The ATL PTSA will elect executive board members for the 2016-2017 school year at the last PTSA meeting of the school year, on Wednesday, April 27 PTSA at 5:30 pm in the media center. Teacher/staff and parent members (including new members) are invited and encouraged to serve on the board. We are seeking nominations for the following positions:
Renowned college expert Judi Robinovitz of Score At The Top Learning Centers and Schools shared her knowledge of college admissions with ATL parents, students and staff at our March 2016 PTSA meeting. If you weren't able to make it to the meeting, you can view a video of the presentation (below), which includes current admission requirements for all eleven state universities in Florida and tips on how to make your college application stand out.
Join us on Wednesday, March 2 at 5:30 pm in the Atlantic Community High School Media Center to learn the secrets of admission to Florida's colleges and universities from certified educational planner and renowned college expert Judi Robinovitz of Score at the Top Learning Centers and Schools. The presentation is open to the public, free for ATL PTSA members, $10 (or purchase a $5 membership) for others.
For more than 30 years, Ms. Robinovitz has successfully guided thousands of students and their families through the college planning and application process. She has written extensively on educational planning and test preparation, and has been a featured speaker at national educational conferences, schools, and places of worship.
Ms. Robinovitz wrote the College Board’s first SAT-prep software and test-taking strategy chapters of the original SAT-prep books. She herself has scored a perfect 800 on all three sections of the test.
As a founding faculty member of two private schools in Boca Raton, Ms. Robinovitz created college guidance programs and served as director of college guidance to the first four graduating classes of each school.
Ms. Robinovitz founded the accredited Score At The Top Learning Centers & Schools to provide academic tutoring, SAT and ACT preparation, and courses for credit. Score At The Top staff provide schools around the county with on-campus SAT and ACT prep, college-admissions workshops, and in-service programs for teachers.
Ms. Robinovitz is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, the Higher Education Consultants Association, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Secondary School Admissions Test Board, and the Learning Disabilities Association of America.
She studied at the University of Connecticut, Rutgers, and Harvard, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, all with highest honors. Her professional life has been devoted to helping students achieve academic success.
Please join us for our second general meeting of the school year on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 pm in the principal's conference room.
SCHOOL DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN SESSION
Parents, students, district employees and community members are invited to a community meeting to discuss the development of the district's five year strategic plan at Atlantic Community High School on Monday, Oct. 19. The public meeting is from 6:30 to 8 pm in the media center. Teachers and school employees will meet with district representatives beginning at 4:30 pm. Click here for more information.
Parents, teachers and students are cordially invited to a meet & greet with new principal Tara Ocampo, Monday, Sept. 21 at 6 pm in the Media Center.
Meet and chat with new principal Tara Ocampo and other school administrators, and get a behind-the-scenes campus tour for parents to see some of the great stuff that's going on at ATL. Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
DID YOU KNOW the city of Delray Beach has a full-time education coordinator and and Education Board that includes student representatives from Atlantic Community High School?
Janet Meeks, Delray Beach Education Coordinator since 2001, shared background on her position with the city at the Dec. 3 PTSA meeting:
In 1989 Delray Beach created an committee to study the challenges facing city schools, including overcrowded and outdated facilities, busing and lack of diversity. As a result the city established the Sharing for Excellence in School program and recommended a permanent education advisory board. The city and the board advocated for the implementation of choice programs, including the Montessori program at S.D. Spady, and improved facilities at Spady and other schools to make them more desirable.
Over the past two decades city has invested more than $10 million in Delray Beach schools and the environment around the schools, including parks, sidewalks and other infrastructure.
As Education Coordinator Janet Meeks was involved with relocation of Atlantic high school 10 years ago, and the city continues to support programs at Atlantic, including the construction and criminal justice academies.
The Eagle Nest construction program is a partnership between the city and Atlantic's construction academy. Construction academy students have built two houses that were sold to families with the proceeds from the sale funding the next house. Groundbreaking for the third Eagle Nest home is Thursday, Dec. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at 108-110 NW 12th Ave.
In its second decade, the Education Board turned its focus to literacy and family involvement. The city joined the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to address absenteeism, kindergarten readiness and summer learning. The campaign has enlisted the support of non-profit partners in the city to provide an academic component to summer camp programs.
The Education Board is working with Carver Middle School on a matching grant program from the Annenberg Foundation. The city and the chamber are matching funds to build technology programs at Carver and a summer IB program to strengthen the relationship between Carver and Atlantic.
Visit the city's website for more information about the board and the city's support of schools in Delray Beach.
PTSA GENERAL MEETING WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3
We hope you all will join us on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 6 pm in the media center for a PTSA general meeting. On the agenda:
PTSA BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, OCT. 21
The ATL PTSA board will meet in the Media Center at 6 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 21. All PTSA members are welcome to attend the meeting. On the agenda: Homecoming, fundraisers, and the May teacher appreciation event. Please join us!
Last month the school board passed a resolution recommending the state provide a three-year transition to the new Florida testing standards, with no impact on students, teachers or schools. The district is hosting public meetings to discuss the resolution and has posted an online survey for parents and others to express their opinions and concerns.
Meetings will begin with a short presentation to explain the state’s new school accountability requirements, followed by an opportunity for the public to provide input on the topic. Depending on the number of participants at each meeting, individuals will be limited to one to three minutes for comments.
Note that school district staff will not be able to answer questions at the meetings. The district’s goal is to capture comments and input regarding the state’s new accountability system and provide it to the school board.
Can’t make the meeting? No problem. Participants can also complete an online survey to submit comments online. Click here to learn more about the Florida Standards.
For more information about the community meetings, contact Awilda Ramos at 561-357-1113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
Boynton Beach High School, Auditorium
4975 Park Ridge Blvd., Boynton Beach
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Palm Beach Lakes High School, Auditorium
3505 Shiloh Dr.West Palm Beach
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
West Tech Academy, Atrium
2625 State Road 715, Belle Glade
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Royal Palm Beach High School, Auditorium
10600 Okeechobee Blvd., Royal Palm Beach
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Olympic Heights Community High School, Auditorium
20101 Lyons Rd., Boca Raton