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2020

News Archive

  • September

    School Calendar Update

    Brittany Theimer
    Due to our late start date of the 2020-2021 school year, the Weiss School's Leadership Team has approved six make up days to our school calendar. The dates below have now become student instructional days.
     
    September 25, 2020
    (9/25: virtual instructional day for all students due to the late notice of the calendar change)
    October 12, 2020
    November 3, 2020
    January 4, 2021
    May 20, 2021
    May 21, 2021
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  • School Re-Opening Update - Tuesday, September 15th

    Dr. Tammy Ferguson
    Dear Weiss School Families:
     
    Administration and the Board of Trustees are continuing to monitor the community spread of COVID-19 to determine when our campus will reopen for those families who need the on-site and hybrid option for their children. Our facility is safe and ready, and our faculty and staff are prepared to teach on-site classes the moment we can reopen our doors! Our priority is the safety of all students and teachers!
     
    We also know that the information surrounding COVID-19 continues to change daily, and as a school community, we are currently not willing to take a chance on anyone in The Weiss School community contracting COVID-19. After carefully considering this comprehensive health information and the potential negative impacts that can occur based on the most recent data that we have, we have decided that The Weiss School will reopen our campus to students on Tuesday, September 15th for those families who have chosen on-site and hybrid learning.
     
    We recognize that this is not the news our parents, who have chosen the on-site option, want to hear, but we have to prioritize our students' and teachers' safety. As a school community, we will continue to meet weekly to monitor the community spread of COVID-19 to provide updates on the prospect of safely reopening The Weiss School campus to students who have chosen the hybrid or on-campus options for learning.
     
    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we collectively work together to return to school in a traditional manner when it is safe for students, staff, and teachers.
     
    Please email Dr. Ferguson at tferguson@weissschool.org if you have any questions or concerns.
     
    Yours in education,    
                                                                         
    Dr. Tammy Ferguson                                                                                                        
    Head of School       
     
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  • August

    Please Complete School Forms

    Brittany Theimer
    Thank you to those parents who have already completed the school forms for the 2020-2021 school year. These forms must be completed via the myWeiss portal by Friday, August 28th. If you have a child who is enrolled in 3rd - 8th grade, there are several forms that also require your child to review and sign in addition to parent(s)/guardian(s) signing the forms. If you have any questions, need assistance logging into myWeiss, or need assistance in completing these form(s), please email rcollum@weissschool.org
     
    The 2020-2021 Parent Directory will be posted to your myWeiss profile on Wednesday, August 26th. Please ensure that each parent and/or guardian has updated their individual profile on their myWeiss Contact Card to set privacy settings and also to select the type of email/text messaging notifications that you would like to receive from The Weiss School.
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  • Kindergarten - 8th Grade Virtual Transition Times

    Brittany Theimer
    As we begin our virtual classes, we understand that it will take time to log into each Zoom classroom each period. While students acclimate to their new schedules, we have adjusted the transition times to be every four minutes between classes. This time adjustment will not be officially changed on student schedules, so please use the times below to switch classes until further notice. We will send you an email when we adjust back to the original class times.
     
    8:30 - 9:15 - 1st Period
    9:19 - 10:02 - 2nd Period
    10:06 - 10:49 - 3rd Period
    10:53 - 11:36 - 4th Period
    11:37 - 12:23 - Lunch/Recess 
    12:24 - 1:09 - 5th Period
    1:13 - 1:56 - 6th Period
    2:00 - 2:43 - 7th Period
    2:47 - 3:30 - 8th Period
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  • School Reopening Date Has Been Changed to August 20th

    Dr. Tammy Ferguson & Mr. Eric Jablin
    All Weiss School Students Will Be Virtual Until Further Notice
    Since the Weiss School first opened its doors in 1989, the Board of Directors, Administration, and staffs' mission has been to offer the highest quality, gifted educational experience to all of our students. Collectively, we have and continue to strive and maintain a safe and nurturing environment in which all students can learn and thrive. In today’s society, we are all living in the most extraordinary of times with the impact of COVID-19, during which we continue to struggle with balancing the need to get our students back to school while also taking into context the overwhelming concern for their safety as well as their teachers.

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  • July

    The Weiss School Reopening Plan

    Brittany Theimer
    Dear Weiss School Families,
     
    I would like to thank you for the information you provided on the reopening survey. Your patience and trust throughout this process have kept me inspired this whole summer. The Weiss School Leadership Team has worked diligently this summer to develop a plan to ensure the safety, health, and welfare of our school community. Our reopening campus plan invests heavily in the critical levers of a safe return to campus, including a robust set of stringent health and safety measures. It is also a plan that is designed to allow The Weiss School to adapt to the changing conditions of the pandemic and still provide for the continuous education of our students. As conditions and guidelines continue to evolve and change, The Weiss School Leadership Team will monitor and update our plan accordingly. We ask that you remain flexible in this fluid situation. 

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  • June

    The Weiss School Return-to-School Parent Survey

    Dr. Tammy Ferguson
    Dear Weiss School Parents:
     
    I would first like to take a moment to offer my continued best wishes for your families, and sincerely hope that all are doing well, staying healthy, and enjoying their well-deserved summer breaks. As we prepare for our return to school for the 2020-2021 school year, it is important to recognize the contributions from all Weiss School community members that allowed us to successfully navigate the unknown and unique situation we endured during the spring of this year. The flexibility and positive attitudes of our teachers, staff, parents, and students was inspiring during our need to turn to remote learning and allowed the excellence of education at The Weiss School to triumph over such unforeseen and extremely serious circumstances. 

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  • Summer Reading for the 2020-2021 School Year

    Brittany Theimer
    Students Entering Kindergarten: Please read a minimum of ten picture books. Encourage your child to sound out and blend any words that he/she does not recognize by sight. Have your child practice reading high frequency words. These strategies will help your child to become a confident and successful reader.  
     
    Students Entering 1st-2nd Grade: 2020 Primary Summer Reading
     
    Students Entering 3rd-5th Grade2020 Intermediate Summer Reading

    Middle School Students
    2020 Middle School Summer Reading
    Please make note of some updates regarding the middle school summer reading list. While the list includes several recommendations, you are not relegated to only those titles. There are some updated choices on the list as well as instructions on how to prepare for the back-to-school assessments, which will be done in class. Parents are asked to read through the guidelines preceding the book list and to choose titles that are appropriate for your child. Please email Ms. Christenson at schristenson@weissschool.org with any questions.
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  • May

    2020 Dwyer Award Winner - Mrs. Nikki Magnetico

    Brittany Theimer
    Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Nikki Magnetico for winning the 2020 Dwyer Award in Elementary Education! We are so proud of you Mrs. Magnetico- what an accomplishment!!!!! Go Weiss School Wolverines!!!!!

    Palm Beach Post News Coverage: https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20200505/dwyer-awards-top-pbc-teachers-recognized-for-passion-innovation-in-classroom?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=ghf-palmbeach-main
     
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  • April

    SCHOOL REMAINS CLOSED FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR

    Brittany Theimer
    *SCHOOL REMAINS CLOSED FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR*
     
    On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Governor DeSantis announced that the closure of ALL Florida schools, both public and private K-12 schools, will remain closed for the 2019-2020 academic school year, due to the continued, widespread impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout the State of Florida. 
     
    The Weiss School will continue implementing our Continuous Instructional Plan and providing all Weiss School students with online instruction through our Virtual Learning Environment. The comprehensive plan and implementation are designed to ensure that every Weiss School student can continue their education from home to limit the impact of COVID-19 on student learning. 

    Our top priority remains to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff members. 
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  • March

    The Weiss School Remains Closed Through May 1, 2020

    Brittany Theimer
    *SCHOOL REMAINS CLOSED THROUGH May 1, 2020*
     
    On Monday afternoon, the Florida Department of Education announced that the closure of ALL Florida schools, both public and private K-12 schools, was being extended through May 1, 2020, due to the continued, widespread impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout the State of Florida. 

    Therefore, THE WEISS SCHOOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED AT LEAST THROUGH MAY 1, 2020, and All School-based Events and Activities remain canceled through this time period.
     
    During this time period, The Weiss School will continue implementing our Continuous Instructional Plan and providing all Weiss School students with online instruction through our Virtual Learning Environment. The comprehensive plan and implementation are designed to ensure that every Weiss School student can continue their education from home to limit the impact of COVID-19 on student learning. As we progress through this instructional transition, additional information will be provided to all constituents frequently.

    ALL FUTURE UPDATES regarding The Weiss School re-opening will be announced via The Weiss School website, the myWeiss portal, social media, and through local TV stations. 

    Our top priority remains to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff members. 
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  • The Weiss School - Virtual Online Schedule

    Brittany Theimer
    Dear Weiss School Families:
     
    Please see The Weiss School Virtual Online Schedule below which begins, Monday, March 30, 2020 until further notice.  All Early Childhood – 8th grade students have the opportunity to complete a Monday – Thursday full school schedule, which includes core courses (recommended) in the morning and elective courses (optional) in the afternoon. All STEAM and science lab classes will be incorporated within the core courses. Due to the large number of middle school elective courses that your child is enrolled in for the 2019-2020 school year, middle school students will unfortunately not be able to attend all “live” elective courses. We spread them out as much as possible during the week, however all courses will be recorded for those they will miss. Please look through your child’s weekly schedule and decide which ones they will attend “live” and which ones they will watch recordings. Also, if your child advances in a core course, they will also have to decide which class to watch “live” and which class they will watch the recordings. All teachers will be available on Fridays during their scheduled office hours to answer any questions.
     
    Where to Locate Zoom Links:
    Live Zoom Links - Bulletin Board Announcements and/or Assignment Center
    Recordings of Previous 10 Classes - Bulletin Board Links

    Click Here for the Virtual Online Schedule: https://tinyurl.com/weissschoolVirtualSched

    As always, our “virtual” doors are always open, so please contact us with any questions you may have. Our goal is to make this a seamless transition for our students – we miss them all so much!
     
    -The Administrative Team

    The mission of The Weiss School still stands strong – we will foster a community of reflective, compassionate, and uniquely gifted students through a differentiated curriculum that promotes global awareness, leadership, and critical thinking skills. The educational experience at The Weiss School is designed around six Centers of Excellence that provide students with endless opportunities to develop problem solving and higher order thinking skills. Thank you for your patience as we transition to our virtual online schedule next week - our teachers are so excited and we are up for the 4th quarter challenge.
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  • THE WEISS SCHOOL REMAINS CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 15, 2020

    Brittany Theimer
    On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Florida Department of Education announced that ALL public and private K-12 schools will be closed through April 15, 2020 due to the continued health concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

    Therefore, THE WEISS SCHOOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED AT LEAST THROUGH ARPIL 15, 2020 and All School Operations, Events, and Activities remain canceled through this time period.
     
    The Weiss School Administration and Faculty have been meeting daily to develop the Continuous Instructional Plan in an effort to limit the impact of COVID-19 on student learning at The Weiss School. The Plan is being designed to ensure that Weiss School students can continue their education from home through a Virtual Learning Environment after Spring Break. Additional information will be provided in the near future.

    ALL FUTURE UPDATES regarding The Weiss School re-opening will be announced via The Weiss School website, the myWeiss portal, social media, and through local TV stations. 

    Our top priority remains to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff members. 
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  • Weiss School Closure: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

    Brittany Theimer
    After careful consideration and monitoring of the continued community health concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), The Weiss School Administration has decided that THE WEISS SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020 through MARCH 29, 2020. All School Operations, Events, and Activities are canceled during this time period. While there are no reported cases of COVID-19 at The Weiss School, we feel that this is the best response to implement in order to prevent and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 within our community.

    ALL FUTURE UPDATES regarding The Weiss School re-opening or the possibility of additional closures will be announced via The Weiss School website, the myWeiss portal, social media, and through local TV stations. 

    Our top priority is to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff members. 
     
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  • COVID-19: The Weiss School Update

    Brittany Theimer
    Dear Weiss School Families:
     
    We are holding daily meetings to discuss the continuously evolving situation of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the potential impact that it may have in our local community. With Spring Break approaching, we are cognizant that many of our Weiss School families have plans to travel throughout the United States, and possibly to International countries, during this time. As a school community, it is critical that all of our Weiss School families and extended families consider the possible exposure to COVID-19 and we encourage you to please review the latest travel advisories from the CDC.

    Proactive Steps that have been taken by The Weiss School as of March 12, 2020
     
    Within The Weiss School, administration and staff continue to proactively safeguard our school community by implementing the following steps: 
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  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) PREVENTION and READINESS: THE WEISS SCHOOL

    Dr. Tammy Ferguson
     
    Dear Weiss School Families:
     
    As news regarding the coronavirus threat continues to evolve, we wanted to reiterate and update you on the current policies we have in place to preempt exposure within our school community. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and align our response with guidance from local and national health agencies, as well as emerging information from within the education community.  

    Please click here for additional information and resources regarding COVID-19.
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  • $1.00 Dress Down Day to Support Ms. Cori Beck

    Brittany Theimer
    When: Friday, March 13, 2020
    Why: To support Ms. Beck in her campaign for LLS Woman of the Year
    How: Bring $1 to your homeroom teacher

    100% of money collected will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on behalf of Woman of the Year!

    Don't forget to purchase tickets for our Family Fun Day on March 14th at tinyurl.com/coribeck
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  • February

    Runner's Up Trophy for Best Robot Programming

    Brittany Theimer
    Congratulations to The WEISS School Robotic Wolverines as they return from their regional robotics tournament this past Saturday, February 15, 2020. With the best teams in three counties competing, The Weiss School Wolverines posted the seventh highest points score of 42 teams and walked away with the runner’s up trophy for Best Robot Programming!
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  • Team Taekwondo - Winter Games Tournament

    Brittany Theimer
    If your child is planning on attending the Winter Games tournament on Saturday, February 22nd, please notify Master Fortney at cfortney@weissschool.org as soon as possible. On Friday, February 21st from 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., please meet Master Fortney in the Dojang for a tournament training session for participating students.
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  • VFW Patriots Pen Essay Competition Results

    Brittany Theimer
    Congratulations to our Weiss School students for their VFW Patriots Pen essay competition results! Elia T. won $75 for third place, Theodore O. won $150 for second place, and Amanda G. won $200 for first place! The topic was "What Makes America Great?" Click the link for more information: https://www.vfw.org/…/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships
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  • Weiss School Winners Announced - 35th ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

    Brittany Theimer
    Mr. Dave Tripp was so excited when they announced the winners at the 35th ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival this weekend. The Weiss School had four kids reach the finals! Natalie Dufflocq and Amanda Grodman received Honorable Mention for their grade levels. Michael Mikati won First Place over all of sixth grade and Julian Lupyan won Best of Show for all of middle school! Both boys won $100.00 each and The Weiss School received a $200.00 donation due to their hard work! The theme this year was “Dive deep into the coral reef” - once again, our kids rose to the top! We are so very proud of them as always! *A group photo will be taken once the art work returns to the students.
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  • 80's Dress Down Day

    Brittany Theimer
    Friday, February 21st

    Dress like your parents did when they were your age!
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  • January

    Ms. Shawna Christenson has been Selected as a Finalist for the National Speech & Debate Association

    Brittany Theimer
    PRESS RELEASE:
    National Speech & Debate Association Announces Finalists for 2020 Educator of the Year
    DES MOINES, IA (January 21, 2020) – The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2020 NSDA National Educator of the Year award. This award was created to honor an individual who has enhanced the quality of education in the field of speech and debate. From more than 5,000 member coaches and teachers, the following educators were named as finalists for the national award.

    Christy Briggs – Reno High School, NV
    Shawna Christenson – The Weiss School, FL
    Elizabeth Eskin – Timber Creek High School, FL
    Renea Moss – Miramar High School, FL
    Gary Peters – Ben Davis High School, IN

    “These educators go above and beyond to provide speech and debate education to their students,” said NSDA Executive Director J. Scott Wunn. “Through their dedication and passion for this activity, they have changed the lives of thousands of young people. I’m honored to recognize them for their outstanding service.” The finalists were nominated for the NSDA National Educator of the Year award by fellow educators, administrators, school board members, and parents across the country. The NSDA selection committee will determine the National Educator of the Year recipient, who will be announced leading up to National Speech and Debate Education Day on March 4.

    For more information about the award, visit www.speechanddebate.org/coach-recognition.
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  • Congressman Brian Mast Visited The Weiss School

    Brittany Theimer
    Congressman Brian Mast Visited The Weiss School
    On Friday, January 24, 2020 The Weiss School welcomed Congressman Brian Mast back as part of our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Parents, the community and media attended the event where Representative Mast reintroduced our Policy Team's legislative initiatives on CubeSats in education as well as shared his career experiences with the students.

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  • Middle School Dance - Be There or Be Square!

    Brittany Theimer
    Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
    Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: The Weiss School Cafeteria
    Attire: 80s
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  • You Are Invited to Attend

    Brittany Theimer
    The Weiss School welcomes Congressman Brian Mast back as part of our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Parents and the community are invited to attend the event where Representative Mast will reintroduce our Policy Team’s legislative initiatives on CubeSats in education as well as share his career experiences with the students on Friday, January 24th starting at 11:30 a.m.
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