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Winter Holiday Concert
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Parents, students, faculty and friends were delighted again by the children in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade in the annual Holiday Concert last Thursday evening. The musical re-telling of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" was delivered in one high-energy, show-stopping number after another. Solos were preformed by Mary A., Rangeley N., Samantha C., Finn L., Brooks B., Rodrigo M., Charlee H., and Addison R. Paulette Danni narrated as the Mayor's Wife and Jim Danni played the role of The Grinch. Producer and Director Robyn Huff was assisted by a tech team of Sue Chris, Jan Cook, Chris Evans and Scott Moore. Parent volunteers included Lyanne Azqueta, Brenna Barron, Kenlynne Mulroy, Adrienne Arp, Melissa George, Jackie Ramos and Dawn Donigan.

iPads Teaching, learning and creating with technology

PBDA's voluntary Bring-Your-Own-Device program in 6th thru 9th Grade along with the addition of school-owned devices is allowing teachers and students to learn new ways to implement technology in our classrooms. The goal is to give our students experience using the apps, programs, devices, and electronic connections available for their research, collaboration, and presentations. A faculty technology team from both campuses has focused on ways that teachers and students can effectively use technology to teach, learn and create.
In a collaborative effort to enhance student engagement and motivation, our technology team of teachers and administrators began a series of faculty driven sessions designed to share skills and knowledge. This year, regular information sharing sessions, dubbed “Appy Hours” on the Upper Campus, give teachers opportunities to see how other teachers are creating technology enhanced lessons and using digital publishing platforms and on-line assessment tools.
Although technology serves different functions at different grade levels, our goal is to use new tools to improve teaching, collaborating, learning and creating at every level. The possibilities are endless and expanding rapidly. Together, PBDA’s faculty is dedicated to the thoughtful implementation of useful and meaningful technologies that will complement the existing strengths of our programs.

Hour of Code Hour of Code

We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. That’s why our entire school is joined in one of the largest learning events in history for the third year in a row: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13).
Hour of Code is just one way that Palm Beach Day Academy is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. Every student from grade 1 to 9 was given the opportunity to code for at least one hour this week. The excitement was contagious as students tried their hands at Frozen, Star Wars, and Minecraft-themed block coding, JavaScript, HTML, and Python.
We have also added more technology experiences to our Enrichment program this year than ever before with the addition of Coding with Tynker, Lego-Robotics, Stop Motion iPads and Digital Media on the Lower Campus. We encourage you to talk with your child about his or her experience and try it yourself:

9th Grade Play 9th Grade Play – 2015

The 9th Grade Play, directed by Jan Cook, included five clever vignettes that focused on the difficulties of modern personal relationships. The plays depicted either the awkward beginning, ending or renewal of a couple's relationship, and included a fresh look at what took place in the Garden of Eden. The 9th Graders appeared to be having fun getting genuine laughs from their younger classmates and especially from their teachers and parents with well-delivered, subtle double entendres. Well done, 9th Graders.
For her overall contributions to the production, Sayge Chiquito was awarded the White Jacket at the end of the performance. Congratulations to Sayge and all the 9th Grade for their strong performances.

Championship Girls Winter I Season Ends With First and Second Place League Trophies
The PBDA Girl’s Varsity basketball team, coached by Billy Coyle and Carrie Pateman, capped off a remarkable season with an 18-13 victory in the championship game, crowning them League Champions for the first time since 2009. The season started a little slow for the Lady Bulldogs. After four games, their record stood at 1 win and 3 losses. The team persisted, and continued to get better each and every day. That persistence and hard work paid off and the team ended the season on an 8 game unbeaten streak and a final record of 8-3-1. The season was highlighted with two impressive wins against Rosarian Academy, and three equally impressive wins, including the championship game, against the Benjamin School. Off the court, the team was able to attend a couple of local women’s collegiate basketball games which in turn helped add a level of defensive intensity to the lady bulldogs game on the court. The championship win puts an exclamation point on a great basketball season!
Nearly everyone on the 11-girl roster scored this season. Co-Captain Elena Scheffler led the team with 88 points. Other leading scorers were Ariana Biondi-Copeland with 81 points and Co-Captain Katherine Justice with 47 points. Making great contributions in scoring, rebounding and defense all season long were Alternate Captain Lily Kino, Allegra Treves, Devon Woodson, Eloise Vaughan Williams, Majesty Williams, Molly Eversmann, Isabella Pargiolas and Jesse Litten.
Soccer The Boys’ Soccer team had a successful season that ended with the Bulldogs winning a Second Place league trophy. The team finished the regular season undefeated at 8-0 to earn a spot in the playoffs. Leading the Bulldogs this season were Carter Nicoletti who had fifteen goals and three assists. Captain Kasen Jones helped control the midfield for the team and finished the season with two goals and two assists. Ricky Maduro-Vollmer led the team with assists and finished the year with three goals and seven assits. Our goalie, Tommy Burke made thirty-three saves in the course of the season. Along with Burke in goal and a solid defense consisting of Ben Smith with two assits, Lev Hallowell with one assist, Jonah Kotzen with one goal and one assist, Liam Storkerson with two goals and three assists, Adin McAuliffe with one goal and two assists, and Luis Delclaux with three goals, helped limit our opposition to only eleven goals in the season.
There were many others who contributed to the team’s success. Gustavo Maduro-Vollmer finished with four goals, Lance Prosser made six goals, and Tyler Sandstrom made one goal and two assists. Noah Dabill, Quinn Griffin, Patton Janssen, Griffin Johnson, David Loyd George, Gray Foster and Will Wytrzes also played important roles for their team.
Even though the season did not finish with a Championship win, the coaches are proud of the effort and hard work that was demonstrated this season and the boys should be proud of their superior record and sportsmanship.
Girls Hockey Arguably, one of the toughest and coolest sports to play is Field Hockey. Here at Palm Beach Day, we give our Upper School girls an opportunity to play Field Hockey as an alternative to Basketball. The game is played with 11 players, consisting of forwards, midfielders, defense and a goalie. These girls must be in shape, aggressive, and determined to endure constant sprinting up and down the field to advance the ball into the goal. It can be a rewarding and frustrating game at the same time and many may argue there are too many rules, but that just keeps the game safe. Our team consisted of 18 players determined to take on the Moms, Dads, Alumni, and Faculty each week. We ended the season with 3 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. Our lead scorers this season were Diana Crompton and Natasha Lomnitz. Erika Luter, Shirah Benarde, Diana Crompton, Natasha Lomnitz, and Nina Horgan led our attack. Controlling much of the midfield play was Isabel Carden with help from Marissa Daly, India Lalor, Caroline McCann, Bella Schneider, and back from injury Ally McGivney. New to the game this year, Lilly Fernsell proved to be a tenuous defender. Lauren Susick, Chloe Zenou, Sayge Chiquito, and Landyn Hutto also contributed defensively. In goal for the Bulldogs, was Danielle Weitzman who did an outstanding job. The highlight of the season is our Alumni game just before Thanksgiving Break. This year our Alumni brought their “A” game for the match and beat the Bulldogs 6-1. Whether a match ends in a win or a loss, it’s always great to reconnect with our recent Alumni while participating in a fun atmosphere.


Speaker Series, December 5, 2015
Dr. Ron Ritchhart —
        Senior Researcher for Harvard's Project Zero

Ron Ritchhart Dr. Ron Ritchhart, Senior Researcher Associate from Project Zero at Harvard University, led an all-day seminar on developing Cultures of Thinking on Saturday, December 5th at Palm Beach Day Academy. The event was presented by ColLABorate South Florida. The day began at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and a meet and greet followed by a plenary session on the development of intellectual dispositions that was open to the parent community as well as faculty. The plenary session was followed by subsequent workshops for teachers throughout the remainder of the day.
Ritchhart’s current research focuses on developing intellectual character, making thinking visible, and enhancing school and classroom culture to promote deep learning. Ron's research and writings, particularly his theory of intellectual character and his framework for understanding group culture, have informed the work of schools, museums, and organizations throughout the world.
Ritchhart’s best-selling book, Making Thinking Visible, co-authored with Mark Church and Karin Morrison, has popularized the use of thinking routines in educational settings and has been used by our PBDA faculty to inform our practice. In his most recent book, Creating Cultures of Thinking, Ron couples the real classroom practice of teachers with whom he has worked with recent educational research on learning to illuminate how schools and classrooms can be transformed to develop the learners and thinkers we need for the 21st century. Howard Gardner has called the book “ a tour de force” for Ron’s ability to seamlessly merge theory, research, practice and application together in a highly accessible and engaging manner. Ron Ritchhart currently directs the Worldwide Cultures of Thinking Project, aimed at facilitating deep learning and powerful thinking in classrooms, schools, and organizations.
ColLABorate South Florida was founded in 2011 by members of the leadership teams from Palm Beach Day Academy, Tree Top Academy, North Broward Preparatory School, and the Edu 1st Schools and is a professional learning consortium where teachers from the member schools regularly meet to participate in professional development opportunities and share best practices in education. On Saturday, over 150 people participated including several educators from Chile.

Orion Nebula PBDA Students Connect with Micro Observatories.
Top MicroObservatory is a network of automated telescopes that can be controlled over the Internet. The telescopes were developed by scientists and educators at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and were designed to enable youth nationwide to investigate the wonders of the deep sky from their classrooms or after-school centers. They are located and maintained at observatories affiliated with the Center for Astrophysics, including the Harvard College Observatory in Cambridge, MA and the Whipple Observatory in Amado, AZ.
The MicroObservatory remote observing network is composed of several 3-foot-tall reflecting telescopes, each of which has a 6-inch mirror to capture the light from distant objects in space. Mr. Sarko's 7th Graders tried their hand at controlling the telescopes over the internet by "requesting" photographs of specific regions of the night sky. Once the photos were delivered, our students processed them. The photo of the Orion Nebula above was obtained and processed by Max Bergman.

pic1 2015 — 1st Trimester Honors
PBDA's Honor Roll lists the Upper Campus Students who have achieved High Honors, Honors, Effort Club and Ones in Consideration. To earn High Honors, a student in 6th through 9th Grade must have an overall average of 90 or better, with no grade below 80. To earn Honors, a student in 6th through 9th Grade must have an average of 85 to 89.99, with no grade below 75. Fifth Graders earn 5th Grade Honors by achieving an average of 85 or better, with no grade below 75. Effort Club is awarded to students in grades 4 - 9 who have received the highest ratings of "1" or "2" with no more than one "3" in effort from their teachers. To earn a "one" in consideration, 4th through 9th Graders must be nominated by a faculty member and then approved by all other faculty members.
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