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PBDA Students Featured in Service Learning Documentary

Tom Fitz from Schoolyard Films, returned to Palm Beach Day Academy today to share the near-final version of the documentary they filmed here last year. The documentary was on Service Learning and featured the work of three schools – two in Florida and one in New York City – where students were involved in actual ...

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4th Grade Presidential Fitness Awards

The Fourth Grade students participated in the President’s Fitness Challenge. The physical fitness program includes five events that measure muscular strength/endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, speed, agility, and flexibility. We had 21 National Award winners this year – Carlisle A., Whitney A., Luca B., Annabel B., Gordon B. , Lorenzo B., Caroline C., Aiden C., Christopher E., ...

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2018 Girls Athletic Banquet

Palm Beach Day Academy’s Athletic Department celebrated the achievements of the 7th – 9th Grade girls at the Annual Sports Banquet at the Sailfish Club on May 16. Athletic Director, Paul Cicio opened the evening by honoring the Walter H. Butler Flamingo Captains, Flamingo, India Lalor and winning captain, Lauren Susick and the Field Day ...

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2018 Boys Athletic Awards Banquet

Palm Beach Day Academy’s Athletic Department celebrated the achievements of the 7th – 9th Grade boys at the Annual Sports Banquet at the Sailfish Club tonight. Athletic Director, Paul Cicio opened the evening by honoring the Walter H. Butler Flamingo Captains, Flamingo, Carson Reid and winning captain, Teddy Tarone and the Field Day Maddock Award ...

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Interim Head, Billy Peebles, Meets the PBDA Community

Palm Beach Day Academy parents and members of the community attended a cocktail reception at the school’s Upper Campus to welcome Billy Peebles, incoming Interim Head of School. Peebles starts his new role at Florida’s first independent school in August. He has already traveled to the area several times, and will continue to do so, ...

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PBDA’s 2018 Golf Team Undefeated

The 2018 Varsity Golf Team just completed their season with two wins each against All Saints, Rosarian, Jupiter Christian and one against St. Mark’s. PBDA finished the season with a perfect 7-0 record. The team played one match at the Breaker’s Ocean course and two at the Palm Beach Par 3 for their home matches. ...

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PBDA’s Upper School Musical – West Side Story

At four performances of West Side Story on May 11, 12 & 13, excited audience members filled the Smith Family Theater in the Matthews Center for Performing Arts. The PBDA community has come to expect professional quality productions, and the cast and crew of West Side Story has kept that expectation alive. Once the shows ...

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Teacher Appreciation Week Included a Bonus for Teachers

Palm Beach Day Academy’s Faculty and Staff enjoyed Teacher Appreciation Week, thanks to the genuine gratitude of school families. Every year, parents go to considerable lengths to let the teachers know that their dedication to the students at PBDA is recognized and valued. This year, Lower Campus Chairs Allyson Mashek and Carmen Sosin; and Upper ...

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5th Grade Poetry Finals Results in Three Top-Place Winners

PBDA’s 5th Grade Poetry Contest concluded with the final round on Friday, April 27. Alexa Lingelli was the 1st Place winner for her recital of “America” by Maya Angelou. Kiko Tomeu won 2nd Place for his recital of “Why Nobody Pets the Lion at the Zoo” by John Ciardi and Dawson Steffee earned 3rd Place ...

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Grandparents and Special Friends Day – 2018

Clear skies and cooler temperatures were the perfect backdrop for PBDA’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day this past Tuesday on the Lower Campus.  The day began with Pre-Primary and Primary students and their guests enjoying activities in the classroom and students performing on the steps of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. Kindergarten and First Grade ...

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43rd Fine Arts Festival – April 16, 2018

PBDA’s 43rd Fine Arts Festival, on Monday evening, April 16, featured the artwork of students from 3rd Grade to 9th, and the music talents of 4th through 6th Graders.  Art Department Chair, Scott Thompson and the visual arts teachers, Tracy Kramm, Ericka Handley and Sue Chris gathered all of the drawings, paintings, and clay and ...

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PBDA Hosts First Young Readers of the Palm Beach Book Festival

Palm beach Day Academy hosted the very first “Young Readers of the Palm Beach Book Festival” on Sunday, April 15. PBDA was the exclusive school partner of the Palm Beach Book Festival, which held its main event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on April 14. Authors Troy Cummings, Kwame Alexander and James Patterson ...

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Varsity Lacrosse Girls Win Second Place in League Finals

Girls Varsity Lacrosse had a stellar season. We were third seed going into the play-offs against St. Marks. In the regular season our game against them ended with a buzzer beater tie. We knew the semi-final game would be a great match. The game started off with a goal by St. Marks, we fired back ...

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Varsity Boys Lacrosse Season Ends in Semi-Finals

The 2018 boys’ lacrosse team made it all the way to the league semi-finals, losing 7-4 to Benjamin. In the quarter final game, the Bulldogs defeated King’s Academy 11-3. In the regular season, the boys posted wins against Rosarian 12–0, King’s 6-2, Gulf Stream 10-1 while losing to Jupiter Christian, The Pine School, St. Mark’s ...

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Second Trimester High Honors – 2017-18

High Honors – Second Trimester 2017-18 Grade 6 Tyler Aronson Bertie Azqueta Scout Balda Garvey Beall James Caprio Thalia Ferro Caroline Johnson Amelia Kelty Alexis Koch Tyler Lamm Carter Leidy IV Chloe Levine Michael Maurice Stephen Myers, III Alexa Petrovics Roger Ramos Sydney Steffee Grade 7 Rafe Cochran Tatiana Georgas Caroline Ghirardini Mimi Gochman Virginia ...

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PBDA’s Erin Mitchell Named Environmental Educator of the Year.

PBDA’s 4th & 5th Grade Science teacher, Erin Mitchell, has been named FAU Pine Jog’s 2018 Environmental Educator of the Year. This award recognizes an educator either in the formal or non-formal setting that provides exceptional environmental education to his or her students. As a 4th and 5th Grade science teacher, Erin goes above and ...

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PBDA’s 8th Graders Learn from the Pine Jog Education Research Team

On Tuesday, March 27, PBDA’s 8th Graders traveled to Munyon Island to participate in the FAU PineJog Educational Connections to Ongoing Research Projects student program where they were introdueced to the world of research and the role it plays in solving osme of South Florisda’s most complex environmental challenges. PBDA is one of only three ...

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2018 Feather Ball – Inaugural Centennial Celebration Evening

The countdown has officially begun! As Palm Beach Day Academy looks forward to celebrating its 100th birthday, more than 250 Palm Beach Day Academy supporters toasted Florida’s first independent school on Saturday, March 3rd at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. The “Inaugural Centennial Celebration Evening,” was the first of a series of celebratory events leading ...

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Holocaust Survivor Shares Message of Peace and Respect.

On Thursday, March 1, Dr. Michael Bornstein, along with his daughter Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, told PBDA’s 5th – 9th Graders the story of his Jewish family’s tragedies and triumphs during and after the Holocaust. In 1945, Michael Bornstein was four years old when he was rescued from Auschwitz. He was one of fewer than one ...

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“Mathemagician,” Dr. Arthur Benjamin, Amazes Students of All Ages.

On February 28, Dr. Arthur Benjamin, professor at Harvey Mudd College and accomplished magician, first demonstrated and then explained “Mathemagics” to Palm Beach Day Academy students from 1st Grade to 9th. He engaged the audience with interactive math games and amazed the packed Smith Family Theater and the Lower Campus music room with mind-boggling multiplication ...

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Pelicans Win the 87th Walter H. Butler Field Day

The 87th Walter H. Butler Field Day ended in a Pelican victory on Saturday, February 24. Both teams, Pelicans and Flamingos, had spent the last few weeks planning their strategies and assigning athletes to their best events. As Saturday’s competition began, the Pelicans seemed to get off to an early lead and by the time ...

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Flamingos Win the 2018 Knowledge Bowl

The Flamingos had a successful afternoon at the 29th Annual Knowledge Bowl on February 23, beating the Pelicans with a score of 1080 to 740. The Flamingos took an early lead with the 5th and 6th Grade team of Marin Cvelbar, Caroline Johnson and Roger Ramos as they faced Pelicans Scout Balda, Garvey Beall,  and ...

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Inaugural Centennial Celebration Evening

As PBDA approaches its one hundredth anniversary, the school is preparing for a series of celebrations beginning with the Inaugural Centennial Celebration Evening, Dinner and Auction on March 3rd at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. Auction co-chairs Frances & Jeffrey Fisher and Amanda & Charles Schumacher, along with their committee members, have been planning an ...

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5th Graders Bring 42 Presidents to the Smith Family Theater

PBDA’s 5th Graders transformed themselves into 41 of the 44 United States Presidents from George Washington to Donald Trump and took the stage for the 28th Annual 5th Grade Presidents’ Assembly on Friday, February 16. The 5th Grade history program focuses on United States history and government. To prepare for the Presidents’ Assembly, each 5th ...

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2018 Girls’ Varsity Soccer Ends Season in Semi-Finals

The Lady Bulldogs ended their regular season with 3 wins and 3 losses in our league. Going into the playoffs as fourth seed we played fifth seed, Jupiter Christian, beating them 5-0. Scorers were Seray Ozgenc with 3 goals, Isa Pargiolas and Kate Griffin each scored one. We knew the semi-finals game would be a ...

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Varsity Boys’ Basketball 2018

The 2018 Palm Beach Day Academy Boy’s Varsity Basketball season ended last week with the boy’s taking 3rd place in the league championship tournament. The bulldogs had an up and down season, finishing with a 5 and 7 record. The season began with a double-digit win against rival Rosarian Academy. After three losses in a ...

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PBDA’s Science Olympiad Places 6th in Southeast Florida Competition

Palm Beach Day Academy’s science students enjoyed a full day of competition at the 2018 Science Olympiad at Florida Atlantic University in Boca on Saturday, February 17.  The students have spent weeks preparing for the event by first choosing an event or two and then following the instructions to the letter to either master specific ...

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PBDA hosts Palm Beach Unites and Feeding Children Everywhere.

On Sunday, February 11, Palm Beach Day Academy served as the host venue for a collaborative community effort to ease hunger in Palm Beach County.  Feeding Children Everywhere is a charity organization that supplies the food and packaging equipment to civic groups willing to provide the people power and financial assistance to package thousands of ...

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2018 Walter H. Butler Field Day Captains Announced

As the Pelicans and Flamingo begin to prepare for the 87th Walter H. Butler Field Day on Saturday, February 24, their captains will be making strategic decisions about how each team’s athletes can best contribute to a win.  This is serious business for both teams.  Although the Flamingos have enjoyed a recent winning streak, the ...

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Student Leadership Council Carnival

PBDA’s Student Leadership Council members started the year determined to revive the Carnival, after it was dropped from the school calendar a couple of years ago.  SLC sponsors, Valentina Gabrielli and Olympia Bishop, listened to the students’ enthusiastic and convincing carnival sales pitch, took a deep breath and agreed to organize the whole-school event.  With ...

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Martha Bjorklund Introduces Herself to the PBDA Family

Martha Bjorklund and her husband Brad were introduced to the PBDA family during her visit in late January.  She spent time with teachers and administrators and met many Lower School parents at a special evening reception. Martha currently serves as Assistant Head of Lower School at Allendale-Columbia School, Rochester, NY, where she has been for ...

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Camouflaged Second Graders Report on their Research

Excited for Camouflage Day, Second Grade students arrived to school on January 17 dressed to demonstrate what they’d learned about  the many ways animals use camouflage to hide in plain sight.   The big day was the culminating event to an integrated classroom research project.  Because Second Graders are studying the continent of Asia in their ...

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PBDA Students Present iPads to the YMCA Aftercare Program

PBDA students delivered iPads and Headphones to the children at the YMCA Aftercare program today. This gift was made possible through the efforts of our students who participated in the Philanthropy Tank last spring. The students presented their proposal to get funding for the iPads and headphones that allow the children at the aftercare program ...

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2018 Pet Show

The 2018 Palm Beach Day Academy Pet Show was an opportunity for proud pet owners to give others a chance to admire their pets and to have those pets evaluated by a team of expert pet judges, a.k.a. willing alumni. The judges chose: Short Hair Dog– 1st Busby the Scottie (Ferguson Family), 2nd Strudel the ...

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First Trimester High Honors – 2017-18

High Honors – First Trimester 2017-18 Grade 6 Tyler Aronson Bertie Azqueta Scout Balda Garvey Beall Hudson Byrne James Caprio Marin Cvelbar Nikolai Dutkewych Thalia Ferro Reilly Hollern Caroline Johnson Alexis Koch Tyler Lamm Carter Leidy IV Chloe Levine Michael Maurice Ansley Middleton Stephen Myers, III Alexa Petrovics Roger Ramos Grade 7 Rafe Cochran Jack ...

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PBDA Families joined the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

PBDA families joined the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 15. Palm Beach Day Academy teamed up with the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County to invite families to serve at the Boys and Girls Club in West Palm Beach, at Morse Life Health Systems in West Palm Beach, and ...

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PBDA Hosts Palm Beach Symphony’s Chamber Music Concert Series Quartet

On Wednesday, January 10, Palm Beach Day Academy hosted the first of Palm Beach Symphony’s Chamber Music Concert Series – “Playing Still: The Dean of Afro-American Composers – the music of William Grant Still,” narrated by Dr. Rufus Jones and performed by a quartet of Evija Ozolins and Valentin Mansurov, violins; Chauncey Patterson, viola; and ...

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National Junior Honor Society Members Provide Tutoring Service

Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Grade Members of the PBDA chapter of the National Junior Honor Society can be found sitting side by side every afternoon with fellow PBDA students who have requested the help of an after-school tutor. Volunteer NJHS students have been paired with younger classmates whose parents have responded to Mrs. Sobel and ...

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Girls Varsity Field Hockey – 2017

Arguably, one of the toughest and coolest sports to play is Field Hockey. Here at Palm Beach Day, we give our Upper School girls an opportunity to play Field Hockey as an alternative to Basketball. The origins of Field Hockey can be traced to ancient Egypt, Persia, and Greece; but the game as we know ...

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Boys Varsity Soccer Season Ends with a Loss in the Semi-Finals

   The boys varsity soccer team just completed their season with a disappointing semi-final loss in the PBISAC playoffs. The Bulldogs entered the tournament as the number one seed and easily handled Atlantic Christian in the quarterfinals 7-0. Then came the re-match with St. Mark’s on the Bulldogs home turf. PBDA won the earlier match but ...

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KIDS RULE THE SCHOOL – December 1

The much anticipated 3rd annual Kids Rule the School day finally arrived Friday, December 1 at Palm Beach Day Academy. Ninety PBDA faculty, staff, and administrators vacated their seats as students on both campuses shadowed those they deeply admire throughout the ½ day. Parent bidding for these seats at the Inaugural Centennial Celebration Evening pre-auction party, Academics & Automobiles, ...

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Kindergarten visits Norton Museum of Art

Kindergarten took a behind-the-scenes field trip to the Norton Museum of Art on Friday, November 17. Students enjoyed meeting all of the individuals who work at the museum including the docents, curators and security. They were even able to visit areas that aren’t usually open to the public. Students look forward to exploring the exhibitions ...

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Sameer Hinduja – Managing Cyberbullying

Dr. Sameer Hinduja spent Monday, November 13 sharing useful information about social media use and cyberbullying to our students and parents. With four separate age appropriate presentations, Sameer connected with his audiences and left them feeling empowered and inspired to take control of their on-line world and defend themselves and others against on-line bullying and ...

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Two Generations Study Moon Rocks

By Tom Sarko In 1979, my first year of teaching at, then, Palm Beach Day School, I borrowed a “Lunar Sample Disk” from Kennedy Space Center and shared it with students over the course of several weeks. I had attended a certification workshop, allowing me to participate in that NASA program, at a high school ...

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Peter and the Wolf

On Thursday, November 9, Palm Beach Symphony and Ballet East performed Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and The Wolf” in the Smith Family Theater. PBDA’s 3rd & 4th Graders enjoyed the performance along with their guests from Glades Academy in Pahokee and Opportunity Incorporated in West Palm Beach. Conductor, Johann Guzman, introduced the performance by first calling ...

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9th Grade Playwrights

9th Grade Playwrights Present Ten-Minute Plays

On Friday, November 3, the Ninth Graders read ten original 10 minute plays that they had written in Jan Cook’s play writing class. At the invitation of Gary Cadwallader, the Education Director at Palm Beach DramaWorks, each of the plays has also been entered into DramaWorks Play Competition. From all entries, 20 finalists will be ...

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5th Graders Adopt Grandparents at MorseLife

Palm Beach Day Academy 5th Graders took Halloween to the residents at MorseLife in West Palm Beach on Halloween as one of their community service projects this year. The 5th Graders were prepared with craft projects to share with their new friends, but mostly they were prepared to interact and make friends. During the year, ...

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Chapin Cup Winner

2017 Awards Assembly

On Wednesday, May 31, 6th-9th Grade students and their parents met in the Smith Family Theater to honor the 2016-17 Outstanding Students and Athletes. Book Prizes are awarded to those students the faculty view as outstanding in each of the offered subjects. To earn a Book Prize, a student must have one of the highest ...

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Excellence in Athletics

Athletic Awards 2017

At the Girls’ Athletic Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 17, the coaches awarded team Coaches Awards to Grace Watts for volleyball, Ariana Biondi-Copeland for basketball, Isabel Carden for Field Hockey, Lilli Wytrzes for Soccer and Tennis, Nina Horgan for Lacrosse, and Ainsley Balda & Grace Singer for J.V. Sports. Field Day Captain awards were presented ...

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Education Center Construction Update

Here are the newest photos of the progress that is being made on the foundation of our Education Center. As you can see from the photo above, most of the rebar is in place now, and the concrete could be poured as early as this coming Friday!...

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