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Six students from the Theatre Academy at Boynton Beach Community High School took home top honors at the District X Thespian Competition on December 3rd.

Seniors Karla Armstrong and Kevin Altenor and Juniors, Jonah Cabada, Brendan Gardner , Bridgette Karam and Christine Barger, all received superior ratings for their scenes and monologues, taking home a total of eight medals.

The superior ratings qualify the team to compete on the state level in Tampa this coming March. It’s the first time in years that the team has qualified.

Theatre Academy director, Joe Ametrano said , “Transportation, housing and entry fees total several thousand dollars. Now all we have to do is raise the money.”

Donations to help send the young Thespians to the State Competition are now being accepted.

Please send donations to: Boynton Beach Community High School, Pam Whigham, Choice Coordinator, 4975 Park Ridge Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL 33426.

For more information call 561-752-1295.

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Current Palm Beach County School District substitute teachers are being recruited by the Department of Multicultural Education to work one-on-one with students in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. They will administer the speaking portion of the Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment (CELLA), which is conducted annually as required by the state and the federal government. Selected personnel will be categorized as temporary support and will help conduct the portion of the test that measures English language proficiency from March 5th to approximately April 5th.

Responsibilities of those hired will include scoring students’ level of English proficiency and may require travel throughout the county on given days. Mileage reimbursement is not provided, and candidates are required to attend a two-day,  hands-on training. Qualifications include the need for a pleasant disposition, cultural sensitivity, and previous experience with school-aged children.

The Department of Multicultural Education’s Sandra Medrano-Arroyo said she  anticipates the need for about 60  people this year.   “In previous years about 50 district staff and even more school site employees were involved with this test and it’s similar to the efforts required for FCAT—which means almost all hands on deck. This is a labor-intensive, high-stakes test mandated by the No Child Left Behind legislation.”  CELLA is administered to each of the approximately 19,000 students in the ESOL program within the state-designated 17- day window.  Those who are interested—including already assigned substitutes– should visit for details on how to apply.  Qualified applicants will be pre-screened by phone, and if selected, will be scheduled for the training session set for March 1st and 2nd.  

For more details about this initiative, contact Ms. Medrano-Arroyo atl

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The Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. held an Installation Breakfast on Thursday, January 19, 2012 where Chief Judge Peter D. Blanc swore in the new officers of the Association for calendar year 2012:

President: Chief James P. Kelly

Palm Beach County School District Police Department

Vice-President: Chief Daniel C. Alexander

Boca Raton Police Department

Treasurer: Chief Steven Kniffin

Palm Beach Shores Police Department

Secretary: Director Kirk W. Blouin

Palm Beach Police Department

Chief Kelly stated that the Association will continue its primary purpose of promoting a thorough and efficient police system throughout Palm Beach County through regular training, information sharing, cooperative multiagency enforcement/prevention efforts, and by taking an active role in the legislative actions regarding public safety.

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Over the past few weeks, the Wildcat Speech & Debate students at Royal Palm Beach High School have been competing at a few important tournaments. 

At the Sunvitational at the University School in Davie, the team competed with students from 13 different states.  The following students were recognized: 

Anthony Nadeau: 2nd Place in Oral Interpretation

Anthony Nadeau & Delisa Stephenson: 7th Place in Duo Interpretation

Delisa Stephenson: Semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation 

More recently the Wildcat Team competed at the Crestian Classic tournament at the Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale.  The following students were recognized: 

Anthony Nadeau & Delisa Stephenson: 3rd Place in Duo Interpretation

Delisa Stephenson: 4th Place in Dramatic Interpretation

Semifinalists in Dramatic Interpretation: Anthony Nadeau, Delisa Stephenson & Luis Hernandez

Semifinalist in Oral Interpretation: Anthony Nadeau 

In addition, Royal Palm Beach received 3rd place in Sweeps for Interpretation, which means once again, that Royal Palm Beach High School is the top placing team in Palm Beach County.  

For more information contact Eric Jeraci at (561) 753-4021or via e-mail at






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Saxophonist Ron Blake, Julliard Professor and member of the “Saturday Night Live Band” will visit Jupiter this week to provide workshops and to perform in concert with Jupiter Middle School, Independence Middle School and Jupiter High school band students. Mr. Blake has gained international acclaim as a clinician, artist and performer. He has appeared on more than 50 recording and sound tracks, including El Cantante starring Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.

This event is being sponsored by Jupiter Performing Arts Fund through a grant from Target, and by Music Man, Inc. Local students from Jupiter Middle School, Independence Middle School and Jupiter High School will enjoy two days of workshops with Mr. Blake. The students will explore various jazz styles, gain insight into jazz improvising and share in Mr. Blake’s wide experience and artistry.

In addition, students will have the unique opportunity to perform in a concert with Mr. Blake this Friday night, January 20th at 7:30PM in the Jupiter High School Auditorium. The concert is free to the public and will feature the North Palm Beach County All Star Middle School Jazz Band which is made up students from both Jupiter and Independence Middle schools. The second half of the program will feature Mr. Blake performing with the Jupiter High School Jazz Band.

“It is so rare to have an artist of this caliber come to work with our children”, commented Paul Destito, Director of the Jupiter Middle School Jazz Band. “This would not be possible without the generous support of the Jupiter Performing Arts Fund and Target. These folks are helping our kids aim high and dream big. All of the North County Band Directors are very thankful for helping us make a dream come true.”

You can read and learn more about Ron Blake at You can also read and learn more about the Jupiter Performing Arts fund at

For more information please contact Independence Middle School Band Director Julie Murray at

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Twelve biology and chemistry teachers from high schools across Palm Beach County participated in an intensive three-day workshop at Scripps Florida, as part of a new professional development program developed to strengthen laboratory skills and build confidence with hands-on experiences led by Scripps Florida scientists.

Dubbed “Scripps Florida InSPIRE” (Instructional Support Program for Innovative Research Education), the new program ran from January 12—14, 2012 and was presented by Scripps Florida postdoctoral researchers along with fellow Palm Beach County science teachers who have previously taken part in Scripps Florida’s established summer internship program. To maximize the program’s impact and reach, the InSPIRE workshop will be offered twice a year.

The program was developed to meet Scripps Florida’s goal of addressing the needs of Palm Beach County high school science teachers by providing greater professional development opportunities in a supportive and engaging environment.

“Ultimately, our objective is to foster an enduring partnership and ongoing dialogue between the research scientist and classroom science teacher,” said Deborah Leach-Scampavia, director of education outreach for Scripps Florida. “After teachers participate in the three-day workshop, they’ll have opportunities to further enhance their laboratory skills by attending special bimonthly seminars with Scripps Florida scientists and participating in weekly online exchanges with researchers via a Web-based interface.”

The overall goals of Scripps Florida InSPIRE are to:
· Enhance the pursuit of scholarship in the sciences for classroom teachers,
· Improve teacher access to contemporary scientific materials and methods, as well as state-of the-art laboratory techniques,
· Provide ongoing contact between scientists and classroom teachers for curriculum and subject support, and
· Empower educators to bridge the performance gap in science.

The following high school teachers from Palm Beach County participated in the inaugural Scripps Florida InSPIRE workshop:

1 ) Natalie Reyes Dellobuono, Chemistry and Biology Teacher, Jupiter High School
2 ) Eric Edwards, Biology and Marine Science Teacher, Palm Beach Gardens High School
3 ) Alison Boyd, Chemistry and AP Chemistry Teacher, Santaluces High School
4 ) Susan Shepard, Biology Teacher, Jupiter High School
5 ) Marilynn Pedek, Chemistry and Research Teacher, Suncoast High School
6 ) Natasha Quince, Biology Teacher, Palm Beach Central High School
7 ) Eva Cwyner, Biology and Earth/Space Science Teacher, Atlantic High School
8 ) Lyndonia Pascal, Biology, Biotech, and Research Teacher, Palm Beach Lakes High School
9 ) Michael Forbes, Chemistry Teacher, Royal Palm Beach High School
10 ) Debrah Fuchs, Biology and Health Teacher, Royal Palm Beach High School
11 ) Carlos Gonzalez, Chemistry Teacher, John I. Leonard High School
12 ) Samuel Jackson, Chemistry, Physics, and Research Teacher, Glades Central High School

InSPIRE was developed by the Scripps Florida Office of Education Outreach and was made possible by the generous support of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

For more information, contact Wendy Spielman King, K-12 Science Manager, at 561-357-1152 or

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Wellington Landing is preparing for a school wide literacy event from January 23 – 27, 2012. One of the highlights of the event is a visit from David Pollay, author of The Law of the Garbage Truck, on Thursday, January 26, 2012, who will speak at each of the morning assemblies.  His message is anti-bullying, and the students have already been introduced to his book in their social studies classes. 

Thursday’s theme SUPER STAR DAY focuses on the idea that Students and Teachers Are Responsible, Respectful and Resilient. Everyone on campus will be engaged in activities that promote literacy and the theme.  Students will be given a STAR during the first hour class which will contain a hand-written note about why the teacher believes the student is a STAR.  During activity time, the students will write ways that they can demonstrate being responsible, respectful and resilient. 

Students will attend grade level assemblies throughout the morning showcasing the talents the performing groups as they demonstrate what it means to be a STAR at Wellington Landings.  Step Team, Cheerleaders, Majorettes, Word Warriors (Rap Group), Sign Language, Handbells, Drama Club (skit), Dance Team, and Band have been preparing for this event. 

Additionally, on Thursday the judging of the door decorating contest will take place.  The décor will represent the theme “Take the Lead and Read.”  Prizes will be awarded for the best door on each grade level. 

On Friday, students and staff members will be dressed as their favorite character from a book or will design and wear a t-shirt representing it. 

Members of the media are welcomed to attend. 

For more information contact Carole Greenspan at (561) 792-8100 or via e-mail at






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Six students will be presented with college scholarships at the eighth annual WINNER Scholarship ceremony set for Greenacres Elementary School 8:30 a.m. Friday, January 20.  Mike and Kerry Diaz are the sponsors of the WINNER Scholarship at Greenacres Elementary and award each of the selected students with a $1000.00 college scholarship that is administered through the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County.

 The WINNER Scholarship is the brainchild of Jan Winkler and Hermine Drezner who established the original scholarship—whch is now an annual event– at Jupiter Elementary School years ago.  The goal of the WINNER Scholarship is to encourage children to pursue a college education.  The students selected for the scholarships often would not have considered college due to financial situations and/or family histories.

In addition to preparing for college, these children serve as role models for their fellow classmates by exhibiting the characteristics of successful students.  Like Winkler and Drezner, Mike and Kerry Diaz, want to bring the talk of college into these students’ homes and instill in the students and their families the belief that college can be a part of their future. Other programs have also been established at Egret Lakes and South Grade Elementary Schools, and Howell Watkins Middle School.

For further details about Friday’s event, contact Principal Dr. Patti Lucas, 561-649-7203 or email

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James Lee, a 2003 graduate of Glades Central Community High School will serve as Principal for a Day at Glades Central Community High School on Friday, January 20, 2012. 

The James Lee Foundation and TEAM Lee were established in 2011 with an overall mission to motivate and inspire youth within the cities of Belle Glade and Tampa, Florida to ‘dare to dream’ and ‘strive to succeed.’ 

Lee aims to achieve this mission by creating partnerships with various middle and high schools through the creation of academic incentives, scholarship/mentoring programs and athletic events. 

This celebration is in conjunction with the recent announcement of the school’s grade on the State of Florida’s grading system.  Glades Central received a “B”.  Mr. Lee will acknowledge our staff and students on all of their hard work. 

In addition to Glades Central’s visit, Mr. Lee will visit Gladeview Elementary and Lake Shore Middle School, both his former schools, during the course of this week. 

For more information contact Kevin Wright at (561) 993-4400 or via e-mail at







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The PTA Reflections Program is designed to enhance a quality arts education by providing an opportunity for students to explore their artistic talents and receive positive recognition for their efforts.  Over the past 40 years the PTA program has really grown. Students in four grade divisions (primary, intermediate, middle/junior, and senior) are now able to submit work in six different areas – dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts.

The Reflections program challenges students to create an original piece inspired by a specific theme. The 2011-2012 theme was “Diversity Means…” Students throughout Palm Beach County, in all grade divisions submitted work in every area for judging at the local level. This year Palm Beach County had close to 1,700 students that participated in the program. Local units submitted 180 entries to the County Council for further judging. The County Council submitted 50 of those entries to Florida PTA for additionally judging. All students who had their work submitted to the council will be recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA in the spring.

The entries that are to be sent on to Florida PTA were submitted by:
Visual Arts
Camila Pantin(Omni Middle), Sofia Morihelli (Omni Middle), Sarah Palumbo (Eagles Landing), Kenneth Nguyen (Waters Edge), Justin Backman (Citrus Cove), Brendan Neaubien(Panther Run, Graysor Backman (Citrus Cove), Zachary Waters (Del Prado), Kira Mackey (Waters Edge)
Abby Hanapole (Omni Middle), Valentina Zurita (Omni Middle), Justin Mazor (Eagles Landing), Stavros Georgaras (Sandpiper Shores), John Visconti (Waters Edge), Cullan Miller (Del Prado), Matthew Dugin (Waters Edge), Tayla Givoni (Del Prado), Max Reichstein (Waters Edge)
Tylor Lipsich (Omni Middle), Sarah Palumbo (Eagles Landing), Ashley Kirse (Waters Edge), Samantha Kirse(Waters Edge), Dara Berenson(Del Prado), Tayla Givoni (Del Prado)
Evan Fellman (Omni Middle, Alec Lubin (Del Prado), Nicolas Atallah (Citrus Cove), Sabrina Levin (Waters Edge), Ethan Lubin (Del Prado), Chole Kozakoff (Coral Sunset)

Sandon Chevlin (Spanish River), Justin Mignatti(Omni Middle), Charles Comiter (Omni Middle), Sarah Palumbo (Eagles Landing), Sanjana Chandran (Waters Edge), Alec Lubin(Del Prado), Marlowe Hyman (Coral Sunset), Ethan Becker (Waters Edge), Kristen Garcia (Del Prado) ESE Class (Waters Edge)
Andrew Balsamo (Omni Middle), Alexander Ellman (Eagles Landing), Jacqueline Faustin (Eagles Landing), Vraj Patel(Del Prado), Manas Mahajan (Del Prado), Jose Ruiz (Sandpiper Shores), Jesse Polsky(Waters Edge), Lily Rosenthal (Waters Edge), Mason Aronowitz (Citrus Cove)

For more information please contact Palm Beach County PTA/PTSA President Jennifer Martinez at 561-254-9513.

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The School District’s Calendar Committee met on Thursday, January 12, 2012 and approved two school year 2012-2013 calendar options for consideration by the Superintendent and School Board.

Option A would have school starting on August 20, 2012, the same time frame as this year. The August 20 start date is in line with current state law that prohibits school from starting earlier than two weeks prior to Labor Day, unless the District receives an automatic waiver if designated by the State Board of Education as an “Academically High Performing School District”. 

Option B would have school starting one week earlier, on August 13, 2012. The ability to use Option B is dependent upon the District achieving the designation of an “Academically High Performing School District”.

Officials believe the district has met the requirements for that designation: an A-rating for at least two years in a row with no F-rated schools, achievement of State class size requirements and no major audit findings.  The State Board of Education is expected to make the official determination and announcement at its meeting on January 24, 2012.

The District’s 23-member calendar committee, comprised of teachers, parents, administrators, Education Foundation and community members, reviewed emails and other suggestions from stakeholders, reviewed relevant statutes, union bargaining agreements, testing dates and numerous other factors, limitations and opportunities involved in setting the 180-instructional-day calendar.

Members of the committee shared their opinions and concerns regarding both calendar options during the public meeting. Among the major differences in the two calendar options is that Option A, starting the school year on August 20, 2012, provides 16 fewer instructional days in the first semester than in the second semester. 

In Option B, the first semester would have 6 fewer instructional days than second the semester.

Click  here  for the Committee Agenda, which includes explanations of the major factors guiding the School Calendar Committee’s work.

The two calendar options are expected to be presented to the Superintendent soon after the Jan. 24 State Board of Education meeting when the State Board is expected to designate the Palm Beach County School District as an Academically High Performing School District. Soon thereafter, the Superintendent is expected to make a calendar recommendation to the School Board. The Board would then vote on a calendar option at an upcoming meeting.

For more information, contact Nat Harrington, 434-8227 or 357-7679.


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Every student at Timber Trace Elementary School in Palm Beach Gardens received Internet safety training this fall using resources from Netsmartz Workshop, a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  Over 800 students learned about using the Internet responsibly by participating in an interactive lesson featuring Clicky, an animated Internet safety robot from NetSmartz.  Every student in the school signed an Internet Safety Pledge.

Timber Trace Students Featured in NetSmartz KidsRecently, Timber Trace second grader Samantha Cohen, worked with her brother Lucas, who is in kindergarten, to create an original drawing about using good netiquette.  Technology Coordinator Teacher Mike Makoul sent the drawing with a letter from Samantha and Lucas to NetSmartz.  Clicky responded quickly, sending the students a signed photo and Internet safety stickers.   Samantha and Lucas’s drawing is featured in the “Hall of Fame” during the month of January.

Internet Safety Rules:
1.       I will tell a trusted adult if anything makes me feel sad, scared, or confused.
2.      I will ask my trusted adult before sharing information like my name, address, and number.
3.      I won’t meet face-to face with anyone from the Internet
4.      I will always use good netiquette and not be rude or mean online.

Follow these directions to view Samantha and Lucas’s drawing.
1.       Visit
2.      Click on January 2012 Hall of Fame
3.      Click on the clip art of crayons and the drawing should appear

For more information please contact Mr. Makoul at .

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The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. is proud to announce the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients. The Awards honor Palm Beach County public school alumni who have distinguished themselves through achievement, service or contributions to society either locally or to the broader community.

2012 Recipients:

William Graham, Associate Professor – Palm Beach State College
Lake Worth High

Government/Public Service:
Jeffrey Colbath, Circuit Court Judge
Palm Beach Gardens High

Joelen Kilbas Merkel, Corporate Executive (Retired)
Palm Beach High

Bethanne Reichard Bean, Medical Sciences Instructor – SDPBC
Lake Worth High

George Hamilton, Actor
Palm Beach High

Anquan Boldin, Wide Receiver – Baltimore Ravens
Pahokee High

A dinner and awards ceremony will be held Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the West Palm Beach Marriott. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available and can be purchased through the Education Foundation.

For additional event information, please contact Tracy Rudnick at 561-434-8428 or

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. is dedicated to advancing excellence in public education by increasing public awareness and sustaining community support for programs focused on Learning, Literacy and Leadership.

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WHAT :      What’s On The Menu: Financial Education Workshop

WHEN :      Wednesday, January 18, 2012 – 6:30 PM           

WHO :        PTA Volunteer USA

WHERE :   7900  Del Prado Circle, Boca Raton, Fl 33433

WHY:         Financial Education for Families is FREE and will promote long term responsible money management.  A fun, “restaurant” themed workshop, complete with chef hats and aprons, provides the backdrop for the training where parents and children tally up dinner bills, calculate tips and practice other math and money skills.  Families also receive a take-home activity bag filled with multiplication cards, measuring cups and “restaurant tabs to practice the newly-learned skills at home.

The program is sponsored by Volunteer USA Foundation, SunTrust Foundation and Del Prado Elementary School PTA.

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

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Lake Shore Middle School band students and 32 selected students will march with James Lee of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the City of Belle Glade Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Thirty-five students will wear “Stop the Violence” t-shirts that were purchased by the James Lee Foundation.

About the James Lee Foundation

The mission of TEAM LEE and the James T. Lee Foundation is to motivate and inspire youth within the cities of Belle Glade and Tampa, FL to ‘dare to dream’ and ‘strive to succeed.’ Team Lee aims to do so by creating partnerships with various middle and high schools through the creation of academic incentives, scholarship/mentoring programs and athletic events.     

For more information contact Vivian Green at (561) 829-1100 or via e-mail at






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Suncoast High School held their Fourth Annual ‘Career Showcase’ today, Friday, January 13, 2012.

Dr. Linda Cartlidge, Suncoast’s Principal, started this program four years ago to encourage students to identify a ‘career’ choice they are interested in pursuing to match their passion with their profession.  This is an extension of her daily message to the students to “Begin With The End In Mind” and work hard every day while focusing on the future. 

The Career Showcase is a unique opportunity for the students to meet professionals in their career path.  The students are prepared in advance by their teachers to maximize their time and equip them to interview the presenters.  They are ready to ask the right questions to get an idea of what their future career choice is really like first-hand. 

Based on input from the students and research on the best careers for the future, the Career Showcase Committee seeks out individuals in the desired careers.  There will be over a hundred professionals in attendance to speak one-on-one or in small groups with all the students.    

Last year students reported a renewed excitement in pursuing their goals.  The school also had students who’ve realized that they may need to re-evaluate what they’d like to do in the future. Both of which are extremely important. This is also a great networking opportunity to make ‘matches’ for internships, part-time, summer and full-time jobs for students and future employers.

For more information please contact Jana Hartley at 561-882-3404 or .

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Parents, students, teachers and all members of the community are invited to a Parent Information Expo organized by the Florida School Choice organization. The 2012-13 school year is quickly approaching, and parents have an opportunity to choose the school or educational program that best aligns with their child’s needs. 

When? Tuesday, January, 24, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. 

Where? Gove Elementary School – 900 S.E. Avenue G, Belle Glade, FL 33430. 

Parent Information Expo Flyer – English

Parent Information Expo Flyer – Spanish

Florida School Choice Parent Resource Centers (PRC’s) connect parents of school age children with a multitude of options available in this state to help them find the right K-12 educational environment or support that will help children achieve academic success. 

The meeting will cover all public and other school choices available to Florida’s families. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about Florida’s school choice options and how to be a partner in their child’s education. 

Members of your local School Choice Parent Advisory Council in collaboration with school district representatives and staff from School Choice Parent Resource Centers will facilitate the meeting and will be available for individual assistance and questions. 

Families will also have the chance to join the local Parent Advisory Council and be part of the statewide effort to reach all parents and advise them about school choice options. 

For more information contact Sophia De La Paz at (561) 641-8803 or via e-mail at  






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The announcement of the school grades marked history for Glades Central Community High School which received a “B” on the State of Florida’s grading system.  This is the first in the school’s history.  The staff has worked extremely hard to prepare the students academically.

Florida’s high schools increased in the number and percent of schools achieving high marks for the 2010-2011 school year, according to results released today from the Florida Department of Education. Results show that 78 percent of the state’s high schools earned either an “A” or “B” grade, an increase from 71 percent last year.

“The Raider family appreciates everyone for their efforts in helping us reach this milestone.  We ask for your continued support as we climb to higher academic heights!” said Mr. Anthony Anderson, Principal.

For more information contact Kevin Wright at (561) 993-4402 or via e-mail at






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Three students from the Theatre Academy at Boynton Beach Community High School took home top honors this week as part of the 2012 Alan Lebow Awards for Excellence in Shakespearean Performance.

Junior, Jonathan Raffoul, took home a first place prize of one thousand dollars with his monologue from Much Ado About Nothing. Juniors, Brendan Gardner and Bridgette Karam, also placed in the top ten, each receiving a two hundred dollar prize. Gardner was the grand prize winner last year.

Theatre Academy director, Joe Ametrano said, “I am so proud of these students. Their talent, perseverance and hard work are finally paying off.”

Awards will be presented at a reception at the Kravis Center on Thursday, January 19, where the winners will perform their award winning pieces.

The 2012 Alan Lebow Award for Excellence in Shakespearean Performance encourages students, of Title I High Schools, to tackle Shakespeare. The awards are presented by Kids’ Dreams, Inc. in memory of Alan Lebow.

For more information, contact Pam Whigham at (561) 752-1526 or email

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Educating students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is the focus of Poinciana Elementary Magnet School. This unique STEM Magnet school is making in-depth education in these areas an exciting reality.

On Saturday January 14, 2012 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Poinciana will host the First Lego League (FLL) tournament for 16 teams from Broward to the Space Coast and points in between.  There is even a team coming from Puerto Rico.  Each team will bring a robot which they have programmed to score points on a thematic board.  Additionally, the students have to create an innovative solution to this year’s challenge which is food contamination and safety.  Each team is scored on their technical proficiency, performance of their robot on the board, research presentation, innovative solution, and teamwork.  The teams consist of 2 to 10 children, the minimum age is nine and the maximum is fourteen. 

Poinciana boasts two award winning First Lego League teams comprised of 4th and 5th graders.  The teams have already secured bids to the regional tournament, as well as placing first in multiple categories at every tournament they have attended this year.  They are very excited to host this first and highly anticipated event.

Come out to the First Lego League tournament at Poinciana Elementary and see these students in action.

For more information, contact Gloria Gibson at (561)739-5700 or email

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The School District invites all members of the community to participate in the online voting for the Alcohol Prevention School Bus Poster Contest that is open from Wednesday, January 11, 2012 until Wednesday, February 18, 2012 at midnight.

Voters may select the three posters (one elementary, one middle, and one high school) that they think offers the most effective alcohol prevention message and will stand out inside a school bus. Only one vote (three posters) per e-mail address will be accepted daily.

Click here to cast your votes!

Over 770 entries were submitted from Palm Beach County schools.  A judging committee selected 15 semifinalists, each with a positive alcohol prevention message and fact about underage drinking.

The top six posters (two each from elementary, middle, and high school) will be displayed on all district school buses. Winners will receive $100 each plus Adobe Photoshop software.

Semifinalists and top posters from each school are being featured at the 2012 South Florida Fair in the Bink Glisson Museum at Yesteryear Village through January 29.

Click here to view pictures of the South Florida Fairgrounds Gallery.

Winners will be notified by January 20 and invited to attend the Awards Ceremony on Monday, February 20, 2012 at the Central Bus Compound.

The contest is being sponsored by a collaboration of organizations: Student Intervention Services, Public Affairs, and Transportation Department in the School District of Palm Beach County; the Acreage Loxahatchee Rotary Club; Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition; Adobe; and the South Florida Fair.

For more information contact Linda Salzman at (561) 366-6979 or via e-mail at



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Tim Hadsell is looking for students, their families, and other volunteers to help plant two community vegetable gardens this Saturday, January 14.  The Greenacres man is committed to planting gardens that help sustain area feeding programs and is seeking help for two initiatives planned for two Palm Beach County communities. The St. George’s Center is located in Riviera Beach at 21 West 22nd Street with a 2,000 square foot garden planned.  The West Palm Beach site is adjacent to the Elk’s Lodge on Belvedere Road with 4,000 square feet dedicated to the garden.  The endeavor has won a $10,000 grant from the Elks’ National Foundation, with local support and adminstration through the West Palm Beach Elks Lodge 1352. 

Hadsell is the Grants chair of the local Elk’s Lodge and has played an instrumental role in installing three other gardens during the past two years. One garden is located at Washington Elementary School in Riviera Beach.  Another garden is located at Greenacres Leisure Services and a third at the Elk’s West Palm Beach Lodge adjacent to Wynnebrook Elementary School.

 “We want to teach young people the process of gardening from seed to harvest,” Mr. Hansell explained.  “Not only do they experience the satisfaction of coaxing vegetables from the earth, they see the difference it makes when we add fresh vegetables to area feeding programs.”

Volunteers are needed at the Elk’s site from 8:00 a.m until the work is finished Saturday afternoon. The work at St. George’s is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. until the work’s completed that afternoon. The  City of Greenacres Leisure Services is providing transportation and the Mounts Botanical Gardens and the University of Florida Extension Service are providing plants, seedlings, and training. 

Vegetables we’ll be waiting for:  broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, radishes, eggplant, cabbage, — melons and chili peppers during the summer months.  For more details, contact Mr. Hadsell, 561-670-4790 or email

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WHO:       Congressman Allen West

WHAT:   Congressman West will speak to approximately one thousand 7th and 8th grade Social Studies students.

WHERE:    Palm Springs Community Middle School, Gymnasium, 1560 Kirk Road, West Palm Beach, FL  33406
WHEN:     Friday, January 13, 2012; 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm


WHY:      Congressman West, a former teacher, will speak to students about “What it means to be a good citizen”.  He will present the Social Studies Department 250 pocket-sized copies of the US Constitution.

For more information, please contact Principal Sandra Jinks or Teacher Andrew Kussoy at 434-3300. 


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Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality joined Mayor Jeri Muoio in West Palm Beach to tour Northboro Elementary School – a recently modernized LEED Gold certified school that’s gaining attention as a model for smart investment in sustainability. Board Member Chuck Shaw, former Northboro principal whose district includes now the school, accompanied Ms. Sutley on the tour. 

Northboro is a great example of how investing in modernization helps schools direct money to their classrooms instead of their energy bills. The elementary school has saved more than 16 percent in energy costs — enough to pay for at least one teacher each year — through upgrades including advanced lighting and ventilation systems. 

Schools spend more than $6 billion annually on their energy bills — more than they spend on computers and textbooks combined. The average public school building in the United States is more than 40 years old, and many struggle with old, inefficient, or broken heating and cooling systems and a host of other challenges, from crumbling roofs to outdated textbooks. 

As the President said: “We can’t expect American kids to do their best in places that are falling apart. This is America. Every kid deserves a great school — and we can give it to them.”  That’s why, in the American Jobs Act, the President proposed a $25 billion investment in school infrastructure to modernize at least 35,000 public schools across the country. The funds would provide for a range of emergency repair and renovation projects, energy efficiency upgrades, asbestos abatement and removal, new science and computer labs, and internet-ready classrooms – and put 16,000 Americans back to work making those upgrades. 

Modernizing our schools makes sense for American students, and makes sense for schools’ bottom lines. Northboro Elementary is a clear example of how this investment would create jobs, improve classrooms, and bring our schools into the 21st century. 

The School District of Palm Beach County is committed to building resource-efficient, healthy school environments. One big part of that effort is the District’s commitment to follow the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for all new construction. 

Visit this link to read the White House’s Blog or follow the White House Council on Evironmental Quality on Facebook.

(For student safety, district security filters don’t allow viewing Facebook from district computers. If interested, please view from a private/home computer.) 

For more information contact Gayle Harper at (561) 687-6300 or via e-mail at






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Nancy Sutley, President Obama’s principal environmental advisor and Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will join Mayor Jeri Muoio to tour Northboro Elementary School in West Palm Beach, FL, on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.                

During the visit, they will learn how the LEED Gold certified school has saved more than 16 percent on its energy bill, enough to pay for at least one teacher per year, through energy upgrades including advanced lighting and ventilation systems.  

President Obama’s American Jobs Act would provide Florida $1.2 billion to put 16,600 Americans back to work modernizing the State’s public schools, including $98 million for Palm Beach County, $125 million for Broward County and $267 million for Dade County for a range of emergency repair and renovation projects, energy efficiency upgrades, asbestos abatement and removal, new science and computer labs, and internet-ready classrooms. 

 Northboro Elementary School is located at 400 40th St. West Palm Beach, FL 33407. 

For more information contact Gayle Harper at (561) 687-6300 or via e-mail at






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