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Be Part Of Our Summer Of Service

Last summer The Pine School started a new tradition of having members of our student body (and their families) share opportunities they had to give back - here at home or elsewhere. The response was so tremendous and was such a strong catalyst for a great year of Learning Through Service, that we have decided to make it a regular thing.

Be sure to share any photos of you participating in any kind of service project. We will post to social media throughout the summer. Those can be emailed to #PineSummerOfService


Final Message From Head Of School

Phyllis Parker has served The Pine School for 26 years, 5 of those as Head of School. On the occasion of her retirement, please enjoy this tribute video.

The following is Mrs. Parker's final Message from Head post:

Transitions and change are positive for an organization that has their eye on the future. The Pine School, over the past decade has endured and conquered, alongside the Martin and Palm Beach area, hurricanes, economic downturns, personnel upheavals, and physical moves, as well as enjoyed and thrived in a beautiful environment, an economic recovery, personnel changes, and overall growth.

The Pine School is welcoming a new Head of School July 1. Mrs. Binney Caffrey is an articulate, seasoned educator who is coming to lead a school in the area in which she grew up. We are all delighted with the choice of the Board of Trustees and we have embraced her and her family in her visits she has made to the school since her hiring in the fall. The school is poised for a new chapter of growth and excellence and the students and families who are a part of this school family should be excited and eager.

Working in education provides the opportunity to do far more than just teaching a subject.  It’s more than a job.  When education is your life’s work, you have the opportunity to make a lasting difference. You have the opportunity to make an important contribution. Your legacy counts.

I am proud to have been the 13th and first woman Head of School for The Pine School. During my five years as Head, we have accomplished much together as a school family. A dedicated Board of Trustees has successfully lead us all to a financially stable school that is poised for additional growth. I hope in my years here to have made a difference; to have my professional life to have counted for something bigger than me. My wish for the school is and has been for my twenty-six years, to be true to our mission of promoting academic excellence within a challenging, supportive and moral environment that fosters the development of mind, body and spirit.

Positive transition and change involves dedicated people.  What really matters is the people. If we each make a daily promise to treat people with all the care and concern we possibly can and stay true to our founding school mission, we will see progress and success like never before.

Best Wishes for the future of The Pine School.

Possunt Quia Posse Videntur


The Class of 2017 Celebrates Graduation

The Pine School celebrated the Class 2017 through its traditional Baccalaureate and Graduation ceremonies over the weekend.

Held in the beautiful St. Christopher’s Church in Hobe Sound, Baccalaureate featured United Way of Martin County Carol Houwaart-Diez, Academic Dean Sean Carlson, and Senior Cole Davies all delivered emotional and thoughtful addresses - each focused, in their own unique ways, on the great accomplishments of this diverse Class and the many successes they are sure to experience in their post-Graduation years.

The evening also included lovely and spirited musical performances by Seniors Samantha Meltzer and Nicholas Leonard.

Moving to the following morning, Seniors gathered for Graduation - beginning with the tradition of being pinned by Alums as a welcome into the family of Pine School Alumni. The Graduation Ceremonies, held on campus, saw all 44 members of the Class of 2017 receive diplomas with acceptance into some of the finest colleges and universities in the country.

Speakers included Command Master Chief (SEAL) Steven “Dutch” Van Horn and Seniors Ryan Chimelis and Maryn Washer. Each spoke from the heart on a recurring theme of using the opportunity the students have been given with their Pine School education to make their mark in the world.

As is The Pine School tradition, presentation of diplomas were followed with the Rose Ceremony - a touching opportunity for each Senior to offer special thanks to someone who has particularly played an important role in their lives by presenting a single yellow rose - backed by the fine musical accompaniment by the Pine School Chorus.

Graduation was closed with an emotional benediction by retiring Head of School Phyllis Parker.

Seniors and their families then gathered in the School’s breezeway/courtyard for the traditional throwing of the caps - a joyful and fine closing to another amazing Pine School year.

Photos of Graduation can be seen on our Flickr page.


Students Shine At Evening Of Academic Excellence

The Pine School celebrated the Academic achievements of its High School students during the annual Evening Of Academic Excellence. The evening provides a formal opportunity to highlight the many and varied honors our students have earned.

“Despite being a small school, we have much to be proud of and the scholarship and dedication of many of our students should be commended,” shared Academic Dean Sean Carlson starting the evening off. “Furthermore, it gives us an opportunity to recognize our student leadership positions and set the stage by naming next school year's leaders.”

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

Congratulations to all of those students recognized:

Potsdam Award

Ali Walker

“This is the highest award given at The Pine School,” said Head of School Phyllis Parker. “Ali has made a positive impact in both academics and athletics - She approaches her academics with confidence and makes it all look incredibly easy.”

Headmaster Award

Clark Mortell

Academic Achievement Awards

9th Grade - Madeline McDonald

10th Grade -Noah Kalter

11th Grade - Samar Ahmed

12th Grade - Olivia Wilson

Community Achievement Awards

9th Grade - Hallie Isdaner

10th Grade - Aaron Chimelis

11th Grade - Melissa Coolidge

12th Grade - Maryn Washer

Service and Spirit Award

Samantha Meltzer

2017-18 Prefects & Deputies

Head Boy: Christopher Textor

Head Girl: Claire Barber

Ambassador Prefect: Melissa Coolidge

Outreach Prefect: Alex Wood

Student Life Prefect: Colby Mortell

Environmental Prefect: Drew Aaron

Communications Prefect: Alison McClimond

U-Knight Prefect: Claire Pittman

Athletic Leadership Prefect: John LaCorte

Fine Arts Prefect: Chloe Janson

Ambassador Deputy Prefect: Gabe Tettamanti

Outreach Deputy Prefect: Olivia Siegel

Student Life Deputy Prefect: Macy Washer

Environmental Deputy Prefect: Naia Mader

Communications Deputy Prefect: Logan Messer

U-Knight Deputy Prefect: Aaron Chimelis

Athletic Leadership Deputy Prefect: Grace Wilson

Fine Arts Deputy Prefect: Noah Kalter


“Book awards are for juniors and are given by colleges and universities to help cultivate interest and provide name recognition,” shared College Counselor Janet Pacifico. “Criteria vary from leadership, activities, writing, intellectual engagement and commitment to the community.”

Brown University - Alex Starkand

Dartmouth College - Christopher Textor

Sewanee University - Sophia Siegel

Johns Hopkins University - Celia Walsh

Penn University - Melissa Coolidge

Harvard University - Samar Ahmed

Agnes Scott College  - Drew Aaron

Rollins College - Maddy Minelli

Boston College - Claire Barber

National Merit Recognition

Ali Walker and Olivia Wilson

Treasure Coast Singers Scholarship

Greyson Phillips

The Benacquisto Scholarship

Hannah Oenbrink

Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholarship

Ali Walker

English Awards

Pat Stuart Award - Greyson Phillips

9th – Chloe Munson

10th – Olivia Siegel

11th – Sophia Siegel

12th –Emma Berkenblitt

Fine Arts Awards

John Philip Sousa Band Award - Samantha Meltzer

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award - Nic Leonard

Ernie and Helen Berlin Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts - Nic Leonard

High School Drama Award - Samantha Meltzer

Publication Award - Savanah Wilshire

Digital Art Award - Sabrina Matos

9th grade Kate Aydlette

10th grade Macy Washer

11th grade Chloe Janson

12th grade Philippa Parnevik

History Awards

Hugh Willoughby Award - Alexandra Cleveland

9th – Maria Di Egidio

10th – Anna McGovern

11th – Claire Barber

12th – Olivia Wilson

Math Awards

Euler’s Award of Achievement – Juliette Afshar

9th – Lucas Pereira

10th – Grace Wilson

11th – George Ma

12th – Alison Walker

Science Awards

Jonas Salk Award – Isabella Fucigna

9th – Aliya French

10th – Gabriel Tettamanti

11th – Melissa Coolidge

12th – Chris Hong

World Language Awards

José Martí Award - Celia Jean Walsh

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Award - Jacqueline Rouse

9th – Analise Lichten

10th – Logan Messer

11th – Christopher Textor

12th – Kaili Sherman

“Studying at The Pine School is not easy and we expect much from each of you.  Thank you for giving your best,” summed up Parker. “I hope that this school year made a difference in your education and in the direction of your life.”


Grades 3-8 Honored At Special Assembly

In advance of the end of the school year, Grades 6-8 and 3-5 celebrate various achievements in individual Honor Assemblies. Held in the gym, both assemblies were attended by students as well as parents and friends.

Photos of both assemblies can be seen on our Flickr page.

“This is about celebrating our passion for educating these young men and women who carry our collective hopes and dreams for the future,” shared Lower School Coordinator Suzanne Otero. “We are filled with gratitude for the opportunity to become a part of their lives."

Congratulations to all of those students recognized:

Headmaster Award

Dylan Tuchon

“This is the highest award given in middle school,” shared Head of School Phyllis Parker. “Dylan has been selected because he is always kind and respectful to students and teachers alike, is described as a hard working quiet leader, a friend to watch your back, and an individual of great character. He has also been a student at The Pine School since first Grade.”

Cornerstone Awards
Academic Maturity - Faith Hill
Athletic Maturity  - Tyler Markulics
Arthur A Smith Spiritual Award - Aubee Billie

Dale Hudson Community Service Award
Stephen Weller

Ashley Carroll Writing Award
Nell Hutchinson

Middle School Environmental Steward Award
Matilda Small

Jeff Bruner Athletic Award
Jack Squier

Pine Scholarship -
Faith Hill

This full tuition scholarship continues until the recipient graduates from The Pine School.

“Faith is a straight-A student, a member of the National Junior Honor Society, a student council representative and was recognized earlier this year as a Knight of Character,” shared Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver as she announced this scholarship.

Exceptional Student Award
6th Grade - Lily Parr
7th Grade - Hannah Squier

Spirit of Learning Award
Matthew Sorarelli

English/Language Arts     
6th Grade - Kate Parr
7th Grade - Michael Di Egidio.
8th Grade - Caroline Rouse

3rd Grade - Morgan Ferrera
4th grade - Luke Altschuler
5th Grade - Adelaide McKeon

3rd Grade - Audrey Gordon
4th grade - Madeline McElroy
5th Grade - Bella Krastel
6th Grade - Jenny Roberts
7th Grade - Andie Smith

Social Studies
3rd Grade - Emma Montie
4th grade - Brody Metzger
5th Grade - Haven Stroh
6th Grade - Shiv Patel.
7th Grade - Diego Chacon.
8th Grade - Faith Hill

3rd Grade - Ethan Murray
4th grade - Christina Shute
5th Grade - Clark Stroh
6th Grade - Sandy Hardin.
7th Grade - Hannah Squier.
8th Grade - Stephen Weller

3rd Grade - Luke Parr
4th grade - Isabela Adler
5th Grade - Jack Meads
6th Grade - Brett Sarcia
7th Grade - Andie Smith.  
8th Grade - Sam Levine

3rd Grade - Pippa Hilton-Green
4th grade - Gabby Benedetti
5th Grade - Jason Hayes
6th Grade - Brennan Troup
7th Grade - Carolyn Smith.
8th Grade - Teagan Habicht

3rd Grade - Ty Schoppe
4th grade - Lili Krastel
5th Grade - Caroline Smith

World Language    
6th Grade - Lilly Parr
7th Grade - Reece Slater
8th Grade - Acklen Howell

3rd Grade - Liberty Landeros
4th grade - Shelby Carlstrom
5th Grade - Emmie Jacobson

3rd Grade - Maddie Parr and TJ Kelly
4th grade - Ryann McLeod and Connor Hampton
5th Grade - Shaina Lee and Grant Torchia
6th Grade - Mac Cummings & Lauren Duke
7th Grade - Jake Schoonmaker & Celia Wilson
8th Grade - Liam Fitz & Olivia Bertolo

School Pride
6th Grade - Aidan Skelly & Fiona Ankrom.
7th Grade - Lawson McLeod & Kendall Eaker
8th Grade - Tate Small & Matilda Small

3rd Grade - Jules Giambalvo and Max Brodie
4th grade - Kinslee Ewing and Jace Jodzio
5th Grade - Reese Habicht and Cameron Tuchon
6th Grade -  Jack Vrana & Allie Smith
7th Grade - Michael Di Egidio & Kiele Mader
8th Grade - Kevin Guidoboni & Grace Hampton

Outstanding Safety Patroller
Harbour Dollinger

Citizenship/ Honor Code
3rd Grade - Isabela Belani and Joey Falcone
4th grade - Alice Villalba and Reagan Fowle
5th Grade - Campbell McCarthy and Teddy Thompson

“While striving to achieve their best, these students discovered the commitment of their teachers, parents, as well as themselves, to accomplish their goals, and today we celebrate their achievements,” summed up Middle School Coordinator Sarah Visagie.


Student Art Showcased At State Capital

State Representative MaryLynn Magar visited campus to meet with students who had work selected by her office to hang in the State Capital during the legislative session - being seen by many members of the state government, including the Governor, Attorney General, and members of the House and Senate.

Madeline McElroy (4th Grade), Kiele Mader (7th Grade), Jacqueline Rouse (10th Grade), Sophia Siegel (11th Grade), and Emily Smith (11th Grade) had pieces selected that fit into an unifying theme of our Florida environment and ecosystems.

The students had their work professionally framed and received a personalized certificate of appreciation from Representative Magar.

“The opportunity for our students to have their work be selected to hang in the state capitol is a unique and validating experience for these young artists,” shared Fine Arts Department Chair Steve Naumann.


Senior Class Receives Royal Treatment

The Class of 2017 received the royal treatment as the School community (plus parents and guests) gathered for what is sure to become a new Pine School tradition - the Senior Collegiate Pep Rally.

The day started with the Seniors being guests at a special breakfast that was served by Junior Prefect Deputies.

The Pep Rally took time to individually recognize the wide and impressive range of schools our Seniors will be attending in the fall. Dean of Academics Sean Carlson shared fun facts about the colleges each will be attending as seniors entered the gym, greeted by their 6th Grade Buddies.

The event closed with a showing of a video documenting the year made by Senior Ryan Chimelis as part of his Capstone Project.

“As proud as we always are of our Seniors and the colleges they are accepted into each year, we wanted to really highlight what is the ultimate return of a Pine School education through this special event,” shared Assistant Head of School Nathan Washer.

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


Pine School Tops Great Give Leaderboard

The Pine School topped the Leaderboard for the 2nd year in a row during the Great Give hosted by the United Ways of Martin and Palm Beach Counties. The event, which lasted the full 24-hours of May 17th, allows area non-profits to appeal to donors for support, with an opportunity to get a percentage of matching dollars from a bonus pool.

"It is great raising awareness and funds for such an amazing school,” shared Director of Development Kelly Hilton-Green. “Our family of supporters made a huge impact and this certainly speaks to the generous nature of our School community."

Before bonus dollars, the School raised $83,775 from 138 individual gifts - 24 donations more than last year’s event. In the process, the School received the “Be Seen” Award for raising the most money out of over 400 area non-profits.


Music Bash Awards Student Performers

The Music Department celebrated the many and varied accomplishments of our students at the annual Music Bash. Hosted at the Double Roads Tavern in Jupiter, the event presented an opportunity to recognize performance in the range of Pine School ensembles - from concert band to Jazz and Steel Pan ensembles.

Senior Nick Leonard walked away with both the Ernie and Helen Berlin Music Award and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. Senior Samantha Meltzer was honored with the John Philip Sousa Band Award.

Both the Pine School Jazz and Rock Band provided great live entertainment.  

“This has been an amazing musical year for the Pine School and I am so happy to be a part of it,” summed up Music Director Dorothy Castle.

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


Field Day Triumph - School Spirit At Its Best

The Pine School’s annual Field Day is all about spirit. We bleed blue & gold and each year - just prior to Graduation - the entire School community comes together for a full morning of friendly competition pitting Blue versus Gold. All congratulations go this year to the BLUE team for their points win.

Students battle on many fronts - from tricycle races and sack races to obstacle courses and the infamous tug-o-war.

“This is the sort of event that really defines The Pine School experience,” summed up Head of School Phyllis Parker. “To see everyone gathered together to enjoy the competition while also appreciating our special school community is a really beautiful thing.”

The day also presents the opportunity for the Parent’s Association to award funding for faculty professional development. 18 such grants were given this year - allowing faculty to attend the finest educational workshops and conferences offered around the country. Additionally, another group will, for the third year, attend the Project Zero workshops at the Harvard School of Education this summer.

Finally, the Teacher of Excellence honor was awarded to 2nd Grade teacher Kristin Davis. This coveted prize is given each year to the faculty member who shows exceptional commitment and dedication to both their students and the School.

All is all, a very special day. Go Knights!

Photos can be seen on our Flickr page.


The Pine School Selects Hughes Umbanhower As Architect For Campus Expansion

The Pine School has announced, two years after consolidating all grades to its Hobe Sound Campus, that it has commissioned Hughes Umbanhowar Architects to design a campus expansion. The scope of the project includes the design and construction of a LEEDS-compliant, multi-purpose building, and will include new gymnasium and theatre spaces as well as band and choir rooms. The project will also include construction of additional outdoor athletic seating, improvements to the School’s outdoor athletic fields, and evaluation and changes to optimize campus traffic flows. Hughes Umbanhowar Architects has a long history of working with the Pine School, having designed the original upper campus, which was completed in 2008.

“Hughes Umbanhowar Architects, and Scott Hughes in particular, has been a great partner throughout the School’s expansion in Hobe Sound,” said Phyllis Parker, Head of School. “They’ve previously shown us a tremendous ability to handle the scope of this project in an efficient and timely manner, and we look forward to working with them on this phase of the School’s growth. Of course, none of this would be possible without the incredible support and generosity of our parents, alumni, and friends.”

The Pine School has served as Martin County’s only independent Kindergarten through Grade 12 college-prep day school since 1969. The School’s relationship-based education has consistently returned SAT & ACT scores higher than National and State averages and 100% of all graduating classes earning acceptances to some of the Nation’s finest colleges and universities (with an impressive 92% attending their first-choice schools). In addition to challenging academics which are uniquely documented through individualized digital portfolios, the School offers competitive athletics (with multiple students celebrating signings to Division I schools each year) and inspiring arts (with honors being bestowed county and statewide). All of this is is provided on a beautiful 142-acre campus (the largest of any school in Martin County) which serves as a living classroom promoting ecological and sustainability awareness.

Hughes Umbanhowar Architects ( and its principals, Scott Hughes and John Umbanhower, have offices in Hobe Sound, Florida and Los Angeles. The Firm, recipient of over 30 design excellence awards, specializes in buildings, objects and planning for residential and institutional clients throughout the United States and abroad. The Firm excels in incorporating state-of-the-art materials and technology into practical and unique solutions benefiting their clients and the broader community.  Their new monograph “21 Projects”, published by Design Media Publishing, will be available in early May through Amazon.


Art Students Recognized At High School Show

The Pine School’s fine arts department represented well at the Marvin S. Cone 31st Annual High School Juried Art Show. Competing against young artists from each Martin County high school, the nine Pine School students will all have works displayed in the show which runs through the summer in the Martin County Court House Cultural Center.

“Having the chance to applaud and support student art truly makes this one of my favorite annual events,” shared Nancy Turrell, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Martin County who hosts the show.

For the second year in a row, Pine School students swept the Photography category.

1st Place: “Eyes: by Macy Washer, ‘19

2nd Place: “Sisterly Love” by Phillipa Parnevik, ‘17

3rd Place: “Make Music Not War” by Ryan Chimelis, ‘17

Macy’s piece was also selected as The Pine School Purchase Award.

Seniors Ryan Chimelis and Juliette Afshar both brought home Honorable Mention Awards. Chris Hong ‘17, Chloe Janson ‘18, Ali McClimond ‘18, Jacqueline Rouse ‘19, & Emily Smith ‘18 were all chosen for the show and received participation certificates.

“With each year, the students’ work gets more impressive.” shared Fine Arts Department Chair Steve Naumann. “Each year I reflect on having participated in this show when I was in high school and how it encouraged my continued involvement in the visual arts.”


Recycled Runway Returns For Earth Day

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.

“I was very happy with how everything came together,” shared Junior Nicole Cappellino who, along with Freshman Allison Sanchez, served as Lead Designer. “It is a lot of hard work but, because we are all so passionate about it, also a lot of fun.”

The show became a school-wide affair with students 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. “It is also very rewarding to see how much our School community enjoys seeing the show - it has become a great Pine School annual event.”

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


Phyllis Parker Day

In a School as closely connected as The Pine School, it is no small feat keeping a secret from the Head of School. However, when you are planning a celebration of twenty-six years of service, the element of surprise plays a crucial role.

Somehow, students, faculty, Administration, parents, family & friends did just that - and caught Head of School Phyllis Parker off-guard as she was walked into the gymnasium to find everyone gathered and ready to honor her years of dedication - especially those as Head of School - in a special Phyllis Parker Day ceremony. Parker will retire at the end of the current school year.

“How do you sum up twenty-six years into a brief address?” asked Assistant Head of School Nathan Washer, who opened the program.

In addition to a special musical number performed by The Pine School’s combined Concert Band and Chorus (which included students presenting roses, Middle School Coordinator Sarah Visage reflected on fond memories and legacy, and a reflection video created by Director of Communications Robert Ankrom and parents John & Renay Rouse was shown.

Current Board of Trustees President Debbie Textor presented a beautiful Head of School Emerita award along with a diamond pendant necklace.

The whole event closed with a specially written version of The Twelve Days Of Christmas - with the new words reflecting on items Mrs. Parker can enjoy in retirement - as a salute to the Holiday tradition started by Mrs. Parker of each grade level singing the different lines. A reception closed the day.

“How lucky am I to have something that I will miss so badly,” Parker said as a closing remark - sharing a favorite quote from A. A. Milne’s Winnie-The-Pooh.

The Pine School will certainly miss Phyllis Parker but look forward to enjoying the remainder of the current school year with her every step of the way.

Photos from this special day can be seen on the Flickr page.


Student Talent Shines At Evening Of The Arts

The Pine School’s Fine Arts Department hosted their annual 9th-12th Grade Evening of The Arts at the historic Lyric Theater to an enthusiastic audience - showcasing the varied performing art talents of our students.

“The whole evening was an amazing experience,” shared Music Director and show coordinator Dorothy Castle. “The student's dedication to their art is so impressive and they really made this show their own.”

In addition to performances by Pine School bands (Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band & Steel Pan Ensemble) the show was filled with everything from vocal and instrumental numbers to dance. The trio of Junior emcees (Samar Ahmed, Emily Smith, & Celia Walsh) helped keep things moving and even shared a few “punny” jokes along the way. A special dedication was also made to the Seniors performing for the last time as Knights.

“Each year I am sure our students can’t possibly top themselves and yet they always seem to do just that,” summed up Assistant Head of School Nathan Washer. “The show was truly a fantastic display of the talent so many of our students possess.”

Photos of the Evening of the Arts can be seen on our Flickr page.


Student Work Displayed At CitiPlace Gallery

Senior Philippa Parnevik - selected as only one of ten South FL student artists - will be representing The Pine School with one of her pieces being displayed at the CitiPlace Art Gallery in West Palm Beach.

“It is an honor being selected,” sahed Philippa. “Seeing my piece blown up on the side of the Macy's wall had me in complete awe."

Philippa, who was recently honored with four Gold Medals in Scholastic Art and Writing, attended the unveiling ceremony with art and photography teacher Maria Miele. Philippa will attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York this fall.

“Our students work over the years has become richer and more conceptually sophisticated,” summed up Miele. “When our students earn accolades in one or more visual art forums the work is then entered into a whole other level of recognition. It's important to encourage our young artists to take a risk and enter exhibits and competitions so that these serendipitous opportunities are available to them.”

The work will be on display through the summer of 2017.


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!!!!