February 2021

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Spring Assessment Update from Superintendent Fennoy
02/26/2021
It has been my promise to stay connected with our families and communities as information and changes have been provided to the District that impacts teaching and learning. This update involves the latest developments regarding both the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and student testing options for college-level courses.
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Celebrating Black History Month
02/26/2021
To honor Black History Month, Cypress Trails Elementary School students are compiling artwork and photographs of historical figures as well as their own family members, to celebrate their achievements.
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FAU Human Rights Center Recognizes District Teachers For Excellence in Holocaust Education
02/25/2021
Two School District of Palm Beach County teachers are the recipients of the 2020 Gutterman Family Outstanding Holocaust Educator Award.
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Lets' Move
Let’s Move! Commit to 30 Minutes of Exercise Each Day in March
02/25/2021
Students, administrators, faculty, and staff of the School District of Palm Beach County are encouraged to take part in the countywide Let’s Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge.
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Purchase of New School Buses Drives Increase in Transportation Efficiency
02/23/2021
The School District of Palm Beach County is updating its fleet, with the purchase of 53 new school buses. All of the vehicles will be Type C Conventional Buses, with 20 of them containing rear lifts that are used when transporting special needs students.
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Board Members
Boca Raton Gets a New School Thanks to Land Donation by City
02/19/2021
The Palm Beach County School Board formally thanked the City of Boca Raton for a land donation that will be the future site of a new elementary school. Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer was on hand to receive the honor, as the Board read a proclamation officially noting the District’s appreciation.
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Virtual Family Engagement Night Offers Information and Support for Parents
02/19/2021
The School District of Palm Beach County’s Multicultural Education Department is set to host a Virtual Family Engagement Night for parents on Thursday, February 25 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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Philanthropy Tank
PBCSD Students’ Community Involvement Projects to be Highlighted at Philanthropy Tank Pitch
02/17/2021
Each year, Palm Beach County students are invited to present their ideas for community involvement projects before a panel of judges, in a format similar to the Shark Tank television program, to receive funding from the Philanthropy Tank to advance their ideas.
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Tiffany Cox
Lake Worth High Band Director Recognized by Yamaha’s “40 Under 40”
02/16/2021
Tiffany Cox was selected from more than 450 music educators across the country. Winners are acknowledged for establishing and growing or improving music education in their schools and communities, as well as proposing and implementing new or bold ideas, among other attributes.
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Parent and Child to work day
Students Can Receive Excused Absence to Accompany Parents Off Campus on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
02/16/2021
National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 22, 2021. Students who wish to accompany a parent to a work location outside of the School District of Palm Beach County will receive an excused absence on April 22.
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Drones
Drone Course Offered at District High School
02/15/2021
Palm Beach Lakes Community High School is set to offer a new drone course in which students will learn how to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
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Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books Winners Celebrated
02/15/2021
The Grand Battle of the Books is a District-wide competition that celebrates a love of literature. The student participants were asked to read books on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award and Florida Teens Read lists.
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Adult Education
Explore the Opportunities Within Adult Education
02/15/2021
The Adult and Community Education program in the School District of Palm Beach County is changing lives for the better. More than 12,000 adult students take classes at 26 locations across the District.
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Power of Purpose
More Than $150,000 Raised For Schools Through Virtual Fundraising
02/12/2021
Over the past few months, Power of Purpose (PoP) has helped some School District of Palm Beach County schools raise more than $150,000 in much-needed funds, through its 100% Virtual STEAM Engine Fundraising program.
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Teacher of the Year Finalists
District’s Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year Finalists Announced
02/12/2021
The School District of Palm Beach County has announced its finalists for this year’s Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year, and this year, a pandemic didn’t stop these eight stellar members of Team Palm Beach from giving their all to the students and staff of their respective schools.
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National Black HIV-AIDS Awareness Day Award
Student Health Curriculum to Prevent HIV/AIDS is in the Spotlight Following Award Recognition
02/12/2021
The School District of Palm Beach County is receiving recognition for empowering and supporting student health through a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum.
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Equity and Access
District Launches Equity Resource Center For Employees
02/10/2021
As the School District becomes more focused on equity and resolves to continue prioritizing access for all students, the Office of Professional Growth has created an Equity Resource Center to help educators and administrators have the resources they need to teach and lead for the most equitable outcomes.
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District High Schools Recognized For Working to Increase the Number of Young Women in STEM
02/09/2021
Pahokee Middle-Senior High School and Park Vista Community High School both recently earned the College Board's AP Computer Science Principles Female Diversity Award
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Lauren Tyson
Supportive Mentors Plus Natural Talent Equals Award Nomination for Math Teacher
02/09/2021
Lauren Tyson is a teacher at Jupiter Elementary School who always loved math. Her skill with numbers, dedication to her craft, and more than a decade of experience, certainly played a role in her being named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
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Students’ Critical Thinking Skills Enriched by Annual Ethics Bowl Competition
02/08/2021
The School District of Palm Beach County hosted the annual Palm Beach County Regional High School Ethics Bowl on February 1, an event held in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University’s LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy.
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Calendar 2021-2022
School Board Approves Academic Calendar For 2021-2022
02/08/2021
The School District of Palm Beach County School Board approved the academic calendar for the 2021-2022 school year during the special meeting on February 3. Per the calendar, the first day of school will be August 10, 2021 with the last day of the school year falling on May 26, 2022.
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Athlete's choice
Students Athletes Commit to Play in College
02/03/2021
The School District of Palm Beach County is proud of its athletes, making their choice for the schools they will be attending. Check out this ceremony at Atlantic Community High School
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New Television studio
Student Charity Delivers New TV Studio
02/02/2021
Students at Grassy Waters Elementary School get to enjoy a brand new television studio, thanks to a generous donation from the student-founded charity, “The Sock Drawer.”
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Pahokee Student Wins Scholarship
02/02/2021
It has been a difficult year for Pahokee High School student Jasmine Calderon and her family. Calderon’s father passed away in June 2020 from coronavirus complications. However, she recently received some good news.
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Develop a Love for Literacy
02/02/2021
Reading for fun is a great way to develop a love for literacy. The School District of Palm Beach County offers many opportunities to celebrate readers of all skill levels and gives families the tools they need to boost their child's interest and proficiency.
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Jupiter Students
Jupiter High Students Present Research to International Scientists, Scholars Take Note of Project Excellence
02/02/2021
After spending months collecting water samples, trekking through local natural areas, and poring over data, seven students from the Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy (JERFSA) presented their own field research to experts at an international event.
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Science
Students Engage With Working Researchers Through Scientist in Every Florida School Program
02/01/2021
Since 2019, Palm Beach County science teachers have had the opportunity to bring scientists from around the state into their classrooms as part of an initiative led by the University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute (TESI) called Scientist in Every Florida School, or SEFS.
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