For the parents, students, staff, and community of Spanish River Community High School
Community High School 5100 Jog Road Boca Raton, FL 33496 Phone: (561) 241-2200
Administration Mr. Latson Principal
Mrs. Goron Assistant Principal
Student Services Assistant Principals
Dr. Kia Allen-Jefferson Students A-D Dr. Orndorff Students E-K Mrs. Carril Students L-Q Mr. Sollod Students R-Z Mr. Markwardt Student Services
Volume 2 • Issue 1 The Spanish River Vision Our vision is to create a nationally known high school highly regarded for its academic excellence, while helping all students prepare for and be accepted into post secondary education or careers.
A Message from the Principal To our Spanish River Community, We are off and running as if we never had a summer break. The students are right back in the groove of school. The end of the first nine weeks—October 13—is quickly approaching. Parents, remember that a student’s GPA and credits earned are based on the semester grade, which is a combination of both nine weeks and the semester exam grades. Students, if you are happy with your grade from the first nine weeks, keep up the good work. If not, get back on track in the second nine weeks. Reach out to your teachers to see what you can do to improve your grades; advocate for yourself. I have been pleased with this first quarter of the year. Throughout my visits to classrooms, students have been attentive and focused. Early this school year, River’s administrative team met with each grade level and discussed the standards of excellence that are expected. We want to focus on keeping our campus clean, especially after lunch and the principles of being a “Shark.” River provides a variety of programs to meet the needs of each student. Whether it is one of our 35+ AP/AICE courses, dual enrollment courses, fine arts program, or the four academies, we strive to provide a variety of options for our students. River offers other options outside of the classroom. Our sports programs consistently compete for district and state championships. If you have not been to our campus for an event, performance, or contest this year, I encourage you to do so. The talent of our students will amaze you. It is my hope that the 2017-2018 school year will be the best one ever. Students and parents please keep the following suggestions in mind as you embark into the new school year. 1. Take care of yourself physically and mentally as high school can be demanding. A good night’s sleep, a healthy diet, and regular exercise are necessary if you want to be up to the challenge and perform at a high level. 2. Your studies are important. Develop a study/homework routine that works for you. Take advantage of any available morning, lunchtime, or after school help sessions. Make school attendance a priority. Do your very best, but don’t worry about competing with others. 3. Get involved in school and community activities. Choose clubs and organizations which provide activities that are of interest to you. This can be a great way to make new friends, give back to the community, and develop your problem solving and leadership skills. 4. Healthy relationships are important. Be a friend who is a good listener, who cares about others, and who provides good advice. Insist on these same characteristics in your friends. Good friends raise each other up, not hold one another back. There is a saying that states that you can tell how successful someone will be by the company they keep; surround yourself with friends who are positive and doing great things and it will influence you to do the same. I am looking forward to another great year at Spanish River and hope you as parents get involved in your student’s academic and social life to guide them along this last leg into adulthood. Go Sharks! Sincerely, William R. Latson, Ed.S Principal
River PTSA is off to another great school year. Our general meeting started off with an Expo from our Business Partners who provided the parents with important resources for succeeding in high school and beyond. Our membership drive is in full swing and we encourage you to join at www.sharkcountry. net. 100% of funds raised go right back to the school and our students. River PTSA spent over $63,000 last year on materials, equipment, events and so much more for Spanish River. We can only continue to do this if our membership dollars increase! Please also register on our website to receive our weekly email on Sunday mornings. If you aren’t receiving these emails you are missing out on important information you and your student need to know. Our “Take A Chance” program will be active from Sept. to April. If your child is in any sport, club or group at River ask the coach or teacher about “Take A Chance”. If you have any questions please email us at RiverPTSA@ Gmail.com . Thank you for your continued support!
Find My Bus If your student will be taking the bus to school, please be sure to check the transportation website for bus information. Go to Palmbeachschools.org and click “Find My Bus”. You will enter your address, select Spanish River High School from the drop down menu and select AM and/or PM stops.
Free Breakfast for All Students Students can power up with FREE breakfast everyday in all Palm Beach County Schools. Spanish River offers free breakfast to all students. Join us in the cafeteria at 6:50 a.m. Parents that would like to apply for free or reduced lunch can visit: palmbeachschools.org/ sfs. If you have any questions or concerns please call Janice Brown (Cafeteria Manager) at 561-241-2230.
Academy Open House Save the Date! Join us on Oct 23, 2017 at 6:00pm to learn about our academies. A representative from our Entrepreneurship, American History and Law, Biotechnology, and Early Childhood Teacher Education (in house program) will be available to answer your questions. This is a great opportunity for younger students and their parents to checkout all of the great academy programs Spanish River has to offer.
2017-2018 School Calendar The Palm Beach County School District Board has approved new school calendars for the 20172018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school year. Changes to the calendar will eliminate early release and late start days. Additionally, schools and District offices will be closed for the full week in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Please visit https://www.palmbeachschools.org/communications/calendarofevents/ to view the calendar for the upcoming school year.
Report Card Distribution Dates The 2017-2018 report cards will be distributed to students on the following dates: November 1, 2017, January 24, 2018, April 11, 2018 and mailed after June 21, 2018.
Visits to the Clinic
Spanish River High School has one registered nurse in our clinic. Students can be seen by the nurse with a clinic pass from their teacher. Our clinic is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. If your student has any medication or medical needs that need to be addressed during the school day please call the nurse at 561-241-2207.
Pieces of Eight
2017-2018 Parking decals cost $50.00 and the Vehicle Registration form is available in Suite A or online. Students must have their required community service hours recorded in order to purchase a decal. Seniors need 20 hours, juniors need 15 hours and sophomores need 5 hours recorded. Remember that Community Service hours are a requirement for graduation. What to bring: Completed 2017-2018 Vehicle Registration Parking Agreement form, Valid Driver’s license (no copies no pictures), payment of $50.00 in cash, check or preferred online payment made at https://palmbeach. schoolcashonline.com. (Must print receipt).
Congratulations to the Pieces of Eight staff on earning a Silver Medal with a Superior Rating from the Florida Scholastic Press Association. Editor in Chief, Laney Ciaccio, organized this year’s book, which was under the theme of “Secrets and Lies.” Students submitted various writing and art pieces for publication. Special thanks to Mrs. Delaney, of the Creative Writing program and Ms. Martinez of the Art Department, for their support during the submission period. The staff is looking forward to another exceptional year, highlighting the talented students of Spanish River High School. For more information, email the staff at piecesofeight@gmail. com and follow us on Twitter: @eight_pieces.
Community Service Hours
All students are required to have 20 hours recorded for graduation. Community service sheets can be found in Student Services and the Main Office. Important: Students planning to purchase a parking decal are required to have their hours recorded in advance before they can purchase a decal.
Picture Make-up Day for 9th, 10th & 11th Grade Did you miss picture day? Not a problem, stop by the media center on Friday, October 6, 2017 to have your picture taken.
The Editorial Board - Zoe Brand, Laney Ciaccio, Ava Butera, and Natalia Galicza
Supporting students for over 35 years www.ScoreAtTheTop.com
Boca Raton 561-241-1610
Assistant Principals & Guidance Counselors
Our Assistant Principals and Guidance Counselors are responsible for students with the following alpha: Assistant Principals
Dr. Allen-Jefferson Kia.Allen@palmbeachschools.org
Mr. Keller Daniel.Keller@palmbeachschools.org
Dr. Orndorff Amanda.Orndorff@palmbeachschools.org
Mrs. Loyacona Melissa.Loyacona@palmbeachschools.org
Mrs. Carril Jennifer.Carril@palmbeachschools.org
Ms. Kalman Janet.Kalman@palmbeachschools.org
Mr. Sollod Ira.Sollod@palmbeachschools.org
Mrs. Riggle Suzanne.Riggle@palmbeachschools.org
Dr. Craft Eleanor.Craft@palmbeachschools.org
If you need to speak to an Assistant Principal, please call 561-241-2215 or 561-2216. If you need to speak to a Guidance Counselor, please call 561-241-2209 or 561-241-2210.
Stay Informed and Check Out These Spanish River Resources These websites and social media accounts are an excellent way to keep students, parents and staff updated on school news and events. School Website: www.SpanishRiverHS.org Edline: www.edline.net/pages/SpanishRiver_HS
Spanish River Foundation: www.SpanishRiverFoundation.org and www.facebook.com/spanishriverfoundation
Register for SAT at www.collegeboard.org Register for ACT at www.act.org Juniors and Seniors who are planning on attending a four-year college after high school should plan on taking a college entrance exam like the SAT or ACT.
SAT Test Dates
Late Registrations by mail/phone or online
August 26, 2017
July 28, 2017
August 8/August 15, 2017
October 7, 2017
September 8, 2017
September 19/September 27, 2017
November 4, 2017
October 5, 2017
October 17/October 25, 2017
December 2, 2017
November 2, 2017
November 14/November 21, 2017
ACT Test Dates
Sept 9, 2017
Aug 4, 2017
August 5-18, 2017
Oct 28, 2017
Sept 22, 2017
September 23-Oct 6, 2017
Dec 9, 2017
Nov 3, 2017
November 4-17, 2017
College Thursdays Every Thursday is college shirt day! Show off yourfavorite school by wearing a college shirt every Thursday.
The National Honor Society offers FREE tutoring everyday. Students in need of tutoring can stop by room 1153D during lunch for help in any subject area- students are permitted to bring their lunch to tutoring.
“Shark Currents” September 2017 Published Five Times Per Year The School District of Palm Beach County 3300 Forest Hill Blvd. • West Palm Beach, FL 33406 Issue 1
PTSA: www.SharkCountry.net Also find them on Facebook & Twitter
2017-2018 SAT and ACT Testing Dates
National Honor Society Tutoring
College Visits Sign-up
Take a look at all the wonderful colleges that will be at Spanish River. Visit: http://l.sdpbc.net/5cgly to view the calendar. After clicking on link; click on the college name; next click more details and fill out the sign up form.
Don’t miss your chance to purchase a Spanish River Yearbook. The book is filled with memories from the school year. Yearbooks can be purchased online at: yearbookordercenter.com. Fall sale ends September 30, 2017.
Lost and Found Items Any lost items such as books, notebooks, clothing or valuables are kept in the main office. If you’re missing an item please check the Lost and Found bin.
SAP Art History
AP Art History is off to an exciting new year. We are currently studying “Mand and the Natural World” a part of “Global Pre-History”. We studied the caves of Lascaux in France. We channeled the prehistoric cave painters by finger painting our own version of the cave, using their techniques, we learned and laughed a lot. Enjoy AP Art History’s Spanish River Version of the caves.
Kayla Winter applied for and was accepted into a STEM research program at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens this summer. This picture showcases the final day when she presented her findings at a reception. Her mother, father, and Ms. Fish are pictured in the photo.
Welcome Dr. Craft Dr. Eleanor Craft was born in Akron, Ohio. Due to her caring family background, this guided Dr. Craft on the path of wanting to help other children and young adults. Her parents made sure that education was a top priority throughout her life. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science. She later obtained her Master of Science degree in School Counseling from the University of Dayton in 2005. Following this accomplishment, several years were spent working as a school counselor in the Columbus City School District. Within a short period of time, her leadership skills led to her being appointed as the District Elementary Resource Counselor. These entailed assisting counselors at various schools, organizing and leading professional developments, and providing individualized counseling support throughout the district. In 2014, she received her doctorate in Educational Administration from Ohio University. This achievement prompted her to a new personal challenge of excelling to a higher professional platform. Dr. Craft and her husband Brandan have been married since 2013. They moved to South Florida in 2014 where he works as professor at Digital Media Arts College and for the past three years, she served as the school counselor at Boca Raton Elementary. This couple has devoted their lives to teaching and encouraging others through their educational success and motivation. Their first child, Breaker, was born in 2015. He is full of energy and smiles and brings his parent’s endless joy. Dr. Craft believes that her experience, resources, and leadership skills enable her to enrich the lives of students in a positive manner.
$1,000 Room Makeover Helps Spanish River Teacher Inspire Students “Believe in Your Selfie. Cell Phone Day Care. Reading Corner. Success in Reading.” These are the colorful messages that adorned Kelly Kayle-Gallon’s new classroom at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, as she opened the 2017-18 school year. Things have come a long way for the Sharks reading teacher. At the end of the school year, KayleGallon moved into a classroom that had undergone construction. Drywall and dust dotted the spots where billboards and posters should welcome students. “PEN helped me clean up the room, creating a new look and comfortable reading areas,” Kayle-Hallon said. “PEN has energized me, and the classroom makeover will inspire my students to learn.” Professional Educators Network of Florida (PEN), a professional organization providing development opportunities and legal support to teachers throughout the state of Florida, awarded a free classroom makeover to a Palm Beach County teacher. Kayle-Gallon was the recipient of the makeover, worth more than $1,000. “I was delighted when PEN told me I had won the classroom makeover. I teach students who struggle with reading comprehension, so I want to offer them the most engaging and fun learning environment possible,” said Kayle-Gallon, also Department/Instructional leader at Spanish River, where she’s taught the last 19 years. (For the full article please go to www.PalmBeachPost.com.
Courtesy of the Palm Beach Post by Faran Fagen
Early Childhood Education News
The students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Academy have been creating lesson plans and activities for our Little Sharks & Kinder Sharks. They’ve already been busy working and playing with our Little Sharks and getting to know them. Our Big Sharks have the following things to say about the program: “It brings out our creativity!” “It gives us an opportunity to work with young children to help us prepare for our future.” “It keeps us young!”
Boca Raton Math Teacher Honored With National Education Award
Stephen Cochran, a math teacher at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, FL was honored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in August with the Edyth May Sliffe Award for distinguished mathematics teaching at the middle and high school levels. This national education award recognizes Stephen Cochran for his outstanding work to spark students’ interest in mathematics through participation in the MAA American Mathematics Competitions. “It is my honor to recognize Stephen Cochran with an Edyth May Sliffe award for the dedication that he brings to teaching mathematics,” said MAA Executive Director Michael Pearson. “The hours spent preparing students for and organizing MAA American Mathematics Competitions demonstrates his passion for helping the next generation understand the importance of mathematics in shaping our world.” The Edyth May Sliffe Award was established in 1989 with a bequest from Sliffe’s estate. A high school mathematics teacher in Emeryville, California for 36 years, Sliffe wanted to recognize the nation’s top math teachers for their contributions. Sliffe winners are each awarded $500. Annually, more than 300,000 middle school and high school students in approximately 6,000 schools participate in the MAA American Mathematics Competitions. The mission of the American Mathematics Competitions is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem-solving skills through participation in a fun event. About MAA: The Mathematical Association of America is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts. We accelerate the understanding of our world through mathematics. Mathematics drives society and shapes our lives. Learn more at www.maa.org.
All parents visiting the Spanish River are asked to enter through the east entrance on Yamato Road (by the bus loop), and drive around to the front of the school. Please do not enter or park in the Student Lot (Jog Road & Woodfield Plaza Drive)- this parking lot is for students ONLY.
Senior Year Information
Senior Panoramic Picture Day: Seniors, wear your best smile and sharpest outfit for the Senior Class Panoramic picture on Monday, October 30, 2017 in the gymnasium at 8:30am. Senior Yearbook Pictures: All senior pictures must be taken by Prestige Portraits no later than Wednesday, November 1, 2017. If you have not scheduled your appointment, please call Prestige Portraits at 800749-2796 and make your appointment today. Senior Yearbook Ads: We are now accepting senior ads for the 2018 Tiburon Yearbook. Senior Ads are on a first come, first serve basis and space WILL sell out. If you or your family are interested in purchasing a senior ad, please pick up an ad contract from the main office or stop by room 1144. Senior ads are due no later than Friday, December 1, 2017.
River Students Successful on College Board Exams Spanish River is proud of our Advanced Placement students and teachers, who continued the trend of success on the College Board examinations. Many of our AP classes scored an impressive 75 percent passing rate or higher on the AP Exams. Special recognition to Mr. Vargas, who implemented a new AP Computer Science program at River with a 95 percent passing rate. In addition, high scores were also achieved in our Art, English, History, and Science Departments making Spanish River one of the top achieving schools in our district. The Advanced Placement program requires intense dedication from both faculty and students - our student Sharks will be using these scores to help navigate the waves of college applications and acceptance! Great job to our students and staff!
Perfect Scores on the 2016-17 Florida Statewide Assessments! Congratulations to our Spanish River students on their outstanding academic achievement. Spanish River had 29 students to score a perfect score on various 2016-17 Florida statewide assessments. FSA Grade 9 English Language Arts Perfect Scores: 1. Catherine Anillo 2. Rafaela Ferreira A C 3. Nandhu Jani 4. Samantha Marks 5. Eesha Shah 6. Jessica Zheng FSA 10th Grade English Language Arts Perfect Scores: 1. Eugenia Gomez 2. William Kridel 3. Ethan Bar-Nur Geometry EOC - Avery Merrill Perfect Score Biology EOC- Perfect Scores: 1. Isabella Gonzalez 2. Trent Hudson 3. Elizabeth Lekah 4. Jason Nguyen 5. Hayden Siesel 6. Nicholas Taormina 7. Brett Wolff 8. Yeu Zheng U.S History EOC- Perfect Scores: 1. Colin Doherty 2. Alexander Eddy 3. Mia Jordan 4. John Mullins 5. Max Steinman 6. Marcell Tapaszto 7. Hallie Young Algebra 2 EOC - These students scored a perfect score on a previous test as well, two time perfect scores : 1. Nandhu Jani 2. William Kridel 3. Hayden Siesel 4. Yeu Zheng
The Spanish River Environmental Club meets EVERY Friday in Room 8128 room 3-4pm....come see why our students earn 1-4 hours every week! Members collect campus recycling, decrease litter on campus, clear hallways of out of date signage, upkeep the Stewart Klager butterfly garden, volunteer at beach cleanups each quarter, and educate the campus about green events and practices. We hope to see you there! Membership fees are $10 for the year and t-shirts are $10.
Spanish River Rocks! The exceptional student education department is working on “Spanish River Rocks!”You may have heard about several counties and cities in Florida participating in rock painting. The goal is to spread kindness and joy around campus. Here are the basics: Look around campus and find a special rock. Each one has a unique message or drawing. This is a simple way to make someone’s day and inspire others to do the same. Once you find a rock, you can come to Miss Donnino’s room during lunch, repaint it with a new message and rehide for someone else to find. We hope the rocks inspire others and encourage all students.
9th Grade News with Ms. Fox We are almost halfway through your student’s first quarter of high school! Research shows that 9th grade is a pivotal year in a student’s high school success. According to Education (a peer-reviewed journal), ninth graders have the lowest grade point average, the most missed classes, the majority of failing grades, and more behavior referrals than any other high-school grade level. What can you do to make your child more successful? • Help students prepare and organize for midterm exams • Emphasize the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and eating breakfast daily. • Continue to check Edline, monitor grades and attendance. • Communicate/email with teachers as needed. • Teach your children how to self-advocate. • Praise your children for their accomplishments. Let’s make 9th grade a success story and prove the research wrong!
Vaping & E-Cigarettes are not Permitted in School Emergency rooms in South Florida are filling up with patients suffering from synthetic drug overdoses, and the problem is getting worse due to a device that's supposed to help people quit smoking. Vaporizer pens, “Vape Pens” are becoming the new way for drug users to not only get high, but do it discreetly -- at times right under the noses of police, parents and teachers. E-cigarettes, or vape pens, have boomed in popularity recently because of marketing to nicotine users looking for a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. A vape pen creates an inhalable vapor without smoke using oil concentrates. Water-soluble synthetics are easily converted into liquid concentrate that can go into the device cartridges and be vaped just like nicotine and other legal substances for adults. It makes it nearly impossible to tell what is inside someone's vape. It could be nicotine, marijuana concentrate, or fruit-flavored, nicotine-free "e-liquid," popular among kids. Or worst of all, it could be a deadly concoction of chemicals, often a product of China, known as synthetic drugs. Vape pens, e-cigarettes, and its paraphernalia are prohibited items to be possessed on a school campus and can carry a disciplinary action of a 3-10 days suspension and/or arrest. Students are not to be in possession of tobacco in any form, liquid or solid on campus or at before/ after school sponsored events. Parents please have a discussion with your child on the dangers of using these devices as they are not Federally regulated and can be very dangerous to one’s health.
Thank You to Ms. Martinez and the Art Department Thank you Ms. Martinez and the Art Department for creating amazing work to be displayed in Mr. Vargas’ new technology classroom 7103! Mr. Vargas couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. Once again, Spanish River students have demonstrated their awesome talent in such a creative ways. The art really brings the room to life. A special thanks to the Spanish River PTSA for funding the project.
Spanish River Boys Basketball Conditioning Information
Spanish River Boys Soccer
All participants need to have a new athletic packet completed to participate and this is only open to boys not participating in a fall sport. Dates: September: 25, 27 October: 2, 4, 9, 11, 18, 23, 25, 30 & November: 1 Time: 3pm-5pm Varsity tryouts begin November 6. Freshman and JV to be announced at a later date. If you have any questions please see Coach Jones or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s soccer season is sure to be an exciting one. The Sharks play some of the top teams in the state during district play and many local teams for friendly matches. The Sharks continue to be a very talented team led by returning Seniors Daniel Molina and Nick Tucker. The Sharks have some promising talent and will be sure to give the fans some memorable matches, definitely worth the price of admission.
Spanish River’s Rylee Pustilnik Scores Three Bronze Medals at World Maccabiah Games The World Maccabiah Games are the third largest sporting event in the world behind only the Olympics and World Cup and right there with the Paralympic Games. This year’s event boasts over 10,000 athletes from 59 countries. The Games are open to Jewish athletes from around the world, as well as to all Israeli athletes regardless of religion. Spanish River freshman Rylee Pustilnik made her first appearance and won three bronze medals. Pustilnik, one of the top young distance runners in Florida, qualifying for the state finals in cross country as well as the 1,600 and 3,200, ran a personal best of 2:23 in the 800 and 4:45.65 in the 1,500. That time converts to a huge 1,600m personal best of 5:04, nearly eight seconds better than her 5:12.06 from 4A Region 3. She was also third in the 3k as well with a time of 10:22.57. She was joined in Israel by several familiar faces including Spanish River coaches Doug Horn and Todd Grasley courtesy of: fl.milesplit.com Melissa Perlman along with former Spanish River coach and current FAU assistant coach, Rick Rothman. Horn and Rothman are coaches for Team USA while Perlman competed in the open division. This meet marks the end of the track season for Pustilnik. She will return to Florida and continue her base training for the start of cross country. She won six of her races in 2016 including conference, district, and regional titles. The class of 2020 standout was first in the freshman race at Foot Locker South as well.
Spanish River Math Competition Season The Spanish River Mathematics competition season is about to get underway. Last year, we brought back the American Mathematics Competition to Spanish River HS. The AMC is considered one of the premier math competitions in the United States. The AMC is used as a recruitment and selection process for the US Math Team. Last year, the US Math Team competed during July at the International Math Olympiad and took fourth place, after two first place finishes in the two preceding years. We had approximately 60 students participate in the AMC at Spanish River last year. We continue to compete in the Mu Alpha Theta competitions as well as the FAU Math Day, and this year we have added to our competition schedule the Continental Math League (a national competition for US high schools) as well as the Florida Math League (a state competition for Florida high schools). American Mathematics Competition (3:00- 4:30 Room 8-162) Mu Alpha Theta (at various locations) FAU Math Day (Florida Atlantic University – All day) PBAU Math Day (Palm Beach Atlantic University – All day) Academic Games (Santaluces HS – 4:00)
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 Saturdays: January - March Saturday, January 27 Saturday, November 11 Tuesdays, beginning August 29
Monday, November 6 Pahokee 6:00 Home Wednesday, November 8 Boynton Beach 8:00
Monday, November 13 Olympic Heights 6:00
Wednesday, November 15 Coral Springs 5:00
Friday, November 17 American Heritage 8:00
Tuesday, November 28 Weinbaum Yeshiva 6:30
Thursday, November 30 Atlantic 8:00 Home Thursday, December 7 Stoneman Douglas 7:00
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Spanish River High School DECA
Welcome back students and parents! We have an exciting year in store for our DECA Chapter. There have been some changes this year. We are welcoming Mr. Bazile as the new lead chapter advisor as Mrs. Carter transitions into retirement after her many years as the lead chapter advisor. Mr. Bazile is delighted to help us this year with all things DECA! In addition, we are welcoming two new business teachers to Spanish River: Ms. Eryn Hurley (marketing and marketing management) and Mr. Mark Balfan (AICE Business AS and AL)! We are thrilled to have them joun us this year. DECA students must fill out a new Student Membership Form in order to be a DECA member again this year. Dues are $40 and checks should be made payable to Spanish River High School. With this payment, students will be eligible to compete in the upcoming DECA competition and will receive a chapter t-shirt. Forms and dues should be turned into the collection box in room 1150 by November. Professional Memberships are also available. Parents and businesses can join DECA as members for $25. Business membership includes advertising on spanishriverdeca.com! With any questions as to what DECA entails, see Mr. Bazile in room 1147.
Spanish River DECA Helps Save a Life With the Heart to Heart Foundation Every year, Spanish River DECA works to ensure that its members are successful, but this isnâ€™t the only caring that Spanish River DECA does. Our chapter also organizes and participates in various fundraisers throughout the year. In the spring of 2016, advisor Deb Carter helped us get in touch with her sister, Karen Carrington. Karen runs a charity in Shanghai called the Heart to Heart Foundation, and with her help, Spanish River DECA raised over $3,000. The money we raised was then donated to a young girl in the Ali region of Tibet. Ci Ren Zhou Ga is nine years old and was born with a heart defect. This past spring, the money our DECA chapter raised was donated to her through the Shanghai Charity Foundation, and Ci Ren Zhou Ga was able to undergo heart surgery at the Yodak Thoracic Hospital in Shanghi. This life-saving surgery took place on July 6 and Spanish River DECA is happy to report that it was fully successful! Within a few weeks, Ci Ren Zhou Ga will return to her family in Tibet and live a more comfortable life with a stronger heart. While Ci Ren Zhou Ga was helped, there are plenty of others who are still in need. This is why on behalf of my chapter and the Heart to Heart Foundation, I ask you to visit www.h2hsh.com to learn more about how you and your chapter and help those in need.
Roberto Machorro-Swain | Spanish River DECA