Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter
February 6, 2018 - Volume # 22
Dates, deadlines and info
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- February 7, MBSH Immigration Forum, Black Box Theater, 2:30 - 4 pm. See article below.
- February 9, Registration deadline for March 10 SAT test.
- February 10, PERT Exam, Media Center. See article below.
- February 10, ACT test, registered students.
- February 13, PTSA Board Meeting, Room 306, 7:30-9 am. Everybody is welcome!
- February 16, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic 2018, see flyer below.
- February 19, Presidents' Day, no school.
- February 22, PTSA General Meeting, "Get into College!" - see article below.
- February 23, Black History Month Celebration, last block. See article below.
- February 25, Miami National College Fair. See article below.
- February 26-28, FSA Writing Retake, eligible students.
- February 27, Committee for Quality Education meeting, 9-11am, City Hall.
- February 28, Late registration deadline for March 10 SAT test (late fee required).
- February 28, EESAC meeting, 2:30 pm.
Please note: all dates are tentative.
2017-2018 NEW REVISED AB School Calendar
Miami Beach Senior High School Code is 101140 for both tests.
The next PERT Exam will take place on Saturday, February 10 in the Media Center at 9 am. You must register in advance to take the PERT. See Ms. Clarke in Room 163 to register. Deadline for registration is February 6.
Are you interested in being a class officer next year? SGA applications are available in Room 103 and are due February 16. Please see Ms. Sakowicz for more information.
There will be a Mu Alpha Theta meeting on Wednesday, February 7, after school in Room 758.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner! The annual English Honors Society rose sale began on Monday, February 5, during all three lunches. One rose will be sold for $2 and a bunch of 3 roses will be sold for $5. We will be selling until February 13, so make sure you buy one and put a smile on your sweetheart's face!
Are you interested in showing off your talent and want to perform for the Black History Month Celebration? Then come and audition to perform in the Black History program "Night at the Apollo" in the Auditorium on February 9 and 12 at 2:30 pm. Sign up sheets in front of Room 103.
Questions regarding student clubs or activities? Email our Student Government at
Join us February 8, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm at the Intermix store in Bal Harbour Shops. 10% of all sales will go to the MBSH PTSA.
College Advisors, SAT tutors, application essay advisors: please join the College Prep Resource Fair on Thursday, February 22, starting at 5:30 pm. Reserve your space with a suggested donation of $50 to the MBSH PTSA. Contact Tiffany at email@example.com.
PTSA Board Meeting Dates
All meetings are from 7:30 to 9 am.
February 13, 2018
March 13, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 8, 2018
Next PTSA Board Meeting:
Tuesday, February 13,
7:30 - 9 am
in Room 306.
Everybody is welcome!
Please open the attachment to download the Subject Selection Forms for next school year and discuss it with your student.
The Internship applications for the 2018-2019 school year are available on the school website. Please click here:
Soil@MBSH, Amnesty International, SHAPE, and Psychology Club are collaborating to host an immigration forum on Wednesday, February 7 from 2:30 to 4 pm in the Black Box Theater (Room 324). Come to learn more about DACA, TPS, and the current state of immigration in America. An immigration lawyer will be present to answer students' inquiries. Please let us know in advance if there is a question you would like answered.
The MBSH Annual Black History Month Celebration will be on Friday, February 23, during 7th period for a 'Night at the Apollo'. There will be a door decorating contest to identify the classes that will be invited to attend the Black History Month celebration. The doors will be judged on February 16 and the winners will be notified on February 20. The theme for the celebration and door decorating contest will be 'A Night at the Apollo'.
Imagine taking a U.S. government class with a current city manager who is a Harvard-trained lawyer and has nearly 20 years
of government experience, or enrolling in a criminal justice course with the chief of police of one of the busiest cities in the country.
Last fall, 29 Miami Beach Senior High students had the opportunity to take college-level courses with Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy L. Morales and Police Chief Daniel J. Oates. The courses, taught at the high school, were part of FIU's dual enrollment program, which gives students across Miami-Dade County the opportunity to take FIU classes at no cost to them, jumpstarting their college career.
"Students afforded this opportunity really get to experience what college classes will be like," said Maria T. Rodriguez, principal at Miami Beach Senior High. "They are able to save money ... while learning the independence and expectations of the course load from the safety of their home school."
Morales and Oates - both current adjunct professors at FIU's Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs - incorporated their areas of study and their real-life experiences into their courses.
"The City of Miami Beach places a strong emphasis on delivering the highest level of education to our students throughout our public school feeder pattern," Morales said. "I've tapped into my years of experience in both politics and government to provide the students real-life context to the material studied."
Since the Spring 2015 semester, the City of Miami Beach has funded 20 unique FIU dual enrollment courses at Miami Beach Senior High School and 671 students have participated in 29 class sections. This past year, the Miami Beach Commission voted to increase funding to classes, meaning that FIU will be able to provide more dual enrollment choices than ever before.
New 3D Printers
Thanks to a donation to the school in memory of Rudra Bhatt (the MBSH student that died in a street accident the summer of 2016), we have purchased two new 3-D printers and computers to use with them. These will be used by many clubs around the school, including projects for the Engineering Club and the Art Department.
The Beach High PTSA participated in the 8th Annual Team Run for Education. On Saturday, January 27, students and their families lined up on the starting line near the Children's Museum and raced the 5K down the MacArthur Causeway to Nikki Beach in Miami Beach, in an effort to raise money for all the Miami Beach area schools. Special thank you to all the families that joined us starting at 5:30 am to represent and support Miami Beach Senior High and to our sponsors (see photo below).
Our Thespian Troupe 0391 won a Critics Choice at District One Acts and will be taking our piece to States. Unfortunately, this great honor comes at a high cost as we are now unable to pay to put on a musical. So many of our thespians look forward to the musical every year, and it would be a huge disappointment if we didn't have the funds to put it on.
This past October, we competed at the District 8 Thespian Competition with a play entitled Dark Road. Our play was awarded Best Technical Crew, Best Supporting Dramatic Actress, and a Superior Rating. In addition to these awards, our play was chosen as a Critics Choice, which means that out of 24 plays that competed, ours was chosen as the best one, along with 3 other plays. Because of this, we got the opportunity to perform at the Florida Thespians State Festival in Tampa in March.
Sending a play to states is extremely expensive, especially for 27 students and many of our thespians cannot afford it, so the department must pay for them. Therefore, after the State competition, we will have no funds left in our department to put on our end-of-year musical. We would really appreciate it if you could donate whatever you can. Thank you in advance for your donation and your generosity.
The Miami Beach Speech and Debate Team attended the FFL Art Deco Regional Tournament on Saturday, February 3 at Ransom Everglades. The top 7 entries in each event qualified to compete at the State Championship that will be held on March 2 and 3 at Timber Creek HS in Orlando. Congratulations to our 2018 qualifiers!
Student Congress: Davey Frankel 4th, Delilah
Duo Interp: Camila Nunez/Juliet Pizano 2nd Alternate
Dramatic Interp: Ely Martinez 4th
Domestic Extemp: Mitch Rogoff 7th, Mitchell Diaz 5th
International Extemp: Zach Fotiadis 1st, Gaby Morales 3rd
Original Oratory: Heavyn Lee 1st, Mia Catania 6th, Genna Grodin 1st Alternate
Public Forum Debate: Alex Sherer/Guido
Dominguez 2nd, Pablo Gonzalez/Tali Peretz 3rd, Cole Vita/Michelle Mally 2nd Alternate
The Debate Team with Coach Rywell in Atlanta after the Emory Tournament.
The STC Dance Competition
Congratulations to Coach Wallace, Ambre Milazzo, Andrea Eberhardt, and the entire Fusion Dance Team for winning at the STC Dance Competition on Saturday, February 3.
Senior solo novice division:
Ambre Milazzo - 1st category. 1st place overall
Senior solo intermediate division:
Andrea Eberhardt - 1st category. 2nd place overall
Senior small group intermediate division:
Fusion Dance Team - 1st place category. 1st place overall
Legislative session 2018
The House has been pushing through HB 7055, which is a train bill similar to HB 7069. This legislation is steamrolling several bills into one, each of which should be heard on its own merit.
HB 311 and HB 427 are two good pieces of legislation that have yet to be heard in committee. This new legislation, respectively, provides alternative pathways to a standard high school diploma and will eliminate unneeded testing by allowing school districts to set teacher salary schedules removing the merit pay requirement currently in law.
The Florida PTA urges you to call your House Representative and urge them to support or co-sponsor HB 311 and HB 427.
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Attention families of Beach High Seniors! The MBSH Class of 2018 will be graduating on Wednesday, June 6, at 3 pm at the University of Miami Watsco Center, at 1245 Dauer Drive in Coral Gables. All seniors will need to report to the University of Miami Watsco Center Fieldhouse by 1 pm.
Each graduate will receive 6 tickets. Each person attending (not including the graduate) MUST have a ticket, including children. The Pavia and Merrick garages will provide free parking for all attendees.
We will continue to keep you updated as more information is available.
Save the Date!
The Scholars - IB Banquet for our senior students, their families and teachers
will be held on Sunday, May 27, at 12 noon at the Miami Shores Country Club,
10000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Shores.
For graduating seniors only: Grad Bash will be on April 27 and the total cost is $182 (or two payments of $91). The second payment collection ends Friday 9 for cash and Sunday 11 through the Portal. This is only open to graduating seniors with at least a 2.0 GPA, community service on file, less than 20 tardies, and less than 10 absences. Payment can be made through the Parent and Student Portals.
The 2018 Miami National College Fair will be held on Sunday, February 25, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center, 777 NW 72 Avenue, Miami, FL 33126, from 12 to 4 pm.
The College Fair is sponsored by Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Nearly 200 colleges and universities from around the country will have representatives available to answer questions about admissions, courses, and financial aid. An on-site counseling center will provide students and their parents with academic advisement and college planning information.
Information sessions about the value of a college education, the steps needed to prepare for the application process, and the availability of financial aid will be presented. Students planning to attend the College Fair are strongly encouraged to pre-register on-line
to avoid long lines.
Hit the Links for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic 2018, co-hosted by Honorary Chair Mayor Dan Gelber and celebrating Miami Beach Education.
Friday, February 16; 11 am Lunch & Registration, 12:15 pm Tee Off.
Support an Educational Enrichment Initiative
The Chamber's Golf Classic benefits the Miami Beach Education Foundation, the Chamber's 501 c3 which helps support educational needs in the Miami Beach Community. The Mayor has tasked the Chamber with finding solutions to keeping the enrichment electives in the feeder pattern public schools in Miami Beach as the funding for these programs is not as readily available (i.e. music, art, etc).
to learn more on how to sponsor an enrichment program.