Port Salerno Elementary student tops the field in annual spelling bee

  • Sy O'Neill
  • Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
12:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 Local
Olivia DuBois, 9, a fourth-grader at Port Salerno Elementary, won the 52nd annual Lillian A. Dassori Elementary Spelling Bee. Her final championship word was Hebrides.

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS

ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium will present 20 interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities, experiments, projects and demonstrations for students to get their hands on from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Safety Patrols will be selling popcorn. Before or after the program, dine at Five Guys at Legacy Place, mention Allamanda, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the school. Call the school at 561-803-7200 for more information.

The school and the Kiwanis of North Palm Beach are co-sponsoring the third annual Strive Five for the Hive 5K Run, 3K Walk at 8 a.m. March 11 at The Gardens Mall. Those who register at www.active.com (search for Allamanda) by Feb. 9 can participate in a contest to win a 2018 Honda. The first 300 registered participants will receive a dry-fit race shirt. There will be trophies for first place, participant medals and breakfast at Brio Tuscan Grille for all registered participants.

PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY

The second annual Daddy/Daughter Dance takes place 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 at Palm Beach Gardens High, 4245 Holly Drive. Light refreshments and desserts will be served. Tickets are on sale now. Questions can be directed to missycarlson1983@yahoo.com.

Science Fair Night and Ice Cream Social, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13, will include a display of projects by students in grades three through five. Menchies ice cream sundaes will be available. The school’s band will perform.

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The window to apply for a Choice program for the 2018-2019 school year has been extended through Friday. The district offers more than 300 Choice programs at 117 elementary, middle and high schools throughout the county. This extended deadline does not apply to the arts programs requiring auditions. For more information on the Choice programs available and application, visit www.PalmBeachSchools.org/choiceprograms.

The school district’s annual Historically Black College-University and Hispanic Serving Institution Recruitment Tour held recently at the Palm Beach County Convention Center resulted in 1,570 college acceptances given and $9,275,500 in scholarships awarded. Representatives from more than 21 colleges met with students from 24 district high schools during the two-day event. Thirty aspiring teachers also signed contracts with the district’s Recruitment and Retention Office, ensuring that once they receive their college degree and teaching certificate, they can come back to Palm Beach County to teach as part of the Grow Your Own initiative.

The district’s Choice and Career Options Department, in conjunction with the Business Development Board and CareerSource, is holding its annual Claim Your Future Event for high school students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Students will be bused to the site to attend two panel discussions on the topics of aviation, business, construction, education, finance, governmental relations, health care, hospitality, information technology, law, logistics and manufacturing.

The entry deadline for the Essay & Creative Arts Competition sponsored by the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews has been extended to March 12. The contest is open to all middle and high school students in public, private, parochial and charter schools in the county. Categories include essay writing, music, video and visual arts, with middle and high school divisions. The topic, “The Road Not Taken,” is inspired by the Robert Frost poem. Students can win cash prizes and other gifts. Supervising teachers are eligible to win gift cards for school supplies. Entry forms with guidelines are available at www.palmbeachfellowship.net or by calling 561-833-6150.

TREASURE COAST SCHOOLS

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Olivia DuBois, a fourth-grader at Port Salerno Elementary, won the 52nd Annual Lillian A. Dassori Elementary Spelling Bee recently held at Jensen Beach High. Samantha White, a fifth-grader from Pinewood Elementary, finished second. Rounding out the top dozen were: Jillian Reid, Bessey Creek Elementary; Mia Manso, Jensen Beach Elementary; Shealyn Pyne, Citrus Grove Elementary; Jackson Corbett, Felix A. Williams Elementary; Noah Monsour, Bessey Creek Elementary; Victor Camacho, Citrus Grove Elementary; Kyle Wegner-McEwan, Crystal Lake Elementary; Hannah Miller, Felix A. Williams Elementary; John Connelly, Citrus Grove Elementary; and Safid Alam, JD Parker Elementary.

The Martin County School District Voluntary Pre-kindergarten Program will be accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year beginning today. The program is available at select schools with limited enrollment. Online applications open at 8 a.m. using the link: https://goo.gl/forms/EMIVS5T6a5KpVwUK2.

The Martin County School District’s Head Start Program will be accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year beginning today. Parents need to schedule an appointment to register during normal business hours at one of these locations: Perkins Early Childhood Center, 16868 SW Palm Beach St., Indiantown, 772-597-2685, Ext. 100; Stuart Learning Center, 1050 E. 10th St., Stuart, 772-219-1580, Option 2, Ext. 181; Salerno Center, 3400 SE Lionel Terrace, Stuart, 772-219-1610, Option 2, Ext. 259; or Salerno School House, 3940 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, 772-219-1893, Ext. 112 and 110. Head Start is a federally funded program targeting 3- and 4-year-old children from low-income families in Stuart, Port Salerno and Indiantown. Children enrolled in the program follow the K-12 school calendar, are provided full day quality learning experiences and instruction, as well as free breakfast and lunch.