District students bring home National Champion honors from Academic Games National Tournament

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WEST PALM BEACH – Students from the School District of Palm Beach County earned three individual and three team National Champion awards during the recent Academic Games National Tournament in Orlando. Academic Games tournaments challenge students to use higher order thinking skills in the subjects of mathematics, language arts and social studies. There were 41… Read more »

Media Advisory: “Algebra Nation” to visit Bak Middle School of the Arts on Wednesday

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WEST PALM BEACH – “Algebra Nation” has a huge fan in Lynn Vaughan, Algebra 1 Honors teacher at Bak Middle School of the Arts. She wrote a fan letter to Zach Stepp, one of the video teachers for “Algebra Nation,” and he will visit the school on Wednesday, May 13 to meet Vaughan and her… Read more »

Palm Beach County students win big at State Science and Engineering Fair

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WEST PALM BEACH – Nearly half of the students representing Palm Beach County earned top awards at the 2015 State Science and Engineering Fair, and five students from district-operated schools are among the eight top winners who will head to international competition next month. A total of 38 students represented the Palm Beach Region at… Read more »

Media Advisory: District students performing at YES Lab

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DELRAY BEACH – Public school students from elementary, middle and high schools in Palm Beach County will perform monologues they wrote themselves during a showcase of original monologues at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach on Monday, Dec. 15. The free show, part of a six-week intensive program by YES (Youth Engaged in Storytelling) Lab,… Read more »

BAK STUDENTS TAKE FIRST AND SECOND IN FLORIDA JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY FOR DANCE ARTS AWARDS

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Two Bak Middle School of the Arts students have placed first and second in the 2014 National Junior Honor Society for Dance Arts: Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award for Florida Dance Education Organization.     First Place Winner-Victoria Volpe from Bak Middle School of the Arts (Sponsor: Martha Satinoff and Hollond Schiller)  … Read more »

STUDENTS COMPETE SUCCESSFULLY AT THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FUND STATE BRAIN BOWL COMPETITION

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Nineteen middle and high school students from the Urban League of Palm Beach County’s (ULPBC) Center of Excellence competed at the Florida Education Fund (FEF) State Brain Bowl Competition in Tampa. “We are so proud of all the students that competed this year and the parents that coached the kids over the past year. They… Read more »

EBONY CHORALE TO PERFORM AT BAK MIDDLE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

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On March 29th at the BAK Middle School of the Arts, the Palm Beach County Community will have an opportunity to hear the highly praised Bethune-Cookman Concert Chorale under the direction of Mr. Damon Dandridge along with the internationally acclaimed Ebony Chorale, under the directorship of Dr. Orville Lawton, a distinguished alumnus of Bethune-Cookman University. Started… Read more »

BAK DANCERS EARN SUPERIOR RATING AT FLORIDA DANCE PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

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Congratulations to the twelve dancers from the Bak Middle School of the Arts chapter of the National Junior Honor Society for Dance Arts who represented the school’s dance department this past weekend, at Beyond the Test: Mentoring for Artistic Engagement in Tampa.   Their hard work, commitment, focus and joy of dancing earned them a Superior rating at the… Read more »

BAK STUDENT WINS NINE STATE DIVISION TITLE, NOW HEADED TO NATIONAL COMPETITION IN CHICAGO

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 Matthew Hakkarainen, a violinist from Bak Middle School of the Arts, is a Division winner in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Competition.  Matthew, a Palm Beach Gardens native, will be traveling to Chicago, Illinois on March 22, during the MTNA National Conference to compete as a National Finalist in the Junior Strings Division.  The National Winner of… Read more »

BAK DANCERS PERFORM WITH ELEMENTARY STUDENTS IN “VERY SPECIAL ARTS” PERFORMANCE

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Seven dancers from National Junior Honor Society for Dance Arts at Bak Middle School of the Arts performed with students from Forest Hill Elementary in the Very Special Arts holiday performance at the Duncan Theatre last month.  The two-hour tribute to dance and music performance was an entertaining and heartwarming inclusive community event where children, teens,… Read more »

VSA HOLIDAY SHOWCASE FEATURES MUSIC AMERICANA

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The VSA Holiday Showcase, Music Americana,takes place Saturday, December 7, at 2 pm at the Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth. This two-hour tribute to dance and music performance is an entertaining and heartwarming inclusive community event where children, teens, and adults have the opportunity to showcase their talents on a professional stage.   Music… Read more »

TWO STUDENT DANCERS PERFORM ON NATIONAL STAGE

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Two Palm Beach County dancers, Mia Caceres–Nielsen and Kate Mantyh, performed in the Opening Ceremony of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Conference in Miami, Florida, on October 23, 2013. Mia Caceres-Nielsen was the middle school National Junior Honor Society for Dance Arts first place recipient for the state of Florida and Kathryn Mantyh tied… Read more »

BAK BAND STUDENTS SCORE GOLD AT WORLD STRIDES HERITAGE FESTIVAL

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Bak Middle School of the Arts Band students traveled to Chicago in early May and performed in the World Strides Heritage festival. The students were competing with 12 high schools and scored Gold (90pts and higher) in every category. Bak students won:  Adjudicators Gold Award for Jazz  Adjudicators Gold Award Advanced Band Outstanding Jazz- Gold… Read more »

Bak Middle School Advanced Strings Orchestra Plays Carnegie Hall

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The Bak Middle School of the Arts Advanced String Orchestra was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 29, 2013, through the Heritage Worldstrides Festival. Under the direction of Nancy Beebe, the Middle School students performed Serenade for Strings, Movement 1, by Tchaikovsky, “Air” from Suite No. 3 by J…. Read more »

Schools Collaborate To Present “Young Dancers In Concert”

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Dance students throughout the county will take center stage in a tribute concert on April 6, 2013 at the Bak Mainstage Theatre.  U. B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary, Plumosa Elementary, Bak Middle of the Arts, Okeeheelee Middle, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Boynton Beach High and Wellington High will join forces to present “Young Dancers… Read more »

Bak’s Student Literary Magazine Takes Top Honors

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Bak Middle School of the Arts’ literary magazine, Organized Chaos, strives for excellence in publishing the best fiction, poetry, photography and artwork.  Bak students from all grades and art areas can submit work for the award winning magazine. Organized Chaos recently received a Superior Award in the 2012 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) program to recognize… Read more »

Bak Middle School Of The Arts Dancers In National Spotlight-Madison O’Connor To Perform In Annual Bak Dance Concert

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Several Bak Middle School of the Arts dancers have competed in nationally televised dance competitions this year.  Former Bak student Eliana Girard won first place on So You Think You Can Dance on Fox.  Madison O’Connor, an eighth grader at Bak, recently placed second on Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition on Lifetime.  She is back in… Read more »

Teacher Gives Students Creative Edge To Compete In Global Economy-Named Florida Middle School Art Educator Of The Year

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As an art teacher, Stephanie Chesler is dedicated to art education as demonstrated through her commitment to the artistic development of students and support of other art teachers throughout Palm Beach County.  She has been teaching at Bak Middle School of the Arts since 1994 where she developed the curriculum for a full photography program…. Read more »

Juilliard String Quintet Returns To Bak Middle School Of The Arts

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The Toomai String Quintet, formed at The Juilliard School, will be returning for the second time, to the Bak Middle School of the Arts for a two day Arts Residency on December 7 and 8, 2012.  The musicians in this phenomenal quintet will be performing, coaching and teaching a technique class to all of the… Read more »

Juilliard Expands Partnership With Middle School Of The Arts Foundation

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The world-renowned Juilliard School partnered with the Middle School of the Arts (MSOA) Foundation at Bak for a Jazz Residency in June of 2011. In response to the program’s tremendous success Juilliard is repeating, and expanding its programming at the award winning Bak MSOA. In November of 2011 Juilliard’s TOOMAI quintet offered a Strings Residency… Read more »

Bak Seventh Grade Financial Whiz Wins Competition

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The results are in! Maya Kedmi, a seventh grade student at Bak Middle School of the Arts is the first place winner of the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite® student essay competition, sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation and SIFMA member firms. Maya claims top prize for the middle school division of the Spring 2012 national competition. As… Read more »

Gipsy Kings “Bamboleo Package” To Benefit Bak

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The world-renowned Gipsy Kings, famous for their hits “Volare” and “Bamboleo” are playing at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach on May 9, 2012, at 8pm. The Gipsy Kings;  Nicolas, Canut and Andre Reyes, and Tonino and Paco Baliardo, have generously donated two VIP concert tickets (that include a pre-concert photo opportunity plus after-show… Read more »

Bak Middle School of the Arts Performs for National Conference

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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… Read more »

The Art Of Dance Celebrated In Young Dancers Concert

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Bak Middle School of the Arts will host Young Dancers in Concert on Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 PM on the Bak Mainstage Theatre.   Dancers from public school dance programs will join together in a performance celebrating the art of dance. Martha Satinoff, Bak Middle School of the Arts Dance Department Chair, looks forward to… Read more »