Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter
September 8, 2016 - Issue # 3
Everything You Need to Know Right Now
- September 9, Club Shirts Day. Wear your favorite club shirt.
- September 10, ACT test, registered students.
- September 12-23, EOC's: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, and US History. Eligible students.
- September 12, Mondays with Micky: "Conversation about Education in Miami Beach" with Commissioner Micky Steinberg. Miami Beach Golf Club, 6 pm. See flyer below.
- September 13, PTSA Board meeting. 7:30 - 9 am, Media Center. Everybody is welcome!
- September 13-16, Herff Jones Junior Ring Sales during both lunches
- September 13, Town Hall Meeting with State Rep David Richardson: "Education in South Florida". Miami Beach Golf Club, 6 pm. See flyer below.
- September 14, EESAC meeting, Media Center, 2:30pm.
- September 14, Junior Parent Night, 5:30-7:30pm, Auditorium.
- September 16, registration deadline for October 22 ACT.
- September 17, Congressional Debate Workshop. See article below.
- September 20, late registration deadline for October 1 SAT (late fee required).
- September 21, Senior Parent Night.
- September 22, ICC meeting, 2:20-3:30 pm, Media Center.
- September 22, AOHT Flea Market.
- September 23, Club Shirts Day and Pep Rally.
- September 23, Club Fair. Come explore the Clubs offered at Beach High.
- September 26-30, Senior Breakfast tickets sale online - on the Portal.
- September 27, Blood Drive.
- September 27, Open House. Resource Fair 5 pm in the cafeteria, visits to classes start at 6pm.
- September 29, Early Release, 12:20 pm (after lunch).
- September 29, Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon.
- September 30, late registration deadline for October 22 ACT (late fee required).
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.
Testing Calendar: from the desk of Ms. Sevillanos, Testing Chair.
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.
The PSAT will take place on October 19. The test prepares you for the SAT® and provides entry to National Merit Scholarship competitions. All 10th graders are automatically registered to take the test for free.
Freshmen & Juniors interested in taking the test MUST REGISTER. They will need to pay $15.00 cash to Ms. Desronvil in the Treasurer's Office during both lunches. All 10th graders are automatically registered to take the test for free.
The Algebra I EOC Retake, and the Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, and US History EOC's will take place on September 12 to September 23.
You must test if:
· If you failed the Algebra I EOC,
· If you did not take EOCs last year, or
· If you are new to our school
All teachers have the list of students who are scheduled to take the EOC's. If you are not sure if you need to test, please see Ms. Sevillanos in room 352 for information.
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.
Get excited! Tomorrow, Friday, will be the first Club Shirts Day. Hi-Tides, let's get our favorite club shirts out to show off tomorrow.
The Jewish Student Union will meet on Friday during first lunch only in room 229 with Mr. Nelson. Kosher Pizza will be served. The JSU will NOT meet this week for 2nd lunch in Mr. Dermer's.
Boys & Girls interested in playing soccer this year: there was a meeting after school on Thursday, September 8. Boys meet in room 505 and girls meet in room 271. If you have any questions, see coach Botto in room 517.
Want to join a committee that can really make a difference? The US Grant committee has an annual budget of $25,000- that's right, 25 THOUSAND! The committee votes on how that money should be used for the school. Our first meeting was today, September 8.
If there are any girls or boys that are interested in joining our Golf Team, please contact Coach Garcia in room 207 or Coach Perez in room 315. The season is just getting started and we are looking for a few more golfers.
Anyone interested in joining FCCLA, please come to our first
meeting on Thursday, September 15, after school. Everyone is welcome!
If you would like to join a fun class, sign up for Portuguese Humanities. Students learn about culture, history and geography of the countries that speak Portuguese. It's all about fun with projects done in classroom that involves cooking, hands on activities, organizing events, movies, guest speakers, and field trips. See Ms. Arslanian in room 181 during your lunch time to sign up for this year.
Attention freshmen: we have some exciting updates for all of you. They will be posted on the class of 2020 instagram page, which is @mbsh.2020
Do you have a passion for art? Join the National Art Honor Society for its first meeting next Monday, September 12, in Ms. Money's room 329.
Calling all the Hispanic Honor Society members for the first mandatory meeting that will take place on Wednesday, September 14, at 2.30pm in room 176.
The Robotics and eSports Club met today, Thursday, September 8, after school in Room 504. All students are welcome.
Anyone interested in being a member of the SHAPE Club, please come to room 270 and get an application from Ms. Pinto. Together we can change the world.
Do you think you can dance? Fusion Dance Team will be holding open auditions, beginning September 27. For more information, visit the school website or contact Coach Wallace in the Parent Resource Center.
Join the Ecology Club in participating at the International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17. We will meet at 23rd Street on the beach, from 8:30am through noon. They will give out goodie bags, community service hours, and you will be invited to the after-party. For questions or to RSVP, go to Ms. Silveira's room 375.
Freshmen! Do you want to have a voice in organizing activities for Beach High? If so, pick up an application to run for Class of 2020 office from Ms. Justilian in room 240 or Ms. Sakowicz in the main office.
Calling all good writers! Please ask your teachers about the Hispanic Heritage Month writing contest. One high school winner in Florida will win a 4 year full tuition to any state school. You can also see Ms. Sakowicz in room 103 for more information.
The MDCPS food truck will be here in the parking lot by the football field on Wednesday for both lunches.
- Lunch for students is free, reduced or full price depending on meal eligibility. Money is not accepted on the truck. Students whose status is reduced lunch or pay full price must have money in their account to receive lunch from the truck.
- Menu items on the Food Truck include: burger with bacon and cheese or chicken wings, onion rings, assorted fruit, salad, baby carrots, juice and milk.
IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
The following messages were sent by Principal Donohue to all school families via phone call and email. If you haven't received the messages and would like to be included in the distribution list, please contact the school at your earliest convenience.
Re: the Zika Virus health concern in our community.
To help diminish the cycle of Zika transmission and reduce the number of mosquitoes, the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control team will conduct mosquito-control aerial spraying in the 1.5 square mile area of Miami Beach where mosquitoes have tested positive for Zika. If weather conditions are suitable, the aerial spraying will occur tomorrow, Friday, September 9, from 5 to 5:30 am. You may prefer to keep your child indoors until 6:30 am following the spraying.
Miami Beach Senior High School
will be flexible with parents and students as it relates to the school's tardy policy. Additionally, outdoor activities will be limited as appropriate. Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of students.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school at (305) 532-4515.
Re: this morning lockdown
Earlier this morning the school was placed on a temporary lockdown as a precaution due to a reported concern. Miami-Dade Schools Police has ensured us that the school is safe for all students and staff. The lockdown has been lifted and classes have resumed on a regular schedule. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
Please mark your calendar for the Miami Beach Senior High Open House on Tuesday, September 24. Come meet your child's teachers, the administration and staff. It will start with a curriculum fair from 5 to 5:45 pm, followed by classroom visits from 6 to 8 pm.
Meet Your PTSA
MBSH 2016-17 Executive Board
President: Amelia Gowdy
1st VP/President in Training: Hillary Frankel
2nd VP/Advocacy:Deryn Cowdy
3rd VP/Membership: Stella Gelsomino & Chrysta Dwyer-Hammon
4th VP/Fundraiser:Robin Wood
Treasurer: Elizabeth Allocco & Sheila Shardlow
Recording Secretary: Pauline Buck & Elisheva Rogoff
Corresponding Secretary: Marina Gallian(Newsletter/Web) &
Lauren Radick (Social Media)
President Emeritus: Jill Swartz
Students, Parents and Teachers - We Need your Support for PTSA
The PTSA at Beach High continues to support all students and teachers. We encourage you to become a member today.
We contribute to the academies, technology, band, orchestra, theatre, speech and debate, student activities plus many more.
We also assist your athletic clubs including football, soccer, softball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, basketball, wrestling, cheerleading, track & field, cross country, water polo, and more.
Become a member and show your support!
We offer the convenient PayPal payment to join the Beach High PTSA for 2016-2017. Students $5, Parents $10. Click below to pay by credit card via PayPal (you don't need to have a PayPal account) or to download a PTSA Membership Form and drop off the completed form and membership dues - cash or checks payable to "Miami Beach Sr. High PTSA" at the Parent Resource Center in the Beach High office, Attn: PTSA.
(you don't need to be a member of PayPal).
Download a PTSA Membership Form
and drop off the completed form and membership dues - cash or checks payable to "Miami Beach Sr. High PTSA" - at the Parent Resource Center in the Beach High office, Attn: PTSA.
Dual Enrollment: College Classes while in High School
Dual enrollment classes offered at Miami Beach Senior High allow students to earn college credit while still in high school. Funded by the City of Miami Beach, these college classes allow students to gain exposure to a college course in the convenience of their high school campus.
Each year the number of classes available has grown, ranging from Introduction to Sociology to Calculus. If your child is ready to enroll in a college course, contact the school counselor in advance of the next semester or school year.
Currently, over 130 Beach High students are enrolled in this semester Dual Enrollment classes: Introduction to Sociology, Survey of British Literature, College Algebra, and Introduction to Education. More courses will be offered for next semester.
(from "Dual Options: Earn both high school and college credit", by Dr. Leslie Rosenfeld, Next Generation).
"Dual-enrollment class options are now available on campus as part of the city's Education Compact with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Florida International University (FIU). Dual-enrollment classes at MBSH provide interested and eligible students with more rigorous classes,
while earning both high school and college credit at no cost.
Dual-enrollment courses are real college courses for real college credit. The grades will go on your child's permanent record. Before enrolling, make sure your child is ready for the demanding work a college class will require, as this grade will be put on their permanent college transcript.
In order to qualify for dual-enrollment courses, students must be entering or be in grades 10, 11, or 12, must have a 3.0 unweighted grade point average (GPA), and meet all the college/university criteria for admission. Your child will also need permission from parents/guardians and a guidance counselor or principal.
There is no cost for your child to participate, as the City of Miami Beach and M-DCPS pay for the professor and required materials".
Read the full article here.
- The Junior Parent Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Auditorium. The meeting is for parents but students are welcome to attend. CAP Advisor Ms.Sahwell will provide valuable information for college planning and the Herff Jones Representative will be there for class ring information starting at 5:30 pm.
- Attention Juniors! Remember that Herff Jones will be on campus to assist you with your ring orders on Tuesday, September 13, and Wednesday, September 14, all day in the auditorium. You can visit through your social studies classes. They will also be here on Thursday, September 15, and Friday, September 16, by the cafeteria during both lunches. In order to have your class ring ready for the ceremony, it must be ordered by Friday, September 16. A deposit is required for all rings ordered and will be as follows: $60 for Ultrium, $100 for 10K gold rings, and $125 for 14K gold rings.
We will have our first ICC meeting for all club sponsors and officers on September 22, 2:20-3:30 pm in the Media Center. Please make sure that the sponsor, treasurer, President and Vice President of each Club are in attendance. Please forward this information to your club officers.
Any senior interested in being a Silver Knight nominee, please stop by
Silver Knight Coordinator Ms. Haselmann (room 506) and pick up an application. We will have a meeting in the near future to talk about the process.
Now that all students finished their summer reading and writing projects, let's do something productive with their books! Please donate summer novels and books back to MBSH, so that they can be given to other students for next summer.
This is a great way to promote literacy, recycle, and provide students with the reading materials that they need during the summer months.
Please participate as we recycle and support the students of our school.
Donations can be given to Mrs. Haselmann in Room #506.
Uniforms are mandatory at Beach High. Students are to wear red or white crew or collared shirts. They must be plain or carry the MBSH logo. Have your student ready for this school year! Click here for the full Uniform Policy at Beach High: miamibeachhigh.schoolwires
Join the US Grant Committee
A Debate Showcase Mr. Rywell and the Speech and Debate students hosted a workshop on August 27 to welcome new students and parents. Varsity students demonstrated all the different events. Ben Burstein delivered a Congressional Debate Speech to the audience. Cameron Gittler demonstrated Extemporaneous Speaking. Darlene Adirika presented an Original Interpretation. Abby Gualda and Anna Nueryason performed a Duo Interpretation. Alex Radick and Guido Dominguez argued for the affirmation, while Tali Peretz and Alex Sherer defended the negation in a shortened Public Forum round.
The team was excited to see such a large turnout and is looking forward to having a great season. As part of their initiative to get more novices involved, there will be a Half Day Congressional Debate Workshop on September 17.
The Debate Program coached by Mr. Rywell has gotten better with each passing year. Miami Beach Senior High has a great tradition of championship for Speech and Debate teams, and this year's team is committed to continue the tradition of excellence, and to introduce Debate to a wider range of students. Speech and Debate gives students valuable skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.
Want to join a committee that can really make a difference? The US Grant committee has an annual budget of $25,000 - that's right, 25 thousands. The committee votes on how that money should be used for the school! Our first meeting was on September 8 - stay tuned for next meeting!
Congratulations to the new board for 2016-17:
Chair: Nicole Goetz
Vice chair: Alex Radick
Secretary: Ben Burstein
PR/Communications: Ale Cruz
Historian: Nicole Johnson
Advisor: Corey Narson
Want to make things happen at Beach High? Join the US Grant Committee!
Morning Coffee at Beach High Thank you, Commissioner Sally Heyman and PTSA Board member Corey Narson for hosting the morning's coffee van hot drinks for the community! The Coffee Brake stopped at Beach High on September 2.
...to the following students who had their artworks selected for M-DCPS' first juried exhibition this year, the Hispanic Heritage Exhibition at the School Board Auditorium Gallery.
Janny Perez, 11th grade
Celine Hernandez, 12th grade
Creneesha Davis, 11th grade
Kelly Guevara, 11th grade
Top left: Janny Perez
Top right: Celine Hernandez
Bottom left: Kelly Guevara
Bottom right: Creneesha Davis
Another victory for our Girls Varsity Volleyball Team. Good luck at the next game!
August 24th, Varsity and Junior Varsity
played away at American HS. V won 3-0,
JV won 2-0.
August 26th, they played at home against Krop HS. V won 3-1 and JV won 2-1.
Wednesday August 31st, home game with North Miami - they won JV 2-0 and V won 3-1.
JV won 2-0 and V won 3-0
Come and out and support the Girls
at the next game:
- Miami Beach at Hialeah Gardens Monday 9/12
- American HS at Miami Beach Wednesday 9/14 Home Game
- Miami Beach at ATM Friday 9/16
- Miami Beach at Krop Monday 9/19
- Miami HS at Miami Beach Monday 9/23 Home Game
- Miami Beach at North Miami Monday 9/26
- Miami Beach at Miami HS Wednesday 9/28
- Hialeah at Miami Beach Friday 9/30 Home Game
The Varsity team also traveled to the KSA Classic
in Orlando on September 1-3 to play against 8 other teams
from all over the USA and played well.
Go Hi Tides!
Don't miss out on two important events next week:
Mondays with Micky, on Monday, September 12, will focus on education in Miami Beach. Guest speakers will be School Board Member Dr. Martin Karp and the City of Miami Beach Chief Learning and Development Officer Dr. Leslie Rosenfeld.
Townhall Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 13, hosted by State Representative David Richardson on Public Education in Florida. Several panelists are invited to the event.
Both events will take place at the Miami Beach Golf Club, starting at 6 pm.
On the Pathway to College
Parent Webinars Hosted by the College Board
The College Board is hosting a monthly webinar series to help parents support their children on the journey to college. Next webinar:
College Applications 101
Wednesday, October 12, 7- 8 pm
- Steve Colon, Vice President, Access to Opportunity, College Board
- Nicole Hurd, Founder and CEO, College Advising Corps
- Brandi Smith, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Emory University
Check out the College Board website for more details.
College Financial Aid 101 - A FAFSA Webinar
The college financial aid process is starting early. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) can now be submitted as early as October 1.
Discover Student Loans is hosting a free 60 minute webinar to help students and families make sense of the new changes to the FAFSA and the financial aid process.
The presentation will cover:
* New changes to the FAFSA
* How to maximize grants and scholarships
* How to read your Award Letter
College Financial Aid 101 (presented by Discover Student Loans)
Mrs. Loffredo is looking for chaperones for a Drama field trip. See below the details:
- the trip is to South Dade Senior High School in Homestead on Saturday, September 24
- leaving from the school at 7:45 am and coming back around 4:15 pm.
- it is for District 8 Workshop Day. It is basically all sorts of Theatre/ Dance/ Music related workshops for the students.
Family Service Day 2016
Earn your Community Service Hours, bond with your family and community, and have some fun.
On Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9 am to 1 pm, hundreds of volunteers of all ages will gather for a day of public service at sites throughout Miami Beach. Following the completion of their projects, volunteers will come together for a celebration at North Shore Open Space Park, between Collins Avenue and the beach at 81 Street.
Family Service Day service learning projects include:
-Art Therapy for Children
-Beach Dune Restoration
-Cross-Cultural Engagement Activities
-Non-Native Plant Removal
-Sustainability Projects at local schools
-LED Projects at local schools
Volunteers will receive lunch from burger hot spot Shake Shack, a free T-shirt and a free reusable water bottle courtesy of Coca-Cola. There will be giveaways with prizes for all ages.
Students will receive community service hours. Volunteers are asked to bring one or more non-perishable canned goods for our food drive; they will be distributed to the community's most at-risk individuals and families.
The Family Service Day is brought to you by the City of Miami Beach and The Children's Trust.
Be Part of the International Coastal Clean Up
Join the Ecology Club
in participating at the International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17th. We will meet at 23rd street on the beach, from 8:30 AM through noon. They will give out goodie bags, community service hours, and you will be invited to the after-party. More than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers during the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup. For questions or to RSVP, go to Ms. Silveira's room, 375
The next Blood Drive will take place on September 27. Please contact the Leo Club in room 708 if you want to help out. All new and returning members are invited.