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The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches has awarded Hope-Centennial Elementary School the “Music Education and Advancement Grant Award.”  The grant totaling $2,463 will be used to purchase instruments and music.  

Hope-Centennial Music Teacher Kevin Smith exclaims, “We are extremely thankful to the Symphonic Band for supporting music in our schools.”  Each year The Symphonic Band awards music grants to local area schools. Music scholarship grants are also awarded to students that play with the band to help them attend college or prestigious summer band camps throughout the country. 

Hope-Centennial Elementary School is under the leadership of Principal Dr. Julie Hopkins.  

For further information please contact Dr. Hopkins at (561) 640-1200 or .

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As the nation anxiously awaits the final presidential debate this Monday and the eyes of the nation focus on Palm Beach County as the site of the debate, the work of a seldom-recognized group of workers will be on display- the school district’s Facilities Services Department. It is their work that helps create just the right educational atmosphere and that all-important lasting first impression.

In just a few days, the team has painted and spruced up the Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Boca Raton, the staging area for the hundreds of members of the media that will be covering the debate at Lynn University across the street from the school.  The principal, staff and students all agree that their school has become even more beautiful than before and is ready for prime time.

“We are proud of our crews in Facilities Services for pulling together and showing great team work in readying Don Estridge for the debate,” said William Pinto, Facilities Management Coordinator. “We are also proud of one of the guys in particular, who sprang to voluntarily help one of the students at the school during a recent incident,” he said.

Facilities Team Member James Cunningham was on campus painting one recent afternoon when a student had dropped her cell phone into a drainage grate and was unable to retrieve it, despite help from several staff members tugging on the heavy steel grate. Cunningham saw what was happening and gave the needed hand to remove the grate. He then shimmied down into the dark, tight underground space and retrieved not just one but two student cell phones.

The students were ecstatic.

“I just saw a need and wanted to help. I was there and knew how important it was for the student to recover her phone. I guess it came natural to me to volunteer to help,” said Mr. Cunnigham.

“I was unbelievably impressed with Jim’s unsolicited effort,” said Don Estridge Principal Dave Benson. “He is a great person, and I appreciate not only what he and the crew are doing for Don Estridge, but also how he went above and beyond the call of duty to help out.”

The School District of Palm Beach County Division of Support Operations provides world-class facilities services to support and enhance the educational experience of all students.

For more information, contact William Pinto at (561) 687-7172 or email

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Boca Raton High School senior Micayla Johnson is a force to be reckoned with and she’s having a red-letter year.  Micayla was crowned Homecoming Queen at this year’s Homecoming game earlier this month and she also won the 2011 US Open World Martial Arts Championship with a heart-stopping performance. The lacrosse player holds a 4.7 weighted grade point average at Boca High’s Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy and hopes to attend the University of Florida. Principal Dr. Geoff McKee said despite Micayla’s beauty and outstanding academic achievement, her peers voted her homecoming queen for other reasons. “Micayla won the crown because of her humility, kindness, and uplifting spirit. Students and staff agree that she’s an excellent model of the well-rounded student all schools like to mold,” he stated. “Plus, as a World Martial Arts Champion—no one messes with our Homecoming Queen,” he quipped.  A video of Micayla at the Championship competition can be viewed at the link below.

For more details, contact Dr. McKee, 561. 338.1400 or email

Micayla Johnson at the US ISKA World Martial Arts Championships.

Micayla Johnson, Homecoming Queen, with Senior, J.R. Sims, Homecoming King, at the Bobcats Homecoming game.


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Friday October 19th is not a school day for K-12 students, but Boynton Beach High School will be filled with “learners” as participants of the 8th Annual Language and Culture Conference converge on the Boynton Beach school. Drawn by two (inter)nationally known key note speakers and the choice of over 80 breakout sessions, the pre-registrations include teachers, guidance counselors, principals and other educators, as well as members of the community who work with K-12 students through their organizations or agencies.

Climbing to New Heights, the theme selected this year by organizers in the Department of Multicultural Education, reflects the intent of the conference for educators and other professionals who seek to grow and enhance their skills, and ultimately—improved academic outcomes for students. Dr. Bill McBride, known for his humorous, interactive approach, will speak on innovative teaching methodologies in his keynote Friday. Saturday’s keynote speaker, Dr. Kenji Hakuta will address the challenges involved and some suggested best practices in helping English language learners master the new Common Core Standards. Both educators are also published authors known for their commitment to students and teachers.

Department Director Dr. Margarita Pinkos said attendance for the conference grows each year. “This year, we have a few schools that are bringing everyone on their staff,” she stated. “Our educators recognize that effective strategies for our culturally and linguistically diverse students are often simply good teaching strategies for all students.”  The District currently has students who represent 197 countries and territories including the United States, with 149 languages including English spoken by various students and their families.

Friday’s breakfast and Saturday’s lunch are being prepared by Boynton Beach High School’s Culinary Magnet Program students. Gourmet food trucks will be on hand for lunch offerings on Friday. Added features of the conference include the announcement of the Hispanic Heritage Contest winners, and performances by students from different schools. As always, a variety of door prizes will be awarded and participants will receive classroom resources from each breakout presenter.

Friday’s session runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday the conference runs from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For details, visit

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Bring your valid library card from any Palm Beach County library and enjoy free admission for your family at the Norton Museum of Art on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.  Meet Bob Raczka, the author of this year’s Families Reading Together Book, Artful Reading; take an Artful Reading Treasure Hunt, and make your own book at the Museum’s DIY Art Project.  In addition, you can celebrate the opening of the special high school photography exhibition, Based on Books, in the Museum’s Marden Community Gallery.  Also: meet Dewey the Library Owl; visit the Bookmobile; and participate in the Great Book Giveaway. Newcomers can also get a Library card during their visit.


10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Artful Reading Treasure Hunt available

Great Book Giveaway

Visit the Palm Beach County Library System Bookmobile

11:30 a.m.   

Meet Author, Bob Raczka

(Theater doors open at 11 a.m.; limited seating)

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Café 1451 Open

Noon – 4 p.m.

DIY Art Project: Bookish on Art

12:30 p.m.

Tour: Art…En Español

2 p.m.

High School Photography Exhibition Opening: Based on Books

ArtVentures Tour: Storytelling in Art


This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System. 

Norton Museum of Art

1451 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401

Since its founding in 1941, The Norton Museum of Art has become one of Florida’s major cultural institutions. The Museum is internationally known for its collection of American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography.


From I-95 take Exit 70 (Okeechobee Boulevard ). Follow Okeechobee Boulevard east to South Dixie Highway. Turn right (south), and travel 1/2 mile. The Museum is located on the left. Free parking is available in front of the museum and in the West Parking Lot which is located on the right side of South Dixie Highway.

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Palm Beach County’s 2012 Learn Green Conference and Expo takes place this October 19, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. More than 900 participants are taking 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, you can still register at the door!

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, Nona Evans.

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










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

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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. Breuninger’s kindergarten class enjoyed the featured selection Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis read by guest speaker, Mrs. Marcia Andrews, School Board Member.  Cypress Trails Elementary was proud to participate in this campaign which celebrates literacy and brings attention to the importance of an early education. 

Board Member Mrs. Marcia Andrews reading to Kindergarten and 1st grade students.

Board Member Mrs. Marcia Andrews reading to Kindergarten and 1st grade students.Board Member Mrs. Marcia Andrews reading to Kindergarten and 1st grade students.