Media Advisory: Best Selling Author to Visit Okeeheelee MS After Entire School Reads Her Book on Kindness, Connection

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GREENACRES- The author of the New York Times bestseller “An Invisible Thread” will be speaking to students and faculty at Okeeheelee Middle School after the entire campus was tasked with reading the book. WHAT: Laura Schroff, author of “An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely… Read more »

District’s International Spanish Academies highlight student achievements at ISA Student Symposium

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WEST PALM BEACH – Students will showcase their skills, share their stories and their successes with the International Spanish Academy (ISA) programs during the first-ever International Spanish Academy Student Symposium, presented by the School District of Palm Beach County’s five ISA schools. The symposium, scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28… Read more »

Okeeheelee MS student wins national award for essay on the importance of bilingualism

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GREENACRES – Stephanie Meza-Castaño’s essay on The Importance of Being Bilingual/La Importancia de Ser Bilingüe has won first prize in the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) essay contest. This is the first time a student from Palm Beach County has won this distinguished award. Stephanie, who is an eighth grader in the International Spanish… Read more »

District schools earn President’s Education Awards Program honors

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WEST PALM BEACH – Nearly 50 district-operated elementary, middle and high schools were recently honored by the 2015 President’s Education Awards Program. The awards are given to students throughout the country who demonstrate educational excellence and academic growth in the classroom. Principals at each of the 49 School District of Palm Beach County schools will… Read more »

Media Advisory: Okeeheelee Middle showcases student talents on Fine Arts Night

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GREENACRES – More than 300 students will share their music, dance and dramatic talents on Thursday, March 12, during Okeeheelee Middle School’s Fine Arts Night. The event will be from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at the school. WHAT: Okeeheelee Middle School’s Annual Fine Arts Night WHEN: Thursday, March 12, from 6 p.m. to 8:15… Read more »

Two Palm Beach County school counselors part of group to be honored by First Lady Michelle Obama

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WEST PALM BEACH – Two Palm Beach County school counselors who were semi-finalists for the national School Counselor of the Year award will be among those honored by First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Connie Britton during a special ceremony at the White House on Friday, Jan. 30. Herele Oakley, a counselor at Crystal Lakes… 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 »

OKEEHEELEE MIDDLE SCHOOL​ TO HOST ​2ND ANNUAL BRIAN THOMAS 5K PAINT RACE AND KIDS MILE

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Brian Thomas, Science teacher and track coach at Okeeheelee Middle School is an accomplished long-distance runner and founder of The Road Warriors organization. Last year, along with two former students, Mr. Thomas went on a 1,700 mile relay run through eight different states towards the finishing line in Lake Orion, Michigan. The purpose of their… Read more »

OKEEHEELEE MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER (AND CANCER PATIENT) PLANS WALK FROM FLORIDA TO WASHINGTON, D.C.

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Okeeheelee Middle School science teacher Brian Thomas has long been known as a founding member of The Road Warriors—a long distance running team. He gained fame for running—not only across miles—but across multiple states, in the quest to raise awareness and funds to cure life-threatening diseases for others. Last year, the Palm Springs resident was diagnosed… Read more »

DISTRICT’S SCHOOLS WIN AT BENCH CONTEST COMPETITION

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Here are the winners of the bench contest competition Best Representation of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center goes to: Emerald Cove Middle School who will receive a $1,500 donation. Most Inspiring goes to: Wellington Elementary School who will also receive a $1,500 donation. Most Original goes to: Polo Park Middle School who will receive a… Read more »

OKEEHEELEE MIDDLE STUDENT RECOGNIZED FOR EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF CANCER PATIENTS

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Hugs and Kisses is a nonprofit organization based in Palm Beach County that provides monetary support to families battling cancer. Carissa August, a 7th grader at Okeeheelee Middle School, is the president of the school’s Hugs and Kisses Club, “It is unthinkable that a person battling cancer would have to choose between treatment and medication and… Read more »

ISABEL PARRADO NAMED FLORIDA MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNSELOR OF THE YEAR

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Isabel “Izzy” Parrado, certified school counselor for Okeeheelee Middle School, is the Florida School Counselor Association’s (FSCA) Middle School Counselor of the Year.  This state-wide award was achieved by Mrs. Parrado in recognition of her enthusiasm and determination in running a top-notch, comprehensive school counseling program as well as continuous commitment to professional development and advocacy.  She… Read more »

VISITING TEACHERS FROM SPAIN ENRICH DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS ACROSS THE DISTRICT

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Fifteen teachers from Spain are in schools around Palm Beach County joining Dual Language Program teachers who provide instruction in Spanish and English. The Department of Multicultural Education’s Sandra Medrano-Arroyo said the teachers typically teach in the County for about three years. “That’s about the timeframe of their visas, but while they’re here they enhance… Read more »

PALM BEACH SCHOOLS RECEIVE “BEST OF SHOW” AT SUNSPRA AWARDS

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Palm Beach County Public Schools received two Best of Show awards at the 2013 Sunshine Medallion Awards. The Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA) celebrates the outstanding work of public relations professionals through this awards program. Palm Beach County Public Schools received a Best of Show award for its Wellness Promotion Policy Annual Report… Read more »

PALM BEACH SCHOOLS RECEIVE MULTIPLE SUNSPRA AWARDS

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The Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA) announced the 2013 Sunshine Medallion Award Winners and Palm Beach County is proud to have four winners this year. These initiatives reflect the dedication of our teachers, administrators and families to ensure that our students are receiving the highest level of education.    Promotional Videos, Large District Wellness… Read more »

Okeeheelee Middle School Named 2013 International Spanish Academy of the Year

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  When Okeeheelee Middle School Principal David Samore travels to Washington, D.C. later this month, he’ll receive the top award for the middle school category of the 2013 International Spanish Academy School of the Year competition  on behalf of his school. The flagship school of the District’s International Spanish Academy (ISA) is being recognized by… Read more »

Ecuadorian Students Bring Cultural Message To Palm Beach County Schools

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For six years in a row, a talented group of about students and teachers from Ludoteca School in Quito, Ecuador have visited several schools in Palm Beach County to bring their message of culture, music and language. The group will be performing in various schools from Tuesday, April 30th to Thursday, May 2nd.  Some of… Read more »

Okeeheelee Middle School Comes Together To Support Fellow Teacher Battling Cancer

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Brian Thomas, Science teacher and track coach at Okeeheelee Middle School is an accomplished long-distance runner and founder of The Road Warriors organization. Last year, along with two former students, Mr. Thomas went on a 1,700 mile relay run through eight different states towards the finishing line in Lake Orion, Michigan. The purpose of their endeavor… 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 »

Students Participate in Girls On The Run Palm Beach “Miles for Makayla” Event

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Approximately 150 Girls On The Run Palm Beach participants and their running buddies will help raise funds for the Makayla Joy Sitton Foundation by participating in the “Miles for Makayla” Run/Walk.    When? Saturday, November 17, 2012. 5k Run begins at 7:30 a.m. Makayla’s 1 Mile Walk begins at 8 a.m.  Where? Abacoa Town Center -1200… Read more »

Okeeheelee Midde School Teacher Lauded by Governor for Excellence in Education

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When Sergio Andre’ started teaching at Okeeheelee Middle School’s International Spanish Academy in 2006, he had no idea he’d be making a trip to Florida’s capital six years later to receive an award from the governor and his wife. The sixth grade social studies teacher is one of three educators selected from around the state… Read more »

SUNSPRA Awards 20 Sunshine Medallion Awards-Palm Beach County Takes Two “Best Of Show”

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The Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA) announced its annual winners of Sunshine Medallion awards, in Tampa on June 13. The presentations were made at the opening session of the 2012 Florida Association of School Administrators by SUNSPRA President Dylan Thomas (Orange County) and President-elect Joe Landon (Collier County). Twenty awards were given, of… Read more »

Palm Beach County Schools Perform at Local Talent Show

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Royal Palm Beach High School, Okeeheelee Middle School and New Horizons Elementary will be participating in the 2012 event New Talents presented by the community organization El Alma Hispana, Inc. The event will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. in the Doubletree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens. New Talents 2012 is… Read more »

3rd Annual Model United Nations to be Held at Okeeheelee Middle

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The 3rd Annual Model United Nations (MUN) at Okeeheelee Middle School will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 fom 9:00 am to 3:00pm in the library.  The MUN is a culminating activity for all 8th grade International Spanish Academy (ISA) students, highlighting their understanding of global issues and modern diplomacy.  A number of resolutions… Read more »

Students From Ecuador Bring Cultural Message to Palm Beach County Schools

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For five years in a row, a talented group of about 60 students and 10 teachers from Ludoteca School in Quito, Ecuador have visited several schools in Palm Beach County to bring their message of culture, music and language. The group will be performing in six different schools and at School District’s Headquarters from May… Read more »