Education Advisory Board – September 09, 2019


FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.>>CHAIR: ROLL CALL.>>CHAIRWOMAN KRYSTAL CLARK. VICE CHAIR JULIE HIGHSMITH.>>PRESENT.>>STEVEN BROWN. PAMELA SHETKA.>>PRESENT.>>DR. BILL THALLEMER.>>PRESENT.>>ONTHAN LEDGISTER?>>PRESENT.>>AND COUNCILMAN JEFF HMARA.>>PRESENT.>>CHAIR: OKAY. PRESENTATION BY PRINCIPAL ARMAS IS FIRST.>>HI, GOOD EVENING. YES. FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO OFFICIALLY SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MRS. MAKOWSKI. YES. BECAUSE ABOUT A MONTH AGO I GET A RANDOM TEXT THAT SAYS, IT’S ON MY BIRTHDAY. DON’T TALK TOO MUCH. IT SEEMS TO BE THE PREVAILING ATTITUDE. I TOLD EARLIER, JACQUELINE SAID, IT TAKES YOU 15 MINUTES JUST TO CLEAR YOUR THROAT. AND SO, THAT’S WHY I BROUGHT ALL THESE PEOPLE HERE. IF WE GO LONG, I’M GOING TO BLAME THEM.>>SO, THIS IS HER BIRTHDAY PRESENT?>>THIS IS HER BIRTHDAY PRESENT.>>REALLY LOW THIS YEAR.>>WE’RE GOING TO DRAG IT OUT TOO. THANKS FOR HAVING US. WE APPRECIATE THIS. IT’S ALWAYS A NICE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO COME HERE AND MEET WITH YOU AND KIND OF PROVIDE YOU REALLY USUALLY JUST TO TALK ABOUT OUR VISION. YOU KNOW, A LONG TIME AGO, I REALIZED THAT I WAS NEITHER THE SMARTEST NOR THE MOST TALENTED GUY IN THE ROOM EVER. UNLESS I WAS BY MYSELF. AND SO, BECAUSE OF THAT, I LEARNED A LONG TIME AGO THEY NEEDED TO SURROUND MYSELF WITH OUTSTANDING PEOPLE. AND WE HAVE DONE THAT AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. AND HERE TONIGHT WE’RE GOING TO FIND SOME OF THE BEST PEOPLE THAT YOU CAN FIND IN THE BUSINESS OF EDUCATION. THEY’RE EXPERTS IN THEIR FIELDS. AND ANY SUCCESSES THAT WE HAVE HAD HAVE BEEN BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE HARD WORK THAT THEY HAVE PUT IN. AND OBVIOUSLY BECAUSE OF THEIR TALENT. SO, THEY’RE GOING TO GET A CHANCE TO KIND OF TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SCHOOL AND ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE DO. FOR US, NORMALLY FOR US IT ALWAYS BEGINS WITH OUR VISION. ALL RIGHT? AND IF — IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN US TALK ABOUT OUR VISION, THEN IT’S THE FIRST TIME YOU’VE SEEN US, OR YOU HAVEN’T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION BECAUSE WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT OUR VISION. TO US, OUR VISION IS VERY IMPORTANT. IT WAS ADOPTED BACK IN 2010. THE SUMMER THAT WE GOT — MISS AMATO LED THAT INITIATIVE. AND WE TWEAKED IT. IT STOOD THE TEST OF TIME. THERE WAS A 40-PERSON COMMITTEE OF STAKEHOLDERS THAT PUT IT TOGETHER TEN YEARS AGO. AND THEY REALLY DID GOOD WORK BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT IT HAS WITH STATEHOOD THE TEST OF TIME. FOR US, IT’S A PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATION. TELL US WHAT WE SHOULD BE. IT’S OUR GUIDING LIGHT. WHEN WE MAKE DECISIONS, WE WANT TO FURTHER OUR VISION. IN CASES LIKE THIS, IT SERVES AS A REPORT CARD TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT IT AND SAY, ARE WE DOING WHAT WE SAID WE ARE GOING TO DO? ARE WE FURTHERING OUR VISION? ARE WE BETTER TODAY THAN YESTERDAY? THAT’S WHAT WE LOOK AT. WITH US, IT ALWAYS BEGINS WITH THE FACT THAT OUR VISION BEGINS WITH MEETING THE HOLISTIC NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS. OF ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. AND, YOU KNOW, THEY COME US TO. IT’S NEVER LOST ON US THAT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL, STUDENTS COME TO US AS 14-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN AND THEY LEAVE AS 18-YEAR-OLD YOUNG ADULTS. AND THOSE ARE VERY FORMATIVE YEARS. AND IF WE WERE JUST — IF A KID WAS JUST AN FSA SCORE, THEN WE WOULD HAVE MISSED THE ENTIRE POINT OF WHAT WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING. AND SO, IT ENCOMPASSES A LOT OF THINGS. NOW, HOW WE GO ABOUT MEETING THOSE HOLISTIC NEEDS, WELL, THERE ARE MANY WAYS. AND VISION CALLS FIRST AND FOREMOST FOR US TO HAVE A SAFE, RESPECTFUL AND SOCIALLY JUST ENVIRONMENT. AND SO, WE BEGIN WITH OUR SAFETY. AND OUR SAFE ENVIRONMENT.>>HELLO, I’M KRYSTAL AMATO. THE PRINCIPAL’S DESIGNEE IN CHARGE OF SAFETY AT THE SCHOOL. JUST TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT ME, I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO GROW UP AT ROYAL PALM AND WAS A STUDENT AT H.L. JOHNSON AND THE MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND I’M A LITTLE TOO OLD FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL. BUT I WORKED AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL FOR 147 YEAR — 14 YEARS SO I AM A WILDCAT EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE. MOVING FORWARD WITH SAFETY. AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, WE CATEGORIZE ALL AREAS IN THREE WAYS, INSTRUCTION, SYSTEMS AND CULTURE. SO, I’M GOING TO TALK ABOUT SAFETY IN ALL OF THOSE AREAS. AND TODAY, WE ARE GOING ALL OF THOSE AREAS WHEN WE’RE APPLYING EACH DIFFERENT THING THAT OUR EXPERTS WILL TALK ABOUT. SO, BEGINNING WITH INSTRUCTION. I DO SAFETY TRAININGS TO ALL OF OUR STAFF EVERY SINGLE YEAR. AND WE HAVE ALREADY DONE THESE TRAININGS AS CHILD ABUSE, SUICIDE PREVENTION, YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH, TITLE IX, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THIS IS NEW THIS YEAR. MENTAL HEALTH SIMULAION PROGRAM, COGNITO. AND WE INTRODUCED IT THE TEACHER’S FIRST DAY BACK. AND THEY HAVE TO GO ONLINE AND DO A SUMLATION PROGRAM. IT’S VERY INTERACTIVE AND THEN A FOLLOW-UP TRAINING. AND WE DID D THAT IN THE PRESCHOOL WEEK BEFORE STUDENTS COME BACK. AND ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. THAT’S EVERYTHING THAT DEALS WITH US AND THE BUILDING INDIVIDUALLY BASED ON THE LAYOUT OF ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. STUDENTS, WE INSTRUCT THEM THROUGH OUR SAFETY PRACTICES, OUR CLASS ASSEMBLIES WHICH IS GRADE LEVEL ASSEMBLIES. WE TALK ABOUT ALL OF OUR DIFFERENT THINGS WE DO AS FAR AS SAFETY AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. WE TALK ABOUT IT AND WHY WE DO IT AND THE REASONS BEHIND ALL THE THINGS WE DO AT ROYAL PALM. WE HAVE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT. IT’S RECOGNIZING STUDENTS THAT ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING EVERY SINGLE DAY AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. A FEW NEW INITIATIVES, POPPING INTO CLASSROOMS. IF THEY ARE NOT LATE, WE GIVE THE CLASS A PRIZE. BLOW POPS, POPPING IN IS A BLOW POP. THE WHOLE CLASS EARNS IT IF NOBODY IS LATE. THAT’S SIMPLE THINGS EVERY DAY, ALONG WITH TICKETS THAT GO INTO A DRAWING.>>WE’RE GOING TO INSTITUTE THAT HERE.>>YOU’RE GIVING THEM SUGAR.>>GIVING THEM SUGAR. KEEP THEM ENGAGED ALL DAY LONG. AND THEN WE HAVE A SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING CAMPAIGN. YOU’LL SEE THESE IF YOU COME ON TO TO OUR CAMPUS EVERY WAY. WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS. SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. THE EXPERTS WILL TALK ABOUT HOW THEY CAN REPORT THINGS THEY SEE AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL IN A NUMBER OF WAYS. SYSTEMS. SO, WE HAVE A SCHOOL SUPERVISION PLAN FROM BEFORE OPENING ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF CLOSING THE GATES AT 11:00 AT NIGHT. THERE IS A PLAN FOR EVERY MOMENT OF OUR DAY THAT WE TEACH TO EVERYONE. AND THAT WE EXPECT TO GO ACCORDING TO PLAN EVERY SINGLE DAY. SO, WE ARE PLANNING FOR THAT. WE HAVE A FULLY OPERATIONAL DUTY-SPECIFIC CRISIS RESPONSE PLAN. THIS IS FOR THE IF WE HAVE AN EVACUATION OF ANY KIND AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL, THIS TALKS ABOUT THOSE SPECIFICS AND ANY LOCKDOWNS AT OUR HIGH SCHOOL. SO, THIS IS, AGAIN, A FULLY OPERATIONAL PLAN. AND THEN WE HAVE OUR EVACUATION DRILLS. TODAY WE HAD A FIRE DRILL. WE HAVE TO GET SO MANY DRILLS IN EVERY SINGLE YEAR. WE HAVE BIMONTHLY SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETINGS. WHAT THIS IS IS TALKING ABOUT ALL THE DIFFERENT TRAININGS, ANYTHING THAT’S HAPPENED ON OUR CAMPUS. THE LEADERSHIP TEAM GETS TOGETHER AND TALK ABOUT WAYS TO MAKE SURE IF SOMETHING WERE TO HAPPEN, HOW WE’RE GOING TO FIX IT, OR IF SOMEBODY — SOMETHING HAPPENED, MAKE SURE IT DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN. WE HAVE 40 SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS ON OUR CAMPUS. AND THEN FOOD SERVICE, AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS A LITTLE BIT MORE IN-DEPTH. BUT PART OF OUR SYSTEMS AND MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS IS FIRST MAKING SURE THAT YOU ARE FED IS NUMBER ONE. AFTER THAT IS SAFETY. OUR FOOD SERVICES IS WE PROVIDE FREE BREAKFAST FOR ALL SO EVERY STUDENT CAN GET FREE BREAKFAST AS THEY COME ON TO THE CAMPUS. 62% OF STUDENTS EAT A FULL MEAL AT LUNCH. THAT’S 6% HIGHER THAN THE SEVEN HIGH SCHOOLS WITH THE FOOD COURT LOOK THAT WE HAVE. AND WE ALSO DO A FREE SUPPER. THAT’S 3-3:30. ANYONE STAYING ON CAMPUS FOR EXTRACURRICULAR, SPORTS, CLUBS, TUTORING, YOU CAN HAVE A MEAL BEFORE YOU GO TO THAT. THAT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THAT.>>GO BACK. I LIKE TO TAKE A PAUSE EVERY TIME WE’RE LEADING THE DISTRICT. 6% HIGHER THAN THE OTHER SCHOOLS. IT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE.>>SHAMELESS.>>ANY OPPORTUNITY I CAN GET.>>YES. YES.>>AND THEN CULTURE, REALLY WHAT OUR CULTURE IS AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL IS DRIVEN BY OUR RELATIONSHIPS. SO, WE ARE — THIS IS REALLY UNDERLYING THE RELATIONSHIP PART AND PIECE OF A ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. JUST TO TELL YOU THE DIFFERENT STAFF WE HAVE ON AS FAR AS SAFETY AND BUILDING THESE RELATIONSHIPS. WE HAVE FOUR STUDENT SERVICES ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS. THREE FULL-TIME POLICE OFFICERS. ALTHOUGH ONE IS STILL IN THE PROCESS OF BEING HIRED BY THE DISTRICT. BUT WE DO HAVE THREE. LAST YEAR WE ONLY HAD TWO. THIS YEAR WE HAVE THREE, WHICH IS A GREAT WAY TO PROVIDE MORE SAFETY ON OUR CAMPUS. WE ALSO HAVE ONE POLICE AID STATION AT THE FRONT GATE THAT CHECKS IN EVERY SINGLE CAR THAT COMES INTO ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. WE HAVE SEVEN FULL-TIME PERSONNEL FOR SECURITY. ALL THEY DO IS WALK OUR CAMPUS. THEY MAKE SURE THAT IF WE NEED ANYTHING, THEY ARE CIRCULATING OUR HALLWAYS, THEY ARE CIRCULATING OUR PORTABLES. ANY GATES THAT WE HAVE. WE HAVE THREE DEANS IN STUDENT SERVICES WITH OUR FOUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS. AND WE HAVE AN 18-MEMBER CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM IF FOR SOME REASON WE NEEDED TO GO INTO OUR CRISIS RESPONSE PLAN. THESE 18 MEMBERS KNOW THEIR DUTIES AND KNOW WHERE THEY BELONG IN ORDER TO SUCCESSFULLY GET STUDENTS INTO ANY AREA THAT WE NEED OR KEEP THEM SAFE AND KEEP THEM LOCKED DOWN. AND THEN WE HAVE A 14-MEMBER COUNSELING SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN WHICH I AM DONE AND MISS LINEER IS ON HER WAY UP.>>KRYSTAL, BEFORE YOU GO, I WANT TO ASK A QUESTION. CAN WE STOP THE CLOCK? DON’T BLAME ME FOR HIM ASKING QUESTIONS. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT.>>RUN THROUGH THE WHOLE THING, NOBODY ASKING A QUESTION.>>I’M TRYING TO BE QUICK.>>BECAUSE I KNOW YOUR ENGAGEMENT SCORES ARE REALLY, REALLY HIGH. BUT THIS THING I’M SEEING, FIRST YEAR TEACHERS, 1.7 YEARS AND THEN THEY’RE OUT. PEOPLE LEAVING THE PROFESSION AT A VERY HIGH RATE BECAUSE OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE, ALL THE THINGS IN EDUCATION. WHAT KIND OF MENTAL HEALTH ARE WE LOOKING AT FOR OUR EMPLOYEES?>>WELL, THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION.>>SEE?>>SO, WE’LL GIVE YOU THAT ONE.>>AND I RUN OPERATIONAL SIDES. MISS JONES RUNS THE CURRICULUM SIDE. WE HAVE TWO DIFFERENT SIDES OF THE HOUSE. BUT WE BOTH WORK WITH ALL OF THE TEACHERS ALONG WITH OUR ENTIRE INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT TEAM THAT IS HERE TONIGHT. AND DEPENDING ON WHO THEY GO TO, WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS THAT — THAT IS A FREE AND ANONYMOUS PROGRAM. IT IF THEY’RE HAVING PROBLEMS, THERE ARE PEOPLE THEY CAN SEE IF THEY DON’T WANT TO COME TO THE SCHOOL. IF THERE ARE NEEDS THAT NEED TO BE MET AND THEY’RE OKAY WORKING WITH PERSONNEL AND DIFFERENT PEOPLE ON OUR CAMPUS, THEN AT THAT POINT WE WILL GET THEM WITH OUR DIFFERENT PSYCHOLOGISTS, MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS. AND THEY CAN WORK WITH THEM AND FROM THERE GET SERVICES. BUT IT JUST DEPENDS ON WHAT THEY’RE COMFORTABLE WITH. A LOT OF TIMES IT IS MORE ANONYMOUS AND THEY COME TO ONE PERSON AND WE KEEP IT VERY, VERY QUIET. AND QUESTION GIVE THEM THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM INFORMATION. AND WHAT STEPS THEY NEED TO TAKE IN ORDER TO GET THE HELP AND SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED.>>AND SO, WE’RE SWEEPING THE CORPORATE ROLL ON MENTAL HEALTH DAYS THAT ARE GIVEN TO STAFF AND FACULTY THAT NEED –>>YOU GET MENTAL HEALTH. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.>>SUCH A SLAVEDRIVER. I SEE A BIRTHDAY PRESENT HERE. I SEE HOW YOU ARE. I’M SEEING THIS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. I WANT TO BRING THAT TO YOUR ATTENTION. YOU HAVE SUCH GREAT STAFF. YOU DO A GREAT JOB AND WITH STUDENTS AND EVERYBODY US. BUT SOMETIMES THE FACULTY AND STAFF ARE THE PEOPLE THIS IS PUT ON. AND THEY NEED –>>AND HITS IT RIGHT ON THE HEAD. I THINK FIRST OFF IT BEGINS WITH YOUR PEERS AND ANYTHING THAT YOU MIGHT NEED FROM THEM. AND A LOT OF TIMES THE TEACHERS OR FACULTY WILL COME TO THEM BECAUSE THEY TRUST THEM. I THINK THAT’S PART OF IT. AND THEN, AS KRYSTAL SAYS, THERE’S ALSO THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WHICH IS REALLY VERY GOOD. IT’S THE DISTRICT USES THAT AS A MENTAL HEALTH FOR — AND BY NOT JUST MENTION HEALTH, IT COULD BE ANYTHING. ANY KIND OF — A PERSON’S GOING THROUGH A DIVORCE. IT REALLY HELPS THEM THROUGHOUT. IT’S A GREAT PROGRAM. IT’S ANONYMOUS. I DON’T KNOW WHO’S GOING TO IT. SO, IT REALLY IS A GOOD PROGRAM. AND WE TRY TO STEER PEOPLE TO THOSE KIND OF PROFESSIONALS PAUSE THAT’S THE GROUP THAT KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE DOING. AS FAR AS MENTAL HEALTH DAYS, I DON’T THINK THAT’S A BAD IDEA. THAT’S OVERALL. THAT’S A DISTRICT CALENDAR-TYPE THING THAT WE WOULD KIND OF TRY TO TALK ABOUT AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL.>>THANKS.>>THANK YOU.>>HI, GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS NICKY. I THINK YOU HAVE SEEN ME HERE BEFORE. AROUND. I’M THE COUNSELING SERVICES DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR. AND JUST WANT TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME OF THE REALLY EXCITING THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING THIS YEAR IN OUR DEPARTMENT. WE’VE BEEN — FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE BEEN AT THE SCHOOL FOR TEN YEARS. THIS IS MY TENTH YEAR. I HAVE LIVED IN ROYAL PALM FOR 16 YEARS AND I’VE HAD FOUR KIDS ALL GO THROUGH HL AND CRESTWOOD AND MY LAST TWO BABIES ARE A JUNIOR AND SENIOR NOW AT ROYAL PALM HIGH SCHOOL. SO, I HAVE BEEN AROUND AND THROUGH THE SCHOOLS AND SUPER-EXCITED TO BE HERE AND BE PART OF IT. AND TO WORK WITH SOME REALLY GREAT KIDS. SO, WE HAVE BEEN REALLY FORTUNATE THIS YEAR THAT WE’VE GROWN OUR COUNSELING SERVICES DEPARTMENT FROM THE TRADITIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELORS THAT YOU WOULD THINK OF. WE HAD SEVEN ON CAMPUS TO NOW OUR DEPARTMENT IS ENCOMPASSING 14 PEOPLE. AND I JUST WANT TO GO OVER A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHO THOSE. AND UNLIKE DOCTOR ARMAS, I WOULD NOT MAKE MY PORTION OF THE SLIDE BE THE LARGEST THING ON THE PAGE. BUT I’M PART OF THE DEPARTMENT. AND THEN WE HAVE OUR TRADITIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELORS THAT WE WOULD HAVE CALLED THE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS WHO WORK WITH OUR STUDENTS TO GET THEM GRADUATION-READY AND, YOU KNOW, TROUBLESHOOT ANY PROBLEMS THAT ARE GOING ON WITH THEM. WE ALSO HAVE TWO CO-LOCATED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS ON CAMPUS NOW FULL-TIME. WE HAVE TWO BEHAVIOR SPECIALISTS. TWO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS, AND WE HAVE A GRADUATION COACH. AND WE ARE ALL MOVING WEEKLY TOGETHER AND, YOU KNOW, TALKING ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON. REFERRING CUDS THAT COME TO US OR TO TEACHERS OR TO ADMINISTERS TO THE APPROPRIATE PERSON. SO, WE REALLY HAVE TRUE WRAP AROUND SERVICES WITH THE KIDS AND HAVE HAD SOME OPPORTUNITIES WE HAVEN’T HAD IN THE PASS TO ADDRESS SOME OF THEIR VERY IMPORTANT NEEDS. ACADEMICALLY ALL THE WAY THROUGH MENTAL HEALTH-WISE.>>AND I THINK THIS IS A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THIS GROUP HERE. YOU KNOW, I’M ALWAYS ASKED, WHAT DOES THE EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD DO FOR YOU? THE FIRST THING I TELL THEM, IT PROVIDES US A PLACE FOR US TO TALK ABOUT THE SCHOOL. AND BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT PROVIDES A PLACE FOR A GOVERNING BODY — A BODY, RIGHT? TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT US. AND THIS GROUP, THE EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD PROMOTED AND SUPPORTED THE LAST REFERENDUM. AND NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOU AND YOUR HELP AND THE VOTERS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY WHO ARE ALLOWING US TO HAVE MORE MONEY TO DO THIS KIND OF WORK. IT JUST COMES DOWN TO THAT. WE’VE NEVER HAD ANYTHING LIKE THIS. AND THE REASON WE’VE NEVER HAD IT SIMPLY THE MONEY WASN’T IN THE BUDGET. AND SO, NOW THE REFERENDUM MONEYS HAVE GIVEN US A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES TO DO THESE KINDS OF THINGS. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT 14 PEOPLE. WE HAVE DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF COUNSELORS ON THE CAMPUS. THE THIRD POLICE OFFICER ONCE WE ARE — IT’S IN THE BUDGET — ONCE WE’RE ABLE TO HIRE, BECAUSE SCHOOL POLICE RIGHT NOW IS TRYING TO HIRE A LOT OF PEOPLE. AND ONCE THEY GET EVERYBODY HIRED, WE’LL GET THAT THIRD POLICE OFFICER. SO, REALLY ALL OF THAT IS A RESULT OF THE COMMUNITY STEP STEPPING UP AND VOTING FOR THE MILLAGE. AND CERTAINLY I’M GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR THE FACT THAT YOU SUPPORTED IT. BECAUSE YOU HAVE A VOICE OUT THERE. AND THAT’S HOW REALLY TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THINGS BETTER. SO, A LOT OF THAT HAS TO DO WITH YOU AND I APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. THERE WE GO. SO, A RESPECTFUL ENVIRONMENT.>>GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. MY NAME’S GWEN, I’M IN MY SEVENTH YEAR AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. I HAVE SERVED THE LAST SIX YEARS IN INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT AND WORKED INTIMATELY WITH THE TEACHERS. AND I’M EXCITED TO TALK ABOUT A LITTLE BIT ABOUT RESPECTFUL ENVIRONMENT THAT WE DO HAVE GOING ON CAMPUS. AND HOW IF I WERE SITTING WHERE YOU’RE SITTING, HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY THAT? HOW CAN YOU ILLUSTRATE THAT? TALKING ABOUT RESPECT AND LOOKING AT OUR DATA, THE FIRST THING I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU IS THAT WE HAVE 19 STAFF MEMBERS WHO HAVE A STUDENT PRESENTLY ON OUR CAMPUS. AND I THINK THAT SPEAKS VOLUMES. AND IN ADDITION TO THAT, AND ALMOST MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE HAVE 24 EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ALUMNI. AND I THINK THAT’S AMAZING BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT TO COME BACK. AND I CAN TELL YOU FROM A PERSONAL STANDPOINT, I’M VERY EXCITED AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH YEAR WHEN OUR NEW FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS ARE INTRODUCED, BECAUSE WE FIND OUT WHO ARE THE ALUMNI AND EACH YEAR THAT NUMBER IS GROWING. SO, I THINK THAT REALLY SPEAKS VOLUMES TO ALL THE GOOD STUFF THAT’S HAPPENING ON OUR CAMPUS. AND THEN FINALLY, WE HAVE 12 DIFFERENT EMPLOYEE FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS. MEANING WE HAVE SISTERS WHO BOTH TEACH ON CAMPUS, WE HAVE A MOTHER AND A DAUGHTER TEAM. AND AGAIN, YOU WOULDN’T BRING SOMEBODY THERE IF YOU DIDN’T WANT TO BE THERE YOURSELF. SO, I THINK THAT’S JUST REMARKABLE. BUT IN ADDITION TO THAT, IF YOU HAVE LOOKED AT THE PAPER IN THE LAST MONTH, YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN THAT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL WAS REPORTED THE HAPPIEST HIGH SCHOOL IN PALM BEACH DISTRICT. VERY GOOD NEWS. VERY GOOD NEWS FOR US. AND THAT ARTICLE CAME AS A RESULT OF THE SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS QUESTIONNAIRE. IT’S A QUESTIONNAIRE THAT THE DISTRICT SENDS OUT TO ALL OF THE SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT. AND WHEN THEY SENT IT OUT TO OURS AND WE RECEIVED OUR RESULTS, WE SAW THAT 87% OF OUR FACULTY AND STAFF RESPONDED. AND THAT IN ITSELF SPEAKS VOLUMES. BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO RESPOND. AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, OF THOSE 87% THAT RESPONDED, 97% OF THEM ARE SATISFIED WORKING AT OUR SCHOOL. SO, I WOULD SAY, TOO, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT RETENTION OF TEACHERS, RIGHT? THE WAY TO KEEP TEACHERS IS TO KEEP THEM HAPPY. AND WE OFTEN SPEAK OF THE IMPORTANCE OF STUDENT AND TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS. BUT THAT DOES NOT SUPERCEDE THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACH AND TEACHER AND COLLEAGUE RELATIONSHIPS. SO, THAT’S SOMETHING WE HAVE TAKEN A LOT OF PRIDE IN OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS AND ENSURING THAT WE PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR TEACHERS AND STAFF MEMBERS TO INTERACT IN A SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT SO THEY WANT TO COME. BECAUSE HAPPY TEACHERS MAKE HAPPY STUDENTS.>>BY THE WAY, WE FIRED THE OTHER 3% THAT WEREN’T HAPPY. [ LAUGHTER ] NO. BUT WHAT THE ARTICLE DIDN’T SAY, THOUGH, IS THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE SAME ARTICLE THE PREVIOUS YEAR. AND THIS YEAR — BUT THAT’S — LAST YEAR WE HAD VERY SIMILAR NUMBERS AND ALSO LED THE DISTRICT IN ALL OF THOSE NUMBERS. WE’VE DONE IT FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS NOW. OBVIOUSLY I’M PLEASED WITH THE FACT THAT THE STAFF WANTS TO BE THERE. AGAIN, IT SPEAKS TO THE ENVIRONMENT THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE CREATED. SO, –>>BEFORE YOU START, I THINK THIS IS ANOTHER AREA WE CAN HELP YOU. THOSE NUMBERS, ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE ABOUT TO TALK ABOUT ARE>>ABSOLUTELY.>>THE PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING IN THE COMMUNITY. AND, YOU KNOW, IT SEEMS TO ME WE KEEP THIS IN OUR LITTLE HAPPY PLACE AND THEY FINALLY GAVE YOU A LITTLE PRESS THERE. THEY’RE PRETTY GOOD AT. BUT, YOU KNOW, WE GOT TO THINK OF WAYS TO GET OUT. HOW DO WE GET THIS OUT TO THE PUBLIC THAT DOESN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON AT THAT HIGH SCHOOL? SOME OF THE THINGS — YOU’RE GOING TO GET A FABULOUS EDUCATION AT THAT SCHOOL, YOU KNOW? DO YOU HAVE SOME ISSUES — YOU DO WHAT EVER SCHOOL DOES. PRIVATE, PUBLIC. DOESN’T MAKE MAKE A DIFFERENCE. FOR US TO KEEP THE PEOPLE GOING TO THE HIGH SCHOOL AND BE PROUD, ALL OF THESE THINGS GOING ON. WE HAVE TO BE ADVOCATES FOR YOU TO SAY, HEY, YOU GOT TO THINK ABOUT THIS. HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING. THAT’S NOT WHAT’S HAPPEN. YOU GOT TO HERE, SOME WATCH AND SOME DON’T. I THINK OUR TEAM CAN DO A BETTER JOB THINKING ABOUT HOW WE KIND OF GET THIS OUT THERE FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL AND THAT MAKES IT BETTER THAT WE CAN KIND OF PUSH THAT MESSAGE OUT TO THE COMMUNITY THAT DOESN’T GET SOME OF THIS. SO, THAT’S A PROBLEM I THINK WE SHOULD ALL AS A BOARD TAKE ON. YOU THINK?>>SURE.>>YOU’RE THE BOSS TODAY. JUST MAKING SURE.>>WE DID SEE — WE DID SEE THAT MISS HIGHSMITH SENT OUT A FACEBOOK THING TELLING ABOUT PUBLIC MEETING AND THAT KIND OF STUFF. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS WE APPRECIATE.>>YEAH>>THE THIRD PIECE IS I BELIEVE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A SOCIALLY JUST ENVIRONMENT. SO, WANT YOU TO WATCH THIS A LITTLE BIT. NOW, THIS IS AN ATLANTIC BRAVES GAME. IT’S A GIMMICK THEY DO BETWEEN INNINGS WHERE THEY GIVE THAT GUY RIGHT THERE A HEAD START. AND THEN THIS GUY DOES THIS. ♪ WE’RE GONNA CELEBRATE. OOPS! [ LAUGHTER ] AND SO, THEY CALL HIM THE FREEZE. IS WHAT THEY CALL THIS GUY. AND AGAIN, IT’S ONE OF THOSE IN BETWEEN INNINGS GIMMICKS THAT THEY HAVE AT THE ATLANTA BRAVES GAME. SO , HERE THIS GUY GETS THE HEAD START AND, OF COURSE, WE KNOW THE INEVITABLE. SO, THAT’S KIND OF NEAT. BUT THE ANALOGY HERE IS, IS THAT WE HAVE TOO MANY OF OUR STUDENTS THAT COME TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY AND ARE WAY BEHIND BECAUSE OF THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES, THEIR LOT IN LIFE. ALL RIGHT? AND SO MANY OTHER KIDS HAVE AN ADVANTAGE OVER THEM. AND I BELIEVE THAT OUR SYSTEM HAS TOO MANY BARRIERS FOR THOSE STUDENTS. AND I BELIEVE THAT OUR JOB IS TO ELIMINATE THOSE BARRIERS SO THAT EVERYBODY GETS TO START OFF AT THE SAME TIME FROM THE SAME PLACE WITH THE SAME RESOURCES. AND WE KNOW THAT THAT’S DIFFICULT TO DO. BECAUSE NOT EVERYBODY COMES FROM HOME THAT WAY. BUT CERTAINLY I CAN’T STOP AND I CAN’T CHANGE WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE HOUSE. BUT I CAN CERTAINLY MAKE SURE THAT WHEN THEY GET TO OUR CAMPUS, THEY ARE IN A SOCIALLY JUST ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY NOW HAVE AN EQUAL FOOTING AND NOW LET’S LET EVERYBODY GO FROM THE SAME PLACE AND LET’S LET THE CREAM RISE TO THE CROP AT THAT POINT. AND SO, OUR JOB, REALLY, I BELIEVE IS TO — NOW, BY THE WAY — CAN OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE FALLING WAY BEHIND STILL WIN? SURE. THAT GUY DOES. BUT THE PROBLEM IS, IS THAT IT REQUIRES AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF EFFORT AND ENERGY AND TALENT SOMETIMES, RIGHT? AND SO, OUR JOB IS TO CREATE A SOCIALLY JUST ENVIRONMENT. AND TO BE ABLE TO ELIMINATE ALL THOSE BARRIERS THAT WE MIGHT SEE. ALL RIGHT? AND THAT THE STUDENTS HAVE THAT THEY HAVE TO FACE EVERY DAY. NOW, THE PROBLEM IS WITH THAT IS THAT, YOU KNOW, I CERTAINLY CAN’T DO THAT BY MYSELF, YOU KNOW? I’VE GROWN UP AND LIVE IN DISNEYLAND. AND SO, SOMETIMES I DON’T SEE EVERY SINGLE BARRIER. ONCE AGAIN, THAT’S WHY WE GO TO ALL OF OUR EXPERTS ON CAMPUS. AND NOT ONLY THEM, TO THE KIDS. WE TALK WITH THEM. BECAUSE WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE BARRIERS ARE SO THAT WE CAN TRY TO CREATE A SOCIAL SOCIALLY JUST ENVIRONMENT. SO, THE OTHER WAY THAT WE GO ABOUT DOING THIS IS THROUGH RIGOROUS ACADEMICS AND PERSONALIZED LEARNING. OH. I — THAT’S MY BAD. NO, THAT’S MY BAD. COME ON UP. SHE LOOKED AT ME LIKE, HEY, YOU STILL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY. AND I FORGOT, AND I DO. SO, HOW DO WE DO — YOU KNOW, HOW DO WE DELIVER RIGOROUS ACADEMICS? THREE WAYS. ONE THROUGH THE CURRICULUM THAT WE TEACH. TWO, THROUGH THE INSTRUCTION, HOW WE TEACH, AND THREE, THE INSTRUCTORS WHO ARE TEACHING IT. WE ALL KNOW THE BOTTOM LINE IS WHO IS THE TEACHER IN THE ROOM, RIGHT? SO, WHEN IT COMES TO CURRICULUM, FIRST AND FOREMOST BY LAW WE HAVE TO TEACH A STANDARD. EVERYTHING IS STANDARDS-BASED FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. THERE’S ALSO ALL THE DIFFERENT COLLEGE AND CAREER ACADEMIES THAT MAY HAVE IN SOME CASES, MOST OF THESE ALL STILL DEAL WITH BENCHMARKS AND STANDARDS FROM THE STATE. SO, TO TALK ABOUT OUR COLLEGE AND CAREER ACADEMIES.>>THAT WOULD BE ME. I’M DONIQUE BLAKE. HI. I’M NOT A STUDENT. I’M THE ACADEMY’S COORDINATOR. THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. I HAVE FOUR YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE. I HAVE BEEN WITH THE DISTRICT. I COME FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND MISS MY BABIES SOMETIMES. BUT I’M ENJOYING MYSELF. EVERYONE HAS BEEN GREAT AND I’M ADJUSTING WELL. YES. ON WITH OUR ACADEMY. AT ROYAL PALM BEACH, WE OFFER FIVE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACADEMIES. THE FIRST IS HVAC. THIS WAS THE FIRST ACADEMY THAT ROYAL PALM BEACH OFFERED. IT IS THE ONLY ONE IN THE DISTRICT. WE ARE THE ONLY SCHOOL THAT OFFICER HVAC. THAT’S EXCITING AND OUR TEACHER DOES AWESOME THINGS THERE. WE HAVE THE MEDICAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT. WE OFFER FOUR DIFFERENT TRACKS THAT THE STUDENTS CAN ATTACH THEMSELVES TO IN VARIOUS CERTIFICATIONS THROUGH THE MEDICAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT. WE HAVE BUSINESS MARKETING WITH A FOCUS IN SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT. OUR S.T.E.M. WHICH WE OFFER ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER GAME DESIGN. AND OUR NEWEST ONE, I THINK THIS IS THE FOURTH YEAR, OUR NAVY JUNIOR ROTC TRAINING. IT IS AWESOME, CHIEF IS AWESOME. HE WORKS WITH THE STUDENTS IN RESUME WRITING, INTERVIEWING SKILLS. HE’S OFFERING A HUNDRED — WHAT IS IT? SCHOLARSHIPS TO 180 SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. SO, HE’S EXCITED AND EVERYTHING THAT THEY’RE DOING. THAT PROGRAM IS REALLY GROWING. BECAUSE OF THE VARIOUS CERTIFICATIONS THAT OUR STUDENTS CAN ACHIEVE, THEY CAN RECEIVE, SORRY, OUR STUDENTS GRADUATE AND THEY ARE GETTING JOBS OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL WHICH IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS WHO COLLEGE IS NOT THEIR THING. SO, WE’RE OFFERING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO STILL PURSUE BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL. WE HAVE 718 STUDENTS IN OUR ACADEMIES WHICH IS ONE-THIRD OF OUR POPULATION AT OUR SCHOOL, OUR STUDENT BODY. WE ARE EXCITED. WE ARE CONTINUING TO GROW. I’M EXCITED TO BE PART OF THE TEAM AND TO GROW THE ACADEMIES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>MISS BLAKE IS PART OF A PROGRAM THAT THE DISTRICT HAS WITH — IT’S A PARTNERSHIP WITH FAU. AND THE PROGRAM, WHAT IT DOES IS IT TAKES ASPIRING ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS AND ALLOWS THEM TO GET THEIR MASTER’S WHILE AT THE SAME TIME GETTING THE INDUCTION PROGRAM THAT THE DISTRICT HAS ALWAYS HAD PEOPLE DO. NORMALLY HAD TO GET YOUR MASTER’S AND THEN GO THROUGH ANOTHER YEAR. IT’S ONE PROGRAM. IT’S VERY GOOD. SHE’S IN THE FIRST COHORT, AND MISS BLAKE IS IN THE SECOND COHORT. I TEACH A COURSE WITH THE SECOND COHORT. SHE WAS SUCH AN OUTSTANDING STUDENT THAT WHEN WE HAD THE ACADEMY POSITION OPEN UP, YOU KNOW WHAT? I WANT HER TO COME OVER. SHE’S A GREAT STUDENT AND HAD THE GOODS TO BE REALLY GOOD IN THIS POSITION. YOU NEVER KNOW HOW YOU’RE GOING TO GET HIRED, RIGHT? YOU JUST NEVER KNOW.>>RIGHT.>>COULD I MAKE A COMMENT REAL QUICK? YOU GOT ANY STUDENTS AVAILABLE THAT COULD HELP US WITH THE AIR-CONDITIONER?>>WE DEFINITELY DO.>>YEAH, LOOK. I HEAR ABOUT THE IRONY ALL THE TIME AT THE SCHOOL. HOW CAN OUR AC BE DOWN?>>YEAH, NO, I’M LOOKING FOR HELP HERE. AND I WANT TO APOLOGIZE IF I APPEAR DISTRACTED. I’M TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN. I’M STILL LOOKING FOR THE STUDENT. I’M OKAY.>>I’LL REMIND MYSELF TOMORROW.>>THEY ALL COME OUT WITH JOBS, BY THE WAY, OUT OF THAT HVAC PROGRAM. EVERY ONE OF THEM. THEY DO. IT’S A GREAT PROGRAM.>>EXTRAORDINARY GROUP.>>YOU EVER PAID AN HVAC PERSON? THEY MAKE A LOT MORE THAN WE DO.>>YES.>>I DON’T KNOW. I CAN’T SEE WHAT’S GOING ON ON THE SCREEN. YOU GOT TO KIND OF LEAD ME THROUGH IT. THERE WE GO. SO, INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS.>>GOOD EVENING, I’M LAWYERRY COTTON, I’M THE IP COORDINATOR AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. CAN’T MAKE UP OUR MIND IF IT TAKES LONGER THAN ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. I’M NOT A NEW TEACHER AND DON’T HAVE A JOB DESCRIPTION THAT ANYONE, INCLUDING MY BOSS, REALLY UNDERSTANDS. BUT I AM SO EXCITED TO BE SPEWING SOME THINGS ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE. WHEN WE SAY IB, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE DIPLOMA PROGRAM. IB HAS FOUR PROGRAMS. BUT AT THE HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES, THAT’S THE JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEAR. RIGHT NOW AS OF JULY OF 2019, THERE ARE 873 HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES THAT OFFER THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM. ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL IS THE SIXTH IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PALM BEACH COUNTY TO BE AUTHORIZED TO OFFER THE IB DIPLOMA. SO, WE’RE EXCITED. OUR FIRST GRADUATES WERE IN THE CLASS OF 2019. NOW WE’RE IN A GROWTH SPURT. BUT I WANT TO MAKE YOU UNDERSTAND THAT FOR US, IB IS THE PREMIER ACCELERATED PROGRAM. BUT IT HAS COMPETITION. AND THE REASONS I THINK HAVE TO DO WITH WHAT DR. ARMAS SAID ABOUT EVERY CHILD, EVERY STUDENT, NEEDING THEIR OWN PATH. AND SO, WE ARE IN THIS ERA OF INCLUSIVE CURRICULUM. IB IS STILL THE PREMIER. IT’S NOT FOR EVERY STUDENT. SO, IT’S A TWO YEAR COLLEGE-LEVEL CURRICULUM THAT’S INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED. AND SO, FOR STUDENTS WHO TAKE ON THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM, THEY’RE LITERALLY TAKING ON AN ALTERNATE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA PATH. ONCE THEY START TAKING COURSES, THE STATE MAKES A DEAL WITH IB DIPLOMA CANDIDATES. LOOK, IF YOU SEE THIS PROGRAM THROUGH, WE HONOR THAT AS YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. IT’S A STRESSFUL THING. I HAVE USED THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES A GREAT DEAL. BUT A LOT OF THE TIMES IT JUST HAS TO DO WITH STUDENTS MATURING INTELLECTUALLY. THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THEY MATURE PHYSICALLY AND SOCIALLY. BUT THEY DON’T REALIZE THAT WHAT WAS OVERWHELMING IN GRADE 10 WON’T BE IN GRADE 12. SO, IT’S BEEN A FUN EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH THE STUDENTS. LIKE EVERY COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL, HOWEVER, WE CANNOT HAVE JUST ONE ACCELERATED PROGRAM. WE ALSO HAVE THE ACE DIPLOMA OFFERING. TELL THE STUDENTS VERY OFTEN THAT, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT HAS TO DO WITH TWO THINGS. ONE, IF YOU WANT ME TO OWN YOU IN GRADE 11 AND 12, OR IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING LIKE DUAL ENROLL OR EARLY ADMIT. AND TWO, WHERE ARE YOU APPLYING TO COLLEGE? BECAUSE THE DUAL — EXCUSE ME, THE ACE PROGRAM, THE ACE DIPLOMA IS RELATIVELY NEW IN THE UNITED STATES. BOTH IB AND ACE ARE A EUROPEAN MODEL. WHICH IS WHY WE LIKE TO GIVE OUR PRE-IB STUDENTS SOME EXPERIENCE WITH ACE CLASSES BECAUSE THEY HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH THOSE EXAMS. STUDENTS WHO WORK ON THE ACE DIPLOMA MUST DO SO WITHIN THREE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL. THEY CAN START IN GRADE 9 AND FINISH IN THEIR JUNIOR YEAR OR THEY CAN START IN GRADE 10 AND FINISH IN THEIR SENIOR YEAR. BUT IT IS TIME-SENSITIVE. AGAIN, ANOTHER INTERNATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED PROGRAM WITH HIGHLY GORE AND MORE AND MORE COLLEGES IN THE UNITED STATES ARE OFFERING THAT. AND THE THIRD IS THE COLLEGE BOARDS ADVANCED PLACEMENT. HI TO LOOK THAT UP BECAUSE I KNEW THEY TOOK AP CLASSES IN HIGH SCHOOL. BUT IT ACTUALLY PREDATES ME. THREE YEARS BEFORE MY BIRTH. IT REALLY IS FROM 1955 AND IT’S STILL HERE. BUT FOR ADULTS IN THE ROOM WHO REMEMBER TAKING AP CLASSES, GONE ARE THE 100-QUESTION MULTIPLE CHOICE RECALL TESTS. COLLEGE BOARD COLEMAN WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF COMMON CORE. PROBABLY A BAD THING TO MENTION. BUT THEY REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY THEY GIVE TEACHERS INSTRUCTION AND SUPPORT AND THE WAY THEY ASSESS STUDENTS. SO, THEY’RE ALL PATHS. MY TAKE ON THE AP, AGAIN, I DID THAT IN HIGH SCHOOL. IT WAS NO IB WHEN I WENT TO SCHOOL. IT HAS TO DO WITH WHERE THE STUDENT IS GOING. SO, IF A STUDENT REALLY ISN’T SURE THAT THEY CAN DO A FULL RIDE OF ACCELERATION IN HIGH SCHOOL, THEN ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND ACE ARE ABSOLUTELY THE WAY TO GO FOR THAT STUDENT. AND FINALLY, THE COMPLEMENT TO OFFERING STUDENTS AN INCLUSIVE ERA ACCESS TO ACCELERATION, WE HAVE AN ADDED PROGRAM. I NEED — I NEED SUPPORT HERE. ALL RIGHT? THE ACRONYM IS ADVANCEMENT OF VIA INDIVIDUAL DETERMINATION. FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR, REALLY IT IS TO CREATE A — AN ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT THAT IS SUPPORTIVE OF STUDENTS WHO TRADITIONALLY WERE UNDERREPRESENTED IN THE COLLEGE APPLICATION POOL. AND, AGAIN, THE SEGUE FROM DR. ARMAS’ VIDEO IS PROFOUND TO ME. BECAUSE THAT’S EXACTLY THE SUPPORT THAT A.V.I.D. PROVIDES. STUDENTS WHO DIDN’T THINK THEY COULD GO TO COLLEGE LEARN THAT ABSOLUTELY THEY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES. AND THOSE A.V.I.D. TEACHERS ARE JUST AMAZING IN TERMS OF THE WORK THAT THEY DO WITH STUDENTS. AND THERE’S A REAL COMMERCIAL BREAK. CLASS OF 2019, TWO OF THE STUDENTS IN THE NINTH GRADE ACTUALLY GOT INTO AN A.V.I.D. CLASS. UNBEKNOWNST TO ME. AND WE LET IT RIDE. AND THEN WE WERE SO AMAZED AT THE WORK THAT WAS DONE IN THAT A.V.I.D. SECTION THAT WE LITERALLY TRIED TO DO AN A.V.I.D. SECTION FOR PRE-IB STUDENTS IN GRADE 9 AFTER THAT. AND SO, AGAIN, THESE PROGRAMS ARE ALL A WAY TO GIVE STUDENTS A WAY TO COLLEGE AND BEYOND THAT IS REALLY — AS DR. ARMAS SAYS, WE ARE NOT GATEKEEPERS. AND THIS GIVES STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>SO, THEN — SO, IT’S CURRICULUM. AND THEN AFTER CURRICULUM WILL COME THE INSTRUCTION. HOW WE TEACH IT. AND MISS JONES?>>HELLO. EXCUSE ME. HELLO, EVERYONE. MY NAME IS LISA JONES, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF CURRICULUM. INCLUDING THIS YEAR, FOUR YEARS, I HAVE BEEN AT ROYAL PALM BEACH FOR 14 YEARS AND I HAVE A DAUGHTER THAT WENT THROUGH H.L. JOHNSON. SO, I’M GOING TO TALK TO YOU — OKAY. HERE — OH, GO BACK. OKAY. THE ART AND SCIENCE OF TEACHING. WHEN WE DO OUR INSTRUCTION, THAT’S EXACTLY EVERYTHING THAT WE DO. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ART AND THE SCIENCE OF WHAT WE DO. FOR OUR PALM BEACH COUNTY, EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PALM BEACH COUNTY, WE FOLLOW THE PALM BEACH MODEL OF INSTRUCTION WHICH HAS — THESE ARE RESEARCH-BASED TEACHER ACTIONS THAT ABSOLUTELY GET RESULTS. AND THEY’RE HIGH-YIELD RESULTS FOR EVERY STUDENT AND EVERY TEACHER. THERE ARE THREE CATEGORIES. STANDARD-BASED PLANNING, STANDARD-BASED INSTRUCTION, AND CONDITIONS FOR LEARNING. WE TAKE THOSE 20 ELEMENTS AND WE PUT THEM IN THE S SIMS MODEL, BROKEN DOWN INTO FOUR AREAS. AND WE DO ALL THE SCHOOLWIDE DRILL DOWNS FROM THE AREAS. THE ART OF TEACHING IS PROBABLY WHAT WE NEED TO DO UTMOST. AND SO, THAT WE GET THE SCIENCE OF TEACHING PERFECT. AND THAT’S WHERE WE BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR KIDS. AND THEY’RE PART OF THE ARTICLE AND THERE’S NO DOUBT WITH THE SEQ FOR WHAT WE HAVE MANAGED, YOU KNOW, AND ACCOMPLISHED AND DO A VERY GOOD JOB AT AT OUR SCHOOL IS BUILD THOSE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR STUDENTS. PROFESSIONALLY AND PERSONALLY. AND AS DR. ARMAS SAYS, AND I CERTAINLY — THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW THINGS I CAN SAY AND ACTUALLY PUT IT ON PUBLIC RECORD, IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN BECOMING A MASTER TEACHER IS TO CREATE A POSITIVE, PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH AND EVERY STUDENT. IN OTHER WORDS, MAKE A CONNECTION WITH EACH KID. AND I DOUBT THAT THERE IS NOT ONE PERSON IN THIS ROOM THAT DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THAT AND CAN’T ANSWER THAT QUESTION. WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE TEACHER AND WHY? AND IT WAS BECAUSE OF A CONNECTION. THANK YOU.>>AND THEN, OF COURSE, WITH THE INSTRUCTION, YOU KNOW, WE TEACH WHAT WE TEACH. AND THEN HOW WE GO ABOUT DOING IT. BUT THEN WHO TEACHES IT IS MOST IMPORTANT IN MY MIND.>>HI, EVERYONE. MY NAME IS DANIELLE BOYD. THIS IS MY FIFTH YEAR AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. I’M AN IB TEACHER. I’M A MATH COACH AND THE 2020 PALM BEACH COUNTY TEACHER OF THE YEAR.>>AND IF I COULD GET HER TO WALK AROUND WITH A — LIKE A TURNOVER CHAIN TYPE THING THAT SAYS, RIGHT? I’M THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. BUT SHE WON’T DO IT.>>WE ARE ESPECIALLY PROUD AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL OF OUR CREDENTIALS AND INTERNATIONALLY-EXPERIENCED FACULTY. SO, JUST A COUPLE OF FACTS ABOUT THE WONDERFUL TEACHERS AT OUR SCHOOL. WE HAVE OVER 20 STAFF MEMBER MEMBERS WHO HAVE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL OR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES IN OVER 30 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. WE HAVE, IN TERMS OF OUR FACULTY AND STAFF 60 FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBER THAT ARE BILINGUAL, 13 FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS THAT ARE TRILINGUAL AND WE HAVE TWO POLYGLOTS THAT SPEAK FOUR OR MORE LANGUAGES. AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL, WE HAVE 15 FACULTY MEMBERS THAT ARE PUBLISHED. AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS BETWEEN THEM THEY ARE AUTHORED 12 DIFFERENT BOOKS AND OVER 150 EDUCATIONAL ARTICLES. WE HAVE EIGHT FACULTY MEMBER MEMBERS THAT HAVE A DEGREE FROM AN INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY. AND WE HAVE 13 FACULTY MEMBER MEMBERS WHO EITHER HAVE A DOCTORAL DEGREE OR ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO EARN THEIR DOCTORAL DEGREE. LASTLY, WE PRIDE OURSELVES AS WE ARE GROWING THE IB PROGRAM WE HAVE TWO FACULTY MEMBERS WHO ARE IB GRADUATES AND WHO ARE CURRENTLY TEACHING OUR IB DIPLOMA STUDENTS AS WELL. THANK YOU.>>SO, SHE GOT THE BATCH LORE’S FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. HER MASTER’S FROM THE HARVARD AND MORGUE — WORKING ON HER MASTERS FREE FLORIDA. SHE’S TRENDING DOWN. SHE’S WORKING FOR ME. BEAUTIFUL THING. THANK YOU, MISS BOYD. AND, OF COURSE, IF YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THE WHOLE CHILD, YOU HAVE TO INCLUDE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.>>GOOD EVENING, MY NAME IS RENEE HALKIN, I’M AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. I HAVE A DAUGHTER THAT ATTENDS THE SCHOOL AND TWO BOYS THAT GRADUATED. MY DAUGHTER IS A CURRENT SEASON, AND HASHTAG, I LIKE TO HASHTAG. PROUD TO BE A WILDCAT. WE ARE ALL ABOUT IT. WE ARE ADVOCATES ON SOCIAL MEDIA BETWEEN THE TWO OF US. IF YOU SEE MY NAME OUT, BE AWARE, I’M A HUGE WILDCAT FAN. MY CURRENT ROLL IS I WORK WITH ACTIVITIES. AND SO, WE BELIEVE AS WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THAT IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO HAVE THE ACADEMICS. BUT WE ALSO BELIEVE IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR THE STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. WE OFFER 60 DIFFERENT CLUBS AND 30 DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO PLAY IN COMPETITIVE SPORTS. THAT’S BOYS AND GIRLS. WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. AND I BELIEVE WHOLEHEARTEDLY THEY NEED TO BE PART OF SOMETHING TO FEEL PART OF THE SCHOOL AND PART OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY. WE DO OFFER AN ACTIVITIES FAIR THIS FRIDAY THAT I’M VERY EXCITED ABOUT. THE STUDENTS GET TO GO TO EACH TABLE AND FIND OUT A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT EACH CLUB IS ABOUT AND WHAT EACH SPORTS HAS TO OFFER. AND DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THEY’RE A FIT FOR IT. AND IT’S KIND OF LIKE A MATCH.COM BETWEEN STUDENTS AND — AND THE — AND THE CLUBS. THANK YOU.>>MISS HOWELL, CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION ABOUT STATISTICS? OBVIOUSLY PARTICIPATION WOULD HELP. YOU HAVE ONE AT THE SCHOOL THAT SAYS HOW MANY ARE PARTICIPATING IN YOUR EXTRACURRICULARS THAT MOVE THAT TOWARDS THE GRADUATION PIECE?>>59.3% OF OUR STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN SOME KIND OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY. I HAVE NO IDEA. YEAH, NO. THAT’S NOT — REMEMBER, THERE ARE THREE KINDS OF LIARS, RIGHT?>>I WAS WATCHING YOUR EXPRESSION.>>AS A MIAMI GRADUATE –>>EXACT EXACTLY. [ LAUGHTER ]>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>THIS FRIDAY, MY PLAN IS — BECAUSE WE ACTUALLY HAD OUR FIRST PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE TODAY WHICH IS SOMETHING ELSE. I WAS TRYING TO BE SPEEDY. BY I LIKE TO CHAT. WE HAVE A CLUB REPRESENTATIVE THAT COMES AND MEETS WITH DR. ARMAS AND MYSELF AND WE TALK ABOUT ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS GOING ON ON CAMPUS SO WE CAN GET THEM INVOLVED. BUT THEY CAN ALSO GET OTHERS INVOLVED AND SHARE. JONATHAN PARTICIPATES IN THAT. AND SO, AFTER FRIDAY’S EVENT, I’M ACTUALLY CURIOUS, THEY’RE TURNING IN THE ROSTERS OF WHO IS IN THE CLUBS AND AFTER THE ACTIVITIES FAIR, I WILL HAVE A BETTER IDEA TO SEE HOW MANY STUDENTS JOINED IN.>>I THINK YOU ASKED THAT ONCE BEFORE. I KNOW IT.>>YEAR NUMBER TWO, AND I STILL DON’T HAVE AN ANSWER.>>YOU’RE RIGHT. THAT’S MY FAULT. IT REALLY IS. BECAUSE I REMEMBER YOU ASKING AND I THOUGHT WAS GOING TO LOOK THAT UP. AND I DON’T REMEMBER — THAT NUMBER IS NOT IN MY HEAD.>>SHOWING THE INTENT ON THIS. I I HAVE BEEN TO FIVE UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS ROUNDTABLES AND. AND THEY’RE TELLING YOU EXACTLY WHAT THE STUDENTS NEED TO GET IN. AND THIS PIECE IS REALLY IMPORTANT. IT’S — THEY’VE — THEY PUT A BIG 4.0 PERSON HERE AND THEY WENT A 3.8 AND DOWN THE THING. BUT THE ISSUE BECAME THE STUDENT ACTIVITIES. THE ISSUE BECAME THE VOLUNTEER SERVICE. LIKE SOME OF THE SCHOLARSHIPS, THEY HAD $500 LAST YEAR. THAT’S WHY I’M ASKING THAT. THAT’S THE INTENT OF THE QUESTION. ABOUT THAT PIECE MOVING FORWARD. THEY HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IT’S REALLY AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR ACADEMICS.>>IF I HAD ONE WISH THAT WOULD COME TRUE, SERIOUSLY ON THE SCHOOL, IT WOULD BE THAT EVERY SINGLE KID BE A PART OF SOME ORGANIZATION.>>YEAH.>>BECAUSE, TO ME, WHAT THAT DOES IS IT AUTOMATICALLY SHRINKS THE SCHOOL DOWN FROM 2300 STUDENTS DOWN TO WHATEVER THAT IS. AND YOU HAVE A TEACHER WHO IS A ONE-ON-ONE TYPE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE KID. TO ME, REALLY, IT COMES DOWN TO THAT PARTICIPATION. AND I WISH EVERY ONE OF OUR KIDS PARTICIPATED.>>OKAY. THAT’S JUST THE INTENT. THANK YOU, MISS HOWELL.>>AND THEN IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THEN ACTIVITIES. WE ALSO HAVE TO DO THIS WHILE BUILDING PARENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.>>GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS MONIQUE PARAMORR. PRESIDENT TESTING COORDINATOR AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL, WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON BEING A BEACON FOR OUR COMMUNITY. WE DO THIS BY OFFERING OUR COMMUNITY SCHOOL IN WHICH COMMUNITY MEMBERS CAN TAKE ESOL CLASSING, GED CLASSES OR A VARIETY OF OTHER ENRICHMENT COURSES. WE PARTICIPATE ANNUALLY IN THE RELAY FOR LIFE FOR WESTERN COMMUNITIES. WHICH THIS YEAR WILL BE MARCH 14th. WE HAVE A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY IN WHICH WE PLAN TO DO THREE WEEKS OF FUNDRAISING PRIOR TO THEIR LIGHT THE NIGHT EVENT. WHICH IS ON NOVEMBER 22nd. FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, WE HAVE SOLD CHRISTMAS TREES ON OUR CAMPUS DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. I BELIEVE RIGHT AFTER THANKSGIVING, ACTUALLY. PLEASE COME, BUY ONE. [ LAUGHTER ] WE ALSO COLLABORATE WITH PBSL TO DO A FOOD DRIVE EVERY YEAR. OUR INTERACT CLUB RUNS THAT ON OUR CAMPUS. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I AM VERY ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT. WE HAVE BEEN AWARDED $10,000 FROM THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION. IT WAS A GRANT PROPOSAL THAT WE HAVE WRITTEN IN — OVER THE SUMMER. WE FINALLY RECEIVED CONFIRMATION THAT WE WILL BE GETTING THAT GRANT. THE GRANT IS FOR LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU GUYS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THEM. BUT THEY LOOK LIKE LITTLE MAILBOXES. THE CONCEPT IS TO TAKE A BOOK AND SHARE A BOOK. WE WILL BE PUTTING TEN OF THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY WHERE OUR STUDENTS RESIDE. WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO EMBARK ON THIS. AND THAT IS IT FOR ME.>>HOW MUCH WAS THE GRANT?>>IT’S FOR $10,000.>>AND MISS PARAMOUR IS BEING HUMBLE WHEN SHE SAY SAY SAYS QUESTION — WE, THAT WAS HER. SHE GOT THE GRANT, IF IT MAKES ME LOOK GOOD, GO AHEAD. SHE YO WROTE IT. IT’S A HUGE GRANT. SHE DID AN EXCEPTIONAL JOB. IT WAS A WELL-WRITTEN GRANT. AND SO, WE’RE EXCITED TO — THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, WE’LL LET YOU KNOW, BUT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE SOME DEDICATIONS AND THESE THINGS AS WE GET THEM OUT THERE PROBABLY NEXT SEMESTER IS PROBABLY WHEN WE’LL START DOING THAT. THANK YOU.>>I HAPPEN TO KNOW A MAN AND HIS LOVELY WIFE THAT PAINT THOSE. JUST SAYING.>>REALLY? I DIDN’T KNOW THAT.>>YEAH, THE ONE OVER IN VETERANS PARK IS ONE THAT — ONE OF TWO.>>REALLY?>>THAT WERE PAINTED AND PUT OUT IN THE COMMUNITY. IT’S A GREAT PROGRAM. FANTASTIC PROGRAM. IT INVOLVES THE COMMUNITY. THOSE WHO MIGHT THINK THEY’RE ARTISTS.>>RIGHT.>>GET A CHANCE.>>REALLY? I THOUGHT SHE HAD ALL THE TALENT IN THE FAMILY. REALLY? OH. I THOUGHT MRS. HMARA WAS THE ONE WITH ALL THE TALENT.>>SWITCHING THE EDGE OF THE ENVELOPE.>>ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. AND THEN, OF COURSE, OUR ROYAL PALM BEACH CONTINUUM, K-12 CONTINUUM WHERE ALL OF THE SCHOOLS COME TOGETHER AND WE REALLY WORK IN COLLABORATION, IN VERTICAL ARTICULATION IN HELPING EACH OTHER. AND IN TRYING TO, YOU KNOW, FURTHER REALLY OUR VISION OF PROVIDING OUR CITIZENS — THE CITIZENS OF ROYAL PALM BEACH WITH A WORLD-CLASS K-12 EDUCATION. AND THAT IS BECAUSE I’VE GOT GREAT COLLEAGUES WHO REALLY JUST DO A GREAT JOB. AND WE — THEY PUT UP WITH A LOT OF MY CRAZINESS AND THEY’RE ALL VERY GOOD. AND SO, WE ALL GET ALONG THAT WAY SOMEHOW. AND THEN, OF COURSE, WE HAVE TO HAVE OPEN COMMUNICATION. ONE WAY WE DO THAT IS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA.>>HI. MY NAME IS SHANNON. I’M CURRENTLY THE READING COACH AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR AT THE HIGH SCHOOL. BUT NOT MY FIRST YEAR IN BEING A PART OF THE HIGH SCHOOL. I JUST HAD A SON GRADUATE LAST YEAR FROM ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. AND I HAVE A TENTH GRADER THERE RIGHT NOW. AND IT’S BEEN QUITE AN EXPERIENCE. I AM HAPPY TO BE A WILDCAT. IT WAS DEFINITELY A POSITIVE CHANGE FOR ME. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I DO LOVE ABOUT OUR SCHOOL IS OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM. IT WILL — STARTING WITH TWITTER AND THEN WE GO RIGHT INTO INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK. AND ALL OF THESE AVENUES LET YOU, THE COMMUNITY, OUR PARENTS AND STUDENTS KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON WITH OUR SCHOOL BE IT FOOTBALL GAMES, STUDENT COUNCIL EVENTS, CHRISTMAS TREE SALES. ALL THAT FUN STUFF. AND THEN THE NEXT ONE THAT WE HAVE IS OUR SCHOOL WEBSITE. OUR SCHOOL WEBSITE LETS YOU FIND YOUR BUS ROUTE. IT LETS YOU KNOW OUR DISTRICT CALENDAR. THE GATEAWAY LETS YOUR STUDENT KNOW THE GRADES. AND LETS THEM FIND THEIR GRADES. AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE IS THE MY SCHOOL CASH ONLINE. RIGHT NOW I OWE $1.50. ALL OF THESE THINGS GET THE WORD OUT TO THE COMMUNITY, STAKEHOLDERS AND PARENTS TO LET THEM KNOW ALL THE POSITIVE THING OURS SCHOOL IS DOING DAY IN AND DAY OUT. I’M SURE WHEN I GO HOME TONIGHT, I’M GOING TO GET ON FACEBOOK AND LOOK AT TWITTER AND SEE ALL OF YOUR FACES TONIGHT BECAUSE I KNOW EVERYTHING WILL BE POSTED IN REAL-TIME. THAT’S IT.>>AND THEN SOCIAL MEDIA. AND THEN WE HAVE OUR MOBILE APPS THAT WE HAVE ON CAMPUS.>>HOW ARE YOU? GOOD. FINE.>>EVENING.>>AND YOU’RE LOOKING VERY NICE. I’M — HAGAN. ROYAL PALM’S FAVORITE AP.>>ASK EVERYONE WHO SUSPENDED STUDENTS ON CAMPUS WHO THEIR FAVORITE AP IS.>>ALL RIGHT. MOBILE APPS. ROYAL PALM BEACH HAS LED THE WAY IN MOBILE APPS. THE PARENTS, STAFF AND STUDENTS ALIKE MAY FIND NEWS THEY CAN USE HERE. ALSO, MOST IMPORTANTLY, IN KEEPING WITH OUR SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING CAMPAIGN, STUDENTS CAN REPORT ANY AND ALL CONCERNS THEY MAY HAVE DIRECTLY TO ADMINISTERS. ADDITIONALLY, THE STATE OF FLORIDA HAS ADDED FORTIFY FLORIDA TO ALL COMPUTERS ON CAMPUS DISTRICT-WIDE. SO, STUDENTS AGAIN, PARENTS, MAY ALSO REPORT ANY AND ALL CONCERNS THEY MAY HAVE DIRECTLY TO ADMINISTRATION. MAKING EVERYONE A KEY STROKE AWAY FROM THE ASSISTANCE THEY MAY NEED. THANK YOU.>>AND THANK YOU. AND WHEN HE SAID THAT WE LED THE WAY. REALLY WE’RE SECOND. SOMEBODY WAS AHEAD OF US, HAD A SCHOOL APP. AND WE — AND WE SAW IT AND WE REALLY LIKED IT. AND THEN WE KIND OF TOOK IT AND MADE IT OURS. AND THE REASON WHY THE STATE CAME OUT WITH THE WHOLE FORTIFY FLORIDA IS NOT BECAUSE EVERYBODY HAS AN APP. BUT OUR KIDS HAVE BEEN USING THAT REPORTING TOOL FOR YEARS NOW. WE’VE HAD IT. AND IT REALLY IS VERY GOOD. AND IT GOES ANYTHING FROM, YOU KNOW, I THINK THERE MIGHT BE A WEAPON ON CAMPUS TO, HEY, I HAVE GOT TO SUBSTITUTE MY CLASS AND THERE’S SOME KIDS WHO DON’T BELONG HERE. IT REALLY WORKS WELL BECAUSE THE KIDS CAN DO IT ANONYMOUSLY. AND OUR APs GET THAT DIRECT DIRECTLY AND ANONYMOUSLY. AND OUR APP FROM FLORIDA DOES THE SAME THING. AND FINALLY, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, OUR LAST PORTION OF HOW WE MEET THE HOLISTIC NEEDS, WE GRADUATE STUDENTS. AND FRANKLY, THAT’S OUR JOB. WE HAVE TO TEACH TO STANDARDS SO THAT — FOUR YEARS AFTER THEY COME TO US, THEY WALK ACROSS THE STAGE WITH A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE SUPPOSED TO DO. THIS HAS BECOME MY NEW FAVORITE SLIDE. I WAS TELLING THEM. WHEN IT COMES TO GRADUATION RATES. REMEMBER, WE’RE ALWAYS ONE YEAR BEHIND GRADUATION RATES. THEY DON’T COME IN UNTIL LATER. GET THEM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER. BUT FOR THE 2018 GRADUATION RATES, THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WE HAD AN AVERAGE OF 86%. PALM BEACH COUNTY ALL SCHOOLS, EVERYBODY HAD 89%. ONLY THE DISTRICT OPERATED SCHOOLS WERE AT 92%. AND ROYAL PALM WAS AT 93%. BY ANY METRIC, WE HAVE AN ABOVE AVERAGE GRADUATION RATE AND SO, WE’RE CERTAINLY VERY PLEASED ABOUT THAT. IT TAKES A LOT OF HARD WORK. STUDENTS, PARENTS, TEACHERS, EVERYONE COMING TOGETHER. CERTAINLY OUR COUNSELORS HAVE A BIG PART IN THAT ALSO. SO, I MEAN, IT’S JUST GOOD, YOU KNOW? IT REALLY IS. AND THEN FINALLY, THE LAST THING THAT WE JUST WANT TO MENTION IS THE SCHOOL GRADE. THAT KIND OF IS OUR MATRIX FOR THE SCHOOL GRADE THAT YOU SEE THERE. IT COMES DOWN TO TEN COMPONENTS. FOUR THAT DEAL WITH PROFICIENCY. ENGLISH, MATH, SCIENCE, WHICH IS REALLY BIOLOGY FOR US, AND THEN U.S. HISTORY. FOUR THAT COME IN FOR PROFICIENCY. THEN THE TWO LAGGING INDICATORS, GRADUATION RATE AND ACCELERATION. BOTH ARE A REAR BEHIND. GRADUATION IS A YEAR BEHIND, SO IS ACCELERATION. AND ACCELERATION IS CALCULATED BY THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO GRADUATE WHO HAVE EARNED SOME KIND OF ACCELERATED COURSE WORK. WHETHER IT’S AN AP TEST THAT THEY PASSED, AN IB TEST, AN ACE, A DUAL ENROLLMENT CLASS THAT THEY PASSED, OR AN INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION. RIGHT? SO, ANY OF THOSE CONSTITUTE — AND ALL THEY HAVE TO HAVE IS ONE AT THE FOUR YEARS IN THE SCHOOL TO HAVE THAT. AND THEN THERE ARE LEARNING GAINS OF ALL STUDENTS. NINTH AND TENTH GRADE. AND THEN OUR LOW 25. RIGHT? AND SO, THEN YOU TAKE ALL OF THAT AND DIVIDE IT BY A THOUSAND AND YOU GET YOUR SCHOOL GRADES. AND YOU SEE THERE THE BREAKDOWN, RIGHT? 62 GET YOU AN A. 5:GETS — 54 GETS A B. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BREAK THIS DOWN. ANY TIME YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT, WE CAN BREAK IT DOWN TO EXACTLY WHY THE NUMBERS ARE WHAT THEY ARE. AND WHICH ARE GOOD AND NOT AS GOOD AS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE. BUT THESE ARE OUR NUMBERS. AND YOU SEE THERE THE 54%, THE SCHOOL GRADE OF A B. IT’S THE FIFTH B IN THE SCHOOL’S HISTORY SINCE 1997 AND IT’S — AND IT’S THE THIRD ONE IN THE LAST NINE YEARS. AND SO, WE’LL SEE HOW IT CONTINUES. BUT OBVIOUSLY WE’RE VERY PLEASED WITH THAT. AND AS FAR AS TITLE I SCHOOLS, THERE ARE 11 TITLE I SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT, AND WE’RE ONE OF THREE THAT HAVE BS. IT’S NOT THE WORK DONE BY THE STUDENT BODY AND THE FACULTY TO GET THAT IS NOT EASY WORK. WHEN YOU’RE DEALING WITH A POPULATION, 75% FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH. VERY PLEASED WITH OUR STAFF AND PROUD OF THE WORK THEY HAVE DONE. WHEN I HAD THIS IN MY MIND AND PRACTICED IT, I THOUGHT WE WOULD GET THROUGH 35 MINUTES, MAYBE. SOME PEOPLE WENT A LITTLE LONG ON THEIR SLIDES. AND I DIDN’T TAKE — AND I DIDN’T TAKE THE BILL THALLEMER QUESTIONING FACTOR IN THERE. AND IT DIDN’T HELP THAT THEY TURNED OFF THE AIR ON US SO IT FELT LONGER. SORRY ABOUT THAT. I THOUGHT THAT I HAD THIS QUICKER. BUT ANYWAY, LOOK, YOU KNOW ME. I ALWAYS TELL YOU, WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL FOREVER. WE’RE PROUD OF IT. WE LOVE THE PLACE. YOU SEE THAT. WE’VE GOT REALLY QUALITY PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH US AND WE’RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON AND WE’RE PROUD TO SERVE THE ROYAL PALM BEACH COMMUNITY>>I JUST WANT TO SHARE A BEST PRACTICE. THREE HIGH SCHOOLS THAT I KNOW IN DALLAS AND COLORADO DO. THEY TOUT THEMSELVES AS A COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL AND LOOK AT THE COLLEGE BACK INTO THE HIGH SCHOOL AND TALK ABOUT HOW WELL THEY PREPARE KIDS FOR COLLEGE. SO, MIGHT BE SOMETHING YOU THINK AND GET DOWN THE ROAD TO KIND OF BRING BACK TO YOU. THESE ARE ALL VERY IN THE BOX. BUT IT’S WHERE YOU’RE GOING. IT’S THINGS TO THINK ABOUT.>>AND THE DISTRICT HAS FOUR MAJOR GOALS, RIGHT? THE ELEMENTARY ONES I CAN NEVER REMEMBER. READING — [ LAUGHTER ] NO, NO, NO, NO, HOLD ON, HOLD ON. I KNOW THIS. IT’S 75% READING AT THE THIRD GRADE LEVEL, RIGHT? IT’S 75% COMING HIGH SCHOOL READINESS. HIGH SCHOOL READINESS, 75%. THERE’S 90% FOR GRADUATION RATE. WHICH WE’RE AT 93. SO, WE SURPASSED THAT. AND THERE’S 75% FOR COLLEGE READINESS WHICH IS THAT ACCELERATION PIECE THAT YOU SAW WE ARE AT 79. SO, WE BEAT BOTH OF THOSE NUMBERS. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE’RE STARTING TO GET NOW AS THE DISTRICT IS DOING A BETTER JOB OF TRACKING OUR KIDS AFTER THEY LEAVE. WE’RE BEGINNING NOW TO GET INFORMATION AND DATA THAT COMING BACK TO US ON THAT KIND OF STUFF. WE ARE STARTING TO GET SOME REPORTS ON THAT. THE DISTRICT IS ON THAT. AND YOU’RE RIGHT, THAT IS A VERY GOOD PRACTICE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE IT.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]>>TURN THE AIR-CONDITIONER DOWN NOW.>>OKAY. REPORTS FROM THE DISTRICT.>>THANK YOU.>>WE’RE ALMOST THERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US THIS EVENING. WE’RE VERY PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO BE HERE AT THE VILLAGE OF ROYAL PALM. AND REPRESENTING SOME OF THE GREAT WORK FROM OUR SCHOOLS IN YOUR VILLAGE. YOU WOULD LIKE TO START WITH SOME INTRODUCTIONS THIS EVENING. OF COURSE, I’M VALERIE HAINES, I’M THE CENTRAL REGIONAL SUPERINTENDENT. MISS MARSH ANDREWS, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS SERVING THE WEST, INCLUDING ROYAL PALM. AND CAROL, OUR SECONDARY INSTRUCTIONAL SUPERINTENDENT AS WELL. TONIGHT WE HAVE DORLENE, ONE OF OUR TEAM LEADERS. GLAD SHE’S HERE TONIGHT. WE HAVE CLAUDIA WHO WAS UNABLE TO MAKE IT TONIGHT. BUT SHE’S ANOTHER INSTRUCTIONAL TEAM LEADER THIS EVENING. AND KEITH OSWALD, OUR DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOL SINCE, OF COURSE, OUR — OUT HERE. SO, I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO INTRODUCE TO YOU, AND I GUESS NO INTRODUCTION NECESSARY. WE HAVE ALL OF OUR PRINCIPALS RETURNING BACK HERE TO ROYAL PALM. BRUCE OVER AT CYPRESS TRAILS, JENNIFER McCOWSKI, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. AND PALM BEACH ELEMENTARY, DR. STEPHANIE NANCE AT CRESTWOOD MODEL, AND DR. JESUS ARMAS AT PALM BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL. THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT. YOU HAVE PRESENTED A LOT OF OUR PRESENTATION. WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO MOVE AHEAD. I APPRECATE THAT. IT’S A TEAM EFFORT. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU, WE HAVE A NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. DANIELLE, ABUELO. [ APPLAUSE ] WELCOME. AND SO, DR. ARMAS SHOWED THE STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE DISTRICT OF PALM BEACH COUNTY. WE’RE IN YEAR FOUR. BUT WHEN HE MENTIONED, IS THAT OUR GOAL AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL IS TO INCREASE READING PROFICIENCY BY THIRD GRADE TO AT LEAST 75% OR HIGHER AND AS WE KNOW, OUR DISTRICT MADE A LITTLE BIT OF A BACKTRACK AS AN ENTIRE DISTRICT. BUT I’M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS AT THE VILLAGE OF ROYAL PALM ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. ALSO, ENSURE HIGH SCHOOL READINESS AT 75%. AND INCLUDES HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TO BE AT 90% OR ABOVE. AND, OF COURSE, AS A DISTRICT, WE’VE ALREADY EXCEEDED THAT GOAL. BUT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL HAS, OF COURSE, THEMSELVES EXCEEDED THAT GOAL AS WELL WITH A 93%. SO, CONGRATULATIONS TO THAT. AND PART OF THE CONVERSATION AT THE VERY END HERE WAS IN REGARDS TO THE POST-GRADUATE SUCCESS. AND THAT’S A GREAT POINT MADE. IN REGARDS TO TRACKING THAT DATA. AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR MEANS AND WAYS TO HAVE OUR STUDENTS SELF-REPORT THAT INFORMATION BACK TO US. SO, WE WANT TO CONGRATULATE OUR THREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, STRAIGHT As. ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL INCLUDE — INCREASED FROM A C TO A B. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ROYAL PALM SCHOOLS FOR DOING SUCH A GOOD JOB. AS YOU CAN TELL, ALSO, THAT’S THE FY18 TO FY19. WE LIKE TO COMPARE YEAR TO YEAR. AND AGAIN, THE INCREASE IN LETTER GRADE FROM A C TO A P. AND OVER TO MISS GREEN, SHARING ADDITIONAL DATA AND INFORMATION IN REGARDS TO THE PERFORMANCE OF OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.>>SO GOOD EVENING. AND I TOO WOULD LIKE TO START BY WISHING MRS. McKOWSKI A HAPPY BIRTHDAY. ALL RIGHT. WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD OF OUR ALL RIGHT. SCHOOLS HERE IN THE VILLAGE OF ROYAL PALM BEACH. AS YOU KNOW FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, ALL OF OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN A SCHOOLS. ARE A SCHOOLS. AND THAT IS ATTRIBUTED TO OUR GREAT STUDENTS, OUR PARENTS, OUR COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND AS WELL AS THE GREAT LEADERSHIP THAT WE HAVE AT OUR SCHOOLS. IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU HAVE OUR ELA DATA FOR FY18 AND FY19. AS WELL AS OUR ELA GAINS. OUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS GAINS. AND AS YOU CAN SEE, IN — IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS, AT OUR TWO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, WE — TWO OF OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS — WE DEMONSTRATED SOME PROGRESS. AND AT CYPRESS TRAILS, WE REMAINED PRETTY MUCH ABOUT THE SAME. WE LOST A FEW POINTS THERE. BUT OVERALL THEY WERE NOT SIGNIFICANT LOSSES. AS FAR AS OUR GAINS, WE EXPERIENCED SOME SIGNIFICANT GAINS AT H.L. JOHNSON. IN ELA COMPARING FY18 TO FY19. AND WE REMAIN THE SAME AT CYPRESS TRAILS AND LOST A FEW POINTS AT ROYAL PALM BEACH ELEMENTARY. AND MATH AT — AT ROYAL PALM BEACH ELEMENTARY, WE MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN THE AREA OF MATH. AS WELL AS WE GAINED A FEW POINTS IN MATH AT H.L. JOHNSON. BUT WE LOST A FEW POINTS IN MATH OVERALL AT CYPRESS TRAILS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. AS FAR AS OUR GAINS GO, OUR MATH GAINS, THIS CONTINUES TO REMAIN AN AREA OF FOCUS FOR US OVERALL. ALTHOUGH, H.J. JOHNSON WAS ABLE TO MAINTAIN THEIR MATH GAINS AND ROYAL PALM BEACH LOST A POINT. BUT THAT WAS NOT SIGNIFICANT. THE LOWEST 25%, THE STUDENTS PERFORMING THE LOWEST 25% IN ELA CONTINUES TO BE AN AREA OF FOCUS FOR US IN OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. AS YOU CAN SEE, IN ELA, WHEN COMPARING FY18 TO FY19 AT CYPRESS TRAILS, WE REMAINED ABOUT THE SAME. BUT AT H.L. JOHNSON THIS AREA IS A PART OF THE PRINCIPAL’S PLAN FOR IMPROVEMENT FOR THIS UPCOMING YEAR. IT’S A FOCUS AREA FOR HER SCHOOL. AS WELL AS AT ROYAL PALM BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WE’LL BE TAKING A LOOK AT WHAT WE’RE DOING WITH THAT — THOSE SUB GROUPS OF STUDENTS. STUDENTS WITHIN THAT SUBGROUP. AND THEN FOR OUR MATH IN THE LOWEST 25% AT CYPRESS TRAILS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MR. SALTER HAS ALREADY STARTED TO CREATE A PLAN THERE WHEN ADDRESSING HIS STUDENTS IN THE LOWEST 25% FOR MATH BECAUSE WE DID EXPERIENCE SOME SIGNIFICANT LOSSES IN THE AREA OF MATH IN THE LOWEST 25%. AS WELL AS AT H.L. JOHNSON AND ROYAL PALM BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS ABLE TO MAINTAIN.>>SO, DO YOU THINK THAT’S PART OF THE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE AROUND HERE? THOSE GETTING UP TO SPEED? OR WHAT’S YOUR KIND OF OVERALL VIEW FOR THAT?>>FOR THE LOWEST 25%? I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE’VE TALKED ABOUT, THE PRINCIPALS AND I AVE TALKED ABOUT IS INDIVIDUALIZING FOR SPECIFIC STUDENTS’ NEEDS. THAT’S SOMETHING WE’VE TALKED ABOUT. DIFFERENTIATING AND ENSURING THAT WE’RE MEETING THE STUDENTS NEEDS. AND WE’RE DOING THAT WALKING THROUGH OUR CLASSROOMS. WE’RE DOING THAT BY MEETING WITH OUR TEACHERS INDIVIDUALLY AND IN SMALL GROUP TO TALK ABOUT MAYBE WHY OUR STUDENTS AREN’T GRASP CERTAIN DATA.>>DO WE FIND THAT WE HAVE PARENTAL SUPPORT WITH THOSE INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS?>>YES. THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE CAN BRAG ABOUT HERE IN ROYAL PALM BEACH. WE HAVE THE BEST PARENTS. I DON’T THINK THERE’S A PRINCIPAL OUT HERE THAT WOULD COMPLAIN ABOUT PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT. IT’S TAKING A LOOK AT OUR PRACTICE BECAUSE WE START FIRST WITH OURSELVES. WHAT IS IT THAT WE CAN DO TO ASSIST OUR STUDENTS? AND I’M VERY PROUD OF THE PRINCIPALS THAT I SERVE THAT THAT’S THEIR MIND-SET. WE START FIRST WITH OURSELVES. WHAT IS IT THAT WE CAN DO? WHAT IS IT THAT WE NEED TO DO TO ENHANCE OR TO MODIFY THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR STUDENTS TO MEET THEIR NEEDS? ALL RIGHT. SO, SCIENCE. SO, THIS IS AN AREA OF FOCUS FOR THE DISTRICT AS WELL AS AN AREA OF FOCUS FOR US. ALTHOUGH, I MUST SAY, OVERALL OUR STUDENTS AT TWO OF OUR SCHOOLS PERFORMED REALLY WELL IN COMPARISON TO OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT. AND CYPRESS TRAILS HAS A PLAN THAT THEY’RE WORKING ON TO ADDRESS THE LOSSES THAT THEY EXPERIENCED IN THE AREA OF SCIENCE. BUT THAT WASN’T — SCIENCE WAS AN AREA THAT WE EXPERIENCED A LOSS THROUGHOUT — THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT AND THROUGHOUT SCHOOLS WITH SIMILAR DEMOGRAPHIC S TO OUR SCHOOLS HERE IN THE VILLAGE OF WELLINGTON. SO, SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS WHEN ANALYZING OUR DATA HERE FOR OUR VILLAGE OF ROYAL PALM BEACH — DID I SAY WELLINGTON? OH, SORRY! SORRY. I SAID WELLINGTON TOO. I APOLOGIZE. BUT I LIVE IN THE VILLAGE. THIS VILLAGE. CYPRESS –>>YOU HAVE BEEN WITH DR. ARMAS WAY TOO LONG.>>CYPRESS TRAILS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THEY HAD SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN THIRD GRADE MATH BY 11% AND HAS EARNED ITS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE A. SO, WE ARE REALLY, REALLY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT’S HAPPENING AT CYPRESS TRAILS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. AND CYPRESS TRAILS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS A TITLE ONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. H.L. JOHNSON INCREASED IN ELA LEARNING GAINS AND MATH ACHIEVEMENT. AND WE’RE VERY PROUD OF THEM AS WELL. AND AT ROYAL PALM BEACH ELEMENTARY, THEY INCREASED IN THEIR OVERALL MATH PROFICIENCY WITH 100% OF THEIR STUDENTS THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE ACCELERATED MATH PROGRAMMING SCORING A LEVEL 3 OR HIGHER. SO, WE’RE REALLY PROUD OF ROYAL PALM BEACH ELEMENTARY AND THEIR STUDENTS AND STAFF AS WELL. SO, WE CAN TAKE A DEEP DEATH. BREATH. THOSE WERE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS JUST TO SHARE WITH YOU AS FAR AS HOW OUR STUDENTS PERFORMED. SO, WHAT WE’RE DOING NOW IS WE’RE PLANNING, WE’RE MOVING FORWARD, FULL STEAM AHEAD. TAKING A LOOK BACK AT LAST YEAR’S DATA SO THAT WE CAN ANALYZE THOSE AREAS THAT REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT SO THAT WE CAN ENSURE THAT WE’RE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS BECAUSE THAT’S SOMETHING THAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT AS WELL. THAT WE — THAT WE ARE TRULY ZOOMING IN ON THE AREAS WHERE OUR STUDENTS MAY LACK. BUT MAYBE WHERE OUR TEACHERS MAY LACK OR NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AS WELL. AND THAT’S WHAT THE LAGGING DATA IS GOING TO TELL US AS WE PLAN MOVING FORWARD. SO, SHIFTING GEARS TO SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS HERE IN THE VILLAGE. AT CYPRESS TRAILS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE MR. SALTER IS THE PRINCIPAL, THEY ARE EXCITED AT CYPRESS TRAILS ELEMENTARY AS THEY EMBARK UPON THEIR SAFE SCHOOLS AMBASSADORS. THEY ARE DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP SKILLS IN ANOTHER ASPECT OF SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING. AND HERE THEY ARE PROUD TO INTRODUCE THEIR FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE SAFE SCHOOL AMBASSADORS. ALSO, AT CYPRESS TRAILS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, IF YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THEIR CAMPUS AS YOU HAVE, OUTSIDE OF THEIR CLASSROOMS YOU’LL NOTICE THE DIFFERENT WAYS THAT STUDENTS WOULD LIKE TO BE GREETED THROUGH THE THEIR CAMPUS. SO, THEY’RE ENHANCING SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING IS THE GOAL AT CYPRESS TRAILS. THIS BEGINS WITH PERSONALIZED GREETINGS AND EVERY CLASSROOM IMPLEMENTING LION PRIDE GREETINGS. AT CYPRESS TRAILS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AS WITH MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS, THE STUDENTS HAVE MORNING MEETINGS. AND THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TEACHER TO INTERACT WITH THE STUDENT IN A DAY OR NIGHT DIFFERENT WAY. AND FOR THE STUDENTS TO INTERACT WITH OTHER STUDENTS TO SUPPORT THEIR SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING. H.L. JOHNSON. WHERE MRS. McCOWSKI IS THE PRINCIPAL. H.L. JOHNSON IS AN EVERGLADES SILVER LEVEL SCHOOL FOR 2019. ONE OF ONLY 22 RECOGNIZED EVERGLADES CHAMPION SCHOOLS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. AND ONE OF ONLY NINE SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE SILVER-LEVEL RECOGNITION FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR. A MODEL OF ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AND EVERGLADES CONSERVATION THROUGH PRACTICES. AND THEY LOOK AT EVERGLADES CONSERVATION AS A CORE VALUE. IT’S AN EXCEPTIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT. CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM. H.L. JOHNSON WANTS TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL OF THEIR UPCOMING ACTIVITIES. AND I THINK ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE ALWAYS BUSY. AND COMING UP AT H.L. JOHNSON, SEPTEMBER 11th, THEY WILL BE CELEBRATING PATRIOTS DAY LUNCHON FROM 10 TO 1:00. THEY HAVE OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED TWO NIGHTS BECAUSE THEIR PARENT INVOLVEMENT IS PHENOMENAL. SEPTEMBER 18th, K-2, FROM 6-7, AND SEPTEMBER 25th, 3-5th, 6-7:00 P.M. THE SAFETY CONTROLS HAVE A CAR WASH SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST 9-12. PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT. AND TAKE YOUR CHILD — DADS TAKE YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL DAY WILL BE SCHEDULED ON TWO DAYS BECAUSE THEY HAVE SUCH GREAT PARENTAL SUPPORT. SEPTEMBER 25th, K-2, AND SEPTEMBER 26th, 3rd THROUGH 5th. ROYAL PALM BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE MRS. CARVER IS THE PRINCIPAL. ROYAL PALM BEACH IS EXCITED ONCE AGAIN. THEY HAD THEIR BACK TO SCHOOL BARBECUE. I DID NOT GET AN INVITE AGAIN THIS YEAR. THE BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT WITH BOB CAT FAMILIES AND BOBCAT ALUMNI ON AUGUST 16th. AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT ROYAL PALM BEACH DOES WELL. BRINGING THEIR COMMUNITY OF PAST AND CURRENT STUDENTS TOGETHER.>>YOU’RE JUST NOT PART OF THAT COMMUNITY.>>YEAH. I DIDN’T GET AN INVITE. ROYAL PALM BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ALSO, THEY’VE INITIATED A REALLY NEW PROGRAM, THE GOLDEN TICKETS PROGRAM. WHICH ARE GIVEN TO STUDENTS IN EACH CLASS WHO IS THE BEST HELPER FOR THE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER. SO, WHAT A PHENOMENAL WAY TO MOTIVATE KIDS TO BEHAVE WHEN THEY HAVE A SUB. HATS OFF TO ROYAL PALM BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. AND AT THIS POINT, I’M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO MRS. WETSOL.>>GOOD EVENING, EVEN. HOW ARE WE TONIGHT? AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I DON’T WANT TO BE LEFT OUT OF ALL THAT BECAUSE IT’S A REALLY IMPORTANT EVENT.>>ONE MORE TIME AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO SING TO HER, YOU KNOW?>>SO, AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE DATA, WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR SECONDARY SCHOOLS HERE IN ROYAL PALM BEACH AND ELA, THE DATA IS A SLIGHT INCREASE AND VERY STABLE. BUT I’M GOING TO MOVE THROUGH THIS KIND OF QUICKLY BECAUSE YOU’VE SEEN A LOT OF THIS ALREADY TONIGHT. BUT WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR MATH DATA, YOU CAN SEE THAT BOTH CRESTWOOD MIDDLE AND ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL HAVE MADE SOME NICE GAINS AND ARE VERY STABLE IN THEIR MATH AREA. TAKING A LOOK AT — WHERE AM I AT? YEP. THERE WE GO. OH. VIVIAN WAS SUPPOSED TO STAY UP THERE AND CLICK FOR ME. [ LAUGHTER ]>>THANK YOU. IT IS –>>I KNOW, THERE’S THE BARBECUE TICKET, RIGHT? SO, WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE GAINS MADE BY THE LOWEST 25% BOTH AT CRESTWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL AND ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL, WE HAVE WORK TO DO IN THE AREAS. REALLY, WHAT IS THAT, THE QUESTION YOU ASKED EARLIER. AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL, MUCH LIKE THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL, IT’S ABOUT THE SAME THING. DRILLING DOWN, LOOKING AT INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS, WHAT THEIR BACKGROUND IS AND WHAT THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. IT’S NOT THE WHOLE SCHOOL WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. THE GAINING LOOK PRETTY GOOD, BUT THE LOWEST 25, THAT’S THE WORK WE HAVE THE MOST TO DO. VIVIAN AND I WILL WORK COLLABORATIVELY ON THAT. AND SEE WHAT STRATEGIES ARE WORKING IN BOTH AREAS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE SOME SERIOUS IMPACT. SCIENCE. OVERALL — AM I ON SCIENCE? YES. JUST MAKE SURE. SO, SCIENCE OVERALL IS VERY STABLE ACROSS THE DISTRICT. THERE ARE SOME SLIGHT DIPS. BUT HERE IN ROYAL PALM BEACH, WE ARE VERY STABLE ACROSS THE BOARD. LOOKING AT THE SOCIAL STUDIES DATA, YOU SEE SLIGHT INCREASES IN THAT AREA AS WELL. SO, VERY GOOD NEWS IN THAT AREA. SECOND DARE HIGHLIGHTS. YOU KNOW, IT’S VERY EXCITING WHEN ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL INCREASES THEIR LETTER GRADE TO A B. ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THAT. THAT’S REALLY EXCITING. A 93% GRADUATION RATE IS OUTSTANDING. AND AN INCREASE IN THE SOCIAL STUDIES PERFORMANCE. FOR CRESTWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL, TO MAINTAIN THAT B, ALSO A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOU. CONGRATULATIONS. AND ALSO AN INCREASE IN SOCIAL STUDIES PERFORMANCE. NOW AS WE GET INTO THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR EACH ONE OF MY SCHOOLS. AND VIVIAN, I JUST HAVE TWO. I JUST TO WANT TAKE A MOMENT BECAUSE IT’S NOT ON THE SLIDE TO GIVE SOME RECOGNITION TO CRESTWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL. YOU KNOW, WE’RE ALL FAMILIAR WITH WHAT HAPPENED ON FRIDAY AT CRESTWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND WHAT I WANT TO SAY RIGHT NOW IS KUDOS TO PALM BEACH SHERIFF’S OFFICE, TO SCHOOL POLICE. I HAPPEN TO BE ON THE GROUND FOR ALL OF THAT AND WATCHED THAT TAKE PLACE. I AM SO PROUD OF THE WORK THAT THEY DID. EVERYTHING WAS LIKE CLOCKWORK, EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT. THERE’S A FEW THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW. LIKE WHEN DR. NANCE GOT THE CALL. SHE MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT IN HER BUILDING AND SHE STEPPED OUT INTO THE HALLS AND MADE SURE THE HALLS WERE COMPLETELY CLEAR BEFORE SHE STEPPED INTO A CLASSROOM WITH STUDENTS. THE RULE REALLY IS LOCK YOURSELF DOWN. BUT SHE DIDN’T DO THAT. SHE WALKED RIGHT OUT THERE AND SHE TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS. MARTIN PASCARELLO, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, ON HIS WAY TO A FUNERAL, WATCHES TEN SUVs FLYING BY HIM. HM. DOESN’T LOOK LIKE. TURNE AROUND AND WENT BACK BACK TO SCHOOL. REALIZEED HE COULDN’T GET ON CAMPUS. HE STEPPED OUT AND MADE THE COMMAND POST AND CALLED ME. WHICH IS WHAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO DO. AND MELISSA, SHE LOCKED HERSELF IN HER OFFICE AND POPPED UP ALL THE CAMERAS IN THE BUILDING AND WATCHED THEM AND WAS READY TO CALL ON THE RADIO FOR WHATEVER SHE SAW. NOW, I WANT A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THEM BECAUSE I THINK THAT IS — [ APPLAUSE ] INCREDIBLE. WE PRACTICE FOR THOSE EVENTS ALL THE TIME. AND IT’S REALLY VERY HEARTENING WHEN YOU WALK INTO A PLACE AND YOU SEE THAT EVERYTHING HAPPENS THE WAY IT NEEDED TO HAPPEN.>>SO, LET ME SHARE WHAT I SHARED WITH LAST YEAR WATCHING THIS. THE COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS WERE AS SMART AS DR. NANCE AND HER STAFF. I WAS HOPE AND A LOT OF MISINFORMATION AND A LOT OF PEOPLE LOSING THEIR MINDS. AND THEY DON’T HELP THAT SITUATION AT ALL. I WOULD REALLY CHALLENGE THE DISTRICT AND US TOGETHER TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY ON THOSE PIECES. BECAUSE THEY CAN BE VERY DETRIMENTAL. VERY DETRIMENTAL FROM OUR NEIGHBORHOODS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT, GOING IN THE WRONG PLACE, YOU KNOW? IT’S ABSOLUTELY JUST UNDERMINES EVERYTHING YOU GUYS HAVE SET UP TO DO. KUDOS TO THE STAFF. BUT I WILL TELL YOU, THE NEIGHBORHOOD THE AROUND IT WERE A MESS. THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR REAL ROLE IS. AND I THINK MAYBE SOME EDUCATION ON THAT POINT WILL HELP — AT LEAST YOU HAD TO DEAL WITH ONE MORE THING YOU WERE DEALING. I’M LIKE, NO, SIT HERE. DON’T GO ANYWHERE, JUST STOP. JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU HEAR.>>AND I’LL MAKE THE OFFER. AT SOME POINT IF AT A VILLAGE MEETING OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, IF YOU WANT US TO COME AND TALK AND PRESENT ABOUT WHAT PROCEDURES ARE AND HOW COMMUNIATION TAKES PLACE. WE’RE HAPPY TO DO THAT. I WAS BACK WITH THE PARENTS BEHIND WHERE THE SOCCER FIELD WAS. SPENT TIME WITH EVERYBODY, YOU NEED TO BREATHE. IT WAS ON FACEBOOK AT 2:00. WHY DID WE FIND OUT AT 3: 15? BECAUSE BOTTOM LINE IS KIDS ARE FIRST AND TEACHERS. WE’RE TAKING CARE OF THE BUILDING AND ONCE WE ARE SECURE AND COMMUNICATION BEGINS TO FLOW. SOMETIMES THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES. I’M ALL IN.>>YEAH, THERE’S 11 COMMUNITIES BACK WHERE WE LIVE BACK THERE. EVEN FOR — ALL OF THEM, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE EVERYBODY GOES TO THOSE SCHOOLS. SO, IT WOULD JUST MAKE SENSE. I’LL SEE IF I CAN SET THAT UP AND THAT WILL HELP AT LEAST. AND KUDOS TO YOUR STAFF.>>AS CRESTWOOD MOVES FORWARD, THE A IS REALLY IN THEIR GRASS. IF YOU SEE THE LITERATURE, IT’S SOARING TO THE NINES. NINE POINTS IN EACH CELL, GET TO THE A. AND IF YOU WANT TO CLICK ON THAT BECAUSE THERE’S A FEW THINGS THAT THEY’RE DOING AT SCHOOL. OH, GO BACK ONE. THERE YOU GO. SO, THERE’S A VARIETY OF BULLETIN BOARDS AROUND THE BUILDING. THE WELL OF INSPIRATION IS PRETTY SPECTACULAR. AND LEADING THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FRIDAY MORNING WHICH WAS ALSO VERY EXCITING. CRESTWOOD ALSO DOES THANK A TEACHER THURSDAYS. HERE THEY RECOGNIZED TEACHERS LAURIE ALBERT AND — FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION. AND PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. THERE’S NO PRESENTATION TO FALL, DR. ARMAS. JUST SO WE’RE CLEAR. AND I DID NOT ADD ANY SLIDES IN THERE BECAUSE I KNEW THAT HE WOULD BRING HIS TEAM AND DO A GREAT JOB. WHAT I WANT TO SAY TO THE TEAM IS, WHAT A TERRIFIC EXAMPLE OF SHARED LEADERSHIP. YOU GUYS ROCK. SO, REALLY NICE JOB TONIGHT. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. ONE OF THE QUOTES THAT REALLY STANDS OUT TO ME IN REGARDS TO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES, AND I KNOW THAT THEY SAY, THIS IS FROM ROBERT McCLUE, I KNOW THAT THEY SAY GOOD SCHOOLS MAKE GOOD COMMUNITIES, BUT THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS GOOD COMMUNITIES MAKE GOOD SCHOOL. THAT’S THE WORK YOU DO AS THE VILLAGE. WE THANK YOU FOR THAT. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, OUR CONTACT INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE FOR YOU AND WE’RE ALWAYS HERE TO SUPPORT. DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR US NOW? FOR ME AND MY TEAM? NO? GREAT. NO. [ LAUGHTER ] WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME UP? WONDERFUL. MISS ANDREWS WILL BE NEXT.>>WHAT A WONDERFUL EVENING. WOW. LET’S GIVE IT A BIG HAND FOR OUR PRINCIPALS, OUR LEADERSHIP. OUR VILLAGE AND OUR SCHOOLS. JUST BEING A PART OF THE VILLAGE OF ROYAL PALM BEACH, I LOVE HERE. SO, IT’S A SPECIAL PLACE FOR ME. AND MY GRANDKIDS ARE AT ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL AND CRESTWOOD. AND MR. ARMAS, WE HAVE IT BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER TEACHES THERE. AND I’M JUST SO EXCITED TONIGHT WHEN I HEAR ABOUT THE GREAT THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING AT OUR SCHOOLS. AND GOOD EVENING TO THE BOARD. THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS PARTNERING WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PALM BEACH COUNTY. YOU HAVE BEEN AWESOME FOR YEARS. AND WE COULD NOT DO IT WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT. I BRING GREETINGS THIS EVENING FROM OUR SUPERINTENDENT, DR. DONALD VANNOY AND ALL SEVEN SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. THE LEADERS HERE, AND A FORMER PRINCIPAL FROM CRESTWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU ALL KNEW THAT. WE HAVE SOME EXCITED LEADERS HERE THAT’S TAKING THE PLACE OF THOSE WHO HAVE LEFT US. BUT WE HAVE NOT LOST ANY GROUND IN MAKING IT HAPPEN FOR CHILDREN, FOR OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR PRINCIPALS. I’VE ALREADY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH KRYSTAL CLARK, YOUR CHAIR, AND INVITED HER TO THE SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET WITH ME TO TALK ABOUT WHAT HER MISSION IS AS SHE MOVES INTO THIS POSITION. AND WE’VE SCHEDULED MEETINGS TO WALK THE SCHOOLS TOGETHER. I INVITE YOU ALL TO CONTACT ME TO GET TO KNOW ME A LITTLE BIT MORE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO SOMETHING SPECIAL, I HAVE THE ENTIRE DISTRICT SIX, BUT MY COMMITMENT TO YOU IS FOR ROYAL PALM BEACH VILLAGE. AND WE CAN GO AND VISIT SCHOOLS AND DO ALMOST ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT ME TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT I CAN EDUCATE YOU ON ALL THE ASPECTS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. ACADEMICS, YOU HEARD ABOUT IT TONIGHT. IT’S A MAJOR PRIORITY. BUT WE’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE OUR SCHOOLS ARE SAFE. KUDOS TO CRESTWOOD. I JUST TOLD MISS HAYNES THAT I GOT IT. I KNOW SHE HAS IT. MAYBE PARENTS DON’T KNOW AND WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON TRAINING FOR THEM. BUT I KNEW THIS SCHOOL, THE PRINCIPAL AND THIS TEAM, BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME. KIDS LOVE IT. IT’S ANOTHER HAPPY PLACE RIGHT HERE IN THE VILLAGE. AND WE WORK HARD ON KEEPING OUR STUDENTS SAFE SOP, I’M JUST SO PLEASED WITH CRESTWOOD. BUT SAFETY IS A PRIORITY. CAN’T DO THE ACADEMIC PIECE IF OUR CHILDREN AREN’T SAFE. AND SO, ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THAT WE’RE DOING RIGHT NOW IS MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH SECURITY AT EVERY SCHOOL. A POLICE OFFICER, SOMETIMES ONE, TWO, MAYBE THREE. AS YOU HEARD TODAY. WE’RE AT PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL. AND WE’RE COVERING EVERY CHARTER SCHOOL. EVERY SCHOOL IN THE VILLAGE OF ROYAL PALM BEACH ALL OVER PALM BEACH COUNTY HAS A POLICE OFFICER IN THE SCHOOL TO MAKE SURE THE SCHOOLS ARE SAFE. AND THE MENTAL HEALTH COMPONENT, AS YOU HEARD ABOUT TODAY, VERY CRITICAL FOR CHILDREN AS WELL AS ADULTS. AND AS YOU HEARD ROYAL PALM BEACH TALK ABOUT IT, WE REALLY MAKE SURE WE TAKE CARE OF THE MENTAL, SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, ACADEMIC NEEDS OF EVERYBODY WITHIN OUR SCHOOL. SO, I’M NOT GONNA REPEAT ALL THE GREAT THINGS I HEARD TONIGHT. IT WAS SO EXCITING TO SEE THAT WE’RE GROWING. WE HAVE GREAT SCHOOLS. OUR ACADEMICS ARE LOOKING WELL. WE’RE GROWING. WE’RE TRYING TO REACH EVERY STUDENT. LOWEST 25% ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP. AND THIS IS WHERE WE CAN TALK THE REAL DEAL ON THE KINDS OF THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP US GROW EVERY CHILD FOR SUCCESS. THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS?>>I JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS FOR — IT’S BEEN PRETTY CHAOTIC AT THE DISTRICT WITH ALL THE CHANGES AND THINGS. IT’S BEEN BUSY. APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT FROM THE DISTRICT. AND THEN HURRICANE HITS AND ALL THAT OTHER STUFF. APPRECIATE THAT.>>ABSOLUTELY. I’M JUST SO PLEASED TO HAVE SUCH GREAT LEADERS AT THE DISTRICT AS WELL AS IN OUR SCHOOLS. WE KNOW ALL OF THESE PEOPLE, THEY MAY JUST BE IN DIFFERENT ROLES AND THEY KNOW HOW TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE TO GET IT DONE FOR CHILDREN. BECAUSE IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT THE CHILDREN. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>I WANTED TO ADD THAT — AT THE OCTOBER 7th MEETING, SCHOOL POLICE CHIEF WILL BE HERE. SO, IF ANYBODY HAS QUESTIONS, THEY CAN ASK THEN. AND THEN DO WE HAVE ANY LIAISON REPORTS?>>I JUST WANTED TO SAY ON BEHALF OF PALMS WEST CHARTER STEVE EPSTEIN DID INVITE EVERYBODY TO COME AND JOIN ON THE ANNUAL 9/11 REMEMBRANCE EVENT. THEY’RE DOING IT WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th. IT’S GOING TO BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M. PALMS WEST CHARTER SCHOOL. BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY. THEY’VE DONE GREAT THINGS IN THE PAST. I KNOW YOU’VE GONE A COUPLE OF TIMES, JEFF, YOU GO EVERY YEAR. THEY USUALLY DO SOMETHING VERY, VERY SPECIAL WITH ALL OF THE STUDENTS. THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS I BELIEVE THEY’VE BUILT THINGS. AND DONE –>>THEY RELEASED DOVES LAST YEAR AT THE END OF THE CEREMONY.>>HE DID GET DOVES. OF COURSE HE DID. I KNOW THE STUDENTS GET VERY INVOLVED WITH WHATEVER CEREMONIAL THINGS THEY DO. I KNOW THEY BUILT TWO LARGE –>>TOWERS?>>THEY DID. THE TOWERS AND THEN THEY PUT STONES — THEY PUT ALL OF THE VICTIM’S NAMES ON THE STONES AND THE STUDENTS CAME OUT AND DROPPED THEM INTO THE TOWERS WHICH STILL STAND AT THE SCHOOL. THEY DO — THEY DO VERY BEAUTIFUL THINGS AT THE SCHOOL. AND I’M ACTUALLY GOING TO GO THIS YEAR AND SEE WHAT THEY HAVE COME UP WITH THIS YEAR. SO, I LOOK FORWARD TO IT. AND I WILL TRY TO TAKE VIDEO AND DO A REPORT TON NEXT MONTH. SO, I LOOK FORWARD TO IT.>>THANK YOU. ANYBODY ELSE?>>I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE — THE CALENDARS ARE GOOD. IF YOU WOULD IN YOUR REPORTS OR SEND SOMETHING. WE LIKE TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR SCHOOLS SO WE CAN GO VISIT IF YOU DON’T MIND. I WILL BE CONTACTING YOUR SECRETARY TO STOP BY. AFTER THE HURRICANE, GET TOGETHER. BUT WE LIKE TO COME TO AS MANY THINGS AS POSSIBLE. WE THINK YOU DO GREAT THINGS. THE CALENDARS ALWAYS HELP US.>>CHAIR: AND STUDENT COUNCIL REPORT.>>GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY. OKAY. AT THE LAST MEETING STUDENT COUNCIL WAS PREPARING FOR OUR COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING. WE HOSTED THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AT THE ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL IS THE COUNTY PRESIDENT THIS YEAR. WE HAD OVER 20 SCHOOLS COME WITH OVER 200 STUDENTS? ASSISTANCE. ALTHOUGH THE HURRICANE DID NOT HIT US, WE WERE SADLY AND DEVASTATED WITH THE BAHAMAS THROUGHOUT THE COASTLINE. AND SUPPORTING THE BAHAMAS STRONG MOVEMENT. AND WE PUSHED HOMECOMING BACK, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK TO OCTOBER 28th TO NOVEMBER 2nd. WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE BEST TO PUSH IT BACK FOR ANY KIDS WHO WERE AFFECTED AND SO THEY HAVE TIME TO RECUPERATE. AND APPROACHING A NEW HOMECOMING DATE, WE WILL BE WORKING ON PROJECTS IN BETWEEN. EARLIER TODAY WE DID THE CHICK-FIL-A COW CONTEST AND PROUD TO SAY WE WON THE FIRST PLACE FOR THE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW. ADDITIONALLY, WE HELD FRESHMEN INTERVIEWS AND I SAT BEFORE 14 OF THEM THAT WERE INTERESTED IN JOINING STUDENT COUNCIL. WE SELECTED SEVEN, I WAS PROUD OF WHO WE SELECTED AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THEM GROW AND BECOME OUTSTANDING LEADERS. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. ANY STATEMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC? ANYTHING ELSE — OH, YEAH. MISANDREWS?>>I’M GOING TO ASK MR. ARMAS TO COME UP WITH ME. WE HAVE GREAT NEWS. [ LAUGHTER ]>>WELL, BREAKING NEWS?>>IT’S KIND OF BREAKING NEWS. I SEE JONATHAN UP HERE. HE PROBABLY ALREADY KNOWS ABOUT IT. OUR STUDENT COUNCIL.>>OH, YEAH. YES. I DON’T KNOW — YEAH, THAT WAS MY BAD. I WAS SUPPOSED TO SEND THAT SLIDE. COVERED FOR ME. I WAS SUPPOSED TO SEND THE SLIDE. AND I DIDN’T GET THAT ONE. BUT JONATHAN MENTIONED THE ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL IS THE PRESIDENT FOR THE COUNTY. WELL, WITH THAT COMES THE FACT THAT OUR PRESIDENT, JAY DEN MANUEL, GETS TO SIT ON THE DAIS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS. AND SO, I’LL BRING YOU A FEW PICTURES ABOUT THAT FROM LAST TIME THEY HAD A COUPLE OF NICE ARTICLES IN THE NEWSPAPERS. AND WITH OUR OWN TOWN CRIER AND THEN THE POST. AND HE GETS TO SIT ON THE DAIS. AND HE GETS TO REPORT FOR ALL THE STUDENTS IN THE ENTIRE COUNTY. IT’S A REALLY NEAT DEAL. I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE, YOU DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND IT UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN IN IT BECAUSE I DIDN’T FIGURE IT OUT. BUT IN THE STUDENT COUNCIL WORLD, ROYAL PALM BEACH HIGH SCHOOL IS A BIG PLAYER IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. I MEAN, WE’RE ALSO THE TREASURER OF THE — NO — VICE PRESIDENT. MY BAD. SO, WE’RE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REGION TOO. SO, WE’RE ALWAYS WINNING ELECTIONS IN THAT THING BECAUSE THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT — THROUGHOUT THE STATE, REALLY, OUR KIDS DO A REALLY GOOD JOB AND THEY’RE KNOWN FOR HOW WELL THEY DO IN THE STUDENT COUNCIL WORLD. YEAH, WE’RE REALLY PROUD OF THAT.>>THANK YOU.>>AND CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU, JONATHAN. YOU’RE THE PRESIDENT.>>THANK YOU.>>CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>CHAIR: OKAY. ANYONE ELSE? MOTION TO ADJOURN? OH, APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM LAST MEETING. ANYBODY WANT TO MOTION?>> I’LL MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE.>>SECOND.>>CHAIR: GOT IT?>>OKAY.>>CHAIR: OKAY?>>CAN I MAKE ONE COMMENT BEFORE WE CLOSE?>>CHAIR: OF COURSE.>>PEOPLE OFTEN ASK, AND IT WAS ADDRESSED EARLIER, WHAT IS THE EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD DO? AND YOU HEARD SOME OF WHAT WE DO. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE GOOD SPOKE SPOKESMEN/PEOPLE FOR THE SCHOOLS. AND THE WAY WE GET THAT WAY IS BY KNOWING YOU ALL WE WELL. AND SPENDING TIME AT YOUR SCHOOLS. AND THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WE HAVE THIS SCHOOL LIAISON POSITIONS. SO, JUST AS BILL HAD SUGGESTED, REMINDING US OF THE UPCOMING ACTIVITIES EVERY MEETING IS A REALLY, REALLY GOOD THING. WE WILL SPEND THE TIME WITH THE SCHOOLS THAT PARENTS OFTEN DON’T HAVE. BUT WE SEE THOSE PARENTS IN AISLE 13 AT PUBLIX. IT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES. WE SEE PARENTS VARIOUS PLACES AND HAVE THESE CASUAL CONVERSATIONS. AND WE CAN TALK WITH REAL UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU DO, ABOUT YOUR STAFFS AND HOW PROFESSIONAL THEY ARE AND HOW MANY OF THEIR KIDS GO TO THE SCHOOL AND HOW MANY OF THEM RETURN AS TEACHERS. WE CAN HELP GET THE WORD OUT. AND I THINK IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. SO, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO. APPRECIATE THAT.>>I SECOND.>>ADJOURNED.

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