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Palm Bay High School                                                                                           October 2009
                                                                                           For Parents, Faculty,
                                                                   Staff and Community of Palm Bay High School

                       Navigation 101                                               Cyber Safety Parent Meetings Announced
                       Palm Bay High School has begun a mentoring pro-              Studies show that 29 percent of children using the In-
                       gram to assist students in planning for their future.        ternet freely give out their home address if asked. (1)
                       Our goal is to create a positive sharing environment         According to the Federal Internet Crimes Against Chil-
                       in which students will feel comfortable. Through this        dren (ICAC) Task Force, one in seven children between
                       program, our expectation is that they can, not only de-      the ages of ten and 17 has been sexually solicited on-
                       velop a long-lasting relationship with their mentoring       line. Additionally, Florida ranks fourth in the nation in the
                       teacher, but be able to plan their future whether it is a    volume of child pornography. (2) Internet predators are
                       college bound track or the workforce. At the present         a serious threat to the safety of our citizens, particularly
                       time, only our 9th and 10th grade students will partici-     our youth.
                       pate in the computer component of the program, in
                       which we will be using a web-based site called Naviga-       Find out how to protect your child in cyberspace by
                       tion 101. Our 11th and 12th grade students will par-         attending one of the upcoming regional meetings de-
                       ticipate in classroom activities, as well as, seminars/      voted to this topic. You will be given some information
                       guest speakers all related to their future goals(SAT,        to assist you in keeping both young students and teens
                       ACT, Bright Futures, etc…). The web-based site, Navi-        safe. Supervised computer use stressing Internet safety
                       gation 101, is a tool that connects the student to over
                                                                                    will be offered to a limited number of secondary school
                       3,500 college profiles, thousands of scholarship and
                                                                                    students during the meeting. For information about ob-
                       loan opportunities, hundreds of summer programs in
                                                                                    taining child care for students ages 4-11, contact Beth
                       our area (including internships, study abroad, and vol-
                                                                                    Windover at 633-1000 ext. 336.
                       unteer opportunities), expert advice and guidance on
                       maximizing their potential during high school. It is the
                                                                                    All meetings will contain the same content and will be
                       most comprehensive system for helping our students
                                                                                    held in the school auditorium from 6:30-8:00p.m. Don’t
                       to get accepted to, and pay for, the path of their choice.
                                                                                    miss this opportunity to learn how to keep your children
                       Even though our 9th and 10th grade students will be
                       accessing this program from our campus, all students         safe in today’s online world.
                       can take advantage of it via their own personal com-
                       puter. The directions are very simple:                       See below for meeting dates and locations.
                       Click on student registration                                Monday, October 19, 2009 at Heritage High School in
                       Enter student code: PBHS21386                                Palm Bay
                       Enter personal information                                   Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at Astronaut High School in
                       Enter school zip code: 32901                                 Titusville
                       Enter security question/answer                               Thursday, October 22, 2009 at Satellite High School in
                       Select “Create Account”                                      Satellite Beach
                       Once the student is in, they can do the lessons that are
                       attached and they can also begin to research all the
                       possibilities that await them. We had a great inaugural      (1) National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
                       start to the Navigation101/mentoring program, with           web page
                       the hope of many more positive sessions to come. We          servlet/NewsEventServlet?LanguageCountry=en_
                       encourage you take advantage of this great opportu-          US&PageId=1870
                       nity.                                                        (2) Florida Attorney General’s web page on cyber safety,
Homecoming                                                               Thank You ExxonMobil

The Homecoming dance is October 10 at the Palm Bay High School           Palm Bay High School has been awarded a $750 ExxonMobil Edu-
gymnasium from 8pm-midnight. The theme is 80’s. Chaperones are           cational Alliance grant. We are most appreciative of ExxonMobil’s
needed for the Homecoming dance. Any parents who are interested          support and commitment to educating children. The money will be
should contact Mrs. Sayles or Mrs. Mederos.                              put to good use for the benefit of our students.

Tickets will be on sale starting Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct.
9. They will be sold near the cafeteria during lunch only. Tickets are
$15 CASH ONLY…checks will not be accepted. If you are bring-             French Club News
ing a guest to the Homecoming Dance who does not attend Palm
Bay High School, you will need to pick up a Guest Permission Form        The French Club is looking forward to seeing The Phantom of the
from the dean’s office. It will need to be filled out and approved by    Opera at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando on Satur-
a dean. You will need this form in order to be able to buy your guest    day, January 30, 2010. The total price is $40.00, which includes the
a ticket.                                                                ticket and the bus fee. We will leave school at 11:30 and return by
                                                                         9:30 PM. Parents of French students are welcome to chaperone.
Dress Code for the Homecoming Dance:
ALLOWED: Semi-Formal dress (long or short). Gowns may be strap-          Where Are They Now?
less or may feature spaghetti straps. Dress shoes, dress sandals and
heels are acceptable.                                                    At Palm Bay High, we pride ourselves on our excellent student ath-
NOT ALLOWED: Bare stomachs or midriffs are not permitted. Dresses        letes. As you may know, many of our former students have gone on
that are extremely tight, short or low-cut will not be allowed. Slip-    to play football at a higher level. Here are a few who are currently
pers, sneakers, tennis shoes, combat boots, jeans or shorts are not      making PBHS proud:
                                                                         Androse Bell- Bethune Cookman College
Boys                                                                     Ramon Buchanan- University of Miami
ALLOWED: Semi-formal eveningwear, which includes a suit, tie,            Mike Degory-University of New Mexico Offensive Line Coach
dress slacks.                                                            Michael Doyne- Methodist College
NOT ALLOWED: Jeans, shorts, tennis shoes, canes, hats. These will be     Carl Gaskins-University of North Carolina
have to be turned in before you enter the dance.                         Jared Goodson- Southeast Missouri
                                                                         Stephen Mann- Georgia Tech
                                                                         Reggie Nelson-Jacksonville Jaguars
Yearbook News                                                            Walter Reed- Dean College
                                                                         Deontae Taylor-Dye- New Mexico Military Institute
Online Yearbook Sales- You can now order a yearbook (and cov-            Mike Williams-Wake Forest
ers, pages, name plates) through a website with the publisher and
they take credit cards. You can go to the Palm Bay High website and
scroll down to the banner for yearbooks, or you can go to yearbook-      Girls’ Basketball Of course as always, you can order in the front office
or the student can order a book in room 7-106. The name plates are       Girls’ Basketball tryouts for Freshmen, Junior Varsity, and Varsity will
ONLY available online.                                                   be held on October 26 and 27 immediately after school in the gym.

Seniors- the deadline for senior pictures with Dean Stewart Pho-
tography is fast approaching. If you have not had pictures taken or
have not chosen your yearbook pose, please contact DSP at dspse-


Graduation will be held May 15, 2010 at 9:00 am in the stadium. No
tickets required.
Drama News                                                               PiraTech Sponsorship
Thank you to all who came out in support of the Pirate Players first     AT&T announced Tuesday afternoon a $25,000 sponsorship award
production of the year, the award-winning, A PIECE OF MY HEART.          for Palm Bay High’s PiraTech Engineering/Robotics Program. PiraT-
It was a wonderful tribute to all of our military, and we were hon-      ech Engineering has three robotics teams, two VEX Robotics Com-
ored to tell their story.                                                petition Teams-18” mid level JR. Varsity style robots and a FIRST Ro-
                                                                         botics Competition team which is a 120 pound five foot tall Varsity
Our next production is the newly released 1-act musical-                 style robot, as part of Palm Bay Highs Engineering Program.
SHOUT – A Mod Musical
Dec. 2nd 7pm $5.00                                                       Students, parents and the nine engineers (from Harris, Intersil, and
It’s a British Invasion – all music is from the 60’s and based on the    Aeronix) who work as mentors for the students are ecstatic. The
legendary tunes of                                                       students, with their three robots, will be competing in State, Na-
Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, and more!                               tional and International events in Tampa’s Sundome in October,
                                                                         at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in November, at Clemson State in
Dessert Theatre – a variety show!                                        South Carolina in March as well as at the University of Central Flor-
Cafeteria – Feb 12th                                                     ida, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in April, The Create Center in
6:30pm – $10.00 at the door                                              Omaha, Nebraska and in the Convention Center in Dallas, Texas in
                                                                         May. Last season the team won several engineering awards for their
Spring Musical:                                                          engineering designs, a 1st place award for engineering animation
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE!                              and 3rd place of 1,300 teams from 12 countries in the VEX Robotics
Mar. 25,26,27                                                            International Competition.
7:00 pm - $5.00 at the door
This newly released musical comedy traces the hapless experience
of several students’ desperate need to win – at all costs – the an-
nual Spelling Bee! A big hit on Broadway, sold out in touring com-
panies – now come see it at your local high school!
                                                                         National School Lunch Week

                                                                         “All-Star School Lunch” is a slam-dunk to help students learn about
                                                                         the importance of eating healthy and being active. The theme this
                                                                         years is athletic stars. Since our school is football oriented, we decid-
National Honor Society                                                   ed to honor our star football players. We are also offering prizes to
                                                                         students who participate in the school lunch throughout the week
The Palm Bay High School National Honor Society has begun the            and are offering different lunch choices. The students will then be
year by bringing in 41 new members. This brings our active mem-          able to vote on their favorite choice.
bership to over 135 students. Our chapter of NHS was listed as one
of the top 10 fundraising chapters of NHS in the country. Once           The campaign runs from August 2009 to October 2009, culminating
again we will focus on fundraising for charities and service hours for   during National School Lunch Week, October 12-16, 2009.
our community.
                                                                         Online and in cafeterias, students will have the opportunity to draft
On October 24, we have two teams, organized by NHS members               and name their very own All-Star Team, while explaining why their
Christine McDonald and Stephanie D’Amico, walking in the Breast          team helps makes them an all-star. Make sure to keep an eye out in
Cancer Walk in Viera. 30 students have begun to prepare for the          the cafeteria during the week of October 12-16 for more details.
Relay For Life Event in the spring. Last year, our team was the fourth
highest earning team at the Bayside RFL event, raising $5800 for         Also, please check out
the American Cancer Society. In November, NHS members will or-           low.pdf for more information and resources regarding low-cost AND
ganize the canned food drive here at Palm Bay and we have begun          healthy food choices.
to focus on our Santa Letter campaign which will reach over 200
students at two of the local elementary schools. We are also having      As always, breakfast is free every day to all students. We have three
an on-campus bake sale the last week of October to begin to raise        lines open and breakfast is served from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM.
funds for Relay for Life. We are busy!! If you or someone you know
would like to purchase an ad on the back of our RFL T-shirts, please
contact Becky Paxton at