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PBDA Installation Ceremony for Fanning Hearon

PBDA Officially Welcomes Fanning Hearon with Installation Ceremony

Posted September 13, 2019 in News

A last-minute change in plans and venue couldn’t dampen spirits or energy on the morning of September 13, 2019, when the Palm Beach Day Academy Board of Trustees and school community officially welcomed Mr. Fanning M. Hearon III as PBDA’s fourteenth Head of School during Hearon’s Installation Ceremony. The Ceremony On Friday morning, the Upper ...

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PBDA Lead With Honor September 2019

Annual Upper Campus Lead With Honor Assembly

Posted September 10, 2019 in News

For over 10 years, the Upper School students at Palm Beach Day Academy have demonstrated a pledge to Lead with Honor in the classroom, on the fields, and in their day-to-day lives. On the morning of Tuesday, September 10, Upper Campus students, Grades 4-9, and faculty gathered in the Smith Family Theater to participate in ...

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Three Benefits of Small Class Sizes at a private school

Three Benefits of Small Class Sizes

Posted September 9, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

We are living in an age where everything seems to be custom-made to one’s needs: fast-casual food orders, vitamins, and yes, even education. Small class sizes allow for this tailor-made feel and offers a slew of proven benefits, from increased achievement to higher graduation rates. In fact, researchers have found that reducing class size can ...

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PBDA Alumni Isabel Carden '17

Alumni Spotlight: Isabel Carden (‘17)

Posted August 23, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

Written by: Isabel Carden, PBDA alumna (Class of 2017) While my passion for marine biology began long before my academic career, it was the opportunities that Palm Beach Day Academy offered me that first allowed me to pursue my interest in science. My experiences at PBDA introduced me to my passion of marine biology, a ...

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PBDA Mental Health school counselor

How to Talk to Your Children about Mental Health

Posted August 14, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

Written by Deena Sobel, PBDA School Counselor   Our children are listening when we say we’re feeling stressed, anxious, or in need of a “mental health day.” They are formulating ideas about what that means and trying to make sense of their own feelings and emotions.  Fortunately for most, mental health is easily maintained with proper ...

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Faculty Friday Palm Beach Day Academy Primary Nina Flaminio

Faculty Friday Spotlight: Nina Flaminio

Posted August 9, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

In this month’s “Faculty Friday” spotlight series, we’ve asked PBDA Primary teacher Nina Flaminio to answer a few questions to help us get to know her better. A world traveler with a fun fact that takes the cake, Nina has devoted the past eleven years to teaching PBDA’s Primary students. Check back in September for ...

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Palm Beach Day Academy alumni Rafe Cochran in Jamaica

Alumni Spotlight: Rafe Cochran (’20)

Posted July 26, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

What started as a field trip with Palm Beach Day Academy’s Third Grade class seven years ago has escalated into a life-changing passion, not only for fourteen-year-old Rafe Cochran, but for the many lives he continues to touch around the world.  Since the age of nine, Rafe, a recent PBDA alum (‘20), has been combining ...

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Cell Phones and the Classroom: Making the School Day Sacred Again

Posted July 19, 2019 in Heads' Blog

Written by: Sarah Kemeness, Head of Upper Campus Learning to Navigate Challenges Independently  It’s 2nd period, and the tests are handed back. The teacher’s face shows, “You’re a nice kid,” but the way she flips over the test and sets it on the desk shows, “But you need to study.” A casual flip of the ...

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Adin McAuliffe Andover Crew Palm Beach Day alum

4 Tips to Help Prepare Your Transition to Boarding School

Posted July 12, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

As we approach the midway point of summer, we continue to treasure sleeping in late, spending time on our beautiful South Florida beaches, and summer nights free of school work. Before too long, however, it will be time to begin a new school year. With that comes excitement as well as apprehension, especially for those ...

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PBDA Claudie Finney French Teacher World Language Department

Faculty Friday Spotlight: Claudie Finney

Posted June 28, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

In this month’s “Faculty Friday” spotlight series, we’ve asked PBDA’s Upper Campus teacher Claudie Finney a few questions to help us get to know her better. Originally from a small town in France, Claudie joined the PBDA community more than 20 years ago and today, serves as the Upper Campus French teacher, the World Language ...

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PBDA Bridge Ceremony 2019

2019 Lower Campus Bridge Ceremony

Posted June 12, 2019 in News

On the morning of Thursday, June 6, 2019, Palm Beach Day Academy celebrated the end of another great year on the Lower Campus with the 2019 Bridge Ceremony. Held at the Palm Beach Convention Center, the Bridge Ceremony was an opportunity for all PBDA students and their families from Pre-Primary through Third Grade to gather ...

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