Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter 
 
                October 11, 2016 - Issue # 6                       
Get Ready for Homecoming!       
                                

 
DASHBOARD
October/November Calendar
 
  • October 10-18, FSA ELA Retake (Reading and Writing), and FCAT retake. Eligible students.
  • October 11, PTSA Board meeting. 7:30 - 9 am, Media Center. Everybody is welcome!
  • October 12, No school, Teacher Planning Day
  • October 13, US Grants Committee meeting, 2:30 pm.
  • October 13, Silver Knight meeting, 2:30 pm in Ms. Haselmann's room 506.
  • October 19, PSAT and ASVAB tests. Registered students.
  • October 19, EESAC meeting, Media Center, 2:30pm.
  • October 20, IB Informational meeting, 6:30 pm in the Auditorium. See article below.
  • October 22, ACT test. Registered students.
  • October 21, Senior Breakfast at Rusty Pelican. See announcements.
  • October 22, AOHT Flea Market. See flyer below.
  • October 24-29, Spirit Week.
  • October 25, late registration deadline for November 5 SAT (late fee required).
  • October 26, Doug Burris Stage Naming, North Beach Band Shell, concert by Rock Ensemble and Friends! 6 - 9 pm. See article below.
  • 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.
  • 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 14-25, MYA (Mid - Year Assessments) testing: English Language Arts,  Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry.
  • November 15, PTSA Board meeting. 7:30 - 9 am, Media Center. Everybody is welcome!
  • November 16, Herf Jones Ring payment day.
  • November 16, EESAC meeting, Media Center, 2:30pm.
  • November 18, late registration deadline for December 10 ACT (late fee required).
  • November 18, 18th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Induction. See flyers below.
  • 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.


  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
www.collegeboard.org and for ACT online at www.actstudent.org 
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 News and Calendars


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.



October Testing Calendar 
 
 
 
Learn Test Graduation Requirements

Please take a moment to download and read the State Assessment Graduation Requirements. Download it here



 

Connect through Edmodo


Teachers and students can now communicate with Testing Chair Ms. Sevillanos through Edmodo. Please use the code u65bgt to join.

 


 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
IMPORTANT! Attendance this week: it is very important that everyone attend school every week; but especially this week. The State of Florida will use our daily attendance THIS WEEK to calculate how much money our school will receive. Even excused absences hurt us. The higher the attendance this week, the more money our school gets. So please spread the word to try your best to attend all classes (especially 1st block) this week, so we can get more money for our school.
 
Free after school tutoring has begun. It will be every Wednesday in the media center from 2:30-3:30 pm.
 
The Silver Knight Coordinators will hold a meeting on Thursday, October 13, at 2:30 pm in room 506 (Ms. Haselmann's room). This will be a brief meeting, but future meetings will be longer as we begin preparing the applications.
 
The US Grants Committee will meet this Thursday at 2:30 pm.
 
The Senior Breakfast ticket sale has been extended until second lunch today. Please stop by the SGA table during both lunches or pay online through your portal until tomorrow, Wednesday. See article below in Seniors Corner.
 
Homecoming Court applications are available. If you want to run for king or queen, please see Ms. Sakowicz's office (room 103). The application deadline is on Friday. Homecoming date applications are also available. If your date does not currently attend Beach High, then they MUST fill out the application to attend.

Homecoming Dance tickets are on sale. You can pay $45 in cash in person or by using a credit card online. See article below in School News.

The Women's Empowerment Club will be having the first interest meeting on Thursday, October 13 at 2:30 pm in room 289. All genders are welcome, so come join for vibrant current event discussions and see how you can get empowered.

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.
 
The Jewish Student Union would like to wish every Beach High student and faculty a healthy and happy New Year. The Jewish Student Union expects to return to Kosher pizza this week.
 
Are you interested in film? Join Film Club. We will be having our next meeting on Wednesday, October 12 right after school in Ms. Pierce's room. Click on the link in the right column of this newsletter to see the Beach Film News of this school year.
  
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.
 
           
Questions regarding student clubs or activities? Email our Student Government at mbshupdates@gmail.com
 
 
FROM YOUR PTSA
Teachers, Apply for Grants Now! The Miami Beach Senior High School 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.
 
Please download and complete the application and submit by December 16th. 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.



 
Faculty Dessert Table @ Open House

On behalf of all the teachers, thank you to all PTSA volunteers for contributing baked goods to the Faculty dinner on Open House night.  Teachers were very happy and appreciative of our dessert tables.  Thanks to our volunteers for setting up and help serve, and to PTSA Hospitality Chairs Hillary Frankel and Sophie Tordjman. 


 
 

The PTSA Table @ the Open House



 

 
SCHOOL NEWS

Are you interested in finding out how the International Baccalaureate Program can help provide the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship for your child? Bright Futures can save tens of thousands of dollars in college tuition costs! The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Beach High invites you to a short, informational meeting on Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium. Find out how the IB program can prepare your child for university acceptance - with the possibility of earning the highest level of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship in the process. 
We hope to see you and your child on Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium.



The meeting is open to parents and students in middle and high school:
  •  To 9th and 10th graders who are interested in learn more about the IB Programme (offered in 11th and 12th grade), whether they are currently attending Beach High or would like to transfer from another high school.
  • To 8th graders who are interested in applying to Pre IB- Scholars in high school
  • To 6th and 7th graders - to learn which courses they should take in middle school to meet the Pre IB - Scholars requirements in 9th grade.
 

Homecoming Dance Tickets now on Sale


Homecoming Dance tickets are on sale. You can pay $45 in cash in person or by using a credit card online.  In order for a student to attend, he or she must have a 2.0 GPA, and less than 10 unexcused absences and 20 tardies. Seniors must have 10 community service hours on file. Parents and students can skip the sales line and purchase tickets online via the Student Portal or Parent Portal now!
To pay for tickets online (Senior Breakfast, Homecoming Dance), please go to your Portal, click on the upper tab "Apps/Services/Sites" and scroll down to OSP - Online School Payments. Click on the Secondary Schools tab and find Miami Beach Senior High.

 
Get Rewarded for Perfect Attendance

Students, attend school every day for a chance to win unique prizes.     
Assistant Principal Mr. Lafrance will be tabulating the attendance records at the end of the week for each group ( Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors) for our contest.
Posters will be posted throughout the building for bragging rights towards our   "Students of the Month". As a reminder, our Hi Tides must also cut back on tardies. Let's see which class will top the contest.
Photo above: power-bank/extra charger that will be awarded during our Attendance Contest.
 
 
    
Keep Protecting Students from Zika Virus   
 
Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Beach High administration encourage parents to continue to exercise daily protective measures, such as applying repellent to your child before arriving to school and wearing protective clothing, such as long-sleeve shirts and long pants. This is especially important in the morning, at the beginning of the school day, when mosquitoes are more active. Remember to consult your doctor or health care provider before using any type of insect repellent.
Infected mosquitoes were originally found in some locations near the school, including Prairie Avenue and Convention Center Drive. Although testing is regularly being carried out in our City, mosquitoes move, and not all of them get caught in the traps.
Here is the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Zika prevention webpage:
cdc.gov/zika/prevention

 
  
 
Seniors Corner
  
The Senior Breakfast ticket sale has been extended until second lunch today. Please stop by the SGA table during both lunches or pay online through your portal until tomorrow, Wednesday.
Tickets cost $43. The Senior Breakfast will be held at the Rusty Pelican on October 21st. The theme is Black & White. Senior Breakfast attendance requirements: a signed senior contract, a minimum 2.0 GPA, a minimum of 10 community service hours on file, less than 10 absences, and less than 20 tardies. For more information, students can speak with Ms. Sakowicz in the main office.
 
To pay for tickets online (Senior Breakfast, Homecoming Dance) , please go to your Portal, click on upper tab "Apps/Services/Sites" and scroll down to OSP - Online School Payments. Click on the Secondary Schools tab and find Miami Beach Senior High.
 
Homecoming Court applications are available. If you want to run for king or queen, please see Ms. Sakowicz's office (room 103). The application deadline is on Friday. Homecoming date applications are also available. If your date does not currently attend Beach High, then they MUST fill out the application to attend.
 
Homecoming Dance tickets are on sale. You can pay $45 in cash in person or by using a credit card online. In order for a student to attend, he or she must have a 2.0 GPA, and less than 10 unexcused absences and 20 tardies. Seniors must have 10 community service hours on file. Parents and students can skip the sales line and purchase tickets online via the Student Portal or Parent Portal now!
To pay for tickets online (Senior Breakfast, Homecoming Dance), please go to your Portal, click on the upper tab "Apps/Services/Sites" and scroll down to OSP - Online School Payments. Click on the Secondary Schools tab and find Miami Beach Senior High.

  • The Senior Parent Night was held on Wednesday, September 21, in the Auditorium.
    If you missed the Senior Parent Night, on September 16, please click here to download the Power Point Presentation by CAP Advisor Ms.Sahwell.
  • Mark your calendar:
    October 24-29, Spirit Week
    October 28, Homecoming Game
    October 29, Homecoming Dance at the Ronald W. Shane Center
    October 31, Senior Breakfast
    April 21, Grad Bash
    May 20, Prom
    June 8, Last day of school.
  • Universities Visiting Beach High:
    The following is a list of universities which will be visiting Beach High. Please check Ms. Sahwell webpage for updates and to register for the visit and get a pass:
    Print out your pass. Only your teacher can allow you to participate.
 



   

Attention all students! The T.A.L.L. (Teens Are Lifelong Learners) program is welcoming all students to join their afterschool 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. See you there!
 
Gina Solorzano, MSW Ayuda & T.A.L.L. Counselor

 
   
 
LIFE ON CAMPUS
 
Open House & Club Fair 

On Tuesday, September 27, Miami Beach Senior High hosted its annual Open House (in the photos below). To see a gallery of photos of the Open House and Club Fair, please scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter.    
 
   
 
A Voice for Parents
   
The School Improvement Place box was created to give
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. 
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  dhession@dadeschools.net.
     

  North Beach Band Shell Stage Renamed after Clark D. Burris
 
On Wednesday, October 26, the Rock Ensemble will hold a concert in celebration of the renaming of the North Beach Band Shell as the Clark D. Burris Stage.
There will be alumni performances as well by Sammy Gonzalez, the Macasters, Frankie T & Friends, and Roger Houdaille & ex Norwegian. 6 - 9 pm.

   
The Clark Doug Burris Scholarship Fund promotes and benefits the musical education and excellence in the Performing and Recording Arts for Miami Beach Senior High School music students.
Clark D. Burris legacy will be marked with the "Rockin' the Universe" Scholarship Fund to acknowledge, assist, and encourage aspiring Beach High school musicians, singers, and recording arts students with funding for higher education and study programs.
Please make donations (PayPal/checks) payable to:
Miami Beach Senior High Alumni Association
2000 NW 150th Avenue, Suite 2106
Pembroke Pines, Florida 33028
Or click here: Alumni Page
 
 

The Debate Team participated to the Flying L tournament on September 24 at Ft. Lauderdale High School in Sunrise.

See some photos of the event on the right. 


The Crestian Tradition @Cypress Bay HS has been postponed until November 12-13.
 

 




   
 
   
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO...
   
 ...to Ms. Carro who has been selected by the City of Miami Beach Hispanic Affairs Committee as a  recipient of this year's Hispanic Heritage Month Award in the Hispanic Educator, Higher Education category.

A certificate will be presented to Ms. Carro by the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commission, along with the Hispanic Affairs Committee.

A reception will be held at CafĂ©' Avanti to celebrate her contribution to this City's Hispanic community.  
 


 
 
...to Lesli Pineda, Creneesha Davis, and Francesca Tobar for being accepted to the Cartographies Exhibition at the Miami International Airport's MIA Gallery. Travelers from around the world will see these artists' works upon their arrival to Miami.
 
 
 
 
  
...to Girls JV and V Volleyball who are going strong.
Come out and support the Girls Volleyball Team tonight, Tuesday, as they play against Hialeah Gardens. This is the last district game. District playoffs will take place next Tuesday and Thursday.

Both Varsity and JV were undefeated in district games. Varsity recently played North Miami HS, Miami HS, and Hialeah HS, and won all 3 games in straight sets. Last Tuesday & Thursday games were rescheduled.

At the last home game, the 4 senior players on the team, Nicole Goetz, Luna Adams, Victoria Gillette, and Amanda Garcia were recognized. See them in the photo below.
 
Photo on the right, from left: Luna Adams, Nicole Goetz, Vickie Gillette, and Amanda Garcia.
    
 
   
    
 
 
  
     
 
FROM OUR COMMUNITY
 
Join the 18th Annual Beach High Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon
For more info, please visit the Beach High Alumni website: beachhigh.com/announcement


 

A percentage of the profits will go to the Beach High Academy of Hospitality and Tourism and to the new Culinary Program.



The City of Miami Beach is conducting a survey to determine the bus transportation needs of students currently enrolled in public schools in Miami Beach that live within 2-miles of the home school.

The City will use the results of the survey to assess the viability and interest in a City of Miami Beach bus service.

To complete the survey, click the link below: 
The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Please submit by October 14, 2016.



 
 
PHOTO GALLERY
   Miami Beach Senior High Open House & Club Fair 

 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 

 
 
hi tides
Teachers, Club Sponsors, Parents and Students,
Please send your news and photos with captions
to newsletter editor marinagallian@hotmail.com
In This Issue
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Announcements
From Your PTSA
School News
Life on Campus
Congratulations to...
From Our Community
Photo Gallery
Join Our PTSA!
Take a Seat for Education
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OfficeDepot Back to School
Beach Film News
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MBSH PTSA Board
2016-2017

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

President
Amelia Gowdy

President in Training
Hillary Frankel

VP Advocacy
Deryn Cowdy

VP Membership
Chrysta Dwyer-Hammon
Stella Gelsomino

VP Fundraising
Robin Wood

Treasurers
Elizabeth Allocco
Sheila Shardlow

Recording Secretary
Pauline Buck
Elisheva Rogoff

Corresponding Secretary
Marina Gallian (newsletter)
Lauren Radick (Social Media/Web)

President Emeritus
Jill Swartz



MBSH PTSA 2015-16
Standing Committees

Academic/Curriculum Issues
Tracy Jackson
Kayla Rynor

Academic Volunteers
Gabriela Hemmerde-Vecco

Academic Achievements/Awards
Stacy Chopp
 
Discipline Committee
Beth Edwards

Fundraising Committee
Dalia Blumstein (Talent Show)
Mike Gruener (Parking Fundraiser)
Jill Muller
 Nancy Wolff-Diaz

Grants
Carmen Barcenas
 Paula Sohn

Health & Wellness
Kara Burnstine
Team Run for Education
Kim Haber

Hospitality & Teacher Appreciation
 Hillary Frankel  
Sophie Trodjman

Programs
Barbara Gelber
Amanda Kleidermacher

Safety and Security
 Jelena Demetriades
Deryn Cowdy
Mike Gruener

SHARE/Student Needs Program
Shirley Dominguez
Jill Swartz

Silver Knight
Amelia Gowdy
Karen Edelstein
   
SHARE/Student Needs Program
Shirley Dominguez
Rosa Neely

US Grant
 Corey Narson

MBSH PTSA 2016-17
Liaisons

Ada Merritt
Theresa Pinto

Athletic Liaison
Jelena Demetriades

AVID
Beth Edwards

City of Miami Beach
Leslie Rosenfeld

EESAC
Tracy Jackson
Karen Edelstein

IB/Scholars Liaison
Marina Gallian
 
Nautilus Middle School
Carmen Barcenas

Ruth K. Broad K-8
Dalia Blumstein

QEC
Kayla Rynor

Teacher Representative
Ms. Gussie Sakowicz

Student Representatives
Alex Radick (Student Council President)
Jamila Gowdy (Advocacy)
Jalen Shojgreen (Senior Class President)
 
Principal

John Donohue


Leave Your Footprints at Beach High:
Take a Seat for Education

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.

Shopping at Amazon? Start at Amazon Smile and Help Your PTSA

 
What is AmazonSmile? 
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
Simply go to smile.amazon.com and search for the following charity: Miami Beach Senior High PTSA. It's that simple. For every purchase you make, AmazonSmile will make a donation to Beach High.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile.  

Info and registration: smile.amazon.com
 
Add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to remember to start your shopping there.
The Office Depot Program for Schools

Support your school while shopping for school and office supplies - it doesn't cost you a penny!
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.

Thank you for your support of our students and teachers!

The Beach Film News Is Back!
Please click on the link below to watch the first episodes that the Beach High crew, under the direction of Ms. Pierce, has put together so far.