PBCD Weekly Update

PALM BEACH COUNTY

• Thursday, February 2, is Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day in Palm Beach County. The date in our county is different than the nationwide day because of conflicts with the testing schedule. Thursday is a pre-scheduled early dismissal day for elementary and middle school students, and a late arrival day for high school students.

• It’s that time of year again! The Safety Patrols are hitting the tracks and heading to Washington D.C. Students from Starlight Cove, Wynnebrook, Jerry Thomas, Lantana, Northmore, Cholee Lake, West Gate, Greenacres, Seminole Trails, Sunset Palms, Belvedere, Washington, Discovery Key, Hagen Road, Roosevelt, Benoist Farms, Mary McLeod Bethune, South Grade and Liberty Park will be leaving from the 45th Street train station at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1. The train will begin loading at 11 and plans to depart at noon. Another group is heading out on February 9. This is always a very exciting time for Palm Beach County’s fifth graders, many of which may see snow for the first time while touring the nation’s capital.

• Tuesday,, January 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is the second Special Education Parent University being held this month to help parents with special needs and disabled students learn more about the opportunities and assistance offered to our ESE students in the District. The University is being held at Lake Worth Campus of Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Avenue in the Social Studies Building. Here is a link to the agenda.  https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/wp-content/uploads/sites/147/2017/01/Program-Agenda_PU_1-21-17.pdf

• This year’s Historically Black College-University/Hispanic Serving Institution (HBCU/HSI) College Fair yielded more than $8 million in scholarship offers and more than 1,300 college admissions to the 880 students who attended the two-day event.

• Wednesday. February 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. there is the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation/School Board joint workshop to discuss legislative priorities for the session. The agenda, legislative platform and preliminary recommendations are available here: http://www.boarddocs.com/fl/palmbeach/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AHYLBR55CC84

• The Board Workshop Wednesday, February 1, will include a Transportation Services Update to discuss new hires, sales tax referendum money, call center improvement and improved hiring and training. The presentation will also include an update on the Fuel Audit that was presented at the end of last year. We will have a white paper available before the meeting to detail the District’s response to the fuel audit and new protocols that have been implemented. A School Board Special Meeting will follow.

• While we’re on the subject of Transportation, there will be a Bus Driver Job Fair on Tuesday, February 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Central Bus Compound off of Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Interviews will be held on site. Interested applicants can apply online any time at palmbeachschools.org/jobs and are encouraged to do so prior to the fair to avoid a possible line. The District is hiring drivers to keep the numbers up to assist with vacations, illnesses, retirement and to prepare for summer school and the next school year. Reminder that applicants can apply in person and get assistance with the application process Mondays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Central Compound.

• A press release will be coming out today from the Florida Lottery and Florida State Fair announcing a surprise visit to A.W. Drefyoos School of the Arts Monday, January 30. One of their students will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to recognize her artwork. The surprise is set for 10 a.m. Please be at the front office by 9:45 a.m. to be part of the group who will be surprising her in her class.

• L.C. Swain Middle School has planned a college visit tour for 94 of its eighth graders. They will be visiting four schools over two days (spending the night in Orlando): Bethune-Cookman University, UCF, USF and Florida Gulf Coast University. Many of the students are the children of immigrants and this would be the first time their families have the opportunity to attend college, so the school is planting the seed early. There will be a parent meeting Wednesday, February 1, at 5:30 p.m.

• Monday, January 30, Okeeheelee Middle School will welcome the bestselling author of “An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny.” The entire school (students, faculty and staff) has read the book and have been holding discussions. Laura Schroff will be speaking at three assemblies at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. At 11:30 a.m., a luncheon will be held where 30 students who showed particular interest in the discussions of the book leading up to the visit will have a chance to meet the author and discuss the book.

• Tuesday, January 31, The Gentleman’s Club at Forest Park Elementary School in Boynton Beach will meet and learn about table etiquette. The afterschool club of fourth and fifth graders meet twice a month to develop themselves as respectable young men. Every Tuesday they have ‘Tie Tuesday’, and the 15 members dress in ties for school. They are working on team work, professionalism, proper manners and speaking skills while developing their self-esteem. Their sponsor David Katz is truly dedicated to these young men, including spending his own money to buy nine of the boys new shirts and ties to wear for a visit by Ann Scott, Governor Rick Scott’s wife, at the school this week. The meeting is at 2:15 p.m. Please let me know if you can join us. Another evergreen story from Mr. Katz –he’s a former professional juggler, and the weeks he doesn’t host Gentleman’s Club on Tuesdays, he hosts a Juggling Club where he works on hand and eye coordination with students.

• February is Black History Month, and our schools are planning several activities to celebrate the influence of African-Americans on the country. Thank you to everyone who helped us get the word out about the Choice and Career Academy deadline of midnight tonight!

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