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lptv-9-jpgThe student newscast at Liberty Park Elementary School was so impressive that WPBF Channel 25 has given the school the station’s March Class Act honors.  The Greenacres school was one of four schools featured on the television station’s News Morning during the month of March. The student newscast included information about a range of topics including the weather forecast and the day’s lunch menu.  Viewers were asked to vote for their favorite school to establish the Class Act. School staff and parents encouraged everyone to vote for Liberty Park, including area businesses and even elected officials.  Check out the student’s newscast at the link below.

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The Palm Beach County Haitian Heritage Month Celebration Planning Committee proudly announces the events that will take place in support of 2012 Heritage Month. The month-long series of activities will begin on May 1st with an Opening Ceremony and Reception at the Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road at 6:00 PM featuring well-known artist Jean Michel Daudier. This initial event will be followed by a number of cultural and academic activities at various dates and locations.

Haitian Heritage Month commemoration recognizes the valuable contributions made by Haitians to the history of the World and Palm Beach County. It is a celebration of Haitian history and culture and an opportunity to share this culture with our communities. On May 18, 2012, Haitian flag-raising ceremonies will take place at Boynton Beach City Hall and Lake Worth City Hall.

“Our goal is to build up the self-esteem of all Haitians in our community and the whole world,” said Retired Major Joseph Bernadel, Co-founder of Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Art and Social Justice and this year Chairman of the committee.

Other Haitian Heritage Month highlights include several cultural and educational events at various Palm Beach County Library branches: a traditional student essay contest sponsored by Gaskov Clergé Foundation; a Haitian Heritage Book Festival, an Photo Exhibit featuring prominent Haitian figures in Palm Beach County, a brunch at the Transportation Department of the School District of Palm Beach County, a day-long cultural festival/Community Outreach in Belle Glade on May 26; and much more.  Visit http://www.palmbeachschools.org/pao/creole/MwaEritajAyisyen2012.asp for more details.

The School District of Palm Beach County partners with Palm Beach County Library System and Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice to coordinate these events.

Haitian and Haitian American students represent the largest ethnic minority group from a single country in the School District of Palm Beach County with more than 14,000 students. According to community activists, Palm Beach County is home to more than 90,000 Haitians.

Admission to all Haitian Heritage Month events is free and open to the public. A calendar of activities is attached.

For more information, contact Bito David (561) 644-6488 or bito.david@palmbeachschools.org; Jane Marcel (561) 654-1048 or jmarceltlhs@aol.com; or Marjorie Lear at (561) 233-2783 learm@pbclibrary.org.

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Five District students are among approximately 800 outstanding African American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Porgram.  The program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is a not-for-profit organization marking it’s 48th annual competition.  The following District students are receiving a $2500 National Achievement Scholarship:

 Park Vista Community High School

Joachner Phillippe, Lake Worth -    Probable career field:  Medicine/Orthopedics

 Suncoast Community High School

Yaa Abu, Wellington -  Probable career field:  Medicine/Biomedical Engineering

Herby Raymond , Wellington -   Probable career field:   Medicine

Tyrell Russell, Riviera Beach  - Probable career field:  Medicine/Science

Colin Webster, Wellington  – Probable career field:  Business

 For more details, contact Eileen Artemakis, National Merit Scholarship Corporation, 847-866-5100 or email mediainfo@nmerit.net.

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Kindergarten round ups are organized in order to assist new parents and welcome them to the system. They are a great opportunity to tour the school and meet the teachers, staff and administrators. Below is the 2012 schedule.

Please contact each school individually if you have any questions.  Dates and times are subject to change; check the website regularly for the most updated information.

AREA SCHOOL PHONE # DATE(S) TIME
TRANSF.        
  Barton  540-9100 5/3/12 8-10 AM and 4-6 PM
Belle Glade  829-4800 5/10 & 5/11/12 3-6PM
Galaxy 739-5600 5/11/12 8:45 AM
Pioneer Park 993-8619 5/11/12 9-11 AM
Pleasant City 838-5805 5/18/12 9-10 AM
Rosenwald 993-8900 5/16- 5/18  8:15- 9 AM & 12:45 – 2 PM
West Riviera 494-1906 5/16/12 9 AM & 5 PM
AREA SCHOOL PHONE # DATE(S) TIME
NORTH        
  Allamanda 803-7200 3/9/12 8:15 AM
Beacon Cove N/A Grade 3-5 only  
Dr. M.M. Bethune 882-7600 5/9/12 5:00-7:00 PM
Egret Lake 616-7900 5/17/12 9 AM & 5 PM
D.D. Eisenhower 366-6000 4/18/12 6:30 PM
Grove Park 904-7700 5/2/12 9:30-11:30 AM
Hope-Centennial 640-1200 5/3/12 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Jerry Thomas 741-9100 3/8/12 1:00-3:00 PM
Jupiter EL 741-5300 5/1/12 8AM Spanish – 9AM English
Jupiter Farms 741-5400 4/2/12 6:30 PM
Lake Park 494-1301 5/3/12 4:30-6:00 PM
Lighthouse 741-7400 4/26/12 8:30 AM
Limestone Creek 741-9200 4/12/12 8:30 AM
Lincoln 494-1400 5/9/12 8AM – 12:00 PM
Marsh Pointe 366-6800 5/8/12 8:30 AM
North Palm Beach 494-1800 5/2/12 8:30 AM
Northboro   No Round Ups Students selected by lottery
Northmore 494-1700 5/9/12 9-10:30AM & 5-6PM
Palm Beach Gardens  366-6500 4/11/12 6:00 PM
Roosevelt EL 653-5100 5/8/12 9:00-11:00 AM
Seminole Trails 598-7000 4/26/12 9:00-10:00 AM
Timber Trace 366-6200 4/4/12 8:30 AM
UB Kinsey/Palmview 671-6500 5/8/12 9:00-11:00 AM
Washington 494-1200 5/17/12 9:00 AM
Westward 653-5200 5/14/12 5:00-7:00 PM
AREA SCHOOL PHONE # DATE(S) TIME
CENTRAL        
  Belvedere 838-5900 5/9/12 & 5/10/12 5:30-6:30 pm & 8:30 am-1:00 pm
Berkshire 304-2000 5/9/12 8:30 am & 6:00 pm
C.O.Taylor 804-3501 4/12/12 8:30-10:30 am
Coral Reef 804-3700 5/15/12 8:30 am-1:00 pm
Crystal Lakes 292-6600 5/4/12 9:00 AM
Diamond View 304-4201 5/3/12 4:00-6:00 pm
Discovery Key 491-8200 5/16/12 8:30-9:30 am
Forest Hill 432-2300 5/5/12 9:00 AM
Freedom Shores 804-3100 4/26/12 6:00-7:30 pm
Greenacres 649-7200 5/4/12 8:00-10:00 am
Heritage 804-3200 5/9/12 5:00-7:00 pm
Hidden Oaks 804-3800 4/12/12 3:00-5:00 pm
Highland 202-0500 5/10/12 8:30-10:30 am
Indian Pines 804-3300 5/10/12 5:00-6:30 pm
Lantana 202-0300 5/21/12 7:30-11:00 am & 12:30-3:00 pm
Liberty Park 804-3400 5/15/12 5:30-7:00 pm 
Manatee 357-1800 5/9/12 6:00-7:15 pm
Meadow Park 357-2800 5/3/12 8:30-11:30 am
North Grade 202-9300 5/2/12 8:30 -9:30 am
Palm Beach Public 822-0700 5/4/12 8:30-9:30 am
Palm Springs 804-3000 5/4/12 8:30-10:00 am
Palmetto 202-0400 5/23/12 9:00 am East Campus
South Grade 202-9400 4/4/12 8:00-10:00 am
South Olive 202-0200 5/1/12 1:00-3:00 pm
Starlight Cove 804-3604 5/4/12 8:00-11:00 am
AREA SCHOOL PHONE # DATE(S) TIME
WEST        
  Acreage Pines 904-9502 5/16/12 5:00 p.m.
Benoist Farms  383-9700 5/18/12 9:00-12pm
Binks Forest  904-9801 5/9/12 3:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m
Cholee Lake 383-9600 5/10/12 1:30-4 pm
Cypress Trails  904-9000 5/16/12 6:00 PM
Elbridge Gale  422-9300 5/1/12 6-7pm
Equestrian Trails  904-9600 5/2/12 8:30 AM
Everglades  792-9500 5/8/12 6 – 8 pm
Frontier  904-9901 5/2/12 9-12:00pm & 4-7:00pm
Glade View  993-8801 5/5/12  5:00 p.m.
Golden Grove  904-9700 5/3/12 8:30 AM
Gove  993-8700 5/16/12 8:30 – 10:30 am 
Grassy Waters  383-9000 5/1/12 5pm-7pm
H.L. Johnson  904-9304 5/9/12 8:15 am & 6:00 pm
KEC/Canal Point  924-9801 5/9/12 8:30am – 10:30am
Loxahatchee Groves  904-9202 05/14 & 05/15  5/14@6pm & 5/15@8:30am                          
Melaleuca  598-7300 5/10/12  8:30 – 10:00 am
New Horizons 651-0500 5/2/12 8:30 am – Cafeteria
Pahokee 924-9700 5/2/12 5:30 PM
Panther Run  804-3900 5/9/12 8:30-9:30am
Pierce Hammock  633-4500 5/8/12 8:30 AM
Pine Jog 656-5400 5/15/12 9- 10:00 am & 6 – 7:00 pm
Royal Palm Beach  633-4400 5/2/12 9:00 AM
Wellington  651-0600 5/1/12 8:30 a.m. 
West Gate  684-7100 Ongoing beginning 4/9/12 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Wynnebrook 598-7400 5/10/12 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
AREA SCHOOL PHONE # DATE(S) TIME
SOUTH        
  Addison Mizner 362-3101 4/30/12 8:15 AM
Banyan Creek 894-7100 5/4/12 8:30 AM
Boca Raton 544-1700 4/25/12 6:00 PM
Calusa 989-7501 5/4/12 8:30 AM
Citrus Cove 292-7000 5/24/12 6:00 PM
Coral Sunset 477-2100 4/10/12 6:00 PM
Crosspointe  292-4100 5/15/12 9:00AM  & 6:30PM
Del Prado 544-1801 5/3/12 8:30 AM
Forest Park 292-6900 5/2/12 8:30 AM
Galaxy 739-5600 5/11/12 8:45 AM
Hagen Road 292-6700 5/11/12 9:00 AM
Hammock Pointe 477-2200 5/18/12 8:30 AM
J C Mitchell 750-4900 4/25/12 6:30 PM
Morikami 894-7300 5/8/12 8:30 AM
Orchard View 894-7400 5/4/12 9:00 AM
Pine Grove 266-1100 5/15/12 8:30 AM
Plumosa 330-3900 5/1/12 5:00 PM
Poinciana 739-5700 5/15/12 6:00 PM
Rolling Green 202-9500 5/3/12 8:30AM  & 6:00PM
S D Spady 454-7800 5/7/12 8:30 AM
Sandpiper Shores 883-4001 5/2/12 8:30 AM
Sunrise Park 477-4300 5/7/12 8:30 AM
Sunset Palms 752-1100 5/9/12 8:30 AM
Verde  218-6800 5/4/12 8:30AM  & 5:30PM
Village Academy 243-6133 5/2/12 8:30 AM
  Waters Edge 852-2400 5/15/12 8:30 AM
  Whispering Pines 672-2700 5/2/12 8:30AM  & 5:30PM

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Musicians head to prestigious national competition

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 In a few weeks, 38 students from the Palm Springs Community Middle School’s Philharmonic String Orchestra will travel to Williamsburg, Virginia to perform in the national Festivals of Music. The students will be adjudicated in Music Performance Assessment at Grafton High School in Yorktown, Virginia on Saturday, April 28th. Twenty-four bands, orchestras, and choirs are converging on  Williamsburg for this National Assessment, Rating, and Competition. Palm Springs Community Middle School principal Sandra Jinks said participation in the assessment is a reflection of the caliber of student musicians the school has developed. “Undoubtedly this and other achievemements we’ve been fortunate to experience is also due to the skills and talent of Diane Hope Float who has grown our Orchestra Program  and serves as conductor, teacher, and is in fact a notable violinist herself,” she stated. Ms. Float had 45 string students in her first year at the Palm Springs school four years ago and today 160 string musicians.

 Quite a group will travel to Virginia, including 12 first violinists, 14 second violinists, 5 violists, 4 cellists and 3 string bassists. The students’ work will be assessed by three prestigious national judges including:

 KEVIN BARTRAM - Director of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra and Concert Band. Mr. Bartram is Chair of the Fredericksburg Arts Commission and Vice-President of the College Orchestra Directors Association (SE).

 WILLIAM PEASE - Director of the Bands at the University of Virginia, and assistant Director of Bands at Western Michigan University.

BEN FRITZ - Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at George Washington University, Washington, DC.

 Diane Hope Float believes in combining music, performance, and travel as a vehicle for motivating students to perform at a higher level while experiencing other outstanding national orchestras. “It’s not about the winning”, she says, “it’s about what the students learn in the process.” Last year, the students were rated “Straight Superior” in Performance and Sight-Reading by the Florida Orchestra Association.

 While in Williamsburg, the students will tour Colonial Williamsburg in the afternoon on Friday, April 27th, have dinner where Thomas Jefferson ate, visit the Luthier Violin Shop and take a candlelight tour of the homes that night. Activities will conclude Sunday, April 29th when the orchestra attends the Awards Ceremony at the Royal Palace Theater in Williamsburg Busch Gardens.  The Palm Springs Middle School Performers are scheduled to arrive back in Florida on April 30th bringing home the “Orchestra Gold.”

For more details, contact CHOICE/Magnet Coordinator Martin Weingart, 561-357-5019 or email Martin.Weingart@palmbeachschools.org.

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 NASThe Urban League of Palm Beach County Center of Excellence will be hosting its annual National Achievers Society (NAS) Spring induction on May 12, at 3:00 PM. The event will be held at St. Matthews Episcopal Church located at 404 SW 3rd St in Delray Beach.  membership is open to 3rd-12th grade students who earn all A’s and B’s and are committed to community service. No C’s are accepted unless the student is taking advanced or honors courses. Prospective members must be sponsored by an adult who will serve as a mentor or role model in the achiever’s life.

 NAS Director Marie Sanches says the purpose of the National Achievers Society is to encourage, recognize, and reinforce academic achievement among minority students. “We counter the pervasive and damaging public image of African-American and other minority youths through this effort,” she stated. “We also energize adults in the community to help prepare young people to meet the academic and job standards of the 21st Century.”

 The Center of Excellence was established to provide academic skill development, cultural enrichment, career awareness and increased exposure to higher education. To nominate a student, please email Ms. Sanches at msanches@ulpbc.org.

About the Urban League of Palm Beach County

The Urban League of Palm Beach County has been at the forefront of youth, education, and community and health empowerment for the past 38 years.  The leading provider of comprehensive family services helping more than 16,000 people annually in the achievement of social and economic equality. For more information visit www.ulpbc.org.

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Donna GoldsteinDr. Donna Goldstein, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator in the School District’s Planning and Real Estate Services Department, has received Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Outstanding Professional Educator Award.  Dr. Goldstein uses GIS to integrate hardware, software, and data systems to capture, manage, analyze, and display all forms of geographically referenced information for students. In collaboration with other administrators, she has applied GIS technology to Social Studies, Science Education, Business and Marketing Education, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Health and Physical Education.  This integration of using technological tools across disciplines has a major impact in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas.

In Dr. Goldstein’s nomination letter, FAU Professor Dr. Valerie Bryan stated, “Her work in Palm Beach School District has served as blueprint for educational units across the United States in how to integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS), also referred to as Geospatial Technology, into curriculum for all levels of education from elementary to college level and beyond.”  Dr. Bryan went on to write, “Through her efforts, Dr. Goldstein has educated a host of people through articles, workshops, and her award winning dissertation, as to the value of GIS technology for cost savings, better decision making, improved communication and better data and recordkeeping in a host of discipline areas.”

Last year, Dr. Goldstein was honored with the International Achievement Award for the Innovative Use of Technology, Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) International User Conference. She received the award in recognition for a GIS Educational Model project that addressed how to increase enrollment in upper level math and science course, reduce dropout rates and increase graduation rates for select ethnic populations, and reduced suspension. She has been recently asked to replicate her work in a Michigan school district.

Dr. Goldstein, who lives in western Lake Worth, will be recognized for her many accomplishments at a reception at Florida Atlantic University on Friday, April 20th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

For more information please contact Director of Planning and Real Estate Services Kristin Garrison at 561-434-8935 or Kristin.garrison@palmbeachschools.org .

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The Council of Great City Schools has named the School District of Palm Beach County as a 2011 Top Performing District in the management of School Facilities.  The award reads: “The recognition is based on key performance measures and indicators that demonstrate efficient and effective use of resources in the critical areas of building maintenance and operations.”

Joseph Sanches, Chief of Division of Support Operations congratulated the School District’s Facilities Services Department saying, “This award was earned by all the dedicated men and women in the department who continually strive to maintain and repair our schools and district facilities at the highest levels.  We are proud of their work and dedication to support and enhance the educational experience for all our students.”

The School District’s Facilities Services Department maintains and repairs the schools and district facilities throughout the county.  To best accomplish the District’s goals, the Department is aligned into nine service areas.  These include the: (1) Building Envelope Maintenance Program Section, (2) Commissioning/ Quality Assurance Section, (3) Custodial Section, (4) Central Services Section (Fire Alarm/ Intercom/ Sports Lighting/ Roofing/ Sheet Metal and Generators), (5) Grounds Section, (6) Logistics Section (Material Inventory), (7) Mechanical Section (HVAC), (8) Capital Projects Section and (9) Zone Team Sections.  It is through this alignment and on-going communications with the schools that Facilities Services provides support services to all the students of Palm Beach County.

The Council of the Great City Schools is the only national organization exclusively representing the needs of urban public schools. Composed of 67 large city school districts, its mission is to promote the cause of urban schools.

For more information please contact Mr. Sanches at 561-357-7573 or joseph.sanches@palmbeachschools.org .

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Jupiter Middle School has completed implementation of Microsoft Office Professional 2010 into the school’s technology curriculum, the first middle school in the District to offer this software selection to students. The completion of this project was the result of a computer refresh last month and a donation from Microsoft Corporation, coordinated by the school’s parents and PTO.  “The project also supports the school’s continuing commitment of keeping its students in the forefront of computer technology,” said Jim Black, lead instructor for Technology at Jupiter Middle.  Microsoft’s Roger Grimes donated 50 copies of his company’s Office Professional 2010. 

The newly installed Professional Suite offers updated versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and students now have access to MS Publisher and Share Point Workspace which allows them to collaborate on the same file. The new release of Office looks very similar to the older version, but has a number of new enhancements.  Andrew Ehrich, an 8th grader in Mr. Black’s Digital Design class, especially likes the ability to take a screen shot directly in Word or PowerPoint and add it to the document he’s currently working on.  Other enhancements the students use include the ability to actually edit or manipulate photos in Word or PowerPoint without having to use a photo editing program like Elements or PhotoShop. Additionally, students in Mr. Black’s Computer Apps 1 class are having a lot of fun with the new transitions and animations available in PowerPoint.

Last year, Jupiter Middle School acted as the middle school pilot for the LearnKey Office Suite video training that has now been adopted by the district.  Mr. Black worked closely with James Cooper to evaluate an appropriate training solution for MS Office.

Currently, Jupiter Middle is offering three different classes in computer technology, Computer Apps 1, Computer Apps 3 (Digital Design), and Introduction to Information Technology, a yearlong class that provides students with a high school credit.

For those students that enjoy photograph, Jupiter Middle also has a photography club that meets every other week.  Approximately 30 students participate in assignments that include creative, portrait, landscape and nature that begin with Mr. Black demonstrating the various techniques to the students and then the students take their own pictures and share them with the class.

For more information please contact Mr. Black at james.black@palmbeachschools.org .

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congress MiddleBestselling author Victoria Christopher Murray will be visiting Congress Middle School on April 13th at 10 a.m. to commemorate April is for Authors month. Ms. Murray is the acclaimed author of the young adult series The Divine Divas, which features the adventures and misadventures of four young teens who form a gospel singing group. Ms. Murray will be discussing her novel, Diamond, with the student group CMS Diamonds and staff members who have read the book. A published author for more than 10 years, Ms. Murray is also the author of several fiction titles for adults.

The event will be held in the media center.

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West Boca High 2Show dates are May 4, 2012 @ 7:00 pm and May 5, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

Making its debut in November of 2011 to overwhelming success, West Boca’s Drama Department has been asked over and over to bring an encore performance of Ken Ludwig’s comedy Moon over Buffalo, directed by Lance Blank, back to our audiences!  So they have!  If you missed it the first time, you will want to make sure to see it this last time!  If you already saw it, you KNOW you want to see it again! 

Our story begins with over-the-hill repertory thespians George and Charlotte Hay touring the backwaters of Buffalo, NY in 1953, the end of an era.  Touring classical repertory is no longer in fashion, and George and Charlotte are touring with tired versions of Cyrano de Bergerac and Private Lives.  The road shows that draw large crowds now are large musicals preferably with star names! But George and Charlotte still carry on, despite the dwindling audiences and their inappropriate roles as young lovers.  But fortune has given them one more shot at stardom, as they learn that Frank Capra is en route to Buffalo to catch their matinee performance and consider casting them in his next movie, The Scarlet Pimpernel epic!  Meanwhile, a domestic crisis drives George to drink, new and ex-lovers appear, and hilarious misunderstandings and madcap adventures ensue in this farce filled with twists and turns, collisions and mistaken identities, miscommunications, slapstick antics, terrifying swordplay and five doors! The show brought Carol Burnett back to Broadway and earned her a nomination for 1996′s Tony Award for best actress in her appearance as Charlotte Hay.  Don’t miss this breathtaking backstage comic romp of a love story!

The two time Best Musical winning West Boca Drama Department has successfully produced award winning theater including our most recent gem, Curtains, plus Sweet Charity, All Shook Up, Pippin, Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and many more.  Moon Over Buffalo ranks as one of the best they have ever done!

Tickets are $15 for all shows. Call the box office for reserved seats at 561-672-2066 or come to the box office starting one hour before curtain.  All shows are at West Boca High School’s Performing Arts Theatre, 3 ½ miles west of 441 on Glades Road.   Shows are Friday, May 4 at 7 pm and Saturday, May 5 at 8 pm.  Please be mindful that there are only two shows and the lines will be long, so get there early!  Come and support these amazingly talented students, and help keep theater alive at West Boca!

For more information contact Cheryl Crout 561-672-2064 or email cheryl.crout@palmbeaschools.org.

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Forty-six (46) Palm Beach County public school students have been chosen 2012 National Merit Scholarship Finalists.  These distinguished students are among the top college bound seniors across the country.  Finalists are chosen from National Merit Semifinalists and must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by their high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the PSAT. The Finalists also submitted a detailed scholarship application, which included a student essay and information about the student’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

The School District congratulates these remarkable students on their distinguished high school careers and wishes them good luck in their future endeavors.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Jillian Adams

Rachel Anderson

Sarah Baldinger

Daniela Childers

Donald Meyers

Nathan Ward

Courtney Wayne

Alec Zisson 

Atlantic Community High School

Rebecca Abraham

Helena Cheslack

Jonathan Elias

Michael Klionsky

Gowri Nayar

Emily Snavely

Roque Soto

Laura Vander Meiden

Aishwarya Vijayan 

Boca Raton Community High School

Suyash Kumar

Daniel Livingston

Duncan McFarlane

Megan Rice 

Jupiter Community High School

Stephanie McCrate

Alexa Rimmer

Louise Tungol

Olympic Heights High School

Robert Cohen

Allen Simon

Palm Beach Central High School

Molly M. Eveleth

Justin L. Martinez

Spanish River Community High School

Michael Barth

Ariel Brown

Max Egers

Noah Gardner

Suncoast Community High School

Jett C. Andersen

Sonja A. Brankovic

Christiana M. Elford

Caroline J. Horrow

Alexander S. Li

Zaarah L. Mohamed

Mary M. O’Connor

Adityanaraya Radhakrishnan

John C. Trimble

Christina Xiao 

Wellington Community High School

Daniel Bachi

Debra Marcus

Crystal Yan

Felicia Yan 

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The Bak Middle School of the Arts Advanced String Orchestra was selected to perform for the American String Teacher Association’s National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on March 23, under the direction of Strings Director, Nancy Beebe.  The students in this group opened the concert for the National High School Honors Orchestra and were the only middle school group to perform.

The Advanced String Orchestra performed “Allegro in D” by Antonio Vivaldi, “Cincopations” by Richard Meyer, “Irish Tune from County Derry” by Percy Grainger, “Orange Jam” by Jeffrey Bishop, and “Korobushka” by McAlister and Frost.   The beautiful performance was appreciated by all attendees, including Bak Principal Elizabeth Kennedy.

For more information, contact Nancy Beebe at 561-882-3804 or nancy.beebe@palmbeachschools.org .

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The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. has partnered with Charity Dine to provide the community with 60% Off Dining Certificates to great local restaurants. By selecting the Education Foundation as your charity of choice, 20% of your CharityDine.com certificate purchase price (during particular campaigns 50% of your certificate purchase price) will be donated to support public school programming in Palm Beach County. This is a great opportunity to get great deals on dining certificates while supporting your local Education Foundation. To purchase dining certificates go to: http://www.charitydine.com/index.php?url=charities/view/14 .

Charity Dine’s interactive platform enables consumers to purchase discounted restaurant certificates to some of their favorite places to dine, while getting to choose which charity receives 20% of the purchase price of the certificate. The contribution to charity is drawn from the sale proceeds and not from the customer.

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.

For more information please contact Tracy Rudnick with The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County at 561-434-8428 or tracy.rudnick@palmbeachschools.org .

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New Horizons and North Palm Beach Elementary schools will have their annual Kaleidoscope of young musicians. 

When? Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Where? Royal Palm Beach High School Auditorium.10600 Okeechobee Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411. 

The concert will feature an array of music ensembles including vocal, instrumental, drumline, handbells, strings, glee singers, and orff.  Featured again this year in the concert is Clifford O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary Step Team. 

For more information contact Veronica Dillingham via e-mail at veronica.dillingham@palmbeachschools.org

 

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Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) Chemistry Assistant Professor Dr. Mireille Aleman and her student assistant are working with Conniston Middle School Science Coordinator Tamara Young to create project-based, multi-disciplinary modules for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science students this coming school year. Dr. Aleman has received a research grant to create and implement the iniative utilizing fun, unconventional approaches to teach Big Ideas in science.

The modules are being developed as laboratory sessions that will implement project-based learning, integrating the arts into the established equation of science, engineering, technology, and mathematics with the intention of creating STEAM or increased enthusiasm for science learning.  The labs will be taught primarily by Conniston teachers with help from PBA faculty and students. Each lab module will be divided into three lab sessions: the first session will introduce the concept; students will be introduced to the Big Idea background and urged to research the topic and create a concept map, in small groups. The implementation session will follow where the students will be offered a hands-on approach to the Big Idea. The third and final session for each module will be a creative one where the students will be encouraged to put their own “creative spin” on the project and offer  suggestions to enhance the project and its execution. 

 Project Director Dr. Aleman said pre- and post-surveys will be conducted  with  target groups of students and teachers. “Our outcomes will be measured at two levels:  the increase in students’ positive attitudes toward STEAM disciplines as well as an increase in teachers’ positive attitude toward interdisciplinary STEAM classroom instruction,” she explained. Conniston Middle School Science Coordinator Tamara Young said she’s excited about the collaboration. “The partnership with Palm Beach Atlantic will provide our students with innovative and engaging opportunities to develop their science knowledge through meaningful real world applications—and when you incorporate fun—it’s a win, win proposition.”

Protocols for all projects will be documented and available for teachers for future use at Conniston Middle as well as for teachers across the county. For more details, contact Dr. Aleman, 561-

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camille sanchesAlexander Dreyfoos sophomore Camille Sanches is headed to Kuwait and Azerbaijan for two weeks to study this summer. The Wellington resident was a winner for her entry in the National High School Essay Contest held recently on the topic of the Republic of Azerbaijan. She and two other local winners will be honored Friday,  April13, by the World Affairs Council of the Florida Palm Beaches.  In June, the Communications Department student and nine other winners from across the country will  travel to Washington D.C., then on to Kuwait and Azerbaijan. The Republic of Azerbaijan is the largest country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east and Russia to the north, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south.

In her essay Camille lauded Azerbaijan for a significant decision made many years ago. The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic of 1918 did something radical; they became the first Muslim state to not just grant women rights, but to grant them the same political rights as men. This important decision greatly influenced the Azerbaijani government of today because women have the same political rights as men. She went on to urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to use her influence to encourage education of youth in Azerbaijan so that they and the country can continue to prosper.

The World Affairs Council of the Florida Palm Beaches website states that its goal is to stimulate interest in and discussion of world affairs. They seek to enhance the ability of our citizens to better understand world events and to participate in the global community. For more details, contact Dreyfoos Magnet Coordinator Jane Grandusky, 561-805-6203 or email Jane.grandusky@palmbeachschools.org.

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Twenty-one South Grade Elementary students and Mrs. Tisha Thomas have been invited to accept awards from the Lake Worth City Commission on April 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.  Their story about Tecún Umán was chosen for display in City Hall during the month of April as it honors the Mayan culture of many Lake Worth citizens.

Tecum Uman was the last ruler and prince of the K’iche’ Maya people, in the highlands of what is now Guatemala. Tecún Umán is considered the most representative of his people for his bravery and dignity because he fought to protect his land and his people. He was declared Guatemala’s official national hero on March 22, 1960 and is commemorated on February 20, on the anniversary of his death.

Pam Triolo, Lake Worth Mayor and South Grade Elementary's Tecun Uman student display.

Pam Triolo, Lake Worth Mayor and South Grade Elementary's Tecun Uman student display. Tecun Uman painted by Mrs. Janet Stanton, RPBHS Art Teacher.

 

 

 

For more information contact Rebecca Hinson at (561) 202-9400 or via e-mail at rebecca.hinson@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

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 Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 – natalia.arenas@palmbeachschools.org

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The Department of Choice and Career Options is pleased to announce that the Allied Health Assisting Program, part of John I. Leonard’s Medical Sciences Academy, just completed their Certified Administrative Medical Assistant industry certification and achieved a 100% pass rate.

Under the leadership of Jackie Burgess and Dr. Isabel Gonzalez, John I. Leonard’s Medical Sciences Academy, in the third year of operation, had their students take this particular industry certification for the first time.

In addition, John I. Leonard High School has a unique partnership with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), JFK Medical Center and Palm Beach State College, helping their students take advantage of advanced training and articulation into the Respiratory Care Program at Palm Beach State College.  This is a one of a kind community partnership which has been a great success for John I. Leonard’s Medical Science Academy.

For more information please contact Dr. Miguel Benavente at 561-969-5827 or Miguel.benavente@palmbeachschools.org .

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The Florida Department of Education has nominated three public schools for the new Green Ribbon Schools Award sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Education (USDE). Learning Gate Community School in Hillsborough County, Pine Jog Elementary School in Palm Beach County, and TERRA Environmental Research Institute in Miami-Dade County will represent the Sunshine State based on their commitment to reducing environmental impacts, improving the health and academic performance of students and staff, and increasing the number of graduates that are environmentally and sustainability literate.

“It is an honor to announce Florida’s nominees for the National Green Ribbon Schools Award,” said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. “These schools have shown an extremely enthusiastic and creative dedication to cultivating an environmentally sustainable learning atmosphere, and I applaud the administrators, teachers, parents and students for their devotion to wellness and the environment.”

The Green Ribbon Schools Award Program was established this year to recognize exemplary achievement in environmental impact, health and education. The award program advances the goals of environmental stewardship; cutting schools’ energy costs; fostering health, wellness and academic achievement; providing a well-rounded education and increasing STEM skills; and boosting students’ college and career readiness. The winners will be announced on April 23, 2012, and a ceremony to honor the winners will be in Washington, D.C., on June 4.

Two additional schools that received high marks are James A. Marlowe Elementary School in Pasco County and Driftwood Middle School Academy of Health and Wellness in Broward County. 

For more information about the Green Ribbon Schools Awards Program, visithttp://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html

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The Jupiter High School Agriscience Program will be having their spring plant sale, Saturday, April 21st.  The plants, grown and maintained by Agriscience students, include many native varieties and naturalized plants in many different sizes.  The sale will run from 8:00 am to Noon. 

The programs nursery is located on Tony Penna Drive just west of Military Trail in Jupiter.  Parking is available by the glass greenhouse or in the school bus loop.  According to Jupiter High Agriscience teacher Derrick Crum, “All proceeds from the sale go to pay for student trips and learning supplies, so come out and support the students of Jupiter High School’s Agriscience Program.”

For more information please call Mr. Crum at 561-745-3452 or send an email to derrick.crum@palmbeachschools.org.

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Students at Lincoln Elementary are taking the upcoming FCAT by force starting with a pep rally Friday, April 13 at 8:30 AM.  Students will show school spirit and wear army fatigues while getting fired up to take the FCAT. There will be stepping by the staff and the principal while they sing and dance to encourage students. Several NFL football players will also be in attendance to speak to and motivate students as well. John F. Kennedy Middle School’s band and dancers will also perform to help get the students hyped and ready to take the FCAT.

Lincoln Elementary Principal Dr. Tracy Sims says, “Our students and teachers are motivated and committed and have been working hard all year. We are ready to “Take the FCAT by Force” and this pep rally will show our dedicated teachers and students that the school leadership and the community fully supports them.

For more information please contact Dr. Sims at 561-494-1400 or tracy.sims@palmbeachschools.org .

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Okeeheelee Horse 2The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center invited all public schools in the area to paint a full-sized fiberglass horse in a creative and unique way.  Each participating school was given a horse and encouraged to include their school communities in their transformation. A panel of five judges ranging from Grand Prix riders to gallery owners awarded five different awards. The Most Inspirational and Best Overall was awarded to Okeeheelee Middle School for its horse “Expreso” featuring many diverse aspects of its school. 

“The growing partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) is become exciting and promises to be even more successful in coming years,” stated Dr. David Samore, Okeeheelee Middle School Principal. 

Additionally other Palm Beach County Schools were recognized for their talents. 

Most Representative of South Florida - Panther Run Elementary School 

Most Creative - New Horizons Elementary School  

Most Artistic – Wellington Elementary School 

Most Original - Polo Park Middle School. 

Other participating schools were: Binks Forest Elementary, Elbridge Gale Elementary, Emerald Cove Middle School, Equestrian Trails Elementary, Palm Beach Central High School, Wellington Elementary School, Wellington High School, and Wellington Landings Middle School. 

Each school will receive a $500 donation towards their art programs, the four winners will receive $750 and the Most Inspirational and Best Overall will receive $1,000. 

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Polo Park Middle School Trojan Horse

Polo Park Middle School Trojan Horse

 

 

For further information, please contact Dr. David Samore at Okeeheelee Middle School, (561) 434-3205 or via e-mail at david.samore@palmbeachschools.org.

 

 

 

 

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 Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 – natalia.arenas@palmbeachschools.org

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The School District of Palm Beach County, Fla. was named for the first time today by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation as one of four urban school districts in the country selected as a finalist for the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education.  If the district wins the award this fall, Palm Beach County high school seniors who graduate in 2013 will receive $550,000 in college scholarships, but they are guaranteed at least $150,000 in college scholarships since the district is a finalist for the award.

The Broad (rhymes with “road”) Prize for Urban Education is an annual $1 million award—the largest education prize in the country—that honors urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students.

The other finalists this year are: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Corona-Norco Unified School District in Riverside County, Calif. and the Houston Independent School District. The winner of the 2012 Broad Prize will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in New York City at the Museum of Modern Art.

“Palm Beach joins the ranks of the nation’s most improved urban school districts for the first time this year,” said Eli Broad, founder of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. “While all urban districts have much more work to do to help students of all backgrounds thrive, Palm Beach County can take pride that its district stands out nationally for helping students improve academically.”

Seventy-five of the nation’s largest urban school districts were automatically eligible and considered for the 2012 Broad Prize.  School districts cannot apply or be nominated.

This year’s four finalists were selected by a review board of 13 prominent education researchers, policy leaders, practitioners and executives from leading universities, education associations, civil rights advocates, think-tanks and foundations. The review board evaluated publicly available academic achievement data that were compiled and analyzed by MPR Associates, Inc., a leading national education research consulting firm.

In selecting the finalists, the review board looks for the urban school districts that show the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students. Among the data they consider are SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement participation rates and outcomes, graduation rates, state assessments in reading, math and science, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, student demographics including poverty, state test rigor, per pupil expenditures and district size.  The Broad Foundation does not play a role in selecting the finalists or the winner.

Among the reasons that Palm Beach County was chosen as a 2012 Broad Prize finalist:

·         A greater percentage of Hispanic students reach advanced academic levels in Palm Beach County than in other Florida urban districts—and at faster rates.  In 2011, the percentage of Palm Beach County’s Hispanic students performing at the highest achievement levels (Levels 4 and 5) ranked in the top 30 percent statewide compared to Hispanic students in other Florida districts. This was the case in science at all school levels (elementary, middle, and high school) and in middle and high school reading and math. Between 2008 and 2011, Palm Beach County also was more successful than at least 70 percent of Florida districts at increasing the percentage of Hispanic students who performed at the highest achievement levels. This was the case in middle and high school reading, math, and science. For example, the percentage of Hispanic students performing at the highest achievement levels increased by 9 percentage points in middle school science, while the average increase for other Florida districts was just 4 percentage points during that period.

·         Higher graduation rate than other urban districts nationwide, and bigger increases over time for Black and Hispanic students.  Palm Beach County’s 2009 graduation rate—74 percent, as shown by the average of three nationally recognized graduation rate estimation methods—ranked in the top 20 percent of all 75 Broad-Prize eligible districts. In addition, between 2006 and 2009, Palm Beach County’s Black student graduation rate increased 21 percentage points, Hispanic student graduation rate increased 13 percentage points, and the district’s overall graduation rate increased 18 percentage points.

·         A greater increase in the percentage of Black students participating in college readiness exams in Palm Beach County than in other urban districts nationwide.  Between 2008 and 2011, participation rates on Advanced Placement exams by Black students in Palm Beach County increased 8 percentage points.  An approximate 3 percentage point increase on average per year—this improvement rate ranked in the top 10 percent of all eligible districts.

Over the next two months, teams of educational researchers and practitioners led by the education consulting company RMC Research Corporation will conduct a four-day site visit  in each finalist district using a research-based rubric for district quality to gather qualitative information, interview district administrators, conduct focus groups with teachers and principals and observe classrooms. The teams will also interview parents, community leaders, school board members and union representatives. A selection jury of prominent individuals from business, industry, education and public service will then choose the winning school district after reviewing both the student achievement data and the qualitative site visit reports.

Palm Beach and Corona-Norco are both first-time finalists; Houston won the inaugural Broad Prize in 2002, and Miami-Dade is a five-time finalist—tying the record of Broad Prize winners Boston Public Schools and the Long Beach Independent School District.

For more information about The Broad Prize, please visit www.broadprize.org.

Founded by self-made entrepreneur Eli Broad and his wife Edythe, both graduates of Detroit Public Schools, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is a philanthropy that seeks to ensure that every student in an urban public school has the opportunity to succeed.  Bringing together top education experts and practitioners, the foundation funds system-wide programs and policies that strengthen public schools by creating environments that allow good teachers to do great work and enable students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive.  The Broad Foundation’s Internet address is www.broadeducation.org, and updates are available on Twitter @broadfoundation.

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Parents should make plans now to enroll their children in summer camp programs sponsored by the District’s Department of Afterschool Programming. Enrollment for summer camp is now open for children ages 5-12 at over 50 district elementary school sites throughout the County. Campers will participate in many exciting activities, academic enrichment, field trips and much more.  All programs are supervised by staff trained in First Aid/CPR and “Positive Ways for Working with Children”.

 To locate a camp, the Summer Camp Directory may be viewed on the District’s Public Affairs website as well as the Afterschool Programming website at: 

http://www.palmbeachschools.org/community/Summer_camp.asp

 or  http://www.palmbeachschools.org/afterschoolprogramming/summerprogramming.asp

A convenient payment process is available online. To pay summer camp fees online, parents may click the following link and select the school of choice.http://www.palmbeachschools.org/afterschoolprogramming/summercampfees.asp

 Many camps start as early as June 11 and run through at least the first week of August but timeframes do vary so families are encouraged to refer to the directory.  Additional questions can be addressed at individual camp locations by the contact person listed in the Summer Camp Directory.