Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter 
                May 9, 2017 - Issue # 23                       
        The Final Rush                  


  • May 9, Registration deadline for June 3 SAT & SAT Subject Tests.
  • May 10, Bike to School Day, see flyer below.
  • May 10, Industry Conference for AOHT and all NAF Academies.
  • May 10, EESAC meeting, Media Center, 2:30 pm. Rescheduled from May 17.
  • May 11, Rock Ensemble End of Year Concert, Auditorium, 7 pm. See article below.
  • May 12, MBSH 2017 Film Festival. Red Carpet @ 6:30 pm. See flyer below.
  • May 16, PTSA Board Meeting - rescheduled from May 9. Media Center, 7:30-9 am. Everybody is welcome!
  • May 16, End of the Year Speech and Debate Dinner and Ceremony.
  • May 17, 18 & 19: Thespian Musical, Auditorium.
  • May 17, Silver Knight Awards Ceremony, James L. Knight Center, 7 - 9 pm.
  • May 18, Silver Knight Nominees breakfast, 7:30 am.
  • May 18, Early Release, 12:20 pm.
  • May 18, Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. See article below.
  • May 18, 2017 AOHT banquet.
  • May 19, Mock DUI. Students who are attending Prom are invited.
  • May 20, MBSH Prom at the Eden Roc Hotel on Collins Avenue. See article below.
  • May 22, 2017 AOHT Dress for Success.
  • May 22, Honor Cords Ceremony for Honor Societies, 6 pm, Auditorium.
  • May 23, Underclassmen Awards and Book Awards, Auditorium, 8 am.
  • May 23, Committee for Quality Education meeting, 9 - 11 am, City Manager's Conference Room.
  • May 23, PTSA General Meeting, 6 pm, Media Center. See article below.
  • May 24, Senior Awards Ceremony, Auditorium, 8-10:30 am.
  • May 24, AOHT Science Museum field trip. 
  • May 25, Athletic Awards, gym, in the morning.
  • May 25, AOHT Graduation, St. Thomas University, 6 pm. Parents encouraged to attend.
  • May 25, 2017 Miami-Dade County Council of PTA/PTSA Awards & Recognition Gala, 4:30-9 pm, Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Way Miami, FL 33132.  
  • May 26, Senior Picnic at Scott Rakow Youth Center. See article below.
  • May 26, Internship Evaluations and 4th Quarter Log Sheet due.
  • May 28, IB/Scholars Banquet, Miami Shores Country Club. See article below.
  • May 29, No school, Memorial Day.
  • May 30, Transition Dinner for current and future PTSA Executive Board members, 7 pm.
  • June 1, Chorus performance, 7 pm.
  • June 2, Class of 2017 Graduation, University of Miami Watsco Center, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, 9 am.  All seniors need to report by 7 am. See article below.
  • June 3, SAT & SAT Subject Tests. Registered students.
  • June 8, Last day of school.
  • June 9, No school, Teacher Planning Day.
  • June 10, ACT test. Registered students.
  • August 16, Pre-IB Scholars Academy Orientation. New Scholars students and families. See article below.
  • August 19, New Student Orientation.
  • August 21, First Day of the 2017-2018 school year.
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:
Wednesday, May 10 is Bike to School Day. SGA will be giving away prizes to students that bike to school. 

Mrs. Bush is teaching life skills on Mondays and Fridays after school from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in room 354. Kids who are interested can get community service hours and help with homework; they will be learning budgeting, how to apply for college and scholarships, etc. Students can ask Mrs. Bush for more info in Room 354.

Major League Baseball is looking for volunteers to join the week's events. The MLB All-Star Week events will take place from July 7th - July 11th. Volunteers will assist with the following events: MLB All-Star Fan Fest, MLB Transportation, MLB Gala & Pre-Game Celebration, Hotel, and Hospitality.
If interested, apply online at
You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer.
All participating volunteers will receive the following experiences & commemorative items:
Commemorative volunteer polo shirt, hat, & water bottle
Commemorative baseball & drawstring backpack
Two tickets to MLB All-Star FanFest
Two tickets to a pre-selected 2017 Marlins home game
Unlimited access to MLB All-Star FanFest during show hours.

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

The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon will be May 18 (Early Release Day) at 12:30 pm in the Media Center. Volunteers and desserts are needed! This is the most important day to honor our teachers with a luncheon and a little gift. Please email Hillary Frankel at if you can volunteer, bake or bring store-bought desserts.

The PTSA Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 23. at 6 pm in the Media Center. Join us and vote on the new PTSA Board for the 2017-2018 school year.


Please email Amelia Gowdy at asap if you are considering to attend.

The current and future PTSA Executive Board members are invited to the traditional pot luck Transition Dinner on May 30 at 7 pm. Please email Hillary Frankel at to RSVP and let her know what you will bring.
Our May Board Meeting has been switched to the third Tuesday of the month. Our meeting will be Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 - 9 am in the media center.
Please join us then.
Everybody is welcome!

Flash News

All textbooks must be returned by May 12 (seniors) or by May 22 (grades 9-11).
All tablets of 9th and 10th graders must be returned by May 22.
Student financial obligations (fees for lost or damaged books, unpaid lab fees, or library fines) must be paid by seniors by May 12 and by 9-11 graders by May 22. These fees must to be paid to Ms. Desronvil. Library fees can be paid in the Media Center.

We cordially invite you to share a fun and memorable evening with the award-winning Rock Ensemble and Friends: the ROCKnROLL CIRCUS Show Concert, Thursday, May 11, Auditorium. Doors open @ 6:30 pm.
Free Show! Bring the Kids! Free Parking! Bring a Date!

A note to you:
The ROCK ENSEMBLE celebrates YOU! Our families, friends, sponsors, music fans and the Miami Beach community. Thank you for believing in us this year; for helping to make the dreams and aspirations of the Rock Ensemble and the Classical Guitar Ensemble students a reality; for giving students the opportunity to prove themselves, so they could come home as Miami Beach Champions! We have deep gratitude for your unwavering support of the Fine Arts at Beach High, and particularly for keeping this award winning, home town band, "Rockin' the Planet since 1972!"
We look forward to seeing you all at the Rock Ensemble - ROCKnROLL Circus Show!

Come and support Beach High Film Festival with great films the students have been working on all year!


The Portuguese students in Ms. Arslanian's class had the opportunity to visit the Feira de Educação (Education Fair) on 29 April in Pompano Beach. In the photo below, on the left: Ms.Arslanian and senior Jamila Gowdy.  
IB Scholars Academy

IB Senior group Picture 
On Wednesday, May 10, the 2017 IB Class will take their group picture before testing. 

Scholars and IB Senior Banquet  
The traditional Banquet for Senior students, their parents and teachers will be held on May 28 at the Miami Shores Country Club, 12 - 3 pm. The tickets are $36 per person and are now on sale at the Scholars office or in Ms. Carro's room 243 during both lunches, until May 19. During the Banquet, we will honor our graduating Senior Scholars and IB students. We would love to have all the graduating Scholars and IB students participate in the event.

We look forward to sharing this afternoon with you and your family. It is the one time we can truly express the impact you have had on our lives and how grateful we are to have been a part of your educational path and lives. If you don't reserve your Scholars Banquet tickets you will miss the most intimate, amazing luncheon of your senior year.
The Scholars-IB Parents Committee is asking all families to please consider sponsoring a student. We really feel that all Scholars-IB students should be part of this celebration, but we know that some students cannot afford to pay for the Banquet fee. If you can sponsor a student, please contact Ms. Carro or Mr. Rodriguez as soon as possible.    

Senior Scholars Memory Book
As we traditionally create every year, a memory book for all graduating Scholars and IB students will be printed. Each student will have a page to fill in with photographs, collages, the logo of the college they are going to, email address, short messages (such as thank you notes or a motto) and so on.

Back-to-School Orientation
The Beach High Pre-IB Scholars Academy and IB Diploma Program will hold an important orientation for new students who have been accepted to the program on Wednesday, August 16, at 9 am in the Media Center.
International College Fair 
On March 10, the IB Program presented the International College Fair in the Media Center. Representatives from universities in Europe, Canada and United States presented their program and were available to answer questions from our students. All students at school were invited to attend, as well as students from other IB Programs in Miami-Dade County. See photos of the event below.


Secretary Appreciation Day 2017

Beach High clerical staff was treated to a breakfast on April 26. Ms. Dixon's students brought flowers for the secretaries (pictured below: the students with Ms. Desronvil and Ms. Mott). 

Ms. Gregory and her AOHT students during the Internship Breakfast on April 26. This internship interview prep event was featured on Telemundo.


The teachers from AOHT, Industry/Business, SPED, AP, ESOL, and Gifted Departments were treated by Assistant Principal Dr. Cespedes to a "Cinco de Mayo Thank-a-Teacher"
appreciation breakfast. In the photos below, from top left: Ms. Clark (left) and Dr. Block (right); Chef Flores and Ms. Carro; Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Clark; Ms. Prieto; Miss Hiraldo; Mr. Boldon, Ms. Silveira, and Ms. Haselmann; Ms. Nunez, Ms. Inclan, Ms. Hiraldo, Ms. Hernandez, and Mr. J. Rodriguez. Thanks to Chef Flores' students for preparing the breakfast - pictured below.



A health fair was held at school thanks to an initiative from MDCPS in collaboration with
Borinquen. In the photo below, see our Assistant Principal Mr. LaFrance with a student service representative from MDCPS.


Dr. Emma Carrillo from MDCPS visited Chef Flores and his Culinary Program. She celebrated and highlighted the program in an interview to Chef Flores for Telemundo.

Students Celebrate with Celebrity
During the Tourism Professional of the Year Banquet, Ralph Motola, 2017-2018 AOHT President, met Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, CEO of Celebrity Cruise Line. From this networking connection, the field trip of twenty- nine AOHT students to Celebrity's corporate offices was born. On May 5, our students met with the director of event planning, the director of food and beverage and the ship's crowd management coordinator. Crowd management of 2,000 guests and 1,000 employees is no small task!
We then proceeded to see how cabins are designed, and how promotions are planned on a 9 x 32-foot Apple computer screen. They also showed us the magnificent technology of a virtual 3D box where they virtually plan before building. We then boarded the 1,041-foot-long "Celebrity Equinox" and toured the ship and the Oceanview Café, which features endless choices of great food.
Thank you, Celebrity, for this outstanding experience!

Mango's Host Our Stars
Beach High AOHT students regularly attend Hospitality & Tourism meetings at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Dee Anne Connelly, one of our Advisory Board members, was chairperson last year, and established the relationship between us. This year, chair Ana Cecilia Velasco asked Mango's Tropical Café to give our Stars (students with a GPA greater than 3.0) a tour of this historic restaurant/nightclub and then treat us to lunch. Our students were fascinated by this colorful, historic venue, and learned about different job opportunities and what it takes to run a popular tourist attraction.
Thank you, Mango!


For more than 30 years, the Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE) has recognized Florida educators for innovation and creativity in teaching economics, free enterprise and financial literacy. The Governor's Awards Program honors educators who have successfully taught these concepts by integrating them into everyday coursework. In the photos below, Ms. Sakowicz is pictured with the Certificate of Excellence in the category of Personal Financial Literacy, and Ms. Ruiz with the Rookie of the Year award. This year's awards ceremony was held at the Caribe Royale Orlando resort, during a special reception and dinner the night of Friday, May 5.  

Beach High Portuguese program is completing 20 years this year. The program is the pioneer Portuguese program in South Florida, as started by Ms. Arslanian. Last Saturday, May 6, the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese (AOTP) recognized Beach High for its excellence in teaching Portuguese. On May 13, the Brazilian Club will receive the Brazilian International Press Awards for holding the Brazilian Carnival Show for 20 years in our school.
In the photo below: Ms. Arslanian with Assistant Principal Mr. LaFrance.

The Public Forum Debate
From left: senior Alex Radick, junior Guido Dominguez, and alumna Belen Mella. 
team of Alex Radick and Guido Dominguez competed at the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky. The TOC is considered the most prestigious and competitive American high school debate tournament that uses a bid system, in which placing high enough in certain nationally or regionally respected tournaments earns debaters a bid, with at least 2 bids needed to compete. 
The team was one round away from entering the Octafinals, finishing the tournament with a record of 4-3. They had an incredibly difficult draw, hitting 3 of the top 10 teams in the nation, and even beating the best ranked team. This was Alex Radick's final debate tournament with Beach High as he is graduating in June. We wish him luck at Cornell this fall.
Thank you to Coach Russell Rywell for chaperoning the trip and ensuring that the Beach High Speech and Debate team continues to be a nationally recognized Debate program.
Next step: Nationals, June 18-23, Alabama.
The Beach High Guitar Ensemble led by Nick Mastrovito and the Beach High Rock Ensemble led by Michael MacNamee and Frankie Trullenque both achieved a Superior rating at the annual OrlandoFest 2017 Festival & Competition.  
The Beach High Guitar Ensemble also received the coveted grand prize for Overall Best Ensemble. 

Our students-musicians went to the ORLANDOFEST 2017 to compete against top bands from 8 states, and brought home a Triple AAA Superior rating for the entire competition! Miami Beach music legend and founder of the Rock Ensemble program, Doug Burris, competed for 40 years and brought home a Superior rating every year he competed at state and national championships. This has not happened since he retired in 2012.

This year, Michael McNamee and Frankie Trullenque were asked to take over the program and accepted this one-year challenge on the condition to have free reign to reshape the Rock Ensemble program, to focus on vocational music production training for students, create an alumni music mentoring program, provide open musical direction, take the Rock Ensemble to competition and bring back the coveted Superior Rating. Congratulations!

Beach High senior Melvys Barrios won first place at the Young Talent, Big Dreams competition in her category of Original Composition.  As winner, she will be touring the county performing for others and receiving master classes, as well as a cash prize. The event, presented by the Children's Trust, was held at the Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables on May 6. Finals took place before a live audience.
Melvys is 17 years old and is about to graduate. She's had a great passion for music as far back as she can remember. Her skill and knowledge have since grown into not only singing, but also songwriting, arranging and guitar playing.


Congratulations to Mr. Christopher Dreeson on his performance on May 7 at the Granada Presbyterian Church.  See him in the photo below.  


June 2, 2017   
Watsco Center at the University of Miami
Address: 1245 Dauer Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146 - Location: Fieldhouse
The Pavia and Merrick garages will provide free parking for attendees.
Arrival Time:  7:00 am                                     
Ceremony Start Time: 9:00 am


Graduation Tickets: Each graduate will receive 6 tickets.  Each person attending (not including the graduate) MUST have a ticket, including children. 
Cap & Gown: 
 ·        Try it on at home.  Make sure it fits and zipper works. 
·         Hang up the gown to smooth out wrinkles.
·         Do NOT iron the gown, use a steamer
Dress Code (underneath the gown):
Dress Pants (dark color)
White or light colored dress shirt must have a collar
Dress Shoes
NO jeans, shorts, sneakers, sandals, or any other garment considered to be casual
Dress Slacks, Dress/ Skirt and Blouse (light colored recommended)
Dress pants, dress shirt / blouse
Dress shoes or dress sandals; keep in mind that you are walking
NO midriffs, jeans, shorts, sneakers, flip flops or any other garment considered to be casual
Gowns will be returned....  Diplomas will be issued once you have returned your gown.  A diploma will not be issued if your gown is not returned.
DO NOT ALTER YOUR CAP AND/OR GOWN IN ANY WAY (No messages, pictures or drawings on the cap or gown).
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Graduation Ceremony is a dignified event marking a rite of passage.  Miami Beach Senior High students, their families and guests are to treat it as such, and conduct themselves in a manner befitting the ceremony.  Students and/or guests are not to bring any items that will distract from the ceremony.  Students and guests who do not adhere to this request will be removed from the premises.
The Miami Beach Senior High Class of 2017 Seniors are invited to their Senior Prom on May 20, 2017 at the Eden Roc from 7 until 11 pm. Prom tickets are available for sale until May 12 online through the Parent and Student Portals and during both lunches.  The tickets will be sold in front of the cafeteria by the concession stand. The cost of Prom is $92. All attending Seniors must have at least a 2.0 GPA, at least 10 community service hours, less than 10 absences, less than 20 tardies and zero discipline issues, and must attend the mock DUI on Friday, May 19. Students must maintain eligibility until the end of the school year or they may lose their ability to participate without a refund. For more information students can speak with Ms. Sakowicz in the main office in room 103.

We are also selling seats for the 2017 Senior Picnic until May 12 online through the Parent and Student Portals and during both lunches.  The Senior Picnic will be $15 and will be at the Scott Rakow Youth Center on May 26. It will include lunch, basketball, games, bowling, and ice skating. These tickets will also be sold in front of the cafeteria by the concession stand and have the same requirements as Prom.
Prom and graduation are memorable occasions for high school students and their families; therefore, we want our students to have a safe time.  Our goal is to raise awareness and educate the students on the dangers of alcohol and drug use. In order to remind students of the need to make good choices every day, including during prom and graduation time, the following resources are available:

What Every Parent Should Know about Prom Night and After: click here
Prom and graduation PSAs:
Substance abuse prevention clubs such as SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco)
Encourage students to sign the attached prom pledge - click here
Informed Families: Safe Home, Safe Parties:


Corsages & boutonnieres:

A percentage from the sales of corsages and boutonnieres for Prom will benefit our school.

College Signing Day
On Wednesday, April 26, Beach High Seniors gathered in the Cafeteria to celebrate their college acceptance.
Thank you, Publix Manager Elliott Martinez, for celebrating our students!


The softball season ended with the girls bringing home the District runner up trophy! Congratulations to the girls on a great season!  


Congratulations to Slade Coetzee on advancing past the quarterfinal round in the State Tennis Tournament by defeating Victoria Oppel from Lake Nona High School. Go Hi Tides!  


The baseball regular season ended on April 27 with the annual Senior Night as well as another win.  Their record is 14-8.

Join senior Tia Jackson (member of the Children's Trust Youth Advisory Committee) at the Youth Peace Rally on May 20 at 10 am. See photos below. 

Sports Equipment Needed! Collecting new/used sports equipment for a local school in the greater Miami area. Our love for sports has inspired us to make a difference in communities who are less fortunate than others. For every item donated in good condition we will be giving community service hours. See below:

3 Tennis Balls = 3 community service hours   
Basketball (standard size) = 10 community service hours  
Volleyball = 10 community service hours
Football = 10 community service hours
Soccer ball = 10 community service hours
Tennis Racket = 10 community service hours
Hockey Sticks = 10 community service hours
Baseball Glove= 5 community service hours
Drop off donations in Room 506 (Ms. Haselmann) and leave your name and email/phone number so we can contact you about your community service hours.
Please contact us if you have any other suggestions or questions about sports equipment: or Thank you!


Teachers, students, and parents: bring your old, unused cell phones to school and donate them
for a good cause! Those phones that are sitting in a drawer can help somebody in need.
We are collecting gently used shoes/sneakers for several orphans in Haiti. Please bring them to Mrs. Lorenceau, Room 310, throughout the month of May. Five hours for each pair.   

Psych Club will be collecting blankets, paper plates, cups & towels, and toiletries for the "Primary Care Haiti" relief drive. Donations can be given to Ms Balgobin in room 275. Community service hours will be awarded. The deadline to donate items is May 12.

On April 21, our Seniors traveled to Orlando to enjoy their Grad Bash at Universal Studios. See photos of students and chaperones having fun.


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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

Corresponding Secretary
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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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!

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