TPS News


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.”

Volleyball:
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 - news@thepineschool.org

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

“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.”

Math

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

Science

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

Reading

3rd Grade - Christina Shute

4th Grade - Reese Habicht

5th Grade - Fiona Ankrom

Writing

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

Spanish

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

Art

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

Vocal

7th Grade - Carly Collins and Aubee Billie

Music

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

Sportsmanship

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)

Citizenship

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.

Thursday:

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)

Friday:

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**

Saturday:

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.