[Video]: Palmetto ES Teacher Named LifeChanger Award Winner

By Pat Evans | November 20, 2017

Michele Mohl was surprised by school staff, family and representatives from the National Life Group as she was named as a LifeChanger of the Year Award winner. Mohl is a Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) teacher/school-based team leader/teacher on assignment at Palmetto Elementary School in West Palm Beach. “Selfless” was a word used repeatedly as a video…

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Teachers Enhance Their STEM Skills During Summer Externships

By Pat Evans | November 20, 2017

Amazing, authentic, and enlightening were some of the words used by teachers to describe their experiences during the School District of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County STEM Education Council’s Externship Program. Ten teachers took part in the month-long paid summer externships, acquiring experience in STEM fields that they can take back to…

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Happy Thanksgiving: District and Schools Closed November 20-24

By Julie Houston Trieste | November 17, 2017

Here’s one more thing to be thankful for as you gather around the table this Thanksgiving holiday. All Palm Beach County School District Schools and District Offices will be closed the week of Thanksgiving. “I’m looking forward to unwinding a little bit and spending time with family,” Superintendent Robert Avossa said during his annual Thanksgiving…

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#ThankATeacherPBC: South Grade Teacher Breaks Cycles, Builds Futures With Mentoring Program

By Nneka Nnolim | November 16, 2017

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office recently thanked a Palm Beach County teacher in their own way, honoring a South Grade Elementary School teacher for her efforts with “Breaking the Cycle of Gang Recruitment,” an initiative at South Grade which pairs members of the community and law enforcement with South Grade students to provide mentorship…

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Atlantic High School student Jackson Destine has been named a national finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award

See My Success: Atlantic High Student Named National Finalist for High School Heisman Award

By Jennifer Deshazo | November 15, 2017

Atlantic Community High School senior Jackson Destine is the picture of determination. Growing up in low-income housing in Delray Beach, he knew he wanted to pursue higher education, but finding the means to pay for college seemed out of the question. “They [my family] even told me, you know, they don’t have any money for…

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Rotary Club of Wellington Pays Off $20,000 in Outstanding School Lunch Debts

By Julie Houston Trieste | November 14, 2017

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but thanks to the Rotary Club of Wellington, Palm Beach County students’ outstanding lunch debts are a thing of the past – $20,000 worth of them. School lunches are free or reduced in price for students whose families meet certain income criteria, but sometimes students…

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Olympic Heights High School Students Find Success in the Best Buddies Program

See My Success: Olympic Heights High School’s Best Buddies Program Fosters Special Bond Between Students

By Jennifer Deshazo | November 13, 2017

For Olympic Heights High School students Jacob Pasternack and Andrew Chea, the phrase “Best Buddies” carries an extra special meeting. Their story goes back to first grade; Jacob met Andrew, who has down syndrome, when they shared the same class. “In first grade, we just kind of came together. I’d play with him on the…

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Palm Beach Gardens HS JROTC Graduate Recognized with Military Achievement Medal

By Julie Houston Trieste | November 10, 2017

Veterans Day is a time for everyone to reflect on the duty and valor of our men and women in uniform who protect our freedom and lives. For Lance Corporal Luke Spadafora, a graduate of the Palm Beach Gardens High School Naval Junior ROTC, that duty and valor came with an added recognition by the…

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Sandpiper Shores Elementary Students and Staff Celebrating First Place in the Read for the Gold Summer Reading Contest

Students #MakeItCountPBC, Read for the Gold During Summer Reading Challenge

By Jennifer Deshazo | November 10, 2017

As part of the School District of Palm Beach County’s summer learning initiatives, the Division of Teaching and Learning offered all District students and teachers the opportunity to “Read for the Gold” through participation in a summer reading challenge. Participants were asked to submit a Google form for each book they read, indicating their rating…

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#ThankaTeacherPBC: Equestrian Trails ES Student Owes His Life to Quick-Thinking Teachers

By Julie Houston Trieste | November 9, 2017

Thank a Teacher took on a whole new meaning at Equestrian Trails Elementary School last week. Third-grader Kolston Moradi owes his life to two of the school’s teachers. As students filed into the dismissal room to wait for their parents to drive around for pick up, Kolston sat down on the carpet and waited to…

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