Lantana mayor reads to students at Palm Beach Maritime Academy


The Music Department will present a free Fall Concert at 7 p.m. today. The performance will include a salute to veterans, with a PowerPoint presentation of heroes from the school’s family and friends. Donations are requested for the Support Our Troops Organization. Among items needed are travel-size toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo and body wash; nonperishable food, including crackers, nuts and dried fruits, breakfast bars and tuna in foil packets. Other items accepted will be small puzzles, packing tape, batteries, socks, insect repellent wipes and letters of encouragement.


The Theatre Department’s Junior Thespian Troupe will present “Caught in the Middle,” a comic farce written and directed by Richard Valentine. Showtime is 7 p.m. today and Friday at the school, 1725 Echo Lake Drive, West Palm Beach. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Purchase at the door (cash only) or online at


An open house will take place at 9 a.m. Friday. The school offers an independent, Catholic and accelerated education, starting with the Early Childhood Montessori Program (12 months to 5 years), through the Lower School (kindergarten to fourth grade) and Middle School (fifth to eighth grade). Bus service is offered to students throughout Palm Beach County. RSVP to or call 561-345-3106.


Students of the Week for Oct. 30-Nov. 3: Chloe Bowie, Ajani Frank, Jadelyn Bruce and Julia Galvan.

On-campus blood drive dates for students: Friday and Jan. 19, April 27 and May 25. Parent and community blood drives take place 3 to 8 p.m. Nov. 16, Jan. 24 and May 2. The location is by the gym lobby entrance at the south parking lot.

The Army JROTC Hawk Battalion color guard will present and post the nation’s colors in an 8:30 a.m. Friday Veterans Day ceremony at the Renaissance Charter School in Wellington, and as part of a 6 p.m. Friday Veterans Day celebration at Golden Corral in Royal Palm Beach.

The entire Hawk Battalion will march in the Wellington Veterans’ Day parade, which begins 8:15 a.m. Saturday at the Wellington Village Hall and ends at the Veterans Memorial.

The counseling department will host a FAFSA open lab 1-3 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Media Center. Seniors and their parents are welcome to drop in at any time during the session to get help completing their FAFSA applications. Applicants should have a copy of their 2016 tax returns and their FSA IDs.

The school’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter, along with Principles of Entrepreneurship classes, will celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week beginning Monday. Among the events will be a presentation by Samuel Edwards, digital marketing strategist and 2009 Ridge graduate. Sponsored by Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches, Edwards will give his presentation at 9 a.m. Nov. 17 in the auditorium.

More than 500 items were collected for Ruth’s Food Pantry in Loxahatchee at the Student Government Association’s second annual Trick-or-Treat Food Drive.

The Winged Regiment marching band recently had its annual music assessment, conducted by the Florida Bandmasters Association. The musicians received a grade of “Superior” in every category and earned a “Superior” overall as well. In addition, the regiment joined 17 area bands in the Jupiter High marching band competition Oct. 28, earning the gold for Best Music Performance and Best Percussion and taking the silver in their class and overall.


The Mighty Wolverine Sound Wind Ensemble and Jazz Bands will present A Salute to Veterans Concert at 2 p.m. Saturday in the school theater, 2101 Greenview Shores Blvd., Wellington. The concert features guest clarinet soloist Michael Forte. A reception will follow. The community is invited to this free event.


Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in the Hanley Foundation ArtiGras Youth Art Competition. Students can submit their artwork through their school’s art teacher until 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Entries will be narrowed down to 77 finalists, and the winners will be announced at noon Feb. 17, the first day of Artigras. All finalists will have their works of art on display at the festival. Students and teachers can email or call 561-746-7111 for more information.

Applications are being accepted for the more than 300 Choice Programs and Career Academies at 117 district schools. Parents can complete the online application at, or may download a hard copy in English, Creole, Portuguese or Spanish at The original application must be mailed or delivered to the Department of Choice and Career Options with a postmark no later than Jan. 26 for most Choice programs.

Performing arts programs, which require an audition score in addition to the eligibility criteria and have a Dec. 1 deadline application date, are: Bak Middle School of the Arts; The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach, Music-Band, Music-Orchestral Strings and Music-Vocal for grades six to eight; Boynton Beach High Arts Program; and Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts.

The Choice and Career Academy lottery will be held the week of March 6, and applicants will receive the status of their application on March 31.

Compiled by Sy O’Neill. Send school news to Dated items must be sent at least two weeks before the event.

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