The Weiss School
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson visits The Weiss School to make the special annoucement that they have been selected to participate in the 2017 NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). The Weiss School is the only elementary and middle school in the United States chosen to participate in this highly selective space station program. The Weiss School will launch the WeissSat1 CubeSat containing its novel lab-on-a-chip payload in a 1U student built CubeSat. The WeissSat1 CubeSat will be launched as an auxiliary payload on a planned NASA or commerical space flight mission between 2018-2020. This reflects the award-winning, highly advanced, and innovative STEM program The Weiss School has as part of its six Centers of Excellence.
The Weiss School receives local news coverage from WPBF Channel 25. The media coverage captures Dr. Story Musgrave’s Weiss School visit on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Dr. Story Musgrave spent the day with the PreK – 8th grade students in a morning assembly and then later spent the day with the middle school Weiss CubeSat development team who plans to design, plan, and launch a satellite into space in May 2018. Later that evening, Dr. Story Musgrave launched the “Distinguished Speaker Series” which is one of many events at The Weiss School that will be open to parents, students, staff and the entire community.
The Weiss School is so proud of our fourth grade student Sophia Veliz! Sophia had such a great experience as the CBS 12 News "Weekend Weather Kid!" On Saturday, September 3rd she joined Meteorologist Steve Glazier in delivering the weather forecast for the Labor Day weekend. Watch out Olivia, Sophia nominated you to be next!
The Weiss School is so proud of our fourth grade student Julian Bois! Julian had such a great experience as the CBS 12 News "Weekend Weather Kid!" On Saturday, July 23rd he joined Meteorologist Steve Glazier in delivering the weather forecast. Julian got to tour the news station, learn about meteorology, as well as be on local TV!
We are so proud of The Weiss School triplets, Brandon, Ethan, and Hannah Snyder for creating the summer youth Canandaigua program for children and young adults with disabilities to have a full soccer experience. Through this program children and young adults with disabilities ages 5-21 are paired with volunteers to assist individuals on the field during soccer drills. This is a wonderful example of Weiss School students taking the initiative to develop student mentorship opportunities for adolescents and young adults to positively support the community of individuals who have disabilities.
Ten Weiss School students are headed to two national history competitions after dominating the Florida 2016 South Region National History Bee and the Palm Beach County Florida History Fair competitions. Congratulations to Steven Hammerman who is among a distinguished group of 56 finalists nominated for a national Teacher of the Year award. This is a great example of the great work being done in The Weiss School Social Studies "Center of Excellence."
Congratulations to Jake P. and Victoria R. who participated in the Northern Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce's Young Entrepreneur's Academy. During the past 30 weeks, these future entrepreneurs learned the process of starting a real business, including a business plan, pitching to an investor panel, obtaining funding, managing media campaigns, web development and trade shows. Jake was awarded $1,075 to start up hi company, "iSponsor Racing" and Victoria was awarded $895.00 (100.00 more than she asked for) to start up her "Box of Culture" company. We are so proud of these innovative young adults!
Congratulations to Glenn G, Dhilan K, Jake P, Evie R, and Victoria R. These amazing 8th Grade students were the only Middle School students to participate in a high school competition sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Not only were our students the only Middle School students to participate, our 8th Grade students placed 2nd out of 30 participating high school teams in the state of Florida. Congratulations!
Madi C 2nd Oral Interpretation
Avery C 2nd Congress
Mackenzie G 2nd Congress
Aadyah S 4th Congress
Special thanks to Denise Torres for filling in as both coach and judge!
We are very proud to announce that Navya J and Finch D represented The Weiss School in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Finch placed 2nd in the county with his outstanding performance. Because Finch participated in this Spelling Bee, he traveled solo to Orlando and qualified for the National History Bee! See below. It was a memorable evening for all. Great job to our amazing spellers!
This week seven out of eight Weiss History Bee competitors qualified for the National competition which will be hosted in Chicago this June.
Mark S (7th Grade), Alex M (8th Grade), Jack B (3rd Grade), William M (3rd Grade), Dhilan K (8th Grade), Evan V (6th Grade).
Finch D (8th grade) qualified in Orlando.
The Weiss School made history by competing as first time participants in the National History Day Palm Beach County Competition this past Monday at Park Vista High School. Out of 16 possible categories, Weiss 6th and 7th graders entered into 13 of the 16. Out of the 13 projects that Weiss entered, 10 projects placed either 1st or 2nd. That means that 25 out of 28 of our students who participated are moving on to the State competition! It also equates to 63% of ALL the projects representing Palm Beach County have been created by Weiss students and will be presented in Tallahassee this May 1 - 3, 2016! We are so proud of all of our students - great job!
Weiss School representatives, Alexa P. and Daniella S. competed successfully at the 2016 Florida State Taekwondo Championship on April 22-23 in Orlando, Florida. The divisions in this event served as direct qualifiers for the 2016 USAT National Championships to be held in Richmond, Virginia on July 4-10, 2016. Alexa P. won the 1st place Gold medal in the Black Belt Weapons division. She also competed in the demanding Black BeltCadet Poomsae division 12-14., taking the 3rd place Bronze medal in the final round, which qualified her to compete in the World Class division at the US. Nationals. Daniella S. brought home the Bronze medal. She competed in the 10-11 Red Belt Poomsae division. Congratulations to both girls and good luck at the Nationals this summer!
In a groundbreaking endeavor to put Weiss research into space, our Weiss CubeSat Design Team sent its first CubeSat prototype on a captive carry flight near Atlanta last week. The Weiss hardware was flown underneath the wing of a specially modified Learjet for 90 minutes. Among the maneuvers flown by the jet were "racetracks" (high G-force turns at extremely low temperatures). Weiss is working with Generation Orbit, a NewSpace company purposed to build advanced rocket launch vehicles. The goal was to validate data and coding developed by the students to control the hardware. We are super proud of our TEAM!!
Please click HERE to view the article written by Generation Orbit about the test flight.
The Weiss School shone brightly during the awards ceremony for the 59th Annual Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Of the Weiss five students participating in the Fair, all placed.
Colten B finished 3rd in the Chemistry Division
Nanako K finished 2nd in the Chemistry Division
Victoria C finished 2nd in the Plant Sciences Division
Glenn G finished 2nd in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division
Christina C finished 1st in the Plant Sciences Division. Christina will be presenting in the State Science Fair later this spring.
Additionally Weiss students received numerous Community Partnerships Awards:Christina and Victoria (from the American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists), and Glenn G (from the Pollution Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County, a second from the Office of Naval Research, and a third from NASA Earth Systems Science Directorate)
The Weiss School’s 24-member Taekwondo team competed at the 2016 Taekwondo Winter Games, on February 20th in Miramar, FL. The event had nearly 600 participants. Our students, ranging from ages 5 to 13, competed in Individual Poomsae (Forms) divisions, as well as competitors in Pairs and Team divisions. Our team earned a total of 13 Gold, 9 Silver, and 5 Bronze medals. And our own Glenn G served as an official Assistant Coach. We are so proud of our team!
Mrs. Green and Señora Burns, our respective educator sponsors of National Elementary Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society, led and participated with their students in the recent South Florida beach clean-up. We are proud of our NEHS and NJHS students who joined efforts to contribute back to this amazing community. Weiss cultivates the whole gifted child by nourishing the brain as well as the heart. Beach Clean-up was a success!
Maria Elena Grimmett, a recent Weiss School alumnus who is now in 11th grade, presented both a scientific paper and a scientific poster at the 2014 International Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America (ASA – CSSA – SSSA) in Long Beach, California on November 2 – 4, 2014. Presenting 5-years of original research that explored the removal of pharmaceutical contaminants from contaminated groundwater using synthetic adsorbents, she was awarded 2nd Place, and a $300 cash award, in the November 2nd “Undergraduate Research Symposium Contest” that required student speakers to deliver a lecture on stage using Power Point slides and then successfully answer numerous pointed questions from a scientific panel of PhD judges. As the youngest and only high school student in attendance, Maria Elena competed against Seniors in college hailing from an impressive range of prestigious Universities and prominent research institutions from across the United States. Similarly well received was her November 4th scientific poster presentation in the ASA session “General Animal Agriculture and the Environment,” which was dominated by PhD presenters.
Our Debate Team had quite a successful first tournament. Each student entered the event of Student Congress, and out of 6 Weiss debaters, 5 placed!! This is an incredible accomplishment because in each chamber there were at least 15 students. This means ours ranked in the TOP 6:
Asher Moss: 5thJennifer Secrest: 5thMadi Cate: 3rdDhilan Krishnasamy: 1stMichael Evrard: 1st
On September 3rd, the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the selection of 300 students as semifinalists in the fourth annual Broadcom MASTERS®- the nation's most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. Congratulations to 7th grade student Glenn Grimmett for being selected as one of the semifinalists for his project "Chlorine Disinfection of South Florida Groundwater: A Source of Dangerous Disinfection By-products?"
Friday, September 5th we celebrated a commitment to gifted education and the generosity of the Cross Family, Tillson Family and the 8th grade class of 2014. We officially opened the new science center and technology and roboitcs center. Thank you to everyone who supported this event and all who were there.
We are proud to announce that our hard working top level competitors, Aidan D and Alexa P set new records and reached their personal best at the US National Championships in San Jose, CA, on July 1-7, 2014. Both girls demonstrated their outstanding Sports Poomsae skills in each of the rounds in their respective divisions. - Aidan won the silver medal (missing the gold by only 0.03 points), and Alexa finished (also) only 0.03 points away from the bronze medal in the finals. The USAT used the WTF modified Cut-off scoring method that consists the Preliminaries, Semi-finals and Finals. The 2014 Nationals had 5,682 entries, with each competitor aiming for the gold. CONGRATULATIONS!