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May 1, 2012
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PBDA's Duke TIP Qualifiers
Museum Partnerships
Public Speaking Fears Conquered
PBDA's Mrs. Kanai wins Dwyer Award
Upper Campus Spring Musical Next Week
Earth Day Celebrations
Year in Review - Parent Meeting

Flamingos Win Knowledge Bowl with a Score of 820 - 550

pic1 The twenty-third Knowledge Bowl ended in a Flamingo victory with a score of 820 - 550. The 5th & 6th Grade Flamingo team of Blair Lalor, Robbie Linck and Lily Carden (alternate Oliver Zenou) got off to an early start and finished their segment of the competition with a substantial lead over the Pelicans - 400-260.
The 7th - 9th Grade teams took over and the Pelicans got off to an early start by adding 100 points to their score on the first question. But, then the Flamingos, Elliott Thornton, Sloane Sambuco and Ben Wandoff (alternate Jack Farris), came rushing back with quick buzz-ins on the Toss-up questions and solid anwers to questions with high point values.
pic2 Upper School Head, Jim Gramentine served as the master of ceremonies while Patti Griffin assisted with the point board.
The Pelicans earned their share of points too, with admirable performances by the 5th & 6th Grade team of Alexis Gorfine, Jack Litten, and Jackson Cohlan (alternate India Patel) and the 7th - 9th Grade team of Atticus Stonestrom, Serena Ainslie, and Jack Patterson (alternate Stoney Cohlan).
pic3 An exciting 3rd - 9th Grade Carnival and Family Picnic followed the Knowledge Bowl. For the first time, the carnival rides were all water activities that were wildly popular. The Upper Campus picnic was sponsored by Living Real Estate Group. The Lower Campus BBQ will be held on May 18. The BBQ food is being donated by Tim, Christie and Bettina Gannon.
For the second time in 81 years, the Walter H. Butler Field Day was postponed due to weather and field conditions. The entire event has been rescheduled for this Friday.

Twelve 7th Graders Qualify for TIP Summer Studies

pic1 Twelve Palm Beach Day Academy Seventh Graders have qualified for special summer programs through the Duke University Talent Identification Program. To qualify, students must first earn scores on their school’s standardized tests that place them in the 95th percentile nationally. Students with such scores then have the option of taking the SAT or ACT in grades 7 - 9.
Of the fourteen 7th Graders who took the tests, twelve have achieved the State Recognition Level and two have also achieved the Grand Recognition Level. State Qualifiers must earn an SAT Math score of 520 or better, or an SAT Critical Reading score of 510 or better, or an SAT Writing score of 500 or better; or two of the three following scores: Math = 510, Critical Reading = 500, Writing = 490.
Grand Recognition Qualifiers must earn an SAT Math score of 670 or better, or an SAT Critical Reading score of 650 or better, or an SAT Writing score of 650 or better; or a combined SAT score of 1850 or better. Comparable ACT scores also qualify students.
Of the group of 12 students who qualified for the summer programs, about half of them have decided to participate this summer. We look forward to their stories next fall.
State Recognition – Jack Farris, Ben Kern, Teddy Kramer, Briggs Lalor, Eloise Levenson, Madison McAuliffe, Jack McKenna, Rhys Robinson, Kole Rosin, Atticus Stonestrom, Alex Tummon, and Robbie Williams
Grand Recognition – Jack Farris and Atticus Stonestrom

Our Museum Partnerships

pic1 On Tuesday, April 17, First Grade students went on a learning excursion to the Flagler Museum. Allison Goff, Education Director, welcomed the students and teachers before walking them toward the Kenan Pavilion, where the children were introduced to their docent and Allie Scherzinger, Museum Educator, who would lead an instructional session at the end of the tour. The students were given the special opportunity to walk through Henry Flagler’s personal railcar and then tour Whitehall. They were provided with clipboards, activity sheets, and pencils to take on their tour, during which they would learn more about Mr. Flagler and the unique history of Whitehall and take part in an educational treasure hunt. After the tour, our students were engaged in a “classroom experience” inside the Flagler Lecture Hall. There, they chose pictures of memorable artifacts throughout Whitehalll, wrote what they learned about these treasures, and created their own version of “Whitehall.”
This field trip marked the last educational session provided by Flagler Museum Educators as part of First Grade’s Museum Partnership Program. The program, piloted this year, was created to establish long-term, collaborative relationships with our local museums. We now have partnerships with Flagler Museum and the Morikami Museum in Delray.
pic2 Through those partnerships, the students were provided privileged access to artifacts, images, and other primary historical sources that exposed them to the special role that museums play in our community. Furthermore, the children learned about two very distinct communities in early Florida History: Flagler’s early Palm Beach during the Gilded Age and the Yamato Agricultural Colony. By working closely with our museum partners we’ve been able to develop a unique study that coincided with the Social Studies unit on Community. The First Graders also created their first exhibit, First Grade: Our Community, Our Stories.
On Monday, May 14th, PBDA First Graders will present a culminating project in the form of Kamishibai, a Japanese storytelling technique, in the Kenan Pavilion at Flagler Museum. Integrating different elements from what they learned through exposure to The Morikami and Flagler museums is the goal of this final presentation. The First Graders are looking forward to this celebration of a very enriched and successful year of learning through our Museum Partnership Program.

Taming Public Speaking Fears

pic1 Whenever veteran teacher, Ralph Greco, discusses PBDA’s 8th Grade Speech Program, he cites the results of a survey that asked people to rank a list of common fears. Death ranks number two; Public Speaking – Number One! That might be true elsewhere, but by the end of PBDA’s speech program, it isn’t true for our students.
The program is simple but intense. Students are first assigned to write one-minute speeches on topics of their choice. They are directed to include facts and anecdotes in certain proportions and then loosely memorize their speeches without locking them down word for word. When it comes time to deliver the speeches in front of the class, the speakers are expected to maintain 90% eye contact, which means they must work from an outline only. The speeches are timed and must be no more than 5 seconds over or under the one-minute requirement.
pic1 Then it is on to the three, five, seven, eight, and finally the ten-minute speeches. Even as the lengths increase, the 90% eye contact rule remains, as does the requirement for time precision. As the program progresses, the speech teachers add to the pressure by recruiting other classes to serve as audiences. For the 10 minute speeches the students must dress in their formal uniforms and invite an adult guest to the speech.
Around school, it is easy to spot students who have reached their 10 minute speech day. They are the ones in full uniform staring intently at sheets of paper during every free moment. It is also easy to know who has just finished a 10 minute speech because they are the ones reporting their latest scores and explaining to others how surprised they were that once they got underway it all seemed to come together. Which, in the end, is the whole point. Preparation and practice is the only way to put that number one fear in its place. Just ask any 8th Grader at this time of year.
The May 18th All Campus Assembly at 8:00 will showcase selected 3 minute 8th Grade speeches.

PBDA Brings Home Dwyer Award

pic1 5th Grade teacher Cynthia Kanai was selected from a group of 5 finalists in the Elementary School Division to receive one of five Dwyer Awards on Tuesday, April 24 at the Kravis Center. Fellow PBDA teachers Barbara Bayless Close - Middle School Division, and Rochelle Wolberg - Special Programs Division were also finalists. PBDA was the only independent school with finalists and the only school with multiple finalists. During the awards ceremony, each of our teachers was featured in a brief video clip that showcased her excellent work and our fine school.

Congratulations Mrs. Kanai.


"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

pic1 PBDA's 7th - 9th Graders have been preparing for months for two evening performances of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" on May 11 and 12 - 7:00 P.M.
Along with Musical Director, Annette Johnson, Choreographer, Terry Resk, and Technical Director, Les Heilakka, Director Jan Cook plans to add to the recent string of Upper Campus hits. All PBDA families are encouraged to attend one or both of the performances. This is a family show in the truest sense and Jan promises there will be something for everyone. Come see a preview performance on Monday, May 7 at 8:00 A.M. in the Halmos.
Tickets are $10.00 each - PBDA Students attend for Free.
Valet Parking will be available.

Earth Day Celebrations

pic1 pic2 Students and parents on both campuses enjoyed lively Earth Day performances on Friday, April 20. Percussion instructor, Buckley Griffis, with support from many teachers, directed both tributes to the 42nd anniversary of the original Earth Day in 1970.
The two celebrations included educational segments designed to highlight ways that children can help reduce the impact that we have on the planet.
On a broader note, Palm Beach Day Academy has been recognized for the third year as a Green School of Excellence - the top ranking given to area schools. Only two schools, in addition to PBDA, are currently at the highest recognition level and we are working to stay there for the good of all.

End of Year Parent Meeting

YEAR IN REVIEW    The end of the year - "Year in Review" - parent meeting is next Monday, May 7. Dr. van der Bogert and William Coyle, Director of Finance and Facilities will present an overview of activities and accomplishments this school year, a financial report, and a preview of the vision for next school year.
The meeting will take place in the Wean Library of the Upper Campus beginning at 7:00 P.M. Everyone in the school community is encouraged to attend and homework assistance and babysitting will be provided.


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