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The 2nd Annual Royal Palm Beach High School Feeder Pattern Art Showcase will feature selected artwork from the high school and from the community of elementary and middle schools that feed to Royal Palm Beach High School.  The event will take place on Thursday, March 15th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the cafeteria.

The Royal Palm Beach High School Wildcat Band and Chorus will perform.  Students from the National Art Honor Society and Student Council will assist in hosting the event.  Artists will be recognized during a reception where refreshments will be served.

Honored invited guests include Royal Palm Beach Mayor Matty Mattioli, District 1 School Board Member Dr. Monroe Benaim, District 2 School Board Member Mr. Chuck Shaw, District 6 School Board Member Ms. Marcia Andrews, West Area Superintendent Dr. Matt Shoemaker, and West Area Director Mr. Dave Alfonso. 

RPBHS Principal Jesus Armas extends a warm invitation to the community to come celebrate and support the present and future Wildcat artists. 

For more information contact Cyndie Wolf, Assistant Principal at H.L. Johnson Elementary, at (561) 904-9300 or via e-mail at







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Annette Levine from Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, Rosemelda Ibalarrosa from Omni Middle School, Toshimi Abe-Janiga from Riviera Beach Preparatory and Achievement Academy,  are the recipients of the Outstanding Holocaust Educator Award from the School District of Palm Beach County.

The Outstanding Holocaust Educator Award recognizes K-12 teachers who have had a demonstrated positive impact on their schools and the wider community in the field of Holocaust, genocide and human rights education.  The award was established by Arthur Gutterman for the Florida Atlantic University Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education to honor individuals who actively, by their example and through teaching about these difficult subjects, strengthen South Florida students’ world-citizenship and capacity to uphold the dignity of all persons.

Award recipients participate in a three-week, all expenses paid, study tour to Holocaust-related sites in Poland and Germany as well as to Yad Vashem in Israel and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Awardees are recognized at the Center’s Annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner each January.

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Liam Fineman, a student at Suncoast High School will compete in the state finals of the Florida Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest Saturday March 10, 2012 in Tallahassee.  A high school freshman, Liam won two levels of poetry recitation contests at the school level.  He is also involved in theater and lacrosse and played Thibault in this year’s school performance of Romeo and Juliet.

The contest is a joint effort with participating Florida High School Language Arts teachers and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs along with the National Endowment of the Arts.

Winners from each school receive an all-expense paid trip to Tallahassee. About 50 high schools will be represented in the competition and the winner will advance to the National Finals in Washington D.C. The national winner receives $20,000 in college scholarships.

Liam will recite:

1. The Tyger by William Blake

2. “Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe

3. Nineteen-Fourteen: The Soldier by Rupert Brooke

For more information, please contact Mary Ann Swan or Lorrie Mintzer at Suncoast High at 561-882-3401.

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The Department of Choice and Career Options is pleased to announce that Diana Sardina, teacher in the Hospitality and Tourism Academy at Forest Hill High School, is the recipient of the Lodging Management Teacher of the Year Award. The Pineapple Award was presented to Ms. Sardina by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Educational Foundation at the Florida’s Salute to Excellence Award Dinner held on February 25, 2012.

Ms. Sardina has been teaching in the Hospitality and Tourism Academy at Forest Hill High School for nine years. She is now recognized as an Honorary Alumnus of Johnson and Wales University and will be awarded a monetary grant which will be used for her Hospitality and Tourism Academy.

For more information please contact Barbara Terembes, Director Choice and Career Options at 561-434-8118 or .

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The James Lee Foundation hosted a Girls Day Symposium at Lake Shore Middle School in Belle Glade on Saturday, March 3rd.  Over 50 students gathered at Lake Shore Middle for the inspirational Girls Day Symposium.

Girls DayJames Lee, a 2003 graduate of Glades Central Community High School and now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer hosted the symposium though his foundation.

The mission of the James Lee Foundation is to motivate and inspire youth within the cities of Belle Glade and Tampa, FL to ‘dare to dream’ and ‘strive to succeed.’ The Foundation aims to do so by creating partnerships with various middle and high schools through the creation of academic incentives, scholarship/mentoring programs and athletic events.

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The Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit issued an order on March 6, 2012, striking down Chapter 2011-68, Laws of Florida, as applied to individuals hired before July 1, 2011. This law required employees in the Florida Retirement System to contribute 3% of their salary towards their retirements and reduced the cost-of-living adjustment for benefits earned on or after July 1, 2011. The trial court’s decision has been appealed to the appropriate Florida appellate court, which results in an immediate stay of the order. Accordingly, while the stay remains in effect, no changes to benefits or deductions are being made.   

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Parent Involvement programs at Okeeheelee Middle School and Pierce Hammock Elementary School were submitted as Palm Beach County’s nominations for Florida Parent Involvement Awards.  The Florida Department of Education Parent Involvement Award recognizes projects that successfully engage parents in meaningful school-based programs.

Okeeheelee Middle School, under the leadership of Principal Dr. David Samore, created the Warrior Dads Program.  This family involvement initiative targeted male role models in students’ lives, whether they are dads, uncles, brothers, grandfathers, or any significant males in the students’ lives. Approximately 40 men participated in the program.  There were eight sessions, each lasting approximately an hour and a half.   Each session had a focal topic of interest such as parenting style, dealing with ignorance and intolerance, trials of raising adolescents, youth gangs and violence, etc.

Pierce Hammock Elementary created a program called Media Nights which enhanced the school’s reading program. It encouraged parents to be involved in their child’s education and to build a relationship between school and home while increasing students’ reading levels and love for reading. Emily Evans, a second grade teacher, planned and organized a fun monthly theme that involved contests and prizes, business partners and class competitions. Pierce Hammock, with Dr. John Carvelli as Principal, saw a 400% increase in student and family involvement.
The Parent Involvement Award is sponsored with the Florida PTA and supported through business partnerships. School-level parent involvement programs are evaluated on their: impact on family involvement, ability to be replicated, relationship to the goals and objectives of the school, participation of parents/families in the planning and implementation, uniqueness and innovation, impact on school improvement, method of funding, and partnerships.

A winner for elementary and secondary schools will be selected in each region by the Department of Education. The Florida PTA recognizes the winning programs at a luncheon during their summer leadership conference. Over 1000 PTA members honor the ten regional program winners and attend workshops featuring the exemplary programs. The booklet, SPARKPLUGS, is produced annually with a summary of model family involvement programs from participating districts.

For more information please contact the School District Volunteer Coordinator Debi Elfen at 561-434-8789 or .

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Sunset Palms ElementaryThe Menzer Family of Boynton Beach has entered “The Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest”, a nationwide competition by the UNCLE BEN’S® Brand designed to encourage parents to connect with their kids. Sunset Palms Elementary School second grader, Emmy, has submitted her video recipe for “Emmy’s Easy Cheesy Power Quesadillas” and it’s in the final running for the contest.

Uncle Ben’s asked parents with children ages 5 to 12 to submit a home video featuring family members together in the kitchen introducing a rice-based dish they prepared. Emmy’s “Easy Cheesy Power Quesadillas” have been an instant hit and Emmy hopes it will win the top prize in the Uncle Ben’s contest.  Emmy has been a “mini-chef” since she was four years old and she hopes to encourage other kids to get cooking too!

In an effort to help this local second-grader win for her school, Sunset Palms Elementary, the family is asking the community to vote for Emmy’s submitted video. If “Emmy’s Quesadillas” video is selected as a grand prize winner, Sunset Palms Elementary will receive $50,000 for their cafeteria! Additionally, if selected, Emmy will appear on “The Rachael Ray Show!”

Until March 11, individuals can visit and click ‘Search Videos’ to find “Emmy’s Quesadillas” video. From there, visitor can click the ‘Vote’ button. Individuals are encouraged to vote once per day. For every vote received, the UNCLE BEN’S® Brand will donate $1 (up to $35,000) to Rachel Ray’s Yum-O® charity which strives to empower kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking.

For more information on the Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest, visit

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Downtown in Bloom is a competition for students in grades Kindergarten to fifth that asks them to create a picture with the theme of “Flowers and Gardens.”  The event that will take place on March 31 and April 1, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Downtown at the Gardens  11701 Lake Victoria Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. 

All artwork will be judged and there will be a winner from each grade.  Additionally, all artwork entries will be displayed during the Downtown in Bloom at Downtown at the Gardens on March 31 and April 1.  

Participating Schools in Palm Beach County 

Kathy Adkins- Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School

Meg Campbell- Lighthouse Elementary School

Nicole Crane- Elbridge Gale Elementary School

Renee Eisner- Marsh Point Elementary School

Britt Feingold- Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School

Stacy Fickling- Lake Park Elementary School

Jennifer Griffin- Bright Futures Academy Charter School

Cindy Guinn- Beacon Cove Intermediate School

Kim Pilla- Hope Centennial Elementary School

Joy Rabin- Seminole Trails Elementary School

Rose Shaw- UB Kinsey Elementary School of the Arts

Pat Wolek- Cypress Trails Elementary 

This is event is possible through the partnership between the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and Downtown at the Gardens. Visit their website to obtain more information:   

For more information contact Suzanne Neve, Director of Program and Services at 561-748-3945 or Brit Feingold at (561) 882-7600 or via e-mail at






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Verde ElementaryThe Teachers of Tomorrow at Verde Elementary have been working with the Stand Among Friends Organization.  Stand Among Friends promotes opportunities for people with disabilities to live a life without limits and experience the highest degree of independence and success in their communities.   They are located on FAU’s campus in the disability center.  The sponsor, Miss Candice Brodie has been actively involved with the Teachers of Tomorrow by making others aware that just because someone looks a certain way or has a disability does not mean that they are different just unique.  It is spinning off into an Anti-Bulling campaign to “Take a Stand Among Friends” and stand up for others and get rid of bulling.

Miss Brodie welcomed Shawn Friedkin, the CEO of Stand Among Friends, as a guest speaker to one of the Teachers of Tomorrow meetings.  Shawn was in a car accident which left him paralyzed and confined to a wheel chair.  The students were able to have a question and answer session with Shawn.   This was a wonderful way for the students to understand first hand to get a better understanding about Stand Among Friends and how this organization provides opportunities for people with disabilities.  Shawn was also a speaker at one of the Verde’s faculty meetings to share his story and raise awareness of about Stand Among Friends.

Miss Brodie held fundraisers at Verde for Stand Among Friends, from Ghost Gram sales to having the entire school contribute with the monthly Jeanerosity Day.  Miss Brodie created a Team Verde that was involved in the first annual Emb(race) for Stand Among Friends.  Last year Verde participated as “Team Verde Elementary” in the first annual Emb(race) for Stand Among Friends. This race is open to any and all Verde families that want to participate and show their support.   Miss Brodie created, once again, “Team Verde Elementary” and participated in the 2nd annual Emb(race) on Feb. 26, 2012 on FAU’s campus.  The Emb(race) is a community wide event that came about as an opportunity for all of us in the community to come together to learn about each other and to embrace our differences as individuals.  The day focused on everyone’s abilities and celebrated the uniqueness of us all.   Miss Brodie ran the 5K and came in the top 5 in her age group.  The students, parents and staff that participated walked in the 1 mile Family Walk.  The total amount of money raised and donated was over $1500.00.

For more information, contact Candice Brodie at

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Jupiter Community High School proudly announces that seniors Stephanie McCrate, Alexa Rimmer, and Louise Tungol have been named as National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists for 2012.  All three students were selected because of their exemplary accomplishments in academic achievement, leadership in school and community activities.

Stephanie McCrate, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sean McCrate, plans to study Biomedical Sciences at Duke University, the University of Florida or Washington University in St. Louis after graduation.

Alexa Rimmer, daughter of Drs. John and Sylvie Rimmer, plans to study Political Science at the Florida State University Honors College after graduation.

Louise Tungol, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Romel Tungol, plans to study Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology after graduation.

The 2011-2012 school year is the 57th year of the prestigious National Merit Scholarship program, which honors academically talented high school seniors and recognizes them with National Merit Scholarship awards, worth more than $34 million in total.  More than 1.5 million high school juniors in over 22,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2011-12 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This year’s finalists comprise less than one percent of all United States high school seniors and include entrants with the highest scores in each state. 2012 Merit Scholarship winners will be announced between April-July 2012.

For more information please contact Jupiter High School Principal Cheryl Alligood at 561-744-7900 or .

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David Dickerson, Allamanda Elementary School Assistant Principal, recently received five pies in the face by five Allamanda students who scored the highest possible FCAT writing grade.

Zachary Woodward, Larry Lewis III, Aliaj Santos, Emma Wright and Matthew Goldberg

Zachary Woodward, Larry Lewis III, Aliaj Santos, Emma Wright and Matthew Goldberg

Matthew Goldberg, Emma Wright, Zachary Woodward, Larry Lewis III and Aliaj Santos, current fifth grade students, each earned a six on the fourth grade FCAT Writes exam last year.  As a reward and an incentive to this year’s fourth graders, they each got to pop “Mr. D.” with a pie to the face in front of this year’s FCAT writers.

Said Mr. Dickerson, “I am happy to take one, or five, for the Allamanda team if it will inspire our fourth graders to better writing.  Plus, the pies were delicious!”

Marilu Garcia, Allamanda Elementary School Principal, said, “Mr. D. is such a good sport.  Our fourth graders howled with laughter.  Our students were well-prepared for the FCAT and we know their talent will shine through.  Just wait until next year, Mr. D.!”

For more information please contact Ms. Garcia at 561-803-7200 or .

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Roosevelt Middle School has done it again.  Platform 9 3/4 (a Harry Potter reference) won the Grand Battle of the Books hosted at The Education Network on Friday, February 24, 2012.  This is the 3rd year in a row that Roosevelt Middle has won the district competition in the middle school category and the 4th year in a row they have made it to the competition.

Roosevelt MiddleAfter beating 81 other teams in the district online competition, the team composed of Hafsa Haider, Angela Bui, Darline Cadet, Shumona Haque, and Maria Encinosa were well prepared for this annual reading event.  For the Grand Battle of the Books in the studio at T.E.N., they faced off against Wellington Landing’s team, Llamas with Bandannas, winning by a score of 100-70.

The Battle of the Books Club had forty students who met with sponsor Rebecca Smykla, librarian, during the school year.  Jennifer Gardner, Language Arts Department chair, assisted with the group.

The Education Network (T.E.N.) is broadcasting the competition.

For more information, contact Rebecca Smykla 561 822-0215 or .

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Dreyfoos School of the Arts officials have announced a change in the date that had been set for the school’s chorus/orchestra performance An Evening of French Music featuring Gabriel Faure’s Requiem and Pavane.  The City of West Palm Beach contracts with several schools to use their space for voting precincts on election day for its municipal elections.  This year, the March 13 election fell on the same date as the scheduled chorus/orchestra concert.

In an effort to comply with the various requirements of a polling location Dreyfoos officials have moved the concert to Wednesday, March 14.  Mayor Jeri Muoio expressed her gratitude for the cooperation:  ”I am pleased that the school understands the importance of election day,” she stated. “I encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote on March 13, and I also hope the public will attend the Dreyfoos Chorus/Orchestra Concert on March 14 to hear the outstanding talents of the students there.”


An Evening of French Music begins at 7:00 p.m. at Meyer Hall at the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts campus. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card at and click on Seat Yourself.  Please call the box office, 561-802-6052 for group, check, or cash sales.

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The universal language of art is celebrated each March during Youth Art Month.  Part of a national effort to emphasize the value of art education and support for quality school arts programs, Palm Beach County Schools have an array of activities scheduled.  District K-12 Arts Administrator, Dr. Tom Pearson, said the Palm Beach County School District is seen as a model.  “We’re considered to be an excellent example of fantastic art and arts integration programs,” he stated.  “Art exhibits and art-related events to raise awareness will be conducted throughout the community all month.”

Abby Girton, a National Board Certified Teacher at Hidden Oaks Elementary School provided information about the following events:

*The City of Lake Worth’s recent Street Painting Festival included students from the following schools.

 Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Hidden Oaks Elementary

John I. Leonard High School

Jupiter Elementary School

Lake Worth Christian School

Lake Worth High School

Palm Beach Gardens Community High School

Palm Beach Maritime Academy

Park Vista High School

Royal Palm Beach High School’s National Art Society

Santaluces High School

Suncoast Community High School

Wellington Community High School

Woodlands Middle School

* Sunrise Park Elementary School will have an exhibit at the Southwest County Regional Library on Glades Road during the month.

*Marsh Point Elementary School will have an Art Fair showcasing their student artists on March 13.

 *March 14 will find the Coral Sunset Elementary School family holding a literacy night filled with reading, musical performances. Students and parents will also enjoy an art exhibit and book fair.

*The Educational Gallery Group: A Community of Young Artists (Eg²) opened an exhibit Friday called Bookish- art made from or about books.This display features artwork of students from throughout Palm Beach County. Eg2 is a space located at CityPlace that offers space to showcase visual and performing arts talent.

 Hidden Oaks Elementary’s art teacher Abby Girton said art should be an integral part of every student’s education. “Youth Arts Month highlights the ways that art  helps develop divergent and critical thinking, multicultural awareness, and technical, communication, and expressive skills of students,” she stated. For more details, contact Ms. Girton, 561-804-3800 or email

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We Read to Lead is the theme for the youth panel discussion scheduled as part of the Superintendent’s Task Force to Increase Graduation and Decrease Suspensions. Set for  Tuesday, March 6, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Bear Lakes Middle School, African American male students from Palm Beach Lakes High, Royal Palm Beach High, and Riviera Beach Preparatory Academy will lead the discussion. Panel topics include History, Education, Character, and Careers. Jeff Pollard, principal of Riviera Beach Preparatory Academy and co-chair of the panel event said middle school students who participate will benefit from the presentation as well as from the young men who are presenting.  “Young African American males need to see themselves in the people who have gotten where they want to go,” he stated. “They need to know that success is not only possible, but probable if they know the process and possess determination.”

This year’s panel event is designed to provide high school students an opportunity to model for and mentor middle-school-aged youth.  Information about the College Board report on graduation statistics of young men of color, as well as examples to emulate will be provided during the session.  Cynthia Smith, coordinator of the Task Force, said this event is only one strategy the group is using to reach out to young people. “The plan we’re currently finalizing involves all stakeholders –educators, parents, businesses, agencies, and other community allies working together—and the students are ultimately the focus of every part of the plan.”

Participating panelists include:

Palm Beach Lakes High School

Tony Edouard

Kelvin Kelley

Joshua Derius

Terrell Parker

Kareem Garret

Charles Meybin , Facilitator

Anthony Hamlet, Principal

 Riviera Beach Preparatory and Achievement Academy

Scott Estache

Terrance Montgomery

Keondre Sisnett

Tyrelle Montgomery

Xavier Vickers

Terryon Shannon

Brian Knowles, Facilitator

Jeff Pollard, Principal

Royal Palm Beach High School

Stanley Jean-Louis, Jr.

Michael Bookal

Rodney Jean

Gilbert Grantlin

Mondlex Alexis

Montain Murray

Kevin McDonald, Facilitator

Jesus Armas, Principal

Task Force members, middles school students  and parents from Bear Lakes and other middle schools are expected to attend.  For details, contact Dr. Smith, 561-434-8879, or email

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The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County has the tradition of recognizing the “best and the brightest” within the county’s Hispanic population. The winners of the Triunfo Scholarship will attend the 15th Annual Triunfo! Awards banquet that will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m in the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

The winners of the 2012 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Triunfo! Scholarships are:



Herman Aaron Castro

Seminole Ridge High

Christina Marie Bicknell

Boca Raton High

Austin Alexander Sanchez

Boca Raton High

Alejandro Pinto

Boca Raton High

Nicole Granet

Spanish River High

Juan Carlos Granados

John I. Leonard High

Vanessa Messias Nascimiento

Palm Beach Central

Matthew Tyler Moraguez

Cardinal Newman (Private)

Nestor Santana

Forest Hill Community High

In the last six years, the Hispanic Chamber has raised over $70,000.00 for students who have gone on to universities such as Harvard, Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and many other prestigious colleges and universities.  The students selected have an outstanding Grade Point Average (GPA), dedicated many hours to community service and demonstrated excellent academic and leadership skills.

“Not only does the future of our community depend on the quality of professionals we have, but also the ones we educate to become leaders who will create a better future,” said Andre Varona, Chief Executive Officer.

Click here if you would like to attend the 15th Annual Triunfo! Awards.

For more information contact Liz McCall at (561) 832-1986 or via e-mail at





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Jason Brian, Allamanda Elementary School alumnus, will be the featured speaker at Allamanda’s Honor Roll Breakfast March 8th.  Mr. Brian, 24, will share his years of experience since elementary school giving back to his community through charitable efforts and involved caring.  Allamanda’s students are sure to be motivated to see the success and personal and professional satisfaction that is possible through committed determination.  

Marilu Garcia, Allamanda principal, said, ” We are proud of all of our students, but especially Jason, who got his start at Allamanda and has gone on to make the community a better place, richer in tangible ways, but also richer in ways of the heart.  We are delighted to be part of Mr. Brian’s history.”

Mr. Brian, president and founder of, an auto and insurance clearing house, is a young entrepreneur with a special interest in community involvement.  He was the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year, 2011, for his involvement in raising $89,000 last year, a record amount for a male fundraiser.  Mr. Brian was named the South Florida Business Journal CEO of the year, 2011.  He has been written about in, Yahoo! Finance, the Palm Beach Post, The Palm Beacher and more.  He has been featured on local radio and television multiple times.

For more information please contact Ms. Garcia at 561-803-7200.

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Jane Panse of H.L. Watkins Middle School will be honored as the Southern District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) at its national convention in Boston, Massachusetts, March 13 – 17.  The Southern District represents 13 states from Virginia to Texas.  The award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance at the middle school level and the ability to motivate today’s youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity. 

Jane Panse 1[1]Ms. Panse, a physical education teacher at H.L. Watkins Middle School for more than nine years, will vie with three other district winners for the distinguished honor of National Middle Physical Education Teacher of the Year. This award is sponsored by NASPE and Sportime, an innovator of equipment and services for physical educators. 

“My philosophy centers on the concept that I am striving to impact the “whole child” in my teaching efforts. I have the opportunity and responsibility to provide learning experiences that encompass educational knowledge, emotional awareness, social interactions, teamwork and movement through physical education as well as enhance people’s perceptions about physical education,” says Ms. Panse. For example, her students are learning skills for golf through a partnership with the PGA. She works with community organizations to receive used equipment for the golf sessions, which in turn promotes her physical education program and its importance in a student’s overall educational experience.

“It is rewarding and energizing for me to see the students’ smiles and requests for more following lessons that they first approached with apprehension because they hadn’t tried the activities or sports before” says Ms. Panse. “Innovative and dynamic in the classroom, Ms. Panse infuses students with tremendous motivation and instills in them an appetite for learning. She aids without reprimand, corrects without disparagement, and teaches by example,” says Glenda Sheffield, Principal, H.L. Watkins Middle School.

“She is the consummate educator who has provided the field with 27 years of experience. Her enthusiasm is contagious to her students, and the staff; leading everyone to be life-long health conscious adults,” says colleague, Physical Education Resource Teacher Denise Griffo. “Students, teachers and staff all benefit from Jane’s walking challenge program and other wellness efforts.”

Ms. Panse’s professional accolades include becoming the first physical educator in Palm Beach County to achieve the National Board Certification (NBCT) which she recently renewed for another 10 years. The physical educator is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and a Certified Wellness Coach (CWC).Her professional affiliations include membership with NASPE, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Sport (FAHPERDS), and the American Association for Health Education (AAHE).

For more information please contact Eric Stern, Physical Education Administrator for the School District at 561-434-7450 or .

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The Black Chief Officers Committee of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters recently honored five Palm Beach County students.  The high school students competed in the organizations’ 2012 Oratorical Contest.  The winning students are:

1st Place -Briana Meneses-Sullivan, Park Vista Community High
($2,000.00)  (Member of National Honor Society)

2nd Place – Dain McGlashion, William T. Dwyer High School
($1,000.00) (Dual enrolled)

3rd Place – An’ Thawney McDowell, Cardinal Newman High School

4th Place – Ashley Oates, Jupiter High School

5th Place – Crystal Victoria Valentine, Park Vista Community High School
($300.00) (Member of National Honor Society)

BCOCRetired Fire Chief James M. Carman of West Palm Beach and a member of the Black Chief Officers Committee (BCOC) said, “Our members lead the fire service with integrity and professionalism.  We are dedicated to innovation, excellence and creating fire safe communities and we share common goals of all fire service professionals which is having our members return home safely.  For the past 11 years the BCOC has sponsored an Oratorical Contest for high school seniors. We have awarded financial assistance to as many as five contestants each year.  Many thanks to Jupiter High School teacher Doris Price for helping coordinate this year’s contest.”

For more information please contact Ms. Price at or Chief Carman at 561-478-8948.

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Golden Grove hosted its 8th annual Jump Rope For Heart Event where students jumped at the chance to help fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No.1 and No. 3 killers.  The school has collected over $79,071 in its 8th  year of participation and this year $7,811 were collected in donations for the American Heart Association. 

“Heart Disease and Heart Defects has touched the lives of many of our students and faculty this year.  It is our privilege to do what we can to promote heart wellness here at Golden Grove through educating our students on how to maintain a healthy heart,” said Mrs. Kathryn Koerner, principal. 

Jump Rope For Heart is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  Jump Rope For Heart has been teaching kids the importance of a healthy heart for 33 years. 

Each child from Kindergarten to fifth grade (565) at Golden Grove participated in this event. They will receive “Thank You” gifts from the American Heart Association and the P.E. Department will receive a gift certificate from U.S. Games. 

Our Top 3 Fundraisers were:  

Cody Sauermann – $315 (5th Grade)

Ethan Wiesen – $311 (Kindergartner)

Kaitlyn Mannion – $300 (4th Grade) 

“Our goal this year was to raise awareness and promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle,” added Mrs. Koerner.

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For more information contact Cathlene Lake at (561) 904-9715 or via e-mail at






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To celebrate Engineers’ Week, February 20-24, 2012, over 160 students in the Pre-Engineering program at Roosevelt Middle School toured the Lockheed Martin facilities located on the water in Riviera Beach.

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 123,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Roosevelt Middle-Lockheed MartinLockheed engineers conducted tours of the site, allowing students to see the products currently being worked on.  Marlin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle™ Marlin is a small yellow submarine that inspects deepwater oil and gas structures, especially important following severe weather, to make sure the structure is safe to resume production.  The battery was removed so the students could view the insides of the vehicle. Its sensors and imaging equipment make it ideally critical to Florida’s maritime industries, resources and economy.

Another submarine at the plant is the Dry Combat Submersible.  This sub can be used to transport Navy Seals or scientists to their maritime objective.

Huge and with the look of a torpedo, the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle is an unmanned, semi-submersible, semi-autonomous vehicle that uses sensors and imaging equipment to detect underwater mines to keep the sailors out of the minefield.  There were four of these in various stages of being refurbished.

A video of interviews with engineers enlightened the group about the many different fields of engineering that Lockheed employs.  Other engineers on site then discussed their backgrounds, why they became engineers, and what they do on a daily basis.  This was followed by a lengthy question and answer period to quench the curiosity of the students.

Roosevelt Middle has four magnet programs: Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medical, Technology, Environmental Science, and Lockheed Martin has been a business partner for the Pre-Engineering magnet for many years with Steve Rodrigues, Chief Engineer, serving on the Magnet Advisory Board for the school.

For more information, please contact Dee Ann Tiffany, Magnet Coordinator, at 561 822-0261 or .

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West Boca High 2CurtainsThe award-winning West Boca Drama Department is pleased to announce our 2012 spring musical!  We hope you will join us!  Our spring show is KANDER AND EBB’S CURTAINS on March 2-10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m., March 4 & 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. In a collision of theatrical traditions – Agatha Christie meets 42nd StreetCurtains is a backstage whodunit with a clever and contagiously catchy toe-tapping score, large production numbers, and crazy humor. Set in 1959 Boston, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, a detective with a secret affinity for musical theatre, investigates the murder of a Broadway-bound theatre company’s tremendously untalented star on opening night. Could the culprit be the hard-edged lady producer, one of the recently divorced songwriting team, the egomaniacal British director, or the seemingly sweet ingénue? Lt. Cioffi is on the case! … he may even have to question the ingénue twice. This backstage romp features a dazzling musical score by the legendary team, Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret), and was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. Join us for this hysterically funny murder mystery and find out whodunit!

CURTAINS sets the stage perfectly to end our season. Tickets for all shows are $15. All seats are reserved and good seats are still available.  Group rates (for twenty or more) are available upon request for $12. For more info, call (561) 672-2066 or go to  To get your tickets, fill out the “Ticket Order Form” with your payment and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.  Our theater is located in West Boca High School, 3 miles west of 441 on Glades Road.

For more information, contact Cheryl Crout at (561) 715-7885 or email

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Ms. Sylvia Gibson, a career educator at Palm Beach Gardens High School was recently awarded the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award by Governor Rick Scott in Tallahassee.

Ms. Gibson was nominated by her colleague Mrs. Carolyn Bruce who stated, “Always inspiring her students to succeed, her goal is to prepare well-rounded young adults who are ready to face the world.  Her lessons are lively and motivational. A sincere, loyal and creative teacher, her energetic lessons have brought out the best in her students whose lives she has touched.” 

Over the years, Ms. Gibson has presented programs for the school and community during Black History month. “Through poetry, dance, music and drama, those celebrations brought awareness of the rich contributions that African-Americans have made to our great country” stated Mrs. Bruce. 

During her teaching career, Ms. Gibson has taught a myriad of courses: Cities in Schools, Reading, ESOL, African-American and Multi-Cultural Literature.  She is the founder of the award winning Gatorette Dance Team which she coached for 38 years.

Presently she is the sponsor of the Black Student Union at Palm Beach Gardens High School which she also founded.  This organization does community service at the Mel Fischer Boys and Girls Club, donated Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to needy families and is planning an end of the year community program to recognize legendary icons in the community. 

For more information Carolyn Bruce contact at (561) 694-7300 or via e-mail at


Governor Rick Scott, Mrs. Scott, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll along with Mrs. Gibson.

Governor Rick Scott, Mrs. Scott, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll along with Mrs. Gibson.




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

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The Adult Education Center (AEC) will hold its 23rd Annual International Friendship Celebration on Thursday, March 15, 2012. 

For this occasion, the center has scheduled a series of school-wide events to which media is hereby cordially invited. The celebration which will be attended by approximately 1000 students, faculty, administrative staff, school board officials and it will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 1:15 p.m. 

Following a welcome address by the principal of the Adult Education Center, Mr. Rick Swearingen, students representing about 40 different countries will conduct a flag parade dressed in the attire of the homelands. Attendees will sing the Star Spangled Banner, and continue with the program, which will include 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. Line dancing, volleyball and soccer tournaments, as well as other indoor and outdoor games will be included. There will also be an international bazaar where students will sell various products and handmade items. 

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. 

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






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