T wenty-three students and teachers recently returned from China, marking the completion of Palm Beach Day Academy’s seventh China Partnership journey.
Visits to Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing included the Terracotta Warriors, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, and The Great Wall.
For our students, however, the greatest meaning, once again, was found in the up close, personal time spent with Chinese students at Beijing Primary School and during a visit with handicapped children at an orphanage located one hour outside the city of Beijing.
Language barriers were quickly overcome during these moments as real, mutually beneficial relationships were formed.
Over the past seven years, the China Partnership has dramatically increased the understanding of China's culture and citizens throughout the PBDA community and especially for the nearly 90 students who have made the trip.
It is a commitment that we look forward to maintaining in the future.
Students and teachers that traveled this year are:
Finley Murray, Iris Hedley, Frankie LaBow, Taylor Handley, Lily Arp, Ainsley Balda, Athena Burger, Caroline McCann, Isabel Carden, Carter Levine, Dhru Patel, Harrison Fisher, Nelson Lamb, Parker Costa, Ms. Louisa Perolio, Mrs. Erika Handley, Mrs. Adrienne Arp, Mr. Jose Ojeda, Mr. Brandon Love (Mr. Tummon’s son living in Shanghai), Mrs. LaRita Gordon, Dr. Edwin Gordon, Dr. Sandy Carden, and Mrs. Kanai.
The group will celebrate their adventure with the rest of the upper campus on Friday, April 21 at the 8:00 a.m. assembly. Please join us for photos and our students’ favorite moments of the 11 day trip.
Flapper dresses, boas and fedora hats adorned more than 250 Palm Beach Day Academy trustees, parents, alumni, faculty and friends who kicked up their heels on Saturday, March 4, 2017, for The Great Gatsby Feather Ball.
The school’s signature fundraiser was a 95th anniversary celebration led by Co-chairs Mina Patel, Afsy Pottash and Sandy Singer, and Honorary Chair, Adele S. “Dede” Merck.
Palm Beach Day Academy’s Vicki and Peter Halmos Activities Center transported guests back to the 1920s, where PBDA got its start as Florida’s first independent school, with décor by Renny & Reed floral and event design.
Tables were decorated with candelabras and feather plumes while over-the-top crystal chandeliers cascaded from the ceiling as guests danced their best fox trot to jazz music by Miami-based Vincent Raffard and The French Horn Collective.
An elegant dinner by Sandy James Fine Food & Productions was served and guests could order their favorite 20s inspired cocktail from the specialty whiskey bar.
The highlight of the annual benefit was the amazing silent and live auction items, including this year’s class projects; 12 bulldogs hand-painted and signed by students in each grade.
More than 275 silent auction items were collected by the committee and available for online bidding beginning February 25.
Ten live auction items included priceless items, exotic trips and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
The dapper evening concluded with a Call From the Heart appeal in support of Palm Beach Day Academy’s STEAM initiatives.
“It’s hard to imagine what Palm Beach Day Academy looked like 95 years ago,” said Dr. Edwin Gordon, Head of School for PBDA.
“We started out as a cottage colony school in 1921, and with the help of proceeds from this evening, we will continue to be a prestigious and cutting-edge learning institution.
Thank you to The Feather Ball chairs, committee, sponsors and faculty volunteers for making tonight a tremendous success.”
Sixty-one PBDA students from our two campuses participated in the South Florida Science Museum’s 31st Annual Engineer it! competition on Saturday, April 9.
In their science and STEAM classes, the students had prepared to participate in events that required them to design solutions to special problems such as protecting an egg dropped from a height of fifty feet, developing a paper airplane that could glide the farthest, constructing a water filtration system, building a gravity ride for a marble and launching a bottle rocket as high as possible.
Palm Beach Day Academy’s students, their science teachers and many parents made a strong showing. Our sixty-one enthusiastic design engineers were the largest school team and as a result were awarded a 3-D printer for our school.
Congratulations to the students and their teachers, Mrs. Siva, Mrs. Hollern, Mr. Ojeda, Mr. Sarko and Ms. Shaw.
March is an exciting time of year for our 8th and 9th Graders because that is the month that most of the secondary school acceptances letters arrive in their mailboxes.
Those letters represent the end point of a long application process that started months ago with school visits, interviews, essays, and recommendations as our student hopefuls competed for limited space in top secondary schools.
More often than not, those letters also represent the starting point of a second decision process in which our students are deciding which acceptance to choose.
Ninety-eight percent of our students are accepted to their first or second choice schools annually, and this year's results were equally impressive.
This year, the schools that accepted PBDA's students include – Local: Oxbridge Academy (15) • Saint Andrew’s School (11) • The Benjamin School (3) • Cardinal Newman High School (3) • American Heritage (2) • North Broward Prep (2) • Pine Crest School (2) • Suncoast High School CS (1) • Suncoast High School MSE (1) — Out of Area: The Hotchkiss School (3) • Le Rosey, Switzerland (3) • Pomfret School (3) • St. George’s School (3) • The Loomis Chaffee School (2) • The Lawrenceville School (2) • Millbrook School (2) • Phillips Andover Academy (2) • Phillips Exeter Academy (2) • Riverdale Country School (2) • Tabor Academy (2) • Westminster School (2) • Choate Rosemary Hall (1) • Deerfield Academy (1) • Groton School (1) • Harvard Westlake School (1) • Marymount School (1) • Middlesex School (1) • Ransom Everglades (1) • The Spence School (1) • Taft School (1) • Trinity School (1) • St. Andrew’s School, DE (1) • Woodberry Forest School (1) • Westtown School (1)
The Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank offers Palm Beach County students enrolled in grades 7-12 with the opportunity to create and implement innovative solutions to community issues and social problems in our county.
Students have the opportunity to receive up to $15,000 in funding and mentoring from one of four local philanthropist-investors.
Palm Beach Day Academy students were selected from 67 schools as one of nine finalists and the only middle school.
Our students asked for $10,000 for their community service partnership with the YMCA aftercare program.
The money would pay for ten iPads, ten noise-cancelling headphones, a wide array of books, as well as a cart to secure and charge the iPads.
Our students will record themselves reading books aloud and asking comprehension and vocabulary questions.
They will then upload these sessions on a Y Not Read Vimeo account.
The purpose of this project is to provide extra assistance in reading comprehension beyond our tutoring sessions.
Our students spent more than 40 hours preparing for their presentation at the Finals on March 8.
The investors awarded our students $9,000 for their program, and philanthropist-investor, Christine Stiller will help mentor our PBDA students through the implementation of their program at the YMCA over the next twelve months!
Liana Stoll, Miranda Green, Peyvie Wexler and Liz Cloninger presented our project, and created the project name: Y Not Read?
Many of our students are involved and dedicated to the tutoring of the K-3 students at the YMCA in West Palm Beach.
Banquet of the Gods The Fifth Graders completed their trimester-long study of Greek mythology by feasting at the Twenty-sixth Annual Banquet of the Gods.
Each 5th Grader was cast as a god, goddess, hero, heroine or monster.
On Thursday, March 9, they met at the banquet to continue their centuries-old squabbles, heartaches, vendettas, infatuations, flirtations and power struggles.
Nothing was resolved.
Seven 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.
Twenty-six Seventh Graders achieved that level or higher.
Students with such scores then have the option of taking the SAT or ACT in grades 7 - 9.
Of the thirty 7th Graders who qualified, seven chose to take the SAT or ACT.
Four have achieved the State Recognition Level.
One has qualified to attend the Center for Summer Studies.
Three have qualified to participate in the Academy of Summer Studies.
State Recognition – Carter Levine, Charlie Lorentzen, Amelia Pottash and Liana Stoll
Center for Summer Studies - Carter Levine
Academy for Summer Studies - Charlie Lorentzen, Amelia Pottash and Liana Stoll
Third Grade Teachers Take Student Designs to Haiti
By Sarah Evans
In an effort to give our Third Grade students an authentic opportunity to practice being globally competent, Third Grade teachers, Sarah Evans, Vasantha Siva and George Yeager traveled to Haiti with PBDA parent, Delane Bailey-Herd, and Food for the Poor during Spring Break to bring to fruition one of their museum partnership projects.
In January, the Third Grade students used Stanford’s Design Thinking process to engineer garden bed prototypes for the children at the CAD Orphanage in Haiti.
To show the children at the orphanage just how much PBDA cares about them, the teachers built garden beds that were designed in the shape of a heart.
While in Haiti, the teachers also distributed gifts from each of the third grade students to each of the orphans.
The gifts included toys, dolls, stuffed animals, outdoor toys, games, craft materials, and musical instruments.
Each third grade student also wrote an essay about what they chose to send and why. These essays were bound together in a book and presented to Food for the Poor and to the orphanage.
These projects provided our students with an authentic opportunity to practice being globally competent and helped to inspire our students to continue seeking opportunities to take action to make a difference in the lives of others.
Eighth Grader, Martina Gil, has been selected by the faculty to receive the Kiwanis Student of Month Award for March.
Eighth Grader, Molly Eversmann, has been selected by the faculty to receive the Kiwanis Student of 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.