- Sy O'Neill Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS
Middle School Choice Programs will be the focus of a School Advisory Council meeting at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Media Center. Representatives from area middle schools, including Watson B. Duncan, H. L. Watkins, Bak Middle School or the Arts and Jupiter Middle, will make brief presentations, answer questions and assist with the application process. All are welcome to attend, especially families of fifth-graders. Call 561-803-7200 for more information.
Students and families can drop off their leftover Halloween candy at the school, where it will be used to build gingerbread houses at the Gingerbread Family Night on Dec. 13.
Families are invited to walk on the newly resurfaced Nature Area path at 7:15 a.m. Fridays when school is in session.
Try-Day Friday for students is Friday and begins with a healthy breakfast in the cafeteria along with the usual Friday Dance Party.
Students are collecting canned goods and other nonperishable food items as part of the Food for Families drive.
PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY
A STEAM Open House takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Annual Art Show will display artwork from every student in the school. Music will be performed by students. Safety Patrols will be selling pizza and dessert.
The school has scheduled tour dates at 9 a.m. Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 2, March 2, April 6 and May 4. Call 561-366-6501 to schedule an appointment.
Disney’s “Beauty & the Beast Jr.” will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 in the auditorium. The musical is directed by drama teacher Donnie Quigley and co-directed by Johnnie Butler. Meghan Thomas as Belle, Gavin Baird as the Beast/Prince and Riley Flynn as Lumiere join a cast of 50 students on stage, and 19 working as backstage crew. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased at the door. The school is at Military Trail and Dakota Street in Jupiter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms, or may download a hard copy in English, Creole, Portuguese or Spanish at www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms/application/. 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.
TREASURE COAST SCHOOLS
HOBE SOUND EARLY LEARNING CENTER
Orders for holiday poinsettias and hydrangeas will be taken through Nov. 17. Poinsettias in red, white or pink are available in three sizes ranging for $10 to $30. Red poinsettias in a terra cotta bowl are $30. White hydrangeas are $25. Orders can be placed online at www.hobesoundearlylearningcenter.org or by calling 772-546-5480. Plants can be picked up at the school, 11580 SE Gomez Ave., Hobe Sound, on Nov. 21. Proceeds from this fundraising event will support curriculum programs.