Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter
October 24, 2016 - Issue # 7
So Many Events, Dates, and News!
- October 24-29, Spirit Week. Show your school spirit! See article below.
- October 25, late registration deadline for November 5 SAT (late fee required).
- October 25, the Drama department presents: "Lysistrata", comic play by Aristophanes, 6:30 pm, Auditorium. Tickets are $5. See article below.
- October 26, Doug Burris Stage Naming, North Beach Band Shell, concert by Rock Ensemble and Friends, 6-9 pm.
- October 27, Crown and Capers (invite only).
- October 27, Early Release, 12:20 pm.
- October 27, Teacher Ice Cream Social. Make your own ice cream sundae with unlimited toppings for $5. Benefits United Way.
- October 27, End of First Quarter.
- October 28, Beginning of Second Quarter.
- October 28, Pep Rally.
- October 28, Homecoming Game.
- October 29, Homecoming Dance at the Ronald W. Shane Center. See flyer below.
- October 31, Halloween, Costume Day. Buy a wristband for $1 and wear a school appropriate costume. No masks, please, no scary crown make up.
- October 31, last day to donate to United Way. Donate to your PTSA! See article below.
- November 1, Freshmen and Sophomore Class Parent Night, 5:30-7 pm, Auditorium. See article below.
- November 1, Miami Beach Youth Commission meeting, 4:40-5:30 pm. See article below.
- November 3, PTSA Fundraising Committee meeting, Media Center, 7:30-8:30 am.
- November 3, registration deadline for December 3 SAT.
- November 4, registration deadline for December 10 ACT.
- November 5, SAT test. Registered students.
- November 8, No school, Teacher Planning Day.
- November 11, No school, Veterans' Day.
- November 11, "Evening in the Garden": join us for this year's first PTSA social event! 7 pm. See article below.
- November 14-25, MYA (Mid - Year Assessments) testing: English Language Arts, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry.
- November 15, Miami Beach Student Expo, Nautilus Middle School, 6 pm. See flyer below.
- November 16, "Not One More", PTSA General Meeting. 7:30 - 9 pm, Media Center. See article below.
- November 16, Herf Jones ring payment day.
- November 16, EESAC meeting, Media Center, 2:30 pm.
- November 17, Give Miami Day: support your PTSA! See article below.
- November 17, ICC meeting, 2:30 pm, for Club sponsors and officers.
- November 18, late registration deadline for December 10 ACT (late fee required).
- November 18, 18th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Induction. More info here.
- November 22, Freshman Board Elections.
- November 22, late registration deadline for December 3 SAT (late fee required).
- November 23, No school, Teacher Planning Day.
- November 24-27, No school, Thanksgiving Holiday and recess.
- November 28-December 16, FSA EOC's: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, and US History. Eligible students.
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:
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?
Please take a moment to check and download the Testing Calendar and mark important dates on your agenda, such as EOC's, AP's and FSA test dates. Please note: dates are tentative.
Teacher Ice Cream Social! Thursday, October 27 (Early Release Day). Make your own ice cream sundae with unlimited toppings for $5. All money collected will go to the United Way.
We will be selling $1 wristbands for Costume Day on Monday, October 31 - Halloween Day. All money collected will go to the United Way. Students may dress in a school appropriate costume if they have a pink wristband on. No masks, please, no scary crown make up.
Free after school tutoring has begun. It will be every Wednesday in the media center from 2:30-3:30 pm.
As we all know, the southwestern region of Haiti was devastated by Hurricane Matthew in early October. There is a great need for long term sanitation and reforestation efforts in the region. Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods is committed to addressing these needs, as well as supporting humanitarian disaster relief efforts of Haitian organizations doing life saving work right now. SOIL@MBSH supports SOIL's work and you can too. Come to Room 246 after school Thursday to find out how.
Please bring all donations for Haiti Hurricane
relief to Ms. Clarke, Ms. Jean, Ms. Laskey or Ms. Pinto. See article below for more info.
In preparation for Christmas, Mrs. Volel will be collecting unwrapped toys for children that live in 2 different orphanages in Haiti. The children are ages 3-19. Bring your gift to room 310 and you will receive 5 community service hours for each toy.
Night School forms are available for the next session. See counselors for forms. Classes begin on October 31st.
Quill and Scroll Honor Society is sponsoring a Halloween writing contest. Please consult your Language Arts teacher or Mr. Boldon in room 557 for details. Prizes will be awarded for creativity and originality.
Peacefully rock the universe with Rock Ensemble at their upcoming show at the North Beach Band Shell on Wednesday, October 26, 6 - 9 pm. Watch alumni performances as the stage is renamed "Clark Doug Burris Stage".
Silent Film audition call backs on Thursday at 2:30 pm in Ms. Pierce's room 330 - for those that were not able to make Tuesday's auditions. See you there!
The Brazilian Club meets on Friday, October 28 in Room 181 at 2:30 pm. All nationalities are welcome.
Attention all College Club members. Our first general body meeting will take place Tuesday, October 25 after school in Room 240 (Ms. Justilien's Classroom). Light refreshments will be served. Meeting starts promptly at 2:30 pm. College Club meets every Tuesday.
The T.A.L.L. (Teens Are Lifelong Learners) program is welcoming all students to join their after school program. T.A.L.L. provides free snacks, free homework assistance, a safe place to talk about important topics/issues, and never misses an opportunity to give back to the community, all while having fun. Students in the past have gain as much as 136 community service hours throughout the year so come and bring all your friends to the T.A.L.L. program Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in room 245. All grades are welcome to join.
All students who eat breakfast at school each day of the week will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. During the months of September and October, each week, if you eat school breakfast every day, you will have a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Remember, Breakfast is FREE to all students every day. So stop by the cafeteria for a healthy and nutritious breakfast every day and you may be a winner.
You Are Invited! PTSA General Meeting: Wednesday, November 16
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. We invite all teachers to apply for a grant of up to $1,000 per classroom. Items/projects should be innovative and creative, impacting the greatest number of students possible.
The PTSA General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16 at 6
pm in the Media Center.
The program is entitled "Not One More". We will hear from Dr. Judy Schaechter, Director of Pediatric Medicine for UM/Jackson Health, about her vision that not one more child should die by gun violence. Dr. Schaechter leads a team at the University of Miami and Jackson's Holtz Children's Hospital - the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami - which collaborates with partners throughout South Florida to prevent childhood injury and violence.
Teachers, Apply for Grants Now!
Please download and complete the application and submit by December 16. All applications must be typed and submitted by email to MBSHgrants@gmail.com. We would like to distribute awards upon return from Winter Break.
A valid MDCPS email address must be provided since notification of award will be sent via email. Please include projected shipping and handling expenses, if applicable, in your request.
In order to apply you must be a current member of the Beach High PTSA.
Carmen Barcenas & Paula Sohn
PTSA Grants Chairs
SUPPORT YOUR PTSA! JOIN OUR FUNDRAISERS!
The MDCPS United Way Campaign
One week left to donate! Support our school while making a meaningful donation to the MDCPS United Way Campaign. Donations will be accepted until October 31. Remember to fill out an Agent Designation Form (download it from the link below) where you will designate our PTSA, if your donation is over $100. United Way will earmark these funds for our PTSA to fund teacher grants
Collection is also going on in school - Tuesday is the last day to contribute! Collection will be done through 7th period. With only $2 per student, we can reach the school goal of $10,000 raised. So have your kids donate a few $ and consider making a donation yourself, designating our PTSA. Thank you!
An Evening under the Stars
Parents, the first PTSA social event of the year has finally arrived! Come out and support your school, while enjoying a parent night out. "Evening in the Garden" is a wonderful way to meet other parents, teachers, and neighbors, coming together to enjoy wine and amazing Vietnamese food.
This PTSA fundraiser will support our teacher grants to provide classroom supplies, activities, technology, and competitions, as well as assisting students in their test preparation. These grants fill in where state funding in not enough to cover. Come out and support our local Miami Beach public high school!
Don't delay - buy your tickets now! A limited amount of tickets will be sold and prices will go up after October 31.
$40/$55 tax deductible receipts will be provided.
Give Miami Day - Donate to Beach High PTSA!
Be a part of the most exciting annual giving event in South Florida - give to Beach High PTSA and the Miami Foundation will increase the donation! Our PTSA gets our teachers and students the support they need to enhance their learning.
registered with Miami Give Day on November 17. Please SHARE this with your friends and family.
When you give to "Miami Beach Sr. High PTA", the Miami Foundation and its partners will maximize the community's generosity by making a bonus gift for every donation between $25 and $10,000 received on November 17 through
Make a donation on November 17 so that we can continue to provide much-needed programs and equipment for our classrooms, programs and departments.
Need Popcorn for a Party? Look No Further!
Order your popcorn at The Popcorn Factory and enter our unique Promotion Code 10MBHS at checkout. You will earn 10% off your order and our PTSA will receive a percentage of the profits. Use it to make delicious gifts and goodies!
Homecoming Spirit Week - Show Your School Spirit!
Wednesday - Crown & Capers Rehearsal
Thursday - Crown & Capers / Early Release Day
Music Monday: Dress up as your favorite singer, band or music era!
Wacky Tacky Tuesday: Get ready to dress wackier and tackier than ever!
Where Are You from Wednesday: Show pride for your country and rep where you're from!
Twin Thursday: Whether you have one or not, make sure your outfits match!
School Spirit Friday: Get creative to show off our red and white school colors!
IB and Pre-IB Scholars Academy Applications for 2017-2018
The IB Programme and Pre-IB Scholars Academy held an informational meeting on Thursday, October 20. The school Auditorium was packed with families of prospective IB and Pre-IB students. In the photos below: the audience at the meeting; IB students talk to the audience about their schedule, under Ms. Carro's and Mr. Rodriguez' watch.
The application to the Pre-IB Scholars Academy for the 2017-2018 school year will be available online as of tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25.
of the application together with a copy
of the 8th grade report card must be submitted by February 1, 2017. If the applicant is currently attending a private or out-of-area school, a transcript must be submitted as well.
The applications to the IB program (11th and 12th grade) for the 2017-2018 school year will be available online starting December 1.
Photo on the right: Ms. Carro and Mr. Rodriguez present the Academy at the Ada Merritt School Fair with PTSA Volunteer Chair Gabriela Emmerde-Vecco.
Don't Miss the Freshman and Sophomore Parent Night
On Tuesday, November 1
, Ms. Justilien will hold a Parent Night for the Freshman and Sophomore Class, from 5:30-7 pm in the Auditorium.
The meeting aims to inform parents on events that will take place this year, but most importantly to focus on academics and college preparation, including college prep exams and graduation requirements. This meeting is opened to the entire Freshman and Sophomore Class. Light refreshments will be served. For more info, please contact Ms. Justilien at email@example.com or 305-532.4515 ext. 2204.
A Greek Comedy with a Modern Twist
The theater department has produced their version of the classical Greek play, Lysistrata, written by Aristophanes. The story follows a strong woman, Lysistrata, who brings together the women of Greece in a protest against war, in order to bring their husbands home. In this Occupy-Wall Street-esque storyline, the cast brings to life a classic play that has been performed for hundreds of years.
The first school performance was held on Friday, October 21 (when in lieu of tickets, audience was asked to make donations to the victims of Hurricane Matthew). For those who missed it, there is another chance to see the play on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 pm, with tickets at $5. So come and check out the show!
The cast will be taking the production to One Act Competition on October 28 at Hialeah High School.
Join the Youth Commission
The Miami Beach Youth Commission is the representative body of students in Miami Beach. It is a forum for young people to have a voice in the city and learn more about the legislative process. All meetings are open to the public and are held
in the City of Miami Beach Commission Chamber, 1700 Convention Center Drive, 3rd Floor, from 4:30 - 5:30 pm.
All students can attend the meetings and voice their concerns or ask their questions. All members are appointed by the Mayor and Commission. There are currently two open seats for representatives for Commissioner Arriola and Commissioner Grieco.
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parents a chance to provide their input regarding the school as a whole, and to give them a feeling
of efficacy, knowing that there is a place for their voices to be heard and their concerns addressed.
Parents see the school from a different perspective than the faculty and staff, therefore, they have the ability to provide insight to which the faculty and staff do not have access. They are also able to provide ideas and solutions to issues/concerns that they feel need addressing.
The School Improvement Place box was created to give
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A Voice for Parents
In the spirit of "It takes a village to raise a child," it is our belief that if we involve ALL stakeholders in the decision-making process we will be better able to provide our students with the best possible education. Some of the potential benefits of the S.I.P. box:
* Improved communication between members of the community and the administration
* Improved working (school) conditions for faculty, staff, and students
* Improved procedures, productivity, and/or efficiency of the school as a whole
* Improved safety and communication
* Improved services and effectiveness of those services
* Improved relations with our local community
Our motto for the S.I.P. box is: "Try a S.I.P. ... It Just Might Help!"
The School Improvement Box is located in the main office. Questions? Email Mr. Hession at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Community Service Hour Forms
Download the forms below:
Under the Supervision of a Beach High faculty member
Under the supervision of an organization other than Beach High
Several Ways to Help Haiti Victims
In an effort to help the victims of Hurricane Matthew
in Haiti, Beach High School has begun collecting hurricane disaster relief items. Students can donate various items. Please drop off:
- All toiletries/ personal hygiene items (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo) in Room 270 (Ms. Pinto).
- All necessities for babies (baby food, powdered milk, diapers, wet wipes) in Room 280 (Ms. Laskey).
- All miscellaneous items (school backpacks, batteries, flashlights, school supplies) in Room 163 or 102 (Ms. Clarke or Ms. Jean). Please make sure that all school backpacks are new or lightly used.
All donations should be dropped off before school, during lunch time, or after school. Community service hours will be provided for all donations. Donations will be collected for the remainder of the month of October. We thank you in advance for your assistance while we teach our students the importance of helping those less fortunate.
Us Grants Committee at Work
At the October meeting, the U.S. Grants Committee awarded a total of $2,600 in Grants to SGA, the Culinary Program, Safety and Security Committee, and FCCLA. See members of the Committee in action, in the photos below.
Congratulations to Alex Radick who has been voted Vice Chair of the Miami-Dade County Youth Commission. This is Alex' second year in the Commission. He was joined by Pablo Gonzalez, at his first year.
More Opportunities for Beach Dune Restoration
On Saturday, October 15, the Ecology Club went out to the beaches by our school to help restore the dunes by removing invasive plants. Anyone who would like to participate and earn community service hours is welcomed to join us on our next venture to do the same, as we plan to have a restoration once a month. See Ms. Silveira in room 375 for information.
Photo below: Ms. Silveira and her volunteers at the Dune Restoration event in Miami Beach.
Little Chefs at Beach High
The new Culinary elective program at Beach High realizes the vision and 3 years of efforts by Adrian Gonzalez, Beach High alumnus and owner of the iconic
in Miami Beach.
Sponsored by Commissioner Aleman and the City Commission, the program will benefit from a $50K matching grant through the City and is carried out in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which will be paying for the instructor.
The new elective, which complements our Tourism & Hospitality Academy, uses an on-site classroom kitchen to support the aspirations of young chefs and promote healthy cooking habits with a palette from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Stay tuned for a pop-up restaurant and more exciting news from our kitchen!
Learn how to apply to FAFSA
If you did not attend the FAFSA workshop on October 19, you have one more chance to attend a workshop on November 2, 6-8 pm in the Media Center.
The Senior Breakfast was held last week at Rusty Pelican. Dress code: black & white.
Silver Knight: It's Time to Apply
All interested students should go to Ms. Haselmann's room 506 and register on the computer, thus starting the application process. Next meeting for students will be on Thursday, November 3.
Starting in November, volunteer parents will be needed to review the applications with the students, on a one-on-one basis. If you can help, please email
Ms. Haselmann at email@example.com.
- Lock & submit applications online: Monday, January 23, 2017 by 5 pm.
- Application in-person submission: Ms. Taylor and Ms. Haselmann will deliver to the Miami Herald on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
- Miami-Dade & Broward County Joint Ceremony: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, James L. Knight Center, 7-9 pm.
Apply for the Florida PTA Scholarship
The Florida PTA is pleased to offer an opportunity for assistance to qualified students who wish to continue their education beyond high school.
Florida PTA offers a total of 4 scholarships, one each in the following categories: University, Fine Arts, Community College, and Vo-Tech, to a student graduating in the 2016-2017 school year.
This is a one-time award of $2,000 and will be awarded to a worthy student who is interested in getting a start in life through higher education.
Deadline for all applications is February 1, 2017.
Read This Report Card before Voting on November 8
Fund Education Now grades the governor and legislators on their efforts to provide and fund a "uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education", as outlined in Article IX of the Florida Constitution.
By grading Florida lawmakers on an A - F scale, just like students and schools, Fund Education Now's Education Report Card gives the public a clear and comprehensive assessment of who is upholding their Constitutional oath to the children of Florida.
The two people running in the district of Beach High who have received "A" grades from Fund Education Now are:
State Senate Candidate - Daphne Campbell
State Rep. Candidate - David Richardson
The Swim Teams win 1st place at Districts
Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Swimming Teams on winning 1st place at Districts!
Congratulations to Coach Pilamunga and the Beach High Girls and Boys Swim Team. Both teams swept the competition at the district tournament last week. This is the first time that both teams win the district tournament in the same year.
The girls scored 421 points and the boys scored 428. The boys 200 Medley, 200 Free and 400 Free relay and the girls 400 Free relay placed first. April Mullen and Andrew Garcia placed first in their individual event. Both Teams finished the season undefeated and will swim at Regionals this Thursday in Boca Raton. See pictures of the teams with the trophies above. Go Hi-Tides!
Beach High Girls Volleyball Go to Regionals
MBSH Varsity Girls Volleyball Team played in the District playoffs last Tuesday. They won 3-2 against North Miami HS. It was an amazing game; girls played very well, in spite of several injuries, and still managed to pull off a win.
The Finals were held on Thursday, October 20th, at Beach High against Krop Sr. High.
Varsity lost but will go thru to the Regional Competition tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25. Congratulations to the V and JV teams on a great season and good luck at Regionals on Tuesday. Please come out and support the Varsity Team this Tuesday at West Broward High School at 7 pm.
Girls Cross Country Team Go to Regionals
The Girls Cross Country Team ran for the District championship on Wednesday, October 19. The hard work of the season paid off as the team qualified to move forward and represent Beach High at the Regional Championship on October 27! Congratulations, ladies! Congratulations, Coach Silveira!
MBSH Golf Team at Districts on the Miami Springs Golf Course
Photos above, from left:
Beach High's Boys and Girls Golf Teams warm up at the Miami Springs Golf Course in preparation for the County District Tournament, while Coach Perez and Coach Garcia give the players last minute pointers on putting and chipping;
Coach Diego Garcia and senior Jamila Gowdy.
Photo below: Yoshi Petersson, Skylar Hertz, Nathan Lerner, Sebastian Hereu, and Harrison Kopf at Golf Districts in Miami Springs.
Get Ready for the New Season
The basketball season will start on November 15. Here's the complete schedule of games for the season. JV games start at 6 pm and Varsity games at 7:30 pm with awesome concessions.
Chaperon to Watch Hamlet
Ms. Baez needs three parent chaperones for this Tuesday, October 25, to attend a production of Hamlet at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. They plan to leave around 8:30 am and to be returning around 1:30 pm to school.
Not-So-Scary Community Service Hours
Students earn up to 7 community service hours by volunteering at
Spooky Night at South Pointe Elementary. The event will take place on Friday, October 28, from 6 to 9 pm but volunteers should be there by 5:30 pm and expect to finish around 9:30 pm, after clean up. You can help anytime taking a shift. Beach High students would be placed in the Game or Prize area. You may wear a costume (but no clown make up or masks, please) or a red shirt.
Please bring your Community Service Hours form to be signed.
There is a field for notes where you must indicate Beach High.