Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter
November 15, 2017 - Volume # 12
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November - December Calendar
- November 16, Give Miami Day. Please donate to our PTSA! See article below.
- November 17, Late registration deadline for December 2 SAT test.
- November 17, Alumni Association 19th Annual Hall of Fame Induction, Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 11:30 am - 2 pm. See flyer below.
- November 17, AOHT Silent Auction & dinner @ Culinary Class. See flyer below.
- November 17, Late registration deadline for December 2 SAT test and for December 9 ACT test.
- November 22, Teacher Planning Day, no school.
- November 23-26, Thanksgiving days.
- November 27-December 15, FSA EOC retake: Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, and US History. Eligible students.
- November 28, Committee for Quality Education meeting, 9-11am, City Hall.
- November 30, FAFSA workshops, Media Center, 6-8 pm. See article below.
- December 1, Applications for the 2018-19 IB Program available online.
- December 2, SAT test, registered students.
- December 7-10, Art Basel Parking Fundraiser, run by PTSA. See article below.
- December 8, 12 & 14, SHARE Program collections. 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 20, EESAC meeting, 2:30 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.
- 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
As a result of Hurricane Irma, Miami-Dade County Public Schools had to cancel seven days of school last month. The School Board decided that the loss of instructional time impacted students' learning and therefore adjusted the school calendar by converting two Teacher Planning Days and three Early Release Days into regular school days. The impacted dates are:
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.
Kona Ice truck will here after school on Thursday.
Jimmy Johns will be here with mini sandwiches and cookies on Friday after school.
Did you know that
World Toilet Day is Sunday, November 19? Did you know that 36% of the world's population lacks access to improved sanitation, creating a borderless public health and environmental challenge? Come to SOIL@MBSH's meeting this Wednesday, November 15, in room 246, and see how local action - like learning and 'liking' World Toilet Day - ripples outward.
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
Tomorrow Is Give Miami Day!
Please Support the MBSH PTSA!
The Miami Foundation, Knight Foundation and other partners will maximize your donation by making a bonus gift for every donation between $25 and $1,000. By giving on Give Miami Day, your donation stretches further!
To make your contribution on Nov. 16th, visit givemiamiday.org and search Miami Beach Senior High PTSA, or
simply click on this link:
All donations you make are tax deductible and will benefit your child's school in numerous ways!
PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS.
Teachers, It Is Grant Time Again!
The Beach High PTSA is proud to offer grant awards to teachers. Our goal is to assist our educators in enriching and enhancing the academic environment for all students at the school. Please download the application by clicking here.
The PTSA Grants Committee
Carmen Barcenas, Jennie Bernstein, and Samantha Bratter.
Save the Dates 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.
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!
Applications to the Scholars Academy & IB Program
The Pre-IB Scholars Academy application for the 2018-2019 school is now available on the school website; please click
to download a copy of the application. Please print it and mail it or deliver it to the Scholars Office (instructions available online).
The IB Program application for the 2018-19 school year will be available starting December 1.
Free Flu Vaccines for All
Healthy Schools is coming to Miami-Dade County Schools to administer flu vaccinations to students, at NO COST to families. If you have not yet completed a Consent Form for your child, this is your final opportunity to sign up your child for a flu vaccine at school at no cost to you. Please click the link below to sign up online:
Every year, thousands of children miss valuable school days because of the influenza virus. Offering flu vaccinations in a school setting has proven to be effective in preventing illness and reducing absenteeism.
There is NO out-of-pocket expense for you, and your child and entire family will be better protected against the flu this flu season. If you have any questions, contact Healthy Schools LLC at 1-800-566-0596 or email at
AOHT is having
a silent auction on November 17. If you would like more information or to contribute to the auction, please click on this link to the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism.
The Culinary Club will be serving dinner from 4:30 - 7 pm. We are selling tickets for teachers and students at $7 and for guests at $10. Tickets must be purchased in advance from November 1 to November 15.
The SHARE Program Is Back!
We are proud to announce the 2017 Share Program. The traditional Share show will be on December 22. We will be collecting money at school to buy gift cards for the Holidays for underprivileged students in our own community. The collections will be done on December 8, 12 and 14 between 7:30-8:00 am. Stay tuned!
A Showcase of the Best School Programs on the Beach
Beach High presented some of its best programs at the Miami Beach Student Expo 2017 at Nautilus Middle School last week. See some photos of our tables below.
High School and College Credits
Next month the students will be called to choose their subjects for the 2018-19 school year. You may want to consider if they are eligible for the Dual Enrollment classes available at Beach High.
FAFSA Workshops: Last Chance
Ms. Sahwell will hold one more
workshops for all seniors to help students and families to apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FAFSA workshop will be held in the Media Center from 6 to 8 pm on November 30.
For more info and to RSVP (mandatory), please click here:
Our Senior Shining Stars
Congratulations to the following students for being scholarship finalists for QuestBridge and Posse. QuestBridge is a non-profit program that links high-achieving, deserving students with educational and scholarship opportunities at leading U.S. colleges and universities. Posse is one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the U.S.
1. Cassandra Rodriguez
2. Shirel Levy
3. Guido Dominguez
4. Samantha Narson
5. Adela Larramendi
1. Alejandro Ortega
2. Shirel Levy
3. Sebastian Flores
4. Matias Aranguiz
5. Jared Stein
6. Amy Bocos
7. Valeria Andrade
Teachers of the Year
Congratulations to this year's Beach High nominees:
- The Annual District Teacher of the Year: Juliana Lemes
- The Annual Rookie Teacher of the Year: Jeff Salisbury
These awards bring deserved recognition to the teaching profession and serve to highlight the positive aspects of education. Sponsored jointly with the United Teachers of Dade, four finalists will be selected to represent the many outstanding teachers and rookie teachers in the District. The 2019 Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year will represent Miami-Dade County Public Schools at the State level.
- 2017-2018 School Support Personnel of the Year Program: Maria Sahwell
The Paraprofessional/School Support Personnel of the Year Program provides deserved recognition to school support personnel and serves to highlight the positive aspects of their contributions to excellence in education.
Photo below: Mr. Salisbury with his daughter.
Congratulations to senior Isabella and Olivia Larder who were recruited thanks to their excellent performance with the Miami Beach Rowing Club, including a national competition. Isabella is going to UM and Olivia is going to Boston College. They are pictured below during their signing day. You made us proud! Congrats!
Boys Soccer Results
Miami Beach 3, Coral Gables 0
Josue Aguilar 3 goals, Kevin Giraldo 1 assist, Jose Almanza 1 assist, Dennis Ortega 1 Assist, Jose Escobar shoutout
Miami Beach record 1-0
Hi Tide Football News
Congratulations to Coach Williams and the Hi Tide Football team on finishing their season with a win against Coral Gate High school 14-6. Attached are pictures of their game against HML.
Go Hi Tides!
Beach Film News has produced this year's Hall of Fame Inductees videos. Students, please watch the videos and be prepared to ask questions on Friday at the Ceremony.
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
to download an entry form.
Do You Know the Beach High Family of the Year?
November is Family Engagement Month: M-DCPS' celebrates Family Engagement Month. Schools are encouraged to utilize resources to strengthen their connections with families. School Family of the Year Award recognizes families that actively participate in their children's education at home and in school.
Help Fill Out Those Thanksgiving Baskets
On Saturday, November 18, the Optimist Club of North Bay Village will conduct its Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. We are calling for "all hands-on deck" for our largest service project of the year! All volunteers are needed as we drive through North Bay Village neighborhoods collecting canned foods for Thanksgiving baskets. Those wishing to volunteer, please plan to arrive at Treasure Island Elementary School in the Front Circle at 9 am.
Please see Ms. Sakowicz if you would like to volunteer for the Young Musicians Unite concert on December 2 in Wynwood.