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What’s up ahead in PBCSD for the week of February 13

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Welcome back! Safety Patrols pull in the Station on Feb. 13: Our second group of nearly 600 safety patrols returns home Monday after their trip to Washington, D.C. Read more about this annual tradition, and follow their travel updates on Twitter at @PBSafetypatrols.

Meet Miracle: Miracle Edjidike, who came to the U.S. from Nigeria at age 6, was one of more than 300 students who participated in a college readiness seminar at the District’s Safe Schools Institute. Many of the attendees would be the first in their families to attend college, and learned more about scholarship opportunities and what to expect once they graduate high school.

Lake Shore Middle teacher honored by Governor Scott: Dr. Wilehelmenia Jacobs was one of eight teachers honored this week by Gov. Scott with the Governor’s Shine Award, which is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education. She hadn’t missed a day of school in 36 years with the District. We’ve confirmed that her travel to Tallahassee will not count as an absence, as this was work-related travel.

They blinded me with science: 22 middle and high school students will take their science fair projects to state competition next month, after earning honors at the regional science fair. Read their story here. We went to the science fair last month and were impressed by the scope and depth of these projects (watch the interviews on our Facebook videos page — one student researched the effect of rare earth magnets on sharks). They are great examples of what our students are doing every day in the classroom, and we’re happy to connect you with them and share more information about their projects.

Looking ahead — Weekend workshop on helping black children reach their potential: Students and parents are invited to a workshop on Saturday, February 25, at Riviera Beach Preparatory and Achievement Academy. Educator, author and mentor Steve White will present a workshop for parents and community members on “Helping Black Children Reach Their Full Potential: The 7 Keys to Developing the Genius Inherent in All Black Children.” Students will be invited to attend sessions on the achievements and contributions of African-Americans to society.

Also coming up this week: The regular School Board meeting for February will be 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 15