PBCSD Weekly Update for week of Feb. 27

Glades Youth Summit: A Glades Teen Summit is scheduled for Saturday, February 25 from noon to  3:30 p.m. at the Bill Bailey Community Center in Belle Glade. The purpose of the Teen Summit is to unite Glades area teens with community representatives from many different sectors to discuss issues of concern to teens and identify solutions. An audience of 300 teens and adults is expected. The Glades Teen Summit is one of the projects that is being funded by the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank. The idea originated as part of a brainstorming session among members of the Glades Teen Center members during a meeting of Keystone Club, a Boys & Girls Club program focused on community service. Je’Cynthia Nonar, currently a senior at Glades Central and a longtime member of the Boys & Girls Club, took the lead in submitting an application, outlining her intention to unite teens and officials in a public dialogue about teens’ top concerns—crime and violence, employment, and education. The event will feature three different panels comprised of community leaders that will answer questions posed by teen ambassadors in the three topic areas. The questions will be based on survey results that are being conducted this week at Glades Central High School Pahokee Middle-Senior High School, Glades Day School, and Lake Shore Middle.

Helping Black Children Reach Their Full Potential: A special workshop on helping black children reach their full potential will be held at Riviera Beach Preparatory & Achievement Academy Saturday, February 25 at 3 p.m. Steve White, who authored a book on the subject will be presenting the “Seven Keys to Developing the Genius Inherent in All Black Children. There will also be local artifacts chronicling the history of African-Americans in Palm Beach County on display.

Lego Robotics Competition: The FIRST® LEGO® League Regional Championship will be Saturday, February 25 starting at 9 a.m. at Boynton Beach High School. Students aged 9-14 from 45 teams throughout South Florida, including Palm Beach County School District students will demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play and sportsmanship while showing off their robotics designs and showcasing their computer programming and engineering skills. Robot competitions are the only public part of the day. The award ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. This is the first time the competition has been hosted in Palm Beach County. While it’s not Battle Bots, it’s sure to be a lot of fun watching these robots and their skillful designers display their talents.

Lake Shore Middle School Student saves life of fellow student: A student in the medical academy at Lake Shore Middle School saw a classmate was choking on a piece of candy. Before the teacher could even react, the student was administering the Heimlich maneuver and quickly dislodged the family. How’s that for putting classroom skills to the test?

Testing season: FSA Writing testing in Palm Beach County starts Tuesday February 28. This is the opening of the ‘testing window’ districtwide.

Education Forecast: The 2017 Education Forecast is scheduled for March 9 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Dr. Avossa will be addressing the State of our Schools and the District will be presenting leader awards to Bill Bone and Eric Kelly for distinguishing themselves through education and civic leadership. The event includes a luncheon and is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Click here for more information: http://www.educationfoundationpbc.org/EducationForecast

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