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4th-8th Grade Evening of the Arts

The Pine School celebrated the talents of our students in its annual 4th-8th Grade Evening of the Arts. Held on The Pine School campus, the event featured a range of disciplines for singing  and dance to instrumental performance and visual arts. 

"As a music teacher, it is always so encouraging to see the range and variety of talent that our students possess," shared K-5th grade music teacher John Barnes. "I love the fact that we always also have brand new participants each year."

Barnes also coordinated the evening's program as well as directing the choir which opened the show. Other School facilitated performances included the Middle School band under the direction of Dorothy Castle. 

Visual artists also shared the spotlight as Middle School and K-5th Grade art teachers, Carol Dee Ankrom and Sherri Walker respectfully, had student work on display and spoke on the classroom growth and contributions their young artists had made. 

"It really is a wonderful evening - one that truly showcases the impressive dedication and hard work of Pine School students," summed up K-12th Grade Director Nathan Washer. 

The 9th-12th Grade Evening of the Arts, held at the Lyric Theater in downtown Stuart, will be presented Wednesday, April 12.

Photos of the 4th-8th Grade Evening of the Arts can be seen on our Flickr page. 


Performing Arts Department Delights With Spamalot

The Pine School’s drama department presented this year’s musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, over the weekend to enthusiastic and supportive audiences. Following the storyline of the film, the musical comedy traces the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable as they search for the Holy Grail.

“The confidence and humor that our cast exuded was felt by the audiences who were tapping their feet and laughing hysterically each night,” shared the production’s Director Sean Carlson.

Carlson, who also serves the School as Academic Dean and History Dept Chair, has become the School’s go-to Director, steering the helm for the last six productions.

“I think Mr. Carlson has done a great job of selecting musicals that are both fun for the cast and for the audience,” shared junior Chloe Janson, who shined as one of the leads - the fabled Lady of the Lake.

In addition to Janson, the other lead roles were handled perfectly by senior Ryan Chimelis as King Arthur and junior Emily Smith as the King’s faithful right-hand Patsy.

The large cast was rounded out with students from Grade 6 through 12, with a large number of seniors on-hand to take part in the fun.

“Being able to draw students who would never normally be on stage is a hallmark of this program each year,” added Carlson.

As the Performing Arts Department patiently awaits the funding and construction of a new dedicated Performing Arts Center, they made fine use of an alternate location to stage the production - our very own breezeway.

“There were so many challenges that we all had to go through, however, I believe the best part was watching everyone grow together,” summed up Emily Smith.

Enjoy photos from the production on our Flickr page.


Arts Department Showcased At ArtsFest

The Pine School’s Art Department was given a platform to shine at the Treasure Coast’s ArtsFest, hosted by the Arts Council of Martin County.

“It was so rewarding to see the range of Pine School talent represented,” shared Fine Arts Chair Steve Naumann. “From theater and dance to visual arts and music, our students really were hard to miss.”

The Pine School Jazz Ensemble, led by Music Director Dorothy Castle, earned the coveted spot of opening for jazz legend Nestor Torres.

“I was so proud of the group,” beamed Castle. “They have put in long hours to prepare and their hard work paid off with a fantastic performance.”

Not to be outdone, junior Chloe Janson directed a one-act, “Friends Welcome”, presented in the festival’s Literary Village. The play included senior Ryan Chimelis.

A contingency of lower school students took part in a performance of the Florida Aerial Dance and Circus Arts group - demonstrating graceful movement with hanging silk.

And, of course, The Pine School’s award-winning visual arts were on full display at a dedicated Pine School booth.

“It really was a fantastic weekend,” summed up Director of Communications Robert Ankrom, who also serves as an Arts Council Board Member. “Our students were great ambassadors for the School and clearly demonstrated the strength of our arts offerings.”


The Hobe Sound Campus Turns Ten

Please join me in celebrating the anniversary of being on the Hobe Sound campus for ten years this week!  What a roller coaster decade it has been and we are at the top of our ride this year.

In the fall of 2006 we were extremely busy helping to put the final touches on our Hobe Sound campus to receive the CO from the County in order to  move our grades 7-10 from Stuart to Hobe Sound.  As the new year began, items that were scheduled to move from Stuart to Hobe Sound started leaving the Stuart campus.  The smart boards in the middle school building and high school village were taken down first. Library books followed, and then any extra chairs and tables and even desks in the last few days!  The final day arrived, a Friday.

We began in Stuart with packing of personal belongings and cleaning out lockers. We ate lunch from a small catering wagon in the pavilion and then the County loaned buses arrived and we piled everything onto the buses; students, backpacks, sports equipment and more.  The filled to capacity busses rolled into Hobe Sound and  the real work began. That afternoon and weekend happened in fast motion as desks were arranged, lockers were filled, more trucks were loaded and brought to Hobe Sound, the endless moving of books and desks. Parents, students, faculty and friends were here over that weekend.  We got lost learning our way around the campus.  We felt exhilaration for a job well done and excitement for the coming day of our first classes on this campus.  

On Monday, February 12 classes began on a campus that had pure white sand everywhere, no blinds to block the sunshine, (landscaping and blinds came in the first year) tables and utensils that had never been used in the sparkling dining hall, expanses of seemingly empty halls and the same wind we continue to feel every day on the courtyard.

As we celebrate our anniversary of ten years on the Hobe Sound campus, do not let this week go by without appreciating the beautiful school we enjoy and the friendships we have made.  I congratulate every student and teacher who has passed through these halls. We have learned and lived together for ten years and will continue to do so for many more to come.

Phyllis Parker
Head of School


Pine School Music And Visual Arts Honored

The Pine School’s Fine Arts Department has recently received honors in both the music and visual arts categories.

An impressive number of Pine School art students have been recognized in the highly-regarded Scholarship Arts Program. With over 2,500 pieces submitted regionally, only about 10% receive distinction. Selected artwork will be on display at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach following the opening and award ceremony held on February 25th.  

"I am very heartened by the fact that our small school is consistently represented so well at this nationally recognized competition,” shared Fine Arts Department Chair Steve Naumann.

Special recognition goes to Phillipa Parnevik ‘17 and Macy Washer ‘19 for receiving coveted Gold Key Awards for their work and Ali McClimond ‘18 for being the first Pine School student honored in the graphic design category.

Additionally, twelve members of The Pine School’s music program participated in the Four-County Honor Band Festival held at Indian River State College. Students spent three days preparing and rehearsing for a special weekend concert

“The dedication of these fine musicians were in full display at the wonderful concert,” summed up Band Director Dorothy Castle.  

“The strength of our fine arts department is a testament to the support and appreciation the arts receive from our school community,” summed up Naumann.

Enjoy examples of our student’s exceptional art.


Celebrating Veterans Day With Assembly And Open House

In what has become a Pine School tradition, the Office of Admissions hosted its annual fall Open House in combination with the School’s Veterans Day Assembly. Attended by over 50 guests, the event provides an opportunity for prospective students and their families to be witness to the commitment of the entire Pine School community to service.

"This opportunity to pause and remember the many heroes who have sacrificed so much to ensure our freedom is a vital step in teaching civic responsibilities and service,” shared Academic Dean Sean Carlson.

The assembly also featured a selection of musical numbers including the singing of the “Armed Forces Medley”.

“The band and chorus have been working tirelessly on the music for this performance,” said Director of Music Dorothy Castle. “I am so proud of all of them for coming together for such a great cause.”

This year’s assembly featured special guest, retired United States Marine Michael Sofarelli (father of our own Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli). Sofarelli spoke about his experiences serving in Vietnam and his commitment to service professionally and personal afterwards. The assembly presented the perfect time for Head of School Phyllis Parker to dedicate the painting “On the Night Before”, gifted by Major Robert Prigmore, US Army , whose son, Aaron, attended The Pine School. The painting  commemorates the 75th anniversary of Airborne Operations during the Allied invasion of Normandy, France in 1944.

3rd-5th Grade also had the special opportunity to meet the parents of their classmates Liberty and Liam Landeros. Jessica and Casey Landeros shared about their time serving in Iraq as well as in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Following the assembly guests attending the Open House received campus tours and had opportunities to meet with faculty and Lettengarver as they begin the process of applying.

“Veterans Day has always been a special day on campus at The Pine School,” summed up  Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver. “With many public and private schools taking the day off, the day presents a perfect opportunity to show people around our beautiful campus. More importantly, visitors are able to see and feel what The Pine School spirit is all about by witnessing firsthand this very special assembly honoring our Veterans.”

Photos of the day can be seen on our Flickr page.


Arts Shine At Annual Marties Awards

The Pine School was extremely well represented at the Art Council of Martin County's annual mARTies Awards ceremony. In addition to senior Ryan Chimelis snagging the top award for student visual artist, the School garnered 10 total nominations in both student and adult categories. Parent and local sculptor Geoffrey Smith received the adult visual artists award.

The mARTies dedicate an evening to celebrate and applaud the creative artists that make Martin County more enriched.

“I love that The Pine School and our dedication to fostering a true passion for arts in our students is given an opportunity to shine so brightly through an important community event such as the mARTies,” shared Director of Communications and Arts Council Board Member Robert Ankrom. Ankrom also served as Co-Chair for this year’s event which was completely sold out - a first for the mARTies.

The evening was attended by a strong showing of support from Pine School administrators and faculty including Head of School Phyllis Parker, Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver, and Ankrom as well as Fine Arts Department Chair Steve Naumann and art teacher Maria Miele.

The ceremony also featured fantastic performances by seniors Nicholas Leonard and Jennifer Yao.


18th Annual Booster Club Golf Tournament

The Pine School hosted its 18th Annual Knights Booster Club Golf Tournament at Abacoa Golf Club. A special mention goes to Old Cypress Pointe and PB Built as our Title Sponsors for the event. A huge amount of effort went into this event and thanks are also extended to Tami Skelly, Sydney Walker and other members of The Pine School’s Booster Club for the time and energy they put into arranging this tournament. Everyone looked great in our attire thanks to the The Sofarelli family and all Golf Carts were charged and ready thanks to Matilda’s of Stuart.

"Although mother nature did not cooperate, the golf tournament again this year served as a much needed support system in attaining the needed uniforms, equipment and miscellaneous items that our Athletic Department and Fine Arts Department depend on for operation and success," said Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli. 

The tournament did experience an incredible amount of rain just prior to tee time but Abacoa Golf Club were gracious hosts and served players a wonderful lunch and refreshments as they waited to make the decision about golf for the afternoon. Sadly, golf was cancelled but much  thanks still goes out to all hole and driving range sponsors:

The McLane Family, The Martin Family, Nancy Smith - Style Encore, The Lichten Family, Dr Ian Murray and Family, Ian’s Tropical Grill, HUUM, The Afshar Family, Jupiter Auto Spa, RJS Racing Equipment, The Walker Family, The Mekled Family, and Florida Living Realty

“On behalf of the Booster Club we would like to thank all that volunteered their time and efforts that go into organizing an event like this,” added Director of Development Kelly Hilton-Green.  “Thanks again to all the golfers that came out as well. Everyone was very generous and understanding of the inclement weather challenges that we faced during the event.”

The event still managed to raise an impressive $15,000 for the Booster Club. These funds will go towards much needed equipment, uniforms, and miscellaneous items that our Athletic Department and Arts Department count on to operate. The Booster Club is already looking forward to working on next year’s event and extend an early invitation for everyone to be a part of this annual tradition in the fall of 2017.


Celebrating Arts In Education Week

The Pine School took plenty of opportunities to celebrate National Arts In Education Week.

“One of the most exciting things about being a part of The Pine School is the love and commitment to the arts that the school has embedded in its culture,” said Fine Arts Department Head Steve Naumann.

Maria Miele’s AP art students welcomed in Diane Hollowell’s Kindergarten class to help our youngest Knights express themselves in watercolors and crayons as they rounded out a section on shapes. Middle School art classes explored work on portraits/grid drawings while ceramic classes fine-tuned their skills with work on teapots and other pieces.

Not to be overshadowed, the Music Department was busy with a variety of lessons. K-5 Grade Music Director John Barnes worked with his 4th Grade students on group compositions that use the natural rhythm and syllabic stresses of words and phrases pulled from Apples To Apples, Jr. playing cards.

6-12 Grade Music Director Dorothy Castle invited saxophonist Al Hager from the Ft. Pierce Jazz Society to lead the School’s jazz band through a workshop.

“In order to make good musicians better, they need to be exposed to different styles of music and musicians,” shared Castle. “Special guest artists help assist students in their musicianship.”

“The value that is placed on the arts as a crucial part of developing a well-rounded student is so exciting and affirming as an art educator,” summed up Naumann.

Photos from the week can be seen on our Flickr page.



Arts Chair Attends Harvard Arts Institue

Fine Arts Department Chair Steve Naumann attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education/The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute. Attendees of the intimate conference (only 108 educators from around the world were admitted) spent time in seminars, workshops, and discussion groups deepening understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts.

“I've already spent hours pouring over my notes and sketches from the institute and feel like I'm only scratching the surface of the potential wealth of knowledge that was shared with me,” said Naumann.

The institute consisted of school administrators, art directors, language arts teachers, education consultants, and arts teachers of all kinds. Together they examined the role of passion in learning and the unique capacity of the arts to inspire passion-driven learning and meaningful connections to ourselves, our community, and the world around us.

"We're trying to help students develop the tools that will make them eager, rather than fearful to meet the world they don't know,” shared Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma. Ma performed at the conference with his Silkwood Ensemble.


Summer Of Service

During her Annual Meeting address, Head of School Phyllis Parker stressed the importance of Learning Through Service - a trait that Knights take seriously. The Pine School has a long-standing tradition of giving back and this summer will be no exception.

Call it "The Summer of Service"! #TPSSummerOfService

So, instead of the normal summer vacation photos, we are asking everyone to share photos of you and your family participating in any kind of service project - here in the Treasure Coast or elsewhere. Email photos & info to Director of Communication Robert Ankrom -

We will post to social media throughout the summer. We will also share information about opportunities to participate in service projects that are happening in our community.

We wish everyone a safe and relaxing summer vacation and look forward to being inspired by all the ways our School community helps make the world a better place.


Honors Assemblies Recognize Student Achievements

The Pine School celebrated all of the various academic, artistic, and athletic achievements of students through individual focused Honors Assemblies for 3-5 Grade and Middle School.

“We take this time to celebrate our collective passion to educate and raise young men and women, who will become our hope for the future, and ultimately, adults that the world can and will depend on,” shared K-12 Director Nathan Washer. “Honor, integrity, accountability, a strong work ethic and the encouragement to achieve one’s personal best are all  important parts of our core curriculum and everyday activities at The Pine School.”


3rd Grade - Shelby Carlstrom

4th Grade - Clark Stroh

5th Grade - Mac Cummings

6th Grade - Riley Van Suetendael

7th Grade - Rachel Goldman

8th Grade - Toby Tettamanti


3rd Grade - Madeline McElroy

4th Grade - Philip Harris

5th Grade - Lilly Parr

6th Grade -  Ava Burke

7th Grade - Ana Torchia

8th Grade -   Zachary Ehrlich

Language Arts

6th Grade -  Stella Betancourt

7th Grade - Liam Fitz

8th Grade - Maddy McDonald


3rd Grade - Christina Shute

4th Grade - Reese Habicht

5th Grade - Fiona Ankrom


3rd Grade - Ryann McLeod

4th Grade - Bella Krastel

5th Grade - Kate Parr

6th Grade - Ava Burck

7th Grade - Jack Squier

Social Studies

3rd Grade - Brody Metzger

4th Grade - Brock MacArthur

5th Grade - Grace Kennedy

6th Grade - Lawson Mcleod

7th Grade - Gracie Hampton

8th Grade - Chloe Munson


3rd Grade - Lili Krastel

4th Grade - Caroline Smith

5th Grade - Derek Paredes

World Language

6th Grade - Carolyn Smith

7th Grade - Faith Hill

8th Grade - Maria Di Egidio


3rd Grade - Gabby Benedetti

4th Grade - Jackson Smith

5th Grade - Sterling Pearson

6th Grade - Kiele Mader

7th Grade - Teagan Habicht

8th Grade - Emma Subin

Instrumental Music

6th Grade - Hannah Squier

7th Grade - Dylan Tuchon

8th Grade - Gabriela Keys


7th Grade - Carly Collins and Aubee Billie


3rd Grade - Isabela Adler

4th Grade - Campbell McCarthy

5th Grade - Sandy Hardin

Physical Education

6th Grade - Reece Slater and Celia Wilson

7th Grade - Jack Stracuzzi and Ashley Duke

8th Grade - James Hemmes and Claire Schirmer


3rd Grade - Ryann McLeod & Jace Jodzio

4th grade - Reese Habicht & Teddy Thompson

5th Grade - Lauren Duke & Shiv Patel

6th Grade - Michael Di Egidio and Andie Smith

7th Grade - Liam Fitz and Olivia Bertolo

8th Grade - Addison Textor and Aliya French

Outstanding Safety Patroller - Julia Glasco (5th Grade)


6th Grade -  John Killgore and Lily Cave

7th Grade - Finley Foster and Teagan Habicht

8th Grade - Jet Jones and Callie Hardin

School Pride

6th Grade - Eva Sullivan and Joshua LaCorte

7th Grade - Aubee Billie and Tate Small

8th Grade - Anna Karavangelos and William Baratta

Honor Code Award

3rd Grade - Luke Altschuler & Kinslee Ewing

4th grade - Jake Kroeger & Bella Krastel

5th Grade - Aiden Skelly & Sandy Hardin

Spirit Of Learning Award - Zoe Freedman (5th Grade)

Middle School Environmental Steward Award - Allison Sanchez

Pine Scholarship - Lucas Pereira

“Pine Scholarships have been offered to new and returning students in the rising 9th grade since 2008,” shared Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver. “ Award winners must be capable of exceptional academic work, have a strong track record of achievement, and distinguish themselves in the arts, athletics, community service and leadership.”

Exceptional Student Award -

6th Grade - Hannah Squier

7th Grade - Dylan Tuchon

Ashley Carroll Writing Award - Sarah Abraham

Dale Hudson Community Service Award - Ryan Renz

Jeff Bruner Athletic Award - Jack Posey

Cornerstone Awards

Athletic Maturity - Hallie Isdaner

Arthur A. Smith Spiritual Award - Gabriela Keyes

Academic Maturity - Lucas Pereira

Headmaster Award - Maddy McDonald (8th Grade)

“This award is given to that 8th grade student who is an outstanding role model in academic, spiritual, and athletic areas, and who positively influences both faculty and students alike on a daily basis,” shared Head of School Phyllis Parker.

Photos can be seen on our Flickr page.


5th Grade - Band Instrument Fittings


Tuesday May 24th (2:15-3:20) Band instrument fitting (for all current 5th graders) with MusicMan Inc. ( Specialists will be on site to guide our 5th graders in choosing the best instrument for them based on physical and musical attributes. Students can setup to rent instruments over the summer to prepare for 6th grade beginning band class next fall.

Band Welcome Letter to Parents and Students


Booster Club Golf Tournament Success

The 17th Annual Pine School Booster Club Golf Tournament was recently held at the Hobe Sound Golf Club.

A total of 60 golfers teed up and were treated to some amazing weather.

“We had an incredible day and it was wonderful to have Freddie Jacobson play in support of the School,” shared Director of Development Kelly Hilton Green.

Winners included:

Winning Team (Low ​Net Score) - ​Ed Armstrong, Michael Ferrera Snr.​, ​Mike Ferrera, & Tony Kalil

Winning Team (​Low ​Gross Score)​ - Wendell Cave, Ralph Dakin, Sean Dakin​, & Andie Smith

Longest Drive - ​Ed Armstrong​

Closest to the Pin - Andie Smith

Putting Contest - Ralph Dakin

Thank you to Title Sponsors Florida Living Realty and The Jacobson Family. The Parnevik family generously sponsored golf carts for the day. Thanks also to Tom Yeager and his team at Hobe Sound Golf Club for their incredible hospitality.

Enjoy photos from the event on our Flickr page.


Recycled Runway Showcases Fashion Art

The Pine School’s art students jump started Earth Day celebrations with another installment of their annual Recycled Runway fashion show.

This Visual Art Department tradition challenges students to create designs around otherwise disposed of materials. The event has become more innovative through the years and this year was no exception.

The show became a school-wide affair with Kindergarten through Fifth Grade lining the runway to enjoy the show and even a few of our younger Knights serving as models for the many unique creations.

“The engineering and design aspect of the runway show is an integral part of our studio art classes,” shared art teacher Maria Miele. “I love that our community looks forward to seeing the show and truly appreciate the efforts of all involved.”

Photos of the show can be seen on our Flickr page.


Pine School Announces Million Dollar Gift

The Pine School is excited to announce that it is the recipient of an anonymous $1,000,000 gift towards the Capital Campaign. The School’s uKnight Campaign continues to be successful in efforts to complete a multi-use space.

The gift moves total donations and pledges to nearly 70% of the Campaign Goal.

"The best part of reaching this benchmark is that we hope to begin the long, involved process of adding to our site plan with the Martin County Board of Commissioners as early as this summer," shared Director of Developmet Kelly Hilton-Green.

"I know I speak for Chairs Don Mader and Ramsey Small when I say that we are feeling extremely positive about the efforts so far and thank those families that have stepped forward to support the vision of the School," added Head of School Phyllis Parker.


Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Students in K-5 are busy preparing for Grandparents and Special Friends Day. This day of family and fun will begin at 8:00 AM on Friday, April 8, 2016. We hope you and your family will join us! Details (including attire for K-5) can be found here.


2016 Battle of the Bands @ The Lyric Theatre


Share the link below with your family, friends and fans!  The youtube videos with the most likes will qualify for the final showdown, right here on The Lyric Theatre stage on May 7, 2016!

Vote for PINE ROCK Here


2016 Evening of the Arts

Auditions for the 2016 Evening of the Arts are well underway! Ticket sales begin on Monday March 7th in the TPS front office. Get yours before they sell out!!!


Senior Wins Vocal Competition

Senior Emily Rynasko has won 1st Place at the "Watch A Rising Star" Vocal Competition.

Competing against 26 of the top student performers from Martin & Palm Beach Counties, Emily secured her title in the finals after singing a solo number and a duet.

Emily was the recent star of The Pine School’s annual musical “Legally Blonde” and has performed professionally with the Maltz Jupiter Theater.

1st place comes with a $5,000 award and Emily will be asked back to sing the opening number at next year’s competition.


4-County Honor Band Nominations

The Indian River State College 4-County Honor Band Nominations are well underway. Wind and Percussion students grades 7-12 will be recommended based on professionalism and musical ability level. Please mark your calendars for the rehearsals and performances for this great event!

Click here for the 2016 Rehearsal/Performance Schedule


Knights of Steel @ Rybovich Capital Campaign Kickoff!

Congratulations to the TPS Steel Pan Ensemble for a great performance and the Capital Campaign Kickoff Event at Rybovich Marina. The band played a steaming set of reggae and island standards while overlooking the beautiful yachts in the marina



The Pine School's Rock Band is gearing up to perform at the homecoming pep rally on Friday, October 2nd at 2:15pm. Come out and ROCK with us!!!!