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October 23, 2012
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pic1 Fall Sports Re-Cap
Heritage Education
Youngest Climber - Jordan Romero
Open House
Walter H. Butler Golf Classic

9th Graders Spend a Week at The Island School
by Richard Wagener

pic1 With the sunrise washing the beach and surf with a soft pastel light, we assemble outside the octagon, the common space between the men’s and women’s dormitories. Then it’s off on our morning run. The inlet is about a mile away, and a few more paces to the top of the bridge. The kids climb over the railing, clasp hands and with a “1, 2, 3” they’re in the air and splash! As heads surface there are smiles, laughs and screams about the cool, refreshing water. Out of the water, and back into their t-shirts, they’re off for the return run - breakfast awaits.
pic2 Morning sessions typically began in the octagon with an introduction to the topic of the day. Our first day was spent capturing juvenile green sea turtles that were measured, weighed, tagged and released. These are endangered species, protected by law! We held them, kept them cool with gentle splashes of water, looked into their eyes and wished they could answer our questions. Where did you come from? How far did you swim to get to these shallows to feed on these sea grasses? With gentle, caring hands, we released our new friends back into the wilds where they belong. Safe travels! Where will you go next? How far will you travel? Be safe, avoid the nets, the plastic, the garbage. Live your life to the fullest. Take care my new friend!
pic2 At dinner, the other students were eager to greet us, making us feel welcome. There were 48 high school sophomores and juniors from all over the country. They chose to spend a semester abroad - at the Island School. Their course work includes the traditional history, math and art, but they are immersed into the sciences. Each student chooses an area of specialty: sharks, sea turtles, lionfish, hydroponics, patch reefs, aquaculture, mangroves, etc. When asked their areas of focus, their eyes would light up. You’d find yourself smiling, listening to this smart young person thoroughly involved in his or her research. Their enthusiasm was infectious; after all, they’re working along side world class scientists.
The Island School is actually one of three parts of the Cape Eleuthera Foundation. The second part is a world class research station just across the lagoon, Cape Eleuthera Institute. There you’ll find an aquaponics area where there are tanks filled with talapia used in studying fish farming. When the water from the talapia gets dirty, it is used for their hydroponics garden that is providing food for the school. The plant roots clean the water, removing waste . Once the water is clean it’s transferred back into the talapia tanks.
Down the road a bit is the third part of the Foundation, the Deep Creek Middle School, a private scholarship based school for local Bahamian students. It’s one way the Foundation gives back to the community.
One of the core values of the Institute is to be environmentally responsible. It is evident everywhere, from the wind turbine to the solar panels, to the biodiesel plant that provides fuel for the school vehicles and boats. There is even a “Poo Poo Garden” that is fertilized with processed human waste. Beneath each building is a cistern that stores the rain water that is the only source of water for showering and drinking.
The founding principle of the Institute was to put young people in positions, working along with research scientists to look at, analyze, and begin to solve the problems of their generation. The Institute promotes a connection between people and the environment - a holistic approach to island ecosystems, a philosophy of collaboration and relationship building. There is an intrinsic bond here between primary research and education which helps to create models of effective resource management and sustainable development. In turn, these model systems help to enhance conservation initiatives and economic prosperity at local, regional, and global scales. With a diverse array of virtually unexplored environments before them, researchers, college interns, and school children of all ages find themselves at a crossroads of exploration, primary research and information exchange. For students and teachers of all ages, The Island School is a wonderful place to learn, to teach, and to experience.

Fall Sports Season

pic1 The Girls Varsity Volleyball Team finished the season with a record of 6-4. The girls were second seed going into the tournament where they lost to Benjamin, whom they had beaten 2-1 in a match earlier in the season. The team was led by our two ninth graders Kalysa and Oceanna, who both made big contributions throughout the season. All the girls worked hard to improve in all aspects of the game – serving, passing, setting, and hitting.
Girls Varsity Volley Ball Squad - Kalsya R., Oceannna S., Zara B., Christina C., Madeline E., Eloise L., Madison M., Chiara M., Lauren P., Jordan S., Kay B., and Claire D.
pic2 The Boys Varsity Flag Football Team’s season ended with four wins and four losses. They beat Meyer Academy 18-7 and 13-6, Gulfstream 20-6 and Rosarian Academy in the league semi-finals 26-18. All four losses were to St. Mark’s School. The offensive leaders were Kevin, Jack M., Jack S., Aidan, Jackson, and Nick S. The devensive leaders were Briggs, Kevin, Braedon, Teddy , Nicky L., and Dante.
Boys Varsity Flag Football Team – Nicky K., Christian A., Jack M., Aidin B-C., Briggs L. Teddy K., Nick S., Dante B., Jack S., Andres G., Ben K., George M., Remington H., Nicky L., Jack P., Jackson C., Braedon R., and Kevin J.

Palm Beach Preservation Foundation

pic1 The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach is dedicated to preserving the architectural and cultural heritage, along with the unique scenic quality of the Town of Palm Beach. In cooperation with Palm Beach Day Academy, the Foundation is offering an after-school heritage education program available to all fourth and fifth graders. Heritage Education is an approach to teaching and learning about history and culture that uses primary sources to help members of a community understand their local heritage and their connections to other cultures, regions and the world as a whole. The built environment and cultural artifacts are used in place of books.
pic2 The program was so well-received that it was expanded to other schools that serve students from Palm Beach and, in 1993, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation presented the Foundation with its Outstanding Achievement Award in Education for the Heritage Education Program.
pic2 Palm Beach Day has maintained its long-standing relationship with the Foundation through annual participation in the “living history” program at the Little Red Schoolhouse and educational programs at Pan’s Garden. This year, a small group of fourth and fifth graders, have enjoyed the revival of the Heritage Education program at their school in anticipation of a more advanced level that will be taught to the entire fourth grade as part of the Florida Studies curriculum taught each spring. In addition to learning about how Palm Beach developed through the town’s architectural styles, the group will participate in a Worth Avenue walking tour, an architectural detective hunt on the Sea Streets surrounding the school, and model house building. The students who complete the after-school program this fall will become the team leaders in each of their classrooms come spring. The Preservation Society is very pleased to have this opportunity to work with our students and provide them with a new perspective of the history in their own backyard.

Jordan Romero

pic1 Jordan Romero, the youngest climber to reach the summit of the highest peak on each of the seven continents, spoke to the Upper Campus students on Friday, October 19. He explained that he got the idea after he saw a poster in the hallway of his school that included photos of all seven mountains. At the time, he was only 9 years old. However, he was fortunate enough to have an adventurous family that made the realization of that goal a possibility. He began climbing at 10 years old, and by the time he was 13, Jordan and his family felt he was experienced enough to climb the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest. Our students enjoyed hearing such an unusual story from someone who, because of his age, is one of them.

Open House

Notice2 Did you know that 2/3 of our new students enrolled because a current parent referred them to PBDA? Word of mouth is our best recruitment tool to find mission-appropriate families that are well suited to grow with the school. The Annual Lower Campus Open House will take place on Wednesday, November 14 at 9 a.m. The event provides an opportunity to hear more about PBDA's philosophy and programs while meeting the Head of School, faculty members, parents, and the administrative staff. Tours will be provided.
You should have received a "See, Think, Wonder" postcard in the mail with a fabulous photo of our Primary students exploring at the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden. Consider passing it on to a friend or sharing the event date with a neighbor. If you'd like an invitation personally mailed on your behalf, or if you'd like cards to distribute at your workplace, please call the admission office at 832-8815 or e-mail us at

17th Annual Walter H. Butler Golf Classic

   Friday, Nov. 16 - Happy Hour
   Saturday, Nov. 17 - Golf Classic

pic1 Tee off with Co-Chairs Joel Kassewitz and Matt Smith and enjoy a family friendly day of golf, the PBDA way. Sign up today for the 17th Annual Walter H. Butler Golf Classic to be held November 17th, at The Breakers Ocean Course. Sponsorship opportunities and openings for single player through foursomes are currently available, but are sure to sell out soon. Student golfers are welcome to play. Secure your spot today! The golf classic kicks off with a Happy Hour celebration on Friday, November 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the Top of the Point in West Palm Beach. Don't play golf? Don't worry! All parents, alumni, past parents and trustees are invited to join us for a fun-filled evening. We hope to see you there! For more information, please contact Paula Martin at 561-655-1188 extension 125 or email her at


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