Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter 
                April 26, 2017 - Issue # 22                       
        A Month Full of Important Dates                 


  • April 26, 2017 AOHT Internship Breakfast.
  • April 26, College Signing - Seniors going into college. Cafeteria, 1 pm.
  • April 27, Black Box Open Mic Night, 6-8 pm, the Black Box Theater.
  • April 28, 2017 Luncheon Breakfast for AOHT 3.0 students.
  • May 5, 2017 AOHT Cruise Tour field trip.
  • May 5, Registration deadline for June 10 ACT.
  • May 6, SAT and SAT Subject Tests. Registered students.
  • May 8- 14, Fathers in Action & Advocacy Week.
  • May 9, PTSA Board Meeting. 7:30 - 9 am, Media Center. Everybody is welcome!
  • May 9, Registration deadline for June 3 SAT & SAT Subject Tests.
  • May 10, Bike to School Day, see flyer below.
  • May 10, Industry Conference for AOHT and all NAF Academies.
  • May 10, EESAC meeting, Media Center, 2:30 pm. Rescheduled from May 17.
  • May 11, Fathers in Education Day.
  • May 11, Rock Ensemble End of Year Concert, Auditorium, 7 pm.
  • May 12, MBSH 2017 Film Festival. Red Carpet @ 6:30 pm.
  • May 17, 18 & 19: Thespian Musical, Auditorium.
  • May 17, Silver Knight Awards Ceremony, James L. Knight Center, 7 - 9 pm.
  • May 18, Silver Knight Nominees breakfast, 7:30 am.
  • May 18, Early Release, 12:20 pm.
  • May 18, Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.
  • May 18, 2017 AOHT banquet.
  • May 19, MOCK DUI. Students who are attending Prom are invited.
  • May 20, MBSH Prom at the Eden Roc Hotel on Collins Avenue. See article below.
  • May 22, 2017 AOHT Dress for Success.
  • May 23, Underclassmen Awards and Book Awards, Auditorium, 8 am.
  • May 23, Committee for Quality Education meeting, 9 - 11 am, City Manager's Conference Room.
  • May 24, Senior Awards Ceremony, Auditorium, 8-10:30 am.
  • May 24, AOHT Science Museum field trip.
  • May 25, Haitian Flag Day celebration, last period.
  • May 25-AOHT Graduation, St. Thomas University, 6 pm. Parents encouraged to attend.
  • May 25, 2017 Miami-Dade County Council of PTA/PTSA Awards & Recognition Gala, 4:30-9 pm, Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Way Miami, FL 33132.  
  • May 26, Senior Picnic at Scott Rakow Youth Center. See article below.
  • May 26, Internship Evaluations and 4th Quarter Log Sheet due.
  • May 28, IB/Scholars Banquet.
  • May 29, No school, Memorial Day.
  • June 1, Chorus performance, 7 pm.
  • June 2, Class of 2017 Graduation, University of Miami Watsco Center, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, 9 am.  All seniors need to report by 7 am. See article below.
  • June 3, SAT & SAT Subject Tests. Registered students.
  • June 8, Last day of school.
  • June 9, No school, Teacher Planning Day.
  • June 10, ACT test. Registered students.
Please note: all dates are tentative and may change.

2016-2017 School Calendar (click to download) 
SAT - ACT Calendars
Click on the following links to see the testing dates released by the College Board and ACT for the 2016-2017 PSAT, SAT, and ACT:

The easiest way to register for the SAT is online at and for ACT online at 
Miami Beach Senior High School Code is 101140 for both tests.
A & B Day Calendar
Is tomorrow a 1-3-5-7 period day or a 2-4-6-8?

Testing Calendar:
The Catholic Student Union is having their next meeting on Wednesday, April 26 in Room 289 during both lunches. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Bring your friends. All are welcome to chat and plan for some fun upcoming school events!
There will be a mandatory Mu Alpha Theta meeting on Wednesday, April 26 at 2:30 pm in room 758. We will be voting for next year's club officers, so all members must be present to cast their vote.
UTD members, our next Unit meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, April 26 in room 709 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. We will be working on our committees and solidifying actions we can take to improve our school community. Members, we ask you to join us to ensure that your concerns are being heard. Please stop by.
The Culinary Club is selling cupcakes for autism awareness. The cupcakes are 1$. Profits will go to the Culinary Club and the special needs program. Our goal is to sell all our cupcakes and bring awareness towards this topic.
Attention Hi-Tides! Beach High's final Black Box Open Mic Night will take place on April 27 from 6-8 pm in the Black Box Theater.  Tickets are $2.00 at the door.  Come out and enjoy the fresh and raw talents of Beach High's finest poets, musicians, lyricists, comedians, and more. 
Mrs. Bush is teaching life skills on Mondays and Fridays after school from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in room 354. Kids who are interested can get community service hours and help with homework; they will be learning budgeting, how to apply for college and scholarships, etc. Students can ask Mrs. Bush for more info in Room 354.

The National Technical Honor Society, FCCLA and Academy of Education & Training will be hosting an introductory sewing workshop on Thursday May 4 after school in room 226.

Have you taken or passed an industry certification exam? If you have not taken an industry certification exam and would like a merit seal on your diploma, please see Ms. Bush in room 354. All seniors that complete this program will receive two extra graduation tickets. Be rewarded for your extra work and get prepared for your future career track!
Questions regarding student clubs or activities? Email our Student Government at

MBSH PTSA fundraiser Painting with a Twist held on Saturday, April 22 was a great success. We raised $2200 towards our fundraising goal for the year. Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success. Lots of fun, laughter and saw a few budding artists in the making. See photos of the event at the end of this newsletter, in the Photo Gallery section.  

The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon will be May 18 (Early Release Day) at 12:30 pm in the Media Center. Volunteers and desserts are needed! This is the most important day to honor our teachers with a luncheon and a little gift. Please email Hillary Frankel at if you can volunteer, bake or bring store-bought desserts.
Next PTSA Board Meeting: 
Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 - 9 am
in the Media Center.
Everybody is welcome!

Photo on the right:

Mindful Kids Miami presenting their program
at last PTSA meeting.


Ninety students have been accepted to the 2017-2018 IB program. This is the highest number of students enrolled in IB since the opening of the program at Beach High.
More than 82% of MBSH teachers voted in favor of the 8th period schedule for next year. Thanks to our faculty who chose the best for our students, including the opportunity to take more AP classes.
The Beach High Silver Knight nominees went to Parrot Jungle on April 4 for being interviewed by the Silver Knight committee. All of these students are presenting very interesting, strong community service projects and enjoying their journey, which will reach its final stop at the Silver Knight Ceremony, on May 17 at the James L. Knight Center.
The architectural design of Building 4 includes one science lab, three traditional classrooms, four Science classrooms - equipped with sinks, heavy duty tables and other material - and bathrooms. A covered walk way will connect the building with the rest of the school. Completion date is scheduled for January 2019.

ACT Tutoring is available every B day after school in room 560.


At the last PTSA meeting, Commissioner Aleman delivered a check to Mr. McNamee and Mr. Frankie Trullenque, who have been sponsoring and supporting the Rock Ensemble at Beach High. The check comes from the City-organized event Youth Music Festival, successfully held at the North Beach Bandshell on March 18. In the photo below, from left: Principal Donohue, Mr. McNamee, Commissioner Aleman, and Mr. Frankie Trullenque.


In celebration of Earth Month, the Ecology Club organized and ran several activities at school, including an Eco Fair where students were able to play games, win prizes, learn, and even try yummy and sustainable foods.
The Ecology Club would like to thank everyone who came out to this year's Eco Fair. Hope everyone had a great Earth Day! See photos of the event below.    
In the photos below, AOHT students celebrate Ecology Week by cleaning the school campus. Great job guys!  

We would like to recognize the following four students: Devin Anderson, Aldair Servant, Natalia Alvarez and Emily Vazquez for using their CPR and First Aid skills to help their Miami Beach Senior High peers. Thank you Devin, Aldair, Natalia and Emily for doing the right thing.

The AOHT Seniors went on their senior trip to New Orleans,
Louisiana with Ms. Gregory and Mr. Simmons.
From the jazz flowing music of the French Quarter to the natural beauty of the Garden District, the group gained many insights to this special tourist destination.
They were able to capture the feeling & excitement of the upcoming Mardi Gras, taste the spicy Cajun food from the best restaurants, and take part in a spooky ghost tour expedition.

Photo on the right: the group during their field trip.   
Below is an image of the Art Clubs' zines at the Miami Zine Fair held at the Lowe Art Museum. The students created zines that follow the themes of progress and social justice. This project was made possible by the Wolfsonian Art Museum.

Photos on the right and  below:

Ms. Money's students work at the Locales Festival on April 2- located at the Hard Rock Cafe in Bayside Marketplace.

The theme for the work was green for Earth Day.

This is part of a larger installation at the Perez Art Museum Miami - the Art Club participates in their Brick x Brick Teen Arts program. 
Follow Ms. Money on Instagram to see more from MBSH's visual artists @msmoneysartroom


Photos above: NJRTC Robotic program
Photo below: the perfect classroom doesn't always have's Mr. Rehage holding his AP Biology class outside.


Photo below: future medical professional Emily (1st on the left) and Nathalie (first from right) with their mentors Toni Porro, RN, and Darline Metayer, LPN.


Photo below: the STAND Club having an honest conversation with MBPD officers.
Perfect Attendance  
Congratulations to Ms. Arslanian's, Ms. Carro's, Ms. Lemes', Ms. Hernandez' and Ms. Tucci's classes on 100% attendance! Welcome to this exclusive club! Raffle of five cell phone chargers took place in each class. See the classes in the photos below.

Congratulations to Mr. Parera and his and his 6th period ESOL students for this great award from our ESOL Reading Program.  Shout out to Mr. Parera for achieving the highest literacy gain. See him in the photo with Counselor Ms. Nunez.  

Congratulations to Mr. Spiegelmann, Mr. Rivera, and Ms. Zananiri who have been awarded the Division of Advanced Academic's (DAAP) FIU APSI 2017 Scholarship to attend an AP Summer Institute at Florida International University (FIU).   

June 2, 2017   
Watsco Center at the University of Miami
Address: 1245 Dauer Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146 - Location: Fieldhouse
The Pavia and Merrick garages will provide free parking for attendees.
Arrival Time:  7:00 am                                     
Ceremony Start Time: 9:00 am


Graduation Tickets: Each graduate will receive 6 tickets.  Each person attending (not including the graduate) MUST have a ticket, including children. 
Cap & Gown: 
 ·        Try it on at home.  Make sure it fits and zipper works. 
·         Hang up the gown to smooth out wrinkles.
·         Do NOT iron the gown, use a steamer
Dress Code (underneath the gown):
Dress Pants (dark color)
White or light colored dress shirt must have a collar
Dress Shoes
NO jeans, shorts, sneakers, sandals, or any other garment considered to be casual
Dress Slacks, Dress/ Skirt and Blouse (light colored recommended)
Dress pants, dress shirt / blouse
Dress shoes or dress sandals; keep in mind that you are walking
NO midriffs, jeans, shorts, sneakers, flip flops or any other garment considered to be casual
Gowns will be returned....  Diplomas will be issued once you have returned your gown.  A diploma will not be issued if your gown is not returned.
DO NOT ALTER YOUR CAP AND/OR GOWN IN ANY WAY (No messages, pictures or drawings on the cap or gown).
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-         CELL PHONES
-         PURSES
-         SHOES IN HAND
Graduation Ceremony is a dignified event marking a rite of passage.  Miami Beach Senior High students, their families and guests are to treat it as such, and conduct themselves in a manner befitting the ceremony.  Students and/or guests are not to bring any items that will distract from the ceremony.  Students and guests who do not adhere to this request will be removed from the premises.
Photos above: Grad Bash meeting in the Auditorium.
College Signing Day - Wednesday, April 26, 1- 2:20 pm, MBSH Cafeteria
Come ready with your acceptance letters and award letters. Print it out and bring it for a fun couple of hours with friends. RSVP to Ms. Sahwell on Facebook.
The Miami Beach Senior High Class of 2017 Seniors are invited to their Senior Prom on May 20, 2017 at the Eden Roc from 7 until 11 pm. Prom tickets will be available for sale May 1-12 online through the Parent and Student Portals and during both lunches (with the exception of May 9).  The tickets will be sold in front of the cafeteria by the concession stand. The cost of Prom is $92. All attending Seniors must have at least a 2.0 GPA, at least 10 community service hours, less than 10 absences, less than 20 tardies and zero discipline issues, and must attend the mock DUI on Friday, May 19. Students must maintain eligibility until the end of the school year or they may lose their ability to participate without a refund. For more information students can speak with Ms. Sakowicz in the main office in room 103.

We will also sell seats for the 2017 Senior Picnic May 1 - 12 online through the Parent and Student Portals and during both lunches (with the exception of May 9).  The Senior Picnic will be $15 and will be at the Scott Rakow Youth Center on May 26. It will include basketball, games, bowling, and ice skating. These tickets will also be sold in front of the cafeteria by the concession stand and have the same requirements as Prom.
Photos above, from left: Senior Leo with his mom. Senior Brianna looking forward to her graduation with her mentors Mr. Dreeson and Ms. Cooper.

Prom and graduation are memorable occasions for high school students and their families; therefore, we want our students to have a safe time.  Our goal is to raise awareness and educate the students on the dangers of alcohol and drug use. In order to remind students of the need to make good choices every day, including during prom and graduation time, the following resources are available:

What Every Parent Should Know about Prom Night and After: click here
Prom and graduation PSAs:
Substance abuse prevention clubs such as SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco)
Encourage students to sign the attached prom pledge - click here
Informed Families: Safe Home, Safe Parties:
Prom Court applications are now available. Please see Ms. Sakowicz in room 103 if you are interested in running for Prom King or Queen.

Corsages & boutonnieres:

A percentage from the sales of corsages and boutonnieres for Prom will benefit our school.

Congratulations to the following Winter Sports Athletes that appeared in the Miami Herald's All-Dade teams. Click on the link to read the Herald page:
Boys Soccer:
Josue "Chino" Aguilar 1st Team All-Dade  
Tomas Iglesias 1st Team All-Dade
Diego Somoza 2nd Team All-Dade
Gabriel Suarez 2nd  Team All-Dade
Leonardo Acosta 3rd Team All-Dade
Marc Amores 3rd Team All-Dade
Kevin Herrera 3rd Team All-Dade
Honorable Mention- Luis Munoz, Toby Squire, Agustin Carrizo and Cristian Bonilla
Daishaun Felton 3rd Team All-Dade
Honorable Mention- Adrian Perez
Molly Chepenik and Noah Perez represented Beach High at the Scholar Athlete luncheon on Monday. In addition, Molly received the top female award which was a scholarship of $2,500. See the athletes in the photos below. Congratulations and Go Hi-Tides!  

Congratulations to Coach Moore and the Girl Tennis Team on their performance at the District tournament. The team finished as the district runner-up and advanced to Regionals. In addition, Slade Coetzee won the #1 seed District championship, thus qualifying for the State tournament. Go Hi-Tides!


Congratulations to the Beach High Baseball Team for coming back in the last inning to beat Coral Gables and clinching a spot in the playoffs for the 2nd year in a row!
Nolan Santos pitched a full game and hit the winning RBI. Eduardo Rodriguez and Angel Vizcaino also had hits in the last inning that helped with the win.
It was an all-around great win with outstanding play by the entire team.
Congrats to the team also for
mercying Miami High 12-2; thanks to great pitching by Nolan Santos and outstanding hitting by the whole team. 
Congratulations to the Softball Team in their victory vs south Miami yesterday by the score of 8-3.
The team advanced to the district final on Thursday, April 27 at 4 pm at Coral Gables Sr. High.
They will be playing the home team.
Go Hi-Tides!
Sports Equipment Needed! Collecting new/used sports equipment for a local school in the greater Miami area. Our love for sports has inspired us to make a difference in communities who are less fortunate than others. For every item donated in good condition we will be giving community service hours. See below:

3 Tennis Balls = 3 community service hours
Basketball (standard size) = 10 community service hours  
Volleyball = 10 community service hours
Football = 10 community service hours
Soccer ball = 10 community service hours
Tennis Racket = 10 community service hours
Hockey Sticks = 10 community service hours
Baseball Glove= 5 community service hours
Drop off donations in Room 506 (Ms. Haselmann) and leave your name and email/phone number so we can contact you about your community service hours.
Please contact us if you have any other suggestions or questions about sports equipment: or Thank you!

We are collecting gently used shoes/sneakers for several orphans in Haiti. Please bring them to Mrs. Lorenceau, Room 310. 5 hours for each pair.

The City of Miami Beach has partnered with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Florida International University and Miami-Dade College to increase dual enrollment courses at Beach High and Nautilus. The interest and success of students in dual enrollment classes has resulted in an 83% increase in the number of courses in the last two years.
The dual enrollment program allows eligible students to enroll in a college course and high school class simultaneously. The credits the students earn are used toward both a high school diploma and are acceptable towards a college Associates or Bachelor degree, or technical certificate.
The benefits of offering dual enrollment courses to high school students include:
  • Saves students and parents money, as dual enrollment students are exempt from paying application, registration, tuition, laboratory, and special fees if the classes taken are being used toward high school graduation
  • Enriches the course opportunities for outstanding high school students
  • Shortens the time to attain a college degree
  • Provide students with college credit that is transferable to a college or university
  • Allows grades earned to become part of the students' permanent transcripts
Please click here to read the full letter from the City of Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales.
  Images of a fun filled event held at Painting with a Twist on April 22.



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Hillary Frankel

VP Advocacy
Deryn Cowdy

VP Membership
Chrysta Dwyer-Hammon
Stella Gelsomino

VP Fundraising
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Elizabeth Allocco
Sheila Shardlow

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Pauline Buck
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Lauren Radick (Social Media)

President Emeritus
Jill Swartz

MBSH PTSA 2016-17
Standing Committees

Academic/Curriculum Issues
Tracy Jackson
Kayla Rynor

Academic Volunteers
Gabriela Hemmerde-Vecco
Fundraising Committee
Mike Gruener (Parking Fundraiser)
Jill Muller
 Joe Vazquez
Nancy Wolff-Diaz

Carmen Barcenas
 Paula Sohn

Hospitality & Teacher Appreciation
 Hillary Frankel  
Sophie Trodjman

Barbara Gelber
Amanda Kleidermacher

Safety and Security
 Jelena Demetriades
Deryn Cowdy
Beth Edwards
Mike Gruener

SHARE/Student Needs Program
Jill Swartz

Silver Knight
Amelia Gowdy
Karen Edelstein
Team Run for Education
Kim Haber

US Gran
 Corey Narson

MBSH PTSA 2016-17

Ada Merritt
Theresa Pinto

City of Miami Beach
Leslie Rosenfeld

Tracy Jackson

IB/Scholars Liaison
Marina Gallian
Nautilus Middle School
Carmen Barcenas

Ruth K. Broad K-8
Dalia Blumstein

Kayla Rynor

Teacher Representative
Ms. Gussie Sakowicz

Student Representatives
Jamila Gowdy (Advocacy)
John Donohue

Leave Your Footprints at Beach High:
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An opportunity to make a donation, leave a legacy and take a seat for education in support of MBSH! You will receive a plaque on the back of one of the auditorium seats. If we sell enough seats we will be able to fund teacher and department grants in 2016-2017

Please download a form, fill it out including the message with up to 3 lines of text, and send it with a check payable to the MBSH PTSA at Miami Beach Senior High, 2231 Prairie Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139.

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Office Depot and Office Max run a charity program to support public schools. It gives 5% of your purchase to the school you designate, without any additional cost to you.

At the register, before paying, please ask the cashier to add Beach High ID to include your purchase in the "Give Back to Schools". Beach High ID is 70022680. If you don't remember this ID number, ask the cashier to check it out for you - they have a book listing all schools' ID's. If the cashier is not familiar with the program, ask for a a supervisor's help.

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