and John Lurvey for spearheading this event.  The Chapter also extends its eternal gratitude to Justice Barbara Pariente, Chief Judge Peter Blanc and Professor Michael Allen for making this year’s program the most successful yet.”

The James Otis Lecture Series about the United States Constitution is designed to allow schools to comply with the requirements of the recent federal statute creating Constitution Day. This law requires all federally-assisted schools, both public and private, to provide educational programs each year on or about the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

James Otis, Jr., was arguably the most influential lawyer in early American history. According to John Adams, who was present at the time, Otis’s eloquent argument presented in a Boston court room in 1761 challenging the British laws, known as the Writs of Assistance, lit the spark which led to the American Revolution. It was Otis who said “A man’s home is his castle.” Otis challenged oppressive laws which permitted warrantless searches of homes and businesses. His arguments were a ringing reaffirmation of the Anglo-American belief all men are born with certain natural and inalienable rights which cannot be violated by any king, parliament, or other governmental authority. James Otis’s famous court room presentation is captured in a sweeping mural painted by Robert Reid in 1901 in Nurse’s Hall, part of the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

ABOTA created the James Otis Lecture Series to educate and inspire students across our nation so they will have appropriate knowledge of and respect for the United States Constitution.


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Palm Beach County schools will be participating in the annual Pinwheels for Peace initiative on Friday, September 21, 2012. 

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, who teach at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for their students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives.  The project was quickly embraced by their students and the entire school community and by millions of art teachers, teachers, parents, children and adults who desire peace in our world. 

The first Pinwheels for Peace were installed on Sept. 21, 2005. Since then, we have grown from 500,000 pinwheels planted the first year, to three and a half million pinwheels in 2011. 

The above is information and image are borrowed from


Palm Beach County Art Teachers and their participating schools for PINWHEELS FOR PEACE 2012


Mrs. Wolek & Mrs. Hinde – Cypress Trails Elementary

Sandy Carbone – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary

Nicole Crane – Elbridge Gale Elementary

Erica Bordonaro – Freedom Shores Elementary

Jill Schmidt – Gove Elementary

Andrea Sturgell – Highland Elementary

Kim Pilla – Hope Centennial Elementary

Diane Brooks – Indian Pines Elementary

Stacy Fickling – Lake Park Elementary

Elaine Weeks – Northboro Montessori Elementary

Irene Aisner – Marsh Pointe Elementary

Michael Rini – Morikami Park Elementary

Linda Stevenson – North Grade Elementary

Kathy Adkins – Palm Beach Gardens Elementary

Karen Nobel – Pine Jog Elementary

Bonnie Desplas – Pioneer Park Elementary

Jamie Davis – Plumosa School of the Arts

Lisette Cedeno – Conniston Middle

Kimberley Kovacs – Emerald Cove Middle

Jay Harmon & Bonnie Yorston Hollihan – Palm Springs Middle

Laura Wortzel,  Mr. Lafortune, Ms. Stolzenfeld & Mrs. Romano– Polo Park Middle

Denise Francazio McBrayer – Independence Middle

Dolores Santiago – Okeeheelee Middle

Brent Bludworth & Cathryn Buckley – Lake Worth High

Jane Tobal – Olympic Heights Community High

Gwenn Seuling – Seminole Ridge High

Marlene Harris – Grandview Preparatory


The Palm Beach School District Offices


For more information contact Kim Pilla at (561) 640-1259 or via email at







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The families and staff at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary are having their fall Walk-to-School Event Wednesday, September 19 between 7:15 AM and 7:45 AM.  The Commit2B Fit program has donated pedometers and snacks for the students and staff.
The Walk-to-School Event is an initiative to promote health, wellness and safety for all students as well as reduce the carbon footprint by walking and biking to school.  The school staff goes into the community and meets students and parents at designated areas.  Students and staff walk to school, while greeting the friendly crossing guards and the students receive incentives upon arrival.
This year the school is distributing Pirate’s Booty to students and pedometers to staff which were donated by the Commit2B Fit organization.
For more information please contact Kathy Babin at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary at 561-366-6500 or

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Walmart will present 20 John F. Kennedy Middle School teachers with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies that will help students start the school year off right.  As part of the Teacher Rewards program, the teachers will be honored during an award ceremony at the school’s Wednesday, September 19th faculty meeting which begins at 8:25 A.M.
For more information please contact John F. Kennedy Middle School Business Partner and Volunteer Coordinator Rhonda Rivens at 561-845-4500 or .

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Todd LaVogue, Magnet Coordinator at Roosevelt Community Middle School was recently selected by the Microsoft Corporation as one of the 16 national winners of the Partners in Learning U.S. Forum. The annual event recognizes innovative teachers and school leaders who creatively and effectively use technology in their curriculum to help improve the way kids learn and increase student success. Mr. LaVogue will now advance to the Partners in Learning Global Forum, which will take place in Prague November 28 through December 1.

On being selected as one of only 16 winners nationwide and the only candidate from Florida, Governor Rick Scott wrote Mr. LaVogue, “I share the pride of your students, family and friends in your selection for this prestigious award.  Best wishes for success as you continue to inspire student learning and impact positive change through technology in the classroom.”  Congressman Alcee Hastings wrote, “The dedication you have shown to your students is truly inspiring and you should be proud of the impact you have made in their lives.  Educating our youth is a vitally important job that is far too often taken for granted.”

Mr. LaVogue’s accomplishment was also recently featured on the Florida Department of Education website in the Education Success Stories section. 

For more information please contact Roosevelt Middle School Principal Jo Anne Rogers at 561-822-0200 or .

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Broward County Public Schools, in partnership with the Kennedy Center Partners in Education, Broward Cultural Division, Nova Southeastern University, and Broward Center for the Performing Arts, is hosting the South Florida Gifted & Talented Symposium: Cognition and the Arts.  The School District of Palm Beach County Gifted Specialist Dr. Rosemary Daniels will join experts from across the country in addressing the October 25th Symposium.

The event provides a learning forum for educational and parenting aspects unique to gifted and talented learners. The Symposium brings together thousands of educators, parents, community leaders and businesses to examine strategies and practices critical to teaching of gifted and high-achieving learners and positive parenting. Experts from across the country and South Florida will comprise the program, including nationally renowned educators Dr. Sally Reis, Dr. Eric Booth, Dr. Bruce Wexler and Dr. Daniels. Dr. Reis will provide the keynote address and Dr. Booth will speak to multiple intelligences and the use of the arts to reach gifted and talented students. Dr. Bruce Wexler will speak to the latest research of the scientific community on the basic cognitive functions that form the groundwork for all learning. Dr. Daniels will speak to learning styles. Other breakout sessions include topics such as:

• Cognitive cross-training

• Creative thinking and the Arts

• Improvised Shakespeare

• Fostering Resilient Children

• Underachieving Gifted Students

• Evidence-based instructional strategies and materials

• Exemplary music performances and art exhibitions from Broward County Public Schools

Various vendors, schools, and organizations, dedicated to meeting the needs of gifted and talented learners, will have tables of displays of relevant sale items. Expected attendance for the event is 1,000. An early registration fee of $30.00 is required to cover the cost of the event. On October 5th, registration will increase to $40.00.

The Symposium will be held on October 25th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Broward County Convention Center. For more information and registration instructions, please visit

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mirynne Igualada at 754-321-2119.

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Energy costs are a large segment of any school district’s budget. By conserving energy the School District of Palm Beach County is able to maximize the money we put directly into the classroom. This year the School District’s Florida Power & Light energy consumption is down by 2.18% (6,998,117 kWh) and energy costs are down 3.65% ($1,218,466). 

The reduction in energy cost is a combination of efforts by schools and district staff according to Joseph Sanches, Chief of Support Operations, “This is in part a testament to the effectiveness of our nighttime energy audits as well as the energy conservation incentive program which pays schools to save energy.  I’d like to thank the schools for helping with this effort and especially the volunteers on the school’s green teams who are the champions on the ground.  Schools can learn more about energy conservation and other sustainable practices at the Florida Green School Conference on Friday, October 19th at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts.”

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

The School District has also been building energy efficient schools for a number of years. Computerized energy management systems control air conditioning and lighting schedules. Efficient space utilization also allows unoccupied areas to be shut down.

For more information please contact Chris Skerlec at and Lee Kapp at .

For more information about the Florida Green School Conference visit the Learn Green Conference website at .

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First Lady Ann Scott, Governor Rick Scott and Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey along with Officer Frank Fanelli

Frank Fanelli, School Police Officer was one of the honorees at the 2012 Florida Missing Children’s Day ceremony in Tallahassee. Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott joined Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey and hundreds of law enforcement personnel, public officials and citizens. 

The annual event is an opportunity to remember Florida’s missing children, recognize the state’s efforts in the child protection arena and educate Floridians on child safety and abduction prevention. 

During a formal ceremony, Governor Scott and Commissioner Bailey recognized citizens and law enforcement officers for their exemplary efforts in missing children awareness, prevention and investigations. 

Officer Fanelli works to develop training videos that educate other law enforcement officers. Over the past year, his skills have been put to use by the FDLE Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse on videos used to publicize and raise funds for Florida Missing Children’s Day as well as videos that will be used to train law enforcement on Florida’s Silver Alert.  These training videos will be used to educate every law enforcement officer in the state of Florida. 

Officer Frank Fanelli received the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner’s Award in recognition for his valuable contributions and commitment to the safety of Florida’s children.  Governor Scott personally presented the award along with FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.  The 2012 Missing Children’s Day ceremony was broadcasted live on the Florida Channel. 

For more information about Florida’s Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse or the Florida Missing Children’s Day Foundation visit or  

For more information contact Angelette Green at (561) 434-8435 or via email at






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In July of 2010 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week.”  The resolution (H.Con.Res. 275) was proposed and introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier from California.

The resolution states: [...] Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students. 

Congress designated Arts in Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students. 

Here are just a few ways that Palm Beach Arts Teachers are celebrating National Arts Education Week: 

  • Art Show at the Armory – Reception is this Friday evening September 14th, 2012.
  • PBCATA meeting Thursday September 13th 4:30pm at Jerry’s Artarame
  • Over 25 schools are preparing to participate in Pinwheels for PEACE. 
  • Teachers are featuring an artist & musician daily in art class and/or on the morning announcements.
  • Encouraging parents to talk to their students about what they are doing in their arts classes.
  • Students and their teachers are active on political, environmental, social & art issues by entering contests.
  • Students are preparing to design the logo for the 2013 Race for the Arts T-shirt. (Race for the Arts is a fundraiser for many art classrooms in our county) 

For more information contact Kim Pilla at (561) 640-1259 or via email at




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Sixty-nine Palm Beach County public school students were among the 16,000 Semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

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Cudia, Chandler P.
Labonte, Nikolette G.
Margaritoff, Michael A.
Nicolai, Kira D.
Orosco, Enrique M.
Otero, Victoria D.
Shuter, Daniel J.
Wan, Christopher X.

Benitez, Lorena M.
Heung, Christopher
Sobhan, Armaan M.
Willet, Kaylee R.

Alfano, Calder B.
Gelwasser, Martin L.
Homrich, John Thomas B.
Jackson, Courtney E.
Nusbickel, Alex J.
Radulovic, Petrana
Snow, Gabriella G.
Van Hare, Holly D.

Cassulo, Gina C.
Meiser, Rebecca J.
Rogers, Evan R.

Tessler, Steven A.
Summers, Richard B.
King, Margaret M.

Baratta, Toby
Barrick, Rachel A.
Birchansky, Joseph B.
Darwiche, Sarah N.
Esterman, Philip M.
Fogel, Michael
Groszman, Ken
Han, Elaine
Hunter, Hobie W.
Kupin, Aaron H.
Mansour, Mary S.
Posner, Caroline S.
Sha, Whitney Y.
Shapiro, Scott M.
Weisman, Ilana B.
Zeldin, Jordan A.

Brion, Louis A.
Coates, Thomas Jewell
Crippen, Brent R.
Davis, Jessica A.
Fennell, Moira E.
Gilbert, Samantha R.
Gouge, David C.
Gutierrez, Joel
Kohner, Megan E.
Le, Doris N.
Liang, Angela L.
Makepeace, Olivia H.
Morton, Kayla E.
Perera, David D.
Ravipati, Kaushik
Rothschild, Julia H.
Rubin, Hanna B.
Taylor, Jerome C.
Turk, Jessica D.
Xiao, Justin T.
Zhang, Alvin H.
Zuniga, Andres F.

Cesta, Johnna M.
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