In November all of Ms. Egan’s 6th Grade Art students made papier-mâché animals to enter in competition at the South Florida Fair. Ms. Egan selected eight of the best creations and submitted them to the South Florida Fair, and all eight students placed! Karla R. received 1st Place. Second Place winners are Yaxiy A., Mary V., Isabella G., and Natalie B.. Third Place winners include Emiliano V., Cynthia M., and Nicole P.. Congratulations to Ms. Egan and her talented Art students! ~ Elizabeth A.
Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID is an elective that prepares students for success in the 21st Century. AVID’s mission is to “close the achievement gap by preparing all students for success in a global society,” says Ms. Bezio, one of the AVID teachers, along with Ms. Corners, Ms. Lucas, and Ms. Johnson. AVID’s goal is to ensure that all students are ready for a fast-paced world. As a college readiness program, AVID teaches students the necessary skills to not only get into a college but to become accomplished college graduates. In AVID students have a great time learning how to collaborate in tutorials where students help one another work through points of confusion. Students also work on time management and organization, utilizing the AVID binder, and they perfect their note-taking skills by taking Cornell Notes in all of their classes; the strategies an AVID student learns can be applied across the curriculum and set a foundation of good study habits that will support further educational endeavors. AVID students are also exposed to interesting careers by welcoming guest speakers and going on lots of field trips each year to visit colleges and universities. ~ Rachel K.
The symphonic and concert band students performed in different ensembles at the District 14 Solo & Ensemble Music Performance Assessment. There were Brass Choirs, Woodwind Choirs, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Quartets, Trumpet Quartets. Trombone Quartets, Brass Quartets, Flute Trio, Trumpet Trio and French Horn Quartet. The students performing ensembles performed at John I. Leonard High School on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2nd and 3rd in front of well-trained judges. All students who performed received superior ratings for the wonderful performances. These ratings are music to our ears! Good Job all band students who played! ~ Mr. Bermudez
On November 30th Mr. Bermudez held the induction ceremony for the National Junior Honor Society, NJHS. The officers lit candles to represent scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Second year members of NJHS received a badge, and first year members received certificates. To qualify for this prestigious club, students must be either in 7th or 8th grade and have a GPA of 3.75 or higher. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the NJHS.
This year the JNHS will sponsor several activities, like selling Valentine’s Day carnations, participating in a beach cleanup, and launching a school beautification campaign. On February 8th, NJHS will visit Forgotten Soldiers to help pack care packages for American service men serving overseas. The NJHS is a service club that sets a foundation for a life time of responsible citizenry.
The President for the NJHS is Meghan P.; the Vice-President is Jennifer P.; the Secretary is Nataly R.; the Treasurer is Flavie A., and the Historian is Daniel R.. Palm Springs looks forward to a year of academic leadership from our new and returning NJHS members, led by Mr. Bermudez. ~ Elizabeth A.
Ms. Costello and Mr. Weagle took their students on a fieldtrip to Vizcaya in Miami last week. Vizcaya is a 100 year old house built by James Deering, and today it is a museum. Mr. Deering loved nature and he displayed that by incorporating the natural landscape into his gardens. He also showed his love for European architect by using various art styles like Rococo and Italian Renaissance. Mr. Deering imported European antiques to decorate his house, creating an international theme. After the tour, the students enjoyed Cuban sandwiches at Versailles Restaurant. It was a great trip and a fun way to end the year! Roxana S. and Alejandro L.
STEM students broke ground on a new garden last week and are excited about the adventures that await them.
[embedit snippet=”avid-3″]AVID teachers and students spent the day in the library, sharing their AVID Awareness with the school. They presented projects relating to AVID and answered students questions about the program. And then they finished the day enjoying a lunch of pizza together – take a look at the video created by Victoria M. and Giana L.