Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter 
                January 15, 2018 - Volume # 21                       
             January News and Events                       

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January - February Calendar  
  • January 15, Martin Luther King Day, no school.
  • January 16, 2018 Cap & Gown meeting for Seniors and Senior panoramic photo, 1st block.
  • January 17, Herff Jones Class Ring sales, all lunches - outside the cafeteria.
  • January 18, Scholars and IB Curriculum Review, 6 pm, Auditorium. See article below.
  • January 19, End of the Second Grading Period.
  • January 22, Beginning of the Third Grading Period.
  • January 22 - February 2, Mid-Year Assessment: Biology and US History EOC's.
  • January 22-24, Cap and Gown sales.
  • January 23, Committee for Quality Education meeting, 9-11am, City Hall.
  • January 24, Forensic Psychology Presentation, 2:30 pm, Media Center.
  • January 24, Cap & Gown evening meeting, 5 pm.
  • January 27, Team Run for Education. See article below.
  • January 29 - February 7, Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial 9th grade class field trip. See article below.
  • January 29 - February 7, Grad Bash 2nd payment collection.
  • January 30, Junior Ring Ceremony, 7 pm, Auditorium.
  • January 31, Herff Jones Ring service - all lunches, outside cafeteria.
  • January 31, EESAC meeting, 2:30 pm.
  • February 1, Scholars and IB applications due. See articles below.
  • February 2, Take Your Child to Work Day.
  • February 9, Registration deadline for March 10 SAT test.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.  
Attention Seniors - All MBSH seniors will be meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, January 16 at 8 am for a graduation preparation meeting. Herff Jones will be there to present important information regarding the graduation Cap and Gowns ordering process and their Class of 2018 Graduation accessories and invitations. All Cap and Gown rentals are $22. The Cap and Gown online sales will run from Wednesday, January 17 until Monday, January 29, available through the Parent and Student Portals. Students may also pay in cash during lunch time January 22, 23 and 24 in front of the cafeteria, however they are asked to bring exact change. Students will be asked to provide their height and weight in order to ensure the correct size. The graduation date and location has not yet been set, but we'll keep you updated. The seniors will also be taking their senior panoramic picture immediately after the meeting and are asked to wear white t-shirts. Any seniors that will be sitting with their club or sport may wear matching club or sports jerseys or shirts. 
There will be a Mu Alpha Theta meeting on Wednesday, January 17, after school in Room 758. We will be collecting money for club t-shirts. Each shirt is $10. This will be the only day to pay for your shirt.
There will be a drive for feminine hygiene products (boxes of tampons, pads, diva cups, wipes, etc.), and general women's clothing for 1 hour of community service per item. The drive will last through the month of January and all products will be given to the Lotus House Shelter.
Attention Class of 2021! Long sleeve Class Shirts are on sale for $15. Shirts can be purchased before or after school, and during lunch in Room 248. Support this class fundraiser! See Ms. Justilien if you have questions. Go Hi Tide Freshmen!
College Club will have weekly meeting on Thursdays immediately after school in Room 248. College Club is opened to all students in grades 9-12 anytime, therefore if you have yet to attend a meeting, stop by. Light refreshments will be served.
The STAND Club (Students Together Against Negative Decisions) invite all students and teachers to join us on Sunday, February 11 at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness Walk. Come to our meetings or stop by Room 247 at any time to learn more about this important initiative.
Questions regarding student clubs or activities? Email our Student Government at
The recent PTSA Board meeting was joined by several distinguished guests. Mayor Dan Gelber made a very generous donation to our PTSA and Commissioner John Aleman presented the student cell phone policy updates that she worked on over the summer together with our MDCPS Board Member Dr. Martin Karp. As usual, Dr. Evan G. Rubensteen of Miami Beach Orthodontics kindly supplied coffee and donuts for all attendees. Our Principal Dr. Rodriguez and Activity Director Ms. Sakowicz were also in attendance, and Beth Edwards presented the plans for a new sport field at Beach High.  
See Mayor Dan Gelber, Commissioner John Aleman, and School Board Member Dr. Martin Karp in the photos below at the recent PTSA meeting.  
Join MBSH and Team Run for Education  
Participate in the 2018 Tropical 5k!
We are joining other schools in Miami Beach to run as a team at the Tropical 5k on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The aim is to have a fun morning with our families and school friends while raising money for our schools. Participants get a team t-shirt and a medal. 50% of the registration fee goes directly to our school.
Click on the link below to register:
When you get to the last screen before the checkout there will be a Promo Discount Code. When you see it, enter our school code: 18T5KMBHS. No code, no money back to Beach High!
Since the event will start from the Children's Museum and parking will be very limited, there will be busses at Beach High to take us to the race start. The race will finish near Nikki Beach, where we will have a celebration party. We will have busses at Nikki Beach to take us back to MBSH if required.
Please invite family, friends, neighbors, anyone you know who would run this event and can run with us to add to our school tally.
Save the Date
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
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!

The Pre-IB Scholars Academy and IB Diploma Program will host a Curriculum Review for interested applicants to the Scholars Academy or IB Program on Thursday, January 18, at 6:00 pm in the school auditorium.
For more info, please contact the Scholars/IB office at 305- 532-4515 Ext. 2708 or log into the Scholars/IB webpage.
IB Scholars Academy  
All sophomores interested in applying to the IB Academy for their Junior and Senior years can now apply. Applications are available online on the Scholars-IB webpage and in Room 708. All applications must be completed and returned to Mr. Rodriguez in room 708 by February 1. You will then be scheduled for a meeting with Mr. Rodriguez regarding your IB curriculum path.
The deadline to apply to the Pre-IB Scholars Academy for the 2018-2019 school year has been extended to February 1. The application form is available on the Scholars-IB webpage.

The Internship applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available on the school website. Please click here:  
Take Your Child to Work Day is on February 2, 2018. Help your children connect their classroom education to the real world! The day is designed to expose young people to different workplaces and inspire them to consider various career choices.
The Beach High Academy Fair took place on January 11 and 12 in the Media Center.   
In the photos below: discovering careers and opportunities through MBSH Academy Fair and showing off students' talents and skill; AOHT recruiting for the following school year at the Academy Fair.    

On Friday, January 12, the Women of Tomorrow Club visited the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at FIU for a tour of the school, where they learned about the different careers and opportunities the school provides. Cindy Huston, chef and owner of restaurant Ortanique on the Mile, spoke to the ladies about her rise in the culinary world. Lee Schrager, founder of the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, welcomed all the ladies to lunch. Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits was the sponsor of the event.
It was a fun, informative and inspirational day.   

Mrs. Lorenceau-Volel took her students on a field trip to PetSmart.  
See photos of the event below. 
Congratulations to Beach High artists Lia Latty and Sara Birba (both award winners), as well as Francesca Tobar, Valentina Scarduelli, Henry Ramirez, Maggie Prieto, and Christian Sala.
Each of these students had artwork in the 67th Beaux Arts Festival of Art 2018 with the Lowe's Annual Student Artist Showcase, featuring award-winning works by MDCPS middle and high school students. The Festival was held this past weekend on the University of Miami in Coral Gables, on the beautiful Foote Green, and included works by more than 200 juried artists from across the country. Each year, thousands of patrons visit the festival to view and to purchase original artwork from approximately 230 juried exhibitors.
Ask Ms. Money, Ms. Junquera, and Mr. Virgin how any student can become a Beach High exhibiting artist.
For more information about the Beaux Arts Festival at University of Miami, please click here.
Congratulation to these students that won the PTA Reflections contest on the county level and will now advance to the state level:
  • Music Composition: Nicholas Gongee
  • Photography: Lia Latty, Lara Montemarani
  • Visual Arts: Fei V. Peterson
The awards reception and ceremony will take place on January 18 at 5:30 pm at Jose de Diego Middle School.
So proud of our amazing students! We wish them the best as they advance onto the state level. 
Shout out to our Hi Tide Boys Soccer Team!
Miami Beach 3, Miami Senior High 1
Kevin Herrera (MB) 1 Goal 1 Assist, Leonardo Acosta (MB) 1 Goal, Toby Squire (MB) 1 Goal, Kevin Rodriguez (MB) 1 Assist.
Miami Beach record 13-1-1
The CRES Club held a standing-room-only meeting.  
See a photo below of juniors and seniors preparing for college.
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.
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 will begin January 29, until February 7. 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 (see photo below for instructions).

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).
Click here to learn more on how to sponsor an enrichment program.

Please register by January 15.

Save the date of Saturday, April 7, for the next Superintendent's 5K Race. Teachers, parents and all stakeholders, please be part of this special event which provides the opportunity to raise funds for your school. Full details about the Superintendent's 5K Race are forthcoming.


Dear Volunteers,
The annual 9th grade class field trips to the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial are coming up 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 (UPDATED CALENDAR):
Mon, Jan 29: 9:00 AM- 11 AM
Mon, Jan 29: 12:00 PM- 2 PM
Tue, Jan 30: 9:00 AM- 11 AM
Wed Jan 31: 12:00 PM- 2 PM
Thu, Feb 1: 9:00 AM- 11 AM
Thu, Feb 1: 12:00 PM- 2 PM
Tue Feb 6: 9:00 AM- 11 AM
Tue Feb 6: 12:00 PM- 2 PM
Wed, Feb 7: 9:00 AM- 11 AM
Wed, Feb 7: 12:00- 2:00 PM
Thank you,
Gabriela Hemmerde,
PTSA Academic Volunteer Coordinator



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