Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter
March 13, 2017 - Issue # 18
You Are Invited: PTSA General Meeting on March 16
- March 14, PTSA March Board meeting, 7:30 - 9 am, Media Center. Everybody is welcome!
- March 15, EESAC meeting, Media Center, 2:30 pm.
- 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 article below.
- March 17, Black History Month celebration.
- March 21, Miami Beach Youth Commission meeting.
- March 22, Town Hall Meeting/Education Chat, 6:30 pm, David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center. See article below.
- 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.
- March 26-28, 2017 Florida PTA Legislative Conference, Tallahassee. Info and registration here.
- March 30, Scholars Ice Cream Social, during both lunches (tentative date).
- April 1, Second Annual Superintendent's 5k Run/Walk Challenge - Race for Education, Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Boulevard. See article below.
- April 7, Registration deadline for May 6 SAT & SAT Subject Tests.
- April 8, ACT test. Registered students.
- April 8 - 16, No School, Spring Break.
- April 18, PTSA Board meeting. 7:30 - 9 am, Media Center. Everybody is welcome!
- April 18, Miami Beach Youth Commission meeting.
- April 19, EESAC meeting, Media Center, 2:30pm.
- April 19, Orientation for incoming Scholars families. 6 pm, Auditorium.
- April 21, Grad Bash at Universal Studios.
- May 5, Registration deadline for June 10 ACT.
- May 6, SAT and SAT Subject Tests. Registered students.
- May 9, PTSA Board meeting. 7:30 - 9 am, Media Center. Everybody is welcome!
- May 9, Registration deadline for June 3 SAT & SAT Subject Tests.
- May 17, EESAC meeting, Media Center, 2:30pm.
- May 18, Early Release, 12:20 pm.
- May 18, Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.
- May 20, Prom at the Eden Roc Hotel on Collins Avenue.
- 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 28, IB/Scholars Banquet.
- May 29, No school, Memorial Day.
- 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.
- 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.
Please note: all dates are tentative and may change.
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:
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?
MYA = Mid-Year Assessments
ELL = English Language Learners
FSA ELA = Florida Standards Assessments - English Language Arts
The Psychology Club will be having its first ever meeting today, Monday, March 13 after school in room 275. Everyone is welcome and we are open to exploring any psych concepts you may be interested in! Add us on Facebook MBSH Psychology.
Today, Monday, March 13, the Celebration of Black History Month Committee will have rehearsals after school at 2:30 pm in the auditorium. All performers are expected to attend to check for timing, lighting, mics, and tracks.
The Catholic Student Union is having their next meeting on Wednesday, March 15 in Room 289, during both lunches. Bring your friends. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Come to Room 289 to hear the good news that Jesus loves you! See you there on March 15!
South Beach Boxing on 715 Washington Ave. will offer 24 students gym scholarships on Saturday, March 18, at 2 pm. Come ready to work out. Don't forget your report card and your parent permission slip.
The Career and Technical Honor Society will meet on Wednesday, March 22, in room 226 at 2:30 pm (right after school). Be a part of a society that recognizes excellence in career and technical education, encourages educational excellence, skill development, and workforce readiness. You must have a 3.0 or higher GPA and be in a CTE class or Academy.
Any boys or girls interested in playing soccer next year, please see coach Botto in Room 517 for more information.
College Club meetings: every Tuesday after school. Meetings start promptly at 2:30 pm in Rm. 240. Please see Ms. Justilien if you have questions.
SHAPE Club is sponsoring a School Supply
Drive. The collected items will be donated to El Paso Real Elementary School in Honduras. Your support i
s much appreciated. Please check our poster for the corresponding community service hours.
Is your club broke? Could you use $500? Unified Miami has an opportunity for you! Collins Park is located directly in front of the Bass Museum of Art near 21st street; the Collins Park Neighborhood Association is donating $500 to any club that can host a project within the Park - concerts, art walks, or even dance parties - if your club can bring it, we're willing to write the check! Get your club involved by entering the Battle of the Projects competition.
Style Saves is a non-profit charity under The Miami Foundation. It was founded by stylist Rachael Russell. We work alongside Dade County Public Schools in addition to other organizations in order to make sure that children and teens in our communities and internationally feel comfortable, driven and motivated. We're opening our Style Saves Prom Shop in the heart of Wynwood (2600 NW 2nd Ave.) and we're currently collecting dresses, suits and accessories for Prom which we will be distributing to Dade County teens looking for a prom outfit from April to May at our Prom Shop. We're excited to join forces with Beach High. Starting this week, there will be a Style Saves Prom Shop Donations Box in the main office where all Beach High students can donate any dresses, suits or accessories for Prom. We can't wait to see every senior shining at Prom this year. Thank you!
Snapchats don't last forever, but yearbooks do. Purchase your yearbook today by going
and enter code 1985. Don't miss out on the opportunity - there's a limited amount!
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.
You Are Invited! Don't Miss Out on This Important Topic
Please join us this Thursday, March 16th at 6 pm in the Media Center for our PTSA General Meeting titled "It's never Ok", a frank discussion on recognizing, preventing and stopping teen dating violence. Our distinguished panel includes: Miami Dade Assistant State Attorney Christina DiRaimondo, Local Psychologist Dr. Ronda Fuchs and Miami Beach Police Detective Bert Guitierrez. Parents and students, please don't miss this critical topic. Beach High students attending will receive two community service hours.
Save the Date: Painting with a Twist Is back!
Next PTSA Board Meeting:
Tuesday, April 18, 7:30 - 9 am
in the Media Center.
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 email@example.com 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.
Everybody is welcome!
Miami-Dade College Dual Enrollment for 9th and 10th grade students will start today, Monday, March 13:
Period 6 - Intro to Computer Technology, Room 504
Period 7 - Music Appreciation, Room 630.
The PERT exam will be administered on March 15. Please see Ms. Nunez for more information.
The 2017- 2018 subject selection forms are past due. Please turn in to your grade level counselor immediately. You may turn them in at the front desk in the main office or give to your Language Arts teachers to submit.
The orientation for incoming Scholars families will be on April 19 at 6 pm in the auditorium.
Miami Beach Schools Are No Place for Hate
The City of Miami Beach has announced that it will implement a "No Place for Hate" program in city schools. The "No Place for Hate" program will be implemented during the 2017-18 school year at all six Miami Beach schools under a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The ADL, through the Harriet and Jack Rosenfeld Foundation, will provide a 50 percent subsidy for the anti-bullying/cyber-bullying training required to obtain the designation for the 2017-18 school year at Miami Beach Senior High and at the other Miami Beach public schools.
U.S. Grants Awards over $10,000 at the March Meeting
During the month of March, the U.S. Grants committee has granted the following:
IB textbooks, caps and gowns for the teachers for the Graduation Ceremony, Prom decorations, data collection devices for Chemistry, subsidizing the Europe Trip, and costs associated with the Debate State Championship.
Please submit your completed application for our April 4 meeting.
The link for the application and information is
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).
First Block Perfect Attendance Incentives
Congratulations to Mr. Ellis's class
nning five cell phone portable chargers for perfect attendance.
Maybe next time it might be your class? Spread the word with everybody, so that all your friends can be potential winners too!
Teachers notified AP Mr. Lafrance any day their first block had everyone present; five eligible classes were picked at random and raffled some portable chargers for phones, tablets or any other devices with USB ports, as positive incentives for perfect attendance.
See the students with their new chargers in the photo on the right.
At the International Teacher Leadership Conference, on March 2-3, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, Beach High was well represented by our Administration and Teachers. In the photo below, from left: Ms. Lucia Baez presented on Teacher Leadership; Dr. Cespedes presented on best practice of mindful servant leadership & child advocacy; Mr. Reese attended the Conference.
United Way Recognition
On February 27, about 400 students, teachers and employees from 181 Miami-Dade County Public Schools gathered at the MDCPS Lives United Way Awards to celebrate raising more than $1.4 million during the 2016 United Way campaign. United Way hosted a breakfast and ceremony, emceed by WSVN-TV's chief meteorologist, Phil Ferro. Congratulations to Ms. Sakowicz and the MBSH faculty and students!
In the photo below, Student Government reps Guido Dominguez (left) and Alex Radick (right).
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Photo above: Ms. Betty Williams' door.
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Photo above: the great artwork tiles created on Club Paint Day 2017 at Beach High.
Congratulations to Ms. Lorenceau who received 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 honored four local women for their contributions to the community, this year in the field of education. Ms. Carole Lorenceau is
a teacher for students with intellectual disabilities,
students ranging from ages 14 -22.
In the photo below, from left: former MBSH PTSA President Laurie Kaye-Davis, Corey Narson, Ms. Duval, Ms. Lorenceau, Ms. Yolanda Hill, and Principal Mr. Donohue.
Senior Alex Radick received a Greg Goff Leadership Award from the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation. NSHSS is an honor society that recognizes top academic achievers from high schools around the world. Its mission is to recognize academic excellence among students and to encourage members to apply their unique talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world.
Congratulations to Abigail Gualda and Annamaria Nuryasin on winning the 2017 State Championship in Duo Interpretation! See the duo in the photos below.
Many congratulations to Miami Beach Junior Lia Latty for her Emerging Artist win in the Cleveland Institute of Arts' 2D3D Contest. Beach Artists rule! Congrats also to Ms. Junquera for her remarkable program that brings these students to the public eye.
Congratulations to our Fandango Artists who exhibited at Barry University at St. Martha Concert Series. Sabrina Garcia, 10 grader, was the program cover artist. Congratulations to Francesca Tobar, Lesli, Chloe Dasilva, Creneesha Davis, Zoe Damle, Nicole Andrade, Ashley Lopez, Yaquelin Labbe, Bianca Ramos Y Ramos, and Celine Hernandez.
|Congratulations to AOHT student Christopher Real who was awarded the Hospitality Excellence Award.
The award was provided by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Educational Foundation.
Christopher is pictured receiving the award in the photo on the right.
Many thanks to St. Martha's Concert series for the wonderful Master Class & Concert at Beach High last month. These internationally recognized musicians offered music and professional advice to our stellar Beach High musicians as well.
Saint Martha's has become such a fruitful partner for Beach High, both musically and artistically. This is largely due to Mr. Virgin's work and promotion.
One Step forward for 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. With the sponsorship of Commissioner Grieco, the item will go to the Finance Committee and Neighborhoods Committee and then it will come back to full commission.
Congratulations to Coach Robby and the Wrestling Team on a great performance at the Region Tournament. The following 3 wrestlers advanced to the State Tournament in Kissimmee:
Below is a picture after the tournament.
Congratulations to Unique Dalphe of the Girls Basketball Team.
She played in the 23td Annual Miami Dade vs. Broward All Star game at the American Airlines Arena last Sunday.
See her in the photo on the right.
Congratulations to the following Boys Soccer players that were selected to play in the senior All-star game this year:
Below is a picture of them after the game.
Congratulations to the Beach High Baseball Team for a great district win against Coral Park. Thanks to outstanding hitting and a one hitter thrown by Nolan Santos, Beach High moves to 4-1 and is looking forward to their next game against Miami High.
On Thursday, March 2, the annual Alumni Soccer Game was held at Flamingo Park. Over 50 former players participated in the event. Three decades were represented from the classes of 1977-2000. Beach High family - Hi-Tide Pride!
Any boys interested in playing volleyball next year, please see Mr. Li in room 304 after school.
Looking for a Community Service Opportunity?
We have four suggestions:
1. You can donate used clothing and shoes to Lauren's Kids, a program designed to help families in the community.
2. The Roarthon, FIU's Dance Marathon, is a 17-hour student run event 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.
3. Are you interested in being a big buddy or mentor to help children read? Please see Ms. Sakowicz in room 103 about volunteering at the Dolphin All Star Academy.
4. Volunteer to help out at the the Second Annual Superintendent's 5k Run/Walk Challenge - Race for Education. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, at Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Boulevard.
Distracted Driving Defined
Basically, "distracted driving" is a catch-all phrase for anything that diverts a driver's attention from safely operating the motor vehicle. Such distractions can include anything from eating and drinking to talking to other passengers.
Types of Distracted Driving
There are three most common types of distractions:
- Anything that requires you to take your hands off the wheel, such as:
- Eating or drinking.
- Adjusting seat belts or certain vehicle controls.
- Texting and driving.*
- Talking on your phone.*
- Anything that requires you to remove your eyes from the road, to include:
- Changing the radio station.
- Adjusting the navigation system.
- Searching for items within the vehicle.
- Looking at other passengers.
- Texting and driving.*
- Talking on your phone.*
- Anything that takes your focus away from driving-this could be:
- Talking to passengers.
- Singing along with your radio.
- Driving with high emotion (sad, angry, etc.)
- Texting and driving.*
- Driving on your phone.*
Driving distractions such as these can:
- Reduce or eliminate your reaction time to a problem on the road.
- Cause you to lose control of the car.
Such chaos can result harsh consequences, such as severe injuries and even fatalities.
* NOTE: Notice anything about each list? That's right-your cell phone falls right into all three categories of driving distractions. In fact, texting and driving along with talking on the phone has become the deadliest factor in distracted driving accidents.
Avoiding Distracted Driving
With so much at stake, there's absolutely every reason to avoid being a distracted driver. Below are a few tips to help you keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
Prepare for Your Trip
Do whatever it takes to prepare for your trip before you start driving. Such preparations could mean anything from making sure everyone's safety belts are buckled to knowing the directions to your destination (or having your GPS set ahead of time).
Also, eliminate multitasking, such as eating, drinking, or finding the perfect music. Do these things before you hit the road.
You should make even further preparations if you're driving an unfamiliar vehicle by taking the time to get acquainted with the car. You shouldn't be searching for the car's turn signals, windshield wiper control, or ways to adjust the rear and side view mirrors while you're already on the road. Figure these things out before you hit the gas.
Clean Your Vehicle
Having a clean and organized car helps prevent distractions more than you might realize. Dirty windows and items rolling about on the floorboards (especially on the driver's side) can lead to your eyes, hands, and mind being taken off the task at hand-driving. With everything in its place and nothing impairing your sight of the road, you'll be better equipped to drive safely.
Practice Driving Safety
Discipline yourself to follow the rules of the road, as well as keep up with changing traffic laws.
For example, smart phones and texting didn't always exist, and it took a while for states to implement laws regarding using your phone for any purpose while driving. States created these laws for a reason; they saw the dangers that cell phones presented to drivers.
Follow these and all other rules of the road to decrease your chances of distracted driving.
Taking breaks is especially important during long trips-for you and your passengers. They give you a chance to stretch your legs; check or make any important phone calls, texts, or voicemails; grab a bite to eat; check for restroom facilities; and basically clear your mind and refocus on the drive ahead.
Don't Drive Drowsy or Emotional
If you're sleepy, don't drive. If you're emotional (especially extremely sad or angry), don't drive. Driving in these states of mind create huge cognitive distance between you and the road in front of you-leading to you possibly ignoring the speed limit, missing important traffic signs or lights, and overlooking other vehicles or pedestrians in your path.
Wait until you're rested or calm, or ask someone else to drive. It's as simple as that.
Sources: Miami Beach Police Newsletter, dmv.org.
Learn Healthy Cooking
a new initiative of the City involved in with Common Threads (a national organization that provides hands-on cooking programs and nutrition education through a preventative health program to children and families) to provide cooking and nutrition programs at some of our Parks and Recreation sites and schools. See the article and flyers below for more information.
Coming to a Kitchen Near You
By Dr. Leslie D. Rosenfeld
It is something many of us take for granted - having basic knowledge to cook a simple, healthy meal to enjoy with family. As we eat, we are not only nourished by the food itself, but also by the conversation shared over the table with loved ones. Yet for some families, the notion of cooking a healthy meal with fresh ingredients seems not only too expensive, but also unattainable, due to access, time and know-how.
Today, one third of America's children are overweight or obese, putting them at risk of developing serious and life threatening health issues. In partnership with the City of Miami Beach, the non-profit Common Threads is showing Miami Beach youth, families and educators how the simple act of cooking allows us to take better care of ourselves and the ones we love, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
"It is fun making food and then eating it," notes Magglio Salinas, second grader at South Pointe Elementary and program participant.
Through this partnership, the city provides hands-on cooking instruction and nutrition education including the following programs:
- Small Bites - teaches youth about nutrition and healthy cooking through a series of hands-on lessons for youth in grades k through eight.
- Cooking Skills and World Cuisine - young chefs learn how to follow a recipe, prepare and cook ingredients, and always leave the kitchen as clean as they found it for youth in grades six through eight.
- Family Cooking - focuses on family participation, healthy ingredient substitutions, and convenient cost-savings recipes, as well as an interactive grocery store tour.
- Parent Workshops - includes basic nutrition, grocery shopping, and cooking with kids to encourage healthy eating habits at home and in the community.
- Healthy Facilitator Training - empowers adults to be healthy role models by teaching basic nutrition and healthy cooking through interactive activities.
"I am so glad that my son is interested in cooking. He loves getting involved in the kitchen," shared Monica Matteo-Salinas, parent of Magglio Salinas.
To learn more about cooking programs for Miami Beach youth and families, please visit our website
Let's fight the obesity crisis and hunger paradox on the front lines: in our community and in our kitchens.
Nurturing Parenting Classes
Beginning Wednesday, March 8 through Wednesday, May 31, the Office of Community Services will be offering free Nurturing Parenting Classes for parents with adolescents, ages 12-18 years old. Time: 5:30- 8 pm. Cost: free.
Classes will be held at the North Shore Park Youth Center, 501 72 Street.
What you will learn:
- More effective ways of communication
- Ways to build a cooperative and caring relationship
- How to handle conflicts through negotiation and compromise
- How to put an end to arguing and other negative behaviors
- Ways to empower teens to make good decisions in setting healthy limits
To register, contact: Cristina Cabrera at 305.673.7491 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a special guest on Wednesday, March 29 from the Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc with a special presentation about your rights regarding housing discrimination.
The 20th Annual Brazilian Carnival Show.
On Friday, February 24, the Brazilian Club celebrated the 20th Annual Brazilian Carnival Show. The Ambassador of Brazil, Mr. Adalnio Senna Ganem, attended this outstanding cultural celebration at our school.
During the opening ceremony, Mr. Carlos Borges, Brazilian journalist and producer, announced that the Brazilian Carnival Show is recipient of the prestigious Brazilian International Press Awards this year.
Soon after that, the Brazilian Club presented one of their best shows ever. The carnival theme this year was 'Journey to Brazil' and it included typical Brazilian dances, live performance of professional Brazilian drumming, Rock Ensemble playing Brazilian song Mas Que Nada, Miss Carnival contest, and more.
Miss Arslanian also announced that this is her last carnival, at least for a little while.