Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter 
                November 8, 2017 - Volume # 11                       
             Events not to Be Missed!                     

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November Calendar  
  •    November 9, FAFSA workshops, Media Center, 6-8 pm. See article below.
  •    November 9, Miami Beach Student Expo. See flyer below.
  •    November 10, Veterans' Day, no school.
  •    November 14, PTSA Board Meeting, Media Center, 7:30-9 am. Everybody is welcome!
  •    November 15, EESAC meeting, 2:30 pm.
  •    November 16, Give Miami Day. Please consider a donation 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. Culinary Class. Schedule to be announced.
  •    November 22, Teacher Planning Day, no school.
  •    November 23-26, Thanksgiving days.
  •    November 28, Committee for Quality Education meeting, 9-11am, City Hall.
  •    November 30, FAFSA workshops, Media Center, 6-8 pm. See article below.

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.  

Get a catered breakfast!
Attendance will be recorded every day in the month of November. See below the list of classes with 100% attendance for the first few days of this week. Classes with 95% to 99% will be entered in a drawing to participate in the catered breakfast.

Congratulations to the following 100% attendance -  you are in the lead for the catered breakfast!

  Monday, November 6, 2 nd period:
Ellis, Contreras, Gallagher, Iran Garcia, Hunter, Montes, Jackson, Laskey, LaTorre, Levenson, Lorenceau, Parera, Thomas.

Tuesday, November 7, 1st period :
Campa, Dicandia, Ellis, Guzman, Haselmann, Hernandez, La Torre, Lorenceau, Monsalve, Navarro, Nicolella, Prieto, Carlos Rodriguez, Stein.

Wednesday, November 8, 2nd period:
Balgobin, Carrenard, Diaz, Dreeson, Ellis, Iran Garcia, Loffredo, Harris, Haselmann, Hiraldo, Jackson, Jeanite, Laskey, LaTorre, Lemes, Lorenceau, Montes, Nicolella, Richardson, Rivera, Shaffer, Simmons, Simon, Stein, Thomas, Virgin, Rod Williams.

You are all in the running for a catered breakfast!
Thank you all for your participation in the United Way collection this year. We raised $3,750. Ms. Balgobin's class won a breakfast party. Thank you for your hard work and donations!
There will be a Mu Alpha Theta meeting today, November 9 after school in Room 758.
The Social Studies Honor Society will host a DBQ workshop in the Media Center on Thursday, November 9, after school. We will focus on helping students with their questions, assignments, and issues in Social Studies classes with any questions they may have on developing a proper AP essay. 
Please support our school by going to Burger Fi Thursday between 11 am and 11 pm. They will donate a percentage of all proceeds to upcoming student activities. You will need to show the flyer below. Stop by before the Miami Beach Student Expo, or any time before 11 pm. There's no school on Friday, so it's the perfect time to have dinner with your friends at Burger Fi, 6812 Collins Ave, Miami Beach.

Mr. McNamee will be printing IDs this week for those students who never took a photo in the auditorium or who took a photo, but never received their ID from Ms. Bush or their English teacher. He is available in Room 311. Beginning next week, ALL students, except new (those who arrived after October 16), will need to purchase an ID with the treasurer, Ms Desronvil. They'll bring the receipt to Room 311 and Mr. McNamee will print them an ID.
Questions regarding student clubs or activities? Email our Student Government at
Give Miami Day - Please Support the MBSH PTSA
Give Miami Day is coming November 16! This is an annual fundraising day for Family and Friends of MBSH to donate any amount of money to our school. Please visit and choose to donate to MBSH PTSA as your charity. The more people you ask to give, the greater MBSH can become. Let's spread the word!  


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.
Thank you,  
The PTSA Grants Committee  
Carmen Barcenas, Jennie Bernstein, and Samantha Bratter.
The PTSA General Meeting 
On Wednesday, October 25, the PTSA held a General Meeting in the Auditorium. Special guests were our Principal Dr. Maria Rodriguez and Assistant Principals Dr. Blanca Cespedes, Dr. Isolyn Hillhouse, Mr. Daniel Ponkey, and Ms. Pamela Taylor.
Dr. Rodriguez presented her vision and goals for Beach High.  
Thank you to PTSA Programming Chair Tiffany Cannava for organizing the event. 
Pictured above, from left: Dr. Rodriguez; PTSA President and President Elect Hillary Frankel and Elisheva Rogoff; Tiffany Cannava; our Administration.
PTSA Board Meeting Dates
All meetings are from 7:30 to 9 am.
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
January 9, 2018
February 13, 2018
March 13, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 8, 2018
   Next PTSA Board Meeting: 
   Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 - 9 am 
   in the Media Center.
   Everybody is welcome!

Applications to the Scholars Academy & IB Program 
The Pre-IB Scholars Academy application process for the 2018-2019 school year has started. The application form is now available on the school website; please click here 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. The deadline for signing up is Friday, November 10. If you have not yet completed a Consent Form for your child, please click the link below to sign up online:
At the time of vaccination, a copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices along with a post-vaccination letter will be given to your child to bring home for your records.
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 .
The AOHT Silent Auction
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.
Get Your Copy of the Yearbook  
To buy a Yearbook go to: and use code 1985. Don't forget that Yearbooks are now $65 until December 31. After this date, they will be $80.  
If you would like to place an ad in the yearbook, please see the flyer below.
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Learn from a Grammy Winner 
The Miami Beach Senior High Orchestra with Mr. Thomas had an opportunity to participate in a Master Class at the New World Symphony with Yo-Yo Ma on Friday, October 27. The students were taught bow technique by the world-famous cellist and 18-time Grammy Award winner. It was a fantastic opportunity for the students. See photos of the event below.
Performing for Charity
Mr. Wallace' Fusion dancers performed at the Ayuda 40th Anniversary Celebration on October 10. It was a wonderful performance and voted as highlight of the evening. See the dancers with Mr. Wallace in the photo below.
The US Grants Committee in Action

All Info You Need on Scholars - IB
The Scholars Academy and IB Program Information Meeting was held on Thursday, October 26 and was well attended. See Programs Coordinator Ms. Sylvia Carro and Mr. Carlos Rodriguez during the meeting in the photos below, along with PTSA Board members Sheila Shardlow and Stella Gelsomino volunteering with a Scholars student.
FAFSA Workshops: Last Two Dates
Ms. Sahwell will hold two more workshops for all seniors to help students and families to apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA workshops will be held in the Media Center from 6 to 8 pm on the following dates:
November 9
November 30
For more info and to RSVP (mandatory), please click here: FAFSA workshops RSVP.
See below a photo of the first FAFSA Workshop.
More Accomplishments for the Debate Team   
Florida Blue Key was another great tournament for Beach High Speech and Debate. Twenty-seven students traveled to the University of Florida in Gainesville.   
In a field of 166 entries, Guido Dominguez and Alex Sherer won the Varsity Public Forum Debate Championship on a 7-0 decision! Pablo Gonz├ílez and Tali Peretz were octofinalists. Tali was also voted the 15th best speaker and Guido the 12th best speaker out of 332 speakers. In Duo Interpretation, Abby Gualda and Anna-Maria Nuryasin placed 5th, and the team of Elliot Karp and Justin Kleidermacher reached the quarter finals of Novice Public Forum Debate. Congratulations to Coach Rywell and the Team!  
See photos of the winners on the right and below.

Chosen by the Critics
The Thespians received not only a Superior but a Critics Choice at the District 8 One Act Festival. They were one of four schools chosen to represent Miami at the State Festival. Also, Samantha Gajardo received the honor of All-Star Cast, Isabella Cannava got Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Role, and we got Best Tech Crew!
Congratulations to Troupe 0391 on winning a Critics Choice at this year's One Act Festival. Next stop Florida State Thespians in Tampa!
Cross Country

The Cross Country Teams ran at Districts. The Girls Team did an amazing job where almost every girl on the team set a new personal record.
Highlights included:
Amy Araya and Catalina Borges setting new personal records to beat next season
Isabel Teran coming in at 26:23, a new best.
Paloma Nunez running her best race this far and hitting a swift 25:51
Lilly McLeod coming in 8th place and making it to Regionals to represent Beach High with a time of 22:10.
Coach Silveira is incredibly proud of these young women. Congratulations to all and best of luck to Lilly at Regionals.
Congratulations to Coach Pilamunga and the Girls S wim Team on a great performance. The team won their second consecutive District Championship. The team advanced to the Regional meet in Boca Raton. Attached is a picture of the team.  
Go Hi-Tides!
It's Soccer season again! The Lady Hi Tides open up their season tomorrow (Thursday, November 9) at Memorial stadium at 3:30 pm. Come out and support!
Congratulations to Coach Botto and the Boys Soccer Team on their pre-season win against ATM 6-0. Boys season begins next week...Go Hi-Tides!
Boys Soccer Pre-season - Miami Beac h 5, Miami Springs 0
Toby Squire 1 goal, Franklin Rivero 1 Goal 1 assist, Kevin Giraldo 1 goal, Kevin Herrera 1 goal, Leo Acosta 1 goal, Jose Almenza 2 assists.
Miami Beach 6, ATM 0 -
Jose Almanza 1 Goal, Ethan Segocio 1 Goal, Leonardo Acosta 1 Goal, Franklin Rivero 1 Goal, William Garzon 1 Goal, Julian Enriquez 1 Goal.

Attend the Student Expo at Nautilus

The Miami Beach Student Expo will be on Thursday, November 9 at Nautilus Middle School from 6-8 pm. There will be performances from our very own Hi-Tide groups. Join Miami Beach students and families for this Expo showcasing educational programs and services for all schools within Miami Beach Senior High's feeder pattern schools. We will also be awarding community service hours for all students that attend. Please check in to the Academy of Education and Training table. You can earn 3 community service hours by attending the Miami Beach Expo.

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.
Get Ready to Rock during the Second Annual #MBYouthFest
In partnership with the Rhythm Foundation, the City of Miami Beach will be hosting its Second Annual Youth Music Festival, and is looking for talent to take center stage at the North Beach Bandshell on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Auditions are now open for those aged 18 years and younger, and for bands or individuals that perform live music. Performers must play a musical instrument. Vocalists, soloists, and bands performing any genre of music are encouraged! Recorded music is not allowed. At least one of the musicians must be a Miami Beach resident, attend a Miami Beach school or be a child of a City of Miami Beach employee. Those who wish to audition must submit a video recording (YouTube encouraged) of up to two songs via email to by Friday, December 15 at 5 pm along with the completed application that can be found here.
  Just want to come see the show? See you at the North Beach Bandshell on March 17, 2018!


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