Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter 
                April 26, 2018 - Volume # 35                       
              The Final Rush!                         


     April - July 2018 Calendar 
  • April 26, Drug Prevention and Intervention Workshop, Session 6: What You Should Do if Your Child is Experimenting with Substances. Miami Beach Golf Club, 2301 Alton Road, 8 am. See article below.
  • April 27, Grad Bash, Universal Studios. Registered senior students.
  • April 27, Day of Silence, 7:20 am - 2:20 pm. See article below.
  • May 1, College Signing Day.
  • May 1, Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. Desserts needed! See article below.
  • May 1 - May 11 - Publix Mother's Day Cakes Sale.
  • May 2-18, AP, IB, and EOC testing. See testing calendars below.
  • May 2, No Place for Hate event and movie, North Shore Bandshell, 6 pm. See flyer below.
  • May 3, Trilogy Creations and Cabi Clothing PTSA fundraiser, 11 am - 2 pm. See flyer below.
  • May 3, Registration deadline for June 2 SAT test.
  • May 4, Registration deadline for June 9 ACT test.
  • May 5, SAT test, registered students.
  • May 5-18, Late registration deadline for June 9 ACT test (late fee required).
  • May 8, PTSA Board Meeting, Room 306, 7:30-9 am. Everybody is welcome!
  • May 9, Embryo Readings, 6 - 8 pm, Auditorium.
  • May 16, PTSA General Meeting and 2018-19 Board Elections with "Cyberbulling" presentation, 6 pm. See flyer below.
  • May 17, Silver Knight Awards Ceremony at the James L. Knight Center, 7 - 9 pm.
  • May 17, MBSH Film Festival, 7 pm, Auditorium.
  • May 18, Mock DUI, 8 am - 12 pm.
  • May 19, Senior Prom, Miami Beach Convention Center, 7-11 pm. See article below.
  • May 21, Honor Societies Cords Ceremony, 6 pm.
  • May 21, Psychology Club Stress Free Day.
  • May 22, Underclassmen and Book Awards Ceremony, 9 am.
  • May 22, Committee for Quality Education meeting, 9-11am, City Hall.
  • May 22, End of the Year Speech & Debate Dinner and Ceremony.
  • May 23, Athletic Awards, 8 am.
  • May 23, EESAC meeting, 2:30 pm.
  • May 23, Late registration deadline for June 2 SAT test (late fee required).  
  • May 24, Internship Fourth Quarter Grade Evaluation and Hour Log Due.
  • May 24, Haitian Flag Day celebration, last block.
  • May 25, Senior Picnic, Scott Rakow Youth Center, 8 am - 2 pm. See article below.
  • May 25, Drama/Thespian event.
  • May 27, IB - Scholars Banquet, for students, parents and faculty. 12 pm, Miami Shores Country Club. More info to follow.
  • May 28, Memorial Day, no school.
  • May 30, Brazilian Club Cultural Awareness, Auditorium.
  • May 30, PTSA Transition Dinner (tentative date).
  • May 31, Senior Awards Ceremony.
  • June 2, SAT test, registered students.
  • June 1, 4 & 5, Graduation Rehearsals.
  • June 6, Class of 2018 Graduation, 3-5 pm, Watsco Center at the University of Miami, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables. All seniors must report to the University of Miami Watsco Center Fieldhouse by 1 pm.
  • June 7, End of Fourth Grading period and last day of school.
  • June 8, Teacher Planning Day, no school.
  • June 9, ACT test, registered students.
  • June 15, Registration deadline for July 14 ACT test.
  • June 16-22, Late registration deadline for July 14 ACT test (late fee required).
  • July 12 - 15, 2018 Florida PTA Leadership Convention, Palm Harbor, FL. Register here.
  • July 14, ACT test, registered students.
Please note: all dates are tentative and may change! 


  (all dates are tentative) 

2017-2018 NEW REVISED AB School Calendar

Miami Beach Senior High School Code is 101140 for both tests.  

SAT and ACT after-school tutoring are held in Room 560 with Mr. Dreeson. These sessions will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays through the end of May.
Buy your 2018 Yearbook now! You can still buy a copy in Ms. Bush's Room 505. Cash only please - $80.

Questions regarding student clubs or activities? Email our Student Government at
PTSA General Meeting and Elections

Please join us at the next PTSA General Meeting on Wednesday, May 16 at 6-7 pm in the Media Center. We will present and vote on the slate of the 2018-19 PTSA Executive Board.
There will also be a special presentation on how to prevent and stop CYBERBULLYING by presenter Sofi H. Matz, LMHC Psychotherapist & Relationship Specialist. Parents and students will learn about prevention tips, protective strategies, helpful resources, and the psychology behind cyberbullying. Students will earn community service hours.  All MBSH and all feeder pattern students and parents are encouraged to attend.
Attendees, please submit questions for presenter in advance to Tiffany Cannava at

Bring Desserts for Our Teachers

The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon will be May 1. Desserts and treats are needed!
This is the most important day to honor our teachers with a luncheon and a little gift. Please email Karen Edelstein if you can bake or bring store-bought desserts at You
can either drop the desserts at school in Ms. Sakowicz' office or at Karen's house the day before or Tuesday morning - address:
722 West 49th Street, Miami Beach.


Sweet Liberty Happy Hour

Thank you to everyone who attended the Sweet Liberty Supply Company fundraiser happy hour last Thursday to support Beach High. We made over $7,000 and still ringing up silent auction items! Thanks to our volunteers who collected or donated silent auction items, to our Culinary Class for the delicious desserts and especially a big thank you to Dan Binkiewicz for giving us his amazing bar for the night and to PTSA VP of Fundraising Melissa DeLisle for organizing the event!.
See photos below.

   Next PTSA Board Meeting: 
   Tuesday, May 8,  
   7:30 - 9 am 
   in Room 306.
   Everybody is welcome!

As usual, thank you to Dr. Evan Rubensteen of Miami Beach Orthodontics for supplying coffee and donuts for all attendees.    

An Outstanding Class of 2018
Congratulations to our fabulous Cass of 2018 who was accepted to the best colleges in the United States! Please check out the list below. Shout out to Alejandro Ortega who was accepted to Harvard, Yale and Stanford! We can't wait to hear which college you will choose, Alejandro!

(If you know of a college where a Beach High student was accepted this year and is not  listed, please let us know and we will gladly add it.)

College acceptance list for Miami Beach Senior High Students - Class of 2018
Alabama State University
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Allegheny College
Miami Dade Honors
American University
New College of Florida
American University in Paris
The New School
Arizona State University
New York Institute of Technology
Babson College
New York University
Bard College
Northeastern University
Barry University
Nova Southeastern University
Baylor University
Oberlin College
Berklee College of Music
Occidental College
Boston College
Ohio State University
Boston University
Oregon State University
Brandeis University
Pace University
Brown University
Parson's School of Design
Case Western Reserve University
Penn State University
City University of New York
Pomona College
Colgate University
Perdue University
Columbia College Chicago
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Connecticut College
Rhode Island School of Design
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and the Art
Rice University
Cornell University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Dartmouth College
Rollins College
Davidson College
Rutgers University
Delaware State University
Savanah College Art and Design (SCAD)
DePaul University
School of Art Institute Chicago
Drew University
St. Thomas University
Duke University
Stanford University
Eckerd College
Stony Brook
Emerson College
Suffolk University
Emory University
Swarthmore College
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Syracuse University
FAU and FAU Honors
The University of Arizona
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA
Tulane University
Fashion Institute of New York
UC Berkeley
FIU and FIU Honors
University of Central Florida
Florida A&M University-FAMU
University of Colorado, Boulder
Florida Gulf Coast University
University of Connecticut
Florida Institute of Technology
University of Delaware
Florida State University, and FSU Honors
University of Denver
Fordham University
University of Florida and UF Honors
Franklin University in Switzerland
University of Hawaii-Manoa
George Washington University
University of Maryland, College Park
George Mason University
University of Massachussets - Boston
Georgetown University
University of Michigan
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Miami
Georgia Southern University
UNC Chapel Hill
Harvard University
University of North Florida
Indiana University-Bloomington
University of South Florida
Jacksonville University
University of Southern California
Johns Hopkins University
University of Texas-Austin
Johnson and Wales University
University of Washington
LaSalle University
Valdosta State University
Manhattan College
Vanderbilt University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Washington University-St. Louis
Marymount University
Yale University

Congratulations to the Newly Elected Student Government for 2018-2019!

Annamaria Nurysin
Student Council
Alex Sherer
Student Council VP
Abigail Gualda
Student Council
Naomi Velarde
Student Council
Matthew Zukowski
Student Council
Ariana Beingolea
PR Chair
Milan Shany
Administrative l.
Michelle Marti
Laura Kisiluk
Paige Kleidermacher
Aliza Chopp
Louis D'Antuono
Alana Sanchez Maklouf Z.
Agenda Coordinator
Heavyn Lee
Shea Berman
Special Events Coordinator
Nyah Coppola
Antonio Alves De Souza
Felicitiy Astete
Arielle Dreyfus
Alexa Greenstein
Oliver Zigel
Alexandra Delisle

Pre-IB Scholars and IB: Applications and Orientation

The Pre-IB Scholars and IB Program are growing! Scholars Coordinator Ms. Sylvia Carro has received almost 600 hundred applications for next year, a record number for the program, with several of these applications coming from students currently enrolled in private schools. The orientation held on April 12 in the school's Auditorium was attended by many new students and parents (see photos of the event below). 

All the decision letters for the 2018-19 school year have been mailed out.
Reminder: the Parent School of Choice transfer must be completed by May 25.

Teacher of the Week, Teacher of the Year
Our Rookie Teacher of the Year Mr. Salisbury, Lead Teacher of the Academy of Marine and Environmental Science and Scuba Club sponsor, was featured on television last week as "Teacher of the Week". Watch the video of the interview to Mr. Salisbury and his students, and some photos taken during the interview. Congratulations!

"This week's super teacher is Jeff Salisbury, a marine science teacher at Miami Beach Senior High who uses hands on activities and exciting partnerships with the University of Miami to engage his students."

Sammy Gonzalez to Lead the Rock Ensemble

Welcome to our new Artistic Director of the Rock Ensemble, Sammy Gonzalez. See him in the photo below (center, with a blue tee shirt). Michael 'Mac' McNamee will continue to serve as Production Manager and Carolina Souto will be lead teacher till the summer.



Day of Silence - April 27

Students that are participating in the Day of Silence will present a card to their teachers at the beginning of each class. Students that are testing will not be participating.
In 1996, students at the University of Virginia organized the first Day of Silence in response to a class assignment on non-violent protests with over 150 students participating. In 1997, organizers took their effort national and nearly 100 colleges and universities participated. In 2001, GLSEN became the official organizational sponsor for the event.
Nearly 4 in 5 LGBTQ students don't see positive LGBTQ representation in their curriculum, nearly 9 in 10 experience verbal harassment, and almost a third miss school for feeling unsafe or uncomfortable. The Day of Silence is a national movement to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ students in school, which demands that school leaders take action to be more inclusive.

Miami-Dade College Class of 2022

Miami-Dade College was at Beach High on April 17 to conduct a new student orientation for all Class of 2018 seniors who will be attending Miami-Dade College in the fall. Students who attended this orientation will not be required to attend one on campus later in the summer.


Environmental Awareness at Beach High

On April 19, Beach High turned green with the annual Eco Fair. See the photos below - Ecology Club sponsor Ms. Silveira, Pan Club, Scuba Club and more.


Volunteers and Partners Recognition

On April 20, a group of PTSA volunteers and the City of Miami Beach were recognized and honored at the MDCPS Community Partners Recognition Ceremony. See below photos of the event with our volunteers and Dr. Leslie Rosenfeld who accepted the award on behalf of the City of Miami Beach.


More College Opportunities for Our Students

The MDCPS Technical College Fair was held at Beach High on April 12. Several students attended and learned more about technical colleges. Thanks to Greg Jones, Beach High alumnus, for his leadership.

A Successful Home Show Parking Fundraiser

On behalf of the Students Government Association and the PTSA, we would like to thank everyone who came out and volunteered a shift at the Home Show Parking Fundraiser. Everyone made this event a huge success. We were able to raise much needed funds for Graduation and Prom and this would not have been possible without your contribution.
Special thanks to Mrs. Sakowicz who spent the entire three days waving flags and signs to make sure our parking spaces got noticed, to her students who embraced the cause and endured the rain and the hot weather to reach our goal, and to PTSA Board members Sheila Shardlow and Stella Gelsomino who were instrumental in the success of the fundraiser.

Barry University Class of 2022

Barry University celebrated the Beach High accepted students with a luncheon during the Orientation.
See the students in the photo below.


Photo of the Month

Psych Club: pie your teacher in the face fundraising.


Buy Your Tickets Today! Last Day!

Tickets to our senior events will be sold until Thursday of this week. Students may purchase the tickets with cash (exact change) outside the cafeteria during all three lunches until April 26. Parents and students may also purchase the tickets online until April 30 through the Parent or Student Portals. In order to pay online, you must log on to the Parent or Student Portal and click on "Apps, Sites and Services" on the top, then click on "OSP" (online school payment), then select high schools and look for Miami Beach Senior High. Please make sure you are purchasing from Beach High!
Prom 101

The MBSH Senior Prom will be on May 19 from 7 - 11.
This is a formal event and formal attire is required. Seniors may bring approved guests under 21 and should see Ms. Sakowicz for a guest form or download the attached form. No Refunds!
Prom King and Queen applications are also available in the activities office and may also be download via the attached form and are due May 3rd.  
We will be raffling off 10 graduation tickets and one set of Taylor Swift tickets at Prom. The tickets will be for her Reputation Tour on August 18 at the Hard Rock stadium. 

Prom Dress Code
Female attire:
1. Dresses that are strapless or with spaghetti straps are allowed.
2. Dresses made from see through fabric are NOT allowed.
3. Backless dresses are allowed if they do not expose skin below the waist.
4. Two-piece dresses are allowed if the rib & abdominal areas are covered.
5. Slits on dresses may be no higher than mid-thigh.
6. Appropriate dress shoes or dress sandals must be worn.
7. Necklines should be appropriate for a school-sponsored dance. V-necks may not be lower than the bottom of the breastbone.      
8.   No sunglasses
Male attire:
1. Tuxedos are allowed with the appropriate shirt, tie and cummerbund/vest.
2. Business suits (dress jacket and matching pants) with a dress shirt and tie.
3. No dress shirt of any type may be worn without a suit/tuxedo jacket and tie. 4. Dress shoes are to be worn. Sandals and sneakers of any kind are not allowed.
5. Baseball caps, headbands, bandanas, skullies and hats may not be worn.
6. No canes may be used as accessories.      
7. No sunglasses or masks.


Buy Your Ticket to Senior Picnic

The Senior Picnic will be on May 25 from 8 am - 1 pm at Scott Rakow Youth Center. This is a casual event and comfortable, school appropriate attire is required. The fee includes: access to lunch, basketball, bowling, ice skating, and ping pong. No Refunds!
Both the Senior Picnic and the Prom are only open to graduating seniors with a 2.0 GPA, community service on file, less than 20 tardies, less than 10 absences with zero behavior issues reported.

Need a Dress or a Suit? Or Prom Accessories?

Miami-Dade Public Schools has a prom boutique available for all students that need a dress, suit or accessories. Please see Ms. Sakowicz in room 103 for more information and/or if you want to take a field trip there.


Apply to a Beach High Amnesty Scholarship

Amnesty International strongly advocates for the right to education and as promised, we are offering a $1,000 dollar scholarship to a senior who meets the eligibility requirements below and applies. We thank everyone who donated to our GoFundMe.

Eligibility requirements:
The student must be a graduating senior attending an accredited post-secondary academic institution (two or four year) in the fall of 2018. A minimum of a 3.0 unweighted GPA is required.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE MAJORING IN HUMAN RIGHTS TO APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP. Anyone who can make a strong and cogent argument about why their aspirations are relevant to human rights is eligible for this scholarship (e.g. If you want to become a doctor, you might argue that your aspirations are relevant to the right to healthcare).

A complete application will consist of the following:
-Submission of the form attached
-Submission of letter of acceptance to the institution you will be attending and proof of enrollment in that post-secondary institution (whether digital or physical)
-Turning in your course credit analysis to Ms. Silveira (room 375). This can be obtained from Ms Lopez.
-If applicable, proof of unmet financial need (financial aid package)

We STRONGLY recommend you submit a letter of recommendation in with your course credit analysis to Ms. Silveira.
We will give priority consideration to those who have unmet financial need. This scholarship is only meant to be used for billed expenses (i.e. room and board or tuition) and is worthy approximately $1,000. It will be mailed to your university/college, NOT to you. Please consider this when applying.
Review will be conducted by a panel of unbiased teachers and select faculty members.
Deadline: May 21st, 2018 by 12:00 pm.


Buy a Senior Tee Shirt!


Congratulations to the Beach High Silver Knight Nominees for 2018! The students have completed their application and interview process and are now looking forward to the Silver Knight Awards Ceremony at the James L. Knight Center on May 17. Good luck nominees!

  • Jiajun Bao MATHEMATICS
  • Benjamin Dietch MUSIC & DANCE
  • Melanie Haber DRAMA
  • Marley Penson ENGLISH & LITERATURE

On April 3 the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced the 106 recipients of its College Scholarship Program, who will each receive up to $40,000 annually to complete their bachelor's degree. This year, over 5,000 students applied for the Cooke College Scholarship. The foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. Engineering, political science and government, biological science, and physics are the most popular fields of study among the cohort.
It is with great pride that we congratulate our student Guido Dominguez on being awarded this prestigious scholarship. Guido has also the privilege of being accepted to Pomona College through the Posse Foundation Scholars Program under the Early Decision program. Both scholarships combined will guarantee him a full ride to college for four years. 
Two other Hi-Tide seniors, Alejandro Ortega and Amy Lopez, were in the run for the scholarship and made it to semi-finals. Our congratulations to both of them for getting that far.

See Guido Dominguez in the photo below.


Aisha Galdo won 1st place in this year's Dade County Bar Association's Young Lawyers (DCBA YLS) Essay Contest.  The theme for the contest was gun reform and her essay titled "Is Getting Shot Miami's New Zika?" led her to victory.  She will be receiving a $1,500 reward and recognition for her essay.  We thank Aisha for participating, and for caring about our city and its future. The hard work and thoughtfulness that went into these essays were impressive. 
Congratulations to Aisha and her teacher Ms. Baez.
Congratulations to Catalina Borges who was awarded a Gold Key and Judges' Awards in Journalism by the Scholastic Writing Award.  Only 6% of the submissions were awarded this honor in the South Florida regional competition.  Her winning piece was a gender equality investigation titled "Women & Co."  We congratulate her for being an exceptional student and writer, and for representing South Florida in the National competition. 
Congratulations to the 2018 PTA Scholarship Winners!
In keeping with our vision and mission of providing quality education for young people, Miami-Dade County Council PTA/PTSA offers scholarship opportunities funded by money derived from donations, investments and other contributions. This scholarship is a tribute to outstanding academics, community relations and accomplishments.
MDCCPTA/PTSA is pleased to announce that two students from Beach High are among the recipients of the 2018 Scholarship:
  • Catherine Geigel and Michelle Komisarchik
Come and join us as we celebrate the winners at the Annual Scholarship Reception on Thursday, April 26 in the Auditorium of the School Board Administration Building, 1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132. Reception will begin at 5:30 pm.
Harvard Forensics Tournament

On Presidents' Day Weekend 7 students traveled to Boston for the 44th Annual Harvard Forensics Tournament sponsored by the Harvard Debate Council. The tournament featured a variety of speech and debate competitions held on the campus of Harvard University as well as some of the nearby secondary schools. The tournament drew approximately 1,500 students from nearly 300 schools representing 39 states. Six of our students competed in the Public Forum debate, a two-person team debate focused on a rotating current events topic (February's topic focused on the capital gains tax). The competition is arguably the biggest and most prominent of the nation's many high school debate tournaments. Our students represented the school well and gained valuable experience.
Congratulations to the team for maintaining such a strong front against some tough competition!

  • Alex Sherer & Guido Dominguez advanced to the top 64 out of 356 entries in Varsity Public Forum
  • Pablo Gonzales & Scott Kauffman advanced to the top 16 out of 295 entries in Junior Varsity Public Forum
  • In a field of 203 teams for Novice Debate, Francesca Medeiros & Amanda Mayer made a solid finish with a respectable 2-2 record defeating Potomac Debate and Academy Charter.
  • Amanda Collado-Mesa and Dylan Goureau competed in Duo Interpretation and faced many of the best debaters in the country finishing 4th and 5th in each of their rounds.
Florida Forensics League Varsity State
The MBSH Speech and Debate Team continued its success at the FFL Varsity State Championship the first weekend of March. The tournament was held at Timber Creek HS in Orlando, FL and only the 540 students who qualified for the event were able to participate.
Competing over the course of two days against every region in the state of Florida, the Hi-Tide debaters came out once again on top.

On Public Forum Debate the team of Alex Sherer & Guido Dominguez proved once again they are one of the best in the country and got 3rd place.

The Duo Interpretation Team of Annamaria Nuryasim & Abigail Gualda also had another strong performance and made it to Semifinals.

Other students who participated were:
Student Congress: Davey Frankel
Dramatic Interp: Ely Martinez
Domestic Extemp: Mitch Rogoff, Mitchell Diaz
International Extemp: Zach Fotiadis, Gaby Morales
Original Oratory: Heavyn Lee, Mia Catania
Public Forum Debate: Pablo Gonzalez/Tali Peretz

Photos above: the Public Forum Team of Guido Dominguez and Alex Sherer, and their trophy at Varsity State. 
NSDA National Debate Qualifier
On March 10 the Miami Beach Speech and Debate Team hosted the National Debate Qualifier at Beach High.
Thanks to all our parents and students who volunteered and run the event smoothly.

Congratulations to the following students who qualified for Nationals, to be held in Fort Lauderdale June 17-22:
  • Shea Berman (Lincoln Douglas)
  • Pablo Gonzalez/Tali Peretz (Public Forum)
  • Alex Sherer & Guido Dominguez (Public Forum automatically qualified for getting 5th place at last year's Nationals Tournament)
Novice State Tournament
Two Miami Beach Senior High Speech and Debate Novice Teams competed at the Novice State Tournament held on April 14-15h on the campus of Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Florida.  
Both teams showed a strong performance and proved once again the Hi-Tides are no joke.
  • Justin Kleidermacher and Francesca Medeiros made it to Quarter Finals after winning all their 5 preliminary rounds.
  • Michelle Malley and Cole Vita made it to Octa Finals after finishing the preliminary rounds with 4 wins 1 loss.
  • The Duo Interpretation of Sofia Cruz and Sydney Herts got 5th Place.
Other students who competed:
  • Pietro Landell & Cooper Adams, Andre Ruiz & Jared Rogoff (Public Forum)
  • Sofia Iacobacci, Matt Gaynor and Eliot Karp (Students Congress)
  • Maria Fabal & Daphne Chodolofsky (Duo Interpretation)
Next step: Tournament of Champions!
This weekend the Public Forum Team of Alex Sherer & Guido Dominguez will be traveling to Lexington, KY to compete at the Tournament of Champions. This is considered to be the most selective and competitive tournament in the National Circuit, as only debaters who have received two bids in the season may compete.
The competition will become even fiercer. Miami Beach Senior High is one of 120 teams from the country in the Gold Public Forum Field. 
The three-day tournament will consist of seven 45-minute preliminary rounds, four on the first day, and three on the second to advance to Octafinals. On day three, the top 8 teams will continue with the elimination rounds, with a final team emerging as champion. Best of luck during this weekend's competition!


Educators and Supporters Rally to Demand Special Legislative Session and an Increase to Florida Public Education Funding and Educator Compensation
Our teachers are requesting that all other teachers, parents, and students across Miami Beach unite to bring attention to a Special Session and demanding that education should be a priority for the Florida legislature in said session. 
The Florida Education Association is working to collect names for a petition to pressure the state legislature to convene a Special Legislative Session to increase the per pupil base allocation funds (the money we use for operational costs including staff raises) from their current offer of $0.47 per pupil (last year it was already weak, but was almost 10 times this current base allocation offer). They are going to decide probably by today or tomorrow whether to include educational funding in a Special Session.

 Photo above: our teachers rallying on Monday, April 23. 
 Besides a clear lack of support for public education from many of our state legislators, other immediate reasons why they reduced our funds have to do with their decision to divert funds to charters and voucher programs, as well as the State deciding to raid the funds that would otherwise be for cost of living adjustments/raises and basic operational costs to pay for earmarked security measures such as bullet proof glass, metal detectors and other "hardening" features. Instead of finding additional funds for safety measures following Parkland, they just took it from money that would have gone to adjust for inflation the increasing basic operational expenses and  education staff pay! In addition, Politifact points out that when inflation is taken into account we are over $1000 behind our peak state education per pupil funding since before the recession.  We are also about $3000 per pupil BELOW the national average. Please sign the petition and contact the Governor and your representatives to tell them that this is unacceptable. We have the 4th largest economy in the state (we'd be the 16th largest national economy in the world if Florida were its own country), we should not be in the bottom 10 states in per pupil spending and teacher pay!

District Champions!
Congratulations to Coach Pilamunga and the Boys Water Polo Team on their victory over Hialeah to give the team the District Championship. The team won in overtime by the score of 12-11.
See below photos of the team after the games.

Congratulations MBSH Boy's Waterpolo Team for beating Krop in the semi-final Regional Playoff! An amazing match to watch! Now off to the Regional Finals on Saturday at 10 am at Miami-Dade College North. Come and support our Hi Tides!

Congratulations to Daishaun Felton who signed to attend Upper Iowa University. We can't wait to cheer you on through the new chapter in your life: college wrestling. Go Daishaun! 

Photos above: Daishaun Felton with Coach Freddie on signing day. 
Congratulations to Samantha Wald on her signing with Brown University. she will be playing soccer for them next year.  Below is her picture.

Congratulations to Stevie Polhemus and David Matz. They represented Beach High in the annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon. Attached is a picture of them at the event. Tyle Hooker represented MBSH in a wonderful way by singing the Star Spangled Banner at the Banquet. Go Hi Tides!  


Drug Prevention & Intervention Program - Last Session Tonight!
The City of Miami Beach has funded a valuable drug prevention and intervention series for parents/guardians of Miami Beach teens. While most sessions are targeted at parents, two of the evening sessions are designed so parents and teens can attend together.

Session 6 - Thursday, April 26 at 8 am
What You Should Do If Your Child is Experimenting with Substances.
  • What are the signs and symptoms of a substance use disorder in teens?
  • How to confront the problem and what you should do to intervene.
  • What is the best response to the problem?
  • How should I respond to substance experimentation in my teenager?
  • What do I do if my child really has a problem and needs treatment?
Target Audience: Parents
Please click on the link below to watch Channel 6 broadcast on this Drug Prevention and Intervention program.
Join the Miami Beach feeder pattern schools as they get the respected Anti-Defamation League's "No Place for Hate" designation

2018 PTA Walk of Fame Awards & Recognition Ceremony

This year's gala will tale place on Thursday, May 24, from 4 to 11 pm at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel - Miami Airport in the Royal Poinciana Ballroom. Each year, we join together to recognize local units, PTA leaders, school site personnel and highlight the phenomenal programs being offered to stakeholders.

Aside from recognizing achievements in leadership and community commitments, we are excited to also recognize our business and community collaborative partners. Attend the gala and meet National PTA President Jim Accomando and Florida PTA President Cindy Gerhardt.

Free Access to PAMM for MDCPS Students

The PAMM Student Pass grants free admission to the museum for all students currently attending Miami-Dade County Public Schools. PAMM Student Pass holders receive free admission anytime they want to visit and may bring one adult guest for free with them. The pass holder must currently be attending a Miami-Dade County Public School, in grade Pre-K-12.

To enroll, students or parents may follow the PAMM Student Pass link in the Student or Parent portal, fill out the form, and bring it to PAMM. We will also have applications at the front desk of the museum during regular museum hours.


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Stella Gelsomino

VP Fundraising
Melissa Delisle  

Sheila Shardlow

Recording Secretary
Dana Grodin
Corresponding Secretary
Saskia Raymond

President Emeritus
Amelia Gowdy

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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?
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