Strategic Plan – District News https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:23:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 District Launches Year-Long Thank a Teacher Campaign to Honor Educators https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/2017/05/30/district-launches-year-long-thank-a-teacher-campaign-to-honor-educators/ Tue, 30 May 2017 14:42:47 +0000 https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/?p=7979 Teachers in Palm Beach County deserve more than a week of appreciation, and the School District of Palm Beach County wants to celebrate them throughout the year. That’s why the District is kicking off its Thank a Teacher Campaign for the 2017-2018 School Year.

Teachers are essential to the Palm Beach County community. Each day, they come to school ready to tackle a critically important, extraordinarily complex job that is demanding but nonetheless rewarding. The valuable work that teachers do, helps their students reach their full potential.

“Our teachers are heroes to so many, and deserve to be honored every day,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa. “We hope the Thank a Teacher campaign will encourage businesses and organizations throughout Palm Beach County to step up and thank a teacher, whether through sponsoring an event at one of our schools, or becoming a District business partner.”

Learn more about ways to Thank a Teacher by visiting www.palmbeachschools.org/ThankATeacher. District business partners may also use this link to indicate specials, offers, and discounts they can provide throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

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School’s Out But Education Continues With Summer Learning and Reading https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/2017/05/22/schools-out-but-education-continues-with-summer-learning-and-reading/ Mon, 22 May 2017 17:00:14 +0000 https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/?p=7869 Colorful drawingThe School District of Palm Beach County’s Summer Learning Inspirations program gives K-12 students the opportunity to engage in fun reading and learning during the summer, helping to prepare them for school in the fall. It also helps them maintain the progress they made during the school year.

The Summer Learning website for students and families contains hundreds of activities, books to read, family resources, community locations to discover, and summer camp listings.

• With Read for the Gold, students can get involved in reading, writing activities and other literacy activities, and participate in reading reward challenges, all while learning about the importance of summer reading.

• The Triathlon of Learning combines curriculum activities in math, science, social studies, STEM, art, music, technology, and SAT review with motivational speakers, the opportunity to learn how to code and the ability to connect to online sites and programs.

• Through the Community Village, students can participate in fun activities throughout Palm Beach County, whether it’s exploring a park, science/nature center or museum or other community services and camps. Parents can also take a look at educational tips and resources for their students.

• The Summer Reading Contest adds a positive competitive spirit to reading, allowing District K-12 students and school staff to earn points for their school based on books completed during the summer. The contest runs from June 3 through August 16, 2017.

Visit the Summer Learning website for more information on each of these initiatives.

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Glades Central High School Celebrates Students’ Success With Academic and Military Signing Day https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/2017/05/22/glades-central-high-school-celebrates-students-success-with-academic-and-military-signing-day/ Mon, 22 May 2017 14:29:36 +0000 https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/?p=7881 This school year at Glades Central High School has truly been one for the books! The school’s graduation rate has increased 13 percentage points in the last two years, up to 78% for the Class of 2017.

This group of seniors also earned over $2 million in scholarships! In celebration of these tremendous accomplishments, the school recently held its second annual Academic and Military Signing Day. Watch video highlights of the event below.

 

 

 

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District Survey Shows Significant Improvement in Teacher, Employee Satisfaction https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/2017/05/22/district-survey-shows-significant-improvement-in-teacher-employee-satisfaction/ Mon, 22 May 2017 13:29:09 +0000 https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/?p=7878 Dr. Avossa shakes hands with a teacher on the first day of school at Forest Hill High SchoolTeachers and school employees are more positive about their schools, students and leadership, according to the results of the latest School Effectiveness Questionnaire (SEQ), which surveyed teachers and school employees throughout the School District of Palm Beach County this past winter to measure perceptions about the effectiveness of District schools.

Creating a positive and supportive school climate is one of the key themes in the District’s five-year Strategic Plan, and the most recent SEQ results show overall satisfaction among District teachers is at its highest level since the 2014-2015 school year. The survey is in its seventh year.

“We know that when teachers and students are in a school with a great climate, a great culture, great things happen,” said Dr. Robert Avossa, Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent.

Approximately 68 percent of the District’s teachers responded to the survey this year, up from 54 percent the previous year. The percentage of positive responses showed an overall increase from 80 percent to 85 percent, with significant increases in the categories of Instructional Leadership, High Expectations, School Climate, Decision Making and Student Conduct.

According to the survey:

  • 95 percent of teachers responded positively about Instructional Leadership, an increase of 9 percentage points from 86 percent in the previous year;
  • 94 percent of teachers gave positive responses in the High Expectations category, an increase of 9 percentage points from 85 percent in the previous year;
  • 90 percent of teachers gave positive responses in the School Climate category, an increase of 9 percentage points from 81 percent in the previous year;
  • 85 percent of teachers gave positive responses in the Decision Making category, an increase of 13 percentage points from 72 percent in the previous year; and,
  • 88 percent of teachers responded positively about Student Conduct, an increase of 14 percentage points from 74 percent in the previous year.

Dorothy Sikora, a teacher at Limestone Creek Elementary School, said she appreciated the opportunity to recognize the hard work of her school’s administrators, and share her thoughts with the School District’s leadership.

“This survey allows teachers to have a voice at our schools and the District,” Mrs. Sikora said. “It is a positive way to get valid responses on specific topics. It’s great for teachers to be able to provide feedback to the administrative responsibilities and functions of the school.”

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District’s Third Graders Improve Scores on Florida Standards Assessment for English Language Arts https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/2017/05/19/districts-third-graders-improve-scores-on-florida-standards-assessment-for-english-language-arts/ Fri, 19 May 2017 19:59:23 +0000 https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/?p=7863 Students working with a teacher on reading Third graders in Palm Beach County showed a slight improvement on the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the Florida Standards Assessment taken during the spring at School District of Palm Beach County-operated schools, according to results released Friday by the Florida Department of Education.

Approximately 54 percent of third graders in the District earned a Level 3 or above on the ELA, an increase of 2 percentage points from the 2015-2016 school year, but 4 percentage points lower than the statewide average of 58 percent.

Superintendent Robert Avossa said he was pleased that the District hit its Strategic Plan target of 54 percent of students earning a 3 or higher on the ELA for the 2016-2017 school year, but said the results show that there is still work to be done. Increasing the number of students reading on grade level by third grade is one of the four long-term outcomes highlighted in the District’s five-year Strategic Plan.

Twelve schools improved their Level 3 or higher scores by more than 10 percentage points compared to the previous year, including:

  • Washington Elementary School, improved by 29 percentage points
  • Hagen Road Elementary School, improved by 19 percentage points
  • Jupiter Farms Elementary School, improved by 16 percentage points
  • The Conservatory School at North Palm Beach, improved by 16 percentage points
  • Acreage Pines Elementary School, improved by 15 percentage points
  • Poinciana STEM Elementary School, improved by 15 percentage points
  • Wellington Elementary School, improved by 14 percentage points
  • C. Mitchell Elementary School, improved by 13 percentage points
  • Gove Elementary School, improved by 11 percentage points
  • Boca Raton Elementary School, improved by 10 percentage points
  • Liberty Park Elementary School, improved by 10 percentage points
  • Timber Trace Elementary School, improved by 10 percentage points

Florida statute requires students not scoring a Level 2 or higher on the ELA to be considered for retention in the third grade. However, students are eligible for promotion through other “good cause” criteria.

Parents of third grade students will receive individual reports on ELA results, and can view a list of scores by school in the District’s Executive Summary.

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It’s Time for Graduations! Watch Live On TV or Online. https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/2017/05/09/its-time-for-graduations-watch-live-on-tv-or-online/ Wed, 10 May 2017 01:30:19 +0000 https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/?p=7772 Group of students in graduation caps and gowns.Starting Wednesday, the Class of 2017 begins graduating from the School District of Palm Beach County. Ceremonies are held for graduates of 32 schools and academies across Palm Beach County.

The Palm Beach County School District’s television station, The Education Network, will once again stream LIVE coverage of all 32 graduations ceremonies.  This year all of the graduations will be Open and Closed captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing viewers for the first hour, and for the first time, graduations will be available to watch on YouTube.
A complete list of schools, dates are below.

Open captioning will be available at https://vodcast.palmbeachschools.org/player/ten3; closed captioning will be available on Comcast 235 and online at https://vodcast.palmbeachschools.org/player/ten4 .

Last year, nearly 20,000 viewers watched The Education Network’s graduation coverage online or on television. Local news media outlets are encouraged to post these live links on their websites to broadcast the graduations and celebrate the District’s newest graduates.  Graduation coverage begins on May 10 and runs through May 25.

The District’s graduation rate of 82.3 percent for 2015-2016 outperformed similarly sized districts in Florida, including Broward, Miami-Dade, Orange, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties – an increase of nearly 3 percentage points from the previous year.

 

2017 Graduation Dates and Times

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

  • Indian Ridge School, 2 p.m., at Indian Ridge School

Thursday, May 11, 2017

  • Royal Palm School, 1 p.m., at Royal Palm School

Monday, May 15, 2017

  • Palm Beach Virtual School, 5 p.m., at Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

  • Village Academy, 6:00 p.m., at Plumosa School of the Arts

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

  • Riviera Beach Preparatory and Achievement Academy, 4 p.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Take Stock in Children, 7 p.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds

Thursday, May 18, 2017

  • John I. Leonard High School, 8 a.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Palm Beach Gardens Community High School, noon, at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • West Boca Community High School, 4 p.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Pahokee High School, 7 p.m., at Pahokee High School

Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts, noon, at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Adult Education, 4 p.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Lake Worth Community High School, 7:30 p.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds

Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Atlantic Community High School, 8 a.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Boynton Beach Community High School, noon, at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Boca Raton Community High School, 4 p.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds

Monday, May 22, 2017

  • Park Vista Community High School, 8 a.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Seminole Ridge Community High School, noon, at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Olympic Heights Community High School, 4 p.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Royal Palm Beach Community High School, 7:30 p.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  • Jupiter Community High School, 8 a.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Palm Beach Central High School, noon, at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Spanish River Community High School, 4 p.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Glades Central Community High School, 7 p.m., at Glades Central High

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • Santaluces Community High School, 8 a.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Forest Hill Community High School, noon, at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Suncoast High School, 4 p.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • South Tech High School, 7:30 p.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds

Thursday, May 25, 2017

  • Palm Beach Lakes Community High School, 8 a.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • William T. Dwyer High School, noon, at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Wellington Community High School, 4 p.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
  • Inlet Grove High School, 7:30 p.m., at the South Florida Fairgrounds
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Braman Motorcars Honors Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year Winners, Nominees https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/2017/05/09/braman-motorcars-honors-teacher-and-school-related-employee-of-the-year-winners-nominees/ Tue, 09 May 2017 19:21:00 +0000 https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/?p=7763 Avossa surprises Teacher of the Year

Dr. Avossa surprises Dr. Evangeline Aguirre, the District’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. She and other Teacher of the Year nominees will be honored on Thursday, May 11, during a reception hosting by Braman Motorcars.

The School District of Palm Beach County and Braman Motorcars are teaming up during National Teacher Appreciation Week to celebrate the District’s Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year, as well as nominees for the awards, with a first-ever reception for winners and nominees on Thursday, May 11 at Braman’s state-of-the-art BMW showroom in West Palm Beach.

Honorees at the event will include Jane Winters, the Afterschool Site Director at Beacon Cove Intermediate School who is the School-Related Employee of the Year for 2017 and a finalist for Florida’s School-Related Employee of the Year, and Dr. Evangeline Aguirre, ESOL Intensive Reading and English teacher at Palm Beach Central High School, who is the Teacher of the Year for the 2017-2018 school year and the District’s nominee for the 2018 Florida Department of Education-Macy’s Teacher of the Year program.

Each school’s Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year nominees will also be recognized during the reception, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Braman Motorcars BMW dealership, 2901 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.

“Partnerships between the School District and our local businesses are essential to the success of our students and schools,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa. “Our community and business partners are important to the District, and we are grateful to Braman for stepping up to help us recognize these employees.”

Teacher in classroom smiling after being surprised

Dr. Avossa with Jane Winters, the District’s 2017 School-Related Employee of the Year. Winters is Afterschool Director at Beacon Cove Intermediate School.

Hosting the reception is just part of a growing partnership between Braman Motorcars and the School District. The company has joined with the automotive academy at Park Vista High School to provide training and on-the-job experience for its students, is holding a job fair at the dealership later this month for students to explore careers in automotive, has worked with educators on the real-world demands of the job market to take back to their students and recently has begun offering financial incentives to District employees for the purchase of BMW’s and MINI’s through a new Corporate Fleet Program developed with the District.

“The development of our youth is paramount to the long term success and development of our community,” said Stephen Grossman, General Manager & COO of Braman Motorcars. “We plan to support the School District’s five-year strategic plan and lead by example so that other county businesses see the potential to invest in our collective futures through our public school system.”

Braman Motorcars is no stranger to the District, as a supporter of the music department at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts and a substantial five-year financial commitment to Jupiter High School. Braman also recently provided a holiday lunch and shopping spree for students from Boynton Beach High School.

In addition to Braman Motorcars, the District would like to thank the following sponsors for the Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year program, including: J.G. Wentworth, H&R Block, Optucorp, Calvo Realty Group and Horace Mann. Braman would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions to the event: Fantastic Finishes, Autotrader and Affinitiv.

About Braman Motorcars

Braman Motorcars is one of the top luxury automotive dealerships in the country and an authorized dealer for Bentley, BMW, MINI, Porsche and Rolls-Royce.  Due in large part to the World Class Experience that customers enjoy, Braman Motorcars achieves high marks in customer satisfaction, loyalty and retention rates for sales and service.

From the professionalism and urgency of our entire staff to fulfill our customers’ needs, it’s no wonder that luxury/performance enthusiasts from across South Florida have chosen Braman Motorcars as their preferred destination for their luxury automotive needs. Braman Motorcars in West Palm Beach / Jupiter is ranked #3 on Wards Magazine’s most successful automobile dealers, encompassing 17,000 dealerships nationally for over five years.

For more information, visit www.BramanMotorcars.com or contact Daniel Bayard, Advertising and Marketing Manager.

About the School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 187 schools, serving more than 188,000 students who speak 152 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the school district has nearly 21,200 employees, including more than 12,200 teachers.

The School District of Palm Beach County is committed to providing a world-class education with excellence and equity to empower each student to reach his or her highest potential with the most effective staff to foster the knowledge, skills, and ethics required for responsible citizenship and productive careers.

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District Recognizes Volunteer Appreciation Week https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/2017/04/25/district-recognizes-volunteer-appreciation-week/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:00:25 +0000 https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/?p=7629 Man in foreground with student, two people in backgroundThe annual celebration to promote and give thanks for volunteerism is April 23-29 during Volunteer Appreciation Week. Volunteers play a significant role in supporting student success by performing a number of important tasks in the schools they serve. Approximately 40,000 volunteers in the District assist with classroom and school activities and student mentorship.

“It’s so important that we recognize and appreciate our volunteers,” said Debi Elfen, the District’s Volunteer Program Coordinator. “They are giving their time, talents, and resources. Without them, our schools would not run as effectively as they do.”

During this week of appreciation, schools can express their gratitude in a variety of ways. Teachers can have students write short notes or cards, or hang posters in school hallways. Many schools have appreciation breakfasts or luncheons.

Volunteers perform many valuable services. They work in classrooms, in addition to assisting on special events or field trips. Volunteers also work in school front offices, cafeterias, or serve on committees and parent groups. They are business partners, mentors and tutors. They also offer specialized talents they may have in a particular area, such as art or physical education.

“There is very little that volunteers can’t help with,” Elfen said. “Their support also means that students receive individual attention so vitally needed to help them succeed, and teachers have that extra pair of hands and eyes in the classroom.”

Interested in volunteering for the School District? Visit the Volunteers Page for more information, and how to apply.

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[Video]: Palm Beach County Named Top District for Music Education https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/2017/04/12/video-palm-beach-county-named-top-district-for-music-education/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:32:32 +0000 https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/?p=7539 Circular logo that reads 2017 Best Communities for Music EducationThe School District of Palm Beach County was recently recognized by The National Association for Music Merchants (NAMM) as a Best Communities for Music Education.

Only 4 percent of school districts in the United States have received this recognition, and Palm Beach County is one of only two school districts in the state of Florida to be honored.

The District’s inclusion on the list is a testament to the outstanding efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

“This award recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers, and parents who believe in music education and are working to ensure that it is part of a complete education for all children”, said Edrick Rhodes, the District’s K-12 Arts Education Administrator.

The program’s extensive 18-page application included a survey and detailed questions about a variety of factors in the community that affect students’ access to music education.

“Our application was evaluated by a university research department. Their analysis confirmed that our district funding, staffing, commitment to standards and access to music instruction is exemplary and has a direct impact on students’ academic achievement,” Rhodes said.

A group of kindergarten students at The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach recently demonstrated the music instruction happening in the District, as they learned to play the violin and sing along with their teachers. Check out their Facebook video here.

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[VIDEO]: See Which Schools Made This Week’s Honor Roll! https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/2017/03/31/video-see-which-schools-made-this-weeks-honor-roll-13/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:00:47 +0000 https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/?p=7433 Each week, during its Spotlight on Education show, The Education Network (T.E.N.) highlights some of the great things happening around the School District of Palm Beach County.

This week, the Honor Roll is recognizing students and staff throughout the District for participating in the American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for Heart” initiative, including those at Addison Mizner Elementary who raised $20,000 for the cause. In addition, we’re shining the spotlight on speedy artists from Spanish River High School who designed and completed a custom mural in eight hours; highlighting the District’s work in addressing capital needs using funds generated from the penny sales tax referendum; and congratulating two Polo Park Middle School students for their work in helping other Florida students solve math problems through the Math Nation platform.

Watch the Honor Roll and check back every Friday to see which schools have made the list!

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