Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter 
                December 4, 2017 - Volume # 17                       
             December Events & News                      

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December Calendar  
  • December 6, Senior meeting, 8 am.
  • December 7-10, Art Basel Parking Fundraiser, run by PTSA. See article below.
  • December 7-15, Grad Bash ticket sale. Seniors only.
  • December 8, 12 & 14, SHARE Program collection. See article below.
  • December 9 ACT test, registered students.
  • December 9, SFCFL Debate tournament at Beach High.
  • December 12, PTSA Board Meeting, Media Center, 7:30-9 am. Everybody is welcome!
  • December 13, Herff Jones Rings Sales, all lunches, outside of cafeteria.
  • December 14, Rock Ensemble Annual Holiday Concert. See article below. Tickets at the door $5.
  • December 15, Annual Guitar Holiday Concert. See article below. Tickets at the door $5.
  • December 16, Thespian Festival, Miami-Dade District event.
  • December 18, Theatre Showcase, Auditorium, 6:30 pm.
  • December 20, EESAC meeting, 2:30 pm.
  • December 20, Chorus Concert, Auditorium, 6 pm.
  • December 21, Internship Second Quarter Grade Evaluation and Hour Log Due.
  • December 21, Hi-Tide Open Mic, Black Box Theater, 6-8 pm. Tickets will be $2 at the door.
  • December 22, SHARE Program show, Auditorium, 1 pm.
  • December 25-January 5, Winter Recess, no school.
  • January 6, Back to School.
Please note: all dates are tentative. 
2017-2018 NEW REVISED School Calendar
New school dates: 
January 19, 2018 (previously a teacher planning day);
February 15, 2018 (previously a secondary early release day);
April 19, 2018 (previously a secondary early release day);
April 20, 2018 (previously a teacher planning day); and
May 17, 2018 (previously a secondary early release day)
Please download your updated AB Calendar from here.  

Miami Beach Senior High School Code is 101140 for both tests.  

We are collecting donations for children in foster care for the Holidays until December 15. We mostly need school supplies and clothes, especially sweaters and jackets. We will also be collecting toys like teddy bears. Community service hours will be given for each item (1 hour per school supply, 3 hours for each new piece of clothing, 2 hours for each piece of slightly used clothing, 1 hour for each small toy, 2 hours for medium toys.) We need 20 extra small and small kid-sized sweaters, 20 medium kid-sized sweaters, 40 large kid-sized sweaters, 50 extra-large kid-sized sweaters, and 90 XXL kid-sized sweaters. We will be collecting in rooms 226, 103 (in the office), 701, and 505.

Amnesty International will be hosting a presentation on Rohingya Refugees on  Thursday, December 7 at 2:30 pm in room 375. Mr Tirado and Ms Haselmann will be offering extra credit.
Hi-Tide Open Mic is returning for our 2nd edition show. If you missed the first one, don't let it happen again! All the fun and antics return on December 21 for our holiday edition in the Black Box Theater from 6-8 pm. Tickets will be $2 at the door, with refreshments for sale as well. Come out and imbibe Beach High's finest talents!

Questions regarding student clubs or activities? Email our Student Government at
Sign up for Art Basel Parking Fundraiser - December 7-10
From December 7 to 10, visitors attending Art Basel will be able to park in our school parking lot for $30. This is MBSH PTSA largest fundraiser this year.
We need all parents, students, teachers and clubs to volunteer to help during any 3 hour shift on these days.
All money raised will go directly back to fulfill school grant requests from teachers, sports teams and clubs. You have to work a shift to get a grant request fulfilled! So come out, bring a friend, and help make this a huge success!
Volunteers will have a lot of fun directing cars to park and collecting money. If you are on a school sports team, wear your uniform to show your pride!
Please sign up to work during a time slot by clicking on the link below.
Any questions, please contact Melissa DeLisle, VP Fundraising,
Link to Sign Up for Art Basel Parking    
boat show volunteers  
The MBSH PTSA would like to give a huge "Thanks" to all the families and friends who made Give Miami Day 2017 such a huge success.   We raised over $11,000 and can now put that money to good use for our students. Thank you!   
On December 8th, we will have our first of three money collection days for the SHARE program. All proceeds from the SHARE collections will be used towards holiday gift cards for students nominated by their teachers.  
Collections will be on Dec ember 8th, December 12th and December 14th in first period. Bring in dollars and spare change. No donation is too small or too large. The three classes with the highest amount raised will be announced at the SHARE program events on December 22nd.  
This year the show's theme will be Star Wars! The winning classes will also receive a breakfast party in January, compliments of the PTSA. Come on and SHARE the love!    
PTSA Board Meeting Dates
All meetings are from 7:30 to 9 am.
December 12, 2017
January 9, 2018
February 13, 2018
March 13, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 8, 2018
   Next PTSA Board Meeting: 
   Tuesday, December 12, 7:30 - 9 am 
   in the Media Center.
   Everybody is welcome!

The Algebra 1 Retake Assessment will be today, Monday, December 4, through Wednesday, December 6. Please ensure that students who are eligible for this assessment get plenty of sleep the night before testing. We look forward to seeing our students early each morning. A healthy and delicious breakfast will be served in the cafeteria free of cost.  
The 2018-2019 Subject Selection Forms were distributed through Language Arts classes. Click below to download the form and discuss it with your student.  
9th Grade  
Silver Knight Important Dates - Please put these on your calendars  
Lock & submit applications online: Monday, January 29, 2018 by 5 pm.
Application in-person submission: Thursday, February 1, 2018 and Friday, February 2, 2018, 9 am - 5 pm.
Judging - Miami Dade County: Tuesday, April 11, 2018. Location: Jungle Island, Treetop Ballroom, Miami.
Miami-Dade & Broward County Joint Ceremony: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Silver Knight Awards Ceremony at the James L. Knight Center, 7 - 9 pm.
For more info, please contact Ms. Haselmann at
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You are invited to our Rock Ensemble Annual Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 14.  
We are dedicating this concert to the retirement of Ms. Nuñez, a long-time supporter and honorary member of the Miami Beach Senior High Rock Ensemble.  
Tickets will be available at the door for $5.   
You are invited to our Annual Guitar Holiday Concert on Friday, December 15. Come see classes in all levels showcase some of the repertoire they have been working on throughout the year!
Tickets will be available at the door for $5.
Students in Ms. Pierce's Film Production class produced seven Beach High Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee films.
Films can be viewed on Beach Film News: YouTube.
See them in the photos below: Ms. Pierce, Dr. Rodriguez, Dr. Cespedes, Mr. Nelson and film students at 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee luncheon.  
The Scuba Club had a very active month of November under the lead of Rookie Teacher of the Year Mr. Salisbury.  
Twenty-eight students passed the swim test and are now eligible divers to be. Great job everybody! Now let's go diving!
On November 17, the Scuba Club partnered up with the Shark Research Team of the University of Miami to embark in a shark tagging research expedition. Four sharks were caught during the day: a Black Tip, a Nurse, a Bull Shark and even a Tiger Shark! Students helped out and learned how to catch, measure, sample and tag the sharks. See photos of the event in the Photo Gallery at the bottom of this newsletter.
Photos above and below: the swim test at Scott Rakow Youth Center; the shark tagging research expedition; a Marine Science class with discussion and dissection.
The Beach High POSSE and Questbridge finalists were celebrated with a wonderful breakfast at the MBSH Bistro. Congratulations to our student finalists and thanks to Chef Shaff, Ms. Kee and the students of the Culinary Class for hosting.
On Saturday the Thespians participated in the first day of District level Individual Events. Our Beach High Thespians did extremely well, taking home 4 Excellents, 6 Superiors and Two Critics Choice awards!   
The Excellents:
Amber Teboe and Leandrea Brooks Duet Acting
Rachel Saruski Solo Musical 
Brynn Sklar Twelfth Night
Aleksandor Demetriades and
Thomas Floater Duet Acting
The Superiors:
Chandler Mann Solo Musical 
Isabella Cannava, Leandrea Brooks, 
Oliver Zel & Samantha Gajardo Ensemble Acting 
Christian Cabresi Set Design 
Samantha Gajardo  Solo Musical 
Critics Choice & Superior:  
Allison Lucas, Javier Mendez, 
Melanie Haber, Rachel Saruski Ensemble Acting
Jayce Lacuardra Costume Design
Please congratulate these students for their hard work and dedication!
Congratulations to our CAP Advisor Maria Sahwell, 2017-2018 winner for the North Region Office as Support Employee of the Year!
Congratulations Mrs. Gregory on her award from the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the Women's Society Network.    

The Boys Soccer Team improved their record to 5-0 by defeating Southwest 3-0 and Columbus by the score of 3-0. The team has scored 30 goals and conceded 1 goal in the six games they played. Go Hi-Tides!
Boys soccer results  
Miami Beach record 6-0

Miami Beach 8, Miami High 1
Josue Aguilar 2 Goals 1 Assist, Dennis Ortega 2 Goals, Kevin Herrera 1 Goal 1 Assist, Toby Squire 1 Goal, Kevin Giraldo 1 Goal, Franklin Rivera 1 Goal. Jose Almanza 3 Assist, Alfredo Astaburuaga 1 Assist

Miami Beach 3, Southwest 0
Jose Almanza 1 Goal 1 Assist, Leonardo Acosta 1 Goal 1 Assist, Alfredo Astaburuaga, Josue Aguilar 1 Assist. Jose Escobar 5th shoutout.

Miami Beach 3, Columbus 0
Josue Aguilar 1 Goal 1 Assist, Jean-Carlo Lantigua 1 Goal, Franklin Rivero 1 Goal, Jose Escobar 4th shoutout.

Miami Beach 8, South Miami 0
Josue Aguilar 3 goals, William Garzon 1 Goal 1 Assist, Leonardo Acosta 1 Goal, Dennis Ortega 1 Goal, Francesco Tassara 1 Goal, Franklin Rivero 1 Goal, Lucas Arellano 1 assist, Jose Escobar shoutout.

Congratulations to Coach Shaw and the Hi-Tide Boys Basketball Team on opening the season with a home win against Southwest High School. Go Hi-Tides!
Come out and support your Lady Hi-Tide Basketball Team!

Please meet our Licensed Mental Health C ounselor, Noria A. Curia, available at our school on Thursday and Friday.

She will be soon joined by another counselor. Read below for more info.  

A Contest for Pet Lovers

The HOPE Contest and Miami-Dade County Animal Services are excited to announce the 2017-2018 Student Art for Animals Contest Create art that shows your love for pets, promotes animal wellness or encourages pet adoptions. This contest is open to all students, K through 12th. Final art work will be displayed at Student Art for Animals Gallery Night. More info can be found on Dr. Karp's website. Click here to download an entry form.

Bank of America is looking for the next generation of community leaders. If you are a junior or senior in high school and are working to make a difference in your school or community, we want to support you.

As a Student Leader, you will participate in an eight-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization where you will learn first-hand about the needs of your community and the critical role nonprofits play. In addition, you will learn valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. Each Student Leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. where you will learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs.

To become a Student Leader, you must:
  • Currently be a junior or senior in high school
  • Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization and work 35 hours a week
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship through the end of September 2018
  • Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leders Summit in Washington, DC (July 8 - July 13, 2018) (All expenses paid. This week will be part of your 8-week experience.)
  • Be a student in good standing at your school
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.
To learn more about the program or to apply, please visit  
Please note: the application deadline is February 2, 2018.  


Dear Volunteers,
The annual 9th grade class field trips to the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial are coming up in January and our Language Arts Department needs chaperones. There are two field trips each day over the course of six days. You can choose the date(s) and time(s) that you would like to chaperone by emailing David Reese at
All chaperones must be Level One or Two volunteers. It is easy to become a MDCPS volunteer by visiting the parent portal at Mr. Reese will need your Volunteer Level (1 or 2), your phone number, and your volunteer number to complete the field trip paper work. 
The dates for the trips this year are as follows:
Mon Jan 29:  9:30 AM- 11:00 AM  
Mon Jan 29 - 12:30 PM -  2:00 PM
Tue Jan 30: 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM  
Tue Jan 30: 12:30 PM -  2:00 PM
Wed Jan 31: 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM  
Wed Jan 31: 12:30 PM -  2:00 PM
Thu Feb 1:  9:30 AM- 11:00 AM  
Thu Feb 1: 12:30 PM -  2:00 PM
Tue Feb 6:  9:30 AM- 11:00 AM  
Tue Feb 6: 12:30 PM -  2:00 PM
Wed Feb 7:  9:30 AM- 11:00 AM  
Wed Feb 7:  12:30 PM -  2:00 PM  
Thank you,
Gabriela Hemmerde,
PTSA Academic Volunteer Coordinator



The Shark Research Expeditions of MBSH Scuba Club with the University of Miami Shark Research Team





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