In Florida’s Palm Beach County school district, for the third consecutive year, Roosevelt Middle School has been named a 2013 National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the National Association for Magnet and Theme-Based Schools. Roosevelt Middle is the only school in Palm Beach County to receive this honor.
“This is a result of the dedication and hard work by the students, teachers and administration,” said Todd LaVogue, Roosevelt Middle School Magnet Coordinator. “It means a great deal to us to be nationally recognized for our achievements.”
“Magnet schools throughout the country are being awarded for their excellence in demonstrating student achievement, innovative and engaging instruction and curriculum, community engagement, professional development, and a commitment to diversity. This is a competitive process that awards only a small fraction of the magnet schools nationally. Schools that win our Merit Awards represent the best in education, innovation, equity and opportunity for all students in our nation.” says Magnet Schools of America Executive Director, Scott Thomas.
In the 1960’s in the United States, some options to traditional public schools sprang up as a protest against racially segregated schools. The history of magnet schools is tied to the 1960’s protest over school desegregation and the educational reform model of public school choice as a way to address educational inequity.
In the 1980’s, Magnet Schools of America (MSA) was organized as a for-profit organization, incorporated in the State of Texas, sponsoring conferences. In the early 1990’s, a small group of magnet leaders met and organized an Association of members. In 1994, MSA was approved by the IRS as a 501(c) 3 not-for profit, professional educational association.
Today, MSA sponsors programs, events, technical assistance, student scholarships, professional development, and leadership through the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL).
Florida’s Department of Education has stated that magnet schools are public schools with a particular theme or academic focus, such as mathematics, science, technology, business, or performing arts. They provide parents and students with the option of choosing a school that matches a student’s interests. Magnet schools offer students specialized programs and create innovative learning approaches in a diverse environment.
To receive National Magnet School of Distinction, MSA member schools must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. Every school with a magnet program in Palm Beach County is a member of the MSA. Roosevelt Middle School Principal Jo Anne Rogers, who stated she is extremely proud of the entire Roosevelt community, will accept the school’s National Magnet Schools of Distinction award during an awards ceremony at the 31st National Conference on Magnet Schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 5-8, 2013.
REF: PBCSD (Press Release) Public Affairs Office. Feb. 2013.
Roosevelt Middle School is one of PBC’s Grand Champions in Battle of the Books competition
2013 marks the fifth year of the School District’s Battle of the Books competition. Six teams recently competed to be crowned champions of the Grand Battle of the Books.
Competitors in the grade 3-5 category were:
Team BOB from Palm Beach Public Elementary, sponsored by Cheryl May and the Ninja Wallabies from Limestone Creek Elementary, sponsored by Susan Briick. Battling in the 6-8 grade category were The Fellowship of the Books from Roosevelt Middle School, sponsored by Rebecca Smykla and Read ‘em and Weep from Bak Middle School of the Arts, sponsored by Jennifer Gardner. High school teams competing in the championship round were The Jaguars from A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, sponsored by Cookie Davis versus the Fellowship of the Wand from Boca Raton High School, sponsored by Nicole Boyle.
The Grand Champions were: Ninja Wallabies, Limestone Creek Elementary, The Fellowship of the Books, Roosevelt Middle School and The Jaguars, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
This year 1,798 students on 447 teams contended for a spot in the Grand Battle of the Books competition held February 21, 2013. After reading from a prescribed list of 15 books chosen by educators around the State, teams at 55 different schools raced the clock in the only completely online Battle of the Books competition in Florida. The object was to answer as many questions correctly as possible within the 20 minute time allowed. The two highest scoring teams at each level (elementary, middle and high) captured a seat at the Grand Battle of the Book competition taped before a live studio audience at The Education Network.
America’s Battle of the Books, ABB, is a reading incentive program for students in grades 3rd-12th. Students read books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read. The competitions are similar in style to the TV series Family Feud or Whiz Kids styles of competition, but the structure and format of the competitions may vary depending on the needs, resources and personal preferences at various school sites or at the regional/state competition levels.
Roosevelt Middle School’s math club reaches Gold Level Status in the MATHCOUNTS Club Program
Members of the Roosevelt Middle School’s Math Counts Club team completed their Ultimate Math Challenges (UMC) and scored 80% or better. This is an extremely commendable accomplishment.
RMS will be receiving a trophy and banner to recognize its achievement and certificates to recognize students’ achievement. RMS will be entered into the drawing for $500 gift cards and the grand prize of a trip to Washington, DC to witness the 2013 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition.
MATHCOUNTS provides fun and challenging math programs for US middle school students to increase their academic and professional opportunities. With the generous support of all MATHCOUNTS sponsors and volunteers, and leadership of the National Society of Professional Engineers at the local and state levels, MATHCOUNTS is providing today’s students with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.
MATHCOUNTS, a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization, is a national enrichment, club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory.
Currently in its 30th year, MATHCOUNTS is one of the country’s largest and most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald W. Reagan have all recognized MATHCOUNTS in White House ceremonies. The MATHCOUNTS program has also received two White House citations as an outstanding private sector initiative.
Lockheed Martin visited Roosevelt Middle School
Over 30 engineers from Lockheed Martin visited Roosevelt Middle School and spent five hours working with students. They spoke about their company and individual jobs, then answered questions along with video presentations of engineering projects. The engineers worked on building activities with the students in the pre-engineering program.
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is an American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company with worldwide interests. It was formed by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta in March 1995. It is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Lockheed Martin employs 123,000 people worldwide.
Lockheed Martin is one of the world’s largest defense contractors; in 2009, 74% of Lockheed Martin’s revenues came from military sales. It received 7.1% of the funds paid out by the Pentagon.