TPS News

Newest National Honor Society Members Inducted

The Pine School proudly welcomed seventeen new members into the School’s chapter of the National Honor Society. An induction ceremony was held today during community meeting.

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

The Pine School became a charter member of NHS in 2009. With a goal to recognize students who excel, candidacy begins by meeting the scholarship criterion of a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in core subjects. Each candidate then submits candidate information/essay form to the Faculty Council with additional evaluative information from the entire faculty used to assist in the final selection process.

Newly inducted members (spring 2018) include:
Class of 2018:  Georgia Cardoso, Amanda Silva
Class of 2019: Riley Davis, Hayley Starr, Patricia Ramsay, Gabriel Tettamanti
Class of 2010: William Baratta, Maria DiEgidio, Zachary Ehrlich, Aliya French, Hallie Isdaner, Jet Jones, Maddy McDonald, Troy Meira, Lucas Pereira, Ryan Renz, Addi Textor

“It has been an honor and delight working with these students to promote the academic focus via our year long peer tutor program and other leadership events,” shared NHS Advisor and history teacher Kathy Moorman.


Evening Of The Arts Showcases Student Talent

The Pine School celebrated the talents of students in 9th-12th Grade with the annual Evening of the Arts held at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Stuart. The evening was filled with a diverse range of vocal, instrumental & dance, all with one thing in common - a passion for performing.

“This evening is always so special,” shared Fine Arts Chair Steve Naumann. “It truly is amazing to see the exceptional talent of our students and I love that The Pine School dedicates an event to showcase their dedication and hard work.”

In addition to providing the audience with excellent entertainment, the evening provided an opportunity to also especially salute those performers from the Class of 2018.

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


Seniors Honored With Congressional Award Gold Medal

Pine School Seniors Faiza (Samar) Ahmed (’18) & Alex Wood (’18) were both awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal at a ceremony for Florida’s 18th Congressional District - attended by U.S. Representative (FL-18) Brian Mast & Head of School Binney Caffrey.

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. Students may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities by their 24th birthday.

Participation involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.

Conner MacDonald (’21) was also awarded the Congressional Bronze Medal.  


Off-Campus Education Week

One of The Pine School's most unique & popular traditions is Off-Campus Education Week. Grades 5-12 each travel to unique destinations that cover a range of exciting experiences and opportunities.

With Grades 5-8 taking on a range of outside activities and team-building rope courses, Grades 9-12 branch out to everything from Freshmen learning about environmental awareness in the Everglades and FL Keys, Sophomores touring a range of colleges in the DC area, and the Juniors backpacking through the boroughs of NY as part of an outward bound adventure.

The New York City trip provided knowledge and understanding of many cultures that were  strengthened immensely through the activities and experiences we shared together as classmates,” shared Junior Hayley Starr.

“Because of this trip, I learned that any little way to help prevent pollution has an enormous effect in helping the lives of ourselves and marine life,” shared Freshman Angela Charles.

The special Senior even trip included time to explore the National Whitewater Center in NC where the US Olympic kayak team trains as well as an Escape Room challenge, community service, and taking in a Charlotte Hornets basketball game.

In fact, each of the high school trips fold in some element of service.

"Though our Off-Campus Education Week trips cover a wide range of destinations and activities, in the end, these unique opportunities are about celebrating the flexibility that independent schools have to explore experiences outside of the classroom, while also forging positive school-community connections between our students and faculty,” summed up Tamara Litterick - Math Dept Chair and Off-Campus Trips Coordinator.

Photos of the Senior Trip

Photos of Trips Grades 9-11

Photos of Trips Grades 5-8


Student Work On Display In Tallahassee

4th Graders Joey Falcone, Audrey Gordon, & Pippa Hilton-Green had the opportunity to visit Tallahassee to see their selected artwork on display in Representative MaryLynn Magar's office (82nd District).

Representative Magar held a small reception for the students in her office and they were all welcomed and recognized during the live session. The students were joined by families members, including Audrey’s 2nd Grade sister Olivia.

Artwork by 11th Grader Erica Forster and 10th Grader Allison Sanchez is also being displayed.

"I am not only honored that our students were able to display their artwork at our state capital, but I am also very excited that they got to visit the artwork and be recognized in front of our state officials," shared K-8th Grade art teacher Brian Hayden.


Government Students Tour Courthouse

Nathaniel Osborn and Sean Carlson and their American Government classes students spent a morning observing criminal proceedings at the Martin County Courthouse. Judge Steele gave students a tour of the courthouse and reviewed roles played by court officials.

"Sitting in on a trial - with real a real judge, public defense attorney, prosecutor, and bailiff brought physical reality to what we had been studying in class. And, for me, it was even more meaningful because I am interested in a law career,” shared Senior Maddy Minelli.

That was followed by time spent observing proceedings of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. Pine School Junior Riley Davis spoke to the Board and thanked them for the warm welcome. Additionally, students met with librarians at the Blake Library & discussed the resources available as they work on upcoming research projects.

"Observing the inner workings of local government and the judiciary offers our students a powerful learning opportunity," said Osborn.


Students Stand Against Bullying

The Pine School has joined schools throughout the country in observing Bully Prevention Week.

"It is important to empower students to stand against bullying, to realize they can make a difference by promoting kindness and tolerance,” shared School Counselor Heidi Kaye.

The week has included opportunities for students to sign and make an Anti-Bully Pledge as well as to discuss in Advisory small groups related issues. Students wore pink shirts to participate in Pink Shirt Day to stand in solidarity of this awareness campaign.

Additionally, Freshman Abbie Elkan, who is originally from Parkland and knew several of the students lost in the recent tragedy there, spoke to the student body on the importance of making connections.

“Creating caring connections among our school community fosters an optimal learning environment," summed up Kaye.

Photos can be seen on our Flickr page.


The Addams Family's Spooky Success

The Pine School Performing Arts Department presented the comedy-musical The Addams Family at the Els Center of Excellence over the weekend.

Featuring a cast and crew that ranged from Grades 5 through 12, the ensemble demonstrated the spirit of teamwork in preparing all aspects of the production and turned in a performance that all would agree was truly excellent.

The Addams Family was simply incredible,” shared Head of School Binney Caffrey. “Our students, both on and off the stage, should be so proud of all they did to make the performance so special.”.  

“As a school, we pride ourselves on letting each of our students have the opportunity to try new things” shared Academic Dean Sean Carlson, who also directed the production. “This year's cast was full of novice performers, many of whom had never been in a show before, yet that didn't stop them from rising to the occasion.”

The cast put in long hours during rehearsals at a variety of spots on campus before moving to the El Center for a few technical run-throughs before opening night.

“Each year, being part of the musical is something I greatly look forward to,” shared Senior Chloe Janson who starred as Morticia. “It is such a great way for students with similar interests to connect who might not otherwise.”

The production took a small army of folks to make the many logistics and specifics come together. In addition to a team of parents & faculty that helped with make-up, music teachers Dorothy Castle and John Barnes (costumes and lights & sound respectively) led the charge in making sure all aspects of the production were first-rate.

“Each year, it makes me so proud to see our seasoned performers grow in their craft and leadership, but also to see those students who want to try something a bit out of their comfort zone find new self-confidence,” summed up Carlson.

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

A special gallery of behind-the-scenes photos has also been set-up.


Women & Girls In Sports Day

The Pine School celebrated Women & Girls In Sports Day with a special assembly featuring an address by Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver.

Lettengarver is a former professional skater with Disney On Ice and has been named the TC Palm XC Coach of the Year three times in a row.

“I was so proud to have been asked to speak to the Pine School girls who inspire me everyday,” shared Lettengarver.

Girls then had a chance to test their skills during a range of Varsity sport drills - led by members of those teams.

“The Pine School prides itself in providing a supportive environment allowing our students the opportunity to try something they never had before - maybe even sparking a new interest that will stay with them long-term,” summed up Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli. “Dedicated time like today truly meets that goal and plays an important role in fostering a real focus on athletics and physical well-being.”


InvenTeam Continues Streak Of Success

The Pine School’s InvenTeam continues their streak of successes with two recent high-profile accolades.

On Wednesday evening the team received the "Innovator" award at the 2018 Martin County Environmental Stewardship Awards banquet.

The following day several members of the team presented a poster at the 2018 Indian River Lagoon Symposium at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. They were the only high schoolers asked to present at this significant academic conference.

"It was really rewarding to be recognized by the community for our efforts,” shared Senior and team-member Sophia Siegel. “I think the passion our team feels about the environment was clearly demonstrated."

Additionally, InvenTeam advisers Karlheinz Haas and Nathaniel Osborn presented a brief paper entitled "The IRL as a Vehicle to Integrate STEM and the Humanities in Secondary Education" to the conference's 350 scientists and graduate students.

“It was a great experience to explain our invention and receive such educated feedback on our device as well as to speaking with and learning from some of the greatest environmental researchers in our area," shared Haas.

"The InvenTeam's water quality device project is precisely the sort of interdisciplinary experience that is uniquely possible in an independent school," added Osborn, who was also nominated for the "River Advocate" category at the Stewardship Awards. "Integrating my background as an historian with Mr. Haas's expertise as a scientist has been richly rewarding."

The Pine School’s InvenTeam was the only student group in Florida selected to receive a prestigious grant from the MIT-Lemelson Foundation to create a water monitoring system to document water quality in the Indian River Lagoon. The group was also invited to present at EurekaFest held at MIT last summer.


Pine School Reads

Dear Parents and Students, 

I hope this note finds you well and still enjoying a bit of the rejuvenation that always comes with the new year. As we look ahead to our February long weekend and March off-campus education & Spring Break weeks, we are sure to have some idle time on our hands! One of my great pastimes I am eager to share with our School community is my passion for reading. So often I crave a little down time to immerse myself in a book so I can learn something new or be transported to another time or life. Not only is reading fun, but it is also really good for you.  Educationally speaking, there is little debate that time spent reading for pleasure is closely correlated to, and even predictive of, many metrics of academic success.  

To share the joy of reading, let’s show each other what we’ve stacked up to read over the next few months. Please take a look at what’s filling my bedside table and school bag in this photo. Whether you are a student or parent, I hope you see a few good recommendations from me; I anticipate great suggestions from you! I challenge each of you to send in pictures of your stacks and, better yet, pictures of you reading over our upcoming breaks.  What and where will we read? I can’t wait to find out! You can email your photos to Director of Communication Robert Ankrom ( so he can share to social media. #PineSchoolReads

To the adults, a huge part of raising and teaching children is modeling behavior we want to see. Let’s make sure we are reading, especially with our children and to our children, whenever we can. I would like us all to commit to reading one book together this spring. My colleagues and I, along with Parents’ Association leadership, have selected Carol Dweck’s Mindset for our first community read. Please read or listen to it by April 6th, the day we will have our Lower School reading celebration. We will organize discussion times after that date so we can reflect on Mindset and the takeaways relevant to us as we partner to educate Pine’s students. 

Happy reading!

Binney Caffrey, Head of School


Student Musicians Receive Superiors And Excellents

Pine School students performed solos at the District's MPAs (Music Performance Assessment) - with all receiving the top two ratings of Excellent and Superior. Congratulations to: Michael Boyd, Lily Cave, Ryan Coolidge, Michael DiEgidio, Noah Kalter, Grace Kennedy, Andie Smith, Hannah Squier, Cat Villano, and Jack Vrana.

This assessment, which is open to all schools in the district, attracts hundreds of students. Students play their chosen music in front of a judge who assess them using a performance rubric.

“Attending events such as this helps students improve on their musicality as individuals,” shared band director Dorothy Castle. “Their hard work and dedication shined as they represented The Pine School beautifully.”  


Student Artists Score At Regional Scholastic Art Awards

The Pine School once again swept up at the Regional Scholastic Art Awards!

Four Gold Key Awards, the highest honor, were bestowed. Sophomore Allison Sanchez walked away with 3 (a Pine School first!) while Junior Olivia Siegel earned 1. Their pieces will now be judged at the National level.

Seniors Ali McClimond & Emily Smith - Juniors Ryan Ehrlich, Jacqueline Rouse, Alyssa Schoettle, & Macy Washer - Sophomores Maddy McDonald & Robert Upton and Freshman Teagan Habicht earned a range of Silver Key Awards and Honorable Mention nods.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be February 24th at The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach and the show will continue through March 9th.

“I'm so very proud and excited about the results,” shared art teacher Maria Miele. “This is a great opportunity for our students to see their work in a beautiful gallery setting and hear from art experts in our region about why their work is worthy for such attention and accolades.”


Class Of 2018 College Commitments Begin

The Pine School has a long-standing tradition of graduates benefiting from the expertise and personalized approach of College Counselor Janet Pacifico. 100% of all graduates have been accepted to some of the country’s finest colleges and universities - with an impressive 93% attending their first-choice schools.

As a salute to the talents and hard work of our seniors, we plan to share news as these students make the big decision of committing to schools.

“The class of 2018 was the first class to have all students complete their top choice applications by November 15th,” shared Pacifico. “They were focused and targeted in their choices and are reaping the benefits of early acceptances.”

Congratulations to:

Claire Barber - Colorado College. Claire has served as the Head Girl Prefect her Senior year. As strong of an athlete as a scholar, Claire was the Cross Country Captain where she became District Champion and qualified for States. She also qualified for States in Track and played Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse.

Melissa Coolidge - University of Colorado-Boulder. Melissa serves as the student face of the Admission Office as the Ambassador Prefect. Additionally, she has played on virtually every Varsity team offered including Volleyball, Cheer, Cross Country, Soccer, Lacrosse, & Track.

Lauren DiMare - Boston University. A stellar student, Lauren has earned an exceptional reputation with her teachers. She is also a member of the U-Knight Prefect Committee.

JJ. LaCorte - Wesleyan University. A true athletic leader, J.J. has served as the Athletic Prefect his Senior year and is the Varsity Soccer Captain. He also has been heavily involved in student life and has participated in the School musical.

Ali McClimond - Savannah College of Ast and Design. There isn’t much that Ali hasn’t done as a Pine School Knight. In addition to serving as the Communication Prefect, Ali graduated the Martin Youth Leadership Program, has been honored with Scholastic Art Awards, and was part of the MIT InvenTeam. Ali also was a member of both the Cross Country and Cheerleading Varsity teams.

Colby Mortell - Texas Christian University. Colby is a Pine School Lifer and is spending his Senior year serving as Head Student Life Prefect. He has also been a member of the Lacrosse and Soccer Varsity teams and was a Rotary Youth Leadership Junior staff member.

Kassie Teklinski - Lynn University. Kassie has participated in the arts in both the drama club and the Arts Prefect Committee. She also finds time to help with the Outreach Prefect Committee and has played Varsity Tennis.

Christopher Textor - Wesleyan University. This Lifer truly defines the balance between excelling in academics, athletics and arts. In addition to serving as the Head Boy Prefect, Christopher is a Captain on both the Varsity Soccer and Cross Country teams, earning a State qualification in the later. On the art front, he was nominated for a mARTie award and played in the band, jazz ensemble, and Steel Pan. He was also a member of the MIT InvenTeam.

Bryn Vrana - University of Tampa. Bryn is a member of the Varsity Volleyball team, where she has served as a team leader. She has also been part of the Ambassador Prefect Committee.

We look forward to sharing more good news as students continue to make decisions.


100 Years Of Cars Draws Record-Breaking Crowd

The 11th annual 100 Years of Cars Show, aided by picture perfect weather, drew a record-breaking 1,400 visitors to The Pine School’s beautiful campus. Guests enjoyed a wide range of antique, classic, and cutting-edge cars and vehicles.

Highlights included a K-9 demonstration by the Martin County Sheriff Department, a kid’s section that included bounce-houses and a car to paint. Over $41,000 was raised in support of The Pine School’s Patriot Scholarship - providing merit support to attend the School for children of active military and veterans.

“This is always such a positive event,” shared Director of Development Kelly Hilton-Green. “It is always made a rousing success with the support we receive - from our lead sponsor Waters Edge Dermatology to our small army of volunteers.”

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


TC Palm Recognizes Varsity Athletes & Coaches

TC Palm has recognized a large number of Pine School students for their exceptional efforts in a range of fall Varsity sports. This recognition includes all high schools from Vero Beach to Hobe Sound. Golfers Garrett Barber and Andie Smith were both selected as Player of the Year Finalists, while Cross Country Coach Beth Lettengarver was honored as Cross Country Coach of the Year for the third straight season.

“These honors are a real testament to how accomplished and dedicated our athletes and coaches are,” shared Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli.

Congratulations to:

Garrett Barber: Player of the Year Finalist for Boys Golf

Andie Smith: Player of the Year Finalist for Girls Golf

Zach Fineberg: 1st Team All-Area Selection for Boys Golf

Caroline Patterson: 1st Team All-Area Selection for Girls Golf

Jue Wen: 1st Team All-Area Selection for Girls Golf

Claire Barber: 1st Team All-Area for Girls Cross Country

Christopher Textor: Honorable Mention All-Area Selection for Boys Cross Country

Lucas Pereira: Honorable Mention All-Area Selection for Boys Cross Country

Acklen Howell: Honorable Mention All-Area Selection for Volleyball


Coach Lettengarver: Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year (for the third straight season)

Coach Fineberg: Girls Golf Coach of the Year


Holiday Service Sets Stage For The Season

In keeping with the annual tradition of gathering prior to winter break to celebrate the coming holidays, The Pine School community held its Holiday Service - an opportunity for students, faculty and parents to reflect upon the spirit of the season.

The centerpiece of the service is the opening processional with each student delivering a donated toy for needy local children through local organizations United Way of Martin County’s White Doves and Natives Helping Natives.

“Year after year, The Pine School stands as a true educational leader in truly recognizing the meaning of this time of year in giving back to those that are less fortunate,” said Carol Hodnett, United Way’s VP of Community Impact.

The Service also includes holiday readings and a spirited all-School rendition of “The 12 Days Of Christmas”, with each Grade level taking one of the days - a tradition started by former Head Phyllis Parker, who was in attendance. The day’s festivities also included a Cookie Sale and Cookie Social hosted by the Parents Association.

“I’ve been swept up into the holiday season by this community,” shared Head of School Binney Caffrey in her address. “And why should I be surprised? After all, schools are indeed magical places; it turns out The Pine School really knows how to do the holiday magic.”

Finally, as a follow-up to the toy donations, the 5th Grade class traveled to the White Doves distribution center in Stuart to get a deeper understanding on the positive impact the School’s donations make. They toured the facility and had the opportunity to ask questions about the process.

“Their questions were so thoughtful and genuine,” reflected Hodnett.

All in all - definitely a perfect way to fully become present as we enter this special time of year.

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


Talent Shines At Winter Concert

The annual K-12 Winter Concert provided the perfect opportunity to showcase the talents of our students and was a huge success.

Under the direction of Music Directors John Barnes and Dorothy Castle, students Grades K-12 dazzled a packed house with a range of holiday numbers performed by the various ensembles that make up The Pine School's Performing Arts program.

From Chorus and Band to Recorders and Knights of Steel, the talent shone brightly.

"Students of all levels worked hard in band this year leading up to the show," shared Castle. "They have come a long way since August and we were excited to showcase that talent and dedication."

Photos can be seen on our Flickr page.


Students Participate In The Hour Of Code

It is National Computer Science Education Week and Pine School students, along with tens of millions of students in over 180 countries, are participating in The Hour Of Code - a one-hour coding challenge at the centerpiece of this worldwide event.

Following the lead of Technology Director Paul Needham, various science and computer teachers in all Grades are working with students on a range of activities - from introducing basics & exploring virtual reality to coding challenges & creating their own games.

“This kind of dedicated time to these skills absolutely helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity,” shared Needham. “By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path."

The Pine School took the approach of exposing students to coding via gamification using guided lessons geared toward game, app, or logo creation. Students were also introduced to Virtual Reality simulations such as a "Space Walk" on the International Space Station or via exploratory expeditions to other states or countries.  The basis of these VR experiences were tied back into coding and its role in the future of Virtual Reality simulations or technologies and their impact on our future.

Photos can be seen on our Flickr page.


Happy Thanksgiving From The Pine School

The Pine School wishes you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Enjoy our special Thanksgiving video.

The genesis of this video started with Assistant Head of School Nathan Washer with his tradition of reading the poem "Best Thanksgiving" as we approached the holidays. The sentiment certainly speaks to our School-Community feel and we sincerely share it with all of you.


Veterans Honored At Annual Assembly

Among the many annual events The Pine School takes pride in featuring, our Veterans Day Assembly certainly is the most revered. Each November, the entire School community gathers to honor and pay tribute to those men and women who have served our country.

“The focus of this annual event is simple,” said Academic Dean and Assembly Coordinator Sean Carlson. “We gather to honor our heroes, to remember their achievements, their courage and dedication, and to say thank you for their sacrifices.”

This year’s Assembly included a moving address by our own Middle School Spanish teacher and Army Veteran Jaimal Page. Jaimal served 6 years in the U.S. Army under the military intelligence branch as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and both a Korean and Spanish linguist. He was originally stationed at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA where he successfully completed the Korean basic course. While stationed at Ft. Lewis Army base in Washington state, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant under Alpha Company 125th Military Intelligence Battalion, which later became 184th Military Intelligence Company under the 25th Infantry Division. His job during this time concentrated on gathering real time information on enemy units via various Signals Intelligence resources. During his enlistment, he received 2 Army Achievement medals along with numerous awards for leadership and occupational excellence. He was honorably discharged after fulfilling his enlistment contract and used the G.I. Bill to help him complete his bachelors and masters degrees.  

“Although my identity has changed from "Sarge" to "Señor" and my uniform has changed from green to blue and gold, I still proudly serve a role in achieving a much bigger goal I hold very dear,” shared Page. “To my students I say, be all you can be and the world will be a better place and thank you for it.”

Additionally, the program included performances by the Pine School band & choir and a Lower School musical tribute. Junior Gabriel Tettamanti also read the Presidential Proclamation and John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields” was read by members of the Class of 2023.

The event also provides a perfect opportunity to invite guests to join us for our fall Open House.

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


Science Knight Highlights Student Learning

Science Knight has quickly become a much-anticipated new Pine School tradition.

Under the direction of Department Chair Tessie Kerslake, the evening allows family and friends as well as students of all grade levels to see Pine School science in action - while especially allowing younger students to get excited about the science they they will be participating in as they continue their scientific studies at The Pine School.

The projects displayed - presented by 5th and 6th Grade - showcased their learning about the scientific method and experimentation. Wandering “judges” circulated to ask questions and see results up close.

Some additional touches included 7th Grade students roaming around as the scientists they learned about while enhancing their research skills an interdisciplinary project that infused Science and English. Additionally, Middle School students shared the electronic invention tools they have been using in their STEM class. High School students demonstrated what they are learning about programming and coding with demonstrations of the TI Rover to draw letters as well as shared updates on their water quality monitoring invention "Jack and Rose" that they took to MIT this past summer thanks to the MIT-Lemelson grant that they were awarded. Other interactive STEM and science tables allowed Lower School students to participate and become inventors themselves.

“Each year the science department commits to growing stronger and giving our students new experiences  to enhance their love for science,” summed up Kerslake.

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


Celebrating A State Champion

The entire Pine School community gathered to recognize Senior Garrett Barber and his Golf State Championship.

Lining the walkway to the gym, students and faculty cheered Garrett as he made his way inside. The event included opportunities for both Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli and Varsity Golf Coach Ryan Chrysler to share thoughts on Garrett and his accomplishments.

“Simply put, Garrett works hard at his game - while also maintaining an impressive balance of academics - harder than just about any high school student-athlete that I have ever know,” shared Sofarelli.

Garrett fielded some questions from members of the Lower School and then gave them a chance to see his State Championship medal up close.

The event then segued into Garrett's signing ceremony with LSU, complete with a cake and plenty of time for photos and congratulations.

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


Senior Garrett Braber Wins Golf State Championship

Senior Garrett Barber has won the boys Class 1a Golf State Championship.

Barber shot a sizzling 134 score for the 36-hole competition. The local golf phenom shot, 3-under 69 in the first round, then pulled away from the field by shooting 7-under 65 in the second round. The State Golf Championship was played at Mission Inn Resort in Howie-In- the-Hills.

“This is an amazing achievement for Garrett and it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving kid,” shared Pine School Athletic Director matt Sofarelli. “This accomplishment coupled with his signing to LSU’s Golf Team is a true testament to the hard work and dedication he has put forth. The Pine School couldn’t be prouder.”

Garrett Barber has played in the Junior Presidents Cup and the United States Amateur and is signing to LSU’s Golf Team.

The Girls Varsity Team, in their first year, finished 5th in the state out of 16 teams competing. Andie Smith finished 10th and Jue Wen shot a hole-in-one on the 6th hole.


Happy Halloween

Halloween celebrations at The Pine School are taken very seriously.

The traditions start with the annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Faced with the nearly impossible job of selecting standouts among the many amazing entries, this year’s judges  persevered and selected winners in a range of categories and divisions.

2nd Grader Olivia Gordon with her creation “All Hallows’ Eve in Neverland” walked away with the best-overall creation, while Mrs. Davis and her students earned the coveted Best Class Design.

Thanks to Jennifer Ahern, Jessica Bohner, Elisabeth Glynn, Carol Houwaart-Diez, and Kim Waser for their dedicated service as this year’s judges.

In addition to tons of creative costumes, Grades Kindergarten through 4th stage a special Halloween Ceremony - featuring musical numbers led by music teacher John Barnes.

The fun doesn’t stop there.

The Senior Class then hosted a special trunk-or-treat for the younger students complete with tunes performed by the Jazz Ensemble led by music teacher Dorothy Castle.

Photos of Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

Photos of Halloween celebrations.


Zombie Knight Run's Terrifying Success

The Pine School hosted another installment of their Zombie Knight Run and Haunted House. It is fair to say that the fright and fun level was all the way up to 11. Over 330 runners participated and did their best to avoid the army of zombies that descended on the campus.

“Although the Knight Run has been a long tradition at The Pine School, the Zombie-themed race has proven to be the most popular,” shared Race Chair Jodi Gaines. “Our goal is to always add a little something extra to keep things interesting.”

The Varsity Cross Country team, who recently won the District Championship, had been infected with the Zombie virus, so race runners had to have some serious moves and fast feet to get around them and keep their flags. That, coupled with an incredibly scary Haunted House completely designed and orchestrated by a group of dedicated parent volunteers, made this year a big success.

The Pine School wishes to thank its Sponsors Berkshire Hathaway (Team Honey), Fleet Feet Sports, Camp Mataponi, Cider Doughnuts, Mr. Foamer Signs, and Action Arbor Care for their support. Special thanks goes out to the Martin County Sheriff's Office for grilling hamburgers and hotdogs for the 2nd year in a row.

Extra attractions included cool tunes being spun by DJ extraordinaire (and talented choir and music teacher) John Barnes as well as a visit from Big Dog Rescue.

“We're already talking about plans for 2018, which will again have a Zombie theme with some additional obstacles,” added Gaines. "We hope to see even more of the community on the course next year."

Photos can be seen on our Flickr page.


French Students Travel To Epcot

High School French students had the opportunity to practice and improve their conversational skills with native French speakers as they visited the French Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.

The trip was part of French teacher Maryse Hay’s on-going efforts to immerse students in language as well as French culture.

“Giving the students the chance to think more deeply about their subject matter always returns positive results and inspires authentic learning,” shared Hay. “The fact that Disney hires native French citizens to man the attractions in the French Pavilion provided real-world applications for my students to converse and test what they’ve learned.”

Students completed “interviews” with several of the French employees, using their phones to record & photograph images that the class will use for future vocabulary lessons. The trip also provided the chance for Hays (a French native herself) to share detailed insight to the architecture, history and customs displayed throughout the pavilion.

“It was great to apply what we’ve learned outside of the classroom,” shared Junior Jacqueline Rouse. “It was very easy to get in the spirit surrounded by the feel and look of France.”

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


InvenTeam Presents At Area Science Festival

Members of The Pine School InvenTeam (the only FL School team selected to earn a MIT-Lemelson Foundation grant) and Karlheinz Haas' STEM class spent their Saturday in Ft. Pierce to showcase their invention, "Jack and Rose," (a water content monitoring system) at the 2017 Indian River Lagoon Science Festival.  The Festival featured a variety of science & technology-related exhibits, all with the goal of making science accessible, relevant and fun for both children and adults.  

"It was great to watch both the new students and the 'veterans' share their excitement about our InvenTeam project with kids and adults alike who came to our booth," shared Haas.  "You could tell how proud they were when visitors asked about their School and the programs we have to offer."

In addition to students working the actual exhibit, the event was also attended by many Pine School families as well as Science Department Chair Tessie Kerslake and History teacher Nathaniel Osborn.

“No matter their grade level, students are increasingly aware that what they do in school should matter in the real world,” summed up Kerslake. “Giving students the opportunity to share with others what they are learning and how they have applied it ensures that they recognize the relevance of their classroom lessons.”


Support The 17-18 Annual Fund Today

There is still time to support The Pine School and make a donation to this year's Annual Fund.

The Pine School Annual Fund Program is a mutual relationship in which you are encouraged to find a level of support that will meet your family’s philanthropic passion. 

Your support helps us provide extraordinary educational opportunities to students from K through grade 12. In addition, it helps us host a variety of community events that draw positive attention to our school, including the Evening at Auction, 100 Years of Cars, Knight Run, Evening of the Arts, Athletic Banquet, Golf Tournament, and more.

Make your secure online gift today.

Enjoy our Annual Fund video short.


Seniors And Freshmen Commit To Morning Of Service

The Senior and Freshman Classes spent time off-campus participating in community service. These efforts are part of The Pine School’s commitment to Learning Through Service.

The Seniors continued work at the Banner Lake Kid's Club - the same location faculty dedicated service time during their pre-planning. They painted, organized books for the children’s library and helped to install a SmartBoard and computers donated by The Pine School.

“The whole experience was so eye-opening,” shared Senior Ali McClimond. “Before I left I signed up to volunteer there on my own time and hope to coordinate my Senior Capstone Project around needs the Club has during the holidays.”

The Freshmen traveled to the Treasure Coast Food Bank where they sorted produce, eyeglasses, and other donated items. They also received a tour of the facility.

“I love seeing our students really connect with the contagious positive feeling that comes from giving back,” shared Director of Communications. Ankrom helped to organize the service projects and serves as the Membership Chair for The United Way of Martin County’s Leaders United group. “Each of these opportunities is another step in the right direction of building a complete service initiative that all of our students can benefit from.”

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


A Homecoming Celebration Second To None

The Pine School’s Homecoming Week is all about celebrating school spirit and this year was no different.

“I really love the way this entire week gives all of the students a chance to really feel proud about what a great school community we have,” shared Senior and Head Girl Prefect Claire Barber.

A number of traditions make-up the fun and very busy week. To start with, each day has a specific theme to dictate student dress, all decided by the Senior Class. This year Magic, TV Shows, Year 2000 styles, and the Wilderness all were served up.

Friendly competition also plays a big part of this special week. Boys volleyball, a 9-12 Grade Dodgeball tournament, and girls Powder Puff football all get their turn.

Everything comes together on Friday with a blow-out of a day that really takes the Homecoming vibe over the top. Grades 9-12 each have to design their hallways to emulate the theme selected by the Seniors. This year it was American Cities with Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles & New Orleans being given the royal treatment.

That fun is followed by an all-school pep rally that incorporates everything from tricycle races and pie eating contests to a dance off.

This all leads up to the main event - our Girls Varsity Volleyball Homecoming game. This year they took on Berean Christian School with Varsity winning in nail-biting fashion - a thriller of a 3-2 game victory. It all concludes with a slip-n-slide and bonfire into the night.

“Traditions like Homecoming really make up the fabric of what is so special and unique about The Pine School,” summed up Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver.

Enjoy photos from the week on our Flickr page.

Homecoming game/Varsity Volleyball

Homecoming Pep Rally

Homecoming Hallway Decorations


Exciting Summer 2018 Trips Announced

The Pine School will be hosting two exciting opportunities during the summer of 2018 for students to explore different countries and cultures.

Trip One
Destination: Quebec/Montreal/Tadousac
Dates: June 7-11, 2018
Cost: $1,946
Chaperones: Maryse Hay (French Teacher) and Robert Ankrom (Director of Communications)
Open to: Current 7th Graders and up. Though French culture will be explored (with opportunities for language students to practice skills), this trip is not only for French students. Parents are welcome.
Enrollment Deadline: October 31, 2017 (with $75 discount if signed-up by 9-30-17)

Led by Madame Hay, who has made this trip with students before, the group will enjoy the discovery of French culture through exposure to history, culinary traditions, and architecture.

Highlights include visiting the iconic Chateau Fontenacity, Plain of Abraham (complete with a battle re-enactment), spectacular Montmorency Falls, whale watching at the mouth of the Saint-Laurent river, Huron Indian village, a visit to the Olympic Stadium, dancing and maple syrup at a traditional “Sugar Shack”, and shopping at the famous underground mall in Montreal.

Trip Two
Destination: Peru
Dates: June 11-19, 2018
Cost: $3,300
Chaperones: Spanish Teachers Kelly Kelly and Lillian Novoa and Kathy Moorman (History Teacher)
Open to: Current 8th Graders and above. Though a Spanish speaking country (with opportunities for language students to practice skills), this trip is not only for Spanish students. Parents are welcome.
Enrollment Deadline: October 31, 2017

Peru is an awe-inspiring portal to the world of the Inca, one of the world's great ancient civilizations.  Students will see spellbinding sites like Machu Picchu, informative exhibits at Larco Museum, and monuments like Sacsayhuaman. There will also be a weaving demonstration, tour of a ceramics studio, an Indian market in Pisac, and a visit to the Maras salt ponds.

Registration for both trips are currently open.

For more information, address questions to:
Quebec/Montreal - Maryse Hay
Peru - Kelly Kelly


Students Recognized In Honor Assembly

The Pine School held its annual fall Honor Assembly to recognize the grade-point averages of middle and high school students as well as achievements of AP Scholars.

“This is a good opportunity to celebrate those that have worked hard to achieve this,” shared Academic Dean Sean Carlson. “It also helps to remind everyone that achievement lies in the journey and overcoming obstacles along the way.”

The program also featured an address by Middle School Coordinator Sarah Visage and a musical performance by the band, under the direction of Dorothy Castle.

“In the face of adversity - no matter how small or how large your goal - never ever give up.  Your journey, in the long run, will be the greatest reward,” summed up Visage.

Photos can be seen on our Flickr page.


Pine School Students Enjoy Eclipse

The entire Pine School community joined outside this afternoon to take in the beauty of the solar eclipse. The School’s Science Department secured special solar eclipse viewing glasses so that students were able view this astrological event in a safe and supervised environment.

“The Pine School always strives to go beyond the classroom and teach our students through experiences,” shared Science Department Chair Tessie Kerslake. “This solar eclipse provides a teachable opportunity that the students will remember for a lifetime.”

Hobe Sound had about 82.6 % sun coverage during the eclipse.

Photos can be see on our Flickr page.


Class Retreats Start Year On The Right Foot

With the school year barely underway, Grades 5-12 all took time to gather as individual classes for dedicated class retreats.

"Affording our students, at the start of the school-year, with the opportunity to really focus on their individual Class goals is a real privilege," shared Dean of Students Ariel Chimelis. "The return on this is always extremely positive and truly helps to set the tone for a great year."

The Senior Class traveled off-campus for an overnight stay at Lake Aurora, while Grades 5-11 enjoyed a range of activities on and off campus - including an overnight campus lock-in, community service, an Escape Room adventure, and other team-building.

Enjoy a video short of the Senior Retreat.

Enjoy photos from the Senior Retreat.

Enjoy photos from Grade 5-11 Retreats.


Faculty Attend Project Zero Conference At Harvard

For the third consecutive year, The Pine School sent a group of faculty to participate in and benefit from the renowned Project Zero Classroom Conference at the Harvard University School of Education. To date, over half of The Pine School’s faculty have been fortunate enough to attend this ground-breaking Education Conference.

Meeting in intimate workshop groups, Pine School teachers had the hands-on chance to work with educators from around the world. Sessions focused on the principles of making learning visible, deeper understanding, and cross-curriculum collaboration - all focused on asking what constitutes an effective and powerful learning experience in the 21st century.

Founded by the philosopher Nelson Goodman in 1967, Project Zero faculty focus their investigations and research on education in the arts, the nature of intelligence, understanding, thinking, and creativity. The organization has published over 90 books and hundreds of articles on these subjects and, in addition to online courses, hosts the annual Project Zero Classroom Conference at Harvard to bring together educators from all over the world.

The following are brief reflections from this year’s participants.

Robert Ankrom, Director of Communications - As someone who doesn’t teach, I knew I’d be exposed to a range of language and ideas at the Conference, but wasn’t exactly sure how the experience would inform my approach as a member of the Senior Administrative team. I am returning to The Pine School invigorated for the coming school-year in very profound and exciting ways. My deeper understanding of the Project Zero approaches will serve as an important tool in better recognizing and sharing the many practices that our teachers have already begun to put into effect.

Kristin Davis, 2nd Grade Teacher - The knowledge that I gained from the faculty and educators from around the world not only confirmed my beliefs regarding education, but created a renewed sense of excitement and clarity for the upcoming school year.  I intend to continue to develop  a culture of thinking in my classroom in which my students are aware of multiple perspectives and learning is deep, mindful, relevant, and long lasting.  I am looking forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with colleagues throughout the year as we continue to build a "Culture of Thinking" within our school community.

Kathy Moormann, History Teacher - Empowering today's learners evolved as the focus of Project Zero for me this week.  Extended reading and reflection on the wealth of information shared is essential but I am dedicated to incorporating the routines, frameworks, and purposeful thinking activities to nurture a culture of thinking and understanding in my classes.  

Steve Naumann, Fine Arts Department Chair - I've spent quite a bit of time, since returning from Project Zero, reflecting on the experience. Project Zero has helped give a tangible identity to the qualities of teaching that I have always valued and that have always been present in my work, yet never in as clear of a manifestation as I'd like. I look forward to reworking how I ask my students to think and encourage inquisition above production of an "end product" in my classes. The value of reflection as an essential tool to understand stood out to me above all else at Project Zero, and is the main element I will work to ingrain in my classroom.

Nathaniel Osborn, History Teacher - Project Zero is not one thing, but an entire ecosystem of interrelated initiatives and projects all based on the simple question: "How do we help our students really, deeply, understand?" Rather than simply offering some formulas and methods, Project Zero promotes a very simple mindset. As teachers, we can rush to "cover" our curriculum, and the onslaught of topics can sometimes leave true understanding by the wayside. Project Zero Classroom 2017 stressed that messy process of critical thinking is the goal of education, not simply capturing a body of content. 

Suzanne Otero, Lower School Coordinator - I feel that this year's program brought new insight into my practice as an Administrator as we seek to create a School that values and seeks to embrace a Culture of Thinking. Our Pine School team spent time in conversation and discussion surrounding our learning - deepening our thoughts on what it means to build our practices around a culture of thinking and learning. Our energy and excitement were palpable.

Jaimal Page, Spanish Teacher - I am excited and optimistic about starting a new school year after being given an amazing opportunity to attend Project Zero. My mindset has evolved substantially and I look forward to the discussions and collaboration which will occur throughout the year with all my colleagues at The Pine School. I am dedicated to making sure all learners learn everyday in my classroom, see the purpose in their learning, go in depth about topics they value, and reflect on their experiences in order to become better students and better citizens.

Maryese Peressin-Hay, French Teacher - I can’t think of a better gift you make to an educator than to enable him/her to access a haven of knowledge such as Project Zero. I am eager to pass it on further to our community of learners and parents. Being surrounded by so much brain power in action that ignites continuous sparks in an educator's mind is a unique experience. It triggers myriads of new ideas ready to be shared and enjoyed together in our classrooms. Our team of colleagues left Project Zero full of excitement, hope and curiosity - with renewed energy and passion for our jobs. We are ready and eager to take our stakeholders on board with us and continue the journey through Project Zero together.

Greg Squier, English Department Chair - As someone who is dedicated to fostering innovative and effective thinking, I would encourage everyone in our community to read Ron Ritchhart's book, Creating Cultures of Thinking. This book is at the center of the Project Zero solar system and it is a powerful tool for empowering thought.  These ideas, along with the abundant energy, diversity, and knowledge brought by teachers from around the world, made for an inspiring week at Project Zero.

All faculty expressed extreme gratitude to the generous anonymous gift to the School which has allowed The Pine School’s continued participation in this important and prestigious conference.


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


InvenTeam Represents School And Florida At MIT EurekaFest

The Pine School’s InvenTeam spent an exciting and informative time this past week at the Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest in Boston. The conference is described as a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving.

“Our team was so grateful and thrilled about being able to attend this unique event,” shared rising Sophomore Allison Sanchez.

The Pine School was the only School from Florida selected to participate in this prestigious and dynamic conference.

In addition to presenting on their work to monitor water content in the Indian River Lagoon, the group met with students and faculty from around the country.

“This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience for these students,” added science and math teacher Karlheinz Hass who, along with history teacher Nathaniel Osborn, served as the team sponsor. “Being selected to attend speaks volumes about the strength of our School’s academics and the overall commitment of our students.”

“I am so proud of the team,” summed up team leader and recent Pine School Graduate Madeleine Uible. “We have really come a long way in just a short amount of time and it was such a rewarding opportunity to show everyone at EurekaFest what we have accomplished.”


Ali Walker Named FL Student-Athlete Of The Year

Recent Pine School Graduate Ali Walker '17 has been selected as the Florida High School Athletic Association Student-Athlete of the Year for the state of Florida. This honor was given for her achievements both on the athletic field and in the classroom throughout her high school career.

This is the first time that a Pine School student has received this award.

“I am extremely honored and honestly shocked to have received this award,” shared Walker. “I could not have done it without the incredible support and understanding of all my teachers and coaches. I am so happy to bring this honor home to The Pine School!”

In addition to being honored at a special June banquet ceremony in Gainesville, Walker will receive a generous scholarship.

Walker was a 4-sport Varsity Athlete (Volleyball, Soccer, Lacrosse and Track) during her Senior year as well as serving as the Ambassador Prefect and leading The Pine School’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta - a national Mathematics Honor Society. She will be attending the University of Miami in the fall.


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.


The Class of 2017 Presents Capstone Projects

The Class of 2017 completed the last of their Graduation requirements today by delivering presentations on their individual Capstone Projects.

The purpose of The Pine School’s Senior Capstone Program is to provide each Senior with the opportunity to develop and pursue a challenging, meaningful, and self-directed project in an area of personal interest.

“We strive to have our Seniors give back to their community and try something that will be a significant personal change for them,” shared Assistant Head of School Nathan Washer. “The Capstone experience is a wonderful transition between their high school career at Pine and the next step of their lives.”

True to this philosophy, may of the Seniors took on projects that served the community - from working at area animal shelters and environmental groups to serving in local soup kitchens and even assisting a non-profit in South Africa. These were also several students who committed time to creating projects based around campus improvements. These included a new outdoor classroom, a butterfly garden, and a disc golf course.

Underclassmen in the High School were invited to view the presentations - undoubtedly inspiring ideas for projects they will take on in the coming years.


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.


Senior Bella Fucigna Receives Pathfinder Scholarship Award

Senior Bella Fucigna was honored with the prestigious Kanter Foundation Scholarship in Business and Community Service ($3,000) at the annual Pathfinder High School Scholarship Award ceremony.

The event, hosted by the Palm Beach Post and held at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach recognizes students in a range of scholarship categories from across Martin and Palm Beach Counties.

“Bella is very deserving of this award for her exceptional work in fostering and coordinating various fundraising projects that have had an extremely positive impact on our community,” shared College Counselor Janet Pacifico.

Five other Pine School Seniors - Alex Cleveland (history), Clark Mortell (athletics), Hannah Oenbrink (science), Phillipa Parnevik (art), and Ali Walker (math) - were also nominated.


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.


Students Graduate Youth Leadership Program

Juniors Chloe Jansen, Ali McClimond, and Claire Pittman and sophomores Aaron Chimelis, Noah Kalter, and Gabe Tettamanti have all graduated from Martin County Chamber Youth Leadership. The year-long Program exposes students to a range of information about Martin County - from arts and health care to economics and environment. Pine School students have participated since the inception of the Program. Additionally, The Pine School is a Youth Leadership Sponsor and always welcomes the Program to our campus each year to host one of the days.

"Over the course of the year I have been pushed outside of my comfort zone and been given the opportunity to learn more about my community,” shared Pittman. “It opened my eyes to parts of Martin County that I didn't even know existed as well as encouraged me to try new things. It was a great experience!"

The Graduation Ceremony, held at the Yacht and Country Club in Stuart, was attended by members of the Youth Leadership Planning Committee as well as the students and their families.

Director of Admissions Beth Lettengarver, who served as the group’s School liaison, is a graduate of the adult version of the program along with Director of Communications Robert Ankrom and Director of Development Kelly Hilton-Green.

“The Youth Leadership Program provides a unique learning environment outside the traditional classroom that allows students to experience real life situations, careers and issues that face our very own Martin County,” summed up Lettengarver.


Parent Conference A Resounding Success

The Pine School hosted a special Parent Education Mini-Conference that was open to Pine School parents and the greater community. The event was attended by over 50 parents and was coordinated by Suzanne Otero, Ed.S - Lower School Coordinator, Lea McCarthy, MA - Learning Specialist, and Heidi Kaye Coliskey,  M.CEd - Director of School Counseling from The Pine School.

“Lea, Heidi and I have spent much time discussing student needs,” shared Otero. “We wondered how we can help parents and educators build resiliency in ourselves and in our children. As educators, we felt that a good place to begin is to open the discussion. Our hope is that this mini-conference provides all of the participants with a nugget of information that will spark a conversation and that we will all continue to grow as learners about Grit, Growth Mindsets, and Resiliency & Solutions to Manage Stress.”

The event started with a presentation by Mary Anne Richey and Jim Forgan to discuss their new book Stressed Out! Solutions to Help Your Child Manage and Overcome Stress.

“A student's education involves more than just academics and this conference provided parents with information and strategies on what we can do at home to facilitate that,” shared Kelly Gordon, P’26, P28. “I love that The Pine School understands that a student's educational growth can be impacted by a family's emotional growth and seeks to improve it.”

The Mini-Conference continued with six intimate breakout sessions covering topics and information ranging from Stress Management and Executive Functioning to Increasing Children’s Frustration Tolerance and Neuropsychology. Speakers included  Dr. Kelly Everson, Dr. Stephanie Larsen, Dr. Brandi Rials, Dr. Jaimie St Ama, Dr. Kelderman, and Dr. Panora - all from The Center for Pediatric Neuropsychology in Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Beach Behavioral Health & Wellness in Jupiter.

“I found today's presentations extremely valuable,” summed up Coliskey. “They all provided additional techniques which I plan on incorporating into our School Counseling Program, to help all students enhance their academic, social and emotional development.”

With intentions to make these Parent Education Mini-Conferences a regular offering, plans are already underway to hold another during the 17-18 school year.


Senior Chase Hyland Wins Track State Championship

The Pine School’s Varsity Track and Field team closed a strong season with Senior Chase Hyland earning the State Championship Title in the 16oom run. Senior Bella Fucigna brought home 2nd place in the pole vault. Additionally, three additional Knights (Senior Annelise Romero and Juniors Luke Denney and Christopher Textor) also competed.

This follows an impressive showing at the Regional Championships with 8 top-five finishes including Hyland winning all three of his races (800m, 1600m, & 3200m).

“The amount of dedication, sacrifice, and effort displayed by the team was incredible,” shared Coach Ashley Jenkins.

Varsity Track photos can be seen on our Flickr page.


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.


Student Athletes Honored At Annual Banquet

The Pine school’s Athletic Department hosted its annual Athletic Banquet - a formal opportunity to recognize those students that have excelled in the areas of performance and sportsmanship as well as their coaches. The Banquet, with 283 guests, was the best attended to date and the invaluable contributions of the parent-led Booster Club played a key role in making the night the huge success that it was.

While all Varsity teams and Captains were honored, the following represent the list of those student, by grade, that were honored as well as the recipients of the Booster Club $1,000 Scholarship winners.

Athlete of the year and Sportsmanship award for each grade:

9th Grade Male - Addison Textor

9th Grade Female - Hallie Isdaner

9th Grade Sportsmanship - Lindsey Bruns

10th Grade Male - Matthew Powers

10th Grade Female - Grace Wilson

10th Grade Sportsmanship - Noah Kalter

11th Grade Male - Christopher Textor

11th Grade Female - Claire Barber

11th Grade Sportsmanship - Melissa Coolidge

12th Grade Male - Chase Hyland

12th Grade Female - Annelise Romero

12th Grade Sportsmanship - Clark Mortell

Booster Club $1000 scholarship winners:

Clark Mortell

Chase Hyland

Annelise Romero

“It was a great evening that wrapped up a tremendously successful sports year in which our student athletes shined across many levels," summed up Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli.

Photos from the evening 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.”


List Of Senior College Commitments Grows

The Pine School has a long-standing tradition of graduates benefiting from the expertise and personalized approach of College Counselor Janet Pacifico. 100% of all graduates have been accepted to some of the country’s finest colleges and universities - with an impressive 92% attending their first-choice schools.

As a salute to the talents and hard work of our seniors, we plan to share news as these students make the big decision of committing to to schools.

Congratulations to:

Alex Cleveland - Florida State University. Alex has served as the Communication Prefect and is a Book Award recipient. She is also a member of the Varsity Tennis team and has participated in school musicals.

Samantha Els - Stanford. Sam has served as the Athletic Leadership Prefect, has been recognized as Athlete of the Month, plays on both the Varsity Soccer and Tennis teams and is a Book Award winner

Christopher Hecht - Furman University. Christopher has been a member of both the Varsity Basketball and Golf teams and has also been part of school musicals.

Mary Powers - Loyola University, Maryland. Mary has been honored with the Congressional Gold Medal. Additionally she has been a member of 5 Varsity teams -  Track, Sailing, Soccer, Lacrosse, and Cross Country.

Annelise Romero - PG year, Exeter. Annelise has served on the Athletic Leadership Council along with being a member of four Varsity teams - Volleyball, Soccer, Lacrosse and Track. She has also participated in school musicals.

Maddie Uible, Denison University. Maddie is team-leader of the MIT Inven and serves on the Outreach Prefect Committee. She also is a member of the Soccer, Lacrosse and Track Varsity teams - and has been in the school musical.

Ali Walker - University of Miami. Ali has served as the Ambassador Prefect while also being selected to the Academic All State Team by the FHSAA. She has been a member of both the Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse teams and has led The Pine School’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta - a national Mathematics Honor Society.

Rebecca Wikell - University of San Diego. Rebecca was awarded the Scholastic Art Silver Key, serves on the St. Jude’s Club, and is a member of the Varsity Tennis team,

“The class of 2017 has been one of the most engaged classes I have worked with,” shared Pacifico. “As I put the final punctuation marks on each of their recommendations, I do so with a smile on my face knowing what a group of fine young men and women they have become.”

We look forward to sharing more good news as students continue to make decisions.


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.


Students Inducted Into National Honor Society

The Pine School inducted 16 new students into its National Honor Society Chapter this week.

The Pine School became a Charter member of NHS in 2009. The four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, and character are used as the criteria for selection to NHS - with a goal to recognize students who excel in all of these areas. Candidacy begins by meeting the scholarship criterion of a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in core subjects. Each candidate then submits candidate information/essay form to the Faculty Council with additional evaluative information from the entire faculty used to assist in the final selection process.

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students.

“Membership in The Pine School’s NHS Chapter is more than an honor,” shared Chapter Advisor and history teacher Kathy Moormann. “It involves a responsibility and an obligation by these students to demonstrate their full commitment to service-focused leadership with characters as strong as their academic pursuits.”

Congratulations to: Jonathan Atz '17, Aaron Chimelis '19, Lauren DiMare '18, Jeffrey Ehrlich '19, Ryan Ehrlich '19, Dylan Gordon '19, Noah Kalter '19, George Ma '18, Naia Mader '19, Nicole Malecka '19, Anna McGovern '19, Logan Messer '19,  Olivia Siegel ‘19, Emily Smith ‘18, Grace Wilson '19, and Michael Wiedner ‘18


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.


Ali Walker Named To Academic All-State Team

Senior Alison Walker has been selected to the Academic All State Team by the FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association). Ali is one of only twelve girls in the State to receive this honor - given to those students with exceptional achievement in both academics and athletics.

Ali becomes just the 4th Pine School student to receive this award (following Emma Akrawi ‘10, Matthew Edwards ‘13 & Rachel Gilbert ‘12). Ali will be attending University of Miami on a full academic scholarship.

"I could not be more happy and proud of Ali for receiving this award,” shared Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli. “It shows her dedication to her studies while also being a three sport athlete. She is a fantastic representative of the Pine School and great example of a true student-athlete"


More Class of 2017 College Commitments

The Pine School has a long-standing tradition of graduates benefiting from the expertise and personalized approach of College Counselor Janet Pacifico. 100% of all graduates have been accepted to some of the country’s finest colleges and universities - with an impressive 92% attending their first-choice schools.

Congratulations to:

Emma Berkenbitt  - University of Florida, Honors College. Emma is the English Award winner, has participated in school musicals, created and led debate team, served on the Literary Magazine staff, and received a Book Award.

Hannah Oenbrink - University of Florida, Honors College. Hannah is a member of the MIT InvenTeam, received the Silver Congressional Award and is a Book Award winner

Luke Rica - Southern Methodist University. Luke is the Student Life Prefect and a Book Award winner. He is also the three-team athlete, playing on the Varsity Soccer, Cross Country, and Track teams.

Olivia Wilson - Brown. Olivia is the Fine Arts Prefect and has received many honors for her artwork including the National Silver Key and the 2016 Art Purchase Award 2016. She is also a member of the Varsity Dive team and received a Book Award.

As a salute to the talents and hard work of our seniors, we plan to share news as these students make the big decision of committing to to schools.

“The class of 2017 has been one of the most engaged classes I have worked with,” shared Pacifico. “As I put the final punctuation marks on each of their recommendations, I do so with a smile on my face knowing what a group of fine young men and women they have become.”

We look forward to sharing more good news as students continue to make decisions.


Pine School Honored As Green School of Excellence

The Pine School has once again been honored by Florida Atlantic University and the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center - in being recognized at its highest level as a Green School of Excellence. This is the 4th consecutive year the School has received this prestigious award.

“The combined efforts of students, staff, and faculty has made it possible for The Pine School to be awarded,” shared Science Department Chair Tessie Kerslake. “This is completely due to so many of the wonderful green efforts taking place all over our campus.”

Kerslake, along with history teacher Nathaniel Osborn and student Environmental Prefect Head Erin Spelling led the charge on these various efforts, which include solar powered score boards, compost efforts to reduce food waste, our MIT InventTeam (the only School in FL honored) and their efforts on improving the Kilroys that are collecting data from the Indian River lagoon, campus cleanups & ongoing recycling, and the Fine Art Department’s Recycled Runway project.

The School will be honored at the 9th Annual Green Schools Awards Luncheon in West Palm Beach at the end of May.


Students Benefit From Off-Campus Education Week

Each spring, Pine School students (Grades 5-12) participate in Off-Campus Education Week. This Program has been going strong for 10 years and represents The Pine School’s commitment to educating students beyond the classroom.

“This time provides students with not only an opportunity to bond as classmates but also presents opportunities to expose them to a variety of challenges to promote personal growth and chances to give back through community service,” shared Assistant Head of School Nathan Washer.

The Seniors spent their week in North Carolina with a majority of the time being tested at the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte (the home of the U.S. Olympic Kayaking team) where they took on the whitewater raft course, scaled rock walls, and conquered various zip-lines and ropes courses. In addition to participating in a community service project that included maintenance and landscaping in a State Park, they also took in a Charlotte Hornets basketball game and worked together to beat an Escape Room challenge.

"The trip was an awesome way to have some fun with my classmates before we head our separate ways after graduation,” shared Senior and Head Boy Prefect Clark Mortell.

The Junior Class participated in, perhaps, The Pine School’s most revered trip - The New York Urban Outward Bound Excursion. Armed with only a small backpack, the group navigated through the city’s different boroughs taking on team-building and awareness assignments ranging from getting across the Brooklyn Bridge blindfolded to negotiating meals on a budget.

“This experience altered the way we perceive the world around us and I can speak for everyone when I say that we have a newfound appreciation for each other and life,” said Junior Melissa Coolidge. “I wouldn't trade this experience for the world.”

With the subject of the whole college search process just starting to come up, the Sophomore Class’ tour of college campuses in the D.C. area couldn’t come at a better time. Benefitting from touring a range of different size and style colleges, the group comes away with a much better understanding of where they may see themselves beyond their years at The Pine School. This year’s group also got the chance to enjoy and volunteer at the Cherry Blossom Festival and also toured several historic sites including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

“The colleges were varied and we were able to sneak in some that weren't even on our program but where we had personal connections,” shared chaperone and art teacher Maria Miele. “Those connections opened up a lot of dialog and gave insights into these schools that our students otherwise would not have had.”

The High School trips were rounded out with the Freshmen Class exploring all things environmental as they worked their way through Everglades National Park and down the Florida Keys. Their adventures included a visit to the Miccosukee Reservation, a visit to a Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center, swimming with dolphins and snorkeling, and a visit to Key West’s famous Mallory Square.

“The trip was amazing and an eye opener to the wonders of the natural environment that we'll all live in,” said 9th Grader Liam Groth.

8th and 7th Grade each had their own share of adventures and unique experiences. While the 8th Graders enjoyed the unspoiled beauty of Camp Greenville in South Carolina, 7th Graders were in the Tampa area including a day trip exploring caves.

6th and 5th Grade rounded things out with their own special trips to Circle F Dude Ranch and Forever Florida respectively - both participating in a range of team-building and personally challenging activities - from zip-lines to horseback riding.

“The dynamic range of these offerings is very unique to The Pine School,” summed up Head of School Phyllis Parker. “All of our students return with a closer connection to each other and a deeper appreciation of the world around them and, of course, the service component helps to continue our commitment to learning through service.”

Photos of the various trips 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.


Middle School Students Honored at NJHS Induction

The Pine School’s Middle School students - along with special guests - gathered to honor and recognize those students making both academic and service contributions to the School.

In addition to welcoming the newest inductees to The Pine School’s chapter of The National Junior Honors Society, those students who have participated on Student Council and have committed to the service-focused Beta Club were also honored.

“All of these students  have already shown strong leadership, scholarship, character and service in their years in Middle School,” shared Middle School Coordinator Sarah Visagie.

New N.J.H.S. Members are:

Michael Boyd, Lily Cave, Diego Chacon, Michael DiEgidio, Kendall Eaker, Collin Fowle, Acklen Howell, Nell Hutchinson, Sam Levine, Kiele Mader, Tyler Markulics, Lawson McLeod, Jake Meira, Reece Slater, Andie Smith, Hannah Squier, Riley Van Suetendael, Celia Wilson.

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


Poet Georgia Heard Meets With Students & Faculty

The Pine School was honored to have Georgia Heard, world-renowned poet and founding member of The Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University's Teachers College, visit with teachers and students.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our teachers and students to learn from a master writer,” shared Lower School Coordinator Suzanne Otero.

While 5-12 Graders are participating in Off-Campus Education Week, this focused On-Campus Enrichment Day, Mrs. Heard taught poetry lessons to First, Second and Fourth Grade classes.

Students in Kindergarten and Third Grade also experienced an On-Campus Enrichment Day as they were taught by our Upper School Faculty and Senior Administration.

Additionally, Mrs. Heard led a focused Lab Class experience with our Lower School teachers.

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


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. 


Food Network Star Jet Tila Visits Campus

The Pine School welcomed special guest and Food Network Star Jet Tila for an all day visit to campus.

Chef Tila divided his time between meeting with small groups and answering questions from students. He also oversaw (and even served) up a special lunch featuring the Thai dishes he is famous for. The day concluded with a whole school presentation in the gym that included a demonstration on how to make stir-fried rice and giveaways of Jet Tila merchandise. He even invited some students up to judge his rice - receiving high marks all around.

“I found him extremely personable and easy going,” shared junior Ali McClimond who interviewed him for the School magazine Round Table. “His presentation was so interactive and allowed many students to get directly involved.”

The visit was made possible by Pine School’s Flix Dining team and was orchestrated by Head Chef Kelly Moore.

“Jet was so great with the students,” said Moore. “He really engaged them and I know this will be an unique opportunity they won’t soon forget.”

Celebrity Chef Jet Tila is a nationally celebrated chef specializing in all styles of Asian cuisine. As a boy, he spent time learning the ancient traditions of classical Asian cuisine in his family’s restaurants and at the Bangkok Market, America’s first Thai grocery store and importer in Hollywood.

Jet’s Le Cordon Bleu education coupled with his extensive knowledge of Asian gastronomy has given him a wide range of ideas to draw upon to create incomparable and innovative cuisine.

The highlights of Jet’s active television career to date include judging Food Network’s “Chopped,” and appearing regularly on “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

“I am spending more and more time making these sorts of visits because I really enjoy connecting with students and helping them to better understand the connection of food to life,” summed up Jet. “They asked great questions and I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to The Pine School.”

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


Another Big Evening At Auction Success

The sun has set on The Pine School’s MidKnight Cowboy Evening at Auction - but not before a fantastic time was had by all in raising support for the School and its mission.

Parent and Auction Chair Alexa Jodzio, along with her amazing parent committee put together a wonderful evening that was not only a huge success, but a lot of fun to attend.

"​I think having a fun and more casual theme is what made this year’s Auction so enjoyable for everyone,” shared Jodzio.

The 210 Guests were treated to music from the Sierra Band and a family style dinner was provided by our own Chef Kelly Moore from FLIK independent catering. The evening included a range of silent auction items as well as a rousing live auction section.

The auction raised $220,000 that will go to improving and supporting our faculty and students immediately and into the future.

"Though I have had many opportunities to witness the generosity of our School community, it is always so affirming to see the outpouring of support that happens each year at our Auction," shared Hilton-Green.

Photos can be seen on our Flickr page.


Class of 2017 College Commitments Continue

The Pine School has a long-standing tradition of graduates benefiting from the expertise and personalized approach of College Counselor Janet Pacifico. 100% of all graduates have been accepted to some of the country’s finest colleges and universities - with an impressive 92% attending their first-choice schools.

As a salute to the talents and hard work of our seniors, we plan to share news as these students make the big decision of committing to to schools.

“The class of 2017 has been one of the most engaged classes I have worked with,” shared Pacifico. “As I put the final punctuation marks on each of their recommendations, I do so with a smile on my face knowing what a group of fine young men and women they have become.”

Congratulations to:

Brandon Golden - University of Colorado Boulder. Brandon has been a Knight since pre-Kindergarten and has participated in various sports.

Kayla Manoff - Bowling Green State University. Kayla has been part of athletics both as a participant and team manager as well as being actively involved in school musicals.

Deian Petrov - Seton Hall.  Deian has been a member of the Varsity Soccer team and has amassed 52 goals in just years. This distinction has earned him multiple Athlete of the week multiple times, an All -Area First Team in Soccer honor and now a chance to play at the Division I collegiate level.  

George Spirou (not in photo) - Indian River State College. George recently led the Pine Rock band as lead vocalist and has a high interest in all things technical.  

Maryn Washer - Queens College. Maryn is a Pine School Lifer and has served her senior year as Head Girl Prefect. Additionally she has been involved in school musicals, has played lacrosse and is part of the yearbook staff.

We look forward to sharing more good news as students continue to make decisions.


InvenTeam Has Lemelson-MIT Mid-Grant Review

The Pine School’s InvenTeam has just participated in a mid-grant review for the Lemelson-MIT grant they received. The Pine School is the only school in FL to be honored with one of these prestigious grants. The team is working on a multi-sensory device to monitor water conditions in the Indian River Lagoon.

The review provided the team an opportunity to share progress and process feedback from a varied group of constituencies including ORCA CEO Dr. Edie Widder and members of the MIT Club of the Palm Beaches.

“This was a great opportunity for the team to respond to questions and think about the progress they have made thus far,” shared science teacher Karlheinz Haas who, along with history teacher Nathaniel Osborn, are serving as team sponsors.

When completed, the entire team will travel to MIT this summer to present findings in a comprehensive presentation to students and faculty from around the country.


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.”


Celebrating National Girls In Sports Day

The Pine School celebrated and observed National Girls & Women In Sports Day with Paralympian and World Champion Jacqui Kapinowski.

Kapinowski, who lost use of her legs following a battle with Bacterial Meningitis and resulting neurological complications, has competed in over 80 marathons, 6 triathlons (she holds the record in the New York City Olympic-distance triathlon), and countless other races. In 2013 she competed at the Paratriathlon National Championship and won the National Title, which led to competing in the World Championships at the ITU Paratriathlon in London, England where she earned the Bronze Medal. She has also competed in the Vancouver and Rio Paralympics.

"National Girls & Women in Sports Day is a great time to recognize and encourage the participation of students in competitive sports,” shared Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli. “The percentage of girls and women participating in sport is growing every year and opportunities like this spark interest in young women to use sports to prepare for challenges and successes later in life."

In addition to an inspiring keynote from Jacqui, girls in grades 4-8 had the opportunity to try their hands at a range of sports led by high school members of the Athletic Prefect Committee. The Pine School boasts an impressive 11 Varsity teams for girls to participate in.

“Athletics has always been an integral part of being a Pine School student and our girls teams are great examples of that,” summed up Admission Director and long-time Varsity Cross Country Coach (recently named “Coach Of The Year”) Beth Lettengarver. “Because of our no-cut-policy  and our small school atmosphere, all of our girls are encouraged and welcomed to participate in as many athletic activities as they want.”

Photos can be seen on the School's Flickr page.


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.


10th Anniversary Of 100 Years Of Cars

The Pine School’s 10th Annual 100 Years of Cars was another big success.

In addition to a large crowd enjoying the beautiful cars and weather, there were over 150 registered cars - the largest number in 5 years.

The Car Show Committee wishes to extend special thanks to Waters Edge Dermatology for their incredibly supportive Gold/Title sponsorship.

“The help the provided to increase awareness of our event was just fantastic,” shared Director of Development Kelly Hilton-Green.

Silver Sponsors included Audi of Stuart, Matildas, and Ferrari Maserati Palm Beach - and all were actively involved on the day and added to the overall enjoyment.

The “Best in Show” Award went to Rocky and Henry Grady.  John Payson, who sadly passed away late in 2016, was honored as one of the Founding Members of the Car show.

“John was a car fanatic who cared deeply about the arts,” added Hilton-Green. “He had a great sense of humor, and loved nothing more than hearing the stories about each of our car show registrants.”

Building on the success of this year, next year’s event will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

“We thank all who attended, and look forward to seeing you on campus again in the near future,” summed up Hilton-Green.

Photos can be seen on our Flickr page.


More Seniors Make College Commitments

The Pine School has a long-standing tradition of graduates benefiting from the expertise and personalized approach of College Counselor Janet Pacifico. 100% of all graduates have been accepted to some of the country’s finest colleges and universities - with an impressive 92% attending their first-choice schools.

As a salute to the talents and hard work of our seniors, we plan to share news as these students make the big decision of committing to to schools.

“The class of 2017 has been one of the most engaged classes I have worked with,” shared Pacifico. “As I put the final punctuation marks on each of their recommendations, I do so with a smile on my face knowing what a group of fine young men and women they have become.”

Congratulations to:

Ryan Chimelis - Savannah College of Art & Design.  Ryan has won various awards for his photography including recently snagging the top Student Visual Artist Award at the mARTies hosted by the Arts Council of Martin County.

Cole Davies - University of Miami. Cole is a leader on the Varsity Soccer program and is excited to be following in his family’s footsteps in attending UM.

Bella Fucigna - Washington and Lee.  Bella has served as our Outreach Prefect and led several service projects. She also qualified for the State Championship meet in pole vaulting as a member of our Varsity Track & Field team.

Victoria Melby - Florida State University. Victoria has been a member of both the Varsity Track and Soccer teams as well as participating in school musicals. She is also an active member of both the Student Life and UKnight Prefect committees.

Ottie McCullum - Florida State University.  Ottie has participated on multiple Varsity teams including Cross Country, Soccer and Lacrosse.  He is also a member of the U-Knight Prefect Committee.

Greyson Phillips - University of Central Florida. Greyson is a Pine Patriot Scholar and member of the MIT Inventeam as well as an AP scholar with distinction. He has also been active in Pine School musical productions.

Kalen Rossario - New York University. Kalen was awarded the Drexel University Top Young Photographer Award among numerous art recognitions and honors.

Casey Scellato - Florida Gulf Coast. Another Knight lifer (with the School since Early Learning), Casey has played Volleyball since 4th Grade.

Erin Spellman - Boston College. Erin has served as the Head Environmental Prefect, playing a role in the Pine School being recognized as a Green School of Honor. She also is a member of both the Varsity Cross Country and Track teams.  

Savanah Wilshire - University of Miami.  Savanah was the first student to complete her Senior Captstone with a very successful Big Dog Ranch event on our campus collecting donations, raising awareness and fostering adoptions. She is also a talented dancer and a very active yearbook staff member.

We look forward to sharing more good news as students continue to make decisions.


Science Students Welcome Special Guest

Several science classes in lower and middle school received special classroom presentations by Chris Koch from Jurassic Parts.

Students in 5th and 6th Grade participated in a Geode lab where they delved deeper into Earth science and even left class with their very own Geode.  

Mrs. Berger’s 4th Grade class honed in on their classification skills while participating in a creature classification lab activity. The students learned how to classify organisms by sorting examples from vertebrate and invertebrate groups. They also were given a set of specimens to take home!

Mrs. Kerslakes 8th Grade students were introduced to basic chemistry principles during the traveling chemist program. This program showed students how chemical reactions are truly magical while explaining the science behind them.

Each of these programs helped to highlight the curriculum that each grade has been or will be working on.

Jurassic Parts is a family owned and operated business based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Starting out as a supplier of fossils, shark teeth, and agatized coral, they have since expanded to offering educational programs to schools and other organizations. They have also built special exhibits on sharks and ice age animals that are leased to nature centers, zoos, and science museums.

“The science team works each day to engage students in exciting memorable activities,” summed up Science Department Chair Tessie Kerslake. “Having special guests facilitate additional programing with interactive manipulatives helps increase students curiosity and excitement about science.”

Photos can be seen on the School's Flickr page.


Athletes Honored By TC Palm Panel

A number of Pine School student-athletes have been recognized by the TC Palm’s Fall Season Sports Awards.

“All of our athletes awarded represent The Pine School with class on and off the playing field,” shared Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli. “The work ethic portrayed by these young men and women let them shine through as leaders on their respective teams and in the classroom.”

Annelise Romero All-Area Honorable Mention

Girls Cross Country:
Claire Barber - Runner of the Year Finalist

Boys Cross Country:
Chase Hyland - Runner of the Year Finalist
Christopher Textor - All Area First Team
Beth Lettengarver - Coach of the Year

Boys Golf:
Garrett Barber - Player of the Year Finalist
Prescott Butler - Player of the Year Finalist
Christopher Hecht - All Area Honorable Mention

Girls Golf:
Andie Smith - All Area First Team

Girls Swimming and Dive:
Olivia Wilson - All Area Honorable Mention

“I am extremely proud that our athletes represent The Pine School so well,” summed up Sofarelli. “Congratulations to all of them.”


MIT Visits Pine School InvenTeam

The Pine School's Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam had their first on-site visit from representatives of the Program. Executive Director Stephanie Couch and Invention Education Officer Leigh Estabrooks were on-hand to learn about progress made and discuss some of the challenges that still lie ahead.

The Pine School is the only school in Florida to receive the prestigious $10,000 grant to develop their proposed invention of creating a multi-sensory device to monitor water conditions in the Indian River Lagoon.

Team member Sophia Siegel gave an impassioned address relaying the group’s desire to make a difference in improving local water conditions. The group also went over details of their work.

In addition to the Lemelson-MIT folks, the group was also joined by Claude Gerstle (events chair and acting president of the MIT club of Palm Beach) as well as Dr. Edie Widder (CEO/Senior Scientist) and Retta Rohm (research associate) of ORCA who are partnering with many aspects of this project..

"This is only a first step in what will certainly be a few more months of hard work for all of us," said K. Haas, Science and Math teacher and one of the team's sponsors.  "We will be joined again by MIT representatives early next year for a mid-grant review."


Holiday Traditions Abound

The Holidays are serious business at The Pine School. As Grades 6-12 earn their time off by getting through their exams, Kindergarten through Grade 5 revel in a range of holiday traditions that will make even the biggest Grinch feel the spirit of the season.

Kindergarten enjoyed a range of holiday themed crafts and games. 1st Grade took a trip on The Polar Express with Susan Buys and John Barnes as personal conductors. 2nd Grade designed gingerbread houses and celebrated all things Grinch - complete with three Cindy Lou Who’s. 3rd Grade defied the weather and had a snowball fight. 4th & 5th Grade stuffed stockings that will be donated to local non-profit White Doves serving children in need during the holidays.

Everything capped with a celebration breakfast featuring an appearance by the big man himself. The whole day received a resounding thumbs-up from all.

Photos can be enjoyed on our Flickr page.


Seniors Celebrate College Commitments

The Pine School has a long-standing tradition of graduates benefiting from the expertise and personalized approach of College Counselor Janet Pacifico. 100% of all graduates have been accepted to some of the country’s finest colleges and universities - with an impressive 92% attending their first-choice schools.

As a salute to the talents and hard work of our seniors, we plan to share news as these students make the big decision of committing to to schools.

“The class of 2017 has been one of the most engaged classes I have worked with,” shared Pacifico. “As I put the final punctuation marks on each of their recommendations, I do so with a smile on my face knowing what a group of fine young men and women they have become.”

Congratulations to:

Julie Afshar - Elon University. Julie is an award winning artist, recently being selected to show in the prestigious Drexel University Photography Student Juried Show.

Madison Davis - Mercer University.  Maddy is a Varsity athlete and has thrived in being committed to community service projects.

Chase Hyland - Northeastern University. Chase placed 2nd at States in Cross Country and served as the Varsity Team’s Captain - leading to being recruited as a student-athlete.

Nicholas Mandley - Northeastern University. Nick has served as The Pine School’s U-Knight Prefect and is looking forward to participating in Northeastern’s CO-OP Program.

Clark Mortell - Furman University. Clark was also recruited as a student-athlete, following his leadership role as the Varsity Soccer team Captain.

Mark Smith - Flagler College. Mark founded the Rugby Club and will take advantage of Flagler’s location to further pursue his passion for fishing.

Jennifer Yao - Boston University. Jennifer was recently nominated for Outstanding Student Performing Artist at the Martin County mARTie Awards.

72% of the Class of 2017 have submitted early/priority applications. 30 of the 44 students have at least one acceptance and 10 have been admitted to their first choice early decision school.

We look forward to sharing more good news as students continue to make decisions.


Holiday Service Jump-Starts The Season

One of the most popular Pine School traditions - and a great way to kick-off the holiday season - is the annual Holiday Service. It provides a great chance before exams begin for the School to gather to reflect on start of the holiday season.

Each person in the school community brings a toy to donate (with everything going to local children through White Doves and Natives Helping Natives).

“The Pine School’s dedication to serving local children is truly inspirational,” shared Carol Hodnett of the United Way of Martin County.

Each year, the 5th Grade class gets the opportunity to visit White Doves in person to see how their donations of toys will reach over 1,100 families in the area.

The Service also includes music and readings and is capped with a rousing rendition of "The 12 Days of Christmas" with each class taking a day.

And as if that wasn't enough, the whole thing is rounded out with a Cookie sale and social hosted by the Parent's Association. Let the holidays begin!!

Photos can be seen on our Flickr gallery page.


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.


Science Night Success

4th through 6th Grade science students participated in Science Night - a new undertaking hosted by the Science Department to better showcase the talents of our students and the focus dedicated to creating an interactive and thriving program.

“Science Night is all about supporting our young scientists and instilling excitement and curiosity in them,” said Kerslake.

The well-attended night allowed our student scientists to share the hard work they put into a wide range of science projects. These projects gave students an opportunity to follow the steps of the Scientific Method all the way from simply asking a question, researching that question, hypothesizing an answer, designing and conducting an experiment to prove or disprove that hypothesis, observe and analyze data and ultimately share the results of their findings. Students were encouraged to pick a topic that interested them and guided through the process of conducting their experiments independently. Students were faced with obstacles, inaccuracy in data collection and other situations that a Scientist would encounter in their work. 

“Our hope was to give students an opportunity to further develop independent critical thinking skills that they must use daily in everyday life,” shared 6th Grade science teacher Justine Habicht.

The event also included hands-on tables hosted by high school science students, giving everyone the chance to learn a little something while having fun.

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


Senior Commits to Run XC At Northeastern On National Signing Day

Today is Early Signing Day across the country for student-athletes.

Senior Chase Hyland has signed his commitment to run Cross Country and Track & Field at Northeastern University. Chase is one of the top recruits in the State of Florida and the Country.
Many of the top High School athletes in their sports will be signing their National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play collegiate sports. Division 1 recruits sign this NLI this week to make their collegiate sports decision official.

"The Pine School is very proud of Chase and his accomplishments and wish him nothing but the best in the years to come," shared Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli.

Photos can be found on our Flickr page.


Zombie Knight Run's Frightful Success

This year's annual Knight Run was a frightful success. Of course, that could have had something to do with all the ZOMBIES!!!

The event had 333 registered runners for the event which is a big jump from last year. Event Chair Jodi Perera did an incredible job in pulling it all together, promoting the event and decorating the course. The Haunted House raised the bar yet again with Sue Thompson, Rick Coolidge and their crew leading an exceptionally creepy charge. DJ John Barnes kept kept the crowd moving with his skillful music mixes. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office Grill Team played a crucial role in feeding the hordes. Savanah Wilshire was instrumental in facilitating a Big Dog Rescue adoption fair as part of her Senior Capstone prior to the race.

"We had a huge amount of energy on our campus on Friday evening," summed up Director of Development Kelly Hilton-Green. "A lot of people put in a great deal of effort to make the event a success - a big thank you to all those who volunteered."

Photos of the event can be seen on the School's Flickr page.


Halloween Celebrations

Halloween is always a big time at The Pine School and this year was no exception.

The day started with a special costume parade for Kindergarten through Grade 5 with all upperclassmen lining the way to offer high-fives. This led into a K-5th Grade program that included musical and dance numbers led by Music Director John Barnes and PE coach Kate Roach.

The Senior class treated the entire School community to a trunk-or-treat event - with each of their cars made up to represent different themes.

Class parties and a daring Halloween Egg Roulette session between Seniors and faculty capped the exciting day.

Photos can be seen on the School's 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.


Science Students Honored With Nationwide Grant

A dedicated group of Pine School students, under the mentorship of science/math teacher Karlheinz Haas and social studies teacher Nathaniel Osborn, are one of only fifteen schools nationwide to be selected by the Lemelson-MIT Foundation under their InvenTeam Program to receive up to $10,000 in grant funding to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.

“Being selected for a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam award is incredibly exciting,” shared Haas. “It is a recognition of the progress we have made as a department and will give a very talented and highly motivated group of Pine students an opportunity to showcase their skills.”

The Pine School group will receive this funding to create a device to monitor Manatee Grass ecosystem in the Indian River.

“It is rewarding to see students actively engaged and integrating STEM while working on their inventive solutions to real-world problems, but the truly inspiring impact is the long-term effect on the students and the leadership qualities the InvenTeam initiative instills in participants,” shared Leigh Estabrooks, Invention Education Officer for the Lemelson-MIT Program.

The InvenTeam initiative, now in its 14th year, inspires youth to invent utilizing hands-on, active learning strategies. Active learning strategies in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are best practices promoted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in which students engage, think about, and solve problems. In a recent study conducted by the Lemelson-MIT Program, 67 percent of InvenTeam alumni college graduates reported they are now working in a STEM field, demonstrating the impact of this learning approach in empowering and educating the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Over the next nine months, The Pine School’s InvenTeam will develop its monitor. In June, the students will showcase a prototype of their invention at EurekaFest at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. EurekaFest, presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program, is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models and encourage creativity and problem solving.

“This is precisely the sort of compelling academic preparation that The Pine School is uniquely positioned to cultivate,” summed up Osborn.

Visit the Lemelson-MIT site to learn more.


Seniors And Freshmen Commit Morning To Community Service

Keeping in line with the School’s Learning Through Service focus, The Pine School’s entire Senior and Freshmen classes dedicated their morning to giving back to the community.

In partnership with United Way of Martin County, Seniors gathered at the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center to spend time with the 3 and 4 year-old classes. Their time was divided between reading, playing and spending some quality time in their garden.

“We are all so super excited to be involved in this sort of community service,” shared Senior and Outreach Prefect Head Bella Fucigna.

The Freshmen traveled to the Martin County Fairgrounds in Stuart and helped with a range of projects including painting, weeding and constructing picnic tables.

“We have been so impressed with The Pine School’s true spirit of giving,” said United Way Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen Stacey. “They have become great community partners and we always look forward to having them involved with our agencies.”

The Sophomore and Junior classes will have opportunities to participate in their own mornings of service in the spring.

“I am so proud to help facilitate a step forward in the School’s commitment to better understanding the multiple benefits of community service,” summed up Director of Communications Robert Ankrom. Ankrom helped coordinate the morning and serves as Membership Chair of United Way’s Leaders United service group. “Our students are real naturals in their desire to give back and I’d love nothing more than to see this sort of morning fully integrated as a regular occurrence at The Pine School.”

Photos can be seen on the School's Flickr page.


Varsity Boy's Cross Country Top Pine Invitational

The Pine School's Varsity Boys Cross Country team once again placed 1st over-all at the annual Pine Invitational Cross Country Meet, hosted on The Pine School's beautiful 142-acre campus.

The meet, which attracted over 260 runners from 14 different schools, benefitted from beautiful weather and challenged runners throughout the course that took full advantage of natural rolling hills found on The Pine School campus.

Congrats to all - most notably, Varsity runners - Boys / Chase Hyland 1st, Christopher Textor 2nd, Lawson McLeod 6th. Girls / Claire Barber 2nd, Erin Spellman 3rd. JV runners (Boys JV team placed 1st overall as well) / Addison Textor 3rd, Philip Upton 5th, Luke Denney 6th, Gabe Tettamanti 7th, Noah Kalter 9th, Aaron Chimelis 11th, Matthew Lynch 12th. Middle School Race / Ryann McLeod 5th, Stephen Weller 6th, Dylan Markulics 8th, Aiden Skelly 9th.

Districts on Wednesday, October 19th are up next.

"The compliments on our course, our community, and how the overall race was managed were overwhelming - thanks to everyone's efforts," shared Cross Country Coach and Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver.

Photos of the Varsity Cross Country teams can be seen on our Flickr page.


The Pine School Responds With Hurricane Relief Effort

While so many of us were spared any significant issues related to Hurricane Matthew, the Bahamas, Haiti, and out-lying areas of GA, SC, and northern FL were not as lucky.

In keeping with our Learning Through Service efforts, The Pine School has committed to do all that it can to offer relief to those that need it most.

Specifically, we want to make you aware of an opportunity to donate items in need. Our own student-led Outreach Prefect Committee will be collecting items on campus to help distribute to a number of sources in need - those items may be brought directly to school.

Items that are in most demand include diapers, baby formula/food, baby wipes, canned food, first-aid kits, toilet paper, and water.

Again, you may bring these items directly to the School through the next week (up until Wednesday, October 19th).

Thank you in advance for your consideration supporting those that were so adversely affected by Hurricane Matthew.


Hurricane Matthew Update

The Pine School, in communication with the Martin County Emergency Management Services, is announcing new operation hours in advance of Hurricane Matthew.

The school day will end for all students tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5th, at 11am and will remain closed the remainder of the week. We will begin normal operating hours Monday, October 10th. 

All sports events have been canceled for this afternoon, Tuesday, October 4 to enable families to prepare for the storm.

Regular bus service today, Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning and the buses will return students Wednesday at 11:00 AM.  Photo retake day has been rescheduled for Friday, November 4.

We extend wishes for safety to all of our families.


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.


The Pine School Announces New Head of School

The Pine School is excited to announce Binney Caffrey as the 14th Head of School. Mrs. Caffrey will begin her tenure on July 1, 2017, following the retirement of current Head of School Phyllis Parker. Parker has served The Pine School for 25 years, the last 5 of those as Head.

“All of the finalist candidates were of a high quality and each had positive attributes that could help our school but to witness the building level of energy and excitement that gathered over the two days Binney was here, was a wonderful thing to observe,” shared Assistant Head of School and Search Committee member Nathan Washer.

Mrs. Caffrey comes to The Pine School from The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA where she has worked for a combined 15 years, most recently as Dean of Studies holding the Oliver Family Chair in Educational Leadership. She has also held the positions of Director of Financial Aid and Dean of Student Life as well as teaching mathematics and economics. Mrs. Caffrey earned her Master of Arts in Economics from the University of California and holds her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Williams College.

“It is an exciting opportunity to think about what defines a Pine School education,” said Caffrey. “I am eager to lead this endeavor, not with any fixed idea about what an education must include but rather with an openness to learn and find out what makes The Pine School unique and right for itself.”

“Bringing Binney on as our new Head of School is sure to perfectly further the positive momentum that has been built in establishing The Pine School as one of the finest independent schools in the state,” summed up Board President and Search Committee Head Debbie Textor.


Students Participate In Out Of Eden Learn

All of Tabbatha O’Donnell’s 6th and 7th Grade Social Studies classes had the unique opportunity to participate in an invitation-only Out of Eden Learn “Google Hangout” with Out of Eden Walk’s author and explorer Paul Salopek.

Students and teachers submitted questions in advance about any aspect of Salopek's journey.  Schools participated from India, Massachusetts, Greece, Hawaii, Virginia, and Greece while Salopek and his guide, Aziz, broadcasted live from Uzbekistan.

The Out of Eden Learn project was formed in conjunction with Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero and National Geographic's Out of Eden Walk. The program follows Salopek as he follows the path of human migration around the world.  This seven-year project is designed to promote "slow looking" and deep understanding of various cultures and human experiences through "dispatches" that can dive deep into large political issues of the regions or more simple ideas about how to keep water cool in the desert.  The skills that Salopek demonstrates and students get to practice are vital to understanding both history, geography, and cultural awareness.  Furthermore, as students progress through the social studies curriculum, these skills will be important to help with analyzing primary documents and comparing different points of view.  It also aligns well with the Ancient Civilizations and World Cultures curriculums as the path of Salopek's walk follows many of the areas study by students in sixth and seventh grade.

Students who participate in the program are put into walking parties with other students approximately the same age from around the world. 6th and 7th Grade Pine School students have been paired with students in locations are far ranging as South Korea, Ghana, Australia, and Switzerland, California. They complete different activities, or "footsteps," that mimic the strategies Paul is using as he explores the places he is in, and challenge students to look more closely at the world around them.  All of this is done through a student-friendly (and secure) social media platform that encourages meaningful commentary between the students on each other's work.  They are encouraged to post messages that draw parallels between environments, inquire about unique aspects of different areas, or simply support the great work being posted by their peers.

“This unique experience speaks volumes of the future for which we are preparing our students,” summed up Academic Dean and History Department Chair Sean Carlson. “Borders between cultures and countries are becoming more blurred as experiences like this allow for a global dialogue to happen in real time.  It also develops our students' inquiry skills by encouraging them to think broadly about their role in the world.”


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.



Student Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Congratulations to Senior Hannah Oenbrink for being named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Out of 1.6 million high-schoolers, only 16,000 have received this honor.

“This is a great honor and speaks to Hannah’s dedication as a student and the quality of her teachers,” shared Head of School Phyllis Parker.

Hannah now qualifies to continue in the competition to qualify  for a Scholarship to be announced in the spring.


AP Spanish Students Visit El Sol

Lillian Novoa and a group of her AP Spanish students traveled to practice their language skills through interview sessions with Hispanic members of the El Sol center.

El Sol is a community resource center in Jupiter that, among other things, works with Hispanic members of the community to find suitable employment while becoming more acclimated to life in the United States.

Students met in small groups with El Sol workers to ask a series of questions.

“It was an eye opening and unique experience that allowed us to more fully understand what it is like to leave your home, family, job, and friends for a fresh start,” shared Junior Claire Pittman. “They also explained the importance of maintaining your cultural identity while also trying assimilate to life here in America.”

The group of students added to the experience by bringing “goodie bags” featuring essentials like toothpaste, granola bars, sunscreen, soap & shampoo, and sewing kits as well as a few jackets and hats.

“The students  interest and compassion was evident from the very start,” summed up Novoa. “They enjoyed learning about other members in their community.”


Honors Assembly Recognizes Academic Excellence

The Pine School celebrated academic achievement with a 6-12 Grade Honors Assembly. In addition to students being recognized for reaching grade average goals, all AP Scholars were announced.

“The Pine School embraces and recognizes the academic achievements of our students and the academic goals that they each strive to meet,” shared Head of School Phyllis Parker. “Today's Honors Assembly honored those students whose overall academic achievement stood out among their peers during the second semester of the school year 2015-2016.”

AP Scholar of Distinction - Greyson Phillips, Ali Walker, Olivia Wilson

AP Scholar with Honor - Samar Ahmed, Samantha Els, Hannah Oenbrink

AP Scholar - Emma Berkinblit, Alex Cleveland, Madison Davis, Nicholas Leonard, Nicholas Mandly, Sabrina Matos, Clark Mortell, Lucas Rica, Annelise Romero, Madeline Uible, Maryn Washer, Jennifer Yao

Headmaster Award (11th Grade, 15-16) - Alex Cleveland, Samantha Els, Samantha Meltzer, Hannah Oenbrink, Philippa Parnevik, Greyson Phillips, Luke Rica, Annelise Romero, Maddy Uible, Ali Walker, Olivia Wilson

Headmaster Award (10th Grade, 15-16) - Drew Aaron, Samar Ahmed, Claire Barber, Kylin Cao, Melissa Coolidge, Chloe Janson, Maddy Minelli, Claire Pittman, Sophia Siegel, Alex Starkand, Celia Walsh, Alex Wood

Headmaster Award (9th Grade, 15-16) - Noah Kalter, Nicole Malecka, Anna McGovern, Olivia Siegel, Gabriel Tettamanti, Grace Wilson

Headmaster Award (8th Grade 15-16) - Maria Di Egidio, Zachary Ehrlich, Aliya French, Hallie Isdaner, Maddy McDonald, Lucas Pereira, Ryan Renz, Addi Textor

Headmaster Award (7th Grade, 15-16) - Rachel Goldman, Gracie Hampton, Faith Hill, Jack Squier

Headmaster Award (6th Grade 15-16) - Kendall Eaker, John Killgore, Kiele Mader, Andie Smith, Hannah Squier

Faculty Award (11th Grade, 15-16) - Emma Berkenblit, Bella Fucigna, Christopher Hecht, Chris Hong, Grace Ma, Nicholas Mandly, Sabrina Matos, Casey Scellato, Erin Spellman, Maryn Washer, Rebecca Wikell, Savanah Wilshire, Jennifer Yao

Faculty Award (10th Grade, 15-16) - Ben Aaron, JJ LaCorte, Colby Mortell, Christopher Textor, Michael Wiedner

Faculty Award (9th Grade, 15-16) - Aaron Chimelis, Dylan Gordon, Logan Messer, Hayley Starr

Faculty Award (8th Grade, 15-16) - William Baratta, Elizabeth Castillo, James Hemmes, Jet Jones, Gabriela Keyes

Faculty Award (7th Grade, 15-16) - Ashleigh Duke, Alaya Fagan, Nell Hutchinson, Conner MacDonald, Matilda Small, Ana Torchia, Dylan Tuchon, Stephen Weller

Faculty Award (6th Grade, 15-16) - Cade Crook, Michael Di Egidio, Collin Fowle, Fletcher Kennedy, Taylor Kroeger, Joshua LaCorte, Lawson McLeod, Reece Slater, Spencer Stevens, Riley VanSuetendael, Celia Wilson

The assembly also included an address by Student Counselor Heidi Coliskey, a performance by the Jazz Ensemble, and a recognition by Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver of her Student Ambassadors.


Green School Honor Awarded Again

The Pine School has received recognition for being a Green School of Excellence for the third consecutive year. This prestigious distinction is named by Florida Atlantic University and the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center.

“This is a huge accomplishment,” shared Science Department Chair Tessie Kerslake. Kerslake accepted the award alongside history teacher Nathaniel Osborn at a special luncheon held at the West Palm Beach Marriott. The pair coordinated and oversaw the student involvement that led to this honor.

The School was awarded this honor for efforts of all the students, staff, and families of the The Pine School for the impressive resume of green happenings. Everything from paper recycling, the Recycled Runway art show, beach clean-ups, and environmental infused curriculum such as soil and water testing all promoted growth of a greener generation and contributed to the recognition.

“I am looking forward to documenting all the wonderful green initiatives that the Pine school will accomplish this year,” summed up Kerslake.


School Year Starts With Class Retreats

The Pine School, in an effort to allow students to bond and reflect upon the coming year, dedicate a full day the first week of school to individual class retreats. Grades 9 through 12 experience various off-campus trips - with Seniors traveling over-night to Lake Wales - while Grades 6-8 enjoy dedicated time on campus.

“These retreats are always such a success because they really give our students a chance, right out of the gate, to connect with each other,” shared Dean of Students Ariel Chimelis.

The range of activities covers everything from scavenger hunts, sleeping overnight on campus, and kayaking tours to extreme ropes courses.

“Beyond the opportunity to bond, the retreats are a fun way to learn about each other and our surroundings,” added Junior Ali McClimond.

The retreats also provide a good book-end for the class trips that Grades 6-12 share together in the spring.

Visit our Flickr page to enjoy photos of Grades 6-10 and Grade 12.

Click here to see photos of the Grade 11 retreat.


First Day Of School Video

Pine School students and faculty celebrated the start of a new school-year with a special Opening Cermony and plenty of smiles.

Dedicating the year to Learning Through Service - exploring opportunities to grow while giving back - the School community enjoyed an address by Head of School Phyllis Parker.

"If we each perform simple acts, little by little, we begin to feel and understand the miracle of giving," she shared.

Enjoy a video short of the First Day.


Best School Year Ever!

The Pine School administration and faculty committed to a number of pre-planning sessions and workshops to prepare for the coming school-year.

“Our Pre-planning week is one of the most important times of our year as we have the chance to come together as a team and ready ourselves for the year ahead,” shared Assistant Head of School Nathan Washer. “In addition to getting everyone organized we have the opportunity to share best practices and develop our goals for the year.”

“I honestly don’t know if I’ve experienced the overwhelming feeling of community that I have felt at The Pine School,” added new K-5 Curriculum Enrichment Specialist Suzanne Otero. “I am honored to be a part of this caring, dynamic group of men and women who are together creating an innovative vision and plan for the education of our children.”

Faculty worked on a number of issues including effective classroom approaches and the latest in technology. The time together also allowed faculty to share opportunities to share summer professional development - including a group that attended the Project Zero Classroom workshops at Harvard.

“To put it simply, The Pine School has never been on as solid footing on every front - from the quality of our faculty to our financial standing - as we are as we approach this coming year,” summed up Head of School Phyllis Parker. “I am confident that this will be the best year in the School’s long history!”

Photos can be seen on our Flickr page.


Teachers Attend STEM Conference In Denver

Physics and math teacher Karlheinz Haas and new math teacher Laura Brantley recently traveled to Denver, Colorado to attend the 5th annual NSTA-STEM Forum & Expo.  

The Forum & Expo focused on teacher sessions and panel presentations designed to provide participants with information and lessons to enable them to explore, begin, or tweak a STEM initiative within their own school or district. Attendees had the opportunity to attend several interactive sessions on how STEM can be implemented, applied, and sustained. The conference also featured keynote speakers and opportunities to attend panel discussions with experts in the field as well as networking time with STEM educators from around the United States and the world.  

In addition to attending, Haas was invited by NSTA to present two sessions of his own at the conference, allowing him to share some of the exciting things happening in The Pine School’s science and math program with fellow educators.

Time was also dedicated to exploring ways to best ensure that students develop a solid foundation in the STEM areas so that they are prepared to both work and live in the 21st century.

“As we are preparing high school students, we absolutely have to expose them to a variety of careers in the STEM fields,” shared Haas.  “Traditionally, high school STEM content is being taught in isolation of other areas of study. Now, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics must be more effectively integrated and delivered in meaningful ways.”

The conference attendance was made possible through one of our Parent Association’s generous professional development grants. Haas is already looking forward to next summer’s conference, hoping the near-by location of Orlando will make it possible for more Pine School teachers to attend.


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.


Faculty Attend Project Zero Program At Harvard

Ten members of The Pine School faculty spent a week at Project Zero Classroom - a program through the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The program was attended by over three hundred educators, administrators, and program directors from around the world. This marked the second year The Pine School has sent a group to participate.  

“As we continue to grow and develop as a School, it is vitally important for us to use the teachings of Project Zero Classroom to create an environment for our students that promotes deep understanding through multiple perspectives and meaningful reflections,” shared History Department Head and newly named Academic Dean Sean Carlson. This was Carlson’s second year attending the program. “Knowing the terrain, I was able to dive deeper into the ideas and believe that I can enhance our School's connection to PZC ideas through meaningful discussions with faculty, students, and parents.”

Project Zero Classroom provides educators with an opportunity to hear from world renowned educational researchers, including PZC Directors Howard Gardner and David Perkins, in large group sessions and smaller mini-courses.  The overarching theme of the week dealt with how schools build a culture that allows educators to teach for deeper understanding in their students.  Project Zero researchers presented their advances for 21st Century learning through the various programs that they sponsor, including Out of Eden Learn, The Good Project, Visible Thinking, Culture of Thinking, Agency by Design, and Pedagogy of Play.

In addition to Carlson, this year’s group from The Pine School included Foreign Language Department Head Kelly Kelly, K-5 Curriculum Specialist Suzanne Otero, Academic Specialist Lea McCarthy, Kindergarten teacher Diane Hollowell, 6th Grade teacher Justine Habicht, Middle School Coordinator Sarah Visagie, math teacher Jen Metzger, Dean of Students Ariel Chimelis, and art teacher Maria Miele.

“I am inspired and hopeful after a week at Project Zero,” summed up Kelly Kelly. “It was an honor to work beside so many creative and passionate teachers. I am grateful that The Pine School values these growth opportunities for its teachers and there is no doubt that I will weave the numerous tools I learned into my instruction. Children definitely grow into the intellectual life around them.”


Students Travel To South Africa

A Pine School group of twenty-two students and four chaperones traveled to South Africa for the unique opportunity to explore the beauty of that country while also learning about their cultures.

“Because of this trip I already crave more travel experiences and knowledge,” shared Annelise Romero ‘17. “That is the beauty of these trips - they make students addicted to the world and obsessed with experiencing it.”

“My eyes were definitely opened to a myriad of different cultures,” agreed Alex Cleveland ‘17. “This trip pushed me out of my comfort zone in positive ways that helped me learn so much about myself.”

The group enjoyed a wide range of activities including a rugby match,  a chance to cage dive at Gaansbaai with Great White sharks, an elephant back safari, bungee jumping from the highest commercial jump in the world, a visit to the Daniel Cheetah Sanctuary, and a big game African safari.

Time was also allotted for a meaningful service project at the Roodebloem School in Graaff-Reinet. Pine School students shopped for and delivered items that Roodebloem  students wished for in a writing exercise. There was also had time to play and dance with the kids.

“A highlight for me was visiting the school and seeing the children's faces light up when we brought them a few gifts they wished for - there wasn't a dry eye in the room,” said Melissa Coolidge ‘18. “The South Africa trip was the ultimate trip of a lifetime.”

“There are no words to describe the impact and growth that the South Africa trip had on all of us, students and teachers alike,” summed up trip chaperone and Head of the Science Department Tessie Kerslake. “We all gained a greater understanding of not only ourselves but about our place in this wild world. Experience is the greatest teacher and all of us are wiser thanks to this amazing journey.”

Photos from the trip can be seen on the School's Flickr page.


Summer Materials Available

With the next school year mere months away, there are several items we want to share with you that should be addressed over the summer. All of these are availale on our Summer Materials page on our website.

  • Summer Reading Lists
  • Athletic Information, including FHSAA required forms for sports participation (Grades 5-12 - Must be done before attending practice)
  • Medical Information Needed to Enter School 
  • School Supply Lists
  • School Store Pre-order Form
  • Technology Device Options and Registration Procedures (All students 6-12 need a device)
  • Textbook Purchasing information
  • Updated 2016-17 Calendar Highlights
  • New Parent Survival Guide

Pine School Hosts STEM Workshop

The Pine School hosted a workshop offered by Texas Instruments.  Designed for Middle School and High School Science and Mathematics teachers, the workshop explored STEM content focused on experimental engineering design, data collection, analysis and mathematical modeling with TI-Nspire™ technology.

Several Pine School teachers as well math and science teachers from as far as Daytona Beach participated in the activities that challenged them to apply STEM practices to problem-solving scenarios involving the physical sciences, life sciences, and earth & space sciences. 

"It is the kind of workshop that underscores The Pine School's commitment to move forward with a more interdisciplinary approach to teaching &  learning and toward a more integrated and theme-based curriculum," said Karlheinz Haas, US Physics and Math teacher and one of TI's  T3 Instructors, who hosted and presented the workshop.  "It was great to see the enthusiasm and active engagement by all the the participants, and hear them say that they can't wait to go back to their classrooms and try some of the news things they learned over the course of these two days."


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.


Graduation - Class of 2016

On Saturday, June 4th, the Class of 2016 (the first Class to lead the K-12 School on one campus) celebrated Graduation from The Pine School and transitioned into alumni.

This momentous event began with a beautiful Baccalaureate at St. Christopher’s Church Friday evening.  Selected by her class, Niya Aldersberg also gave a beautiful speech filled with sentiments about her Pine School family and advice for the future.

"What has happened in the past cannot change. There is also hope in the unseen future, but it is in the present that you'll find the adventure in every waking moment," she shared.

Both community leader Jean Laws-Scott and Fine Arts Head Steve Naumann delivered addresses that were meaningful and funny, while Seniors Marco Lahmar and Emily Rynasko both performed numbers - reminding all of their exceptional talents.

Graduation (following the next morning) kicked off with the tradition of the alumni pinning. Alumni (including recent graduates and faculty who attended The Pine School) pinned all 31 Seniors, symbolizing their transition to alumni.

The Class and guests were treated to thoughtful and well-delivered commencement addresses by Seniors Davis Reed and Callum Brown - both offered touching reflections of their time at The Pine School and the closeness of their Class. Senior Grace Baum introduced Commencement Speaker - Emmy-winning writer and author Brian Brown - who shared his experiences in covering various Olympic events (specifically marathons) to offer inspiration and support to the challenges and successes the graduates will face as they move forward in their lives.

Each member of the Class then received their diplomas to the cheers of family and friends. The Rose Ceremony followed. This Pine School tradition allows each member of the graduating Class to give a single rose to a person that has helped them immensely in their journey. Paired with a beautiful song performed by Sophomore, Chloe Janson, this touching moment left no dry eye in the house. This sentimental and meaningful expression of gratitude was a perfect way for the Class of 2016 to deliver and express their thanks and love to the recipients.

With tassels now on the left and diplomas in their hands, the Seniors made their way to the courtyard to toss their caps, the last step of Graduation. Thus, with the colorful caps (adorned with the various college logos students had been accepted to) flying through the sky, the memorable ceremony came to a close.

Photos can be seen on our Flickr page.


Evening of Academic Excellence 2016

The Pine School community joined for an opportunity to recognize and honor those students who excelled on academic fronts during the 2015-2016 school year.

“Tonight, we aim to acknowledge excellence,” shared K-12 Director Nathan Washer. “The students who will be recognized this evening have demonstrated work ethic and dedication exemplifying academic distinction.”

“Students, your teachers, parents and family are proud of you,” added Head of School Phyllis Parker. “Studying at TPS is not easy and we expect much from each of you. Your achievements in the classrooms, the art studios, and the playing fields all exemplify the excellence we ask for and received.”


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

Brown University - Olivia Wilson
Dartmouth College - Samantha Els
Sewanee - Emma Berkenblit
Johns Hopkins University - Luke Rica
University of Pennsylvania - Hannah Oenbrink
Harvard University - Ali Walker
Agnes Scott College - Bella Fucigna
Rollins College - Alex Cleveland
Boston College - Samantha Meltzer

National AP Scholars
Niya Adlersberg
Anna Perelli-Minetti
Jackie Steinhauer

AP Scholar with Honors
Olivia Brogdon

AP Scholar with Distinction
Grace Baum

English Awards
9th Grade - Anna McGovern
10th Grade - Claire Barber
11th Grade - Emma Berkenblit
12th Grade - Katherine McGovern
Pat Stuart English Award – Philippa Parnevik

Math Awards
9th Grade - Gabe Tettamanti
10th Grade - Celia Walsh
11th Grade - Ali Walker
12th Grade - Grace Baum
Euler’s Award of Mathematics Achievement - Mia Isdaner

Science Awards
9th Grade - Nicole Malecka
10th Grade - Alex Starkand
11th Grade - Hannah Oenbrink
12th Grade - Anna Perelli-Minetti
The Jonas Salk Science Award - Ali Walker

World Language Awards
9th Grade - Noah Kalter
10th Grade - Drew Aaron
11th Grade - Alex Cleveland
12th Grade - Lillie Miller
Jose Marti World Language Award - Milann Cox

History Awards
9th Grade - Aaron Chimelis
10th Grade - Melissa Coolidge
11th Grade - Olivia Wilson
12th Grade - Olivia Brogdon
Hugh Willoughby History Award - Lillie Miller

Performing Arts Awards
10th Grade Vocal Award - Emily Smith
11th Grade Vocal Award - Greyson Phillips
12th Grade Vocal Award - Marco Lahmar.

9th Grade Instrumental Award - Matthew Powers
10th Grade Instrumental Award - Alex Wood
11th Grade Instrumental Award - Nicholas Leonard

Visual Arts Awards
9th Grade - Ryan Ehrlich
10th Grade - Nicole Cappellino
11th Grade - Chris Hong
12th Grade - Yvonne Zhou

Digital Art Award – Drew Starr
Publication Award - Ali McClimond
High School Drama Award - Ryan Chimelis

Ernie & Helen Berlin Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts - Emily Rynasko

Service and Spirit Award - Ali Denney

Community Achievement Awards
9th Grade - Aaron Chimelis
10th Grade - Claire Barber
11th Grade - Clark Mortell
12th Grade - Milann Cox

“The Pine School’s Prefect Program drives the importance of student-led leadership,” shared K-12 Assistant Director Garry Sullivan. “These students take on an unique responsibility in truly driving the culture and commitment of involvement at our School.”

Prefects and Deputy Prefects for 2016-17 School Year

Head Prefects
Clark Mortell and Maryn Washer

Ambassador Prefects
Prefect: Ali Walker
Deputy: Melissa Coolidge

Outreach Prefects
Prefect: Isabella Fucigna
Deputy: Claire Barber

Student Life Prefects
Prefect: Luke Rica
Deputy: Christopher Textor

Environmental Prefects
Prefect: Erin Spellman
Deputy: Drew Aaron

Communications Prefects
Prefect: Alexandra Cleveland
Deputy: Ali McClimond

U-Knight Prefects
Prefect: Nicholas Mandly
Deputy: Claire Pittman

Fine Arts Prefects
Prefect: Olivia Wilson
Deputy: Chloe Janson

Athletic Leadership Prefects
Prefect: Sam Els
Deputy: John LaCorte

Academic Achievement Awards

“This award signifies a student who has a genuine love of learning, one who demonstrates a passion for all subjects and very characteristically takes their inquiry to the next level, including a seriousness of purpose, adding contributions to each class and demonstrating sophistication of thinking,” shared Washer.

9th Grade - Gabe Tettamanti
10th Grade - Maddy Minelli
11th Grade - Ali Walker
12th Grade - Olivia Brogdon

Lifer Award (“A Knight since Kindergarten”) - Callum Brown

“The Headmaster’s Award is given to the Senior who is an outstanding role model in academic, spiritual, and arts and athletic areas and who positively influences both faculty and students on a consistent basis,” said Parker.

Headmaster’s Award - Niya Adlersberg

“The Potsdam Award is the highest award given at TPS.  This student has shown exemplary academic, spiritual, and athletic leadership in both the classroom and on the playing field,” shared Parker.

Potsdam Award - Robert Camp

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


Athletics Honored With A Number Of Recognitions

The Pine School recently received an impressive range of Athletic honors including three student-athletes being named as TC Palm’s Athlete of the Year.

“I cannot express how ecstatic I am over the fact that a small school like ours can produce so many fine student-athletes,” shared Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli.

Senior Ali Denney (Volleyball) and Sophomores Claire Barber (Cross Country) & Garrett Barber (Golf) each earned the title of being named Athlete of the Year by TC Palm PrepZone while two additional Pine School athletes were nominated for this honor - Bella Fucigna (Girls Track) and Chase Hyland (Boys Cross Country).

Additionally, Seniors Niya Adlersberg and Bobby Camp were both also selected as All-Around Athletes of the Year for The Pine School.

The announcement was made during a special awards ceremony held in Fort Pierce and included nominees from all Treasure Coast schools regardless of size.

Additionally, Middle School was awarded the MCAC Championship trophy which is based on a point system between schools in the Mid Coast Athletic Conference.  The winner is calculated through standings for every sport at the Middle School level. 

“I am extremely proud of the success that The Pine School has had athletically and look forward to even more success in the future,” summed up Sofarelli.


Students Graduate Year-Long Leadership Program

Leadership has always been a strong component of The Pine School’s approach to education. This year, five Pine School students (Julie Afshar, Melissa Coolidge, Erin Spellman, C.J. Walsh, & Alex Wood) participated in Martin Youth Leadership.

“Since 2007 The Pine School has participated in the Martin Youth Leadership Program each year,” shared Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver who served as both The Pine School’s liaison and a member of the Youth Leadership planning committee. “It has proven to be such a great opportunity for our students to not only develop leadership skills, but to learn about our community and get to know students from all over Martin County.”

Hosted by the Martin County/Stuart Chamber of Commerce, the year-long (a full day each month) program explores different components of life in Martin County while focusing on ways to get more involved and serve as a community leader.

“Martin Youth Leadership has, first and foremost, given me the experience and confidence to be comfortable leading a group of people,” shared rising Junior Melissa Coolidge. “It has also prepared me to be a better leader as an upperclassman because the program has made me more confident and has taught me how to use my skills to work with a group to reach a common goal.”


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.


New Board & Faculty Members Announced

The Pine School is proud to welcome the following Board and Faculty members into our School community.

"These additions, on top of our already stellar group of faculty and leacdership, represent significant moves in continuing to make The Pine School the strongest school it can be," shared Head of School Phyllis Parker.

Read full new faculty bios here.

Read full new Board of Trustee bios here.

Read the latest Head of School Annual Report.


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.


The Pine School Tops Great Give Locally

The Pine School would like to extend huge thanks to everyone who contributed in making the Great Give a truly GREAT day for the School.

119 donations were received totaling $118,975 (more than doubling last year's total).
This firmly placed The Pine School at the top of both the Martin and Palm Beach County totals (with over 500 non-profits participating).

"The support for The Pine School from our families and friends has been phenomenal - we set ourselves some tough goals in terms of this years event and achieved them all," shared Director of Development Kelly Hilton-Green.


Blue Wins Back Title At Annual Field Day

The Pine School held it’s annual Field Day and though both Blue & Gold fought fiercely through a wide range of contests - from an obstacle course to the infamous tug-of-war - Blue was victorious and took back the trophy Gold earned last year.

“Field Day represents the closeness of our School community in so many positive ways,” shared Head of School Phyllis Parker.

Visit our Flickr page to view photos from the day.

The day also provided an opportunity to celebrate faculty in a number of ways.

Tamara Litterick and Dina Scellato were named as Teachers of the Year.

The Parent Association also named the recipients of the Professional Development Scholarship Awards - Robert Ankrom, Susan Buys, Ariel Chimelis, Kristen Davis, Karlheinz Haas, Justine Habicht, Tamara Litterick, Jennifer Metzger, Steve Naumann, and Nathan Washer.



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.


Track & Field Wins Big At District Championships

Varsity Track & Field had another big at the District Championships!

Competing against schools that have thirty kids, the seven-strong Boys Team earned a District Runner-Up Title.

Team members shined in snagging Individual District Championships as well -
Kurtis Thornton '16 won every event he competed in - Long Jump, Triple Jump, 100m Hurdles, & 300m Hurdles
Chase Hyland '17 won every event he competed in - 800m, 1600m, & 3200m
Bella Fucigna '17 - Pole Vault
Claire Barber '18 - 1600m
Annelise Romero '17 - 300m hurdles

"Despite some challenges this small but mighty team once again showed up in force," shared Coach Ashley Jenkins.

Enjoy photos on our Flickr Page.


Senior Athletes Sign To Division 1 Schools

A special community meeting ceremony was held to recognize the four Pine School Senior Athletes that have signed to compete at the Division 1 level in their respective college choices.

Ali Denney has signed with the University of South Carolina to play Beach Volleyball. Ali is a four-year Varsity letter winner and has been honored as a two-time MVP, a four-time All-Area team member, and holds practically every Pine School Volleyball record.

Jake Holt will be playing Golf for Siena College. Jake is a four-year Varsity letter winner, holds The Pine School 9-hole record for 36.2, has been named an All-Area team member for past three  years, and has been named by  TCPalm as a two-time MVP.

Marco Lahmar is attending the University of New Mexico to play Golf. Marco is a three-time Regional Champion and has been ranked in the Top Ten in France Nationally for under 18.

Caroline Schirmer has signed with Auburn for Swimming. Caroline is a three-year Varsity swimmer, has qualified for States the past four years, placed 8th or better all four years, is an Academic All-American, and holds both the 200 and 500 freestyle records for The Pine School.

"The Pine School faculty, staff and administration are extremely proud of these four athletes,” shared Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli. “We wish them good luck and thank them for representing our school with dignity, dedication and integrity on and off the field."


Green School Of Quality Third Year In A Row

For the third year in a row, The Pine School has been named as a Green School of Quality. This prestigious distinction is named by Florida Atlantic University and the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center.

The recognition, which highlights various efforts by a school to demonstrate a commitment to strong Earth-friendly practices and sustainability, is awarded annually following a thorough review process.  Spearheaded by Middle School Science teacher Tessie Kerslake, The Pine School’s commitment to recycling, a community garden, and it’s annual recycled runway art show were all contributing factors in this honor being bestowed.

“Special congratulations should go to the Environmental Prefect committee lead by President Emily Ryanasko,” shared Kerslake. “We want to encourage TPS community to continue to think and live Green.”


Pine School Celebrates Honors Society Inductees

The Pine School held special ceremonies to induct students into the National Honors Society and National Junior Honors Society this week.

“The Pine School looks to these deserving students to be our future leaders here and we know they will accomplish for our school and local community,” shared NJHS Sponsor Tessie Kerslake.

Those students inducted into the National Honors Society are: Benjamin Aaron, Drew Aaron, Samar Ahmed, Claire Barber, Garrett Barber, Kylin Cao, Melissa Coolidge, Chris Hong, Mia Isdaner, Chloe Janson, John LaCorte, Marco Lahmar, Nicholas Leonard, Grace Ma, Sabrina Matos, Ottie McCullum, Madison Minelli, Colby Mortell, Claire Pittman, Grace Pittman, Kayla Prolow, Sophia Siegel, Alex Starkand, Christopher Textor, Madeleine Uible, Celia-Jean Walsh, Alex Wood, and Jennifer Yang.

Those students inducted into the National Junior Honors Society are: Ryan Decina, Rachel Goldman, Gracie Hampton, Faith Hill, Matilda Small, Jack Squier, Ana Torchia, and Stephen Weller.


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.


Students Honored With Congressional Awards

Three Pine School students were honored at the Florida's 18th District Congressional Award Ceremony.

Mary Powers ('17) earned the Congressional Award Gold Medal; Hannah Oenbrink ('17) and Alex Wood ('18) earned the Congressional Award Silver Medal.

“The young people who are recognized for Congressional Medals are the leaders of tomorrow and understand the importance of personal improvement and service to our communities,” summed up Head of School Phyllis Parker who attended the ceremony along with Congressman Patrick E. Murphy.


Track Team To Compete On ESPN

Eleven members of The Pine School’s track team have qualified to participate in the prestigious Pepsi Track Relay Track & Field Meet held at the University of Florida March 31st-April 2nd.

Those competing are Niya Adlersberg, Jonathan Atz, Claire Barber, Callum Brown, Bella Fucigna, Chase Hyland, Tori Melby, Annelise Romero, Erin Spellman, Christopher Textor, and Kurtis Thornton.

"I am very excited for these athletes to be selected for such an incredible opportunity," shared Track Coach Ashley Jenkins.

The entire meet will be available on the SEC ESPN network. While there isn’t an available breakdown of exactly what events the network will air, all event times are listed below.

Junior Chase Hyland will compete in the Elite Invite Mile - with only 18 chosen to compete from hundreds of entries. This race is Friday @ 8:10pm and will be aired in it’s entirety.


5:00pm race time: Claire Barber (1600m)

5:30pm: Christopher Textor (1600m)

6:00pm: Annelise Romero (100m)

6:30pm: Kurtis Thornton (110mH)

6:50pm: Claire Barber (800m)

7:20pm: Chase Hyland & Christopher Textor (800m)

7:50pm: Erin Spellman (3200m)

8:30pm: Chase Hyland (3200m)


10:00am start time: Kurtis Thornton (Triple Jump), Jonathan Atz (High Jump), Bella Fucigna (Pole Vault)

1:00pm: FINALS of 110mH - If Qualifies

1:15pm: FINALS of 100m - If Qualifies

8:10pm: Chase (Invite Elite 1600m) **Race will be fully covered on ESPN**


9:00am start time: Girls 4x400m Relay (Tori Spellman, Annelise Romero, Niya Adlersberg, & Claire Barber)

9:45am: Boys 4x400m Relay (Chase Hyland, Callum Brown, Kurtis Thornton, & Christopher Textor)

5:25pm: FINALS of Girls 4x400m Relay - If Qualify

5:35pm: FINALS of Boys 4x400m Relay - If Qualify


5th Grade Class Has Special Visitor

Lisa Vrana and Charles Ward’s 5th Grade English class were visited by Park Vista High School senior Mikal Bartosik. Bartosik has received attention after a video of her asking a student with special needs to prom went viral.

The 5th Graders found a special connection with this local story after reading the book “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio - a story which revolves around a child with special needs. To bridge the connection, the entire 5th Grade class wrote individual letters to Bartosik to share their feelings and to show support for her actions.

Accompanied by Park Vista Principal Reggie Myers and her cheerleading coach Jeanne Ladner, Bartosik expressed her thanks and fielded questions from the students. The class gifted Bartosik with a copy of “Wonder” signed by each of them.

“Mikal really made a huge impact with our students,” Vrana shared.

Click here to enjoy photos on our Flickr page.


History Teacher Releases Book On Indian River Lagoon

History teacher Nathaniel Osborn has just celebrated the release of his book Indian River Lagoon: An Environmental History.

A special Book Release Party on Friday, March 11 / 7pm at the U.S. Sailing Center in Jensen Beach.

“Working on this project was a rich and deeply satisfying,” shared Osborn. “I am flattered by the reception the book has received thus far.”

Osborn also coaches the Pine School’s Varsity Sailing Team, contributed to efforts in having The Pine School named a Green School in Martin County and was recently named as the Chairman of Martin County’s Preservation Board.

“There are a lot of reasons to be discouraged about the long-term outlook for this peninsula,” summed up Osborn. “This book is part of my contribution to promote efforts to protect what remains.”


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.


Debate Team Travels To Harvard

All ten members of The Pine School’s debate team traveled to participate in the Congress Debate at the Harvard National Forensics Tournament, one of the most prestigious tournaments in all of the national high school competitions.

Our team gained a lot of experience in policies that are very current within our society,” shared debate team sponsor and English teacher Ashley Jenkins. “Their strong character represented The Pine School well every step of the way during our trip.”

The team  submitted and debated three original bills (removing "God" from the Pledge, a bill to ban for-profit prisons, and the mandating of payment to college athletes). These bills were among eight original bills that the team wrote, and were chosen to submit for the Harvard tournament.

“The competition level was exceptional,” shared sophomore Christopher Textor. “The experience has really provided me with the tools to move forward from this in meaningful ways.”

“The trip really made me realize what a great Pine School family I am part of,” added sophomore Sophia Siegel.

The team's season is now over but there is already talk of  attending the tournament at Stanford next fall. The team is also in the process of gathering material for jury selection next week for their recreation of the Netflix documentary "Making A Murderer".


Students Support Local Non-Profit

OutreachThe Pine School's Outreach Prefect Committee led a successful campaign to collect t-shirts that were delivered to Can We Help, Inc. - a local non-profit that strives to provide meals and clothing for the area's homeless.

“I believe that it is important to help those in our community, and supporting this organization seemed like the perfect opportunity,” shared junior Bella Fucigna. “I was thrilled to see that The Pine School community made such an enormous effort to support this cause, and I know their efforts will be much appreciated.”

Hundreds of shirts were delivered in the School’s ongoing efforts to partner with Can We Help.


Spanish Students Visit El Sol

El SolLillian Novoa’s Spanish IV, V & AP students traveled to practice their language skills through interview sessions with Hispanic members of the El Sol center.

El Sol is a community resource center in Jupiter that, among other things, works with Hispanic members of the community to find suitable employment while becoming more acclimated to life in the United States.

Students met in small groups with El Sol workers to ask a series of questions.

“I want to go back again soon,” shared junior Samantha Els. “I even got the chance to talk with my interviewee about our mutual interest in soccer.”

“The students had a one of a kind learning experience,” summed up Novoa. “They enjoyed learning about other members in their community. Thier interest and compassion was evident from the very start.”

Click here to enjoy photos on the School's Flickr page.


Music and Art Students Honored

The Pine School’s Fine Arts Department received exciting new about honors recognizing students of music, art & photography.

In music, 12 TPS students were nominated and chosen to participate along with the finest student instrumentalists in grades 7-12 from Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Indian River Counties as part of the 2016 Indian River State College 4-County Honor Band Festival. In just 3 rehearsals, over 3 consecutive days, students worked very hard to put together an amazing program of standard and modern music under the direction of the finest guest conductors in the state.

9-12 Jazz Band - Nicholas Leonard

11-12 Concert Band - Samantha Meltzer

9-10 Concert Band - Noah Kalter, Jordan Pearl, Matthew Powers, Evan Shute, Philip Upton, Celia Walsh  and Alex Wood

7-8 Concert Band - William Baratta, Claire Schirmer and Toby Tettamanti

"This year's Honor band experience was one for the books,” shared Music Director Ben Hylton. “The amount of learning that took place over the course of just 3 days was astounding. This exemplifies the level of commitment from our top music students who take music study seriously and have lots of fun along the way!"

Additionally, 9 Art students were recognized by the Regional Scholastic Art Awards.

Students who earn a Silver Key or a Gold Key will be displayed at the regional exhibit at Armory Art Center, opening March 5th at 1pm.

Juliette Afshar - Silver Key
Olivia Brogdon - Honorable Mention
Ryan Chimelis - Gold Key and Honorable Mention
Phillippa Parnevik - Gold Key & Silver Key
Kalen Rossario - Gold Key and Honorable Mention
Emily Rynasko - Gold Key
Rebecca Wikell  - Silver Key and Honorable Mention
Olivia Wilson - Gold Key
Wenjie Zhou - Honorable Mention

“I'm thrilled and so excited for our kids,” summed up art teacher Maria Miele. “This is my favorite time of year for these art students and it validates that we are doing the right things in our visual art classes.”


English Students Speak With Author

Ashley Jenkin’s senior Literature class had the unique opportunity to speak with author Jean Hegland through a special Skype session.

The class had recently read Hegland’s novel Into The Forest.

“I have always wanted to teach this novel,” shared Jenkins. It thought that senior Literature would be the perfect class, as they are on the edge of adulthood and finding out about who they are as individuals - much like the main characters in the novel.”

In addition to allowing students to ask questions, Hegland also offered Jenkins advice throughout the reading of the novel - sharing thoughts on how to field class discussions around some of the controversial events within the novel.

“This experience showed me that it is tough to really know what the author is thinking or is trying to imply to the reader as we draw conclusions based on our own experiences,” shared senior Mia Isdaner. “It was neat to be able to share our own inferences, and open her eyes to different outlooks on certain symbols in the book that she had not even thought of before.”


Students Attend Plein Air Arts Day

Eight Pine School art students were selected to participate in Plein Air Arts Day, an interactive event hosted by the Martin County Arts Council and held in Memorial Park, Downtown Stuart.

The day included opportunities for the students to work with working artists in their fields of interest while also gaining advice from artists in other various mediums.

“It was nice to have a day where we can explore our talents while meeting and learning from established artists,” shared sophomore Nicole Cappelleno.

“I was able to ask what life is like being a full-time photographer,” added junior Rebecca Wikell. “We were also given great advice on college to pursue becoming professional artists.”

In addition to plenty of time to work on pieces and learn from the mentor artists, the day also included a workshop introduction by artist and former Arts Council Board Chair, Lisa Young.

“I always tell students that they always benefit from being exposed to more art, artists and teachers,” said art and photography teacher Maria Miele.

“Opportunities like this give students a unique opportunity to learn from professional artists,” summed up Ary Department Head Steve Naumann. “Many of the students are being exposed to media that is new to them. This, coupled with subject matter that is outside of their normal day-to-day classroom environment, helps in developing a well-rounded visual artist.”


100 Years of Cars Triumph

The Pine School’s 9th annual 100 Years of Cars car show was a tremendous success. Building on a wildly successful 2015 event, and bolstered by a picture-perfect day, over 1,300 visitors attended.

“We are thrilled with the turnout for this year’s car show, it was an incredible success,” shared Director of Development Kelly Hilton-Green.

This year’s event saw a 20% increase in car registrations - representing an impressive diversity of showcased cars. Funds raised will support The Pine School’s Patriot Scholarship, available for students of veterans or active military personnel.   

Thank you to our event committee: Ed Davies, Rocky Grady, Bruce MacDonald, Mark Newman, John Payson, and Michael McReynolds.

The Pine School would like to also extend special thanks to our Title Sponsor - Audi of Stuart as well as our team of generous event sponsors - Ferrari Maserati Palm Beach, Matilda's, Southeastern Printing, Wells Fargo, Abbot Downing, Mark and Shari Newman, Palm Beach International Raceway, Wallace Automotive Group, and Rocky & Henry Grady.

The Pine School is already looking forward to celebrating the 10th Anniversary of 100 Years of Cars on The Pine School is thrilled to have hosted this community event for the past nine years, and is already working towards our 10th Anniversary event to be held on January 14, 2017. 

Click here to see photos of the event on the School’s Flickr page.


Happy Holidays from The Pine School

Happy Holidays from The Pine School!  The faculty and staff are so grateful that you entrust your children with us each day.

Please enjoy our holiday video and we hope that each and every person is enriched by time with family and friends this holiday season.

Click here to view holiday video.


Student Talent Shines at Winter Concerts

The Pine School was treated to two consecutive nights of student talent as both K-5 and 6-12 showcased the wide range of the School’s performing arts offerings during their annual Winter Concerts.

“It is amazing how talented our students are,” shared Head of School Phyllis Parker.

The K-5 Concert included vocal, instrumental and dance numbers led by John Barnes (K-5 Music Director), Kate Roach (Dance), and Jodi Hirth (Kindergarten music instructor).

“The annual Holiday Concert is a snapshot of what we do each day music,” shared Barnes. “Time is spent on learning about rhythm, melody, harmony and form in a collaborative setting.”

The 6-12 Concert, under the direction of Ben Hylton, highlighted various unique musical groups including Knights of Steel, jazz combo, chamber ensemble, and 6/7 and Middle School bands. John Barnes debuted the small but impressive 6-12 Choir.

As an added bonus, K-12 Director joined the chamber ensemble as a guest conductor and Director of Communications helped narrate the show-closing “Twas The Night Before Christmas”.

“These performances stand as a testament to the hard work and commitment of both students and faculty involved,” summed up Head of Fine Arts Steve Naumann.

Click here to enjoy photos from both concerts on our Flickr page.