Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter 
                January 17, 2017 - Issue # 15                       
Welcome Back to School!          

January Calendar
  • January 17-20, Subject Selection Forms due, see article below.
  • January 17-27, Cap and Gown sale, see article below.
  • January 17, Miami Beach Youth Commission meeting.
  • January 18, Herff Jones Ring payment.
  • January 19, Presentation on human trafficking - 3rd period.
  • January 20, Last day of the Second Marking Period.
  • January 20, BMX Anti Bullying presentation.
  • January 21, SAT test. Registered students.
  • January 21, AOTH Flea Market. See flyer below.
  • January 23, No school, Teacher Planning Day.
  • January 24, First day of the Third Marking Period.
  • January 24-31, Holocaust Memorial field trip. Volunteers needed! See article below.
  • January 24, Ring Ceremony.
  • January 25, Herff Jones Ring servicing.
  • January 26, Rudra Bhatt Memorial. See article below.
  • January 27, Brazilian Music Workshop, 4th period.
  • January 28, Team Run for Education. See article below.
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

Want to get more involved in school activities? Applications to run for Student Government office are due today in room 103. Make sure you turn form in along with the required attachments.

Seniors, Herff Jones will be on campus today and tomorrow selling graduation materials. We will be selling Cap & Gown rentals Wednesday, Thursday & Friday for $22 during both lunches.
There will be a meeting for Beach High Culinary Club after school today, Tuesday, January 17 at 2:30 pm. Remember, anyone can join the club, you don't need to be in the Culinary class to join. See you all there!
If you are participating in the swim testing for the Scuba Club this week, see Mr. Salisbury in room 266 to get your permission slip and return it as soon as possible.

There will be a Mu Alpha Theta meeting this Wednesday, January 18. Club shirts and membership certificates will be distributed, so be there or be square!
Casting Call on Wednesday, January 18 for two films:
-        a short film entitled "Solo". Looking for two male lead roles and 8 extras.
-        a short film entitled "Nothing Left to Say". Looking for 2 male lead roles and 1 female lead role.
If interested, go to Ms. Pierce's room #330 on Wednesday at 2:30 pm.
Film Club meeting Wednesday, January 18 at 2:20 pm in Ms. Pierce's classroom. 
New Dual Enrollment opportunity for 9th and 10th grade s tudents is available for the second semester. See article below. Talk to Ms.Taylor in Room 108 for information.

Shalom: the Jewish Student Union will be meeting in Ms. Levenson's Room 247 for first lunch. For second lunch, we will meet as usual in Mayor Dermer's. Kosher pizza will be served.

Questions regarding student clubs or activities? Email our Student Government at
The 2016 SHARE Program was a huge success.  The students and faculty raised over $2,300, surpassing the goal of $2,000.  Over 70 students, nominated by their teachers, were rewarded with $30 Target gift cards.  While nearly every class participated, there were four classes which went above and beyond and will be rewarded with breakfast celebrations: Ms. Jeannite's class, Mr. Rywell's class, Ms. Cary Diaz's class, and Mr. Spiegelman's class.  Thanks to all who contributed!
In the photo above: PTSA President Amelia Gowdy, SHARE program chair and PTSA President Emeritus Jill Swartz, PTSA Treasurer Sheila Shardlow, and Assistant Principal Mr. Lafrance.   

Team Run for Education

Dear Beach High Families,

We are joining other schools in the Miami Beach Feeder Pattern to run as a "Team" at the Tropical 5k on Saturday, January 28. We are running to raise awareness of how instrumental funding is to the success and future of our children, our communities, and our country.
The event can be a walk/run/bunny hop! The aim is to have a fun morning with our families and school friends. Participants get a "Team" t-shirt and a special edition spinning medal for everyone who finishes.
To join us you will need to register. Click on one of the links below.
Follow the page by page prompts; there will be a drop down bar for affiliation; go to Team Run for Education. When you get to the last screen before the checkout, there will be a Promo Discount Code. When you see this, enter our school code: 17T5KMBHS.
The event is $40 per runner and 50% goes directly back to our school - please be sure to put our Promo Discount code,17T5KMBHS.

The event will take place starting at the Children's Museum and parking will be tough. There will be buses at Miami Beach Senior High to take us to the race start. The race finishes near Nikki Beach, where we will have a celebration party. We will then have buses at Nikki Beach to take us back to MBSH.

Please invite family, friends, neighbors, anyone you know who would run this event and can run with us to add to our school tally.

Sponsorships available! Please click here.

Please contact me if you need any further information. We look forward to a great event.

Kim Haber,

Download the flyer

Next PTSA Meeting:

Tuesday, February 14, 7:30 - 9 am
in the Media Center. 

Photo on the left: the December PTSA meeting in the Auditorium.

A Loss in Our Community

We would like to take a moment to remember our school police, Officer Rubiales, who passed away on Sunday, January 15. While we mourn such a valuable member of our community, our thoughts and prayers go to his family. 

Important Announcements and Reminders

The 2017-2018 Subject Selection forms were distributed through Language Arts classes on January 12 and 13. If students missed class, they will have to obtain a form from their Language Arts teacher. Parents and students should review the forms together. The forms are also available on the school website at miamibeachhigh.schoolwires.
The Counselors will begin the articulation process by
visiting the Language Arts classes the week of January 17, when the students are expected to bring the forms back to school with their selections (with teacher approval clearly marked).

Reminder: passing the FSA ELA (Florida Standard Assessment - English Language Arts) is a graduation requirement, as is the Algebra 1 EOC (End of Course test). Florida Senate Bill 1076 requires that students enrolled in specified courses take Florida's End-Of-Course (EOC) assessment for the course and the results must constitute 30% of the student's final grade.
  • The courses included are: Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, U.S. History, and Civics.
  • All students enrolled in the course for the first time this year will have the 30% included in the final grade computation.
  • Final course grades on report cards will be held depending on the release of the EOC scores.
Please make sure that students show up on time and are prepared for assigned FSA and EOC testing dates.    
Reminder: an online class is required to meet graduation requirements.
9th and 10th grade will have the opportunity of registering to the new Miami-Dade College Dual Enrollment classes in early February, thanks to the support of the City of Miami Beach. We will be offering Music Appreciation and Introduction to Computer Technology. For more info and requirements, please see Ms. Taylor in Room 108 or log on the school website.      

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 you do, do not hesitate to enroll. Many benefits come with the program, beyond the free or reduced meals at school.
Beach High CAP advisor, Ms. Sahwell, has calculated that students on the Free and Reduced Lunch can save up to $2,000 in tests and applications fee. In fact, SAT, ACT or PSAT waivers will be issued to qualifying students.
The easiest way to apply is online at available in English, Spanish or Creole. It is fast and easy. You can even apply on your smart phone. Apply online at or on the school home page. 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. If your child was eligible last year, now you need to re-apply.

Download the flyer

IB and Pre-IB Scholars Academy Applications for 2017-2018
The applications to the IB program (11th and 12th grade) for the 2017-2018 school year are now available online (link below). The applications must be submitted by February 1, 2017.

The application to the Pre-IB Scholars Academy for the 2017-2018 school year is available online
. A hard copy of the application together with a copy of the 8th grade report card must be submitted by February 1, 2017. If the applicant is currently attending a private or out-of-area school, a transcript must be submitted as well, including 6, 7, and 8 grades.

Tours will start after Winter Break - schedule to be announced.

Is Your Family the Next MDCPS Family of the Year?

The purpose of the award is to recognize parents, families, and/or guardians who support their children's education. Families must complete and submit the application by Wednesday, February 15. From among the applications submitted, the principal or designee will select their school's Family of the Year and complete the Family of the Year Nomination form.

Traffic Rules Enforced around School

We would like to remind everyone to continue to pick up or drop off students on Prairie Avenue (west side of school). Please be advised that the city of Miami Beach Police Department is vigorously enforcing all traffic laws throughout the school zone.  
The Miami Beach Police Dept. will be working throughout the remainder of the school year with monitoring traffic activities during early morning drop-offs. Tickets will be handed out to speeding motorists and parents who stop to drop off students on Dade Blvd. 
The safety of our children is paramount to our school and we encourage all parents to obey the school zone speed limit and to drop off their child at the designated school drop-off in front of the school on Prairie Ave. in order to avoid a costly traffic citation.

You Are Invited! Mr. Virgin's Exhibition Opens on Saturday

Mr. Virgin's art show at the Main Library opens Saturday, January 21, at the Main Library, 2nd Floor Gallery. Titled "Open Books and Other Stories", the exhibition will be on display until May 28.

"A lifetime of reading has brought me into the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library, and consequently into our library for exhibition. My very first artist's book, escape*... restrictions apply, would not exist had I not found out how to bind books from a book from this library. Four decades of making related prints, in series, led to book arts becoming central to my studio art practice. A lifetime of reading, combined with a powerful love of books, has made me a storyteller as well.
Open Books and Other Stories is for the most part a stubborn, hardheaded, singular response to the online electronic flood of random information we swim in on a daily basis. I have curated a view of South Florida, national parks, students, teachers... and my personal heroes, writers. Each of these entities has enriched my life, telling stories that tie each of these images together and to me.
Although no batteries are required to upload these works, I can attest to the energy that collaborations and working with others has given me. In almost 25 years of teaching and learning in Miami, I have become an advocate for its residents.
Although born and raised in Michigan, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printing and painting at Florida Atlantic University, and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at the University of Miami. I bring Miami to artists' residencies each summer, and my hosts' best practices home to Coconut Grove to share with my students, friends and the community.
- Tom Virgin

Opening Reception and Artist's Talk: Saturday, January 21, 3 - 5 pm.
Main Library, 2nd Floor Gallery.

Photo above: Ania Moussawel, "School Books 1 and 2"
Tom Virgin, "Open Book"

Silent Film 
Enjoy some behind-the-scenes photos from the silent film entitled "Take the Knee" , produced by Ms. Pierce's after school Film Club in collaboration with Film Florida program, supported by the Children's Trust.    
AOHT Flea Market Is back

Special Guest: Adopt a Pet
Connect, adopt and fall in love with a shelter pet from Miami-Dade County Animal Services at Beach High Flea Market.
Please share with your friends, family, onto your social media sites, and the world! If you have questions please call 305-934.7973.


Congratulations to the MBSH 2017 Posse Scholarship Winners!

Posse scholars are nominated by the high school's CAP counselor, Ms. Sahwell. This college scholarship is for 12th grade students and the timeframe is the beginning of their senior year (August/September). Posse provides a four-year academic scholarship to 10 students per school at Posse-partner colleges and universities such as Dartmouth, Cornell, Pomona, Syracuse, and Boston University. There are Posse offices in other cities around the country such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Baltimore. Once the counselor recommends students, they are contacted by Posse staff in their community. There is an application process that includes letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal essays, and ACT/SAT test scores. It is a rigorous process and includes several levels of group and personal interviews with local Posse staff. This year they started with 1,200 applicants for 6 schools and chose a total of 60 Posse scholars out of Miami-Dade County.

The 2017 MBSH winners are Jamila Gowdy and Ariel Napoles.

In the photos above, on the left: Ariel is third from left, and Jamila the fourth one. Photo on the right: Jamila with her parents and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

More info about Posse here

Reserve Your Cap & Gown

The 2017 Graduation Cap and Gown rental sales are about to start and will be only $22 for all students that pay here at school. Online Cap & Gown rental sales with a credit card payment will begin on Tuesday, January 17 and will continue through Friday, January 27.  This can be done through either the Student or Parent Portal. Those students that wish to pay for their Cap and Gowns fees in cash will be able to do so at the concession stand in front of the cafeteria from January 18-January 20 during both lunches. Exact change is appreciated. 
Those seniors that make online payments must still provide the Activities Director with their height and weight in order to ensure the correct gown size; please stop by the concession stands by the cafeteria  during lunch to provide this information.
All graduating seniors are required to pay for the Cap & Gown rental fees, however it does not guarantee graduation. Students must meet graduation requirements in order to participate in the ceremony.


The Carbonell Awards

Now accepting nominations for the 2017 Jack Zink Memorial Student Scholarship Program.
Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who have achieved a minimum 2.5 GPA and are enrolled in college to pursue a degree in theater or journalism. The selection of recipients is based on talent,
experience and demonstrated commitment to the theatre.
Top award is $3,000.
The deadline for submission of applications is February 1, 2017.

Still Undefeated!

The Boys Soccer Team continues to make us proud! Read below results from recent games.
Miami Beach 6, Miami Sr. 0 - Leonardo Acosta (MB) 2 goals 1 assist, Tomas Iglesias (MB) 2 goals, Josue Aguilar (MB) 1 goal , 2 assist, Diego Somoza (MB) 1 goal, Gabriel Suarez (MB) 5th Shutout - Miami Beach Record 11-0
Miami Beach 8, Coral Park 0 =  Josue Aguilar (MB) 2 goal , 1 assist, Kevin Herrera (MB) 1 goal 1 assist, Dennis Ortega (MB) 1 goal, Francisco Reyes (MB) 1 goal, Agustin Carrizo (MB) 1 goal, Tomas Iglesias (MB) 1 goal, Marc Amores (MB) 1 goal, Gabriel Suarez (MB) 6th Shutout -  Miami Beach Record 12-0   
Miami Beach 6, Killian 0
Josue Aguilar (MB) 2 goals, Cristian Bonilla (MB) 1 goal, Alfredo Astaburuaga (MB) 1 goal, Luis Munoz (MB) 1 goal, Marc Amores (MB) 1 goal, Gabriel Suarez (MB) 7th Shutout- Miami Beach Record 13-0
Miami Beach 2, Coral Gables 2 - Josue Aguilar (MB) 1 goal, Marc Amores (MB) 1 goal, Tomas Iglesias (MB) 2 assists - Miami Beach Record 13-0-1     W-L-T
Miami Beach 5, Columbus 1 - Kevin Herrera (MB) 2 goals, Josue Aguilar (MB) 1 goal 2 assists, Tomas Iglesias (MB) 1 goal, Toby Squire (MB) 1goal - Miami Beach Record 14-0-1     W-L-T
Boys soccer - Miami Beach 3, Southwest 0 - Tomas Iglesias (MB) 2 goals, Dennis Ortega (MB) 1 goal, Josue Aguilar (MB) 1 assist, Francisco Reyes (MB) 1 assist, Gabriel Suarez (MB) 9th Shoutout - Miami Beach Record 15-0-1     W-L-T 

Miami Beach 5, Krop 1 - Josue Aguilar (MB) 2 goal, Kevin Herrera (MB) 1 goal 1 assist, Luis Munoz (MB) 1 goal, Nicolas Lopez (MB) 1 goal, Tomas Iglesias (MB) 1 assist, Marc Amores (MB) 1 assist- Miami Beach Record 16-0-1     W-L-T
Come and support your Boys Soccer Team today as they take on Terra in the first round of the GMAC tournament. There is no charge for the game. Kickoff is at 4:00 pm at Flamingo Park. Go Hi-Tides!

More Victories for the Soccer Girls

Please congratulate the MBSH Girls Soccer Team for playing in the first round of the GMAC county-wide tournament last week!
Here are some of their results before Winter Break:
- they won against Dr. Michael Krop with a score of 10-4. Samantha Wald scored 3 & Leslie Mendoza scored 7.
- they won against Miami Senior High with a score of 8-0. Maite Sanchez scored 5 & Leslie Mendoza scored 3.
- Miami Beach 5, Coral Park 0 - Maite Sanchez (MB) 3 goals 2 assist, Juliana Hontou (MB) 1 goal, Katherine Mark 1 goal, Pauline Gruner (MB) Shoutout.
Miami Beach Record 14-1
- they won against Coral Gables with a score of 3-1. Samantha Wald scored 3 Goals.

Go Hi-Tides!    


Cheer Captains on the Field   

Photo on the right: Hi - Tide Cheerleader Captain Amani Malvin Taylor (left) and Auxiliary Captain Tia Jackson (right) at a football game.

Hi-Tide Wrestling

Congratulations to the Wrestling Team. They wrestled Coral Park and Edison. 
They beat Edison, but came up a little short against Coral Park. The Wrestlers of the day were Daishaun Felton, Najat Morgan, Kalani Gonzalez and Adrian Perez who all won both of their matches.
The Hi-Tide Wrestling Team also competed in a 2 day tournament on a Friday and Saturday. Out of 30 teams the Hi-Tides placed 12th overall. The Hi-Tides brought home 2 place finishers.  Congratulations to the to the Hi-Tide wrestlers of the tournament. Daishaun Felton placed 3rd only losing once and Adrian Perez made it to the finals, placing 2nd after losing in an exciting match that went to overtime.  Congrats on the success, and remember that hard work pays off!

Basketball Jersey Retired 
Congratulations to Richie Berger since his jersey was retired at Friday night's basketball game, during the official beginning of the Miami Beach Senior High Athletic Hall of Fame. Dr. Berger, class of '58, was inducted that same night. He is the first inductee in our school history. It was truly a great ceremony, attended by many alumni, showing current and future Hi Tides the deep pride that runs through this school.   See below photos of the event and of our Boys Basketball Team after winning against North Miami Beach 59-51 on Friday night.  
Help Proctoring the IB Commentaries

Ms. Duval needs several volunteers to proctor the IB Commentaries, which will be held from Tuesday, January 24, to Tuesday, January 31. She will need two volunteers per shift, either at 7:15 am till 11 am, or at 11:30 am till 3:15 pm. Volunteers will have to welcome students and hand out envelopes. The work is very easy to perform and allows volunteers to read or work at their laptop. Any parent can help out, regardless of their child being in IB. Only parents of IB Seniors cannot volunteer.
Please email Ms. Duval ASAP if you can help at

Holocaust Memorial Field Trip

Miami Beach Senior High each year takes the entire freshman class to the Holocaust Memorial. There are over 600 students in the freshmen class at Beach High. It's a huge endeavor made possible by volunteers who are needed to chaperone these trips. If you are a level 1 volunteer with MDCPS, whether you have a child at the school or not, and have 2 free hours the last two week of January, please consider volunteering for this extremely important educational opportunity.
To facilitate the trips - 2 classes at a time, twice a day, for six days - the trip organizers David Reese, and Beach High Language Arts teachers need volunteers. Chaperones must be registered Level 1 volunteers with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. It is easy to become a MDCPS volunteer by visiting the Parent Portal at . Mr. Reese will need Your Volunteer Level (1 or 2), your phone number, and your volunteer number to complete the field trip paper work. You may have to re-register to re-activate your Volunteer status at the MDCPS Parent or Community Portal, since School Board policy necessitates volunteers do so yearly. His deadline is fast approaching, so please do not delay if you are interested in participating.

If you can chaperone on any of the dates below, please respond to Mr. Reese at or at 786-853.2838 as soon as you can. Let him know on what day and time you would like to volunteer. The most recent schedule of the field trips and chaperone needs is attached.

Thanks you for playing an active part in our school community.

Dates and Times of Trips:

Tuesday January 24, 2017              9-11:30 am
Tuesday January 24, 2017              11:30 am - 1:45 pm

Wednesday, January 25, 2017        9-11:30 am
Wednesday, January 25, 2017        11:30 am - 1:45 pm

Thursday, January  26, 2017           9-11:30 am
Thursday, January  26, 2017           11:30 am - 1:45 pm

Friday, January 27, 2017                 9-11:30 am
Friday, January 27, 2017                 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

Monday, January 30, 2017            9-11:30 am
Monday , January 30, 2017             11:30 am - 1:45 pm

Tuesday  January 31, 2017            9-11:30 am
Tuesday, January 31, 2017            11:30 am - 1:45 pm

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         if you are interested.
Join Your Community Health Festival
Miami Beach Regional Library, Thursday, January 19, 1 - 5 pm.

Kick off 2017 by focusing on creating a healthier, happier you! Whether you are looking to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, get your blood sugar under control or improve your stress management skills, the library and its community partners can offer support in achieving your goals. Make sure to stay until the close of each festival for your chance to win a drawing for a fitness-related item.

FREE Activities & Services include:
 * Glucose/Blood Sugar Screening
* Cholesterol Screening

 * Blood Pressure Check
* Nutrition Information
* Healthy Cooking for Kids by Short Chef 
* Yoga Demonstration
* Smoking Cessation
* Giveaways
* And more...
Services and Screenings Provided by:
Mount Sinai Medical Center, The Benjamin Leon School of Nursing at Miami Dade College, Alzheimer's Association, Miami Dade Fire Rescue Dept., Florida Dept. of Health in Miami-Dade County, One Blood, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, Baptist Health South Florida, American Red Cross and Barry University College of Nursing & Health Sciences.
Made possible by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council.

Black History Month Essay Contest and Black History Month Excellence in Education Educator Award

Governor Scott and his wife Ann Scott are sponsoring a Black History Month essay contest and Black History Month Excellence in Education Educator Award. Due date: Friday, January 20.
Awards: Winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Winners will receive awards at the Governor's Black History Month celebration to be held in Tallahassee. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the winners and one immediate family member.  
Governor Scott and his wife Ann Scott are also sponsoring the Black History Month Excellence in Education Educator Award.  This contest is open to all full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools in Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary teacher, one middle school teacher, and one high school teacher. Due date: Friday, January 20.
Awards: Winners will receive a prize at the Black History Month reception to be held in Tallahassee. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the winners and one immediate family member.
Link for additional info

Students Working At Greatness (SWAG )

In search of students that are awesome, great performers, for a piece on NBC6 for Students Working At Greatness (SWAG).  Send names, contact number and bio (three sentences max) on student(s) to:  Students must have a signed Media Release Parental Consent form (FM 7489) to participate. 


Nominate a Miami Beach Woman Worth Knowing

Miami Beach Commission for Women Nomination Form. 
The category for this year's nominees is education. Nominees should either work in or have made substantial contributions to the field of education (i.e. teacher, volunteer, policy maker, etc.).
Nominees must either work OR be a resident of Miami Beach for at least 5 years or more.
The deadline for submission is February 1.

Redesign the MDCPS Logo

MDCPS Refresh Logo Redesign Contest: the contest is open to all Florida residents including students, parents, and employees. The designer of the winning logo will receive $2,500 and bragging rights. Submissions are being accepted online until January 27. All details and contest information can be found at 
The current M-DCPS logo received its last true makeover more than 15 years ago. It symbolized opening the book of learning to a world of lifelong opportunities and complemented the district's slogan "giving our students the world".
The way we teach, the way our students learn, the tools we use have all evolved.
It's time for our image to reflect what we truly are and the impact we are having in this 21st Century learning environment.

Miss Miami Pageant

Scholarship opportunity for young ladies with talent at the preliminary pageant for Miss America. They are searching for young ladies with talent between the ages on 13 and 24. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to the top 3 winners in the Miss category. Interviews are going on now. Contact Miss Rose at 305-772-5684 or  missmiamicoralgables for an interview. 
50% of the proceeds from the People's Choice award go to the Foundation for New Education Initiatives. Pageant day is March 18. Register by February 10.

Do you Want to Serve as a Senate Page?

The 2017 Florida Senate Page program is fast approaching. Students may serve as a Page for a State Representative and for a State Senator.  The Senate/State Representative Page program seeks students' participation. You may make a call to any staff member to apply. You may also contact the Page program directly by going to the State of Florida website and searching for the Page program. This program is open and slots are available during the entire legislative session. They will also need a letter of recommendation, a place to stay, and transport to the government offices for the one week that they are serving. Lastly, they do receive a small stipend of $250.

Save the Date: College Fair on February 26

The National College Fair visits Miami on February 26, from 12 - 4 pm at the Doubletree Miami Airport and Convention Center. Admission is free . $5 to park, cash only.

Get Teen 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.

Photos above: amazing entertainment at our MBSH Rock Ensemble Winter Music Concert Experience.

Photos on the left and above: the Chorus performance in December.
Photo above: MBSH shows school spirit at the December Pep Rally.


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Amelia Gowdy

President in Training
Hillary Frankel

VP Advocacy
Deryn Cowdy

VP Membership
Chrysta Dwyer-Hammon
Stella Gelsomino

VP Fundraising
Robin Wood

Elizabeth Allocco
Sheila Shardlow

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Pauline Buck
Elisheva Rogoff

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Lauren Radick (Social Media)

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Jill Swartz

MBSH PTSA 2016-17
Standing Committees

Academic/Curriculum Issues
Tracy Jackson
Kayla Rynor

Academic Volunteers
Gabriela Hemmerde-Vecco

Academic Achievements/Awards
Stacy Chopp
Fundraising Committee
Mike Gruener (Parking Fundraiser)
Jill Muller
 Joe Vazquez
Nancy Wolff-Diaz

Carmen Barcenas
 Paula Sohn

Health & Wellness
Kara Burnstine

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
Shirley Dominguez
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

Athletic Liaison
Jelena Demetriades

Beth Edwards

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

John Donohue

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

An opportunity to make a donation, leave a legacy and take a seat for education in support of MBSH! You will receive a plaque on the back of one of the auditorium seats. If we sell enough seats we will be able to fund teacher and department grants in 2016-2017

Please download a form, fill it out including the message with up to 3 lines of text, and send it with a check payable to the MBSH PTSA at Miami Beach Senior High, 2231 Prairie Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139.

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

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

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
Simply go to 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.
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.