Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter 
                February 21, 2017 - Issue # 17                       
        Testing Season Is here!            

February-March Calendar
  • February 21, Miami Beach Youth Commission meeting.
  • February 23, Safety Committee meeting, 2:30 pm, Media Center.
  • February 23, ICC meeting.
  • February 24, Brazilian Carnival Show, by invitation only. See flyer below.
  • February 26, 2017 National College Fair. See article below.
  • March 3, Registration deadline for April 8 ACT.
  • March 10, International College Fair, presented by the IB Program dept. See article below.
  • March 11, SAT test. Registered students.
  • March 14, March PTSA Board meeting, 7:30 - 9 am, Media Center, Everybody is welcome!
  • March 15, EESAC meeting, Media Center, 2:30pm.
  • March 16, Early Release Day, 12:20 pm.
  • March 16, PTSA General Meeting: "It's never OK", discussion on teen date violence. Media Center, 6 pm. See flyer below.
  • March 17, Black History Month celebration.
  • March 21, Miami Beach Youth Commission meeting.
  • March 23, Last day of the Third Marking Period.
  • March 24, No school, Teacher Planning Day.
  • March 27, First day of the Fourth Marking Period.
Please note: all dates are tentative and may change.

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 and for ACT online at 
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 Calendar:

MYA = Mid-Year Assessments
ELL = English Language Learners
FSA ELA = Florida Standards Assessments -   English Language Arts

Is love crazy?  Is love little?  Is love a thing?  Come to our first Catholic Student Union meeting today, Tuesday, February 21 during both lunches in Room 289 to find out!   Refreshments will be provided, and we will be discussing our first community service activity: feeding the homeless.

Students - Wonder what happened to our Drug Awareness Club? Well, it's restarting as STAND - Students Together Against Negative Decisions. If you're interested in getting involved and planning programs to help encourage students to make SMART and drug free decisions, stop by Ms. Levenson's room 247 Thursday at 2:30 pm to get more information!
Snapchats don't last forever, but yearbooks do. Purchase your yearbook today by going to  and enter code 1985. Don't miss out on the opportunity - there's a limited amount!
Congrats to the MBSH Basketball team for beating Miami Springs High School 7-4 last Wednesday!
Sophomore class shirts are available (pre sale) and are $12. This will benefit the class and will allow the sophomores to show Hi -Tide pride while at the same time represent their class. Follow us on instagram @mbsh2019 for updates and information.
Free breakfast for all students is available daily at school. Eating breakfast is linked to improved performance, behavior, attendance and health. Eating breakfast at school ensures that you are in school on time and ready to learn. For 10 weeks from February 13 to April 28, all students who eat school lunch each day of the week will automatically be entered into a random drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card. 
Questions regarding student clubs or activities? Email our Student Government at
You Are Invited! Don't Miss Out on This Important Topic  

Save the Date: Painting with a Twist Is back!
Our Annual Spring Painting with a Twist F undraiser is almost here. Last year we were sold out and would love you to join us this year.

You can participate by painting, on Saturday, April 22, 4-6pm.

You can also participate by donating a Silent Auction item. Please email Corey Narson at to arrange pick up or to send a certificate for service.

Lastly, you can sponsor a teacher to attend as a way of saying Thank You: tickets are $45.

  Next PTSA Meeting:
  Tuesday, March 14, 7:30 - 9 am
  in the Media Center.
  Everybody is welcome!

Flash News         
The application deadline for the Internship Program for the academic year 2017-2018 is Friday, March 3. Click here to download the application: 2017 / 2018 Internship Application .

The FSA-Writing Assessment will take place next week.
9th  Grade students will take the test February 27 - March 1.
10th  grade students will take the test March 1 - March 3.
Retake students will take the test March 3 to March 7.
Students, you can ask any of your teachers to inform you where and when you are scheduled to take this test.  Remember, this is a graduation requirement. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Sevillanos in room 352.
The replacement of Building 4 is in its planning phase. The architectural plans should be submitted this month. Plans include 7 new classrooms and a new science lab. Completion date is anticipated for the end of 2018/beginning of 2019.
The City of Miami Beach Office of Capital Improvement - Central Bayshore Neighborhood has started construction on Prairie Avenue by Beach High. This project will be affecting traffic around our school. Work hours are from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Crews will be taking an hour break from 2 pm to 3 pm daily in order to facilitate afternoon pick up for students. Please plan accordingly. 
We welcome to our school Police Officer Vega for this important role in our community.
International Colleges Visiting Beach High
The IB Program department will be hosting an International College Fair at our school on March 10 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm . While the Fair is aimed mostly towards IB students, we welcome all students from all grades to attend and get information. It will start in the auditorium with some general information and then move to the Media Center where students can meet each school's representatives.

See below the latest list of schools attending.

1. Bishop's University (Canada)
2. BPP University College of Professional Studies Limited (UK)
3. Centennial College (Canada)
4. EHL Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (Switzerland)
5. Grenoble Ecole de Management (France)
6. IE University (Spain)
7. Jacobs University Bremen (Germany)
8. Les Roches Global Hospitality Education (Switzerland)
9. Miami International University of Art and Design (USA)
10. Schiller International University (Germany, Spain)
11. Sciences Po (France)
12. St. George's University (USA)
13. The University of Essex (UK)
14. The University of Manchester (UK)
15. Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)
16. Universidad Europea del Altlántico (Spain)
17. Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Spain)
18. University of Navarra (Spain)
19. University of Wolverhampton (UK)
20. Zuyd University of the Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)


By Invitation Only


Come support our students-musicians!

they will perform on Saturday, March 18, from 4 to 10 pm.
at the Youth Music Festival at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Avenue).
A Meeting for Next Year's Families

Prospective Scholars parents and students met in the Media Center on February 8 to learn about the program. In the photos below, from left: Ms. Carro, Scholars Academy Coordinator, addresses the audience; current Scholars students share their experience with prospective Scholars families.
The AOHT Field Trip to New York 
Photos above, from left:

AOHT at TD Bank in NYC Financial District;

TD Bank General Manager presenting to our students;

David Costabile from Billions TV show, Liliam Lopez, CEO of SF and AOHT at Stock Exchange;

AOHT using formula morph machine at MoMath in NYC;

AOHT riding on square wheels on arched surface at MoMath (Museum of Mathematics) in NYC;

AOHT dancing at Cipriani's in the Financial District;

AOHT at Trinity Chirch Ground Zero.
Another Successful Debate at Beach High

On February 11, the MBSH Speech and Debate Team hosted the NSDA National Speech Qualifier at our school. A big thank you to Coach Russ Rywell for his tireless commitment to our team. And thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated items, or sponsored lunch for our students and visiting judges.  Speech and Debate cannot function without family support! 
Thanks to the following families for sponsoring our lunch:
The Burstein Family
The Burnstine Family
The Collado-Mesa Family
The Diaz Family
The Fitelson Family
The Fotiadis Family
The Kauffman Family
The Matz Family
The Mayer Family
The Rogoff Family
The Sherer Family

Photo above: the Hi -Tide Speech and Debate Team at the FFL Art Deco Regional Tournament at North Miami High School.
On February 8 and 9, the Theatre Department   presented "The Love of 3 Oranges", a comedy by Hilary de Piano. See above the program and on the right a photo of actor Edward Brill as Silvio, King of Hearts: quarterback by day, actor by night.
Instagrams - one
Photos below: Education symposium allows FIU dual enrollment students (Ms. Richardson' class) to discuss current topics of interest.

Instagrams - Two

Photo on the left:

Photography students capturing the essence of learning using the camera lens throughout the outside classroom.

A Teacher Worth Knowing
Congratulations to Ms. Lorenceau who was awarded the Miami Beach Woman Worth Knowing Award by the Miami Beach Commission for Women. In celebration of Women's History Month, the City of Miami Beach Commission for Women is honoring four local women for their contributions to the community.

The category for this year's nominees was education and nominees had to either work in or have made substantial contributions to the field of education. Ms. Carole Lorenceau is a teacher for students with intellectual disabilities, with students ranging from ages 14 -22. In her own words: "They are very excited about learning. My students always come to school with big smiles on their faces. It is truly a pleasure to work with them."

Ms. Lorenceau will be honored at the City of Miami Beach, along with three other Miami
Beach teachers, with a certificate in recognition of her efforts and commitment to the community.  The 23rd annual ceremony will be held Tuesday, March 7, 5:30 pm at the Miami Beach Golf Club, 2301 Alton Road. The event is free and open to the public.

An award well-deserved, Ms. Lorenceau!
  Photos above: Ms. Lorenceau with her students.   

Congratulations to seniors Ben Burstein and Spencer Kawachica who have advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Way to go!

See them in the photo on the left with Principal Donohue.

Congratulations to the Hi Tide Speech and Debate team for qualifying many students at the NSDA Qualifier! NSDA stands for National Speech and Debate Association. It is the world's largest honor society devoted to speech and debate activities. The winners of this tournament qualified for Nationals in Individual Events (I.E.) such as Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo, Informative Speaking, Original Oratory, and Extemporaneous Speaking. 
See some of the winners in the photo below. Mr. Rywell is holding the District Sweepstakes Award that Beach High won for being the school that qualified the highest number of debaters for the National Speech and Debate Association 2017 Nationals to be held in Birmingham, AL June 18-23.
NSDA National Qualifier in Congress (2/10):
          Jared Stein National Qualifier in the Senate
          Guido Dominguez Alternate in House 2
NSDA National Qualifier in Speech (2/11):
          Darlene Adirika - National Qualifier in Dramatic Interpretation
          Darlene Adirika - National Qualifier in Program of Oral Interpretation
          Abigail Gualda - National Qualifier in Duo Interpretation
          Annamaria Nuryasin- National Qualifier in Duo Interpretation
          Amanda Collada-Mesa - National Qualifier in Duo Interpretation
          Ely Martinez - National Qualifier in Duo Interpretation
          Mitch Rogoff - National Qualifier in United States Extemporaneous Speaking
          Tal Lipkin - National Qualifier in International Extemporaneous Speaking
FFL Varsity State Qualifier (2/4):
          Mitch Rogoff - State Qualifier in United States Extemporaneous Speaking
          Gaby Morales - State Qualifier in International Extemporaneous Speaking
          Darlene Adirika - State Qualifier in Dramatic Interpretation
          Darlene Adirika - State Qualifier in Program of Oral Interpretation
          Abigail Gualda - State Qualifier in Duo Interpretation
          Annamaria Nuryasin- State Qualifier in Duo Interpretation
          Amanda Collado-Mesa - State Qualifier in Duo Interpretation
          Ely Martinez - State Qualifier in Duo Interpretation
          Ashley Fitelson - State Qualifier in Duo Interpretation
          Mia Catania - State Qualifier in Duo Interpretation
          Shea Berman - State Qualifier in Humorous Interpretation
          Marcello Salazar - State Qualifier in Humorous Interpretation
          Isabela Sotolongo - State Qualifier in Original Oratory
          Alex Sherer - State Qualifier in Public Forum Debate
          Guido Dominguez - State Qualifier in Public Forum Debate
          Tali Peretz - State Qualifier in Public Forum Debate
          Scott Kauffman - State Qualifier in Public Forum Debate
          Victor Gheiler - State Qualifier in Public Forum Debate
          Mikael Choukroun - State Qualifier in Public Forum Debate

Congratulations to Beach High new Student Government!
Class of 2020:  
President- Shea Berman
VP- Nyah Cappola
SEC- Heavyn Lee
Treasurer-  Felicity Astete
Historian- Sofia Allen
Lead Senator- Davey Frankel
Class of 2019:
President- Anna Maria Nuryasin
VP- Michelle Marti
Historian- Matthew Zukowski
Secretary- Taylor Mayer
Treasurer- Alexander Sherer
Social Media Chair- Paige Kleidermacher
Class of 2018:
President- Marley Penson
VP- Gabriela Mantovani
Historian- Alex DaSilva
Treasurer- Armani Arindell
Secretary- Olivia Larder
Student Council:
President- Guido Dominguez
VP- Dakota Hammon
Administrative Liaison- Alejandro Ortega
Historian- Helena Epstein
Secretary- Sophie Tenenbaum
Treasurer- Mikael Choukroun 
Ad Hoc Positions:
General Treasurer - Milan Shaney
Senior Special Events Coordinator- Naomi Velvarde
Jr Special Events Coordinator- Arielle Dreyfus
Agenda Coordinator- Dylan Robinson    

One Penny for Education

The Committee for Quality Education requested the Miami Beach Mayor and Commission to explore the proposal of a penny sales tax on Miami Beach which will be directed solely to Miami Beach public schools within the city limits. The goal is to make a sustainable fund to provide Miami Beach students with public funds to ensure that Miami Beach public school children are given the best public school education possible. The motion was unanimously approved by the Committee.

Legislative Priorities - Make Your Voice Heard!

Fill up the PTA survey - click here:  


The Culinary class lead by Chef Flores participated in The Education Fund's Taste of Education on February 9. This food and wine festival featured gourmet bites created by MDCPS culinary students from 25+ award-winning programs. The evening also showcased The Education Fund's innovative programs and honored more than 200 CEOs and executives who participated in the 2016 Teach-A-Thon. All proceed support The Education Fund's programs for public school students and teachers in Miami-Dade County.


Photos above: the Culinary class preparing for Taste of Education and at the event
Photo above: the Culinary teacher, Chef Flores and students prepare traditional flan in class.  

Attention families of Miami Senior High Seniors: Graduation information has just been released! The MBSH Class of 2017 will be graduating on Friday, June 2, at 9 am at the University of Miami Watsco Center, at 1245 Dauer Drive in Coral Gables.  All seniors will need to report to the University of Miami Watsco Center by 7 am. We will continue to keep you updated as more information is available.
Save the date for the Senior Prom Night: May 20 at the Eden Roc Hotel on Collins Avenue.
The Cap and Gown sale at school is now over. If you didn't order and you need your cap and gown for Graduation, you need to contact Herff Jones and go pick it up at their office in Doral when the time comes. See Ms. Sakowicz for details.

Congratulations to Coach Botto and the Boys Soccer Team on an amazing season!
The Hi-Tide came second in the District tournament after losing against Columbus on January 27 in the district championship game. The game concluded a glorious season where our team won against Terra in the first round of the GMAC tournament and defeated Braddock in the district semifinal game with an impressive record of 19-1-1 W-L-T.  The team got their revenge from their district final vs. Columbus by defeating them in their house by the score of 3-1. The team reached the Regional final for the first time since 2008. The team's goal of reaching the state semifinal fell short when they lost to Cypress Bay after leading the game 1-0 and they lost in the last minute by the score of 2-1. The team finishes the season with an impressive record of 23-3-1 W-L-T.
Way to go!

See photos and some of the results below.
District 15-5A Semifinals Boys Soccer:
Miami Beach 2, Braddock 0 - Josue Aguilar (MB) 1 goal,  Kevin Herrera (MB) 1 goal, Luis Munoz (MB) 1 assist, Gabriel Suarez (MB) 10th shoutout
Miami Beach Record 19-1-1     W-L-T
Miami Beach 9, Terra 2 - Leonardo Acosta (MB) 2 goals 1 assist, Francisco Reyes (MB) 2 goals, Agustin Carrizo (MB) 1 goal, Diego Somoza (MB) 1 goal, Josue Aguilar (MB) 1 goal, Tomas Iglesias (MB) 1 goal, Dennis Ortega (MB) 1 goal, Kevin Herrera (MB) 3 assists, David Cuervo (MB) 1 assist, Luis Munoz (MB) 1 assist.


The Hi - Tide JV Basketball team won second place in the Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on February 3-4. The tournament is the playoffs for the top JV Basketball teams from Miami-Dade County.

See our team in the photo below.

Volunteers for Best Buddies on Weekends

Looking for a community service opportunity? The Roarthon, FIU's Dance Marathon, is a 17- hour student run event with all of its funds benefitting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital (formerly known as Miami Children's Hospital). Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals throughout North America. Over 250 students participate in the 17-hour fundraiser that takes an entire year and a committee of about 50 students to plan and implement. Please see Ms. Sakowicz or the MBSH SGA twitter for more information. 

Volunteer at PTA Founders Day - A Countywide Family Fun Celebration

Join Miami-Dade County Council PTAs/PTSAs on Saturday, February 25, from 10 am to 2 pm for a day of Family Fun as we celebrate PTA. If high school students are interested in volunteering for this event, Community Service Hours will be provided.

Location: Coral Reef Senior High School, 10101 Southwest 152 Street, Miami, FL 33157.

Additional entertainment wanted. Showcase your talents - dance, chorus, band, spoken word, artists, drama, cheerleaders, soloist, steel drums, robotics or another talent.
Sign up for a time slot here  

South Pointe Needs a Hand or Two

South Pointe Elementary School is looking for high school student volunteers to help sort books in their book room (organizing by category, math, science, history, and so on). They would also love for our students to come work with some of their elementary students who are working below grade level in Reading and Math. Community Service Hours will be signed off. The school Administration will work with our Beach High students to meet their schedule. Please contact  Dr. Morris at or at 305-531-5437 if you are interested.

The 2017 Miami National College Fair - Sunday, Feb.26  


Representatives from nearly 200 colleges and universities will be at the 2017 Miami National College Fair on Sunday, February 26, to meet with students and parents on subjects such as financial aid, college planning, admission, and testing requirements. 
The Fair, which has free admission, will be held from noon to 4 pm at the DoubleTree Miami Mart Airport Hotel & Convention Center, 777 N.W. 72 Avenue in Miami. Parking is $5, cash only.
Informational sessions will be presented in Spanish and Haitian Creole. A Counseling Center will be available to allow students and their parents the opportunity to talk with trained professionals regarding college preparation, admissions and scholarships. Close to 200 colleges and universities from around the country will have representatives available to answer questions about admissions, courses, and financial aid.  

Requesting information from multiple colleges/universities at the College Fair is easy. By pre-registering, students can print a bar-coded confirmation to be used at the Fair as an electronic ID. Students can pre-register at .
For more information, contact the College Fair hotline at 305-995-1739 or visit .
Follow the event at #collegefairmiami.

Get CERT Certified during Spring Break

Would you know what to do if an emergency struck your community or your school? After a disaster, professional responders will be needed everywhere. In the chaotic aftermath of an emergency, who could help until professional responders arrive? Who could be the first person on-scene to step up? The answer: You.
Learn to protect yourself, your family, and your friends in case of a disaster. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is a national program of volunteers trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response. Volunteers come from all ages and all walks of life, including teenagers.

Register in this CERT certification course held over Spring Break, April 10-14.


Here's how Valentine's Day was celebrated at Beach High. See photos below.
Photos above: Valentine's Day on campus with rose sales.

Photos above: Best Buddies Valentine's Day event.


Photos above: Valentine's Day project: florist work skills in Ms. Dixon's class.


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Amelia Gowdy

President in Training
Hillary Frankel

VP Advocacy
Deryn Cowdy

VP Membership
Chrysta Dwyer-Hammon
Stella Gelsomino

VP Fundraising
Cigi Thoennes 

Elizabeth Allocco
Sheila Shardlow

Recording Secretary
Pauline Buck
Elisheva Rogoff

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Marina Gallian (newsletter)
Lauren Radick (Social Media)

President Emeritus
Jill Swartz

MBSH PTSA 2016-17
Standing Committees

Academic/Curriculum Issues
Tracy Jackson
Kayla Rynor

Academic Volunteers
Gabriela Hemmerde-Vecco
Fundraising Committee
Mike Gruener (Parking Fundraiser)
Jill Muller
 Joe Vazquez
Nancy Wolff-Diaz

Carmen Barcenas
 Paula Sohn

Hospitality & Teacher Appreciation
 Hillary Frankel  
Sophie Trodjman

Barbara Gelber
Amanda Kleidermacher

Safety and Security
 Jelena Demetriades
Deryn Cowdy
Beth Edwards
Mike Gruener

SHARE/Student Needs Program
Jill Swartz

Silver Knight
Amelia Gowdy
Karen Edelstein
Team Run for Education
Kim Haber

US Gran
 Corey Narson

MBSH PTSA 2016-17

Ada Merritt
Theresa Pinto

City of Miami Beach
Leslie Rosenfeld

Tracy Jackson

IB/Scholars Liaison
Marina Gallian
Nautilus Middle School
Carmen Barcenas

Ruth K. Broad K-8
Dalia Blumstein

Kayla Rynor

Teacher Representative
Ms. Gussie Sakowicz

Student Representatives
Jamila Gowdy (Advocacy)
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.

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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?
Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile.  

Info and registration:
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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!

Don't Miss Out on the Beach Film News Latest Episodes!
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.