Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter 
                August  31, 2017 - Volume # 3                       
            Lots of School News and Info                      

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August - September Calendar 
  • September 1, Freshman Assembly, 7:30 am. Students only.
  • September 4, No school, Labor Day.
  • September 7, Senior Parent Night, 6 pm.
  • September 9, ACT test. Registered students.
  • September 8, Registration deadline for October 7 SAT test.
  • September 11-29, FSA Retakes: Writing & Reading, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, and US History. Eligible students.
  • September 12, PTSA Board Meeting, Media Center, 7:30-9 am. Everybody is welcome!
  • September 12-13, Herff Jones Ring Sales.
  • September 13, Homecoming Court & Freshman Class Officers applications due.
  • September 14, Junior Parent meeting, 6 pm.
  • September 18 - September 29, Homecoming Dance and Senior Breakfast tickets sale (for approximately $50 each).
  • September 21, No school, Teacher Planning day.
  • September 20, EESAC meeting, 2:30 pm.
  • September 22, Registration deadline for October 28 ACT test.
  • September 22, Late registration deadline for October 7 SAT test.
  • September 23-October 6, Late registration deadline for October 28 ACT test.
  • September 26, Committee for Quality Education meeting, 9-11am.
  • September 26, Open House, 4:30-7:30 pm. More info to follow.
  • September 28, Early Release, 12:20 pm.
  • September 29, Club Fair during school hours.
Please note: all dates are tentative. 
2017-18 A-B Day Calendar
Is tomorrow an odd or even day?
Download the A-B calendar here
SAT - ACT Calendars
Click on the following links:
Miami Beach Senior High School Code is 101140 for both tests. 


From the Desk of Ms. Sevillanos, Testing Chair

Please take a moment to review and download the 2017-2018 Testing Calendar and mark important dates on your agenda - such as AP's and FSA's tests.  
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 bus passes, academic support, 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 over 100 community service hours throughout the year, so come and bring all your friends to the T.A.L.L. program every Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in Room 304. All grades are welcome to join. See you there!
To join the Hi-Tides Boys and Girls Bowling teams see Coach Muhtar in Room 355. The season starts this week!
Any students interested in joining the Golf Team, please see either Coach Perez in Rm. 315 or Coach Garcia in Rm. 207.
The Robotics and eSports Clubs will meet after school today in room 504. All students are welcome.
There will be a Beach High literary magazine meeting for "Embryo" on September 6 at 2:30 pm in Room 557.  Please come share your new ideas and help us publish this year's first edition! Refreshments will be served. See Mr. Boldon for details.
Leo Club will be meeting today, Thursday, August 31 in Room in 703.   
The English Honors Society will be having its first meeting for juniors and seniors only on Wednesday, September 6 in Room 752.
Any boys & girls interested in playing Soccer this year, there will be a meeting on Wednesday, September 6 after school. See Coach Botto in Room 517 for more information.

Did You Miss It?
The STAND Club had their first meeting of the year last Thursday after school in room 247. Come learn about how we will STAND together against negative decisions!
Anyone interested in playing Fall baseball, there was a meeting last week at Flamingo Park baseball field. For more information see coach Botto in Room 517.
Attention all students interested in joining the Leo Club and/or helping out with the next Blood Drive. There was a meeting and officer elections last week after school in Mr. Rivera's room.
There were open auditions for the Fusion Dance Team this week in Room 658 after school. Please see Mr. Wallace for more information.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Join Film Club and get involved with FILM. First meeting was Wednesday, August 30 in Ms. Pierce's Room 330.
Do you have a talent you would like to show off? Join the Drama Club where you will have the opportunity to showcase your special talent. Immediately following there was a Thespian meeting. Please see Ms. Loffredo in the Black Box Theater or Room 324.
Attention MBSH Students! College Club had the first meeting this week after school in Ms. Justilien's classroom.
Catholic Student Union welcomes you to the new school year! Our first club meeting was Wednesday, August 30. If interested in attending, please contact Ms. Baez.
MBSH's first ever Medical Club meeting was on Wednesday, August 30 in room 378.

Questions regarding student clubs or activities? Email our Student Government at 
Meet Our Administration   

Photo above, from left: Mr. Ponkey, Dr. Hillhouse, Dr. Rodriguez, Dr. Cespedes, and Ms. Taylor.

Dr. Maria Rodriguez, Principal hi tides
(305) 532-4515 ext. 2032 
Mr. Ponkey, Assistant Principal, Class of 2021 (9th grade)
(305) 532-4515 ext. 2114 
Dr. Hillhouse, Assistant Principal, Class of 2020 (10th grade)
(305) 532-4515 ext. 2314 
Ms. Taylor, Assistant Principal, Class of 2019 (11th grade)
(305) 532-4515 ext. 2004
Dr. Cespedes, Assistant Principal, Class of 2018 (12th grade)
(305) 532-4515 ext. 2065 
  Five Great Reasons To Become A Member Of Your Beach High PTSA
  • The PTSA Distributes an E-Newsletter: Keep in the communication loop with our E-Newsletter and keep up to date on PTSA and other events, advocacy efforts, health and welfare articles, scholarships notifications, PTSA Volunteer Program, clubs, school news, and community information.
  • The PTSA Runs Much Needed Fundraisers: These fundraisers allow the PTSA to generate generous funding for academic/athletic grants every year. These grants pay for supplies necessary for classes, covering every subject within the school and provide support for sports programs and clubs. join pta
  • The PTSA Supports and Advocates for Beach High Students: The PTSA coordinates and provides volunteer opportunities for community service hours; opportunities to apply for PTSA scholarships for graduating seniors; academic recognition/trophy programs and much more.
  • The PTSA Provides Numerous Teacher and Staff Benefits: In addition to grants, the PTSA helps provide for teachers and staff a "Welcome Back Breakfast" and "Appreciation Luncheon"; special training opportunities; academic volunteers in the classrooms and chaperones for field trips; and much more.
  • The PTSA Provides Significant Parent/Guardian Member Benefits: The PTSA coordinates or provides volunteer opportunities; planned seminars with leaders in our community; assistance from experienced parent-members and much more.
 Please join us in support of your student. Thank you in advance for your generosity.  
We offer two convenient ways to join the Beach High PTSA:
  1. Click here and then click on the ADD TO CART button at the top of the page to pay by credit card via PayPal (you don't need to be a member of PayPal). Click "continue shopping" to add additional members. Dues paid via PayPal are $10.52 per adult & $5.41 per student or teacher. You may also add an additional donation, which is greatly appreciated!
  2. Click here 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 main office at school, Attn: PTSA.
The First PTSA Board Meeting of the Year
The first PTSA meeting was attended by over 50 people.  
Thanks to our guest speakers who welcomed the PTSA Board and Committees to the new school year: School Board member Dr. Martin Karp (District 3), Sally Alayon, Region Administrative Director, and Maria Delgado, Dr. Karp's Secretary; City Commissioner Michael Grieco and his aide Danila Bonini; Vice-Chair of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Joshua Levy; our own Principal Dr. Maria Rodriguez, Assistant Principals Dr. Hillhouse and Mr. Ponkey, counselor Ms. Nunez, and Ms. Duval.  
We would like to thank Dr. Evan Rubenstein of Miami Beach Orthodontics (pictured on the right) for supplying coffee and donuts for all attendees. See him in the photo below.
PTSA Board Meeting Dates
All meetings are from 7:30 to 9 am.
September 12, 2017
October 10, 2017
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
January 9, 2018
February 13, 2018
March 13, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 8, 2018
Stay in Touch! Stay Connected!
Dear PTSA Friends and Families,

Join a growing community of more than 800 people and stay in touch with us to learn about important dates and events, the work we do at Beach High, as well as to share your comments and concerns with us about the important issues facing our students today. 
Please email Saskia Raymond at to be featured in our PTSA social media.
We look forward to starting the year off right by KEEPING IN TOUCH with you!
Did You Get Your Free Acai Bowl?
We would like to thank Raw Juce for generously giving each student at Beach High a card to receive a free acai bowl or juice at Raw Juce, located on 959 West Avenue on Miami Beach. Raw Juce is an USDA organic juice and food restaurant with the mission to support a healthy lifestyle by serving great tasting organic cold-pressed juces, smoothies, acai bowls, and other organic foods. The offer expires on September 3rd, 2017. Thank you on behalf of our students! 
   Next PTSA Board Meeting: 
   Tuesday, September 12, 7:30 - 9 am 
   in the Media Center.
   Everybody is welcome!
A New Lunch Schedule with 3 Lunches   
From now on, students will have lunch in three different shifts. The additional shift will allow students to be better served when buying their lunch. Also, new tables will be added to a shaded area. Please see the new lunch schedule here.  
  open house
Save the Date    
The MBSH Open House will take place on Tuesday, September 26, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.
More info coming soon.

Re-testing in September
The Retake FSA Algebra I EOC (End of Course test) and the Retake FSA Geometry EOC will take place from September 11 to September 22. The Retake FSA Writing & Reading will take place from September 18 to September 29. The Retake Biology and US History EOC will take place from September 20 to September 29
You must test if:
· If you failed the Algebra I EOC,
· If you took the class but did not take EOC's last year, or
· If you are new to our school and have never taken EOC's.
If you took any of these courses at Summer School or through Florida Virtual School and need to take the EOC, you must register to take the test. Also, if you took any of these courses last school year, but did not take the required EOC (for example, if you come from a private school), you will not receive credit for that course until you complete the EOC. If you have any questions or to register, please see Ms. Sevillanos in room 352 during both lunches.
Join the US Grants Committee
Since 2009, the MBSH PTSA has been the yearly recipient of a very generous donation from a caring and anonymous Miami Beach resident. According to her wishes, the disbursement of the grant money is to be determined by a vote of the students. The PTSA has implemented a grant process, which, over the years, has successfully provided classrooms with much needed computer programs, lab equipment, books, uniforms for our sports teams and sheet music for our concert band.
Our anonymous benefactor believes in the students' creative and innovative ideas and sees them becoming empowered by this process. Our benefactor hopes that this journey teaches our young citizens that opportunities come along every day and that our future is shaped by what we do with those opportunities.
The first meeting of the Committee is September 12 after school, usually held in Culinary Arts room.
Many seniors are on the committee but younger students from all grades are invited to attend and be part of the Committee. If interested, please click here and/or contact our PTSA liaison Corey Narson at
Congratulations to Ms. Pierce's Students
A film that Ms. Pierce's students produced two springs ago, "The Candidate", has been nominated for this year's Woodstock Film Festival! Most of the students have graduated but it is an interesting film to see as it shows some political similarities to today's world. Click the link below to watch it. You will need to use the password candidate3456.
Beach Film News Is Back!   
Please click on the link below to watch the first episode:
The First Day of School
On the first day of school, Monday, August 21, seniors wore their crowns as traditionally done at MBSH. See them in the images below.
Our Community Involved in Dual Enrollment Classes  
We are so grateful to City Manager Jimmy Morales and Miami Beach Police Dept. Chief Oates for teaching American Government and Criminal Justice at Beach High through Florida International University's Dual Enrollment Program! They are pictured in the photos below.  

Here's a preview of the MBSH agenda that all students will soon receive. The planner cover was designed by senior Jack Rynor, graphic designer and contest winner.  
In Case You Missed It...
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,  
We hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to an exciting new year given all the recent enhancements.
Although many families were off enjoying the summer, the PTA/PTSA was busy advocating on behalf of our children.  As many of you know, the feeder pattern  PTA/PTSA have come forth via the unanimous Quality Education Committee motions to ask the City to help create a sustainable funding model for education on our Beach. Although this is not technically required of a City, this is what the PTSA parents have asked for. 
Below is the speech sent to our commissioners from the Finance Committee meeting on July 10th.  This was written by the former QEC Chair and newly installed Feeder Pattern Rep for the 305 PTA/PTSA, Beth Edwards.  
We hope this will help our membership understand what the PTA's/PTSA's here on the Beach are trying to accomplish to make sure that we have equity across the Beach and make sure every child's potential is a reality.
Please click on this link to download the letter.
New to Miami-Dade County Public Schools? 
Registration packets for students new to Miami-Dade County Public Schools for the 2017-2018 school year are available at the main office. Please ask Registrar Ms. Lopez.
Documents required: click here.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application 2017 / 2018
How to Apply for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Benefits
Even if your student does not eat in the school cafeteria, please take a moment to review the requirements to qualify for the program, and if your student qualifies, do not hesitate to enroll. Many benefits come with the program, beyond the free or reduced meals at school.
Beach High College Advisor, Ms. Sahwell, has calculated that students on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program can save up to $2,000 in tests and applications fee. In fact, SAT, ACT or PSAT waivers are issued to qualifying students.
The easiest way to apply is online at 
available in English, Spanish and Creole. It is fast and easy. You can even apply on your smart phone. You can also fill up the form that your student brought home, or pick one up at school, in the Parent Resource Center, room 131, where Ms. Miriam Lopez can assist you with this applications (7 am - 12 pm). If your child was eligible last year, now you need to re-apply.
Ms. Sahwell has the SAT fee waivers for anyone with free or reduced lunch. Please email her and request a waiver. She will send you a waiver number and you will have to send her your admission ticket copy.
Are You Familiar with Our Campus?
How to Have Absences Excused 
All absences are considered unexcused until students bring proof of an excused absence to the office of Ms. Miriam Lopez (the Parent Resource Center, first door on your right in main school office, room 131) between 7 am and 12 pm. Students have 3 days' time to bring a note from their parent and have the absence excused. Students then will receive an "admit slip" with a determination by the attendance office as to whether the absence is excused, or remains unexcused. Students then present this admit slip to each teacher in order to change their attendance and should keep the admit after all teachers sign it for their records, in case there are any disputes. A doctor's note is required for more than 3 consecutive days of absence.
Please note: students might get low grades for assignments not turned in during unexcused absences.
Parking for Students
Parking for students is by permit only in the main parking lot, in the student designated spaces (yellow spaces). Decals can be purchased by seniors only for the first 2 weeks through the Treasurer's office Ms. Desronvil, (every day until 12:30 pm). The cost is #30. Please bring a copy of your driving license, a copy of the car registration and insurance, together with the application form signed by both a parent and the student. Info and form to download here: miamibeachhigh.
Are You a New Parent to Beach High? Read on!
Here are a few suggestions from your PTSA to get involved and follow your child's progress.
- Set up an account on the Parent Portal. If you haven't done so already, you can obtain a pin number and instructions in the Parent Resource Center (located in the main office, to the right as you enter, room 131). Ms. Miriam Lopez is available 7 am - 12 pm, Monday to Friday . Click here to get instructions on how to register: Parent_Portal_Registration

-Once set up on the Parent Portal, sign up for email notifications. This is crucial to stay involved in your child's education. You will get daily or weekly emails with their current grades and instant email notifications for absences and grade changes. You can sign up to have alerts on cell phones for grade changes and absences. Or you can bookmark it and check it regularly - sometimes even your student is not aware of a "Z' on a missing assignment or an "F' in a test, and he/she might have a chance to make it up if acting quickly. On the Portal you can also check their report card, FSA and EOC results, schedule and more.
- Get familiar with the school website at . Check available resources and info. For example, under the upper tab 'Students' you will find the Uniform Policy; under 'Teachers' you will find their email address and other info about their classes; under 'Student Activities' you will find a list of Clubs and under 'Athletics' the sports offered at Beach High.
-We urge you to join the PTSA. Not only will you be part of the Beach High community and have a chance to improve our students' experience at Beach High, but also you will receive the PTSA newsletter and be informed of events, clubs, tests, awards and activities happening at Beach High and in our community. Our school has over 2,400 students; it is not always easy for students and parents to get information and learn about options and opportunities that are offered. Don't miss the date of a test or the chance to participate in a meeting - follow the PTSA. Log on miamibeachhigh.schoolwires to learn more.
The PTSA is trying hard to communicate with you and pass you valuable information, through the e-newsletter, meetings, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. You can learn ways to get help and to help your student and the whole school community to improve and succeed.
- Attend the Open House on September 26, 4:30-7:30 pm. Bring your child's schedule as you will be meeting with his/her teachers in their classrooms according to your child's regular schedule. During these very important meetings, the teachers will advise you what is expected of students, how they will be receiving their assignments, how to contact them, etc. All teachers have email accounts and they are very responsive to parental inquiry. Teachers' email addresses are available on the school website under "Teachers".
-Find out about the resources offered at school for support, such as tutors and peer tutoring (older students) available in the Media Center after school, to provide assistance to all students. SAT, ACT and AP tutoring will be offered at designated times. Dates and tutoring opportunities will be posted on the newsletter. Also find out about online resources that provide electronic tutoring. One such site is Khan Academy ( ). It is a free service endorsed by Bill Gates with thousands of online tutoring videos and free practice for the SAT and AP ' s.
Scroll down for free tutoring offered by the Miami-Dade Public Library System. 

-Help your child manage his/her time. High school is a transition period for kids. Now, every grade matters for their future. This can be overwhelming especially for 9th graders. Have frequent discussions with your child about their workload and offer suggestions on how to manage their time. This is not something that comes naturally to all students. Support their efforts by providing routines and an environment that is conducive to studying. It is important to note that several classes at Beach High are college level classes (AP, IB or dual enrollment). While teachers can cover much of the material required for the course in class, independent review of course materials and books are necessary to be successful on these college level exams. You should actually see your child reading their textbooks daily. A general rule of thumb is one hour a day per college level class.
-If your child is put into a Florida Virtual School class, sign up for a Parent Account at All students are required to take at least one online course prior to graduating. If your child is assigned to an online class, you are entitled to monitor their progress, receive email notifications and have parent conferences with their virtual teachers.  
School Dictionary for Beginners (Acronyms)
AP: Advanced Placement; college level courses that allow students to receive a college credit if they pass the test at the end of the year; boosts weighted GPA if you do well in the courses.
AP: Assistant Principal.
ACT: National exam taken usually during junior or senior year to assess your college readiness; SAT or ACT required by almost all colleges; ACT is 1/2 hours shorter than SAT but is done at a faster pace.
AOHT: Academy of Hospitality and Tourism.
AOIT: Academy of Information Technology.
CAP Advisor: College Admissions Planning; counselor that will help you through the college application/admissions process.
EESAC: Educational Excellence School Advisory Committee.
ELA: English Language Arts (part of the FSA test).
EOC: End of Course exam (Algebra I and II, Geometry, Biology, US History).
ESE: Exceptional Students Educatio.n
ESOL: English as a Second Language; program for non-native English speakers.
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
FLVS: Florida Virtual School.
FSA: Florida Standards Assessment; the new FCAT.
IB: International Baccalaureate; educational program during junior and senior year that allows you to pursue an international and well-rounded education. You receive an IB diploma as well as some college credits/boosted weighted GPA if you do well in the courses.
MDCPS: Miami -ade County Public Schools.
MBSH: Miami Beach Senior High.
NJROTC: Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.
OJT: On-the-job Training; course offered to juniors and seniors to leave the last hour of the day to go to work (internship).
PSAT: practice SAT (taken in 9th, 10th and 11th grade.)
PTSA: Parent Teacher Student Associatio.n
SAT: National exam taken usually during junior or senior year to assess your college readiness; SAT or ACT required by almost all colleges.
SAT Subject Test: 1-hour college readiness exam to test your knowledge in a specific subject; dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college.
SPED: Special Education.
PERT: Program Evaluation and Review Technique; a college readiness exam.
QEC: Quality Education Committee at the City of Miami Beach.
USDOE: US Department of Education.
V & JV: Varsity & Junior Varsity Teams.
Please visit the school website at On the home page you will find links to:
  • New Student Orientation (Power Point)
  • Informational Packet
  • New Lunch Schedule
  • Free and Reduced Lunch Applications
  • Student Accident Insurance Program
  • A-B Calendar
and more
Hi Tide Fall Calendar


Volleyball season is back. Congratulations to Coach Li and the Girls Volleyball team on their first wins of the season!  
In the first game of the season, Junior Varsity won 2-0 against North Miami at home game and the Varsity team won 3-0 last Tuesday.
Last Thursday, JV and V won again against Hialeah High School.
JV won two sets to none, while Varsity won three sets to one, with the scores of 25-12, 23-25, 25-14, 25-8. Beach High was led by sophomore Katie Dorney with 17 service aces and 4 kills, sophomore Valentina Scarduelli with 6 kills and 2 service aces, senior Chloe Shardlow with 5 kills and 5 services aces, and junior Julia Lehman with 21 assists.
On Friday, Varsity played Country Day and won 3-0. The game was played at Country Day School, with a great turn out of Beach High students and parents to support the team.
This Monday, JV won 2-0 and Varsity won 3-0 home game against Hialeah Gardens. JV won two sets to none, while varsity won three sets to none by the scores of 25-16, 25-18, 25-20. Miami Beach was led by sophomore Valentina Scarduelli with 8 kills and 1 ace, junior Julia Lehmann with 15 assists and 4 aces, and senior Chloe Shardlow with 5 kills and 1 block.
We would love to have everyone out there to support the girls at the games. As always, admission is free.
Senior Calendar
September 7, Senior Parent Night, 6 pm.   
September 9, ACT test. Registered students.
September 8, Registration deadline for October 7 SAT test.
September 11-29, FSA Retakes: Writing & Reading, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, and US History. Eligible students.
September 13, Homecoming Court applications due.
September 18 - September 29, Homecoming Dance and Senior Breakfast tickets sale (for approximately $50 each).
September 22, Registration deadline for October 28 ACT test.
September 22, Late registration deadline for October 7 SAT test.
September 23-October 6, Late registration deadline for October 28 ACT test.
October 5, Crown & Capers.  
October 6, Homecoming Pep Rally.
October 6, Homecoming Football Game.
October 7, SAT test. Registered students.
October 7, Homecoming Dance at Ronald Shane Rowing Center.
October 11, Senior Breakfast, 8 am.
October 12 and 19, FAFSA workshops - Federal Aid request - or $ for college. (please RSVP here). Media Center, 6-8 pm.
October 26, End of the First Grading Period.
October 27, Beginning of the Second Grading Period.
November 14 and 21, FAFSA workshops, Media Center, 6-8 pm.
January 16, 2018 Cap & Gown meeting at 7:45 am.
January 24, Gap & Gown evening meeting, 5 pm.
April - Grad Bash meeting, first block.
April 27, Grad Bash (seniors only).
May 18, Mock DUI.
May 19, Senior Prom.
All Seniors must be photographed for the Yearbook.  Make your senior portrait appointment as soon as possible online at or by calling Fox-Mar Miami Lakes, 305-558-6891.
The Senior Parent Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 7, at 6 pm in the Auditorium. The meeting is for parents but students are welcome to attend. Don't miss out! Valuable information about college selection, applications, scholarships, and financial aid will be offered by CAP Advisor Maria Sahwell. 
Seniors, social media pages are one of the main tools being used to communicate with the class at large. Following our pages is in your best interest if you want to stay informed. Please follow @mbsh_2018 on Instagram or Twitter. Also, more importantly, join the Facebook group MBSH 2018, where Ms. Sahwell has being sharing a lot of important links and info.
Photos above: the Senior Assembly on August 29. 

Save the Date!
Ms. Sahwell will also held 4 workshops for all seniors to help students and families to apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA workshops will be held in the Media Center from 6 to 8 pm on the following dates:
  • October 12  
  • October 19
  • November 14
  • November 21
For more info and to RSVP (mandatory), please click here:  
It's here! The 2017 National College Match application is now open. Please share this post with anyone who might qualify. Start your application now:
Application deadline: September 27, 2017
Parking for students is by permit only in the main parking lot, in the student designated spaces (yellow spaces). This is the last week where decals can be purchased by seniors only; sales will open to juniors next week. Buy yours at the Treasurer's office (Ms. Desronvil) every day until 12:30 pm. The cost is #30. Please bring a copy of your driving license, a copy of the car registration and insurance, together with the application form signed by both a parent and the student. Download the form and read all requirements here
While you are in the Treasurer's office, check now if you have any financial obligation in your records (such as fees for lost or damaged books, unpaid lab fees or library fines, even from Middle School). You will need to pay them all in order to graduate. Visit Ms. Desronvil's office any day until 12:30 pm.

From the City of Miami Beach   
The Committee for Quality Education was established in 1999 to guide the City's efforts toward providing the best education possible in Miami Beach public schools. The committee is vested with the power and authority to make recommendations to the City Commission and to investigate, develop, and carry out plans to promote and ensure the provision of quality education in Miami Beach public schools. Congratulations to the new chairman Josh Levy and to our PTSA VP of Advocacy Jill Swartz who was appointed QEC Vice Chair for this year.
Next QEC meetings (all held from 9 to 11 am at the City Hall):
September 26, October 24, November 28, January 23, February 27, March 20, April 24, and May 22.
Photos above: the first Quality Education Committee meeting of the new school year with Commissioners John Aleman, Michael Grieco, Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, and Micky Steinberg, and the Committee members from all Miami Beach public schools.   
From the Miami-Dade County Council PTA/PTSA - The Leadership Conference
From the Florida and Miami-Dade County Council PTA/PTSA - The Reflections Program
From the Miami-Dade Public Library System
All students can get the help they need to understand the skills and concepts learned in class, finish their homework and prepare for tests with Expert tutors are available for live, one-to-one tutoring for free with your library card. Students also have 24/7 access to thousands of resources including study guides, worksheets, videos and more in math, science, social studies and English. Note: you need to have a library card to use this free service.    

New Students Get to Know the School   
On Saturday, August 19, two days before school started, Beach High held its New Student Orientation. The orientation provided a huge welcome to a full auditorium of more than 800 incoming students and parents! 
The program was kicked off by our very own MBSH NJROTC in the auditorium with the Presentation of Colors, followed by a brief routine performed by the MBSH Cheerleading Squad.
Our new principal, Dr. Maria Rodriguez, welcomed the new students and parents to the High Tide Family, and introduced the key members of the MBSH administration. To help the new students understand what standards are expected of them, the counselors took the stage and explained all the academic requirements and rules associated with their new school.
Bringing the presentation to a more interesting note, Mrs. Sakowicz, our Activities Director, covered all the wonderful clubs, teams, and opportunities for our students to make their high school careers more than just learning within the classroom. She invited seniors Guido Dominguez, Alejandro Ortega, and Dakota Hammon to the stage to shine a light on the 9th grade transition to Miami Beach Senior High, as well as to give their own tips and best practices.
Afterwards PTSA President Hillary Frankel explained that parents in the audience could become a key advocate for their child's education by becoming members of the PTSA.  
Following the closing of ceremonies, the Student Government Association held guided tours of the school to prepare incoming students for their first day.
Everybody getting ready for an exciting new year - cheerleaders and teachers ready to welcome back students.


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No Parent Left Behind
Sport Scene
Senior Corner
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Amelia Gowdy

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 and search for the following charity: "Miami Beach Sr High School PTA". It's that simple. For every purchase you make, AmazonSmile will make a donation to Beach High.

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

Info and registration:
Add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to remember to start your shopping there.