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The Upper School Musical, "Bye Bye Birdie" takes its place in the history of the Matthews Center for Performing Arts as the first musical presented in the Smith Family Theater. The cast and crew were up to the occasion and wowed three packed houses in three shows on the weekend of May 16, 17 & 18. Audience members had to remind themselves that the performers were middle schoolers as one professional quality show-stopper after another filled the theater. The Smith Family Theater itself was part of the show as all of its superior capabilities were on display.
 
At the end of the production, Mrs. Cook announced the recipient of the White Jacket, which is an honor given to a cast member who has shown talent, dedication and positive support to all involved in the show. Jackson Cohlan received that honor for "Bye Bye Birdie," and it was presented by Atticus Stonestrom who received the jacket at the end of "Our Town," this fall.
 
The 7th - 9th Graders who performed included, Jackson Cohlan as Albert Peterson, Alexis Gorfine as Rose Alvarez, Jackson Hanson as Conrad Birdie, Lulu Fanjul as Kim MacAfee, Robbie Linck as Harry MacAfee, Anderson Bishop as Doris MacAfee, Talia Chachkes as Mae Peterson, Jack Farris as Hugo Peabody, Noah Whall as Randolph MacAfee, Claire Barber as Ursala Merkle, Chloe Garten as Mrs. Merkle, Lucia Levine as Gloria Rasputin, Atticus Stonestrom as the Mayor of Sweet Apple, Blair Lalor as the Mayors Wife, Oliver Zenou as Harvey Johnson, Prescott Butler as Mr. Johnson, Remington Howell as Charles Maude, Max Malasky as Ed Sullivan, Harrison Koeppel as the Policeman, Adeliza Grace as Helen, Seaton Johnson as Nancy, Kay Baker as Alice, Claire Dunkel as Margie, India Patel as Deborah Sue, Sally Huang as Suzie, Jaclyn Swindle as Penelope Ann, Sean Swindle as Freddie/Conductor, Marissa Daly, William deMelo, Daniela Garcia, Henry Horgan, Harrison Koeppel, Jonas Levine, Lucia Levine, Max Malasky, Perry Middleton, Hannah Moross, Chris Ochstein, Stephanie Reyes, Braedon Rupp, Luca Saffer, Jack Silverman, Allegra Treves, Lindsay Toll & Chris Williams as Sweet Apple Townspeople and Chris Ochstein, Hannah Moross, Jack Silverman & Henry Horgan as Reporters. Lilly Carden served as Stage Manager; Annabel Dewing, Emily Elhilow, Landyn Hutto, Hailey Pflaumer & Kaitlyn Straub were her crew.
 
Jan-Marie Cook was director, Annette Johnson was musical director, Les Heilakka and Hunter Morgan served as technical director and assistant. The musicians were Pellin Ko on piano; Mark Johnson, bass guitar; David Kroll, percussion; Albert Perera, trumpet; and Renata Guitart, violin.
 

 
Sports Banquets and Awards

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pic1 The Mother/Daughter and Father/Son softball games, followed by the Sports Banquets at the Sailfish Club, mark the end of PBDA's athletic program. Student athletes are honored at the banquets for their participation and several are awarded special recognitions. The ceremony began with the recognition of Field Day Captains Sally Huang, Pelican, and Anderson Bishop, Flamingo. Field Day Maddock Award winners Claire Barber, Diana Crompton and Annabel Dewing were recognized. A J.V. Coach's Award was presented to Hanna Rizzolo for her over-all contributions. Kristen Frederick was recognized as the Most Improved J.V. player.
 
Coach's Awards were presented to girls in each of the five sports on their schedule. The Varsity Volleyball Coach's Award went to Claire Dunkel and Samantha Webster; Basketball to Natalie Zoller; Field Hockey to Lilly Carden; Soccer to Abby Moss; Lacrosse to Kaitlyn Straub and Talia Chachkes. Sophia Terry was awarded the Varsity Improvement plaque. Quinn Reid received the Sportsmanhip Award. Claire Barber received the overall Varsity Coach's Award. Kay Baker was the recipient of the girls' highest athletic honor, The Carol Rafter Award for Excellence in Athletics. The girls' banquet concluded with coach Patti Griffin's now annual and wildly popular tradition of a slideshow re-cap of the year.
 
pic2 At the boys' banquet, the boys' coaches recounted the events of each season, giving recongnition to the contributions of many team members. Field Day Captains Jack Farris, Flamingo, and Remington Howell, Pelican, were recognized. Field Day Maddock Award winners Kevin Justice, James McKenna, Braedon Rupp and Quinn Steinbeck were honored. Coaches Awards for individual seasons were awarded to Kevin Justice for Flag Football, Jackson Cohlan for Soccer, Remington Howell for Basketball, and Braedon Rupp & Kevin Justice for Lacrosse. Taylor Frederick and Henry Horgan each received a J.V. Coach's Award. Jack Litten was presented with the J.V. Improvement Award. A Varsity Coach's Award was presented to Stan Li. The Harry and Richard Hilton Award for Improvement in Athletics went to Jack Litten. Jonas Levine received the John L. Thompson Sportsmanship Award. The Jeffrey Dodge Excellence In Athletics Award was presented to Braedon Rupp.
 
The banquets are opportunities for the athletes, their parents and coaches to be reminded of the glories, and disappointments of the teams, and the individual achievements of the past year. The coaches are always full of praise for the effort, determination and sportsmanship of PBDA’s athletes.
 

 
Pinocchio Third Grade Musical - "Pinocchio"
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In keeping with the PBDA tradition of excellence in the performing arts, the PBDA Third Graders delighted their audiences during three performances on Tuesday and Thursday this week in this year’s musical, the timeless, classic tale, “Pinocchio.” They performed first for the Upper Campus students and faculty to prepare for their big moments in front of their classmates and parents yesterday. The 3rd Graders threw themselves into the production for several weeks with mounting excitement as they approached opening day. Director, Robyn Huff, showed her pride in them and their dedication when she said, “Musical theater, by its very nature, is a powerful tool through which children can express themselves. These 3rd Graders are proof of that.”
 

 
Biography Day Biography Day
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Throughout the school year, Second Graders have been learning about and reading various genres. Recently, they discussed biographies. As a culminating project, the students chose a biography chapter book to read and then wrote an oral presentation about that person. Each student came to school on May 9th dressed in full costume as his or her biography person.
 
What a fabulous job our Second Grade students did with Biography Day! The costumes looked wonderful and the speeches were well rehearsed, informative, and entertaining. The presentations were a great learning experience for our students.
 

 
Museum Partnership A New York Moment!
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On May 14, approximately 70 alumni living in the Tri-State area gathered at the home of Celerie Kemble ’88 for a book signing of Tradition and Change in Paradise: The Story of Palm Beach Day Academy co-authored by Barbara Bayless Close ’67 and Hilary Beesch Mendoza ‘71.
 
Alumni were welcomed by co-hosts of the event, Celerie Kemble ’88, Candice Koch Postel ‘90, Nicole Robinson Menges ‘88, and Alexis Robinson Waller ‘81.
 
Overlooking Central Park, guests enjoyed an array of appetizers and cocktails to add to this spectacular evening. The entire night was a gathering of old friends catching up and recollecting the many Palm Beach Day stories that were included in the book. It was certainly a night to remember.
 

 
Museum Partnership First Grade Culminating Event
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On Monday, May 12, first grade celebrated the third year of learning and exploration with their Museum Partners from the Flagler Museum and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Through these partnerships, the students were introduced to the special role that museums play in our community. Parents and special guests gathered in the Kenan Pavilion at Flagler Museum to watch students present all they have learned. Each child had a part in explaining the Museum Partnership and a video presentation which was narrated by the first grade students was shown to highlight the interactive lessons, field trips, and classroom visits that took place throughout the yearlong study. The students also used a Kamishibai, a Japanese storytelling technique, to illustrate the importance of protecting, preserving, exhibiting, and explaining special artifacts and memories. The presentation concluded with each student sharing his or her personal display of artifacts, which he or she had labeled and created themselves. Through this activity, each student became a docent and shared his or her collection with parents and guests.
 

 
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By Jennifer Tinker

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Congratulations PBDA community for the seventh year in a row as a Green School of Excellence! This award reflects on a vital part of the culture at PBDA; awareness of our beautiful planet, our idyllic south Florida community and students, faculty and parents who realize the importance of preserving our natural resources. By embracing our outdoor spaces and gaining a better understanding through eco-literacy and nature based learning PBDA students have continued the new found tradition of “Going Green.”
 
pic1 The award is given to schools that have clear Green School objectives, such as recycling in every classroom, conserving energy, planting and reusing materials. The Second Grade has an over-arching “through line” question that addresses Social Studies as a theme for the year, “What does it mean to be local and global at the same time?” The students collect the recycling for the lower campus. On the upper campus, teachers and students chose to connect character development with the importance of environmental education and social justice. “We feel that it is necessary to help the students uncover their connection with nature, as well as help them realize their importance as global citizens who can make a substantial impact in their community.”
 
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A garden journey began on both campuses a few years ago. Many students have even said that they have started their own gardens at home. Working in the garden, the students go through a process of inquiry, research, and communication. Their thinking and learning is made visible through types of documentation such as artwork, writing, journaling, thinking maps, thinking routines, questioning, and dialogue. Students continuously plan, research, and collaborate ideas. Some major decisions they have made include making the garden organic and using practices to leave as little of a carbon footprint as possible.
 
With our museum partnerships in full force, the one waged with Mounts Botanical Garden has helped to educate students in the multi-faceted and critical elements of growing food for sustainability. The intertwined curriculum of well established learning goals and a 21st century approach to cognitive development have enhanced the PBDA academic environment through a being “Green” commitment. Education is going through a significant paradigm shift as we unfold the second decade of the Twenty-first Century. Insight into sustainable communities, defined not by economic growth or competitive advantage, but the entire web of life, both natural and social, are gaining importance.
 
The PBDA community has made efforts to conserve energy, all computer screens are set to automatically turn off when not in use, and computers turn themselves off after hours. An energy management system controls all air conditioning units via a computer program, and air conditioners and blowers are automatically turned off after hours. (This includes nights and weekends) Many windows are tinted to improve energy efficiency, and all lighting in the building uses energy saving fluorescent lights. In addition, outside lights are either motion activated or on timers. The maintenance service uses “Green Solutions” cleaning products, which reduces water pollution. The water coolers on the lower campus are available in every classroom, they are monitored by teachers who discuss at the beginning of the year how to be responsible and not waste water. Students throughout the school are encouraged to have a waste free lunch.
 
Student achievement depends as much on the vitality and health of the whole school environment as on the textbooks, curricula, and teachers. Culture is the driving force behind many students’ motivation to learn. A truly sustainable community is alive and fresh, vital, evolving, diverse and dynamic. It supports the health and quality of life of present and future generations, while living within the limits of its social and natural systems. It recognizes the need for justice, as well as for physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual sustenance. Bravo PBDA for keeping up with a culture that can embrace the past while looking ahead to the future! Hide

 

 
pic1 Kiwanis Student of the Month for April & Kiwanis Student of the Year
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Lilly Carden has been selected by the faculty to receive the Kiwanis Student of the Month Award for April. The Student of the Month is chosen by the faculty from the 8th & 9th Graders. The decision is based on the faculty's judgement of each student's contributions as a scholar and school citizen. Atticus Stonestrom was selected from the monthly honorees as the Kiwanis Student of the Year for 2014.
 
Congratulations, Lilly and Atticus.
 

 
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