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Editorial: FAU must do better job explaining false Title IX numbers

Editorial: FAU must do better job explaining false Title IX numbers

“We believe the cause was simply a clerical error.” That was the gist of the explanation given by Florida Atlantic University officials when confronted with an embarrassing discovery by The Palm Beach Post that the school reported false numbers greatly exaggerating how many women played for its sports teams — numbers that instantly brought the school into compliance with Title IX...
King’s Academy’s valedictorian’s life goal is to help people

King’s Academy’s valedictorian’s life goal is to help people

At 18, Kelly Ahkee, of Lake Worth, says she doesn’t have her entire life figured out yet, but knows she wants to help people. “I want to positively impact society with research or help people with prosthetic limbs,” said Ahkee, King’s Academy’s valedictorian. “My main goal in life is to help people.” Ahkee has already started chiseling away at her goal. Besides...
Haitians ask for answers as Gardens High teacher probe continues

Haitians ask for answers as Gardens High teacher probe continues

James Leger’s phone keeps ringing. But it’s not the call he’s looking for. Leger, a local Haitian radio-show host, said that after he organized a demonstration outside Palm Beach Gardens High School to protest a teacher’s recent comment about Haiti, families have called him daily to share how their children have faced discrimination. “This is what my children possibly...
District: Boca Raton High swim coach Eric Hill under investigation

District: Boca Raton High swim coach Eric Hill under investigation

Boca Raton boys and girls swimming coach Eric Hill has been removed from his coaching and teaching positions at the school due to a Palm Beach County School Police investigation, a school district spokesperson confirmed Monday The spokesperson did not comment on the type of investigation, and Boca Raton athletic director Matt Ryder had no comment. Hill, a 41-year-old math teacher, has worked for the...

POINT OF VIEW: Science teachers sacrifice to provide lab materials

Whatever salary the science teacher at your local public school makes per year, subtract $450. That’s how much money the typical middle and high school science teacher spends out of pocket each year on science lab materials. The $450 figure is based on a study we recently conducted to determine whether science teachers have adequate funding to teach laboratories and science investigations. In...
Joining robotics club helped American Heritage valedictorian find path

Joining robotics club helped American Heritage valedictorian find path

Meghana Vemulapalli, of Delray Beach, wasn’t trying to be American Heritage’s valedictorian. She just wanted to absorb as much knowledge as she could during high school, while finding a way to apply it to her everyday life. But now that the 17-year-old finished at the top of her class, she couldn’t be more excited. “It feels really good to be valedictorian after four years...
NEW: ‘When is it going to stop?’ Students react to Santa Fe shooting

NEW: ‘When is it going to stop?’ Students react to Santa Fe shooting

For Emily Pacenti, Friday was supposed to be a happy day — she graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts. But when she got out of the ceremony and turned on her phone, she saw a news alert. There had been another high school shooting, this time in Santa Fe, Texas. “In the time that it took us to walk across the stage and get our diploma, eight people were killed,” Pacenti said...
Public school kids to get more than 100K books for summer reading

Public school kids to get more than 100K books for summer reading

Captain Underpants, Harry Potter and Wonder Woman are a few of the characters being sent home with Palm Beach County elementary school students this summer, thanks to the Children’s Services Council. These fictional heroes are supposed to encourage students to pick up a book and read over vacation to help stop the “summer slide,” which is when students return to school in the fall...
Tilt toward male athletes at big Florida schools violates federal law

Tilt toward male athletes at big Florida schools violates federal law

Florida Atlantic University is not the only Florida school that falls short of meeting participation and scholarship requirements for women athletes under Title IX, which prohibits sex-based discrimination in schools. Four of Florida’s seven major sports schools disproportionately award athletic scholarship money to male athletes: University of Miami, University of Central Florida, University...
Gender equality? FAU gave feds false numbers, ranked near bottom

Gender equality? FAU gave feds false numbers, ranked near bottom

Florida Atlantic University reported false numbers to the government, exaggerating how many women played for its sports teams, just a year after it ranked among the worst in the country for female representation in sports. In 2016, women represented more than half of the Boca Raton school’s enrollment but only 31 percent of its athletes. The percentage was the lowest of all 127 schools participating...
PHOTOS: 35th Annual Pathfinder Scholarship Awards 5/17/2018

PHOTOS: 35th Annual Pathfinder Scholarship Awards 5/17/2018

The Pathfinder High School Scholarship Awards are presented each year to those high school seniors in Palm Beach and Martin counties who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in 18 academic, vocational and athletic categories. Each year, more than $171,000 in scholarships is awarded to 54 of the best and brightest high school seniors in Palm Beach and Martin counties. Pathfinders is sponsored...
Students find winning at 35th annual Pathfinder Awards ‘surreal’

Students find winning at 35th annual Pathfinder Awards ‘surreal’

They were novelists and scientists, playwrights and polyglots. Teenagers all, they gathered Thursday to bask in the collective glow of their supersized achievements at the 2018 Pathfinder High School Scholarship Awards. Each year, the event, sponsored by The Palm Beach Post, is an awe-inspiring get-together of the region’s most impressive high school students. This year – the annual...
Dwyer High valedictorian sees future in business

Dwyer High valedictorian sees future in business

“Work hard so that you get to make the decision and they don’t get to make the decision for you,” said a teacher at William T. Dwyer High School to a class of students about getting into college. To many, it was just another lecture. But to Annie Levitt, it would “ring in the back of my head when I was staying up late studying for this test or working on a paper,” the...
Young people with autism gain tech skill — and more — at Code Camp in Boca

Young people with autism gain tech skill — and more — at Code Camp in Boca

In a conference room, tucked away in the corner of a sixth-floor workspace in Boca Raton, a group of students on the autism spectrum were hard at work alongside a team of mentors analyzing data, identifying trends and creating visualizations of their findings. The activity, which mimicked collaborative efforts commonly found in workplaces, was part of the inaugural iRISE2 ECL Code Camp, that was created...
Music tamed the savvy West Boca valedictorian

Music tamed the savvy West Boca valedictorian

Balancing schoolwork with dual enrollment, high school band and independent band was a major struggle for West Boca Raton High School valedictorian Zachary Novack. “I wish I had some amazing way that I overcame them, but the truth of the matter is that it was a combination of little sleep and a boatload of coffee,” said Novack, 18. Among all his many accolades, Drum Corps was his favorite...
Seminole Ridge High School recognized for top blood drive efforts

Seminole Ridge High School recognized for top blood drive efforts

LAKE WORTH HIGH The Air Force Junior ROTC has been selected to receive the 2017-18 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award. This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community. GLADES CENTRAL HIGH Jada Diogostine has received a full scholarship to...
St. Joseph’s Episcopal School students learn about starting a business

St. Joseph’s Episcopal School students learn about starting a business

Registration for the district’s Teach Palm Beach Job Fair is now open. The job fair is June 7 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center East. Candidate sign-in is 7:30-8 a.m., and a welcome/orientation is 8:30-9 a.m. Candidates can browse school booths, share resumes and request interviews from 9 to 10:30. Interviews with principals take place 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Job offers may be made on site...
Editorial: Weigh property tax hike for teacher salaries carefully

Editorial: Weigh property tax hike for teacher salaries carefully

We suppose it was inevitable. The Palm Beach County School Board is considering whether to ask voters this fall to raise their property taxes as much as $153 million a year to pay for, among other things, better salaries for teachers. RELATED: PBC public schools test the waters for another tax hike campaign To be sure, if voters approved a ballot initiative, some of the extra money would be used for...
Wellington High valedictorian has eyes on Silicon Valley

Wellington High valedictorian has eyes on Silicon Valley

While most Palm Beach County high school students were able to establish a name for themselves starting in elementary school, valedictorian Sophia Sosa had to start from scratch. But before the Wellington High School student rose to the top of her class, she reigned supreme in the school’s chapter of DECA, a student marketing organization as part of its marketing academy, finding both social...
Commentary: Urge graduates to create a culture of kindness and respect

Commentary: Urge graduates to create a culture of kindness and respect

Graduates will enter a country offering boundless opportunity. More than ever before, they will have the ability to define and pursue their own versions of happiness. But they know that already. They’ve been hearing calls to lean in and dream big throughout their lives. American society today does not lack for people eager to make a difference. What we lack today is a culture of kindness. We&rsquo...
Commentary: Twenty-somethings enter the workforce

Commentary: Twenty-somethings enter the workforce

We are at that time of year when we salute our newly minted college graduates and breathe a sigh of relief for having crossed the finish line. This is, after all, the culmination of hard work and big dreams. Yet after the dust has settled — after the commencement speakers have packed up and the bubbly toasts have been drunk — what can we expect of our newbie grads? If they enter the workforce...
Age is just a number to Suncoast High valedictorian

Age is just a number to Suncoast High valedictorian

While most 16-year-olds will be going back to high school as juniors this fall, Rachel Cherelstein is off to college. Yes, you read that right. Cherelstein, who is the valedictorian of Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach, is heading to Washington to attend Georgetown University. Cherelstein’s parents — mother, Yang and father, Stan — recognized their daughter, who was born in Stuart...
Spanish River valedictorian put helping others first

Spanish River valedictorian put helping others first

At just 17 years old, Taher Khambati already has many accomplishments he’s proud of. He placed top 20 in the world at an international DECA competition, starting his own non-profit called “More Than a Scholar Inc.,” and successfully working on a research team at Florida Atlantic University that reverse-engineered a protein to detect a counterfeit drug. “Everything and anything...

POINT OF VIEW: Student safety on campus remains a top priority

As our hearts still ache for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community, the Palm Beach County School District continues to study the details from the Parkland tragedy to identify opportunities to improve the safety of our campuses. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup As educators, we know the importance of safety and security in our schools. Students...
A Fairgrounds address to (remember / forget ) for the Class of 2018

A Fairgrounds address to (remember / forget ) for the Class of 2018

Dear High School Graduates of the Class of 2018: You made it! You’ve come all the way to the ( end / South Florida Fairgrounds), for this, your commencement ceremony. You thought you’d never get here, with all the (obstacles / traffic) you had to face, passing all those (tests / junk yards) and the ( final projects / Double Dee’s strip club) along the...
Boca football star survived Haiti earthquake, now he’s heading to Yale

Boca football star survived Haiti earthquake, now he’s heading to Yale

Sebastian Bruno is going to Yale. His mother, the mother with whom he speaks weekly, but last saw three years ago, was proud but didn’t realize how proud until she Googled Yale. Now she’s over the moon. Not bad for a boy who left his home and his parents in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and arrived by military transport in Palm Beach County at the age of 9, not knowing...
Seminole Ridge valedictorian follows in brother’s talented footsteps

Seminole Ridge valedictorian follows in brother’s talented footsteps

There are a couple of things that Shreya Patel can point to as reasons why, when the Seminole Ridge senior class assembles for graduation, she will be the one giving the valedictorians’ address. She’s seen it happen before. Her brother, Parth, was salutatorian of Seminole Ridge in 2015, laying a path that Shreya was more than happy to follow and, eventually, surpass. “Being valedictorian...
US News: 2 PBC high schools fall but remain among the nation’s 100 best

US News: 2 PBC high schools fall but remain among the nation’s 100 best

Suncoast High School and Dreyfoos School of the Arts fell slightly this year but remained among the nation’s top 100 public high schools in a new ranking by U.S. News and World Report. In its annual ranking published this week, the magazine ranked Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach 61st in the nation, down from 53rd last year. Dreyfoos, located in downtown West Palm Beach, rated 80th, down...
Santaluces valedictorian: hard work, dedication keys to her success

Santaluces valedictorian: hard work, dedication keys to her success

Santaluces High School valedictorian Sireen Hilo says hard work and dedication are the keys to success. She said there’s no substitute for a good work ethic and having a positive role model also helps. Hilo said her greatest achievement so far was becoming valedictorian. “As I go on in life, I hope that I achieve more than this but right now this is it,” she said. “I set a...
NEW: Shotgun found in student’s truck at Seminole Ridge High

NEW: Shotgun found in student’s truck at Seminole Ridge High

A Seminole Ridge High School student had a shotgun in his truck on campus Tuesday, according to administrators. In a message sent out to parents, Principal James Campbell said the gun violated the Palm Beach County School District’s policy. “Parents, this is an important reminder that district police prohibits any guns on school campuses, even if they are locked inside a vehicle...

Alamanda Elementary makes plans for annual Pirate Bingo, Family Night

ALLAMANDA ELEMENTARY Volunteers will be recognized at the School Advisory Council meeting at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the media center. The annual Pirate Bingo, Silent Auction, Book Fair Family Night will be 5:30-7 p.m. May 17. There will be food and prizes. The Book Fair takes place Monday through May 18 at the school. The spring music show begins at 5:30 p.m. May 24. Chorus, keyboard, and other instrumental...
Wellington Elementary School theater students to stage ‘The Lion King’

Wellington Elementary School theater students to stage ‘The Lion King’

WELLINGTON ELEMENTARY The Fine Arts Academy Musical Theater Group will present “The Lion King” at 7 p.m.Tuesday and Wednesday in the auditorium. SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH The National Honor Society elected officers for the coming school year: Shane Laurent, president; Bethany Seltzer, vice president; Kacey Repici, secretary; Rocco Abuisi, treasurer; Carly Swanson, historian; Magali Nicho, editor...

Boynton Beach High Medical Academy seniors pass personal trainer exam

BOYNTON BEACH HIGH Twenty seniors in the Medical Academy beat the national average when every one of them passed the National Academy of Sports Medicine Sports Medicine-Certified Personal Trainer Industry Certification exam. The exam, typically offered to students at a college level, has an overall pass rate of 61 percent across the country. The students, members of the first graduating class of the...
Dwyer awards: Six teachers honored for excellence in education

Dwyer awards: Six teachers honored for excellence in education

Teaching television production to students whose disorders drive them to avoid eye contact or decline public speaking may sound counterproductive, but Alicia Laurence-Bersch figures her job is to turn seeming impossibilities into achievements. Laurence-Bersch’s success in that conversion has paid off repeatedly for her students at Indian Ridge School in West Palm Beach. Tuesday night, they paid...
Cerabino: Bullied Palm Beach County Schools misfires on safety forum

Cerabino: Bullied Palm Beach County Schools misfires on safety forum

The Palm Beach County School District has become gun shy. And by that I mean shy about gun discussions. That’s why the district rescinded its previously granted permission for a school safety forum this week at Olympic Heights High School, a forum titled “Town Hall for Our Lives.” The name, the district belatedly noted, mirrored the name used in dozens of gatherings around...
Royal Palm Beach valedictorian overcomes apprehension to blossom

Royal Palm Beach valedictorian overcomes apprehension to blossom

The road to becoming the valedictorian of your high school’s graduating class is a long and, oftentimes, windy one. Class rankings shuffle each year and it’s not usually until part way through your senior year that things finally get settled. Making it to the top requires a fortitude that is found only in the elite of all students. Focus, determination and the willingness to pile AP classes...
Jupiter Middle teacher accused of ‘foot fetish’ loses teaching license

Jupiter Middle teacher accused of ‘foot fetish’ loses teaching license

For six years, suspicions persisted about Kenneth Phillips’ relationship with his adolescent students at Jupiter Middle School and his seeming infatuation with bare feet. Nearly a decade after the first concerns were documented, the 60-year-old former teacher has now been compelled to give up his teaching license. His co-workers began worrying about his behavior as early as 2009, when a school...
How high schoolers learn leadership — and get a new suit, too

How high schoolers learn leadership — and get a new suit, too

Mohammad Shatara said he was never “a program kid.” He went to school, football and home every day. The same routine for all four years of high school — school, football, home. Until, his athletic director suggested he go to “some meeting” after school. “When I walked in, Mr. Edmonds had a suit on and all these folders. He was asking us questions about what we wanted...
Palm Beach Lakes valedictorian credits parents for work ethic

Palm Beach Lakes valedictorian credits parents for work ethic

Academic and athletic success came with determination and a lot of hard work for Palm Beach Lakes High School valedictorian Ty Hands. He credits his parents, Tera and Lorenzo Hands, who are both teachers and were once athletes, with having been a good example for working hard to achieve success. “I think my work ethic derives from my parents,” Hands said. “They just preached to me...
Park Vista valedictorian has the write stuff

Park Vista valedictorian has the write stuff

Shannon Chamberlain is a published poet and plans to immerse herself in the humanities at the University of Florida. “I love poetry with a passion,” said Chamberlain, valedictorian at Park Vista High School. “Emotions, stories and visions are only some of the many topics available to poets, and I believe this broad spectrum makes poetry less of a task and more of an adventure.&rdquo...
School safety forum canceled over complaints of gun-control ties

School safety forum canceled over complaints of gun-control ties

Palm Beach County public school leaders have pulled the plug on a school safety forum scheduled Monday at Olympic Heights High School, saying the event’s title appeared to link it to a nationwide movement for tighter gun control. The forum at the high school west of Boca Raton was titled “Town Hall for Our Lives” and was intended to be focused on school safety. Approved by the school...
State: Test-answers-for-nude-pics exchange costs teacher his license

State: Test-answers-for-nude-pics exchange costs teacher his license

A former social studies teacher at a Boynton Beach charter school is barred from teaching in Florida after he was accused of offering an 18-year-old student test answers if she sent him nude photos. The state revoked the teaching license of Christopher Fisher, 31, who worked at Quantum High. The state also reprimanded and fined one of Fisher’s colleagues, Khemrajee Kangal, 57, for...
Award-winning high school journalists ‘believe in the facts’

Award-winning high school journalists ‘believe in the facts’

Palm Beach Central High School senior Addison Pezoldt wasn’t expecting to win one of The Palm Beach Post’s most prestigious awards at Thursday’s 38th annual Excellence in High School Journalism Awards luncheon. In fact, she didn’t even know she was in the running for the General Excellence Student Award. “My adviser submitted me without me knowing,” said Pezoldt...
Palm Beach Gardens High valedictorian has rough road to success

Palm Beach Gardens High valedictorian has rough road to success

The place is Canarsie in New York — sometime in the 1990s — outside of a Brooklyn town house, home to at least 10 Chinese immigrants. Barry Cheung pictured his grandmother sifting through piles of garbage, her eyes peeled for any recyclable items that might have been worth a few cents. “We were so poor,” he remembered. Cheung, 18, is the oldest son of Laura and Shuk, of Shenzhen...
Remembering Atlantic High player Marc’Allan Derac: ‘We lost a good one’

Remembering Atlantic High player Marc’Allan Derac: ‘We lost a good one’

Marc’Allan Derac had everything in front of him. Derac excelled as a junior defensive back for Atlantic High School. He helped lead the defense last year, taking the Eagles all the way to Orlando for the state championship. He tied for the Palm Beach County lead with nine interceptions, earning a first-team All-Area selection. The college scholarship offers were starting to pour in. “He...
PBC public schools test the waters for another tax hike campaign

PBC public schools test the waters for another tax hike campaign

Palm Beach County public school leaders are gearing up to make a case to voters to raise school property taxes by as much as $153 million a year, saying the new money would mean enhanced school security, more mental health services and long-delayed teacher raises. The school district has begun quietly polling voters to gauge their appetite for a new tax hike, and administrators on Wednesday made a...
Palm Beach Central valedictorian thrives through love of classroom

Palm Beach Central valedictorian thrives through love of classroom

By definition of his recognition as Palm Beach Central’s valedictorian, Brandon Truong is above average. He finished with the highest GPA in a class with more than 700 students. He has already completed his first two years of college even before he walks across the stage at his high school graduation. And he will be heading to one of the most prestigious colleges in the United States later this...

Finalists named in William T. Dwyer Awards for Education Excellence

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week on Wednesday, offering teachers a $5 Build-Your-Own-Pizza at three area locations: 2146 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 250 S. State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach; and 4665 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Teachers must show their credentials using a valid identification badge from a school, daycare, college or university. The 26th...
Palm Beach Central High School’s High Impact teachers named

Palm Beach Central High School’s High Impact teachers named

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH The Fine Arts Department will present its Spring Fling Choral Concert Friday in the auditorium. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 6:30. General admission is $5. Music from madrigals to today’s contemporary tunes will be sung by the Chamber Singers, Women’s and Men’s Choruses, barbershop quartets and featured soloists. The concert will be directed...
Husband wins $190K from school board, six years after wife’s victory

Husband wins $190K from school board, six years after wife’s victory

Six years after a jury ordered the Palm Beach County School Board to pay his wife $75,000 for unfairly demoting her, former Santaluces High School assistant principal Jim Utterback on Tuesday convinced another jury that the district should pay $190,000 for taking similar action against him. “I’m like the Michael Cohen for the Utterback family,” said attorney Isidro “Sid&rdquo...
Eagle Arts Academy withholds teachers’ pay for second time in a month

Eagle Arts Academy withholds teachers’ pay for second time in a month

Eagle Arts Academy is temporarily withholding paychecks from its teachers and staff for the second time in a month, saying that it is out of money and unable to arrange a short-term loan to make payroll. After telling staff last week that it was on the brink of negotiating a short-term loan, the Wellington charter school announced this week that its efforts had failed and that the paychecks due Monday...
Encouraging word from assistant principal helped Walker exceed goal

Encouraging word from assistant principal helped Walker exceed goal

An encouraging word from Pahokee High School’s assistant principal, Janet Peeples, helped Valedictorian Brittney Walker stay on track and exceed her goal of reaching the top 10 in the graduating class of 2018. Walker said Peeples gave her the good news that she was on course to receive the school’s top academic honor. “She said that I was No. 1 in my class and she said I had to keep...
NEW: Army recruiter at Dwyer High arrested on child pornography charges

NEW: Army recruiter at Dwyer High arrested on child pornography charges

A staff sergeant Army recruiter based at William T. Dwyer High School was arrested this week on federal child pornography charges, and he allegedly solicited illegal content from a 17-year-old via a social-media app, according to a complaint made public this week.  The FBI arrested Danilo Fernandez II on charges of attempted production of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and enticement...
Olympic Heights valedictorian is all business

Olympic Heights valedictorian is all business

While in seventh grade, James Fryer started a sneaker company that continues to operate successfully today. He sources, purchases and sells high-end, in-demand sneakers. “I operate through virtual stores, trade shows, social media and networking,” said Fryer, Olympic Heights’ valedictorian. “I have many clients, including a large international base in the Far East.” Fryer&rsquo...
Don’t like your assigned school? This is last day to apply for another

Don’t like your assigned school? This is last day to apply for another

Don’t want your child to attend his or her neighborhood school as assigned by Palm Beach County school boundaries? Today is the last day to apply for school outside those boundaries under the state’s “controlled open enrollment” plan.  More than 70 public elementary, middle and high schools in the county have room to take students applying through this plan. Students...
Which celebrity got sent to principal’s office at West Palm school?

Which celebrity got sent to principal’s office at West Palm school?

Mr. Dynamite. Soul Brother No. 1. The Hardest Working Man In Show Business. The Godfather of…School? James Brown (Say it loud! Say it proud!) once made a surprise visit in September 1977 to West Palm Beach’s Twin Lakes High School, now the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Brown — who would have turned 85 on May 3 — did it in fabulous James Brown style, according to The Palm...
Lake Worth valedictorian has known her life path since 9th grade

Lake Worth valedictorian has known her life path since 9th grade

If you know what you want to do with the rest of your life, there’s no such thing as an early start. Even if you’re only in the ninth grade at the time. Working with children was something Tuyanne Campbell knew she wanted to do. So much so that she enrolled in the Medical Academy at Lake Worth High School. Not only did that experience strengthen her dream, it helped focus it a little bit...
Boca-area school trying to bar ex-student after perceived threats

Boca-area school trying to bar ex-student after perceived threats

In a sign of the times, administrators at the Donna Klein Jewish Academy have gone to court to bar a former student from the sprawling campus west of Boca Raton, claiming he has threatened the school in obscenity-laced posts on social media. Raising the prospect of another Parkland-style massacre, school officials this week filed court papers, asking Palm Beach County Judge Edward Garrison to issue...
Extra police to be at Palm Beach Central after school shooting threat 

Extra police to be at Palm Beach Central after school shooting threat 

Extra police officers will be at Palm Beach Central High School on Monday due to a shooting threat scrawled on a bathroom wall.  “Even though we don’t believe this to be a credible threat, we take this extremely seriously,” Principal Darren Edgecomb said in a recorded call to parents Thursday. A student alerted administrators Thursday morning to the graffiti on a bathroom...
Jupiter High valedictorian is passionate for sciences

Jupiter High valedictorian is passionate for sciences

Although Alexandra Matys is only 18, her insatiable appetite for science proves she’s ready to take the field by storm. But everyone knows a good scientist must acknowledge their challenges. “My favorite classes ended up being the hardest ones,” the valedictorian of Jupiter High School admitted, of completing calculus and biology. “I knew they’d be hard, but I was also...
State settles with popular Boca teacher who district tried to fire

State settles with popular Boca teacher who district tried to fire

An award-winning Boca Raton High teacher who survived school district leaders’ attempt to fire her last year for her actions while mentoring a troubled student has agreed to pay a state fine to settle the case. Samantha Major, now a psychology teacher at Spanish River High, was targeted for termination by Palm Beach County’s public schools after administrators said she violated school...
Being named Leonard’s valedictorian was pleasant surprise for Chavis

Being named Leonard’s valedictorian was pleasant surprise for Chavis

John I. Leonard valedictorian Connor Chavis had a high-ranking GPA for most of his high school career, but he wasn’t sure he would land at the top of his senior class. So when he got the news, Chavis said he was pleasantly surprised. “It makes me feel good because it is something that makes my dad (Danny Chavis) happy,” Connor Chavis said. “It’s something he’s always...

SouthTech Academy hosts open house event today

SOUTHTECH ACADEMY An open house begins at 6:30 p.m. today on the campus, 1300 SW 30th Avenue, Boynton Beach. The tuition-free charter school, serving grades nine to 12, offers 13 career academies and more than 30 industry certifications. The school also offers an expanded AP program and dual enrollment. School staff will be available to provide information and admission assistance. For more information...
Wellington Elementary School students create ‘Living Museum’

Wellington Elementary School students create ‘Living Museum’

JOHN I. LEONARD HIGH Mary Fuentes, an early childhood education student, is the first student to earn the National Child Development Associate Industry certification in Palm Beach County. ROSARIAN ACADEMY Middle school students will perform the musical comedy “The Addams Family” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. The show features Harper Throop as Wednesday Addams; Grey Bauer and...

Carnival, silent auction at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary on Friday

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The annual Carnival and Silent Auction takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are available at the school or at the gate. Activities include games and bounce houses. The school is at 10060 Riverside Drive. PALM BEACH GARDENS HIGH Liesel Winchester was selected by the English Speaking Union to study at Oxford University in England this summer...
Glades Central valedictorian hopes to work with special-needs kids

Glades Central valedictorian hopes to work with special-needs kids

Often in life, we encounter moments of passion so strong that we want to hold onto them forever — even though we know well their fleeting form doesn’t allow us to do that. For some, however, these moments can translate into an undeniable calling, and those lucky enough to experience that do so at just the right time. Glades Central High School valedictorian Gisell Rodriguez knows just...

Advocating for disabled children in your life; RSVP for Legal Aid chat

Parents and guardians of children with disabilities looking to better understand their role as legal advocate for those children are invited to a presentation by the Legal Aid Society. The event is hosted by the Seagull Academy for Independent Living.  When: 5 -6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018 Where: The Seagull Academy 6250 N. Military Trail in Riviera Beach. What:The discussion covers advocating...
NEW: Boca’s Addison Mizner Elementary won’t move to Sugar Sand Park

NEW: Boca’s Addison Mizner Elementary won’t move to Sugar Sand Park

BOCA RATON — Addison Mizner Elementary School will be rebuilt and expanded at its current site after the public pushed back against a pitch to move the school to public Sugar Sand Park.  The Palm Beach County School District decided against moving Addison Mizner, a 50-year-old school on an 11-acre lot at the center of a neighborhood on Southwest 12th Avenue between Palmetto Park...
Forest Hill valedictorian thrives by giving back to her community

Forest Hill valedictorian thrives by giving back to her community

It’s not a stretch to say Natalie Gonzalez’s heart is bigger than her mind — figuratively speaking, of course, because her wealth of knowledge is quite impressive, as this year’s valedictorian of Forest Hill High School. Gonzalez, 18, of West Palm Beach, dedicates most of her time outside the classroom to making sure others are living their best lives. Perhaps her proudest...
Boynton valedictorian hopes to make mark in mechanical engineering

Boynton valedictorian hopes to make mark in mechanical engineering

Chase Mango’s robotics team advanced to the world championship two years in a row. “It’s great to meet the people from all over the world with similar interests,” said Mango, of Lake Worth. He considers the robotics team his greatest high school achievement. Another lofty accomplishment for Mango: Boynton Beach High School valedictorian. “I basically made school my No...
Palm Beach first-graders raise $800 to fix pump in African village

Palm Beach first-graders raise $800 to fix pump in African village

When Palm Beach Public first-grade teacher Chimane Rabideau found out about a broken water pump in the small African village where her daughter is posted with the Peace Corps, she quickly devised a plan that would help the village and would teach her students a lesson they’d never forget. “Dimes For Dovi-Dizigo” began as a classroom campaign to raise $150. That would be just...

POINT OF VIEW: Scott should partner with Parkland teens

What is the purpose of the Florida governorship if not to uplift Florida’s youth? That’s a question that should vex Gov. Rick Scott even after signing major gun legislation, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, to address the worst high school shooting in U.S. history. A wise governor would recognize the political and moral value inherent in inviting the Parkland...

POINT OF VIEW: Recognizing apprenticeships in HS grad requirements

In the fall of 1999, when I was a junior at the University of Florida, my professor, Julian Pleasants, inspired me to dedicate my life to public service. It wasn’t until several years later that I realized our education system was the primary issue I wanted to tackle when I jumped into the political arena. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup In 2006...
JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces another gun-theft charge

JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces another gun-theft charge

Park Vista High School football standout Jake Collins has been charged a second time this week with burglarizing guns and other items from homes in suburban Lake Worth, according to jail and court records.  Collins, a senior who had signed to play at Duquesne University, now is charged with stealing from a home near his own that’s been empty since its owners died. Judge Ted Booras...
The cost of a cop in every school could mean no raises for teachers

The cost of a cop in every school could mean no raises for teachers

Palm Beach County’s public school administrators are ruling out raises for teachers and other employees this year after state lawmakers required that nearly all new education money be spent on beefing up school security and mental health services. In an unusual move, leaders of the school district said this week that they could not set aside any money for employee raises in their tentative...
Boca High co-valedictorian inspired by grandfather

Boca High co-valedictorian inspired by grandfather

When she was a sophomore at Boca Raton High School, Lauren Morejón co-founded and led an organization called Project Outreach with her twin sister, AnaMichele. They developed a team of volunteers to produce an inspiring, uplifting show of dancers and singers titled “I Rise,” dedicated to their late grandfather. For Lauren, 17, the co-valedictorian for the Bobcats, Project Outreach...

POINT OF VIEW: Love in classroom essential to transformational growth

When I taught in public schools, I was once asked why my students tended to perform so well on standardized tests. The answer was obvious to me — with the help of love in the classroom. I showed my students love every day, and I used that love to motivate and relate to them. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup Unfortunately, due to horrific events...
Boca Raton co-valedictorian sees corporate law in his future

Boca Raton co-valedictorian sees corporate law in his future

John “Jack” Chapman’s chief goal is making government more representative of people than money. “Having spent time living in the two most influential swing states, Ohio and Florida, I believe I have potential as a federal-level politician,” said the Boca Raton High co-valedictorian. Chapman’s 4.0 GPA helped him tie for first out of 904 senior Bobcats. Among his...

Ride for Reading project will deliver books to Crosspointe Elementary

CROSSPOINTE ELEMENTARY Ride for Reading will deliver books to the school on April 27 with the help of volunteers from the local cycling community. Students will be able to select a book to take home. SOUTHTECH ACADEMY An open house begins at 6:30 p.m. April 26 on the campus, 1300 SW 30th Avenue, Boynton Beach. The tuition-free charter school, serving grades nine to 12, offers 13 career academies and...

Palm Beach Gardens Elementary hosts annual carnival, silent auction

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY The annual Carnival and Silent Auction takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. April 27. Tickets are available at the school or at the gate. Activities include games and bounce houses. The school is at 10060 Riverside Drive. GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL SCHOOL Rosemary Marshall, Gifted Program planner for the School District of Palm Beach County, has been named...
Rosarian Academy students take home awards in essay, art content

Rosarian Academy students take home awards in essay, art content

ROSARIAN ACADEMY Four middle school students placed in the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews Essay Contest and Creative Arts Competition. Robby Vargas was first in the video category and Matti Cohen was first in 3-D art. Earning honorable mentions for their essays were MJ Hanlon and Lily Guari. Contestants were asked to read and reflect on Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken&rdquo...
Constitution revision panel adds 8 questions to five on Florida ballot

Constitution revision panel adds 8 questions to five on Florida ballot

Florida voters will get a chance to decide in November whether 13 is a lucky or unlucky number. The state Constitution Revision Commission, which meets every 20 years, finished its work Monday night after approving eight proposed constitutional amendments for the Nov. 6 general-election ballot. Those eight proposals will join five other measures already on the ballot, including three approved...
Lyrids are a modest meteor shower, but even one is a treat

Lyrids are a modest meteor shower, but even one is a treat

A lengthy pause in celestial flamboyance ends this week under a shy, waxing crescent moon and skies scrubbed clean by a cold front. The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks late Saturday into early Sunday, but the approach of another weather system and a growing moon means watching earlier in the week may offer a better chance to see a line of fire scratch into the inky night. January’s Quadrantids...
Atlantic High valedictorian was on a mission to reach the top

Atlantic High valedictorian was on a mission to reach the top

To Vinayak Kawatra, pick-up soccer games, arm wrestling, video games and school all mean one thing: competition. The Atlantic High School valedictorian can’t get enough of it. “I’m competitive in every little thing,” said Kawatra, 18. “I wasn’t really aware of the ranking system when I first joined high school, as I’m the first person in my family to go to...
Why PBC’s school board is spending $15 million to aid a charter school

Why PBC’s school board is spending $15 million to aid a charter school

Palm Beach County’s public schools went to court last year to try to avoid giving charter schools more construction and maintenance money. Now the school board is preparing to spend $15 million fixing up an old campus on a charter school’s behalf. After they shut down Odyssey Middle in June, board members plan to hand the keys to the campus to SouthTech Academy, a charter high school that...
JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces charge he stole firearm

JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces charge he stole firearm

A Park Vista High School football standout was arrested on charges of armed burglary and theft of a firearm late Monday, just months before his college career was to get underway. Jake Collins, a senior athlete who had signed to play at Duquesne University, is accused of stealing a gun and jewelry from the suburban Lake Worth home of a Palm Beach County sheriff’s officer, according to a...
Dreyfoos valedictorian finds perseverance key to success

Dreyfoos valedictorian finds perseverance key to success

Facing some of her fears and overcoming failures during her high school years has taught Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts valedictorian Mounika Vattigunta some very valuable life lessons. She said even though she works hard to keep her grades up, she enjoys just being a regular high school student. “I’m serious, but only when I need to be,” she said. Vattigunta said her advice...
POINT OF VIEW: Board members should do what’s right or resign

POINT OF VIEW: Board members should do what’s right or resign

More than 20,000 students attend 48 charter schools in Palm Beach County. The majority of those schools and their nonprofit board members do an excellent job of providing parents with a public school choice. Charter schools exist because parents choose to send their children there — if parents withdrew their children the schools would close down. Recently, I have been reading The Palm Beach...

POINT OF VIEW: Prevention is better than ‘cleaning up the mess’

Imagine standing on the bank of a lovely river, just watching the water flow by, when suddenly you hear someone screaming. You look out into the river and see a boat burning, the person on board screaming for help. You jump into the water, swim out to the boat and bring the person to shore. Just as you get them comfortable, you hear another scream, and another burning boat is coming down the river...
Despite worries, Eagle Arts teachers report receiving full paychecks

Despite worries, Eagle Arts teachers report receiving full paychecks

Teachers and staff at Eagle Arts Academy reported receiving their full paychecks Friday after weeks of worries that the cash-strapped charter school wouldn’t be able to make payroll this week. Employees at the 425-student school had been working without pay for the past two weeks but received back pay on Wednesday and then their full paychecks on Friday. The payout elated teachers and marked...
While struggling to pay staff, Eagle Arts pays its leader for its own name

While struggling to pay staff, Eagle Arts pays its leader for its own name

As Eagle Arts Academy stiffed its landlord and struggled to pay its teachers this year, the charter school managed to find cash to cover a more unusual arrangement – paying its own executive director for the right to use its name. Since June, the financially struggling Wellington charter school has paid at least $42,000 to director Gregory Blount’s company for the right to call itself...
Editorial: For students’ sake, district must close struggling charter

Editorial: For students’ sake, district must close struggling charter

The Palm Beach County School Board gave Eagle Arts Academy 90 days to clean up its act or the financially struggling Wellington charter school would be shut down at the end of the school year. The School Board should shut it down now. Don’t allow Gregory Blount, Eagle Arts’ founder and executive director, access to one more tax dollar. Put an end to the nightmarish atmosphere the students...
PBSC ordered to pay $2.7 million to woman injured in “horrific” fall

PBSC ordered to pay $2.7 million to woman injured in “horrific” fall

One minute, Dwella Nelson was dropping her 5-year-old daughter off in a dressing room outside a theater at the Palm Beach Gardens campus of Palm Beach State College, assuring the excited pre-schooler she would wow the crowd of parents gathered for the ballet recital there. The next minute, the aspiring cancer researcher and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University was lying on the ground outside...
After two weeks without pay, Eagle Arts teachers get their checks

After two weeks without pay, Eagle Arts teachers get their checks

Eagle Arts Academy issued delayed paychecks to its teachers and staff Wednesday that the cash-strapped charter school had withheld for two weeks, soothing some teachers’ worries but stirring new questions about the school’s fate. The 425-student Wellington school was able to give teachers their back pay after receiving its monthly payment from the county school district this week, but...

PNC Foundation funds preschool lab for Village Academy students

VILLAGE ACADEMY ELEMENTARY The school received $60,000 from the PNC Foundation for a preschool lab. The lab, created out of a partnership with Palm Beach State College’s Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, the Young At Art Museum and the school districts of Broward and Palm Beach County to bring STEAM to preschools, will serve as...
Klean Currents team tops field in FPL competition at Dwyer High

Klean Currents team tops field in FPL competition at Dwyer High

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS BRIEFLY Dunkin Donuts has launched its South/Southwest Florida Scholarship Program, which will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. Students in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties may apply. Applications will be accepted through May 1....
Equestrian Trails’ Positivity Club helps raise funds for animal rescue

Equestrian Trails’ Positivity Club helps raise funds for animal rescue

PALM BEACH CENTRAL HIGH The Robotics Team competed last month at the FIRST Robotics South Florida Regional Competition at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The Bionic Broncos, a second year team, had five wins and five losses, finishing 30th out of 55 teams. Team members are Hunter Free, Kailia Williams, Brandon Boyle-Fagan, Hunter Hill, Ian Dominguez, Adryan Ortiz, Halle Gumpel, Brittany Mutz...
Editorial: Amid scramble to secure schools, money short for teachers

Editorial: Amid scramble to secure schools, money short for teachers

With teachers walking off the job in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma, demanding higher pay and more money for education, it should surprise no one if this prairie fire were to spread to another Republican-led state, our very own Florida. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup Just like the states where we’re seeing teachers taking drastic action...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t be fooled by proposed education amendment

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t be fooled by proposed education amendment

Tallahassee politicians keep trying to hide their real education agenda. They fooled us with the lottery amendment. They fooled us with measures to water down our class size limits. Now they are trying to fool us again with the following amendment: School board term limits and duties; public schools. Creates a term limit of eight consecutive years for school board members and requires the Legislature...
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