Posted on

The School District of Palm Beach County has won $150,000 in college scholarships for its high school seniors as a finalist for the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined philanthropist Eli Broad and retired Adm. Michael G. Mullen, former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, at The Museum of Modern Art to announce that the 2012 Broad Prize winner—which was selected by a bipartisan jury of 11 prominent leaders from government, education, business and public service, including two former U.S. secretaries of education—is Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

The $1 million Broad (rhymes with “road”) Prize is an annual award that honors the four large urban school districts that demonstrate the strongest student achievement and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income and minority students. The 75 largest urban school districts in America are automatically eligible for the award each year.

As a finalist for the award, the School District of Palm Beach County will receive $150,000 in college scholarships for its high school seniors. The other two finalist districts—the Corona-Norco Unified School District in Southern California and the Houston Independent School District—will each also receive $150,000 in scholarships.

“Teachers, parents, principals and administrators, truly everyone involved in Palm Beach County schools’ success deserves to be applauded today,” said Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundation, which sponsors the award.  “The progress you have made—empowering teachers, developing effective principals and helping students of all backgrounds reach advanced academic levels and graduate—is what nearly every other large urban school system nationwide is striving for.”

This marks the first time Palm Beach County was a finalist for the award. Miami-Dade’s win comes the fifth time the district was named a finalist for The Broad Prize.

As the nation’s 11th-largest school district, the School District of Palm Beach County has more than 174,000 students—55 percent of whom are low-income and nearly 61 percent of whom are minority. Among the reasons Palm Beach County schools stood out among the 75 largest urban school districts in America: 

  • A greater percentage of Hispanic students reached advanced academic levels in Palm Beach County than in other 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, 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, 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 student participation in college readiness exams in Palm Beach County than in other urban districts. 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. 

For a full electronic press kit, including details on policies and practices that distinguished Palm Beach County from other large urban districts, please visit

The 11-member selection jury that chose this year’s winner included:

  • Henry Cisneros, former U.S. secretary of housing and urban development
  • Christopher Dodd, former U.S. senator from Connecticut
  • Donald Graham, chairman and CEO of the Washington Post Company
  • James Hunt, Jr., former governor of North Carolina
  • Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund
  • Edward Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania
  • Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state
  • Richard Riley, former U.S. secretary of education
  • Margaret Spellings, former U.S. secretary of education
  • Andrew Stern, president emeritus of Service Employees International Union
  • Mortimer Zuckerman, chairman and editor of U.S. News & World Report 

The selection jury evaluated quantitative data on the finalists that consisted of publicly available student performance data compiled and analyzed by MPR Associates, Inc., a leading national education research consulting firm. In addition, the jury evaluated the four finalist districts’ policies and practices, compiled following site visits conducted by a team of education practitioners led by RMC Research Corporation, an education consulting company. The site visits included classroom observations and interviews with administrators, teachers, principals, parents, community leaders, school board members and union representatives.

The 2012 finalists were selected this past spring by a review board of 13 prominent education researchers, policy leaders, practitioners and executives from leading universities, education associations, think-tanks and foundations that evaluated publicly available student performance data.

As a finalist for the 2012 Broad Prize, the School District of Palm Beach County will receive $150,000 in college scholarships for its high school seniors who graduate in 2013. Broad Prize scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate significant financial need and who have improved their grades during high school. Scholarship recipients who enroll in four-year colleges will receive up to $20,000 paid out over four years ($5,000 per year). Broad Prize scholars who enroll in two-year colleges will receive up to $5,000 scholarships paid out over two years ($2,500 per year). For more information on the scholarship program, please visit

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. For more information, please visit

Note: An archived webcast of the event can be viewed at Photos of the event are available at .

Posted on

Berkshire Elementary is busy rehearsing for their third annual Multicultural Performance to take place this Thursday, October 25th at 6:00 PM.  The evening gathering, open to students, teachers, parents, and the community at large has become an annual event at the school.

This year’s performance entitled “One World” takes on a special meaning as Berkshire launches a schoolwide cultural journey that will culminate in a “World’s Fair” in the spring. Each grade level has taken on a continent and each class is spending the year exploring a specific country within their continent. The challenge is to find as many ways to integrate the study of their chosen culture into their everyday curriculum in the classroom. As an arts integrated, Dual Language school with a largely diverse population of students and teachers this initiative is a natural fit, designed and supported by principal Maria Bishop.

Thursday’s show will feature ten performances that represent student learning about a sampling of countries from across the globe. There will be a samba by first graders, a Bollywood inspired Indian dance by fourth graders, songs, legends, artwork, and more. The finale will showcase Berkshire’s entire second grade, 13 classes in all as they share how learning about their continent of Africa has inspired them to champion a global cause. These students were shocked to learn that more than 1 in 8 people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. These seven and eight year olds have responded in an overwhelming way, already raising nearly $300, often in quarters, nickels, and dimes of their own money for “The Water Project, “ a charitable organization dedicated to bringing water filtration systems and sustainable solutions to the poorest areas of Africa.

“Our students have become such inspired little humanitarians through this project, and they can’t wait to share their important message with a larger audience on Thursday night,” says second grade team leader Kristin DeLaTorre. Donations will be encouraged at the show with all proceeds going to The Water Project. Learn more at .

Berkshire’s presentation of “One World” will begin at 6:00 pm on Thursday October 25 in the school’s cafeteria.

For more information please contact Ms. Bishop at 561-304-2000 or .

Posted on

The students of Boynton Beach High School could not wait for a better opportunity to demonstrate their skills and talent and showcase what they have been learning at their school’s special choice program, the Culinary Arts Academy.

This came with the organization of the Multicultural Education Department 8th Annual Language and Culture Conference that took place at their school Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20.

About 950 teachers and administrative staff showed up for the two-day conference. The students, led by Chef Dennis Baumeyer, along with other food vendors, were responsible for providing breakfast and lunch for the participants. Everyone was impressed by the quality and the taste of the food provided.

“The food was delicious and to think it was prepared by students,” said one participant. “It was like eating at a gourmet restaurant.”

“This was an amazing opportunity for our students.  They were able to take the lessons from the classroom and apply them to the real world.  They went through the entire process of catering an event; from ordering of the food items to the preparation, then the presentation, the service, and then the final clean up.  I am so proud of their accomplishment,” said Boynton Beach Principal Karen Whetsell.

This year’s conference theme was ‘Climbing to New Heights’. Its goal is to train teachers and administrators to become more sensitive and knowledgeable about language and culture issues in their classroom in order to teach their diverse student’s population more effectively.

Besides the Culinary Arts Academy, Boynton Beach High School is home to the Theatre Academy, the Vocal Academy, the Dance Academy, the Information Technology Academy, the Early Childhood Academy and the well-known Boynton Aerospace Science Academy (BASA) which allows students to earn credits for the top of the notch Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

For more information, contact Dennis Baumeyer at (561) 752-1200 or email

Posted on

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food that is taking place on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.  The movement was created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and is led by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders and citizens.  The priorities address overarching concerns with the nation’s food system and encourage individuals to “eat real” by enjoying fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  

Food Day Talking Points: 

  • Promote safer, healthier diets
  • Support sustainable and organic farms
  • Reduce hunger
  • Reform factory farms to protect the environment and animals
  • Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers 

Food Day Activities: 

Representatives from The School District of Palm Beach County will be participating in a Panel Discussion hosted by the Palm Beach County Food Bank at the Mounts Botanical Garden Auditorium.  Steve Bonino, Director of Palm Beach County School Food Service Department and Chair of the School District’s Wellness Promotion Task Force and Paula Triana, Assistant Director of Palm Beach County’s School Food Service Department and Co-Chair of the School District’s Wellness Promotion Task Force will be among several community members and agencies to speak on behalf of Agriculture in our county.  

S.D. Spady in Delray Beach will be utilizing Food Day as a kick-off for their school garden by hosting events throughout the day. The school is partnering with School Food Service Department and Pero Family Farms to have an educational table set-up during lunch for students to taste test a variety of locally grown fresh produce.  The samples include: freshly steamed green beans, sweet pepper bruschetta, and yellow squash/green zucchini slices. 

For more information contact Jamie McCarthy at (561) 383-2059 or via email at or Paula Triana at (561) 383-2026 or via email at






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

Posted on

Indian Ridge School was recently asked to speak to the Kiwanis Club of Westside West Palm Beach during the club’s weekly meeting and luncheon. 

Principal Edward Tierney had the opportunity to speak about Indian Ridge School and is honored to have the Kiwanis Club of Westside West Palm Beach become a business partner for their second consecutive year. 

“Our staff and children are very happy to have the Kiwanis Club of Westside West Palm Beach work with us and our children” states Tierney. 

Last year they donated Thanksgiving baskets and Holiday baskets to some of Indian Ridge School’s less fortunate families.  At the start of this school year, they donated backpacks and school supplies to our students. 

For more information contact Stacey Oak at (561) 681-0000 or via email at




Posted on

For some students school is a place where they attend classes, take tests, and talk to friends. However, more than ever, Watson B. Duncan Middle School is a place where young adults can pursue their passion. For the past seven years, Duncan has been cultivating the next generation of polished business professionals in the Pre-Academy of Finance.   In addition, The Literary and Fine Arts Academy is entering its second year.  The Literary and Fine Arts Academy cultivates creativity, and develops artistic talent, while enriching students’ knowledge and fostering a love of literature and reading.  Together Duncan is balancing the scales between business and the arts.

This year, Duncan is excited to add the Writing and Literature strand to the existing Instrumental, Theatrical, Visual, and Vocal arts strands of the Literary and Fine Arts Academy program. The program challenges students to achieve a high standard of artistic professionalism, literary understanding and analysis, and academic excellence.

The academies nourish the creative instincts and global perspective of their students by providing a unique menu of travel opportunities during students’ time at Duncan. This past summer students from both programs had the opportunity to experience the history, culture, and commerce of Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, China. In addition, the globe-trotting school boasts tours of, France, Spain, New York, Chicago, and Boston on a rotating basis.  

Duncan’s faculty and administration are proud of the marriage of these two phenomenal programs. Duncan has not simply added a second academy to their school, but is partnering the programs to provide a school-wide concept of an enriched learning environment; contributing to the achievement of Duncan’s eleventh year as an A-rated school.  With course offerings and enrichment opportunities abounding, it is a place where students love to learn.

Watson B. Duncan’s Choice Open House will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

For more information please contact Principal Adrian Ocampo at 561-776-3500 or .

Posted on

Children across Florida are taking part in a unique exercise in goal setting to help Stella, a near life-size illustration of a baby right whale, migrate 700 miles from one end of the state to the other.  Famed muralist Wyland and South Florida school children created the giant painting in spring 2012 as part of an effort to draw attention to the plight of the endangered north Atlantic right whale whose numbers have dwindled in recent years to less than 400 animals.  To mirror the average traveling distance in a right whale’s migration, Stella will stop every twenty miles at schools and children’s centers, starting October 14 in Key Largo and concluding November 17 at the Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville.  

Stella will be visiting Pine Jog Elementary School, Tuesday, October 23rd for two assemblies: 8:30-9:15, Grades 3, 5 and 9:20-10:05, Grades 2, 4. The assemblies will include presentations from marine mammal experts and educators, a photo opportunity with Stella, and activities for students to use Stella’s journey to identify their own goals for environmental conservation, health and wellness, and academic success.  

A statewide art contest for all schools will also be held.  “Stella gives students a chance to understand the perilous migration that whales undertake every year from their winter calving areas off Florida to the feeding grounds off Nova Scotia,” says Wyland. “Her journey gives us a unique way of understanding the importance of overcoming obstacles to achieve goals.”

A web site at features an interactive board for schools to upload photos of Stella’s visit to their school, an animated map of Stella’s journey, a video of Stella’s creation, and teacher information kits with art contest materials, environmental science lessons, health and wellness tips, and activities about academic goal setting.   Throughout the tour, organizers including the Wyland Foundation, Harbor Branch Oceanographic at Florida Atlantic University, Florida Blue, Kids Eat Right and the Florida YMCA will also host multi-media presentations with educators, nutritionists, and marine mammal experts at each school. 

Follow Stella’s Journey at #stellathewhale on Twitter or at

For questions about the Pine Jog Elementary school assembly scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, please contact Linda Petuch at 561-656-5400 or Fred Barch at 561-656-5421.

Posted on

Forest Park Elementary would like to welcome prospective parents and students to attend the Open House for its International Baccalaureate (IB) for Primary Years Programme.

Representatives from Carver Middle School (Middle Years Programme) and Atlantic Community High School (Diploma Programme) will be available to answer any questions about continuing with the Programme after the Primary Years

WHO:    Elementary school parents and students

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – 6:30 PM

WHERE: Forest Park Elementary School atrium
1201 SW 3rd Street, Boynton Beach, FL 33435

WHY:  To provide parents with information about the IB Programme at Forest Park Elementary School

For additional information, please contact Simone Green at 561-292-6939 or email

Posted on

The School District and Palm Beach County PTA members will be meeting to discuss communications and public affairs.  The purpose of these conversations is to learn from parents’ perspectives, what works well in communication from our schools, where it can improve, and what the best way is to get important information to parents, whether  through using the District’s web-site, T.E.N. (The Education Network) or other sources.  “It will be a good opportunity to provide input and express your views to the District on communication,” said Jen Martinez, President Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA.

The meetings will run from 7-8pm each evening.

Tuesday October 23 at Hidden Oaks Elementary School (Lake Worth)
7685 S Military Trail Lake Worth FL 33463, Media Center
Wednesday October 24 at Del Prado Elementary
7900 Del Prado Circle, Boca Raton FL 33433
Thursday October 25 at West Tech Center (Belle Glade)
2625 State Road 715, Belle Glade FL 33430
For more information please contact Ms. Martinez at .

Posted on

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has provided a financial grant and training to Gabrielle Holtzman, a Suncoast High School junior and varsity tennis player, to start a “10 and Under Tennis” program as part of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School’s Afterschool program.   The financial grant, from the USTA’s “Share the Love” program, was used to purchase 40 junior tennis racquets, youth tennis nets and balls.

Every Friday, ten Suncoast students conduct a tennis clinic for the neighboring elementary school’s Afterschool program students.

Dr. Linda Cartlidge, Principal of Suncoast High School, noted “This youth tennis program at Bethune elementary school, is an excellent example of how our Suncoast students mentor the younger students at our sister school on our joint campus.”

Mrs. Grant, Director of Bethune’s after school program, said “Our students tremendously enjoy the Suncoast students visit each Friday afternoon for the tennis clinic. It’s great to see the camaraderie between the Bethune and Suncoast students.”

For more information please contact Dr. Cartlidge at 561-882-3400 or .

Posted on

Milan Tangirala and Jack McCain

Limestone Creek Elementary School recently participated in the International Coastal Beach Clean Up.  Over 40 Limestone Creek students, siblings, and parents came out to help collect trash at the Carlin Park Beach in Jupiter.

Free t-shirts were given away on a first come first serve basis thanks to Pratt Whitney, one of the event sponsors.

The Limestone Creek Green Team is committed to raising student awareness about the environment.  Their initiative for the 2012-13 school year is to improve Limestone Creek by developing sustainability projects, enhancing the school grounds, participating in community service projects, and creating an overall culture where going green is a priority.

For more information please contact Limestone Creek Elementary Teacher Pattie Hart at 561-741-9200 or .

Posted on

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Palm Beach and Martin Counties is helping the students at Lincoln Elementary in a big way.  Under the leadership of William Bee, Big Brothers Big Sisters is donating resources that provide a brighter future for the students at the Riviera Beach school. Principal Tracy Sims says, “Big Brothers Big Sisters along with the support of Publix, Dollar General, Downtown Gardens, Macy and their patronage have provided our children many needed items, ranging from mentoring, gift cards, supplies, basic needs, turkeys, Christmas trees, etc so that our families and our students can reap the benefits. 

For the past two years Big Brothers Big Sisters has made significant contributions to the Title 1 School.  “We are very fortunate to be adopted by such a wonderful organization,” said Dr. Sims.   “BBBS provides supplies and services to over 50 schools in Palm Beach and Martin County.  We are the proud recipient of a portion of over $116,000.00 worth of school supplies that were donated by BBBS and Publix to schools for children in need.”

For more information please contact Dr. Sims at 561-494-1400 or .

Posted on

SDPBC officials along with Citibank representatives at the business-education partnership meeting when the donation was made.

Citibank recently donated $5,000.00 to the School District through a business-educational partnership that involves the Human Resources, Public Affairs, and K-12 Curriculum Departments. 

The much needed funds will benefit programs and activities such as SECME Olympiads, Secondary Mathematics Training,  District Retirement Event , Employee of Excellence Program, and Volunteer and Business Partners Recognition. 

Citibank is also supporting the Literacy Program at Lake Worth Community High School by sponsoring a book drive and supplying notepads, pens, pencils, and other materials to aid students in achieving at the highest level. 

“We are only as strong as the communities we serve and Citibank is deeply committed to the community in Palm Beach,” said Kathryn Chase, Eastern Region President, Citibank.  “Our colleagues are not just your neighbors – they are PTA volunteers and Mothers and Fathers who know the foundation of their child’s future begins in a classroom.  We are happy to support the district staff and teachers to better the education experience for the students in Palm beach County.  We are all in this together.”  

“The resources provided by businesses like Citibank help strengthen academic instruction and enrich the educational objectives of schools,” said Jimmy Peterkin, District Business Partnership Coordinator.  “One of the greatest challenges school districts face today is the reductions in public education funding.  By embracing business-educational partnerships, school districts are able to offer students a more meaningful education,” he said.

 To learn more about becoming a Partner In Education and how your businesses can get involved in Public Education in Palm Beach County, please click the link below. 

For more information, please contact Jimmy Lee Peterkin at (561) 434-7323 or via email at







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

Posted on

The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches has awarded Hope-Centennial Elementary School the “Music Education and Advancement Grant Award.”  The grant totaling $2,463 will be used to purchase instruments and music.  

Hope-Centennial Music Teacher Kevin Smith exclaims, “We are extremely thankful to the Symphonic Band for supporting music in our schools.”  Each year The Symphonic Band awards music grants to local area schools. Music scholarship grants are also awarded to students that play with the band to help them attend college or prestigious summer band camps throughout the country. 

Hope-Centennial Elementary School is under the leadership of Principal Dr. Julie Hopkins.  

For further information please contact Dr. Hopkins at (561) 640-1200 or .

Posted on

As the nation anxiously awaits the final presidential debate this Monday and the eyes of the nation focus on Palm Beach County as the site of the debate, the work of a seldom-recognized group of workers will be on display- the school district’s Facilities Services Department. It is their work that helps create just the right educational atmosphere and that all-important lasting first impression.

In just a few days, the team has painted and spruced up the Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Boca Raton, the staging area for the hundreds of members of the media that will be covering the debate at Lynn University across the street from the school.  The principal, staff and students all agree that their school has become even more beautiful than before and is ready for prime time.

“We are proud of our crews in Facilities Services for pulling together and showing great team work in readying Don Estridge for the debate,” said William Pinto, Facilities Management Coordinator. “We are also proud of one of the guys in particular, who sprang to voluntarily help one of the students at the school during a recent incident,” he said.

Facilities Team Member James Cunningham was on campus painting one recent afternoon when a student had dropped her cell phone into a drainage grate and was unable to retrieve it, despite help from several staff members tugging on the heavy steel grate. Cunningham saw what was happening and gave the needed hand to remove the grate. He then shimmied down into the dark, tight underground space and retrieved not just one but two student cell phones.

The students were ecstatic.

“I just saw a need and wanted to help. I was there and knew how important it was for the student to recover her phone. I guess it came natural to me to volunteer to help,” said Mr. Cunnigham.

“I was unbelievably impressed with Jim’s unsolicited effort,” said Don Estridge Principal Dave Benson. “He is a great person, and I appreciate not only what he and the crew are doing for Don Estridge, but also how he went above and beyond the call of duty to help out.”

The School District of Palm Beach County Division of Support Operations provides world-class facilities services to support and enhance the educational experience of all students.

For more information, contact William Pinto at (561) 687-7172 or email

Posted on

Boca Raton High School senior Micayla Johnson is a force to be reckoned with and she’s having a red-letter year.  Micayla was crowned Homecoming Queen at this year’s Homecoming game earlier this month and she also won the 2011 US Open World Martial Arts Championship with a heart-stopping performance. The lacrosse player holds a 4.7 weighted grade point average at Boca High’s Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy and hopes to attend the University of Florida. Principal Dr. Geoff McKee said despite Micayla’s beauty and outstanding academic achievement, her peers voted her homecoming queen for other reasons. “Micayla won the crown because of her humility, kindness, and uplifting spirit. Students and staff agree that she’s an excellent model of the well-rounded student all schools like to mold,” he stated. “Plus, as a World Martial Arts Champion—no one messes with our Homecoming Queen,” he quipped.  A video of Micayla at the Championship competition can be viewed at the link below.

For more details, contact Dr. McKee, 561. 338.1400 or email

Micayla Johnson at the US ISKA World Martial Arts Championships.

Micayla Johnson, Homecoming Queen, with Senior, J.R. Sims, Homecoming King, at the Bobcats Homecoming game.


Posted on

Friday October 19th is not a school day for K-12 students, but Boynton Beach High School will be filled with “learners” as participants of the 8th Annual Language and Culture Conference converge on the Boynton Beach school. Drawn by two (inter)nationally known key note speakers and the choice of over 80 breakout sessions, the pre-registrations include teachers, guidance counselors, principals and other educators, as well as members of the community who work with K-12 students through their organizations or agencies.

Climbing to New Heights, the theme selected this year by organizers in the Department of Multicultural Education, reflects the intent of the conference for educators and other professionals who seek to grow and enhance their skills, and ultimately—improved academic outcomes for students. Dr. Bill McBride, known for his humorous, interactive approach, will speak on innovative teaching methodologies in his keynote Friday. Saturday’s keynote speaker, Dr. Kenji Hakuta will address the challenges involved and some suggested best practices in helping English language learners master the new Common Core Standards. Both educators are also published authors known for their commitment to students and teachers.

Department Director Dr. Margarita Pinkos said attendance for the conference grows each year. “This year, we have a few schools that are bringing everyone on their staff,” she stated. “Our educators recognize that effective strategies for our culturally and linguistically diverse students are often simply good teaching strategies for all students.”  The District currently has students who represent 197 countries and territories including the United States, with 149 languages including English spoken by various students and their families.

Friday’s breakfast and Saturday’s lunch are being prepared by Boynton Beach High School’s Culinary Magnet Program students. Gourmet food trucks will be on hand for lunch offerings on Friday. Added features of the conference include the announcement of the Hispanic Heritage Contest winners, and performances by students from different schools. As always, a variety of door prizes will be awarded and participants will receive classroom resources from each breakout presenter.

Friday’s session runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday the conference runs from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For details, visit

Posted on

Bring your valid library card from any Palm Beach County library and enjoy free admission for your family at the Norton Museum of Art on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.  Meet Bob Raczka, the author of this year’s Families Reading Together Book, Artful Reading; take an Artful Reading Treasure Hunt, and make your own book at the Museum’s DIY Art Project.  In addition, you can celebrate the opening of the special high school photography exhibition, Based on Books, in the Museum’s Marden Community Gallery.  Also: meet Dewey the Library Owl; visit the Bookmobile; and participate in the Great Book Giveaway. Newcomers can also get a Library card during their visit.


10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Artful Reading Treasure Hunt available

Great Book Giveaway

Visit the Palm Beach County Library System Bookmobile

11:30 a.m.   

Meet Author, Bob Raczka

(Theater doors open at 11 a.m.; limited seating)

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Café 1451 Open

Noon – 4 p.m.

DIY Art Project: Bookish on Art

12:30 p.m.

Tour: Art…En Español

2 p.m.

High School Photography Exhibition Opening: Based on Books

ArtVentures Tour: Storytelling in Art


This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System. 

Norton Museum of Art

1451 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401

Since its founding in 1941, The Norton Museum of Art has become one of Florida’s major cultural institutions. The Museum is internationally known for its collection of American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography.


From I-95 take Exit 70 (Okeechobee Boulevard ). Follow Okeechobee Boulevard east to South Dixie Highway. Turn right (south), and travel 1/2 mile. The Museum is located on the left. Free parking is available in front of the museum and in the West Parking Lot which is located on the right side of South Dixie Highway.

Posted on

Palm Beach County’s 2012 Learn Green Conference and Expo takes place this October 19, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. More than 900 participants are taking advantage of this conference and exposition for schools, presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County. 

Teachers, students, administrators, community members and experts in the field will have the opportunity to learn from each other and discuss different programs and innovative initiatives. 

Take advantage of one of the best conferences in the state of Florida, you can still register at the door!

Learn Green breakout sessions will be focusing on Healthy Kids and Healthy Communities; School Grounds Enhancement; Community Partnerships; Curriculum Integration; School Sustainability; Sustainable Facilities – Design and Management and Innovative Programs and Practices and much more.

Keynote Speaker, Nona Evans.

Keynote speaker Ms. Nona Evans is the President and Executive Director of the WholeKids Foundation, which is the newest philanthropic endeavor of Whole Foods Market. Founded in June 2011, the Foundation has participated in granting more than 1000 salad bars to schools across the U.S. WholeKids Foundation most recently launched a School Garden Grant Program in partnership with FoodCorps that will provide more than $2 million in grants to 100 schools or garden-related nonprofits in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

Ms. Evans will share her passion to end the childhood obesity epidemic in America and how the WholeKids Foundation is working to support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness.   

Teachers will be eligible to earn in-service points for attending the conference and submitting the required documentation. 

Members of the media are welcomed to attend. 

For more information contact Karen Aubry at (561) 688-6600 or via e-mail at










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

Posted on

Cypress Trails Elementary School’s Kindergarten and 1st grade classes recently participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.  

Students from Mrs. Breuninger’s kindergarten class enjoyed the featured selection Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis read by guest speaker, Mrs. Marcia Andrews, School Board Member.  Cypress Trails Elementary was proud to participate in this campaign which celebrates literacy and brings attention to the importance of an early education. 

Board Member Mrs. Marcia Andrews reading to Kindergarten and 1st grade students.

Board Member Mrs. Marcia Andrews reading to Kindergarten and 1st grade students.Board Member Mrs. Marcia Andrews reading to Kindergarten and 1st grade students.