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Mr. Culp and Joey Yannucci.

Mr. Culp and Joey Yannucci.

The unfortunate bus accident that occurred on Monday, March 26, 2012 critically injuring 11 year old Joey Yannucci in Port Saint Lucie left the students at Jupiter Middle with the need to help this family.   Joey’s dad, Anthony Yannucci was a Computer Science teacher at Jupiter Middle School last year and was known as “Mr. Y the computer guy.”   

In less than two weeks the students, faculty and parents at Jupiter Middle were able to raise $1600. They organized bake sales, lemonade stands and collected change in the cafeteria during lunch. Parents also showed their generosity after receiving an email asking for their support. A group of students accompanied Mr. Culp to St. Mary’s Hospital to deliver the check. 

“I am always impressed with my students for taking initiatives like this and it makes me very proud to be their principal. The students, teachers, staff members and families at Jupiter Middle never hesitate to respond when we are doing activities or events to help those in need,” added Mr. David Culp, Principal. 

Joey suffered a severe head injury and was put into a drug induced coma while the doctors tried to reduce the swelling in his brain. Joey is now out of his coma and shocking the doctors and nurses with his ability to speak, something they thought he would have to re-learn. “Joey has a way to go, but the students of Jupiter Middle School know he can do it!” said Mr. Culp. 

For more information contact David Culp at (561) 745-7200 or via e-mail at






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The Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA has awarded three scholarships to active PTA volunteers.  The County Council has selected  two graduating seniors and an adult volunteer to each receive $500 to help offset the cost of their future education endeavors.  Winners were chosen based on an original essay and letters of recommendation. Student  applicants  wrote essays responding  to the prompt “Being a PTA member means…” while adult applicants  wrote essays that shared their thoughts about PTA…Empowering Families!”

Larry Harris is an active PTSA volunteer as well as a teacher at Omni Middle School in Boca Raton.  His passion to inspire students to be educated and healthy generated an idea to train a group of kids for the Palm Beach Half Marathon.  The goal: “inspire the entire school to exercise and eat better”.  Together the PTSA and Mr. Harris developed a rigorous training schedule, running routes were varied with the help of a hunted down Garmin GPS watch; the students training was the subject of a local newspaper article, and PTSA parents provided breakfast on long run days.  As Ms. Kline, Omni PTSA President stated “He made sure they understood that determination and self- discipline were skills they needed not only for the race but for life.”  In his essay Larry said “the organization ensures that we teachers have the resources necessary to teach without inhibition and to get involved without worry of costs. “

Setutsi Dennis, a senior and active student volunteer at Spanish River High School stated “Being a PTSA member means being a part of something much larger than yourself!” Setutsi’s scholarship application shows that she has always been an active student and volunteer at her school from the Step Team to Student Government.  However, it wasn’t until a PTSA mom casually asked “Why haven’t you joined PTSA? You participate in all our events…” that she joined PTSA.  After two years Setutsi says that by being a member of PTSA “I’ve learned by example that doing for the greater good is better than doing for myself. The grandeur of our PTSA is quite humbling and being a part of it really means the world to me.  I am sure that the values I’ve seen, learned and have the opportunity to display will serve me as a positive influence in my life.”

Wallis Stormont O’Hagan, a PTSA vice- president and active senior at Suncoast High School shared that “being a PTSA means opportunity” and she embraced the opportunity to “create a learning community that is both constructive and beneficial.” As a student advocate, Wallis fully embraced the opportunity to properly represent the “S” in PTSA.  In her essay Wallis stated: “I truly have seen that the PTSA has instilled in me a sense of commitment towards potential – potential for partnership, respect, integrity, inclusivity and a commitment to growth of one’s self.  In short, “Through student government and class council, I was able to serve my fellow students and lobby for their interests; with PTSA, I was able to actually see that their requests could become reality.” 

 Palm Beach County Council PTA appreciates all the applicants that competed for the scholarship and looks forward to offering more scholarships next year.

 About PTA

 The Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA is a member of the largest advocacy group for children in the nation. PTA  is comprised of millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. For more information, contact Jennifer Martinez, president, 561.254.9513 or

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A Student Showcase of Films

vibe logo The Film, T.V. and Media Production Academy will host its showcase of films, the Vibe Awards, Thursday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Park Vista Community High School, 7900 Jog Road. The Vibe Awards are a 90-minute production that features the best projects produced by students in the academy including music videos, public service announcements, commercials, show openers, interviews, and much more.The public is invited to come  and show support for the academy students and have a fun night. Tickets are sold at the door for only $3.00

For more details, contact Sarah Peterson, Film, T.V. & Media Production Academy Head, 561-491-8400 or

 About Park Vista Community High School Vibe Awards

The Film, T.V. & Media Production Academy’s Vibe Awards showcase of films recognizes academy students for their hard work and provides a venue for students to enjoy watching projects from other students in the academy. The Vibe Awards showcase demonstrates what all students can accomplish by senior year. Proceeds from the awards go directly to the academy, and proceeds from previous years have allowed the academy to purchase new cameras, so all students have the opportunity to film projects and experience hands-on learning opportunities.


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The American Cancer Society’s 18-hour National Awareness Event is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 21–22

 Park Vista Community High School will host the internationally recognized Relay for Life, an overnight, relay-style event that takes place every year to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer. Over 2,000 visitors are expected at Park Vista to show their support for the 47 registered teams and approximately 1,000 team members, who will take turns walking laps for the entire 18-hour duration. The activities begin at 1:00 p.m. with the Army’s Honor Guard and a survivors’ lap, followed by the Luminaria at 9:00 p.m., and a closing ceremony at 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Event chair, Dawn Mason, said, “The funds raised at the Relay help support the American Cancer Society’s mission to help those in our own community. With the $30,000 we have raised so far, we are helping a 17-year-old Park Vista student battling Ewing Sarcoma and a mother of three who is battling brain and lung cancer.” Corporate sponsors include California Pizza Kitchen, Hair Cuttery, Home Depot, Keystone Insurance, Oasis Nursing Home, Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach State College, Ritz Carlton, and Walgreens.

 Local youth, Connor Benson, raised funds by organizing a “crazy hat day” at his elementary school, and local Girl Scouts have raised money as well. The event is open to the public. Relay participants welcome the community’s participation and media coverage. 

About the Relay for Life

Relay for Life began in 1985 when Dr. Gordon Klatt, an oncologist in Tacoma, Washington, wanted to make a difference in the lives of his cancer patients. Klatt ran laps around a track for 24 hours and raised $27,000, which he donated to the American Cancer Society. The following year, he recruited 19 teams who participated in the first Relay. Since then, Relay for Life has grown to become the American Cancer Society’s signature event. For more information, visit

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The Adult Education Center (AEC) recently held its 23rd Annual International Friendship Celebration with a variety of school-wide events. Approximately 1000 students, faculty, administrative staff, school board officials participated in the event that brings the students and community together. 

Mr. Rick Swearingen, Principal of the Adult Education Center, began the ceremony with a welcome address and students representing about 40 different countries paraded the grounds with flags and folkloric outfits representing their countries. 

“The Annual International Friendship Celebration is a very special event for everyone at the Adult Education Center. It is a day that exemplifies friendship, diversity and camaraderie among all groups in the school – faculty, staff and most importantly our students,” said Mr. Swearingen. 

The program also included the AEC song composed and interpreted by teacher Mariette Daniel, followed by a song dedicated to the multicultural aspects of the center composed and sung by former students, Stinson Pedro Valley. There were also line dancing, volleyball and soccer tournaments, as well as other indoor and outdoor games. 

One of the highlights of the celebration was an international bazaar featuring various products and handmade items from the students. 

Mr. Rick Swearingen welcoming the students.

Mr. Rick Swearingen welcoming the students.


Flag Parade

Flag Parade


Flag Parade

Flag Parade


International Bazaar

International Bazaar


Students line dancing

Students line dancing

Soccer Team

Soccer Team



For more information contact Mr. Rick Swearingen at (561) 616-7800 or via e-mail at






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Pahokee Middle Senior High School’s prom will be highlighted this year with a free DJ after being the winners of the X102.3 Prom Takeover contest. Pahokee received 85,941 votes after competing against other major schools in the area.

The popular radio station communicated with Principal, Mr. Ariel Alejo to enter the contest to win a free DJ for Prom night. Students were encouraged to go online to vote on a poll from the radio station.

“This is great news for our students because it creates an incentive to go to prom, especially if it’s their senior year. It also shows that we are a family and support each other. Go blue devils!” said Mr. Alejo.  

Pahokee’s High School Prom will take place on May 4, 2012 at the Hilton Hotel in West Palm Beach.

The X102.3 Prom Takeover Contest is sponsored by Madame Bridal located in the Boynton Beach Mall.

For more information contact Mr. Ariel Alejo at (561) 924-6400 or via e-mail at






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The 25th Palm Beach County Chess Tournament hosted by Elbridge Gale Elementary will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Opening ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the awards ceremony will be at 4:00 p.m. 

Trophies will be given to the top three players and the top three females in each division. All other participants will receive a medal or certificate of participation. A team championship trophy will go to the top team in each division on the three best scores in addition to the sportsmanship trophies that will be awarded upon student recommendations. 

This popular board game improves student’s critical thinking skills, and helps build their self-esteem and confidence. 

Elbridge Gale Elementary is located 1915 Royal Fern Dr., Wellington, FL 33414. 

For more information contact Antonis Loudaros at (561) 422-9300.






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MascotSunrise Park Elementary School is ready to “Tackle the FCAT!” During the week prior to the start of FCAT testing, students in primary grades classes adopted an intermediate grade class to show their support for the upcoming FCAT tests. The intermediate grade students received cards, posters, notes of motivation and had cheers sung to them by their adopted classes. Classrooms and hallways were decorated with signs and banners to inspire the students.           

The week culminated with a sports themed pep rally for the third through fifth grade students. Their buddy students kicked off the rallies with a song, cheer, or upbeat skit to show their support. Students and teachers wore their favorite team’s jerseys and sported bright orange wrist bands to declare that Sunrise Park students will tackle the FCAT! The true highlight of the event was a surprise visit from Big LU, Lynn University’s Fighting Knight mascot. Big LU rallied the students to cheer on their teachers in an athletic quiz bowl challenge, where teachers raced to be the first to answer a question related to using strategies on the FCAT exams. Sunrise Park’s “team managers,” Principal, Alicia Steiger and Assistant Principal Margaret Collier were also present to offer a pre-game pep talk. The energy at Sunrise Park was truly amazing!

Sunrise Park students definitely have what it takes to tackle the FCAT!  

For more information about this event, please contact Allison Lazarus, Fifth Grade Team Leader, at (561) 477-4300.

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FCAT Class Act 007Students, teachers and staff at South Intensive Transition School geared up for success on the 2012 Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT) 2.0/End-of-Course (EOC) exams through a student assembly on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. Middle and high school students utilized classroom performance system (CPS) technology to judge the acts (teachers and staff) based on high complexity activities that were adapted from the FCAT 2.0 Reading test item specifications for grades 6-8 and 9-10. This included having students describe how the class act (e.g., content of the presentation, attire, attitude, performance) related to the FCAT 2.0/EOC, analyze the use of figurative language, determine the purpose and how it can be used to achieve success on FCAT 2.0/EOC, describe and illustrate how common themes are found among class acts, analyze the similarities and differences and evaluate the validity and reliability of information across all acts.

The class acts were Jazzy FCAT by Joan Clark, Ode to FCAT by Jacqueline Major, The FCAT Temptation by Mike Lawson, Cheaters Never Win by the office staff, Special Guest Appearance by Dr. Voncia Haywood, FCAT Morning by the BIA team, FCAT High School Dream Team by the high school team and FCAT Rap-Up by Mr. Martin. The student judges for middle school were Ben Garcon, James Cenatus, Marie Toussaint, Kevin Delgado, Sarah Duncan, Leanna Nimmons, Kenny Garey and Joseph Desina. The student judges for high school included Romansky Benoit, Edcel Fenelon, Derrick Joseph and O’Dean White.

Principal Dr. Voncia Haywood ensured that there was a focus on test taking strategies and use of high cognitive demand test item specifications to familiarize students with the rigor of FCAT 2.0/EOC. Dr. Haywood also shared FCAT Class Act Tips for success ranging from math and reading best practices to the importance of sleep and staying calm during the test. Staff had various comments on the impact of the student assembly on student and educator motivation.

Assistant Principal and Testing Coordinator Mrs. Gayle Droze says, “Educators change lives with just the right mix of patience and challenges.”

Terrence Narinesingh, Instructional Specialist in Alternative Education says, “The students were engaged and interactive while using the unique CPS learning platform that provides real time actionable feedback and performance data. They are guaranteed success through the strategic data-driven targeting of items to the highest level of complexity as appropriate to the assessed benchmark.”

Cori Ceci, a middle school math teacher says, “The assembly was a great way to reward students for all the hard work and dedication they put into preparing for the FCAT.”

Amy Rick, a high school social studies teacher says, “The assembly was a fun and entertaining was to blow off steam before the FCAT.”

Dominick Coppola, a middle school teacher says, “The CPS clickers connect students to content in a way that’s familiar and fun.”

Monique Lambrou, middle school social sciences teacher says, “The assembly left them excited, energized, and motivated.”

Mike Lawson, an ESE math and science teacher says, “I think the kids really enjoyed all of the talents that the teachers put on. They answered all the FCAT 2.0 questions.”

For more information please contact Terrence Narinesingh at 561-649-6032 or

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Students and teachers from Melaleuca Elementary School will gather together in a special ceremony to honor those who died during the Holocaust and to pledge their commitments to human rights for all.

When? Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.  

Where? Melaleuca Elementary School. 5759 W. Gun Club Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33415

The ceremony concludes a school-wide unit on the Holocaust and Human Rights. Students in grades K-5 read books and participate in various activities in order to raise their awareness of the Holocaust, genocide and other human rights violations. Students are encouraged to become up-standers so that they may prevent the abuse of others in their lives and in their world.

“The Holocaust teaches us the importance of standing up for others. Those who stand by and do nothing are just as responsible as those who actually commit the violence. Learning to become an Up-Stander is the only way that we can prevent human rights abuses, and discourage bullying and other forms of discrimination,” says Dr. Rose Gatens, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.

At the ceremony, students read original poetry and sing songs, honor those who have died in the Holocaust by releasing 100 butterflies. The butterfly release is sponsored by the Florida Atlantic University Center for Holocaust and Human Rights.

For more information Julie Wachtel at (561) 594-7300 or via e-mail






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The “Welcome Home Heroes Concert” is an event dedicated to honor those who have protected the freedoms and sovereignty of our country. 

When? Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.  NEW DATE!

Where? Meyer Amphitheater – Downtown West Palm Beach. 

Several local schools are part of the program including Palm Beach Gardens High ROTC Unit, provided by Sergeant Patterson, who will be presenting the Colors and Atlantic High “War Eagles,” under the direction of Kris Farranti, with a 14 piece jazz ensemble will be playing the National Anthem. Additionally, Palm Beach Central “Broncos” 14 piece jazz ensemble, under the direction of Lucas Brasso, will be performing on stage. 

“This day and event is all about honoring our Veterans. These men and women have risked life, seen friends and comrades fall, and fought for us and our way of life,” said Mr. Neil Bellinger, Founder and Director of Operations. 

The concert will be feature two great tribute bands (Queen & AC/DC), a veterans job fair, great food, a kids area with bounce houses, slides, carnival games as well as hundreds of Veterans, prominent guest speakers and local officials. 

Sponsors for the event include New England Development and Eastern Realty who are the lead agents in the re-development of the Palm Beach Lakes Mall property, JP Morgan Chase and Bermuda Landscaping. 

For more information visit the event’s website or contact Neal Bellinger at (561) 860-3173 or via e-mail at  





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Palm Beach Gardens High School is hosting Young Adult author Sharon M. Draper Wednesday, April 25, 2012.  Ms. Draper is an award-winning author, educator, speaker, poet and National Teacher of the Year. She is the author of: Tears of a Tiger, Forged by Fire, Romiette and Julio, We Beat the Street, Copper Sun and Out of My Mind.

Ms. Draper will be speaking to students in two separate assemblies, conducting a readers workshop and is the Keynote speaker for Parent Involvement Night. “Increasing Literacy in the Home” is the topic for Parent Involvement Night which takes place in the school auditorium from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM on April 25th.  Ms. Draper will discuss the importance of being well read, reading with your student and providing a print rich environment.

For more information please contact Palm Beach Gardens High Media Specialist Deb Svec at 561-691-0576 or .

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AJ Brockman is a digital artist.  He also has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a progressive neuromuscular disease, and has been wheelchair bound since two years old.  As an artist he believes, “My disability definitely influences who I am but does not define me as an artist or individual. I view myself as being “differently abled” rather than “disabled” and I live life to the fullest every day.”

Mr. Brockman is living life to the fullest as a graphic designer, artist and business partner at Watson B. Duncan Middle School, his old alma mater.   He also attended Allamanda Elementary and graduated from Palm Beach Gardens High.  Following his graduation from Digital Media Arts College, he went on to win numerous awards for his works. 

Now a business partner with the School District, Mr. Brockman continues to give back to his community.  According to Kate Wynn, Duncan Middle Pre-Academy of Finance Instructor and Business Partnership Coordinator, “ At Watson B. Duncan Middle School, we have a Business Partner who is outstanding in so many ways it is difficult to categorize him in one area. AJ is confined to a power wheel chair and has the use of only his left pinkie finger, and yet he continues to support our school as a Business Partner in so many ways.”  Mr. Brockman does graphic design work for the school’s academies which include recruiting displays, brochures, business cards, and t-shirts.  He is a motivational speaker for the Future Business Leaders of America meetings and donates his artwork for fundraising event.

Mr. Brockman has his own art studio, Single Handed Studios, and is currently being featured by Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places. He recently produced a short documentary about his disability, his art, and his attitude about life which can be view at

For more information please contact Ms. Wynn at (561) 776-3596 or .

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The Palm Beach Lakes High School Dance Ensembles will present to the public “Euphoric Motions” on May 12, 2012    The show will begin at 6:30 pm in the school auditorium.  Established just four years ago, the ensemble show has developed and improved each year.

The ensemble show provides a variety of dance from hip hop to lyrical on to jazz. This year the students, under the direction of Kathy Greene, have chosen the title “Euphoric Motions” because they want to express just how happy dance makes them feel.

Ms. Greene stated, “As always we are excited to present to the public our show. The students have been working hard for weeks and can’t wait for the community to see what we have in store. This year we will highlight not only our students but some of our area choreographers.  We hope that all will come out and enjoy. Please support these students in their effort.”

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. You may also purchase tickets from any ensemble member starting April 30. For tickets or more information please contact Ms Greene at (561) 951 – 6025 or .

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Three District students earn prestigious scholarships

Three area students are among approximately 1,000 scholars from across the nation who have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards. These seniors were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met the criteria of their scholarhsip sponsors.

The following students are among the national winners:

Rachel Sara Anderson of Palm Beach Gardens  Alexander Dreyfoos High School

Probable career field:  undecided                                  Nextera Energy, Inc.

 Gowri S. Nayar of Boca Raton                                     Atlantic Community High School

Probable career field: neurology                                   General Dynamics

 Adityanaraya Radhakrishnan of Jupiter          Suncoast Community High

Probable career field: Math/Computer science       Nextera Energy, Inc.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.  For more information, contact

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 In celebration of Poetry Month in April, Palm Springs Middle School is hosting a poetry competition open to all Palm Beach County middle school students. The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 28th at 2:00 p.m.. Twelve middle school students will receive top prizes, and all participant poets are invited to attend.

Guest judges include Virgil Suarez, Cuban-born poet and professor of English at Florida State University; Jay Hoppler, poet and professor of English at the University of South Florida; Anastasia Clark, Poet in Residence for Broward County; and Glenis Redmond, performance poet.

For more information about the event, contact Laura Costello, 561-357-5040 or email

 About National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. The organization’s hope according to their website is to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated. Get tips for teaching poetry and other resources from the website at

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Organizers of Popular Conference Issue Call for Presenters

ConfLogo3Climbing to New Heights is the theme for the Eighth Annual Language and Culture Conference sponsored by the District’s Department of Multicultural Education. Typically held each year in June, this year’s event is scheduled for October 19 and 20 at Boynton Beach High School. Early registration for participants opens May 1 and can be accessed online at  The 2012 conference differs slightly from past years: the October 19 workshops will be open to all educators with roughly 800-1,000 participants expected. The October 20 sessions are limited to the first 250 registered participants in the elementary, secondary, and administrative categories and require a separate enrollment.

Debra Werner is coordinating presenters and workshop facilitators for the conference and said she anticipates a wide range of topics. “We’re looking for sessions in dual language, world languages, multicultural studies and ESOL topics,” she stated. “We’re also interested in speakers covering interventions, literacy, communication and culture, and other topics that provide educators with more resources for use with their students and families.” The deadline to submit proposals for consideration is May 21.

For registration information, contact Steve Tata, 561-434-8055 or For details about the call for presenters, contact Ms. Werner, 561-434-8947 or General questions about the conference may be directed to Lisa Capra, 561-434-8251 or email

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For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, Boca Raton Community High has been awarded a 2012 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC). Nearly 180 high school councils were named National Councils of Excellence. Of those, 163 received the highly-esteemed honor of being named National Gold Councils of Excellence. Boca Raton Community High is one of 10 high school councils in Florida to achieve the Gold level.

To meet the requirements for the NASC National Councils of Excellence Award, a student council must demonstrate that it meets a variety of criteria. Those councils named to the Gold level have successfully met a greater number of the criterion. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, and membership in NASC, schools that qualify for the award demonstrate such things as leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, financial planning, and active participation in their state and national student council associations.

“Receiving an NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the local school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program,” says Jeff Sherrill, associate director of NASC. “NASC applauds the work of the National Gold Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.”

The National Association of Student Councils (NASC) promotes and provides leadership development opportunities to prepare and empower students to serve their schools and communities.  NASC is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The NASSP—the preeminent organization and national voice for middle level and high school leaders—also sponsors the National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), which recognizes outstanding middle level and high school students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. 

For more information on NASC, visit or contact Joseph Gushanas at (561) 338-1572.

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The KEC TV News Club members of KEC Canal Point Elementary created a video that placed first in a national video contest sponsored by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). 

Follow this link to watch the award winning video

(Please visit the link from your personal/home computer as the School District’s Firewall does not allow access to You Tube) 

The contest was part of ASHA’s Listen To Your Buds campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to prevent noise-induced hearing loss by educating the public how to safely use their personal audio devices. 

The KEC TV News Club member’s 60 second public service announcement titled “Super Hearer” placed first in the 8 to 10 year old category of the contest. The video is about a superhero (Super Hearer) who saves a boy’s hearing by teaching him about the effect loud music can have on his hearing.  

ASHA will be presenting the school with $300 for winning the contest. The money will be used to fund travel expenses for trips that the news students go on when they create videos off campus. 

“I am very glad to see that my student’s creativity and hard efforts pay off.  It was exciting to create a video for this contest because it involved a topic that was related to my main job at the school,” said Brian Zimmerman, KEC TV News Director. 

Mr. Zimmerman is an ASHA member and the Speech-Language Pathologist at KEC Canal Point Elementary. “Speech and hearing are closely related. Ones ability to hear has a major effect on their ability to communicate with others through speech. Hearing ability also plays a strong role in the development of language and speech,” he stated. 

Information about ASHA’s Listen to Your Buds Campaign can be obtained by following

For more information contact Mr. Brian Zimmerman at (561) 924-9818 or via e-mail at






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The K-5 Core Reading and Language Arts Adoption Committee(s) will convene August 6-9, 2012, for the review of new core programs. All meetings will be held from 8:00 AM -3:00 PM daily at the Instructional Materials Department, School District Support Center, McKesson Building, 1400 North Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach, FL  33409.

The committees, which are comprised of teachers, community members and district curriculum staff, will review materials and make recommendations for continued review of two selected programs.  District Curricular staff will continue the review process and make a final recommendation for the single District adoption.   Implementation of the District adopted program will occur in the 2013-2014 school year pending administrative approval and adequate funding.   All committee meetings are open to the public.

For more information contact William Purtell with Instructional Materials at 561-684-5145 or .

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SRCHS Virginia MoylanVirginia Lynn Moylan, Seminole Ridge High School English teacher has been chosen as the 2012 Florida Book Award Silver Medal recipient in the category of non-fiction for her literary biography Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade, published by the University Press of Florida. 

Moylan and this year’s other Florida Book Award winners were recognized at the Annual Historical and Cultural Awards ceremony sponsored by the state’s Division of Cultural Affairs. Moylan will also be recognized on April 19, 2012 at the Florida Library Association Conference Banquet in Orlando, FL. 

The biography chronicles the last ten years of the life of Florida writer Zora Neale Hurston, one of the most celebrated African American authors of the twentieth century, best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. “As an avid Hurston fan, I was inspired to write my book after observing that previous biographies had offered scant details about her last decade,” said Mrs. Moylan. 

As a high school English teacher who covers Hurston and her works, the book has been a great resource. “I use it not only as a source of new research about her life, but as a rich resource of African American and Florida history.” 

“I was very honored to learn that my book has also been purchased by college libraries around the country, including Harvard and Yale and is selling very well in Europe and Asia,” added Mrs. Moylan.  

The Florida Book Awards—America’s most comprehensive state book awards program—was established in 2006 to recognize, honor, and celebrate annually the best Florida literature published in the previous year. 

“Now, when I tell my students that their dreams can come true if they have the courage to pursue them, they know I mean it.” 

SRCHS Moylan Bookcover


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Brandon Mercado and Ramiro Melendez are two high school students who would likely say that long distance running has changed their lives. In a couple of months they’ll join veteran teacher Brian Thomas and other members of The Road Warriors running team on an incredible 1800 mile run from Greenacres, Florida to Lake Orion, Michigan in the hope that they will save some lives.

The Road Warriors are in the midst of efforts to raise $60,000 and they’ve committed to a run half-way across the U.S. to raise awareness of colon cancer and help fund research for a cure. 

Mr. Thomas, an Okeeheelee Middle School Science teacher and track coach, was already an accomplished long-distance runner when he founded The Road Warriors organization. 

“Four years ago, Brandon and Ramiro were inspired by my solo 1,200 mile run from Florida to Michigan that raised funds for cerebral palsy. As their track coach, I made a promise to both of them that they too could train and run a long distance race for a cause as long as they maintained their studies and trained hard and I’m proud to report that they have risen to the occasion,” Thomas added. Joined by partner Stephanie Schrieber, the two adults and two teens comprise the core of the Road Warriors. 

The Road Warriors Team - (Left to right: Stephanie Schreiber, Anderson Charles (Senior), Ricky Montes, Brandon Mercado, Ramiro Melendez, and (front) Mattie Maley

The Road Warriors Team - (Left to right: Stephanie Schreiber, Anderson Charles (Senior), Ricky Montes, Brandon Mercado, Ramiro Melendez, and (front) Mattie Maley

The Michigan native said raising money for colon cancer research is only one of the goals of The Road Warriors running program. “I also wanted to create a committed training program for underprivileged youth that promotes success in education and fitness goals,” he stated. 

Brandon Mercado is finishing this year at Spanish River High School where he participates on their cross country track team and Ramiro Melendez will graduate from Palm Beach Central High School where he recently broke another record on his cross country team. Both boys are planning to go to college. Brandon would like to become a physical therapist and Ramiro plans to work in a strength and conditioning career. 

The Road Warriors—who practice by running six days a week– will be participating in the 21st Annual FAU Wellness Triathlon on Sunday, April 15. Mattie Maley, team mate and nationally recognized triathlete, will be running in this event and the rest of the team will begin their simulation run along A1A (north) after the triathlon ends.  

They’ll get more “road-time” in with the Keys 100 on May 19 when Brian will compete in the solo run and the other Road Warriors will be competing for First place in the 100 mile relay. 

More recently, Okeeheelee Middle School student and track team member Tyler Monsour, has been making paracord bracelets and selling them to his friends at school to donate half of the proceeds to the Road Warriors’ effort. “I can’t run across the country–and even if I could– my mom wouldn’t let me– but I can make and sell these bracelets to support The Road Warriors every step of the way” he stated. The wristbands have been quite popular and Brian Thomas said Tyler’s initiative is precisely the kind of characteristic Road Warriors demonstrate. 

Beginning June 9th, the Road Warrior team will take turns running more than 80 miles per day through eight different states including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and hitting the finish line in Lake Orion, Mich., with hopes to meet their fundraising goal of $60,000 with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the Cancer Alliance to fund colon cancer research. To  learn more about the organization or to make a donation to the Road Warrior’s “Stride Against Colon Cancer,” running project, go to,  and click on “donate.” 

The Road Warriors Student Made Bracelets

The Road Warriors Student Made Bracelets

About the Road Warriors

The Road Warriors is a non-profit corporation that is dedicated to helping advance and finance colon cancer research and informing citizens on the lifelong advantages of running and living a healthy lifestyle. The Road Warrior team has personally dedicated themselves to a 52-week, six days/120 miles per week training program where each member has individually logged hundreds of miles. 

Donations for the cause can be made by clicking on the “donate” icon at

For more information contact Brian Thomas at (561) 434-3200 or via e-mail at






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Students from A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Spanish River High, Palm Beach Gardens  and G-Star School of the Arts will see their films featured this weekend at the 2012 Student Showcase of Films Movie Premiere. 

When? Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. 

Where? Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center – 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432 

Who? Movie-goers, local and international filmmakers and all attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the winning films of students from Palm Beach County and throughout Florida. Cost is $8.24 for students and seniors; $11.34 for general admission. 

The Featured Films 

1st Place College Feature/Shorts (tied):

Faren Humes, Florida State University, Our Rhineland;

David Liz, Florida State University, Luz 

2nd Place College Feature/Shorts:

Justin Reager, Florida State University, Sunshower 

3rd Place College Feature/Shorts:

Bryan B.A. Lewis, Florida State University, The Collegians 

1st Place High School Feature/Shorts:

Ezequiel Campos and Karim Dakkon, G-Star School of the Arts, The Artifex 

2nd Place High School Feature/Shorts (tied):

Ezequiel Campos and Jeancarlo Ramirez, G-Star School of the Arts, The Last Promise;

Julia Carlin, G-Star School of the Arts, The Colors Inside the Cocoon 

3rd Place High School Feature/Shorts (tied): Kloee Ciuperger and Kelly Berger, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, The Child Inside;

Justin Zuckerman of Spanish River Community High School and Jarett Rockwerk of Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palos Verdes Blue 

1st Place Documentary:

John Wikstrom, Florida State University, Finding Benjaman 

1st Place Animation

Ellyn Snider and Zoe Hammond, Spanish River High School, Story Time 

1st Place Music Video:

Trevor Viner, Calvary Christian Academy; In Your Hands 

1st Place Commercial/PSA:

Taylor Schwarz, Chase Elliott and Corey Ray, Palm Beach Gardens High School, Just Do It 

The Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission works with Palm Beach County schools to assure that students are receiving up-to-date equipment and instruction. Their contract with the Economic Development Authority also funds the Student Showcase of Films, an awards program that coincides with the Palm Beach International Film Festival, in which Florida students are honored and awarded with cash awards, prizes and scholarships.






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The Actor’s Repertory Theater in West Palm Beach will have activities and the dedication of the Theater to former teacher Bhetty Waldron this coming weekend Saturday April 14th and Sunday April 15th.   Both days are free and open to the public.

Saturday April 14th there will be a day of Young Actors Guild performances of scenes, monologues and singing starting at 2 PM.   Then the Adult Multicultural performance of a scene will begin at 4:30 PM and there will be a talk back at the end with Bob Carter and Avery Sommers.  Later that evening starting at 8 PM, the Fabulous Switzer Trio will play great music for dancing, with vocals by Jill Switzer and Avery Sommers.

Bhetty Waldron was Producing/ Artistic Director and Owner of Quest Theater in Northwood.  Her passions were Directing, Teaching and Acting.   She loved helping her young performers at Quest and U. B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School where she taught for several years.

Sunday will be the official Dedication Program starting at 3 PM.

For more information please call 561-844-8574.

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Recently, forty students represented Palm Beach County at the State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland, FL.  These high achieving middle and high school students qualified for this competition at the Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair held this past December.  Their projects covered all areas of scientific investigation. 

 “They definitely represented our county well as almost half of these students received an award at the state level!” said Mr. Goebel, District Science Program Planner. 

Christopher Wan, Youssif Hassanein, and Max Morgenstern have been invited to represent Palm Beach County at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  The international fair will be held from May 13 – 18 in Pittsburgh, PA.  

The 19 winners at the state level are: 

High School

1st Place:  Christopher Wan – A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

2nd Place:  Youssif Hassanein – Suncoast High School

3rd Place:  Max Morgenstern – Spanish River High School

4th Place:  Luizetta Navrazhnykh – Florida Atlantic University High School

4th Place:  Angela Liang – Suncoast High School

4th Place:  Jaclyn Karasik – Park Vista High School

4th Place:  Justin Xiao – Suncoast High School

Honorable Mention:  David Foster – Forest Hill High School

Honorable Mention:  Melanie Grande – Suncoast High School

Honorable Mention:  Vishal Patel – Park Vista High School

Recognition Award:  Ilya Katz – Suncoast High School

Recognition Award:  Lee Ginton – Spanish River High School

Recognition Award:  Ena Kadribasic – West Boca Raton High School 

Middle School

1st Place:  Maria Grimmett – The Weiss School

3rd Place:  Srijith Nair – Congress Middle School

3rd Place:  Natalie Pawlowski – Christa McAuliffe Middle School

4th Place:  Brandon Greene – Loggers’ Run Middle School

Honorable Mention:  Robert Halfon – Polo Park Middle School

Recognition Award:  Nicole Kelly – Bak Middle School of the Arts 


For more information contact Gregory Goebel at 561-357-1128 or via email at









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