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Students from Cooper Union College of Architecture, Art and Engineering in New York came to Poinciana STEM  Elementary to support and encourage first grade students on November 8, 2012. The women’s varsity basketball team from Cooper Union promoted college-bound success for girls in science and engineering as well as conducted a Basketball clinic to keep kids active and healthy.

Every fall the Cooper Union Scholar Athletes travel south to share an educational, social and athletic endeavor.  The team also brought down a great coach from Vero Beach and another from Naples, Florida, to help run the clinic.  Each student received a basketball and a t-shirt to take home.  Poinciana STEM Elementary received equipment for the physical education program donated by Cooper Union College.

Partnerships with community organizations are powerful ways to enhance the learning environment and strengthen the educational process. Partnerships form collaborative arrangements between schools and organizations in the community to provide resources which dramatically boost the academic outcomes for all students.

For more information contact Melinda Olsker at (561) 739-5700 or email

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Five Palm Beach County schools were winners at the Jim Harbin Student Media Festival.  The schools were honored at an awards ceremony at the FAME Annual Conference in Orlando. FAME is the professional organization of Florida Media Specialists who encourage students to communicate through media production. This was the 50th Celebration of the Festival named in honor of Jim Harbin, a former consultant with the Florida Department of Education, who originated the idea of a statewide student media festival to recognize the excellent work being done by student media producers.







PSA (3-5)

Purple Panthers Don’t Bully

Seminole Trails Elem

Patti Potts

News Feature (3-5)

FCAT Tips – We Will Rock It!

Jupiter Farms Elem

Susan Studt







PSA (6-8)

The FCAT Heroes

Roosevelt Middle

Rebecca Smykla

PSA (9-12)

Dropout Prevention

Seminole Ridge High

Earle Wright

News Feature (9-12)

Every Student Has a Story

Seminole Ridge High

Earle Wright

News Show (9-12)


Seminole Ridge High

Earle Wright







Book Trailer (3-5)

Goonie Bird Green

Freedom Shores Elem

Michelle Cates

Book Trailer (6-8)

Killer Pizza

Roosevelt Middle

Rebecca Smykla

Comedy (9-12)

Nightmare on Royal Palm Beach Blvd.

Seminole Ridge High

Earle Wright


For more information on the Jim Harbin Student Media Festival and to view the winning videos go to

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The Teacher Academy at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School is celebrating its Platinum Anniversary this school year.  The students in this academy work diligently to learn the art of teaching and the history of education in our country.  Twenty years of excellence in education in this esteemed Choice Program are being celebrated in a number of ways; however, the biggest celebration of the year takes place Monday, November 26 in the Palm Beach Lakes High Gymnasium from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM.   For the first time ever, the academy is hosting a Teacher Academy Education Affair.  According to the school’s Choice Coordinator Tera Hands, “This is one event you won’t want to miss.” 

Teacher Academy students, from grades nine to twelve, will display their class and individual research in education.  They will report on relevant, interesting, and even controversial topics educators face every day.  Some of the topics include the following: Learning Styles, Learning Disabilities and Exceptionalities, Questioning Techniques, Cognitive Developmental Stages, College Readiness, Standardized Testing, Traditional and Alternative Assessments, Cooperative Learning vs. Small Group Learning, Professionalism in Education, Professional Education Associations, Technology in Education, Sex Education in Schools, Religion in the School Setting, etc. 

“We are inviting the community to be a part of this historical, ground-breaking event at Palm Beach Lakes,” said Ms. Hands.  The Teacher Academy is inviting the middle school Choice Coordinators and Guidance Counselors to bring a group of interested 8th grade students on a field trip to see the academy students’ research; college and university representatives and counselors are invited to set up an information booth at the event to represent their schools’ education department; and teachers at Palm Beach Lakes are being encouraged to register their classes to attend the Education Affair.

“If you are alumni of the Lakes’ Teacher Academy and are currently teaching in the area, please contact me with your information,” said Mr. Hands.  “We want everyone to help us celebrate 20 years of Teacher Academy Excellence.”

For more information please contact Ms. Hands at 561-640-5014 or .

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The idea of building the Seminole Ridge High School Habitat for Humanity House came from the experience of constructing the Ticket Building at the school and from Glen Nalicki at Marathon High, who was doing a similar project with his students.  “We wanted to see what they were doing so Jim Politis, Choice Specialist for Technology Education, and I drove down to the Keys to see the modular home that the students in Marathon were working on,” said Rick Terkvich, Construction Instructor. 

The Palm Beach County chapter of Habitat and all of the other partners were thrilled to support the project and after two years of contracts, permits, blueprint revisions and many hours of teaching and planning, the first materials arrived in August 2011. 

Work on the house is being done by the juniors and seniors of the Construction Academy along with some sophomores.  Each of the Academy’s different class groups have been divided into four teams. Each team for each class is in charge of all construction on their designated module.  When the next class comes in, they take over where the last class left off.  It is shift work training at its best.   

More than 100 students have participated in the project putting together the roof, electrical, plumbing, and all of the parts of the modular home. The main graduating seniors of the project are: Anthony Armeli, Josh Hope, Priscilla Cerqueira, Hunter Johnson, Justin Kaufman, Mike Masters, Mike Maxwell, John Montanelli, Joe Reed, Roman Fernandez, Joe Pugliese. 

Color coding of hard hats to identify the various teams was the brainchild of Bill Featherston, the GC advisor for the construction work, and it has helped to corral the students back to their respective modules to keep the progress moving along.  A team leader for each group was chosen by Mr. Terkovich to serve as the foreman and for quality control.  Mr. Featherson and the architect, David Porter, make weekly “job site” visits to the shop to look over the construction, advise about the next steps, and to show the students what, if anything, needs to be corrected. 

The students are getting a real life construction site experience.  There are safety briefings (and reminders) and no one, including the adult advisers, subcontractors, and consultants assisting with the project, steps inside the fenced construction zone surrounding the work without wearing a hard hat, proper clothing, proper footwear, and eye protection.  

In preparation for the project each student received a 30-hour OSHA construction safety training and certificate as a part of the program taught by Mr. Terkovich (a certified OSHA trainer). 

The students have progressed faster with the construction than any of the adults associated with the project imagined might be possible.  On November 13, 2012 the house modules and roof segments will be rolled out of the school’s shop and craned onto awaiting flat-bed trailers.  Then, early on November 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. the trucks and trailers will pull out of the school in Loxahatchee and drive along Okeechobee Boulevard to the awaiting foundation at 2431 Saranac Avenue in the Westgate neighborhood of unincorporated Palm Beach County. 



To see photos and read about this amazing project from start to finish, please visit

For more information contact John Walker, Academy Coordinator at (561) 422-2600 or via e-mail at






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This year, the students, faculty, family and friends of Jupiter Elementary School began their first teaching garden. The purpose of implementing a teaching garden is to create an interactive learning environment that reinforces existing curricula while promoting health, responsibility, cooperation, recycling and an appreciation for the natural world. Keeping with the school’s efforts as a Green School of Promise, the garden utilizes rain barrels for irrigation, re-purposed used tires as container gardens, and students’ began their seedlings in egg cartons to observe in their classrooms.

While the garden has provided a learning experience far beyond its original intentions, the most valuable result has been the sense of community. Jupiter Elementary School’s garden project started under the guidance of Jupiter High School’s Agriculture Department. Agriculture students and volunteers along with their teacher, Derrick Crum, built raised soil beds while using their knowledge of plants to recommend those that would grow based on the time of year, and sun exposure. In addition to the Agriculture Department, Jupiter High School’s Construction class, led by Steven Forrest, fabricated two potting benches as a class project, each catering to the height variations in elementary school. According to Jupiter Elementary Principal Daniel Smith, “Jupiter High School’s support and leadership has been a true asset to the garden.”

Jupiter Elementary has also seen an outpouring of support from the community, many being alumni and successful business owners in the area. On Tuesday, November 20th, Jupiter Elementary School will be taking a moment to celebrate and thank all of the supporters of the garden beginning at 8:15 am. “The garden would not have been possible without helping hands and caring hearts,” said Mr. Smith. “Now it’s time for Jupiter Elementary to show what so much generosity has created.”

Jupiter Elementary would like to thank all their supporters:

Jupiter High School Agriculture Department, Derrick Crum, Alumni

Jupiter High School Future Farmers of America

Jupiter High School Construction Class, Steven Forrest

Budget Tire, Frank LoPresti, Alumni

Willoughby Construction, Brian Willoughby, Alumni

Kevin P. Carter Construction

John Deere Landscapes, Larry Williams

Regal Paints Chasewood

All the Fabulous Volunteers

For more information on Jupiter Elementary School’s teaching garden, please contact or Mr. Smith at 561-741-5300 or  .

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Lake Worth Middle School is the Southeast Region’s week one winner of Voyager Learning’s Math Mania competition.  In recognition of its math mastery, the school will receive the official Math Mania banner, will top the Math Mania Leaderboard for one week, and will be featured in the November/December issue of Voyager Connection, Voyager Learning’s e-magazine available at

Voyager Learning’s Math Mania is a special online math competition presented in conjunction with the VmathLive® program, a web-based math solution designed to create a stimulating learning environment and purposeful practice for students in grades 2-8.  The Math Mania event encourages friendly rivalry between schools around the corner and across the nation to build excitement and participation.

Regular Season Math Mania (October 1 – January 29)

During the first phase of the competition, students can track their school ranking on the Math Mania Leader Board in comparison to other schools in their own region, as well as other regions.  Students participate in VmathLive activities and answer math questions to earn points. With a different winner each week, there is an opportunity for everyone to top the Leader Board. And the student totals are combined each week to determine the winning schools.

Math Mania Bowl (January 30)

The Math Mania extravaganza culminates in a one-day Math Mania Bowl where students across the country compete in real time on to earn the most points in a 24-hour period. Local and national prizes will be awarded.

For more information, follow the competition on

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A former standout African American student at Suncoast High School has become one of only two Florida students to be named a Ron Brown Scholar for 2012.  The program, named after the former U.S. Commerce Secretary and Democratic Party Chairman who died in a plane crash in 1996, singles out outstanding African American students to develop as leaders.  Tyrell said, “I am always aware that society tends to analyze my every action with a fine tooth comb.  Part of overcoming the adversity is taking that tendency in stride and working that much harder.  Growing up and even now, more than ever, I’m very careful of what I do and my surroundings. However, this added weight has shaped me into a more responsible individual.”

At Suncoast High School, Tyrell Russell was a student in the prestigious International Baccalaureate program.  In his community he worked with the AIDS ministry at his church to administer free HIV tests and educate others about the disease.  He also volunteered with the Urban League’s National Achievers Society and in the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School afterschool program.

In high school, Tyrell excelled as an outstanding student and active member of the community.  In college, this Ron Brown and Gates scholar continues to following the path of excellence making his hometown community, former high school and family extremely proud.

Now a freshman at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, Tyrell is thankful to his instructors at Suncoast High for giving him a strong foundation, “The rigor involved in the courses I took while in high school allowed me to develop the study habits necessary to function in any academic environment. Although I still devote many hours to studying, I never feel as though the coursework is too difficult to manage. Through all of my efforts, I was recently invited to participate in the University Honors Program.”

Tyrell is majoring in Biochemistry and Human Rights, with a minor in Mathematics.  “I still find myself in awe of the amount of talent and intellect among the students of SMU,” said Tyrell.  “One of my biggest personal goals is to remain grounded.  As a student, I am given a great deal of freedom and must decide each day how I will use my freedom to my advantage.  I am a member of the Association of Black Students, Open Minds (a foster child mentoring group), and Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir.”

Tyrell’s mother, Cheryl Moore, is a reading coach at Clifford O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary.  “My family inspires me because they represent a group of people who make the best out of any situation,” said Tyrell.  “My family strives to appreciate the little things in life and not take blessings for granted.”

For more information please contact Vickie Middlebrooks at 561-357-7661 or .

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What is Censorship? Is it ever beneficial? How did book burnings impact future events in Nazi Germany?  These and other questions are what high school students are being asked to answer in the West Palm Beach Library Foundation’s essay contest being held in conjunction with its exhibition, Banned and Burned Literary Censorship and the Loss of Freedom. The exhibition, which is currently at the Mandel Public Library,  features the traveling exhibition Fighting the Fires of Hate:  America and the Nazi Book Burnings, currently on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

 The essays should focus on the history of censorship, the events that took place starting in May, 1933, and explore the First Amendments rights guaranteed in America.  The exhibition will give students a close look at the first steps the Nazis took to suppress freedom of expression and the strong response from the United States.  Students in 9th -12th grades  will also be required to read a book banned from various cities and states across America, including classics such as The Scarlett Letter, Gone with the Wind, and The Lord of the Flies to more recent releases including Jaws and The Harry Potter series.  Students should discuss how the book influenced them and why it should be protected from future censorship, plus they must visit the exhibition, which opened November 7th, and discuss its impact from a personal perspective.  Essays must be 500-1,000 words and submitted by December 31st.

First and second place cash prizes of $500 and $250 respectively, will be awarded to 9th and 10th graders.  Students in 11th and 12th grades will compete for first and second place awards of $1,000 and $500 per grade level.  Classroom teachers of the winning students will receive $300 gift certificates to purchase books for their classroom libraries.

 Essays will be judged by a panel of community leaders and evaluated based on historical accuracy, understanding of the issues, personal reflections, style and documentation. Winning essays will be announced in mid-March.  “We appreciate the support of this initiative by the Palm Beach County School District and the principals, media center directors and teachers at the schools throughout the county,” said Laurel Baker, essay contest chair. “Although this was a disturbing time in history, we believe that by having students explore the oppression of Nazi Germany and read these brilliant books they will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of the freedom of speech and press that we enjoy as Americans today.”

 The eight-week exhibition at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach runs from November 7, 2012 through January 6, 2013 and will provide a vivid look at the first steps the Nazis took to suppress freedom of expression, and the strong response from the United States. It includes displays of historical photographs and news coverage along with film, video and newsreel footage. The essay contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

 In conjunction with the exhibition, the West Palm Beach Library Foundation will also host a series of events and programs. They will include a film series on tolerance, literary censorship, and book burnings; banned book discussion groups; puppet shows on tolerance; performances by Palm Beach Dramaworks portraying authors whose works were burned by the Nazis; a Friends of the Library jazz event featuring censored music; and corporate evenings and tours.

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart Shipley, PA is the lead sponsor for the event and exhibition. The essay contest is sponsored by Alexander “Sandy” Myers, Esq. and Barbara Sommers, CPA.

For exhibition details, other events and sponsorship information, call 561.868.7715 or visit the Foundation website at

 The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exhibitions program is supported in part by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.

Essay contest guidelines can be viewed by clicking here.  FinalEssayContestForm[1].   A list of previously banned books can be viewed by clicking here.FinalBooks Banned in the US[1]

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Benoist Farms Elementary School is holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive to give extra support to 10 families within the school by providing a complete Thanksgiving meal.  This meal will include a turkey, gallon of milk, stuffing, vegetables, side items, dessert and bread.  Anyone interested in making a donation can come to the school until November 13, 2012. 

Community members are encouraged to participate in this event by donating any Thanksgiving “related” food items to the collection box located in the front office of the school.  On November 17, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. staff members, volunteers and student members of the KC Club will break up into teams and go into the community to surprise these families. 

“We are looking forward to supporting these families and especially setting an example to our students about the importance helping others. The KC Club within our school focuses on showing kindness and compassion to other students, as well as, the community by involvement in activities and events,” said Lauren Rogers, parent liaison and project sponsor. 

Benoist Farms Elementary is located at 1765 Benoist Farms Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411. 

For more information contact Lauren Rogers at (561) 383-9735 or via email at






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Palm Beach County resident Norman Frajman was 19- years- old when he came to America as a survivor of  the Holocaust and six concentration camps. He eventually started a business, got married, and raised a family. About 250 high school students from around the District will gather at the Scottish Rites Lodge in Lake Worth Tuesday, November 13, to hear from Mr. Frajman and other Survivors  during a Student Awareness Day event. The Boynton Beach resident is a contributing author to We Remember the Children, a book written by 36 Palm Beach County residents who were child survivors of the Holocaust. All of the District’s high schools have received classroom sets of the book.

Students will be seated at tables with a survivor for the day’s activities.  They will also hear from  Yael Hirshfeld of the  Regional Office of Palm Beach County Anti Defamation League, who will share information about the Pyramid of Hate. The event, which begins at 8:00 a.m. , culminates with lunch, which is being co-sponsored by the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center and inSIGHT, Through Education, Inc.

For details, contact Holocaust Program Planner Maureen Carter, 561.434.8933 or email


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The award-winning Boca Raton Community High School Drama Department will open its season with a high-energy production of the fast-paced, razor-sharp farce ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. With a lively cast of more than 30 students playing a truly extravagant array of eccentric characters, ‘The Man Who Came To Dinner’ will run from November 15-17, 2012 in the school’s Kathryn Lindgren Theatre.

WHERE :   Kathryn Lindgren Theatre
1501 NW 15 Court Boca Raton FL  33486

TIME :       7:00 PM

For more information call Melinda Clarke at 561-338-1533 or email

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The Tradewinds Middle School Bands will perform the 3rd annual Fall Demonstration and Veterans Day Concert on November 7, 2012. The beginning band will perform selections as part of a demonstration of their musical progress since September. This will be followed by performances by the Tradewinds Buccaneer jazz ensemble and concert bands.

A special PowerPoint will feature those family members and friends of Tradewinds band students who have served or are currently serving as members of the Armed Forces of the United States while the concert band performs marches and patriotic music.

This most patriotic event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and there is no charge for admission. In place of an admission the band is collecting items for the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach in Lake Worth, FL.

For more information please contact Principal Rebecca Subin at 561-493-6400 or .

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The School District of Palm Beach County and Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) met Monday, November 5, 2012 for a bargaining session regarding teacher salaries.  District officials presented the School Board’s counter proposal for the 2012-13 school year.  The Board’s proposal would provide the following: 

  • Teachers would receive a step increase on an improved salary schedule retroactive to the start of the 2012-13 school year.
  • Under the Board’s proposal, all teachers receive an equitable increase that averages 3.10%;
  • By raising the salary schedule, teachers eligible for a step would receive an increase ranging from $1,500 to $3,300.  The majority of teachers receive $1,500 with an average increase of $1,621.  Under the current salary schedule, a step can represent as little as a $102 increase for teachers early in their career. 
  • The salary schedule is effectively compressed from 27 steps to 25 steps allowing teachers to reach the maximum salary earlier in their career.  The proposed salary schedule ranges from $38,000 to $70,000.  
  • The starting base salary is raised from $37,322 to $38,000.  Although new hires are not eligible for a step, those on step one would receive a $678 increase by raising the minimum salary.  In addition, these new hires would also receive a one-time salary bonus of $500. 
  • Teachers currently earning the longevity salary of $71,745 and not eligible for a step would receive a one-time salary bonus of $1,000.
  • Future step increases would remain subject to negotiations.  The School Board is not proposing a return to automatic annual step increases.
  • The total package represents a $21.8 million increase and impacts all 12,578 employees within the  teachers bargaining unit. 
  • The School Board, Superintendent and staff reassessed the District’s financial position as of October 2012 and committed $6 million in projected savings to augment the initial offer of $15.8 million.
  • In order to prepare for the State performance pay mandate, the District’s proposal includes a parallel min/max salary schedule for future use.  No teachers would be placed on the min/max salary schedule for the current school year.
  • Click on the following link for the proposed salary schedule: 

Appendix A

  • Given the situation with the FRS lawsuit and related budget uncertainty for next year, the School Board’s salary proposal is guaranteed for the 2012-13 school year (FY2013) and includes a provision to provide some flexibility for FY2014.  Should employees recover their three percent (3%) FRS contribution and Florida school districts suffer a funding shortfall as a result of the lawsuit, it may be necessary to roll back any recurring salary increases beginning with FY2014.  The School Board and Superintendent hope exercising such a provision will not be necessary, but retaining this flexibility is very important given the magnitude of the potential financial impact associated with this lawsuit.  Rather than holding all available funds in reserve until the outcome and implications of the FRS lawsuit are known, the School Board and Superintendent feel it is important to move forward with negotiating employee salary proposals for this year.




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The West Palm Beach Library Foundation is hosting an essay contest for students in grades 9 through 12 in conjunction with the Library’s upcoming exhibition entitled Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings. The traveling exhibition is on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and will be on display at the Mandel Public Library from November 7, 2012, through January 6, 2013. In addition, the Library Foundation will present “Banned and Burned: Literary Censorship and the loss of Freedom” as an adjunct to the exhibition.

The essay contest will focus on the history of censorship, the events that took place starting in May 1933, and explore the First Amendment rights guaranteed in America. The exhibition will give students a close look at the first steps the Nazis took to suppress freedom of expression and the strong response from the United States.

The contest will evaluate essays submitted in two grade categories: 9th and 10th graders will compete for first and second place prizes valued at $500 and $250; 11th and 12th graders will have an opportunity to be selected for first and second place awards of $1,000 and $500. Classroom teachers of the winning students will receive $300 gift certificates to purchase books for their classroom libraries.

The panel of judges will be made up of community leaders who will evaluate the submissions on the basis of historic accuracy, understanding of the issues, personal reflections, and style and documentation.

More information about the essay contest and essay contest forms can be found at .

For more information please contact Maureen Carter in K-12 Curriculum at 561-434-8933 or


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“Sometimes, you are in the right place at the right time. I don’t know how else to explain it,” said Crystal Brunson, a Speech and Language Pathologist for the Department of Student Services.  She worked this past Tuesday, October 30th, at Boynton Beach Community High School and was on her way home with her 3 year old son.

An accident involving two vehicles had just occurred on Old Boynton Road in Boynton Beach.  According to Ms. Brunson, “I was talking on the phone with my mom.  As I was driving by, I saw a gentleman had stopped to help. Normally I don’t stop, but something told me to turn around. I told my mom I was going back, and I would call her later.” Ms. Brunson dialed 911 and after hanging up with them she turned her car around. A car was heading east on Old Boynton Road, toward the accident, and before she knew it, it crashed into one of the cars involved in the first accident, pinning the gentleman that stopped to help.

By this time someone else had also stopped.  Ms. Brunson continued, “I went to check on the gentleman that had been pinned, and that’s when I realized that his right leg had been severed, and his left leg had been broken.” Being First Aid/CPR certified by the School District, instinct took over. She ran back to her car to find something to help stop the bleeding and another passer-by took off her sweater and made a tourniquet. The victim’s wife was beginning to panic. Ms. Brunson sat with her, reassuring her that her husband would be OK.

Ms. Brunson’s generosity did not stop there, “When I learned that she didn’t drive, I stayed with her until the ambulance left with her husband, drove her home to check on their four children, and took her to the hospital. We sat together until he was out of surgery.”

As Ms. Brunson drove home in the middle of night, the realism of what took place started to settle in, “You spend your life thinking things like this only happen in the movies. Nothing can truly prepare you for what I encountered that night. I was grateful that it was only his leg. It could have been so much worse.  Times like this make you grateful for what you have, and not to take what you have for granted. As I got settled at home, the realization set in…I was in the right place, at the right time.” 

For more information please contact LoriAnn Roderick, Boynton Beach Community High School Guidance /ESE Department at561-752-1286 or

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Seminole Ridge High School will be hosting a Veterans Day program to honor our community Veterans.   

When? November 9, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 

Where? Seminole Ridge Community High School (Gymnasium) – 4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd., Loxahatchee, FL 33470. 

The School District has a strong emphasis on civics education and involving the community and guest speakers in schools. All Veterans are welcomed to attend. 

For more information or to RSVP contact Hans Hunt,  JROTC Senior Army Instructor  LTC at 561-422-2620 or






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Students, parents and community members are invited to attend the Lantana Middle School Choice Programs Open House.  The Open House was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy and has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 8 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the school cafeteria. 

The Academy Directors for Medical, Teacher, Dance, and Band will be presenting about all of these exciting programs.

For more information please contact Principal Edward Burke at 561-540-3422 or .

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In an effort to promote healthy food choices through the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables the School Food Service Department has organized an educational health fair to be held at Hammock Pointe Elementary School.  All students will be exposed to the health fair during their lunch period which will take place in the school cafeteria. 

When?  Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 9:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Where? Hammock Pointe Elementary – 8400 S.W. 8th St., Boca Raton, FL 33433 

This health fair event will provide the students and staff of Hammock Pointe Elementary with an opportunity to view exciting health and wellness displays, receive educational materials, prizes, as well as free samples of colorful and tasty fruits and vegetables.   

A variety of educational booths will be set up to target specific aspects of health and wellness which include: 

    • Palm Beach County UF/IFAS Extension Agency
    • The Center for Group Counseling
    • ABCD Eat Right
    • Kawa Orthodontics
    • The DeVos-Blum Family YMCA of Boynton Beach
    • Caridad Center
    • Campbell’s North America
    • Erneston & Sons Produce, Inc.
    • Short on Thyme – Chef Shelley
    • Drowning Coalition, Palm Beach County
    • District Employee Wellness
    • Hammock Pointe Parent Teacher Association (P.T.A.)
    • Hammock Pointe Physical Education Teacher and School Health Nurse
    • Hammock Pointe students showcasing their talents in singing and cheerleading
    • The School Food Service Department promoting “Fruits & Veggies More Matter” 

For more information contact Paula Triana, R.D, L.D./N., School Food Service Department, Assistant Director of the Nutrition & Wellness Promotion Team at (561) 383-2026 or via email at








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Exhibit tied in to Ninth Annual Reading Together Campaign

An exhibit featuring the artwork of student photographers from a number of area high schools opens at the Norton Museum of Art Saturday, November 3, as part of commemoration activities of the Palm Beach County Library System’s Ninth Annual Families Reading Together campaign. The students work was based on the theme, Based on Books which was introduced to them by their photography teachers in the fifth year of the Norton’s invitational student exhibit.

Participating students attend the following schools and study photography from the listed instructors:

Atlantic High School, Darin Roney

Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Peter Stodolak

John I. Leonard High School, Alexis Garland

Lake Worth High School, Brent Bludworth

Palm Beach Central High School, Jennie Barnett

Royal Palm Beach High School, Cynthia Oakes

Santaluces High School, Christina Archer

Wellington High School, Bobbi Brubaker.

The exhibit will open at 2:00 p.m. in the Chris and Bernard Marden Community Gallery. It runs through January 7, 2013. The Marden Community Gallery serves as a venue for the exhibition of artworks created through collaborative programs between the Norton Museum of Art and student and community groups.   Admission to the Museum is free to Palm Beach County residents on the first Saturday of every month and free to West Palm Beach residents every Saturday. 

For more information about the Based on Books student photography exhibit, contact Associate Curator of Education Carole Gutterman, 561.832.5196, ext. 1198  or email

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Barnes & Noble stores across the country invite customers to give the gift of reading to children in need during its annual Holiday Book Drive, taking place from November 1, 2012 to December 24, 2012.  The Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive provides an opportunity for customers to donate books through local stores for at risk schools in Palm Beach County.

We ask you to join us along with Chairman Barbieri and many other School Board Members and Staff at our Holiday Book Drive Kick Off Event on Thursday, November 8th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This event will be held at the Barnes & Noble located at 1400 Glades Road, in the University Commons Shopping Plaza in Boca Raton. A portion of the sales from books donated that day will go towards The Palm Beach County School District- Curriculum Department for Title I Schools.

“The Holiday Book Drive is one of our most popular community partnerships,” says Sarah DiFrancesco, Director of Community Relations for Barnes & Noble.  “Our booksellers and customers get to share the pure joy of giving a book to a child in need.  And because each Barnes & Noble store chooses its local non-profit beneficiary, the donations are very personal.”

To find out more information regarding this event, or how to participate in the Holiday Book Drive, contact the Amanda Fuentes, Community Relations Manager at (561) 392-8478.


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Seventy-eight Acreage Pines Elementary students in 5th grade will graduate from the G.R.E.A.T. Program (Gang Resistance Education And Training).  During the graduation ceremony students will present ways they have improved in the community or in school from the knowledge they learned from the 6 week program. 

WHERE: Acreage Pines Elementary School (Cafeteria). 14200 Orange Blvd.,  Loxahatchee, FL. Office:  561/904-9500 

WHEN: Friday, November 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. 

G.R.E.A.T. is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer instructed classroom curriculum. 

The Program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior. 

About the G.R.E.A.T. Program

The G.R.E.A.T. program is a six week course which the students successfully complete with proper attendance, participation, knowledge of the G.R.E.A.T. lessons, and have contributed to the improvement of their community and/or school. 

The course is compromised of the following lessons: 

  • G.R.E.A.T. Beginnings – Lesson Goal: Students will identify facts about the G.R.E.A.T. Program and various aspects about violence and prevention. 
  • To Do or Not to Do – Lesson Goal: Students will demonstrate decision-making skills and identify to whom they can talk if they need help making decisions. 
  • Loud and Clear – Lesson Goal: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills. 
  • Staying Cool When the Heat Is On – Lesson Goal: Students will practice controlling anger and develop strategies to manage their anger. 
  • We’re All in This Together – Lesson Goal: Students will identify individual and group differences and discuss respecting others. 
  • G.R.E.A.T. Days Ahead – Lesson Goal: Students will identify ways of being a G.R.E.A.T. citizen. 

For more information contact Dr. Colleen Iannitti at (561) 904-9503 or via email at





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

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Christopher Wan, a senior at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts has been named a semi-finalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.  2,255 students submitted to the Siemens Competition this year and only 322 of them were named semi-finalists. There were 10 semi-finalists from Florida and Christopher was the only one from Palm Beach County.

Christopher was recognized for his paper: Modeling Estuarine Salinity Using Artificial Neural Networks: A Case Study of the Loxahatchee River.  In the last several years he has also earned 1st Place and Best in Show in the Palm Beach County Science Fair, 1st Place in the Florida State Science Fair, and 4th Place in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

A piano major at Dreyfoos, Christopher has been playing the piano for almost 12 years and has won over $7,000 in scholarships and competitions. He recently submitted his application to Harvard and hopes to attend the Harvard-New England Conservatory dual degree program.  When asked about his passion for math, science and piano, Christopher said, “Math and science are ways for me to put on a serious face and a hard shell and work hard to make changes in the world. But music will always be my way to loosen up and to simply express myself.”

For more information please contact Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Dean of Science, Stephen Anand at 561 at 561-802-6000 or .

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Watson B. Duncan Community Middle School is sponsoring its twelfth annual Veterans Day program on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 9:45 a.m. in the gymnasium. The purpose of this program is to acknowledge and thank veterans and active duty military personnel for serving our country. The program will last one hour.

The Duncan chorus and band will provide musical selections throughout the event. Palm Beach Gardens High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps will post and retire the colors as well as perform a drill exhibition.  Several veterans will attend representing different branches of the service and many dignitaries from the communities will be invited.

All veterans are welcome to attend.

Please contact Watson B. Duncan Middle School Band Director Tammy Roggen at 561-776-3518 for more details.

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The Kindergarten classes at Lighthouse Elementary School will be celebrating the 50th day of school “Fifties Style” on Monday, November 5th.  The children will come to school dressed as students would dress during the 1950s. 

The students will compare life now to what it was like in the 1950s through read alouds and using a Venn Diagram to compare the 50s to the 2010s.  They will learn to count to 50 by ones and tens and read and write stories related to the 50th day.  Culminating activities will include bubble gum blowing contests and a Sock Hop ending with a root beer float.  

For more information please contact Lighthouse Elementary Principal Leslie Bolte at 561-741-9404 .

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In honor of Veterans Day, students and School District employees will be recognizing our nation’s distinguished veterans the week of November 5th.  The School District of Palm Beach County will be honoring our veterans in numerous and different ways. 

Several schools are inviting veterans to attend ceremonies where they will be honored.  Some schools collect for Forgotten Soldiers while others write thank-you letters and deliver them to our local VA Hospital. Most schools invite guest speakers, and many have students interview faculty members or relatives of students who are veterans and showcase them on their in-school TV news programs.

School District employees at the Fulton-Holland Education Services Center and all other off-site administrative offices will honor administrative employees who are veterans at a Veterans Day Ceremony on November 9th.  The event will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the flag pole in front of the District’s headquarters building on Forest Hill Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

Students from the Boca Raton Community High School Navy Junior ROTC will present the Colors, students of Jupiter Middle School Band will perform several patriotic selections and Boynton Beach Community High School’s  Aunya May will sing the National Anthem and close with “America the Beautiful.”

Superintendent Wayne Gent will speak, read the names, and acknowledge veterans who now serve the students, parents, staff, and School District community.  Several veterans will share their experiences and talk about the meaning and importance of Veterans Day.

For more information, contact Jimmy L. Peterkin, Jr., at (561) 434-7323 or .