Students Help Chimps Celebrate Holidays Thu, 20 Dec 2018 16:14:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Students Help Chimps Celebrate Holidays Thu, 20 Dec 2018 16:14:08 +0000 STEM students and Lion Country Safari team up to explore observational experiences outside the classroom walls.

This annual holiday event, dubbed ‘Merry Chimpmas’ is an educational voyage that explores the behavior of primates stimulated by handmade presents created by District STEM students.

Watch as this chimps go bananas over their gifts.





NASA Engineer Inspires Students to Reach for the Stars Wed, 19 Dec 2018 20:37:59 +0000 Nasa Engineer inspiresIt’s easy for students to be intrigued by space and innovation and many of them set their sights on careers related to space exploration.

“I’ve always wanted to be a pilot and to be one of the first humans on Mars,” said Ryan Snider, a seventh-grader at Polo Park Middle School.

This week he and other students were treated to a visit by a NASA engineer.

“I’ve always liked space exploration,” Snider said. “Plus, getting to actually meet someone from NASA who’s working on the mars Orion spacecraft, that’s huge!”

Justin Karl is a NASA sub-system manager for commercial projects. Karl inspects about 60,000 parts belonging to Boeing and SpaceX, to make sure the parts perform properly and are safe for astronauts.

“I am definitely working my dream job,” Karl said. “I feel like this is the reward for a lot of years of hard work that I put into my education and early in my career.”

Robotics Club sponsor David Grad asked Karl to come speak to his students through the NASA Speaker’s Bureau. The bureau is composed of engineers, scientists, and other professionals.

Karl’s message: “If you follow what interests you and don’t give up, it’s completely achievable. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, we have a diverse workforce in NASA. My boss is a woman and English wasn’t the first language of many of my co-workers.”

For Snider, that’s inspiring to hear.

“Being an engineer allows you to problem solve, where there isn’t just one right answer,” Snider said. “The feeling of working with my hands and solving a problem that will benefit people, that excites me.”

[Video]: Two Bands Set for National Bowl Game Stage Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:08:09 +0000 Sugar Bowl BandIt’s going to be a sweet holiday break for two high school bands in Palm Beach County as they head out of state to perform in two college bowl games.

Boynton Beach Community High School’s Tiger Sound Band will be performing at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Saturday, December 29, and Palm Beach Lakes High School Regiment Band will be performing at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on New Year’s Day.

The performances mark the first time that either school has been invited to perform in the bowl games that draw millions of viewers. The hard work for the bands has not only been about practicing their instruments, but also raising the money to make the trip happen.

The Regiment Band received their invitation in May and needed to raise $105,000 for the 90 students to make the trip to New Orleans from December 29 through January 2. They are still about $9,000 short of their goal.

The Tiger Sound Band received a later invitation that arrived in September leaving the band to quickly raise the $53,688 for their 67 band members to travel to Atlanta. They’ve raised more than half of that money, including receiving a $200 donation from the Boynton Beach City Commission’s Community Support Funds.

If you’d like to make a donation to the bands, email

The Peach Bowl will air on ESPN starting at 12:00 p.m. December 29. The Sugar Bowl will air on ESPN on January 2 at 8:45 p.m.

See how The Regiment Band is working to prepare for the national stage:


After School Program in the Glades Feeds, Helps ELL Students Tue, 18 Dec 2018 16:39:54 +0000 Serving Students after schoolElementary school students in the Glades are benefiting from a unique after school program at the First Haitian Baptist Church Youth and Children Development Center. The children get homework help and tutoring, which is vital for many who come from homes in which English is the second language. The children also get a hot meal.

To see this program in action, watch the video below. If you’d like to help this program expand, visit






‘Tis the Season, Donate to School Food Service Mon, 17 Dec 2018 19:31:24 +0000 Donate to School Food ServiceThe holiday season stirs up thoughts of gift-giving and donations. In that spirit, the District’s School Food Service Department (SFS) is accepting donations to help cover outstanding school lunch balances.

“So many families struggle to make ends meet, and some of these students may not be eligible for federal assistance,” said Allison Monbleau, the Director of School Food Service. “The generosity of others donating to pay off lunch balances may be the extra added help these families need.”

To make a donation, click here. A member of the SFS department will contact you about the distribution of your donation to a particular school, group, or free and reduced status, if you choose to specify. Donor checks are made payable to School Food Service and mailed to their office at 3661 Interstate Park Road N., Suite 100, Riviera Beach, FL 33404.

As a thank you for making a donation, the SFS department provides the donor with a letter and a certificate of appreciation. If the donation is more than $1,000 the donor will receive a letter from the Superintendent. Donations of $10,000 or more are eligible to receive recognition by the School Board. For questions about donating to the SFS program, call Lori Dornbusch – School Food Service Manager, at 561-383-2035.

[Video]: Dr. Fennoy’s Holiday Message Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:00:33 +0000
Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit like festive music, especially when it’s performed by our District’s talented student musicians. I invite you to enjoy a front row seat to Songs of the Season, a collection of musical performances performed by our talented student musicians.





Watch the entire message.

Class of 2019 Graduation Dates Announced Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:22:14 +0000 Graduation NewsMark your calendars graduates and families, the Class of 2019 graduation ceremony dates and times have been released. Ceremonies are planned for approximately 14,000 graduates of 32 schools and academies across Palm Beach County.

The graduation ceremonies will be broadcast live on The Education Network (T.E.N.), Comcast Channel 235 and AT&T Channel 99, and also stream live online with closed captioning.

Graduation ceremonies this year will include added security measures. Guests will be screened and bags are subject to search. In order to expedite entry, guests are asked to refrain from bringing large bags, purses or backpacks. Clear bags are acceptable. Please plan to arrive early to accommodate these measures.

Please note that dates and times are subject to change.


Date Time School Location
May 13, Monday 6:00 pm Palm Beach Virtual School  Dreyfoos School of the Arts
May 14, Tuesday 2:00 pm Indian Ridge Indian Ridge
6:00 pm Pathfinder Awards Kravis Center
May 15, Wednesday 9:00 am Santaluces Fairgrounds
1:00 pm Royal Palm School Royal Palm School
6:00 pm Village Academy Plumosa Elementary School
7:00 pm Take Stock In Children Fairgrounds
May 16, Thursday 9:00 am Inlet Grove Fairgrounds
2:00 pm South Tech Fairgrounds
May 17, Friday 9:00 am Seminole Ridge Fairgrounds
2:00 pm Dreyfoos Fairgrounds
7:00 pm Royal Palm Beach Fairgrounds
May 18, Saturday 9:00 am Atlantic Fairgrounds
2:00 pm Boynton Beach Fairgrounds
7:00 pm Boca Fairgrounds
May 20, Monday 9:00 am Palm Beach Gardens Fairgrounds
2:00 pm Spanish River Fairgrounds
7:00 pm William T Dwyer Fairgrounds
May 21, Tuesday 9:00 am Jupiter Fairgrounds
2:00 pm Palm Beach Central Fairgrounds
7:00 pm Adult Education Fairgrounds
May 22, Wednesday 9:00 am Wellington Fairgrounds
2:00 pm West Boca Fairgrounds
7:00 pm Riviera Beach Preparatory and Achievement Academy Fairgrounds
May 23, Thursday 9:00 am John I. Leonard Fairgrounds
2:00 pm Lake Worth Fairgrounds
7:00 pm Glades Central On Campus
May 24, Friday 8:00 am Park Vista Fairgrounds
May 28, Tuesday 9:00 am Olympic Heights Fairgrounds
2:00 pm Suncoast Fairgrounds
7:00 pm Pahokee High On Campus
May 29, Wednesday 9:00 am Palm Beach Lakes Fairgrounds
2:00 pm Forest Hill Fairgrounds



[Video]: CEO, Inventor Inspires Roosevelt MS Students Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:28:29 +0000 Students in Roosevelt Middle School’s Leadership Academy were inspired by a visit from Ivan Yaeger, entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer for Yaeger Companies, as he discussed the value of leadership and believing in yourself.

Yaeger’s visit was planned with the assistance of District 7 School Board Member Dr. Debra Robinson.

Watch the video below.



DNA Extractions Offer Insight Into Choice Academy Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:45:11 +0000 BiotechnologyStudents and staff at Palm Beach Lakes High School are getting creative about how they market the unique opportunities offered at their school. The Five Carat Choice Program consists of six dynamic academies including Biotechnology, Early Childhood/Teacher Education, and Fire.

Earlier this month, the Biotechnology Academy attracted students who may have never considered the academy, by hosting a Biotechnology Week with events such as extracting DNA.

“So you chew on your cheek a little bit to get some cheek cells off, and then you swish water in your mouth for 30 to 60 seconds before pouring it into a tube with a salt solution and isopropyl alcohol,” Veronika Witoshynsky, an academy senior, explained.

Sunita Chutkan, the academy coordinator, came up with the idea of introducing the students to the program and says it has helped them stir up interest in the program.

“We had a few students from other classes come to extract DNA and they were engaged and excited, and hopefully they’ll join our team,” Chutkan said.

Palm Beach Lakes was not Obada Younis’ first choice, but as a senior, he now says it was worth attending the school.

“I want to go to UCF [University of Central Florida] to study biochemistry or biomedical engineering and this program offers internships that will give me the upper hand when applying to college,” Younis said.

To learn more about the Five Carat Choice Program or Biotechnology Academy click here. The deadline to submit your choice applications is Friday, January 25, 2019.

Jupiter Middle School Students Learn and Grow During Tour of Local College Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:58:23 +0000 English Language Learner (ELL) students from Jupiter Middle SchoolA group of Spanish-speaking eighth grade English Language Learner (ELL) students from Jupiter Middle School recently had the chance to tour Palm Beach State College (PBSC). The tour was conducted in Spanish, a unique opportunity not often extended to students at such a young age.

“We are very excited to have this partnership with PBSC because it allows our ELL students to see what is possible for them,” said Lisa Hastey, the principal at Jupiter Middle. “Between the tour and the volunteers who assist our ELL students, this is the first step in planting the seeds of their future.”

This is the second year the ELL students visited the college’s Palm Beach Gardens campus. The purpose of the tour is to give the students an introduction and insight into potential colleges and career paths.

“We are the only school that offers a completely bilingual tour of PBSC to our Spanish-speaking ELL students, made possible through a Multicultural grant,” said Jody Nolf, the ESOL Coordinator at Jupiter Middle.

Following the tour, the students visited the college’s Biotechnology Program lab where they met and briefly collaborated with PBSC students on a scientific learning activity that involved studying DNA. The visit allowed the PBSC students to connect with the ELL students, while serving as role models and examples of what they could achieve in their future.

“It is so important for middle-school aged students to gain exposure to the STEM disciplines, and what better way to do so through a hands-on activity [delivered fully in Spanish] where they isolate their own DNA,” said Alexandra Gorgevska, the Department Chair of Biotechnology at PBSC.

This year the schools took the partnership a step further by offering free after-school tutoring for ELL students to help them with reading skills, language acquisition, and homework. Volunteers from the Honors College and from the Spanish Honor Society provide the tutoring services.

The ESOL team members at JMS, Ms. Donna Baker, Mrs. Jetmilith Darin, Ms. Maria Bovino, and Mrs. Jody Nolf and the school Principal


Lisa Hastey, School principal and Dr. Tanjarnika (Nika) Coleman, PBSC Provost

(L to R) Lisa Hastey, School principal and Dr. Tanjarnika (Nika) Coleman, PBSC Provost


Dr. Tunjarnika (Nika) Coleman, Provost, Nicholas P. Mihaljevic, Outreach Program Specialist, and Alexandra Gorgevska, Biotechnology Dept. Chair

(Left to right) Dr. Tunjarnika (Nika) Coleman, Provost, Nicholas P. Mihaljevic, Outreach Program Specialist, and Alexandra Gorgevska, Biotechnology Dept. Chair